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Goddard High classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970

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The Goddard High School classes of 1968, 1969 and 1970 gather for a photo at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Saturday. (James Schnaible Photos)

Oct. 27 drug take-back event among local happenings

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Editor’s note: This story has been edited to correct the date of the drug take-back event.

County plans clean-up day

The Chaves County Planning and Zoning Department is heading up a fall clean-up project involving the Western Fields Subdivision to encourage property owners and residents to remove debris that detract from the visual appearance of the area or represent safety or health hazards.

Mary Rogers, assistant planner, said refrigerators or other appliances, vehicles or car parts, old furniture or similar items are examples of the type of debris that can impact property values, cause neighbor complaints or otherwise become an issue for the county or the city.

A tentative date of Nov. 3 has been set for the clean up, she said. Large dumpsters will be available and various community organizations and county departments will assist in removing unwanted items.

The Western Fields Subdivision is bounded east-to-west by McGaffey and Bland streets and north-to-south by Brown Road and Spencer Avenue. For more information, contact the county Planning and Zoning Office, 575-624-6606.

Drug Take-Back Day occurs Saturday, Oct. 27

Six months after a local record was set for the amount of unused and expired medications turned in by area residents, the Roswell Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch program is ready for the year’s second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an initiative of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It offers citizens an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The public can bring unwanted and unneeded prescription drugs to the Take Back Day event Saturday, Oct. 27  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roswell Police Department, 128 W. Second St., where the Neighborhood Watch office is located. The service is free and those bringing prescription drugs can remain anonymous, no questions asked. Please note, however, the DEA, which will dispose of the collected items, cannot accept liquids or needles. Only pills or patches can be dropped off.

Since Roswell began participating in the event in 2011, local citizens have dropped off a total of 4,759 pounds of old and unused prescription drugs. The 601 pounds of unused and expired medications turned in at the Roswell Take Back Day in April was the most ever collected locally in a single day.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, visit the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control website, deadiversion.usdoj.gov. Local event information is available from Richard Lucero at Roswell Neighborhood Watch, 575-624-6770, ext. 118.

Veterans Home board to meet Wednesday

The New Mexico State Veterans Home Governing Board will hold its fourth and final quarterly meeting of the calendar year at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

The public is invited to attend the meeting at the New Mexico State Veterans Home, located at 922 S. Broadway St. in Truth or Consequences.

The Governing Board is responsible for establishing and implementing policies regarding the management and operation of the home. The home is managed by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Anyone with disabilities needing a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter or any other form of auxiliary aid or service can contact DVS Public Information Officer Ray Seva at 505-827-6352. The agenda will be posted 72 hours before the meeting on the DVS website at www.nmdvs.org.

Buddy Walk to raise funds, awareness for Down Syndrome

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A local family participates in the 2017 Buddy Walk. This year’s event will occur Saturday morning at the Spring River Park and Zoo. (File Photo)

About a thousand people are expected to participate in the 14th Annual Buddy Walk this Saturday at the Spring River Park and Zoo. The event is organized by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico.

“It’s our major fundraiser and awareness event of the year,” said Executive Director Bethany Johnston. “A good portion of the event is about supporting the people with Down Syndrome. We recognize they have dreams and are capable of achieving those dreams, so we are here to support them with that.”

Johnston said that about 900 people have registered so far, with another 100 or so expected to do so prior to or during the event. Registration the day of the event begins at 8 a.m., with the 1-mile walk around the park expected to begin at 9 a.m. So far, $45,280 has been raised toward the $67,500 goal.

“You definitely don’t have to walk, though,” said Johnston. “You can just come out to show support.”

The event also will feature lunch for participants, entertainment and jolly jumps, and vendor and information booths. A talent show featuring local youth is scheduled to begin at noon. The day’s activities are slated to conclude by 1 p.m. More information is available on the foundation’s website, ds-stride.org/senmbuddywalk.

RMAC welcomes new curator of exhibits

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The Roswell Museum and Art Center has hired its new curator of exhibitions and collections. Aubrey Hobart joined Oct. 15. She has spent the previous 10 years involved in graduate studies, recently receiving her doctorate in visual studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Originally from Denver, Colorado, she describes her main area of expertise as colonial Latin American art in U.S. museums, although she also has interests in pre-Columbian art, contemporary art, American Southwest history and the sciences. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

ENMSF Flower Show results announced

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(Submitted Photo)

The 2018 Fair Flower Show, sponsored by the Eastern New Mexico State Fair, Home Garden Club and Morning Garden Club of Roswell, received a total of 305 entries.

The Best of Show Award in the Horticulture Division was won by Vicki Hobson for Aloe Collection. The Sweepstakes Award for the most blue ribbons was won by Gloria Mendiola, with 17 blue ribbons. The Runner-Up Sweepstakes winner was Renate Reisel, with 16 blue ribbons.

Section winners were:

• Bulbs, Corms and Tubers: Peggy Voigt-Dahlia “Magic Touch”

• Annuals: Blanche Stephens-Lantana

• Perennials: Gloria Mendiola-Light Purple Clematis

• Roses: Theresa Coll-Peach Spray Rose

• Chrysanthemums: Theresa Coll-Garden Mum

• Vines, Shrubs and Trees: Gloria Mendiola-Fig

• Container Grown Plants: Vicki Hobson-Aloe Collection, Best of Show

• Seeds, Pods, Foliage, Succulents: Vicki Hobson-Afghan Pine

• Collections: Jerry Hobson-Coleus Collection

First-place ribbons were awarded to the following exhibitors: David Blount, Kenneth Blount, Theresa Coll, Yolanda Edgett, Tracie Edwards, Duane Evans, Julie Foster, Nancy Hartwick, Jerry Hobson, Vicki Hobson, Nancy Jones, Pat Krakauskas, Sharon Lombardi, Gloria Mendiola, Pete Mendiola, Isabel Olsen, Betty Pareo, Luther Pareo, Renate Reisel, Teresa Rivera, Jan Smith, Pegi Smith, Blanche Stephens, Peggy Voigt, Fred Walters, LaNelle Witt and Luzvilla White.

Special Award ribbons were presented to: Pegi Smith-Pyrcantha, Vicki Hobson-Elephant Ear, Pegi Smith-Oncidium Orchid, Vicki Hobson-Collection, and Isabel Olsen-Shasta Daisy.

The Best of Show Award in the Youth Horticulture Division was won by Natalie Edwards-Airplane Plant.

First Place ribbons were won by Kaleigh Hembree-Sweepstakes Award (14 ribbons); Mireya Serrano (13); Reagan Deen (1); Natalie Edwards (1).

Special Award ribbons were presented to Reagan Deen-Combination Planting, Mireja Serrano (3) – Spectacled Coleus, Burgundy Coleus, and Coleus.

In Division 3, Educational, Special Awards went to:

• Natalie Edwards-How I Take Care of My Garden Marie Ferreira – New Mexico Birds

• Julie Foster-Facts and Life Cycles of Cicadas

• Midway Learning Center-Iris Design Workshop

Kaleigh Hembree received a Special Award for Patriotic Lighted Flower Design.

Many colorful floral arrangements made by Midway Learning Center preschoolers were also on display.

Character Counts! awards 53 students

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Fifty-three public school and Youth ChalleNGe Academy students received awards Tuesday night for their efforts to communicate six pillars of character, as defined by the Chaves County Character Counts! organization.

Each year, K-12 students are given the chance to produce poems, artwork or essays that represent one or all of the six pillars: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship.

“I am a firm believer that the six pillars lay a foundation for your future,” said Amy McVey Davis, a board member during the award ceremony at Roswell High School.

She also urged award winners to display the character attributes no matter where they are or what they are doing. “Imagine that you are wearing the medals at all times,” she said.

Kindergarten students to 12th graders received medals for their work, some of which was displayed on the wall of the RHS cafeteria.

The schools represented included Berrendo Elementary, Berrendo Middle, Dexter Middle, Dexter High School, Gateway Christian, Hagerman Elementary, Hagerman Middle, New Mexico Youth Challenge Academy, Pecos Elementary and Valley View Elementary.

Council waives Walk for Hope fees

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Sara Barraza speaks her battle with cancer over the last 11 years and how the Chaves County Cancer Fund assisted her and her family three times by offering financial assistance. Wanda Porter and CJ Huebner stand in line to speak next. Barraza said her chemotherapy treatments cost $150 per week and she has to travel out of state for some of her treatments every two months. On top of these costs, Barraza said the “bills don’t stop” after cancer diagnosis and it can be “unbearable” to have her family struggling financially when fighting cancer. Barraza said she and her husband are college-educated and employed with insurance — and it is not enough to cover these costs. Barraza said she and her family have called the CCCF for help during difficult times and she petitioned the council to support the waiver and to support those diagnosed with cancer to know are they are “not fighting alone.” (Alison Penn Photo)

After lengthy discussion and two amendments, the Roswell City Council voted to approve a fee waiver for the Walk For Hope fundraising event for the Chaves County Cancer Fund (CCCF) to be held on May 10 for the event’s 10th anniversary.

Wanda Porter, CCCF treasurer, and other supporters repeated that the money raised goes back to residents with cancer diagnoses in Roswell and Chaves County and all involved in the CCCF are unpaid volunteers, while other walks and events are national and go toward salaries and other expenses. Porter said the CCCF has raised $563,733.83 in the last nine years and Sherri Roe Miller, CCCF director, clarified the nonprofit CCCF receives invoices to pay the bills directly rather than transferring money to those utilizing financial assistance.

On Thursday night, the final vote was 9 to 1 to waive $3,682 for the Walk for Hope fundraising event at Cielo Grande, a city-owned facility; Councilor Jeanine Corn Best cast the dissenting vote. Councilor Best said her opinion comparing the city to a business would not be liked and asked if the CCCF asked the county for funds since it benefits both the city and county. CCCF representatives Wanda Porter, Sherri Roe Miller and Julie Morrow said the CCCF did not reach out to the Chaves County Commission — but does have extensive sponsorships regarding security, sanitation and other in-kind services from other community businesses and organizations.

Councilor Juan Oropesa countered Councilor Best’s comment saying the city is not a business the taxpayers are the source of the city’s funds. Some audience members cheered and clapped in response to Oropesa’s comment — but Mayor Dennis Kintigh shut down the public display. In her comments after Thursday’s meeting, Brittnye Lamb, CCCF president of the board of directors, said the CCCF is “very appreciative” of the city’s assistance and appreciated the dialogue from the council. Lamb also apologized for the lack of decorum and stressed the CCCF tries to keep costs as low as possible.

Juanita Jennings, public affairs director, introduced the CCCF’s request for a fee waiver for the full council on Thursday night. It was decided at the city’s finance committee on Oct. 4 to waive $2,461.25 in special services, Cielo Grande facility rental, restrooms, large stage, bleachers, sound system and a tent. For labor costs, the committee maintained that the estimated of $770.48 needs to be paid for city employees in the fire department, special electronics and parks and recreation departments. After discussion in the meeting, Jennings and the CCCF representatives agreed the use of a generator needed to be included and this determined the final amount at $3,681.65.

At the finance meeting, the city councilors voiced concerns about using city finances and employees and the costs associated with overtime and opening the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center around the same time. At last week’s council meeting, many of the councilors said the special events policy and the fee schedule was put in place to allow the city to assist local events, but remain fiscally responsible at the same time. Also at the council meeting, Councilor Roebuck said after the finance committee meeting he fundraised $700 to help cover the labor costs for the city. Porter said she appreciated this assistance, but said these funds would go back to the city and not put off on the table or pay bills for individuals and families struggling with cancer.

Councilor Oropesa made a motion to amend to waive all of the city fees associated with the Walk for Hope and the motion passed 6 to 4. For this amendment, Councilors Judy Stubbs, Angela Moore, Barry Foster, Oropesa, George Peterson and Savino Sanchez voted in approval and Councilors Steve Henderson, Jacob Roebuck, Best and Caleb Grant voted in opposition.

Following this motion, Councilor Stubbs made another motion to include $3,682 as a maximum amount for the city to waive, which also passed 6 to 4. For this motion, Councilors Stubbs, Henderson, Roebuck, Best, Peterson and Grant voted in favor, while Councilors Moore, Foster, Oropesa and Sanchez voted in opposition.

“It’s a Walk for Hope, for those that have lost hope, that this gives them hope to be able to go on and to live their lives as best as they can,” Sanchez said. “For me, I believe that this should be a signature event because of what it accomplishes in this city for those that are hurting and have no hope.”

When councilors were discussing whether or not to add a dollar amount to Oropesa’s motion, City Manager Joe Neeb said the city performs an accounting after such events to determine the actual costs of the event. If the event costs more or less than that amount, Neeb said the city would not collect or return additional funds to the event. Neeb also said the city’s role in working with entertainment events has statutory information to work with, but he said community events don’t have the same guidance.

“In 2017, for these special events and all this effort that we are doing for all of these community things, we spent $490,000,” Neeb said. “So when you look at just the Walk for Hope being $4,000 by itself, it’s not a lot of funding, but we try to figure out exactly how we’re managing half a million dollars. And I think that’s something that everybody should be aware of.”

For the special events, policy Neeb said the city is handling allocating funds for events “better than before” but not quite where they want to be. Mayor Kintigh said the meeting was “candidly a little bit painful” and the city is striving to handle fee waivers better. Kintigh said the meeting offered a learning experience to consider different approaches and encouraged councilors to suggest approaches to Neeb and city staff.

Councilor Roebuck said the council needs to reexamine the special events policy and the fee schedule; he also said other options may be presented during next month’s finance committee meeting. Councilor Sanchez said the signature events, where city supports Hike It & Spike It, Rise Over Roswell and Cinco De Mayo, UFO Festival and the Eastern New Mexico State Fair, because of the impact to the city’s gross receipts and quality of life — need to be revisited to not always focus solely on the financial impact to the city.

Neeb said after the events, the city will perform an accounting to determine the actual costs of the event and if the event costs more or less than the amount, the city would not collect or return additional funds. Neeb also said the city’s role in working with entertainment events has statutory information to work with, but he said community events don’t have the same guidance.

Contention occurred between some of the councilors and also between councilors and speakers. Councilor Foster asked the council to take a step back and remember the intention was to get a handle on how the city spent its money.

Seven locals signed up to speak at the lectern and their three-minute speeches were personal accounts on how cancer has affected them or loved ones along with the steep costs associated with living with a cancer diagnosis. Sara Barraza shared her battle with cancer over the last 11 years and how the CCCF assisted her and her family three times by offering financial assistance. Barraza said her chemotherapy treatments cost $150 per week and she has to travel out of state for some of her treatments. Julie Morrow said she lost eight family members to cancer and that the growing Walk for Hope event is the largest fundraiser for CCCF. Morrow said the event is “truly local” with its benefits and contributions to locals.

“Besides the fact that this is our biggest fundraiser and we’re working on obviously trying to raise more funds because it’s not enough anymore, Walk for Hope is also a time for healing, celebrating survivors and remembering the loved ones that we’ve lost,” Roe Miller said.

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

Steve Bannon to come to Roswell Thursday

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In this March 10 file photo, former White House strategist Steve Bannon participates in a press conference in the northern French city of Lille. Bannon will be in Roswell Wednesday. (AP File Photo)

Editor’s note: This story has been edited to correct the day and address of the event.

A key architect of President Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory will be in Roswell Thursday for a screening of his new documentary and to appear alongside Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich.

Cat Nagle, Chaves County Chair of Rich’s campaign, said Steve Bannon, former White House political strategist and campaign chairman to Trump and former CEO of the conservative news and opinion website Brietbart.com, will speak with supporters, show parts of his new film “Trump @War” and discuss the future of the Republican Party Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hi-Q Venue, 208 N. Virginia. The event is free and open to the public.

Rich, an Albuquerque contractor running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Martin Heinrich and Libertarian candidate former New Mexico Gov. Larry Johnson in New Mexico’s U.S. Senate race this November, will also speak at the event.

“Trump @War” is a documentary film about the election of Trump, and the political and cultural backlash by his opponents.

Trump lost New Mexico to Democratic candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by eight points, but Nagle said Roswell is “the heartbeat of the Republican Party” and having Bannon visit ahead of November’s midterm elections is “a pretty big deal.”

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

Locals respond to gubernatorial debate

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People sit in the Roswell Country Club Tuesday night watching a televised debate between candidates for governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce. The debate viewing was part of a watch party hosted by the Leadership Roswell Alumni Association. (Alex Ross Photo)

Three weeks before votes are counted, area residents gathered at the Roswell Country Club to watch the televised debate for New Mexico governor and hear from several candidates in down ballot races.

The Leadership Roswell Alumni Association hosted the watch party. Elaine Mayfield of the Alumni Association later said 79 people were in attendance.

The debate between Republican candidate and U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and Democrat U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, consisted of discussion of issues based on questions asked by New Mexicans in video clips gathered during town hall meetings this past September in Albuquerque, Española and Roswell.

The first question was asked by Tennise Lucas of Roswell, a teacher at Valley View Elementary School. Lucas asked how under the New Mexico Secretary of Public Education in each candidates’ administrations will include teachers in the decision making process.

Lujan Grisham said she would include public schools, educators and communities to help identify who is best to lead the department, but the person picked will have to be willing to invest in early childhood education, work to get teachers pay raises and create opportunities for teachers to participate.

Pearce answered that he wants someone with background teaching in a New Mexico classroom but also has management experience. He added that too often teachers and the department seem in conflict and wants to move the department away from being a body that sees that schools comply with guidelines and more of a resource for them.

Lucas, who was at the watch party, said she did not feel like her question was answered.

She said although both candidates talk about getting away from student testing, she wants a clear direction about what they want to replace that with.

She said one of the reasons New Mexico is low in terms of the quality of its education system is because of a lack of continuity.

“Things are not perfect, but they are getting better and that is where a lot of us in education are, we want that to continue, that continuity,” she said.

After the debate, the opinions of audience members differed.

Tim Oracion of Roswell said he likes to get all the information he can before deciding who he will vote for, and in that regard the debate was helpful. Though he said he would not say he made up his mind, he said he did like Pearce’s comments about setting up toll booths to charge commercial truckers who drive from surrounding states in order to pay for infrastructure improvements.

“He’s a strong candidate let’s just put it that way,” he said. He added that he believed Pearce’s answers were more concise.

Lolly Zamora of Roswell and a Lujan Grisham supporter, said he reached his decision not through the debate but by the voting records of the candidates. He said he believes Lujan Grisham kept those values at heart.

As to who won the debate, Zamora said he did not know.

“That’s difficult for me to answer,” he said.

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

Parks and Rec Committee discusses and backs new park

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Though no official action, members of the Roswell Parks and Recreation Committee at their Monday night meeting said they back a plan to construct a new park to service residents that live between South and Southeast Main streets.

The proposed park would be on 2.5 acres that was part of the old Chisum Elementary School and was acquired by the city years ago with the aim of establishing a park, according to a resolution presented to committee members. The project would cost an estimated $90,000.

The resolution was written by Councilor Barry Foster. Roswell Parks and Recreation Director Jim Burress said Foster wanted the proposal brought up to the committee to see if all its members had “positive feelings” about it before official action is taken.

Right now, the nearest park for those residents is Daniel Carpenter Park on the east side of Main Street and requires people who walk there cross a five-lane highway to reach it, Burress said.

“I have to say that at this point, this is probably the only place in the city of Roswell that still needs a park,” he said.

Committee Chair Jane Ann Oldtrup said the playground is needed.

Councilor Jacob Roebuck, who was at the meeting, said the resolution will next move to the General Service Committee for consideration and a vote. If approved, the issue would then be taken up by the full council.

He added that money for the project would likely come from the city’s general fund and will not affect any items that have already been budgeted.

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

Character Counts! activities slated this week

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Pioneer Bank President Christopher Palmer and Amy Davis, Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico director and Character Counts! of Chaves County board member, recently gathered with Mesa Middle School staff and students to promote the “Six Pillars of Good Character”: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. (Submitted Photo)

Pioneer Bank recently partnered with Character Counts! of Chaves County to provide banners for every school in the county. These banners display the Six Pillars — trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship — as a daily reminder to schoolchildren. Character Counts! In Chaves County (CCCC) is celebrating Character Counts! Week through Oct. 19. The week is recognized with activities and events within the Chaves County schools.

The week includes many special activities.

Local first responders will be awarded for exemplary character at the Honor the Badge program on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Chaves County Administration Building. Sponsored by Pioneer Bank, the program enables the community to honor and thank all those who wear a badge.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, Chaves County Commissioners will proclaim Character Counts Week 2018.

The final event of the week will be on Friday, Oct. 19th at Spring River Park and Zoo. From 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., families are encouraged to bring their children out to visit the Six Pillars of Character throughout the zoo. Those who complete the walk-through will be awarded with free hot dogs and snow-cones.

Character Counts! is a nationwide character-education and ethical decision-making program that promotes the “Six Pillars of Good Character”. Character Counts! Week provides a time to reinforce the importance of teaching basic ethical values to youth.

The Chaves County organization recognizes several people throughout the year.

Berrendo football — heart, hustle and hard work

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The 2018 Berrendo football team picture. (Submitted Photo)

For the last seven years, all Berrendo Bulldogs’ football coach Ray Gutierrez has done is win. He’s won five of the last seven City Championships and been a feeder system to the Goddard Rockets’ freshman team. What the young boys that play for Gutierrez learn is that he cares about them and teaching the game the right way.

Berrendo goes hard at the last hitting practice of the season before playing Clovis 6 p.m. Thursday at the Wool Bowl. (J.T. Keith Photo)

“Tempo. Tempo. Tempo,” shouted Berrendo head football coach Gutierrez to his team during practice Tuesday at the Wool Bowl. “Hey, Cesar, good coverage kid. Rider, you have to cover that from the inside out — keep your head on a swivel. Remember, you’re like a catcher at free safety — a catcher sees everything on a diamond. You need to put yourself in a spot so that you can see everything coming at you. I know it’s some big shoes to fill, but you’ll be alright.”

As practice winds down Tuesday, it is the last hard physical practice and the last time his team will hit before their first championship game against Clovis on Thursday. Gutierrez makes it a point to encourage both sides of the ball at the same time as teaching them.

The Bulldogs have gone undefeated and won their third consecutive city title. The only thing that stands in their way is that they will play for the inaugural Border Conference title. Rather than playing other local city teams twice before the city championship, eighth-grade middle school athletics now plays in the Border Conference featuring two divisions that include teams from all over the state.

With so much success at the lower levels of coaching football, many have wondered why he hasn’t applied for another higher profiled job. He has resisted because of his love for the game and coaching and teaching at the lower level.

“I love these kids,” Gutierrez said. “I really love our program, administration and the parents. We’ve got great support over here and I’ve got a great staff working with me and they enjoy this level of ball. It is really a lot of fun watching these kids grow from sixth-graders to where they are now as eighth-graders, mentally, physically. So I see them come in as little guys and grow into what we have out here now.”

The increase in competition is a benefit to all athletes as they prepare for the next level in high school. For Berrendo football, the jump into the Border Conference thus far has been a resounding success. Berrendo opened the season with a 35-0 win over Sierra; followed that up with a 44-14 win over Mountain View, and then won their third straight city championship the following week after beating Mesa, 52-0.

Gutierrez leans heavily on his assistant coaches and offensive coordinator Chris Deck, and Special Teams coach Ed Henry runs the Special Teams and they make it a point of emphasis to practice Special Teams moves for the game.

Gutierrez feels like if they can win on Special Teams it will put pressure on his opponent to score. He also feels like on offense his team will only get so many plays on the field and he wants the Bulldogs to get extra touches during the game. If his Special Teams can be special, it will add up to more points and a chance to win the game.

“At our level,” Gutierrez said, “we only get so many opportunities. We have to create opportunities to score and our Special Teams is huge in creating them for us. Against Artesia this year we had four takeaways and six turnovers. Coach Henry does a great job of taking those kids and scheming those kids. We dedicate time to Special Teams every day.”

Week four saw Berrendo match up with Artesia in the Wool Bowl in front of a large crowd on a Saturday afternoon — Fans enjoyed a great show as Berrendo scored on offense, defense and Special Teams in a 61-24 blowout win. The next two games featured undefeated and extremely talented teams from Carlsbad — Blue and White.

Berrendo went on the road to play Carlsbad Blue and came away with a tough, physical win, 19-12. After giving Carlsbad Blue their first loss of the season, Berrendo faced Carlsbad White at DeBremond Stadium in a battle of 5-0 teams with the winner advancing to the Border Conference championship. Berrendo responded with perhaps their most complete game of the season, beating Carlsbad, 43-6 and winning the Western Division Border Conference with a perfect 6-0 record.

Berrendo now advances to the playoffs where they will play Clovis for the Border Conference Championship. Clovis is a perfect 6-0 on the season after winning the Eastern Border Conference and has only allowed 14 points the entire season, stifling the competition from Hobbs and Lovington. Since there was no playoff history between Berrendo and Clovis, a coin flip was conducted to see who would host the game and Berrendo won.

This is going to be like an old-fashioned football game because neither team has seen the film on the other, so it will be a read-your-keys type of game and hit. Berrendo runs a base defense of a 43 but can and will run the gamut of a 53 to a 34, to a 44, as well as a cover two and three, depending on what Clovis is showing him. Not a lot of middle schools can even run these defenses and switch to it.

Gutierrez feels like it is a team effort and will not single any player out, believing they all have stood out.

The one thing that Gutierrez believes in is instilling in his team to play with heart, hustle and work hard.

“I want our players,” Guttierrez said, “to have a work ethic, and humbleness about them and a next-play mentality all the way through. Something is going to happen, you’re (players) are gonna have mistakes; you’re gonna have things you can’t control, but forget about it and move on to the next play. Pick your brother up and get in the huddle, line up and play.”

As practice comes to a close, the players gather around Gutierrez and he delivered his last post-practice speech to his players. He feels like his players want to carry on the tradition of being city champs.

Gutierrez played center and defensive end for Jim Bradley at Roswell and is a ‘90 graduate. He never played college football, but each day he tries to impart Bradley’s mental toughness and a do-whatever-it-takes mentality. The other biggest thing Gutierrez learned from Bradley was the brotherhood of playing football together and for each other.

“I really stress the importance in education,” Guttierrez said, “to take care of business in the classroom, being leaders in the hallway and inside the building; be respectful.”

Clovis and Berrendo will play for the championship at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Wool Bowl.

Local teams wins exhibition in Hobbs 18-14

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Local Roswell Youth Football League team traveled to Hobbs, on Oct. 13 to play the Hobbs Youth Football League in an exhibition game.
The 11-12-year-olds Devils defeated the Hobbs Raiders, 18-14.
Devils L-R back row, Aceya Ortega, Gordo Espinoza, Coach Torres, Adrian Lucero, Jacob Doty, Sam Archuleta, Edgar Marquez, K’andre Island, Head Coach Mo Espinoza, Nick Heaty, Coach Dunlap, Gabe Anaya, Elijah Olguin, Malikah, Olguin, Paul Oatey
L-R bottom row, Tristian Torres, Bubba Marrujo, Andrew Padilla, Juice Manzanares, Cam Luna, Jaylon Cloud. (Submitted Photo)

2018-2019 Goddard High School Homecoming Court

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Back Row: Freshmen Prince David Talavera, Junior Prince Ray Downs, King Connor Downs, Senior Prince Jonah Chavez, Sophomore Prince Samuel Zaragoza
Front Row: Freshmen Princess Joselyn Cornel, Junior Princess Ashlyn Bradshaw, Queen Tori Price, Senior Princess Ellen Paiz, Sophomore Princess Clarissa Simons
Goddard High School had an extremely busy homecoming week with all the usual festivities, from door decorating to spirit week and, of course, the football game. GHS also had volleyball and soccer tournaments out of town and several members of our court including our Queen Tori Price were scattered across New Mexico, doing what they do best, representing Goddard High School. (Submitted Photo)

Goddard keeps playoff hopes alive with win

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Goddard won 3-1 Tuesday night against Artesia. Freshman Alexis Hoover scored two goals and Pinky Hernandez added one. (Submitted Photo)

Local ‘giants’ honored as they reach 99

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Lowelll Hughes, left, and Morgan Nelson were honored by family and friends Saturday. Both men recently turned 99. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Two well-known Roswell citizens spent a part of their weekend celebrating their 99 years on Planet Earth with dozens of friends and family.

A joint birthday celebration for Lowell Hughes and Morgan Nelson was held Saturday in the Museum Archives Building of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico.

“They are so loved by the community,” said Bonnie Montgomery, one of the event organizers and a member of the City of Roswell Commission on Aging. “I call them our silent giants.” Nelson is a member of the so-called Silent Generation, and Montgomery explained both are humble men unaware of the significance of their contributions to the area.

Hughes, who turned 99 on Oct. 12, is a retired business owner and a World War II Army solider and Bronze Star recipient.

He often visits local schools to talk about his experiences as part of the combat engineering division in Europe during the war and being one of the men who arrived at Nazi death camps to free prisoners.

In May, he received an honorary diploma from Roswell High School. Although he had wanted to return to school after the war, school officials in Roswell told him that was not allowed. Instead, he worked as a mechanic for his brother-in-law in Roswell for years before opening his own business, Hughes Electric Motors. He retired in 1988.

Nelson, honored in April by the Roswell Association of Realtors as Citizen of the Year, has been a guiding force in the community for most of his life, having moved here with his family in 1924 when he was 5.

Born Sept. 27, he was a farmer and a former state legislator for 16 years. He also is a veteran of two wars, serving as an Air Force engineer in World War II in the Middle East and England and in the Korean War.

He was one of the leaders in establishing community colleges in New Mexico and served on numerous committees and boards to create and build Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. He also was a founding member of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, a water rights activist who helped create a legal fund to defend local users’ rights to the water in the Artesian Basin and an active participant with the Historical Society who has helped New Mexico historians write and publish books.

Jodie Green Keyes, 100, attended East Grand Plains Elementary with Nelson and also has a family connection with Hughes. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

On hand Saturday to help celebrate the two was Nelson’s former elementary schoolmate.

Jodie Green Keyes, now of Ruidoso and a Ruidoso Hospital auxiliary volunteer for 46 years, was in the second grade at East Grand Plains Elementary when Nelson arrived as a first-grader. They went through all their school years together and have remained close, she said, with Nelson coming to a celebration for her 100th birthday, which was May 22.

Keyes also has a connection to Hughes, she said, as he is the uncle of her daughter-in-law.

Reservations open for Crazy 8s Math Club

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The library is currently accepting reservations for Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club. Crazy 8s is a recreational afterschool math club providing a collection of novel, high-octane math activities that will appeal to a wide range of kids, not just the future math-contest types. This program will run for 8 weeks beginning Thursday, Nov. 1 until Dec. 27 (with a break for Thanksgiving) and has two separate sessions, one for kindergarten to second grade at 3:30-4:30 p.m. and one for third to fifth graders at 5-6 p.m. Crazy 8s helps reduce math anxiety for children with fun activities like “Toilet Paper Olympics” and “Glow-in-the-Dark Geometry” and by making it a social experience. If you’re interested in signing up, contact Crystal in the Children’s Department or call 575-622-7101. This is a free program, but space is limited, so sign up quickly to reserve a spot!

For more information, you can visit the website at roswell-nm.gov/405and like us on Facebook and Instagram @RPLnm.

Book Talk by Debra Thomas
Technical Services Supervisor

In a world inundated with constant movement, it is a necessity to relieve the stresses caused by over-demanding lifestyles, regardless of our ages. Young people, in particular, may not be cognizant of the impact a life lived at warp speed can have on health, sanity, or the ability to enjoy life to the fullest. Nora Carpenter, author and certified yoga teacher, has taught children as young as two years old the tremendous benefits that practicing yoga can have on their confidence levels, self-control, motor skills and simply feeling good about their minds and bodies.

“Yoga Frog” leads children into the healing world of yoga with a quirky frog who wakes up feeling tired, grumpy, or otherwise discombobulated, then realizes that he knows exactly what to do to return to his happy, froggy self: yoga!

Join in and follow Frog as he stands straight and tall as a mountain, refreshing his entire body as he takes deep breaths to energize his morning wakeup routine, then pretends to sit in a chair while reaching for the sky as he lifts his froggy arms up to the heavens. Progress to a hug that explodes into far-flung arms, then bend to the side while envisioning yourself a shining crescent moon shape. Need more flexibility? No problem. Frog picks out a spot in front of his eyes to focus on as he brings one foot to rest on the opposite leg, raises skinny green arms skyward and wobbles as he is reminded by the Tree Pose to embrace flexibility. After a few poses, needing to rest his brain and body, Frog mindfully practices Hawk in Nest, then moves on to Cow, Cat and Downward-Facing Dog while keeping an eye on his webbed toes to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to do. Wolf? Well, of course, Frog performs this one while slowly turning his head from side to side just in case there is actually a wolf sneaking up on him. Playfully, yet purposefully, Frog goes through each yoga pose as they are designed because the flow of warming up to cooling down recharges the body and mind while promoting a sense of calm.

Children may not consciously realize the benefits of yoga, but they will feel a sense of fun and purpose in the poses which will leave them with the confidence needed to face the day or night ahead. Parents will want to join their children as they practice “Yoga Frog” and incorporate it into a daily routine for the family. “Yoga Frog” can be found in the Juvenile Non-fiction section of the library under 613.7 C226Y.

A dangerous ‘pack of kangaroos’

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We have experienced a substantial increase in the use of mobs as a political tool. One definition is “a crowd of people, especially one that is intent on causing trouble or violence.” This is somewhat inadequate, and to understand mobs, we need to analyze mobs in more detail, their motivation, their make-up and their leadership.

They predominately have common traits. First of all age, which typically has an average of 18 to 22. The reason for this is that young people are emotionally driven rather than logically driven — so they are easily manipulated by emotional rhetoric. They are poorly educated; this is not in reference to years of schooling, but to knowledge, rationality, cognizant thought and logic. They are truly sophomoric, that is people with a couple years of schooling who now think they know it all.

Mobs are devoid of any sense of virtue or ethics, their courage is proportional to their numbers and non-identity can be assured by hiding within the mob.

Another attribute is that the leadership rarely is at the front of a mob, they typically stay safely in the background. We see this a great deal on college campuses with students manipulated by left wing professors. Liberals have resurrected this policy following the radicals’ actions of the 1960s.

Today we see this approach expanded to cover the harassment of anyone with an opposing view; blocking conservative speakers, harassing politicians at home, at the theater, at restaurants and in their offices.

We have seen young people pounding on the door of the Supreme Court, in the halls of Congress screeching like a bunch of obstinate braying donkeys and following someone with a megaphone saying “repeat after me” … and with ANTIFA forming mobs, in their black attire with clubs, attacking anyone suspected of an opposing view.

It appears that rational Democrats have acquiesced to the far left socialists. Their favorite method is bullying and intimidation. I remember the radicals of the 1960s; The Weather underground blowing up police stations, The Symbionese Liberation army robbing banks and the Chicago Eight inciting riots and throwing bricks at the police. At that time the Democrats condemned those actions. Today however, the Democratic party not only embraces rioting, but partners with the radicals and extols their actions as virtuous.

Returning to the definition of mobs, I’m inclined to use the Australian definition, “a pack of kangaroos.”

William Dawe
Roswell

Irma Jean Gregory

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Irma Jean Gregory was born in Carlsbad, NM on November 24, 1944.

She left this world to be with Jesus on Monday, October 8, 2018.

After Irma won the fight with breast cancer in 2010, the battle resumed in 2012. Several months of chemo and radiation, love from family and friends, prayers and her faith in God and strong will to live, Irma was able to overcome. We were blessed with 6 years being cancer free and time with our beloved mother, and friend. In July of 2018 cancer came calling again for the third time.   Irma fought until she was tired and said it was now her time to go home to be with her Lord and Savior.

She was a member of the Oklahoma Muscogee Creek Nation and took great pride in her Native American heritage. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. Irma acquired an Associate’s degree in computer science from Brenham Texas. Irma worked for home health and manage the office until her mother fell ill. Irma left her position to dedicate 10 years to her mother. Irma continued to care for her mother even when she was fighting her own battles with cancer. Irma was a strong, loving woman. Her life was a living testament that anything is possible if Christ lives in you. When most would have given up she continued on.

She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend

Irma is proceeded in death by her parents Thomas Jack and Bonnie Ruth Gregory, Brother Stanley Jack Gregory of Carlsbad NM, son Jeffery Winston Hurley of Artesia NM and Husband J.W. Hurley of Giddings TX

Survivors include her 4 children: Son, Charles E Metcalf of Midland TX, Jack Andrew and wife Sharon Metcalf of Carlsbad NM, Bonnie Morris of Roswell NM, and daughter Mary and husband Robert White of Hagerman NM

She is also survived by 2 brothers, Tommy Wayne and wife Kathy Gregory of Albuquerque NM. William Ervin Gregory and Ann Wood of Albuquerque NM.

Sister-in-law Kathy I Gregory of Carlsbad, NM.   Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren

Numerous nieces and nephews

At Irma’s request she will be laid to rest next to the love of her life, JW Hurley in Giddings TX.

A memorial service is scheduled Friday, November 2, at 11 am, in Artesia, New Mexico at the Artesia community center at 612 N 8th street. All are invited. There are no strangers among us.

Memorial contribution may be made to American cancer society or local church.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call at 575-703-0919.

The ICPP Report has been ‘hacked’

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The ICPP (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) of 2015 promoted the need for clean nuclear energy in order to save the earth from climate change. Just three years later the ICPP Report 2018 attacks nuclear power, as a key climate solution, by promoting the notion that it risks nuclear weapons proliferation, may cause childhood leukemia and destroys the natural environment.

So, which report is right and which report is wrong — because both were signed off by the consensus of climate change scientists.

Without a doubt, the ICPP Report has been taken over by politics. There has always been a bias to favor the wind and solar energy industries because they provide the broadest range of wealth distribution from end to end of the product and labor life cycles. That cycle would consist of the mining operations in Africa with child labor to the manufacturing of toxic materials to be assembled into the product by cheap Chinese labor and imported into the U.S. without any tariffs to protect the U.S. renewable industry.

And to add insult to injury, the U.S. taxpayer pays up to 30-50 percent of the cost in subsidies to install the wind and solar farms all over our beautiful landscape.

In fact, study after study over the last 40 years finds that nuclear is the safest way to make reliable electricity, and climate scientists found that nuclear energy has saved 1.8 million lives by preventing premature deaths from air pollution. Where nuclear was 19 percent of U.S. electricity last year, solar and wind still constitute just 1.3 percent and 6.3 percent of electricity in the U.S., and 1.3 percent and 3.9 percent of electricity globally.

And yet IPCC describes nuclear technology as inherently flawed in contrast to renewables whose problems can be solved through “policy interventions.”

In reality, there is no policy intervention that can change the physics of making electricity.

I actually supported parts of the ICPP 2015 Report the last time around because (it) recognized nuclear energy as a clean solution to managing climate change. Their recent position on nuclear energy, throwing out accusations that are baseless, makes me reconsider the entire issue of the climate change agenda.

Martin Kral
Roswell

Robert Patrick Smith

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Robert Patrick Smith, 67, went home to be with the angels on Saturday, October 13, 2018 after a brief illness. Mr. Smith was born on March 14, 1951 to Frank Smith and Rose Hall in Rochester, New York. He graduated from Monroe High School. Robert and his wife Linda moved to Roswell in 2010. His occupation was an electronic technician. Robert loved Sci-Fi, aliens and music. He was also self- taught on acoustic and electric guitar.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Mapes Smith of 10 years; 6 children Corrianne Smith Adams, Ashley Smith Boyce, Cory Patrick Smith, Jesse Robert Smith, Eric Smith and Amy Smith; sons-in-law Chip Boyce and James Adams; 8 grandchildren and his siblings Frank Jr., David, Rose Marie and Cathy. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank Smith and Rose Hall. He is also preceded in death by his grandson, Trevor Adams. He and his wife Linda moved to Roswell in 2010.

There will be no services held at this time. He will be cremated per his wishes.

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

Billy Joe Sanders

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Memorial services are scheduled at a later date for Billy Joe Sanders of Hobbs, New Mexico.

Mr. Sanders, 91, passed away on October 9, 2018 at Desert Gardens Assisted Living in Hobbs.

Drought has prompted federal payments to Chaves County

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Caiti Steele of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Southwest Climate Hub shows the gauge and cylinder supplied to those who volunteer to report daily precipitation (or lack thereof) in New Mexico. The data is needed to create the U.S. Drought Monitor, which is tied to relief payments and programs for agricultural producers. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Climatologist seeks volunteers to report conditions

Chaves County ranchers and farmers have received drought payments under a federal program this year due to severe drought conditions, but indications are now that precipitation through the end of the year could improve the situation in New Mexico.

Two people involved in the process that leads climate monitors nationwide to decide whether drought conditions exist — determinations tied to emergency payments or loans to agricultural producers — were in Roswell Friday to talk about the climate monitoring process and to train volunteers to gather data.

Caiti Steele with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Southwest Climate Hub, located on the New Mexico State University campus in Las Cruces, provided an overview of how a national group of 12 climatologists obtains information from U.S. States and territories and publishes the official U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999.

By looking for agreement among various data sets, the climatologists develop their analyses and make the maps published on the web. The data and maps are used to authorize federal payments to producers if persistent and severe drought conditions are documented.

“It (the Drought Monitor) is particularly important if you are affected by USDA decisions,” Steele said, indicating the system was first tied to relief payments in 2012. “Any county that has been qualified as being a primary drought disaster area or any neighboring county will also qualify for assistance.”

The Drought Monitor published Oct. 9 indicates that the Four Corners area of the state is experiencing an “exceptional,” or category D4, drought. That means that precipitation levels, soil moisture, the amount of forage and other such factors indicate the region’s drought conditions are similar to the worst drought conditions during the historical period considered for data analysis. Meanwhile, the vast majority of Chaves County is experiencing severe (D2) or extreme (D3) drought.

Gov. Susana Martinez made an official declaration of drought for the state in July, noting that 90 percent of the state is experiencing severe to exceptional drought. Among other things, the executive order allows some farmers and ranchers to qualify for emergency loans through the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The conditions also have meant that Chaves County producers have received and can continue to apply until Jan. 31 for payments under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, said Anthony Chaves of the FSA, which administers the program.

“Nobody has to sign up for it. It is all based on the national trigger,” he said, “It pays out per animal unit per month” for one to five months, depending on the category of drought. This year, he said, the payment amount is $28 per animal per eligible month.

If producers have not already received payments based on previous eligibility, they can contact the Chaves County office of the Farm Service Agency in Roswell to fill out the necessary paperwork.

“It (the money) is meant for them to go buy forage — whether it is hay or some other feed supplement — for their livestock,” he said.

Producers are also eligible for payments through the FSA’s Non-Insurable Act Program if their forage is native grass and provided they signed up for coverage last fall.

Steele said that Chaves County producers received three months of payments under the Forage Disaster Program in 2008 and four months of payment in 2014. So far, in 2018, Chaves County has reached D2 levels for eight consecutive weeks from May to October, which triggered one month of payments. It also has reached D3 levels for a few weeks during that period. If D3 conditions persist, additional months of payments will be authorized.

The outlook, at least for the short term, is that increased precipitation from now through December is not likely to ease the drought in northern New Mexico but should benefit southern New Mexico, according to Dave DuBois, a state climatologist with New Mexico State University who supplies data to the climatologists who create the U.S. Drought Monitor.

He said that information from the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates that southern New Mexico is likely to have “above average” rainfall — between 50 percent to 60 percent more than in previous years —for the next three months. Northern New Mexico is likely to experience 40 percent more rainfall.

That outlook, in turn, has led the Climate Prediction Center to indicate that drought conditions will persist in northern New Mexico through the end of the year, but that southeast New Mexico is expected to see improved conditions or even an end of drought conditions by the end of December.

As DuBois explained, precipitation is not the only factor that matters when determining whether drought conditions exist. While pastures might look green, they could still lack the type of forage needed for livestock depending on when rain, hail or snow fell.

“It is all about timing when you talk about drought,” he said.

DuBois also discussed the need for more data collectors. He manages the state effort involved in the nonprofit Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) in which volunteers provide daily reports about precipitation or lack thereof. They also can provide anecdotal information such as their observations about vegetation, soil conditions, animal die-offs or water storage tank levels.

“We dearly treasure every piece of information and impacts we can get,” DuBois said. “There is not a lot of data being collected in New Mexico.”

He said that the small state of New Jersey has more data-collection sites than New Mexico, for example.

Right now, he said, New Mexico has 300 to 500 people providing information. Nationally, there are 9,000 to 11,000 volunteers, which can surge to 15,000 during storm events. He explained that citizen sites are sometimes the only ones available during severe storms, as official federal sites such as at airports are often offline during emergency situations.

The program will provide gauges and cylinders for free to volunteers to collect information about the precipitation. Or to report that no precipitation was collected. “Zero is data,” said DuBois. “I call them are zero heroes.”

The group also provides training and information about the process, which involves submitting information online or by using a mobile phone app.

Interested volunteers can contact the Chaves County Extension Service office, 575-622-3210, or DuBois at dwdubois@nmsu.edu. They also can sign up on the CoCoRaHS website, cocorahs.org.

Visitors Center traffic increases

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Amber Caley, information specialist at the Roswell Visitor’s Center, stands next to a camera Monday at the Center. The center, which last year moved from its former location at the Roswell Convention Center to 426 North Main Street, saw a 58.44 percent rise in visitor traffic between Sept. 2017 and last month. (Alex Ross Photo)

The amount of traffic coming into the Roswell Visitors Center jumped by more than half this year.

Foot traffic to the center increased 58.33 percent from Sept. 2017 to Sept. 2018, Roswell Public Affairs Director Juanita Jennings said at the October meeting of the Roswell Tourism Council.

She said so far this year, 15,866 visitors have come to the center, compared to 10,000 at the same point last year.

Jennings said much of the increased volume in visitors to the center can be attributed to its new location at 426 North Main Street, directly across from the Chaves County Courthouse, as well as a shift in marketing strategies.

“I think some of it is attributed to the new location, but also I do think we are starting to see some return on the investment of our new digital strategy that we did last year,” she said.

The city in its 2018 budget began to direct more of its dollars towards digital advertising and partnered with the state for ad placement in Phoenix as part of it’s FlyRoswell program.

The center provides visitors with information about local businesses, events, activities and attractions, as well as recommendations from the two full-time employees and one part-time employee who staff the center.

Before last November, the center had been housed in the Roswell Convention Center, before renovations got underway on that building. The new plans for the center did not include a visitors center.

Jennings said the largest segment of visitors came from other areas of New Mexico.

Texas came in second, followed by California, Arizona and Colorado.

Amber Caley, information specialist at the center, said later that the center often services visitors who come to Roswell who have not planned their trips or are looking for things to do locally.

She said many people who come into the center think Roswell is basically a small rural town known only for its reputation as a landing site for aliens, when in fact it is the fourth largest city in New Mexico and has many other things to offer visitors.

In an age of computers and smart phones, people also enjoy asking a person a question as opposed to typing it in a search engine or using an app.

In addition to southeastern New Mexico, tourism is on the rise across the state.

The latest visitor center figures come a little less than a week after the New Mexico Department of Tourism released numbers showing that for the seventh straight year, the tourism industry generated its biggest economic impact ever.

Tourism pumped $6.6 billion into New Mexico’s economy, a press release from the office of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez stated. The number was a 3.2 percent increase from 2016 and amounts to almost $753,000 spent by visitors to New Mexico every hour.

Visitor spending in 2017 also brought in $662 million in state and local tax revenue and helped maintain 94,000 — or 1 in 12 — jobs in New Mexico.

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

Kintigh gives view on airport issues, special events

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Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh (Daily Record File Photo)

Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh visited the Roswell Daily Record office last week for a conversation with RDR staff, part of a series of interviews focused on issues impacting the city and its residents.

RDR editor John Dilmore and reporters Alison Penn and Alex Ross asked Kintigh questions provided by the RDR staff and the public.

Part of the interview appeared in the Oct. 14 edition and can be seen by clicking here. What follows is the second part of the interview.

RDR: Do you believe the city might be able to manage the Roswell International Air Center better than an independent airport authority — why or why not?

(Editor’s note: The Roswell City Council earlier this year voted to create its own Airport Advisory Commission to guide activities and future development of the Roswell Independent Air Center. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez had earlier vetoed legislation that would have created an independent airport authority.)

Kintigh: Well, we’ve managed the airport for 50 years. Some people will claim that if we have an authority it’ll operate better, but the problem is, where’s the money going to come from? By that I mean, one of the little tidbits is that every water bill down at the old Walker Air Force (Base) in the residential area, industrial area, commercial area, all those water revenues go to the Airport Enterprise Fund, even though all the work — the maintenance, the repair, the replacement — is done by the city water department and the billing is done by the city finance department.

The city water department central control is located on the airport. The water department leases that space from the airport, so there’s somewhere in the neighborhood of like $540,000 that flows from the water department into the operations of the airport.

Now, that’s a significant chunk.

The other thing is the enterprise funds — airport, water, sewer, landfill, sanitation — benefit from the services offered by the core of the city. I mean, the legal department, HR, purchasing, finance, etc. There is some revenue that gets pulled from those enterprise funds into the general fund, but the city manager’s analysis based upon previous city managers’ analysis is that we have not adequately been reimbursing the general fund.

So, where I am going with this? The city is subsidizing the airport, and if there’s an authority, where’s going to be the money to make up for this lost support? I have yet to get an answer from the advocates for the authority. This question has not been dealt with.

Now, if they want to craft an authority bill in which there’s a revenue stream, whether it’s a … levy on property owners or some kind of revenue stream from the state, great. But unless there’s money coming in, it’s not going to make it by itself — and I am very concerned that a standalone authority without the financials for the city will crash and burn.

RDR: Any updates on the Clean and Safe program that you would like to share at this time?

(Editor’s note: The program offers property owners free disposal of materials to encourage removal of dilapidated buildings.)

Kintigh: Well, we now have seven contractors that are on kind of a bid list, and we’re still trying to eliminate these derelict structures that pose a hazard to the community and the neighborhoods. We just keep plugging away. It’s kind of a continuing process.

RDR: Is there a mechanism for citizens to report these sorts of problems?

Kintigh: They can call Code Enforcement.

Alison: The GRT (Gross Receipts Tax) has spiked in the last three months. What do you think is responsible for this increase and do you think it’ll last?

Kintigh: That is an excellent question, and here’s the challenge. I have on my laptop something like 13 years worth of monthly GRT numbers. I can show you the average for the last three years, average for the last five. I can show you three- and five-year averages going back. I can show you the standard deviation. I can show you the variance.

I cannot tell you what next month’s GRT will be. We have actually been double — except for I think three months in the last 13 months — we have had double-digit increases in GRT over the month the year before.

In other words, it’s like comparing June of 2018 to June of 2017, and also we’re looking at this. So, this growth has started for quite a while. Now, what has caused that? Some people tend to forget that there were some tax changes for the state done after the 2016 (Legislative) session, or 2017. I forget when it was, but there was some state tax code changes.

Of course, we had some federal tax code changes. Oil and gas has come back.

I’m not entirely sure you could identify any one factor, but here’s what we do for the city … we’ve adopted a policy that we will budget with a revenue projection based upon the three-year average of revenue, which is what we’ve done.

Now, the interesting thing is this: The three-year average and the budget amount that we have for this fiscal year is actually less than what we received, in reality, for last fiscal year, so I think we’re being appropriately conservative.

RDR: Where do things stand on the special events policy?

Kintigh: … We’re working hard to try and come up with a manageable policy on events, and by that I mean, it is not a trivial matter to close streets, it is not a trivial matter to bring out additional police officers or paramedics to be on-call and available; sanitation, bringing out crews to pick up trash. All of that happens outside the normal course.

That’s additional burdens on the general fund — and so how do you keep that manageable? Some events qualify for lodgers’ tax. Lodgers’ tax revenue comes from motel stays. It’s a percentage, I believe 5 percent, and besides being used for promotional purposes, lodgers’ tax is very much controlled by state statute. Besides using it for promotional purposes, which is the primary intent, it can be used for certain things related to operations of events.

But, it’s not a limitless pot of money, either. Some of these major events — Hike It and Spike It, UFO, Cinco de Mayo-Rise Above Roswell — those are the three we’ve kind of identified as signature events, require more. And so, how do you budget it? …

How do we get our handle on these expenses? We wouldn’t be able to do these things, but we also need to be able to keep the burden on the general fund reasonable. That’s the trick. I don’t think we’re entirely there, but I think staff and the council are working very hard to try and get there and do it in a way that’s balanced, that’s understood by the community.

We don’t want to be surprising anybody or confusing people. …

RDR: Is there a plan in place for aging elm trees and mulberry trees, especially the historic district?

Kintigh: We have talked about it and we do not have a a formal plan to replace those trees — and I say talked about it because we have actually removed some of those. But you’re right, that’s a serious concern. They are getting near the end of life, and besides removing, we need to have a systematic replacement.

The downtown area is beautiful. The trees are awesome but they don’t live forever, so how do we come up with a systematic plan? We don’t have (anyone) functioning as a forester. We some individuals, or least one individual, on city staff who is a forester, but that’s not the role they’re in right now. They’re doing something else.

So, can we tweak that? Yeah, that’s on the to-do list.

RDR: Any updates on the cemetery? There have been some issues with the upkeep and staffing.

Kintigh: … One of the challenges is that the upkeep of cemeteries is not a, shall we say, level workload. In other words, there are times of the year, depending upon weather and whatnot, that grass grows a lot faster, you need to hit it. Certain members of staff who do this, well, staff members who mow will also work burials, dig graves, fill them in, do other things that support it (the cemetery).

It operates seven days a week. So what we’ve been looking at, and the city manager has been working on, is flexibility where we bring in folks from other parts of the city staff to help out …

One of the other issues was that if there was a burial going on, no mowing at all, even if the staff was available, because it would create noise and that would be disruptive.

However, depending on where the burial is, you could theoretically be working far enough away that that’s not (problematic). That’s a concept that’s being worked on.

The trick is we need to stay ahead of the game, not fall behind.

RDR: Goddard and Roswell are one and two in 5A right now, both having really good seasons — generally do you see an impact when the local sports teams are doing well?

Kintigh: You gotta love high school football. I mean, this is New Mexico — that’s the only good football in the whole state. You can quote me on that. …

Come to southeast New Mexico, watch good football. This is kind of more like West Texas, we treat this a lot more seriously. Friday Night Lights, the whole nine yards. We moved here in ‘92. I have to tell you this story … I think it was that fall, my middle daughter was a sophomore and was in the band and it was the last game of the season, Roswell and Goddard played. It was a situation where Roswell would get into the playoffs if they beat Goddard by a certain point spread. If they didn’t, Goddard went into the playoffs.

I think in those days we were grouped with Clovis, and Clovis was already going, so it was, who’s going to be other team?

So we get there, I’m thinking early, half an hour … We got probably the last few seats at the top of the Wool Bowl, so we’re sitting there, squeezed in, and I’m looking around — the Wool Bowl is packed. And while we’re there waiting for the game to start, there’s a small plane overhead. I think, well, this is interesting. I look up, and out of this small plane jumps a parachutist. No joke. Controllable chute, lands mid-field with the game ball.

And I’m like, we’re not in Kansas anymore. This is incredible. …

There’s a long history of serious sports here.

RDR: What was your takeaway from from the New Mexico Municipal League conference being held here?

Kintigh: It helps to showcase Roswell. Now, the convention center wasn’t finished yet, but I’m telling you, I got compliments … The events that we had in the evenings, they had an evening dinner there in the convention center, we had another one down at the airport, people were just amazed. Our team did a great job. Juanita Jennings, public affairs, I don’t know when she slept — and I’m not kidding, I don’t know …

And it was a challenge to get it working around an in-process construction site, but it came off well. Five hundred, I think, out-of-town visitors. That helps.

RDR: What have we not talked about that you would like to bring up, mention to folks?

Kintigh: The fair (Eastern New Mexico State Fair).

It seems to have gone very well. Fairs are an interesting phenomenon. It’s hard to explain it to people. Now, I was with a Republican party contingent there, so we have these political figures who come and they’re running for state-wide office, and you know how this works. They’re out there, they have no clue what they’re getting into. This is a long parade. So, a couple blocks? No. Miles, this goes. So, it runs for a half an hour? No. This goes for hours. The whole town shuts down — and they look at you like you’re speaking a foreign language. Yes, city hall closes. Schools are shut down. This is an incredible phenomenon and it … goes back to that (question of) how do you brand Roswell? Larry Hobson, president of the fair board, likes to point out this is the longest-running fair parade west of the Mississippi except for the Rose Bowl Parade. Incredible.

Ninety-six years, we’re older than the state fair. So, you go to that thing, and I think it’s one of the beauties … We took our grandkids one afternoon, and you take them to the animals, let them see and let them experience that.

People tend to go the carnival and whatnot and the other stuff. That’s okay — don’t get me wrong, we went there too — but you need to understand what this is really about.

$700 worth of art supplies stolen from local business

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The following public records are from the Roswell Police Department and can be viewed at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.

Arrests/arrest citations

Rogelio Rodriguez was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia Oct. 8 during a 12:30 a.m. traffic stop at the 500 block of East Second Street and North Garden Avenue.

Kerry Kent was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at the 400 block of McGaffey and South Garden Avenue for possession during a 3:09 a.m. traffic stop.

Joshua Lucero was arrested Oct. 8 at the 1700 block of North Kansas Avenue at 4:05 p.m. for possession of marijuana.

Diego Gamez was arrested and released on an adult arrest citation at 8:09 p.m. Oct. 8 at the 1300 block of Southeast Main Street and Wildy Street for possession of marijuana.

Gilbert Dutchover was arrested at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 9 at the 3000 block of South Atkinson Avenue for trafficking a controlled substance.

Ralph Zamora was arrested for aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and no proof of insurance at 3:52 p.m. Oct. 9 at the 600 block of West Second Street.

Michael Chrisman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at 1:08 a.m. Oct. 11 at the 400 block of West Second Street and Lea Avenue.

Criminal damage

An officer was flagged down at 11:28 p.m. Oct. 9 at the 1200 block of East Country Club Road in reference to a breaking and entering. A non glass window valued at $175 was reportedly damaged.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of East Hervey Drive at 8:23 a.m. Oct. 10 in reference to a criminal damage. A tire with a value of $100 was reported damaged.

A PSA was dispatched to the 300 block of East Hervey Street Oct. 10 at 7:49 a.m. in reference to a criminal damage. Six tires with a combined value of $1,000 were reportedly damaged.

Larceny/theft

An officer was dispatched at about 9:53 p.m. Oct. 8 to the 400 block of West Wildy Street in reference to a burglary. A safe with jewelry, sound system and a Toshiba laptop with an outstanding value of $700 were reported stolen.

An officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of West Baylor Drive Oct. 9 at 12:05 a.m. in reference to a vehicle burglary. Cash with an outstanding total value of $400 was reported stolen.

An officer was dispatched to a 4500 block North Main Street business at 11:16 a.m. Oct.9 in reference to a shoplifting. Rubber stamps, sterling silver, art supplies, paper crafts, jewelry and totes with an outstanding stolen value of $700 were reported stolen.

An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Mission Arch Drive at 11:49 a.m. Oct. 10 in reference to a larceny. A cell phone with an outstanding stolen value of $623 was reported stolen.

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of West Second Street at 6:27 p.m. Oct. 10 in reference to a a vehicle burglary. A wallet and $580 in cash were reported stolen from a Honda Accord.

An officer was dispatched Oct. 11 at 3:08 a.m to the 800 block of Juno Drive in reference to the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. A 2008 White KIA Sorrento was reported stolen and later recovered.

An officer was dispatched to a 2800 block North Main Street at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 11 in reference to a shoplifting. A shirt, pair of shoes, pair of gloves and a volleyball with an combined outstanding value of $124.98 were reported stolen.

An officer was dispatched to the zero block of West Martin Street at 5:48 p.m. Oct. 11 in reference to a vehicle burglary. A pair of safety glasses, a welding cap, filers, five grinder wheels, a grinder, a hood, a bag, drills, five clamps and pair of gloves were reportedly stolen.

An officer was dispatched to the zero block of West Byrne Street at 6:40 p.m. Oct. 11 in reference to a vehicle burglary. A radio and a wallet with a combined outstanding stolen value of $105 were reported stolen. A front driver’s side window and a front passenger’s side window on a 2002 gray Nissan reportedly sustained damage.

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Legal Fair planned

Area residents can receive some free legal advice this Friday. The Chaves County Free Legal Fair will occur at the Roswell Adult & Recreation Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Attorneys and legal staff will answer questions on a range of topics, including divorce, child support, immigration, power of attorney documents, wills and creditor-debtor issues. The services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Bilingual staff will be available, and sign-language interpreters can be requested by contacting the New Mexico Center for Language Access at eldora@nmcenterforlanguageaccess.org. The event is sponsored by the 5th Judicial District Pro Bono Committee of Chaves County and the Volunteer Attorney Program. Call 505-814-5033 for more information.

Public Education Department Announces Achievements

The teacher evaluation system used for public K12 schools in the state has received national recognition, the New Mexico Public Education Department announced. The agency also indicated that it will provide an additional $7.7 million to schools, including some in Dexter and Roswell, to help at-risk students.

The state’s teacher evaluation system, NMTEACH, was chosen as one of two model evaluation systems in the country by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

“New Mexico is an example to other states who may be uncertain about protecting research-based teacher quality initiatives,” said Kate Walsh, president of the national group. “They have shown that holding to core principles, setting a high bar, listening to educators and offering support can translate to significant increases in teacher quality and therefore student achievement.”

NMTEACH was implemented five years ago and measures teacher effectiveness using administrator observations, evidence of student academic growth, attendance records and parent survey responses. As a result of using the evaluation system, teachers and students are becoming more proficient, the state education department says. Now, 1,000 more teachers rank as “highly effective” or “exemplary” and 11,000 more students are scoring proficient in math and 13,000 more are scoring proficient in English.

The Public Education Department also announced it is strengthening efforts to serve at-risk students by allocating another $7.7 million for at-risk students through the Direct Student Services initiative. For the current 2018-19 academic year, $3.3 million in grants have been awarded to 36 schools in 18 districts. The remaining $4.4 million will be allocated next academic year.

The Direct Student Services initiative is part of the state’s education plan submitted to the federal Department of Education under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The state plan was recognized by the government as one of the best in the nation. The initiative will aid students by providing tutoring with high-quality teachers, targeted instruction and, in some rural areas, transportation to students to allow them to participate in learning opportunities outside normal school hours.

ENMU receives 10 top ratings

A research firm that publishes information about online educational programs has given Eastern New Mexico University 10 No. 1 rankings for 2019.

SR Education Group has unveiled its 2019 rankings on GuidetoOnlineSchools.com. The rankings include 861 unique schools on the “Best” and “Most Affordable” lists.

ENMU was ranked No. 1 for Best Online College in New Mexico. The University also received No. 1 rankings for having the most affordable online bachelor’s degree programs in management, finance, engineering, accounting, business, sociology, aviation and hospitality management and the most affordable online master’s degree program in English.

ENMU was ranked No. 2 for the most affordable online bachelor’s degree programs in marketing, history and social work and No. 3 for the most affordable online master’s degree program in communications and online bachelor’s degrees in general. The University was ranked No. 5 for most affordable online colleges and No. 9 for most affordable online MBA degrees.

Linda Stewart Walls

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Linda Stewart Walls, 72 of St. Helens, Oregon, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Linda was born October 3, 1946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to L. D. and Alpha Stewart. They moved to Roswell, New Mexico in 1958 where she grew up and graduated from Roswell High School in 1964. It was there that she met her future husband, Phil Mason who was stationed at Walker Air Force Base. They married and moved to Milwaukee, Oregon and had one son, Michael.

Some of Linda’s accomplishments in life was being the editor of the Roswell High School “The Howler” newspaper her Senior year. She also worked at KBIM Radio station. After moving to Oregon, she had a cooking show at KOIN T.V. in Portland.

Linda loved people and never met a stranger. She loved to play the piano, play scrabble, teach a woman’s Bible class and enjoyed working in real-estate.

She was preceded in death by her parents L.D. and Alpha Stewart of Roswell, New Mexico.

She is survived by a son Michael Mason and wife Jenny of St. Helens, Oregon, grandchildren, Beau and Mandy Mason of St. Helens, Oregon, and Kara Thibault of Austin, Texas; a brother, Laban Stewart and wife Brenda of Cedar Park, Texas, a sister Nancy Dutton and husband Ron of Fayetteville, Georgia.

A memorial service is scheduled for November 3rd, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the home of her son Michael in St. Helens, Oregon.

Patrick L. Young

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Patrick L. Young was born in Tallahassee, Florida on November 13,1926 to Herbert and Emilia Tobar Young. Both of his parents have preceded him in death.

Patrick served honorably in the Army and Air Force. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Hawaii, Italy,

Spain, Korea and Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, N.M. He also served at Fort Walton Beach, Florida at Eglin Air Force Base and Holloman Air Force Base. Patrick retired from Holloman Air Force Base after 28 years, 8 months and 4 days. Patrick received the Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Army of Occupation and the National Defense Service medal for the victory of World War II.

Patrick and wife, Eleanor were married for 55 wonderful years. Eleanor traveled with Pat to different bases around the world. When Pat retired they also traveled to different countries. Patrick and Eleanor stayed in Alamogordo after Pat retired from Holloman. They moved to Roswell in 1996 to be close to family and built a home which was warm and welcoming.

Pat is survived by his wife, Eleanor; daughter Jinnie Ortega and husband Charlie; son Tito M. Campos and wife Jane; brother Warren Young; grandchildren Michael Ortega and wife Birgit, Andrew Ortega and partner Terri, Rick Ortega, Rueben Ortega. Julian Ortega and wife Angela, Pauline Steadman and husband Bill, Lisa Hurtado and husband Jose, Tito Joseph Campos and wife Louise; great grandchildren Michael C. Ortega and partner Nicole, Chris Ortega, Eric Robertson and wife Britney, Jessica Lopez, Alyssa Campos, Joseph Campos, Christie Ragel and husband Rick, Andrew P. Ortega and partner Elena, Twyla White, Starlarose Ortega, Elena Ortega, and Jakob Ortega. Patrick has numerous great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren. Also surviving him are his nephews Patrick Young and wife Becky, Kenneth Young, Allan Young; niece Debbie English and husband Bob; great nephews Robert and Philip English.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his son Larry Campos; brother Aurelio and great-grandchildren Matthew and Nico Ortega.

A rosary will be held at 9:00 am, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church with a funeral service to follow at 10:00 am. Deacon Ernesto Martinez will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery with Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard conducting military honors.

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

Ruby Mae Hix

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December 23, 1923 – September 28, 2018

Ruby Mae Hix died peacefully at age 94 years.  She was born in Elk City, Oklahoma to Rachel and John Folks.  She was the oldest of five siblings.  Her parents preceded her in death along with two siblings Faye Ray and Joe Folks.  Her husband of fifty -nine years, Homer Neal Hix, also preceded her in death.

Ruby and Homer were long time residents of Roswell.  While living in Roswell she and Homer were active members of Bethel Baptist Church.  Ruby also volunteered at the local food pantry and enjoyed quilting with a ladies group.

After her husband’s death she moved to King City, Oregon to be closer to family.  She lived at King City Retirement Village at the time of her death.  She loved to play dominoes and cards with the residents.  She was also a member of Tigard United Methodist Church where she attended regularly. She continued using her sewing talents while making baby blankets for the hospital nursery.  She will be missed deeply by family and friends.    She is survived by a sister, Juanita (Leo) and a brother, Leroy.  She is also survived by daughters Sandra Hardin and Judy Winegeart (Gary), by grandchildren Dax Winegeart, Dethery Miles (Jason), Sarah Bascue (Jeremiah), Kelly Cottrell (Kyle) and great-grandchildren Miranda Winegeart, Genesse Miles, Elly Miles, Nolan MIles and Ruby Bascue.  A graveside service, open to friends and family, will be held October 26, 2018 at South Park Cemetary at 2 P.M.

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