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 […]

Business feature: Duo deals with real estate

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Charles and Beverly Bennett own Vista Nueva, Inc., and as of January 1, they joined with the national company United Country to bring in more business. Charles has been in the real estate business for 23 years; Beverly for 13 years. “Charles wanted a change of pace instead of working on a farm to selling […]

New Zealand IT firm opens first U.S. branch in Portales

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico A New Zealand-based information technology company that provides technical support for factory automated systems is moving to Portales. Tamaki Control specializes in automated systems such as milk pasteurization and monitoring and powder handling and packing for food processing factories. The company was working on Southwest Cheese plant’s automated systems […]

Dora company joins angus association

PNT staff WD Absher Co. LLC of Dora has recently joined the American Angus Association, said Bryce Schumann, chief executive officer of the national breed registry organization in Missouri. The American Angus Association has nearly 33,000 active adult and junior members. Its computerized records include information on nearly 16 million registered Angus.

Oct. 26, 1936

“The weird mirth-prevoking Melroy and his Entire Company” was to perform at the Portales High School Auditorium, charging 35 cents for adults and 20 cents for students, according to an ad in the Portales Daily News.

Oct. 3, 1968

The Board of Regents at ENMU accepted a bid by a Hobbs construction company to build the new education complex, which was set to be built on the site of the old Greyhound football field.

Pickens’ company offers area officials water

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico T. Boone Pickens, one of the country’s wealthiest and most well-known oil men, is selling something else in the ground

Local company makes most of New Mexico manufacturers’ program

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Efficiency and productivity — every business strives to improve both, and Portales’ Sunland Peanuts believe they have done just that after taking advantage of a unique state program. New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership consults existing small and medium sized manufacturing businesses on how they can work more productively through […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to continue power conservation

FNM Staff Persisting maintenance issues with two generators in coal-fire power plants in Muleshoe and Amarillo has affected electricity production, according to an Xcel Energy press release. Xcel Energy officials are asking customers in West Texas and eastern New Mexico to continue to turn off unnecessary appliances and lights until 7 p.m. today, according to […]

Xcel Energy asks customers to limit electricity use today

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy officials are asking customers to limit power use today as expected electricity demands could outweigh production. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said the company shut down two generators Monday in coal-fire power plants in Muleshoe and Amarillo after discovering tubes in the boilers were leaking. Reeves said the generators would […]

New ag business on way

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Portales has landed a business that will distribute and repair agricultural equipment, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Roswell-based New Mexico Machinery announced Monday it will expand its business to the Roosevelt and Curry county market with a new location in Portales at […]

Four seek probate position

PNT Staff Report In addition to the contested County Commission District 2 race, the only other contested race in Roosevelt County is for probate judge. Democrat Mark Paternoster, 61, District Court bailiff, will face one of three Republicans in the general election. Paternoster also has worked at a local title company and at the County […]

Probate Judge Candidate: Mark Paternoster

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Name: Mark Paternoster Age: 61 Occupation: District court bailiff Running for: Probate judge Party affiliation: Democrat Elected offices held: none What is your background? After living and working in Albuquerque for over 20 years, my wife and I moved our family to Portales in 1988. Here, I have worked at a local title company and […]

Voicemail: Not just for serious messages

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico When discussing his company’s revolutionary iPhone a few weeks ago, Apple CEO Steve Jobs addressed a crowd of shareholders as to how the phone could be more efficient. “We have caller ID, we have text messaging,” Jobs told a cheering crowd. “We don’t need voicemail.”OK, Jobs never really said […]

Ram Field gets new scoreboard

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Randy Armstrong, foreground, and Gabe Davies of Clovis Sign shine up the new scoreboard the company installed Wednesday at Ram Field. According to Ram baseball coach Arturo Ontiveros the new scoreboard was purchased with a $12,000 donation from Portales National Bank. It should be in use during the Rams regional playoff game in two weeks.

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 […]

BNSF Railway earnings

By Sarah Meyer, Freedom New Mexico BNSF Railway is doing well even as the national economy is stumbling. The company reported record earnings per share, revenues and operating income for the fourth quarter of 2007, and record annual revenues for five consecutive years despite a soft economy, Matthew K. Rose, BNSF chairman, president and corporate […]

Working at home more distraction than work

By Helena Rodriguez This is a column about telecommuting. You know … working at home. It’s an art that involves conning your boss into thinking you can be productive in the comfort of your own living room or kitchen table. Many ethical questions arise when it comes to working at home. For example, is it […]