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Ask the Coach – Jeff Lynn

Roswell Coach Jeff Lynn talks to his players at practice. (David Rocha Photo)

Roswell coach Jeff Lynn knows about competition and coaching.

Ask the Coach – Chris White

Goddard Football coach Chris White (J.T. Keith Photo)

Second-year coach Chris White led the Goddard Rockets to a winning season in his first year at the helm.

RDR Sports Question of the Week: Which high school has the best fans in Chaves County?

Dexter fans showed up at their home opener last week. (David Rocha Photo)

Beef slaughterhouse begins test processing; Owner says there are plans to open facility to customers within a month

USA Beef Packing on Cedarvale Road is now processing cattle on a "test" basis, according to its owner. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the facility for slaughtering and processing beef. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The new beef packing and slaughterhouse in Chaves County has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin processing cattle, so the company is in test mode right now.

Injuries following accident Thursday

New Mexico State Police, Chaves County Sheriff's Office and the Midway Volunteer Fire Department responded to an accident along Yakima Road in Midway involving two vehicles Thursday evening. According to the fire department, there were only minor injuries reported. Pictured left, a worker from Trans-Matic Wrecker Service begins to load the damaged vehicle while a NMSP officer (not pictured) directs traffic. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Electricity in the air at Heritage Dinner

Southwestern Public Service Company brought a collection of historic items to Tuesday's 36th Annual Heritage Award Dinner. The items included a large selection from its company magazines starting in the '40s. Those magazines did not only feature company news but also marriage announcements and company picnics. (Christina Stock Photo)

This year, the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico changed their program to include live music during the cocktail hour that started at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the Convention and Civic Center.

Houston oil, gas firms granted extensions


State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is offering a grace period to Houston-based oil and gas lessees that pay royalties and interest on oil, gas and carbon dioxide extracted from New Mexico State Trust lands.

The issue with Hurricane Harvey donations

Members of the Red Cross continue to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey area while also trying to organize the mass amount of donations received at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. (Photo courtesy American Red Cross)

We know Americans are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster.

First Friday to collect for hurricane relief efforts


MainStreet Roswell members will be doing their part to help out in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Richard L. “Rick” Smith, Jr.


Services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Highland Baptist Church for Richard Lee Smith, Jr., age 61, who went to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday, August 25, 2017. Pastor Jack Ferguson of Tinnie Baptist Church will be officiating. Rick will lie in state 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, August 31, 2017 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, September 1, 2017 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at South Park Cemetery in Roswell, New Mexico.
Richard Lee Smith Jr. known by all as Rick was born July 25, 1956 in Millington, Tennessee to Pastor Richard and Suzanne Smith. Rick is survived by his parents Richard and Suzanne Smith; his brother Michael Smith and wife Wendy of Reno, Nevada; his sister Vickie Provost of Roswell, New Mexico. Rick is also survived by his Nieces Nichole Chambers and her fiance Steve Tomaszewski and Shylo Smith; nephews, Josh Smith and wife Karen; Jacob Smith and wife Miah. He is also survived by many great nieces and nephews; Nicholas and Ryan Terry, Jayden, Zaynen, and Raynyn Smith; Jasmine and Otto Smith; Kyra, Faith, and Maxine Smith and one more expected to arrive in November.
Rick lived at the Carlsbad Association for Retarded Citizens (C.A.R.C.) farm in Carlsbad, New Mexico for 30 years while also spending time with his family in Roswell, New Mexico. Rick was loved by all who met and knew him, his smile was contagious and his spirit was like no other. Those that knew Rick will always remember that beautiful smile. Rick loved to travel with his parents and meet new people. Rick loved his family dearly and often bragged about his nieces and nephews. Rick has been the recipient of many Special Olympic medals for Poly Hockey, Cycling, Bowling, Bocce and Softball. Rick has worked many jobs such as working at the dining hall at the C.A.R.C farm, custodial work at the Living Desert State Park in Carlsbad, and was a groundskeeper at the Carlsbad Hospital. Rick attended Ranch Acres Baptist Church where he was an usher and member of the choir, and most recently has been a member of Otis Baptist Church.
Many family and friends have had such wonderful things to say about our Rick such as, “Some people have such an amazing spirit and impact on our lives that it feels like a shift happens in the universe once they have left it.” Thank you, Lindsey Jones.
Please come celebrate Rick’s life with us at Highland Baptist Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 2, 2017. In lieu of flowers the family asks if you will please make donations to CARC, Inc. in honor of Rick.
CARC, Inc. P.O. Drawer 1808 Carlsbad, NM 88221-1808
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Karen Kay Mobley


Karen Kay Mobley, 47, of Roswell, NM passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 at Mission Arch Center. The family would like to invite all friends and family to a Memorial Celebration on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Tina Cross officiating.
Karen was born May 18, 1970 in El Paso, TX to William Dale Weeks and Lynda Ann Petree.
Those left to cherish Karen’s memory are her husband, Michael Weldon Mobley Sr. of Roswell; son, Michael Mobley Jr. of Roswell; daughter, Jesica McKinney of Roswell; daughter, Ashley Sills of Grand Junction, CO; mother, Lynda Weeks of Flower Mound, TX; brother, Tenton (Tent) David Weeks of Flower Mound, TX and brother, William Weston (Wes) Weeks of Euless, TX. Also surviving her are seven grandchildren.
Karen is preceded in death by her father, William Dale Weeks.

Parties put politics aside for a cause

A bipartisan effort in a highly partisan time. New Mexico’s political parties joined efforts recently, giving back to the community during a tragic week. In the wake of a violent shooting in Clovis and a disastrous hurricane in Texas, the state’s political party staff members donated blood at United Blood Services. Both parties put aside political differences to help communities during these hard times. Pictured are staff members from the New Mexico Democratic and Republican state parties as they donate blood in Albuquerque. (Submitted Photo)

Students help hurricane victims; Elementary school giving to those in need

Students at Washington Avenue Elementary School, 408 N. Washington Ave., fill boxes with donations of nonperishable foods and clothing for the needy in the path of Hurricane Harvey. (Submitted Photo)

Responses to the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area have been phenomenal from all over the country and even from other parts of the world. Roswell has had a number of groups organize help to send as well, from individuals, to first responders, to businesses and even schools.

RMAC presents pARTy After Hours


On Sept. 8, the Roswell Museum and Art Center is partnering with YPAC (Youth & Professionals for the Arts Collective) and Roswell Next to debut “pARTy After Hours,” the first in a pilot series of free after hours events geared for adults that aims to expand access to the museum and present art as an integral part of our lives.

Editorial cartoon 9-1-17

(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

Wiggins exhibit to be shown in Santa Fe through today


Santa Fe
Ongoing until Sept. 1
Kim Wiggins exhibit at Santa Fe’s Manitou Galleries
Roswell’s own Kim Wiggins, a student of Peter Hurd’s wife, Henriette Wyeth, has an exhibit of his art at the Manitou Gallery, 123 W. Palace Ave. Wiggins is represented exclusively by Manitou Galleries. The primarily self-taught artist is known for his colorful, often stylistic fantasy depiction of southern New Mexico. Wiggins had exhibits at the Roswell Museum and Art Center and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of New Mexico in Santa Fe, the Anschutz Collection in Denver, Colorado; Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia and The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. His work was recently included in the Painters of the American West exhibition, which traveled from the Denver Art Museum to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Joslyn Art Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago. A unique collection of Wiggins’ work depicting the history of California is housed at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This collection has been used as the backdrop for TV productions such as NBC’s new series, “Go On,” as well as backstage interviews for Grammy Award winners such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Carrie Underwood. For more information, visit manitougalleries.com.

School grades up, down, the same in county; Report cards for Dexter, Hagerman and Lake Arthur show two ‘Bs’, one ‘C,’ five ‘Ds’ and one ‘F’


Dexter schools have shown growth during the past year, according to state-issued report cards, while schools in Hagerman kept the same grades and all Lake Arthur schools dropped a grade.

Roswell continues efforts to help storm victims

Volunteers from the Assistance League of Chaves County sort through clothing at their thrift shop at West Second Street and Union Avenue that will be shipped to Hurricane Harvey victims in southeast Texas. The Assistance League has partnered with the Farmers Country Market on North Main Street, which will hauling a truck load of donated goods to Houston on Saturday. The Assistance League also may be sending shoes and bedding. From left, Ellie Groh, thrift shop chair; Joan Boue, local chapter president; and Karen Sims, thrift shop committee. The Assistance League is a network of 120 locals chapters that serve the needs of their respective communities. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

Among the long list of great things about Roswell is the generosity of its people.

NM adjutant general focuses on aircraft, leadership during visit

Maj. Gen. Kenneth A. Nava speaks about how he plans to improve the New Mexico National Guard Wednesday afternoon in the Alcove Room at Eastern New Mexico University—Roswell. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

The New Mexico National Guard’s newest leader visited Roswell to express how he plans to further improve the military force and give thanks to a dear friend.

Fundraiser gives $12,000 to aid for vets

Joe "Bullet" Bercik presents a check for more than $12,000 to Magil Duran of the SENM Veterans Transportation Network on Aug. 24 at the Roswell Hyundai. Bercik presented the check on behalf of the annual Cruz'n for Vets fundraiser, which has raised money for SENM veterans groups for the past four years with a fun run that begins in Artesia, travels through SENM and ends in Roswell. Pictures are the volunteers, from left, Phil Harper, Jeremy Crow, Jason “Rojo” Bethany, Cassie White, Todd “the Hobbitt” Verciglio, JoAnn Romero, Darren Treadwell, Matt Bell, Arielle Green, Michael Berg, Ty Bussell, Michael “Strate” Waldrop, and Bill ”Bull” White who helped make this past year's event a success look on. Peñasco Valley Telephone has hosted this event for the past four years. Planning has begun for the 2018 event, with Roswell Hyundai taking over the hosting duties for the event. (Submitted Photo)


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