Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, July 13, at the West Side Church of Christ for Opal Fern Jackson of Hagerman, NM
Mrs. Jackson, 86, died Saturday, July 8, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Rio Rancho, NM
Robert Bowles will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her family members.
Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Wednesday, July 12 beginning at 10 a.m.
Opal was born February 1, 1931, to Walter C. and Josie (McCabe) Stone in rural Oklahoma as the last of 11 children. The times were hard and her dad paid the doctor a turkey for his assistance in ushering her into this world. Her family moved to Southeastern New Mexico when she was two. She attended Artesia schools.
On December 22, 1948, she married Carroll Jackson, Jr. in Roswell, N.M. They raised a family on the ranch near Cottonwood (and numerous doggie calves, sheep, and goats). He preceded her in death on September 16, 2009. She was also preceded in death by son Carroll Wade Jackson; siblings Walter C., Willie Lee, Howard, Leonard, Edward, Gladys, Ellen, Jean, Jessie, and Donnie Stone.
Opal was a homemaker and a member of the East Side Church of Christ in Dexter, NM. She loved her grandchildren intensely, and enjoyed her church.
She is survived by daughters Effie Laman of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Carolyn (Edward) Lundie of Lancaster, California; and son John (Melinda) Jackson of Lake Arthur, New Mexico. Her grandchildren are: Sherry Thurston, Chrystal Watters, Garrett Woods, Lori Trammel, Carol Rae Laman, Kimberly Fry, Christi Drager, Alan Jackson, Matthew Jackson, and Julia Barnard. Her great-grandchildren include A’lissa, Nathan, and Lexi Trammel; Joshua and Teagan Thurston; Kaylee, Harlee, and Riley Jackson; Lacey and Kierstan Grass; Austin and Adi Watters; Erin, Bo, and Wade Woods, and Jackson Prewett. There are many nieces and nephews, with the Blevins, Stone, and Jackson families intertwined in our diverse tapestry.
We are so appreciative of the care given by Heartland Hospice and Ruth Haney these last few weeks.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please remember Mrs. Jackson at artesiafunerals.com.
Richard “Rick” Lucero passed away at his home in Rio Rancho, NM, on Thursday, June 29, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Rick was born on March 29, 1955, in Roswell, NM, to Antonio and Teodorita “Dora” Lucero. A tribute of Rick’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.Those left to cherish Rick’s memory are his life partner of 28 years, Kenny Rivera; sisters: Nellie Vargas, Lucy Nunez and husband, Antonio, Mary Silva and husband, Albert, Lupe Bencomo and husband, Oscar, Liz Lucero; and numerous nieces and nephews.Preceding Rick in death are his parents: Antonio and Teodorita “Dora” Lucero; brothers: Raymond “Momis” Lucero; Larry “Waterdog” Lucero, Manuel “Jiggs” Lucero; sisters: Theresa “Terry” Chacon, Orlidia “Bebe” Quintero; brothers-in-law: Chon Chacon, Roy Vargas Sr; sister-in-law, Cunie Lucero; and nephews: Jose Quintero, Roy Vargas Jr, Alfred Montoya and Anthony “Boom Boom” Martinez.On October 11, 1972, Rick joined the US Navy and survived on U.S.S Hull and U.S.S Ranger. Upon his honorable discharge on October 6, 1975, Rick pursued a career as a hair stylist until he retired. Rick enjoyed working on his yard, camping, hiking and weekend drives. He loved spending time with family, friends and his precious dogs and chickens.A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m.This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Rick by his family.
I thought of you today, But that is nothing new. I thought of you yesterday, And the day before that, too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories And a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake, From which I’ll never part, God has you in His arms, But I have you in my heart.
How many of you know that there was/is a place called Lost River out by Bitter Lake?
Quoting from Georgia Redfield in 1947, “Lost River and Bitter Creek into which it once flowed, had its visible beginning about 9 miles northeast of Roswell, 5 miles north over Clovis US Highway 70, and between three and 4 miles east off the highway, over a gravel road which leads to a closed entrance into the wild fowl refuge.”
Bitter Lake lies at the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, a refuge known mostly for its birdlife, which include winter flocks of snow geese and sandhill cranes. The landscape is flat lying west of a long low ridge called Comanche Hill. The Pecos River runs along this ridge, and the refuge itself contains many Lake left over when the river took a new course.
The alkaline lake for which the refuge is named are indeed bitter, there are also freshwater sloughs, ponds, marshes, springs, ditches and a half-mile-long stream known as the Lost River (which this story is about). In addition, the refuge contains more than 60 sinkholes.
Sinkholes are just as they sound — places where soluble bedrock dissolves, creating cavities or holes in the surface. Groundwater then often fills the hole.
The process is typically slow, but local legend has it that one of the refuge’s sinkholes formed overnight beneath a parked bulldozer. Some sinkholes here are but a few feet across, though one is large enough — about an acre — to be called (with a bit of exaggeration) Lake St. Francis, 70 feet deep with beautiful blue and green water. These sinkholes have become aquatic “islands” in this arid desert habitat.
Sinkhole conditions differ a great deal. Some have steep, naked gypsum sides; others have reeds and grasses that grow right up to the water’s edge. In some sinkholes, the water is so saline that it supports red and green algae blooms. Other sinkholes are saltier than seawater. The different blends of conditions in each sinkhole creates entirely different ecosystems, even though one sinkhole may be only ten feet from another.
Lost River is a stream within New Mexico and is nearby to Dunnahoo Hills, Melina and Comanche Hill. Lost River is also close to Bitter Lake and Lake Saint Francis.
(1947) Desolate Lost River … for downright, flesh creeping, eerie, spookiness, especially on a dismal rainy late evening, as when we last saw the dangerous looking, caving, dead river banks two weeks ago, cuts a zigzag course East through the most weird, deserted section of country in southeastern New Mexico.
Grim tragedy and death in a cave, opening from the river, is mainly responsible for the depressing atmosphere of this gloomy river area. For safety measures the cave and crumbling banks were dynamited in 1924, when two victims (a man and a woman) were crushed under tons of rock and earth shaken loose by an automobile they had parked on the riverbank above.
The stream was given its name, for reasons of it’s been mostly an underground river, disappearing and linking a series of caves and grottoes. The area was once used as a picnic site, with the natural bridge formation use by parties of pedestrians.
Dynamiting the area for safety closed an old well down, in an area which one could see an underground lake, of which a story is remembered by a score of old-timers of this section: an old Mexican sheepherder was alone on a job working for a cattleman digging a well.
After his morning’s work, at noon he climbed out of the 10 foot opening, he had made, ate his lunch, then jumped back into the well to resume his digging, but he dropped 20 feet into a lake below. He was almost paralyzed from fright but seeing the light in the distance he began swimming and wading through shallow water until he reached safety on the banks of the Lost River, half a mile below the pool, or lake, into which he had dropped.
In the early days about 1893, a Roswell resident discovered a horse feeding trough in the cave (in which the couple were long afterwards crushed) and hanging on the trough was a coat, in the pocket of which was a recorded bill of sale of several thousand head of cattle of a former, long departed cattleman.
There is also a story, entirely of legendary source, however, that the mysterious hidden cave was once used as a secret hideout for counterfeiters who disappeared for months on distributing expeditions after making their spurious money in the dark, underground workroom.
Bitter creek waterfowl sanctuary, refuge and surrounding marshlands are fed by the underground Lost River.
Lorious Lake, in the northern section of the wild fowl refuge, and about 4 miles north of Salt Creek, was not named until 1936, when search was begun underneath the lake’s waters for the bodies of four Illinois tourists, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Herberer, and Mr. and Mrs. George Lorious, who disappeared while traveling through New Mexico, in May of 1935.
A tip from an unknown source caused the dragging of the lake and the unsuccessful search for the bodies. Finally a deep diver, from Houston, Texas, was engaged to explore the entire lake bed, and every crevice in the steep, solid rock banks. The bodies of the tourists, and others thought to have been hidden there were not found. A missing touring car however (on which insurance had been collected) was found with tires still inflated and was raised to the surface.
Warning not to venture too near, 10 or 15 feet below the well-worn path on the bluff above, Lost River, is a clear, deep-looking pool, shaded by green trees and bushes. It is safest, however, not to venture too close to the harmless looking, peaceful scene, for there is danger in the deeply creviced, constantly eroding riverbanks.
After researching and reading about this area, I recalled a story that Charlie Chewning had once told me.
The Chewnings are descendants (like my husband) of Rufus Henry Dunnahoo, who was the first blacksmith here, back in the cattle drive days. Charlie told me that his granddad (Dunnahoo) used to tell the story of Spanish conquistadors, traveling through this area on their way to Santa Fe, being chased by Indians.
They were carrying a load of gold and treasures. Not wanting to be robbed, they hid the treasure in a cave, somewhere along the Pecos River. They never returned. Charlie said he and his brother (Bob Chewning, both deceased) as young boys, searched all up and down that river looking for the cave with the lost gold, but never found it.
It made me wonder, since the Dunnahoo hills are close by the Lost River, could the gold have been hidden, somewhere in the cave of the Lost River instead of the Pecos River? Is it buried there, to this day? Disclaimer: Not responsible for any accidents, injuries, or otherwise, of persons searching for gold as a result of this article.
–––– Janice Dunnahoo is an archive volunteer at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Archives. She can be reached at 575-622-1176 or email at email@example.com.
Former Roswell Mayor Del Jurney has announced he is running again for mayor, becoming the second candidate to stake a claim for the corner office at City Hall and the gavel at City Council meetings.
Jurney’s announcement follows Sergio S. Gonzalez’s mayoral candidacy declaration in May.
“There’s two now, Mr. Gonzalez and myself,” Jurney told the Daily Record Thursday. “What happens after this, it will be interesting. But I will say that I’m in this to win.”
Jurney served as mayor from March 2010 to March 2014, when he was defeated for re-election to a second four-year term by current Mayor Dennis Kintigh.
Kintigh has told the newspaper he is interested in and exploring a campaign for a second term. Kintigh has said he will make an announcement concerning his re-election after Labor Day. The nonpartisan municipal elections for mayor and five of the 10 City Council positions is March 6. The filing day for candidates in Jan. 9.
Jurney said he was inaccurately labeled a “do-nothing mayor” in the 2014 mayoral contest, which he lost to Kintigh by a 69-31 percentage.
“I have a track record,” Jurney said. “One of the things that I’ve discovered in talking to people in the course of the past few months, it’s not that I did a bad job.”
Jurney said accomplishments during his term as mayor included designing and building the veterans cemetery at South Park Cemetery, building a girls softball complex, extending West College Boulevard to the Roswell Relief Route, redesigning the Spring River corridor near the Roswell Museum and Art Center, designing and funding a parking lot at DeBremond Stadium, and saving both the International Law Enforcement Academy and New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe programs from leaving Roswell.
“People just didn’t realize what we did,” he said. “When I listed those things out and made it apparent to people that had indicated that they had voted against me, and I asked them, ‘Would they do something different with this information?’ they said absolutely. And quite honestly, I think that’s what persuaded voters because that message was strong. The truth of the matter is that we accomplished a great deal. And I would put my four years, the things that the governing body, the City Council and mayor did in 2010 from 2014, I would put it even with a four-year term of any other mayor.”
In March, Jurney announced he had formed an exploratory committee for a mayoral campaign.
“I’ve got to tell you that I’m very encouraged by the support and the positive comments that I’ve received,” he said. “I’ve looked at the issues that people have talked about and I’ve made a determination, after visiting with my wife, that I will be seeking election to the mayor’s position in 2018. I do want people to know that is my intent and I have a strong sense that some of the concerns I’ve heard can be resolved and we can find common ground.”
Jurney said crime will likely be a big issue in the unfolding mayoral race.
“As in any election, crime is at issue, it always is,” he said. “I think what people didn’t understand about my term, from 2010 to 2014, was that we made significant strides when it came to crime statistics and the number of officers that we had on the streets and taking care of the investigations. We, at one point, were pretty similar I think to where (police) are now. We were 25 officers down. When the election in 2014 rolled around, we had six cadets in the academy. Once those came back, once those were finished up, then we would have been fully staffed and had more officers than Roswell had before. So that’s a significant issue.”
Jurney said police need to be allowed to do their jobs without micromanagement from City Hall.
“I think what we’re going to do is we’re going to look at a couple of things differently,” he said. “Stopping crime doesn’t happen very often. Crime is going to happen. But the key is to make sure that we have enough officers in play to investigate, to solve the crimes, and to take the perpetrators and to put them in jail, to take them off the streets. So, in time, we begin to reduce the number of crimes because we have sidelined the ones that are doing the crimes.”
Asked how he would approach crimefighting differently than Kintigh, a retired FBI agent, Jurney said when he was mayor, his administration did not meddle with the Police Department.
“I think that when you come from a law enforcement background, then you have that innate desire to become more involved in what you know,” Jurney said. “I don’t know that that’s a fault, but it certainly distracts from the (police) chief’s ability to have the reigns and to be able to instruct on site within his department — where he needs his officers and what he needs for them to do. So I think there’s a possibility that there has been maybe too much oversight.”
Asked if he would provide less oversight of the Roswell Police Department, Jurney said he would be less “hands-on.” He said he was part of the team that hired Police Chief Phil Smith, and that he worked well with Smith throughout his mayoral term.
“There is a difference between Chief Smith today and where he was four years ago,” Jurney said. “I don’t want to speak on his behalf, but I saw a different person when I would visit with him than what I see today. And what causes that, I don’t know that I have an answer. But I think that he and I could get back to that relationship that we had at one time where he knew that the support was there, and he knew that if he had a need, that he could certainly bring it to me, or to the city manager, to the elected officials.”
Regarding the recent dustup over the city’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show, Jurney said he did not know why the city utilized a private contractor to perform the fireworks, given that city firefighters have been trained for pyrotechnic displays and have conducted the shows themselves for the past 20 years.
“I guess sometimes my philosophy is, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” he said. “I would certainly encourage and look forward to the opportunity to sit down and to get the fire chief, and to get the city manager, and to get those involved who made that decision and try to understand what they had anticipated. I want to know why they did it in the first place. And then you make a determination as to whether or not you improve upon that philosophy or if you go back to the way it was. Personally, I think you go back to the way that it was. I grew up in Roswell. I’ve called Roswell home for about 55 years. I’m a firm believer that we have talent right here, and that we don’t have to go outside of the community to be able to make good decisions and to carry them out in a positive way in order for this community to be proud of the things that we do.”
Jurney said there has been a tendency in Kintigh’s administration to hire top personnel from outside New Mexico and to contract with out-of-state firms.
“Multiple city managers, whether interim or full-time, have come from out of town,” Jurney said. “And to me, we’ve got the talent here. But if there’s something specific that we can’t handle with a local business, then at least let’s look within the state before we automatically go someplace else.”
Jurney was critical of the City Council’s decision in February to raise sales taxes to fund a $20 million recreation center and aquatic facility at Cielo Grande Recreation Area. He said voters should have been allowed to make the decision, in order to promote buy-in for raising taxes.
“I would not have supported that,” he said. “Taxes are not a bad thing, but how you come about implementing taxes is to me what’s important. During my administration, we went to the voters on a local option gross receipts tax, which would have taken one-eighth of 1 percent and utilized it for economic development. But we let the voters make that determination.
“We went to the voters to see if they were ready to make an investment in themselves before we asked a company to make an investment in our community.”
The referendum failed.
“It probably wasn’t messaged well enough, explained well enough, and I take responsibility for that,” Jurney said. “But nonetheless, when you get into passing taxes, especially when you stack them on top of each other, you’ve got to let the voters help to make that determination.”
This will be Jurney’s fourth mayoral campaign.
Jurney was appointed to the Roswell City Council in 1999 by former Mayor Bill Owen. He was elected to the City Council in 2000 and served on the city’s governing body until 2004.
A registered Republican all of his adult life, Jurney first ran for mayor in 2006, when he was defeated by former Mayor Sam LaGrone.
In 2010, Jurney beat LaGrone in a rematch for mayor. Jurney then lost his re-election bid to Kintigh.
Jurney, 59, is the executive director of Family Resource and Referral of Roswell, a nonprofit agency of about 60 employees with a $2 million annual budget, which provides child care services, nutrition, referral and training to child care providers. He has worked there for 13 years and said, if elected, he would retain his position at Family Resource and Referral.
Gonzalez, 40, a former Marine, in May became the first candidate to announce a campaign for mayor. The 1996 University High School graduate, 2016 Leadership Roswell graduate and full-time student at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell recently changed his party affiliation from Democrat to independent. Interim editor Jeff Tucker may be contacted at 575-622-7710, ext. 303, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New policies regarding cellphones and social media use, which have some implications in efforts to deal with school bullying, will be considered at the Tuesday night meeting of the Roswell Independent School District Board of Education, the first meeting to be shown live on YouTube.
“That was one of the things that our community asked for, more access to the board,” said Board President Nicole Austin, “We have the technology to do it now.”
The meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., will occur in the Board Room of the Administrative and Educational Services Center, 300 N. Kentucky Ave. The YouTube channel is youtube.com/user/RoswellISD.
Austin said that, if all goes as planned, all open sessions of board meetings will be livestreamed from now on. Austin said that she isn’t sure at this point if the videos will remain posted after the meetings.
The Tuesday meeting is scheduled to include the second reading of two policies regarding the use of electronic and social media. The first reading occurred June 13. At least two readings of policy changes at board meetings are required before revisions can become effective.
The first policy change affects employees by adding provisions to the “Acceptable Technology Use” policy that would prohibit use of cellphones during class sessions or when students are nearby. Employees also would be barred from using social media for personal reasons at any time during the workday, according to a draft of the policy changes posted online.
Other suggested policy revisions affect students, clarifying consequences for wrongly using cellphones or other technology for anything besides approved instructional activities. According to the policy, students’ phones or other technology could be confiscated for an entire academic year after the third infraction. Other, existing policies bar students from using technology as a means to harass or bully people.
Austin acknowledged that the suggested revisions are part of the district’s efforts to respond to parents’ concerns about cyberbullying.
In March, some parents appeared before the board to talk about serious bullying incidents affecting their children. In one incident, Roswell High School students posted to social media a video of a physical fight that resulted in a concussion for one of the two students involved.
Another agenda item calls for the board to consider authorizing the sale of $9.66 million in bonds. Local voters approved up to $16 million in bonds in 2015, but only a portion was sold and $4.02 million worth of bonds remain to be issued. In addition to authorizing the remaining bonds to be sold, the board has been asked to approve refinancing and restructuring existing bond debt for $5.64 million. The bond money is used primarily for school facility improvements. Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at email@example.com.
K.C. Rogers has changed the face of criminal justice in New Mexico for the better over the course of three plus decades. Had he pursued his initial plans, New Mexico justice might be a bit worse off now.
“I grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas,” Rogers said. “My dad was with IBM and we had a lot of military in my family. My mother would make us go to shelters and other places and help people.”
Rogers decided he could serve best via the law. A mercurial moment with friends changed his plans, if not his destiny.
“I was supposed to go to the University of Texas and study business with the intent of going into law,” Rogers said. “I went out drinking beers with some buddies of mine and I ended up going to Europe.”
Those few months changed him.
“When I got back from Europe I realized I had changed,” Rogers said. “I had lived on my own and I had been places where I didn’t have two nickels to rub together. I slept in the woods and had a loaf of bread and a piece of cheese to last me a few days.”
He no longer fit in the world he had grown up in.
“When I got home I realized it wasn’t really home anymore,” he said. “It was time for me to move on. My parents had divorced and my mom was living in New Mexico.”
He got to try out a childhood dream.
“I came to New Mexico,” Rogers said. “I went to Columbus, down on the border. I wanted to work cattle. I had the childhood dreams of being a cowboy. I went down and did some of that and found out cowboyin’ is really hard work. I loved every minute of it and learned a lot.”
Rogers’ life took yet another turn.
“Some friends of the family approached me,” Rogers said, “and asked me if I’d ever considered joining the state police.”
Rogers has always stood up for the underdog. A painful memory helped him decide.
“A very good friend of mine had been murdered and raped on graduation night,” Rogers said. “That had an impact on me. A good portion of the fights I got into were defending other people. I didn’t like people bullying others, or pushing their girlfriends around. I got whipped a few times, but that was part of it.”
It also appealed to his ideal sense of the man he wanted to be.
“The state police looked good in their uniforms,” he said. “The old guys seemed to smile all the time. I guess when you’re a big ol’ boy and you can take care of yourself you can afford to smile all the time.”
So, before he was old enough to buy a beer to celebrate, he became a state cop.
“I was one of the youngest that they had ever had,” he said. “I had to get a note from my sergeant to buy bullets because the law doesn’t allow anyone under 21 to buy pistol ammunition. I wasn’t allowed to go into bars unless I was going in to break up a fight.”
He spent the first part of his first career chasing trouble in southwest New Mexico.
“They stationed me in Lordsburg.” Rogers said. “In those days Lordsburg had a small sheriff’s department and two state police officers. We had over 285 miles and six or seven little communities that were our responsibility. The phone book said NM State police but it had my home number in it.”
Lordsburg was kind to the busy, young officer.
“I met my wife in Lordsburg,” he said. “We’ve been married working on 36 years. She is the reason we’re still married. She put up with me. I did two years in uniform, then moved to Roswell and went into narcotics. I was here 45 minutes and made my first undercover transaction. From that time on I bought drugs for a living.”
His job was nothing, if not intense.
“We did the largest single cocaine purchase in the country at that time,” Rogers said. “I don’t think anybody’s ever broken that record. Through undercover work in one year I made 385 felony arrests. We bought drugs all the time.
“That’s why I give my wife credit. She never knew when I was coming home. She never knew how I was coming home. She said, ‘I never worried because I had so much faith in the people you work with.’”
After retiring from the state police, Rogers and a friend founded ASPEN, the Alternative Sentencing Program and Education Network, which teaches convicts how to make better choices. He had to give that up when he was appointed to his current position, his third career as magistrate judge.
“Gov. Martinez appointed me to this position,” Rogers said. “Then I had to run for it and win the seat. I’ll probably run one more time. I’m not done doing everything I want to do yet.”
Never tired of making things better, Rogers set to improving law enforcement from the bench as best he could.
“When I got this job I realized that things hadn’t changed in 35 years,” he said. “I had an officer call me and ask if they could bring a search warrant out to me at 1 o’clock in the morning.”
With technology where it’s come, he saw this as absurd.
“I initiated a program with Judge Halvorson doing warrants telephonically. The officer would email the warrant. We would swear them in over the phone. We would approve or disapprove the warrant over the phone and then email them back. Considering that I live outside of town, it saves an hour just driving out to my house and back.”
With all he’s lived through Rogers never lost sight of the importance of family, and his is a close knit one.
“We have two daughters,” he said. “My oldest daughter, Margaret Kennard, has a degree in sociology and criminal justice. She was a parole officer for a number of years. Now she works with her husband.
“My youngest daughter played basketball for Roswell High. Played college ball at Missouri Baptist University at St. Louis, got a degree in psychology with a background in criminal psychology and she’s a lieutenant at the county jail. My wife works upstairs at district court.”
Rogers believes in giving people a chance.
“I believe that most people are good,” he said. “They get off track. If we can get them back in line then good. If they can’t, then our system will keep functioning and eventually they’ll lose their freedom. I’ve lived long enough to know that a lot of people who live that lifestyle are dead now.
He learned how people make bad choices, and how to help them along the way.
“I learned from criminals and teaching ASPEN how much we have in common,” Rogers said. “If we treat each other right we can all make a difference, but if you’re not willing to change I’ve got a place to put you.” Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting locals and loading up on homemade preserves, bread, locally raised beef and fresh chiles and vegetables are just two reasons some spent their Saturday morning checking out vendors at Farmers’ Market.
The 2017 season opened this weekend on the lawn of the Chaves County Courthouse on North Main Street. Commercial growers and backyard gardeners as well as artisans will sell their goods and wares each Saturday morning, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., until Sept. 30.
Twenty-nine vendors were serving customers on the first day and reported a good turnout. Some were old hands, such as Betty Pareo, who said she has been selling grapes, peaches and other produce from her garden at the market for 15 years. Others, such as Sandra Navarrette, are newcomers. She said that she and her associates with R and R Livestock are selling grass- and grain-fed beef from cattle raised east of Roswell.
“They (the cattle) are grown in New Mexico and processed in New Mexico,” she said, adding that the beef is also sold online and at Down to Earth Nutrition Center on North Missouri Avenue.
Vendors are offering more than food and produce, though. Some also are selling flowers and plants and crafted items such as ceramics, engravings, jewelry and hand-sewn or hand-knitted items.
MainStreet Roswell is one of the sponsors of Farmers’ Market. Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at email@example.com.
Monday Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents (telephonic meeting), 11:30 a.m., Administration Building, Room 100, ENMU campus, 1500 S. Avenue K, Portales.
Roswell Tourism Commission, 1:30 p.m., Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Archives Building, 200 N. Lea Ave.
Roswell City Council budget workshop, 4 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Sidney Gutierrez Middle School Governing Council, 6 p.m., Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd.
Dexter Consolidated School District Board of Education, two meetings, 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Central Office Board Room, 100 N. Lincoln Ave.
Tuesday Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District Board of Directors, 9 a.m., PVACD office, Suite 100, 2303 E. Second St.
Roswell Independent School District, 6 p.m., Administrative and Educational Services Complex Board Room, 300 N. Kentucky Ave.
Artesia City Council, 6 p.m., Artesia City Hall, 511 W. Texas Ave.
Thursday Roswell City Council, 6 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St.
Friday Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District / Council of Governments Board of Directors, 10 a.m., Campus Union Building, Banquet Room, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell campus, 48 University Blvd.
The pavement project being completed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway on a section of East College Boulevard around the railroad tracks has run into a delay in getting materials, said a city spokesman.
The work will continue on Monday, and the street closure at the tracks will remain in place through Monday.
Detour signs remain in place to direct local traffic in the area.
Some of the athletes participating in Saturday morning’s Bottomless Triathlon raved about a great location and good weather to exert themselves for an hour or two over land and water.
“It was a great way to come back to triathlons,” said Roxanne Wegman, 30, an Army captain serving with the 22nd Chemical Battalion at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
A former West Point cadet, she was the first finisher of the 34th annual event at Bottomless Lakes State Park east of Roswell with a time of 50 minutes and nine seconds. She also was the top woman finisher. Shawn Martin, 44, of Sandia Park, was the top man, finishing in 48 minutes and 15 seconds.
Participants in the triathlon take on a 400-meter swim in Lea Lake, a 14K (or 8.7 mile) bike ride and a 4K (or 2.4 mile) run.
“I love the sport,” Wegman said. “It is my favorite form of competition.”
A first-timer at the Bottomless event, she said she appreciated its “user-friendly” nature, that its entry fees are kept low at $50 for individuals and that there aren’t the same type of pressures as at some events. She also said she appreciated the clear waters of Lea Lake and the area scenery.
Race coordinator Perry Toles said that 152 people signed up for the marathon.
“This is one of the largest fields,” he said. “We still had people who wanted to sign up after (registration) closed; but, once we are closed, we are closed.”
The day brought a wide variety of participants. Some youth as young as 12 competed, as did men and women in their 70s. Experienced athletes who train all year were tearing up the course, while people who don’t spend a lot of time exercising were also pushing themselves to compete in an event that included running and biking up and down the hills near the lake.
Mike Engelhardt of Los Alamos said he has participated in Bottomless four times. His wife, Karen Williams, has competed 20 times since the late 1980s.
“I like the social aspect of it,” he said, explaining that Toles was one of the people who encouraged him to become a triathlete. “I like to push myself, but I also like to meet people as well.”
Williams added, “Triathlon is kind of tight-knit group of people, and it is like coming back to be with your friends.”
While prizes were awarded in various categories, the triathlon also raised money for Harvest Ministries of Roswell, which provides food to those in need.
“It seems like, with all the extra entrants and with our sponsors, it will be five figures, probably around $12,000,” he said.
Sponsors, some of which provided event volunteers as well, included Sam’s Club, Target, Bank of the Southwest, Sanders Law Firm, Ritter & Co., Fulkerson Plumbing, Xcel Energy, Desert Sun Auto Group, First American Bank, Leprino Foods, LaQuinta Hotel and SCOR PC (Sportsmedicine Clinic Orthopaedics and Reconstruction). The city of Roswell also contributed money from the lodgers tax fund to help promote the event.
Race results are posted on newmexicosportsonline.com. Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROSWELL— Karyn Lisa Zumwalt Porter, 60, passed away June 21. Memorial services will be held on July 11 at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado City, Texas at 6 p.m. Arrangements are by Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Karyn Lisa Zumwalt was born January 9, 1957 in Artesia to Ted and Eva (Beaty) Zumwalt. She attended Carrizozo schools and graduated as Valedictorian of the class of 1975. Karyn married Ace Porter on August 2, 1975. She attended New Mexico State University from 1975 to 1978 and graduated with degrees in English and psychology. She then attended Nursing School in Roswell, New Mexico. She received RN certification in 1981 and worked as a nurse for several years.
Karyn eventually left nursing and took up a teaching career. She taught in Hagerman, Dexter, and Lake Arthur. Her favorite subjects to teach were English and Spanish.
Karyn was preceded in death by her father, Ted Zumwalt and her grandmother, Leora Zumwalt.
She is survived by her mother, Eva Zumwalt Funderburg; daughter, Elizabeth Porter; sister, Kathy Beddingfield and husband Andy Beddingfield; niece, Sarah Beddingfield and nephew, Lee Beddingfield.
Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Otto G. Eachus, age 89, of Roswell, who passed away Friday, June 23, 2017.
A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com
Mr. Robert R. Valdez passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Roswell, NM at the age of 82. A viewing will be held at Ballard Funeral Home on Thursday, July 13, 2017, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. A full notice will be available on Wednesday.
Charlotte Marie Chavez, 62, passed away on July 6, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico. Charlotte was born on August 16, 1954, in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, to Santiago and Frances Romero.
Charlotte married her high school sweetheart, Roberto G. Chavez, on June 26, 1971. Together they had two children: Betty Renee and Robert Enrico.
Their lives together took them to El Paso, TX, as well as Green River and Rock Springs, WY. They later settled in Roswell, NM, in the fall 1980, where they made their permanent home. Charlotte spent her early years as a homemaker and mother. As her children reached adulthood, she worked as religious education director for St. Peter’s and St. John’s. Later, she worked as an assistant manager at Sears. She eventually settled into retirement with her husband.
Charlotte is preceded in death by her husband, Roberto; father, Santiago Romero, and mother, Frances Sena Romero. She is survived by her daughter, Renee and husband, Ivan Chavarin and son, Robert and wife, Julie Chavez. Charlotte is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Thomas Torrez and wife, Jackie, Ysabel Torrez, Nicholas Torrez, Samantha Chavez, Gabrielle Torrez, Dominic Chavez, Gabriel Chavez, Maddox Chavez, Danielle Chavarin, and Michelle Chavarin; two great-grandchildren: “Mikey” Gunn and “Lilly” Gunn; three siblings: Christine Castillo and husband, Vincent; Louie Romero and wife, Grace; and Diana Urban and husband, Andy; and countless nieces, nephews and cousins. She was blessed by over 25 God-Children.
Honorary pall bearers are Andres Urban, Joseph Urban, Thomas Torrez, Nick Torrez, and Dominic Chavez.
Charlotte loved to be surrounded by family and was happiest when her friends and family filled her kitchen. Together, Charlotte and her husband, Robert enjoyed camping and traveling to see their grandchildren. She had a great sense of humor and leaves us with countless stories and memories filled with laughter.
“Even in her most vulnerable moments she remained the strongest person I have ever met. Now she gets to be happy and free. Thank you for loving us enough to hold on for so long. Thank you for making tortillas. Thank you for giving us too much sugar. Thank you for showing us how to have a good sense of humor, and thank you for giving us so many stories. Rest easy, grandma. We love you forever.”
By Sammy Chavez
A rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 10, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church followed by Mass celebration at 11a.m.
Charlotte’s obituary was lovingly written by her family.