Verizon purchasing portion of Plateau Wireless

Verizon is purchasing a portion of Plateau Wireless but the sale will not affect Plateau customers in Curry, Roosevelt or Quay counties. Plateau CEO Tom Phelps said Saturday that Verizon is purchasing the southwest New Mexico quadrant, which includes portions of Roswell, Carlsbad, Artesia, and Hobbs and Ruidoso. Phelps said the sale won’t affect customers […]

Their view: Small businesses need to be given credit

Robert Berman, CEO of Cinium Financial, writes about a challenge for small businesses.

Their view: White House on energy hot seat

Robert L. Bradley Jr., CEO and founder of the Institute for Energy Research, offers this view on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Joining forces: RGH enters rural hospital network

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Argen Duncan A new network of small, rural hospitals Roosevelt General Hospital is participating in should provide cost savings, more information resources and an opportunity for more services, the RGH CEO said. Seven rural hospitals with less than 50 beds received a federal grant to plan the policies and procedures of the network, said RGH […]

CEO hopes Wheatfields will be boon to community

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Sharna Johnson Emerging from the tangles of bankruptcy with his nearly-failed project resurrected, Seasons Management CEO Eric Jacobsen says it is his hope to see Wheatfields Assisted Living Facility become a boon to the community. The senior center on North Prince Street is beginning to show signs of life nearly five years after construction started, […]

Their view: Capping program would cut service

F.J. Pollak is president, CEO, and co-founder of TracFone Wireless. He writes about the need to preserve subsidized phone service for low-income Americans. Federal regulators recently announced a move that could deprive millions of low-income Americans of one of modern life’s necessities — the telephone. Officials at the Federal Communications Commission are considering a series […]

Their view: Focus must be put on retirement funding

Beverlee J. McClure is president and CEO of the New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry and former president of Clovis Community College.

Press release: Freedom names CEO

IRVINE, CA, June 29, 2010 – Freedom Communications announced today that Mitchell Stern has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stern, a member of the Freedom Board of Directors, previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of DirecTV U.S.

Peanut prices up

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Retail costs for peanut products from this area are going up this year, due to processors paying more for the nuts. Sunland Inc. CEO Jimmie Shearer said the company’s contracts with farmers for Valencia peanuts set the price about $50 higher per ton than last year, one of the […]

Press Release: Excel names Hill CEO of Southwestern Public Service Co.

AMARILLO – Xcel Energy today named Riley Hill, chief operating officer of its Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) subsidiary, to succeed David Eves as president and CEO of SPS.

Press Release: Xcel names Hill CEO of Southwestern Public Service Co.

AMARILLO – Xcel Energy today named Riley Hill, chief operating officer of its Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) subsidiary, to succeed David Eves as president and CEO of SPS. Eves, who has served in his role since late 2006, has been named president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), an […]

Tres Amigas founder lobbies for support

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer With giant modern windmills visible on the horizon, during a day with ample sunshine, Grady was a site most apropos for presentations on renewable energy. At the second annual meeting of the Frio Ridge Energy Development Association (FREDA), one major speaker of interest on Saturday was Phil Harris, CEO […]

CEO: Cost, Texas hurdles for proposed super grid

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Phil Harris knows the concept of an electrical supergrid isn’t as tangible, say, as the potential opening of a retail store or restaurant. “No, you definitely wouldn’t want to wrap your hand around a power line,” Harris said. But the Tres Amigas project, of which New Mexico native Harris […]

Freedom names interim CEO

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, named an interim CEO Wednesday, tapping the former publisher of The Dallas Morning News. Burl Osborne will take over in July for Scott Flanders, who is leaving after 3 1/2 years in the job to […]

CEO of Freedom Communications to head Playboy

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By Mary Ann Milbourn Scott Flanders, chief executive of the Portales News-Tribune’s parent company, Freedom Communications Inc., confirmed Monday he is leaving the company to head Playboy Enterprises Inc. Flanders, 52, said he will quit his Freedom post June 30 and become CEO at Playboy July 1. A replacement at Irvine, California-based Freedom Communications was […]

Time for salaries to come back down

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Will our ailing economy finally bring salary figures back into reality? With regular folks hit hard by the current downturn the outcry over CEO salaries has turned pretty ugly. Automaker CEOs got the message pretty quickly after each of the Big Three hopped individual private jets to Washington in order […]

Banker had eye on community service

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Ken Huey was a friend worth having, but even better to have when it came to public service. The former president and CEO of First Bank in Clovis died Monday of progressive supranuclear palsy, a degenerative brain disease. He was 64 years old. Born Sept. 20, 1944, in Pampa, […]

Another area biofuel company delays construction

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico An Australian company that plans to turn animal fat into biodiesel is delaying the construction of a plant in Clovis by two to three months, company CEO Ross Garrity said Monday. The company was scheduled to start construction this month. Garrity said an increase in the price of animal […]

Local peanut butter gets national recognition

PNT Staff Report A peanut butter made in Portales is ranked No. 1 by a national home improvement magazine. Sunland’s natural creamy variety of its Valencia peanut butter is rated No. 1 among six peanut butters featured in Better Homes and Gardens Fall Decorating issue out this month, according to Sunland officials. “That’s really exciting […]

New president named for Freedom Communications

Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Scott Flanders, who has professional experience in direct marketing and Internet distribution, has been named chief executive and president of Freedom Communications Inc., the Irvine-based media company that owns the Portales News-Tribune. Flanders, 48, who will assume the position effective the first of the year, has held positions of […]