By Jessica Propst
Pride runs through Leo Ortega’s veins. It was placed there by his mother, Rose Valdes Ortega, as a small boy in the 1930s amidst the backdrop of the Great Depression. Ortega watched her work day and night in Raton, N.M., to take care of her family.
“My mother was the nucleus of our family,” he said. “My dad was hardly ever home, poor guy.”