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Obamacare is step to gov’t takeover

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When Democratic Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot at a town hall meeting, propagandists in the press said Sarah Palin’s political ads incited Republicans to shoot her, but the man who was obsessed by her wasn’t a Republican. He was a man all described as insane.

Republican Congressman Steve Scalise was shot by a Democratic activist, and the mainstream media dismissed him as crazy, saying his party’s vile rhetoric wasn’t to blame. He wasn’t certifiable, but he was a lunatic like too many Democrats are, and if good people with guns weren’t there to stop the assassin, we’d have a massacre a biased press couldn’t keep off the front page, but they would spin a different story, saying Republicans provoked the attack and guns were to blame.
You’re a lunatic if you think Trump colluded with Putin to get elected or wish anyone harm because you don’t like their politics. You’re useless and irritating as fleas on a dog.
Some Democrats dislike the assaults on President Trump, but many condone violence for causes they deem just, including offing him out of office. They’re anarchists who disobey laws they don’t like, and they’re angry at the president and his supporters for stopping their socialist agenda.
Obamacare is a step toward the government takeover of our health care, and they’re relying on like-minded Republicans to continue paying premiums for people Democrats subsidized using other people’s money. They say Republican health care will kill them, yet they don’t care about anyone who buys their own insurance and can’t afford to use it.
If Republicans can’t agree on Obamacare’s replacement, they should join the Democratic Party or repeal it and get the government out of health care. Their leaders also have to pass Trump’s budget, lower taxes, jumpstart the economy and provide good-paying jobs by any means possible or step aside for those who will.
Democrats and their allies in the press will keep fomenting violence, lose elections and denigrate anyone who disagrees with them because they are the party of intolerance and hate. They’re socialists; those who admit it and those who don’t, and as Churchill said, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
Respectfully, your knuckle-dragging, Bible-banging, flag-waving neighbor.
Ralph Rivera
Roswell

UBI is ill-conceived and dangerous

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On June 22 of this year Mr. Abalos brought up the subject of UBI (Universal Basic Income) and I thought I would respond.

Considering the push for $15 pay across the country, Mr. Abalos must believe that a UBI of $30,000 a year or more is acceptable. It is estimated that 260 million persons over 18 years old live in the United States.
Using $30K per year, that would mean that, if enacted today, $7.8 trillion would be required each year. The United Nations estimates the United States has a wealth of $118 trillion and that is probably overestimated, but using that figure, the nation would be out money, (as if it already isn’t), in less than 16 years.
That is not to mention unintended consequences of business failure due to lack of employees, although according to you they would be replaced anyway by robots. Not included is the mass immigration of people from other countries to take advantage of us as we have already seen in the past.
People who make more than that would get upset and perhaps quit their jobs. Business would have to be taxed 90 percent just to maintain the program and many would fail or simply give up. The rich would get richer and the poor would be getting a minimal subsistence of UBI.
As humans, we would follow the path of least resistance and vote ourselves more and more benefits until we hasten our own demise.
I would suggest also that it won’t happen. As it is, people of the welfare class are not happy with what they receive and in time, neither will those on UBI and thus the greed cycle of calls for increases will start over again. You won’t be able to block noncitizens because that would require proof of citizenship, which you and your ilk clearly claim to be racist.
I visualize so many other unintended consequences that I have not the space in this letter to explain. Suffice it to say, the idea is ill-conceived and even dangerous.
JW Kopp
Roswell

Fireworks crowd fizzles out before finale; Lackluster Fourth of July show blamed on new Texas contractor

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City officials said a lackluster Fourth of July fireworks show was the result of a poor performance by the contractor the city hired to take over the annual pyrotechnic display at Cielo Grande Recreation Area.

Many people in the large crowd at Cielo Grande Recreation Area did not wait for the grand finale of Tuesday’s annual Mike Satterfield Memorial Fireworks Extravaganza, which was delayed for about 25 minutes from its 9:15 p.m. scheduled start, due to winds. Heavy traffic exiting the recreation area formed before the final fireworks were set off at about 10 p.m.
Several people told the Daily Record Wednesday that this year’s fireworks show, sponsored by the city and the Roswell Sertoma Club, was one of the least impressive pyrotechnic shows the city has ever sponsored. In contrast, reviews were much better for Los Lonely Boys, which performed a concert for hundreds of people at the recreation area prior to the fireworks show.
“The city and (Roswell Fire Department) are well aware many citizens share the disappointment left by this year’s fireworks show,” city spokesperson Todd Wildermuth said in a statement late Wednesday afternoon. “The city and RFD will be determining the steps that must be taken to restore the quality of the Roswell fireworks show and ensure there are no more ‘duds’ allowed during our community’s Fourth of July celebration.”
Wildermuth said the fireworks company the city hired for this year’s show for $45,000, Precision Fireworks of Era, Texas, had a good resume, with experience working for other cities and events.
“However, the show that it produced in Roswell this week was extremely disappointing,” Wildermuth said in the statement. “The company’s preparation and final product — which it was to handle in full, from the fireworks to the music — fell well short of the expectations and requirements of the city and RFD. This occurred despite the company being well-informed when it accepted the job of the specifications of prior shows and the requirement that this year’s show would have to meet or exceed those specifications.”
Wildermuth said for the past 20 or so years, the fireworks shows have met standards of excellence through the organization and management of the Roswell Fire Department, which has planned, set up and launched the fireworks for the annual shows.
“The city of Roswell each year strives to produce a top-notch, quality Fourth of July fireworks show for its citizens, as well as residents of surrounding communities,” he said.
Shortly after the 2016 fireworks show, city and RFD officials began considering preparations for this year’s show, and it was decided to hire a contractor to put on the 2017 show.
“The contractor could be hired for about the same cost as it takes the city to purchase the fireworks – the Roswell Sertoma Club annually provides the money to the city to cover the cost of the fireworks products — and pay the overtime labor costs of firefighters to set up and carry out the show,” Wildermuth said. “At the same time, putting the show in the hands of a contractor removed city firefighters from the inherent risks faced by personnel involved in the preparation and execution of a fireworks show.”
City Councilor Caleb Grant said city officials by Wednesday had heard a lot of negative feedback about the fireworks show.
“It definitely wasn’t as good as it has been in years past, that’s for sure,” said Grant, mayor pro tem of the Roswell City Council. “Obviously, I think there were some things that could be improved upon, and being able to communicate with the public with the delay and everything else.”
Grant said the decision to hire a contractor to conduct this year’s fireworks show was made by city staff, not by the City Council or mayor. He said this year’s poor performance by a private contractor does not mean the city will revert to conducting the fireworks next year.
“The governing body will be looking over to make sure we can always improve on our event,” Grant said. “There might be a little bit more oversight. And obviously we can learn from a couple of the mishaps from this year’s event and improve on it.”
Mayor Dennis Kintigh said Wednesday he, too, was disenchanted with the fireworks show.
“I shared with senior staff disappointment that it wasn’t excellent, and I am if the opinion that we should strive to have excellence in all we do,” Kintigh said. “The gaps, the music didn’t really work with the gaps.
“We, the city, need to do a better job.”
The mayor said the fireworks job was given to a contractor to save the city money.
“The effort here was to try to reduce Fire Department overtime, save some money, which is a noble and appropriate thing to do, ” Kintigh said. “Sometimes it doesn’t work out — this time, it apparently didn’t. That doesn’t mean that we can’t do it again, but maybe we go back to what we had been doing before.”
The mayor said Tuesday’s performance by Precision Fireworks did not necessarily mean the firm would not be used again by the city.
“Let’s look into this a little further before we rush to decisions on what we want to do next year,” he said. “Let’s bring in the Fire Department, who is a key part of this component. Let’s review the whole thing and then we’ll male a decision probably in the next 60 days or so.”
Kintigh said the decision should be made by city staff, not city elected officials.
“The city manager needs to make these kinds of calls,” Kintigh said. “The City Council doesn’t need to be involved in micro-managing. I think the City Council should be made aware of what’s going on.
“It’s a staff decision, a city manager decision.”
The mayor said the Los Lonely Boys concert was a high point of the day’s events at the recreation area.
“The contrast is more glaring,” he said. “I can’t imagine how many people were there.
“There were a lot of people who were nearby that could hear it that weren’t right there in front of it.
“We’ll do better next year — we will do better next year.”
Interim editor Jeff Tucker can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 303, or at editor@rdrnews.com.

One property owner not sheepish about his objections to permit

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An 8-foot metal fence now surrounds most of the Custom Construction property. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A Roswell business owner won his quest to keep sheep and goats on property in the city limits, in spite of some initial opposition from neighbors.
One person from a neighboring property said she was satisfied with the city’s decisions, but another remains upset.

Tom Jennings says he took this photo to show how the Custom Construction property looked before the company applied for a special use permit. (Submitted Photo)

“Is it better? No. Is it acceptable? No. Am I happy? No,” said Tom Jennings. He owns property and a new building across the street from Custom Construction and Roofing LLC, which is on Wool Bowl Circle in northeast Roswell, near Garden Avenue and College Boulevard.
Jennings’ objections fall into four main categories: That the property is unsightly because of all the equipment and building materials stored on it, that new permits allowing farm animals in an industrial area should not allowed, that there are potential environmental problems from a business storing a large quantity of chemicals and building materials, and that the city appears to have treated Custom Construction differently than other property owners, perhaps because the company does work for the city.
A city manager strongly countered the idea that the business was treated more favorably than other property owners.
Jennings said, however, that when he constructed the new building at 2 Petro Drive that is now rented by Rich Glo Products Inc., he had to meet all sorts of city requirements and codes, including for landscaping, because the city wanted to improve Roswell and that area.
“Then they (Custom Construction) come in behind me and start a junkyard,” he said.
The business property is not operating a commercial salvage operation. However, storage of equipment and materials on the three lots owned by the company and its partners is occurring.
According to city documents, Brandon Arnold applied for the special use permit sometime before May. Originally, he requested permission not only to keep the sheep and goats on the property for weed and vegetation control but also to be able to operate a recycling operation.
The matter was tabled after a May 23 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, but approved at the June 27 meeting, according to Planning Director Bill Morris.
“They were approved for the sheep and goats,” said Planning Director Bill Morris, “up to four critters.”
The portion of the permit application having to do with the recycling operation was withdrawn.
“It was decided that is not really what they were doing,” Morris said.
City documents from Arnold and his lawyer indicate that he was storing and sometime reusing company materials rather than running a recycling or salvage operation open to the public.
Morris added that Arnold has complied or is in the process of complying with other permit requirements, including controlling weeds and debris near fence lines, erecting an 8-foot fence around the property and creating a berm to reduce chances of chemical run-offs.
“We will have to check periodically and make sure that they (keep in compliance),” he said.
Jennings was one of four people speaking against the permit application at the May 23 meeting. He said his complaints about the animals and state of the property are what prompted the city to get the business to apply for the permit.
But Jennings said he isn’t assuaged by the city’s decisions.
“It puts up an 8-foot fence, so it hides and screens what is going on,” he said. He added that photos he took before the permit application shows the business has items on the property that, he said, properly belong in a landfill.
“I love the mayor for allowing old buildings to be demolished in his efforts to improve the city,” Jennings said, “but this is going in the wrong direction.”
He added that he can understand that livestock is allowed to be kept nearby for short periods of time for a livestock auction operation that has been grandfathered into codes, but that he does not think it is appropriate to issue new special permits for farm animals in the area, where most properties are zoned light industrial.
Jennings said neighboring property owners and users have a right to be concerned because of the potential for animal and insect infestations and chemical run-offs from old building materials. He points out that nearby are mobile home parks, the Spring River, Loveless Park, and bike and walking trail, and the Roswell Refuge Thrift Store, which sits on property owned by Chaves County.
Cindy Wilson, executive director with the Roswell Refuge, originally spoke at the May 23 Planning and Zoning about some concerns. But she said she has since talked with representatives of Custom Construction. The issues, which she characterized as mainly having to do with neighborliness and communication, have been resolved, she said.
“We personally like the sheep, and I think it is very green of them to use sheep and goats rather than chemicals to control weeds.”
She did say that once a ram escaped onto the Refuge property, but that Refuge staff were able to pen it.
Flooding does occur in the area after heavy rains, flooding the Refuge property, she said, but she added that she does not think that is the fault of Custom Construction. She also said that the company volunteered to install rubber stoppers under the Refuge doors so that water will not come into storage or retail areas.
Morris said that no appeals were filed and that the permit is “good to go,” but Jennings said the process has given him “heartburn.”
“We have mechanisms in place to make sure that we are all on equal footing,” he said, “but it doesn’t appear those were followed here.”
Morris categorically denies that any favoritism was shown, although he acknowledges that the construction company frequently does demolition work for the city.
“We treat pretty much everybody the same,” he said. “The idea that we gave them any preferential treatment is wrong.”
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Alcohol and high speeds were factors in fatal crash, report says

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Police records obtained by the Daily Record Wednesday indicate the fatal crash near the Roswell Relief Route Friday was alcohol-related and a result of excessive speeding.

“There was evidence that (the driver) was intoxicated at the time of the collision,” an officer stated in a Roswell Police Department accident report. “I believe the collision is a result of excessive speed, reckless driving and intoxication of the driver.”
The report obtained by the newspaper states that Sean Michael Murphy, 48, purchased two small bottles of banana schnapps and three small bottles of 99 Bananas from a convenience store less than a half hour before the two-vehicle crash at about 5:22 p.m., according to a receipt found in his pickup truck.
Police said Murphy’s pickup rear-ended a box truck at a stoplight at the intersection of South Main Street and the Roswell Relief Route.
Police said a paper bag containing three small bottles of 99 Bananas was found in the front of Murphy’s vehicle. One of the bottles of liqueur, with an alcohol volume of 49.5 percent, was reportedly empty.
In addition, Murphy had consumed seven shots of the same alcohol before leaving his residence to purchase the alcohol from the convenience store, according to the accident report.
The posted speed limit on South Main Street is 50 miles per hour. Multiple witnesses reported that Murphy, identified as the driver of “vehicle No. 2” in the report, was speeding.
“Vehicle No. 2 is southbound on Main Street traveling approximately 92 mph at the time of impact,” the report states.
Both vehicles involved in the crash sustained massive damages in all areas, with the box truck flipping over onto its passenger side and erupting into flames. Two occupants of the box truck, employees of Aaron’s, were rescued by an off-duty Roswell firefighter and a good Samaritan that has not yet been identified.
The accident report also states that Murphy was not wearing a seatbelt.
Police said the results of Murphy’s blood tests are pending an autopsy with the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

Church with long standing in town serves today’s needs

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Jeffrey Ahlen, right, along with other members of Trinity United Methodist Church of Roswell, 1413 S. Union Aven., serve a meal during its Halloween party. Trinity is one of Roswell’s oldest churches. (Submitted Photo)

Trinity United Methodist Church has been in Roswell for a long time. Originally established as First Methodist Episcopal Church North in 1903, the church has cycled through feast and famine. Now, under the guidance of Pastor Glenn Thyrion, Trinity is on its way to feasting again.

Thyrion and the congregation understand that you get as you give. They always keep an eye out for ways to serve the community and the world at large.
The church collects non perishable food to donate to the Salvation Army for its hunger relief programs. According to Feeding America, more than 48 million people face hunger daily in the United States alone. The Salvation Army serves more than 56 million meals through soup kitchens, food pantries, mobile meals, community gardens and other programs.
The donations from Trinity United Methodist Church help the homeless and families who have fallen on hard times.
One of their efforts that many would not have thought necessary is the Canceled Stamps for the Veterans Hospital work. The Veterans’ National Stamp and Coin Club collects United States and foreign stamps and coins, post cards, sport collector cards and other like items to pass onto Veterans Affairs support centers across the country to be used as therapeutic hobbies for those who could be best served by such activities.
Among the largest of their efforts is the United Methodist Women’s Ministries. These ministries are dedicated to helping women, children and youth in a variety of ways. They equip women and girls around the world for leadership roles in their communities. They educate women, children and youth to enable them to make personal change and to transform the world around them. They advocate for justice and foster spiritual growth in their works. The UMW does all this by funding international, national and regional ministries, and offering grants.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is another of their larger outreaches. UMCOR assists the most vulnerable people affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Their website says that they believe all people have God-given worth and dignity.
UMCOR helps people in more than 80 countries including the United States with humanitarian relief in the face of war, conflict or natural disaster.
Although United Methodist Churches have been around a long time, they remain in touch with current issues and adjust their ministries accordingly. Recently, Trinity participated in a human trafficking awareness campaign at the Superbowl.
The people of Trinity United Methodist Church reach out to a variety of international groups as well. From Heifer International, a group dedicated to ending hunger and poverty worldwide, to Imagine No Malaria, to the Santa Elena Mission in Mexico to the Shoebox Ministry.
McCurdy Ministries and Four Corners Native American Ministries are two of the area ministries the church reaches out to.
McCurdy Ministries started out as McCurdy school in 1912 and had grown to be a K-12 charter school with supporting ministry in the Española Valley.
The church’s members support a number of local causes as well.
The Roswell Refuge for Battered Adults provides a safe environment and advocacy for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and educates the community about the effects of domestic/sexual assault and violence on adults, children and the community.
The Assurance home gives stability to kids who have been hurt and abused and have no other source of stability in their lives. It gives the kids a real chance at starting their lives on the right foot.
The Community Kitchen, where church members volunteer regularly, provides a hot meal daily on weekdays for those in need, such as the homeless and nearly homeless. They also provide sack lunches on Saturday and Sunday.
Habitat for Humanity gets help from a variety of volunteers, including members of Trinity Methodist Church, to help families in need build a new home for those families.
Harvest Ministries feeds the hungry with donated food from all over Roswell. Trinity United Methodist Church is proud to assist them as needed.
They also host a neighborhood Halloween party every year, make special dog treats for the CASA dogs at Christmas time and donate dog food to the CASA program.
After 114 years in Roswell, Trinity United Methodist Church thrives on its connection with our town, state, nation and planet via ministries of giving.
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

Park is like a mirage in the valley

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Bottomless Lakes State Park continues to be the place to go to cool off on a hot summer day. Several people rode the paddle boats and paddle boards on Wednesday afternoon making the heat more tolerable. (Keilee Templeman Photo)

Car show winners announced Saturday

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Several vintage cars won prizes at the second annual Joe Albarez III Memorial Car Show and Concert held Saturday at the baseball fields of New Mexico Military Institute. From left, the 1954 Ford Fairlane owned by Greg Salas won first place overall, the 1985 Cutlass Supreme owned by Manny Gonzalez won first place in street custom and the 1981 Cutlass Supreme owned by Carlos Hernandez took best of show. (Submitted Photo)

Tourism in New Mexico lifts off; Number of visitors to New Mexico sets record

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Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that 34.4 million trips were taken to New Mexico in 2016, beating the previous record set in 2015 of 33.4 million.

Gov. Susana Martinez says tourism trips to New Mexico increased by 1 million in 2016. (Submitted Photo)

“A record number of people are visiting New Mexico, and that means more money being spent in our communities, large and small,” said Martinez while in Albuquerque during her first day of a three-day press jaunt through the state to talk about tourism. She is scheduled to be in Roswell 10 a.m. Friday at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.
“It is so exciting that more people than ever before are getting to experience what we already know: New Mexico is the best place in the world to enjoy natural beauty, vibrant culture and, of course, our incredible food,” she said.

New Mexico is a leader in the nation in tourism, according to a New Mexico Tourism Department news release, with trips in the state growing at double the national average.
Overall, trips to New Mexico have grown 15.4 percent since 2010. In addition, 2016 is the largest single-year increase in visitation since 2012, when the state introduced the New Mexico True marketing concept.
“New Mexico True brings attention to what is ‘true’ about our state’s vibrant culture and heritage, the things that set us apart from every other state in the country,” Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham said. “Through the use of breathtaking imagery and stunning videography, we’re able to showcase the experiences that consumers are hungry for, opening their eyes to New Mexico as the best destination for culinary travel, outdoor adventure and abundant cultural opportunities.
The tourism industry added 2,600 leisure and hospitality jobs in 2016, a 2.8 percent increase since last year and an 8.6 percent increase since 2010, the news release indicated.

Lions Hondo downs Noon Op 15-5; Local Little Leagues clash at District 2 tourney in Alamogordo; Lions Hondo to face Artesia in final series

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Lions Hondo All-Star rookie Christian Richardson made the most of his first year playing the game, coming up with multiple hits and runs during the teams’ 15-5 victory over local rivals Noon Optimist Wednesday at Griggs Sports Complex in Alamogordo. Lions Hondo will face Artesia today at 6 p.m. and must defeat them twice to win the District 2 title. If necessary, game two will take place Friday at 6 p.m. (Anna Santoyo Photo)

Lois Hein

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Near 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st, as the lightning brightened the sky and thunder roared, the Heavens welcomed home 91-year-old Lois Hein.
When Lois was born way back on March 15, 1926, they broke the mold because she was definitely one of a kind. Lois, also known as “The Queen or QM (Queen Mother)” enjoyed life to its fullest. She loved to laugh, spend time with her family and friends and share her chair with her dog Bubba! Staying busy was the key to Lois’ long and happy life. Lois was a fixer-upper of many older homes including several in Kansas, Silver City as well as Roswell. She loved to sew and do crafts, including homemade greeting cards. The Queen loved to grow flowers, plants and trees. She designed and collected dolls. She once made a life-sized doll and named her Hillary. No matter how prepared a person was knowing Hillary occupied a chair in the craft workroom, she still scared the heck out of them when they walked through the door, which made Lois laugh and laugh!
Despite her rough and strong exterior, Lois was a kind and compassionate friend to many. When someone was ill or moving away, The Queen was the first to offer her services and well wishes. She was always a supporter of the underdog!! A foreign exchange student from Sweden who lived with Lois’ family nearly 45 years ago summed it up best when she called Lois “a unique and powerful woman who was a role model for us as women.”
Those from Roswell left to cherish years of precious memories of their fun (but ornery and unpredictable) mother are her daughter Sally and her partner Susan, her son Larry and his wife Cathy. Lois’ son Duke and his wife Sara feel the loss from Las Cruces and rounding out the clan is Connie and her husband Matt from Albuquerque.
Lois was so proud to be the matriarch of the family. She had four grandchildren: Amy, Erik, Lindsey and Cameron. Lois was also “the favorite aunt” to now-adult kids from Indiana to Minnesota and from Texas to Arizona and New Mexico.
No services are planned as Lois wanted to be cremated with her ashes spread on Soldier Mountain that she enjoyed so much … and when Lois spoke, no one dared dispute her.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Lois’ love of animals with a donation to the Roswell Humane Society.

Recent DWI arrests in Chaves County

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Local law enforcement agencies have provided the following information. All people are presumed innocent.

Name: Lavonda Johnson
Age: 39
Resident of: Brimhall, New Mexico
Arrested: June 30 for DWI (second offense)
BrAC/BAC: Test results pending
Arresting agency: Chaves County Sheriff’s Office
Name: Michael D. Nemec
Age: 65
Resident of: Addison, Illinois
Arrested: July 2nd for DWI (seventh offense)
BrAC/BAC: 0.02, 0.02, blood results pending
Arresting agency: Chaves County Sheriff’s OfficeRecent DWI arrests in Chaves County
Name: Elizabeth Lupercio
Age: 27
Resident of: Dexter
Arrested: July 5th for DWI, careless driving, open alcohol container in vehicle.
BrAC/BAC: 0.16
Arresting agency: Roswell Police Department

Laptop stolen, then recovered from Wal-Mart

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The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.

Police were dispatched to Wal-Mart at the 4500 block of North Main Street at 9:52 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a shoplifting. Clothing and an HP laptop valued at $469 was stolen and later recovered.

Arrests and arrest citations
Sandra A Flores-Gomez, 43, was charged with failure to pay fines at the corner of South Main Street and East Walnut Street at 1:25 a.m. Tuesday.
Rosie Laverne Reese, 35, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at the corner of North Washington Avenue and West Mescalero Road at 3:11 a.m. Tuesday.
A report was filed at the 400 block of South Montana Avenue at 11:47 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a male juvenile throwing a firework at a residence.

Burglaries
Police were dispatched to the 100 block of North Washington Avenue in reference to a non-forced burglary. Miscellaneous yard tools valued at $200 were stolen. A window A/C unit valued at $300 was stolen but later recovered. Electrical wiring valued at $1,500 was also reported damaged.

Criminal damages
Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Saunders Drive at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday in reference to an attempted burglary. Window screens with an estimated value of $300 were reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to the 800 block of South Kentucky Avenue at 11:37 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a criminal damage call. A vehicle window valued at $400 was reported damaged.

 

‘CARE’ operation across state increases motorist safety through Fourth of July

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The New Mexico State Police Department participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort operation across all roadways within the state according a press release from New Mexico State Police public information officer, Carl Christiansen.

The goal of the traffic initiative was create a strong law enforcement presence that would directly affect  the driving behaviors of motorists during the holiday weekend. This, in response, would reduce the number of crashes and increase motorist safety, Christiansen wrote.

The NMSP provided an increased patrol presence during the CARE operation on roadways throughout all State Police district. State police conducted high intensity traffic operations state-wide on one of the busiest travel days of the Fourth of July weekend, through Tuesday evening.

The holiday operations resulted with State police issuing more than 2765 traffic citations, 236 of which were due to lack of seatbelt usage, and arresting 37 drunk drivers state-wide.

New Mexico State Police said officers handled a total of 65 crashes, none of which were fatal. 16 individuals were arrested for drug-related offenses.

The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau issued approximately 283 commercial vehicle citations and conducted over 480 commercial vehicle inspections.

“The safety of motorists is a priority of the New Mexico State Police and officers will continue holiday travel operations throughout the upcoming summer season,” Christiansen wrote. “We encourage the public to drive safely and obey all laws while traveling the motorways of New Mexico.”

 

Museum speakers’ views range from certainty to ambiguousness

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Lisa Dunlap Photo "I've always wondered what happened to my family, because I really didn't know," says Thomas Reed, one of 16 speakers in the lecture series of the International UFO Museum and Research Center occurring as part of the UFO Festival.

Some speakers at the International UFO Museum and Research Center’s lecture series are firmly convinced of extraterrestrial visitations and the other-worldly nature of the Roswell Incident. Others say only that they’ve experienced something that so far cannot be explained by conventional wisdom.

Many of those presenting at this lecture series, one of three conference offered as part of the UFO Festival, are recognized worldwide for their books and research.

Stanton Friedman, one of the first civilian UFO researchers in the world and the author of the first book about the 1947 mysterious crash that became known as the Roswell Incident, recounted his 39 years of experience looking into reports of UFOs worldwide to a standing-room-only crowd Saturday morning at the UFO Museum’s North Library.

A physicist by training who worked in nuclear technology development before becoming a UFO expert, Friedman said he gave his first talk to a small group of people gathered in a living room in Pittsburgh in 1967.

Now, after more than 700 speeches delivered in 19 countries, he firmly believes that UFOs have regularly flown in the skies above Earth and that the U.S. government persistently has covered up, including about what really crashed 70 years ago on a ranch near Corona.

He was motivated to start his work in the 1960s after reading a U.S. Air Force press release that he said he knew for a fact was deliberately minimizing the number of recorded UFO sightings from 21 percent to 3 percent.

“It made me angry,” he said. “I was a naive young man, and I didn’t like our government lying to me. Now we take it as routine.”

He has interviewed many people involved in UFO sightings and the Roswell Incident, adding that the integrity and character of Jesse Marcel, the U.S. Army officer who handled the crash debris, and his son, Jesse Marcel Jr., always impressed him. Marcel reportedly told many people before his death that the debris material was “not of this world.”

Jesse Marcel III also gave talks at the lecture series. He told an audience Friday that, unlike Hollywood’s depictions, neither his father or grandfather expressed anguish about their experiences. In fact, he said, his father enjoyed talking with him about their memories.

“My opinion here is a little biased, since they concern my family,” said Marcel. “I have views based on the views of my family.”

Jesse Marcel had shown Marcel Jr., his son, the debris material. Now, 70 years later, the grandson confirmed that both the grandfather and father said it was material not made by human hands. Neither man kept any of the materials, the grandson said, but both were changed forever by what they had experienced.

“He was actually proud of the story,” Marcel III said about his father. “He thought it was amazing … He thought it was a gift in a way.”

Two veteran UFO researchers, Thomas Carey and Donald Schmitt, have made the Roswell Incident the focus of their work, with both having dedicated almost 30 years to interviewing witnesses, obtaining documents, examining photographic and physical evidence and exploring the crash site.

They have written numerous books, participated in a number of TV shows, served as technical advisers for movies about their work and made documentaries.

In a Saturday talk, “Roswell: Best Evidence,” they summarized the findings that they say prove that an other-worldly aircraft carrying extraterrestrials crashed in 1947.

Among the findings they showed is an enhancement of a 1947 photo of Gen. Roger Ramey and Jesse Marcel examining what Schmitt and Carey say is fake debris. They say Gen. Ramey is holding a telex that some experts now conclude reads, in part, “the victims of the wreck” and includes instructions on forwarding them to Fort Worth, Texas.

Their current research, says Schmitt, includes examining photographs from Walker Air Base at the time of the incident. Walker Air Base was where the crash debris was initially taken and where the military investigation began before being quickly moved elsewhere. Schmitt and Carey said that, so far, their findings include photos of ambulances covered in desert soil and sand.

An eyewitness to a different UFO experience is Thomas Reed.

He was just a boy of 9 when he and his family experienced something unexplainable near Sheppfield, Massachusetts. That event has been certified by the Great Barrington Historical Society as “historically significant and true,” and a UFO monument has been established to commemorate the event.

According to Reed, he, his mother, his grandmother and brother all experienced feeling as if they had been removed from their vehicle after seeing what looked like a large, illuminated spaceship. All his family members recounted their own experience, but Reed said that he experienced being on an examination table and saw what looked like a “giant ant” assisting other beings.

At the request of a police officer, he underwent a polygraph test and the results, according to a video interview of the examiner he showed during his talk, indicated that Reed’s statements were made without intention to deceive.

Reed does not say that is 100 percent certain that he experienced an abduction by extraterrestrials. He acknowledges that it could be some other type of phenomena, perhaps an encounter with military or intelligence researchers or some sort of hypnotic event resulting from a magnetic force.

What he does know is that, when he and his family were reunited, they were located in different seats in their vehicle, felt that they had lost time and had the sensation of regaining consciousness. “We felt like we came out of surgery,” he said.

He and his family have faced some ridicule and hardships for what they have shared, he said, but also found some acceptance.

Historians and others have “basically looked at us from top to bottom, everything from school records to business records to examining our car,” he said.

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

Teen involved in motorcycle crash is recovering; 18-year-old suffered multiple broken bones in accident, still in serious condition

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The teen motorcyclist seriously injured in a crash Monday night on North Main Street is recovering after being flown to an out-of-town hospital, a family member told the Daily Record.

Jonathan Martinez

Despite the extent of 18-year-old Jonathan Martinez’s multiple injuries, the family member said he was conscious Tuesday and was still in serious condition.
Martinez, of Roswell, was taken to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, in what emergency medical personnel described as serious condition, after the 8:30 p.m. crash in the 2700 block of North Main Street.
He was later transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock.
Mariah Martinez, Jonathan Martinez’s older sister, said her brother was “in and out” of consciousness on Tuesday while heavily sedated, but was still under intensive care.
“They are going to do some surgery on him (today) on his wrist, because he broke that,” Martinez said. “He does have multiple broken bones. Ribs, his clavicle, sternum, his foot and he is bleeding in his brain a little bit, but that is under control.”
Jonathan Martinez, riding alone on the motorcycle, reportedly was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred. His motorcycle struck the passenger side of a car on North Main Street, near Target.
“It’s just many, many things that are wrong, but as far as we know, he’s under control,” she said.
Mariah Martinez said her brother can hear them.
“He can’t have a conversation because he’s got the breathing tubes and all that, so he can’t really respond to us, but he can hear us,” she said. “He is OK, he’s stable, so he is going to make it.
“He is in a lot of pain right now, and they have him heavily sedated — he is going to make it, though. Definitely.”
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

Fireworks show, concert bring out community for holiday affair

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A large crowd awaits the start of Los Lonely Boys concert at Cielo Grande Recreation Area Tuesday evening. The Grammy Award-winning Chicano rock trio drew hundreds of fans of all ages. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Five vehicles engulfed in flames Monday morning

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The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.

Police were dispatched to South Forest Drive at 4:06 a.m. Monday in reference to a vehicle on fire. Five vehicles were burned, including a 2015 Honda Civic. Total damages were estimated at $21,500

Arrests and arrest citations
Valentin Alvarado, 52, was charged with possession of controlled substances at the corner of Stanton Avenue and East Chisum Street at 1:26 a.m. Monday.

Burglary forced entry
Police were dispatched to the 3100 block of North Main Street at 9:35 a.m. Monday in reference to a burglary. One hundred dollars in cash, along with nail and spa tools valued at $2,000 were reported stolen.

Criminal damages
Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of West Hendricks at 8:28 a.m. Monday in reference to a criminal damage call. A 2013 Dodge’s windows and mirrors were damaged with an estimated value of $2,300.
Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of East 19th Street at 12:30 p.m. Monday in reference to a criminal damage call. A 2008 Dodge Charger was reported damaged with an estimated value of $1,500.

Larceny
Police were dispatched to the 400 block of East Bland Street at 3:49 p.m. in reference to a larceny. Two hundred dollars in cash was reported stolen.

Roswell’s Ruiz runs for fun on the Fourth

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Roswell High senior Gerardo Ruiz placed first overall at the Lea County Fun Run/Walk Tuesday morning at Chaparral Park in Lovington. The Coyotes’ cross-country and track state qualifier turned in a time of 24 minutes, 6 seconds on the four-mile course. (Jason Farmer Photo/Hobbs News-Sun)

Appreciation day for officers

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Nancy Lopez Elementary students and teachers celebrate our second “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” on June 29 with a brunch for the officers from the Roswell Police Department and the deputies from the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office. There was a question and answer session with the children and an opportunity for the students to explore the department’s vehicles. We would like our students at Nancy Lopez Elementary School to have positive experiences with our local law enforcement. This day is meant to let these hard working men and women know that they are appreciated for the dangerous work that they do. (Submitted Photo)
Nancy Lopez Elementary students and teachers celebrate our second “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” on June 29 with a brunch for the officers from the Roswell Police Department and the deputies from the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office. There was a question and answer session with the children and an opportunity for the students to explore the department’s vehicles. We would like our students at Nancy Lopez Elementary School to have positive experiences with our local law enforcement. This day is meant to let these hard working men and women know that they are appreciated for the dangerous work that they do. (Submitted Photo)

What’s happening for seniors?

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Healthsense set for Friday

Kandace Medlin, a physician assistant at Agave Senior Care and Wellness, will talk at Senior Circle’s Healthsense at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Her topic is “Summer Safety.” Medlin is new to Agave and is accepting patients from 18 years and up.
Healthsense is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Senior Circle is located at 2801 N. Main St., next to Family Dollar. For more information, call 623-2311.

July birthday party is ice cream social

The July 12 birthday party at Senior Circle is also the annual ice cream social! And what’s an ice cream social without a barbershop quartet? A group from Carlsbad, along with Roswell singer Howard Becker, have done this for several years.
The birthday parties are free and open to all members and prospective members. The party starts at 2 p.m. at the facility in the Wilshire Center, 2801 N. Main St., next door to Family Dollar. Ice cream and birthday cake will be served and door prizes will be given.
Senior Circle is an Eastern New Mexico Medical Center resource that offers travel, exercise and so much more. For more information, call 623-2311.

Safe Driving Class set for July 18

The AARP Safe Driving Class will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at Senior Circle, 2801 N. Main St., next to Family Dollar. The class is open to anyone 50 or older.
The cost is $15 for AARP members; $20 for nonmembers. Successful completion of the class usually means a discount in auto insurance. Please be sure to check with your insurance company.
To enroll, call Senior Circle at 623-2311. Payment should be made when you arrive for the class. Checks should be made payable to AARP. Cash is accepted. No credit cards.
For more information, call Senior Circle at 623-2311.

Commission on Aging to meet July 20

The Commission on Aging will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 20. The meeting will be held at Senior Circle, 2801 N. Main St., next to Family Dollar, and is open to all interested parties. Topics include local issues relating to seniors.

 

Crime presentations, crafts keep kids busy

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The special Wednesday performances continue this month with the Neighborhood Watch giving a presentation with McGruff the Crime Dog at 10 a.m.

In the afternoon, the Roswell SWAT team will put on a presentation at 3:30 p.m. Space is limited to 150 people for each performance, but you can arrive early for a ticket to guarantee a place.
The Tween Craft this Thursday will be providing participants with old CD cases, paper, glue, scissors and magazines to make a memory box. Tweens are welcome to bring in their own photos to decorate with, too. Space is limited to 24, but again, you can arrive early to reserve your space and the craft starts promptly at 2:30 p.m.
And all of the summer programs at the library are free to attend. For any questions or more information, contact the library by calling 575-622-7101, visiting us at 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave., liking us on Facebook and finding us on Instagram @RPLnm.

Book Talk by Matthew Gormley
Reference Librarian
In “The Return,” Joseph Helmreich artfully reaches out and grabs the reader with his first line, “If the conspiracy theorists are right and it never happened, then the day it didn’t happen began innocently enough.” It all starts out during an interview with a “C” list science celebrity, Andrew Leland.
Leland is doing the interview to celebrate a rare Winter Solstice lunar eclipse. Andrew had been a big deal when he was younger, being referred to as the next Stephen Hawking, but from that bright beginning, he moved from doing hard science to working to keep his name in the papers while living the life of a low-level celebrity.
But that all changed that night, as midway through the interview, a large alien spaceship swoops out of the night and lifts him up in a green beam of energy. Six years later, he is found emaciated, wandering in the Sonoran Desert, claiming to have been working as a farm hand for the last six years and knowing nothing about that night.
Shawn Ferris is a failed physics graduate student who, like many, is obsessed with Andrew and what happened to him. After getting a tip from an online source, Shawn starts to correspond with Andrew, discussing everything from his early theories to the latest works in physics; everything but what Shawn wants most — information on Andrew’s abduction.
Finally, getting tired of waiting, Shawn sets out to meet with Andrew in person, kicking off events that will draw both Shawn and Andrew into conspiracies that might get both of them killed.
When I sat down to start reading “The Return” by first-time novelist Joseph Helmreich, I was kind of expecting a run of the mill abduction story. Instead, I was treated to a well-written, suspenseful story incorporating hard science and conspiracy theories. The story Helmreich weaves is intense, satisfying and has well-developed characters. It kept me reading straight through to the end.
If this book sounds good to you, swing by the Roswell Public Library and check it out. While you are there, browse the shelves for the other great books in the science-fiction section.
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Amanda Davis is a reference librarian at the Roswell Public Library. She can be contacted at A.Davis@roswell-nm.gov.

 

Gayle Armstrong Stokes

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Gayle Armstrong Stokes, 92, a lifelong resident of Roswell, passed away at her home on June 17, 2017 with family members at her side. She suffered from a brief illness with cancer.
Gayle was born in Roswell on July 6, 1924 to Gayle G. and Murphy S. Armstrong. She graduated from Roswell High School in 1942, attended Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri for two years and then attended the University of Texas in Austin where she received her degree in Physical Education in 1946. After graduating from college she was a kindergarten teacher for several years. During her life, she had the privilege of being a partner in several businesses, G.G.. Armstrong & Son, Armstrong & Armstrong, and Stokes Ranch Limited.
On November 5, 1954, she married the love of her life, S. Dewey Stokes. They had three sons, Len Stokes and his wife, Cheryl from Alto, New Mexico, Jim Stokes and his wife, Linda from Plano, Texas, Brian Stokes and his wife, Robyn from Roswell, New Mexico, and one daughter, Lauri Stokes from Roswell, New Mexico. She is also survived by several grandchildren including Shannon Russek and her husband, Michael from Corpus Christi, Texas, Meredith Stokes and her significant other Bryan from Beaumont, Texas, Rene Gayle Potter and her husband, Brandon from McKinney, Texas, Jennifer Diane Stokes from Plano, Texas, Christopher Stokes and his wife, Madison from Roswell, New Mexico, Brandon Stokes and his wife, Kate from Ruidoso, New Mexico, Daniel Stokes and his wife, Bethany from Dallas, Texas, Brett Stokes and his wife, Kelsea from Naples, Florida, Jason Hildenbrand and his wife, Savannah from Chicago, Illinois, Brogan Davey from Denver, Colorado and Foster Davey from Kennewick, Washington. Gayle is also survived by 13 great grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces and nephews including Bill Armstrong and his wife Karen from Alto, New Mexico, Judi Armstrong from Roswell, New Mexico, Robert G. Armstrong and his wife, Sara from Roswell, New Mexico, and Riley Armstrong and his significant other, Pat Greenwade from Roswell, New Mexico. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Adelin Schauer from Alamogordo, New Mexico and her children, Leda Schauer from High Rolls, New Mexico and Tony Schauer and his wife, Linda from High Rolls, New Mexico. Nieces and nephews referred to Gayle as “Auntie” as well as many of her friends children.
Gayle is predeceased by her devoted husband, Dewey, her parents, Gayle and Murphy Armstrong and her brother, B.B. Armstrong.
Gayle was a homemaker, devoted to her family and the community of Roswell. She was always happy to visit with and help those in need. She enjoyed playing tennis, poker, golf, and traveling with her husband. She was a devoted active member of First Methodist Church of Roswell where she taught Sunday School for several years. She also served on the South Park Cemetery Board of Directors. While at the University of Texas she became a lifetime member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, sponsoring many pledges throughout the years. Gayle delighted in attending a weekly get together with a few good friends, “The Alley Cats”. She enjoyed have a Christmas tree cutting event on the Armstrong Ranch in the Captain Mountains. Dozens of families enjoyed going with Gayle to cut their own Christmas tress at this event for over 30 years. Many people in Roswell will miss seeing their devoted friend, Gayle Stokes.
Gayle wished to be cremated and the graveside services are scheduled for what would have been her 93th birthday on July 6, 2017 at 10 a.m at South Park Cemetery at the Armstrong Family Plot. The service will be conducted by Rev. Archie Echols, former Minister of First Methodist Church and Rev. Tina Cross, current Minister of First Methodist Church. A reception will be held following the graveside service.
The family desires that the memorials be given to Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund at First Methodist Church or the Assurance Home of Roswell.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com

 

Ernesto Joseph Espinoza

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Ernesto Joseph Espinoza “Blackbird” of Roswell went to the Lord Monday, June 19, 2017, in Anaheim, California. Visitation will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A rosary will be recited Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 4 p.m. at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Deacon Ernie Martinez will be officiating.
Ernesto was born May 14, 1959 in Roswell, N.M. to Frank O. and Guadalupe Villa Espinoza. Ernie attend school here in Roswell. In his younger years he loved to play baseball and basketball with his friends but what he enjoyed most of all was hanging out with friends and family at the Berlin Wall in Chihuahita; you guys know who you are. He served his country in the United States Army. Ernie was a crazy brother, and he used to say his twin was silly, they were a pair, like day and night but always on the same brain wave.
He is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Lupe Villa Espinoza, brother Raymond Richard “Ricky” Espinoza, daughter Bianca Gonzales Espinoza, nephew Paul Michael Juarez, Great-Nephew Julian Anthony Rojas.
He is survived by his twin sister Ernestina Espinoza Sanchez (Richard); brothers Frankie Espinoza (Gloria), Albert Espinoza, Patricio Espinoza (Rachel); sisters Janie Villa, Linda Quintela (Manny), Helen Anaya, Margie Pizano, Sally Juarez (Oscar), and Cecillia “Cissy” Villa (Felipe). He was a loving uncle, great uncle, and believe it or not a great, great to those who are left: Ethan, Frank, Moises Espinoza, Candelieria, Benigna, Emilio, Gustavo, Rita, Patricio, Theresa, Raymond, Robert, Deanna, Christina, Mario, Christina, Jessica, Sylvia, Michael Isaac, Monica, Lee, Andrew, Anjanette, Andrew Michael, Marc, Rick, Joel, Andrianna, Adrienne, Isidro, Jose Angel, Michelle, Felipe; and all the great nieces and nephews that are too many to mention.
The family expresses its heartfelt thank you to the community of Roswell, N.M., Farmers Market, Kmart, RISD, and RLFS for all of the donations given to his family on his behalf. May God Bless you all. Cissy.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

 

Belen Chavarria Widner

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Belen Chavarria Widner, 90, of Roswell, NM, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Roswell, NM. Visitation will be held at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home in Roswell NM, on Thursday, July 6, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Rosary will be recited at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, July 7, 2017, at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Deacon Ernesto Martinez will officiate. A tribute of Belen’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On December 6, 1926, Belen Chavarria Widner was born to Domingo and Josefa Chavarria in Anthony, NM. She loved to sing, dance, embroider and quilt by hand, as well as complete word search and cross word puzzles. Belen enjoyed watching Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and CSI. She sang for many years in the Arrey, Hatch, and Rincon Catholic Church choirs as well as St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Roswell, NM, with her husband, Eloy. Belen was a devout Catholic and a firm believer in prayer, praying for her family and the Rosary daily. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Belen worked various jobs, though her greatest was being a homemaker. She graciously did everything unconditionally for her husband and children whom she loved dearly. Belen will be deeply missed by all whose lives she has touched.
Preceding Belen in death are her husband, Eloy C. Widner; son, Freddie; parents: Domingo and Josefa; brothers: Louie and Ralph; sisters: Helen, Cuca, Rosalia; grandchild, Altie Louie; great grandchildren: Jazmine, Demarcus, Ruppert Joe, Robert Eloy, and Miguel Angel.
Surviving to cherish Belen’s memory are her sisters: Esperanza Tavarez, Rosie Reyes, Consuelo Perez; brother, Domingo Chavarria Jr; children: Albert Rendon, Modesto Cruz Chavez, Jose Luis Chavez, Irene Mendoza, Fred Widner, Virginia Diaz, Alice Hefner and Reynaldo Widner. Belen Widner has 22 loving grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Those chosen as Honorary Pallbearers are: Albert Rendon, Jose Luis Chavez, Modesto Cruz Chavez, Joe W. Mendoza, Stephen W. Mendoza, Julian W. Mendoza, Anthony C. Widner, Pedro Diaz Jr, Joseph Servantez, and Xander R. Widner.
Pallbearers are: Joe P. Mendoza, Matthew Mendoza, Fred C. Widner, Josue Diaz, Christopher Servantez and Reynaldo Widner.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be left on Belen’s online guestbook at Anderson Bethany’s website.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Belen by her family.

 

Gayle Armstrong Stokes

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Gayle Armstrong Stokes, 92, a lifelong resident of Roswell, passed away at her home on June 17, 2017 with family members at her side. She suffered from a brief illness with cancer.
Gayle was born in Roswell on July 6, 1924 to Gayle G. and Murphy S. Armstrong. She graduated from Roswell High School in 1942, attended Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri for two years and then attended the University of Texas in Austin where she received her degree in Physical Education in 1946. After graduating from college she was a kindergarten teacher for several years. During her life, she had the privilege of being a partner in several businesses, G.G. Armstrong & Son, Armstrong & Armstrong, and Stokes Ranch Limited.
On November 5, 1954, she married the love of her life, S. Dewey Stokes. They had three sons, Len Stokes and his wife, Cheryl from Alto, New Mexico, Jim Stokes and his wife, Linda from Plano, Texas, Brian Stokes and his wife, Robyn from Roswell, New Mexico, and one daughter, Lauri Stokes from Roswell, New Mexico. She is also survived by several grandchildren including Shannon Russek and her husband, Michael from Corpus Christi, Texas, Meredith Stokes and her significant other Bryan from Beaumont, Texas, Rene Gayle Potter and her husband, Brandon from McKinney, Texas, Jennifer Diane Stokes from Plano, Texas, Christopher Stokes and his wife, Madison from Roswell, New Mexico, Brandon Stokes and his wife, Kate from Ruidoso, New Mexico, Daniel Stokes and his wife, Bethany from Dallas, Texas, Brett Stokes and his wife, Kelsea from Naples, Florida, Jason Hildenbrand and his wife, Savannah from Chicago, Illinois, Brogan Davey from Denver, Colorado and Foster Davey from Kennewick, Washington. Gayle is also survived by 13 great grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces and nephews including Bill Armstrong and his wife Karen from Alto, New Mexico, Judi Armstrong from Roswell, New Mexico, Robert G. Armstrong and his wife, Sara from Roswell, New Mexico, and Riley Armstrong and his significant other, Pat Greenwade from Roswell, New Mexico. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Adelin Schauer from Alamogordo, New Mexico and her children, Leda Schauer from High Rolls, New Mexico and Tony Schauer and his wife, Linda from High Rolls, New Mexico. Nieces and nephews referred to Gayle as “Auntie” as well as many of her friends children.
Gayle is predeceased by her devoted husband, Dewey, her parents, Gayle and Murphy Armstrong and her brother, B.B. Armstrong.
Gayle was a homemaker, devoted to her family and the community of Roswell. She was always happy to visit with and help those in need. She enjoyed playing tennis, poker, golf, and traveling with her husband. She was a devoted active member of First Methodist Church of Roswell where she taught Sunday School for several years. She also served on the South Park Cemetery Board of Directors. While at the University of Texas she became a lifetime member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, sponsoring many pledges throughout the years. Gayle delighted in attending a weekly get together with a few good friends, “The Alley Cats.” She enjoyed have a Christmas tree cutting event on the Armstrong Ranch in the Captain Mountains. Dozens of families enjoyed going with Gayle to cut their own Christmas tress at this event for over 30 years. Many people in Roswell will miss seeing their devoted friend, Gayle Stokes.
Gayle wished to be cremated and the graveside services are scheduled for what would have been her 93th birthday on July 6, 2017 at 10 a.m at South Park Cemetery at the Armstrong Family Plot. The service will be conducted by Rev. Archie Echols, former Minister of First Methodist Church and Rev. Tina Cross, current Minister of First Methodist Church. A reception will be held following the graveside service.
The family desires that the memorials be given to Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund at First Methodist Church or the Assurance Home of Roswell.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

 

UFO Festival Parade lights up Roswell

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Josh Gates, of the Travel Channel, rides on the Roswell Daily Record’s float during the parade. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)
A little girl prepares herself shortly before the beginning of the UFO Festival’s light parade Saturday night. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Solace found following horrific crash: Off-duty firefighter helps rescue passengers from fiery wreckage

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Garcia

Following the wreck Friday afternoon causing a box truck to ignite into flames, killing one man and injuring two workers from a local furniture store, an Aaron’s employee has confirmed that his co-workers are now recovering from the incident within their homes with only “bumps and bruises.”

These light, nonlife-threatening injuries are in part, due to the heroic actions of an off-duty Roswell firefighter, Carlos Garcia.
Roswell Fire Department’s public information officer Todd Wildermuth said in a news release that Garcia was at his father’s auto-body shop near the intersection of South Main Street and the Roswell Relief Route where the crash occurred — in the right place at the right time.
“Garcia heard the loud noise of the crash, went outside and ran to the burning Isuzu cargo vehicle,” Wildermuth said. “The truck had flipped onto its passenger side and two men, employees of the business, were in the cab, the 32-year-old driver and the 26-year-old passenger.”
One of the men in the vehicle was unconscious from the crash and pinning down the other. A good Samaritan assisted Garcia in rescuing the unconscious man from the vehicle, freeing the conscious man.
“Kicking and pulling on the truck’s windshield, Garcia was able to get it loose and create enough space to pull out the unconscious man, which he did with the help of another man who had been passing by and had come up to assist,” Wildermuth said. “By the time they pulled the injured man to safety, the other man from inside the truck had exited from the vehicle.”
The victim regained consciousness shortly after getting pulled from the truck. Garcia provided medical attention to the injured men as they waited for emergency medical services, who would eventually be transported to a local hospital.
Wildermuth said another member of the Roswell Fire Department, EMS Division Chief Eric Mann, drove upon the scene and investigated the other vehicle affected by the accident.
“Mann stopped and checked on the driver of the pickup that had struck the larger delivery truck,” Wildermuth said. “The driver of the Nissan Titan pickup was the lone occupant of the pickup and was deceased, Mann confirmed. The deceased driver was identified as Sean Michael Murphy, 47, of Roswell.”
Wildermuth said RPD’s investigation indicates that Murphy, the driver of the pickup truck was traveling southbound on Main Street at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred. The box truck, also traveling southbound, stopped at a red light at the Roswell Relief Route intersection.
“It is believed the light had just turned green and the delivery truck had just begun to drive forward when it was struck from behind, causing it to flip to its side and ignite into fire.”
Firefighter Carlos Garcia was one of the nine graduates from the Louis Jones Training Center in April 2016.
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

 

Motorcyclist hospitalized Monday

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Trevier Gonzalez Photo A motorcyclist collided with a vehicle near the 2700 block of North Main Street around 8:30 p.m. Monday. "The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital in what emergency medical personnel described as serious condition," said Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the Roswell Police Department.
Trevier Gonzalez Photo
A motorcyclist collided with a vehicle near the 2700 block of North Main Street around 8:30 p.m. Monday. “The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital in what emergency medical personnel described as serious condition,” said Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the Roswell Police Department.

Fireworks show set to celebrate July 4th

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Submitted Photo Pictured are fireworks during a past Roswell Sertoma Club Michael Satterfield Memorial Fireworks Extravaganza. The fireworks for today's event will begin at about 9:15 p.m. (with a music simulcast on 97.1 FM) at Cielo Grande Recreation Area, located at the 1600 block of West College Boulevard.

Fireworks will fill the sky above Cielo Grande Recreation Area on the Fourth of July as Roswell celebrates America’s Independence Day with the annual Mike Satterfield Memorial Fireworks Extravaganza, sponsored by the city of Roswell and the Roswell Sertoma Club.

The Fourth of July event at Cielo Grande (1600 block West College Boulevard) takes place thanks to the work of the Sertoma Club — a local community service organization – and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, Fire Department and Street Department. Roswell Fire Department personnel, who have received special training, will set up and launch the show.
The fireworks will begin about 9:15 p.m. (with a music simulcast on 97.1 FM). Several other activities will be taking place at the park leading up to the fireworks. The free extravaganza will begin at 6 p.m. when things get underway with a variety of food vendors, as well as activities for kids. At 7:30 p.m., the pre-fireworks happenings will be highlighted by a concert by Los Lonely Boys, a Chicano rock trio of brothers from San Angelo, Texas. The group’s first single won a Grammy Award in 2005 after reaching No. 11 on Billboard magazine’s Top 40 listing and No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Just north of Cielo Grande at Elks Lodge #969, 1720 N. Montana Ave., veterans are invited to a free barbecue the lodge will host for them and their families from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
The Mike Satterfield Memorial Fireworks Extravaganza honors the late Sertoma Club member who was among the group that revived Roswell’s Fourth of July fireworks show in 1997 with the Sertoma Club as the main funding supporter. Satterfield was instrumental in securing the firing equipment and enabling the city’s fire department personnel to get trained and licensed in shooting pyrotechnics.
West College Boulevard from Sycamore Avenue to Montana Avenue will be closed during the fireworks show. To avoid parking complications, people are asked to arrive early. It is also recommended spectators bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. For safety reasons, people should not bring their own fireworks, and should not bring pets.
As motorists leave the area following the fireworks show, they are asked to be aware of and adhere to signs and police officers directing traffic as various streets will be closed and detours will be in place to create a traffic flow that will allow people to most efficiently exit the area.
For more information on the Roswell Sertoma Club Michael Satterfield Memorial Fireworks Extravaganza, contact the Roswell Parks and Recreation Department at 624-6719.
Sponsors of the event are the Roswell Sertoma Club, Roswell Fire Department, Roswell Parks and Recreation Department, Roswell Police Department, Roswell Streets Department, Roswell Fireworks Committee, Interstate Security, ELKS Lodge #969, Roswell Daily Record and Majestic Communications.

 

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