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 […]