Thursday morning briefing: Cleaning up, citizen police and down under

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Scoop the poop For the convenience of those who walk pets on campus, Eastern New Mexico University has installed four pet waste stations. Each station provides bags and a trash can. They are located by the Administration Building, Campus Bookstore, between the Campus Union […]

McGee: More than one way to enjoy deer

So The Lady of the House and I have returned from another journey to the American Southland to visit her kin and my momma. We stayed off the interstate highways, spending time passing through small towns from Texas to Florida and back. We tried local foods when we stopped like Texas barbecue, Louisiana battered and […]

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 […]

Reader-submitted content: Hospital to host health fair

Roosevelt General Hospital is hosting a free health fair Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon to celebrate the birth and first 10 years of your hospital. Adults can go to RGH and have their blood drawn through Friday and come to the health fair to pick up their results. On Saturday, they can visit with […]

Radio purchased complete

Freedom New Mexico Zia Broadcasting Inc. has completed the purchase of the KTQM and KWKA radio stations from Curry County Broadcasting Inc. Rick Keefer, general manager of Zia Broadcasting, said Bob Coker has been appointed as station manager for KTQM/KWKA. He was formerly the general manager for Curry County Broadcasting. Zia Broadcasting also owns KCLV […]

Annual reading pow-wow coming to an end

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After 25 years, the annual Steiner Elementary School reading pow-wow may have made its last appearance. The event allows first-graders and their parents to move through several stations, where the students read to earn portions of American Indian costumes and hear about related history. Parents do much of the […]

April 19, 1955

Charles Wesly Tull Jr. and James Weldon Crow, two U.S. Marines who were absent without leave from their California station, were implicated in the burglary of two Portales service stations after one was arrested for car theft in Snyder, Texas. After a unprofitable stint in Portales, the two had traveled to Snyder, stolen a vehicle, […]

Feb. 19, 1974

The Portales News-Tribune reported the national gas pinch was hitting the area, causing three Portales fuel stations to place “No Gas” signs at their stores. However, the local prices were slightly cheaper than the national average. Gas cost 43 cents at many local stations while the nation-wide average was 49 cents.

Customers, stations pleased with lower gas prices

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The drop in fuel prices over the last month haven’t just been good for consumers, it’s good for gas companies too. When fuel prices are high, gas companies have to pay more just like regular consumers. April Rutter, office manager for C&S Fuel in Portales, said it’s a relief […]

Tallgrass Broadcasting comes to Clovis

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers With a renowned documentarian and a lifelong businessman at the helm, Tallgrass Broadcasting is taking root in Clovis. Owners for Tallgrass held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the building that houses KICA, KKYC and KMUL stations that broadcast to Clovis, Portales and Muleshoe. The station is the ninth outlet purchased […]

Satellite radio companies should be allowed to merge

Editorial Satellite radio has been a godsend to American music and sports fans who have felt marginalized by the relentless consolidation of the companies behind the traditional broadcast signals. Now, inevitably, consolidation of the two largest providers may be the only way to preserve the options that industry provides. XM, with 7.6 million subscribers, and […]

Kids shown reel fun time at clinic

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer How to fish was not the only thing children learned this weekend at the free fishing clinic at Oasis State Park. With 10 learning stations set up around the lake, they also learned about such topics as fly tying, ethics and conservation, aquatic invertebrates and preventing hypothermia. About 70 […]

NFL should rethink decision to ban local stations on their fields

Editorial The National Football League should quickly rethink its plans to forbid local television journalists from being on the sidelines during games for the 2006 season. The league’s 32 teams voted unanimously March 31 to adopt a ban for local television stations not affiliated with the network carrying the local game. The stations would be […]

Feds’ videoa news nothing more than propaganda

Freedom Newspapers There’s been a flurry of concern recently about the use of “video news releases” by federal government agencies and by the Schwarzenegger administration in California. These taped presentations of information with a spin are packaged like a TV news report and sometimes are used by local TV stations in ways that blend seamlessly […]

Women businesses soar state-wide, locally

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Tony Parra The state of New Mexico ranks seventh in the nation in women-owned business growth in 2002, according to research from the Center for Women’s Business Research. Portales is no stranger to women-owned businesses with owners that include Trish Lovorn of the Hestand Floral, Pam Kratzer of Book Nook and Sheila Hays of Sheila’s […]

Portales youth getting area airplay with Spanish 9/11 song

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By Helena Rodriguez A Spanish “corrido” or ballad about the second anniversary of Sept. 11 – recorded in Portales – is getting attention and airplay at radio stations around the area. The voices behind the original patriotic tune belong to five Portales youth ranging in ages from 10 to 16. What’s more, all of the […]

Easing media restrictions will not hurt choices

Remember the days when our television choices were limited to three major networks, public television and maybe some UHF stations? When ABC, NBC and CBS dictated what appeared on television and we turned to Walter Cronkite or Huntley-Brinkley as our daily gatekeepers of television news? Today, our news and programming choices are vast and varied, […]