Throwdown in Alien Town: Herrera vs Perez headlines at the Roswell Civic Center Saturday


Promoter Isidro Castillo will be putting on a seven-bout fight card in the booming metropolis of Roswell, home of space aliens.

Gerina Piller shoots 63 to take Marathon Classic lead; Goddard graduate holds one-stroke advantage after first round

Roswell native Gerina Piller hits onto the 18th green Thursday during the first round of the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. Piller finished at 8 under par to lead by one stroke after Round 1. (Jeremy Wadsworth Photo/The Blade via AP)

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Gerina Piller shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday in the Marathon Classic to take a one-stroke lead over U.S. Women’s Open champion Sung Hyun Park and Peiyun Chien.

Official: Water crisis not impacting FLETC; Warnings continue against using Artesia city water before boil order is lifted

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center is supplying bottled water for drinking and purified water for dorm rooms for students while the city of Artesia remains under a water boil order. A spokesperson for FLETC said training has not been impacted by Artesia's water crisis. (Jeff Tucker Photo)

A spokesperson for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center says a citywide water boil advisory in Artesia has not impacted operations at the FLETC facility in Artesia, and alternate water sources are being utilized to continue basic and advanced law enforcement training at FLETC’s 1,340-acre facility in the northwest Artesia.

Commission on Aging aims to grow

Current commission members, from left, Renee Swickard, Bonnie Montgomery and Lynne Ybarra, listen Thursday to concerns people at the Senior Circle voiced about transportation and other issues and answered questions about area resources for seniors. The commission members say they plan to add two members soon. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The City of Roswell Commission on Aging plans to add two more members in the next few months.

Sweet relief on a hot day

Running a lemonade stand like any retail establishment, 12-year-old Lauren Hunter and her brother, 9-year-old Ethan will reimburse their parents for supplies, and the remainder of their monies are theirs to spend. Pictured here, the Hunters sell lemonade and cookies in their front yard on North Kentucky Avenue, Thursday. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Local Democratic Party meets

The Democratic Party of Chaves County met Thursday at Cerritos Restaurant, 2103 N. Main St., for its monthly meeting. Stephanie DuBois, of Tularosa, the Vice Chair of the Second Congressional District's Democratic party, spoke on fundraising and preparing for upcoming elections. Local party chair Paul Romero and vice chair Jamie Thornton said they are working to increase the Democrat base in Chaves County. From left: Thornton, Romero and Billye Canady. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

ENMU-R Special Services students to graduate


Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell will hold a graduation ceremony next week for 44 students with disabilities receiving certificates of training.

Roadwork on North Union Avenue to begin Monday


Roadwork on North Union Avenue is scheduled to begin Monday, according to a press release from the city of Roswell. The three-month long project will add a fresh road surface on North Union Avenue between Second and Eighth streets.

DWI arrests in Chaves County


Local law enforcement agencies have provided the following information. All people are presumed innocent.

Lillian Wynelle English Hickson Crow


A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church on July 25 at 11 a.m. for Lillian Wynelle English Hickson Crow of Roswell. The angels sang as this beautiful saint entered into Heaven’s Glory at the age of 90. She passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, with her children at her side.
Wynelle was born on September 19, 1926 to Lawrence Eugene and Lucille Maureen Fortner English in Portales, New Mexico. She and her husband, Bill, owned and operated the Cottonwood Trading Post north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bill and Wynelle sold the Trading Post and moved to Roswell in 1994. She was a homemaker and an accomplished seamstress; she made Indian Dolls that were authentically dressed, even down to the underwear! The dolls were sold, not only in the United States, but internationally. Wynelle loved the Lord, loved her family, loved teaching children about Jesus and loved Gospel music. She was very involved at Tabernacle Baptist Church where she was a member and a Sunday school teacher. She also made unique puppets and used them to perform the skits that she wrote for Children‘s Church and at Nursing Homes. She was a member of Christian Women’s Club.
She married Floyd Hickson in 1945. They were farmers in Artesia, Hagerman and Dexter. Floyd passed away in 1979. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill Crow in 2005, son-in-law Dan Corn in 1999; and one grandchild, Megan Crow..
She is survived by her son Benny Hickson and his wife Wanda of Belton, TX; stepsons Richard Crow and his wife Pat of Springfield, MO, Carlton Crow of Roswell, NM; daughter Teresa Corn of Roswell, NM; stepdaughters Kay Bennett and her husband Wayne of Colorado Springs, CO, Susan Shaw of Dexter, NM; brother Parker English and his wife Lavada of Mid West City, OK; sister La Gene Verhines of Roswell, NM; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Donations would be appreciated for the Children’s Ministry at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Roswell, NM.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Ricardo “Rick” Valverde-Duran Sr.


Ricardo “Rick” Valverde-Duran Sr, 41, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Viewing will be Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 2 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow service at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Ricardo’s life may be found at where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On June 16, 1976, Ricardo “Rick” Valverde Sr. was born to Alfonso Valverde and Elvira Duran. Rick was a longtime resident of Roswell, NM. A hard worker and good provider, Rick worked for several dairies for many years. Rick’s most treasured memories were when he was with his family and children, he adored them more than life itself. He loved to dance and listen to his favorite Spanish music. Rick had the gift of the gab, an engaging personality and was always going out of his way to help friends and family. He had the most vibrant laugh and an unforgettable smile that made him stand out in a crowd. Rick was loved by so many and brought happiness and laughter everywhere he went. Family and friends will miss his sarcasm, infectious laughter and wisecracks.
Those left to cherish Ricardo’s memory are his son, Ricardo Valverde Jr; daughters: Corina Valverde, Cassandra Valverde; grandchildren: Sofia Marie Gamboa, Yenesis Valverde, Zavier Rey Gamboa; parents: Alfonso Valverde and Elvira Valverde; God-parents: Peter Blanco and Socorro Blanco; brothers: Jose Valverde, Alfonso Jr. Valverde, Saul Valverde; sisters: Irma Cardenas and husband, Raul Cardenas Sr, Maria Duran and husband, Jose Martinez, Joanna Valverde and boyfriend, Alex Thompson, Liliana Fabela; nephews: Raul Cardenas Jr., Ismael Martinez; nieces: Lizet Cardenas, Mariela Martinez, Jennifer Martinez, Monique Valverde, Molly Ledesma, Naomi Ledesma, Cecilia Thompson, and Clarissa Valverde.
Preceding Ricardo in death are his granddaughter, Yesenia Valverde; and nephew, Josue Martinez.
Pallbearers are: Ricardo Valverde Jr., Raul Cardenas Sr., Raul Cardenas Jr., Jose Martinez, Valente Ruiz Sr. and Alfonso Valverde Jr.

Judith K. Scholz October 27, 1939 – July 12, 2017


Judy Scholz, 77, of Roswell, died July 12 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. She was surrounded by the love and prayers of friends as she was removed from life support earlier in the day, then quietly and peacefully left her earthly troubles behind.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Judy had early musical training that ultimately resulted in her earning a master’s degree and becoming an accomplished musician. Her career as organist and choir director took her to churches in the Midwest and South. She came to Roswell in 1990 to serve as musician for First Presbyterian Church. In 1993, she began as organist for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, a position she held for more than fifteen years.
Judy lived alone with her beloved dogs until a stroke in 2015 necessitated a move to Casa Maria. She missed her independence and her dogs, and was pleased to know the dogs were living with a friend, who would bring them to Casa Maria to visit her.
Judy’s church family is thankful for all who have helped in her care, especially the staff of Casa Maria. Her music ministry was a blessing to many, and many have blessed her with their ministries of love and care.
A memorial service celebrating her life and mourning her death will be at 10:30 a.m. July 22, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 2911 N. Main St., Roswell. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall. Interment in St. Mark’s Memorial Garden will take place at a future date.

Elaine “Alice” Smith


A. Elaine Smith passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, at UMC in Lubbock, TX.
Elaine was a loving mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. She is survived by her children: Shawn Longan of Denver, CO, John Smith of Barberton, OH, Connie Miller of Cambridge, OH, Jeri House of Roswell, NM, Karl Longan of Cambridge, OH; grandchildren: Donovan Longan, Jeffrey, Ryan, Jordan and Jocelynn Miller, Emma Longan; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; brothers: Earl Smith, David Smith; and sister, Beatrice Forman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Smith; son, Donald Longan; mother, Lois Couey; father, Donald Hinson; and sister, Faith Smith. A tribute of Elaine’s life may be found at where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
An incredibly creative person, Elaine was master of repurposing objects to reflect their beauty. She enjoyed gardening, farming, sewing, cooking and baking. Elaine was always seeking knowledge and willing to share her knowledge. She was a wonderful mother who taught her children how to take care of themselves by sharing her knowledge of all the things they would need to make their way in this world. Elaine was a fiercely loyal friend, and she will be missed by all of us.
Funeral services will be on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 10 a.m., at the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints. A graveside service will follow at Hagerman Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
Flowers can be sent to Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Elaine by her family.

Idella (Sparks) (Hebert) Davis


Idella (Sparks) (Hebert) Davis passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. A further announcement will follow when arrangements are finalized.

US should invest in energy, not war


In his letter published in the RDR’s July 9 edition, John Yates expressed his concern of the undermining of our energy security by the dumping of light crude by the OPEC nations.

Mayor should hire from his own town


Why does the mayor go to other states to get an agency to hire a city manager? Roswell has very qualified people to fill the position.

NM Senior Olympics Summer Games taking place


July 19-23
The New Mexico Senior Olympics State Summer Games take place at the Balloon Fiesta Park. Spectators can watch athletes compete in huachas, soccer accuracy, softball distance and shuffleboard. There will be also a Sport Health Fair Expo with free health screenings. For details, visit or call 575-623-5777.

Lamb homers twice, Diamondbacks beat Reds 12-2 to win series

Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb (22) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jake Lamb didn’t know about Arizona’s late pitching change until an hour before the game. His two homers made it a moot point.

Smoaked: 2 HRs, sun help Blue Jays shade Red Sox 8-6

Boston Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt dives but can't make the play on a single by Toronto Blue Jays's Steve Pearce during the third inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, July 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — Steve Pearce blooped the ball to the edge of the outfield grass, and Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt was there.

Freeze resigns as Ole Miss football coach after 5 seasons

In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze waits to take the field before the team's NCAA college football game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Freeze has resigned after five seasons, bringing a stunning end to a once-promising tenure. The school confirmed Freeze's resignation in a release Thursday night. Assistant Matt Luke has been named the interim coach. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze has resigned after five seasons, bringing a stunning end to a once-promising tenure.


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