Biofuels used to power body implants

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A leading biofuel energy researcher speaking at Eastern New Mexico University on Tuesday explained how the technology is used to power devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Plamen Atanassov, professor of chemical and nuclear engineering at the University of New Mexico, said he’s researching advanced biofuel cells and how they […]

Fighting back best way to escape wolves

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Ryn Gargulinski is managing editor of the Quay County Sun. This column, published in connection with domestic violence awareness month, was previously published in Brooklyn Woman newspaper and online at: 12.gauge.com It started with a teddy bear and ended in a pair of handcuffs. The teddy bear was […]

Cell phones not sole cause of bad driving

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Richard Roy, a state representative of Connecticut, was quoted in the Oct. 1 New York Times as saying, “There’s nothing worse than seeing someone driving down the road, on the phone or shaving or putting on make-up, and there’s a child in the back seat.” With this hyperbole he was […]

Baseball passion wins over technology

David Stevens No one would laugh or think it strange if I’d listened to the Astros baseball game on the radio last Sunday afternoon. So why is everyone so amused that I listened to the first 11 innings on a cell phone? I tried but could not find an Albuquerque-area radio station broadcasting the Astros’ […]

Technology fixes stem cell ethics issue

By Mona Charen: CNJ columnist Medical science may be able to settle a contentious and damaging fight between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, and yet few have taken any notice. Appearing before the Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services subcommittee earlier this month, Dr. William Hurlbut, a professor in the Human Biology program at […]

Cell phone bans impossible gesture

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist When it comes to cell phones in cars, there are two kinds of people: those who make calls behind the wheel and those who hate them. The latter group includes not only me but a large majority of the Chicago City Council, which recently banned motorists from talking on hand-held […]

Embryo use destruction of human life

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist The Kansas City Star, editorializing about the president’s threat to veto the stem cell bill passed by the House, described human embryos as the “excess products of fertility procedures.” The Los Angeles Times, contemptuous of the president’s ethical misgivings, declared: “It’s not a choice between a human life and an […]

For many, cell phones, computers integral part of everyday life

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Kristin Smothermon of Albuquerque uses her cell phone while visiting her sister in Clovis. Smothermon, 16, received the phone from her parents two years ago. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Inside 16-year-old Kristin Smothermon’s purse is a flip-top Motorola cellular phone. The Albuquerque teen takes it with her most places […]

Stem cell advocates base argument on myth

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist By now, we all know the crucial question about embryonic stem cell research. Advocates have put it plainly: Should we let unused frozen embryos residing in fertility clinics be dumped down the drain — or should we use them to cure diabetes, Alzheimer’s, paralysis and other health scourges? Confronted with […]

Using humans for spare parts inhumane

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist The Kansas City Star, editorializing about the president’s threat to veto the stem cell bill passed by the House, described human embryos as the “excess products of fertility procedures.” The Los Angeles Times, contemptuous of the president’s ethical misgivings, declared: “It’s not a choice between a human life and an […]

Telephones made simpler by prioritizing

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist “I don’t like answering the phone. The phone ringing always means bad news.” I can’t remember who told me that. It’s one of those sayings that are kind of closed minded, no room for negotiation. But I kind of/sort of agree with my long-forgotten acquaintance about the telephone. I’m really […]

Teens, cell phones make for moral story

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist You’ve heard of the book “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?” It’s a cute children’s story that illustrates what happens when you show a little kindness to the wrong kinds of creatures — like mice … or teenagers. In the story, the mouse becomes more demanding, asking for a […]

Stem cell research is morally problematic

By Mona Charen Addressing the Democratic National Convention, Ron Reagan told the delegates that in the debate over funding research on embryonic stem cells, we face a choice between “the future and the past; between reason and ignorance; between true compassion and mere ideology.” Not satisfied with that contrast, he elaborated that “a few of […]

De Baca commissioners, sheriff resolve some issues

By Ryan Lengrich FORT SUMNER — The De Baca County Commission has agreed to reinstate County Sheriff Gary Graves’ cell phone and credit card under new terms, while lawyers from the two sides will consider dropping pending lawsuits dating back to last year. But the dispute over the need for a sheriff’s secretary remains unresolved. […]

Emergency calls made easy with cell phones

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Clovis dispatchers say almost 90 percent of 911 calls are made from cell phones. (CNJ illustration by Darren Estrada) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The increase in cell phone use over the past decade has done wonders for local emergency personnel, allowing them to arrive at wreck and crime scenes quicker. But the portable […]

Detention center prisoners get to be a handful over weekend

By Jack King Two altercations involving prisoners at the Curry County Adult Detention Center over the weekend have resulted in at least $4,000 worth of damage to the jail and an injury to a guard, Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said today. One incident forced guards to call in Clovis police officers for backup, who […]

Inmate found dead in cell

By Darrell Todd Maurina Parmer County Sheriff: Reason for death remains a mystery. Parmer County Sheriff Randy Geries said he doesn’t know what he could have done differently to prevent the Feb. 22 hanging death of one of his jail inmates. Phillip Morris Griggs Jr., 22, of Bovina was found hanging that afternoon in a […]

Truck was tracked by telephone

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Delbert Sours holds the cell phone that was in the truck as the truck, along with Christmas presents, was stolen while he tried to help an injured motorist near his home. Authorities used his cell phone to track his truck. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Delbert Sours has his pickup truck […]

Foam roofing provides durability

By Jack King The closed-cell urethane foam two Clovis roofing contractors are offering makes a lighter weight, better insulating, roofing material than traditional substances and is more convenient to apply, both for the contractor and the customer, they said recently. Trace Bailey, of T.S. Bailey Enterprises, said he has been in the business of spraying […]