Children’s summer program offers variety of fun activities

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Instead of bored children glued to the television this summer, they can be involved in activities at locations around the area through the Portales Recreation Center’s summer program. Program director Johnny Ledbetter has been at the Center for seven years, and this is the fourth consecutive year the program […]

Television, in moderation, OK for kids

By Anita Doberman My 20-month-old daughter clearly knows Sponge Bob Squarepants (“Bub-bob”) and can sing the song well enough that even non-family members recognize it. She is also more than familiar with Dora and Diego; I think she expects them to come over for a visit any minute now. A few years ago, in the […]

Country could use stimulation — or new TV

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to be stimulated. Back in December the living room television began experiencing problems — a little wavy band at the top of the screen. Soon it got worse and eventually the band thickened to take up nearly the top fourth of […]

FCC needs to stay away from cable industry

Editorial Perhaps it’s not all that surprising. Any government agency set up with a mission to regulate some aspect of commercial life develops an institutional imperative to regulate ever more aspects. So the Federal Communications Commission, which was barred by law in 1984 from regulating cable television — to give the industry a chance to […]

HDTVs go mainstream

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Sports writer High-definition, flat-panel televisions are in demand in Clovis and Portales, even though the availability of high-definition programming is limited to satellite providers. HDTV offers higher resolution and better clarity than traditional formats, a difference Butch Dunn, owner of Towne Crier Home & Car Stereos in Clovis, said his customers […]

ENMU receives broadcast grant

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University has been awarded a $629,898 grant from the USDA to bring digital broadcasting to the rural areas of eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici’s office. The grant will be used to construct digital and high definition television transmitters in Artesia, Fort Sumner, Ruidoso […]

A little bit of fiber can do wonders

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A little more fiber in our lives would be a good thing. Right? I hope so. This week I signed up for the fiber optic package that Yucca Telecom just started peddling. They’re supposed to come out next week and run the fiber under my yard and replace traditional […]

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 […]

TVLand better than reality

By Karl Terry Two of my earliest memories of television faded last week as Barney Fife and Chester Goode passed on to the black and white screen in the sky. The characters that Don Knotts and Dennis Weaver created on TV were about as far back as my childhood memories go. I remember my brother […]

TV producer gives students dose of reality

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A television producer’s message to university students on Thursday was clear — anyone can be a success in the entertainment business, but it takes hard work and a belief in yourself. David Wallach, a six-time Emmy-winning television producer, spoke to Eastern New Mexico University students at the Becky Sharp Auditorium […]

9/3 Local Roundup

Local’s death still under investigation The death of J. C. Tucker remains under investigation, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said Friday. Tucker, 67, was found dead in his office at Tucker Auto Sales two years ago Sunday. Police said he was shot three times, his left-front pocket empty of the cash he always carried. The […]

The revolution has not been televised

By Kevin Wilson I don’t claim to have ever met Uncle Sam, but I believe he had a message for me a few weeks ago. I was doing my taxes, and that message was, “Buy a new television.” So, I’m awaiting my tax returns so I can do my duty as a patriotic American. I’m […]

Church members answer call for God

By Tova Fruchtman Don McCasland carries a world atlas with all of his important paperwork. He said he is always thinking about spreading the Gospel worldwide. McCasland, an elder at the Church of Christ at 16th and Pile streets in Clovis, has been helping run a program that broadcasts a 25-minute sermon on television and […]

Dec. 14 Obituaries

Art Corbin, 61 Mr. Art Corbin, 61, of Boles Acres, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. He was born on Aug. 20, 1943, in Portales, to Lorraine and Dale Corbin. He graduated from Causey High School in 1961, and attended South Plains Junior College in Levelland for a semester […]

Stop bad TV before it starts

By Kevin Wilson I need to have a chat with the Federal Communications Commission. I know the FCC has been a little bit overworked lately with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, but I’ve got an idea that it really needs to start working on. I call it BTAP, or Bad Television Awareness and Prevention. Too […]

Businesses expand, seek local support

Tony Parra Two businesses are depending on the support of the Portales community in their moves to expand from their current locations. Robert’s Television and Appliance is having it’s grand opening on Friday and Saturday in it’s new 20,000 square foot building at 509 South Avenue C, where the old Poynors Home and Auto Inc. […]

Television guide undergoes changes

Freedom Newspapers Clovis and Portales TV watchers will see some changes in their newspaper television inserts beginning today. The size will decrease from 28 to 24 pages each week and all inserts, whether placed in the Portales News-Tribune or Clovis News Journal, will carry listings for ComCast in Portales, Cox Communications in Clovis, and the […]

Hispanics still underrepresented in television

Helena Rodriguez When it comes to Hispanics and network television, I don’t want to see another Pancho Villa. How about a Hispanic Bob Villa? Too many times, Hispanics, Latinos, Chicanos, whatever we call ourselves, are portrayed as drug lords or maids. We’ve seen progress this year and a perfect example is ABC’s George Lopez show, […]

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, […]