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Texas Tech Hosts Forum

Join us for a panel discussion hosted by the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD) and Texas Tech University’s Office of International Affairs, the Center for Global Understanding and The CH Foundation, regarding the diplomatic challenges faced by the new administration of President Donald Trump. The ambassadors have more than 100 combined years of foreign service experience and will be available to speak to media before the panel discussion, “Changing Constants: Diplomatic Challenges for the New Administration.” Watch now in the You Tube link at the bottom of the page.


Cinco De Mayo Festival To Bring Community Together For Weekend Of Fun

A weekend of fun for the entire family is planned in May at the Second Annual Roswell Cinco de Mayo Festival, which brings together food, family and fun. The May 5-6 event at Russ DeKay Soccer Complex (1500 N. Grand Ave.) is being organized by the City of Roswell, Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Roswell Chamber of Commerce and the Roswell/Chaves County Economic Development Corporation. Roswell Cinco de Mayo will kick off Friday, May 5, at 6 p.m. and go until 9 p.m. The festival continues Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the outdoor festival is free. The Cinco de Mayo “fiesta” features live entertainers both days, with country singer Kyle Park headlining Friday evening. Saturday has Tejano singer Michael Salgado entertaining the crowd. Food vendors will highlight the best of the area’s cuisine and Vending Row will include a Mercado where festival goers can purchase items from jewelry to art. In addition, nonprofit organizations and local businesses will be on hand to answer questions and hand out information about what they do and offer. Also included in the happenings is an official Kids Zone that will have everything from local dance and sporting club demonstrations, children’s games, paintball, inflatables and more. A carnival will also be at the event this year and will get a head-start on the festival when it opens Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. The carnival will also continue once the festival finishes. The carnival will close Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. PO BOX 1838 ROSWELL, NM 88202-1838 TEL: 575-624-6700 FAX: 575-624-6709 www.roswell-nm.gov CITY OF ROSWELL PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT A coed volleyball tournament and the Roswell Chamber of Commerce’s Fiesta Tug of War are among the sporting events at the festival. “Friendly and Fun Competitions” will feature taco- and jalapeno-eating contests sponsored by Los Cerritos. The Roswell Humane Society is sponsoring a Chihuahua Race. The newly added Couples Dance Competition will bring an added dimension of entertainment to the event. The Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce will host a Car and Bike Show that will feature everything from classic cars to speed racers. Sponsors of the event are Desert Sun Auto Group, Xcel Energy, Tobosa Developmental Services, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, Pioneer Bank, Bank of the Southwest, Valley Bank of Commerce, Otero Federal Credit Union, Central Valley Electric, Lopez Insurance, Cattle Baron Restaurants and Straight Shot Wireless. Organizers of Cinco de Mayo 2017 are looking forward to bringing together all community groups, merchants and individuals for a one-of-a-kind event. A final roster of entertainers and schedule of activities are still be developed. For more information about the festival or becoming a vendor or corporate sponsor, contact the Roswell Parks and Recreation Department at (575) 624-6719.


Game Commission To Meet In Artesia

The New Mexico Game Commission will meet April 5 in Artesia to consider numerous matters, including a legislative update and proposed hunting season dates and bag limits for migratory birds. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Central Valley Co-op, 1403 N. 13th Street, Artesia. Other agenda items include: • Consideration of a final recovery plan for Gould’s turkeys and Gila monsters. • Update on development of public shooting ranges around the state. • Presentation of proposed amendments to the Aquatic Invasive Species Rule. The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Current members are Chairman Paul Kienzle, Vice-chairman Bill Montoya, Thomas “Dickie” Salopek, Robert Espinoza Sr., Ralph Ramos, Bob Ricklefs and Elizabeth Ryan. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Angelica Ruiz, (505) 476-8027. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms.


Broncos Swept Return Home This Weekend

The New Mexico Military Institute Broncos were swept at Odessa Community College last weekend and this weekend they face Luna Community College in Roswell. Head Coach Chris Cook offers more information.


ASHD Vice Chair Says Obamacare Is Going Down

The Vice Chair of the Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Directors’ says there may be no need to repeal Obamacare. Congressional Republicans were unsuccessful recently in trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Mike Deans says it’s imploding. Deans says Obamacare has affected the way Artesia General Hospital gets reimbursed from the feds.


Man Charged With The 2005 Double Murder Of Brothers Who Were Shot At Home

An arrest warrant was issued Monday for the man Roswell Police Department investigators believe is responsible for the murder of two brothers in their Roswell home nearly 12 years ago. The warrant charging two counts of first-degree murder was issued for Gabriel J. Thyberg, 33, who is alleged to have fatally shot Reynaldo Jimenez, 50, and Robert Jimenez, 54, in the kitchen of their home in the 500 block of East Tilden Street the morning of May 27, 2005. The Jimenez brothers were each shot multiple times. Investigators believe Thyberg came to the house in east Roswell around 8 a.m. that day with the intent of shooting Reynaldo Jimenez and Robert Jimenez because Thyberg was angry the brothers had previously refused to give him heroin when he did not have the money to pay for it. Thyberg is currently incarcerated in the federal prison in Herlong, Calif., as a result of a conviction in a federal case. He is scheduled to be released from federal custody in November 2020, but RPD and the local Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is working to have Thyberg temporarily transferred to New Mexico state custody so he can be arrested and prosecuted on the double-murder case. Once the New Mexico judicial process is completed, Thyberg would likely be returned to federal custody to finish his federal sentence before being returned to New Mexico to serve any sentence he would have in the state if convicted in the murder case. The case’s initial investigators developed certain information in the year or so following the murders, but the case did not grow strong enough for consideration of charges by the District Attorney’s Office until further information was gathered in the past year after the cold case was assigned to RPD Detective Grace Fresquez and then to Detective Robert Scribner. Recently, RPD has renewed efforts to solve cold-case murders. The killings of the Jimenez brothers is the second cold case to see a suspect charged in the last two months. In late January, RPD concluded a cold-case investigation that resulted in Juan Olivares Jr., 33, being charged with first-degree murder in the February 2004 shooting death of Jonathan Ledesma, 22, in southeast Roswell that investigators believe was the result of a prior dispute between the men. Olivares was arrested Jan. 24 on the Roswell warrant at his home in Avondale, Ariz., where he had been living in recent years.


Paul Gessing Podcast Returns

This week the head of the Albuquerque based Rio Grande Foundation talks about the latest unemployment numbers. Education spending, a special session and Obamacare.


Getting Home Safely In Self-Driven Cars

© 2017 Michael Swickard, Ph.D. “Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts.” Tommy Lasorda This last weekend there was a car accident which involved a self-driving vehicle. The media had a great visual of this car on its side. To our way of thinking that is never supposed to happen. It’s a self-driving car which should be programmed to stay out of accidents. The good news is that it wasn’t the self-driving car’s fault. But the car ended up on its side. That is never good. Seems the car ended up on its side after someone, a human, not another self-driving car, didn’t yield when it was a yield situation. Are we to assume self-driving cars are not going to get into accidents? Of course they will have accidents because they are out there with all of us humans. Regardless of the fact that self-driving cars will not be texting or talking to a spouse, the human other drivers do. Like Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda observed, it is the one who get home safely that counts both in the game of baseball and driving. When I took a defensive driving course the mantra was to arrive safely despite the actions of others. Even if you are a self-driving car. Imagine how hard it would be to sit in a self-driving car as it gets into an accident. What can you say since there is no one else in the car? In a regularly driven car you might resort to colorful language for a driver that gets you into an accident but if you are the only one in the car the best you can say is, “Shuckins!” Obviously, some statistician can point out that you will be many times safer if a knucklehead isn’t driving but there is that media picture of a self-driving car on its side to consider. And if you think that the self-driving car is doing something wrong, what can you do other than gasp? One time I was in a commercial jet taking off from Dallas when as we were heading onto the runway I noticed that the pilot had not engaged the flaps. Normally to take off or land the flaps are extended. Someone traveling with me noticed I was agitated. I mentioned the flaps to which this person just shrugged. Then the pilot announced, “Most times we use flaps to take off but for you pilots there are a few times when we have a no-flaps takeoff. This is one of those times.” I went whew. So, it may take a bit of trust to ride in self-driving cars, especially in traffic with the usual amount of human knuckleheads. I guess we could get used to it or perhaps some of us never will. It could be that we can consider what Will Rogers wrote, “When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.” Email: drswickard@comcast.net - Swickard’s new novel, Hideaway Hills, is availableat Amazon.com


Candy Spence Ezell Recaps Legislative Session

Roswell State Rep. Candy Spence Ezell says the 2017 New Mexico Legislative session that concluded days ago was one of the worst ones she has seen during her tenure in Santa Fe.


Last Call For Trinity Site Motor Coach Tour

The world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, at Trinity Site, on the north end of what is now White Sands Missile Range. This photograph is the only existing color shot of the Trinity Test and was taken by an amateur, Jack Aeby, with his own camera. The New Mexico Museum of Space History is hosting a motor coach tour to the site on Saturday, April 1. (Photo courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratories)One of the “must see” things for residents and visitors alike in New Mexico is Trinity Site, where the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945. Located on the north end of what is now White Sands Missile Range, Trinity Site is open to the public twice each year, on the first Saturday in April and again on the first Saturday in October. The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo hosts a motor coach tour to the site and tickets are almost gone for the April tour. As part of the motor coach tour, which is a fundraiser for the museum’s foundation, area historian Pete Eidenbach accompanies guests on the coach, giving an in-depth talk on the bomb, its history and the effect it had on the world – along with some tidbits of local southwestern history. Once on site, guests enjoy a brown bag lunch and a self-guided walking tour of the site. On the way back, Pete’s debriefing is highlighted with a special showing of a classic science fiction film. Upon arrival at the museum, guests will be treated to a guided tour followed by reserved seating for an exclusive showing of Trinity: The Atomic Bomb Movie in the New Horizons Dome Theater. Special interpretation at the site is provided by White Sands Missile Range staff. All visitors must have government issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. The remaining tickets are on sale now through the museum’s marketing department and include the round trip to Trinity Site, guided tour, brownbag lunch, guided tour of the museum, and reserved seating for the New Horizons Theater showing of Trinity: The Atomic Bomb Movie. The ticket price is $70 per person, or $60 for museum members. To reserve your tickets or for more information, call 575-437-2840 ext. 41132, email msh.info@state.nm.us or visit the museum’s website. Registration deadline is Wednesday March 29. For those unable to make the April tour, tickets are also available online for the October 7 Trinity Site tour. The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589


State Rep. Jim Townsend Recaps Legislative Session

During an interview on Thursday he talked about the spending plan passed by lawmakers and a possible return trip to Santa Fe.