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Johnny Gonzalez to host second school giveaway this year

School staff along with Johnny Gonzalez and Ellie Burris, Hope Perez, Aubry Price, Austin Carnero, Levi Dopminguez, Xzavier Lucero and Aro Sedillo of Del Norte Elementary School, 2701 North Garden Avenue, prepared for the second school giveaway to be held at Comfort Suites Hotel, 3610 North Main Street Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. (Submitted Photo)

Johnny Gonzalez is holding another school supply giveaway Sunday afternoon.

Comfort Keepers awarded by Chamber

Comfort Keepers of Roswell has been named the Roswell Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Month for August 2017. Pictured, in the back row, from left, are Garrett Fierro, Ashley Nowak, Beatriz Rodriguez, Debbie Fallon, Laurie Fladd, Linda Anderson and Stacie Carroll Eisenbise; front row, Analysia Armendariz, Brianna Sepulveda, Isela Avelos and Vicky Eaton. Not pictured are Cindi Lucero, Marina Lopez, Rick Spragins and Cindy Lewis. (Submitted Photo)

Patricia M. Nelms


Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, at Terpening & Son Mortuary Chapel for Patricia M. Nelms of Lovington, New Mexico.
Mrs. Nelms, 78, passed away on August 9, 2017 at her home in Lovington.
Stephen Lord will officiate at the service. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Patricia was born on November 23, 1938, in Carlsbad, N.M,; the daughter of Stanley Leonard Jones and Jonell (Rayburn) Jones. On December 21, 1957, she married Charlie Nelms in Carlsbad. They moved to Artesia in 1975, then to Hagerman, N.M. in 1999 and Lovington in 2002.
She was a college English professor and also had a photography studio. She was a member of First Methodist Church. Patricia enjoyed photography, painting, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Stanley Richard Nelms, a brother Stanley Jones and a sister Lynette Fry.
Survivors include her husband Charlie Nelms of Lovington; daughters Claire Halsell and husband Dr. Cecil Halsell of Lovington, Elizabeth Nelms and Charlie Nelms both of Lovington; sister Jonell Howell of Austin, T.X.; grandchildren Noah Nelms, Aiden Nelms, Calista Halsell, Joesie Graham and Charlie Mya Lanning.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please remember Mrs. Nelms online at artesiafunerals.com.

Heroic Roswell firefighter receives Lifesaving Award; Fireman Carlos Garcia awarded high honor for his response to fatal crash scene

Roswell Fire Department firefighter Carlos Garcia, third from left, was given a Lifesaving Medal for his heroic actions this summer when he rescued an unconscious man from a burning truck. Also pictured, from left, are City Councilor Steve Henderson, Fire Chief Devin Graham and Mayor Dennis Kintigh. (Jeff Tucker Photo)

A Roswell firefighter who rushed to the aid of two men trapped in a burning truck this summer while off duty was given one of the highest awards of the Roswell Fire Department at Thursday night’s City Council meeting.

First day of school brings new beginnings


Students throughout Roswell meet teachers, settle into class

Wilson leaves Roswell Refuge

Cindy Wilson, shown in this May 2016 photo, has left the Roswell Refuge. She was its executive director for about four years. (Bethany Fruedenthal Photo)

The Roswell Refuge, which seeks to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault and aid people in recovery, will search for a new executive director following Cindy Wilson’s departure.

Deputy in officer-involved shooting is 10-year veteran of Sheriff’s Office


Authorities have released the name of the Chaves County deputy who returned gunfire during an officer-involved shooting that occurred last month along U.S. Route 380.

Is this a bull’s-eye over Roswell?

This photo, taken by Tom Jennings Thursday morning over downtown Roswell, may depict a bullseye over the city — or maybe an indication for extraterrestrial life to know where to land? (Submitted Photo)

State department: Remember traffic laws around schools


The New Mexico Department of Transportation wants drivers and pedestrians to be aware of traffic laws concerning school zones now that school is back in session in many areas of the state.

Work is set to start on Bottomless Lakes Road


Work to improve a portion of Bottomless Lakes Road, or New Mexico Road 409, in Chaves County will start Monday.

Aurora “Lola” Medrano Gomez


Aurora “Lola” Medrano Gomez, 76, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico. Viewing will be at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel Friday, August 11, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. A Rosary will be recited following the Viewing at 7 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Dexter, NM. Deacon Jesus Herrera will officiate. Interment will follow the Service at Hagerman Cemetery. A tribute of Lola’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On July 15, 1941, Aurora “Lola” was born to Anacleto Medrano and Francisca Medrano in Presidio, Texas. Aurora attended and graduated from Hagerman High School. Lola married the love of her life, Antonio Gomez in Hagerman, NM, on September 5, 1959, and remained married until his death in June 12, 1989. She was a dedicated housewife who loved her family. Lola will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Those left to cherish Lola’s memory are her sons: Arturo Gomez, Israel Gomez; sisters: Socorro Vargas, Manuela Moreno (Ramon) of Roswell, NM, Eloisa Perez, Sulema Ornelas (Fermin) of Hagerman, NM, Maria Franco (Guadalupe) of Loving, NM; Anthony Gonzalez of Carlsbad, NM, who was raised by Lola since he was 18 months old; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Preceding Lola in death are her husband, Antonio Gomez; son, Orlando Gomez; parents: Anacleto Medrano and Francisca Medrano; brothers: Simon Medrano, Jesus Medrano; and sister, Alicia Escaldon.
Those chosen to serve as Pallbearers are: James Gomez, Eden Gomez, Anthony Gonzalez, Rene Ornelas, Orlando Vargas and Beto Cruz.

Otto Gail Eachus, Jr.


Otto Gail Eachus, Jr., age 89, passed away on June 23, 2017 in Roswell, New Mexico. Otto was born in Schell City, Missouri to Otto Gail Eachus, Sr. and Florence Wolfe Eachus, on June 22, 1928.
Otto is survived by his wife, Dorothy House Eachus and his two (2) children: Timothy Eachus of Granby, Missouri and his wife Jacqueline Clark Eachus; and Dr. Terri Eachus of Roswell, New Mexico and her husband Paul Taylor, III. Otto is also survived by his two (2) grandchildren: Timothy Cameron Eachus of Montreal, Canada; and Alexandra Paige Taylor of Fort Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his brother John Reid Eachus of Houston, Texas and sister Evelyn Thorton of Chase, Kansas and a host of nieces and nephews. Otto is also survived by his beloved Papillon Pierre (on loan from his granddaughter, Paige). He is preceded in death by his parents Otto Gail Eachus, Sr. and Florence Wolfe Eachus and his sister Annabelle La Fleur.
Otto’s father’s occupation of establishing small telephone exchanges moved the family frequently throughout the small communities of rural Missouri. His teenage years were spent in Sarcoxie, Missouri. Otto was active in sports, church and the Boy Scouts. Otto was an Eagle Scout and selected to be a member of the Order of the Arrow, which is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. Members are selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of scouting. In Sunday school, Otto had six (6) straight years of perfect attendance. In order to attend his own Eagle Scout induction, he and his best friend hitchhiked to and from the Eagle Scout Award Ceremony. If there was an Attendance Merit Badge, he probably should have received one for his consistency.
Otto graduated from Sarcoxie High School and left with five (5) of his friends the very next day for Army Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was sent directly to Korea as a member of the Army of Occupation. There he spent the coldest winter of his life, especially after his barracks burned down. Otto achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant before his Honorable Discharge.
After his stint in the Army, Otto enrolled at Southwest Missouri State now known as Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri taking advantage of his earned G.I. Bill. It was there that he met his wife to be, Dorothy House. She was his biology lab instructor and a fellow PE Class member and square dance partner. His gleaming wingtips with taps on the heels, polished to perfection (like no other could polish) caught her attention or maybe it was his distinctive eyebrows or his always neat appearance. Otto achieved his Bachelor of Science in Education at Southwest Missouri State and his Masters of Science in Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. “WOOOOOO…. !!” “PIG!!!” “SOOIE!!!” “RAZORBACKS!!!” After graduating he began his teaching and coaching career in Granby, Missouri.
Otto and Dorothy were married on May 17, 1950 in Springfield, Missouri. They had a blessed partnership of sixty-seven (67) married years together. They enjoyed raising their children and dedicating themselves to their teaching profession and their students’ educations. Otto enjoyed traveling, as well as Dorothy, especially by car. Most summer vacations were spent traveling throughout the USA and striving to see as much of our country as possible. Several of his young nephews and nieces, and the kids’ friends, became vagabonds that joined Terri’s and Tim’s summer adventures. His son-in-law, Paul Taylor, III stated that he believed that Mr. Eachus would gladly drive a thousand miles to see The Biggest Ball of String if it existed. The balance of summer vacations and most extended school holidays were spent at the family farms in Missouri. Otto enjoyed building fence on his farms in Missouri, photography (with all of his darkroom magic), and restoring his collection of antique cars.
Otto and Dorothy were/are members of Trinity United Methodist Church and raised their two (2) children in that church family. Their tenure at TUMC in Roswell is among the longest at fifty-seven (57) years.
Otto was recruited by then Roswell Independent School District Superintendent Shinkle to teach at North Junior High. This was the beginning of Otto’s thirty-three (33) plus years of teaching PE and New Mexico History, coaching of track, basketball and football and finally, counseling. He served as Interim Principal of Dexter High School and returned to be Counselor at Mesa Middle School at the age of seventy-eight (78) after being retired for several years. As he filled out his RISD application to be rehired, he quipped that all his job references were deceased. Superintendent Michael Gottlieb gladly signed him back up. Those years were especially rewarding for Otto. He retired once again after five (5) more years of service to the Roswell Independent School District at the age of eighty-three (83).
Otto was very active in his professional organization, the National Education Association. He served the local NEA as the organization’s President for two (2) terms, as well as Regional Chairman and State President representing over 10,000 educators at that time. Otto served on the National Board of the NEA for two terms. After retirement, he continued giving to education by serving twelve (12) years on the Roswell Independent School District School Board. Otto coached, attended and refereed thousands of Middle School, Junior High and High School games and tournaments during his career as an educator and coach. He was recognized for officiating the State Basketball Tournament at a recent fifty-year anniversary ceremony. He enjoyed nothing better than to be involved with sports, except maybe being in the classroom or counseling a student. He prided himself in his work and his “play.” He was at home in any gymnasium, football field or stadium where kids played.
The Eachus Family would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the physicians, medical assistants, caregivers and friends who provided kind and compassionate care to our Dad and Pop as his life’s journey concluded. Special thanks to Nicole Vargas, Comfort Keepers, Heartfelt Manor Staff, Kindred Hospice, Dr. Vyas Dake, Dr. Bob Rader, and Eric Stangebye our very special pharmacist, friend and former student-athlete of both Otto and Dorothy.
The family would also like to express its gratitude to LaGrone Funeral Chapel for their kindness and compassion extended to our family. The family would also like to thank in advance Tom Blake, Dr. Sara Montgomery, Sharon Howell, and Paige Taylor for the beautiful music they will be providing at the memorial service, and Kenda Reed Grimm and Amanda Hays for their culinary excellence and other unselfish talents.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August the 12th at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church at 1413 S. Union Avenue, Roswell, New Mexico. The family thanks the church, its staff and Pastor Glenn Thyrion for all of their efforts. Inurnment has taken place at the General Douglas L. McBride Veterans’ Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation of your choice:

The Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund
First United Methodist Church
200 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Roswell, NM 88201

Trinity Methodist Church
1413 S. Union Avenue
Roswell, NM 88203

Assurance Home
1000 E. 18th St.
Roswell, NM 88201

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com

Janice Nadine Nowak


Janice Nadine Nowak, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Roswell, NM. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 12, 2017 at South Park Cemetery with Rev. Jim Bignell of Aldersgate United Methodist Church officiating.
Jan was a talented artist. She loved cooking, knitting and traveling with her husband. The time they spent in their RV were her happiest times. Square dancing, cooking her husband’s fish and catching up with friends from around the country was how they spent their time together.
Survived by her daughter Kristy Ahrens, her husband Michael and their 3 children, Josh, Michael and Kaiya. Her daughter-in-law Carol Nowak and her children Shazlyn, Tays and Stephen Nowak. Her siblings Jeannie Gibson, Robert Parker and Billy Parker.
She is loved and will be missed.
The family would like to thank Ginny, Shelia, Josh and the entire staff at Heartfelt Manor for their loving, kind and gentle care.

Thelma Sue (Latham) Maness


Thelma Sue (Latham) Maness passed away at home on July 24, 2017. Sue was born in Deming, New Mexico on June 10, 1947 to Tommy and Eve Latham. She was raised on a ranch near Lake Valley. She graduated from Hot Springs High in T or C. She went to NMSU for 2 years where she met her husband. Later she went to cosmetology school in Roswell. She married Lloyd Maness on November 16, 1968 where he worked for NMDOT. She was a member of the New Mexico Woolgrowers, Cattle Growers and Cowbells. She and her husband liked to go to schools and educate children on where their clothes come from and what it takes to get the final product. She lived on her grandparents’ ranch near Corona. At one time she owned a bakery in Clayton, New Mexico.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters Andora and Barbara and one son Creighton. Also one sister Linda Sultemeier.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother James.

Drawing the right lines and figures

Students in the second art session, Beginning Portrait and Figure Drawing, offered by the Senior Circle, learn and practice drawing portraits of each other on Aug. 4. Pictured, from left, are Senior Circle members Trudy Hale, Jane Wiggins, Meredith Miles and Linda Gilmore. (Submitted Photo)

Senior Circle member Sherry Witt has started her second art class for members. The two-month class will expand on the skill sets students covered in Beginning Drawing, the first class, which was offered last spring.

Preparing girls for school

Sometimes girls miss school due to lack of feminine products. Tessa Mathews, pictured right, is founder of The Feminine Project, which gives away feminine hygiene products and educates underprivileged girls and women about self-care. Mathews was at the Unity Center Wednesday preparing girls with feminine needs for the new school year. Also pictured, from left, are Deanna Garcia, Lindsey Garcia and Danaysha Brown. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Roswell Refuge changes leadership

Cindy Wilson, former executive director of the Roswell Refuge, shown in May 2016 photo

The executive director of the Roswell Refuge, which works to prevent and aid recovery of domestic violence and sexual assault, has left the organization. Cindy Wilson is no longer with the nonprofit group, Lesli Carrera confirmed. The operations manager, Carrera is now serving as interim executive director.

Aging Commission sets time for televised forum; Group that looks out for the interests of older adults also confirmed new officers

Lawyer Robert McCrea, the new chair of the City of Roswell Commission on Aging. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The City of Roswell Commission on Aging confirmed its slate of officers for the coming year and set a definitive date for a televised question-and-answer forum.

Splash pad winding down for the season

Sophie Mojaro gazes above at a colorful structure/Trevier Gonzalez

Summer season wraps up Labor Day weekend

Sophie’s older sister, Dianna Mojaro, watches her dog Max sit and rest after skipping across puddles of water at the Bert Murphy Family Splash Pad Wednesday evening. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Local water co-op doing quality tests


The Berrendo Cooperative Water Users Association is conducting regularly scheduled, state-required testing for lead and copper.


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