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 […]

Local Briefs Aug. 20, 2008

Ortega elected Municipal League VP Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. was elected vice president of the New Mexico Municipal League on Thursday during the organization’s annual conference in Clovis, according to a NMML press release. He previously served as treasurer. Las Cruces Councilor Dolores Conner was elected president and Barb Wiard, mayor pro tem of […]

Melrose firefighters upset over comments

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The Melrose Fire Department is in upheaval after the village mayor and police chief publicly criticized the department’s handling of criminal allegations against a volunteer firefighter. Fire Chief Kenny Jacobs said three volunteer firefighters have quit and more said they are considering quitting. Jacobs said they’re upset about comments […]