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New Mexico homeless man living in underground burrow

The entrance to Sean Heron's hole-in-the-ground is a discreet opening in the earth with a rope tied to a tree for support. Heron says homelessness drove him to seek shelter underground. (David Grieder/The Eastern New Mexico News via AP)

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — From above, a hole in the ground near a New Mexico park may not look out of the ordinary, but down below is a man-made tunnel that a Clovis resident calls home.

Body found west of Las Cruces; Man likely jumped from train


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a man believed to have accidentally jumped from a moving train.

Dry conditions prompt burn ban in New Mexico county


CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Dry conditions across eastern New Mexico have prompted officials in one county to impose a burn ban.

Hunt for Austin bomber frustrated police before breakthrough

Officials investigate near a vehicle, center, where a suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up as authorities closed in on him, in Round Rock, Texas, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After the first package exploded on an Austin doorstep, police assured the public that there was no wider threat, no signs of terrorism. The idea of a serial bomber striking random strangers never came up.

EU leaders back Britain in blaming Russia over spy poisoning

British Prime Minister Theresa May, center, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and French President Emmanuel Macron, left, meet on the sidelines of an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels on Thursday, March 22, 2018. (Ludovic Marin, Pool Photo via AP)

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May won the backing of 27 other European Union leaders Thursday in blaming Russia for the poisoning of a former spy on English soil — an attack the bloc called a threat to its collective security.

Lawyer: $500K bond excessive for shooting suspect’s brother

This undated photo released by the Broward Sheriff's Office shows Zachary Cruz. Cruz, the brother of Nikolas Cruz charged with killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was arrested Monday, March 19, 2018 and charged for trespassing at the same school, authorities said. (Broward Sheriff's Office via AP)

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for the brother of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz said in court papers Thursday that a $500,000 bond for trespassing at the school is excessive and that the brother should be released from jail.

Toys R Us founder dies days after chain’s announced shutdown

In this Jan. 7, 1992, file photo, President George H. Bush, left, listens to Toys R Us Chairman Charles Lazarus, right, as he visits the toy chain's second store to open in Japan. Lazarus, the World War II veteran who founded Toy R Us, has died at age 94. Toy R Us confirmed Lazarus’ death in a statement Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles P. Lazarus, the World War II veteran who founded Toys R Us six decades ago and transformed it into an iconic piece of Americana, died Thursday at age 94, a week after the chain announced it was going out of business.

Fed up with Facebook? Here’s how to break it off

This screenshot taken Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in New York, shows a recently deleted Facebook profile page. Before deleting your account, rescue your posts and photos. Facebook lets you download the data you’ve shared with Facebook since you joined. If you’re not quite ready to delete Facebook, deactivating your Facebook is an option. (Facebook via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Fed up with Facebook? You’re not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, in light of its latest privacy debacle — allegations that a Trump-linked data-mining firm stole information on tens of millions of users to influence elections.

Republican Congress candidates energize election

Gavin Clarkson addressed attendees of Chaves County Federated Republican Women after the luncheon on Wednesday. (Alison Penn Photo)

Two of four congressional candidates spoke at the Republican women’s luncheon on Wednesday.

City acting to correct temporary problems with water billing


While the installation of new modern-technology water meters will eventually create a much more efficient water system for Roswell customers, the meter-installation project has resulted in some unanticipated temporary issues negatively impacting the city’s water-billing capabilities. The city has identified the problems and enacted the necessary solutions. It is hoped the billing system will be fully recovered from these issues by mid-April.

ENMU-R lauds budget allocations, considers future project

The Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell board will decide at a future meeting whether to build a new building to replace the Quonset huts used for physical plant and facilities maintenance. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Even though the legislative session providing 2018-2019 funding just ended Feb. 15, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell leaders are not letting any grass grow under their feet as they plan for the future.

DocuSign phishing scams arise in city


While the Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued a news release regarding fraudulent emails from the technology company DocuSign in November 2017, phishing attempts have been made toward Pioneer Bank and Roswell Independent School District users.

Falling to prepare for leadership

Victoria Mason of Goddard High School prepares to fall into the arms of team members who will then lift her above their heads as part of the team-building and leadership development exercises of the Teen Leadership Institute. Co-sponsored by the Leadership Roswell Alumni Association and Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, the one-day leadership course offered at various times over the years involves about 75 juniors and seniors from Chaves County high schools or home-schooling programs who hear from speakers and do various exercises. Four college scholarships from $500 to $1,000 also are awarded at the end of the day, which is held at the New Mexico Military Institute’s Yates Leadership Challenge Ropes Course and Daniels Leadership Center, according to Leadership Roswell Alumni Association members Jean Ann Dunn and Shelby Dutton. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Police seeking man last seen in Roswell


The New Mexico State Police is asking the public’s assistance in locating William Johnson, a 52-year-old Caucasian male, 5-feet, 11-inches tall, 235 pounds, with brown hair and a goatee.

Police warn residents of donation seekers


Local residents should be alert to a group of people going door to door in Roswell claiming to be with Professional Fundraising Agency, LLC or Professional Fundraising Association, LLC.

Deadline extended for Union and Montana


On Monday, City Engineer Louis Najar said the closure of Montana and Union would be extended due to utility issues and a gas leak.

Flute ensemble plays a tune after hours

The Roswell Flute Ensemble performed Thursday at Kymera Independent Physicians for the Roswell Chamber of Commerce’s after hours event. The ensemble plays a variety of music and performs for free at community events. To book the ensemble or for more information, email ricardoavalenzuela@yahoo.com, call 575-914-1379 or visit brittnyel.wix.com/roswellnmmusic. From left, Ricardo Valenzuela, Gabriella Gurrola, Chyanne Dosher and Lisa Lacher. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

RDR All-Chaves County District 4-5A Basketball Team

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Garland Troy Berg


The family of Garland Troy Berg, 50, of Roswell, New Mexico, would like to ask all family and friends to join them in a Celebration of Life to be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, March 24, 2018, 4:00 PM. Celebrate Troy’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
Gone before to be reunited with Troy were his father, Garland Roy Berg whom he loved, respected, admired and missed dearly; grandparents: Albert and Gladys Berg, TFJ Billy Pyratt; and grandsons: Tray Brandan, Tannan Asher Berg, Kaidan Brandon Harris.
Surviving to treasure Troy’s memory are his mother, Gwendolyn Elaine Berg; sister, Teresa and husband, Edward Abrejera; mother of his children, Annette Berg; sons: Brandan Troy, Ryan Corey; daughters: Reba Allyse, Kristan Ashley and husband, Brandon Harris; precious granddaughters: Mercedez Amanda, Taylor Kylie Case, Jerikka Berkley Berg, Talan Lynn, Haidan Kristine Harris; expected grandson, Prestan Brandon Harris. Troy was cherished by a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
Troy had a special awareness and drawing unto the broken hearted and deemed them special to himself. While Troy had many friends both casual and professional, he was no respecter of persons, he respected and cared for everyone, and never met a stranger. Though we know some may not be able to attend, we cherish your presence in spirit and heart. Troy will always be remembered as an especially kind, loving, helpful and generous person.
He had been a wonderful and supportive husband, and attentive father. Troy was involved with all the things his children did, which include bull riding, fifteen years coaching baseball, go-cart racing, motor cross, Boy Scouts Leader and a tearful & proud Dance Recital Spectator to his daughter many times throughout the years.
Troy spent several years Pastoring children’s church at World Harvest Church, having the largest children’s bus ministry to date. He then was Sr. Ordained Pastor of River of Life Church, until merging with Pastor Danny Sons at Midway Assembly. Troy always stressed not to look to man, but to have a personal relationship with the Lord, regardless of where you were in life, or whom you are, and should always know the grace of God’s love for you and through you.
The family will be gathering at 3008 S. Louisiana, Roswell, New Mexico, after Troy’s Celebration of Life.
Troy’s family lovingly wrote this tribute in his honor.

William Clyde Gilcrease


William Clyde Gilcrease, 74, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A Graveside Service will be held at General Douglas L. McBride Cemetery on Friday, March 23, 2018, 2:00 PM. Celebrate William’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
On October 13, 1943, William was born to William Odell Gilcrease and Helen Avent Gilcrease in Roswell, New Mexico. He married the love of his life, Shelby Perkins on February 23, 1968, in Roswell, New Mexico. William was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather. He was an Army Veteran who proudly served his country. William loved to work with wood, hunt and fish. He enjoyed the outdoors and growing his own vegetables and fruits. William loved and enjoyed his grandchildren and life in general. His family will carry fond memories of him and he will be greatly missed by all.
Those left to eternally treasure and cherish William’s memory are his loving wife, Shelby; children: Rhonda Martinez and husband, Joaquin, and daughter, Jacki; Ann Garlinger and husband, Eric, and daughter, Brooklyn; and brothers: Calvin Gilcrease, wife and family, and Jerry Gilcrease, wife and family.
Preceding William in death were his parents: William Odell Gilcrease and Helen Gilcrease; and sister, Benny Gilcrease.


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