The Chaves County Board of Commissioners has entered into the controversial world of right-to-work legislation, and a Monday hearing on a proposed resolution already has brought comments for and against the issue.
The proposed new county law, officially known as the “Promotion of Economic Development and Commerce by Regulation of Certain Involuntary Payments Required of Employees in Chaves County,” will be one of five public hearings at the Monday meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place.
““Right to Work’ is grossly-misnamed legislation that does nothing to guarantee any employee a right to work,” wrote Patrick Lopez in a May 18 letter to commissioners asking them to reject the proposed ordinance.
Lopez is president of local chapter 51 of the Utility Workers Union of America, which he described as representing about 200 City of Roswell workers who live in Chaves County.
On the other side of the issue are some local business leaders. A recent newsletter from the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. indicated that discussions have been held about the pending resolution. While the group itself did not state an opinion, it did indicate that passage could make businesses and organizations in the county more competitive in bidding processes.
“One of the boxes we aren’t currently able to check on any request for proposals is New Mexico being a RTW state, which, in many cases, excludes us from further consideration,” the newsletter stated.
The proposed ordinance, introduced by Commissioner T. Calder Ezzell Jr., a lawyer and a rancher, would make it illegal to require any private-sector employee in the county to pay dues or fees to a union as a condition of employment. It also would prohibit people from being barred from or required to join a union to obtain or keep a job. Violations could be punishable by fines and detention in jail.
The ordinance would not apply to public sector or government employees, who are covered by different laws than employees of private companies.
Lopez contended in his letter that the ordinance is an “unfair and unnecessary intrusion” into a policy that is more appropriately the purview of the state legislature. The letter also summarized six points of opposition to the ordinance. These points included that passage could be costly, as Sandoval County is now engaged in litigation over the ordinance it passed recently; that the ordinance represents interference in negotiations between private employers and their workers; that federal law typically prohibits requiring union membership already; and that employees in states with right-to-work legislation earn 12 percent less than those working in states without such legislation.
The New Mexico Legislature considered a right-to-work bill this year, although it was defeated. But in January, as the bill was being considered, the Roswell City Council voted to support the legislation after a contentious hour-long debate. One city councilor charged that right-to-work legislation has its roots in segregationist attitudes and erodes employee protections. Another said the issue was racially divisive. Those who wanted the resolution as a sign of support for the proposed state law said a right-to-work provision is “vital” to economic development and business growth.
According to the National Conference of State Legislation, 28 states and Guam have enacted some form of right-to-work laws. In New Mexico, Sandoval, Otero and Lincoln counties have passed such ordinances. McKinley County officials considered a right-to-work ordinance at a May 1 hearing, but the motion to vote on it did not get a second.
Other public hearings due to be held during the Monday Chaves County Commissioners meeting concern two zoning matters, a decision about whether the county should act as the fiscal agent for a $200,000 state grant for the construction of a freezer warehouse by Leprino Foods Co., and consideration of a proposed ordinance to allow off-highway vehicles on county roads, similar to an ordinance passed by Roswell City Council in January.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Beth Lawrence said being the executive director of Peachtree Village Retirement Community is the toughest job she’s ever had. She’s been at the job for the past six years.
“It’s a tough gig,” she said.
But Lawrence probably wouldn’t want an easier job even if it was offered to her.
Before responding to an ad in the newspaper for the job at Peachtree and then getting hired, she worked in medical records at the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center, where she found working for the state government a bit too mundane with “lots of paperwork.”
Besides her daytime hours at the office, Lawrence said being in charge of Peachtree is a 24/7 endeavor because a staff member can call at 2 a.m. if there is an issue that needs to be addressed.
Some of the residents have dementia, and because of that, there’s always a possibility one of them could forget to turn off a faucet and cause flooding.
Now, Lawrence said, she has her staffers walk past the doors to the apartments in the wee hours and listen for running water.
Her management style seems to be very hands-on. She does all of the marketing for the community, which is owned by Compass Senior Living. In April, Lawrence was awarded Director of the Year.
For the past several years, Peachtree has maintained 100-percent occupancy in its 64 apartments, which Lawrence said is not an easy task for a private-pay community.
And although a few employees have come and gone over her six years at the helm, 70 percent of the employees who were there when she started still work there.
Lawrence moved to Roswell with her family from Massachusetts in 1977. She attended Goddard High School for four years and then attended New Mexico State University, where she graduated in 1985 with a major in administration and a minor in operations.
Her sister was in the restaurant industry and Lawrence worked at the restaurant to help pay for college.
After graduating, she got her first job as the director of the restaurants at the Albuquerque International Sunport. At that time the restaurants were all owned by American Airlines food service company, Sky Chef.
Lawrence said one of the biggest perks was getting to fly for free on any flight if it had an empty seat.
Her then-husband-to-be, David, was from Roswell, so she moved back to Roswell with him in 1986 to get married.
The couple had two daughters, who are now grown.
“Trying to find a job here was tough,” she said. “I worked for Pizza Hut for 10 years when it was across the street from Farley’s.”
Raising two daughters while working 60 to 70 hours a week was difficult, so Lawrence said she went to work at Pecos Valley Medical Center, where it was more of a 9-to-5 job.
Lawrence said she treats the residents as if they were her own family. Also, she wants the family members of the residents to be able to leave town knowing their elder loved ones are in good hands.
Tanya Kraft, whose mother lives at Peachtree, recently traveled overseas with her husband, Rick.
“Mary Beth is top notch,” Kraft said. “She loves each one of the residents as if they were her own parents. She goes out of her way to provide a family feeling.”
Lawrence said she has started several programs to recognize the residents, like a picture wall for residents who are veterans, scrapbooks chock full of photos and posts on Facebook that family members of residents can enjoy.
“They are in another stage of their lives that doesn’t have to be lonely,” she said. “They all have something we can learn from. The veterans who live here have a legacy and we must keep that alive.”
Community News reporter Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or email@example.com.
Editor’s note: The identity of a man police say was beaten to death on May 4 in Roswell was initially unknown. Authorities were later able to identify him as Todd Porter Evans, a 52-year-old homeless man. Two men have been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the case. Local feature writer Curtis Michaels recently spoke with Evans’ friends and family.
Todd Evans moved to Roswell to reunite with his sister, Jennie. As children she had been his teacher, and his protector in an abusive home.
“I taught him how to tie his shoes,” she said. “Because I’m left-handed he tied them backwards.”
She also taught her baby brother how to swim.
“He jumped in the deep end and I had to jump in to get him to safety,” she said. “When we got out of the pool he told me ‘I knew you’d save me.’”
Todd’s child-like demeanor made it easy for him to make friends.
“The first day he came to the shelter it was April 20,” Tim Riley said. “He liked to carve out walking sticks. When he’d finish one he might sell it or he might give it away. He always helped people when they needed it.”
His friend Buddy Joe appreciated his gentleness. “Todd was a different type of character,” he said. “He tried to befriend everybody. He didn’t hold a grudge. If he got mad at you, by the next day he was your friend again.”
Todd graduated in 1984 from Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch where, he told his sister, he felt safe for the first time. He then graduated from Gary Job Corps in San Marcos, Texas with a certificate in welding and metal testing.
He has two sons, Todd James Evans and Billy Jack Evans of Houston. Billy Jack has a five-month-old daughter, Tatum, who never got to meet her grandpa.
He left behind five older siblings, Mike Evans of Sarasota, Florida; Mark Evans of Dallas, Texas; Debbie Ellen Evans and Debbie Dawn Evans of Fort Worth, Texas and Jennie Evans of Roswell, NM.
In 1991 he was injured on the job. Ensuing back surgeries left him with permanent nerve damage, and he spent the rest of his life disabled. He then began life as a house-husband raising four step-children, Mark, Eric, Crystal and April.
Jennie speaks of her brother with pride.
“He loved games, loved music, loved people,” she said. “Todd was accomplished in playing the flute. He was a member of the renaissance festival and made leather products for it. He did a picture of John Wayne on leather, and he had been offered $10,000 for it. He was excellent at it. Tandy Leathers endorsed him for his talent.”
As adults Todd and Jennie didn’t always live near each other, but they remained close and enjoyed the times they could be together.
“I was so happy to see him here and to have my brother with me,” Jennie said.
Todd came to Roswell in April. His previous experience with shelters didn’t bring him any comfort.
“When I sent him here,” Jennie remembered, “he said, ‘I’m not going to any shelter.’ because he had lived in shelters in Houston and they’re horrible. This shelter is so much nicer.”
They looked forward to a future of living close to each other in Roswell.
“We finally had time together,” Jennie said. “He came here for me. We’d been separated.”
Two days before he was murdered, Todd had to go to the emergency room. When he arrived at his sister’s place she said he looked terrible. “He’d been in the hospital with low potassium,” she said.
Jennie fed him and let him sleep on her couch. Unfortunately he couldn’t stay sober for long. He knew he couldn’t stay at the shelter after he’d been drinking.
He told his sister he was going to get his jacket from the shelter and then he would find a safe place to sleep.
As a child, his sister’s love gave Todd hope. His life was a precarious balance between hope and tragedy. Hope brought him to Roswell. Tragedy wasn’t far behind.
A recent fundraiser at a community event has required the organizers to spend some time explaining more about it.
The Roswell Chamber of Commerce coordinated a golf ball drop during the Rise over Roswell balloon rally, which was held in conjunction with the Cinco de Mayo festival. The events were co-sponsored by the Hispano Chamber of Commerce and held at the Russ Dekay Soccer Complex on North Grand Avenue during the May 5 weekend.
The ball drop raffle was promoted not only as a way to send a youth to balloon camp but as a chance for someone to win $20,000. When it was announced that no one had won the prize money, some people were calling and posting to Facebook wondering why.
“I still don’t understand that this worked. What are the rules?” asked one Facebook poster. “What happened to the 20K since no one won?” asked another.
Some posters also indicated that they appreciated that some of the proceeds will be used to benefit youth.
But the critical responses have led a chamber staff member to think that a less complicated form of the raffle will be used next year.
“I am looking at different options as far as the ball drop because the feedback I am getting back is that maybe they didn’t understand it,” said Todd Verciglio, the marketing and social media director for the chamber. “I think I want to do something next year that has more of a guarantee.”
According to rules posted on Facebook and printed on flyers, the purchase of a $15 to $10 raffle ticket gave the buyer an opportunity to win $20,000. During the golf ball drop on the morning of the balloon rally, a 1,000 golf balls marked with numbers were dropped from a balloon. The 10 balls that landed closest to the bullseye of a target drawn on the field were picked up.
On the morning of May 9, the chamber announced the numbers on the 10 balls near the bullseye. Had the number on one of those balls matched the number that had been placed in a sealed envelope prior to the ball drop, the ticket holder with the matching number would have been the winner of the $20,000.
But, alas, as event organizers announced on the afternoon of May 9, none of the 10 balls nearest the bullseye had the same number as that in the sealed envelope. The winning number, 5244, did match a ticket that had been purchased, but that number was not on a ball near the bullseye.
But where did the $20,000 prize go?
“I know that we have had several other people ask us if the chamber is holding on to the $20,000,” said Verciglio. “The way that it works is, it is an insurance policy that you can buy. They are pretty typical and standard across-the-board. And then if all the criteria of the contest is met and there is a winner, the insurance company pays out the $20,000 for the prize money. It is not like the chamber had that money sitting in reserve.”
The chamber’s executive director, Candace Frost Lewis, said that the policy was purchased through Odds On Promotions and cost a bit more than $600.
According to Verciglio and Lewis, the sale of the raffle tickets raised a little more than $5,200. Some of the proceeds from the raffle will be used to send one to two kids from the area to the Rio Grande Balloon Camp in Albuquerque during summer 2019, at a cost of about $500 to $1,000. The rest will be used to cover any outstanding bills resulting from this year’s Cinco de Mayo and balloon events and to pay toward next year’s events, which, as Verciglio pointed out, are free events for the public.
Verciglio said that local youth will have the chance to submit essays or applications if they are interested in being considered for the balloon camp and that the balloon rally committee will chose who will go. Because this year’s summer camp is filled, the youth will attend the 2019 camp, he said.
Lewis said that she thinks the fundraiser went “really well,” although she recognized that as a first-time fundraiser and one organized fairly quickly, that some people didn’t have time to understand all aspects of it.
“I think, in time, when we do this again next year,” she said, “we will schedule it more in advance rather than rush it as we did this year.”
The Clovis Police Department has arrested a man wanted for a burglary and non-fatal stabbing committed in Artesia in December.
According to court records, Gonzalo Rodriguez, 25, of Clovis was arrested early Thursday night and is due to make his first appearance in Eddy County Magistrate Court on Monday.
He is charged with aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor larceny charge.
The Artesia Police Department obtained an arrest warrant May 8 after police said that blood on a tennis shoe left at the crime scene matched a DNA sample taken from Rodriguez.
According to police statements, Rodriguez is believed to have entered a couple’s home Dec. 24. He was identified as the brother of a pet sitter given access to the home while the couple was out of town for a few days.
The criminal complaint states that the couple discovered the man in their master bedroom and began to wrestle with him. As they struggled, he allegedly stabbed the woman in her forearm and the man in his hand with what is believed to have been a hunting knife from the home. The woman grabbed a couple of items for the suspect during the tussle, including the tennis shoe, according to the police statement.
Roswell Independent School District Board of Education special meeting, 8 a.m., Board Room, Administrative & Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky Ave.
Chaves County Board of Commissioners, 9 a.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place
Roswell Museum and Art Center Board of Trustees, 4 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, RMAC, 100 W. 11th St.
City of Roswell Parks and Recreation Commission (workshop), 6 p.m., Conference Room, Parks and Recreation Office, 1101 W. Fourth St.
Eddy County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting, Facilities Inspection Tour, 8:30 a.m., Eddy County Administration Complex, 101 W. Greene St., Carlsbad
City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St.
Artesia City Council, 6 p.m., Artesia City Hall, 511 W. Texas Ave.
Roswell City Council General Services Committee, 4 p.m., Large Conference Room, City Hall, 425 N. Richardson Ave.
Driving on the busiest streets in Roswell, I see some of Roswell’s finest citizens punching the gas and running red lights, not making a full stop on a red light before turning right, running stop signs, cutting people off in traffic and speeding through school zones. These acts are not mistakes but are done intentionally.
I am waiting for one of these fine people to T-bone someone. It might wake them up, but then I seriously doubt it. There is nothing you can do about ignorance. Guess if it was someone maimed or killed in their family because of blatant stupidity, they might think twice.
Slow down, especially in a school zone. You never know when a child is going to dart out in front of you. Remember, the world does not revolve around you.
I was pleased to see the ceremony in which our new U.S. embassy was dedicated in Jerusalem, Israel.
Since Israel’s independence in 1948, our embassy has been in Tel Aviv. It took the likes of President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We must also note that the new embassy is in the western or “new” side of Jerusalem where the Knesset or Israeli parliament is located, rather than the “old” or eastern side that was occupied by Jordan until the 1967 war.
The most pragmatic people must understand that Israel is our only ally in the Middle East. She is our first line of defense in any Middle East confrontation. Everyone should understand that the modern re-emergence of Israel as a sovereign nation is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
In Ezekiel 38 and 39, we read of a battle that is still in the future. Jews are in Israel, and the Lord defeats a mighty army arrayed against Israel. In the 20th century, Israel defied incredible odds with victories in four wars against Muslim alliances. Some might call this “lucky.” I think it is realistic to attribute the results to God’s active intervention.
In Genesis 12:2-3 The Lord says to Abraham, “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you; l will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.” (NIV). In World War II, Nazi Germany tried to annihilate the Jews. They were a divided country from 1945 to 1989.
In recent decades, we have seen an amazing public relations effort to paint Muslims who aim rockets against Israeli civilians as victims and calling Israelis aggressors for defending themselves. We must not find ourselves on the wrong side of God’s covenant with Israel.
Russell A. Scott
Jane Armstrong Garnsey, Rancher, died in Overland Park, Kansas, Wednesday, May 15, 2018.
Jane was born in Massachusetts in 1927 and raised at Burleigh Farms, a large dairy farm in Holderness, New Hampshire. She married, becoming the beloved wife of Elmer E. Garnsey II, and was active in the operation of Slash G Cattle Co. in Virginia, Oklahoma, and then New Mexico, where she remained for 30 years. Widowed in 2009, she lived in residence with her eldest daughter, Nancy, in Overland Park, Kansas.
She leaves four sons, John, Roger, Stephen, Thomas, and two daughters, Ms. Nancy Scott and Mrs. Suzanne Musgrove.
She will be laid to rest in the Garnsey Family Plot in Red Bank, New Jersey, together with her husband.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Harold Floyd Dubas passed away on May 10th at his home in Riverside, California. “Hal” or “Dub” as he was often called, was born on January 28th, 1936 in Burwell Nebraska to Edward and Helen Dubas and was one of four children. He grew up on his family’s farm in Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska. He was a proud member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1958. Immediately after graduation, he joined the armed forces serving in the United States Air Force for 26 years and retiring as a Lt. Colonel.
He served in the Vietnam War as a navigator on KC 135 air refueling tankers. He met his wife, Mary Ann, while serving at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, NM flying on B-52 bombers. At the end of his career, he served as the Director of Operations and Training for Strategic Air Command (SAC). Following his retirement from service, he worked in the defense industry using the knowledge from his many years in the military.
Hal was a long-time resident of Riverside, having moved his family here in 1978. He was a fervent sports fan who was passionate about Nebraska and UCLA football, where his son Mark attended, as well as car racing. He loved gardening and proudly reached the designation of Master Gardner.
Harold is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Ann Dubas of Riverside, his sons Todd Dubas of Hobbs, New Mexico and Mark Dubas of Santa Monica, his brother Kenneth Dubas and sisters Mary Dubas and Adeline Hamilton.
A viewing will be held at Acheson and Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary on May 21st from 5 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be on Tuesday May 22nd at 11 a.m. at Saint Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church. Military burial at Riverside National Cemetery at 12:45 prompt. Reception to follow after at Mortuary.
Randall Jason Woods was born on May 29, 1978 to Michael and Nancy Woods in Roswell, NM. He met our Lord and Savior on May 3rd, 2018 after battling a lengthy illness. Born and raised in Roswell, Randy attended school at Berrendo Elementary, Berrendo Middle, and Goddard High School. During his childhood, Randy enjoyed spending time with his parents, brother, his many friends, and cousins.
He attended college at South Plains College in Lubbock, TX and Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. He attended management school at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, and he was in the Leadership Roswell class of 2006. He had a strong work ethic and he poured his heart and soul into his family’s business at American Moving and Storage, where he was the best boss, a strong salesman (earning the sales award in June 2012 from United Van Lines), and he was very particular about treating his customers with the same respect that he treated his grandparents.
Randy met the love of his life in March of 2003 on a blind date. Randy and Sonya married September 20, 2003 in Las Vegas, NV. Together they had two beautiful daughters, Kyra and Macy. He deeply loved his wife and children with all that he had. He treasured his relationship with his children and he was a very proud father, the best dad ever. He taught his children how to golf and ride their bikes among many other things. He was blessed to meet the love of his life, best friend, and soulmate at a young age and they both knew during their first date that they had found the one.
Randy is survived by his wife, Sonya; daughters Kyra and Macy Woods; His parents Michael and Nancy Woods; brother Christopher Woods and partner Scott Caldwell; Father in law Rick Kuehnemund, whom he considered one of his best friends; Brother in law Jared Kuehnemund; Sister in law Sarah Kuehnemund; Niece Emma Kuehnemund; Nephew Ryker Kuehnemund; a special cousin Marc Woods, and dear friends who were more like brothers, Paul Thompson and Landon Mayberry. As well as aunts and uncles; Cindy and Greg Anderson; Todd East; Steve and Dianna Woods; Paul and Etta Woods; and numerous cousins.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Jack and Vida Woods and Al and Alice East; an uncle Alan Woods, with whom he shared a special connection; and Mother in law Sally Kuehnemund.
Randy never met a stranger. He was kind-hearted and helped anyone, anytime they needed it. He would have given you the shirt off his back, even if it was the only one he had. Everyone knew Randy was eager to help and worked hard all the days of his life. He was a great story teller and loved to tell jokes. He was a happy and blessed man and he shared that joy with his family and friends. He shared a special joke with his children the day he passed away.
Randy’s wishes were for his life to be celebrated with a large gathering of family and friends and his children have decided to celebrate their dad on what would have been his 40th birthday. His celebration of life will take place on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Roswell, NM; Pastor Melvin Rigsby officiating.
A Remembrance Celebration for Randy will be held at the Roswell Elk’s Lodge on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 3 p.m. Please join us for appetizers and sharing of stories and memories.
The Roswell Assurance Home had a special place in Randy’s heart and one of his final wishes was to have donations made in his name to them.
A go fund me account has been set up by friends of the Woods Family to help with medical expenses.
Mr. Tom Tyler left this world on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at the age of 63. Services for Mr. Tyler will be held at Roswell Baptist Church, 700 E Berrendo Rd. Roswell, NM, on Wednesday May 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Burial will be at the Hagerman Cemetery immediately following the service. A full obituary for Mr. Tyler will be printed in Tuesdays paper.
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home floor, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.
Outplayed during two losses in Boston, the Cavs used a three-day break in the series to regroup and re-grip this series. They built a 19-point lead in the first quarter, pushed it to 30 in the second half and overpowered the Celtics, who fell to 1-5 on the road in the postseason.
Any discussion of Cleveland’s demise is premature. Kyle Korver made four of the Cavs’ 17 3-pointers and Cleveland had six players in double figures.
Game 4 is Monday night before the series returns to Boston.
Jaylen Brown was in foul trouble all night and scored just 10 for the Celtics after averaging 23 in the first two games. Jayson Tatum scored 18 and Terry Rozier 13 for Boston.
Only 19 of a possible 300 teams have ever overcome a 2-0 deficit in the playoffs. James and the Cavs, who previously did it in 2007 and again in 2016 while winning the NBA title, took the first step toward a third comeback.
To return to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year, the Cavs have to win four of five and re-write Boston’s illustrious history. The Celtics are 37-0 when they win the first two games in a series.
“That doesn’t bother me,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said before Game 3. “The games have to be played. They won two games on their home court, which we know they’ve been playing well the whole playoffs, but we’re not discouraged.
“So, 0-2 doesn’t really mean anything.”
Apparently not. The Cavs came in wanting to play faster and be more physical with the younger Celtics, who were the aggressors in Games 1 and 2.
Lue also needed more from point guard George Hill after two poor performances (8 points, 1 assist) in Boston. Hill responded with a driving layup to start the game and drained three 3-pointers in the first quarter as Cleveland wasted no time taking control.
Hill finished with 13, J.R. Smith 11 and Cleveland’s supporting cast played so well that James only had to play 37 minutes.
Boston coach Brad Stevens was confident his team would play better on the road than earlier in these playoffs, but the Celtics were shaky early, committing four turnovers and shooting 2 of 10 while the Cavs opened a 27-11 lead.
James arrived at 5:45 p.m., greeted by the usual phalanx of cameras waiting to record his walk from the security entrance at Quicken Loans Arena to Cleveland’s locker room.
Earlier in the day, James said the fact he has twice rallied from 2-0 deficits in the postseason offered no relief.
“There’s nothing about the playoffs that’s comfortable until you either win it all or you lose and go into the summer,” he said.
Summer might not be as close as it once seemed.
Stevens has deep Cleveland roots, but he’s slowly converting family members to pull for Boston’s teams.
His parents are from Northeast Ohio and his wife, Tracy, is from suburban Rocky River. Before the game, Stevens was asked what happens to all the Cavs, Browns and Cavaliers gear he gets as gifts.
“My 7 1/2-year-old nephew was offered 10 extra-credit points (in school) if he wore anything regarding Cleveland yesterday, and he went all green,” Stevens said. “And three years ago, I think he was all Cleveland stuff. So we’re making strides with him. But yeah, we have a large contingent. Maybe they’ll get some of those (Game 3 giveaway) yellow shirts and pass them around to some people who haven’t completely converted to rooting for the Celtics yet.”
Celtics: Seeking to become the sixth No. 2 seed to win the East in eight years. Boston was a No. 4 seed when it advanced to the finals in 2010. … Fell to 3-8 in playoff games in Cleveland, the most by a Cavs opponent at the Q. … Stevens was relieved to learn that Boston legend Bill Russell was recovering after a hospital stay brought on by dehydration. Russell won 11 NBA titles with the Celtics. “He’s the ultimate basketball winner,” Stevens said. “The way he impacted winning, the unselfishness of a teammate, what he stood for off the floor — everything about him.”
Cavaliers: James needs six field goals to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) for the most in postseason history. … Cleveland has won six straight playoff games at home. … Improved to 14-6 vs. Boston in the playoffs.
Game 4 is Monday night.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette scored in the opening minute and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots to help the Tampa Bay Lightning hold off the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final.
Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan also scored as the home team won for the first time in the best-of-seven matchup, with the Lightning taking a 3-2 series lead and moving within one victory of advancing the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in four seasons.
The Capitals, in the conference final for the first time in the Alex Ovechkin era, have lost three straight after winning twice on the road to begin the series.
Ovechkin scored with 1:36 remaining, trimming what once was a three-goal lead to one, however Vasiliveskiy made three more saves down the stretch to finish the victory.
Game 6 is Monday night in Washington, where Tampa Bay has already won to improve to 5-1 on the road this postseason.
The Capitals won the first two games on the road, scoring 10 goals on Vezina Trophy finalist Vasilevskiy and sending the Lightning — won had the best record in the East during the regular season — into desperation mode.
Tampa Bay responded by winning Game 3 in Washington, evening the series despite being outshot and outplayed for sizeable stretches of a 4-2 victory in Game 4 and returning home, where coach Jon Cooper was confident the Lightning would be better than they were in the first two games.
Turns out Cooper was right.
Washington’s Dmitry Orlov turned the puck over in the neutral zone on the opening shift of the night and Callahan made the Caps pay for the mistake, feeding Paquette for a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the game.
Palat’s second goal of the series made it 2-0. Tampa Bay extended the advantage to three goals when Callahan scored 33 seconds into the second period.
Outshot 13-4 and limited to one scoring opportunity in the opening period, the Caps began to put some pressure on Vasilevskiy in the second.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal in his fourth straight game, giving him a franchise single-year, playoff-best 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) and trimming Washington’s deficit to 3-1 at 4:21 of the period.
The Capitals kept pressing in the third period, but didn’t breakthrough against until Ovechkin scored his 11th goal this postseason.
Notes: The road team won each of the first four games of a series for the sixth time in the last 10 years and 26th time in Stanley Cup playoffs history. Under that scenario, the road team has won Game 5 only three times. … Paquette’s goal was his first in the playoffs since Game 3 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, ending a 34-game drought for the 24-year-old center. … At 19 seconds of the opening period, Palat’s goal was not the fastest to start a game in Lightning history. Adam Hall scored for Tampa Bay 13 seconds into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against Boston in 2011. … Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky was a game-time scratch.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Nothing can stop Kevin Harvick these days, and the hottest driver in NASCAR picked up a $1 million payday with yet another victory.
Harvick won the All-Star race on Saturday night exactly 11 years to the day of his only other win in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s exhibition event. This time it is part of a raging hot streak that sent him into the All-Star race with five points race victories, including the last two.
It’s technically three in a row now, although the All-Star race is for cash only.
Because it doesn’t count, NASCAR could play with the rules and it experimented with a package that included a horsepower-sapping restrictor plate and was designed to improve a race that has become beyond boring over the last 10 years. The package Saturday night did make for better racing, but the same result: Harvick celebrating again.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify endured the most difficult race of his career and came away a step closer to becoming trainer Bob Baffert’s second Triple Crown champion in four years.
The heavy 2-5 favorite jumped out to the lead, surrendered it briefly to Good Magic and roared back, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness through a cloud of fog on a sloppy, slippery track Saturday. Justify has the chance at the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9 to do the same thing Baffert’s American Pharoah did in 2015.
“Right now, I don’t see why not,” Baffert said.
Just getting through the Preakness was a test for the Kentucky Derby champion. The start wasn’t a problem, but Derby runner-up Good Magic pushed Justify along the back stretch and Bravazo and Tenfold made up ground at the end before the wire.
“You could tell he was in a fight the whole way,” Baffert said. “He’s just a great horse to handle all that pressure and keep on running.”
As Baffert was praying for the wire at Pimlico, Justify won by a half-length. Bravazo edged Tenfold for third, and Good Magic was fourth, running out of gas at the end of the 1 3/16-mile race.
“It just wasn’t a good trip,” Good Magic trainer Chad Brown said. “I would have liked to see a different scenario, maybe where we’re just off the pace a little bit, we weren’t getting pressed on the fence the whole way. Disappointing.”
That almost happened to Justify, who won his first four races by a combined 21 1/2 lengths. Jockey Mike Smith was worried when he saw Good Magic over his shoulder and when Justify slipped early, and he was hoping there was enough left to get to the wire.
“He got a little tired,” Smith said. “This is his hardest race that he’s had.”
Baffert tied veteran D. Wayne Lukas’ record with his 14th victory in a Triple Crown race and matched 19th-century trainer R.W. Walden with his seventh Preakness title. Baffert also remained undefeated with Derby winners in the Preakness following Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem and American Pharoah.
Justify showed more evidence of being the same kind of super horse as American Pharoah, and Baffert has repeatedly drawn comparisons between them.
Smith won the Preakness for just the second time in 17 tries, 25 years after his first aboard Prairie Bayou.
Justify is the 36th horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
“I’m so happy that we got it done,” Baffert said. “I’ve never had one run that fast here.”
Justify showed no ill effects from a bruised heel on his left hind foot that was discovered in the aftermath of the Derby, an injury Baffert insisted was minor and over within 24 hours. With an eye on the 1 1/2-mile Belmont, Baffert said he and his team would evaluate Justify but more importantly would make sure he’s good to run again in three weeks.
“We’re going to make sure that he comes out of the race well and he trains well for it,” Baffert said. “He’s going to have to be really training well.”
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Odubel Herrera homered and pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, sending the Philadelphia Phillies over the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 on Saturday.
Alfaro was scratched with right knee soreness after originally being in the lineup. He was removed from Friday night’s game.
Greg Holland (0-2) surrendered two runs while getting just two outs.
Herrera extended his streak of reaching base to 45 consecutive games with his home run in the third inning.
Tommy Hunter (1-0) wound up with the win. Seranthony Dominguez pitched two perfect innings for his first career save.
DODGERS 4, NATIONALS 1, 1ST GAME
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ross Stripling struck out a career-high nine in six innings as Los Angeles won the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Howie Kendrick, hitting a team-leading .303 for the Nationals, took an awkward step while retreating to catch a deep flyball to left field in the eighth. He was put on the 10-day disabled list with a right Achilles tendon injury.
Stripling (1-1) struck out the side in the first inning and then fanned the final five batters he faced. He allowed one run on four hits, walking none.
Kenley Jansen threw a perfect ninth for his seventh save in nine opportunities.
Tanner Roark (2-4) lost as Washington played a full game for the first time since Sunday night because of rain that has lingered over the Mid-Atlantic.
INDIANS 5, ASTROS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Corey Kluber struck out 10, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes hit home runs and Cleveland beat Houston.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner made his 22nd straight start of allowing no more than three earned runs, breaking the team record set by Sonny Siebert in 1965.
Kluber (7-2) gave up two runs — on Carlos Correa’s eighth homer in the sixth — and six hits in seven innings. He walked none.
Cody Allen got five outs for his sixth save.
Dallas Keuchel (3-6) allowed four runs in five innings.
REDS 5, CUBS 4, 11 INNINGS, 1ST GAME
CINCINNATI (AP) — Billy Hamilton drew a bases-loaded walk with no outs in the 11th inning and Cincinnati outlasted Chicago in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
The benches cleared in the seventh when Javier Baez exchanged words with Reds reliever Amir Garrett after striking out to end the inning. The fracas was quickly broken up.
Cincinnati loaded the bases in the 11th off Justin Wilson (1-1) on two walks and a bloop single. The Cubs went to a five-man infield with the speedy Hamilton up, but he drew a walk-off walk on five pitches.
Dylan Floro (1-0) earned his first career win with two relief innings.
Ian Happ homered, tripled and doubled for the Cubs, who drew a large contingent of fans to Great American Ball Park.
GIANTS 9, ROCKIES 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford got three more hits and drove in four runs as San Francisco ended a three-game skid.
Crawford reached on a bloop single in the second inning, had a two-run double in the third and hit a two-run homer in the sixth. He is 31 for 69 (.449) in May.
Chris Stratton (5-3) scuffled through another start but went five innings. Jon Gray (4-6) allowed five runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
ATHLETICS 5, BLUE JAYS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Chad Pinder hit his first career grand slam as Oakland rallied with five runs in the eighth inning.
Pinder’s drive off Tyler Clippard (4-1) completed the Athletics’ comeback from a 4-0 deficit.
Emilio Pagan (1-0) worked two innings for the win and Blake Treinen got his 10th save.
Toronto has lost 11 of 14 at home, including the past five straight.