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 […]