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Where are they Now? Leon Sims

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Najar, Sanchez take state wrestling titles

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Gabe Najar secures the fall in the state championship match. (Paul Lessard Photo)

RIO RANCHO — Senior Roswell High wrestlers Gabriel Najar and Christian Sanchez culminated a year of hard work and effort with stellar results at the NMAA state wrestling championships at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Both wrestlers earned the coveted state championship with dominant performances in the finals.

Irvin Gonzalez

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Adventurous, loving and kind young man, Irvin Gonzalez, 15, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. There will be a Viewing at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 8:00 AM-7:00 PM, followed by a Rosary at 7:00 PM. A Graveside Service will be held at South Park Cemetery on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 10:00 AM. Celebrate Irvin’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
On February 9, 2003, Irvin was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. He attended Apostolic Bible Church Concours Academy. Although he lived seven years of his life with cancer, Irvin was able to win that battle, however, he came down the flu, complications arose and was he unable to fight that illness. Irvin was a very happy child and loved by many people. He had a will to live despite the challenges he faced. Irvin liked going to horse races, drinking Coca Cola and going to Walmart and Garage Sales. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends, especially by all those fortunate enough to have known him.
Those left to cherish his memory are his parents: Manuel Gonzalez and Abigail Gonzalez; brothers: Bryan Perez, Eduardo Gonzalez and Manuel Gonzalez Jr; and his loving pet, Rockie.

Dorothy Jane Reed

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She lived for those who loved her.
That was the first line of Dorothy Jane Reed’s favorite poem and her guiding principle in life.
Mrs. Reed, 88, passed away after a long illness on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family.
Memorial services will be held 1:00 PM Sunday, February 18, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel at 900 S. Main, where grandson-in-law Gary DeWayne Jones will officiate.  Services will be followed by fellowship at Apostolic Bible Church, 2529 W. Alameda, Roswell, NM.
Mrs. Reed, a lifelong resident of Roswell, was born Jan. 1, 1930 to Tina Velma Goddard and Robert Daniel Ketner. She was a homemaker who loved cooking, knitting, crocheting and volunteering. She married Dan Lawson Reed in 1947 and they raised four daughters.  She donated more than 5,000 hours as a “pink lady” to the Eastern New Mexico Medical Center Auxiliary.
She is survived by daughters Bonnye Fry (Jerry), Rebecca Allen (John Dunphy), Melissa Evans, Mary Skinner (Elmer); nine grandchildren: Kellye Fry, Mac Fry, Benjamin Allen, David Pierson, Meghan Portillo, Jennifer Jones, Jason Skinner, Kimberly Montoya and Kevin Skinner; sisters Willie Nickelson and Sue Luechtefeld (Leo); nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who considered her another mother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan; sisters Bobbie Leslie and Jessie Lorain Ketner; and brothers Reford, JD, Robert and Bill Ketner.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Amy Marriott Johns

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Amy Marriott Johns, 91, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018.
Amy was born on September 18, 1926, in Boulder, Colorado, to Fredrick and Katherine Marriott. Because the family traveled throughout her growing years, Amy attended various schools throughout her life, ending up in college at The University of Colorado, where she was a member of Alpha Phi. It is also where she met James Johns. They were married on December 23, 1947.
When Jimmie finished his degree in 1948, he and Amy moved to Roswell, where she was a homemaker and raised three children. She and the family enjoyed many activities together, including tennis, at which she excelled; water skiing, snow skiing and traveling.
Amy was very active in and a long-time member of many Roswell organizations through the years: Daughters of the American Revolution, Shakespeare Club, the Roswell Symphony Guild, Sweet Adelines, and the Roswell Reading Club. She was Past President of the Roswell P.E.O. and a member for 68 years. She was also a member of the Alto P.E.O. group. Music was her life. She played the violin, sang with the Sweet Adelines, and performed in the Roswell Frolics.
Amy was an active, vital, and long-time member of the First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the Chancel Choir for at least 60 years, played in the Kaler hand bell choir, served on the Worship Committee, and supported the church in many other ways. She also supported the Salvation Army, the Roswell Humane Society, the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and many other worthy organizations.
Amy is survived by her two sons, Kirk and wife Elizabeth; James and girlfriend Wendy Stephens; half-brother Fredrick Marriott; cousins Jimmy and Sue Johns of Carlsbad and their family; Leslie and Donald Dongan of Artesia and their family; countless friends; and her beloved dog Rascal.
She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Chris, and husband, James. Her family and friends know she is singing in the Heavenly Choir and saying, “Isn’t this a kick!”
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to one of the organizations she supported above.
A memorial service will be held 2pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. 2nd Street, Roswell, NM. Inurnment will follow the memorial service in the First United Methodist Church Columbarium.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com to convey your memories and thoughts to the family.

Jason Scott Roach

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A memorial service for Jay Roach will be held on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 at Gateway Church in Roswell. Jason was born on Feb. 1, 1983 in Roswell to Tom and Elaine Roach. He passed away on Feb. 9, 2018 in Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his father, Tom Roach, his Grandparents D.M. “Mutt” and Nina Shannon of Artesia, Odell and Johnnie Roach of Roswell, and a cousin Jennifer Shannon of Artesia. Among his survivors are his Mother Elaine Roach, brother Jeff Roach (Crystal) of Lubbock Texas, Tommy Roach (Tonya) of Victoria Texas, Brian Roach (Shawn) of Roswell, Sister-in-law Renee Craig Roach of Roswell. Nephews Justin Roach of Lubbock Texas, Bryce and Beau Roach of Roswell, Nieces Morgan and Robyn Roach of Victoria Texas, Aunt Patricia (Joe) Ferrell of Capitan, Uncles Tim (Lana) Shannon of Puncell Oka, Mike (Anita) Shannon of Artesia.
Jay was born into a sports loving family and brought his own love of sports to the family. From playing Baseball at Noon Optimist Park to basketball at the Yucca Recreation Center, to Berrendo Middle School, to Goddard High School, to Baseball at NMMI he never lost that love of competition. He met, played with and played against so many young people who became good friends. His proudest moment was playing on the New Mexico All-Star team his senior year at Goddard and playing in the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington. He was also a Lieutenant with the Roswell Fire Department until a few years ago. When he was diagnosed with MS, his whole world changed, no longer able to play, he had to be satisfied to just watch his lifelong passion. He was a funny and loving Son, Brother, Uncle and we will miss him so much. To all of his friends who have called and left messages, thank you for all of your kind words and memories.
Words cannot describe how much we will miss you Jay.

Michael Douglas Cullins aka Pinky

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August 12, 1951 – January 9, 2018
What we wanted this to say:
Mike enjoyed participating, spectating and coaching sports, played Little League baseball, took Goddard High School to first state Baseball Championship, attended NMMI, coached boys’ and girls’ baseball at RAABC and basketball at the Yucca Center, made many deals on the golf course and worked hard for his family throughout his life in Roswell, Ft. Worth, Crystal Beach, Houston and lastly in Spring, Texas.  Among others he worked at: Transwestern, Shorty’s Gas Station, Builders Block and Stone, Ford Sign Company, Waples Platter, Wright Express, Schlumberger, (began foam career at) UCSC,  National Coatings, Everest Coatings, Everest Systems, operated his own independent foam roofing business, consulted for Nikken, and most relaxing and closest to his natural passion-Home Depot Customer Advisor and Employee Safety Leader. He was proud to have traveled to Barcelona, Spain, taught at-risk youth at Seaborne Challenge, and that he maintained special clearance at: NASA, National Oil Reserves, Trinity Site at White Sands and The Department of Energy. He founded the USGBC (Green Counsel) in Galveston, Texas, wrote exams for continuing education and his innovative designing eye brought about unprecedented advancements in the polyurethane foam and coating industry. There were many things he accomplished in his life, he: drove a train, drove a semi-truck, flew a private airplane, flew giant kites, enjoyed woodworking from furniture to dominoes, and was an honest master salesman who believed in his products. He created and invented many things but didn’t believe in patents. He loved music and country dancing with his wife, had a huge heart for dogs and cats, especially Brother, Sister and Cat-Cat.
He is survived by his wife, LaRue, married August 13, 1971 for 46 years and 5 months. He always went above and beyond for his Children-Toby, Chris and Tory and Son-in-Laws:  Bruce Van Valkenburg (his NASCAR/Coors Light Buddy) and Danny Neel (his Go-To Truck Salesman); 8 grandchildren-Tyler, Meghan, Hayden, Audrey (husband Tyler), Conner, Hannah, Brian (wife Heather) and Sara; and 5 great-grandchildren- Mia, Mckaylee, Lila (Pawpaw’s Pilgrim), MaryLee and Lauren. He is also survived by his Mother, Josephine Cullins of Roswell, NM and Brother, Patrick Cullins of Las Cruces, NM and many other Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nephews and Nieces.  He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Leon Cullins, on January 3, 1998.
Mike passed away in his home after a he fought cancer like a warrior – the only battle he ever lost, and he will be truly missed. His family and friends have chosen to honor his love for dogs and cats by donating to reputable, no-kill, rescue shelters in his name.
What he wanted this to say:
“Mike’s Dead.”

Voting locally creates positive change

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After the recent candidate forum, it seems to me that there are quite a few good candidates to choose from. It takes a lot of courage and conviction to run for office. Candidates are to be commended for the time and energy they put into the running.

Alien Cheer and Dance Jam

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Members of Charlie’s Angels Dance Team kiss their Grand Champion Dance trophy at this year’s Roswell Alien Cheer and Dance Jam, Saturday at the Coyote Den. Teams from southeast New Mexico participated at the competition. For more coverage of this event, please see Tuesday’s sports section. (David Rocha Photo)

Stephen D. Winham

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Born May 1, 1945, in Lawton, OK to Paul and Marie Winham.
Even being quite ill, he achieved the age of 72, which is 17 years more than the doctors thought he would achieve with his failing physical heart; his wife believes it was his strong spiritual heart and love for preaching about God that kept him alive so long – he breathed his last physical breath in his home, while his wife held him, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
He was married for 49 ½ years to his childhood sweetheart, Rita Sue (Suzie) Winham. God obviously had other plans for this Christian couple because they were not blessed with any physical children. Instead, they adopted an orphan girl in Assam, India, whom they have supported to this day since 2005.
In his early teaching career, Steve taught Spanish in the public schools, first in Floyd, NM, for two years, then in Dexter for 13 years, where he also coached.
He was awarded for an Administrative Degree in Education while living in California and served as Senior Director for a federally funded migrant program which assisted migratory farmworker families to maintain their children’s school levels and records. He retired from that position in June 2013, and he and Suzie moved to Las Cruces.
His Christian ethics and morals made such an impact on those who knew him, that on of his fellow coaches at Dexter told him one time, “Steve, you always do the right thing.” Steve replied to him, “I try to always do what’s right because it is the right thing to do.” That was Steve. He was honest, true and loyal even when it was not always easy or the “in thing”.
He is survived by his wife Rita Sue (Suzie) Winham of Las Cruces, an older brother, Troy Winham and Troy’s wife Kay, of Roswell, three nieces – Kathy Winham Jennings, Debbie Winham Campos, and Diane Winham Terry, all of Roswell. Also, Steve has several nephews, nieces and grandnephews.
In lieu of flowers, any free will memorial gifts may be sent in his memory to:
World English Institute
1525 NW Division Street
Gresham, OR 97030
Steve was an avid and active teacher in the online World English Institute for over 20 years. It is an international online English curriculum, teaching English grammar and teaching English reading using the Bible as the reading text. Steve helped numerous graduates around the world to complete this Course and achieve their goal of learning English.

Alfred Rodger East

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Alfred Rodger East passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018, in Roswell, NM. Al was born on December 10, 1937, in Carlsbad, NM. A Memorial Celebration Service luncheon will be held at Eagles Club on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 1:00 PM. Bring along any photo’s, memories or stories to share with others. Celebrate Alfred’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
Al was a Military Veteran of twenty years and a Manager for CITGO Oil (Brewer Oil) for twenty years, He retired from the US Air Force as a flight engineer, in the Korean War. Al loved John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Biscuits & Gravy and his spoiled dog, Charlie. He was a member of Fraternal Order Eagles since 2007. Dad was a very kind man with a pure soul and an excellent sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.
Those left to eternally treasure and cherish Al’s memory are two brothers: Jerry East of Texas, David East of Roswell; daughter, Connie East of Texas, sons: Tim East of Roswell, William East of Texas; stepdaughters: Mary Beth Hobbs of Roswell, Tracy Smith of California, Cherlye Harrison of Canada; grandchildren: Daniel East, Michael East, Kyle East and Terrance Garcia-East all of Texas; nine great-grandchildren; and precious pet, Charlie.
Preceding Al in death were his parents: Joyce Rodger East and Mattie Beatrice Tutor-East; two wives: Betty Lemmon-East (thirty years), Nancy Daniel-East (ten years); son, Eugene East; and one precious dog, Stacie.
Al was our “Miracle Man.”
Alfred’s family lovingly wrote this tribute in his honor.

Artesia High bowling team wins state

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Mike Smith Photo Ken Clayton, president of Western Bank in Artesia also doubles as the bowling coach for the Artesia High School. Last weekend the Bulldogs won state title no. 4 over Espanola Valley.

ARTESIA — Western Bank President Ken Clayton recalls a meeting he had in 2007 with then Artesia Public Schools Superintendent Mike Phipps.

Bridges, No. 2 Michigan State rally past Northwestern 65-60

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Michigan State guard Cassius Winston, left, celebrates with guard/forward Miles Bridges after scoring a basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northwestern, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Rosemont, Ill. Michigan State won 65-60. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Cassius Winston scored 17 points, and No. 2 Michigan State erased a 27-point deficit on Saturday to beat Northwestern 65-60 and extend its winning streak to 10 games.

Nash, Kidd, Hill among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame

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In this May 14, 2013 file photo, New York Knicks' Jason Kidd (5) shoots past Indiana Pacers' George Hill during the first half of Game 4 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Indianapolis. Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among six first-year candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday morning.

Mets’ Wright will give ‘best shot’ on playing this season

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This March 27, 2017 file photo shows New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) waiting for his turn in the batting cage during batting practice before a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The big question surrounding David Wright is the one that even he can't answer. Can he play this season? The New York Mets captain and third baseman says he will give it his "best shot." The 35-year-old Wright has had had back and shoulder operations and says his health is his "biggest hurdle." (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — The big question surrounding David Wright is one that even he can’t answer.

Reds’ Gennett wins in arbitration, players beat clubs 12-10

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In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett runs the bases after hitting a grand slam off Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello in the first inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati. Miami pitcher Dan Straily and Kansas City pitcher Brandon Maurer argued their salary arbitration cases Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, and Cincinnati second baseman Gennett awaits a hearing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett has won his salary arbitration case, giving players a final 12-10 margin over clubs this year.

Southampton pile on misery for West Brom in FA Cup

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West Bromwich Albion's Ahmed Hegazi, left, is held back as tempers flare during the Englsih FA Cup, Fifth Round soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England. Saturdat Feb.17, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Misfortune comes in threes, so the saying goes, and West Bromwich Albion knows it well.

Barcelona wins at Eibar 2-0 before trip to Chelsea in CL

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FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, battles for the ball with SD Eibar's Anaitz Arbilla during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and SD Eibar, at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Saturday, Feb.17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi looks ready for London.

Bubba Watson takes the lead at Riviera

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Bubba Watson hits his second shot on the second hole during the third round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bubba Watson started with a 7-iron that stopped rolling 18 inches from the cup for a tap-in eagle . He chipped in for birdie. He moved the ball left and right, whatever Riviera required, and finished with a 6-under 65 for a one-shot lead Saturday in the Genesis Open.

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