Elwell: ENMU plans no terminations in Roswell; New president tells ENMU-R employees there is no takeover

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Dr. Jeff Elwell, Eastern New Mexico University president, standing, answers many of the 52 questions ENMU-Roswell employees had submitted anonymously to him Friday on several topics, including concern over a proposal to create three system officer positions. The three people in those positions, which would be formalized as systemwide positions by his proposal, also came to talk to employees. They are, from left, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator Benito Gonzales, Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart and Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Technology Clark Elswick. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The president of Eastern New Mexico University and three of the system’s senior administrators spent several hours at the Roswell campus Friday answering dozens of employee questions and seeking to reassure faculty and staff that they are not planning a takeover, firings or budget usurpations.

Autism Society helps children on the spectrum be active in their society

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The New Mexico Autism Society works with families who have autistic members, to help them better integrate their loved one into society and improve the quality of their life. Divina Villaraza is shown here making bubbles with her daughter Liana who is on the spectrum. (Submitted Photo)

Krista Smith is Roswell’s representative for the New Mexico Autism Society.

Local law enforcement learns about how to handle crisis situations

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Houston Police Department sent trainers including Rebecca Skillern (kneeling front left) to train local law enforcement in the practice of crisis intervention. The class lasted one week and was held at ILEA. (Submitted Photo)

Rebecca Skillern is in Roswell to provide area law enforcement with new tools to better serve the community.

DWI sign memorializes woman killed in 1987

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Chaves County Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers and other family members of Maria D. "Buni" Ramirez sing the national anthem at a DWI memorial sign dedication Friday afternoon near North Main Street and Berrendo Road. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)
K.C. Rogers looks above to see an image of his late sister-in-law as a newly dedicated DWI sign is unveiled Friday afternoon near the corner of North Main Street and Berrendo Road. Pictured above is an image of Maria D. “Buni” Ramirez, who was killed by a drunk driver shortly after turning 21. Next week marks the 30th year since Ramirez’s death. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

No serious injuries following wreck

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A driver sits aside as local and state police inspect the damages to his vehicle. Around 1:50 p.m. Thursday, first-responders were dispatched to the corner of Southeast Main Street and East Brasher Road in reference to an accident involving two vehicles. Police said there were no serious injuries, as one driver was able to sit along the side of the road and the other, who was driving a SUV, was transported to Lovelace Regional Hospital non-emergently by ambulance. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)
A New Mexico State Police officer and Roswell Police officer observe the debris along the southbound lanes of Southeast Main Street as Roswell firefighters provide support and Police Service Aides block incoming traffic. Around 1:50 p.m. Thursday, first-responders were dispatched to the corner of Southeast Main Street and East Brasher Road in reference to an accident involving two vehicles. Police said there were no serious injuries, as one driver was able to sit along the side of the road and the other, who was driving a SUV, was transported to Lovelace Regional Hospital non-emergently by ambulance. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Chamber of Commerce helps raise funds for good causes

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The Roswell Chamber of Commerce has presented a $2,500 check to The Roswell Refuge, a result of the chamber’s first annual charity golf tournament. Pictured, from left, are Redcoats Clarissa Gonzalez Adams and Deborah Young, Lesli Carrera and Lauren Neumann of Roswell Refuge, Candace Lewis of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, Jenna Hendricks of Roswell Refuge, Redcoat Kim Ly Vasquez, Redcoat president Rhonda Johnson, Roswell Refuge board member Lupe Loving, chamber board president Kaye Whitefoot and chamber board member Bobby Graves. (Submitted Photo)

Roswell High School seniors collect food for the needy

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From Left: Fermin Portillo, Christian Sanchez, Eddie Macias and Ariel Gandara. (Christina Stock Photo)

The U.S. Government classes of Coach Marco Franco and the honors world history and world history classes of Travis Ackerman at Roswell High School have many cans and dried goods ready for Harvest Ministries.

Munoz stepping up to UTEP

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Pictured are, back row from left, pitching coach Mary Gutierrez, head softball coach Kim Smith and Dexter High School principal Craig DeYoung. Front row, from left, sisters Aryana and Danyela Munoz, mother Moraima Nieto, Bryana Munoz and father Danny Munoz. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

In a feat that has never been done in Dexter High School sports, the Lady Demons softball team will try to become the first team in school history to win four consecutive state titles. The margin for error is getting smaller as they were pushed by District Champion, Loving, last season.

Roswell Youth Football League playoffs

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The Roswell Youth Football League Coyotes fumble the football on a kick-off return in the fourth quarter against the Valley Cardinals Thursday. The Valley Cardinals defeated the Coyotes 24-6 and advance to the Super Bowl Championship game tomorrow against the Cowboys in the 11-12 Y.O. division. The game will be at 9 a.m. at Stiles Football Field “E”. (David Rocha Photo)

Dexter loses

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Dexter Demon senior Matt Otero is seen making a play on the football in last weeks playoff victory over the Texico Wolverines. Dexter traveled to Capitan to take on the No. 2 seed Tigers Friday night. Capitan won 57-12, ending Dexter’s season. (David Rocha Photo)

Dean Day

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Dean Day was taken home to her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at age 75 in Tijuana, Mexico. She had been with her husband Carl who was receiving cancer treatments there.
A viewing for Dean will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at LaGrone Funeral Chapel on Monday, November 20, 2017. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Compass Church, 1512 S. Main, burial to follow at South Park Cemetery.
Dean was born in Portales, NM on March 30, 1942 to Jimmy D. Hays and Malena Lavenia Evans Hayes. She was raised in Dora, NM until her family moved to a ranch near Florence, CO. There she attended high school, graduating in 1961.
She then attended Abilene Christian College for two years then she married Carl on February 28, 1964. They moved to Roswell, NM where they raised their three daughters. The girls all graduated from Goddard High School. They all received their bachelor’s degrees from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX.
Dean worked part time as a decorator at Colony House Furniture while Cristy was finishing high school. She became a realtor and served her clients for over 28 years. She was chosen Realtor of the Year in 2011. Dean had a full and rewarding career as a realtor serving many clients for 28 years. She developed great relationships with her fellow realtors and members of the Roswell community. Dean retired from real estate when Carl was diagnosed with cancer in February of this year.
Dean was devoted to her family and her faith family. She was a member of Roswell Story League where she shared so many stories with some of her cherished friends. She was also a member of Morning Garden Club where she enjoyed many friends and wonderful experiences of participating with God in the splendor of His creation. She also enjoyed her relationships with her sisters of PEO Chapter Z.
Dean’s faith in God was always her guide as she met the many challenges of her career and her life. She put her whole heart into serving her God, her family, and everyone else in her life. She was an amazing wife, mother and De De to her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmie D. Hays, Malena Levena Hays and her sister Margie Swift.
Dean’s memory will be cherished by her husband, Carl Day of 53 years; daughters, Misty Reese of Austin, TX; Stefanie Sheppard (Jim) of Canyon Lake, TX; Cristy Nash (Brannon) of Midland, TX; and her sister, Sue McNeil of Sequim, Washington. A blessing to her were her grandchildren, Walker Reese, Maddie Reese, Sam Sheppard, Dylan Sheppard, Chase Nash and Cooper Nash.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jim Sheppard, Brannon Nash, Tim Reese, Dylan Sheppard, Sam Sheppard, Chase Nash, and Walker Reese.
Memorial contributions may be made in her honor of Dean to New Mexico Christian Home, 324 S Abilene Ave., Portales, NM 88130.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Broncos boss blames players, not coaches, for nosedive

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In this Aug. 19, 2017, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) throws during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif. Unless the Broncos can steer their way out of a season that is skidding out of control, Lynch looks like he will get the starting quarterback gig he has never been able to earn on his own. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron, File)

DENVER (AP) — Broncos general manager John Elway defended his embattled rookie head coach and his staff Friday night while laying the blame for Denver’s five-game skid squarely on the shoulders of his underachieving players.

Week 12 preview: Defensive struggle, trying to go bowling

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In this Oct. 28, 2017, file photo, Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards (53) tackles Illinois running back Kendrick Foster (22) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Champaign, Ill. No. 5 Wisconsin will face its sternest test yet this season when No. 19 Michigan visits Camp Randall Stadium in the home season finale. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb, File)

Maybe a few upsets will liven up a weekend college football schedule that looks as if it will be full of blowouts.

Spurs overcome 23-point deficit to beat Thunder, 104-101

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs defenders Danny Green (14) and Kyle Anderson (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a 23-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-101 on Friday night.

Mykhailiuk helps No. 4 Kansas rout South Dakota State, 98-64

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Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) drives on South Dakota State guard David Jenkins Jr. (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — It was late in the first half Friday night that Kansas began walking the ball up court, the searing temperature inside Allen Fieldhouse and the Jayhawks’ shortened bench having left them spent.

Aaron Boone interviews for New York Yankees manager

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In this Oct. 16, 2003, file photo, New York Yankees' Aaron Boone, center, celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the 11th inning to beat the Boston Red Sox in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in New York. Boone became the first person with no experience as a manager of coach to interview to become Joe Girardi's successor with the New York Yankees. The 44-year-old interviewed Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, becoming the fourth to go through the process after Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Cleveland and Seattle manager Eric Wedge, and San Francisco bench coach Hensley Meulens. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Having never managed or coached at any level, Aaron Boone believes his provenance prepared him to lead the New York Yankees.

John Hart leaves Braves after being stripped of power

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In this May 17, 2016, file photo, Atlanta Braves President of Baseball Operations John Hart, center, talks with reporters in the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. John Hart has left the Atlanta Braves, less than a week after being stripped of his role as president of baseball operations. The decision announced Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, was not unexpected given the hiring of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who now has autonomy over all baseball-related decisions. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — John Hart left the Atlanta Braves on Friday, less than a week after being stripped of his role as president of baseball operations.

MLS attendance up, TV ratings lag as US mulls future

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In this Aug. 6, 2005, file photo, FC Dallas and the MetroStars play during the first half of an MLS soccer game during the home opener at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Launched with 10 teams in 1996, two years after the U.S. hosted the World Cup, MLS expanded to 12 but cut back to 10 after the 2001 season. There has been steady growth since expansion started in 2004. Next year's total will be 23, already well over the norm for a first division, and the league is planning to settle at 28. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Soccer’s attendance is up and fan interest is booming, even if television broadcasts are far less popular and some young Americans would rather play in Europe.

FIFA critic Lineker picked to host World Cup draw in Moscow

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In this Tuesday, April 24, 2012, file photo, former England soccer player Gary Lineker speaks ahead of the draw for the London 2012 Olympic Soccer tournament, at Wembley Stadium in London. FIFA has announced Friday Nov. 17, 2017, that Lineker and Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya will jointly present the World Cup draw in Moscow on Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

ZURICH (AP) — Former England forward Gary Lineker, a long-standing critic of FIFA, will present the World Cup draw alongside Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Dec. 1.

Sung Hyun Park opens 3-shot lead in LPGA Tour Championship

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Sung Hyun Park hits on the first hole during the second round during the second round of the CME Group Tour Championship golf tournament at Tiburon Golf Club, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 in Naples, Fla. (Luke Franke/Naples Daily News via AP)

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Golf felt so easy to Sung Hyun Park that only when she took out her card to catch up on her scores did she realize she had closed out the front nine with five straight birdies at the CME Group Tour Championship.

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