Setting it straight: No new cell phone laws

A story in Wednesday’s paper reported incorrect information regarding new laws. There are no new laws related to cell phone use while driving in New Mexico. Lawmakers proposed a law but it was not approved.

Better Business Bureau warns of phone scam

The Better Business Bureau in Albuquerque is warning of a phone scam in which callers from Jamaica tell people they have won a prize and need to pay fees to claim it. According to a release from the bureau, the caller identification systems show an 876 area code and the callers have Jamaican speech patterns. […]

Church profile: Iglesia de Dios de la Profecta

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Iglesia de Dios de la Profecta Location: 816 E. Canadian St. Phone: 356-4451 Services: Wednesday 6:30 p.m., Friday 6:30 p.m., Sunday 5:30 p.m. Description: “We are a living church saved by Jesus Christ, and we are waiting for you to pray together with us. Everyone is welcome. We love you in Jesus Christ,” said pastor […]

Church profile: First Spanish Baptist Church

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First Spanish Baptist Church Location: 1301 North Main Phone: 359-0106 Services: 10 a.m. Sunday school 10 a.m.; 11 a.m. church services; 7 p.m. Wednesday Bible study Description: “We are a family-oriented church,” said minister Jonathan Smith. “We enjoy close relationships with everyone. Our door is always open. Everyone is invited to attend.”

Church profile: Faith Triumphant Church

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Location: 615 W. Fourth St. Phone: 359-1559 Services: 10:30 a.m., Sunday worship service; 7 p.m., worship service on the last Sunday of the month at the Generations building behind The Office Center Inc., at 1500 S. Avenue D; 7 p.m. Wednesday, classes for all ages. The church also runs Faith Triumphant Christian School. Description: “We’re […]

Church profile: University Baptist Church

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University Baptist Church Location: West 15th Street and South Avenue I Phone number: 356-4501 Services: • Sunday: Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Morning worship service at 11 a.m., evening worship Service at 5 p.m., Bible study and youth activities at 5:45 p.m. • Wednesday: Bible study, prayer and youth groups at 7 p.m. Description: Pastor […]

Technology never ceases to amaze me

By Karl Terry: PNT 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 […]

Local Alltell, Verizon merger complete

A week before the Clovis Alltel office became a Verizon outlet like others across the nation as part of a merger between the two companies, Amanda Tijerina noticed problems with her cell phone. Her Alltel phone basically became unusable. But, after a weekend transition to Verizon and a trip to the store on Monday, Tijerina […]

Students take cyber safety seriously

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The avenues of communication between men and women have widened considerably with the advent of the Internet and cellular services. For those overly persistent in amorous pursuits, the phone and in-person contact have been supplemented by e-mail, Twitter and Web pages such as Facebook and MySpace. It’s no wonder, […]

Business feature: Cell service providers, phone contracts under review

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Federal regulators are beginning to take a look at business relationships between cellular phone providers and manufacturers. And regional providers like Plateau Wireless in Clovis say they are certainly glad for the inquiry. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate commerce subcommittee on communications, technology and the Internet will address the […]

It’s Their Job: Margaret Seales

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Name: Margaret Seales Job: Florist for Butterfly Floral Background: I was raised in Whiteface and Muleshoe, Texas. I married my husband who was in the Army. We lived in Oklahoma, Germany, Kentucky and Texas. We finally settled here when my oldest daughter was in the seventh grade. We have been here ever since. Time on […]

Police: False robbery call made with pre-paid cell phone

PNT Staff Report A Portales police spokesman said a phone call reporting an armed robbery at a local bank on Friday that turned out to be a false alarm was made using a pre-paid phone. Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said police were unable to determine an exact location from where the call was made or […]

State conducting risk survey

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Department of Health has your number. Now they would like answers to questions about your health. The DOH is making phone calls across the area to gather information. The annual survey, dubbed the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, is designed to collect information on behaviors and risk factors for […]

Dec. 31 Commander's Action Line

Can you use an officially issued cell phone while driving military installations? Thank you for the action line submission. Whether operating a privately owned or government vehicle and using either a personal or government phone, the hazards are still the same. Joint Traffic Regulation AFI 31-218 (I) para 4-2 Installation Traffic codes states: (3) Driver […]

Students collect phone cards

PNT Staff The Portales Schools Performing Arts Department is conducting its second annual Phone Card Drive for soldiers serving overseas. Members are collecting unused phone cards or donations to buy them to distribute to military personnel in Iraq or Afghanistan. Donation jars are to be available at winter performances. The concerts are free and at […]

Child’s cell phone use family matter

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Cell phone not anyone else’s business

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist A 6-year-old girl on my daughter’s swim team has a cell phone, which she proudly showcases to everyone who is willing to look. She’ll even allow you to play with her games, if you look admiringly at her toy. This has created a negative buzz among other parents, who think […]

Cell phone switch taking place next month

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Phone companies are offering to reprogram cell phones for free to help subscribers in Clovis and Portales 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 […]

Editorial: Removal of ranch children an abuse of legal authority

Texas officials need to drop their crusade against the Yearning For Zion Ranch, a polygamist compound, unless they can lawfully produce a legitimate victim of a serious crime. It appears increasingly likely Texas officials raided the commune in response to the phone call of a troubled Colorado Springs woman with a history of making false […]

Congress overstepping bounds with bill

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 […]