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No siesta to win a Fiesta


People stand up against a 2018 Ford Fiesta Saturday in the parking lot of the UFO McDonalds on North Main Street during the No Siesta for the Fiesta contest. Thirty people competed in the hands-on marathon for the car. The person who maintains contact with the car the longest wins the car. People were also encouraged to go online and purchase items for the contestants. Money raised for the sale of the items goes to the New Mexico Ronald McDonald House. (Alex Ross Photo)

Man suspected in June shooting arrested


A Roswell man accused of shooting two other men outside a residence in south Roswell in late June was arrested Friday night in the southeast part of the city.

George Alley, 20, is charged with two counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated assault in connection with a June 27 incident in which he allegedly shot two 18-year-old men in the 90 block of West Byrne Street. The two victims survived.

Roswell Police Department officers located Alley inside a home in the 1000 block of South Mulberry Avenue shortly after 8 p.m.. Following a short standoff, Alley exited the home and surrendered. He was arrested and booked into the Chaves County Detention Center. Police found no one else in the home.

Prior to his arrest, RPD placed Alley on its Roswell’s Most Wanted list. Alley’s arrest on Friday made him the second fugitive on the local most-wanted list to be arrested within a period of three days this week. Victor Richardson Jr., 22, who is charged in connection with a separate non-fatal shooting of another man earlier this month, was arrested Wednesday.

Week Ahead



Sidney Gutierrez Middle School Governing Council Special Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd.

Roswell Museum and Art Center Board of Trustees, 4 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, RMAC, 1011 N. Richardson Ave.


Eddy County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting, 9 a.m., Fire Service Complex, 1400 Commerce Drive, Carlsbad

South Park Cemetery Board of Directors, 4 p.m., Conference Room, South Park Cemetery office, 3101 S. Main St.

City of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m., Bassett Auditorium, Roswell Museum and Art Center, 1011 N. Richardson Ave.


Roswell City Council General Services Committee, 4 p.m., Large Conference Room, City Hall, 425 N. Richardson Ave.


Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Authority, 5:30 p.m., Chaves County Administrative Center, 1 St. Mary’s Place

A day in the life of ‘Angry Birds’


Aidan Rutley, 11, plays the Angry Birds Slingshot game Saturday during the End of Summer Health Center Celebration Luau outside La Casa Behavioral Health at 110 E. Mescalero Road. The Luau consisted of games, prizes, blood pressure checks and more. (Alex Ross Photo)

Charlie’s Angels Kim Castro honored

Kim Castro celebrates her award with current and former Charlie’s Angels. (Silvia Hernandez Photo)

For Charlie’s Angels leader, Kim Castro, this is not what she signed up for when she started Charlie’s Angels 19 years ago. On June 12, she was given the Commitment to Youth Award by Leadership Roswell Alumni Association at New Mexico Military Institute VMW Hall for impacting the lives of youth today for the better.

Charlie’s Angels at Coyote Den this summer. (Silvia Hernandez Photo)

Also honored at the Leadership Roswell Alumni Association were: Tom Krumland – Outstanding Leader Award; Mike McLeod – Alumni Leadership; Don Anderson – Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Teen Leadership scholarships went to Logan Eaker, Allie French and Vincent Verciglio.

Castro has been about being able to do what she loves and bring dance to her alma mater, Roswell High School, and coach both her daughters, Ali and Desiree Castro along the way. Angels assistant coach Silvia Hernandez was there along with current and former angels to see Castro accept her award.

“I was excited about winning the award,” Castro said. “It means a lot to me. I’ve had kids tell me, ‘If we can get through being a Charlie’s Angel, we can get through most things in life.’ It is difficult, it’s tough being on my team. I have kids that don’t miss practice and they aren’t allowed to miss unless they are really sick or something comes up. On the whole, my kids are really dedicated. It means a lot that my kids (Angels) look back on this and it is one of their best memories. It makes me feel good that I have had an impact on them.”

Castro looks back

Castro reminisced about how the Angels were started in 2000, and her first years until she won her first championship. Castro went to the RHS Superintendent Dr. Fresquez and asked if she could have a dance team.

Castro felt like there were a lot of kids in the Roswell school district that wanted to dance. She continued to teach dance at Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet at the time. She knew there were other dance teams in Albuquerque and in other cities up north, but not any in Roswell at the time.

Castro’s oldest daughter, Desiree, wanted Castro to do something different and get a dance team started. Castro had been a cheerleader at RHS and always wanted to have a dance team, but they didn’t have one when she was in high school. Castro believes RHS had a dance team before she started Charlie’s Angels, but they were not a competition dance team.

First time at state

In the beginning, the dance team had to work around the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams’ practice schedules. Sometimes they had to practice at Miss Minnie’s Studio to get their routines in. The dance team finished in third place at state in 2001, their first year of going to state.

In her first time at state, Castro and her team were nervous. She felt like it was a learning experience. Her team was excited to place third but felt like they left there wanting to be No.1. Castro was driven in the early years to win. She watched a lot of film of other teams in the Angels’ class to get better.

Her whole goal was to win.

“I thought it was pretty impressive to finish third our first time in state,” Castro said. “I was just learning myself how to put it together. To place third our first time up there was a super huge accomplishment, but we left there knowing we wanted to win.”

Angels’ first win

The Angels continued to come close: in their second-year, they came in second place. In their third year, they dropped to third place and their fourth year they scored in second place again. It was in their fifth year the Angels won in 2005.

“I think the difference in 2005,” Castro said, “was that our technique started to get better and we started doing harder and harder routines. We just started doing more to win. By the time we won, I had had that group of kids for four years and I think they were super motivated — they could be possibly the hardest working group I ever had.”

Class misses out

When Castro finally broke through and won her first title, several of the kids had graduated and didn’t win a championship. Castro feels they were a part of the championship in that they laid the foundation for future Angels.

“I had a senior the year before that didn’t win,” Castro said. “She got second and I was sad for her because she was a really hardworking kid. I feel like the early kids helped build our program into what it is now even though they never won. They were the building block to what we do now. In the early years, those kids worked so hard even though they didn’t win. I’m still in contact with those kids from way back when.”

Favorite Memory

“I think my favorite memory is probably my first one (championship),” Castro said. “The reason is that we had never, ever done it and we had been trying so hard to do it. I have good memories of all of them (championships) in different ways. I think our first National Dance Championship (2016) would be up there as well. Anytime it’s a first time of something, it is pretty exciting.”

All of the Angels look alike, they comb their hair on the same side, they have the same makeup.

“People tell me that all the time,” Castro said. “I’ve had people tell me, ‘I’ve watched one kid the entire time and it wasn’t my kid and I thought it was.’”

Castro makes the team comb their hair the same way, and apply makeup the same way. They end up looking alike, but it’s not planned. Castro wants her team looking uniform and they practice doing everything the same so no one girl stands out.

“Our team should be completely uniform,” Castro said, “from our head to our feet. I’m always on them about not sticking out in a bad way. I’m on them if they color their hair because then they’re standing out in a different way and we don’t want to look different. I just want them to all look natural and uniform when they take the stage. I tell them if they stand out they are not performing as a team — we need to be looking like one.”

Castro believes in unity so much that if they wear makeup, it is all the same. If it is lipstick, it is the same color.

First tryout

Castro remembers the very first time they announced tryouts were going to be held on Saturday — she was shocked the turnout was over 50 girls. She had to do something she doesn’t like to do, which is making cuts. Castro brings in judges to help her shape the team as she did back in her first tryout.

To make the team now as then, she will give the girls a short routine to learn and have them do some technical dance moves to see if they are able to do them. Castro uses a score sheet and ranks the girls from highest to lowest. Each girl is scored on different dance skills.


Silvia Hernandez became involved in 2000. RISD had a rule that if a coach wasn’t a teacher or worked in the school, they weren’t allowed to be a head coach. That rule has since been changed. Hernandez worked at the school and Castro knew her from talking to her in the front office every day.

“I asked Silvia (Hernandez) if she would be interested in helping out,” Castro said. “It is really how we kind of met. Prior to that, I didn’t know her. We’ve always had a good partnership. She does a lot of behind the scenes work, she helps me with paperwork and discipline. She does a lot more than I ever expected her to do. We are a team. I think our program is strong because we have a lot to offer in different ways.”

Castro and Hernandez have been together so long and know each other so well, it allows Castro to have the freedom to do what she does best and that focuses on the dance part and workout routines. Hernandez handles the administration part of the program as well as being another set of eyes to see if a dancer is off. Both have been together as a team since the program started 19 years ago.

“I always say,” Castro said, “even though I do the dance portion, it would have been hard to do this — this well without her. We’re pretty much a team. We work together well and we both know our roles. We don’t ever compete against each other, we just do it as a team and we get along well together. I think I need her for all of the reasons she needs me. It has been a good team. Both of our positions as super valuable.”

Parents and role models

Castro believes in being upfront with the parents about what she expects. The Angels have a meeting at tryouts where she will tell the parents what to expect and what the program is about. Castro tells them it takes a lot of dedication to be on the team. Also, if they eat dinner together at 5 p.m., then this is probably not the program for you.

“If I don’t have the parents’ 100 percent support,” Castro states, “which I do. I have great parents. If I didn’t have it, then I wouldn’t have the kids’ dedication. I always say behind every great kid is a great parent. I really appreciate my parents, I have really good parents.”

I’ve had kids from all kinds of backgrounds. I’ve had kids that don’t come from a good home life and it was being an Angel that saved them and got them through. Castro thinks that being on the dance team has given the girls a source of pride and accomplishment in belonging to something that is not easy and the dance team is a family, which picks the girls up when they are down.

“I’m happy if I have been a role model,” Castro said.


Castro has been married for over 30 years and her husband, Danny, is proud of her and all that she has accomplished and that she is living her dream. She believes that she spends more time during the season with the dance team than she does at home.

“It takes a toll,” Castro said. “Luckily, I’m married to someone that is proud of what I do and he encourages me.”

It is awesome that I’m recognized for giving something to the youth,” Castro said. “My dance teacher once told me, ‘It is a gift. When you give kids the gift of dance you’ve given them a gift in life.’”

As Castro accepted her award, those are some of the thoughts that went through her head as she gets ready for her 19th year as the leader of Charlie’s Angels.

Prescott solid, Dalton sluggish as Bengals top Cowboys 21-13

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) looks to throw against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of a preseason NFL Football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had another efficient preseason showing.

Andy Dalton bogged down a bit with his Cincinnati Bengals.

Prescott led a pair of scoring drives in three possessions, capped with a scrambling 6-yard scoring pass to Terrance Williams before the Bengals rallied after halftime for a 21-13 exhibition victory Saturday night.

The Bengals had just one first down in four Dalton-led possessions a week after he threw for two touchdowns with an offense that was revamped after finishing last in the NFL. The lone first down was on Dalton’s 13-yard scramble after the Bengals (2-0) started with a pair of three-and-outs.

A week after throwing a 30-yard touchdown to rookie Michael Gallup on his only drive of the preseason opener in San Francisco, Prescott was 10 of 15 for 86 yards. The TD drive for a 10-0 lead was kept alive by an 8-yard slant to Gallup, who reached out for a nice catch inside the Cincinnati 10.

The concern for the Cowboys (0-2) was the status of four-time Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin, who left early on what would have been his last drive with a knee injury. There was no immediate update on the severity of the injury, which happened when Martin bent down to block cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick in the open field on a run by Rod Smith.

Dalton’s final possession ended when Dallas defensive end Taco Charlton forced a fumble on a short completion to Tyler Boyd, with cornerback Byron Jones getting the recovery. Dalton was 5 of 7 for 41 yards.

The Cowboys forced two turnovers after getting three against the 49ers. The highlight was Chidobe Awuzie’s leaping interception , which he tipped to himself along the sideline late in the first half.

Cincinnati’s first points came on backup kicker Jonathan Brown’s 55-yard field goal in the third quarter.

The Bengals went ahead 11-10 when Tra Carson scored on a 2-yard run and Jeff Driskel threw a 2-point conversion pass to John Ross. Matt Barkley’s 3-yard touchdown pass to Brian Hill wrapped up the scoring midway through the fourth quarter.


Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory played for the first time since the finale of the 2016 regular season. He missed all of last season after getting suspended three times in 2016 for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Gregory didn’t show up in the defensive stats but pressured Dalton on a third-down misfire to an open A.J. Green on Cincinnati’s opening possession.


With star running back Ezekiel Elliott sitting again for Dallas, Smith had 13 carries in the first 18 minutes, finishing with 49 yards. His workload was helped by a nearly nine-minute drive to Williams’ touchdown. Bengals starter Joe Mixon got just four carries for 8 yards.


Dallas linebacker Sean Lee started and played a few snaps after finally going through a full practice for the first time this past week at training camp in California.


The work in progress that is the overhauled offensive line for the Bengals remains that way, this time after fired line coach Paul Alexander was watching from the opposing sideline after getting hired by Dallas. Cedric Ogbuehi was at right tackle to start the second half when gave up a sack to Charlton while getting called for holding. Cincinnati running backs had just 7 yards on six carries before halftime.


The Cowboys were standing for the national anthem in the first preseason home game, “toe on the line” as owner Jerry Jones declared they would be in his opening remarks at training camp last month. The Dallas players, with some coaches sprinkled in, were single file on the sideline, spanning about 50 yards. As usual, all the Bengals were standing.


Bengals: Rookie CB Davontae Harris was ruled out with a knee injury in the first half. … TE C.J. Uzomah sustained a cut to his face early in the game, but came back with a 23-yard catch in the first half.

Cowboys: S Xavier Woods left with a hamstring injury. … Rookie RB Bo Scarbrough, a seventh-round pick out of Alabama, went to the locker room with a hip injury. … DE Datone Jones and S Jameill Showers left with knee injuries.


For “dress rehearsal” week, the Bengals will be at Buffalo and the Cowboys will be home against Arizona. Both games are next Sunday.

Kurt Busch steals spotlight from younger brother at Bristol

Kurt Busch makes his way around the track during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kurt Busch stole the spotlight from his younger brother Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to snap a 58-race winless streak and grab an overdue short-track victory.

Busch won for the first time this season but sixth on the 0.533-mile bullring he once dominated. Busch once won three consecutive times on the Tennessee track and was considered the best in the business on the concrete oval.

Then his younger brother learned his way around the place, and Kyle Busch became the master of the track.

Kyle Busch has seven Cup wins at Bristol, 21 total across NASCAR’s national series. He’s so good that he chose the song “All I Do Is Win” by D.J. Khaled to play as he was introduced before the race. The crowd responded with a thunderous boo, and Kyle Busch’s eventful evening was off to a roaring start. He triggered a 15-car accident just two laps into the race, fell two laps off the pace, came back to race Martin Truex Jr. for second, and moved Truex out the way late in the race.

A frustrated Truex kicked his car in anger, and as Kyle Busch was tending to his wounded race car, older brother Kurt battled Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer for the lead. Kurt Busch was relentless on the restart and got his Ford to the front, then Kyle Busch spun to bring out a ninth caution.

Kurt Busch had a good restart but Kyle Larson, on fresher tires, was desperately trying to catch him for the win. Kurt Busch held him off and Larson, winner of the Xfinity Series race on Friday night, finished second in his bid for the Bristol sweep.

The victory was the 30th of Kurt Busch’s career, first since the Daytona 500 in 2017. It was his first Bristol victory since 2006.

“I love this place,” Kurt Busch said.

The ninth driver to win this season, he earned a spot in the 16-driver playoff field.

“It’s all about winning,” he said. “I wasn’t worried about not making the playoffs, so we could kind of treat these races coming up as free-for-alls, and we’re just going to keep going after it.”

The victory was the 13th for Stewart-Haas Racing since it joined Ford last season, and the 100th Cup victory for the Fusion.

Kyle Busch wound up 20th. He led the first 70 laps of the Xfinity Series race but wrecked with a flat tire, so his Bristol weekend was a bust.

“We probably finished where we should have anyways, as torn up as our race car is,” Kyle Busch said.

Other events from an action-packed Bristol race:

STILL SEEKING A BRISTOL WIN: Truex Jr. has never won on a short track and felt he had a chance to snap that streak at Bristol.

He was running second behind Bowyer when Kyle Busch tapped Truex’s rear bumper to cause Truex to wreck. Truex was so angry, he threw pieces of equipment to the ground and gave the side of his Toyota a hard kick.

“I just got hit in the left rear, pretty simple,” Truex said. “This place has been so hard on us. I can’t even explain to you how good we’ve run here in the past three or four years and crap like this happens every single time. It’s like just one thing after another.”

Truex was also frustrated with himself for not moving Bowyer out of his way and taking the lead. Had he done that, he wouldn’t have been in position for Busch to make contact with him.

“I should’ve knocked (Bowyer’s) butt out of the way because he held me up for 15-20 laps and burnt my front tires off screwing with him,” Truex said. “Played too nice and got the crappy end of the stick.”

UP NEXT: The Cup Series is off next weekend and races again Sept. 2 in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Denny Hamlin won last year’s race.

Price goes 7, Martinez hits 38th HR; Red Sox beat Rays 5-2

Boston Red Sox's David Price pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — David Price pitched seven solid innings, J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 38th homer after Boston jumped to a quick lead and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Saturday night for their 17th victory in 20 games.

Mitch Moreland added an RBI double during Boston’s four-run first inning. The Red Sox, who own the majors’ best record, improved to a season-high 52 games over .500 and maintained their 10 ½-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer for the Rays. Tampa Bay fell to 4-11 against Boston this season.

Price (13-6) gave up two runs on five hits, striking out eight, walking two and hitting a batter. He is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his five starts since the All-Star break.

Tyler Glasnow (0-1), making his fourth start since being acquired from Pittsburgh at the non-wavier trading deadline, gave up five runs, four earned, and three hits. He walked three and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings.

Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 37th save.

The Red Sox took advantage of Glasnow’s wildness to jump ahead 4-0 in the first. Moreland’s RBI double made it 1-0 before Martinez and Xander Bogaerts walked to load the bases. The righty then walked Ian Kinsler, forcing in a run.

First baseman Jake Bauers then fired Brock Holt’s grounder into left field attempting a force at second and two runs scored, making it 4-0.

In the third, Martinez homered into Boston’s bullpen.

Cron’s homer cleared the Green Monster and left Fenway Park completely in the sixth.


Tampa Bay’s Carlos Gomez advanced to third when it was left uncovered on a popup that was caught between first and the plate in the first inning.


With Kinsler on second and Holt on first in the first, Kinsler got caught trying to steal third too quickly when Glasnow stepped off and got him in a rundown. Holt was unsure where to go, standing between first and second before he was tagged out in a rundown for an inning-ending double play.

Three innings later, Tampa Bay’s Tommy Pham was doubled off second on a fly ball to the left-field warning track.


The Red Sox improved their home record to a majors’ best 44-15.


Rays: C Jesus Sucre missed his fourth straight game with a sore right wrist.

Red Sox: Ace lefty Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day disabled list for the second time in nearly three weeks with mild inflammation in his left shoulder. “It’s definitely less than it was last time,” Sale said. . LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (DL since July 15, sprained right ankle) is scheduled to make a rehab start on Monday.


Rays: Manager Kevin Cash hadn’t named his starter for Sunday’s series finale.

Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez (7-0, 2.77 ERA) will take Sale’s turn.

John Lodewick


John Widney Lodewick passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. John was born in Roswell, New Mexico on August 18, 1937 to Stanley Widney Lodewick and Laura Ballard Lodewick.

A 1955 graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute, John first came to Dallas that same year to attend Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of the Thundering Herd pledge class of Phi Gamma Delta.

After graduating from SMU in 1959, John joined the Marines where he attained the rank of Captain. While serving his time at El Toro Marine Air Base in California, he met his beloved wife of 56 years, Julia Ann Kuhn. After the Marines, he returned to Dallas and earned his law degree at SMU in 1965. Upon graduation he began his law career which lasted over 40 years.

Over the years, John spent countless fun-filled hours with his family and many devoted friends in Dallas, New Mexico and Ferndale Fishing Club.

An avid self-taught golfer since his youth in Roswell, he was a charter member of Royal Oaks Country Club, his “home away from home,” where he served on the board and continued to walk 18 holes. John was also an active member of the Salesmanship Club and the SMU Mustang Club.

Predeceased by his parents and older siblings, Richard Ballard Lodewick and Laura Patricia Lodewick, John is survived by his wife, Julie; his children Laura Lodewick Waterston and Patrick Widney Lodewick, their spouses Tass and Cindy; and four grandchildren – Megan, Elise, Miles and Lainie.

As his family and all who were blessed to know him will readily attest, “Papa John” never met a stranger and was loved by all.

A memorial service was held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church on August 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s memory to the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, the SMU Mustang Club or a charity of your choice.

Best gift I ever got came at Thanksgiving


The best gift I ever received didn’t come on a birthday or at Christmas. It came right around Thanksgiving, not a holiday often associated with gift giving or receiving, but that felt and still feels appropriate nonetheless.

I lived in a community that each fall put on a downtown art-walk event. Galleries there partnered with and promoted specific artists, whose work they showcased along with their regular offerings. Other downtown businesses could get in on the act as well, sponsoring an artist or multiple artists and converting their storefronts into quasi-galleries for an evening.

You might have a gallery featuring a watercolorist next to a restaurant featuring a sculptor — and down the street, a bookstore bedecked with driftwood carvings next to a hotel with a photographer’s work hanging in the lobby.

And of course in the midst of all this was the collection of booths and vendor displays one expects to be part of such a festival. I belonged to a civic club that each year set up a booth and sold bowls of homemade chili, raising money to help out with various charitable projects around town. And like everyone else in the club, I signed up to help man the booth for a block of time during the festival. All this was taking place a couple of days prior to Thanksgiving.

What I’ve written so far has nothing to do with the best gift I ever received — I’m just setting the scene. What is relevant is that right next to the civic club’s booth, the local Humane Society had set up a display with a number of pets, mostly dogs, available for adoption. This pet adoption event was the most popular spot on that street, and the additional foot traffic helped the civic club sell a lot of chili. By the time I got there, club members had begun parading dogs around in front of our booth in an effort to help get them adopted, and a few members were holding dogs.

One unusual-looking little dog caught my attention. According to the Humane Society, he was a dachshund-Labrador mix, which was likely just Texas code for: “Who knows?” He had an unusual name as well — Knobby. I really liked Knobby and throughout my shift watched to see if he got adopted. He didn’t, but I knew the event would last well into the evening, and I was rooting for him.

Later, recounting my day for Jennifer, I found myself mostly talking about this dog and suggesting I should check to make sure he’d found a home … maybe floating a trial balloon to suggest he’d be a fit in ours if he hadn’t. But we already had pets, worked a lot of hours, and didn’t have much space. We didn’t arrive at a decision … though I made a mental note to swing by the shelter the next day and check.

But that was the day before a holiday, and I became overwhelmed trying to get work at the newspaper squared away, not leaving the office until well after dark, well after the shelter had closed.

On the drive home I wondered about that dog … and then when I got home, there he was, sitting next to our rat terrier and looking right at home. Jennifer had adopted him for me, and that’s the best gift I ever got. Knobby’s been sitting next to that rat terrier and looking right at home ever since.

The decision to adopt any pet should, of course, be taken seriously. It’s worth recognizing that adopting a pet is one of those acts of kindness that requires a commitment, a willingness to roll with changes here and there. It shouldn’t be a snap decision. But if you believe that willingness exists, then extend a second chance to a shelter pet. You won’t be sorry. We run photos of adoptable pets in the paper, and there are avenues online for checking on pet availability. You could always make a trip to the shelter.

In my case, I let a cramped schedule, and maybe a little hesitancy based on my circumstances, delay me. I had trouble taking the plunge. But luckily, someone who knows me better than I know myself made the right call.

John Dilmore is editor of the Roswell Daily Record. He can be reached at editor@rdrnews.com. The views expressed in this column are those of the author.

Sunrise Optimists get a history lesson

Roger K. Burnett August speaker chairman for the Sunrise Optimist Club, congratulates Jan Dunnahoo on her presentation. (Submitted Photo)

Jan Dunnahoo, archive director for the Historical Society Museum Archives, presented a fact-filled informative PowerPoint program on the history of St. Mary’s Hospital. The program included a slide presentation, which showed the growth and development of the hospital over the years.

Ms. Dunnahoo explained how the population of the area required healthcare in a hospital situation. Seeing the need for medical personnel, due to the large cases of tuberculosis and other medical needs, in 1902 the citizens of Roswell were seeking means to establish a hospital.

Funds were raised and construction started in 1905. Hundreds of fruit trees and a large irrigated garden was built on site. The produce grown was used for the patients and the sisters as well. Catholic Nuns from Wichita, Kansas arrived shortly after to staff the hospital.

In 1907, a new building was constructed for the consumptives and a new chapel was built. A second floor was soon added. St. Mary’s hospital continues to grow and in 1942, a new wing was added to house X-ray and other equipment. More additions continued, but in 1995 the doors were finally closed due to deteriorating conditions of the building.

The Sunrise Optimist Club meets Wednesday mornings, at the Red Onion Restaurant, at 7 a.m. If you would like to hear community speakers on topics concerning Roswell residents or find out more about the Sunrise Optimist Club and their projects to assist the youth of Roswell, join us for breakfast at a regular meeting.

Remember to save your aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Contact an Optimist Club member to have them picked up.

Board-certified pediatrician comes to Roswell

Jeff Hanrahan, MD

Lovelace Health Care Center in Roswell welcomes Jeff Hanrahan, MD, a board-certified pediatrician with over 20 years’ experience, to join the Lovelace Health Care Center pediatric team.

He is dual board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. Dr. Hanrahan received his medical degree from St. George’s University and went on to complete his residency and fellowship from the University of New Mexico.

Prior to completing medical school, Dr. Hanrahan also earned his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California and practiced for over five years.

In addition to providing pediatric care, including well-child check-ups, immunizations, sports physicals and treatment of common illnesses such as flu and colds, Dr. Hanrahan is specialized and certified in pediatric hematology/oncology and a renowned lecturer and speaker. He is pleased to return to New Mexico after living and practicing here for many years.

He will be seeing patients at the Lovelace Health Care Center on 1112 N. Main St, Roswell, NM 88201. To schedule an appointment, call 575-625-3222.

LA Rams spoil Raiders’ return to Coliseum with 19-15 win

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Sean Mannion passes against the Oakland Raiders during the first half in an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean McVay and Jon Gruden both knew they’ve got to coach against each other in a real game just 23 days after the Rams’ preseason visit from the Raiders.

So while the Raiders’ return to the Coliseum was a thrill for their faithful Southern California fan base, the Rams’ young coach and his veteran role model both made sure the action on the field was as meaningless as possible.

Rookie John Kelly rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown, and the Rams welcomed the Raiders back to LA with a 19-15 preseason victory over Oakland on Saturday.

Chris Warren rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown for the Raiders in their return to the venerable stadium that was their home for 13 seasons during their largely successful tenure in Los Angeles. Their passionate local following turned out in force, filling the 95-year-old arena with black jerseys and loud cheers.

“It was awesome being back here,” Gruden said. “If you understand the Raiders, they have had a history here, a championship history here. There are still a lot of fans that remember those teams, and rightfully so.”

But both teams rested nearly all of their presumptive starters and used no significant parts of their playbook, thanks in part to a weird NFL scheduling decision that forced these teams to play an exhibition three weeks before they meet in their Monday night regular-season opener in Oakland.

“I’ve never been in a preseason game like this,” Gruden said. “This is tough, in our first training camp as a football team, to have our second (preseason game) against a team we open up with.

“I don’t know in the history of the NFL if that’s ever happened. I’m not going to sit up here and cry about it, because it’s the same for them as it is us. But we didn’t want to play our starters, and we didn’t want them to hear our audibles and hand signals. I don’t think they wanted us to get a feel for them either, so it was a strange ballgame.”

Although both coaches revealed as little about their teams as possible, McVay still relished his first chance to face Gruden, who employed McVay as a 22-year-old assistant wide receivers coach on his final staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008. McVay frequently cites Gruden and his brother, Jay, as major influences on his coaching style and mentality.

“Everybody knows what a huge amount of respect I have for Jon, and how great he’s been to me over the course of my coaching career,” McVay said. “(But) they were pretty regulated. Very similar in terms of the approach by both teams. Very vanilla.”

The Rams’ backups dominated the Raiders’ reserves in the first half, taking a 13-0 lead while holding Oakland to 58 yards and one first down. Oakland trailed 16-0 before mounting a rally, but the Raiders failed on their second 2-point conversion attempt of the day following Griff Whalen’s 10-yard TD catch with 9:52 to play.

“I was going to do everything humanly possible to avoid overtime today, yes,” Gruden said.

Sam Ficken then hit his second field goal for the Rams with 5:46 left.

“It’s definitely different, because it’s not their starters out there, and you want to save stuff for later,” said Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam, one of the few likely regular-season starters who played significant snaps. “You still want to do your best, though.”

The Raiders’ offense didn’t record its second first down of the day until late in the third quarter, but Warren capped the 75-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run. The undrafted free-agent running back from Texas had 86 yards in his preseason debut against Detroit.

“It’s about showing I can play in the league and make the most of my opportunities,” Warren said. “I didn’t expect to play as much as I did. It was nice to get some good pops in. I was able to get some yards after contact.”


Al Davis moved the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982, and their home crowds at the Coliseum quickly developed a reputation for rowdiness and occasional violence. But the Raiders also won the hearts of a generation of Los Angeles football fans with their swagger and success, including a Super Bowl title in their second season in town.

The Rams spent the 1980s in Anaheim, further opening the way for the Raiders to become Generation X’s favorite team in LA.

Both franchises moved after the 1994 season, and the Rams returned home two years ago. The Raiders missed out on the chance to return to LA when the Chargers made their move last year, but the Raiders will be only about 260 miles from Los Angeles when they move to Las Vegas in 2020, making it even easier for LA’s silver-and-black fans to back their team.


Warren was the clearest standout on a discouraging day for Oakland’s offense. Gruden was blunt, calling it “flat-out embarrassing, honestly.”

E.J. Manuel went 10 for 16 for 89 yards and a touchdown, but also fumbled for the second straight week. The Raiders’ backup offensive line struggled to keep the Rams’ pressure off Manuel and Connor Cook, who went 6 for 12.


Rams backup QB Sean Mannion rebounded from a rocky preseason debut last week in Baltimore, going 10 of 16 for 84 yards while completing passes to eight receivers. Third-stringer Brandon Allen wasn’t as sharp, going 6 for 11 and throwing a terrible interception in the fourth quarter to put Oakland in position for its second TD.


Raiders: K Eddie Pineiro didn’t play because of a groin injury. … CB Shareece Wright injured his hamstring during the game.

Rams: RB Justin Davis didn’t play because of a hamstring injury, preventing him from competing with Kelly and Malcolm Brown for the backup job.


There were no apparent protests during the national anthem.


Raiders: Host the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 24.

Rams: Host the Houston Texans on Aug. 25.

Athletics beat Astros 7-1 to move into tie for AL West lead

From left, Oakland Athletics' Chad Pinder, Stephen Piscotty (25) and Ramon Laureano celebrate a win over the Houston Astros at the end of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Oakland Athletics, far behind in the AL West standings earlier this summer, tied Houston for the division lead by beating the Astros 7-1 Saturday.

Khris Davis, Matt Olson, Josh Phegley and Stephen Piscotty each hit two of Oakland’s team record-tying eight doubles as the A’s won for the sixth time in seven games. The Athletics trailed the defending World Series champion Astros by 11 1/2 games on June 24 and were still 10 out on July 10.

Houston has lost seven of eight and dropped 12 of 19 since owning a six-game lead on July 24. The next day, reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve went on the disabled list, and the star second baseman is still out.

Cahill (5-2) struck out seven, walked one and retired 14 straight batters during one stretch.

Tony Kemp homered in the ninth for Houston’s only other hit. Dallas Keuchel (9-10) gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings.


NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit one of New York’s four homers, and Luis Severino struck out eight while pitching into the sixth inning.

Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird also connected as New York moved 31 games over .500, matching a season high. Andujar had three hits and three RBIs, and Gregorius also drove in three runs.

Toronto has lost three straight and four of six. Billy McKinney, who came over when the Blue Jays traded J.A. Happ to the Yankees last month, had two hits and two RBIs against his former team, but Sean Reid-Foley (0-2) was hit hard in his second major league start.

Severino (16-6) won for just the second time in his last seven starts. The All-Star right-hander allowed two runs and six hits in five-plus innings.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mets ace Jacob deGrom pitched his first complete game of the season and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.71.

DeGrom (8-7) allowed only an unearned run, the result of his own error. He struck out nine and walked none.

It appeared that deGrom’s day might be cut short due to a 41-minute rain delay that began in the middle of the fourth. But the right-hander came back after the stoppage as strong as before it.

Philadelphia’s Jake Arrieta (9-8) allowed one run and four hits in six strong innings.

Rhys Hoskins and Maikel Franco each doubled among their two hits for the Phillies, who began the day a half-game behind Atlanta in the NL East and leading the NL wild-card race.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Alex Cobb pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in five years, and Baltimore snapped Cleveland’s six-game win streak.

Cobb (4-15), the major league leader in losses, struck out three and walked one in his fourth career complete game. The right-hander threw 100 pitches, 69 for strikes, while going the distance for the first time since Aug. 31, 2013, for Tampa Bay against Oakland.

Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer in the third for Baltimore. Rookie Cedric Mullins hit his first major league home run in the eighth.

Cleveland right-hander Adam Plutko (4-3) allowed three hits in seven innings. He was called up from Triple-A Columbus to step into the rotation for Trevor Bauer, who is out with a stress fracture in his right leg.

The Indians retired Hall of Famer Jim Thome’s No. 25 before the game, drawing a crowd of 35,003 for Cleveland’s eighth sellout of the season.

Teen becomes town’s first female football player

In this Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, photo, Hagerman High School's Miracle Rey poses for a photo after practice at the school in Hagerman, N.M. Rey is about to make some history in this southeastern New Mexico town. She’ll be the first female football player to don pads at Hagerman High School when the team faces off against Capitan on Aug. 24 to start the season. (J.T. Keith/Roswell Daily Record via AP)

HAGERMAN, N.M. (AP) — Miracle Rey is about to make history in her southeastern New Mexico town.

She will be the first female football player to don pads at Hagerman High School when the team faces off against the Capitan Tigers on Aug. 24 to start the season, the Roswell Daily Record reported Wednesday.

Rey has always loved watching football with her brothers and asked them to teach her how to play. She would play in the streets with them without pads or equipment. She didn’t mind getting scrapes and scratches.

Her mother gave her permission to play football in the eighth grade, she said.

Rey’s father was initially against her playing football, but he came around after watching her play.

“He told me to never cry and after he watched me play against Loving, he said, ‘Do what you have the skill to do and you’re doing it,’ ” Rey said.

Her teammates have treated her like she is one of the guys, and they don’t go easy on her just because she is a girl, she said.

One of her biggest challenges is lifting weights and getting the bar over her head. But Rey knows that she will need to get stronger in the weight room to play at a high level.

Her coach, Guy Rivers, said he believes that with hard work, Rey will be able to play and become a good lineman in time.

“I think she (Rey) has brought some of the ‘if a girl can do it, so can I,'” Rivers said. “She comes out here and sticks it out and pulls our ties — why can’t I. She is always smiling and talking, which is a positive.”

Rey’s dream is to become the first woman to play in the NFL.

UNM regents vote to uphold contested athletics cuts

State Rep. Patty Lundstrom speaks to the University of New Mexico regents about sports cuts. Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Albuquerque, N.M. (Jim Thompson/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Regents at New Mexico’s flagship university on Friday voted for a second time to cut men’s soccer and other teams, citing longstanding financial challenges within the troubled athletics department and failures by the school to meet federal gender equity mandates under Title IX.

The unanimous vote followed hours of public testimony that included emotional pleas to preserve the soccer team along with men’s and women’s skiing, beach volleyball and women’s diving.

Diving was taken off the table before the final vote after questions were raised by student regent Garrett Adcock regarding the facilities used by the team, the overall effects on the swim team and the minuscule savings that would result.

The move prompted cheers from some in the audience but many were still frustrated about the rest of the cuts.

University President Garnett Stokes said the reality is that a university the size of UNM doesn’t have the resources to support 22 competitive Division I teams and that the athletics department needs to get its house in order and not at the expense of the rest of the university.

“This is an incredibly difficult decision,” she said. “It is an incredibly emotional time for our students, our staff and for our faculty and for our leaders.”

Top legislative leaders urged the board to delay the vote, saying potential solutions could be hashed out during the next legislative session in January. University officials countered that a fix could require millions of dollars more in recurring funding and more uncertainty would only hurt the teams and student athletes.

The regents first voted on the cuts in July. That sparked public outcry and they came under fire from the state attorney general and others for alleged violations of state open meeting laws.

Friday’s special meeting was meant to address those concerns.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller was among those who rallied in hopes that regents would reconsider — or at least delay — their decision to cut the teams. The proposal before the board also called for significant roster reductions within other programs.

“The decision to cut programs for students before the Legislature had time to bring better options to the table is short-sighted and will have a negative impact on the broader community that UNM serves,” Keller said in a statement.

Members of the City Council also weighed in along with candidates running for office. The political interest comes as Albuquerque prepares to see some return on its investment to boost youth soccer and bring a minor league team to town.

The UNM men’s soccer team has among the highest profiles nationally of Lobo men’s sports, with its numerous NCAA tournament appearances and a reputation for drawing prospective talent from around the world.

Top university officials argued again Friday that options are limited if the athletics department has any hope of turning around its finances and meeting Title IX requirements.

“Merely keeping up status quo is not a viable option,” athletics director Eddie Nunez said.

He called the process heartbreaking and said anything short of cuts would be unrealistic.

He and Stokes have pointed to an analysis of the university’s sports programs that found expenses have continued to increase, revenues have decreased and the operating budgets for each sports program have been incrementally reduced over the past decade.

The analysis also mentions shortfalls in budgeted ticket sales and fundraising efforts over the past two years.

The university this week also posted more documents online that officials say were used in making the decision on which sports would be eliminated and which would see roster changes as part of the proposal.

New Mexico unemployment rate drops to 4.7 percent in July


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico unemployment rate is down.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reported Friday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in July, down from 4.9 percent in June.

The department also says the state economy’s total nonagricultural payroll employment in July grew by 17,900 jobs, or 2.2 percent, from July 2017, when the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.

According to the department, all of the year-over-year employment gain occurred in the private sector. It added 18,300 jobs while the public sector lost 400 jobs.

In the private sector, service-producing industries outpaced goods-producing industries in adding jobs by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio.

Leisure and hospitality was the industry adding the most jobs, with an increase of 6,500.

Albuquerque airport to get air service to Guadalajara


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque International Sunport is finally getting an international flight after nine years.

Volaris, Mexico’s largest low-cost carrier, announced Friday that would begin twice-weekly, non-stop service from Albuquerque to Guadalajara, Mexico, in November.

It’s the first international service from the Sunport since AeroMexico ended service to Chihuahua City in 2009.

Officials said the new flight would provide tourism opportunities and economic development. Guadalajara, which is one of Albuquerque’s sister cities, is a hub for flights to elsewhere in Mexico and to Central America.

Former educator convicted in Mora schools forgery scandal


LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A woman whose public-education license was scrutinized as a result of investigations stemming from former Mora Superintendent Charles Trujillo’s arrest has been convicted of forgery.

The Las Vegas Optic reports Vanessa Sidransky-Montano was found guilty this week after a one-day trial.

Prosecutors say Sidransky-Montano knowingly obtained a falsified K-12 education license. She faces 18 months in jail. The charge stems from a multi-year New Mexico State Police investigation involving more than a half-dozen K-12 educators.

The 41-year-old’s case is connected to the fraud charges against her ex-boss, Trujillo. The former Mora and Pecos school district administrator recently pleaded guilty to one felony count of forgery.

A 10-month Optic investigation discovered seven instances where the state education department’s Professional Licensure Bureau awarded licenses to individuals who didn’t qualify for them.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies at age 80

In this Thursday Aug. 2, 2012 file photo Kofi Annan speaks during a press briefing, at the European headquarters of the United Nations, UN, in Geneva, Switzerland. Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. (Martial Trezzini, Keystone via AP, File)

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Kofi Annan, a charismatic global diplomat and the first black African to become United Nations secretary-general who led the world body through one of its most turbulent periods, died early Saturday at age 80.

Tributes flowed in from around the world after his foundation announced his death in the Swiss capital, Bern, after a short and unspecified illness. The statement remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as “radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.”

He died “peacefully in his sleep,” the president of Ghana, where Annan was born, said after speaking to his wife.

At U.N. headquarters in New York, the U.N. flag flew at half-staff and a bouquet of flowers was placed under Annan’s portrait. Reflecting the widespread regard that won him a groundbreaking uncontested election to a second term, leaders from Russia, India, Israel, France and elsewhere expressed condolences for a man Bill Gates called “one of the great peacemakers of our time.”

Annan spent virtually his entire career as an administrator in the United Nations. His aristocratic style, cool-tempered elegance and political savvy helped guide his ascent to become its seventh secretary-general, and the first hired from within. His two terms were from Jan. 1, 1997, to Dec. 31, 2006, capped nearly midway when he and the U.N. were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

During his tenure, Annan presided over some of the worst failures and scandals at the world body. Challenges from the outset forced him to spend much of his time struggling to restore its tarnished reputation.

His enduring moral prestige remained largely undented, however, both through charm and by virtue of having negotiated with most of the powers in the world.

When he departed from the United Nations, he left behind a global organization far more aggressively engaged in peacekeeping and fighting poverty, setting the framework for its 21st-century response to mass atrocities and its emphasis on human rights and development.

“In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations,” current U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.”

Even out of office, Annan never completely left the U.N. orbit. He returned in special roles, including as the U.N.-Arab League’s special envoy to Syria in 2012. He remained a powerful advocate for global causes through his eponymous foundation.

Annan took on the top U.N. post six years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and presided during a decade when the world united against terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks — then divided deeply over the U.S.-led war against Iraq. The U.S. relationship tested him as a world diplomatic leader.

“I think that my darkest moment was the Iraq war, and the fact that we could not stop it,” Annan said in a February 2013 interview with TIME magazine to mark the publication of his memoir, “Interventions: A Life in War and Peace.”

“I worked very hard — I was working the phone, talking to leaders around the world. The U.S. did not have the support in the Security Council,” Annan recalled in the videotaped interview posted on his foundation’s website.

“So they decided to go without the council. But I think the council was right in not sanctioning the war,” he said. “Could you imagine if the U.N. had endorsed the war in Iraq, what our reputation would be like? Although at that point, President (George W.) Bush said the U.N. was headed toward irrelevance, because we had not supported the war. But now we know better.”

Despite his well-honed diplomatic skills, Annan was never afraid to speak candidly. That didn’t always win him fans, particularly in the case of Bush’s administration, with whom Annan’s camp spent much time bickering. Much of his second term was spent at odds with the United States, the U.N.’s biggest contributor, as he tried to lean on it to pay almost $2 billion in arrears.

At the end of his Nobel acceptance speech Annan reminded the world why such pressure is necessary. “Beneath the surface of states and nations, ideas and language, lies the fate of individual human beings in need,” he said. “Answering their needs will be the mission of the United Nations in the century to come.”

Kofi Atta Annan was born April 8, 1938, into an elite family in Kumasi, Ghana, the son of a provincial governor and grandson of two tribal chiefs.

He shared his middle name Atta — “twin” in Ghana’s Akan language — with a twin sister, Efua. He became fluent in English, French and several African languages, attending an elite boarding school and the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. He finished his undergraduate work in economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1961. From there he went to Geneva, where he began his graduate studies in international affairs and launched his U.N. career.

Annan married Titi Alakija, a Nigerian woman, in 1965, and they had a daughter, Ama, and a son, Kojo. He returned to the U.S. in 1971 and earned a master’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. The couple separated during the 1970s and, while working in Geneva, Annan met his second wife, Swedish lawyer Nane Lagergren. They married in 1984.

Annan worked for the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa in Ethiopia, its Emergency Force in Egypt and the office of the High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva before taking a series of senior posts at U.N. headquarters in New York dealing with human resources, budget, finance and staff security.

He also had special assignments. After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, he facilitated the repatriation from Iraq of more than 900 international staff and other non-Iraqi nationals, and the release of Western hostages in Iraq. He led the initial negotiations with Iraq for the sale of oil in exchange for humanitarian relief.

Just before becoming secretary-general, Annan served as U.N. peacekeeping chief and as special envoy to the former Yugoslavia, where he oversaw a transition in Bosnia from U.N. protective forces to NATO-led troops.

The U.N. peacekeeping operation faced two of its greatest failures during his tenure: the Rwanda genocide in 1994 and the massacre in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica in July 1995.

In both cases, the U.N. had deployed troops under Annan’s command, but they failed to save the lives of the civilians they were mandated to protect. Annan offered apologies but ignored calls to resign by U.S. Republican lawmakers. After becoming secretary-general, he called for U.N. reports on those two debacles — and they were highly critical of his management.

As secretary-general, Annan forged his experiences into a doctrine called the “Responsibility to Protect” that countries accepted — at least in principle — to head off genocide, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and war crimes.

Annan sought to strengthen the U.N.’s management, coherence and accountability, efforts that required huge investments in training and technology, a new whistleblower policy and financial disclosure requirements.

In 1998, he helped ease a transition to civilian rule in Nigeria and visited Iraq to try to resolve its impasse with the Security Council over compliance with weapons inspections and other matters. The effort helped avoid an outbreak of hostilities that seemed imminent at the time.

In 1999, he was deeply involved in the process by which East Timor gained independence from Indonesia, and started the “Global Compact” initiative that has grown into the world’s largest effort to promote corporate social responsibility.

Annan was chief architect of what became known as the Millennium Development Goals, and played a central role in creating the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the U.N.’s first counter-terrorism strategy.

Annan’s uncontested election to a second term was unprecedented, reflecting the overwhelming support he enjoyed from both rich and poor countries. Timothy Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation, which disburses Ted Turner’s $1 billion pledge to U.N. causes, hailed “a saint-like sense about him.”

In 2005, Annan succeeded in establishing the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council. But that year, the U.N. was facing almost daily attacks over allegations about corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq, bribery by U.N. purchasing officials and widespread sex abuse by U.N. peacekeepers — an issue that would only balloon in importance after he left office.

It emerged that Annan’s son had not disclosed payments he received from his employer, which had a $10 million-a-year contract to monitor humanitarian aid under the oil-for-food program. The company paid at least $300,000 to Kojo so he would not work for competitors after he left.

An independent report criticized the secretary-general for being too complacent, saying he should have done more to investigate matters even if he was not involved with the awarding of the contract.

World leaders agreed to create an internal U.N. ethics office, but a major overhaul of the U.N.’s outdated management practices and operating procedures was left to Annan’s successor, Ban Ki-moon.

Before leaving office, Annan helped secure a truce between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, and mediated a settlement of a dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria over the Bakassi peninsula.

At a farewell news conference, Annan listed as top achievements the promotion of human rights, the fight to close the gap between extreme poverty and immense wealth and the U.N. campaign to fight infectious diseases like AIDS.

He never took disappointments and setbacks personally. And he kept his view that diplomacy should take place in private and not in the public forum.

In his memoir, Annan recognized the costs of taking on the world’s top diplomatic job, joking that “SG,” for secretary-general, also signified “scapegoat” around U.N. headquarters.

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke called Annan “an international rock star of diplomacy.”

After leaving his high-profile U.N. perch, Annan didn’t let up. In 2007, his Geneva-based foundation was created. That year he helped broker peace in Kenya, where election violence had killed over 1,000 people.

He also joined The Elders, an elite group of former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, eventually succeeding Desmond Tutu as its chairman.

Annan “represented our continent and the world with enormous graciousness, integrity and distinction,” Tutu said Saturday in a statement, adding that “we give great thanks to God” for him.

As special envoy to Syria in 2012, Annan won international backing for a six-point plan for peace. The U.N. deployed a 300-member observer force to monitor a cease-fire, but peace never took hold and Annan was unable to surmount the bitter stalemate among Security Council powers. He resigned in frustration seven months into the job, as the civil war raged on.

Annan continued to crisscross the globe. In 2017, his foundation’s biggest projects included promotion of fair, peaceful elections; work with Myanmar’s government to improve life in troubled Rakhine state; and battling violent extremism by enlisting young people to help.

He also remained a vocal commentator on troubles like the refugee crisis; promoted good governance, anti-corruption measures and sustainable agriculture in Africa; and pushed efforts in the fight against illegal drug trafficking.

Like many in the international community he expressed alarm at the Trump administration’s decisions to back out of the Iran nuclear deal and move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Annan retained connections to many international organizations. He was chancellor of the University of Ghana, a fellow at New York’s Columbia University, and professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore.

His homeland of Ghana was shaken by his death. “One of our greatest compatriots,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said, calling for a week with flags at half-staff. “Rest in perfect peace, Kofi. You have earned it.”

Annan is survived by his wife and three children. Funeral arrangements weren’t immediately announced.


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