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Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors

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Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky talks about a new Plus program during an event Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in San Francisco. Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate a new category of properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they're booking nice places to stay. The program is aimed at winning over travelers who aren't sure they can trust the computer-driven system that Airbnb uses to assess the quality of rentals. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate thousands of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they’re booking nice places to stay.

Man accused of 2013 murder found not guilty; Family, prosecutors struck with disappointment

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Family members of Stoarmy Joel Vargas, who was murdered in 2013, stand stunned in disappointment after Chaves County District Judge Freddie J. Romero read the jury's verdict for the Steve Guardado v. State of New Mexico trial. Guardado, left, was acquitted of murder in the first degree Wednesday evening. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo Illustration)

After less than an hour and a half of deliberation, the 12-person jury reached a verdict for the State of New Mexico v. Steve Guardado trial Wednesday evening.

MainStreet Roswell gets its national accreditation back

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National accreditation from Main Street America means the local group will be able to receive more state assistance and funding, says Kathy Lay, executive director of MainStreet Roswell. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

MainStreet Roswell will be in line for more expertise and funding from the state now that it has received accreditation from the national Main Street organization.

Public voices ideas on future of Yucca Center property

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Virginia Garcia, in the orange shirt, shares her ideas Tuesday evening about what could be done with city property after the Yucca Center is demolished. The city held a public forum to hear from community members. Planning Manager Bill Morris stands in front of the group, which includes Briana Calciano, in front on left, a student at Sydney Gutierrez Middle School who talked about creating a community garden. (Alison Penn Photo)

About 30 community members at a public forum Tuesday evening at the Central Fire Station suggested everything from athletic fields to community gardens to affordable housing as possible uses for the property now occupied by the historic Yucca Recreation Center, which is to be demolished.

Artesia man who murdered girlfriend to stay in prison

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The New Mexico Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed the conviction and sentence of Dallas Hnulik of Artesia for the 2010 murder of his girlfriend, Brandy Capps.

Michael Ponce

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Michael Ponce, a loving son, father and husband, was called by his Almighty Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Michael was born to Joe and Pauline Ponce on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1978. The Viewing will be at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home on Thursday, February 22, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM and on Friday, February 23, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, followed by a Rosary at 6:00 PM. A Celebration Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 506 S. Lincoln, on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. A Reception will be held following Interment at the Ave Maria Center, 401 E. Bland. Celebrate Michael’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
Michael was an extraordinarily good son, always kind, thoughtful and generous with sharing his time with his family and many, many friends. His family and many friends will grieve his sudden loss because all will miss his taking the time to be in contact with them or going out of his way to greet anyone he encountered. Michael truly never met a stranger. Throughout his life, he participated in many sports starting at Lion’s Hondo Little League Baseball in T-ball, minor, major and senior Connie Mack leagues under the watchful, coaching eye of his dad, Joe Ponce. He attended Roswell schools and was very active in football, track, and wrestling. He achieved a State medal. He had fond memories of his time and activities at Roswell High and so enjoyed being there. In his senior year, he was elected RHS Homecoming King. When it was time to graduate from RHS, he asked one of the secretaries, if he could re-enroll as a freshman and stay at RHS. She said she wished he could stay but he had to graduate from Roswell High School. He graduated and attended Eastern New Mexico University – Portales.
Entering the workforce, Michael was employed by Coca-Cola, Sysco, and Standard Energy Services. He was the yard manager for Standard. While employed with Standard, he succumbed to a fatal head-on collision. Many of his supervisors and fellow co-worker have commented that he was such a loyal, hardworking, and dedicated worker.
His children have said the following: Angelina expressed that her dad was not only her provider and protector; he was her heart and soul. He was the sunshine of her life; he meant the world to her and greatly impacted her life and the many lives he touched. He cared so deeply and wholeheartedly for everyone and was so very humble. Michael was the kindest, most generous man she had the pleasure to call dad. He will forever be missed but never forgotten. A new daughter, Jaedyn, expressed when Michael came into her life four years ago, she knew from that day her life would be completely changed in an amazing way. Michael blessed her with so many opportunities and also blessed her with two siblings, Angelina and Izaiah. He came into her life and took her in as his own and never treated her differently than his own blood. Michael had always been the guy to walk into a room and light it up with that smile we all knew and loved, Mr. Social Butterfly! She appreciates everything Michael had done and will continue to do from heaven not only for her but everyone else. She will forever and always miss and love him. Another new daughter, Aliyah, also expressed that Michael was an awesome man and caring dad. He cared for me, my sisters, and my baby brother. He was a man who made time for everyone and made sure everyone was ok. She was the luckiest girl in the world to spend those four years of her life with him. She loves him and misses him.
Michael is survived by his parents: Joe and Pauline Ponce, wife, Melissa, “His Ruca”; children: Angelina, Jaedyn, Aliyah, Izaiah; brothers: Joseph and life partner Denise, John and wife, Jessica; in-laws: Robert and Ramona Dominguez; brother-in-law, Jason Dominguez and wife, Alisha; sister-in-law, Laurie Alvidrez and husband, Eddie Alvidrez; nephews: Michael, Ruben, Jordan, Josh, Izek; nieces: Alicia, Jessica, Kylei, Mackenzie, Ryann, Zoey, Devynee, Kylee. Additionally, survived by Uncle Felix Ponce, Tia Ester Ponce, Tia Terrie Ramirez, Uncle Fred Ramirez, Tia Lupe Ponce, Uncle Vernon Molinar, Tia Florinda Villa, Tio Reyes Villa, Tia Annie Sanchez, Uncle Jack Villa, Tia Gloria Meza, Tio Juan Meza, Tia Gloria Alvarado, Uncle Peter Alvarado, Uncle Jim Jimenez, Tia Mary Ann Jimenez; Uncle Bert Jimenez; Aunt Lou Anne Olmedo-Jimenez; Grandma Angelina Jimenez; and hundreds of family and friends.
Preceding Michael in death were his grandparents: Francisco and Francisca Ponce, Paul Jimenez; Baby John Ponce; Uncle Art Jimenez, Tia Connie Conrad, Tia Carmen Garcia; Chris Garcia, and Priscilla McDonald.
Honorary pallbearers are: Alice Vargas, Pete Tarin, Jaime Tarin, Ervey Cano, Zeke Cano, Gene Hornbeck, Pieter Bergstein, Antonio Nuñez, Tony Vásquez, Ismael Vásquez, John Lujan, David Peña, Vincent Otero, Trevor Sutton, Jason Montoya, Joseph Montoya, Ray Smith, Shane Rodriguez, Joaquin Serrano, Savino Sánchez, Jr, Gabe Estrada, Ernie Estrada, Manuel Guerrero, Luis Santillan, Lorenzo “House” Otero, Jose Vellez, Ramon Lara, Uncle Bert Jimenez, and Arturo Bolaños.
Pallbearers will be: Michael Patrick Ponce, Peter Alvarado, Desiree Sanchez, Manuel Aragon, Jason Dominguez, Eddie Alvidrez, Jeremy Montoya, Sam Gamboa, Jesse Silva, Allen Holloway, Peter Pulaski and Paul Peyton.
In honor of Michael, this tribute was lovingly written by his family.

Amy Marriott Johns

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Amy Marriott Johns, 91, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018.
Amy was born on September 18, 1926, in Boulder, Colorado, to Fredrick and Katherine Marriott. Because the family traveled throughout her growing years, Amy attended various schools throughout her life, ending up in college at The University of Colorado, where she was a member of Alpha Phi. It is also where she met James Johns. They were married on December 23, 1947.
When Jimmie finished his degree in 1948, he and Amy moved to Roswell, where she was a homemaker and raised three children. She and the family enjoyed many activities together, including tennis, at which she excelled; water skiing, snow skiing and traveling.
Amy was very active in and a long-time member of many Roswell organizations through the years: Daughters of the American Revolution, Shakespeare Club, the Roswell Symphony Guild, Sweet Adelines, and the Roswell Reading Club. She was Past President of the Roswell P.E.O. and a member for 68 years. She was also a member of the Alto P.E.O. group. Music was her life. She played the violin, sang with the Sweet Adelines, and performed in the Roswell Frolics.
Amy was an active, vital, and long-time member of the First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the Chancel Choir for at least 60 years, played in the Kaler hand bell choir, served on the Worship Committee, and supported the church in many other ways. She also supported the Salvation Army, the Roswell Humane Society, the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art and many other worthy organizations.
Amy is survived by her two sons, Kirk and wife Elizabeth; James and girlfriend Wendy Stephens; half-brother Fredrick Marriott; cousins Jimmy and Sue Johns of Carlsbad and their family; Leslie and Donald Dongan of Artesia and their family; countless friends; and her beloved dog Rascal.
She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Chris, and husband, James. Her family and friends know she is singing in the Heavenly Choir and saying, “Isn’t this a kick!”
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to one of the organizations she supported above.
A memorial service will be held 2pm on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. 2nd Street, Roswell, NM. Inurnment will follow the memorial service in the First United Methodist Church Columbarium.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com to convey your memories and thoughts to the family.

Jay Steven Arthur

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Jay Steven Arthur, 63, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
Steve was born on September 20, 1954, in Roswell New Mexico to Tommy and Louise (Freeman) Arthur. Following in the family trade, Steve was a skilled masonry contractor as his father Tommy and grandfather Otis Arthur both were. Fie spent over 40 years perfecting the family trade and passing it down to his sons.
A deep love of country called Steve to serve in the United States Army just out of high school. Fie graduated from Goddard in 1972 where he achieved the highest rank possible in ROTC. Steve was the manager of Sarge’s Skating Rink during high school where he took to the floor and amazed spectators with his spinning and jumping skills. Steve was also a member of Grace Community Church.
Surviving Steve are his two sons, Steven Q. Arthur and John T. Arthur, both of Roswell. Also surviving him is his brother Jeff Arthur of Albuquerque, and sisters, Jerry Ann Palmer of Roswell, Jo Arthur of Lubbock, and Cindi Lucero of Roswell.
Flis parents, Tommy and Louise Arthur, along with his twin sister, Carol Joyce Arthur, and a brother, Jimmy Arthur preceded him in death.
Graveside services are scheduled Friday at 2pm on February 23, 2018 at General Douglas Me Bride Veterans Cemetery with Jack Ferguson from Tinnie Baptist Church officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com to convey your memories and thoughts to the family.

Pamela Jo Burrow

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A graveside memorial service for Pamela Jo Burrow, 55, will be held at 11:00 AM, Sat., Feb. 24, 2018 in the Portales Cemetery where Pam will be interred beside her father. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Pam’s honor to the American Diabetes Association and the American Liver Foundation.
For as we pass through this earth, it is to the attaining of heavenly pursuits that we long for. Pamela Jo Burrow, 55, passed from this earth in Dallas, Texas January 26th due to complications from diabetic nonalcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.
Pam was born April 28, 1962 as the first child of Roy Dean Burrow and Jimmie Onita Adair in Portales, New Mexico. She lived her formative years in Portales before moving to Melrose in 1975 and graduated as a member of the class of 1980. She attended ENMU for a couple of years before taking a Civil Service job at Cannon AFB. In 2010, she moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to live where she remained until her passing.
Pam was an avid book reader, especially romance novels, and loved watching movies. A love developed growing up in Portales going to the theater with her beloved Aunt Dee. Pam never married nor had kids of her own, but she loved and doted on her nephews and nieces especially those she practically helped raise in Candice and Jaime. She loved collecting frog knick-knacks and was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan as was a rite of passage in her family.
Pam is survived by her mother, siblings Patricia (Leon) Lansford of Roswell, Linda McDermott of Albuquerque, James McDermott of Tyler, Texas, Paul (Laurie) Burrow of Roswell, and Patrick Burrow of Corinth, Texas; uncle F.A. Adair of Texas, aunts Billie Turner of California, Bettye Jo Kinkade of Clovis and Vanora (Gene) Harmon of Alamogordo (Vanora has since passed). Also surviving are nephews and nieces; Rick Blackburn of Texas, Gary Blackburn of California, C.L. Blackburn of Texas, Jo Lee (Blackburn) Wilson of Texas, Candice and Jaime Lansford of Alamogordo, Susan McDermott of Albuquerque, Carrie (Burrow) Jones of Albuquerque, and Callie and Kyle Burrow of Roswell, as well as 13 great nephews and nieces and many numerous cousins.
Predeceasing Pam were her father, grandparents W.K. “Bud” and Ethel Burrow, Fritz and Gladys Adair, siblings Kathy Blackburn and Bill McDermott, uncle Laurence Burrow, aunt Juanita Butler, and her special aunt DeMaris Barnett.
Arrangements by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales, Inc., 575-356-4455, wheelermortuary.net

Victor Bolanos signs with NMMI

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L-R: Jennifer (mom) Victor signing, Ruben (dad) back row Joaquin (brother) Arturo (uncle). (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Signing day for the Bolanos family wasn’t a signing day. It was a culmination of family bonding, surviving, crying, fighting and treasuring just one more day together. It was about a senior high-school student having to grow up faster and worry about being strong for his dad and family; it was about a family just being thankful and counting the blessings of today.

Lady Bobcats advance to title game; down Jal 52-39

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Hagerman girls Bethany Barela hits a floater in the lane against Jal Wednesday night. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

HAGERMAN – The Hagerman Lady Bobcat basketball team gutted out a tough, foul-filled game over a game Jal Panther team 52-39 Wednesday in Hagerman. The Bobcats became the first local Chaves County team to officially reach the district tournament finals as they now travel to #7-ranked Tatum on Friday night for the district 4-2A crown.

Four local schools to compete at state Science Olympiad

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Sierra Middle School students are competing this year for the first time in the Science Olympiads. Having placed sixth in regional competition, they will participate at New Mexico Tech in the state tournament Saturday. From left are Mikayla Hogan, Alia Gray, Emma Walls, Arlet Gleason, Courtney Alvarez, Anika Manzanares, Joseph Sandy, Donald Nguyen, Enrique Cisneros, Colby Prince, Abraham Pacheco and Benjamin Macias. Not in the photo are Naisa Ramirez, Jaythan Irish-Moody, Xachary Hernandez and Amelia Herrera. (Submitted Photo)

Teams from four local schools performed well enough in regional Science Olympiad competitions earlier this month to advance to the state tournament this Saturday.

NMMI journalism students tour the Roswell Daily Record

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From left, student Frida Ruizparza, 15, Lt. Col. Jeff Boyd and Parry Page, 20, tour the news room of the Roswell Daily Record. Ruizparza and Page are studying journalism at the New Mexico Military Institute under the guidance of their teacher Boyd. Page said that she was interested in learning about journalism before heading out to college. Page is studying journalism as part of his interest in the field of communications. The tour took the students through the departments of the Roswell Daily Record and into the press room. Interested schools can call 575-622-7710 or email bbeck@rdrnews.com to have their own tour. (Christina Stock Photo)

Talking heart health

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Sharla Tucker, director of the cardiac and vascular lab at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, talks Feb. 16 with people at Senior Circle about heart health and heart conditions. (Submitted Photo)

Free Family Fun Day features Carlsbad Caverns Park Ranger; The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame in Hobbs presents their free Family Fun Day

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Virginia Moyers, Park Ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park is going to share her passion for bats at the Family Fun Day. (Submitted Photo)

The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1 Thunderbird Circle, presents a free Family Fun Day, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. until 5. p.m. The event is in conjunction with the exhibition “In the Dark,” an interactive exhibit about the ecosystems of the night, below the ground, inside caverns and deep in the ocean.

Panthers re-hire Marty Hurney as full-time general manager

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In this July 19, 2017, file photo, Carolina Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney speaks to the media during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers have re-hired Marty Hurney as their full-time general manager. This will be Hurney’s second stint as Carolina’s general manager, having previously worked for the Panthers from 1998-2012, beginning as GM in 2002. Hurney also worked with the Panthers since last July as the interim general manager.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Marty Hurney will be calling the shots once again with the Carolina Panthers.

AP source: Free agent CB Davis meets with 49ers, Raiders

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Free agent cornerback Vontae Davis has met with the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders about upgrading their secondaries.

Jerome leads No. 1 Virginia past Georgia Tech, 65-54

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Georgia Tech's Moses Wright (12) drives past Virginia's Isaiah Wilkins (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Charlottesville, Va. (Zack Wajsgras/The Daily Progress via AP)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Ty Jerome scored 18 points and top-ranked Virginia held off depleted Georgia Tech 65-54 on Wednesday night, clinching the regular season title and top seed next month in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Marshall helps No. 4 Xavier beat Georgetown 89-77

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Georgetown center Jessie Govan, back left, passes the ball against Xavier forward Sean O'Mara (54) and forward Naji Marshall, front left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Washington. Xavier won 89-77. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Naji Marshall scored a career-high 21 points and No. 4 Xavier beat Georgetown 89-77 on Wednesday night, bouncing back from its loss to No. 3 Villanova.

Outfielder Maybin signs $3.25 million contract with Marlins

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In this Sept. 6, 2017, file photo, then-Houston Astros' Cameron Maybin rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners, during a baseball game in Seattle. Outfielder Cameron Maybin has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, rejoining the team where he played in 2008-10. Maybin gives the young, rebuilding Marlins much-needed experience, along with flexibility because he can play all three outfield positions. (AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin had to correct himself Wednesday as he talked about rejoining the team that first made him an everyday player.

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