School threats consume city, state; Roswell, Artesia police investigate violent threats

A Roswell Police Department cruiser remains parked in front of Roswell High School Friday afternoon. According to police, a threatening message was discovered in one of the school’s bathrooms Thursday. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Additional police officers were present at Roswell High School Friday in response to a threat someone had written in a school restroom.

Heartbreak and trauma caused by a virus; What you need to know about the parovirus

Harmony Lopez is holding her puppies at Christmas. Two months later, her white Pyrenees puppy, Buddy, is dead and Rocko, her black and white Pyrenees puppy is fighting for its life at the veterinarian. (Submitted Photo)

A puppy is usually the first experience a child has on how to respect another creature and learning to be responsible by taking care of the pet.

Dexter native making run for town mayor

Russell Sterling Neeld is challenging incumbent Mitch Daubert for the Dexter mayor position. He is shown with fiancé Marina Torrez at a Dexter football game. (Submitted Photo)

A write-in candidate has thrown his name into mix for Dexter mayor.

Planning an exhibit on and in paper

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Julie Alpert is in the midst of preparations for her upcoming exhibit at the Roswell Museum and Art Center on March 16. Every artist approaches their exhibit differently. Alpert is a meticulous artist and planner designing the effects of shadow and light, placing her room-sized compositions on paper like an architect long before installment. Her focus of creation is also having fun, which she hopes will reflect on the visitors seeing her composition. A detailed interview about Alpert’s work and background will be available in the March 15 edition of the Vision Magazine. (Christina Stock Photo)

Construction starts on bridges west of Roswell


Hasse Contracting Co. Inc. of Albuquerque and the New Mexico Department of Transportation will perform bridge work on U.S. 70 starting next week.

Roswell Sertoma Club awards 27 scholarships


The Roswell Sertoma Club recently awarded $13,500 in academic scholarships to 27 students in Chaves County.

Police Blotter


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

DISTRICT TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS; Lady Rockets launch past Artesia for title

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City honors employees for loyalty in service

The city of Roswell hosted a recognition of length of service ceremony and luncheon to honor 27 city employees with 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service. In this photo, City Manager Joe Neeb and Mayor Dennis Kintigh presented an award to Juan Romero for 10 years of service on the water department.The departments such as solid waste, streets, cemetery, library, code enforcement, animal control, police, recreation, fire, water, facilities maintenance, golf course, air center, and central control were represented at the Bassett Auditorium in the Roswell Museum and Art Center at 10 a.m. (Alison Penn Photo)
The City of Roswell hosted a recognition of length of service ceremony and luncheon to honor city employees with 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service. The departments such as solid waste, streets, cemetery, library, code enforcement, animal control, police, recreation, fire, water, facilities maintenance, golf course, air center, and central control were represented by 27 employees at the Bassett Auditorium in the Roswell Museum and Art Center at 10 a.m. City Manager Joe Neeb and Mayor Dennis Kintigh presented the awards and took a photo with each employee. (Alison Penn Photo)

Loan officer enlightens Optimists

Kathleen Garcia, Senior Loan Officer, from a local financial agency spoke to the Sunrise Optimist Club at their weekly meeting this past Wednesday. Ms Garcia gave some helpful hints and suggestions on acquiring a loan along with other informative financial ideas. Pictured are, from left, Kathleen Garza receiving an appreciation gift from Speaker Chairperson for February, J P Marshall/Riese. The Sunrise Optimist Club meets every Wednesday morning at the Red Onion Restaurant, at 7 a.m. For more information about the club and their projects for the youth of our community, join them for breakfast any Wednesday morning or contact membership chairman Roger K. Burnett at 575 420 9420. (Submitted Photo)

Health occupation students compete at state level

The Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) State Competition/Conference was held in Albuquerque earlier this month. Students competed in events such as veterinarian science, medical terminology, creative problem solving, biomedical lab science, and extemporaneous health posters. Sponsors are Lucie Hall and Nancy Toth. Pictured are, from left, competitors Nayeli Sanchez, Evelyn Gonzalez, Vrinda Bhakta, Yareli Reyes, Patricia Gadbury, Yareni Reyes and Elizabeth Maguire. (Submitted Photo)

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Michael Ponce


Michael Ponce, a loving son, father and husband, was called by his Almighty Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Michael was born to Joe and Pauline Ponce on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1978. The Viewing will be at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home on Thursday, February 22, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM and on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, followed by a Rosary at 6:00 PM. A Celebration Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 506 S. Lincoln, on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. A Reception will be held following Interment at the Ave Maria Center, 401 E. Bland. Celebrate Michael’s life by visiting to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
Michael was an extraordinarily good son, always kind, thoughtful and generous with sharing his time with his family and many, many friends. His family and many friends will grieve his sudden loss because all will miss his taking the time to be in contact with them or going out of his way to greet anyone he encountered. Michael truly never met a stranger. Throughout his life, he participated in many sports starting at Lion’s Hondo Little League Baseball in T-ball, minor, major and senior Connie Mack leagues under the watchful, coaching eye of his dad, Joe Ponce. He attended Roswell schools and was very active in football, track, and wrestling. He achieved a State medal. He had fond memories of his time and activities at Roswell High and so enjoyed being there. In his senior year, he was elected RHS Homecoming King. When it was time to graduate from RHS, he asked one of the secretaries, if he could re-enroll as a freshman and stay at RHS. She said she wished he could stay but he had to graduate from Roswell High School. He graduated and attended Eastern New Mexico University – Portales.
Entering the workforce, Michael was employed by Coca-Cola, Sysco, and Standard Energy Services. He was the yard manager for Standard. While employed with Standard, he succumbed to a fatal head-on collision. Many of his supervisors and fellow co-worker have commented that he was such a loyal, hardworking, and dedicated worker.
His children have said the following: Angelina expressed that her dad was not only her provider and protector; he was her heart and soul. He was the sunshine of her life; he meant the world to her and greatly impacted her life and the many lives he touched. He cared so deeply and wholeheartedly for everyone and was so very humble. Michael was the kindest, most generous man she had the pleasure to call dad. He will forever be missed but never forgotten. A new daughter, Jaedyn, expressed when Michael came into her life four years ago, she knew from that day her life would be completely changed in an amazing way. Michael blessed her with so many opportunities and also blessed her with two siblings, Angelina and Izaiah. He came into her life and took her in as his own and never treated her differently than his own blood. Michael had always been the guy to walk into a room and light it up with that smile we all knew and loved, Mr. Social Butterfly! She appreciates everything Michael had done and will continue to do from heaven not only for her but everyone else. She will forever and always miss and love him. Another new daughter, Aliyah, also expressed that Michael was an awesome man and caring dad. He cared for me, my sisters, and my baby brother. He was a man who made time for everyone and made sure everyone was ok. She was the luckiest girl in the world to spend those four years of her life with him. She loves him and misses him.
Michael is survived by his parents: Joe and Pauline Ponce, wife, Melissa, “His Ruca”; children: Angelina, Jaedyn, Aliyah, Izaiah; brothers: Joseph and life partner Denise, John and wife, Jessica; in-laws: Robert and Ramona Dominguez; brother-in-law, Jason Dominguez and wife, Alisha; sister-in-law, Laurie Alvidrez and husband, Eddie Alvidrez; nephews: Michael, Ruben, Jordan, Josh, Izek; nieces: Alicia, Jessica, Kylei, Mackenzie, Ryann, Zoey, Devynee, Kylee. Additionally, survived by Uncle Felix Ponce, Tia Ester Ponce, Tia Terrie Ramirez, Uncle Fred Ramirez, Tia Lupe Ponce, Uncle Vernon Molinar, Tia Florinda Villa, Tio Reyes Villa, Tia Annie Sanchez, Uncle Jack Villa, Tia Gloria Meza, Tio Juan Meza, Tia Gloria Alvarado, Uncle Peter Alvarado, Uncle Jim Jimenez, Tia Mary Ann Jimenez; Uncle Bert Jimenez; Aunt Lou Anne Olmedo-Jimenez; Grandma Angelina Jimenez; and hundreds of family and friends.
Preceding Michael in death were his grandparents: Francisco and Francisca Ponce, Paul Jimenez; Baby John Ponce; Uncle Art Jimenez, Tia Connie Conrad, Tia Carmen Garcia; Chris Garcia, and Priscilla McDonald.
Honorary pallbearers are: Alice Vargas, Pete Tarin, Jaime Tarin, Ervey Cano, Zeke Cano, Gene Hornbeck, Pieter Bergstein, Antonio Nuñez, Tony Vásquez, Ismael Vásquez, John Lujan, David Peña, Vincent Otero, Trevor Sutton, Jason Montoya, Joseph Montoya, Ray Smith, Shane Rodriguez, Joaquin Serrano, Savino Sánchez, Jr, Gabe Estrada, Ernie Estrada, Manuel Guerrero, Luis Santillan, Lorenzo “House” Otero, Jose Vellez, Ramon Lara, Uncle Bert Jimenez, and Arturo Bolaños.
Pallbearers will be: Michael Patrick Ponce, Peter Alvarado, Desiree Sanchez, Manuel Aragon, Jason Dominguez, Eddie Alvidrez, Jeremy Montoya, Sam Gamboa, Jesse Silva, Allen Holloway, Peter Pulaski and Paul Peyton.
In honor of Michael, this tribute was lovingly written by his family.

Catalina Barron


Catalina Barron, 57, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Services will be held at a later date. There will be a viewing on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Barron family in their time of need.

Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

In this March 30, 2017, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference in Glendale, Ariz. Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports. NCAA president Mark Emmert says in a statement Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, the allegations "if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America." (AP Photo/Matt York)

New details of payments to athletes in a federal investigation that has lurked in the shadows since first rocking college basketball last fall mark the latest threat to the sport’s basic foundation, showing the breadth of alleged corruption.

Antetokounmpo scores 26, Bucks beat Raptors 122-119 in OT

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) drives past Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 12 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped Toronto’s seven-game win streak with a 122-119 overtime victory against the Raptors on Friday night.

Jags give 2-year extensions to Marrone, Coughlin, Caldwell

In this Jan. 12, 2017, file photo, From left, Tom Coughlin, Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell listen as Jacksonville Jaguars NFL football team owner Shad Khan speaks during a press conference at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. Khan gave two-year extensions to coach Marrone, executive vice president of football operations Coughlin and general manager Caldwell on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. All three had two years remaining on their deals, which now will run through the 2021 season. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP, File)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville’s success last season gave owner Shad Khan hope for the future and increased faith in the team’s leadership.

Former NFL player detained by police after Instagram post

This Aug. 28, 2014, file photo shows San Francisco 49ers' Jonathan Martin on the bench during an NFL football preseason game against the Houston Texans in Houston. A law enforcement official says ex-football player Martin was taken into Los Angeles police custody after a threatening Instagram post that spoke of bullying. The official says Martin was being questioned and was not under arrest. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who has struggled with mental health issues after a 2013 bullying scandal that shook the NFL, was questioned by Los Angeles police after a threatening Instagram post on his account mentioned two former teammates who had harassed him.

Spring training roundup: Teams honor slain Florida students

Washington Nationals pitcher Tim Collins wears the cap of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team before the start of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Players around the league are wearing the caps to remember the victims of a shooting at the school last week. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Spring training got off to a solemn start as MLB teams wore hats to honor Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were fatally shot nine days ago.

MLB honors school shooting victims with special caps

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa chats with Douglas Stoneman High School's baseball head coach Todd Fitz-Gerald, left, and his son, Hunter Fitz-Gerald, right, during baseball spring training in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball coach Todd Fitz-Gerald and his sons were guests of the Houston Astros for their spring opener against the Washington Nationals on Friday as Major League Baseball honored victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by having its teams wear caps with the school’s initials.


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