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Carmen Barraza


A rosary will be held at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Dexter, NM for Carmen Barraza, 71, who passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018 in Lubbock, TX. Mass will be held at 12:00 pm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 also at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Carmen was born October 2, 1946 in Ysleta, TX. She is preceded in death by her daughters Elizabeth Barraza and Annalilia Barraza and brothers Jose Veloz, Ejinio Veloz and Carlos Veloz.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children Javier Barraza of Phoenix, AZ, Raul Barraza of Ft. Worth, TX, Jose Barraza of Carlsbad, NM, Norma Barraza Veloz of CD, Juarez, Agustin Barraza of Phoenix, AZ, Brenda Barraza of Copperas Cove, TX and Lorena Barraza of Dexter, NM. Also surviving her are twenty-five grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
Carmen was a very, very loving and caring Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Aunt. She worked for many years at Levi Strauss Company where she retired. Carmen was a fighter and never gave up, she was strong and very compassionate. Her heart was open to many and loved to help anyone in need.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

Earnest “Hank” Britt


Earnest “Hank” Britt, 75, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, March 17, 2018. A Memorial Service will be Thursday, March 22, 2018, 2:30 to 4:00 PM, at the Country Club Road Church of Christ. At that time, the family will also receive guests in the fellowship room beginning at 2:30 PM until 4:00 PM.
Celebrate Hank’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or an expression of sympathy for his family.
On March 12, 1943, Hank was born to Henry F. Britt and Nell Stone in Hagerman, NM. He met the love of his life, Elaine Burton, in 1959, and they married on December 7, 1962. Hank loved the Lord and his family with all his heart. Together, he and his wife attended the Country Club Church of Christ. Always being a gentleman and very respectful of others, Hank was a very loving husband and father. He was known to continually lend a helping hand to others. Hank was and a Truck Driver, owning and operating his own business for many years. Later, he drove a truck for DBS.
Hank was preceded in death by his father and mother, Henry F. and Nell L. Britt.
Those left to honor and cherish the memory of Hank are his wife, Elaine Britt; son, Shane Britt and wife Brenda of Dexter, NM; son, William Britt and wife Sandy of Dexter, NM; daughter, Natalie Swinney and husband Kennon of Dexter, NM; grand-children: Matthew Britt and wife Sara Lynn of Kenoshia, Wisconsin, John Henry Britt and wife Courtney of Roswell, NM, Wyatt Swinney, Bailey Swinney, Heath Swinney all of Dexter, NM; great-grandchildren: Lux Britt, Dacie Britt, Ari Britt, Kelvie Britt, Jenson Britt; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Leeanna (Lia) Bettine McConnell


Leeanna (Lia) Bettine McConnell, age 55, was called home on February 24th, 2018. She was born in Roswell, NM to Ivan Johnson and Kay Terry on February 9th, 1963. Both parents have preceded her in passing. She graduated from Roswell High School and then started her short life’s journey. She is survived by her husband, the love of her life and soul mate for a blessed and happy 26 years, 1SG (Ret) Brent McConnell. No matter where the Army moved them, Lia would always make the new place a loving home where family and friends were always welcomed. On two occasions the Army moved them to Hawaii where they discovered their desire for travel, water sports, seeing clear blue oceans, and more beautiful sunsets. Upon retirement, they became avid cruisers in the challenge to have fun, find more clear blue oceans, and where they could watch beautiful sunsets together. Lia enjoyed collecting shoes and purses, from fanciful to formal, tennis shoes to pumps, she was comfortable in both, and loved letting her nieces try them on. She was a lover of life, laughter, and making memories with family and friends with cookouts, roasting green chilies, games, playing practical jokes, and scaring anyone that was nearby, mostly her husband and children. Lia had a tender and generous spirit for those she loved, and often went out of her way to help family and others.
Lia was an wonderful loving and caring wife, mother, and mimi to her surviving children, Brian Graham and his fiancé Misty Neal, Nicholas Graham, and Taylor and wife Samantha McConnell. Lia (Mimi) is also survived by her four grandsons Connor and Echo Graham, Raylan McConnell, Wesley McConnell. She is also survived by two older brothers and two younger sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Those of us that had the pleasure of knowing Lia through the years will always have her in our hearts, and we take comfort in knowing that she is with our Father in Heaven and now home.
Leeanna (Lia) (Mimi) McConnell was greatly loved and will be forever missed.

Sheriff’s Office arrests murder suspect; Gunman previously pleaded guilty to negligent use of deadly weapon in 2017


A Roswell man was charged with murder in the second degree and tampering with evidence after a shooting left a man dead northwest of Hagerman Sunday.

Oh, oh domino; Game of dominoes popular activity at city’s adult center

A group of men playing dominoes at the Roswell Adult & Recreation Center on Tuesday. Between 15 to 18 players gather to play the game from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

Yeah sure, you can play dominoes online — just like chess or any other table game for that matter — but it’s much more fun when you’re with other players you can joke around with (or insult).

Only the strong survived in days of Old West; Spirit of cowboy toughness still lives on today in modern New Mexico

Cowboys getting ready for the cattle drive. (Kent Taylor Photo)

Pianist Carl Sonny Leyland to perform April 29


Welcome to Jazz About Town! Monthly installments will be covering a wide variety of jazz related topics. We plan to keep you informed about the music’s colorful history, the lives of its important creators, composers and performers and information about recordings. We will periodically list local and regional jazz events with special emphasis on our own nationally acclaimed Roswell Jazz Festival and its student educational component, the RJF School of Jazz.

Entrepreneur brings new twist to cattle trading; Business owner shares advice during forum at NMMI

“I think it is just part of life,” says William Wallace III, left, about business failures for entrepreneurs. “You stumble. You get back up.” Wallace, co-owner of Santa Teresa Livestock Auction on the U.S.-Mexico border and a New Mexico Military Institute alumnus, speaks with Brig. Gen. Douglas Murray, NMMI chief academic officer, after giving a talk at Saturday’s Forum on Entrepreneurship held at the Institute. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

William Wallace III, better known to some as Bilo, has given a new twist to a long-standing business in this area of the world, cattle trading.

Federal programs director dedicated to RISD’s success

Jennifer Cole, director of federal programs for RISD, explains some of the details for a federal grant she recently acquired for the district. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

In her career in education, Roswell native Jennifer Cole has worked mostly in the front lines — teaching language arts, kindergarten, first grade and working as assistant principal and principal at Mesa Middle School.

Watching flying discs of another kind in Roswell

Disc golf champion Kolby Sanchez of Roswell looks to where his disc will land as he and other competitors in the intermediate division participate Saturday morning in the ACO VII Tournament at Enchanted Lands Park on North Sycamore Avenue. Sanchez won the 2017 world championship for juniors under 10. Watching Sanchez’s throw are his mother, Jennifer Sanchez, and other tourney players. From left, they are Marshall Hayes of Hobbs, Dustin Hohner of Albuquerque, Tyler Criswell of Hobbs and Tony Aldaz of Portales. About 96 competitors, including 10 professionals, from New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Canada are playing in the Professional Disc Golf Association event, sponsored by the New Mexico Gas Co. and Prodigy Disc. “This is the seventh time we have run this tournament, and it grows every year,” said Tournament Director Sam Smith. The two-day, three-round tournament continues at 9 a.m. this morning and is expected to conclude by early afternoon. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Week Ahead



Bringing life to the new bird blind

Members of the Morning Garden Club of Roswell are spending the next few weeks placing shrubs, vines and other plants around the new bird blind at the J. Kenneth Smith Bird Sanctuary and Nature Center, 401 N. Sycamore Ave. On Saturday morning, volunteers, from left, Dixie Summersgill, Renate Reisel and Dana Summersgill prepare to put in grapevine, salvia, Spanish broom, and sage, among other plants. Designed by architect Donald Daugherty and paid for by the Roswell Rotary Club and the J. Kenneth and Alice Smith Foundation, the bird blind is intended to give ornithologists as well as casual observers and students on field trips a better look at the 100 avian species that have been spotted at the nature center near the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Lady Rockets sweep West Las Vegas

Goddard High School softball pitcher Jordan Rincon throws a strike during the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Goddard. (Toby Martinez Photo)

The Goddard Lady Rocket softball team moved to a perfect 4-0 on the year with a 10-2, 10-6 sweep of the visiting West Las Vegas Lady Dons. The Rockets racked up 13 hits and played error-free in the opener and got a big lead and hung on with a lot of new faces in the lineup in the nightcap.

Lady Coyotes lose

Roswell Lady Coyotes softball team head coach Arthur Sandoval gives a pep talk and tries to rally his girls at the top of the seventh inning in the second game of a doubleheader as they got within three runs of Onate Lady Knights. The Lady Coyotes would lose both games: 7-5 and 10-7. (David Rocha Photo)

Rockets defeat Wildcats

Goddard pitcher Matt Shanor throws the ball against Clovis Saturday night at Goddard. The Rockets beat the Wildcats 5-4. (Toby Martinez Photo)

Lucero wins at Dexter Invite

Cerria Lucero of Hagerman runs alone as she wins the women’s 3200 by a wide margin. There were 16 teams represented at the Dexter Invite. (Paul Lessard Photo)

Flores finishes first

Martin Flores of Hagerman easily wins the men’s 3200 and gets another state-qualifying time. (Paul Lessard Photo)

Roswell and Artesia claim trophies at Bulldog Baseball Invite


ARTESIA — Roswell High baseball coach Carlos Marrujo had nothing but praise for his starting pitcher sophomore Xavier Lomeli after the Coyotes (2-6) defeated Los Alamos (4-6) 6-2 to take seventh place at the Bulldog Baseball Invitational Saturday in Artesia.

Demons down Capitan

Dexter’s relief pitcher Matt Otero throws a strike against Capitan as they win 7-3 in the semifinal game in the Hal Bogle Tournament. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

DEXTER – The Dexter Demon baseball team used a big dose of “small ball” in downing the Capitan Tigers 7-3 in the semi-final round of their own Hal Bogle Invitational Tournament. The Demons would record only three hits, but allow only two hits in the solid win over the Tigers, last year’s runners-up in the state tourney.

Barbara Joy Nowell


Barbara Joy Nowell, 88, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Roswell, New Mexico. The family will have no services at this time. Celebrate Barbara’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.
On August 9, 1929, Barbara was born to Bert Ewer and Lema Stephens in Paris, Texas. She was a loyal member of Veteran Foreign War AUX, post-2573, served as President 1983-1984, marched in VFW parades and put flags on Veteran’s gravestones on Veteran’s Day. Barbara was also a devoted member of Fraternal Order of Eagles AUX #3187, serving as New Mexico State President 1986-1987, Treasurer 1993-1994. She was Woman of the Year in 1995. Two of Barbara’s favorite charities were Prevention of Child Abuse and Alzheimer Association, among others. She loved cooking, camping, fishing, traveling and dancing. Barbara was very loved and will be will be greatly missed.
Those left to eternally treasure and cherish Barbara’s memory are her daughter, Lena Presnal; son, Paul Nowell; nine grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Preceding Barbara in death were her husband, JD Nowell; sons: Jonathan Nowell, Daniel Nowell; parents: Bert Ewer and Lema Stephens.


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