2-1-1 service offers free information

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt and Curry county residents seeking assistance can turn to a free phone service to help guide them to the proper resources. The 2-1-1 system is a service being provided by United Way of Eastern New Mexico. Callers to the number are connected to the proper organizations for help. […]

The text generation

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By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Whether it’s because it saves minutes or because kids say it’s easier to express themselves, text messaging is the latest communication phenomenon gripping today’s teenagers. “Kids don’t communicate verbally any more,” said Dana Wright, whose 16-year-old son is entering his junior year at Muleshoe High. “He spends more time […]

Telecom ruling bad news for frivolous suits

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 ruling Monday rejected an antitrust class-action lawsuit brought against Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and four other phone companies. Basically, the high court decided that before an antitrust case can be brought, there must at least be some evidence beyond what antitrust scholars call “parallel behavior” of […]

Tax filing deadline moved

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Income tax procrastinators have two extra days to file their taxes this year because the traditional April 15 deadline falls on Sunday. The 2006 tax deadline is April 17. Curry and Quay County residents affected by the March 23 tornado also catch a break, according to a press release […]

Temporarily disconnected

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Several hundred Portales and Roosevelt County residents were without phone service throughout the day Thursday after Qwest phone lines were cut Wednesday afternoon. Qwest spokesperson Gary Younger said a contractor doing work in the area of South Avenue B and Third Street had cut a bundle of lines, causing […]

Phone users eligible for tax refund

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers 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 is […]

Brain could be next Bluetooth frontier

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist Christmas is great for many reasons: Congress isn’t in session, so I have no reason to get upset about what elected officials are doing. All kinds of once-a-year food items and television shows are available, including Mint M&Ms and Home Alone — a movie that’s just no longer realistic because […]

Day Trip: Area offers year-round golf

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer Year-round golfing seems like a dream in some places, but not in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. Fall and winter golfing can be found all over the area. From the local courses in Portales and Clovis to the Ocotillo Park golf course in Hobbs and The Links at […]

Customer service providers not always helpful

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers 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 was, […]

New cell requires complicated decisions

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers 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 new […]

Small talk more than minor irritant

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers 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 never […]

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 […]

We can do without films, cells, stats

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s no real need to give a long introduction to this one. There are things I encounter in my life that just need to go, and I’ll tell you why: • Computer-animated films: I’ll admit it, I loved “Toy Story,” made at a time when Pixar was pretty much alone […]

Roosevelt County now has 911 cell phone tracking system

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By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County 911 dispatchers now have a new system using global positioning satellite technology (GPS) which allows dispatchers to pinpoint the exact location of a cell phone caller. Before, Roosevelt County was phase one compliant, which means they were only able to track a caller by the cell tower […]

Eavesdropping illegal, wastes time and money

Editorial 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 are […]

Smile; We still have cookies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Most weeks, I’ve got a great idea that I can bore my readers about for at least 500 words. That being said, this isn’t one of those weeks. Instead, this is a week of four really good ideas that are just below the mark of deserving their own column. Enjoy: […]

A little bit of fiber can do wonders

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A little more fiber in our lives would be a good thing. Right? I hope so. This week I signed up for the fiber optic package that Yucca Telecom just started peddling. They’re supposed to come out next week and run the fiber under my yard and replace traditional […]

Attorneys caution inmates on calls

By WIlliam P. Thompson Portales attorney Nettie Griffin said she understands why Roosevelt County Detention Center officials monitor phone calls placed by inmates. She said she assumes inmates’ calls to their attorneys are not monitored, but tells her jailed clients to be careful anyway. “I absolutely feel confident that the detention center authorities are not […]

Unreliability is the worst discourtesy

Jim Lee: Local Columnist One of my pet peeves is unreliability. Don’t say it if you ain’t gonna do it. Take plumbers for example. The kitchen faucet has been dripping for six months, and we have to flush the toilet 28 times (waiting for who-knows-how-long for the tank to fill up each time). The pipes […]