Thumb drives, flash media still prohibited

By Capt. Christina R. Hoggatt: Air Force Space Command Public Affairs PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The ban on flash media use in the Air Force is still in place, although U.S. Strategic Command officials at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., issued an order Feb. 12 allowing limited use of removable flash media devices […]

Policy OKs social media access, with caveats

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — A new Defense Department policy authorizes DOD members to access social networking Web sites and other Web 2.0 platforms from nonclassified government computers, as long as it doesn’t compromise operational security or involve prohibited activities or Web sites. Defense Department officials issued the long-awaited policy Feb. […]

Military officials ease thumb drive, flash media bans

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — New guidelines from U.S. Strategic Command officials allow servicemembers to use “thumb drives” and other flash media to store computer data under specific circumstances. Strategic Command officials banned use of thumb drives and flash media in November 2008, after the use of the media infected a […]

Musical chairs solved with duct tape

By Kevin Wilson: PNT columnist One of my favorite places to shop during the holiday season are office-supply stores. There are pens on sale, Post-It notes on sale, media storage devices on sale — and half-price chairs to sit in while you’re waiting in line. About two years ago, I purchased one of these half-price […]

Weather precautions in place

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Many residents of Clovis and Portales will have their eyes peeled on the weather, either through looking at the conditions directly or through updates via various media, as a cold front is expected to move through eastern New Mexico on Tuesday. That’s also true for Curry and Roosevelt County […]

March 19, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: two Media literacy: Under a bill approved by both the House and Senate, public schools could offer media literacy as an elective class. The measure (HB342) calls for the electives to be offered to 6th through 12th graders starting in the 2010-2011 school year. Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, is carrying […]

It’s Their Job: Wendel Sloan

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Name: Wendel Sloan Job: Director of Media Relations at Eastern New Mexico University. Background: I handle media and public information functions in the Office of Communication Services at Eastern New Mexico University. “I was living in Dallas at the time and saw an ad in the Dallas Morning News,” Sloan said. “I was invited to […]

Police: fugitive likes media attention

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Investigators are beginning to believe fugitive homicide suspect Noe Torres is playing games and enjoying media attention in the three years he has evaded police. Torres on Dec. 19 left a three-minute message on a voice mailbox at the Clovis News Journal. The message was discovered Tuesday morning when […]

Birds cause morning power outage

PNT Staff Report Some customers were left in the dark early Saturday after birds flew into power lines, disrupting service for north Portales, said Wes Revees of Xcel Media Relations. He said 870 residents were without power from 6:52 a.m. to 7:49 a.m.

Presidential politics entertaining

By Anita Doberman By Anita Doberman You would think that being from Italy I’ve had my fair share of politics, and I certainly have when it comes to outrageous situations. But I was nevertheless surprised by the coverage of our current American political races. I am not talking about the candidates or political views, Republican […]

Political coverage now more like sports

By Anita Doberman You would think that being from Italy I’ve had my fair share of politics, and I certainly have when it comes to outrageous situations. But I was nevertheless surprised by the coverage of our current American political races. I am not talking about the candidates or political views, Republican versus Democrat etc; […]

Prairie chicken sponsors call for poster contest entries

PNT Staff Report Sponsors of the High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival, to be held April 11-13 in Milnesand invite artists of all ages to participate in a poster contest. The grand prize winning entry will be reproduced as the festival poster, according to a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish news release. The grand […]

First amendment not just issue for media outlets

Editorial Journalists get passionate about the First Amendment, mainly because it helps shield the press against those who attempt to silence it. Because such attacks are becoming more frequent, thanks in large part to the Bush administration, most news coverage of the First Amendment revolves around the media. But the First Amendment doesn’t just protect […]

NFL imposed time limits unfair

Editorial The National Football League has picked another fight this year with the news media, which have helped make it the world’s most profitable sports franchise. There has been an uproar about vests that all news photojournalists are supposed to wear while on the sidelines of every football game. The vests carry two versions of […]

Kos criticism proving costly for Fox

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers My coworkers have to hear me talk about TV and movies all the time. The way I figure, why deprive readers that same joy? With that in mind, here are four things I think about TV, movies and media: 1. The tit-for-tat continues with Fox News analyst Bill O’Reilly and […]

Treatment of media setting China back

Editorial Just now the Chinese government is focused on U.S. media, claiming they (we) have exaggerated the extent to which Chinese food products are tainted in the wake of all those dogs and cats dying horrible deaths a few weeks ago. This aggressive defense of Chinese quality standards is considered important not only to bolster […]

Understanding key to racial harmony

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer By the time you read this, Don Imus’ racial slur aimed at the Rutgers women’s basketball team will have been talked to death. But will there be a resolution to forgive and forget? I doubt it. Since Imus recently referred to the mostly black team as “Nappy-headed hos” after […]

Media must work as government watchdog

By Robert Trapp: Columnist Community advocates, activists, volunteers and journalists with true grit will celebrate National Sunshine Week today through Saturday. The week is set aside annually to celebrate our freedom to access information under the U.S. Constitution and enlighten the public of its rights to access the records it owns and public bodies it […]

Extending immigrants credit poses no threat

By Freedom Newspapers We must confess to befuddlement over all the anger directed at Bank of America for its policy, revealed Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal story, that it will offer credit cards to Spanish-speaking people who do not have Social Security numbers. The implication, of course, is that the most likely candidates for […]

Call to military life difficult in peace or war

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist People seem to have an uncontrollable desire to share their opinions about the war in Iraq with me, a simple yet exuberant military wife. A conversation usually starts with questions such as, “Where is your husband right now?” and “When is he getting back?” It quickly progresses to heavier topics […]