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Pirtle considering race for Congress


New Mexico state Sen. Cliff Pirtle has confirmed he is interested in running for Congress as seven-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce eyes a race for governor.

Four join county Land Council


The Chaves County Land Council has added four new members and seeks to become a more effective advisory board to county managers and officials as it holds its second meeting of the year Thursday night.

First Presbyterian puts the needy first


First Presbyterian Church has had Larry Sydow as interim pastor for about a year now, and he is happy with what he’s seen there.

Where the antelope play

Sue Ferguson took this photo of a pair of antelope just outside her Roswell home this week. (Submitted Photo)

Cancer Services offers free retreat


On the weekend of Sept. 8-10, Cancer Services of New Mexico is hosting an educational event at the Marriott Pyramid North Hotel in Albuquerque.

Family searching for disabled man last seen in Lovington

Ernest Lee Sipe

More than $1,700 in electronics and clothing stolen from home


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

Michael Pete Jaramillo


Michael Pete Jaramillo, age 52, loved by his family and friends, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. Mike was a full of life, fun-loving man, willing to help family, friends and strangers any time. He had plenty of stories to tell about growing up in the Roswell/Dexter area and he kept his family and friends entertained for hours with his storytelling skills.
Mike is survived by his loving partner of 17 years, Kim Ellen Cree; his beloved daughter, Adrienna Tavarez; his much loved sister, Alicia Bernal; his nephews Justin Bernal and Steven Herrera; his loving niece and favorite wild child, Samantha Bernal; his aunt, Helen Padilla; his uncles, Elmo, Joe, James and Gilbert Sedillo; and numerous cousins. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends that have known him since childhood. Mike was preceded in death by his adored younger daughter, Adelina Tavarez, his loving mother Della Sedillo; and his doting grandparents.
An open house to celebrate Mike’s life will be held at his sister’s home, 5016 Kokopelli Drive NE in Rio Rancho on Saturday, July 1 beginning at 3 p.m. Everyone whose life Mike has touched is invited to come, join with other friends and family and remember Mike with stories and reminiscing.

Johnnie M. Gamboa


Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 23, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home for Johnnie M. Gamboa, 87, who passed on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at home surrounded by his loved ones. Lay-Pastor Alex Sigala will officiate with burial to follow at General Douglas McBride Veterans Cemetery. Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard will conduct military graveside services.
Johnnie was born January 22, 1930 in Roswell, NM to Johnnie Gamboa and Nellie Gueviro Gamboa, who preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his son Frankie Gamboa; daughter “DG” Delores Cribbs and a great-great granddaughter. Johnnie married Louise M. Carter on December 8, 1951 in Dunn, NC who survives him in Roswell, NM.
He is also survived by his son Danny Gamboa of Roswell, NM; daughters Liz Sigala and husband Albert, Diana Borton and Debbie Sigala and husband Alex; brother Ronald Gamboa; 13 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Johnnie was born and raised in Roswell, NM. He retired as a carpenter. Johnnie loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be truly missed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

Ernesto Joseph Espinoza


Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Ernesto Joseph Espinoza, age 58, who passed away Monday June 19, 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 www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Elected leaders should stand with sportmen


Sportsmen and women in Chaves County and southeast New Mexico recently got steamrolled by the Chaves County Commission.

We shouldn’t degrade Roswell police


Wednesday’s letter from Flo Wells about the Roswell Police Department’s use of military equipment seems a little misdirected.

Invaders stay hot at home with series win; Roswell takes two close ones from Triggers; rubber match tonight at 7 p.m.

Roswell starting pitcher Darrell Thompson tosses one during the first inning of the Invaders’ 6-5 extra-innings win over the visiting Trinidad Triggers Tuesday at Joe Bauman Stadium. Thompson allowed four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks in five innings of work. (AJ Dickman Photo)
After receiving a laser-beam throw from catcher Jackson Pritchard, Invader infielder Caleb Patterson catches Trinidad’s Tim Henry (6) trying to steal second for the third out of the second inning Tuesday. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Roswell teacher brutalized, autopsy shows; Body found near Vaughn sustained head injuries 24 hours prior to discovery

Maria Aragon

Construction, closures and repairs, oh my!

Road crews work on South Wyoming Street Tuesday afternoon as part of efforts this week by the city of Roswell to repair portions of both Wyoming and East Country Club Road. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Wednesday, crews will return to Wyoming Street, with road closures expected between Bland and First streets. Thursday, workers will be on Country Club Road, with that road closed between Main Street to Garden Avenue. The city is working with Dustrol Inc. of Pueblo, Colorado, on a “hot recycling” and slurry seal method to repair the pavement, an alternative and less expensive option to the usual mill and inlay process, according to city documents. The project is estimated to cost $77,914 for the repair of 25,000 square yards of pavement.

Berrendo Cooperative water access problems attributed to leak


A leak in a water line is being blamed for widespread water problems experienced recently by members of the Berrendo Cooperative Water User Association.

Weather creates deathly dust storm


Six people were killed and numerous others were injured in a 25-vehicle accident caused by a dust storm Monday on Interstate 10 in southwestern New Mexico.

Missing Corpus Christi hikers found dead near Carlsbad Caverns


The bodies of two missing hikers from Corpus Christi have been found by authorities near Carlsbad Caverns.

Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge hosts open house

Bitter Lake National Willdlife Refuge hosted an open house Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Redcoats Kim Vasquez, Hervey Gilliland, Rhonda Johnson, Yukie Ebara and Stacie Carroll. Also pictured, from left, are Friends of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Barbara Scheer, Floyd Truetken, Jimmy Masters, Jim Montgomery, Don Weld, Sue Briney and Steve Alvarez. (Submitted Photo)

Burglar gets away with $1,800 TV


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


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