Hip-hop/ R&B artist Baby Bash will be performing Saturday at the baseball field of New Mexico Military Institute.
In 2003, Baby Bash released his first album on a major label, Tha Smokin’ Nephew, which debuted at No. 48 on the Billboard 200. Five months after its release, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Baby Bash will be performing live along with other artists at the second annual Joe Albarez III Memorial. There will be a car show and a live concert from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the NMMI baseball field.
Ticket prices range from $20 to $75. All children 5 and under will be admitted free. Donations will also be accepted. A portion of the profits will go to organizations that work to prevent drinking and driving, or to the community in various ways for the children of Roswell.
There will be vendor spaces available as well as bouncy houses for the kids.
The memorial is sponsored by J 3 Ent. & Reloaded Talent.
Roswell city offices will be closed Tuesday in observance of Independence Day.
In addition, city bus service and trash pickup will be altered because of the holiday.
Pecos Trails Transit will have buses in operation only on Main Street on Tuesday. The buses will run on a limited schedule (what would be a normal Saturday schedule) from 7:10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Sanitation Department’s trash pickup for Tuesday (covering areas north of Alameda Street) will be delayed until Wednesday. The city landfill will also be closed Tuesday.
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.
Fisher Sand and Gravel of New Mexico, based in Placitas, is the prime contractor on the U.S. 82 upgrade project.
“There are over 20 companies that will benefit from this project,” said Frank Lozano. “Most are subcontractors, but some are suppliers.”
He also said that the company expects to add some local workers for the project, although he did not give details.
The work involves improving, and in some areas, expanding 32 miles of the highway from East Seventh Street in Artesia to the junction at State Highway 529, not too far from Maljamar in Eddy County.
Fisher Sand’s three major subcontractors include Constructors Inc., which has offices in Roswell, Hobbs and Carlsbad; Hasse Contracting Company of Albuquerque; and E2RC, an environmental engineering firm based in Bernalillo handling stormwater pollution prevention.
Fisher Sand, operating in the state since about 1999, is part of a larger group of companies working in seven states.
Lozano said his company already has some surveyors and other workers on site, and actual construction work is expected to ramp up within a few weeks.
The project, launched with a June 21 groundbreaking attended by Gov. Susana Martinez and other officials, is expected to take until winter 2019.
The work will include milling and overlaying existing roadway, reconstructing portions of the road, widening lanes, widening shoulders and creating turn lanes. In some areas, the two-lane highway will be expanded to a four-lane highway.
The road is heavily trafficked, with a daily average traffic count of about 6,000 in the Artesia area, 4,801 of those vehicles being either heavy trucks or work trucks, according to information from the New Mexico Department of Transportation.
Residents of the area complained about fatal and serious vehicle accidents, leading them to call on legislators and state officials for highway improvements. According to the state Transportation Department, the road from Artesia to state 529 had 102 accidents from 2010 to 2013, most involving turns at intersections.
The state will pay for about $20 million of the project, according to New Mexico Transportation Department staff, with the federal government covering the rest of the cost.
The second phase involves upgrading U.S. 82 from State Highway 529 to Lovington — which is also about 32 miles — and is expected to cost about the same as phase one.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at email@example.com.
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, 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
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.
Marie Casabonne from Hope traveled to Roswell on Thursday to present Assurance Home a check from the Hope Women’s Society of Christian Service.
The check will represent the last time Hope WSCS will provide support, as a group, to the young people of Assurance Home. The group reports that it is down to three members and no longer meets.
The members decided to give its remaining funds to support the children of Assurance Home by presenting a check in the amount of $1,537.
The Hope WSCS has been helping support Assurance Home for the past 22 years. Ron Malone, executive director of Assurance Home, expressed heartfelt appreciation for the caring help given to the children of the home during the past 22 years and will miss hearing from the group.
Thankfully, many people from the Hope area continue to befriend the home.
Assurance Home has been helping make a difference in the lives of homeless and at-risk adolescent children for the past 38 years and gives priority to children from the Pecos Valley.
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.
What does the American infrastructure have to do with a changing climate? Everything! I am asking you to put your critical thinking caps Step up fellow veterans. Just how messed up is our state of New Mexico, USA?
on for just a moment. Expand your minds and think about the climate as part of the infrastructure of our society. It doesn’t mean we have to get rid of anything, like fossil fuels. It means to improve what we got with more efficient innovative ideas so that there is a more compatible environment between earth’s biosphere and mankind’s infrastructure.
An often-repeated truth about Hurricane Katrina is that the events of Aug. 29, 2005 were not a natural/climate disaster — it was a man-made disaster caused by the failure of levee and pump systems designed to protect a city built on a floodplain.
Solution: Hurricane Katrina was considered a 400-year storm but the levee/pump system in place could barely handle normal storm surges before climate change was all the rage. What the Army Corps of Engineers should be doing now is designing a levee/pump system for 2050, not just a Category 3 storm surge for today. After $14.5 billion spent, there are still documented flaws in the new levee system. There should have been some climate infrastructure planning and yes, which does cost a lot of extra dollars.
Another example of climate infrastructure planning in the U.S. is for national defense. The U.S. military has always been concerned about climate and has tried to plan for the worst case scenarios and then determined the risk and budget for them. Norfolk Naval Base and Shipyard is one of the largest in the world set at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Like New Orleans, the majority of Norfolk Naval Base, if not all of it, is at risk of annual flooding because it’s so low and flat (another floodplain).
President Trump has substantially increased the Department of Defense budget for 2018 without defining line-items to be allocated. He has left that decision to the DOD which will probably invest a portion in climate infrastructure for all their hardware and personnel. If the Norfolk base needs a levee around it or the docks elevated, then that has to be a line-item in their budget. Norfolk Naval Base isn’t going anywhere except up.
If you impede the floodplains, the water has to go somewhere else. That somewhere is also up or out. It is amazing how we blame climate change for outdated coastal infrastructures that were designed for minimal storm surges. Well, now we have to make a choice: continue paling against rising sea levels or just leave.
“Why can’t we all just get along?” asks John Grogan in his letter to the editor in Wednesday’s edition of the RDR.
The answer may be at the top of the same page as his letter: “Exploring the division among us — values” by Vic Topmiller Jr. from the Silver City Daily Press. His theory is that we all don’t have the same values like the Founding Fathers had when they came to this country after the Reformation.
They felt the newfound freedom from the church/government conspiracy, but it was still imbedded in their minds as they wrote new laws by which they would be governed. This was possible because they, for the most part, had the same values and were seeking the same goals.
He goes on to say our current problems of division come from very different value systems. There is no common goal and no way to get there. Mr. Grogan left out one definition of a liberal: tolerant of views different from one’s own. We don’t see much of that today. He says our Founding Fathers were progressive. Obama is a progressive and he did everything he could to get around our Constitution. He then gives FDR’s “New Deal” credit for “the greatest economic expansion in the history of our nation.” That only happened after, and because of, WWII. Is it possible that his historians’ rankings of the top and bottom 10 presidents were all made by liberal historians?
Robert J. Morris
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.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zimke has not proposed significant adjustments in the boundaries originally declared in 2014, and we should expect Congressman Pearce to join and support him.
I have great respect for the men and women who’ve made a living ranching on the dry steppes of New Mexico. They have overcome every obstacle and they embody the best of our national values. But as responsible stewards, they will understand that those of us living today should leave the land and landscape of our state as nearly untouched as we can. Another generation, perhaps in another century, can decide whether and how these fragile deserts should be exploited.
Robert B. Anderson
Step up fellow veterans. Just how messed up is our state of New Mexico, USA?
The Motor Vehicle Division made us produce DD-214s (which we had to do the first time) to transfer veteran plates to new vehicles. They will honor DD-214s for licenses plates, but they won’t honor DD-214s for driver’s licenses.
Now, to renew my driver license they required a birth certificate (original) from a hospital that was burnt down years ago. They want a Social Security card and won’t accept my 30-year military retired ID card with my Social Security Number that was my service number, also copies of utility bills and (can you believe) previous driver’s license.
New Mexico USA says they respect veterans. I served our country for 30 years for the right of New Mexico USA Division of Motor Vehicles to be as ignorant as they are.
Speak up fellow veterans. It effects us all. We are Americans.
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Local economic development group to invest directly in area business; Attracting visitors to Roswell’s downtown topic during annual meeting
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.
“That’s not a small amount of money for a small organization like this,” he said, “but we want to form a committee of membership and directors and say, what do we want to do and where do we want to help local business, because they need that.”
Mulcahy reviewed the organization’s top initiatives with about 60 people who attended the meeting, which included the election of new officers and board members. The meeting occurred at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art.
Another initiative Mulcahy discussed is the allocation of $20,000 for downtown development.
“We are not giving (visitors) an experience downtown that is robust enough,” he said, referring to the fact that close to 200,000 people visit the International UFO Museum and Research Library each year but do not tend to spend a lot of time or money downtown. “We are getting close, but I think the EDC has to continue to move in that direction to help that.”
Other goals include development of commercial sites around the city, enhancing membership involvement, developing high-tech marketing techniques and pushing the continued development of the Roswell International Air Center.
The economic development group will take steps to implement something recommended by a recently completed economic feasibility study as well as a1988 study, the creation of an independent port authority to manage the air center.
Mulcahy said a non-political authority is necessary to attract investors.
“We have an opportunity to enact an authority that was recommended not only today but also 20 years ago,” he said. “There’s your Mike Singletary, the air center. It has been out there for 60 years, and it is really time to take advantage of what everyone I have ever talked to knows, it is an incredible economic asset.”
The reference to Singletary recalled comments made by the keynote speaker for the event, Sandia Science and Technology Park Development Corp. Chairman Sherman McCorkle, a recognized business executive in the state.
McCorkle told the group that former pro football player Mike Singletary and the people behind the Guadalajara global industrial park were two models of success for developing prosperity.
Singletary demonstrated the power of a dream and of persistence. Now a football coach and once a member of the Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bear team, he was diagnosed with anemia as a youth and told that he might die and definitely would never have the stamina to play sports. In a life history that has been recounted in published accounts, Singletary worked his way up from high school team manager to benched player to college player to pro player by practicing and working out alone, after hours, to build strength and skills.
McCorkle then spoke of how business leaders in Guadalajara avoided a common trap that causes many people or organizations to fail in the final step of prosperity development: Implementation. Using an analogy, McCorkle said that some organizations say they want a cat that can catch a mouse, but then they focus on the size, shape, look or other factors of the cat rather than on its mouse-hunting skills.
“In Guadalajara, they were able to complete all five (prosperity development) steps and they did build their global industrial park. When I was there, they also had a charter school so that the workers brought their kids with them and the kids went to school at the industrial park. … They worked together. They became the thought leaders, the attitude leaders and the doers.”
He said that model contrasted greatly with the economic problems in the Soviet Union, which he was asked to visit after its dissolution to see what economic opportunities might exist.
“They had no history of people helping each other, and there was no culture of community. There was no community barn-raising. It was impossible to envision an investment-friendly community,” McCorkle said.
Mulcahy said that, in the year ahead, the economic development group will use not only the plan for the air center, but also the comprehensive plans that have been or are being developed for the city and the former municipal airport property on the northwest side of the city.
“Strategy is done,” he said. “It is time to implement.”
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
One of their simpler outreach programs connects with locals as well as tourists.
“From June 29 through July 2 we’ll have two booths at the UFO festival,” Watkins said. “One will have bibles, tracts and copies of the Constitution. The other booth will be a dedicated cooling booth. We’ll have misters and bottled water. It’s free, just come, take a load off. We did it last year but it was kind of small. People would come stand there for a minute and move on. This year we’re hoping people will relax a bit more and enjoy a cool moment in a hot day.”
They just finished vacation bible school.
“We had vacation bible school in the first full week of June,” he said. “Monday through Friday we had around 220 kids. We invite kids from anywhere and everywhere, we send a lunch home with the kids. We had a blast with that.”
The church has been offering a free meal, with donations accepted to cover costs, to busy people on Wednesday nights during the school year, and this year it’s going to be a bit larger in scope.
“We’re going to start the Wednesday night meals again on Aug. 9,” Watkins said. “They’ve got so much going on there. They’re going to do a brunch for the cooks. We’re going to set aside all money donated above the cost of food for various ministries.
“Last year, one of our ministries was a coat and pants drive for Mesa Middle School. We raised $4,600. If kids were in need of pants or a coat at the season change then the funding we provided would buy pants or a coat for those students. We had a phenomenal response for that.”
They plan on a variety of outreach ministries over the school year.
“We’re going to partner ministries like that with our Wednesday night meals,” he said. “It runs around $200 to $250 to buy the food for each meal. So we figure people will be willing to donate more to help these ministries.
“We’re trying to line up about nine months of ministries. The goal will be about a ministry a month, but it might go to two months a ministry if they could use the funding. But we’re looking for ministries that are more the outreach type. We would like to change direction every two months, to ask how can we help out directly, and find new ways to help.”
They would like to work with other churches and organizations to better reach those in need.
“We would love to work with a larger cooperative of churches and groups,” Watkins said, “that reach out to help the community.”
While most of their outreach stays in Chaves County and New Mexico, some goes to others whose needs cannot be met where they are.
“About 20 to 25 percent of our church’s outreach budget goes to foreign missions,” he said. “Last year at Christmas we did a big fundraiser for an orphanage in Brazil. We chose to go with the orphanage in Brazil because it’s a mission that we support, and the missionary we work with tells us of the children’s needs.
“There’s an Albuquerque Christian Children’s home that we help as well as a Portales Christian Children’s home.”
The greater percentage of their local focus is on or through Mesa Middle School.
“We focus quite a lot on Mesa Middle School because we have members who teach there and see what’s going on,” Watkins said. “We would hope there are other organizations reaching out to the other schools in the area, addressing the needs they see.”
As fall approaches, they prepare for the customary holiday responses.
“We have the fall festival,” he said. “Years ago they did it in conjunction with other churches. It was more like a Trunk or Treat. Churches would open their buildings and have something on Halloween night.
“We realized that so many churches were doing it, we were just another place. So our decision was to change it. We moved it earlier in October. We’ve done it at Graves Farm for the last two years. We’re hoping to get on their calendar again this year. We rent the whole place, so they have the corn mazes and it’s very family friendly. We try to make this family focused and just come-one-come-all.”
During the Thanksgiving season thoughts turn to feeding the needy.
“November is the time for another one of our ministries,” Watkins said. “Yet again, we partner with Mesa Middle School and others. We get lists and we support about 25 families that may not be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner. We have volunteers who pre-cook Thanksgiving meals and freeze them to make them easy to microwave.”
In the past they’ve supported the Angel Tree.
“In the past we’ve done the Angel Tree as well,” he said. When we supported the Angel Tree ministries the church would support 25 families. Members would bring gifts up here wrapped.”
Watkins is excited to encourage new ministries in the church. The more people who choose this kind of work, the better the church’s work, in his eyes.
“My objective is to work myself out of a job,” he said. “If this church has to have me to survive, I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing. My job as a minister is to equip people to step up and say, ‘I can do that.’
“One thing that the Churches of Christ believe in is the priesthood of all believers. I don’t wear a special cloth, I am one among the people who is trained to help each of them step into their ministry. Eventually, I’d love to see something like churches where they don’t employ a full-time minister.”
Watkins sees all outreach as a part of the healing journey that their faith espouses.
“There is a need in this world for people to see that violence isn’t the answer,” he said. “To see that genuine love and care really solves most every issue. We’re hoping that in our little neck of the woods we can provide those avenues. If people choose not to take us up on it, that’s fine. Maybe they’re getting it somewhere else. We certainly hope so. Our goal is ultimately so people can see the love of Christ.”
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at email@example.com.