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 […]

Hewlett-Packard seemed to forget common ethics

By Freedom Newspapers Hewlett-Packard long has been considered one of the premier American companies, especially because of what it called “the H-P Way.” In his 2001 book, “Good to Great,” about the special factors of the best-performing companies, author Jim Collins wrote that the H-P Way “reflected a deeply held set of core values that […]

Midnight phone calls elicit interesting responses

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Appalling Malady Institute, we’re studying really important stuff about human behavior, such as why folks say bizarre things when they wake up at night to answer the phone. For a moment they’re not themselves but lost souls lingering in a la-la land between George W. Bushisms and […]

Baskett survives final roster cut with Eagles

CNJ staff When draft day came in May, the cell phone never rang for Hank Baskett. The same thing happened Saturday for Baskett, and it’s the best birthday present he could imagine. Baskett, a 2001 Clovis High graduate, survived the final preseason cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. An undrafted rookie from the University of New […]

Aug. 31, 2006 Education Digest

Sept. 7 — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Regents Room. Regents will vote on an amendment to the ENMU-Roswell faculty handbook, and research and public service project requests. Sept. 8 — Eastern New Mexico University will present Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Stoney LaRue Band and […]

At a glance: Regional colleges and universities

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Clovis Community College By Marlana Hartz: CNJ staff writer A comparative look at regional colleges and universities: Clovis Community College Fall semester begins: Aug. 28 Last day to register:Sept. 1 Cost per credit hour: $49 for New Mexico residents in-district Status: Public college Mission statement: “To provide you with all the tools you need to […]

Sometimes it’s a dog’s life for base operators

Janet Taylor-Birkey “He’s breaking in! He’s breaking in!” The female caller continued screaming into the phone as Patty McEldowney received the call at Cannon’s Base Switchboard. Mrs. McEldowney acted quickly to contact emergency personnel to assist the caller. Describing the caller only as “hysterical,” the women at the switchboard were concerned that the caller was […]

Government should let Web regulate itself

Freedom Communications Inc. The cost of cable TV could get cheaper if a bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday becomes law. HR5252 would allow phone companies, such as Verizon, “to get television franchises by applying to the Federal Communications Commission rather than by negotiating them one by one with thousands of […]

Texico soldier returning to Iraq on Memorial Day

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Tobis Askew is attacked by his daughter Taylor Askew and his nephews Matthew and Marquis Askew-Betts as they play in the pool during a family barbecue Saturday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer On a day when America recognizes its fallen soldiers, Texico’s Tobie Askew will be returning to […]

New system can pinpoint location of 911 callers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A new system implemented by Clovis 911 dispatch will allow emergency responders to pinpoint the location of cell-phone callers. Using global positioning satellite technology, emergency officials will be able to narrow the callers’ location to within 7 to 80 feet. The previous system enabled dispatchers to zero in on […]

Local officials say dispatchers being flooded with nonemergency calls

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Clovis Police dispatcher Adam Martinez monitors calls to 911 Wednesday afternoon. Martinez answered 90 calls on Tuesday during his shift, according to Carolyn Aragon, dispatch shift supervisor. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff The dispatch center for 911 is being treated more like an information line than an emergency call center, according […]

Eavesdropping not only illegal but likely useless

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has tried to be reassuring in defending the National Security Agency program of electronic eavesdropping on telephone calls between people in the United States and possible terrorist suspects overseas that was disclosed last December: “One end of the communication must be outside the United States.” Along with many legal scholars, we […]

Jail officials, defense attorneys at odds over monitoring phone calls

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis criminal defense lawyer Randall Harris communicates with his clients face to face. When he learned phone calls at detention centers were monitored by police departments and district attorneys several months ago, he shied away from having telephone conversations with his clients housed in detention centers. “I do not […]

County manager urges caution lifting fire ban

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Recent rainfall has Curry County residents questioning the need for the continuation of the countywide burn ban. County Manager Dick Smith told the County Commission on Tuesday his office has received several phone calls from citizens asking if the ban has been lifted. The burn ban, which encompasses all […]

Park management plan won’t destroy delicate balance

Freedom Newspapers Bush administration critics have been demanding to know what prompted it to draft a controversial new management plan for national parks, which detractors claim will sacrifice conservation values on the altar of commercialism. “First, I question the necessity of the proposed revisions,” Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., wrote in a Feb. 17 letter to […]