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‘Walk A Mile’ in celebrities’ shoes; New exhibit showcases footwear of famous New Mexicans

Shown are the shoes of Cassie Marinovich, the current Miss New Mexico International. (Submitted Photo)

HOBBS –– There is an old saying, attributed to the Cherokee tribe: “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.”

Roswell’s healing powers drew people in; Numerous sanatoriums were offered to the sick in the late 1800s

(Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

Juniors shine at Race for Kids

The three Whitman junior dragsters — from left, Alexus Whitman's Hot Chick, Spencer Whitman's Limeanator and Paesley Whitman's Short Stack — await the first round of time trials Saturday at the Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids at Alien City Dragway. The Whitman family, big supporters of junior dragster competition in the region, added an extra $200 to the purse. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Josh Gates to crash UFO Festival; Host of Travel Channel show ‘Expedition Unknown’ will take part in 70th anniversary celebration


If you don’t plan on making an appearance at this year’s UFO Festival, you might want to reconsider.

Youth ChalleNGe holds graduation

(Keilee Templeman Photo)

Graduation, as we know it, is a special time for seniors to celebrate the ending of high school and the beginning of real life, but it’s not the same for these young cadets.

Stewart proudly stewards a family tradition in Roswell

Sandra Stewart maintains the recently expanded tea section at her store, Down To Earth Nutrition Center, at First Street and Missouri Avenue. Stewart is the fourth member of her family to own the store and she has big plans for it. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Of the many things a person could learn from watching Sandra Stewart, two of the bigger lessons are the importance of keeping family close and of pursuing one’s dreams.
Stewart owns Down To Earth Nutrition Center at the corner of West First Street and North Missouri Avenue. The store was started by her mother.

Juneteenth has been informing the area for over a century

Asking participants “What are you doing with your freedom?” a group of organizers for this year’s Juneteenth celebration were reciting accomplishments of African Americans throughout the nation’s history. Alice Wagoner, second from left, a descendant of one of Roswell’s first black families, organized this year’s event. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

The first Juneteenth celebration came shortly after Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, to inform the people there that the Civil War was over and slavery had been abolished.

Bitter Lake gives some history lessons

Mike Bilbo, in Spanish colonial-era attire, says rock art and bison bones can be found on federal lands near Bottomless Lakes State Park. He was one of the presenters Saturday at a Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge event that included talks about the history of the region. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Civilian Conservation Corps, the most popular of all the New Deal jobs creation programs of the 1930s, had as many as 52 work sites in New Mexico at its peak. These included Camp Bitter Lake, which housed workers who developed the wetlands area northeast of Roswell into the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a historian said during a Saturday presentation at the refuge.

There’s beauty in the beast

Tony Souza as Gaston, front left, thanks the audience and announces the new season’s program of Way Way Off Broadway Theatre Company. (Christina Stock Photo)

Blessings, blessings and more blessings

A gentleman from the Community Volunteer Program helped a community member bag up some canned goods to take home. If you would like to donate canned goods or make a monetary donation, you may contact Johnny Gonzales at 575-317-1769. Just a reminder that there will be a free event open to the public today, also known as Father’s Day, at Poe Corn Park, located on East Second Street. There will be free hot dogs, and drinks starting at 10 a.m. (Keilee Templeman Photo)
Johnny Gonzales and his group of volunteers at the Southeastern New Mexico Kidney Center at 2801 N. Main St. They waited in the lobby and greeted patients with canned goods and generous hugs to brighten their day. (Keilee Templeman Photo)

Week Ahead


• City Council Infrastructure Committee, 4 p.m., Roswell City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
• Roswell Museum and Art Center Board of Trustees, 4 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St.
• City of Roswell Parks and Recreation Commission, 6 p.m., Parks and Recreation Office Conference Room, 1101 W. Fourth St.

Rose Ann Montoya


A rosary will be held at 9 a.m., Monday, June 19, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church for Rose Ann Montoya, 66, who passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM surrounded by her loved ones. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, June 19, 2017 also at St. John’s Catholic Church with Father Lalo Espinoza, OFM will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Rose was born August 26, 1950 in Roswell, NM to Dave A. Maestas and Nora Jimenez Maestas who preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her husband Louis Montoya Sr and son Frank Montoya.
Those left to cherish her memories are her sons Victor Montoya Sr., Louis Montoya Jr., Albert Montoya and Victor Montoya Jr.; daughters Reynalda Montoya and Anita Montoya and Patrick Lopez; brothers David Maestas, Albert Maestas, John Maestas, Charlie Maestas, Tommy Maestas, Ray Maestas and Steve Maestas, sister Mary Montoya; grandchildren Lisette, Annette, Yvette, LeRoy, Salina, Joseph, Victoria, Little Louie, Anthony, Carlitos, Cassandra, Chris, Nora and Pete. Also, surviving her are numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers are Anthony Montoya, Chris Montoya, Carlitos Montoya, Pete Lopez, Victor Montoya Jr., Joseph Montoya, Louie Montoya III and Billy Ray Castillo. Honorary pallbearers are Nora Montoya, Cassandra Montoya, Lisette Briones, Yvette Gonzales, Selina Montoya, Victoria Hernandez and Annette Montoya.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com

Mona Lee Enfield Coffield


Mona Lee Enfield Coffield passed away peacefully on June 7, 2017, in the presence of her family. The cause of death was heart failure. Mona also lived bravely and graciously with Alzheimer’s disease for several years. Born and christened Mona Lee Munch on August 4, 1932 in Phoenix, Arizona, Mona graduated from the University of Arizona. After college, she struck out for San Francisco and worked for the Institute of International Education and Jackson and Lewis Advertising before her marriage in 1957 to Robert N. Enfield and subsequent move to Roswell, New Mexico. In 1972, she and her family moved to Santa Fe. In May 1992, Mona married former Roswell resident Conrad E. Coffield.
Mona’s kindness and generosity knew few bounds. She embraced life, loved ones, friends, and community with zest, grace, compassion, and fortitude. She was a founding board member of orchestras in Roswell and Santa Fe and relished music and dancing throughout her life. She valued education and was a lifelong supporter and former board chair of Santa Fe Prep. She anonymously provided scholarships and tuition assistance to many young Santa Feans so they could attend high school, college and graduate school. Mona also loved architecture and interior design and returned to work in the 1980s with her own business, Enfield Interiors. With Conrad, Mona designed and built Casa Mariposa in Sayulita, Mexico, which they enjoyed for many years and shared so generously with family and friends. It was the site of many family weddings and lively celebrations.
Survivors include husband Conrad; children Lisa Enfield (Paul), Eric Enfield (Kelly Sue), and Stuart Enfield; grandchildren Ariel Sklar (Simon) and great grandchild-to-be, Ethan Sklar, Tim Enfield, Frances Enfield and Isis Enfield; siblings Elizabeth Stephenson, Judy Blaise and Joe Munch (Shawn) and their families; Conrad’s children and their families, Conrad Coffield, Jr., Michael Coffield (Causey), Megan Lyon (Frank), and Edward Coffield; and sister-in-law Mollie (Enfield) Seymour and family.
Mona was preceded in death by her parents, Avanell Munch and Phil Munch, brother Peter Munch, sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Stan Grimes, stepson Philip Coffield, nephew Quincy Munch, niece Susan (Seymour) Adams, nephew Mike Seymour, former husband and father of her children Robert N. Enfield, and mother-in-law Lucie (Enfield) Yeaman.
The family wishes to give special and heartfelt thanks to each and every caregiver at Sierra Vista, Mona’s home for the past two years, and to special caregiver Helena Staroyannis. Their loving care and devotion greatly eased the burdens and challenges of living with memory loss and allowed Mona a peaceful passing, as did the brief but compassionate services of Legacy Hospice.
A memorial in celebration of Mona’s life will be held on Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m. at the Rivera Chapel of Light, 417 East Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM.

Charles Lewis Thompson (Chuck)


Charles Lewis Thompson (Chuck), following a valiant but short fight with cancer, passed away June 14, 2017 with loving family members by his side. Chuck was born June 18, 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico to Captain Robert Dan Thompson Jr. and Jane Lewis Thompson. God had special plans for Chuck from the beginning. Chuck was the baby of the Thompson family. His mission in life was to love and be loved.
A memorial service will be held, Monday, June 19, 2017, 11 a.m. at the New Mexico Military Institute Chapel. Friends and family are invited to a reception at the JRT Hall, New Mexico Military Institute from 10-11 a.m. preceding the memorial service.
Early childhood days found Chuck and his siblings, cousins and friends enjoying a free-spirited life, learning and discovering life mysteries on the Lewis/Thompson ranch north of Roswell. High school days found Chuck as a young cadet at New Mexico Military Institute graduating from high school in 1967 and then attending college one year. With the Vietnam war in full force Chuck chose to join the Navy.
A big old ranch boy named Doggie was sent halfway around the world to be stationed in Japan. This is where his travel adventures began. Following his tour in Japan, Chuck’s next assignment was with a special Naval unit assigned to the South Pole. His adventures he shared with nephews were the best stories ever. The favorite one was demonstrating how the penguins counted their eggs all day, every day.
Once his Naval career was completed Chuck returned to Texas, living in Lubbock to be close to older brother Bob and his family. Chuck graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in business. Trying out several different job options Chuck found his perfect match with KOBR TV for 27 years. Chuck’s position as account executive allowed him to be out and about seeing different people daily, and of course with his charm “sell, baby sell” Over the years Chuck received special recognition for outstanding sales achievement.
Chuck’s position allowed him to focus on the important things in life rather than helping with the dishes. Finding Chuck in a room full of people was always easy. All one had to do was listen for grand laughter, see someone getting a huge Chuck hug, or observe who was on the dance floor first. Chuck was loving and loyal to his friends. Realizing having nephews to play with and their toys you could enjoy, Chuck’s heart told him there was room for some females. His first opportunity to expand “His” family was becoming godfather for Maryl McNally. As time moved on two beautiful young women, Whitney and Alexandre Harrell became his “heart” daughters. The joys and challenges shared with these special ones made Chuck’s life complete
Charles Lewis Thompson is survived by his sister Janet (Jim) Miles of Denver, Colorado, sister-in-law Ann Armistead Thompson of Lubbock, Texas: nephews Chad Miles of San Rafael, California, Dan Thompson (Rhonda) of Fort Worth, Texas and Jesse D. Thompson of Temple Texas. His extended loving family includes cousins that were always important in his life.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Lt. Robert Dan Thompson Jr., and mother Jane Lewis Thompson; maternal grandparents Charles (Florence) Lewis; paternal grandparents Robert Dan Thompson and Mamie Burnham; brother Robert Dan Thompson III; and nephews James Miles.
We would especially like to thank all of Chuck’s family and friends who have been so attentive, loving, and caring during Chuck’s final journey, In lieu of flowers please select your favorite charity for memorials. For memorial notifications please contact: Mrs. Sissie Miles, 5571 S. Morning Glory Lane, Littleton, Colorado 80123
Chuck, your life’s mission was well done. You have loved and been loved. We will miss you.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com

Wayne Richard “Dick” Crenshaw


Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Wayne Richard “Dick” Crenshaw passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the age of 80. A tribute of Wayne’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Wayne was born in East Grand Plains, NM, on May 18, 1937. He was preceded in death by his parents: George Franklin Crenshaw, Marguerite Cerena Downs Crenshaw; siblings: Dorothy “Dot” Parker, Wanda Hopper, Cal Crenshaw, Charles Crenshaw, and Frances Fields. Wayne is survived by his siblings: Nita Taylor, Gwen Swann, Hal Crenshaw and Susie Ferguson.
CPO Crenshaw joined the US Navy in Artesia, NM, on December 8, 1954. He served with Patrol Squadron One (VP-1) at Whidby Island, WA; Air Antisubmarine (AAS) Squadron Twenty-nine (VS-29) at San Diego, CA; AAS Squadron Twenty-seven (VS-27) at Norfolk, VA; and Quanset Point, RI; AAS Forty-one (VS-41) at Key West, FL; Naval Air Station (NAS) Cabiness Field, Corpus Christi, TX; NAS Saufley Field, Pensacola, FL; and Advanced Training Squadron 301 (ATU-301) at NAS Corpus Christi, TX. He retired May 17, 1974, at NAS Corpus Christi, TX, as Chief Petty Officer, E-7 (ADRC/AC).
Wayne is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 36 years, Magdalena “Madeline” Crenshaw; as well as children: Frank Crenshaw, Mark Crenshaw, Jeff Crenshaw, Tracy Crenshaw, Maggie Jochen, Barbara Weatherly and Christina Ray. He is preceded in death by his step-son, Leo LaRose. Wayne was grandfather to seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Wayne was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle to countless nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral service at this time. The family requests that if anyone wishes to commemorate his passing, they do so by submitting an “In Honor” donation to the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization close to his heart. (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org)
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Wayne by his family.

People’s opinions shaped by media


Now we have a consequence of ignoring the good news and focusing on the negative news about President Trump.

Most past presidents believe like Vought


We heard some interesting dialogue in the confirmation hearing of Russell Vought, the nominee for deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Invaders split first 2 of series at Alpine


Friday: Invaders 5, Cowboys 4

Autopsy rules suicide in police incident; Report found Shayne Romero died from self-inflicted gunshot wound on Feb. 15

Shayne Romero is pictured in a still from a police video. (Toby Martinez Screenshot)

A man involved in a shootout with police in Roswell earlier this year committed suicide, an official autopsy has concluded.

Local officials: Most hailstorm repairs need permits

City and county staff actively monitor roofing jobs in the area to ensure that proper permits have been obtained. Double fees could apply if work was begun without the necessary permits. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The recent hailstorm in mid-May didn’t just bring damage to hundreds of area properties, it also brought the possibility of running afoul of city and county officials if contractors and property owners don’t follow rules.


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