State needs to put down phones

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Dear Gov. Susana Martinez, May I call you Susana? Or maybe even “Suzy?” I know we have not formally met. By “met,” I mean we have not been in the same town at the same time, ever. No problem. That’s the way I started out with your predecessor. By the end I was stalking him […]

Life existed before cell phones

One of the best ways to annoy somebody is to answer a rhetorical question. Why do drive-thru ATMs have Braille on the keys? First, it costs more to make two slightly different ATMs than it does to make them all with Braille. Second, blind people can be passengers in cars, so Braille lettering is an […]

Clovis man owns extensive phone collection

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Gary Blair of Clovis moved his extensive phone collection into a railroad caboose he restored a year and a half ago. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Gary Blair of Clovis stopped counting the phones in his collection after he got to a couple hundred. He has miniatures, novelties, not-so-novel […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Lions in Floyd, no phones in Clovis

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Joking around: An old dog and a young cougarLions roar The Floyd Lions Club Country Jamboree starts Thursday and features blue grass, country and gospel music. Proceeds will become college scholarships for local high school students in need. It continues through Sunday at […]

Distracted driving tough to enforce

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Newspapers columnist For a while now I have observed the alarm about the use of cell phones while driving. There is hardly any doubt that doing so is hazardous. In his Dec. 7 article for The New York Times, Matte Richtel chronicles some of this. He reports on Bob Lucky, an […]

Difficult to imagine what’s next

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist A comment by a coworker last week about how much technology has changed just in our middle-aged lives spawned a long list of new things we never would have dreamed. At the top of that list is cell phones. All involved in the discussion remembered through first-hand experience party-line phone […]

Business feature: Cell phone providers readying for switch

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Phone companies are offering to reprogram cell phones for free to help subscribers adjust to the permanent switch to the 575 area code that takes effect next month. About three-fourths of the state, including eastern New Mexico will be assigned the 575 area code. The state Public Regulation Commission […]

Cell evolution

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Freedom New Mexico photo: Liliana Castillo The cell phone has evolved into an all-encompassing device that feeds peoples dependence on it. By Liliana Castilla, Freedom New Mexico Al Noblett began selling cell phones when they were simply phones. In 1987, Noblett got his first job in sales with Radio Shack and was charged with selling […]

Wesley Foundation collecting cell phones for service members

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Freedom New Mexico: Janet Bresenham ENMU student Jennifer Hunter, left, and Wesley Foundation interim director John Lowry-King look over some of the used cell phones donated for the program, “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” Used cell phones will be collected through May 9. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico The chance to call home and hear […]

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity in Portales can use volunteers to help with organizing and setting up a “restore”; answer phones and do clerical work; clean up construction sites; collect aluminum cans; and to serve as a board member or committee member. Habitat for Humanity builds and sells simple, quality housing to people whose income otherwise wouldn’t […]

Officers standing in for 911 dispatchers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Jordan Hengst, a K-9 handler for the Clovis Police Department, has been filling in as a dispatcher off and on for the past month. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The next time you call 911, the voice on the other end of the phone could be a police officer […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reporter’s notebook: District attorney, Plateau team up against domestic violence

The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office and Plateau Wireless have joined together to give victims of domestic violence and abuse access to 911 through a program called “Donate a Lifeline.” Plateau will donate used cell phones and wireless service permitting calls to 911 for victims of abuse and domestic violence, according to a press release […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]