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 […]

Trusting God gives peace

Do you dread an airplane trip, especially after hearing about a crash reported on the nightly news? When the phone rings in the middle of the night, do you imagine the worst before you ever pick up the receiver? Do you envision all sorts of physical maladies while waiting for the doctor’s test results? If […]

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 […]

Wing transitioning to automated phone service

By 27th SOW Public Affairs Effective Dec. 30 at 11 p.m., the 27th Special Operations Wing will transition to an automated telephone directory service. During this time, there will be no interruptions to current telephone and voicemail service. The number for directory assistance will remain 575-784-1110 (DSN 681-1110) or ‘0’ from a base phone. Hearts […]

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 […]

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 […]

Organization provides disabled job opportunities

ENMRSH Inc courtesy photo Lynn Fogleman, switchboard operator, connects callers in the operator switchboard room July 28 at Cannon Air Force Base. Fogleman has worked at Cannon eight years through ENMRSH, a Clovis company that helps people with disabilities find employment. By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs As an airman […]

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 […]

Help kids stay safe in the pool this summer

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Niesha Lofing I’ve done it more than once. My two preschool-age children are happily splashing around in the wading pool just outside the screen door to our backyard when something calls me inside. A ringing phone, a buzzing oven timer, a lemonade request from one of the kids. I dart into the house to fetch […]

Their view: 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 […]

Commentary: Tornado underlines importance of preparedness

Courtesy photo 1st Lt. David Stuckenberg, a pilot in the 3rd Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, holds a cat found in the rubble on May 24. Lt. Stuckenberg facilitated a relief convoy to Joplin, Mo., as soon as he was notified that the tornado destroyed his hometown. By 1st Lt. David Stuckenberg: 3rd Special Operations […]

Shipmate reunion scheduled

The USS Maddox Destroyer Association (DD731, DD622, DD168) has scheduled a reunion of former shipmates for Aug. 25-28 in Branson, Mo. Information: contact Dennis Stokhaug by phone at 262-679-9409, by e-mail to maddox64@aol.com or by mail to 571 W. 14562 Hidden Creek CT., Muskego, Wis. 53150

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 […]

Vietnam veterans reunited

Cannon Connections: Liliana Castillo Carlton Zarling Jr., left, and Clovis resident Romeo Sierra reunited after serving together in Vietnam 43 years ago. 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 a phone call. […]

Landlines, phonebooks failproof

Kevin Wilson 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 had to be my […]

It’s their business: The Main Place/Webb Direct 2U

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Business: The Main Place/Webb Direct 2U Location: 109 S. Main St., www.webbdirect2u.com Phone: 226-8365 Hours of Operation: noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday Merchandise/Services: Children’s clothing and accessories. Something unique about the business: The Main Place specializes in formal apparel including pageant and flower girl dresses, christening and baptismal wear, children’s tuxedos and custom […]

New phone system will give notice of offender’s status

Sharna Johnson A new automated system will open up a world of information for victims of local crime by giving them real-time notice about an offender’s custody status. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system is expected to be up and running in October, 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said. “This program helps […]

Church profile: Fellowship Baptist Church

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Fellowship Baptist Church Location: 820 W. 17th St. Phone: 356-5373 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday preaching service 11 a.m., second preaching service 6 p.m., Wednesday evening service 7 p.m. Description: “We are an independent Baptist church,” Pastor Ron Fox said. “Our main emphasis is to exalt Jesus Christ, to preach the Gospel to every […]

Press release: Portales schools phone system down

The Portales Municipal Schools telephone system is out of order. The following is a list of temporary numbers that can be used while the voice system is being repaired. These numbers are also posted on the website at www.portalesschools.com:• Central Office – 356-6641• Portales High School – 356-5831• Portales High School Attendance Office – 359-2087• […]

Church profile: Iglesia Evangelica Church of God

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Iglesia Evangelica Church of God Location: 1100 North Main Phone: 607-7649 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday Bible Study 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Description: “We are just a family church,” Pastor Jose Carrillo said. “We teach what the Bible teaches […]