Roswell Daily Record Vol. 121, No. 216 75¢ Daily / $1.25 Sunday INSIDE NEWS THE VOICE OF THE PECOS VALLEY September 8, 2012 Semi carrying hazmat overturns SATURDAY www.rdrnews.com ISAAC UNEARTHS RACHEL GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — The pounding surf and currents from Hurricane Isaac on a remote spit of Alabama shoreline has again revealed the wreckage of a schooner that ran aground in 1923, delighting curious tourists and locals. The schooner Rachel and her eight-man crew ... - PAGE B3 Noah Vernau Photo JESSICA PALMER RECORD STAFF WRITER TOP 5 WEB For The Past 24 Hours • It’s the capsaicin in those yummy chiles! • At Boys & Girls Club, ‘it’s not only ... • Mathis tells Desk & Derrick, there’s ... • NMMI looks to rebound against Cisco • VCA downs NMMI JV, 2-1 INSIDE SPORTS Mark Wilson Photo So much for a riveting rematch of last year’s nailbiting state championship game. Goddard (1-0) ran roughshod over Aztec in all facets of the game on Friday at the Wool Bowl en route to a 63-0 blowout of the defending state champion Tigers. To simplify it to the lowest common denominator — Goddard is still good and Aztec is bad. - PAGE B1 While traveling at speeds of 145 mph, you sit harnessed, wearing ear buds that only slightly mute the noise of the fervorous spinning chopper blades above you. The wind whipping, you stare out at the picturesque view of the Capitan Mountains and the vast desert land below you, feeling the rush of adrenaline that only a select group of individuals encounter. This was the experience of around 40 individuals who took part in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s mini boss lift in Roswell Friday afternoon. City officials and area employers participated in the rare oppor- tunity to fly on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with members of the National Guard C Co. 1-171, based in Santa Fe. Attendees took off from Great Southwest Aviation and were in the air for about 15 minutes. The event, hosted by the Roswell chapter of the ESGR, aimed to show attendees a glimpse of what National Guardsmen and Reservists do while they are away from their civilian occupation on military duty. Yet it also gave ESGR a platform to advocate for its purpose and service. Established in 1972 by the Department of Defense, which was anticipating the end of the Vietnam War, the ESGR serves as a bridge between employers and OBITUARIES HIGH ...78˚ LOW ....58˚ TODAY’S FORECAST CLASSIFIEDS..........B6 COMICS.................B4 FINANCIAL .............B5 GENERAL ..............A2 HOROSCOPES ........A8 LOTTERIES ............A2 OPINION ................A4 SPORTS ................B1 WEATHER ..............A8 INDEX Mark Wilson Photo Civilians enjoy their ride aboard a Black Hawk helicopter during the ESGR support program, Friday. August jobs report disappointing Lack of funds causes TODAY’S • Jobi RaShawnna Gantt • Justin Clements • Crecilda Lara • Sue Barrington • Emmagene Davis • Louise C. Guss • Harold Franks • Joe Anthony Trujillo • Antonio B. Lucero - PAGE B3 See SEMI, Page A3 ESGR takes bosses for a Black Hawk chopper ride JULIA BERGMAN RECORD STAFF WRITER 63 – ZIP OH, MERCY! The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and the New Mexico State Police Emergency Response Officers converged upon the scene of an overtur ned semi-truck on US 70 and 285, around 1 p.m. Friday. The semi was coming into Roswell, southbound. It was turning west onto the Relief Route when it ran off the ramp. Officials confirmed the truck was carrying hazardous materials, sodium borohydride and sodium hydroxide. United Drilling and Berrendo Middle School were evacuated and Berrendo buses had to find alternative routes to transport their students home. Around 5 p.m. the Roswell Fire Department brought in two additional shifts to deal with the cleanup. The Roswell Police Department was called in to assist. The HazMat team was called in from Albuquerque. According to the Material Data Sheet, sodium borohydride is extremely hazardous in case of skin or eye contact, ingestion or inhalation. It is considered corrosive. The amount of tissue damage depends on length of contact. Eye contact could result in corneal damage or blindness. Skin contact can produce inflammation and blistering. Inhalation of dust will produce irritation to gastro-intestinal or respiratory tract, characterized by burning, sneezing and coughing. Severe over -exposure can produce lung damage, choking, unconsciousness or AP Photo President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H., Friday. See ESGR, Page A3 WASHINGTON (AP) — The disappointing August jobs report raises yet another campaign obstacle for President Barack Obama and makes his hopes of holding onto his own job even more challenging — especially in closely contested battleground states with painfully high levels of unemployment. Coming less than 12 hours after the president accepted his party’s nomination for a second term, the lackluster report could wipe out or diminish any traditional bounce in the polls he might have gotten from the festive, well-choreographed three-day Democratic National Convention. The bleak news played right into the See JOBS, Page A3 Foundation to close NOAH VERNAU RECORD STAFF WRITER After nearly 15 years of philanthropic leadership in Chaves County, the Community Foundation of Chaves County will be closing its doors Oct. 31 due to a lack of operational funds. The CFCC board of directors reached its decision at a closed board meeting Wednesday. “It’s just economics. It’s truly a matter of running out of operational monies, and that’s how the board came to the decision,” Susie Russell, CFCC executive director, said. “This is a nationwide issue of philanthropic organizations that are not getting the donations that are necessary to continue their business as usual.” Russell said more than 20 community foundations have closed across the nation this year due to lack of charitable dollars. “It’s Steve Smith is all about family, community, church and birds See CCCF, Page A3 JESSICA PALMER RECORD STAFF WRITER Roswell born and bred, Steve Smith boasts a family line in Roswell that stretches back five generations. Smith has a respect for heritage and history, but he is also a man with a reverence for the future of the community and the legacy he leaves for the children. Smith was born in 1947. He graduated from Goddard High School and spent a year at Eastern New Mexico University before he joined the U.S. Army Reserve. He says he is all about family, community, and church. Smith married Kathy Davis in 1968. The couple have a son and a daughter, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Smith is a man who has in his life worn many hats. “I’ve had three careers,” Smith said as he counted them off on his fingers. “Baking (in the family business Holsum Baking Co.), real estate and birdwatching.” Smith lived in Seattle. The family moved to Albuquerque in 1971, where he became involved in real estate, both sales and as builder of new homes. He became vice president of sales for the Home Planning Development Co. in Albuquerque. See SPOTLIGHT, Page A3 Jessica Palmer Photo Steve Smith takes care of the feathered ones.