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Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

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In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, photo Tony D'Angelo holds up his phone, which displays an option to remove an item from his shopping cart on his BJ's Express Scan app, while shopping at the BJ's Wholesale Club in Northborough, Mass. The technology allows shoppers to scan UPC codes on items as they shop. It can be used for lots of products beyond just groceries, and people change their minds about something, they can delete items and change quantities before they check out. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they’re done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device as they roam the aisles.

Winery proposes flavorful addition to airport; Legal Committee recommends lease

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Pecos Flavors Winery could potentially lease and operate a restaurant and bar in the currently empty cafe at the Roswell International Air Center, giving locals and visitors a taste of local flavor. (Alison Penn Photo)

Pecos Flavors Winery has the opportunity obtain a two-year lease with the city of Roswell to operate a restaurant and bar at the Roswell International Airport.

Seniors search for free tax help locally this year

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The state’s decision not to offer free tax assistance in Roswell this year has left many searching for alternatives, according to volunteers and providers who work with low-income earners and the elderly. This photo is from a 2013 federal tax assistance program. (Submitted Photo)

Some of Roswell’s elderly and low-income residents have become accustomed to receiving free tax preparation assistance with their state and federal income tax filings each year, but many will have to go online, travel to other cities or pay for help this year as the situation stands now.

City to offer free disposal services in March

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Many city residents have the opportunity each Saturday in March to get rid of unwanted electronics and large household goods and appliances for free.

Country Club road construction

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Road construction continues at the intersection of West Country Club Road and Union/Montana Ave. in Roswell. The interesection closed on Feb. 12, and is expected to remain closed until March 26 as part of a project to expand the portion of North Union between West Country Club Road and West 19th Avenue to four lanes. The overall lane-expansion project is tentatively scheduled to be completed by mid-April. (Justin Johnson Photo)

Goddard advances to District final

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Goddard High School senior Eden Wiggins pulls up for a shot in front of Roswell High School junior Alexandra Gonzalez in a district semi-finals game Thursday at Ground Zero. Goddard won the game 33-28 and will play the Artesia Lady Dogs in Artesia tonight at 6 p.m. (Steve Notz Photo)

See more about the game by clicking here.

Police Blotter

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The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.

Boy & Girl Scouts memorabilia on display in Artesia

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Artesia
Ongoing until March 31
‘Scouting in Artesia’

Roswell’s basketball loss has coach fuming

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Roswell head coach Moses ‘Dude’ Burrola discusses a call with a referee Thursday night at the Coyote Den. (David Rocha Photo)

The Roswell High head basketball coach had some heated words after his team lost Thursday night.

Goddard advances to Artesia for title game

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Goddard High School junior Bailey Beene takes a shot against Roswell Thursday the Ground Zero. (Steve Notz Photo)

Whew! Spent, exhausted was the feeling of both teams as Roswell and Goddard staged another heavyweight fight for the ages. The only hope of these teams seeing each other again would be at state. Both teams are 2-2 against each other for the season.

Gateway downs Hagerman 51-41; Grajeda and Tipton dominate late in semi-final win

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Joe Waide shoots a long three. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

The Gateway Warrior boys basketball team advanced to the district 4-2A tournament finals by virtue of their come-back 51-41 win over the visiting Hagerman Bobcats. The Warriors trailed by four entering the final quarter but used big games from their two dominant posts – Alonzo Grajeda and Wes Tipton – to outscore the ‘Cats 20-6 as they ran away late.

Goddard High School February Students of the Month

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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.

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. He 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. He 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.
His parents, Tommy and Louise Arthur, along with his twin sister, Carol Joyce Arthur, and a brother, Jimmy Arthur preceded him in death.
Graveside services will be held at 2pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 at General Douglas L. McBride Veterans Cemetery with Jack Ferguson of 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.

Dustin Louis-Eugene Wright

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Dustin Louis-Eugene (Harris) Wright, 37, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Saturday, February 24, 2018, 4:00 PM. Brother Savino will be officiating. Celebrate Dustin’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
On December 26, 1980, Dustin was born to Terry and Judith Wright in Albuquerque, NM. The family moved to Roswell NM, where Dustin became the oldest brother of Westley and Kyle Wright. When his parents divorced, Jude re-married Tracy Harris in 1995. Our dad Tracy raised us three boys as his own, unconditionally and taught us discipline, work ethics, kept us in sports and coached us; making sure he instilled in us his morals and what God offered us. As children, we accepted Jesu as our Lord and Savior. Dustin found a love for boxing at a very young age and trained many years accumulating many wins as he traveled to various notable trainers and partners. Influences in Dustin’s boxing days were trainer, Willie Hall, Tony Barela, Donnell Hunter, Jr. Benites and Nathaniel Haynes.
Dustin became a father and naturally his ability to love with his big heart was known and began to show. He was happiest when he was being the loving father he was. Dustin moved from Phoenix back to Roswell, where he would be closer to his children who were very important to him.
A close lifelong friend, he always looked for advice and guidance from Albert Padilla, who always went out of his way to be there for Dustin. Dominic Carrasco and Raymond Flores were also two of Dustin’s closest friends, who will miss him dearly.
Jack of all trades, Dustin acquired many skills and abilities throughout his life. He was a hard worker and yet never asked for help. He a private person and a great cook. Dustin will be dearly missed by Dominic and Raymond, his closest friends and many who trained with him while he was boxing.
Those left to eternally treasure and cherish memories of Dustin are his wife, Priscilla Wright of Phoenix, AZ; children: Raveah Wright, Serenity Wright, Nehemiah Wright; step-children: Karizma Romero, Dominic Romero, Anthony Romero; parents: Tracy and Jude Harris; brothers: Westley Harris, Kyle Wright, Austin Wright; brother, Damian Wright, Kurtis Wright, Kirk Wright; and only sister, Danielle Wright; step-brother, Shawn Harris; step-sister, Alexandra Arias; multiple uncles; aunts; cousins; six nieces and one nephew.
Preceding Dustin in death were his daughter, Lincoln Wright; father, Terry Wright; grandparents: Robert and Pilar Harris, Petra Padilla, Louis Padilla; and niece, and Elianna Wright.
Dustin’s family would like to give a Special Thanks to Shawn Reeves and wife, Erica Reeves, Veronica Trujillo and family, as well as his friends that he boxed with. They would also like to Thank Valley View Elementary and everyone not mentioned but recognized for their support and contributions.
Dustin’s family lovingly wrote this tribute in his honor.

Colts’ Vinatieri gets new deal, chance to set scoring record

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In this July 29, 2017, file photo, Indianapolis Colts' Adam Vinatieri talks with media after arriving for NFL football training camp, in Indianapolis. Vinatieri has signed a one-year contract extension with the Colts. And at 45 he could break the NFL's career scoring record next season. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL’s oldest player is going to try to break the league’s career scoring record.

Eagles center Kelce plays sax with high school jazz band

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Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, right, arrives in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art after a Super Bowl victory parade for the Philadelphia Eagles football team, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. The Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl 52. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce got attention for his impassioned and profane speech after the team’s Super Bowl parade, but he’s now communicating through music.

Howard, Walker help Hornets send Nets to 8th straight loss

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Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (15) gets by a grimacing Brooklyn Nets' Spencer Dinwiddie, who was caught in a screen by Hornets' Dwight Howard (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dwight Howard grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds and added 15 points, Kemba Walker scored 31 and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-96 on Thursday night.

Edwards scores 40 points, No. 9 Purdue beats Illinois 93-86

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Illinois guard Te'Jon Lucas (3) makes a move against Purdue guard Carsen Edwards (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Champaign, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Stephen Haas)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Carsen Edwards scored career-high 40 points and Dakota Mathias added 18 to help No. 9 Purdue outlast Illinois in a 93-86 victory on Thursday night.

Houston’s Correa looks to take another step in 2018

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Houston Astros infielder Carlos Correa handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — At just 23, Carlos Correa is already considered one of baseball’s best shortstops. He thinks he can get better, too.

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