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Red Dirt Black Gold Festival

William Clark Green to perform for the first time in Artesia. (Submitted Photo)

This year’s Red Dirt Black Gold Festival takes place on Aug. 25, starting at Artesia’s Eagle Draw with the fourth annual Oilfield Olympics and continuing at the Heritage Plaza with vendors, live music and the Red Dirt Black Gold cook-off competition.

This year, the event is going to be even bigger than last year with four live bands.

In the early morning hours, a public favorite is the Oilfield Olympics, where teams can test if they have what it takes to work in the oilfields. The event was included to incorporate the oilfield and have them be recognized. Last year’s Oilfield Olympics ended with a surprise. A latecomer, the Buffalo team, surprised the crowd and the judges. They claimed the first prize for the Oilfield Olympics 2017, beating the reigning champions of two years — Fat Fit — by only 15 seconds.

There are several stations where agility, strength and speed is required. A favorite for the teams is the cast-iron drill bit toss where each team member has to cover a certain distance as fast as possible. There is still time to sign up for this year’s competition. In the afternoon, the events continue at the Heritage Plaza with the judging of the Red Dirt Black Gold Oilfield Cook-Off. The best of the best oilfield cooks offer ribs and sausages, while others compete with southwest dishes and it’s not only for the judges. The public can vote to give the best dish the People’s Choice Award.

But what would be a fest without music? Headliners this year are William Clark Green, who will perform from 7:45  to 9:15 p.m. at the stage near Heritage Plaza.

Green had been to Roswell several times, but it is his first time performing in Artesia. His new album “Hebert Island” is going to be released on Aug. 10 and he is planning to perform a mix between his new songs and fan favorites. “I think every album is a chapter in my life,” Green said. “We work very hard at following our hearts through music and trying to advance our style. This album is no different. I think I figured out on this album that love trumps everything.”

Asked how Green finds his inspiration and style, he said, “It is my upbringing in music. My dad was listening to everything. I think that’s why my records are so scattered across the board because I grew up listening to different genres. It was never just one. I like playing rock ‘n’ roll, folk and country. ‘Wings’ is my favorite song on the new record.

“It was never a first career (for me), it just happened and started,” Green said. “I started writing in eighth grade playing guitar and it just morphed into a career eventually. It just was a very natural process. I hadn’t any dream, I just was doing it. I thought it would be something that I could pursue professionally and I felt that I could do it and here we are. It was like little leaps of faith.”

Green never had a classic education. “I never learned to play guitar to become a musician,” he said. “I play guitar because I wanted to learn how to play guitar. I just started writing songs. It is kind of weird how it happened. Maybe it is a natural calling, maybe it’s not. I feel like I am better in song writing than I am in anything else in my life.

“The ultimate for me is just continuing the music and having a tour scheduled. That’s all I ask for and that’s all we are expecting. Hopefully this record will continue our career for a few more years until the next record. That’s the goal for me,” Green said.

At 9:30 p.m., award-winning country singer Roger Creager takes the stage. Creager is hard to catch for an interview because — next to being a musician — he spends his time as an adventurer. He does not like to sit still while the world passes by. Whether it’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, jumping off his boat to snorkel with wild dolphins, snow skiing in the Rockies, catching tuna 100 miles from shore, piloting his airplane to far-off concerts, spear-fishing around oil rigs, SCUBA diving coral reefs, surfing in Costa Rica, or playing music through the Italian countryside, he tries to get the most out of what the world has to offer. His new EP “Gulf Coast Time” is certainly a slice out of Creager’s life and his love for the ocean. Also performing are JD and the Badlands Band and The Yarbrough Band The schedule was not set at time of publication. For more information and updates, visit artesiaacd.com/reddirt- black-gold or call 575-746-1117.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.

From South Fork to Lincoln

Mescalero Apache Indian camp. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

Its history, present appearance and beautiful location

The following article was in the “Rio Grande Republican” (Las Cruces, New Mexico). It is dated 15 March, 1884, Sat., Pages 1 and 4.

This article gives a close look at the life and times in Ft. Stanton, Ruidoso and Lincoln, in that year. It is wonderful to “take a look back” through someone else’s eyes, at what it was really like during this time.

Ft. Stanton

List of officers, number of troops and treatment of the men

From our

special correspondent

Leaving the Indian reservation on Friday morning February 29, your tramp reporter started fourth together in a crop of news. We were in good spirits, and rather frisky at the outset, feeling sure from the indications about the use of a large harvest of fun and facts.

Jury hunting

Bidding farewell to the agency, we mounted a dumpling of a pony under cover of a huge Mexican saddle, and started up the canyon towards Ruidoso, with Captain Branigan as escort. The Captain was on the warpath also, only he was hunting men to attend the Grand Jury, while we were simply on a hunt after news and subscribers. By the way, getting a jury in this country is somewhat different from the “Modus Operandi” in the States. There you can trot around in a peek mensuro and get one, while here you circumnavigate a large part of the globe to get your victims.

The scenery

Journeying up the road your “tinderfoot” reporter prepared himself for wild beasts; he got out his six shooter and looking down the barrel saw death and destruction to any wandering grizzly, mountain lion, or buffalo that might tamper with his feelings. But the wild, odd scenery around this soon softened our blood thirsty nature, and had the beasts then fell upon us, the story would have come to a sudden stop. Could anyone ride through such an assortment of natural beauties as we saw, and feel harshly towards a living thing? If they could, they would be as devoid of emotion as a marble statue; as soulless as a wheelbarrow.

On to Ruidoso

Fort Stanton, New Mexico–John J. Pershing 3 men in card game. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

Passing through Dark Canyon, and listening to a continual rising and lowering of the murmur of the pines and hemlocks, is far sweeter than Adelina Patti’s high-priced notes, or even Strauss’ waltzes, however bewitchingly played. On nearing Ruidoso, or Dowlin’s Mills, we saw skirting the stream rich spots of land that we verily believe could raise anything from a peanut to a pumpkin. I am certain it would raise a mortgage off the property. Corn, wheat, oats and potatoes grow there profusely. There is occasionally a slight trouble from frosts, but this is scarcely worth mentioning. When we struck the brow of the hill overlooking Dowlin’s Mills we gazed upon a perfect picture of an Adirondack landscape; somewhat similar also to the Michigan pine forest camp.

A humming grist-mill, a sawmill, and a few log houses made up the village, lying in a small basin and guarded by mountains covered with trees. Far beyond, and visible from many points, we saw the famous Sierra Blanca or White Mountain, wearing her usual nightcap, which she never changes, for it always looks clean and spotless. The old lady is very top lofty, proud, and high toned, and looks as though she felt herself fully equal of her twin sister in New Hampshire.

Prairie dogs

After taking dinner, and one of Mr. Dowlin‘s primo Havanas, we started on towards San Patricio and Lincoln. On the way your wandering attaché saw many prairie dogs barking at us, and scampering back into their holes if we got too close.

Florencio Gonzales’ Ranch

Slowly cantering on a few miles further, your scribe wondering in the meantime why saddles were made so hard, and whether he would not that evening take his supper off the mantle piece, we came to the summit of a hill that looked down upon the most splendid panorama in New Mexico. It was the ranch of Honorable Florencio Gonzalez, a tract of land under thorough cultivation.


Casting many a “longing lingering look behind,” we pushed on to Lincoln, the county seat, and there met the amiable Colonel Cronin, B.H. Ellis, and Jimmy Dolan, who keeps a tip top store, and is well known all over Southern New Mexico. We noticed a strange, round stone tower there, which was used by the first settlers as a house of refuge. We also saw some scattered dirt mounds that were once part and parcel of the McSween mansion, where, during the Lincoln County War, were entrenched about 20 desperado men, among whom was the notorious Billy the Kid. It was “war to the knife” that terrible night, when the Murphy party charged and fired the house, and shot down the fleeing victims. Billy the Kid escaped, but McSween and six others were killed, and peace and tranquility were purchased at that terrible cost.

Fort Stanton

Again mounting our festive and fiery steed, we throw the miles behind us, and soon dashed into the parade ground of Fort Stanton, where we obtained accommodations for the night.

I was soon under the quilts, dreaming of black bears taking me up into the highest tree tops and then letting me fall to the ground. It is strange how many times we fell without getting hurt when we struck the ground; it was going through the air that troubled us.

Its history

On the morrow we learned that purely official and accurate detailed information concerning Fort Stanton‘s history from its foundation was not to be obtained. Many of its records were destroyed in 1861, when the fort was burned and abandoned; but all available information was freely and kindly rendered us by Major Van Horn and his officers and also by some of the old settlers in the neighborhood.

Ft. Stanton soldiers at attention. Photo dated 1885, one year after reporter’s visit. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

In 1855, a small handful of troops came up from Texas and established a third-class fort at the foot of the plateau, and north east from the spot now occupied by the fort proper. It was named in honor of Captain Stanton of the Mounted Dragoons, and he probably was the first commander of the post. Its object then, as now, was protection to the settlers from Indian depredation, chiefly committed by Apaches, Comanches, and Navajos. No hard fought battle of any magnitude ever took place in its vicinity. Once it was surrounded by Indians, but they kept at a good distance, and did not have the nerve to make an attack.

A few years after, a new commanding officer, with a larger force of troops, moved to the camp up from the banks of the Rio Bonito, built additional housing room, and established the present excellent system of acequias, which run at right angles around the parade ground and supplies the fort with water.

With occasional not very destructive Indian skirmishes, nothing eventful happened until the tocsin of war sounded in the East. Then in 1861, Colonel Roberts burned the buildings and marched west towards Albuquerque. At that time Colonel Canby commended all the New Mexico Union troops, including Kit Carson‘s famous First Calvary. During the war, about a year after Colonel Roberts’ evacuation, some Texas Confederate volunteers under General Sibley re-roofed the buildings and occupied them a while. After their desertion Union troops again took possession, improved and increased the number of buildings, and it stands today one of the finest first class Forts on the frontier.

Discipline of fort

It is encompassed about by everything that Nature’s hand can bestow. Two green mountain chains run east and west apparently ending up against the White mountains, which seem to be two or three miles away, but are really 20. In the valley thus formed, on a plateau of several hundred acres, about 75 feet above the Rio Bonito, along the banks of which are the companies’ private gardens, are the various buildings which compose the fort. They consist of a blacksmith and wheelwright shop, large corral, and sheds for stock, a new hospital (replacing the old one burned down last March,) post trader’s store, and officers’ and privates’ quarters. These buildings completely surround the parade ground, which is also bordered by a row of fine cottonwoods and a stream of running water. There is also a signal service office, presided over by the clever and gentlemanly Dan Farnell, who considerably enlightened us in regards to the system. There are about 500 men in the signal service: and, considering their scholastic and mechanical acquirements, it does seem as though they should be commissioned and not enlisted men, ranking as high as lieutenants at least, and wearing a distinctive uniform from that of the private soldier — that is, as long as they are attached to the army, though we think it would be better to make a distinct department of this service.

Other buildings

There were other inferior buildings scattered about. An express line runs from the fort to San Antonio, 113 miles away, which carries freight for eight cents a pound. On the 1st July next, a money order office will be established. A sabbath school, under the supervision of Mrs. Lieutenant Kavanagh, holds its exercises on Sunday morning; and in the evening a singing school fills the surrounding camp with strains of divine melody. A day school is also conducted during the week.

Under the skillful guidance of Lieutenant Kavanagh, post adjutant, we were engineered in and around the various buildings, popping in and out of harness and carpenter shops, strolling through the long store houses, filled with innumerable bales of clothing and blankets, stocks of agricultural implements, etc. We visited the clean and well kept kitchens, and also the new hospital, which is now being built under the lieutenant’s directions. There is scarcely any need of a hospital, though, in this healthful climate; and at the present time there is but one soldier under treatment. Dr. Atkins, the pleasant and efficient acting assistant surgeon informed us that very few deaths occurred here, and those were mostly from diseases contracted elsewhere.

Troop B’s quarters

Being left to our own resources for a time we thought we would scout around in the enlisted men’s quarters and see if we could nose out any governmental abuses. So, with acute smellers and sharp eyesight, we went into troop B’s quarters, Captain Lawton’s company. Visiting the mess quarters first, we found that they had actual printed bills of fare, and glancing back over some old bills, we saw a very good line of eatables furnished. We tried the roast beef, bread, soup, coffee and raisin cake, and had to admit the quality was good. Of course, occasionally the quality of the beef or flour may be inferior, but the same chances are before us all. Troop B probably fares better than any other, having a fund of $350 in care of the Captain that it has saved by selling part of its rations, the vacancy being supplied by garden products, grown by themselves. Everything was clean and orderly about the mess quarters and barracks, and there was a gymnasium in the backyard. On questioning the men as to their treatment by their officers and the government, we found them unanimous in praise of the valiant Captain Lawton. Even the chronic faultfinders could say nothing but pleasant things of him and Lieutenant Welch. Many line officers care nothing for their men’s good opinions; but it is just as well to court it, as it is only necessary to behave decently to them. Many an unpopular officer has been shot by his own men in an engagement.

Treatment of the soldiers

On their treatment by the government there was not so much unanimity of feeling, though the majority said it was good enough. The minority mentioned several abuses which we are inclined to think should be looked into and corrected. Carrying a 30 pound stick of wood on the shoulder from sunrise to sunset for three successive days is too harsh a sentence for small offenses. Any punishment which impairs a man’s health and is liable to break him down constitutionally, should not be inflicted. It is outrages of this nature which, in our opinion, caused the 3,600 desertions last year. Some men of course are dissatisfied anywhere. One officer said that it was principally dissatisfied men who enlisted in the first place, and they were out of four kinds: one; the young fellow who enlists under age, and whose tastes have been vitiated by dime novel and highly seasoned reading, two; the habitual drunkard, who enlists while drunk; three; the man who has gotten into some scrape, woman or otherwise, and hopes to escape disagreeable consequences; four; the man who really likes soldiering for the relief it gives him from dueling with the question how to make a living. We give these views without comment. Let the soldier ponder over this presentation of the case on his spare evenings, and draw his own conclusions.

Card playing

There was one matter in Troop B’s code of morality that we doubt the wisdom of, i.e., allowing a man to run a game of cards for money on payment of a certain fixed sum into the company fund. The officers maintain, however, that it is best to let one skillful man get all the money, and then the balance can’t get drunk. It is rather a novel view, and may be more convenient to the officers by giving them less trouble; but we believe such a standing example of licensed gambling is pernicious and calculated to use up the soldiers’ small pittance which might be devoted to better uses if such a temptation were not continually before him.

Causes of desertion

We think also the private’s complaints should sometimes receive consideration from the line officers. Instances are known where, upon a slight provocation, a non-commissioned officer seized the gun and broke the stock over a private’s head, knocking out two teeth, and then giving him a month in the guard house; and the noncommissioned officer was not even reprimanded. The noncommissioned officer is frequently Uncle Sam’s own enemy; he actually encourages desertion among the men, and frequently, in hearing of all, tells men again that incur his displeasure that they had better “pack up and get out!” for he will make it “hot for them, as long as they stay there!” Such remarks ought to subject such an officer to a court-martial. Can you expect faithfulness to duty from the private under such irritating circumstances?

Calvary or infantry

Troop I was not faring as well as the other companies, we found; as they lived upon government rations soley, and do not have as good gardening facilities as the others, owing to the fact of being quartered over at the Indian Agency, where their opportunities were not as good. The two infantry companies, C and E, were generally contented and fairing well. Their quarters in line of fare showed up well under private inspection. They are more fortunate in some respects than their cavalry brethren, having less guard duty to perform. The cavalry companies have herd-guard to do, which the infantry escape. Why the enlisted cavalryman does not receive more pay than the infantryman we do not understand; the commissioned officers do. The care of the horses is an additional duty of no small proportion, there being many features attached to it that the public does not think of — such as teaching horses to swim, and practicing the pack drill, which is a drill of itself, and generally performed with mules. These duties entitle the men to a higher grade of pay.

On the whole, we thought the camp was in a very satisfactory shape and the discipline and deportment good. Major Van Horn, the commanding officer, seemed to be popular and liked by both officers and men. The officers, with one exception, treated us with uniform courtesy and kindness. To A.B. Bower, at headquarters and Lieutenant Fletcher, we extend special thanks for favors rendered.

List of officers

The following are the commissioned officers at present stationed there: Major Van Horn; Captains Lawton, Rogers, Pratt, and Wood, Captain Lee being absent on leave; Lieutenants Fletcher, Davies, Welch, Gail, and Smith, the latter being encamped at Indian Agency; Adjutant Kavanagh, A. A. A. M.; Surgeon Hubbard; Dr. Atkins, acting assistant surgeon; and Dr. Ewing, acting assistant surgeon, stationed at Indian Agency, with Lieutenant Smith.

Troop D

Returning to the agency we visited Troop D, which was situated up on a pretty hillside and looking far up the road. Dr. Ewing informed us that peace and quietness were the striking characteristics of the camp, and that his professional abilities were not at all overtaxed. There are about 66 enlisted men there, a rather large company.

Camp and

agency notes

Every man is eagerly scanning the horizon for the paymaster.

Mrs. Captain Lawton has nearly recuperated from her recent illness.

Lieutenant Benson is expected daily to fill the position occupied by Lieutenant Van Dusen.

Lieutenant Fletcher has charge of the target practice. There are many good shots at the fort.

Mrs. Lieutenant Kavanagh is regaining health and strength. She has been an invalid for a few weeks.

Lieutenant Van Dusen has been transferred from calvary to artillery, and gone to California to occupy his new station.

Janice Dunnahoo is an archive volunteer at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Archives. She can be reached at 575-622-1176 or by email at jdunna@hotmail.com.

Area schools receive grades from the state


Reporter’s note: This article has been edited for clarity.

Christopher Ruszkowski, New Mexico secretary of education, spoke with the Roswell Daily Record on Friday about the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) grades for the Roswell Independent School District (RISD) and surrounding districts in Dexter, Hagerman and Lake Arthur.

An NMPED press release stated this is New Mexico’s seventh year assigning grades based on students’ academic growth. Ruszkowski said students and schools are rising to meet the increasing expectations from the grades. The release also stated the second year of the New Mexico True Straight-A Express tour was launched on Friday to celebrate high performing schools and listen to various districts’ best practice strategies. Ruszkowski said a Roswell visit is tentatively planned for mid-September as part of this tour.

The grades were posted to the NMPED website as of noon on Friday. The public can access the grades by clicking on the “families” tab and then the “school grades” tab. Ruszkowski said the schools’ deadline to appeal is Aug. 31, though very few grades have changed over the last seven years.

At the RISD board meeting on Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy said the district’s enrollment numbers are at 9,749, with a decline of 197 students from last year. McIlroy also said 500 of these students will be in a new Pre-K program. Jennifer Cole, RISD’s director of federal programs, said Roswell residents can contact the 10 neighborhood schools, Parkview Early Literacy Center, or the RISD federal programs office for more information at 575-627-2582.


Sidney Gutierrez Middle School, a charter school, is one of eight statewide schools that has earned an A all seven years. Ruszkowski said it is harder to earn an A grade than even two to five years ago, but the state schools are showing more increases to A and B grades and decreasing on D and F scores.

Military Heights Elementary School is receiving its first-ever A. El Capitan Elementary School is also receiving an A and Ruszkowski said this has been a steady improvement each year from a D in the first year of grade implementation

Ruszkowski said Missouri Avenue Elementary School is receiving its first F grade and will need immediate attention from the school board and superintendent.

Other RISD schools

Robert H. Goddard High School and Early College High School have retained their C grades. University High School has gone from a B to D and Roswell High School has kept its D grade from the past four years.

For the middle schools, Mesa Middle School went from C to D, Mountain View Middle School D to B, and Sierra Middle School’s grade moved from D to F. Berrendo Middle School retained a C.

The other RISD elementary schools’ grades varied. Berrendo Elementary School retained a C and Valley View Elementary School retained its B grade. Del Norte Elementary School moved from A to B, East Grand Plains Elementary School went from a D to a B, and Monterrey decreased from a B to a D.

Nancy Lopez Elementary School transitioned from an F to a D. Pecos Elementary School improved from a D to B, Sunset Elementary School decreased from a B to a D, while Washington Avenue Elementary School transitioned from a B to a C.

Surrounding areas

For Dexter, the elementary school’s grade went from B to D, the middle school went from D to C, and the high school maintained a D.

In Hagerman, the elementary school received a B, the middle school went from D to F, and the high school maintained a C.

Ruszkowski said Lake Arthur has never earned an A and he believes in the leadership of Elisa Begueria, the new superintendent, to assist the district in improving. Lake Arthur’s elementary school went from a D to C, the middle school earned its second F, and the high school improved from a D to a C.

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

City manager, finance director discuss city budget

City Manager Joe Neeb answers a question from RDR editor John Dilmore (not pictured). Finance Director Monica Garcia listens to the explanation. On the table is her binder of information on the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget. (Alison Penn Photo)

Editor’s note: Roswell Daily Record staff recently conducted an in-depth interview with City Manager Joe Neeb and Finance Director Monica Garcia, asking more than 30 questions — many submitted by the public — about the city’s budgeting process. Today’s story is the first of two articles resulting from the interview.

Neeb and Garcia met with RDR staff to discuss the fiscal year 2018-2019 (FY 19) budget. A final budget summary; final revenue and expenditure worksheets; and a transmittal letter from Neeb to Mayor Dennis Kintigh and the ten city councilors were provided for informational purposes in preparing the article.

Garcia and Neeb confirmed that the city’s $140,729,733 budget was submitted to the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) on July 31, and Garcia estimated the city will hear back within six weeks. The three main budgeted expenditure categories are:

• Capital expenses, $56,851,154

• Operating expenses, $41,517,974

• Personnel, $42,360,605

The city’s “end cash” — funds left over from the previous year — was $80,370,719 as of June 30, and for next fiscal year, it is estimated to be at $16,853,461.

Stating that the city of Roswell is, “not in the money of making business,” Neeb said that governmental finance is different from personal or even industry finance. He said that every dollar collected by the city goes toward a city service and the expense must be justified. Neeb and Garcia agreed that this past year was a challenge for many reasons.

“We’re very proactive in taking care of our people,” Neeb said. “We’re so much more proactive than we used to be. Those dollars are very tight and so it is really a prioritization of what can we get done.”

Garcia and Neeb shared one challenge involved implementing a new process after a former city employee — who ran the budget using a different system for 23 years — left the finance department recently. Garcia said this year was a year of learning and developing a process for the finance department.

Neeb said 46 percent of this year’s budget — $56,851,154 — is for capital projects.

Garcia said an upcoming Tyler Technologies software upgrade will show a bigger picture of the city’s finances. Neeb said the software will help justify the numbers better — since the current Open Government software system is limited.

“Give us a call,” Neeb said. “Staff will spend time with anybody that wants to learn a little bit more … We’ve got to start somewhere in order to help rebuild some of that trust and that perception of what is there. Staff is well aware anybody that has questions, we are going to answer those questions. If we can help with that, that’s our role.”

Gross receipts tax

Neeb said general fund gross receipts tax (GRT) is the primary fund for the budget, and is variable based on the economy. The FY 2018 final GRT amount for the general fund was $33,002,898 and it is budgeted at $33,282,072 for FY 19.

In terms of revenue, Neeb said the city makes educated guesses on GRT annually — and compared it to looking into a crystal ball. When the city receives GRT from the state, he said an excess amount can be allocated to a service, and if less is made the city must look at decreasing expenditures.

Neeb added that said property taxes are about 24 percent of the budget. He added that user fees for citizens have remained the same — except in cases where services or rates change.

Water revenues

The city initiated a $20 million bond to install and implement smart water meters; the bond is set to close out in 2037. Neeb said water revenue is expected to increase thanks to the new water meters. The old meters were estimated to only charge for 80 percent of the water being used. The new meters are more efficient, and will charge for 100 percent of water used.

Neeb said all the desired water department projects were funded this year and the city’s goal remains replacing and improving the water infrastructure with the general fund. Garcia said the water budget remains the same from last year, and she wants to see a full year of operations with the smart meters to see a financial trend develop. Estimated water revenue is $14,477,400, and expenses are at $25,528,465 for FY 19.

City’s bonds

Garcia said the general fund has about $62,000,000 in bonding capacity. Neeb and Garcia said the enterprise fund has a higher bonding limit. Neeb explained that bonding helps with leveraging resources faster and to cover needs.

“This council is a very conservative type council,” Neeb said. “They will not want to bond for everything that’s out there.”

When the city does use bond funding, Neeb said the council is selective and wants the revenues in place to cover the bonds. Garcia and Neeb said the city still holds a AA bond rating and is stable on a broad level financially.

Compensation Plan

Neeb said implementing a new compensation plan, approved in April, was one goal of this year’s budget process. Garcia said with the increases in payroll, the city the city is in a similar range as the rest of the state and compared to neighboring states, according to the city’s compensation studies.

Neeb said during discussions with three unions (Local 51 Utility Workers Union of America, Roswell Police Officers’ Association, and the Roswell Fire Department’s union) there were questions about why large amounts of money borrowed can be used for capital projects — like the recreation center — and not for salaries. He explained those funds are borrowed for a specific purpose and cannot go toward operational funds, like payroll.

Garcia said the city did not have a compensation plan prior to this one — but rather an out-dated grade and step scale for city employees. Garcia said the new compensation plan will move the city and is employees forward.

General Fund

Neeb said the general fund is the part of the budget the city struggles with, since it covers around 26 departments, contains the most personnel, and has many needs. In FY 19’s budget, the revenues are estimated at $41,004,460, and total expenses at $43,528,340. Neeb’s transmittal letter states that the FY 18 revenue was $33,002,898 and the projected revenue is $33,282,072.

Neeb’s transmittal letter also stated that no tax rate increases were included in this year’s budget.

“We’re financially stable but we have cash flow issues because of where the needs are coming from,” Neeb said. “You can see that with this year’s budget … The one that really suffers because there is so much impact, is the general fund.”

Neeb added the prioritization of projects in the general fund is challenging, because it has large departments with expensive needs, like streets and Parks and Recreation.


Neeb said in 2016 the GRT was very low and the city decided to keep things as they were instead of reducing expenditures in that year. During this time the city used more of its cash on hand, also called reserves.

Neeb shared that the city council has requested to replenish and protect the cash on hand. At this time, Neeb said the city is moving toward this goal, through analysis of the reserves.

As required by the state, a city must have one-twelfth of its annual income in reserves, and Neeb said Councilor Caleb Grant and the city’s finance committee are adamant that they want to build the reserves to hold the equivalent of three months of the annual budget. Neeb said the city always carried more than one-twelfth in reserves.

“The reason for the reserves is, if no new money comes in, that it doesn’t destroy providing services until new revenue makes it, so the reserves are for that rainy day,” Neeb said.

Garcia said Roswell has to deal with many economic factors and does not depend on oil and gas as much as other municipalities that are able to hold more in the reserves. Neeb added that Roswell has multiple industries to depend on.

“Part of the conversations has been, do we want that much money sitting in the bank — or do we want to put it to work for our people, as to why we took their tax dollars in the first place?” Neeb asked.

Neeb said the enterprise funds — that include sewage, water, and sanitation — are “very strong.” He said that local dollars are generated to support these services.

After the Goliath Storm of 2016, Garcia said the state helped and Roswell got some federal funding from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). When natural disaster hits, Garcia and Neeb said there is a prioritization to keep funding in the most important areas. Neeb said funding public safety ranks high on that list.

Neeb said the city not allowed to spend the reserves to balance out the budget. He added that using reserves would require city council and DFA approval.

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

Homeschooling is a lifestyle

Alethea Hartwell has been homeschooling her children for nine years. She feels it was the best choice she and her husband could have made. (Submitted Photo)

Homeschooling is demanding. Alethea Hartwell can tell you all about the commitment and the benefits. She has been homeschooling her children for nine years.

Raylene, her 14-year-old daughter, and Keaton, 12-year-old son, are bright, confident and socially comfortable. While it’s hard work, the potential growth for the children has been worth it for the Hartwell family.

“There are a lot of different reasons I decided to homeschool,” she said. “One reason is that I wanted a really close relationship with my kids. I had the opportunity when I was growing up, to watch other homeschooling moms and their kids. I loved the bond and relationship that they had and I wanted that type of relationship.

“Another reason is that my son is a kinetic learner. Public school is not typically geared toward kinetic learners. They tend to get labeled ADD or problem children because they’re constantly moving. I can teach him differently at home.”

For the Hartwell family, faith is one of the most important aspects of their lives. Homeschooling has made it possible to incorporate their faith in their children’s education.

“I wanted to be able to teach reading from the Bible,” Hartwell said. “And to teach morality from the Bible, so that was one of the reasons for choosing to homeschool. I’m allowed to bring biblical texts, even if we want to use it for analysis, and there’s no fear of reprisal. It’s nice to be able to stop and pray when they’re struggling.”

Hartwell appreciates being able to tailor her teaching to each child’s needs.

“A lot of the science we’ve picked for Keaton,” she said, “has been geared toward life sciences and animals because he loves them. He’s expressed an interest in being a veterinarian or a marine biologist. The nice thing about homeschooling is that when they have trouble with a subject, I can slow it down. I don’t have to bull through it for all the other students. I can keep it at their pace.”

Keaton’s kinetic learning program has proven effective.

“I’ve done a lot of out-loud reading,” Hartwell said, “while he’s playing with Legos or Play-Doh. It’s something he can manipulate with his hands while he’s listening. I’ve always required him to be in the room when I was doing Raylene’s lessons. So he’d be sitting at the coffee table playing with his Legos while I’m doing her lessons. Sometimes he can answer the questions before she can.”

After nine years it would be easy to think she had it all figured out.

“I was getting a good groove the last couple of years,” she said. “But now that my daughter is in high school, it’s a different ballgame. Per the state of New Mexico, I don’t have to keep any records. I don’t have to turn in lesson plans. But if I want her to be able to get a state diploma, I have to have a transcript. That’s not something I’ve had to do up until now. She can get a GED but there are some colleges that like seeing the diploma.”

High school has meant new interests. Fortunately, the public school system has some integrative programs for homeschooling families.

“I’ve known that they allow homeschool students to take part in music, clubs and sports,” Hartwell said. “I didn’t know how easy it was to get in. This year she wanted to learn the violin so I investigated. It was very easy. I drop her off at the time of class, sign her in, and pick her up when it’s over.”

One question that Hartwell has been assailed with is how she socializes her children.

“They’re socialized every day with adults, and other homeschooled children,” she said. “They take part in things like KAPS, the Kid’s Arts Programs. They get socialized in church. They’ve done soccer at the city leagues. They’ve done baseball at the city leagues. Something I like is that they’re socialized with all ages. They’re not segregated into just their grade. I think it gives them a broader socialization than public school.”

She has been able to work with them more closely on developing social skills, too.

“Just looking back at my school years,” Hartwell said, “there was bullying to deal with. There was a lot of feeling inferior. They still deal with that but at least I’m able to give them my viewpoint. When I was a kid I didn’t know how to talk to adults. My daughter comes to me with everything. That’s what I wanted.

“I think a lot of their manners came back to their socialization. For the first six years of their schooling, they went everywhere with me. They would be sitting listening to my conversations and they would learn from that.”

Hartwell will be the first to tell you that homeschooling, like anything worth doing, requires a very deep commitment.

“It takes a lot of time,” she said. “It’s hard. You’re stuck to a single income, which can be difficult. It’s a choice we made for our family because it felt like the right thing to do all the way around. It’s a lifestyle.”

Republicans celebrate opening of campaign office downtown


State, local, congressional and judicial candidates were on-hand Saturday to mark the opening of the Chaves County Republican Party campaign office.

People interacted with each other, ate ice cream, heard from candidates and took part in a pie auction during the event at the former Copy-Rite Printing and Copies at 210 N. Richardson Ave.

Caleb Grant, a city councilor and chair of the Chaves County Republican Party, said the space is “a couple thousand square feet” and will be used for campaign events, party functions, party meetings and a place to store campaign signs and materials.

He said each election season the party looks for a campaign office for three or four months.

“This one kind of caught our eye — obviously a good location and great building, so it worked out good,” Grant said as voters and candidates mingled.

He added that the office will be staffed by volunteers and open evenings and a bit on weekends. Specific hours have not yet been decided.

Candidates also addressed the crowd, voicing a mix of enthusiasm and caution about the party’s chances come November.

Yvette Herrell, a Republican state representative running in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, said she thought the large turnout for the office opening was a good sign for the party in the upcoming elections.

“This does not look like a ‘blue wave,’” Herrell said, using a term commonly used to describe a good electoral environment for Democrats.

Herrell faces Democrat Xochi Torres-Small in the fall to represent New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, that includes Roswell. Republican candidate for governor Steve Pearce now represents the district.

Pearce has opted not to run for re-election and is instead a candidate for governor. He faces Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Herrell, who has been endorsed by Pearce, told the crowd she hopes to continue his work in Congress.

“We don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” Herrell said. “We just have to build on what Congressman Pearce has already put into place.”

State Rep. Greg Nibert, R-Roswell, who is up for re-election, said it is crucial the party’s base plus another 5 percent of the electorate show up on Election Day.

“Things could get very, very lonely in Sante Fe for Republicans if we don’t squeeze out an extra 5 percent, make sure the base gets out, plus get all these other people out voting,” Nibert said.

Nibert faces a challenge from Libertarian Carl Swinney in his bid for re-election to House District 59, which includes Chaves County.

Pearce told the crowd that when he decided to run for governor, many people sought to dissuade him from doing so. He said they told him it would be hard for him to compete in the more heavily Democratic northern parts of the state.

He said that in past elections for the U.S. House, he has won heavily Democratic counties within the 2nd Congressional District, which includes a large Hispanic population.

Pearce said that in the past 12 days he has campaigned in Democratic enclaves in the more northern part of the state, including the Navajo reservation where he has received a positive reception.

He also touted the endorsements of former New Mexico Gov. Jerry Apodaca and Dorothy Runnels, the widow of former U.S. Rep. Harold Runnels, both Democrats. Apodaca’s son Jeff lost the Democratic nomination to Grisham in the June primaries.

“They are both lifelong Democrats that I have known for much of my life and they are supportive because they know me,” Pearce said.

Though Pearce said that he thinks he will perform strongly in Democratic areas, he said that it is crucial that voters in solidly Republican Southeastern New Mexico cast their ballots in November.

“Every vote we get here is one less vote we have to count on up north,” he said.

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

No siesta to win a Fiesta


People stand up against a 2018 Ford Fiesta Saturday in the parking lot of the UFO McDonalds on North Main Street during the No Siesta for the Fiesta contest. Thirty people competed in the hands-on marathon for the car. The person who maintains contact with the car the longest wins the car. People were also encouraged to go online and purchase items for the contestants. Money raised for the sale of the items goes to the New Mexico Ronald McDonald House. (Alex Ross Photo)

Man suspected in June shooting arrested


A Roswell man accused of shooting two other men outside a residence in south Roswell in late June was arrested Friday night in the southeast part of the city.

George Alley, 20, is charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated assault in connection with a June 27 incident in which he allegedly shot two 18-year-old men in the 90 block of West Byrne Street. The two victims survived.

Roswell Police Department officers located Alley inside a home in the 1000 block of South Mulberry Avenue shortly after 8 p.m.. Following a short standoff, Alley exited the home and surrendered. He was arrested and booked into the Chaves County Detention Center. Police found no one else in the home.

Prior to his arrest, RPD placed Alley on its Roswell’s Most Wanted list. Alley’s arrest on Friday made him the second fugitive on the local most-wanted list to be arrested within a period of three days this week. Victor Richardson Jr., 22, who is charged in connection with a separate non-fatal shooting of another man earlier this month, was arrested Wednesday.

Week Ahead



Sidney Gutierrez Middle School Governing Council Special Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd.

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


Eddy County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting, 9 a.m., Fire Service Complex, 1400 Commerce Drive, Carlsbad

South Park Cemetery Board of Directors, 4 p.m., Conference Room, South Park Cemetery office, 3101 S. Main St.

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


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


Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Authority, 5:30 p.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place

A day in the life of ‘Angry Birds’


Aidan Rutley, 11, plays the Angry Birds Slingshot game Saturday during the End of Summer Health Center Celebration Luau outside La Casa Behavioral Health at 110 E. Mescalero Road. The Luau consisted of games, prizes, blood pressure checks and more. (Alex Ross Photo)

Charlie’s Angels Kim Castro honored

Kim Castro celebrates her award with current and former Charlie’s Angels. (Silvia Hernandez Photo)

For Charlie’s Angels leader, Kim Castro, this is not what she signed up for when she started Charlie’s Angels 19 years ago. On June 12, she was given the Commitment to Youth Award by Leadership Roswell Alumni Association at New Mexico Military Institute VMW Hall for impacting the lives of youth today for the better.

Charlie’s Angels at Coyote Den this summer. (Silvia Hernandez Photo)

Also honored at the Leadership Roswell Alumni Association were: Tom Krumland – Outstanding Leader Award; Mike McLeod – Alumni Leadership; Don Anderson – Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Teen Leadership scholarships went to Logan Eaker, Allie French and Vincent Verciglio.

Castro has been about being able to do what she loves and bring dance to her alma mater, Roswell High School, and coach both her daughters, Ali and Desiree Castro along the way. Angels assistant coach Silvia Hernandez was there along with current and former angels to see Castro accept her award.

“I was excited about winning the award,” Castro said. “It means a lot to me. I’ve had kids tell me, ‘If we can get through being a Charlie’s Angel, we can get through most things in life.’ It is difficult, it’s tough being on my team. I have kids that don’t miss practice and they aren’t allowed to miss unless they are really sick or something comes up. On the whole, my kids are really dedicated. It means a lot that my kids (Angels) look back on this and it is one of their best memories. It makes me feel good that I have had an impact on them.”

Castro looks back

Castro reminisced about how the Angels were started in 2000, and her first years until she won her first championship. Castro went to the RHS Superintendent Dr. Fresquez and asked if she could have a dance team.

Castro felt like there were a lot of kids in the Roswell school district that wanted to dance. She continued to teach dance at Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet at the time. She knew there were other dance teams in Albuquerque and in other cities up north, but not any in Roswell at the time.

Castro’s oldest daughter, Desiree, wanted Castro to do something different and get a dance team started. Castro had been a cheerleader at RHS and always wanted to have a dance team, but they didn’t have one when she was in high school. Castro believes RHS had a dance team before she started Charlie’s Angels, but they were not a competition dance team.

First time at state

In the beginning, the dance team had to work around the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams’ practice schedules. Sometimes they had to practice at Miss Minnie’s Studio to get their routines in. The dance team finished in third place at state in 2001, their first year of going to state.

In her first time at state, Castro and her team were nervous. She felt like it was a learning experience. Her team was excited to place third but felt like they left there wanting to be No.1. Castro was driven in the early years to win. She watched a lot of film of other teams in the Angels’ class to get better.

Her whole goal was to win.

“I thought it was pretty impressive to finish third our first time in state,” Castro said. “I was just learning myself how to put it together. To place third our first time up there was a super huge accomplishment, but we left there knowing we wanted to win.”

Angels’ first win

The Angels continued to come close: in their second-year, they came in second place. In their third year, they dropped to third place and their fourth year they scored in second place again. It was in their fifth year the Angels won in 2005.

“I think the difference in 2005,” Castro said, “was that our technique started to get better and we started doing harder and harder routines. We just started doing more to win. By the time we won, I had had that group of kids for four years and I think they were super motivated — they could be possibly the hardest working group I ever had.”

Class misses out

When Castro finally broke through and won her first title, several of the kids had graduated and didn’t win a championship. Castro feels they were a part of the championship in that they laid the foundation for future Angels.

“I had a senior the year before that didn’t win,” Castro said. “She got second and I was sad for her because she was a really hardworking kid. I feel like the early kids helped build our program into what it is now even though they never won. They were the building block to what we do now. In the early years, those kids worked so hard even though they didn’t win. I’m still in contact with those kids from way back when.”

Favorite Memory

“I think my favorite memory is probably my first one (championship),” Castro said. “The reason is that we had never, ever done it and we had been trying so hard to do it. I have good memories of all of them (championships) in different ways. I think our first National Dance Championship (2016) would be up there as well. Anytime it’s a first time of something, it is pretty exciting.”

All of the Angels look alike, they comb their hair on the same side, they have the same makeup.

“People tell me that all the time,” Castro said. “I’ve had people tell me, ‘I’ve watched one kid the entire time and it wasn’t my kid and I thought it was.’”

Castro makes the team comb their hair the same way, and apply makeup the same way. They end up looking alike, but it’s not planned. Castro wants her team looking uniform and they practice doing everything the same so no one girl stands out.

“Our team should be completely uniform,” Castro said, “from our head to our feet. I’m always on them about not sticking out in a bad way. I’m on them if they color their hair because then they’re standing out in a different way and we don’t want to look different. I just want them to all look natural and uniform when they take the stage. I tell them if they stand out they are not performing as a team — we need to be looking like one.”

Castro believes in unity so much that if they wear makeup, it is all the same. If it is lipstick, it is the same color.

First tryout

Castro remembers the very first time they announced tryouts were going to be held on Saturday — she was shocked the turnout was over 50 girls. She had to do something she doesn’t like to do, which is making cuts. Castro brings in judges to help her shape the team as she did back in her first tryout.

To make the team now as then, she will give the girls a short routine to learn and have them do some technical dance moves to see if they are able to do them. Castro uses a score sheet and ranks the girls from highest to lowest. Each girl is scored on different dance skills.


Silvia Hernandez became involved in 2000. RISD had a rule that if a coach wasn’t a teacher or worked in the school, they weren’t allowed to be a head coach. That rule has since been changed. Hernandez worked at the school and Castro knew her from talking to her in the front office every day.

“I asked Silvia (Hernandez) if she would be interested in helping out,” Castro said. “It is really how we kind of met. Prior to that, I didn’t know her. We’ve always had a good partnership. She does a lot of behind the scenes work, she helps me with paperwork and discipline. She does a lot more than I ever expected her to do. We are a team. I think our program is strong because we have a lot to offer in different ways.”

Castro and Hernandez have been together so long and know each other so well, it allows Castro to have the freedom to do what she does best and that focuses on the dance part and workout routines. Hernandez handles the administration part of the program as well as being another set of eyes to see if a dancer is off. Both have been together as a team since the program started 19 years ago.

“I always say,” Castro said, “even though I do the dance portion, it would have been hard to do this — this well without her. We’re pretty much a team. We work together well and we both know our roles. We don’t ever compete against each other, we just do it as a team and we get along well together. I think I need her for all of the reasons she needs me. It has been a good team. Both of our positions as super valuable.”

Parents and role models

Castro believes in being upfront with the parents about what she expects. The Angels have a meeting at tryouts where she will tell the parents what to expect and what the program is about. Castro tells them it takes a lot of dedication to be on the team. Also, if they eat dinner together at 5 p.m., then this is probably not the program for you.

“If I don’t have the parents’ 100 percent support,” Castro states, “which I do. I have great parents. If I didn’t have it, then I wouldn’t have the kids’ dedication. I always say behind every great kid is a great parent. I really appreciate my parents, I have really good parents.”

I’ve had kids from all kinds of backgrounds. I’ve had kids that don’t come from a good home life and it was being an Angel that saved them and got them through. Castro thinks that being on the dance team has given the girls a source of pride and accomplishment in belonging to something that is not easy and the dance team is a family, which picks the girls up when they are down.

“I’m happy if I have been a role model,” Castro said.


Castro has been married for over 30 years and her husband, Danny, is proud of her and all that she has accomplished and that she is living her dream. She believes that she spends more time during the season with the dance team than she does at home.

“It takes a toll,” Castro said. “Luckily, I’m married to someone that is proud of what I do and he encourages me.”

It is awesome that I’m recognized for giving something to the youth,” Castro said. “My dance teacher once told me, ‘It is a gift. When you give kids the gift of dance you’ve given them a gift in life.’”

As Castro accepted her award, those are some of the thoughts that went through her head as she gets ready for her 19th year as the leader of Charlie’s Angels.

Prescott solid, Dalton sluggish as Bengals top Cowboys 21-13

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) looks to throw against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of a preseason NFL Football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had another efficient preseason showing.

Andy Dalton bogged down a bit with his Cincinnati Bengals.

Prescott led a pair of scoring drives in three possessions, capped with a scrambling 6-yard scoring pass to Terrance Williams before the Bengals rallied after halftime for a 21-13 exhibition victory Saturday night.

The Bengals had just one first down in four Dalton-led possessions a week after he threw for two touchdowns with an offense that was revamped after finishing last in the NFL. The lone first down was on Dalton’s 13-yard scramble after the Bengals (2-0) started with a pair of three-and-outs.

A week after throwing a 30-yard touchdown to rookie Michael Gallup on his only drive of the preseason opener in San Francisco, Prescott was 10 of 15 for 86 yards. The TD drive for a 10-0 lead was kept alive by an 8-yard slant to Gallup, who reached out for a nice catch inside the Cincinnati 10.

The concern for the Cowboys (0-2) was the status of four-time Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin, who left early on what would have been his last drive with a knee injury. There was no immediate update on the severity of the injury, which happened when Martin bent down to block cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick in the open field on a run by Rod Smith.

Dalton’s final possession ended when Dallas defensive end Taco Charlton forced a fumble on a short completion to Tyler Boyd, with cornerback Byron Jones getting the recovery. Dalton was 5 of 7 for 41 yards.

The Cowboys forced two turnovers after getting three against the 49ers. The highlight was Chidobe Awuzie’s leaping interception , which he tipped to himself along the sideline late in the first half.

Cincinnati’s first points came on backup kicker Jonathan Brown’s 55-yard field goal in the third quarter.

The Bengals went ahead 11-10 when Tra Carson scored on a 2-yard run and Jeff Driskel threw a 2-point conversion pass to John Ross. Matt Barkley’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Brian Hill wrapped up the scoring midway through the fourth quarter.


Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory played for the first time since the finale of the 2016 regular season. He missed all of last season after getting suspended three times in 2016 for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Gregory didn’t show up in the defensive stats but pressured Dalton on a third-down misfire to an open A.J. Green on Cincinnati’s opening possession.


With star running back Ezekiel Elliott sitting again for Dallas, Smith had 13 carries in the first 18 minutes, finishing with 49 yards. His workload was helped by a nearly nine-minute drive to Williams’ touchdown. Bengals starter Joe Mixon got just four carries for 8 yards.


Dallas linebacker Sean Lee started and played a few snaps after finally going through a full practice for the first time this past week at training camp in California.


The work in progress that is the overhauled offensive line for the Bengals remains that way, this time after fired line coach Paul Alexander was watching from the opposing sideline after getting hired by Dallas. Cedric Ogbuehi was at right tackle to start the second half when gave up a sack to Charlton while getting called for holding. Cincinnati running backs had just 7 yards on six carries before halftime.


The Cowboys were standing for the national anthem in the first preseason home game, “toe on the line” as owner Jerry Jones declared they would be in his opening remarks at training camp last month. The Dallas players, with some coaches sprinkled in, were single file on the sideline, spanning about 50 yards. As usual, all the Bengals were standing.


Bengals: Rookie CB Davontae Harris was ruled out with a knee injury in the first half. … TE C.J. Uzomah sustained a cut to his face early in the game, but came back with a 23-yard catch in the first half.

Cowboys: S Xavier Woods left with a hamstring injury. … Rookie RB Bo Scarbrough, a seventh-round pick out of Alabama, went to the locker room with a hip injury. … DE Datone Jones and S Jameill Showers left with knee injuries.


For “dress rehearsal” week, the Bengals will be at Buffalo and the Cowboys will be home against Arizona. Both games are next Sunday.

Kurt Busch steals spotlight from younger brother at Bristol

Kurt Busch makes his way around the track during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kurt Busch stole the spotlight from his younger brother Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to snap a 58-race winless streak and grab an overdue short-track victory.

Busch won for the first time this season but sixth on the 0.533-mile bullring he once dominated. Busch once won three consecutive times on the Tennessee track and was considered the best in the business on the concrete oval.

Then his younger brother learned his way around the place, and Kyle Busch became the master of the track.

Kyle Busch has seven Cup wins at Bristol, 21 total across NASCAR’s national series. He’s so good that he chose the song “All I Do Is Win” by D.J. Khaled to play as he was introduced before the race. The crowd responded with a thunderous boo, and Kyle Busch’s eventful evening was off to a roaring start. He triggered a 15-car accident just two laps into the race, fell two laps off the pace, came back to race Martin Truex Jr. for second, and moved Truex out the way late in the race.

A frustrated Truex kicked his car in anger, and as Kyle Busch was tending to his wounded race car, older brother Kurt battled Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer for the lead. Kurt Busch was relentless on the restart and got his Ford to the front, then Kyle Busch spun to bring out a ninth caution.

Kurt Busch had a good restart but Kyle Larson, on fresher tires, was desperately trying to catch him for the win. Kurt Busch held him off and Larson, winner of the Xfinity Series race on Friday night, finished second in his bid for the Bristol sweep.

The victory was the 30th of Kurt Busch’s career, first since the Daytona 500 in 2017. It was his first Bristol victory since 2006.

“I love this place,” Kurt Busch said.

The ninth driver to win this season, he earned a spot in the 16-driver playoff field.

“It’s all about winning,” he said. “I wasn’t worried about not making the playoffs, so we could kind of treat these races coming up as free-for-alls, and we’re just going to keep going after it.”

The victory was the 13th for Stewart-Haas Racing since it joined Ford last season, and the 100th Cup victory for the Fusion.

Kyle Busch wound up 20th. He led the first 70 laps of the Xfinity Series race but wrecked with a flat tire, so his Bristol weekend was a bust.

“We probably finished where we should have anyways, as torn up as our race car is,” Kyle Busch said.

Other events from an action-packed Bristol race:

STILL SEEKING A BRISTOL WIN: Truex Jr. has never won on a short track and felt he had a chance to snap that streak at Bristol.

He was running second behind Bowyer when Kyle Busch tapped Truex’s rear bumper to cause Truex to wreck. Truex was so angry, he threw pieces of equipment to the ground and gave the side of his Toyota a hard kick.

“I just got hit in the left rear, pretty simple,” Truex said. “This place has been so hard on us. I can’t even explain to you how good we’ve run here in the past three or four years and crap like this happens every single time. It’s like just one thing after another.”

Truex was also frustrated with himself for not moving Bowyer out of his way and taking the lead. Had he done that, he wouldn’t have been in position for Busch to make contact with him.

“I should’ve knocked (Bowyer’s) butt out of the way because he held me up for 15-20 laps and burnt my front tires off screwing with him,” Truex said. “Played too nice and got the crappy end of the stick.”

UP NEXT: The Cup Series is off next weekend and races again Sept. 2 in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Denny Hamlin won last year’s race.

Price goes 7, Martinez hits 38th HR; Red Sox beat Rays 5-2

Boston Red Sox's David Price pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — David Price pitched seven solid innings, J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 38th homer after Boston jumped to a quick lead and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Saturday night for their 17th victory in 20 games.

Mitch Moreland added an RBI double during Boston’s four-run first inning. The Red Sox, who own the majors’ best record, improved to a season-high 52 games over .500 and maintained their 10 ½-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer for the Rays. Tampa Bay fell to 4-11 against Boston this season.

Price (13-6) gave up two runs on five hits, striking out eight, walking two and hitting a batter. He is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his five starts since the All-Star break.

Tyler Glasnow (0-1), making his fourth start since being acquired from Pittsburgh at the non-wavier trading deadline, gave up five runs, four earned, and three hits. He walked three and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings.

Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 37th save.

The Red Sox took advantage of Glasnow’s wildness to jump ahead 4-0 in the first. Moreland’s RBI double made it 1-0 before Martinez and Xander Bogaerts walked to load the bases. The righty then walked Ian Kinsler, forcing in a run.

First baseman Jake Bauers then fired Brock Holt’s grounder into left field attempting a force at second and two runs scored, making it 4-0.

In the third, Martinez homered into Boston’s bullpen.

Cron’s homer cleared the Green Monster and left Fenway Park completely in the sixth.


Tampa Bay’s Carlos Gomez advanced to third when it was left uncovered on a popup that was caught between first and the plate in the first inning.


With Kinsler on second and Holt on first in the first, Kinsler got caught trying to steal third too quickly when Glasnow stepped off and got him in a rundown. Holt was unsure where to go, standing between first and second before he was tagged out in a rundown for an inning-ending double play.

Three innings later, Tampa Bay’s Tommy Pham was doubled off second on a fly ball to the left-field warning track.


The Red Sox improved their home record to a majors’ best 44-15.


Rays: C Jesus Sucre missed his fourth straight game with a sore right wrist.

Red Sox: Ace lefty Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day disabled list for the second time in nearly three weeks with mild inflammation in his left shoulder. “It’s definitely less than it was last time,” Sale said. . LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (DL since July 15, sprained right ankle) is scheduled to make a rehab start on Monday.


Rays: Manager Kevin Cash hadn’t named his starter for Sunday’s series finale.

Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez (7-0, 2.77 ERA) will take Sale’s turn.

John Lodewick


John Widney Lodewick passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. John was born in Roswell, New Mexico on August 18, 1937 to Stanley Widney Lodewick and Laura Ballard Lodewick.

A 1955 graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, John first came to Dallas that same year to attend Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of the Thundering Herd pledge class of Phi Gamma Delta.

After graduating from SMU in 1959, John joined the Marines where he attained the rank of Captain. While serving his time at El Toro Marine Air Base in California, he met his beloved wife of 56 years, Julia Ann Kuhn. After the Marines, he returned to Dallas and earned his law degree at SMU in 1965. Upon graduation he began his law career which lasted over 40 years.

Over the years, John spent countless fun-filled hours with his family and many devoted friends in Dallas, New Mexico and Ferndale Fishing Club.

An avid self-taught golfer since his youth in Roswell, he was a charter member of Royal Oaks Country Club, his “home away from home,” where he served on the board and continued to walk 18 holes. John was also an active member of the Salesmanship Club and the SMU Mustang Club.

Predeceased by his parents and older siblings, Richard Ballard Lodewick and Laura Patricia Lodewick, John is survived by his wife, Julie; his children Laura Lodewick Waterston and Patrick Widney Lodewick, their spouses Tass and Cindy; and four grandchildren – Megan, Elise, Miles and Lainie.

As his family and all who were blessed to know him will readily attest, “Papa John” never met a stranger and was loved by all.

A memorial service was held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church on August 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s memory to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the SMU Mustang Club or a charity of your choice.

Best gift I ever got came at Thanksgiving


The best gift I ever received didn’t come on a birthday or at Christmas. It came right around Thanksgiving, not a holiday often associated with gift giving or receiving, but that felt and still feels appropriate nonetheless.

I lived in a community that each fall put on a downtown art-walk event. Galleries there partnered with and promoted specific artists, whose work they showcased along with their regular offerings. Other downtown businesses could get in on the act as well, sponsoring an artist or multiple artists and converting their storefronts into quasi-galleries for an evening.

You might have a gallery featuring a watercolorist next to a restaurant featuring a sculptor — and down the street, a bookstore bedecked with driftwood carvings next to a hotel with a photographer’s work hanging in the lobby.

And of course in the midst of all this was the collection of booths and vendor displays one expects to be part of such a festival. I belonged to a civic club that each year set up a booth and sold bowls of homemade chili, raising money to help out with various charitable projects around town. And like everyone else in the club, I signed up to help man the booth for a block of time during the festival. All this was taking place a couple of days prior to Thanksgiving.

What I’ve written so far has nothing to do with the best gift I ever received — I’m just setting the scene. What is relevant is that right next to the civic club’s booth, the local Humane Society had set up a display with a number of pets, mostly dogs, available for adoption. This pet adoption event was the most popular spot on that street, and the additional foot traffic helped the civic club sell a lot of chili. By the time I got there, club members had begun parading dogs around in front of our booth in an effort to help get them adopted, and a few members were holding dogs.

One unusual-looking little dog caught my attention. According to the Humane Society, he was a dachshund-Labrador mix, which was likely just Texas code for: “Who knows?” He had an unusual name as well — Knobby. I really liked Knobby and throughout my shift watched to see if he got adopted. He didn’t, but I knew the event would last well into the evening, and I was rooting for him.

Later, recounting my day for Jennifer, I found myself mostly talking about this dog and suggesting I should check to make sure he’d found a home … maybe floating a trial balloon to suggest he’d be a fit in ours if he hadn’t. But we already had pets, worked a lot of hours, and didn’t have much space. We didn’t arrive at a decision … though I made a mental note to swing by the shelter the next day and check.

But that was the day before a holiday, and I became overwhelmed trying to get work at the newspaper squared away, not leaving the office until well after dark, well after the shelter had closed.

On the drive home I wondered about that dog … and then when I got home, there he was, sitting next to our rat terrier and looking right at home. Jennifer had adopted him for me, and that’s the best gift I ever got. Knobby’s been sitting next to that rat terrier and looking right at home ever since.

The decision to adopt any pet should, of course, be taken seriously. It’s worth recognizing that adopting a pet is one of those acts of kindness that requires a commitment, a willingness to roll with changes here and there. It shouldn’t be a snap decision. But if you believe that willingness exists, then extend a second chance to a shelter pet. You won’t be sorry. We run photos of adoptable pets in the paper, and there are avenues online for checking on pet availability. You could always make a trip to the shelter.

In my case, I let a cramped schedule, and maybe a little hesitancy based on my circumstances, delay me. I had trouble taking the plunge. But luckily, someone who knows me better than I know myself made the right call.

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

Sunrise Optimists get a history lesson

Roger K. Burnett August speaker chairman for the Sunrise Optimist Club, congratulates Jan Dunnahoo on her presentation. (Submitted Photo)

Jan Dunnahoo, archive director for the Historical Society Museum Archives, presented a fact-filled informative PowerPoint program on the history of St. Mary’s Hospital. The program included a slide presentation, which showed the growth and development of the hospital over the years.

Ms. Dunnahoo explained how the population of the area required healthcare in a hospital situation. Seeing the need for medical personnel, due to the large cases of tuberculosis and other medical needs, in 1902 the citizens of Roswell were seeking means to establish a hospital.

Funds were raised and construction started in 1905. Hundreds of fruit trees and a large irrigated garden was built on site. The produce grown was used for the patients and the sisters as well. Catholic Nuns from Wichita, Kansas arrived shortly after to staff the hospital.

In 1907, a new building was constructed for the consumptives and a new chapel was built. A second floor was soon added. St. Mary’s hospital continues to grow and in 1942, a new wing was added to house X-ray and other equipment. More additions continued, but in 1995 the doors were finally closed due to deteriorating conditions of the building.

The Sunrise Optimist Club meets Wednesday mornings, at the Red Onion Restaurant, at 7 a.m. If you would like to hear community speakers on topics concerning Roswell residents or find out more about the Sunrise Optimist Club and their projects to assist the youth of Roswell, join us for breakfast at a regular meeting.

Remember to save your aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Contact an Optimist Club member to have them picked up.

Board-certified pediatrician comes to Roswell

Jeff Hanrahan, MD

Lovelace Health Care Center in Roswell welcomes Jeff Hanrahan, MD, a board-certified pediatrician with over 20 years’ experience, to join the Lovelace Health Care Center pediatric team.

He is dual board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. Dr. Hanrahan received his medical degree from St. George’s University and went on to complete his residency and fellowship from the University of New Mexico.

Prior to completing medical school, Dr. Hanrahan also earned his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California and practiced for over five years.

In addition to providing pediatric care, including well-child check-ups, immunizations, sports physicals and treatment of common illnesses such as flu and colds, Dr. Hanrahan is specialized and certified in pediatric hematology/oncology and a renowned lecturer and speaker. He is pleased to return to New Mexico after living and practicing here for many years.

He will be seeing patients at the Lovelace Health Care Center on 1112 N. Main St, Roswell, NM 88201. To schedule an appointment, call 575-625-3222.

LA Rams spoil Raiders’ return to Coliseum with 19-15 win

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Sean Mannion passes against the Oakland Raiders during the first half in an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean McVay and Jon Gruden both knew they’ve got to coach against each other in a real game just 23 days after the Rams’ preseason visit from the Raiders.

So while the Raiders’ return to the Coliseum was a thrill for their faithful Southern California fan base, the Rams’ young coach and his veteran role model both made sure the action on the field was as meaningless as possible.

Rookie John Kelly rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown, and the Rams welcomed the Raiders back to LA with a 19-15 preseason victory over Oakland on Saturday.

Chris Warren rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders in their return to the venerable stadium that was their home for 13 seasons during their largely successful tenure in Los Angeles. Their passionate local following turned out in force, filling the 95-year-old arena with black jerseys and loud cheers.

“It was awesome being back here,” Gruden said. “If you understand the Raiders, they have had a history here, a championship history here. There are still a lot of fans that remember those teams, and rightfully so.”

But both teams rested nearly all of their presumptive starters and used no significant parts of their playbook, thanks in part to a weird NFL scheduling decision that forced these teams to play an exhibition three weeks before they meet in their Monday night regular-season opener in Oakland.

“I’ve never been in a preseason game like this,” Gruden said. “This is tough, in our first training camp as a football team, to have our second (preseason game) against a team we open up with.

“I don’t know in the history of the NFL if that’s ever happened. I’m not going to sit up here and cry about it, because it’s the same for them as it is us. But we didn’t want to play our starters, and we didn’t want them to hear our audibles and hand signals. I don’t think they wanted us to get a feel for them either, so it was a strange ballgame.”

Although both coaches revealed as little about their teams as possible, McVay still relished his first chance to face Gruden, who employed McVay as a 22-year-old assistant wide receivers coach on his final staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. McVay frequently cites Gruden and his brother, Jay, as major influences on his coaching style and mentality.

“Everybody knows what a huge amount of respect I have for Jon, and how great he’s been to me over the course of my coaching career,” McVay said. “(But) they were pretty regulated. Very similar in terms of the approach by both teams. Very vanilla.”

The Rams’ backups dominated the Raiders’ reserves in the first half, taking a 13-0 lead while holding Oakland to 58 yards and one first down. Oakland trailed 16-0 before mounting a rally, but the Raiders failed on their second 2-point conversion attempt of the day following Griff Whalen’s 10-yard TD catch with 9:52 to play.

“I was going to do everything humanly possible to avoid overtime today, yes,” Gruden said.

Sam Ficken then hit his second field goal for the Rams with 5:46 left.

“It’s definitely different, because it’s not their starters out there, and you want to save stuff for later,” said Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam, one of the few likely regular-season starters who played significant snaps. “You still want to do your best, though.”

The Raiders’ offense didn’t record its second first down of the day until late in the third quarter, but Warren capped the 75-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run. The undrafted free-agent running back from Texas had 86 yards in his preseason debut against Detroit.

“It’s about showing I can play in the league and make the most of my opportunities,” Warren said. “I didn’t expect to play as much as I did. It was nice to get some good pops in. I was able to get some yards after contact.”


Al Davis moved the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982, and their home crowds at the Coliseum quickly developed a reputation for rowdiness and occasional violence. But the Raiders also won the hearts of a generation of Los Angeles football fans with their swagger and success, including a Super Bowl title in their second season in town.

The Rams spent the 1980s in Anaheim, further opening the way for the Raiders to become Generation X’s favorite team in LA.

Both franchises moved after the 1994 season, and the Rams returned home two years ago. The Raiders missed out on the chance to return to LA when the Chargers made their move last year, but the Raiders will be only about 260 miles from Los Angeles when they move to Las Vegas in 2020, making it even easier for LA’s silver-and-black fans to back their team.


Warren was the clearest standout on a discouraging day for Oakland’s offense. Gruden was blunt, calling it “flat-out embarrassing, honestly.”

E.J. Manuel went 10 for 16 for 89 yards and a touchdown, but also fumbled for the second straight week. The Raiders’ backup offensive line struggled to keep the Rams’ pressure off Manuel and Connor Cook, who went 6 for 12.


Rams backup QB Sean Mannion rebounded from a rocky preseason debut last week in Baltimore, going 10 of 16 for 84 yards while completing passes to eight receivers. Third-stringer Brandon Allen wasn’t as sharp, going 6 for 11 and throwing a terrible interception in the fourth quarter to put Oakland in position for its second TD.


Raiders: K Eddie Pineiro didn’t play because of a groin injury. … CB Shareece Wright injured his hamstring during the game.

Rams: RB Justin Davis didn’t play because of a hamstring injury, preventing him from competing with Kelly and Malcolm Brown for the backup job.


There were no apparent protests during the national anthem.


Raiders: Host the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 24.

Rams: Host the Houston Texans on Aug. 25.

Athletics beat Astros 7-1 to move into tie for AL West lead

From left, Oakland Athletics' Chad Pinder, Stephen Piscotty (25) and Ramon Laureano celebrate a win over the Houston Astros at the end of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Oakland Athletics, far behind in the AL West standings earlier this summer, tied Houston for the division lead by beating the Astros 7-1 Saturday.

Khris Davis, Matt Olson, Josh Phegley and Stephen Piscotty each hit two of Oakland’s team record-tying eight doubles as the A’s won for the sixth time in seven games. The Athletics trailed the defending World Series champion Astros by 11 1/2 games on June 24 and were still 10 out on July 10.

Houston has lost seven of eight and dropped 12 of 19 since owning a six-game lead on July 24. The next day, reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve went on the disabled list, and the star second baseman is still out.

Cahill (5-2) struck out seven, walked one and retired 14 straight batters during one stretch.

Tony Kemp homered in the ninth for Houston’s only other hit. Dallas Keuchel (9-10) gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings.


NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit one of New York’s four homers, and Luis Severino struck out eight while pitching into the sixth inning.

Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird also connected as New York moved 31 games over .500, matching a season high. Andujar had three hits and three RBIs, and Gregorius also drove in three runs.

Toronto has lost three straight and four of six. Billy McKinney, who came over when the Blue Jays traded J.A. Happ to the Yankees last month, had two hits and two RBIs against his former team, but Sean Reid-Foley (0-2) was hit hard in his second major league start.

Severino (16-6) won for just the second time in his last seven starts. The All-Star right-hander allowed two runs and six hits in five-plus innings.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mets ace Jacob deGrom pitched his first complete game of the season and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.71.

DeGrom (8-7) allowed only an unearned run, the result of his own error. He struck out nine and walked none.

It appeared that deGrom’s day might be cut short due to a 41-minute rain delay that began in the middle of the fourth. But the right-hander came back after the stoppage as strong as before it.

Philadelphia’s Jake Arrieta (9-8) allowed one run and four hits in six strong innings.

Rhys Hoskins and Maikel Franco each doubled among their two hits for the Phillies, who began the day a half-game behind Atlanta in the NL East and leading the NL wild-card race.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Alex Cobb pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in five years, and Baltimore snapped Cleveland’s six-game win streak.

Cobb (4-15), the major league leader in losses, struck out three and walked one in his fourth career complete game. The right-hander threw 100 pitches, 69 for strikes, while going the distance for the first time since Aug. 31, 2013, for Tampa Bay against Oakland.

Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer in the third for Baltimore. Rookie Cedric Mullins hit his first major league home run in the eighth.

Cleveland right-hander Adam Plutko (4-3) allowed three hits in seven innings. He was called up from Triple-A Columbus to step into the rotation for Trevor Bauer, who is out with a stress fracture in his right leg.

The Indians retired Hall of Famer Jim Thome’s No. 25 before the game, drawing a crowd of 35,003 for Cleveland’s eighth sellout of the season.


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