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Bobby Roy Durham Sr.


Bobby Roy Durham Sr. of Roswell, NM passed away, Sunday, September 16, 2018 surrounded by the love of his family.

A Memorial Service for Bobby will be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, September 20, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel with Pastor Norman Lucas of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness officiating.

Bobby was born December 5, 1939 in Roswell, NM to Melvin D. and Nora Durham. He married Della Mae Otte in 1969. Bobby loved his family and friends. He worked in the Automotive Industry; Durham Lincoln Mercury/Durham Ford, also owned and operated Durham Chevron on North Main for many years and owned and operated Child Day Care Center for several years. Bobby was a member of the Sheriffs’ Posse of Chaves County and Sierra Volunteer Fire Dept.

Bobby is survived by sister, Cyloma Durham Waggoner and husband Tom Waggoner of Roswell, NM; brother, Barney Durham and wife, Charlie of Albuquerque, NM; sister-in-law, Rebecca Durham of Ruidoso, NM; daughter, Carol Durham Hedgecock and son-in-law, Jack Hedgecock of Sanger, TX; son, Bobby Roy Durham Jr. and wife Dee Dee of Roswell, NM; step children, Kim and Mary Otte of Lake Buchanan, TX; Tommy and Tanya Hickman of Sanger, TX; grandchildren, Jessie Hedgecock of Sanger, TX; Roy Hedgecock and wife Devin of Sanger, TX, great granddaughter Lilian; great grandchildren, Keith and Eric Bradley of Roswell, NM; Kevin and Kayleigh Bradley of Roswell, NM; also many nieces and nephews.

Bobby was preceded in death by parents, Nora and Melvin Durham of Roswell, NM; brothers, Billy and wife, Jimmie Durham of Roswell, NM and Johnny Durham of Ruidoso, NM; nephews, Tommy Whitaker and Robin Wright of Roswell, NM; daughter, Sheryl Bradly and granddaughter, Cassandra.

We will miss the good years he had and his sense of humor.

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com


Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands

FILE- In this Feb. 25, 2015, file photo, a gas flare is seen at a natural gas processing facility near Williston, N.D. The Interior Department on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, finalized the roll back of an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday rolled back an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane — a key contributor to climate change that’s released in huge amounts during drilling on U.S. and tribal lands.

A replacement rule from the Interior Department rescinds mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution, which Trump administration officials say already is required by some states.

Within hours of the announcement, attorneys general for California and New Mexico filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to reinstate the 2016 rule.

“We’ve sued the administration before over the illegal delay and suspension of this rule and will continue doing everything in our power to hold them accountable to our people and planet,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

The change by Trump could save companies as much as $2 billion in compliance costs over the next decade. It comes a week after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed weakening a separate methane emissions rule affecting private land and some public lands.

“We’re for clean air and water, but at the same time, we’re for reasonable regulations,” Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told reporters.

Methane is a component of natural gas that’s frequently wasted through leaks or intentional releases during drilling operations. The gas is considered a more potent contributor to climate change than carbon dioxide, although it occurs in smaller volumes.

Bernhardt and other Interior officials were unable to immediately say how much the new rule would affect methane emissions. But a U.S. Bureau of Land Management analysis provided to The Associated Press said all the reductions projected to occur under the original 2016 rule were lost with Tuesday’s change.

The prior regulation would have cut methane emissions by as much as 180,000 tons a year. Emissions of potentially hazardous pollutants known as volatile organic compounds, which can cause health problems if inhaled, would have been reduced by up to 80,000 tons a year.

The change could also result in the loss of $734 million in natural gas that would have been recovered over the next decade under the old rule. Those savings would have offset some of the industry’s compliance costs.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico criticized the rollback as a “giveaway to irresponsible polluters.”

An estimated $330 million a year in methane is wasted on federal lands, enough to power about 5 million homes.

Kathleen Sgamma, president of Western Energy Alliance, said the old rule improperly put the Bureau of Land Management in the role of regulating air quality, which she said should instead be done by the EPA or state agencies.

The Obama rule has been tied up in the courts since its adoption. It was put on hold in April by a federal judge in Wyoming.

Energy companies said it was overly intrusive and that they already have an economic incentive to capture methane so they can sell it. However, that’s not always practical in fast-growing oil and gas fields, where large volumes of gas are burned off using flares.

Flaring has been a common practice in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, New Mexico and other states.

Hispanic group in Congress boycotts White House event

President Donald Trump, second from right, kisses Cuban-American restaurant owner Irina Vilariño, second from left, during a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Luis G. Rivera Marín, Secretary of State and Lt. Governor of Puerto Rico, watches at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Citing President Donald Trump’s policies and comments about Latinos, members of the influential Congressional Hispanic Caucus boycotted a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration hosted by Trump at the White House.

In a letter to the president, caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a New Mexico Democrat whose district includes Albuquerque, also cited Trump’s denial that nearly 3,000 lives were lost in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria last year.

“You have ignored and recently tweeted lies about the devastation and loss of life in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, compared immigration to an infestation and attacked a judge because of his Hispanic heritage,” Lujan Grisham wrote in a Thursday letter to Trump.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the nation’s only Latina governor, was one of the only elected Hispanic officials to attend the event on Monday.

Martinez, a once rising star within the Republican Party, previously denounced Trump’s campaign rhetoric about Mexican immigrants during the 2016 campaign.

But in recent months, she has warmed to Trump and praised his policies.

She is barred by term limits from running for a third term in New Mexico. Lujan Grisham is running to replace her.

Trump hosted what has been an annual, bipartisan ceremony started by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.

At Monday’s event, Trump cited low employment among Latinos and told a crowd of supporters that the booming economy was especially helping Hispanic residents in the U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unemployment rate for Hispanics was 4.7 percent in August. The U.S. unemployment rate is near an 18-year low of 3.9 percent.

“These are very hard numbers to beat,” Trump said. “We better win Hispanics next time.”

Martinez traveled to Washington to join Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza and Puerto Rico Lt. Gov. Luis Rivera Marin for the gathering.

Phone calls and emails to Martinez’s office were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

In this image made from video provided by Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (Korea Broadcasting System via AP)

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex at Nyongbyon if the United States takes corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday after the two leaders held summit talks in Pyongyang to try to sustain nuclear diplomacy with Washington, which has been pushing hard for stronger disarmament moves from the North.

The Korean leaders also said the North would dismantle a missile engine test site and launch pad in the presence of outside inspectors, and would seek to host the 2032 Summer Olympics together. Moon also said Kim would try to visit Seoul sometime this year.

Washington wants North Korea to outline the entirety of its nuclear program, and its response to Wednesday’s joint statement from the Koreas remains to be seen. While the declaration appears to fall short of what Washington wants, President Donald Trump has maintained that he and Kim have a solid relationship and both leaders have expressed interest in meeting again after their June summit in Singapore. North Korea has been demanding a declaration formally ending the Korean War, which was stopped in 1953 by a ceasefire, but neither leader mentioned it as they read the joint statement.

“We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat,” Kim said as he stood by Moon’s side at the guesthouse where Moon is staying. “The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we can’t anticipate. But we aren’t afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation.”

Kim and Moon earlier smiled and chatting as they walked down a hallway and into a meeting room to finalize the joint statement, which also said that the leaders would push for a Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons and to “eliminate all the danger of war.” North Korea was expected to hold a huge mass games spectacle later in the day, with Moon attending an event expected to draw about 150,000 spectators, Seoul said. It wasn’t clear if Kim would attend.

North Korea first staged its mass games in 2002, when Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, was leader. They continued most every year until 2014, then were revived during North Korea’s celebrations of the 70th anniversary of its state founding earlier this month.

Kim gave the South Korean president an exceedingly warm welcome on Tuesday, the first day of the summit, meeting him and his wife at Pyongyang’s airport — itself a very unusual gesture — then riding into town with Moon in an open limousine through streets lined with crowds of North Koreans, who cheered and waved the flag of their country and a blue-and-white flag that symbolizes Korean unity.

The made-for-television welcome has become routine for their summits, after two meetings earlier this year.

The summit talks began at the ruling Workers’ Party headquarters where Kim and Moon were joined by two of their top deputies — spy chief Suh Hoon and presidential security director Chung Eui-yong for Moon, and for Kim, his sister, Kim Yo Jong, and senior Workers’ Party official Kim Yong Chol, according to Moon’s office.

At the start of their meeting Tuesday, Kim thanked Moon for brokering the June summit with Trump.

“It’s not too much to say that it’s Moon’s efforts that arranged a historic North Korea-U.S. summit. Because of that, the regional political situation has been stabilized and more progress on North Korea-U.S. ties is expected,” Kim said, according to South Korean media pool reports and Moon’s office.

Moon responded by expressing his own thanks to Kim for making a “bold decision” in a New Year’s speech to open a new era of detente and send a delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics in February.

Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences

This June 15, 2017, photo provided by Kenneth Madsen, shows a post-on-rail style of fence along the flood plain of the Colorado River between Arizona and Baja California, which is typical of border wall fences placed in environmentally sensitive areas or in areas prone to flooding. A new photo exhibit by Madsen opening Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the Ohio State University-Newark campus, "Up Close with U.S.-Mexico Border Barriers,” highlights different types of border wall fencing. (Kenneth Madsen via AP)

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections.

Kenneth Madsen, an Ohio State University geography professor and border wall expert, hopes his new photo exhibit will help bring the border closer to people at a time of heated discussion about the role of the wall, and of barriers in society overall.

“Up Close with U.S.-Mexico Border Barriers” opens Wednesday at the LeFevre Art Gallery on the Ohio State campus in Newark, 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Columbus. The free exhibit of 33 poster-sized pictures features border wall photos and maps.

One of the exhibit’s goals is creating awareness about the wall, which can include low-grade sections in rural areas meant to stop vehicles and much stronger barriers in cities meant to stop people, Madsen said.

“People don’t generally have a chance to see something up close, at that level of detail, to know what’s going on out there,” he said.

President Donald Trump has held out the possibility of a government shutdown before the November elections over his effort to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even as Republican congressional leaders publicly urged him away from that path and predicted it wouldn’t occur. “Build the wall!” was a frequent rallying cry during Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Madsen has studied the border wall since his graduate school days 20 years ago. His photo exhibit consists of pictures taken with his iPhone mostly in 2017, when he was on sabbatical.

In one image, children play at a Mexican playground beside a barrier in Tijuana near the Pacific Ocean while a U.S. border agent watches from his SUV on the American side just a couple of hundred feet away.

In another, stadium lights atop tall poles oversee a pedestrian barrier stretching for miles along a section of the wall between Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta in the Mexican state of Sonora.

In a third, a post-on-rail type wall snakes through a Colorado River flood plain between Arizona and Baja California in Mexico, a design meant to minimize soil disturbance in fragile landscapes, as well as to prevent it being washed away in a flood.

U.S. communities tend to grow away from the border wall, while Mexican communities tend to hug them up close, Madsen said. That helps account for large murals or brightly painted panels along several sections on the Mexican side.

Madsen is also an expert on waivers along the wall, whereby the government can exempt fence construction from a variety of federal requirements, including archaeological and environmental surveys.

Madsen plans to attend an international conference on border walls next week in Montreal.

Another border expert attending that conference says it’s important to share the experience of the border with people through such exhibits because so many stereotypes about the wall are wrong.

“The social construction of the border is negative and it’s perpetuated by people that have never even seen it, been here, touched it, felt it, crossed it,” said Irasema Coronado, a political science professor at the University of Texas-El Paso and a past president of the Association for Borderland Studies.

Madsen’s exhibit isn’t overtly political, and provides useful information for people on both sides of the border debate. But he notes the irony that wall building has increased with the rise of globalization.

Though the free-flow of capital means more freedom for more people, “there also are these border walls and fences to restrict movement of people of lesser economic means with fewer opportunities available, who are maybe stuck in bad situations,” he said.

Public forum addresses illegal dumping, police hiring

Alison Penn Photo City Councilor Angela Moore examines an illegal dumping site close Alice Reischman Smith Park at G Street and East Wells Street in Ward 5 on Monday night. Moore said her constituents have complained about a few more sites like this.

On Monday night, City Manager Joe Neeb and other city staff hosted the last public forum of the year in Ward 5. The city has two forums per Ward each year and only three more forums are left on this year’s list.

Four citizens came to ask about being charged $1,500 to use the city’s portable stage, which was free in the past, for the 14th Annual Southeastern New Mexico Buddy Walk, a large fundraiser to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Neeb said the new fees for the stage are calculated based on an hourly rate for usage of the stage and the eventual replacement cost. Four other citizens came in later.

Neeb said the city has discovered through a cost analysis that it has been contributing $500,000 annually to help local events with in-kind services from the city for police, fire, streets, tents, dori poles, special electronics and more without recouping costs.

“My question has always been for everybody, we need to keep getting people off their couch and out helping us do all of this wonderful stuff — whether it be the Buddy Walk, whether it be the relay for life, whether it be the Veterans Parade, UFO Festival, any of those things — we really want the people to incorporate that,” Neeb said. “It can’t be just going to the city coffers and saying you need to cover this because it is worthwhile, because I’ve never met an un-worthwhile event either.”

The city has now identified five signature events that receive some in-kind service: UFO Festival, Hike It & Spike It, the Rise over Roswell Balloon Rally, Cinco De Mayo, and the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Neeb explained this to the attendees at the forum.

Teresa McCreary said the event sometimes brings 1,200 people from southeastern New Mexico, and that it benefits Roswell with visitors staying in hotels and patronizing restaurants.

Perry McCreary said the Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico, in addition to helping with the Buddy Walk, brings training and teaching opportunities, and even helps families, at the hospitals, with resources if someone in their family has Down syndrome. The McCrearys founded the event 14 years ago.

The next buddy walk is Oct. 20 at Spring River Park & Zoo with registration at 8 a.m. and the walk beginning at 9 a.m. More information can be found atdsfsenm.org.

Neeb asked whether or not the event has ever applied for lodgers’ tax funding and the answer was, not at this time. The McCrearys said the event would be interested in applying for lodgers’ tax funding and creating reciprocal community assistance as Neeb suggested. So far, Neeb said, there has not been a group the city could not help.

Steve Miko, director of sanitation, recycling and landfill, addressed citizen questions on recycling in the city. Miko said the city’s current recycling capability is almost at its maximum and Roswell would need to hire more people to expand. Enid Costley, Roswell Public Library director, said Target takes glass recycling. The green roll-off in the Office Max parking lot belongs to the city and does not take glass. Neeb said it comes down to a cost-benefit analysis whether or not more recycling can happen in Roswell.

Ward 5 City Councilor Angela Moore was present and she asked about people dumping on empty lots, because she received complaints about a lot close Alice Reischman Smith Park on G Street and East Wells Street.

Neeb said the issue of illegal dumping applies to the city’s sanitation and code enforcement departments. He also stated that the city is helping property owners place signs on such locations to hinder illegal dumping, and asking residents in the neighborhoods if they can describe who is doing the dumping. He said the city’s first priority is to take care of the dumping and see if there is a way to maintain the area to avoid future attempts. Neeb and Bill Morris, community development director, said citizens should report any sightings of illegal dumping as soon as possible and that there are fines associated with such an act.

Roswell Police Chief Phil Smith said the current police force is very close to an even number of white and Hispanic or Latino officers and he said this diversity “says a lot” about the department. He said that recruiting officers is a nationwide problem because being an officer is not in vogue. However, he said Roswell’s recruiting efforts are “a lot more optimistic.”

“It’s really about a lot of human suffering and that we are caretakers,” Smith said of being in the law enforcement field. “The true job is not Batman and Robin kicking in doors. The true job is to take care of people. If that’s not your ambition, then the calling isn’t for you.”

Mike Mathews, public safety director, said seven more recruits will graduate from the academy in Santa Fe in October and maybe 10 to 12 more will be going in January.

In terms of new initiatives, Smith said RPD will be starting a mentorship program for young officers to work with more experienced, retired officers who are volunteering their expertise. Mathews said the new Good Morning Program, where RPD calls a household where someone may live alone, has been receiving positive feedback.

On the Angels Program, Smith said in the past eight months only three people have taken advantage of seeking help from the RPD when dealing with drug addictions.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.


Roswell firefighters file complaint about delays in negotiations

Lisa Dunlap Photo The Roswell Professional Firefighters Union has filed a complaint with the Labor Management Relations Board seeking to require the city to return to bargaining talks and other remedies. In this June 2 photo, Roswell fire crews battle a structure fire in the northeast part of the city.

The union representing Roswell firefighters has lodged a complaint against the city for delays in contract negotiations since March.

The International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1249 — also called the Roswell Professional Firefighters Union — filed a “prohibited practices complaint” July 25 with the Labor Management Relations Board, which has scheduled a Sept. 28 meeting about the issue.

City Attorney Aaron Holloman said in an email that the meeting is expected to establish a timeline for resolving the issues brought up in the complaint.

According to the filing signed by Scott Maxwell, chief negotiator with the union, bargaining talks that began in October 2017 “stalled” after a meeting on March 27.

Two attempts since that time to arrange further talks were either not responded to or deferred until the city’s chief negotiator, Dina Holcomb of the Holcomb Law Office in Albuquerque, could speak with a representative of the law firm that advises the union, the complaint alleges. The union filing indicates that the law firm was an internal adviser at that time, not a negotiator.

“Negotiations have been stalled/non-existent through May, June and July,” the complaint states. “This makes the negotiations for salary increases very difficult due to the fiscal year budget timing for the City of Roswell. The stalling is highly prejudicial to the Union.”

The complaint contends that the city’s actions represent violations of two separate provisions of the city’s Labor Management Relations Ordinance.

The union is requesting that the Labor Management Relations Board order the city to continue talks, require the city to name an administrator to the bargaining committee to ensure timely progress and rule for other remedies, including possibly awarding attorney fees and costs to the union.

In a response filed to the complaint, the city has disputed many of the allegations, indicating that there were several efforts to communications with the union. It has asked that the Labor Management Relations Board dismiss the complaint.

Holloman said that discussions about the specifics of the negotiations are not permitted, but he said negotiations have moved slower than what might have been anticipated because of the financial aspects of the talks.

“Throughout the negotiations, many of the non-economic matters have been resolved,” Holloman said. “There are a couple of economic matters that have required additional research from both sides, which has caused resolution to move slower.”

Holloman said that the Labor Management Relations Board, a neutral party, is the entity determining the timing of its meetings, and it decided to meet in late September after the city had time to respond to the union complaint. The current members of the board are Rich Olson, Pauline Ponce and Scott Douglass.

Holloman explained that the city has been obligated to negotiate with the union since local firefighters voted 57-2 for the union March 13, 2017, and their vote was certified by the board not long after on March 23.

“The parties are in ongoing negotiations with regard to wages, hours and terms of conditions of employment, for which any changes negotiated will occur once the parties reach an agreement that is ratified by the employees and the (City) Council.”

He added, “All sides are working to create an agreement that supports the city and its employees by providing exceptional fire safety to Roswell.”

Requests to speak with the firefighter union negotiator, union representatives or a member of the law firm advising the union were not responded to by press time.

The public meeting before the Labor Management Relations Board is set for 10 a.m, Friday, Sept. 28, at Roswell City Hall, 425 N. Richardson Ave.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.


Goddard girls win a laugher on Senior Day

Steve Notz Photo Goddard girls soccer celebrated senior day with a 10-0. Goddard seniors from L-R Destiny Lawrence, Melannie Soto, Bianca Gonzales, Madison Miranda, and Val Hernandez.

There must be something in the air over at Goddard because, on Senior Day, everyone was laughing and having a good time. Every one except Ruidoso. Goddard girls came ready to play on Senior Day as they put a clown suit on the Lady Warriors.

“I have five seniors,” Martinez said. “They rotate in and they are doing pretty good. They are a good group of seniors and a good group of kids. Last year we had a young team and now we are a year older, but they are a great group of kids. I have really enjoyed this season.”

The game was such a laugher — the officials tried to shorten the first half by 4:22 seconds. Normally most senior days are events with crying and hugging — not with this team. Everyone in the stands and the players on the field were happy as Goddard won going away 10-0 Tuesday at Goddard’s home field.

“The difference between last year and this season is experience,” Martinez said. “They were young last season and they just took thumping, but they learned, and over the season they have worked on some different things and gotten better. Their whole mental outlook has changed and they have done everything that I asked them to do this season.”

Goddard had momentum coming into the game after a win against rival Roswell, 9-3 on Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational. They have finally found their offense as they have scored 19 goals in the last two games.

Coach Jamie Martinez put together a tough stretch of seven games to find out what kind of team he had this season, after coming off a disappointing year last season, which saw them lose the district for the first time in four years. Martinez felt like his kids felt the pressure of winning four championships in a row.

“We went through it,” Martinez said, “and did really well.”

Martinez said when talking about his teams through seven games, he set up at the beginning of the year. Goddard played some teams that were undefeated and some teams that were ranked No.1.

“I’m very happy with my team right now,” Martinez said. “I’m looking forward to good things with this team.”

Goddard plays 4 p.m. Thursday at home against Clovis.



Roswell girls took out their anger after losing to rival Goddard on Saturday, in Lovington. The Lady Coyotes were leading 4-0 at halftime and ended up winning in a rout 7-0. Kayleigh Holloway scored two goals in the first half and Madeline Francis scored one along with freshman Maiana Maldonado.

The Lady Coyotes move to 8-4-1 on the season.

Roswell will host Socorro 12 p.m. Saturday at Cielo Grande Soccer Complex.


Roswell girls storms the volleyball court

J.T. Keith Photo Roswell’s Alex Gonzalez goes high to hit a kill shot against Portales Tuesday night at Coyote Den.

Nothing that a good old dose of home cooking can’t cure for the Lady Coyotes. They won Tuesday night at the Coyote Den against Portales. In the fourth game of the set, Roswell girls had to dig down and play inspired volleyball to turn back the Lady Rams to win 25-18, 25-14, 27-29 and 25-17.

“That was kind of a must win tonight,” Baca said. “We needed to learn what that feels like to win again, after losing four games in a row. It’s tough. I thought in the middle of set three, we kind of let down.”

Back feels the key to the victory was minimizing their errors. Back is reworking her substitution pattern and the girls have to relearn how to play together. Back is hoping her team will take to the new system and rotation before district play starts.

The Lady Coyotes (3-4) will get to enjoy a little bit more home cooking when they get to stay home and host the Zia Classic starting on Friday.

“We are looking for two wins,” Baca said. ‘I expect that we will see some good competition. I’m looking for us to improve and get better. I’m happy with the win and there are some things we need to work on, but I’ll take it.”

Alex Gonzalez led the team with 13 kills, Julia Espinoza had nine kills, Jalen Baca had four aces, 21 digs.

Roswell will play 9 a.m on Friday against Miyamura in the Zia Classic


Goddard’s Dwayne Roberts is getting used to this winning thing. His lady rockets have won four out of five games. At Ground Zero the Lady Rockets defeated Clovis 25-7, 25-12 and 25-15. The game was not much of a contest as his system is starting to take effect and his players are starting to know where to be and how to react.

“It is starting to click all together,” Roberts said. “The girls are buying in and they have the confidence to get the job done.”

Goddard is looking to win the Zia Classic Championship back to Roswell.

“I think the end goal is to win the tournament,” Roberts said. “I think the girls have that in mind as well.”

Roberts feels like his system is working because the girls have bought in, and they want to win. His system is taking advantage of their height and his fast tempo offense. A lot of teams have trouble blocking at the net against the Lady Rockets.

Goddard will play in the Zia Classic 9 a.m. Friday against Clovis in pool play.

NMMI Sports Press

The New Mexico Lady Colt volleyball team fell to the Loving Falcons in three sets at Godfrey Athletic Center on the campus of NMMI.

The Lady Colts got down early in the first set but battled back to almost take the lead at one point. The Falcons were able to close the first set giving them a 25-17 set one win.

In the second set, The Lady Colts could not muster a big run to gain momentum in the set losing 25-12.

NMMI gained momentum in the third set. Loving did not get a big jump early and NMMI was able to take the lead 21-17, but after a Loving timeout, NMMI fell 25-23 in the third set.

Head Lady Colt volleyball coach Stephanie Schooley said, “We are making too many errors and we cannot finish a set.”

Coach Schooley was pleased with her team’s effort for most of the third set. Coach Schooley said, “We started to communicate and we did not hesitate for balls. We started to play how we know how to play until the end of the set.”

Next up for the Lady Colts is a match against Gateway Christian at Gateway Christian High School on Tuesday, Sep, 20 at 6 PM.

Coach Schooley said it will take a team effort to win at Gateway. “We have to keep the same level of play throughout the match and not for just two or three-point spurts.”


Snyder speaks out about dangers of apps

AP File Photo / Susan Montoya Bryan In this 2015 photo, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas talks during a news conference in Albuquerque. New Mexico is suing Google, Twitter and other companies that develop and market mobile gaming apps for children, saying the apps violate state and federal laws by collecting personal information that could compromise privacy. The lawsuit filed in federal court on Sept. 11 comes as data-sharing concerns persist among users.

Though the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department does not have a program to deal with or educate the public about the risks the internet and online devices can present to children, parents need to actively monitor what their children are doing online.

“Look at their phones, look at everything they are doing,” Brit Snyder, Chaves County sheriff, said Tuesday. He added that if parents are operating on the assumption that everything is all right as it relates to their child’s internet activity, they are likely missing something.

Parents need to pay particular attention to the apps their children are downloading and using.

“There are so many apps that are being used, being misused by predators to gain access to children,” Snyder continued. “The list is almost too long to name.”

Law enforcement at the state level is also looking to address the dangers some apps can present to children..

Earlier this month the New Mexico Attorney General’s office revealed in a press release that they had filed a lawsuit against Tiny Lab Productions, Google and other tech companies, alleging they produce and sell apps sold in Google Play stores that contain illegal tracking software.

Other app producers named in the suit include MoPub, AerServ, InMobi PTE, AppLovin and IronSource.

Federal law bars the collection of personal data of children under age 13 without parental consent, according to the release.

Illegal data collection allows defendants and whoever else they sell data to, to track, profile and target children nationwide, the release states.

“These apps can track where children live, play, and go to school with incredible precision,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in the release. “These multi-million dollar tech companies partnering with app providers are taking advantage of New Mexico children, and the unacceptable risk of data breach and access from third parties who seek to exploit and harm our children in New Mexico will not be tolerated in New Mexico.”

The New Mexico Attorney General’s office recommends parents be selective about the apps their children are allowed to download.

The AG’s office also advises:

• Limit the time children spend on their device and make sure apps are fully closed when not being played

• Limit ad tracking through settings on a device and reset advertising identifiers; set a weekly time to check the settings on their child’s device to make sure nothing has changed

• Apps should be used that are not ad-supported and devices put in airplane mode

Snyder said he wishes there was a device or program that would include a description of apps and what they are used for.

Todd Wildermuth, Roswell Police Department public information officer, said in an email that RPD is working to train a detective to represent the department on the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The department has had a representative on the task force but does not currently.

The Task Force is composed of 61 coordinated task forces composed of 4,500 federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies, according to the task force website.

Wildermuth said they do not have a timetable for when the department will have someone trained.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.


Drop off your donations for women at RDR


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Pictured is a box where donations of hygiene products can be dropped off in the lobby of the Roswell Daily Record at 2301 North Main Street. The box is part of a larger effort by the Misfits Psalm 107, a woman’s Bible Study Group at Grace Community Church that has been looking to collect the donations and place them in bags to be distributed by Harvest Ministries and the Salvation Army. After three weeks of having a box in the lobby, about four donations have been dropped off at the Roswell Daily Record office. People can drop off items at the Roswell Daily Record office from 8 a.m to 5 p.m Monday through Thursday or Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.


Poll: Herrell leads in House race, Heinrich ahead in Senate race


New polls in the open U.S. House race in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District and in the state’s U.S. Senate race show Republican U.S. House candidate Yvette Herrell and incumbent Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich winning their respective races.

The poll conducted by Research and Polling Inc. of Albuquerque and conducted for the Albuquerque Journal, has Republican Yvette Herrell defeating Democrat Xochi Torres Small 48 to 41 percent.

Another 11 percent surveyed said they would not reveal or know who they would cast a ballot for this November.

The poll in the House race was taken of 405 registered voters and has a margin of error of 4.9 percent, according to the Albuquerque Journal article announcing the poll results. The poll in the senate race was taken of 966 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent. Both polls were scientific surveys taken of people who voted in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

Herrell, a realtor and four-term state representative from Alamogordo; and Torres Small, a former field representative for Sen. Tom Udall and water attorney from Las Cruces, are vying to be the next U.S. Representative in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, which encompasses southern New Mexico, including Roswell.

Incumbent Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican, opted not to seek re-election and is instead his party’s nominee for governor.

According to the article, Torres Small wins Democratic voters 84 to 7 percent and Hispanic voters 57 to 33 percent. Harrell leads among Republican voters 85 to 4 percent and Anglos 54 to 33 percent. She also holds a 55 to 24 edge among unaffiliated and voters who are registered with other parties.

The poll numbers come even though reports filed with the Federal Election Commission showed Torres Small out-raised Harrell in the last fundraising quarter $400,761.87, to $120,315.06.

Brian Sanderoff, president of Research and Polling Inc. said Monday that although Torres-Small has been an impressive candidate, she faces tough terrain in a district that has long had a heavy conservative and Republican tilt.

“She’s not behind because she is a bad candidate — she seems to be a pretty good candidate, but it is still a conservative district,” he said.

The 2nd Congressional District is a district that is not monolithic.

“I think of the 2nd Congressional District has divided geographically and politically by the Sacramento Mountains,” Sanderoff said.

The region east of the mountains, which includes Chaves, Eddy, Lincoln and Roosevelt counties are staunchly Republican, while places in the western part of the district such as Las Cruces and Silver City, are much more hospitable to Democrats.

Despite having a smaller population in the east, Republicans usually take the district because they have impressive turnout among their voters that exceeds voter turnout rates in the west, Sanderoff said.

He added that places in the west such as Truth or Consequences are more conservative and are able to soften the Democratic edge in the west.

The Albuquerque Journal poll also shows Democrat Martin Heinrich far ahead in his bid for a second term. A separate article shows Heinrich with a large lead over his two opponents Republican Mick Rich and Gary Johnson, a former New Mexico governor and a Libertarian candidate.

Heinrich receives 47 percent in the poll with Rich and Johnson netting 26 and 16 percent of the vote respectively.

Sanderoff said that most registered Democrats and Republicans are sticking with their respective parties, despite Johnson’s time as governor and national profile as a 2012 and 2016 presidential candidate.

“That’s why Mick Rich is doing better than Gary Johnson,” Sanderoff said. “Mick Rich is a lot better known than Mick Rich but Mick Rich is doing better because he is the official Republican candidate.”

Johnson’s entry has served to split the Republican and conservative vote though, he added.

According to the poll, Johnson wins a plurality of unaffiliated and minor party voters. Johnson carries 37 percent of the group compared to 30 percent for Heinrich and 20 percent for Rich.

The poll shows Heinrich winning a majority of votes in the three-way contest in the Albuquerque metro area, the northwestern part of the state, north central New Mexico and the southwestern part of the state.

The strongly Republican east is the only region Heinrich does not carry. The poll shows Rich winning that region with 38 percent of the vote, with Heinrich and Johnson taking 30 percent and 16 percent of the vote respectively.

Sanderoff said the race would likely be more competitive if it was a two-candidate race between Heinrich and either Johnson or Rich.

He added that Heinrich benefits from having both candidates in the race.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.


Fender-bender only injures vehicles


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First responders check out the drivers of two vehicles involved in an accident at South Main Street and Hobson Road Tuesday at 1 p.m. A police officer at the scene said that no people were injured in the accident that involved a red Dodge Ram pickup and a green Chevy Camaro.


Tuesday structure fire still under investigation


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A Roswell Fire Department firefighter walks toward a mobile home at 901 E. Deming St. that had been on fire shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. A firefighter at the scene said one person was treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


University of New Mexico president vows more transparency


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president of New Mexico’s flagship university promised Monday to adopt further reforms amid an investigation into the school’s athletic program and criticism over how regents voted to cut some sports.

In her first annual state of the university address, University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes said she would work to make the school more transparent and pointed out that she has created a search committee to make hires for key administrative positions. The new administrators in finance and the school’s legal team will help guide improvements in transparency, she said.

But Stokes avoided directly mentioning the New Mexico Attorney General Office’s investigation into the school’s athletic program or the recent cutting of soccer.

She acknowledged, however, that the university “faces continuous scrutiny from many corners” and said she has learned a lot about New Mexico following a statewide tour.

Earlier this month, the attorney general’s office said the University of New Mexico sought to actively hide information from journalists seeking information about questionable spending by the athletics department and the contentious decision to cut some sports.

Assistant Attorney General Dylan K. Lange wrote in the report that the numerous violations centered on the state’s Open Meetings Act and the Inspection of Public Records Act.

In her first 200 days in office, Stokes also has wrestled with criticism from state lawmakers, city leaders and others for a decision to cut some sports teams as part of an effort to rein in spending within the troubled athletics department.

Despite an outcry from soccer fans and some lawmakers, Stokes endorsed a plan by the school’s athletic director to cut soccer and other sports.

Stokes told an audience on Monday after the tough decision over the summer, “I could no longer consider myself your new president.”

With its main campus in Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico serves close to 25,000 students. In recent years, the school, like others in New Mexico, has seen an enrollment decline. It also remains near the bottom of some lists on salaries for professors.

Stokes blamed the enrollment drop partly on the overall backlash universities are facing.

Stokes also said she has formed advisory committees to offer recommendations on various subjects from ethics to engaging with Native American tribes to how to make school a more welcoming place.

Joe Angel Contreras


Joe Angel Contreras, 46, entered into rest on Thursday, August 30, 2018, in Hagerman, New Mexico. A Memorial Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at General Douglas L. McBride Cemetery. Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Joe’s family at andersonbethany.com.

On November 9, 1971, Joe was born to Juan Padilla and Manuela “Nellie” Contreras in Roswell, New Mexico. Joe joined the United States Army National Guard 16 Aug 1991 and was honorably discharged on 15 May 1992. He loved working on odd jobs and helping his parents out. Joe was a loving, kind-hearted person with a heart of gold. His approach to people was to help anyone in any way possible, be it giving his last dollar or giving his shirt off his back. These things came from a humbled heart. Always gregarious and humorous, Joe enjoyed joking around with his nephews and nieces, whom he dearly loved. His family and friends will profoundly miss him. “Now, he is resting with mom and brothers, Johnny Joe Contreras and Sonny Ray Contreras Sr.”

Those left to cherish Joe’s memory are his father, Juan Padilla; sisters, Margaret Solis (Isaias Solis) and Margarita Arzola Reyes (Carlos Ojeda); nieces and nephews: Dariana Acosta (Jarod Acosta), Marco A. Solis, Isaias “Chito” Solis, Marissa Peralta (Baby Noah), Antonette Peralta (Baby Angelina), Sonny Ray Contreras Jr., Loretta Contreras Grado (Julian Grado) and babies, Rodolfo Herrera, and Magaly Arzola Herrera; and loving pet, Nikey.

Preceding Joe in death were his mother, Manuela (Nellie, Curty) Padilla; grandparents, Pedro O. Contreras and Margarita Sanchez Contreras; and brothers: Johnny Joe Contreras, Sonny Ray Contreras Sr., and Marcos Armando Arzola Reyes.


Alamogordo man survives rollover, then fatally struck by car


ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an Alamogordo man is dead after surviving a rollover crash and then getting fatally struck by a passing car.

New Mexico State Police say 35-year-old Jason Clapper was driving on U.S. Highway 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft at a high rate of speed when the vehicle rolled about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

State Police say Clapper was wearing a seatbelt, sustained minor injuries and was able to get out of the vehicle.

While standing along the road in an unlit area, authorities say Clapper was struck by a passing car.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

State Police say the crash is under investigation, but alcohol doesn’t appear to be a contributing factor in the fatal collision and the driver isn’t facing any charges at this time.

Leroy Byrd


Leroy Byrd, 67, entered into rest on Monday, September 10, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There will be a Viewing at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

A Funeral Service will be held at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at General Douglas L. McBride Cemetery.

Please take a moment and share a fond memory or kind expression of sympathy for Leroy’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.

On March 1, 1951, Leroy was born to Lawrence Byrd and Lula William Byrd. He enjoyed playing his music and getting together with his friends. Leroy’s Bible was one of his prized possessions that he especially enjoyed reading. Leroy was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed, not only by his family and friends but by all those fortunate enough to have known him.

Those left to eternally treasure and cherish memories of Leroy are his loving mother, Lula M. Byrd; siblings: Lawrence Byrd, Carolyn (Byrd) Norris, David Byrd, Richard Byrd, Tommy Byrd, Willie Byrd, Ola Mae Draper.

Preceding Leroy in death were his father, Lawrence Byrd; grandparents: Mack and Easter Williams; and niece, Charlotte Byrd.

Those chosen as Pallbearers will be: Robert Jackson, George Raab, Charles Reese, and James Webb.


Virgin Mary statue in New Mexico reportedly ‘cries’ _ again


HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A Virgin Mary sculpture in a New Mexico Catholic church is “crying” — again.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports parishioners say the bronze Our Lady of Guadalupe statue at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs was seen weeping for the firth time since May.

Devotees say the statue was seen weeping Thursday as parishioners prepared for a weekend family fair.

Parish office manager Judy Ronquillo says he saw the tears as volunteers moved the statue to a sanctuary.

The stories of the tears have brought visitors from around the American Southwest to the church and sparked an investigation by the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces.

The diocese says if the cause of the phenomenon is supernatural, the church “must discern if it is from God or from the devil.”

Troubled New Mexico city finally gets police chief, attorney


LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico city plagued by lawsuits from former workers and infighting finally has hired a police chief and city attorney.

The Las Vegas Optic reports the city council of Las Vegas, New Mexico, recently voted to confirm Jerry Delgado as police chief and Esther Garduno Montoya as city attorney.

Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron announced last week she was appointing both.

Both positions have not had permanent appointees on duty since December.

The hiring delays came as Gurule-Giron clashed with city councilors over hires.

Three former city workers, including former city attorney Dave Romero, are suing Las Vegas over their terminations.

Las Cruces priest accused of sexual misconduct on leave


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces has placed a priest on leave following allegations of sexual misconduct with adults.

Bishop Oscar Cantu said in a news release Monday that the Rev. Rogelio Martinez, a pastor at St. Genevieve Parish, is on administrative leave with pay while multiple allegations are investigated.

Cantu said the allegations “are serious in nature” and may involve clergy or church personnel.

Diocese officials are launching an internal probe. They say a review board will look at the results. If they are found to be credible, Martinez could receive sanctions.

The diocese has also reported the allegations to the office of District Attorney Mark D’Antonio for a possible criminal investigation.

There was no answer Monday when a call was made to a number listed for Martinez.

Firm tasked with marketing Roswell

Alison Penn Photo Roswell Police Department Officer Richard Romero, Captain Fil Gonzales, Juanita Jennings and Billy Kulkin, pictured from left, had a discussion about recruitment efforts last week at the RPD. Also present was Katy Livingston.

Cubic Inc. (Cubic Creative Agency), the city of Roswell’s new contracted marketing agency, visited the city last week to meet with various community organizations for a listening session to get to know Roswell.

On Tuesday Billy Kulkin, Cubic’s president and managing partner, and Katy Livingston, Cubic’s associate creative director, met with the Roswell Tourism Council and the Roswell Police Department (RPD). Juanita Jennings, Roswell public affairs director, oversaw both meetings.

“First, Roswell is fertile for those that wish to find and explore the beauty in art, the outdoors and the unknown,” Kulkin said in an emailed statement on what the company learned from the meetings. “Second, the community may be divided — but the core DNA of Roswell will bring people together to move the community forward. Third, there is an opportunity to engage the public and let them help direct our visitors to other activities here — instead of sending them on day trips outside of Roswell.”

Kulkin said Cubic’s scope of work includes the following: unifying the city brand, developing and executing a marketing strategy focused on the next evolution of the See Roswell tourism campaign and FlyRoswell, and they also are tasked with developing a measurable recruitment campaign for RPD.

Kulkin said the company, “is a full-service creative agency that uses business intelligence, strategic insights and purposeful creativity to drive revenue for communities to improve the lives of residents.” He said there are 21 full-time employees with offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Denver, Colorado.

In previous tourism talks and public forums, citizens have mentioned there is a divide about supporting events related to the 1947 UFO incident, and it can be difficult for the city to communicate with all of the citizens through local media and other outlets.

Kulkin said the world-renowned brand from the 1947 incident is a story with more to tell and other communities wish for such recognition. He added there is an opportunity to expand the Roswell story beyond its tradition to appeal to a greater audience without losing historical integrity.

Kulkin said communication challenges exist in every city he has worked with — and he said the challenge is often related to the communities’ understanding of the role of tourism and the investment it brings.

“Ultimately, we want to better articulate the Roswell story to the right visitors at the right time to increase tax revenues for the city to provide a better quality of life for Roswell’s residents,” Kulkin said.

Kulkin said Cubic’s staff has “a wide variety of community and destination marketing experience.” He listed Raleigh, North Carolina, Ulster County, New York, Martin County, Florida, City of Hampton, Virginia and Fort Bragg, California as some of Cubic’s clients.

For the first meeting with the tourism council, 14 representatives from the International UFO Museum and Research Center, UFO Festival, MainStreet Roswell and more shared with Kulkin and Livingston what they believed to be Roswell’s strengths and weaknesses. The group shared everything from the museums to the Rio Pecos Kennel Club’s annual dog show as examples of the hidden gems of Roswell.

Kulkin said the fact that Cubic is an outsider to the community is a benefit because they will have a new perspective and notice other things about Roswell.

Livingston asked if visitors get the message that there are other things to do besides the aliens and the group answered no — or said it depends on who that visitor talks to during their stay. Some of the others in the meeting said the common attitude is there is nothing to do in Roswell and that this idea is sometimes bolstered by airline staff and those in the service industry, who interact with tourists firsthand.

Community leaders also said they get feedback from visitors that Roswell is a welcoming community.

At the second meeting, at the RPD, Kulkin and Livingston met with Officer Richard Romero, training and recruiting officer, and Captain Fil Gonzales to discuss recruiting strategy.

Jennings, Gonzales and Romero shared the previous hiring initiatives of the RPD. Jennings said the grassroots recruiting campaign started in fall of 2016 and the RPD was down 21 positions at that time. Gonzales said local radio advertisements and a posting on Indeed were a great help. Romero said the RPD had only three open positions in December 2017.

Jennings said the RPD wants a waiting list of qualified applicants to choose from to join the force. She also said recruitment will be an ongoing process as the RPD faces officers retiring, and to keep the burden of overtime as minimal as possible for officers and their families.

Romero said providing a way to apply online and streamlining the city’s hiring process internally has also been helpful in the RPD’s hiring efforts.

Kulkin asked who the competition is, and the group answered Hobbs, Albuquerque, Carlsbad and the competitive pay of the oil field. Gonzales said lack of amenities has been an issue in attracting officers and families to Roswell, but the Burt Murphy Splash Pad and the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center are some of the improvements to combat this issue.

Romero said Roswell is beautiful and keeps people here.

Gonzales said the RPD has strong support from the community and shared his experience with the Community Investment Project, where the officers take the command center to a public area in the summertime.

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.


College fair slated for Saturday

Alex Ross Photo The Lt. Godfrey Athletic Center on the New Mexico Military Institute campus will be the site of the Southeast New Mexico State College Fair this Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. This year’s fair is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admissions Counseling with representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities in attendance. Students can register ahead of time at www.gotocollegefairs.com.

Students, their families and representatives from more than 40 colleges will be at the New Mexico Military Institute campus this Saturday for the Seventh Annual Southeast New Mexico College Fair.

The fair, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admissions Counseling, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. in the Lt. Godfrey Athletic Center at NMMI, Major Susan Scott, co-chair of the fair and deputy director of the Toles Learning Resource Center at NMMI, said Monday.

An information session about the Daniels Scholarship Program, a four-year annual renewable scholarship program open to students in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, will also take place on the campus after the fair at 2:15 p.m. in Luna Hall.

Parking and admission are free and open to the public, Smith said. The informational session for the Daniels scholarship is also free.

Smith added that students typically come from all over southeast New Mexico to attend the fair.

Smith said this year representatives from small liberal arts colleges, universities, research centers and this year the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Michigan will be in attendance.

Representatives will also be on hand from New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, Oregon, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Alabama and Canada.

“We’ve got a pretty good selection,” Smith said.

The fair is a rare chance for students and their parents or guardians to take part in the search for a college together.

She added that high school seniors are not the only ones who come to the fair.

“We reach out to all grades at high school and we’ve even actually had some middle school students as well come to see the options out there,” she said.

She added that the more time students take to look at colleges, the better idea they can get of what is out there for them.

Students who plan on attending can pre-register at www.gotocollegefairs.com.

They will then receive a barcode that they can either print out or have on their smartphone, which can be scanned by representatives at the fair, Smith said.

Pre-registering online will allow students to spend more time speaking with representatives from individual colleges rather than filling out informational cards for each school.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.


Volleyball Preview: Local teams ready for 2018

Shawn Naranjo Photo Roswell’s Julie Espinoza goes for a slam against Goddard in a match at the Coyote Den earlier this season.

As the stomach turns. What’s unpredictable about sports is, it’s unpredictable: that’s why they play the games. Roswell’s coach Heather Baca’s team got off to a hot 2-0 start. Suddenly in a matter of days, her team is on a four-game skid and looks to break out of it with a little home cooking tonight at the Coyote Den when they take on the Portales Rams.

“I’m disappointed in the way we competed for the last three matches,” Baca said, “but we have been working hard in practice to regroup.”

The Lady Coyotes have beaten the Lady Rams earlier in the season. Baca is looking to get her team back on track before the start of district play on Oct. 9, when they travel to Hobbs.

The Lady Coyotes have six games to fine-tune their play until district play begins.

“One thing I plan to do different,” Baca said, “is to keep athletes on the court that will give it their all and will compete for the whole match.”

In their last match, they lost in straight sets to Artesia: 15-25, 15-25 and 26-28. The season is still young and several players are still learning the system and how to play together.

“I am hoping to see more teamwork,” Baca said. “I want to see more effort and energy from my team tonight.”

Roswell will take on the Portales Rams at 6:30 p.m. at the Coyote Den.


First-year coach Dwayne Roberts did not like losing and told his team that. He told them he expected them to play up to his standards and that hustling and giving effort was non-negotiable and that they had to earn the right to wear the uniform. Nothing that 10 days off between matches and hustle drills during practices to get his point across.

Roberts has his team at .500, winning three-out-of-four games to go 3-3 on the season. With a game against Clovis tonight, look for his team’s height to present problems. Roberts at any one time can have three players at the net measuring 5-foot-11 and blocking shots.

“Winning three of the four games is a good start,” Roberts said. “I’m more happy with the way we are playing good volleyball and improving in all of our matches.”

His team is getting more comfortable playing together and learning his system, which he used at Sul Ross University. The team is playing at a faster tempo than they were used to last season.

“The team is getting more comfortable with the system we are running,” Roberts said, “and it shows.”

Goddard took third place in the Tournament of Champions in Santa Fe on Saturday. Goddard will play Clovis at 6:30 p.m at Ground Zero today.


Hagerman has started the season strong, going on a four-game winning streak after losing their first game of the season. The Lady Bobcats will be fairly young this season with two seniors on the team. Coach Monica Morales always has her sights set on a district championship and to qualify for a state tourney bid.

“We’re fairly young,” Morales said. “This is somewhat of a rebuilding year for us. Our kids have filled positions and are doing quite well and know their roles.”

Morales noted several standout players in Esther DelaCruz, who is a middle hitter and defensive specialist, with junior Cerria Lucero as the libero and senior Bethaney Barelay as the setter.

“Overall, our team is playing well together,” Morales stated. “We are communicating well. I’ve been happy with how our team has come together and how scrappy we are.”

Hagerman travels to Mescalero Apache for a 5 p.m. contest today.

Gateway Christian

Gateway Christian coach Kerri Pirtle has the team off to a fast start winning their first four games. The team will be off until Thursday when they face New Mexico Military Institute.

Coach Pirtle has lost some key players from last year’s squad but feels like her setters are solid. She is getting healthy as one of her players is coming back from an ACL with another of her players coming back in October. Pirtle feels like with the experience she has back and the new players, they are in between rebuilding and being able to compete for a championship.

“Our goals are to play with intensity every game, “Pirtle said. “I saw a lot of it our first game and we lacked it in the second game, we need more consistency there.”

The team has some great hitters in Lauren Wulf and Aubrey Freese with a good setting core of Kaylee Stephens, Sierra Fresquea and Isabel Worrall. The team will have a new libero in MJ Stephens.

“MJ has a lot of raw talent,” Pirtle said. “I was surprised how well we played together our first game. I have high expectations for them now.”

Gateway Christian returns to the court at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday when they take on NMMI.


Dexter lost Marlou Blankvoort, Madison Bogle, Bryana Munoz, Darcie Regalado, Fatima Lopez, and Allyssa Madden. All they did in their four years as seniors was play in the state champions game and make it to state four years. Oh! — and they lost coach Andy likens, who is refereeing. Instead of making strategy calls he’s making out calls. New coach Lisa Granados will rely on four seniors in Yasmine Martinez, Jessica Burch, Ashley Gonzalez and Yajaira Sosa. The team has gotten off to a slow start going 1-3, but look to get back to their winning ways as they defeated Clayton on Saturday. Dexter will play at 5:30 p.m. at home today against Texico.


Goddard JV runners run well


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Taru Heinaro left, Morgan Waltmire right


Goddard volleyball takes third


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Goddard girls volleyball finished in third place at the Tournament of Champions in Santa Fe on Saturday.


Roswell wins two in tourney


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Roswell’s #10 Eduardo Moya kicks the ball in tournament play over the weekend in the Albuquerque Academy Tournament. The Coyotes went 2-1 in the tournament, bouncing back from a 3-0 loss to Cleveland to win 3-2 against Farmington and 4-2 against Piedra Vista. Roswell is 6-4 on the season.


Goddard girls defeat rival


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The Goddard girls soccer team celebrates their 9-3 win over the Roswell girls soccer team on Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Soccer Invitational. Goddard won one game and lost two during tournament play.


Poll shows Lujan Grisham leads Pearce by 7 points


Less than two months before November’s high-stakes midterm election, a new poll shows Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham leading Republican Steve Pearce in the race to be New Mexico’s next governor.

According to the poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal by Research and Polling Inc. of Albuquerque, Lujan Grisham leads Pearce in the race for governor 50 to 43 percent. Another 7 percent either said they were undecided or did not say who they were planning to cast a ballot for in November.

“On one hand it is only a seven point lead, but on the other hand, the fact that she is at 50 percent and there are relatively few undecideds, means that Steve Pearce would have to pick up the remaining undecideds and perhaps peel off a few Lujan Grisham voters,” Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc, said Monday.

“That’s what we are seeing happening now,” he said.

Both sides have begun airing negative television spots criticizing each other, part of what Sanderoff said is an effort by each candidate to pick up support from the less enthusiastic voters who back their opponent.

The scientific poll of 966 registered New Mexico voters who cast ballots in the 2014 and 2016 elections was conducted between Sept. 7 and 13. The poll was taken of voters using both landline and cellular phones.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

Lujan Grisham, a three-term U.S. representative in New Mexico’s First Congressional District from Albuquerque, and Pearce, a longtime representative in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, which includes Roswell — are locked in a race to succeed Republican Susana Martinez. Martinez is unable to run for a third term due to term limits.

Sunday’s Journal article about the poll shows Lujan Grisham leads 87 to 8 percent among Democrats and 61 to 32 percent among Hispanics. Pearce meanwhile leads among Republicans 86 to 7 percent, 55 to 37 percent among independents and 50 to 45 percent among whites.

Sanderoff said both candidates have strong areas of support typical of their parties with the more conservative Republican east likely to go for Pearce by a 40-point margin. Lujan Grisham will have similar success in such Democratic strongholds as Santa Fe, Taos and Silver City.

The poll shows Lujan Grisham defeating Pearce 68 to 22 percent in north central New Mexico and 53 to 41 percent in in the Albuquerque metro area. It shows Pearce carries the eastern part of the state — which includes Roswell and his hometown of Hobbs — 62 to 33 percent.

“Those two regions tend to offset each other, so then the race is decided in other parts of the state,” Sanderoff said.

Lujan Grisham, whose district includes Albuquerque, is also likely to do better in that area, Sanderoff said. The poll shows her outperforming Pearce in the Albuquerque metro area 53 to 41 percent.

He said Pearce is unlikely to win Albuquerque, but he has to reduce Lujan Grisham’s margin of victory in that area.

“He’s not going to win Albuquerque, but he has to keep his losses down,” Sanderoff added.

Pearce has, since the primaries, portrayed himself as someone willing to campaign in parts of the state Republicans usually ignore.

Sanderoff said although Pearce has never won a majority of the Hispanic vote in his U.S. House races, he has always had good support for a Republican.

“So the question is, can he continue with that track record?” asked Sanderoff.

Victory for Lujan Grisham meanwhile will likely depend on how well she does in Las Cruces.

Although Las Cruces has recently had a much more Democratic tilt, Pearce, whose congressional district includes Las Cruces, is popular within his current district and will do better than most Republicans.

Because of his hometown advantage, Lujan Grisham will have to work harder in the Las Cruces area than Democrats usually do.

She also has to make sure her base gets out to vote.

“So she has to inspire her base to get those mainstream Democrats out to the polls,” Sanderoff said.

As for the tone of the race, Sanderoff said he expects it to get worse.

“I think it is going to get nasty and it just started a few weeks ago,” he said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.


Former Goddard player powers his way to dream

Drew Manzanares gets ready to lift heavy in a workout at Alton’s Power Block Gym. (Submitted Photo)

Some dreams don’t happen in high school when an athlete wants it to happen. Sometimes life circumstances dictate that you move on with life and win in other areas of your life until you can compete again.

Sometimes it takes 20 years until a former athlete finds their sweet spot in athletics and life. Still, nobody expects a former high school athlete to become a champion at anything in their mid-30s. One man showed what dedication, desire and never quitting can accomplish no matter what life throws at you. Andrew Manzanares discovered a passion for powerlifting and coaching.

Disappointment and death

Manzanares is a 1997 Goddard grad and former football player. He ended up watching his senior season go by the wayside as he broke his ankle. As the former offensive and defensive lineman, many a night he wished and hoped he could be on the field of play with his friends and Goodard football brothers, Keith Dunlap, Billy Cobos, Mo Espinoza and Richard Hernandez while they played a tough schedule going against the likes of Carlsbad, Clovis, Hobbs and arch-rival Roswell.

Life threw Manzanares a curveball when he broke his ankle, but life really knocked him down when his rock, his father, Toby, ended up dying of renal cancer in August ‘97 at the age of 41. Manzanares was raised to stick by his family and he sacrificed his personal goals in life to help support his mom, Denise, and brother, Joe, who was two years younger.

“My dad had always prepared us for life,” Manzanares said, “to become men. When he died, it opened my eyes a lot more. My mom is the heart and soul of our family — she kept us three together. She was working and trying to make sure me and my brother (Andrew and Joe) had everything we needed. It made me open my eyes.”

New passion

Manzanares started working out at Alton’s Power Block Gym when co-owners Alton and Betsy Shields asked him to train with Bill Adams early in the morning for a competition in Albuquerque on April 29, 2008. Little did Manzanares know that by helping Adams get ready for the tournament, he would be helping himself get ready to compete in the same tournament.

Manzanares played and coached under the legendary Goddard coach Sam Jernigan. One of the things he felt Jernigan passed on to him was a love of football. With Jernigan, he learned the weight room and the ability to be strong playing in the trenches because that’s what Goddard football was about: pulling ties, lifting after practice and hard work. That’s what Goddard football was built on — hard work.

“Playing for coach Jernigan taught me a lot of life lessons,” Manzanares said. “We learned the game of football and we learned how to become young men in the community. I learned a lot from the game of football. Being a part of those coaches made me want to become a coach as well.”

He coached at Goddard from 2000-04 and at Roswell under head coach Barey Chambers from 2006-08 and Gateway Christian from 2012-13.

With a desire to get back in shape, Manzanares felt the urge to start lifting again in 2005 and fell in love with the sport of powerlifting in 2007. When Manzanares started lifting, his goal was to be on the wall at Alton’s Power Block Gym for the bench press for 300 pounds. After each competition, he changed his goal to a higher and higher weight until he wanted to be one of the first persons to lift 600 pounds.

His training partners, Joe Oldfield and Lucas Moreno, helped him set the weight. Before he lifts, Manzanares zones everything out of his mind and listens to music and he tells himself it is lightweight when he is walking to the platform. Moreno sets the weight and doesn’t tell Manzanares what the weight is set at. They do all this by training through workouts.

“I liked the sport,” Manzanares said. “I thank the Alton’s Power Block Gym for getting me involved in the sport. I played sports my whole life, but powerlifting is a totally different sport.”

Manzanares found another way to compete and win — he took up the sport of powerlifting and won his first event benching 386 pounds. He continued with the sport and in 2013, he entered the Oklahoma tournament on Sept. 15, 2013, and set the bench press record of 628 pounds to become the 2013 National Athletic Strength Association (NASA ) Athlete of the Year.

“I was thinking once I took it out of the rack,” Manzanares said, “it felt kind of heavy and then the blood started flowing through. The adrenaline took over and I was listening to Lucas and Marissa (Moreno) tell me to stay tight and let it work. I just blew it up and I was hoping I got all white lights. I felt pumped and excited once the lift was good.”

For Manzanares, lifting is something that he can do by himself after being involved in so many team sports he has played all of his life. He likes that he can set individual goals, which he did by lifting 628 pounds. He believes lifting in sports is a necessity if an athlete is going to compete successfully against their competition.

Manzanares wants to compete as long as he is healthy and can. His workout routine is at 4 a.m. five days a week and on the weekend at 6 a.m. To lift heavy, he trains with heavy weights every workout — some days he will alternate speed workouts and heavy workouts.

“I would tell athletes to stay healthy,” Manzanares said. “A lot of athletes need to find the weight room. I was never shown the weight room until I got to Goddard. I think it is essential for every athlete to find the weight room to get stronger and become the best they can be in their sport.”


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