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District BLM office seeks four council members

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management Pecos District, which includes Chaves County, has four openings available on its Resource Advisory Council, the agency announced.

The 10-member council advises the BLM about its decisions regarding 3.5 million acres of public lands within the Pecos District. As advertised in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations until Dec. 1. People who have already submitted nominations do not need to resubmit.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Nominees must be residents of New Mexico and will be judged based on their training, education and knowledge of the Pecos District’s geographical area. Nominees also should demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.

On the Pecos District Resource Advisory Council, there are four vacancies, one vacancy with a three-year term in category one, one with a three-year term in category two, and two with three-year terms in category three. The categories represent the following interests:

Category One – Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use and commercial recreation.

Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three – Representatives of state, county or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Native American tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the Resource Advisory Council is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

The application can be downloaded from the BLM website at blm.gov or obtained by contacting Glen Garnand, (575) 627-0209, ggarnand@blm.gov. Completed applications can be emailed to Garnand or mailed to the Bureau of Land Management, Pecos District Office, Attention: RAC Coordinator Glen Garnand, 2909 W. Second St., Roswell, NM 88201.

Week Ahead

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Today

Daylight Saving Time ends.

Tuesday

Roswell City Council Workshop, 5 p.m., Seventh floor conference room, Sunwest Centre Building, 500 N. Main St.

Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission, 5:30 p.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, #1 St. Mary’s Place

Artesia City Council, 6 p.m., Artesia City Hall, 511 W. Texas Ave.

Wednesday

New Mexico Legislative Capital Outlay Hearing, 9 a.m., Ruidoso Village Hall, 313 Cree Meadows Drive

Thursday

New Mexico Legislative Capital Outlay Hearing, 9 a.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, #1 St. Mary’s Place

DWI Planning Council, 11:30 a.m., Chaves County Sheriff’s Training Room, Chaves County Administrative Center, #1 St. Mary’s Place

Roswell City Council, 6 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St.

Friday

Veterans Day observed. Many government offices closed.

Magazine ranks the state 22nd for business climate

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A magazine for executive decision-makers has ranked New Mexico in the top half of the nation for its business climate.

New Mexico came in at 22nd in the national business climate and 17th in the executive survey rank, according to Site Selection Magazine’s Top State Business Climate Rankings, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday.

A primary component of the ranking is based on a survey of corporate site-selection professionals.

Martinez stated in a press release that business leaders are recognizing state efforts to cut taxes, reduce regulations and increase business incentives.

The state rankings follow a recent U.S. Department of Commerce announcement that New Mexico had the third-fastest growing economy in the nation for the first quarter of 2017.

Major corporations in New Mexico include Facebook, FedEx, Safelite Autoglass, Raytheon, RSI and Keter Plastic. Homegrown New Mexico companies that are growing include Skorpios, Descartes Labs, Risksense and many others.

Artesia wins district volleyball crown

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An Artesia High School player goes for the score against Goddard High School Saturday in Artesia. (Steve Notz Photo)

ARTESIA — ”We didn’t come out at all.”

That’s how Kristi Hager head coach of the Goddard Lady Rockets summed up the play of her team after losing to Artesia in the District 4-5A volleyball tournament Saturday night at the Bulldog Pit.

Artesia (19-2) defeated the Lady Rockets (10-13) 3-1.

Artesia won 25-15, 25-8, 21-25 and 25-19 taking home the championship trophy.

In the opening game, Artesia was able to gain an early lead as the Lady Rockets tried to get within striking distance, the Lady Dogs were able to hold their ground with the visitors.

Game two was close early until Artesia senior Alexa Riggs got hot at the serving line. The Lady Dogs had a 12-3 lead until the Lady Rockets were able to turn Riggs’ final serve into a cold plate.

The momentum went back to Artesia as the Lady Dogs coasted to the victory.

Game three was a different story for the Lady Rockets as they grabbed an early 4-0 lead.

Both teams went back-and-forth, Goddard was able to maintain the lead for the victory.

“(Goddard) finally decided to come out and play set three,” Hager said. “But, it’s little bit too late, you just can’t come out at the end of the match, after you’ve literally just given away two sets.”

The fourth and deciding game was tight early as Artesia and Goddard again went back-and-forth.

Leading 8-6, the Lady Dogs were again able to get hot at the right time scoring a number of points, before the Lady Rockets broke the momentum.

Toward the end of the match, the Lady Rockets tried to get in striking distance, Artesia was able to outmaneuver Goddard.

“I thought we played outstanding, especially in those first two games,” said Artesia head coach Alan Williams.

“That was about as good as I have seen us play,” he added. “I’m proud of the girls there.”

In the third game Williams said, “we kind of let down a little of our momentum (and) played hard in the fourth game. It was tight (and) we did what we needed to do (and maintain) a three to four point lead and then kind of trade points with them.”

Williams said Artesia could be a high seed at the 5A state volleyball tournament next week in Rio Rancho.

“Max Preps has us ranked second right now(in 5A) and I think with our record (and) district championship, I don’t see us going anywhere but second,” he said.

Demons take District 4-3A tourney championship

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The Dexter Lady Demon volleyball team followed up their perfect undefeated run through regular district play with an emphatic: 30-28, 25-19, 25-16 sweep over runner-up Loving inside raucous Lewis Gym to claim the District 4 title. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

DEXTER – The Dexter Lady Demon volleyball team followed up their perfect undefeated run through regular district play with an emphatic 30-28, 25-19, 25-16 sweep over district runner-up Loving inside raucous Lewis Gym to claim the district 4 tourney title. The win gives the 3rd-ranked Demons their second straight tourney championship and their 10th straight victory heading into next week’s state tourney

The Demons used a lot of attacks by the senior duo of Bryana Munoz and Madison Bogle while limiting the Lady Falcons’ big hitters in defeating the visitors for the third time this year.

“I felt like it is always to beat a team three times and Loving is very improved,” stated a happy coach Andy Luikens. “They passed well and so we really had to fight. I thought the girls were really up for the challenge and I thought they did a really good job.”

Game one was very close throughout as both teams were hitting away. The hosts got off to a quick 4-1 lead as Munoz got four kills from the same spot all from spot-on sets from Darcie Regalado. That combo would continue work early in the initial set as the lead would grow to 6-3.

The Demons would maintain the lead at 11-7 following a punch from Bogle, but the Falcons would not go away as the Demon errors would mount as Loving would eventually tie it with a 4-0 run. A big blast from Allyson Madden would stop the run, but both teams would battle on even terms tied at 17-all.

The Demons would start to pull away a little late as a service winner from Marlou Blankvoort would make it 20-18 and, following a Falcon timeout, Munoz would get the clean kill down the middle for a 21-18 advantage.

The Demons would go up 23-20 following yet another Bogle kill and 24-20 following yet another Munoz kill, but Andrica Gomez’ kill would avoid set point and three errors later it was tied at 24-all.

In the ensuing chaos, the Demons would go up 25-24 following a Munoz kill only to see them lose the lead at 27-26. The Demons would get a Bogle kill around the block to avoid the set loss and then break from a 28-all tie to win 30-28 after two final Bogle kills.

Coach Luikens was relieved to get the big set one win. “You don’t want to go down 1-0. It has happened multiple times in district that I feel we almost steal a game that we may have shouldn’t have won. And, if you don’t win that game, momentum changes and things could happen. I really trust in our girls and feel confident in them – in years past I may have been a little more concerned losing game one – but this group I feel really good about that we would be able to bounce back.”

Set two was similar to the initial one as Munoz got three early kills to make it 4-1, but Loving would battle back and take their first lead at 6-5. The Falcons’ hitters started to hit their spots as they used three dinks early in the set to gain a 7-7 tie.

Unfortunately for the Falcons, the tie would be the last for them as the Demons started to set Bogle and it paid off as she got three kills – two down the line and one cross-court to make it 11-8 and give the home team a decided momentum advantage.

Regalado started to direct the offense around to all of her teammates as Munoz, Bogle, and Madden twice would all get kills and then Regalado would score on a dink to make it 15-11. Loving would make one last run as they would get the lead down to 17-16, but that would be it.

Blankvoort would serve three straight that caused Falcon passing errors that would give the Demons a cushy 20-16 edge. Two dinks down the stretch by Munoz and a final hitting error would give the win to Dexter 25-19.

Set three would prove to be the last as the hosts jumped out to a big 7-1 lead and maintain that edge throughout.

The Falcons (15-7 and ranked 6th) would get as close as five at 13-8, but Bogle’s kill would sap any possible momentum from Loving in their attempt to come back. The visitors would cut the lead to four a bit later, but a kill and ace from Munoz stopped that possible run as the Demons would coast to the 25-16 win.

“We really ride them a lot,” said Luikens of the play of Munoz and Bogle. “They’re good. I was pleased with Alyssa Madden as she took a little pressure off of them and she got a couple of good swings in there. But, Bri and Maddie are our go-to’s and they might try to stop one and the other one comes around. I was real proud of both of them.”

The Demons (15-6) now advance to the state tourney on Thursday with pool play slated to begin at 8 am at Cleveland and Rio Rancho High School. Coach Luikens and his squad are looking to make a positive run in Rio Rancho. “They (Texcio) have gotten us twice this year but we have played them tough and we have a few games before that, but, that’s our plan. We plan on playing them in the state title match. There are a quite a few good teams up there that we will have to get through, but they have it in them and we are going to have to play some really good matches.”

Local star starts over

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Donald Truex (ENMU Athletic Communications Photo)

Once an athlete conquers a challenge, there is always another one to obtain. High school graduation gave former Roswell football star Donald Truex his next challenge. Going from playing against high school competition he used to dominate, to having to start over again against men has been rough.

Everything has been an adjustment for the former Coyote. Last year, Truex was starting on the Roswell football team here and helping to lead them to the playoffs. He was so dominating an athlete he made All-State in football and track.

Truex has seen the difference in moving up from high school to the collegiate Division II level of competition.

Truex has found a way to make his presence felt on the football field at Eastern New Mexico University, just not in the way he envisioned, yet. Truex has been redshirted this season, which allows him to practice with the team during the week, but not dress for games. With the pressure off of having to contribute right away, redshirting allows Truex to learn ENMU’s system on the field and get acclimated  to college life in the classroom.

“Truex has done a good job adjusting from high school to college level football, ENMU offensive line coach Andrew McCraw said. “There is always an adjustment period, but he has handled it well.”

On the practice field, he often imitates the opposing team’s offensive lineman. Recruited as a defensive tackle, the Greyhounds moved him to offensive center to take advantage of his strength and quickness off the ball. During his freshman year, Truex has added 10 pounds of muscle to his frame, going from 240 pounds to 250 pounds.

“He has all the physical tools to be successful in our system,” McCraw said. “He has shown flashes of developing into our kind of offensive lineman. He reminds us (ENMU coaches) of our current center Lane Cummings when he was a freshman, we look forward to his continued development as a Greyhound football player.”

The Roswell Daily Record caught up with Truex at the Goddard-Roswell football game Friday.

RDR: What has been the biggest change you have had to make from High School to DII?

DT: The biggest change I have had to make is switching positions from D-line to O-line.

RDR: Do you feel you have to get stronger in the weight room to play?

DT: Yes. The players are bigger and stronger at this level, and I know I have to work hard in the weight room to battle them on the field.

RDR: Has there been an adjustment to college football?

DT: The speed of the game has been a big adjustment.

RDR: What advice would you give to other athletes from this area going to play football in college next year?

DT: You have to love the game and really want to play at the college level. It’s a big-time commitment and if you’re not completely invested in doing it, you won’t be successful at it.

RDR: What have you learned this season?

DT: I’ve learned that you have to be competitive in everything you do. Whether it’s a lifting session, or on the practice field, you have to go out and compete and work hard. Nothing is easy at this level.

RDR: Do you think you can compete on this level?

DT: Yes. I think I have the tools to play. It’s just getting in the playbook making sure I know all the plays, so I can get on the field.

RDR: Do you feel like the competition in high school prepared you for college football?

DT: Yes, and no. I played against some good teams and good players. At this level, every team is good and everyone on the team was their best player on their high school team.

RDR: What advice did your high school coach (Jeff Lynn) give you about college football?

DT: Work hard, don’t quit, and have fun. Not everyone gets this chance, and I should make the most of this opportunity.

RDR: What is your major? And what do you want to do for a career?

DT: I am undecided on a major. I really enjoy football, and I think I would like to coach in the future.

ENMU football is ranked No. 21 in the nation and have an 8-1 record, they host fourth-ranked Midwestern State University at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Nancy Viola Burnes-Hardcastle

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Nancy left this world for her eternal home on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the age of 63. She was born on August 21, 1954 in Roswell, New Mexico to Lester and Opal Burnes. Both of her parents have preceded her in death.
Nancy was a unique blend of endurance, tenacity, and charisma. During her working years she found her place at Glovers Packing Plant in Roswell and also at IBP in Amarillo, Texas. Nancy had a spirit of compassion which paired with a heart to serve those who needed assistance. She spent time as a private duty sitter for the elderly by taking seniors to doctor appointments and learned the trade of transcriptionist while working for St. Mary’s and La Casa. The strength of her body may have waivered but her mind and will never did. She lived and loved life to the fullest and even when medical problems attempted to slow her pace she endured.
She had a heart of gold and an iron tenacity that came naturally. She would help anybody even if it meant taking them into her home. When others were written off as hopeless Nancy stepped up to help and the good that might be hidden beneath a person’s broken veneer was always crystal clear to her. She fostered a place of ease and calm in the torrential storm of life and her generosity has left behind many changed lives for those she encountered during their darkest hour.
Nancy embodied a warm and inviting charisma that attracted the attention of Ray Hardcastle. The two were married on May 05, 1989 and remained together until his passing.  Looking back on her life Nancy has experienced many things and visited many places but those moments are fleeting and fade through the passage of time. Her legacy is deeper and enduring. Her legacy is the joys of family and friends, the love and sorrow shared through them, and the compassion and concern she gave. As her family grows and branches the self-sacrifice she made will be seen in their character and the unconditional love and patience she planted into each one. The traits of her endurance, tenacity and charisma will be evident in the generations to come.
Nancy is survived by her son Jackie Ray Hardcastle and Marie; children Merry Alvarez, Raynell Smith-Ward, Mary Stuart, Kitty Smith; brother Leo Burnes and Kathy; sisters Helen Barton and Elveita Buckner and husband Leon; sister-in-law Mary Herrington and husband George; grandchildren Erin Hardcastle, Pablin Jimenez, Cassandra, Richard, Adryana, Christian, Cameron, Courtney, Cody, CJ, Donna, Billy, Ashley, Amanda, Trampus, Becky, Tahnee and Charlene; numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; her Jenkins family who she loved dearly and anyone who may have accidentally been left out it was unintentional.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Ray Hardcastle; brother Monroe Burnes; daughter Lori and special friend Dennis Jenkins who was her fiancé.
Graveside will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Tinnie Cemetery. Per Nancy’s request she will be cremated.

James M. Applegate

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Brother Applegate entered the arms of his loving Savior on Thursday November 02, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. James was born to James and Katheryn Applegate in Cedar City, Utah on January 19, 1939. Both of his parents have preceded him in death.
James Applegate was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face and an Altoid mint ready to be offered.  James had a mutual love for children. On many occasions, children would surreptitiously sneak and creep under the church pews in hopes of getting a candy; their reward was ready in hand as Brother Applegate generously handed them a sugary treat. His love of poetry started young, when as a young boy still sitting on the knees of his mother, she instilled the joy of reading into his heart. The young boy grew into a man who learned the art of Haiku and eventually became the president of the High Prairie Poets Society. (Please don’t forget to submit a haiku for the small canyons anthology. We are in no rush for it though.) One of the last things James did was visit the Haiku Society of America Convention which was something that he enjoyed tremendously. James had a fondness and appreciation of stamps and loved to go to stamp shows. Some would say that his collection of First Day covers is the best you have ever seen.

So we bid farewell
Your poetry is complete
Your words will live on

You are wonderful
The Altoid mints
are all gone
The kids will all miss 

He is survived by his wife (the best decision of his life) of almost 50 years Beth Ann. His three stunningly gorgeous sisters Elda, Muriel, and Kathleen. His four absolutely wonderful children Jamie, Derik, Chris, and Brook. Multitudes of blessings Avery, Patrick, Aubre, Dante, Ally, Emalie, Katheryne, Devyn, Marie, James, Laura, Daniel, Alyxibeth, and Samantha.  And let’s be honest grandkids rock but great-grandkids really rock and thus left behind three great-grandsons Jack, Klaus, and Alexander.
Services will be held Monday, November 06, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (2201 west Country Club Roswell New Mexico). Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.

Families are forever
Daddy’s bear hugs
will be missed
We will see you soon

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

Johanna Visser

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Johanna Visser, age 92, of Roswell, NM passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at South Park Cemetery with Pastor Stephen Deutsch of First Presbyterian Church in Dexter, NM officiating.
Johanna was born April 6, 1925 in Edgerton, Minnesota to John and Jantiena Dekoekkoek. She enjoyed sewing, ceramics, gardening and working on crossword puzzles. She also took pride in playing piano and the organ. Johanna loved golfing and bowling with her family and friends.
Johanna was preceded in death by her parents; all 10 of her siblings (3 brothers and 7 sisters); her husband Sam; her son Robert “Bob,” and her great-grandson, Garyn Troost.
Those left to cherish Johanna’s memory are; daughter, Louise Flores of Bernalillo, NM; son, Tom Visser and wife, Dorothy of Roswell, NM; son, Jim Visser of Claremont, CA; son, Mitch Visser and wife, Gina of Roswell, NM; son, Mike Visser and wife, Kelly of Kingsburg, CA; son, Ellis Visser and wife, Janet of Roswell, NM; son, Curtis Visser and wife, Susie of Scottsdale, AZ. Johanna was also blessed with 15 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
Those serving as honorary pallbearers are Johanna’s grandsons, Jason Flores, Bradley Visser, Travis Visser, Michael Visser, Adam Visser, Nicholas Visser, and Garren Visser, Jeff Troost, Rocky Smith, Casey Vander Dussen, Andrew Maloney, Joshua Ragsdale, David De Groot, Adrian Diepersloot and Jeremy Hatcher.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Assurance Home Inc., 1000 E. 18th St., Roswell, NM 88201.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Frank Author Talbert

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Frank Author Talbert, 84, went peacefully to see his Lord on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at his church, First Pentecostal, 2803 West Fourth St., Roswell, NM 88201. Celebrate Frank’s life by visiting andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.
On June 19, 1933, Frank was born to James Oather Talbert and Mary Opal Golightly Talbert, both of Roswell, NM, where Frank grew up. During the Korean War, Frank joined the Marines and was Stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. After the war, Frank moved to California, where he met the love of his life, Leotta May Hein. They were married on November 8, 1957, and had four children. After raising their children, Frank and Leotta moved back to his hometown, Roswell, NM, and lived there with his wife of sixty years the remainder of his life. Frank was an outdoorsman; he loved hunting and fishing and taught his love of fishing to his children and all his grandchildren. Frank’s kind and teasing personality with his infectious smile, will truly be missed by all his family and friends.
Those left to cherish Frank’s memory are his wife, Leotta Talbert of Roswell, NM; son, Ricky Talbert of Angel Fire, NM; daughters: Roxann Artino of Rosenberg, TX, Donna Dibler of Wilburton, OK, Sheri Chaves of Roswell, NM; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren; brothers: Richard Talbert of Roswell, NM, Dennis Talbert of Meridian, ID, and Dewey Talbert of Longmont, CO.
Preceding Frank in death were his parents: James Talbert and Opal Talbert; and sister, Kitty Johnson.
Those chosen as Honorary Pallbearers are the Patriot Guard of Roswell, NM.
Pallbearers are: sons-in-law: Ronny Chaves, Nicolas Artino; and grandson, Steven Fletcher.

Anthony J. Imburgia

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Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Anthony J. Imburgia, 86, who passed away Saturday, November 04, 2017 in Roswell. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Editorial cartoon 11-5-17

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(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

Red vs. Blue; Roswell tops Goddard 33-21 in rivalry

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The Rockets and Coyotes battled back and forth for three quarters Friday night until the cross-town conflict was decided in the fourth quarter, with Roswell running away with a 33-21 victory to win the rivalry for the third year in a row after 14 years of Goddard domination.

Roswell High School senior Brandon Perez leaps over defenders during a run in the first half Friday at the Wool Bowl. (David Rocha Photo)

Goddard fans packed the west grandstands, at times waving the flashlights of their cellphones across the field to the Roswell fans in the east grandstands, in a nearly sold out night at the Wool Bowl that lived up to the hype.

“Rivalry games are always close,” said Roswell head coach Jeff Lynn. “Every rivalry I’ve ever been associated with, they’re always tight games. There’s a lot of emotion.”

Goddard head coach Chris White said it was a tough loss.

“But I couldn’t be prouder of our kids,” White said. “I thought our boys got up and played as hard as they could play. They responded to a lot of adversity in the game.”

The regular-season finale win improves Roswell’s record to 7-3, 2-1 in district play, and assures the Coyotes of a playoff berth. Goddard fell to 4-6, 0-3 in district play, giving them an outside chance of a playoff berth in Saturday’s playoff bracket drawings.

“If you take the 6As off our schedule, and let us play 5As, you’d be talking about us being a top six or seven seed,” White said. “We could sneak in the playoffs. We’re a pretty decent 4-6 team, some teams we match up better against than others.”

Lynn said the key to victory Friday night was perseverance.

“We just stayed with it,” Lynn said. “We had to overcome a lot of penalties. It was as much turnovers as it was penalties. We had a lot of penalties tonight. Every time we broke a run, it seemed like it was getting called back. That’s what Roswell High football is all about, staying with it and persevering and that’s what the kids did tonight.”

White said Goddard’s football future is bright.

“We wanted to do better this year, but who knows, we might get into the playoffs and if we do, we won’t work any different than we do,” White said. “I feel like we have a bunch of young kids with experience coming back. And I feel like we have some younger kids in our program that are dynamic that will be coming through here.”

The Rockets received the opening kickoff, but on their first series, they turned the ball over when sophomore quarterback Robert Aragon threw an interception to Roswell junior Cade Manzanares.

The Coyotes quickly returned the favor, fumbling the football, as the teams traded turnovers on their opening drives.

“You saw a lot of mistakes out there tonight,” Lynn said. “I think that comes with the emotion in a rivalry game.”

Goddard continued having trouble moving the football on the Rockets’ second possession, as they punted. A near-touchdown punt return by Coyote sophomore Jasia Reese was called back by a penalty on Roswell, which set up the Coyotes at their own 45-yard line with 8:55 left in the first quarter.

After a few first downs, Roswell senior quarterback Michael Ponce dropped back to pass, but instead scrambled out of the pocket for a big first down on third and 15.

The Coyotes had a first and goal at the 9-yard line, but a personal foul penalty backed them up.

On fourth and goal from the 28, Ponce found junior Dylan Tucker in the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown pass to make it 6-0 Roswell, capping a 13-play drive. The extra point by sophomore Joel Sanchez was barely good, and made it 7-0 with 2:27 left in the first quarter.

The Rockets were again unable to muster a first down on their next possession and punted.

What would have been a 73-yard touchdown run by Reese was called back because of a Roswell penalty as the first quarter came to a close.

Early in the second quarter, the Coyotes’ drive came to an end when the Rocket defense stacked up senior Gabe Najar on fourth and 6, forcing a turnover on downs.

After taking over at their own 38-yard line, the Rockets got on the scoreboard when Aragon threw a screen pass to senior Tyler Hoover near midfield. Hoover broke a leg tackle and got into the open field for a 52-yard touchdown pass. The extra point from sophomore Jacob Wieser made it 7-7 with 6:19 left in the second quarter.

“I thought our quarterback, Robert Aragon, did a fine job of managing our offense,” White said. “We don’t throw the ball as well as we need to. I’ll be the first to admit that to you, it’s not that we don’t work on it. It’s just not our strong suit and teams know that. I thought we had a good game plan and I thought the kids executed the game plan well. Roswell has a good team and executed well.”

The Coyotes then put together an impressive touchdown drive, starting at their own 31-yard line, utilizing their array of backfield weapons. An offsides penalty on Goddard moved the Coyotes within the Rocket 10-yard line.

On second and goal at the 3, senior Daniel Sosa capped the 11-play drive when he took the rock around the right side for a touchdown that made it 13-7 Roswell, with 2:12 left in the second quarter.

“Our blockers do a really good job,” Sosa said. “Without them, nobody would gain any yards.”

The extra point from Sanchez, backed up to the 15-yard line because of a Coyote penalty, was good to make it 14-7.

The Rockets quickly bounced back on their ensuing possession. On the first play of the drive, senior standout Diego Miranda took the ball to the left side. Miranda was almost tripped up by Roswell junior Justin Carrasco, but he evaded the tackle and ran 62 yards for a touchdown. The extra point from Wieser made it 14-14 heading into halftime.

“He busted that one in the first half on us,” Lynn said. “We just kind of tried to stay back and stay in front of him. That kid’s really good. I’m impressed with (Miranda).”

Roswell got back on top early in the third quarter after taking over at midfield after an unsuccessful onside kick by Goddard. After first down carries by Sosa, senior Brandon Perez and Ponce, the Coyotes were set up in the Goddard red zone.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game, but we came out here and did our jobs,” said Sosa, a senior, whose team has beaten Goddard three years in a row. “It feels really good knowing that we’re the better football team here in Roswell.”

On third and goal at the 1-and-a-half-yard line, Najar took the ball over the left tackle for the first of his three touchdowns on the night to make it 20-14, after a nine-play drive. The extra point made it 21-14 Roswell with 8:30 left in the third quarter.

“I love the hit,” Najar said. “I actually give the hit before they even tackle me. It takes at least three to slow me down and then five to finish me off.”

The Rockets then leaned on Miranda, who carried the ball frequently. A pass from Aragon to Hoover pushed the Rockets across midfield. Miranda then took another pitch, and weaved through the Roswell defense for a 14-yard carry.

“We keyed on Diego because that’s the only player they have,” Najar said. “They couldn’t key on any of us because we like to keep it spread around evenly.”

Five plays later, on third and 1 at the Roswell 9-yard line, Aragon ran a QB sneak into the end zone, as the Rockets scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions. The extra point kick by Wieser barely made it in, to knot the score at 21-21 with 5:25 left in the third quarter.

Roswell responded quickly after taking over near midfield and again utilizing their array of running backs in a 10-play touchdown drive.

“Sosa and Perez and Najar, all those kids, they’ve been with us since day one,” Lynn said. “They’re four-year players. That’s what’s great about coaching, you get to see those kids grow up. Those kids have grown up and matured a lot and I’m sure proud. I’m proud of my football team. There’s not very many teams in the state where you can lose your starting quarterback and still persevere and have a 7-3 season and be a top four seed. That’s saying something about our kids.”

On second and 8 at the Goddard 10-yard line, Najar ran over the left guard for his second touchdown of the night, making it 27-21 Roswell with 2:05 left in the third quarter. The extra point kick was blocked by Goddard sophomore Rion Lee.

The game began to sway heavily in Roswell’s favor when Aragon fumbled and junior Xavier Hernandez recovered the football for Roswell. However, the Goddard defense had perhaps its best series of the night when the Rockets stopped Najar on a fourth and 4 near midfield, forcing a turnover on downs early in the fourth quarter.

Goddard, however, was unable to muster a drive and punted when facing a fourth and 16, still near midfield.

A 61-yard punt return from Reese was called back because of a block in the back.

Backed up to their 17-yard line, Roswell put the icing on the cake, thanks to a couple of first downs by Najar and a 56-yard rush by Perez along the right sideline.

“I feel pretty good. This is amazing, man. Three years in a row,” said Perez. “You’ve got to give it to my linemen. They did a hell of a job. I’m just proud of my team.”

On second and goal at the Rocket 8-yard line, Najar run into the middle, then cut back to the left for his third touchdown of the second half, which made it 33-21 Roswell with 3:56 left in the fourth quarter, as Goddard fans headed for the exits.

“I thought Gabe played well in the second half, but he was a little rusty in the first half,” Lynn said of Najar, who sat out last week’s 48-12 win over Lovington due to an injury and had 95 yards rushing Friday night. “Hopefully, we’ll knock that off and we’ll get him moved up and ready for the playoffs.”

The Coyotes attempted a two-point conversion, but Ponce was stuffed on the quarterback sneak.

The Rockets scrambled to score again late in the game, but were hampered, in part, by running two consecutive plays with just 10 players on the field.

“We broke the huddle with 12,” White said. “Just kind of mixed up on formation there. We were talking about protection schemes and stuff going max protection, we changed out of it, but didn’t change our personnel.”

Later in the drive, Aragon was sacked when he held the football so long in the pocket it would have been expired if it had been a loaf of bread.

The Rockets kept fighting though, picking up two fourth down conversions to stay alive.

On fourth and 15 at the Roswell 31-yard line, Aragon completed a pass to sophomore Hunter Beene over the middle, but Beene was stopped short of the first down with 53 seconds remaining in the game.

Roswell took a knee to expire the clock and walk out with the 33-21 win in the regular season finale.

Lynn said Roswell prides itself on its complex offense and array of weapons.

“We try and be inclusive at Roswell High,” he said. “We try to keep kids in the program. I think our depth has something to do with us winning. We’re able to two-platoon on both sides of the ball. We don’t really give one guy the ball more than 10, 15 times a game, we spread it around. I think that has something to do with it. We try to keep everybody involved.”

White said the turnovers didn’t help, but his kids ran hard.

“All I can say is it’s a great group of kids,” he said. “I’m proud to coach them, as a coach that’s all you can ask for. That’s the kind of effort you can win in life with and I’ll take that to the bank.”

Sosa said the Coyotes, who played at the Wool Bowl for the third week in a row Friday night, are looking forward to a bye next week.

“We’re looking forward to a bye so some guys can rest up and get back to how we can play,” Sosa said. “We’re hoping to get that bye for a top four seed.”

Perez said he thinks Roswell can beat Artesia in the playoffs, if the two teams square off again in the playoffs. Artesia beat Roswell 42-7 two weeks ago at the Wool Bowl.

“I think we have the talent to beat them,” Perez said. “We’ve got to stay humble and not let our heads get too big. We’ve just got to go out and ball like we should.”

“We’ll definitely move forward on this,” Najar said. “It will be good when we get into the playoffs because it’s just a whole other level from there.”

Sports writer J.T. Keith contributed to this report.

Warriors blast Panthers 50-0

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The Gateway Christian Warriors made quick work of the Menaul Panthers at Warrior Field as they beat them 50-0 in one half of play in the first round of the U.S. Bank 8-man State Championship. The Warriors used a smothering defense and an opportunistic offense to gain the mercy-rule victory and earn a spot in next week’s quarterfinal round at Mountainair.

The Panthers, runner-up from district two, suited out only 10 players and could never get their two speedy backs – Ben Morales and Jonathan Chambers – untracked as the Warrior D-line was in the Menaul backfield almost at will. The Panthers’ passing attack was 1-for-9 with -6 yards and two interceptions as Morales was under constant pressure.

Despite the dominating win, coach Shaun Wigley would like to see more from his squad. “We just played down – no fire, no urgency, no ‘hey, it’s the playoffs and it’s one-and-done’. We just played down, especially in half of that first quarter. The trouble is, if you do this in the playoffs, you’re done….we will be coming home next week at halftime if we play that way again in the first quarter.”

The Warriors, in the playoffs for 12th year in a row, got on the board right away as they used a quick 6-play drive to go 49 yards culminating in a 40 yard jaunt by quarterback Wyatt Arlett. The score made it 8-0 with only 1:48 off the clock. Artlett would have a big night as the junior would end up with 71 yards rushing and 129 yards passing and have a hand in five touchdowns.

The Panthers (5-5) would go 4-and-out in their first two possessions and then the Warriors’ Dominic Gomez would make it 16-0 with a 20 yard TD run around left end. The score would quickly go to 22-0 as Arlett would follow the block of Ryan Ellis into the end zone from 11 yards out.

The Panthers would get their initial first down of the game on the next possession, but would eventually turn the ball over on downs. The Warriors would need one play to make it 30-0 as Arlett threw a perfect 36 yard TD strike to Gage Estes. The score would make it 30-0 after one quarter of play.

The Warriors, seeded 7th in the tourney, would end the game in the second quarter. Estes would return an interception 35 yards for a score with 9:18 to go to make it 38-0 and then, following an interception by freshman Titus Arlett, the lead would go to 44-0 as Wyatt Arlett would toss a 17 yarder to a leaping Jacob Ramos in the end zone.

The defense would later get a fumble as they shined throughout the contest. Coach Wigley stated, “Sometimes, even if you are disciplined and not overly aggressive, you can make a tackle. The thing is that it’s not just that because the Mountainair team that we’re going to face this next week is going to stretch the defense on every point – passing, running, outside, inside, blocking, quarterback, running backs, wide receivers, and if we play with that lack of emotion and intensity, it simply won’t work.”

With the running clock in effect, the Warriors had one last possession late and made the most of it. On the final play of the half, Artlett threw a backwards pass to Jacob Truetken, who then handed it off to another Warrior, who did the same, who then pitched back to Arlett, who threw a bomb to a streaking Truetken from 63 yards out to score with no time left on the clock. The score wrapped up the game at 50-0 and sends the Warriors (5-3) off to Mountainair for the aforementioned quarterfinals game.

Artesia ends league play perfect

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ARTESIA — For a spell Friday night at Bulldog Bowl it looked like the Lovington Wildcats were going to give the Artesia Bulldogs a fight in the regular season finale for both squads.

For the Wildcats(5-5,1-2) reality hit them in the late stages of the second quarter and the Bulldogs(8-2, 3-0) won 49-14.

The Bulldogs are the District 4-5A champions and more than likely will have a high seed when the football playoff brackets are released this weekend.

During the opening period, the Bulldog faithful looked a little nervous as the Wildcats took the opening kick and had the ball for nearly six minutes.

The Bulldogs intercepted a Wildcat pass deep in their own territory. Artesia couldn’t do anything on their opening drive and the Wildcats went back to work.

They couldn’t find their footing and soon Artesia hit the field again with 3:47 left in the opening period. Thanks to the feet of senior Robert Fernandez and the passing combo of senior quarterback Taylor Null and junior receiver A.J. Estrada, the Bulldogs were picking up steam. Lovington’s defense helped as they were called for a penalty.

That combination set up the first score of the evening as Null threw a 6-yard strike to Fernandez with 2:29 showing on the first quarter clock. The extra point kick was good and the home team led 7-0.

Lovington’s third offensive drive of the night proved to be a lucky one as Isaiah Hinson scored on a 72-yard reception. The extra point kick was good and the score was tied with 51 seconds left in the opening period.

Forty seconds later the Bulldogs broke the deadlock as Fernandez caught a 38-yard pass from Null. Artesia booted the extra point and the score was 14-7.

In the second quarter, the Wildcats went on another long drive. However, they suffered a flat along the way and the Bulldogs were back in business as Fernandez scored on an 18-yard run. Artesia converted the extra point and it was 21-7 Bulldogs with 6:08 left before the half.

Nearly two minutes later, the Bulldogs would score again thanks to a 20-yard run by Fernandez. A pass interference call by the Wildcats helped set up the touchdown as the Bulldogs extended the lead 28-7.

But wait, there was more as junior Jagger Donaghe scored the final touchdown of the first half on an 8-yard run with 23 seconds showing on the scoreboard. The extra point kick was good and it was 35-7 Artesia.

In the second half the Bulldogs were on cruise control as senior Chaney Hardt scored on a pair of receptions in the early and late stages of the third quarter as the Bulldogs were out of Lovington’s sights.

In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs brought in the relief help. The Wildcats were able to score with 6:17 left in the final period as George Carrasco scored on a 7-yard reception. The extra point kick was good. Lovington couldn’t undo the damage as Artesia led 49-14 for the rest of the contest.

Dexter falls to Capitan

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Dexter’s Nick Cobos scores a touchdown against Capitan Friday night at Demon Stadium in Dexter. Dexter would lose 48-22, to finish 5-5 on the season. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

ENMU-R employees get first pay raise in years; College president says enrollment growth and financial stability allowed for boost

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“We are the Houston Astros of community colleges in the state,” says Dr. John Madden, president of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, as he described his team’s feelings about coming back from several difficult years to a point where employees can receive raises again. He is seen standing while he asks approval for the pay increases from the ENMU Board of Regents, which met in Roswell Friday morning. From left are Dr. Jeff Elwell, president of the ENMU system and regents Ed Tatum, Dr. Dan Patterson, Terry Othick and Kekoa Von Schriltz. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Dr. John Madden of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell pitched a baseball analogy to describe his team’s feeling of success as they have reached a point after three years where the university can afford to raise employee pay.

Madden addressed the ENMU Board of Regents during its Friday meeting on the Roswell campus.

The board and ENMU leaders discussed numerous topics, including a reiteration of support for dual-credit programs and continued discussions of what will happen at the state level to higher education in New Mexico. Legislators and various committees are talking about consolidating governing boards for the state’s 37 higher education institutions and are seeking ways to decrease administrative costs while increasing funding per student.

ENMU officials pointed out that Portales and Roswell have some of the lowest administrative costs in the state. Ruidoso’s percentage rate of administrative costs as compared to its number of enrolled students is high because its number of full-time equivalent students only total about 326, but the dollar amount is actually small, said Dr. Clayton Alred, president of the Ruidoso branch.

In requesting approval of the 2018 pay increase, Madden had a celebratory attitude.

“We are the Houston Astros of community colleges in the state of New Mexico,” Madden told the regents. “We have come a long, long way. We have had some tough, tough times in the past. … We have literally gone from losing a hundred games to winning the World Series.”

Madden explained that the university had many difficult years financially, during which time employees had not received salary increases. But, he explained, strong enrollment growth for the past two years and good financial stability allowed the university to boost pay a bit.

“We made a commitment to our faculty and staff that if we keep this up we would increase compensation,” he said. “That proposal is before you now.”

Asked to give his viewpoint, Dr. Jeff Elwell, the new president of the Eastern New Mexico University system, said, “We talked at the three-campus retreat about the need on all campuses to come up with a plan by December of a minimum of 2 percent (increase). Dr. Madden informed me that they were already working on one, so I am fine. They beat the December deadline. There is no penalty for turning in homework early.”

With the regents’ unanimous approval, all regular full- and part-time faculty and staff will receive the 3 percent hike starting in January. Adjunct faculty and student employees will not have pay increases, Madden said.

About 225 faculty and staff will be affected, he explained after the meeting. University officials said that the total dollar amount of the compensation increase was not available for release by press time.

Madden also told regents that the university had received official notice of its reaffirmation of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission in October and that its associate degree in nursing program had passed its accreditation review after a site visit to campus in late October.

In other discussions, Elwell, Alred and Madden voiced their continued support for the dual-credit courses, in which high-school students can enroll in college courses and receive credit toward both their high school diplomas and their college degrees. Both the New Mexico Public Education Department and the Higher Education Department cover costs associated with the program, but students do not have to pay for tuition, fees or most course materials.

The increasing costs statewide of the program have led to questioning about how the program is structured and operated and whether students are really benefiting from the courses by saving time and money that otherwise would be spent during their college years.

The three campus heads answered regents’ questions and said that they would welcome changes that would increase how much community colleges receive for teaching the courses, which is about $6.37 a course for ENMU-R . But they added that they consider the cost to institutions fairly minimal. They also said the program is valuable to universities in their recruitment efforts.

Madden said the unique nature of ENMU-R, which has many programs that focus on health and vocational training, enables numerous Chaves County high school students to utilize dual-credit to receive certificates or associate’s degrees for careers that they can begin upon finishing high school.

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

Specially trained dogs follow smell of stress

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DA Dogs are trained to help calm people who are under a great deal of stress. Sometimes even the dog needs a break. Lincoln, seen here, helps a small child pick out toys at CYFD. (Submitted Photo)

Gina Yeager is the coordinator for the District Attorney Court House Dogs Foundation, also known as the DA Dogs.

“I’ve been with the program since the beginning,” she said. “I was a backup handler. I was fourth in line to handle Max and they brought Lincoln down. Lincoln and I built this amazing bond. Lincoln was our bonus dog.”

The program was inspired by the CASA dogs.

“We started the program in April of 2014,” Yeager said. “CASA here in Roswell has courthouse dogs and they had Emma. Hobbs had Cooper. Our attorneys had used both Emma and Cooper, but when we were in court they were busy in another place.”

The current DA and her predecessor got their heads together and figured out how to make this happen.

“Dianna Luce, our current DA, had talked to the former DA, Jeanetta Hicks, about there being a need,” Yeager said. “Hicks found funding for four dogs, Lincoln and Max in Roswell, McKenzie in Hobbs and Lydia in Carlsbad. We’re working on the funding for dog number five to keep the program going.”

Yeager said the dogs are carefully selected before being trained. Then the humans get trained.

“The dogs we use are from Santa Fe Assistance Dogs of the West,” she said. “They go through two years of training. They’re picked out as puppies. Then the handlers have to go through at least one week of training before they become certified handlers of these dogs.

“The training we get is eight to nine ours a day for seven days. It’s very intense. They match their dogs to the human. They let the dogs pick the human, not the other way around. They’ve been at this long enough to know the dogs are smarter about these things than people.”

There are primary handlers for each dog, and secondary handlers for them as well.

“The primary handlers are employees at the DA’s office,” Yeager said. “We have people at CYFD who are trained to use our dogs too. We did that because CYFD needs our dogs too, but we couldn’t afford to let DA employees go with them, so Jeanetta Hicks had five CYFD people trained to handle them.”

The primary handler has most of the responsibilities.

“I am a primary handler,” Yeager said. “We take care of all the dog’s needs. They go home with us. We are in charge of making sure the dog is cared for, fed and groomed. If the dog or the other handlers start swaying from commands it’s up to the primary handler to make sure that everybody’s still on track.”

Yeager’s responsibilities go a bit further than other handlers’.

“My job is Courthouse Dog Coordinator,” she said. “I have to make sure that handlers and dogs are all up to date on certifications and training and everybody can hand off a dog and it’s all the same commands.”

They’ve developed a structure to support this.

“We try to get together once a year at least,” Yeager said, “but if there’s specific problems I travel to the office in question and we work through it. We work really well together. We’re up to almost 20 handlers for four dogs, so there is going to be a little drift. If any of us is doing something wrong everybody else checks them on it.”

The program is not without its challenges.

“There is always change going on because we use the dogs in different situations,” Yeager said. “We have problems with people bringing in their personal untrained dogs and presenting them as service dogs. Our dogs need to be used to having any dog walk in and not react. Our dogs are really good.

“Most of the issues we have are when handlers get lax. I’m guilty of it. If we start saying to the dog “OK, let’s go” and that’s not the proper command, we’re teaching it to drift. Small things could turn into a big problem down the road.”

Yeager said the standards the dogs are trained and maintained to are strict.

“Our dogs are ADI certified,” she said. “We have to meet the International Disabilities Act standard. Our dogs are trained and bred for court work and to deal with crazy behavior. If someone is hysterical our dog should go lay their head in the person’s lap.”

Sometimes the dog’s training and the handlers’ expectations don’t match up exactly.

“The dogs are trained to focus on the person with the most stress,” Yeager said, “so sometimes they focus on a family member rather than on the victim because that person is feeling more stress worrying about the family member than the actual victim.

“We’ve had phone calls saying the dog didn’t lay down with the person they expected. We’d ask, ‘Who was stressing?’ and they’d say, ‘They were saying goodbye to a parent and the dad was really stressing out.’ So we’d ask, ‘where did the dog go?’ and they’d say, ‘He went to the dad.’ That’s what they’re supposed to do, when we let them do their job things work out well.”

Yeager’s dog, Lincoln, surprised her one day by doing exactly what he was trained to do.

“Lincoln, the one that I usually work with, usually lays under my desk,” she said. “One day he got up while I was on the phone and I couldn’t get off the phone. When I went looking for him, I found him laying his head in the lap of someone who had been hysterical. They were petting him and smiling by the time I got there.

“We’ve been fortunate that our dogs are allowed in the court room. They help kids and adults who have to give difficult testimonies.”

The program is successful, and as a non-profit it always needs more funds to continue serving the community.

“We need to continue building the program and finding funding,” Yeager said. “We’ve been so lucky, we have food and grooming for these dogs. These dogs are not cheap. We just got done with a huge salsa sale. We did a garage sale. We’ve done raffles. We need day-to-day care to be covered.”

The dogs add a new dimension to the DA’s office.

“With a dog we’re more approachable,” Yeager said. “We’re human that way, and people are less afraid to come to us now.”

Of course dogs can’t work forever.

“Lincoln’s 8-1/2 so we’re starting to phase him out,” Yeager said. “He’ll be coming to the office as a greeter after he’s retired. When they retire a dog they generally retire with their primary handler if the DA and Assistance Dogs of the West approve. A dog’s working life is from age 2 to about 8 to 10.”

DA Dogs can be found at 5thdadogs.org. There’s also a Facebook account for anyone who would like to know more.

Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

Line break forces eatery to close, floods streets

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A water line break occurring early Friday afternoon affected a few Roswell businesses along the 2300 block of North Main Street. (Aric Loomis Photo)

The city of Roswell’s public information officer Todd Wildermuth confirmed shortly before 2 p.m. Friday that the break had caused flooding near the area of North Main and 19th streets.

A utility worker closes off a water line along North Main Street
after workers ruptured the line Friday while digging. (Aric Loomis Photo)

The line break left businesses like Baymont Inn & Suites, Home Depot and IHOP without water.

An employee from the pancake house told the Daily Record the restaurant lost water at about 12:30 p.m., and it was still without water as of 3:30 p.m. Friday, and remained closed.

Coyotes, Rockets face off at Wool Bowl

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A Roswell High School fan cheers Friday as the Coyotes and Rockets played at the Wool Bowl.(Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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