Author archives: jmclaughlin

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    Council approves funds for 2 fests

    February 14, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    City councilors decided to again support the UFO and Fiddle and Griddle festivals, increasing the Lodger’s Tax funding this year. The UFO Festival, which featured carnival rides and vendors last year, asked for $70,000 but was granted $75,000. Eight...

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    Pastor pushes to elect chosen candidates

    February 13, 2014 • Local NewsComments (2)

    Church on the Move pastor Troy Smothermon introduced two City Council candidates to the congregation last month during a sermon, telling his congregation it was time to change Roswell. Smothermon announced to the church, and its several thousands of members,...

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    Fests will seek funding at City Council meeting

    February 12, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    City councilors will be asked to fund this year’s UFO and Fiddle and Griddle festivals again this year using Lodgers Tax revenue at their regular meeting tonight. UFO Festival planners are asking for $75,000 in Lodger’s taxes. This year’s festival is...

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    First day of early voting for city election draws a good turnout

    February 12, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Voters turned out in good numbers during the first day of early voting Wednesday for the municipal elections. City Clerk Sharon Coll reported at least 120 ballots were cast by 4:30 p.m. “I think it’s going really well,” Coll said. City Hall is the only...

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    State’s Extraterrestrial Culture Day recognizes otherworldly visitors

    February 11, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    New Mexico celebrates Extraterrestrial Culture Day today, to “celebrate and honor all past, present and future extraterrestrial visitors.” These cuddly greenies can be found at Roswell Landing Gift Shop on Main Street. (Jill McLaughlin Photo) Have...

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    ENMU-R mulls future of programs

    February 7, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Administrators at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell met this week to discuss the future of the school’s programs following the failure of the mill levy, the university system’s president said Friday. Steven Gamble, president of ENMU-Portales, could...

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    Job Corps grads encouraged to ‘follow dreams’

    February 6, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Roswell Job Corps students prepare for graduation ceremonies at the Civic Center, Thursday. (Mark Wilson Photo) Roswell Job Corps Center graduates were encouraged to follow their dreams at a special ceremony at the Civic Center Thursday. “You have to look...

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    City Councilor Foster strives to find ‘common ground’

    February 6, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Councilor Barry Foster of Ward 5 is seeking his second term. (Jill McLaughlin Photo) City Councilor and high-school teacher Barry Foster likes to bring people together. “My leadership style is basically … I will attack problems straight on if I need...

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    New voting centers perform smoothly

    February 5, 2014 • Local NewsComments Off

    Election workers at Church of Christ check in voters Tuesday evening using the new Voting Convenience Center equipment. The new system ran smoothly, said Robbie Higgins, presiding judge at the center. (Jill McLaughlin Photo) The new voting system experienced...

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    ENMU-R mill levy fails by wide margin

    February 5, 2014 • Local NewsComments (1)

    Chaves County clerk’s office employees process paperwork from a polling center Tuesday night, as results arrived during the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell special mill levy election. (Jill McLaughlin Photo) The Eastern New Mexico...