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Invaders stay hot at home with series win; Roswell takes two close ones from Triggers; rubber match tonight at 7 p.m.

Roswell starting pitcher Darrell Thompson tosses one during the first inning of the Invaders’ 6-5 extra-innings win over the visiting Trinidad Triggers Tuesday at Joe Bauman Stadium. Thompson allowed four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and three walks in five innings of work. (AJ Dickman Photo)
After receiving a laser-beam throw from catcher Jackson Pritchard, Invader infielder Caleb Patterson catches Trinidad’s Tim Henry (6) trying to steal second for the third out of the second inning Tuesday. (AJ Dickman Photo)

The Invaders held on for a one-run win Monday night, but needed a couple small comebacks and an extra inning to edge the visiting Trinidad Triggers Tuesday night at the Joe.

Tuesday: Invaders 6, Triggers 5
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning Tuesday night, a wild pitch to Jackson Pritchard allowed Nick Stoll to scamper home for the 6-5 win.
Darrell Thompson tossed four scoreless innings against the Triggers before the Roswell offense backed him up with a three-run fourth inning.
Jackson Pritchard and Thompson drew walks before Mitch Elliot’s single to load the bases with two outs. A wild pitch brought Pritchard home before Nick Stoll singled to score Thompson. During Kaohu Gaspar’s at-bat, Elliot made it to home plate on another wild pitch to make it 3-0 Roswell.
But the Triggers answered in the fourth with a four-spot to take the lead. The Invaders tied it in the bottom of the frame when Pritchard scored on Kyle Peralta’s sacrifice fly to right field.
Both squads scored a run in the seventh, as Roswell again tied the game when Elliot was walked with the bases loaded, giving Bradley Cuyos the free trot home to make it 5-all.
Elliot and Miller were the only Invaders with multiple hits. Miller had the only hit of the 10th inning.

Monday: Invaders 9, Triggers 8
After winning two games and dropping three on the road at Alpine, the Roswell Invaders returned to the Mothership, aka Joe Bauman Stadium, for a Monday showdown with the visiting Trinidad Triggers.
The ‘Vaders took an early lead with a big seven-run second inning that included a grand slam by Bradley Cuyos, then held on for the 9-8 victory as the Triggers scored four in the fifth and three in the ninth.
Alex Dandridge got the win on the mound for Roswell, allowing five runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and four walks in 6 1/3 innings of work. Lance Fairchild finished off the seventh and pitched the eighth, allowing no runs with two strikeouts.
Toby Eigner came in to close the ninth, but had control issues, leading to three Trinidad runs. Devin Malone relieved Eigner, and didn’t look much better at first, but managed to get Justin Busekrus to put one on the ground for shortstop Caleb Patterson, who fired it home for the first out of the inning.
The good home cookin’ continued as Tim Henry hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.
Kyle Peralta went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Gavin Lavallee was 2-for-4 with a run scored, Bobby Webb was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Patterson went 1-for-3 with an RBI, run scored and a walk.
Cuyos, Ed Reichenbach and Jackson Pritchard each went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Pritchard also had an RBI.
The Invaders did most of the damage in the bottom of the second when Lavallee led off with a single, followed by one from Reichenbach. Pritchard reached base on an infield error before Dandridge was walked, pushing Lavallee home for the first score.
Another couple runs scored when Patterson took the base-on-balls with the bases loaded, followed by consecutive fielder’s choice plays.
Webb singled to load the bases with one out, leading to Cuyos’s slam to complete a seven-run frame and chase Trinidad starter Niko BlindEagle from the mound. The Invaders added insurance runs in the third and fourth.
The Invaders wrap up the three-game home series with the Triggers tonight at Joe Bauman Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Roswell teacher brutalized, autopsy shows; Body found near Vaughn sustained head injuries 24 hours prior to discovery

Maria Aragon

A Roswell teacher killed in early March suffered a brutal death, an autopsy indicates.

Maria Elena Tilton Aragon, 49, considered by family and friends to be a caring and compassionate person, an involved church member and a devoted educator, was beaten, stabbed and strangled, according to the official report by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator.
Aragon had been found off the side of the U.S. Highway 285 near Vaughn in De Baca County March 6, a Monday morning. She had been reported missing by her husband, Castulo Aragon Jr., about 11:30 p.m. March 5.
A Roswell Police Department spokesman said in March that the husband had reported that Maria Aragon had texted him at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday to tell him that she was going on a walk. He said that he had not seen her since.
New Mexico State Police searched the home that Aragon and her husband shared on West Alameda Avenue at least twice, both times shortly after the murder.
The husband said during an interview at his home following the second search that he knew of no reason why Aragon would have been in the Vaughan area that day. He talked of his love for his wife, saying that they had planned a first-anniversary trip to Cancun, Mexico, for April.
He also said that, at that time, he had not been told details about his wife’s death. He could not be reached for comment by press time.
According to the autopsy report issued May 16, medical examiners concluded that Aragon had sustained injuries “over a period of time” and said that head injuries showed signs that were “indicative” of having been sustained 24 hours prior to death.
In addition to being struck in the head, Aragon was stabbed several times, including twice in the chest, and was strangled. The report concludes that the strangulation most likely occurred by hand.
Having earned a master’s degree, Aragon was a longtime teacher with the Roswell Independent School District and the New Mexico School of the Deaf. She also taught Spanish at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center and was active in Grace Community Church.
Aragon’s survivors include her husband and teenage son of Roswell, as well as parents, a brother and other relatives in Mexico, where she grew up.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

Construction, closures and repairs, oh my!

Road crews work on South Wyoming Street Tuesday afternoon as part of efforts this week by the city of Roswell to repair portions of both Wyoming and East Country Club Road. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Wednesday, crews will return to Wyoming Street, with road closures expected between Bland and First streets. Thursday, workers will be on Country Club Road, with that road closed between Main Street to Garden Avenue. The city is working with Dustrol Inc. of Pueblo, Colorado, on a “hot recycling” and slurry seal method to repair the pavement, an alternative and less expensive option to the usual mill and inlay process, according to city documents. The project is estimated to cost $77,914 for the repair of 25,000 square yards of pavement.

Berrendo Cooperative water access problems attributed to leak


A leak in a water line is being blamed for widespread water problems experienced recently by members of the Berrendo Cooperative Water User Association.

“It’s just all of a sudden,” said Tammy Roberts, a Berrendo water association member. “We have a few drips of water around 7 a.m.”
Roberts said she did not receive a call or warning about the lack of water availability, but if there had been an alert, she said she would have been more forgiving.
Multiple water users expressed concerns to the Daily Record Tuesday about water access, especially frustration with not being able to take a shower in the morning.
Another member of Berrendo water, Gabriel Cobos, said he’s had barely enough water to wash his face.
“There is no water in the mornings, and evenings,” he said. “6 a.m. — no water. 8 a.m. — no water, and then barely any about 10 a.m.”
Cobos said he contacted Linda Livingston, manager of the Berrendo Cooperative Water User Association, seeking answers.
Livingston told the newspaper the 9-mile water system looping around Roswell had experienced a leak, although she added everyone in the water system has water.
“We did just find an 8-inch leak in the water line,” Livingston said. “These are just common occurrences that happen while running a city water system. I do have a problem and we are addressing it.”
Similar reports of low water pressure, or no water at all, were reported in March by Berrendo water users, particularly occurring late at night and in the early morning.
Livingston said at the time, the repair of faulty probes in the main water tank should alleviate the sporadic water problems reported in March.
The Berrendo Cooperative Water User Association, which serves 1,600 customers, has a new $6.4 million system that includes a new well and new water tank near Sixmile Hill, on the south side of Highway 70. The 9-mile water system with 47,000 feet of new 12-inch pipe allows the water association to pump water in both directions.


Weather creates deathly dust storm


Six people were killed and numerous others were injured in a 25-vehicle accident caused by a dust storm Monday on Interstate 10 in southwestern New Mexico.

New Mexico State Police responded to the multi-vehicle crash on I-10 westbound along the outskirts of Lordsburg at around 5:15 p.m. Monday.
NMSP public information officer Carl Christiansen said in a news release that the 25-car pileup occurred when hazardous weather conditions abruptly moved in, causing a dust storm that limited visibility within the area.
Police said six people were killed in the pileup, five at the scene and one who succumbed to injuries after being transported to nearby medical facilities.
The deceased were identified as Jose Manuel Clemente, 77, and Maurella Clemente Munoz, 38, both of El Paso, Jose Elias Caraveo-Serrano, 30, Susana Caraveo, 29, Julissa Caraveo, 9 months, all of Phoenix, and Josefina Silva, 47, of Escondido, California.
Police said numerous other people were also injured. Some were treated on scene, and others were transported to Mimbres Memorial Hospital and the Gila Regional Medical Center, authorities said.
The vehicles involved were commercial motor vehicles, passenger vehicles and motorcycles.
NMSP officers worked throughout Monday night to ensure that additional crashes would not occur. State police said they have been working in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Public Safety on further traffic control on scene and accident reconstruction.
The NMSP said given the topographical nature of the area, when high winds pass through, dust and debris pick up swiftly in the air, limiting the visibility to zero, often with little to no warning. Signage along the interstate warns drivers of this possibility.
The National Weather Service in Santa Teresa released a Hazardous Weather Outlook at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday in Lordsburg, warning that the blowing dust could pose a serious travel threat.
Police said I-10 has been re-opened in both directions. The crash remains under investigation.


Missing Corpus Christi hikers found dead near Carlsbad Caverns


The bodies of two missing hikers from Corpus Christi have been found by authorities near Carlsbad Caverns.

Searchers discovered the body of Robert Neal Pluta, 21, at around 10:05 p.m. Monday, about 2 miles northwest of the caverns.
Police said the search for his father was postponed until light of day on Tuesday, when, at about 11 a.m., the body of Robert Stuart Pluta, 57, was found about a mile from the location of the first hiker.
Both the father and son were avid, experienced hikers, according to family members.
State police said they were notified around 2:52 p.m. Monday by a Texas woman trying to locate her husband and son, who had not been heard from since June 14.
The NMSP said the woman, Lillian Pluta, had attempted to contact her family numerous times throughout the weekend unsuccessfully.
Authorities said Lillian Pluta then called the hotel they were staying, only to find out that the father and son had not checked out, and notified law enforcement.
The National Park Service said park rangers scoured the park’s roads, locating the hiker’s red F-150 truck at the beginning of Rattlesnake Canyon Trail.
A search and rescue was then initiated.
A search was also done at the hotel for indications of where the lost hikers could be, along with an attempt to locate them through cellular tracking methods, which police said yielded no results.
The multi-agency emergency search involved the National Park Service, the Carlsbad Fire Department, the Joel Volunteer Fire Department, New Mexico State Police, the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department, U.S. Border Patrol, and New Mexico Search and Rescue teams.
The park also summoned Air Methods for a helicopter to aid in the search.
The NPS said weekend temperatures at the park can reach 105 to 110 degrees.
The NMSP said the investigation is ongoing. The Eddy County Medical Examiner’s office is investigating both deaths.


Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge hosts open house

Bitter Lake National Willdlife Refuge hosted an open house Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Redcoats Kim Vasquez, Hervey Gilliland, Rhonda Johnson, Yukie Ebara and Stacie Carroll. Also pictured, from left, are Friends of Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Barbara Scheer, Floyd Truetken, Jimmy Masters, Jim Montgomery, Don Weld, Sue Briney and Steve Alvarez. (Submitted Photo)

Burglar gets away with $1,800 TV


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

Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Jackson Drive at 10:49 p.m. Thursday on a forced-entry burglary call. A tablet worth $80 and flatscreen television valued at $1,800 was reported stolen.

Arrests and arrest citations
Deantha Jennifer Morro, 38, of the 700 block of North Main Street was charged with criminal trespassing at 6:03 a.m. Friday.
Michael J. Silva, 25, of the 1100 block of South Virginia Avenue was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 9:45 a.m. Friday.
Anna J. Villegas, 37, of the 1100 block of North Delaware Avenue was charged with possession of marijuana at 1:32 a.m. Saturday.
Oliver R. Cerino, 26, at 96 West Eyeman Street was charged with possession of controlled substances at 9:11 a.m. Saturday.
Yalitza Annie Perales, 22, of the 1100 block of West Mathews Street was charged with possession of marijuana at 5:16 p.m. Saturday.
Jonathan G. Trujillo, 22, at the corner of 100 East Hobbs Street and Main Street was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:20 a.m. Saturday.
Alejandro Chaves, 35, of the 1300 block of West Seventh Street was charged with unlawful use of license at 12:07 a.m. Monday.
Brendan Campuzano, 21, at the corner of 10 Cedar Dr. and Juniper Road was charged with possession of controlled substances at 8:14 p.m. Monday.
Maria Inez Lucero, 58, at the corner of North Missouri Avenue and Second Street was charged with display of registration plate at 11:34 p.m. Monday.

Criminal damages
Police were dispatched to the 400 block of East Van Buren Street at 5:26 p.m. Saturday on a criminal damage call. An antique mirror, refrigerator, television, extension cord and flooring with a total value of $1,500 was reported damaged.
Police were dispatched to the 300 block of East Bonney Street at 12:17 p.m. Saturday on a criminal damage call. A door frame valued at $200 was reported damage.
Police were dispatched to the 1100 block of Marker Road at 3:16 p.m. Sunday on a criminal damage call. A mirror was broken and paint was scratched off a 2002 Ford F-150. Damages were valued at $1,500.
Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of South Union Avenue at 6:09 p.m. Sunday on a criminal damage call. Damages to a 2002 Chrysler minivan were valued at $250.
Police were dispatched to the 900 block of East College Boulevard at 10:52 p.m. Monday on a criminal damage call. Damages to a 2013 Nissan’s windshield was valued at $250.

Police were dispatched to 1100 block of South Main Street at 6:39 p.m. Friday on a larceny call. $100 cash was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to 4500 block of North Main Street at 1:32 p.m. Monday on a larceny shoplifting call. A PlayStation 4 Pro valued at $400 was reported stolen.
Police were dispatched to 900 block of West Second Street at 3:52 p.m. Monday on a larceny shoplifting call. Produce and miscellaneous products valued at $205.52 were recovered.
Police were dispatched to 4300 block of North Main Street at 7:19 p.m. Monday on a larceny shoplifting call. Three pairs of shoes valued at $174.97 were seized.

Vehicle theft
Police were dispatched to the 400 block of North Lea Avenue at 8:21 a.m. Sunday on a stolen vehicle call. A 2004 Acura valued at $12,000 was recovered.

Sylvester Raymond Harris


Sylvester Raymond Harris, 59, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Capitan, NM surrounded by his loving family. Sylvester was born June 7, 1958 in Los Angeles, CA to Robert Harris and Pilar Baca.
Sylvester is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Pilar Harris, as well as brothers Robert Harris Jr. and Albert Harris.
Sylvester had loved his family, especially his grandchildren, and always believed that family came first. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren camping, fishing, and 4 wheeling whenever the opportunity arose. Sylvester took pride in coaching and watching his grandchildren play sports. He loved NASCAR and WWE wrestling but his greatest love was for the San Francisco 49ers.
Sylvester loved helping anyone in need. He proudly served for 23 years as a member of the Capitan Volunteer Fire Department and served honorably in the New Mexico National Guard during the period in which the Santa Fe prison riots occurred. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Capitan. Sylvester’s service to his community and country will not soon be forgotten.
Sylvester is survived by his loving wife Estella Harris; sons: Jerome and Aimee Mendoza of Alto, NM and Raymond and Taura Harris Jr of Capitan, NM. He is also survived by brothers Tracy Harris and Arthur Harris of Roswell, as well as sisters Josie Harris of Albuquerque, NM and Pilar Harris of Roswell. Sylvester is also survived his eight wonderful grandchildren: Zhendae, Dante, Isaiah, Anthony, Jayden, Reyanne, Olyvia, and Londyn as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday June 22, 2017 at Ballard Funeral Home with the recitation of the rosary beginning at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Capitan, NM.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Encompass Hospice for their care and support.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

“God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped his arms around you, He whispered “come with me.”
You didn’t deserve what you went through, so He gave you needed rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful; He only takes the best.”

Frances and Kathleen Cuelho

Michael Pete Jaramillo


Michael Pete Jaramillo, age 52, loved by his family and friends, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. Mike was a full of life, fun-loving man, willing to help family, friends and strangers any time. He had plenty of stories to tell about growing up in the Roswell/Dexter area and he kept his family and friends entertained for hours with his storytelling skills.
Mike is survived by his loving partner of 17 years, Kim Ellen Cree; his beloved daughter, Adrienna Tavarez; his much loved sister, Alicia Bernal; his nephews Justin Bernal and Steven Herrera; his loving niece and favorite wild child, Samantha Bernal; his aunt, Helen Padilla; his uncles, Elmo, Joe, James and Gilbert Sedillo; and numerous cousins. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends that have known him since childhood. Mike was preceded in death by his adored younger daughter, Adelina Tavarez, his loving mother Della Sedillo; and his doting grandparents.
An open house to celebrate Mike’s life will be held at his sister’s home, 5016 Kokopelli Drive NE in Rio Rancho on Saturday, July 1 beginning at 3 p.m. Everyone whose life Mike has touched is invited to come, join with other friends and family and remember Mike with stories and reminiscing.

Carl O’Bryan


Carl O’Bryan, 52, of Houston, Texas died at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home in Hopkinsville. Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is in charge of the arrangements.
A native of Ashland, KY he was born July 12, 1964, the son of Hallie O’Bryan of Hopkinsville and the late Carl O’Bryan. He owned and operated a small business. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the American Fishing Club. He was an Episcopalian.
Survivors in addition to his mother include his maternal grandmother: Martha Lewis Tate of Hopkinsville; his wife: Tracy O’Bryan; his daughters: Amber O’Bryan and Elysa O’Bryan both of Houston, TX and Paxton Todd of Milford, KY; a son: Carson O’Bryan of Kenova, WV; his brothers: Christopher O’Bryan of Hopkinsville and Eddie O’Bryan of Clarksville, TN.
Carl was his family’s definition of The Man, The Myth, and The Legend. He enjoyed the simple things in life: family, fishing, and NASCAR. If you would have asked him his view of simple things, it would have been love and laughter, a cold beer, and fast cars.

Dorothy Hill


Dorothy Hill passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. A further announcement will follow when arrangements are finalized.

Johnny Gamboa


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Johnny Gamboa, 87, who passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Roswell, NM. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Learn how to make glass beads in free demos

Pictured is JavaFlame at a moble glass-blowing rig. She will be providing free demos this weekend. (Courtesy Photo)

Guest artist JavaFlame will provide free demos on how to make glass beads this Saturday and Sunday at Tokay Beaded Art, 1407 W. Second St.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The demos are scheduled for noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Tokay Beaded Art is the only art gallery in the country that is dedicated to exhibiting only beaded art.
JavaFlame, whose real name is Nicole Seaton, has shown galleries throughout Nevada and California.
While she never took an art class in college, her artistic career began at the tender age of 7, when she discovered the bead store. Her astute grandmother realized that the inquisitive child was content for hours with a few beads and a ball of twine. After two decades of jewelry making, Seaton decided to learn how to make her own beads, according to her biography on her Facebook page.
For more information, call 575-626-9809.

There’s still time to sign up for reading program


The Summer Reading Program is well underway and if you haven’t registered, there’s still plenty of time left to read.

Once you sign up to participate, keep track of how many hours you spend reading or listening to materials from the Roswell Public Library. Regular books, eBooks, audiobooks, even kids listening to their parents read to them, all count.
You’ll earn a prize for every five hours turned in. If you read 20 hours before the program ends on July 31, you can earn a Summer Reading t-shirt and continue reading for entries into the grand prize drawings. Visit the Children’s area to sign up, all ages are welcome!
For more information, you can visit 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. or call 575-622-7101.

Book Talk by Robert Briggs
Circulation Supervisor
Before “Twilight,” vampires didn’t sparkle. They might try to abstain from human blood, fall in love with humans, or have an existential crisis, but they were still savage creatures that rarely, if ever, walked during the day. When one was powerful enough to come out in the sun, he or she certainly didn’t sparkle. For those longing for a good story about the frightening, non-glittering people of the night, there’s no better place to look than the Roswell Public Library.
Anne Rice is an icon in the world of vampire literature. Her Vampire Chronicles series include multiple bestsellers and have spawned two movies. In her newest book of the series, “Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis,” Lestat, a vampire who was once an 18th century nobleman, explores the origins of the vampire race.
His rebellious and inquisitive nature has put him at odds with other immortals, often angering them, but he is also hailed as a leader and a hero among many of the vampire citizens of the world. It is due to this nature that he has learned to coexist with an ancient spirit that has possessed his body and it’s because of this spirit that he is able to explore the true origins of his kind and their link to the lost world of Atlantis.
Though this book retains the gothic tone of all of the previous Vampire Chronicles books, Rice has weaved in science fiction elements to create a unique experience that’s sure to keep veteran fans interested.
Swedish author, John Ajvide Lindqvist, has created a truly horrifying story in “Let Me In.” Oskar, a 12-year-old boy growing up in Blackeberg, Sweden, is suffering from intense bullying at his school. Oskar is secretly hoping for a violent end to his tormentors and when strange murders start to shock the small suburb, he is hopeful that the bullies will meet a gruesome end.
His attention to the murders is diverted when a girl that looks to be his age moves into his apartment complex. Oskar notices that the girl only comes out at night and a few interactions with her shows that she is much more clever than other kids their age. The girl, Eli, seems uninterested in a friendship with Oskar at first, but they soon form a bond that Oskar has never felt with any other person.
Through his friendship with Eli, Oskar learns that the monsters we read about in scary stories are real, but his experiences have already taught him that people can be crueler than any monster. Perhaps one of the more beautifully disturbing books in the vampire genre, those looking for something other than the sappy melodrama of the teen melodramatic vampire genre will likely love “Let Me In.”
Amanda Davis is a reference librarian at the Roswell Public Library. She can be contacted at A.Davis@roswell-nm.gov.

More on Article VI of the Constitution


Mr. Russell A. Scott’s letter to the editor on Sunday, June 18 made a very astute observation of Article VI of our Constitution and how it should have played a huge role during the confirmation hearing of Russell Vought for Deputy Director of the White House of Management and Budget.

As pointed out by Mr. Scott, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was obviously way out of bounds in his line of questing of Mr. Vought and he exhibited a woeful lack of understanding of our Constitution.
If you think Senator Sanders was out of line, read more of Article VI and you have to wonder how have we as a nation ended up in such a distressing situation regarding our entire immigration policy.
Article VI states: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, and any Thing in the Constitution of Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of of the several States Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
After reading Article VI all citizens should question on what basis did elected leaders ever come up with the idea of “Sanctuary Cities,” counties, and the like, and even more troubling, where did former President Obama ever get the authority to make such a mockery of our duly enacted immigration laws?
Terry R. Koenig
Lake Arthur

Let’s get rid of SWAT truck


On the front page of the RDR, Friday, June 16, we were treated to a picture of a “SWAT truck” that was getting needed repairs.

It was actually a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, undoubtedly obtained from the U.S. military somehow. My question is, “What the heck does our police department need a vehicle like that for?” Why pay for fuel and repairs for a vehicle we don’t need? When was the last time our police force needed mine resistance? When was the last time our police dealt with an ambush? Militarizing our police force in this way will lead to militarizing our police force in other ways.
A member of a military force, by definition, is engaged in confrontations with other military forces, including wars. A police force is designed to “protect and serve” a civilian population. Police departments that carry a military outlook with them to interactions with civilians seem to end up abusing their power. Look at the Albuquerque Police Department as an example. They have a military outlook, complete with military equipment and military weapons, and it has resulted in lots of police shootings (and a lot of expensive lawsuits the city has settled) and a lack of ability to deal with run-of-the-mill crimes like car theft and domestic abuse. Their culture of violence has gotten them in trouble with the Department of Justice, too, with a consent decree to help the police become more responsive to and less punitive toward the citizens of Albuquerque. Do we really want Roswell to become more like Albuquerque?
The Obama administration put a stop to transferring military equipment to police departments to help lessen militarization of police forces and support better relationships between police and citizens. The Trump administration has ended that policy. But just because Roswell can have military weapons, vehicles and equipment does not mean Roswell should have them. We have no need for those things. They will move our police force in a confrontational direction, which would be very bad for the safety of our citizens. We’re not there yet, despite owning a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, and should not support policies that move us in that direction.
A militarized police force would be a bigger threat to Roswell citizens than our criminals are. Please, do not be so scared by crime reports that you give up your civil rights to a military force. Even worse, don’t be so scared you give up other people’s civil rights to a military force. Just because police shooting victims nationwide are mostly people of color does not mean that Anglos should not worry about a militarized police force. Niemoller said, “First they came for the socialists and I was not a socialist …” Democracy requires a little courage from people to stand up for the rights of all citizens. Let’s get rid of our “SWAT vehicle” and keep a police force committed to serving citizens.
Flo Wells

Identity of man found in tree confirmed; Victim was father, military veteran, had PTSD


New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator has confirmed the identity of the man found deceased in a tree southeast of Roswell earlier this month as Sergio Alexander Salas.

Salas attended New Mexico Military Institute, New Mexico’s Youth ChalleNGe Academy and served in the U.S. Army from 2004 until he was honorably discharged in 2010. He was first in the 3rd Infantry and later an Army Ranger. Salas had a total of three tours overseas and was recognized with many awards including the Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
A memorial service was held Monday evening at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home & Crematory in Salas’ honor. Family members and friends said the veteran struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after leaving the military. Attendants celebrated Salas’ adventurous, “MacGyver-like” spirit with humorous stories from his life.
The confirmation on Salas’ ID was made late last week using fingerprints, Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder said Monday in a news release. Salas had been reported missing to the Roswell Police Department on June 2 by his mother.
When the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office responded June 8 to a report of a body discovered in a tree on a farm southeast of East Brasher Road and South Atkinson Avenue, they were unable to make a positive identification.
His body was found suspended in a tree, 15 feet above the ground, on the private farm property, just southeast of city limits.
Upon examination, Snyder said the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque reported finding no signs of trauma linked to the cause of death.
The medical investigator is waiting toxicology reports to be completed before issuing a final report.
Multimedia-crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

Residents urged to take precautions during extreme heat


It’s that time of year again, Roswell feels like it’s a human oven hitting triple-digit highs.

In regards to these extreme temperatures, the New Mexico Department of Health has concern for the people and encourages residents to take precautions while being exposed to this weather.
A few tips they have suggested are to stay cool and indoors as much as possible, stay hydrated and drink lots of water, avoid alcohol or liquids that contain high amounts of sugar, find a replacement for salt and minerals, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing to attract less heat, try to keep all activities inside or limited when outside, pace yourself and don’t over do it and never leave your children or pets in cars.
The residents with the highest risk of being most affected by this heat are the elderly, the very young and people with chronic diseases, however this heat can affect anyone. So even if you are none of the three, you are still vulnerable to these temperatures.
The weather is supposed to hit 100 degrees and more just about every day this week, so everyone is urged to take precautions.
Also, keep in mind, public places one can go to stay out of the heat include the Roswell Public Library, the Roswell Visitors Center, the Roswell Mall and the Roswell Museum and Art Center.

Missouri food supplier recalls 325,000 pounds of meat, poultry products


Supreme Cuisine, a Montgomery City, Missouri food production facility, is recalling approximately 325,000 pounds of meat and poultry fat and lard products due to a processing deviation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday.

A processing deviation is a defect that occurs when processing a product. For Supreme Cuisine, containers were not sealed properly, which may result in the potential growth and survival of bacterial pathogens in the products, the FSIS said.
The duck, beef and pork fat and lard items were produced and packaged from June 1, 2016 through May 8, 2017. The products have a one-year shelf life.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34595” or “P-34595” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were sold through the internet and shipped to retail locations nationwide.
The problem was discovered after the firm received a consumer complaint of a loose lid from an internet customer.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, but consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away.


Whitmans sweep Junior class; Lovington dragsters take top three spots at Race for Kids

Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids winner Alexus Whitman, front, awaits her turn to qualify Saturday afternoon at Alien City Dragway. Lined up behind her are second-place finisher Spencer Whitman and third-place Paesley Whitman. (AJ Dickman Photo)
Nine-year-old Paesley Whitman, driving her junior dragster “Short Stack,” gets ready for a qualifying pass in the 110-degree heat Saturday during the Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids at Alien City Dragway. The youngest competitor in the 10-car junior dragster field, Whitman finished third while her older siblings, 14-year-old Alexus and 11-year-old Spencer, finished first and second, respectively. (AJ Dickman Photo)

With the daytime heat topping 110 degrees, and the track temp approaching 150, track manager Rick Callaway took it nice and slow Saturday at the final Lindsey Callaway Race for Kids at Alien City Dragway.

That meant a more relaxed atmosphere for the racers and fans, but it also meant a long night (and early morning) of eliminations. With close to 100 entrants in the various classes, the event ended at around 3 a.m. Sunday.
The top money classes were won by Jim Callaway Jr. of Artesia (box or super pro) and David Robinson of Carlsbad (no box or non-electronic), the defending no box track champ, and 2016 motorcycle champ Dominic Flores of Dexter took the bike class.
Defending super pro champion Mike Callaway of Artesia won the Quicker 8 category, for the top eight cars with an eighth-mile elapsed time of 4.5 to 5.49 seconds. Wes Snodgrass took the Quick 8 class, for cars in the 5.5- to 6.5-second range.
But at the Race for Kids, the youngsters take the spotlight, and for the Whitman family of Lovington, it was a clean sweep as the three junior dragster siblings took the top three spots.
Alexus Whitman, 14, beat Spencer Whitman, 11, in the final round when the younger brother left the line .0187 seconds too early, turning on the red light and handing the automatic win to his sister.
Alexus’s reaction time wasn’t great at .1219 seconds, but she ran close to her 7.90 second dial-in time at 82.74 miles per hour.
Paesley Whitman, 9, took third place to complete the family sweep.
The kids’ grandpa, Joe Whitman, was helping his son Patrick with their juniors, but also running his own ride in the non-electronic class, a lime green 1978 Chevy pickup appropriately named “Limeade.”
While the Whitmans regularly race in Roswell, Joe said this race was special, as is the drag racing community.
“It’s all because of Lindsey, the Callaways and the kids in the hospital,” he said. “It’s a good cause. These are all good guys and gals out here. They’ll help you out and do whatever they gotta do.”
Joe, who has been racing for about nine years, said teaching his grandkids and watching them make good passes down the track is a joy.
“All three of ‘em are good,” he said. “The first one was kind tough (to teach), but after that, it ain’t too bad.”
Jace Head, the 13-year-old from Hobbs who won the Alien City Junior championship last season, made it to Roswell Saturday to help out with the toy drive and try to add another “Nano” to his trophy case.
His father and one-man pit crew Chris Head said the duo had just finished racing at the Western Conference Finals in Tulsa, where Jace made it to the final six cars in his age bracket.
“I’ve got a new car and we’re getting a little better each time,” said Jace. “We’re happy to be here to compete and do our part to support the kids in the hospital.”
A trailer load of toys, art supplies, books, clothes and a few monetary donations were collected for the young patients at Covenant Children’s Hospital in Lubbock, Texas.
Covenant Foundation regional director Bevin England, who has worked alongside the Callaways for the past four years, spoke at the drivers’ meeting to let the racers know the impact they have had on the hundreds of patients that come through Lubbock each year.
“Some are there for one day, some are there for months at a time,” she said. “Some come back every month or two, for a week or so at a time. They are totally out of their comfort zone, away from friends and family, their rooms and schools. What a toy can do for a child that is having to undergo a procedure or a surgery, or just having blood taken — it can make a tremendous difference.”
As England noted, one thing is for sure — racers donate the best toys. Boxes were overflowing with remote-controlled cars, toy tools and even a martial arts Barbie.
“There’s usually more baby dolls, but I’ve seen a lot of toy cars here today,” England joked.
While Saturday (and Sunday morning) was billed as the last “Lindsey Race,” the Callaway’s efforts to help kids in need will not end. For more information about the toy drive and to learn how you can donate, visit the Lindsey Callaway Memorial Toy Drive Facebook page.


Theodore (Ted) K. Roberts 1920-2017


Theodore (Ted) K. Roberts, 96, of Amarillo, TX, passed away on June 17, 2017, in Amarillo, TX. Visitation will be held at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Services, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, TX, 79109 (806-355-8156) on June 20, 2017, at 6 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at First Baptist Church Amarillo, 1208 Tyler Street, Amarillo, TX, 79101 (806-373-2891) with Dr. Howard Batson, Pastor, officiating. Burial/Interment will follow at San Jon Cemetery in San Jon, NM, at 3 p.m. CT or 2 p.m. MT. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Ted was born in Hayden, NM, to Daniel Tipton & Stella Roberts on October 2, 1920. He graduated from Raton High School in 1938. He attended Eastern NM Junior College in Portales, NM, and Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM, where he met a Louise Bowe (”Bo”). Shortly after they were married, Ted served in the Army for two years during WWII. After the war, he graduated from the University on New Mexico (BBA) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MRE) in Ft. Worth, TX. Ted was Minister of Music for Fruit Avenue Baptist Church (Albuquerque), First Baptist Church Roswell and First Baptist Church Albuquerque, from 1946 to 1965 and started the Music Department for the Baptist State Convention in 1952. Then Roberts was Minister of Music & Administration for Narbonne Ave Baptist Church in Lomita, CA, for five years. Upon returning to New Mexico, he served as the Business Administrator for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico for 17 years before retiring in 1986. He and Louise moved to The Craig Retirement Center, Amarillo, TX, in 1997, where they have resided since.
Ted is preceded in death by his father, Daniel Tipton Roberts; mother, Stella Hauser Roberts; brother, Daniel Tipton Roberts, Jr.; sister, Lovell Roberts King; sister, June Roberts Ward.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Roberts of Amarillo; daughter, Judy Roberts Wood Hooks, her husband, RB; son, Daniel Kay Roberts and his wife, Mary; daughter, Karla Roberts Long, and her husband, Ernest. Grandchildren include: Kimberly Wood Broadhurst; Coy Roberts, Cody Roberts, Kristi Roberts, Andy Luikens, Jamie Luikens Cross; Melany Long Pearce, Austin Long. Ted is also survived by great-grandchildren Garrett Broadhurst, Avonleigh Broadhurst; Coy Roberts, Jr., Camden Roberts; Tipton Roberts, Tyler Roberts, Teagan Roberts; Maria Rosales, Sydnie Rosales, Kaylee Coronado; McKenna Luikens, River Luikens, Fynnlee Luikens; Bryson Cross; Landon Pearce, Carter Pearce, Grady Pearce; Aaron Long, and another expected any day.
Flowers and/or Memorial donations may be made to Baptist Convention of New Mexico (5325 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87109) for the Inlow Youth Camp and/or Sivells Youth Camp. Ted was in charge of these camps for many years, and he had a heart for providing a camping experience for the youth. Condolences may be left for Ted Roberts under his obituary announcement at www.BoxwellBrothers.com/obit.

Carmen Torres


Carmen Torres, 61, falleció el Domingo, 18 de Junio de 2017, en Roswell, Nuevo México. Las visitas para verla serán en la Funeraria Anderson Bethany Martes, 20 de Junio de 2017, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. y Miércoles, 21 de Junio, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Después de la visita se recitará un Rosario a las 7 p.m. Los Servicios Fúnebres se llevarán a cabo Jueves, 22 de Junio de 2017, 9 a.m., en la Iglesia Católica de San Juan Bautista. El entierro sera en Cementerio South Park. Un homenaje de la vida de Carmen puede ser encontrado en www.andersonbethany.com donde puede dejar recuerdos y expresiones de condolencia a su familia.
Carmen nació de Antonio Marquez y María Sotelo Marquez el 29 de Abril de 1959, en Namiquipa, Chihuahua, México. Atendía la Iglesia Católica de San Juan Bautista regularmente y con mucha devoción. Una de las cosas que más le gustaba era pasar buenos ratos con toda su familia. Los mejores momentos para Carmen fueron disfrutar de su hijo y familia a lo máximo. Su familia y amistades la extrañaran y recordaran siempre.
Aquellos que se quedan para guardar la memoria de Carmen son su hijo, Gustavo Torres y esposa, Diana Torres; hermanos: Jose Marquez, Guadalupe Marquez; hermanas: Lucia Marquez, Maria Lidia Marquez, Martina Marquez, Marielena Marquez; cuñadas: Lupe Marquez, Joan Marquez, María Marquez; varios sobrinos y sobrinas.
La proceden en muerte su esposo, Juan Torres; hermano, Manuel Marquez; padres: Antonio Marquez, y María Sotelo Marquez.

Sergio Alexander “Alex” Salas


Sergio Alexander “Alex” Salas, age 30, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Roswell, NM. A memorial service was held on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. A tribute of Sergio’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On October 21, 1986, Sergio was born to Sergio Martin Salas and Sheryl Lynn (Mince) Cooper. Sergio attended New Mexico Military Institute for 1 1/2 years on scholarships and grants. He was then recruited from the Youth ChalleNGe Academy and graduated. Immediately following, Sergio enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the 3rd Infantry Division, and was an Army Ranger. Serving three tours overseas, Sergio was awarded the Ranger Tab, Army Commendation Medal two awards, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge. After leaving the U.S. Army, Sergio then attended college. An active church member of Assumption Church, Sergio was a self-employed Welder and could fix anything he set his mind to.
Sergio is survived by his daughter, Avalynn Jo Salas; Parents: Sergio Salas, Sheryl Cooper; grandparents: Thomas Salas, Lucy Brady; brothers: Arthur Lacey, Thomas Salas; uncles: Monty Mince and wife, Sandra, Cesar Salas; aunts: L.J. Dolin, Patricia Salas, Guadalupe (Salas) Romero, Norma (Salas) Gillette; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Sergio was preceded in death by his sister, Alencia “Lindsey” Trejo; grandparents: Micaela Salas and Jimmy Mince.
This obituary was approved by immediate family and next of kin.

Sylvester Raymond Harris


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Sylvester Raymond Harris, 59, who passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Capitan, NM. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Gayle Armstrong Stokes


Beloved Gayle Armstrong Stokes passed away at her home on Saturday, June 17, 2017 with family members at her side. She suffered from a brief illness with cancer. Gayle was born in Roswell on July 6, 1924 to her parents, Gayle G. and Murphy S. Armstrong. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Dewey Stokes. She is survived by many family members. Further details will be released when funeral services are scheduled.

Climate change is not a hoax, however …


I am a pragmatic environmentalist. As an environmentalist I am always on the lookout for how we can make incremental changes to improve the world around us. As a pragmatist, I acknowledge that we need to advance our cause through practical steps that will produce tangible results.

Sadly, the pragmatic environmentalist is very much an endangered species in many parts of the world. Ironically, the biggest threat to pragmatic environmentalists comes not from the business or political sectors but from their more idealistic kin in the environmental movement, a group I call the “noble-cause environmentalists” (NCEs).
We all know the NCEs because they are the activists we see on TV and hear on the radio. They are the ones at the protests, chaining themselves to refinery gates, trees or whatever. They are idealists who see the world in black and white and as good vs. evil with themselves on the side of good, and anyone they disagree with on the side of evil.
As idealists, NCEs tend not to respect pragmatists (often placing us with “team evil”) and are renowned for their unwillingness to compromise. It is that unwillingness to compromise, to accept part of the pie, which is losing the environmental movement its credibility.
Historically, I have been hesitant to call out the NCEs on their misstated claims and faulty arguments. Well, my thoughts on that have changed over the years. I think we need to start calling out the NCEs for what they are a hindrance to our goals of achieving a cleaner tomorrow.
That is exactly what President Donald J. Trump has done by pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. The U.S. has already been cleaning up its environment through technology since the 1970s.
The environmentalists talk about moving toward a “fossil-fuel free future” oblivious to the fact that not only are we not close to such a future, but such a future is simply not possible given the state of our civilization. We can reduce our fossil fuels for electricity generation, but even then fossil fuels will still make up the lion’s share of our energy mix.
Most people are unconscious to the marvels of science that keep their daily lives moving forward and are essentially unaware of the physics, chemistry and biology that helps them live the lives they love. Yet, they follow along with the climate change agenda based on science without critically thinking it through.
The Paris Climate Accord cannot determine what is best for each country, therefore the U.S. withdraw from the accord is very reasonable and pragmatic to me. The U.S. has been cleaning up its various ecosystems through unique innovative technology ever since it made its own messes. Other countries are already doing that as well. Global governance, like the United Nations, has not stopped warring or genocide, so what makes us think the Paris accord could stop climate changes?
Martin Kral

Run for local office to make a change


My name is Douglas Purcell and I’m a Navy veteran and a senior citizen.

This is a personal challenge to Craig Abalos and “Bible-thumping, knuckle-dragging Ralph Rivera,” (what he calls himself). Do like I just did, step up or shut up. If you are so unhappy with the way our city is being run, then declare your candidacy and run for local office and help change it.
I am going to step up and I’m almost 70. I’m going to run for City Council to try to help my hometown and the people who live here. Have you two got the guts to work for change or do you just issue lip service? Your proud, America-loving veteran,
Douglas Purcell

Relapsing after detox kills recovering addicts


I want to thank Jose Mike Jimenez for his heartfelt column in Saturday’s edition of the RDR opening the discussion about heroin and other opioid use in the Roswell area. As an addiction professional, I want to add another point to what he said.

When individuals completely detox or quit using this class of substance for a period of time, their tolerance for the drug will “reset” to a more normal level. If a person uses the same amount or dose of the drug used before detox, the likelihood of overdose is extremely high.
Too often we hear accounts of people going to detox and, if fortunate enough to qualify for rehab services, completing an inpatient or outpatient program, practicing recovery skills for a time, then dying from an overdose.
Some addiction professionals, family members and others helping the addicted person hesitate to talk about relapse, believing the subject is self-defeating. However, the reality and danger of not talking about relapse and the tolerance “reset” — as if this subject of using again is not on the mind of the recovering addict every second of the day — can be fatal.
Dianne Meda

‘Walk A Mile’ in celebrities’ shoes; New exhibit showcases footwear of famous New Mexicans

Shown are the shoes of Cassie Marinovich, the current Miss New Mexico International. (Submitted Photo)

HOBBS –– There is an old saying, attributed to the Cherokee tribe: “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.”

This philosophy is the basis for the new exhibit opening Thursday at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, located on the New Mexico Junior College campus. Called “Walk A Mile,” the exhibit features dozens of pairs of shoes from famous and infamous New Mexicans.
Visitors will learn personal stories of celebrities, artists, leaders, athletes and more, through the shoes these individuals have worn. The public is invited to the opening reception Thursday at 5:30 p.m., where some of the shoe owners will be on hand to discuss their respective stories. There is no charge to the public.
“Shoes are something we all have in common and can really tell you about someone,” says Erin Anderson, curator of the museum and this new exhibit. “Visitors will see the shoes and read the stories, and perhaps have a unique understanding of the personalities who wore them.”
Among the shoes on display are those worn by LPGA golfer Nancy Lopez, artist George O’Keeffe, actresses Kathy Baker and Heidi Swedberg, actor Ronny Cox, astronaut F. Andrew Gaffney, NFL quarterback Colt McCoy, sculptor Glenna Goodacre and dozens more.
Walk A Mile will be on display from Thursday through Nov. 5 at the Western Heritage Museum.
For more information, call 575-492-2678.


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