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Jazz Ed. 101: Defining the art form

May 8, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

Welcome to Jazz About Town! Monthly installments will be covering a wide variety of jazz related topics. We plan to keep you informed about the music’s colorful history, the lives of its important creators, composers and performers and information about recordings. We will periodically list local and regional jazz events with special emphasis on our...

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Local iris show honors late charter member of Pecos Valley Iris Society

May 1, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

Above: Bob and Joyce Hutchings won best specimen and runner-up best specimen on April 23 at the Pecos Valley Iris Society annual show. Center: Best design and best design runner-up were won by Pegi Naranjo-Smith.  Bottom: Some of the entries for artistic...


The things she taught us

May 1, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

Sara Lund Bonney with daughter Elsie Bonney feeding chickens in the snow in White Oaks, circa 1900. (Photo courtesy of Donna Ikard) Life and times of Roswell’s first female teacher, Sara Lund Bonney By Donna Ikard Special to the Daily Record The first...


Simpson journeys into unchartered waters

May 1, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

There have been just a handful of times in my life when I have eagerly anticipated the release of a new album, counting down the days until my favorite artist’s newest creation hits the market. Some of them met my expectations, some didn’t, but not until...


God sang through Bill Evans’ fingers

April 24, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

It is with great reverence that I write this week about my favorite jazz pianist, the late Bill Evans. Evans lived only 51 years. He was born in 1929 and died in 1980 from a combination of peptic ulcer, cirrhosis, bronchial pneumonia and untreated hepatitis....


St. Mary’s Hospital — 1905

April 23, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

The original St. Mary’s Hospital was established in 1905 and was located at South Main and Chisum streets. The county administration building and Chaves County Sheriff’s Office are now at that location. Before 1905, the nearest hospital was 60 miles from...


Tabernacle Baptist group travels to Cuba

April 23, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

Above: Jason Perry, Tabernacle minister of education, preaches to a group of Cuban faithful while a Santeria service goes on outside. Santeria is a mixture of Catholicism and Haitian voodoo. Below: Danny Melendez, left, and Kathy Reynolds in front of a house...


Colors of Life Run/Walk to benefit suicide prevention, awareness

April 23, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

Tesse Anderson The Colors of Life 4-mile run/walk will be held Saturday, June 18. All proceeds go to the Tessa Anderson Suicide Prevention Coalition for suicide prevention and awareness events in Roswell. Tessa Marie Anderson was born April 23, 1999 and...


Make Time for Kids scheduled April 29

April 23, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

          Above: Clocks o’plenty and a plethora of other auction items at the 2014 Make Time for Kids. Below: A few of a many beautiful and unique clocks you can buy during the silent auction. (File and submitted photos) We should...


Hobbs museum welcomes all to the Titanic

April 20, 2016 • VistasComments (0)

All photos and images Courtesy of “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition”   Submitted to the Hobbs News-Sun HOBBS — An elegant perfume bottle. A perfectly preserved pair of men’s socks. The personal belongings of those who boarded the RMS...