Business confidentiality agreements restrict public information

By Marlena Hartz In the age of information, keeping secrets is standard business practice, according to some academic and business officials. A growing method of grapevine circumvention is the confidentiality agreement. Once signed, it legally binds individuals from divulging a wide range of information, from a food recipe to the identity of a company. The […]

Citizens preparing to go nuts at Peanut Valley Festival

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer Every year in late October, the town of Portales uses the Eastern New Mexico University campus to go a little nuts. This year, there is also a chance to turn back the clock. The Office of Student Activities and Organizations at ENMU is putting on the 32nd annual Peanut Valley […]

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 […]

Sewing, decorating tips coming soon

Sheryl Borden Information on sewing stuffed animals and developing a decorating game plan will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Lois Boncer is a sewing expert and designer. She […]

Southwest Cheese to get grant for new employees

Southwest Cheese will receive $294,665 from a state job-training initiative to train 73 new employees, said a state economic development department press release. The cheese company was previously awarded $718,456 for 79 employees by the Job Training Incentive Program in March 2005. The company has hired 88 employees to date, state officials said. Scheduled to […]

Cheese plant still scheduled to open in October

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A fresh layer of concrete coats the county road leading to the Southwest Cheese company. Adding asphalt to that layer is just one of a shrinking number of items left on the plant’s to-do list. The company’s Web site, www.southwestcheese.com, monitors the days, hours, minutes and seconds that remain […]

Cement shortage creates problems

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Tony Parra: PNT staff writer A lack of cement has affected Clovis and Portales construction companies trying to keep pace with the building boom in eastern New Mexico. New Mexico is feeling the effects of a growing construction industry in China, the rebuilding southeast Asia after the tsunami disaster, and rebuilding in Florida after hurricanes, […]

One-car crash claims man’s life

Freedom Newspapers A Portales man involved in a one-car crash Tuesday night between Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base died Wednesday morning at a hospital in Lubbock. Danny Ruther, 21, was driving east on U.S. 60/84 when his car hit the median and slammed into a tree on the south side of the road, a […]

Groups vocal against smokeless tobacco sponsorship

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A woman on horseback whipped around the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena on Friday night, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. flag she held flapping almost regally in the wind. As a sponsor of the Pioneer Days Rodeo, the company is entitled to the display, said Dewey Pierce, captain of the […]

Cheese plant could have new neighbor

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers A St. Louis-based company that uses cheese by-products to produce animal feed ingredients is planning to build a plant near Southwest Cheese Co., company officials said. Mesa Ingredient Corp. will build a permeate processing plant to convert liquid permeate into a lactose-rich powder for use in animal feeds, according to […]