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. […]

Local man kept Saddam capture under wraps

Darrell Todd Maurina Like many Americans, Mary Cline of Portales woke up on Dec. 14 to the news that American troops had captured Saddam Hussein. What she didn’t yet know was that her son Larry Davis, a civilian communications specialist working with Army forces near Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, had known about the capture many […]

Freedom board meets

Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — The board of Freedom Communications Inc. met all day Wednesday to discuss bids from potential buyers but did not decide what to recommend to the shareholders for a vote, the company said in a statement. Irvine, California-based Freedom, parent of the Portales News-Tribune, said the board told its investment […]

City promotes high-speed Internet surfing

Jack King While many of us still don’t know the difference between an Internet “site” and a “link” — let alone a “bit” and “kilobit” — we’re already living in an era of communications technology that is transforming the way we live and work, said John Badal, Qwest communications company’s New Mexico president. Badal was […]