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Little Angels spread their wings

Roswell High's Charlie's Angels Dance Team held their annual dance camp Monday and Tuesday in the Coyote Den. More than 120 campers spent the mornings learning and having fun with the 11-time state champions and 2016 National Dance Alliance national champions before wrapping up with a performance Tuesday afternoon. The Angels will look to capture a seventh-straight New Mexico state championship in 2018. (David Rocha Photo)

Aces 9U win Last Chance

The Roswell Aces 9-and-under AA baseball team won the silver bracket at the USSSA Last Chance tournament in Alamogordo June 17 and 18. The Aces went 1-1 in pool play, topping the Farmington Braves 19-4 before falling to the Las Cruces Diesel 17-13. In bracket play, the Aces smoked the competition, topping the Hobbs Warriors 22-3 and the Braves two more times, 11-3 and 16-1 in the final game to claim the championship. Pictured, from left (back row): Coach John Orona, Jake Brande, coach Troy Oswald and coach Ernie Lujan. From left, middle row: Michael Ortega, Braxton Wooton, Dominick Orona, Troy Oswald III (second game MVP), Zeke Burrola, Yandel Parra, Luke Lynn (fourth game MVP), Elias Lujan and Jonas Barnett. Front, from left: John Brande and Amarante "Bubba" Marrujo (first game MVP, tournament MVP). (Submitted Photo)

Invaders win five-straight at home


The Invaders blew away the visiting Garden City Wind during a four-game series Thursday through Sunday before topping the White Sands Pupfish 4-1 Monday night at Joe Bauman Stadium.

Teaching others overseas; Goddard grad goes to Africa to serve as teacher in Peace Corps

Goddard High graduate Anisha Suri is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as she begins her two-year assignment with the Peace Corps. After three months at a training site somewhere in the Ethiopian nation, she will be assigned to a school to teach English to high school students. (AP Photo)

A 2013 Goddard High School graduate will serve as a teacher with the Peace Corps in Ethiopia for two years.

Summer volunteers age 16 and up needed


The Roswell Public Library tends to go all out for the summer and that means we have programs for teens, tweens, adults and everyone in between!

Why can’t we all just get along?


Why can’t we just all get along? This extreme level of polarization and division currently present in our nation is so very obstructive to any form of compromise in solving the real issues facing our nation.

Juneteenth successful despite the heat


Even with the amazing heat on Saturday, Jan. 17, Juneteenth proceeded!

Citizens should have same rights


On June 21, we had a shooting in the D.C. area.

Where does this money come from?


In response to the column by Mr. Craig Abalos in the June 22 edition of the RDR:
The only “ism” that I shall mention is “pragmatism.”

Roswell hosts Kick It 3v3


Sunday’s game cancelled due to weather

David Rocha Photo Joey Miller slides to base Sunday at the Joe Bauman Stadium. The Roswell Invader’s Sunday game was called off in the bottom of the 6th inning due to thunderstorm and lightning around the area. Roswell Invaders were leading Garden City Wind by a score of 9-2.

University president honored with reception

Submitted Photo Dr. Steven G. Gamble, president of the Eastern New Mexico University system for the past 16 years, enjoys some cake and talks with accounting supervisor Pamela Collins during a campus reception in his honor Monday. The ENMU-Roswell Foundation presented Gamble with a certificate documenting that a $3,150 scholarship has been established in his name to be presented to a future ENMU-Roswell student. ENMU-Roswell staff and faculty also contributed to the scholarship. ENMU-Roswell Foundation president Steve Henderson presented Gamble with a greyhound statue from the foundation in recognition of Gamble’s retirement this summer.

Recent DWI arrests for Roswell and Chaves County


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

Mary S. Anaya


Mary S. Anaya, 93, of Roswell, NM, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2017 surrounded by her loved ones in her home in Albuquerque, NM., where she had resided for the last twelve years. Mary was preceded in death by her father Reyes C. Sandoval, mother Elvira G. Sandoval, her husband Pete G. Anaya, and her daughter Cyndi Lou Adams.
Mary, a miner’s daughter, was born on October 26, 1923 to Reyes C. Sandoval and Elvira Gamboa Sandoval in Bisbee, AZ. At the age of 3, her mother passed leaving the raising of Mary to her father and grandmother, Santos Carreaga Sandoval. Shortly after her mother’s passing, the family uprooted and migrated to Wilmington, CA., where the men of the family found work as long shore men working the docks of San Pedro and Long Beach. The American dream was alive and well for the Sandoval family. Mary was raised as an only child in a very close-knit family environment, which helped her build a strong foundation of family values, values that helped Mary live through the Great Depression and WWII. Mary was very proud of her contribution to America’s war effort by serving as a “Rosie the Riveter” in the manufacturing of B-52 bombers. It was in California that Mary met her husband, Pete G. Anaya, the man she dearly loved. Mary and Pete moved to Roswell, NM and married on June 6, 1946. This dynamic team created a union where the following came to be: six children, 12 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren.
Immediately upon her arrival in Roswell, NM, Mary was active in the fight for social justice and human rights. Hailed as the “Voice of the Poor,” she worked tirelessly to better the Roswell community, and is remembered for the many letters she wrote and phone calls made on behalf of the people she served. Mary served as Director of the Poe Corn Center before leaving to serve on Roswell’s City Council for 18 years.
Among her accomplishments, Mary sat on the Governor’s Respiratory Advisory Board, the NM Endowment for the Humanities Board, the ENMMC Advisory Board, and served on the New Mexico Humanities Council. She assisted in organizing the American GI Forum, helped overturn the English-only speaking policy in schools, pushed for the first Hispanic to the City Council and to the Roswell Police Force, and gained a new drainage system for the south side of Roswell.
She is recognized in the Congressional Record with the following citation: “Though her tenacity alone is commendable, there is much more that deserves recognition. Mary, who represented Ward 5, was an example of true representation, always putting her constituents’ needs first. Comprised of many of the city’s low-income, Mary was a champion of issues her constituents faced daily. She was an advocate of quality of life issues, such as healthcare, housing, and community development. She worked tirelessly to improve primary healthcare, and because of her hard work, a primary healthcare facility, La Casa de Buena Salud, was built in Roswell.”
Mary was active politically, helping and befriending governors, members of Congress and judges. Mary will be remembered for going door to door and house to house, getting people to the voting polls, to perform their duties to vote. She is honored for the work she did in her fight against racial and social discrimination. In 1981, Mary was inducted into the Democratic Hall of Fame, and in 1992, she and her husband were elected Don Y Dona by the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce.
Mary brought great joy and happiness to her family and people she loved. She was her husband’s anchor, both remembered for their service and many contributions to their community. Her grandchildren remember the boundless love she bestowed on each of them, always telling them how very special they were, and often going out of her way to do whatever they asked, from playing games with them to baking cookies or cooking their favorite meal.
Mary’s faith was steadfast in her belief and trust in Jesus Christ, her Savior. She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Parish, and was a member of the women’s group, the Legion of Mary.
Mary is survived by her daughter M. Sandra Jonas, wife of Fred Jonas of Albuquerque, NM, John A. Anaya of Albuquerque, Pedro J. Anaya, husband of Lydia Ann Bell of San Antonio, TX, Elvira Carabajal, wife of Bobby Carabajal of Roswell, and Luana Dutchover of Roswell. She is survived by her grandchildren, Denise Denis, Melissa Chavez, Deidra McCracken, Andrea Willis, Jerrod P. Anaya, Michael Adams, Bradley Adams, Matthew Adams, Robbie Carabajal, Joshua Carabajal, Gilbert John Dutchover, Giovanna Dutchover and 24 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Ballard Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Rosary following from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2017 with burial procession following at South Park Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons, Michael Adams, Bradley Adams, Jerrod P. Anaya, Robbie Carabajal, Joshua Carabajal, and Craig Buzzard. A reception will be held at Fr. Juan Montoya Reception Hall immediately following services.
We will always be carrying your memory in our hearts. We will remember the verse in scripture you so much loved:
John 14:2: “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.


Marjorie A. Talley


Our beloved Marjorie A. Talley passed away at Rising Star Nursing home on June 19, 2017. She was 99 years old. Marjorie was born on Nov. 27, 1917 to her parents Elmer Jesse and Ida Davis, in Gainesville, TX. She married Homer Carroll Talley in 1937. She had three children and was a homemaker for many years. Her family moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked with the Corp of Engineers for 17 years. She and her husband retired to Roswell, NM. She volunteered at the hospital and was involved with the Methodist Church programs.
When her son retired to Rising Star, TX, she was transferred there to be close to him and her daughter. She was preceded in death by Carolyn Talley-LaMar, daughter, Celia Davis, sister, Homer Carroll Talley, Jr. She is survived by Homer Carroll Talley III, son, Rhoma Gail Talley, daughter, and five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
She was a sweet lady who will be missed greatly.

Emilia Najar Herrera


Emilia Najar Herrera, 89, of Roswell, NM went to be with our Lord on June 22, 2017 in Santa Fe, NM.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 28 at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel with Celebrant Douglas McGraw of Ballard Funeral Home officiating. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Emilia was born in Roswell, NM to Francisco and Chonita Najar, on October 24, 1927, in her beloved neighborhood of Chihuahuita. She worked as a Laundry Room Employee for Sally Port Inn. She retired at the age of 65.
Words cannot express how deeply she was loved, and how she will be missed. She spent her life working hard and caring for her family, who was the center of her world. She immensely enjoyed hosting Sunday morning breakfasts. Her beautiful green eyes lit up with joy when loved ones would feast on her fabulous green chili.
Although their Matriarch has left this earth, her family will forever be grateful for all of her life’s sacrifices and unconditional love. She was always there when she was needed. Nana (Gramma Nana) was truly cherished and loved by her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and sons and daughters-in-law, with each of whom she had a unique bond. Her very special nephews Jimmy, Ben, and niece Noemi would call her Tia Mommy.
For all who knew her, memories of her wit, humor and love will never fade away.
Emilia is preceded in death by her parents Francisco and Chonita Najar; her brothers Pion and Manuel Najar; and her sister Lala Najar.
Emilia is survived by her sons Paul Horton of Roswell, NM, and Lupe and wife Debbie Herrera of Cedar Crest, NM; daughters Dina Bonilla of Moreno Valley, CA, Maria Valenzuela, and Anna Garcia of Santa Fe, NM; brother Paco and wife Emma Dean Najar of Albuquerque, NM; nine grandchildren, including Lupe Herrera III of Carlsbad, NM whom she helped raise and considered her sixth child; many great-grandchildren and several beloved nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers are Lupe Herrera III, Paul Horton Jr., Robert Horton, Armando Valenzuela, Carlos Garcia, and Eddie Horton with honorary pallbearers Dina Wilford, Monica V-Storey, and Lisa Toya.
Rest your weary eyes, our “Ojos de Gato.”
Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.


Matthew Loren Van Note


Matthew Loren Van Note, age 26, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. A tribute of Matthew’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On September 19, 1990, Matthew was born in Rocksprings, WY, to David Wayne Van Note and Niki Michelle Leatherman. However, John Leatherman took the loving role of “dad” since he was two years old. Thank you, John, for being “dad” to Matt all his life. We love you very much! Matthew worked as a roofer for Do-Right Roofing for 10 years. His greatest passions were baseball, dirt bike riding and fishing. Matthew loved barbecuing and listening to classic rock music. His pride and joy were his children and spending time with them. Helping mow his father’s lawn was something Matthew especially enjoyed. He will be missed greatly by his beloved family and friends.
Matthew is survived by his children: Matthew Blaze Van Note, Harley May, Louran Van Note; brothers: Seth Van Note, Jered Leatherman; sisters: Stephanie Tyler-Guerin, Ashley Mc Adams; parents: John Leatherman, Niki Leatherman; grandparents: Joyce Smart, Shirley Caple, Patrina; uncle, Benjamin, aunt, Kathryn; nephews and nieces: Elizabeth, Nevaeh, Christian Jr, Natalie, Emily, Jude, Bailey, Haven; precious four-legged pets, Luke, Sheela and Heinessey; and numerous relatives not mentioned.
Matthew was preceded in death by his biological father, David Wayne Van Note; grandparents: George Van Note, Roy Smart, Richard Gotcher, Jim Leatherman; aunt, Debbie Loudat; and nephew, Seth Edward Guerin.

An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


Olin Ralph Vernon


Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Olin Ralph Vernon, age 87, of Roswell who passed away Sunday June 25, 2017.
A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com

Autopsia revela que maestra de Roswell fue ultrajada

María Aragón

Una maestra de Roswell asesinada a principios de marzo sufrió una brutal muerte, así lo indica la autopsia.

Josh Gates invadirá el festival de los OVNIs


Si no pensabas asistir al Festival de los OVNIs este año, deberías reconsiderarlo.
Josh Gates, anfitrión del exitoso programa del canal Travel Channel, “Expedition Unknown,” estará en Roswell durante el septuagésimo aniversario del mundialmente famoso Incidente OVNI.


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