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Disney says ‘Black Panther’ is raking it in

This image released by Disney shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from Marvel Studios' "Black Panther." The Walt Disney Co. estimated Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, the Marvel Comics superhero movie earned $75.8 million domestically for its opening Friday, the eighth biggest day in industry history. (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — “Black Panther” is so far raking it in over the holiday weekend.

Cinematography awards could predict eventual Oscar winner

In this Feb. 8, 2016 file photo, Roger Deakins poses for a portrait at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Deakins is one of five cinematographers up for the top prize at the 32nd ASC Awards on Saturday and is also in contention for the cinematography Oscar next month. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The American Society of Cinematographers’ annual awards show could predict the eventual Oscar winner in the category.

Even as markets shook, many investors held steady

This June 16, 2016, file photo shows a sign outside of a Fidelity Investments office in the Century City section of Los Angeles. At Fidelity’s retail brokerage customers continued to put in more buy orders than sells after the S&P 500 began falling from its peak set on Jan. 26, 2018. “Millennials and Gen Xers are definitely taking advantage of these prices and taking advantage of the sell-off,” said Scott Ignall, senior vice president and head of online brokerage technology at Fidelity. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — This month’s sell-off for stocks marked the first big test of investors’ mettle in years. And many ended up doing exactly what the experts were recommending: hold steady.

Once near death, Tropicana now No. 2 casino in Atlantic City

This Jan. 31, 2018 photo shows part of the casino floor at the Tropicana in Atlantic City N.J. Having lost its casino license a decade ago after former owners made drastic cuts that left it filthy, understaffed and losing customers, the Tropicana under the ownership of billionaire investor Carl Icahn has become the No. 2 casino in Atlantic City in terms of overall gambling revenue, trailing only the Borgata. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Ten years ago, Atlantic City’s Tropicana casino was on the verge of death, having been stripped of its casino license after its then-owners laid off vast swaths of the workforce, leading to filthy rooms, insect infestations, hourlong waits for slot machine payouts and food and drink orders that often never arrived.

Again, Lady Coyotes survive on last-second shot

Roswell High School junior Cheyenne Martinez dribbles the ball on a fast break that would end in the game winning shot against Lovington, Friday at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

It wasn’t the prettiest win of all, and the New Mexico Activities Association doesn’t give style points when they rank teams. Good thing, because what the Lady Coyotes did on Friday was win on a last-second shot by junior Cheyenne Martinez. Martinez scored 10 points of the night with no time left on the clock as Roswell defeated Lovington, 51-49, Friday night at the Coyote Den.

Roswell tops Lovington

Roswell High School junior Tarren Burrola goes up for a jump shot against Lovington Friday at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

The Coyotes almost let one get away from them Friday night at the Coyote Den. With the Lovington Wildcats (12-13, 2-3) in town for the last game of district play, Roswell (18-7, 3-2) would allow unanswered points, turnovers and mistakes to give the Wildcats a shot at the win. A late fourth-quarter surge and a lineup substitution would allow the Coyotes to snatch the win from the jaws of defeat for the 75-64 win over Lovington.

Artesia and Goddard split in regular season finale


ARTESIA — Welcome to the crazy world of girls District 4-5A basketball.

Coyotes and Rockets send five to semi-finals

Goddard senior Jeremiah Esparza is in control of his first round match with Gavin Blair of Farmington. Esparza would win 3-2 and advanced to the second day of the tourney. He has a chance to be a two-time state placer for the Rockets. (Paul Lessard Photo)

RIO RANCHO – The Roswell High Coyote wrestling team has three grapplers – Travis Alarcon, Gabe Najar, and Christian Sanchez – still alive for a coveted state championship.

Alton’s Power Block athletes of the week

Pictured, from left, are Roswell High freshman Taymon Burrola, Alton’s employee Izhai Hernandez and Roswell High junior Cheyenne Martinez. Burrola and Martinez are Alton’s Power Block athletes of the week. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Yucca Center bid considered incomplete; Cost of demolition estimated at $405K

City officials characterize the $15,000 cash bid received for the Yucca Center as too low. The proposal submission also was incomplete, according to city documents. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The decision to tear down the storied Yucca Center at a cost of at least $400,000 came after the city received only a single bid to purchase the property, a bid deemed below market price and incomplete.

Armed woman presumed suicidal is safely detained

Members of the Roswell Police Department remain at the scene at the abandoned Valley Christian Academy's parking lot at 1500 S. Main St. after a potentially suicidal woman with a firearm was safely detained by police. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

A woman with a firearm who police presumed to be suicidal was taken to a local hospital after being safely detained by local police Friday afternoon.

Crossing Country Club controversy

At the intersection of North Main Street and Country Club Road, pedestrian buttons are present without any countdown signals. This traffic signal is closest to Allsup’s Convenience Store. According to City Engineer Louis Najar, pedestrians are allotted enough time to cross, however, pedestrians can be unaware of where the signal is in the countdown. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

At the intersection of North Main and Country Club Road, a crosswalk is without proper signage and pedestrian buttons at the present moment. City Engineer Louis Najar said the city is aware but is facing right-of-way issues with Valley Bank of Commerce, who wants to sell the right-of-way.

Local businesses give gifts to nonprofits

A gaggle of animals found their way to Reischman Park Friday as MainStreet Roswell and local businesses mark the end of their “MainStreet Has a Heart” fundraising effort for February, although some merchants will continue to collect donations throughout the year. Hundreds of dollars were raised for nonprofit organizations including Runyan Ranch Rescue Zoo, the Roswell Humane Society and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) courthouse dogs program. MainStreet Roswell Executive Director Kathy Lay, standing at left, and Mayor Dennis Kintigh, in back toward the right, were among those gathered for the donation ceremony. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Fifteen charitable and nonprofit organizations in Roswell have received donations from 17 local businesses this year as part of the second annual MainStreet Has a Heart fundraising drive designed to coincide around the time of Valentine’s Day.

Not ready to head north

Rather than flying to the freezing north, these Canadian Geese prefer to stay at the Cahoon Park golf course. (Christina Stock Photo)

Vigil for Florida high school victims

Roswell residents line up on North Main Street near Pioneer Plaza Friday night for a vigil in memory of the lives of the 17 people killed in Parkland, Florida, during a shooting at a high school. About 13 people, including Mel Loucks, at left, one of the lead organizers of the bipartisan group Roswell Indivisible, held up signs, sang “Amazing Grace” and circulated a petition to repeal the 1996 Dickey Amendment. The Dickey Amendment bans gun control promotion or advocacy by the Centers for Disease Control, but was passed after a CDC study found a correlation between guns in the home and homicide rates in those households. It has, therefore, been seen by some opponents as having a chilling effects on gun violence research. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Police Blotter


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

Realtors excel in their field for 2017

The top commercial and residential real estate agents for 2017 have tallied up at least $1 million in sales each. The Roswell Association of Realtors recognized the 46 best of the year at a Tuesday event at Pioneer Bank on North Main Street. The year’s honorees are, in alphabetical order, Yolanda Archuleta, Riley Armstrong, Leo Armstrong, Diana Bergman, Lori Berry, Trina Brown, Scarlet Castillo, Leesa Chesser, Shirley Childress, Dan Coleman, Katie Cooper, Bill Davis, Brad Davis, Penny Erickson, Lynn Graves, Charles Hanson, Kimble Hibbard, Marion Hobbs, Ramona Kilpatrick, Julie King, Linda Kirk, Rocky Langley, Mindy Longmire, Lety Lopez, Josh Lusk, Marcia Tidwell, Angel Mayes, Patty McClelland, Jesse McDaniel, Elizabeth Molina, Kristen Montano, Jim Moore, Starla Nunez, Daisy Olaguez, Jen Outland, Alex Pankey, Cheryle Pattison, Esther Purkey, Lana Reese, Michelle Rhodes, Melodi Salas, Beth Smith, Jennifer Smith, Cheri Snyder, Paul Taylor III, Sherlea Taylor, Blanca Valverde, Kirk Weems and Jen Wilcox. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

NM State Bar honors law firm with award

At its annual meeting held in Albuquerque at the New Mexico State Bar Center on Feb. 13, New Mexico Legal Aid awarded the Sanders Law Firm with its 2017 Law Firm of the Year Award. The firm received its award due to its support for NMLA’s programs in Roswell and around Southeastern New Mexico. NMLA provides free services to eligible low-income residents with non-criminal legal issues. The Sanders Law Firm is over 70 years old with 11 attorneys and offices in Roswell, Hobbs and Ruidoso. The firm’s acceptance statement for the award read, “We are not lawyers, that’s just what we do for a living. What we are is mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, sons and daughters, friends and family and members of the community that have provided for us so well. Roswell and Southeastern New Mexico have been a blessing to us and we aim to return the favor for years to come.” Pictured are Kelly Cassels, Beth Hightower, Anna Martin, Courtney Miller and Steve Fisher. It was a firm award and other non-pictured firm members who earned this award are Clayton Hightower, Aaron Thompson, Chelsea Seaton, John Hightower, Ian McKelvy and Jamie Dawson. (Submitted Photo)

Club Calendar


Chapter B, P.E.O. meets Thursday

Dorothy Jane Reed


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.


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