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Area critters are focus of Bitter Lake’s Dragonfly Festival

An armadillo stretches a little as Albuquerque BioPark docent Kathy Zipf shows him to people attending the 2017 Dragonfly Festival at the Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday morning. The festival included tours of the refuge northeast of Roswell, a refuge known for its large number of dragonfly species. The family-friendly activity also offered food, arts and crafts tables, and educational and interactive displays by numerous groups and state agencies involved in animal and wildlife activities. The annual event is organized by the Friends of Bitter Lake. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)
Dale Calciano helps his daughter, Briana, try to land a catfish at the New Mexico Game and Fish pond at the 2017 Dragonfly Festival. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Golf tournament to help vets tees off

The Veterans Honor Guard listens Saturday morning to the national anthem sung by Chase Fields, 12, an Immanuel Lutheran student, as participants and organizers of the Elks New Mexico Wounded Warriors Charity Golf Tournament prepare for tee off. The tournament at the New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course on West 19th Street has raised $500,000 over the past nine years for veterans and people in need. More than $20,000 is expected to be raised this year, said chairperson Ralph Brown. About 100 golfers participated Saturday and more than 60 companies, groups and families were sponsors, including Roswell Toyota and the New Mexico Elks Association Veterans Services. Of the money raised over the years, Brown said, $250,000 has benefited veterans groups, $190,000 has gone to the New Mexico Wounded Warriors and $65,000 has been donated to the Cancer Society. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Week Ahead


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.)

Alehondro (Alex) Villa


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.

Larry Glass


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


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.

Auto workers use power unreasonably


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.

Lawmakers should focus on other issues


I just read your latest article in the Roswell Daily Record and, as you know, I just had to comment.

Goddard drops 19-18 heartbreaker to Carlsbad

Goddard senior quarterback Dalton Bowles runs over the defender as he goes in for the score Friday night at the Wool Bowl. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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.

Dexter Demons keep Battle of the Bridges trophy

Dexter senior Matt Otero carries the ball for a gain against the Bobcats Friday night in Hagerman. (David Rocha Photo)

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.

NMMI falls to Taos

NMMI’s Carl Forkel gets the recovery after a Taos fumble, forced by the Colts’ Jatin Litton. NMMI fell 48-7 to the visiting Tigers, but managed to post their first points of the season on the scoreboard. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

Friday’s Scores



Freshmen Coyotes onside kick

The Roswell Coyote freshman football team kicked off to the Artesia Bulldogs at the start of the first quarter in a game Friday afternoon DeBremond Stadium. The Coyotes were able to recover the onside kick and marched the ball down the length of the field for a touchdown. (David Rocha Photo)

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.

Roswell Youth Soccer reaches out to special needs kids

Special needs kids are getting coached during a Roswell Youth Soccer practice with the TOPS program. RYSA is trying to reach out to more special needs kids and give them a chance to be a part of the fun. (Submitted Photo)

It’s time for Roswell Youth Soccer again, and RYSA president Matthew Shappard is ready.

Starting a football game off with a ‘blast’

Goddard High School's the Big Blue Crew trumpets play the national anthem before a football game Friday at the Roswell Wool Bowl. The Goddard Rockets faced the Carlsbad High School Cavemen. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Some dough for hurricane relief

On Friday, Roswell Domino’s Team Bailey welcomed David Shayer, fifth from the right, executive director for the American Red Cross El Paso and Southern New Mexico Chapter at their office. “This is something new we did,” said Brian Bailey, fifth from the left. “Usually, we ask for an extra dollar with the purchase of a large pizza. This time we took $2 from each purchase of a large pizza to give to the Red Cross. We got $4,000 in one day and rounded it up being able to give $8,000 for the relief.” Also present were local Red Cross volunteer, Enrique Moreno, and Red Cross disaster program specialist, Adam Barber, including the entire Domino’s Team Bailey. (Christina Stock Photo)

MainStreet raises more thousands for relief efforts


Members of MainStreet Roswell have raised more than $3,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Berrendo Water continuing work; service turned off for some


More customers of Berrendo Cooperative Water Users Association will be affected by water shut-offs Monday.

Manuela “Nellie/ Curty” Sanchez Padilla


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.


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