NSA leaker gives us real-life Carmen Sandiego

You saw CNN Monday afternoon. People in my general age range saw the nerdiest part of their lives flash before their eyes. The on-screen headline said, “Where in the world Is Edward Snowden?” The man who leaked essential information about our government’s spying programs is on the run from charges of espionage and theft, with […]

Kids’ College makes learning active endeavor

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By Eric Norwood Jr. PNT Staff Writer enorwood@pntonline.com Most children don’t get to college until they’re 18. However, the Kids’ College program at Eastern New Mexico University provides children the opportunity to not only stay active during the summer, but experience fun and educational activities on a real college campus. Kids’ College is an annual […]

Escapee search continues

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office has followed five leads on the whereabouts of fugitive inmate Ruben Lozano since he escaped Friday night with another inmate through the roof of the Roosevelt County Detention Center. The other inmate, Stephen Phillips, 20, was captured shortly after the escape. Roosevelt County […]

PED seeks payback from Portales

By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales Schools Business Manager Sarah Marquez says the district is being asked to pay $120,000 back to the Public Education Department that was misappropriated during the 2012-2013 school year. Portales is one of 50 districts affected by an accounting error the PED acknowledged it made. Deputy Education Secretary […]

Police blotter — June 25

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Friday Caller reported: • 4:12 p.m.: Noise disturbance, 1000 block of West First Street. • 4:39 p.m.: Subject needing vehicle help, Floyd. • 4:41 p.m.: Officer requested case number, Portales. • 5:13 p.m.: Harassment, 1200 block of North Avenue O. • 5:31 p.m.: Motor vehicle accident, Lime Street […]

Approach yard work as reward

It has never been a chore. It has always been a joy. I’m talking about yard work. My sister and I played “alligator river” while Nana dug dandelions. Growing up we fought the valiant battle against stickers in the backyard, armed with paper sacks and knives. It was an ongoing family activity. I got married […]

Events calendar — June 25

Today Free Summer Movie — 9 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:40 p.m., Allen Theatres. Information: 763-7713. We Dig Crafts, Animals Underground — 10:30 a.m., Portales Public Library. Participants will play with worm farms. For children in grades 2-6. Information: 356-3940. Boot Camp — 5:30 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. $5 per class. Information: 356-8598. Wednesday Aerobics — […]

What I’d do for an ice cream bar

Ice cream bar commercials make me wonder what I’d do for one. After solemn deliberation, here are a few things: • Watch first-graders play volleyball. • Play “Words with Friends” against Alec Baldwin during takeoff. • Sit on a front pew without smirking about the length of women’s skirts determining their fates. • Fill out […]

Tough to justify conflict with Syria

The next Middle East conflict, Syria, into which the United States is about to inject itself, is fraught with peril. It is difficult to justify joining this fight. At issue is President Obama’s decision to arm the rebels fighting the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. While the decision purportedly would involve small arms and, […]

Administrator: Jail will stay on lock-down

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator David Casanova said the jail will be on lock-down into early next week after two inmates escaped through the roof of the jail Friday night. Stephen Phillips, 20, who was held on burglary charges, has been captured since the jail break. Ruben Lozano, […]

Escapee drama unfolds close to home

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com Portales’ Jeannie Ornelas was baking cakes and watching “Law and Order” with her children Friday when a real life police drama unfolded on her front yard. Stephen Phillips, one of two inmates who had escaped from the Roosevelt County jail 20 minutes earlier, turned up at her house […]

U.S. 70: Long road ahead

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By Christina Calloway PNT senior writer ccalloway@pntonline.com A U.S. 70 reconstruction project official says project that has limited access to businesses by reducing the highway to one-lane roads for more than a year is far from being complete. The most recent prediction for an end-date to this $8.3 million project that is said to increase […]

Director: Feral eradication on horizon

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By Kevin Baird CMI staff writer kbaird@cnjonline.com The state director of U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services said Curry and Roosevelt counties should be cleared of feral hogs soon. The New Mexico Feral Swine Eradication Team, which is made up of 10 federal and state agencies, has been hunting hogs in Curry and Roosevelt counties […]

Fishing in dark not just song, but way of life

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has a hit song called “Fishin’ In the Dark” that stirs me toward the nearest body of water every time I hear it. The tune is a love song in which a couple heads out to the river one early summer night without much regard as to whether the fish […]

Some bucket list items require no passport

There is one thing more exciting, more amazing, than snorkeling in clear turquoise Caribbean water, like those we encountered in our trip to St. Croix. That is being privileged to watch young adults who have never done so, who in some cases have never seen the ocean, do so for the first time. There is […]

Creative Living — June 23

Information on wafer-papering cookies, how to protect children from bullying, and ways to cut down on coughs and colds will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Julia Usher is a pastry chef, author and food stylist, and she’s going to demonstrate a speedy way to add impressive cookie […]

Births — June 23

Landers Zariah Izabella Landers was born May 7, 2013, at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla., to Crystal and Ben Landers. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces. Grandparents are Cindy and Sandy Landers of Clovis, Paula Johnson of Orlando and Greg and Susie Bailon of Fort Sumner and Santa Rosa. Great-grandparents are Nora Casaus and Eddie […]

Club notes — June 23

Altrusa of Clovis Altrusa International of Clovis held its monthly program and officer installation meeting on June 10 at Roma’s Italian Restaurant. Members present were: Sylvia Bean, Judith Glikas, Carolyn Muffley, Mary Weigl, Sherry Turner, LaDean Jameson, Kelly Dunwell, Gaye Cooke, Judy Cox, Glenda Hileman, Patricia Bazar, Emily Nail and Laurie Westerman.  Guests in attendance […]

On the shelves — June 23

The following books are available: Clovis-Carver Public Library Forty-Seventh Star: New Mexico’s Struggle for Statehood by David Holtby exposes the heroes and scoundrels who played important roles in New Mexico’s hard-fought battles on the road to statehood, recounting the complex set of obstacles that delayed the process for sixty-four years. Sleight of Hand by Phillip […]

Senior happenings — June 23

La Casa Senior Center 1120 Cameo St., Clovis Monday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; 1 p.m. Bingo in Clovis; Sewing class 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Portales Wednesday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Bingo 1 p.m. Thursday: Daily Activities 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; 1 p.m. […]