House speaker supports airfield legislation

Lisa Dunlap Photo Roswell officials, including former City Councilor Jason Perry, in foreground on left, and Dean Baldwin Painting employees talk after a January announcement of a federal grant to help pay for repairs to the city-owned hangar leased by the company.

When it comes to legislative deals this session, some of Roswell’s power brokers have the local airfield on their minds.

Paul Parks, a man of courage

Submitted Photo Paul Parks, the homeless man found dead in a culvert earlier this month, is pictured here in an old photo from 1984 when he was 20. A memorial service for Parks will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at Harvest Ministries, 601 N. Main St. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Roswell Homeless Coalition.

If you could use only one word to define Paul Parks and you chose “courage,” you’d be right. Paul died in a culvert, where he was living outside the Roswell city limits some time around Jan. 10.

Teacher, coach comes full circle in Artesia

Mike Smith Photo Artesia basketball coach Mike Mondragon stands in the school’s weight room.

ARTESIA — Walk into Michael Mondragon’s office at the Bulldog Pit in Artesia and you’ll notice a picture of him and former President George W. Bush. Mondragon has an interesting story behind the photo.

Colts drop second district contest to Hope Christian

NMMI Sports Press Juan Reyna looks to pass the ball to Enrique Salazar against Hope Christian.

In the second district 4-4A match-up for both teams, NMMI’s combination of low percentage shooting and too many turnovers allowed the visiting Hope Christian Huskies to walk away with a 57-25 win.

Lady Rockets dismantle Loving 69-27


The Goddard Lady Rockets, ranked 6th in 5A, wrapped up their non-district schedule with a resounding 69-27 victory over Loving, ranked 10th in 3A, Saturday afternoon inside Ground Zero. The Rockets nailed eight 3-pointers in the first half to get off to a quick start and saw 10 different players score as they improved to 12-8 on the year.

Goddard pitcher signs with sleeping giant

Steve Shanor Photo Matt Shanor of Goddard, pictured left, takes a lead off first base against Albuquerque Academy Chargers in state playoff baseball.

Goddard pitcher Matthew Shanor is looking forward to a big senior season on the bump. Shanor’s name will be mentioned with Justin Miller, Tyler Hardwick, Cole Wentland, Ethan Coombes, Cal Villareal, Luke Fink and Cameron Stevenson. Those are the names from the Rockets’ first team to win their first blue trophy in four tries. Not only that, but colleges and universities are reaping the benefits of that talent that has been harvested in the Goddard baseball system as they continue to play baseball at the next level.

Artesia rebounds with two Saturday wins

Greg Brown Photo Artesia’s Brehnan Davis fires a long-range shot against Ruidoso at the Bulldog Pit. Artesia beat Ruidoso 68-25 Saturday afternoon.

ARTESIA — “The best remedy for a loss is to play right away and get a win.”

Lady Coyotes rout Santa Teresa

Roswell High School senior Anica Dillard dribbles past a defender Friday at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

The Roswell Coyotes and Charlie Angels dance team said goodbye to their seniors on an emotional night. Roswell took care of business on the basketball court and the Angels killed it with a new routine, as they get ready for state.

Warriors roll on; down Panthers

Gateway's Riley Arnold goes up strong as Valdemar Diaz attempts the block. (Paul Lessard Photo)

The Gateway Christian Warrior boys basketball team continued to roll as they downed a depleted Lake Arthur team 62-20 Friday night inside the Redrock Warrior Center to move to 14-4 on the season. The Warriors’ normal starters didn’t see the floor as the reserves played the entire four quarters in a game featuring future district opponents.

Alamogordo sweeps Artesia


ARTESIA — Artesia Lady Dogs Head Basketball Coach Jeff Houghtaling was happy with the crowd turnout at the Bulldog Pit Friday night.

Alton’s Power Block athletes of the week

Left- Goddard's Jonah Chavez and Right Dexter's Jaime Chavira are Alton's Athletes of the Week. Alton Shields is in the middle. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Regents approve ENMU positions compromise; Trial period instituted for some changes

Eastern New Mexico University President Dr. Jeff Elwell, left, and ENMU-R President Dr. John Madden, at an October meeting of the ENMU-R Branch Community College Board. (Submitted Photo)

A proposal that had caused alarm at the Roswell branch of Eastern New Mexico University has been approved by regents on a trial basis.

Felon’s found firearm outside of house fire loaded


The man who retrieved a firearm from his residence Wednesday after firefighters extinguished a fire in his home was charged with possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, a fourth-degree felony.

Lots cast for 2018 ballot placement


Candidates for City Council and mayor drew lots for ballot placement at City Hall on Jan. 11 and their schedules are packed with campaigning for the March 6 municipal election.

Howling in the Coyote Den

Roswell High School varsity girls basketball head coach Fernando Sanchez and his team celebrate a play during a game Friday at the Coyote Den. Roswell won 56-27. (David Rocha Photo)

For the game recap, click here.

Street accident attributed to 18-year-old’s inattentiveness

An RPD officer stands outside his vehicle, blocking traffic.

A crash report from the Roswell Police Department details the two-vehicle accident on Second Street from Thursday was caused by a young driver failing to stop at a red light.

Local consultant offers services to fill Jal vacancy

Hubert Quintana of the Southeast New Mexico Economic Development District offers to fill in temporarily for the city manager position in Jal. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The town of Jal is without a city manager, and a consultant with the Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District / Council of Governments is offering to fill in until the Lea County municipality finds someone for the position.

Person on the street: How do you feel about medical marijuana dispensaries in the city?

Cathy Herrera: “No, there are people that smoke it — I don’t. I don’t support it.”

Assurance Home scholarship

Simon Polakoff and Assurance Home Executive Director Ron Malone. (Submitted Photo)

The Assurance Home Foundation recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Simon Polakoff who is studying for an engineering degree at New Mexico State University.

Down Syndrome education

Bethany Johnson and Norrissa Bullard receive a token of appreciation from Sunrise Optimist Club President Pat Burnett. At a recent meeting of the Sunrise Optimist Club of Roswell, Bullard, program director and Johnson, executive director of the Down Syndrome Foundation, spoke to the club about the goals, vision and the mission of the foundation. For more information on the Sunrise Optimist Club, contact Membership Chairman, Roger K. Burnett at 575-420-9420 or join us at any Wednesday morning breakfast meeting at the Red Onion at 7 a.m. (Submitted Photo)


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