County officials discuss emergency radio needs; Mother of sheriff’s deputy who was shot at writes letter concerning issue

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Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder talks Thursday at the Board of Commissioners meeting about the $3.5 million radio communications upgrade needed for area emergency services as part of his response to a letter circulated questioning why a Chaves County deputy could not use his radio when he was being shot at during a July incident east of Roswell. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The mother of a Chaves County sheriff deputy wants to know what can be done to improve the radio communication equipment used by the department after what she described as a scary incident involving her son when he was unable to use his radio to call for help.

Tiny treasures to be kept at iconic storefront

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Marifrank DaHarb, Senior Circle director, points to her favorite miniature box room from the Dunham collection. The miniature shows a German kitchen from the late 19th century. The box rooms below were made by Senior Circle members. (Christina Stock Photo)

If you mention the name Cobean’s to longtime Roswell residents, you get a big smile.

Roswell man is sentenced for harassing herd of pronghorns

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A Roswell man who authorities said chased a herd of pronghorn antelope with an off-road vehicle has been given a six-month suspended jail sentence for harassing wildlife.

State agency wants citizens to weigh in on Volkswagen settlement funds

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Rita Bates of the New Mexico Environment Department encourages associations, businesses and governments to forward ideas to the agency about how to use $18 million to reduce diesel emissions in the state. Bates, at a Thursday meeting in Roswell, says that all sizes of projects from across the state will be considered. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

New Mexico Environment Department officials want business and government leaders as well as interested citizens to give them their ideas on how to spend a pending $18 million settlement from the Volkswagen Group of America.

Desk and Derrick Club host annual banquet

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Roswell's Desk and Derrick Club held its annual banquet Thursday night at The Liberty. Maryl McNally provided the entertainment along with Bud Hewett, John Escobedo and Allan Paschall. Douglas D. Box spoke about the dynamics of family businesses and how his family was brought down from a multi-million dollar creation of his father, with advice for other families to avoid the same pitfalls. The Desk and Derrick Club also announced that they will soon be offering scholarships for career advancement in Roswell. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Three people sought in murder investigation

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Coyotes & Demons scrimmage in Dexter

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The Dexter Demons varsity and junior varsity squads and the Roswell Coyotes JV duked it out during a multi-team scrimmage Thursday in Dexter. The Hobbs JV was also on hand as the teams prepared for the upcoming season. Dexter opens at home against Santa Rosa on Aug. 25 and the Coyotes host Gadsden on Sept. 1. For previews and full schedules for all area teams, see the Record’s Pigskin Preview, which will be inserted in the Aug. 25 edition. (David Rocha Photo)

JrSr News

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Healthsense set for today

Life requires radiation

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In my last letter, I mentioned the financial benefits of storing radioactive materials to the state of New Mexico.

Nazi protesters disrespect soldiers

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I don’t know how Donald Trump really feels about the white supremacist segment of our population as his message seems to change on a daily basis. I do know the white supremacists of the world have caused the death of more human beings than any other belief system.

Actress should not criticize our zoo

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I would like to compliment the Roswell Daily Record on the new format that you were using on your Wednesday edition. I particularly enjoyed seeing some humor and comic satire on the front page and even the top fold part of the paper.

Cutler debuts, but Ravens roll past Dolphins 31-7

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler (6), looks to pass the ball, during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jay Cutler’s night started by getting an ovation from Miami Dolphins fans just for taking the field, and ended with him giving a shout-out to Mark Bowen.

Leopoldo Villegas Gutierrez

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Leopoldo Villegas Gutierrez, 87, passed away at his home on August 16, 2017. Viewing will be Friday, August 18, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. Rosary will be recited following the viewing at 7 p.m. Celebration of Life will be Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church officiated by Father Charlie Martinez. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Leopoldo’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Leopoldo was born on October 7, 1929, to Antonio Gutierrez and Belen Villegas de Gutierrez in Cierro Prieto Cuahutemoc, Chih., Mexico. He attended school in Mexico and made his career in the construction business, from which he retired. Leopoldo’s passion was his family and spending time with them. He also enjoyed going to casinos and buying lotto tickets. A great pleasure of Leopoldo’s was remodeling and working on his home and working in his yard.
Preceding Leopoldo in death were his parents: Antonio Gutierrez, Belen Villegas de Gutierrez; grandson, Marcos Javier Ramos; great-grandsons: Daniel Jr. Ramos, Ricardo Ivan Aguilar; sisters: Estela Gutierrez De Perez, Celia Gutierrez Villegas; and brother, Jose Luis Gutierrez.
Surviving to cherish Leopoldo’s memory are: his wife, Moncerrate Gutierrez; children: Alvaro Gutierrez and wife, Socorro, Gloria Ramos and husband, Raul, Octavio Gutierrez and wife, Hipolitalisia, Horacio Gutierrez and wife, Lourdes, Leopoldo Gutierrez and wife, Cecilia, Guadalupe Valverde and husband, Efrain, Martina Arias and husband, Cesar, Uver Gutierrez and wife, Cristina, Lorena Alvarado and husband Erick; grandchildren: Ivan Gutierrez, Marisol Aguilar, Viviana Gutierrez, Melissa Salas, Alvaro Jr. Gutierrez, Daniel Ramos, Martin Ramos, Sonia Iglesias, Luis Ramos, Rocio Ramos, Anabel Ramos, Yazmani Valverde, Efrain Jr Valverde, Marisol Valverde, Fabian Gutierrez, Cassandra Candelaria, Bianca Gutierrez, Alan Gutierrez, Noel Gutierrez, Leonel Gutierrez, Juliana Gutierrez, Angelica Vargas, Sandra Fuentes, AnaCrystal Gutierrez, Yesenia Campa, Edgar Gutierrez, Saul Rene Nieto, Diana Marquez, Erick Jr Alvarado, Nayeli Alvarado, Joseline Alvarado, Gladys Gutierrez, Alexis Gutierrez; great-grandchildren: Ayleen Gutierrez, Sophia Gutierrez, Airell Aguilar, Max Aguilar, Leo Aguilar, Alberto Salas, Yazlin Salas, Daniela Ramos, Abraham Ramos, Natalie Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, Aron Iglesias, Marcos Ramos, Ayden Nieto, Daisy Corrales, Delani Corrales, Ximena Chavez, Aryhanna Candelaria, Veronica Bonilla, Oziah Gutierrez, Oscar Gutierrez, Antony Gutierrez, Sophia Villareal, Aubry Valverde, Lindsay Campa, Ignacio Campa, Jayden Nieto, Karely Marquez, Kaylee Marquez, Ian Nieto, Daniel Nieto; sisters: Elena Villegas, Elvia Torres, Antonina Coss; brother, Jesus Gutierrez; and best friend Rodrigo Chavira.
Those chosen to serve as pallbearers are: Daniel Ramos, Fabian Gutierrez, Ivan Gutierrez, Yazmani Valverde, Saul Nieto, Edgar Gutierrez and Erick Alvarado.

Vicki Norine Smith

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Vicki was born on October 22, 1956, in Lancaster, California, to Maxine and Don Von. She passed away on August 11, 2017 in her home surrounded by family and friends.
Vicki graduated college as a Phi Theta Kappa. She was a nursing assistant, receptionist, bookkeeper, homeschool teacher, as well as an accomplished musician. She also served her church as a door greeter.
She is survived by her husband Elmer Smith Sr. of Roswell, NM; sister Anita Smith of Utah; son Michael and wife Kristy Cox and their children Marcos, Michael and Matthew Cox of Roswell, NM, son Daniel and wife Janeth Cox and their children K-Din and Teresa Cox of Roswell, NM; and 27 grandchildren and multiple great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her mother Maxine “Willie” Allen and stepfather C.E Allen.
She was loved by many family and friends.
We would like to send out a special thanks to Church on the Move, caretakers (stepdaughter Tammie Smith and granddaughter Sarah Denton) and Home Hospice.
Services will be held at Church On The Move on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Troy Smothermon officiating. Following the memorial service a luncheon will be held at the 180 building and will be provided by COTM to accommodate family and friends. Any donations can either be made in person to Daniel Cox or sent to: Daniel Cox, 2500 S. Virginia Ave., Roswell, NM 88203.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Christian Berckes

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After a year and a half, Thomas Christian Berckes lost his battle with cancer, Thursday, August 10, 2017. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2801 W. Fourth St., Roswell, NM, on Saturday, August 19, at 1 p.m.
Tom was born March 28, 1973, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Bill and Connie Berckes. In 1983, the family moved to Lancaster, Ca, where Tom graduated from Antelope Valley High School and California Lutheran University. He worked for Advent Ministries in Gilroy, CA, High Desert Counseling, Ridgecrest, CA. In 1998, he moved to Cloudcroft and worked at Camp Chimney Spring and the Cloudcroft schools. In 2000, the family moved to Roswell. Tom held many part-time jobs before getting a full-time job with Rowell transit system. Tom enjoyed music and magic. He was an active member of the church choir and chimes, and played with the Roswell Community band.
Tom is preceded in death by his mother Connie, his grandparents Ted and Jane Berckes. He is survived by father Bill of Roswell, brother James and his wife Kimberly, nieces Erika, Cassandra and nephew Cameron, of Lancaster, Ca. sister Dottie Berckes, nephews Lee, Lane and niece Brendalynn, of Alamogordo, NM, uncle Ken Berckes and his wife Kathy of Bakersfield, CA, uncle Jonathon Wood and his wife Jane, aunt Susan Payne and husband Richard, and numerous cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Memorial fund or any cancer research organization.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Claude Williams

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Claude Williams, 85, beloved father, passed away in Roswell, NM, on August 15, 2017. Viewing will be Sunday, August 20, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Monday, August 21, 2017, at 10 a.m., at Midway Baptist Church, with Bro. Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Claude’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Born on January 12, 1932, in Konawa, OK, Claude’s parents were Charley and Pearl Williams. He became a self-employed contractor. Claude married the love of his life and together they had four children. After retirement, he enjoyed woodworking, fishing and playing Solitaire – the old fashioned kind, with a deck of cards. Claude also spent time at the Joy Center.
Preceding Claude in death were his wife, Viola Williams; one daughter, Patricia Byrne; one grandson, Christopher Cones; parents: Charley and Pearl Williams; sister, Allie Ruth Collum; brother, Harley Williamas; and a dear pet, Sweetpea.
Surviving to cherish Claude’s memory are his children: Sharon Flores and husband, Joe, Debra Stanislawczyk, Steve Williams; grandchildren: Anthony Flores and wife, Maureen, Brandy VerPlanck, Dena Rincon, Andrea Kelsey, Candice Evartt and husband, Raymond; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Almond; niece, Earnestine Benefield and faithful pet, Buttercup.

Neil Thomas Wentland

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Neil Thomas Wentland, 53, loving father, passed away on August 15, 2017. Viewing will be Saturday, August 18, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Monday, August 21, 2017, at 10 a.m., at Church on the Move, officiated by Jim Reeves. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Tom’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Neil Thomas Wentland was born on September 19, 1963, in St. Joseph, Michigan, to Anne and Nelson Wentland. As a child, baseball quickly became “life.” Tom, as everyone called him, excelled in sports; spending his summers playing Cape League baseball and his off-seasons on the cranberry bogs.
Tom met the true love of his life, Christi Graham, the summer of 1987. Shortly after, they married and began their life together in Roswell, raising three handsome boys and their beautiful daughter.
Tom enjoyed coaching baseball and impacted many young lives. Seeing his “kids,” years later, and being called “Coach” was one of his favorite things. His legacy will always remain within the children he and his wife raised, as well as his baseball children.
Tom is survived by his children; Skye, Christian, Cole, and Christine Wentland.
This obituary tribute was lovingly written by Tom’s family.

Jon Scott Bliss

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Jon Scott Bliss of Mesa, AZ, passed away on August 5, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Scott was born in Roswell on October 28, 1956, to Alice Hyatt Bliss and Jon Peter Bliss. He attended Goddard High School before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served in South Korea before returning to Roswell where he worked for Ginsberg Music Company for many years. He married Melinda Rodgers of Alamogordo on December 30, 1978. They moved to Mesa, AZ in 1987. Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Bliss, and his aunt, Rosemary Stephenson, both of Roswell, and his uncle and aunt, Evan Howard and Lorene Hyatt of Albuquerque. He is survived by his wife Melinda
Bliss of Mesa, AZ, and his cousins Sandra Stephenson Pearsall and her husband Ken, of El Paso, their daughters Amy of New York City and Nancy of Austin, TX, Nancy Hyatt Rankin, Carol Hyatt Hawk and her husband James and their daughter Jadyn Hawk Walker and her husband Shane, all of Midland, TX. Per Scott’s wishes, he has been cremated, and no formal services will be held.

New Mexico pushing to keep momentum going

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In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, New Mexico quarterback Lamar Jordan (13) sprints to the end zone for a touchdown against Wyoming during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M. Senior quarterback Lamar Jordan has essentially shared time under center throughout his New Mexico career, but the job is all his this season and it is expected that he will become a bigger factor through the air. He’s gained 2,158 rushing yards in three seasons, with 2,621 passing yards. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is looking to keep pushing forward coming off a 9-4 season and consecutive bowl appearances, including the program’s first postseason win since 2007.

US college teams in Barcelona during van attack, players OK

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People walk down a main street in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Police in Barcelona say a white van has mounted a sidewalk, struck several people in the city's Las Ramblas district. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Men’s basketball teams from several U.S. universities, including Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona, were in Barcelona, Spain, when a van drove into pedestrians Thursday in a historic district popular with tourists but school officials said the players and staff were safe.

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