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, [...]