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Peggy Krantz knows how to make dreams come true

A self-taught artist and gallery owner who loves nothing more than helping others to fulfill their dreams, Peggy Krantz creates art on canvas and in people's hearts. The finishing touches Krantz was on this horse portrait, Monday were inspired by her love of Renaissance art. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Are you ready for an adventure? Would you like to learn something you didn’t know before? Maybe you’d like to develop some talent you’ve never really fostered. Peggy Krantz, owner of The Gallery at 233 N. Main St., knows exactly how you feel. She also knows how to make those dreams come true.

Bikers get in gear to help veterans

Three bikers out of about 300 hit their final stop at Third Street Station near downtown Roswell Saturday evening after participating in the Fourth Annual Cruz'n for Vets road rally. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The fundraiser begins in Artesia, stops at five locations and ends with a party, dirt bike “grudge match” and a live performance by Kimberly Dunn at the Third Street venue.
Shown for left are Sunday Torrez from Artesia, Raul Velasquez of Artesia and “Arod” from Lovington.
This year’s event raises money for the Southeast New Mexico Veterans Transportation Network. Last year’s event raised about $17,000 for a group that provides service dog to veterans. Cruz’n for Vets is organized by Penasco Valley Telecommunications and is sponsored this year by Roswell Hyundai.

Old Glory gets fitting goodbye

One of hundreds of U.S. flags is given a proper retirement Saturday morning at a ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post 28 on North Montana Avenue. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The third annual ceremony, held during Flag Week, provides an official procedure for disposing of U.S. and state flags that are torn, tattered or faded. Sergeant-at-Arms Felix Sosa, shown facing the fire, estimated that 100 or more flags were brought to the ceremony for disposal. Among the people attending and assisting in the ceremony were members of the Boy Scout Troop 149, the Redlands Fire Department and American Legion Riders. Catalina Sosa, chaplain of the American Legion Auxiliary, is shown to the side of her husband while Jaime Fierro assists Sosa. The ceremony included prayers, the playing of Taps and the ritual of disposing of the first flag by cutting off each stripe and naming an original colony as the stripe is laid in the fire.

Ranchers get water rights in national forest


The New Mexico State Engineer issued an order Friday to protect ranchers’ water rights in Lincoln National Forest.

Week Ahead


Dexter Consolidated School District Board of Education, 7 p.m., Central Office Board Room, 100 N. Lincoln Ave.

Amparo Maria Hidalgo Sanchez


Amparo Maria Hidalgo Sanchez, 61, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at home with her family in Roswell, NM, following a long battle with cancer. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. Funeral Services will be at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory on June 14, 2017, at 2 p.m. A tribute of Amparo’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On November 15, 1955, Amparo was born to Albert and Maria Hidalgo in Roswell, NM. Amparo married Ruben R. Sanchez Sr. on January 16, 1982, in Roswell, NM. Amparo was a stay at home mom to three children and a full-time home maker. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Some of her favorite hobbies were, embroidery, word search puzzles, baking, keeping up with the celebrities and watching Joel Osteen. She won 1st place in an embroidery contest with a tractor blanket she made for her oldest grandson. Amparo enjoyed listening to music. Her favorite pop artist was Michael Jackson, her favorite Rock and Roll artist was Elvis Presley and her favorite song of all time was “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison. She was always so helpful and loved doing things for others and especially liked to make people laugh.
Those left to cherish Amparo’s memory are her husband, Ruben R. Sanchez Sr.; sons: Eric Sanchez, Ruben Sanchez Jr. and wife, Larissa; daughter, Monica Ramirez and husband, Andrew; grandchildren: Arturo Benavidez, Nyah Sanchez, Izaya Sanchez, Zayden Sanchez, Kiara Ramirez, Ezekiel Ramirez; her mother, Maria Hidalgo; sisters: Christina Hidalgo, Anita Malacara and husband, Daniel, Rita De Lao, and husband, Frank; brothers: Henry Hidalgo, Albert Hidalgo Jr. and wife, Nancy, Julian Hidalgo and Steve Hidalgo; numerous nieces and nephews.
Amparo was preceded in death by her father, Albert Hidalgo Sr.
Pallbearers will be: Eric Sanchez, Ruben R. Sanchez Jr., Artie Benavidez, Andrew Ramirez, Albert Hidalgo Jr., Steve Hidalgo, Anthony Mendoza, and Justin Hatley.
Obituary tribute was lovingly written by Amparo’s family.

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free,
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work and play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of day.
If parting has left a void.
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good time, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seems all too brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me.
God wanted me now,
He set me free!

Leroy (Lee) Harvey Groves


Leroy (Lee) Harvey Groves was called home to Heaven on June 2, 2017, at the age of 79. He was born in Prague, Oklahoma, on October 25, 1937, and attended high school in Hominy, Oklahoma. He later resided in Roswell, New Mexico, where he worked as a long haul truck driver prior to his illness. Private memorial services will be held for the family in Pennsylvania, with Pastor Ed Hodor officiating the service. A tribute of Leroy’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Leroy was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Groves; his father, St. Elmo Harve Groves; his mother, Eva Mae (Ramsey) Groves; a stepson, James Leonard Foster; sisters, Barbara A. (Milon) Groves; Doris Lee (Robinson) Groves; and Beatrice M. (Palmere) Groves.
He is survived by his only daughter, Rhonda Lee Jaquay of West Mifflin, Pa; two brothers: Ronald L. Groves of California, Donald F. Groves Sr. of Rio Vista, California; a sister, Donna McFrancis of Flatonia Texas; a stepson, Raymond Foster of Jakarta, Indonesia; step-grandchildren: Thomas Craig Foster and wife, Cheryl of Spring, Texas, Summer Leigh Krause of Spring, Texas, and Brian Lance Foster and wife, Veronica of Harker Heights, Texas, and their mother Gloria Foster (wife of the late James Leonard Foster); nine grandchildren: Robert A. Jaquay of Charleroi Pa, Charissa Q. Jaquay of Charleroi Pa, Christopher S. Jaquay of West Mifflin Pa, Albert S. Jaquay of Bentleyville Pa, Preston L. Jaquay of Marina, California, Sheldon Q. Jaquay of Alexandra, Virginia, Briandasha N. Jaquay of Brentwood, Pa, Storm B. Jaquay of Munhall, Pa, Skylar F. Jaquay of Charleroi, Pa; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He spent the majority of his life with his beloved wife Norma Jean Groves who preceded him in death. They loved playing bingo, going to the casino, and spending time together. He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing in Country Western bands throughout his life. He also used to volunteer his time to play at nursing homes in the Roswell, New Mexico area. He enjoyed sharing stories from his life and talking about the good old days. He will be missed greatly by his beloved family and friends!
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Leroy by his family.

Ramona (Dolly) Trujillo Sanchez


Ramona (Dolly) Trujillo Sanchez, born February 4, 1927, in Roswell, NM, left the halls of Good Samaritan Nursing Home on October 18, 2016. Those left to celebrate her passing are her husband of 66 years, Candelario S. Sanchez, her children; daughters Mary Keith (Clark), Elizabeth Behnke (Joe), Christine Brady (Roy Andrew), Cathy McGahey (Richard) and son Joseph Edward Sanchez (Sharon), nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her brother, Adolpho Trujillo and numerous nieces and nephews. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her younger son John Anthony Sanchez and granddaughter Christy Johnson.
A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m., at South Park Cemetery, with Deacon Howard Herring officiating.

Ms. Stixx softball wins big in OKC; Local 12-and-under squad puts God, family first while having very successful summer

Ms. Stixx line up before the title game in Oklahoma City Monday, leaving the No. 6 spot open for right fielder Jazzy Lucero, who was injured during the Summer Blast tourney in Roswell on May 12. (Submitted Photo)

Roswell athletes find success at National Senior Games

Roswell's Vernon Dyer competes in the race walk event at the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama Thursday. Vernon took fifth in the 5,000 meter and seventh in the 1,500 meter. (Submitted Photo)
Mandy Owens

Kelly Jo Leflar


Kelly Jo Leflar was born on April 10, 1953 in Knox City, TX to Mary Imogene Morton-Leflar and James Welton Leflar. She unexpectedly left this world on Sunday, June 4, 2017, leaving a profound void in the many lives she touched; joining her loving parents, whom we lost respectively in 2008 and 2009.
She is survived by her two sons, Austin Booe of Roswell, NM. and Jared Putnam of San Antonio, TX. and one grandson, Jace Putnam also of San Antonio, TX. Also, surviving her are two brothers, Terry Leflar of Athens, TX. and Buddy Loynd of Arlington, TX. and one sister, Sammye Leflar of Roswell, NM. She also leaves behind four beloved doggies, Smoky, Dory, Sebastian and Oni, all who were like children to her.
Kelly spent her adolescent years growing up and attending school in Munday, TX., a place she loved and always called “home” no matter where she lived. She lived in a variety of different places throughout her adult life but spent her last 18 years working and residing in Roswell, NM.
Throughout the years, she performed several different jobs, all of which she excelled at. She performed property management for a variety of years in Texas, to include a short time in Roswell, until she became employed with New Mexico Eastern Regional Housing Authority, spending 13 years in various roles. She spent her last few years at the Housing Authority as the Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator. She helped individuals transition from receiving assistance, becoming self-sufficient in supporting their families, obtaining full time employment and becoming proud owners of homes. All of this was accomplished through education and programs designed to teach self-sufficiency. This work was very rewarding to Kelly, as she took pride in assisting people to accomplish their goals. She left the Housing Authority in 2013 and became employed by Yes Housing as Service Coordinator for the elderly and disabled. She adored her clients, as they adored her, assisting them with their needs with the utmost love and dignity. She often went to check on them on weekends during her personal time off and make sure they had what they needed, as well as making them feel loved. She had a God given gift of making each life that she touched feel significant.
She affected the lives of many people she met in a unique and mystical way that some never quite understood; but the ones who did, all came away knowing in a sagacious way, that they had been touched by an angel. She had a strong love of animals and animal rights and devoted much of her time trying to make this world a better place for animals to exist.
Yes Housing will be hosting their own celebration of life for Kelly at their Wildwood property where Kelly officed in Roswell at noon on Thursday, June 15, 2017 specifically for her clients and co-workers.
Kelly’s memorial services will be held in Munday, TX where family and friends will gather to remember and honor her. The time will be announced once arrangements are finalized.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

Man found dead in tree on farm property; Authorities believe body was that of missing Roswell man


The science of mixing fun with learning

Nova Beck works on her alarm box Friday morning during the Operation Keep Out module at this year’s Camp Invention. (Katy Ross Photo)
Even though there was no snow on the ground Friday morning, campers made their own sled and raced them at this year’s Camp Invention. (Katy Ross Photo)

Celebrate freedom in Roswell


Water district considers leasing wells to Texas company


A local water authority is considering whether to allow a Texas-based energy company to lease wells on a farm in Eddy County.

Person on the street: ‘Do you believe in aliens?’

Ronni Bower: "Do I believe in aliens? No, not really. I guess I need proof, I haven't really seen anything tangible." (Keilee Templeman Photo)

DWI arrests in Chaves County


Local law enforcement agencies have provided the following information. All people are presumed innocent.

Coach and daughter combo playing last games together

Roswell High head softball coach Art Sandoval with daughter Sheyanne Sandoval, middle, and RHS assistant softball coach Rebecca Marrujo pose for a quick photo at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho Friday. The Sandovals are coaching and playing in the New Mexico North/South All-Star series this weekend. (Submitted Photo)

The Class 5A/6A South All-Star state softball team may have fell to the North squad 12-2 in the first of a three-game series Friday at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, but in a game where the special rules can make it tough to gain and keep momentum, it was more about letting some college bound players get some action against the states top competition.

Domino’s® Opens New Pizza Theater Restaurant in Roswell


Thank you for your patience while under construction but now you can say hello to the new Dine-In Domino’s in Roswell! The new “pizza theater” at 1124 S Union Ave is now open.

The dine-in Domino’s features the pizza theater design which allows flexibility for a number of elements otherwise unheard of when it comes to the “traditional” Domino’s store. Highlights include a comfortable lobby, open-area viewing of the food preparation process and the ability to track carryout orders on Domino’s Pizza Tracker. The store also features chalk walls allowing customers to express their creativity or leave feedback for store team members. Other amenities include free wi-fi, flat screens showing sports and USB power outlets to charge your device.

“Domino’s pizza theaters are now destination restaurants where people can bring their family or a date to enjoy great Domino’s pizzas, Wings, Specialty Chicken, Salads, even desserts like our Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes or Marbled Cookie Brownies,” said Brian Bailey, Domino’s franchisee. “Domino’s in Roswell is the place to go for lunch, date night and late night at both locations on North Main St and now South Union at McGaffey!”

Bailey began his career with Domino’s in the 1980s as a delivery driver in Alamogordo and quickly became a store manager. He has been a franchisee over 28 years and now owns 53 Domino’s in New Mexico and Colorado. As his franchise group Team Bailey grows, the need to hire enthusiastic employees increases. Domino’s Team Bailey is actively hiring new employees for all positions, including delivery drivers, assistant managers and general managers delivering opportunities all around New Mexico and southern Colorado. Those interested in applying for a position at Domino’s should visit jobs.dominos.com. Customers can earn points toward free pizza through Piece of the Pie Rewards when they order online at dominos.com or Domino’s App.

About Domino’s Team Bailey: Domino’s Team Bailey is based in Roswell, N.M. For 30 years, the company has owned and operated Domino’s restaurants in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Artesia, Aztec, Belen, Bloomfield, Cannon AFB, Carlsbad, Clovis, Deming, Edgewood, Espanola, Farmington, Gallup, Grants, Hobbs, Holloman AFB, Kirtland, Kirtland AFB, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Los Lunas, Lovington, Portales, Raton, Roswell, Ruidoso, Santa Fe, Shiprock, Silver City, Socorro, Taos and Tse Bonito in New Mexico plus Alamosa, Buena Vista, Cortez, Delta, Durango and Salida in Colorado.

1124 S Union Ave

2423 N Main St

Noon Op Little League sweeps city titles; Braves (Majors A), Cardinals (Majors B) & Marlins (Pee Wee) win Roswell championships

Noon Op Cardinal Mitchell Schooley readies for a pitch during the Majors B Little League City Championship at Noon Optimist Park Thursday. Schooley knocked in the winning run against the Noon Op Mets to force a Game 2. The Cards won 16-6. (AJ Dickman Photo)


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