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 […]