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Ernesto Joseph Espinoza


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.

Elected leaders should stand with sportmen


Sportsmen and women in Chaves County and southeast New Mexico recently got steamrolled by the Chaves County Commission.

We shouldn’t degrade Roswell police


Wednesday’s letter from Flo Wells about the Roswell Police Department’s use of military equipment seems a little misdirected.

Invaders stay hot at home with series win; Roswell takes two close ones from Triggers; rubber match tonight at 7 p.m.

Roswell starting pitcher Darrell Thompson tosses one during the first inning of the Invaders’ 6-5 extra-innings win over the visiting Trinidad Triggers Tuesday at Joe Bauman Stadium. Thompson allowed four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks in five innings of work. (AJ Dickman Photo)
After receiving a laser-beam throw from catcher Jackson Pritchard, Invader infielder Caleb Patterson catches Trinidad’s Tim Henry (6) trying to steal second for the third out of the second inning Tuesday. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Roswell teacher brutalized, autopsy shows; Body found near Vaughn sustained head injuries 24 hours prior to discovery

Maria Aragon

Construction, closures and repairs, oh my!

Road crews work on South Wyoming Street Tuesday afternoon as part of efforts this week by the city of Roswell to repair portions of both Wyoming and East Country Club Road. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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.

Berrendo Cooperative water access problems attributed to leak


A leak in a water line is being blamed for widespread water problems experienced recently by members of the Berrendo Cooperative Water User Association.

Weather creates deathly dust storm


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.

Missing Corpus Christi hikers found dead near Carlsbad Caverns


The bodies of two missing hikers from Corpus Christi have been found by authorities near Carlsbad Caverns.

Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge hosts open house

Bitter Lake National Willdlife Refuge hosted an open house Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Redcoats Kim Vasquez, Hervey Gilliland, Rhonda Johnson, Yukie Ebara and Stacie Carroll. Also pictured, from left, are Friends of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Barbara Scheer, Floyd Truetken, Jimmy Masters, Jim Montgomery, Don Weld, Sue Briney and Steve Alvarez. (Submitted Photo)

Burglar gets away with $1,800 TV


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

Sylvester Raymond Harris


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


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


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


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.

Johnny Gamboa


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.

Learn how to make glass beads in free demos

Pictured is JavaFlame at a moble glass-blowing rig. She will be providing free demos this weekend. (Courtesy Photo)

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.

There’s still time to sign up for reading program


The Summer Reading Program is well underway and if you haven’t registered, there’s still plenty of time left to read.

More on Article VI of the Constitution


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.

Let’s get rid of SWAT truck


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.


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