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Residents urged to take precautions during extreme heat


It’s that time of year again, Roswell feels like it’s a human oven hitting triple-digit highs.

Missouri food supplier recalls 325,000 pounds of meat, poultry products


Supreme Cuisine, a Montgomery City, Missouri food production facility, is recalling approximately 325,000 pounds of meat and poultry fat and lard products due to a processing deviation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday.

Whitmans sweep Junior class; Lovington dragsters take top three spots at Race for Kids

Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids winner Alexus Whitman, front, awaits her turn to qualify Saturday afternoon at Alien City Dragway. Lined up behind her are second-place finisher Spencer Whitman and third-place Paesley Whitman. (AJ Dickman Photo)
Nine-year-old Paesley Whitman, driving her junior dragster “Short Stack,” gets ready for a qualifying pass in the 110-degree heat Saturday during the Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids at Alien City Dragway. The youngest competitor in the 10-car junior dragster field, Whitman finished third while her older siblings, 14-year-old Alexus and 11-year-old Spencer, finished first and second, respectively. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Theodore (Ted) K. Roberts 1920-2017


Theodore (Ted) K. Roberts, 96, of Amarillo, TX, passed away on June 17, 2017, in Amarillo, TX. Visitation will be held at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Services, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, TX, 79109 (806-355-8156) on June 20, 2017, at 6 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at First Baptist Church Amarillo, 1208 Tyler Street, Amarillo, TX, 79101 (806-373-2891) with Dr. Howard Batson, Pastor, officiating. Burial/Interment will follow at San Jon Cemetery in San Jon, NM, at 3 p.m. CT or 2 p.m. MT. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Ted was born in Hayden, NM, to Daniel Tipton & Stella Roberts on October 2, 1920. He graduated from Raton High School in 1938. He attended Eastern NM Junior College in Portales, NM, and Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM, where he met a Louise Bowe (”Bo”). Shortly after they were married, Ted served in the Army for two years during WWII. After the war, he graduated from the University on New Mexico (BBA) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MRE) in Ft. Worth, TX. Ted was Minister of Music for Fruit Avenue Baptist Church (Albuquerque), First Baptist Church Roswell and First Baptist Church Albuquerque, from 1946 to 1965 and started the Music Department for the Baptist State Convention in 1952. Then Roberts was Minister of Music & Administration for Narbonne Ave Baptist Church in Lomita, CA, for five years. Upon returning to New Mexico, he served as the Business Administrator for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico for 17 years before retiring in 1986. He and Louise moved to The Craig Retirement Center, Amarillo, TX, in 1997, where they have resided since.
Ted is preceded in death by his father, Daniel Tipton Roberts; mother, Stella Hauser Roberts; brother, Daniel Tipton Roberts, Jr.; sister, Lovell Roberts King; sister, June Roberts Ward.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Roberts of Amarillo; daughter, Judy Roberts Wood Hooks, her husband, RB; son, Daniel Kay Roberts and his wife, Mary; daughter, Karla Roberts Long, and her husband, Ernest. Grandchildren include: Kimberly Wood Broadhurst; Coy Roberts, Cody Roberts, Kristi Roberts, Andy Luikens, Jamie Luikens Cross; Melany Long Pearce, Austin Long. Ted is also survived by great-grandchildren Garrett Broadhurst, Avonleigh Broadhurst; Coy Roberts, Jr., Camden Roberts; Tipton Roberts, Tyler Roberts, Teagan Roberts; Maria Rosales, Sydnie Rosales, Kaylee Coronado; McKenna Luikens, River Luikens, Fynnlee Luikens; Bryson Cross; Landon Pearce, Carter Pearce, Grady Pearce; Aaron Long, and another expected any day.
Flowers and/or Memorial donations may be made to Baptist Convention of New Mexico (5325 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109) for the Inlow Youth Camp and/or Sivells Youth Camp. Ted was in charge of these camps for many years, and he had a heart for providing a camping experience for the youth. Condolences may be left for Ted Roberts under his obituary announcement at www.BoxwellBrothers.com/obit.

Carmen Torres


Carmen Torres, 61, falleció el Domingo, 18 de Junio de 2017, en Roswell, Nuevo México. Las visitas para verla serán en la Funeraria Anderson Bethany Martes, 20 de Junio de 2017, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. y Miércoles, 21 de Junio, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Después de la visita se recitará un Rosario a las 7 p.m. Los Servicios Fúnebres se llevarán a cabo Jueves, 22 de Junio de 2017, 9 a.m., en la Iglesia Católica de San Juan Bautista. El entierro sera en Cementerio South Park. Un homenaje de la vida de Carmen puede ser encontrado en www.andersonbethany.com donde puede dejar recuerdos y expresiones de condolencia a su familia.
Carmen nació de Antonio Marquez y María Sotelo Marquez el 29 de Abril de 1959, en Namiquipa, Chihuahua, México. Atendía la Iglesia Católica de San Juan Bautista regularmente y con mucha devoción. Una de las cosas que más le gustaba era pasar buenos ratos con toda su familia. Los mejores momentos para Carmen fueron disfrutar de su hijo y familia a lo máximo. Su familia y amistades la extrañaran y recordaran siempre.
Aquellos que se quedan para guardar la memoria de Carmen son su hijo, Gustavo Torres y esposa, Diana Torres; hermanos: Jose Marquez, Guadalupe Marquez; hermanas: Lucia Marquez, Maria Lidia Marquez, Martina Marquez, Marielena Marquez; cuñadas: Lupe Marquez, Joan Marquez, María Marquez; varios sobrinos y sobrinas.
La proceden en muerte su esposo, Juan Torres; hermano, Manuel Marquez; padres: Antonio Marquez, y María Sotelo Marquez.

Sergio Alexander “Alex” Salas


Sergio Alexander “Alex” Salas, age 30, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Roswell, NM. A memorial service was held on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. A tribute of Sergio’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On October 21, 1986, Sergio was born to Sergio Martin Salas and Sheryl Lynn (Mince) Cooper. Sergio attended New Mexico Military Institute for 1 1/2 years on scholarships and grants. He was then recruited from the Youth ChalleNGe Academy and graduated. Immediately following, Sergio enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the 3rd Infantry Division, and was an Army Ranger. Serving three tours overseas, Sergio was awarded the Ranger Tab, Army Commendation Medal two awards, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge. After leaving the U.S. Army, Sergio then attended college. An active church member of Assumption Church, Sergio was a self-employed Welder and could fix anything he set his mind to.
Sergio is survived by his daughter, Avalynn Jo Salas; Parents: Sergio Salas, Sheryl Cooper; grandparents: Thomas Salas, Lucy Brady; brothers: Arthur Lacey, Thomas Salas; uncles: Monty Mince and wife, Sandra, Cesar Salas; aunts: L.J. Dolin, Patricia Salas, Guadalupe (Salas) Romero, Norma (Salas) Gillette; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Sergio was preceded in death by his sister, Alencia “Lindsey” Trejo; grandparents: Micaela Salas and Jimmy Mince.
This obituary was approved by immediate family and next of kin.

Sylvester Raymond Harris


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Sylvester Raymond Harris, 59, who passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Capitan, NM. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Gayle Armstrong Stokes


Beloved Gayle Armstrong Stokes passed away at her home on Saturday, June 17, 2017 with family members at her side. She suffered from a brief illness with cancer. Gayle was born in Roswell on July 6, 1924 to her parents, Gayle G. and Murphy S. Armstrong. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Dewey Stokes. She is survived by many family members. Further details will be released when funeral services are scheduled.

Climate change is not a hoax, however …


I am a pragmatic environmentalist. As an environmentalist I am always on the lookout for how we can make incremental changes to improve the world around us. As a pragmatist, I acknowledge that we need to advance our cause through practical steps that will produce tangible results.

Run for local office to make a change


My name is Douglas Purcell and I’m a Navy veteran and a senior citizen.

Relapsing after detox kills recovering addicts


I want to thank Jose Mike Jimenez for his heartfelt column in Saturday’s edition of the RDR opening the discussion about heroin and other opioid use in the Roswell area. As an addiction professional, I want to add another point to what he said.

‘Walk A Mile’ in celebrities’ shoes; New exhibit showcases footwear of famous New Mexicans

Shown are the shoes of Cassie Marinovich, the current Miss New Mexico International. (Submitted Photo)

HOBBS –– There is an old saying, attributed to the Cherokee tribe: “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.”

Roswell’s healing powers drew people in; Numerous sanatoriums were offered to the sick in the late 1800s

(Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

Juniors shine at Race for Kids

The three Whitman junior dragsters — from left, Alexus Whitman's Hot Chick, Spencer Whitman's Limeanator and Paesley Whitman's Short Stack — await the first round of time trials Saturday at the Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids at Alien City Dragway. The Whitman family, big supporters of junior dragster competition in the region, added an extra $200 to the purse. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Josh Gates to crash UFO Festival; Host of Travel Channel show ‘Expedition Unknown’ will take part in 70th anniversary celebration


If you don’t plan on making an appearance at this year’s UFO Festival, you might want to reconsider.

Youth ChalleNGe holds graduation

(Keilee Templeman Photo)

Graduation, as we know it, is a special time for seniors to celebrate the ending of high school and the beginning of real life, but it’s not the same for these young cadets.

Stewart proudly stewards a family tradition in Roswell

Sandra Stewart maintains the recently expanded tea section at her store, Down To Earth Nutrition Center, at First Street and Missouri Avenue. Stewart is the fourth member of her family to own the store and she has big plans for it. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Of the many things a person could learn from watching Sandra Stewart, two of the bigger lessons are the importance of keeping family close and of pursuing one’s dreams.
Stewart owns Down To Earth Nutrition Center at the corner of West First Street and North Missouri Avenue. The store was started by her mother.

Juneteenth has been informing the area for over a century

Asking participants “What are you doing with your freedom?” a group of organizers for this year’s Juneteenth celebration were reciting accomplishments of African Americans throughout the nation’s history. Alice Wagoner, second from left, a descendant of one of Roswell’s first black families, organized this year’s event. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

The first Juneteenth celebration came shortly after Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, to inform the people there that the Civil War was over and slavery had been abolished.

Bitter Lake gives some history lessons

Mike Bilbo, in Spanish colonial-era attire, says rock art and bison bones can be found on federal lands near Bottomless Lakes State Park. He was one of the presenters Saturday at a Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge event that included talks about the history of the region. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Civilian Conservation Corps, the most popular of all the New Deal jobs creation programs of the 1930s, had as many as 52 work sites in New Mexico at its peak. These included Camp Bitter Lake, which housed workers who developed the wetlands area northeast of Roswell into the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a historian said during a Saturday presentation at the refuge.

There’s beauty in the beast

Tony Souza as Gaston, front left, thanks the audience and announces the new season’s program of Way Way Off Broadway Theatre Company. (Christina Stock Photo)


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