Artesia’s Memorial Family Practice Clinic looking for more family docs

Members of the Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Directors’ meet Monday. They were told that a recruiting effort is underway to try and get more family doctors to the Memorial Family Practice Clinic which is located at Artesia General Hospital. (Mike Smith Photo)

ARTESIA — “December was a fairly busy month for Artesia General Hospital.”

Pressing down the flames

RFD firefighters stand together as they watch a fellow firefighter put out a house fire in the 800 block of West 12th Street from the top of a fire engine's ladder Sunday afternoon. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)
An RFD firefighter guides a strong stream of water at a home in the 800 block of West 12th Street Sunday afternoon. According to the RFD’s public information officer, Todd Wildermuth, the report came in shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wildermuth said a strong wind had caused the fire to quickly engulf the unoccupied home. “However, RFD attacked the fire aggressively, gaining control and preventing the blaze from spreading to neighboring homes,” Wildermuth said. “The cause of the fire is under investigation.” (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Women’s event planned Thursday


WESST, a statewide consulting group with an office in Roswell, will hold a dinner Thursday with four local women business and civic leaders scheduled to talk about their achievements and journeys.

Bulldogs get a break before league play

Artesia Lady Dog Gracie Puentes goes for an easy basket against Ruidoso Saturday. Artesia has one more non-league game tonight at Gadsden before district play starts Friday. The boys and girls host Lovington at the Bulldog Pit. The Bulldogs are off tonight. (Greg Brown Photo)

ARTESIA — After playing multiple games in multiple weeks this month, the Artesia Bulldogs are getting a break this week.

Judy Darlene Lane


Judy Darlene Lane, 65, returned to her heavenly home on January 19, 2018. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her life and ultimately gave her peace.
The family will hold a Celebration of Life Service at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25th at Church on the Move in Roswell. Pastor Savino Sanchez will officiate the service.
Judy was born to James Smith and Betty Callaway on May 28, 1952. She attended Goddard High School in Roswell. She worked with the Roswell Independent School District for 23 years in the cafeteria and was lovingly known as “the lunch lady”; a title that she cherished. She enjoyed camping, fishing, watching funny movies, life and laughter with her family. She was very actively involved over many years with AA and NA programs in Roswell, sponsoring many young women and sharing her testimony. She found joy in being part of the Jail Ministry with Church on the Move taking the word of God to those in need.
Judy was blessed with a very loving family. She married her best friend, Albert Lane, on January 22, 1971 in Roswell, NM. Judy and Al have two daughters and five grandchildren alongside many loving friends and church family.
Judy was an encourager of people. She was kind and caring, and always cherished the time spent with her grandkids. She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator in heaven.
Judy is survived by her husband, Albert; her daughter Jennifer Williams and her husband Nick; her daughter Kimberly Putnam and her husband TJ; her grandchildren Devin Williams, Savannah Lindsey, Koltin Willis, Zander Lucero, Madelynn, Maya, and Keigan McCullough; her sister-in-law; Claudine Davidson and her husband James; three very dear friends, Desmond Williams, Judy Powers, Anna Sanchez and her family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Andrews and staff at Roswell Medical, the caregivers with Kymera Cancer Center, and the caregivers with Hospice; Glynn Shelton and Andre Hunter.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Jail Ministry at Church on the Move would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Ramon Aguirre Sr


The family of Ramon E Aguirre Sr, 56, sadly announce his passing on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Viewing for Ramon will be Wednesday, January 24, 2018, and Thursday, January 25, 2018, 10 AM to 6 PM, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6 PM, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be Friday, January 26, 2018, 10 AM, at St John the Baptist Catholic Church. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. Celebrate Ramon’s life by visiting to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
Ramon was born August 5, 1961, in Tepozan, Durango, Mexico, to Ladislao and Carmen Aguirre. He married Maria Guadalupe Rios on January 19, 1980, in Roswell, and spent his life working as a marble fabricator. He was a member of St John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Remaining to cherish the memory of Ramon are his wife, Maria Guadalupe Rios Aguirre, children: Ramon R Aguirre Jr, Earl L Aguirre, Leslie Aguirre, Maria G Ramirez; mother, Carmen E Aguirre; siblings: Gregoria Schweder, Bertha and George Carrillo, Raul Aguirre and Theresa Romero, Maria and Julie Watt-Aguirre, Eliseo Aguirre and Carla Sanchez, Carmen Aguirre, Lydia and Jesus Hernandez; grandchildren: Jasmine Aguirre, Tommy I Bustamante, Victor Aguirre, Raechal Aguirre, Issacc Aguirre, Hector R Aguirre, and Earl Aguirre, and Sergio Ramirez; nieces & nephews: Alyssia Aguirre, Alonso Estrada, Amanda J Schweder, Allen Schweder, David and Chrissy Carrillo, Daniel and Marissa Carrillo, Eiluj D Watt-Aguirre, Eliseo J Aguirre, Rayna R Aguirre, Pilar S Aguirre, Marcus Ortiz, Matthew Ortiz, Elias G Franco, Sofia E Franco, Mirella Isabel Hernandez, Emilia Mariana Hernandez, Daniel Jesus Hernandez, Joshua M Estrada, Neela C Estrada, Claudia M Carrillo, and Michael D Carillo.
Preceding Ramon in death were his father, Ladislao V Aguirre; grand-parents: Benito and Gregoria Aguirre, and Antonio and Maria Enriquez.
Those chosen to serve as Pallbearers for Ramon are: Raul Aguirre, Eliseo Aguirre, Ramon Aguirre Jr, Earl Aguirre, Allen Schweder, Jesus Hernandez, Tommy Bustamante, Daniel Carrillo, and Sergio Ramirez.

Dios Vio Que Estaba Cansado

Dios vio que estabe cansado y una cura ya no habria. Al abrazarlo Dios le dijo al oido, “Ven Conmigo.” Con ojos llorosos lo miramos sufrir y como se nos fue acabando. Aunque lo amabamos, no lo pudimos hacer que se quedara. Un Corazon de oro dejo de latir, manos Fuertes y trabajadoras ya descansan. Dios quebro nuestros corazones al probar que El solo se lleva a los mejores.

Nathalian Palomarez


Nathalian Palomarez was born 25 October 1958 in Morenci, Arizona to Nat and Viola Palomarez. God saw that he was sick and tired of fighting and took him home on 11 January 2018.
He grew up in Ancho, New Mexico, graduated from Carrizozo High School and later attended NMSU. He entered the US Army serving honorably for 10 years. After leaving the military he went to work for New Mexico Department of Transportation; retiring 31 October 2017 after 25 years.
He is preceded in death by his mother; Viola Palomarez, and his grandparents; Fred and Arsenia Lopez.
Nathan is survived by his wife of 30 years Betty, father Nat Palomarez, brother Gabriel/Kathy of Corona, sister Pauline Tope/Pete of Carrizozo, nephew Patrick Palomarez/Kristi, niece Alicia Zamora/Adam, Ashley/Jade Palomarez, 2 step children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Mass will be at St. Ritas in Carrizozo on Friday 26 Jan at 11:00 am with burial at Fort Stanton.
Honorary pallbearers are: Patrick Palomarez, Adam Zamora, David Payne, Jacob Benham, David Palomarez, and Pete Tope.
Nathan was my heart and soul and larger than life. His whole life was spent working and taking care of us. He would tell me he could rest when he left this world. Rest in Peace my Gentle Giant till we meet again.
The Palomarez family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home, Inc. to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit

Glinda McPherson


Glinda McPherson died January 16th at the age of 70 in Roswell, NM. She was born on October, 16 1947 to Nellie and Logan West. She was the youngest of 6 children. She married Gene McPherson on November 19, 1964. They were married for 53 years. Glenda was proceeded in death by her parents and also her siblings; Steven West, Lewis West, Bobby West, Marvin West, and twin sister Linda Lancer. All are now together forever. She is survived by her loving husband, 3 daughters, brother-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Glinda McPherson requested there be no service and wanted to be remembered in a moment of silence and a smile.

Tom Barger


William Clay “Tom” Barger, 79, of Seminole, Texas passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2018 in Andrews.
Toms family will receive friends on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at McNett Funeral Home in Andrews, Texas. Cremation is under the personal care of McNett Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please celebrate the life of Tom by visiting
Tom was born on August 19, 1938 in Lubbock, Texas to Henry Clay and Hortense Barger. He grew up and graduated from high school in Ropesville, Texas. Tom married Joyce Roman on February 26, 1967 in Lubbock. They lived in Ropesville, Hobbs and Roswell, New Mexico before moving to Seminole, Texas two years ago. Tom was a farmer, rancher and operated a construction company as well as being in the real estate business. He loved flying, photography, fishing and enjoyed Western Folk art and Southwestern history. Tom was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Barger of Seminole, Texas, a son Tom Clay and wife Sherry Barger of Lubbock, Texas; a step-son, Richard Roman of Riverside, California, three step-daughters, Mary and husband Lex Hinds of Seminole, Texas, Carmen Roman and husband James Leaming of Chicago, Illinois, Grace Roman Childers of Dallas, Texas; seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Permian Residential Care Center, 1601 NE Mustang Dr., Andrews, Texas 79714.

Jane L. Dunlap


Jane L. Dunlap, “Nana”, died at the age of 71 on January 10, 2018 in Las Cruces, NM after a long & courageous battle with cancer. At her death she was surrounded by her entire family. Jane was born on August 28, 1946 in Decatur, Indiana to the late John & Rowena Bauman. Jane graduated from Roswell High School in 1964. She also married the love of her life, Travis M. Dunlap, on April 10 of that same year. Later that year Travis & Jane welcomed their first child, Lesa. In 1969, son Loren was born & in 1971, son Jay was born. Jane took great joy in raising her children. Jane took delight in anything that involved her grandchildren. She enjoyed crafts & painting. She loved gardening & could make anything grow. Jane joined the Roswell First Church of the Nazarene as a child & attended there until she & Travis moved to Las Cruces, NM in 2013. At this time she became a member of the Las Cruces First Church of the Nazarene. Before moving to Las Cruces, Jane retired from TriCore Medical Lab. Jane is survived by her husband Travis; daughter Lesa Morrison & her husband Shaelan & their children – daughter Emily Morrison-Rosendo & her husband Emmanuel & sons Gavin & Garret Morrison, all of Las Cruces, NM; son Loren Dunlap & his wife Tracy & their daughter Jenna Dunlap of Los Lunas, NM and son Jay Dunlap & his wife Tiffany & their children – Chloe & Case Dunlap of Las Cruces, NM. Jane is also survived by her sister Marsha Lard & husband Floyd of Roswell, NM & many nieces & nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27 at 11:00 am at the First Church of the Nazarene, located at 1900 S. Locust in Las Cruces. The service will be conducted by Pastor Wade Elftman. Fellowship will take place at the church immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Las Cruces First Church of the Nazarene. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave., Las Cruces NM 88001. Please visit to sign the local online guest book.

Randy Keith 7/15/59 —01/13/18


Randy Keith was born on July 15, 1959 and went home on January 13, 2018, surrounded by those who loved him. Randy resided with and was cared for by Judith Tapia and her family; husband Marco A. Nava, daughter Marcela Nava, son Marc Nava, and son Brandon Nava. The Nava’s provided a loving home for Randy where he was spoiled and treated as one of their own. Randy was also a member of the Absolutely You Family, who supported Randy day by day in living a meaningful and plentiful life. Randy was very special in more than one ways. He touched many people’s lives with his beautiful smile and infectious laugh. Those who were honored to meet Randy could not help but to fall in love with his sweet demeanor. Randy will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He leaves a void in many hearts and will always be remembered fondly. May he rest in peace. A celebration of Randy’s life will be held at Waymaker Church, 202 S. Sunset on Tuesday January 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Wayne Nolan Armstrong


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Wayne Nolan Armstrong, 68, who passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Roswell. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., center, joined from left by, Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., hold a news conference on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showed few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end it.

The Latest: Trump calls shutdown a ‘present’ from Democrats

President Donald Trump waits to be introduced to speak to the March for Life participants from the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):

Annette Marie Lucero-Montoya

Annette Marie Lucero-Montoya

A rosary will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church for Annette Marie Lucero-Montoya, 46, who passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 in Roswell. Funeral mass will follow at 2:00 pm at St. John’s Catholic Church.

Annette was born August 30, 1971 in Roswell, NM to Frank Lucero and Gloria Aragon Lucero who survive her in Roswell. Also surviving her are her children Briana Lucero, Raquel Urias, Eric Lucero and Louis Montoya III; brother Daniel Lucero and her grandchildren Khloe Lucero, Joel Lucero, Josiah Lucero, Serenity Chacon, Xavier Lucero and Iziahz Zambrano.

Annette is preceded by her brother Frank Lucero Jr.; grandparents George Aragon, Jane Aragon, Amable Lucero and Mary Librada Lucero.

Annette was a very loving and caring mother and grandmother, she loved her children and grandchildren very much. Her hobbies were crochet, decorating walls with butterflies and making Christmas stockings for her grandchildren which was her favorite. Annette will be deeply missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

Frances W Adams


Frances W Adams, 94, went to be with her Lord and Savior January 16, 2018. The family will announce a Memorial Celebration of Frances’ life and publish a full Obituary at a later date. Please visit to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.

Shutdown challenges Trump’s dealmaker branding


WASHINGTON (AP) — He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump’s latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess.

Shutdown grounds Air Force sports, upends NFL viewing

Clune Arena was empty two hours before the game as the Air Force Academy had canceled all athletic events due to a federal government shutdown on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the academy said both home and away events have been postponed. The academy's online sports calendar lists seven competitions that had been set for Saturday: men's and women's basketball games at Fresno State, men's and women's swimming at UNLV, men's hockey against Sacred Heart at the academy and men's gymnastics against Oklahoma at the academy. (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended plans for military outside the U.S. wanting to follow the NFL’s conference playoff games on TV and radio.

Oklahoma lawmaker sues private investigator in spying case

This December 2017 photo provided by Mark McBride shows what Oklahoma state Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, says is a tracking device that he removed from his truck in Oklahoma. McBride wants to know who put the contraption there and is one of at least five Oklahoma state lawmakers who in recent months asked a prosecutor to investigate claims they have been followed or threatened. (Mark McBride via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who found a tracking device attached to his pickup truck last month is suing a private investigation company and an investigator who works for the company over the device.

Frieda June Parks

Frieda June Parks

Frieda passed away on January 16, 2018, after many years of battling the effects of Alzheimer’s.

A Funeral Service will be Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 3:00 PM, at the Church of Latter Day Saints located at 2201 W Country Club Road in Roswell, NM. There will be a family meal served after the service. Celebrate Frieda’s life by visiting to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.

Frieda was born on June 26, 1934, in Albuquerque NM, to George and Mildred Crosby. Frieda married the love of her life, Dudley Parks, on February 14, 1984, in Hagerman NM.  Even after 33 plus years of marriage, their love for each other was unwavering and heartwarming to all who knew them.

Frieda was a loving person who really never met a stranger and would bend over backward for her children, family, and friends. She was very passionate when it came to her art work, her talent for sketching and painting ceramics was out of this world. She had a love for the great outdoors and loved walking, whether it is from one end of Roswell to the other, or a trip on the back off the motorcycle with her husband, out to the boondocks, to hunt for cactus for her cactus garden at home. And last but not least, we must remember her closest companion, her dog Ginger, which made her smile from ear to ear.

She was blessed with four wonderful children and six equally wonderful stepchildren: her daughter, Donna Hobbs and her sons: David Stone and his wife, Kathy, Mark Stone and Travis Greer and his wife, Elsie, Linda Hernes and her husband, Gary, Catherine Shanks and her husband, Bill, Dale Parks, David Parks and his wife, Renee, Paul Parks and Gary Parks and his husband, Lloyd. She had 16 amazing grandchildren: Shannon, Mathew, Brain, Dennis and his wife, Stephanie, Olivia and her husband, Steven, Amanda and her husband, Sam, Tayna and her husband, Scott, Timothy, Sarah and her husband, Nate, Frieda, Kimberley, Barney, Shauna, Michelle and her husband, Mark, Melissa and her husband, Robert, Linda and her husband, Dwayne and 36 great-grandchildren. She was from a large family having eight siblings who included, one brother Billy (George) and seven sisters: Margie, Millie, Georgie, Bobbie, Patsy, Judy, Joyce. She also had many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

Frieda is survived by the love of her life, Dudley Parks. Even as the end drew near they would sit and hold hands and she would tell him how much she loved him.

Preceding her in death were her parents, George and Mildred Crosby, her son, Mark Stone, stepson, Paul Parks and sisters: Margie, Millie, Bobbie and Patsy.

This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Frieda by her family.


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