Tuesday morning briefing: Show time and a tax scam

Good morning, and welcome to the Clovis Media, Inc. Tuesday morning briefing. And Bingo was the show … oh: The Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series is bringing “The Queen of Bingo,” hailed as a play in the style of “The Carol Burnett Show.” The show is 7 p.m. March 21 at Marshall Auditorium. Tickets […]

Newspaper history

The Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun have been sold to Clovis Media Inc., a new company based in Sheridan, Wyo., officials announced on Tuesday. The sale also includes all of the publications produced by the group now known as Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Here’s a brief history of each newspaper:

Aug. 17 — ENMU briefs

Governor appoints ENMU grad to post Governor Susana Martinez has appointed an ENMU graduate to the New Mexico Economic Partnership. Gary Tonjes of Albuquerque is the president of Albuquerque Economic Development Inc., a post he has held since 1994. He previously worked for the Roswell Chamber of Commerce; the Odessa, Texas, Chamber of Commerce; and […]

Club notes —

Altrusa Club of Portales The Altrusa International, Inc. Club of Portales met July 11 at noon in the Central Annex. President, Gaynelle Thomas, called the meeting to order. There were 24 members and three guests present. JoAnna Baker led the opening ceremonies. The minutes and treasurer’s report were approved. Dannah Brown gave the Altrusa Accent […]

New tax assessor named

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Argen Duncan The Roosevelt County Commission appointed Evelyn Ledbetter of Z-7 Farms Inc. as county assessor Thursday, but not everyone is happy with the decision. The commission voted unanimously on the matter during a special session at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. County Assessor Tex Belcher, who was re-elected in 2010, is retiring May 31, and […]

Ledbetter is new assessor

The Roosevelt County Commission has appointed Evelyn Ledbetter of Z-7 Farms Inc. as county assessor. The commission voted unanimously on the matter Thursday during a special session at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. County Assessor Tex Belcher, who was re-elected in 2010, is retiring May 31, and Ledbetter is to complete his term, which runs through […]

Clovis farmer re-elected to dairy board

Freedom New Mexico Dairy Farmers of America Inc.’s Board of Directors has re-elected Wayne Palla, a Clovis dairy farmer, as first vice chairman of the board, according to a news release from DFA. Palla is a member of DFA’s Executive Committee and chairman of the Southwest Area Council, as well as being involved in other […]

Habitat for Humanity meeting canceled

Freedom New Mexico The Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry Counties Inc. family support volunteer meeting scheduled for today in Portales has been canceled. The meeting is to be rescheduled for January. Information: 359-1344 or habitatrcc@yahoo.com.

New Freedom boss brings ‘wealth of experience’

By Mary Ann Milbourn By Mary Ann Milbourn Freedom Communications Freedom Communications Inc. has named Mitchell Stern, the former chairman and chief executive of Fox Television Stations Inc., as CEO of the Irvine, Calif.-based media company. Freedom owns the Portales News-Tribune, Clovis News Journal and Quay County Sun. “We are very pleased that Mitch has […]

Veteran editor joins Freedom board

By Mary Ann Milbourn: Freedom News Service Freedom Communications Inc. announced Thursday that Larry Kramer, a former newspaperman and founder of the online financial website MarketWatch, was elected to the board of directors. Freedom owns the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. “Larry has extensive experience in creating and fostering digital media […]

Peanut prices up

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Retail costs for peanut products from this area are going up this year, due to processors paying more for the nuts. Sunland Inc. CEO Jimmie Shearer said the company’s contracts with farmers for Valencia peanuts set the price about $50 higher per ton than last year, one of the […]

Robinson wins only contested council seat

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Oscar Robinson, a retiree, school bus driver and lawn care business owner, won the only contested city council race in Portales Tuesday. Robinson received about 62 percent (209) of the votes in Ward B. His opponent, Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. engineer Antonio Sanchez Jr. had approximately 38 percent […]

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 […]

Radio purchased complete

Freedom New Mexico Zia Broadcasting Inc. has completed the purchase of the KTQM and KWKA radio stations from Curry County Broadcasting Inc. Rick Keefer, general manager of Zia Broadcasting, said Bob Coker has been appointed as station manager for KTQM/KWKA. He was formerly the general manager for Curry County Broadcasting. Zia Broadcasting also owns KCLV […]

Rural land sales lagging

Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Much like the rest of the country, the market for agricultural land in eastern New Mexico is lagging, say local real estate agents. Charles Bennett of United Country Vista Nueva Inc. said during economic downturns, land quits selling. Bennett said when market starts coming back, sales are so scattered that […]

Business feature: Valley Furniture has been in business more than 50 years

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Valley Furniture Inc., has been selling furniture to Portales residents since 1957. Scott and Janett Davis purchased the store from Scott’s parents in 2006. Since then, they have been working to meet the needs of their customers. The Davises grew up in Portales and graduated from Eastern New Mexico […]

Group seeks out veterans

Freedom New Mexico The 82nd Airborne Division Association Inc. is trying to locate veterans who have served in the division in the past 66 years. The association aims to record those veterans’ stories. Anyone who served in the division is invited to contact the association. Combat is not a requirement. Contact: Shirley Gossett at 937-898-5977, […]

Sunland wins marketing award

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working for peanuts has earned a Portales company top honors. Peanut processor Sunland Inc. is the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s New Mexico Agriculture Marketer for 2008. The company received the honor earlier this month. “The importance of it is just the recognition by the New Mexico Department of […]

Dec. 14, 2008 Club Notes

Altrusa Altrusa International Inc. of Portales met Monday at Golden Acres and enjoyed entertainment provided by the third-grade choir at James Elementary School, under the direction of Carol Wood. Vaunceil Turnbough, president, presided over the business meeting and conducted the opening ceremonies.

It’s Their Job: Betsy Niece

PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Job: Administrative assistant for Tucker Renovations, Inc. Time on Job: 11 years Background: Niece received an associate degree from Clovis Community College. She has helped her mother run Tucker Renovations and Tuck’s Car Wash since she was 16. What does your job entail? I answer phones, file, pay bills, and other […]