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Tech Starts Season With SFA

Texas Tech opens its 92nd season of football Saturday when the Red Raiders host Stephen F. Austin inside Jones AT&T Stadium. Saturday will mark the third all-time meeting between Texas Tech and Stephen F. Austin. The Red Raiders previously defeated SFA twice with a 58-3 thrashing in 2001 an then a 61-13 victory in 2013.Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury(pictured) talks about the game now in the You Tube link at the bottom of the page. (Photo courtesy of Texas Tech)


NM State Kicks Of 2016 Season At Battle Of I-10 Rival UTEP

The NM State football team is set to kick off the 2016 season against Battle of I-10 rival UTEP on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Sun Bowl. The 94th battle between the two teams will be televised on BeIN Sports.The Aggies have a 35-56-2 all-time record against the Miners in a record that dates back to 1914. The 2015 season game saw 97 points and over 1,000 yards of total offense. Larry Rose III racked up 196 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, while quarterback Tyler Rogers went 14-of-28 for 285 yards and three touchdowns. The 2016 NM State football team looks to build upon the foundation head coach Doug Martin has been building since he began coaching the Aggies three years ago. NM State has a seasoned quarterback crew with senior Tyler Rogers and sophomore Nick Jeanty leading the pack. In the backfield, NM State is led by junior AP All-American running back Larry Rose III, who had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons as a freshman and sophomore. The offensive line returns three starters who helped Rose III amass 1,651 yards to break the NM State all-time single season record during the 2015 campaign. Defensively, the squad is headed by junior linebacker Derek Ibekwe and junior defensive back Jacob Nwangwa who led the team with 93 total tackles and 85 total tackles, respectively, during the 2015 season. In addition, Nwangwa had a team-high three interceptions, which included an interception returned 41 yards for a touchdown against UTEP.


NMMI Grounds AF Prep

Karen Boehler,NMMI Sports Press.After a back-and-forth first quarter — which saw a lot more offense than defense from both sides — the Bronco football team put everything together, routing Air Force Prep 62-27 in the season opener. “I’ll take it. I’ll take any win, so that’s a good way to start for us,” said NMMI head coach Joe Forchtner. He recaps the win and looks ahead to the conference opener Saturday night.


Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship Awarded To ENMU-Roswell Students

Four Emergency Medical Services students at ENMU-Roswell are on their way to fulfilling their career dreams thanks to the Steve Lovato Memorial Scholarship Fund. The students, Kit Dilley, Courtney King, Shawna Mullins and Stacee Ramirez met with Lovato’s parents, Lawrence and Rosie Lovato, on campus recently to express their gratitude. The scholarship will cover the students’ educational expenses, including tuition, fees and the purchase of books, as they begin classes this fall semester. Dilley, 19, doesn’t qualify for additional financial aid because he has already earned an Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. He had returned to ENMU-Roswell to begin the EMS program, but was intending to drop his classes because of the cost. Just in time, he was notified that he had received the scholarship. “Without this scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to get this degree, but now I can thanks to people like this who help students further their careers,” Dilley said. His goal is to become a SWAT medic, so he can assist civilians, police, and military personnel in crisis situations. King, 22, said emergency medical services is her passion. She will be following in the footsteps of her mom who is also a paramedic. After she receives her Associate of Science degree in EMS-Paramedic, she plans to complete the nursing bridge program. Her goal is to become a flight nurse/paramedic. King said she applied for the scholarship after her sister-in-law sent her a picture of the application notice in the newspaper. “I was excited when I found out I got the scholarship,” she said. Mullins, 27, said the scholarship will be a tremendous help to her as she continues her education to become a paramedic. She has already completed EMS Basic and Intermediate training and has eight years of experience working as an emergency responder. She has also worked as an emergency room tech for the past two and a half years. She is employed by Superior Ambulance and volunteers with the Dexter Fire Department. Becoming a paramedic has been her dream since she was in high school. “I like patient care. It’s very rewarding.” Mullins said her goal is to become a flight medic. Ramirez, 28, is from Hobbs. She has been interested in the emergency medical services field since she was a teenager. “It is a way to make a difference” she said. Ramirez is also thrilled about receiving the scholarship. “I feel so blessed. What a beautiful way for the family to honor the memory of their son and leave a legacy.” On March 16, 2002, Steve Lovato was killed while on duty working for American Medical Response (AMR) responding to an explosion. Lovato, 30, was an accomplished Emergency Medi¬cal Technician-Intermediate and had worked for AMR since 1998. He had planned to continue his education to become a paramedic. Shortly after Lovato’s death, the scholarship was created to remember his life and legacy. The fund provides scholarships to deserving students interested in becoming EMT`s/paramedics and is administered by the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation.


PRCA And WPRA Come To Carlsbad

The rodeo is set for Sept. 8-10 and Jim Kenney of JK Rodeo offers more information.


Paul Gessing Podcast Returns

This week the head of the Rio Grande Foundation talks about how three seven’s aren’t lucky for New Mexico. USC taking on Tinsletown subsidies, how the state can cut school spending and West Va. sees economic progress.


Business Continues In Artesia

Even though Kmart has closed in Artesia and Terry’s Electronics and Home Center is going out of business, there are plenty of things going on business wise in Artesia, according to the Community Development Director for the City of Artesia. Jim McGuire says a parking lot will be serving Artesia Credit Union customers. It will be located across the street from the financial center. A new laundromat will be occupying a building that is being remodeled on First Street. It will be next to the new Dollar General and McGuire says the community is getting a new AT-and-T store. He says it will be next to Dollar Tree, which is near Walmart. He says groundwork has already started.


Testing Centric Schools Are Toxic To Students

© 2016 Michael Swickard, Ph.D. “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” Albert Einstein The effort to kill curiosity in public schools is the problem in our educational system. Curiosity doesn’t survive the always testing public schools. Our nation takes normally curious young people and uneducates them by focusing on testing which is of no interest to students. Worse, we spend incredible amounts of money on testing and administrators. We are spending money to have a problem. The teachers know that the system is corrupt and does not serve the students but can’t be heard over the administrators feathering their nests. The new accountability numbers are out from the New Mexico Public Education Department and like all years before we in the public know nothing after seeing the numbers. To most people it is a list of monkey points that each school has earned with no understanding of what the numbers mean. Schools go up and down on the scale and it is the average of the school so it doesn’t really tell us anything about individual teachers or classes. After looking at the numbers I know nothing about any school. At the core is the notion that administrators can improve the education of students by making them spend most of their time learning how to juke the testing system. We see the administrators say that testing is only a couple of days a year which is false. Testing is every day and all day. It is the “Be all and end all” of every data meeting that teachers must attend. Testing holds no interest to students. Day after day, hour after hour students are preparing to take tests that mean nothing to them about subjects to which they are not interested. Teachers have a personal battle to try to keep something interesting in their classes while being pushed to only focus on tested material. Want to talk dinosaurs? Forget it, it is not on the test. If America had an enemy that got control of our educational system, they wouldn’t do anything different with American education since the administrators have made the enterprise as bad as it can be. What is maddening to thinking people is this thought exercise which I have suggested many times. Since there is the notion of testing the teachers by testing the entire school, let us swap all of the adults at the five highest scoring elementary schools with the five lowest scoring elementary schools in Albuquerque. Two years later the five highest scoring schools will still be the five highest scoring schools and ditto for the five lowest scoring schools. This is despite all new teachers, administrators, cooks, librarians, janitors and crossing guards. The adults lauded as the best become the worst by being moved to a different school. The whole testing mania is bogus. Just as bad is the new push to get every student to go to college, starting in Kindergarten. We need to give all students basic education and let them follow their dreams, not ours. Tell me this: when a smelly sludge comes back flowing out of your biffy what are you going to do? Call a plumber or a philosopher? The learners need to be in practical education if that is what sings to them. In junior high school I took six semesters with some practical education classes. One semester it was electrical wiring, one was woodworking, one was tools, one was metal work, one was welding and one was automotive. The rest of my life I have been relatively handy because of those three years. And it didn’t change that I got a Ph.D. Primarily we need to refocus education onto the students. Students every year need: first, engage their curiosity, next give them literate and numerate tools to satisfy that curiosity. Third, they must enjoy the passage of time in school. It doesn’t have to be a carnival but if they hate every moment, they will come away with little. Next, the education must be appropriate to their brain development and finally, they must retain their dignity at all times. School years in a testing-centric school environments are toxic for students. Let’s wake up and focus on the students. Email: drswickard@comcast.net - Swickard’s new novel, Hideaway Hills, is availableat Amazon.com


Foreign Air Force Members Training At Roswell Air Center

The U.S. Army has brought members of the Tunisian Air Force to Roswell for aircraft training. This Army program provides training and equipment to foreign militaries so they can better protect and provide security within their own countries, while also becoming better prepared to work jointly with the U.S. military if necessary. Tunisia is a U.S. ally located on Africa’s northern coast. Equipment for the training operations, which involve a private company contracted by the Army, began to arrive at the Roswell International Air Center (RIAC) the first week of August. The first group of Tunisian Air Force pilots and aircraft maintenance personnel arrived the following week. More than 70 pilots and flight crew are scheduled to rotate in and out of Roswell during the six months the training is taking place at RIAC. With its long runway, relatively low air traffic, and good weather, including often clear skies, RIAC has earned recognition as a favorable site for military aviation training. In recent years, U.S. military pilots have trained in the skies over southeast New Mexico, establishing a training base at RIAC for two months or more each year. In addition, commercial airline manufacturers have used RIAC as a testing site for new planes. The training in Roswell was initiated by the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization (SATMO), which operates under the Army Security Assistance Command. The Tunisian Air Force members are training on OH-58D Kiowa helicopters. With its motto of “Training the World, One Soldier at a Time,” SATMO soldiers and its contractors carry out security-assistance missions worldwide, recommend security-assistance training to U.S. diplomatic missions, build the roster of the United States’ “partner nations” and strengthen those U.S. global partnerships. SATMO missions abroad promote regional stability, deter aggression, maintain alliances and spread democratic values between the United States and its allies, explains Adriane Elliot, a public affairs specialist with the Army Security Assistance Command. Training – such as that taking place in Roswell now through January – is tailored to the specific needs of partner nations to create interoperability with the U.S. military. Elliot notes as partner nations increase their capabilities to defend themselves, it reduces the number of personnel the United States has to deploy when providing military aid to allies. “We appreciate the patience and support of the Roswell community as we conduct this critical mission,” Elliot says.


MYFDC And Riding By Faith Getting Ready For Fall

Danny Sons stops by for his monthly and he says early September will be a busy one at the Riding By Faith Rodeo Arena.