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Pedro De La Peña

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Pedro De La Peña, 40, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico. The Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017, at 6 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. A tribute of Pedro’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On November 3, 1976, Pedro was born to Pedro De La Peña Sr. and Rose Gutierrez, in Roswell, New Mexico. A Denver Broncos fan, Pedro worked as a cook. His favorite hobbies were collecting movies and coloring. Pedro’s daughters were his pride and joy. He always enjoyed spending time around loved ones. Pedro will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Those left to cherish Pedro’s memory are his loving daughters: Jasmine De La Peña, Majesti De La Peña, Maqayla De La Peña and boyfriend, James Byrd Jr.; parents: Pedro De La Peña Sr. and Rose Gutierrez; granddaughter, Zelena De La Peña; brother, Marcello De La Peña; sisters: Barbara Hernandez, Belinda De La Peña; and nieces: Katianna Hernandez, Sienna Hernandez, Fantasy De La Peña, Alisha Lopez, and Elena Lopez.
Preceding Pedro in death are his grandmothers: Juanita Banda and Barbara Alvarado-De La Peña.

Mike Martin

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Mike Martin passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX.
Mike was born in Arkansas, but grew up in Artesia and worked a summer job at the Navajo Refinery. Mike first moved to Roswell in the early ’80s as a loan officer for Valley Federal Bank. After their closing in the late ’80s various careers followed, finally ending with Home Depot here in Roswell. Most in Roswell probably know Mike more for his passion for golf and could find him most days at Spring River Golf Course.
Mike was preceded in death by his father Billy Ray Martin and mother Dorothy Lou Martin.
Mike is survived by two children, son Sean Michael Martin, daughter Amanda Nicole Martin, and his sweetheart Susan Smith. Mike also has one grandchild, Sierra Martin.
Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 7. 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017, also at Ballard Funeral Home. Pastor Jerry Chavez of Christ’s Church will officiate.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

Wesley Lee Little

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Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Wesley Lee Little, age 47, of Roswell, who passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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 lagronefuneralchapels.com

Licences needed in order to work

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Thanks to a letter by Jim Scott, I had to talk. I went to the MVD with a veteran half my age. He hadn’t had a license in a two-month period.

Obamacare is step to gov’t takeover

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When Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a town hall meeting, propagandists in the press said Sarah Palin’s political ads incited Republicans to shoot her, but the man who was obsessed by her wasn’t a Republican. He was a man all described as insane.

UBI is ill-conceived and dangerous

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On June 22 of this year Mr. Abalos brought up the subject of UBI (Universal Basic Income) and I thought I would respond.

Fireworks crowd fizzles out before finale; Lackluster Fourth of July show blamed on new Texas contractor

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City officials said a lackluster Fourth of July fireworks show was the result of a poor performance by the contractor the city hired to take over the annual pyrotechnic display at Cielo Grande Recreation Area.

One property owner not sheepish about his objections to permit

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An 8-foot metal fence now surrounds most of the Custom Construction property. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A Roswell business owner won his quest to keep sheep and goats on property in the city limits, in spite of some initial opposition from neighbors.
One person from a neighboring property said she was satisfied with the city’s decisions, but another remains upset.

Alcohol and high speeds were factors in fatal crash, report says

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Police records obtained by the Daily Record Wednesday indicate the fatal crash near the Roswell Relief Route Friday was alcohol-related and a result of excessive speeding.

Church with long standing in town serves today’s needs

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Jeffrey Ahlen, right, along with other members of Trinity United Methodist Church of Roswell, 1413 S. Union Aven., serve a meal during its Halloween party. Trinity is one of Roswell’s oldest churches. (Submitted Photo)

Trinity United Methodist Church has been in Roswell for a long time. Originally established as First Methodist Episcopal Church North in 1903, the church has cycled through feast and famine. Now, under the guidance of Pastor Glenn Thyrion, Trinity is on its way to feasting again.

Park is like a mirage in the valley

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Bottomless Lakes State Park continues to be the place to go to cool off on a hot summer day. Several people rode the paddle boats and paddle boards on Wednesday afternoon making the heat more tolerable. (Keilee Templeman Photo)

Car show winners announced Saturday

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Several vintage cars won prizes at the second annual Joe Albarez III Memorial Car Show and Concert held Saturday at the baseball fields of New Mexico Military Institute. From left, the 1954 Ford Fairlane owned by Greg Salas won first place overall, the 1985 Cutlass Supreme owned by Manny Gonzalez won first place in street custom and the 1981 Cutlass Supreme owned by Carlos Hernandez took best of show. (Submitted Photo)

Tourism in New Mexico lifts off; Number of visitors to New Mexico sets record

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Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that 34.4 million trips were taken to New Mexico in 2016, beating the previous record set in 2015 of 33.4 million.

Lions Hondo downs Noon Op 15-5; Local Little Leagues clash at District 2 tourney in Alamogordo; Lions Hondo to face Artesia in final series

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Lions Hondo All-Star rookie Christian Richardson made the most of his first year playing the game, coming up with multiple hits and runs during the teams’ 15-5 victory over local rivals Noon Optimist Wednesday at Griggs Sports Complex in Alamogordo. Lions Hondo will face Artesia today at 6 p.m. and must defeat them twice to win the District 2 title. If necessary, game two will take place Friday at 6 p.m. (Anna Santoyo Photo)

Lois Hein

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Near 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st, as the lightning brightened the sky and thunder roared, the Heavens welcomed home 91-year-old Lois Hein.
When Lois was born way back on March 15, 1926, they broke the mold because she was definitely one of a kind. Lois, also known as “The Queen or QM (Queen Mother)” enjoyed life to its fullest. She loved to laugh, spend time with her family and friends and share her chair with her dog Bubba! Staying busy was the key to Lois’ long and happy life. Lois was a fixer-upper of many older homes including several in Kansas, Silver City as well as Roswell. She loved to sew and do crafts, including homemade greeting cards. The Queen loved to grow flowers, plants and trees. She designed and collected dolls. She once made a life-sized doll and named her Hillary. No matter how prepared a person was knowing Hillary occupied a chair in the craft workroom, she still scared the heck out of them when they walked through the door, which made Lois laugh and laugh!
Despite her rough and strong exterior, Lois was a kind and compassionate friend to many. When someone was ill or moving away, The Queen was the first to offer her services and well wishes. She was always a supporter of the underdog!! A foreign exchange student from Sweden who lived with Lois’ family nearly 45 years ago summed it up best when she called Lois “a unique and powerful woman who was a role model for us as women.”
Those from Roswell left to cherish years of precious memories of their fun (but ornery and unpredictable) mother are her daughter Sally and her partner Susan, her son Larry and his wife Cathy. Lois’ son Duke and his wife Sara feel the loss from Las Cruces and rounding out the clan is Connie and her husband Matt from Albuquerque.
Lois was so proud to be the matriarch of the family. She had four grandchildren: Amy, Erik, Lindsey and Cameron. Lois was also “the favorite aunt” to now-adult kids from Indiana to Minnesota and from Texas to Arizona and New Mexico.
No services are planned as Lois wanted to be cremated with her ashes spread on Soldier Mountain that she enjoyed so much … and when Lois spoke, no one dared dispute her.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Lois’ love of animals with a donation to the Roswell Humane Society.

Recent DWI arrests in Chaves County

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Local law enforcement agencies have provided the following information. All people are presumed innocent.

Laptop stolen, then recovered from Wal-Mart

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

‘CARE’ operation across state increases motorist safety through Fourth of July

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The New Mexico State Police Department participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort operation across all roadways within the state according a press release from New Mexico State Police public information officer, Carl Christiansen.

Museum speakers’ views range from certainty to ambiguousness

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Lisa Dunlap Photo "I've always wondered what happened to my family, because I really didn't know," says Thomas Reed, one of 16 speakers in the lecture series of the International UFO Museum and Research Center occurring as part of the UFO Festival.

Some speakers at the International UFO Museum and Research Center’s lecture series are firmly convinced of extraterrestrial visitations and the other-worldly nature of the Roswell Incident. Others say only that they’ve experienced something that so far cannot be explained by conventional wisdom.

Teen involved in motorcycle crash is recovering; 18-year-old suffered multiple broken bones in accident, still in serious condition

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The teen motorcyclist seriously injured in a crash Monday night on North Main Street is recovering after being flown to an out-of-town hospital, a family member told the Daily Record.

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