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Cole excited to return to RISD Monday; He starts next week as assistant superintendent of finance and operations


69-year-old Roswell man charged with 73 counts of child sexual exploitation


Congressman shot during exhibition baseball practice

In this March 8, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Scalise was shot Wednesday, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., congressional officials say. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership, was shot Wednesday along with several others during a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Aces take 11U state title!

The Roswell Aces 11-and-under AA baseball team won the 2017 USSSA New Mexico State Championship in Rio Rancho over the weekend, going a perfect 5-0 while scoring an average of 15.2 runs per game and allowing just 3.40. The Aces topped the Albuquerque Diamond Kings 11-1 to take the crown. Pictured, from left (top): Coaches Kyle Stokes, Kyle Gilbert, Aaron Bogle and Chad Holloway. Middle: Eli Lynn, Bryce Sanchez, Isaac Loya, Luke Bogle, Ivan Miramontes and Hector Salvarrey. Bottom: Noah Lynn, Richard Gonzales, Cinco Holloway and Ross Stokes. Not pictured: Coach Mel Licon. (Submitted Photo)

Invaders go 4-1 during five-game homestand

Roswell second baseman Bobby Webb, right, tosses the ball to shortstop Julian Bilodeau to record an out early in the Invaders’ 4-1 loss to Garden City Wednesday at the Joe. (AJ Dickman Photo)
Invaders starting pitcher David Johnson leads campers in stretching exercises Wednesday morning at Joe Bauman Stadium during the second of three Invaders Kids Camps. The final camp is scheduled for June 21 at 10 a.m. For more info, visit roswellinvaders.com. (David Rocha Photo)

Real estate broker starts new storage business

AG Services Construction Inc. is doing site preparation work on the North Sycamore Avenue property that will be the location of Sycamore Storage. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)
Larry Fresquez and his wife are heading up a partnership that has purchased 15 acres on the northwest side of Roswell and has started construction on Sycamore Storage. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

No injuries reported at accident Tuesday

Debris is scattered at the corner of North Main Street and East 23rd Street after an collision between two vehicles at about 1 p.m Tuesday. No injuries were reported. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Jerry Clifford Plattor


A Memorial and Celebration of Life service will be held for Jerry Clifford Plattor on Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. at the first Presbyterian Church, Fourth and Grand Avenue, Artesia, N.M. with Reverend Dan Phelps officiating, assisted by Bishop William Hutchinson.
Jerry died in the loving arms of his wife, Rita Sue (Caudle) Plattor, son J.J., and caretakers at his bedside on June 12, 2017.
Jerry graduated from Artesia High School in 1957. He attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1957 – 1958, Baylor University from 1958 – 1959 and University of New Mexico 1959 – 1960.
Jerry and Rita married June 12, 1960 at the First Presbyterian Church in Artesia, N.M. They resided in Roswell, N.M. where Jerry operated “Will Travel Drive-In” until 1963. Moving to Midland, T.X. they opened Cliff’s Cafeteria, which they operated until September 1964. Upon his father’s death they moved to Alamogordo, N.M. to help his mother run their Cliff’s Cafeteria. In 1966 they purchased Town House in Artesia and operated it until it was sold December 31, 1986. At that time Jerry attended Denver Floral Design School, graduating top in his class, Jerry and Rita then purchased and remodeled the house at 1010 West Main Street and opened Love Bud Floral and Gifts on March 15, 1987.
Jerry is survived by his wife Rita; daughter Shelly Sue Lachmann and husband Ken and grandson Austin of Cape Coral, F.L.; son Jerry Clifford Plattor Jr. (J.J.) and his wife Kathy and grandsons Jerry Clifford III (J.C.) and wife Brittnie and great-granddaughter Brynn Everly all of Round Rock, T.X., grandson Dustin Plattor and wife Taylor and soon-to-be great-grandson Kase Ryan of Lubbock, T.X., grandson Kyle Plattor of Marietta, G.A.; also foreign exchange student Jonas Plitt of Ashville, N.C. and loving friend Shannon Gomez of Artesia as will as caregivers Helen Aguilar, Karla Guerrero and Norma Renteria.
He was preceded in death by his parents Cliff and Oleta Plattor.
Honorary pallbearers wil be his grandsons J.C., Dustin, Kyle, Austin and Jerry Butts, Bill Gray, Jessie Hilliard and Howard Morton.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1492, Artesia, N.M. 88211, Joe Arrington Cancer Center c/o Chorus of Angels, 4101 22nd Place, Lubbock, T.X. 79410, Lakeview Hospice, 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad, N.M. 88220 or your favorite charity.
Graveside burial will be at 11 a.m. at Woodbine Cemetery.

Virginia C. Brewer


Virginia C. Brewer, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, entered heaven on June 11, 2017. Virginia was born in Roswell, New Mexico on December 14, 1926. Faith and family describe Virginia.
She enjoyed life on the family farms, helping with church activities and raising children. After high school graduation, she attended Business-Secretarial School. She was a secretary at the German Prisoners of War at Walker Air Force Base. Virginia met and married Sidney Brewer in Roswell, NM on October 17, 1947. They worked hard to provide a home and education for their children.
Virginia is survived by her children: Peggy Brewer of Roswell, New Mexico; Ann Daniels and husband, Michael of Carlsbad, NM; Robert Brewer of Hagerman, NM; Helen Henderson and husband, Forrest of Flying H, NM; Jane Blakeley and husband, Steve of Portales, NM; Linda Shirley and husband, Steve of Tucumcari, NM; Bill Brewer and wife, Sandra of Roswell, NM; four grandchildren, James Brewer, Patrick Brewer, Stevanna Shirley, and Nicole Henderson; one sister, Marcine McDaniel and husband, Clayton; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Sidney; her parents, Jacob and Anna Schmid; brothers, Hans Schmid, Charles Schmid, Herbert Schmid, Heine Schmid and Roy Schmid; sisters, Helen Marshall, Mary DeBorde and Elizabeth Schmid; and infant son, James S. Brewer.
The services will be held at South Park Cemetery on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. with Father Andrew Miles, of Immaculate Conception Church, conducting the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the religious education programs at the Immaculate Conception Church at 400 W. 6th, Dexter, NM 88230, St. Peter’s Church at 111 E. Deming, Roswell, NM 88201 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital at P. O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Ana Arnett, the staff of Comfort Keepers, Casa Maria, Kindred Hospice, and Sarah.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

My Mother’s Garden
Author Unknown
My Mother grew a garden,
a garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
that gave my life it’s start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem…
And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected from me.

Elven Nevonia (Watters) Parker


Elven Nevonia (Watters) Parker, age 83, of Roswell, NM, passed away Saturday June 10, 2017. She will lie in state 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Friday, June 16, 2017 at Ware Tabernacle Baptist Church, 900 East Deming Street in Roswell. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Reverend Dr. Richard Gorham, Pastor of Ware Tabernacle Baptist Church of Roswell, NM and Reverend Rufus O. Watters, Jr. of New Light Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas will be officiating.
Elven Nevonia Watters was born September 18, 1933 to L.V. Watters and Lois Vivian Crenshaw Watters in a rural area of Austin, Texas. She accepted Christ at an early age while the family was in Round Rock, Texas. They later moved to Levelland, Texas. She is proceeding in death by her parents and siblings, brothers Rufus O’Neal Watters Sr., Roland Willis Watters, and sisters Junie Mae Scott, Georgia Ann Watters, Velma Louise Molett, and Ethel Ruth Watters.
In the year 1950, Elven married Sammy Lee Jones in Texas. They went on to have six children. She is proceeded in death by two: Vivian Ruth Jones and Darrell Eugene (Goldsmith) Jones. She is survived by her children Betty Ann Jones Halliburton of El Paso, Texas, Robert Wayne Jones of Roswell, NM, Sammie Evelyn Jones Peterson of Roswell. NM, Kay Sharon Jones Allen of El Paso, Texas and Joseph Lenard Parker (Ashley) of Los Angeles, California.
Elven has seven grandchildren: two great grandchildren, and host of nieces and nephews.
While residing in Roswell, NM since 1955, Elven joined three churches: Ware’s Tabernacle Baptist Church, Peoples Baptist Church, Friendship Missionary Baptist, then returned to Ware’s Tabernacle Baptist Church.
At Peoples Baptist Church, she serviced as a Choir Director for the various children choirs, Superintendent of Sunday School, President of the Usher Board, Adult Teacher, Mission President, and Church Treasurer. When the church closed, she used donations from the Mission and Education Fund to aid area graduating seniors. Each senior was awarded $100 toward college expenses.
At Ware’s Tabernacle Baptist Church, she served as co-teacher for Sunday School, Assistant Superintendent with her sister-in-law Juanita Watters. Elven believed in living the word of God daily. She was a devoted and faithful member at the churches she attended throughout her life. She was not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and would share her testimony as often as she could.
Elven was instrumental in helping the Roswell community. While as a single mother raising children on her own, she saw a need in the local area. Mother’s did not have a source for affordable daily childcare. She was instrumental in the early phases of establishing a daycare in the Roswell. This daycare “Working Mother’s Day Nursey” has gone through various changes, but the main goal remains to this day.
After continuing to live and work in Roswell she married again this time to Woodrow Parker (Deacon). They would go on to have a son together. In the years after she would settle to live in the same home for over 30 years, retire from working and love on her family. She was passionate about life and the world we live in today.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com

Pauline Katheran Hall


Pauline K. Hall was called home to the Father on Tuesday June 13, 2017. She was preceded in death by her mother, Hattie Jo Berry, and her husband of 57 years Larry D. Hall. Pauline is survived by her three children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren as well as her step-father Charles Berry.
Graveside services will be held Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:00am at South Park Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

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 Maria Helen Martinez.
Preceding Esther in death are her parents: Victor De La Cruz and Josephine Ferreira.

First Annual March of Dimes tourney a success

The Mack Energy team put some green into the First Annual March of Dimes Golf for Babies Tournament at the Roswell Country Club Saturday. Organizers said that 96 golfers and 14 teams participated this year to raise money for the organization, which seeks to end premature births and birth defects. Shown from left are Matt Buckles, Lance Swarengin, Reid Edwards and Chance Chase. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)
Ruben Loza of Roswell Toyota prepares to tee off during the March of Dimes Golf for Babies Tournament Saturday. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Elks care, Elks share in New Mexico

From left, Mike Barajas, Steve Jones. Jones son, Jeremiah is in the wheelchair in the new pickup the Elks Lodge State Association helped to provide. Barajas is seen here giving the check to Steve Jones on June 2. Barajas and is wife Marcia encountered the father and son just after Thanksgiving last year. “Marcia & I were at Wal Mart and noticed an old mini-van pull up in the parking lot.,” Mike Barajas said. “A guy in his early 50s got out, opened the back and got out a wheelchair. He then opened the side door and lifted his son into the chair. The son is a pretty good sized boy and I could tell he was having difficulty. I walked up to him and asked what was wrong with his child. “He told me Cerebral Palsy. I told him the Elks may be able to help. I got an application form online, they filled it out and we took it to Denise Dawson, the lodge Secretary. She mailed it immediately to the State Association. The Elks donated $5,000 to the family which assisted them in buying a handicapped van. Their church in Capitan raised $20,000,” Mike Barajas said. (Submitted Photo)

Xcel Energy receives award for restoration efforts


The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) presented Xcel Energy with the association’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for its restoration efforts after Winter Storm Jupiter hit the Texas Panhandle in January 2017.

We need to move forward to future


While I found the article: “Funds for Route 66 towns may be at risk” by Russell Contreras, AP, to be of special interest, it reminded me of a big opportunity that I believe this region of New Mexico is losing out on.
Made famous by song, television and tourists, the old U.S. 66 — the “Mother Road” — has seen its day. It is officially gone; it was replaced by Interstate 40, a high-speed thruway that enables visitors to zoom through Albuquerque and the rest of northern New Mexico. Except for a few historic segments trying to stay afloat with government subsidy, U.S. 66 no longer exists. It was decommissioned in 1985 by the federal government.
But what about the unique New Mexican highway right here among us? It’s U.S. 70, a modern, divided four-lane route that functions like an interstate but without a freeway’s endless frenzy. The “Big Seven-Oh” comes through the city of Roswell — a small city with its showcase of world class institutions — and then continues to Ruidoso, Mescalero and beyond.
Fortunately for all, there is virtually no chance that U.S. 70 will ever be replaced with a thruway interstate. Travelers have the luxury of stopping at any point along this unlimited access highway to experience tourist-based enterprises, public and private, situated at choice locations between Clovis on the Texas border and Las Cruces to the southwest — and visitors can stay as long as they wish in this uncrowded, exciting stretch of New Mexico.
Our New Mexico segment of U.S. 70 provides travelers with four safe, uncrowded lanes of well-maintained highway that links Amarillo and I-40 to the north with Interstates 10 and 25 in Las Cruces to the southwest. It is, in fact, a shortcut through unparalleled desert and alpine scenery with a grand assortment of recreational and educational opportunities free of the dash and hurry of an interstate.
Although this stretch of highway is well-known to gamers and gamblers on their way to Ruidoso and the Inn of the Mountain Gods, this route needs to be advertised nationally to educate all interstate travelers, whether traveling east or west, that U.S. 70 is alive and well, and is here for them.
Older than U.S. 66, U.S. 70 offers more visitor opportunities than any similar stretch of highway anywhere in New Mexico. From Clovis on the Texas border to Las Cruces — a 300-mile drive through a mix of Chihuahuan desert, the verdant Hondo Valley and cool, forested mountain passes — visitors wind their way through a variety of exciting landscapes studded with Mule Deer, Elk, Pronghorn (they are not antelope), cattle and an occasional cowboy on a horse or an ATV.
From the High Plains, an ocean of grassland and sky, one crosses the Rio Pecos, made famous by tales of Pecos Bill, and offers many out-of-staters their first glimpse of a mountain in the West. On a clear day, the Capitans, a monumental up-thrust mountain ridge, beckons from the western horizon and is often visible from as far away as the Texas border.
What needs to be done? The groundwork is already laid; there is no shortage of a fine diversity of restaurants and lodging along the U.S. 70 corridor. In fact, the public, merchants, towns and institutions should compete vigorously and nationally with the “Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program” as an alternative “futures” player in directing visitors to this special part of the world.
Once exposed to the broad assortment of remarkable opportunities available here, tourists should be encouraged to make this highway, the “Big Seven-Oh” their vacation destination. We can assist them as they spend a few days exploring this multicultural land of hospitality and discovery.
Plainly put, we need to move forward, move toward a brighter future and not anchor ourselves to the past.
Ray Pawley

Education is a tool to ending one’s poverty


As I see it, the way to reduce society’s dependence on government is to provide affordable access to education and health care. Some like to characterize the poor as unwilling to help themselves up because they’ve become too comfortable with the government providing for them.
I think people want to do better, want to be part of a productive society and are willing to work to that end given the opportunity, however, there are obstacles on the path to self-sufficiency. Obstacles created by legislators who represent the special interest funding their campaigns and not their constituents.
Unwilling to look at the bigger picture, they become bogged down in ideology. The poor become the scapegoat for a system filled with systematic corruption. Each side uses that demographic (the poor) as a means to an end while keeping us distracted from real issues we face as a nation and society. The real problem is government: the poor are simply a by-product of an obtuse political system.
We are all familiar with the adage, “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day — but give a man a rod and teach him to fish and he will feed himself.” In my opinion, education and health care are the two basic tools, the “rod” if you will, that Americans need to lift themselves out of poverty.
Fred Moran

Artesia Trailer Sales


Artesia Trailer Sales has been serving the customers of the Pecos Valley since 2010 providing the best selection, the best prices and the best service on a wide variety of trailers and truck beds. From their first day of business they’ve adopted a “best of breed” strategy by offering the highest quality of utility, cargo, freight haulers, and heavy equipment trailers you can find.

Gary Matthews, the General Manager of Artesia Trailer Sales explains it this way: “We could be dealers for any brands we wanted but before we even opened our doors, we decided on this ‘best of breed strategy’, so we did our homework and selected the brands we felt offered the best quality and value to our customers. We never want to have to apologize for the quality of the products we put on our lot.”

That’s why you’ll find PJ Trailers, Wells Cargo Trailers, WW Trailers and Total Performance trailers in their inventory. PJ makes the most durable, longest lasting commercial grade trailers on the market. With utility trailers; tilt trailers; dump trailers; heavy equipment trailers and gooseneck freight trailers they have the most extensive product lineup of any other manufacturer. As an example, PJ manufacturers sixteen different models of dump trailers alone.

Wells Cargo has been making enclosed trailers since 1954. They have by far the most extensive product line up, and offer the most options of any competitor in the market. You can customize your Wells Cargo trailer to perfectly fit your individual needs.

WW Trailers offers all steel enclosed trailers for the most rugged and demanding applications. They’re ideally suited for the rough oilfield and farm and ranch roads of Southeastern New Mexico.

Total Performance manufacturers trash trailers and Porta-Potty/trash trailer combinations for oil field and other applications. With a design from Artesia Trailer Sales, Total Performance builds the most functional trash trailers on the road.

In 2012, Artesia Trailer Sales began stocking and installing truck beds. They’ve selected Bradford Built as their vendor of choice which is a family owned company in Washington, Kansas. Bradford Built offers a variety of different configurations for different applications from oilfield to farming and ranching. Artesia Trailer Sales stocks beds for all types of domestic made trucks both cab and chassis trucks and trucks with bed removal requirements. Gary is quick to point out the quality of the Bradford product by stating that with over 180 Bradford Beds sold they have had only two warranty claims – one of those was simply a faulty tail light!

Artesia Trailer Sales has expanded and has a second location in Hobbs called Tate Branch Trailer Sales. Between the four brands they offer and two locations, they typically have over 120 units in stock. If you can’t find what you need from their inventory, they’re happy to special order what you want. So if you’re in need of a trailer or truck bed, come and see the guys at Artesia Trailer Sales located at 1015 S. First Street in Artesia, or at their new location at 4025 N. Lovington Hwy in Hobbs.

Artesia Trailer Sales

1015 S First St
Artesia, NM

Mon – Fri, 8AM – 5PM
Saturday by Appt. only

MVD patrons wait outside in triple-digit heat; State lawmaker says decision was ‘quite troubling’

A man waits outside the MVD office, Tuesday afternoon after residents were instructed by Roswell’s fire marshal to wait their turn due to the building reaching its maximum capacity. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Some residents found themselves frustrated at Roswell’s license branch for a different reason Tuesday morning.

Roswell Honda celebrates eco-friendly dealership; New store opens 16 months after Winter Storm Goliath

Steven Center, from left, a vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Krumland Auto Group owner/founder Tom Krumland and Roswell Honda general manager Ricky Granado share a laugh during Tuesday’s re-opening of the dealership at 2177 W. 2nd St. (Jeff Tucker Photo)


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