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.
The Purple Heart Award is our nation’s oldest combat decoration. It is presented to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. It is also awarded posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in combat.
The ceremony is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, the New Mexico National Guard, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Berardinelli Family Funeral Service and the city of Santa Fe.
Free parking will be available in the South Capitol Parking Garage, located south of the Bataan Memorial Building near the intersection of Galisteo and Manhattan streets, and in the gravel parking lot on South Capitol Avenue between the parking garage and the Bataan Memorial Building.
About 3,000 people in New Mexico have received the Purple Heart Award, according to information from the state Department of Veterans Services.
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The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.
Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of West Deming Street at 2:35 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a structure fire. A window was reported broken, and carpet was burned. Damages were estimated at $1,000.
Arrests and arrest citations
Christina M. Jaramillo, 50, was charged for unlawful use of license at the corner of South Main Street and East McGaffey Street at 3:45 a.m. Monday.
Israel C. Delarosa, 60, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at the 1700 block of West Second Street at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday.
Police were dispatched to the 400 block of North Mulberry Avenue in reference to a non-forced burglary at 7:29 p.m. Monday. A bicycle and tools with a combined value of $150 were reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to the 300 block of East Van Buren Street in reference to a non-forced burglary at 12:33 p.m. Tuesday. Two bicycles and a drill with a combined value of $535 were reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to the 2800 block of North Montana Avenue at 8:20 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a burglary. A Craftsman riding lawnmower and Kenmore grill with a combined value of $1,200 were reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to Eyman Street at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday in reference to a burglary. A stove and bathroom cabinet with a total estimated value of $750 were reported stolen.
Police were dispatched the 1800 block of Monroe Avenue at 8:54 a.m. Monday on a criminal damage call. Damages to a 2013 Chevy Cruze were estimated at $200.
Police were dispatched the 2500 block of West Second Street at 9:56 a.m. Monday on a criminal damage call. Damages to three vehicles’ windshields and a mirror were estimated at $2,000.
Police were dispatched to the 700 block of South Washington Avenue in reference to a breaking and entering into a structure at 4:28 p.m. Tuesday. A door frame valued at $200 was reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to the 600 block of North Missouri Avenue at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday in regards to a domestic violence. Damages to a glass window were valued at $200.
Police were dispatched to the 600 block of Broken Arrow Road at 3:57 p.m. Wednesday on a criminal damage call. Damages to a hose and flooring were valued at $1,000.
Police were dispatched to the 2300 block of Texas Avenue at 8:13 a.m. Wednesday in reference to a remove subject call. Damages to an electric wheelchair were estimated at $300.
Police were dispatched to the JC Penny’s at the 4500 block of North Main Street at 9:41 a.m. Monday on a larceny call. A scanner and price tag printer valued at $700 were reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to the 500 block of South Wyoming Avenue at 1:07 p.m. Monday on a larceny call. A 55-inch flat-screen TV valued at $550 was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to the Target at the 2700 block of North Main Street at 6:57 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a shoplifting. A backpack and clothing, collectively valued at $275, was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to the 200 block of South Washington Avenue at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a larceny. A Craftsman weedwacker valued at $180 was reported stolen.
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.
The public comments are sought on the draft of the Compatibility Determination (CD). The draft is available on the refuge’s website and at the refuge’s visitor center, 4200 E. Pine Lodge Road in Roswell. People also can request a mailed or emailed copy by calling (575) 625-4019.
The comment period is open Wednesday until close of business Aug. 16. Comments can be emailed to Floyd_Truetken@fws.gov. They also can be mailed or hand-delivered to Refuge Manager, Bitter Lake NWR, Attn: Plateau Fiber Optic Line CD, 4200 E. Pine Lodge Road, Roswell, NM 88201.
A Compatibility Determination, required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is a written determination that a refuge use will not materially interfere with or detract from the fulfillment of the system mission or the purposes of the refuge.
This Compatibility Determination concerns the request of the Plateau Telephone Cooperative to obtain a 20-foot right-of-way within the North Tract of the refuge as part of its project to bury approximately 3,563 feet, or 0.67 miles, of fiber optic line within an existing New Mexico Department of Transportation right-of-way along a U.S. Highway 70 corridor. A portion of the line will cross under the Pecos River. Brush clearing and mowing for the project is expected to be minimal because the exiting right-of-way is maintained annually by the state Department of Transportation.
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 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.
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.
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.
Gaspar looked at a strike before sending the next pitch out of Kokernot Field in the top of the sixth and driving in teammates Ed Reichenbach, Alex Dandridge and Louie Martini to put the Invaders up 6-4. Gaspar finished the game 2-for-5 with five runs plated.
The Cowboys answered quickly, scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame to knot the contest at 6-all.
But a lead off double from Reichenbach in the eighth, followed by a two-out RBI-single from Gaspar made the difference, leaving the Invaders one win away from a trip to the Pecos League Series and a shot at a fourth league championship in seven years.
Alex Dandridge pitched six innings, surrendering all six Alpine runs with a single strikeout and three walks. Jesse Remington, Lance Fairchild and Austin Goss each tossed a scoreless inning to close out the game.
Reichenbach and Martini, who were both instrumental in the Invaders Game 3 win over Trinidad Wednesday, each went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk.
The series continues tonight from Alpine, Texas with a 7 p.m. first pitch for Game 2.
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.
Ongoing until Sept. 30
The Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, 418 W. Fox St., presents “Childhood Classics,” 100 years of original art from the Art Kandy Collection, including the study for “The Cat In The Hat” — Dr. Seuss. Entry is free. For more information, call 575-887-0276.
Ongoing until Sept. 30
Carrizozo Gallery competition
The Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography, 401 Twelfth St., hosts New Mexico Magazine’s 16th annual Photography Competition Winners. For more information, call 575-937-1489.
Ongoing until Nov. 5
“The Beauty in Energy”
“The Beauty in Energy” is a new photography exhibit of oil and gas landscapes at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1 Thunderbird Circle. The photographer, Bob Callender, is an internationally-recognized oilfield photographer. For more information, call 575-492-2678.
Ongoing until Jan. 21
‘Quilts of Southwest China’ coming to Santa Fe
The Museum of International Folk Art will host the national touring exhibition “Quilts of Southwest China,” beginning July 9 through January 21, 2018. While both highly-valued and culturally significant, Chinese quilts have received little attention from scholars, collectors, and museums and little is known about them outside of the communities that make them. They embody layers of history, identity, expertise, and culture. MIFA is located at 706 Camino Lejo. For more information, visit internationalfolkart.org or call 505-476-1200.
Warrant and Winger in concert
Warrant and Winger are going to rock the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Rd., at 8 p.m. Warrant is a metal band formed in 1984 in Hollywood, which experienced success with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. The band first came into the national spotlight with their two times platinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich and one of its singles, “Heaven,” reached No. 1 in Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band continued its success in the early 1990s with the two times platinum album Cherry Pie which provided the hit album titled song and music video. Winger is a rock band that has combined elements of glam metal and progressive metal. Formed in New York City, Winger gained popularity with two platinum albums, Winger and In the Heart of the Young, along with charting singles “Seventeen,” “Headed for a Heartbreak” and “Miles Away”, put the band on the top of the charts by the early 1990s. In 1990, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for “Best New Heavy Metal Band”.Tickets start at $25. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and tickets, visit innofthemountaingods.com.
Old Lincoln Days
The Old Lincoln Days include “The Last Escape of Billy the Kid” at the pageant grounds next to the museum. Their will be also free wagon rides in the village, arts and crafts, music and colorful characters from the wild days when Lincoln was the center of the Lincoln County War. For more information, visit billythekidpageant.com.
Aug. 5, 8, 12, 16 and 24
“Lucia di Lammermoor”
The Santa Fe Opera presents, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Beauty and darkness collide in this bel canto masterpiece. The opera is sung in Italian with opera titles in English and Spanish. This is a new Santa fe Opera Production. The opera is located at 301 Opera Drive. For more information and tickets, visit santafeopera.org or call its box office at 800-280-4654.
Aug. 7 – 12
Missoula Children’s Theatre “Peter and Wendy”
Due to the popularity of the Aladdin-Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp a second camp was added. Children who have registered for “Aladdin” are welcome to register for “Peter and Wendy” as well. Participation Fee is $65 and includes a T-shirt, one Love Note (additional Love Notes, $2), lunch for all participants on Friday and Saturday. It is open to all school age children 5 years and up. Rehearsals are from Aug. 5 – 11, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Performance is Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. To register or for more information,call the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 575-746-4212.
Carrizozo Festival and Artists’ Studio Tour
The third annual Carrizozo Festival and Artists’ Studio Tour will take place on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. with a parade down 12th Street. The parade will end at McDonald Park, site of children’s activities, crafts booths and food trucks. There will be also a beer garden featuring renowned brews. There are 20 artists participating at nine stops this year. The studio tour will be held on both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A preview party will be held at Art Ruidoso in Ruidoso, just one block from mid-town, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11. Each artist will bring one piece of their artwork and will be on-hand for a meet-and-greet and to answer questions. The preview party is free and open to the public. Other Festival activities on Aug. 12 include music, the St. Francis de Paula Folklorico Dancers, a street dance and fireworks Saturday night. All events are free and family-friendly. For more information and maps on the Carrizozo Festival or Artists’ Studio Tour, go to Carrizozo Works or Carrizozo Art on Facebook or email Lisa at email@example.com.
The Zuni Show 2017: Art of the Pueblo
The Zuni Show 2017 takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Aug. 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Zuni is the largest of the pueblos in New Mexico and most of the Zunis’ income is from the sale of their artwork. This 2nd annual show expands exposure to the public, and once again artists will receive 100% of the proceeds from their sales. This is a fair trade event. Ethnographic films from 1924 depicting the Zunis’ past will be screened continually in the auditorium of the Scottish Rite facility. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, call Robin Dunlap at 505-660-0981 or visit TheKeshiFoundation.org.
Red Dirt Black Gold Festival
The free all-day festival takes place downtown Artesia and celebrates the oil and gas industry. This year’s concert lineup is as follows: Whiskey Myers, Bri Bagwell returns to Artesia, Dalton Domino, The Statesboro Revue and one of the last performances of Callahan Divide. For more information, visit artesiaacd.com or call 575-746-4212.
San Jose 52 Family Fair
The San Jose Catholic Church Carlsbad, 1002 De Bace St. is hosting its San Jose 52 Family fair. Doors open on Aug. 25 at noon and on Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. Music will be provided by Michael Salgado and La Sombra. For more information, call 575-885-5792.
Fabian G. Sanchez, Stephanie Carrillo, 07/31/2017
Alejandro G. Luna, Lindsey Dawn Hendricks, 07/31/2017
Anthony Sanchez, Amy K. Montanez, 07/27/2017
James D. Mapp, Jerica Rose Ledesma, 07/26/2017
L’rissa Reanne Cobos, Mariah Rae Rivera, 07/25/2017
David Porras Ontiveros, Marlene D. Montano, 07/25/2017
John A. Harp, Lynette M. Milian, 07/24/2017
Raymond J. Auty, Candice N. Steen, 07/21/2017
Samuel Ross Baker, Amber Lee Esparza, 07/21/2017
Jesus J. Jr. Rodriguez, Sulma Sifuentes, 07/21/2017
Justin Powell, Lindsay Morgan Brown, 07/20/2017
Fernando Daniel Varela-Germes, Anisa Bianca Morales, 07/20/2017
Jason Thomas Tutor, Becki Lynn Lucas, 07/20/2017
Jeremy J. Leaton, Julienne N. Braggs, 07/18/2017
Irvin Omar Rangel, Gabriela Herrera, 07/18/2017
Jonathan M. Sidwell, Michelle H. Medina, 07/18/2017
Timothy Austin Mason, Llysha Dawn Barbee, 07/18/2017
James A. Maestas, Jessica Garcia, 07/17/2017
Alizondo D. Castillo, Nallely Portillo, 07/17/2017
Ray M. Lemos, Lisa M. Lujan, 07/17/2017
Jaylan D. Barnett, Casey J. Farar, 07/17/2017
Brett N. Rehm, Samantha A. Bruton, 07/14/2017
Leonel K. Gutierrez, Alexandra R. Villa, 07/14/2017
Brandon N. Rathbun, Kathryn J. Tincler, 07/14/2017
William Franklin Godfrey, Maria D. Gutierrez, 07/14/2017
Sanchez Tomas Martinez, Alejandra Hernandez, 07/14/2017
Mario Barraza, Angela M. Welch, 07/14/2017
Todd G. Seidenschwarz, Jeannette Salas, 07/14/2017
Jacob G. Falcon, Dusti Lynne Cason, 07/13/2017
Eric James Romero, Bobbie Leanna Franco, 07/12/2017
Clayton T. Garnett, Sandra Lizbet Rosales, 07/12/2017
Mark Anthony Coronado, Isabel R. Castillo, 07/12/2017
Zane A. Arias, Brianne K. Bell, 07/12/2017
David J. Barbour, Heather Nicholle Mccrary, 07/10/2017
Leonard J. Jr Brown, Rosemary R. Welch, 07/10/2017
Michael A. Green, Geneva I. Reeves, 07/07/2017
Shawn P. Duran, Brittany Louise Snipes, 07/06/2017
James A. Blanchard, Jesica Brooks, 07/06/2017
Shae C. Fanning, Alejandra Jimenez, 07/03/2017
Timothy P. Mccormick, Cynthia L. Ulibarri, 07/03/2017
Fred Kenneth Weathers, Sharon Lee Ensey, 07/03/2017
Jose A. Espinoza, Diane Chavarria, 07/03/2017
August birthday party hosts musician
Imogene Lee’s daughter from Alto, Janie Hammons, will be at the Senior Circle birthday party to play violin and fiddle. The party is at 2 p.m. Aug. 9, and all members and prospective members are invited.
In addition to entertainment, there will be snacks, birthday cake and door prizes.
Senior Circle is in the Wilshire Center, 2801 N. Main St., Suite D. Senior Circle is an Eastern New Mexico Medical Center resource that offers travel, exercise, health education and much more. For more information, call the office at 623-2311.
Smoky Mountains trip in the fall
Senior Circle is offering a 9-day trip to the Smoky Mountains from Nov. 4-12. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, often called the new Branson, is the destination. You’ll visit the Titanic: The World’s Largest Museum, and experience the hallways, parlors, cabins and grand staircase of this replica of the world’s most famous luxury liner. You’ll view actual artifacts and hear passenger stories. That night you can tap your toes and relive the music of Motown legends like the Drifters, the Platters, Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson, the Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross and more.
The next day will be the “Tis the Season” show, free time in historic Gatlinburg and enjoy the Hatfield-McCoy Dinner Theater with Blue Grass Country Music, singing and dancing and lots of comedy. The day will be topped off at the Christmas at the Opry.
The next day is the Smith Morning Variety Show with classic country music, gospel music, oldies rock ‘n’ roll music, comedy and impersonations of famous stars. And the day wraps up with America’s Hit Parade Dinner Show spanning the ‘50s to the ‘80s and beyond and a special military tribute.
En route there will be stops at Fort Smith National Historic Site in Arkansas, the Opryland Hotel in Nashville and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. For more information or to register, contact the Senior Circle at 623-2311.
Senior Circle is in the Wilshire Center, 2801 N. Main St., Suite D. Senior Circle is an Eastern New Mexico Medical Center resource that offers travel, exercise, health education and much more.
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.”
The people voted, Trump won, so the people won. That’s the way our Constitution set it up. It’s time as they say to “Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.” You may not like the policies of the new administration, and the Constitution guarantees you are free to disagree with them, just as I disagreed with the previous administration’s policies.
The social and economic policies of the Democratic Party are the equivalent of turning our great mansion of a country into low-rent apartments. I agree that the middle class of this country is the backbone of our nation. It is time the Democratic Party did something to help them instead of pushing policies that kill jobs and keep people on welfare.
Promoting the general welfare of “we the people” doesn’t mean paying for everything every citizen might want, it means guaranteeing that they have the same rights as everyone else to pursue what they want. The United States military is finally getting the support and respect it deserves. I personally don’t care what it costs. They guarantee that you and I have the right to disagree.
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).
Why would the people of Andrews, Texas, want to have this waste in their backyard? Space inside a pit goes for $10,000 a cubic foot in most cases, but sometimes more depending on the waste class (A, B or C). There is enough radioactive waste to be managed that I agree with others; it could be a trillion dollar industry.
For example, there are currently 12 shuttered nuclear power plants across the country today. In the next 20 years, between 50 and 60 NPPs will be decommissioned. At $10K a cubic foot for LLW it will supplement the budgets of Andrews County (5 percent) and the State of Texas (25 percent) from WCS’ gross income. Each reactor could generate millions in storage fees and create a healthy revenue stream for Texas.
The WCS site has a current storage capacity of 1,338 acres on the 14,000 acre company property near West Texas border. It is actually a 5 minute drive from Eunice and nearly a third of the employees live in NM and yet, NM does not profit from the risk of having the storage facility as a suburb. WCS has recently applied for a license to temporarily store spent (unused) nuclear fuel as well. More money for Texas!
The Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance (ELEA) is also focused on getting a license to manage the SNF currently stored safely at each NPP. However, irrational fear has prevailed over the nuclear industry for 60 years and many communities don’t want it in their backyards. Fortunately, Eddy and Lea communities already understand the benefit/risk ratio.
Holtec International is one of several companies seeking cooperation from the federal government and has partnered with ELEA to construct a facility in SENM, just east of WIPP, to store SNF. Holtec has also developed an advanced nuclear reactor to consume the stored SNF and is partnering with a Canadian company to commercialize it. New Mexico could be the first state in the union to have a commercialized, clean and safe, advanced nuclear power facility.
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.
If one reads the preamble closely, this is obvious. It was to provide the ability to raise an army, to finance national defense, to make treaties and to regulate trade. Three of those authors, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, wrote 85 articles, known as the Federalist Papers, explaining the Constitution, its safeguards and presenting its separation of powers.
This was necessitated due to the absolute detestation of the Founding Fathers, to any kind of monarchist or elitist central government. The “we the people” referred to the common interest of peoples of the various states to secure their common interests. The Constitution went further by defining those limited powers that the central government could pursue, known as the enumerated powers of government.
A movement to alter the constitution started primarily with president Woodrow Wilson, a pseudo Socialist and academic elitist. Woodrow Wilson never worked in any environment other than his academic, ivory tower, utopian, intellectual, elitist circles. A more definitive document defending the rights of the common man was the Declaration of Independence that claimed the natural laws of nature and nature’s God rather than an all-powerful central government.
The progressives, in their zeal to help the common man take away his right to self-determination in favor of a central government that will decide for him. This is the attitude that you are not smart enough to make decisions, so we will do it for you. If one wants to see the results of a progressive socialist government, read the news about Venezuela.
“YOU SAID YOU HAD A LAB – WHY IS MY BILL FROM THIS LAB?”
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.
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!
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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.
State Sen. Cliff Pirtle told supporters this week that he and his wife, Aysia, have decided not to enter the congressional contest. Pirtle had told the Daily Record in June he was considering running for the 2nd Congressional District and that he would make a decision by Tuesday, when he released a statement to supporters. “Aysia and I would like to thank all of our family, friends and supporters for the texts, emails and phone calls encouraging us to run for Congress,” Pirtle, R-Roswell, said in the statement. “In truth, this was not a hard decision. While we feel our passion for rural New Mexico would help our state and America during these tough times, our focus must be on our family.” Pirtle, 31, ran unopposed last year for a second four-year term in the New Mexico Senate. Pirtle was elected to the state Senate in 2012 when he defeated Senate majority whip and 34-year incumbent Democrat state Sen. Tim Jennings to represent Senate District 32, which includes Roswell, Artesia, Dexter, Hagerman, Lake Arthur and Mescalero. “My priority is raising our two young boys and our daughter we are expecting this fall,” Pirtle said. “Aysia and I want to raise our kids on our family farm, not in Washington D.C. We want them to learn hard work and strong values not ‘inside the beltway’ culture. I am looking forward to continuing to stand up for Chaves, Eddy and Otero counties and fight for New Mexico and our values in the New Mexico State Senate.”
Volpato for Congress
On Wednesday, Carlsbad pharmacist and businessman Jack Volpato announced his candidacy for the Republican primary for the 2nd Congressional District, geographically one of largest congressional districts in the nation, which spans the southern half of the state and represents a varied constituency from the Permian Basin oil fields of southeast New Mexico to much more politically Democratic cities like Las Cruces and Silver City.
Volpato becomes the fifth person, and third Republican, to enter the race to succeed Pearce, R-Hobbs, whose announcement that he is running for governor instead of an eighth term in Congress has opened up a field of contenders of both Democrats and Republicans.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do and I would have run eventually sometime,” Volpato told the Daily Record Wednesday. “I think the fact that it’s an open seat, the timing is right. I discussed it with my wife. I thought about this for a long time. And then my wife green-lighted it. Sometimes the stars align. I’m running now, but five to 10 years down the road I would have thought maybe I’d run for it. It was something I was ultimately going to do.”
If elected, Volpato, 55, said he would fight for New Mexico job creation by promoting oil and gas production and exportation, and to end what he described as the overregulation of the oil and gas industry. Volpato said potash and agriculture are key industries in the 2nd Congressional District, and he would support them by ensuring fair competition and advocating for necessary roads and infrastructure. Volpato also said he wants to see the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia continually put to excellent use.
“Beyond any individual issue, I want to make sure that people in southern New Mexico have a voice,” Volpato said in a news release. “Elected officials must remember that it is their job to listen to members of the public and then take action to serve their constituents.”
Volpato, who was born and raised in Carlsbad, graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1979 and from the University of New Mexico in 1987 with a degree in pharmacy. He served on the Eddy County Commission from 2007 through 2015, which he said was an unprecedented period of economic growth and development in the region.
Volpato said a tax revolt in Eddy County, in which petitioners have forced a special election on sales tax increases approved by the Eddy County Commission, is an example of voter discontent.
”If the voters feel that strongly about something, then maybe it needs to go to referendum and we will see what the sentiment is,” he said. “I was blessed when I was on the commission. We really didn’t have economic hardships and the mandates from the state hadn’t really kind of started coming down like they are now.
”If it’s something worthwhile, then you’re going to have to raise the tax if it’s something you can’t fund any other way. I think raising the taxes is a last resort.
”I’m curious to see the outcome myself.”
Volpato, who said he very strongly supports the Second Amendment, said he supports the healthy management of the state’s forests, the expansion of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s mission and aggressively pursuing funding for remediation of the Carlsbad Brine Well. He said the best way an elected official can support growth and industry is to make certain areas receive support with needed infrastructure improvements, especially roads.
Volpato is currently the co-owner of Carlsbad’s Southwest Pharmacy. He has been named Pharmacist of the Year by the New Mexico Pharmacy Association and as Wal-Mart’s Community Pharmacist of the Year. Volpato said his decades of experience in the medical profession give him a good knowledge base on which to assist with the improvements that are needed in the nation’s health care system.
Volpato acknowledged he is entering the congressional race with less name recognition than some of his opponents.
“But voters have made it very clear that they are fed up with insiders and career politicians,” he said. “I’m running as a businessman and as a former county commissioner, and I’m running because voters deserve someone who is going to listen to them and practice what he preaches when it comes to eliminating roadblocks and fighting for job growth.”
So far, State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn and state Rep. Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo have also announced their candidacies for the Republican primary, while Las Cruces Democrats Tony Martinez and David Baake have announced their candidacies for the 2nd Congressional District. The Republican and Democratic primaries are June 5.
Dunn unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for the congressional district in 2008, when Pearce left to run unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. Pirtle and Pearce squared off in the June 2010 Republican primary for the 2nd Congressional District, when Pearce won 84.8 percent of the votes cast.
Martinez met last week with local residents at Los Cerritos Mexican Kitchen.
”I’m looking forward to getting up (in Roswell) pretty soon,” Volpato said. “This is a big district. It goes from Arizona to Texas.”
The 2nd Congressional District, geographically the fifth largest district in the nation and the largest one that does not comprise an entire state, includes all of Chaves, Catron, Cibola, De Baca, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Sierra and Socorro counties, and portions of Bernalillo, McKinley, Roosevelt and Valencia counties.
Volpato is the past president of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors with the United Way and the Carlsbad Department of Development. He is also active with the Carlsbad Mayor’s Nuclear Task Force and the Eddy Lea Energy Alliance, and was selected for the University of New Mexico Top 100 Alumni.
Volpato is also the co-founder of the Noah’s Ark Animal Refuge, and he awards an annual one-year tuition scholarship in memory of his mother, Elaine. The father of five children lives on a farm near Carlsbad with his wife, Julie, who is the principal at Dr. E.M. Smith Elementary School, a Carlsbad school for developmentally delayed children.
Editor Jeff Tucker can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 303, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Folklorico dance classes will take place the evenings of Monday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 25.
New dancers must register at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave., between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. one of those nights.
During registration, participants will be informed of the days and times of the Folklorico class into which they will be assigned. There are six different classes. Open to anyone ages 6 to 80, the classes will begin soon after registration week and will continue until next spring, when they will culminate in a recital in late May or early June. The fee is $10 for youth. Adults and seniors can enroll for free.
Returning dancers who participated in the Folklorico Dance Recital this year need not sign up during this month’s registration. The instructor will arrange to meet with returning dancers at a separate time.
Prior to registration, any questions from participants can be addressed to Frank Herrera by calling 624-2724 or emailing email@example.com.
A local couple has made a bid to purchase a historic downtown office building now owned by the city of Roswell.
Mason Holdings LLC, a partnership of Amanda and Joe Mason of Roswell, has submitted the only proposal to purchase the Fisk Building at 327 N. Main St., according to a city document.
“Did I sleep last night? No,” Amanda Mason said. “I am excited.”
Mason, a short sale specialist with a law firm, said that she and her husband, a Roswell police officer, still intend to open a Southern-style ice cream and treats shop at the 115-year-old building at the intersection of Main and Fourth streets and directly to the south of the Chaves County Courthouse.
“We are targeting January 2019 because the tenants are still in there and then the amount of renovations,” she said.
The Roswell City Council Finance Committee will consider the Masons’ offer at an 8 a.m. meeting today in City Hall.
The offer would have to pass committees, as well as the entire City Council, before a sale could be approved.
City officials declined to release the official bid submitted by Mason Holdings until negotiations are final, but agenda documents indicate that the couple has offered $30,000 to buy the aging building, which they estimate will cost at least $206,000 to repair to meet International Building Code requirements.
The value of the two-story structure exceeds “the cost of repairs needed to make the building useable again,” city documents state.
The documents indicate that Mason Holdings would pay $21,500 in cash at the time of closing, with the remaining $8,500 to be paid over a year to one of the tenants, Hispano Chamber of Commerce. That payment would include $2,500 for relocation assistance and up to $1,000 a month for six months in rent assistance at a new location. Mason Holdings also would agree not to sell the property for 10 years, unless in the case of death of one or both buyers.
The proposal also indicates that the current tenants, which include the Chaves County DWI Program as well as the chamber, can remain in the building for up to six months without paying rent or utilities as long as they sign a hold-harmless agreement.
Diane Taylor of the DWI Program said that many people have looked at the building over the years, without a sale going through.
“It’s been vacant for a lot of the time,” she said, “and a lot of people have been in to ask about it.” She indicated that her program offices likely will relocate to the Chaves County Courthouse.
According to a 2008 appraisal, the Fisk Building was built in 1902 by Citizens National Bank. For a time in the 1940s, the downstairs portion held a bar and lounge. In 1961, a major renovation occurred, and Fisk became an office building. In 1985, Chaves County purchased the building for a bit more than $187,500, with the county transferring ownership to the city at no cost in 2013.
The Masons first expressed interest in buying the Fisk Building in January 2017, when they emailed a city staff member to see if the city would consider selling.
After the Masons made a formal expression of interest, the city issued a Request for Proposals in early July, with bids due July 25.
City documents indicate that the 3,750-square-foot building was appraised for $165,000 in 2008. A 2015 appraisal placed the value at somewhere between $207,500 to $238,500, but noted that at least $50,000 should be subtracted from the appraised amount for needed repairs. The conclusion of that appraisal was that the fee simple market value was $160,000.
According to the timeline given in the Request for Proposals, a sale is not expected to close until the end of October should elected officials approve the Mason Holdings offer.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Roswell Police Department’s Facebook page described their Monday morning as unusual, even for a police agency.
Around 5:30 a.m., police dispatch received a call from the 100 block of South Richardson Avenue regarding a disorderly subject.
According to a criminal complaint, authorities were advised that a bald man was grabbing himself in a suggestive manner, asking a woman to go to the bathroom with him. An RPD sergeant advised the man that he was trespassing.
About 30 minutes later, an RPD front desk employee saw the man come into the building and walk to the restroom. Police said the man returned with significantly lesser clothing – he was completely naked as he entered the lobby of the Police Department.
RPD’s Facebook page said the man asked the desk employee, who was safe behind tinted glass, to give him access to another area of the building, which was denied.
The same sergeant, who previously made contact with the 180-pound man, arrived at the lobby and attempted to subdue the man. The sergeant advised that he needed assistance.
Another officer ran in to assist, finding the sergeant on top of the naked man.
Police said the man was advised several times to place his hands behind his back. While he reportedly responded with “OK,” police said he did not comply.
After officers had subdued the man, emergency medical services were called to check on him, as he was sweating profusely and yelling out random names, according to the criminal complaint.
The man was intoxicated on drugs or alcohol, according to the RPD.
An RPD officer said in the criminal complaint that he knew the man was a methamphetamine user and tended to remove his clothing in public, and perform other inappropriate activities.
The RPD said, thankfully, an officer was able to locate a pair of shorts the man may have discarded.
“Officers placed the shorts on the man to bring a much-needed end to an unwanted display,” the RPD wrote.
Ricardo Alaniz, 49, was charged with indecent exposure and resisting arrest.
According to New Mexico court records, this is not Alaniz’s first time being charged for either. Alaniz has had 20 other cases against him just in Roswell magistrate and district courts.
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at email@example.com.
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.
Another major project is wrapping up. Work on renovating and upgrading Parkview Early Literacy Center at 1700 W. Alameda St. is in its final phases, and is not included in the $154.7 million identified as future project needs.
Parkview “is substantially complete,” said district Construction Coordinator Mac Rogers. “They are working on finishing up the site, the playground area, the landscaping and the parking lot off Alameda.”
Described by district officials as a model for instructional programs, Parkview provides pre-kindergarten classes for 3- and 4-year-olds, with an emphasis on teaching those diagnosed with development disabilities or developmental delays. The project costs about $14.53 million, with the district paying about $4.65 million with state funds covering the rest.
Meanwhile, having been given the green light to build a new school for Del Norte Elementary in 2015, the district is now able to start the process, with district officials indicating that state funding for the project will be available this year.
The district has sent out a request for bids from architectural firms due by Aug. 18. The Board of Education probably will vote to award a design contract at its September meeting, said Rogers, with renderings or drawings turned in by early 2018.
“The way we prioritize projects is based on the state’s condition index,” Rogers said.
Originally built in 1958, Del Norte is ranked as the third-highest in terms of construction needs in a 2017-18 preliminary list of K12 public schools already approved for state funding compiled by the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority.
The $22 million project entails constructing a new building and demolishing the existing one when the new facility is completed, expected to be in summer 2020.
Rogers said that the state is expected to cover about 73 percent of the costs, while the district will pay the other 27 percent, or about $6 million. The local money will come from the issue of bonds approved by voters in 2015.
The new building, to serve about 575 students, will be constructed on the 10-acre site at 2701 N. Garden Ave. School administrators and city officials have voted to transfer ownership of the park behind the school from the city to the school district.
Rogers said the district will not seek energy standards certifications for the school, but that it will “strive to meet Energy Star requirements” through its materials and construction methods and installation of equipment designed to ensure good air quality.
Rogers said the new building will be similar to the elementary schools the district has built in recent years, such as Missouri Avenue Elementary.
In future years, the district most likely will work to renovate or reconstruct Mesa Middle School, Rogers said. Mesa now ranks No. 7 in the state on the preliminary priority list of K12 projects yet to be awarded funding. Washington Avenue Elementary School is ranked No. 10.
Rogers said that the state priority list, determined by a state team of facility assessment experts, changes periodically.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.