Greyhound bus station at new location

CNJ staff The Greyhound bus station will begin operating at a new location today, according to a company spokeswoman. The new Greyhound Lines Inc. station is at Cortez Gas Co. at 2207 South Prince St. from 121 E. Second St., according to Maureen Richmond. The station operates two daily schedules heading to Amarillo and El […]

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:

Business digest — Aug. 16

Sunland receives certification Sunland Inc. has received a certification demonstrating exceptional quality control, food safety and food tracking methodology, according to a news release from the Portales peanut processing company. Silliker Global Certification Services issued the SQF 2000 Level 3 certification, the highest achievable, according to the release. Sunland Inc., with headquarters in Portales, was […]

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 […]

Clovis dairy farmer re-elected to DFA board

CNJ staff 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 dairy-related […]

CCC to release bids at trustees meeting

CNJ staff Clovis Community College will release bids for the second phase of the Allied Health project, and the tabulated scores of each bid, at its next board of trustees meeting. Bids were received Tuesday. The board will meet 8 a.m. Feb. 2 in room 512. Nine bids were recieved by the following companies: Bradbury […]

Cattle Baron founder dies

CNJ staff Jeffrey W. Wilson, chief executive officer and founder of the Cattle Baron Restaurants Inc., of Roswell, died Sunday at Roswell Regional Hospital. He was 57. Cattle Baron Restaurants, Inc. was founded in Portales in 1976. Today there are eight Cattle Baron locations operating throughout New Mexico and Texas, including Roswell, the home of […]

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.

Tres Amigas partners with Viridity Energy Inc.

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Wednesday’s announcement of partnership between Viridity Energy Inc. and Tres Amigas is just one more step in bringing forward the first power superstation to connect the nation’s power grids. Viridity will supply the software and network operating system to make it possible for Tres Amigas to sell its transmission […]

Veteran editor joins Freedom board

By 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 […]

Peanut retail costs going up

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Wilba Duggan of Las Cruces shops at Sunland Inc.’s retail store Thursday. She and her husband, Dan, said they always stop when they come through Portales and buy peanuts for relatives in Oklahoma. Higher-than-normal wholesale peanut prices this year are expected to drive up retail costs. By Argen Duncan: Freedom […]

School board chooses search firm

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education unanimously chose School Executive Consulting Inc. Thursday to help in the search for a new superintendent. The firms’ services will cost $20,000 plus expenses. Board President Mark Lansford said money to pay the firm would come from the district’s general operational budget. […]

Fertilizer prices drop

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Ursula Parker with bags of fertilizer Thursday in the SPRA-Green warehouse. Fertilizer prices have dropped since last year, but some farmers have switched to manure because it is cheaper. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Fertilizer prices have dropped in recent months, but not enough for some area suppliers and […]

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 […]

Radio purchase complete

CNJ staff 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 99.1 […]

Parks and Recreation director leaving Clovis

CNJ staff Parks and Recreation Director Rob Carter is leaving Clovis to accept a position with Guest Services Inc. of Fairfax, Va. His last day is Feb. 5, according to a press release from the city. A spokesperson said Carter’s position will be advertised immediately and remain open until filled. Public Works Director Clint Bunch […]

Day trip: Peanut factory offers guided tours

Courtesy photo At Sunland Inc. visitors take a 20-minute guided tour through the factory and see how peanut butter is created and packaged from start to finish. Place: Sunland Inc. Location: The factory is located at 42593 U.S. 70, just northeast of Portales. It is 16.5 miles or a 24-minute drive from Cannon Air Force […]

Slow real estate sales plague ag industry

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

School staff prepare to welcome back students

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melissa Ward works as bus driver, assistant manager and sometimes janitor at Adair Transportation Inc., which runs bus routes for the Clovis Municipal Schools system. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Getting 43 buses and their drivers ready to drive 34 routes carrying 2,200 children to school daily can only […]

Portales man remembered as fun-loving, hard worker

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Family and friends remember Manuel Alvarez-Alonso as a man who clowned around, worked hard and made time for his family. Alvarez-Alonso, 39, of Portales died Monday in Lubbock after spending two weeks on life support after a 2,000-pound bag of peanuts fell on him while he was working at […]