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 […]

Phone outage traced to Qwest switch

PNT Staff Report According to a Yucca Telecom official, last week’s problem with phone service in Portales originated at the Qwest switch in Clovis. “What happened is Qwest turned off a valuable piece of information going into our system,” said Scott Arnold, Yucca Telecom general manager. Qwest public relations representative Gary Younger told the PNT […]

Some things in life reliable, some not so much

By Baxter Black As I weave my way through life there are things that I count on. They are stepping stones in my path that I don’t worry about, including: 1) Where I am going to spend eternity. 2) That my wife will always love me. 3) That the airplane pilots know what they are […]

Phone problems continue in Portales

PNT Staff Report People in Portales began experiencing problems with phone service Thursday afternoon. The PNT didn’t receive followup calls from Qwest or Yucca Telecom late Thursday seeking more information. Numbers the PNT had dialed earlier that weren’t working were back in service by press time, however. Residents were reporting problems dialing some local numbers […]

Local Brief: Phone card campaign complete

The Portales Municipal Schools choir and band programs raised more than $600 for prepaid phone cards for U.S. troops overseas during their recent holiday concerts. According to director Franklin Smith, the cards, along with notes of thanks and encouragment to the troops, were sent to Balad Air Force Base in Iraq where they will be […]

12-4 Local Briefs

PJHS to hold concert Portales Junior High School will hold its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. today at the Portales High School Performing Arts Center. The concert is free. The PJHS concert, advanced bands and concert and honor choirs will perform a variety of music selected for the holiday season, according to Portales Municipal […]

Local schools to begin holiday concert series

PNT Staff Report Portales Municipal Schools begins its annual series of holiday concerts this week with a twist. According to Portales High School choir director and district fine arts coordinator Franklin Smith, this year’s concerts will include a promotion to provide prepaid phone cards for U.S. troops overseas. Smith said he became aware of how […]