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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.”