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 [...]

Water officials raise cost of pipeline project by 20 percent

Jack King By Jack King Freedom Newspapers Jack_King@link.freedom.com The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to raise the official cost of the Ute Pipeline Project by $52 million. A peer review of the conceptual design of the project estimated that its total capital cost should be estimated at [...]

Clovis approves measures for cheese plant

By Jack King CLOVIS — Clovis city commissioners approved three items related to wastewater infrastructure for Southwest Cheese at a special meeting Monday. The items were a memorandum of understanding between the city and Southwest Cheese and two resolutions from the city requesting loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority. Under its agreement with Southwest [...]

Officials optimistic about plans for cheese plant

Glen Seeber By Glen Seeber Freedom Newspapers Glen_Seeber@link.freedom.com If funding for an expansion to Clovis’ wastewater treatment plant is approved during a special city commission meeting on Monday, groundbreaking for a multi-million dollar cheese-processing plant could happen as early as January. “I would be a little out of line if I predicted how the vote [...]

Old Cannon buildings are becoming more modernized

Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to extra funding provided by Congress on Nov. 12, Cannon Air Force Base will be able to replace some World War II-era buildings and add more runway lighting to improve pilot safety. The work will be in addition to upgrades the base has been doing all year. New Mexico Sen. Pete [...]

Dairiconcepts seeks $20 million for new equipment

Tony Parra Portales-based Dairiconcepts is asking the Portales City Council to increase a multi-million dollar bond for additional equipment needed for the company’s growth. The New Mexico Industrial Revenue Bond, which will increase to $58 million from $38 million, should become official at the next city council meeting on Dec. 2, city officials noted at [...]

RGH expecting— baby delivery services overdue

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Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Portales women on the verge of giving birth know the road to the delivery room. It goes about 20 miles north up a winding U.S. Highway 70 past several traffic lights and westbound to Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. It’s been that way for years, [...]

Mayors ask state for water funding

Jack King The mayors of Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari faced tough questioning from state Water Trust Board members when they went before the board in Santa Fe on Monday to request money for the Ute Water Project, said Clovis Mayor David Lansford. Lansford, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Tucumcari Mayor Calvin Litchfield, representing the Eastern [...]

The Big Cheese

Haley Wachdorf ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis may not be the largest city in New Mexico, but it will soon be the Big Cheese. Clovis has been selected as the site of the new Glanbia southwest cheese plant, which is expected to be the largest cheddar cheese plant in North America. Select Milk Producers, the New Mexico [...]

Cheese plant to benefit local economy

Gary Mitchell The new $200 million cheese plant will have a greater impact on the area economy than many people realize, local officials said. “The cheese plant will create 2,000 jobs in the area in spinoff industries, according to the Dairy Farmers of America,” said Gene Hendrick, a consultant for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of [...]