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Is there a future doctor in the house?

From left, Cristina Arnold, local coordinator in Roswell; Remy Link from Albuquerque; Devin Maez from Albuquerque and Hoang Nguyen from Farmington. The three BA/MD students are in their last week of four-week internships in Roswell shadowing local doctors and doing volunteer work. For the past three Saturday mornings, the students took part in the Walk with a Doc program at Cielo Grande Recreation Area, where Nguyen has been the presenter three Saturdays in a row. (Submitted Photo)

Students from UNM’s combined bachelor of arts, med school program completing internships in Roswell

‘Step Right Up!’ to FUMC’s MAD Camp; Summer camp with music, arts and drama begins July 9

Scenes from previous MAD Camps. (Submitted Photo)

MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Camp will begin on July 9 at First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Michelle Olson will lead children and youth (completed grades 1-7) as they learn the musical “Step Right Up!” by Dan and Heidi Goeller.

Quiet and reclusive, Frenchy was one of the bravest men in the Southwest

Francois-Jean “Frenchy” Rochas’ grave in Our Lady of the Light Catholic Cemetery in La Luz in Otero County. (Photo courtesy of findagrave.com)

One of the early settlers of the Dog Canyon area near Alamogordo and White Sands National Monument was a pioneer named Francois-Jean Rochas, known by everyone who knew him as Frenchy.

Charlie’s Angels looking to repeat victories

2018 Charlie’s Angels Dancers are: Anizia Barrera, Jennifer Carreon, Edelin Delascasas, DeLaney DeNio, Alana Dumlao, Malia Dumlao, Danielle Estrada, Taylor Fitts, Daniela Garcia, Rael Gonzales, Hayley Gonzalez, Analisa Green, Kate McDonald, Ricci Medrano, Marisa Moncayo,Aryka Montes, Aneisa Otero, Arianna Padilla, Jacqueline Pappas, Kayla Quiroz, Camille Romero, Chloe Salcido, Savannah Sanchez and Emily Tucker. (Submitted Photo)

It should come as no surprise that the defending national dance champions in Pom, Roswell High School Charlie’s Angels are ready to take on all comers. They proved it when they took their title back as national champions this year in Orlando, Florida, by defeating San Margarita Catholic on their last dance routine.

Demons see summer action


The Dexter’s boys basketball went to Hondo on Wednesday and scrimmaged Tularosa, Texico, Hondo, Capitan and Cloudcroft. (Submitted Photo)

Grajeda plays in All-Star game


Alonzo Grajeda holds the Gateway Warriors championship trophy won at last year’s Lake Arthur tournament. Grajeda scored 14 points for the South All-Stars during the 1A/2A All-Star game earlier this month in Albuquerque. The South won 88-85. (Paul Lessard Photo)

Lady Rockets face Lady Rockets


Bailey Beene drives against Camarynn Villalpondo during the Lady Rocket alumni game Friday night at Ground Zero. The current Goddard team edged the former Lady Rockets 55-51. (Steve Notz Photo)

Big rig offers rides at Alien City


Joel Baeza of Artesia stands in front of his party wagon. Friday he was giving rides to people at Alien City Dragway in Roswell in a 1984 Peterbilt. It used to haul cattle but Baeza has since turned it into a mud bog machine. (Mike Smith Photo)

Political parties identify issues to entice voters

“I think we have a lot of good opportunity in the next 135 days,” says Brian Colon, Democratic candidate for State Auditor, left, during a Saturday event in Roswell for young Democrats. Paul Romero, chair of the Democratic Party of Chaves County, right, was among the people who talked about plans to reach voters for the November general elections. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Republicans outnumber any other group of registered voters in Chaves County by more than 6,000 people, but local leaders of the two other major parties, Libertarian and Democratic, think they can galvanize the public with their top statewide candidates and their messages as they look toward the general elections in November.

Retired energy employee is active on the ground and in the skies

Stan Nelson

You could say two of Stan Nelson’s avocations go far up into the atmosphere while the other is clearly grounded on earth.

NMMI hosts Salvation Army golf fundraiser


Patrick Silvas lines up his putt on the 18th hole of the New Mexico Military Institute golf course Saturday morning as he and his team compete in a three-player scramble for the Fourth Annual Salvation Army Golf Tournament. Silvas’ team members include Carlos Ruiz, standing near golf cart, and Mike Romero, behind cart. Their team was one of about 16 to participate in the fundraising event, which is held once a year to benefit the local nonprofit. Typically the tournament brings in about $10,000 for the organization, said Lt. Joe West, but it also mean prizes for participants, including a chance for $10,000 if they hit a hole-in-one on hole 15 of the course, a definite long shot. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Former resident holds children’s book signing


Former Roswell resident Sara Triana Mitchell chooses a cafe, Stellar Cafe, to be exact, to hold the signing Saturday for her new children’s book, “Love, Love Bakery.” The story for children 4 and older gives a look inside a bakery and coffee shop owned by two friends. The book also teaches concepts about numbers, cooking and the hospitality industry. Mitchell and her husband, lawyer James “Mitch” Mitchell, lived in the area for five years until 2015, when they moved back to their native Texas. A full-time mom to two daughters, Mitchell says she now “writes in the margins of her life.” Her book, illustrated by H2 Alaska, is available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Week Ahead



Texas man killed in Saturday crash on US70


A Texas man died from a one-vehicle accident early Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 70 north of Roswell.

Eva Mae Bible Waggoner


Eva Mae Bible Waggoner passed away June 12, 2018 in Austin Texas.
Eva Mae Bible was born on March 31, 1926 in Hagerman, NM to Elmer and Mary Bible. She was the oldest of 3 children. When she was in second grade, the family moved to the nearby town of Dexter. Eva Mae graduated from Dexter High School with the Class of 1944. She was a member of the Little Gray Presbyterian Church. She lived in Dexter with her family until her marriage in 1946 to John H. Waggoner.
In 1950, they bought their house on Justin Lane in Austin Texas, which was way out in the country at that time. Mae was a full-time homemaker. She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader. She was very active in Hyde Park Christian Church. She taught Sunday School and Bible school. She served on the Board, as well as on many committees. She was a counselor for summer youth camp. She was active in the Christian Women’s Fellowship. For many years, she organized the church garage sale and bereavement meals for grieving families. She was active in Church Women United. She was a tireless advocate for Heifer International.
Mae and John worked with international students at the University of Texas for many years. They were a host family—inviting international students to be part of family gatherings and celebrations. They also worked with visiting English teachers. Through these connections, Mae developed friends around the world.
Mae spent many years working with the Christmas Bureau to ensure that everyone in Travis county had something to celebrate at Christmas. She started as a volunteer and eventually became the head of the Christmas Bureau. For her extensive volunteer work, she was named “Outstanding Volunteer, 1978” by the Austin Community Services Association.
A memorial service will be held in Austin, Texas at Hyde Park Christian Church on Saturday, June 23, 10:30am. Mae was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother E.J. Bible. She is survived by children, Zaidee and Robert, grandsons Nathan and John, sister Betty Nell Miles, sister-in-law June Bible, as well as nieces and nephews. With her brother and sister living in the Dexter-Hagerman area, Eva Mae remained in touch with Dexter friends. Her sense of humor and servant’s heart will be remembered with fondness. (Pictured above right to left siblings Betty Nell Bible Miles, E.J. Bible and Eva Mae Bible Waggoner, early 1980’s)

Eddie Vallejos


Eddie Vallejos was born on August 12, 1964 to Felix and Felicita Vallejos. Eddie was born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico and left Roswell some time ago to be with his children in Las Cruces, NM, Nick Vallejos, Stephanie Vallejos, Johnny Ray Vallejos, Ariana Vallejos and Brianna Vallejos, and on June 15, 2018, Eddie got his call by our Lord to rest with his loved ones. His mom & dad, his nieces Patricia and Margaret Vallejos and his brothers Leroy and Albert Vallejos along with many other loved ones who have passed away. You will be missed thought we had more time to fix things but putting things on hold we end up overseeing the power of life and death.
‘Til we meet again! I’ve lost so many but I’ll never question God. I trust Him and believe Him when he says we will all meet in Heaven one day! I love you Uncle Eddy, Lorina Vallejos.

1. Thessalonians 4:13-18

Services will be held in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Please keep our family in prayers.

Ernest ‘Ernie’ M. Nunez


Our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, ERNEST “ERNIE” M. NUNEZ, age 71, of Las Cruces passed from this life on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 13, 1946 in Roswell, NM to Sophia Molina and Augustine Nunez. “Ernie” as he was fondly known to family and friends was the owner of E.N. Nunez Construction.
Those left to mourn his passing include his beloved daughter, Glenda Mallet (Bob) of Carlsbad; two brothers, Andy Nunez (Mollie) of Roswell, and Bill Nunez (Diane) of Brentwood, CA; two sisters, Ramona Lopez (George) of Nogales, AZ, and Lynn Jimenez of Hawaii. Other survivors include three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joe Molina and Arnulfo Castrillo; two sisters, Vicky Herrera and Lupe Romero.
At his request, cremation will take place and there will be no services. The family will honor his request.
A very special thank you and gratitude goes out to our nephew Lalo Castrillo, who was by his side during his illness.
Service arrangement have been entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory, 527-2222. Your exclusive providers for “Veterans and Family Memorial Care”. For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.

Rachael Herrera


Abraham and Helen Gamboa gave birth to a beautiful baby girl May 19, 1956, Rachael Gamboa went home June 15, 2018, at the age of 62. She was one of many siblings: Willie Nunez, Corine Gonzalez, Abraham Gamboa and wife, Irma Gamboa, Jesse Joe Gamboa, Lela Garcia, Alfonso Gamboa and wife, Nichole Gamboa, Rosendo Gamboa and wife, Monica Gamboa and Benjamin Gamboa.  Raquel bare three children: Francisco R. Herrera, Santiago M. Herrera, and Marcelina M. Herrera.  She was blessed with seven grandchildren: Santiago Herrera, Eveangelina Herrera, Danika Herrera, Nadiyah Herrera, Giana Herrera, Jazmen Sheriff, Zariya Sheriff and Traviathen Sheriff. Raquel continued to be blessed with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces/nephews and great-great nieces/nephews.
Preceding Rachael in death were her grandparents: Alfonso and Raquel Gamboa, Jesus and Louisa Robles; brothers: Willie Nunez, Jesse Gamboa; sister, Corine Gonzales; son, Francisco Herrera; nieces: Felicia Alarcon, Jessica Gonzales; and nephew, Alfonso Gamboa.
Rachael loved watching her team play, the Dallas Cowboys of which she never missed a game.  She was a silent judge for Ink Master, enjoyed going to the casino and having family get togethers just because. Rachael worked as a general manager for Stripes, also known as Town & Country, for 25+ years. She will be greatly missed by the family and anyone and everyone who got the opportunity to be blessed with Rachael and knowing her as mom.
We will be celebrating Rachael Herrera’s life at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home in the Chapel on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 2:00 PM. Celebrate Rachael’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.
Rachael’s tribute was beautifully written in her honor by her family.


One night a man had a dream.  He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.  Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.  For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked bac at the footprints in the sand.  He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.  He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it, “LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you’d walk with me all the way.  But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints.  I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.”

The LORD replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.  During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was than that I carried you.”

Billy Jo Williams


Thursday, June 21, 2018, Billy Jo Williams, born December 15, 1928 to George and Annie Brooks, went to her heavenly home and into the waiting arms of her husband, Edward Lee Williams, Sr. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, “Nana” to many, and friend to all.
Billy Jo was a loving mother to her two sons, Edward Lee Williams, Jr and wife Andrea, of Las Cruces, Jack Williams and wife Debbie, of Roswell, and a daughter-in-law, Betty Dyess Williams. She was an amazing grandmother to, Michelle Stone, Edward Lee Williams, III and Page, Christie Campbell and husband Justin, Jimmie Williams and wife Melissa, Melissa Brackeen, Kristen Island, and Marty Brackeen. While her kids and grandkids meant the world to her, no one was as precious to her as her little darlins, her great-grandchildren; Kayla Salas, Ryan Williams, Hannah Chandler, Jared Stone, Matthew Chandler, Madison Stone, Cooper Campbell, Jace Williams, Caitlin Campbell and Jackson Williams. She is also survived by her sisters, Jerry Buckland and Glenda Carol Adams, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Billy Jo was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sisters, Dean Shellhammer, Gertrude Barley, Lucille Middleton, and LaVerne Fritzmeyer.
Per her wishes, there was a private service for her children and grandchildren at the family home.
Billy’s tribute was beautifully written in her honor by her family.

Mariano Jose Mares Jr.


Mariano Jose Mares Jr., born March, 1942 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, went to be with the Lord on June 20, 2018 at his home in Roswell, surrounded by his family and close friends. Funeral services for Mariano, are planned for Friday, June 29, 2018, 3:00 pm at Christ’s Church, 2200 N. Sycamore Avenue, Roswell, New Mexico, with a graveside immediately to follow in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Celebrate Mariano’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
Mariano was born to Florence Corine Casaus and Mariano Mares. Mariano was the sixth child born of eight. His mother and father both pre-deceased him, along with his brother Ezekiel, his sisters, Clara, Perla, Floripa and Mary Viola.
Mariano, affectionately known as “Red” or “Uncle Junior”, was married to his loving wife, Angie for fifty-three years. They were blessed to have adopted and loved their only child, Patricia. Mariano is survived by his loving family, Angie, Tricia and Dirk and his only grandchildren, Chaundra, July and Tara. Mariano is also survived by his two sisters, Vivian and Elizabeth and their families, along with Angie’s family and hundreds of cousins, nieces and nephews….. he had a big family. Mariano‘s favorite companion in his last few months was his sweet poodle puppy, Buddy.
Mariano graduated from Fort Sumner High School in 1960. After high school, he did some carpentry work with his dad and some of the buildings he helped build still stand today.
Mariano’s true work career started with the New Mexico State Highway Department. A few years after starting with the Highway Department, he moved to Albuquerque to work in the uranium mines. Working in these mines for fourteen years lead to so many illnesses for Mariano. He struggled most of his life with several health issues. But, he was a strong man and always worked hard to provide for his family. In 1981, the uranium mines shut down and he was able to return to the New Mexico State Highway Department in Roswell. Even through illness, he was a strong and super smart man and even without a full college education, he got very far and was sought after by many companies for his auditing and math skills. After retiring from the Highway Department in 2005, he went on to work for Bohannan Houston for several years until his health failed him and forced him into retirement. Mariano met and made numerous lifetime friends in the highway department.
Mariano could tinker and fix ANYTHING. He could do woodwork, electrical work, plumbing and not only was he a jack of all trades, he was a master of most. He loved to cook and was famous for his big breakfasts. Mariano always had a laugh and smile, he was quite the jokester, everyday with everyone…
As a boy, he loved to play cars in the dirt with his siblings, and that must have fueled his thoughts that every boy needed a truck. He was very loving but always teased his siblings, as a past time.
In his younger years he loved to camp and fish…. he taught Tricia at a young age the love of both too. He spent many a summers at Ft. Sumner Lake and Elephant Butte Lake camping with his family. He also spent time in the Jemez mountains with his family.
Mariano was always a forgiving person. He was also a servant of Christ. He could read the scriptures and memorized them easily. He gave his life to Christ and was saved in 1975. He was water baptized in the Rio Grande River with his wife and daughter, the same year.
Pallbearers will be Jerome Sena, Chris Sena, Geno Sena, Richard Gonzales, Christopher Chavez, Larry Roybal, Dickie Roybal and BJ Dunn.
Special thanks to our Christ’s Church family, special caregivers, Walinda and Maylon, Araceli, Deyanria, Lupita, Yolanda, Yareli and Claudia who cared for him like their own and his grandaughter Chaundra, special thanks to his nurse, Renee, Hospice and Encompass.
Mariano’s tribute was lovingly written in his honor by his family.


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