Strong opinions are worth fighting for

We’ve heard from a number of readers over the past few months who expressed anxiety and concern about what might happen to the views on these pages if our parent company, Freedom Communications, were sold. We hope they are as pleased as we are at the news Tuesday that Freedom will remain in family control. […]

Freedom won’t be sold, agrees to partnership

Freedom Newspapers Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., whose fractious family owners have been bitterly divided over how to let some of their shareholders cash out, said Tuesday its board of directors has endorsed a plan that will leave intact the libertarian legacy of company founder and patriarch Raymond C. Hoiles. Irvine, […]

Freedom agrees to partnership

By MARY ANN MILBOURN Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., parent of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun in Tucumcari, announced Tuesday it has signed an agreement with two East Coast investment firms to raise funds to allow shareholders who want out of the family-owned company to cash […]

Cheese plant construction to start by New Year’s

Eric Butler By Eric Butler Freedom Newspapers Correspondent Engineering, architectural and construction firms have been lined up as work on a $200 million cheese processing plant north of Portales is expected to begin within the next three months. And a name for the plant, which will provide around 200 permanent jobs when operational, has been […]

Cheese firm originated in Ireland

Darrell Todd Maurina Strict milk quotas and government regulations imposed by the European Union fueled expansion into the United States, according to officials of the Irish milk processing company known as Glanbia. Glanbia, whose name means “pure food” in the traditional Irish language of Gaelic, first came to the United States in 1988 and currently […]

Clovis looking to conserve water

By Jack King If Clovis residents don’t voluntarily reduce water consumption, they could face a water emergency in a week, city officials said Thursday at a press conference. New Mexico-American Water officials announced Wednesday that since July 9 the company has been distributing between 1 million and 2.5 million gallons of water a day more […]

Tax hike going to vote next month

By Mike Linn The Portales Municipal School Board will decide next month whether to renew a five-year tax hike to fund technological advancements in the district’s schools. The board estimates the $685,000 tax increase will be levied to residents at the rate of .001 Mill ($1 per $1,000) on the assessed value of taxable property […]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

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By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water Co. officials have said they are prepared to provide eastern New Mexico with water through 2040. But Clovis […]

Obits 5-06

Jerry Betts Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Restlawn Memorial Park, south of Portales. Mr. Jerry Betts, 47, of Portales, a former truck driver, died Saturday, May 3, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Oct. 27, 1955, in Smyrna, Tenn., to Kathleen and Charles W. Betts. He moved to Portales […]