Freedom sells TV stations

Mary Ann Milbourn IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc. has agreed to sell its television division to Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. It’s a $385 million deal that will leave the company and its newspapers free of debt, Freedom announced Wednesday. Freedom newspapers include the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. The […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Parents fantasize revenge on their kids

Marla Jo Fisher Seriously, you people have been mulling this over. Last week, I wrote a column describing my plans to get revenge on my kids when I’m a doddering old lady living in their house, for all the things they do now that set my teeth on edge. For example, I plan to drink […]

Passing through — Dec. 22

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Name: Jim and Cheryl Keys Where we found them: La Cita restaurant on Saturday night Where were they going? Near Lincoln, Neb. where their daughter lives Where did they come from? Corona, Calif.

Freedom emerges from bankruptcy

By Mary Ann Milbourn: Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the 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 the family ownership of a media chain that […]

Freedom executive retiring

IRVINE, Calif. — Jon Segal, president of Freedom Communications’ newspaper division, is retiring on June 30, according to a company newsletter. Freedom is the parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Segal’s career began more than 40 years ago as a high school student in the circulation department of […]

Freedom names interim CEO

IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications, Inc., parent company of the Quay County Sun, on Wednesday named independent director and media veteran Burl Osborne as its Interim CEO. He replaces Scott Flanders who resigned to take the CEO post at Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Osborne has served on Freedom’s Board of Directors since May 2004. He was […]

CEO of Freedom Communications to head Playboy

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By Mary Ann Milbourn Scott Flanders, chief executive of the Quay County Sun’s parent company, Freedom Communications Inc., confirmed Monday he is leaving the company to head Playboy Enterprises Inc. Flanders, 52, said he will quit his Freedom post June 30 and become CEO at Playboy July 1. A replacement at Irvine, California-based Freedom Communications […]

04-04-09: Engagements, births and birthdays

Ready to wed…Robert and Molly Evetts, of Tucumcari, announce the engagement of their daughter, Julie Evetts, to Randy Watts of Sacramento, Calif. Julie is the granddaughter of the late Mary Margaret and Steiner Mason and the late Hansel and Vera Evetts. Randy is the son of Randy R. Watts of Chicago, Ill. and the late […]

Freedom Communications implementing furloughs

Freedom New Mexico IRVINE, Calif. — Faced with continuing industry weakness in advertising spending, Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of Freedom New Mexico, announced on Friday a company-wide furlough program. Hourly and salaried associates at all levels of the company will take five days off work, without pay, between April 1 and June 30. “We […]

I-40 accident claims two lives

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun Two people were killed and one person was injured Sunday in a single-vehicle accident 10 miles east of Tucumcari on Interstate 40, said New Mexico State Police Lt. Cleo Baker. Elmer Capps, 78, of Fresno, Calif., was driving westbound on I-40 when his 2002 Crown Victoria drifted off the […]