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Pecos League Title Series begins

Roswell shortstop Louie Martini, center, bows his head during the singing of the National Anthem while the NMMI JROTC Color Guard presents the colors before Game 1 Monday. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Helen M. Bergmark


Helen M. Bergmark, of Roswell, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017, at Mission Arch Care Center. Helen was born July 29, 1928 in Tucson, Arizona to Talmadge J. and Susie (Ritenhour) Morehead. She graduated from Tucson High School in 1946. Helen was working as a secretary at Hamilton Air Force Base in California in 1952 where she met her soon to be husband, S/Sgt Robert N. Bergmark. They were married on July 12, 1952 and just recently celebrated their 65th anniversary.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Norma Klapmeyer, her brother Edward and her son Paul Bergmark. Helen is survived by her husband Bob, her son John of Vista, California, daughter Susan Middleton of El Paso, Texas, grandchildren Lily Wanner, Neal Bergmark, David Middleton, Robert Middleton and great-granddaughters Natalie, Jaydn and Stacey Wanner.
Helen was a gifted writer and had many items and short stories published. She was also an excellent bridge player, as well as a volunteer at the hospital and at Senior Circle. Helen was also a great lover of animals and always had one or two (or more). Of great concern was that her last adoption, “Beulah,” a mixed terrier, might out live her. “Who would take care of her?” Not a problem.
Funeral arrangements and cremation are being handled by Anderson Bethany, with Interment at Roswell’s Veteran’s Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Roswell Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Roswell Humane Society would be gratefully received.

Ashley Sena


Funeral services for Ashley Dawn Sena, 31 of Roswell will be held at Assumption Catholic Church, 2808 N. Kentucky Avenue, Roswell, NM on Friday, August 11, 2017. A rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass at 10 a.m.
All arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home in Fort Sumner, NM. 575-355-2311. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book go to www.chavezfuneralhome.com

Janice Nadine Nowak


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Janice Nadine Nowak, 83, who passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Heartfelt Manor. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Laurie Lee Pankey-Lane


Laurie Lee Pankey-Lane, 51, passed away at her home of natural causes on Friday, August 4, 2017. Services are pending.

Woman’s death at Roswell hotel was murder 


Police say hotel staff discovered body of victim, who had been shot

A woman whose body was found in a Roswell hotel room Friday afternoon was murdered, police have announced.

1915 yearbook provides a window to the past


New lieutenant reflects on career; Long-term deputy, veteran calls CCSO his second family

Lt. Scott Ouillette sifts through and signs pages of paperwork before leaving the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office. Ouillette was promoted to lieutenant July 3. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

It was 18 years ago when Scott Ouillette got his start at the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy, but even before then, his experience with law enforcement began with the military.

Councilors want changes to proposed events policy

Two members of the Roswell City Council Finance Committee gave several reasons Thursday for saying that they could not support a proposed Special Events and Film Policy as written. The committee voted to table discussions, and city staff has said revisions will be made. Clockwise from left are Councilor Steve Henderson, Councilor Caleb Grant, City Finance Director Monica Garcia, Councilor Jason Perry and Councilor Tabitha Denny. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The city’s proposed policy meant to streamline event and film production approval processes and to enforce fees for city labor and equipment hit a snag Thursday morning when two city councilors said they would not support the draft policy as written.

Youth also benefits at JOY Center fundraiser

Three kiddos from the Hunt family of Roswell show their family togetherness Saturday morning at the Chaves County JOY Centers Back-to-School Breakfast in Roswell. Brothers Russell, in front, and Brandon received donated backpacks. Sister Emma gives a big hug. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Area families and seniors enjoyed some pancakes, eggs, sausage and biscuits and received some free items to prepare for the new school year as the Chaves County JOY Centers held a back-to-school breakfast Saturday morning at the Roswell location on North Montana Avenue.

Arias meets surprises with grace

Empowering students is interactive work. Veronica Arias encourages interaction with those she teaches in seminars. Arias works at Wesst empowering women and supporting business owners all over Chaves County. (Submitted Photo)

Veronica Arias loves Roswell. She grew up here, met the love of her life here, raised her children here and now she empowers people here.

Local youth excel at fair

Champion and Reserve Champion Meat Goats, Payton McCarty, 13, Kountry Kids 4-H, with sister, Riley Miller. (Submitted Photo)

For more results, photos and a wrap-up story on the Chaves County 4-H & FFA Fair, click here.

School supplies given today


The Community Volunteer Program headed by Johnny Gonzales will hold one a school supplies giveaway today.

Week Ahead


City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission workshop, 4 p.m., City Hall conference room, 425 N. Richardson Ave.

Those chiles they are a-roastin’

Customers line the front window at Albertson's on West Second Street with bushels of green chile waiting for their turn at the roaster, Saturday. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Invaders zap Cowboys 9-1; P Eric Gleese dominates Alpine lineup; Roswell to host first 2 games of title series

In this Aug. 1 photo, Roswell starter Eric Gleese pitches against the Trinidad Triggers at Joe Bauman Stadium. Gleese allowed one run on 11 hits, with a walk and four strikeouts, over 7 2/3 innings Saturday night in Alpine, Texas. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Starting pitcher Eric Gleese held the Cowboys at bay for almost eight innings Saturday night in Alpine, Texas, finally allowing a late run in a stellar playoff outing in a hostile road environment as the Invaders topped the Cowboys 9-1 and earned a berth in the Pecos League Championship Series.

The Invaders will host the first two games of the best-of-five series Monday and Tuesday night at Joe Bauman Stadium.
The Invaders offense returned to form after Friday night’s loss, where the Invaders were down big and only managed a solo homer in the ninth.
Roswell scored a run in the first, third and fifth innings while Gleese cut through the Cowboys. Kaohu Gaspar, who hit a grand slam in the Game 1 victory, hit a solo homer to open the game. Gaspar was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk.

Otto Gaif Eachus, Jr.


Otto Gaif Eachus, Jr., age 89, passed away on June 23, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico. Otto was born in Shell 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, Hi 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 lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Brenda Ruth Godfrey


Brenda Ruth Godfrey, 77, of Roswell, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017, at home surrounded by her family.
Brenda was born April 26, 1940, in Newton, Massachusetts, to John E. and Ruth (Pingree) Clarke. She graduated from Whitman High School in Whitman, MA. She worked for Plymouth-Home National Bank of Brockton, MA and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston before moving to Roswell in 1978. She then worked at Roswell State Bank and Hanson Operating Co., Inc.
In October of 1985, she married Jim Godfrey. Together they opened The Shopper in 1989. They owned and operated The Shopper Want Ad Paper, Mail Service & One-Hour Photo Lab until retiring in 2005.
Brenda was a past President of R.I.A.C. Sertoma Club and until recently served on the Board of the Wilson-Cobb History and Genealogy Research Library. She enjoyed reading, traveling and genealogy research. Brenda and Jim loved to travel and spoke often of their many amazing trips and the friends they made while traveling. She realized her lifelong dream of visiting China and Thailand.
Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, her loving stepfather, Robert L. Bellick, two very special grandmothers, Opie Tanner Gamble and Hazel Cook Pingree, brother, Ralph Bowen and sister, Linda Akusis.
Brenda is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Abby Hess and husband, Blaine, of Roswell, Jamie Houck and husband, Rodney, of Amarillo, TX, Jodie Garcia of Rio Rancho, NM, Jerie Schwab and husband, Mike, of Colorado; grandchildren, Camille, Larry and Gavin Hess, Taylor Goldston, Manuel, Gabriel and Ezekiel Garcia, Caden Schwab, Haylee Sheffler, and Natalee Prince; and sister-in-law, Melissa Bowen. Not to be left out is Wally, her beloved four-legged companion.
The family would like to thank Bonnie, Glynn, Anita, Lupe, Margarita, Kimberly, and Chaplin Tim with Kindred Hospice for their compassionate care of Brenda in her final days. Also, special thanks to Julie, Maria and Gladys for their assistance with the night time care.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider contributing in her memory to the Roswell Humane Society 703 E. McGaffey, Roswell, NM 88201.
A graveside service will be held Monday, August 7, 2017, at 11 a.m., at South Park Cemetery with Chaplain Tim Artlet of Kindred Hospice officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

Gloria E. Sais


Gloria E. Sais passed away at home on Sunday, July 30, 2017, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Roswell, NM, and resided in Albuquerque, NM. Gloria is preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Fred G. Sais. Parents Pete and Mary Perez; Sister Frances; Brother Pelon. Survived by sister Maryann; Brothers Joe, Robert; Daughters Kathy, Darlene; Sons Eric, Adam; 14 grandkids and nine great-grandkids.
SERVICE will be August 8, 2017 at 4 p.m. at New Beginnings Church, 3601 Montgomery Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
ADDITIONAL SERVICE will be August 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. at South Park Cemetery, Roswell, New Mexico.

Helen Bergmark


Helen Bergmark, 89, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017. Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.


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