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Robert Jack Payne


Robert Jack Payne, age 86, was born in Equality, Ill., 1-18-1931. He passed away in Roswell, NM, 6-11-17.
Survived by loving wife of 56 years. Mary L. Payne and two grown daughters, Mary E. Langlois and Victoria A. Mendez, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Kobe Hibachi Grill & Sushi Bar


Kobe Hibachi Grill & Sushi Bar headed by Chris Liao offers up something very unique in the city of Roswell and it’s safe to say they already have a fan base. Mr. Liao is only one of a few hands-on owners who specialize in sushi, Hibachi, hospitality & management respectively. The most senior owner has around 15 years in the business and knows their way around a Hibachi grill.

The restaurant boasts an impressive 10 Hibachi grills, surrounded by 5 stations with a Japanese, a Thai and a Chinese chef at the helm supplying the taste, as well as the experience. Kobe also has seating at the sushi bar and seating in the dining area if you prefer a little more privacy.

Just like the Hibachi menu, Kobe has a sushi menu that holds a very strong presence which is very approachable but just as daring. Everything from Unagi (eel), for the novices, to Ikura (salmon roe), for the fish lovers, is served and come in a variety of styles.

Of course, traditional sushi styles like rolls, sashimi, nigiri and temaki are staples here but Kobe also offers unique sushi fare like the Crazy Monkey Roll: fried banana, sticky rice, avocado, cucumber, soy paper and a fresh banana which is slightly caramelized and served with a tangy, sweet sauce with whipped cream. If you’ve never had sushi for dessert, the unique Crazy Monkey Roll is highly recommended. There are around 50 different rolls, 15 sushi specials and 5 sushi combos expertly crafted in a countless number of styles. It’s good to know that the tuna and salmon is some of the freshest in town as well.

An assortment of fish, shellfish, steak, salmon, scallops, lobster, chicken and shrimp can be had at any one of the Hibachi grills. In addition, tempuras, soups, salads, appetizers, a selection of noodles and Chinese style fried rice.

Kobe also does lunch in a very Japanese way: the traditional bento box. Teriyaki chicken, beef and salmon are the gold standards but shrimp tempura, sashimi and chicken katsu are offered as well. The bento box lunch is served with miso soup, vegetable tempura, 4 pieces of California roll, edamame and rice, all within a bento box. There’s also daily lunch specials served Monday through Thursday for $8.25. Shrimp on Monday, Teriyaki Beef on Tuesday, Salmon on Wednesday and Chicken on Thursday.

As if that wasn’t enough, Kobe has something else for your seafood craving. Lobster, snow crab, whole shrimp, craw fish, clams, mussels and sausage boils are all sold by the half and full pound. The flavor is there as Kobe constructs their own classic, Cajun taste profiles. Each boil can come in your choice of original Cajun style, garlic butter or lemon pepper seasoning with adjustable levels of piquancy. Also, chicken wings just in case you want chicken wings.

Kobe Steak House & Sushi Bar serves beer, red wine, white wine and premium sake. The first round of sake bombs are on the house Monday through Thursday to go with your evening karaoke. Kobe hosts’ birthdays (w/ cheesecake), company lunch meetings and dinner parties of 15-20 so long as they’re notified in the morning the same day to allow for proper accommodations.

If you want dinner and a show, or just something good to eat, Kobe’s focus is to serve you outstanding Japanese cuisine and share their authentic Hibachi cooking culture and sushi expertise with you.

Kobe Hibachi Grill
& Sushi Bar

1000 W 2nd St. Roswell
(575) 208-0241

Lunch – Everyday: 11AM to 2:30PM
Dinner – Mon. – Thur.: 5PM to 9:30PM
Friday: 5PM to 10:30PM
Saturday: 2:30PM to 10:30PM
Sunday: 2:30PM to 9PM

County approves new sales tax; Commissioners vote to add 8.3 cents to every $100 of taxable goods

County commissioners discuss a new county sales tax that could take effect in January, if not rescinded beforehand. All four commissioners who attended the meeting voted to approve the tax, which will add 8.3 cents to every $100 of taxable goods and services purchased. From left are T. Calder Ezzell, Will Cavin and Chair Robert Corn. Commissioner Jeff Bilberry is not shown in the photo. Commissioner James Duffey did not attend the meeting. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

With no opposition voiced during a public hearing, four county commissioners voted Thursday to approve a new sales tax.

Even SWAT trucks need fixin’ sometimes

A mechanic does on-the-spot repairing to the SWAT team’s armored vehicle at the corner of Fifth and Main Street Thursday afternoon. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

The Roswell Police Department’s SWAT vehicle came to a standstill at the corner of Main and Fifth streets at about 3 p.m., Thursday.

Roswell aliens inspire board game

Local game designer and owner of WildBird Games, Matt Bromley, is explaining the rules of his new game, “RoswAliens & the Mothership” at Stellar Coffee Company. The game will be released at the upcoming UFO Festival. The goal of the game is for the four players to get to the mothership and bring technology back to one’s hometown without running into an alien and getting abducted. All towns are in New Mexico and connected to science or the UFO phenomena, including Roswell. For more information about WildBird Games, other games and test parties, visit wildbirdgames.com. (Christina Stock Photo)

Man sets fire to home due to fear of supernatural


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

DWI arrests in Chaves County


Local law enforcement agencies have provided the following information. All people are presumed innocent.

Dollhouses entertain all ages

Marifrank DaHarb, director of ENMMC’s Senior Circle, is working with Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum. This German kitchen was made by the late Jack and Lannie Dunham while in Germany, shortly after Jack graduated from West Point. (Submitted Photo)

People think of dollhouses when they hear “miniatures,” with dads making dollhouses for their daughters. But dollhouses go back some 400 years and were decorated by wealthy Europeans.

National automotive competition

Students competing next week in the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky, are Fabian Gomez, front left; Pablo Renteria, back row, second from left; and Elier Renova Rojo, second row, right. The students are shown with their ENMU-R SkillsUSA advisors, Eric Gomez, Automotive Technology Director, back row, left, and Caleb Cain, HVAC-R instructor, front row, right. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Three Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell students in the Automotive Technology program will compete next week in the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky, having won first in their categories in state competitions held in Albuquerque in March.

One more time for Lindsey; Good turnout expected for good cause at last Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids Saturday

Zay Becknal, left, takes on Ben Thomas at last year’s Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids at Alien City Dragway. Alien City track manager Rick Callaway said Saturday’s event will be the last “Lindsey Race” and hopes the community will come out to support a good cause and enjoy some good racing. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Transmission lines get an upgrade

Crews working for SPS, or Southern Public Service Co., a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, are seen working Tuesday morning on the upgrade of transmission lines at the northeast corner of Main Street and Pine Lodge Road. This project entails upgrading the lines from 69,000 volts to 115,000 volts and is part of a larger upgrade for the city. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Charles Lewis Thompson (Chuck)


Charles Lewis Thompson (Chuck) following a valiant but short fight with cancer, passed away June 14, 2017 with loving family members by his side. Chuck was born June 18, 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico to Captain Robert Dan Thompson Jr. and Jane Lewis Thompson. God had special plans for Chuck from the beginning. Chuck was the baby of the Thompson family. His mission in life was to love and be loved.
A memorial service will be held, Monday, June 19, 2017, 11 a.m. at the New Mexico Military Institute Chapel. Friends and family are invited to a reception at JRT Hall from 10 to 11 a.m. preceding the memorial service.
Early childhood days found Chuck and his siblings, cousins, and friends enjoying a free-spirited life, learning and discovering life mysteries on the Lewis/Thompson ranch north of Roswell. High school days found Chuck as a young cadet at New Mexico Military Institute, graduating from high school in 1967 and then attending college one year. With the Vietnam War in full force Chuck chose to join the Navy.
A big old ranch boy named Doggie was sent halfway around the world to be stationed in Japan. This is where his travel adventures began. Following his tour in Japan, Chuck’s next assignment was with a special Naval unit assigned to the South Pole. His adventures he shared with nephews were the best stories ever. The favorite one was demonstrating how the penguins counted their eggs all day, every day.
Once his Naval career was completed Chuck returned to Texas, living in Lubbock close to older brother Bob and his family. Chuck graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in business. Trying out several different job options Chuck found his perfect match with KOBR TV for 27 years. Chuck’s position as account executive allowed him to be out and about seeing different people daily, and of course with his charm “sell, baby sell” Over the years Chuck received special recognition for outstanding sales achievement.
Chuck’s position allowed him to focus on the important things in life rather than helping with the dishes. Finding Chuck in a room full of people was always easy. All one had to do was listen for grand laughter, see someone getting a huge Chuck hug, or observe who was on the dance floor first. Chuck was loving and loyal to his friends. Realizing having nephews to play with and their toys you could enjoy, Chuck’s heart told him there was room for some females. His first opportunity to expand “His” family was becoming Godfather for Meryl McNally. As time moved on two beautiful young women, Whitney and Alexandre Harrell became his “heart” daughters. The joys and challenges shared with these special ones made Chuck’s life complete
Charles Lewis Thompson is survived by his sister Janet (Jim) Miles of Denver, Colorado, sister-in-law Ann Armistead Thompson of Lubbock, Texas: nephews Chad Miles of San Rafael, California, Dan Thompson (Rhonda) of Fort Worth, Texas and Jesse D. Thompson of Temple, Texas. His extended loving family includes cousins that were always important his life.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Lt. Robert Dan Thompson Jr., and mother Jane Lewis Thompson; maternal grandparents Charles (Florence) Lewis; paternal grandparents Robert Dan Thompson and Mamie Burnam; brother Robert Dan Thompson III; and nephews James Miles.
We would especially like to thank all of Chuck’s family and friends who have been so attentive, loving, and caring during Chuck’s final journey, In lieu of flowers please select your favorite charity for memorials.
Chuck, your life’s mission was well done. You have loved and been loved. We will miss you.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

Martha Lee Sparks


Martha Lee Sparks, age 91, of Roswell passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Third St. in Roswell. Pastor Larry Sydow will be officiating.
Martha was born on July 10, 1925 to Joe and Helen Taylor Bowers in Wichita Falls, Texas. She worked in real estate for several years and enjoyed many past times; playing bridge with her group of friends, traveling when she could, ceramics, but her most loved was spending time with her family. Martha was involved with The Red Hat Society, Newcomers (serving as vice president and as president), Senior Circle, as well as volunteering at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for five years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and her son Harold Ray Killgo.
She is survived by four grandchildren: Starla Nunez and her husband Henry of Roswell, NM, Michael Killgo and his wife Kathryn of Pampa, TX, Tobi Savell and Fiance Steve Owens of Hobbs, NM, Heidi Killgo of Coeur d’alene, ID; 11 great-grandchildren: Trevor, Taryn, Mitchell, Collin, Shalyn, Kenzie, Jarron, Jordan, Alexa, Tahny, Gabriel; four great-great-grandchildren: Liam, Lathyn, Jaxx, and Paxtyn.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Sergio Alexander Salas


Sergio Alexander Salas, age 30, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Roswell N.M. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017, 6 p.m., at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. A tribute of Sergio’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On October 21, 1986, Sergio was born to Sergio M. Salas and Sheryl L. Cooper. Sergio attended one year at NMMI, then went to the Youth ChalleNGe Academy. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Army. He was a 3rd Infantry and then Army Rangers. He had total of three tours overseas. He was recognized with many awards and metals during his enlistment. He then started work as a welder for the local oil rigs. He was always learning new things. He was kind hearted and always lent a helping hand. He attended Assumption of Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Sergio is survived by his daughter Avalynn J. (Salas) Bustamante; parents: Sheryl (Mince) Cooper, Sergio Salas, ex-wife, Rosa Salas; siblings: Arthur Lacey and his four children, Karina Sandoval, her husband and three children, and youngest brother Thomas Salas: grandparents; Thomas Salas, Lucy Brady and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Sergio is preceded in death by his sister, Alencia “Lindsey” Trejo and grandparents: Micaela Salas and Jimmy Mince.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

Esther Chico


Esther Chico passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10 a.m., at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. Interment will follow service at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Esther’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On August 2, 1954, Esther was born to Victor De La Cruz and Josephine Ferreira in Roswell, NM. Esther graduated from high school and later married. She was a housewife who enjoyed tending to her family. Esther was a devoted and loving wife, sister and friend. Esther will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Those left to cherish Esther’s memory are her sisters: Patricia Flores and husband, Martin Flores of Albuquerque, NM, and Mary Helen Martinez of Roswell, NM.
Preceding Esther in death are her husband, Jesus Chico; parents: Victor De La Cruz Sr, Josephine De La Cruz; brothers: Victor De La Cruz Jr of Roswell, NM, Ray De La Cruz of Roswell, NM; sister, and Rachel Gomez of Albuquerque, NM.

Rose Ann Montoya


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Rose Ann Montoya, 66, who passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Kymera Independent Physicians


Dr. Masoud Khorsand, a Roswell resident and physician, began providing superior quality care to the community in 1998 when he opened his doors as South Eastern New Mexico Internal Medicine, Hematology & Oncology, providing cancer treatments and care for patients with blood disorders. By 2004, he had opened a cancer center in Carlsbad and in 2006, a cancer center in Hobbs. Then in July 2008, the opportunity arose to expand into a full multi-specialty medical group, resulting in a name change to ‘Kymera Independent Physicians’. Kymera provides Southeastern New Mexico with multidisciplinary medical care in the areas of Primary Care, Endocrinology, Hematology, Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology both Invasive and Interventional, Rheumatology and state-of-the-art laboratory and Radiology services. The group employs approximately 150 staff members working with 16 providers in these communities. Kymera believes that the need for quality and timely healthcare is a prime concern for the residents in our community and will continue to expand our services to meet these needs.

Primary Care
Kymera Primary Care Centers are expanding to meet the medical needs of the communities we serve. This team is made up of superior physicians and mid-level practitioners with high levels of clinical expertise providing timely care for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.

Kymera provides much needed endocrinology care to include diagnosis, controlling and monitoring diabetes, thyroid disorders and other glandular diseases. The emphasis is placed on disease awareness and education on management of certain endocrine disorders by our endocrinology team including a physician, a nurse practitioner and well trained medical assistants.

Hematology/ Oncology (Blood/ Cancer Disease)
At Kymera Cancer Treatment Centers, we understand that a cancer diagnosis affects all aspects of your life including family, home and careers. Our patients appreciate the comfort and security of being able to stay home, continue to work and be with their family during treatment. Our board certified Hematologists and Oncologists provide trusted up-to-date cancer care utilizing evidence based treatment modalities which have been shown to improve patient outcomes. They accommodate patients in a timely fashion, facilitate second opinions and coordinate care with nationally recognized cancer facilities.

Kymera provides both Invasive and Interventional Cardiology services in-clinic and coverage at both hospitals in Roswell. Kymera’s Board Certified Cardiologist uses the latest technology and knowledge to increase patient outcomes once heart disease is detected and requires treatment.

Board Certified Neurologists provide access to care for patients in Southeastern New Mexico suffering from neurological disorders ranging from headache to seizures. Providing quality treatment enhances day-to-day functionality for patients which leads to improvement in the quality of life and performance in activities of daily living. Using the latest in diagnostic modalities of drug therapy and technology, our Neurologist can help patients obtain a higher standard of living.

The Rheumatology team is made up of a Board Certified Physician and a Physician Assistant with specialized Rheumatology training. Striving to stay abreast of the latest advances in medical management of Rheumatological and Auto-Immune disorders, the team goal is to limit and control the destruction of joints and immune system function, decrease severity and or frequency of pain and increase the quality of life for patients stricken with these diseases.

Laboratory & Radiology
The staff of Kymera’s Laboratory and Radiology departments is professional and service oriented. They understand that quality and timely diagnostic information is vital to good medical care.

To facilitate patients, the registration process is minimal, convenient hours (7:30AM – 4:30PM Monday – Thursday and 7:30AM – 12PM Friday) are offered and our facility is wheelchair accessible. The technologically advanced equipment is new and operated by skilled technicians. Radiology includes Digital X-ray, Dexascan for Bone Density Ultra-Sound, Echo, Nuclear Medicine, CT and PET/CT.

Kymera Independent Physicians Multidisciplinary
400 Military Heights Place
(575) 627-9500

Kymera Cancer Treatment Center
407 W Country Club Road
(575) 627-9110

Roswell MVD doubles occupancy limit; Action taken ‘shortley’ after Tuesday’s fuss

The MVD was described as over capacitated Tuesday and left many people waiting outside in the heat. (Submitted Photo)

2 killed after plane takes off in Ruidoso


RUIDOSO — Authorities say two people are dead after their twin-engine aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Sierra Blanca Regional Airport Tuesday night.

Grace Community Church fosters many ministries

Pastor Rick Hale and Ron Biggers discuss the painting done by Kim Wiggins for Grace Community Churches tenth year anniversary. The picture depicts many of the events and ministries that the church sponsors and is titled Ten Years of Grace. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Grace Community Church strives to live up to its name. Pastor Rick Hale says the church’s philosophy is a bit different than most.


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