Nicole Austin resigns from school board; Former RISD president says need to balance priorities is reason for resignation


The remaining members of the Roswell school board will move quickly to fill a seat vacated by Nicole R. Austin following her unexpected Friday morning resignation.

Seven arrested, four at large after state police narcotics operation


The Feminine Project works to normalize women’s health issues

The Feminine Project seeks to educate and assist underprivileged women and girls in need of help taking care of their feminine hygiene needs. Tessa Mathews, left, is shown giving a bag with a month’s supply of feminine hygiene products to a transient woman. Mathews wants to remove the stigma around the subject as she helps girls and women to support one another. (Submitted Photo)

Female secondary sex characteristics are used for marketing everything from cars and motorcycles to hardware and even food. Those same characteristics are treated with shame when used for their natural purpose in public.

Feds respond to immigration objections and accusations


In response to an immigrant rights group’s objections and accusations over deportation raids in Clovis, a federal spokesperson said Friday that claims of improper behavior are taken seriously.

Idella Norine Sparks (Hebert) Davis


Idella Norine Sparks (Hebert) Davis, 85, passed away July 19, 2017, at home in Roswell, New Mexico. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, 1009 W. Alameda, Roswell, New Mexico. Pastors Andy Byers and Joe Sparks will officiate. A tribute of Idella’s life may be found at where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
Idella was born September 17, 1931, in Ima, New Mexico, to Richard Franklin Sparks and Amelia Idella Bragg Sparks. Idella spent most of her youth growing up in Roswell, New Mexico. She enjoyed working for her family at “The Barrel” where she fondly remembered serving the community delicious root beer, hamburgers, and ice cream. Idella graduated from Roswell High School, in 1950. She married Edward A. Hebert in 1951, and together they had five children. Idella was baptized when she was nine years old in Deming, New Mexico.
She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and volunteered often. She enjoyed Tuesday game days and dearly loved spending time with her church family. Idella married Curtis Eugene (Jack) Davis in 1972. Jack passed away in 1975. Idella worked for the telephone company for 32 years and made lifetime friends before she retired in 1983.
In her retirement, Idella was involved with the Jingle Bob Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Her favorite pastime was playing Skip-Bo and other games with family and friends. Idella also loved rooting for and encouraging her children and grandchildren at their sporting events. She was well known as a kind, loving, and spiritual woman with a keen sense of humor.
She always felt blessed to have been the oldest and youngest in two families, the Sparks and the Meadows. She always considered her nieces and nephews in the Meadows family as brothers and sisters.
Idella is survived by her sons: Thomas Hebert (Betty), Peter Hebert, Paul Hebert (Melodie); daughters: Trudy Hebert, Lisa Woods (Ken); grandchildren: Serenity Gomez (Jason) Christy Soto, Ryan Hebert, Theresa Montoya, Destiny Herron (Joseph), Daniel Soto, Brandon Hebert (Kristin)Logan Hebert, Marissa Soto, Nicole Bridges (Justin); fourteen great-grandchildren; “brothers”: John Meadows (Jan), Bruce Meadows (Gloria); “sisters”: Betty Hudson, Ruth McKinney (Jim), Clora Anderson (Bobby), Marie Penewit (Gary); and all the many very special nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, stepchildren and friends that she dearly loved.
Idella is preceded in death in the Sparks family by her parents: Richard Franklin Sparks and Amelia Idella Bragg Sparks; brothers: Elvin Sparks (Rachel), Rexel Sparks (Hilda), Avrit (Sandy) Sparks, True Sparks, Orval Sparks, Lee Otis Sparks (Carole); sisters: Ruby Patton, Elizabeth (Betty), Galloway (Bill); Meadows family: Clora Sparks Meadows “Momma,” Archy Meadows “Daddy,” “sister,” Martha Ellen Meadows; “brother,” Archy Meadows (Jan); brother-in-law, Don Hudson; and daughter-In-law, Debra Hebert.
A celebration of her life will be Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, 1009 W Alameda, Roswell, New Mexico. Officiating will be Pastor Andy Byers and Pastor Joe Sparks.
Memorial contributions may be made in Idella’s memory to Calvary Baptist Church at or the American Cancer Society at
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Idella by her family.

Dennis Wayne Langford


Dennis Wayne Langford, age 77, of Roswell, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
Dennis Wayne Langford was born on April 30, 1940 in Floydada, Texas to Dennis Estelle Langford and Dollie Maybelle Dufer.
Wayne grew up in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. He attended school first at Stetson & finished at Ruidoso High School in 1958.
In 1960, he married Leanita Alldredge. They have two daughters; Sherri Bussell and Ramona Becker.
He worked as a lineman for Otero County Electric, Gardner-Zemke Electric Construction and then worked 27 years for Southwestern Public Service in Roswell, until he retired in 1999.
Wayne had many endearing names. He was known as Slim, Linger, Skinny, Daddy, Grandpa and WayneGo.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Eugene Langford.
He is survived by his wife, Leanita, of 55 years; brother Bob of Las Cruces, NM; daughters Ramona Becker (Dieter) of Alamogordo, NM, Sherri Bussell of Farmington, NM, Tess White of Roswell, NM; grandchildren, Shane Clarke (Trisha) and Brandon Clarke (Hannah) of Farmington, NM, Ty Bussell of Roswell, NM, Samantha Johnson (Philip Patterson -fiance) of Las Cruces, NM and adopted granddaughter Zoie White of Las Cruces, NM.
Wayne also had one great granddaughter; Mila Clarke
The family would like to thank the many health care providers, family and friends that provided support, encouragement and love during Wayne’s long illness. We want to thank the special staff of Hospice; Francis, Stacy, Tim, Glynn, Jessica, and Anita.
In honor of Wayne’s request, there will be no formal service. The family will have a private service at a
later date. In lieu of flowers, we would ask that a donation in his name be made to the New Mexico Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Owls in the Land of Enchantment exhibit open in Albuquerque


Ongoing until Sept. 25
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.

Reddick drives in 5, Astros rally for 6-5 win over Tigers

Houston Astros' Josh Reddick rounds the bases on his three-run home run off Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Bruce Rondon during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 28, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) — After two sacrifice flies earlier in the game, Josh Reddick came up in the eighth inning with men on first and second and the Astros down by two.

Suter’s strong outing lifts Brewers past Cubs 2-1

Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brent Suter throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Friday, July 28, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brent Suter tossed seven scoreless innings and the Milwaukee Brewer slipped past the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Friday night to move within one-half game of first place in the National League Central.

All-Pro Aaron Donald does not report to Rams training camp

In this April 10, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald speaks with reporters after the first official day of the team's offseason football training program in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Donald has not reported to the Rams’ training camp, and general manager Les Snead says the club will continue negotiations on a contract extension. Donald didn’t join his veteran teammates in reporting to UC Irvine on Friday, July 28. The fourth-year pro also skipped several weeks of offseason workouts while his agent worked on a new deal that will make him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham, file)

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have started training camp with everybody except their best player.

Bears’ White looks to stay healthy, show he’s No. 1 receiver

Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White, left, arrives for an NFL football training camp in Bourbonnais, Ill., Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — Kevin White came to training camp with a simple mandate from Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace.

Holden, Gamecocks looking to build on Final Four

In this Dec. 18, 2014, file photo, Temple's Josh Brown. right, tries to block the pass of Delaware's Kory Holden during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Newark, Del. Holden knows many will write off South Carolina because of all the talent the Gamecocks lost from its Final Four team. He says that would be a mistake. The former high-scoring Delaware guard is expected to play a big role this season. (Steen M. Falk/Philadelphia Daily News via AP)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kory Holden smiles at the congratulations he hears from South Carolina fans at the team’s run to the Final Four last year. He also listens intently when they tell him how hard it will be to duplicate that success, given all the Gamecocks have lost.

Jayhawks preparing for trip to Italy with new-look roster

In this March 23, 2017, file photo, Kansas head coach Bill Self applauds his team during the first half of a regional semifinal game against Purdue in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas is headed to Italy for four exhibition games in Rome and Milan. The trip allowed by the NCAA every four years comes at an opportune time as the Jayhawks attempt to replace four key contributors from last year’s Big 12 champions, and welcome six new faces that will be heavily counted upon in years to come.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The timing could hardly have been better for Kansas coach Bill Self.

Amid transfer boom, UEFA eyes stricter club spending rules

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci waves to fans as he walks off AC Milan's headquarters, in Milan, Italy, Friday, July 14, 2017. Bonucci is close to completing a transfer from Juventus to rival AC Milan that could signal a shift in the balance of power in Serie A. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

GENEVA (AP) — In another European summer of lavish transfer deals, it can seem that UEFA has given up trying to curb clubs’ excessive spending.

Top of the world: Bob Bradley sees huge potential in LAFC

LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club) coach Bob Bradley poses in front of the Los Angeles skyline from the roof of the team's new Banc of California Stadium on Friday, July 28, 2017. The MLS expansion club hired Bradley as its first coach. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Bradley stepped onto the dusty concrete roof deck of the Banc of California Stadium and marveled for a long moment at the sweeping view of downtown Los Angeles in the summer sunshine.

Matt Kuchar rallies; Martin Flores leads RBC Canadian Open

Matt Kuchar, of the United States, hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the Canadian Open golf tournament at Glen Abbey Golf Club, Friday, July 28, 2017, in Oakville, Ontario. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Matt Kuchar rallied to make the cut in the RBC Canadian Open on Friday, a day after fighting dizzy spells.

Langer shares lead at rainy, windy Senior British Open


BRIDGEND, Wales (AP) — Bernhard Langer shot a 3-under 74 in rain and wind Friday at Royal Porthcawl to hold onto a share of the Senior British Open lead.

Video: Officer told Venus Williams she caused fatal crash

This photo taken from a body camera on June 9, 2017, shows tennis star Venus Williams listening to Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer David Dowling following a car crash in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The crash fatally injured an elderly man. Palm Beach Gardens police say the investigation remains open and no fault has been assigned. The estate of the man killed filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Williams on June 30. (Palm Beach Gardens Police Department via AP)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A police officer told tennis star Venus Williams she likely caused a crash that fatally injured an elderly man last month but didn’t cite her, saying it appeared the actions of a third driver left her in a bad spot, a newly released body camera video shows.

John Isner advances to BB&T Atlanta Open semifinals


ATLANTA (AP) — Second-seeded John Isner beat Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko 7-5, 6-4 on Friday to reach the BB&T Atlanta Open semifinals.

Target goes out of NASCAR business on Ganassi, Larson

Race driver driver Kyle Larson (42) drives through the first turn during practice for the NASCAR auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Saturday, July 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Target will leave NASCAR at the end of this season after 16 years with Chip Ganassi Racing.


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