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Show respect to American soldiers


Three or four months ago, I made the decision that I was going to discontinue watching the national news. I was tired of hearing the doom and gloom that President Donald Trump was doing to our country.

Editorial cartoon 8-25-17

(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

Venture works on new airship technology; Launching of test vehicle is planned before the end of 2017

Dr. David Kim of Sceye Inc. stands in front of the hangar being erected on the west end of the Roswell air field. When finished, Sceye team members will build a helium-filled airship up to 250 feet long designed to rise to the stratosphere and stay up there for extended periods of time. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A new venture at the Roswell International Air Center is progressing in efforts to create a lighter-than-air, unmanned, helium-filled airship to travel to the stratosphere to monitor earth activities and aid in telecommunications.

Businesswoman confirmed for RIAC task force

Claire Manatt Chase of Mack Energy has joined the Roswell International Air Center task force as its eighth member. The other seven were announced last week. (Submitted Photo)

A Mack Energy manager has agreed to serve as the eighth member of the Roswell Industrial Air Center Task Force.

Local dairy recuperates from large hay barn fire

Cattle at Corrales Dairy continue to feed while remnants of hay continue to burn within a nearby barn. Early Tuesday morning, units from Midway Fire and East Grand Plains Fire responded to a hay barn fire at the corner of Corrales Road and East Crossroads. Midway Fire and EMS said what could be saved, was saved. As a means to have a quicker clean-up, the rest of the burning hay will be left to burn out. When asked how the fire started, Midway Fire and EMS said it appeared to be spontaneous combustion, noting that the fire began in the middle of a very large stack of hay and the unburned bales appeared damp in the middle. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Xcel warns of more scams in Roswell, possibly other areas


Xcel Energy has learned of another round of scamming attempts against its customers, most of which are within the Roswell area.

Public Records 8-24-17



Felon found with firearm, stolen vehicle, burglary tools in Ruidoso


Numerous stolen items out of Bernalillo have been recovered by state police after a patrol officer came across a vehicle in Ruidoso reported as stolen.

FC Roswell wins Rio Rapids Open

FC Roswell, a local boys 15-and-under travel soccer squad, took first place at the 2017 Rio Rapid Open in Bernalillo over the past weekend. The team went 2-1 during pool play and defeated Guadalajara Soccer Dep. Tapatio 1-0 in the final game Sunday afternoon. Pictured from left (top row): Isai Mejia, Miguel Gallegos, Cristian Moya, Miguel Alvarado, Juan Fuentes, David Sifuentes and Laci Fuller. Bottom row, from left: Collin Treat, Saul Carrete, Ayden Monroy, Sean Brackeen, and Miguel Catre Alvarado. (Submitted Photo)

Police assist in case of burning house


The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.

Santos Franco November 1, 1936 – August 21, 2017


Viewing will be Friday, August 25, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. A celebration will take place following the viewing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Santos’ life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Santos was born in Acala, Texas (located in Hudspeth County, Texas, 54 miles southeast of El Paso, with a current population of about 25) on November 1, 1936, to Valente and Epimenia “Pime” Franco. Santos was the fifth of eight children: Flavio, Maria, Jose, Tomasa, Sam, Irene and Manuel.
He lived in Acala until 1946, when the Franco Family moved to Oasis Ranch just outside of Roswell, NM. At 10 years old, Santos started working on the Oasis Ranch, and three months out of the year he attended school at East Grand Plains. He was able to complete a sixth-grade education. At the Oasis Ranch, Santos drove tractors, chopped cotton, baled hay and worked at the pig farm. He met a friend for life at Oasis in Isidro “Sid” Guerrero, and they remained close to the day of his passing. Santos often told stories of working late at night in the fields and of “La Llorona.”
When he was 17 years old, Santos met a friend of his sisters who lived in Roswell, Priscilla Sigala. Priscilla was the true love of his life. They would walk to the Pecos Theater in Roswell, go out for hamburgers at the Hippo-Burger, and dance at the Cielito Lindo Hall in Roswell and at the La Rosa in Hagerman. Santos and Priscilla married on September 29, 1955, and they continued to dance together at Franco Family gatherings for years to come.
In 1957, Santos moved to Roswell with his older brother Flavio, and at the age of 21, started work at Bowman Lumber Yard in Roswell, earning $100 a week. After moving to Roswell, he and Priscilla lived at 1505 Stanton Road for two years. In 1959, the family moved to 1515 South Garden, which still remains the family home, and has always been a place where all are welcome. During those years, the Santos and Priscilla Franco Family began: Juan (“Johnny”), Robert (“Bobby”), Santos Jr., Freddy, Lynda and Ruben.
Santos worked at Bowman Lumber until 1972, where he taught himself math by working on measurements. He started at State Chemical in 1973, and worked there until 1986, delivering janitorial supplies to all of Southeastern New Mexico. Santos then worked at Sunland Sanitary Supply from 1986 to 1992, again delivering supplies to Southeastern New Mexico. From 1992 to 2000, he was employed by Unisource Chemical doing the same type of work. Santos’ last stop before retirement in 2003, was at Star Janitorial beginning in 2000. During the time he worked, Santos taught himself how to read and write, earning the education that had officially stopped in sixth grade.
A friend to all, Santos always had a story and smile to share. Santos’ closest friends included his brothers: Flavio, Jose, Sam, Manuel, Sid Guerrero, “GB” George Bennett, Joe Lopez, Nick Aragon, Melvin Candelaria, Frank Sosa, Rafael Macias, and Nacho. Those that knew Santos had a true friend who was always willing to lend a helping hand. You could always find a friend, brother, sister, son, daughter, grandchild, nephew, niece, or a great-grandchild visiting Santos and Priscilla at the family home. To this day the extended Franco Family still gathers there to tell jokes and eat good food. As he got older, Santos loved spending time with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, telling them stories about the ninja he kept in the closet, about wars he was never a part of, and also teaching them how to dance to traditional Mexican music. Throughout his life, he was known as Santos, Friend, Amigo, Compadre/Compa, Tocayo, Primo, Tio/Uncle, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, and “Pops.”
He is survived by his spouse of 61 years, Priscilla Franco; son, Johnny Franco and spouse, Yolanda Franco (children: Lisa, Chris, Gino); son, Bobby Franco and spouse, Rebecca Franco (children: Sonya, Danielle, Robert Daniel); son, Santos Jr Franco and spouse, Donna Franco (children: Santos III, Paul, Sarah); son, Freddy Franco (children: Chris, Freddy Jr, Jennifer); daughter, Lynda Franco and spouse, Victor Rodriguez; and son, Ruben Franco and spouse, Julie Franco (children: Fabian, Brianna, Damian).
Those chosen to serve as honorary pallbearers are: George Bennett, Ernie Lucero, Ronnie Lopez; son-in-law, Victor Rodriguez; grandchildren: Lisa Medina, Sonya Franco-Williams, Danielle Franco, Sarah Franco, Jennifer Franco, and Brianna Franco; great-grandchildren: Mikey Amador, Jordan Amador, Johnny Amador, Alyssa Romero, Amelia Romero, Joey Romero, Jasmyn Green-Franco, Jaselyn Williams, Armando Vargas-Franco, Adrian Vargas, Adryella Vargas, Isabel Franco, Alison Franco, Aaron Montano, Nathaniel Salazar, Haeli Montano, Mila Franco, Elijah Franco and Amaia Franco.
Pallbearers are his grandchildren: Gino Romero, Santos J. Franco III, Chris Montano-Franco, Paul Franco, Freddy Franco Jr., Fabian Franco, Damian Franco and Robert Daniel Franco.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Santos by his family.

LaGene English Verhines


LaGene English Verhines, “Mema,” age 86, of Roswell, passed away Monday, August 21, 2017. Her funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, August 25, 2017, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow the service at the General Douglas L. McBride Veterans Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest with her husband and soulmate William “Bill” Verhines, who preceded her in death on February 19, 2017. Pastor Garry Schwalk of the First Baptist Church in Carlsbad, New Mexico will be officiating; Cynthia Youngman and Shirley Jennings will provide the music.
LaGene E. Verhines was born January 18, 1931 in Clovis, NM, to Lawrence Eugene English and Lucille Maurine Fortner English. LaGene attended school (elementary through high school) in Roswell, graduating from Roswell High in 1950. She married Bill on August 12, 1951 at the little rock church in Glencoe, NM. Shortly after their marriage, Bill was sent to Georgia for military service and LaGene accompanied him. They returned to Roswell where they made their home for 63 years. LaGene was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Roswell, and was a past Acteens Leader and a Greeter. Many members of the church enjoyed seeing her, with her loving smile on Sunday mornings at the south door of the church. She was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, and a member of Misslamo Extension Club. She worked for her uncle Dale Dodds at Kwik-It printing in the 1980’s and then had a craft business with her dear friend Carol Cunningham. LaGene will always be remembered for her cheerful manner and never met a stranger that did not become a friend. The Bible states, “you will be known by your fruits,” and she exemplified this everyday of her life. She had a big heart and was always ready to help anyone in need. Mema and Papa, we await joining you for a wonderful celebration in Heaven.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her In-laws: Carl W. Verhines and Mary Lynn Scott Verhines; and her sister: Wynelle Crow.
She is survived by her brother: Parker English and wife Lavada of Midwest City, OK; one daughter: Tamara Krasowsky-Holt and husband Mike of Roswell, NM. She had five grandchildren: Billy, Evan, Logan, Jason, and Kelly. Five great-grandchildren: Trent, Tatum, Trevin, Mara, and Kelton. Five nieces: Teresa, Pam, Carla, Kayleen, and Barbara. Three nephews: Gary, Scott, and Benny.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Eddie Mae Wesson Sunrise: April 15, 1933 Home Coming: August 17, 2017


Eddie Mae Wesson, 84, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow the service at Woodbine Cemetery, Artesia, NM. A tribute of Eddie Mae’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On April 15, 1933, Eddie Mae was born to Charlene Ingram and Melvin Pinky Daniels in Redland, Texas. Eddie Mae was the granddaughter of mother Lula Webster. She married the love of her life, Clyde Wesson, in June of 1949 in Artesia, NM, who preceded her in death. Eddie Mae will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Those left to cherish Eddie Mae’s memory are her children: Geraldine Wesson Spencer, Clyde Woods Wesson, Evelyn Wesson-Purcell; sister-in-law, Sederia Wesson, brother-in-law, James Wesson, daughter-in-law, Regina Wesson; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and her best friend, Ms. Doris Robinson.
Preceding Eddie Mae in death were her husband, Clyde Wesson; and daughter, Gwendolyn Wesson-Vaughn.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Eddie Mae by her family.

Janis Darlene Dean Dozier


Janis Darlene Dean Dozier, aged 64, of Alamogordo passed away surrounded by her family in El Paso, Texas on Monday, August 14, 2017. Janis was born in Artesia, New Mexico on July 12, 1953 to Thomas and Rozell (Kimmons) Dean the second youngest of five children. Janis married John Dozier in Roswell, New Mexico on October 22, 1971. She was a friendly, outgoing, loving woman devoted to her family. She enjoyed gatherings of friends and family as well as attending sporting events for her son and more recently her grandsons. Janis was preceded in death by her parents and brother Jimmy. Janis is survived by her loving husband John Dozier, daughter Anella Dozier and son-in-law Adam Grissom of El Paso, son Shawn Dozier, daughter-in-law Sarah and grandsons Garret and Owen Dozier of Las Cruces, brother Charley Dean and sister-in-law Donna of Clovis, brother Donald Dean and sister-in-law Cooky of Carlsbad and brother Jeff Dean of Billings, Montana. A lunch in honor of Janis followed by a memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Pinon, New Mexico beginning at noon. Services will be officiated by Herb Gage. The family would like to extend our gratitude to the staff of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso for their attentiveness and loving care. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it.”
— William Penn

Beverly Rose Mysza


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Beverly Rose Mysza, 99, who passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2017 in Roswell. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Howard Gebel


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Howard Gebel, 86, who passed away Wednesday, August 23, 2017, in Roswell. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Editorial cartoon 8-24-17

(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

Roswell school report cards show mixed results; Some grades drop; officials say there are two noteworthy turnarounds


The acting head of the Roswell school district said she is pleased with the progress local schools have made and the gains students have shown during the past year as the state released school report cards Tuesday afternoon.

New ventures come to downtown

Team Leader Letty Martinez says all educational-based assistance provided by the CHI St. Joseph's Children program for first-time parents is free. The nonprofit organization is based in Albuquerque but now operates in seven New Mexico counties. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Several new businesses have opened or announced their intentions to open soon along the main downtown business corridor in Roswell.

City and police association in dispute over contract


Following a news release from the Roswell Police Officers’ Association urging the public to hold the city of Roswell accountable for alleged collective bargaining agreement violations, city leaders say instead they have honored the conditions of the agreement.


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