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Navarro College holds off NMMI

NMMI freshman T.J. Williams grabs a pass intended for a Navarro College receiver for an interception in the 2nd quarter of action Saturday at NMMI. Navarro College defeated NMMI 34-21. (David Rocha Photo)

Barbara Jean Summers


Barbara Jean Summers (Hamilton), age 82, of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Lansing, Oscoda, Hillsdale and Kent City, MI, Roswell, NM, and Cottonwood, AZ, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from cancer.
Barbara was born in Lansing, MI on July 12, 1935 to William and Dorothy Hamilton. She graduated JW Sexton High School. She married the love of her life, Benjamin R. Summers, December 13, 1952.
Barbara and Ben were involved in church and community activities while Ben coached basketball and golf at Roswell HS from 1978-1991. Barbara worked as office manager for Drs. Ramage, Dominic, Treloar and French in Roswell.
Barbara was a faithful servant of God, and worked with the Stephen Ministry in Cottonwood, AZ. She was always there to listen, guide and pray for others with her gentle guiding hand. She was devoted to God, her husband, sons and friends.
Barbara is survived by her second husband, Robert Sippel, her four sons, Craig (Connie) of Batesville, IN, Randy “Whitey” (Carla) of Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Brian (Amy) of Greenville, NC, and Scott (Cindy) of Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX, 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, sisters Rosanne Raymond of Scottsdale, AZ and Margo Maurer of Oscoda & Ludington, MI, sister-in-law Rev. Janet Summers of Madison, WI, several nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of dear and faithful friends. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, husband Benjamin R. Summers in 1992, brothers-in-laws James Raymond and James Maurer.
Cremation has taken place. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing, MI. The family will have a Celebration of Life at graveside in the summer of 2018. Donations can be made to East Valley Hospice (EVHospice.com) or the American Cancer Society. May the Lord shine His everlasting light upon thee, and guide thee. Through Jesus all things are possible. God Bless.

Joyce Hughes


Joyce Hughes, known affectionately by her husband Max, as Amy, passed away at the family home on Thursday evening October 26, 2017 in Roswell, NM after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Max took great care of her all the time to keep her comfortable at home. She was born in Smackover, Arkansas on July 1, 1928 to Henry Seaborn Arnold and Mary Elizabeth Arnold. Her parents moved their seven children to Capitan, NM in the 1940’s for the health of two daughters and later to Roswell.
She was preceded in death by her parents and all six siblings. Joyce is survived by her husband Max Hughes of over 60 years, they were married on July 16,1957. She is also survived by her three sons, Robert Gibson of Santa Fe, NM, Johnny Hughes of Roswell, NM, and Terry Hughes of Mountain Home, ID. to include their spouses, Buddy Casey, Laurie Hughes, and Becky Hughes. She also had a “favorite” granddaughter, Jessica Hughes (known as Jessie May to her), her two grandsons, Cody and Cory Hughes, and two great grandsons, Carson and Jaydon Hughes.
Joyce was very spirited and sometimes a playfully feisty woman. She drove a school bus for 30 years for Pollard School Bus and was beloved by the kids she carried all while making a home with Max and the boys. She loved playing canasta and dominoes. Joyce was quick witted and famous for catchy and funny stock phrases we all wish now we had compiled. She was independent, devoted to family, quick to laugh and practiced the values she taught her children that included thrift, hard work, trust and honesty. In most photos, she showed having a picture-perfect smile. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will always be in our hearts. She will be greatly missed!
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:00am at South Park Cemetery with Tim Arlet of Kindred Hospice will officiate. A public viewing will be at Ballard Funeral Home on Monday, October 30, 2017 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Serving as pallbearers are Casey Arnold, Guy Arnold, Dan Arnold, Ronny Arnold, Robert Gibson and Terry Hughes.
Flowers may be sent to Ballard Funeral Home or a donation made in her name to a favorite charitable organization.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

Stanley I. Broughton


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.

Hazel Arline Holland


Hazel Arline Holland was born to Ira and Winnie [Pirtle] Hendricks in Faxon, OK on July 25, 1925 and left this earth on October 27, 2017 in Roswell, NM after a courageous battle to maintain her independence. She was predeceased by her husband, Johnny Lee Holland on December 31, 2002 and her parents and all her brothers and sisters; Virgie Jennings (J.A. “Jim”), Howard Hendricks (Eva Reeves), Maurene Galloway Copeland (Edison Galloway – Norman Copeland), Nadine Shannon (Carl), Ira Gilbert “Jack” Hendricks (Verlene Elam), Earl Eugene Hendricks (Pauline Youngblood), Charles Hendricks and is survived by Charles’s widow Ruby. In addition to her sister-in-law, Ruby, she is survived by her daughters Arla Hitson (Ed) of Portales, NM and Dixie Wagner (Weldon) of Dexter, NM and her only grandchild Laura (Dixie & Weldon’s daughter) and her husband Al of Columbus, IN. She is also survived by four generations of nieces, nephews, and cousins on both her and her husband’s side especially. Lonnie Hendricks whom has been very attentive these last several years.
Graveside services will be held 1:00 PM on Monday October 30, 2017 at South Park Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Assurance Home Inc. 1000 E. 18th Street, Roswell, NM 88201 or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Cartoonist doesn’t understand #MeToo


I guess Eddie Macias, the cartoonist who produced the editorial cartoon printed on Oct. 27, doesn’t know or understand the discussion taking place on Twitter under the hashtag #MeToo. At least, I hope he is ignorant, and not insulting the millions of people who are using that hashtag to tell their stories of sexual assault and abuse.

Ignorance of #MeToo would be a much better excuse for that horrid cartoon than telling millions of women that the abuse they suffered was their own fault for wearing things like sexy Halloween costumes. Sexual abuse is not the victim’s fault! Some of those sharing #MeToo stories are, in fact, men.

Yes, men suffer sexual abuse, too. Is it because of their sexy Halloween attire? No one has ever suggested that. To victims, I would say, “It doesn’t matter what you wear or whether you behave flirtatiously, are drunk or anything else you did. Sexual assault or abuse is the result of another person’s stupidity, ignorance, perversion or need to exert power over others. It is not your fault!” #MeToo

Flo Wells

Tax dollars spent without public input


Larry, I’ve been a resident of Roswell for nearly 26 years.

I’ve raised a family of three children here. I’ve created numerous jobs over that period of time.

I’m a naturalized U.S. citizen. I pay more taxes than I’m happy about. I haven’t been politically associated for over four years.

I have and always will support the candidate with the highest degree of integrity regardless of party affiliation.

When I see an administration spending my tax dollars without public input, I’m compelled to speak up, as any concerned citizen should. Now I hear they spent $35,000 for a consulting firm to come and pitch an upgrade for the zoo. Another potential multi-million dollar project, and the consulting firm suggested that the city impose a tax increase specific to that project, to pay for it. How deep do you think our pockets are?

Fred Moran

Bringing attention to gun control


As a believer in the “right to bear arms,” I believe everyone worldwide should have the right to carry a gun on his or her person, or car, whether concealed or not. If concealed, it is not to alarm your co-worker or others. I think about the “old west” when 70 percent of men wore a gun on their hip.

I’ve not heard of a massive shooting taking place during this period. Have you? Somehow that arm was a symbol of respect. Respect among men, respect for women, respect for countryman and honor in how we treated one another. What has happened to this respect and honor that once characterized our society and our daily lives?

Needless to say, the rules to possess a gun have changed and warrant serious consideration because I, for one, do not want to give up my right to bear arms. What should the minimum age be? What affects will a thorough and complete background check and proper fingerprints have on one’s right to own and carry a gun? How does proper training by the police, sheriff, state police, national guard or others have on how to or when to use your arm have these days, given the unsavory use by reckless individuals? Given this, I should have the right to protect myself, my family and others and live in a safe and peaceful community.

Like our fine professionals in law enforcement, the use of a firearm in a “shooting” situation requires that innocent citizens not be placed in the line of fire. Needless to say, no one wants to kill or put others in jeopardy — even when it comes to self-defense or to save others whose lives are being threatened by the lawless.

Fetes from “Gun Smoke,” or Barney Fife of the “Andy Griffith Show” would know what to do in these situations and they would act accordingly. They would be backed by witnesses on the scene that would say, “He did the right thing.” I say, let me keep my handgun and let me do the right thing — if and when I ever have to.

I wrote this letter on Aug. 16, but after Oct. 2, I am following up on it to bring attention to the topic of gun control and hopefully remind us of the need to be able to protect ourselves. Who can I call or write to so the importance of this subject is not lost?

As Rick Kraft would say: “Just a thought.” Mr. Kraft may not agree with me — but, the bad guys can get guns — and we need protection!

Joe Velasquez

Editorial cartoon 10-29-17

(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

NMMI approves United Arab Emirates contract; Regents agree to pursue negotiations with private school system

New Mexico Military Institute regents gave their nod of approval at a Friday meeting for NMMI leadership to continue negotiations on what could be a five-year lucrative deal with a private school system in the United Arab Emirates. From left are Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, NMMI superintendent and president, and regents Stirling Spencer, Col. Tim Paul, Col. Barbara Trent and Brad Christmas. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Members of the New Mexico Military Institute Board of Regents have given NMMI leadership the go-ahead to pursue a potentially lucrative contract with a private school system in the United Arab Emirates.

Emirates National Schools has asked NMMI for its expertise in developing and running a private school for boys in Abu Dhabi that would be modeled in many ways after NMMI, said Maj. Gen. Jerry Grizzle, NMMI superintendent and president.

He told those gathered for the Friday morning Board of Regents meeting on the Institute campus during Homecoming Weekend that the school system in the Middle East has been talking with NMMI for a couple of years about its plans to add a school with an emphasis on strict discipline.


“The rationale they gave (for wanting to start the school) was that the money they enjoyed in Abu Dhabi and Dubai was nice, but it had gone to take away some of the family values that they would like to instill,” Grizzle said.

In summer 2015, a representative from the schools visited 10 U.S. military academies and educational institutions, deciding after that tour that NMMI was the school it wanted as the model, Grizzle said.

Now the superintendent and other senior administrators, with the approval of the regents, have determined the flat fee they will seek to deliver a school development plan to Emirates National Schools, what Grizzle said he jokingly referred to as “The Military School for Dummies Book.”

That ask amount is $500,000.

According to Chief Financial Officer Col. Judy Scharmer, the dollar amount was determined not only by calculating the time and personnel costs in creating the document but also in adding in the value of 126 years of experience that went into creating the organizational structures, systems, protocols and administrative policies that make up the NMMI experience.

“Quite frankly, I did have an extreme upcharge, a mark-up value,” said Scharmer, “because I think, of 126 years of history and knowledge, that there is simply an added value than simply taking our time and multiplying it by an hourly rate.”

She also said that rates used to develop cost estimates are based on an “international” rate.

Grizzle said the Emirates schools system would adapt the manual to fit its needs.

“From there, they would take the manual and customize it for their culture and the things that they are trying to accomplish,” Grizzle said.

The partnership between the two school groups also could involve additional phases.

In phase two, NMMI would provide professional consulting services to the school system for up to a year after its opening, including hiring and one-on-one training of key personnel, with the Institute to receive a monthly fee that would total more than $1 million over a year.

The third phase, which could span another four years, would provide consulting services on an as-needed basis, with a proposed fee schedule developed for various professional services and consultations. Regents also approved that proposed fee schedule, according to Col. David West.

Grizzle and other senior leadership said that all of the proposed services still must be negotiated with the Emirates National Schools, and it is reasonable to expect that the Emirates school system would want to discuss and change some of the fee amounts or services provided.

Grizzle also said that the Emirates schools also have talked about the possibility of starting a girls’ school at some point and possibly a junior college program similar to what NMMI offers, which would be a new concept for the school system.

According to the Emirates National Schools website, the system was created in 2002 and is operated by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. At this time, it consists of five campuses and its curricula is based on U.S. Common Core Standards for math, English and science.

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

Main Thing First helps families break unwanted patterns

Main Thing First is a new nonprofit community service organization that strives to support families whose loved ones are incarcerated. The are working toward reducing recidivism and empowering the children of inmates to be able to make better choices for their future. (Submitted Photo)

Ron Biggers started Main Thing First four months ago, but he’s no novice when it comes to helping the incarcerated and their families.

“I have been prison chaplain at Grace Community Church for the last 14 years,” he said. “In that time, talking to a large number of men, some of their families – wives, girlfriends and kids, I developed a heart for that population but I really didn’t know what to do.”

He began his journey helping the community during a spiritual retreat.

“I went on the Walk to Emmaus,” Biggers said. “During that event there was a time when you visited with a pastoral advisor. During that event I became a broken and weak man. I prayed a similar prayer to what Isaiah prayed ‘God if there’s something for me to do, send me.’ When I returned to Roswell I resigned the children’s ministry. I still didn’t know what to do. The mission pastor at Grace invited me to go out to the prison. I reluctantly went, and I was hooked on that activity and I did that for 14 years.”

Biggers said God is leading him through this journey.

“The Lord led me to start this non-profit,” he said, “to minister to that population. We need prayer from everyone. We need to be totally saturated in prayer.”

Main Thing First needs much the same kind of support that more non-profit organizations need.

“All non-profits need a steady flow of good volunteers to help support them,” Biggers said. “I need them to do things that I have no idea how to do. Obviously we need financial support.”

Biggers said that his experienced through Grace Community Church inspired this part of his path.

“One thing that helped in the formation of this ministry,” he said, “here at Grace we have helped a number of families that have loved ones who have been incarcerated. We were able to help one person find a part-time job, child care while she works and we were able to put her in a late-model vehicle so she can take her kids to go see their father. She put a minimum amount in it to show good faith. We covered the rest.

“If one church can do something like this for one family, if the community pulls together, there’s no telling how many people we can help.”

Biggers said this is bigger than any church, it is for the entire community.

“We are faith based,” he said, “but we also believe in what Jesus said “The greatest commandment is to love your Lord God with all your soul, all your heart and your might and love your brother as yourself.” Everyone in this community is our brother.

“I have purposely separated Main Thing First from Grace and other churches because I don’t want this to be seen as just a church ministry. It’s going to take all the churches, all the civic clubs and public services to help build our community.”

Biggers said he is looking for people who are called to help this program serve as well as donations.

“I’m looking for people to help lead and take up the major portion,” he said. “Somewhere I read where God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called. You have no idea how much I am counting on that. We’re hoping to get a large van to use to take families to see incarcerated loved ones.”

The chairman of the board of directors has been of immense help to Biggers.

“Pastor Joe Diaz is the chairman of the board,” Biggers said. “He has a home for men, most of them are there to finish out their probation. He houses the men and they go through training for 12 to 18 months or longer. Pastor Diaz will tell you he knows these men, not only from ministering to them, but he used to live that lifestyle himself. Joe has figured out that if a man can get his life morally straight everything else will soon fall into place. People are willing to offer that individual more opportunities.”

There have been a few local businesses open up to help mentor those being served, so that they can be more effective once they regain independence.

“Pioneer Bank is teaching the men in his home about handling money properly,” Biggers said. “Michael McKee teaches them how to get the insurance they need without getting more than they need. We are hoping and praying that other mentors will come on board.”

The key, biggers said, is relationship.

“If we build relationships with these families,” he said, “when that individual is released, there’s a better opportunity that he can reunite with his family. He can be the husband and the daddy that God meant him to be. We can start a re-entry process where he can find employment and that will make a stronger, safer community. Hopefully he will not return to jail or prison.”

The risk of doing nothing is unacceptably high.

“With his kids there’s a 65 percent chance of children who have an incarcerated parent going to jail,” Biggers said. “Sending an individual to jail is justifiable, but the cost to the community is $65,000 a year or more to keep an individual in jail. We probably are spending that much on social services to support his family.”

Biggers has plans to be a part of a community-wide change for the better.

“If we can stop the recidivism and keep the kids from following in daddy’s footsteps,” he said, “not only will it make for a safer stronger community, but also for those who are concerned with their tax dollars we can lower the tax burden. Then maybe that money could go into schools and education.”

Main Thing First can be reached by phone at: 575-317-3766, and by email at: Ronbiggers@mainthingfirst.com their website is still under construction but Biggers recommends checking it out, mainthingfirst.com. They are also on Facebook.

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

Public lands fall under zoning rules following ETZ Authority vote

The first application of the newly amended county ordinance affecting public lands is expected in December, says Chaves County Director of Planning and Zoning Marlin Johnson, shown in this photo at the Oct. 17 Extraterritorial Zoning Commission meeting. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Chaves County officials have succeeded in their push to have public lands subject to the same zoning rules as privately owned land, and the first application of the amended ordinances are expected by the end of the year, according to a county director.

The Extraterritorial Zoning Authority voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to approve an amendment to ETZ ordinances so that lands owned by counties, cities, state or federal entities will be governed by zoning rules should the land be used for such things as solar or wind farms, cell towers, gravel pits or other projects. Building codes already apply to any structures constructed on public lands.

The changes to the two ordinances — one for the Extraterritorial areas, generally those outside the city limits but within about two miles of them, and the other for Chaves County —will take effect immediately, said Marlin Johnson, Chaves County director of Planning and Zoning.

“It could be appealed, but at this point it would have to be appealed to District Court, and I don’t see anybody doing that,” he said.

The ETZ Authority is composed of Chaves County Commissioners Robert Corn, James Duffey and Will Cavin and Roswell City Councilors Tabitha Denny and Juan Oropesa. The group of elected officials meets as needed, with its last meeting in September 2016. Corn was elected chair of the group Thursday, while Denny was voted vice-chair.

The Chaves County Board of Commissioners, following the recommendation of the Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission, approved the amendment Oct. 19.

Approval of the Extraterritorial Zoning Commission, a citizen group that makes recommendations to the ETZ Authority and the Board of Commissioners, was given at its Oct. 17 meeting.

All citizen and governing boards voted unanimously for the changes, and no one spoke against the proposed change on Thursday, Johnson said.

But opposition was expressed in the form of a Sept. 25 letter from Aubrey Dunn, commissioner of Public Lands. He wrote to county commissioners that they should reject any ordinance that would “purport to assert zoning jurisdiction over state trust lands.” The letter cited two court cases that, according to Dunn, were decided in favor of the State Land Office when counties had sought authority over oil and gas activities or the erection of a cell tower on state trust lands.

Johnson told the various boards and commissions that county officials had said during their comprehensive planning efforts about a year ago that they thought that zoning rules should apply equally to public and private lands. He added that the county’s aim was not to stop development or bar projects but to ensure that the public and nearby property owners were informed and that measures were taken to ensure the safety and health of people.

Johnson said the first application of the zoning ordinance likely will come in December and will involve a proposed development on property owned by the Chaves County Flood Commission.

The Chaves County Flood Commission is planning to build a new structure, Johnson said. The agency was created in 1971 by the county after the consolidation of the River Felix Flood District and the Rio Hondo-Roswell Flood District, which was originated by the city of Roswell.

The Flood Commission has been asked to leave its current offices on West Second Street, property owned by the city, and wants to establish new offices on land the commission owns on North Brown Road.

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

A good tune on a cool night; Berrendo Middle School band shows talent that goes beyond the student’s age

The audience at Berrendo Middle School enjoyed on Thursday evening a concert that rivaled those of professional bands. These students of Berrendo Middle School have mastered one of the most difficult instruments, the French Horn. Most children in middle school lack fully developed ears at that age to fully hear the subtle nuances of this instrument. Also, it is rare to see a full set of tubas in schools anywhere. (Christina Stock Photo)

Thursday evening, friends, families and the public were invited for the first united band performance of the seventh- and eighth-graders of the Berrendo Middle School, under guidance of their music teacher, Whitney Bain.

When you think about a performance of middle school students, you might think of beginner classes in music and concerts that are a little rough around the edges, which only a mother can really appreciate.

Not so with this performance of the Berrendo Middle School Band. The children’s performance Thursday evening could compete with professional bands.

The concert included different sets of music that embraced the season. “There is a little bit of zombies, some monsters, and we have a very exciting opener called, “Above And Beyond,” Bain said. “It is about the anticipation of the first note in a concert. The composer is James Swearingen.”

Bain said to the parents on the packed bleachers that she considers their commitment and the commitment of the young students to the quality of music and proficiency of the band.

Before the concert started, Bain said in an interview, “We have 62 students performing tonight. We started preparing about one month and a half ago.” The students have been playing up to two years with Bain as teacher.

Bain had joined Berrendo Middle School six years ago when she moved to Roswell from Hale Center, Texas.

Twenty-eight of her students had the chance to participate in the Jazz Fest. “They played at Reischman Park at 9 in the morning,” Bain said. “Bless their hearts for going out there. They played a 30-minute set. It was very cool. We had a great audience out there.”

Asked if the band would continue to perform for the public, Bain said, “It would be awesome. I haven’t even thought about it.

“Our jazz band will be doing our tour coming up to the elementary schools and then we have a band concert for my 40 beginners on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. It will be in our small gym because we have a basketball game that night,” Bain said.

The next concert, which will be open for the public and free of charge, will be on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

“For the upcoming HeART of Winter” art show, I’ll have solos as background music,” Bain said.

Details about the Berrendo Middle School art show will be featured in the Nov. 16 edition of the Vision Magazine.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.

‘Egg’citing science experiment for gifted elementary kids

Issac Carter, a fifth-grader from Washington Avenue Elementary, prepares some last-minute modifications to his group’s design. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)
RISD students watch in anticipation Friday morning as Xcel Energy serviceman Scott Falkner drops one of the group’s eggs 15 feet from the ground at the Roswell Adult Center. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Joyce A. Hughes


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Joyce A. Hughes, 89, who passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Roswell, NM. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Coyotes thump Lovington, 48-12

Roswell’s Fiddy Gomez scores a touchdown against Lovington in a 48-12 victory at the Wool Bowl Friday night. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Big defensive stops at crunch time, minimal penalties and long touchdown rushes from an array of weapons lifted the Coyotes to a 48-12 must-win over the Lovington Wildcats Friday night at the Wool Bowl.

The win improves the Coyotes’ district record to 1-1, 6-3 overall, as Roswell heads into next week’s crosstown, regular-season finale against Goddard. Friday’s win follows Roswell’s 42-7 home loss to Artesia last week.

“I thought the kids had a great weak of preparation,” said Coyote head coach Jeff Lynn. “I thought we rebounded from last week’s loss to Artesia. We just had a good week of preparation. I think the kids were locked in and just went out and executed what we asked them to execute tonight.”

Roswell played Friday night without senior standout Gabe Najar, who did not dress for the game, but supported his teammates from the sidelines.

“He’s just a little banged up. We felt like we needed to sit him,” Lynn said, adding he expects Najar to return to the lineup next week against Goddard. “He should be back in the near future. Nothing serious, he’ll be back.”

Playing for the first time this season was senior Alfonso Sanchez, who filled in at fullback for Najar, and scored the last two of Roswell’s seven rushing touchdowns Friday night.

“He’s a kid that’s been in our program. He’s had kind of a rough year here,” Lynn said of Sanchez. “That’s what football is all about, you get a kid who kind of had a rough year, got his life back together, and went out tonight and had some success. That was great to see Alfonso have some success.”

The Coyotes got on top early on their first possession after starting quarterback, senior Daniel Sosa, kept the rock on a QB keeper and cut through the heart of the Wildcat defense and ran upfield with his head held high before he was tripped up at the Lovington 10-yard line after a 55-yard gain, the first on several big runs on the night for Roswell.

On the next play, Fiddy Gomez took the snap, fought off some tackles, and struck pay dirt for Roswell’s first rushing TD of the game. The extra point made it 7-0.

Lovington drove the ball on its first possession, but the Wildcats came up short on a fourth and goal at the Coyote 10-yard line, when the Coyote defense swarmed Wildcat receiver Jorge Carrasaco for a turnover on downs.

Utilizing a shotgun formation most of the night with a heavy emphasis on the passing game, Lovington drove deep into Roswell territory on the Wildcats’ second possession. But again, the Roswell defense stood firm and stopped Lovington on a fourth and 11 at the Coyote 14-yard line, forcing another turnover on downs.

“They big-played us a little bit, they got down in the red zone and we were able to hold them,” Lynn said. “I thought our defensive line, I thought the whole defense, played well tonight. The fourth-down plays in the first half were huge, no doubt.”

The momentum began to sway toward the Coyotes, who took advantage of the fourth-down stop and drove into Lovington territory, thanks to a great catch by senior Elijah Baca, who elevated to bring down a 25-yard pass reception from Roswell’s other quarterback, senior Michael Ponce.

Lynn said he plans to continue mixing things up at quarterback.

“They both have strengths and they both have weaknesses, so we’ll play to their strengths and try to do away with their weaknesses,” Lynn said.

The drive continued into the second quarter, when on the first play of the second frame, Coyote junior Justin Carrasco took the ball up the middle, broke several tackles, and scored from 25 yards out with 11:53 left in the second quarter. The extra point made it 14-0 Roswell.

After forcing Lovington to punt, a punt that rolled to the Roswell 1-yard line, the Coyotes put together a 99-yard touchdown drive. Sanchez — built in the image of the legendary “Fridge,” William Perry, the NFL nose tackle turned part-time fullback — had his first carries of the season.

On fourth and 7, Coyote junior Dylan Tucker took the ball on a reverse and ran up the right side for a 17-yard touchdown that made it 20-0 with 3:47 left in the second quarter. The extra point was barely good, but good enough to make it 21-0.

Lovington got on the board early in the third quarter.

Starting a drive at the Roswell 40-yard line, Lovington junior running back Kyle Carter found a big hole on the right side for a 41-yard touchdown rush to make it 21-6 with 11:06 left in the third quarter. The extra point kick bounced off the right upright and was no good.

The Wildcats soon recovered a Roswell fumble at the Coyote 31-yard line, as the momentum seemed to shift in favor of the Wildcats early in the second half. But the Coyote defense again came up big, ending the Lovington drive after a big sack of Wildcat sophomore quarterback Casey Perez by Coyote defensive tackle Christian Chavez.

After taking over at their own 33-yard line, Coyote senior running back Brandon Perez ran to the left side for a 70-yard touchdown carry that made it 27-6 with 6:26 left in the third quarter. Roswell went for the two-point conversion, but failed.

The Coyotes continued to level big sticks on defense, but the Wildcats were able to put together a 66-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 7-yard pass from Casey Perez to Jorge Carrasaco that made it 27-12 with 1:59 left in the third quarter. The Coyotes blocked the extra point kick.

Roswell put the game away in the fourth quarter, with three more touchdowns.

Early in the fourth quarter, Coyote sophomore Jasia Reese took the ball over the left guard and ran into traffic. Reese broke out of the pack and ran to the right side, out-running everybody as he turned on the afterburners in the open field for a 52-yard touchdown run that made it 33-12 with 11:07 left in the game. The extra point made it 34-12.

After forcing another turnover on downs, the Coyotes took over near midfield and put together a bruising drive, utilizing several rushers.

On first and goal at the Wildcat 3-yard line, Sanchez scored his first touchdown of the season, bowling into the end zone over the right guard, to make it 40-12 with 5:10 to go. The extra point made it 41-12.

After the solid Coyote defense forced another turnover on downs, Roswell took over near midfield with 3:02 left to play.

On third and 3, Sanchez ran up the middle, broke a tackle and showed some surprising speed on a 40-yard touchdown run that made it 47-12. The successful extra point kick arrived at the final score of 48-12.

Lynn said Lovington played well.

“Give Lovington a lot of credit,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of athletes over there and they’ve got good team speed.”

The Wildcats fall to 5-4 overall, 1-1 in district play, and face Artesia next week in their regular-season finale.

Lynn said the Coyotes are excited about the annual grudge match next week against Goddard, who lost to Artesia 56-12 Friday night in Artesia.

Roswell beat Goddard 22-14 last season. Roswell leads the all-time series against Goddard 33-21, with three ties.

“Our focus was Lovington this week,” Lynn said. “I haven’t watched a whole lot of film on (Goddard). We’ll get in there (Saturday) morning and get after it. It’s a rubber game, so it will be tough.”

Artesia dominates Goddard at the Bulldog Bowl

Goddard High School senior running back Diego Miranda is converged on by Artesia’s defense on a play Friday at the Bull- dog Bowl. (Steve Notz Photo)

ARTESIA — Ask the throngs of Artesia High Bulldog fans to give their team a grade after shooting down the Goddard Rockets, 56-12, Friday at the Bulldog Bowl and it would probably be a D.

The D grade wouldn’t mean below average, it would mean Dominant.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 2-0, District 4-5A) received the kick off from the Rockets (4-5, 0-2, District 4-5A) and wasted no time scoring on their opening offensive drive.

Senior quarterback Taylor Null threw the first of four touchdown passes to fellow senior Chaney Hardt. Hardt caught a strike from the 8-yard line. The PAT was good as the Bulldogs led, 7-0,  with 8:37 left in the first quarter.

The Rockets couldn’t find any footing on their opening drive of the game, an interception by Goddard’s quarterback led to another Null strike. Null found senior Tyler Greenwood for a 30-yard TD pass with 4:50 left in the opening period. Artesia added the PAT to extend their lead to 14-0.

Goddard sputtered on their second offensive drive of the game, leading to another Artesia quick strike. Instead of passing the ball for a TD the Bulldogs handed the ball off to Jagger Donaghe, as he scampered in to score  on a 9-yard run with 2:16 left in the first quarter. The Bulldogs booted the extra point through to make the score, 21-0.

Artesia’s domination continued in the second quarter as senior Robert Fernandez scored on a 4-yard run. The Bulldogs converted the extra point kick  to give them a 28-0 with 10:08 left before halftime.

The Rockets were able to leave the launch pad a few minutes later as a long pass play set up a 1-yard run by senior Tyler Hoover. The extra point was no good as the score was, 28-6 with 6:56 left on the second period clock.

The Bulldogs continued to have their foot on the gas in the final five minutes before the end of the first half.

Null threw his third touchdown strike of the night to Fernandez from the 10-yard line. Artesia again booted the extra point to make the score,  35-6 with 4:39 left in the second period.

Artesia’s Null would throw his final strike of the night, a 37-yard pass to junior A.J. Estrada. The extra point kick was converted as the Bulldogs extended the lead, 42-6. With the Rockets being more than 35 points ahead, the officials turned the game into a running clock for the rest for the rest of the night with 2:44 in the second-half.

This season, Null has thrown 34 touchdowns.

Then in the closing seconds of the first half, Donaghe scored on an 8-yard run, the extra point kick was good as the Bulldogs led 49-6 when the first half ended.

With the game in hand, the Bulldogs brought in some relief in the second half.

Taylor came in at quarterback for the Bulldogs as the Rockets fumbled in their own territory on the opening drive of the third period.

This Taylor is the understudy of Taylor Null and things were looking good for junior Trent Taylor however he was picked off on Artesia’s opening drive of the third period. Both offenses were shut out.

The Rockets would get their second touchdown of the night in the final quarter as sophomore Robert Aragon scored on a 2-yard run. The Bulldogs were able to nix the 2-point conversion and the score was 49-12 Artesia with 7:12 left in the game.

A few minutes later Artesia threw the knockout punch as Trent Taylor hit junior Brandon Saiz on a 28-yard pass. The Bulldogs converted the extra point kick and it was 56-12 Artesia with 3:54 left before the final whistle.

The Bulldogs end the regular season Friday at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Bowl against Lovington. Goddard wraps up the regular season Friday at 7 p.m. at the Wool Bowl against the Roswell High.

Coyotes to face Los Alamos in Quarterfinals

Roswell High School junior Cristian Moreno takes a shot on goal against Artesia Friday at the Cielo Grande Soccer Complex. (David Rocha Photo)

The No. 1 goal for any team left playing soccer in the state tournament is to survive and advance. Roswell’s coach James Vernon team did so thanks to a strong second-half performance from Robert Madrid, Samuel Calvillo and senior Patrick Brown.

Those three players scored goals in leading Roswell to another quarterfinal appearance, with a victory over the Deming Wildcats, 3-1, at the Cielo Grande Soccer Complex Friday. In a season in which Vernon has had to develop his team on the fly after replacing 13 seniors from last season’s squad, Vernon has his team advancing to the quarterfinals for 13th time in 14years.

“We knew Deming could play,” Vernon said. “Their district is pretty tough with all the quality teams they play. It took us a bit to get going. We weren’t used to their physicality in the midfield we had played against. In this game, it was a little tougher for us to take the midfield, because they came and fought for it.”

In the first-half, both teams jockeyed for field position trading shots on goal. Deming keyed on Coyotes sophomore Samuel Calvillo for much of the first-half, Calvillo managed to get three contested shots off, all of them missing the back of the net. To counter the constant pressure on Calvillo, Roswell created movement in the center midfield to get off the ball setting up the first goal.

The first goal came on a Coyote player passed the ball up the middle to Calvillo. Calvillo passed the ball to Robert Madrid on the run in the middle of the field; Madrid kicked the ball past the Wildcats goalie to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead with 20:22 to play in the game.

“Sammy (Calvillo) got a good play,” Madrid said, “he (Calvillo) saw me running through and played the ball to me. Deming’s a quality team; they’re decent, and they know how to play good defense. They are talented. Los Alamos beat us earlier in the year. We were a young team still learning at the time. We’ve gotten better since then, we’ve improved, our passing has improved as a team.”

On a free kick, Roswell’s Jonathan Ortega passed the ball to Calvillo at the 30-yard mark. Calvillo dribbled the ball to the 18- yard mark, taking a shot that sailed into the back of the net to put the Coyotes up, 2-0 with 17:32 to play in the game.

“We practice our free kick plays quite a bit,” Vernon said. “Anyone in our district knows our plays. Yes, we use them a lot, but we are successful with them. The whole idea is to split the defense, and the guys on the backside spread out on that far side, that leaves a gap right down the middle. Once we have that touch in the middle we have a free shot on goal.”

Once the Coyotes scored in the second-half, points came fast with the third goal coming with 12:08 left to play in the game. During a scrum, the ball came off a Wildcat defensive player, which bounced to Madrid who dropped the ball to Patrick Brown from 20-yards out yelling at him to “rip the shot.” Rip, Brown did, hitting an Upper 90 over the outstretched arms of the goalie who jumped in vain as the ball sailed the top of the right corner scoring to give Roswell a 3-0 lead.

“They’re (Deming) a quality team,” Brown said. “We came in mentally ready for this game. No one was messing around pregame everyone came in ready to play. At that point, we had the skill and mental advantage, and it’s tough to beat us at that point.”

In facing Los Alamos, Brown feels like the Coyotes have to markup midfield and not let Los Alamos pass around them like the Wildcats did in today’s game. Roswell gave up two goals against Los Alamos in the first half when they played on September 9, in the Albuquerque Academy Tournament.

“We are going to go and try to play them,” Vernon said. “I think we can do it. We just have to show up.”

Roswell (15-5), will face Los Alamos (14-6), at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

Lady Coyotes play lights out; Down Artesia 3-0 to advance in state tourney

Roswell High School senior Steffania Martinez kicks the ball into the back of the net for a goal against Artesia Friday at the Cielo Grande Soccer Complex. (David Rocha Photo)

The Roswell High Lady Coyote soccer team turned in, arguably, one of their most complete performances of the season as they shut out district rival Artesia 3-0 at chilly, dark Cielo Grande in the opening round of the Fuddruckers Girls State 5A Soccer Championships. The match, played without lights due to an electronic malfunction, saw the Coyotes take control early in the second half and coast to the win.

The Lady Bulldogs (15-6) had beaten the Coyotes twice earlier in the season, but could not get anything past a stout Roswell High defense as they fell for the second year in a row to the Coyotes in the opening round of the state tourney.

“I mean…what can you say after something like that,” stated a happy coach Samantha Ward. “The girls came together and played hard. We are proud of them.”

Both teams came out strong with tough play on both sides – especially on the defensive front. No shots on goal were recorded by either team until the 11th minute when 8th-grader Zailor Lopez got one of which was easily saved by Maddie Battle, who recorded a shutout for the hosts.

Three minutes earlier, Elisa Cardenas, the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, went down and did not return. The visiting team was missing a step offensively from then on with a lot of the offense going through freshman Sadi Butler.

The Coyotes started to get going offensively as Heaven Vasquez missed high and Lina Cherinko missed wide right in the 14th minute. Five minutes later, Kaleigh Holloway had a nice run from midfield, but her shot came up just short as well. After receiving the goalie kick, senior Steffania Martinez came up from her mid-field position and simply booted a high shot to the goal which took a nice bounce right over the Bulldog goalie and into the net for a 1-0 lead.

“When lucks on your side, it’s good to go,” said Ward of the fortunate bounce on the initial goal. “They have a good goalie (Jacqueline Govea) and she just made a simple mistake and one goal makes a huge difference. I think that set the tone for us tonight.”

The lead would hold up as the smothering back line of Macey Martinez, Yajarya Castillo and Zarriah Herrera would not let much past. The Coyotes would suffer a late scare when a Bulldog shot clanked off the post with three minutes to play, but that would be the closest the visitors would get.

The second half saw the Bulldogs playing with a sense of urgency and the hosts staying aggressive. That aggressiveness payed off in the 51st minute for the Coyotes as Danielle Banda would head pass a perfect ball to Holloway who would dribble once and blast one in for a 2-0 lead.

“Danielle has a great eye for the field and she knows that Kai is going to be behind her,” said Ward. “They just work really well together. They work together and they put passes together and they are hard to beat together.”

The lead would grow three minutes later as Holloway would run down a through ball, beat three defenders and put one past a charging goalie. The great effort gave the Coyotes a 3-0 lead.

“Speed up top helps, skill also, and like I’ve said earlier, Kai doesn’t like to lose,” said Ward of Holloways nice goal.

With 26 minutes still to play it became obvious that the lights were not coming on, but the two sides continued to battle in the chilly dim evening to the bitter end.

The Coyotes (13-8 overall) now prepare to face top-seeded and defending state champion Albuquerque Academy in the quarterfinals. The game will be played in Bernalillo on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Roswell Chaos wins invitational

Roswell Chaos U12 girls won the Hobbs Fall Invitational which took place Oct. 14-15. They scored 35 points and held all opponents to four goals. Pictured are coach Trey Flores, Lexi Pinon, Bryanna Castro, Leilani Rodriguez, Itzel Coronel, Isabella Flores, Liberty Ratliff (Goalie), Breanna Fowler, Emma Esquivel, Annalise Galindo, Mari Villa, Tatum Kincaid, Coach Danica Silva. (Lacy Rose Bently Photo)


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