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Ramon “Javier” Solis, 68, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017, at home in Roswell, New Mexico. Viewing will be Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. with a Prayer Service following from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. A celebration of his life will be at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow service at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Javier’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On June 10, 1949, Ramon “Javier” was born to Manuel Solis and Paula Baeza Solis in Van Horn, Texas. Javier attended school in Van Horn, Texas. He married Roberta “Bobbie” Solis on December 27, 1969 in Roswell, NM. Javier worked and later retired as carpet installer. He enjoyed fishing, music, going to the casino, cooking and camping. A compassionate man, Javier would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He was a loving husband, father, uncle, good friend and an awesome brother-in-law. Javier was very friendly and loved talking to everyone he met.
Javier is survived by his wife, Roberta “Bobbie” Solis; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Preceding Javier in death are his son, Ramon Robert Solis, State Police Officer; parents: Manuel Solis and Paula Solis; and brother, Poly Solis.
Pallbearers: Angel Carmona, Pete Solis, Celedino Solis, Cande Candelario Solis, Jesus Solis and Epi Flores.
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.
Elaine A. LeGrand Nibert, 91, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 surrounded by her family.
Elaine was born on June 14, 1926, in Toledo, Ohio to Victor Henry LeGrand and Mildred Irene Brown LeGrand. In the 1950s, she traveled to Roswell to visit her sister Bonnie Sorenson. She began working at Walker Air Force Base where she met an airman –– Jim Nibert. On November 3, 1956, she and Jim were married. After Jim was discharged from the Air Force, they moved to Portales so Jim could attend ENMU.
They then moved to Clovis, where she worked as a supply buyer and construction contract administrator before becoming the Deputy Chief of the Contracting Division at Cannon Air Force Base. She retired in 1988 after 30 years of service. Jim and Elaine lived in Clovis, New Mexico for 40 years, moving back to Roswell in 2004. Elaine was an active member of W. 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis and after returning to Roswell placed her membership with Country Club Road Church of Christ. In Clovis, she was a member of the American Business Women’s Association and Beta Sigma Phi. In Roswell, she was a member of the Chaves County Republican Women, Roswell Junior Book Club, Petro Club, Roswell Woman’s Club, Klassie Lassie Birthday Club, and the Monday Lunch Bunch.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother Isadore LeGrand; her husband Jim; her sister Bonnie Sorenson; her brother Victor LeGrand Jr. and his wife Virginia. She is survived by her son Greg and his wife Carolyn of Roswell; daughter Kim and her husband Eddie Meeks of Clovis; four grandchildren –– Jennifer McDaniel and her husband Gabe Pfeiffer, David McDaniel, Gregory Nibert and Jeff Nibert; one precious great-granddaughter Harlow Rose Pfeiffer; numerous nieces and nephews; and her brother-in-law and dear friend Dave Sorenson.
A private family service will be held at a later date in Santa Fe. Elaine and her family request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130-9983.
Elaine and her family would like to thank Dr. John Truitt and the wonderful staff at the Cancer Center at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, caregivers Priscilla and Rosie, and hospice nurse Bonnie Hummel for the support and care they all provided. Elaine had the most wonderful friends and we thank each of you for providing happiness, laughter, and love in her life. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.
The New Mexico Environment Department late Monday afternoon lifted a water boil advisory order for the city of Artesia and nearby Morningside.
For more than a week, residents of Artesia and members of the Morningside Water Users Cooperative have been advised to boil water after E. coli bacteria was found in the Artesia municipal water system on July 15.
The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau lifted the boil water advisory order shortly before 5 p.m. Monday after testing from consecutive days indicated Artesia’s water was again safe to drink.
“The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau provided technical support to the Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative and subsequent samples collected from the water system were negative for bacteriological contamination,” NMED communications director Allison Scott Majure said in a news release Monday. “The Artesia Municipal Water System and Morningside Water Users Cooperative will be required to maintain a regular monitoring schedule to test the distribution system for the presence of total coliform and E. coli.”
The NMED issued the water boil advisory order after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the maximum contaminant level for E. coli was discovered in drinking water in Artesia’s water system. The bacteriological contamination was initially found near the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, on the north side of Artesia.
A communications officer for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers said the citywide water boil order did not impact operations, and alternate water sources were utilized to continue basic and advanced law enforcement training at FLETC’s 1,340-acre facility in the northwest Artesia.
City water in Artesia first tested positive for E. coli on July 13, said FLETC spokesperson Christa Crawford Thompson.
“FLETC advised students and staff to follow safety protocols for water usage regarding showers, etc.,” Crawford Thompson said. “FLETC is supplying bottled water for drinking and gallons of purified water — reverse osmosis treated — for dorm rooms.”
After a second positive test on July 14, the Artesia Water Department issued a boiled water notice on July 15.
The water boil warning was extended to nearby Morningside, an unincorporated community on the northern border of Artesia, which has tested positive for E. coli and fecal coliforms. The Morningside Water Users Cooperative receives all of its water from Artesia’s municipal water system. The advisory applied to the 14,000 customers served by the Artesia water system and 385 Morningside Water Users Cooperative customers. Both public water systems are in northern Eddy County.
Chlorine was introduced into water storage tanks in the Artesia water system Wednesday, as daily testing occurred. The Artesia Water Department said it switched to an alternate drinking water source, and increased sampling to determine the source of the contamination.
The NMED had said the water boil order would only be lifted after two consecutive days of tests indicated no type of bacteria coliform or E. coli in the Artesia distribution system.
Consumers of water at the Artesia municipal water system and Morningside Water Users Cooperative were advised to boil water for 1 minute before drinking, cooking, washing fruits and vegetables, feeding a baby, brushing teeth, preparing drinks, making ice and providing drinking water for pets.
The presence of E. coli indicates water may have been in contact with sewage or animal wastes, and could contain disease-causing organisms. Children, the elderly and immuno-compromised individuals are at an increased risk for illness.
No water problems were reported in Roswell. While Roswell and Artesia share the same aquifer, there are no pipes connecting the water systems of the two cities.
There have been no reported illnesses related to the Artesia water crisis.
Interim editor Jeff Tucker can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 303, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Booze plane’ caught in Roswell in the 20s; An excerpt from the book ‘Treasures of History IV’ by Elvis Fleming recalls when a plane was caught carrying alcohol during the Prohibition period
It was November of 1927. Cuba took the lead in the world’s sugar interests, the U.S. president was Calvin Coolidge; “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” directed by Harry A. Pollard, was one of the most viewed movies released. The PGA Championship: Water Hagen took fourth consecutive championship at Cedar Crest CC Dallas. At age 23, Theodor Geisel, also known at Dr. Seuss, married his first wife, fellow author and editor Helen Palmer, 28, on Nov. 29, Vin Scully, American sportscaster (Los Angeles Dodgers) was born in The Bronx, New York, and Prohibition was high on the list of political pros and cons, or wet and dry.
Elvis Fleming came to the archives last week, the times that I cherish, when he is there. He happened to mention Prohibition here in New Mexico, and a story he wrote in his book “Treasures of History IV.” I couldn’t resist sharing this story:
Beacham’s 1927 Bi-Plane Booze Bust: New Mexico’s First
It was a cool morning on Nov. 22, 1927, when C. G. ‘Smoky’ Taylor of Roswell and Kenneth Oliver of Chicago set down their Waco-10 single engine biplane on the prairie near the Harvey Stewart Ranch about 15 miles north of Roswell.
The two men got out of the plane and proceeded to unload their cargo: five or six cases of American made whiskey. Suddenly, they saw cars approaching in the distance, so they quickly got back in the plane and started to take off, leaving the liquor.
It was the height of Prohibition, that much-maligned period from 1920 to 1933 when the manufacture, transportation, and sale of intoxicating beverages were illegal. The approaching cars spotted by Taylor and Oliver carried Federal Probation Agent Howard Beacham and a team of special agents and deputy sheriffs. They had been scouring the hills west and north of Roswell for two days and nights with binoculars, watching for the expected airplane full of bootleg booze.
When Beacham saw what the ‘rumrunners’ were about to do, he got out of his car and began firing at the airplane with a .30-30 deer rifle. One of his shots punctured the plane’s fuel tank and another disabled the motor. Foiled in their getaway, the criminals surrendered. Taylor was armed with a revolver and was a little slow to give it up.
Beacham gave credit to Special U.S. Customs Agent Juanita McDaniels, 22, of El Paso. She had spent five days on the case virtually without sleep, but how she knew where the plane would touch down was kept a secret. According to David A. Townsend and Clif McDonald in an excellent article in the January 2000 issue of the “Southern New Mexico Historical Review,” Ms. McDaniels often went undercover as a high school student to collect intelligence about violations of Prohibition and Immigration laws. Her younger sister, Thelma, was also an agent and usually accompanied her.
The Roswell Daily Record in those chivalrous, but ‘politically incorrect’ days, referred to Ms. McDaniels as ‘a pretty 22 year old girl’ and to the sisters as ‘two pretty girls.’ The paper took no note of how handsome, or not, were Beacham and the other men, on the arresting team! The Chaves County deputy sheriffs who helped Beacham with the bust were J. B. Coats and W. M. Crow.
Taylor was in deeper trouble because he had been armed. A 1923 statute and enhanced the law against simple transportation of liquor by adding the provision that made it a more serious offense to carry a deadly weapon while illegally transporting intoxicating liquor. When Taylor and Oliver appeared in court, they tried to beat the $500 fine or 15 years in prison penalty by claiming that an airplane was not a vehicle within the definitions of the 1923 law! But it did not work.
The capture of the ‘Booze plane’ near Roswell was the first airplane ever seized in New Mexico carrying illegal liquor.
Howard Beacham was a very remarkable man whose story is ably outlined by Townsend and McDonald. Beacham and his wife Juanita operated hotels and restaurants in Alamogordo before he was elected Sheriff of Otero County in 1920 at the age of 37. The ‘Eliot Ness of Otero County’ was determined to see that the prohibition laws were obeyed, which cost him some local support. Sheriff Beacham made certain that no bad guy would outrun him: his professional car was a Stutz Bearcat Sports car that he had seized in a raid.
According to Townsend and McDonald, the Democrats did not re-nominate Beacham in 1922 because of his enthusiasm for catching bootleggers. However, he continued in the role of Federal Prohibition Agent until prohibition ended in 1933, with jurisdiction over Lincoln, Chaves, and Eddy counties, as well as Otero.
Modern dope smugglers who hide narcotics in secret compartments of their vehicles or try to camouflage the real contents of their cars and trucks have nothing on the ingenious bootleggers of Prohibition. In February 1928, Beacham noticed a suspicious truck loaded with lumber going by his house. He followed it and discovered that the load was fake lumber; it actually encased a large compartment with ‘the single largest cargo of liquor ever captured by officials in the vicinity of Alamogordo….’ The haul was valued at $7,000.
Later that same year, Beacham was chasing a bootlegger when a truck struck his car. The accident put the agent in the hospital briefly.
Beacham seized a 1929 Nash coupe near Alamogordo in January 1931 that had 100 gallons of whiskey and 23 bottles of French wine hidden in the upholstery and secret compartments. The following month he and other officers captured a giant 355-gallon whiskey still in Eddy County, along with the two moon shiners who built it, J.O. Whitefield and W. M. Horton.
Beacham’s law-enforcement career did not end with Prohibition, Townsend and McDonald state. He served four more years as sheriff of Otero County, winning the elections of 1934 and 1936. After that he operated the Plaza Café in Alamogordo, while also serving as justice-of-the-peace and municipal judge. Howard Beacham died at the age of 80 on March 9, 1963. He left a heritage that is worthy of imitation not only by peace officers but also by all law abiding citizens of southern New Mexico.
“Prohibition is better than no liquor at all.”
“Funny to watch these Senators switching back and forth on Prohibition. Politics is a great character builder. You have to take a referendum to see what your convictions are for that day.”
“Communism is like prohibition, it is a good idea, but it won’t work.”
“Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth.”
Janice Dunnahoo is an archive volunteer at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Archives. She can be reached at 575-622-1176 or email at email@example.com.
Professional boxing returned to Roswell Saturday night for the first time in nearly five years, with a flurry and exchanges and heavy hitting that led to four knockouts in the six bouts at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center.
In the main event attended by many families and children, Roswell’s John Herrera and Belen’s Gene Perez battled toe-to-toe throughout the full six rounds, with Herrera losing a unanimous decision that did not sit well with many in the hometown crowd that was behind Herrera.
The judges scored the fight 58-55, 57-56 and 60-53, all in favor of Perez.
Perez improves to 2-9-1 in his pro boxing career, while Herrera drops to 4-18-2.
Herrera took the fight to Perez throughout most of the fight in the 132 pound division, keeping Perez on the ropes. But midway through the first round, Perez, a southpaw, landed a stiff left to Herrera’s head, dropping him briefly before Herrera got up before the count. The knockdown points proved the difference in the tight score at the end.
Perez came out aggressively and kept Herrera on the ropes for much of the first round, before turning the tables and putting Perez on the ropes for subsequent rounds.
“Come on Junior,” said a large group of Herrera supporters near ringside.
Both boxers mixed it up frequently in the corner, but were not able to put the other away. On several occasions, Herrera had Perez pinned to the ropes, but the scrappy southpaw from Belen battled his way out of the corner.
In the fourth round, both fighters swung away more freely, working up the crowd looking for a knockout as Herrera swung and connected often, but was unable to put Perez on the canvass.
The pace of the fight slowed down in the fifth round until Herrera again got Perez on the ropes, who was spitting blood and bleeding from the nose at that point. The two boxers stayed within range of each other nearly the whole fight, with frequent exchanges.
In the sixth and final round, Herrera again got Perez on the ropes, scoring often as he tried to put Perez away. The fight ended with a flurry, with both boxers staying on their feet.
Villa vs. Lopez
In the co-main event, Roswell’s Richard Villa won by knockout in the first round over Elk City, Oklahoma’s Mauricio Lopez in the 195 pound division.
Both fighters threw big blows early in the fight, with heavy shots to the head delivered by Villa.
After ducking a punch from Lopez, Villa, a right-handed boxer, delivered a right cross, followed by a devastating left inside punch that buckled the knees of Lopez.
Lopez fell in the middle of the ring, where the fight was promptly stopped by the referee as it became apparent Lopez was unable to continue.
With the a technical knockout, Villa improves to 2-0-1 while Lopez drops to 0-2.
“I felt it right off the bat that he was going to come out swinging, so I hit him first and hardest,” Villa told the crowd after the fight. “I respect my hometown. It’s been like eight and a half years since I fought in my hometown. Let’s keep this sport alive here in Roswell. We’re tough here.”
Perez vs. Reyes
In another tough bout, Roswell’s Augustin Perez and Hobbs’ Ricardo Reyes battled it out for the full four rounds, with Perez winning a unanimous decision in the 132 pound division bout.
It was the professional debut for both boxers. Perez is a detective for the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.
Both fighters were timid the first round, sizing each other up with the occasional quick flurry.
Perez, wearing trunks saying El Chicano, got Reyes on the ropes in the second round, landing a good right cross that had Reyes wobbling.
In the third round, Perez remained in control of the fight, backing up Reyes. The boxers stayed close to each other, but not tie up, leading to a lot of points on inside shots from Perez who out-worked Reyes from close range.
In the fourth and final round, both fighters come out hot, working hard to land blows with minimal defense.
The crowd shouted “Junior, Junior,” trying to give Perez the muscle to put Reyes away, but Reyes hung on until the end, with good counter-punching, and forced a decision.
The two fighters were so close to each other throughout the bout that one ringside boxing fan said if was like they were “fighting in a phone booth.”
In the final seconds of the fight, Perez landed several shots to the head of Reyes, who counter-struck with his own blows in a fast and furious finish.
“It was a tough fight, but I’m proud of it,” Perez told the crowd in the post-fight interview. “When I was in the fight, I heard your shouts and it pushed me even more.
“It was a great, great win for me and my wife.”
Reyes said it was a tough battle, and he’d like a rematch.
“He wanted it more, but I did my best,” Reyes said. “If it’s alright with the detective, I’d like to see a rematch.”
Perez improves to 1-0, while Reyes is now 0-1.
Huerta vs. Acosta
The fight between Roswell’s Israel Huerta and Omar Acosta had to be stooped early by the fight doctor after Huerta’s left eye ballooned in the first round of the heavyweight division bout.
Acosta improved to 1-1, while Huerta dropped to 1-3.
After feeling each other out with jabs, Acosta began delivering body blows. In one of the exchanges, Huerta took a shot to the eye, which rapidly swelled up. The fight doctor checked his eye after the first round and said Huerta could not continue.
Acosta said the deciding blow occurred when he came over the top and hit Huerta’s eye.
“So I knew I had him,” he said.
Lara vs. Ruiz
Tim Ruiz of Herford, Texas won by knockout in the second round over Roswell’s Raymond Lara in the 147 pound division.
Lara was very fast with flurries early in the fight, but Ruiz proved a strong counter-puncher.
Lara took a hard shot to the head while in the corner that clearly dazed him. But Lara got up at the 8-second count and finished the first round, which he may have won on points if he had not been knocked down.
Ruiz came out aggressive in the second round, throwing numerous blows, most of which were blocked by Lara, who countered with roundhouses.
Lara was hit hard again, and fell back to the ropes where he dropped. He got up and was ready to go after a standing 8 count, but the referee called the fight a knockout for Ruiz at 2:49 into the second round. Lara fell to his knees in disappointment, wanting to continue.
Ruiz said he knew Lara would be “swinging for the fences.”
“After shot is a real thing, homie,” Ruiz said to the crowd.
It was the pro boxing debut of both fighters.
Portillo vs. Espinoza
Oscar Espinoza of Hobbs won by knockout over Ysidro Portillo of Odessa, Texas, in the 185 pound division.
Portillo came out swinging, but was dropped by a counter-punch early in the first round. Espinoza landed several more hits in the first round, with big blows to close the the round.
Portillo stayed aggressive in the second round, but was again floored by a counter-punch from which he could not continue,. The fight was stopped at 1:32 in round 2.
Espinoza improves to 2-1, while Portillo lost his boxing debut.
Promoter Isidro Castillo said Saturday’s fights were the first professional boxing event in Roswell since December 2012. The event was sponsored by the School of Hard Knocks Boxing Academy of Hobbs.
As the city of Roswell prepares to discuss budget matters this week, a topic for elected officials’ consideration is the agreement with MainStreet Roswell and the state organization.
The city provides the local organization with a minimum of $40,000 each year, a requirement of the New Mexico Main Street organization if the local group is to remain accredited and receive the support of its organization, technical experts, training programs and funding opportunities.
MainStreet Roswell works to enhance and develop the downtown Main Street business corridor and surrounding areas. Some of its recent projects include the development of Reischman Park, the securing of grant money to improve the appearance of downtown stores and the coordination, often with other groups, of popular events such as the UFO Festival, Farmers’ Market and the Chile Cheese Festival.
The Roswell City Council Infrastructure Committee is scheduled to consider a two-year memorandum of understanding among the city and the local and state group at its Monday meeting, 2 p.m., at City Hall. The agreement will need to receive the approval of the entire City Council to be official.
In addition to agreeing to provide the annual budgetary support, the city is also required to coordinate with the local group on plans to improve the infrastructure in the MainStreet corridor and to provide information and data needed by the local group to comply with its reporting requirements to the state organization or the state legislature, given that New Mexico Main Street operates under the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
MainStreet Roswell is also an affiliate of the national Main Street America group, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, formed in 1980. There are about 1,600 Main Street organizations nationwide. New Mexico Main Street, founded in 1985, has 22 accredited local groups, including Roswell, and 14 other associated organizations.
It’d be easy to think that Mike Lanfor steps first and looks later. But if you pay close attention, you’ll see that he’s been observing all along, ready to take the next step, whatever it may be.
Though his family has been in Roswell for generations now, he’s a recent transplant.
“I’ve been back in Roswell for the last five years,” Lanfor said. “My family has been here, on my dad’s side for four generations now. I lived here when I was real young, in the ’60s, then my folks split up and I came here for visits for many years. Then I was gone for about 30 years.”
It was family that drew him back.
“I came back because of my grandma,” he said. “I was moving roots. The kids were grown. I had done a photography stop in the Grand Canyon. I was out there by myself for 30 days shooting time-lapse photography. Then I stopped to visit friends in Arizona and then I came here to visit my grandma.
“I stayed with my dad for a couple of months. I had no real plans. One day I was driving through town and I saw a cute little house. I asked my grandma how she’d feel if I stuck around for awhile, and she got real excited. I bought the house and settled in. We spent as much time with her as we could. She passed away in December at almost 90.”
Lanfor had rooted himself solidly in Roswell by then.
“Once I’d bought the house, I’ve had no reason to leave. I’ve put down roots and am trying to learn as much as I can about the community.”
He has his own business, Airplay Media and Adventure Services.
“We repurposed a business,” Lanfor said. “I run an aerial media business. I’m helping to grow a new business, which is both fun and scary. We’re not just growing a new business, we’re growing a new industry. We don’t get paid for growing the industry.”
After a military career, Lanfor continued pursuing his passions, and a career evolved.
“I’m retired Army,” he said. “I retired in 2001, just right when 911 happened. My first few years as a civilian I was a skydiving instructor. I worked full time as a videographer and skydiver. That became a business of adventure photography. I’ve photographed many parts of the world.
“I was the photographer who said he’d never go digital. I never thought digital photography would go the way it went.”
In Roswell, he took his career to new heights.
“The business I started when I moved here was an evolution of that business, with new technology,” Lanfor said. “I started using drones. I am the first licensed, certified commercial pilot for drones in the state of New Mexico. I’m a licensed pilot so getting the certification was actually fairly easy.”
Working with drones has expanded his potential.
“The view I get from drone photography has expanded my eye,” Lanfor said. “With the drones I get a wide view of things that few people ever get to see. As a licensed pilot and a photographer I’ve spent most of my life looking at the world in a way that most people don’t see it, so I know the value of that. What was unique with the drones is that I was able to sustain a view for a period of time by just hovering in place so I could study it and understand it better.”
Photography in Roswell with it’s unusually large skyline and long view presents its own opportunities and challenges.
“The broad open sky here makes my work complicated in some regards,” Lanfor said. “I’m used to shooting complex images; images that are in the foreground but take advantage of what’s in the background. I’ve had the privilege of living in some places in the world where you get some creative weather, or you have some creative scenery in the background such as mountains.
“Everywhere in the world has its own unique light. All photography is, is painting with light. One unique thing about the open sky is when storms come in, you can see the whole storm cell.”
He has a formula for increasing his potential as a photographer.
“When I would see something that struck me as beautiful,” Lanfor said, “I would ask myself ‘Why do I find that beautiful? What is it about that that appeals to me?’ Once I figured that out I would start looking for the same qualities in other places. Then I discover new things.”
Lanfor sees great potential for Roswell.
“There’s not a lot to do in the area if you’re an adventurous person,” he said. “We need to educate and train people on proper safety in using drones. I don’t know of anyone who’s teaching that yet. We hope to become a part of that. I’d like to teach kids about drones, to get them excited about the future of aviation.”
Lanfor is excited about Roswell’s potential.
“We have one of the most amazing air fields in the country,” he said. “There’s absolutely no reason why we can’t be building on aviation. I know that’s part of the city’s focus right now. The Economic Development Center is putting together a board, a panel to try to build our commercial presence out there. Drones will be a part of that.”
He sees himself as part of a bright future for the area.
“If we can help grow the younger people and the industry in this town, with this new technology,” Lanfor said. “That will help me feel more a part of this town.”
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roswell City Council Infrastructure Committee, 2 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell City Council Finance Committee special meeting, 3:30 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell City Council budget workshop, 4:30 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
City of Roswell Occupancy Tax Board, 2:30 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell City Council special budget meeting, 4 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St.
Roswell Independent School District Board of Education workshop, 1 p.m., Administrative and Educational Services Complex, Special Services Conference Room, 300 N. Kentucky Ave.
Roswell City Council General Services Committee, 3:30 p.m., Roswell City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Southeast Regional Transportation Planning Organization, 10 a.m., Bondurant Room, Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Javier Ramon Solis, 68, passed away July 21, 2017, at home in Roswell, New Mexico. Viewing will be July 25, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a Prayer Service following from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. A celebration of his life will be at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home on July 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. A tribute of Ramon’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Ramon was born on June 10, 1949, in Van Horn, Texas, to Manual Solis and Paula Bazea Solis. He attended school in Van Horn, Texas. He worked and later retired as carpet installer. Ramon enjoyed fishing, music, going to the Casino, cooking, and camping. Ramon was a compassionate man who would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He was a loving husband, father, uncle, good friend, and an awesome brother-in-law. He loved talking to everyone.
Ramon is preceded in death by his parents: Manuel and Paula Solis; and his son State Police Officer, Ramon Robert Solis.
He is survived by his wife Roberta “Bobbie” Solis.
Pallbearers: Angel Carmona, Pete Solis, Celedino Solis, Cande Candelario Solis, Jesus Solis, and Epi Flores.
Joe Christopher Lozano passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017, surrounded by the love of his family. Viewing will be Monday, July 24, 2017, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. A Prayer Service will be held for Joe Christopher Lozano, 50, of Roswell at 7 p.m., Monday, July 24, 2017, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10: a.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Eugene De Los Santos of El Calvario Baptist Church will be officiating. Burial will follow funeral service at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Joe’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Joe Lozano was born in Roswell, New Mexico, on January 29, 1967. He was the second of four siblings. At the age of 42, Joe met and married his beautiful wife, Rosemary. He was married to his loving wife for eight years. His greatest joys were taking his grandchildren to yard sales, flea markets and spending time with family. Joe’s friendliness and outgoing nature left an impact on anyone who met him. There was never a dull moment when Joe was around. He lovingly supported his family and was willing to face any challenges that came along. Joe’s presence will be missed by his family and friends.
Those left to cherish Joe’s memory are his mother, Adelina Lozano of Roswell, New Mexico; wife, Rosemary Lozano of the family home; son, Daniel Lopez and wife, Ashley of Killeen, Texas; son, Christopher Lozano and wife, Madison of Austin, Texas; daughter, Samantha Camacho and husband, Angel of Roswell, NM; daughter, Geneva Madrid and husband, Ramon of Killeen, Texas; daughter, Tiffany Lozano and husband, Louis of Killeen, Texas; daughter, Jasmine Wright and husband, Ray Ray; son, Robert Silva and wife, Amillaly of Killeen, Texas; daughter, Destiny Doram of Killeen, Texas; brother, Louis Lozano Jr. and wife, Erika of Copperas Cove, Texas; brother, Gary Lozano and wife, Patricia of Moore, Oklahoma; brother, Daniel Lozano and wife, Mercedes of Moore, Oklahoma. Joe’s legacy includes 13 grandchildren and his faithful companion Suzy Q.
He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Lozano Senior.
Pallbearers are: Daniel Lopez, Christopher Lozano, Robert Silvas, Erik Lozano, Isaac Lozano, Augustine Lozano, Andrew Lozano, Gary Lozano, Jacob Lozano, and Louis Lozano III.
You ruin lives and devastate families.
Leaving more questions than answers.
You took my grampo, and now my dad.
I guess you just don’t mess with cancer.
The strongest men I’ve ever known with lots of pride in their hearts; reduced to nothing.
Family crying, going through pain in the dark.
They fought so hard, didn’t show the pain, till you finally knocked them down.
I hate you, cancer, go away, no one wants you around.
I love you, Joe Daddy and Grampo.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel for Manuel Gonzales, 74, who passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2017 in Roswell. Manuel will be cremated following the services per his wishes. Visitation will be held from 9 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home.
Manuel was born August 29, 1942 in Dexter, NM to Manuel Gonzales and Otillia Castro Gonzales, his parents preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his wife Dorothy and sister Mary Gonzales.
Those left to cherish his memory are his sons Manuel Gonzales III, Jerry Gonzales, Eric Gonzales and Rick Gonzales all of Roswell; daughters Christina Archuleta and Chris of Roswell and Crystal Cardona and Patrick Maturino of Tularosa; brothers Andrew Rocha, Tim Gonzales and Sam Rocha; sisters Helen Rocha, Margie Rocha and Lorine Rocha; grandchildren Daniel Aragon, Manny Gonzales III, Azariah Gonzales, Marina Conde, Arina Conde, Seriya Archuleta, Alexa Archuleta, Loveiah Archuleta, Melodi Gonzales, Ava Salazar, Eric Gonzales Jr., Santana Alaniz, Uzin Alaniz and Gregory Alaniz and great grandchildren Annalih Mondragon, Ernest Mondragon and Sammy Mandragon.
Manuel loved life to its fullest. His favorite thing to do was spending time with his grandchildren and listening to music.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
Memorial services for Sharon Dillard will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 24, 2017, at Midway Family Church with Rev. Danny Sons officiating.
Sharon Dillard went to heaven on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at the age of 69. She is survived by her husband Ken Dillard, they had been married for 47 years; two daughters, Cindy McClain and her husband Jay of Roswell and Lisa Daughtery and her husband Kevin of Odessa, Texas and their children Lindsay Garcia, Sharlie Garcia and Johnathan Gonzales. She had to two stepchildren Terri Dillard and Jerry Dillard of Amarillo Texas, nine grandchildren, three of which she and Ken raised for most of their life Ryan Lay, Breanna Lay and JJ Dillard; six great-grandchildren; two brothers Doyle Washichek and his wife Brenda and Rick Washichek and his wife Shelba; one sister Charlotte Sons and her husband Danny all of Roswell; numerous nieces and nephews and a very special little friend Alexis Sons.
Sharon was a member of Midway Family Church for 48 years
She had been a beautician for 48 years and worked at numerous beauty shops and the last 16 years she was a hair dresser at Peach Tree.
She loved her Lord and savior with all her heart and we are comforted in knowing we will see her again.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now; He set me free.
Donald (Don) V. Wright, 92, went to his eternal rest on July 21, 2017, at Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell, NM. Viewing will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home in Roswell, NM, at 2609 South Main St. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 24, 2017, at 4 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Tim Arlet will officiate. Interment will occur on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 10 a.m., at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Don’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Don was born June 4, 1925, in Chase County, Nebraska, in his parents’ farm house. Don was the sixth and last child of William Ferd Wright and Elva Irene Akers Wright. He spent his younger years working on the farm, riding horses, and playing with his two older brothers. At the age of 18, Don joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served 3 1/2 years as a Navy signalman in many parts of the Pacific Ocean. He saw battle, serving on the USS Sierra and USS Ault, and was on the USS Flint when it served as escort and security for the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered in 1945. Don left the Navy in March 1946, with an Honorable Discharge and several medals. Returning to Nebraska, he worked in construction, as a farm laborer, and as a hardware store clerk in Wauneta. The owner of the store was also a mortician and Don worked as his assistant for a short time.
In 1949, Don met his future bride, Irene Crapson, and they married on October 9, 1949. Two children were born to this union, Phyllis Faye and David Lynn. Don continued as a farm laborer until 1953, when the family moved to Denver, Colorado, where he worked as a driver for the city bus line. Don held that position until 1959, when the family moved to Ogden, Utah, and he became an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. In 1965, the postal terminal was phased out, requiring another move, this time to Roswell, NM. Don retired in 1989, with 30 years of service. Don and Irene took up square dancing, where he liked the ‘dosey does’ and especially the yellow rocks. They also enjoyed traveling with their fifth wheel RV, and went to many parts of the U.S. They particularly enjoyed their time in Why, Arizona, and made many friends along the way. Don often enjoyed telling stories of the old days and his many adventures. One of the family’s favorite pictures is of Don on a “Sit n Spin” with granddaughter Jenny.
Don is survived by Irene, his wife of 67 years; daughter, Phyllis (Wayne) Kemp, of Artesia, NM; son, Dave (Susanne) Wright, of Shingle Springs, CA; grandchildren: Jennifer (Dino) Wilcox, of Roswell, NM, Sam Wright, of Shingle Springs, CA; great-grandchildren: Breanna Tunell of Albuquerque, NM, Sean, Seth, and Scot Henry of Roswell, NM. He is also survived by his last sibling brother, Loran (Irene) Wright, of Palisade, NE; many nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law, Jack Crapson, of Olympia, WA.
Don was preceded in death by his parents: William Ferd and Elva Irene Wright; sisters: infant Susan, Beulah (Howard) Meyer, Esther (Virgil) Fanning; brother, Harold (Verlene) Wright; several nieces and nephews.
Don was a lifetime member of the VFW, Roswell Elks Lodge #969, Cactus Sam’s, and of Roswell’s Senior Circle.
Many thanks to all of the special people at Sunset Villa for their compassionate care of Don.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Don by his family.
“Those we love
Remain with us,
For love itself lives on,
And cherished memories never fade
Because a loved one’s gone…
Those we love
Can never be
More than a thought apart,
For as long as there is memory,
they’ll live on in the heart.”
Jason Wayne Farr died in his home on July 18, 2017. At his side was his best friend and life partner Robbie Rogers. Further arrangements will be handled by Bethany Funeral Home.
Donations are of great need, please contact Robbie at 575 317 9700.
CARLSBAD — Frances Kleinhans Aguilar, 84, former resident, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Denton-Wood Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, July 28, 2017, at 9 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church with The Rev. Andrew W. Dimit officiating.
Interment will follow in Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Frances Kleinhans Aguilar was born February 24, 1933 in Bowie, Texas to Alfred W. and Bobbette E. (Roth) Kleinhans. She graduated from Bowie High School in 1950 and received a Bachelor’s in Education in 1954 and her Master’s in Education in 1959 from North Texas State University. After completing school, Frances moved to Carlsbad and began teaching at the Air Field school. She married Pete Aguilar in 1961 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bowie, Texas. Frances also taught at Puckett, Monterey and Sunset Elementary Schools until 1970. They lived in Albuquerque, Roswell, and Lakewood, CO before returning to Roswell during retirement. Frances was active in her church and was a member of LWML and AAL/Thrivent where she volunteered and held leadership positions. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Pete Aguilar.
Survivors are her daughter, Beverly Reid and husband, Bruce of Aurora, CO; son, Keith Aguilar and wife, Lynette of Billings, MT; grandchildren: Brienn Parker and husband, Jason, Briggs Reid and wife, Ashlie Bonicelli and Madison Aguilar; great-grandchildren: Adilynn Bonicelli-Reid and Walter Parker; brother, Edwin Kleinhans and wife, Alta Jo of Bowie, TX; brothers-in-law, Paul and Michael Aguilar; sisters-in-law, Priscilla Salcido and Ester Aguilar and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ruben Aguilar, Richard Aguilar, Michael Aguilar, Ivan Aguilar, Briggs Reid and Jason Parker.
Condolences may be expressed at dentonwood.com.
Lorilei Briseño Perlingos, age 48, went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 20, 2017. Her loving and devoted family never left her side throughout the course of her passing.
Lorilei was born on June 15, 1969, in Roswell, New Mexico to Sal and Viola Briseño. She grew up in Roswell and graduated from Roswell High School in 1987.
Lorilei was a longtime employee of United Airlines. She was a flight attendant and traveled all around the world. She often shared stories about her interesting encounters and adventures in flying. During her last years with United, she traveled to her favorite destinations in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, and various destinations in Europe. She always expressed the need to “hurry and catch a flight.” She is now soaring through Heaven and flying high with the angels.
Lorilei faced Multiple Sclerosis with the same gusto and vigor that she lived her life. She faced MS head-on and refused and did not allow it to take away her life. She maintained a positive and hopeful outlook with regards to finding a cure for the disease and participated in various MS events.
Lorilei never stopped having a passion and appreciation for life which was evident in how she lived and loved her family. Her greatest joy was that of being a mother and a grandmother. Her life was never the same when she was blessed with her son, Caleb. The love of a child and being a mother completed her. She loved Caleb immeasurably. Lorilei was also a doting and devoted grandmother to her three grandchildren. Cassius, Camden, and Cieden were the apples of their grandmother’s eyes. Her son and grandsons provided her with the strength, courage, and motivation to continue her fight against MS.
Lorilei’s beauty radiated through her smile and her magnificent spirit filled any room she entered. Her laughter was contagious. She was a very giving woman who has left a legacy of love for all that had the honor of sharing in her life. We give thanks for the life of this amazing woman and are honored to call her a devoted wife, a beloved mother and grandmother, daughter, and sister. The unique, complex, extraordinary and irreplaceable Lorilei, whose grace and beauty inspired us all, will never be extinguished from our hearts and minds.
Lorilei was preceded in death by her father Sal Briseño Sr., sister, Katie Hamilton, grandparents, Matias and Benedicta Briseño, and grandmother, Dora Daley. She is survived by her mother Viola Briseño; husband David Perlingos; son Caleb Perlingos (Siria); beautiful grandsons Cassius, Camden, Cieden; brother Mike Briseño; brother Sal Briseño Jr. (Laura); sister Melanie Florez (Jonathan); and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of Lorilei’s life will be held at Church on the Move in Roswell, NM, on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10 a.m. A reception will be held immediately following the services for Lorilei.
In Loving Memory
September 28, 1942 – July 23, 2016
It is hard to believe it has been a year since you passed. You are missed dearly and I wish you were still here. I love you.
Your Precious Pearl Julie Knadle