NEW YORK (AP) — “Black Panther” is so far raking it in over the holiday weekend.
Besides the strong box office, the movie has been a critical success.
Official box office estimates are out Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — “Black Panther” is so far raking it in over the holiday weekend.
Besides the strong box office, the movie has been a critical success.
Official box office estimates are out Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The American Society of Cinematographers’ annual awards show could predict the eventual Oscar winner in the category.
The five cinematographers up for the top prize at the 32nd ASC Awards on Saturday are also in contention for the cinematography Oscar next month.
The ASC nominated 14-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins for “Blade Runner 2049,” along with Bruno Delbonnel (“Darkest Hour”), Hoyte van Hoytema (“Dunkirk”), Dan Laustsen (“The Shape of Water”) and Rachel Morrison (“Mudbound”). Morrison is the first to compete in ASC’s feature film category and the first woman nominated for cinematography in the 90-year history of the Academy Awards.
Angelina Jolie will accept the Board of Governors Award and Oscar-winning “Titanic” cinematographer Russell Carpenter will receive a lifetime achievement award at the dinner ceremony at Hollywood & Highland’s Grand Ballroom. Carpenter’s other credits include “True Lies,” ”The Negotiator” and “Shallow Hal.”
The ASC Awards also recognize outstanding work in television, where the nominees include “Game of Thrones,” ”Outlander,” ”The Crown” and “The Man in the High Castle.”
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.
Even as stock markets tumbled around the world, putting a halt to an unusually calm and strong ride upward, many investors resisted the urge to sell in a panic and lock in the losses. Others plugged even more cash into their trading accounts after seeing prices for S&P 500 index funds drop by 10 percent within a couple weeks.
At Fidelity’s retail brokerage, for example, customers continued to put in more buy orders than sell orders after the S&P 500 began falling from its peak set on Jan. 26. Younger investors led the charge into stocks.
“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.
Experts typically recommend that investors stay the course when stocks go through a bout of volatility. Stock prices can suddenly bounce up and down, as they did this month when the S&P 500 followed up its worst week in two-plus years with its best week in five years. But stocks aren’t supposed to be short-term holdings, and they’ve historically delivered better returns than other investments when held for the long term, such as a decade.
Beyond that, many voices along Wall Street were encouraging investors to “buy this dip.” Worries about higher inflation and interest rates sparked the sell-off, but many analysts said they expected corporate earnings and the global economy to stay strong, which should help stock prices recover.
The buying likely played a role in what’s been a quick rebound for stocks. As of Friday’s close on Wall Street, the index had roughly halved its loss and is down only 4.9 percent from the record.
Consider what millennials customers were doing in their Fidelity brokerage accounts from Jan. 26 through Feb. 12, when the S&P 500 lost nearly 8 percent. Of every $100 in new dollars and money getting re-allocated, $87 went into stocks or stock funds. That indicates an even stronger appetite for stocks than millennials had shown in the placid, record-setting year before the sell-off, when $75 of every $100 went to stocks.
Generation X investors showed an even more pronounced preference for stocks during the downturn, with stocks making up $86 of every $100 in new and re-allocated dollars. That’s up from $67 in the prior year.
Older investors were also buying stocks, but at a lower rate than their younger counterparts, and at a lower rate than they had been buying at during the year before the downturn. Baby boomers instead put much more money into money markets and cash.
“Every investor is different, with different goals and risk tolerance, so it’s hard to say whether their activity is right or wrong,” Ignall said. But “having a plan, sticking to it and being able to adapt to that plan is the most important thing for our clients, and I’m glad they’re able to do that through these market conditions.”
Fidelity’s figures marry with data from others around the industry. Vanguard, for example, looked at how much trading individual investors and 401(k) participants were doing during the tumultuous run from Feb. 2 through Feb. 9. Ninety seven percent did nothing, with nary a trade.
At TD Ameritrade, younger investors also led the way in buying as markets tumbled. Through the first week or so of February, millennials deposited 1.5 times more into their accounts than Generation X and five times more than baby boomers, said JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade.
All this comes with the caveat that many market watchers along Wall Street are warning of continued volatility. After their unusually calm 2017, markets are bound to be jumpier given that the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates and slowly winding down the stimulus it put in place after the Great Recession.
Put another way: This sell-off may have been the first test for investors in a while, but more are coming.
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.
Now, after years of reinvesting in and renovating the casino floor, hotel rooms and eateries, the Tropicana has become the No. 2 casino in the city in terms of gambling revenue — a position it will need to fight to retain as two additional casinos open on the Boardwalk this summer.
“It’s an incredible difference and transformation,” said Tony Rodio, president of Tropicana Entertainment. “Employee morale was at an all-time low, customers were not happy with the facility and how it was being managed and were leaving in droves and revenues were declining on a monthly basis. Fast-forward 10 years to where we are today, I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve been able to accomplish over that time.”
The Tropicana ended 2017 second among Atlantic City’s seven casinos in terms of total gambling revenue with $390 million, trailing only the perennial market leader Borgata, which had more than $800 million. Internet gambling winnings worth $42.5 million helped Tropicana pass Harrah’s, which had long been the city’s No. 2 casino in overall revenue.
Eugene and Ruth Lee, of West Orange, enjoyed a recent stay at Tropicana, during which Ruth won $75 playing poker.
“We like the restaurants here,” she said. “The variety of food is very good.”
“And they send us comps for free rooms,” added Eugene.
Not that everything is perfect. On Wednesday, a guest set up an illegal methamphetamine laboratory in a Tropicana hotel room, starting a fire that forced the temporary evacuation of four floors and injuring two people: the man charged with drug and other offenses, and a hotel worker who entered the room. The casino said the rooms were cleaned and inspected after a State Police haz-mat team dismantled the lab, and would be ready for occupancy again on Friday.
Ten years ago, the trouble started under the Tropicana’s former owners, Kentucky-based Columbia Sussex Corp, which laid off 900 workers — about a quarter of the staff — leaving it dirty and understaffed.
The woes were typified in a letter from a group that had its national convention at the Tropicana, and wrote a letter of complaint afterward. Nelson Fabian, head of the National Environmental Health Association, wrote of cockroaches in rooms, bedbugs, dirty dishes left in hotel hallways for days and one guest who came into a room only to see housekeeping staff eating food he had left in the room.
“I noticed as I walked across the tile floor that I almost lost my shoes, the floor was so sticky,” Fabian wrote.
The Casino Control Commission stripped the Tropicana’s casino license, which can be the death penalty for an Atlantic City casino. But it allowed the casino to continue operating while new owners were sought.
In March 2010, billionaire investor Carl Icahn bought the Tropicana from bankruptcy court and began reinvesting in the property and hiring a new management team. Since 2012, Tropicana Entertainment has plowed $200 million into the property, re-doing most hotel rooms and the casino floor, adding restaurants, and buying the adjacent 330-room Chelsea hotel.
“I’m very impressed with what Tropicana has done over the last 10 years,” said Steve Norton, a former Atlantic City casino executive-turned-casino analyst. “They didn’t have the funds to do what they needed to do, and Icahn’s money has made a big difference there.”
Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union, waged a bitter labor war with Icahn over another of his casinos, the former Trump Taj Mahal, where a strike over benefits ended with Icahn closing the casino in October 2016, putting nearly 3,000 people out of work.
But McDevitt praised Icahn for hiring many former Taj Mahal workers at the Tropicana, and for reinvesting in the property.
“We had a major fight with Carl Icahn at the Taj Mahal, but I’m not going to be a hypocrite and ignore the fact that the Tropicana is one of the best-run properties in the industry,” he said. “They systematically have made it better and better.”
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.
“I have been staying a lot after practice,” Martinez said. “I felt comfortable coming across the lane going to my left, and I feel good putting in the work.”
This is Martinez’s second fantastic finish in succeeding weeks. Last Friday, she hit a soft lefthanded jumper in the lane against Goddard with no time left on the clock to give them a 31-30 victory.
Tonight, the Lady Coyotes refused to lose after giving up the lead, 41-39 to the Lady Wildcats with 5:21 left in the game. Martinez came back and hit a three-pointer from the left elbow to give Roswell a 42-41 lead with 4:54 in the game.
Lovington held Roswell scoreless for the next three minutes of the game without a field goal as they hit a two-pointer, a three-pointer and a free throw to take a 46-42 lead with 4:08 to play in the game.
Both teams were in the double bonus and committed fouls and missed their free throws as Lady Coyotes Kaitlyn Holl scored on a twisting driving layup on the right side of the basket to bring Roswell to within 46-44 with 55.5 seconds left in the game.
At this point, Roswell coach Fernando Sanchez was playing offense for defense, with no timeouts left. Sanchez had his team bring their press up and force Lovington to take a timeout because they couldn’t get the ball in or go for a quick steal. If they didn’t get a steal, they fouled right away, and, on this possession, they fouled Alexis Borunda where she made free throws as Lovington took a 48-44 lead with 25.1 seconds left in the game. Once again, Roswell employed the same strategy with Borunda as she hit another free throw to give them a 49-44 lead with 20.2 seconds left in the game.
With time running out from the left three-point line, Roswell’s junior Grace Velazco, stepped into her shot and was fouled in the act of shooting, sending her to the line for three free throws. On Velazco’s first attempt, it fluttered and looked like it might not make it, as it hit the back of the rim and fell through, the other two free throws hit nothing but the bottom of the net as Roswell was in striking distance with Lovington leading, 49-47 with 20.2 seconds left.
The Lady Wildcats had to take their final timeout as they had trouble getting the ball inbounds, thanks to tight man-to-man defense. Lovington broke the press and had a sure layup, but their player rushed the shot and missed it; the Coyotes sprinted down court and Holl put up a shot. She missed it but was fouled in the act of shooting. Holl made one of her free throws, as the Lady Coyotes moved at one point of tying the game, 49-48 with 15.6 seconds to play in the game.
Lovington missed their free throws and after an outlet pass from a Coyote teammate, Alexandra Gonzalez threw the ball ahead to Martinez as she caught the ball in stride with a defender on her and made her patent move to the left side of the lane, and then she stopped and let the defender go by her with that move, she put the shot up as it hit the net just as the buzzer sounded, giving Roswell a 51-49 win as the crowd celebrated in stunning fashion.
In this game, point guard Anica Dillard played with a fearlessness not seen before this season. She hit three 3-pointers in the game and was aggressive on the offensive end of the floor as she was carrying the fast break to Lovington, turning the corner and looking for ways to get her teammates involved.
“Coach has been having us stay after practice and shooting,” Dillard said. “I’m just trying to step up for us, and our team is working together. We have to have a good practice this week. I told our team not to get down when we were behind five points. “
“I think it has been a growing process,” coach Sanchez said. “The hard part is when you’re following such success, people expect you to be the same group, and we’re not. I love these girls. They drive me crazy. They have made me work harder than I have ever worked before. This group has driven me to read because I have to be better. I think playing all of those close games early in the year, has been a big difference to now.”
Jalen Baca, Kaileigh Holloway, and some of the other players did yeomen work by denying several inbound passes for the Wildcats to help keep the Lady Coyotes in the game, as they forced Lovington’s coach to take his last timeout, which helped set up the game-winning play. By substituting offense for defense, they held Lovington without any points in their last four possessions.
Holl scored 20 points.
“We’ve had our ups and downs this year,” Holl said. “But I wouldn’t trade this team for any other team because they are like my family.”
Roswell changed their battle cry before they broke the huddle to “All In.”
Artesia won the district; Goddard was second, Lovington finished third and Roswell is fourth. Technically, with the win, it means that Artesia is the district champions by point differential as they lost to Goddard Friday night, 57-35, to claim the district title. All teams in District 5A have finished with 3-3 record.
As of now, Roswell will play at Lovington on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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.
The first quarter was a back and forth with Roswell committing an early turnover. “Every time we start off with a turnover, and we’ve gotta find a way to stop doing that, so we’re gonna have to try and get some different guys in there,” Coach Moses “Dude” Burrola said after the game. “We just can’t make mistakes the way we did tonight.”
Tarren and Taymon Burrola would pitch in seven points each in the first half, with Jasia Reese and Isiah Carmona adding four points each to give Roswell a 35-26 lead at half-time. Roswell’s Logan Eaker struggled early, but Victor Bolanos would come in and help hold back the Wildcats.
“I thought Victor gave us some big minutes there in the middle when Logan was kind of struggling. You know, Vic’s a big body so that helped us out on that part,” coach Burrola said. “Logan finally played better in the second half.”
The second half of the game loomed large after Roswell dropped a close contest to the Artesia Bulldogs on Tuesday. Opening the second half with a nine-point run, the Wildcats began to get Roswell on the ropes. Taymon Burrola would end the Coyote’s dry spell with a three-pointer at the 5:40 mark of the third quarter. However, Lovington would put up another eight uncontested points before Roswell began to get its rhythm back. Reese would add a three-pointer and Carmona would hit a two-point bucket before the quarter came to an end, with Lovington taking the lead 46-43.
“I just wanted to see us get back to where we were, you know, see how we would respond,” coach Burrola said. “We had two really good days of practice. I thought this week they were pretty focused. I thought we played a pretty good first half and then we just had that first two minutes of the second half that we didn’t do anything.”
The fourth quarter would see the Coyotes turn around a slow start to the second half before pulling away with the lead one last time. Eaker finally caught fire and scored eight points and Taymon Burrola would add another six to his team, leading 16 points. After Roswell took a 51-50 point lead with 3:31 left in the game, they would never lay off the gas and cruised to a 64-57 win.
“Nava had a good game for us, he had a big rebound there at the end. He tipped it back to Jesia and we kept the possession on our side after we missed a free throw. So that was a big part of the game for us on that,” coach Burrola added.
Roswell will next face the winner of Goddard and Lovington Thursday at the Coyote Den at 7 p.m.
ARTESIA — Welcome to the crazy world of girls District 4-5A basketball.
After the regular season ended Friday night for everyone Artesia(14-12,3-3) and Goddard(15-11, 3-3) will square off in a playoff game Monday night to determine the regular season champions. That is according to Cooper Henderson, athletics director for the Artesia Public Schools.
Junior Bailey Beene scored 24 points for Goddard in the regular season finale and senior Camrynn Villapondo had 22 points as the Lady Rockets blasted Artesia 57-35 at the Bulldog Pit.
“Our backs were against the wall coming into the week,” said Jared Neighbors, Goddard’s head coach.
“We just talked about ‘hey it’s the playoffs now’ and we’re kind of in the mindset if we lose, we go home and we came out with an intensity. We’re doing some things where we need to sharpen up, we talk all the time, we’re gonna be positive.”
The opening quarter started slow for both teams as senior Eden Wiggins scored the first points of the night for both sides with 5:30 on the first quarter clock. She sank a three and Goddard dominated the home team for the rest of the night.
The Lady Rockets had a 13-7 lead at the end of the opening period. In the second period it looked like Artesia had Goddard on the radar as senior Kali Crandall was fouled after scoring two points from the field. She went to the foul line and made her single shot and it was 13-10 with 5:23 showing on the clock.
After that, the Lady Rockets jammed Artesia’s radar as they had a 27-10 lead at the end of the first half.
Goddard’s dominance continued in the second as they led Artesia 45-26 at the end of the third period. Goddard coasted the rest of the way.
While the ladies side is chaotic in the district, the boys side is a little more settled.
Goddard’s (12-14, 1-4) Tommy Madrid, a senior, had 20 points and the majority were from downtown, as the Bulldogs(18-7, 5-1) held off the Rockets late in the contest to win 63-57.
Artesia was led in scoring by senior Taylor Null with 15 and junior Kale Mauritsen had 11, including some clutch free throws in the final period. Artesia led 14-12 at the end of the opening period and continued to lead at the end of the second period.
The Bulldogs had a nine point lead at the end of the third quarter and in the final stanza Goddard put up a fight. However, Artesia was able to hold off the Rockets.
The Bulldogs are the top team in the postseason tournament which will be played next week and will host the title game on Feb. 24.
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.
The three wrestlers won their first two bouts inside the Santa Ana Star Center on the first day of the state championship. The Coyotes also have three others still wrestling on the consolation side as well – Eddie Macias, JoeAngel Samora, and Kayden Graham.
The Rockets qualified two for the second day as seniors Jeremiah Garcia and Jeremiah Esparza both won two bouts to keep their hopes alive of placing in the top six.
Najar, the top seed, easily dispatched of his first two opponents and looks poised to wrestle in the finals. Sanchez, one of the few undefeated wrestlers remaining in the state,
pinned his first two opponents to make it to the semi-finals. Alarcon, at 145, got a pin and a major decision to move into the semifinals as well.
Macias, at heavyweight, shook off a heart-wrenching 2-1 three overtime loss to the top-seeded wrestler from Farmington to pin his Belen opponent to move on to day two.
Graham surprised many with his two big wins. The second win saw him overcome a 9-2 third period deficit to defeat Sean Ulibarri of Capital 10-9. Samora recorded two falls on the day and has a chance to advance on day two.
The Rockets still have two grapplers alive as Jeremiah Esparza squeaked out a 3-2 win in his opening bout and then downed Sean Maez of Academy 6-2 to advance to the third round of the consolations.
Jeremiah Garcia shocked two opponents with stellar records to move on. He opened with a 7-5 overtime win over Edgar Sanchez of Espanola who had a 25-12 record.
Garcia recorded a takedown with :01 second remaining. He downed Brandon Silago of Kirtland Central 6-2 to advance. Silago had a record of 25-15.
Freshman Fernando Rubio got a big overtime win before being eliminated and senior Damian Valdez recorded a pin before being eliminated.
Both teams begin wrestling at 9 a.m. with the finals set for 4 p.m.
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.
City records indicate that Michael L. Hurst of Complete Rehabilitation Services Inc. submitted the only bid Jan. 9 in response to the city’s request for proposals seeking a potential buyer for the 106-year-old building at 500 S. Richardson Ave. The Request for Proposals was issued in November.
Hurst offered $15,000 cash for the 2.95-acre property, which includes the 38,200-square-foot, three-story building, a playground and a parking lot.
The Yucca Center had served as the city’s youth recreation center for years until its closure in 2016. Now most of those youth activities occur at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center on North Missouri Avenue.
“The city of Roswell will be relived (sic) of the said property and the monetary responsibility of restoring or tearing down the building, thus saving the city of Roswell hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Hurst’s submittal letter indicated.
In a letter to city staff about the decision to reject the bid, Planning Manager Bill Morris said the amount offered was considered below market price, as judged by sales prices for comparable properties.
Morris wrote that Hurst’s submission also did not include all the requested information. Specifically, the bid lacked answers to questions about how the buyer proposed to utilize the property, how the future use would benefit the city and how the buyer would meet city requirements for the site.
Hurst did not respond to requests for comment by press time.
The Roswell City Council Infrastructure Committee voted Jan. 22 not to issue another RFP for bids but instead to demolish the structure. The center was partially closed in 2014 due to structural problems, including a leaking roof, and elevators that did not meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
It was permanently closed in early 2016 after Winter Storm Goliath in December 2015 did further damage to the roof and interior.
An estimate for the demolition, not including tearing up the parking lot, has been received from Environmental Remediation Management Services of Albuquerque for $405,138, city records indicate. Demolishing the parking lot would add another $16,085 to the bid.
The City Council will vote on whether to accept that bid and move forward with demolition at an upcoming meeting, said City Manager Joe Neeb. Tear down could begin as early as 30 days after that vote, he said.
“The city could sell the property for new development or utilize it for future city services,” Neeb stated in an email. “There are no specific plans for the property at this time.”
Before any decisions occur, the city plans to hold a public forum Feb. 20 to gather residents’ ideas and thoughts. That event is scheduled to occur at the Roswell Fire Station No. 1, at 200 S. Richardson Ave.
At various times in the past decades, city staff has considered shuttering or tearing down Yucca, which was built as a high school. In 2014, the city received $500,000 in state funding to repair the roof, but decided to use the money for other infrastructure projects.
In 2015, city workers appeared at public meetings with the recommendation of replacing, rather repairing, the structure. They estimated that it would cost $9 million to fix and $6 million to replace. The cost of the recreation portion of the $20 million recreation and aquatic center now under construction on West College Boulevard at the Cielo Grande Recreation Area has been put at roughly $9 million.
Neeb said that the recreational features of that construction project will include two full-sized basketball courts, twice the number that were available in the Yucca Center, and will meet ADA requirements and provide a safer and cleaner facility.
“The youth of Roswell are deserving of it,” he said.
He also noted that the original estimates about the cost of repairing Yucca was not necessarily comprehensive.
“The Yucca has parts over 100 years old,” he said, “and so much needed to be worked on, and the estimate was only on visible costs.”
A local volunteer said she prefers restoration but understands the city’s decision if funding is not available.
“I do support restoring a historical building,” said Kaarina Jager, who once belonged to the Historical Preservation Committee of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico. “But, on the other hand, if there is no one with the ability to restore it, then an empty building can be dangerous. It can attract too much attention from the wrong type of people.”
Jager said the preservation committee disbanded after about a year because it did not find the membership, funding or interest to continue at that time. She said that the lack of a large, well-funded preservation group is one reason why few options are available for aging, historic buildings in the city.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Before 4:30 p.m. Friday, members of Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of South Main Street in reference to a potentially suicidal woman believed to have a firearm.
According to the RPD’s public information officer, Todd Wildermuth, South Main Street was closed between Wildy and Hobbs streets while officers communicated with the woman.
At 5:12 p.m., Wildermuth said the woman had been safely detained and that South Main would be reopened as a result.
Police were able to confirm the woman was in possession of a firearm.
Wildermuth said later Friday evening, at that point, the woman is not facing any charges.
“She was taken to a hospital for appropriate care,” Wildermuth said.
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.
Pam Davis, a concerned citizen who lives on Country Club, said she noticed the missing countdown light while walking her dogs after the sidewalks had been fixed to comply with the American Disabilities Act.
Davis said she had called the city and asked why there was no signage and why nothing had been done. Davis said the city told her it was on the list of projects and a $600,000 plan would create a new crosswalk with proper signals.
Davis said her reasoning for reporting this issue to the Daily Record was after seeing a gentleman in a wheelchair trying to get across the street without enough time and New Mexico Military Institute students bogged down with Target bags waiting for the signals.
“I know it is expensive — but it is not worth someone’s life,” Davis said. “I think the city could get sued if someone gets hurt.”
Upon hearing about the city’s plan, Davis said she asked the city why the old ones could be displayed because this is a major safety issue that needs resolution.
An Allsup’s employee said she noticed jaywalking all the time all the way up to Target. Stripes Convenience Store employees said they were unaware of any problems with the crosswalk.
City and bank
Najar said the city is aware of what he calls the Country Club Project, which was halfway designed with a budget of $650,000 granted by the City Council in 2016. Najar said he and his team hope to have the project completed within the year.
Najar said the other businesses, Stripes Convenience Store, Allsup’s Convenience Store and Domino’s Pizza will donate the right-of-way, but Valley Bank was not willing to give an easement.
Cody Burson, president of Valley Bank, said the city’s proposal was to put a stop light in and change it from the current location to a new location. The city had provided scans and drawings of a plan. Burson also said this was the first time he had heard about issues with the crosswalk.
“There was no confrontation, no denials,” Burson said. “We want to work with the city.”
Burson said the last communication with the city was six to eight months ago and the bank was waiting on an appraisal on the corner for the new light from the city. Burson spoke with the Daily Record on Thursday.
Najar said pedestrian countdown signals are not present and an entire rebuild is necessary due to the signal being full of old conduit. Najar estimates the signals were built in the ‘70s. Najar confirmed the city worked on the ramps a couple of years ago to get them to code.
For the timing of the lights, Najar said there is enough time for pedestrians to cross, but there is no countdown sign that shows the pedestrian how much time they have in the cycle.
Denise Toby, a citizen, jaywalked to an appointment at Eastern and had another appointment to see a specialist at Lovelace Regional Hospital the same afternoon on Feb. 5. While speaking to the Daily Record, Toby sat at the southbound bus stop of Valley Bank wrapping her right hand in gauze and saying she experienced pain.
“I normally have my child with me,” Toby said. “I have a 7-year-old. I would have walked to there, had to wait, and basically jaywalk with him because there is no sign that says it’s OK. I have taught him to push the button, so he would not want to go until he saw it, which is a good thing. Then he can read and see — if it would not have changed, he would have said, ‘We can’t go, Mommy,’ and then I would be there arguing with a 7-year-old.”
Toby said she knew jaywalking over the median with an injury was dangerous but she had to get to her appointment. She said she relies on the Pecos Trail Transit for all of her transportation, which she said despite having to guess, the schedule is “not that bad.” Toby said the updates on Main Street was encouraging and hopes to see the city fix the crosswalk soon.
“It’s dangerous as hell,” Toby said. “Nobody slows down. They don’t even see you — because they figure you are supposed to use the crosswalk. “It wouldn’t hurt for them to fix it — instead of handing out tickets.”
City reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at email@example.com.
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.
“We have definitely gone up in the number of businesses donating,” said MainStreet Roswell Executive Director Kathy Lay, “and some of them formed a partnership with their organizations so that they will be providing donations throughout the year.”
Many of the local businesses that are part of MainStreet Roswell began taking donations during the First Friday event Feb. 4 and continued through Valentine’s Day. Other merchants will collect money or donate a portion of their proceeds to their chosen organizations for the rest of the year.
Donors and beneficiaries included Ancient of Days, giving to the Roswell Refuge; Alien Zone, contributing to the Lindsey Callaway Memorial Toy Drive; Apple Blossom, giving to the From Forgotten to Forever animal rescue group; Barringer’s, donating to Harvest Ministries; Books Again, raising money for the Roswell Public Library; Bows and Britches for the Girl Scouts, Bullocks Jewelry for the Assurance Home; Casa Bella Boutique for the Starting Line; Dara’s Upholstery for the Roswell Humane Society; Finishing Touches for the Roswell Public Library children’s program; Once Again Consignment for the Roswell Homeless Coalition and the Chaves County CASA dogs program; Stardust Antiques, Art and Artifacts for local veterans’ services; Shoes to be Happy and the T-Shirt Factory for the Runyan Ranch Rescue Zoo; Stellar Coffee for the Roswell Homeless Coalition; Tascosa Office Machines for the Roswell Humane Society; the Gallery and Main Street Arts for the Roswell Fine Arts League; and Pioneer Bank for the Sarah Bradley Heart Transplant Fund.
The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.
Katrina Monique Lopez was charged with failure to comply at the 800 block of East Bland Street at 12:57 a.m
Miguel A. Rodriguez was charged with unlawful use of license at the 1600 block of North Main Street at 4:51 a.m.
Lashae D. Burns was charged with criminal trespass at 45 A St. at 6:58 a.m.
Samantha Flores was charged with shoplifting at 128 W. Second St. at 2:58 p.m.
James Austin Booe was charged with shoplifting at the 3700 block of South Atkinson Avenue at 4:32 p.m.
Kathryn Vanderpool was charged with shoplifting and a probation violation at the 1700 block of South Main Street at 6:49 p.m.
Jessica I. Guilez was charged with failure to pay fines and failure to appear at the 600 block of North Main Street.
Jose. R. Ochoa was charged with shoplifting at the 800 block of West Hobbs Street at 9:57 p.m.
Fernando Miguel Ortega was charged with unlawful use of license at the corner of West Second Street and North Lea Avenue at 10:50 p.m.
Joshua James Lucero was charged with fleeing or attempting or elude a police officer at the 1700 block of North Kansas Avenue at 12:31 a.m.
Ciara C. Madrid was charged with a miscellaneous arrest from another agency at the 700 block of North Kentucky Avenue at 12:31 a.m.
Skyla F. Brammer-Andazola was charged with failure to appear at the 1700 block of North Kansas Avenue at 12:31 a.m.
Lorenzo Lee Cobos was charged with failure to appear at the 200 block of South Montana Avenue at 12:34 a.m.
Thomas Pilar Herrera was charged with resisting, evading or obstructing an officer at the 600 block of East Albuquerque Street at 3:18 a.m.
Carlos Archuleta was charged with failure to appear and elude or attempt to elude an officer at the 600 block of East Albuquerque Street at 3:18 a.m.
Police were dispatched to a found narcotics call at the 800 block of South Wyoming Avenue on at 4:50 a.m.
Police were dispatched to a criminal damage at the 500 block of Redwood Street at 10 a.m. A window valued at $200 was reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to an abandoned vehicle call at the 600 block of South Wyoming Avenue at 10:14 a.m.
Police were dispatched to a criminal damage call at the 600 block of Cherry Street at 1:38 p.m. A front door, valued at $100, was reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to the report of embezzlement at the Walmart at 4500 N. Main St. at 4:07 p.m. A HP Steam 11 Laptop, PlayStation 4, with a combined value of $500.50, were reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to a criminal damage call at the 600 block of South Main Street at 5 p.m. The vehicle window to a 2002 Ford Explorer, valued at $200, was reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to the report of a verbal domestic dispute at the 1200 block of Beloit Drive at 5:11 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a mental evaluation call at the 1600 block of West Summit Street at 5:13 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a larceny shoplifting call at the Kmart at 1705 S. Main St. at 6:49 p.m. A pair of shoes valued at $29.99 was reported stolen but later recovered.
Police were dispatched to a larceny shoplifting call at the Walmart at 4500 N. Main St. at 8:39 p.m. A bottle of Fireball valued at $12.97 was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to a larceny shoplifting call at the Farmers Market at 800 W. Hobbs at 9:57 p.m. A bottle of Fireball and E & J with a total value of $25.98 were reported stolen.
Chapter B, P.E.O. meets Thursday
The next meeting of Chapter B, P.E.O. will be held on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m., at the home of Linda Sacra. Linda Jones will be her co-hostess. We will be discussing our P.E.O. projects. Call 622-5069 for further information.
Sunrise Optimist meets Wednesdays
The Sunrise Optimist Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. at the Red Onion Restaurant. Join us to find out how we help the youth of our community. For more information, call membership chairman Roger K. Burnett at 420-9420.
Altrusa meets fourth Wednesday
Altrusa International of Roswell, NM, Inc. meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at noon at the Museum Archives Center of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, 208 N. Lea Ave.
Roswell Daily Record invites you to send in your club meetings to be published on a space-available basis. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.