Wastewater expansion project cost doubles

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Construction equipment sits in what will be the new lagoon for the Southwest Cheese plant on the property of the Clovis wastewater treatment plant. Construction was on hold Wednesday due to the cold weather. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer In the three years since the city agreed to expand its […]

City considering wastewater irrigation plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The City Commission is considering a plan that would use wastewater to irrigate parched city parks, golf courses and school grounds. City Commissioner and Chairman of the Water Policy Advisory Committee Randal Crowder said the effluent, or discharge, from the city wastewater plant could also be used to minimize […]

Plant manager apologizes for smell

CNJ staff The manager of a Hull Street meat packing plant told the City Commission on Thursday his company is addressing complaints about unsightly and foul-smelling cattle carcasses at the plant. J.D. Ruthardt of Champion Pet Foods said to alleviate the problem, he plans to hire another driver for carcass removal and said the trailer […]

Expansion project under revision

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The lagoon at the city wastewater treatment plant is scheduled to be expanded to accommodate the wastewater the Southwest Cheese plant will produce once it begins production in October. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ City Commission voted Wednesday to revise specifications for an expansion project at the city wastewater […]

City should have own water company

Letters to the Editor This is in response to the article about a proposed water-rate hike from New Mexico-American Water company: When is this city going to wake up? NMAWC is a for-profit company that must please its stockholders. We are the largest city in New Mexico that does not possess its own water company. […]

State OKs guidelines for plant’s wastewater

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer The New Mexico Environment Department has agreed to let Southwest Cheese and the city of Clovis produce wastewater that would be higher in dissolved solids than it normally allows, department spokesman Jon Goldstein said Friday. But the Environment Department wants two studies done to ensure the increased amount of […]

Cheese plant agreements approved

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer The City Commission approved three agreements related to launching the Southwest Cheese Plant in Curry County at its meeting Thursday. Unanimously approved were a project participation agreement, a memorandum of understanding and approval of preliminary engineering work on a pipeline and storage lagoon to handle the cheese plant’s wastewater […]

Governor: Plant means millions to region

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Left: Earth-moving equipment provides the background for the event. About 200 people turned out, including Gov. Bill Richardson. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King With construction under way on a 54-acre, $190 million cheese plant, Curry County is poised to become a power in the cheese-making world, Gov. Bill Richardson told an audience […]

County funds will go to city for cheese plant

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to transfer $300,000 from the county’s environmental fund to the city of Clovis to help pay for a wastewater treatment system for the Southwest Cheese plant. But they said the money will not be transferred until other types of […]

City commission needs time to discuss water issues

By Jack King The City Commission postponed discussion of funding mechanisms for the Southwest Cheese plant Thursday, saying plant officials and the city need more time to complete discussion on water issues. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, told the commission he, city officials, Southwest Cheese plant officials and officials of […]