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The curious have landed

Souvenirs out-of-this-world! Vendors were protected by their tents against the heat of the sun on opening day of the International UFO Festival yesterday. Tourists started showing up right away — well prepared against the heat with water, sun-lotion and caps — looking for that special souvenir that will remind them of their trip to Roswell forever. (Christina Stock Photo)
More ice, please! Most popular booths on the opening day of the International UFO Festival Thursday were those who had anything cold, wet or both to offer. The triple-digit heat did not stop tourists from taking a first look at the festival. (Christina Stock Photo)

Rapper Baby Bash performing Saturday


Hip-hop/ R&B artist Baby Bash will be performing Saturday at the baseball field of New Mexico Military Institute.

City offices closed for holiday, bus service limited


Roswell city offices will be closed Tuesday in observance of Independence Day.

Food Network interviews ‘Just Say Dough;’ tourists stay cool

That's some cool dough! Local entrepreneur Melissa Verciglio is excited. She was interviewed Thursday morning at her booth "Just Say Dough" by Noah Cappe and will be featured in his TV show, "Carnival Eats," on the Food Network channel. This is her first time as a vendor at the International UFO Festival. Asked how she came up with the concept, she said, "I always baked, since I was 11 years old." Recently, Verciglio started experimenting to make cookie batter safe to eat and after many experiments, she tested it on her husband, Todd. "He said, 'You got to sell those.' He is a PR man, so here I am. It has been a blessing and is growing and growing," she said. (Christina Stock Photo)

Area company among contractors for major highway project

Gov. Susana Martinez, center, says the U.S. 82 highway improvement project near Artesia is a funding priority because it serves as one of the foundations for commerce in the state. She participated in the June 21 groundbreaking near Artesia for the $58 million construction project, one of the largest currently being overseen by the New Mexico Department of Transportation. (Submitted Photo)

The $58 million Artesia highway project announced last week will mean work for 20 companies, including a subcontractor in eastern New Mexico, a project engineer said.

Mary Catherine Malott


Mary Catherine Malott, 73, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017, in Roswell, NM. To honor her family’s wishes, no service will be held at this time. A tribute of Mary’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On August 27, 1943, Mary was born to Shafter Lester and Alta Mcfall in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mary married Clifford Wayne Malott on June 4, 1983, in Trafalgar, Indiana. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, always putting others before herself. Mary was a Registered Nurse (RN) her entire life. Mary had a great passion for helping others, as she did for many people throughout the years. With the most generous loving heart, Mary touched many lives with her presence. The love Mary showed will always be embraced in her family’s heart.
Surviving to cherish Mary’s memory are her husband, Clifford Wayne Malott; daughter, Kimberly Lanham and husband, Michael Lanham; grandchildren: Ashley Lanham, John Lanham, Troy Rolon, Kayelin Lanham; great-grandchildren: Cambria Rolon, Aiden Lanham; brothers: James Lester, David Lester; sister, Kay Mooy; and many, many nieces and nephews who she loved very much.
Preceded Mary in death are her parents: Shafter Lester and Alta McFall; brothers: Robert Lester, Ronald Dean Lester, George Richard Lester; sister, Marge Crawford; and precious four-legged pet, Maggie.

Esther Zera


Esther Zera, 78, of Roswell, NM, passed away on June 28, 2017 in Roswell. She was surrounded by her family at her passing.
A rosary will be recited on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Steed-Todd Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Her burial will follow at Lawn Haven Cemetery.
Esther was born in Abilene, TX to Domingo and Guadalupe Garcia on April 28, 1939. She married Edward Casillas in September of 1956 in Abilene, TX for 25 years. She later married Tedeauz Zera for another 25 years, which according to her family were her happiest of years. Both have preceded her death as well as her children Susan Casillas, Sammy Casillas, Stephen Paul Casillas, Karen Casillas, and Sandra Gonzales; two granddaughters Carmen Casillas and Tomasa Rosa Robles.
She is survived by her sisters Alicia, Stella, Belia, Becky and her brother Ruben. She is also survived by her children Sylvia Sanchez, Debra Ramirez, Joe Casillas, Particia Ortega, Lupe Casillas, Edward Casillas Jr., and Stephen Paul Casillas; her grandchildren Jorge, Anna, Jose, Hesiquia, Isreal, Albert, Eddie Joe Casillas, Mitchell Rodriguez, Esequiel, Veronica, Rosa, Linda, Jessica, Daniel, Joshua, Joseph, Julian, Jesus, Maria, Victoria, Ignacio, Adam, Helen, Lupita, Aurora, Josie, Jacob, Anthony, Andy, Brandon, Ethan Beltran, Daminica Beltran; 69 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Julian Casillas, Xavier Montano, Josh Casillas, Adam Casillas, Brandon Casillas, Jesus Robles, Steven Casillas, and Jose Ramirez.
In memory of Esther, her family asks that donations be made to the diabetes foundation.
The family of Esther wishes to extend their sincere thanks to ENMMC Roswell Hospital and especially to Nurse Tammy in ICU.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 E. Mañana, Clovis NM, (575) 763-5541. On line condolences can be made at steedtodd.com

Charles “Chuck” Berry


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Chuck Berry, 87, who passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Fireworks Extravaganza traffic plan

This map shows the traffic plan that will be in place during and following the annual Mike Satterfield Memorial Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4 at Cielo Grande Recreation Area. Traffic will be required to flow in single directions on some area streets and street closures will be in place. West College Boulevard from Sycamore Avenue to Montana Avenue will be closed during the fireworks show. To avoid parking complications, people are asked to arrive early. It is also recommended spectators bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. For safety reasons, people should not bring their own fireworks, and should not bring pets. The fireworks, sponsored by the city of Roswell and the Roswell Sertoma Club, will begin about 9:15 p.m., with a music simulcast on 97.1 FM. The pre-fireworks happenings include a concert by Los Lonely Boys, a Chicano rock trio of brothers from San Angelo, Texas, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Also, a free barbecue for veterans and their families will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Elks Lodge No. 969 at 1720 N. Montana Ave. For more information on the fireworks extravaganza, contact the Roswell Parks and Recreation Department at 624-6719. (Submitted Image)

Riddle returns to teach young netters

Roswell High School 2009 graduate Chantale Riddle led a volleyball camp this week at the New Mexico Military Institute’s Godfrey Center. With other camps being held in the area this week, Riddle was able to get more one on one time with a smaller group of campers than last year’s inaugural event. “Having a smaller camp, I actually can go around and talk to each of the kids,” Riddle said. “They get more sole training, which is what we would actually like ... the kids get more individual training with their coaches and with me.” Riddle plays professional volleyball in Switzerland, but is well-known in New Mexico for her record-breaking career as a UNM Lobo. Riddle hopes her schedule will allow her to run the camp again next summer. (Keilee Templeman Photo)

RBI 12U competes in championship bracket at Battle of Omaha

The Roswell Baseball Institute’s 12-and-under baseball team, the Roswell Rox, competed at the USSSA Battle of Omaha tournament in Omaha, Nebraska last weekend. The tournament, which coincided with the NCAA College World Series, featured 16 12-and-under AA teams from across the country. The Rox went 3-0 in pool play to land in the championship bracket, but fell in the quarterfinals 8-2 to the Greenville Griffins of Wisconsin. The Rox currently have a 21-3 tournament record against in-class teams. Pictured, from left (top row): Ryan Alsup, Brendan Kelly, Mitchell Schooley, Colby Eldridge, Jace Worley and Major Byrd. Bottom row, from left: Dustin Hardwick, Zeke Esquivel, Bryce Carrillo, Hayden Wigley and Maddux Edmonson. The team is managed by Kyle Alsup and coached by Tyler Hardwick, Brian Byrd and Sean Schooley. The trip was sponsored by HollyFrontier Corporation and Center City Lanes. (Submitted Photo)

A place for ballroom dancing

Karen and Stan Nelson, far right, decided Roswell needed a place for ballroom dancing. So now the dancing takes place every Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Senior Circle, located at 2801 N. Main St., Suite D, next door to Family Dollar. The Nelsons have taught ballroom dancing and are happy to give demonstrations and tips. Also pictured, left, are Dr. Bill Briney and his wife Sue, dancing to orchestral music. Anyone over 50 is welcome to join. Bring a partner if you have one, but if you don’t, there are usually extras. For more information, call 623-2311. (Submitted Photo)

Hope for Assurance Home

Marie Casabonne, left, presents a check for $1,537 to Assurance Home Executive Director Ron Malone on Thursday. (Submitted Photo)

Marie Casabonne from Hope traveled to Roswell on Thursday to present Assurance Home a check from the Hope Women’s Society of Christian Service.

Climate change infrastructures


The president withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord not because he is against the notion of climate change but because he understands that change is going to happen and the non-binding accord would not move the needle one way or the other. How should we handle climate change projections? Infrastructure changes are one way.

Getting along based on similar values


“Why can’t we all just get along?” asks John Grogan in his letter to the editor in Wednesday’s edition of the RDR.

Leave the landscape for another generation


Those of us who have a concern for the future should hope our congressman, Steve Pearce, can be persuaded to abandon his opposition to the Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks National Monument.

Veterans deserve respect at MVD


Step up fellow veterans. Just how messed up is our state of New Mexico, USA?

RDRNEWS website maintenance


We are still experiencing some longer than normal load times and working to resolve this issue.

Local economic development group to invest directly in area business; Attracting visitors to Roswell’s downtown topic during annual meeting

Keynote speaker Sherman McCorkle tells people attending the Wednesday annual membership meeting of the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. that implementing the group's strategic goals regarding the air center, downtown investment or other initiatives requires collaboration in spite of differences and persistence in spite of obstacles. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. has earmarked $40,000 to help grow area business, John Mulcahy, president of the group, said at the Wednesday annual membership meeting.

Country Club Church of Christ teaches that we are all family

On Aug. 9, Country Club Church of Christ will resume its open meal during the school year. A meal is offered free with suggested donation for those who can. All proceeds raised above the cost of supplying the food will be directed toward specific ministries each month throughout the school year. Doug Austin, left, Ashley Watkins and Davis Bennet are seen serving. (Submitted Photo)

At Country Club Church of Christ, they reach out to those in need with the love their faith nurtures.
“Our goal in everything that we do,” said Josh Watkins, pastor, “is to show people that a family truly takes care of one another.”


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