On June 16, 1976, Ricardo “Rick” Valverde Sr. was born to Alfonso Valverde and Elvira Duran. Rick was a longtime resident of Roswell, NM. A hard worker and good provider, Rick worked for several dairies for many years. Rick’s most treasured memories were when he was with his family and children, he adored them more than life itself. He loved to dance and listen to his favorite Spanish music. Rick had the gift of the gab, an engaging personality and was always going out of his way to help friends and family. He had the most vibrant laugh and an unforgettable smile that made him stand out in a crowd. Rick was loved by so many and brought happiness and laughter everywhere he went. Family and friends will miss his sarcasm, infectious laughter and wisecracks.
Those left to cherish Ricardo’s memory are his son, Ricardo Valverde Jr; daughters: Corina Valverde, Cassandra Valverde; grandchildren: Sofia Marie Gamboa, Yenesis Valverde, Zavier Rey Gamboa; parents: Alfonso Valverde and Elvira Valverde; God-parents: Peter Blanco and Socorro Blanco; brothers: Jose Valverde, Alfonso Jr. Valverde, Saul Valverde; sisters: Irma Cardenas and husband, Raul Cardenas Sr, Maria Duran and husband, Jose Martinez, Joanna Valverde and boyfriend, Alex Thompson, Liliana Fabela; nephews: Raul Cardenas Jr., Ismael Martinez; nieces: Lizet Cardenas, Mariela Martinez, Jennifer Martinez, Monique Valverde, Molly Ledesma, Naomi Ledesma, Cecilia Thompson, and Clarissa Valverde.
Preceding Ricardo in death are his granddaughter, Yesenia Valverde; and nephew, Josue Martinez.
Pallbearers are: Ricardo Valverde Jr., Raul Cardenas Sr., Raul Cardenas Jr., Jose Martinez, Valente Ruiz Sr. and Alfonso Valverde Jr.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Judy had early musical training that ultimately resulted in her earning a master’s degree and becoming an accomplished musician. Her career as organist and choir director took her to churches in the Midwest and South. She came to Roswell in 1990 to serve as musician for First Presbyterian Church. In 1993, she began as organist for St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, a position she held for more than fifteen years.
Judy lived alone with her beloved dogs until a stroke in 2015 necessitated a move to Casa Maria. She missed her independence and her dogs, and was pleased to know the dogs were living with a friend, who would bring them to Casa Maria to visit her.
Judy’s church family is thankful for all who have helped in her care, especially the staff of Casa Maria. Her music ministry was a blessing to many, and many have blessed her with their ministries of love and care.
A memorial service celebrating her life and mourning her death will be at 10:30 a.m. July 22, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 2911 N. Main St., Roswell. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall. Interment in St. Mark’s Memorial Garden will take place at a future date.
Elaine was a loving mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. She is survived by her children: Shawn Longan of Denver, CO, John Smith of Barberton, OH, Connie Miller of Cambridge, OH, Jeri House of Roswell, NM, Karl Longan of Cambridge, OH; grandchildren: Donovan Longan, Jeffrey, Ryan, Jordan and Jocelynn Miller, Emma Longan; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; brothers: Earl Smith, David Smith; and sister, Beatrice Forman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Smith; son, Donald Longan; mother, Lois Couey; father, Donald Hinson; and sister, Faith Smith. A tribute of Elaine’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
An incredibly creative person, Elaine was master of repurposing objects to reflect their beauty. She enjoyed gardening, farming, sewing, cooking and baking. Elaine was always seeking knowledge and willing to share her knowledge. She was a wonderful mother who taught her children how to take care of themselves by sharing her knowledge of all the things they would need to make their way in this world. Elaine was a fiercely loyal friend, and she will be missed by all of us.
Funeral services will be on Monday, July 24, 2017, at 10 a.m., at the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints. A graveside service will follow at Hagerman Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.
Flowers can be sent to Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Elaine by her family.
In 2016, we imported some 8 million barrels daily. This amounts to roughly $130 billion, which is 25 percent of our entire 2016 trade deficit. This money could have been more wisely invested in our own nation by American companies building and installing renewable energy installations while providing economic growth, and much-needed high paying jobs for American workers.
According to Osama bin Laden, the reason for the 9/11 terrorist attacks were our military troops stationed in Saudi Arabia, which is considered the most holy land of Muslim nations. The following so-called War on Terror was, in many respects, the most unnecessary and wasteful war ever fought in the history of our nation.
The defense of our Middle East petroleum interests have been extremely costly in human life and suffering as well as in the tax dollars used to support the three wars over the past 30 years. The loss of lives and the $4 to $6 trillion spent have produced no real positive results.
Since 2003, we have imported roughly 8 billion barrels of Middle East crude. Considering the war cost of $4 trillion, this amounts to an estimated $500 per barrel. The total cost in American lives and tax dollars is far more than I was willing to pay.
Had we invested even $500 billion in research, development and installation of renewable energy systems rather than war, our nation would be energy independent today. It is time to invest in America’s long-term energy future rather than war.
Does the city pay for the mayor’s expenses when he goes? He apparently has not looked in his own town for someone. I am suggesting to the voters when it is election time, let’s “drain the swamp” and get rid of all the councilors and mayor and start everyone new.
We did not need a swimming pool, there are five swimming pools already here.
The New Mexico Senior Olympics State Summer Games take place at the Balloon Fiesta Park. Spectators can watch athletes compete in huachas, soccer accuracy, softball distance and shuffleboard. There will be also a Sport Health Fair Expo with free health screenings. For details, visit nmseniorolympics.org or call 575-623-5777.
Rally In The Weeds
Every year the little town of Weeds turns into the center of attention during its annual Rally In The Weeds. There will be live bands, DJs, food and retail vendors, as well as mud bogs. The town of Weeds is located eight miles West of Artesia on Highway 82. For more information, visit its Facebook event page.
Early Days gas engine and tractor show
The Pecos Valley Classic AG Tractor Club is hosting the 2017 Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association Southwest regional show at the Eddy County Fairgrounds. There will be antique tractors, machinery and engines from all over the Southwestern United States. Interested individuals can get further information from the Club website, at classicag.org or by contacting Ralf Cunningham at email@example.com.
Ruidoso Wine and Art Festival
Starting this year a handful of New Mexico wineries are joining the festival. There are different choices for tickets. The tickets that include the wine tasting also includes a free wine glass and free tastings at each vendor. One hundred of the nation’s most talented artists will be showcasing a broad spectrum of mediums including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media.
This year there will be a variety of new artists participating in the show. The festival takes place at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Drive. For more information, visit ruidosonow.com.
July 21, 31, Aug. 5, 8, 12, 16 and 24
“Lucia di Lammermoor”
The Santa Fe Opera presents, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Beauty and darkness collide in this bel canto masterpiece. The opera is sung in Italian with opera titles in English and Spanish. This is a new Santa fe Opera Production. The opera is located at 301 Opera Drive. For more information and tickets, visit santafeopera.org or call its box office at 800-280-4654.
National Day of the Cowboy
Artesia Arts Council invites the public to celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy at the First American Bank Parking lot, 303 Main St. There will be craft and food vendors, music and prizes. Learn how to rope and meet cowboy poet, W.C. Jameson at Bennie’s Western Wear. The festivities start at 9 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. A show with W.C. Jameson follows at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. Tickets for the evening show are $20. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.
Free Family Fun Day
The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1 Thunderbird Circle, invites the public to a free Family Fun Day — Summer of Love celebration — to remember the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967 in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Families can enjoy crafts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including a tie-dye station with tie-dye bandanas for the first 200 people, a love-bead making station, face painting, mural painting, flower-making and at 2 p.m., the movie “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” will be shown. For more information, visit nmjc.edu/museum or call 575-492-2678.
July 24-July 29
Eddy County Fair
The 72nd annual Eddy County Fair takes place at the Eddy County Fairgrounds, 3402 S. 13th St. June 30 was the deadline for 4-H inside exhibits, 4-H and FFA livestock forms. Bull riding will take place at 8 p.m. on July 28. The carnival is open each day from 5 p.m. There will be a dance on July 27 and 28 starting at 8:30 p.m. On July 28 a Chili Cook-off takes place at 4 p.m.
2017 Downtown Sounds: Battle of the Bands
As part of the 2017 Downtown Sounds Summer Concert Series, the Lea County Commission for the Arts, Hobbs Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Hobbs Chamber of Commerce and City of Hobbs present, Battle of the Bands, from noon to 7 p.m. Six band compete for prizes. A large part of the judging will be based on crowd participation. Winner will get free studio recording time at the New Mexico Junior College’s new musical technology studio, as well as the opportunity to perform during the 2017 Hobbs August Nites Downtown Sounds Summer Concert. For more information, visit lccanm.org or call 575-397-2787.
Warrant and Winger in concert
Warrant and Winger are going to rock the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, at 8 p.m. Warrant is a metal band formed in 1984 in Hollywood, which experienced success with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. The band first came into the national spotlight with their two times platinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich and one of its singles, “Heaven,” reached No. 1 in Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band continued its success in the early 1990s with the two-time platinum album Cherry Pie, which provided the hit album titled song and music video. Winger is a rock band that has combined elements of glam metal and progressive metal. Formed in New York City, Winger gained popularity with two platinum albums, Winger and In the Heart of the Young, along with charting singles “Seventeen,” “Headed for a Heartbreak” and “Miles Away,” put the band on the top of the charts by the early 1990s. In 1990, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for “Best New Heavy Metal Band.” Tickets start at $25. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and tickets, visit innofthemountaingods.com.
Old Lincoln Days
The Old Lincoln Days include “The Last Escape of Billy the Kid” at the pageant grounds next to the museum. Their will be also free wagon rides in the village, arts and crafts, music and colorful characters from the wild days when Lincoln was the center of the Lincoln County War. For more information, visit billythekidpageant.com.
Aug. 7 – 12
Missoula Children’s Theatre “Peter and Wendy”
Due to the popularity of the Aladdin-Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp, a second camp was added. Children who have registered for “Aladdin” are welcome to register for “Peter and Wendy” as well. Participation fee is $65 and includes a T-shirt, one Love Note (additional Love Notes, $2) and lunch for all participants on Friday and Saturday. It is open to all school age children 5 years and up. Rehearsals are from Aug. 5 – 11, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Performance is Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. To register or for more information, call the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 575-746-4212.
The Zuni Show 2017: Art of the Pueblo
The Zuni Show 2017 takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Aug. 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Zuni is the largest of the pueblos in New Mexico and most of the Zunis’ income is from the sale of their artwork. This second annual show expands exposure to the public, and once again artists will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from their sales. This is a fair trade event. Ethnographic films from 1924 depicting the Zunis’ past will be screened continually in the auditorium of the Scottish Rite facility. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, call Robin Dunlap at 505-660-0981 or visit TheKeshiFoundation.org.
Red Dirt Black Gold Festival
The free all-day festival takes place downtown Artesia and celebrates the oil and gas industry. This year’s concert lineup is as follows: Whiskey Myers, Bri Bagwell, Dalton Domino, The Statesboro Revue and Callahan Divide. For more information, visit artesiaacd.com or call 575-746-4212.
San Jose 52 Family Fair
The San Jose Catholic Church Carlsbad, 1002 Debaca St. is hosting its San Jose 52 Family Fair. Doors open on Aug. 25 at noon and on Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. Music will be provided by Michael Salgado and La Sombra. For more information, call 575-885-5792.
Ongoing until Sept. 25
Owls in the Land of Enchantment
Revered and feared in folklore, owls are found throughout New Mexico. From open desert to mountain forest, these powerful hunters have evolved extraordinary senses to pinpoint their prey. For a limited engagement, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, reveals this world in the Owls in the Land of Enchantment exhibition. For more information, call 505-841-2800.
Corbin got a phone call informing him of the switch just as he was about to fall asleep.
ANOTHER NEW LOOK
GOING, GOING …
He planted his feet. He raised his arm to catch it.
But something wasn’t quite right.
Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Smoak has 26 homers and 62 RBIs this season. His previous career highs were 20 and 59.
Mookie Betts had two hits and two RBIs for Boston.
But the Vols also will be free from the weight of expectations that burdened last year’s team.
Other players say they’re using the lack of preseason acclaim as incentive.
Both said they can apply the lessons they learned in Vietnam to football.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers could be adding another former MVP to their roster.
MIAMI (AP) — Udonis Haslem believes he can still play, and the Miami Heat apparently agree.
“It is certainly a bigger cake for everyone,” Pinnick said.
There was widespread support for the changes earlier this week and they are expected to be approved.
The African Cup will be “exclusively held on African soil with African national teams,” CAF said.
The British Open began Thursday with an All-American flavor.
Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy fall into that category.
“This is dangerous,” he said to his caddie.
“That was awesome,” were his next words to his caddie.
“I couldn’t have done much better today,” he said.
And then he hit another one.
Just not for McIlroy until late in the round, or Johnson and Mickelson all day.
It was the second straight tournament in which Rahm was caught up in a rules dispute.
Rahm won the Irish Open by six shots.
The honor quickly turned into mild embarrassment.
“My day was toast after that first tee shot,” he said. “But I still had to play.”
FASHION PLATES: Justin Thomas had his “coat” and tie. Jason Day had his high tops.
Thomas also was happy with his throwback look, which the company had publicized beforehand.
“There was a lot of wine drinking going on, as well,” Casey said.
It’s the majors that have his attention. He opened with a 66 on Thursday.
The third-seeded Italian had his serve broken twice set by Kicker in the second set.
In the quarterfinals, Fognini will play lucky loser entry Andrey Rublev of Russia.
Rublev beat last year’s finalist Andrej Martin of Slovakia 7-6 (5), 7-5.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the replacement he wanted. Alex Bowman got his dream job.
That was enough to get Earnhardt’s attention and eventually an endorsement in May.
Bowman joins a series that is clearly in transition.