Chamber director announces mayor run

PNT staff Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon King announced Monday she is running for Portales mayor. “I’ve been committed to community service most of my life,” King said in a news release. “Now I want to expand that commitment into city government.” King said the pairing of the positions of chamber executive […]

Filing date for municipal elections near

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer With the Portales mayor’s position, four city council seats and the municipal judges position up for election March, the day for hopefuls to make their candidacy official is less than a month away. The only declared candidate filing day is scheduled for Jan. 5. Candidates wishing to declare can […]

Councilman Watkins announces Mayoral bid

City Councilman Gary Watkins is running for mayor of Portales. The 54 year-old Portales born native is serving his third term as Ward B councilman. He worked with the Fire Department for 25 years before retiring in 1999. In announcing his candidacy Thursday, Watkins said because he is retired he believes he can put forth […]

Former Clovis mayor plans public address

Freedom New Mexico Former Clovis Mayor David Lansford will address the community 10 a.m. Satuday at the south entrance of the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Lansford said he plans to discuss local, state and federal policy, and ask for support from local citizens on matters related to Constitutional rights and desired actions by elected officials. He […]

Former county commissioner announces bid for mayor

Freedom New Mexico Former Roosevelt County Commissioner Dennis Lopez announced Thursday he plans to run for mayor of Portales. Lopez said he wants to get a jump on his competition by announcing his intentions early for the 2010 election. Current Mayor Orlando Ortega said he has decided not to pursue another term. Lopez served two […]

Col. Lenfant recognized

Courtesy photo Col. Babette Lenfant, 27th Special Operations Mission Support commander, second from left, receives an endorsement from Curry and Roosevelt County leadership for the National Public Service Award on May 1 in Portales. From left, Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr., Portales City Manager Debi Lee, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield, Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas […]

May 8, 1950

Ruidoso targets Portales’ city manager

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Reporter Portales’ city manager is negotiating a contract to become the Ruidoso village manager. Ruidoso Mayor Ray Nunley said his village council agreed at their meeting Wednesday night to let their attorney work out the contract with Debi Lee. If Lee accepts the position, Nunley said her start date is […]

Mayor to join workforce board

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Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson as a member of the New Mexico Workforce Development Board through Dec. 31, 2012. Ortega was sworn in by City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry at City Hall on Thursday. The board exists in state and federal statute to ensure workers across the state have […]

Mayor Brumfield makes first state of the city address

The text of Mayor Gayla Brumfield’s state of the city speech was provided by the city of Clovis: Infrastructure & Water In 2008 we saw some restructuring in our Public Works Department. Mr. Clint Bunch became our Public Works Director and Mr. Justin Howalt joined us in January 2009 in the newly created position of […]

Commissioners will meet Tuesday

Roosevelt County Commissioners meet 9 a.m. Tuesday at the county courthouse. The agenda includes a request by Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. to locate a “Salute to the State of New Mexico” Memorial. There is also a request by Capt. Rick Short to approve an Alcohol Literacy Challenge Grant. Commissioners will consider a resolution authorizing […]

Mayor mulls terminating contract

By Clarence Plnk: PNT Staff Writer Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. isn’t ready to pull the city out of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments because of an embezzlement scandal at the regional planning agency. But the mayor says he does have some serious questions about what’s been going on at EPCOG and whether Portales […]

Mayor’s New Year’s Eve ball coming up

By Jenna DeWitt: Freedom New Mexico This New Year’s Eve is a black tie affair for Clovis at the Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Ball.

Dec. 2, 1951

Five-year-old Lucy Perrin took office as mayor of Portales to start Family Week. The regular mayor, Cecil Bynum, was to assist her until she could get “the hang of things,” according to Portales Daily News.

Clovis Mayor Pro-Tem holding study session

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Events Calendar Nov. 9

Monday Mayor’s Christmas Tree — 6:30 p.m. City Hall. Tree lighting, visit from Santa, toy drive, facepainting. Tuesday American Legion Veterans Day Observance — 10:30 a.m. Memorial Building. ENMU Veterans Day Observance — 10:30 a.m. Dallan Sanders Memorial Patio. Thursday Friends of the Library Book Sale — 5-7 p.m. in the Portales Public Library meeting […]

Voters deserve chance to set terms

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist In the last 12 months, mayors of Clovis and Portales have said it was time to go, even though no term limits existed. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was time to stay, even though term limits do exist. Bloomberg is seeking a third term as mayor, […]

Editorial: Mayor’s leadership qualities contributed much

In many ways we were disappointed to learn Orlando Ortega will not seek re-election as Portales’ mayor when his term expires in 2010. At the same time, Ortega’s passion for change and shaking up the status quo just might be the part we like best about him. Ortega announced Monday he will keep a pledge […]

Oct. 17, 2008 Briefs

Mayor launches Christmas toy drive The Mayor’s Christmas Toy Drive: Operation Santa Cop will host the first toy drive of the season from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday during the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast at First Baptist Church in Portales. Police officers will be collecting new toys for boys and girls from birth through age 18 […]

Mayor says ‘no’ to third term

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. announced Monday morning that he will not seek a third term. He said he made a pledge when elected that he would not seek a third term and made the announcement early out of resepect to citizens, city councilors and city staff. Councilors who attended […]