Boys behind the machines

Lillian Bowe: Portales News-Tribune
From left, Jack Willis, Portales High School science teacher and robotics advisor, helps Nicholas Brown, Jaearold Asplund, Isaac Brown and Christopher Leap with designing the robot that will be used at the RoboRAVE competition in May.

Jaearold Aspulnd has always found robots interesting. He finds how they are built and programed to do certain tasks to be the most interesting. The freshman is a part of the Portales High School robotics program that consists of 12 students. These students participate in two main competition where they must design and program robots. […]

Police blotter — Feb. 28

Portales police, sheriff, and fire call logs: Caller reported: Wednesday • 1:18 a.m.: Alarm activation, 900 block of West University Drive. • 6:29 a.m.: Motor vehicle accident, hit and run, location unknown. • 7:33 a.m.: Criminal damage, 200 block of South Main Avenue. • 7:39 a.m.: Traffic stop, 100 block of Airport Road. • 7:50 a.m.: Animal complaint, 1100 block […]

Events calendar — Feb. 28

Today 51st annual chili supper — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., First Methodist Church. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. Information: 749-1840. Aerobics — 7:30 a.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598. Step aerobics — 4 p.m., Portales Recreation Center. Information: 356-8598.   Saturday Eastern Plains Clarinet Celebration — 7 p.m., Buchanan Hall. […]

Worst-case scenarios being spread as fact

Jake Swafford

The decision on whether to list the lesser prairie chicken as a “threatened” species will be made by the end of March, so time to influence the opinion of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is running out. Agencies across the range of the species are working hard to create as much habitat as […]

Proprietors should choose who they serve

Kent McManigal

Arizona has been debating a new law that would allow business owners to refuse service to gay people. This is another case of a law being inflicted because of a misguided past law. Does a business owner already have the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason? Yes. No matter what any law […]

Canada owed answer on pipeline

President Obama told the National Governors Association this week that his long-awaited decision on the Keystone XL pipeline could come in a couple of months. The $5.3 billion pipeline — first proposed in 2008 — would cross the border from Canada, connect with existing pipelines in the Midwest, and eventually move about 800,000 barrels a […]

Portales boys basketball capsule — Feb. 27

District 4-3A tournament Boys No. 3 Portales (13-12) at No. 2 Ruidoso (10-16) When: 6 p.m. today Radio: KSEL 105.9 Last time out: The Rams fell 60-45 at Ruidoso on Friday. The Warriors fell 57-50 to Lovington in the tiebreaker game Monday in Roswell. Season series: The teams have so far split their games this […]

ENMU women’s basketball capsule — Feb. 27

Western New Mexico (10-16) at ENMU (6-19) When: 6 p.m. today at Greyhound Arena Radio: KSEL-AM 1450 Last time out: Both teams lost at home on Saturday, the Lady Mustangs to Colorado School of Mines 79-70 and the Zias to Tarleton State 89-64. Last meeting: Nov. 22, 2005, ENMU defeated WNMU 87-52 at Greyhound Arena. […]

District tournament schedules — Feb. 27

DISTRICT 4-3A Boys (Seeds in parentheses) Monday Tiebreaker for top seed At New Mexico Military, Roswell Lovington 57, Ruidoso 50 Thursday (3) Portales at Ruidoso, 6 p.m. Saturday Championship at Lovington, 7 p.m.   Girls Tuesday (2) Portales 65, (3) Ruidoso 28 Saturday Championship Portales at (1) Lovington, 5:30 p.m.   DISTRICT 8-1A Boys (Seeds […]

Prep summaries — Feb. 27

District 8-1A Girls Wednesday Floyd 68, Jal 57 Jal (4-12) — Ilyssa Glass 5, Jawni Morrison 20, Kayla Montez 7, Savannah Valdez 10, Morgan Komar 3, Morgan Hiebert 9, Saije Herrera 3, Totals 21 10-16 57. Floyd (18-7) — Tabita Ornelas 36, Taryn Lee 4, Tessa Nall 16, Jasmine Gomez 6, Neiry Mendoza 5, Izzy Enriquez 1, […]