Credit delays Freedom’s plans to buy out partners

By Jan Norman Freedom Communications Inc., the Irvine, California-based owner of the Portales News-Tribune, will put off plans to buy out its private equity partners until spring or summer because borrowing costs are too high now, Chief Executive Scott Flanders said Thursday. “The credit markets will drive the timing,” Flanders said. “The company is committed […]

Power company trying to correct rate increase information

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission has received more than 700 comments about a proposed rate hike for Xcel Energy, a case manager with Xcel said. Most of those comments stem from false information, an Xcel spokesman said. Xcel’s Wes Reeves said the proposed increase, filed in May, is […]

Company founder believed in freedom

Editorial This month we remember the founder of our company, R.C. Hoiles, who bought the then-Santa Ana Register in 1935 and founded a company he named Freedom Newspapers. It grew into Freedom Communications, today the nation’s 12th largest media company, with operations on the Internet, in broadcast, magazines and newspapers. Hoiles launched his newspapers — […]

FCC needs to stay away from cable industry

Editorial Perhaps it’s not all that surprising. Any government agency set up with a mission to regulate some aspect of commercial life develops an institutional imperative to regulate ever more aspects. So the Federal Communications Commission, which was barred by law in 1984 from regulating cable television — to give the industry a chance to […]

Presidential power struggles nothing new

Editorial The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance of Americans, it […]

Plant reps testify on location

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Witnesses for ConAgra Foods testified the plant did follow state and federal regulations to notify and have gone above and beyond what was needed to prove its environmental impact. A two-day hearing regarding an air-quality permit for the food company’s ethanol plant concluded Friday. The New Mexico Environmental Improvement […]

Family meals important

By Sheryl Borden Information on machine appliqué, preparing healthy meals will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon Tuesday and at 2 p.m. Saturday. Sewing expert, Roberta Amundson of Roberta’s Creations, will demonstrate how to do machine appliqué with a home embroidery machine. She’s from Oceanside, Calif. Registered dietitian, Teresa Wagner represents DairyMax […]

Aug. 23, 1965

• Broom corn season is in full swing with hopes of continuing until frost. According to the New Mexico Employment Service in Portales 200 workers were sent to the field this morning. • A 24 ounce can of Rexall Spray Starch was on sale for 49 cents at Alexander’s New Mexico Drug Company. • A […]

Former area publisher promoted

Freedom Newspapers The Orange County (Calif.) Register named a newspaper veteran from Arizona as its new publisher Wednesday as N. Christian Anderson III prepares to leave after 27 years with the newspaper and its parent company. Anderson will leave the newspaper Sept. 15. He will be replaced by Terry Horne, publisher of the East Valley […]

Alltech coming to area

Alltech, an international biotechnology company that manufactures organic animal food supplements, will set up a new base east of Clovis. The company bought a 240-acre site that used to house an ethanol plant north of U.S. 60-70-84. Plans include a sales office, warehouse and production facility. “It’s the center of the dairy industry for the […]

Magazine releases list of top spouse-friendly employers

Military Spouse Magazine Military Spouse Magazine has released its first list of the Top 10 Military-Spouse-Friendly Employers. According to the magazine, the chosen companies needed to produce $1 billion in revenue per year and have specific programs in place to hire military spouses. The top employers are: 1. USAA — According to USAA, they understand […]

Development being built near Wal-Mart

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A new retail development that could accommodate up to 10 retail and service businesses is under construction near the Wal-Mart store in Portales. The developer is hoping to have tenants in the building by early 2008. Tom McSpadden, a marketing representative with CMS Properties of Lubbock, said Wednesday the […]

Train company helps celebrate centennial

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers It’s been an adventurous month for Leo Delaloye, a chef with 17 years experience from Kansas. He has spent his time cooking in a kitchen zooming by the country at 45 to 65 mph. Delaloye joined BNSF Railway about a month ago to work as a chef in the railway’s […]

July 5, 2006

• Methamphetamine use was reported to be the second drug of choice for users in Clovis and Curry County, while offcials reported that meth users in Roosevelt County was down. • Portales received word that they would soon have their own unit of the New Mexico State Guard Company. The unit, Company A, will report […]

Location least of Halliburton controversies

By Freedom Newspapers Hating Halliburton is almost as popular in the United States as hating Wal-Mart. So we were surprised to see so little applause, and so much consternation in left-wing circles, when the oil services company once headed by the vice president announced it would be moving its corporate headquarters from Houston to the […]

Protectionist measure hinders investment

Editorial Whenever Congress passes something unanimously you can be sure it is either entirely innocuous or utterly stupid and harmful. In the case of a bill the House passed 423-0, to give the government broader powers to review foreign investments in certain kinds of U.S. industries and facilities, it is the latter. The bill is […]

Call center ups capacity

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By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers Housed inside the 45,000-square-foot SEI call center is a replica of the computer system in a McDonald’s restaurant. It is capable of simulating an entire day’s operation for one of the fast-food restaurants. Although there is no food or cooking equipment, there is a fully functional cash register. The system […]

Biodiesel plant headed for Clovis

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers An Australian company plans to build a biodiesel plant in Clovis that has the capacity to produce 75 million gallons of biodiesel annually from animal fat, officials announced Thursday in Albuquerque. American Renewable Fuels, a subsidiary of Australian Renewable Fuels, plans to locate the plant at the Clovis Industrial […]

Feb. 9, 1978

Boy Scout Troop 125 is observing Boy Scout Week Feb. 7 through the 14th, and one of their activites has been preparing a window display on First Aid. They have extended their thanks to the Portales Abstract Company for the use of their window and to J. C. Penny Company for the loan of a […]

Cheese plant opens

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers This behemoth on the High Plains has evolved from a patch of caramel dirt scratched amid acres of farm land to a gleaming metropolis of cheese and whey production, with 60 miles of stainless steel piping and 742 miles of electrical cable above and below ground. The Southwest Cheese plant […]