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 […]