Fishing fishing day reel fun

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Oasis State Park Manager Jim Whary gathers attendees of the 16th Annual Kids Free Fishin’ Clinic on Saturday. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers How to fish was not the only thing children learned this weekend at the free fishing clinic at Oasis State Park. With 10 learning stations set up around […]

Wrath of Reba a powerful weapon

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist Perhaps it was just one of those slow news days. No murders in Albuquerque, the Vigil mistrial yesterday’s story, viewers long having tired of a real yawner of a state political primary season. Whatever the case, one of the Duke City TV newscasts found time to bring us the report […]

Local television has every right to cover NFL

Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Pump prices surge to record $2.33 gallon

Staff and wire report Hurricane Dennis could mean more bad news, disrupts Gulf oil production. CAMARILLO, Calif. — Gas prices have hit a record high of $2.33 a gallon, pushed up by the climbing cost of oil and strong demand in the midst of the summer vacation season, an industry analyst said Sunday. Motorists could […]

Prepackaged news crosses line into propaganda

Freedom Newspapers There’s been a flurry of concern recently about the use of “video news releases” by federal government agencies and by the Schwarzenegger administration in California. These taped presentations of information with a spin are packaged like a TV news report and sometimes are used by local TV stations in ways that blend seamlessly […]

Press doesn’t get marching orders from government

Freedom Newspapers W hen comedian Norm McDonald was on “Saturday Night Live,” he was the anchorman on the show’s Weekend Update skit. He would read headlines from that week’s news and change portions of the stories to make them funny. At the end of the segment he would sign off with the words, “And that’s […]

Prerecorded programs ignore the news

Letters to the Editor I was very disappointed in our emergency response (on Wednesday) night. It was 30 minutes after the “gustnado” was spotted before we even heard an alarm. I was one of the spectators that spotted the funnel forming and I immediately called the police. Then I called (two local radio stations) and […]

CCC student: New library is a good environment for studying

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First-year Clovis Community College student Mark Garza of Clovis works on a research paper Wednesday at the Dr. W. D. Dabbs Library. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer First year Clovis Community College student Mark Garza didn’t like the school’s old library. The space was cramped, he said, and the […]

Tibute in song

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Five Portales youths are singing about heroes. Courtesy photo. Helena Rodriguez A Spanish “corrido” or ballad about the second anniversary of Sept. 11 – recorded in Portales – is getting attention and airplay on area radio stations. The voices behind the original patriotic tune belong to five Portales youth — three siblings and two cousins […]

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, […]