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Hagerman girls head to volleyball playoffs

Submitted Photo District volleyball champion Hagerman defeated Tatum 3-1, on Nov. 2.

Now they begin Pool Play at Rio Rancho High School today at 8 a.m., when they take on Mesilla Valley and Magdalena.

Alleged shooting report proves to be false 

First responders' vehicles sit in front of the Motel 6 entrance.

While a shooting reported Wednesday night in north Roswell drew much attention from police, it was soon proven to be a false report.

Around 8:20 p.m., dispatchers advised of a reported shooting at the Motel 6 at 3307 N. Main St.

However, the calling party had hung up shortly after.

Both the Roswell Police Department and Chaves County Sheriff’s Office responded to the hotel, with medics staged nearby.

Within 20 minutes of first responders answering the call and arriving to the scene, they were advised to take no further action.

No injuries were reported, and no arrests were made at the scene.

According to New Mexico law statutes, it is unlawful for any person to intentionally make a report to a law enforcement agency or official, which they know to be false at the time.  Doing so is a misdemeanor. 

City looks for possible buyer for Yucca Center

Lisa Dunlap Photo Once the site for city-organized youth sports and recreational activities in Roswell, the Yucca Recreation Center on South Richardson Avenue is in search of a new owner. Built in 1911, the center has needed repairs for years and was closed due to safety concerns after a heavy snowstorm in December 2015.

Can a city building that once was a hub for youth activities be saved?

That’s the question now that the city of Roswell is seeking bids for the Yucca Recreation Center, prompted after discussions by the city about possibly tearing the “deteriorating” building down.

The 2.95-acre property at 500 S. Richardson Ave. was once the site of city-organized sports events and recreational activities for youth, but city officials decided in 2015 not to repair the 38,200-square-foot, three-story structure built in 1911. Shortly after making the decision, a severe winter storm and the resulting roof damage caused the building closure for safety reasons.

Now the city is seeking bids to find out if some person or company might be interested in saving it from a possible wrecking ball. Bids are requested by Jan. 9, with a final sale contract expected by May 2018 if a successful bidder comes forward.

“What prompted this was, a conversation happened at Infrastructure (a Roswell City Council Infrastructure Committee meeting) and said, you know, before we tear it down let’s see if there is a value of the building to anybody else,” said City Manager Joe Neeb. “If we are going to just remove the property and take the building down, let’s see if there is someone who wants to put the money into rehabbing it.”

Roswell City Council committees debated the center’s future in 2015 after many years of little maintenance occurring on the structure, which had roof leaks for several years. Staff told elected officials that it would cost $9 million to fix the roof and other structural problems and bring the building in compliance with required codes. Originally, staff estimated that a replacement building could be constructed for $6 million.

In November 2015 the Roswell City Council voted for city staff to proceed with designs and planning for a new recreation center, which now was estimated to cost $9 million.

Then came Winter Storm Goliath. The severe snowstorm in December 2015 caused such extensive damage to the roof that the city closed the building quickly after that due to safety concerns, according to Laurie Jerge, recreation superintendent for the city. She said youth activities have been relocated for the time being to the Roswell Recreation and Adult Center on North Missouri Avenue.

After more than a year of public discussions, the path forward to a new recreation center was forged. In February 2017, the City Council voted to issue about $20 million in bonds for the construction of a new recreation center, along with a new aquatic center, near the Cielo Grande Recreation Area on West College Boulevard. The bonds will be repaid by rate increases to three local gross receipts taxes.

That construction project is underway now and expected to be completed by fall 2018.

The one-story recreation center is estimated to be about $9 million of the project cost and initially has been designed to include a multipurpose room, a fitness center and two basketball courts that can be divided into smaller gym areas.

According to the issued Request for Proposals concerning the Yucca Center, the building, which has been abated for asbestos, “continues to deteriorate” since a September 2014 report noting its structural deficiencies.

Neeb said a buyer would have to indicate how the building would be rehabilitated.

Local Realtor Larry Fresquez of Century 21 said he personally would like to see the building sold at any price than seen it torn down.

“I would rather see them sell it than let it sit there and be degraded any further,” he said. “It is one of the few historical buildings we have in town. … It needs to be exposed to the market for a fair amount of time rather than just demolished.”

The property’s assets include a location close to downtown, an established playground area and a paved parking lot.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Eddy County delays proposed work force camp and RV ordinance

Mike Smith Photo Michael Zant of the Lubbock law firm McWhorter, Cobb and Johnson says his client Cody Northcutt of Carlsbad is the target of those who want the Eddy County Commission to pass an ordinance on work camps and recreational vehicles.

CARLSBAD — After meeting for nearly two hours Tuesday afternoon to discuss and possibly vote on a workforce camp and recreational vehicles ordinance, the Eddy County Commission has delayed it until next month.

County leaders have been tackling this for months after residents in La Huerta, near Carlsbad, raised a fuss on a proposed RV park. Cody Northcutt of Carlsbad owns the property and one of his lawyers spoke before the commission.

Michael Zant of the Lubbock law firm of McWhorter, Cobb and Johnson said Northcutt has similar properties in the county.

“The commissioner’s notes on the board today was to have respectful and courteous comments regarding anyone or any property, I’d venture to say that over time at least from Cody’s perspective and our perspective comments may have not been as respectful and courteous as one would hope and certainly there’s a lot of passion and emotion that’s in this,” Zant said.

Steven McCutcheon II is a resident of the La Huerta area and expressed his support for Northcutt’s new venture.

“(Northcutt) has another RV park that has the county’s blessing,” he said.

Property setback and an emergency clause in the proposed ordinance were the apparent sore spots with everyone in attendance.

While there are some who want to see the RV camp go up, those opposed to it turned out as well.

“We the people don’t want this in our neighborhood,” said Dorothy Peters. “You the commissioners should take care of our health, safety and welfare,” she added.

Peters said the commission’s job is to work for all Eddy County residents.

Northcutt has been slapped with numerous work stoppages in the past few months. The commission voted 5-0 to continue with that until early next month and they voted 3-2 to table discussing the proposed ordinance for the same time frame.

“Certainly with them tabling the issue seemed to be in opposition of maybe what the administration was suggesting, maybe what their legal counsel was suggesting, from our perspective we still need a little time to absorb it and think through it,” Zant said.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

Grant announces re-election bid


A leading fiscal voice on the Roswell City Council who has laid the framework for the city’s budgets in recent years has announced he is running for re-election, becoming the second of five city councilors up for re-election to declare their intentions.

City councilor Caleb Grant said he is seeking a second four-year term representing Ward 2, the city’s most northern ward – principally north of Country Club Road – to continue city infrastructure projects.

“Unfortunately, it takes a long time to get those projects going,” Grant said of infrastructure projects underway, including air center upgrades, new water meters citywide, a new recreation center and aquatic facility, and an expansion of the city’s convention and civic center. “There’s still a lot that needs to be done. A lot that has been improved upon.”

Grant said demolishing the former municipal airport was another significant improvement achieved in his first term. In March 2014, Grant first won election to the City Council when he easily defeated Jerry Heck and James MacCornack with 67 percent of the votes cast to succeed former city councilor Jimmy Craig.

Grant, who serves on the City Council’s Infrastructure Committee and who was chosen mayor pro tem by his City Council colleagues in 2016, said tackling aging infrastructure has been a primary concern.

“The biggest thing though is trying to continue to improve on the efficiencies in the services the city provides,” he said. “Government is pretty inefficient.”

Grant, 32, born and raised in Roswell and a 2004 graduate of Goddard High School, is chairman of the Republican Party of Chaves County and a Farm Bureau Financial Services agent. He has chaired the City Council’s Finance Committee all four years of his first term.

City spending has increased by about one-third in the last four years, from a $110,544,316 budget in fiscal year 2014-15 to the current budget of $146,493,825 for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Like Mayor Dennis Kintigh, Grant attributes the growth in spending to a spurt in infrastructure projects underway, including the $23 million recreation and aquatics center, on which ground was broken this week, the $21 million citywide water meter replacement project and the $7 million convention center expansion.

“This last year is kind of a bit different because that includes the two bond projects, one for the water meter project … obviously the other one is the recreation center project,” Grant said. “We had a lot of infrastructure that wasn’t addressed.”

Grant said the city’s operating budget for police, fire and other departments has remained fairly constant.

“The last couple years we’ve had some huge grant money for redoing the air center runway, so there’s been a lot of activity and infrastructure projects,” he said. “That’s why you’re seeing some of that increase in budget.”

Grant said governmental entities spend “different colors of money” that must be spent in certain areas, such as a $2.50 convention center fee the city implemented in November 2013 for every daily hotel/motel room rental in the city that must be used for improvements to the convention center. Revenues from the “bed tax” are separate from the city’s 5 percent lodgers tax, which is also imposed at city hotels and motels, and which must be used to promote tourism and conventions.

“We’re very restricted as far as what can be used for what,” he said.

Grant said he wants to serve a second term on the City Council to continue tackling infrastructure needs and to promote efficient, transparent governmental spending. He said he’s only missed two meetings of the City Council in his first term.

Grant said his passion is finances and he hopes to continue to chair the City Council’s Finance Committee.

“I’ve spent a lot of time working with the finance department,” he said.

Grant said the city’s top three priorities are infrastructure, economic development and crime.

“They are all intertwined together,” he said. “I think absolutely our air center is the top asset because it has the biggest opportunity to drive the economic development.”

City councilor Natasha Mackey is the other city councilor who has announced her intentions, declaring her candidacy for mayor instead of running for re-election to her Ward 1 seat.

Ward 3 incumbent Art Sandoval, Ward 4 city councilor Jason Perry and Ward 5 incumbent Tabitha Denny have not yet publicly announced their intentions. The mayor’s position is also up for election in March.

The filing day for municipal candidates is Jan. 9. The nonpartisan elections are March 6, with early voting beginning Feb. 14.

Editor Jeff Tucker can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 303, or at editor@rdrnews.com.

Man in rollover had 18 beers, shot of Fireball

Trevier Gonzalez Photo Police and first responders survey the crashed vehicle that crossed in and out of the east and westbound lanes along West Country Club Road.

The driver involved in a vehicle rollover late Saturday night now has charges against him pending a blood test.

According to a crash report by the Roswell Police Department, on Saturday, first-responders were dispatched to the corner of West Country Club Road and North Cedar Avenue at 11:30 p.m. in reference to a sole occupant being involved in a vehicular accident with injury.

Dispatchers also advised officers that the calling party had told them that the crashed vehicle had rolled over three times.

Three minutes later, police arrived.

The only person involved in the accident was the driver, Victor Rodriguez.

Police said Rodriguez had walked away from the scene and watched the officers looking for him.

Authorities reported to dispatchers that Rodriguez was bleeding from the head.

The Roswell Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services also arrived to the incident.

By the time the Daily Record arrived, police were surveying the area, taking note of debris scattered on and on the side of the road, as well as damages to the vehicle.

Tiny bits of shattered glass were scattered along County Club Road, reflecting emergency lights from the ground.

Much of the damage sustained by the vehicle was toward the front, including a shattered windshield, bent out of frame windows and a grill almost completely ripped off the vehicle.

Rodriguez was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, where he was later questioned by police.

“Mr. Rodriguez stated to officer Loya that he had 18 beers and a shot of Fireball,” an officer wrote.

According to witness testimonies given to police, Rodriguez was traveling westbound on Country Club Road, but had been crossing into the eastbound lane several times.

“(The vehicle) then accelerated to a high rate of speed and lost control,” the report read.

The posted speed limit near the corner of Country Club and North Cedar is 45 mph.

Police said Rodriguez then overcorrected himself after driving into the eastbound lane, driving off of the roadway of the westbound lane and then into to the dirt. As a result, the vehicle rolled over approximately three times.

Police observed a pill bottle with the label ripped off that contained a baggie filled with a substance consistent with marijuana.

A pill bottle of the painkiller tramadol, prescribed to a woman, was located in the rear of the vehicle.

The contents were later booked in as evidence at the RPD.

Police noted that Rodriguez was unable to provide a phone number to authorities. Asa result, the Daily Record was unable to receive an update on Rodriguez’s condition following the accident.

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


Radiation finally understood


Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set new radiation guidelines that raise the acceptable limits on the radiation dose that can be tolerated by first responders and emergency personnel in the case of a nuclear incident, radiation spill, terrorist attack like a dirty bomb, or any other radiological emergency. This change is long overdue and has nothing to do with the present EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, or the Trump administration.

“According to radiation safety experts, radiation exposures of 5-10 rem (also known as 50-100 mSv) usually result in no harmful health effects, because radiation below these levels is a minor contributor to our overall cancer risk,” EPA said in the document. There has been a major push over the last 20 years by scientists in the field to change these limits — ever since Fukushima and Chernobyl showed the real danger of having too low limits. The Obama administration was also trying to raise these limits.

We have long known that our established radiation limits were absurdly low and have led to widespread fear and panic over radiation levels that are the same as normal background levels across many parts of the Earth.

Such unreasonable, and unscientific, limits cause unfounded fear, and have hurt and killed more people than the radiation released from events such as Fukushima or Chernobyl. Also the absurd amount of money spent to reach these low limits has been extremely wasteful.

I would personally extend these newer acceptable limits to nuclear waste manage facilities also. The WIPP 2014 minor radiation leak of Pu and Am did not physically harm anyone. However, it did scare a lot of people because of historically misunderstood radiation levels. The folks over in Andrews, Texas, have taken the time to understand and support the construction of the Waste Control Specialist (WCS) facility just across the state line from Eunice, New Mexico. The residence of Eunice also supported nuclear material handling when they approved the URENCO uranium enrichment plant to process uranium fuel for commercial power plants here in the U.S.

This nuclear corridor between Hobbs and Carlsbad is also the site for a potentially very lucrative revenue generator for the state of New Mexico with the proposed Interim Consolidated Storage facility by the EDDY-LEA Energy Alliance. By law, the government must relocate all spent nuclear fuel to ICSF sites.

Nuclear is for life and the future. To be continued.

Martin Kral


Congressman in sugar cartel’s pocket


Congressman Steve Pearce (R-NM-2) is in the pocket of the nation’s beet and cane sugar cartels. Pearce continually votes to maintain the U.S. Sugar Program. Why? It is really quite simple, Congressman Pearce received well over $39,000 in political donations from the sugar cartels since coming to Washington in 2002.

Thanks to Rep. Pearce and others, the U.S. Sugar Program continues. The Sugar Program is a Soviet style command-and-control scheme that restricts planting and imports. This inflates the price of sugar in the United States to almost double the world price.

So, when you go to the store to buy a snack cake or anything sweetened, you pay more. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the program means Americans pay $3.5 billion every year in increased grocery costs, which breaks down to $58 per household.

In Rep. Pearce’s 15 years in office, he repeatedly voted against sugar reform costing each New Mexico family an additional $870 for groceries. You have to ask yourself, is my Congressman really fighting to make life better, or is he just another politician in it for the campaign contributions? It’s time for Congressman Pearce to step up and end this costly government giveaway to the cartels.

The Independent Bakers’ Association is an international trade association that fights to protect the interests of mostly family owned wholesale bakers and allied trades. For more information about IBA and sugar program corruption, visit IBAbaker.com.

Nicholas A. Pyle,

president of Independent Bakers’ Association

Regarding Excel’s latest rate hike


Like the geyser Old Faithful, once again Excel Energy is requesting a 10 percent rate hike. If I recall correctly, there was a 25 percent rate increase request last year, and about a 10 percent rate hike the year before. Shark rates are timid in comparison to these outrageous rate hikes.

And to justify their rate increase request, we are being told that rates in Roswell are lower than in other cities in New Mexico. I guess I should be grateful and thankful, but I am not.

Excel is supposedly using the rate increases to meet the demands of its customers and regulators by modernizing infrastructure, improving system reliability and reducing environmental pollution vault.com. These are admirable goals, but at what cost to us, its customers.

I want Excel Energy to take a long break from any more rate hikes. I want to see my electric bill reduced due to all of these improvements to its various operating systems. And I want the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to say no to this latest rate increase request.

Shulamit Rymberg


Dual language ad shows ignorance


In the Friday edition of the RDR, page A8, dual language display ad (expensive) for our schools and parents night, showed an ignorance of the English language. “If your interested in learning more …”

Our 1-12 schools and the university obviously are not qualified to teach any child. Cursive writing was tossed out and now contractions must be the next to go. No wonder the Germans set up their own school system at Holloman.

Dave Swink


Nayola family is working thanks to a hand up

Curtis Michaels photo After most of a year living in tents and sleeping on the ground, Jessica and Hilario Nayola are making good use of a hand up, and are building their life together anew.

Larry (Hilario) and Jessica Nayola lost everything in early 2016 when he was incarcerated.

“She entered homelessness before I did,” Nayola said, “It was a hard thing knowing how hard it had to be on her, not only homeless, but homeless in Roswell from April to November of 2016 by herself. That she stayed safe was a miracle.”

Jessica managed to stay safe as she waited for her husband.

There was many a night that she slept at Cahoon Park, he said, “and at the Baseball Park at Cielo Grande. There was many a time she didn’t have food, she didn’t have a way to get anywhere. Some of the biggest help that she got and that later I got came from Pastor Mark Green of Harvest Ministries and Jeneva Martinez.”

After a while, Jessica got a slightly improved situation.

“Luckily a local citizen tried to be there for her,” Nayola said. “They let her set up a tent in their backyard. Showers were a water hose and a bucket. It was a little better than nothing.”

The day of their reunion arrived.

“I still remember the day I got a ride to that house,” Nayola said. “She didn’t know I was getting out. We cried and we held each other. When I walked into that tent it broke my heart to see how she was living. She kept everything as orderly as possible for living in a tent. That night was the best night’s sleep I ever had, even though it was November and cold.”

Unfortunately, there were problems.

“We stayed there as long as we could,” Nayola said. “The majority of homeless people are so overwhelmed with their circumstances that it’s easy to fall into alcohol and substance abuse just to (distract) themselves from having to deal with the stuff they have to deal with every day.

“That was something that we didn’t do. It took the support of pastors like Mark Green, Lonnie Owens, Chris LaDuca, Larry Lasher, people like Natasha Mackey and Jeneva Martinez. These were people that were a constant support in our life. Whether it was through food or anything else that they could provide. Sometimes just an ear to listen to what you’re going through.”

Upon leaving the tent where Jessica had been for some time, they needed to find a place to live.

“We went to Mark Green in late November,” Nayola said, “and it broke his heart. He cried with us because there was no way he could help us other than to buy us a tent and some sub-zero sleeping bags, and take us down to the river bed.”

Living in the river bed was an all-time low for the Nayola family.

“I remember that was a hard day for us,” he said, “being in that river bed. But I told her that the one thing about being at the bottom is that there’s no where else to go but up. We didn’t know how much we needed Jesus until he was all we had. So we made a decision that we were going to press hard into this. We only stayed in that riverbed for 10 days. All 10 days were hard, it was freezing at that time.

“We used to walk up to the McDonald’s next to the O’Reilly’s to charge our phones. One day we were in there, and we were drinking soda from their water cups, and this man approached me. I was thinking that we’re in trouble so I told her to get the stuff together and be ready to leave. He gave us refills and said he would keep us in his prayers that we would be blessed. It really touched me that he said that because that was all we had, was our prayers. I thanked him.”

That chance meeting was pivotal in their lives.

“He asked me if I was looking for work,” Nayola said. “I told him yes I was. I was looking every day. That’s another thing that’s hard to do from homelessness. A lot of people say you just need to go get a job. When you’re homeless you don’t have access to clean clothes, to a shower, and you need a job. Sometimes you don’t have your legal papers.

“But it was a real blessing because that man ended up being Nick Snowberger. Nick hired me on the spot. He knew I was living in the river bed when he hired me.”

They shortly had a couple of opportunities for better shelter.

“After those 10 days we were able to stay in a camper trailer connected to a bed,” Nayola said. “We continued to get up and go to work, and to reach out to the homeless coalition. It wasn’t long before we were able to save our money and rent a house.”

There were twists and turns ahead for the Nayola family, however.

“We had another baby and we lost our house,” he said. “Because we didn’t have a home, CYFD got involved and took him from us right out of the hospital. That was rough. But it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing because it allowed us an opportunity.”

Life is looking up for them.

“We’re doing all the steps and everybody is for us there,” Nayola said. “But, you know, we would have been homeless again if it wasn’t for Mark Green. He was able to inform us about a program to get HUD. Now we have a home once again, and our house just isn’t a house now. It’s a home. I never lost my job. Nic Snowberger understood the circumstances and held my job during the time our baby was in the hospital.”

Having been down this hard road, the Nayola’s are eager to help others.

“Now we have this broad path of opportunities,” he said. “We’d like to help in any way we can because one thing I know is that when you’re homeless, people give up on you and then you give up on yourself. It takes people to say, ‘You know what? We’re not gonna give up on you. We’re gonna build you up instead of tearing you down.’ There is a strong group of people in Roswell who do care.”

They are proactive in reaching out to make a difference.

“We don’t give up on anybody,” Nayola said. “We try to get them jobs. Any time we meet somebody who is down and out we’re quick to direct them to Jeneva and to Mark. We can’t wait for more resources to be available.”

Nayola said he wants to see Roswell’s heart open up to those in need in a more direct and effective manner.

“I guarantee people don’t want to be homeless,” he said. “I just want the community to get involved. There has to be a solution that’s not only going to help people but that will help create smiles. Smiles are rare in this town and we need to change that one smile at a time.”


Chance to beat Black Friday rush coming up


ARTESIA — Artesia residents who don’t want to fight the shopping crowds on Black Friday can get an early start on their holiday shopping Nov. 18.

Leah Boone of Holiday Bazaar at The Barn said it will start at 10 a.m. that day near the Cottonwood Wine and Brewing located at no. 1 Cottonwood Road.

“It hasn’t been in use a lot lately,” she said of the Barn. “I spoke with the owners and we talked about maybe making it more available for the community again.”

Boone said the bazaar is made up of people who are selling products outside of their regular job.

“Like for me, I just signed up to start selling Tastefully Simple, so I’ll have my food there and things that people can try and see if they like it,” Boone added.

Boone said vendor space is booked. “I don’t know if this is something we’ll ever do again, it’s something that has gotten a lot of attention from people who do just what we do.”

Boone said nearly 30 vendors are expected to be there. She said there will door prizes, spray tans and a photo booth.

“We have hair products, skin products, essential oils, the list just goes on-and-on,” she said.

Boone said people may call 513-2863 for more information.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.


Editorial cartoon 11-8-17


Oh, the places they’ll go

By Christina Stock Roswell Daily Record Story and Photo


Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre’s Broadway Bound Kids performed like professionals on Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Performing Arts Center.

WWOB’s Broadway Bound Kids is an all youth performing group focusing on musical theatre performance training. This year’s theme was “Let’s Go To The Movies.” The children, ages 7 to 16, performed iconic musical songs and dance numbers from movies such as “Footloose,” “Sister Act,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The event was free for the public.

The enthusiastic show got the audience hooting, clapping their hands and, when the familiar tunes of “Ghostbusters” started, everybody was shouting. One little girl, Shellie Sanford, loudly asked her mother that she wanted to learn to act and sing as well. With a standing ovation the performance ended and fans, friends and families came up on stage to celebrate the achievement of the Broadway Bound Kids.


New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame accepts new inductees

Submitted Photo

Three people were inducted in the New Mexico Military Institute Hall of Fame Oct. 27 during Homecoming and Alumni Weekend events. S.P. “Chip” Johnson IV, left, an 1974 NMMI high school graduate, was honored for his achievements in his field of endeavor. He is president and chief executive officer and a co-founder of Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc., which has its headquarters in Houston. Prior to starting the business in 1993, he was a manager with Shell Oil Co. Dale Preston Laverty, whose plaque is shown in the middle, also was recognized for his career achievements. A 1954 graduate of NMMI high school and a 1956 graduate of the junior college, Laverty passed away in September 2016. His wife, Linda Ruiz Laverty, is shown accepting the honor on his behalf. Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Quantoc, a 1980 junior college graduate of NMMI, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for having achieved a “flag officer rank,” which is a general or admiral in the U.S. military.

Crystal Vigil-Juarez


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Crystal Vigil-Juarez, 39, who passed away October 21, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Brenda Gay Atchison



Brenda Gay Atchison, age 71, passed away October 30th, 2017 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas after a short battle with cancer. Brenda was born May 10th, 1946 in Mattoon, Illinois to William L. and Dorothy L. Williams. She graduated high school at MacArthur High School in Decatur, Illinois. She was always had the ability to accomplish anything that she set her mind to. She cared about her family deeply and she loved all of her furbabies. She will be missed by everyone she knew.  She may be gone but her presence is still felt among those she loved. She will be always and forever in our hearts

She is survived by her husband, Thomas G. Atchison of the family home. She is also survived by her siblings; James A Williams (Carolyn), Taylorville, Illinois; Steve D. Williams (Karen), Denver, Colorado; Billie K Stafford (David), Roswell, New Mexico. She left behind numerous nieces and nephews and 4 grandchildren. Her best friend of 20 plus years, Betsy Katz, was by her side the whole time and took care of her.

We would like to thank the staff on the 5th floor at University Medical Center for being so attentive and caring to Brenda during her treatment there. We would also like to thank her nurse Gabby for being so loving and nurturing in her time of need. There are no planned services at this time.


Ted Schrimsher


Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Ted Schrimsher, age 90, of Roswell, who passed away Monday, November 6, 2017.

A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

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

Richard A. Morales


Richard A. Morales, 49, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017 in Mescalero, NM.  Services are pending with West Funeral Home in Carlsbad. Condolences may be expressed atwestfuneralhomellc.com

E. L. Hinton Jr.


Memorial services for Elmer Lee Hinton, Jr., 90, a longtime resident of Roswell, who currently resided in Portales, will be at 2 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 16, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Roswell, NM. Interment will follow in the First United Methodist Church Garden Columbarium. The family will receive guests at Wheeler Mortuary in Portales on Thurs. evening, Nov. 9, 2017 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Elmer Lee “E. L.” Hinton was born May 9, 1927 in Encino, NM to the home of Troy Hamman (Kenmore) and Elmer Lee Hinton, and died Nov. 6, 2017 in Portales. Mr. Hinton graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute in 1945. He served in the U S Air Force at the close of World War II, and again during the Korean War.

On Feb. 14, 1953 in Causey, he was married to Wanda Jean Gardner. They made their home for several years in Hobbs, and then moved to Roswell in 1960. Mr. Hinton was a CPA for many years. He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Roswell, and his retirement years were spent in volunteer work through the church helping to repair and rebuild churches.

He is survived by two sons, Troy Hinton and Alan Hinton both of Portales; four grandchildren, Lauretta Faye (Chancey) Dozier, James Hinton, Lee Hinton and Evan (Amanda) Hinton; and six great-grandchildren and another expected shortly. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, John and Herman Hinton, a sister, Evelyn Swenson, and by a daughter-in-law, Debbie Hinton.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 575-356-4455,wheelermortuary.net



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