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Lady Coyotes leave everything on the court

J.T. Keith Photo Roswell High School is seen in action against St. Pius X on Friday in Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE — No one was kidding anyone about the monumental task that faced the Lady Coyotes first thing this morning. It was enough to order water instead of cereal for breakfast. How does Roswell order breakfast and slay a giant, plus a miracle to go?

Neither of those things happened Friday morning at the Santa Ana Star Center. The closest they could come all game long was a couple of ties at 7-7 in the first game, and 10-10 in the second game. Roswell would go on to lose 25-16, 25-20, 25-14.

“We knew it was going to be a tough battle for us,” said Roswell coach Heather Baca. “We were probably out-matched.”

There were no controversial calls, no slight of hand, Roswell was playing the No.1 team in District 4-5A, and it showed. It showed in a good way, that for portions of a game, this team could play with the best, and in a bad way it showed how far they have to go to contend for a title and not just make it to the elite eight.

“It’s always sad to lose your seniors because we invest a lot of time in them,” Baca said. “I told them it’s not about how hard you fall, or how many times you fall, it’s how you respond and how you get up. I told them athletes are leaders in every corporation and every business. A lot of times people rise to the top of their field because they learn to persevere. This is part of the great life lessons that sports provide.”

Baca is working toward getting her program on par with the best in the state consistently, after all, Roswell won the Blue Trophy in 2006 over Española Valley.

“I told our kids I wanted them to leave everything out there on the court,” Baca said. “I wanted them to play the best that they could, and I think they did. I didn’t have any kid quit. They capitalized on some things that we’re not as strong at, and that’s part of the game.”

Even though the loss hurts, Baca is proud of her team’s defensive effort this year, and how they got better as the season went along. She is encouraged about the nucleus she has back for next season.

Goddard and St. Pius X, it’s on again


ALBUQUERQUE — These Lady Rockets must have had bread and butter with their meal last night, because they are on a roll.

Not only are they on a roll, they are having a good time doing it, with them serenading and thanking the Goddard faithful that came to Albuquerque to support them.

Nothing has fazed this team yet, not even getting roughed up in the first match by the Albuquerque Academy, 25-11. That was one game.

The players regrouped between sets, and the diminutive Goddard coach, Kristi Hager, went to work, standing at the opposite end of the court contorting and bending her body with each point as if she were playing the game. Hager could be seen clapping and giving encouragement to her team.

When the Chargers made a run, Hager would call a timeout and break their momentum by keeping her taller players in front of the net side-by-side to block shots at the net. This move influenced the shorter Chargers and allowed Goddard to win in four sets: 11-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-20.

“We came out a little slow for this morning’s match,” Hager said. “We need to pick it up this afternoon. We’ll definitely roll with that win, we’re going to go have a good lunch and get back at it.”

The third-year coach has been to the finals before, finishing runner-up last year to St. Pius X, 3-0. In her first-year, Goddard finished in the top eight.

“For the program, it means we have some good years coming,” Hager said, “but we’re focusing on next. It should be a fun game.”

Same ole, same ole, Dexter moves on


ALBUQUERQUE — In a quarterfinal matchup of Loving against District 4-3A Dexter, this had all of the intensity and drama of watching paint dry.

Dexter was spot on against Loving, winning 25-17, 25-14 and 25-9. With the win, the Lady Demons move on to the semifinals where they will face Santa Rosa Lions at 6:30 p.m. Friday night at the Santa Ana Star Center.

“It’s our fourth time playing them,” said Dexter coach Andy Luikens. “We beat them three times, but you just never know. I’m really proud of my girls. They played really well and took care of business.”

Santa Rosa defeated the Lady Demons on Sept. 9: 25-18, 25-11, 25-15, in the Vixen Tournament in Fort Sumner/House.

Luikens was asked Friday by the Roswell Daily Record if he know about the allegations involving former Dexter volleyball coach Antonio Relagado, who was charged this week with six counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, for alleged incidents involving a Dexter volleyball student-athlete.

“No comment,” Luikens said.

Relagado was a former volleyball coach for Luikens until this season.

Questionable call dooms Hagerman

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ALBUQUERQUE — The pressure of playing, coaching, and officiating in the state tournament can bring out the best and worst in all participants. Well, Hagerman coach Monica Morales and the top official won’t be singing Kumbaya anytime soon. It is one thing to lose the tournament because the other team is better than yours, and it’s another to lose because of a call.

The Hagerman girls volleyball team lost the first set Friday 25-15 to Fort Sumner/House, but they were just starting to get their playing legs under them. In the second set, the Lady Bobcats trailed 20-14 in the second game, battling back to lead 23-22.

Fort Sumner/House was leading by a point, 24-23, when Hagerman’s Christy Bejarano blocked the ball for a kill, tying the game at 24-24. Bejarano got another kill on a set by Bethaney Barela to put Hagerman up, 25-24.

Fort Sumner tied it at 25-25. Bejarano came up big with another kill off a set by Barela, to put the Lady Bobcats up 26-25.

Hagerman went back to Bejarano for another kill, but Barela was called for a ball handling error. Many from Hagerman felt the call was highly questionable. With the penalty, both teams were tied at 26-26, instead of giving Hagerman the game and tying the series at one apiece.

Hagerman would lose the set 28-26, going down two games to zero.

In the third set, Fort Sumner led 18-6 before turning out the lights on the Lady Bobcats.

Hagerman would lose the match in three sets: 25-15, 28-26, 25-16.

Hagerman’s stars were Paige Hoppes with 11 kills, one block and an assist. Bejarano had six kills and two blocks. Cerria Lucero contributed with two kills, one ace and an assist. Adriana DeLaCruz chipped in with one assist and ace. Ariel Tarango had one kill, Stephanie Razo had two aces, and Barela ended up with one kill, two aces and 15 assists.

Local teams advance at state volleyball tournament


ALBUQUERQUE — The state volleyball playoffs are underway, with some local teams advancing and others facing an end to their seasons.

Roswell beats Farmington

Pool Play wasn’t exactly how Roswell coach Heather Baca drew it up. What her team needed was a bye. Due to losing to Artesia in Pool Play, the Lady Coyotes made Farmington pay for playing them in the first round, defeating them 25-13, 25-18, 25-18 at the Santa Ana Star Center Thursday.

“I thought we did a really good job of capitalizing on their servicing weakness,” Baca said. “The kids played good defense today. We were hoping not to play the first round, but it didn’t work out like that.”

Baca received a total team effort from Kaitlyn Holl, who had 12 kills and teammate Julia Espinoza, who had 11 kills. Jalen Baca had three aces and 19 digs, with a big performance from Jasmine Aguirre and Elisa Perez. Roswell setter Nayelli Morales controlled the game and to make the right pass to the right player for easy kill shots. Valeria Bonilla had four blocks for points.

“St. Pius X is loaded,” Heather Baca said. “They have kids that can attack, they have great jumpers and their middles are really good. We are going to have to work hard to find the court and hope that our defensive effort from our back-row kids keeps us in the match. I’m going to tell my kids they have to slay a giant.”

Roswell takes on St. Pius X at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Santa Ana Star Center.

Goddard earns bye 

The Lady Rockets went off on Farmington in Pool Play and annihilated them. Against Santa Teresa, they fell behind early and came back after being behind and won. In the second set, Goddard lost on a close game. Because they had beaten Farmington, and Santa Teresa and Farmington split, Goddard received a first-round bye.

Goddard plays Albuquerque Academy at Santa Ana Star Center at 9:45 a.m Friday. The teams have met in Pool Play before, but not in a match. The difference between Pool Play is two sets, no matter who wins, whereas in a match, the first team to win three games out of five wins the match.

“I think we have some strong characteristics to take advantage of them,” said coach Kristi Hager. “If we are playing our game, as long as our girls come out with confidence and ready to roll, we should be in a pretty good spot.”

If Goddard can get past Academy they will play the winner of Roswell-St. Pius X at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The bye did Goddard good. They watched a game to see who they were going to be playing, went to dinner and talked about what it means to them to be at the state tournament.

“At this point in the game,” Hager said, “and this point in the season, it’s all about your mental state. Who is going to show up at the right time, you never know what is going to happen.”

Dexter tops Desert Academy

Dexter had their way with the Desert Academy and Rehoboth in Pool Play. In fact, they were so dominating Dexter used a different strategy and another setter to gain experience. With the win in Pool Play, they earned a bye and did not play in the first round. Friday, Dexter faces conference rival Loving at 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center for the right to advance to play the winner of the Santa Fe Prep and Santa Rosa winner at 6:30 p.m.

Dexter defeated Loving twice in the regular season and in the district tournament for the championship.

“We have to control the ball and pass the ball,” said Dexter coach Andy Luikens. “If we can stay in system, that’s always to our advantage. We beat them three in a row, but we don’t want to take them lightly. They’re a good team and they have a little bit of motivation to beat us, so we have to take care of business.”

Luikens is hoping for improvement in his team’s serving and passing the ball. The Lady Demons watched the Loving-Eunice game and then went to dinner and relaxed.

Gateway Christian goes down

The Lady Warriors had a rough tournament starting with Pool Play. They did not play well and had to face off against district foe Tatum in the opening match. Gateway Christian did not go down without a fight as they fought from behind to extend the second match before losing. The Lady Warriors played with only two of their starters and it showed. The Warriors played several players out of position. Gateway was overmatched and shorthanded as they lost in three sets: 25-18, 28-26, 25-16, to end their season.

“I thought we were going to pull the second set out for a win,” said Gateway Christian coach Kerri Pirtle. “I told my girls that I was proud of them and they picked up their game even dealing with playing out of position and with different personnel. These girls learned a lot and I’m proud of them.”

Hagerman wins over Questa

Hagerman continues their hot play at just the right time. The Lady Bobcats, winners of their District 4-2A tournament, played well in Pool Play, but had to play Questa. They defeated Questa in four sets: 25-11, 24-26, 25-19, 25-17, to advance to the quarterfinals at 8 a.m. Friday against Fort Sumner/House.

High school coach charged with sexual contact of minor


Probable cause has been found by a Chaves County judge in reference to a high school coach charged with six counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

According to a criminal complaint, in 2016, 36-year-old Antonio “Tony” Regalado allegedly touched a 16-year-old student improperly while he was a volleyball coach for Dexter High School.

On Aug. 14, agent Pablo Macias of the New Mexico State Police was contacted by a sergeant within the department’s investigation bureau in reference to a criminal sexual contact of a minor.

Agent Macias contacted the mother of the victim, now 17 years old. A forensic interview was set up with the student at CASA in Roswell.

According to the interview conducted the same day, the victim told state police Regalado had touched her private parts with his hand while on a school bus traveling to a volleyball sporting event in 2016.

“(The victim) stated she was startled and jumped up, and coach Tony Regalado stopped touching her (private parts) and told her, ‘that was great.’

The victim also mentioned between January 2014 and May 2014, Regalado had touched her behind while they were both keeping score in “the box.”


“(The victim) stated she was sitting on a chair and coach Tony Regalado began to rub her back and went lower and touched her butt,” Macias wrote. “(The victim) was 14 years of age during this incident.”

The victim later told police of an instance when Regalado allegedly touched her private area between October 2014 and March 2015.

In addition, the victim said when she was with some of her teammates, Regalado had slapped her behind while she had bent over and reached for her bag. Agent Macias was told this incident happened between July 2016 and November 2016.

“(I) made contact with some of the volleyball players that were present during the incident when coach Tony Regalado slapped (the victim) on the butt in the locker room, and her teammates did witness the incident,” Macias wrote. “Other volleyball players with Dexter High School had stated Regalado (had) slapped them on the butt as well in the past.”


Regalado could not be located on Dexter High School’s staff directory.

While a preliminary examination has not been set, the case has been assigned to Chaves County Magistrate Judge E. J. Fouratt.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

Meth seizure removes 1.5 pounds from streets


An ongoing investigation by the Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force has led to the confiscation of approximately a pound and a half of methamphetamines.

According to a news release by the Roswell Police Department, the RPD led a task force with multiple law enforcement agencies on Halloween.

“Task force agents on Oct. 31 made a traffic stop in the 1500 block of North Garden Avenue of a pickup truck for which they had obtained a search warrant,” the release stated. “A search of the truck, which was occupied by Randall Morris, 52, and Ann Knecht, 55, resulted in agents locating the one and a half pounds of meth, as well as nearly $2,000 in cash and a rifle.”

The RPD said the amount of meth seized is estimated to be worth about $35,000 if sold locally on the street.

While neither Morris nor Knecht were arrested by local law enforcement, in pursuit of federal charges, the case has since been turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Prior to the Halloween meth seizure, Knecht had been charged in Chaves County District Court with possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, in 2006, but the charges were dismissed by the prosecutor two years later.

Morris holds 11 different charges in Chaves County magistrate and district court. His most recent charge in district court was last year.

In December 2016, Morris was charged with his first offense of trafficking controlled substances with the intent to distribute, a second-degree felony, and possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids, a misdemeanor.

A docket call for his 2016 charge was scheduled for Morris on Wednesday, eight days after he was located by the drug task force with Knecht.

The RPD said once the investigation further proceeds, arrest warrants are expected to be sought.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

City Council derails plan allowing for off-highway vehicles

Lisa Dunlap Photo "We already have motorcycles on city streets. These are far safer, far more sturdily built," says Herb Atkinson about the Utility Truck Vehicles that a proposed ordinance would have allowed on paved city streets. Atkinson spoke during a public hearing at the Thursday City Council meeting. The City Council voted 5-3 for the ordinance, but six votes in favor were needed to change city ordinances.

One decision by the Roswell City Council left a group of Roswell residents upset, while another vote is expected to help the city get funds to repair a building used by a local youth organization.

A proposed ordinance that would have allowed large off-highway vehicles to be driven on paved city streets did not receive enough votes to pass. Similar ordinances have been adopted in 15 New Mexico counties and cities since 2016 when the state Legislature permitted local governments to develop laws to allow the use of such vehicles in their jurisdictions.

Council members also approved a lease with the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca for a city building on South Garden Avenue, an agreement that city staff said will help the city receive $150,000 in state funding for repairs to the building.

The public hearing about the ordinance change followed a year-long effort by Roswell resident Randy Robertson.

He has worked with area law enforcement, city staff and the city attorney to draft a proposal allowing larger, off-highway vehicles to be allowed on most paved city roads. Even with the ordinance, they would not have been allowed on roads that are state highways or truck routes.

The ordinance also called for many requirements for the vehicles, including insurance, the ability to travel at least 35 miles an hour and certain necessary equipment such as mirrors, steering wheels and speed odometers.

About 25 people supporting the ordinance attended the meeting, with Herb Atkinson and Robertson speaking for the ordinance.

“I want to make it clear … that these are for UTV (utility truck) vehicles, not for four-wheelers or not for three-wheelers,” Atkinson said. “We already have motorcycles on city streets. These vehicles are far safer, far more sturdily built. I guess the best thing you (can) compare it to would be the old Army Jeeps that were so popular in the ’50s and ’60s.”

Robertson, who has been an off-road enthusiast with his family for years and described doing a lot of research about the proposed ordinance since 2016, said that allowing UTVs on paved roads was supported by many types of people and would help Roswell progress.

“This is a wide range,” said Robertson. “This is not just a bunch of kids wanting this stuff. My mom is into this, Mr. Herb Atkinson, and there is variety of age ranges.”

He also said that he would post a video to educate the public about the ordinance and safety.

“I want this to be a great thing for people. I want people to be educated,” he said. “Someone said a while ago that they wanted to see something different for Roswell. This is … different for Roswell. This will bring a lot of stuff in.”

Five councilors voted for the ordinance, but three voted against it, Steve Henderson, Savino Sanchez and Juan Oropesa. At least six councilors needed to vote in favor of the measure to change a city ordinance, according to City Clerk Sharon Coll.

Henderson criticized the ordinance as being written in a confusing manner because it included definitions of vehicles that would not be authorized on city streets. He and Sanchez also expressed concern for people’s safety.

“I object because, in reading the statistics on the safety of these vehicles along with the other vehicles that are mentioned, the safety is not good,” Henderson said. “People on Roswell streets are not going to recognize those vehicles. Our police department has enough problems with vehicle traffic the way it is.”

Sanchez added that he did not want to be responsible for any harm coming to people using the vehicles.

Speaking in favor of the ordinance was Councilor Caleb Grant.

“This in my mind personally is one of those topics that Roswell tries to overthink, and we will be sitting here 20 years from now saying, why didn’t we do that, why didn’t Roswell do that,” he said. “This has been done all over the country for many, many years. There are communities that have golf carts and have these type of vehicles as well.”

After the meeting, Robertson and other ordinance proponents said they would have to consider what might come next regarding their efforts. They also said that they thought the opposing city councilors voted based on their personal opinions and not facts and that their comments about the confusing nature of the ordinance misrepresented the situation.

Robertson added he thought all city councilors should have been present to vote. Jason Perry and Barry Foster were absent.

“These council members not showing up to vote, that’s my biggest deal. There are way too many meetings where the council members aren’t showing up to vote. … How is it fair if not everybody is here to vote on it? What is their job?”

In another action item, the City Council voted unanimously to approve a new four-year lease beginning Dec. 1 with the Boys and Girls Club on a city building at 201 S. Garden Avenue. The group has leased the building for youth activities for many years.

The Roswell and Ruidoso chapters of the organization recently merged to create the Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca. That is the agency that now will lease the building for $1,000 a month.

“The lease structure that we have was based on the current agreement that the club has with Ruidoso facility,” said Director of Administrative Services Elizabeth Gilbert. “It also assists with some of the barriers we have in getting capital outlay funding.”

The city has already been approved for $150,000 in state funding to repair the roof, doors and other problems with the structure. According to city staff, the state will not release any funds until a rent assessment is completed and a rent agreement is in place.

The new chief executive officer of the club, Tim Coughlin, said after the meeting that he was happy with the vote.

“It’s a great thing,” he said. “The main thing is that it helps the city to obtain those funds.”

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7110, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Community input sought about park, recreation programs


The Roswell Parks and Recreation Department is asking for the public’s feedback regarding which parks and recreation programs citizens participate in, how they hear about these programs and if their program experiences are meeting their expectations.

Local residents are encouraged to take a minute to complete the simple five-question online survey. This public input is important as the department prepares activities for the new Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center, as well as planning other events throughout town.

A link to the survey is available in the “News Flash” section of the Parks and Recreation page on the city website of roswell-nm.gov.

The survey is at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parksprograms17.

‘Commemorating the combatants’

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Students and faculty of Goddard High School took a moment Thursday afternoon to thank veterans for serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Santiago Vasquez, a U.S. Army veteran, was awarded the high school’s former American flag from GHS students that also happened to be his grandchildren. As patriotic songs resonated throughout the high school gym in darkness, students surrounding the area used their phones’ flashlights to bring light, celebrate and literally highlight those who have dedicated their lives to fighting for the country, as well as those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Ted L. Schrimsher


Ted L. Schrimsher, age 90, of Roswell, passed into eternal life Monday, November 6, 2017 with his wife at his side.

He was born in Frederick, OK, January 29, 1927 to ArLonzo Schrimsher and Lillie Loftis Schrimsher. He graduated from Weaver High School in 1944. Upon his graduation he joined the Army Air Corp and was discharged in 1945 at the end of WWII.

Ted came to Roswell, NM in 1947 and was employed by Smith Machinery where he installed electrical irrigation pumps throughout eastern New Mexico and West Texas. He married Vera King in 1950. He started farming in 1954 and continued farming until he retired at the age of 89. He was recognized as the Outstanding Young Farmer in 1955 by the Roswell Jaycee’s. Ted and his twin brother Fred (Schrimsher Brothers) farmed extensively throughout Chaves County and the Estancia Valley in Central N.M.

He was an active member of Christ’s Church. He served on the boards of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, the Eastern New Mexico Fair Board, the Hagerman Cotton Gin, and the Chaves County Cattle Corp.

Ted enjoyed hunting, dancing and golfing. He was one of New Mexico’s early hot air balloon pilots.

Of special importance to Ted, were his many friends that met for coffee, lunch, golf and hunting for a span of 30 years. He truly loved his friends.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents; his son Keith L. Schrimsher; his brothers, Cecil, Floyd and Fred; his sisters, Irene, Doris, Camella, Pauline and Delores.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Vera King Schrimsher of Roswell; his daughter, Devera Goss and husband Jerry of Baton Rouge, LA, children, Alex and wife Lacy, Amanda, Page and Matthew, grandchild Ryan Carrigan; his son, Jeffrey L. Schrimsher and wife Paula of Rio Rancho, NM, children Jeffrey and Alexandra; daughter-in-law Micki Schrimsher of Roswell, NM, children Nathan and Lucas; his brother, Max and wife Eleanor of Scotsdale, AZ, and his sister, Bennie Davis and husband Harvey of Costa Mesa, CA; his sisters-in-law Marjelaine Schrimsher and Theda Staeden of Roswell, and numerous nieces and nephews.

His family meant the world to him, he loved them dearly.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, November 13, 2017 at Christ’s Church. Gerry Chavez and Lonnie Owens will officiate.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ’s Church, 2200 N Sycamore Ave, Roswell, NM 88201; Chaves County CASA Program, 500 N Main St #314, Roswell, NM 88201; or the Roswell Humane Society, 703 E. McGaffey, Roswell, NM 88203 or a charity of your choice.

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

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Upcoming events to honor local veterans


Assemblies for veterans (partial list)

• Today: 8 a.m. Breakfast at New Mexico Military Institute RSVP 624-8262

• Today: noon to 1 p.m. Veterans Day celebration at University High

• Nov. 11: 7:30 a.m. — Brave5K — Starts at Fourth and Main streets

• Nov. 11: 9:30 a.m. — Veterans Day Parade — Starts at Fourth and Main streets

• Nov. 11: 11 a.m. — NMMI Regimental Parade at Stapp Field

• Nov. 12: 3 p.m. First United Methodist Church to present music-filled program in honor of veterans

• Nov. 13: 1:30 p.m. Veterans Day assembly at Valley View Elementary School — NMMI GOSS team performs, reception to follow.

Free meals to veterans (partial list at participating locations)

• Today: Denny’s: 5 a.m. to noon, free meal; and IHOP, free stack of pancakes

• Nov. 11: Applebee’s, free meal; Buffalo Wild Wings, free wings; Chili’s, free meal; Red Lobster, free appetizer or dessert; Rib Crib, free meal; Wienerschnitzel, free chili dog, fries and drink

• Nov. 13: 5 to 9 p.m. Golden Corral — Military Appreciation Night


Questions remain about archery theft


ARTESIA — It has been a few days since Kathy Kolt, president of the Eddy County Shooting Range Archery Division, informed area media of a major theft that was reported late last month at the range near Artesia.

Kolt said around 50 bows and more than 100 arrows were stolen from the range located on Funk Road.

“I have had a private individual offer his land which has fences and cameras and I have had a private individual offer to buy me some bows,” she said.

Kolt said she’s not going to replace everything that she lost and she said the theft has hurt disadvantaged kids in the Artesia area.

“The good news is they took the bows and arrows,” she said. “They didn’t get our 3-D targets, so we have targets still.”

Kolt said once her organization regroups everything will probably be moved to private property. She said she hasn’t had a chance to visit with the kids yet, but added, “I’ve heard from people in the community and they’re mad.

“Again what I say this isn’t about theft, this is about drugs. … As long as we have a severe meth (and) drug problem, it’s not just my archery equipment, everybody is getting robbed.”

Kolt was asked how she was holding up.

“I was pretty devastated until I had someone say they would let me have some land and someone else (said) that they would give me some bows. If I could have at least a dozen bows, that would make me happy,” Kolt said.

She said bows don’t get hot like firearms, “I can pass bows from child to child.”

Kolt said everything is on hold right now.

“I’ve got mine,” she said of her bow. “We found what we needed the most was the smallest bows for your 6- to 10-year-olds. We need small bows.”

Kolt said people can contact her at 425-221-7700 or the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office if they have more information.

Will no. 7 be lucky for Dexter?


“I was surprised we made the playoffs at a ten seed.”

Those are the words of Texico head football coach Patrick Crowley as the Wolverines(2-8) take on Dexter(5-5) in the opening round of the 3A state football playoffs tonight at 7 p.m. in Dexter.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Dexter’s Kevin Graham. “These kids have played hard all year.”

The Demons are the no. 7 seed and the winner plays no. 2 Capitan next week.

“Our season has been one of attrition,” Crowley said. “Injuries have played a bigger role than we anticipated.”

The Demons ended the regular season last week with a 48-22 loss to Capitan and the Wolverines season ended with a win over Tucumcari.

The two teams squared off earlier in the season in Texico and the Demons shutout the Wolverines 26-0.

“They’re scrappy as heck,” Graham said.

Graham is expecting a different game tonight.

“(In the playoffs) you win or you go home,” he said. “We gotta clean some stuff up.”

Crowley has nothing but respect for the Demons.

“The scouting report on Dexter is coach Graham has them playing some good football right now,” he said.

Crowley added he has been at Texico for four years, “anytime we have played Dexter it seems you can count on a good game (and) a clean hard hitting contest where anyone can win.”

In other 3A opening round games, Newcomb who is the no. 9 seed travels to no. 8 Zuni tonight. The winner will face the top team in Eunice next week.

Cuba, the no. 12 seed heads to Raton Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are the no. 5 seed and the winner faces no. 4 Estancia next week.

Tonight, Tularosa, the no. 6 seed entertains no. 11 Tucumcari. The winner faces no. 3 Santa Rosa next week.


Stat Box

Texico(2-8) at Dexter(5-5)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

At Dexter Demon Field

Dexter head coach Kevin Graham 3rd year (21-12)

Texico head coach Patrick Crowley 1st year (2-8)

Last meeting:26-0 Dexter in Texico 2017

Dexter PF (195) PA (170)

Texico PF (132) PA (314)







Editorial cartoon 11-10-17


State volleyball tournament

J.T. Keith Photo Roswell High School junior Alex Gonzalez makes a play during a volleyball match Thursday in Albuquerque. Roswell, Goddard, Dexter and Hagerman advance to quarterfinal play at the state tournament and will play today. Roswell will play St. Pius X, Goddard will play Albuquerque Academy, both games will be held at 9:45 a.m. Hagerman will play Fort Sumner/House at 8 a.m., and Dexter will take on Loving at 11:30 a.m.

Gateway looking to tame Mountainair


Tonight marks the quarterfinal round of the 8-Man football playoffs and the Gateway Christian Warriors(5-3) head to Mountainair(7-1).

The Warriors are the no. 7 seed in the tournament and last week they shutout Albuquerque Menaul 50-0 in Roswell.

The Mustangs are the no. 2 seed and had last week off.

Mountainair’s lone loss this year was on Oct. 6 as the defending 8-Man state champions Melrose bucked the Mustangs 56-6.

The Mustangs and Warriors have had some common opponents this year. Mountainair played Gateway’s district foes Tatum, Cloudcroft and Mescalero Apache during the non-district portion of their schedule.

The Mustangs swept the opposition, while the Warriors went 2-1 defeating Mescalero Apache and Cloudcroft. Gateway lost to Tatum 33-19 on Oct. 13.

The winner of that game will play either Mesilla Valley Christian or Logan next week in the semi’s.

The SonBlazers are the no. 3 seed and compete in Gateway’s district, while Logan is the no. 11 seed. They upset the no. 6 seed Foothill last week 40-38. The game is set to start at 1 p.m. Saturday in Las Cruces.

The other side of the bracket has no. 1 Melrose hosting Cloudcroft tonight at 7 p.m. The Bears are the no. 8 team in the playoffs and last week they edged another district foe of Gateway’s, Carrizozo 38-36.

Tatum, another district opponent of Gateway, takes on Dora/Elida tonight at 7 p.m. The Coyotes are the no. 5 team in the playoffs and Dora/Elida is the no. 4 seed.

Tatum was off last week and Dora/Elida took care of Pinehill 64-0.

Texico at Dexter

“I was surprised we made the playoffs at a ten seed.”

Those are the words of Texico head football coach Patrick Crowley as the Wolverines(2-8) take on Dexter(5-5) in the opening round of the 3A state football playoffs tonight at 7 p.m. in Dexter.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Dexter’s Kevin Graham. “These kids have played hard all year.”

The Demons are the no. 7 seed and the winner plays no. 2 Capitan next week.

“Our season has been one of attrition,” Crowley said. “Injuries have played a bigger role than we anticipated.”

The Demons ended the regular season last week with a 48-22 loss to Capitan and the Wolverines season ended with a win over Tucumcari.

The two teams squared off earlier in the season in Texico and the Demons shutout the Wolverines 26-0.

“They’re scrappy as heck,” Graham said.

Graham is expecting a different game tonight.

“(In the playoffs) you win or you go home,” he said. “We gotta clean some stuff up.”

Crowley has nothing but respect for the Demons.

“The scouting report on Dexter is coach Graham has them playing some good football right now,” he said.

Crowley added he has been at Texico for four years, “anytime we have played Dexter it seems you can count on a good game (and) a clean hard hitting contest where anyone can win.”

In other 3A opening round games, Newcomb who is the no. 9 seed travels to no. 8 Zuni tonight. The winner will face the top team in Eunice next week.

Cuba, the no. 12 seed heads to Raton Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are the no. 5 seed and the winner faces no. 4 Estancia next week.

Tonight, Tularosa, the no. 6 seed entertains no. 11 Tucumcari. The winner faces no. 3 Santa Rosa next week.


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Homicide charge dropped against Ambien driver

Police and firefighters inspect one of five vehicles involved in the May 18, 2015, fatal crash in downtown Roswell. (RPD Photo)

Assistant DA calls judge’s ruling ‘a sad situation’

Charges against a Roswell man previously accused of homicide by a vehicle in 2015 have been dropped per a Chaves County judge’s order in late-October.

On June 28, 2017, a criminal complaint filed against 68-year-old Orlando Padilla alleged that he caused a five-vehicle crash that occurred on May 18, 2015, in downtown Roswell, which led to the death of 77-year-old Zora Lykins.

“The case is pretty clear about what happened and what we alleged with the driver,” explained assistant district attorney Michael Thomas, who prosecuted the case. “The first vehicle was going towards a red light, a light that was changing from green to red.

“They didn’t look like they were slowing down, and then they slowed down to stop for the light. The vehicle behind them didn’t slow down and ran into them. The lady who was injured wasn’t wearing her seatbelt, and was thrown forward in the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. I mean, I believe she broke her neck, and she was never able to recover after going to the hospital.”

Roswell Police officer Benjamin Lankasky later received consent from Padilla at a hospital to receive a blood sample.

Months later, authorities received blood results from Padilla, confirming that he had Ambien, a sleep aid, within his bloodstream at the time of the crash.


Thomas said the sleep aid in Padilla’s blood was at “therapeutic levels.”

“Which is at the level that, if you took at it the way the doctor prescribed you to take it, he had an amount in his body (where) the Ambien (was) doing what it’s supposed to,” Thomas said.

Thomas added that Rong-Jen Hawang, Ph.D., explained the Ambien found in Padilla’s blood to the court, along with how sleep aids affect people.

After the charges were filed against Padilla on June 28, an investigating RPD officer attempted to make contact with him the same day. While the officer was initially unsuccessful, they were able to make contact with his adult son, who was informed of the warrant and asked to tell his father to turn himself in.

Padilla turned himself in to authorities five days later, where he was booked into the Chaves County Detention Center and released on a $5,000 bond.

While district Judge James M. Hudson signed off on the criminal complaint to issue the arrest warrant and the charges, the case was assigned to Judge E. J. Fouratt in magistrate court.

Padilla was charged with a homicide by vehicle DWI charge, a third-degree felony, and a second offense of driving while under the influence of drugs, a misdemeanor.

While the complaint states sufficient probable cause exists against Padilla, Fouratt determined otherwise.

Assistant DA Thomas said after the judge heard all of the evidence against Padilla, Fouratt disagreed with the finding of probable cause.

“We were kind of set back by the judge’s finding, but — and I know he’s not going to comment either,” Thomas said. “The judge doesn’t really announce the reasons for his findings — he just tells us what his finding is.”

On Oct. 24, a preliminary hearing was held for Padilla, which included more evidence against Padilla than what was mentioned within his criminal complaint.

“The complaint really just outlines the basic charges and allegations,” Thomas said. “But the state has to present all of its evidence — enough to show probable cause at the preliminary hearing.”

Following the hearing, Chaves County Magistrate Judge E. J. Fouratt discharged Padilla of the homicide by vehicle count.

In addition, the DWI count was dismissed.

“It was pointed out by the defense attorney that it was beyond the statute of limitations for the misdemeanor to be charged,” Thomas explained. “They have two years they have to be charged within — and this case happened a little over two years ago.”

Thomas said in this case, there’s nothing more the DA’s office can do.

“We can only charge again if we had new evidence, but to my knowledge, there’s nothing out there that we could learn or get that would allow us to refile the charges,” Thomas said. “We don’t get to take another crack at it.”

Thomas said Tim Lykins was the main family member of Zora Lykins he had been working with.

Thomas said he knew Tim was disappointed with the conclusion the court had reached.

In a letter to the editor, the Lykins family said “someone dropped the ball.”

“The Lykins family would like to voice their discontentment in the lack of abilities of the privileged parties that were responsible in safeguarding the evidence,” the family said. “As for the defendant whom was set free, we can only pray that he takes advantage of the ‘lottery ticket’ he has been awarded in hopes he does not take for granted the time that has been restored to him and his family.”

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.



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