Portales woman honored by Head Start; family plans to start memorial scholarship

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent For more than four decades, Gloria Ortega was a familiar face at Eastern Plains Head Start. Though she retired as site manager in 2007, Ortega continued, up until her illness over a year ago, to be an active volunteer with the program. Ortega began her association with Head Start in […]

Portales mayor: Job never ends

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico Leading a city, according to Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega, is like riding a bicycle: “If you can get on and pedal, you start moving forward,” he said. “But when you stop pedaling, you will eventually fall over. If you’re not pedaling every day as a community, you […]

City council approves rezoning request

Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer Portales City Council approved rezoning an area along U.S. 70 from Kilgore Avenue to Sunland Inc., to commercial Tuesday with a caveat sought by Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. Ortega questioned what the city could do should someone purchase land in the area and want to build a home. “Could it […]

City awards local volunteer citizenship award

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Frankye King of Portales has had her hand in many service projects over the years, from organizing turkey dinners to raising money for eyeglasses to dressing as a witch and giving children snacks out of her steaming caldron. Now, the City of Portales is honoring her with the Excellence […]

City councilors meet tonight

PNT staff Portales city councilors will meet with members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority in a workshop at 6 p.m. today at City Hall. The primary emphasis of the meeting, according to Mayor Orlando Ortega, is the proposed expansion of regulatory powers by the water authority. Ortega said Portales city representatives don’t […]

March 22 Public Record

The following criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court: To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts. gov/caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, […]

Feb. 8, 2009: Anniversary

Ortega Freddie and Julia Ortega of Portales celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 8 at their home. The celebration was hosted by their son, David Ortega, and daughter, Annette Cavazos. The couple was married Feb. 7, 1959, in Portales. They have two children and four grandchildren. He is a retired Civil Service employee at […]

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 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 […]

Club Notes May 11, 2008

United Daughtersof the Confederacy The Ellen W. Jones Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy met for a luncheon for its May meeting. The program committee, with Jan Ross and Janelle Foster, served as hostesses. Debi Lee, Nicole Wilkening and Mayor Orlando Ortega were guests. Ortega talked to the group about future projects. Jane […]

Mayor testifies about need for Ute Water Project

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega spent Thursday in Washington, D.C., with the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He told a Water and Power Subcommittee he believed the Ute Water Project is a necessary answer to water concerns in eastern New Mexico, and that enough studying has been done to […]

2-10-08 Club Notes

United Daughters of the Confederacy The Ellen W. Jones chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy met in Clovis for lunch at Dakota Steakhouse. The group adjourned to the home of G.C. and Jan Ross for the meeting. Janelle Foster was co-hostess. President Jan Ross opened the meeting. Jane Hilliard assisted the president in […]

City backs down from workforce housing proposal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales backed away from the table Tuesday where they had been studying the feasiblility of workforce housing. In a unanimous vote during their regular meeting Portales city councilors decided to withdraw from a program that would have built 150 units of workforce housing on city-owned land […]

Portales Police Department applies for re-accreditation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When the Portales Police Department received state accreditation, it became the state’s first police department to do so. Now, the department will be another first — the first to apply for re-accreditation through the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police, the New Mexico Municipal League and the New […]

Gross receipts still solid

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By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor Portales’ economy seems to be defying national trends along with localized concerns of a slow-down as gross receipts tax collection grew in 2007. With better than 73 percent of the city of Portales’ budget tied to GRT, the monthly collection reports are of special interest to city officials looking […]

Extraterritorial zoning cause of resident’s concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The idea of extraterritorial zoning in Roosevelt County will undergo its closest scrutiny yet during informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. A group, led by Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr., has gathered information and discussed the issue in four meetings open to the […]

Meetings watch: City Council

The Portales City Council met Tuesday evening for their regularly scheduled meeting. Items on the agenda were short and the meeting moved quickly. • A presentation was made by Erinn Burch, executive director of United Way of Eastern New Mexico, and board member Leo Lovett on the progress of the organization. • The city council […]

Talk of extraterritorial zoning dominates meeting

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Roosevelt County Commissioners heard a report from Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. on extraterritorial zoning. Ortega said growth in outlying areas and conflicts like odors and insect control prompted him to begin exploring the process. Ortega said a preliminary meeting to learn how extraterritorial zoning might benefit citizens included […]

Ortega tapped for bank board

Freedom Newspapers Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. has been named to the board of directors of Western Bank of Clovis and Portales, according to a Western Bank news release “I am very excited to be a part of Western Bank, an institution that cares about the success of its customers,” said Ortega, who also serves […]