Thursday, March 15, 2012

Clovis, Portales, Tucumcari Newspapers Sold

Based on a story in today's Wall Street Journal, I was going to say that the newspapers in Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari might be for sale. The story said that Freedom Communications, Inc., is exploring the sale of most of its 24 daily newspapers.

I was also going to point readers to Dirks, Van Essen & Murray of Santa Fe, the nation's leading newspaper broker.

Google, however, saved me embarrassment.

A January 31 release from Freedom Communications announced the sale of the Clovis News-Journal "and its associated publications, including the Portales News-Tribune and Tucumcari's Quay County Sun to Clovis Media Inc." which is based in Sheridan, Wyoming. The deal was expected to close by the end of February, the release said. The release is ported at the New Mexico Press Association (

A CNJ story reported that the new owners took over on February 17.

The officers of Clovis Media are Gary W. Stevenson, Susan Stevenson and Garry S. Ellis, says the Public Regulation listing. The address is 176 N. Main St. Ste. 1, Sheridan, Wyoming, 82801. For the geographically challenged among us, Sheridan, Wyoming, population around 14,000, is in the center of the state, near the Montana border.

The News Journal now has a Facebook page (

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