Elderly man rescued in hayfields

Sgt. Hector Ramirez speaks with a family member of the missing man.

A collaborative effort between two local agencies reunited a missing elderly man with his family just before Thanksgiving Day.

Black Friday brightens faces

Black Friday shoppers are greeted with gleeful cheers and festive high-fives from team members of the Roswell Target Thursday night. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)
A security guard awaits approval to allow more eager customers to enter the store. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Public Records


Oct. 9

Artesia boys ready to step up

Artesia boys basketball coach Michael Mondragon addresses his bench before a recent scrimmage against Dexter. The Bulldogs start the season Dec. 7 at home against Goddard in the City of Champions Classic. (Mike Smith Photo)

ARTESIA — Artesia head boys basketball coach Michael Mondragon has been missing several players since practice started a few weeks ago.

Artesia girls prep for first game of season

Artesia head girls basketball coach Jeff Houghtaling runs through some team drills during a recent practice. The season starts Nov. 28 with Santa Teresa traveling to Artesia. (Mike Smith Photo)

ARTESIA — “We had a good offseason.”

Thanksgiving Day practice

The Roswell Coyotes football team held their regular football practice at Coyote Field House and invited local youths, the Roswell Youth Football League football players and families to participate in their second annual Thanksgiving Turkey Day Tradition. Roswell will take on the Belen Eagles on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Belen, playing in the Class 5A semifinals. (David Rocha Photo)
The Roswell Coyotes football team held their regular football practice at Coyote Field House
and invited local youths, the Roswell Youth Football League football players and families to
participate in their second annual Thanksgiving Turkey Day Tradition. Roswell will take on
the Belen Eagles on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Belen, playing in the Class 5A semifinals. (David Rocha Photo)

Dueling pianos

Twin sisters Sarah and Hannah Lilley performed on keyboard Friday at Winter Wonderland held by CASA of Chaves County in the parking lot of the main branch of First American Bank. The event was a fundraiser for CASA, which assists at-risk children who are going through the court system. The 13-year-old girls performed a Christmas medley that included “What Child is This?” and “Carol of the Bells.” Sarah and Hannah are students of Mike Lively, who has been teaching piano in the area for about 35 years. “I enjoy allowing students to perform in different venues,” Lively said. His students compete at Texas Tech University and Odessa and Midland colleges, where they have earned many first-place awards over the years. “This year I have around 50 students. At this CASA event, 15 of my more mature group of students performed a number of selections, some with soundtracks, some solo only. It was a very good experience for them and great opportunity to serve the community musically.” (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

Annual Calico Christmas Art and Craft Fair comes to Carlsbad


Nov. 24 and 25
Calico Christmas Art and Craft Fair

Raymond Anaya


Raymond Anaya, 73, went to be with his Heavenly Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Raymond passed away in the arms of his beloved wife Lynda, surrounded by their five sons. Raymond was born to Rachel and Raymond Analla, July 31, 1944 in Roswell, NM.
The oldest of seven brothers, Raymond was one of Roswell’s most popular Golden Gloves Boxer, earning the nickname “The Bronze Bomber”. Raymond Anaya, a pillar of the Roswell boxing dynasty, started his boxing career back in 1956 when he was 12 years old, for the Ave Maria team. By 1969, Anaya, along with two of his brothers, Ralph and Rennie all won NM State Championship titles. Another oddity about the three brothers all winning titles, was the fact they all scored knockouts. Raymond’s father Raymond, along with Coach Willie Hall, trained Raymond along with his six brothers, who became known as the “Magnificent Seven”. Raymond is a nine time Golden Gloves Champion for New Mexico. “The Bronze Bomber” along with his brothers won a total of 27 NM Golden Glove Championships: Raymond 9, Carlos 2, Rennie 3, Ralph 3, John 5, William 2, and Troy 3. The Anaya brothers hold the record for the most Golden Glove Championships for New Mexico to date. Raymond as well as his brothers have their names in the Roswell Boxing Hall of Fame and the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame.
Raymond was a graduate of Roswell High School class of 1962 and earned his college degree from Eastern NM University, Portales. Raymond married Lynda Schneider Davis in 1982 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He worked for Safeway Grocery Stores for 25 years and then for the State of New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, retiring as Audit Supervisor for the State of NM after 25 years. Raymond was proud of the fact he had two career jobs in his lifetime. After retirement, Raymond pursued his dream along with his wife Lynda of opening their own Consulting and Tax business. “Anaya Gross Receipts Consulting and Tax Services, LLC” was very successful with the motto “Come to the Anaya Corner for Respect and Star Treatment”. The business won the “Hispano Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year” in 2010. Raymond was on the Salvation Army Board, Job Corp, and LULAC past President. He also served as the Vice President and Treasurer of LULAC. Raymond taught classes on CRS-1 taxes. He also coached and trained Roswell youth in boxing. Raymond coached his sons’ teams in youth football, baseball and soccer.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 35 years Lynda; Their five sons Issac, Desmond, David, Raymond, John and step-son Wesley Davis; Brothers Carlos and wife Sylvia Anaya, and William Analla, Mother-in-law Bernice Schneider, Sister-in-law Bonny Schneider, Brother-in-law Kurt Schneider. Also many nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are Melvin and Andriana Anaya.
Preceding Raymond in death are his parents, Raymond and Rachel Analla, Brothers Rennie, Ralph, John and Troy. Also his nephew Jarred Analla.
Raymond was also very proud of his sons, and passed on his sacred punch to them while training them in the back of his business, just so they could defend themselves. His pride and joy was watching his sons play sports, especially football. He never missed a game. Saturday night fights, listening to Luis Miguel and “Golden Oldies” were some of his favorite past times. Raymond was a most giving man, kind, gentle and soft-spoken and certainly a “listener”. He was the best father and husband anyone could ask for, our rock in tough times and our joy in happy times. A very religious man, he prayed everyday for those less fortunate. He will be in our hearts forever.
“The greatest truths are the simplest and so are the greatest men.”
Rosary, mass and memorial services will be Friday, December 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm at St. Johns Catholic Church 506 South Lincoln Street, Roswell, NM.
Donations can be made at this time of great loss for Raymond’s family at Pioneer Bank acct # 0103228331.

Linda Marie Vigil


Linda Marie Vigil, 59, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Viewing will be at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, November 27, 2017, 2:00 PM. Celebrate Linda’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her.
On January 12, 1958, Linda was born to Dan Vigil and Eugenia Leos Vigil in Roswell, New Mexico. A High School graduate, Linda was a caregiver at Sunset Villa before her retirement. Her greatest joy was creating a lovely, clean, and orderly, inviting home for her family. Linda loved her four-legged companion, Dodet. Passionate “teddy bear junkie,” Linda cherished the times she spent collecting teddy bears. She loved to shop, particularly at thrift stores. Dallas Cowboys fan, Linda enjoyed watching her favorite football team play. Family and friends will always cherish in their hearts and minds the memories they were blessed to share with Linda.
Those left to cherish Linda’s memory are her children: Steve Matta, Yvonne Vigil, April Orozco, Bobby Matta, Daniel Matta; grandchildren: Champagne Matta, Faith Orozco, Daniel Matta, Steven Matta, Irainia Matta, Crystal Matta, Zyla Matta Johnny Matta, Emilio Orozco, Breana Ledesma; mother, Eugenia Vigil; loving pet, Dodet Vigil; ex-husband, Robert Matta; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Linda in death was her father, Dan Vigil.
Honorary pallbearer will be Robert Matta.
Pallbearers are: Steve Matta, Daniel Matta, Luis Orozco, Emilio Orozco, Bobby Matta and Tony Ortiz.

Rick Coats


Rick Coats of Dexter, NM passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017. Rick was born in Roswell, NM on November 26, 1949 to parents Richard and Faydean Coats.
He grew up in Dexter, NM attending Dexter Schools – he spent one year at Roswell High when his family moved to Roswell for a short time. Rick graduated from Dexter High School in 1969.
At the age of ten Rick started his work career. He shared wonderful stories about working while he was growing up in Dexter. When he was about ten years old he started delivering newspapers in Dexter on his bicycle, and in his teen years held different jobs from being a lifeguard at Dexter Pool, then to working at Wortman’s station, and then on to working as a farmhand. After graduating from high school, he lived in Portales NM. While in Portales he decided to become a truck driver. Rick traveled across the USA east, west, south, and north but Dexter was always his home. He moved back to Dexter in 1980. Rick started his sales career in 1988 with Les Francis Chevrolet Roswell Ford for twelve years, and home to Artesia Ford for the past thirteen years.
Rick loved his family and his friends. He leaves behind his wife of 39 years Sharon “Sherry” Coats; his son Richard Lynn Coats and wife Sharla of Roswell, son Aaron and wife Heather of Dexter. Grandchildren Savannah and Genevieve Duran, Connor and Lealund Coats all of Roswell, and Kaylee and Elias Coats of Dexter, and great grandson Luke Lodoza. Sisters Darlene Jarvis of Sikeston, MO, Debbie Wieseler of Omaha, NE, and Gail Henson of Roswell. He was preceded in death by his father Richard Coats, his mother Faydean Butts, and brother Britt Butts.
Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday November 25, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church 205 5th Street, Dexter with internment to follow at Hagerman Cemetery. Jimmy Derrick will be officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday, November 24, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers are Connor Coats, Ken Borden, Raul Rodriguez, Josh Luna, Jett Pilley, Damon Tuttle and Jim Tucker.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

Macy’s Thanksgiving parade revels on amid tight security

New York Police Department officers hold their position as parade participants walk around them during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade featured balloons, bands, stars and heavy security in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots.

Shoppers mobilize on Thanksgiving, as retailers branch out

People enter a Best Buy store as it opened for a Black Friday sale on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Overland Park, Kan. Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals.

Trump credits troops, and himself, for military advances

President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, greets and hands out sandwiches to members of the U.S. Coast Guard, at the Lake Worth Inlet Station, on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Riviera Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump thanked U.S. troops for their service on Thursday, assuring them “we’re really winning” against America’s foes as he celebrated Thanksgiving at his private club in Florida and provided lunch for Coast Guard men and women on duty for the holiday.

Severe storms make for double trouble in New Mexico in 2017


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The conditions proved to be just right this year in New Mexico for a wave of severe weather that prompted double the average number of warnings issued by forecasters in a typical year, but the flurry of activity seems to have come to a screeching halt.

Program enhances Navajo language in tribal courts


CROWNPOINT, N.M. (AP) — Inside a study room at Navajo Technical University here, a class of seven employees from the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch is taking steps to enhance the Navajo language in tribal courts.

New Mexico AG wants Uber to release more info on data breach


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas wants Uber to release additional information about the ride-hailing company’s massive data breach, including how many New Mexico residents had their personal information exposed.

New Mexico senators seek help for acequias, land grants


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Traditional water and land grant associations in New Mexico would have access to additional federal resources for conservation projects under legislation introduced by members of the state’s congressional delegation.

New Mexico police to patrol I-40 over holiday weekend


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police will be out in force over the Thanksgiving holiday as part of a traffic safety initiative focused on Interstate 40.

Garden Crest Tree & Shrub Service


Garden Crest has been pruning trees and shrubs in Roswell and the surrounding area continually since 1983. For 33 years, we have provided quality, knowledgeable, well-equipped, fully licensed and insured services for trees and shrubs. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, pruning and trimming your trees is required for safety as well as staving off infections and improving airflow which can be very beneficial to your tree’s health. Garden Crest offers both residential and commercial services year round. We accept insurance work as well.

Firewood Sale
2 weeks only
Nov. 23rd – Dec. 7th
Elm/Hardwood Mix
Sale Price
$125 per cord (128 cu ft)
Reg. price: $150 per cord
Please call in advance before you come out – 575-624-1611

From full cords all the way down to a single cubic foot – cut, split and dry hardwood blends or pine for sale year round. You load the wood yourself so you get what you want. No deliveries. Cash only.
There’s also premium oak available at $350 per cord.


Garden Crest Tree & Shrub Service
(575) 624-1611

Call Cora to schedule your fall & winter tree work now
Hours: 8:00 – 5:00 p.m., Mon. – Sat.
Licensed & Insured since 1983


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