In surrealist twist, Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit

In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Pilar Abel, poses for a photograph after a news conference in Madrid, where she claimed to be the daughter of eccentric artist Salvador Dali. 61-year old tarot card reader, Abel claims that her mother had an affair with Salvador Dali while working as a domestic helper in the northeastern Spanish town of Figueres, where the artist was born and lived with his Russian wife Gala. After two decades of court battles, a Madrid judge granted Abel a DNA test to find out whether her allegations are true, and the exhumation is scheduled to begin Thursday night. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Salvador Dali’s eccentric artistic and personal history took yet another bizarre turn Thursday with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago.

Venezuela strike erupts into sporadic violence

Pro-government supporters confront anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 20, 2017. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his opponents face a crucial showdown Thursday as the country's opposition calls a 24-hour national strike. The country's largest business group, Fedecamaras, has cautiously avoided full endorsement of the strike, but its members have told employees that they won't be punished for coming to work. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan’s capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence when protesters clashed with riot police and burned a post office near the headquarters of the main state-run broadcaster.

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington dies in LA at 41

In this May 16, 2015 file photo, Chester Bennington, left, performs during the MMRBQ Music Festival 2015 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. The Los Angeles County coroner says Bennington, who sold millions of albums with a unique mix of rock, hip-hop and rap, has died in his home near Los Angeles. He was 41. Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, whose screeching vocals helped the rock-rap band become one of the most commercially successful acts in the 2000s, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles on Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner said. He was 41.

Television networks return to old obsession with Simpson

Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson appears via video for his parole hearing at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev., on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star. (Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — Television networks returned to the scene of an old obsession by casting aside regular daytime programming Thursday to cover O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada on an armed robbery conviction.

Alexa, turn up my Kenmore AC; Sears cuts a deal with Amazon

The Kenmore Elite Smart French Door Refrigerator appears on display at a Sears store, Thursday, July 20, 2017, in West Jordan, Utah. Sears will begin selling its appliances on, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. Sears, which also owns Kmart, said that its Kenmore Smart appliances will be fully integrated with Amazon's Alexa, allowing users to control things like air conditioners through voice commands. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears will begin selling its appliances on, including smart appliances that can be synced with Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa.

Visa’s third-quarter profit beats expectations

This Wednesday, June 4, 2014, file photo shows a selection of Visa cards in Boston. Visa Inc. reports earnings, Thursday, July 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Payment processing giant Visa said its fiscal third-quarter profit rose sharply from a year earlier, following its purchase of Visa Europe.

Contaminated water found near FLETC; Artesia and Morningside remain under water boil advisory


A water boil advisory in Artesia was prompted after bacteriological contamination was found in the city’s water system near the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, says a state Environment Department official.

Recently disclosed evidence delays 2014 murder trial; Co-defendant bound into district court Tuesday with principal charge


Both suspects connected to the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Joe Anthony Garza in December 2014 are in Chaves County’s district court.

New indoor market to open on Main Street

Paula Schurle, shown with her dog, Light, plans to open her downtown business Aug. 1. Stardust Antiques, Arts and Artifacts will operate in the North Main Street building Shurle owns that recently housed the Roswell Antiques Mall. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The property owner of a North Main Street building plans to open a different version of what used to be the Roswell Antiques Mall.

Three Chaves County towns apply for $1.8 million in project grant funding


Three towns in Chaves County have requested a total of $1.85 million in state-managed federal funding this year for infrastructure projects.

Sitting down for coffee with the cops

State Rep. Bob Wooley of Roswell and Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. James Mason converse Wednesday morning with members of the community, the New Mexico Department of Health and local law enforcement at the UFO McDonald’s during Coffee with First Responders. The networking event that provides first responders the opportunity to meet with community members was organized by La Casa Community Behavioral Health Services. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Eyesore destruction will revitalize downtown

Destruction began against an eyesore that was formerly a Budweiser plant at the 200 block of East Second Street across from the old Roswell Trading Co. building Wednesday. Trey Nesselrodt, a member of PRO Roswell, led the project and intends to turn the area into an interactive children’s museum that embraces science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including space exploration and rocketry. The Space Exploratorium Children’s Museum is part of an ongoing downtown revitalization project. PRO Roswell (Past Represents Opportunity) is organized to enhance, encourage and aid endeavors that revitalize, restore and rebuild Roswell’s historic areas, buildings or places of interest. In an interview with the Roswell Daily Record’s Saturday Spotlight in 2011, Nesselrodt said, “This is our city, our town. It’s only going to be as good as we make it.” (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

School supply giveaway coming soon

Johnny Gonzales and his team of volunteers are at it again with this year’s school supply giveaway. On July 26, July 31 and Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., the distribution of the school supplies will be at the Roswell Mall. You must pre-register to receive school supplies. Monetary contributions are accepted at P.O. Box 2790, Roswell, NM 88202. Please make checks payable to Community Volunteer Program. If you would like to donate things such as binders, pencils, pens, paper or other school supplies, they may be dropped off at 1101 Caminisito St. For more information, call Johnny Gonzales at 575-317-4859. (Submitted Photo)

Aug. 1 is deadline for FSA county committee nominations


In a recent press release, Brenda Archuleta, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for New Mexico, reminded ranchers and farmers that the deadline to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees is Aug. 1.

Xcel Energy completes segment of Roswell transmission loop


Electric line construction crews have wrapped up work on another segment of new 115-kilovolt transmission line that makes up a new Xcel Energy power loop around Roswell.

Artesia man pleads guilty in federal court to drug trafficking


An Artesia man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to firearms and drug trafficking charges.

More than $14,400 in goods reported stolen from residence


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

Meeting for booth entries at state fair in ABQ


Veterans’ service organizations and community service provider agencies interested in participating in the 2017 Military & Veterans Appreciation Day at the New Mexico State Fair can attend a meeting in two weeks to learn more.

James “Jim” W. Alcala


James “Jim” W. Alcala, age 74, of Roswell passed away Friday, June 30, 2017.
James was born to Aurelio Alcala and Eleanor Orantia Alcala on June 25, 1943 in Santa Monica, California. He served proudly in the United States Air Force. James was self-employed as a car trader.
He is survived by his son Michael Sanchez and his family of Roswell, New Mexico. James “Jim” Alcala was a loving grandfather and will be greatly missed.
The family has chosen to have a private service.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Jack B. Wynne


A devoted husband and wonderful and loving father, Jack B. Wynne, 85, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Roswell, NM. Graveside Services will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017, at General Douglas L. McBride Cemetery. A tribute of Jack’s life may be found at where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On August 10, 1931, Jack was born to Clyde Wynne and Johnnie Mae Wynne, in Carlsbad, NM. He was a graduate of Franklin High School in El Paso, TX. Jack served his country during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor. He married the love of his life, Patricia R. Wynne on November 25, 1966, in Roswell, NM. Jack worked for the City of Roswell Fire Department for twenty-five years and retired as a Lieutenant. Jack was also involved with many civic organizations; VFW, Elks, Eagles and so forth. His passion was golf, fishing and boating. Greatly loved by his family, Jack will be missed by them and remembered by his friends.
Those left to cherish Jack’s memory are his loving wife, Patricia R. Wynne; daughter, Jackie Salas and son-in-law, John Salas; step-children: John Bonds, Debra Bonds, Charlie Rusty Bonds and wife, Donna, Joann Miller and family, Edna Joy Bonds and family; grandchildren: William Cadman, John Daniel Cadman, Patricia Hensel, step-grandchildren: Mike McCarty and family and Justin Bonds; numerous great-grandchildren; numerous other family of Brazels in Albuquerque, NM, and Franklins in Roswell, NM.
Preceding Jack in death are his parents: Clyde Wynne, Johnnie Mae Wynne; grandparents: Hatti and Ben Franklin.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Jack by his family.



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