Artesia splits games with Carlsbad

Artesia Lady Dogs Head Coach Jeff Houghtaling and Assistant Coach Jayde Burnell watch the team practice before hitting the floor last month in Carlsbad. The Cavegirls sweep the season series defeating Artesia 65-35 Tuesday night at the Bulldog Pit. (Mike Smith Photo)

ARTESIA — The rematch of the Eddy County Basketball War produced mixed results for Artesia High School Tuesday night at the Bulldog Pit.

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(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

The time when UFOs invaded Washington DC


Many times people ask, “If aliens are here, why don’t they land on the White House lawn?” Well, you may be surprised to know, in 1952, Washington, D.C. was buzzed by UFOs.

Joaquin Urias Moralez


Joaquin Urias Moralez, 76, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018. A Rosary will be recited at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Dexter, NM, on Friday, January 19, 2018, 10:00 AM. Interment will take place at Saragosa Cemetery located in Saragosa, TX. Celebrate Joaquin’s life by visiting to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
On August 25, 1941, Joaquin was born to Jose Moralez and Simonia Urias in Boquillas de San Isidro, Chihuahua, Mexico. A man of many traits, Joaquin loved gardening, caring for his animals, fixing cars, and taking care of his ranch.
Amongst his favorite things to do was spending time with his family. He always made sure his family was taken care of above all things. Joaquin loved to make everyone laugh by being a clown. One of his favorite ways to make his family laugh was by making up songs, singing to his family and his beloved wife, Lupe. Joaquin was a very entertaining storyteller. The family enjoyed his many stories about his childhood and younger days.
For every holiday, he enjoyed making his famous asado for all of his family to eat. Joaquin was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, son, and friend to many. He will be greatly missed and be forever loved.
Those left to cherish Joaquin’s memory are his loving wife, Guadalupe S. Morales; children: Joaquin Morales Jr. and wife, Delma of Monahans, TX, Belia Morales and husband, Chris of Andrew, TX, Norma Morales of Monahans, TX, Irma Dutchover of Dexter, NM, Raul S. Morales and wife, Renee of Carlsbad, NM, Delma S. Morales of Dexter, NM, Charlie Morales and wife, Adrianea of Roswell, NM; grandchildren: Stefanie, Monique, Tracy, Johnny, Tiffany, Miranda, Mariah, Serena; great-grandchildren: Alena, Zaidee, Ayven, Kallie, Isaiah, Baby Joaquin siblings: Armando Moralez of Saragosa, TX, Tranquilino Moralez of San Antonio, TX, Ramon Moralez of Kosse, TX, Seno Nunez of Monahans, TX; numerous nieces and nephews; and loving pet, Shoe Shoe Morales of Dexter, NM.
Preceding Joaquin in death were his parents: Jose Moralez and Simonia Moralez; brothers: Juan Moralez, Manuel Moralez, Felix Moralez; sisters: Dulce Bejaran and Amelia Bejaran; and precious pets: Sarah, Scooby and Daisy.
Pallbearers will be: Raul Morales, Charlie Morales, Johnny Rodriguez, Chris Craft, Abel Leyba and Tomas Bejaran.

God Saw You Getting Tired

God saw you getting tired,
and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you
and whispered, “Come with Me.”
With tearful eyes we
watched you slowly fade away.
Although we loved you dearly,
we would not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
your hard-working hands put to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best

Joaquin’s family lovingly wrote this tribute in his honor.

Cynthia Lawner


Cynthia Lawner, 88, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018, in Roswell, New Mexico. She spent the last year in Roswell, making new friends, reading books from the Roswell Public Library, and especially enjoying time spent at Senior Circle playing mah jong. She moved to Roswell from the Orlando, Florida area, where she and her husband, Maurice, who predeceased her, moved for their retirement in 1984.
She was born Cynthia Ritter in the Bronx, New York, in 1929, graduated from Morris High School, and married Maurice Lawner in 1949. She lovingly raised her two daughters and worked as a bookkeeper in Queens, New York.
Cynthia is survived by her two daughters, Leslie Lawner and her husband Robert Carroll, and their two children Matthew and Casey (and her husband Chris Smith), and Debra Rich and her husband Randall, and their two sons Adam and Cory. She dearly loved her grandchildren and treasured her time with them.
The family is indebted to the members of First Presbyterian Church of Roswell for their many kindnesses to Cynthia, and to Margo Fullinwider for her loving care in Cynthia’s time in New Mexico. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Humane Society of the United States or the Alzheimer’s Association.
No services will be held at this time.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

Armando Gutierrez


Armando Gutierrez, 82, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Dexter, NM. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 19, 2018, 11:00 AM, at First Presbyterian Church, 201 5th Street in Dexter, NM. Pastor Stephen Deutch will officiate the service. Celebrate Armando’s life by visiting to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
On November 5, 1935, Armando was born to Rodrigo Gutierrez and Catalina Cabrrera in El Bosque, Chihuahua, Mexico. He worked as a laborer in Dexter. Armando married his love, Tillie Salcido, on September 20, 1959. He enjoyed growing his garden, coaching baseball and watching his favorite professional football team – the Dallas Cowboys. Above all, his greatest joy was spending time with each of his grandchildren, whom he loved very much.
Those left to cherish Armando’s memory are his loving wife, Tillie Gutierrez; children: Israel Gutierrez and wife, Yvonne, Irene Gutierrez, Irma Ramirez and husband, Fidencio; siblings: Emma Sanchez and husband, Manual, Ernesto Gutierrez and wife, Adela, Ofilia Montanez; grandchildren: Steven Ramirez, Justin Ramirez, Anthony Ramirez, Michael Ripley, Shaun Juarez, and Shalee Gutierrez; great-grandchildren: Tristan Juarez, JJ Juarez, Laci Juarez, Chayse Costa, Aaron Ramirez, and Reed Ramirez; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Armando in death are one child, Adam Gutierrez; father, Rodrigo Gutierrez; mother, Catilena Gutierrez; siblings: Robert Gutierrez, Lydia Avila, and Raquel Rede; nephew, Armando Gutierrez; and niece, Gloria Rede.

Steelers part ways with offensive coordinator Todd Haley

In this Jan. 14, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley greets players as they come from the field during the second half of an NFL divisional football AFC playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Pittsburgh. A person with direct knowledge of the decision, confirmed to The Associated Press that the Steelers will not renew Haley's contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, because there was no formal announcement from Haley nor the team. Haley just finished his sixth season with the team. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Todd Haley spent six seasons helping turn the Pittsburgh Steelers offense into one of the most dynamic in the NFL.

Quarterback’s death permeates NCAA convention discussions

In this Sept. 17, 2016 file photo, Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski (3) runs onto the field with his teammates before an NCAA college football game against Idaho in Pullman, Wash. Hilinski has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 21-year-old Hilinski was discovered in his apartment after he didn’t show up for practice Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

When Dr. Brian Hainline learned about the apparent suicide of another college athlete, it hit hard. Again.

Aldridge, Mills lead Spurs over Nets after Leonard shut down

Brooklyn Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) defends San Antonio Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 points, Patty Mills made seven 3-pointers and the San Antonio Spurs responded to the latest absence of Kawhi Leonard by beating the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on Wednesday night.

Milton scores 33, lifts SMU over No. 7 Wichita State 83-78

SMU guard Shake Milton celebrates a shot and a foul while Wichita State guard Austin Reaves can only watch during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 in Wichita, Kan. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — SMU coach Tim Jankovich said his Mustangs would have to be “near perfect” to have a chance against No. 7 Wichita State.

Slow market changed Bruce’s outlook before return to Mets

New York Mets' Jay Bruce, center, poses for a picture with general manager Sandy Alderson, left, and COO Jeff Wilpon during a baseball news conference at Citi Field in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Bruce and the Mets have finalized a $39 million, three-year deal to bring his big bat back to Queens. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce was surprised by the free-agent market.

Cole excited to join Verlander, Keuchel on Astros staff

Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch, left, and Senior Director of Baseball Operations Brandon Taubman, right, introduce pitcher Gerrit Cole, who was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018 in Houston. (Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces.

Late leveler, VAR confusion, red cards before Chelsea wins

Referee Graham Scott, left, shows a red card to Chelsea's Alvaro Morata, right, during the English FA Cup third round replay between Chelsea and Norwich City at the Stamford Bridge, in London, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — After being stunned by a late equalizer, Chelsea was left bewildered and infuriated over the experimental video referees.

Messi misses penalty, Barcelona’s 29-game unbeaten run ends

Espanyol's players celebrate during the Spanish Copa del Rey, quarter final, first leg, soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Barcelona conceded late as its 29-match unbeaten streak ended in a 1-0 loss to city rival Espanyol in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Wednesday.

Colonial confirmed for May amid title sponsor questions


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — With lingering questions about the status of Colonial’s title sponsorship, the PGA Tour says the historic tournament will be played as scheduled in May.

LPGA returns to Los Angeles after 13-year absence


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The LPGA is returning to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence with a $1.5 million tournament in April.

On a day of close calls, Dimitrov fends off McDonald in 5th

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov celebrates after defeating United States' Mackenzie McDonald in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It was quite a predicament for Grigor Dimitrov, still basking in his triumph at the ATP Finals as he entered his second-round match at the Australian Open against a young American who had never won a tour-level match before qualifying for the first major of the season.

Turning up the heat: Sharapova into 3rd round, Konta out

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates win over Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova ticked off more items on her “to do” list at the Australian Open, returning to center court and accounting for the only person who has beaten her at a Grand Slam since her comeback from a doping ban.

Dale Jr. crashes in snowy weather after helping other driver

In this Nov. 17, 2017 file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks with the media during a news conference before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Earnhardt is warning North Carolina drivers not to venture out into a snowstorm after he slid off the road and hit a tree. Earnhardt said on his Twitter account Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, that he had just used his winch to help a sedan out of a ditch in snowy weather when he himself drove off the road and into a tree. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is warning North Carolina drivers not to venture out into a snowstorm after he slid off the road and hit a tree.

At least 10 deaths from snow, ice and record cold in South

Emergency personnel remove patients for transport to area hospitals at the scene of a multi-vehicle wreck on Interstate 65 near Bonnieville, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. The wreck shut down the southbound lanes for several hours. Several people were transported from the scene to at least two different hospitals. (Neal Cardin/The News-Enterprise via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Snow, ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars sliding off roads Wednesday in a corner of the country ill-equipped to deal with wintry weather. At least 10 people died, including a baby in a car that plunged off a slippery overpass into a Louisiana canal.


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