Discretionary funding needs reconsideration

For the past few years, Bernalillo County commissioners have had their own pots of public money to pretty much use as they like — as long as it’s spent in “the public interest.” However, unlike the normal appropriations process, each commissioner can dip into his or her $50,000 “discretionary” fund for pet projects or organizations [...]

Proposed agency offers savings

Defense officials have asked Congress to approve a new governance structure for the military health care system that, like higher TRICARE fees, would help to curb what, for a decade, have been runaway medical costs, officials explained. The centerpiece of the plan is to elevate the TRICARE Management Activity to a more powerful Defense Health [...]

Portales polling places combined

PNT staff report The city of Portales will use a central polling place — the auditorium in the Portales Memorial Building — for today’s election. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is the first time one poll location will be used in a municipal election. The city did use one polling location [...]

Teachers finding place for iPads in classroom

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Christina Calloway Special needs students at Valencia Elementary School are enhancing their learning experience in the classroom with the use of iPads. Julie Maloney-Pena’s small class of three received two iPads in October from the school district and Pena says her students have progressed in their learning and social skills since using them. “It’s been [...]

Local gamers use video games to cope with life

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Alisa Boswell Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on the hobbies of area residents.

Police enforcing seatbelt use

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Christina Calloway Sande Barnes believes she is living proof that seatbelts save lives. That’s why she’s in full support of Operation Buckle Down, a state-funded effort by the Portales Police Department this month to enforce seatbelt and child safety restraint. Barnes, a 60-year-old Portales resident and Army veteran, says she has avoided serious or even [...]

McGee: Listening skills could use work

The Lady of the House says I don’t listen. I disagree. I hear every word she says. Just like the other day we were driving through Portales on our way to Roswell and I noticed the “Welcome to Portales” sign was gone. You know, the one that reads “WELCOME TO PORTALES…HOME OF 17,000 FRIENDLY FOLKS [...]

Libertarians aren’t angry people

One accusation I have seen repeatedly leveled at libertarians, by people who see themselves as being in the mainstream, is that libertarians must be angry. Just because we speak out against the use of coercion, and don’t fall for exceptions based upon — well, anything, we must be angry? Now, I won’t deny I have [...]

Smart cars could still use work

Apple’s new iPhone 4S has Siri, a virtual assistant that can tell you the weather, set alarms and reminders, and even look up the Dow Jones Industrial Average — all at the prompt of your voice. A few months ago, IBM’s Watson wiped the floor with former Jeopardy! champs, no small feat for a computer. [...]

Causey woman claims marijuana was for personal medicinal use

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Alisa Boswell A Causey woman said the 150 pounds of marijuana Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies confiscated from her home Monday was being used strictly for treatment of chronic pain and illness. Margie Koger, 48, and her husband Timothy Koger, 42, were arrested Wednesday on a bench warrant two days after deputies seized the marijuana, which [...]