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Leave the landscape for another generation


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.

Veterans deserve respect at MVD


Step up fellow veterans. Just how messed up is our state of New Mexico, USA?

RDRNEWS website maintenance


We are still experiencing some longer than normal load times and working to resolve this issue.

Local economic development group to invest directly in area business; Attracting visitors to Roswell’s downtown topic during annual meeting

Keynote speaker Sherman McCorkle tells people attending the Wednesday annual membership meeting of the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. that implementing the group's strategic goals regarding the air center, downtown investment or other initiatives requires collaboration in spite of differences and persistence in spite of obstacles. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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.

Country Club Church of Christ teaches that we are all family

On Aug. 9, Country Club Church of Christ will resume its open meal during the school year. A meal is offered free with suggested donation for those who can. All proceeds raised above the cost of supplying the food will be directed toward specific ministries each month throughout the school year. Doug Austin, left, Ashley Watkins and Davis Bennet are seen serving. (Submitted Photo)

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.”

A way to spend a summer’s day

A small boy plays on the railings Monday at Cahoon Park, while showing off his smile. (Keilee Templeman Photo)
Two young children enjoy the summer weather and run off some energy Monday at Cahoon Park. (Keilee Templeman Photo)

Police seek Mullins


Daniel Mullins, 50, is wanted by the Roswell Police Department.

Personal info, credit cards stolen from car


The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org.
All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.

Xcel Energy warns about return of phone scams

Xcel Energya utility holding company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has received several reports of scammers operating within New Mexico and Texas.
According to Xcel’s media relations, customers have received calls that appear to be coming from Xcel Energy customer agents. 
These fake representatives then threatedisconnecting their services if a past due balance is not paid over the phone.  
Xcel said in the scammers’ latest attempt, calls appear to have been made from an automated system with call-back numbers that lead to a recorded message. 
Xcel said they are reminding customers that they will receive printed disconnect notices in the mail if their accounts are past due, and that the company has multiple ways to make payments. 
If customers receive calls demanding payment over the phone, and they have not received a disconnect notice, Xcel said they should hang up and call Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999 to check their account status and make payments properly 
Business customers can check the status of their accounts by calling 1-800-481-4700. These are the only numbers customers should use to contact Xcel Energy for billing and payment inquiries. 
More information on avoiding scams can be found at www.xcelenergy.com/scams. 

Blood drive kicks off today


United Blood Services will hold a blood drive in downtown Roswell through the UFO Festival.

Juan Moncayo


Juan Moncayo, 47, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Roswell, surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 19, 1969 to Jose Padilla and Rita Moncayo in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Juan is preceded in death by his father Jose Padilla, maternal grandparents Andres and Adelina Moncayo, aunt Olympia Sharp, and his beloved dog Lilbit.
Juan proudly served in the Army National Guard on a drug interdiction task force earning the rank of specialist. During his time of service, he was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, M-16 Rifle sharpshooter marksmanship badge, and the grenade sharpshooter marksmanship badge.
Juan was a very social and personable person who enjoyed being around people. He would enter a room and make his presence known by his dynamic personality and his knack for his exaggerated storytelling. Juan enjoyed long walks with pet companions and outdoor activities.
Juan is survived by his mother, Rita Moncayo of Roswell; brothers Matthew Moncayo and Joseph Moncayo of Roswell; sisters Audrey Lara of Roswell, NM and Georgia Moncayo of Washington, D.C.; nephews Javier Lara and Malachi Moncayo; and nieces Sandra Lara and Marisa Moncayo.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Ballard Funeral Home. The recitation of the rosary will take place on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Roswell. Interment will follow at General Douglas McBride Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

Joe Griego Lucero


Joe Griego Lucero “My buddy, my best friend” of Roswell, NM, gained his wings on June 21, 2017 at home surrounded by his loved ones. A memorial service will be held at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, June 30, 2017, at 1 p.m. A tribute of Joe’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On November 1, 1924, Joe was born to Isidro Lucero and Filomena Griego in Lubbock, TX. Joe married the love of his life, Maria Ramos, on October 16, 1954, and together they had nine children. Joe entered the US Air Force and served from 1943-1946. He was in both World War II as a gunner, and in the Korean War. He was a soldier until his passing. The years he served made him a very strong person and he passed that strength on to his children. Joe was extremely proud to talk about his time in the military, not a day went by that he did not talk about it.
He was always expanding his knowledge through reading, and would read anything and everything he could lay his hands on. Joe would always share the stories of his life to everyone, young or old. Family and friends always enjoyed listening to him for hours at a time. One thing he would do was encourage his family to make sure we finished our schooling so we could also expand our knowledge as he did. Joe’s number one hobby was gardening. He especially loved caring for his rosebushes and would always say, “These rosebushes will be here long after I’m gone, so please take care of them.” Joe’s greatest talent was music, especially playing the guitar. His children recall endless hours they spent as children listening to ‘dad’ play and sing with all his heart. You are forever loved and will always be missed.
Surviving to cherish Joe’s memory are his daughters: Joann Otero and husband, John and family of Ruidoso Downs, Patricia Garcia and family of Roswell, NM, Inez Lucero and family of Roswell, NM, Marylou Vasquez and family of Lubbock, TX, Maggie Hernandez and husband Tony and family of Roswell, NM, Cynthia Lucero and family of Roswell, NM and Lisa Saiz and family of Roswell, NM; sons: Eddie Lucero and wife, Adriana and family of Roswell, NM, Joseph Gregg Lucero II and family of Roswell, NM, and Adam Perez and family of California. Adam is a grandson whom he raised as his own. Other survivors also include 31 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding Joe in death are his loving wife, Maria Lucero; parents: Isidro Lucero and Filomena Griego; grandson, Brandon Lucero; great-grandchildren: twins, Monica Ramos and Veronica Ramos, Aryssa Lucero; son-in-law, Mark Vasquez; siblings: three brothers and one sister.
A Special Thanks to the VA, Heart Hospital and Hospice for the special care Joe received. A very Special Thanks to Tony, Maggie, Veronica and all their family for taking care of our dad for many years. Also, Thank You Patricia and Cynthia for taking care of dad at home.
We love you ole’ man!
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Joe by his family.

Christopher A. Cortez


Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Major Christopher A. Cortez, USA Retired, age 65, of Roswell, who passed away Monday, June 26, 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 lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Beating the heat at Bronco camp

The fifth annual Bronco Football Kids Summer Camp wrapped up Wednesday after three days of team bonding and gridiron fun on NMMI’s Stapp Parade Field. Bronco coaches led the campers in football drills and taught basic fundamentals before the kids took part in a shirts versus skins game on the final day. The Broncos open the 2017 football season on Aug. 19 at home against Planet Athlete Academy. (David Rocha Photo)

Retiring deputy says it’s his turn to be sheriff; Mike Herrington announces bid for office; Snyder seeking re-election


After nearly 22 years of working at the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Mike Herrington is retiring. However, the long-term Roswell resident isn’t planning to leave law enforcement anytime soon.

County is pleased with PILT payment


Chaves County has received more than $3 million from the federal government for the federal lands in the county, officials said Tuesday.

State education planned ranked best in nation


New Mexico’s state plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act was named as the best in the nation by independent education reviewers Tuesday, the state Public Education Department announced.

I checked. The water’s fine.

Andrea Hernandez, 4, touches the water of a statue in Artesia on Tuesday. (Keilee Templeman Photo)

Small park offers burst of color

This view from the corner of Main and Second streets Tuesday morning shows an assortment of flora, including salvias, verbena, lantana and gaillardias. (Sue Ferguson Photo)

Person on the street takes to Artesia: “If you could be any age, what age would that be? Why?”

Ronnie Jackson: “I think I would pick 50 because I was still healthy and able to get around easily, but I was wise enough to know what to do.” (Keilee Templeman Photo)


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