Immunity denies accountability

By Kevin Wilson Congress is about to tell you it’s OK to break the law, as long as somebody in the government is paying you to do it. The Senate on Tuesday voted in favor of giving telecommunications companies immunity for their roles in a National Security Administration eavesdropping program previously ruled unconstitutional by the […]

Halloween safety tips

CNJ staff Children trick-or-treating should: Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards. Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses. Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult if under age 12. Know their phone number and carry a cell phone if possible. Cross streets at […]

Cells often sole phone

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Most cell phones give people the ability to take pictures and video, listen to music, access the Internet and annoy theater audiences. They also do one other thing: Eliminate a monthly utility bill. Herman Smith, 38, a retired airman, said he got rid of his land-line phone because he […]

Police press release on bomb threat

Here is the press release issued Friday by Clovis police following a bomb threat at Bank of America: On 06/29/2007 at about 10:58 AM the Clovis Police Department received a call from Bank of America staff reporting that they had received a bomb threat from a female caller asking if it was the bank that […]

United Way provides free phone service

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Curry and Roosevelt county residents seeking assistance can turn to a free phone service to help guide them to the proper resources. The 2-1-1 system is a service being provided by United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Callers to the number are connected to the proper organizations for help. Information […]

The text generation

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MCT/Freedom Newspapers illustration By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s because it saves minutes or because kids say it’s easier to express themselves, text messaging is the latest communication phenomenon gripping today’s teenagers. “Kids don’t communicate verbally any more,” said Dana Wright, whose 16-year-old son is entering his junior year at Muleshoe High. “He […]

Cell phone shopper arouses suspicions

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A Muleshoe store clerk’s suspicion that a customer might be engaged in terrorism led police last week to question a Palestinian man regarding his attempt to purchase prepaid cell phones, according to police. Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda said the unidentified man, who said he was involved in an international […]

Cell Phone Etiquette and Centipedes

By Curtis K. Shelburne I just talked to Joshua, our youngest son, on the cell phone. Amazing. Yes, cell phones in general amaze me. I have a love/hate relationship with the gadgets. They are blessings when you own one (or if you need to reel in a teenager) and a blight when they own you. […]

Tax extensions allowed for tornado victims

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Income tax procrastinators have two extra days to file taxes this year, as the traditional April 15 deadline falls on Sunday. The 2006 tax deadline is April 17. Curry and Quay County residents affected by the March 23 tornado also catch a break, according to a press release from the […]

He knows just what I need

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t know if anyone has come up with a 12-step group, something on the order of Alcoholics Anonymous, for packrats, but I hope so. I need to join forthwith. “We’ve always done it that way,” is the motto for folks with one kind of affliction. But the motto […]

Ring in year with tax credit

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer As a working mother, Candace Montgomery uses her cell phone frequently to maintain contact with her two teenage daughters. And the teenagers use their phones to talk for hours, text message, and download music and ringtones. “Their cell phones are like an extra appendage,” Montgomery said. “I swear it […]

Brain possibly next Bluetooth frontier

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christmas is great for many reasons: Congress isn’t in session, so I have no reason to get upset about what elected officials are doing. All kinds of once-a-year food items and television shows are available, including Mint M&M’s and “Home Alone,” a movie that’s just no longer realistic because […]

Limiting media’s freedom hinders public freedoms

By Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court declined last week to take a case involving a prosecutor seeking the telephone records of two reporters with The New York Times. The decision is regrettable — even though it is far from certain that the high court would have decided the case as we would have preferred. […]

Day Trip: Area offers year-round links

By Ashley Lee: Freedom Newspapers Year-round golfing seems like a dream in some places, but not in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. Fall and winter golfing can be found all over the area. From the local courses in Portales and Clovis to the Ocotillo Park golf course in Hobbs and The Links at Sierra […]

Customer service, meet Mean Kevin

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I could write a whole column on the times people have ended a conversation by telling me, “You’re mean.” But I will prove I’m too nice. A few weeks ago, I got a call on my cell phone with the ID identified as “private.” I answered, asked who it […]

Woman accused of phone threats

CNJ Staff A woman accused of harassing another Clovis woman included a police officer in a barrage of phone threats Tuesday, according to a police report. Isabel Sanchez, a convenience store clerk, called police because she said a woman was calling and threatening her at work, the report said. When the officer arrived, Sanchez, 28, […]

Business exploring broadband options

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Employees of a local telecommunications company are learning to use computers to talk on phones, according to a Clovis Community College press release. ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications employees are being trained in the new technology, called Voice over Internet Protocol, at Clovis Community College in preparation for customer use, according […]

Conflict problem for most marriages

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This week my husband and I had an argument. Every married couple fights once in a while, but fighting when someone is away, especially during military deployments, makes it all the more difficult. For starters, there is no way to call back. Then, there is the pressure of trying to […]

New cell requires complicated decisions

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As if it happened through cosmic fate, my little-used cellular phone decided to stop functioning properly right when I was due a rebate for a new cell phone. It is only through fate that I get a new cell phone, and yet one more affirmation that I hate getting […]

Small talk leads to major annoyance

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I felt naked as I left for work Monday, but it was a good feeling. A few blocks into my drive to work, I realized I left my cell phone at home, and it felt as if I were going to work while missing an item of clothing. I […]