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Colt baseball earns post-season accolades

NMMI assistant baseball coach Steve Rogers talks with his battery — catcher Jake Guerrero, center, and pitcher Gavin Maloney — during the Colts’ state quarterfinal matchup against Hope Christian on May 11 in Rio Rancho. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

The Colt baseball team may not have won the Class 4A state title, but they’re well represented when it comes to post-season honors.
Six NMMI players were named to the 4-4A All-District team, led by seniors and future Broncos Jake Guerrero and Michel Hinojos as well as junior Gavin Maloney with first-team selections.

Students take flight at aviation camp; High-schoolers take the pilot’s seat during weeklong event

Aviation Maintenance Instructor Stephen Miller, right, hammers a piece of sheet metal as two students observe Thursday at the first annual Aviation Camp. The students were in the process of making a key fob during a sheet metal project. (Katy Ross Photo)

The Unity Center is there for the kids now more than ever

The Unity Center has been at its current location at 108 E. Bland St. for three years. They serve the needs of Roswell’s teens and are constantly expanding to offer new services and events for the kids. Recently, Gavynn Garcia played a video game while Jaylyn Miller, Juliette Baxter and Bobby Garcia watched. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

There is a better than not chance that much of what you know about The Unity Center in Roswell is wrong. Unless you’ve been active with them in the past three years, you can only know what The Unity Center used to be. It’s a dynamic place and change is a constant. The only thing that will never change at The Unity Center, according to its director, Bobby Garcia, is that it’s there for the kids.

Beef plant announces wastewater plan

Jose Madrid, shown at a May 24 meeting, has announced plans for handling up to 8,000 gallons of wastewater a day from the beef slaughterhouse and processing plant on Cedarvale Road. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The public has 30 days to review and comment on a draft permit regarding wastewater runoff from a proposed beef packing plant in Chaves County.

Woman arrested for alleged child abduction


Domino’s remodels Roswell locale

Domino’s hosted a ribbon-cutting Tuesday at the newly remodeled store on South Union Avenue. Pictured, from left, are Redcoats Hervey Gilliland, Clarissa Gonzalez Adams, Elaine Dotts, Stacie Carroll, Rhonda Johnson, Alex Perez, Yukie Ibarra, Domino’s personnel George Sammet, Cyndi Tweet, Vince Lopez, Anthony Fish, Brian and Michelle Bailey of Domino’s Pizza Team New Mexico, Domino's personnel Lawrence Joy, Ashley Turnbow, Cynthia Renteria, Debbie Spencer, Angelica Lara, Rob Hoff and Pat Chandler; back row; right side, Candace Lewis of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, Redcoats Lydia Lara, Gladys Ocon, Gina Grado, Andrea Moore, Susie Roe, Sandra Stewart and Kim Vasquez. (Photo by Ed and Kathy Cook Photography)

Dispute gets attention of four police officers

A dispute on North Main Street near Second Street caused a bit of a stir Thursday about noon. At one point, four police vehicles were on site to deal with the situation, which ended within a few minutes. (Daily Record Photo)

Sprint location to be bought out


Absolute Wireless, a Nashville-based cellular retail company, has expanded its reach throughout the Southeast with the purchase of 23 Sprint locations in Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas and Tennessee. The company now owns a total of 55 Sprint locations across four states.

Joe E. Burchett


Joe E. Burchett, 38, was called to his Heavenly Home by his precious and Loving Lord on Sunday, June 4, 2017, from his home in Glencoe, NM. He was born in Ruidoso on January 12, 1979, to his parents, Jerry and Marilyn Burchett. Also in the home where he lived were his 14-year-old sister, Doretta, and his widowed grandmother, Ruth “Granny” Burchett. When Joe was 7 years old, his brother, Robert “Robbie” was born and suddenly Joe was an older brother caring for his new brother.
It was a blessing that he had so many good “baby-sitters” at home as it was discovered that he had a heart problem, called Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, when he was only 6 weeks old. His heart would race so fast that it was hard to get enough oxygen in his blood. At that time he spent 8 days in the St. Mary’s Hospital while the doctors worked to get his heart to beat at the correct pace. This heart condition remained with him all his life, but as he got older he learned how to deal with the problem himself without having to resort to medicine. The heart problem did not slow him down as he remained very active all of his life. The only thing he had to give up was track and athletics while in high school at Capitan.
Joe started Kindergarten at the Hondo Public Schools where both his parents taught school and his sister attended. It was in Kindergarten that Joe met his best friend for life, Jason Gipson, who later became his business partner in Cofex Computing.
Joe had a severe speech problem at the time and when Hondo had to drop its speech program at school because of finances, his parents transferred him to the Capitan Elementary School. Jason, too, soon transferred to Capitan so the two best friends could remain together. Joe graduated as the salutatorian from Capitan High School in 1997. While in high school, Joe had an uncanny knack for computers, and the teachers soon learned to turn to Joe for help with them any time there was a problem.
In high school, Joe wanted a computer, so he worked to earn it. He went to a neighbor who had an apple orchard and worked out an agreement to pick and sell the apples, with half the earnings to go to the neighbor and half to Joe. Joe was also very active in 4-H and later in the Capitan FFA program. Joe showed various animals at the Lincoln County Fair, Eastern NM Fair, and the NM State Fair. Through Joe’s 4-H activities, he was selected to be one of the four 4-H ambassadors representing Lincoln County in Washington, DC. Joe also received a proficiency award in fruit management from the NM State FFA. The next year, Joe went on to receive the highest FFA degree awarded and that was the American Farmer Degree.
After graduating from Capitan High, Joe went to New Mexico Tech at Socorro, where he got his degree in Computer Science in 2002. He returned to Ruidoso where he soon started his computer business, Cofex Computing, in the building of Gary Mitchell. Jason Gipson soon joined him after he graduated from NMSU. Eventually, Joe and Jason were able to buy the building at 204 Sudderth, across from the Lincoln County Medical Center, where they still have their business.
During this time Joe moved out of his parents’ house to a house in Glencoe where he lived the rest of his life. He remodeled the house, doing most of the work himself. He also set up a blacksmithing shop and enjoyed making gifts out of metal. He always enjoyed working with his hands, and often was found at his parents’ house, helping his dad weld fences and build a barn.
As a youngster, Joe became a member of the Capitan Methodist Church, but once out on his own, he searched for a church with younger members and that called to him. He found it at the First Southern Baptist Church of Ruidoso Downs with Randy Widener as the pastor. There, he was baptized again, and began taking an active part in the church. He became a Gideon, joined a group traveling to Israel, and helped cook the Wednesday Night Meals and many of the Sunday meals at the church.
It was at church that he met a beautiful young lady named Jane Hanners and soon began dating her. On August 1, 2015, Joe and Jane Hanners were wed at an outdoor ceremony at Hondo with Randy Widener officiating. Though they only had a short time together, they really enjoyed life. One memorable trip was to Italy for two weeks while they visited with his brother, Robert and family who lived there at the time.
Joe is survived by his wife, Jane of Glencoe; his parents, Jerry and Marilyn Burchett of Hondo; his sister, Doretta Barlow and husband, Mark, of Rangely, Colorado, and their children Jenn Barlow and partner, John Cottrill of Puyallup, Washington, Cole Barlow in the navy and stationed at San Diego, CA, and Ryan Barlow of Rangely; Joe’s brother, Robert Burchett and wife, Alida, and sons, Rowan and Brennan of Tucson, AZ; and his special aunt who lived with them for some time at Hondo, Joy Northcutt, now of Carrizozo; another aunt, Charma Whitehead and husband, John, of Taylorsville, Utah, and children, Matt, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Chad of Oklahoma City, OK; and uncle, Jim Northcutt of Roswell, NM and daughter, Lisa Briggs and Michael of Dexter, and son, Kim Northcutt and wife Wendy of Roswell. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Belinda Hanners of Ruidoso; brothers-in-law, Michael Hanners, Jimmy Hanners, and Jordan Rutherford; sister-in-law, Christy Rutherford; grandmother-in-law, Doris Hanners, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom thought that Joe was extra special.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clyde and Ruth Burchett and Garland and Doris Northcutt.
Visitation will be Friday, June 9, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Ruidoso from 4 to 6 p.m. The funeral service will be Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Ruidoso at 270 Country Club Drive (near Cree Meadows).
The family has requested memorials to the Gideon’s, First Southern Baptist Church of Ruidoso Downs, or you favorite charity.

Don’t be afraid to take risks in future plans

Keilee Templeman is the summer intern for the Daily Record.

Johnny Gonzales offers ‘beans, rice and Jesus Christ’ this Father’s Day


June 18, the day set aside this year to celebrate fathers, has gotten so much better since Johnny Gonzales, president of the Community Volunteer Program, has stepped in to bless the community.

Rotary club gives $25,000 in scholarships

Scholarship recipients, left to right, are Mirella Hernandez, Alyssa Mince, Angel Gonzales-Ruiz, Kaitlyn Fox, Mattie Green, Victoria Dennis and Cameron Kenton. Other winners were Yarelli Ronquillo, Dakota Avery, Joaquin Nieto, Karsyn Jordan, Lara Carrica, Jaime Grijalua, Augustus Bensinger and Megan Lynch. (Submitted Photo)

On Thursday, the Roswell Rotary Club awarded $25,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from local schools including Goddard, Roswell, Dexter and Gateway high schools.

Summer lunch kickoff set for Monday


Healthy Kids is an organization formed to help prevent childhood obesity. This organization encourages healthy eating and active lifestyles. Healthy Kids is an active program in the community and in surrounding schools.

Gallery hosts photography competition winners


Ongoing until Sept. 30
Carrizozo Gallery competition
The Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography, 401 12th St., hosts New Mexico Magazine’s 16th annual Photography Competition Winners. For more information, call 575-937-1489.

Man arrested for possession of explosives; Block of city street closed off for several hours; houses evacuated


A Roswell man was arrested Wednesday after police closed off a block of North Washington Avenue for several hours and investigated possible explosive devices discovered inside a home.

ENMU-R: $700,000 in scholarships available

ENMU-R GEAR UP students get a chance to experience college life during visits to campuses, where they can attend classes, live in dormitories for a couple of days and meet students. They are shown here during a visit to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces this summer. Other “camps” are held at ENMU in Portales, ENMU-R and the University of New Mexico. Tours of New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology and Texas Tech University also occur. (Submitted Photo)

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell has a message for recent high school graduates and their parents in Chaves County: Let us help you make life better for yourselves and other students.
The university is the only one in the state now operating what is called a partnership GEAR UP grant, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Education Department runs a statewide GEAR UP program for 12 school districts outside Chaves County.

St. Andrew’s looking out for the needy

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church strives to serve the community in as many ways as it can. Its efforts include hosting a number of day camps for kids throughout the summer. Natalia Armendariz and Karly Parker are working with a sling shot they built during Camp Invention at the church. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Every Thursday the Roswell Daily Record will report on one of the varied religious organizations in the area that offer some sort of community outreach and service. Any work that fills a need for part of our community that is done by a faith-based group is eligible for an article in this section.
These articles will not discuss theologies, or religious services. All faith-based groups are welcome to contact the Record about an article if they are serving a need in the community.

Perfect day for a walk and wag

Shanna Rodibaugh takes her Malinois dog, Shep, and shitsu, Charlamagne, for a walk in Cahoon Park Wednesday afternoon. “It’s a beautiful day,” Rodibaugh said. “This is the perfect weather for it.” Rodibaugh said she got 5-year-old Shep from a shelter in Texas, and received 5-month-old Charlamagne as a Christmas present. (Jeff Tucker Photo)

Double take at a double rainbow

In this photo taken west of Roswell, a Daily Record reader was able to capture the full semicircle of Tuesday’s double rainbow. The brighter rainbow follows the typical color pattern: Red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet. However, the more faint rainbow displays these colors in an inverted order. (Randy Howard Photo)

Man sentenced three years for firearms violation


A Roswell man was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to three years and five months in prison for violating federal firearms laws.


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