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In the light of Roswell’s history; The 36th annual heritage dinner of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico to honor local electricity company

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This is a photo of a former SPS mascot, Sparky. (Submitted Photo)

Remembering a fallen hero this holiday; Kenneth Watson III enlisted to serve in World War I one hundred years ago; he passed away two years later from peritonitis

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Headstone from South Park cemetery. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

Roswell crash still offering new hints 70 years on; Investigators say there’s still evidence to find, describe recent encounter with possible UFO

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Audience members listen to field investigators Chuck Zukowski and Debbie Ziegelmeyer discuss their behind the scenes investigation on the Roswell crash of 1947. They also experienced a possible UFO sighting while in Roswell last year. (Katy Ross Photo)

Some may believe, since the Roswell crash occurred 70 years ago, that there is nothing left to uncover. But for Chuck Zukowski and Debbie Ziegelmeyer, they are still investigating the infamous Roswell incident.

Invasion of the cuddly kind

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Wieners in space! Don Ray and Lizzie Fowler traveled all the way from Scottsdale, Arizona, to participate at the Alien Pet Contest that took place Saturday at the Chaves County courthouse lawn. Though their 8-year-old dachshund, Molly, did not win, she was the audience favorite and rewarded with enthusiastic applause. (Christina Stock Photo)
Invasion of the Chihuahua kind! Seven Chihuahuas were part of the Intergalactic Space Assembly group that won third place Saturday at the Alien Pet Contest. Their human owners had their hands full trying to keep the dogs’ alien look in place, not getting them tied in a ball and not losing sight of their alien pets. (Christina Stock Photo)

Duran’s work centers on her two passions: Senior citizens and watching people succeed

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The JOY Center, 1822 N. Montana Ave., serves Chaves County's senior community. Enjoying a conversation with Jerry Brewer, left, Thursday, is Monica Reveles Duran, executive director of the JOY Center. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

The JOY Senior Center is fortunate to have Monica Reveles Duran running it. She grew up in a home that valued service to others as a basic virtue.

Fitness is an intergalactic affair for families

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The annual Alien Chase took place Saturday morning, starting at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. The event included 35 members of one family. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

About 35 members of the Gonzalez family came to run and walk early Saturday morning just as they have for about five years now.

Festival organizers: Numbers up so far

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Kathy Lay, executive director of MainStreet Roswell, says she is optimistic that this year's participation in the UFO Festival will exceed last year's numbers. She is shown directing visitors while working in MainStreet's downtown information booth on Saturday afternoon. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

UFO Festival organizers speaking on Saturday described this year’s event as robust so far, with one day left to go, and predicted that attendance and participation will surpass that of previous years.

Roswell shelter understaffed, not accepting animals weekend afternoon

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The Roswell Animal Shelter, located at 705 E. McGaffey St., did not accept animals from the public after 12 p.m. Saturday and will not be receiving them after 12 p.m. today.

Great Dane Sully is top dog at alien pet contest

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You need patience to become a winner. Roswell native Karina DeYoung adjusts the costume of her Great Dane, Sully, before they get on stage during the annual Alien Pet Contest on Saturday at the Chaves County courthouse lawn. Sully, 4, was the event's overall winner. (Christina Stock Photo)
This Dane puts greatness to its name! The winner of this year’s Alien Pet Contest at the UFO Festival was Sully, a 4-year-old Great Dane. This is owner Karina DeYoung’s first time participating in the contest. DeYoung and Sully are from Roswell. Typical to the breed, Sully was very patient getting his costume in place and posing for the multitude of national and international press as well as for his fans. (Christina Stock Photo)

Week Ahead

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Tuesday
Federal holiday. Government offices closed.

Little Leaguer about to go big; Yonathan “Santoyo” Hernandez to compete in Pitch, Hit & Run national finals July 10 during MLB All-Star festivities in Miami

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Yonathan “Santoyo” Hernandez in his Lions Hondo All-Star uniform. Hernandez and his mother, Anna Santoyo, will head to Miami later this week for the Major League Baseball All-Star Weekend, where the 11-year-old will compete with two other finalists in his age group for the MLB Pitch, Hit & Run national championship. (Submitted Photo)

Kang, Choi tied for lead at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship; Piller in seventh at 5-under

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Roswell native Gerina Piller, seen here in her 2016 Team USA portrait, rocketed up the leaderboard at the Women’s PGA Championship Friday, moving from 70th to 15th with a 5-under 66, putting the Goddard graduate at 3-under par after two rounds. (Photo courtesy of Team USA)

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Danielle Kang got a text message from Wayne Gretzky on Saturday morning. Caitlyn Jenner called Friday, and four-time major winner Hollis Stacy also reached out.

Flag etiquette to be followed every day, throughout US

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Standards of respect

Dorothy Louise Routledge Hill

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Dorothy Louise Routledge Hill passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at her home in Roswell, NM. She was born on January 16, 1923, in Jemez Springs, NM, to Arthur and Ethel McClaskey Routledge, second generation New Mexico pioneers. The family will have a private memorial service at a later date. A tribute of Dorothy’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
Dorothy was one of the last of the “Jemez Women,” daughters and granddaughters of the Jemez who lived lives of grit and determination through the Great Depression and World War II. After completing a teaching degree at UNM, Dorothy married Alex M. Hill on September 10, 1944, just before he was shipped off to Europe. She always said they were married for a year before they lived together, the reverse of the modern trend. She lived in Long Beach, CA, that year working as a parts clerk at Douglas Aircraft, where her sister, Elizabeth, was a riveter, her mother (also a teacher) was a secretary, and her brother, Herbert, was a mathematician, while her other brother, Joseph, served in Okinawa.
After the war, Alex and Dorothy lived on the Jess Corn Ranch, then bought a farm north of Roswell where they raised cattle, cotton and their kids, Steve, Alexis, Andrea and Danna. After moving to town, Dorothy reveled in being a Brownie as well as Cub Scout Leader and room mother at Parkview Grade School. The family moved to the Albuquerque area in 1957, where Dorothy became a 4 H leader and taught part-time at the Cochiti Indian School, and had their fifth baby Jay in 1960. The family then returned to Roswell in 1963, where she continued substitute teaching and excelled as an officer in Agricultural Extension Club as a state officer. In 1973, Alex moved his business to California where Dorothy reclaimed her love of horsemanship, began painting and completed a degree at San Diego State. Alex and Dorothy spent the ’80s in Temple, TX, and retired to Roswell, NM, in 1992, where they built their last home. Dorothy continued to teach as a substitute until age 85, where her last few years were spent once again at Parkview Elementary. She was also a devoted CASA volunteer, giving her time and resources selflessly to her kids at Assurance Home.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved son, Jay, in 1996; husband, Alex, in 1999; father, mother and two brothers.
She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Regier of Pamona, CA; son, Steve Hill of Roswell, NM; daughters: Andrea Smith-Leach of Roswell, NM, Alexis Turley (Victor) of Salado, TX, Danna Masters (Douglas) of Temple, TX; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Dorothy would also want to mention her dearest friends: Nancy and Linton Miller; lifelong BFFs- sister-in-law, Mardell Routledge and her sister, Ila Farris.
For all of her life, Dorothy was the girl who loved horses and the Jemez Mountains. All she ever wanted as a child was to go home to the ranch at Jemez Springs. Her wish to have her ashes and those of Alex and Jay spread in the Jemez together will be fulfilled by her surviving children, and she will finally be home once again.
Contributions may be made to CASA in Roswell, NM, in Dorothy’s memory.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Dorothy by her family.

Gayle Armstrong Stokes

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Gayle Armstrong Stokes, 92, a lifelong resident of Roswell, passed away at her home on June 17, 2017 with family members at her side. She suffered from a brief illness with cancer.
Gayle was born in Roswell on July 6, 1924 to Gayle G. and Murphy S. Armstrong. She graduated from Roswell High School in 1942, attended Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri for two years and then attended the University of Texas in Austin where she received her degree in physical education in 1946. After graduating from college she was a kindergarten teacher for several years. During her life, she had the privilege of being a partner in several businesses, G.G.. Armstrong & Son, Armstrong & Armstrong, and Stokes Ranch Limited.
On November 5, 1954, she married the love of her life, S. Dewey Stokes. They had three sons, Len Stokes and his wife, Cheryl from Alto, New Mexico, Jim Stokes and his wife, Linda from Plano, Texas, Brian Stokes and his wife, Robyn from Roswell, New Mexico, and one daughter, Lauri Stokes from Roswell, New Mexico. She is also survived by several grandchildren including Shannon Russek and her husband, Michael from Corpus Christi, Texas, Meredith Stokes and her significant other Bryan from Beaumont, Texas, Rene Gayle Potter and her husband, Brandon from McKinney, Texas, Jennifer Diane Stokes from Plano, Texas, Christopher Stokes and his wife, Madison from Roswell, New Mexico, Brandon Stokes and his wife, Kate from Ruidoso, New Mexico, Daniel Stokes and his wife, Bethany from Dallas, Texas, Brett Stokes and his wife, Kelsea from Naples, Florida, Jason Hildenbrand and his wife, Savannah from Chicago, Illinois, Brogan Davey from Denver, Colorado and Foster Davey from Kennewick, Washington. Gayle is also survived by 13 great grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces and nephews including Bill Armstrong and his wife Karen from Alto, New Mexico, Judi Armstrong from Roswell, New Mexico, Robert G. Armstrong and his wife, Sara from Roswell, New Mexico, and Riley Armstrong and his significant other, Pat Greenwade from Roswell, New Mexico. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Adelin Schauer from Alamogordo, New Mexico and her children, Leda Schauer from High Rolls, New Mexico and Tony Schauer and his wife, Linda from High Rolls, New Mexico. Nieces and nephews referred to Gayle as “Auntie” as well as many of her friends children.
Gayle is predeceased by her devoted husband, Dewey, her parents, Gayle and Murphy Armstrong and her brother, B.B. Armstrong.
Gayle was a homemaker, devoted to her family and the community of Roswell. She was always happy to visit with and help those in need. She enjoyed playing tennis, poker, golf, and traveling with her husband. She was a devoted active member of First Methodist Church of Roswell where she taught Sunday School for several years. She also served on the South Park Cemetery Board of Directors. While at the University of Texas she became a lifetime member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, sponsoring many pledges throughout the years. Gayle delighted in attending a weekly get together with a few good friends, “The Alley Cats.” She enjoyed having a Christmas tree cutting event on the Armstrong Ranch in the Captain Mountains. Dozens of families enjoyed going with Gayle to cut their own Christmas tress at this event for over 30 years. Many people in Roswell will miss seeing their devoted friend, Gayle Stokes.
Gayle wished to be cremated and the graveside services are scheduled for what would have been her 93rd birthday on July 6, 2017 at 10 a.m at South Park Cemetery at the Armstrong Family Plot. The service will be conducted by Rev. Archie Echols, former Minister of First Methodist Church and Rev. Tina Cross, current Minister of First Methodist Church. A reception will be held following the graveside service.
The family desires that the memorials be given to Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund at First Methodist Church or the Assurance Home of Roswell.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

Charles Brice Dowaliby

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Charles Brice Dowaliby passed away after a lengthy illness on Friday, June 30, 2017. A longtime resident of Roswell, “Carlos” (as he was known to his friends), was preceded in death by his father James Dowaliby; mother Evelyn Brice Dowaliby; as well as his beloved grandfather Judge Charles R. Brice; and grandmother Mary Evelyn Pruitt Brice.
Charles was born on April 15, 1933 in New York City and moved to Roswell when he was six years old. He attended public schools in the city and later became a cadet at New Mexico Military Institute. He served three years in the U.S. Navy before enrolling at the University of New Mexico where he was a member of Pi Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He graduated with a degree in psychology and Spanish in 1960. He spent many years in Santa Fe where he wrote a political column for the Santa Fe New Mexican and was a special assistant to Governor David Cargo. Charles spent several years traveling in Mexico and later moved to El Paso, serving with the U.S. Border Patrol. Following his retirement, he moved back to Roswell where he enjoyed his final years visiting with old friends and enjoying the company of many pets.
Charles is survived by many friends including his faithful caregiver, Suzie Waldrip; his adopted second family, Sally, Lisa, and Ross Burkstaller, all of whom will miss his great sense of humor, generosity and loving concern for everyone. A Memorial Celebration will be held at a later date to be determined this summer. Donations in memory of Carlos may be made to the Humane Society and to Vista Care Hospice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

JOY Center aims to continue services despite cuts

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Monica Duran, Left, addressed the crowd at the public hearing Thursday morning at the JOY Center, 1822 North Montana Avenue while Aida Romero waited to speak about programs the JOY Center provides. The JOY Center has had to cope with a $52,000 cut in budget this fiscal year, and Duran and her staff have gotten creative. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Chaves County JOY Centers had its annual public hearing Thursday morning at its center on North Montana Avenue. Executive Director Monica Duran led the meeting.

Commissioner James Duffey honored for service by NMAC

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James Duffey, center, receives the Glass Flame Award from the New Mexico Association of Governments as he leaves its Board of Directors. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) Board of Directors honored Chaves County Commissioner James Duffey with the Glass Flame Award during the 81st annual conference in Taos on June 22.

Norma Lou Cantrell (Maloney)

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Norma Lou Cantrell, 74, passed away June 23, 2017, in Spring, TX. A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Ballard Funeral Home in Roswell, NM.
Norma was born July 1, 1942 to James Waymon Maloney and Rachel Evelyn Prichard (Halliburton) in Roswell, NM. At an early age, she moved with her family to Folly Beach, South Carolina. She eventually moved back to Roswell and graduated from Roswell High School in 1960. Norma attended Columbia College and ultimately graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1964.
August 15, 1964, Norma married Ralph Robinson Spengeman in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They were the parents of Todd Cameron Spengeman and Laura Anne Spengeman. She was active in the Junior League of Albuquerque, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and the USGA.
Norma loved the game of golf and was an avid golfer. She played most of her golf at the golf club in Belen, NM. She had a beautiful golf swing and worked hard to perfect her game. She boasts 5 hole-in-ones and was the Women’s Club Champion numerous times. She competed against some of the best golfers in the Women’s New Mexico State Amateur. Throughout her adult life she supported junior golf. Norma helped to create the Goddard High School girls golf program which won a state championship in 1988. In her last few years she continued to keep up with golf on TV, rarely missing a tournament.
On June 25, 1988, Norma married Randall Keith Cantrell. They were married 28 years. The couple spent a number of years in Belen, NM until they moved to Spring, TX in 1992 with a short period in Corpus Christi before returning back to Spring, TX. She taught and led Special Education departments in a number of schools in her more than 20 years teaching. Norma retired from teaching in 2007.
Norma is survived by her husband, Randall Cantrell; son, Todd Spengeman and his wife, Darla of Sugar Land, TX and her grandchildren Trevor and Riley Spengeman; and daughter, Laura Spengeman and spouse, Paula Plesha of Sacramento, CA. Norma’s brother, James Richard Dick Maloney and his wife, Mary Frances Jennings Maloney, of Roswell. Norma had a special love for their children: Jeffrey, Sally Goebel, Gregory, Andrew and Wiley Maloney.
The family would like to thank the many people who touched her heart throughout her life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to https://suncountrypga.com/foundation/donate/ in her memory.
An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

Olin Ralph Vernon

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Olin Ralph Vernon, age 87, of Roswell, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 3, 2017 at the Country Club Road Church of Christ. Pastor Doug Austin will be officiating. Inurnment will follow at a later date at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.
Olin Ralph was born in Hereford, Texas on January 31, 1930 to James Anderson Vernon and Cora Reeves Vernon. He was one of 13 children, two of which survive him. They are Freeda McBride from Portales, NM and Yvonne Johnson from Los Alamos, NM.
Olin Ralph began working for Prices Creamery in Portales, NM in the early 1950’s. He was fondly known as “little sister” because he was so young and naive. He enlisted in the Army in September of 1959 and served until 1962.
He worked for the NM National Guard full time in Portales, NM and transferred to Roswell, NM in 1960. He retired in June 1977 as SFC/E7 after serving 25 years. Olin was a lifetime member of the B.P.O.E., No. 969 Elks Lodge in Roswell, NM.
Olin Ralph and his wife Deanie were always seen in the many restaurants in town, because they both loved to eat out. They loved traveling, camping, and fishing. One of Olin’s favorite places was in Northern New Mexico near Chama. One of his greatest pleasures was their children; always being involved in their activities. He attended many band concerts and marching festivals. You could often see him as a proud father watching his son play baseball, in his earlier years, and almost a decade later watching his twin sons play soccer.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Deanie M.Vernon; his parents, James A. and Cora Vernon; son, Dennis Ralph Vernon; brothers, Robert Perry Vernon, John Ivan Vernon, Durward Edward Vernon, and Charles Lloyd Vernon; sisters, Uva Hargett, Veda Huggins, Loretta Ellerd, Alva Summers, Dorotha Brannon, and Ova Pitts.
He is survived by his daughter, Lorraine (Warren) Odom of Rio Rancho, NM; sons, James (Ashley) Vernon of Roswell, NM, and Robby Vernon of Oklahoma City, OK. Olin Ralph is also survived by eight grandchildren, Tommy Tigert of Charlottesville, VA, Aaron Odom of Albuquerque, NM, Addison Vernon of Oklahoma City, OK, Ava Vernon of Roswell, NM, Lauryn Vernon of Roswell, NM, Blakely Vernon of Roswell, NM, Abby Vernon-Pena of Oklahoma City, OK, Christopher Armstrong of Antioch, CA, and two great-grandchildren.
We would like to thank Louane Soliz, Leah Higgins, Patricia Gonzalez, Kyra Franco, and Karla Mendez for the home care they gave Dad for the last three years and also the nurses at Brookdale and Sunset Villa for the care they gave our father.
The family would like memorial contributions made in his honor to New Mexico Children’s Home in Portales, NM.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

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