Portales attorney facing felony charges

Robin Fornoff Portales attorney Eric Dixon is accused of attempting to run down District Judge Ted L. Hartley with a vehicle in April outside the Curry County Courthouse. Dixon was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, according to 3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando of Las Cruces. Orlando said […]

Weddings — Aug. 7

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Landers Crystal Marie Bailon of Orlando, Fla., and Benjamin Paul Landers of Orlando, were joined in marriage July 11, 2011, in Clearwater Beach, Fla. The Rev. George Doumanian performed a sunset ceremony on the beach. The bride is the daughter of Gergorio and Suan Bailon of Fort Sumner. She is the granddaughter of the late […]

Casey Anthony not guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago. Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Mayor expresses concerns on pipeline project costs

By Thomas Garcia: PNT Staff Writer Concerns about financial responsibility and debt incurred with funding for the Ute Pipe Line dominated discussion Tuesday at Portales City Hall. During the regular meeting Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. expressed his concerns about committing money on loans on a project not yet federally funded. “This project began with […]

Orlando Salas accused of stabbing guard

Freedom Newspapers An 18-year-old serving a juvenile sentence for murder is now accused of attacking a guard with a pencil. According to KOB.com, guards went to Orlando Salas’ cell at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque. Officials told the station said Salas bit a guard’s hand, and then stabbed him three times with […]

Jury hears closing arguments

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Jurors will begin deliberating this morning after nearly six hours of closing arguments Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men. While defense attorneys argued evidence was insufficient against their clients, prosecutor Matt Chandler asked jurors to weigh the partnership of five individuals he said planned and […]

Salas: Younger brother responsible

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Demetrio Salas took the stand in his defense Tuesday and told jurors he was at home asleep when his younger brother accidentally shot and killed Carlos Perez. Salas testified he didn’t tell law enforcement his story about the night of the shooting because he didn’t want his little brother, […]

Defendant’s mother takes stand

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The defense began its case Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of two Clovis men by calling the mother of one of the defendants. Lisa Salas testified she saw her sons, Demetrio and Orlando Salas, in bed the night Carlos Perez was killed while he slept. Demetrio Salas, 21, […]

Asian Artistry

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections By Tonya Fennell Cannon Connections On nimble bare feet, Soumaly Orlando stepped gracefully across the wooden floor. With a dimpled smile, she coaxed the small crowd to clap along to the upbeat tempo of a Laotian song. Orlando, a Staff Sgt. based at Cannon Air Force Base, performed a traditional Laos […]

Third Salas brother charged with homicide

Rick White: Freedom Newspapers Two brothers already in custody were charged Wednesday with murder in connection with last week’s shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Chandler said evidence gathered during witness interviews and forensic testing led to the murder charges against Orlando Salas, 15, and Demetrio Salas, 19. Both […]