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Roswell airfield tour shows opportunities

City Councilor Judy Stubbs looks at one of the airfield’s tear-down pads, used by an maintenance and repair operation (MRO). Roswell International Air Center Director Scott Stark told members of the Airport Advisory Commission that this pad is too old and in a bad location, causing “fog” from debris drift and storm-water drainage issues. A priority is to build a new pad in a new location. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The need to remove stored parts from prime airfield locations, to upgrade one of the taxiways and to make decisions about commercial hangars are just a few of the issues facing Roswell International Air Center managers and city leaders.

A Thursday tour of the secure, fenced off section of the Roswell International Airport by Air Center Director Scott Stark gave members of the Airport Advisory Commission and a few airport tenants and members of the public a closer look at current operations and some ideas of what airport managers want to see happen in the future.

The tour occurred during the third meeting of the City of Roswell Airport Advisory Commission. Michael Garcia, a principal with Armstrong Consultants Inc., also made a presentation about his company’s 10 years of work with the city on airport financing, construction and planning.

As with the previous two meetings, the commission’s discussions were far-ranging as members concerned themselves primarily with becoming familiar with air center operations and issues.

“I don’t know the answers,” Mayor Dennis Kintigh, chair of the commission, said at one point in the meeting when people were debating whether the city should invest in large, new hangars for commercial operations rather than continue to pay to maintain or repair existing hangars built 60 to 70 years ago — structures that often are too small for larger aircraft or lack sufficient electrical systems for work on modern aircraft, according to some commission members.

“I see that as one of the objectives of this commission,” Kintigh said. “To say to the council, hey, don’t throw good money after bad. I have even thrown out the radical idea of, you know, tearing them down and using that for a large hangar. Just because I’ve thrown the idea out doesn’t mean I’m committed to it or that it is a good idea. I just say we need to seriously talk about that.”

Discussions about commercial hangars also concerned whether private investors could be attracted to build new ones.

Major points covered during the tour involved infrastructure and building needs.

• The city will start work next month on its study of an airport terminal expansion. The airport recently received a $148,162 grant from the New Mexico Department of Transportation to examine options regarding the expansion of the 1975 terminal building and its related facilities such as parking areas. “As anyone knows if you have flown out of here recently, it is crowded,” said Stark. “There is not enough parking spaces, there is not large enough secure area, the baggage area could be bigger.” He said the airport needs to plan for additional commercial flights and passengers in the future and also mentioned that future design should ensure that vehicle parking is not within 300 feet of the terminal. He said future terminal expansion could mean a new building or adding onto the existing structure.

• Pecos Flavors Winery, which is opening a restaurant inside the terminal, is expected to start construction soon so that it can begin operations by the holidays.

• The airfield secure area has a big problem at the current time with the various maintenance and repair operations (MROs) having aircraft parts stored on the ramp, Stark said. Not only does that create what Stark characterized as an “eyesore,” but it also represents a potential safety problem and ties up valuable ramp area that could be used for other purposes. The air center is working with tenants to move the parts to other storage areas or buildings and has already stopped allowing tenants to lease ramp space for storage.

• A current “tear-down pad” that one MRO uses to disassemble aircraft is not adequate now for current needs or in the proper location, Stark said. The concrete pad has deteriorated, leading to a storm-water drainage problem, and the location causes “fog” when winds blow debris across the runways and taxiways. The pad, not too far from the terminal, is also a prime spot for future terminal or hangar expansion. A new pad is needed in a different location, he said.

• The airport needs new hangars for private aircraft owners to rent. Ten T-hangars located to the east of the terminal are small, appropriate only for single-engine planes, and near areas where MROs have a lot of their materials stored, making it difficult for pilots to taxi or move their aircraft.

• Stark said airport planners consider a portion of the airfield that is now vacant but near the runways as a prime area of future development, with enough land for 30 or 40 hangars large enough to hold 747 aircraft. While he thinks there will never be a need for that many hangars, he said he does think it is realistic that 10 to 20 private aircraft hangars might be built within 20 years.

• One of the taxiways needs to be widened, Stark said. A portion of it is now asphalt, which cannot carry heavy loads such as concrete, and is not conducive for aircraft with wider landing gear. The plan is to renovate the taxiway to remove the asphalt and replace it with concrete.

• Some commercial hangars are being used by MROs for non-aviation purposes, including storage. According to Stark, if some other tenant comes along that wants to use those hangars for aircraft operations, the FAA will require the current tenants to vacate the buildings. He did say the hangars are “obsolete,” which means that the number of prospective new tenants is limited.

• Stark said he would like to see a full-time Airframe and Powerplant mechanic available on the airfield for traveling pilots who have mechanical problems. At the current time, A&P mechanics either are either occupied on other duties as MRO employees or work only periodically with the fixed base operator at the airfield.

• Stark talked about the large number of aircraft, about 200, stored long-term throughout the airfield. He countered the idea that the airfield is a “boneyard.” Instead, he said, all of the planes are either in process of being repaired or being disassembled for parts or metal sales or recycling. He said the airfield could store as many as 800 aircraft and that the air center considers the fees paid for long-term storage to be a good source of income.

• Stark said he and others are seeking a buyer or new tenant for the large building once used as the Millennial bus manufacturing site. The 440,000-square-foot structure is underutilized now, he said, adding that the Millennial group was not required to meet any type of activity or performance criteria when it signed its lease. He said only a portion of the building is now used by the company for parts sales and storage.

•Stark said he would like to see an industrial park developed on the south side of the airfield accessible by Y-O Road. It would be outside the secure FAA operation area, but adjacent to it.

The next meeting of the commission has been scheduled for 10 a.m., Oct. 18, in the air terminal building.

Local schools celebrate NMPED’s Straight-A Tour

Christopher Ruszkowski, secretary of education, and students from Military Heights Elementary School raise a new banner celebrating the school’s A grade from the state in the cafeteria of El Capitan Elementary School on Thursday. El Capitan Elementary School also earned an A and those students also received a banner from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Ruszkowski visited those two schools and Sidney Gutierrez Middle School on Thursday morning as part of the NMPED’s New Mexico Straight-A Tour. (Alison Penn Photo)

Christopher Ruszkowski, secretary of education, visited Roswell to recognize and celebrate Sidney Gutierrez Middle School, Military Heights Elementary School, and El Capitan Elementary School for earning As this year. The visit was part of the Public Education Department’s New Mexico True Straight-A Express Tour.

On Thursday morning, Secretary Ruskowski and his team visited Sidney Guiterrez Middle School because the school has earned seven A’s in a row, which means the school has earned an A every year since the school grades were implemented. He said only eight schools out of 850 in the state have earned such an honor.

“I actually think Sidney Gutierrez is the only school that has earned seven A’s in a row outside of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor,” Ruszkowski said. “So all of the other ones that have earned seven A’s in row are in the that Albuquerque-Santa Fe corridor. To put it another way, I think you could make a strong argument that Sidney Gutierrez is the best school south of Albuquerque in New Mexico.”

With 850 schools and 89 districts statewide, Ruszkowski said only a little over 100, or 12 percent of all schools, earned an A. Though it is difficult, Ruszkowski said schools achieve because of outstanding, hardworking principals and teachers helping their students succeed.

“We have two schools that have earned their first-ever A,” Ruzksowksi said. “In New Mexico, that is not easy.”

After the middle school visit, Ruszkowski visited El Capitan Elementary School’s cafeteria, which was crowded with students, parents, teachers and administrators. Third- through sixth-grade students were present, from El Capitan and Military Heights, for the assembly. Ruszkowski presented banners for the schools and Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy handed out awards to the teachers.

McIlroy emceed the visit. School board members Alan Gedde, Dr. Kathleen Pittman and Mona Kirk, along with assistant superintendents Brian Byrd, Kenneth Bewley and Harry Tacket were present at the assembly.

“You guys did something that not many schools in the state of New Mexico are able to do,” McIlroy said, addressing students. “You guys did such a remarkable job last year. You learned so much and you showed us how much you learned last year and how much you grew in your learning that your school is actually rated as one of the top schools in the entire state of New Mexico.

“This celebration is all about you. Because you are incredible and we just want to celebrate you and and congratulate you and thank you for being such remarkable and exceptional students. Here’s the other thing, it’s also to encourage you to keep up the good work.”

Sierra Middle School students handed out glow sticks and were there to celebrate the other schools’ successes. The SMS students created a cheering tunnel in the hallway for all the younger kids to walk through after the assembly.

Stacey Damon, principal of El Capitan, said “it was amazing, absolutely wonderful” for the school to be recognized and that Ruszkowski was “phenomenal” in interacting with the students.

Students Lily Barela and Dyali Collins, both 10, said they were excited during the assembly and it felt “amazing” to be recognized for their hard work.

After the assembly, Anna Burrola, a third-grade teacher at El Capitan, was awarded $5,000 for excellence in teaching. Ruszkowski said only 1,000 teachers (or 6 percent) in the state — out of 21,000 — have received the excellence in teaching awards.

McIlroy said 70 more teachers were also awarded for being exemplary. McIlroy said Cortney and Jeremy Busby, wife and husband, were both exemplary teachers at Mountain View Middle school and were each awarded $10,000 for exemplary teaching at the secondary level and for teaching mathematics.

“We’re doing a great job and this year we’re going to show them that we’re going to rock it again, right?” Burrola said. Her students answered “yes” in unison.

“Guess which district I’ve visited the most?” Ruszkowski asked the students. “Roswell! This is my 10th time to Roswell. You know why? Because you guys are on the rise! This is a district on the rise. It’s a community that is on the rise.”

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

Roswell, Chaves County take part in WIPP exercises

Roswell and Chaves County law enforcement and emergency first responders teamed up with state and federal agencies as well as several local actors to take part in a WIPP transportation-incident training exercise Friday at the former Roswell municipal airport. The scenario acted out involved an accident between a pickup, an SUV and a WIPP truck. (Alex Ross Photo)

Flashing lights from police cars and wailing sirens cut through the fog Friday morning as a host of local, county, state and federal agencies took part in an exercise to gauge how well they would respond to a radiological incident.

Roswell and Chaves County law enforcement, medical and fire personnel took part in the first of two days of Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) exercises pertaining to the transport of radioactive materials.

Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, Lovelace Regional Hospital, La Familia Care Center in Dexter, and the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center also participated, according to a news release about the exercises.

The exercise funded by the U.S. Department of Energy involves staged scenarios.

Eletha Trujillo, program manager and task force coordinator at the New Mexico Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department said the exercise is meant to train first responders in communities along U.S. Highway 285 also known as the WIPP corridor, named after the repository of transuranic waste located just outside of Carlsbad.

“We want to ensure the community that our responders along the WIPP corridor are trained, they are prepared, that they’ve got the resources, materials and tools they need involving a WIPP truck,” she said.

Friday’s scenario involved a two-vehicle accident between a pickup truck and an SUV acting as a pharmaceutical vehicle with radioactive material spilling out of the back of it. In the scenario, a WIPP truck comes upon the accident running over debris, which immediately puts the WIPP truck out of service.

In addition to first responders, actors from New Mexico Military Institute’s Youth ChalleNGe acted as victims and bystanders in the accident.

To enhance the realism, a medical isotope — provided by Cardinal Health and handled by a radiological safety officer from the New Mexico Department of Environmental Protection— was in the SUV.

Trujillo said that while an accident involving a WIPP truck is possible, a situation with medical isotopes transported in a vehicle that gets in an accident is a scenario officers and emergency first responders are likely to encounter.

Decontamination, cutting clothing off “victims” and scanning the scene to measure levels of radiation and attending to the injured are some of the activities that first responders take part in during the simulation.

A level-six inspector, meanwhile, scans and surveys the WIPP truck to ensure it is safe to drive after running over the debris.

The exercises test the response from the scene of the accident to the hospital. Trujillo said another crop of actors would be at Eastern and Lovelace hospitals to test their capabilities.

The test at the hospitals would also include a scenario involving a surge of people. Oftentimes, when people see a WIPP truck or something related to radiological contamination, they panic and head to the hospital on their own.

“So the hospital, it gives them an opportunity to exercise their decom (decontamination) process as well,” Trujillo said.

After the exercises, participants and agency heads then meet for “a hot wash” where agency heads and first responders access what went right and what can be improved upon. Eventually, it will all be compiled in a report from the Department of Homeland Security.

Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder said the exercise allows agencies to see how they work together — something that is important.

“It’s amazing how many resources we have to bring in for something like this, especially something involving a WIPP truck. WIPP shipments have been going to Carlsbad for many, many years and it is important we be able to deal with and handle those situations,” he said.

“Those are things we have to prepare for because as first responders, it is important that you recognize some of the hazards before you drive into those situations,” Snyder continued.

Trujillo said the most difficult part of conducting such an exercise in a community is the frequent buy-in from communities, especially smaller ones, whose police and first responders often are dealing with many real-life concerns.

“They are dealing with fires and floods and all the other stuff and training requirements they have,” she said.

Trujillo had ample praise for the support she received from Roswell and Chaves County. She said local and county officials were asked in December if they wanted to take part in a WIPP exercise. The planning then got underway in January.

She said the meetings were to plan the exercises, and at them, all agencies were well-represented and eager to participate.

“They have just really set the bar for us with what we want a local jurisdiction to do,” Trujillo said.

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

Southeast NM counties, cities receive millions in federal grants


The City of Roswell and Chaves County were only two of the region’s governmental entities to receive federal Community Development Block Grant Award announced this week.

All told, eight governmental entities that belong to the Southeast New Mexico Economic Development District / Council of Governments (District 6) applied for grants, and all were funded, receiving $4.68 million, according to Dora Batista, the executive director of the organization that coordinates the grant applications.

CDBG funds, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, are awarded to county, municipalities and other governmental bodies and are meant to help communities with housing, infrastructure and community building improvements.

Besides Roswell and Chaves County, the other District 6 recipients were three that received funding for senior center improvements, two that were awarded grants for water system improvements and one given funding for street and drainage improvements.

For the senior center improvements, $500,000 was given to the City of Carlsbad to renovate a building for the San Jose Senior Center, $623,960 went to the Village of Cloudcroft to repair and create an extension for the Sacramento Mountains Senior Center, and $513,747 was awarded to Lincoln County to construct a new building for the Hondo Senior Center. The water system improvement projects involved a $571,323 grant for the Village of Corona to move a transmission line and update its meter system and $744,305 for the Town of Tatum to install new water lines, install and replace fire hydrants and install new meters and related software. The Village of Hope received $741,691 for planning, design and construction of streets and storm drainage infrastructure.

As previously reported, the City of Roswell was awarded $749,894 to repair the roof, make electrical and lighting upgrades and do other needed work to the Poe Corn Center on South Garden Avenue, which is used by the Boys & Girls Club. Chaves County received $238,527, which it will use along with state appropriations, to construct an elevator at the Chaves County Courthouse on North Main Street.

Eunice Wayland Fletcher Dickey Corbett


Eunice Wayland Fletcher Dickey Corbett peacefully passed away on August 28, 2018 in Lubbock, Texas with her son and daughter at her side. Eunice – also affectionately known as Bubbles, Bubbie, or NuNu – was a beloved mother, grandmother, friend, church member, musician, pilot, and community contributor. She is greatly missed by her large circle of extended family and friends across Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and beyond.

Eunice had an amazing and full life. She was born on May 12, 1932 in Austin, Texas to James and Eunice (Bugg) Fletcher. Her mother taught piano, and by listening to those lessons, Eunice grew musical roots which blossomed into her lifetime joy and talent for keyboard, piano, and organ. Her fondest memories of her youth were spending the war years on the cotton farm of her dear aunt and uncle, the late Bernice and Truett Hodnett in O’Donnell, Texas. The family later moved to El Paso, Texas where Eunice graduated from Austin High School and attended college. She was employed at Watkins Motor Company in El Paso where she met Brantley Dickey. Brantley and Eunice were married in 1953. They lived in many interesting places across the southwest including the Grand Canyon National Park, the Petrified Forest National Park, Sedona, Arizona, and Roswell, New Mexico.

Brantley passed away in 1985, and in 1994 Eunice married Phil Corbett of Roswell. Eunice and Phil had almost 25 wonderful years together before his passing earlier this year. They shared a mutual love of many things including cars, traveling, and their church. Phil was ordained as an Episcopalian minister in 2008. Over the past years, when “Father Phil” served at St. Thomas a’ Becket in Roswell and Good Shepard Church in Brownfield, Eunice would also be there providing lovely accompaniment on the organ.

Eunice was a lifelong church musician and active member of her community. Her generous heart, gift of music, and bubbly personality always brought joy to all who met her. Eunice was also an avid private pilot and member of “the Ninety-Nines.” She shared her lifelong passion for aviation in many ways including several stints as an airshow director in Roswell, NM in the 1990’s.

Eunice joins in Heaven with her husbands’ Brantley Dickey and Phil Corbett, daughter Brenda Dickey, and granddaughter Katie Forget. Eunice is survived by her son and daughter in-law Bill and Cindy Dickey of Kirkland, Washington; daughter-in-law Liz Dome of Paducah, Kentucky; son-in-law Dan and his wife Jane Corbett of Fairfield, Connecticut; spiritual family Emily, John, Megan, Micha, Kapri, Jonathan, and Brooke Snodgrass of Brownfield, Texas; and by her “grand-dogs” Vincent, Lois, Clark, Cami, Bailey, and Beau.

Visit www.memorialdesigners.net, to leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.

Court decisions have been wrong in the past


A letter in the Sept. 8 Roswell Daily Record expressed concern that confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court might cause a reversal of some prior decisions, particularly Roe vs. Wade, which legalized killing unborn children.

A bad decision must be overturned no matter what subsequent rulings might be built on that wrong decision. Opinions built on lies are themselves lies.

We must look at the “constitutional gymnastics” that led to Roe vs. Wade. In Griswold vs Connecticut, 1965, the Supreme Court overturned a law banning all contraceptives citing a “right to privacy.” The phrase “right to privacy” is not in the Constitution. Roe vs. Wade 1973 expanded on that “right” declaring, “The right to privacy is broad enough to include a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy.”

Perhaps that writer would want us to live under Plessy vs. Ferguson 1896. Plessy held that states can have separate but equal education facilities for different races. It was overturned in Brown vs. Board of Education 1954. Brown held that separate facilities are inherently unequal, and separation itself is inequality.

We must remember how the Dred Scott Decision of 1857 stated that no Negroes, free or slave, could ever be citizens.

About abortion, the writer says, “Opponents of abortion must direct their efforts to affecting women who are deciding whether or not to abort … The murdering of innocent unborn will not occur when the law is changed, but only when the hearts and minds of women are changed.”

Well, I guess we should not have laws against robbery. We should be content with trying to change the hearts and minds of robbers.

Actually, he is correct to a limited degree. Real change will not be effected until hearts and minds are changed, but the laws are a good start. Integration was not popular, but I firmly believe it was accelerated with laws prohibiting segregation. Was it moral to deny rights to blacks? We must ask the writer how he feels about that.

Russell A. Scott

Local cadet excels academically


Congratulations to NMMI cadet Zachary Davis. He has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist this year. Approximately 1.6 million high school juniors entered the scholarship program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors. Finalists will be notified in February 2019 and winners notified from April through July 2019.

Mr. Davis is the only semifinalist in Roswell.


Flo Wells

Sportsmen need to be engaged in BLM plans


As New Mexico hunters head afield this season, I encourage them to take a moment and recall the landscape their pursuit will lead them to. Perhaps you can recollect memories of a vast untainted desert, or the gentle sway of blue grama seed heads rolling in waves across a hillside. Maybe you have called to mind the unforgettable silhouette of a rocky mountain, pressed against a sky ablaze with colors no photograph can capture.

Now, ponder how that scene will appear in the year 2048. How has this place, so special to you, changed? Does the dust from miles of new roads cloud the air? Has the grassland been paved over with acres of solar panels? Perhaps the outline of a wind turbine now mars the divine beauty of that mountain?

The United Sates Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the final stage of developing a plan that will foretell the fate of many of the places you called to mind. This plan will guide land use decisions for the next 20 to 30 years. As it is currently written, the “preferred alternative” provides but a pittance towards wildlife conservation efforts. It is all of our responsibility as stewards and owners of these lands to demand the Bureau provide more protection for the resources we cherish.

I especially call on sportsmen to share their opinion. Sportsmen in this country have always led the wildlife conservation movement. We should be proud of this heritage and build upon the success of our forefathers.

Thus far, the public planning process has been very poorly attended by those advocating for wildlife.

Habitat conservation is the issue of our generation in southeastern New Mexico. The course we set now will forever be judged by future hunters. Remember, a civilization’s greatest display of power is often seen in how it shows restraint. I ask of you to commit to turning off the game this week and getting involved in this process.

Becoming enlightened on this issue is not simple, there are over 1,500 pages of planning documents. However, considering what is at stake, your efforts are worthwhile. The plan is posted online if you search for “Carlsbad BLM RMP.” Comments may be emailed to blm_nm_cfo_rmp@blm.gov. Submissions are due by Nov. 5. This fall, the voices of many will be heard in regards to this issue — will one of them be yours?

Logan McGarrah

Avamere takes over former Brookdale facilities

A building on North Kentucky Avenue and a building on North Pennsylvania Avenue display the new signs. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The ownership of the former Brookdale Country Club senior facilities in Roswell has changed, and the senior community now will be operated by the Oregon-based company Avamere, a manager confirmed Thursday.

Jennifer Griffith, executive director of what is now Avamere at Roswell, said that the transition occurred Sept. 10 and that all residents wanting to remain will be able to do so, with prices remaining the same.

“Two weeks as of Monday, we transitioned to Avamere,” she said. “The staff and management remains the same, but we are operating as Avamere.”

Avamere will run the independent and assisted living center on 2801 N. Kentucky Ave., as well as the skilled care and memory care facility on 2725 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Griffith said at a meeting of the city of Roswell Commission on Aging.

However, the 12-unit rental condominiums on West Mescalero Road that had been a part of the Brookdale operation have been slated for closure. That complex is still owned at this time by HCP, a publicly traded real estate investment firm based in Irvine, California, once known as Health Care Properties Inc.

Griffith said nine residents live in the rental condos, and seven of the nine have agreed to move to units in the other facilities, with Avamere helping them with the move. The other two residents have opted to move to other locations, said Griffith, and Avamere staff will assist in finding them safe places to live.

Two residents living at the condominiums said that they had attended a meeting Wednesday where they were told they would have 60 days to move out, but that Avamere management and staff had visited with them Thursday to tell them about the options they had to move into rooms or units in the other buildings.

According to its website, HCP began a process in November 2017 to sell 68 properties managed by Brookdale. A request for information from HCP was not responded to by press time.

Nicolette Merino, vice president of operations with Avamere, said that the health care company based in Wilsonville, Oregon, will serve as the managing partner for the Roswell facilities, except for the condos. She said she is unaware what will happen to the condos in the long-term.

She said the senior properties are the first in the area for the company. “We look forward to building relationships in the community,” she said.

According to the Avamere website, the company was formed in 1995 and now operates in about six states, running hospices, home health care services, rehabilitation therapy services and transitional living services in addition to independent, assisted and skilled care living communities.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Film screening teaches suicide prevention


People packed into two dark auditoriums at the Galaxy 8 Theater Wednesday night to watch a movie and talk about and gain some insight into a difficult subject: suicide.

The Tessa Anderson Suicide Prevention Coalition, a project within the local nonprofit Embrace, Inc., hosted a double screening of the feature-length documentary film, “Suicide, the Ripple Effect.” The coalition is named after Tessa Anderson, a 14-year-old Roswell girl who committed suicide in 2014.

The film tells the story of Kevin Hines, a man with bipolar disorder who, at the age of 19, jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge in an unsuccessful attempt to take his own life.

Hines, now a well-known mental health and wellness advocate and writer, recounts his attempted suicide, ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, how the attempt to take his life has impacted himself and his loved ones and his work around the world to reduce the stigma associated with suicide.

The film also features interviews with mental health experts and others working to address and remove the stigma associated with suicide.

Representatives of groups meant to bring attention to the problem of suicide set up display tables and distributed informational material to people.

Jennifer Smith, of the coalition, told the audience in one of the auditoriums before the film said that the misconceptions and stigma attached to the issue of suicide need to be removed. She said the stigma has made those who struggle with suicide to be judged and isolate themselves, thereby making the problem worse.

“We want you to know it is vital to replace that stigma with knowledge and empathy for the person in crisis,” Smith said before the film.

A short group discussion took place after the screening.

Though no questions were asked, some members of the audience — many who either themselves attempted suicide or know someone who has — spoke and opened up to the crowd.

One young man, who did not identify himself, said someone close to him has attempted suicide. The man said when the person does something such as throwing things out of her room, tearing up her posters or gives personal possessions away, he gets worried.

Angie Gomez, the mother of Tessa Anderson, said people should always tell someone when a person is exhibiting behavior that it might be suicidal.

“Tell a teacher, counselor, somebody, because would you rather have a mad friend or a dead friend,” Gomez asked?

She said that one of the biggest misconceptions about suicide is that talking about it is somehow harmful and will encourage other people to attempt it.

“It’s such a miscommunication when it comes to suicide, everybody thinks it is such a taboo subject and it is not. We need to talk about it more because we have a lot of problems here in Roswell when it comes to our youth and mental health disorders,” Gomez said.

People who are in need of assistance can call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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

County gets state and federal money for court house elevator

From left, Chaves County Commissioners Jeff Bilberry, James Duffey, T. Calder Ezzell, Will Calvin, Robert Corn and County Manager Stanton Riggs. (Alex Ross Photo)

Chaves County has received the money needed to install a handicapped elevator at the county courthouse — with part coming from the state and the other part from a federal grant.

The Chaves County Commissioners voted unanimously at their Thursday meeting to approve an agreement where the county will receive $246,800 in capital outlay funds to plan, design, purchase, install and equip an elevator in the country courthouse located at 400 N. Virginia Ave.

The proposed elevator was one of three projects set to receive capital outlay funds that the commissioners approved in a joint motion Thursday.

Bill Williams, public service administrator for the county, said at the meeting that he learned Wednesday the county will get $238,528 in federal Community Development Block Grant Funding (CDBG) for the elevator. The Community Development Block Grant Program program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money from the two sources gives the county a total of $485,328 for the elevator project.

County Manager Stanton Riggs said after the meeting that an architect estimated the elevator would ultimately cost about $450,000, and with the money from both sources, there is enough to install the elevator.

“So we think we are going to be OK,” Riggs said.

He said it is not known when construction will begin.

“We have a preliminary design already but we are going to have to go in and hone that design and go out to bid,” Riggs said.

Installation of the elevator is one of five top county projects for the county’s five-year capital improvement plan for 2020 to 2024.

Another item in the capital improvement plan also received outlay funds approved by the commissioners: $220,000 to acquire land for as well as plan, design, purchase, construct, install and equip a digital trunk radio system in Chaves County.

The county also received $100,000 in capital outlay funds to buy and equip handicap accessible vans for the southeastern New Mexico Veteran’s Transportation Network.

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

Garcia Holmes, Clarkson speak to area Republicans

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Michelle Garcia Holmes speaks to an audience Wednesday during the monthly meeting during the Chaves County Republican Federated Women. (Alex Ross Photo)

Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor Michelle Garcia Holmes and candidate for Secretary of State Gavin Clarkson introduced themselves to area voters Wednesday, rallying the party faithful while also speaking about their efforts to reach out to traditionally Democratic voters.

“We have a really good slate of candidates, but if we don’t get them elected, I really worry about what is going to happen to New Mexico,” Garcia Holmes said Wednesday while speaking at the monthly meeting of the Chaves County Federated Republican Women.

Garcia Holmes is the running mate of Republican candidate for governor Steve Pearce. The pair will face off against Democrats Michelle Lujan Grisham and her running mate Howie Morales this November.

Her remarks came hours before Pearce and Lujan Grisham engaged in their first televised debate of the general election season.

Garcia Holmes said in order for her and Pearce to win in November, Republican voters need to cast their ballots, something that is not happening in some parts of the state — such as San Juan County, where she said only 29 percent of Republican voters turned out in the last election.

“We’re not showing up to the polls folks,” she said.

She said she and Pearce are a clear contrast to their Democratic opponents.

“We have a clear fight on our hands and that is how we have to see it,” Garcia Holmes.

A former 20-year reserve officer with the Albuquerque Police Department, Garcia Holmes, 56, served as chief of staff to Gary King, former New Mexico attorney general during his eight years in office. She made her political debut last year with an unsuccessful bid to be Albuquerque mayor.

Garcia Holmes said her work on legislation to prevent human trafficking and helping launch New Mexico’s first state-wide unit to investigate government corruption were among her accomplishments from her time working for King.

“That is one of my passions. I do not like fraud, waste or abuse of taxpayer money,” she said.

Garcia Holmes, who describes herself as “pro-life, pro-second amendment and pro-America,” added that she is proud to be on the ticket with Pearce, a longtime Congressman, who she said is “a great man.”

Pearce’s military service and humble roots are similar to those of her own father, she said.

Last month when Pearce visited Roswell, he told area Republicans that in the race for governor he was stumping for votes in areas and among people that usually vote for Democrats, a message echoed by Garcia Holmes.

“I am not afraid to walk into a room full of Democrats and talk to them about New Mexico values, what we stand for,” she continued.

She said that in order to pull off a victory, appealing to Democrats is something she and Pearce must do, and are doing successfully.

“We’re getting those moderate conservative Democrats to cross over and vote for us,” she said.

Garcia Holmes said she and Pearce have spent a great deal of time on the Navajo Nation, where they have been “very, very well received.” The campaign has had a table set up on the Shiprock Flea Market on the reservation and have been applauded by tribal leaders.

Beyond the reservations, Garcia Holmes said the campaign has had a positive reception in other Democratic-friendly crowds, such as during the Santa Fe Fiesta parade.

Garcia Holmes said at the parade she distributed more Pearce signs than she has during parades in more Republican-leaning counties.

Republican candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State Gavin Clarkson, also at the event, said he too is looking to reach out to Democrats. Clarkson is will square off against incumbent Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, this Fall.

Clarkson, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, said he has visited reservations across the state and will soon address the Pueblo Board of governors. His campaign is also preparing to release Spanish language radio ads.

“We are going to take this to places they are not expecting, and we are going to do this in ways they are not expecting us to do,” he said.

Clarkson, a professor on leave from New Mexico State University, is a former deputy assistant secretary of Policy and Economic Development at the U.S. Department of Interior. Earlier this year he unsuccessfully ran in the Republican primary in the New Mexico 2nd Congressional District, which includes Roswell.

Clarkson was nominated by the party in July after Republican Johanna Cox dropped out of the race.

Clarkson said after Cox exited the race, people called him asking him to enter the race. He then asked those people, if as secretary of state he would be able to create jobs.

“And the answer is yes,” he said.

Clarkson said while most people assume the New Mexico Secretary of State is “just a county clerk on steroids” the office has since 2013 also managed the Corporations Bureau within the office.

He also praised a New Mexico Supreme Court decision last week that struck down a straight party voting option that would have allowed voters to vote for all the candidates in one party.

Clarkson, who said he helped write the amicus brief in the case, called the verdict a “judicial smackdown.”

He said that there is no basis in state law that would have allowed Toulouse Oliver to issue a decision on straight party voting.

A press release issued by the Secretary of State’s office announcing the option said, “New Mexico law gives the Secretary of State the explicit authority to decide the format of the paper ballots used in our elections. Specifically, state law provides that ballots will be ‘in the form prescribed by the secretary of state.”

Heather Brewer, campaign manager for Toluse Oliver’s campaign, said at the time Toluse Oliver issued the order about the option there was some ambiguity as to whether the Secretary of State’s office or the legislature that must approve straight ticket voting.

She said the state Supreme Court decision settled that question.

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

092118 Fantastic football Friday preview

Roswell’s Cade Manzanares makes a stop against Los Lunas last Friday night. (Diana Carrasco Photo)

Miyamura at Roswell

If you’re a Roswell football fan and you’re going to be late coming to the game — a word of advice: don’t. One, it’s homecoming; and two, the Coyotes are playing the Miyamura Patriots at the Wool Bowl and it might be over with at halftime. If you’re looking for a nailbiter, this is not the game. The Patriots have not won a game all season.

The Patriots are playing the No.1 team in the state in Roswell according to Max Preps this week. It is the first time Roswell has been ranked No.1 in coach Jeff Lynn’s tenure. The reason the Coyotes are ranked No.1 was that last week, they played a giant slayer and knocked off the former No.1 team in 5A Los Lunas, 42-20.

“The win last week was big for playoff seeding,” Lynn said. “You’ve got to think Los Lunas is the favorite to win their district and so, one of the playoff criteria is to win against district champions. With that said, we have to put our head down and go back to work.”

While Roswell was having its way with the Tigers, Miyamura was getting it handed to them by Valley 53-0. The Patriots were down 48-0 at halftime to Valley. As soon as the second half started, Valley scored and the game was over within the first minute of the second half. New Mexico Activites Association states that if a team is ahead by 35 points, it is a running clock — and if a team is ahead by 50 points, the game is over.

“We’re playing the No.1 team in the state,” John Roanhaus said. “I expect it to be a long night and a short night. We have our work cut out for us. I expect Roswell to be in the championship game — they are that good. I’m a realist and we can’t match those guys this year and that is being truthful. Last week, they called the game on us after halftime and the team was not as good as Roswell.”

Miyamura’s first-year coach Roanhaus is starting over. Last season they were a passing team but ended up losing in the playoffs. Roanhaus’ team is learning a new system and how to get in and out of their stances. Last season they played bent at the waist and never got into a four-point stance. This is something that has been a work in progress for them this season.

This season Roanhaus has had to teach his lineman how to put their hands in the dirt and come out of their stances. He wants to take a page out of his dad’s playbook and run the football more than they throw it. He has revamped the offense and defense so this is a growing year.

Roanhaus wants to give a spread look and run the ball out of a power look. They will try to run some isolation right at the linebacker up the middle, and based on what they have shown on film, they try to be balanced-50-50 run to pass.

Last season they passed 80 percent of the time. Roanhaus is the son of former Clovis coach Eric Roanhaus. This year, John Roanhaus’ team has been banged up with injuries and they have graduated a lot of kids, so it is almost like starting over for this team. The team doesn’t even have locker rooms. This game could be as bad as last season when Roswell played Alamogordo on the road.

“There’s nothing good that comes from throwing the ball,” John Roanhaus said. “We want to be more balanced this year. It has been tough because we’ve had injuries and had to do a lot of teaching.”

On defense, they want to run a 43 look and they are aggressive as they will blitz their opponents. They do that and often give up the big play as they leave their secondary going one-on-one with the opposing team receivers. They will give up the big play and have had trouble stopping the run or pass. The Patriots will run stunts up front. It has been a long year for the Patriots, and with this game, it is expected to get longer with the bruising offense of Roswell.

Special Teams is Miyamura’s best chance to score points, especially on kickoff returns.

Look for the Coyotes to have a steady dose of Justin Carasco, who came back last week and rushed for 148 yards and two TDs, and for Jasia Reese to get wide on their jet sweeps. On the inside slant pass, look for the Coyotes to throw the ball to Dominic Nava and this season’s surprise and maybe most valuable player Joel Sanchez.

The defense is led by senior Cade Manzanares, who leads the team in tackles, and a smother defensive line that has been tough to run against most of the season. Roswell’s defensive backs have been a force forcing turnovers and have five interceptions in the last three games, which has been as much a part of their scoring as their offense has been.

Where the Coyotes have improved has been their Special Teams with the emergence of speedster Xavier Gonzales who took a kickoff return to the house 95-yards against Los Lunas last week.

“We’re not approaching it like it is going to be a blowout,” Lynn stated. “We want to give everybody the respect they deserve. In high school football, anything can happen. I’ve been really happy with the way our team has practiced and gone about their business this week.”

Before we move on according to Max Preps, Roswell is the No.1 team in 5A and Goddard is No. 2. If both teams continue to take care of their business, things could get interesting in the Wool Bowl the last game of the season.

Dexter at Eunice

In a battle of unbeaten teams (4-0) look for things to clear up real quick. The Dexter Demons will seek a measure of revenge as they look to hand Eunice their first loss of the season. The Demons remember the Cardinals’ fans sitting in their cars outside of the stadium honking their horns after every touchdown or a good play and celebrating on Dexter’s home field.

Look for Eunice coach Ken Stevens to run the spread offense and look to throw the ball 50 percent of the time and strike fast while getting the ball into his playmaker’s hands. This might be one of the teams that are as fast as the Demons if not faster at the skilled positions.

The Cardinals want to make this game a track meet and get up and down the field and wear the Demons out and create mismatches in their backs and receivers. If Eunice can get their skilled players in open space and force Dexter to cover and make tackles after the catch, it could spell trouble for Dexter.

When Eunice does run the ball, look for them to ride senior workhorse Juan Sosa, who is the mix of power and speed.

What makes this game as important is that the Cardinals moved down in reclassification.

On the defensive end, Eunice runs a 43 and will look to make big plays. As with first-year coach Arturo Duran’s game plan, his team can strike fast, but would rather use their power running game to control the clock and keep the fast striking Cardinals offense off the field.

“We have to keep their offense off the field,” Duran said. “If we keep them off the field, they can’t score. We have to control the time of possession and the ball.”

The biggest surprise for the Demons has been the work of both O and D lines. Demons quarterback Jarren Amaro has been a leader for them and distributing the ball to the right players at the right time. He has matured and not turned the ball over.

“He’s a senior and understands our offense,” Duran said. “He’s been working hard.”

Hagerman at Cloudcroft

Just a game of inches as Hagerman wishes it could have had a couple of lays back against New Mexico Military Institute on Friday. Such is the life of first-year coach Guy Rivers as he teaches his team to win the close games. To come back from an 18-0 deficit and make it a game, which will go a long way in developing their confidence throughout the season.

This game will be a matchup of 2A’s schools. When Cloudcroft has the ball, it will run the spread offense. Look for their slot receiver Dylan Eldridge to do damage when he catches the ball. They have a good offensive line, but they are not as big as NMMI. They look to throw the ball 80 percent of the time.

On defense, they will present a 52 defense.

“I feel like if we take care of what we need to take care of,” Hagerman coach Guy Rivers said, “we should be OK.”

Hagerman was ranked No.9 last week and look to be ready. Hagerman hopes to fix the interception they gave up last week and the late start. Rivers hopes his team gets off the bus ready to play.

“My kids are ready to play,” Rivers said. “My defense played well last week. We only gave up 71-yards in total offense for the game. My kids won’t quit, and they haven’t quit all season. Hopefully, we can correct our mistakes and get the win tonight.”

Hot Springs at NMMI

In a game that’s all about seeding in 3A, both teams cement this game (3-1) with New Mexico Military Institute ranked No.9 sitting right there with a playoff spot if the season would end today. Hot Springs is ranked No.11, with little wiggle room; so, this game has major implications for the rest of the season.

NMMI is off to a great start under coach Randy Montoya. He has added some new wrinkles for this game as they welcome Hope Springs to their home turf tonight. The Colts showed they could win even when they didn’t have their best stuff as they managed to hang on against Hagerman last Friday.

Coach Montoya, has to be concerned with the Tigers offense. When Hope Springs has the ball, they like to run the triple option (Navy, Air Force) so they have spent a good portion of the week working on that. The Tigers will try to get the ball to Gerson Montoya and will move him around a lot to get him the ball.

When Hope Springs throws the ball, look for quarterback Benito Villa to do so well and accurately. NMMI must read their keys this week and not sell out to stop the run because that is when Villa will go deep to his receivers.

On defense, Hope Springs will run a 3-5-3 and they will blitz their linebackers and try to hurry NMMI’s quarterback into a bad decision, whether to run or pass.

“We’ve been practicing all week,” NMMI coach Randy Montoya said, “with our lineman to keep their eyes up and pick up a blitzing linebacker. Hope Springs has some good size kids on their lines. We will have our hands full this week.”

092118 Friday night football stat box


Miyamura (0-4) at Roswell (2-1)

Kickoff 7 p.m.

Wool Bowl

Miyamura head coach, John Roanhaus, first-year (0-4), Roswell head coach Jeff Lynn sixth-year ( 34-26)

Miyamura points for (53) points against (176) Roswell PF (118) PA( 76)

Dexter (4-0) at Eunice (4-0)

Kickoff 7 p.m.

Eunice Cardinal Field

Dexter head coach, Arturo Duran, first-year (4-0), Eunice head coach Ken Stevens, fourth-year (39-9)

Last Meeting:19-0, 2017 Eunice at Demon Stadium

Dexter PF( 150) PA (26) Eunice PF (170) PA (41)

Hagerman (2-2) at Cloudcroft (3-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Bear Stadium

Hagrerman bead coach, Guy Rivers, first-year (2-2) Cloudcroft head coach Hayden Burnett, second-year 9-6

Last Meeting: (FFL) 2-0 2013

Hagerman PF (64) PA (99) Cloudcroft PF(158) PA (123)

Hope Springs (3-1) at NMMI (3-1)

Kickoff 7 p.m.

Colt Field

NMMI head coach, Randy Montoya, seventh-year (28-40) Hot Springs coach, Daniel Terrazas , seventh year (29-38)

Last Meeting: 35-0, 2017 Hot Springs

NMMI PF(61) PA (82) Hot Springs PF (132) PA (48)

Otero County Fair & Rodeo ongoing in Alamogordo


Ongoing until Sept. 23

The annual Otero County Fair & Rodeo takes place on the fairgrounds, 401 Fairgrounds Road. For the first time in 30 years there will be no gate fee every day. It’s going to be a much bigger event with dinosaurs and a dino dig. There will be music, arts, crafts and food. Frank Ray will be performing live on Saturday evening. For more information, visit oterocauntyfair.com or visit its event page on Facebook.


Ongoing until Sept. 29

Artesia Quilters Guild exhibit

The Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center, 505 W Richardson Ave., is hosting the 17th annual Artesia Quilters Guild exhibit. This year, Guild members experimented with stained glass quilts, some with optical illusion designs and small projects. The exhibit is open during regular museum hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Large groups are encouraged to call ahead. For more information, call 575-748-2390.


Ongoing until Oct. 12

Quilt Show

The Quilt Show exhibit will be at the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, 418 W. Fox St. The event includes free demonstrations by Sally Garner, Nan Clayton, Beverly Spencer and Marilyn Tackett. For more information, call 575-887-0276.

Silver City

Sept. 20 to 23

Gila River Festival

The 14th annual Gila River Festival celebrates 50 years of wild and scenic rivers. Speakers include writers Phil Connors, Tim Palmer, Melissa Sevigny and filmmaker Tony Estrada. Keynote speaker is Senator Tom Udall. Featuring hands-on activities designed to foster a deeper intimacy with the Gila River, the four-day event includes river outings and field trips. For more information, visit gilaconservation.org.

White Oaks

Sept. 21 and 22

Rock on weekend

Dance to the tunes of the band Reckless on Friday afternoon and La Ultima band featuring rock, Latino and western music, which will rock the No Scum Allowed Saloon, 933 White Oaks Road, in the afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. and the night from 7 to 11 p.m. Ride out on your bikes, rent a house for the weekend or bring your RVs. For more information visit its Facebook event page.


September 21 to 23

‘Murder’s In The Heir!’

The Artesia Community Theatre presents the interactive murder mystery comedy, “Murder’s In The Heir!’ by Billy St. John, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W Main St., with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information, visit act88210.org.


Sept. 22

Clays Crusher Fun Shoot

The Artesia Chamber of Commerce presents the 10th annual Clays Crusher Fun Shoot at the Eddy County Shooting Range, The registration starts at 7 a.m. One in five shooters in each rotation will win door prizes, additionally there will be anniversary door prizes. For more information, call 575-746-2744.


Sept. 22

Staked Plains Family Fun Day

Every year, students are invited to the Junior College campus to discover how life has changed on the Llano Estacado, also known as the Staked Plains. For the second year, the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame are inviting the public to discover the same thing. The day includes roping demonstrations, a chuck wagon cook-off, blacksmithing demonstrations and live animals. The event is free, but tickets for the chuckwagon meal must be purchased ahead of time. This year, Staked Plains Family Fun Day will all take place at the Rodeo Arena on campus.

Exemplary teacher awarded for excellence


Anna Burrola, a third-grade teacher at El Capitan Elementary School, was awarded $5,000 since her NMTEACH evaluation determined that she is an exemplary teacher. Burrola said this is her second year at El Capitan Elementary School, five years at Del Norte Elementary School prior, teaching for a total of seven years in Roswell. She studied Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell and in Portales. Exemplary teachers receive $5,000 — and $10,000 PED Excellence in Teaching awards for science and math teachers. Christopher Ruszkowski, secretary of education, presented the check to Burrola on Thursday afternoon after recognizing El Capitan Elementary School, Military Heights Elementary School, and Sidney Gutierrez as part of the Public Education Department’s Straight-A Express Tour. Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy said overall the Roswell Independent School District’s teachers have earned nearly $400,000 as a result of earning an exemplary status on the NMTEACH evaluation system and Ruszkowski said only 1,000 teachers in the state have earned such an award. (Alison Penn Photo)

Pioneer Way of Life at Staked Plains Roundup

Chuck wagon cook-off at the 2017 Staked Plains Roundup in Hobbs. (Submitted Photo)

The annual Staked Plains Roundup returns to Hobbs this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the rodeo arena on the campus of New Mexico Junior College, 1 Thunderbird Circle. The event is free for the public and is sponsored by the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame and includes a chuck wagon cook-off, sanctioned by the American Chuck Wagon Association, plus several Western demonstrations and entertainment.

“Staked Plains Roundup is an all-day event for families that showcases the tools and lifestyle of the west,” said Darrell Beauchamp, director of the Western Heritage Museum. “The chuck wagons are authentically restored or replicated wagons, and it’s fun to see them cooking for the competition.”

Along with the chuck wagon cook-off, there are Western events all day at the museum, including performances by Trick Roper Brice Chapman at 10:30 a.m. Native American performers Nino Reyos and Company, expert hoop dancer Patrick Willie, dancer Rachelle Willie and Nino Reyos will perform Native American flute music at 11:30 a.m. Cowboy singer Pete Laumbach, who sings original and Southwestern songs, performs at 12:30 p.m.

Visitors can watch a blacksmith working, see weaving and spinning demonstrations, branding and boot making, a dairy farm demonstration and see what Buffalo soldiers camps looked like. According to legend the term Buffalo soldiers were given by Native American tribes to describe African American military men, either because of their curly dark hair, because of their bravery or both. In August 1866 eight African American companies of the 125th Infantry marched to New Mexico and soon were serving at seven Army forts throughout the territory, most of them in southern New Mexico.

Authentic chuck wagon meals are sold for lunch — limited amount available. Meal tickets are available in advance at the museum. Any tickets remaining will be sold on the day of the event.

The event will be held at the NMJC Rodeo Arena, near Training and Outreach, off Millen Drive, across from the Zia Park Casino.

“Because we host over 1,500 fourth-graders Thursday and Friday at the Rodeo Arena, with a smaller version of Staked Plains Roundup, we decided that, for Saturday’s family event, we would keep the event at the Rodeo Arena,” said Beauchamp. “It makes it easier for the demonstrations, and gives plenty of room for the chuck wagons to set up and begin their cooking.”

For more information, call the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame at 575-492-2678.

Larry Delbert Selk


December 20, 1961 an angel was born on earth. He wasn’t sent with words or a body that fully worked for him, but the purest of love radiated through his compassionate eyes. His heart shined a light, like a beacon that surrounded those in his path with warmth from his gentle soul. This angel had a purpose on this earth, to be an example of love, to teach people never give up, to be happy, to forgive, to believe in miracles, to believe in love, to bring hope into this world, to remind people to have faith and to believe in goodness. This angel with no words touched the lives of those he met, his essence was that of serenity and he left his imprint on this earth just as he was meant to do when he was born perfectly made for his journey. Perfectly made, as beautiful as can be, an angel named Larry.

Larry Delbert Selk was born December 20, 1961 in Roswell, NM to Rachel Selk Martinez and Robert Gene Selk. Larry passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family in Albuquerque, NM on September 14, 2018. Larry is survived by his mother Rachel Martinez of Roswell, NM, his sisters Cecilia Garcia, Betty Sanchez, Christina Martinez, Lisa Selk of Roswell, NM, and Margaret Jauregui of Salinas, California. Survived also by his brothers Tommy Martinez, Mario Gamboa, and Daniel Martinez. Larry is survived in his home in Albuquerque, NM by his sister Rani Rubio and his nephews Ricardo Rubio and Teagan Gonzales. Larry was preceded in death by his Father Robert Selk, his sister Beverly Selk and his brother Johnny Martinez.

Larry loved his family, he also enjoyed being in nature, taking long drives or going for walks. Larry loved dogs, his buddy Dobbie stood by his side and often sat at the side of his bed, Lexi also checked in on Larry. Larry was the kind of person that everyone loved and enjoyed being around. He had a smile that would fill your heart and appreciated everything in this life and he immensely enjoyed the company of all the people who filled his day. Some of Larry’s devoted friends include: Gabriel Cobos, lifelong friend Deborah Brown, Denise Haynes and Barbara Benham, very special friend Priscilla Sutherland, not forgotten friend Renee Canales, caregivers, Mireya Avalos, Bozena Popovich, Angela Salazar, Maribel Mendoza, Alisha Deherrera, Luz Vinas. A special thank you to Roadrunner health care, Jennifer Keck and her nurses, especially Cara Hammond they were angels in Larry’s life and provided the absolute best care and compassion for Larry. A special thank you to Davon Knackstead CNP who always had Larry’s best interest at heart and was so kind and caring with Larry. A warm thank you to Carl and Marianne Bettinger, Greg Chase and family, Tom Lilley, John Atwood, Rickii York, and Chip Stone for their advocacy and support in Larry’s life.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tommy Martinez, Roman Cobos, Ricardo Rubio, Teagan Gonzales, Mario Gamboa, Gabriel Garcia, Javier Garcia, and Phillip Salazar. Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Martinez, Sabino Lazos, Eric Rakers, and Noah Cobos. Thank you to all those not listed but still very important people in Larry’s life, never forget, Larry loved you all.

Viewing will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at Ballard Funeral Home 12:00-5:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Ballard Chapel, with funeral procession immediately following to South Park Cemetery. Reception to be held at the Unity Center at 108 E Bland St. from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

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

Roswell High School September Students of the Month

Gregory Rodriguez

Sponsor: Sertoma

Parents: Celia and Jose Rodriguez

Dylan Tucker

Sponsor: Roswell Rotary

Parents: Brenda Pierce and Rob Tucker

Alana Dumlao

Sponsor: Altrusa

Parent: Debbie Dumlao

Natalie Ervin

Sponsor: Pecos Valley Rotary

Parents: Melissa and Rick Ervin

Heber Estrada

Sponsor: Kiwanis

Parents: Heber and Fatima Estrada

Araceli Jimenez

Sponsor: Hispano Chamber

Parents: Alicia and Cipriano Jimenez

Keileb Lucero

Sponsor: Sunrise Optimist

Parents: Laura Lucero-Carrillo and Chris Carrillo

Everyone invited to celebrate longtime volunteer’s 95th birthday, ENMMC Hospital gift shop renaming


On Friday, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center (ENMMC) Hospital Auxiliary will celebrate the grand opening of the newly remodeled gift shop, bearing the name “Ruth’s Gifts & Coffee” in honor of Ruth Browning, a 29-year auxiliary volunteer and gift shop chairperson.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. with Hospital CEO Warren Yehl and Mayor Dennis Kintigh speaking, followed by a rendition of “Happy Birthday” in honor of Ruth’s 95th birthday.

For 60 years, starting at St. Mary’s Hospital, members of the ENMMC Auxiliary have given of themselves with the goal of improving health care within our community. For 29 years, Browning, a retired school teacher, has served the Auxiliary, Hospital and the community by running a small gift shop in the hospital.

In 1989, Browning retired after 39 years as a teacher. She was not ready to retire. On Oct. 11, 1989, she began volunteering. She serves at the hospital in the gift shop every single day, overseeing everything within the shop — buying inventory, pricing, driving volunteers and providing her signature “service with a smile.” Ruth has served approximately 25,000 hours.

Helping friends and customers is a big part of Browning’s role in the gift shop. It’s more than a gift shop; it’s also about hospitality. Volunteers run the gift shop and serve to help people, whether they need to find just the right gift, a cup of coffee, a listening ear, or just a warm hug.

In February of this year, the Auxiliary Executive Committee voted to make capital improvements in the gift shop and rename the gift shop in Browning’s honor. An extensive remodel project has recently been completed.

The public is invited to join our Grand Opening Celebration and Ceremony on Sept. 21 at Ruth’s Gifts & Coffee, which coincides with Browning’s 95th birthday.

Ruth’s Gifts & Coffee is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and offers a wide selection of gifts and sundries as well as serving hand-crafted Starbucks beverages. The shop is run and staffed entirely by volunteers and proceeds from the gift shop go to support volunteer projects and scholarships throughout the community.

Eastern New Mexico Medical Center currently has over 70 volunteers who contribute more than 16,000 hours of service monthly, across multiple areas of patient and visitor care. In addition, the ENMMC Auxiliary donates approximately $40,000 annually to local scholarships for students pursuing medically related careers.

Join Healthsense for lunch today at Senior Circle


To recognize National Rehabilitation Week, staff from the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center will be on hand at Senior Circle to discuss the different levels of care available in Roswell, why people may need rehab and what can be done to minimize risk.

Healthsense is at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, is free and is open to the public. A light lunch will be served.

Senior Circle is in the Wilshire Center, 2801 N. Main St., next door to Family Dollar and is a resource of Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.

092018 Marriage License


Mendoza Joseph Ernest Jr. and Ornelas Mariah Ann 8/31/18

Lobato Jacob Luis Paez Marybeth N. 8/31/18

Kang Eng Kang Judy Lao 8/31/18

Macias Dillon M. Vargas Tierra A. 8/31/18

Quezada Marquez Edgar Josue Iglesias Angelica 8/28/18

Kerr Billy W. West Amber Nicole 8/28/18

Castillo Lara Jose Antonio Silva Salinas Yolanda 8/27/18

Smith Tyler B. Bell Brooke Anne Haley 8/24/18

Power Robert Arthur Power Alice Mabel 8/24/18

Brown Jason Ernest Holt Kelly Lynn 8/23/18

Menchaca Tomas Carlos Iglesias Dorahilda O. 8/23/18

Alvarez Angelette L. Gutierrez Dionna C. 8/22/18

Ruiz Guillermo Jr. Grajeda Claudia A. 8/22/18

Progelhof John Marbury Teran Kortni Rae 8/22/18

Uriostegui Ramos Mario A. Martinez Stephanie M. 8/21/18

Godinez Miguel Munoz Emilce 8/20/18

Aragonez Saul Padilla Daisy 8/20/18

Olguin Jose A. Chavez Jennifer 8/17/18

Ragsdale Cody J. Cantrell Meaghan N. 8/17/18

Avila Ramon Munoz Abelina 8/17/18

Vasquez Adrian Alejandro Soto-Rubio Elisabeth 8/17/18

Graves Gary W. Taba Irish Janile Alcayaga 8/16/18

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BLM’s revision of Carlsbad Resource Management Plan draws concerns

Lisa Dunlap Photo Chaves County Commissioner Jeff Bilberry, left, attends a Tuesday meeting about the Carlsbad Resource Management Plan developed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. About 20 members of the public examined presentations, GIS maps and the draft plan and talked with BLM specialists during the Roswell meeting, one of nine in New Mexico and West Texas.

From environmental activists to hunters to those seeking to protect the interests of ranchers and energy businesses, there are no shortage of people with concerns about the revision of the Carlsbad Resource Management Plan by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Ten years in the making, the 15,000-page draft of the new plan was released for public comments Aug. 30. BLM officials held one of its nine public meetings about the draft in Roswell Tuesday night to allow people to ask questions or make comments. Those comments will be accepted until Nov. 5 by online submission, email, fax, mail or hand delivery to a BLM office.

An update of a plan adopted in 1988 but revised twice since then, the latest revision covers about 2.1 million surface acres and about 2.9 million of subsurface acres managed by the Carlsbad office of the BLM. Those acres are located throughout Lea and Eddy counties and in the boothill of Chaves County. The plan will provide the framework during the next two decades for the federal agency to decide how to conserve, restore, develop, lease and sell the land and the mineral and water resources beneath it.

About 20 members of the public, and an equal number of BLM managers and staff, were at the meeting, the fourth to occur in a series that will continue in New Mexico and West Texas until Sept. 27. The public was given a chance to look at the draft, examine displays about particular areas of interest, use BLM’s Geographic Information Systems maps and ask questions of BLM representatives.

People at the meeting included Chaves County commissioners and managers, a Chaves County Public Lands commissioner, environmental activists and hunters and fishing enthusiasts.

As Ty Allen, assistant field manager with the Carlsbad office, told people, the draft plan analyzes the surface and subsurface acreage using four alternatives, in addition to a “No action” prescription, which would keep management as it is now.

Alternative A would make management decisions that prioritize watershed management and restoration planning. Alternative B would determine what matters most for a certain geographic region and make decisions to maximize the continued use of land and resources in that way. Alternative C, the option preferred by BLM, seeks what the BLM considers a balanced approach between conservation and development. Alternative D emphasizes commercial use of land and development of “consumptive” resources (resources such as oil and gas that are removed from a location) over restoration, conservation or renewable resources.

“What we have done in Alternative C is that we have tried to come up with a way to look at conservation and consumption or development and put those together,” Allen said. “Over the last 10 to 15 years, we have had some really good ties locally with companies, with environmental groups, that kind of thing. And we sort of are working with the companies and working with the groups and getting them together and working with us, we are able to see a pattern where we can provide conservation but also provide the economic development for the counties affected. And we think we can still do that, and we are here to today to talk about how we can do that that is different than what we have done in the past.”

A summary of the alternatives listed in the draft indicate that, for example, using Alternative C, the acreage that would be considered Areas of Critical Environmental Concern to protect wildlife, vegetation or cultural sites would grow from 13,435 to 98,562. While the acreage open for mineral leases would potentially increase under Alternative C, from 1,598,870 today to 1,750,774 during the life of the plan, the acreage given the new designation Lands with Wilderness Characteristics and managed to curtail commercial activities in order to preserve the wilderness characteristics would go from zero today to 5,119 acres.

Chaves County Manager Stanton Riggs said that county elected officials and administrators are still reviewing the draft to determine what comments to make and how to proceed. He also said a coordination meeting with the BLM is likely to occur next week.

In the past, Chaves County commissioners have been vocal about their concerns that the Chaves County acreage determined by Alternative C to be Areas of Critical Environmental Concern or Lands with Wilderness Characteristics would hamper or ban ranchers who graze their livestock on the land. Under Alternative C, 36,595 acres would be managed as Lands with Wilderness Characteristics with varying degrees of use restrictions placed on them.

Becca Fisher, a lawyer and climate guardian with the WildEarth Guardians environmental group, said her group probably will collaborate with other environmental organizations to submit technical comments in opposition to parts of the plan. She said the plan will lead to harmful effects on air quality and ozone levels, especially in the Permian Basin area. She said one problem is that the plan uses outdated measurements on what is considered acceptable levels of ozone emissions.

“We have calculated that the preferred alternative of the new resource management plan opens up 98.2 percent of the lands to oil and gas leasing, whereas the 1997 plan had 95 percent of it open,” said Fisher. “There are already 31,000 oil and gas wells in the area. This will add up to an additional 5,800 or so to the area.”

Carlsbad Caverns National Park has exceeded recommended ozone levels 10 days in 2018, whereas it hadn’t exceeded the levels in prior years, she says, adding that there are a few areas in the three-county region where the ozone levels are hovering near the top of the acceptable levels.

“We think over the 20-year life of the plan, there are enough emissions that it is equivalent to 22 coal-fired plants,” she said.

Others attending the meeting were interested in how the plan will affect people who want to use the public land in the region for hiking, biking, hunting, fishing or other recreational pursuits.

“We appreciate the public process and the open meeting,” said John Cornell, New Mexico field representative with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “We just encourage sportsmen to participate and to make comments.”

Sportsman Mark Pantuso said he wants the BLM to keep lands open and viable for hunters, which could include restoration of vegetation and wildlife that has been pushed out of certain areas due to commercial use of the land. He described parts of the region south of Carlsbad as looking like “the moon,” stripped of vegetation, due to energy development.

“We just hope that they take care of the land for the future so that sportsmen have places to hunt and go,” he said. “It is important that people be involved in the process. This will govern what will happen for the next 20 to 40 years. There are a lot of hunters and sportsmen that need to speak up for themselves.”

The draft resource management plan can be downloaded from the BLM website, blm.gov. Information on submitting comments is also available there. Questions about the plan also can be directed to Hector Gonzalez, Carlsbad RPM lead, 575-234-5968.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.


City plans higher standards for Animal Control

Alison Penn Photo City Councilor Barry Foster, Councilor Jeanine Corn Best and Mike Mathews, public safety director, listen to Megen Telles, the new kennel manager of Roswell Animal Services, introduces herself at the Public Safety Committee meeting. Devin Graham, the Roswell Fire Department chief, sits next to Telles.

Megen Telles, the new kennel manager for Roswell Animal Services, shared her intentions to raise standards for the animal shelter and animal control services at the city of Roswell’s Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

At this meeting, the committee also voted unanimously to approve new standards of operation for the city’s Animal Control shelter. According to the Public Safety Committee’s agenda, no operational standards were in place prior to the drafting of the document and the new standards can be used in conjunction with current city policies and codes.

Committee Chair Jeanine Corn Best and Councilors Barry Foster and Andrea Moore shared their support and said they reviewed the standards around three months ago. Councilor Steve Henderson, another committee member, was absent from this meeting.

Mike Mathews, director of public safety, said these standards are minimum standards for the structure, enclosures, sanitation, care and handling, disease control, recordkeeping, personnel, adoption standards and more. He said the standards provided by the state’s animal sheltering board and that the city’s shelter has exceeded the standards at this time. He said he was “extremely happy” about the new direction of animal services.

Mathews introduced the Telles and said the department is in the process of hiring three additional kennel workers. Mathews said there is one kennel worker currently, one will start today, and another one is being interviewed.

Telles is a local to Roswell and said she has experience as a vet tech and an educational background in animal science. She has worked as an officer for the past five months and has been the manager for about one month. Prior to this, she said she worked in Las Cruces as an animal control officer for six years.

“We’re definitely all animal lovers over there,” Telles said. “We all have our own pets. My pets live in refrigerated air, they have a dog door — my standard for animal welfare is really, really high.”

“Megen is fantastic for us,” City Manager Joe Neeb said. “We’ve just moved this service miles ahead of where it was at (from) everything that everybody has done with working on it with the standards of service … our goal is always to get every animal adopted out of there. That’s our goal.”

Mathews and Telles showed the committee the new Facebook business page titled Roswell Animal Services that launched last Friday. As of Wednesday, the page has 443 likes and 445 follows. Telles said she has been receiving positive feedback on the page so far.

Telles said the hours are listed and the staff will be posting animal photos in real time, if possible, of the intakes and update the inventory daily. Telles said the kennel number and dates of intake and potentially adoptions will be shared with the photos and videos.

Telles said the animal services department will be taking over posting photos and videos of the animals instead of the rescue organizations, who she updated on the matter two weeks ago. However, she said she will allow some videos created by the rescues in a controlled and observed visitor room between 11 and 1 p.m. during the week. She said this change will take time to get used to, but it will benefit the shelter and the rescues in the long term.

Neeb said he hopes the “rescues will see the shelter as a resource” rather than the previous reputation animal control held in the past.

Mathews said having multiple organizations posting the animals was causing confusion and the new will allow the public to see the animals quicker by allowing staff to take charge. Chief Phil Smith of the Roswell Police Department said Telles is skilled, tactful and correct with interacting with the locals “overly concerned with what is happening with Animal Control.”

Telles said some of the issues with outdated city ordinances are regarding animals and is trying to catch the city’s animal services up to speed with other municipalities, such as Las Cruces. She said implementing microchipping and spay and neuter programs in collaboration with local veterinarians are within the future plans.

For microchipping, she said this will help reduce the number of animals coming to the shelter and allow animals to be returned to their owners in the field. Mathews said in the meantime, animals should have tags so they can be returned.

In a follow-up interview, Councilor Foster said he was happy about already exceeding the standards and said there is a negative perception about the shelter when “overly concerned citizens” were spreading false claims about a previous veterinarian. Councilor Best said people from all over the country have complained about the shelter. Councilor Moore said the standards were written well and said she was also pleased with exceeding the standards since the city should not “be behind the ball on anything.”

According to previous Daily Record coverage in Aug. 2016, Dr. Leandro Gutierrez Jr., the previously contracted animal services veterinarian, testified against 44 complaints against him and there was a Facebook battle from rescue groups alleging a high euthanasia rate and lack of cleanliness at the shelter. The Oct. 24, 2016, article stated that Dr. Guiterrez was sentenced to pay a $1,500 fine and with probation for one year, by the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine, in regard to his management of the city shelter.

Telles said, “Some people are not going to love us because we’re there for a reason, but we can try to turn that around so the general public understands why we are here.”

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


Arlenne E. Rodriguez


Arlenne E. Rodriguez, 35, passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018, in Bethany, Oklahoma. Family and friends will gather at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Thursday, September 20, 2018, for visitation and will proceed with a rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Services in memory of Arlenne will be held on Friday, September 21, 2018, at St. John’s Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetary in Roswell, New Mexico.

Arlenne was born April 3, 1983 to Demecio “Mario” Rodriguez and Martina Gonzalez in Roswell, New Mexico. In 2005, Arlenne moved to Oklahoma City where she would begin her thirteen-year career in commercial real estate leasing. Her charismatic and caring nature with people helped her advance in her profession as an agent into managerial positions. Arlenne’s favorite activities were karaoke singing, kayaking, journalizing, photography, scrapbooking and listening to music. She loved her family, friends and fur baby passionately.

Arlenne will forever be remembered by her mother and step-father, Martina and Jesus Gonzalez; her father, Demecio Rodriguez and wife; sister, Xochitl Rodriguez; brothers, Irvin Rodriguez, Mario Rodriguez Noriega, and Raul Rodriguez Mota; nieces, Lexus Rodriguez, Jeanette Rodriguez, Bianca Sanchez and her God-daughter and niece Nadiya Rodriguez; closest friends Rhea Gomez, Leticia Maxwell, Crystal Warren, Sonny Long and her beloved dog Princess (Princesa) Rodriguez; and significant other, Matthew Mangrum and his sons Reece and Wade Mangrum.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Santiago Mata and Manuela Cardenas; paternal grandparents Concepcion Rodriguez and Aurora Silva; sister, Jeanette Rodriguez Mata; and best friend, Susana Mayora.

The Honorary Pallbearers are Jesus Gonzalez, Irvin Rodriguez and Xochitl Rodriguez

Pallbearers: Cesar Aguilar, Edgar Aguilar, Ivan Aguilar, Rico Castillo, Mario Gonzalez, Matthew Mangrum, Mario Rodriguez, Lupe Rodriguez.


Minnie Aleen Stevenson


Minnie Aleen Stevenson, 92, passed away on Saturday, September 15, 2018, in Roswell, New Mexico. In honor of Minnie’s request, there will be no service. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Minnie’s family at andersonbethany.com.

On October 29, 1925, Minnie was born to Joshua Hatcher and Mary Bridgewater Hatcher in Whitewood, Kentucky. She graduated from Amarillo High School and then attended Eastern New Mexico University of Roswell, New Mexico, where she received her Associates Degree. She married Raymond on December 1, 1941, in Clovis, New Mexico, right before Pearl Harbor. Minnie was a retired homemaker, who enjoyed spending time with her family, she loved them more than anything. Her loved ones will dearly miss her spirit, smile, and presence.

Those left to cherish Minnie’s memory are her husband, Raymond M. Stevenson; son, John L. Stevenson of Crosby, Texas; daughter, April A. Denning of San Diego, California; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Preceding Minnie in death were her parents, Joshua Hatcher and Mary Bridgewater Hatcher; and great-grandparents.

RPD warns residents about scammers claiming to be the city


Roswell Police and the city have received reports from local citizens about phone calls from someone claiming to call on behalf of the city and the RPD asking for private identity and financial information.

“These are not legitimate inquiries and are not being made by the RPD or city. Be aware,” a post Wednesday on the RPD’s Facebook page said.

Some people who have received the calls were asked for Social Security and credit card numbers, and in at least one instance, the caller claimed to be offering the person a credit card.

“The only time I can think of that the city might collect a credit card number is if someone is using their card to pay a utility bill or other city bill,” Todd Wildermuth, RPD public information officer said in an email Wednesday.

He added that the police do not collect such personal information unless as part of an investigation.

According to information distributed by the Criminal Investigation Division of the RPD last December, entities providing services such as government agencies will never call or email you and request payment using gift cards, money cards or wire transfers.

Law enforcement agencies also will not call or email someone to say a person has to pay a fine.

The information also states that the Internal Revenue Service does not reach people by email to warn them about delinquent taxes.

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

Wendy Kay Artiaga


Wendy Kay Artiaga, 46, of Roswell, New Mexico, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. In honor of Wendy’s request, there will be no formal service. The family will have a private service. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Wendy’s family at andersonbethany.com.

On May 30, 1972, Wendy was born to Robert Ethen Merryfield and Joan Lucy Trujillo Merryfield in Roswell, New Mexico. There was something about Wendy that drew people her way. She always had an infectious smile that would light up a room the moment she walked in. Wendy was full of life, with a gifted sense of humor that always made people laugh. She will be missed as a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Wendy was a beautiful person inside and out; she loved her family and friends. We will miss her every day for the rest of our lives. The pain of Wendy’s death is heartbreaking, as she died too soon. Her memory will live on forever in our hearts. We have the hope of seeing Wendy again, for Jehovah God has promised that there will be a resurrection -Acts 24:15.

Those left to cherish Wendy’s memory are her sons, Anthony Merryfield and wife Janae, Richard Artiaga Jr. and wife Angel, Andrew Joseph Artiaga and girlfriend Kim; daughter, Tiffany Nicole Artiaga; grandchildren: Jeremiah Montez, Zoey Powers, Marley Merryfield, Tobias Merryfield; sisters, Mollie Ragens and Cathy Gomez; brothers, Robert A. Merryfield and Rick Merryfield Sr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Wendy in death were her son, Timothy Allen Artiaga; and parents: Robert Ethen Merryfield and Joan Lucy Merryfield.

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


El Paso’s landmark Ranger Peak aerial tram closed to public


EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso’s landmark Wyler Aerial Tramway, which has carried passengers to the peak of the Franklin Mountains for the past six decades, has been closed to public use indefinitely.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Tuesday that it has closed the Wyler Aerial Tramway after an engineering study found that the 2,400-foot-long, single-span cable tram with no support towers had exceeded its life expectancy.

The tramway was built originally to carry engineers and maintenance workers to the television transmitters perched atop 5,600-foot Ranger Peak. The Parks and Wildlife Department says it had passed annual inspections but was no longer fit for public use.

About 45,000 visitors each year had boarded the tramway gondolas for a ride to a 360-degree view of El Paso, Ciudad Juarez and southern New Mexico.

Health Dept: 1st cases of flu season reported in New Mexico


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The first cases of the flu season have been reported in New Mexico.

State Department of Health officials say all three persons who got the flu live in Quay County and reported no recent out of state travel.

The three are ages 8, 11 and 13.

Health officials say the exact timing and duration of flu season changes year-to-year, but flu activity often begins to heighten in October.

They recommend that everyone six months of age and older get the flu shot annually.


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