Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered government

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., center, joined from left by, Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., hold a news conference on the first morning of a government shutdown after a divided Senate rejected a funding measure last night, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showed few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end it.

The Latest: Trump calls shutdown a ‘present’ from Democrats

President Donald Trump waits to be introduced to speak to the March for Life participants from the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local):

Annette Marie Lucero-Montoya

Annette Marie Lucero-Montoya

A rosary will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church for Annette Marie Lucero-Montoya, 46, who passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 in Roswell. Funeral mass will follow at 2:00 pm at St. John’s Catholic Church.

Annette was born August 30, 1971 in Roswell, NM to Frank Lucero and Gloria Aragon Lucero who survive her in Roswell. Also surviving her are her children Briana Lucero, Raquel Urias, Eric Lucero and Louis Montoya III; brother Daniel Lucero and her grandchildren Khloe Lucero, Joel Lucero, Josiah Lucero, Serenity Chacon, Xavier Lucero and Iziahz Zambrano.

Annette is preceded by her brother Frank Lucero Jr.; grandparents George Aragon, Jane Aragon, Amable Lucero and Mary Librada Lucero.

Annette was a very loving and caring mother and grandmother, she loved her children and grandchildren very much. Her hobbies were crochet, decorating walls with butterflies and making Christmas stockings for her grandchildren which was her favorite. Annette will be deeply missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

Frances W Adams


Frances W Adams, 94, went to be with her Lord and Savior January 16, 2018. The family will announce a Memorial Celebration of Frances’ life and publish a full Obituary at a later date. Please visit to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.

Shutdown challenges Trump’s dealmaker branding


WASHINGTON (AP) — He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump’s latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess.

Shutdown grounds Air Force sports, upends NFL viewing

Clune Arena was empty two hours before the game as the Air Force Academy had canceled all athletic events due to a federal government shutdown on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the academy said both home and away events have been postponed. The academy's online sports calendar lists seven competitions that had been set for Saturday: men's and women's basketball games at Fresno State, men's and women's swimming at UNLV, men's hockey against Sacred Heart at the academy and men's gymnastics against Oklahoma at the academy. (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended plans for military outside the U.S. wanting to follow the NFL’s conference playoff games on TV and radio.

Oklahoma lawmaker sues private investigator in spying case

This December 2017 photo provided by Mark McBride shows what Oklahoma state Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, says is a tracking device that he removed from his truck in Oklahoma. McBride wants to know who put the contraption there and is one of at least five Oklahoma state lawmakers who in recent months asked a prosecutor to investigate claims they have been followed or threatened. (Mark McBride via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who found a tracking device attached to his pickup truck last month is suing a private investigation company and an investigator who works for the company over the device.

Frieda June Parks

Frieda June Parks

Frieda passed away on January 16, 2018, after many years of battling the effects of Alzheimer’s.

A Funeral Service will be Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 3:00 PM, at the Church of Latter Day Saints located at 2201 W Country Club Road in Roswell, NM. There will be a family meal served after the service. Celebrate Frieda’s life by visiting to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.

Frieda was born on June 26, 1934, in Albuquerque NM, to George and Mildred Crosby. Frieda married the love of her life, Dudley Parks, on February 14, 1984, in Hagerman NM.  Even after 33 plus years of marriage, their love for each other was unwavering and heartwarming to all who knew them.

Frieda was a loving person who really never met a stranger and would bend over backward for her children, family, and friends. She was very passionate when it came to her art work, her talent for sketching and painting ceramics was out of this world. She had a love for the great outdoors and loved walking, whether it is from one end of Roswell to the other, or a trip on the back off the motorcycle with her husband, out to the boondocks, to hunt for cactus for her cactus garden at home. And last but not least, we must remember her closest companion, her dog Ginger, which made her smile from ear to ear.

She was blessed with four wonderful children and six equally wonderful stepchildren: her daughter, Donna Hobbs and her sons: David Stone and his wife, Kathy, Mark Stone and Travis Greer and his wife, Elsie, Linda Hernes and her husband, Gary, Catherine Shanks and her husband, Bill, Dale Parks, David Parks and his wife, Renee, Paul Parks and Gary Parks and his husband, Lloyd. She had 16 amazing grandchildren: Shannon, Mathew, Brain, Dennis and his wife, Stephanie, Olivia and her husband, Steven, Amanda and her husband, Sam, Tayna and her husband, Scott, Timothy, Sarah and her husband, Nate, Frieda, Kimberley, Barney, Shauna, Michelle and her husband, Mark, Melissa and her husband, Robert, Linda and her husband, Dwayne and 36 great-grandchildren. She was from a large family having eight siblings who included, one brother Billy (George) and seven sisters: Margie, Millie, Georgie, Bobbie, Patsy, Judy, Joyce. She also had many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

Frieda is survived by the love of her life, Dudley Parks. Even as the end drew near they would sit and hold hands and she would tell him how much she loved him.

Preceding her in death were her parents, George and Mildred Crosby, her son, Mark Stone, stepson, Paul Parks and sisters: Margie, Millie, Bobbie and Patsy.

This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Frieda by her family.

Phillip Randolph Patton



Phillip Randolph Patton

Memorial service for Phillip Randolph Patton, (P. R.) or (Randy) age 66, of Roswell, NM will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, with Rev. Dale Plummer officiating.

Randy, (P. R.) passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 in Castle Rock, Colorado.

He was born November 1, 1951, in Roswell, NM to William M. (Bill) Patton, and Doriene S. (Roberts) Patton.

Randy graduated from Roswell High School and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University, in 1974. He married Teresa Ann Foust on December 28, 1974 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Roswell, NM. He worked for the New Mexico State Engineer in the technical division. Randy became a licensed Structural Engineer and a Licensed Land Surveyor, and in 1980 opened his own firm “P. R. Patton & Associates” which has operated for 37 years. He was a past member of the East Grand Plains Volunteer fire department, a member of the Roswell Geologic Society, and Past President of Pecos Valley Horsemen. While his children were young he was active as a leader in 4-H and later FFA. He was active in his church and a graduate of EFM.

No interment will be held at this time as Randy’s love for knowledge led him to request his body be sent to the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. He leaves behind his wife Teresa, a Daughter, Victoria Sloan MD, of Castle Rock Colorado, and his Son Andrew Patton of Roswell, NM. He was a loving father. Randy is preceded in death by his Father Bill, Mother Doriene. Please make donations to St. Andrews, Casa Esperanza in Albuquerque, or a charity of your choice.

Head of popular girl band leads N. Korean team to S. Korea

North Korean Hyon Song Wol, head of a North Korean art troupe, arrives at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. The head of a hugely popular girl band arrived in South Korea on Sunday across the rivals’ heavily fortified border to check preparations for a Northern art troupe she also leads during next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday to check preparations for an art troupe she also leads during next month’s Winter Olympics.

Latest figures have flu deaths in New Mexico up to 16


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of flu deaths in New Mexico continues to rise.

Gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Afghan capital

A security personnel points his weapon near the Intercontinental Hotel after a deadly attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. An Afghan official says that a group of gunmen have attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital Kabul. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least four gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital on Saturday evening, triggering a shootout with security forces, officials said.

Utility seeks new wind, solar farms for Facebook data center


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electricity provider is seeking state regulatory approval for power purchase agreements with two companies that would build new wind and solar farms to serve Facebook’s new data center.

Sofia C. Ogas

Sofia C. Ogas

We have lost someone very dear to us…our mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, a companion, and a friend. She passed away at her home on Tuesday, January 02, 2018. She was born August 24, 1954 in Roswell NM to Cecelia Benevides and Alejandro N. Ogas. She was a homemaker all her life. She loved being around family and friends and she loved to party and have fun.

Her companion of 30 years was Leonides Pardo Sr. who has preceded her in death. She was very blessed with 9 children: daughters Dolores (Tina) Medina, Theresa V. Adame, and Cecelia A. Ogas all of Roswell NM; sons Tommy Ogas Castillo and wife Stephanie of Albuquerque NM, Ray Ogas Castillo and companion Alicia Rodriguez, Alex Ogas Castillo, Johnny Ogas Castillo, Daniel Ogas Castillo, all of Roswell NM, and Leonides Pardo Jr. of Phoenix AZ. She is also survived by her sisters Christine Rodriguez, Juanita Gandara and husband Lorenzo of Roswell NM; brothers Alex Ogas and his companion Jerri Samario of Roswell NM. Preceding her in death is her sister Andrea Ogas and brother Fernando Ogas.

She has 18 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

Graveside service will be held at 3 pm, Monday, January 22, 2018 at South Park Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

US marches for women’s rights slam Trump, encourage voting

People taking part in a Women's March highlighting equal rights and equality for women walk past Trump International Hotel and Tower, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. On the anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, people participating in rallies and marches in the U.S. and around the world Saturday denounced his views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights, women's rights and more. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demonstrators from Los Angeles to New York marched in support of female empowerment and denounced President Donald Trump’s views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women’s rights on Saturday, the anniversary of his inauguration.

Judy D. Lane


Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Judy D. Lane, age 65, of Roswell, NM who went to be with her Lord on Friday, January 19, 2018.

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

House speaker supports airfield legislation

Lisa Dunlap Photo Roswell officials, including former City Councilor Jason Perry, in foreground on left, and Dean Baldwin Painting employees talk after a January announcement of a federal grant to help pay for repairs to the city-owned hangar leased by the company.

When it comes to legislative deals this session, some of Roswell’s power brokers have the local airfield on their minds.

Paul Parks, a man of courage

Submitted Photo Paul Parks, the homeless man found dead in a culvert earlier this month, is pictured here in an old photo from 1984 when he was 20. A memorial service for Parks will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at Harvest Ministries, 601 N. Main St. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Roswell Homeless Coalition.

If you could use only one word to define Paul Parks and you chose “courage,” you’d be right. Paul died in a culvert, where he was living outside the Roswell city limits some time around Jan. 10.

Teacher, coach comes full circle in Artesia

Mike Smith Photo Artesia basketball coach Mike Mondragon stands in the school’s weight room.

ARTESIA — Walk into Michael Mondragon’s office at the Bulldog Pit in Artesia and you’ll notice a picture of him and former President George W. Bush. Mondragon has an interesting story behind the photo.

Colts drop second district contest to Hope Christian

NMMI Sports Press Juan Reyna looks to pass the ball to Enrique Salazar against Hope Christian.

In the second district 4-4A match-up for both teams, NMMI’s combination of low percentage shooting and too many turnovers allowed the visiting Hope Christian Huskies to walk away with a 57-25 win.


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