Margaret Torres

Mrs. Margaret Torres, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Jan. 28, 1920, in New Kirk to Teofila and Juan B. Aragon. She grew up in New Kirk, lived in Tucumcari, in Clovis, and moved to Portales in 1961. She was preceded in death […]

Tony J. Ortega, Paul M. Jones

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Tony J. Ortega Date of Birth: May 10, 1919 Dates of Service: 1940 -1945 Hometown: Tucumcari Lives in: Tucumcari Theater or Location […]

Portales opens doors to hurricane victims

By Melanie Salazar: Freedom Newspapers With Hurricane Katrina forcing thousands of evacuations from the Gulf Coast area every day, Portales will soon be doing its part to help. The New Mexico Department of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency recently requested assistance from communities around the world to provide short and long-term housing for […]

Some Portales officials concerned about cost of Ute water project

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Some Portales city officials are concerned the rising costs of the Ute Water Project could force other communities to drop out. D.K. Shafer of the Portales Finance Committee recommends city officials meet with officials from the remaining eight entities to see if they want to continue with the […]

Encinias, Abelino

Abelino Encinias Services: Have been held. Abelino Encinias, 68, of Sacatosa, died Tuesday, June 14, 2005 in Sacatosa. He was born on Jan. 27, 1937, in San Geronimo, to Manuel and Eumelia Encinias. He was a farmer all his life. He farmed in Portales and later in Sacatosa. Family members said he will be remembered […]

More communities supporting Cannon

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Clovis and Portales are not the only communities trying to keep Cannon Air Force Base open. Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega and Clovis Mayor David Lansford traveled to Amarillo on Monday to talk about efforts to get Cannon off the Base Realignment and Closure list. Ortega said they spoke with Trent […]

Villanueva, Daniel

Services: have been held. Mr. Daniel G. Villanueva, 88, of Portales, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at the home of his daughter. He was born on April 17, 1916, in LaQuesta, near Villanueva, to Margarita and Florian Villanueva. He married Antonia Lucero on Dec. 28, 1936, in Santa Fe. He was a hard-working man who […]

Officials cautious with details on bodies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two bodies found in a burned car southeast of Portales on Thursday could be identified in two or three days. But law-enforcement officials are not releasing much more information in connection with the case. “It’s strictly in the interest of not interfering with future investigation,” said New Mexico State Police […]

Boys: Reshuffled 4-5A not any easier

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Clovis’ Tigg Bunton goes for the jam over Alamogordo’s Shaun Porteron. Bunton has a string of good posts he must face during district play, including Cibola’s Kasey Cunningham. (CNJ staff photo) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Realignment didn’t make District 4-5A any easier. Out went reigning district and state champion Eldorado and Manzano. In […]

Ute Water Project receives $2 million grant

By CNJ staff TUCUMCARI — The New Mexico Finance Authority and the governing body of the Ute Water Project reached an agreement Wednesday for a $2 million grant to help fund the initial stages of the proposed project. Much of the money will go toward engineering services, which include rounds of public meetings at towns […]

State defending ballot wording

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Secretary of State’s office is standing by a Spanish translation on the inner envelope of the state’s absentee ballots. The translation has been questioned by a Curry County woman claiming an incorrect translation causes confusion to whether the votes will be counted. Maria Cheverez of Clovis […]

Committee formed to secure drinking water

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Members of the Ute Water Commission on Friday voted to form a subcommittee to research options for renewing a contract that reserves water as a drinking supply for eastern New Mexicans. Members of the commission said extending the water reservation for 10 years could hamper the $307 million Ute […]

Portales mayor presses for unity in water project

By TV Hagenah: Freedom Newspapers LOGAN — Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega on Wednesday urged members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority to work together — not independently — in efforts to negotiate with the Interstate Streams Commission for the region’s future water suppy. Ortega criticized Tucumcari City Manager Richard Primrose for sending a […]

Ortega, Nicolas

Nicolas Ortega Services: Have been held. Nicolas Ortega, 65, of Chaparral, formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Las Cruces Nursing Center. He was born on July 1, 1938, in Anton Chico, to Emilio and Bersabe Ortiz Ortega. He farmed in the Clovis and Littlefield, Texas, areas for over 40 years. He had […]

Ortega, Julia

Julia Ortega Services: Have been held. Julia Ortega, 74, of Portales, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at her home. She was born on Jan. 1, 1930, in Derramadero, to Rita and Miguel Garcia. She grew up in the Encino/Derramadero area, where she attended school. She married Chris Ortega on Oct. 1, 1949, in Clovis. She […]

Award-winning teacher says newspapers are great instructional tool

By Ryan Lengerich Cameo Elementary third-grade teacher Mary Finifrock de Parez remembers when as a little girl her dad taught her to read the newspaper. “I wanted my students to have the same joy,” she said. “I’ve had a grandmother tell me she wanted to thank me for letting her granddaughter read the newspaper.” Finifrock […]

Portales mayor not running for state office

By Mike Linn PORTALES — The only office Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega plans to hold in the next two years will be in his hometown. The Democrat recently said he was considering a run at the New Mexico House seat in District 66. But on Tuesday, Ortega announced he would not seek that position until his […]

Portales mayor considers bid for House

By Mike Linn Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega is seriously considering expanding his political aspirations to the stately stage of the New Mexico House of Representatives. The Democrat said there’s a 50 percent chance he will run for the District 66 position. He said he will make his decision on Monday morning. If he decides to […]

Gallegos, Ricardo “Ricky”

Ricardo “Ricky” Gallegos Services: Have been held. Ricardo “Ricky” Gallegos, 48, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at his home. He was born on Dec. 6, 1955, in Portales, to Sadie and Albino Gallegos. He attended Portales Public Schools and had worked for many years in Construction and Landscaping. Family members said he enjoyed […]

City manager selected in Portales

By Tony Parra PORTALES — Debi Lee of Hobbs has been selected city manager in Portales. She is expected to begin in mid-December. “We selected her unanimously,” said city council member D.K. Shafer. “I believe she really likes Portales. She’s got a boy at Eastern (New Mexico University) and a girl that is coming back […]