Shooting victim’s widow still committed to husband

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Sharna Johnson Her son has grown from a boy to a man. Her home has aged and seems smaller. She has aged too. But despite all the changes that 17 years have brought, Shirley Ornelas has not wavered in her commitment to her husband. She was widowed May 30, 1993, in Portales when a bullet [...]

County inmate recaptured after escape

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Freedom New Mexico A trustee inmate at the Roosevelt County Detention Center escaped Thursday and was recaptured about 1 1/2 hours later. As a trustee, inmate Oracio Ornelas, 28, was a given extra freedom and minimal supervision to do chores around the facility, according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Ornelas was being held for [...]

Business feature: Restaurant reopening keeps it in family

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer La Hacienda restaurant has reopened in Portales under new management, but is still in the Ornelas family. Nick Bara is the new owner. Bara said he made his mother-in-law Esther Ornelas an offer and she agreed to sell. La Hacienda closed in November after serving the Portales area for [...]

Dec. 21, 2008 Weddings

Tovar-Ornelas Mary Rhiannon Tovar of Portales and Jamie Ornelas of Portales were joined in marriage Dec. 8 at the Portales Municipal Court. Judge Frederick Arnold performed the civil marriage ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Vickie Smith of Portales. She is the granddaughter of Archie and Joanne Kingston of Ruidoso. The bridegroom is the [...]

La Hacienda closing after 33 years

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Sarah Meyer: PNT staff writer Today will be the last day of business for a 33-year-old Portales restaurant. The family-owned and operated La Hacienda is closing its doors. Esther Ornelas, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Crespin, said the decision to close the restaurant has been difficult. “We’ve been wrestling with it since September,” [...]

Aug. 17, 2008 Births

Adriana Danielle Baca-Ornelas was born July 9, 2008 to Pita Baca and Danny Ornelas of Portales at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She weighed 2 pounds, 13 ounces. She has three brothers; Daniel, 20; Daniel Jr., 16; and Derek 14 and one sister; Deandra, 9. Grandparents are Emma A. Baca and Maria Ornelas of Portales.

12-16 Public Record

The following people applied for marriage licenses: • Benjamin Allen Herring, 32, and Shelly Lee Swinney, 26. • Randy J. Ornelas, 26, and Sabina A. Romero, 18. • Joaquin S. Torres, 19, and Chelsea L. Allison, 18. • Bobby Stone Timmons, 38, and Christy Johanna Cook, 35. • Roger Dale Martin Sr., 63, and Linda [...]

12-2 Public Record

The following marriage licenses were recently filed in the Roosevelt County Courthouse: • Nathan D. Wood, 21, and Janet L. Kimbrell, 22, both of Portales. • Aldo D. Valenzuela, 25, and Milbia J. Marquez, 24, both of Portales. • Gregory O. Hill, 37, and Julie A. Watson, 28, both of Portales. • Benjamin Allen Herring, [...]

Residents celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Wind-blown and slightly clouded by controversy, Cinco de Mayo festivities at Lindsey Park in Portales were enjoyed by hundreds Saturday. “It started out kind of slow, but here in the afternoon it is picking up,” Los Abuelitos Senior Center director Lupe Montoya said, from her booth where she and [...]

Portales prepares to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Music, cars and ethnic dancers will all be a part of the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Lindsey Park in Portales Saturday. The festivities are set to begin at 1 p.m. and are being sponsored by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, said Jennifer Ornelas, chairperson. “We have it in [...]