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NM Education officials focus on national ranking

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Christopher Ruszkowski, secretary of education, last week congratulated students from Military Heights Elementary School and El Capitan Elementary School for both earning an A grade. (Alison Penn Photo)

Christopher Ruszkowski, state secretary of education, asked Roswell’s fourth and eighth graders to work hard if they are selected to take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam early next year.

Ruszkowski visited El Capitan Elementary School, Military Heights Elementary School and Sidney Gutierrez Middle School on Thursday to celebrate those schools earning A grades in the NMTEACH system. Ruszkowski said the students have an extra responsibility to maintain the state ranking and potentially the national ranking after taking the one-hour NAEP reading and math assessment.

“If you get picked, I’m asking you for a special request from me to do your best for the state of New Mexico,” Ruszkowski said. “What we call NAEP 2019 — which happens in January — is our chance to show the country that it is not just El Capitan, it’s not just Military Heights, it’s the whole state that is on the rise.”

A New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) press release stated Ruszkowski and a PED team — as part of the #2019NAEP campaign — will be traveling to schools to raise awareness and encourage preparation for the NAEP assessment, which is also referred to as The Nation’s Report Card.

The team will deliver preparation boxes and posters and the PED’s NAEP coordinator will meet with staff and school boards to discuss the test.

Ruszkowski said the #2019NAEP campaign is designed to encourage students to approach the assessment as a “game day” — and to prepare for it.

During his time visiting all of the 89 districts in the state, Ruszkowski said the PED realized how many New Mexicans did not know the national report card ranking is based on the NAEP, despite people being concerned about New Mexico ranking 49th in the country for education. With this in mind, the #2019NAEP campaign was launched with Gov. Susana Martinez in Albuquerque last Wednesday. The press release also stated that Martinez said New Mexico schools need to “rally together” to ensure the NAEP results reflect the state’s academic progress.

A PED press release stated, “The #NAEP2019 administration will be given to a random sample of fourth and eighth-grade students beginning Jan. 28, 2019 and ending March 8, 2019.”

“With thousands more students on grade level in reading and math, this is yet another opportunity to prove that New Mexico is on the rise,” Gov. Martinez said.

The release also stated performance of the fourth-grade and eighth-grade students on the NAEP is reflected in how they perform on New Mexico’s annual Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test.

The release said the PARCC is comparable to the NAEP, now that expectations and the level of rigor for the state’s test has been raised by the PED.

“Since Governor Martinez took office, students in New Mexico have had access to higher standards and more rigorous content that will make them competitive in the 21st century,” Ruszkowski said. “This year’s fourth and eighth graders grew up in this new reality, and this will be the first time our students will be fully ready to demonstrate the unprecedented progress they have been making. Now, it’s up to all of us to rally together as a school community and help get our students ready to raise New Mexico’s national ranking.”

The release stated, “NAEP is yet another opportunity to prove that New Mexico will be the fastest-improving state in education by 2020, as articulated in New Mexico’s top-rated State Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).”

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

Officials decry BLM’s lack of coordination

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Members of the Chaves County Board of Commissioners expressed frustration Monday with what they said has been the Bureau of Land Management’s lack of coordination with the county on its revision of the Carlsbad Regional Management Plan.

Representatives appeared before the commission for a special public meeting with commissioners.

Commissioner T. Calder Ezzell said after the meeting that it was the first time the commissioners have met with BLM officials from the agency’s Carlsbad office since the 15,000-page revised management plan was released for public comment Aug. 30.

Three parcels in the boot heel of Chaves County have been among 2.1 million surface acres and 2.9 subsurface acres in Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties managed by BLM’s office in Carlsbad to be affected in the plan. Ezzell said about 18,000 to 20,000 acres in Chaves County would be impacted.

The option endorsed by the BLM would designate 36,595 acres as “lands with wilderness characteristics”, which would allow for development of oil and gas and other uses but with degrees of restriction.

Commissioners said throughout the meeting that they disagree with BLM that the parcels in question meet the definition of lands with wilderness characteristics.

According to the The Bureau of Land Management website, lands that receive that designation must be 5,000 acres in size, roadless, must appear to be affected primarily by the forces of nature, and work by human beings must be “substantially unnoticeable.”

The land must also have “outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation.”

Commissioners noted that aircraft often fly over the land and that Mistic Inc., a private security training company, regularly conducts live fire exercises on land adjacent to that area.

“And they are out there shooting and blowing things up all the time,” Ezzell said.

Commissioners also said the BLM did not coordinate with them, and were inconsistent with the county’s own land use plan.

County Manager Staton Riggs asked BLM’s Jim Stovall, district manager for the Pecos District, what steps had been taken to address inconsistencies between the current BLM draft proposal and the county plan.

Stovall said representatives from the BLM received the land use plan produced by the county in 2016 and started receiving comment and meeting with hunters, recreationists and ranchers who use the land.

The BLM then changed the preferred alternative from managing the land solely for wilderness characteristics to managing the parcels for multiple use with certain restrictions.

The commissioners and representatives of the county though said that the BLM has not worked with the county as required by law.

Ezzell said that under the law, the BLM has also failed to coordinate with local governments in coming up with the latest draft of the regional management plan.

“You haven’t come close to coordinating with this government,” he said.

Margaret Byfield, a consultant for the county, said that the BLM should have addressed concerns before the latest draft of the BLM plan came out. She said the obligation is being “kicked down the road” by the BLM when it comes to addressing the county’s concerns that should have been included in the latest draft.

“And that is what you guys are doing is that you are kicking this down the road and your obligation is to have the analysis in this draft that is already published.”

After the meeting, Stovall said he thought the meeting was a good meeting and that he enjoyed hearing from the county.

Ty Adams, assistant field manager at the BLM Carlsbad Field Office, said the BLM has a process they work through to take input from different public and private entities and that the viewpoints and comments of local government will be incorporated.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

Caring Cradle donated to Lovelace Regional Hospital

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Emily Pennington shares her story of bringing her son Kolton David Pennington into the world — he was stillborn on Oct. 26, 2016 — as she presents a Caring Cradle at Lovelace Regional Hospital on Wednesday afternoon. (Alison Penn Photo)

Mother finds purpose in helping others with stillborn deliveries

A local mother presented a Caring Cradle in memory of her son to help families that may face stillbirth.

Emily Pennington shared her story on Wednesday of bringing Kolton David Pennington, her son, into the world on Oct. 26, 2016 at Lovelace Regional Hospital. She said her life forever changed when she found out he passed away.

“With this Caring Cradle, the labor and delivery staff, as well as the family, will be able to preserve the infant’s body a little while longer, so the families can have a little more time and make a little more memories with their babies,” Pennington said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 24,000 babies are stillborn each year in the United States, with 1 percent of pregnancies being affected by stillbirth.

Surrounded by hospital staff, friends and family, at the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, Pennington explained that after her loss, she found out about the Caring Cradle, a crib designed to extend family time with stillborn infants. She said the cradle preserves the infant’s body with cooling technology. Ten months after delivering Kolton, Pennington said she pumped and donated her breast milk to three breast milk banks and raised funds. One of the banks compensated for each donation and one of the banks matched what she had earned.

Pennington said the total cost of each Caring Cradle is $5,500, including freight. At this time, Pennington said she is working on getting a nonprofit status and will be fundraising to bring Caring Cradles to the hospitals in Carlsbad, Hobbs and Lovington, including Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell. She said anyone interested in helping with her projects can contact her on Facebook and that she is based in Carlsbad.

At this time, Pennington said this Caring Cradle is the only one in southeastern New Mexico and she believes there is only one in the northern part of the state.

In addition to the Caring Cradle, Emily Pennington creates “love baskets” with a letter, a book, and other items to give to mothers struggling with infant loss. She said her goal is to have love baskets, a cradle and a Cuddle Cot — the UK version of the Caring Cradle — at each hospital as a backup, and to learn which one the hospital staff likes more.

Pennington said she had less than a complete day with her baby boy and noticed his body was fragile after she was recovering from surgery. She said all she wanted to do was hold him as long as she could. From her experience, she said she hopes the cradle will allow more time for mothers and families to have closure during such a vulnerable time.

“He was wanted and loved,” Pennington said of Kolton. “He was taken too soon. The reasoning for his death was unknown. His autopsy was inconclusive. It was like I had no closure, there was no purpose in it and so I had to find my own purpose … I feel like I did. The purpose was that God could work through me to help other moms.

“A mother’s worst fear is having to leave the hospital empty-handed and that’s exactly what I had to do.”

Pennington said she knows nothing takes the pain away for mothers facing infant loss, but said her main goal is to show grieving mothers that someone cares for them through her work with the cradles and love baskets. She said three or four baskets have been used in Carlsbad since early summer of last year. Heather Harper, CEO of Lovelace Regional Hospital, said the Caring Cradle has already been used and she appreciates Emily Pennington for “making a difference.”

The hospital had a reception with food and decorated a table with the love baskets, a shadow box filled with mementos from Kolton and blue and white hydrangeas. Pennington showed those in attendance a stuffed animal cow that has a recording of her son’s heartbeat and a teddy bear that weighs as much as Kolton did.

Karen Davis, mother of Pennington and grandmother to Kolton, said with tears in her eyes that she was so proud of her daughter overcoming such a tragic experience. She said she stood in “awe and amazement” of her daughter’s strength to use her loss to help other mothers and families. As a grandmother, she said she encourages other families who face stillbirth to “pray and stand by their families.”

“She got a Caring Cradle so other families are going to have some time with their children who pass away and have comfort during this difficult time,” Harper said. “We appreciate her raising the money and we want to honor Kolton David today. This is why we are here. We’re honoring him and we’re thanking Emily and her family for this beautiful and thoughtful gift she’s donated.”

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

Rabies vaccination clinic, adopt-a-thon set for Sept. 29

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Dog owners and potential dog owners are invited to a rabies vaccination clinic and adopt-a-thon event this weekend.

The two parts of the event are coming together through a partnership between the Chaves County Veterinary Medical Association and Roswell Police Department Animal Services to benefit not only dogs and their owners — but mountain lions as well.

The veterinary association is putting on the rabies vaccination clinic and will donate all of the proceeds to the Spring River Park and Zoo to help fund the creation of the zoo’s new mountain lion enclosure. Each rabies vaccination — which will be provided to dogs and cats — will cost $10.

Meanwhile, RPD Animal Services will have adoptable dogs at the event for people who would like to consider becoming a pet owner by providing a good home to a dog from the animal shelter.

The combined event will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Russ DeKay Soccer Complex at 1500 N. Grand Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon.

All animals brought to the rabies vaccination clinic must be on a leash or in a carrier. The veterinary association has 600 vaccinations for the clinic. The vaccinations were donated by Zoetis, an animal medicine and vaccination company. Cash or checks will be accepted as payment for the vaccinations. The zoo will have merchandise for sale at the event.

The Animal Services adopt-a-thon will include the standard requirements for adopting a dog. Arrangements must be made to have the dog spayed or neutered, a city license must be purchased and the dog must be vaccinated for rabies, something that can be done at the event by the veterinary association.

Questions about adoption requirements can be answered by Animal Services staff at 575-624-6722.

Roswell man to appear in federal court on child porn charges

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A Roswell man faces a hearing in federal court in Las Cruces today on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.

According to a criminal complaint from the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, Dain Adams, 37, of Roswell will appear for a preliminary/detention hearing in federal court. He was arrested Sept. 18.

The complaint states that a special agent of the office of the Attorney General of New Mexico’s Investigation Division was online on May 16 and May 29 in an undercover capacity using peer to peer software when he located a computer offering to share files containing child pornography.

The computer offering the files had an IP address that was later found at Adam’s residence.

The complaint states the agent successfully completed multiple single source partial downloads of videos of child pornography that included females whose estimated ages ranged from 8 to 12.

A search warrant was executed at Adams’ residence June 27 and law enforcement seized multiple devices including the computer with the IP address that shared the child pornography and a laptop that belonged to Adams that contained seven suspected videos of child pornography, according to the complaint.

Adams was advised of his Miranda rights on July 3, and told law enforcement that he had not shared or possessed child pornography and that his ex-wife, who resides in California, was out to get him, according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, Adams told law enforcement that Jade Laurezo, who was at the Adams residence when the search warrant was executed — and who Adams said he had been dating — had access to all his computers.

Laurezo was arrested July 3 on charges of possession of child pornography.

Investigators later found on Laurezo’s phone conversations between her and Adams where the two allegedly traded child pornography and frequently talked about their sexual interest in children.

According to the compliant, Adams clearly states throughout the conversations his desire to sexually abuse minors and states that he sexually assaulted a five-year-old female in California.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

Fundraiser golf play

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Jeff Weathers prepares to swing at a golf ball at the 2018 General’s Cup Saturday morning at the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) Golf Course. Weathers was one of about 230 golfers who took part in the three-day fundraiser that began Friday night. Proceeds raised will go towards cadets and students looking to attend NMMI. (Alex Ross Photo)

Lillie May Berry (Skinner)

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Lillie May Berry was born July 2, 1945 in Dexter, NM to Elmer and Jimmie Skinner. Lillie went to be with the Lord, Friday, September 21, 2018. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Lillie showed the deepest kind of love to everyone she knew.

Lillie’s memory will be cherished by her husband of 58 years, Danny Paul Berry; her children, Curtis (Michelle) Berry, Danny (Tammy) Berry, Stephanie Berry, and Mandy (Jaime) Acosta; her grandchildren, Tausha Berry, Kelsie (Brandon) Castro, Autum (Jason) Long, Matthew (Casey) Berry, Shae (Jasmine) Marek, Adam (Nikki) Marek, Tyler Marek, Cameron (Calista) Marek, Dimitri Parker and Amy Sentell; Lillie was also blessed with great grandchildren, Landon, Candace, Lukas, Brandon Jr., Nathan, Ellie, Lillie, Phoenix (Pheenie), Trinity, Oliver, Emmett, Teagan, Nathaniel, Kamber, Tesia, and Elsa. Lillie is survived by siblings, Elmer (Mary) Skinner, Billy Skinner, Raymond Skinner, Merle (Steve) Stewart; nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Gary), Brian, Jason, Kevin, Kimberly, Shiela, Suzette, Lawrence, and many more.

Lillie was preceded in death by her mother and father, sisters Dessa and Norma, and her little baby girl, Lisa Diane Berry.

Although we are related in many different ways, Lillie loved us all as if we were her own children. She gave us all a bright and lasting impression of what true love really is. Lillie will be greatly missed by all.

A viewing for Lillie will be from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Celebration of Life Service will be at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Life Ministries Church, 409 W. 16th Street, Roswell.

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

Elaine Belue

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Elaine Belue, 53, expired on 8-25-18 at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. She was born on 6-10-66 in Roswell and lived here until 25 years ago when she moved to Albuquerque.

Those who passed on before her were her mother Maveline Sparkman, nephew Richard Montgomery and her niece Carla Whitlock who died 4 hours after Elaine died on 8-26-18.

Elaine left behind a daughter Renee Martinez and 4 beloved grandchildren: Isabella, Salina, Marcella and Grace. Her sisters Linda Gilmore, Lanell Dietz (H) Charles Dietz, Barbara West and brother Fred West. Niece Teresa Lykins, nephews Robert Montgomery, Earl and Stephen Purcella. Great nephews Holden Lykins, Bryce Purcella and nieces Zoe Lykins & Amanda Purcella-Lee.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 26th at South Park Cemetery at 3pm with Reverend Charles Gossage from Highland Baptist Church officiating.

Michael (Mike) Dean Martin

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Visitation for Michael Dean Martin, age 64 of Roswell, NM, will be held from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 25 and 26, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A Funeral Service at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 27, 2018 at The Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery with Bishop Ron Wiser officiating.

Mike was born October 1, 1953 in Altus, AR to Sylvester (Vester) Martin and Jewell Faught. He lived in Coal Hill, AR and graduated from Coal Hill High School where he realized his love and ability for basketball, which followed him through most of his early years, as few people knew.

Joining the Air Force in 1972, brought Mike to New Mexico, where he eventually made Roswell his home. Coming from a family of dedicated truckers, Mike carried on the tradition and started out with one old blue Freightliner. His passion for trucking, and all that it involved, gave birth to his own trucking company, MJM Trucking, Inc., in business for nearly 40 years.

Those who called Mike their friend, learned what a friend really was. No one was more dedicated and loyal to friends than Mike. He was proud of his friends and they were proud of him.

Mike met and married Donna Hudson in Roswell. There were no children, so they made up for it with numerous pets.

In 2010, Mike found a deeper love even more than trucking and that was his church and all that it stands for. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Mike is survived by his wife, Donna Martin of the family home; sister, Shirley Martin of Fayetteville, AR; brother, Paul Martin and wife, Sandy of Coal Hill, AR.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Vester and Jewell Martin; step-father, Herbert Stone; brothers, Floyd Martin, Boyd Martin, Lewis Martin, Billy Martin, Jerry Martin and sister, Betty Powell.

Pallbearers will be FJ Hudson, Brande Hudson, Clifford Owen, Robert Owen, Paul Troublefield and Jim (Rob) Kopp. Honorary pallbearers will be Buck Gibson, Paul Martin and John Eckstein.

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

‘Wrong Turn to Roswell’

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Art by Heather Donahue The robot boy Iron.

Episode 11

By S.E. Smith

The children’s story, “Wrong Turn to Roswell,” by S.E. Smith started with episode 1 and 2 in the Vision Magazine, published on Dec. 21, 2017, and continued until episode 10 in our Aug. 16 edition. The magazines are available for free at rdrnews.com/special-publications.

What happened: Two Roswell boys, Alan and Matt, made contact with a robot family that had to land for repairs on their spaceship. The robots are in danger to be found out and had to kidnap a reporter and one of the instructors from Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. The instructor collapsed so an ambulance and the Roswell Police Department had to be contacted. Chief Deputy Shane Baker interrogated the alien robots and the publisher of the Roswell Daily Record, Barbara Beck, was contacted. The secret is out. Will the sheriff put the robot family in jail or will the citizens of Roswell protect their new aliens? The story continues …

Alan listened as Matt and Iron chatted. He was fending off Rover One, unsuccessfully trying to keep the robotic dog from licking him in the mouth. Carbon looked at him and grinned.

He blinked in surprise when Rover One suddenly shut down. Alan’s first thought was that something had happened to the metal dog. He ran his hands over the limp body.

“I shut him down. Rover One needs to recharge soon anyway,” Carbon said, scooting closer to Alan.

Alan looked up when he saw his mom hurrying toward them. At the same time, Miss Christina’s phone rang. Carbon tilted her head. Alan wondered if she could hear what the grown-ups were saying.

“Your mom says there are a bunch of people gathering outside,” Carbon murmured.

“Oh, man, that’s not good,” Matt suddenly groaned.

Alan scowled at the other boy. “What’s not good?” he demanded in confusion.

“The man from the car woke up. He has been making phone calls,” Carbon answered.

“Iron said he called the FBI,” Matt exclaimed in an excited but hushed voice.

Alan adjusted his glasses. “What are the adults going to do?” he asked.

“They are trying to figure out how to protect us,” Carbon responded.

Alan could hear someone banging on the front door, and he glanced at Carbon’s scared face. Without thinking, he reached out to grab her hand and squeezed it.

“What are we going to do? They said that they might take us away,” Carbon murmured, her eyes rounding in fear.

Alan looked at where his mom and the others were talking. His mind swirled with ideas before everything became clear and the solution came to him.

“I have an idea. Come on,” he said.

“What is it?” Carbon asked as he pulled her to her feet.

*.*.*

“You want them to do what?!” Barbara asked in disbelief.

“Hide in plain sight,” he said, looking down at Rover One.

Stan thoughtfully nodded. “It is a brilliant idea,” he agreed.

Alan looked at the older man and grinned. “We were talking about it in science class the other day,” he said.

“I don’t know, Alan,” his mom started to say in a tone laced with skepticism.

“People see what they want to see or what they expect to see. I walked right by Diamond, Copper, and their kids and never gave a thought to them being real aliens,” Stan pointed out.

“Exactly!” Alan agreed with a frantic nod of his head. “We pose them in with your art, Mom. If they don’t move, people won’t know the difference.”

Barbara nodded her head in agreement. “It might work. Christina and I can be here as if we are interviewing you. Stan…,” she said, looking at him with an expectant expression.

“He could be helping Alan and me with our science project,” Matt suggested.

Alan grinned and nodded. “That’s perfect!” he agreed.

Matt’s face lit up. “Hey! Hanging around you is making me smarter already,” he proudly declared.

“Well, if we are going to do this, we’d better get things in position. I don’t think I can ignore the knocking any longer,” Jennifer muttered.

Christina bent and picked up Rover One. She carefully posed the dog on the small table near where she had been sitting. He now looked as if he were part of the lamp. Alan nodded when she looked at him with a raised eyebrow.

“Pretty good, huh?” she asked, her eyes dancing with excitement.

“Yeah, really good,” he agreed.

“Well, I suggest we spread out and play dead,” Copper said.

The story continues with episode 12: Let Them In … on Oct. 21.

S.E. Smith is a New York Times, USA TODAY, international award-winning author of science-fiction, fantasy, paranormal and contemporary works for children, young adults and adults. She enjoys writing a wide variety of genres that pull her readers into worlds that take them away. Smith was part of this year’s UFO Festival and Cosmicon where she gathered more information about the town and its people to include in her story. Smith also has a book series about the fictitious town Magic, New Mexico, which was inspired by her first trip to our area in 2015 and is located somewhere between Roswell, Artesia and Carlsbad. Readers can check out her website at sesmithfl.com and chat with her on Facebook at facebook.com/se.smith.5.

 

Fall is in the air — The 2018 Chile Cheese Festival rings in the fall season

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Tylor Brandon band to perform at Chile Cheese Festival.

When locals say, “Fall is in the air,” it means something completely different than anywhere else in the country. It means the air is saturated with the roasting of green chile, temperatures are cooler, it’s time for outdoor activities and of course the annual Chile Cheese Festival.

This year, the festival takes place on Sept. 28 and 29, downtown on the Chaves County Courthouse lawn.

Dusty Huckabee had been one of the first organizers reviving downtown Roswell and starting the Chile Cheese Festival. It was a way for families to learn about the industry, which is the lifeblood of Chaves County since the days of John Chisum. The festival started as a thank you for the farmers and ranchers of the Pecos Valley and the county’s largest employer, the Leprino Cheese Plant.

Today, MainStreet Roswell along with support from the city and many volunteers, organizes the 27th annual Chile Cheese Festival.

Molly Boyles, president, MainStreet Roswell board of directors, said that she is excited about this year’s festivities, which includes new events and more entertainment.

One of the highlights is the tour of the Leprino Plant, which opens its doors only once a year for the public.

“We are super excited,” Boyles said. “We have air-conditioned coach buses with 57 seats.

It is going to seat more people, so we will have only two tour times — one that takes off at 9:45 a.m. and one at 12:45 p.m. Those are leaving times, we’re going to load them at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. at the Roswell Visitor’s Center (the tours take place on Saturday).”

The bus belongs to a new company in Roswell — Enchanted Tours. “We want to help get the word out about their new bus. They have a smaller shuttle that seats 12, as well,” Boyles said.

“You will be immersed into an experience much like the “How It Is Made” TV series with this amazing inside look at the process of turning our local milk into mozzarella cheese, which is shipped all over the world. Leprino Foods is the largest private employer in Chaves County and has been in Roswell for almost three decades providing a huge economic boost for our area,” Boyles said.

“I would love to see groups of kids, especially those that have an interest in science and mathematics,” Boyles said. “I am actually hoping to get ahold of some schools and some of these kids involved in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program. There is so much math and science that goes on out there at Leprino and engineering because they have hundreds of pipes going every which direction. To make cheese is truly a science — it’s chemistry. You got the chemistry and the science of that and the mathematics of making sure how many pounds of milk you need to make how many pounds of cheese. Out there they don’t deal in gallons, they count in pounds. I think they get 130 or 140 trucks a day. Then there are different recipes for big customers, such as pizza companies.”

According to Boyles, Kristen Allen, who is Leprino’s human resource generalist, told her that if there is any group that involves STEM who would like a private tour, she would work with them. “She also can make sure it’s the right tour guides to get into the science and math and engineering side of the plant if that is specifically what they are looking for,” Boyles said.

Tickets for the tours of the Leprino Plant are available at the MainStreet Roswell office at 403 N. Richardson Ave. or by calling 575-914-8018, or at the Chile Cheese Festival Information booth on both days. There are specific clothing guidelines and security guidelines in place for those who want to go on the tour.

“Some of the other things we have going on are games, different arts and crafts projects,” Boyles said. “Runyan Ranch is going to be out there again. We have an ice cream-eating contest that’s free to enter; different crafts and games involving cows. Celebrate our local Southwest Dairy farmers with fun kids’ cow crafts and dairy-themed contests and drawings. Pick up a free goodie bag from Fair Life Milk —while supplies last. We have different “Did you know?” fliers, and we have the Roswell Daily Record Best of the Southwest Green Chile Stew Contest.”

The Roswell Daily Record stepped up to sponsor the contest this year. The award ceremony will be on the stage at 5 p.m. on Saturday. It was scheduled for last year’s festival, but due to heavy rain, couldn’t take place as planned.

“We do have a backup plan this year. Third Street Station’s Pavilion (401 E. Third St.), owned by Court Nichols — he has offered it if things go south for us (meaning heavy rain and/or lightning). We can move under there. We are still going to have a party,” Boyles said and laughed.

“As long as the rain doesn’t get too bad, we don’t have to move,” Boyles said. “Last year, it was a heck of a downpour. It hit really hard. When there is water standing on the lawn and we got those wires across, that’s not going to work — or there is lightning in the area that could damage the sound system. A small amount we can deal with.”

Marie Manning is in charge of the musical entertainment and has a variety of local musicians lined up for both days.

“We do also have local and regional music, some of the ones we had in the past,” Boyles said. “Brandon Bailey Johnson — he’s from Ruidoso — was very popular during the UFO Festival and Marie is singing.”

Friday’s music headliner is traditionally Hispanic with the award-winning band Nosotros performing.

Nosotros was formed in 1994 in Las Cruces. Randy Sanchez who was one of the three founders is still part of the band. Drummer Dennis Jasso joined in 2000.

In a phone interview, Jasso said, “In the years the band grew and got bigger, gained more members into a six-piece in 2000. We moved up to Albuquerque and Santa Fe because we were getting a lot of work up here at that time.”

According to Jasso, the band went through different phases, from being an all-instrumental guitar trio that had no vocals and was performing Spanish Flamenco music, to adding more styles during the years.

“It stayed with the Flamenco sound, even when I joined the band in the year 2000,” Jasso said. “Over the years — mainly by bringing in different musicians as some musicians were leaving — you got other musicians who brought in their influences. That has transformed the band.

“We’ve played in Chicago, we’ve played in San Jose, California, a couple of times at the jazz festival there. We’ve been to Austin. We’ve been definitely played many times outside of New Mexico. There is something magical in this region here and playing to your home crowd and your fellow citizens of the state,” Jasso said.

Just recently the band was awarded Best Video in 2018 at the New Mexico Music Awards. “That was for ‘En El Más Allá’ that we shot in Santa Fe for Dia de los Muertos,” Jasso said. “We also won Best Band in Santa Fe and Best Latin Band in Albuquerque as Editor’s Pick.”

Asked what the audience in Roswell can expect, Jasso said, “We will definitely include our original songs that our fans will recognize.

This will be a fun weekend for us because we will be going around New Mexico. After Roswell we’ll be going to Silver City and then perform in Las Cruces. It’s going to be nice for us for a good short tour of southern New Mexico. Things are going to open up in our schedule as we are getting closer to the holidays and we hope we can use the time to get back to the studio writing new material and hopefully releasing a new album next year.

“We always look forward to seeing new faces and meeting new people,” Jasso said. “I believe our music is enjoyed by all walks of life. The rhythm is contagious, so if you haven’t heard the band, I like to let people know to come out and see us and can expect to have a good time. Bring your dancing shoes and prepare to be on your feet and moving the whole time.”

Nosotros’ show starts on Friday at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Saturday is country and western night with the Tylor Brandon Band performing.

“Their band just started in 2017, so it’s a new band, but they have been getting lots of accolades,” Boyles said.

In a phone interview, Brandon talked about his start in the industry and his band. “I was always singing along to the radio,” he said. “It was just something I enjoyed to do. I would like to imitate Elvis Presley. My grandpa would play it in his truck. Music was always something that was a big part of my everyday life and I would listen to it. I tried playing guitar in high school a little bit. My voice was going through some changes so I couldn’t sing very well.

Then, I went to karaoke with a buddy of mine and sang a song and people seemed to like it. It just rolled from there and I put guitar playing and singing together and started playing acoustically on a stool and got some attention that way and then trying to build a band basically — not knowing what I was doing at all — having never done this stuff before. I am still winging it to this day.

“It’s been really blessed and I am very thankful and grateful for the way that people have received me doing what I love for a living. It’s an awesome tune,” Brandon said.

The band went full in touring throughout New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and Texas.

“Everything has changed pretty quickly since playing in town to playing outside of town, outside of state. It’s really just kind of movin’ along,” Brandon said.

Asked what his favorite part is of touring, Brandon said, “It’s meeting new people. I love that part in my job. This job allows me to travel and try new foods and meet new folks and learn about new cultures. It’s really a non-stop learning experience that never gets old. Every day is different and every day has something new to experience.

“My goal is to launch my first album by next summer. I am a bit of a perfectionist, I guess my band would say. I missed the boat on this this summer and I’m OK with that because I didn’t want to rush it. I am hoping that there will be an album by next summer.

Asked how Brandon would describe his style of music, he said, “I would like to think that no matter how old you are I will make you one moment of having something that you are connected to in some way. It’ll bring back memories, it’ll bring back good memories and make you feel something. And that is kind of what I want to get across. It’s a little bit of old, a little bit of new and my own twist on things, that’s what I ended up. There is something for everybody.

“I appreciate them having me in Roswell; I’ve never been to Roswell so it’ll be another new experience for me and I just appreciate having the opportunity,” Brandon said.

The Tylor Brandon Band will perform on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.

There will be a minimum of 29 vendors. “Last minute vendors will not be able to have a space,” Boyles said. “The fact is since the city has implemented that they have to have a city license, they can’t show up last minute unless they already have a city license. That makes it difficult. They have to have a CRS number (Combined Reporting System number) through the state of New Mexico to be able to sell anything in the city of Roswell.”

“Several games we had planned last year never happened because of the rain on Saturday,” Boyles said. “One of them is about Cow Tails candies. We are going to have a jar and the kids and adults can enter. They can guess how many are in there. Closest wins, if there is a tie, it’s going to be a coin toss.

“Runyan Ranch will be on the corner of Fourth and Main. Our food vendors will be lined up on Fifth Street and Graves Farm is going to bring their chile to roast,” Boyles said.

“We are super excited to have great sponsors again this year,” Boyles said. “We got a great number of people standing behind us and this festival. Our UFO Festival is fabulous and brings in a lot of people, but doesn’t celebrate our local economy to the extent this does. Our local economy is really driven very strongly by agriculture. Our UFO phenomenon has been a huge boom for this town but agriculture has been here a lot longer and Leprino is the largest employer in all of Chaves County. When you count all the employees that are related to Leprino because of hauling milk, making the milk, breeding those cows and producing the feed for these cows, the economic impact of the agriculture related to Leprino is huge and then you have our agriculture in addition to the feed of the dairy cattle, you got people producing food for our tables. You can’t beat homegrown or locally grown produce.

“I personally don’t want to buy stuff that came in from California, I’d much rather be buying the local produce. So I am excited that we still got a strong farming community in Roswell,” Boyles said.

The program schedule for the Chile Cheese Festival is available in the hardcopy of the Roswell Daily Record, Sept. 23.

For more information, visit mainstreetroswell.org and updates will be available on its Facebook page.

 

Candidate vying to maintain seat on NM Supreme Court

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Six months ago Judge Gary Clingman was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Supreme Court, and he hopes that this November, New Mexico voters will decide to keep him on the court.

Clingman, a Republican, was in Roswell for a meet-and-greet with supporters Tuesday at Pecos Flavors.

A Texas native, Clingman worked in the oil fields after high school before becoming a police officer. In 1984 he graduated with his law degree from Texas Tech.

He moved to Hobbs a year later where he worked in a private law firm. Then-Gov. Gary Johnson appointed him to the Fifth District Court in 1997, a district that consists of Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties.

Clingman said he also worked as a child abuse and neglect judge for seven years.

When New Mexico Justice Eddie Chaves vacated his seat on the court, Clingman applied for the job. He said that he was having lunch at a restaurant in Santa Fe in March 2018 when Martinez offered him the appointment.

“I was extremely flattered and gratified, so I naturally accepted,” Clingman said.

New Mexico law requires that nominees apply for openings. Their credentials are then looked at, and the nominees are interviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission.

A list of qualified nominees is then produced for the governor to choose from.

Clingman said he decided to apply for the vacancy partly because it seemed like the natural next step in his career. He added that he also thought the court needed someone who was not from Albuquerque or Santa Fe.

He said that when people ask him what he contributes to the court, he says diversity — geographic diversity.

Clingman said that a justice who is not either a product of Albuquerque or Santa Fe has not been on the New Mexico Supreme Court in nearly 25 years.

“Rural New Mexico needs somebody on the court looking at the effect of decisions, etcetera, through rural eyes,” he said.

Laws are and should be applied equally to all of New Mexico, but Clingman said it’s important to have people from different parts of the state on the court because the court’s rulings can sometimes have different effects on New Mexicans, depending on where they live.

One such case involved an appeals court decision a few years ago, that said New Mexicans could sue out-of-state medical providers in medical liability cases. The decision did not mean much to people in Santa Fe or Albuquerque who have ample access to medical care, but as a result of the decision, there began to be talk about states like Texas no longer accepting New Mexico patients — something that would have been bad for residents in more rural areas who depend on out-of-state providers.

“That’s just an example of how a case — an interpretation of the law — can really have an effect in Hobbs or Roswell; very different than it has in Albuquerque and Santa Fe,” Clingman said.

This November, races for governor, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives will get the lion’s share of voter’s attention, but Clingman said his race is also very important.

Decisions handed down by the court, whether it be about utility rates, how a police officer treats a civilian or how a parent can discipline a child — are some of the issues decided by the court.

“The effect their decisions have reaches every corner of the state,” Clingman said.

Because matters taken up by lower courts could make their way up to the New Mexico Supreme Court, candidates for judicial posts cannot discuss how they feel about certain issues or cases. That makes a campaign to be a judge or justice different from other races on the ballot, and is something Clingman said can be irritating at times.

“If I say I am against ‘X’ and ‘X’ comes up, I can’t sit on that case. I have already told you how I am gonna rule. I’ve already made up my mind. I am the number one guy you don’t want on that,” he said.

Clingman describes the legal philosophy he adheres to as one of judicial restraint.

“In other words, the courts weren’t designed to be some sort of super legislature or super executive, they were designed to simply interpret and administer the law and examine the laws that are passed by the legislature who are the people,” he said.

Clingman said people often seem to forget that it is legislators, not judges, who are the voice of the people in government.

Clingman said that in the last six months, he has enjoyed his time on the court. He is struck by the professionalism of his fellow justices who he said take their duties seriously and think ahead to the effects their decisions will have.

“They are not result-oriented, in other words they do not decide who they want to win and they try to massage the law to support the decision,” he said.

He added that the atmosphere among the justices, even amidst widespread disagreements, is one where they get along.

“It’s nothing like you have been watching on this Kavanaugh thing on TV,” Clingman said in reference to the Senate hearings of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

Cyclists raise money to battle substance abuse

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At 8 a.m. Saturday, the campsite at Lea Lake in Bottomless Lakes State Park was already buzzing with activity. Cyclists were already up and on their bikes ready to ride. Some had loved ones standing by the road cheering them on as they rode anywhere between one to eight laps for the eighth annual Tour de Ocho Millas charity bike ride.

For an entry fee of $40, or $50 to sign up the morning of the Tour de Ocho Millas, cyclists work to complete at least one eight-mile lap around Lea Lake.

Water and emergency aid stations were scattered about the route and an ambulance was on standby to tend to anyone in need. Some riders commited to completing eight laps or more before noon, when the event officially ended.

The event serves as an annual fundraiser for Reflections & Recovery, a nonprofit that works to help people wrestling with drug and alcohol addiction. Lorual VanRheenen, executive director of Reflections & Recovery, said the Tour de Ocho Millas also allows the group to raise awareness about its services.

Bob Link, an avid cyclist from Roswell, was on his bike, and said he was going to ride to complete as many laps as he could. Link, who has been a volunteer for Reflections & Recovery in the past, said he tries to make it to the Tour de Ocho Millas each year.

“It’s just a great thing to do and be out here on a beautiful day and go for a bike ride,” he said.

VanRheenen said each year the event typically brings in about $10,000 with between 60 and 100 cyclists taking part. Taunya Scott, a member of the Reflections & Recovery board of directors, said people came from all across New Mexico, with others coming from Arizona, Texas, Missouri and Colorado.

VanRheenen said that the training and preparation that a person has to go through to prepare for cycling is similar to that which addicts have to go through to get sober.

“If you want to be a good bicyclist, you need to train. You have to put energy and effort into it and there is pain in doing it well,” she said.

As people recover from substance abuse, they also have to recalibrate their bodies and minds, network with new people and gain a different perspective,” she said.

“And that is just so symbolic of what happens when you train for a bicycle race,” VanRheenen added.

She said that her favorite part of the event is the beginning and the end, as people make a commitment and then finish to the sound of applause.

That support and feeling of accomplishment is also similar to what it is like to beat addiction, she said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

Service with a smile

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Ruth Browning beams as the Goddard High School Stargazers sing “95 Candles” in the tune of “Sixteen Candles.” Browning celebrated her 95th birthday on Friday during the grand opening of the remodeled gift shop at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. The gift shop was named “Ruth’s Gifts & Coffee Shop” in her honor. Browning has been a volunteer with the ENMMC Hospital Auxiliary for 29 years and is the gift shop chairwoman. (Alison Penn Photo)

Service with a smile, and an eye toward constant improvement. Ruth Musick Browning learned these values from her parents growing up in Gilbert, West Virginia. They’re still the hallmark of her life as she turns 95.

“My mother was a teacher,” she said. “My father was a doctor. They served students and patients who needed care. I always wanted to do the same. My mother rode horseback and taught in a little one-room school. After I got out of the lab school at Marshall University, they put me in that same school for one year. They had four grades. I hope the kids learned something. Then I went to town and got a job in the fourth grade. I stayed there the rest of my 10 years in West Virginia.”

As Browning was teaching fourth-graders in Gilbert, her beau was serving our nation.

“I was 24 when I married Charles Browning,” she said. “Early on in life, he worked at the mines. Then he went to the service. I married him after that. He worked for his father hauling logs to the coal mines. Later we decided to come to New Mexico for the kids’ sake. Then he got a job in construction.”

The Brownings had two children, Paula and Charles. They’ve given their mom five grandchildren. Those grandchildren have blessed her with 10 great-grandchildren.

“My daughter Paula and son Charles and their spouses, Danny and Swanee are retired teachers. My grandkids are: a fireman and paramedic, a nurse, a ministry director, an electrician and a hair stylist. My great-grandkids are the joy of my life.”

After moving to Roswell, Browning resumed her work in the classroom. She continued to look for ways to give the students a better education and to inspire them to want to learn.

“When I came here, I started at the base,” she said. “I taught fourth grade for eight years. When the base phased out, they moved me to Berrendo Middle School. I was lucky enough to have eighth-grade history students.”

Some of her former history students will remember the best history teacher they ever had.

“We did history musicals. The kids wrote the script, made the props and acted it out. I worked with the art teacher and the music teacher. They played the music of the time. The art department made the props. The kids did all of it. That’s how I taught history. The kids had fun and so did I. It was hard work, lots of hours — we won several awards from the Freedom Foundation. I taught there for 23 years. I retired from teaching in 1989.”

Retirement was not about to stop her. Browning started looking for other ways she could make a difference.

“I knew some of the auxiliary members and they suggested I join,” she said. “I worked here before they remodeled the hospital. I was a volunteer at the gift shop. The lady I worked under was not well. When she stepped down, I became chairman of the gift shop. I’ve seen many changes. When they were remodeling this part, we moved the gift shop to St. Mary’s. We returned here in 1995.”

She’s always kept an eye out for ways to improve things. Browning wasn’t afraid to make changes, even when it cost her good people.

“They had a cigar box for the money,” she said, “and I got a cash register. One of the volunteers left. They weren’t going to learn to use a register. I lost another one when I got a popcorn machine. They didn’t want to sell popcorn.”

Most of her volunteers have appreciated the improvements she made. She’s never forgotten how important they are. The gift shop was last renovated when the hospital was. That’s been 23 years. It was time for a new gift shop.

“I thought it would be good for volunteers and employees to have something new and bright,” she said. “I was lucky enough for the auxiliary and the officers to do that. I hope people will enjoy the new look. I thought whatever I could do to make the volunteers happy and more comfortable, I wanted to do that. It’s hard to get volunteers. You want to make them happy if you can.”

After teaching school for 39 years and volunteering with the gift shop for 29 years, Browning still comes to work every day.

“I have been blessed working with great volunteers,” she said. “All the administrators and departments have supported the gift shop. The employees are very special. Being a volunteer is a very important part of my life. Thanks to all auxiliary volunteers for making my life better. I’m so proud of our director Misty and of Brooke and the officers of the auxiliary. What a treat when our treasurer Gary Borst salutes me and calls me General.”

Browning has never shied away from responsibility. She will make a decision any time she feels the need. She’s still humble enough to know that she learns as much as she teaches.

“Early on when I taught school, I never thought about being a chairperson of a gift shop,” she said. “It’s so exciting! I’ve learned a lot from others.”

Browning can be found at the Eastern New Mexico Medical Center gift shop daily. It’s now named Ruth’s Gifts & Coffee Shop. Stop by and say hi. Maybe you can sing a song with her from eighth grade.

Xcel announces management changes

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Xcel Energy has announced two leadership changes for its Texas-New Mexico business operations.

Brad Baldridge (Submitted Photo)

Brad Baldridge of Amarillo, currently the senior director of distribution operations in Texas and New Mexico, will fill the role of director of customer and community relations. Filling the position Baldridge is vacating is Casey Meeks of Lubbock, who now holds the position of director of construction and design engineering.

The move of Baldridge to customer and community relations comes on the heels of the promotion of Brooke Trammell, who formerly headed that group, to the position of regional vice president of rates and regulatory issues for Xcel Energy in Colorado.

“By shifting Brad and Casey into these roles, we are positioning Texas and New Mexico operations for strong leadership for years to come,” said David Hudson, president, Xcel Energy – New Mexico, Texas.

Baldridge is a native of Pampa, Texas, and earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1999 from Texas Tech University. He started work that same year with Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Co. as a distribution engineer in the Lubbock office.

Casey Meeks (Submitted Photo)

In his new role, Baldridge will oversee community relations and economic development activities across the Texas and New Mexico service area.

Meeks joined Xcel Energy as a distribution design engineer in 2008 in Hobbs. In his new position, Meeks will be responsible for distribution operations across the Texas and New Mexico service area, and also will oversee design and construction of the Distribution Dispatch Center.

Meeks is a native of Farwell, Texas. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics from Texas Tech University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and New Mexico.

Xcel Energy’s Texas and New Mexico Distribution Operations group oversees design, construction and maintenance of the lower-voltage power grid in a wide territory that takes in most of the Texas Panhandle and South Plains regions, and also portions of eastern and southeastern New Mexico.

Sections of several streets to be closed for maintenance

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A section of the northbound lanes of Sunset Avenue in southwest Roswell is scheduled to be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Wednesday through Friday. The lanes will reopen each evening.

A contractor for the city will perform hot recycling of existing pavement to help maintain the road surface during the closure. The work will take place from the Relief Route north to Brasher Road. All northbound traffic in the area is asked to seek alternate routes. Southbound traffic should note that Sunset’s southbound lanes will be reduced to one lane during the work.

Following the completion of the work on Sunset Avenue, the contractor will move on to a street project on West Jaffa Street between South Lea Street and South Sunset Avenue.

That project is expected to take at least two days and will require the full closure of that section of road. The contractor will then begin work on North Washington Avenue from 19th Street to Country Club Road, another project that will require full closure of that section of road.

092318 Week Ahead

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Monday

Chaves County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting (to discuss Carlsbad Resource Management Plan), 1 p.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place

City of Roswell Occupancy Tax Board, 2:30 p.m., Large Conference Room, City Hall, 425 N. Richardson Ave.

Roswell Museum and Art Center Board of Trustees, 4 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Museum, 1011 N. Richardson Ave.

Roswell City Council Infrastructure Committee, 4 p.m., Large Conference Room, City Hall, 425 N. Richardson Ave.

Roswell Independent School District (New Mexico School Board Association Region VI meeting), 5:30 p.m., Dexter Elementary School, 401 First St.

Tuesday

Chaves County Health Council, 4 p.m., Bondurant Room, Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 1011 N. Richardson Ave.

Wednesday

Roswell City Council General Services Committee, 4 p.m., Large Conference Room, City Hall, 425 N. Richardson Ave.

Thursday

Roswell City Council Legal Committee, 4 p.m., Large Conference Room, City Hall, 425 N. Richardson Ave.

Friday

City of Roswell Labor Management Relations Board, 10 a.m., Conference Room, City Hall, 425 N. Richardson Ave.

Ruth’s Gifts & Coffee Shop ribbon cutting at ENMMC

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The Roswell Chamber of Commerce and the Roswell Chamber of Commerce Redcoats took place in the Grand Opening of Ruth’s Gifts & Coffee Shop. Friends, family, hospital staff and members of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center Auxiliary were all on hand to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting along with Ruth’s 95th birthday! Pictured are, from left: Warren Yehl, April Avitia, Kim Ly-Vasquez, JulyAna Gauna, Gary Thrine, Judy Borst, Misty Archibeque, Marie Powell, Ruth Browning, Susan Arthur (peeking through), Gary Borst and Juanita Campbell, Rhonda Johnson, Candace Lewis, Gina Grado, Laura Weathers, Gladys Ocon, Hervey Gilliland and Mayor Dennis Kintigh. (Todd Hobbit Verciglio/Roswell Chamber Marketing Photo)

Former NMMI player takes reins as Colts coach

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Former NMMI cadet and athlete Connor Williamson will take the helm as Colts’ basketball coach this season. (NMMI Sports Press Photo)

Connor Williamson has returned to the New Mexico Military Institute as the head coach of the high school boys’ basketball program. The NMMI alum (HS ‘07, JC ‘09) is hoping to bring some stability to the Colt basketball teams.

“I know that there’s been a lot of turnover in the last couple of years,” Williamson said. “So I hope that I can be the start of a solid foundation here – one which basically teaches our kids the same system. From the starting player on the varsity squad, all the way down to the C-team, the goal is to get everybody to buy into our system and to love coming to practice. We want to create a positive environment for the kids here, one that will hopefully continue on for years to come. I’m excited about being given this opportunity.”

Williamson is a former Colt and Bronco basketball player who played four years for the Colts’ high school team, then with the junior college Broncos from 2007-2009.

Williamson’s father Clyde also coached at Roswell High for more than 20 years, both soccer and basketball, and was an assistant coach for the Colts while his son was on the team, so the Roswell relationship goes back even further.

“We had some rough years,” Connor said regarding his high school seasons. “My sophomore and junior year, we won a combined total of two games, then my senior year we finally got some stability – had the same guys for a couple of years – and we got to the state tournament. It was a fun year.”

He also saw success as a Bronco, but again it took time and hard work.

“I red-shirted my first season under head coach Reggie Franklin and got to know the speed of the game,” explained Williamson. “At the beginning of my sophomore year, I wasn’t a starter. But I continued to work hard, and earned my way into a starting position; so that felt pretty good.”

But Williamson’s route to the coaching position wasn’t a straight line.

After graduating from NMMI, Williamson moved to Arizona, where he was hoping to play basketball for Arizona State. While that didn’t work out, he got both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biomedical engineering, and continued to work out on his own.

“After I graduated, I still wanted to be an athlete. I was training the whole time, but didn’t know what I was going to do. I thought about going overseas to play but without an agent and game film, that would have been a rough road. So I kind of just stumbled onto the decathlon.”

He began training in the 10 sports (100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500-meter run) and three months later finished second in his first heptathlon, behind an NJCAA champion and future Olympic competitor.

Williamson continued training on his own at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, and at a pole vault camp a few years later, started talking to the PVCC coaches about training in the other decathlon events. And the next day, he got an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“The coach came back and told me I still had college eligibility in track and field. I said, ‘Really?’ and he said, ‘Yes, and we’ll give you a full scholarship.’ so I said okay.”

In his first year as a Puma, he won the NJCAA D1 National Championship in men’s decathlon, tallying over 7000 points. The next year was a little tougher.

“My sophomore year I kind of choked a little bit and no-heighted in the pole vault at nationals which messed up my repeat title,” he said. He also missed qualifying for the US Nationals by a mere 100 points, and still might try to qualify in the future. But for right now, his focus is on the Colts and teaching them to play solid basketball.

The new coach has also gotten to work with some pretty high end athletes.

“Throughout my decathlon training, I was also a strength coach for NFL players, training at a private state of the art facility in Scottsdale, Performance Enhancement Professionals. I had the privilege of working with athletes of the highest caliber including James Harrison, Tim Tebow, Terrell Suggs, and many others.”

Since Coach Williamson has returned he’s already been hard at work with the team. He’s already met with a number of the players.

“There’s a couple of guys who were working out in the off season, and it’s looking good,” he said. “We’ve got a few guys coming back from last year: SOME guards who can handle the ball; a 6-4 post, then there’s another new 6-8 cadet that looks really promising, too. It could be a really good year.”

But no matter who’s on the court, Williamson wants to instill his brand of basketball on the Cahoon Armory floor.

“I hope that when people leave a NMMI game, no matter if we win or lose – hopefully we won – but they’re going to say things like, ‘Wow! That NMMI team is classy. They play hard.’”

“It starts in the locker room. It starts in the early season. Just making sure guys work hard in practice; being accountable; pulling each other to a high standard,” continued the coach. “And we’re going to be disciplined. We’re going to take good shots. We’re going to be patient on offense and we’re going to pressure people on defense – full court pressure. That’s what we can do here at NMMI. We have kids who are in shape. We’re going to get them in basketball shape and we’re going to try to outwork people.”

Basketball season is still a few months off, but Williamson is hard at work planning, hiring assistant coaches and talking with his former coach, Sean Schooley, who helmed the Colts last year.

“I’ve spoken with coach Schooley multiple times this year, just getting a feel for last year’s team and how he thinks things can be improved,” he said. “He’s been a lot of help for sure, passing the torch. It’s definitely a fresh start and it’ll be good.”

“We are happy to have Coach Williamson leading our Colt basketball program,” added NMMI athletic director Jose Barron. “He was a successful five- sport Colt athlete, a solid player for the Bronco basketball team, was our high school and junior college valedictorian, and served on the regimental staff his last year as a cadet. This is the type of individual that I want our cadets to strive to be like.”

092318 Alton’s Athlete of the week

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Alton’s Athlete of the Week from L-R: Goddard’s Lacie Schooley with Alton Shields co-owner of Alton’s Power Block Gym and Roswell’s Kaileigh Holloway. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Goddard almost wins Zia Classic

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The Goddard Lady Rockets came in second-place losing to Artesia in the Zia Classic on Saturday at the Coyote Den. Goddard is now 5-5 on the season. (Steve Notz Photo)

Roswell loses heartbreaker

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Roswell sophomore Ismael Martinez attempts a kick against Los Alamos Saturday at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex. RHS would lose the game in overtime, 2-1. Roswell falls to 8-5 on the season. (J.T. Keith Photo)

Lonnie Hendricks

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Lonnie Hendricks passed away on September 13, 2018 in Roswell, New Mexico after a brief battle with cancer and complications of a stroke. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 28, 2018, 11:00 AM at Christ Church, 2200 N. Sycamore Avenue, Roswell, New Mexico. Pastor Lyman Graham, officiating.

Ira “Lonnie” Hendricks was a lifelong resident of Chaves County being born in Roswell, New Mexico, February 4, 1942, to Howard and Eva (Reeves) Hendricks. He was named after his paternal grandfather, Ira Hendricks and his mother’s oldest brother, Lonnie Reeves, two wonderful men. As most farm kids do, Lonnie learned to drive a tractor at an early age and was given many responsibilities on the farm, instilling a love for the land and farming at an early age. Lonnie attend Roswell schools and graduated from RHS. While in high school he was active in Future Farmers of America. Immediately after graduation he enlisted in the Marines.

Lonnie did his basic training at Camp Pendleton, California and was stationed there for his entire military career except for one tour of duty in Japan. Lonnie was a Motor Vehicle Operator, a good assignment where he could use his driving skills. At one time he was a driver for one of the Generals. He also won an award in a driving competition on the base. At the time of his discharge he was a Corporal.

After serving his country, Lonnie returned to Roswell and his love of farming. He was not a “big” farmer by modern standards, but he worked hard and was proud of what he accomplished. He married Gennean Chesser and they had one son Karl. They were a team in marriage and in farming celebrating 50 years of marriage in June, 2018. When Lonnie’s dad died he purchased the family farm from his mother and continued to farm it until his death. Lonnie was proud of what he did, he was organized and precise in all his dealings.

Lonnie will be remembered by many in the community for his acts of kindness for family, friends and strangers. When Roswell use to get huge snow storms, he would take his tractor and pull people out of bar ditches, many would not even say “thank you”, but that did not stop him from helping others. He spent many hours sitting with family and friends who were in the hospital, it was not uncommon of him to get in his car and drive a long distance because someone might need him. Lonnie spent many hours helping elderly people that needed his help, endearing himself to them. Lonnie never wanted in attention for the things he did.

Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents Howard and Eva Hendricks, one sister Rita Mae, grandparents Ira and Winnie (Pirtle) Hendricks, and Austin and Eula (Woodson) Reeves, plus numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members.

Lonnie is survived by his wife Gennean, son Karl Hendricks of Albuquerque, NM, brother, Larry Hendricks, Tulia, TX, sisters Martha Rains of Tucson, AZ and Sheila (James) Richardson of College Station, TX, two aunts and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family sincerely invites you to join them for lunch after the service in the foyer of Christ Church. It will be a time to visit with the family and friends.

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

Michael Dean Martin

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Visitation for Michael Dean Martin, age 64 of Roswell, NM, will be held from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 25 and 26, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A Funeral Service at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 27, 2018 at The Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery with Bishop Ron Wiser officiating.

Mike was born October 1, 1953 in Altus, AR to Sylvester (Vester) Martin and Jewell Faught. He lived in Coal Hill, AR and graduated from Coal Hill High School where he realized his love and ability for basketball, which followed him through most of his early years, as few people knew.

Joining the Air Force in 1972, brought Mike to New Mexico, where he eventually made Roswell his home. Coming from a family of dedicated truckers, Mike carried on the tradition and started out with one old blue Freightliner. His passion for trucking, and all that it involved, gave birth to his own trucking company, MJM Trucking, Inc., in business for nearly 40 years.

Those who called Mike their friend, learned what a friend really was. No one was more dedicated and loyal to friends than Mike. He was proud of his friends and they were proud of him.

Mike met and married Donna Hudson in Roswell. There were no children, so they made up for it with numerous pets.

In 2010, Mike found a deeper love even more than trucking and that was his church and all that it stands for. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Mike is survived by his wife, Donna Martin of the family home; sister, Shirley Martin of Fayetteville, AR; brother, Paul Martin and wife, Sandy of Coal Hill, AR.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Vester and Jewell Martin; step-father, Herbert Stone; brothers, Floyd Martin, Boyd Martin, Lewis Martin, Billy Martin, Jerry Martin and sister, Betty Powell.

Pallbearers will be FJ Hudson, Brande Hudson, Clifford Owen, Robert Owen, Paul Troublefield and Jim (Rob) Kopp. Honorary pallbearers will be Buck Gibson, Paul Martin and John Eckstein.

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

Simon Campuzano Sanchez

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Simon Campuzano Sanchez, age 91 of Hagerman, passed away Friday, September 21, 2018, in the Casa Maria Rehabilitation Center, a loving and caring nursing facility in Roswell, NM. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Simon’s family at andersonbethany.com.

Simon was the second child, of Rosario Sanchez Villalobos and Mr. Atanacio Campuzano Sandoval. He was born on October 28, 1926, in La Guitarrilla, Municipality of El Tule, Chihuahua, Mexico. Simon started working at the age of seven. He made his living working the land. Simon took pride in his work and taught this work ethic to his children. Simon enjoyed meeting new people and always had a joke ready to make others laugh.

Surviving to cherish memories of Simon’s are his son, Angel A. Campuzano; daughter, Minerva Campuzano; daughter-in-law, Alicia Camacho de Campuzano; brother, Victor Campuzano; grandchildren: Sophia R. Campuzano, Angel Campuzano Jr. and spouse Shani Spitzer, Maya I. Campuzano, Saul E. Ordonez-Campuzano, and Samantha Ordonez-Campuzano; great-grandchildren, Angel E. Campuzano and Elena Campuzano; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Simon in death were his beloved wife, Juanita Barraza de Campuzano; infant daughters, Albina Campuzano Barraza and Margarita Campuzano Barraza; siblings, Rafael Aguilar Sanchez and Irene Aguilar Sanchez; father, Atanacio Campuzano Sandoval; and mother, Rosario Sanchez Villalobos.

The family will greet friends at the Viewing on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home Chapel, 2609 S. Main Street, Roswell, NM 88203, from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, with a Spanish Rosary Service to follow at 6:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 24, 2018, at 2:00 PM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 506 S. Lincoln Ave, Roswell, NM 88203. Burial will follow at the South Park Cemetery, 3101 S. Main Street, Roswell, NM 88203.

The Campuzano family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. S. Karimian, the staff at Casa Maria in Roswell, NM, and Kindred Hospice for their attentiveness and loving care.

Simon’s tribute was lovingly written in his honor by his family.

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Simon Campuzano Sanchez

Simon Campuzano Sánchez, de 91 años de Hagerman, NM, falleció el Viernes, 21 de Septiembre del 2018, en el Centro de Rehabilitación Casa María, un centro cariñoso de ancianos en Roswell, NM. Tómese un momento y comparta un buen recuerdo o una amable expresión de condolencia por la familia de Simon en andersonbethany.com.

Simon fue el segundo hijo, de Rosario Sánchez Villalobos y el Sr. Atanacio Campuzano Sandoval. Nació el 28 de Octubre del 1926, en La Guitarrilla, Municipio de El Tule, Chihuahua, México. Simon comenzó a trabajar a la edad de siete años. Se ganaba la vida trabajando la tierra. Se enorgulleció de su trabajo y enseñó esta ética de trabajo a sus hijos. A Simon le gustaba conocer gente nueva y siempre tenía una broma preparada para hacer reír a los demás.

Le Sobreviven a Simon su hijo, Angel A. Campuzano; hija, Minerva Campuzano; nuera, Alicia Camacho de Campuzano; hermano, Víctor Campuzano; nietos: Sophia R. Campuzano, Angel Campuzano Jr. y esposa Shani Spitzer, Maya I. Campuzano, Saúl E. Ordonez-Campuzano, y Samantha Ordonez-Campuzano; bisnietos: Angel E. Campuzano y Elena Campuzano; y numerosos sobrinas y sobrinos.

Precediendo Simon en la muerte son su querida esposa, Juanita Barraza de Campuzano; hijas pequeñas, Albina Campuzano Barraza y Margarita Campuzano Barraza; hermano, Rafael Aguilar Sánchez; hermana, Irene Aguilar Sánchez; padre, Atanacio Campuzano Sandoval; y madre, Rosario Sánchez Villalobos.

La familia de Simon recibirá a sus amigos en el Velatorio que se llevará a cabo en la Capilla de la Funeraria Anderson Bethany, 2609 S. Main Street, Roswell NM 88203, Domingo, 23 de Septiembre del 2018, de 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, siguiendo abra un Servicio de Rosario en Español a las 6:00 PM.

Los Servicios Fúnebres se llevarán a cabo en la Iglesia Católica de San Juan Bautista, 506 S. Lincoln Ave, Roswell, NM 88203, Lunes, 24 de Septiembre de 2018, a las 2:00 PM. El Entierro seguirá en el Cementerio South Park, 3101 S. Main Street, Roswell, NM 88203.

La familia Campuzano desea expresar su gratitud al Dr. S. Karimian, al personal de Casa María en Roswell, NM, y a Kindred Hospice por su atención y cariño.

El tributo de Simon fue escrito amorosamente en su honor por su familia.

Elaine Belue

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Elaine Belue, 53, expired on 8-25-18 at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. She was born on 6-10-66 in Roswell and lived here until 25 years ago when she moved to Albuquerque.

Those who passed on before her were her mother Maveline Sparkman, nephew Richard Montgomery and her niece Carla Whitlock who died 4 hours after Elaine died on 8-26-18.

Elaine left behind a daughter Renee Martinez and 4 beloved grandchildren: Isabella, Salina, Marcella and Grace. Her sisters Linda Gilmore, Lanell Dietz (H) Charles Dietz, Barbara West and brother Fred West. Niece Teresa Lykins, nephews Robert Montgomery, Earl and Stephen Purcella. Great nephews Holden Lykins, Bryce Purcella and nieces Zoe Lykins & Amanda Purcella-Lee.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 26th at South Park Cemetery at 3pm with Reverend Charles Gossage from Highland Baptist Church officiating.

Debates over education policy worth having

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New Mexico is not the only place where there’s currently an election on. Not coincidentally, it’s one of many places where public education — almost always a topic of debate, everywhere — is even more a subject of scrutiny and disagreement than usual.

Every state has its own set of unique issues, but some big-picture topics are more or less universal, especially when candidates look to set themselves apart in terms of what makes them the right choice for an area’s present, and especially its future. Two that work hand-in-hand and are often spoken about in the same breath: job creation/the economy — and of course, education. Perhaps no subject speaks more to a state or region’s climb toward a best-case-scenario economic future than how prepared its young people will be to meet it.

And education is an emotionally-charged issue, because at the heart of the discussion are kids, and how their futures stand to shape up.

For better of worse, standardized testing is the most visible measuring stick when it comes to judging our collective efforts at educating today’s youth, tomorrow’s workforce, tomorrow’s leaders.

New Mexico uses the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), which is aimed at measuring — through testing children in reading and math — just what the name suggests. Republican candidate for governor Steve Pearce has expressed concerns with how quickly (not quickly enough) schools are able to view their PARCC results. His Democratic opponent Michelle Lujan Grisham has suggested scrapping the system and perhaps developing a new test altogether.

New Mexico Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski, who was in Roswell last week to recognize the achievements of some of our local schools — part of his Straight A Express Tour — stopped by the Roswell Daily Record to discuss a number of education-related topics. PARCC was one of the subjects touched upon.

He said the test is rigorous, and by measuring foundational skills — math and reading — it “closes the honesty gap,” giving a true assessment of how prepared kids will be to meet future challenges. He thinks the system is a good one, the state has a lot invested in it and this would be the wrong time to make a change. “The vast majority of teachers and principals that I’ve talked to have said that spending a ton of money, a ton of energy and a ton of time to simply reinvent the wheel would not be worth it,” Ruszkowski said, adding, “The small but loud group of people that are speaking ill of the PARCC are setting up an anti-accountability Trojan horse. It is a move toward dismantling accountability.”

In additional to measuring preparedness for higher education and/or the workforce, the PARCC, Ruszkowski says, assesses readiness for other standardized tests: the ACT, SAT — and the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), referred to as The Nation’s Report Card, which is given every other year.

It’s the NAEP that determines where New Mexico stands in that 1-50 ranking we hear so much about. “It’s a big concern for New Mexicans, that you hear people say ‘we’re still at the bottom — yeah, we’re making progress, but we’re still at the bottom,’” Ruszkowski said.

The secretary talks about preparing kids for the jobs of the 21st century — “What I think New Mexico needs is more entrepreneurs … more business leaders, more innovators” — and thinks initiatives begun under outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez have the state’s education system pointed in the right direction.

Looking at the achievements of the Roswell schools recognized last week, and others like them around New Mexico, one can see the cause for his enthusiasm. But statewide New Mexico faces an uphill climb.

This may not be the only place where education and standardized testing are current topics of conversation, even controversy. But despite the efforts of many talented educators and students, New Mexico is “still at the bottom” in those most recent national rankings, as people point out to Ruszkowski. That does make the discussion here a little more urgent, and politics aside, well worth having.

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John Dilmore is editor of the Roswell Daily Record. He can be reached at editor@rdrnews.com. The views expressed in this column are those of the author.

Local doctor receives credentials from ICA Wellness Lifestyle Science Council

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Dr. Richard L. Glenn

Dr. Richard L. Glenn, of Roswell recently earned Certified Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle Practitioner (C.C.W.P.) status, which involved successful completion of a comprehensive post-graduate educational program.

Glenn was awarded C.C.W.P status on Aug. 24 by the international Chiropractors Association’s council on Wellness Lifestyle Science.

The certification program offers an extensive post-graduate curriculum of wellness lifestyle science and clinical research, patient care approaches and methods to maximize clinical effectiveness of chiropractic care.

“The C.C.W.P. Certification gives practitioners practical research and science-based data in a growing field that is increasingly relevant because it addresses important health issues in a context where chiropractors already do excel,” said ICA President George B. Curry, D.C.

“This Certified Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle Practitioner credential recognizes Dr. Glenn’s accomplishment in successfully completing the demanding course work and examination process for this special credential designation,” notes Dr. James Chestnut, who developed the certification program curriculum.

Glenn is a 2009 graduate of Parker University in Dallas, Texas and an active member of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) Council on Wellness Lifestyle Science; and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), through which he earned his Webster Technique Certification.

He practices at Premier Chiropractic in Roswell.

Roswell mercifully put Miyamura out of misery

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Friday night’s Roswell High School Homecoming Court are pictured, from left, Zeke Gonzales, Valerie Gutierrez, Roderick Sedillo, Seriyah Archuleta, Justin Carrasco, Danielle Estrada, Arianna Padilla, Junior Estrada, Maddie McDowell, Richard Arreola and Gisselle Avalos. (David Rocha Photo)

This isn’t the movies and a long shot doesn’t always pay off in real life. Roswell’s football team put any notion that Miyamura might pull an upset and it only took two plays as Roswell’s Homecoming King, Justin Carrasco did what he does, and took an option pitch from Coyotes quarterback Ethan Valenzuela on the left side of the field toward the sideline and sprinted 40-yards. As Carrasco was crossing the goal line, he leaned in and broke the tape as he crossed the end zone to give the Coyotes a 6-0 lead, kicker Joel Sanchez added the PAT to go ahead 7-0, with 9:57 in the first quarter.

RHS’ No. 12 Jose Ruiz tackles a Miyamura Patriot Friday night at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)

“We went into the game ready to battle,” Carrasco said. “We didn’t treat this team any different than we did Los Lunas. We are going to be even more focused this week for Belen. We are waiting for that to be our best game.”

Roswell held the Patriots on downs and forced a punt to Roswell’s Jasia Reese. Reese came up and caught the ball on the fly; he started up the middle and suddenly broke to the left side of the field where he picked up blockers and then at the 30-yard line Reese faked the Patriots punter and cut back to the middle of the field and waltzed into the end zone as Sanchez converted the PAT to give the Coyotes a 14-0 lead.

Reese wasn’t done with his explosive exploits on the night — on the next series Roswell got the ball back at their 30-yard line. Reese lined up as a receiver and when the ball was snapped, Valenzuela threw it on a line to his as he stepped back to catch the ball and went down the left side of the sidelines and outran three defenders for a 70-yard touchdown with Sanchez adding the PAT to give the Coyotes a 21-0 lead with 6:29 to play in the first quarter.

Coyotes’ No. 20 Jaden Contreras reaches to break up a pass Friday night at the Wool Bowl. The Coyotes shut out the Patriots, 54-0. (David Rocha Photo)

“On the punt return,” Reese said. “It is all on my blockers. Coach Lynn called left and I just went left. I just followed my blockers. This is a big win for us because this is homecoming; we are going to build off of this and get ready for Belen. I learned after our loss to Hobbs to stay humble.”

For coach Lynn, this game was nothing more than his team adding another step to the top of the pyramid to the 5A championship. Each step must be climbed, whether it is a good team or a rebuilding team. Lynn has taken a business-like approach to this season and making sure his team does the work in order to be ready for each game.

“Our team just came out and took care of business,” Lynn said. “Obviously, Miyamura was a little overmatched and coach (John) Roanhaus is trying to rebuild that program in his identity. Over time you do that, you kind of have a rough season.”

Roswell (4-1) never punted in the game, and they scored every time they had the ball. Lynn wants to keep on building off the loss to Hobbs.

Unsung hero Coyotes receiver Joel Sanchez scored on a 25-yard outside post-pattern pass from Valenzuela with 11:23 in the second quarter.

“All week coach told us not to take them lightly,” Sanchez said. “Last year I played defense and corner with older guys and this year I’m just trying to prove what I got, and help the team the best that I can. Last year I was small and this year I’m as big as everyone and I’ve hit the weights and that’s made the biggest difference this season for me.”

Game stats

Roswell’s defense was stingy giving up one first down. Their defensive line allowed less than 30 yards rushing and less than 50 yards passing.

Ethan Valenzuela ran the ball three times for 38 yards. He threw the ball 3-of-3 for 114 yards and two TDs.

Justin Carrasco had two rushes for 47 yards and one TD. Xavier Gonzales had seven rushes for 59 yards and two TDs. Roderick Sedillo had two rushes for eight yards and one TD. Freddie Anaya carried the ball twice for 65 yards.

Receiving

Reese caught one pass for 70 yards and one TD. Dominic Nava caught one pass for 16 yards and Sanchez caught one pass for 25 yards and one TD.

Next week Roswell takes on Belen, a rematch from last year’s playoff game.

“I’ve already watched the Artesia film against Belen,” Lynn said. “Belen has tough physical kids, it’s going to be a good game.”

Roswell travels to Belen for a 7 p.m. game on Friday.

092218 Local Briefs

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Zia Classic

Goddard girls volleyball team will face Santa Fe at 9 a.m. at Roswell High School Roswell volleyball team will face Artesia in the Zia Classic at 10:30 p.m. at Roswell High School.

7th Annual Elks Supporting NM Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Tournament

Results from the 7th Annual Elks Supporting NM Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Tournament held Sept. 8, 2018, at the NMMU Golf Course.

First-place team: Tyler Powell, Steve Powell, Dustin Davenport, and Robbie Brown.

Second-place team: Tim Jennings, Zeph Jennings, Elliot Ikard, and Cisco Sanchez.

Third-place: Richard Anglada, Pat Sanders, Len Kunko and Tom Dick.

Fourth-place: Lonnie Stevenson, SoCandelariaaria and Rick Bean.

Fifth-place: Richard Orosco, Curt Pittum, Richard Aguilar and Johnny Craft.

Sixth-place: Steve Berry, Roy Capps, Reese Himanga and Shelly Nellis.

Youth Tennis Lessons

Julie Stiles, USPTA Certified Tennis Coach, will begin youth group tennis lessons on Monday, October 1. Lessons will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30 pm for beginners, 5:30 pm for Intermediate & Advanced at Cahoon Tennis Courts. For pricing contact Julie for more information 575-317-6316

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