Volunteer profile: Ed and Pat Watson

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Names: Ed and Pat Watson Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired trucking company owner and teacher Volunteers: Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies and Red Men, and Meals on Wheels Why they do it: “We do this because we like people,” Pat said.

Portales past: Sept. 12, 1950

Sept. 12, 1950 Portales Daily News: Judge E.T. Hensley Jr., heard arguments in a case involving a right-of-way for the Southern Union Gas Company.The gas company sought an injunction to stop construction of a residence over its main gas line serving Portales.

Drive uncomfortable for couple, piglet

I worked for a big cattle company in the northwest and we kept “cookhouse pigs” for the crew. Every spring, 30 or so little weaner pigs were brought from the sale barn and put in our pig facility, a long steel Quonset hut. I knew enough to vaccinate them for Erysipelas, but I put off […]

Gulf oil spill doesn’t justify cap and trade

The White House was more successful last week forcing a private company — British Petroleum — to set up a $20 billion fund to pay for damage from the oil spill than it has been in stemming the flow of crude fouling the Gulf of Mexico and the coastlines of several states. Chances are BP […]

Supreme Court decision deals blow to NFL

Freedom New Mexico Should the National Football League be able to act as one entity and contract with only one company for all sports logowear for all 32 NFL teams? Does acting as one entity unfairly constrain competition in the logowear business? Last month, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court found that the league’s 32 teams […]

Freedom chairman talks about future of company

By Mary Ann Milbourne: Freedom News Service James D. Dunning Jr. is the new chairman of Irvine, California-based Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. He brings broad media experience ranging from being former president and chief financial officer of Rolling Stone to chief executive of Ziff […]

Dynasty to bankruptcy

By Mary Ann Milbourne: Freedom News Service Editor’s note: Freedom Communications announced Friday it has emerged from bankruptcy. Freedom is the owner of Freedom New Mexico, including the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun.

Freedom emerges from bankruptcy

Freedom New Mexico By Mary Ann Milbourn Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, announced Friday it has emerged from bankruptcy reorganization. The emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy relieves Freedom of $450 million in debt, but it brings an end […]

Grain company requesting road closures

The Portales City Council met Tuesday at Portales City Hall. The council: • Tabled a request for street closure by J.D. Heiskell and Company until a public information forum can be held. The grain company has requested the closures of streets and sections located around the company. Those are Commercial Street from East Main Street […]

It’s their job: Manicurist says customers make job enjoyable

Name: Viet Nguyen Job: Manicurist Time on the job: 12 years Background: I come from Vietnam and became an American citizen. I went to college in California and learned how to do nails. After that, I went to Dallas and started this job. Two years ago, I went to Clovis and went into this business. […]

Freedom to emerge from bankruptcy by end of March

Freedom New Mexico Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, should emerge from bankruptcy by the end of March, according to the company’s top executives. Interim Chief Executive Burl Osborne and Chief Financial Officer Mark McEachen said that while some change in the company’s newspapers, magazines […]

‘Robo calls’ oppose cigarette tax

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican As its done in previous years, a major tobacco company is running a phone bank to urge New Mexicans to tell legislators to vote against raising cigarette taxes. A spokesman for Altria, parent company of Phillip Morris, said Monday that such calls are supposed to go only to smokers […]

More scrutiny sought for SIC contracts

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A movement this session to put more eyes on contracts issued by the State Investment Council means potential contractors could face extra scrutiny before landing deals with the state. At least one current contractor says he doesn’t mind the extra attention. Brian Birk, managing partner at Santa Fe-based Sun […]

Xcel Energy names new subsidiary CEO

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy named Riley Hill chief executive officer and president of its Southwestern Public Service Company subsidiary Tuesday, according to a company press release. Hill succeeds David Eves, who has been named president and chief operating officer of Public Service Company of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company. Both changes are effective Nov. […]

Business receives award

Freedom New Mexico Plains Farm and Ranch of Portales has received a Golden Achievement Award from Golden Acres Genetics seed company, according to a news release from the company. The annual awards recognize Golden Acres “resellers” who made significant contributions to the yearly sales effort. In the press release, Golden Acres President Lou Buice praised […]

Ticket feature: Dance company anniversary tour stops in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is kicking off its 30th anniversary national tour in New Mexico this month and will be making a stop in Clovis. The company performs 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. The contemporary modern dance company’s 17-theater national tour started traveling New Mexico Oct. 15 and will continue […]

ENMU rodeo program receives donation from wind farm operator

Freedom New Mexico The rodeo program at Eastern New Mexico University got a $10,000 boost from a local wind generating company for a covered practice facility. Edison, which operated wind turbines near Elida, donated the money to go to the 120 x 240-foot facility which is scheduled for completion in 2010.

Freedom Chapter 11 first day motions approved

Freedom Communications, the parent company of Freedom New Mexico, announced Wednesday it has received approval of first-day motions designed to ensure daily operations continue as the company restructures. The relief approved today by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware allows the privately-owned media company to pay employee wages and benefits, use its […]

Freedom continues restructuring talks

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Business encourages flower give-away

Freedom New Mexico Hestands Floral, at 813 W. Second St., is planning to give away 1,200 flowers in 100 bunches of a dozen in exchange for canned food starting at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 9, according to a news release from FTD flower company. As part of FTD Good Neighbor Day, anyone who brings three cans […]