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Local Cassidy named as veterans business adviser

James Cassidy will assist veterans interested in starting or expanding their own businesses in south or southeast New Mexico. (Submitted Photo)

The New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center has named James Cassidy as its veterans business advisor.

Dolores Jose “Joe” Rodriquez


Dolores Jose “Joe” Rodriquez, 79, died Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Casa Maria Health Care Center in Roswell, NM following a long and courageous physical battle. A viewing will be held at Anderson-Bethany Funeral home, Friday, June 9, 2017 from 4 -8 p.m. A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 501 N. Sycamore Ave., Roswell, N.M. 88201.
Joe was born to Manuela Cervantes Rodriquez and Dolores Rodriquez in Alpine, Texas on September 11, 1937. Through his high school years Joe played football and ran track for the Artesia Bulldogs. He graduated from Artesia High School in 1957. He and his wife Delfina were married in Pecos, Texas, July 10, 1957. In July they would have celebrated 60 years of marriage. They raised their family in Artesia, NM until moving to Roswell in 1972. Joe worked as an Artesia Police Officer for a few years before becoming a cross country truck driver. He was known as “Rod” to his many friends and co-workers. Joe truly loved his career driving a truck. While driving for Groendyke Transport, he became a member of the Groendyke “President’s Club” as a Million Mile driver, being the first recipient at the Artesia terminal to receive this award. Joe received this award multiple times throughout his trucking-driving career; he retired from Groendyke Transport after 30 years of service. He had a great love for animals and after his retirement he enjoyed spending time on his land feeding his chickens and tending to his trees.
He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Delfina Lugo Rodriquez. Also surviving him are four sons; Joe Rodriquez, and wife Cheryl of Albuquerque NM, Charlie Rodriquez, and wife Cindy of Surprise, Arizona, Rocky Rodriquez, and wife Penny of Roswell, NM, and Otis Rodriquez, and fiancée Tamera Mendoza of Roswell NM. He was blessed with 11 grandchildren; Monica LaMon, and husband Adrian of Surprise, Arizona, Charlie Rodriquez Jr, of Surprise, Arizona, Rocky Rodriquez Jr, and wife Andrea of Roswell, NM, Allen Rodriquez, of Surprise, Arizona, Ryan Rodriquez, and wife Lindsay, of Lubbock, Texas, Sean Rodriquez of Albuquerque, NM, Cynthia Abad, and husband Elgin, of Avondale, Arizona, Melanie Rodriquez, of Albuquerque NM, Randy Rodriquez, and wife Lauren of Roswell, NM, Samantha Rodriquez of Fullerton, California, and Dominick Rodriquez of Long Beach, California. Joe was also blessed with nine great-grandchildren, Maija Rodriquez, Jared Morales, Haylie Rodriquez, Rebecca Rodriquez, Derrick Rodriquez, Lynnessa LaMon, Xander LaMon, Rowan Rodriquez, and Ryder Rodriquez and great-great-granddaughter Alayna Cook. He also leaves two sisters, Arlene Martinez and husband Zeke of Lubbock, Texas, and Linda Garza and husband Jesse of Roswell, NM and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe is preceded in death by his mother, Manuela Cervantes Rodriquez, his father, Dolores Rodriquez, infant son Atilano Rodriquez, and brother, Johnny Rodriquez.

Burrola named new Coyote coach; Longtime basketball assistant ready to lead defending state champions

New Roswell High head basketball coach Moses "Dude" Burrola watches from near the bench as the Coyotes take on Grants in a summer game Saturday at the Coyote Den. Burrola, an 11-year assistant coach for the Coyotes, was named head coach Wednesday. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Whenever a big time head coach hangs it up, especially after a state championship season, the task of finding a new skipper to take the helm can be daunting.

Invaders ‘bugged’ by White Sands

Roswell starter Mike Scimanico follows through on a pitch as moths flutter around him during the second inning of the Invaders rubber match with the White Sands Pupfish Wednesday at Joe Bauman Stadium. After getting rained out early in the game in Alamogordo yesterday, the 'Vaders and 'Fish finished off that game today at the Joe, with Roswell falling 6-5. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Local Little Leagues battle for city supremacy this week

Noon Op Ranger Dustin Hardwick hits to right field. (Arnold Roe Photo)

Veteran’s Prayer Breakfast postponed


The Roswell Elks Lodge regrets that, due to circumstances beyond our control, it was necessary to postpone our annual Veteran’s Prayer Breakfast.

Climate change by three numbers


President Donald J. Trump has fulfilled another one of his campaign promises. He has announced that the U.S. will not participate in the Paris Climate Accord. This is the best thing he has done so far in his presidency.

Chaves County considers tax increase; If approved, the tax would be implemented Jan. 1 and raise $800,000 a year

County Manager Stanton Riggs, shown here at the May Board of Commissioners meeting, says the possible increase in the gross receipts tax rate is in response to uncertain state and federal budget situations. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Chaves County officials are considering raising gross receipts taxes starting next year, with a discussion and vote planned for next week on the proposed ordinance.
County Manager Stanton Riggs said that the tax increase, to be used for general funding purposes, are prompted by uncertainties regarding state and federal budgets and legislation.

Man charged with molesting girlfriend’s daughter


Double rainbow caps off brief storm

Shortly after the storm blew through Roswell Tuesday evening, a full double rainbow appeared in the cloudy skies over the Roswell Daily Record building. RDR Composing Assistant Dave Sterling snaps a photo of the vibrant rainbow as a few drops of rain fall. (Misty Choy Photo)
A faint mirror image is seen to the left of the vibrant rainbow, making an impressive sight of a double rainbow after the storm. (Misty Choy Photo)

A firearm and electronics valued at almost $4,000 reported stolen


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

Two injured in structure fire Tuesday


At least two people were injured in a structure fire Tuesday afternoon north of Roswell.
The Roswell Fire Department assisted county fire departments with the structure fire on Malamute Road, which was outside city limits.
RFD spokesperson Todd Wildermuth said at least two people were injured and were taken to a hospital.

Glen R. Smith


Glen R. Smith, age 72, passed away at the family home on Sunday morning, June 4, 2017. A graveside burial service will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., in Elida, NM. A tribute of Glen’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On February 13, 1945, Glen was born in a ranch house near Elida, NM, to Joe and Maxine (Miller) Smith, both of Roosevelt County pioneer families. Glen graduated from Elida High School in 1962, then attended ENMU, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pl Fraternity and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Immediately after graduating college, he enlisted in the United States Army. Shortly after, he was selected for Officer Candidate School and received a commission in Fort Benning, GA, in 1968. Glen served as a Military Intelligence Office for the Army Security Agency from 1968 to 1970. After completing his military obligation, Glen returned to New Mexico, where he worked as an insurance adjuster until his retirement at the age of 62.
An avid gun enthusiast, Glen enjoyed selling and trading with his friends at local gun shows. He enjoyed spending free time on research and was considered by many to be an authority in several areas of gun collecting. Glen was a longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church and served as a deacon for several years.
Glen is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley (Kay) Smith; son, Joel and wife, Marti Smith of Roswell, NM; two daughters: LuCynda Smith of Roswell, NM, Kimberly and husband, Don Nason from Roswell, NM; eight grandchildren: Julie, Hunter, Colton Virden, Clay Virden, Sydnie Smith, Heidi Smith, Jodi Smith, Jacy Smith, Jaxon Smith; great-grandchildren: Jaiden, Cassie Rae Hunter; mother, Maxine Smith; and sister, Sherry Richardson.
Glen was preceded in death by his father, Joe Smith in 2007; and brother, Benny N. Smith in 2000.
This tribute was written in honor of Glen by his family.

Lilly A. Ortega


Lilly A. Ortega passed away on June 5, 2017 in Roswell, NM surrounded by her family. She was born August 31, 1936 to Frank and Elisa Aguilar in Tulare, Ca.
Lilly is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Elisa Aguilar and sister Genevieve Ripley.
Lilly loved to make people laugh and was always joking with her friends and family. Cooking was a great passion of hers and she enjoyed providing meals for her loved ones. Lilly enjoyed dancing and could dance all night especially with her husband Manuel. She was the best friend anyone could have, always willing to help, and Lilly never knew a stranger.
Lilly is survived by her husband Manuel of Roswell; son Danny of California; daughter Malena of California; sisters Julie Rue of Roswell and Josie Chavez of Mexico. She is also survived by granddaughters Kimberly, Kristy, and Katie all of California, numerous nieces and nephews and special lifelong friend Bertha of California.
A rosary is scheduled for Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel. A memorial service will follow and internment to take place at Assumption Catholic Church Columbarium.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

Amparo Leaton Sanchez


Amparo Leaton Sanchez, 71, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 10 a.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating is Eugene De Los Santos. A tribute of Amparo’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On June 22, 1945, Amparo was born to Nasario Leaton and Maria Chavez in Artesia, NM. She graduated from Artesia High School. Amparo married Frank N. Sanchez on September 25, 1965, in Artesia, NM. Before retirement, Amparo worked as a child care provider for 23 years at the Assurance Home in Roswell, NM. Amparo was a member of Church of Christ. Some of her favorite hobbies were collecting antiques, shopping for treasures and making lamps out of bottles and other found treasures. Amparo enjoyed attending to her plants, flowers and spending time on her porch with her four-legged companion “Ginger.”
Surviving to cherish Amparo’s memory are her husband, Frank N. Sanchez; son, Frank A. Sanchez; daughter, Brenda Soto and husband, Ray; grandchildren: Adriana Noelle Sanchez, Alisa Rae Soto and Daniel Suarez, Antoni Rose Soto, AJ Soto; great-grandchildren: Neveah, Jayden, Daniella, DJ, Marco Nicco Ray, Brody, JoJo; brother, Juan F. Chavez from Artesia, NM; and nephews and nieces.
Amparo was preceded in death by her parents: Nasario Leaton and Maria Chavez Leaton; and brother, Santiago (Jimbo) Calderon.
The family will gather at the Unity Center, 108 E. Bland following services.

Larry White


Larry White, age 65, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. A tribute of Larry’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On May 29, 1952, Larry was born to Rena White in Bakersfield, CA. Graduating from ENMU-Roswell with honors, Larry and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He married the love of his life, Lisa, in Roswell, NM. A Communication Analysis, Larry later retired from Kinder Morgan. He was a Prince Hall Mason member in Corinthian Lodge Number 15 in Lovington, NM. Always looking forward to new adventures, Larry enjoyed drawing, archery and star gazing. He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be truly missed.
Those left to cherish Larry’s memory are his loving wife, Lisa F. White; son, Yakke White; stepson, Bobby; mother, Rena Green; mother-in-law, Melvina Faulkner; grandchildren: Danielle White, Josiah White; brothers: Gordon Smith, Tommy Smith, Keith Smith, Robert Smith, Gerard Green; sisters: Donna Brooks, Valerie Stokes, Iva Smith, Patricia Green; aunt, Clemintine Lewis; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Preceding Larry in death are his mother, Rena Green White; and Columbus Lewis.
Pallbearers are: Clifford Ellison, Kevin Homer, Willie Jackson, Floyd Bell, Ron McKnight and Ernest Buckman.

Joe E. Burchett


Joe E. Burchett, 38, of Glencoe, passed on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at his home. He was born January 12, 1979 in Ruidoso and had lived in Lincoln County all of his life.
Joe graduated from Capitan High School in 1997 and then from New Mexico Tech in 2002. He was a member of the Gideon’s and First Southern Baptist Church of Ruidoso Downs where he was in charge of the Wednesday Night Meals. He was co-owner of COFEX Computer with his best friend since kindergarten, Jason Gipson. He married Jane Hanners on August 1, 2015 in Hondo.
He is survived by his wife, Jane; parents, Jerry and Marilyn Burchett; brother, Robert G. Burchett and his wife, Alida; sister, Doretta Barlow and her husband, Mark; nieces and nephews, Jennifer Barlow, Cole Barlow, Ryan Barlow, Rowan Burchett and Brennan Burchett; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Belinda Hanners; brothers-in-law, Michael Hanners, Jimmy Hanners and Jordan Rutherford; sister-in-law, Christy Rutherford; grandmother, Doris Hanners and numerous other nieces and nephews; special aunts and uncle, Joy Northcutt and Charma Northcutt and Jim Northcutt.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clyde and Ruth Burchett and Garland and Doris Northcutt.
Visitation will be Friday, June 9, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Ruidoso from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The funeral service will be Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Ruidoso.
The family has requested memorials to The Gideon’s or First Southern Baptist Church of Ruidoso Downs.
Condolences may be sent to the family at lagroneruidoso.com.

Leroy H. (Johnny) Groves


Leroy H. (Johnny) Groves was born in Praque, Oklahoma on October 25, 1937.
He went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, June 2, 2017 following an ongoing illness for several years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Groves; his father and mother; a son, James Foster, and three sisters. He is survived by his best friend and companion Carolyn Dove; two brothers, Ronnie and Donnie Groves from California; a sister Donna McFrancis of Texas; a son, Ray Foster from Jakarta, Indonesia; three grandchildren, Craig, Summerlee and Lance Foster of Houston, Texas and many nieces and nephews. He loved playing Gospel music and playing his guitar with his many, many, friends.

He will truly be missed by all.

Memorial services will be at Trinity House of Praise on the corner of Sunset and Albuquerque Street, Wednesday, June 7, at 11 a.m. Pastor Bobby Barnett will be officiating.
Come and celebrate his life with his friends and family.

Jose Estrada


Jose Estrada passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Roswell, NM. Viewing will be Wednesday, June 7, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, June 8, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. A rosary will follow the viewing at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Jose’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On November 28, 1931, Jose was born to Pilar Estrada and Julia Chavirra De Estrada in Gran Morelos, Chihuahua, Mexico. Sixty-five years ago, on September 16, 1952, Jose married the love of his life, Modesta, in Gran Morelos, Chihuahua, Mexico. In 1963, Jose and his wife moved to Roswell, NM, and made it their home. In his early years, Jose loved farming and was a jack of all trades. He was a hard worker and passed that along to his children. Watching horse races, rooster fights and boxing were some of the things he enjoyed doing. Jose was known as the Safe Haven to many family members and friends. With elaborate stories of the past, Jose would make people laugh and brighten up their day. He was the life of the party and will be missed dearly.
Those left to cherish Jose’s memory are his son, Joe Estrada (Stephanie) of Roswell, NM; daughters: Gloria Diodado (Martin) of Pampa, TX, Christina Aguirre (Jesus Martin) of Roswell, NM, Carolina Moreno (Arturo) of Hagerman, NM, Agueda Silva (Noe) of Pampa TX; grandchildren: Danny Guerra (Amy), Aaron Guerra (Norma), Michelle Guerra Ramos (Raul), Tiaese Estrada (Mario), Ernie Estrada (Melanie), Gabriel Estrada (Stacey), Enrique Estrada (Kyristin), Jerry Aguirre (Aida), Jessica Aguirre (Cammie), Cynthia Sandoval (Jason), Angela Estrada (Orlando), Joseph Estrada (Shonnetta), Debbie Martinez Rodriquez (Ismael), Denise Martinez Becerra (Chris), Jaime Silva, Christina Silva, Jesse Silva; 38 great-grandchildren; siblings: Julio Estrada, Guadalupe Estrada; and best friend and protector, “Chuco.”
He was preceded in death by his wife, Modesta Estrada; sons: Enrique Estrada, Ernesto Estrada, Humberto Estrada, Juan Vargas; daughter, Isabel Cristina Estrada; brothers: Isidro Estrada, Reyes Estrada, Pilar Estrada; sisters: Ramona Estrada De Vasquez, Concepcion Estrada.
Honorary pallbearers are: Danny Guerra, Aaron Guerra, Ray Estrada, Ernie Estrada, Gabriel Estrada, Enrique Estrada, Jerry Aguirre, Joseph Estrada, Jaime Silva and Jesse Silva.
Pallbearers are: Cynthia Sandoval, Angela Estrada, Denise Martinez, Debbie Martinez, Jessica Aguirre, Michelle Guerra Ramos, Tiaese Estrada and Christina Silva.
The family would like to extend a Special Thank You to his nieces and nephew, Martin, Mireya Vasquez, Cheli Vasquez and Jr. Serrano.
This tribute was written in honor of Jose by his family.

Future Rockets take charge at camp

Future Goddard Rocket basketball players ran drills Monday in the Goddard High School Ground Zero Gym during the first day of the Goddard Rocket Boys Youth Basketball camp. There are three age groups for the camp, third through fourth grade, fifth through sixth grade and seventh through eighth grade. The last day of the youth camp is today from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Submitted Photo)
Future Goddard Rocket basketball players ran drills Monday in the Goddard High School Ground Zero Gym during the first day of the Goddard Rocket Boys Youth Basketball camp. There are three age groups for the camp, third through fourth grade, fifth through sixth grade and seventh through eighth grade. The last day of the youth camp is today from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Submitted Photo)


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