Freedom emerges from bankruptcy

CNJ staff 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 to […]

New Mexico American Water manager defends company

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico American Water General Manager Kathy Wright says criticism of her company has reached a level of unfairness. During a Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday night, Wright defended her company and its role in the community to commissioners tasked with deciding if the city should withdraw from a […]

Timeline established for land use study

Freedom New Mexico The first public meeting Thursday in the Joint Land Use Study process for Cannon Air Force Base and Curry and Roosevelt counties provided a timeline for the study and encouraged public participation. Project Manager Catherine Roupe of Colorado company HDR Inc., which is working on the study under contract with Curry County, […]

Freedom to emerge from bankruptcy by end of March

Freedom Communications 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 and […]

Calls oppose cigarette tax hike

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe 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 […]

More scrutiny sought for SIC contracts

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe 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 […]

Business digest: Hotel gets gold status

Hotel gets gold status The Comfort Inn and Suites hotel of Clovis recently received a 2010 Gold Hospitality Award from parent company Choice Hotels International As a top performing property among the company’s more than 4,800 U.S. franchised hotels, the Clovis hotel is among the top 10 percent of properties within the Comfort brand. It […]

First person: Parks director looking ahead

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rob Carter is leaving Clovis after nine years of working as the director of the parks and recreation department. Rob Carter is leaving Clovis after nine years of working as the director of the parks and recreation department. He said he was glad the department grew during his time and […]

Wind energy company chooses Clovis for plant

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Vert-I-Go Wind Energy has chosen Clovis for its foray into wind farm operation and turbine manufacturing, and expects to bring in 60 jobs by 2013. A subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Abundant Energy, Vert-I-Go has reached a preliminary agreement with the city to purchase 6 acres of land south of […]

Extension clubs more than gatherings for lonely moms

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian I always thought they were started so lonely mothers could have other women come to give them some company! And that meant us kids would have a lot of stuff to eat. (And they could make a quilt if they had time!) Now that is what I always thought. The […]

Tres Amigas applies for federal approvals

The Associated Press A company that wants to connect the nation’s three massive power grids at a facility in Clovis has applied for regulatory approvals needed to move forward with the project. Tres Amigas LLC’s attorney Dave Raskin of Steptoe & Johnson said Wednesday the company has submitted two filings to the Federal Energy Regulatory […]

Company invests in HD channels

CNJ staff Suddenlink Communica-tions announced a nationwide investment to bring more high-definition television channels and faster Internet service to Clovis. The company said the $350 million, three-year progrm mean more than a dozen new HD channels and Internet download speeds of up to 20 megabits per second. The new channels are expected to include high-definition […]

Founder’s principles still relevant today

Freedom Newspapers It is perhaps a bittersweet moment to be remembering the founder of the company that owns this newspaper at a time when the newspaper business in general and this company in particular are going through difficult times — times not only related to the recession, but to particular changes in technology that have […]

Store closing means end of downtown Clovis fixture

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File photo Don Clark, 72, was a fixture in downtown Clovis as he helped bring visibility to Smyth Auto parts store by waving at passing motorists on Main Street. The 58-year-old store closed for good on Friday. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico A bygone era in automotive service is truly coming to an end […]

Engineering group hosts job seminar

Cannon Connections: Clarence Plank Job seminar participants listen to information about jobs on base for military spouses, retirees and dependents. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Family members of military personnel got advice and help in getting their resumes into the job market. The event was a job fair held on base Nov. 5 and sponsored […]

Xcel Energy names new subsidiary CEO

CNJ staff 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. 15. […]

Press Release: Xcel names Hill president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company

AMARILLO – Xcel Energy today named Riley Hill, chief operating officer of its Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) subsidiary, to succeed David Eves as president and CEO of SPS.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre to make tour stop in Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Lula Washington Dance Company performs 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. 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. […]

Company we keep truly influences us

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Each time I am drive down Commerce Street, my thoughts turn to my very old Marshall Junior High School days. Now it is called Marshall Middle School but when I was there, it was 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Also I have noticed that some of the trees are now […]

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.