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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.

Lookin’ dapper for those school days

Hairdressers from across town were giving their time in donating basic haircuts to students getting ready to start school. Angie Alfonso is pictured cutting Autumn Burrows' hair. Burrows, a recent Dexter High School graduate, goes to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales this fall to become a teacher. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Broken window result of attempted burglary


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

Gov. Susana Martinez appoints ENMU regent


Ed Tatum, of Clovis, has been appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents.

Sheriff’s office asks for public’s help in returning girl’s bike to rightful owner


A little girl’s bicycle that was once stolen was recovered by deputies Tuesday.

Acie Homer Cates, Jr.


Acie Homer Cates, Jr., age 87, of Amarillo, died Sunday, August 6, 2017. Mr. Cates was born in Roswell, New Mexico, July 10, 1930. He graduated from Roswell High School and attended Eastern New Mexico University’s Roswell Branch. He joined Southwestern Public Service Company in 1948. He married Marilyn Mayer in Dexter, New Mexico in 1950. In 1978 they moved to Amarillo where he worked for SPS Co. until his retirement in January 1994.
He served the Roswell community in several capacities: President of the Chaves County Safety Council, Health and Safety Chairman of the Conquistador Council and Safety Chairman of the Rio Hondo District for the Boy Scouts of America Advisory Committee to Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell Branch; New Mexico Trade and Industrial Advisory Committee; and Personnel Appeals Board for the City of Roswell. He was a long time member and deacon of The First Baptist Church of Roswell.
In Amarillo, he acted as President of the Panhandle Personnel Association; District Director of the American Society of Personnel Association; member and Chairman of the Greater Amarillo Red Cross Chapter. He served as deacon, Chairman of the Deacons and Trustee to the First Baptist Church Amarillo; Chairman of the First Baptist/Amarillo Foundation; Vice President and President of Park Place Towers, an Amarillo retirement center. Additionally, he served as Vice President and President of The Town Club.
Since his retirement, he became an avid golfer, enthusiastic world traveler, and landscape painter. It gave him great pleasure to gift his paintings to friends. Some of them reflected sites he and Marilyn visited in their travels.
He will be best remembered as a godly example for his children and grandchildren, a listening ear and wise counsel to family and friends, and for his engaging smile and wonderful sense of humor.
The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas and the First Baptist Church, Roswell, New Mexico.
Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Edge and husband John of Spring, Texas and Julie Hargraves and husband Dr. Ronald Hargraves of Wheeling, West Virginia; a brother, Dr. Robert Cates and wife Anna, of Sedona, Arizona; a sister, Marjorie Curry and husband Kenneth of Hillsboro, Texas; four grandchildren, Amy Gonzales and husband Joseph of Lewisville, Texas, Erik Burket of Apex, North Carolina, Emily Hancock and husband David of Raleigh, North Carolina, Brian Edge of San Francisco, California; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Marilyn Cates.
The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas and the First Baptist Church, Roswell, New Mexico.
Please sign our online guestbook at coxfuneralhomeamarillo.com.

Laurie Pankey-Lane


Laurie Pankey-Lane was born November 1, 1965, to Alex and Betty Pankey in Albuquerque, NM and passed away Friday, August 4, 2017 of natural causes.
Laurie graduated from Goddard High School in Roswell, NM and Western NM University in Silver City, NM with a degree in accounting. She was the executive director at the Silver City Chamber of Commerce, and briefly sold real estate before moving to Roswell. She was currently employed by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services as an Associate Broker and was active in both local and state Realtors Associations.
Laurie loved hiking, biking, being in the mountains and volunteering for several organizations. She loved music and attended quite a few concerts with her beloved daughter. Laurie loved to travel and visited several European countries when her daughter lived in Madrid, Spain. Laurie is survived by her daughter Alli Lane of Silver City, NM and currently residing in Talkeetna, AK; parents Alex and Betty Pankey of Roswell; sister and brother-in-law Carrie and Kirk Weems of Roswell; nephews Drew Lucero and Quinton Weems of Roswell; and not to be left out, her beloved Yorkie Coee.
She was preceded in death by very special grandparents, Barney and Evelyn Pankey and Rollen and Margie Litchfield.
A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 805 S. Main St., on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Epilepsy Foundation 8301 Professional Place, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785 would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Joseph “Joe” B. Archibald


Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Joseph “Joe” B. Archibald, age 90, of Roswell, who passed away August 8, 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.

Thanks to hospital employees for care


On July 31, I went to the emergency room at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center and I was admitted to the hospital for a couple of days.

Reaping the benefits of oil and gas


Southeastern New Mexico is rightfully known for its oil and gas resources, but the economic impact of hunting and fishing in the area cannot be ignored or taken for granted.

Liberals are big gov’t advocates


Saw your article by Merilee Dannemann in Tuesday’s RDR, “No excuse for voting commission” and had to comment, again.

Yearbook from 1915 a historical treat


What a historical treat provided by Briana Hodge in Sunday’s RDR Vistas section!

Kirk chosen as new president of Roswell school board; Classes delayed at University High School due to water line break

The Roswell school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to elect Mona Kirk, at right, as the new school board president. Also pictured is Interim Superintendent Susan Sanchez. (Misty Choy Photo)

The Roswell school board on Tuesday night chose a new school board president in the wake of the abrupt resignation of the school board’s former president, although much of the discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting was about the delay of classes at University High School due to a water line break.

Electrical fire claims home of long-term Roswell resident


Unharmed family works to rise above ashes

Artesia nonprofits address bullying


Whether people bully others, are bullied or witness frequent incidents, they are likely to suffer.

Muñoz to run for State Land Commissioner

New Mexico State Sen. George Muñoz has become the third Democrat to announce a bid for Commissioner of Public Lands. (Submitted Photo)

New Mexico State Sen. George Muñoz will seek the Democratic nomination for Commissioner of Public Lands.


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