Q1: What is your opinion on PETA?
Q2: How do you feel about the situation between PETA and the city of Roswell?
Q1: What is your opinion on PETA?
Q2: How do you feel about the situation between PETA and the city of Roswell?
Two people were struck by vehicles Tuesday in Roswell, resulting in injuries to two pedestrians.
Around 4:40 p.m., a car ran over a woman’s foot at the 2700 block of Wilshire Boulevard, said the Roswell Police Department’s public information officer Todd Wildermuth.
The vehicle was not believed to be traveling at a fast rate of speed. The incident resulted in only a minor injury to a woman. The woman also had a cut above her eye. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
At the Holiday Inn at the 3600 block of North Main Street, the RPD was told a woman was struck by a vehicle. The woman, in her late 20s, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, crying in pain. She suffered an apparent injury to her leg.
Wildermuth said the Holiday Inn incident is under investigation.
Ricky Dale Odom passed away on July 25, 2017. He served the Marines. He enjoyed being a chef and was a great husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, his daughters Jessica and Melissa, and his sisters Tammie and Patty. Left behind four grandchildren and many nephews and nieces who enjoyed spending lots of time with him. He was loved and will be missed. May he now rest in peace and become our guardian angel. We love you.
Dale Woodward Kennard, a devoted husband, beloved father and a wonderful friend to many, was called home to the Lord, after a long battle with cancer, on July 30, 2017 at home with his family by his side. Dale’s family and firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace. Dale was a Christian who loved God and knew Jesus Christ was his savior. Dale wanted everyone to know that he would be in heaven with his friends and family who preceded him in death.
Dale was born in Maryland to Jack Harry Kennard and Shirley May Might Kennard.
He attended Goddard High school and Graduated from Irvine High School in Los Angeles, California in 1976. After high School, Dale joined the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly served and was honorably discharged as a corporal receiving a good conduct medal, rifle expert badge, and pistol sharpshooter. After the military, Dale pursued a career in the oil Industry and enjoyed working for Exeter for 14 years. He later worked for various oil field companies and excelled to the position of a consultant. Dale also started and operated a water well drilling company.
Dale was blessed with a large and loving family. Dale and Tami Married in 1996 and were married for 21 years. They merged families and had 9 children total: Loren of Louisiana (preceded in death); Nathan of Roswell, NM; Jared of Clovis, NM; Joshua of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Ashlyn of Tyler, Texas; Zachary of Roswell, NM; Ticey of Roswell, NM; Gavan of Roswell, NM; Logan of Roswell, NM; and 15 Grandchildren. Dale had five brothers: Fred of Georgetown, Texas; Jackie of Lubbock, Texas; Tony of Roswell, NM; Tim of Georgetown, Texas; and Steven of Houston, Texas. His brothers had several children giving him several nieces and nephews. Dale always enjoyed camping and fishing and traveling with his family.
Survivors include his wife Tami, his sons: Nathan, Jared, Joshua, Zachary, Gavan and Logan; his daughters: Ashlyn and Ticey; 15 grandchildren; five brothers; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Jack and Shirley and his daughter Loren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. August 12, 2017 at Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero, Roswell N.M. A reception will follow at Grace. Prayers and condolences can be sent to the guestbook online at Ballard Funeral home. Flowers can be received at 2604 E. Mescalero, Roswell, NM 88201.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
Zahriana Bencomo said she learned a lot during her three-month project to grow a 12-pound, 14-ounce cabbage.
“I learned that a cabbage has three stages,” said the 9 year old, who enters fourth grade at Missouri Avenue Elementary School this week, “sprout, almost cabbage and really big cabbage.”
She also found out that it takes a lot of effort and discipline to nurture a growing plant. She worked with her grandfather to dig the hole in the backyard of her southwest-side home for the tiny spout given to her at the end of school by her teacher, and she fertilized the soil, fed the cabbage and woke early every morning for about 12 weeks to water, spraying again later in the day. Then she harvested her cabbage in early August.
Daughter of America Bencomo, Zahriana Bencomo was one of the students in Angie Ramirez’s third-grade class to participate in the Bonnie Plants Third-Grade Cabbage Program, which provides the free plants to classrooms. Teachers can choose to select one student as “best of class,” with that student becoming part of a statewide drawing for a $1,000 scholarship.
“I would like to say how proud we are of Zahriana and her accomplishment here at Missouri Avenue,” said Principal Kirk DeSoto. “Her hard work and dedication has paid off.”
Students don’t return to class until Thursday, so it isn’t known at this time whether the third-grade class will submit a name for the scholarship drawing.
According to a Bonnie Plants website, the Third-Grade Cabbage Program has been offered since 1996 as a way to teach students about agriculture, the food supply and nature, while also instilling lessons about responsibility and accomplishment.
Senior writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at email@example.com.
The parent who understands how much better a child grows when their passions are supported, is the parent who ends up proud of their adult child. Isaiah Baldonado is a young man who is making his mom proud.
“What got me started,” Baldonado said, “I was 12 years old, there was a man named Chris Puckett. He was a shout-caster who moved on and left Halo. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to cast. I needed good mics, and my mom would buy me all these good mics. She’s been a tremendous help. She still is. She even bought me the plane ticket to go to Chattanooga for my first chance to cast.”
Vicky Gutierrez wasn’t so happy with her son’s scholastic accomplishments, however.
“I dropped out of high school,” Baldonado said. “I’ve never used drugs or alcohol, but I would skip school to play games… a lot. I was playing Call of Duty every day. I kept watching pro’s play on Twitch. My mom was not supportive about me skipping school.”
Gutierrez works at Job Corps, and she was ready with a “plan B” for her son’s future. Job Corps helped him to focus a bit more constructively.
“Not only is my mom working at the school,” Baldonado said, “but it’s heavily gated and you can’t just walk out. I always thought Job Corps was for troubled kids, but it’s turned out to be the best place for me. I ended up joining the student government.
“I didn’t have a high school diploma. I didn’t have a driver’s license. I didn’t know what I was going to do. Once at Job Corps I got my diploma super fast. I had an amazing driver’s ed teacher.”
Thanks to his newfound focus, Baldonado has started focusing his talents and he’s gotten some major league attention.
“I work for ESL, Electronic Sports,” he said. “I just went to Atlanta Dreamhack. We celebrated our summer finals for the Halo HCS pro league which is for the Halo Championship Series. This is the first time that Atlanta Dreamhack had something like this in America, it was huge, they had the mayor there along with economic development people.”
Speaking like someone who loves his work, Baldonado downplays the challenges.
“The job that I do is very easy,” he said. “I just comment on what I see during the game. I have to learn all the player’s names, all the new teams as well. It’s a lot of watching. They gave us journals. We have to write down what happens during a game so if we need to recap it we can.
“I was working 15 hour days. Every day started with me waking up at 8:30, being at work by 9:30 and I’d get home around 12:30 midnight.”
There are rows of players at individual consoles in a huge room. The audience is watching big screen TVs and Baldonado (known in the circuit as Butters) is calling the game like an announcer for any game would.
“At the CS Go tournament, they had 500,000 people watching livestreams,” he said. “The prize pool for Halo was $250,000 to split among five players.
Atlanta was huge. I got to talk with higher-ups about Halo. I’m really in love with Halo the story. I love the background, the books and the comics.”
Baldonado’s online friendships translated well into real time.
“It was exciting for me to meet so many online friends in person,” he said. “The thing that made it great was that Dreamhack didn’t just have Halo, they had a bunch of big title games. The community from each game would come over to support the others during the day. Any one you walked to, the people were friendly and approachable.”
When asked if he had anything he wanted to be sure got into the story about him, Baldonado remembered where his fundamental support has always been.
“I love my mom a lot.”
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had a lot of people read their 20 hours for the Summer Reading Program who are patiently waiting for their T-shirts, and for those that are, they will be available for pickup Aug. 16-31.
If you managed to get through your book backlog to earn those hours, the Books Again book store run by the Friends of the Library is having a Paperback Book Sale for the month of August. It’s a great chance to find a new favorite series or author. The book store is located at 200 W. Second and can be contacted at 575-627-6179. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visiting us at 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. or our website at roswell-nm.gov.
Book Talk by Debra Thomas
Tech Services Supervisor
PhilanthroParties, LemonAid Warriors, social activists, fundraising and a 10-year-old girl? We all hope to make a practice of helping others in need, but do we actually accomplish this on a regular basis? I can tell you, after reading the book “PhilanthroParties!: A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back” by 18-year-old Lulu Cerone, you will definitely be inspired to “up your game” when it comes to giving back to those less fortunate. Lulu has learned that trusting your instincts, regardless of age, will give you the capacity to do good in the world.
Starting out in the hot Los Angeles summers with a lemonade stand in the front yard, she discovered how surprisingly satisfying it was to use her earnings to give back to the community (a gentle suggestion from her mom early on), and she has never looked back. That small lemonade stand evolved into a powerhouse fundraiser during the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, when she organized the LemonAid War — a girls versus boys contest to see who could raise the most money within a two-week timeframe. This highly compassionate 10-year-old girl, and everyone inspired by her, amazingly earned $4,000 in profits to help earthquake victims. Exhilarated by the idea that people will come together for just causes, in 2011 she started a nonprofit organization called LemonAid Warriors to share ideas so others could throw their own PhilanthroParties (parties with a purpose). Her personal parties have raised over $100,000 to support various local and global causes.
The book has a section for each month, with suggested themes and ideas for invitations, awareness literature, décor, and recipes for party food. This young social activist, born on April Fools’ Day, used her regular birthday party as a venue to spread awareness about the 783 million people who don’t have access to clean water. Using the water crisis as a theme, she requested donations for Blood:Water, an organization that helps build wells in regions throughout Africa where clean water is not an option, rallied her classmates and proceeded to have a “water walk” through town while carrying jugs of water to spread awareness and empathy for this cause. Enough money was raised to build a well in Africa and this party has since become an annual event.
Lulu Cerone designs parties with a purpose — hanging out combined with helping out allows people to gather at social events, have fun and connect with each other, but also have the unique purpose of targeting a social cause to benefit. Love movie nights? You can host a fun movie night with an admission fee of DVD donations for soldiers. Memorial Day events can include donations of cell phones for soldiers. Some of the author’s favorite organizations are listed as sources to check out, but she encourages everyone to find a cause that inspires them to create positive change in the world. So if you ever feel like your actions don’t matter, there is a young girl who would tell you that as long as you pick something that speaks to your heart, no issue is too big or too small and you can have a positive impact on your community at any age.
Amanda Davis is a reference librarian at the Roswell Public Library. She can be contacted at A.Davis@roswell-nm.gov.
To my letter published Oct. 1, 2006, looks like the taxpayers are going to sink another $122,000 in the old Conoco Service Station with the installation of an insufficient public restroom facility and a temporary visitors center.
I do not see any way that this small building can accommodate a proper public handicap facility that can handle major crowds. Then there is the problem of installing these accommodations in an existing building. (Busting out floors, walls, proper ventilation, etc.)
The taxpayers have already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in this facility and look what they have got. It is in the right location and has the right appeal for a perfect visitors center.
Check out my old letter (below) and tell me what you think.
You asked for suggestions for the future of the Conoco Station, so here goes. Construct an annex West of the Conoco Station, to have public restroom facilities and also house a photo gallery. This gallery would display the history of Roswell with photos. The Historical Society could supply items from their inventory of 10,000 photos.
You could have a separate area for the early 1900s, the 20s and 30s, war years, etc. These displays could change periodically with the inventory that is on hand, and possibly include private collections that might be available. Seniors would enjoy the photos from the Roswell Army Air Force days. The annex could be manned by volunteer senior citizens groups.
Here’s the best part of my daydream: The annex would be an architecturally compatible building with a high walled patio connecting it to the Conoco building. This patio would able to accommodate about 150 people. It would have a fountain, big shade trees, planters, fireplace, tables, chairs and benches as part of the walls around the patio.
What a treat this would be for the traveler. Locals could enjoy a sack lunch there. Special events could be scheduled for the patio. How about a catered breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. for the Chamber of Commerce on a nice spring day?
What if the attendant could tell visitors that “tonight at 7 p.m. that the youth mariachi group will be here to perform?” Or a lecture about the Lincoln County wars? Or a two-act play by the Roswell Little Theater? Or a Spanish guitar player? Or a cowboy poet? Or how about a real cowboy with his horse?
With 90,000 people going through the Civic Center’s doors already, they don’t the have space to treat visitors to this kind of experience.
If the city is going to spend big bucks, let’s get some big bangs with something special and new.”
The Aug. 1 edition of the RDR had an article telling how a TV series about teen suicide may have triggered some web searches on that subject. Hollywood has been accused of glamorizing suicide more than once.
Our culture is going in a direction that makes suicide seem like a reasonable option. If God is nonexistent or irrelevant, why should we bother living if life seems unpleasant? If God exists and He loves us beyond measure, we know He has purpose in suffering. We can trust Him in good times and bad times.
Perhaps the following points will cause someone to reconsider a decision to end his/her life.
1. All deaths carry an awesome sense of finality. Suicide seems to be the most difficult death with which a family must deal. It carries an especially devastating emotional upheaval. Do you wish such an upheaval on those you love?
2. You will be missed at every family gathering for years, perhaps decades to come. “I wish Bob could be here for this Thanksgiving (wedding, to see our new baby, to play basketball with our son, to hear how well his nephew plays the trumpet”).
3. You will hurt people you don’t even know. Your friends have other acquaintances you have not met. These other acquaintances will be upset by the grief you caused your friends.
4. Someone, perhaps your dearest friend, will be the first to find your lifeless body and could have nightmares for years, even decades to come. Even those who are not on the scene of your suicide might be plagued by terrifying dreams, especially your children or siblings.
5. Your suicide might encourage someone else to follow your example and compound the tragedy.
6. Some people you know might be troubled by feelings of guilt. Perhaps someone very dear to you, whom you have no desire to hurt, will irrationally feel responsible for your death. “If only I had done something differently. Perhaps I should have said … or not said …”
7. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. School will end. This bullying will end. We will see a new phase in our lives.
I hope everyone will consider the following. “Imagine how you would feel if your bullying pushed someone to suicide. How would you feel if someday you learn that an act of kindness on your part caused someone to decide not to end his/her life?”
Russell A. Scott
The Roswell school board on Tuesday night chose a new school board president in the wake of the abrupt resignation of the school board’s former president, although much of the discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting was about the delay of classes at University High School due to a water line break.
The Roswell Independent School District Board of Education voted unanimously to elect Mona Kirk as the new president of the school board, Ruben James Sanchez as vice president and Alan Gedde as secretary.
Kirk had been the school board’s vice president. Gedde will remain the school board’s secretary.
The school board also discussed filling the vacancy created by the July 28 resignation of Nicole R. Austin.
Interim superintendent Susan Sanchez said the school board has 45 days from the date of Austin’s resignation to fill the District 2 position. Kirk said the Roswell Independent School District is accepting applications from community members interested in serving on the school board. School leaders said letters of interest and resumés will be accepted until 4 p.m. Aug. 18
Questions for prospective school board applicants will be posted in the Roswell Daily Record, school officials said.
Those interested in succeeding Austin on the school board must reside within District 2.
District 2 lies in northwest Roswell, between Berrendo Road and West Second Street, primarily west of Main Street.
Less than six months after running successfully for the seat, Austin said in a statement two weeks ago her decision to resign was due to a need to balance priorities in her life.
“I have found that I cannot give the time and effort needed to be an effective board member and remain dedicated to my priorities, Austin said in the statement. “Because of this, I must step aside.”
Austin originally joined the board in January 2016 to take over the unexpired term of James Waldrip, who resigned in December 2015 after 13 years due to health concerns. She then won the seat in February 2017, overcoming a challenge by former RISD educator Louis Mestas. Shortly after the election, she was chosen as president.
Otto Gail Eachus, Jr., age 89, passed away on June 23, 2017 in Roswell, New Mexico. Otto was born in Schell 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, III 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
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.
Laurie Pankey-Lane was born November 1, 1965, to Alex and Betty Pankey in Albuquerque, NM, and passed away Friday, August 4, 2017, of natural causes.
Laurie graduated from Goddard High School in Roswell, NM and Western NM University in Silver City, NM with a degree in accounting. She was the executive director at the Silver City Chamber of Commerce, and briefly sold real estate before moving to Roswell. She was currently employed by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services as an Associate Broker and was active in both local and state Realtors Associations.
Laurie loved hiking, biking, being in the mountains and volunteering for several organizations. She loved music and attended quite a few concerts with her beloved daughter. Laurie loved to travel and visited several European countries when her daughter lived in Madrid, Spain. Laurie is survived by her daughter Alli Lane of Silver City, NM and currently residing in Talkeetna, AK; parents Alex and Betty Pankey of Roswell; sister and brother-in-law Carrie and Kirk Weems of Roswell; nephews Drew Lucero and Quinton Weems of Roswell; and not to be left out, her beloved Yorkie Coee.
She was preceded in death by very special grandparents, Barney and Evelyn Pankey and Rollen and Margie Litchfield.
A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 805 S. Main St., on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Epilepsy Foundation 8301 Professional Place, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785 would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Howard “H.T.” Duff of Ponca City passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 in Ponca City, OK. He was 92 years of age. H.T. was born December 3, 1924 in Lamesa, TX to Leonard A. and Ruth Moize Duff. Having three older siblings, he was the baby of the family. He attended school in Klondike, Texas. Upon the death of his father in 1940, H.T. dropped out of school to work providing financial support to his mother. Although he was underage he begged his mother to sign the permission forms to allow him to join the Navy. In 1943, when he was old enough, H.T. enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Lamesa, Texas.
H.T. served a tour of Duty with the United States Navy during World War II. He was awarded the Victory Medal for his service. He met the love of his life Oma B. Bavousett through his sister, Jean. She and Oma were classmates at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. The couple met and fell in love, and on December 4, 1948 in Camp Springs, Texas they were married. They settled down to raise a family in Slaton, Texas where H.T. farmed and Oma taught school. The lovebirds were blessed with the birth of a beautiful baby girl. They named her Bea. The farm was a hard living and a shortage of rain caused H.T. to take a job at Southwestern Public Service company. The Duffs moved to Lubbock where Bea attended school and college. H.T. and Oma moved to Roswell, New Mexico in Feb. of 1981 to continue working for Southwestern Public Service as superintendent of the New Mexico Division Meter shop. He served the company for 30 years. In August 1999 he and Oma moved to Ponca City, OK to be close to Bea and her family. H.T. was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ponca City. He was a deacon for the First Baptist Churches in Lubbock, Roswell and Ponca City. He enjoyed working in his yard, quoting poetry, and woodworking. He also was an avid reader going through more than 16 books a week. H.T. loved to cook and often made casseroles and delivered them to the elderly (although he was 80 himself). Christmas was a special time for him to bake; he would always deliver pecan pies and Mississippi mud cake to the staff at the church. Anyone who knew H.T. knew he was ornery. He loved to tease and make you laugh. He also was prone to tell anyone he met that the H.T. stood for “Hard Times because he gave everyone a hard time.” He was often seen wearing his hat and boots.
Survivors include; a daughter: Bea Ward and husband Robert of Winfield, KS, a granddaughter Amanda and husband Daniel Dawson of Lyons, KS, a grandson Dustin and wife Charlene Ward of Arkansas City, KS, two great-grandchildren, Eliza and Samuel Ward also of Arkansas City, a sister Marie Augustsen of Tulsa, OK, a sister-in-law Mary Lou Bavousett of Weatherford, TX, and many nieces and nephews.
H.T. was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Oma of 55 years, a brother and a sister.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Ponca City with Grace Memorial Chapel in care of the arrangements. The family wishes for Memorial contributions to be made to the First Baptist Youth Group 218 S. 6th Ponca City, OK 74601.
Online condolences may be done at gracememorialchapel.net.
Ashley Dawn Sena, 31, of Roswell, NM, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017 in Roswell. She was born June 19, 1986 in Tucumcari, the daughter of Robert Sena and Olivas Robison. She moved with her family to Roswell in 1990.
Ashley loved politics, and was a huge history buff. She had a personality that commanded the attention of everyone in the room she occupied. She was outgoing and energetic and loved life. She was always laughing and smiling. She will be missed by her family and friends.
Ashley is survived by a young son Joseph Saenz of Albuquerque, her father and stepmother Robert and Liz Sena of Haskell, Arkansas, mother Olivas Robison of Roswell, four sisters Tracy Pratt and Stacy Richardson both of Albuquerque and Kristen Sena and Caitlan Schultz both of Roswell along with two nieces Lilliana and Audrina and two nephews Jakson and Gabriel.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 2808 N. Kentucky Avenue, Roswell, NM. A rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Father Josh Duplissey will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery in Roswell, NM. Pallbearers will Ronald Sena, Richard Gonzales, Larry Lopez, Joe Saenz, Josh Reid, David Hett, and Gilbert Gutierrez. Honorary bearers will be all her family and friends.
All arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 830 N. Fifth Street, Fort Sumner, NM. (575) 355-2311. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book, go to chavezfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Celeste Townsend Griffin passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 3 p.m. A tribute of Margaret’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On July 18, 1962, Margaret was born to James D. Townsend and Margaret Garner in Lubbock, Texas.
Those left to cherish Margaret’s memory are her fiancé, Joseph Wilson; sons: Ben Mackdougal of Lubbock, Texas, Joshua Anderson of Abilene, Texas; granddaughter, Lilly Mackdougal; grandson, Levi Anderson; mother, Margaret Garner; sister, Paula Vanover; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Margaret in death are her father, one sister and one brother.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Margaret’s honor to the American Cancer Society, 8500 Menaul Blvd. NE, Ste #A500, Albuquerque, NM 87112.
The city of Roswell has turned down a $10,000 donation from an animal rights organization to build a new mountain lion exhibit at the Spring River Park & Zoo, saying a wider overhaul of the zoo is needed after a thorough study.
In April, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation offered the city, on behalf of an anonymous benefactor, $10,000 to build a new, naturalistic mountain lion exhibit, in exchange for the city releasing the zoo’s two black bears, Sierra and Ursula, to a reputable animal sanctuary. PETA also offered to pay all costs associated with the transfer of the two bears.
“This offer is contingent on the permanent closure of the current pit-style enclosures at Spring River Park & Zoo, and on construction of a mountain lion habitat that includes natural substrate, adequate space, and appropriate furniture and enrichment features — and not a pit- or grotto-style enclosure,” Brittany Peet, PETA’s director of captive animal law enforcement, wrote Mayor Dennis Kintigh on April 13. “The bears will be provided with acres in which to roam in a naturalistic environment, and their physical, psychological, social and behavioral needs will be met for the rest of their lives.”
On April 20, in other correspondence obtained by the Daily Record, City Attorney Aaron Holloman replied to Peet, saying the city needed more time to consider the offer from the world’s largest animal rights organization.
“Thank you for the offer,” Holloman wrote Peet. “At present, we are still considering the offer and how the city can proceed, especially in light of some recent changes to city administration. We will be in contact should we decide to accept or if we have further questions.”
PETA’s patience had apparently worn thin by July, according to a July 28 follow-up letter to Kintigh.
“Unless the city accepts our offer and takes steps to ensure that both the mountain lions and the bears have homes that better suit their needs, we’ll have no choice but to issue a news release spelling out why the offer is being retracted,” wrote Alexandria Frandina-Brown, PETA’s campaigns coordinator. “Life in a decrepit pit is actually no life at all: Bears confined to such enclosures are denied the opportunity to roam, forage and do everything else that’s natural and important to them. Releasing them to a reputable sanctuary would let them experience for the first time the life that they’ve been denied.”
Frandina-Brown requested a response from the city by Aug. 2.
“Surely, you want the public to understand that Roswell takes the bears’ welfare seriously,” she wrote.
Holloman replied to Frandina-Brown on Aug. 2, again saying the city needed more time to consider PETA’s offer.
“If PETA is unable to wait for a more detailed formal response, the city will have to decline the offer,” Holloman wrote. “While a donation to the tentative cougar exhibit is appreciated, there are no council-approved or definitive plans that the construction of the new exhibit will occur in the near future, since such an expansion has become a key part in a more global planning initiative about the future development of the Spring River Park and Zoo.”
Holloman said the city-owned zoo is beloved in the Roswell community, and it is governed by the laws and rules of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“While the zoo infrastructure is aged, it has been subject to ongoing, regular inspections by the USDA and the zoo continues to operate without incident under that supervision,” Holloman wrote. “Our animals have been provided scheduled checkups without incident under that supervision. Our animals have been provided scheduled checkups by certified veterinarians. All have received a clean bill of health. Roswell understands its responsibilities concerning the care and protection of these animals. It is our goal to improve and enhance their lives with us.”
Zoo master plan
Holloman said city staff would start a public planning process about the future of the city zoo by the end of this year.
“This planning will be to meet our goal of educating the public on this import service,” he wrote. “There will be numerous discussions with the Roswell community about what should be updated at the zoo and how it can be improved.”
Holloman proposed that PETA help fund a zoo study.
“An appropriate study of this valuable asset and service to the community is not free,” he wrote. “The development of a sustainable operation plan that benefits both the animals and the public will be a substantial effort. It would be great if PETA would provide the donation without restriction to help Roswell create an improvement plan that will make the Spring park zoo a viable educational facility to help educate its visitors of the importance these animals play in our ecosystem. Surely, PETA understands that this knowledge may help increase the respect and protect these species for future generations.”
City Manager Joe Neeb said a new cougar exhibit has not been approved or funded by the City Council.
”(PETA) offered an amount of money to go toward a cougar exhibit, but that is just in its infancy,” he said. “It has not even been discussed by the City Council so we’re not even sure if the cougar exhibit meets the vision of what the community needs. So essentially, we declined the offer (last) week because we want to bring the community in to discuss the importance of the asset, what it should be in the future, and create that master plan so that the facility can be enjoyed for generations.”
Neeb told the Daily Record that he would announce a series of upcoming public forums to solicit input regarding the zoo’s long-term future and viability.
“What I really want to do with the Spring River Park & Zoo is to remind everybody of the historic asset that we have there,” Neeb said. “So, I believe that this asset is very important to the community of Roswell.”
Neeb said the zoo is a great educational opportunity for children and a great activity for families.
“It is an aged facility. It needs some upkeep and some care with that,” he said. “Currently, the city of Roswell does not have a master plan as to how to do these improvements, and how to create a sustainable exhibit area where generations in the future can actually go and enjoy what everybody remembers that they enjoyed.”
Neeb said the master plan could identify which exhibits are obsolete and in need a complete overhaul, and which exhibits can remain viable with some adjustments.
“I do want to have a lot more comprehensive site plan as to what this facility is, and how we operate it,” he said.
Neeb said the scope of the master plan should include stable funding sources for the zoo, including zoo benefactors and sponsors. The zoo currently has no visitor fees.
“Fees have been discussed,” he said. “Every once in a while, fees get discussed, although I believe that the vision of the facility has always been to allow it to be utilized by all community members, not just the ones that are able to afford it.”
Neeb said public meetings on the zoo are tentatively scheduled to begin, in early October.
“To develop out a master plan, we have to have the vision of where we want to be,” he said. “And then the rest of the plan is how do we go from today to meet that vision. What I’m hoping for, and I’ve always been impressed by the people of Roswell — we have a lot of committed people in the city — by incorporating everybody into this process, we’ll have a strong vision that we’ll move forward and we will have people that will help us get there.”
PETA contends an epidemic of suffering exists at the Spring River Park & Zoo, with obese animals trapped in archaic concrete dungeons that afford no space for them to engage in natural behaviors. PETA says some of the 136 animals at the zoo are going insane, with bears, mountain lions, bobcats and a coyote all repeatedly pacing back and forth in extreme distress and frustration in their cramped concrete pits and tiny cages.
“This generates a lot of emotion because of the relationship between humans and animals in the first place,” Neeb said. “So, it has the potential of doing that, but my responsibility as provided to me by the mayor and City Council is to assure that these services are provided in quality, efficient manner.”
Editor Jeff Tucker may be contacted at 575-622-7710, ext. 303, or at email@example.com.
A woman whose body was found in a Roswell hotel room Friday afternoon was murdered, police have announced.
Roswell Police Department investigators have confirmed that woman’s identity as 31-year-old Ashley Sena of Roswell.
Police said Sena’s body was discovered in a room at Comfort Suites in the 3600 block of North Main Street at about 12:40 p.m. Friday.
Police said the victim had been shot and was found by hotel staff who entered the room.
Police asked anyone with potential information to call the RPD at 575-624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-8477.
The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the life prison sentence of a Carlsbad man convicted of robbing and killing a man in his own home in Artesia during a fake drug raid in 2012.
Attorney General Hector Balderas announced on Monday that the Supreme Court agreed with the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Appeals Division and affirmed Senovio Mendoza’s first-degree murder and armed robbery convictions in February 2016.
Mendoza was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Timothy Wallace, a drug dealer who owed Mendoza money.
The Office of the Attorney General’s communications director said in a news release that in January 2012, Mendoza was smoking methamphetamine as he drove from his home in Carlsbad to Artesia with two other men. It was then when the group arranged a plan to steal from Timothy Wallace.
“Mendoza concocted an armed robbery plan whereby the men bought knit caps from Wal-Mart and then stormed Wallace’s house proclaiming to be the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force,” the Attorney General’s office wrote. “Mendoza’s co-defendant shot Wallace to death in his own home and then they robbed him.”
Co-defendant Donald Ybarra pleaded guilty in the case. The other co-defendant, Matthew Sloan, awaits a retrial after his murder conviction was overturned by the state high court in 2016.
According to Ybarra’s testimony, Mendoza got the other two men to accompany him to Wallace’s home to collect money owed Mendoza by Wallace.
In 2016, Mendoza appealed his convictions in Fifth Judicial District Court, claiming the state provided insufficient evidence that he possessed the intention of wrongdoing required for a felony-murder conviction.
Mendoza also challenged the expert status of a bloodstain witness who testified in the case. The Supreme Court rejected both challenges and affirmed the convictions.
Balderas said maintaining safety for New Mexico residents is one of the office’s primary concerns.
“Keeping the most dangerous, violent offenders in New Mexico behind bars is our priority,” Balderas said. “I’m thankful for the work of our law enforcement partners in Eddy County.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The beginning of a new school year means new adventures for many children: new friends to meet, new teachers to get used to, new academic subjects to learn and master and for some students — new school buildings to figure out.
With all this facing local kids as school begins anew this Thursday, children may not be paying as much attention as they should to safely getting to and from school.
It’s important for parents and other adults to talk to children about staying safe as they make the regular trip to school and home again. The Roswell Police Department asks parents and guardians to remind children to look both directions before crossing a street, try to cross in a crosswalk and never head into the street from between parked vehicles or from in front of or behind a parked vehicle — it can be difficult for a driver to have enough time to stop if a previously unseen child darts out suddenly.
Also, parents should consider a “practice” walk with their children to school or the bus stop, especially for younger students and those who will be learning a new route to a new school or bus stop.
Meanwhile, drivers should heighten their awareness at intersections and approaching crosswalks. Also pay extra attention when approaching a school bus. Watch for children running out from in front of the bus — or other parked vehicles. And remember, drivers in both directions must stop when a school bus’ red lights are flashing and/or its stop sign is activated. And, of course, slow down when you enter a school zone — those areas limit speeds to 20 mph when children might be present.
Some schools have parking zones that are designated to assist the smooth flow of traffic during drop-off and pickup times. Drivers are urged to adhere to the regulations so they can avoid being ticketed for parking violations.
More back-to-school safety tips can be found at the website of the National Safety Council at nsc.org.