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Man on the Street opinions about Peta and Roswell’s exchange

Barbara Gomez: 1. I think that PETA has good intentions in terms of animal welfare but have a very militant approach on how they deal with communities. I think it would be more helpful if they approached a community and offered ideas, options and financial support rather than a shaming campaign. 2. As for their offer of $10,000 to update the mountain lion enclosure in exchange for moving the two brown bears to a more natural enclosure - although I hate to see the brown bears go but I also hate to see them live in such an unnatural enclosure made of cement, no greenery or trees and no areas to roam. Hopefully the City will move quickly to remedy and upgrade enclosures for all animals.

Q1: What is your opinion on PETA?
Q2: How do you feel about the situation between PETA and the city of Roswell?

Two separate vehicle-involved incidents send women to hospital

First responders attend a woman whose foot was run over, according to police, Tuesday on Wilshire Boulevard. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Two people were struck by vehicles Tuesday in Roswell, resulting in injuries to two pedestrians.

Invaders’ season ends with loss; Roswell swept by High Desert for Pecos League Championship

Invader first baseman Joey Miller hits a double to the wall during the third inning of Tuesday's Game 2 of the Pecos League Championship Series against the High Desert Yardbirds. Miller doubled again in the fifth, scoring Kaohu Gaspar from second, but the Invaders struggled to generate more offense, falling 5-2 and marking the first time in the league's seven-year history that the Invaders haven't won a championship in an odd year. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Ricky Dale Odom


Ricky Dale Odom passed away on July 25, 2017. He served the Marines. He enjoyed being a chef and was a great husband and father. He is survived by his wife, Arlene, his daughters Jessica and Melissa, and his sisters Tammie and Patty. Left behind four grandchildren and many nephews and nieces who enjoyed spending lots of time with him. He was loved and will be missed. May he now rest in peace and become our guardian angel. We love you.

Dale Woodward Kennard


Dale Woodward Kennard, a devoted husband, beloved father and a wonderful friend to many, was called home to the Lord, after a long battle with cancer, on July 30, 2017 at home with his family by his side. Dale’s family and firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.  Dale was a Christian who loved God and knew Jesus Christ was his savior. Dale wanted everyone to know that he would be in heaven with his friends and family who preceded him in death.
Dale was born in Maryland to Jack Harry Kennard and Shirley May Might Kennard.
He attended Goddard High school and Graduated from Irvine High School in Los Angeles, California in 1976. After high School, Dale joined the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly served and was honorably discharged as a corporal receiving a good conduct medal, rifle expert badge, and pistol sharpshooter. After the military, Dale pursued a career in the oil Industry and enjoyed working for Exeter for 14 years. He later worked for various oil field companies and excelled to the position of a consultant. Dale also started and operated a water well drilling company.
Dale was blessed with a large and loving family. Dale and Tami Married in 1996 and were married for 21 years. They merged families and had 9 children total: Loren of Louisiana (preceded in death); Nathan of Roswell, NM; Jared of Clovis, NM; Joshua of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Ashlyn of Tyler, Texas; Zachary of Roswell, NM; Ticey of Roswell, NM; Gavan of Roswell, NM; Logan of Roswell, NM; and 15 Grandchildren. Dale had five brothers: Fred of Georgetown, Texas; Jackie of Lubbock, Texas; Tony of Roswell, NM; Tim of Georgetown, Texas; and Steven of Houston, Texas. His brothers had several children giving him several nieces and nephews. Dale always enjoyed camping and fishing and traveling with his family.
Survivors include his wife Tami, his sons: Nathan, Jared, Joshua, Zachary, Gavan and Logan; his daughters: Ashlyn and Ticey; 15 grandchildren; five brothers; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Jack and Shirley and his daughter Loren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. August 12, 2017 at Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero, Roswell N.M. A reception will follow at Grace. Prayers and condolences can be sent to the guestbook online at Ballard Funeral home. Flowers can be received at 2604 E. Mescalero, Roswell, NM 88201.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

Weighty project for fourth grader

Zahriana Bencomo, 9, poses with the 12-pound, 14-ounce cabbage she grew for a summer project initiated in May by Missouri Avenue Elementary School teacher Angie Ramirez. Zahriana is starting fourth grade this week. Lucero, 5, is entering Missouri Avenue for her first year at the school. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Zahriana Bencomo said she learned a lot during her three-month project to grow a 12-pound, 14-ounce cabbage.

Job Corps graduate making a name for himself in gaming

Electronic gaming is fast becoming as popular and big a business as professional sports. Isaiah Baldonado, aka Butters, left is shown here broadcasting a Halo game along with Eric Hewitt, aka Gh057ayame (Ghostayame) at Dreamhack Atlanta in late July of this year. (Submitted Photo)

The parent who understands how much better a child grows when their passions are supported, is the parent who ends up proud of their adult child. Isaiah Baldonado is a young man who is making his mom proud.

PhilanthroParties helps kids give back


We had a lot of people read their 20 hours for the Summer Reading Program who are patiently waiting for their T-shirts, and for those that are, they will be available for pickup Aug. 16-31.

Insight from an old published letter


To my letter published Oct. 1, 2006, looks like the taxpayers are going to sink another $122,000 in the old Conoco Service Station with the installation of an insufficient public restroom facility and a temporary visitors center.

Considerations for choosing life


The Aug. 1 edition of the RDR had an article telling how a TV series about teen suicide may have triggered some web searches on that subject. Hollywood has been accused of glamorizing suicide more than once.

Kirk chosen as new president of Roswell school board

Misty Choy Photo Roswell school board member Mona Kirk, far left, has been chosen as the new president of the school board. Also pictured, from left, are the school board's new secretary, Alan Gedde, and the school board's new vice president, Ruben James Sanchez.

The Roswell school board on Tuesday night chose a new school board president in the wake of the abrupt resignation of the school board’s former president, although much of the discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting was about the delay of classes at University High School due to a water line break.

Otto Gail Eachus, Jr.


Otto Gail Eachus, Jr., age 89, passed away on June 23, 2017 in Roswell, New Mexico. Otto was born in Schell City, Missouri to Otto Gail Eachus, Sr. and Florence Wolfe Eachus, on June 22, 1928.
Otto is survived by his wife, Dorothy House Eachus and his two (2) children: Timothy Eachus of Granby, Missouri and his wife Jacqueline Clark Eachus; and Dr. Terri Eachus of Roswell, New Mexico and her husband Paul Taylor, III. Otto is also survived by his two (2) grandchildren: Timothy Cameron Eachus of Montreal, Canada; and Alexandra Paige Taylor of Fort Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his brother John Reid Eachus of Houston, Texas and sister Evelyn Thorton of Chase, Kansas and a host of nieces and nephews. Otto is also survived by his beloved Papillon Pierre (on loan from his granddaughter, Paige). He is preceded in death by his parents Otto Gail Eachus, Sr. and Florence Wolfe Eachus and his sister Annabelle La Fleur.
Otto’s father’s occupation of establishing small telephone exchanges moved the family frequently throughout the small communities of rural Missouri. His teenage years were spent in Sarcoxie, Missouri. Otto was active in sports, church and the Boy Scouts. Otto was an Eagle Scout and selected to be a member of the Order of the Arrow, which is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. Members are selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of scouting. In Sunday school, Otto had six (6) straight years of perfect attendance. In order to attend his own Eagle Scout induction, he and his best friend hitchhiked to and from the Eagle Scout Award Ceremony. If there was an Attendance Merit Badge, he probably should have received one for his consistency.
Otto graduated from Sarcoxie High School and left with five (5) of his friends the very next day for Army Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was sent directly to Korea as a member of the Army of Occupation. There he spent the coldest winter of his life, especially after his barracks burned down. Otto achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant before his Honorable Discharge.
After his stint in the Army, Otto enrolled at Southwest Missouri State now known as Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri taking advantage of his earned G.I. Bill. It was there that he met his wife to be, Dorothy House. She was his biology lab instructor and a fellow PE Class member and square dance partner. His gleaming wingtips with taps on the heels, polished to perfection (like no other could polish) caught her attention or maybe it was his distinctive eyebrows or his always neat appearance. Otto achieved his Bachelor of Science in Education at Southwest Missouri State and his Masters of Science in Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. “WOOOOOO…. !!” “PIG!!!” “SOOIE!!!” “RAZORBACKS!!!” After graduating he began his teaching and coaching career in Granby, Missouri.
Otto and Dorothy were married on May 17, 1950 in Springfield, Missouri. They had a blessed partnership of sixty-seven (67) married years together. They enjoyed raising their children and dedicating themselves to their teaching profession and their students’ educations. Otto enjoyed traveling, as well as Dorothy, especially by car. Most summer vacations were spent traveling throughout the USA and striving to see as much of our country as possible. Several of his young nephews and nieces, and the kids’ friends, became vagabonds that joined Terri’s and Tim’s summer adventures. His son-in-law, Paul Taylor, III stated that he believed that Mr. Eachus would gladly drive a thousand miles to see The Biggest Ball of String if it existed. The balance of summer vacations and most extended school holidays were spent at the family farms in Missouri. Otto enjoyed building fence on his farms in Missouri, photography (with all of his darkroom magic), and restoring his collection of antique cars.
Otto and Dorothy were/are members of Trinity United Methodist Church and raised their two (2) children in that church family. Their tenure at TUMC in Roswell is among the longest at fifty-seven (57) years.
Otto was recruited by then Roswell Independent School District Superintendent Shinkle to teach at North Junior High. This was the beginning of Otto’s thirty-three (33) plus years of teaching PE and New Mexico History, coaching of track, basketball and football and finally, counseling. He served as Interim Principal of Dexter High School and returned to be Counselor at Mesa Middle School at the age of seventy-eight (78) after being retired for several years. As he filled out his RISD application to be rehired, he quipped that all his job references were deceased. Superintendent Michael Gottlieb gladly signed him back up. Those years were especially rewarding for Otto. He retired once again after five (5) more years of service to the Roswell Independent School District at the age of eighty-three (83).
Otto was very active in his professional organization, the National Education Association. He served the local NEA as the organization’s President for two (2) terms, as well as Regional Chairman and State President representing over 10,000 educators at that time. Otto served on the National Board of the NEA for two terms. After retirement, he continued giving to education by serving twelve (12) years on the Roswell Independent School District School Board. Otto coached, attended and refereed thousands of Middle School, Junior High and High School games and tournaments during his career as an educator and coach. He was recognized for officiating the State Basketball Tournament at a recent fifty-year anniversary ceremony. He enjoyed nothing better than to be involved with sports, except maybe being in the classroom or counseling a student. He prided himself in his work and his “play.” He was at home in any gymnasium, football field or stadium where kids played.
The Eachus Family would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the physicians, medical assistants, caregivers and friends who provided kind and compassionate care to our Dad and Pop as his life’s journey concluded. Special thanks to Nicole Vargas, Comfort Keepers, Heartfelt Manor Staff, Kindred Hospice, Dr. Vyas Dake, Dr. Bob Rader, and Eric Stangebye our very special pharmacist, friend and former student-athlete of both Otto and Dorothy.
The family would also like to express its gratitude to LaGrone Funeral Chapel for their kindness and compassion extended to our family. The family would also like to thank in advance Tom Blake, Dr. Sara Montgomery, Sharon Howell, and Paige Taylor for the beautiful music they will be providing at the memorial service, and Kenda Reed Grimm and Amanda Hays for their culinary excellence and other unselfish talents.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August the 12th, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church at 1413 S. Union Avenue, Roswell, New Mexico. The family thanks the church, its staff and Pastor Glenn Thyrion for all of their efforts. Inurnment has taken place at the General Douglas L. McBride Veterans’ Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation of your choice:

The Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund
First United Methodist Church
200 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Roswell, NM 88201

Trinity Methodist Church
1413 S. Union Avenue
Roswell, NM 88203

Assurance Home
1000 E. 18th St.
Roswell, NM 88201

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Laurie Pankey-Lane


Laurie Pankey-Lane was born November 1, 1965, to Alex and Betty Pankey in Albuquerque, NM, and passed away Friday, August 4, 2017, of natural causes.
Laurie graduated from Goddard High School in Roswell, NM and Western NM University in Silver City, NM with a degree in accounting. She was the executive director at the Silver City Chamber of Commerce, and briefly sold real estate before moving to Roswell. She was currently employed by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services as an Associate Broker and was active in both local and state Realtors Associations.
Laurie loved hiking, biking, being in the mountains and volunteering for several organizations. She loved music and attended quite a few concerts with her beloved daughter. Laurie loved to travel and visited several European countries when her daughter lived in Madrid, Spain. Laurie is survived by her daughter Alli Lane of Silver City, NM and currently residing in Talkeetna, AK; parents Alex and Betty Pankey of Roswell; sister and brother-in-law Carrie and Kirk Weems of Roswell; nephews Drew Lucero and Quinton Weems of Roswell; and not to be left out, her beloved Yorkie Coee.
She was preceded in death by very special grandparents, Barney and Evelyn Pankey and Rollen and Margie Litchfield.
A memorial service will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 805 S. Main St., on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Epilepsy Foundation 8301 Professional Place, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785 would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Howard “H.T.” Duff


Howard “H.T.” Duff of Ponca City passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 in Ponca City, OK. He was 92 years of age. H.T. was born December 3, 1924 in Lamesa, TX to Leonard A. and Ruth Moize Duff. Having three older siblings, he was the baby of the family. He attended school in Klondike, Texas. Upon the death of his father in 1940, H.T. dropped out of school to work providing financial support to his mother. Although he was underage he begged his mother to sign the permission forms to allow him to join the Navy. In 1943, when he was old enough, H.T. enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Lamesa, Texas.
H.T. served a tour of Duty with the United States Navy during World War II. He was awarded the Victory Medal for his service. He met the love of his life Oma B. Bavousett through his sister, Jean. She and Oma were classmates at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. The couple met and fell in love, and on December 4, 1948 in Camp Springs, Texas they were married. They settled down to raise a family in Slaton, Texas where H.T. farmed and Oma taught school. The lovebirds were blessed with the birth of a beautiful baby girl. They named her Bea. The farm was a hard living and a shortage of rain caused H.T. to take a job at Southwestern Public Service company. The Duffs moved to Lubbock where Bea attended school and college. H.T. and Oma moved to Roswell, New Mexico in Feb. of 1981 to continue working for Southwestern Public Service as superintendent of the New Mexico Division Meter shop. He served the company for 30 years. In August 1999 he and Oma moved to Ponca City, OK to be close to Bea and her family. H.T. was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ponca City. He was a deacon for the First Baptist Churches in Lubbock, Roswell and Ponca City. He enjoyed working in his yard, quoting poetry, and woodworking. He also was an avid reader going through more than 16 books a week. H.T. loved to cook and often made casseroles and delivered them to the elderly (although he was 80 himself). Christmas was a special time for him to bake; he would always deliver pecan pies and Mississippi mud cake to the staff at the church. Anyone who knew H.T. knew he was ornery. He loved to tease and make you laugh. He also was prone to tell anyone he met that the H.T. stood for “Hard Times because he gave everyone a hard time.” He was often seen wearing his hat and boots.
Survivors include; a daughter: Bea Ward and husband Robert of Winfield, KS, a granddaughter Amanda and husband Daniel Dawson of Lyons, KS, a grandson Dustin and wife Charlene Ward of Arkansas City, KS, two great-grandchildren, Eliza and Samuel Ward also of Arkansas City, a sister Marie Augustsen of Tulsa, OK, a sister-in-law Mary Lou Bavousett of Weatherford, TX, and many nieces and nephews.
H.T. was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Oma of 55 years, a brother and a sister.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Ponca City with Grace Memorial Chapel in care of the arrangements. The family wishes for Memorial contributions to be made to the First Baptist Youth Group 218 S. 6th Ponca City, OK 74601.
Online condolences may be done at gracememorialchapel.net.

Ashley Sena


Ashley Dawn Sena, 31, of Roswell, NM, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017 in Roswell. She was born June 19, 1986 in Tucumcari, the daughter of Robert Sena and Olivas Robison. She moved with her family to Roswell in 1990.
Ashley loved politics, and was a huge history buff. She had a personality that commanded the attention of everyone in the room she occupied. She was outgoing and energetic and loved life. She was always laughing and smiling. She will be missed by her family and friends.
Ashley is survived by a young son Joseph Saenz of Albuquerque, her father and stepmother Robert and Liz Sena of Haskell, Arkansas, mother Olivas Robison of Roswell, four sisters Tracy Pratt and Stacy Richardson both of Albuquerque and Kristen Sena and Caitlan Schultz both of Roswell along with two nieces Lilliana and Audrina and two nephews Jakson and Gabriel.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 2808 N. Kentucky Avenue, Roswell, NM. A rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Father Josh Duplissey will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery in Roswell, NM. Pallbearers will Ronald Sena, Richard Gonzales, Larry Lopez, Joe Saenz, Josh Reid, David Hett, and Gilbert Gutierrez. Honorary bearers will be all her family and friends.
All arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 830 N. Fifth Street, Fort Sumner, NM. (575) 355-2311. To place an online tribute or sign the guest book, go to chavezfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Celeste Townsend Griffin


Margaret Celeste Townsend Griffin passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 3 p.m. A tribute of Margaret’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On July 18, 1962, Margaret was born to James D. Townsend and Margaret Garner in Lubbock, Texas.
Those left to cherish Margaret’s memory are her fiancé, Joseph Wilson; sons: Ben Mackdougal of Lubbock, Texas, Joshua Anderson of Abilene, Texas; granddaughter, Lilly Mackdougal; grandson, Levi Anderson; mother, Margaret Garner; sister, Paula Vanover; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Margaret in death are her father, one sister and one brother.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Margaret’s honor to the American Cancer Society, 8500 Menaul Blvd. NE, Ste #A500, Albuquerque, NM 87112.

City rejects $10K zoo offer from PETA; Animal rights group threatens news release, meetings planned to explore zoo’s future


The city of Roswell has turned down a $10,000 donation from an animal rights organization to build a new mountain lion exhibit at the Spring River Park & Zoo, saying a wider overhaul of the zoo is needed after a thorough study.

Woman’s death at Roswell hotel was result of murder; Police say hotel staff discovered body of victim, who had been shot


A woman whose body was found in a Roswell hotel room Friday afternoon was murdered, police have announced.

Eddy County murder conviction upheld by Supreme Court; Man who impersonated drug task force and killed drug dealer to remain in prison


The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld the life prison sentence of a Carlsbad man convicted of robbing and killing a man in his own home in Artesia during a fake drug raid in 2012.

Police reminds public to make safety a priority during new school year


The beginning of a new school year means new adventures for many children: new friends to meet, new teachers to get used to, new academic subjects to learn and master and for some students — new school buildings to figure out.


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