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 […]