Roswell school report cards show mixed results; Some grades drop; officials say there are two noteworthy turnarounds


The acting head of the Roswell school district said she is pleased with the progress local schools have made and the gains students have shown during the past year as the state released school report cards Tuesday afternoon.

New ventures come to downtown

Team Leader Letty Martinez says all educational-based assistance provided by the CHI St. Joseph's Children program for first-time parents is free. The nonprofit organization is based in Albuquerque but now operates in seven New Mexico counties. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Several new businesses have opened or announced their intentions to open soon along the main downtown business corridor in Roswell.

City and police association in dispute over contract


Following a news release from the Roswell Police Officers’ Association urging the public to hold the city of Roswell accountable for alleged collective bargaining agreement violations, city leaders say instead they have honored the conditions of the agreement.

One man killed in early Tuesday morning crash


A Texas man was killed in a two-vehicle crash early Tuesday in eastern Chaves County.

Roswell High squads collect wins

Roswell senior all-purpose player Kaitlyn Holl takes an outside shot during the Lady Coyotes season-opening sweep of the Hobbs Eagles Tuesday at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)
Roswell senior midfielder/forward Robert Madrid tries to hold off two Cavemen during the Coyotes’ 5-4 win over Carlsbad Tuesday at Cielo Grande. Madrid had two goals for the Coyotes as they improved to 2-1 on the season. The Lady Coyotes also faced Carlsbad, falling 5-0. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Sanchez homers twice, Tanaka sharp as Yanks rout Tigers 13-4

New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez connects for a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — Gary Sanchez hit the type of home run normally reserved for his powerful teammate.

Dodgers’ offense leads the way in 8-5 win over Pirates

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, left, is greeted by on-deck batter Corey Seager after scoring from third during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers added two more players to the disabled list Tuesday: 14-game winner Alex Wood and rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger.

Thanks for a successful conference


WESST held its second annual Go Latinas Conference Aug. 12. Thank you to all who made it a successful event to reach over 75 attendees.

Keep Roswell Beautiful is alive


This is in response to September Bosch’s letter in the Sunday edition of the newspaper regarding her concern about “Where is Keep Roswell Beautiful?”

All animals have rights


In regards to Mr. Russell Scott’s letter in the Aug. 17 edition of the RDR, I usually agree with him, but not in this instance.

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Driving Safety class offered

Many resources to help students research


The Roswell Public Library offers many in-house materials to help students, but there are even more online resources that are available, too. Now that school has started, students can make use of the article databases that provide access to various printed periodicals and academic journals in a searchable, electronic format.

Editorial cartoon 8-23-17

(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

Janis Darlene Dean Dozier


Janis Darlene Dean Dozier, aged 64, of Alamogordo passed away surrounded by her family in El Paso, Texas on Monday, August 14, 2017. Janis was born in Artesia, New Mexico on July 12, 1953 to Thomas and Rozell (Kimmons) Dean the second youngest of five children. Janis married John Dozier in Roswell, New Mexico on October 22, 1971. She was a friendly, outgoing, loving woman devoted to her family. She enjoyed gatherings of friends and family as well as attending sporting events for her son and more recently her grandsons. Janis was preceded in death by her parents and brother Jimmy. Janis is survived by her loving husband John Dozier, daughter Anella Dozier and son-in-law Adam Grissom of El Paso, son Shawn Dozier, daughter-in-law Sarah and grandsons Garret and Owen Dozier of Las Cruces, brother Charley Dean and sister-in-law Donna of Clovis, brother Donald Dean and sister-in-law Cooky of Carlsbad and brother Jeff Dean of Billings, Montana. A lunch in honor of Janis followed by a memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Pinon, New Mexico beginning at noon. Services will be officiated by Herb Gage. The family would like to extend our gratitude to the staff of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso for their attentiveness and loving care. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it.”
William Penn

LaGene Verhines


Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for LaGene Verhines, age 86, of Roswell, who passed away Monday, August 21, 2017.
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

April Lynn Santillan (Ortega)


April Lynn Santillan (Ortega), 48, of Roswell, passed away suddenly Saturday, August 12, 2017, at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque surrounded by her children, parents, siblings and extended family. She was born June 23, 1969, in Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of Joseph and JoAnn Ortega.
April graduated from Roswell High School in Roswell, New Mexico with the class of 1988.
She is survived by her four children: Ashley Ortega of Albuquerque, NM, JoAnn (JoJo) Ortega of Albuquerque, NM, Manuel Santillan of Roswell, NM, Stacy-Ann Santillan of Roswell, NM. Two grandchildren: Adrian Ortega and Nathaniel Santillan. Parents: Joseph Ortega and JoAnn Ortega of Albuquerque, NM. Siblings: David Ortega of Albuquerque, NM, Stacy Ortega-Gonzales and husband Christopher Gonzales of Albuquerque, NM. Grandfather: Joe B. Aguilar of Roswell, NM. And numerous cousin, aunts and uncles.
She is preceded in death by her maternal grandmother: Lillie Aguilar, paternal grandparents: Irenio Ortega and Estella Ortega. Aunt: Carmen Aguilar, Cousin: Sky Chambers.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 24 at 10 a.m. at Sagebrush Church (Riverside) with Pastor Rick Bosch officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Waiting game: Browns’ Jackson close to choosing starting QB

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, right, talks with quarterback Brock Osweiler in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Coach Hue Jackson is letting the drama build to a crescendo. His pick as Cleveland’s starting quarterback is only hours away.

Rose Bowl stars Darnold, Barkley lead AP All-America team

In this Oct. 1, 2016, file photo, Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Los Angeles. Darnold and Penn State Saquon Barkley put on a show at the Rose Bowl to end last season, and established themselves as two of the biggest stars in college football coming into 2017. Now the two Heisman Trophy contenders highlight The Associated Press preseason All-America team released Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang, File)

Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley put on a show at the Rose Bowl last season and established themselves as two of the biggest stars in college football coming into 2017.

Boston bound: Cavs trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas, more

In this Nov. 3, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, right, looks to drive against Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. Irving, who asked Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to trade him earlier this summer, could be on his way to Boston as the Cavaliers are in serious negotiations with the Celtics about swapping him for point guard Thomas. Since Irving made his stunning request, the defending Eastern Conference champions have been looking for a trade partner. They may have found the perfect one and could be nearing a deal with the Celtics, said the person who spoke Tuesday night, Aug. 22, 2017, to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers granted Kyrie Irving’s request and traded the All-Star guard to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night for star guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick.

Pacers sign former Kentucky player to 2-way contract


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have signed forward Alex Poythress to a two-way contract.


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