N.M. could become the big cheese

Jack King With construction begun 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 Friday at the plant’s groundbreaking. Approximately 200 people from Curry and Roosevelt counties attended the ceremony at the plant site, five miles south of Clovis, […]

Dry winds spark fire season for High Plains

Darrell Todd Maurina Many New Mexicans watched in shock this summer as the scenic Rio Grande bosque passing through downtown Albuquerque caught fire and threatened the city. Similar fires in California didn’t just threaten but actually destroyed many structures and killed some residents. Local fire officials warn that it’s now the season for fires on […]

Artesia milk company responsible for future cheese plant

Jack King Select Milk Producers of Artesia, N.M., initiated the steps that led to a cheese plant coming to eastern New Mexico, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. The milk producers cooperative was looking for an outlet for its product. It wanted to locate a processor within a 60-mile area […]

Rape suspect reports to Curry County jail for testing

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com A 21-year-old accused of sexual assault reported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center Thursday evening for 60 days of sexual offender diagnostic testing. John Jacobs faces up to 18 months in state prison after entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors to one count […]

Temporary jails could be remedy to overcrowding

Jack King Faced with jail overcrowding and spending money to house prisoners out of county, members of the Curry and Roosevelt county commissions met with representatives of a portable building company on Thursday to discuss the use of temporary jail buildings. Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper, Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin, Curry County Commissioners Tim […]

County officials discuss new jail possibilities

Mike Linn Area county officials are entertaining the idea of funding a 2,000-bed jail that would house criminals from Logan to Lingo. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley is spearheading the idea, which he describes as a four-county cooperative to house criminals from Roosevelt, Curry, Quay and De Baca counties at a central location near […]

Cheese plant may conserve water

Mike Linn Weighing water usage at a cheese plant against usage on agriculture farms is like comparing gas consumption in a Honda Civic to a fuel-guzzling sport utility vehicle. Suffice it to say a cheese plant comparatively gets good water mileage. Water experts also say water extracted from milk to make cheese can be reused […]

Summer jobs hard to come by for students

By Mike Linn This time of year has numerous recurring events — rising temperatures, graduation services and students entering the job market. The glut of job seekers, most entering the labor pool between May and August, receive no guarantees: Labor Department officials say many employers are willing to hire for temporary positions, yet others feel […]

Top names in water

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By Haley Rice Editor’s note: The following are profiles of movers and shakers in the world of water — from the man who dug the first wells on the Llano Estacado to the high-profile voices in the ongoing debate about the future of our water supply. Although each presents a different solution to the problems […]

State oversees water issues

By Claire Bushey In New Mexico, water is such a precious resource it naturally follows that many people and organizations devote their efforts to researching and managing it. The two major state organizations that control water-related matters are the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and the Interstate Stream Commission. Separate government agencies, they […]