CEO of Freedom Communications to head Playboy

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By Mary Ann Milbourn Scott Flanders, chief executive of the Portales News-Tribune’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 was […]

ENMU professor, debate coach retiring

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer After 33 years of teaching and wearing many hats at Eastern New Mexico University, Anthony Schroeder, professor of communications and director of the debate and forensics team, is retiring. Senior communications major Erin Griffith had Schroeder as a professor for two class and as debate coach. She meet him […]

Editorial: Court ruling could negate need for FCC

In ruling that the Federal Communications Commission was justified in changing its policy toward what are delicately referred to as “fleeting expletives” — words considered indecent or profane uttered once or twice during live broadcasts rather than as part of a prewritten script — the U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped the First Amendment issue that could, […]

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 […]

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Exercise highlights wireless communications

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, is briefed during the Joint Lightning communications exercise July 15. Wurster visited the base during the second annual AFSOC communications exercise that took place July 12-25. By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg By 2nd Lt. Raymond Gobberg 27th SOW […]

CAFB exercise tests special ops communication

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Inside what looks like an 8-foot tall green beach ball is a satellite terminal that represents the future of special operations communications technology. Tethered by cables tied to four metal plates, the inflatable satellite was surrounded by three tents housing millions of dollars worth of communications equipment. The mobile […]

Military branches combine for Joint Lightning exercise

Cannon Connections: Tony Bullocks Roy Priest of GATR Technologies talks about an inflatable satellite prototype Thursday. The satellite would replace a traditional saucer satellite dish used to transmit and receive signals. By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections Inside what looks like an 8-foot tall green beach ball is a satellite terminal that represents the future of […]

It’s Their Job, Kinsey Barker

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Name: Kinsey BarkerJob: Events Coordinator Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Background: Barker is from Hobbs, she moved here and got a bachelors degree in communications (public relations) at Eastern New Mexico University. Currently she is working on a masters degree in communications at ENMU.Q. Describe what your job entails?A. I help coordinate events, I write […]

Commander opens new line of communication

By Senior Airman Ryan Richard Rones: 612th Air Communications Squadron DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZ. — Have you ever had a question or concern that you wanted to communicate directly to one of your senior leaders? Well here is your chance. Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, the 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern Commander, […]

DA concerned about Smith’s witness contact

By Sharna Johnson District Attorney Matt Chandler asked a judge Thursday to stop all communications between a former Clovis dentist and potential state witnesses involved in James Smith’s murder case. Chandler said the conversations could compromise the testimony in Smith’s trial. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Joe Parker said he will make a ruling on […]

HUD releases ENMU communications funding

The Department of Housing and Urban Development released funding on a $496,000 Economic Development Initiative grant that will allow Eastern New Mexico University to purchase equipment for its new communications center. The announcement came through press releases from both U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s and U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman’s offices Friday. Domenici, a member of the […]

A new home at last

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By Tony Parra The new 34,000 square-foot Communication Center is full of life with the bustling of with students and professors in the first week of use at Eastern New Mexico University. On Thursday the overall feeling expressed by students was that it’s nice to be going to communications classes in only one building and […]

New communications building partially open

By Tony Parra Tuesday was the first day for classes at Eastern New Mexico University and university students used the day to break in the new state-of-the-art communications building. Scott Smart, vice president for business affairs at ENMU, updated the ENMU Regents on the construction projects taking place or scheduled for the 2006 year during […]

ENMU officials excited for upcoming communications center

By Tony Parra The new communications building at Eastern New Mexico University will be a tremendous upgrade from the current communications building, according to Jeff Burmeister, TV Broadcast Engineering Director for KENW. Burmeister has regular meetings with Scott Smart, Vice President for Business Affairs at ENMU, to discuss the status of the construction of the […]

Senator tours building

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Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) was in Portales on Tuesday for a tour of Eastern New Mexico University’s new communications building. Domenici, who was at the original building dedication 31 years ago reflected back on his start in politics. “I was interviewed by many of the young people who used […]

Broadcast center completion delayed due to rain

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Delays in construction of a new communications building at Eastern New Mexico University due to rain means the department won’t be able to offer communications classes in the new building until the spring of 2006. Scott Smart, vice president of Business Affairs, said construction of the building was scheduled […]

Bingaman seeks funds for Cannon

PNT Staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today outlined his fiscal year 2006 spending priorities for military construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base. In a letter to top Senate appropriators, Bingaman requested $5.5 million to upgrade the Munitions Storage Area at Cannon Air Force Base. The current munitions maintenance facility, which provide for […]

Our commitment to our heritage and to our readers

By Cathy Taylor and Alan Bock Each year Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Portales News-Tribune, celebrates Founder’s Day, the birthday of Raymond Cyrus Hoiles (1878-1970). “R.C.,” as he was known, founded the media company in 1935 with the purchase of the then-Santa Ana Register, and his heirs still control it. R.C. Hoiles had a […]

Loan will go toward fiber optics

By Tony Parra A change in the availability of fiber optics for the residents of Roosevelt County is on the horizon after U.S. Representative Tom Udall confirmed Yucca Communications of Portales will receive more than $11 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program on Monday. […]