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Juanita Gloria Herrera Gavi

The Gavi family with great sadness announces that their mother, Juanita Gloria Herrera Gavi, has passed. However, with much contentment, we would also like to share that Mom has entered a place of peace beyond imagination. The place that we should all strive to reach in our lifetime on Earth. We thank all our family and friends for the abundance of condolences and prayers. A full obituary and the announcement of Mother’s memorial service are pending. God bless everyone.

A.J. Gibbs


A.J. Gibbs of Corona, N.M., died July 14, 2018, after a happy and industrious life. He was 82.

A.J. was born September 15, 1935, in Quanah, Texas, the oldest son of five children, to Ora Bell Estill Gibbs and Alvis Craven Gibbs. He spent his early years in Texas and Oklahoma, 1959-1964 in the U.S. Army, and the rest of his life in Clovis and Corona. He ranched and served as a law enforcement officer and livestock inspector for the New Mexico Livestock Board, rising through the ranks to assistant director and retiring early in 1983.

Family was the most important thing to A.J.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He often urged his children and grandchildren to follow their dreams.

He served his chosen community in a number of ways: as a Village of Corona Councilman and Trustee for two terms and as a Justice of the Peace. He volunteered diligently to make Corona more beautiful and welcoming to residents and visitors alike. He helped restore the Corona Museum and helped establish and improve the Corona Senior Citizens Center. He was instrumental in the early formation of the Sloan-Simpson Memorial Park and continued to improve the facility as it transformed from unimproved land to a baseball park and later to include a fishing pond, walking trail and other amenities.

A.J. never sought praise for his work and when his name was suggested on a community ballot to name the pond, he went around town scratching his name off. He led a push to name it “Silver Pond” in honor of the silver-haired men who brought it into being.

He was a quiet man, not fond of crowds, social events or traveling. When he got to know you and accepted you as a friend, his loyalty was unmatched. He never swore in mixed company and rarely uttered an unkind word. When he did speak, people listened, knowing his opinions were well-considered and his advice grounded in logic, consideration and wisdom.

He like to read, garden and play games. His love of fishing led him to fishing holes all over the state of New Mexico and West Texas. His skill at dominoes, cards and chess provided countless evenings of entertainment for him, his family and friends. Those with whom he shared his sense of humor were truly fortunate. He was known to sneak surplus zucchini and tomatoes into other people’s cars while they weren’t looking.

He met his wife, Jeanene Fuller Gibbs, on a blind date set up by mutual friends. They spent nearly 51 inseparable years together in Clovis and Corona, until her death in the spring of 2018.

Afterward, he simply had no interest in living without her.

A.J. was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Kirk Gibbs and Don Gibbs, and his beloved wife, Jeanene. Survivors include their children, Fenner Jason Gibbs, of Corona, Kennan Austin Gibbs (Sharon) of Rio Rancho, and Kelly Gibbs Brewer (Steve) of Albuquerque; grandchildren Seth Brewer (Jalila) of Albuquerque and Max Brewer of Albuquerque; niece Amanda Fuller Richards (Andrew) of State College, PA; sister El Juena Jacquez and brother Archie Gibbs and their families, all of Clovis; and a host of other relatives and admirers near and far.

In keeping with A.J.’s wishes, family and friends are invited to a simple graveside service Sunday, July 29, at 12:30 p.m. in Corona. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions to the Village of Corona Park Fund. Contributions can be dropped by Village Hall, on Main Street, or mailed to the A.J. Gibbs Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 37, Corona, NM, 88318.


Jon Mills Marshall


Jon, 84, of Roswell, NM, born December 3, 1934, departed this earth on July 17, 2018.

Jon was a loving father, friend to all and generous beyond words. He loved his children above anything and was very proud of their accomplishments in life.

He was also very proud to have served his country and to have spent the last years of his life in the great State of New Mexico.

He was preceded in death by Dr. and Mrs. I.J. Marshall of Roswell, NM; John and Mary Leitnaker of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Steven Marshall of Roswell, NM; and his old buddy, Mister the dog.

He is survived by his loving children Robin L. Marshall of Austin, TX, Paul and Carrie Marshall of Lincoln, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Marshall of Lubbock, TX; Joseph Marshall of Dallas, TX; Bob Brunswig of Port Orchard, Washington; Sol and Melinda Kardon of Dallas, TX; Grandchildren Trinity Marshall, Makeda Marshall, Wylder Marshall and Meadow Marshall.

Jon will be greatly missed down here while he meets up with his loved ones in Heaven.

A private memorial service will be conducted by the family and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date for all of his friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.


Lillian Bentley


Lillian Bentley, 73, entered into rest on Monday, July 16, 2018. In honor of her wishes, no services will be held. Celebrate Lillian’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.

On December 31, 1944, Lillian was born to Raymond “Jack” and Cora Higgins. She met and married her sweetheart and soulmate, Charles Bentley on December 18, 1989, in Roswell, New Mexico. A retired homemaker, Lillian was a member of a Baptist Church. She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered not only by her husband and family but by all those fortunate enough to have known her.

Those left to eternally treasure and cherish memories of Lillian are her husband, Charles Bentley; children: Raymond Parham, Terri Nelson; grandchildren: Toni Wooten, Raelynn Parham, Kelly Parham, Tanner Parham; three great-grandchildren; brothers: Jerry West, Rodney West; two nieces; and two nephews.

Preceding Lillian in death were her parents: Raymond “Jack” and Cora Higgins.

“Lillian Ann – My precious little partner in life. I will miss her more than I can put into words. My Love for her is overwhelming.”



Philip W. Roberts


Philip W. Roberts, 89, passed away July 10, 2018, at his home in Albuquerque, NM.

To view the full obituary, please visit our online guestbook for Philip at www.FrenchFunerals.com

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Sallie White Welles


Sallie White Welles, 95, said her final “Aloha” on July 17, 2018 following a 2+ year stay at the Northrise Village Memory Care Unit in Las Cruces, NM. Sallie was born in 1923, the only child of Victor and Margaret White of Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii where she resided until meeting 1st Lt. George H. Welles, a recent graduate of West Point, who was rerouted to Oahu Hawaii shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Following a whirlwind courtship, they were married, with gasmasks in hand, in the first wartime wedding at Schofield Barracks Oahu on November 8, 1942. Sallie’s marriage to George lasted 58 years until his death in February 2000.

The little wahine from Wahiawa traveled across the U.S. many times during George’s military career living in Los Gatos, Maryland, Kansas, Georgia, Ohio, West Point, two tours in Hawaii as well as a stint in post WWII Berlin. Upon George’s retirement from the Army in 1965, Sallie and George moved to Roswell, NM where George worked for the NM Military Institute in several capacities until he became a full time retiree. Sallie enjoyed golf, camping, poker and worked full time raising her five kids and trying to keep George fed, organized and out of trouble.

Sallie was preceded in death by husband George, her parents, daughter Vicky Vaughn Malinowski and son George H. Welles III. She is survived by daughters Penny White Welles (CA) and Connie Collins Welles (NM) and son James Fisher Welles and his wife Kelly (NM). Sallie’s grandchildren include Lisa Rae Malinowski (CA), Raymond Malinowski, Russ Bergholz (CA), Cheryl Bergholz and husband Patrick Simpson (MT), Garrett Welles and wife Brandi (GA), Holly Welles and husband Jared Brode (GA), Michelle Welles (CO) and Clara Welles and husband Adam Graham (NM).  She also leaves behind thirteen great grandchildren scattered throughout the US.

Sallie’s cremains will be interred with her husband George and son George III at the Santa Fe National Cemetery (NM) in a private service at a later date. To our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother and friend, we extend a fond… “Aloha ~ Until We Meet Again”.

Arrangements are with La Paz- Graham’s Funeral Home 555 West Amador Las Cruces NM 88005. To send condolences visit www.lapaz-grahams.com


Delma Marie Sanchez


Delma Marie Sanchez, 47, of Roswell, New Mexico, entered into rest in Lubbock, Texas, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. In accordance with Delma Marie’s wishes, she will be cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church, 2200 N. Sycamore, Roswell, New Mexico, on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 11:00 AM.

Celebrate Delma’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.

On January 23, 1971, Delma was born to Gloria T. Sanchez and Luvin R. Sanchez in Roswell, New Mexico. She graduated from Goddard High School in 1989.

During Delma’s life, she worked for Furr’s Super Market, Office Max, McCoy’s and Home Health. Her most favorite job of all was being a mom to her three beautiful daughters. Delma enjoyed spending time outdoors and watching her girls play sports. She cherished her family and loved being with them and her fur baby, Blu, always by her side.

Delma had a good sense of humor and loved to joke around and make people’s day. She had the purest heart of gold and a very infectious smile. Delma had deep faith in God and loved going to church. She loved to cook, Delma was the best at everything. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. “We love you to infinity and beyond, forever in our hearts.”

Those left to carry on Delma’s legacy are her three daughters: Victoria Sanchez and companion, Adrian Lopez, Alexis Sanchez, Olivia Mendoza; and fur baby, Blu all of Roswell, NM; father, Luvin and wife, Franses Sanchez of Ruidoso, New Mexico; sister, Annie Mae Sanchez and companion, Gerado Irirgoyen; brother, Joseph Sanchez and companion, Sandra Barrera all of Roswell, New Mexico; numerous nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; tias and tios; cousins; and longtime family friends: John Gray of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and Mike Mendoza of Roswell, New Mexico.

Preceding Delma in death were her mother, Gloria T. Sanchez; older brother, Freddie Sanchez; sister, Geraldine Sanchez; as well as Tias and Tios.

Delma’s tribute was beautifully written in her honor by her daughters.

“We Had a Wonderful Mother”

“We had a wonderful Mother,

One who never really grew old;

Her smile was made of sunshine, 

And her heart was solid gold;

Her eyes were as bright as shining stars;

In her cheeks, fair roses you see.

We had a wonderful Mother, And that’s the way it will be.

But take heed, because she’s still keeping an eye on all of us.

So, let’s make sure she will like what she sees.”


Richard Torrez


Graveside services are scheduled at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Memory Lawn Cemetery for Richard Torrez, 61, of Roswell who passed away July 12, 2018. Pastor Lonnie Owens of Christ Church will be officiating.

A lifelong resident of Roswell, Richard was born on August 28, 1956 to Ernestine Torrez Ramirez. He was a faithful member of Christ Church and loved his church family very much. Richard loved his country, always having an American flag on his wheelchair as he pushed it around town.

Through all his trials of battling cancer, he kept a happy spirit, always making people laugh. He fought the good fight of faith and finished the race and was ready to go to his Heavenly home.

Richard is survived by his sisters: Priscilla Olivas, Linda Torrez, Lenore Metcalf and Rose Rice. Brothers: Rudy Valadez and Pete Torrez. Also surviving Richard are his Loving Foster Family, Grant Newlin, Vern Newlin, Bern Newlin and Rosemary Thomas with many other foster sisters and brothers, survived also by many nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his mother Ernestine Torrez Ramirez, foster mother Naomi Newlin, sister Magdalene Broomfield, nephew Gregory Chaves, and foster brother Ray Newlin.

** Fly with the angels, Richard **


Josephine (Lucy) Merryfield


It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Josephine (Lucy) Merryfield, 80, of Fort, Sumner, New Mexico, has entered rest on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at home surrounded by her loved ones. Honoring Joan’s request, a private family service will be held. Celebrate Joan’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.

She was born and raised in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, to Frutoso and Juanita Trujillo. Joan married the love of her life, Bob Merryfield on December 23, 1958, and was happily married for forty-nine years. Together they ran the business “Rite Way” Insulation in Roswell, New Mexico, for twenty-five years. Joan enjoyed playing the piano and listening and dancing to Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline on her record player. She was a diligent wife, mother and grandmother. Joan was always doing for others. Joan’s sense of humor brightened the lives of all who met her. Joan’s family will carry fond memories of her and she will be greatly missed by all.

Those left to eternally treasure and cherish memories of Joan are her children: Mollie and husband, Steve Ragens; Cathy and husband, Augustine Gomez; Robert A. and spouse, Carmen Merryfield, Wendy Artiaga, Rick Merryfield Sr; grandchildren: Danny Ray Merryfield, Debbie Merryfield, Michael Arias, Brandon Merryfield, Anthony Merryfield, Junior Artiaga, Tiffany Artiaga, Andrew Artiaga, Cristina Merryfield, Crystal Merryfield, Robbie Merryfield, Ricky Dom Merryfield II, Erick Merryfield, Sally and husband, Joshua Cloonan, Natalie Gray, Nakoma Wilfong, Nathaniel and wife, Alicia; brothers: Manuel Trujillo, Fred Trujillo; and loving pets: Rex and Bambi.

Preceding Joan in death were her husband, Robert Ethen Merryfield; parents: Frutoso and Juanita Trujillo; and brothers: Henry Trujillo, and Orlando Trujillo.

Joan’s family would like to extend a Special Thanks to Kindred Hospice.

Thanks to Jehovah God, through Jesus ransom sacrifice. We look forward to the hope in the Bible at John 5;28, 29.

Joan’s tribute was lovingly written in her honor by her family.


Gregory J. Clark

Gregory J. Clark
January 23, 1964 – July 15, 2018

Gregory Clark passed from this life on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at his home in Llano, NM from complications associated with diabetes. Greg was 54 years of age.

Greg is survived by his mother Kay E. Rhodes of Roswell, NM; one sister, Lisa Clark of Paragould, AR; two nephews, Brandon Rison of Paragould, AR and Jonathan Rison of Bangor, ME; one niece Evangeline Rison of Roswell, NM. Greg is also survived by three uncles; William Young of Alexandria, VA; Douglas Young of Ogden, UT; and Michael Lanning of Rogue River, OR, and one cousin James Dockter of Roswell, NM plus many other cousins.

Greg is also survived by one (very special Auntie) Susan Davidson of Roswell, NM.

Two wonderfully amazing friends of Greg’s, Laura and Jon — without their kind and loving help, I could not have been able to bear this loss and pain.

Greg loved the numerous dogs he’s had through the years. They were a big part of his family. Greg also loved the mountains of Colorado and Northern New Mexico. He was an avid skier, concert goer, and music lover! You never caught Greg not playing music; he had his music playing everyday all day long!

Greg, I love and miss you, my life will never be the same. Rest in God’s arms, pain free, my son. Love, Mom.


Gateway using summer to get in shape

Gateway Christian head football coach Shawn Wigley emphasizes getting in shape during summer drills. (Mike Smith Photo)

Teenagers practicing football — that could be a title that some student-athletes at Gateway Christian School could use when asked to write an essay on how they spent summer vacation.

Summer workouts started July 7, according to head coach Shawn Wigley. He said the program is voluntary as the players show up for morning and evening practice.

“They just get some reps in,” Wigley said. “We do a lot of conditioning in the morning when it’s cooler and we get out here and then do a lot of footwork and run some drills at night.”

Wigley emphasizes to his players that now is the best time to start getting in shape.

“If you don’t get into shape now, seasons are too short and games are too important to try and get in shape a third of the way through the season,” Wigley said. “There’s no way to get in football shape without getting to play football. So you’ve got to take care of all this conditioning stuff in the summertime and be ready to go.”

Wigley says if the players aren’t in shape once the season starts, then the likelihood for injuries is greater.

“You’ve got to get all that stuff out now, so those muscles are in condition and ready to go for actual football,” Wigley said.

Two-a-days start on Aug. 7 and Wigley said the majority of the team is expected to be on hand.

“You can start getting helmets on and pads and you can start doing football-specific stuff,” Wigley said. “Now, it’s more getting in shape, running around and throwing the football and doing stuff like that; and teaching them the mental reps and getting them in football shape. That’s the difference between being in good shape and being in football shape.”

Wigley defines football shape as the body taking a hit and wearing protective padding.

“Getting your head used to wearing the helmet (and) your mouth used to the mouthpiece,” Wigley said. “The difference is in the summer, you’re not wearing pads and there’s no way to simulate that until you get it on and start running around with those pads on and getting contact and getting up and getting your body used to getting hit and playing through that type of intensity.”

Last season, the Warriors were 5-4-1 and lost to Mountainair 70-34 in the second round of the 8-Man playoffs. Wigley described the season as solid.

“I think we had a lot of guys last year that didn’t play a lot of football,” Wigley said. “We got better as the year went on and that was good. If you see improvement game-to-game, you know you’re headed in the right direction.”

Going into the quarterfinal game against the Mustangs, Wigley felt Gateway played better in the second half, despite the first half advantage that Mountainair had.

“It was just like too little too late,” Wigley said. “We had a good season.”

The Warriors lost three seniors from last season in Marco Grajeda, Maverick Grimm and Dominic Gomez.

“We’ll have more veteran leadership this season than we did last year in terms of numbers,” Wigley said.

Wigley is looking to quarterback Wyatt Arlet to guide the team this year.

“This will be his second year starting at quarterback,” Wigley said. “Having a year playing under his belt and making strides last year in things that were new to him, this year is going to be more repetitive, so you can get a little further.”

Caleb Curtis, Gage Estes, Ryan Ellis, Andrew Sanchez and Jacob Truetken are expected to provide the Warriors with some senior leadership as well.

This year, athletic districts in New Mexico are seeing some changes as the New Mexico Activities Association has done away with the six classes in favor of five. Gateway will still compete in District 3, 8-Man. However, they will have two new opponents as Mescalero Apache has moved up to 2A and Carrizozo has gone down to 6-Man.

Melrose and Dora are the new kids on the block.

“The district is important,” Wigley said. “But in 8-Man, everybody that plays is going to be part of the (playoff) seeding process, so we’ve just got to win when we can and we know most of the schools that are in it year-in and year-out, and there’s always going to be one team that surprises you.”

Wigley feels that the district Gateway competes in is the toughest in the state, and the teams to beat will be Melrose, Tatum and Mesilla Valley Christian. Melrose is the defending state champions.

“Dora was tough last year. I assume they’ll be tough this year,” Wigley said.

Last year, the Coyotes beat the Warriors, 62-31 during a non-district contest.

“In 8-Man, kids will graduate, but you’ve got a lot of kids in junior high coming up and you’ve got a lot of eighth, ninth and 10th graders that will start,” Wigley said. “From one year to the next, a kid can grow a lot and do a lot of good. A year can change a lot at this age. I expect every one of them will be tough.”

The Warriors start the season Aug. 24 against Tatum at home.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

Invaders host Garden City


Roswell Invader pitcher Lance Fairchild poses for a recent picture. The Invaders host Garden City tonight at 7 p.m. at Joe Bauman Stadium. (Mikayla Fuller Photo)

Roswell football camp concludes


Roswell football coach Jeff Lynn talks to campers at the end of camp on Wednesday. (J.T. Keith Photo)

Kiddie Camp ends in a cool way


Roswell Kiddie Campers share smiles after the end of camp after getting wet with the fire truck. (Submitted Photo)

City Golf champs compete


Bob Morales driving on the 18th hole in the senior flight. (Submitted Photo)

Tour raises infrastructure awareness; Progress reports on convention center, rec center provided

Mona Kirk and Jeanine Corn Best listen as Project Manager Kevin Dillon begins the city’s project tour in the entrance of the under-construction Roswell Convention & Civic Center on Thursday afternoon. (Alison Penn Photo)

City of Roswell officials and other community leaders toured eight infrastructure projects on Thursday afternoon.

Alison Penn Photo
Bob Richardson, the HB Construction manager, displays the future Roswell City Council dais in the Roswell Convention & Civic Center to the group attending the city’s project tour on Thursday afternoon.

Six city councilors, Mayor Dennis Kintigh, City Manager Joe Neeb, and city staff visited each site via a Pecos Transit bus with a police escort. Superintendent Dr. Ann McIlroy and Mona Kirk, school board president, represented Roswell Independent School District on the tour.

Neeb said the purpose of the tour was to show the progress and the full picture of what the city is working on, and provide a reminder of all the “great things the city is doing” on difficult and expensive infrastructure projects.

The first stop was the Roswell Convention & Civic Center at 912 N. Main St. Project Manager Kevin Dillon answered questions from the group and explained how natural light would be a major component of the north side’s new construction, facing the Roswell Museum and Art Center. Dillon said finding oil tanks led to a six-week delay, as well as issues with the existing structure. Born and raised locally with more than 20 years’ commercial construction experience, Dillon said it is rewarding to watch his hometown grow and to be a part of it.

This photo shows another internal view of the Recreation and Aquatic Center. (Alison Penn Photo)

Construction Manager Bill Richardson, from HB Construction of Albuquerque, guided attendees through the A and B conference rooms, storage space, food preparation area and the old facility. Richardson explained that he and the crew are currently working on a ramp that would lead to the future city council dais. Dillon said the new improvements will add more flexibility in the space, for the needs of different-sized events.

The construction crew is working to meet a deadline in August in time to host the New Mexico Municipal League’s annual conference. Dillon said the existing large room of the civic center will be used for the conference and the new building will be secured with a rough finish to hold the vendor booths. Dillon said the crew is doubling efforts to do 14 months of work in 10 months.

In a news release, Todd Wildermuth, the city’s public information officer, stated that Spectra (the venue management company) signed a contract with the city in May and began working July 1. Spectra is currently looking to hire locals and information on this can be found on the city’s website.

At the intersection of Stone Street and North Montana Avenue, City Engineer Najar said more traffic is expected once the rec center opens — and a project there will be aimed at preventing accidents and enhancing safety for drivers. The $476,000 project is not approved at this time but is requested for fiscal year 2019. He explained that some trees will need to be moved, as well as a section of the bike trail, and that a small water detention pond will need to be created.

After stopping at the Stone and Montana realignment project, Najar presented information on it and guided the tour to the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center at 1402 W. College Blvd. The $20,000,000 multipurpose recreation center has a soft deadline of this fall and the aquatic side is estimated to be finished sometime in late spring or early summer next year.

The rec center’s concrete tilt-up walls are up. The crew is digging the outdoor pool and slide areas. Neeb said it was fun to watch the walls be poured and then raised. The main entrance faces west to the skate park and where the Old Municipal Airport once stood.

On the inside of the rec center, Dillon said there will be a secured vestibule for the school and the circulation desk will be the first point of reference upon entering. Dillon showed where the indoor pool, restrooms, and showers will be.

The end of the main recreation center will face West College Boulevard and the main gym is adjacent to this corridor. Near the entrance, two wall art fixtures, of a volleyball and basketball player, have been installed.

Neeb said the city’s parks department will be doing landscaping improvements up to the street to correlate with the new facility’s progress.

During the drive, the mayor and city manager pointed out sidewalks and other issues that need attention in Roswell. For sidewalks around the rec center, Dillon said there is a plan to tie onto the existing sidewalk on the east side of the center, and plan for a cut trail to lead to the building on the north corner.

The next stop on the tour was the North Union and Montana avenues, or “Un-tana”, project. Najar explained the current progress from his assistant engineer Ryan Porter, the “Un-tana” project manager, and his crew.

Najar also took the tour to the West Country Club Twin Reservoirs, the South Union Roadway project from the Roswell Community Little Theater to West Gayle Street, the South Washington Avenue roadway project from Poe Street to West Hobbs Street, and Hobbs Street from South Union Avenue to Main Street.

Various improvements to sidewalks, pavement, and Americans With Disabilities Act compliance will be done on in the neighborhoods surrounding Monterrey Elementary School and Roswell High School.

Najar said bids were opened on Tuesday for the South Union and South Washington project and the recommendation to award the bid will go before infrastructure committee on Monday.

Saying he had other projects on the wish-list, Najar added he is aware of the economic impact of each project and strives to make the most of each dollar spent to improve Roswell.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

Chaves County’s only park to be spiffed up

A new grant obtained by Keep Chaves County Beautiful will be used to improve this neighborhood park in Midway. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The only park owned and maintained by Chaves County is going to get some much needed sprucing up.

The newly formed Keep Chaves County Beautiful organization received $20,000 from the Keep American Beautiful-Lowe’s Community Partners Grant Program and intends to use the money to repair, replace and otherwise improve a small neighborhood park in Midway called Cumberland Park, said Rita Kane-Doerhoefer, one of the group’s key volunteers.

She explained to Chaves County Commissioners Thursday that she had been asked by a county administrator if any of the $20,893 the group received a few months ago from the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Program of the state Tourism Department could go to Cumberland Park.

She told the administrator no, but then she and Keep Chaves County Beautiful Director Sean Davis decided to apply for the Keep America Beautiful-Lowe’s grant to help the park out.

“We’ve been waiting and waiting and finally the grant came out. We looked to see if our name was on it,” she said. “There was $556,000 given to 344 (organizations associated with the Keep America Beautiful organization). Are you ready? Wahoo! We got our money for Cumberland Park, so we are going to be redoing that park.”

Kane-Doerhoefer said that, at the current time, the group would like to work with volunteers to paint a water fountain, plant grass and trees, and fix the basketball court.

But other changes could be occurring, too. Chaves County Public Services Director Bill Williams said he looks forward to working with the group and also has some ideas for the park, including building a walking trail around it, erecting a new fence and maybe adding some new barbecue grills to replace the ones that were stolen from the park after the fence fell into disrepair. Putting up some sort of partition to block the views of nearby waste containers has also been suggested by some people, he said.

He said county officials have been talking for a few years about improvements to the park, which he thinks probably came into county ownership as part of a subdivision developer’s plat for the area. The county has invested in pulling and repairing a well that had been filled with sand. But the irrigation system for the park has to be retrofitted so that it can work with the well as it is now. The county has a modest amount it could put into the park, he said, but any major projects, including replacement of the well should that be needed at some point, could not occur until a future budget year.

Williams did say that an individual has come forward saying that he thinks he and others could raise another $5,000 for the project, and Williams said he suggested that the individual work with Keep Chaves County Beautiful.

Although the park is not in the greatest shape now, Williams said it is still used by Midway and Dexter residents.

“Sometimes I won’t hear anything about that park for a while, and then I’ll get quite a few calls in a short period of time,” he said. “I’ve gotten probably six calls about it this week. This time of year quite a few people are using it and probably will until it turns cold.”

Kane-Doerhoefer said the money from the Keep America Beautiful-Lowe’s grant must be expended by Dec. 15, so she anticipates starting work with community partners soon.

Keep Chaves County Beautiful was organized in 2017, replacing the Keep Roswell Beautiful organization formed in 1986. Kane-Doerhoefer expressed her gratitude to Chaves County for their “trust and confidence” in the group, as the nonprofit has to have support from a local government entity to qualify for grants and Keep America Beautiful affiliation. The purpose of the group is to reduce litter, clean up and beautify public properties, and educate youth about clean and safe communities.

Kane-Doerhoefer indicated that the group has many community partners, including Roswell Seed, Waide Sand and Gravel, Boys and Girls Club, Mayes Lumber, Coca-Cola, Hobby Lobby, the Cooperative Extension Office of New Mexico State University, Hagerman and Dexter school districts, the Bureau of Land Management, Hagerman Fire Chief Chad Hamill, Ready-Mix, Peppers restaurant and Stellar Coffee.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

RMAC seeks new curator

With a photo of a Henriette Wyeth painting framing her, Sara Woodbury on Wednesday gave her last lecture in the Basset Auditorium for the Brown Bag Lecture and Lunch. The lecture focused on the Magical & Real show at the museum. Woodbury has worked at the Roswell Museum and Art Center for the last five years and will be leaving after July 27. (Alison Penn Photo)

Sara Woodbury, the current curator at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, will be leaving for Virginia to work on her doctorate degree in American Studies at the College of William and Mary.

At the Monday RMAC meeting, Caroline Brooks said the museum has received more than 60 applications and is reviewing them. This past Wednesday was Woodbury’s last lecture, where museum staff and attendees wished Woodbury luck on her new masterpiece. Her last day will be next Friday.

Woodbury has a master’s degree in art history and moved to Roswell from Shelburne, Vermont five years ago. Woodbury was a curatorial fellow at Shelburne Museum and has internships at the Dallas Museum of Art National Museum of Wildlife Art in Wyoming.

Saying she applied last fall, Woodbury said this decision has been in the making since 2014 — but she wanted to see the Magical & Real show come to fruition, and ensure the museum was in a good place before she left. She said she hopes to see more growth in Roswell’s art scene after she leaves.

“This is a great museum,” she said. “It’s a great collection. It’s comparable to anything you’ll find in Santa Fe or Albuquerque and this community should be very proud of the resources it has.”

Though she recognizes the high level of activity, Woodbury said she would like to see more collaboration in order to pool Roswell’s resources and strengthen the art scene.

“Roswell has a very active art scene that surprises a lot of people — myself included,” she said. “You’ve got the symphony. You have three theater companies in town. You’ve got all of these different museums — the Roswell Museum, the Anderson Museum, not to mention all of the artists who are active here.”

“I’d like to see Roswell be less shy about its art scene,” Woodbury said. “When you hear about Roswell, what you envision is the ufology stuff, which is fine, it brings in a lot of tourists. But I always feel like Roswell has been hiding its artistic scene under the bushel a little bit when it should really let it shine because it is one of the very strong assets of this town.”

On the city itself, Woodbury said she would miss the camaraderie from local friends and acquaintances that she would often run into around town as she transitions to a new place. The collection is something she said she would also miss because it “has been her life for the last five years.” She added that is an appropriate time for a change in her life.

Woodbury said the Magical & Real show was a fun and stressful four-year project. She said she received good assurance that she is ready to work on her dissertation after accomplishing such a huge project with her curatorial team. She said it was exciting to bring such a large-scale exhibition with a wide scope, especially since it featured one of the museum’s prominent collections.

“What I hope visitors get out of it, beyond the beauty of the works themselves, is to see your museum deserves exhibitions like this,” she said. “We are of that caliber.”

To advise the next curator, Woodbury said that person should keep an open mind about the collection and the action they take as curator. In her time here, Woodbury said she did nearly equal amounts of writing and manual labor and encourages the next curator to be flexible to participate in various facets of the job.

She said this mindset would reward them richly.

Editor’s note: A column from Woodbury appears on page A4 of today’s Daily Record.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

Art on Safari


15 year-old Eden Turley is happy about what she created at Bone Springs Art Space’s first Safari class series this week. “I usually use color pencils,” she said about her favorite media. Eden said that she is in the early college high school class and her favorite class is science, especially biology. Her dream is to be a concept artist at Disney. Miranda Howe is the owner of Bone Springs Art Space and guided the 5- to 15-year-old children to create five different art projects based on stuffed animals such as warthogs and different antelopes provided by Jim Yarborough. (Christina Stock Photo)

Health Department offers free immunization clinics


Area students up to age 18 can get free immunizations next weekend as part of the statewide back-to-school immunization clinics hosted by the the New Mexico Department of Health.

The clinic for Chaves County will occur Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Health Office, 200 E. Chisum St.

Parents are asked to bring a copy of their child’s immunization record and an insurance card, including Medicaid, with them. But immunizations will be provided for free if no insurance is available.

New Mexico birth certificates also can be obtained with photo identification and a $10 payment.

The special clinics are part of the Got Shots? immunization campaign statewide to prepare students and their families for the upcoming academic year. The New Mexico Department of Health, the New Mexico Immunization Coalition, the New Mexico Primary Care Association and healthcare providers are partnering to provide the clinics for youth from July 29 through Aug. 12 at various locations in New Mexico

For questions about immunization clinics in your area or to schedule an appointment, contact the local Health Department office. Their locations and contact information are listed at nmhealth.org/location/public/.


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