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 […]

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 […]

State official lauds Sunland expansion

Freedom New Mexico The chief of New Mexico’s Economic Development Department hailed the expansion of Sunland Inc. peanuts as a model for other cities across the state. Fred Mondragon’s remarks came Thursday while in Portales for a tour of the peanut processing plant and Eastern New Mexico University. Mondragon is secretary of the state economic […]