Residents admit smart phones are smarter than them

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Tonjia Rolan Are you smarter than your smart phone? If humans use only 10 percent of their brains — as urban legend alleges, do they also use only 10 percent of their smartphone apps? As it turns out, the 10 percent brain usage myth has been debunked by neurologists, according to Scientific America. Neurologists now […]

Community rallies to help fire victims

Tonjia Rolan Officials and staff from 13 local and area organizations converged on the Lighthouse Mission Wednesday evening armed with phone cards, toothbrushes, clothing, hotel vouchers and food for the victims of Wednesday’s fire. Aid workers did more than address food and shelter issues, however. They faced challenging questions such as how to replace destroyed […]

Consumers lose in blocked cell phone merger

Freedom New Mexico On antitrust, the U.S. government seems stuck in the Model T era. It just doesn’t understand that, in this age of Apple, Google, Facebook and thousands of lightning-fast digital companies, it’s practically impossible to build a monopoly. That’s why the Justice Department was so wrong in thwarting AT&T’s attempted $39 billion purchase […]

Cell phone ban distracts from true danger

The Nanny State is wagging its finger at us again. This time it’s the National Transportation Safety Board, which wants to ban all use of cellphones by drivers — even the “hands-free” kind that are increasingly popular — supposedly to cut down on traffic accidents. Many new cars even come with Bluetooth devices that automatically […]

Time to take control from technology

Social media, like its cousin, the cell phone, is a great thing so long as its stays in its place. Like many, I get irritated when it gets intrusive; unlike some, I try to always remember that I am the one in control. Facebook can remind me unnumbered times that I have “notifications pending.” That […]

Shooting victim’s daughter hoped to reconnect with him

Benna Sayyed Marisol Castillo was planning to meet her estranged father in person for the first time this month. After a deadly shooting Tuesday night, she is left with only memories of pleasant moments shared on the phone and online with dad, Joe Valero. Valero and his girlfriend, Lupita Casteneda, were gunned down at a […]

Residents warned of jury duty phone scam

Curry and Roosevelt County residents are cautioned to be wary of a phone scam claiming to be connected with jury duty service in the 9th Judicial District. A resident recently reported receiving a phone call in which the caller —who claimed to be with the clerk’s office of the 9th Judicial District Court — asked […]

Home security system hard to beat

I unlocked the door, and the second I opened it the blast began. It sounded like ten banshees fighting off a dozen gorillas. Holding my ears, I ran to the contraption on the wall by the front door and pushed the numbers (which, thankfully, I remembered) and was immediately greeted by a wonderful silence. This […]

Grant McGee: Reputation has no price tag

I got a phone call from “The Better Biz Center” the other day. That’s not the real name of this organization, I’ve changed it to avoid hassles from the real one. You know these folks, they’re the people who keep a list of naughty or nice businesses. Sort of like Santa Claus, or so I […]

Firefighters invaluable resource

By Russell Anglin: Freedom New Mexico Last Sunday was an awfully strange day. It started for me at 10 a.m. with the phone waking me up. My editor called and asked me if I had electricity. With my eyes still hazy and without my wits about me, I replied, “Um … I don’t know.” Turns […]

Fishing report — May 3

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish and The Fish Phone, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Police blotter — March 20

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 10 p.m. March 12 an officer responded to a restaurant in the 3000 block of North Prince Street for a theft of services report. A manager said a group of five men had eaten, ordering more than $180 in food and […]

Taxes wasted on phone service

Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate hookup to the expected recording advertising all the great services that are offered? I had that experience this week, and like […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Call for volunteers, ticket deadline and a bridge to gold

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Calling on you The new Portales Quality of Life Committee will be holding focus groups at the end of January and needs volunteers. Community members interested in participating in these focus groups will be chosen randomly from all who volunteer. Interested volunteers are asked […]

DA launches crime notification system

An automated system designed to keep crime victims informed has been launched in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (V.I.N.E), alerts victims and other concerned citizens with a phone call or e-mail when there is a change in a criminal offender’s status, according to a press release from the district attorney’s […]

Vietnam veterans reunited after more than 40 years

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carlton Zarling Jr., left, and Clovis resident Romeo Sierra reunited after serving together in Vietnam 43 years ago. Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Romeo Sierra thought Carlton Zarling Jr. died in a helicopter explosion in Vietnam in April 1967. That was until he was the voice on the other end of […]

Landlines, phonebooks failproof

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Of all of the messages I hate to see on my phone, the worst one comes from … the phone itself. The weekend was rough on me, even before we consider the Texas Rangers ballclub I’ve followed since the early 1990s. There were high points, but the low point […]

New wireless provider opens in Clovis

A new cell phone company has opened its doors in Clovis, promising to offer an alternative to existing wireless phone service in the area. ClearTalk Wireless hosted a grand opening Aug. 14 at its new location on North Prince Street. According to a press release, the company created six full-time positions in the area as […]

Phone call leads to suspect’s capture

CNJ staff A phone call from a citizen led to the capture Tuesday of a man Clovis police have been seeking for about six months. Gabriel Chavez was taken into custody without incident just before 5 p.m. in the 700 block of Gidding Street, said Chief Steve Sanders. “Somebody witnessed him going down the street […]

Setting it straight: No new cell phone laws

A story in Wednesday’s paper reported incorrect information regarding new laws. There are no new laws related to cell phone use while driving in New Mexico. Lawmakers proposed a law but it was not approved.