Farwell to get egg-processing plant

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico An egg-processing plant near Farwell will soon be operational. The Mississippi-based Cal-Maine Foods plant began construction in September 2007, and recently had its first delivery of baby chicks, said Tim Dawson, vice president and chief financial officer. The company hatches the chicks at its hatchery in Mendenhall, Miss., then […]

Challenges ahead, but bio-fuels promising

Thomas Garcia, Freedom New Mexico Several obstacles have to be overcome, according to experts, but alternative fuels production could be a viable economic development option for Roosevelt and Curry counties. Alternative fuels production was the topic of a seminar by New Mexico State extension agents Wednesday at the 16th annual New Mexico Ag Expo. There […]

No ethanol plant for Clovis

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Plans to build a $200 million ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis have been scrapped. ConAgra foods withdrew its application for an air quality permit Tuesday, spokeswoman Stephanie Childs said. The company needed the permit to build a 108-million-gallon-a-year ethanol plant. Childs said costs of constructing and operating […]

Proposed plant to face hearing

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A plan to build an ethanol plant on the edge of Clovis has met another obstacle. Environmental Improvement Board members voted 4 to 1 Monday to order the state Environment Department to hold a hearing within 60 days to take any new evidence on whether ConAgra Trade Group should […]

Plant reps testify on location

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Witnesses for ConAgra Foods testified the plant did follow state and federal regulations to notify and have gone above and beyond what was needed to prove its environmental impact. A two-day hearing regarding an air-quality permit for the food company’s ethanol plant concluded Friday. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement […]

Researcher strives to prevent pod rot

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Researcher Saum Sanogo is working to develop more organic methods to treat pod rot in peanuts. Beneficial microbes for seed treatment and botanical extracts, such as garlic and chili plant extracts, are being studied to determine if they could prove to be beneficial to the peanut community, according to […]

Clovis officials express plant water concerns

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers The city of Clovis will give 20 acres of county land it plans to purchase to a New Jersey energy company for its biogas facility under a plan proposed to the Clovis City Commission. During a special meeting Tuesday, the Clovis City Commission approved the introduction of an ordinance to […]

Biogas company eyes Clovis/Portales

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers An alternative energy company is slated to build biogas facilities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. New Jersey-based White Hat Energy will build a $36 million biogas facility in Curry County to extract methane gas from cow manure, according to a release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The Clovis facility […]

Flower power

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Tender loving care and patience have contributed to the colorful yard that Ernie and Carolyn Marshall have created at their home on South Globe in Portales. “God’s been good to us this year. We’ve had the rain and stuff to make our flowers and garden real pretty,” Mr. Marshall […]

Man stabbed at cheese plant

Freedom Newspapers A Clovis man was stabbed Saturday at Southwest Cheese Plant by a 40-year-old man who delivered milk there, Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray said. Jeffrey Boatwright of Clovis was arrested at the scene, Murray said, and was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He is being held on a $10,000 bond, […]