Disability program not meant to replace work

— Albuquerque Journal The number of former workers receiving Social Security disability payments has increased dramatically over the past decade — by 55 percent nationally and almost 66 percent in New Mexico — as a program designed as a safety net for those people unable to work has morphed into a long-term unemployment insurance program. […]

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


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, […]