City Council approves $147 million budget; Spending plan funds new recreation center, convention center expansion and water meter replacements

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The Roswell City Council on Tuesday afternoon unanimously approved a $146.5 million spending plan for the city, a budget amount nearly large enough to match Jerry Jones’ purchase of the Dallas Cowboys for $150 million in 1989.

Three local schools recognized for test score achievements

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Three elementary schools in the Roswell Independent School District have been recognized as having the top gains in test scores for the 2016-2017 academic year at the local level. Shown here is the team from Sunset Elementary School. Clockwise from left are Delma Rey, a fifth-grade teacher; Joshua Escamilla, a third-grade teacher; Julia Talavera, a Title I coordinator; and Principal Mireya Trujillo. The other two schools are El Capitan Elementary and Valley View Elementary. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Three elementary schools in Roswell have been recognized for having the top gains in student test scores at the local level.

Mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika found in New Mexico

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The New Mexico Department of Health and New Mexico State University announced Tuesday that a particular species of mosquito capable of transmitting the Zika virus has been identified in Otero and Hidalgo counties.

Pink water is discovered near Bottomless Lakes

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(Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

A caller contacted the Daily Record Tuesday morning concerning an oddly-colored area of water.

Chickens get spa treatment for the fair

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Contestants for the Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair gather to wash and prepare a chicken for showing Tuesday evening at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Pictured, from left, are Emily Doss, Savanna Fox, Logan Floyd, Caleb Doss and Mckayla Fox. (Briana Hodge Photo)

Theresa Anne Torres Mata

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Theresa Anne Torres Mata (Terri), age 64, has left to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There will be a memorial service at a later date. As per her wishes she will be cremated, some of her ashes will be scattered at Glencoe, New Mexico and At Cherry Beach, in Long Beach, Ca., where her baby daughter’s ashes were scattered 43 years ago.
She fought a courageous, yearlong battle. She used this last year to strengthen her relationship with our dear Lord Jesus Christ. She learned to be patient, loving and forgiving. At the end she became a strong solider of God.
Theresa was born in Roswell, New Mexico, at Saint Mary’s Hospital, on February 3, 1953. She attended Pueblo Jr. High and Roswell High School in the late ’60s.
Theresa was a person of many talents, and very creative. Sewing, oil painting, refurbishing furniture, making doll house furniture for her doll house that she also built. She would always be doing or making something.
Her favorite thing was working on the Mata-Torres family genealogy. She began researching over 45 years ago. With over 4,000 entries. She enjoyed going to Glencoe, New Mexico, and visiting old grave sites throughout New Mexico along with her brother Johnny. She would document every entry in her research. When she talked about the new information that she found, her face would light up. She had an incredible memory, if asked about a certain person, she could give you names, birthdates, date of death right off the top of her head. Her dream was to write a book and have it published. That dream will someday become a reality, her two sons, promised to finish the book and to publish it. Theresa was contacted by National Geographic to identify a few people in a tintype photo of Billy the Kid. Theresa had gained fame with other genealogists and researchers of Lincoln County.
She also ran three Facebook groups, which made her very popular, in the genealogy and historians world.
Theresa was a loving and dedicated mother and grandmother to her two sons and her grandchildren.
Surviving her are her sons Pedro Gonzalez (Deanna) of Albuquerque, grandchildren, John, Pete, and Noah Gonzalez of Roswell. Annaleah, Alyssa, and Andrew of Albuquerque.
Jose Angel Gonzalez (Martha), grandchildren Benicio Ian Gonzalez, Angel, Fernando and Eduardo Alvarado all of Las Vegas.
Siblings, Eva Carrasco of Las Lunas, NM, Johnny T. Mata (Hermelinda) of Roswell, NM, Cosme T. Mata (Kellie) of Galveston, TX, Mary Ann Mata (Aniceito) of Sun Valley, CA, Norma Mata Warken (Rick) of Fort Worth, TX.
Two Godsons: Jose de Jesus Mata (Aundrea) of Hagerman, NM and Matthew Cosme Mata of Sun Valley, CA
Sixteen nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews. Many cousins.
Theresa will be reunited with her daughter April who passed at nine months 43 years ago, and her parents Johnny M. Mata and Teresita T. Mata. Theresa spent the last year building her relationship with God, in order to make it through those Golden gates of heaven.
A special thank you to her niece Norma (Normita) Mata (Tony), of Albuquerque. For her devotion to her Tia Theresa. Thank you for being there to make her feel loved, and being there through her surgeries. She loved you very much, just like a daughter. Thank you for being there until she gave her last breath.
Thank you to her sons and daughters-in-laws, for always caring after her with so much love. She loved you so much and was very proud of you.
Thank you Tia Nellie and Tio Lupe Reyes for your love and prayers. Thank you to all that visited her throughout this last year.

Ann Elizabeth Atkinson

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Ann Elizabeth Atkinson was born on November 23, 1962, in Leon, IA to Berneice and Bob Atkinson who were quite surprised by her arrival as they were 47 and 44 years old at the time of her birth. Ann lived in Clio, IA until she was eight years old when her family moved to Roswell, NM where she spent the rest of her formative years. Ann graduated from Goddard High School in 1981. There she was active in cheerleading and gymnastics along with yearbook and the school newspaper.
Ann moved to Oklahoma City, OK in 1982 where she lived until her death on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 54 years of age. While in Oklahoma City, Ann earned an associate’s degree in paralegal studies in 1993 and received a certification through the National Association of Legal Assistants in 2006. She was a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association Legal Assistant Services Committee, the Oklahoma Paralegal Association, and the Central Oklahoma Association of Legal Assistants. Ann was awarded the OPA Outstanding Member Award and Paralegal of the Year and served on the executive board in different capacities. She worked in various legal fields and ended her career working at Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville assisting in mineral and real estate law.
Ann was a member of Mosaic United Methodist Church, played Bunco, and enjoyed her “First Wednesday Group” in her spare time. She loved music and was an avid concertgoer. Ann was known most for being an incredible friend to all who knew her with an extraordinary generosity of spirit; she was happiest when surrounded by family and friends.
Ann is survived by her sisters, Mary Burden and Diane Atkinson, brother-in-law, Chuck Logan, niece, Adrienne Burden Hubbard, and her husband Dustin, niece, Astrid Ferrell, and her husband Walt, grand-nephew, Logan Ferrell, and countless friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Berneice Atkinson, and her brother-in-law, Jim Burden.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church located at 3131 NW 50th St. in Oklahoma City on Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, www.pancan.org.

Georgia Tech’s Eubanks advances past Fritz at Atlanta Open

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Georgia Tech senior Christopher Eubanks made the most of his wild-card entry into the Atlanta Open, earning an opening-round 7-6, 6-4 win over fellow American Taylor Fritz on Tuesday.

Davies, power bats launch Brewers over Nationals 8-0

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Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zach Davies delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Though Zach Davies showed he’s a triple-threat, the starting pitcher’s best weapon was the one you’d least expect.

Frazier’s run-scoring triple play helps Yanks top Reds 4-2

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Cincinnati Reds' Jose Peraza (9) tags out New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius on a triple play during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in New York. Matt Holliday scored on the play. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Frazier got a welcoming introduction from the public-address announcer, a shout-out from the Bleacher Creatures and a warm ovation from his new fans.

What is the right solution to climate change?

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In my last letter, I offered one solution for climate change — adapt the physical infrastructure.

Minimum wage increase needs to be addressed

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As I see it, there are two sides to the $15 per hour minimum wage debate.

Prescott controls Cowboys at camp, quite a switch in a year

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott speaks during a media conference following practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Oxnard, Calif., Monday, July 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Dak Prescott climbed the stairs to the VIP tent that once served as Tony Romo’s perch for interviews at training camp, facing a phalanx of cameras similar to the one his predecessor and the longtime Dallas starter used to see.

Panthers’ Olsen: Holding out ‘wasn’t the right thing to do’

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Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen backs up a golf cart as he leaves the dorms as after arriving for the beginning for training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers star tight end Greg Olsen chose team over himself.

Stephen Curry, Warriors finalize $201 million, 5-year deal

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In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after hitting a 3-point basket and drawing a foul from the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Denver. The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors signed Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West to contracts, the team announced Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry has delivered his share of success already to a franchise that desperately needed it. Now, he’s being paid for all he has done — and certainly will do.

Davis: Pelicans look good on paper, tired of losing

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In this April 7, 2017, photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) plays in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Davis says a New Orleans Pelicans are "tired of losing" and have the roster to do something about it. That is, if they can find a new offensive scheme that suits their mixture of incumbent starters and recent acquisitions. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis says a New Orleans Pelicans are “tired of losing” and have the roster to do something about it.

Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer traded to Orlando in record deal

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In this April 22, 2017, file photo, Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer (14) takes control of the ball against FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman (25) during the first half of an MLS soccer match, in Frisco, Texas. Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer has been traded to Orlando City for what could be a Major League Soccer record $1.6 million in allocation money. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer has been traded to Orlando City for what could be a Major League Soccer-record $1.6 million.

Spain suspends football president Villar after arrest

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A Tuesday, July 18, 2017 file photo showing former President of the Spanish Football Federation, Angel Maria Villar, right, as he is lead by Spanish Civil Guard policeman to enter the Federation headquarters during an anti-corruption operation in Las Rozas, outside Madrid. The opening of the disciplinary procedure on Monday, July 24, 2017, clears the way for Spain's sports authority, the Higher Council of Sport, to rule whether it will temporarily suspend Villar when they meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. local time (1700 GMT). (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

One week after his arrest in a corruption probe, Angel Maria Villar’s three-decade reign of the Spanish Football Federation came to an end on Tuesday when he was suspended from its presidency.

Final major for Grand Slam not easy to attain

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Jordan Spieth of the United States smiles during a press conference after winning the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England, Sunday July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Three down, one to go for Jordan Spieth.

Lots of Love: Davis Love III, son Dru to play Wyndham

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In this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo, Davis Love III, front, and his son, Dru Love, wait to hit their tee shots on the second hole during the first round of the Father/Son Challenge golf tournament in Orlando, Fla. Davis Love III will be playing against his son, Dru, in this weeks Barbasol Championship in Opelika, Ala. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — There’s going to be a whole lot of Love at the Wyndham Championship.

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