Newspapers rewarding business

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Someone recently said, “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun if you would write a column telling about some of your exciting newspaper experiences?” And I said, “Gee, what a great idea!” You well know that conversation never took place but you also know what’s coming. Actually, the column idea springs from a recent story in the […]

New owners believe community newspapers future of industry

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CMI staff photo: Gabriel Monte Garry Ellis, left, and Gary Stevenson, new owners of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and the Quay County Sun, met with newspaper employees on Thursday. The two business partners will assume ownership of all three newspapers today and say they forsee very minor changes to the papers’ operations. CMI […]

Newspapers still surviving

Here’s a sample of the television news lately: “Osama bin Laden is dead. For more information stay tuned. We’ll be back after these messages.” So, if we want to know what’s going on in the world, we are required to wait until after numerous commercial messages. Then we’ll get a snippet, along with a “teaser” […]

Letters to the editor: Social issues have important place

Social issues have important place So, Freedom Newspapers think the issue of Shariah

‘Nedward’ giving it another shot

Newspapers across New Mexico reported the outgoing governor left a letter on her desk for the incoming governor. It’s a tradition. They all do it. Only here will you get the real scoop. Susana wrote back. Your humble columnist has the only known copy of that letter. William, I hope you don’t mind my dispensing […]

Teacher’s story one of success

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Valencia Elementary School teacher Becky Duran said her fantasy dinner party wouldn’t include celebrities. “I’m very down to earth,” she said. Valencia Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Becky Duran was chosen as the Newspapers In Education teacher of the year in Portales. She uses newspapers in her bilingual classroom to teach […]

Freedom founder: Newspapers should foster exchange of ideas

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: R.C. Hoiles was founder of Freedom Communications, parent company of our newspaper. In conjunction with the company’s emergence Friday from bankruptcy and the changing ownership from the Hoiles family, we’re dedicating this week’s editorial pages to remembering Hoiles’ philosophies. Here’s what Hoiles had to say about newspapers: • “What this […]

Key cases will be notable for high court

Freedom New Mexico Positive news about newspapers is good news to us — and we’ve got a little to share. Since National Newspaper Week begins today, we celebrate those achievements with you, and offer our looking-forward view on the future of your newspapers. Newspapers have been published in Clovis and Portales for more than 100 […]

Newspapers’ relevance has never waned

Freedom New Mexico Positive news about newspapers is good news to us — and we’ve got a little to share. Since National Newspaper Week begins today, we celebrate those achievements with you, and offer our looking-forward view on the future of your newspapers. Newspapers have been published in Clovis and Portales for more than 100 […]

It’s time for some time out of town

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist With any luck, within an hour after I get this column written and e-mailed to the newspapers, I’ll be headed out of town for a few days. It’s time, in more ways than one. It’s the time of year again when my three brothers and I all try to […]

Federal bailout for newspapers poor concept

Freedom New Mexico There has not been a formal agreement yet, let alone a turnover of funds, but a lawsuit has brought out the fact that the publisher of the venerable Philadelphia Inquirer has at least had discussions with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell about getting something like $10 million from the state government. Being keenly […]

Company founder fought valiantly for freedom

By Freedom New Mexico 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 […]

Newspapers have lengthy legacy

By Don McAlvy: Columnist Newspapers are the lifeblood of any community. Like the many communities that once existed in East-Central New Mexico and have faded away, so have newspapers faded away. Would you believe that in Curry, Quay and Roosevelt counties 62 newspapers once existed? In the early days the local paper was perhaps the […]

Reviews didn’t wrong Rowling or Scholastic

By Freedom Newspapers There was no magic in the way two American newspapers obtained copies of the long-awaited, final installment of the Harry Potter series before its official release early Saturday morning. But there are questions of ethics involving the “embargoed” book, the early reviews those newspapers chose to publish and the amount of advance […]

Freedom for all main philosophy of late founder

In a long life of 91 years, R.C. Hoiles saw it all. From the “rugged individualism” that still marked America at the time of his birth on Nov. 24, 1878, to the rise of socialist and communist ideas and policies in the 1920s and 1930s – especially in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia – to […]

CNJ wins 14 awards

CNJ Staff The Clovis News Journal captured 11 first-place honors and three second-place awards Saturday in the New Mexico Press Association contest. Two other Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico, the Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, earned four first-place awards as well. First place for newspapers with under-10,000 circulation went to the Clovis News Journal […]

Ahmadinejad owes explanations

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist My alma mater, Columbia University, has just invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak. Keeping up with the Joneses? Harvard (as well as the National Cathedral) hosted former Iranian president Ayatollah Khatami just a few weeks ago. Ahmadinejad himself chatted up a group at the Council on Foreign Relations following his speech […]

NIE honors Clovis special ed teacher

CNJ staff A stack of newspapers greets Tonnette Carpenter and her students twice a week. Horoscopes, comics, and sports immediately grab the attention of the students. But Carpenter directs her pupils to local and national articles, using words printed on the page as a learning tool. “The more one reads, the better reading skills become,” […]

Elementary teacher wins NIE award

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Third-grade teacher J’mi Heflin uses newspapers to teach core subjects at James Bickley Elementary. She was recently selected the local Newspapers in Education 2005 Teacher of the Year, having been nominated by Principal Cindi Tabb. “I had asked the teachers (at James Bickley) what they used in their classrooms […]

Newspapers complement education

Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to think of any ingredient to success as important as a good education. Unique talents, be they athletic, artistic or scholastic, certainly play their roles. Hard work always has its place. Even dumb luck leads some to success. Whatever other factors help a person find success, none has played a leading […]