Commissioners ponder disputed road request; Latest concern in 10-year dispute is whether county should own or vacate a portion of land

Commissioner James Duffey and property owner Trey Nesselrodt stand near the berm that Nesselrodt created in a county right-of-way. Nesselrodt said the berm is needed to stop what he characterized as drunk drivers from running into this guest house. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A long-running dispute between neighbors on East Mescalero Road is now awaiting the decision of Chaves County commissioners, who visited the property Monday.

Mayor seeks answers regarding internet sales

At the City of Roswell's retreat on Saturday, Councilors Judy Stubbs and Caleb Grant listen to Mayor Dennis Kintigh's explanation of the letter he sent to the secretary of taxation and revenue on March 13. (Alison Penn Photo)

Mayor Dennis Kintigh shared his recent letter to the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department during a city retreat on Saturday morning.

Senate candidate discusses Roswell’s economic opportunities

Mick Rich, candidate for U.S. Senate. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Roswell area has a lot of economic potential related to the people involved in its arts community and its air center, according to Mick Rich.

Covered wagon continues eternal journey

On Tuesday afternoon, Randy Boehmer traveled to Roswell on Highway 70 by means of his "Jesus Wagon" and five mules. "The mules won't save your soul, but Jesus will," Boehmer said to the Daily Record. Boehmer journeys throughout the country with the intention of sharing the Gospel. Letters can be sent to Boehmer at P.O. Box 826, Ashfork, Arizona, 86320 and his adventure can be followed on Facebook. According to a Perry County News article by Janet Robb from Indiana he provided to the Record, the wagon travels at four miles per hour and last year Boehmer and the mules visited 30 states. (Alison Penn Photo)

Pitching in is part of playing, too

A little girl fills a bucket with tennis balls as she prepares to leave Cahoon Park on the afternoon of April 16. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Local Small Business Development Center at ENMU-R wins state award


The Small Business Development Center at ENMU-Roswell has been selected for a 2018 New Mexico SBA Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award.

Goddard splits with Artesia

Goddard pitcher Drew Price made quick work of Cibola on 79 pitches surrendering just one hit while striking out nine Saturday. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Goddard baseball had all kinds of good stuff working in the first game of a twin-bill. They had their ace Drew Price on the hill and he was throwing seeds up there against the Artesia Bulldogs. Hill threw a four-hitter and was sharp as the Rockets took off at the plate, scoring 12 runs to mercy rule the Bulldogs 12-0 at the Launch Pad Tuesday night. The victory ensures that if they sweep Lovington on Friday, they will win the regular season crown.

Lady Demons sweep Capitan for 12th win in a row

Zoey Stewart of Dexter swings at a pitch against Capitan Tuesday as the Lady Demons sweep a doubleheader. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

Game one
Dexter 15, Capitan 0

Roswell girls lose to Artesia

Roswell’s Valaree Manzanares throws a pitch against Artesia in a 15-0 loss in the first game and an 11-0 loss in the second game. (Greg Brown Photo)

Azzie Lee Emerson


It is with great sadness the family of Sister Azzie Lee Emerson announces the passing. Her treasured earthily vessel was moved to her heavenly reward on April 19, 2018, in the presence of family and friends at the age of 99 years.
Azzie Lee Emerson was born January 25, 1919 to Amanda “Minnie” Petty and John Emerson in a very small town Homer, Louisiana. She spent her childhood and school age years in Arcadia, Louisiana. She was the last living of her 13 siblings. At an early age, she accepted Christ and was baptized. She began her Christian journey in Sunday School, Training Union and Youth Usher Board. Azzie Lee received her secondary education at Grambling State University. On July 26, 1940, she was blessed with a son (Bill). In 1944, she moved to Roswell, New Mexico where she united with the Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late O.F. Dixon. Under his leadership, she worked in many ministries.
Azzie Lee Emerson was employed for many years at the St. Mary’s Hospital as a nursing assistant for many departments. Azzie Lee was instrumental along with Deacon A.E. Jackson in the organization of the Mt. Olive State Usher Board where she served faithfully until her health no longer allowed. She loved her church (Mt. Gilead) where she served for over 70 years. Over the years, the pastors came and went but she remained a devoted member, served on Usher board, Missions, Sunday School, Baptist Training Union (BTU), Kitchen Chair and Community Outreach. She was an active member of NAACP and the Jerusalem District Association. She also served as Presided of the Jerusalem District Ushers. She was a dedicated usher. You could always find Sister Emerson in uniform ready for ushering rather at her church or wherever she was needed. Everyone was blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Azzie Lee during her 99 years. There is nothing that she would not do for you. She was a mother, friend and care giver to many, including Tony Ray Strange. Azzie Lee had a calming sweet spirit.
Azzie Lee was preceded in death by her parents, thirteen siblings, Rogers Faye Emerson, daughter-in-law.
Azzie Lee leaves to cherish her memory a loving son Bill Emerson, Roswell, NM; One grandson, Bobby Emerson, Seattle, WA; two great- grandchildren Deion and Kerria Emerson; one great-great grandchild. She will be fondly remembered by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
The family will receive friends Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A home going celebration will be held in memory of Azzie Lee Emerson on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 700 E. Summit, Roswell, NM. Rev. Artis Allen will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Ernest Bucham, Willie Cooper, Danny Garcia, Edward Island, Horace Reese, Jr, Russell Right, Rev. Stanley Smith, and George Rabb. Honorary Pallbearers: Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Deacons, Jerusalem District Ushers and Mt. Olive State Ushers. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery.

I would rather that I be chosen
As a hostess up in heaven.
One to be a servant to the King
And tend to his many children.
I’d rather be chosen as his
Glorious, spotless bride,
His holy, pure white church
That would sit at his right side.
I would rather be the one chosen
To have the honor and privilege
Of being a lowly little servant to
God’s precious hallowed image.
I’d rather be the one that was able
To sit before his holy throne,
The one who’d shine his shoes, comb his hair,
And never leave him all alone.
I rather be the servant girl
To wash and press his priestly gowns
While others fell down to worship Him 
Upon the hallowed ground.
I’d rather be the one allowed 
To polish his Golden Throne
While others gathered ‘round him
Singing adorations to him alone.
rather be the one allowed
To worship at his precious feet.
Just to be his faithful servant 
Would make my life complete.
For I’d rather be a servant in
The house of the Almighty King
Than to be cast into outer darkness
Where teeth would be weeping and gnashing.
I know the King will accept me 
Into his glorious Kingdom there
As I fall prostrate on the ground
I know there’s room for me right there?
I’d fall upon my face before him 
Wash his feet with my long hair
If I could just be his servant
I’d be complete in heaven there.
I’d rather be a doorkeeper
Within the house of my God
Than to have all riches and honor
And be heard here and abroad.

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Minnie Mae Estes


When God called roll on April 22, 2018, a new name appeared on the Heavenly roster…..

Minnie Mae (Jane) Estes

Jane passed away peacefully at home in Roswell, NM. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:00 AM at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home, with Pastor, Rick Hale officiating. Per Jane’s wishes, her body will be donated to the Texas Tech Science Center for medical research.
Those left to cherish her memories are her son-in-law and daughter, Scott and Leona Avent of Roswell NM; eight grandchildren: Crystal Estes of Columbus, Ohio, Mary Estes of San Diego, California, Brian Stevenson of San Antonio, Texas, Brent Stevenson (Brittany) of Royse City, Texas, Shane Stevenson of San Angelo, TX, Jessica Estes (Justin) of Reno, Nevada, Kersanda DeLaCerda (Jared) of San Diego, California, David Dondi Estes of Petersburg, AK; fourteen great-grandchildren: Sydney Stevenson, Savannah Stevenson, Gotham Stevenson, Tristan Greathouse, Cole Stevenson, Carson Stevenson, Railynn Stevenson, Ryan Stevenson, Parker Stevenson, Cylas Estes, Micah Workman, Shayleigh Tsosie, Gabe Estes, Marley Jane Estes; brother, Homer Lott (Joyce) of Caldwell, Idaho; special in-laws: Sue Lott of Abernathy, Texas, Jerry and June Lackey of Carlsbad, NM, Richard and Peggy Titus of Carlsbad, NM; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.
Jane was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, David Neal Estes, Jr.; son, David Timothy Estes; brothers: Wesley Lott, Grant Lott, Oscar Lott, Dee Lott; sisters: Leecy (Sis) Hutchinson, Ethel Stewart, Bernice Lott, Irene Allen; grandchildren: Sanya Estes, Brandon Estes; and great-grandchild, Israel Paz Jr. Estes.
Minnie Mae (Jane) Estes grew up in a loving Christian home, on a farm in southeastern NM, with three sisters and five brothers. She was born at home in Highway, NM, on March 17, 1934, to John Dennis Lott and Mae Lott (Taylor).
Jane attended school in Highway until her Sophomore year in High School. She then attended Dora High School, where she graduated in 1951. Jane then attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, where she graduated in 1954, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
While in college, she met and married her husband of fifty-seven years, David Neal Estes, Jr. Jane and David were married 4/5/1953, on an Easter Sunday and until his death they were inseparable. After one year as a secretary in San Diego, California, they decided they really enjoyed summer vacations and returned to ENMU-Portales, to get the necessary courses to become teachers. Their first teaching experience was in Lazbuddie, TX. After two years there, they decided they wanted to see the world and sought an overseas job. That job took them to Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands with the US Navy School. After a year of teaching on the Islands, they moved back to Anaheim, California. Jane taught for one year before becoming a stay at home mom to their two children. Years later she taught in Roswell, Pueblo Pintado and Seboyeta, NM, as well as raising her three grandchildren and with David staying at home with them while she taught.
During their years together they traveled all over the United States, Jerusalem and Turkey. After retirement and Daves’ passing, she read of a Senior Circle trip to Australia and New Zealand. Jane was heard saying….”It’s a known fact that we are not growing younger.” She decided it was time for a new adventure. She purchased the tickets needed, bought a new camera and went on her adventure. This trip was Jane’s first trip overseas alone, and provided the backdrop for her next adventure….becoming a published author. Jane was very proud of her accomplishment, of becoming an established Author in 2013. Her book – Wonders Down Under- is a book she published after her travel to Australia and New Zealand.
Jane had a love of gardening and was known all over Roswell for her amazing roses. She loved to create vases full of Roses and take them to her friends, ladies at the Roswell Independent Schools Credit Union, her daughter at work and anywhere else that might enjoy the wonderful smells the roses offered.
Her children and grandchildren have said many times that she made the best homemade pies with Pecan Pie being her specialty. No matter what gathering….if Jane was bringing the pies you knew that they were going to be good. We are sure to hope that there is pie making in heaven, as we all feel she made the best peach and pecan pies ever!!!!!
Another of Jane many talents were her Sour Dough Waffles. If you were ever blessed enough to have a bite of those, no other waffle would ever do. It was a well-known event when ‘Mom’ (AKA Gramma) was making waffles on a Saturday morning, there would be a contest of who could eat the most!!! Good times and Great memories.
The most important part of Jane’s life was her love and faith in The Lord Jesus Christ. It was so important for her to teach all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the teachings of Jesus and prayed for each of the people in her life to meet her in heaven right up to the day she passed away. Jane was so excited to be going to heaven and she left strict instructions that there were to be no tears, only a Celebration!!!
Jane will be missed by so many left on this earth. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. We can’t be sad for her as we KNOW she is up in heaven visiting with all those that she has been missing for so long!!
The family would like to thank the staff at Kindred Hospice for their compassionate care and love that they gave Jane during her last weeks. With a very Special Thanks to the nurses that cared for her: Chelsea, Glen, Bonnie along with the Hospice Pastor Tim. Also, her personal caregivers who were there for Jane when her daughter could not be: Ashley Ramsey and Penny Wood. She was shown much kindness and treated with dignity and care.
Jane’s family lovingly wrote this tribute in her honor.

Richard Felix Fontaine


Richard Felix Fontaine, 87, entered into rest on Saturday, April 21, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Celebrate Richard’s life by visiting to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
On February 13, 1931, Richard was born to Felix and Mary Fontaine in Attleborough, Massachusetts. High School graduate, Richard continued his education and received an Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. On March 28, 1952, he was drafted and was assigned to the 5th R.C.T. Korea as a medic. In 1953, after the treaty was signed, Richard was sent home as a private first class. He continued his service to the United States by joining the 320th Army Reserve as a Recruiter and was soon promoted to SGT (E5). Not long afterward, he became a Company Clerk to a SGT Major for 1 year before receiving orders to go to Munich, Germany. After a few years, Richard was promoted to SGT (E6) and very soon received another promotion to (E7). His last position was as a Computer Tech in the Computer Operations Department, before retiring as a Master SGT (E8). Richard proudly served our country.
In retirement, Richard joined the Senior Olympics and won gold medals with his shuffleboard team multiple times. He enjoyed gambling, traveling and loved playing trivia with his grandkids. Richard loved eating out and was extremely generous to his family, friends and charity. He was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed not only by his family and friends but by all those fortunate enough to have known him.
Those left to eternally treasure and cherish memories of Richard are his five children: Richard Fontaine Jr and wife, Starla J. Fontaine, Cheryl Sales and husband, Rudy Sales, Ursula Wilson, Michele Hewett and husband, Walter Hewett, Michael Fontaine; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Rose Marie Correia.
Preceding Richard in death were his wife, Muriel June Fontaine; parents: Felix and Mary Fontaine; and brother, Maurice Fontaine.

Horford, Smart lift Celtics over Bucks 92-87 for 3-2 lead

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart looks to pass as he recovers a loose ball during the first quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Boston, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — Al Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Marcus Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Touring the medical field

Goddard Hight School senior Michaela Lopez looks at a simulated cadaver head and neck in the anatomy lab of the Health Sciences Center during a recent tour. (Submitted Photo)
Phlebotomy instructor, Amanda Booth (right) and student, Amie Caddell, demonstrate blood draws to classroom visitors. (Submitted Photo)

Creative Learning visits Optimists

Abie Smith, principal of the Creative Learning Center for the Roswell Independent School District, spoke to the Sunrise Optimist Club recently. She delivered a very informative talk about the center, the upcoming Art Connection event and her responsibilities as principal. She explained how the art teacher travels from school to school to reach every student at that grade level once a week throughout the district. “We are very fortunate to have an art program in our schools,” Smith said. Pictured are, from left, Abie Smith and Terri Garvey, April Speaker Chairman. The Sunrise Optimist Club invites speakers throughout the community to talk to the club each Wednesday morning, 7 a.m., at the Red Onion Restaurant. To learn more about the Sunrise Optimist Club and its many programs which benefit the youth of Roswell, join us for a breakfast meeting any Wednesday, or contact our membership chairman Roger K. Burnett 420-9420. (Submitted Photo)

Community can join in making a book


To celebrate Children’s Book Week, on Tuesday, May 1 at 5 p.m., there will be a One World, Many Stories Community Book-Making Project taking place in the Malone Room.

WIPP poses risks with little benefit


The New Mexico dairy industry has a total economic impact exceeding $5 billion annually, second only to oil and gas revenues in economic impact to our state. The dairy industry currently provides employment for nearly 6,000 people directly, and over 17,000 jobs are generated indirectly when dairies hire businesses and contractors for getting fresh milk from the farm to the processor.

Salah magic leads Liverpool to 5-2 win over Roma in CL semis

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League semifinal, first leg, soccer match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Mohamed Salah looked to the ground and held up his hands, almost apologizing for the sheer beauty of his goals.

Gonzales, Mariners edge sagging White Sox 1-0

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — Marco Gonzales and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, Mitch Haniger singled home the only run and the Seattle Mariners edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 Tuesday.

Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse

In this Aug. 4, 2014, photo, Rick Butler, a nationally renowned volleyball coach from Chicago, watches a scrimmage during the first day of a volleyball camp at Abbott Sports Complex in Lincoln, Neb. Michigan State University has maintained ties to Butler for decades after he was publicly accused in 1995 of sexually abusing and raping six underage girls he trained in the 1980s. Letters obtained by The Associated Press from accusers' advocates show the school has been under pressure since at least 2017 to sever ties with Butler. (Stacie Scott/Lincoln Journal Star via AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan State University, already reeling from the scandal involving a gymnastics doctor who molested young athletes, maintained ties to a prominent volleyball coach long after he was publicly accused in 1995 of sexually abusing and raping six underage girls he trained in the 1980s.


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