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Roswell’s top teachers honored

Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy, superintendent of Roswell Independent School District, thanks educators at “Roswell’s Top Teacher Dinner” at the Hi-Q Venue at 208 N. Virginia Ave. (Alison Penn Photo)

Reporter’s note: Addition information has been included in this article.

Teachers from the Roswell Independent School District (RISD) were recognized with a dinner and three speeches from local leaders.

Hope Morales, Teach Plus NM state policy director, said around 270 teachers with the exemplary and highly effective designations from the Public Education Department’s NM TEACH evaluation system were invited to the dinner Monday and about 100 of these teachers were in attendance. Of these teachers, 58 earned the distinction of exemplary teachers and PED excellence in teaching awards amounting to $5,000 or $10,000 in some cases.

Over plates of barbeque and glasses of iced tea, the attendees sat with rapt attention as local leaders thanked them for their work in the schools. Robin Scott, an RISD teacher, provided slide guitar and songs for the teachers and a photo booth was set up at the end of the night.

Morales introduced Mayor Dennis Kintigh and RISD Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy to the teachers and their guests at the Hi-Q Venue at 208 N. Virginia Ave. on Monday night. Morales thanked the following community partners: Krumland Auto Group, Pioneer Bank, Sunrise Optimist Club of Roswell, Tabosa Developmental Services, Teach Plus New Mexico, the city of Roswell and RISD.

Mayor Kintigh said he was raised by an educator, married to an educator and the father to an educator. Kintigh said he saw firsthand the sacrifices teachers make to influence the lives of their students for the better, in and out of the classroom.

“If Roswell is to become a better place — and I will do all I can — I know it will not be my efforts that will change it,” Kintigh said to the teachers. “It will be yours because you will change the lives of young people and make this into an even better and greater community that it is. For that, thank you.”

Dr. McIlroy roamed around the room with the microphone in hand during her speech and said she could not celebrate or thank teachers enough for the work they bring to the RISD classrooms.

McIlroy reflected on her time in Roswell since school began four months ago and reminded the teachers that her vision was to have systems in place at RISD that would encourage kids to be excited, engaged and want to be at RISD. She shared the biblical parable of the fish and loaves to illustrate the limits teachers can feel and encouraged them that what they have can matter and grow to affect the lives of their students. For some of the teachers, McIlroy said she has seen how much kids “love” going to their teachers’ classrooms and added that these teachers help achieve the vision for the district to have kids “running to school.”

“God gave you something,” McIlroy said. “He gave you a talent for making connections with kids. He gave you a talent of compassion and of love, of perseverance and grit, of a never say no — never say can’t attitude — that no matter what comes my way, I’m going to find a way. That’s why you are here because that’s who you are as a teacher, as a highly effective and exemplary teacher. That’s what you represent. You have a talent. You might think it’s insignificant or small, but you think about it in my 30 years of education … I’m talking thousands and thousands of lives I had the opportunity to work with. That’s no small thing and so you need to think about that, too.”

Whether they were starting out or have been in education for a long time, McIlroy said educators have the opportunity to touch “thousands of hearts, thousands of minds” during their careers.

“You give our kids a voice and you give them the intelligence and the reasoning ability to speak that voice and to use their voice in their own lives and in the lives of their community,” McIlroy said. “So thank you. Thank you for that. Our country needs that desperately right now and I applaud you and I appreciate you that you do that every day for our kids.”

Known for saying her standards are based on the measurement that if it is not good enough for her own children — it is not adequate for anyone else’s children. McIlroy said the teachers at RISD were welcome to teach her children and grandchildren because she knows her children and the children of Roswell would get a quality educational experience and have interpersonal connections for someone to believe in them and potentially change their worlds.

Morales spoke as an educator and as a mother. She personally thanked the teachers on a large scale and showed gratitude for the teachers that impacted her own children. Morales thanked the families of the educators for supporting them.

“For our families here, I want to help make sure that you truly understand what it means for your loved one to be rated highly effective or exemplary,” Morales said. “It means that when a child goes to your class, they are having more than one year of learning happening in your classroom. So for kiddos who are going to your class and they’re coming in behind, you are helping to close that achievement gap because they have the opportunity to learn from one of our best educators. Now imagine if our students can learn from a teacher, our highly effective teachers or exemplary teachers, year after year.

“Imagine the opportunities that they’re going to have whenever they complete high school. They’re going to have an opportunity to be successful at college to be able to pick a high-quality career. You can change generations just by doing what you are doing in class.”

“It was encouraging … and inspiring,” Shari Hicks, an educator at El Capitan Elementary School, said of the dinner. “Finally seeing that hard work, the going home early and not going out with your friends all the time was finally appreciated.”

“I think being honored for something that you truly love — there’s really not even a word to describe it other than just amazing,” Lauren Boyes, a teacher at Military Heights Elementary School, said. “And I think being recognized just encourages us that our hard work is paying off and that we are being recognized for a job well done.

“Personally for me, it inspires me to keep pushing and it keeps inspiring me to work those extra hours and push myself every day as an educator. So recognizing us for a job well done I think is necessary to keep this ball rolling.”

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

Roswell’s charter school plans enrollment policy change


The Sidney Gutierrez Middle School Governing Council is planning to change its enrollment policies so that siblings of graduates would no longer be given priority for admission.

Joe Andreis, principal of Sidney Gutierrez Middle School. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Council President Yasmine Armstrong and member Mike Taylor voiced a desire to change the policy at the council’s Monday meeting.

“I think we need to stick with students who are currently enrolled in the school or accepted,” said Taylor.

Formed about 17 years ago, the city’s only charter school — and the only local school to receive an “A” ranking from the New Mexico Public Education Department for the past seven years — is now a popular school choice, routinely having more students seeking admission each year than the school has open slots.

By its charter, the middle school is limited to 66 students, ideally 22 for each grade, and can only accept more under rare circumstances and with the approval of the Roswell Independent School District, which is the charter authorizer.

Complying with state law, the school has been giving first priority for open slots to the siblings of students. Then, as demand grew, it implemented a lottery system to fill any remaining openings for each grade.

But the council discussed at its Monday meeting changing its enrollment policy to delete the priority for siblings of graduates — which the school itself had chosen to give in its early years, to develop loyalty among families and ensure future enrollment. The council had discussed that possibility last year as well.

As explained by Principal Joe Andreis, New Mexico statutes require the charter to give preference to siblings of current students or admitted students.

The problem that exists now, with continuing to give preference to the siblings of graduates as well, is the possibility that in the near future there would be no available slots for non-sibling applicants, given that the graduate pool has grown each year. The school already has adopted a narrow definition of siblings, to include only blood relatives or children legally adopted by the same parents.

“We are trying to do two things,” said Andreis. “We are trying to match the state statute and we are trying to eliminate a future of not having an open enrollment.”

Council members decided Monday to make suggestions for an amended policy to be reviewed by the school’s lawyer. Then they intend to review the revised policy at December and January meetings, with the goal of having a revised enrollment policy in effect by January 2019.

“We want to make sure that this has been board-approved prior to the admission period,” said Andreis.

The school has set the lottery selection day for the 2019-2010 academic year for April 8. At this time, applications are due to be accepted Jan. 14-Jan. 29.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at

Pair of elk find home at city zoo

These elk have become the newest residents of the Spring River Park and Zoo, arriving Tuesday morning. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The city zoo received a male and female elk Tuesday morning after they were released by a game reserve in the area and transferred by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department.

Staff of the Spring River Park and Zoo have been caring for the animals at their former home while setting up a special fenced off area in the south portion of the zoo that will hold the elk for about a year until their permanent residence at the city attraction is ready.

“We’ve wanted elk for a long time,” said Marge Woods, zoo superintendent. “We had some elk about 15 years ago, but it didn’t work out because we didn’t have a shelter for them. Now we do.” She pointed to a lean-to that has been erected to give the six-year-old bull and the five-year-old cow some shade and protection from the weather.

Wood said that the elk won’t be available for public viewing until they are placed in a new exhibit area near the deer.

“But the mountain lion exhibit comes first,” she said. The zoo intends to construct a larger enclosure for the mountain lions featuring more natural type of vegetation and surroundings.

Cpl. Tyson Sanders of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department contacted the zoo about taking the animals.

He has been working for some time with a game reserve that he said is not renewing its permit and no longer can have large animals in captivity. The elk were the only animals remaining, he said, and they either had to be relocated or euthanized.

“I think it is a great opportunity for people to see some elk that are native to New Mexico,” he said, “and a couple of beautiful specimen.”

Pet-adoption events scheduled in November, December


Roswell Animal Services has planned a pair of pet adoption events at which people can find dogs, and maybe some kittens, that are looking to be part of a loving home.

Each adoption event will take place at the Roswell Mall (4501 N. Main St.). The first is this Sunday, Nov. 18, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The second will be Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The availability of kittens will be determined immediately prior to each event.

The adoption fee per animal is $40 for dogs and $30 for cats. The new owner will be responsible for planning for the animal to be spayed or neutered. Unsterilized animals younger than six months old have the requirement that the new owner sign a sterilization agreement, confirming the owner will have the animal spayed or neutered once it reaches that age. For animals already six months old but not yet fixed, the animal will be held by the animal shelter for 24 hours so the adopting person can visit a veterinarian to pre-pay for the spay or neuter service. That pre-paid bill must then be shown to Animal Services to acquire the animal. People will also need to present a valid ID to adopt an animal.

New pet owners should also be aware a city dog license and a rabies vaccination are required for all dogs at least three months old.

Operated by the Roswell Police Department’s Animal Services, the animal shelter (705 E. McGaffey St.) is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about adopting an animal or requirements involving licenses and vaccinations, visit the shelter or call Animal Services at 575-624-6722.

111418 JrSr News


Celebrating veterans and birthdays

Senior Circle’s November birthday party is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 14. Tommy Graves will provide entertainment. He plays guitar and his favorites are Hank Williams and Gospel.

Veterans will be honored. Photos will be taken. Those who want to wear any part of their uniforms (whatever fits) would be appreciated. And it’s also a good time to bring a photo for the veteran line-up.

There will also be cake, of course, and a light lunch and door prizes.

Senior Circle is in the Wilshire Center, 2801 N. Main St., next door to Family Dollar. All members and prospective members are welcome. Call 623-2311 is you have any questions.

Military Heights Elementary holds food drive


As part of their mission to give back to the Roswell community, students and staff at Military Heights Elementary annually perform numerous service projects. This year the student council wants to focus on giving back to Roswell. The student council kicked off the service projects this past week with a food drive to benefit Harvest Ministries Food Bank. The students collected more than 1,000 cans in the week of collection. The students already have numerous other projects planned and ready to start in the coming weeks and months. The Military Heights Student Council will soon kick off the school-wide collection of blankets to benefit the Homeless Coalition of Chaves County. Students are learning they are never too young to start giving back to their community, and that our community becomes better by supporting each other, school officials said. (Submitted Photos)

Mesa Middle School principal shares student goals with Optimists

Pictured is Pam Davis, Optimist member and speaker chairman for the month of October and Principal Marcos Franco. (Submitted Photo)

Marcos Franco, new principal at Mesa Middle School, spoke to the Sunrise Optimist Club at a recent meeting. He shared goals for student success at the school. Among other things was the implementation of new school clubs encouraging students to be part of positive action.

The Sunrise Optimist Club invites speakers from the community to join them for a regular breakfast meeting to share information or events forthcoming in the community.

If you would like to know more about the Sunrise Optimist Club and their activities in making Roswell a better place for our youth, join us Wednesday morning, 7 a.m., at the Red Onion Restaurant, or contact membership chairman Roger K. Burnett at 420-9420.

Kids and teens invited for coding class


Just about everyone has a phone these days because that one device can do so many things. There are always new apps and technology being introduced, but someone has to create those. For kids and teens who are looking into coding as a hobby or even a future career, they’ll want to attend “Let’s Get Coding” on Monday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. Kids ages 6 and older will learn how to code basic actions, games and apps and participate in “App Time” to explore S.T.E.M.-related apps. Attendees can use one of the library’s tablets or bring in their own device. We’ll be adding in new apps and programs to this session including activities for those who like board games. The borrowed iPads are limited quantity so if a child needs to use one, make sure to arrive early to guarantee their place.

For more information, you can call 575-622-7101, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania, find the website at and like us on Facebook and Instagram @RPLnm.

Book Talk by Tomás González
Reference Librarian

It is that time of the year again to get ready for the holidays and more importantly, the food that comes with these holidays. The traditional main course of turkey gets most of the credit during this time of year, but we all know that the food items that complete the festivities are the side dishes and desserts. Available for checkout are some books that contain nothing but side dish and dessert recipes. In addition, some digital magazines available through the library’s RB Digital service can help with holiday meal dilemmas that will be yours to keep.

“The Best American Side Dishes” from the editors of Cook’s Illustrated seeks to add to the traditional and non-traditional side dishes. The book is not Thanksgiving or Christmas specific, but can be used to get some ideas to add to the mix during the holidays or throughout the rest of the year. Many of the classic side dishes are included such as mashed potatoes, green beans and sweet potato casseroles. Variations of how to prepare these classic dishes are discussed in order to delight those tired of the same old thing.

There’s also a great guide to desserts in the library called “The Pie and Pastry Bible” by Rose Levy Beranbaum. This recipe book is filled with tasty treats that will please all party-goers whose favorite course during the fall holidays is the desserts. Instructions on how to prepare a crust along with a multitude of recipes for fruit, custard, meringue, and chiffon pies are included. Also, pastries that range from puff pastry and croissants, Danish pastry and brioche. Techniques, tips, equipment plus fillings, toppings, sauces and glazes can all be found in this wonderful resource for those with a sweet tooth.

Also available through the library to help with recipe ideas during the holidays or during the year are our digital magazines available through RB Digital on your computer or through their app. Magazines such as “Allrecipes,” “Bon Appétit,” “Cook’s Illustrated,” “Country Living,” “Rachel Ray Every Day,” “The Food Network Magazine,” “Martha Stewart Living,” and more are filled with recipes that library patrons can download and keep as their own. For help in checking out these digital magazines inquire with the reference librarians to help guide you in the process of enjoying this library service.

Maria Sisneros Sena, also known as “Mary”


On Friday, November 9, 2018, Mary Sisneros Sena was ushered into the arms of Christ by His angels. She was surrounded by many of her children at the time of her peaceful and tranquil home-going.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home & Crematory, 2609 South Main, Roswell, New Mexico. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.

Mary was born on April 29, 1927, in Santa Rosa, NM, to Andres and Melecia Apodaca Sisneros. She married Fabe G. Sena on November 28, 1943, in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Mary lived in Roswell for seventy-five years and served and worked in a variety of roles.

She enjoyed working and serving at Chaves County Joy Center for thirty-six years. Mary was a life-long charter member of Primera Spanish Baptist Church of Roswell, NM, and later attended Highland Baptist Church. Her dedication to the Lord, husband, children and extended family was exemplary. One of her favorite Scriptures was Psalm 91.

Survivors: She is survived by her children: Bobby Sena and wife Priscilla of Tucker, Georgia, Esther Melesia Castro and husband David of Roswell, NM, Josie Dodier of Corpus Christi, Tx., Fabian Sena of Hobbs, NM, Lenora Valerio and husband, Teodoro N. Valerio, Sr. of Jacksonville, Fl., Billy Sena and wife Geraldine of Albuquerque, NM, Edward Sena and wife Raquel of Lubbock, Tx, Michael Sena and wife Leticia of Trophy Club, Tx and Henry Sena of Roswell, NM; sister, Irene Sisneros Sanchez of Tajique, NM; twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded: She was preceded in death by her husband, Fabe G. Sena; son, Steven Sena; parents; four brothers; and four sisters; daughter-in-law, Barbara Treadwell Sena; and great-grandchild, Aiden Cartier.

Pallbearers: Serving as Pallbearers will be Chris Castro, Bryan Castro, Roy Sena, Greg Sena, Jeremy Sena, Oscar Dodier Jr, Teodoro N. Valerio II, Matthew Sena, Jonathan Sena, Nathan Sena, Joseph Sena, Steven Sena, Joshua Sena, and Michael Sena Jr.

Honorary Pallbearers: Honorary Pallbearers are all other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary’s family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to family, friends, neighbors, and church members for their love, prayers and support during our mother’s illness.

Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Mary’s family at

Mary’s tribute was beautifully written in her honor by her family.

Idamaye Newman Sanders


Viewing for Idamaye Newman Sanders, age101, of Roswell, NM will be held 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Thursday, November 15, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, November 16, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church with Pastor John Guthrie officiating. Interment will follow at Portales Cemetery in Portales, NM. Idamaye passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018.

Idamaye was born July 25, 1917 to William Claudius Newman and Agnes May Martin in Santa Anna, TX. Ida Maye enjoyed life, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church, and she traveled all over the world and was part of Senior Olympics, Bridge Club and the Country Club. She kept busy with her many hobbies of which she was very good at crochet, needlepoint, quilting, ceramics, stain glass and calligraphy.

Idamaye is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Alma, Grover and William; also her sons, Bobby Gene Moore and Lonnie Dean Moore.

Those left to cherish her memory, her brother John Newman and wife Opal of Colorado; 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, Idamaye will be greatly miss by all.

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Israel Salcido Gutierrez


A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, November 16, 2018 at Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints for Israel Salcido Gutierrez, 58, who passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. He was born in Roswell, NM to Armando Gutierrez and Tillie Salcido. His father preceded him in death along with his brother Adam Gutierrez.

Israel graduated from the class of 1979 the Dexter Demons. He was the #2 fan of the Dallas Cowboys who loved watch play; his dad was the #1 fan. Israel was a volunteer firefighter for the Hagerman Fire Department; he also worked for TMC and Dean Baldwin. The job he loved the most was working with his dad on the ranch and helping him make the best chicharron’s you ever tasted. Most of all he loved making people laugh and watching his grandchildren play their sports, who loved getting lots of hugs from and also his dog Ginger.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Yvonne Gutierrez; mother Tillie Salcido; children Shaune Marie Juarez, Michael Eugene Ripley and Mary Ripley; sisters: Irene Gutierrez and Irma Ramirez and husband Fendenco; grandchildren Tristan Rene, JaJai and Lacie Elizabeth Juarez; nephews Steven Ramirez and wife Kelsie, Justin and Anthony Ramirez and niece Kristel Shalee Gutierrez.

I would like to say thank you to my best friend’s brothers for your friendship, Robert Aronda and Israel Gomez.

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

One night I dreamed…
I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
Other times there was one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
That during the low periods of my life,
When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord,
That if I followed you, you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
There has only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen
Only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you.”

Rose Domecinda (Cindy) Varela


08/06/41 ~ 09/04/18

Rose Domecinda Varela,77 of Broken Arrow, OK passed from this life at her residence in Broken Arrow, OK. She was born July 6th, 1941 in Roswell, N.M. the daughter of Leondro Ortega and Anne Biaza Ortega.

Cindy was a graduate of Roswell High School, class of I960 and went on to receive her degree as Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) She worked in hospitals in California and in Tulsa, OK, for many years.

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Brazel Varela of the home; one brother Leondro Ortega and wife Ann of Las Cruces, NM; one sister Placida McGown of Martinez, CA.; sister-in-law Viola Bresenio, of Albuquerque, NM; brother-in-law Senico Varela of Spokane, WA; brother-in-law Ociiel Varela and his wife Maria of Omaha, NE; sister-in-law Mary Alice Quincy of Ruidoso, NM. A host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Benny Ortega.

Services for Cindy will be held Friday, November 16,2018 at 10:00 am at St. John’s Catholic Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Leondro Ortega, Senico Varela, Ociel Varela, Charlie Barela, Louie Fierro and Louie Brady

Interment will be at South Park Cemetery and a reception will follow at The San Juan Center behind St. John’s Church, at 506 S. Lincoln St.

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

Iris Victorine “Vicki” Ragland


Memorial services for Iris Victorine “Vicki” Ragland, 55, of Dexter, NM and formerly of Lovington, NM, will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10:00 am at First Baptist Church in Lovington with Bro. Jason Perry officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Kirby-Smith-Rogers Funeral Home. Vicki was born in Dennison, TX on February 21, 1963 to Donald Sr. and Nettie (Kissinger) Putman and passed away at her home in Dexter on November 9, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. After graduating she received her BSN in nursing from NMJC and was employed as a school nurse. She enjoyed traveling, camping, scrapbooking and rearranging furniture. One of her favorite things was getting a Sonic Route 44 diet coke and enjoying the grandkids. Vicki had a passion for helping others and helping make good memories for them. She was the epitome of a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved the Lord and was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Roswell. Bible studies and just being a servant of God were important to her as a Christian. She married James Ragland on May 15, 2010 in Lovington and they joined their two families and became one. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Preceding her in death were her parents: Don and Weezie Putman.

Surviving her is her husband: James Ragland of Dexter; two sons: Matthew and wife Amanda Vela and Jeremy and wife Katie Ragland; two daughters: Tori and husband Scott Lunsford and Crysta and husband Reed Gunnter; nine grandchildren and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Gideon Memorial Bibles, PO Box 1481, Hobbs, NM 88240 or to The Baptist Children’s Home, 2200 South Ave I, Portales, NM 88130.

Condolences may be sent to

Martin Flores earns third at state


Hagerman senior Martin Flores placed third at state with a time of 16:29. (Submitted Photo)

Lady Warriors place 6th at state


The Gateway Lady Warriors at the starting line of Saturday’s State High School Cross Country Meet in Rio Rancho. Pictured left to right are Kayley Smith, Hannah Lilley, Taylor Higgins, Kessia Smalley, and Sarah Lilley. The team finished in sixth place in the 1A/2A class. (Submitted Photo)

Colts fall to Bears in the first round of State

Senior running back Jalil Brown breaks a tackle enroute to his first of two rushing TDs against Hatch Valley in the first round of the NMAA Class 3A State Playoffs. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

The NMMI football team put up 21 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a slow start, as the Hatch Valley Bears bested the Colts in the opening round of the NMAA’s Class 3A State Playoffs, 44-21.

The Bears posted touchdown drives on their first two offensive possessions, then added a third TD right before the end of the half on a 60-yard interception return, giving Hatch a 20-0 lead going into the locker rooms.

After giving up another score to the Bears at the start of the second half, NMMI’s offense finally got on-track, putting together a 10-play 68 drive, capped by a 28-yard TD rush by senior running back Jalil Brown.

A 38-yard Hatch field goal made the score 29-7 in the fourth quarter with 11:55 remaining.

The Colts’ next drive stalled out at the Hatch 42 with a pass attempt from quarterback Jasper Best to Charles Lewis falling incomplete on a fourth-and-six. But linebacker Arturo Cuen forced a Bear fumble, recovered by defensive end Roberto Laporte, getting the ball back to the NMMI offense. The next play, Brown again led the Colts into the end zone, this time with a 41-yard rush, making it a 29-14 game with 9:42 still left to play.

Two more Bear TDs – at the 6:52 and 2:25 marks – put the game out of reach, with NMMI’s final scoring drive coming with less than 2 minutes remaining. Halfback Charles Lewis ran in for NMMI’s final touchdown, a 9-yard rush finishing a 6-play, 55-yard drive.

The Colts tallied 272 total yards of offense in the contest – just 30 yards shy of the Bears’ output – led by Brown’s 14 carries for 134 yards. Lewis gained 63 yards on 9 attempts, Best was 11 for 39 on the ground, and Cuen as fullback ground out 22 yards up the middle on 4 rushes.

Cuen also had a stellar night on defense for the Colts, leading the team with 19 tackles: 10 solo and 9 assists.

Although head Colt coach Randy Montoya was disappointed with the loss – NMMI’s third to Hatch in the first round of the playoffs since 2014 – he was pleased with the play of his seniors and happy with how the team responded to the ups and downs over the course of the season.

“I’m just grateful our seniors got to play in this game and of all the obstacles we overcame to get here,” said Montoya. “Our kids showed heart, didn’t quit, and played a much better game in the second half. I’m proud of that.”

Hagerman’s Lucero places at state


Hagerman’s Cerria Lucero placed sixth at state with a time of 20:58. (Submitted Photo)

Gateway Christian makes state


Gateway Christian’s Lauren Wulf attempts a block on NMMI’s Demitra Ulibarri in action earlier this season. Gateway Christian will play at state in pool play on Thursday morning, with a first-round game at 5:15 p.m. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

9U and 10U teams win gold rings


The 9U and 10U Rampage USSSA baseball teams each won championship rings in their respective divisions at the Veteran’s Day Invitational held in Rio Rancho on Friday and Saturday.
Above: The 9U team went 3-1 en route to winning gold rings in the Consolation Bracket, beating the Rio Rancho Young Guns 15-0 in the championship game. Pictured above in Rampage 9U photo are, top row, from left: Cohdy Seely, Paxton Holloway, Trey Burrola, Kaden LaMontine, Cooper Hardwick and Cohen Bolin. Bottom row, from left: James Fortchner, Lucas Brown and Brody Wooton Coaches: Joe Seely, Josh Hardwick, Jason Bolin and Byron Holloway. Not pictured: Luke Grey and Airell Aguilar.
Below: The 10U team won their first four games by a combined score of 63-14 before falling to the Hobbs Warriors in the championship game of the “A” bracket. Pictured below right in Rampage 10U photo are, top row, from left: Grady Munson, Ayden Luck, Steve Dodson (coach), Jose Porras, Wyatt Curry, Alan Morales, Donovan Davis, Marcos Rodriguez and Daniel Fuentes (coach). Bottom row, from left: Joshua Dodson, Jaden Fuentes, Gavin Brumana, Colt Griffith and Brady Duer. (Submitted Photos)

If Socialism’s so great, why isn’t caravan Venezuela-bound?


We have been hearing of a caravan of 7,000 people walking from Honduras to the USA. They are reported to be seeking refuge and opportunities here. We need to know some answers to a number of questions. Who organized the venture? Why?

Why did Mexico permit the column to enter their country? Mexico usually guards their southern border more jealously than we guard our own southern border. Was someone bribed?

Who is feeding these people? Did they all bring enough food and water from home? Are there sufficient supplies along the way? Is someone subsidizing this journey? Why?

What sanitation facilities are available to these people? Are they leaving behind an environmental disaster? Is someone providing portable toilets? Who?

We hear of other ethnic groups in the procession. Are some of them terrorists?

What intentions do they have when they reach the U.S.-Mexican border? Do they plan to crash the border and risk death? Do they want to provoke the use of deadly force to produce “martyrs?”

Does some wealthy liberal or liberal group have an evil scheme … I must suspect it was no coincidence that this event is happening just before the 2018 elections. Do these people want to sway future elections by introducing a solidly Democratic block of voters?

My mind turns back to a few decades ago when my Jamaican bride and I had to spend many hours and dollars obtaining documents, filling out forms, and making appointments for us to LEGALLY make the USA our home.

Times were tough in Jamaica in the late 1970s. Michael Manley was the prime minister. He was a devoted socialist, and he was scaring many businesses and entrepreneurs off the island. He invited Fidel Castro to help us celebrate a national holiday. Many people wanted to flee economic and potential political problems on the island. There was fear that the country might go communist, another Cuba.

We had to take the LEGAL steps to come here. I find it hard to sympathize with people who are most likely intending to crash our border.

If socialism is so wonderful, why aren’t they marching to Venezuela or seeking asylum in Cuba?

Russell A. Scott

Letter writer: What is nationalism?


The President of France, Emanuel Macron, recently referred to our president as a nationalist. CNN has referred to him as a white nationalist, I’m not sure if there is a difference between a white or black nationalist or a white or black Democrat or Republican. The point however is, what is a nationalist? Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicuis from the University of Tennessee makes a very insightful definition. What he explains is that the state and the nation are two different things. The state is the government and the current borders while the nation is the people, their ethnicity, their traditions and their heritage.

This has been the case in western Europe and even more so in eastern Europe coming as a result of many wars. With each successive war borders changed many times with the result of millions of people being displaced, either by force or by immigration to escape tyranny. People’s nationalism stayed with them even after being forced to move. The U.S. never had this problem. Or country was built by emigrants, first from the British Isles than closely followed by a variety of Europeans. Our nationalism is our constitution. It was created by a mixture of people of a multitude of national origins to represent all people.

The writers stated it quite distinctly in the preamble when they started with the words “We the people”. Some would presume this is evil, believing globalism is the cure-all. Globalism and nationalism are not mutually exclusive. We can be for globalism if that means fair trade while at the same time being pro American.

This country has gained its place in the world by our national unity; this is not bad but inspiring. Today many want to divide us whether by color, national origin or gender. They say the constitution is obsolete and needs to change.

The first president to promote this was the progressive president Woodrow Wilson. They have been unable to change the constitution so they attempt to do it through the courts; this is the reason for their outrage. When Supreme Court justices are appointed that support the constitution it blocks the so-called progressive agenda.

Don’t be fooled by all the false rhetoric about an appointment, the true reason was that it supported the constitution versus progressive changes to the law, which is a responsibility of Congress not the courts.

William Dawe

Council rejects senior memberships at golf course

The Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River. (File Photo)

The Roswell City Council rejected a proposed resolution to add new membership rates for seniors at the Nancy Lopez Golf Course.

Councilors voted 8 to 1, with Councilor Angela Moore casting the only vote in favor of the measure. Prior to the final vote, Councilor Steve Henderson made a motion to table the matter that was seconded by Councilor Barry Foster. The motion to table failed 5 to 4 and following this, Mayor Dennis Kintigh asked for a role call vote. All councilors were present with the exception of Councilor Jeanine Corn Best.

Elizabeth Gilbert, director of administrative services, said the General Services Committee voted 4 to 0 to approve the proposed resolution at its Oct. 24 meeting. Gilbert said the resolution would offer new memberships for seniors (singles and couples) with the option to golf on weekends and holidays, explaining the current memberships do not offer these options.

According to the meeting’s agenda, the memberships, tax included, would cost $475 for a single senior and $600 for a couple. In addition, Gilbert said the Parks and Recreation Commission was in favor — to attract seniors to the golf course with the membership. The commission voted in supprt with a vote of 5 to 0 at last month’s meeting.

Gilbert called the seniors “frequent flyers” saying they tend to play more than other adults. She said with the membership, the more they play, the more revenue would decrease to the city per round.

Gilbert said many seniors currently do not play at the city’s golf course on weekends and holidays. She said they tend to play at the New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course or the Roswell Country Club. Gilbert also said the golf pro “feels strongly” the memberships would attract more golfers. She also said the NMMI golf course offers memberships with weekend and holiday options.

City Manager Joe Neeb said the city’s golf course currently offers five membership options: junior, non-resident, regular, single and social. Before the final vote — and after hearing councilors’ concerns — Neeb recommended the council table or reject the measure. He said this action would allow city staff to acquire more data on utilization of the golf course by seniors, and reexamine fees for the golf course (that have not been changed since 2015) before adding new membership options.

He said staff would review the material and “make sure appropriate decisions are made.”

Councilor Caleb Grant petitioned other councilors to not table the measure, and vote it down; he said the memberships were not in line with goals for the facility in the last three or four years. Near the beginning of the meeting, Grant asked Gilbert if the city was trying to increase play on weekends and holidays. The golf pro informed her there was plenty of room, Gilbert said. She said the golf pro, golfers and others shared with her that a number of seniors are currently interested in extending their membership to include holidays and weekends. They pay per play currently.

Grant said the proposed memberships would be “discounting primetime utilization of the golf course.” He said the proposed memberships disagreed with the city’s cost recovery plan — and the golf course should start serving liquor because, “it has become comical that we are not doing that yet.” Henderson agreed with Grant and said implementing the discounts associated with the proposed memberships would be “shooting ourself in the foot.”

“I would like to capture more of our senior golfers,” Foster said. “But if it is getting busy on the weekend, then I don’t see that this is something that we need to debate right now. So as it stands, I probably am against, because it seems like we keep hitting roadblocks at the golf course with changes that the council has advised and wanted to be made.”

After Henderson inquired whether fees might be raised, Gilbert said there has been some discussion about examining fees and there are no set guidelines for cost recovery at the golf course; she said higher cost recovery could be included in a plan, if the conversation continues.

Councilor Savino Sanchez asked for the golf pro to be present at next month’s meeting to help understand information behind the resolution, and Neeb assured this would happen. Henderson requested the number of rounds played be included in the councilors’ reports, to have a better understanding of the matter.

Councilor Jacob Roebuck also requested more data and information from the golf course and said the golf course plays an important role in attracting professionals to the city.

Councilor Judy Stubbs asked what a single senior would cost on the weekend for 18 holes, and Foster said that a senior would pay $19.25 for 18 holes and $13.95 for nine holes, according to the city’s website. Stubbs said the single membership at $475 would be a “heck of a cut” to the golf course revenue.

Foster also said a city council committee voted years ago to have a sliding scale at the golf course, but that was not implemented.

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

Greyhound move means some revenue for city

Greyhound Lines Inc. has moved to the Pecos Trails Transit station on North Main Street. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The city of Roswell is getting some additional revenue now that Greyhound Line Inc. has closed its free-standing station and relocated to the city bus station.

The long-distance bus company provides transportation to El Paso and Amarillo, Texas, from Roswell Tuesday through Saturday, as well as freight service.

About a month ago, the company moved to the Pecos Trails Transit depot on North Main and Fifth streets, a building that was the original location for Greyhound’s service when it started operating in Roswell.

For several years, Greyhound was instead operating out of its own building at North Virginia Avenue and East 11th Street.

Crystal Booker, a communications specialist with the bus company, chose not to answer questions about what prompted the relocation or what will happen to the former depot. County property records show that the 1,200-square-foot metal building and the 13,224-square-foot parcel of land it sits on belong to Texas-New Mexico-Oklahoma Coaches Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia.

She did say that the relocation means Greyhound customers now have direct access to local buses.

“Transitioning to a multimodal transit center has provided our customers with seamless access to Pecos Trails Transit,” Booker said. “We are coordinating with the city to provide tickets, and we are working towards having the city provide freight service as well at a later date.”

Anna Aragon, director of Pecos Trails Transit, said the city is now receiving a fee from Greyhound to allow it to use its facility and for city employees to provide ticketing service for Greyhound, a fee that could increase if labor costs go up significantly or if city employees also begin handling freight on behalf of Greyhound.

She also said at a recent meeting that Pecos Trails Transit’s ridership has increased some since Greyhound relocated.

Toys through the eras


Above: Elaine Mayfield and Mary Ann Schrank, members of the exhibits committee at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, go through vintage toys from spinning tops to board games for a new display in the archives building. Mayfield said the preparations are for the historical museum’s open house on Dec. 2, which will have a “Musical Christmas” theme.
Below: Mary Lou Glass gives a jack-in-the-box some care before she places the toy in a display. Glass said this display’s theme is “Up on the housetop” and that the exhibit committee has eight members. (Alison Penn Photos)

Blue jeans and American dreams


Berrendo Elementary School staff show off their blue jeans and patriotic-themed outfits as part of a “dress-down” fundraiser for the GI Go Fund, which provides veterans with access to job training, financial assistance, housing benefits, legal support and more to transition back to civilian life. Stacy Ware, a BES teacher, presented the idea to the Roswell Independent School District’s school board and the fundraiser was approved district-wide at last month’s school board meeting. Principal Brittany Griffin said BES had raised $483.23 with staff donating to the GI Go Fund to wear jeans to work for two days. (Roswell Daily Record Photo)

Richard Carver (Dick) Reynolds


August 11, 1941 Jersey City, New Jersey

Dick is survived by his daughter Kimberly Cavin and her husband William, Richard Reynolds of Massachusetts and Erick and his wife Jackie Reynolds of Georgia.

Dick moved from Minnesota 8 years ago, to be closer to his daughter and her family. Dick’s pride and joy were his granddaughters whom he bragged about all the time, Megan Meeks, Brianna Meeks, and Taylor Barnard and her husband Cameron. He was also so proud of his other grandchildren Sarah, William, Lisa, Mitch and Sydney, whom he loves to the moon and back. He leaves his brother Bill Reynolds and wife Karen, brother Bob Reynolds and wife Cheryl, and sister Kathie Arnold. He has numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was so kindly cared for by the numerous caregivers including Andrea (Andi) and the Comfort Keepers crew. He enjoyed the girls that visited him from Hospice and J.T. Dick served in the United States Navy from 1960-1964 where he served as an Electronic Technician (ERT 2). He also served in the United States Air Force as a Staff Sargent P2 from 1965-1968. Dick worked as a computer programmer for Honeywell and ADP while living in New Jersey. After retiring he moved to Minnesota and bought a farm before making his home in Roswell. His hobbies were: joke teller, avid reader, loved too work in his wood shop, enjoyed cooking, his music, his pets and gardening. He also enjoyed attending his granddaughters sporting events.

We are so grateful for all the love, care and support from all who have helped us through this journey. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Fisher House Foundation(Helping Military Families)in Dick’s memory.

Jean Mary Ortiz


Wonderful daughter, mother, and person, Jean Mary Ortiz, 66, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018, in Roswell, NM. In honor of Jean’s request, there will be no formal service. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Jean’s family at

On August 18, 1952, Jean was born to Charles and Shirley Hoefer in Mt. Vernon, New York. Always gregarious, humorous and giving, Jean was a jokester and loved to smile. But most of all, she loved to laugh. With her infectious smile and mood, she would light up the room. Jean adored her family very much and was an amazing mother to her sons who will miss her dearly.

A piece of Roswell is now gone without Jean; she loved this place. There was only one place Jean loved more. She is now at peace with her mother and father in Ruidoso, together. Their remains and love will forever blow through the wind, trees, desert, and over days and nights of New Mexico. Jean will be forever missed and never forgotten by many. “Keep smiling in heaven, mom. We know that’s where you are.”

Survivors: Those left to eternally treasure and cherish memories of Jean are her son: Phillip and Paulino Ortiz; and loving pet, Ferdinand.

Preceded: Preceding Jean in death were her parents, Charles and Shirley Hoefer.

John Murray


The Rosary for John R Murray, 75, of Portales was recited at 7:30 PM, Sun., Nov. 11, 2018 at St. Helen Catholic Church. The Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated at 2:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 12, 2018 at St. Helen Catholic Church by Fr. Charles Ugochuckwu. Pallbearers were John Gentry, Kaleb Gentry, John Combs, Buddy Blue, Steve Barron, Mike Terry, Dick Haverland and Tom Sullivan. All of the many young men he had coached through the years will be honorary pallbearers.

John Richard Murray was born March 1, 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico to the home of Florence Catherine (Wagner) and James Leroy Murray, and died at his home in Portales on the evening of November 8, 2018 at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 7 days.

John grew up in Roswell, and was a 1961 graduate of St. Peter’s High School where he was a star basketball player. He began his career in hospital administration as an admitting clerk at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. He graduated from ENMU in 1974 with a degree in Business Administration. While attending college, he worked at Roosevelt General Hospital where he became the Assistant Administrator. He served in various capacities at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, Roosevelt General Hospital, Plains Regional Medical Center and LaCasa before becoming part of the original staff of the new Roosevelt General Hospital in 2000. John retired in 2010 to close out a 42 year long career in hospital administration.

On January 29, 1966 in Roswell, he was married to Mary Stoltz. John was a faithful and active member of the St. Helen Catholic Church. He loved coaching Little League sports, from T-Ball, to Baseball, and the Panthers City League Basketball team. One year, all five of the starting players on the Portales Rams basketball team were former members of the Panthers.

He collected vinyl records and knives, and enjoyed listening to music. John loved going to all of the second hand and consignment stores in the area, which he referred to as “his stores.” He also frequented garage sales, and could always find a “bargain.”

He is survived by Mary, his wife of more than 52 years of their home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Joshua and Mandy Murray of Freehold, NJ and Skye Murray of Perth Amboy, NJ; two daughters and a son-in-law, Elizabeth Reese of Portales and Karen and Daryl Lemieux of Annandale, VA; seven grandchildren, Gabriel Garcia, Mariah and Kaleigh Reese, Megan and Ashley Murray, and Madison and Meredith Lemieux; a great-granddaughter, Layla Wilmot and his mother-in-law, Mabel Stoltz of Portales. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, James and Joseph Murray.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 575-356-4455,

Patricia Ann Bush


Patricia Ann Bush was born in Carlsbad on November 6, 1934 and left this world on November 2, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Kathryn Rumbaugh, who passed on October 8, 2018.  She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, George Bush, her parents, John Tillman and Mary Kate Stephens, her five other siblings, Dorothy, J.T., Mary, Luther and Steve.

Pat’s early career started at the Roswell School Administration office and later she joined the staff at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. She and Kathy started Professional Office Services where they worked closely with the medical community.

Pat’s greatest joy were the many trips she made with George.  They were frequently found packing up their camping gear and traveling to every corner of the country. Pat was a terrific cook and gracious hostess.  She made every holiday special for all of her family preparing feasts for the body and soul.  The family has many fond memories gathered around their table.  She loved George, life, her family and laughter.

Pat is survived by her step-children Michael Bush, Jerry Ann Mofat, Patsy Hodges and her husband, Vernon, 8 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.  Pat is survived by many nieces and nephews.  Beth Burroughs and Rebecca Bowman were fortunate to be with Pat during their mom’s passing in early October.  Pat received constant care from her nieces, Cheryl Rumbaugh and Lauri Rumbaugh Foster through her last years and time of transition.

Pat will be remembered as an amazing woman with a generous heart.  She is now joyfully reunited with George, her loving sister Kathy, her dear family, and many dear friends.

Aurelia Hernandez Medina


A viewing for Aurelia Hernandez Medina, age 84, of Roswell, NM will be held 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A funeral mass will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Assumption Catholic Church with Deacon Ernesto Martinez officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery. Aurelia passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Aurelia was born August 24, 1934 to Juan Jacobo Hernandez and Leonor Rubio Hernandez in Presidio, TX. Aurelia married the love of her life, Jose I. Medina-Ramos October 8, 1956 and moved to Roswell, NM. She was an Assistant House Keeper for 33 years at Roswell Inn Motel and a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.

Those left to cherish Aurelia’s memory are her husband of 62 years, Jose I. Medina-Ramos; daughters, Martha Garcia (Jesus) of Roswell, NM; Elizabeth Archuleta (Robert) of Roswell, NM; Nancy Lovato (Ernie) of Rio Rancho, NM; Lucy Dolen (Robert) of Roswell, NM; Mary Hicks (Scott) of Roswell, NM; Michelle Medina (Jonathan Sidwell); siblings, Guadalupe Hernandez (Ruby); Johnny Hernandez (Nancy); Mary Rue (Luis).

Aurelia is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Vincent Hernandez, Robert Archuleta Jr., Joe Andy Medina.

Those serving as pallbearers are Daniel Garcia, Anthony Archuleta, David Lovato, Robert Dolen, Brennen Hicks, and Liam Sidwell. Honorary pallbearers are Marcos Garcia, Michael Lovato, Nick Archuleta and Tim Lovato.

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at


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