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 […]

Bullying journalists endangers freedom

By Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to take a case involving a prosecutor seeking the telephone records of two reporters with The New York Times. The decision is regrettable — even though it is far from certain that the high court would have decided the case as we would have preferred. […]

First Amendment Conference held

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Students and community members alike attended the First Amendment conference Wednesday co-sponsored by Eastern New Mexico University’s department of Communicative Arts and Sciences and the Chase. The panel discussion was designed to encourage people to question American media’s role during wartime, say organizers. Amber Davis a Public Relations Student […]

Homicide, pop culture get ENMU classes

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Two classes added to Eastern New Mexico University’s summer schedule and a new degree program added to the fall schedule may allow students to gain a better understanding of real-life situations and some hands-on experience. “Popular Culture” and “Homicide” will be available for students during the second session of […]

Clinton photo-op has its hazards

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As I sat down at a meeting across the conference table from my friend Chris Kelsey that day in 2001, I could tell he was excited about something as he asked if I had received his news release. I said no, what’s up? “Bill Clinton’s going to play a […]

Hussein’s trial should be least important aspect

Freedom Newspapers There’s a certain satisfaction in seeing a brutal tyrant like Saddam Hussein in the judicial dock, on trial for one of the outrageous crimes he committed against the Iraqi people. Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense policy and foreign affairs at the libertarian Cato Institute, said Saddam’s trial has the potential to be […]

New president named for Freedom Communications

Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Scott Flanders, who has professional experience in direct marketing and Internet distribution, has been named chief executive and president of Freedom Communications Inc., the Irvine-based media company that owns the Portales News-Tribune. Flanders, 48, who will assume the position effective the first of the year, has held positions of […]

Couple brings pictures new life

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Editor’s Note: The following is a part of an ongoing series of stories about local business owners in Portales. If a picture can say a thousand words, a husband and wife team in Portales is finding ways for the picture to say even more. John Lowry-King and Betty King-Lowry owners […]

Freedom won’t be sold, agrees to partnership

Freedom Newspapers Freedom News Service IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications Inc., whose fractious family owners have been bitterly divided over how to let some of their shareholders cash out, said Tuesday its board of directors has endorsed a plan that will leave intact the libertarian legacy of company founder and patriarch Raymond C. Hoiles. Irvine, […]

City prepares for emergencies

Tony Parra Emergency alert sirens and spreading the news via media outlets are two top priorities for local officials if a tornado swept through the Portales vicinity. Planning for a tornado, flood or any other emergencies situations were topics of discussion at an emergency planning meeting on Thursday at the Portales city hall. At the […]

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 […]