Gateway ‘outfoxed’ by Fort Sumner

The Gateway Christian Warriors gather before Tuesday night’s game against Fort Sumner-House in Roswell. The visiting team won the contest 69-58. (Mike Smith Photo)

Before Tuesday’s contest with the Fort Sumner-House Foxes, Gateway Christian Warriors Head Coach Dan Smith was looking forward to the matchup between his squad and the out-of-town crew.

Goddard girls fall to Portales Rams

Goddard’s Grace Shea drives around a Chaparral defender Saturday. The Lady Rockets hosted the Portales Rams on Tuesday, losing 65-41. (Steve Notz Photo)

Medical cannabis manufacturing gets OK; Ultra Health also has plans for Roswell dispensary

“The way that it is expanding nationwide, it has gone too far forward for them to bring it back, so to speak,” says Matthew Tanner of Gold Label Labs, left, in response to his view about the possibility that U.S Attorney General offices might begin prosecuting medical marijuana businesses, permitted by New Mexico state law. Tanner and Clinton Greathouse asked the Extraterritorial Zoning Commission for permission to establish a medical cannabis manufacturing business at a Roswell property. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Citing a desire to see economic development in the area and the inappropriateness of barring a business permitted by state law, a local commission has given preliminary approval for local property owners to lease their southside facility to a medical marijuana business.

Local universities on list for possible project funding

The John Ross Thomas Hall at the New Mexico Military Institute is scheduled for a $9.5 million renovation to address problems to the older structure, originally built in 1932. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell is in line to get $1.5 million in general obligation bond funding in late 2018 or early 2019, while New Mexico Military Institute could receive $2 million.

City Council approves rental hikes at convention center


Several nonprofit and other community organizations expressed concerns and strong opposition to proposed rental fee increases at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center during a city council meeting Thursday night.

Out for a run on Six Mile Hill

Antelope run through a field at Six Mile Hill on Tuesday. (Susan Ferguson Photo)

Police Blotter


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

Youth supporting ‘Eracism’

Faith Carter, 9, holds a sign in support of the “Eracism” rally on Monday at the Chaves County Courthouse for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)
teens of the Roswell community and Church on the Move elevate their signs of scripture and Dr. King’s quotations before drivers going north and south on Main Street.

Take your partner for a spin

The Roswell Adult and Recreation Center located at 807 N. Missouri Ave. just kicked off its Winter Session of classes. Twenty couples and four teaching assistants were on hand for the first class that took place Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. Participants had fun learning Cha Cha and 2 Step. For more information on programs at offerings at the center please call 575-624-6718. (Submitted Photo)
The Roswell Adult and Recreation Center located at 807 N. Missouri Ave. just kicked off its Winter Session of classes. Twenty couples and four teaching assistants were on hand for the first class that took place Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. Participants had fun learning Cha Cha and 2 Step. For more information on programs at offerings at the center please call 575-624-6718. (Submitted Photo)

Time for a Mad Hatter Tea Party


Will you won’t you join us for a tea party?

Robert Lynn Evans


Robert Lynn Evans a devoted husband, beloved father and wonderful friend to many, was called home to the Lord. After a long battle with cancer, Robert passed away on Wednesday January 10th 2018 at his home with his loving wife by his side, at the age of 58.
Weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death, Robert wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctor’s orders and raising hell for almost six decades. He enjoyed booze, cars, guns, and most of all the music scene.
Most of the friends he shared in this life, either met him through a friend because they needed their car worked on or they had their faces melted off by him performing on stage at some local venue.  The man had some serious talent when it came to playing the bass and he belted his heart out on stage for all to hear when he stepped up to the mic.
We have watched him perform so many different genres over the years whether it be jazz, blues, country music, bluegrass, or that good ole rock and roll.  The man could literally turn on the radio, pick up a bass, and start playing right along with it.
There is so much more to say but to put it simply, those who knew him, knew him.
He was REAL…  a man of his word.  A little too blunt for some maybe, but there was no question, he let you know what was on his mind without beating around any bushes.
A dear friend of his stated he remembered Robert as being, “the big prickly SOB, with the big heart under the bluster, who was always the guy to have in your corner.”
Preceded in death by his mother Lometta Laverne Evans, his father Dale Eugene Evans, brother James Randall Brownell, and sister Terresa Diane Calderon.
Those left behind to cherish Robert’s memory are his loving wife of twelve years Lucy Evans, his son Jason Robert Evans, two daughters Candace Rae Burnes and Deanna Kay Elliot.  Robert was stepfather to Catherine Leveck and Nathaniel Leveck.  He was grandfather to several grandchildren which he loved dearly.  Robert also leaves behind his four brothers Charles Eugene Brownell, Donald Eugene Young, Kenneth Michael Evans, Darryl Glenn Evans, his two sisters Lori Angelene Genther and Carolyn Racine Meyer.
Anderson Bethany has been entrusted with arrangements for Robert.
He was loved by many over the years and shared many good times.  We would like to hear some of these times from you… please join us and share those times.
Come celebrate Robert’s life by attending a small service to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family on Sat. January 20th at 5 p.m.
Service will take place at Sierra Vol. Fire Department Station 1 603 Brown Rd., Roswell, NM 88203.
Post Service reception to be held after the services, so we can hear the good stuff!

Gwen Gibson


Tina Gwydline “Gwen” Stockton was born September 15, 1927 in Odell, Texas to Andrew and Tina Mae (Frazier) Stockton. As a child, Gwen grew up on the Red River, graduating from Quanah High School in 1944, before enrolling in business school in Dallas. Gwen then took a job in Borger, Texas as a bookkeeper for the newspaper. In her own words, “that is where she met the love of her life.” On June 8, 1947, she married Ernest James “Bud” Doffer, and began a family. Bud and Gwen welcomed daughter Sara, followed by a son, Matt, and a second daughter Sally. Gwen worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Company during these years, teaching sewing classes. In 1964, she completed cosmetology school and went to work as a hair stylist owning and operating Gwen Doffer’s House of Beauty in El Paso, Texas.
In 1971, Gwen married George Gibson, gaining two more sons, George and Bob. After retiring from full-time work, George and Gwen enjoyed traveling and fishing, playing Skip Bo, and loved the company of many extended family members and friends. Gwen was creative and artistic, talents she exhibited through painting, floral design, knitting, and as a stylist. She was also an excellent seamstress. “Grandma” loved to dance; she loved hummingbirds, collecting dolls, turtles, flowers, and fashion.
Gwen passed peacefully on December 24, 2017 and is preceded in death by her parents, and husbands Bud Doffer and George Gibson, Sr. Survivors include her children, Sara Manion and husband Lans of Roswell, Matt Doffer of Midland, Texas, Sally Doffer-Heasley and husband Brett of Houston, Texas, and step-sons George R. Gibson and wife Donna of El Paso, Texas and Bob Gibson and wife Shan of Houston, Texas; sister Penny Hicks.Gwen is also survived by eight grandchildren, Dusty (Mark) Lewis, George (Erin) Gibson, III, Jennifer (Greg) Burtin, Sammy (Tina) Gibson, Corbin Doffer, Claire Doffer, Ben Heasley, and Barrett Heasley, and nine great- grandchildren.
Just like the flowers she always wore, Gwen was a bright spot in any room. She will forever be remembered as a larger-than-life personality and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.”- William Wordsworth
A Memorial Service will be at, Ballard Funeral Home in the Chapel on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 2pm.
Pastor Mark Green will be officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

Alfred Medina


Alfred “Johnny” Medina, 67, of Roswell, NM went to be with our Lord on Friday, January 12th, 2017 from natural causes.
A Rosary will be recited on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 10:30 A.M., With a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11 A.M.; and then a reception to follow in the St. Peters Community Room.
Johnny was born in Carrizozo, NM to Carmen Aragon on July 21,1950. In Carrizozo, his friends and family knew him as “Sugar”, a nickname his Aunt Lena gave him when he was born.
Johnny married the love of his life Ramona “Margie” Otero in 1973. They celebrated 44 years of wonderful marriage.
Johnny enjoyed going to the Bingo at the Elks Lodge, Serenity and Sertoma Club. He enjoyed going to the casino and horse races in Ruidoso. Johnny enjoyed sporting his Dallas Cowboy memorabilia and shouting at the T.V. during the football games. Johnny enjoyed hosting backyard barbeques for his family and friends.
Johnny worked in the bus industry; first with TMC, then NovaBus and retiring from Millennium Bus Company where he worked for 32 years combined.
Johnny was preceded in death by his mother Carmen Aragon, stepfather Benny Aragon, and his daughter Brenda Contreras.
He is Survived by his loving wife Margie Medina of the family home, Ernest Medina his son of Roswell, son-in-law and compadre Steve and Evette Contreras, Sr. of Roswell, grandchildren Vanessa and Steve Contreras, Jr., both from Roswell, Two sisters Margaret Maez of Alamogordo, NM and Elaine Young of Albuquerque, NM, Aunt Lena Connell, Susie Connell and Dorris Vallejos of Roswell, Debbie Connell of Alamogordo, Randy Connell and Aunt Bessie Aragon of McAllen, TX and in-laws Mike and Christine Garcia of Roswell, NM and Manuel and Lola Otero of LaMesa, California, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and Godchildren from Carrizozo and New Mexico.

“Dancing in the Sky”

Tell me, what does it look like in Heaven?
Is it peaceful? Is it free like they say?
Does the sun shine bright forever?
‘Cause here on Earth it feels like everything good is missing since you left and here on earth everything’s different, there’s an emptiness
I hope you’re dancing in the sky I hope you’re singing in the angel’s choir I hope the angels know what they have I’ll bet it’s so nice up in heaven since you arrived.
So tell me, what do you do up in heaven? Are your days filled with love and light?
Is there music? Is there art and invention? Tell me are you happy? Are you more alive?
‘Cause here on Earth it feels like everything good is missing since you left and here on earth everything’s different, there’s an emptiness
I hope you’re dancing in the sky I hope you’re singing in the angel’s choir I hope the angels know what they have I’ll bet it’s so nice up in heaven since you arrived.”

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

Joaquin Urias Moralez


Joaquin Urias Moralez, 76, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018. A Rosary will be recited at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Dexter, NM, on Friday, January 19, 2018, 10:00 AM. Interment will take place at Saragosa Cemetery located in Balmorhea, TX. Celebrate Joaquin’s life by visiting to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
On August 25, 1941, Joaquin was born to Jose Moralez and Simonia Urias in Boquillas de San Isidro, Chihuahua, Mexico. A man of many traits, Joaquin loved gardening, caring for his animals, fixing cars, and taking care of his ranch. Amongst his favorite things to do was spending time with his family. He always made sure his family was taken care of above all things. Joaquin loved to make everyone laugh by being a clown. One of his favorite ways to make his family laugh was by making up songs, singing to his family and his beloved wife, Lupe. Joaquin was a very entertaining storyteller. The family enjoyed his many stories about his childhood and younger days. For every holiday, he enjoyed making his famous asado for all of his family to eat. Joaquin was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, son, and friend to many. He will be greatly missed and be forever loved.
Those left to cherish Joaquin’s memory are his loving wife, Guadalupe S. Morales; children: Joaquin Morales Jr. and wife, Delma of Monahans, TX, Belia Morales and husband, Chris of Andrew, TX, Norma Morales of Monahans, TX, Irma Dutchover of Dexter, NM, Raul S. Morales and wife, Renee of Carlsbad, NM, Delma S. Morales of Dexter, NM, Charlie Morales and wife, Adrianea of Roswell, NM; grandchildren: Stefanie, Monique, Tracy, Johnny, Tiffany, Miranda, Mariah, Serena; great-grandchildren: Alena, Zaidee, Ayven, Kallie, Isaiah, Baby Joaquin siblings: Armando Moralez of Saragosa, TX, Tranquilino Moralez of San Antonio, TX, Ramon Moralez of Kosse, TX, Seno Nunez of Monahans, TX; numerous nieces and nephews; and loving pet, Shoe Shoe Morales of Dexter, NM.
Preceding Joaquin in death were his parents: Jose Moralez and Simonia Moralez; brothers: Juan Moralez, Manuel Moralez, Felix Moralez; sisters: Dulce Bejaran and Amelia Bejaran; and precious pets: Sarah, Scooby and Daisy.
Pallbearers will be: Raul Morales, Charlie Morales, Johnny Rodriguez, Chris Craft, Abel Leyba and Tomas Bejaran.

God Saw You Getting Tired

God saw you getting tired,
and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you
and whispered, “Come with Me.”
With tearful eyes we
watched you slowly fade away.
Although we loved you dearly,
we would not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
your hard-working hands put to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best

Joaquin’s family lovingly wrote this tribute in his honor.

No Democrat voted to cut your taxes


Republicans could ruin an erotic dream, so it’s remarkable they passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which allows most of you to keep more of what you earn. When you check your pay stubs in February, know this; No Democrat voted to cut your taxes or ever would, and 2 million workers from 130 businesses have already gotten bonuses from their bosses because of this legislation.

Be alert for off-road vehicles


During the Roswell City Council meeting last Thursday, Jan. 11, I was in the minority during the debate and vote on Ordinance 17-15, which allows recreational and utility off-road vehicles on Roswell city streets.

Racism claims old and tired


Hogwash! Councilor (Juan) Oropesa’s depiction of “right to work” and its supporters as racist is an old and tired argument that just doesn’t hold water. Right to work is the right to choose whether an employee can be forced to join a union as a condition of employment — period.

Tomlin not ready to endorse Haley’s return in 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin takes questions during the news confrence after an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers lost 45-42 and the Jaguars advance to the AFC championship. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Todd Haley’s contract as the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers is up.

Saints QB Brees: No plans to field offers from other teams

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) walks off the field after a 29-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in an NFL divisional football playoff game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-24. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees dispensed with technicalities regarding his contract and spoke as if his return to New Orleans next season was virtually assured.

Magic end Timberwolves’ five-game win streak, 108-102

Orlando Magic players Khem Birch (24), and D.J. Augustin (14), battle Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Evan Fournier scored a season-high 32 points to help the Orlando Magic break a seven-game losing streak with a 108-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.


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