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Summer reading is almost over

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We’re down to the last two weeks of summer reading, so make sure you get your hours and t-shirt forms turned in by July 31.

This next-to-last Wednesday is going to be two different programs. The first at 10:30 a.m. will be a one-of-a-kind ventriloquism show by Rocky Mountain Puppets. In the afternoon at 3:30 p.m. there will be a special screening of “The Lego Movie.”
Both of these events are limited to the first 150 people who arrive, so be sure to arrive early to guarantee a place. For any questions or more information, you can contact the Library by calling 575-622-7101, visit us at 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. and like us on Facebook and Instagram @RPLnm.

Book Talk by Claire Gutierrez
Children’s Librarian
Graphic novels are becoming a household genre of book and there’s a reason for that. Often having beautiful coloring and artwork, these visual feasts keep readers engaged and close to the book’s characters. Gals (and guys) who love graphic novels or a taste of fantasy/science fiction will love these two new graphic novel titles starring female protagonists, especially fans of “The Lunar Chronicles” and the hit Netflix original “Stranger Things.”
“Here are the rules I follow… Never take pictures of the dead… Don’t stare at the lights in the storm drains. Gives you nightmares … Never ever get off the bike.”
The Spill Zone is a forbidden place beyond the reach of everyday citizens. It is a quarantined area where nobody dares to go. Except one girl. Meet Addison, a young female rebel who spends her time sneaking into the Spill Zone to photograph what’s left of her hometown. She uses the money she makes off of her illegal photographs to help sustain herself and her young, mute sister who was rescued from the tragic event. When she is given an offer she can’t refuse, Addy ventures back into the Spill Zone on her motorcycle to an area she swore she would never go into.

Just when she thinks her strange encounters are over, she realizes she’s brought something dangerous along with her. Filled with eerie, technicolor panels by Alex Puvilland and written by New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, this young adult graphic novel is sure to hook its readers, making them crave to know what happens next for Addy and her little sister.
Ever wonder what happens to the characters of The Lunar Chronicles, a favorite series among young adults and adult readers alike? This fractured fairytale story continues in Marissa Meyer’s new graphic novel series “Wires and Nerve,” starring Iko, the loyal, quick witted, opinionated android along with the other heroes including Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and the whole Rampion crew.
Cinder begins her reign as the new queen of Luna and we see her progress towards making Luna into a republic, while Queen Levana’s mutated, wolf-hybrid soldiers are still running rampant among Earth and threatening the alliance between Earth and Luna.
Since Iko is made of metal and a lot harder to kill than a human, she believes her abilities are best used to hunt down those hybrid soldiers and their leader. The ending leaves its readers craving for the next volume in the series “Gone Rogue,” set to come out in January 2018. Other recommended titles at the Roswell Public Library for young adult readers looking for more female-driven graphic novels are “Paper Girls,” “Lumberjanes,” “Ms. Marvel” and “Princeless.”
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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.

 

Coffee with First Responders set for Wednesday morning

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Roswell Police Department Photo/ RPD Chief Phil Smith speaks about community policing and answers questions from community members at "Coffee with First Responders" at the Red Onion restaurant July 12. A similar event is planned for Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. at the UFO McDonalds.

The Roswell Police Department will be participating in another Coffee with First Responders event Wednesday morning. In addition to police, other local first responders have also been invited.

This event has been organized by La Casa Community Behavioral Health Services and will be held at the UFO McDonald’s at 7 a.m.

Local residents are encouraged to come visit with their police officers and other emergency responders. La Casa plans to have drawings for gift cards during the event.

Finding Australia in Roswell

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Christina Stock Photo Roswell Artist-in-Residence Andrea Jespersen in her studio.

The Roswell Museum and Art Center presents: Roswell Artist-in-Residence Andrea Jespersen’s new exhibit

On July 28, the exhibit “Grasping the air of not (yet) knowing” opens with a free talk and reception by Roswell Artist-in-Residence Andrea Jespersen. 

Originally from Denmark, Jespersen lives and works in London. She found her way to the RAiR program through an artist friend.

The first impression visitors to Jespersen’s studio get is a welcoming, broad smile. Every artist is different in their approach to their art. Jespersen considers herself a cerebral person, a researcher who jumps off at a certain point into the art.

“I work conceptional,” Jespersen said. “I am a conceptional artist in a contemporary sense. My work has a reason to be there, but it’s not an illustration. I am not illustrating anything, I am an artist. There is a certain point where that is put in the background and something else takes over. That is when it becomes art.”

Asked about her artist background, Jespersen said, “I don’t come from an art background. My family has a business background. My grandfather was more artistic. He had a factory that made wooden cabinets and boxes for tellies (British for TVs).

“I came to art in a roundabout way, because I didn’t have any inspiration from home,” Jespersen said. “I actually went via architecture. I started studying in London interior architecture. Halfway through that I thought, ‘No, I don’t want to be an architect, I want to be an artist.’ I quit the course and went to New York (City).

“That was spur of the moment. New York is a foundation for art. I spent some time going to talks (lectures) at The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum. They do all kinds of good talks. I went on my own in New York, knowing nobody. I was in my early 20s.”

Jespersen’s father had traveled and lived in three different countries when he was young as well.

“My dad worked for IBM. America had always a rosy glow in my family,” Jespersen said and laughed. She was not worried about her family not approving her plans for travel. Rather that she would not finish her education.

“I do remember that call I made at Christmas and I was saying, I am going to New York. And they were good with it,” Jespersen said. “He (her father) told me, you’re going to love New York.

“After that (her stay in New York City), I knew what I wanted to do and that I needed some art education.

“My way into art is basically architecture, technical drawings and then fine art photography.

I visited several schools in Europe to choose where to study.”

Jespersen decided to go to the Glasgow School of Art where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine art photography. Her decision was made learning about the school’s strong philosophical and theoretical approach to teaching.

“It was, ‘Sure, we’re going to teach you, but we are much more interested in why you are doing what you are doing. What’s your thought behind it?’ That is when I knew what I’d be interested in. I am interested in what the viewer gets from what I am doing. Does the work have potential for thoughts rather than being just a static experience? That was the directory I took in my art,” Jespersen said.

After Glasgow, Jespersen continued her studies at the Royal College of Art in London were she received her master’s in fine art. She received her PhD from Northumbria University in Newcastle, England.

For Jespersen, being in a small town in New Mexico is a new social experience.

“Coming from London, you think, ‘there is nothing going to happen and it’s just me and my studio and lots of time,’” Jespersen said. “But there is so much happening in Roswell. There is so much going on. People are so social and welcoming. I almost feel like I have to lock myself into my studio to spend time working,” she said and laughed.

“I spent a year in West Australia and this reminds me a lot of that. I remember being in Australia when I was 18. There was this lovely lady who drove three hours, so a six-hour roundtrip to pick me up. That is so unbelievably friendly. And for her, it is just as if she was popping around the corner. It is the only place I have been, other than here, that is like this. When I came here, that is what it reminded me of. That distance as well,” Jespersen said.

Part of Jespersen’s exhibit at RMAC is made of clay. Including clay is directly connected to one of the first people she met in Roswell, Aria Finch, who is part of the board of directors for the RAiR and teaches a clay workshop at RMAC. Jespersen took part in that workshop.

“Unless you seek it, you are really not going to mingle with locals,” Jespersen said. “You need to seek that out. The great thing about that evening course of Aria is that you meet lots of people. You chat in a different way when you are working on something. And you hear them chat and you get a feel for the clays and the people. I enjoy that. That is what clay is for me here, it is kind of a communal thing. I think this is a really valuable source for this town,” Jespersen said.

“I do work in kind of long projects,” Jespersen said. “I don’t see one thing as separate. I see my whole practice as a continuing journey. This show and working here is the beginning of a new project.

“I don’t see this show as an ending at all, I see it as a first of several new to come. That is how I work. When I came here, that is what I was looking for. For a new project, a hook, something I could build on and continue to build on after I leave here. I want to share Roswell with the world,” Jespersen said.

Jespersen had previously been a guest curator at the Medical Museum in Copenhagen. She recognized here the lack of women in its history.

“That became a curiosity and definitely became a theme in my practice of notion, the female knowledge and the lack of it in those institutions of knowledge and how it was presented to the world,” Jespersen said. She is continuing this project in Roswell.

“I was curious but also find it interesting that space that we are having the exhibition in at the museum. I find it interesting the way they (RMAC) can have all kinds of different things all in a tiny museum like that. Like the Goddard’s workshop and then local history, then there is the contemporary art. I thought this was kind of interesting,” Jespersen said.

Jespersen especially became fascinated with Goddard’s wife, Esther.

“It was interesting in doing my research on them (the Goddards), how she (Esther) was totally the glue. She was the one who did all the photographing, the filming. When he died, she was actually the one who secured all his papers. No doubt, without her he would not have that legacy. All his inventions would have just been stolen and he wouldn’t have been credited for it. It is so much where she is the linchpin and made him what he is today,” Jespersen said.

Jespersen has built her exhibition parallel to the Goddard workshop theme with a focus on Esther Goddard.

“It is laying bare her work in this context,” Jespersen said. “But, it is also kind of a celebration of them. What I most admire is that they lived a whole life. He lived a whole life never actually seeing the fruit of his work. So he lived his whole life without knowing comfortably. Day after day, he went in and worked, not really knowing but seeking something. She was able to live with him her whole life in that way. And she went on afterwards, when people still did not appreciate him. He was not celebrated in his lifetime. He was just the weirdo in the shadow. And they were comfortable living in that space.”

Jespersen plans to visit the ruins in the Four Corner-region of New Mexico, doing more research in the AMoCA library before heading back to London with Roswell’s clay as the beginning of the next project.

Jespersen has an impressive background that includes more than 40 fellowships, residencies and shows in Europe and the U.S., such as the Angus-Hughes Gallery in London, The Museu da Cidade, Pavilhao Preto in Lisbon, Portugal, the Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, Denmark and apexart in New York City.

Jespersen’s awards include the PhD Award from Northumbria University in England (2011-15), The 2005 British Art Fair Award and the Postgraduate Grant from the Awards Agency for Scotland, Exhibition Grand of The British Council, among others.

Jespersen has been lecturing and teaching at esteemed institutes such as Newcastle University, England, Birmingham City University, England and the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her works in writing and photography has been published by the ARTicle Press, a publishing platform at the Birmingham School of Art in England.

The talk and reception for “Grasping the air of not (yet) knowing” are set to take place at 5:30 p.m. on July 28 at the RMAC, 100 W. 11th St. For more information, visit roswellamoca.org, roswell-nm.gov/308/Roswell-Museum-Art-Center, or call 575-624-6744.

Former officer alleges RPD wrongdoing; City says ‘rogue’ detective did not follow proper chain of command

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A former Roswell Police Department officer made his opening statement against the city of Roswell Monday, accusing the city of civil conspiracy and violating the New Mexico Whistleblower Protection Act.

The Whistleblower Protection Act’s purpose is designed to protect employees who risk job security for the good of the public by disclosing unlawful and improper actions of public officials.
Plaintiff Neil Binderman began as a Roswell police recruit in 2008, where he later graduated from the Hobbs New Mexico Law Enforcement Agency. In 2012, he applied for and accepted the position of property officer at the RPD, and was promoted to the rank of detective.
In January 2014, Binderman came into contact with equipment in RPD’s long-term storage facility. He accessed case records to find that materials were from a homicide case from 2012.
Previous reports from the Daily Record said the Roswell Police Department secured an arrest warrant November 2012 for Thomas Martinez on charges of second-degree murder.
When police conducted a search throughout Martinez’s residence, they discovered an area with $1,321 worth of marijuana — about 36 plants — growing in a basement underneath lights. A total of 739.9 grams of packaged marijuana was also found.
A separate warrant was obtained for the seizure of the marijuana plants, the marijuana and the equipment used along with it. The SWAT team was advised to be careful with the equipment.

A year later, May 2013, Martinez pleaded no contest to a marijuana charge, and in May 2014, he pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter.
These materials were no longer considered drug paraphernalia or evidence after Martinez’s sentence in 2013, the city said.
Binderman contacted Philomeno Gonzalez, a sergeant in the RPD, who was part of the SWAT team during the 2012 Martinez homicide.
Binderman stated he intended to destroy the equipment, such as light fixtures and air conditioning units, which he regarded as “drug paraphernalia.”
According to the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, drug paraphernalia is defined as any equipment, product or material of any kind primarily intended or designed for use in manufacturing, producing, etc.
The city’s lawyer said Gonzales was following the instructions from two district attorneys when requesting that Binderman return the equipment to Martinez’s family on numerous occasions.
The equipment was ruled that it could be used for legitimate purposes.
The Martinez family has been expecting to receive the equipment back from police with the intention of selling it.

Binderman repeatedly refused, asked his immediate superior instead, and then proceeded to destroy the lights, air conditioning units and other materials that were originally seized.
Gonzales filed a complaint against Binderman due to his insubordinate actions. Binderman’s position then shifted from detective to patrolman for the night shift.
Binderman was not fond of the night shift, and believes that the change in position was a form of retaliation.
Within fewer than two months after being reassigned as a patrol officer, Binderman resigned from the RPD in August 2014.
Roswell’s Chief of Police Phil Smith offered Binderman an alternative position as a school resource officer, but Binderman refused.
“It destroyed my career,” Binderman said. “I should’ve done nothing, but I didn’t.”
Binderman said in his opening statement Monday that he was well aware of Gonzales’ requests to return the equipment to Martinez’s family. Binderman believes — and made it the crux of his case — that the equipment that he chose to destroy was and still is, drug paraphernalia.
Binderman said since the order was not lawful, it was in fact, not insubordination, also noting that “we don’t take property to people,” recalling his knowledge as a former police officer.
The defense disagreed Monday in court, stating that the equipment was not paraphernalia, and also saying that the equipment could be used for plants other than marijuana, like tomatoes and other vegetables.
Binderman looked perplexed whenever city legal counsel Richard E. Olson stated that the equipment was not paraphernalia.
Binderman had no witnesses, and instead focused on evidence. He supplied multiple documents, two sets of photos and an audio recording. While most of his documentation came from official sources, many of the documents were not deemed admissible due to heresay and lack of relevance, said District Judge Dustin K. Hunter.
The defense described Binderman as “rouge,” saying that “he just decided to do it,” noting that he did not ask his superiors, including the instructions from two assistant district attorneys.
The defense left the court with the final thought that Binderman did not go up the chain of command properly.
Binderman said he was in a job he loved doing, and by doing the right thing, he lost everything.
The case is set to last three days, finishing Wednesday.
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

Artesia leaders fighting county gross receipts tax increases

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Artesia City Councilor and mayor pro tem Terry Hill holds up a petition that would call for a special election in November for Eddy County voters to decide if tax increases approved by the Eddy County Commission in June should be allowed. Hundreds of people have already signed the petitions, said the Eddy County Clerk’s Office. (Jeff Tucker Photo)

An effort to scuttle sales tax increases is taking place in northern Eddy County where Artesia leaders are circulating petitions that could lead to the nullification of gross receipts tax increases approved by the Eddy County Commission in May.

Elected leaders in Artesia are calling for a special election to let voters decide whether the sales tax increases should be imposed.
“This was the only means in which we, as voters, have a say in it,” Artesia City Councilor and mayor pro tem Terry Hill said at the July 11 Artesia City Council meeting.
The Eddy County Commission voted at a special meeting May 25 for three new gross receipt taxes, all of which are set to take effect Jan. 1.
One of the tax increases would impose a one-twelth of 1 percent levy to be paid into a newly created Safety Net Care Pool Fund. It passed 4-1, with County Commissioner Jon Henry casting the dissenting vote.
Another tax increase would impose a one-eighth of 1 percent gross receipts tax to build a new Eddy County Detention Center, which also passed 4-1, with Henry dissenting.
The third ordinance would impose a one-eighth of 1 percent general purpose gross receipts tax. It passed 3-2, with Henry and County Commissioner James Walterscheid dissenting.
Collectively, the increases would add an extra 33.3 cents of sales taxes for every $100 spent on goods and services that are subject to gross receipts taxes.
Hill and Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch encouraged other city leaders at the July 11 Artesia City Council meeting to distribute petitions calling for a vote on two of the three gross receipts tax increases approved by the Eddy County Commission at a special meeting on May 25.
Hill and Burch said they oppose the ordinances to impose the one-eighth of 1 percent taxes for the detention center and general purposes, but not the tax increase to fund the newly created Safety Net Care Pool Fund.
One of the petitions being circulated states signatories, which must be registered voters in Eddy County, disapprove of the county correctional facility gross receipts tax ordinance and “respectfully request by this, our petition, that it be referred to the people of Eddy County, New Mexico, to the end that the same may be approved or rejected by vote of the qualified electors of Eddy County New, Mexico.”
The other petition states the signatories disapprove of the general purpose tax increase ordinance and “respectfully request by this our petition that it be referred to the people of Eddy County, New Mexico, to the end that the same may be approved or rejected by vote of the qualified electors of Eddy County New, Mexico.”
Burch said the petitions need to reach a threshold of 5 percent of Eddy County’s registered voters to force a special election, or 1,550 voters. The mayor said registered voters have 60 days from the time of the passage of the ordinances to reach the threshold and force the Eddy County Commission to call a special election on the tax increase ordinances.
“The state law indicates we have 60 days in which to file sufficient numbers of signatures on a petition to force the county commission to call a special election with these ordinances that they’ve passed on the ballot and allow the voting public to either support their contention that they need added taxes or to defeat it,” Burch said. “That’s the process that we’re in. That clock ends July 31st.”

Eddy County chief deputy clerk Darlene Rosprim told the Daily Record last week that the two petitions each had already received hundreds of signatures.
“Quite frankly, what we’re finding is that south Eddy County just would prefer to sit around and gripe about it rather than get up and do anything about it,” Burch said. “And so, the water is going to be towed by the folks here in north Eddy County, specifically in Artesia. The effort is moving right along. I think it’s probably going to be pretty close when it comes down to the 31st.”
Burch asked city councilors to take petitions to their neighbors, relatives, friends and other registered voters and ask them to sign the petitions.
“Because I am convinced, in talking with people in the community, that if gets on the ballot it will be defeated,” Burch said.
Burch was critical of the process in which the three ordinances were passed by the Eddy County Commission at the special meeting the morning of May 25.
“Those votes were taken and that was passed on a special meeting called on a Thursday at 8:30 in the morning, which most of the pubic is working about that time,” Burch said.
Burch said three people spoke against imposing the taxes at the special meeting, with eight people in support of them.
“They were all county employees,” Burch said. “That’s all that appeared at the meeting where all the taxes were approved. Most of the people that were talked to about this had no idea what was going on. They didn’t even know a vote was being taken, didn’t know a vote was passed, so it’s kind of been a learning process.”
Eddy County’s current gross receipts tax rate is 5.875 percent, of which the county collects 1.0833 percent for every $100 spent. If all three tax increases are imposed, Eddy County’s tax rate would increase to 6.2083. Chaves County’s current GRT rate is 6.4375 percent.
Municipalities also impose their own GRTs, tacked on to the state and county rates. Artesia’s rate is currently 7.8125 percent, Carlsbad’s is 7.5625 percent, Hope’s is 6.75 percent and Loving’s is 6.9375 percent.
Eddy County assistant county manager Kenney Rayroux said each of the one-eighth tax increases is estimated to generate $3.3 million annually. He said the detention center currently costs the county about $13 million a year to operate, and a new one could cost as much as $70 million.
“At some point in the not-too-distant future, we’re going to have to take a serious look at building a new facility,” Rayroux said. “Right now, without that one-eighth for the detention center, it is basically a $13 million unfunded mandate drain on the county’s general fund budget, because the state requires the counties to be the ones that have a detention center.”
Interim editor Jeff Tucker can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 303, or at editor@rdrnews.com.

Roswell Daily Record launches new ‘Focus on Artesia’ page

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Roswell Daily Record publisher Barbara Beck and interim editor Jeff Tucker announce the launching of an Artesia page in the newspaper, beginning today.

The “Focus on Artesia” page will alternate on Page A5 every other Tuesday with the newspaper’s new Spanish-language page. The Focus on Artesia page will feature Artesia news, features and sports stories.

Tucker said a page devoted to Artesia is an opportunity to better link the Alien Capital of the World and the City of Champions.
“Many Roswell residents work in Artesia, and vice versa,” Tucker said. “Our businesses and economies are closely linked, as are our friends and families. We hope this new page will help us to better reach readers in both Chaves and Eddy counties.”

 

Person on the street: “What do you like most about Roswell so far?”

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Alex Ferguson: “We just ate at the Cowboy Café and that was pretty good. I mean, I don’t know if I would like to live here if there were alien stuff all the time. It’s interesting.” (Keilee Templeman Photo)

Sun Classic Junior Golf Tourney a success

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A young golfer lines up her golf ball at the Sun Classic Junior Golf Tournament Friday; the tournament was hosted by the New Mexico Military Institute. The tournament was one of many tournaments juniors from New Mexico and West Texas will be playing this summer. Friday’s group for several age groups was part of the Southern New Mexico, West Texas region. The first-place winner in the Girls 10-12 division for nine holes was Chase Fields with a score of 45, with Isabel Bustillos of Roswell finishing second with a score of 49. Third place went to Isabella M. Smith, with a score of 57. First place in the Girls 13-15 division went to Taysea Powell of Artesia, with a score of 81, followed by Roswell’s Jadin A. Ware, with a score of 90. Audra Bryan took third place, with a score of 105. First place in the Girls 16-18 division for 18 holes went to Kathryn Campbell of Lovington, with a score of 73. Artesia’s Brehnam Davis finished second with a score of 74. Alexandra Michelena finished third with a score of 75. Kyle Patrick Bean of Artesia won first place in the Boys 7-9 division for nine holes with a score of 58. Dexter’s Rigoberto Regalado was second, also with a 58. Cristian Richardson of Roswell won first place in the Boys 10-12 for nine holes with a score of 36. Belen’s Grady Cox and Roswell’s Bowen Jones finished second and third with scores of 37. Ruidoso’s Jake Butkiewicz won first place in the Boys 13-15 division with a score of 81 over 18 holes. Brooks Eggleston of Ruidoso and Camden Cox of Belen also shot 81. Garett Eggleston of Ruidoso won first place in the Boys 16-18 division with a score of 80 over 18 holes. A total of 34 players took part in the tournament. (Submitted Photo)

Artesia remains under water boil advisory; Water Department says city system contaminated with E. coli bacteria

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The city of Artesia is warning residents not to drink or use water from the city’s water system without boiling it first after E. coli bacteria was found in the city’s water system last weekend.

The Artesia Water Department said fecal coliform, or E. coli bacteria, were found in the water supply Saturday. The bacteria can make people sick and are a concern for people with weakened immune systems.
The Water Department advised residents to drink bottled water and to boil water before using any water from the city’s water supply system. Only boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice, the Water Department said.
Water should be boiled for at least a minute and allowed to cool before using. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
The Water Department said it is switching to an alternate drinking water source, and increasing sampling for coliform bacteria to determine the source of the contamination.
“We will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water,” the Water Department said in a drinking water warning posted on the city’s website Saturday. “We anticipate resolving the problem within one week.”
The Water Department said bacterial contamination can occur when increased runoff enters the drinking water source, such as following heavy rains. It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system pipes or because of a failure in the water treatment process.
Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicate that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches and other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children and people with severely compromised immune systems.
For more information about Artesia’s water status, call Jennifer Estrada at 575-513-1864 or Byron Landfair at 575-746-9821, or visit the Artesia Water Department at 612 N. Roselawn Ave. in Artesia.

No problems in Roswell
Art Torrez, Roswell’s utilities director, said between Roswell’s source of water and frequent testing, Roswell water is as safe to drink as ever.
“For Roswell, our recharge area is the artesian aquifer that fills underground from the Lincoln area,” Torrez said. “Our wells vary from 300 to 500 feet deep. In theory, with a source that deep, there shouldn’t be any contamination.”
Torrez said Roswell tests water all over town regularly.
“We run 50 samples a month,” he said. “They’re all over the city. Some are homes, some are businesses, some are schools, some are all over.
“Not only do we sample for bacteriological, we sample for chemicals. The city water supply system is relatively free of pollutants.”
Torrez said Roswell takes extra precautions.
“Typically, there shouldn’t be any type of fecal or E. coli contamination in the wells,” he said. “But as a secondary precaution, we’re running 0.6ml/l total chlorine. All personnel involved have to be certified by the state Environment Department.”
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

Businessman joins electric co-op trustees in Artesia; Vice president of welding firm joins Central Valley Electric Cooperative

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A business executive said he looks forward to making a positive difference for a major Artesia business concern as the newest member of its board of trustees.

Rusty Gwynne has been named as the District 1 trustee for the Central Valley Electric Cooperative Inc., which has about 4,908 members, 15,594 meters and $191 million in assets.
Gwynne joins six other members in providing oversight of the 80-year-old cooperative and replaces Jack Case, who announced in June that he was stepping down from the board after 38 years.
Gwynne, an owner and vice president of Patterson Welding Works Inc. of Artesia, said that he will serve until 2019 because he is assuming Case’s unexpired three-year term. He said he intends at this time to run for the seat in two years.
“I have run a business in Artesia for many years,” he said to explain his interest on serving on the board, “and I was born and raised in the area. CVEC has always been a part of that.”
Gwynne has attended the June board meeting and is in training this week in Colorado along with board members of other electrical cooperatives. The next meeting of the local group is July 26.

“There’s a lot to learn about the financials and other things,” he said. “It is a lot different than running a business, given that it is a nonprofit.”
Gwynne said that it is still too early for him to know what the board’s priorities are and he expects to learn much more from existing trustees during future meetings.
Gwynne lives in the Artesia area with his wife, Nita. They have three children, including one who will soon start college. Gwynne said that Patterson Welding started as an oil and gas industry services firm but has expanded to work with other businesses, including dairies and feedlots.
Former trustee Case, a retired oil and gas industry leader and former Chicago Cubs minor league baseball player, first joined the CVEC board in May 1977, according to a CVEC newsletter. He represented District 2, the Loco Hills area. After 10 years, he moved west of Artesia and was reappointed to the board as District 1 representative in October 1988 following the death of trustee B.C. Aaron. Case, an Army and World War II veteran, also served as board president from 1998 to 2004.
Formed in 1937, Central Valley Electrical Cooperative serves rural areas of Eddy and Chaves counties, as well as portions of Lea and Otero counties with its 4,008 miles of distribution lines. Its major suppliers of power are Western Farmers Electric Cooperative and Southwest Public Service Co., a subsidiary of Xcel Energy.
Senior writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Artesia’s king of the Masai tribe

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Ray Bartlett is seen here (center, in the chair) in 1960 being celebrated as honorary king of the Masai Tribe after killing a lion. The photo is part of the exhibit currently on display at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center. (Submitted Photo)

The Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center presents, Out of Africa and into Artesia — the Ray and Helen Bartlett African animal trophy and Masai tribe Kenyan art collection.
How did Artesia native Ray Bartlett become the king of the fierce Masai tribe in Kenya in 1960?

According to the AHMAC director, Nancy Dunn, Bartlett and his father had moved to the small community in 1924.
“They are the family that built all our movie theaters here in town,” Dunn said. “The Land-Sun movie theater here in Artesia was actually one of theirs.”
The theater was opened in 1949 and the building is still a cinematic treasure.
Hollywood in the 50s was fascinated with the Dark Continent Africa and especially with Kenya. It is most likely that Bartlett became fascinated with the country as well while showing movies such as “The African Queen,” “King Solomon’s Mines” and especially “Mogambo,” a movie about a white hunter (played by Clark Gable) in Kenya.
“Ray Bartlett was a hunter,” Dunn said. “He loved to hunt. When he and his friends went on that big safari in 1960, the aim of it was to go hunt something new and different and see Africa as well.”
Bartlett returned to Artesia as a king, an honorary one that is. According to Dunn, Bartlett and his fellow hunters had joined Masai tribesmen while on safari. When he killed a lion, the Masai honored him with this title.
Bartlett brought back the hide and other trophies, including a Masai tribal shield and spear, jewelry and carvings of animals, which are part of the art collection given to the museum.
“It is a really nice rounded exhibit,” Dunn said.
It seems though that Bartlett’s wife was not very happy. “We have a copy of the newspaper article when the Bartletts first returned home,” Dunn said.
“It’s Ray and his wife Helen in front of this leopard skin and she is looking very unhappy. You can tell she wanted that skin to make a leopard coat out of it, but he wouldn’t let her have it. She’s mad.”
Many Artesians who are in their 50s or older remember the collection. The Bartletts opened their home to the schoolchildren. During the tours, Bartlett would talk about his adventures and show slides, reliving his safari that made him king of the Masai tribe.
Dunn and the museum are looking for local historic collections and items of historic value.

“It is sad, so many times now, you see people selling on eBay and make that $10 or $20,” Dunn said. “I don’t blame them, times are tough. But I wish they would think of us and the big picture to save it for future generations.
“Not everything is suitable for our collection, but we let people know. If they want it back, we can do that, or we can find a museum home for it,” Dunn said.
The staff of New Mexico’s museums are very close and communicate with each other.
“We had stuff turned over to us, like the Las Vegas Rough Riders Museum has done,” Dunn said. “They found stuff from Artesia in a file and turned that over to us.”
Dunn has also started a Facebook page with unique content. Every week, a photo is uploaded as part of “Faces of Artesia.”
“When we first started our museum’s Facebook page, I wanted to do something historical, obviously,” Dunn said. “There had already been so many Facebook pages and websites that have historic photos of the town. People have seen those. We did those for Artesia MainStreet for a long time.
“I wanted to do something a little different than more pictures of Main Street and buildings,” she said. “That’s when I thought, let’s do people and tell their story. That’s why we’re doing that.”
This idea has been well received in the community. Occasionally, a person’s photo is posted with no information. “We had photos identified for us by people in the community or people from really far away that just saw it or it was shared. We had some good luck,” Dunn said.
The next exhibit of the AHMAC will be in September, the annual Artesia Quilters Guild Show. Dates will be posted on its Facebook page.
AHMAC, located at 505 W. Richardson Ave., is open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. On Saturdays, they are open from 1-5 p.m.
For more information, visit artesianm.gov/154/Museum-Art-Center, like its Facebook page or call 575-748-2390.
Vision Editor Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.

Carolyn Jean Alexander (Schneider)

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Carolyn Jean Alexander (Schneider) passed away peacefully on May 31, 2017, at the age of 93. She was born in Thomson, IL on October 10, 1923 to Robert L. and Lillian W. Fuller. She was raised in Freeport, IL, and was wed to James Rideout Schneider on February 14, 1944. Soon after the wedding James was shipped-out with the US Navy to contribute to the war effort during WWII. They moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1946 when James accepted a job with Mountain States Telephone Company after being honorably discharged from the service. They moved to Roswell, NM in 1961 when Jim was transferred there for a new supervisory position with the company.
Carolyn Jean was devoted to the Lord and enjoyed church gatherings and Bible study. She had a lifelong love of music, possessed a beautiful soprano voice and was an enthusiastic church choir member and eventual director. Gospel music and hymns were particular favorites. She danced to the big bands in Chicago in the ‘40s and survived the ‘60s British music invasion that landed firmly in her household. She was an accomplished homemaker and gracious hostess to family and friends. Her pies, cookies and cakes were enthusiastically received on the days she devoted to baking. She raised three boys in an atmosphere filled with love, who compare their home life to the popular TV series “Leave It to Beaver.” All of the holidays were big events, celebrated with an air of excitement and fun. She held several jobs in various retail establishments through the years, until eventually becoming the New Mexico Chaves County magistrate court clerk during the ‘70s. She greeted the public, arranged the court docket for the judges and basically organized the busy office into a well-oiled machine during her 13-year tenure. She loved automobiles and was a good driver/rider, always up for a vacation road adventure or a trip to the grocery store. She was active in local and national politics, which were often discussed around the dinner table.
In 1980, Carolyn Jean married E.R.”Dick” Alexander, who was a genuine gentleman cowboy. Together they ran a successful business breeding Brangus cattle and produced some award-winning stock. She loved all animals and a long series of lucky dogs and cats shared her life. One particular highlight for her was helping to save a new-born calf by taking it into the house and lavishing warmth and care on it after a difficult, cold winter birth. A gift from Dick, “Brandy” became her beloved pet and was one of her favorite memories from those years.
Carolyn Jean was an avid reader and particularly favored biographies of famous people.
She is survived by her sons James Allen of Albuquerque, NM, Jon Robert of Hillsboro, OR, and Dwain Jay of Forest Grove, OR. She is also survived by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She made the world a better place, and her memory will remain in her family’s hearts forever.
Funeral arrangements are pending for internment at South Park Cemetery in Roswell, NM. A private family ceremony is planned.

 

James A. Berg

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Funeral Services for James A. Berg, a lifelong resident of Roswell, will be held Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Ballard Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Danny Sons officiating. James passed away July 14, 2017 in Roswell.
James was born on August 13, 1952 in Roswell, to Albert and Gladys Berg. James owned and operated Berg Welding & Repair until his retirement. James was a master mechanic that was trusted by many for the upkeep and repairs on their vehicles.
He is survived by his daughter, Bambi Nalley and her husband Keith and son Michael Berg and his wife Mandy, brother Jerry and his wife Ann and sister Judy Villeneuve and David Alexander all of Roswell, eight grandchildren, Dexter Ray, Quincy, Even Jay, Abigail Andrade, Kailee Seely, Addison Seely, Chanda Nalley and Marshall Nalley and three great-grandchildren, Solomon Andrade, Noah Andrade and Blair Bethany.
Pallbearers are listed as Dexter Ray, Quincy, Even Jay, Chris Villeneuve, Chad Villeneuve, Milton Harper and Honorary Pallbearer Mark Goldston.

 

Rev. Edward John Richmeyer

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On July 14, 2017, God called home one of his most faithful servants, Rev. Edward John Richmeyer. We know he will be greeted in heaven with a love by his wife, Dawn Stapleton Richmeyer, who has been patiently waiting for him since 1996. Ed and Dawn were married on June 28, 1953 in Buffalo, NY. They were blessed with four children, Lynn, Lori, Timothy and Michelle during their 43 years of marriage.
Pastor Ed was born on September 26, 1930 in Buffalo, New York, the only child of Sylverius Edward Richmeyer and Anne Donnelly Richmeyer. He was baptized on October 12, 1930, beginning his lifelong journey in faith.
He graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Because of this education, he was called and served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, from September 14, 1954 to September 13, 1956. After his military service, he and his family moved to Sacramento, CA, where he worked as an engineer for Aerojet testing rockets. In time, he felt a greater calling for service and, on August 7, 1966, was ordained as a minister by the Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, IL. Pastor Ed devoted his life to serving God as a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church pastor. He began serving this ministry after graduation at the Faith Lutheran Church in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. In 1968, he and his family moved to New Mexico where, for the next 27 years, he would faithfully serve the congregations of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Silver City and the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Deming, retiring in 1995.
In retirement, Pastor Ed and Dawn moved to Roswell, NM in 1996. After the passing of his beloved wife, Dawn, Pastor Ed continued his life of service as a volunteer chaplain for Hospice of Roswell for eight years. In time, Pastor Ed moved to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Alan, in Katy, TX, where he was surrounded in love from his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on a daily basis. Pastor Ed was a member of Memorial Lutheran Church, in Katy, Texas where he continued to witness his faith.
While serving God and his flock was his primary calling, Pastor Ed also had a passion for painting and his children are grateful that they have his artwork to enjoy. Pastor Ed also enjoyed reading, which he shared with all of his children. As a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. he was always loving, supportive and understanding. His sense of humor will be missed.
Pastor Ed is survived by his children, Lynn & Mario Cordova of Lubbock, Lori & Alan Bishop of Katy, TX, Timothy & Shannon Richmeyer of Palm Bay, FL, and Michelle Demetrius of Lubbock, TX; Grandchildren, April & Patrick Ramsey of Katy, TX, Scott & Melissa Bishop of Katy, TX, Gideon Demetrius of Portland, OR, and Gwen Richmeyer of Portland, OR; and by his great-grandchildren, David Bishop, Daniel Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop, and Sean Ramsey; as well as other loving family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Memorial Lutheran Church in Katy, with Rev. John M Davis, Jr. officiating. Graveside services will be held at a later date in Roswell, NM.
In honor of Pastor Ed’s prior service, those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the hospice organization of your choice.

 

Lillian Wynelle English Hickson Crow

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Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Lillian Wynelle English Hickson Crow, age 90, of Roswell who passed away Monday, July 17, 2017.
A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Jose “Manzo” Lara

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Jose “Manzo” Lara passed away on July 15, 2017 in Reeves County, Texas. A visitation will be held at Ballard Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 19 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a Rosary to follow. A Mass will be conducted at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at South Park Cemetery.

Coming together for music, youth; Local artists join together to perform a benefit concert on July 29 to support a new recording studio at The Unity Center

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From left, Bobby Garcia and Hank Sisneros are planning to have two rooms at The Unity Center built into a recording studio. (Christina Stock Photo)

There is not a lot to do for older teenagers or young adults in Roswell. It is worse for young people if they come from a low-income environment with broken families and high unemployment.

Hip-hop/rap artist Psycadellic is going to perform for the first time at the benefit concert at The Unity Center. (Submitted Photo)

The Unity Center is one of the few places that provides a safe, drug- and alcohol-free environment. They hold gaming tournaments, have free games on site and throughout the year are the hosts of low-cost concerts of all kinds of music genres.
Next plan for the center is to have its own recording studio to help artists who are just starting out or don’t have a large budget. On average studio time can costs $500 and up according to Hank Sisneros. Sisneros is the singer for the band Amy’s Not Breathing.
“I had a vision to build a sound studio here for the last five years,” Bobby Garcia said. Garcia is the manager of the nonprofit center. “I needed the right people to help with this.”
Garcia found the right help in Sisneros.
“I want good enough equipment, a good enough sound,” Sisneros said. “We don’t want to spend too much money. We want to get really professional equipment, because there are many musicians in Roswell that need to be heard, that don’t come to shows. As for technology, I need something that is easy to use and also has good sound and engineering.”
“Roughly, we are thinking $5,000 – $8,000 that we want to put into it,” Garcia said.
Part of the project is rebuilding two rooms at The Unity Center.
“Ernie Romero Construction are donating their time and material,” Sisneros said. “We are putting a window in the middle (of the rooms) because both rooms will be part of the studio. One will be the control room, one will be the actual studio.”
“We are pretty excited about him helping out with this,” Garcia said.
To get the money, Garcia is hosting a benefit concert at The Unity Center.
One of the musicians performing is Psycadelic. He is exactly the kind of musician that Garcia and Sisneros want to encourage with the new studio.
Behind Psycadellic — which is on purpose misspelled for better identification — is a young Roswell family man and hip-hop/rap musician, Raymond Espinoza.
Espinoza’s music style has deep roots in the old school of rap and hip-hop.
“I like the older rap compared to the newer generation,” Espinoza said. “In our days it’s just money, women and drugs. It’s bad.”
Roswell is Espinoza’s home, ever since he moved here from Denver, Colorado, as a child.
“I went to a few elementary schools because I was raised in a tough family, bad situation,” Espinoza said. “I went school-to-school elementary-wise; I went to Mesa Middle School, I went to Goddard High School and then University High School. I graduated from University High School in 2012.
“It was kind of difficult. I didn’t have support from anyone family-wise, I didn’t have anyone to look up to or as a role model. I kind of figured it out by myself. Observing and taking it, putting it into perspective and decided for myself, I didn’t want to live the way I have seen other people live. I didn’t want that life. Because I knew one day I’d have my own family and I didn’t want them to be around that.

“This is going to be my first performance,” Espinoza said. “I am new to music. I always had the passion for it, deep down inside of me. Music is in everyone actually. Creativity is in everyone. You got to put that out there. You got to be you and not care what everybody else is thinking and just do it. This will be my first performance. I am excited.
“I know a lot of people tend to not like my music because it does have a deeper meaning to it,” Espinoza said.
Listening to his songs, one can hear the struggle of Espinoza’s life reflected. Most of his songs have double meanings that only insiders in the scene can really understand. On the surface it looks as if it glorifies drug use, but the real message is about the ugliness and desperation. The words are raw and pointing out the dark side of Roswell.
“I want to keep them (young people) away from it.” Espinoza said. “I did this so you don’t do it. Learn from that; I teach you all that so you stay away from it.
“There are some things I want to point out,” Espinoza said. “A lot of people try to ignore it. They don’t want to see that. It’s the scary truth. That is what hip-hop was created on; they try to expose what is really going on. I put some of it into my music. But I also put in stuff that is going on around the world. This doesn’t only happen in Roswell. It happens all over. I want people to hear it out. This isn’t something you just push aside. This is something we’ve got to face. Because it is going to hurt the future and generations after us.
“If you look around, children, teens in our days are acting and dressing like they are 20, 30 years old. It is sad. They are cussing, it’s bad. I know my music is a little obscene too (some F-words and rated R language),” Espinoza said.
Espinoza’s love for his family is very clear when you talk to him. “I got three kids,” he said. “One is 5 years old — my only son — I have a daughter that is 8 months and I have another on the way, due July 31st.”
Espinoza assists selling plants to earn enough money for his family. “It’s good, gardening is therapeutic,” he said. “I try to teach my son about gardening but he is little, he likes swimming and water. It is good to teach them when they are young. They are like a sponge. If you teach them the right things they are going to learn from those things and use them in their daily lives.
“Roswell is just a piece of the puzzle,” Espinoza said. “It is just downgraded. But Roswell does have a good environment. There are good people here. With my job, I am always out there. I meet new people every day, everybody is kind and friendly but then, there are days when you get the grumpy person and their negativity is just trying to rub off on you. You just need to say, ‘I got this. I am not going to become negative because you are negative.’”
Asked how he heard about the event, Espinoza said, “I have a friend that is really close to Bobby (Garcia), Picasso The Kid. He is a friend with Bobby and had a couple shows there. He introduced me. I’d seen that Bobby tried to do something good. He is trying to help the youth in a positive way. It just sucks, because a lot of youth doesn’t go there because they’d rather be with their friends doing dumb stuff.
I got in contact with Bobby because he posted on his status (on Facebook), he is looking for musicians and bands and artist to help with this benefit. I thought that would be a good idea for my first performance, to be helpful.”
Other artists performing are Examiner, Amy’s Not Breathing, The Houses We Die In, Beast Boii! Fin The Crazy Town King, J Killz & Zion50 and Neckwringer. It is a mix of known rap/hip-hop, rock and hardcore groups of Roswell and the region.
“Music brings a lot of people together,” Sisneros said. “That’s one thing I really like about this idea. To bring people together and give them a place where they can show their art.
Garcia and Sisneros are also open for old equipment donations from churches and radio stations. All donations are tax-deductible.
The event is for all ages and takes place July 29 at 6 p.m. at The Unity Center, 108 E. Bland St. For more information, call 575-208-8603 or visit its Facebook page.
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Vision editor Christina Stock can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 309, or vision@rdrnews.com.

 

Good times at the old Berrendo school; In an old Vision article Clarence Adams wrote on Oct. 3, 1997, Adams reminisces on his childhood life as a Berrendo student in the 1930s

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Pictured are the old Berrendo School remains. No date given. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

Clarence Adams was always one of my favorite local history story tellers and writers. He talked about his times growing up in this area and in the mountain country. Many of his articles were written with a bit of humor yet always truth and he always included the day to day life, of what it was like growing up here, in his day.
Following is an article I ran across that he had written for “Vision Magazine,” dated Oct. 3, 1997, reminiscing about the activities going to school at the old Berrendo school in the 1930s.
Hope you enjoy:

Pictured is an old Berrendo School class. It is unknown when this photograph was taken. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

Living in the Bitter Lake and Pecos River area during the 1930s allowed me to have some of the best times of my life, notwithstanding the sad time when my 2-year-old brother died from that terrible disease, diphtheria. That was hard to forget, and even today I recall how it affected me, my brother Jake and my parents. It was indeed a sad time. But I often heard my mama say, with tear-filled eyes, “It’s hard to bear, but God doesn’t make mistakes.”
Although bad times often came, there were some good times, too. I think of the two good things that I enjoyed during those years. One was when I was a cowboy, herding my daddy’s cows and the other was my being able to go to the old Berrendo School. Now some of you will say, “What, you mean you really like going to school?”
Well, I can only answer that one way. There was no other school in the country (or city either) that had the fun things that the old Berrendo Elementary had. And believe it or not, I learned “the three R’s” too. But that was the “topping on the cake.” I’ve often informed folks that I learned more during my years at Berrendo than most kids learn after spending 12 years in the city schools. And that’s no bull!
But we did other things at Berrendo, too; we had recess. It was a couple of times a day. And during those recess times we played games that you wouldn’t believe. We kids at the Berrendo didn’t have much in the way of recreation during our before-school time, or recess periods. We did have an old basketball goal post down on the prairie (playground), but every time a kid took a shot with a basketball, and tried to put a ball through the hoop (I don’t even think we had a net on that hoop) the ball would roll around, finally hit the ground and roll towards the creek.
Of course this is just what the kid wanted; now he could make a dash for the ball, then he’d soon find himself crossing the fence. (or crawling under) and oh, what a time he’d have, “down on the creek!” There was always plenty to do and see down there. The teacher would be lucky if the guy didn’t stay until time to go home. Then of course it might be ‘Katie bar the door!’ As some teachers-and parents –– my parents included –– just wouldn’t listen to excuses, if you had any!
Also, we played Kick the Can, Hide and Seek, Red Rover, Drop the Handkerchief, and a few others of those most exciting old time regulars. Some of us who were braver than others would sneak off to our cave that we had dug a couple of hundred yards from the school building. Here we also had an access tunnel that led to the creek. In other words, when we wanted to go fishing, we’d run to the cave and crawl down that tunnel to the river. So we kids at the Berrendo made do with those “thrilling” activities as they were about all we could muster in the way of games and sports.
And we played marbles. Now, for you who don’t know how to play marbles, let me tell you it can be fun. First, of course, you had to have marbles. There were big marbles, little marbles, agate marbles, crock marbles, “Tiger’s eye” marbles, “steelies” and several other kinds of marbles. And any kind would do as long as they were marbles.
I even made some marbles by rolling up some red Pecos River Clay, which I baked and took the school to use as “anties,” but when the guys shot into the circle and hit one of my clay marbles, it busted wide open, making red dirt in the circle.
Now in your bag of marbles you’d have a TAW, your shooting marble and you might also have a special marble to “lagg,” with. To lagg meant that a line was drawn some 10 or 12 feet from the circle, and each person who was to play the game used his special marble and tossed it toward the line. The “shooter” whose lagger marble landed the nearest to the line would have the privilege of being the first one to shoot at the marbles in the circle.
By the way, the circle to which I refer was drawn in the dirt, and was about 6 or 7 feet in diameter. Of course everyone had to “ante,” which meant he had to put a marble in the circle, and when each shooters time came to shoot, those marbles were up for grabs. In other words when your turn came, you did your best to shoot the marbles out of the circle.
Your turn was over when you missed. However, you could keep all the marbles you knocked out. This all sounds quite exciting, and it really was a fun game. The only bad part about it was that my mama insisted that playing for keepsies was gambling, and I would not be a part of it. She had a long salt cedar switch to back up her statement.
My brother Jake and I always looked forward to Christmas, and usually received the same kinds of presents every year. Among the usual gifts were Barlow knives, handkerchiefs, harmonicas, spinning tops, and marbles. I’ll never forget that one special year I attended Berrendo, because that Christmas in my meager presents I found a small bag of the most beautiful marbles you could imagine, and I could already feel “temptation,” sneaking into my evil mind.
I was quite proud of that little bag of marbles. I could hardly wait to show the guys at school and as soon as marble season began, I knew I would have trouble with my conscience. Why, in my bag was the most beautiful “Taw,” which was a little smaller than a ping-pong ball, then there were a Tiger’s eye, and an Aggie, (agate) along with several others –– perhaps seven marbles in all. I could just see myself cocking that big taw between my thumb and knuckle and knocking all the marbles out of the circle. I’d really “clean em out!”
But then I’d think about Mama’s threat, too, and I’d wonder if the punishment would fit the crime. It took me several days of looking on before I made up my mind about playing “keepsies.” Finally, (you guessed it!) I decided to play –– no matter what!
There were two or three shooters standing around the circle that fateful day. None of them seemed to be “hot shooters;” I figured I could play with the best of them. When I opened up my bag of new marbles, I could almost see envy in some of those fellows’ eyes. And you could hear “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” all around the circle.
“You going to ante them marbles in the ring?” several shooters asked. “You do and you won’t ever see ‘em again,” someone bragged.
“Well, I figger I’ll only have to put one in, because I’ll win it back with the rest of em,” I said. And all the time I was trying to find the sorriest looking marble in my bag for an “ante.” When I found it, I tossed it into the ring. Then I picked out a big marble to use for lagging.
“I’m ready to play,” I called out, kicking my conscience in the teeth and standing in line with about four other fellows.
When we lagged, it turned out that Peter Goldsmith’s (not his real name) marble landed right on the line, giving him the first shot. I guess I’d forgotten in former games how well Pete could shoot but he soon showed me. That guy took an nice looking “state of the art” agate out of his pocket, along with a piece of sheepskin. He laid the sheepskin on the ground, and, very delicately, placed his fist on that soft stuff. Then he laid that little sphere-which glittered like a diamond-on his knuckle and fore-finger, and ole Pete shot.
““Pow! Crack, Snap, Pop, snick, snack, bang!” and each time he shot, a marble “zinged” like shrapnel, landing a foot or more outside the circle. During the rest of the recess period Pete flat took all my marbles along with most of everyone else’s. And all the way home my conscience kept telling me, “I told you so!” Are you gonna get it! You lost your marbles! Your Christmas marbles, and you ain’t gonna get ‘em back!”
Well, I guess it’s none of your business as to what happened to me when I arrived home that evening. I figured I’d just walk in and calmly tell Mama what had happened. Maybe she’d just pass it off and not make a “big deal” out of the situation.
“Mama, I lost my marbles today,” I said, as nonchalantly as I could. I hurried on through the house, trying not to slam the screen door as I went out the back.
“That’s nice, son; I hope you had fun,” I heard her vaguely say, as though she wasn’t the least concerned. “Now run along and do your chores.” I suppose it didn’t register with her right away, as to what had really happened. She didn’t even look up from what looked like a bowl of cornbread she was mixing. (Cornbread and milk was often our table fare at supper time).

I had hardly reached the irrigation ditch in the backyard when the screen door slammed; I mean it really slammed! “You lost your marbles?! Well, you just get yourself back in this house, and I reckon you know what’s waiting for you!”
I won’t tell what happened during the next few minutes, and as I said, it’s none of your business anyway, but it wasn’t pretty. It not only hurt, but the harder she hit, the madder I got at ole Pete. And all the while I kept thinking about how to get even with that robber.
I tried to forget about losing my marbles, but I vowed that someday, somehow, I’d either get my marbles back from Mister Goldsmith, or get something equivalent. To make matters worse, every time ole Pete got a chance, he’d rub it in, and it got to be sort of a joke. Kids would laugh at me and say something like this: “Ha, ole Pete shore took you for a cleanin’ didn’t he? Got all your marbles?”
Well, to tell you the truth, he got most of theirs, too!
Winter rocked on; slowly, but surely the spring season eased in. But it was still a long time before school would be out for the summer. Well, about the time “kite” season arrived, “top” season came onto the playground, too; you know-spinning tops, the kind you use with a long stout cord, stretch the cord around the top until you get it “wound up,” then you throw the thing as hard as you can, and it unwinds, spinning like crazy –– if you throw it right.
In fact, if you throw it hard enough, you can split another top wide open. And what ole Pete and the other guys had never discovered was that I was known in the other circles to be the best top spinner in the country –– or city either!
So everyone started bringing their tops to school, and, of course, I brought mine. I had several, for I always received a top for Christmas, and I had accumulated a dozen or so good ones, too. And I hope you don’t get the word out that I was somewhat sneaky about those tops, but I usually bored a small hole in the center of my main “throwin’ top,” and pounded a piece of lead into the center. Then I filed the spindle down to its finest point. That made the top double heavy, and it had a razor sharp point. You can bet when my throwing top hit another top, that sucker went sky yonder!
As I suspected after we had smarted around, on the playground, showing off our tops, as well as displaying our skills, I acted as though I was pretty “green” about the whole thing. Then Peter G. and some of the other guys started hollerin’, “Let’s draw a circle and ante a top and play “Keepsies.”
Ole Pete looked at me and said, “You’ve got a good lookin’ top there, you got one to put in the ring?”
By this time all the guys knew that my mother was against anything that resembled playing for keeps. I also knew I’d get into trouble if she found out I played, but I just could not forget the marble situation. Ole Pete didn’t know that I was a “sharp top,” and I knew I was going to be the one to clean him out.
Well, we drew the circle, and I threw in an old top that had seen better days. Then we drew straws to see who would have the first shot at the tops in the circle. There were a half dozen or more in the ring and the guys who owned them were standing around waiting to get a shot. The game was like marbles; you had to knock a top out of the circle to be able to keep it.
Ole Pete had never seen me play tops before. I suppose he figured I was the fattest good with the top as I was with marbles. However, he soon got the shock of his life, and to make this story a little shorter –– let me tell you what happened during the next 15 or 20 minutes of that recess period.
I don’t recall who threw the first top, but nothing was very spectacular, and no one even hit the top. In fact, most of the guys’ tops barely spun. I could see that they were not winding their cords around their tops tightly enough, and the top landed in the circle all right, but it didn’t have the “zing” to it. I knew what mine would do though.
My dad had to come up with a heavy duty cord –– not one of your thin little twine strings, but a strong cord, one, that when I wound it tightly around my heavy top, that thing “would spin like nobody’s business.” (That’s a term my daddy used.) He had shown me how to aim that top and throw it straight and deadly.
So my time came, I was ready. I had a big button on the end of my top cord, and when I wound up my top, I pulled the cord until I could feel the button tight between my two middle fingers. I had already noticed that most of the other guys had spun their tops “right side up,” and I knew that any good top spinner must always aim at his quarry with his top upside down.
That’s just what I did that day, too. I started with the prettiest top, aimed at it, and let fly. My heavy top hit that beauty, “pow!” It shot out of that ring and landed across the prairie about 10 feet out of the circle. I secretly hoped it wasn’t damaged too much.
And so it went. “Bang, pop, pow!” It reminded me of a past event when I saw my marbles go skyrocketing out of that circle, ultimately going into ole Peter Goldsmith’s pocket. Needless to say, before the week was out, I had an impressive collection of tops; some nice new ones, some battered up ones, and some that would make good “anties” but not very good spinners.
There was one thing which kept preying on my mind; I didn’t have my marbles back –– my Christmas marbles. Then a sneaky little idea begin to take shape in my evil mind. So one day after I had “cleaned” them out, I told ole Pete that when we play tops, anything would do for “anties.” “It doesn’t have to be a top,” I said. “Any kind of old pocket trash will do, why even marbles would be okay. You got any marbles?”
Pete was quick to answer. “Yeah, I got a bagful in my desk; I’ll go get ‘em.” Like a shot, that ole boy went up the hill to the school house, and in seconds he was back and was tossing a marble into the ring. It just happened to be one of my Christmas marbles. Oh, was my mama going to be proud of me when she saw my pretty marbles back –– even my tiger’s eye, and my aggie, even my big taw!
Well, in spite of ole Pete’s enthusiastic spinning, he just couldn’t “hack it.” He had turn after turn –– as did all the other guys who dared to pit their skill against me. Most of the times when it came my turn to spin, I took someone’s top, marble, or whatever piece of “junk” that spinner might have in his possession. And when I finally took all my prizes home and hollered to whomever was in the house, “Hey, everybody, I got my marbles back, and I ain’t gonna play for keepsies anymore!”
You won’t believe this, but when my mama had me lie down across the old Apple box to land that salt cedar pole across my you know what, I swear I saw her grin a little, and when the thing landed, it wasn’t nearly as bad as the usual “bustin.” But, of course, the entire situation taught me that gambling, certainly didn’t pay.
And yet, maybe it did!
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Janice Dunnahoo is an archive volunteer at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Archives. She can be reached at 575-622-1176 or email at jdunna@hotmail.com.

 

Senator talks health care, early education during campaign visit; U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich has been at the post since 2013

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Eight-year-old Devin Earnest asked U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat from Albuquerque who is seeking re-election in 2018, how hard it is to do his job.

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-Albuquerque) tells a crowd gathered in Roswell Saturday afternoon at the Pecos Flavors Winery that they need to get involved in local political races and activities. His brief stops to meet with Democrats occurred in Carlsbad, Roswell and Ruidoso. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

“I think it would be hard not to do my job,'” Heinrich said to the 60 or so gathered Saturday afternoon for a Democratic Party of Chaves County event at Pecos Flavors Winery and Bistro on West Second Street. “If I weren’t there fighting for what I believe in … I would need therapy. … It’s not all about fighting. Sometimes working really hard is the thing that feels the best.”
The senator, who has served in his current seat since 2013, talked about early childhood education, the Republican health care bill and getting more Democrats into office at all levels. His only opponent at this time is Mick Rich of Albuquerque, a civil engineer and a consultant for the company he headed for many years, Mick Rich Contractors Inc.
Heinrich stopped in Roswell in the middle of a three-city tour that started in Carlsbad in the morning and was due to conclude in Ruidoso with a 2:30 p.m. visit.
He told the Roswell audience that they could help him by working to get people into state and federal offices who support the type of legislation and policies they support.
He was especially critical of Gov. Susana Martinez, who leaves office in 2018, saying important legislation has not moved forward because she “refuses to govern.”
“There is no policy that I could pass at the federal level that could be more important than what our legislature and our governor could do with early childhood education,” he said. “It is well past time that we took a sustainable portion of our (State) Permanent Fund, one of the biggest in the world, and put it toward making sure that when kids show up in kindergarten, they are ready to learn. … That is the biggest thing holding back our state today. When I talk to businesses in other parts of the country, they are making decisions about where to locate, where to open new locations. They care about workforce, and our workforce challenges start at the pre-K level. If you wait until kindergarten to try to catch kids up, you waited too long. We can fix that by expanding our majority in the state House and putting a governor in who actually cares about state issues.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Hobbs, has announced his plan to run for governor. Democrats who will run include New Mexico State Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces, former media industry executive Jeff Apodoca of Albuquerque and alcohol-prevention teacher Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe.
In talking about health care, Heinrich called the current Republican reform proposal a “tax-cut” bill, not a health care bill. The current proposal would rollback the Medicaid expansion provided for by the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and would allow insurers to offer low-cost, but also low-service, policies to some.

“I think it is very dangerous that we are allowing two Americas to emerge,” Heinrich said, “the haves and the have nots, the rural vs. the urban, pitting different parts of our country against each other. … If you are young and healthy, you get a cheap plan, but if you have a pre-exisiting condition, you are going to see your health care become completely unaffordable. We are in this together, and, if there is one thing we know about this country, it is that we always succeed when we are united.”
He said that he understands that there are problems with the Affordable Care Act that need to be addressed.
“Obamacare isn’t perfect,” he said. “The exchanges aren’t working in places where there is only one company. Nobody likes a monopoly. We need to fix that. There are a number of things that we can and should fix in that legislation. But this bill is not a health care bill. It is a … tax-cut bill and we need to kill it. There are going to be issues like that over and over again over the next couple of years and we are going to fight on those.”
Following his public comments, he said that he and others who oppose the current bill do have some ideas should the current bill not pass.
“The next steps are sort of to find the places where we can get some bipartisan legislation, something that doesn’t require a bunch of reconciliation, but could be done with 60 votes, both parties involved. There are lot of bits and pieces to that. We have to fix the problems of exchanges that have only one insurer, and that is something that Republicans and Democrats want to do.”
He also said that Democrats would work to fix problems that prevented people from getting insurance until after they were sick. He added that he also would work with Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, to end the so-called “Cadillac tax,” a tax due to take effect in 2020 on high-cost, employer-paid insurance that affects middle-class families.
Heinrich added that he is worried that the current health care proposal would harm rural hospitals, which agreed to cut their rates under Obamacare. The current proposal would roll back Medicaid expansion without restoring to rural hospitals the higher rates they were allowed to charge for indigent care prior to the enactment of Obamacare. “We could see some rural hospitals even close,” he said.
Rich, who was in Roswell Friday for a New Mexico Business Coalition luncheon, said that Heinrich was among the Democratic legislators who told people that their coverage costs would go down under the Affordable Care Act and the people would be able to continue with their previous doctors. He called the costs and difficulties of the current system “unworkable.”
“I don’t see Martin Heinrich stepping up to fix it,” he said. “I don’t see Democrats stepping up.”
He also said that he didn’t think the New Mexico early education funding issue was one that Heinrich should be concerned about.
“That is a state issue that needs to be decided at the state level,” Rich said. “If he wanted to direct our state’s governor about what to do about state policies, he is in the wrong office.”
Heinrich told his base of supporters that they need to become more active if they want to see change.
“I would implore all of you, find your niche. Get involved, whether it’s as a precinct chair, whether it’s actually running for the local school board, county commission. Find your calling, lean in, because this country needs you more than ever.”
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Redcoat knows the power of appreciation

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After 33 years with the Roswell Chamber of Commerce Redcoats, Hervey Gilliland prepared to receive a pin of acknowledgment during a luncheon in his honor at the chamber, Monday. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Into his 88th year of life, Hervey Gilliland has shown time and time again the power of gratitude and appreciation.

“I’ve had a wonderful and a full life,” Gilliland said. “All my life I’ve been so blessed. I’ve been fortunate to always be able to get a job.”
His first job was working for his father.
“I started out as a shoeshine boy for my dad’s barber shop,” he said. “They gave me all my supplies and I got to keep the money. I had to clean and stock the shop and make sure the barbers always had what they needed. A good week I could make $15. I was 11 years old, so it was about 1940.”
This job taught him the importance of presentation.
“I learned early that the more I popped that rag the more tips I could get,” Gilliland said. “I had a portable shoeshine stand and could do their shoes or boots while they were getting their hair cut. This was in Guymon, Oklahoma.”
In junior high, he got a job as a soda clerk at the drug store downtown.
“I remember the cosmetics lady made me a bet,” Gilliland said, “that she could tell me every day what shake I would make. I would put different flavors in it and she said she could tell ’em all. If she got it right I would pay for the milkshake, but if she missed one she had to pay. Every day after school I’d put in all the different flavors, we’d split the milkshake, and doggone if she didn’t get it right every time.”
He wasn’t one to stay fooled, however.
“Then I noticed that she had a big mirror on the other side of the room,” Gilliland laughed. “She could see every place I went to and every flavor I used. I told her we’d have to make a different arrangement after that.”
He did other work through his high school years. College was very much a continuation of the process of work and school.
“I graduated in 1946 and went to college at Panhandle A&M College in Goodwell, Oklahoma, just 11 miles from home,” Gilliland said. “All the farmers would come into town every weekend and hire the students to work the farms doing whatever was needed. They paid good.”
Set to graduate in 1951, Gilliland felt the pull of the draft and of Korea.
“The Korean conflict had started by then,” he said. “I was in my senior year and decided I wasn’t going to wait to be drafted into the Army. I wanted the Air Force. So in December, I went to Oklahoma City to enlist. They took my name and I passed my physical, but they put me in class 52G because they were booked.”
His father was unhappy that he might not finish college. Fortunately, that was not the case.
“I went back to college,” he said. “I finished out my college year and got my degree in May. In June, they called me to go to San Antonio for basic training. I worked in intelligence.”

After his stint in the Air Force, Gilliland took temporary work with the Post Office before settling in with the company in which he would build his career.
I got out of the Air Force in June of ’54,” he said. “There was an opening in Amarillo to work for Southwestern Public Service Company. I started out reading meters. On my first day, Feb. 19, we had a rolling black dust storm come in. I could hardly see to read the meters. Then, I saw a company truck pulling up to where I was and I thought they were going to take me back. But the truck pulled up and the driver gave me a pair of goggles and a cap to wear and said he’d be back at 5 to pick me up.”
That job took him back home to meet the love of his life.
“My job with SPS got me back home to Guymon,” Gilliland said, “When I took the books to the bank, there was a young lady working there. I saw her and fell in love the moment I saw her. She was the most beautiful person I had ever seen.”
Not one to be deterred, Gilliland devised a way to get her attention.
“She had to bring any returned checks back to my office,” he said. “She brought them in one day and as I took them I told her, ‘Thank you. We have a new policy. I need your name, address and telephone number.’ She looked at me funny and said that had never happened before. I told her, ‘It’s a new policy and I need the information.’
“That night I called her at home and said, ‘This is the new policy guy. I wondered if you’d like to go on a date tonight.’ She said yes. We married a little less than two years later.”
Marriage was good for Gilliland. Over the years he started volunteering and helping wherever he could.
“After three years I went back to Amarillo for a year,” he said. “I joined the new club there called the Kiwanis. Before I could start working with Kiwanis, I was transferred to Clovis as the chief clerk of accounting. I joined the Chamber of Commerce. I was on the board for the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, United Way and Rotary. I was in Clovis for 18 years and was named Rotarian of the year at one point.
“In ’76, they moved me from Clovis to Lubbock. There again I got into the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the United Way. I was on the board for the ballet and arts festival.”
Roswell was blessed with his family’s presence in the early 1980s.
“I transferred to Roswell in 1983 as personnel and safety director,” Gilliland said. “In 1984, I became district manager. I held that job until I retired in 1994. Over those years I was on the United Way board, the YMCA board, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. I joined the Red Coats in 1984.”
The Gillilands had planned to retire in Lubbock, but they fell in love with Roswell and decided to stay. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary here. Shortly after that tragedy struck.
“In ’08 we were on vacation and a big truck had two tires blow out at the same time,” he said. “It knocked us off the road and took the life of my wife. I took a while to heal up. My son made sure I didn’t have to worry.”
Even in remembrance of that tragedy Gilliland sought the memory of help, grace and blessing. When asked where he learned such a wise outlook, he credited his grandmother.
“I’ll never forget my grandmother Gilliland,” he said. “When I was about 10 or 12 we’d go up to visit her. As elderly and frail as she was, when we were leaving she would hug me until I’d lose all the wind in my chest. She would tell me, ‘I can’t begin to tell you that God loves you more than I can ever tell.’ And I believed her. I can feel that hug to this day. I know that I’m being watched and that she loves me, too.”
Features reporter Curtis M. Michaels can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.

Weather puts reins on horse show

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With ominous storm clouds rolling in, Tara Jones, 14, participates Saturday evening in one of the few classes of the Chaves County 4H and FFA Horse Show held before the event was postponed due to rain. The competition involving five local youth is now scheduled for July 22 at the Bob Crosby Arena at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)
Jacob Smith, 8, is the youngest of this year’s five competitors. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

State health plan discussion to occur

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The Raising Women’s Voices for Health Care Reform event will occur today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 2300 N. Main St.

The free event is sponsored by the New Mexico chapter of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights and will include a light dinner.

The discussion is about a draft plan announced by the New Mexico Human Services Department to renew the state’s Medicaid waiver, known as Centennial Care 2.0. More information is available from Lee Sides, 575-208-1562.

Week Ahead

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Monday
Roswell Museum and Art Center Board of Trustees, 4 p.m., Hunter Gallery, RMAC, 100 W. 11th St.
City of Roswell Parks and Recreation Commission, 6 p.m., Parks and Recreation Office conference room, 1101 W. Fourth St.

Tuesday
Chaves County Board of Commissioners, 9 a.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, #1 St. Mary’s Place
City of Roswell Ambulance Administrative Oversight Committee, 1 p.m., Roswell Fire Department conference room, 200 S. Richardson Ave.
South Park Cemetery Board of Directors, 4 p.m., South Park Cemetery conference room, 3101 S. Main St.
Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Commission, 5:30 p.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, #1 St. Mary’s Place

Wednesday
Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents retreat, 9:30 a.m., ENMU-Roswell campus, Fireplace Room, 52 University Blvd.

Thursday
City of Roswell Commission on Aging, 3 p.m., Senior Circle, 2801 N. Main St.

Regional development group gives five-year strategy

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Some of the top goals to develop the economy in five southeastern counties of the state have been outlined in a strategy approved by the Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District and Council of Governments.

The group’s board of directors approved a draft of the 2017-2022 comprehensive economic development strategy at its Friday meeting in Roswell. Only minor corrections and changes are expected following the plan’s adoption, according to staff.
The economic development group’s consultant, Hubert Quintana, said the plan for Lincoln, Otero, Lea, Eddy and Chaves counties had been developed after many public meetings and discussions with business and government leaders.
He said the region is known for its resiliency but wants to position itself for more sustainable and continual growth in future years.
“We feel that (resiliency) is something that this district is very good at,” Quintana said. “We have gone through booms and busts.”
According to the comprehensive plan, the dependency of the region on oil and gas, potash, agriculture and military funding has caused cycles of recessions and growth periods, but those established industries also provide the foundations for the region to continue to diversify into other business enterprises, including alternative energy, international trade and aerospace and aviation industries. Senior care businesses are also seen as an opportunity area.

The economic development group identified five top goals to spend its staff resources on during the next five years to help the region develop economically. These include strengthening, expanding and diversifying the existing economic base; improving the economic climate and economic development capabilities; enhancing educational and workforce training opportunities; improving infrastructure such as public facilities, industrial parks, regional transportation, affordable housing and communication networks; and promoting an “experience industry” that markets the region as a whole for its tourism and recreation activities.
According to data included in the report, the five counties had a total population of 278,304 as of April 2015 with an average poverty rate that year of 17.56 percent of the population. As is true of the state as a whole, the greatest number of job opportunities in the five-county region in February 2017 was for people with high school degrees or less education. Unemployment as of December 2016 ranged from 8.7 percent in Lea County to 5.7 percent in Otero County, with the average for the region being 6.68 percent. That compared to a statewide unemployment rate of 6.6 percent.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Marriage Licenses

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Robert Carl Barnes, Ann Marie Gonzales, 6/14/2017
Frank Michael Bennett Jr., Jessica M. Wiles, 6/13/2017
Jesus P. Vega, Maria E. Vega, 6/13/2017

Christopher Allen Padilla, Tiffany Villagran, 6/12/2017
Tyran l. White, Vanessa Leanne Coburn, 6/12/2017
Ricky Hernandez, Claudia Rivera, 6/12/2017
Kenneth C. Baker, Amanda l. Mason, 6/12/2017
Manuel P. Munoz, Yselia M. Jaramillo, 6/12/2017
George J. Jaramillo, Daniela A. Hernandez, 6/07/2017
Jose Arnero, Eliana A. Calvillo-Pinon, 6/07/2017
Michael S. Jennings, Yvonne S. Flores, 6/07/2017
Randall Ray Cunningham, Clara Garcia, 6/07/2017

Steven D. Colwell, Stephanie Jean Lindsey, 6/06/2017
Ramiro Gutierrez Torres, Teresa Aguirre, 6/06/2017
Harvey Salinas Javier Jr., Danielle Nicole McClain, 6/05/2017
Tyler Z. Henson, Kayla Christine Padilla, 6/05/2017
Joshua A. Pemberton, Makinley l. Fritz, 6/05/2017
Noel Rusnell, Rose M. Hernandez, 6/02/2017
Edgar Contreras, Destiny M. Pounds, 6/01/2017
Matthew S. Long, Amanda M. Paz, 6/01/2017
Beverly Ann Sharp, Carl Curtis Pevehouse, 6/01/2017
Joseph D. Ornelas, Hilaria B. Coronado, 6/01/2017

Coffee with first responders

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The Roswell Police Department will be participating in another Coffee with First Responders event Wednesday morning.

The event has been organized by La Casa Community Behavioral Health Services and will be held at the downtown McDonald’s at 720 N. Main St., beginning at 7 a.m. Other local first-responder agencies have also been invited by the organizer.

Local residents are encouraged to come visit with their police officers and other emergency responders. La Casa plans to have drawings for gift cards during the event.

Carolyn Jean Alexander (Schneider)

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Carolyn Jean Alexander (Schneider) passed away peacefully on May 31, 2017, at the age of 93. She was born in Thomson, IL on October 10, 1923 to Robert L. and Lillian W. Fuller. She was raised in Freeport, IL, and was wed to James Rideout Schneider on February 14, 1944. Soon after the wedding James was shipped-out with the US Navy to contribute to the war effort during WWII. They moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1946 when James accepted a job with Mountain States Telephone Company after being honorably discharged from the service. They moved to Roswell, NM in 1961 when Jim was transferred there for a new supervisory position with the company.
Carolyn Jean was devoted to the Lord and enjoyed church gatherings and Bible study. She had a lifelong love of music, possessed a beautiful soprano voice and was an enthusiastic church choir member and eventual director. Gospel music and hymns were particular favorites. She danced to the big bands in Chicago in the ’40s and survived the ’60s British music invasion that landed firmly in her household. She was an accomplished homemaker and gracious hostess to family and friends. Her pies, cookies and cakes were enthusiastically received on the days she devoted to baking. She raised three boys in an atmosphere filled with love, who compare their home life to the popular TV series “Leave It to Beaver.” All of the holidays were big events, celebrated with an air of excitement and fun. She held several jobs in various retail establishments through the years, until eventually becoming the New Mexico Chaves County magistrate court clerk during the ’70s. She greeted the public, arranged the court docket for the judges and basically organized the busy office into a well-oiled machine during her 13-year tenure. She loved automobiles and was a good driver/rider, always up for a vacation road adventure or a trip to the grocery store. She was active in local and national politics, which were often discussed around the dinner table.
In 1980, Carolyn Jean married E.R.”Dick” Alexander, who was a genuine gentleman cowboy. Together they ran a successful business breeding Brangus cattle and produced some award-winning stock. She loved all animals and a long series of lucky dogs and cats shared her life. One particular highlight for her was helping to save a new-born calf by taking it into the house and lavishing warmth and care on it after a difficult, cold winter birth. A gift from Dick, “Brandy” became her beloved pet and was one of her favorite memories from those years.
Carolyn Jean was an avid reader and particularly favored biographies of famous people.
She is survived by her sons James Allen of Albuquerque, NM, Jon Robert of Hillsboro, OR, and Dwain Jay of Forest Grove, OR. She is also survived by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She made the world a better place, and her memory will remain in her family’s hearts forever.
Funeral arrangements are pending for internment at South Park Cemetery in Roswell, NM. A private family ceremony is planned.

Arnold Eugene James

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Arnold Eugene James, 88, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, New Mexico. Viewing will be Monday, July 17, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Jim Bignell will officiate. Interment will follow the service at General L. Douglas McBride Cemetery which will be conducted by the Roswell Veterans Honor Guard. A tribute of Arnold’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On November 22, 1928, Arnold was born to Leoniel Artie James and Mary Jane (Mollie) Prentice in Electra, Texas. He honorably served in the US Army from September 11, 1952, to August 31, 1960. Arnold Eugene James and Ida James were married on August 14, 1987, in Roswell, NM. A retired rancher, Arnold worked as a fireman for 18 years at the Roswell Fire Department. Arnold owned Gene’s Backhoe Service for 10 years. He loved to hunt, fish and ride motorcycles.
Those left to cherish Arnold’s memory are his loving wife, Ida James; son, William Bradshaw and wife, Penny; granddaughter, Amy Jo Jones and husband, Morgan; grandson, Brian Bradshaw, great-grandson, Clayton Jones; nieces: Sherron James Price and husband, Johnny Price, Donna James; nephews: Gary Travis James and wife, Roxanna, Donald Eugene James, Terry James, Rodney James, Aldean James; great-nieces: Michelle Coombes and husband, Frank, Amber James, Breanna James, Dakota James, Sarah James; great-nephews: Gary Troy James and Fiancé, Courtney Porter, Kevin James; great-great-nephews: Brendan Coombes and fiancé, Amber Mackovich, Ethan Coombes, Travis James; great-great-nieces: Michaela Coombes , Acadia James; great-great-great-great-niece, Adalyn Coombes; sister-in-law’s: Sharon Chrisman, Louise Rhodes and husband, Aaron; brother-in-law, Lloyd Chrisman and wife, Jenny; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Arnold in death are his parents: Leoniel Artie James and Mary Jane (Mollie) Prentice; Clifford Lyle James, Troy Travis James, Leoniel Artie James Jr., Alfred Dean James, W. L. James, Charles Dana James, Wilbur Lee James and Dewayne James.
A reception will follow the services at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 915 W. 19th St., Roswell, NM.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Arnold by his family.

Samantha N. Wentzell

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Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Samantha N. Wentzell, age 61, of Roswell, who passed away Friday, July 14, 2017.
A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Martin Hernandez

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A loving husband, father and good friend, Martin Hernandez, 77, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Roswell, New Mexico. Viewing will be Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 16, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. A Rosary will be recited following the viewing at 7 p.m. The service will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Interment will follow service at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Martin’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On November 11, 1939, Martin was born to Demecio Hernandez and Isabelle Lopez in Torreon, Coahuila. Martin married the love of his life, Lorina Hernandez Sosa on January 18, 1977, in Roswell, NM. A devout member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Martin was a dedicated family oriented man. Before retirement, Martin was a skilled carpenter, hard worker and a good provider. Martin was a wonderful husband, a great father and loving “Papo” who enjoyed watching boxing and spending time with his grandchildren, he loved them more than anything. He had great character and always gave good advice to anyone who asked for it. Martin will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Those left to cherish Martin’s memory are his loving wife, Lorina Hernandez; sons: Martin Pedro Hernandez, Martin Licon and wife, Norma Licon; daughters: Librada Villescas and companion, Lito Gonzalez, Leslie Cruz and companion, Armando Miramontes; siblings: Natividad Hernandez, Paula Ybarra, Manuel and wife, Natalia Aguirre, Manuel and wife, Maria Aragon, Jose Luis and wife, Beatrice Hernandez; grandchildren: Eduardo Porras, Jr. Porras, Laura Cruz, Jahziel Licon, Giselle Cruz, Brianna Hernandez, Alyssa Hernandez; and six great-grandchildren.
Preceding Martin in death are his parents: Demecio Hernandez and Isabelle Lopez; and precious granddaughter, Annabel Franco.
Those chosen as honorary pallbearers are: Neo Sifuentes, Manuel Aragon Sr, Manuel Aguirre, Lito Gonzalez, Armando Miramontes and Luis Hernandez.
Pallbearers are: Eduardo Porras, Jahziel Licon, Juan Ybarra, Manuel Aragon, Jr. Madrid, and David Ramos.

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