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A way to spend a summer’s day

A small boy plays on the railings Monday at Cahoon Park, while showing off his smile. (Keilee Templeman Photo)
Two young children enjoy the summer weather and run off some energy Monday at Cahoon Park. (Keilee Templeman Photo)

Police seek Mullins


Daniel Mullins, 50, is wanted by the Roswell Police Department.

Personal info, credit cards stolen from car


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

Xcel Energy warns about return of phone scams

Xcel Energya utility holding company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has received several reports of scammers operating within New Mexico and Texas.
According to Xcel’s media relations, customers have received calls that appear to be coming from Xcel Energy customer agents. 
These fake representatives then threatedisconnecting their services if a past due balance is not paid over the phone.  
Xcel said in the scammers’ latest attempt, calls appear to have been made from an automated system with call-back numbers that lead to a recorded message. 
Xcel said they are reminding customers that they will receive printed disconnect notices in the mail if their accounts are past due, and that the company has multiple ways to make payments. 
If customers receive calls demanding payment over the phone, and they have not received a disconnect notice, Xcel said they should hang up and call Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999 to check their account status and make payments properly 
Business customers can check the status of their accounts by calling 1-800-481-4700. These are the only numbers customers should use to contact Xcel Energy for billing and payment inquiries. 
More information on avoiding scams can be found at www.xcelenergy.com/scams. 

Blood drive kicks off today


United Blood Services will hold a blood drive in downtown Roswell through the UFO Festival.

Juan Moncayo


Juan Moncayo, 47, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Roswell, surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 19, 1969 to Jose Padilla and Rita Moncayo in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Juan is preceded in death by his father Jose Padilla, maternal grandparents Andres and Adelina Moncayo, aunt Olympia Sharp, and his beloved dog Lilbit.
Juan proudly served in the Army National Guard on a drug interdiction task force earning the rank of specialist. During his time of service, he was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, M-16 Rifle sharpshooter marksmanship badge, and the grenade sharpshooter marksmanship badge.
Juan was a very social and personable person who enjoyed being around people. He would enter a room and make his presence known by his dynamic personality and his knack for his exaggerated storytelling. Juan enjoyed long walks with pet companions and outdoor activities.
Juan is survived by his mother, Rita Moncayo of Roswell; brothers Matthew Moncayo and Joseph Moncayo of Roswell; sisters Audrey Lara of Roswell, NM and Georgia Moncayo of Washington, D.C.; nephews Javier Lara and Malachi Moncayo; and nieces Sandra Lara and Marisa Moncayo.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Ballard Funeral Home. The recitation of the rosary will take place on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Roswell. Interment will follow at General Douglas McBride Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

Joe Griego Lucero


Joe Griego Lucero “My buddy, my best friend” of Roswell, NM, gained his wings on June 21, 2017 at home surrounded by his loved ones. A memorial service will be held at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, June 30, 2017, at 1 p.m. A tribute of Joe’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On November 1, 1924, Joe was born to Isidro Lucero and Filomena Griego in Lubbock, TX. Joe married the love of his life, Maria Ramos, on October 16, 1954, and together they had nine children. Joe entered the US Air Force and served from 1943-1946. He was in both World War II as a gunner, and in the Korean War. He was a soldier until his passing. The years he served made him a very strong person and he passed that strength on to his children. Joe was extremely proud to talk about his time in the military, not a day went by that he did not talk about it.
He was always expanding his knowledge through reading, and would read anything and everything he could lay his hands on. Joe would always share the stories of his life to everyone, young or old. Family and friends always enjoyed listening to him for hours at a time. One thing he would do was encourage his family to make sure we finished our schooling so we could also expand our knowledge as he did. Joe’s number one hobby was gardening. He especially loved caring for his rosebushes and would always say, “These rosebushes will be here long after I’m gone, so please take care of them.” Joe’s greatest talent was music, especially playing the guitar. His children recall endless hours they spent as children listening to ‘dad’ play and sing with all his heart. You are forever loved and will always be missed.
Surviving to cherish Joe’s memory are his daughters: Joann Otero and husband, John and family of Ruidoso Downs, Patricia Garcia and family of Roswell, NM, Inez Lucero and family of Roswell, NM, Marylou Vasquez and family of Lubbock, TX, Maggie Hernandez and husband Tony and family of Roswell, NM, Cynthia Lucero and family of Roswell, NM and Lisa Saiz and family of Roswell, NM; sons: Eddie Lucero and wife, Adriana and family of Roswell, NM, Joseph Gregg Lucero II and family of Roswell, NM, and Adam Perez and family of California. Adam is a grandson whom he raised as his own. Other survivors also include 31 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding Joe in death are his loving wife, Maria Lucero; parents: Isidro Lucero and Filomena Griego; grandson, Brandon Lucero; great-grandchildren: twins, Monica Ramos and Veronica Ramos, Aryssa Lucero; son-in-law, Mark Vasquez; siblings: three brothers and one sister.
A Special Thanks to the VA, Heart Hospital and Hospice for the special care Joe received. A very Special Thanks to Tony, Maggie, Veronica and all their family for taking care of our dad for many years. Also, Thank You Patricia and Cynthia for taking care of dad at home.
We love you ole’ man!
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Joe by his family.

Christopher A. Cortez


Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Major Christopher A. Cortez, USA Retired, age 65, of Roswell, who passed away Monday, June 26, 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 lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Beating the heat at Bronco camp

The fifth annual Bronco Football Kids Summer Camp wrapped up Wednesday after three days of team bonding and gridiron fun on NMMI’s Stapp Parade Field. Bronco coaches led the campers in football drills and taught basic fundamentals before the kids took part in a shirts versus skins game on the final day. The Broncos open the 2017 football season on Aug. 19 at home against Planet Athlete Academy. (David Rocha Photo)

Retiring deputy says it’s his turn to be sheriff; Mike Herrington announces bid for office; Snyder seeking re-election


After nearly 22 years of working at the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Mike Herrington is retiring. However, the long-term Roswell resident isn’t planning to leave law enforcement anytime soon.

County is pleased with PILT payment


Chaves County has received more than $3 million from the federal government for the federal lands in the county, officials said Tuesday.

State education planned ranked best in nation


New Mexico’s state plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act was named as the best in the nation by independent education reviewers Tuesday, the state Public Education Department announced.

I checked. The water’s fine.

Andrea Hernandez, 4, touches the water of a statue in Artesia on Tuesday. (Keilee Templeman Photo)

Small park offers burst of color

This view from the corner of Main and Second streets Tuesday morning shows an assortment of flora, including salvias, verbena, lantana and gaillardias. (Sue Ferguson Photo)

Person on the street takes to Artesia: “If you could be any age, what age would that be? Why?”

Ronnie Jackson: “I think I would pick 50 because I was still healthy and able to get around easily, but I was wise enough to know what to do.” (Keilee Templeman Photo)

Street closures planned for UFO Festival


Street closures for the 22nd annual Roswell UFO Festival will begin Thursday on Main Street and side avenues.

Sandra “Sandy” Kay Walker (Harrison)


Sandra “Sandy” Kay Walker (Harrison), 70, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017, surrounded by her loved ones in Roswell, NM. To honor her family’s wishes, a private service will be held. A tribute of Sandra’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On July 8, 1946, Sandy was born to B. C. Harrison and Kathryn Harrison in Roswell, NM. Sandy was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She fought a good fight. Sandra was a devoted church member of Grace Community Church.
Surviving to cherish Sandy’s memory are her daughters: Mary Hammack and April Thomas; stepchildren: Dawn and Ray Walker; grandchildren: Justin Walker, Cheyenne Hammack, Landon Walker; siblings: Jim and Doreen Harrison, Susie and Bob Holy, Gary Harrison, Janet and Tom Wood, Robert and Cindy Harrison, Kathy and Marc Andrus; many nephews and nieces; and best friend, Paulette Frost.
Sandy was preceded in death by her mother, Kathryn Harrison; sister, Joyce Ann Harrison; and nephew, Jesse Wade Andrus.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Sandy by her family.

Marjorie A. Talley


Our beloved Marjorie A. Talley passed away at Rising Star Nursing home on June 19, 2017. She was 99 years old. Marjorie was born on Nov. 27, 1917, to her parents Elmer Jesse and Ada Davis, in Gainesville, TX. She married Homer Carroll Talley in 1937. She had three children and was a homemaker for many years. Her family moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked with the Corps of Engineers for 17 years. She and her husband retired to Roswell, NM. She volunteered at the hospital and was involved with the Methodist Church programs.
When her son retired to Rising Star, TX she was transferred there to be close to him and her daughter. She was preceded in death by Carolyn Talley-LaMar, daughter, Celia Davis, sister, Homer Carroll Talley, Jr. She is survived by Homer Carroll Talley III, son, Rhoma Gail Talley, daughter, and 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was a sweet lady who will be missed greatly.

Silvia G. Wilde 8/30/54 – 6/24/17


“Don’t cry baby, if this is what the good Lord wants then this is what is meant to be. I’m ready to go home.”

Silvia G. Wilde, 62, left this earth in the early morning hours of June 24, 2017. She was surrounded by the love of her family and was at peace. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 7 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church of Dexter, NM. A memorial service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church of Dexter, NM, on Friday, June 30, 2017, at 10 a.m. Internment will follow services at Hagerman Cemetery. A tribute of Silvia’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On August 30, 1954, Silvia was born to Marcos and Dolores Granados in Artesia, NM. Silvia was one of 7 children, and fondly recalled childhood memories of working in the fields picking cotton, chile, and even cucumbers. Silvia was never afraid of hard work and continued to enjoy staying busy throughout her life. Silvia was employed at Dexter Consolidated School District, in 1973, as a Teachers Aid, where she learned her love for education and children would soon become her lifelong passion. Silvia would not have returned to school had it not been for the constant encouragement given to her by her bosses Dennis Pabst and Patricia Parsons. In 1984, she had a daughter, Heather, who would be her only child. After attending ENMU-Roswell and ENMU-Portales, Silvia graduated with her Bachelors in Education and her Bilingual Endorsement and would begin her career as a Kindergarten teacher in 1995. Along the way, Silvia attended Grand Canyon University, maintained an A+ average and obtained her Masters of Education in 2002. Silvia worked throughout her time attending school and was fortunate enough to have family who helped and supported her dreams along the way. In 2012, under the advice of her physician and family, Silvia reluctantly retired to deal with an illness. In the year she was not teaching, Silvia drove her family insane, garnering encouragement from her family to return to work. In 2013, she taught at Nancy Lopez, and from 2014 until her death, she returned to the valley and taught at Hagerman Elementary. In 2003, Silvia would receive the first of her greatest joys, her grandson, Jacen. In 2009, Giovanni was born, and in 2010, Jaxon was born. Anyone who knew Silvia knew that she lived for “her boys.” She was present for practices, games, graduations, skinned knees, nightmares, early morning fevers and all day long laughter. Silvia was more like a second mom to her boys, rather than a Grandma. Her daily plans revolved around their schedules, and her future plans revolved around them as well, she always intended to be close by to make sure each one had the best chances available to them. Also in 2008, Silvia gained more than just a son-in-law, Anthony became her son. Silvia loved him as if he were her own, and she became his “#6” (watch The Croods, you’ll understand).
Silvia loved reading and learning new things. When she learned how to navigate Google, she loved looking things up and saying to her boys “Google it.” Silvia had a passion for learning new words; she loved having an extensive vocabulary. Silvia enjoyed reading mystery novels, watching Bones, Castle, CSI, Murder She Wrote, Alaskan Bush People and Sleepy Hollow. She enjoyed taking the boys to the movies and loved Pixar movies most of all. Silvia enjoyed burning popcorn and was only content if the other members of her family could smell it. She was a good cook, an even better baker, but greatly enjoyed Anthony’s BBQ more than anything else. Silvia secretly loved the family Chihuahua, Beans, even though to hear her tell it, you would think otherwise. Silvia loved her mom’s cooking, especially her beans and tortillas. She enjoyed drinking coffee and tea and had a special love for teacups and saucers. Silvia loved plants and flowers and enjoyed arguing with her daughter over planting them in the yard. Silvia’s greatest love and joy came from her “babies” at school. She loved the children she met and taught over the years and was filled with joy when she saw them all grown up with children and happy lives of their own. Silvia spoke of teaching and getting back to her kids up until the very end. To all her babies, young and old, you gave her purpose and unending joy.
Those left to cherish her memories are her daughter, Heather and son-in-law, Anthony Fajardo; grandsons: Jacen, Giovanni, and Jaxon; mother, Dolores Granado; sisters: Frances Granado, Guadalupe Gutierrez; brothers: Joe Granado, and Ramon (Yolanda) Granado. Silvia leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Silvia is preceded in death by her father, Marcos Granados; brothers: Concepcion “John”, Savino, and Gabriel Granado.
The family would like to thank all of the UMC Hospital staff, especially ICU nurses Apryl and Jessica, Calvin Clark, FNP and Juan Garcia, FNP of Dr. McPherson’s team, Joey Stone, FNP and Dr. LaPointe, of Neurosurgery, Dr. Winn and the Infectious Disease team, Sandra Scherepeel, NP of the support care team, and the staff of Kindred Hospice. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Gali of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, to whom they will always be grateful for his expertise and kind, caring attitude. Special thanks to her mom, Dolores and her sister, Frances who stayed by her side until the end, and to her friends and family who called, prayed and visited.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Silvia by her family.

Juan Moncayo


A viewing will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, June 28, 2017 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home for Juan Moncayo, 47, who passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Roswell. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.


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