Gilbert Ortega

Auburn icon Gilbert is back

Well … not the real Gilbert (Ortega) – he’s still in heaven riding his bike, causing the smiles. The Gilbert sign is back! He’s in Downtown on High Street and perhaps causi ...

Closures, court cases, development, protests mark 2011 in Auburn

By Jenifer Gee Journal Editor As we welcome in 2012 and what the year has to bring, it’s also a time when we can reflect on what stories and events stood out in 2011. Auburn ...

Loss of Gilbert Ortega inspires poem

Ode to Gilbert The Man There once in Auburn was a man, Who rode his bike all over town. Honka here! Honka there! Honka, honka everywhere! The smiles came, and gone were all the fr ...

Auburn’s colorful Gilbert dies at 82

Gilbert Ortega – Auburn’s beloved, bicycling “man about town” – has died at age 82. Ortega – simply “Gilbert” to the many who knew, or knew of, the colorfully garb ...

For Ortega, it’s always ‘Year of the Bicycle’

We’ve all seen him zipping along Downtown streets on his shiny bike, laughing and honking his bicycle horn, riding so fast the colorful tassels dangling from his handlebars are b ...

Auburn icon aided in crash recovery

A familiar face in Auburn is getting his favorite bike repaired for free. Dan Tebbs at Victory Velo said he and Auburn Bike Works owner Lisa Kodl took on the task of fixing Gil ...