Our people: Keeping stories going

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Name: Don Criss Birthday: Jan. 7, 1943 Hometown: Portales Profession: Director of Production Services for KENW-TV Family: Wife of 42 years Paula and two children Lisa and Martin

It’s their job: Don Criss

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Name: Don Criss Job: KENW director of production services Time on job: 35 years Background: Criss grew up in Upstate New York and came to Eastern New Mexico University in 1962. He earned a bachelor’s degree in theater and a master’s degree in educational media from ENMU. What does your job entail?: I supervise the […]

All-faculty cast a first

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor What started as a modest undertaking among a handful of Eastern New Mexico University faculty has evolved into a full-fledged drama production. “And The Winner Is …” opens at 7 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. The first all-faculty production throws together a cast of characters […]

Children get early visit from Santa

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Santa Claus arrived early for some children Tuesday night as jolly old Saint Nick and his helpers took gifts and surprised 180 local children whose names were placed on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree, now in its 22nd year, is an annual project designed to help […]

KENW continues working on its new home

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The director of production services at Eastern New Mexico’s KENW-TV said that the station is extremely busy preparing their new studios in the campus’ new Communication Center, which are expected to be completed in six months. Donald Criss said they have new equipment ordered — such as cameras — […]

Better for the bidding

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer Donald Criss has hosted KENW’s tele-auction for the past 30 years and has seen the program evolve from its not-so-well-organized beginning into the popular local event it’s become today. The first tele-auction was held in June of 1975 in order to raise funding for the station to buy programming, […]

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 […]

Filming ends in Portales

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By Kevin Wilson With the cooperation of the weather, the crew for “Believe in Me” had its final day of shooting in Portales turn out to be one of its better ones. A sunny, cloudless Wednesday marked the final day of shooting in Portales, and all that remains for shooting in the area is a […]

Johnny Appleseed lives on due to history

By Jim Lee Sometimes Don Criss dresses up like he’s George Washington. This does not necessarily mean Don is nuts, although that could amount to a matter of opinion. As Polonius would say, there is a method to his madness. Criss portrays people from American history for children. What better way to bring history to […]