Supreme Court upholds murder conviction


The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday upheld the conviction of Steven Lee Lucero for the 2014 brutal murder of Isaiah Sanchez in Roswell.

Road closure opposition gaining momentum

Helen and Oscar Sosa of Artesia express concerns during a meeting Monday night called by the New Mexico Wildlife Federation at Los Cerritos. The group is asking sportsmen to take action to keep some county roads open in Chaves County. County officials at some requests close some roads. (Mike Smith Photo)

Around 60 sportsmen, ranchers, adventurers and citizens from Roswell, Artesia and even Carlsbad attended a meeting to show their opposition to the proposed county road closures at Los Cerritos at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Trial begins for 2013 murder suspect; Defense denies accusation, says RPD ‘rushed’ evidence collection

Defendant Steve Guardado looks out toward witness Miguel Barraza in Chaves County District Court Monday afternoon as he testifies in court. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

A man accused of murdering Stormy Joel Vargas through the means of a single gunshot to the head in October 2013 stood trial in Chaves County District Court Monday.

Roswell man killed Sunday in double fatal crash


New Mexico State Police are investigating two crashes with double fatalities that occurred in Southeastern New Mexico.

Blustery March winds arrive early

The above photograph was shot from the eighth floor of the Petroleum Building at North Richardson Avenue and West First Street. Prominent are two of Roswell’s biggest office buildings, the “Wells Fargo building” on the left at 400 N. Pennsylvania Ave. and the Sunwest Centre at 500 N. Main St. The blustery weather made some interesting cloud patterns. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)
During the windy afternoon, David Newman flies his kite in the empty lot near the Daily Record. Newman said he would like to open a kite shop in town to give the youth something to do. According to AccuWeather, Inc., Monday’s southwest winds were between 15 to 25 miles per hour. (Alison Penn Photo)

Government process program looking for future leaders

Kenneth Hart of Artesia is looking for future government leaders to participate in the Boys State program. Sponsored by the American Legion, it will take place later this year in Portales. (Submitted Photo)

ARTESIA – Did you know that Nick Saban, Hines Ward and Tom Brokaw have something in common?

Still time to join bowling teams for Saturday’s event


ARTESIA — Stacy Heacox runs the Eddy County Office of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico and she is heading into the final days before this weekend’s Bowl For Kids Sake, and that means there’s still plenty of preparation.

Sandoval blazes own trail at Trinidad State

Sheyanne Sandoval (Submitted Photo)

For the Roswell Lady Coyotes softball fans, it may seem like yesterday as softball season approaches. Many can’t help but to look back to a year ago in March to a game against Kirtland Central.

Lady Rockets fall to Artesia in District championship

Goddard High School senior Camarynn Villalpando goes up for a shot against Artesia in Hagerman on Monday. (Steve Notz Photo)

HAGERMAN — The Goddard Lady Rocket basketball team came ever so close to claiming that elusive district championship as they fell to district rival Artesia 51-47 in a game played at neutral Hagerman High School. The Rockets held a late double-digit lead only to miss five free throws and commit numerous turnovers down the stretch as the Bulldogs came from way back to gain the victory.

Middle school champs

Pictured is the Sierra Middle School Cheerleading team who competed in the Alien City Cheer and Dance Jam Competition on Saturday. They were awarded first place in cheer with music and third place in game day. They were crowned the Roswell middle school city champions. (Submitted Photo)

Honorary Angel

Monday the Charlie’s Angels held a Kiddie Camp to help raise money for Nationals at the Coyote Den. Pictured is special guest London Orona, center, from Artesia with members of the team. She was given a set of Pom poms, a t-shirt and leggings and a First Place trophy. She was also named an Honorary Charlie’s Angel. London was in a fatal crash on Nov. 15 in Artesia, her brother was killed in the wreck. She has spent the last months recovering from severe injuries. London’s father Robert Orona attended Roswell High School, where he was an athlete. (Submitted Photo)

Amy Marriott Johns


Amy Marriott Johns, 91, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018.
Amy was born on September 18, 1926, in Boulder, Colorado, to Fredrick and Katherine Marriott. Because the family traveled throughout her growing years, Amy attended various schools throughout her life, ending up in college at The University of Colorado, where she was a member of Alpha Phi. It is also where she met James Johns. They were married on December 23, 1947.
When Jimmie finished his degree in 1948, he and Amy moved to Roswell, where she was a homemaker and raised three children. She and the family enjoyed many activities together, including tennis, at which she excelled; water skiing, snow skiing and traveling.
Amy was very active in and a long-time member of many Roswell organizations through the years: Daughters of the American Revolution, Shakespeare Club, the Roswell Symphony Guild, Sweet Adelines, and the Roswell Reading Club. She was Past President of the Roswell P.E.O. and a member for 68 years. She was also a member of the Alto P.E.O. group. Music was her life. She played the violin, sang with the Sweet Adelines, and performed in the Roswell Frolics.
Amy was an active, vital, and long-time member of the First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the Chancel Choir for at least 60 years, played in the Kaler hand bell choir, served on the Worship Committee, and supported the church in many other ways. She also supported the Salvation Army, the Roswell Humane Society, the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and many other worthy organizations.
Amy is survived by her two sons, Kirk and wife Elizabeth; James and girlfriend Wendy Stephens; half-brother Fredrick Marriott; cousins Jimmy and Sue Johns of Carlsbad and their family; Leslie and Donald Dongan of Artesia and their family; countless friends; and her beloved dog Rascal.
She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Chris, and husband, James. Her family and friends know she is singing in the Heavenly Choir and saying, “Isn’t this a kick!”
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to one of the organizations she supported above.
A memorial service will be held 2pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. 2nd Street, Roswell, NM. Inurnment will follow the memorial service in the First United Methodist Church Columbarium.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at to convey your memories and thoughts to the family.

William Edwin Eaton


William Edwin Eaton, 64, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Services will be held at a later date. Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Eaton family in their time of need.

Everyone is your friend at rescue zoo; Despite its remote location, Runyan Ranches attracts visitors from around the world

Children get excited while feeding the animals at Runyan Ranches Rescue Zoo. (Camille Graham Photo)

Billy the Kid Days in song, story, dance proves great success; Large crowd packs auditorium for portrayal of early days of Lincoln County

Actors in a 1956 Chaves County Historical Society skit. Seated from left are Mrs. John Martens, Miss Hazel Vineyard, Mrs. Leonard Hunt, Miss Annie Laurie Snorf and Mrs. William Ramer. Standing are Ed Raymond, Leonard Hunt and Ray Dearholt. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southest New Mexico)

An article in the Roswell Daily Record dated Feb. 27, 1931, tells of a performance hosted by the Chaves County Historical Society, with at least one actor who actually knew Billy the Kid. What a fun event this must have been!

Road closure requests getting opposition; Four applications are for area disputed last year

People concerned about possible county road changes have three opportunities to let the county know, says Robert Corn, chairman of the Chaves County Board of Commissioners, right. He is shown with Commissioner Will Cavin during an October meeting regarding public land planning. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The first hearing about possible county road closures has not occurred, but a couple of people already have lined up to let county commissioners know that they are not happy about some of the property owners’ submitted requests.

Work to begin for downtown taproom

The renovations for Milton’s Off Main taproom will begin this week. The taproom will be located in the back of Stellar Coffee’s downtown shop. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Renovations of the back portion of Stellar Coffee Co. will begin this coming week to prepare for the opening of an artisan and craft beer taproom.

Venue owner passionate about live music


Josh Ragsdale said there were some people who thought he might be a little crazy when he said he wanted to bring touring musical acts to Roswell.

Stormy aftermath

Water floods the entrance to an alleyway between Grand Ave. and Cole Ave. on 23rd Street. The National Weather Service reported that .52 inches of rain fell at the Roswell International Air Center overnight on Friday and into Saturday morning. (Justin Johnson Photo)

Family gets ‘Miracle’ newborn colt

When Ricky Tripp, lead pressman at the RDR, went out to feed his Appaloosa horses on Feb. 10 north of Roswell, his male horse, “Buddy” moved out of the way to reveal “Miracle,” — a newborn colt. It was a surprise to Tripp, as the mother horse, “Diamond,” was not “showing” at all. Tripp said his family has owned the land since 1959, and no colts have been born on their property since the late ‘70s. “Tyme for Diamonds,” aka “Miracle,” was named after her mother and is shown pictured here with her mother. (Ricky Tripp Photo)


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