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ENMU-Ruidoso president to retire


Clayton Alred, president of Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso, is retiring, ENMU president Steven Gamble has announced.
“I am sorry to see Dr. Alred depart,” Gamble said. “ENMU-Ruidoso is a stronger institution as a result of his seven-plus years of leadership. His successor will find that he or she has inherited a first-class community college. All of us in the ENMU system will miss Clayton Alred.”
Alred said, “Conventional wisdom instructs us to leave a position while you still love it. I have loved serving the Ruidoso campus and that affection will continue.”
Alred said family obligations were among the primary factors in his decision. He and wife, Catherine, will continue to reside in Ruidoso following retirement and plan to do some traveling.
Gamble said that Alred will remain as president until a successor is named.
Gamble is also retiring at the end of July. His successor, Jeff Elwell, a dean at the University of Tennessee at Chatanooga, has been hired for a three-year term.
The Eastern New Mexico University system includes a main campus in Portales and branch universities in Roswell and Ruidoso.

Road work in Eddy County


The New Mexico Department of Transportation will begin a project Monday to chip seal pavement on various roadways in Eddy County.
A District Two chip seal crew will begin work Monday along NM 357 near Artesia.
The NMDOT said drivers may encounter flaggers where work is being performed, as well as brief, intermittent lane closures.
Additional routes scheduled for chip seal work in Eddy County include NM 229, NM 360, NM 216, NM 524, NM 31 and NM 243.
Chip sealing is a surface treatment on the pavement in an effort to preserve the life of the pavement surface by sealing out moisture, which can cause damage to pavement.
The NMDOT asked drivers to please drive safely through work zones.
For up-to-date information on this project, go to nmroads.com.

Invaders take down Triggers 12-5; Kyle Peralta goes 2-for-3, Roswell scores 9 runs in 7th and 8th, win fifth straight

Roswell starting pitcher Mike Scimanico follows through on his delivery during the top of the second inning Friday. The right-hander went five innings, giving up two runs on three hits with five walks and six strikeouts. (AJ Dickman Photo)

ENMU-R tentatively plans $20.2 million in projects

The Child Development Center at ENMU-R is one building on campus designated at this time as needing a sprinkler system in coming years. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell is getting a jump on the future and asking the Board of Regents to approve a draft list of $20.2 million in capital projects through the year 2023.
ENMU-R, like other public universities, is required to submit capital project priorities to New Mexico Higher Education Department each year. These are projects that could be funded by general obligation bonds issued by the state in future years, if the Higher Education Department approves them.
ENMU-R administrators chose not to comment because the list and information are subject to change. Universities must present capital project funding requests at a June 28 hearing for them to become final.
However, ENMU-R is scheduled to ask approval for the tentative list at a Saturday afternoon meeting in Portales of the ENMU Board of Regents.
At this time, ENMU-R’s top priorities for 2018-19 are $2.5 million for sprinkler systems for three buildings on the campus and $5 million for renovation of a building used for automotive and welding programs. The three buildings identified in need of sprinkler systems by the state fire marshal, according to ENMU-R documents, are the Child Development Center, the Instructional Center and the Learning Resource Center.
For 2019-20, ENMU-R wants to repair its existing Physical Plant building at an estimated cost of $2 million. The following year, 2020-21, ENMU-R would like to create a new $2.5 million central, secure facility for university archives. The building would replace existing campus structures.
In 2021-22, the top priority is a $3 million upgrade of the campus electrical grid, originally created in 1940.
In 2022-23, the university plans to build a $5.2 million Physical Plant facility to replace the Quonset huts erected more than 50 years ago for the Walker Air Base. The university intends to pay 50 percent of the costs of the 14,350 square-foot steel building, according to university documents.
Voters approved state-issued bonds in November that provided funding for public university projects statewide. ENMU-R will receive $1 million for classroom upgrades and about $20,612 for library materials, equipment and online databases from those bonds.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Piecing together some peace at the library

Logan Shaw, 4, pictured left, studies the design to figure out where to place puzzle pieces, while his older brother, Riley Shaw, 6, looks for a spot to put his handful of pieces. Riley was so enthused with the library on a recent field trip with Valley View Elementary School, that he wanted to bring his younger brother to see what it was all about during the Summer Reading Program kickoff party Thursday afternoon. Also pictured are the boys' mother, Amie Shaw, right, and their grandmother, Donna Cameron, left. (Misty Choy Photo)

Beep, Beep, can you see me?

This male roadrunner showed up yesterday on the open fields behind the Roswell Elk's lodge on North Montana Avenue. (Christina Stock Photo)

Hagerman allows police to issue misdemeanor citations to some


A new ordinance has been approved unanimously by the town council of Hagerman allowing police officers the option of giving people misdemeanor citations for certain minor offenses rather than requiring them to appear in court.
“We didn’t have a very established penalty procedure,” said Hagerman Municipal Court Clerk Beverly West, “and this is just establishing it and giving officers an option of giving a citation in certain instances.”
West added, as language of the ordinance itself indicates, that the fines and rules are meant to “conform to the standards of surrounding communities,” such as Roswell and Artesia.
Prior to the ordinance, officers typically would issue a notice to appear in court on traffic. motor vehicle or other minor violations.
Now they can give the penalty assessment, which, if signed by the alleged offender, is an admission of guilt, according to the ordinance. Fines range from $25 to $450, plus court fees, and payment must be made within 30 days. The penalty assessments cannot be used for alleged violations thought to have resulted in or contributed to an accident with injuries.
West and other city officials said that the measure was not an attempt to increase revenues for the city. They said that no written or oral comments opposing the ordinance were received.
The new law is expected to take effect June 9.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Cellphone and private cards 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.

Local man arrested, now involved in three criminal cases


A Roswell man charged with a slew of offenses in two criminal cases in Chaves County and Otero County has been arrested on a warrant issued by Lincoln County for allegedly receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, in addition to other charges.
David Roy Gomez, 45, of South Stanton Avenue, was arrested Wednesday by Roswell Police Department officers for a warrant issued by a Lincoln County judge regarding a magistrate court case filed May 1.
That case alleges that Gomez was involved in a transaction of a stolen vehicle, a third-degree felony. He also is charged with two other felonies in that case, including fleeing a police officer and possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon. Five misdemeanors have also been filed against him. Details about the charges were not available by press time.
As of Thursday morning, Gomez was being detained at the Chaves County Detention Center, with bonds set at $27,000.
He also is in the midst of at least two other criminal cases in New Mexico.
A case originally filed Jan. 20 in Chaves County Magistrate Court accuses him of six felonies, including unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
In that instance, a criminal complaint filed with the court indicated that a woman told police that he had jumped into her car, which she had left running for a moment. Gomez allegedly drove off in the vehicle to leave a situation involving people a few doors down from the woman who had called police and asked Gomez to wait for the police to arrive.
That case was ordered transferred to the Fifth Judicial District Court of Chaves County on April 20 after a question involving Gomez’s ability to stand trial was raised.
Gomez has entered pleas of not guilty to charges in Otero County Magistrate Court, in which he was released after posting bond. In that case, filed Jan. 17, he is charged with four crimes, including aggravated DWI and embezzlement of a motor vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the Otero County case, New Mexico State Police officers stopped Gomez and a passenger for using a vehicle that had been reported stolen, although they told officers that they had the owner’s permission to use the vehicle.
Calls to public defenders representing Gomez were not returned by press time.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Invaders walk off against Triggers; Kyle Peralta drives in tying run in ninth before Bobby Webb scores on wild pitch

Roswell catcher Zach Migliozzi belts a homer over the left-field fence in the bottom of the third inning Thursday during the Invaders series-opening win over the visiting Trinidad Triggers. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Roswell Invaders left-fielder Kyle Peralta was in a tough spot down 0-2 with two outs and his team down by one in the bottom of the ninth Thursday. His night was less than stellar, going 1-for-5, but that didn’t matter as he battled back to a full-count, fouled a few more off, then singled in the tying run.
A wild pitch from Trinidad sealed the deal, as Roswell third baseman Bobby Webb scampered home and the Invaders opened a four-game series against the Triggers with a 10-9 walk-off win at Joe Bauman Stadium.
The Invaders (5-3) scored six runs through the first six innings, but the offense dissipated and the visitors scored three in the eighth to take a 9-6 lead.
Conner Comacho took the mound to get the Invaders out of the eighth and Toby Eigner kept the Triggers (5-3) off the board in the final frame.
The Roswell rally started with singles from Joel Garza, Julian Bilodeau and Tobias Moreno — the last of which scored Garza to make in 9-7 with no outs.
After the first out, the Trinidad intentionally walked Kaohu Gaspar, a questionable decision considering the hard-hitting Webb was on deck.
Webb hit into a fielder’s choice, but pushed Moreno across the plate to reduce the deficit to a single run. Then came Peralta’s big at bat and the ensuing wild pitch that won the game for the ‘Vaders.
Webb had another good night at the Joe — he went 6-for-6 with five RBIs in Tuesday’s home opener — going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two walks.
Catcher Zach Migliozzi went 2-for-4, including a solo homer in the third inning. Moreno was 3-for-6 with two RBIs, Gaspar was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk and Garza went 2-for-2 with a run scored.
The Invaders continue their five-game homestand tonight at 7 p.m. for the second of four games against the Triggers.

Robert Byron Blakestad


There will be a memorial service honoring the life of Robert Byron Blakestad, a longtime Hondo and Roswell resident, at the First Baptist Church of Tinnie, in Tinnie, NM, at 1 p.m., on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Please come and join us in remembering our beloved father, grandfather and friend.

Therapy dogs keep seniors busy

Marilyn Cozzens with one of her therapy dogs, Chocolate. (Submitted Photo)

Chocolate, appropriately named, is a 12-1/2 year-old chocolate lab/chow mix who has been a certified therapy dog since May 2016, thanks to her owner, Marilyn Cozzens.
“She was rescued from the pound when she was 11 months old,” said Cozzens. “In the year she was certified, she made 54 visits to such places as Senior Circle, the Alzheimer’s unit at Brookdale and Casa Maria.”
Cozzens has two other therapy dogs, Tango, a male golden retriever who is 9 years old, and Jetta, a black lab who is 7.
When asked why, she said, “I wanted something to do for my dogs and for seniors. This way, I get to spend quality time with my dogs and share love and comfort and joy with people.”

Rootbeer floats for summer kickoff

The Roswell Public Library held a kickoff party for its Summer Reading Program on Thursday afternoon, giving out rootbeer floats and a bright orange bag to hold books for those who donated canned goods and signed up. These siblings were on their way out the door with their selection of books to kickstart their summer reading. Pictured standing, from left, are Samara Collins, 11; Dyami Collins, 8; Dezmond Collins, 12; and Nathaniel Quintero, 11; twin siblings in the strollers are, from left, Zariah and Zanaida Collins, both 1 year old. The Summer Reading Program is open all summer long. (Misty Choy Photo)

Hagerman High School student receives highest agricultural honor

Hagerman High School FFA member Justin Armstrong in his FFA jacket. (Submitted Photo)

Justin Armstrong was recently presented Hagerman High School’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. He is the son of Chet and Todie Armstrong.
Armstrong, who was the salutatorian of his graduating class, received the award for his excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. His significant experiences and accomplishments have included serving as chapter president, earning his state FFA degree and winning numerous career development event honors.
As the winner of the award, his name will be recorded on a permanent plaque, which will be displayed at the high school.
Armstrong plans to attend New Mexico State University and major in agricultural and extension education.
Codi Montes-Dennis is Armstrong’s agricultural education instructor at Hagerman High School.
The award is sponsored by Monsanto Company, a long-time supporter of agricultural education, FFA, 4-H and other farm youth organizations and initiatives. The company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.
The DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 70th anniversary, during which time over 168,000 high school seniors from across America have received the award.

Owls focus of art exhibition in ABQ


Ongoing until Sept. 25
Owls in the Land of Enchantment
Revered and feared in folklore, owls are found throughout New Mexico. From open desert to mountain forest, these powerful hunters have evolved extraordinary senses to pinpoint their prey. For a limited engagement, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, reveals this world in the Owls in the Land of Enchantment exhibition. For more information, call 505-841-2800.

Hanging out at the zoo

Children watch a Coatimundi explore its exhibit Wednesday at the Spring River Park and Zoo, 1306 E. College Blvd. Pictured, from left, are Nathaniel Teran, 12, Vincente Teran, 4, Antonio Teran, 2, Elena Teran, 7, and Lovella Jasso, 4. The Spring River Park and Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is closed every Tuesday. (Katy Ross Photo)
Two Coatimundis play at the Spring River Park and Zoo Wednesday. Coatimundis, which are related to racoons, inhabit forests in Central and South America. They can vary in color from reddish-brown to gray to black. (Katy Ross Photo)

Trial set over chainsaw incident


A Roswell man indicted for threatening two women with a chainsaw is scheduled for a jury trial Friday.
Miguel Carrasco, 46, has entered pleas of not guilty to two fourth-degree felony counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The charges arise from an incident in February 2016.
A jury trial before Judge Kea Riggs of Fifth Judicial District Court of Chaves County in Roswell is set for Friday morning. Several previous trial dates in 2016 and in 2017 were rescheduled.
According to a criminal complaint, Roswell Police Department officers state that Carrasco hosted a party Feb. 22, 2016, attended by several people, including two women and a man who was staying at Carrasco’s residence. The women told police that they were drinking beer, singing karaoke and talking when they decided to leave the room where Carrasco was and join the other man in a different room.
While talking with the other man, the women allegedly told a police officer, they heard the sound of a chainsaw being powered up. Carrasco then entered the room and allegedly began pointing and then thrusting the chainsaw at the women’s feet and stomachs and, according to one of the women, chasing them around a kitchen table as they tried to leave the residence.
The women were able to escape Carrasco’s home, the report indicates, but police allege that they said that they had been in fear of being hurt or possibly losing their lives during the incident. Police indicated that they later found a chainsaw in Carrasco’s home during a search of the premises.
The public defender representing Carrasco did not respond for comment by press time.
According to court records, an arrest warrant was issued for Carrasco on March 3, 2016, and a Chaves County grand jury indictment against him was handed down a few weeks later on March 31. Carrasco was incarcerated for a time, but released after posting a $10,000 bond, court records indicate.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Friday DownTown Market kicks off this Friday


MainStreet Roswell is holding its first Friday DownTown Market on Friday. There will be live music, art, food and shopping specials.
This Friday Main Street Merchants celebrate Pet Adoption Awareness. They invited the Roswell Humane Society, Friends of Roswell Animals, From Forgotten to Forever Pet Rescue, and the Hagerman Township Animal Shelter to be on hand. The groups will bring pets to adopt if they can. There will be pet adoption information available. Many of the merchants are offering discounts for donations of pet food to be given to the animal groups attending the event.
Stop by Reischman Park from 5-8 p.m. to enjoy the original music of Marie Manning and the Escape.
Belle and Maurice, from Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company’s musical production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be singing in honor of Father’s Day. Be sure to stop by for selfies with Belle and then post them at #wwobbeautyandthebeast. Performances will be at 5 p.m. at Tacosa Office Supplies (321 N. Main St.) and at 6 p.m. at Main Street Arts/The Gallery (233 N. Main St.).

RISD offers Seamless Summer Food Program


The Roswell Independent School District announced its sponsorship of the USDA Food Program, Seamless Summer Food Program. Persons interested in receiving more information should contact the food service director, Lyman Graham, at 300 N. Kentucky Ave., or by phone at 575-637-3339.
Lunches will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roswell Industrial Air Center/Base Pool; at Alice Reischman-Smith Park, which is also at the RIAC; Cahoon Park; Fifth Street Park; Carpenter Park; Poe Corn Park; Spring River Park; the Adult Center and the Boys and Girls Club. The Adult Center and the Boys and Girls Club will also offer breakfast at 8 a.m.
The New Mexico School Nutrition Association has awarded Healthy Kids Chaves County the Friendship Award. Paula Camp, Becky Joyce and Tamara Fresquez with Healthy Kids Chaves County have greatly supported the students of Roswell by teaming up with us to promote healthy eating, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy Kids Chaves County heads up fruit and vegetable tasting in the schools throughout the year. The Healthy Kids Chaves County team is also assisting in updating local wellness policies in Chaves County. In the summer, Healthy Kids Chaves County sponsor and conduct special activities at each summer lunch site for the summer months.
The award was also given to Chris Brooks and The Hobbit of 94.9 the Country Giant. The radio personalities support the students of Roswell by providing awareness to our programs, positive support to our food services by having cafeteria representatives as guests on their morning show and posting information and schedules to their web site.
Michelle Jerome was awarded manager of the year. For the past three years, Jerome has managed the Berrendo Middle School Cafeteria. She has increased participation by trying new recipes, conducting taste testing and getting to know the students and their likes and dislikes.
“Dedicated cafeteria manager’s work tirelessly to support initiatives to ensure students have access to healthy meals and improve their dining experience,” said Lyman Graham, Director of Food Services for the RISD.

Three charged with battering officer


Three people have been charged with assaulting a police officer after a traffic stop Saturday in Ruidoso.
The Ruidoso Police Department said officer Robert Rushton initiated a traffic stop Saturday after he observed a pickup speeding on U.S. Route 70. During the course of the traffic stop, police said Rushton requested a current registration and insurance for the vehicle, which police said was displaying a temporary tag.
“After a disagreement about the validity of the temporary tag was raised, there was an altercation that ensued,” the Ruidoso Police Department said in a news release issued Wednesday.
Police said Raymond Fajardo, 60, Larry Thompson, 51, and Michael Wilson, 38, were arrested at the scene. Each of them was charged with battery on a peace officer, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, and tampering with evidence.
Fajardo, Thompson and Wilson were transported to the Ruidoso Police Department where they each posted $5,000 cash or surety bonds and were released.
Police said the driver of the vehicle was cited with speeding.


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