Portales, New Mexico -
ALBUQUERQUE -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner will present a certificate of obligation to Eastern New Mexico University during the taping of the TV show You Should Know. The $112,000 grant will pay for the purchase of two new translators which will provide a digital signal to the Mescalero Apache Reservation.
Prior to installing the digital broadcast equipment a few years back these areas received an analog signal from a transmitter on Buck Mountain. But due to mountainous terrain the digital signal no longer adequately reached the valleys of the reservation.
Placement of the two new digital translators in two mountainous locations on the Mescalero Apache reservation will now allow tribal members to pick up the KENW-TV public television signal in their homes with an inexpensive indoor antenna.
The new digital signal system will also carry the Emergency Alert System to this area where there are currently no over the air digital signals available to most residents.
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