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Little League action

An Astros player takes a break during Lions Hondo Little League action this week. (David Rocha Photo)

Alton’s Power Block athletes of the week

Alton’s Athlete of the Week is Goddard’s Matt Shanor, right, with Alton employee Bianca Aguilar. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Commissioners to consider ‘right-to-work’ ordinance

“I think it will make Chaves County an even better place,” says Commissioner T. Calder Ezzell Jr., left, about the proposed right-to-work ordinance he introduced. Commissioners Will Cavin and Robert Corn, the chair of the group, are seen with Ezzell during an April meeting. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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.

Peachtree director treats residents as own parents; Her management style is hands-on

From left, Shawny Lewis, resident services; Hildred Sandy, resident; Mary Beth Lawrence, executive director of Peachtree Village; and Betty Shepler, resident. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)

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.

Aiming for adventure

Cub Master Shelly Collins of local Pack 26 works with Pablin Jimenez on how to use a bow during a Boy Scouts of America event Saturday at the New Mexico Military Institute baseball practice fields on North Main Street. Families and children could get some lunch and participate in sporting and crafts activities while learning about local Boy Scouts of America activities. “Generally we get the word out through the schools,” said Patrick Smith, district director of the Conquistador Council of the Boy Scouts, “but we decided to open it up more to the community.” A similar event was held once before, with this one occurring ahead of Thursday night registration at St. Marks Lutheran Church. About 200 families in Chaves County are involved in Boy Scouts, said Smith, who added that girls can join one of the local cub scout packs now. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Homeless man, murder victim, remembered by family, friends

Todd Evans

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.

Chamber fundraiser prompts questions

Roswell Chamber of Commerce staff have been answering some questions about the golf ball drop fundraiser held during the May 5 Rise over Roswell balloon rally. When no one won the $20,000 prize money, some people wondered what had happened. (Staff Photo)

A recent fundraiser at a community event has required the organizers to spend some time explaining more about it.

Suspect arrested in Clovis


The Clovis Police Department has arrested a man wanted for a burglary and non-fatal stabbing committed in Artesia in December.

Week Ahead



Dangerous driving all too common here


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.

Embassy opening a welcome sight


I was pleased to see the ceremony in which our new U.S. embassy was dedicated in Jerusalem, Israel.

Jane Armstrong Garnsey


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


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


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.

Tom Allen Tyler


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.

LeBron, Cavs overpower Celtics 116-86 at home in Game 3

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) shoots against Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris (13) in the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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.

Vasillevskiy shines late, Lightning hold off Capitals 3-2

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) knocks the puck away as Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) looks for a shot during the third period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

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.

Kevin Harvick picks up $1 million check with All-Star win

Kevin Harvick drives during the NASCAR All-Star auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday, May 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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.

Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive

Justify with Mike Smith atop wins the 143rd Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico race track, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Baltimore. Bravazo with Luis Saez aboard wins second with Tenfold with Ricardo Santana Jr. atop places. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

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.

Herrera homers, Phillies beat Cardinals 7-6

Philadelphia Phillies' Odubel Herrera rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Saturday, May 19, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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.


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