Amazon raises monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

In this Dec. 20, 2017, file photo, a clerk reaches to a shelf to pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse, in New York. Amazon says it is boosting the price of its monthly Prime membership fees for new and existing members by nearly 20 percent. The online retailer says its annual membership fee of $99 will not change. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is raising the price of its Prime membership monthly plan by nearly 20 percent. The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday.

Facebook to emphasize ‘trustworthy’ news via user surveys

This Nov. 9, 2017, file photo shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meeting with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub in St. Louis. Facebook is announcing its second major tweak to its algorithm this month, saying it will prioritize news based on users’ votes. The company said in a blog post and Facebook post from Zuckerberg Friday, jan. 19, 2018, that it will survey users about how familiar they are with a news source and if they trust it. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys.

Off-highway vehicles take the streets; Approved ordinance states vehicles must have appropriate modifications


On Jan. 11 City Council approved the proposed ordinance allowing off-highway vehicles to operate on paved city streets.

Artesia reports the end of an epoch

Members of United States Border Patrol Academy Class 1083 make the walk during recent graduation exercises at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia. They were the last class to graduate from the 66-day academy. Future classes will be going through 117 days of training. (Submitted Photo)

ARTESIA — The United States Border Patrol Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center reports an era has ended for them.

Police Blotter


The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.

Police, firefighters respond to Second Street accident 

A man stands nearby one of the two vehicles involved in an accident at the corner of West Second Street and North Lea Avenue late Thursday afternoon.

A person involved in a two-vehicle accident was sent to a local hospital by ambulance late Thursday afternoon.

Warriors stage huge comeback


The Gateway Christian boys basketball team shook off a major upset bid by visiting Mescalero as they came back from ten down with two minutes to go to force overtime and eventually prevail 66-62. The Warriors got a big game from Jaydon Stephens throughout the game and some major hoops down the stretch from Riley Arnold off the bench to gain the win and move to 13-4 on the season.

Dexter loses to Tucumcari

Dexter’s Anayee Carlos goes in for a layup against Tucumcari Thursday night as the Lady Demons lose 64-33. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

Hagerman wins in overtime

Hagerman’s Osbaldo Najera scores against Dexter in the Dexter Invitational. On Thursday night Najera scored 12 points to lead the Bobcats to a 33-29 victory over NMMI in overtime. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Arcilia Salas Morales


Arcilia Morales, 86, passed away on January 17, 2018, at her home in Hagerman, New Mexico. Viewing will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00 AM, followed by a Rosary at 12:00 noon at St Catherine’s Catholic Church in Hagerman. Mass will follow at 1:00 PM. Celebrate Arcilia’s life by visiting to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.
Arcilia was born in San Patricio, New Mexico on May 14, 1931, to Ben Salas and Ageda Gonzales Salas. She was a dedicated member of St Catherine’s Church. She enjoyed being a housewife and mother, and then later a grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Those who preceded Arcilia in death were her husband, Alvaro Morales; daughter, Jane S Morales; son, Mike Morales; brothers: Julio Salas, Florencio Salas, Rogelio Salas; sisters: Lucinda Salas, parents; Ben Salas and Ageda Gonzales Salas.
Remaining to cherish Arcilia’s memory are sons: Mario Morales, Gilbert (Beto) Morales; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Phillip Randolph Patton


Memorial service for Phillip Randolph Patton, (P. R.) or (Randy) age 66, of Roswell, NM will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, with Rev. Dale Plummer officiating.
Randy, (P. R.) passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 in Castle Rock, Colorado.
He was born November 1, 1951, in Roswell, NM to William M. (Bill) Patton, and Doriene S. (Roberts) Patton.
Randy graduated from Roswell High School and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University, in 1974. He married Teresa Ann Foust on December 28, 1974 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Roswell, NM. He worked for the New Mexico State Engineer in the technical division. Randy became a licensed Structural Engineer and a Licensed Land Surveyor, and in 1980 opened his own firm “P. R. Patton & Associates” which has operated for 37 years. He was a past member of the East Grand Plains Volunteer fire department, a member of the Roswell Geologic Society, and Past President of Pecos Valley Horsemen. While his children were young he was active as a leader in 4-H and later FFA. He was active in his church and a graduate of EFM.
No interment will be held at this time as Randy’s love for knowledge led him to request his body be sent to the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. He leaves behind his wife Teresa, a Daughter, Victoria Sloan MD, of Castle Rock Colorado, and his Son Andrew Patton of Roswell, NM. He was a loving father. Randy is preceded in death by his Father Bill, Mother Doriene. Please make donations to St. Andrews, Casa Esperanza in Albuquerque, or a charity of your choice.

Karen Hay


Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Karen Hay, age 63, who passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Las Cruces, NM.
A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Goddard High School January Students of the Month


JrSr News


Healthsense today at Senior Circle

Secret Circus to perform in Carlsbad


Jan. 19
Secret Circus concert

NMMI pecan picking was curious


Blue is blue, apple is apple and theft is theft.

Right to work anything but routine


Reporter Alison Penn did a good job reporting on the City Council discussion of a resolution supporting state adoption of egregiously named right-to-work legislation.

Editorial cartoon 1-19-18

(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

All eyes on Brady as he misses practice with hand injury

New England Patriots quarterbacks Brian Hoyer, left, and Tom Brady, center, stand with head coach Bill Belichick, right, during an NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship on Sunday in Foxborough.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady hasn’t missed many starts during his 18-year NFL career, and no one sounds too worried that he’ll be sidelined for Sunday’s AFC championship game.

Oklahoma’s Mayfield takes Manning Award as nation’s top QB

In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield throws a pass during the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against TCU in Arlington, Texas. Mayfield says one of his top priorities as he prepares for the NFL draft is to allay concerns about his character. “People will have their guesses and their opinions on my character, but anyone that’s actually sat down and talked to me knows that I don’t have any character issues, any off-the-field issues,” Mayfield said Thursday evening, Jan. 18, during a conference call after named the 2017 Manning Award winner. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield says one of his top priorities as he prepares for the NFL draft is to allay concerns about his character.


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