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Donation expected to help Artesia police program

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The Artesia Public Safety Complex will house storage lockers for Narcan which will be used to treat opioid addicts. Artesia Police spokesman commander Lindell Smith says a donation by Concho Oil and Gas will provide the storage space. (Mike Smith Photo)

ARTESIA — A recent donation by Concho Oil and Gas is expected to be a boost to the Artesia Police Department.

APD spokesperson commander Lindell Smith says the $1,000 donation is expected to help move APD’s opioid antagonist program along.

“We want to be ready and we want to be to able to do what we’re sworn to do and to protect and serve our citizens,” he said.

Smith said APD received a state grant for Narcan, which is used to treat opioid addiction.

“We needed to have some storage solutions for that,” he said. “Because of the hot weather here and it is a scheduled medication, so it has to be under lock and key.”

Smith added the donation from Concho will be used for storage and security purposes for APD.

“That’s gonna help us out a lot,” Smith said.

Smith said the storage solution will help keep the medicine at the proper temperature and it will be readily available if it is needed.

“We have to do that or the medication is just worthless if it’s in a hot car,” he said.

Smith said the storage locker will be located at APD’s headquarters at 3300 W. Main. St.

Smith was asked if Artesia mirrors the nation when it comes to the opioid problem.

“We have not had any specific incidents that APD has been called to as far as opioid overdoses accidental or on purpose, illicit drug types that we can recall, but it’s a national trend and I think we would be kind of aloof to say that it’s not gonna happen here at one point or another,” he said.

Smith added, “to put it in the category that it’s probably coming…probably sooner rather than later, it’s better that we be prepared for it.”

“We’re not only talking about illicit drug users, we’re also talking about children that might get into medications,” Smith said. “Or we’re talking about police officers that search cars and find different substances and are overcome by them.”

Smith said that antagonist Narcan can be used on anybody, “if we see or know the signs of an overdose and it’s indicated, we give the Narcan. It doesn’t hurt if we give it, say for a few quirky side effects, but if we don’t give it, the person is not going to be breathing and that’s obviously an issue.”

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

Lucky ladies and gambling guys hit jackpot

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Front right: A beaming Julie Washichek receives standing ovations for her performance as Adelaide. (Christina Stock Photo)

Last weekend was the last performance of Way Way Off-Broadways comedic musical, “Guys and Dolls” at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Performing Art Center. The iconic musical depicts New York City during the roaring ’20s with underground gamblers and flirty burlesque girls.

The chemistry between the characters and perfect timed comical moments brought the audience on their feet giving standing ovations. One of the most outstanding performances were by Julie Washichek as burlesque performer and “forever-fiancee” Adelaide. Cydni Vandiver brought the audience to tears laughing, especially when she — as missionary Sarah Brown — accidentally gets drunk and starts to dance. A surprise for those who have followed Vandiver’s career as comedian came when she started singing. Both, Washichek and Vandiver, showed their talents in the duet, “Marry The Man Today.”

After announcing the upcoming show of Neverland Theatre Company and the Roswell Community Little Theatre, Tony Souza (Sky Masterson) invited interested performers to come to the auditions for “Peter Pan” at ENMU-R PAC on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 14 at 9 p.m. For more information, visit waywayoffbroadway.com.

Scenes from Dia de los Muertos

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Mariachi Unido of Carlsbad preforms Saturday outside the Dolan House in Lincoln during the fourth annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) honors the dead with festivals and lively celebrations, a typically Latin American custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism, brought to the region by Spanish conquistadores. (Mary Morgan Photo)

Stanley I. Broughton

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Born in Decatur, Illinois, on January 31, 1929, Stanley I. Broughton passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017. His father was Russell Broughton, and his mother was Mary Irwin. Stanley attended college at Stevens Point, Wisconsin, an Eastern Illinois State College. He then enlisted in the US Navy V-5 program in May of 1946. Stanley entered flight training at Pensacola, Florida, as an Aviation Cadet. Then he completed flight training in October of 1950 where he was commissioned ENS and pinned on Navy Wings. Stanley was assigned to VF194 at NAS Alameda, California, flying F40 CORPAIRS. He transitioned to AD Sky Raiders and was then deployed to Korean Waters on October 12, 1951, on board the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) and returned in July of 1952. Later, he reformed and retrained, then reported aboard USS Box (CV-21) about March 15, 1952, for Korean Waters (again). Stanley completed eighty-five combat missions from both Korean tours and received six air medals. He was transferred to Pensacola, Florida as an instructor in SNJ (AT-6) and T-28.
Stanley met and married Althea Jane Wilson on May 15, 1955. He transferred to VR-7/8, and was stationed in Hawaii on or about December 15, 1956. Later, his Squadron moved to NAS Moffett Field, California, where he flew the Super Constellation (C-121) for about 5000 hours worldwide. Stanley transferred to NAS Memphis in June of 1957, then to Washington, DC (Pentagon), and later to Atlanta, Georgia, where he retired on April 1, 1973, as a Capitan USNR. He arrived in Montana on April 3, 1973, and resided at several locations in the Livingston area. His second career was guiding for BLAC Otter Guide Service for about twenty years and helped on several ranches, where he took up team roping, which became a vocation for the rest of his life. Stanley owned and roped several good horses, including a mule named Sadie. As an animal lover, Stanley also owned several dogs, over the years, and loved and respected all of his critters.
Stanley was preceded in death by his wife of forty years, his son Tom, father, mother, stepmother and brother.
He is survived by a granddaughter and her mother of Talen, Oregon, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Stanley by his family.
Celebrate Stanley’s life by visiting andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for his family.

Gloria Rosas

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Gloria Rosas, 64, falleció Domingo, 29 de Octubre de 2017, en Roswell, Nuevo México. La Visita será en la Funeraria Anderson Bethany, Martes, 31 de Octubre de 2017, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, con un Rosario al seguir a las 6 :00 PM. Los Servicios Fúnebres se llevarán a cabo en la Iglesia Católica de San Juan Bautista, Miércoles 1 de Noviembre a las 2:00 PM, continuando con su sepultura en el cementerio de South Park. Un homenaje de la vida de Gloria puede ser encontrado en www.andersonbethany.com donde puede dejar recuerdos y expresiones de condolencia a su familia.
Gloria nació de Manuel Rosas y Amalia Rosas el 5 de Febrero de 1953, en Durango, Chihuahua, México. Ella fue una mujer muy fuerte que luchó contra su enfermedad durante muchos años. Le encantaba estar rodeada de sus seres queridos y pasar tiempo con ellos. La familia al igual que amistades extrañarán a Gloria y siempre la llevarán en sus recuerdos y corazones.
Aquellos que se quedan para guardar la memoria de Gloria son sus hijos: Roberto Ramos, Ruben Ramos, Rafael Ramos; hijas: Kimberly Ramos, Rosio Ramos; nietos: Iamil, Rodrigo, Abigail, Ruben, Edgar, Renata, Rodrigo, Karime, Kinari, Kayla, Damarys, Marianna; hermanos: Hilario Rosas, Miguel Garcia; hermanas: Hilda Rosas, Delia Marín, Julia Rosas; y preciosos gatos: Mocho y Bicho.
La proceden en muerte su esposo, Rafael Ramos; mama, Amalia Rosas; abuelos: Manuel Rosas y María De La Luz Rosas; y sobrinos: Enrique Marín, y Saul Garcia.

Betty Sue Worley

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Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Betty Sue Worley, 88, who passed away Monday, October 30, 2017 in Roswell. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Anne Peterson Betchie

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Anne Peterson Betchie, age 89, of Roswell, NM passed away Saturday, October 28, 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.

James Mayberry

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James Mayberry, 72, passed away in Roswell, NM, on Friday, October 27, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. A further announcement will follow when arrangements are finalized.

Nancy Viola Hardcastle

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Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Nancy Viola Hardcastle, 65, who passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Roswell. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Welcome to the 8-Man free-for-all

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“I’m happy.”

Those are the words Gateway Christian School head football coach Shaun Wigley used to describe his team’s return to the 8-Man playoffs.

The Warriors ended the regular season Friday night in Cloudcroft with a 58-8 win over the Bears.

“We got a big win Friday, that’s the best we looked all year,” Wigley said of the Warriors bagging the Bears.

Gateway(4-3) takes on Albuquerque Menaul(5-4) in the opening round of the playoffs Friday at 7 p.m. at Warrior Stadium in Roswell.

The Albuquerque Menaul Panthers ended the regular season with 38-12 loss to fellow Duke City school Foothill.

The Warriors are the no. 7 seed in the playoffs, while the Panthers are no. 10. The winner faces the no. 2 seed Mountainair in the quarterfinals next week.

Melrose, the defending 8-Man state champions are the no. 1 seed and will face either Cloudcroft or Carrizozo next week in the quarterfinals.

The Bears are the no. 8 seed and the Grizzlies are the no. 9 seed and will square off in Cloudcroft Friday at 7 p.m. Both of those schools are in District 3 along with Gateway.

Two other District 3 schools are off this week. Mesilla Valley Christian is the no. 3 seed in the tournament. The Son Blazers face either Foothill or Logan.

The Falcons check in at no. 6 and the Longhorns are no. 11 in the playoffs. Both teams face off at 1 p.m. at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque.

The final team from District 3, Tatum is the no. 4 seed in the tournament and will play either Dora/Elida or Pinehill.

The Coyotes are the no. 5 seed in the tournament and the Warriors are the no. 12 seed. Kick off in Dora is Friday at 7 p.m.

Wigley said District 3 is,”one of the toughest toughest district’s in 8-Man. We have always known if you can win district you can make it to state.”

Even though Mescalero Apache High School will be staying home, Wigley said the Warriors were in the hunt for the playoffs.

Hagerman Lady Bobcats Back-to-Back XC champs

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Hagerman sophomore Cerria Lucero runs a time of 19:37 on her way to the district championship. (Submitted Photo)

This past weekend, the District 3/4 class A/AA Cross Country District Championship was held at Gateway High School. Teams in attendance were Cloudcroft, Elida, Gateway, Hagerman, Jal, and Mescalero.

The Hagerman Lady Bobcats defended their cross country district title, scoring a total of 25 points. 5 of the Lady Cat runners received top ten honors for the meet. Sophomore Cerria Lucero was the overall District Champion of the meet running a time of 19:37. Paige Hoppes came in 3rd Place (21:50). Emily Hoppes 4th (22:17), Linda Barraza 9th (23:14) Rheawna Sherwood 10th (23:35). The five, along with teammates Leandra Tarango and Bethaney Barela will get the chance to compete for a team title at the State Championships in Rio Rancho on Nov 4.

In the Men’s division, the Hagerman Bobcats were the district runner-ups with two athletes receiving top ten honors. Junior Martin Flores was the overall District Champion running a time of 16:24. 8th-grader Roberto Delacruz placed 10th with a time of 18:55. The two qualified for the state championships as well as teammates, Elijah Garcia, Justin Barker, Eric Medrano, and Chris Reyes.

Roswell Aces win Halloween Scream tourney

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The Roswell Aces won the championship at Halloween Scream Tournament in El Paso, Tx. Pictured, top from left, are Isaac Loya, Hector Salvarrey, Sylvester Lomelli, Bryce Sanchez, Ivan Miramontes and Luke Bogle. Bottom, from left, Ross Stokes, Richard Gonzales, Noah Lynn, Cinco Holloway, Eli Lynn. (Submitted Photo)

Homelessness in Roswell is serious

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Thank you for enlightening your readership on the seriousness of Roswell’s homeless population.

It’s not a simple problem nor is the solution simple.

Many issues must be addressed as Roswell moves forward in providing a safer environment and shelter for all its citizens.

For anyone not aware or informed of Roswell’s homeless population or bridge community from all age groups, it’s been and still is a serious situation.

Diane Taylor
Roswell

RPD response to Leadingham scuffle

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As a follow-up to the recent story about an altercation Dr. Ken Leadingham had with a man believed to be homeless, and considering the story was based primarily on Dr. Leadingham’s description to the newspaper, including complaints about the Roswell Police Department’s response to and handling of the incident, RPD would like to note the following.

• When the call came into dispatch, officers responded to the area within minutes, and first searched the area looking for a fight or other physical altercation they believed could possibly be continuing. After ensuring there was no further incident taking place that required intervention to prevent someone from getting hurt or required medical attention, officers then began making contact with Dr. Leadingham and others from his office.

Those contacts took place less than 15 minutes after the original call came in to dispatch.

• The calling party from the doctor’s office who made the initial call to report the incident, as well as other related calls that followed, refused to provide dispatchers with requested information about the incident, so officers had limited details about what they may be responding to.

• At the scene, Dr. Leadingham was uncooperative with and dismissive of officers who were attempting to find out information about what happened as they began to investigate. At one point, Dr. Leadingham told an officer he did not want the officer on his property.

• The RPD investigation of this incident includes statements from witnesses in the area who saw the altercation. Certain witness statements conflict with the account of the incident given by Dr. Leadingham.

• The incident report and body-cam video footage from the officers who responded to this incident contain no indication of Dr. Leadingham offering to provide to RPD any video surveillance recordings from his building.

• In total, three officers, one detective and a sergeant responded to this incident.

• This remains an open investigation. RPD will continue to work to determine an accurate account of what occurred and to identify and locate any suspect involved.

Todd Wildermuth
Public information officer
Roswell Police Department

Editorial cartoon 10-31-17

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(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

Author, historian to present in Roswell

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Lynda Sánchez teaches Garrett Jorgensen of Albuquerque on how to use an atlatl, which is a tool that uses leverage to throw a spear or dart. Garrett is one of the youngest cavers and is part of the several “Strong and Light Team” members who have made it to the 12-mile underground point at Fort Stanton Cave. (Submitted Photo)

Author and historian Lynda A. Sánchez will hold a program and book signing called “From Bootleg Whiskey, Billy & Apaches” to a potpourri of legend and lore from across the sacred mountain. Sánchez, who lives in Lincoln, will bring show-and-tell items for her program about the little-known aspects of storytelling, legends and information about some of our region’s heritage. The event will be held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico, 208 N. Lea Ave., as part of the monthly Sunday Funday series.

Her program includes stories about bootleg whiskey, Billy the Kid and the Apaches to a potpourri of legend and lore from across the sacred mountain.

“Everything is interrelated. Some of it involves violence because it was a violent era, however there are many stories that involve humor and shared family values and work ethics that have been passed on to the ranching and farming communities surrounding the Roswell and Ruidoso areas,” Sanchez said.

During the program, Sánchez will hold a signing for her book, “12 Miles From Daylight,” which is about the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project and the Snowy River discovery. The book describes the various sections of the cave.

The cave is located between historic Lincoln and the village of Capitan.

For those who enjoy history and the vivid, colorful mosaic of geologic time, “12 Miles From Daylight” (Fort Stanton Cave and the Snowy River Discovery) will reveal an entirely different world for the reader.

Fort Stanton Cave, an extensive limestone cave, is the third-longest cave in the state and is important because of the discovery of the Snowy River passage, which was found to have flowing water during certain times. Modern-day speleologists (cave explorers) have been exploring its passages for more than 50 years and continue their explorations and study as part of the Fort Stanton Cave Study Project (FSCSP).

Team members are continuing the far south hydrological surveys on extended camp trips to Midnight Junction, so named because when discovered it was midnight during a 30-plus hour trip. The far end of Snowy River is at a place called 4:30 A.M. Junction.

A major facet of the FSCSP mission is to protect and preserve this area. They are just beginning to understand the historic usage of the cave by the local populace starting in the 1850s and before that, the Native Americans (Jornada Mogollon and Apache). Preserving this evidence is one of the FSCSP’s goals. In support of the strong interest of conservation of the resource the FSCSP is working closely with the Conservation Lands Foundation.

Fort Stanton Cave and the Snowy River passage mean different things to different folks, whether they are locals, visitors coming from far-away lands, caving enthusiasts or our Texas neighbors. At present, the cave is closed to the general public because of the white nose syndrome, a deadly disease that affects North American bats. It is hoped that in the near future tours will be once again allowed and permitted by the BLM.

Sánchez’s 150 stunning color photos have been selected from the FSCSP’s 50,000 photo archive. The book includes over 300 pages, maps, historic scenes, images of fossils and other delicate formations, indexes and appendices as well as a uniquely designed fold-out map of the entire cave.

 

Washington Avenue Elementary is 100 years old; Writer recalls fond memories of Roswell’s oldest elementary school

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The first Washington Avenue Elementary School, which opened 100 years ago in 1917. (Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico)

There is one block in a neighborhood in Roswell that has been hearing the sounds of school bells and the squeals and voices of children on the playground for 100 years.

How many children have gotten their early start of reading, writing, and ‘rithmatic from Washington Avenue School here in Roswell? How many teary mothers have taken their babies to school for the first time, to be separated from them, to start their journey of independence?

I was one of those mothers three separate times. All three of my children went through school there and we loved it.

How many principals have served at Washington Avenue? How many new teachers? How many lessons have been taught and learned?

It has been this way for 100 years now and will hopefully be the same for countless more. When Washington Avenue was first built, there was only one house west of the school building. When the original school was being built, America had been struck with a flu epidemic that took many lives, both locally and across the country. We were also in the throes of World War I.

One article I came across in the Roswell Daily Record, dated in February 1918, reads:

The new building is located in the 400 block on North Washington Avenue. The public is invited to attend a dedication service next Sunday afternoon. The program will begin at 3 o’clock and will be as follows: 1. Music America- directed by Miss Emma Pierson. 2. Invocation — Reverend Duncan 3. Presentation of the building to the city Mr. Claude Hobbs of the board of education. 4. Acceptance of the building for the Washington Avenue subdistrict — Mrs. WA Wilson, President of the Parent Teachers Association. 5. Acceptance of the building for the city — Mr. John H Mullis — Mayor of the City of Roswell. 6. Music — The Star Spangled Banner directed by Miss Emma Peirson 7. Benediction — Reverend Duncan.

Washington Avenue Elementary is the longest standing grade school in it’s exact location of all the elementary schools in Roswell.

As you can see in the photos, more than one building has been built in this location. The current building with subsequent renovations was built in about 1950.

I will share one story that I feel sure is among countless stories to come out of Washington Avenue Elementary. This is a story about our oldest son, Trevor, who is now deceased, but his stories still make us smile. He and a friend, Rusty Wyles, had gotten into some kind of trouble on the schoolyard at Washington Avenue and were both sent to the principal’s office. The principal at that time was Bill Rapp, a very beloved and long time principal of Washington Avenue. They had just come in to his office and been told to sit down and were starting to get a lecture when the secretary tapped on the door and told Rapp that he was needed immediately somewhere else in the building. He told the boys to stay there and he would be back and finish with them shortly. Well it seems Rapp was gone a little longer than he had expected. The boys were sitting and waiting and quietly talking about what their punishment might be. They spotted the paddle on the principal’s desk came up with a plan.

The ceiling in his office had been lowered, with the large fake ceiling tiles. Fearing the fate, that they might soon be facing, they came up with a plan. One of them quickly grabbed the paddle, and while the other stood guard watching, climbed on the corner of the principal’s desk and tucked the paddle safely away on top of the ceiling tile. They both quickly got back in their chairs as they were.

Rapp returned only to tell them that he better not see them in his office again for the same foolishness and dismissed them to go back to their classrooms. We wonder to this day, if Rapp’s paddle is still in the ceiling in the principal’s office.

We didn’t hear this story until about 15 years after the occurrence, of course.

How many more countless stories are out there about dear old Washington Avenue School, and the characters that were built there?

Happy 100-year anniversary, Washington Avenue Elementary!

Janice Dunnahoo is an archive volunteer at the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Archives. She can be reached at 575-622-1176 or by email at jdunna@hotmail.com.

Detention Center distributes overdose treatment; Officials say the kits are not just for inmates, but anyone who wants to protect others

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The Chaves County Detention Center has distributed all 40 kits in its initial shipment, says Clay Corn, administrator of the Chaves County Adult and Juvenile Detention Centers. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Chaves County residents are getting some help when it comes to combating the opioid overdose problem, a public health crisis responsible for the deaths of about 500 people in New Mexico each year.

The Chaves County Detention Center has joined a state pilot program for correctional facilities to provide Narcan to inmates upon their release if they want the opioid overdose treatment and will complete an educational session, regardless if they are opioid users or not. Narcan is the brand name for Naloxone.

“It isn’t just for inmates,” said Clay Corn, administrator of the Chaves County Adult and Juvenile Centers about the kits being distributed. “It is for anyone in the community who wants to protect elderly people in their home or children who might get into the medicine cabinets or pill supplies by accident.”

The opioid addiction and abuse crisis — recently declared a national public health emergency by the Trump Administration — takes about 91 lives each day in the United States, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the problem of opioid misuse costs the country $55 billion annually, including $20 billion in emergency medical and inpatient treatment costs.

New Mexico had the eighth highest drug overdose death rate in the nation in 2016, according to information presented by the New Mexico Department of Health at a 2016 public meeting. For 2013-2015, the death rate for opioid overdoses alone was almost 25 deaths per 100,000 population. Chaves County’s death rate per 100,000 population due to opioid misuse alone was about 11 in 2013-2015, with prescribed medications representing the largest number of cases.

Experts say that 60 percent of addiction and misuse problems nationwide occur with prescription painkillers such as codeine, oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl. Only about 30 percent involve heroin or other illegal substances taken alone. The other 10 percent can be attributed to a combination of illegal and legal substances.

As Corn points out, some overdoses occur when people take prescribed medication incorrectly or when children stumble across adult medications by accident.

In 2017, Gov. Susana Martinez signed several pieces of legislation meant to address what is often called an epidemic. House Bill 370 is the law authorizing treatment centers, first responders and detention centers to distribute Narcan.

Corn said Chaves County was the first of seven counties to sign up to participate in the pilot program run by the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, part of the Behavioral Health Services Division of the New Mexico Human Services Department.

“It has been very successful,” he said of the first weeks of the program. “All of the kits have been taken within two weeks.”

He explained that the detention center received 40 kits, with each kit having two doses of Narcan, in its initial shipment and has requested more.

Corn said he recognizes the need to do something about the growing problem in the area. Of about 270 inmates, 27, or 10 percent, admitted to an addiction issue, while staff estimate that at least another 10 percent probably have the problem but don’t want to admit it. Personally, he said, he is disturbed by an increasing number of pregnant women he has seen with addiction issues.

While the public might think that giving an overdose treatment is enabling drug use or suspected criminals, Corn points out a few facts.

First, the detention center will provide kits — as long as they have a supply of them— to anyone who comes to the detention center. Also, some inmates who take the kits will be doing so to prevent harm to family members, not themselves. Finally, he adds that he thinks the community should help those with addictions.

“They are human beings and part of the community,” said Corn. “We still care about what happens to them.”

He explained that he thinks the program is a “bridge” to reach people who might feel that they have an adversarial relationship with law enforcement or the justice system.

Along with receiving a kit and a prescription for Narcan they can fill themselves, inmates participate in an educational session that teaches them CPR, how to recognize the symptoms of an overdose and how to administer Narcan, which will not have lethal or long-lasting consequences if administered to someone who is not having an opioid overdose.

Corn said the informational session also encourages inmates to stay off drugs.

“The numbers will tell you that an inmate is 12 times more likely to overdose immediately upon release,” Corn said, “and we know why. They haven’t had access to drugs here.”

While Corn said he is pleased with program results so far, there is a problem. The legislation signed by Martinez did not come with sustained funding. The pilot program has a limited pool of money at this point, about $440,000, and a limited number of free kits to distribute, about 5,800. Corn said detention center administrators likely will have to obtain grants or ask their counties for funding to continue the program. The rising cost of Narcan is also a concern, with a single dose costing about $75 now.

While the funding issue remains unknown, the pilot program will allow Chaves and other counties to gather data about the extent of the problem and the effectiveness of Narcan distribution. Corn said a contractor will analyze the data from the Chaves County Detention Center, which possibly could aid in obtaining grants or other state money or in the development of other prevention programs.

Corn also said that he hopes the program can be expanded.

“My plan is to get the program into the juvenile facilities as well,” he said.

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

14-year-old has community support as he pursues agricultural interests

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The sheep readily come to Jesus Hernandez when he calls them at feeding time. One of Hernandez’ lambs won at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair this year and he plans to enter more in years to come. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

At 14 years old, Jesus Hernandez knows what he wants to do with his life.

“I want to do pipeline welding,” he said, “and I’d like to make a custom welding business. I want to raise 1,000 sheep and then I want to help out the 4-H kids.”

He’s off to a good start, too.

“I’m 14 years old,” Hernandez said. “I go to Mesa, eighth grade. I’ve been raising lambs almost two years.”

The first rule of animal care is discipline, and this young man has that.

“The first thing I do every morning is feed them and make sure they have water,” Hernandez said. “I give them hay and sometimes I let them out in the field. You gotta watch them. They’ll eat anything they find, like dog food.”

Hernandez’ father is grateful for the support his son has received.

“We like animals and we started buying them about a year and a half ago,” he said. “He owns these sheep. Andrea Pettit, from Hagerman pushed him to show them. She sold him his first 10 head of sheep. He goes to help her at her place, and he learns a lot from her.

“Mark Steen and James Duffey have been really kind and helpful to him, also.”

Mr. Hernandez said this is about much more than money for the family.

“This isn’t to make money, it’s for my son to learn,” he said. “We would like to maintain about 100 head of sheep. We’ve had 52 sheep at one time, but we had to get rid of some that were getting too old. We have 27 head now. We have five sheep that are about to have babies. One always has three at a time. We have Katahdin and Dorper sheep. The Katahdin is a lot taller than the Dorper. Both are meat sheep.”

The Eastern New Mexico State Fair has been promoting area agriculture for 95 years.

The Eastern New Mexico State Fair Junior Livestock Show had a successful showing during this year’s fair, boasting 1,547 entries from 443 individual exhibitors. Exhibitors came from 19 counties in New Mexico, the highest numbers of entrants coming from Chaves County (128), Curry County (51), Lea County (46), Roosevelt County (45), and Eddy County (40).

The counties of the remaining exhibitors were Cibola, Colfax, DeBaca, Doña Ana, Guadalupe, Harding, Lincoln, McKinley, Mora, Otero, Quay, San Juan, Santa Fe, Union and Valencia.

According to Cody Burson, the superintendent for the Junior Livestock Show, Ben Crist, a senior this year, stood out during the events. “He had the reserve grand lamb and the reserve grand meat goat. This was Ben’s senior year, so he went out being very competitive,” Burson shared.

Eight types of animals were seen during this year’s show, including 161 meat goats, 308 market swine, 277 market lambs, 94 dairy heifers, 52 market steers, 16 breeding heifers, 339 rabbits and 329 poultry. “This year’s fair was the smoothest ran fair that anyone can remember. I have to give all the credit to many volunteers,” said Burson.

At the end-of-week livestock sale, participants sold 109 animals, with 102 individual exhibitors selling at least one animal. The animals sold raised $448,700, with an additional $42,861 raised by individuals and businesses. The junior livestock sale then totaled about $491,561.05.

According to Burson, the biggest sponsors for this year’s event were numerous small businesses that continue to support the youth in the community in projects and educational pursuits. This year’s sale also saw a large increase over last year’s, but Burson stresses that success is not based solely on the sale.

“More importantly, the involvement of the youth and the quality of their experience they have in their agricultural pursuits at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair is a key indicator of success,” Burson said.

Jesus Hernandez has been involved at many levels of livestock care from earliest childhood.

“We sheer them once or twice a year,” he said. “We sell the wool, and we sell the sheep for meat or wool. I’ve helped my dad slaughter sheep and pigs to feed the family. Our first year, we had a wool sheep in the back of our yard. I was so excited. I wanted more and they were going to butcher it.”

He enjoys cooking them.

“I cook lamb ribs,” Hernandez said. “I put them in the fridge for two hours with sauce. Then I put them on the grill for three hours, then I put more sauce on them and put them on the grill again for a couple more hours.”

Along with working his lambs, Hernandez father said he keeps practicing his welding skills.

“He won some money at the fair for his welding work,” he said. “He made a horse head and an angel from horse shoes.”

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

Briana Hodge is a sophomore at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. She may be reached at brianahodge21@gmail.com.

Memory Lawn Memorial Park gets some much needed love

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Frances Brown cuts some weeds and other growth Saturday morning at Memory Lawn Memorial Park cemetery on East 19th Street. Paul Mason, in background, is also one of the mowers for the weekend clean-up project. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)
From left are David Males, New Mexico state president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a local area trustee; Floyd Turner, an Eagle Rider member; Paul Mason, state coordinator of the Eagle Riders; Tammie Mason, president of the Eagle Riders; Frances Brown, an Eagle Rider member; and Jim Dishman, Eagle Riders road captain. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

A group of local volunteers has devoted this weekend to making the earthly resting spot for many veterans and early town residents a better place.

The Eagle Riders, an internal group of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, often known for their motorcycles, are mowing the grounds of Memory Lawn Memorial Park cemetery this weekend. They also purchased and hoisted a U.S. and New Mexico flag for the white flag pole in the center of the grounds. Some of the areas of the cemetery has become overgrown with weeds.

“This is kind of the forgotten cemetery,” said Tammie Mason, president of the Eagle Riders, “so our group has decided we will help to take care of it.”

Memory Lawn, which continues to serve as a functional cemertery, is not owned, operated or maintained by the city. It has been in legal receivership since 2011 without a source of regular funding. Over the years, various options have been considered to turn over ownership to business interests and entities, including the city of Roswell. However, no deals have worked out yet, and whatever maintenance gets done is through the volunteer efforts of family, interested individuals and community groups.

The Eagle Riders has been visiting the cemetery about three times a year for six years to place flags on the grave sites of veterans, said Mason, and to do other maintenance work. The group also wants to purchase a new flag pole to replace the rusted one standing in the cemetery now, a project that will cost about $5,000 for the pole and the foundation in which it sits.

“We plan on doing that,” said Mason, “It is something we want to do, but we first have to raise the funds.”

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