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 [...]