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Christina Stock Photo The secret to an authentic aglio olio sauce is getting the best ingredients available, including fresh parmesan cheese.

Pasta sauces and a saucy crime story

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

There might be one comfort food that crosses all borders, all cultures and all time: pasta — but what is pasta without the right sauce?

Every since Marco Polo allegedly brought the first noodle from China to Venice, Italy, the hunt for the favorite sauce has caused discussions and arguments. Some are funny, such as how Pasta Alfredo came to the U.S. Hollywood movie stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks visited a little restaurant in Rome, Italy and encountered the dish. When asking the chef, the quick-witted man came up with the name pasta Alfredo, of course. The funny thing is, him giving the pasta his name is like naming a grilled cheese sandwich after yours truly. It is one of the most basic recipes in Italy. When a child has a belly-ache it gets pasta bianco, simply noodles with butter, salt and a little cheese.

Another funny story is the development of the recipe for sauce Bolognese. This recipe had nothing to do with the town Bologna, the meat sauce was popular throughout Italy, it only got a name once it crossed the ocean and came to the U.S. However, In 1982, the Italian Academy of Cuisine, an organization dedicated to preserving the culinary heritage of Italy, recorded and deposited a recipe for classic Bolognese ragù (ragù means sauce in Italian) with the Bologna Chamber of Commerce. In its recipe milk is part of the sauce.

I would have loved to share an old sauce recipe from my German grandmother, but alas, she did not know her way around pasta. She always overcooked the macaroni or spaghetti and seeing it, she’d toss it in a frying pan with some butter. I guess you can say she invented refried German pasta: I might have to name it Pasta Oma Else instead of Alfredo.

Following are a couple of the recipes that I learned to prepare when vacationing as a kid in Diano Marina, Italy, which is on the Italian side of the Côte d’Azur and later when I worked in Rome, Italy as an incentive travel agent.

The recipes for the sauces are for full portions for up to four people. I changed the original amount accordingly as pasta in Italy and in Spain is considered an appetizer, not a full meal and served in small portions. Also, Italians add a table spoon of good butter to the hot pasta before it gets topped off with its sauce.

Rustic oven-roasted pomodoro sauce

One of the most basic sauces, but when using the best ingredients, a wonderful dish


2 pound roma tomatoes

¼ cup good butter

4 garlic cloves, peeled

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

A thick slice of creamy Fontina cheese (or Camembert) per person

Several fresh leafs of Basil


Heat your oven to 325˚F. Slice the roma tomatoes in half. Place cut side down in a roasting pan along with the butter, cut into pieces and the peeled garlic cloves.

Add the salt and pepper then place the roasting pan in the oven.

Roast, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are tender; 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Once the tomatoes are almost done, cook your favorite pasta until al dente. Drain and toss with a tablespoon of butter.

Remove the tomatoes from the oven and pulse to puree into a chunky sauce.

Taste and add more salt as desired.

Toss with the pasta. Serve with a sprinkle of basil and a slice or two of the cheese.


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Aglio olio sauce

The recipe for aglio olio (pronounced aweleeo ohleeo) is a classic and favorite for the fall season, when you want to avoid catching a cold, or vampires.

Just as with the pomodoro sauce, the trick is to use the best ingredients. For this recipe, I highly recommend having a fine cheese grater.


1 pound dry spaghetti

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/2 lemon (peel)

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

1/2 cup Freshly grated Parmesano Reggiano

Salt and pepper to taste


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (don’t use hot water, hot water comes out of the hot water tank and has an aftertaste.)

Add the pasta and cook 1 minute less than al dente, about 9 minutes or according to package instructions.

Reserve a cup of the cooking water. Drain the pasta and set it aside.

Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat until shimmering.

Add the garlic and grated lemon peel and cook until the garlic just begins to turn light golden-brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat if the pasta is not ready. Garlic is nasty when it is too dark or burnt.

Add the spaghetti and toss, add a little of the pasta water, if it sticks.

Add salt and pepper and toss.

Remove from heat, stir in the parsley, grated cheese and remaining olive oil and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

You can add some more freshly grated slithers of parmesan cheese on top each dish and some more parsley to make it look good.

P.S. Do not eat this if you have an important appointment the next day or need to see the dentist. Also, a couple that eats garlic together, stays together.


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Hey, it’s Italian sauces and pasta, of course, I’ll recommend a crime story, this story is set within the Veterans community, perfect for Veterans Day.

The book I recommend is by New Mexico author David Thurlo, “Kill The Heroes” A Charlie Henry Mystery.

The book plays in Albuquerque and its surrounding area. It is fast-paced and dives right into the action. The author knows his Navajo community and veterans. The fighting scenes are chilling. The writing is intelligent and smooth with fluid conversations that pack a punch.

It’s no cozy; it’s a shoot-em-up thrill ride. This is the fourth installment in the series, but can be read by itself.

Charlie Henry is co-owner of a pawnshop and Iraq war veteran. He has — for the most part — settled into his somewhat quieter life in Albuquerque when he receives an invitation to attend the dedication of a veterans memorial in a park, where he, other local heroes and first responders are to be honored for their military accomplishments and dedication to the community. But trouble seems to follow Henry. Gunshots ring out, barely missing him and hitting the man standing next to him. For Henry it’s clear; there is a sniper on the loose. More shots are fired and two more veterans go down, injured — not dead, at least not yet. Henry helps the downed veterans, including badly wounded chopper pilot Nathan Whitaker. Then he looks for the sniper. He is not going down without a fight — that perpetrator will learn not to mess with the wrong man.

“Kill The Heroes” was published by Minotaur Books and is available as ebook and limited as hardcover through the usual bookstores and ebook providers.

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A sheriff without a gun — memoirs of a sheriff’s wife

Roswell Daily Record © Archive Photo Sheriff George Wilcox is seen here answering the phone about the alleged UFO Incident. It was published in the Roswell Daily Record, July9, 1947, front page, with the headline, "Sheriff Wilcox Takes Leading Role In Excitement Over Report 'Saucer' Found."

By Janice Dunnahoo

Special to the Daily Record

We have many interesting stories in our archives, including memoirs and historical documents. Some are just too good, even too relevant, not to share. Following is a memoir written by Inez Wilcox about her husband George Wilcox, who was elected Chaves County Sheriff starting Jan. 1, 1947, and who served a four-year term of office. It has a bit of an Andy Griffith of Mayberry feel to it, but it also has a surprise or two, and a good perspective.

“Four Years in the County Jail Was an Unforgettable Experience

“My husband George Wilcox was elected Sheriff of Chaves County and took office January 1, 1947. He served two years and was re-elected without opposition for two more years. We moved from our home in Dexter to the sheriff’s quarters located in the south section of the county jail. The sheriff’s office was just across the hall from the living room of the home quarters. The county jail was built in 1900 and was almost obsolete. Everything about the jail in the home quarters was run down. Buckets were placed under the kitchen sink because it leaked. The former sheriff’s wife admonished me to empty tin cans for other leaks. Inside of the sheriff’s office it looked as though it had never seen paint. A desk and a domino table was the only furniture. Everything about the entire building was worn out.

“The jail where the prisoners were housed was upstairs. This area was also in sad need of change. In the past, a few juveniles and women were housed in the jail, so the juvenile and woman’s cells were in the same area, where they could talk across, and even reach across. The bunks were almost on top of each other, no chairs, so if you sat on the edge of your bunk your head bumped the upper bunk. The commode and lavatory were against the bunks. When meals were served in the cells the prisoner sat on the edge of his bunk, with his knees practically on the commode. All these adverse conditions were most disturbing.

“A New Jail A Must

“Mr. Wilcox set about at once to secure a new jail building. I went up and down main street telling the businessman of the conditions. I invited the county commissioners to look things over. The District Judge and all others who would use their influence were alerted to the great need for a new jail building. This was the first consideration after moving to the jail.

“The second handicap was a lack of money. Mr. Wilcox immediately met with the budget commission and set up increases in appropriations, not only for one year, but for years to come, for services to be rendered for the sheriffs office.

“At first there was only two deputies and a jailer, and one State Patrolman. Their salaries were meager. With the first increase in the budget Mr. Wilcox asked the two deputies if they would prefer an increase in salary or that he should hire another deputy. They quickly asked for an increase in salary even though they would be required to work longer hours.

“It took four years before the new jail and sheriff’s quarters became a reality, and his term of office was then over. He did not have the satisfaction of officiating in the new quarters. However many improvements were started during his four years of office.

“Community Interest Stimulated

“The Sheriffs Posse’s for men and women was organized. All members of the posse were made Honorary Deputy Sheriffs and were given appropriate badges. They were fine examples of men and women who held up the laws. In any emergency such as fire, flood, or tragedy, they would answer the call for help. When the state convention of law-enforcement officers was held in Roswell, they were of the greatest assistance. In all, they were a fine informed group of citizens of the county, always ready to cooperate with the law-enforcement officers.

“Nice uniforms were created for both the men and women of the two posses and when they rode the beautiful horses in the Eastern New Mexico State Fair Parade and the Sun Carnival in El Paso they created a stir of appreciation by all.

“Junior Sheriffs Group

“A Junior Sheriffs for boys was organized. They met each Saturday in the Courtroom of the Courthouse. One of the deputies was the instructor and gave instruction on law observance and teaching them responsibility as good citizens.

“One of the local ministers, Dr. Thompson, became the counselor for the juvenile delinquent program. Mr. Wilcox had a natural flair for his job and it was not unusual for the parents of the youth to tell him, ‘if it were not for the stigma of having my son in jail, I would say that I am grateful for him being under your guidance.’

“One very spoiled young man who found himself in jail, read nothing but funny books, he complained to his doting parents that he was starved and never had much to eat. His father was invited to view the trays of food that went up from the kitchen, and was completely convinced that his son had plenty of plain food to eat. He wanted to supply him with cake, pie, and ice cream. Mr. Wilcox said ‘fine, but you must also bring enough for everyone in the jail.’ He appealed to his church and put up such a beautiful plea that for a while the members brought in cakes and cookies and pies, but when they also saw the loaded trays of food, this soon stopped.

“Breakfast generally consisted of coffee, oatmeal, milk, hot biscuits, butter, and a large sweet rolls. The noon meal consisted of a meat, vegetables, either hot bread or two slices of bread, and dessert, mostly canned fruit. Supper was beans, with onions and salt pork, bread, fruit, and coffee. On Sundays chicken or turkey was served.

“This particular young man learned a great deal from his stay in the jail, and turned out to be a responsible citizen.

“Many drunks found themselves for an overnight stay in the jail. When they came down the next morning sober some arrogantly stated in a loud voice, ‘Where is the bar?’ We knew they could not be helped, however, if one came down with a shamed face look, saying, ‘I never dreamed I would find myself in the county jail,’ Mr. Wilcox would call a member of the Alcoholics Anonymous and someone always responded by coming over immediately to council the person. There was a close cooperation between the sheriff’s office and the Alcoholics Anonymous.

“Mr. Wilcox also promoted a close and cooperative feeling between the City Police and the Sheriff’s Deputies. The two services worked together quite harmoniously all four years of his term.

“With the increase in budget Mr. Wilcox was able to include many fine services that could be given through the county sheriff’s department. He felt that the greatest need was for prevention and rehabilitation, prevention especially for first offenders who were in the majority very young. They varied programs for helping those who found themselves in trouble, to help themselves when released. Some who were brought in were cured at just the thought of going to jail and would for ever after, stay out of trouble. One night in jail cured many.

“One particular judge sentenced a robber to six months in the county jail. This, I considered cruel as no one should have to stay in that county jail for six months. I felt he should’ve been sent to the state pen where some form of exercise is allowed. The cells to the Chaves County Jail were so small with no windows, they were much like a cage for a wild animal. The small ‘Bull Pen’ of a runaround did have barred windows and large wire screens over them that a prisoner could peer out looking upon Fourth Street and the south Courthouse lawn. The jail is of course not a clubhouse with such appointments, but a grown man or woman who finds themselves in the county jail, will not always be cured of their faults by punishment. The past certainly has proven this as jails all over the country do not lack for inmates.

“On several occasions when Mr. Wilcox had to return a woman prisoner, I would accompany him. We would visit detention homes and county jails along our way to observe the methods used that pointed to rehabilitation of the inmates. We would also review any structural plans that would be advantageous in our plans for the new county jail. A number of suggestions were passed on to the architect for our jail, but few were carried out mostly because of lack of money.

“As the last four years of Mr. Wilcox’s term approached, a number filed to run for sheriff, as he could not succeed himself. Many of the reforms that had been planned for this office and a great many of the services desired had not been reached. The new jail had not been built though it was on its way, so I decided to run for sheriff, mostly to continue the programs Mr. Wilcox had initiated.

“This proved to be a disastrous defeat. The public image of a sheriff is mostly derived from the movies, a gun playing the prominent part. (Mr. Wilcox never wore a gun.) His deputies looked up to him for advice and he was firm with them, he would council with them in detail. Sometimes a gun gives unnatural power to a man, this Mr. Wilcox was careful to guard against. During the four years he was Sheriff no officer shot and killed anyone.

“Most of the inmates, while Mr. Wilcox was Sheriff, were not desperate men. Offenders seemed to run in cycles, one month that would be men who did not pay their alimony or forged checks. Some were just drunk and disorderly, there were a few who were robbers, and only a very few murderers. Each one was a challenge, how to deal justice to him and to the public. Once in jail, every precaution was taken for security. Only one jail break was attempted.

“One day in the early afternoon, while working in the kitchen I thought I heard a noise like someone sawing upstairs in the jail, which was directly over the kitchen. I went into the office and asked Mr. Wilcox and one of the deputies to come and listen. It was indeed a prisoner sawing away, someone had passed him a small saw. He was surprised in the act.

“About 25 prisoners was the average number kept in the jail and most of them were kept for short periods, 30 to 60 days. This was fortunate, as I mentioned the facilities at the jail were not adequate for long term imprisonment.

“On many cold nights we would receive a request for a bed in jail as some would have no warm place to sleep. Many requests were made to the sheriff’s office on which no action could lawfully be taken. Once a very red-faced young man rushed in saying ‘I came to talk business, I came home a while ago and found my wife all packed up and ready to leave me, and I want you to stop her.’

“Another time a woman came in saying her husband had her purse and it had some money in it, but he would not give it to her, would an officer come over and make him give her the purse? It was fairly common for either the husband or wife to come in and say their husband or wife was missing. After a search had been put out they would later be found just out on a party.

“There were some with mental conditions who would have to be housed for a short time in the jail until committed to the state hospital. One woman would not wear her clothes but would continually talk of her many dresses and pretend to be sewing. She would say when asked to put on a dress, ‘OK,’ and pretend to zip it up the side and put on her shoes and stockings. I am happy to say that she was cured at the hospital, her malady being caused from liquor.

“The youngest prisoner we had was a nine-year-old boy who was brought in, in the police wagon. The policeman ran in saying to everyone, ‘man your guns I am bringing in a bad hombre,’ then stepped out a little boy. He had been in much trouble often and had just stolen a purse having $25 in it. He was very bold and never would tell the juvenile judge what he did with the purse. His father happened to also be in jail, so the father was put in the juvenile section with his son. After successful negotiation, we were able to send the boy to Boy’s Ranch. “However, his mother kept writing him such sob letters about how she missed him and wanted him home until they sent him back. They moved out of the state.

“One day a rancher north of town brought in what he called a flying saucer. There had been many reports all over the United States by people who claimed that they had seen a flying saucer. The rumors were in many variations. (The saucer was from a different planet, and the people flying on it were looking us over. The Germans had invented this strange contraption. Other tales that one had landed and strange looking people walked from it that quickly departed on the sighting from any onlooker.) All the papers played the stories up and many people searched the skies at night to catch sight of one. Since no one had seen a flying saucer, Mr. Wilcox called headquarters at Roswell Army Air Field and reported the find. Before he hung up the telephone almost, a military officer walked in. He quickly loaded the object into a truck and that was the last anyone had of it.

“Simultaneously the telephone began to ring with long-distance calls from newspapers in New York, England, France, also from government and military officials. The calls kept up for 24 hours straight. They would speak to no one but the sheriff. However, the officer who had picked up the suspicious looking saucer, admonished Mr. Wilcox to tell as little as possible about it, and to refer all calls to the base. A secret well-kept, for to this day we never found out if this was really a flying saucer.

“Something must be wrong with our present system of correction. Our jails are full, our state pens are full, our mental institutions are full. The challenge is great for all types of correctional institutions! The home and family are the backbone of citizenship! This just might be the place to start to build a program of prevention. Many free services are offered to farmers and the general public on the care of crops and animals, etc., but nothing on the care of children and home and family life. Until a better program is found, this might be the answer. Parents generally desire to be good parents, but have a lack of knowledge. This field has been sadly neglected.

“There is no better time to start such a program than now. The jail has been proven a failure and is a last resort for correction of human errors.

“The sheriff is much more than a man carrying a gun!”

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


Dreaming of a farmhouse Christmas

Christina Stock Photo Peggy Seskey, left, and Sherrie Hargrove are working on craft projects for the upcoming shows of NMSU Chaves County extension Clubs' A Farmhouse Christmas.

NMSU Chaves County Extension Clubs are hosting Christmas showcase

By Christina Stock

Vision Editor

The New Mexico State University Chaves County Extension Clubs invite the public to their Christmas showcase, Nov. 13 at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 2500 SE Main St., in the new building. There will be two shows, one at 1:30 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Chaves County Extension office, 200 E. Chisum, Ste. 4.

“NMSU Chaves County Extension Clubs have presented a Christmas showcase since 2011 and are excited about this year’s theme, ‘I’m dreaming of a farmhouse Christmas,’” Shannon Wooton said. Wooton is the family consumer science agent of NMSU CCEC.

Wooton, together with two members of local extension clubs — Peggy Seskey with Zia Extension Club and Sherrie Hargrove with Make It Take It Extension Club — sat down with the Vision editor to talk about the upcoming event.

Seskey had joined an extension club in 1966 in Dexter before moving away from New Mexico. “I went where I think extension started, Virginia, to Virginia Tech and I joined there,” she said. She has been with the Zia Extension Club for 12 years.

“Make It Take It has started three years ago,” Hargrove said. “We started as a group of four friends that just got together to do crafts for Christmas and it blossomed into its own extension club idea. We got with Shannon and we started.

“Ours closes the gap between generations,” Hargrove said. “No one our age was joining, so we really wanted to bridge that gap. It’s a lot of young women, moms and our moms are part of the group as well. That is what makes our club fun and unique. We have all different ages that are involved.”

Asked what the core of the organization is, Wooton said, “We are a community development type organization. We also teach leadership, finance, nutrition and health. That’s what we promote. Relationships are built within, you have the younger women and the ladies who have been here a long time.”

These goals have not changed. “That’s like in 1966, when I started,” Seskey said. “I was just married and we had everybody in Dexter and Hagerman: farmer’s wives and all that wisdom. It was the experience. You had always somebody to call. How do you this? It was mixed back then.”

Asked how long the clubs have been working in Chaves County, Wooton laughed and said, “Since the beginning of time. We started with the land-grant universities and all the Acts that brought education to the people. A lot happened during that time, from the 4H clubs to AG (agricultural) research.”

The Smith-Lever Act formalized extension in 1914, but its roots go back to agricultural clubs and societies of the early 1800s. The act expanded USDA’s partnership with land-grant universities to apply research and provide education in agriculture.

“All the extension clubs are under the New Mexico State University umbrella and extension offices where we bring research-based information back to the clients,” Wooton said.

“We are able to educate each of the extension groups to where it serves best for their group or lifestyle or anything that is going on,” Hargrove said.

The shows feature easy sewing projects, gift giving ideas, wood projects, Christmas décor and gifts from the kitchen. There will be door prizes and refreshments as well as a program booklet to take home with detailed directions and recipes.

“This is a great time to come to the shows, get ready for the holidays and hopefully make it a little less stressful,” Wooton said. “It will give you some neat little ways to save money, maybe in that you can make the projects that we show, or the foods might be easier to prepare having the recipes and taste testing right there.

“We feature this year foods that are easy to take to other places. I know we are going to have some specialties like different types of tortilla roll-ups. We have a punch recipe that we feature. One of our areas is featuring coffee. From recipes to scrubs to lip balms,” Wooton said.

Quilt raffle tickets will also be available to purchase at the shows. Proceeds of the raffle benefit two Chaves County high school seniors attending college in New Mexico. This year’s recipients for the Jewell Limacher Scholarship and the Alameda Goolsby Scholarship are Eden Wiggins of Roswell, Ana Solis and Raquel Trevizo of Dexter.

Other community service outreach projects that the Chaves County Extension Clubs are involved in are Books for Newborns, where mothers of newborns upon leaving the hospital receive a packet with information on feeding their baby, car seat safety, immunizations, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), shaken baby syndrome, NMSU-Baby’s First Wish Newsletter and sign-up card, as well as a book to encourage reading to the child. Twelve hundred packets are distributed yearly to the two area hospitals. Extension club members also sew nursing cover-ups to encourage new mothers to breastfeed.

The Extension Club council also sponsors 4-H awards at its annual 4-H awards programs and helps monetarily with 4-H’ers who have competed on the national level.

Asked how to become a member in any of the extension clubs in Chaves County, Wooton said, “They can come to the Chaves County Extension Office, 200 E. Chisum St., Ste. 4, or call 575-622-3210 and visit with me, and I can give them the flyer and start visiting the clubs, or find one that fits into their schedule. There are five clubs right now with different days and times.”


Roswell celebrates Veterans Day despite weather

Lowell Hughes, 99, and a World War II veteran, sits in his Ford Mustang in front of the Chaves County Courthouse Saturday ahead of the Veteran’s Day Parade. (Alex Ross Photo)

Cold temperatures did not keep the crowds away or dampen patriotic fervor Saturday, as people lined the flag-bedecked streets in downtown Roswell for this year’s Veterans Day Parade and celebration.

The New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy Corp. Cadets unfurl an American flag Saturday morning at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets before the Veterans Day Parade. (Alex Ross Photo)

At 7 a.m. with a layer of frost still visible on the grass outside the Chaves County Courthouse, people began to show up in coats and cocooned in blankets to observe and in some cases, take part in the parade.

“Dear Lord, bless this day, bless Veterans Day and bless — God bless America,” Mark Rowland, chaplain for American Legion Post 28 said in a prayer to the crowd during a ceremony before the parade.

The program included the Pledge of Allegiance said by members of Girl Scout Troop 18044, and a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, sung by Tom Blake.

Names of local residents who died in World War I were read aloud, while wreaths were laid to honor those who served in the U.S. Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. Wreaths were also laid for prisoners of war and military members who went missing in action, as well as one for military members wounded in action.

Taps were played and doves were later released, signaling the start of the parade that went from Fourth and Main streets, before peeling left on 19th Street and ending at Stepp Field at the New Mexico Military Institute.

A total of about 30 entries were in the parade that ranged from vehicles from the New Mexico National Guard, to vehicles, to groups of people marching, to antique tractors and floats.

Veterans Day, which officially falls on Nov. 11, is meant to honor those who have served and are living but also those who died in service to our country, Rowland said before the ceremony.

When veterans come together, they remember their time in service, something that is hard for someone who has not served.

“They don’t have the experience and there is nothing that relates to military service in the civilian world, nothing that even comes close,” Rowland said.

This year marked the first time Post 28 led the effort to organize the parade and ceremony that has become an annual tradition in Roswell.

For 17 years, Rita Kane-Doerhoefer spearheaded the efforts to organize the parade and ceremony, along with some volunteers and help from MainStreet Roswell. After Kane-Doerhoefer opted not to plan this year’s celebration, MainStreet Roswell took over, until August when Post 28 expressed interest in taking the lead.

Rowland likened putting the event together to a football game.

“We got the ball and we started carrying it across the field a little bit late, but we put together the offense and we had a couple of fumbles along the way, but it looks like we are going to carry the football to the goal line and we are going to make a touchdown and it should be a great success,” he said before the festivities got underway.

Lowell Hughes, a 99-year-old World War II veteran who spent most of his life in Roswell, each year has driven his Ford Mustang in the parade, a tradition he continued this year.

He added that the parade is important and that he loves to see the crowds along the parade route.

“I appreciate them thanking me for my service,” he said.

Hughes noted that he is one of the oldest veterans in Roswell and one of the community’s few living World War II veterans.

“I am just proud to still be around here,” he said.

This Veterans Day marked the centennial of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, a fact that influenced many of the floats entered in the parade.

Brigadier Gen. Douglas Murray, dean of academics at the New Mexico Military Institute addresses the crowd as keynote speaker at the Veterans Day Parade in Roswell Saturday in front of the Chaves County Courthouse. (Alex Ross Photo)

Before the parade got underway, Brigadier Gen. Douglas Murray, a U.S. Air Force veteran and the dean of academics at the New Mexico Military Institute, said that although Veterans Day has come to be characterized by speeches, parades and retail sales, it is about much more than that.

The crowds that attended spoke volumes, but surveys show many young people don’t understand who fought in World War II and what caused that conflict.

Murray said Veterans Day is an occasion meant to remember, celebrate and dedicate. The first two are commonly understood, as people remember and honor those who have served, but people need to rededicate themselves to the values and principles that, throughout the ages, have inspired people to put on the uniform.

The United States is not a leader because of its wealth and military might, but because of a set of principles and a willingness to defend those ideals on the global stage, Murray said.

“Today is about rededicating ourselves to that proposition and what better way to recognize and celebrate our veterans than to do that?” he asked.

Individuals need to decide how best they can recommit themselves to those ideals, but Murray suggested the best way is to take some time to briefly talk to children about the meaning of the day, why it is celebrated.

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

A man of fairness and faith

Bob McCrea, shown with his wife Robyn, is a local attorney and champion for fairness in all that he does. A man of faith and hard works, he is clearly honored to serve Roswell. (Submitted Photo)

Fairness doesn’t happen by itself. It requires people to step up and to take conscious effort. Some do so as activists and volunteers. Some defend fairness as a profession.

Bob McCrea does both. He serves on the board of directors for the Roswell Commission on Aging, the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Foundation and the Historical Foundation for Southeastern New Mexico. His profession is the law.

“I was a CPA for seven years,” he said. “I enjoyed the people, the tax work, but the rest of the time was auditing, and I didn’t care for that. My little brother had just finished law school and said, ‘You’d really like it, Bob’ and so I applied to law schools and went to Washburn in Topeka, Kansas.”

The adjustment was real.

“Accounting was so much more black and white,” McCrea said. “Law has been much more difficult in that way. When I first started as a lawyer, I didn’t enjoy the amount of conflict, but I’ve grown to absolutely love law. I primarily deal with probates, estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships.

“I hope I die practicing law because I love meeting the elderly people of this town. The stories that they tell are fascinating. There are such wonderful people in Roswell that I wouldn’t meet otherwise. I feel like I’m getting paid to help society and I like that. I feel like I’m making a difference. I’m hooked.”

McCrea’s views on fairness have been largely informed by his love of travel.

“When I went to Pepperdine, I spent a semester in London and then a summer in Buenos Aires,” he said. “Ever since then, travel’s been an enormous passion of mine. I’ve been to 60 countries. I like meeting other people outside the U.S. In a lot of ways, we’re all the same. When I’ve met the people, eventually there’s music involved. I like trying different foods and seeing different cultures.”

McCrea and his wife Robyn enjoy showing their children different parts of the world.

“The last place we went was the Dominican Republic,” he said. “I was born and raised in Roswell and I love this town, but I want my children to know that there is more to life than what they see on a day-to-day basis. There are great people everywhere you go. It doesn’t matter race, color, religion, there’s a lot of neat people in this world.

“I’m fascinated about what’s out there. I want to see it with my own two eyes. I’m blessed that I’m able to.”

Seeing the world always makes home a bit sweeter for McCrea.

“Traveling makes me appreciate Roswell and the United States,” he said. “I always get a sense of peace returning home.”

McCrea’s love of Roswell is a driving force behind his works.

“I truly love this community,” he said. “Roswell has been wonderful to me since I was born here in 1972. I want to give back to the community. I want everything to be fair.”

An area of concern for him — something he has seen the effects of personally — is a recent decision by the Roswell Independent School Board to give administrators a significantly larger raise than they gave the teachers. His wife teaches in the local schools, and he’s seen how it affected her and many of her peers.

“It sends such a bad message to the teachers,” he said, “that they think they’re that much more valuable than teachers on the ground. There’s no way that they can justify that. It seems backward. It seems to me the 14-percent raise should have gone to the teachers. It’s all about the student. What is the point of education but to help the students?”

As one who married in his 30s, McCrea has a profound appreciation for the changes that marriage has brought to his life.

“I didn’t get married until I was 35,” he said. “It was a blind date. A former student of Robyn’s, whose grandmother is now married to my dad, set us up. That was 11 years ago last June. It’s wonderful being married late in life, but I was set in my ways.

“Now we have two children, David and Anna. David is 9 and Anna is 6. I always said I wasn’t going to have kids, but I’m glad God had bigger plans for me. We’re blessed that we can send our children to private school.”

McCrea is a man of strongly held faith, and one of his favorite ways to commune with God is at his ranch.

“We have a family ranch 30 miles West of Roswell and I spend two or three days a week out there,” he said. “I’m not a horse cowboy, but that’s probably my biggest passion. I love being out there. It’s very calming to me. I go out and check water, put out mineral and salt, and do the feeding. I love seeing the mule deer, the quail and whatever else I might get to see that day.

“I could see myself worshiping at the ranch. I’ve felt closest to God when I’m at the most peace. I’m grateful that Jesus died on the cross so we might be forgiven in his grace. God’s grace is just amazing to me. I lose sight of it a lot, but there’s no doubt it’s God in his forgiveness that keeps me going. The times God’s grace is the easiest to see are when I’m with my family and on the ranch. I hope when I die, people say that I loved God.”

It is his faith that makes McCrea such a determined champion of fairness. He hopes to see more people stepping up for fair treatment of all.

“I think that part of the problem with America is that we take all our freedoms for granted,” he said. “In Africa, people wait days to vote, and we take it for granted.”

McCrea is a quiet, unassuming man who is an exquisite listener. He sees more than he says. His work addresses what he sees and all of Roswell is blessed for it.

Producer of Roswell-related TV show visits local students

“If you are director or a writer, get out there and start shooting and figure out what works,” says Ken Topolsky, a TV producer who talked with students and the public Saturday at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Aspiring television and film industry professionals in New Mexico are starting their careers at a great time and are working in a good state, according to television producer and director Ken Topolsky.

“The business is better than it has ever been,” said Topolsky. “It is better than it has ever been because it is being democratized. Anyone in this room can make a film, and not only make a film but you can get it distributed.”

Topolsky is now serving as producer of the CW network series “Roswell, New Mexico,” a sci-fi drama partly filmed in the state.

During his 35-year career, Topolsky also has produced or directed 500 TV episodes of various shows, including the popular “Wonder Years.” Earlier, he worked as a producer and manager for recording artists and as a music coordinator for feature films.

He gave a talk Saturday morning at the Roswell Museum and Art Center for graduates and current students of the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell media arts program, as well as the general public.

Today’s technology, he said, makes it possible for most people with an interest to create short films or visual art pieces and post them publicly. Even experienced professionals are using smartphones to shoot commercials, he said.

“You have so many places where you can just put up your film, and so many people, producers, are looking at those,” he said. “If you are director or a writer, get out there and start shooting and figure out what works.”

Topolsky also talked about New Mexico’s current film and TV industry, which he predicted will grow significantly in coming years.

“In terms of getting into it, you are probably in one of the better places,” he said. “Atlanta, with its (tax) incentives, exploded. It is almost impossible now to get crews in Atlanta. New Mexico is like a young Atlanta.”

According to information posted by the New Mexico Film Office, the film and commercial audiovisual industries contributed an average of $311.5 million a year in direct spending to the state from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2017, with projects with budgets over $1 million averaging just over 29 a year. The number of worker-days for the industry during that five-year period averaged 278,862 each year.

ENMU-R media arts instructor Alan Trever said that Topolsky’s visit with students was an important educational and networking opportunity.

“It’s everything that we need to get students connected with the industry,” he said. “It is important for them to hear it from someone known in the industry. I can say it a thousand times, but, if they hear it from someone like Topolsky, it sticks with them.”

The producer’s visit was arranged in part by the the city of Roswell, said Director of Public Affairs Juanita Jennings.

“We have been working with the state Film Office on promoting Roswell, and this opportunity came up,” she said.

Some of the ways in which film or commercial audiovisual production companies can receive tax refunds available as incentives is to provide educational workshops for film or media arts programs in New Mexico and to help promote the state’s film industry.

Topolsky took some time to engage several of the students individually, asking them about their interests and pursuits.

He also described some of his duties as a producer, and he told the group that anyone interested in pursuing film or TV careers should read literature and watch movies, study paintings and create stories about the people in them, and become conscious of how sunsets, natural light and indoor lighting can affect color and be used to suggest mood and character.

He also said that the motivation for pursuing a career in the industry matters.

“You do this because you love it. You don’t do this because you think you are going to make a lot of money,” he said. “When you are working 16 to 18 hours a day and you have to work seven days a week, when you are on Lake Winnipeg and it’s 30 below zero and you are shooting nights . . . sooner or later, there isn’t enough money,”

But, he told students, “If you really want to do this and put your heart into it, you are going to succeed.”

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

Carrying on a military tradition


Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, president and superintendent of the New Mexico Military Institute, salutes the cadet band as it passes in review on Stapp Field Saturday morning. The corps of cadets’ parade of about 705 NMMI students honors veterans and continues a U.S. military troop review tradition that began during the Revolutionary War. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

111118 Week Ahead



Veterans Day federal holiday. Some government offices closed.

Sidney Gutierrez Middle School Governing Council, 6 p.m., Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd.

Dexter Consolidated School District Board of Education, 7 p.m., Board Room, District Central Offices, 100 N. Lincoln Ave. (Workshop at 6 p.m.)


Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District Board of Directors, 9 a.m., Suite 100, District Offices, 2303 E. Second St.

Chaves Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors, 10 a.m., Conference Room, 300 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

Chaves County Comprehensive Strategy Board, noon, Training Room, Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place

Roswell City Council Public Safety Committee, 4:30 p.m., Large Conference Room, City Hall, 425 N. Richardson Ave.

City of Roswell Public Forum (for Ward 2), 5:30 p.m., Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero Road

Roswell Independent School District, 6 p.m., Board Room, Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky Ave.


Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Branch Community College Board, 4 p.m., Board Room 135, Administration Center, 52 University Blvd.


Chaves County Indigent Health Care Commission, 8:30 a.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place

Chaves County Board of Commissioners, 9 a.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place

City of Roswell Airport Advisory Commission, 10 a.m., Conference Room, Airport Terminal Building, 1 Jerry Smith Circle

Roswell Public Library Board of Trustees, 4 p.m., Bondurant Room, Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave.

State Land Office gets $3.2 million in lawsuit settlement


The New Mexico State Land Office has reached a settlement of $3.2 million in a civil trespass claim with Texas-based Salt Creek Midstream LLC.

According to a Friday statement, proceeds of the settlement will benefit New Mexico’s public K12 schools.

The trespass violations occurred when the company engaged in unauthorized and significant construction activity on state trust lands in Lea County without securing required rights-of-way easements, according to the statement.

The State Land Office said that, in addition to paying $3.2 million, some of the requirements of the settlement include that Salt Creek Midstream must reclaim all disturbed areas and provide an acceptable reclamation bond in the amount of $250,000.

State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn said that Salt Creek would have paid a little less than $217,000 if it had followed legal procedures to access state trust lands rather than the $3.2 million in trespass fines.

Roswell Community Kitchen to host open house


There will be an open house at the new Roswell Community Kitchen building at 114 E. Bland on Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m. The public is invited to share in the festivities.

Roswell Community Kitchen, a non-profit organization, is governed by a board made up of volunteers from 14 different churches and community organizations. The Community Kitchen Governing Board meets once a month in the newly renovated community kitchen building.

Since the kitchen’s founding in 1983, more than 1,178,668 people have been served.

Thirty-five years ago, during a prayer group, Delores Montoya told Father Joe Nelson that we should feed the people. Father Joe said, “We have a kitchen and we can do that.” Thus the program began with the assistance of Raye Durand, Jeanne Kunko, Bill Boris and Pastor Bill Hartman.

When they realized that the community kitchen would move to some other location, they incorporated the organization. Soon, Barbara Harris and Frances Hartman joined the group.

Harris said, “It was the expertise of the late Pastor Bill Hartman that the incorporation papers were drawn.”

On March 18, 1983 the first meal was served to 17-20 people. Raye Duran remembered that she had brought pies. The kitchen is dedicated to feeding the hungry, and everyone is welcome.

As time went on, other volunteers from other churches shared the blessing of feeding the hungry.

All meals are prepared by a staff of three with help from volunteers, and served from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on weekdays. Sack lunches are handed out from 12:30-1 p.m on weekends.

An average of 2,500 meals are served each month. During the summer, participation increases when children are out of school.

Chef Brad Ussery, manages the operation using donated food and purchasing other items he may need with funds from public and private donations.

Given the taste of the food, diners claim that it is like eating in a 5-star restaurant, according to volunteers.

Recently, Pastor Dan Tisdel of St Mark’s Lutheran Church designed a web page for the kitchen — it can be found online at

Roswell sweeps Hobbs to become tourney champs

Roswell celebrates a three-set sweep over Hobbs Saturday night at the Coyote Den. Roswell is regular season district champs and district tournament champs. (David Rocha Photo)

Let’s just face it, Roswell has Hobbs’ number this year. In every game of the three matches the Lady Coyotes played Saturday night at the Coyote Den, Roswell scored the first point of each game. Roswell was led by a group of players from Elisa Perez diving on the floor for balls and keeping them alive, to Jalen Baca setting up her teammates for kill shots. Roswell got some nice blocks at the net from Julia Espinoza. As the season has gone on the dynamic duo of Alex “Fire” Gonzalez — who came with the force on her kill shots — helped set Cheyenne “Ice” Martinez.

Roswell’s Cheyenne Martinez took over the third set late with two aces, a kill and she served four points to close out Hobbs at the Coyote Den Saturday night. (David Rocha Photo)

“I think our seniors stepping up has been a big part of our success,” Roswell coach Heather Baca said, “late in the season. Cheyenne (Martinez) has done that, she is serving the ball better and she had a huge kill at the end and I think that set the tone. She also served two aces and that’s what senior leadership is all about — responding at the right time and producing.”

Martinez played inspired and both looked like they were on the basketball court as they found each other at the net. Martinez saved her best performance of the night for the last six points of her match, coming up big with a kill to stop a Hobbs rally.

Martinez, who is left-handed, hit a kill shot with the right hand in the third set to bring Roswell back from a 21-18 deficit and close out the Lady Eagles’ 25-20 as Roswell won the district tournament championship by a score of 25-18, 25-21 and 25-20.

“Coming into tonight,” Baca said, “Hobbs has taken us five-sets every time we have played them. Stacy (Williams) has done a great job of coaching them. I think we put some pressure on them early and they (Hobbs) didn’t respond. I thought our girls played really well tonight.”

In a five-day span, the Lady Coyotes defeated Hobbs for a championship as they defeated them in a one-game playoff in Carlsbad on Monday night to win the tiebreaker for the regular season district championship: 23-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18 and 15-10.

“Roswell played tough,” Hobbs’ coach Stacy Williams said. “They kept us off-balanced, they came to win the district championship tonight. We’ve only beaten them once out of five games this season.”

Coach Baca didn’t feel like any of her girls played bad. She remembers on Monday when her team played Hobbs that her team missed 19 serves and on Saturday her team served a lot better, which was a key to the game.

“I felt like we passed the ball a lot better tonight,” Baca said. “Hobbs is a great serving team, they put a lot of pressure on our passing and always do. It was a credit to our kids — we handle their serving. Our kids are tenacious and they battle for every point. They can be down nine or 10 points and battle back, they turn the page pretty quick. That’s kind of the team we’ve become this year.”

Roswell will find out seeding today. On Thursday, Roswell will play in pool play first, and then be seeded. There will be three teams in every pool. For Roswell to get a bye, they will have to win their pool and then they will receive a bye. If Roswell does not receive a bye, they will play in the first round Thursday night. For the Lady Coyotes, they have their work cut out because if they lose once, the season is over with.

Roswell with reclassification has won the regular season district championship and the district tournament all in the same season. Baca has now taken her teams to the state playoffs in six out of the seven seasons she has been a head coach at Roswell.

111118 Alton’s Power Block athletes of the week


Alton’s Power Block Gym Athletes of the Week from L-R: Hagerman’s Martin Flores with Alton employee Izhai Hernandez center and Goddard’s Nick Fox. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Goddard volleyball


In this file photo from earlier in the season, Goddard’s Lacie Schooley digs a ball during a home match. On Saturday night at Ground Zero, Goddard lost to Artesia in straight sets in the championship of the district tournament, 25-21, 26-24 and 25-21. Goddard will still play in the state tournament, seedings for the brackets will be held today. (Steve Notz Photo)

Maria Sisneros Sena


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

Service: Mary Sisneros Sena will lie-in-state at the Anderson Bethany Funeral Home & Crematory, 2609 South Main, Roswell, New Mexico, on Thursday, November 14, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, for visitation with family. A Celebration of Life Service is scheduled for 11:00 AM, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home, Thursday, November 15, 2018. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.

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

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

Survivors: She is survived by her children: Bobby Sena and wife Priscilla of Tucker, Georgia, Esther Melesia Castro and husband David of Roswell, NM, Josie Dodier of Corpus Christi, Tx., Fabian Sena of Hobbs, NM, Lenora Valerio and husband, Teodoro N. Valerio, Sr. of Jacksonville, Fl., Billy Sena and wife Geraldine of Albuquerque, NM, Edward Sena and wife Raquel of Lubbock, TX, Michael Sena and wife Leticia of Trophy Club, TX and Henry Sena of Roswell, NM; twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

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

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

Honorary Pallbearers: Honorary Pallbearers are all other grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary’s family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to family, friends, neighbors, and church members for their love, prayers and support during our mother’s illness.

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

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

Vera N. Cardona


Our beloved mother, aunt, grandmother Vera N. Cardona age 79 of Roswell, NM passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018.

Vera was a very devoted daughter who took care of her mother for most of her life and raised many nieces and nephews. She was a giving person. Although she told it like it was, she had a good heart. Vera worked in housekeeping and as a janitor at Sierra Middle School.

She loved watching scary movies and reading suspense novels. Vera enjoyed spending time with her family and her dog Misty whom she loved very much. Her and her life partner spent many days cruising in the country and to Ruidoso listening to oldies or Spanish music.

Vera is survived by her life partner of 33 years Joe Marrujo; her daughters Nancy Cardona and Liz Cardona Artiaga and husband Albert (Tito); grandchildren Albert and Destiny Artiaga; great-grandson Josiah Merrifield and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are the Flores, Martinez, Hernandez, Sanchez, Sosa, Contreras, Fuentez, Harris and Sandoval families. She is also survived by a special neighbor who always had a special place in her heart O’Shanna Garcia who we would like to thank for being there with her during this time.

Her daughters would like to thank her niece Patricia Wright for always keeping in touch with their mom, she loved you dearly. They would also like to thank Cecelia Contreras, Mary Pharis, Ronnie Fuentez and Sandra Sandoval for everything that you have done to help their mom and them, she loved all of you.

Vera was preceded in death by her father Estanislado Cardona and her mother Eduarda Cardona; grandson Ray Anthony Cardona Artiaga; sisters Rose Flores, Erminda Hernandez, Reducinda Sosa and Aurora Dora Martinez; brothers Cruz and Catarino Cardona; nephews Gilbert Flores, Raymond Flores, Tommy Flores, Junior Sanchez, Danny Martinez and Jimmy Sosa and nieces Virginia Molina and Jennifer Harris. She is also preceded in death by her precious dog Ru Ru who she loved very much.

Family will accept visitation from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel with funeral service to follow at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Oscar Hernandez of Church of Christ will be officiating. Please join us after for a reception at 1691 W. McGaffey.

Serving as pallbearers will be Paul Contreras, Albert (Tito) Artiaga, Albert R. Artiaga Jr., Nicholas Romero, Joe F. Marrujo, Michael Johnson and Destiny Artiaga. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert (Bobby) Flores, Michael Contreras and Manuel Flores.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ballard Funeral Home for their care and attention of our mother and family. Her daughter Liz would also to thank the employees and management at American National Insurance Co. for their support and love during this time.

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

Dr. Frank W. Schwarz II


September 20, 1924 – November 8, 2018

Dr. Frank W. Schwarz went home to be with The Lord on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the age of 94. Dr. Schwarz, a long-time resident of Roswell, served the community and Southeast New Mexico in the field of Urology for more than 30 years and also as Board President of SE New Mexico Medical Center. Born the son of military physician Dr. Frank W. and Helen (Brennan) Schwarz in San Antonio, Texas, he grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan and served as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy from 1942 – 1946. He completed his undergraduate work at The University of Michigan in 1948, his medical school training at Wayne State University in 1952, and his residency in urology at Detroit Receiving in 1953. He then served Southeast Michigan until he moved his family to Roswell in 1969.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of more than 48 years, Geraldine (Jerry) Chapman Schwarz in 2002 and is survived by his sister Janet (Schwarz) Miller and brother Dr. John Joseph Schwarz both of Battle Creek, MI, 5 children; Frank III (Darlene) of Humble, TX, Mary (Charles) Faust of Star, ID, Robert of Ft Collins, CO, Fred (Phyllis) of Castle Pines, CO, and Peter (Kelley) of Albuquerque, NM; 12 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held for the immediate family at Assumption Catholic Church in Roswell on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

The family wishes to thank the many friends and neighbors for their prayers and condolences. For those who wish to remember Dr. Schwarz with a charitable donation, please direct them to Casa Maria Health Care Center, 1601 South Main St., Roswell, NM 88203.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.

Lorraine (Lori) Dahlin


It is with deep sadness that we announcing the passing of our mother Lorraine (Lori) Dahlin age 83 on November 4, 2018. She is predeceased by her husband, Richard Dahlin and leaves the families of her five children, Sharon Townsley, Michael Dahlin, Patricia Dunne, Mary Cimarolli and Peter Dahlin which include ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Lorraine was born on Needham Farm near Parshall, North Dakota on August 18, 1935 and the 12th child of 13 born to Selma and Peter Howard. Being next to the youngest child she actually grew up with an abundance of nieces and nephews that were similar to her age. This environment created many memories of her youth and she became a great storyteller sharing her experiences of growing up in a very large family.

She enjoyed sharing how when she attended school she would tell her teachers she was the Aunt of her classmate which would make everyone laugh. One of Mom’s favorite stories was how she persuaded her Mom to let her move to another town to live with her sister’s family in order to graduate high school with her niece and nephew. Upon graduation from Makoti High School in North Dakota, Mom moved to Minneapolis to start working as a secretary for Western Electric and became their “Hello Charley Queen” for the five state area where her picture was made into employee bumper stickers for that year.

It was at Western Electric where she met her husband Richard. After they were married in 1959, they moved to Marshall, Minnesota before settling in Roswell in 1962 where she lived for the next 56 years. Professionally she was a legal secretary for many years but her real passions were at home. Her love for family always shone through as she raised her children and later cherishing time with her grandchildren.

She was an amazing cook who was always trying new recipes from her extensive cookbook collection. We never had a store bought cookie growing up and actually used to trade her baking for store bought with our friends at school. Lorraine was very creative and enjoyed painting and her artwork was hung all over their house. She also loved to write and wrote many poems and short stories that shared her faith and thoughts on life.

Mom and Dad shared a passion for traveling and with their travel trailer enjoyed exploring a large part of the USA. But the core of our Mom was her Christian faith and her kind heart and unconditional love for her family and friends. She was very supportive and encouraging of any challenge we wanted to take on and when talking to she would give you her undivided attention. Her generous nature often resulted in random acts of kindness which could be making your favorite meal or a gift delivered to your door just because she was thinking of you. We will miss her greatly, but cherish the many fond memories we have of her.

Lorraine’s memorial service will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Roswell on Saturday, November 17th at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family would request that people donate to the Josh Dunne Organization at or by mail to 3009 Auga Ladosa Ave, Las Cruces, NM, 88011.

Rose Domecinda (Cindy) Varela


08/06/41 ~ 09/04/18

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

Cindy was a graduate of Roswell High School, class of 1960 and went on to receive her degree as Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) She worked in hospitals in California and in Tulsa, OK, for many years.

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

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

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

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

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

Aurelia H. Medina


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

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

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

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

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

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

Obituario de Cecilia Lara


Cecilia Solares de Lara de 69 años, falleció el 9 de Noviembre, del 2018, en Roswell, Nuevo México. Nació el 19 de septiembre de 1949, en Chachoapan, Oaxaca, México. Sus padres fueron Antonio Solares y Petra Rodríguez Solares.

Ella fue ama de casa. Fue miembra del templo, La Puerta Es Cristo en Midway. Cecilia fue muy trabajadora y fue una persona que amaba a su familia. Siempre fue atenta con su esposo y sus hijos.

Le sobreviven su esposo, Benjamin Lara; hijo, Raymundo Lara Solares y esposa Margarita Hernandez; hijo, Luis Lara y esposa Verónica Lara; hija, Susana Byrd y esposo Ricardo Byrd; hija, Dalia Salazar y esposo José Salazar; diez nietos: Edmundo, Jesus Róman, Daniel Guadalupe, Rosa Naomi, Consuelo y Raul, Crystal Lara, Luis Ricardo Lara, Frank Lara, Raquel Salazar y Zach Salazar; bisnietas: Emmely Guadalupe y Vanessa; y también le sobreviven sus hermanos en cristo.

Personas que le precedieron en la muerte son sus padres, un hermano, y una hermana.

Se podrá ver el cuerpo el Domingo, 11 de Noviembre de 9:00 AM a` 6:00 PM de la tarde en la Funeraria Anderson Bethany.

El Servicio Fúnebre será el Martes, 13 de Noviembre del 2018, a las 11:00 de la mañana en la Funeraria Anderson Bethany. El pastor Benjamin Lara estará Oficiando. Seguido por el cortejo fúnebre en el Cementerio South Park.

Los Portadores del Féretro serán: Luis Lara, Luis Lara Jr., José Salazar, Venancio Solares, Richard Byrd, y Frankie Lara.

Por favor tome un momento para compartir sus pensamientos y recuerdos de Cecilia con la familia en el registro en línea en

El Tributo de Cecilia fue escrito en su memoria por su familia.

David Neal Hudson


DAVID NEAL Hudson, 64, went to be with the Lord on November 3rd, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family and his dear friends Billy Johns and Michael Kilmer.

David was born January 22nd, 1954 to Beauford Cultis Hudson and Katie Florence Laymon in Artesia NM. David married his loving wife Vicki Ann Kilmer April 20, 2002. David is preceded in death by his father.

David is survived by his Mother, his wife, and 3 brothers, Terry Hudson and wife Debbie Hudson, Robert Hudson and wife Rhonda Hudson (deceased), Ricky Hudson and wife Jana Hudson. And 3 daughters Patsy Anne Montez, Amber Nichole Ruiz, Amanda Vick and a stepson Sean Ruiz.

David also had 7 grandchildren, 7 nieces and and 1 nephew, and numerous great nieces and nephews. David and Vicki also had several Rent -a- Kids whom he also loved dearly. One of which he considered like a son Joe Russell.

David loved being with his family, throwing darts, BBQ-ing, and listening to Rock-n-Roll. He will be dearly missed.

The family would like to send a special Thank you to the staff at Kindred Hospice.

Virginia Hubbard


Virginia Hubbard, 83, of Roswell passed away Friday, November 9, 2018. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Virginia’s family at

Service: A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 11:00 AM, at Bethel Baptist Church, with Pastor David Walden officiating. She will be laid to rest privately at South Park Cemetery.

On January 6, 1935, Virginia was born to William “Bill” Gorrell and Pearl Mae Herricks in Palo Pinto County, Texas. She married Lloyd Edward Hubbard February 10, 1954, in Coahoma, Texas. After completing high school, Virginia worked as a secretary for various companies before beginning work at Lovington Public Schools cafeterias from where she retired as a supervisor in 1989, after twenty-one years of service. Virginia adored time spent with family, traveling, creating meticulous needlework pieces and serving as a Sunday School teacher for more than forty years. She was a great encourager and friend, constantly sending hundreds of handwritten cards to family and friends throughout the years. Virginia resided in Roswell for the past fourteen years, moving here from Lovington, NM. Family and friends will miss her fierce devotion to them all.

Survivors: Those left behind to cherish her memory are her children: Jim Hubbard and wife Lesa of Broken Arrow, OK; Leah Masterson and husband John of Roswell, NM; grandchildren: Clayton Hubbard and wife Elena of Cary, NC, Meghan Turner of Roswell, NM, J’Lesa Bouzek and husband Jared of Castle Rock, CO, Chelsea Brodbeck and husband Josh of Lubbock, TX, and Collin Turner and wife Dara of Roswell, NM; great-grandchildren: Maddie and Meiles Turner, Claire and Lauren Bouzek, Urijah and Freya Brodbeck, Riley and Noah Turner.

Preceded: Preceding Virginia in death were her parents: Bill Gorrell and Pearl Gorrell Covington; and brother James Miller.

Honorary Pallbearers: Chosen to serve as Pallbearers are: Clayton Hubbard, Collin Turner, Jared Bouzek, Josh Brodbeck, John Masterson, and Carl Hubbard.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in honor of Virginia Hubbard.

Virginia’s tribute was lovingly written in her honor by her family.

Senon Sisneros


SENON SISNEROS, 54, passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2018 in Lubbock Tx. with his wife beside him after a short courageous battle of cancer.

He married his wife Maria De Jesus Castro on October 12, 1991 in Roswell, NM. Senon was born in Roswell, New Mexico on August 10, 1964 to Sylvester and Beatrice Sisneros.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Sylvester and Beatrice Sisneros of Roswell, New Mexico and brother Amado Torres of Ft. Stockton, Tx.

Those left to cherish Senon’s memory are his wife Maria De Jesus of Roswell, New Mexico, two sisters Elouise Ortega, and Bertha Salazar husband Flavo Salazar of Roswell, New Mexico. Three brothers Jerry Sisneros his wife Lori Sisneros, Mark Sisneros and Mathew Sisneros all of Roswell, New Mexico. Senon was blessed with three generations of nephews and nieces.

There will be a memorial service at NMMI Alumni Chapel on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. Chaplin (LTC) Jim Bignell will officiate the service. Interment will fallow at NMMI Columbarium to be a meaningful last resting place.

Thank you to all the staff at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center-ER, Air- Medic, UNM Hospital Staff, and a special Thank you to Hannah RN, Josh RN, Percies RN, Logan RN, Patti Speech Therapist, Reagan Nutritionist, and everyone at the Southwest Cancer Center.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge in Lubbock Tx. in Honor of Senon Sisneros and can be made out to Attention: Mark Stephens, 3511 10th St. Lubbock Tx., 79415. Senon will be missed by his wife, family, friends, and all those that were fortunate enough to have known him.

Moving line between believable/not


There was a time, not long ago, when reports of the unusual were more … unusual. And by that I don’t mean more bizarre, just less frequent. Americans, and people the world over were confronted far less often by stories ranging from the out of the ordinary to the downright hard to believe or outlandish. When a news report or, heck, even a flimsy-but-widely-circulated rumor of something fantastical came along, it stood out. As well such things should.

These days, wild claims tend to be less noteworthy — simply because there are so many more of them widely spread throughout our culture on a 24/7 basis thanks to media of all kinds, but especially online and specifically through social media. Some of these are just odd stories, some consist of slanted disinformation campaigns and others are in the vein of full-fledged “fake news,” often courtesy of Russians we’re told.

Before going any further, this isn’t some grumpy editor’s column bemoaning ways the internet has contributed to the creation and spread of hooey in the guise of useful information, though that’s a worthy enough topic. It’s a column about the decline, reported in various places throughout the year so far, in UFO sightings — and whether that indicates the once hard to believe has gradually become ho-hum. Any number of reasons for the decline in sightings have been suggested, among them that constant assertions of the “far out” variety have impacted the way people react to the potentially out-of-this-world.

There’s more motivation for someone to report — and for others to disseminate information about — events people are interested in, or view as more than just blips because of their unusual nature. If the public hungers for news of sightings, and expresses interest in theories behind them, there’s an audience. If not, well, perhaps sightings of unidentified objects in the sky become humdrum occurrences all around.

There are other theories, of course, many also having to do with changes in how we consume media, and through media judge what is and isn’t real. Some posit that in an age when everyone has a video recording device in their pocket (in the form of a smartphone), the lack of more convincing evidence on sites like YouTube — again, online — has simply convinced many that UFOs must never have existed in the first place. If Fox Mulder’s truth, so to speak, is “out there” — then where’s the proof?

Others simply point out that there have always been cyclical spikes in UFO sighting reports, followed by periods of decline. Groups that log sightings have indeed seen a significant drop since 2014, but whether that trend continues or is simply a longer-than-usual period of decline between spikes remains, appropriately, “unknown.” We’ll see.

We may be better positioned here to gauge general interest in UFOs than just about any place. When one sees the numbers from the UFO Festival, and sees the success of new UFO-themed tourist events like the crash-site tours launched last year, it’s a bit hard to believe that people have simply moved on from this sort of thing.

But it’s not unbelievable at all that the way people consume media today — and the ways many manipulate information, especially on social media — is gradually moving the line for some between what is and isn’t believable, what is and isn’t noteworthy. What happens when the threshold determining what’s outlandish keeps being raised higher? Regardless of whether that has anything to do with a decline in UFO sightings, it’s a question we should all consider.

The information/misinformation onslaught makes it more difficult than ever, but also more important than ever to carefully consider the things we see and hear, apply reason and separate what’s real from bunk. What’s important from what isn’t.

After all, what’s more worrisome than an outlandish, unbelievable (possibly dangerous) event taking place, be it in the skies or elsewhere? Try an outlandish, unbelievable (possibly dangerous) event no one thinks is a big deal.

That’s more frightening than just about anything — even a flying saucer.


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

Dana wins close race for District 1 seat

Dara Dana of Dexter says she will strive to represent all District 1 residents following a close race with Democratic challenger Michael Trujillo. “You include everybody no matter who wins or loses,” she says. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Republican Dara Dana has won her bid for the District 1 seat on the Chaves County Board of Commissioners.

Although the results will not be certified officially until Thursday morning, Dana’s 32-vote lead has remained after all votes have been counted.

Provisional and previously uncounted ballots were unsealed and tallied Friday afternoon in front of the county Canvassing Board, which consists of the Chaves County Commissioners. Four of the five commissioners were present for the meeting at the Chaves County Administrative Center.

Following the Friday count, Dana and Democratic opponent Michael Trujillo each gained four votes, with a final total of 1,280 for Dana and 1,248 for Trujillo.

Trujillo congratulated Dana on her win, with both saying that they will continue to communicate with each other about residents’ needs in the years ahead. She and other newly elected officials will be sworn into office in January. Dana will succeed James Duffey, who could not run again as he is finishing up his second term in office.

She will be the only woman on the 2019 commission. The only other seat up for election this year, District 5, will continue to be held by Republican Will Cavin, who ran unopposed in the primaries and the general elections.

Dana, a Dexter resident who previously served two terms in the New Mexico House of Representatives, said Trujillo was “gracious and cordial” in his remarks to her. She added that she will strive to serve all people in her district.

“What happens is, you include everybody no matter who wins or loses. You include everybody with everything you do. That is what a servant of the people is supposed to do,” she said.

She said that her first job as a commissioner will be to “listen and learn from my colleagues and just go from there and see what issues come up from the county.”

She added that the budget is also a priority. “We need to make sure that we live within our means because every budget, everyone, is having to live within their means,” she said.

Trujillo, the owner of El Charro Mexican Foods, a combat veteran and a former District 1 commissioner from 2003 to 2011, expressed goodwill toward Dana.

“She ran a good race and I think she will do a good job,” he said.

He said he will focus on his business and will remain active with the Democratic Party of Chaves County. But, he said, he has no future plans at this time to run for office.

“It is hard to get elected in Chaves County,” he said. “We did all we could to get elected, and right now she is going to represent all of us. As my campaign manager noted, it is about a 50-50 split, so she has to represent all of us.”

Which person had won the race was not certain on election night because a number of provisional votes and a few questionable ballots remained uncounted. Neither candidate was willing at that time to declare himself or herself the victor.

At the Canvassing Board meeting, Chaves County Clerk Dave Kunko said 71 provisional or uncounted ballots existed after Election Day. But County Clerk’s Office staff later determined that 25 did not qualify for counting.

Of the 25 provisional ballots filled out during Election Day that did not qualify, Kunko said that 17 were not registered to vote, four were registered to vote in different counties, two had already voted during the early voting period, one had already turned in an absentee ballot and one had registered by mail but did not present identification as required.

That left 46 ballots that might be eligible for counting. Of those, five were absentee ballots from first-time voters who registered by mail. Those five were required by law to submit identification along with ballot, Kunko explained. Upon opening those ballots in front of the commissioners, only one was found to have returned the ballot with identification and therefore to qualify for counting.

The remaining 41 provisional ballots filled out on Election Day involved such situations as people who incorrectly filled out absentee ballots or who said they had never received their absentee ballots. There were also some irregularities, including one woman who swore that whoever voted under her name during the early voting period was not her, with election staff agreeing that the signature did not appear to match her registration card. In another instance, a person voted during early voting but then the actual registered voter with that same name showed up on Election Day to vote.

The results of the additional 42 qualified ballots are expected to be added to the New Mexico Secretary of State website by Monday. The Canvassing Board meeting was adjourned Friday to give county staff time to finalize the tallies. The board is scheduled to reconvene at the start of the regularly scheduled Chaves County Board of Commissioners meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Chaves County Administrative Center.

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

Council sends air center resolution to legislators

Roswell Industrial Air Center Task Force members Bud Kunkel, left, and Tim Jennings stand for questions about the regional air authority before the full city council on Thursday night. (Alison Penn Photo)

The Roswell City Council on Thursday approved a resolution in support of giving the city the ability to create an airport authority. The resolution will next go before state legislators.

Councilor Judy Stubbs made the motion and Councilor Jacob Roebuck seconded. Councilors Savino Sanchez, Roebuck, Stubbs, Steve Henderson, Caleb Grant, Barry Foster, George Peterson, Angela Moore and Juan Oropesa voted to approve of the resolution allowing the council to potentially establish an airport authority or a regional air center special economic district. Jeanine Corn Best was absent.

City Attorney Aaron Holloman shared some history of the creation of the Economic Development Corporation task force and feasibility studies the idea of an airport authority was generated from. Holloman said the council’s consideration of the special legislation is the first step to consider creating the option of an airport authority. A previous attempt was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez following the last legislative session.

Bud Kunkel and Tim Jennings, represented the Roswell Industrial Air Center Task Force, along with members Michael Gottlieb, Kyle Armstrong, and Steve Henderson were present.

“This really has the opportunity, in my opinion, (where) we can be in a right place and the right time for once in our lives and I think it will be a great help to us,” Jennings said.

Jennings said he spoke with governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham and said she appears to be “very, very supportive” about the proposed airport authority.

Kunkel and Jennings thanked the council for confidence in the task force and thanked the mayor for his involvement in the air center and encouraging federal funding. They said they hoped work with the council would continue to bring “private investment and jobs to Roswell,” and the proposed resolution would be seen at the state-level during the upcoming 60-day legislative session, which begins Dec. 17.

At last month’s Legal Committee meeting, Mayor Dennis Kintigh shared concerns about passing incomplete legislation for the regional air center and was also adamant that the air center needed a revenue stream to support it. On Thursday night, Kintigh maintained his role as the presiding officer of the meeting and did not have any input when the item was presented.

Sanchez questioned whether or not Roswell has the workforce to support a regional air center special economic district. Kunkle reminded the councilor about the partnership and the “excellent meeting” between Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, Roswell Independent School District and local business owners to prepare students with relevant skills and career choices, with the intention of retaining them in Roswell’s workforce. Sanchez said those efforts to promote the workforce, from business leaders and educators, are “needed in Roswell.”

Sanchez also inquired about what would happen to the city’s airport advisory commission if the airport authority is implemented. Kunkel said it was likely that the task force would go away and the city council would decide whether or not to implement the airport authority.

Kintigh added that if the authority was to be established, the council would have the opportunity to decide on keeping the advisory commission or not.

Grant said he definitely supported the airport authority, thanked the task force and asked when the bill will be drafted for the council to view it. Kunkel said there have been several drafts of the bill and he reminded the council that the language could be changed by the legislature.

Henderson expressed his thanks to the task force for their “tenacity” on the proposed resolution. Henderson said there are many unanswered questions, but the city and related entities can take the matter “one bite at a time” to be successful.

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

Tobosa Developmental Services 40th Anniversary Gala set for Nov. 17

Rosy Rubio, CEO and executive director at Tobosa Developmental Services, sits behind her desk in her office Friday. Tobosa will hold a gala Nov. 17 to celebrate its 40th anniversary. (Alex Ross Photo)

Tobosa Developmental Services will hold a gala next Saturday with a series of high profile speakers and a Grammy Award winning recording artist to celebrate 40 years of serving adults with developmental delays and their families.

The gala will take place Saturday Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. The event will include live entertainment, a steak dinner provided by Peppers Grill & Bar, a cash bar, silent auction and a series of keynote speakers.

Rosy Rubio, Tobosa CEO and executive director, said the organization typically holds an awards dinner each year to honor individual clients and employees, but decided a while back to invite the community to celebrate its 40-year anniversary.

“We have been really planning this for a couple of years,” she said.

People can purchase individual tickets or a VIP table for eight people, Rubio said. Tickets can be purchased either by going to and clicking on the purchase tickets icon, or at Tobosa’s office at 110 East Summit St.

The Gala will kick off at 5 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction. Dinner will be served and keynote speakers will speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Speakers will include state Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell, State Rep. Angelica Rubio, D-Las Cruces, former State Sen. Tom Jennings, D-Roswell and former Tobosa CEO Joe Madrid.

Live entertainment will begin at 8:30 p.m. with Frequenzia, a Spanish country and rock band from El Paso. Rick Trevino, a grammy award-winning country singer, will perform from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, Rubio said.

Clyde Tommy Hornsby — a direct support professional who works directly with clients and was honored as Tobosa’s employee of the year — will be honored at the event, along with Martin Eudy, winner of this year’s Individual Achievement Award from Tobosa.

Eudy, a client with Tobosa for more than 30 years and business owner, took over M and D Mobile Newsstand, where he delivers papers and sells snacks to local businesses.

Rubio said Eudy took over the business when his roommate, also a Tobosa client, who recently died.

Tobosa provides adults ages 21 and older who have developmental delays with day programs in the larger community and matching clients up with job opportunities based on a client’s interests and abilities.

She said that Tobosa believes individuals with developmental delays can hold jobs as well as contribute to the community and local economy, and not just be dependent on government benefits.

“We totally believe that individuals that are capable just like the rest of us should be able to hold jobs out in the community, and businesses here in Roswell seem pretty open to that,” she said.

Rubio added that moving forward Tobosa hopes to diversify its funding sources. Right now the organization is mainly funded through Medicaid dollars, but in the last four years, they have been looking to get funding from various foundations and convince donors to regularly contribute to Tobosa.

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

5210 Challenge


Future Farmers of America (FFA) students from Roswell High, Goddard, Dexter and Hagerman perform a skit to kick off Mayor Dennis Kintigh’s 5210 Challenge. The challenge encourages third-graders in Chaves County schools for 21 days to eat five fruits or vegetables per day, with two hours or less of screen time, one hour of physical activity — and 0 is a reminder to drink more water. The program is sponsored by Healthy Kids Chaves County. (Submitted Photo)

Lovelace Health System acquires NMHI


ALBUQUERQUE — Lovelace Health System announced last week it has acquired New Mexico Heart Institute (NMHI), the state’s largest private cardiology practice.

This transaction solidifies a long-standing relationship between the two entities, Lovelace Health System officials said in a press release last week.

“We are pleased to build upon our partnership with the well-respected and highly trained cardiac team of New Mexico Heart Institute,” said Ron Stern, president and CEO of Lovelace Health System. “Together, we have built one of the state’s most recognized and well-regarded cardiovascular programs.

“By fully integrating the Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center and NMHI, we will be able to offer improved continuity of care and a more seamless patient experience. This partnership also provides an opportunity to better serve the rural communities of New Mexico where cardiology services can be scarce.”

NMHI currently serves patients in 25 New Mexico communities. As part of Lovelace, NMHI will retain its name and leadership, according to the press release.

Dr. John Cruickshank, CEO of Lovelace Medical Group, will lead the NMHI and LHS integration.

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RMAC seeks volunteers

RMAC is always looking for friendly and outgoing volunteers for various assignments. The volunteer application can be found on the museum’s website:, under departments. For more information, call 575-624-6744 ext. 10 or send an email to


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