Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Michael Martin, 65, who passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
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
Tickets are on sale now for the 36th annual heritage dinner of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico.
Have you ever imagined what it is like to be a pioneer? What was it like living in Southeast New Mexico and in Roswell during the turn of the 20th century?
Temperatures this weekend reach close to 100 again, just as it was in 1904. According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, between June 29-July 1, temperatures reached 98 degrees in Roswell. The difference is, no electricity, which means no swamp coolers or air conditioners. It is hard to imagine how tough those early Roswellites were to be able to live and work here in the heat.
A change was launched in 1904. New Mexico was still a territory when Maynard Gunsell was granted the first electric franchise to serve the growing city of Roswell. Unfortunately, Gunsell had to sell his franchise, for reasons unknown, to local banker W.H. Gillenwater.
At that point, the company became known as the Roswell Electric Light Company, which combined in 1910 with the Roswell Gas Company, rebranded as the Roswell Public Service Company, which then became the Southwestern Public Service Company in 1925.
Wes Reeves, media relation representative, is the best person to ask about the history of the companies, which belong to Xcel Energy, the umbrella company under which today’s utility companies are held.
“Roswell in 1904 had 2,000 inhabitants,” Reeves said. “That was about the size Amarillo had. There was Main Street and the streets around it. Basically, where people lived, as I understand it. There had been no electric lights in Roswell before this time.”
“Yes, it was pretty minimal,” Mike Mcleod said. McLeod is the regional manager working out of Roswell. “The first generating plant was 25KW. In today’s world, that would serve about eight houses, and it served the entire town then.”
A big step in history was the electric merger of the electric company with the gas company in 1910. This was rather ironic as the gas companies had been campaigning against electricity, its competitor in the energy market then.
“The gas companies realized, ‘Hey, if you can’t lick ‘em, join them,’” Reeves said. “But people were afraid.”
The merge came through an investment group out of Cleveland, Ohio. Within a few years, the company was renamed as the Roswell Public Service Company.
In 1911, under the direction of Carl M. Einhart, Roswell Public Service Company built a new power plant on Virginia Avenue just north of downtown, and in 1915, added the company’s first turbine generator.
“What I have read in our service territory, people were very leery at first,” Reeves said. “Some of that was well-deserved because the early lines were not built in a safe way. There were some horrible stories across the country of people being electrocuted, especially line workers. It was probably the most unsafe job — other than being a soldier on the front line — at that point. There were a lot of fears that were fanned by people who stood to lose from the spread of electricity, gas companies of course, initially.”
In the ‘20s and ‘30s those linemen were the quiet heros, connecting towns, houses, farms and ranches to the early generators, bringing light to streets and homes. They would work through rain, snow and dust storms, climbing high poles and risking their lives.
One of the first movies made about the early linemen pioneers was the 1937 movie, “Slim,” with Henry Fonda in the lead as Slim. Slim is a former farmer who is fascinated by the new technology and finds a job. He heads off to New Mexico with a friend and colleague. The highlight of the movie is when they arrive during a terrible blizzard and are called out to a substation to restore power, even though there are “hot” wires all around.
Early on, security for employees and customers became the company’s focus. Nobody wanted to see the headline, “Lineman electrocuted,” in the local newspaper.
“It is an interesting point when you read through the history of the company, there were a lot of time periods where they had financial difficulties,” McLeod said.
Amazingly, though it was improved and expanded over the next several decades, the old Roswell power plant served area electricity customers until it was finally retired in 1980.
Stability for the company came in 1942. The country was at war. The recession, following the Wall Street crash of 1929 and the dust bowl of the ‘30s that turned the midwest barren, was forgotten.
“By 1942, they created essentially the service territory that we have now in Texas and New Mexico,” Reeves said.
While technology has advanced throughout the decades since the first lights flickered on Main Street Roswell, every lineman today still has to learn pole climbing, and pole-top rescue. Pole-top rescue tests if you can climb up a pole, wrap a rope around a cross-arm or pole, then around an injured lineman, and lowering the injured with the rope in a safe manner. Just as it was in the ‘30s, one does not start out as lineman. You sign on to a lower paying job and wait for a line position to open. Many companies do not accept “green” unexperienced employees anymore. They prefer future linemen to go to school and graduate from linemen training centers.
“Our linemen can do it both ways,” McLeod said. “We support and encourage those that can, to go to a lineman training school.”
Throughout the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, virtually all the communities in the wider New Mexico and Texas service area experienced growth, and SPS added new transmission lines and generating units to meet the growing electrical demand.
A fascinating aspect of the pioneer days for electricity was that SPS did not wait for its customers to come up with new products and ideas to use the electricity with, the company itself became a supporter of inventors and inventions. A novel idea was born. SPS installed showrooms and introduced the public to new products that would make life easier, per example, electric irons, washing machines, toasters and stoves. Items such as electric stoves logically needed a kitchen and someone who could teach others how to cook on those stoves. Fully electrical kitchens and home education teachers became part of SPS’ offices.
Television and newspapers brought SPS’ mascot into the lives of Roswellites. “Sparky was a part of our lives,” Amy McVay-Davis, executive director for HSSNM, said. The mascot taught the viewers and readers how to preserve energy and soon became an icon in the region.
SPS remained a company though the headquarters migrated east to Texas. In 1997, SPS merged with Public Service Company of Colorado, based in Denver, creating New Century Energies. A little more than three years later, New Century merged with Minneapolis-based Northern States Power Company to form Xcel Energy.
Merging of companies sounds very dry, but in real life, it was a merger of families and cultures. A unique aspect of those companies was the loyalty of its employees.
“In New Mexico, we have one employee over in Hobbs who worked for us 44 years,” McLeod said. “Here in Roswell, it is our supervisor out in construction, Gary Burnett, who got 38 years.”
“I am probably the average age of an employee, 57, with 34 years of service,” McLeod said. “We have two work sources. We have a lot of people in their 50s who have been with us 30 years and plus. And we have a lot of young people with less than 10 years. That is exciting. Most employees that went to work for this company have stayed with this company. To me, it says a whole lot. We have not had a lot of turnover.”
“I think it goes without saying, I want to make this a real focal point. SPS was built on our employees, it was built based on a lot of people, way before Wes and I, and will continue on past us. I feel kind of fortunate because I have been here almost a third of the history of this company.
“The stock is held as Xcel Energy, we are all branded as Xcel Energy, but if you do a contract with us, it is still SPS. We just don’t brand SPS because it is more important to brand nationally,” McLeod said.
Xcel Energy is not stopping the inventive look into the future. Its focus was in the last 10 years to ease the way into newer technologies with modernizations and building hundreds of miles of new transmission lines. The result was that it brought a solar panel company to Roswell, details were reported in the Roswell Daily Record. This year, the company is investing into wind energy. This project’s future locations will be built in New Mexico and Texas. The first is planned to be built south of Portales. It is going to be the largest wind energy facility in New Mexico when its 522 megawatts of wind energy come on line in 2020.
“I think it is very important to know on behalf of the Historical Society that, when we came to this nomination, it’s so much more for us,” Amy McVay-Davis said. “What they did at the beginning is only one aspect of the nomination,” McVay-Davis said. “We had the SPS company in a room on the second floor. That’s how it came about. The SPS company had its own display there.
“Another reason why the Historical Society is validating this, is that there has not been a time that SPS — back as far as our documents go — has not been supportive of the investment in history with our society, with the displays, with supporting school tours,” McVay-Davis said.
“It is the same thing that they were doing years ago. I consider Mike McLeod to be my personal family, yet he is part of the Historical Society family as a person but also as representation of this organization because everywhere on our documentations you see personal connections with Mike McLeod. He didn’t have to do everything he did, he did it as a person, as a family. That speaks highly of him as a person but also as a corporation that is a family. It is all these correlations.”
Ticket holders for the HSSNM event honoring SPS will have the chance to walk down memory lane, learning about the changes and locations in SPS’ colorful past. There will be film clips, photos and memorabilia to see.
“What I love are the pictures,” McLeod said. “You can see the hairstyles, everybody wore coat and tie if you were in the office. In the ‘70s, all the guys had the muffin chops.
“In 1986, we moved in this building (11 E. Fifth St.). We sold this building a number of years ago to First American Bank as we were downsizing and consolidating. Now we lease space from them.”
The event takes place at the Convention & Civic Center, 912 N. Main St., on Aug. 29, with a cocktail hour and live music by the group Hot Club on the Pecos. There will be also a silent auction from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Cost for tickets is $70 per person or $500 per table. Reservations are required no later than Aug. 11. For more information and reservations, call 575-622-8333.
Vision editor Christina Stock can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 309, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
In a couple of days we will be celebrating the birth of our country. Let’s us take a look at two different stories regarding the remembrance of this great nation, the celebration of it, as well as those great leaders who made this country, the greatest in the world!
The first story is by Donna Ikard who has great ancestral ties to Southeastern New Mexico. Donna is a friend of mine and frequently shares her family stories with the archives. She is a great supporter of ours and supports the Historical Society of Southeastern New Mexico in every way she can, for which we are so grateful!
The second story is an article taken from “The Lincoln County Leader,” White Oaks, New Mexico, dated 1885.
Etched in Memory
My great grandmother Ethel Lund arrived in White Oaks, New Mexico in 1900 with her mother, Eva and little brother, Guy. Ethel was 8, and Guy was just 6 years old. Ethel’s father, Fletcher, and three generations of family were living in White Oaks when the Lunds arrived. They were Canadians searching for gold in Baxter Mountain. Grandpa Robert Lund was the patriarch of the family, a minister and attorney.
Little Kenneth and Roy Watson were Ethel and Guy’s cousins and playmates. The four children were close in age, attending school together, riding wild donkeys and picnicking in the mountains with family.
The children had two more cousins to play with, Cecil and Don Bonney from Roswell, sons of C.D. and Sara Bonney, the first female school teacher in Roswell. The Bonney family visited White Oaks often, keeping the families close. The Lund, Bonney and Watson children were the first in the family to be born with American citizenship.
The Watson boys were the sons of Maud and William Watson. William was an attorney and one of the owners of the Old Abe Mine, the most successful gold mine in White Oaks. Kenneth and Roy were born in White Oaks in the 1890s. They joined their father and uncles mining for gold when they got a little bit older.
The Lund family relocated to Ranchos De Taos in about 1904 so the children could get a formal education at the San Francico De Asis Mission. All of the families kept visited and kept in contact and remained close over the years.
In 1917, Kenneth Robert Watson was called to serve in World War I at the age of 22 years old –– signing his draft papers on June 5, 1917 in White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico. The Lincoln County & Mescalero Apache Tribe Honor List gives the following information about Kenneth’s service in the Navy:
“Kenneth was a Machinist’s Mate in the Navy. While returning from Brazil and Cuba, he was gravely injured by an boiler explosion onboard while in the line of duty at Newport News, Virginia.”
The following newspaper articles give us the final clues as to Kenneth’s time in the Navy:
Carrizozo News, Feb. 28, 1919
Kenneth Watson Ill
“Kenneth, the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. William Watson, of White Oaks, is very ill in a hospital in Brooklyn, New York with peritonitis. Mrs. Watson, the mother, who was in Roswell when the message came, arrived in Carrizozo Wednesday and left that evening for Brooklyn. Kenneth joined the Navy last year and has been on sea duty for several months. About two months ago he was seriously scalded and was in a New York hospital until recently, when, upon returning to duty he was attacked by peritonitis. His condition, it is feared, is quite serious and fears are entertained for his recovery. The friends of the stricken young man and the family hope for the best.”
Carrizozo News, March 07, 1919
Kenneth Watson Dies
“The sad news reached here this week that Kenneth Watson, whose serious illness we reported last week, succumbed to an attack of peritonitis in a Brooklyn hospital. We understand the remains will be interred at Roswell.
The untimely death of this young man is deeply regretted by a wide circle of acquaintances and all sympathize with the heartbroken parents. Kenneth was a splendid young man, had just reached manhood, and was highly respected by all who knew him.”
Kenneth Robert Watson died on March 2, 1919 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. He was laid to rest in South Park Cemetery in Roswell near his grandparents Robert and Saphrona Lund, who preceded him in death.
It was exactly one hundred years ago this summer that Kenneth Robert Watson signed his draft papers sacrificing his future to serve his country. Kenneth had no wife or children at the time of his death but his family made sure he would never be forgotten passing his story down to us for generations.
We are happy to know that the Historical Society of South Eastern New Mexico takes measures to ensure that their community won’t forget him either by offering us an opportunity to commemorate Kenneth with an engraved Heritage paver to be placed in the historical museum garden. His paver will be placed with three other family heritage pavers that we have purchased.
Kenneth’s Heritage paver reads:
Kenneth Robert Watson
Navy 1896-1919 Hero
Son of William & Maud
Nephew of Sara Bonney
We encourage residents to purchase Heritage pavers to honor those who’ve served in the military. It’s a great way to recognize their contribution, as well as support the local history.
The Historical Society for Southeastern NM is raising money to support the museum operations and maintenance of the extensive selection of historical archives in their archive building. Heritage bricks will be placed in the historical museum garden. To purchase a paver for the Buy A Brick Program, please contact:
The Historical Society for Southeastern NM brick campaign at 575-622-8333, roswellnmhistory.org, or stop by 200 N. Lea Ave.
Donna Kout Ikard Family History Author Credits: Family historians Nancy Sutherland Hasbrouck and Kathy McCollum Richardson
Credits: Carrizozo News, Library of Congress
The following article is dated Saturday, July 4, 1885. It was printed in “The Lincoln County Leader,” White Oaks, New Mexico.
The Glorious Fourth
1776. July 4, 1885
Gloriously dawned the sun on the morning of our Nation’s natal day! Alike upon all. With merry glee and smiling faces, the little folks danced hither and thither, making final preparation for the picnic they had been anticipating for so long.
Wagon after wagon, laden with young and old and the goodies for dinner, traveled the road bound for the White Oaks Spring. Upon the ground all was mirth and glee. Swings, croquet, football, Grace hoops, bean bags, burro and foot and sack races, all helped to enliven the day. During the afternoon Dr. A. G. Lane read the Declaration of Independence, and Mary Lane and Eugene L. Stewart sang a duet. Mr. and Mrs. Wells assisted by Jack, (everybody knows Jack) furnished an abundance of milk and ice water, and done all in their power to make everything pleasant. About noon as with one accord, all sought their dinner baskets, and soon the ground was dotted with groups doing justice to spreads that would delight an epicure.
During the afternoon a slight shower caused a scamper, but did no damage. As the day drew to close the tired but happy picnickers sought their respective conveyances, each thinking of the pleasure the day had brought them.
Determined to keep it up, a happy crowd assembled at the Town Hall, and there to merry tunes danced the Fourth away.
It was a fun party and heartily enjoyed by all who participated. As though the picnic and dance was not enough, a grand pyrotechnical display together with two meteoric balloon ascensions, were given in front of Bond & Stewarts.
No serious mishaps.
Jim Redman’s wagon broke down. A lighthearted but heavy bodied crowd did it.
M. Whiteman ran up the American colors and fired anvils at sunrise.
The small boy was in his element. The sound of the firecrackers was heard throughout the land.
A. J. Bond had a display of fireworks at his residence.
The Parker boys illuminated the town by an immense bonfire at the foot of White Oaks Ave.
The town was full of visitors, most of all them doing the picnic and dance.
A large crowd at Bond & Stewart’s kept the air ablaze for a while with a display of fireworks.
Dr. Ried set off some colored fires.
Being born on our national holiday, therefore on July 4th, 1890, Miss Bruce Lane will declare her independence. She was thirteen this fourth.
Miss Mildred Parker was out visiting on the fourth. It was her debut.
A great time was had by all!
“Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.” –– Harry Emerson Fosdick
“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” –– John Dickinson
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” –– Thomas Paine
Have a happy and safe Independence Day, from the Historical Society of Southeastern New Mexico!
Janice Dunnahoo is an archive volunteer at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Archives. She can be reached at 575-622-1176 or email at email@example.com.
Roswell crash still offering new hints 70 years on; Investigators say there’s still evidence to find, describe recent encounter with possible UFO
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.
Zukowski and Ziegelmeyer, siblings and field investigators, kicked off the second day of the Daily Record event, “The Roswell Incident,” Saturday with their presentation “A Behind the Scenes Investigation of the Roswell Incident.”
In their presentation, Zukowski and Ziegelmeyer recalled their various investigations on the Roswell crash spanning over a decade, as well as interviews with key eyewitnesses, including Mac Brazel’s granddaughter and Jesse Marcel Jr.
In the early 2000’s, the dynamic duo participated in archeological dig sites in an attempt to discover new evidence on the crash.
A piece of evidence they found, for example, was a horse bridle artifact. Zukowski added military officials would have gone to the crash site on horseback.
They also found a piece of metal that, they said, was not native to the Roswell area, but can still be found on Earth.
Zukowski has been involved with different categories of research and field investigations since the early ’80s, including UFOs, alien sightings, ghost investigations, Bigfoot and animal mutilations. He was featured in “The 37th Parallel,” a New York Times best-selling book written by Ben Mezrich. The book, which was released on Sept. 6, 2016, has been optioned for a movie. It is rumored that Robert Downey Jr. is interested in portraying Zukowski.
Ziegelmeyer was also featured in “The 37th Parallel.” She has many titles, including the Missouri Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) State Director, Director of the MUFON Dive Team, MUFON Star Team Investigator and MUFON Business Board of Directors. She has investigated over 1,000 UFO sighting reports, including over 700 MUFON cases and became a 1947 Roswell crash investigator in 2001.
Last year, while Zukowski and Ziegelmeyer visited Roswell while running a follow-up investigation, they both had a personal experience with a possible UFO.
On July 3, 2016, they drove in Zukowski’s truck to stargaze outside of Roswell. Zukowski saw a single bright flash of light in the sky. Thinking the flash was a meteorite, he ignored the flash and decided to show his sister his new front light bar he installed on his truck, which was activated by a remote control.
He turned on the strobe setting for the lights and, to their left in the clear sky, two very bright flashes of light appeared.
Shocked, he turned on the strobe lights again and the flashes of light soon followed. They did this numerous times and the flashes followed.
They could not think of a plausible explanation for the lights, as the sky was completely clear and they couldn’t see anything in the sky besides the stars and the Milky Way.
Speaker Alejandro Rojas, the director of operations at Open Minds Productions, spoke on Jesse Marcel Jr. as well as the latest updates on the investigation of Roswell.
Rojas was close to Marcel, who was the son of the U.S. military officer who went to the debris field of the 1947 crash.
Marcel said his father showed him the pieces of debris and they both agreed that the material was not from Earth.
Rojas said that there is “new information coming out of Roswell all the time.”
Some examples he provided include the MJ-12 documents, which have been debunked by the FBI and an alleged new eyewitness to the Roswell 1947 crash.
Charles Fogus, in an article published by the Daily Mail in early June, claims he was a deputy sheriff in Texas and was on his way to Roswell to pick up a criminal when he saw a bunch of military personnel by the side of the road.
He said that he got out of the car and was 10 to 12 feet away from extraterrestrial bodies that were being covered. Fogus said soldiers told him that he couldn’t be in the area, so he got in his car and left. Fogus also claimed he saw a space craft crash on a side of a hill.
Rojas told audience members that there were problems with Fogus’ story. He also mentioned The Raney Memo and the Roswell Report of 1994 in his presentation.
Rojas was also the official spokesperson for MUFON as the director of public education and has been featured on the Travel Channel, National Geographic, and other television channels.
Marco D’Antonio was the second presenter for Saturday’s event. He has a degree in Astronomy and is MUFON’s Chief Photo/Video Analyst. His talk was titled, “Exoplanets And The Real Science That Will Find ET.” During his allotted time, he explored the science around exoplanet research, as well as the search for other life in the universe.
D’Antonio argued, if humans were to find alien life, it wouldn’t be possible to find extraterrestrials by listening to intelligent signals. He said the reasoning for this would be because the signals would likely be lost between galactic noise after traveling hundreds of light years.
Nick Pope, also known as “the real Fox Mulder,” was also a guest speaker at “The Roswell Incident.” He worked for the UK Ministry of Defense for over 20 years and has been the public face of a program to declassify and release the entire archive of the British Government’s UFO files.
His presentation discussed the government’s take on the Roswell crash.
Pope told audience members Saturday that the majority of government officials believed that UFOs were actually experimental prototypes of aircrafts or missiles and very few actually believed UFOs were extraterrestrial.
Pope added military individuals most likely believed the debris belonged to either the Soviet Union, or they were part of a secret U.S. program that only a few individuals knew about.
Linda Moulton Howe, a renowned journalist and investigator, was Saturday’s last speaker. She started her presentation by reading various letters that went into extensive details of the 1947 crash.
In one letter that was post-marked in South Carolina in April of 1996, the writer revealed that their grandfather claimed there was a UFO crash in Roswell. The letter added that there were two dead occupants found in the space craft; there was also a third occupant that was found alive and it was apparent that the extraterrestrial’s leg was broken.
The letter also contained several square, cut metal pieces that the letter claimed were pieces of debris from an extraterrestrial space craft.
Race Hobbs, the head of operations for KGRA, the Global Radio Alliance, broadcasted this year’s event.
KGRA features timely alternative talk radio programming and broadcasts live talk radio seven nights a week. KGRA is also the only digital certified station doing live-on-location presentations from conferences, expos and symposiums worldwide.
For more information on KGRA, visit kgraradio.com.
Richard M. Dolan, one of the world’s leading UFO investigators, will be the first speaker at today’s event. A full speaker panel with audience participation will follow. The event will end with an award presentation.
For a complete look at the schedule or to find out more information on the event, visit roswellincident.com.
General assignment reporter Katy Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
“My mom always pushed community and volunteerism into us,” Duran said. “Lord knows she donated many hours to the community, school and the church. She never got into the dynamics of how things worked, so the administrative side of this work has been the real eye opener.”
Duran grew into administrative work.
“One of my sisters was working here,” she said. “I’m number 10 of 13 siblings. They had lost their housekeepers and she asked if I could come help her for the day. I said, ‘Sure!’”
She must have made an impression.
“Olivia Reed was the director at the time. She offered me a job as a substitute,” Duran said. “I was delivering meals and transporting people.”
One day, a co-worker shared an important insight with her.
“I rode along with a lady,” Duran said, “and she said, ‘We’re the same, you and me.’ I asked how and she said, ‘We both lost our mamas at a young age, so we’re going to live through the things we didn’t get to live with our parents, through these seniors.’ I realized she was right. I took the receptionist job when it came up.”
Typical of a service-minded person, Duran was doing much more than her job required.
“When Charlie Phillips came on board, she said, ‘You’re doing the duties of a site manager,’” Duran said. “So I learned a lot of new duties as the site manager.”
It’s almost as if she was being groomed for her current position.
“Charlie saw the need for a food service manager,” Duran said, “and moved me into that position.”
As much as she loved working at the JOY Center, Duran knew there were other things she had to do.
“After four years I decided to leave,” she said. “I went to school. I started the Safety Engineering Program. I didn’t complete it because I took on a job with New Mexico Senior Olympics.”
Her time with New Mexico Senior Olympics gave her another point of view about the lives of seniors.
“I spent about five years at Senior Olympics learning all about senior sports and health,” Duran said. “I learned how to drive and back up trailers. I became a professional mover because we were always packing and moving something to another health fair or another tournament.”
She had left a bit of a legacy with those who ran the JOY Center, and they weren’t finished with her yet.
“Charlie visited with me about her need to retire,” Duran said. “So I went back to the JOY Center in September of 2012. Her last day was April 11. It was a bittersweet moment because that is the date my mother passed away.”
Part of getting used to her new job was learning to be comfortable with the authority and the responsibilities.
“Charlie said she wouldn’t come visit,” Duran said. “We wanted her to, but she said, ‘No, you need to be established as the one the seniors come to.’ It was hard, but it was the best thing she could have done. I had to become the leader and the authority.
“I started by having coffee with whoever is in the dining room first thing each morning,” Duran said. “I still do that. We talk about whatever is on their minds. After that I go into the kitchen and say, ‘Good morning and buenos dias’ to everyone in there.”
Duran remembered the day she realized how important the work is to her.
“There was one Saturday,” Duran said. “I was working on my budget. I had been working until 8 or 9 at night. I’d get back by 6 in the morning. I did this for weeks. I was really tired and my husband said, ‘Why don’t you just lay down for a little longer?’ and I said, ‘You don’t understand how many people depend on me.’ That’s when I realized that not only did the seniors depend on me, but I liked it. That’s when I realized my dedication.
“Up until that point I didn’t realize that it was that important to me. Sometimes it’s tough. Sometimes it’s depressing. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love being able to see my seniors every day, to greet them and know that in one way or another I am helping them.”
There was a time, early on, when Duran doubted that she could handle the downside.
“One day, when I was still working for Charlie,” Duran said, “the first senior that I had been close to passed. I was a mess. I was crying. I was like, ‘I just can’t do this anymore Charlie, I have to quit.’ She said, ‘Our job is to see them at the end of their lives. Whether that’s a week, a day or a few years, if you made a difference in their life, you did your job. Because you’re going to lose them. That is the stage of life that they’re in. But did you do the best that you could for them? If the answer is yes then this is where you belong.’”
Duran knows where she got the heart to do this work.
“We had a neighbor who was morbidly obese and had diabetes,” Duran said. “Mom would go and walk with her, get her out of the house and encourage her to do as the doctor said. Since I was 6 she raised us as a single parent. Every single one of my brothers and sisters is successful in that we can take care of ourselves and our responsibilities.
“I have a sister who’s been working at Assurance Home since she was 18. She’s almost 60 now. I ask her, ‘How do you talk to teenagers?’ She has this young-at-heart personality. She said to me, ‘I have a hard time talking to older people.’ I love what I do, so it doesn’t feel like work.”
She has one regret.
“I was 19 when Mom passed,” she said. “My biggest struggle is that my pride and joy is my children and she only got to meet the oldest. Now I have a little grandson.”
Duran’s philosophy of life is that success is within everyone’s reach.
“I love for community service people to come here,” she said, “or the people from Career Link. They just need that bump up. I don’t care what walk of life you came from, if you want to succeed in life you can. Success means that you are doing the best you can. I think we can change the world by making people understand that. Let’s celebrate the best in each other.”
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at email@example.com.
About 35 members of the Gonzalez family came to run and walk early Saturday morning just as they have for about five years now.
The Gonzo Runners, as they call themselves, regularly participate in the Alien Chase, a 5K and 10K run and walk held annually during the UFO Festival that starts and ends at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center on North Main Street, with a jaunt west to as far as Enchanted Lands Park in between.
The Gonzalez members come from all parts of New Mexico as well as Texas and Colorado for an event that gives them a reason to gather as a group, said Angelica Gonzalez-Rodriquez.
Some of the estimated 250 people who entered the event this year dressed up in the spirit of the weekend. Putting athletics into their day was the motivation for some.
“If we are going to chase aliens, we have to be on top of our game,” joked Max Heavenrich of Los Angeles. He and Jesse Gleaton were running while also covering the event for their blog Culture Shock.
In the past the race was a charitable event, but it is now coordinated by the City of Roswell Parks and Recreation Department. Participants receive prizes for best costume as well as medals for finishing as top in their categories. Door prizes are also given.
Whatever money remains after covering costs will be used to improve other city recreation events, said city Recreation Leader Sara Hall.
“We really do it for the health and fitness aspects,” Hall said.
The Franco family of Roswell turned out as a group, as they do for other runs and walks. The ladies of the group, which included mom Christy Franco and daughter Makayla, 6, wore sparkling tutus to celebrate the day and the kids had on astro-themed T-shirts.
“We usually travel,” said Christy Franco to explain why they were participating for the first time. “But we are in town this year.”
Mom and dad, Edward Franco, had to call back their son, Caleb, 8, from some early sprints a couple of times.
The young boy, like many others at the event, came ready to cross the finish line.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
This is the 70th anniversary of the so-called Roswell Incident, the 1947 crash of a mysterious object in a ranch near Corona, considered by many worldwide to be a UFO phenomenon.
About 109 vendors have set up booths in downtown Main Street, according to MainStreet Roswell Executive Director Kathy Lay.
Lay said that vendors have come from many different states as well as from Mexico.
“We had a very diverse group,” she said. Downtown booths offered psychic readings, clothing and jewelry, souvenirs and arts and crafts, food, prayer opportunities, a glass of wine, kids’ games and tattoos, among other goods and services.
The festival kicked off on Thursday, but Lay said visitors and attendance began to pick up on Friday and Saturday. She said MainStreet, one of the chief organizers of the event, is hopeful that attendance and business will outpace last year, when it was estimated that as many as 20,000 people attended.
The number of visitors at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, a chief venue for several festival-related events, also reported increased counts so far.
There were 702 recorded visitors to the center by Saturday evening, an increase of 46 percent compared to 2016 head counts at this point, said City of Roswell Public Affairs Director Juanita Jennings.
Jennings attributed larger numbers to better efforts at promoting the event as well as cooperation among festival organizers. Promotional efforts included foreign and U.S. media coverage both before and after the event.
Visitors to the International UFO Museum and Research Library, a focal point for UFO enthusiasts, has been tracked at 19 percent higher for the first two days of this year’s festival compared to the first two days of the 2016 event, said Director Jim Hill.
He added that those numbers do not include all the visitors the museum’s lecture series, which is occurring not only at the museum but at its North Library Room and at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. (Two other lecture series are occurring as well, the Roswell Incident at the Sally Port Inn and the Modern Challenges to the Extraterrestrial Theory at the Roswell Mall.)
“It is going extremely well,” said Hill. “Visitor lines are wrapping around the building.”
The UFO Festival is one of the city’s largest visitor and tourist attractions each year. Last year, organizers estimated that direct spending by visitors and festival attendees totaled more than $1.5 million and that more than 2,200 lodging nights were booked.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at email@example.com.
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.
The city’s public information officer, Todd Wildermuth, said the reason the shelter is not able to accept any more animals during this period is due to their temporary limited staffing.
Wildermuth also said it is possible that the shelter may not be able to receive animals the following weekend as well. All other services, including adoptions, will remain available during regular business hours.
“Anyone wishing to bring in an animal on the weekend to turn over to the custody of Animal Services is asked to do so before noon on Saturday or Sunday during this temporary situation,” Wildermuth said in a news release.
The Roswell Animal Shelter opens at 8 a.m. on the weekends. It is also open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. All services remain in operation Monday through Friday. RPD Animal Services thanks the public for its cooperation and understanding.
Federal holiday. Government offices closed.
Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission, 5:30 p.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, #1 St. Mary’s Place
Roswell City Council Finance Committee, 8 a.m., City Hall conference room 425 N. Richardson Ave.
New Mexico Military Institute Board of Regents, 10 a.m., Board of Regents conference room, Lusk Hall, NMMI campus
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
When Yonathan “Santoyo” Hernandez showed up for the local Pitch, Hit and Run competition at Lions Hondo baseball fields April 2, he was just there to participate and have a little fun.
“When we got there, we were a little confused about what was happening,” Yonathan said. “All the kids had their backpacks and gear, like they had been preparing.”
Little did he and his family know that an afternoon of basic baseball fundamentals would lead to a trip to the Midsummer Classic in Miami where Yonathan will try to toss, swing and sprint his way to the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run national title on July 10.
“We went out for fun. We didn’t know much about Pitch, Hit and Run,” said Yonathan’s mother, Anna Santoyo. “We got an invitation from our friends to go out and hit with the kids. We had no idea something like this would come out of it, but it’s very exciting.”
After winning the 11-12-year-old division in Roswell, Yonathan competed in a sectional competition in Albuquerque, where he belted all three of his hits out of the park. That, along with a strong performance on the mound and running the base paths, gave him a high enough score to earn one of three spots at the Arizona Diamondbacks team championship at Chase Field in Phoenix on June 11.
After winning in Phoenix, the family had to wait about two weeks to hear whether or not Yonathan made the cut for nationals.
“On the Friday before we found out, we got an email telling us to keep a look out for another email announcing the finalist,” Santoyo said. “At first, I got excited and thought he had made it, but we had to wait longer. When Monday arrived, we had kind of forgotten, but when we found out, it was a great feeling!”
Yonathan said his mother and at least one of his three older sisters were screaming throughout the house when the news arrived.
“It makes mom really proud,” Yonathan said. “I think she’s the most excited out of all of us, even me.”
For Santoyo, participating in baseball and other sports with her son has been a godsend. She coached her son his first year on the diamond a few years ago, and learned a lot about the game in a short period of time thanks to some good neighbors that worked with the kids and inexperienced coaches.
“I’ve been diagnosed with various health issues and I’ve had 43 surgeries, mostly in the last two years,” Santoyo said. “Going out there with the kids, helping or just watching, just brings awesome feelings. We’ve been blessed with great friends around us.”
While stepping back as coach, Santoyo has continued to play the role of “team mom,” keeping score and motivating her son’s team.
“I look at the kids and say, ‘You have God’s eyes to distinguish a ball from a strike, God has given you strong arms to hit home runs and quick feet to run faster than lightning, so go out there and do it. We believe in you.’ It’s awesome to watch these kids step up to the plate with great confidence. We never leave a game without praying and thanking God for every coach, player and person that participates.”
Santoyo said Yonathan’s father, Jose Angel Santoyo, is also at every practice and every game, despite working long days that usually start before 4 a.m.
“His dad takes a lot of pride in Yonathan out there,” she said. “He works long hours, but always shows up. He’s the dad that chases down foul balls and returns them to the field. We’re both very, very proud of our son.”
Mother and son will depart for Miami on Saturday, shortly after returning from Yonathan’s tournament in Alamogordo with his Lions Hondo All-Star team.
The 24 finalists across all four age groups for baseball and softball will attend various All-Star Weekend activities, including the MLB Fan Fest at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. On July 10, the kids will compete inside Marlins Park prior to the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day.
At 6 p.m., the finalists will take to the Marlins’ outfield where they will shag fly balls for the Major Leaguers’ Home Run Derby, which airs on ESPN.
Yonathan will be the first competitor to represent New Mexico at the Pitch, Hit and Run finals. This season, he played for the Lions Hondo Reds and made the Lions Hondo All-Stars for the second year.
More than 625,000 young baseball and softball players took part in the Pitch, Hit and Run this year, in more than 4,500 competitions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Competitors get six pitches, scoring 75 points for hitting the strike zone; three swings, with the best swing (distance and accuracy) counting toward the score; and one 120-foot timed run between three bases.
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.
Lots of high-profile support for Kang as she goes for her first major championship.
The 24-year-old Kang and Chella Choi shared the lead heading into the final round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Kang won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 2010 in 2011, but she has never won an LPGA Tour tournament.
“It would be incredible to be called a major champion, especially out on this tour,” Kang said.
She got a boost before her afternoon tee time when Gretzky, like Jenner a friend from her days at Sherwood Country Club in California, passed along a simple message.
“He said, ‘Just go win it,’ Kang recalled. “And you know, I was like, ‘It’s third round.’ And I was like, ‘Thank you, Wayne.’ And he’s like, ‘You just go, get it done.’ Caitlyn Jenner called me yesterday. I have a lot of people just beyond that, just calling me up and encouraging me to just keep playing my game and that they are rooting for me. I love it.”
While several of the LPGA’s biggest stars challenged for the lead, it was Kang and Choi on top after a challenging day at an increasingly difficult Olympia Fields. The 26-year-old Choi hit 11 of 14 fairways on her way to a bogey-free 67.
Kang birdied the par-5 18th for a 68, joining Choi at 10 under and setting up an unlikely final pairing for the fourth round.
“I feel very good right now,” the 26-year-old Choi said. “My shot and my putting, very good before last couple weeks. So I have a confidence and, you know, like my father’s come back to here, so I’m very excited to work with my dad and he give me a lot of confidence.”
Choi’s father, Ji Yeon Choi, is caddying for her again after her play suffered when he retired following her only LPGA Tour victory in the 2015 Marathon Classic.
“I played bad, so my mom tell to my dad, go help Chella, why are you staying here?” Chella Choi said.
Jiyai Shin rocketed up the leaderboard with a 64, the best round of the day and good enough for third all by herself at 8 under. Defending champion Brooke Henderson was another stroke back after a 69, and Amy Young and Sei Young Kim were tied for fifth at 6 under.
Kang and Kim were tied for the lead after the second round. While Kim stumbled to a 72, the 24-year-old Kang had five birdies and two bogeys.
She saved par with a perfect bunker shot on No. 12 and then birdied the par-4 14th to get to 10 under for the first time. She gave a shot back with just her second bogey of the tournament on 16, but recovered with another nice bunker shot to set up her closing birdie.
“I’ve been working on my game every day to get better,” Kang said. “Like I said previously, all I could do is work on my game and hope that every day, just chip away at your game and it gets better every day and that’s where it’s getting at. Every year, I’ve just been performing better. I have trust in my own game.”
Lexi Thompson (69), world No. 1 So Yeon Ryu (71) and Michelle Wie (70) were in a group at 5 under. Thompson contended for the first major title of the year, but was penalized for a controversial rules violation and lost to Ryu in a playoff in the ANA Inspiration.
“I was swinging it well all day,” Thompson said. “It was just all a matter of the putts going in. I felt like I stroked it a lot better today. But I hit it very solid, so a lot of positives to take from today into tomorrow.”
Shin, a former world No. 1 and two-time major champion, took off after a birdie on No. 9. She played the back nine in 5-under 30.
It’s a rare U.S. tournament for Shin, the straight-hitting South Korean player who left the LPGA Tour a couple years ago and moved to Japan to be closer to her family.
“I think I’m pretty lucky because I started a little bit early in the morning,” she said. “I started early in the morning. That’s why easy to make a few birdies.”
Gerina Piller continued to work her way up the leaderboard, finishing the third round tied for seventh at 5-under with nine other players.
Standards of respect
The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used.
• The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
• The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
• The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.
• The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen and members of patriotic organizations.
• The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure or drawing of any kind.
• The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.
When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.
Displaying the flag outdoors
When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony or a building, the union (stars) should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.
When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag – of a state, community, society or Scout unit – the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag’s union should be farthest from the building.
When flown with flags of states, communities or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor – to its own right.
The other flags may be smaller, but none may be larger.
No other flag ever should be placed above it.
The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.
Raising and lowering the flag
The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily, it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.
Displaying the flag indoors
When on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.
The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.
When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.
When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag’s union should be at the top, to the flag’s own right, and to the observer’s left.
Parading, saluting the flag
When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.
To salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.
The Pledge of Allegiance and national anthem
The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.
The flag in mourning
To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day, the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset.
The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.
When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.
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, 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 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.
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.
Duran translated during the meeting so that all concerns raised and all responses were in both English and Spanish.
Debra Young spoke of the need many seniors have of long distance transportation for medical care. Duran said unless they are on Medicaid, Seniors have trouble getting to Lubbock, Albuquerque and Las Cruces for medical care. She said this will be addressed with the state again this year.
Aida Romero asked how important it is to speak to legislators about fitness class. Duran said the New Mexico Senior Olympics helps fund the exercise program, and they get money from state and federal government. She encouraged them to tell their legislators about this need.
A number of people stood up to express their appreciation for the exercise classes, and to tell how their lives are better for it.
There was discussion about chore services in which volunteers help with cleaning and light maintenance for seniors. The need to have a program to do more intensive maintenance on seniors’ homes was discussed as well. Duran said the United Way had a presenter talk about that subject, and that she would ask them to get her in touch with that person again to help find solutions.
Duran said that aside from what is being said at the public hearing, they also sent forms out to their meals recipients, their transportation recipients and their housekeeping recipients. The forms were sent to all the centers as well, and many have been returned expressing concerns and needs. She also said she would speak to the lunch crowd about their chance to express concerns, and that all input was welcomed in writing until 5 p.m.
There was also a status report on some items being purchased through a grant from Leprino Foods. The grant was approved and Duran said that in the next few months they would have two new pieces of exercise equipment and a salad bar.
At the end of the meeting Duran reminded everyone of the importance of letting all of our representatives know of senior needs in Chaves County. She also told them she will continue to invite legislators to the JOY Center to help give them a voice.
Duran sat down with the Daily Record after the meeting to discuss the hearing and where the JOY Center stands today.
“I feel the public hearing went really well,” Duran said. “I feel it helps that I am bilingual and it helps make more people comfortable. We really like to hear what they need, if we’re dropping the ball of if there’s a need we hadn’t anticipated.”
She discussed the financial hit the JOY Center took this past year.
“Officially, we lost $52,000,” Duran said. “Actually, we got hit a little harder than that. There is a program called the Senior Employment Program. The JOY Center is fortunate that we had 10 slots, so when we started fiscal year 2016-17 we started out with 10 slots. In the 5 1/2 percent cut that we first got we lost one slot. In that time frame we had a senior who needed to resign. When I reported that back they said they would not allow us to fill it, so we lost that slot as well.”
They are starting fiscal year 2017-18 with eight slots, but some have stepped up to help.
“Goodwill provided us with two senior employment program participants,” Duran said. “One is our afternoon receptionist and the other is our yard guy.”
Duran and her staff are constantly seeking ways to keep the center funded and the people working.
“We’ve been applying for grants and seeking other ways to fill the void,” she said. “We lost some staff and we reduced staffing hours to spread out the loss as much as possible. We did this across all the JOY centers. It affected operating hours.
“We asked about help at the United Way meeting and there were a couple of people from there who said they could help us. The Career Link program is on-the-job training up to six months. United Way pays the people to work here, so it doesn’t affect our budget. They have to be looking for work, but they are potentially looking at becoming permanent employees if we are hiring. We have taken on some of them. We work with them to learn the job skills they came for.”
They have been working to whittle down the waiting lists for services.
“Because of the cuts we have had some waiting lists,” Duran said, “but this coming fiscal year we’re trying to be optimistic about services. We addressed the waiting list for adult day care. We were able to request funds through United Way and this year we were granted $30,000 through United Way. We’ve received United Way funding in years past, but this year we got more than usual. We hope that we’ve addressed a little bit of the needed hours for adult day care. Probably sometime during this fiscal year we’ll end up with a waiting list again.
“Our housekeeping program has a waiting list and we will go into fiscal year 2017-18 with a waiting list. We have two housekeepers now that provide about 2,500 hours a year.”
The New Mexico Employability Partnership has been able to help them with one of their biggest problems.
“Currently, I have a person here through employability,” Duran said. “They’re people who can’t do their regular job. They might be on workmans’ comp for example. We have a driver now thanks to that program.”
With all the juggling necessary to keep the doors open, Duran said the public hearings are vital to the process.
“These public hearings are a way for us to know what the senior community needs,” she said. “If we’re not hearing you, let us know so that we can address your needs.”
Duran knows that they just need to keep moving forward as best they can, and all work together to succeed.
“I feel really optimistic with the staff we have,” she said. “Most of them have been here for years. Our case manager has been here about 33 years. Most of the people here do this because of the joy it brings to their heart. We take it day by day and hope for the best.”
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Glass Flame Award is given in recognition of members’ outstanding leadership and dedication to NMAC and the people of New Mexico.
James Duffey, who is departing NMAC’s Board of Directors, received the award for his years of service to NMAC and the 33 counties it serves. Duffey had served on the NMAC Board of Directors since 2011.
“Commissioner Duffey was a critically important member of the NMAC board of directors. He asked the difficult questions, was very actively engaged and was always vigilant in how funds were utilized,” said Steve Kopelman, NMAC executive director. “He was extremely influential in helping NMAC establish statewide policy initiatives. In addition to serving on the board, Commissioner Duffey was also a member of the executive committee and was chair of the Public Lands and Natural Resources Policy Committee. He will be missed.”
Founded in 1936 and incorporated in 1968, NMAC is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization governed by county elected officials and employees. It provides counties with legislative representation, research, training and assistance in improving the administration and financing of government. It also offers counties workers’ compensation insurance and property, casualty and liability insurance.
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.