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Opal Fern Jackson


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


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.

Roswell’s Allen signs with NMHU

DeAvion Allen, sits beside her grandmother, bottom-right, in Roswell High School’s gym Monday. Surrounded by RHS coaches, family members and friends, Allen’s signing makes it official that she will play basketball for New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Allen is a member of the 2016 state championship team for Roswell High School. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Yonathan Hernandez takes second in nation

Roswell Little Leaguer Yonathan “Santoyo” Hernandez, seated second from left in front row, took second place Monday at the MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Nationals Finals at Marlins Park in Miami. (Submitted Photo)

Lions Hondo loses to Artesia, places second in district

Roswell’s Lions Hondo placed second in their district after losing to the Artesia All Stars 26-5 Friday night in the District 2 title game at the Griggs Sports Complex in Alamogordo. Pictured from top row, from left, are Sabino Lazos, Sylvester Lomeli, Jeremiah Burrola, Cristian Richardson, Isaac Loya and Hector Salvarrey. Pictured from bottom row, from left, are Frankie Lara, Isaiah Garcia, Javin Sanchez, Santiago Molinar, Ross Stokes and Donavan Morales. (Submitted Photo)

There’s a Lost River near Roswell; This article theorizes there may be treasure hidden by the Pecos River

Lost River, no date (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

How many of you know that there was/is a place called Lost River out by Bitter Lake?

Addus earns business of the month award

The Roswell Chamber of Commerce delivered the plaque for their July 2017 Business of the Month Wednesday to Addus Home Care, located at 207 N. Union Ave. Pictured, from left, are Service Coordinator Alexa Morales, Agency Director Brian Wilson and Satellite Coordinator Rosa Serrano. Addus provides home maker services to assist those who are ill or disabled. (Submitted Photo)

Assurance Home receives goodie bags

The Chaves County Federated Republican Women treated the Assurance Home residents with goodie bags to take with them to the Fourth of July Roswell Sertoma Mike Satterfield Fireworks Extravaganza recently. Accepting the bags on behalf of the Assurance Home was employee Bobby Witchley, pictured left. Presenting the goodie bags are Jean Snyder, CCFRW Caring for America, Mary Kay Speir-Howell, CCFRW Corresponding Secretary and Teresa Barncastle, CCFRW President. For information on how you can help, contact the Assurance Home. (Submitted Photo)

Jurney begins quest for mayor’s office; Former city leader seeking to shake perception he was ‘do-nothing mayor’

Former Roswell Mayor Del Jurney. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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.

RISD board meeting goes live on YouTube; Board to consider new social media policies, bond sales


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.

Judge K.C. Rogers speaks of a life centered on law enforcement

Standing next to his grandson, 2016 graduate Kevin George, Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers celebrates his family. Rogers has been working to make life for New Mexico's families better for well over 30 years. (Submitted Photo)

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.

Farmers’ Market opens with some things new, some things familiar

Michelle Cisneros with Mr. John Farm of Midway sells some produce Saturday during the first day of Farmers' Market this season. The event will occur on the Chaves County Courthouse lawn on North Main Street from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. each Saturday until Sept. 30. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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.

Week Ahead


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.

Pavement project delayed


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.

Ceremony marks transfer of park in Angel Fire

Gov. Susana Martinez bows her head during a Fourth of July ceremony transferring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire from the New Mexico State Parks Department to the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. State Rep. Bob Wooley of Roswell is shown to her right. Wooley was among those who helped restore the Huey helicopter on display at the memorial. The transfer of the memorial was requested by organizations in the state representing veterans, indicating their belief that the veterans department has the necessary expertise to safeguard and manage the memorial. Gov. Martinez signed the bill authorizing the transfer earlier this year. The memorial was built in honor of Marine First Lt. David Westphall by his parents after he was killed in Vietnam. They later donated it to the state. (Submitted Photo)

Local triathlon brings out experienced athletes, motivated enthusiasts

Women start the Bottomless Triathlon Saturday morning with their 400-meter swim in Lea Lake. The 34th annual event at Bottomless Lake State Park had 152 registrants. Army Capt. Roxanne Wegman, No. 7, of Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas, was the first finisher of the event and the top woman finisher with a time of 50 minutes and 9 seconds. The top man was Shawn Martin of Sandia Parks, New Mexico, who finished in 48 minutes and 15 seconds. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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.

Karyn Lisa Zumwalt Porter 1957-2017


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.


Otto G. Eachus


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


Robert R. Valdez


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


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.



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