Week-long water boil advisory lifted in Artesia; Testing from multiple days shows city’s water is safe to drink again

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The New Mexico Environment Department late Monday afternoon lifted a water boil advisory order for the city of Artesia and nearby Morningside.

NMMI to receive $4.5 million from July lease sales

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The State Land Office’s July oil and gas lease sale earned more than $30 million — an all-time high for the agency — which means higher-than-expected distributions to public schools and other beneficiaries, including a hefty unexpected $4.5 million check for New Mexico Military Institute.

Victim accidentally shot in neck at underage party

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Police said a man was shot in the neck during an underage party early Saturday.

Body of woman found by Ruidoso visitor Friday

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The body of a woman has been found in Ruidoso and police have reason to believe the remains may be that of a Ruidoso woman missing since December.

Train crash causes dust-up at gravel pit

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A freight train collided with a dump truck Monday afternoon along Clovis Highway, near the Waide Sand & Gravel Co. gravel pit. According to the Roswell Police Department, the BNSF train collided with the truck at 2:27 p.m. There were only minor injuries at the scene, and the person with injuries declined medical treatment. Chaves County sheriff deputies and New Mexico State Police responded to the incident at around 2:35 p.m. after dispatchers received multiple 911 calls in reference to the train collision. New Mexico State Police spokesman Carl Christensen confirmed no one was transported for injuries. He said the accident did not involve hazardous materials. The train engine remains in service, Christensen said. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Public invited to free 4-H and FFA Fair

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All year long, Roswell’s 4H and FFA students prepare projects to show off at the annual Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair, which will include events all week long through Friday at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds here in Roswell.

Handguns, $2,000, pit bull stolen throughout weekend

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The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.

Chavez wins Rotary Desert Sun Golf Classic

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Eric Chavez, left, was the pro division winner of the Rotary Desert Sun Golf Classic, which concluded on Sunday at the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. Also pictured, from left, are Spring River Golf Pro Carlton Blewett, major sponsor Travis Hicks and tournament director Rick Spragins. (Submitted Photo)
Senior Pro Division winner Bill Harvey, right, proudly holds his check of $2,500 at the Rotary Desert Sun Golf Classic Sunday. Also pictured, from left, are Tournament Director Rick Spragins, Spring River Golf Pro Carlton Blewett and major sponsor Travis Hicks. (Submitted Photo)

DWI arrests in Chaves County

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Local law enforcement agencies have provided the following information. All people are presumed innocent.

Ramon “Javier” Solis

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Ramon “Javier” Solis, 68, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017, at home in Roswell, New Mexico. Viewing will be Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. with a Prayer Service following from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. A celebration of his life will be at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow service at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Javier’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On June 10, 1949, Ramon “Javier” was born to Manuel Solis and Paula Baeza Solis in Van Horn, Texas. Javier attended school in Van Horn, Texas. He married Roberta “Bobbie” Solis on December 27, 1969 in Roswell, NM. Javier worked and later retired as carpet installer. He enjoyed fishing, music, going to the casino, cooking and camping. A compassionate man, Javier would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He was a loving husband, father, uncle, good friend and an awesome brother-in-law. Javier was very friendly and loved talking to everyone he met.
Javier is survived by his wife, Roberta “Bobbie” Solis; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Preceding Javier in death are his son, Ramon Robert Solis, State Police Officer; parents: Manuel Solis and Paula Solis; and brother, Poly Solis.
Pallbearers: Angel Carmona, Pete Solis, Celedino Solis, Cande Candelario Solis, Jesus Solis and Epi Flores.

 

Ann Elizabeth Atkinson

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Ann Elizabeth Atkinson was born on November 23, 1962 in Leon, IA to Berneice and Bob Atkinson who were quite surprised by her arrival as they were 47 and 44 years old at the time of her birth. Ann lived in Clio, IA until she was eight years old when her family moved to Roswell, NM where she spent the rest of her formative years. Ann graduated from Goddard High School in 1981. There she was active in cheerleading and gymnastics along with yearbook and the school newspaper.
Ann moved to Oklahoma City, OK in 1982 where she lived until her death on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 54 years of age. While in Oklahoma City, Ann earned an associate’s degree in paralegal studies in 1993 and received a certification through the National Association of Legal Assistants in 2006. She was a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association Legal Assistant Services Committee, the Oklahoma Paralegal Association, and the Central Oklahoma Association of Legal Assistants. Ann was awarded the OPA Outstanding Member Award and Paralegal of the Year and served on the executive board in different capacities. She worked in various legal fields and ended her career working at Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville assisting in mineral and real estate law.
Ann was a member of Mosaic United Methodist Church, played Bunco, and enjoyed her “First Wednesday Group” in her spare time. She loved music and was an avid concertgoer. Ann was known most for being an incredible friend to all who knew her with an extraordinary generosity of spirit; she was happiest when surrounded by family and friends.
Ann is survived by her sisters, Mary Burden and Diane Atkinson, brother-in-law, Chuck Logan, niece, Adrienne Burden Hubbard, and her husband Dustin, niece, Astrid Ferrell, and her husband Walt, grand-nephew, Logan Ferrell, and countless friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Berneice Atkinson, and her brother-in-law, Jim Burden.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church, located at 3131 NW 50th St. in Oklahoma City on Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, www.pancan.org.

 

Elaine A. LeGrand Nibert

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Elaine A. LeGrand Nibert, 91, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 surrounded by her family.
Elaine was born on June 14, 1926, in Toledo, Ohio to Victor Henry LeGrand and Mildred Irene Brown LeGrand. In the 1950s, she traveled to Roswell to visit her sister Bonnie Sorenson. She began working at Walker Air Force Base where she met an airman –– Jim Nibert. On November 3, 1956, she and Jim were married. After Jim was discharged from the Air Force, they moved to Portales so Jim could attend ENMU.
They then moved to Clovis, where she worked as a supply buyer and construction contract administrator before becoming the Deputy Chief of the Contracting Division at Cannon Air Force Base. She retired in 1988 after 30 years of service. Jim and Elaine lived in Clovis, New Mexico for 40 years, moving back to Roswell in 2004. Elaine was an active member of W. 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis and after returning to Roswell placed her membership with Country Club Road Church of Christ. In Clovis, she was a member of the American Business Women’s Association and Beta Sigma Phi. In Roswell, she was a member of the Chaves County Republican Women, Roswell Junior Book Club, Petro Club, Roswell Woman’s Club, Klassie Lassie Birthday Club, and the Monday Lunch Bunch.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother Isadore LeGrand; her husband Jim; her sister Bonnie Sorenson; her brother Victor LeGrand Jr. and his wife Virginia. She is survived by her son Greg and his wife Carolyn of Roswell; daughter Kim and her husband Eddie Meeks of Clovis; four grandchildren –– Jennifer McDaniel and her husband Gabe Pfeiffer, David McDaniel, Gregory Nibert and Jeff Nibert; one precious great-granddaughter Harlow Rose Pfeiffer; numerous nieces and nephews; and her brother-in-law and dear friend Dave Sorenson.
A private family service will be held at a later date in Santa Fe. Elaine and her family request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130-9983.
Elaine and her family would like to thank Dr. John Truitt and the wonderful staff at the Cancer Center at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, caregivers Priscilla and Rosie, and hospice nurse Bonnie Hummel for the support and care they all provided. Elaine had the most wonderful friends and we thank each of you for providing happiness, laughter, and love in her life. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.

 

Water boil advisory lifted in Artesia

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The New Mexico Environment Department late Monday afternoon lifted a water boil advisory order for the city of Artesia and nearby Morningside.

‘Booze plane’ caught in Roswell in the 20s; An excerpt from the book ‘Treasures of History IV’ by Elvis Fleming recalls when a plane was caught carrying alcohol during the Prohibition period

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Pictured is an editorial cartoon from the Times of the Prohibition titled “The Thirty Pieces of Silver.” (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

It was November of 1927. Cuba took the lead in the world’s sugar interests, the U.S. president was Calvin Coolidge; “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” directed by Harry A. Pollard, was one of the most viewed movies released. The PGA Championship: Water Hagen took fourth consecutive championship at Cedar Crest CC Dallas. At age 23, Theodor Geisel, also known at Dr. Seuss, married his first wife, fellow author and editor Helen Palmer, 28, on Nov. 29, Vin Scully, American sportscaster (Los Angeles Dodgers) was born in The Bronx, New York, and Prohibition was high on the list of political pros and cons, or wet and dry.
Elvis Fleming came to the archives last week, the times that I cherish, when he is there. He happened to mention Prohibition here in New Mexico, and a story he wrote in his book “Treasures of History IV.” I couldn’t resist sharing this story:

Pro boxing returns to Alien Town

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AJ Dickman Photo Roswell's Augustin Perez, in white trunks, won his professional boxing debut against Ricardo Reyes of Belen by unanimous decision Saturday night at the Throwdown in Alien Town boxing event at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center.

Professional boxing returned to Roswell Saturday night for the first time in nearly five years, with a flurry and exchanges and heavy hitting that led to four knockouts in the six bouts at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center.

Young artists can get creative at Farmers’ Market

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Lisa Dunlap Photo Pam and Jim Schultz of Roswell help their grandchildren, Colton, 4, and Kendall, 2, paint customized aprons at a youth discovery table at the downtown Farmers' Market on North Main Street Saturday morning. The table is organized each week by the Youth and Professionals for the Arts Collective (YPAC) of Roswell. This week's corporate sponsor is AmeriPride, which covered the costs of the aprons and supplies. About 50 kids a week show up to experiment with art, crafts and other activities, according to organizers. Next week, the table plans to offer activities about solar energy. Farmers' Market occurs each Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m., until Sept. 30, in front of the Chaves County Courthouse.

MainStreet, city pact is under consideration

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Lisa Dunlap Photo MainStreet's efforts to boost downtown Main Street activity includes coordinating events, such as the annual UFO Festival, shown in this 2016 photo.

As the city of Roswell prepares to discuss budget matters this week, a topic for elected officials’ consideration is the agreement with MainStreet Roswell and the state organization.

Mike Lanfor is building a new industry in Roswell

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Submitted Photo A few thousand feet above the Earth, camera strapped to his helmet, preparing to pull the ripcord, Mike Lanfor combined his two passions, aviation and photography. Lanfor returned to Roswell five years ago and is helping to build the drone industry in this area.

It’d be easy to think that Mike Lanfor steps first and looks later. But if you pay close attention, you’ll see that he’s been observing all along, ready to take the next step, whatever it may be.

Week Ahead

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Monday
Roswell City Council Infrastructure Committee, 2 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell City Council Finance Committee special meeting, 3:30 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell City Council budget workshop, 4:30 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Tuesday
City of Roswell Occupancy Tax Board, 2:30 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Roswell City Council special budget meeting, 4 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St.
Wednesday
Roswell Independent School District Board of Education workshop, 1 p.m., Administrative and Educational Services Complex, Special Services Conference Room, 300 N. Kentucky Ave.
Roswell City Council General Services Committee, 3:30 p.m., Roswell City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Thursday
Southeast Regional Transportation Planning Organization, 10 a.m., Bondurant Room, Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

Javier Ramon Solis

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Javier Ramon Solis, 68, passed away July 21, 2017, at home in Roswell, New Mexico. Viewing will be July 25, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a Prayer Service following from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. A celebration of his life will be at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home on July 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. A tribute of Ramon’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Ramon was born on June 10, 1949, in Van Horn, Texas, to Manual Solis and Paula Bazea Solis. He attended school in Van Horn, Texas. He worked and later retired as carpet installer. Ramon enjoyed fishing, music, going to the Casino, cooking, and camping. Ramon was a compassionate man who would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He was a loving husband, father, uncle, good friend, and an awesome brother-in-law. He loved talking to everyone.
Ramon is preceded in death by his parents: Manuel and Paula Solis; and his son State Police Officer, Ramon Robert Solis.
He is survived by his wife Roberta “Bobbie” Solis.
Pallbearers: Angel Carmona, Pete Solis, Celedino Solis, Cande Candelario Solis, Jesus Solis, and Epi Flores.

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