Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Ernesto Joseph Espinoza, age 58, who passed away Monday June 19, 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.
Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Ernesto Joseph Espinoza, age 58, who passed away Monday June 19, 2017.
Sportsmen and women in Chaves County and southeast New Mexico recently got steamrolled by the Chaves County Commission.
The commissions vote to close a 5-mile stretch of Felix Canyon Road –– the primary access to public hunting unit 32 –– was not business as usual, as the commissioners would like us to believe. It’s part of a larger attack on the sportsman’s way of life, and an attack on public lands.
In Chaves County, for example, we’ve seen public roads closed left and right in recent years –– Felix Canyon Road, Squaw Canyon Road, Buchanan Road, to name a few –– denying the taxpaying public reasonable access to lands that belong to them. Public lands provide average New Mexican families a chance to hunt and fish for a reasonable cost.
Unlike our neighbors in Texas, who pay high dollar for access to private hunting ranches and access to private preserves, we New Mexicans have a rich tradition of hunting on public lands, and we don’t need gold coin in hand to open gates.
Because we have reasonable access to public lands, we can pass on our traditions to younger generations without having to be a wealthy rancher, or having the political connections to hunt on private land.
It’s clear where the Chaves County commissioners stand on public lands, but I must ask the question, which one of our elected leaders in southeast New Mexico will stand up for sportsmen?
I would hope our own Congressman Steve Pearce –– as our federal representative –– would go to bat for the New Mexican way of life. I would hope he would realize that his constituents in southeast New Mexico are public land hunters and anglers, and that he should be working to protect their interests and their way of life, just as much as the ranchers.
That means protecting public lands –– but also, encouraging adequate funding, management, and conservation of these lands to ensure that wildlife and fish in southeast New Mexico can thrive.
But on numerous occasions, Pearce has supported legislation that would sell off or transfer our public lands to western states or would otherwise reduce or remove public lands protections. These bills include H.R. 5836, the HEARD Act, H.R. 1581, the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act, H.R. 2852, the Action Plan for Public Lands and Education Act, and H.R. 995, a bill he introduced to reduce the protected status of significant wildlife habitat areas in the Organ-Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument.
Congressman Pearce still has a chance to get it right, where other of our elected leaders have shown a clear disregard for the opinions and way of life of their constituents. I sure hope he does, because the time for leadership is now. Once we lose these lands, we can’t get them back. Step up, Steve, the sportsmen and women of southeast New Mexico are depending on you.
Wednesday’s letter from Flo Wells about the Roswell Police Department’s use of military equipment seems a little misdirected.
The equipment used by our Police Department should, and I believe currently does, reflect their current needs in today’s society. Whether we like it or not, we live in a society where our values are being challenged from all sides.
Students in our schools are not taught to respect their teachers and the rules, criminals have become increasingly more violent and have begun to use military-style weapons. Extremists from many groups are targeting every area of our society in efforts to change our society.
I’d love to live in a world where our policemen and women didn’t need to carry any firearms. I’d love to live in a world where every citizen respected everyone else, no matter their job, color or ethnicity.
Ms. Wells, I believe that rather than degrade our Police Department for its using of military equipment, we can eliminate their need for such equipment by demanding our fellow citizens to follow the law, respect and care for one another and assist anyone who needs help. Believe me, there isn’t an officer in the RPD who looks forward to having to use deadly force in any situation.
Invaders stay hot at home with series win; Roswell takes two close ones from Triggers; rubber match tonight at 7 p.m.
The Invaders held on for a one-run win Monday night, but needed a couple small comebacks and an extra inning to edge the visiting Trinidad Triggers Tuesday night at the Joe.
Tuesday: Invaders 6, Triggers 5
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning Tuesday night, a wild pitch to Jackson Pritchard allowed Nick Stoll to scamper home for the 6-5 win.
Darrell Thompson tossed four scoreless innings against the Triggers before the Roswell offense backed him up with a three-run fourth inning.
Jackson Pritchard and Thompson drew walks before Mitch Elliot’s single to load the bases with two outs. A wild pitch brought Pritchard home before Nick Stoll singled to score Thompson. During Kaohu Gaspar’s at-bat, Elliot made it to home plate on another wild pitch to make it 3-0 Roswell.
But the Triggers answered in the fourth with a four-spot to take the lead. The Invaders tied it in the bottom of the frame when Pritchard scored on Kyle Peralta’s sacrifice fly to right field.
Both squads scored a run in the seventh, as Roswell again tied the game when Elliot was walked with the bases loaded, giving Bradley Cuyos the free trot home to make it 5-all.
Elliot and Miller were the only Invaders with multiple hits. Miller had the only hit of the 10th inning.
Monday: Invaders 9, Triggers 8
After winning two games and dropping three on the road at Alpine, the Roswell Invaders returned to the Mothership, aka Joe Bauman Stadium, for a Monday showdown with the visiting Trinidad Triggers.
The ‘Vaders took an early lead with a big seven-run second inning that included a grand slam by Bradley Cuyos, then held on for the 9-8 victory as the Triggers scored four in the fifth and three in the ninth.
Alex Dandridge got the win on the mound for Roswell, allowing five runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and four walks in 6 1/3 innings of work. Lance Fairchild finished off the seventh and pitched the eighth, allowing no runs with two strikeouts.
Toby Eigner came in to close the ninth, but had control issues, leading to three Trinidad runs. Devin Malone relieved Eigner, and didn’t look much better at first, but managed to get Justin Busekrus to put one on the ground for shortstop Caleb Patterson, who fired it home for the first out of the inning.
The good home cookin’ continued as Tim Henry hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.
Kyle Peralta went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Gavin Lavallee was 2-for-4 with a run scored, Bobby Webb was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Patterson went 1-for-3 with an RBI, run scored and a walk.
Cuyos, Ed Reichenbach and Jackson Pritchard each went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Pritchard also had an RBI.
The Invaders did most of the damage in the bottom of the second when Lavallee led off with a single, followed by one from Reichenbach. Pritchard reached base on an infield error before Dandridge was walked, pushing Lavallee home for the first score.
Another couple runs scored when Patterson took the base-on-balls with the bases loaded, followed by consecutive fielder’s choice plays.
Webb singled to load the bases with one out, leading to Cuyos’s slam to complete a seven-run frame and chase Trinidad starter Niko BlindEagle from the mound. The Invaders added insurance runs in the third and fourth.
The Invaders wrap up the three-game home series with the Triggers tonight at Joe Bauman Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Roswell teacher brutalized, autopsy shows; Body found near Vaughn sustained head injuries 24 hours prior to discovery
A Roswell teacher killed in early March suffered a brutal death, an autopsy indicates.
Maria Elena Tilton Aragon, 49, considered by family and friends to be a caring and compassionate person, an involved church member and a devoted educator, was beaten, stabbed and strangled, according to the official report by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.
Aragon had been found off the side of the U.S. Highway 285 near Vaughn in De Baca County March 6, a Monday morning. She had been reported missing by her husband, Castulo Aragon Jr., about 11:30 p.m. March 5.
A Roswell Police Department spokesman said in March that the husband had reported that Maria Aragon had texted him at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday to tell him that she was going on a walk. He said that he had not seen her since.
New Mexico State Police searched the home that Aragon and her husband shared on West Alameda Avenue at least twice, both times shortly after the murder.
The husband said during an interview at his home following the second search that he knew of no reason why Aragon would have been in the Vaughan area that day. He talked of his love for his wife, saying that they had planned a first-anniversary trip to Cancun, Mexico, for April.
He also said that, at that time, he had not been told details about his wife’s death. He could not be reached for comment by press time.
According to the autopsy report issued May 16, medical examiners concluded that Aragon had sustained injuries “over a period of time” and said that head injuries showed signs that were “indicative” of having been sustained 24 hours prior to death.
In addition to being struck in the head, Aragon was stabbed several times, including twice in the chest, and was strangled. The report concludes that the strangulation most likely occurred by hand.
Having earned a master’s degree, Aragon was a longtime teacher with the Roswell Independent School District and the New Mexico School of the Deaf. She also taught Spanish at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center and was active in Grace Community Church.
Aragon’s survivors include her husband and teenage son of Roswell, as well as parents, a brother and other relatives in Mexico, where she grew up.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, crews will return to Wyoming Street, with road closures expected between Bland and First streets. Thursday, workers will be on Country Club Road, with that road closed between Main Street to Garden Avenue. The city is working with Dustrol Inc. of Pueblo, Colorado, on a “hot recycling” and slurry seal method to repair the pavement, an alternative and less expensive option to the usual mill and inlay process, according to city documents. The project is estimated to cost $77,914 for the repair of 25,000 square yards of pavement.
A leak in a water line is being blamed for widespread water problems experienced recently by members of the Berrendo Cooperative Water User Association.
“It’s just all of a sudden,” said Tammy Roberts, a Berrendo water association member. “We have a few drips of water around 7 a.m.”
Roberts said she did not receive a call or warning about the lack of water availability, but if there had been an alert, she said she would have been more forgiving.
Multiple water users expressed concerns to the Daily Record Tuesday about water access, especially frustration with not being able to take a shower in the morning.
Another member of Berrendo water, Gabriel Cobos, said he’s had barely enough water to wash his face.
“There is no water in the mornings, and evenings,” he said. “6 a.m. — no water. 8 a.m. — no water, and then barely any about 10 a.m.”
Cobos said he contacted Linda Livingston, manager of the Berrendo Cooperative Water User Association, seeking answers.
Livingston told the newspaper the 9-mile water system looping around Roswell had experienced a leak, although she added everyone in the water system has water.
“We did just find an 8-inch leak in the water line,” Livingston said. “These are just common occurrences that happen while running a city water system. I do have a problem and we are addressing it.”
Similar reports of low water pressure, or no water at all, were reported in March by Berrendo water users, particularly occurring late at night and in the early morning.
Livingston said at the time, the repair of faulty probes in the main water tank should alleviate the sporadic water problems reported in March.
The Berrendo Cooperative Water User Association, which serves 1,600 customers, has a new $6.4 million system that includes a new well and new water tank near Sixmile Hill, on the south side of Highway 70. The 9-mile water system with 47,000 feet of new 12-inch pipe allows the water association to pump water in both directions.
Six people were killed and numerous others were injured in a 25-vehicle accident caused by a dust storm Monday on Interstate 10 in southwestern New Mexico.
New Mexico State Police responded to the multi-vehicle crash on I-10 westbound along the outskirts of Lordsburg at around 5:15 p.m. Monday.
NMSP public information officer Carl Christiansen said in a news release that the 25-car pileup occurred when hazardous weather conditions abruptly moved in, causing a dust storm that limited visibility within the area.
Police said six people were killed in the pileup, five at the scene and one who succumbed to injuries after being transported to nearby medical facilities.
The deceased were identified as Jose Manuel Clemente, 77, and Maurella Clemente Munoz, 38, both of El Paso, Jose Elias Caraveo-Serrano, 30, Susana Caraveo, 29, Julissa Caraveo, 9 months, all of Phoenix, and Josefina Silva, 47, of Escondido, California.
Police said numerous other people were also injured. Some were treated on scene, and others were transported to Mimbres Memorial Hospital and the Gila Regional Medical Center, authorities said.
The vehicles involved were commercial motor vehicles, passenger vehicles and motorcycles.
NMSP officers worked throughout Monday night to ensure that additional crashes would not occur. State police said they have been working in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Public Safety on further traffic control on scene and accident reconstruction.
The NMSP said given the topographical nature of the area, when high winds pass through, dust and debris pick up swiftly in the air, limiting the visibility to zero, often with little to no warning. Signage along the interstate warns drivers of this possibility.
The National Weather Service in Santa Teresa released a Hazardous Weather Outlook at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday in Lordsburg, warning that the blowing dust could pose a serious travel threat.
Police said I-10 has been re-opened in both directions. The crash remains under investigation.
The bodies of two missing hikers from Corpus Christi have been found by authorities near Carlsbad Caverns.
Searchers discovered the body of Robert Neal Pluta, 21, at around 10:05 p.m. Monday, about 2 miles northwest of the caverns.
Police said the search for his father was postponed until light of day on Tuesday, when, at about 11 a.m., the body of Robert Stuart Pluta, 57, was found about a mile from the location of the first hiker.
Both the father and son were avid, experienced hikers, according to family members.
State police said they were notified around 2:52 p.m. Monday by a Texas woman trying to locate her husband and son, who had not been heard from since June 14.
The NMSP said the woman, Lillian Pluta, had attempted to contact her family numerous times throughout the weekend unsuccessfully.
Authorities said Lillian Pluta then called the hotel they were staying, only to find out that the father and son had not checked out, and notified law enforcement.
The National Park Service said park rangers scoured the park’s roads, locating the hiker’s red F-150 truck at the beginning of Rattlesnake Canyon Trail.
A search and rescue was then initiated.
A search was also done at the hotel for indications of where the lost hikers could be, along with an attempt to locate them through cellular tracking methods, which police said yielded no results.
The multi-agency emergency search involved the National Park Service, the Carlsbad Fire Department, the Joel Volunteer Fire Department, New Mexico State Police, the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department, U.S. Border Patrol, and New Mexico Search and Rescue teams.
The park also summoned Air Methods for a helicopter to aid in the search.
The NPS said weekend temperatures at the park can reach 105 to 110 degrees.
The NMSP said the investigation is ongoing. The Eddy County Medical Examiner’s office is investigating both deaths.
The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.
Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Jackson Drive at 10:49 p.m. Thursday on a forced-entry burglary call. A tablet worth $80 and flatscreen television valued at $1,800 was reported stolen.
Arrests and arrest citations
Deantha Jennifer Morro, 38, of the 700 block of North Main Street was charged with criminal trespassing at 6:03 a.m. Friday.
Michael J. Silva, 25, of the 1100 block of South Virginia Avenue was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 9:45 a.m. Friday.
Anna J. Villegas, 37, of the 1100 block of North Delaware Avenue was charged with possession of marijuana at 1:32 a.m. Saturday.
Oliver R. Cerino, 26, at 96 West Eyeman Street was charged with possession of controlled substances at 9:11 a.m. Saturday.
Yalitza Annie Perales, 22, of the 1100 block of West Mathews Street was charged with possession of marijuana at 5:16 p.m. Saturday.
Jonathan G. Trujillo, 22, at the corner of 100 East Hobbs Street and Main Street was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:20 a.m. Saturday.
Alejandro Chaves, 35, of the 1300 block of West Seventh Street was charged with unlawful use of license at 12:07 a.m. Monday.
Brendan Campuzano, 21, at the corner of 10 Cedar Dr. and Juniper Road was charged with possession of controlled substances at 8:14 p.m. Monday.
Maria Inez Lucero, 58, at the corner of North Missouri Avenue and Second Street was charged with display of registration plate at 11:34 p.m. Monday.
Police were dispatched to the 400 block of East Van Buren Street at 5:26 p.m. Saturday on a criminal damage call. An antique mirror, refrigerator, television, extension cord and flooring with a total value of $1,500 was reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to the 300 block of East Bonney Street at 12:17 p.m. Saturday on a criminal damage call. A door frame valued at $200 was reported damage.
Police were dispatched to the 1100 block of Marker Road at 3:16 p.m. Sunday on a criminal damage call. A mirror was broken and paint was scratched off a 2002 Ford F-150. Damages were valued at $1,500.
Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of South Union Avenue at 6:09 p.m. Sunday on a criminal damage call. Damages to a 2002 Chrysler minivan were valued at $250.
Police were dispatched to the 900 block of East College Boulevard at 10:52 p.m. Monday on a criminal damage call. Damages to a 2013 Nissan’s windshield was valued at $250.
Police were dispatched to 1100 block of South Main Street at 6:39 p.m. Friday on a larceny call. $100 cash was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to 4500 block of North Main Street at 1:32 p.m. Monday on a larceny shoplifting call. A PlayStation 4 Pro valued at $400 was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to 900 block of West Second Street at 3:52 p.m. Monday on a larceny shoplifting call. Produce and miscellaneous products valued at $205.52 were recovered.
Police were dispatched to 4300 block of North Main Street at 7:19 p.m. Monday on a larceny shoplifting call. Three pairs of shoes valued at $174.97 were seized.
Police were dispatched to the 400 block of North Lea Avenue at 8:21 a.m. Sunday on a stolen vehicle call. A 2004 Acura valued at $12,000 was recovered.
Sylvester Raymond Harris, 59, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Capitan, NM surrounded by his loving family. Sylvester was born June 7, 1958 in Los Angeles, CA to Robert Harris and Pilar Baca.
Sylvester is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Pilar Harris, as well as brothers Robert Harris Jr. and Albert Harris.
Sylvester had loved his family, especially his grandchildren, and always believed that family came first. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren camping, fishing, and 4 wheeling whenever the opportunity arose. Sylvester took pride in coaching and watching his grandchildren play sports. He loved NASCAR and WWE wrestling but his greatest love was for the San Francisco 49ers.
Sylvester loved helping anyone in need. He proudly served for 23 years as a member of the Capitan Volunteer Fire Department and served honorably in the New Mexico National Guard during the period in which the Santa Fe prison riots occurred. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Capitan. Sylvester’s service to his community and country will not soon be forgotten.
Sylvester is survived by his loving wife Estella Harris; sons: Jerome and Aimee Mendoza of Alto, NM and Raymond and Taura Harris Jr of Capitan, NM. He is also survived by brothers Tracy Harris and Arthur Harris of Roswell, as well as sisters Josie Harris of Albuquerque, NM and Pilar Harris of Roswell. Sylvester is also survived his eight wonderful grandchildren: Zhendae, Dante, Isaiah, Anthony, Jayden, Reyanne, Olyvia, and Londyn as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday June 22, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home with the recitation of the rosary beginning at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Capitan, NM.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Encompass Hospice for their care and support.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.
“God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped his arms around you, He whispered “come with me.”
You didn’t deserve what you went through, so He gave you needed rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful; He only takes the best.”
Frances and Kathleen Cuelho
Michael Pete Jaramillo, age 52, loved by his family and friends, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. Mike was a full of life, fun-loving man, willing to help family, friends and strangers any time. He had plenty of stories to tell about growing up in the Roswell/Dexter area and he kept his family and friends entertained for hours with his storytelling skills.
Mike is survived by his loving partner of 17 years, Kim Ellen Cree; his beloved daughter, Adrienna Tavarez; his much loved sister, Alicia Bernal; his nephews Justin Bernal and Steven Herrera; his loving niece and favorite wild child, Samantha Bernal; his aunt, Helen Padilla; his uncles, Elmo, Joe, James and Gilbert Sedillo; and numerous cousins. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends that have known him since childhood. Mike was preceded in death by his adored younger daughter, Adelina Tavarez, his loving mother Della Sedillo; and his doting grandparents.
An open house to celebrate Mike’s life will be held at his sister’s home, 5016 Kokopelli Drive NE in Rio Rancho on Saturday, July 1 beginning at 3 p.m. Everyone whose life Mike has touched is invited to come, join with other friends and family and remember Mike with stories and reminiscing.
Carl O’Bryan, 52, of Houston, Texas died at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home in Hopkinsville. Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of the arrangements.
A native of Ashland, KY he was born July 12, 1964, the son of Hallie O’Bryan of Hopkinsville and the late Carl O’Bryan. He owned and operated a small business. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the American Fishing Club. He was an Episcopalian.
Survivors in addition to his mother include his maternal grandmother: Martha Lewis Tate of Hopkinsville; his wife: Tracy O’Bryan; his daughters: Amber O’Bryan and Elysa O’Bryan both of Houston, TX and Paxton Todd of Milford, KY; a son: Carson O’Bryan of Kenova, WV; his brothers: Christopher O’Bryan of Hopkinsville and Eddie O’Bryan of Clarksville, TN.
Carl was his family’s definition of The Man, The Myth, and The Legend. He enjoyed the simple things in life: family, fishing, and NASCAR. If you would have asked him his view of simple things, it would have been love and laughter, a cold beer, and fast cars.
Dorothy Hill passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. A further announcement will follow when arrangements are finalized.
Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Johnny Gamboa, 87, who passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Roswell, NM. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Guest artist JavaFlame will provide free demos on how to make glass beads this Saturday and Sunday at Tokay Beaded Art, 1407 W. Second St.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The demos are scheduled for noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Tokay Beaded Art is the only art gallery in the country that is dedicated to exhibiting only beaded art.
JavaFlame, whose real name is Nicole Seaton, has shown galleries throughout Nevada and California.
While she never took an art class in college, her artistic career began at the tender age of 7, when she discovered the bead store. Her astute grandmother realized that the inquisitive child was content for hours with a few beads and a ball of twine. After two decades of jewelry making, Seaton decided to learn how to make her own beads, according to her biography on her Facebook page.
For more information, call 575-626-9809.
The Summer Reading Program is well underway and if you haven’t registered, there’s still plenty of time left to read.
Once you sign up to participate, keep track of how many hours you spend reading or listening to materials from the Roswell Public Library. Regular books, eBooks, audiobooks, even kids listening to their parents read to them, all count.
You’ll earn a prize for every five hours turned in. If you read 20 hours before the program ends on July 31, you can earn a Summer Reading t-shirt and continue reading for entries into the grand prize drawings. Visit the Children’s area to sign up, all ages are welcome!
For more information, you can visit 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. or call 575-622-7101.
Book Talk by Robert Briggs
Before “Twilight,” vampires didn’t sparkle. They might try to abstain from human blood, fall in love with humans, or have an existential crisis, but they were still savage creatures that rarely, if ever, walked during the day. When one was powerful enough to come out in the sun, he or she certainly didn’t sparkle. For those longing for a good story about the frightening, non-glittering people of the night, there’s no better place to look than the Roswell Public Library.
Anne Rice is an icon in the world of vampire literature. Her Vampire Chronicles series include multiple bestsellers and have spawned two movies. In her newest book of the series, “Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis,” Lestat, a vampire who was once an 18th century nobleman, explores the origins of the vampire race.
His rebellious and inquisitive nature has put him at odds with other immortals, often angering them, but he is also hailed as a leader and a hero among many of the vampire citizens of the world. It is due to this nature that he has learned to coexist with an ancient spirit that has possessed his body and it’s because of this spirit that he is able to explore the true origins of his kind and their link to the lost world of Atlantis.
Though this book retains the gothic tone of all of the previous Vampire Chronicles books, Rice has weaved in science fiction elements to create a unique experience that’s sure to keep veteran fans interested.
Swedish author, John Ajvide Lindqvist, has created a truly horrifying story in “Let Me In.” Oskar, a 12-year-old boy growing up in Blackeberg, Sweden, is suffering from intense bullying at his school. Oskar is secretly hoping for a violent end to his tormentors and when strange murders start to shock the small suburb, he is hopeful that the bullies will meet a gruesome end.
His attention to the murders is diverted when a girl that looks to be his age moves into his apartment complex. Oskar notices that the girl only comes out at night and a few interactions with her shows that she is much more clever than other kids their age. The girl, Eli, seems uninterested in a friendship with Oskar at first, but they soon form a bond that Oskar has never felt with any other person.
Through his friendship with Eli, Oskar learns that the monsters we read about in scary stories are real, but his experiences have already taught him that people can be crueler than any monster. Perhaps one of the more beautifully disturbing books in the vampire genre, those looking for something other than the sappy melodrama of the teen melodramatic vampire genre will likely love “Let Me In.”
Amanda Davis is a reference librarian at the Roswell Public Library. She can be contacted at A.Davis@roswell-nm.gov.
Mr. Russell A. Scott’s letter to the editor on Sunday, June 18 made a very astute observation of Article VI of our Constitution and how it should have played a huge role during the confirmation hearing of Russell Vought for Deputy Director of the White House of Management and Budget.
As pointed out by Mr. Scott, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was obviously way out of bounds in his line of questing of Mr. Vought and he exhibited a woeful lack of understanding of our Constitution.
If you think Senator Sanders was out of line, read more of Article VI and you have to wonder how have we as a nation ended up in such a distressing situation regarding our entire immigration policy.
Article VI states: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, and any Thing in the Constitution of Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of of the several States Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
After reading Article VI all citizens should question on what basis did elected leaders ever come up with the idea of “Sanctuary Cities,” counties, and the like, and even more troubling, where did former President Obama ever get the authority to make such a mockery of our duly enacted immigration laws?
Terry R. Koenig
On the front page of the RDR, Friday, June 16, we were treated to a picture of a “SWAT truck” that was getting needed repairs.
It was actually a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, undoubtedly obtained from the U.S. military somehow. My question is, “What the heck does our police department need a vehicle like that for?” Why pay for fuel and repairs for a vehicle we don’t need? When was the last time our police force needed mine resistance? When was the last time our police dealt with an ambush? Militarizing our police force in this way will lead to militarizing our police force in other ways.
A member of a military force, by definition, is engaged in confrontations with other military forces, including wars. A police force is designed to “protect and serve” a civilian population. Police departments that carry a military outlook with them to interactions with civilians seem to end up abusing their power. Look at the Albuquerque Police Department as an example. They have a military outlook, complete with military equipment and military weapons, and it has resulted in lots of police shootings (and a lot of expensive lawsuits the city has settled) and a lack of ability to deal with run-of-the-mill crimes like car theft and domestic abuse. Their culture of violence has gotten them in trouble with the Department of Justice, too, with a consent decree to help the police become more responsive to and less punitive toward the citizens of Albuquerque. Do we really want Roswell to become more like Albuquerque?
The Obama administration put a stop to transferring military equipment to police departments to help lessen militarization of police forces and support better relationships between police and citizens. The Trump administration has ended that policy. But just because Roswell can have military weapons, vehicles and equipment does not mean Roswell should have them. We have no need for those things. They will move our police force in a confrontational direction, which would be very bad for the safety of our citizens. We’re not there yet, despite owning a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, and should not support policies that move us in that direction.
A militarized police force would be a bigger threat to Roswell citizens than our criminals are. Please, do not be so scared by crime reports that you give up your civil rights to a military force. Even worse, don’t be so scared you give up other people’s civil rights to a military force. Just because police shooting victims nationwide are mostly people of color does not mean that Anglos should not worry about a militarized police force. Niemoller said, “First they came for the socialists and I was not a socialist …” Democracy requires a little courage from people to stand up for the rights of all citizens. Let’s get rid of our “SWAT vehicle” and keep a police force committed to serving citizens.