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 […]