Robert Jack Payne, age 86, was born in Equality, Ill., 1-18-1931. He passed away in Roswell, NM, 6-11-17.
Survived by loving wife of 56 years. Mary L. Payne and two grown daughters, Mary E. Langlois and Victoria A. Mendez, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Robert Jack Payne, age 86, was born in Equality, Ill., 1-18-1931. He passed away in Roswell, NM, 6-11-17.
Kobe Hibachi Grill & Sushi Bar headed by Chris Liao offers up something very unique in the city of Roswell and it’s safe to say they already have a fan base. Mr. Liao is only one of a few hands-on owners who specialize in sushi, Hibachi, hospitality & management respectively. The most senior owner has around 15 years in the business and knows their way around a Hibachi grill.
The restaurant boasts an impressive 10 Hibachi grills, surrounded by 5 stations with a Japanese, a Thai and a Chinese chef at the helm supplying the taste, as well as the experience. Kobe also has seating at the sushi bar and seating in the dining area if you prefer a little more privacy.
Just like the Hibachi menu, Kobe has a sushi menu that holds a very strong presence which is very approachable but just as daring. Everything from Unagi (eel), for the novices, to Ikura (salmon roe), for the fish lovers, is served and come in a variety of styles.
Of course, traditional sushi styles like rolls, sashimi, nigiri and temaki are staples here but Kobe also offers unique sushi fare like the Crazy Monkey Roll: fried banana, sticky rice, avocado, cucumber, soy paper and a fresh banana which is slightly caramelized and served with a tangy, sweet sauce with whipped cream. If you’ve never had sushi for dessert, the unique Crazy Monkey Roll is highly recommended. There are around 50 different rolls, 15 sushi specials and 5 sushi combos expertly crafted in a countless number of styles. It’s good to know that the tuna and salmon is some of the freshest in town as well.
An assortment of fish, shellfish, steak, salmon, scallops, lobster, chicken and shrimp can be had at any one of the Hibachi grills. In addition, tempuras, soups, salads, appetizers, a selection of noodles and Chinese style fried rice.
Kobe also does lunch in a very Japanese way: the traditional bento box. Teriyaki chicken, beef and salmon are the gold standards but shrimp tempura, sashimi and chicken katsu are offered as well. The bento box lunch is served with miso soup, vegetable tempura, 4 pieces of California roll, edamame and rice, all within a bento box. There’s also daily lunch specials served Monday through Thursday for $8.25. Shrimp on Monday, Teriyaki Beef on Tuesday, Salmon on Wednesday and Chicken on Thursday.
As if that wasn’t enough, Kobe has something else for your seafood craving. Lobster, snow crab, whole shrimp, craw fish, clams, mussels and sausage boils are all sold by the half and full pound. The flavor is there as Kobe constructs their own classic, Cajun taste profiles. Each boil can come in your choice of original Cajun style, garlic butter or lemon pepper seasoning with adjustable levels of piquancy. Also, chicken wings just in case you want chicken wings.
Kobe Steak House & Sushi Bar serves beer, red wine, white wine and premium sake. The first round of sake bombs are on the house Monday through Thursday to go with your evening karaoke. Kobe hosts’ birthdays (w/ cheesecake), company lunch meetings and dinner parties of 15-20 so long as they’re notified in the morning the same day to allow for proper accommodations.
If you want dinner and a show, or just something good to eat, Kobe’s focus is to serve you outstanding Japanese cuisine and share their authentic Hibachi cooking culture and sushi expertise with you.
Kobe Hibachi Grill
& Sushi Bar
1000 W 2nd St. Roswell
Lunch – Everyday: 11AM to 2:30PM
Dinner – Mon. – Thur.: 5PM to 9:30PM
Friday: 5PM to 10:30PM
Saturday: 2:30PM to 10:30PM
Sunday: 2:30PM to 9PM
With no opposition voiced during a public hearing, four county commissioners voted Thursday to approve a new sales tax.
The one-twelfth of 1 percent increase, or 0.083 percent hike, could go into effect Jan. 1. It also could be rescinded before the new year, should county officials determine that the extra revenue is not needed.
The increase raises the gross receipts tax from 6.4375 percent to 6.5208 percent and would mean an additional 8.3 cents in taxes for every $100 in taxable goods or services purchased within the county.
County staff said that consideration of a tax increase was needed due to budget uncertainties, with timing determined by the fact that the legislative authority for enacting the tax expires July 30.
”If, in fact, we approve it and things really turn around and we get funded for everything that we get funded from, we might come back to you before January and say, ‘Kill the tax.’ We are obviously just trying to prepare for the unknown,” said County Manager Stanton Riggs at the Chaves County Board of Commissioners meeting, where the public hearing occurred.
Riggs added that the tax has no required sunset. If the tax goes into effect, commissioners could vote to retire it at any point.
“This is an increase that we estimate to bring in at least $800,000 to $850,000 a year,” said Riggs.
He explained that it could help offset increases in county expenses, due to rising indigent care costs. It also could bring in needed revenues, should the state decide to retain “hold harmless” taxes that now bring in about $600,000 a year to the county. Should the federal government decide to use some of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds for other purposes, that could reduce the $3.1 million the county now receives in PILT monies. Commission Chair Robert Corn said that other state government decisions also are affecting county budgets.
“If you don’t approve it today, this particular tax will go away,” Riggs said. “The state law that allows this tax, which is a one-twelfth tax … sunsets July 30, so if you don’t approve this tax today, there would be no way to ever approve this particular one again.”
Riggs and Commissioner T. Calder Ezzell Jr. explained that the tax authority was given to counties by the state in 2014 after the state decided to withhold one-twelfth of 1 percent of gross receipts taxes collected by counties for Medicaid matching money. The state then enacted the legislation allowing counties to implement a gross receipt tax increase to bring in additional funds if needed, giving counties only three years to enact the law if needed.
“I think it is important that the public understand that this is not a tax increase just because we want money,” said Ezzell. “It is to replace money that we no longer get.”
Commissioner Will Cavin said that the county could consider a decrease in property tax rates at some point if it was determined that the county had enough revenues.
Only one person spoke about the matter during the hearing, Roswell resident Larry Connolly. He expressed his support for the increase after asking questions of the commissioners about their ability to terminate the tax even if it is implemented in January.
Commissioners Ezzell, Corn, Cavin and Jeff Bilberry voted for the tax increase. James Duffey did not attend the meeting.
The tax specifically exempts direct satellite services and transportation services to places outside the county.
Roswell consumers now pay 7.5 percent in gross receipts taxes. They will pay 7.6875 percent starting July 1 when two new sales taxes take effect. Those tax increases were approved by the Roswell City Council in February to fund the $20 million aquatic and recreation center to be built at the Cielo Grande Recreation Area by fall 2018. (A third sales tax, passed by the city, was not approved by the state and is being restructured for another vote by the council and a possible January effective date. That tax is a one-sixteenth of 1 percent increase.)
If the new county tax takes effect in January, people buying goods and services in Roswell will pay 7.7708 percent in sales taxes, before the third city sales tax increase is added.
Based on information from the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department regarding tax rates as of July 1, the Lake Arthur tax rate would see an increase from 6.8125 percent to 6.8958 percent. The rate in Dexter would go from 7.3125 to 7.3958, and the rate in Hagerman would go up from 7.5 to 7.5833 percent.
The sales tax rates for neighboring counties as of July 1 will be 5.5 percent for Lea County, 5.875 percent of Eddy County and 6.625 percent for Roosevelt County.
How the state distributes gross receipts taxes intended for local governments is the subject of controversy in some areas. According to press reports, five cities in New Mexico have hired legal representation as they consider a lawsuit against the state regarding its collection and distribution actions in some instances.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext 310, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Roswell Police Department’s SWAT vehicle came to a standstill at the corner of Main and Fifth streets at about 3 p.m., Thursday.
Donald O’Connor, detective for the RPD, said it was just a mechanical issue on the air brake system.
“We had an incident where we were using it earlier, and then I was taking it to fuel it up so that it was ready for the next operation,” O’Connor said. “We have issues here and there — it just happens.”
As hundreds of motorists passed by in wonderment, a mechanic was working on the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle at the time the Roswell Daily Record had arrived, while law enforcement stood by.
The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.
A man walked into the Roswell Police Station and reported that he had set his house on fire because there was a Grim Reaper Portal open in the home.
Arrests and arrest citations
Michael Ryan Dees, 24, at the corner of West Hendricks Street and Missouri Avenue was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 5:45 a.m., Tuesday.
Antonio L. Delacerda, 18, at the corner of South Union Avenue and West Summit Street was charged with drinking in public at 10:06 p.m., Wednesday.
Ernest Paul Jr. Gonzalez, 53, at the 1700 block of West 2nd Street was charged with shoplifting at 12:34 p.m., Wednesday.
Sirron Orron Johnson, 33, at the 2700 block of North Main Street was charged with shoplifting at 1:11 p.m., Wednesday.
Estrella M. Montantez, 20, at the corner of Sherman Avenue and Albuquerque Street was charged with failure to comply at 12:40 a.m., Wednesday.
Police were dispatched to the 100 block of West Fourth Street at 11:58 a.m. Monday on a burglary call. A golf bag with clubs valued at $1500 was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to the 800 block of South Heights Drive at 1:51 p.m. Monday on a criminal damage call. A black 2007 GMC was reported vandalized, damages were estimated at $10,000.
Police were dispatched to the 3300 block of South Union Avenue at 2:48 p.m. Monday on a criminal damage call. The rear window of a 2005 Ford Focus was vandalized, damages were estimated at $1,000.
Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Jaffa Street at 9:23 a.m. Tuesday on a criminal damage call. Three vehicle tires were vandalized, damages were estimated at $240.
Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of South Main Street at 1:39 p.m. Tuesday on a criminal damage call. A Mongoose bicycle and backpack filled with miscellaneous items were vandalized, damages were estimated at $175.
Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of West 2nd Street at 1:43 a.m. Tuesday on a criminal damage call. A glass door was vandalized, damages were estimated at $500.
Police were dispatched to the 1100 block of East Beech Street at 9:03 p.m. Tuesday on a criminal damage call. A painting frame was vandalized, damages were estimated at $200.
Police were dispatched to the 900 block of West Summit Street at 9:18 p.m. Wednesday on a criminal damage call. A glass coffee table, a mirror and vase were vandalized, damages were estimated at $555.
Local law enforcement agencies have provided the following information. All people are presumed innocent.
Resident of: Roswell
Arrested: June 11 for DWI (4th offense)
BrAC/BAC: Test results pending
Arresting agency: Chaves County Sheriff’s Office
Resident of: Roswell
Arrested: June 10 for DWI (5th offense), failure to stop, driving on a revoked license
BrAC/BAC: 0.28, 0.29
Arresting agency: New Mexico State Police
Resident of: Roswell
Arrested: June 14 for DWI, open alcohol container in vehicle
BrAC/BAC: Test results pending
Arresting agency: Roswell Police Department
Resident of: Roswell
Arrested: June 11 for DWI (1st offense)
Arresting agency: Chaves County Sheriff’s Office
People think of dollhouses when they hear “miniatures,” with dads making dollhouses for their daughters. But dollhouses go back some 400 years and were decorated by wealthy Europeans.
For example, the 68 Thorne Rooms in the Chicago Art Institute are a big draw. Mrs. James Ward Thorne’s collection was made between 1932 and 1940 by master craftsmen according to her specifications.
Some folks in Roswell want to have their own museum to display miniatures and “curious collections.”
With two weeks to go to raise the funds to buy a building for the new Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum (MCCM), organizers are not only still seeking donations, but are also talking with a local bank about a loan.
“Without a building to start showcasing finished miniatures and rotating curious collection exhibits, we can’t generate income,” says Elaine Howe, one of MCCM’s founders. “We have great ideas for workshops, party opportunities and a gift shop.”
The group wants to raise $100,000 by June 30, which will not only buy the building located one street off Main, but pay for partial renovations to the roof and flooring. With about a quarter of those funds raised to date, MCCM organizers say they will push to the deadline and hope the bank comes through with any shortfalls.
“The building’s potential and the interest already generated in this new venture really keeps us going,” Howe said. “We’re so grateful to all our contributors — of both money and miniatures.
“Miniatures have quite a history here in Roswell,” said Howe. “There used to be an active organization that met regularly to share ideas and learn how to build certain furnishings. They even set up a large village at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, complete with a ferris wheel and water tower.
“Jack and Lannie Dunaham were among our master craftsmen and we have many of their works to put on display.”
MCCM is a project under the nonprofit Roswell Interarts Organization, P.O. Box 2271, Roswell, NM 88202. For more information, email@example.com or call 575-623-5600.
Three Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell students in the Automotive Technology program will compete next week in the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky, having won first in their categories in state competitions held in Albuquerque in March.
Students competing are Fabian Gomez, Pablo Renteria and Elier Renova Rojo.
Gomez will compete in the collision repair and technology category. Renteria will participate in an action skills leadership contest. He will make a five- to seven-minute presentation on a particular type of automotive painting technique known as plasti-dipping. Renova Rojo will compete in a power equipment category, working on small-engine diagnoses.
The students’ ENMU-R SkillsUSA advisors are Eric Gomez, automotive technology director, and Caleb Cain, HVAC-R instructor. Gomez has led students to national competitions for 12 years as a high school and college instructor.
SkillsUSA is a membership organization of people involved in technical and career education. It was formerly known as Vocational and Industrial Clubs of America. The organization sponsors competitions to recognize high school and college students’ abilities. Some students from University High School also are expected to compete in Louisville next week.
One more time for Lindsey; Good turnout expected for good cause at last Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids Saturday
The longevity of a memorial event is usually dependent on the effort of organizers and the support of a community, but also on the impact that the remembered person had on the lives of those who knew them.
The Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids will be held at Alien City Dragway Saturday. The annual race, which has been held in various cities throughout the region over the years, was held in Roswell last year when Lindsey’s parents, Rick and Tracy Callaway, decided to get back into track management.
Lindsey Callaway worked at the track, handing out time slips to drivers while her parents managed the race. Many racers still say it’s tough to come down the return road to pick up their slip and not see the bright, smiling blonde.
In her hometown of Dexter, the powerhouse softball team, most of which were not yet born when Lindsey succumbed to cancer, put Lindsey’s name on their state championship rings. A memorial softball tourney is held each year and the Lindsey Callaway Award is presented at the end of the year to an athlete that exhibits the kind of attitude, ability and leadership that Lindsey was known for.
“Lindsey touched a lot of lives,” her father said. “I talked to some folks in Hobbs who were involved with the Toy Race in the beginning. They call it the Lindsey Race.”
The event attracts racers of all classes and experience levels from all over New Mexico and West Texas, which means a great show on the strip. But the real goal of the event is to collect toys, clothes, money and other items for the young patients at Covenant Children’s Hospital in Lubbock, Texas, the same facility where Lindsey was treated years ago.
Rick Callaway, whose daughter Jessie Orr was a pediatric nurse at Covenant, said the act of giving a child, or even a young adult, a small toy or book during a difficult day at the hospital cannot truly be measured.
“I know from going through it with Lindsey that when it’s time to draw blood or some other procedure, it’s tough,” he said. “If you can bring them something to take their mind off what’s happening for just a minute, it makes it much easier.”
Lindsey passed away in January of 2001, and since December of that year, the Callaways have organized the Lindsey Callaway Memorial Toy Drive, which has raised $387,000 in toys and monetary donations. Rick Callaway hopes to reach the $400,000 mark this year.
“We can’t compete with major companies and corporations when it comes to spending a lot of money on cancer research,” he said. “Of course we know that 90 percent of cancer research funds go to administration costs. With our toy drive, everything goes to the kids. It’s a grassroots effort, just like the racing at Alien City.”
Callaway said Bevin England, director of development for the Covenant Foundation, will be on hand Saturday to speak at the drivers’ meeting before time trials get underway.
“Bevin has been working with us over the last few years and she’s a great speaker,” he said. “She’s gonna give the racers a better idea of the impact that they’ve made on the kids at Covenant.”
As usual, gates will open at 1 p.m., but Callaway said the pace will be slower, to allow cars to cool down in the expected 100-plus temperatures, and push the eliminations to a little later in the afternoon/early evening, when the air should cool off a bit.
”The racing will go into the night, and we are expecting a beautiful night for racing, with no wind,” he said. “If a person wants to come out around 5:30 or 6 p.m. when it’s cooling off, there will still be plenty of show to see.”
The box and no box classes will each have a $2,000 winner’s purse, with an extra $1,000 on top of that if they bring a toy to donate. There will also be a Quick 8 class featuring cars that run the eighth-mile strip in 5.5 to 6.5 seconds, and a Quicker 8 class for 4.5- to 5.49-second cars.
The Jr. Dragster class, which should feature 10-12 racers from around the region, will have a $100 purse ($300 with a toy donation), but the real prize for the top young racer will be the coveted “Nano” alien trophy, a one of a kind item for any trophy case.
Alien City will be open Friday night for Test ‘N’ Tune with gates opening at 6 p.m. Driver entry fee is $25.
Driver entry for Saturday is $75 for box and no box and $25 for Jr. Dragsters. Quick 8 and Quicker 8 entrants must bring a toy. Toys should be valued at $15 or greater.
Spectator entry for either day is $10 and kids 12 and under get in free. There will be a toy collection area near the track tower.
Callaway said this will be the last Toy Race, at least for the foreseeable future, so he hopes anyone who might be thinking about skipping it will show up for a final hurrah.
”There’s more racers from Roswell coming that haven’t been racing lately and it’s all because of the cause,” he said. “They know it’s very sentimental to us, but it’s also important to them. They remember Lindsey at the E.T. shack. It makes them feel good to come out and be a part of it, and it makes us feel good to see familiar faces we haven’t seen in a while. When they say, ‘I wouldn’t miss this race,’ that means a lot.”
Lindsey Callaway led the kind of life that inspires people to do good things. She was vivacious, caring and super-positive. She was the epitome of the drag racing community — a group that supports each other and can be counted on to show up for a good cause, and a good time.
Charles Lewis Thompson (Chuck) following a valiant but short fight with cancer, passed away June 14, 2017 with loving family members by his side. Chuck was born June 18, 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico to Captain Robert Dan Thompson Jr. and Jane Lewis Thompson. God had special plans for Chuck from the beginning. Chuck was the baby of the Thompson family. His mission in life was to love and be loved.
A memorial service will be held, Monday, June 19, 2017, 11 a.m. at the New Mexico Military Institute Chapel. Friends and family are invited to a reception at JRT Hall from 10 to 11 a.m. preceding the memorial service.
Early childhood days found Chuck and his siblings, cousins, and friends enjoying a free-spirited life, learning and discovering life mysteries on the Lewis/Thompson ranch north of Roswell. High school days found Chuck as a young cadet at New Mexico Military Institute, graduating from high school in 1967 and then attending college one year. With the Vietnam War in full force Chuck chose to join the Navy.
A big old ranch boy named Doggie was sent halfway around the world to be stationed in Japan. This is where his travel adventures began. Following his tour in Japan, Chuck’s next assignment was with a special Naval unit assigned to the South Pole. His adventures he shared with nephews were the best stories ever. The favorite one was demonstrating how the penguins counted their eggs all day, every day.
Once his Naval career was completed Chuck returned to Texas, living in Lubbock close to older brother Bob and his family. Chuck graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in business. Trying out several different job options Chuck found his perfect match with KOBR TV for 27 years. Chuck’s position as account executive allowed him to be out and about seeing different people daily, and of course with his charm “sell, baby sell” Over the years Chuck received special recognition for outstanding sales achievement.
Chuck’s position allowed him to focus on the important things in life rather than helping with the dishes. Finding Chuck in a room full of people was always easy. All one had to do was listen for grand laughter, see someone getting a huge Chuck hug, or observe who was on the dance floor first. Chuck was loving and loyal to his friends. Realizing having nephews to play with and their toys you could enjoy, Chuck’s heart told him there was room for some females. His first opportunity to expand “His” family was becoming Godfather for Meryl McNally. As time moved on two beautiful young women, Whitney and Alexandre Harrell became his “heart” daughters. The joys and challenges shared with these special ones made Chuck’s life complete
Charles Lewis Thompson is survived by his sister Janet (Jim) Miles of Denver, Colorado, sister-in-law Ann Armistead Thompson of Lubbock, Texas: nephews Chad Miles of San Rafael, California, Dan Thompson (Rhonda) of Fort Worth, Texas and Jesse D. Thompson of Temple, Texas. His extended loving family includes cousins that were always important his life.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Lt. Robert Dan Thompson Jr., and mother Jane Lewis Thompson; maternal grandparents Charles (Florence) Lewis; paternal grandparents Robert Dan Thompson and Mamie Burnam; brother Robert Dan Thompson III; and nephews James Miles.
We would especially like to thank all of Chuck’s family and friends who have been so attentive, loving, and caring during Chuck’s final journey, In lieu of flowers please select your favorite charity for memorials.
Chuck, your life’s mission was well done. You have loved and been loved. We will miss you.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.
Martha Lee Sparks, age 91, of Roswell passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Third St. in Roswell. Pastor Larry Sydow will be officiating.
Martha was born on July 10, 1925 to Joe and Helen Taylor Bowers in Wichita Falls, Texas. She worked in real estate for several years and enjoyed many past times; playing bridge with her group of friends, traveling when she could, ceramics, but her most loved was spending time with her family. Martha was involved with The Red Hat Society, Newcomers (serving as vice president and as president), Senior Circle, as well as volunteering at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for five years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and her son Harold Ray Killgo.
She is survived by four grandchildren: Starla Nunez and her husband Henry of Roswell, NM, Michael Killgo and his wife Kathryn of Pampa, TX, Tobi Savell and Fiance Steve Owens of Hobbs, NM, Heidi Killgo of Coeur d’alene, ID; 11 great-grandchildren: Trevor, Taryn, Mitchell, Collin, Shalyn, Kenzie, Jarron, Jordan, Alexa, Tahny, Gabriel; four great-great-grandchildren: Liam, Lathyn, Jaxx, and Paxtyn.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Sergio Alexander Salas, age 30, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Roswell N.M. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017, 6 p.m., 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 M. Salas and Sheryl L. Cooper. Sergio attended one year at NMMI, then went to the Youth ChalleNGe Academy. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Army. He was a 3rd Infantry and then Army Rangers. He had total of three tours overseas. He was recognized with many awards and metals during his enlistment. He then started work as a welder for the local oil rigs. He was always learning new things. He was kind hearted and always lent a helping hand. He attended Assumption of Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Sergio is survived by his daughter Avalynn J. (Salas) Bustamante; parents: Sheryl (Mince) Cooper, Sergio Salas, ex-wife, Rosa Salas; siblings: Arthur Lacey and his four children, Karina Sandoval, her husband and three children, and youngest brother Thomas Salas: grandparents; Thomas Salas, Lucy Brady and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Sergio is preceded in death by his sister, Alencia “Lindsey” Trejo and grandparents: Micaela Salas and Jimmy Mince.
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
Esther Chico passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10 a.m., at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. Interment will follow service at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Esther’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On August 2, 1954, Esther was born to Victor De La Cruz and Josephine Ferreira in Roswell, NM. Esther graduated from high school and later married. She was a housewife who enjoyed tending to her family. Esther was a devoted and loving wife, sister and friend. Esther will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Those left to cherish Esther’s memory are her sisters: Patricia Flores and husband, Martin Flores of Albuquerque, NM, and Mary Helen Martinez of Roswell, NM.
Preceding Esther in death are her husband, Jesus Chico; parents: Victor De La Cruz Sr, Josephine De La Cruz; brothers: Victor De La Cruz Jr of Roswell, NM, Ray De La Cruz of Roswell, NM; sister, and Rachel Gomez of Albuquerque, NM.
Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Rose Ann Montoya, 66, who passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Dr. Masoud Khorsand, a Roswell resident and physician, began providing superior quality care to the community in 1998 when he opened his doors as South Eastern New Mexico Internal Medicine, Hematology & Oncology, providing cancer treatments and care for patients with blood disorders. By 2004, he had opened a cancer center in Carlsbad and in 2006, a cancer center in Hobbs. Then in July 2008, the opportunity arose to expand into a full multi-specialty medical group, resulting in a name change to ‘Kymera Independent Physicians’. Kymera provides Southeastern New Mexico with multidisciplinary medical care in the areas of Primary Care, Endocrinology, Hematology, Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology both Invasive and Interventional, Rheumatology and state-of-the-art laboratory and Radiology services. The group employs approximately 150 staff members working with 16 providers in these communities. Kymera believes that the need for quality and timely healthcare is a prime concern for the residents in our community and will continue to expand our services to meet these needs.
Kymera Primary Care Centers are expanding to meet the medical needs of the communities we serve. This team is made up of superior physicians and mid-level practitioners with high levels of clinical expertise providing timely care for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.
Kymera provides much needed endocrinology care to include diagnosis, controlling and monitoring diabetes, thyroid disorders and other glandular diseases. The emphasis is placed on disease awareness and education on management of certain endocrine disorders by our endocrinology team including a physician, a nurse practitioner and well trained medical assistants.
Hematology/ Oncology (Blood/ Cancer Disease)
At Kymera Cancer Treatment Centers, we understand that a cancer diagnosis affects all aspects of your life including family, home and careers. Our patients appreciate the comfort and security of being able to stay home, continue to work and be with their family during treatment. Our board certified Hematologists and Oncologists provide trusted up-to-date cancer care utilizing evidence based treatment modalities which have been shown to improve patient outcomes. They accommodate patients in a timely fashion, facilitate second opinions and coordinate care with nationally recognized cancer facilities.
Kymera provides both Invasive and Interventional Cardiology services in-clinic and coverage at both hospitals in Roswell. Kymera’s Board Certified Cardiologist uses the latest technology and knowledge to increase patient outcomes once heart disease is detected and requires treatment.
Board Certified Neurologists provide access to care for patients in Southeastern New Mexico suffering from neurological disorders ranging from headache to seizures. Providing quality treatment enhances day-to-day functionality for patients which leads to improvement in the quality of life and performance in activities of daily living. Using the latest in diagnostic modalities of drug therapy and technology, our Neurologist can help patients obtain a higher standard of living.
The Rheumatology team is made up of a Board Certified Physician and a Physician Assistant with specialized Rheumatology training. Striving to stay abreast of the latest advances in medical management of Rheumatological and Auto-Immune disorders, the team goal is to limit and control the destruction of joints and immune system function, decrease severity and or frequency of pain and increase the quality of life for patients stricken with these diseases.
Laboratory & Radiology
The staff of Kymera’s Laboratory and Radiology departments is professional and service oriented. They understand that quality and timely diagnostic information is vital to good medical care.
To facilitate patients, the registration process is minimal, convenient hours (7:30AM – 4:30PM Monday – Thursday and 7:30AM – 12PM Friday) are offered and our facility is wheelchair accessible. The technologically advanced equipment is new and operated by skilled technicians. Radiology includes Digital X-ray, Dexascan for Bone Density Ultra-Sound, Echo, Nuclear Medicine, CT and PET/CT.
Kymera Independent Physicians Multidisciplinary
400 Military Heights Place
Kymera Cancer Treatment Center
407 W Country Club Road
The heat is no longer on. Matt Miller, Roswell’s fire marshal, expanded the occupant limit Wednesday at the Roswell Motor Vehicle Division office from 45 to 100.
Ben Cloutier, New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department director of communication, said the MVD has continued to follow all applicable laws governing building occupancy.
“Until today, the fire marshal’s occupancy limit at the Roswell MVD was 45 people,” Cloutier said Wednesday. “For months, the MVD has asked the fire marshal to expand the occupancy limit.”
Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the Roswell Fire Department, said the limit of 45 people was put in place by a previous Roswell fire marshal.
“Since the recent situation came up, the Fire Department’s current fire marshal inspected and measured the building to ensure MVD had the correct information according to fire code,” Wildermuth said. “The code allows for a maximum of 100 people in the building at a time.”
Wildermuth said while the MVD can still decide to lower the occupancy number, the matter is settled for the Fire Department and Fire Marshal’s office.
Mayor Dennis Kintigh said he received three phone calls and an email regarding the issue within a four-hour period Tuesday. He said he has not previously received these kind of reports regarding the MVD.
“I’ve been told that this has been a long-running process over there,” Kintigh said. “My understanding is that this has been a MVD policy that makes what they believe to be the correct limitations. They restrict the inflow of people by locking the doors and only allowing as many in as are exiting.”
Kintigh said he went by the MVD office at 200 Wilshire Boulevard around 1 p.m., Tuesday. A sign taped to the front door to the office read in all capital letters: “Building is over capacity we will be opening the doors shortley.”
“That building has been there for a long time,” Kintigh said. “I don’t know when it originally opened, but I can tell you this: The current fire marshal was not the fire marshal when the building was opened.”
Kintigh said the role of fire marshal is an odd position.
“It has two roles,” he said. “One is investigating arsons and fires — things from a criminal justice perspective. The second role is, code-enforcement, building standards for safety — kind of like your building inspectors.”
It’s important for the public to understand the duties of fire marshal, Kintigh said.
“We need to make sure that people understand that the fire marshals don’t make up what the number is — they don’t get to decide,” he said. “Their responsibility is to make sure structures and businesses comply with the codes. Now was there an error here, as far as the capacity? That’s what it appears. Why did that happen? Don’t know. It appears that it was done a long time ago, and that this should have been corrected a long time ago.”
With more improved communication, Kintigh said the city can continue to move forward.
“Fire marshals are a lot like referees,” he said. “That’s not being facetious, it truly is. They’re gonna make the calls that will make some people very unhappy and others very happy. We need to make sure that there’s a clear understanding on what are the expectations — that’s where the referee becomes less contentious — is if all the players know what the rules are.
“So in a sense, this little incident is a good thing. Because now, we’re going to have resolution, and we won’t have this happening in the future because the capacity was incorrectly listed, so yeah, we’re involved. Anything to do with the fire marshall — the city of Roswell — the city’s involved.”
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RUIDOSO — Authorities say two people are dead after their twin-engine aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Sierra Blanca Regional Airport Tuesday night.
The accident occurred around 10:10 p.m., leading to the aircraft to burn on impact, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The intended destination for the Beechcraft King Air E-90 was Abilene, Texas.
State police spokesman Carl Christiansen identified the pilot as 39-year-old Justin King and the second victim as his child, 13-year-old Hayden King, who was a passenger in the plane. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the wreck was immediately clear.
FAA investigators were headed to the accident site Wednesday, and the NTSB had been notified. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation.
The FAA said it will release the tail number after investigators confirm it at the site.
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at email@example.com.
Grace Community Church strives to live up to its name. Pastor Rick Hale says the church’s philosophy is a bit different than most.
“Our philosophy is upside down,” Hale said, “or as we call it right side up. We think the biblical model is that the goal of the pastor is to equip, train, resource and support members to actually do the ministry.”
Hale sees his role as more administrative.
“Every member is a minister and every ministry matters to God,” Hale said. “What makes Grace different is that I’m not the minister. A lot of churches hire the guy who does all the ministry, he does all the teaching, hospital visitations, funerals, weddings.
“Pastor comes from the biblical term for shepherd. The pastors job is to equip people to do the ministry. I spend 99 percent of my time doing administration. That frees up the members to do the ministration part of it.”
Grace’s outreach is so varied that they keep track of it all in a book.
“We have a ministry handbook with a brief description of every ministry in the church,” he said. “A portion are in house, but a portion is community focused.”
Hale said it’s all about passion.
“If a person is serving where their heart is, where they have passion, they’ll have fun and get more done,” he said. “They decide where they want to serve. Then we come alongside.”
One example of the way Hale works involved a dream his wife, Mary, wanted to fulfill.
“At first the fine arts camp was just an idea that my wife had,” he said. “Working with her, we helped flesh it out. What’s it going to look like? What’s it going to take? How do we get the word out? From that beginning it grew to a point that literally in two weeks we closed down our entire campus. Every square inch of this building, including outside was in use.”
The camp serves over 200 children every year. Their focus on children and youth is foundational.
“We have our Top Ten Values at Grace,” Hale said. “These are things we don’t compromise on. No. 9 is that children and youth will always be a top priority at Grace. Right now we’re sending kids to camp. There’s no way we could run the fine arts camp if we didn’t subsidize it. We are 19 years old and we’ve never ever told a kid, ‘Sorry you can’t go to camp, you haven’t got the money.’
“This week we have over 60 kids at Fort Lone Tree up in Capitan,” Hale said. “That’s elementary school kids. Next week we’re sending about 50 teenagers to Glorieta for a week camp and the next week is Fine Arts Camp. We spend literally hundreds of thousands of dollars every year on children and youth.
“When people see our budget and ask how come we spend that much money on children and youth I say, ‘Because we don’t have more.’ The need is there. We see what’s happening to our kids in our community. Anything we can do to get a kid out of a bad environment into a good environment even for a week, we’ll do it.”
Caring for the children means supporting the entire family, and Grace does this like few churches do.
“We run Divorce Care and Divorce Care for kids on the same night. Parents leave their kids in the kids class,” Hale said. “They have divorce care videos and leaders on their level while the parents are in a separate room getting information on experiencing separation and divorce.
Our No. 1 goal is to save marriages. But sometimes things don’t work out. Right now in America, 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.”
Grief support goes hand in hand with divorce support.
“We’ve got Grief share,” Hale said. “We have videos from leading experts in grief recovery. We show a video, turn it off and then the leader will guide a discussion. We run these almost non-stop.”
Sometimes all that’s needed is some adult time.
“Grace Refresh is a time for moms of young children to have some relaxing time,” Hale said. “They come up here, drop their kids off at the nursery, then they go in and they might have a brunch, or a guest speaker. They might have a program or they might just visit. It’s just to give moms a break where they get to talk to other adults.”
While Reflections in Recovery is not sponsored by Grace, it started there and the church has many members working with them still.
Financial Peace University was brought to Roswell some years ago, through the church by Kurt Gass. It’s still in place helping people learn how to manage their money and pay down debt.
Brad Ussery, director of the Community Kitchen, is a member of Grace and it has become his ministry.
“The fourth Monday of each month is our team’s time,” Hale said. “We’re excited about the new building for Community Kitchen.”
Another ministry that started at Grace and has become independent is Harvest Ministries.
“Harvest Ministries started right here,” Hale said. “Rubie would come in and say ‘Rick, I’ve got this idea!’ We provided an office for Rubie probably for a year while he was getting it together. He knew where every homeless guy lived, and what their names were. We send a team down every week to help at Harvest Ministries.”
Ron Biggers runs Street Smart Ministries, a prison outreach.
“He runs a team of people who do prison ministry,” Hale said. “It’s not just the weekly thing. We throw a Christmas party for families who have dads or moms in prison, and all the kids get a Christmas gift. Ron organizes that. We’ll put out cards to send to the prisoners, and people will sign them. So a prisoner will get a card and read that 40 or 50 people are praying for them.”
Sometimes their ministry goes well past the local community.
“Operation Christmas Child is run by Theresa McKee,” Hale said. “Samaritan’s Purse collects shoeboxes filled with useful items for the needy. I wish I had half of Theresa’s organizing skills. Because of her we are now a regional center for Samaritan’s Purse.”
The Bless Your Heart Quilt Ministry reaches out to Roswell and the world at large.
“They make quilts and deliver them to children in CASA and people who’ve been bereaved by the loss of a loved one,” Hale said. “They’ll send these to someone anywhere in the world. They’ll quilt in the person’s name, pray over the quilt and send it out. We have pictures of people in a hospital bed with their quilt over them.”
The church also has a life purpose coaching center that helps people who need to find direction in their lives. Pastor Hale is excited about the way his congregation reaches out in ministry. He is always looking for another idea for a way that the church can serve.
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.