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Come see who came out on top at the fair

Estefania Benevides, 15, of Dexter FFA/Diamond H 4-H, recently placed Reserve Champion Meat Pen at the Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair. For a list of results from last week's Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair, as well as more photos of the champions, see our website at rdrnews.com. (Submitted Photo)

Santa Fe event held for Purple Heart recipients


A special recognition ceremony in Santa Fe will honor Purple Heart Award recipients.
Purple Heart recipients, their family members, friends and the public are invited to attend the 10 a.m. ceremony, Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Santa Fe Veterans Memorial, 407 Galisteo St., on the northeast corner of the Bataan Memorial Building.

Window broken, carpet set on fire Tuesday


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

Bitter Lake seeks public input


The Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge wants the public to provide opinions and thoughts about a proposed right-of-way to allow for a fiber optic communications line through a small portion of refuge property.

Velda May “Mickey” Lorch


Velda May “Mickey” Lorch, 93, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017, at a local nursing facility. Funeral Mass was at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5410 Buffalo Gap Road, with Father Adam Droll officiating, directed by Abilene Funeral Home.
Mickey was born May 20, 1924 in Wallace, Idaho, to the late Pierce Joseph Dunne and Juliana Theresa (Flynn) Dunne. Mickey grew up in Spokane, WA graduating from Marycliff High School. She married John Joseph Lorch on October 21, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spokane, WA. They made their home in Spokane, WA and Roswell, NM.
Mickey went to work in Spokane at Summit Supply Grocery as a secretary after High School and then worked at Spokane and Eastern Bank as a secretary in the safety deposit department until their first child was born. While in Spokane and after moving to Roswell, she was a stay-at-home mom to their five children until the last child entered school. She then was a secretary at William F. Dickson Cotton Co. and Quarter Racing World. She retired as a bookkeeper at Arrow Gas Co.
The first thing you noticed about Mickey was her sweet smile. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Mickey was a devout Catholic and volunteered many hours to the Churches and Catholic schools we attended. She was very devoted to the Poor Clare Monastery in Roswell and enjoyed close prayerful friendship with them. She was also a lifetime and faithful member of the Catholic Daughters of America and treasured the many friends she made with that organization. She was active in many organizations and groups. She was an avid card player and held many offices in the Roswell Newcomers as well as forming her own card groups. She loved poker, bowling, and bingo! We spent many precious hours at the dining room table in the evenings with Mom and Dad playing cards. She loved her neighbors and when we were growing up, she always had the coffee pot on for a visit. She and Dad loved to garden and spent many hours enjoying their gardens and their yard — oh the stories we could tell about that yard!! She was a faithful Seattle Seahawk fan and enjoyed all types of sports. One of her greatest joys after moving to the nursing home was watching the Wheel of Fortune every night with her daughter and playing Bingo!!
Survivors include her sister, Patricia L. “Bobby” Dunne of Spokane, WA, and her brother, Deacon Joseph B. “Joe” (Jean) Dunne of Seattle, WA; her children, Colette M. McCloskey (Tim) of Abilene, William P. “Bill” Lorch of Sunny Valley, OR, Timothy C. “Timm” Lorch of New Ulm, Minnesota, Linda L. Lorch of Plano, TX, and Cecilia A. “Cece” Lorch of Roswell, NM; four grandchildren, Sean P. Murphey (Michelle) of Springfield, VA, Kelly R. Murphey (Ginnylou) of Abilene, TX, Johnathan P. Lorch of Boise, ID and Danette N. Lorch of Lubbock, TX; three great grandchildren, Aria, Aislinn and Danica; several nieces and nephews, as well as several great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Mickey was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister Marian “Toni” McBride.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the All Saints Catholic School, 2700 N. Kentucky Ave., Roswell, NM 88201, the Poor Clare Monastery, 809 E. 19th Street, Roswell, NM 88201, or a charity of your choice. Please send condolence cards to the Lorch Family at 1201 W. McGaffey Street, Apt, 21, Roswell, NM 88203.
Online condolences and guest book may be signed at abilenefuneralhome.com.

Sergio Orosco Robles


Sergio Orosco Robles passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Viewing will be Saturday, August 5, 2017, from 8 to 5 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, August 7, 2017, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Artesia, NM. Interment will follow at Twin Oaks Cemetery. A tribute of Sergio’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On December 13, 1983, Sergio Orosco Robles was born to Guadalupe Robles and Elidia Orosco in Artesia, New Mexico. He was a very proud father of his three boys and fiancé, Marissa Zepeda. Sergio enjoyed working for Silver Oak Drilling as a chain hand and loved spending time with family and friends when he was away from work. He liked fishing, camping and BBQing with his loved ones. Living life to the fullest, (with a beer in his hand) was what mattered most to Sergio. Sergio’s friendliness and outgoing nature left an impact on anyone who crossed his path which always ended up in an everlasting friendship. His smile and laugh will forever be missed. “We will always love you!!!”
Those left to cherish Sergio’s memory are his fiancé, Marissa Zepeda; children: Sergio O. Robles Jr, Ezequiel Guadalupe Robles, Angel Antonio Robles; Godchildren: Maricela J. Ponce, Audryna R. Ponce; mother, Elidia O. Robles of Fort Sumner, NM; sisters: Debbie (Sanchez) Moreno and husband, Omar C. Moreno Sr of Roswell, NM, Priscilla (Sanchez) Aragon and husband, Guillermo M. Aragon of Midway, NM; brothers: Tommy O. Sanchez Sr. and wife, Delma Sanchez of Artesia, NM, Ray Sanchez of Fort Summer, NM; Danny O. Sanchez and wife, Lorena Sanchez of Clovis, NM, Philip O. Sanchez and fiancé, Shirilyn Wilson of Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Sergio in death were his father, Guadalupe F. Robles of Durango, Mexico; maternal grandparents: Manuel Lopez and Angelita Lopez of Morton, TX; maternal great-grandparent: Celso C. Palma and Isabela Palma of Artesia, NM; and paternal grandparents: Bertha Franco Robles and Isidro Robles of Durango, Mexico.
Pallbearers are: Daniella Moreno, Tommy O. Sanchez Jr, Hondo Valdez, Jeremey Ponce, Valdemar Diaz, Richard Van Horn, Paco Zepeda, Noel Carrasco, Omar C. Moreno Jr, Daniel Zepeda, Mario Zepeda, Mike Soza, Joseph E. Ponce and Boy Garcia.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Sergio by his family.

Mike Childress


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Mike Childress, 65, who passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017, in Roswell, NM. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

‘Vaders win in Alpine, 1 away from Pecos Series


Kaohu Gaspar was the definition of clutch Thursday night in Alpine, Texas, giving his team the lead twice on big two-out hits, including a sixth inning grand slam, on the way to a 7-6 victory over the host Cowboys in the first game of the Pecos League Mountain Division Series.

Carlsbad Museum & Art Center presents ‘Childhood Classics’


Ongoing until Sept. 25
Owls in the Land of Enchantment
Revered and feared in folklore, owls are found throughout New Mexico. From open desert to mountain forest, these powerful hunters have evolved extraordinary senses to pinpoint their prey. For a limited engagement, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, reveals this world in the Owls in the Land of Enchantment exhibition. For more information, call 505-841-2800.

Marriage Licenses


Fabian G. Sanchez, Stephanie Carrillo, 07/31/2017
Alejandro G. Luna, Lindsey Dawn Hendricks, 07/31/2017

Senior News


August birthday party hosts musician

Constitution guarantees we have the same rights


I love it when I hear a liberal quote the Constitution, as John Grogan did Wednesday morning in his letter titled, “Trump’s policies will hasten US decline.” His idea of “we the people” is of course “We the people who don’t like Trump.”

Waste pit versus money pit


Remember when the phrase ‘money pit’ used to mean a property that was costing you more money than it was worth? Well, over in Andrews County West Texas, it has one of the most valuable money pits in the world. Waste Control Specialist (WCS) opened up their waste facility in 2012 to low-level ‘radioactive’ waste (LLW).

Letter writer distorted Constitution’s purpose


Mr. Grogan’s letter on Wednesday is a gross distortion of the Constitution, its purpose and the author’s intent. The Constitution was written to correct the deficiencies of the Articles of Confederation, which became so obvious during the Revolutionary War. It was not written to promote some kind of social agenda.




Have you received a bill from a laboratory you’ve never been in for tests your provider told you were being performed at their own laboratory? Here’s some definitions to help you understand why this has happened:

LABORATORY: A place equipped for the performance of tests and the examination of materials obtained from the human body (blood, urine, tissues, spinal fluid or cells) for the purpose of providing information on diagnosis, prognosis, prevention or treatment of disease which meets all Federal regulations to do so.

DRAWING STATION: A facility that collects blood, urine and culture specimens to be sent to a central lab like the hospital or local independent reference laboratory but does not perform tests of any kind – IT’S NOT A LABORATORY.

PHLEBOTOMY STATION: A room located within a Laboratory which collects blood, urine and culture specimens to be run at that facility which could be part of a hospital laboratory, independent reference laboratory or physician’s office laboratory.

INDEPENDENT REFERENCE LABORATORY: Laboratories which are not owned or operated by a state or other governmental bodies or affiliated with a hospital, but which are competent, accredited and of good reputation meeting all Federal regulations to perform testing on all analytes they are certified for.

So, now that you know the differences, let’s talk about why you got a bill from a laboratory that was not from your provider. Your provider probably gave you a laboratory order to get testing done and told you to go “to the lab”. In actuality you went to his/her “drawing station.” After your blood was drawn, it was processed and sent to the hospital or an out of town reference laboratory for the test(s) to be run because your provider didn’t run the test in their facility. The bill you received was from the laboratory actually performing the test(s) in question.

Front: Yadira Meza & Sonya Page Center: Margaret Campos, Danielle Taylor, Charles Mauldin & Sharon Berry Rear: Deborah Vance & Barbara Ware

It’s your right, and even your responsibility, to ask “is the testing performed here, and if not, where and what will it cost me?” when asked to go to “the lab”. There’s a good chance you could get the same testing performed locally here at C-B Laboratory, which is a CLIA approved high complexity independent reference laboratory, for a lower cost. It’s worth shopping around as the cost of medical care goes up, including insurance premiums, while reimbursement goes down. Just be sure the laboratory you choose meets Federal guidelines.

If your provider isn’t willing to give you the laboratory order to get a price comparison – ask why. Above is a comparison of our pricing and one other facility in town. Remember – “CB Laboratory” when you receive your laboratory order. We’ll be glad to take care of your needs. You can take your laboratory test request to the facility of your choice – YOU HAVE THE RIGHT!

Sad to say goodbye but we support Alicia Morales and wish her luck as she goes forth to become a medical technologist!


313 W Country Club Rd Ste. #8
(575) 622-1972
Mon – Thurs 7am to 5pm
Fri 7am to 2pm
All major forms of payment are accepted

Pirtle steps aside congressional race; Former Eddy County commissioner announces his candidacy for Congress


A Roswell state lawmaker has announced he is not running for Congress, while a Carlsbad pharmacist says he has the right prescription to succeed U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce on Capitol Hill.

Chance to be part of folklorico coming up

Registration for folklorico classes for new dancers, ages 6 to 80, will occur Aug. 21 to Aug. 25 at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center. Returning dancers will be contacted separately. (Submitted Photo)

Registration for Folklorico dance classes will take place the evenings of Monday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 25.

City receives offer for downtown building

A local couple has made a formal offer to buy the historic downtown Fisk Building at the corner of Main and Fourth Streets. The city-owned building, which has an official address of 327 N. Main St., is seen here from the entrance fronting Fourth Street. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A local couple has made a bid to purchase a historic downtown office building now owned by the city of Roswell.

Nude man subdued at police station


The Roswell Police Department’s Facebook page described their Monday morning as unusual, even for a police agency.

RISD begins work on Del Norte Elementary this year

Construction crews work recently on the final phases of the Parkview Early Literacy Center renovation project at West Alameda Street. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Roswell school district estimates its total facility improvements and upgrade needs at about $154.7 million, according to a 2016-21 facilities master plan on file with the state. But, given the state and local funding situations, only one major project will be undertaken during the upcoming academic year.


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