City of Roswell Tourism Council, 1 p.m., Museum Archives Center, Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, 208 N. Lea Ave.
Sidney Gutierrez Middle School Governing Council, 6 p.m, Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd.
Dexter Consolidated School District Board of Education, 7 p.m., Central Office Board Room, 100 N. Lincoln Ave. (Workshop held at 6 p.m.)
Chaves County Comprehensive Strategy Board, noon, Chaves County Sheriff’s Training Room, Chaves County Administrative Building, #1 St. Mary’s Place
New Mexico Department of Transportation meeting about Hondo Bridge repair project, 5 p.m., Hondo High School, 111 Don Pablo Lane, Hondo
Artesia City Council special meeting regarding utility bills, 5:30 p.m., Artesia City Hall, 511 W. Texas Ave. (regular meeting starts at 6 p.m.)
Roswell Independent School District Board of Education, 6 p.m., Board Room, Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky Ave.
Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District Board of Directors, 9 a.m., District Office, 2302 E. Second St., Suite 100.
Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents, 9:30 a.m., Zia Room, Campus Union Building, Eastern New Mexico University, 1500 South Avenue K, Portales
Roswell City Council Infrastructure Committee special meeting (regarding Recreation Center construction contract), 5 p.m., Bassett Auditorium classroom, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St.
Roswell City Council, 6 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St.
Chaves County Public Lands Advisory Council, 6 p.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, #1 St. Mary’s Place
Alehondro (Alex) Villa passed away at his home in Hagerman, NM, on September 6, 2017, at the age of 77. A viewing will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home officiated by Bobby Barnett, at 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Interment will follow at Hagerman Cemetery, in Hagerman, New Mexico. A tribute of Alex’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Alex was born on February 27, 1940, in Hagerman, New Mexico, to Jose Villa and Martina Arredondo Villa. He was a lifelong resident of Hagerman where he attended Hagerman High and graduated in 1959. Alex was married to Christina Romero on February 13, 1964.
Alex worked on the farm his entire life. He was the greatest man you could ever meet, a very loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed being with his family and listening to Tejano music. Alex especially loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids. He also enjoyed getting in his truck and cruising around Hagerman. Alex will be truly missed by his family and friends. Although this is a very hard time for us all, we know he is now in a better place and reunited with his wife Christina R. Villa.
He is survived by his children: Wanda J. Villa Pemberton of Roswell, Sonya and Juan Banda of Dexter, Chris and Tiffani Villa of Hagerman, Fabian Villa of Hagerman; siblings: Natividad Villa of Odessa, TX, Cipriano and Freda Villa of Roswell, NM, Augustina Villa Marquez, Taylor and Ray Taylor of Hobbs; grandchildren: Bobby and Amy Pemberton, Melissa and Javier Cabrera, Alexandra and Leo Gutierrez, Daniel and Marisela Pemberton, Maleka and Alexandra Villa-Guillen, Juan Banda Jr, Alani Villa, Lailiana Villa, Valerie Banda, Dominic Villa, Jada Villa, Joe Alex Villa, Carlise Villa, Cynthia Villa, Lilah Villa; great-grandchildren: Ava Pemberton, Jayden Cabrera, Arabella Jenae, Avery Cabrera, Oziah Gutierrez, Alizea Pemberton, Amarie De La Cruz, and Bryson Pemberton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Christina R. Villa; child, Steven Villa; siblings: Severiano Villa, Juanita Villa-Hidalgo and Josephina Galindo; father Jose Villa and mother Martina Villa.
Pallbearers will be: Bobby Pemberton, Javier Cabrera, Daniel Pemberton, Juan Banda Jr, Dominic Villa, and Joe Alex Villa.
This tribute was written in honor of Alex by his family.
Surrounded by his loved ones, Larry passed away August 26, 2017. He was born May 31, 1946 to Bill and Peggy Glass. He grew up in Roswell, NM with his parents. He served six years in the Army. Larry is survived by his wife Connie; daughters: Cheryl, and Sara; son: Sam; grandchildren: Jody, Jessica, LuLu, Sal and Andrew; as well as great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his three little dogs: Sonny, Maezy and Jackson, who he loved with all of his heart. Larry was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew him. At his request, he will be laid to rest with his parents in Roswell. One of Larry’s request was that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Animal Village NM, a non-profit animal rescue that he supported and was very special to him, their website is: animalvillagenm.org.
Joseph Ornelas, 40, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. Joseph Ornelas Funeral Fund has been set up and donations may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank. A further announcement will follow when arrangements are finalized.
On Labor Day weekend, many Americans celebrated the contributions that unions like the United Auto Workers (UAW) have made to the workplace. As a Ford hourly employee, I don’t take these historic improvements for granted.
But in recent decades, the UAW has used its power to pursue contract demands that benefit the union’s bottom line — many times at the expense of workers. Not surprisingly, auto workers have often rejected the UAW’s attempts at expansion. Most recently, workers at a Nissan plant in Mississippi voted against UAW representation by a nearly two-to-one margin. A union still clinging onto a business model from the 1950s, not to mention archaic contract demands, could be detrimental to both legacy and newer tech-driven automakers.
If the UAW would simply devote its members’ dues to ensuring reasonable wage and working conditions rather than using them for political and personal ambitions, they might still have some value on a voluntary basis. However, there is no indication that UAW officials are willing to be reasonable and practical with their members’ money.
I just read your latest article in the Roswell Daily Record and, as you know, I just had to comment.
It isn’t that consumers don’t want to eat healthy food, it just bothers them when senseless government regulations keep raising the cost of food so high that all they can afford are the dollar menu items at the fast-food counters.
Enough already! The state of New Mexico and the FDA have statutes which outline standards for food already, isn’t that enough? Lord knows there are state and federal laws enough to insure that the food chain is protected, and we all know there are enough lawyers out there that are always willing to sue anybody, for anything.
Lawmakers aren’t that good at fixing these kind of problems anyway, a few years ago we had a vice president who stated that ketchup was a good substitute for tomatoes in our diet. I wish the lawmakers would concentrate on important matters like the economy and immigration and stop trying to regulate businesses into bankruptcy.
As for advertising, the old adage of “Don’t believe everything you read” is a good motto. One more comment before I end, getting things passed in Santa Fe has never been decided by what the people want. If it was our government, we would be helping President Trump instead of ignoring him, that includes our governor.
In a heartbreaking loss that came down to Carlsbad’s last possession, the Goddard Rockets fell 19-18 Friday night to the Cavemen at the Wool Bowl.
In a game in which a single play could have tipped the balance, the Cavemen began a drive at their own 25-yard line with 2:33 to go, down 18-12.
On third and 1 from their 34-yard line, Carlsbad senior quarterback Jaykan Willis threw deep to senior Jordin Molina. A Goddard defender pushed Molina as the ball hung in the air, resulting in a 15-yard penalty on the Rockets.
Two plays later, Willis again threw deep to Molina, who got behind the defender for the falling catch to set up a first and goal at the Goddard 4-yard line.
On third and goal at the 1-yard line with just 8 seconds left in the game, Willis kept the football, and pushed the pile just across the goal line for a touchdown that made it 18-18.
The extra point kick by Carlsbad senior Jake Bowen was low and to the left, but made it over the crossbar and inside the left upright to put Carlsbad up 19-18.
The Rockets tried some razzle dazzle on the ensuing kickoff with several laterals, including an illegal forward lateral, but time expired and the Rockets gained little ground on the desperation play, falling to 1-2 on the season.
Goddard senior quarterback Dalton Bowles, who ran the ball repeatedly Friday in a game in which the Rockets had just three passes in the first half, said it was a heartbreaking defeat.
“I think it just came down to who had the ball last,” Bowles said. “Our whole line did really good tonight. I thought we played well. I thought we had a really good effort, it just didn’t go our way tonight. We’ve just got to come back next week.”
Goddard head coach Chris White said the Rockets played with heart.
“It’s heartbreaking for the boys, but I haven’t been any more proud of a big win than what I was with the effort our kids played with tonight,” White said. “I didn’t think we played real hard last week (in a 30-7 road loss to Piedra Vista) and I was real disappointed, but man the kids came out and just played their hearts out tonight.
“I thought the kids did everything that they possibly could have done. But hey, we’ll go back and go to work and we’ll find things we can improve. The heart’s something, either you have a big heart or you don’t. I think going forward now with our schedule and stuff, I feel good about the team and what we’ve got.”
The Rockets got on top on their first possession of the first quarter, putting together a 40-yard touchdown drive.
Bowles connected with senior Samuel Ramirez for a first down, followed by a 20-yard first down run from senior Diego Miranda on third and short, that sat the Rockets up at the Carlsbad 18-yard line.
After another first down run from Miranda set the Rockets up at the Carlsbad 10-yard line.
On third and goal from the 2, Bowles kept the football in the shotgun formation and ran to the left side, running over a Carlsbad defender at the goal line for the touchdown that made it 6-0 Rockets with 4:34 left in the first quarter.
Goddard sat up for the extra point, but the snap was mishandled. Rocket sophomore Robert Aragon rolled out to the left side and found Ramirez in the end zone for the two-point conversion that made it 8-0 Goddard.
Both teams punted on their next possessions, as the game moved into the second quarter, when Carlsbad put together a 62-yard touchdown drive.
A chop block on the Rocket defense put the Cavemen within the Goddard red zone.
On third and goal from the 7-yard line, Carlsbad senior running back Jake Bowen showed his speed on a sweep to the right side for an easy touchdown that made it 8-6 Goddard. The Rockets blocked the extra point attempt.
Goddard threatened to score late in the second quarter, but the Rockets turned the ball over on downs when Bowles was sacked on fourth down at the Carlsbad 34-yard line, as the half ended with Goddard up 8-6.
Goddard received the kickoff to start the second half, and again the Rockets put together a sustained drive, but Goddard turned the ball over on downs at the Carlsbad 34-yard line.
The Cavemen drove for 66 yards, much of it on a 36 yard run by Willis across midfield.
A face mask penalty on the Rockets put the Cavemen at the Rocket 3-yard line. On second and goal, Carlsbad scored on a rushing touchdown to make it 12-8 Carlsbad with 2:33 left in the third quarter. The Rocket defense stopped the Cavemen on the two-point conversion.
But the Rockets regained the lead in the fourth quarter on a 65-yard touchdown drive, thanks to two fourth down runs by Bowles and a 22-yard run by Miranda to nearly the pylon.
On second and inches, Bowles bowled into the end zone to make 14-12 Goddard with 8:44 remaining. The extra point kick from left-footed sophomore J.P. Weiser split the uprights to make it 15-12 Rockets.
The Rockets stopped the Cavemen on their next possession, who punted the ball for just 10 yards, even with the benefit of a kind roll.
Goddard was set up near midfield with 6:06 to go. The powerful frame, quick feet and cutback agility of Miranda drove the ball deep into Carlsbad territory.
On third and goal at the 5-yard line, Miranda took the pitch, but got tied up the backfield, spraining his ankle and leaving the game.
“He twisted an ankle and then he came back in there late, so that’s always good,” White said. “It was just an ankle sprain type of deal.”
After Miranda limped off the field very slowly aided by two coaches, Goddard faced a fourth and goal from the Carlsbad 8-yard line.
With Miranda out of the game, the Rockets chose to go for the field goal, which Weiser nailed to make it 18-12 with 2:36 left in the game.
White said the timing of Miranda’s injury didn’t help the drive.
“But hey, give our little kicker credit for stroking a field goal,” White said. “That’s a big spot.”
Carlsbad took over at their own 25-yard line with 2:33 to go. The pass interference call on Goddard and 36-yard pass from Willis to Molina sat up the 1-yard touchdown run by Willis that made it 18-18, followed by the critical extra point attempt that would decide the game.
“We needed to convert on one more drive and get a stop there,” White said. “There was the big pass interference.
“I thought the officials actually called us a really good, clean game. Sometimes calls don’t go your way, and that’s just how life is.”
White said the game plan was to pound the ball on the ground to keep the Carlsbad offense off the field.
“We’ve thrown for big first downs though when we did throw them,” White said. “But they’re a high-powered offense. I’m not trying to rush things. I’m trying to keep their offense off the field. I thought we did a good job with that. You could see they’re an explosive kind of offense. I thought we did a pretty good job of ball control, all told. I think they punted quite a few more times than we did.”
The Rockets hit the road next Friday to play at Clovis.
USC made student body left or right a staple for their offense. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Dexter Demons have that play down pat.
In the Battle of the Bridges game, the Demon offensive line did work. Long-striding Dexter junior running back Gustavo Macias scored two of his three touchdowns on student body sweeps, one to the right and the other to the left as the Demons held on to the trophy for another year, winning 23-0 Friday night at Hagerman.
“The game was really challenging at the beginning,” Macias said. “We had some minor setbacks. Our offense had to pick up our heads because we fumbled a couple of times. Hagerman could read what we were trying to do. We had to adjust at the last minute. They made it tough for us.”
In the first quarter, both teams fumbled the ball and played field position. It wasn’t until the 8:06 mark of the second quarter that the Demons scored from the 12-yard line when they called “Lead Left.”
Dexter quarterback Jarren Amaro handed the ball off to Macias on a lead draw action to the left side of the line, and Macias sprinted through a hole on the left side of the line for a touchdown. Matt Otero made the PAT to give the Demons a 7-0 lead.
“We had to overcome some adversity early on that was self-caused,” said Dexter coach Kevin Graham. “We had some fumbles, dropped passes. We had some missed protections. I don’t have a reason for it. The minds are everywhere when you play these big rivalry games. We did not execute in the first half.”
Hagerman’s defense played stout for most of the game, forcing several three-and-outs. On offense, Hagerman could not sustain any drives. Bobcat quarterback Jakob Bejarano was sacked 10 times on the night, when he wasn’t being sacked, he was hurried, harassed, or had to throw the ball away before a receiver was open. Hagerman never threatened the defense of Dexter. It was a one-sided affair.
“Our defense played light outs,” said Bobcat head coach Adrian Olivas. “It’s frustrating because it’s the same kids on both sides of the ball. Our team played their butts off. I’m so dang proud of them.”
The fact that Hagerman’s defense kept them in the game is a building block for the future. Several big hits were laid on the Demons’ receivers. Hagerman’s defense was on the field for a good portion of the game, because their offense was usually three downs and out.
“We were a couple of seconds away on pass protection from doing some good things,” Olivas said. “We’re a young team and have some injuries on the O-line, but there is still light at the end of the tunnel.”
Dexter sacked Hagerman’s quarterback Bejarano for a safety with 1:23 left in the third quarter to make the score 9-0.
The game stayed that way until Dexter called Student Body Left from the Bobcat 23-yard line, when Macias ran through arm tackles to score with 10:23 left in the game. Otero added the PAT to make the score 16-0.
Hagerman did make pick up several first downs and crossed into the Demon’s territory with 4 minutes to go in the game, but three consecutive holding penalties forced them into a fourth and 35 from their 16-yard line. Hagerman went for it, but was sacked by Dexter’s Jordan Marquez.
The Demons once again ran Student Body Right with Macias, with 1:19 left in the game, as Otero added the PAT.
Hagerman, 0-3, hosts Fort Sumner for homecoming at 7 p.m. Friday.
Dexter, 2-1, hits the road again and travels to Tucamcari for a 7 p.m. game Friday.
Artesia 55, Valencia 0
Belen 35, Farmington 28
Capitan 54, Jal 0
Carlsbad 19, Goddard 18
Clint, Texas 34, Santa Teresa 13
Dexter 23, Hagerman 0
EP Bowie, Texas 40, Silver 17
EP Burges, Texas 47, Deming 26
Escalante 59, Dulce 0
Espanola Valley 21, Pojoaque 0
Eunice 41, Hatch Valley 15
Fort Sumner 54, Texico 20
Gadsden 40, San Elizario, Texas 15
Hobbs 42, Roswell 15
Los Alamos 37, Grants 0
Loving 20, Clayton 6
Manzano 42, Cibola 7
Melrose 48, Mancos, Colo. 0
Montezuma-Cortez, Colo. 29, Kirtland Central 14
Moriarty 41, St. Michael’s 15
Newcomb 60, Cuba 6
Portales 42, West Las Vegas 28
Raton 35, Socorro 28
Reserve 45, San Jon/Grady 28
Rio Rancho 34, Clovis 31, OT
Robertson 34, Santa Rosa 14
Taos 48, NMMI 7
Thoreau 22, Gallup 8
Tularosa 50, Lordsburg 0
Vaughn 59, Mosquero/Roy 6
Mesa Middle School coaches involved in fight; One coach says altercation was about use of N-word by players
A local coach says the use of the N-word during and after a recent middle school football game, and the lack of immediate disciplinary action, prompted a fight between two coaches, although school officials have yet to address the racially charged incident.
Mesa Middle School assistant football coach Thomas Davis, an African-American, told the Daily Record a player muttered to Davis the N-word during Tuesday’s game when two players had been removed from the game for arguing among themselves.
“I told the players you’re part of the D-line,” Davis said, “and you’re going to be part of the team, and you’re fighting with each other. The enemy is over there. Give me your helmets and shoulder pads.”
Davis said other students used the N-word after the game while at the school’s locker room while the team was putting away uniforms and equipment. Davis said two players ran out of the locker room, shouting the N-word at each other. Davis said he yelled at the players and confronted them about their use of the N-word.
Davis said he took one of the players to Mesa Middle School head football coach Gabriel Flores-Delara for the student to explain his use of the N-word.
“I said, ‘Coach, this is the stuff that causes major issues, this is what causes stuff to happen,'” Davis said.
Davis said Flores-Delara asked Davis to go outside where the altercation escalated. Davis said the two men were nose to nose when Flores-Delara head-butted him. Davis said he retaliated with about 15 punches at Flores-Delara. Davis, 50, said Flores-Delara, 28, then placed him in a full nelson wrestling hold.
“I told him, ‘Don’t you put your hands on me anymore,'” Davis said.
Davis said he suffered minor injuries in the scuffle, including an injured pinky finger, chest contusions and a head injury from the head-butt. Davis said assistant football coach Kevin Fresquez broke up the fight.
According to police reports, Flores-Delara called 911 and reported the fight that occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m., after the football game at Roswell’s DeBremond Stadium. Davis said Flores-Delara reported he had been assaulted by another coach.
“You’re going to call the police on me, and you started this,” Davis said as he recalled the sequence of events.
Police said Flores-Delara suffered minor injuries, and several people witnessed the aftermath of the fight.
“I learned Coach Gabriel Flores-Delara and Coach Thomas Davis were parties involved in the incident,” Roswell Police Department officer Laura Macias wrote in an incident report written Wednesday morning. In the police report, Flores-Delara is listed as the victim, while Davis is listed as a suspect.
“I learned no report was filed and both parties involved were asked to leave the premises,” Macias wrote in the report.
Police said Mesa Middle School assistant principal Art Sandoval was contacted about the altercation at the school at 1601 E. Bland St.
“Mr. Sandoval stated a report needed to be filed for documentation purposes on behalf of the school,” Macias wrote in the police report.
Sandoval declined to comment, referring questions to the RISD human resources department.
Troy Hudson, RISD director of activities and athletics, could not be reached for comment.
Flores-Delara, a teacher and coach at Mesa Middle School, said in one of multiple voice messages he left with the newspaper Friday he had no comment about the altercation.
Police said the case is active and under investigation. RPD spokesperson Todd Wildermuth said no charges have yet been filed as a result of the battery report.
Davis, a coach and substitute teacher at RISD, said he has lost his coaching position at Mesa Middle School as a result of Tuesday’s incident, and has also been barred from Mesa Middle School’s campus, while Flores-Delara continues as head coach of the Mesa Middle School football team.
Davis said the incident is an example of racial insensitivity at the Roswell Independent School District.
“The school system is not as diverse as it should be,” he said.
It’s time for Roswell Youth Soccer again, and RYSA president Matthew Shappard is ready.
“We’ve got another great upcoming season with almost 800 kids signed up,” Shappard said. “Right now, we’re in administration phases, trying to make sure every coach has concussion training and that we’ve done the risk management background checks. We try to keep kids in a safer environment.
“There will be seven weekends of games. The games will likely go from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. but it depends on some variables.”
Shappard is hoping to see more special needs kids out on the field this year.
“Our next focus is shifting onto the TOPS program,” he said. “TOPS means The Outreach Program for Soccer. Our goal is to help kids with special needs come out and enjoy soccer. We’re not charging any registration fee for them and there’s no deadline for them to start playing. They can contact me at my number, 575-420-0188, at any point and we’ll sign them up and get them on the field feeling like they’re part of everyone else out there, the way they should feel.”
After last year’s success, RYSA presented their experience at the state level. The program is taking off.
“We presented the TOPS program before the state soccer board,” Shappard said. “We’re beginning to see similar programs in other parts of the state. They’re giving kids with special needs a chance to play soccer and kick a ball in a goal.”
Shappard and his group of coaches and referees love working with special needs kids.
“It’s exciting to get these kids in as part of the RYSA group,” he said, “to get that jersey, and just to come out and have fun. I have a lot of teens that just want to be around the special needs kids.”
Shappard is hoping to hear from groups that serve special needs kids so that he can extend the invitation to as many families as possible.
“Last season we had about 12 kids in TOPS,” he said. “This year so far we have between five and seven that might. We want more. We buy special equipment for the kids. We have big soccer balls for kids to push with their wheel chair. We have things to help blind kids, and kids with sensory deprivation. We want those kids to know that they belong out there.”
He also expressed deep appreciation for a group that volunteers regularly and really makes a difference with the kids.
“We’ve got a great group of volunteers with the Youth ChalleNGe Academy,” Shappard said. “Richard Martinez, Christopher Lara and all the other leaders bring those kids out and they’re amazing.”
With the size of the group this year, Shappard said they need more referees.
“Referees are needed,” he said. “A lot of times the rules have been updated and the referees usually know about these before everybody else. For example, headers are now illegal for kids under a certain age, but all adults remember doing them when we were kids. I wonder how more of us might have turned out if they’d thought about concussions back when we were kids.”
The concussion program teaches the coaches how to help kids avoid getting a concussion, what to look for if there is a possibility that there is a concussion, how to respond to it if they might have one and then how to deal with the family and medical situation if it needs to go that far.
“Ultimately,” Shappard said, “our first concern is about the safety of the kids being more important than winning.”
Shappard was also happy to start a new age group this year in answer to a problem he observed this past year.
“This season we started a new U-16 group,” he said. “I noticed when I got the honor to referee some of the middle schools this year that a lot of kids who had really sharp skills at RYSA had aged out at 13. They went 11 months without touching a soccer ball, then they played for five weeks. Then they’d go another 11 months without playing, and another five weeks of playing. Somehow this was supposed to translate to better high school players and teams.
“So I developed the U-16 age group where the kids come out just for fun 3 vs. 3 with guest coaches teaching proper headers, teaching shooting, teaching trapping a ball, things like that to better develop the kids, the team and the school. Any kids born from 2002 to 2004 are welcome to the U-16 team.”
Shappard said that as well as getting more special needs kids in the TOPS program, he also hopes to see Dexter and Hagerman schools run a soccer program of their own so his RYSA kids from those areas can keep building their skills.
To learn more about connecting with RYSA or to help a kid get involved, you can find them on Facebook by searching for Roswell Youth Soccer.
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at email@example.com.
Members of MainStreet Roswell have raised more than $3,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Executive Director Kathy Lay said that donations from people visiting stores and businesses and the matching donations by business owners and managers resulted in $3,487.72 being raised last week and this week.
Business and store owners began collecting donations to forward to the American Red Cross on Sept. 1 during the First Friday event. The donation drive was due to end Tuesday but final tallies were done Friday.
Lay said that donations ranged from coins tossed in jars at stores to generous checks by individuals to large matching donations by MainStreet businesses.
MainStreet Roswell, an affiliate of the New Mexico Main Street Program, works to preserve and enhance the historic downtown area and to promote business and economic development. First Fridays occur each month as a way to attract visitors and shoppers to the downtown area.
More customers of Berrendo Cooperative Water Users Association will be affected by water shut-offs Monday.
Office Manager Elizabeth Niece said that the last tie-in to the new tank on Six Mile Hill will occur Monday and will require turning off water for customers west of the tank on West Pine Lodge Road. The exact amount of time that customers can expect to be without water is not known, but Niece said that people should prepare to be without water all day starting at about 8 a.m.
Those affected are customers living on Zinnia Road, Cherokee Road, Brown Road, West Berrendo Road, Peaceful Valley Road, Mark Road, Xanadu Place, Dogwood Road and Loma Vista Road.
Manuela “Nellie/ Curty” Contreras Padilla passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, in Hagerman, New Mexico. Viewing will be at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Monday, September 11, 2017, at 10 a.m., with burial to follow at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Manuela’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On February 14, 1948, Manuela was born to Pedro Contreras and Margarita Sanchez Contreras in Roswell, New Mexico. She married the love of her life, Juan Arzola Padilla, on September 9, 1973, in Dexter, New Mexico. Housewife, mother and grandmother, Manuela lovingly devoted herself to her husband and family. The disagreements with her husband never kept them from loving each other and taking care of one another. She was a strong and straightforward person who always kept everyone in line. Manuela was very friendly and social; she made everyone feel welcomed. She had the gift of the gab, a vibrant smile with an engaging personality and was a jokester with a great sense of humor. Manuela was happiest when spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Manuela’s most treasured memories were the time she spent spoiling her grandkids. “Mom spoiled them so much, they came back home spoiled,” she loved them more than life itself. Manuela’s tamales were the best of many delicious foods her family has ever had. She enjoyed knitting and sewing, but also had interest in word search puzzles and playing with her tablet. Manuela loved watching her novelas and cowboy movies, preferably “Walker.” Gardening and tending to her plants was another of her favorites. Manuela will be greatly missed, and the memories she made with her family will forever remain in their hearts.
Those left to cherish Manuela’s memory are her husband of 43 years, Juan Arzola Padilla; son, Joe Contreras, daughters: Margaret Solis, Margarita Arzola Reyes; special grandchildren: Dariana (Jared) Acosta, Marco A. Solis, Isaias M. Solis (Chito) that she helped raise; Esmeralda Solis, Estefania (Angel) Solis, Albert Perez, Marissa Peralta, Antoinette Peralta, Sonny Ray Contreras Jr, Loretta Grado, Rodolfo Herrera, Magaly Herrera, plus five more; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Ramon Sanchez and wife, Mary Sanchez, several nephews and nieces; and precious pet; Niki.
Preceding Manuela in death are her sons: Johnny Joe Contreras and Sonny Ray Contreras; parents: Pedro Contreras and Margarita Sanchez Contreras; brothers: Gomecindo (Gomez) Contreras, Catalino (Cait) Contreras, Pedro (Paile) Contreras, Juan Corrales, Merejildo (Mere) Contreras; sisters: Daria Contreras Martinez, Aurora (Goya) Contreras, Mary Contreras Seward; numerous nephews and nieces; and beloved pet, Feo.
Those chosen as honorary pallbearers are: Marco A. Solis, Isaias M. Solis (Chito), Albert Perez, and all grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be: Isaias Solis, Angel Medina, Jared Acosta, De’Angelo Lucero, Milo Silvas, Dean Maleski, Anthony Hernandez and Sebastian Segura.