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HOLDER SAYS HE HAD NO ROLE IN SUBPOENA WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday defended the Justice Department’s secret examination of Associated Press phone records though he declared he had played no role in it, saying it ...
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Troubles threatening Obama’s 2nd term WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama seemed to lose control of his second-ter m agenda even before he was sworn in, when a school massacre led him to lift gun control to the fore. Now, as he tries to pivot from a stinging defeat on that issue and push forward on others, the president finds himself rocked by multiple controversies that are demoralizing his allies, emboldening his political foes and posing huge distractions for all.
It’s unclear how long he will be dogged by inquiries into last year’s deadly attack in Libya, the IRS targeting of tea party groups and now the seizure of Associated Press phone records in a leak investiga-
tion. But if nothing else, these episodes give new confidence and swagger to Republicans who were discouraged by Obama’s reelection and their inability to block tax hikes as part of the Jan. 1 “fiscal cliff” deal.
Taken together, these matters will make it harder for the administration to focus on its priorities racking up a few more accomplishments before next year’s national elections.
“It’s a torrential downpour, and it’s happening at the worst possible time, because the window is closing” on opportunities to accomplish things before the 2014 campaigns, said Matt Bennett, who worked in the Clinton White House.
From here on, he said, “it’s going to be very, very difficult.”
So far, there’s no evidence that Obama knew about — let alone was involved in — the government actions in question. But a president usually is held accountable for his administration’s actions, and Republicans now have material to fuel accusations and congressional hearings that they hope will embarrass him, erode his credibility and bolster their argument that his government is overreaching. Even some of his Democratic allies are publicly expressing dismay at the AP phone records seizure. See TERM, Page A3
In this file photo taken Thursday, President Barack Obama walks from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington to board Marine One.
NMMI’s Paternoster arrested
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Students rehearse “The Little Ghost” in the Performing Arts Center at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell during 2013 Super Day's The Art of Theater, Tuesday morning.
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Bright, lime-green shirts swarmed about the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell campus Tuesday for the 21st annual Super Day, an
event held for the Roswell Independent School District’s gifted elementary school students from kindergarten all the way through fifth grade to allow them to experience hands-on activities that could be potential future careers.
According to the event coordinator and gifted teacher at Berrendo Elementary, Nola Miller, there were two key purposes for Super Day: career education and the students discovering new things that interest them in order to fill their free
RISD submitted a plan last year that did not initially receive funding, PED Secretary Hanna Skandera said, but the PED saved more than $2 million through the program and became able to approve funding. “It’s just a huge win for kids and for Roswell,” she said. “New Mexico Reads to Lead” offers reading assessments and intervention for students from kindergarten through the third grade, she said, in an ef fort to identify struggling readers and provide resources that
will help them know how to read in time for fourth grade. “We know if a student can’t read by the end of third grade, they’re four times more likely to drop out,” Skandera said. Last year, a state assessment found about half of third-grade students are not reading on grade level, she said, and a national assessment found 80 percent of fourth-graders not reading at grade level. Skandera acknowledged RISD Superintendent Tom
‘Reads to Lead’ gets support from PED ILISSA GILMORE RECORD STAFF WRITER
The Roswell Independent School District tops the list of state school districts set to receive funding from the New Mexico Public Education Department for the “New Mexico Reads to Lead” program. The RISD was one of eleven school districts and three charter schools informed Tuesday that it will receive funding, with the RISD’s amount at $416,500, the highest award out of the other schools on the list.
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time. Managing free time is just as important as academic discovery, Miller said. They all had matching green shirts, not only for safety to keep track of the See SUPER, Page A3
Albuquerque restaurateur and member of NMMI Board of Regents Stephen D. Paternoster was arrested for drunk driving on Saturday. He was pulled over around 9:30 p.m. near San Mateo and I-40 in Albuquerque. According to the Albuquerque Police Department, Pater noster had a blood alcohol content between .18 and .20 at the time of his arrest. He was charged with aggravated DWI. The NMMI Board of Regents is appointed by the Governor of New Mexico for terms of six years. Paternoster was appointed to the board in 2009. His term expires in 2014. He graduated from NMMI high school in 1979. He received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas in 1998, and his MBA in 2007. Paternoster later went to work for Jack White Jr. (a See ARREST, Page A3
Justice investigating IRS targeting of tea party
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating the Internal Revenue Service for targeting tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday, widening a probe that includes investigations by three committees in Congress. Ineffective management at the IRS allowed agents to improperly target tea party groups for more than 18 months, concluded one investigation, by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The inspector general’s report, released Tuesday, lays much of the blame on IRS supervisors in Washington who oversaw a group of specialists in Cincinnati who screened applicaSee IRS, Page A6
Little League player Myca Patterson gets ceremony for speedy recovery ILISSA GILMORE RECORD STAFF WRITER
The community came together Monday night at Lions Hondo Little League to celebrate a young player who was recently found to have a brain tumor. Monterrey Elementary School student Myca Patterson, 8, plays the positions of pitcher, catcher and shortstop for the Braves Little League team. Patterson had previously developed a tumor and been treated for it. However, doctors found last week that the tumor had retur ned, larger than before.
Monday night, Patterson played his last game before leaving Tuesday for treatment in Phoenix. Lions Hondo President Pam Boyd decided, “we need to make this a special day for him.”
Before the game, the venue played Patterson’s favorite song, “The Greatest,” by Kenny Rogers. City Councilor Jason Perry read a proclamation declaring “Myca Patterson Day” in Roswell. Perry and Councilor Savino Sanchez then led the Lions Hondo Little League family and community in prayer for See PATTERSON, Page A6
From left to right, Myca’s parents, Mike and Chandra Patterson, Myca, City Councilors Jason Perry and Savino Sanchez and Lions Hondo manager Pam Boyd.
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Shelters struggle after new ordinance passes Help from the govt: not just for big biz JILL MCLAUGHLIN RECORD STAFF WRITER
Roswell’s new pet policy that puts several costly restrictions on dog and cat owners has flooded one local shelter, forcing it to seek out help from partnering groups from Albuquerque to Colorado Springs. The Roswell Humane Society continues to overpopulate its space with surrendered puppies, dogs and cats. The shelter held 76 dogs and 23 cats Tuesday afternoon. The maximum it can shelter is 75 dogs and 24 cats. “It’s very overwhelming,” said kennel worker Krystle Smith. The “no kill” shelter was created to take in homeless and unwanted pets, and to assist with animal control by keeping adoptable pets for a longer time, Smith said. But when residents show up with as many as 15 puppies at a time, the system is overrun. “We just don’t have room to take in that amount on a daily basis,” Smith said. The new ordinance that places fees, fines or limits on most everything, including fixing, breeding and pet limits, has prompted several owners to surrender animals instead of paying to have them spayed or neutered. The Animal Humane Society of New Mexico in Albuquerque has taken 130 of Roswell’s sheltered dogs since February, said mar-
keting director Dawn Glass. “We like collaborating with Roswell Humane Society,” Glass said. The Albuquerque facility is also a “no kill” shelter with the state’s highest adoption rate at 90 percent. A program called “Project Fetch” allows the shelter to transfer pets from across New Mexico to Albuquerque where it adopts pets out to the larger population, Glass said. “Hopefully people will be comforted by the fact that we have transferred in many of those pets,” Glass said. Interestingly, Roswell’s shelter is unusual because many of the pets it receives and later transfers to Albuquerque are “designer” small breeds that are attractive to new owners. “It’s interesting when we are transferring from other shelters, we typically get mixed breeds, but from Roswell we get an abundance of smaller, highly adoptable dogs.” Glass expects many owners may have surrendered puppies from puppy mills in the region or have purchased the designer dogs and did not have them spayed or neutered. The private, nonprofit shelter typically takes in 1,000 animals from around the state each year. For more information, visit animalhumane.nm.org. At the Roswell Humane Society at 703 E. McGaffey St., an adoption can cost
$50 for a dog, plus the price to spay or neuter the animal at a local veterinarian, though the shelter does provide $100 coupons to qualifying low-income owners, Smith said. The new ordinance calls for no more than five dogs or cats per household over the age of three months without a valid breeder permit, or a multiple dog or cat permit, for instance. Pet owners applying for a breeder permit first must get a business license. Also each household must get a litter permit and each female dog or cat can only have one litter per year, with no more than two litters in each house per year. Owners face fines if found in violation of these new rules. Smith said owners may face issues with the price of complying with the new ordinance, but it may be other issues owners face. “Sometimes it is price, or it’s just pure laziness,” Smith said. “I don’t think the ordinance is the problem. At first, a lot of owners surrender and release. It will be better in the future. We just have to take the first step to make things better. It’s going to be hard at first.” Joseph Pacheco, supervisor at the Roswell Animal Shelter, said the city-owned facility hasn’t seen a big difference since the ordinance took affect April 27. No animals were surrendered and no citations have
been issued, but many warnings were drafted in the past few weeks, he said. “It’s so fresh, it’s so new, we’re still getting calls from people (who) don’t know of the changes,” Pacheco said. “We’re giving them a chance to correct their problems.” The city shelter, also on East McGaffey near the Humane Society, has seen its usual upswing in activity for the spring season. “With early spring and summer, we get swamped at this time anyway,” Pacheco said. The city shelter does use euthanasia if an animal isn’t adopted after seven days. It does get some two boxes a day of puppies or kittens some days, Pacheco said, but that’s typical for the time of year. The shelter is not full at this time, with 70 dogs in general population kennels, 18 in the puppy room, 34 in the cat room and 26 in the feral cat room, Pacheco estimated. “We’ve already given out a few multiple-animal permits, but not like a really dramatic change,” he said. “Probably in the next one to two years we will see an increase in putting dogs down. Right now, people don’t even know there’s been changes.” At the city shelter, adoptions cost $40 for pets 6 months old or older, and owners must prepay their veterinarian to adopt, or the city will file paperwork in municipal court.
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Representatives from the New Mexico Economic Development Department and New Mexico Finance Authority visited the Roswell Chamber of Commerce Tuesday to share information about a funding program that can benefit small businesses.
The state received more than $13 million in 2011 from the U.S. Department of Treasury, as part of the State Small Business Credit Initiative. The NMFA administers the funds through the Collateral Support Loan Participation Program and works with banks to provide capital to eligible businesses for expansion or job creation and retention. “We don’t want to compete with the bank ... we’re here to partner with the bank,” said Sanjiv Doreswamy, commercial lender with the NMFA. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone all around.”
More than $8.5 million is available and funding amounts vary depending on location and how the funds will be used. Antoinette Vigil, finance development team leader for the state’s Economic Development Department, said at most, $3 million is available for businesses in rural areas. “We want the small-business owner to know the state is not only helping big industries, it’s also helping small businesses,” she said. “To have these funds available can have an impact on retaining the small business community in rural areas.” The state has until the end of the year to deploy federal funds, she said, but hopes to keep the program going afterward.
For more information on the Collateral Support Loan Participation Program, call local Economic Development Division Community, Business and Rural Development Team Representative Mark Roper at 562-0327 or visit gonm.biz/Business_Financial_Assistance.aspx.
Shoplifters on Sunday take beard Town hall meeting to address bullying and hair trimmer, cell phone ILISSA GILMORE RECORD STAFF WRITER
• Police responded to Walgreens, 1835 N. Main St., Sunday, after someone picked up a Braun Cruzer Beard and Head Trimmer, valued at $49.99, and exited the store without paying. The device was recovered. The subject left the parking lot in a green Oldsmobile, with NM plates 114RPW. • Police were dispatched to Target, 2725 N. Main St., Sunday, after a subject stole a Boost Mobile Force phone, valued at $199.
Police were called to the 200 block of East Mathews Street, Sunday, where subjects forced open the front door to a residence, causing $130 worth of damage, and took a collectors’ Eagle knife, a 32-inch Vizio flat screen television, some antique coins and a carton of cigarettes.
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The Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce and the S.O.Y. (Save our Youth) Cultural and Educational Center will host a town hall meeting to address issues members of the Hispanic community may have if their child is being bullied in school at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the S.O.Y. Cultural and Educational Center, 1120 S. Grand Ave. S.O.Y. Mariachi Director Bobby Villegas said often parents will bring an issue to the school board or the police; however, neither can
help because they aren’t able to intervene. In most cases, Villegas said the hands of the police and the school system are tied because they have certain procedures they have to follow. “There’s a real misunderstanding in our community of the authority that’s available to schools and the police department,” he said. This misunderstanding can create feelings of disenchantment and mistrust toward the school system and the police. “Our job as leaders is to bring this to the communi-
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Obama advisers on Tuesday cast the trio of controversies as matters that flare up in an institution as complex as the U.S. government, and they questioned the impact of them. The one exception, advisers said, was the brewing scandal at the Internal Revenue Service, which they see as the issue most likely to strike a chord with Americans. The IRS has apologized for what it calls “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups, including tea party affiliates, that were seeking tax-exempt status in recent years. A Treasury Department inspector general’s report released Tuesday concluded that ineffective management led to the targeting, and Attorney General Eric Holder said he had ordered a Justice Department investigation. But he distanced himself from the decision to subpoena the AP records, saying he’d had no part in it, stepping aside because he had been interviewed in a government investigation into who provided information for a news story that disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen. The press case sparked bipartisan outcry, with several GOP and Democratic officials questioning Holder’s department’s actions in the matter. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said the attorney general should resign over the issue, adding: “Freedom of the press is an essential right in a free society.” Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both Democrats, called on the Justice Department to explain the records seizure. And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House’s second-ranking Democratic leader, said, “This is activity that should not have happened and must be checked from happening again.”
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roughly 250 children, but also as a competition. The T-shirt design was the product of design contest winner Kamrynn Alvarez. A fourth-grader at Missouri Avenue Elementary, Alvarez used an upside down pie symbol and elements from the periodic table to spell out SUPER DAY, and written beneath were the Roman numerals for 2013 and the phrase: “It’s ELEMENTary.” Each student was given 10 or so classes to choose from and was then put into four of his or her top choices. The classes covered a variety of topics, including American sign language, digital photography, soccer and New Mexico wildlife. There was a nice “balance of classes,” said Del Norte Elementary gifted teacher Diana Meier. Fifth-grader Julianne Martinez from Berrendo has been going to Super Day since first grade and has had the chance to experience many of the offered classes. One of her favorites was zumba, but her interest in music had her attending a theatre class this year. She was also looking forward to a fingerprinting class later on in the day. Also excited for the fingerprinting was Jodi Smith, a third-grader at Missouri Avenue. However, she looked to be thoroughly enjoying herself during a class entitled, “Launch Yourself to the Stars,” a class where the students launch paper rockets they made under the instruction of Mike Shinabery from the New Mexico
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NMMI Alumnus) at Whites City Inc. where he became the food and beverage director. In 2005, Paternoster purchased Scalo and Brasserie La Provence in Albuquerque‘s NOB Hill. He is also the chief executive officer of the Central New Mexico YMCA. New Mexico has some of the toughest DWI penalties in the United States. Aggravated DWI results when tests reveal .16 BAC or above. It requires a mandatory 2-day stay in jail. He may face up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, court costs and the cost of a New Mexico ignition interlock device. firstname.lastname@example.org
As the press and IRS issues boiled over Tuesday, many conservative activists stayed focused on the attack last September in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Republicans have spent the past eight months accusing the Obama administration of ignoring security needs before the attack, and of revising subsequent “talking points” to play down the role of Islamic terrorists in the assault, which occurred at the height of Obama’s re-election campaign. Hillary Rodham Clinton — the secretary of state at the time, and a possible presidential candidate in 2016 — is the target of many GOP accusations. Despite the noisy controversies, White House advisers tamped down suggestions that Obama would make any sudden moves, such as firing top officials or shaking up his team. In a Tuesday night statement on the inspector general’s IRS report, Obama said he expected those responsible to be held “accountable” though he did not specify what that should entail. On all three matters, the White House Tuesday steered blame to other administration agencies. The disputed Benghazi talking points, advisers said, were chiefly the CIA’s work. In discussing the IRS controversy, the White House has emphasized the agency’s independent status. And Obama’s spokesman has deflected all questions about AP phone records to the Justice Department, saying that the president and his aides didn’t know about the case until they read press reports Monday. Asked why Obama couldn’t simply ask the attorney general about the Justice Department subpoenas, Carney said, “A great deal prevents the president from doing that. It would be wholly inappropriate for the president to involve himself in a criminal investigation that ... involves leaks of information from the administration.”
Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. “If they’re having fun, they’re learning something,” Shinabery said. And Smith was definitely having fun. “It was awesome!” she said of the rocket launching. “I love explosions. I’m a different kind of girl.” The students and teachers alike agreed that the hands-on activities offered were a great change of pace from the “pencil and paper” work of the average, everyday classroom. And although note-taking is important, Super Day gave the students a chance to learn in a more interactive way. The various classes were taught by volunteer presenters ranging from teachers and district members to museum employees, and even included a doctor who presented for a laparoscopic surgery class. There were layers and layers of planning involved, requiring many volunteers and cooperation among teachers, but they all thought it was worth it in the end. The students can’t wait for Super Day. “They talk about it from the very beginning of school, asking ‘When is Super Day?’ and ‘What classes will there be?’” Meier said. The students got a chance to learn in new ways, discover careers they may not have even known existed and also socialize with others in the gifted program. The hope is that it would “ignite the desire to learn,” Miller said.
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Is New Mexico the most corrupt state? A4 Wednesday, May 15, 2013
SANTA FE — Has anyone ever told you New Mexico is the most corrupt state in the nation? I’ve heard it for years, including from an FBI agent, who investigated our financial corruption mess. Since I was a kid, I remember hearing that some powerful New Mexican, maybe Dennis Chavez, as saying that if you want to get a degree in political corruption, go to Chicago. If you want to get a master’s degree, go to Louisiana. But if you want a doctorate, go to New Mexico. If you ask people from the East Coast, they’ll probably tell you that New York and New Jersey are the most corrupt states. It just depends on where you’re from. New Mexicans can point out that former Sen. Manny Aragon still is in federal prison in Colorado for getting kickbacks from the federal courthouse in Albuquerque and that several others pled to lesser offenses.
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They also can tell you the two state treasurers went to prison recently for pocketing money. And then there is the State Investment Council and its bad deals that greatly enriched a few and made the rest of us put off retirement a few more years. And then there is former Gov. Bill Richardson, who is reported to have received big campaign donations in exchange for the bad campaign advice. The pay-to-play investigations, suits, countersuits and grand jury proceedings are slowly working their way through the system but no one has gone to
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jail and Richardson has remained untouched. The allegations did force Richardson to withdraw his nomination as secretary of Commerce, however. So far, there has been much smoke but no fire. Richardson got himself into some hot water but contrast that with Illinois, which has had seven governors arrested for corruption since 1850. At least one is still in prison for attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. New Mexico began its statehood efforts in 1850 and it may have been the closest we got for the next 62 years. President Zachary Taylor wanted to make us a state but he died after a July 4 party. New Mexico’s governors were appointed by presidents until 1912. A few of those may have landed in jail for falling under the influence of the Santa Fe Ring. Instead the president removed
them from office and sent a replacement. This lawlessness surely was among the reasons it took New Mexico so long to become a state. It settled down some in the late 1800s when Edmund G. Ross became the first New Mexican to be appointed territorial governor. Ross was a man of principle. He cast the deciding vote against the impeachment of Andrew Johnson in the mid-1860s despite knowing it would cost him re-election to the U.S. Senate. His story was one of John F. Kennedy’s profiles in courage. So New Mexico got off to a bad start with its corruption image but studies compiled in recent years indicate that we aren’t doing so badly in spite of the evidence listed above. I wrote a column several years ago that cited a study showing New Mexico ranking 19 in corruption among the 50 states and the
District of Columbia. John Robertson of the Albuquerque Journal wrote a piece more recently citing a Daily Beast report putting New Mexico at the 45th worst state for public corruption. An even more recent report lists New Mexico in 39th place in risk for corruption. It looks at what each state is doing to prevent the corruption. It includes factors such as public access to information, executive, legislative and judicial accountability, lobbying disclosure and ethics enforcement agencies. We did not do well at all but some states must be even worse. Gov. Susana Martinez tried to fix some of these areas but her House Bill 13 didn’t make it out of its first committee this year. (Write to Jay Miller at 3 La Tusa, Santa Fe, NM 87505; by fax at 984-0982; or by e-mail at email@example.com)
Ways to appreciate teachers
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” — Mark Van Doren, poet, professor “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward, author Teaching often winds up in that large container of things loosely identified by society as “thankless jobs.” Oddly enough, it’s a designation often applied to tasks that constitute the backbone of our communities — teaching, law enforcement, fire protection and rescuers — those whose daily contributions are too vast to simply ignore or overlook. Yet, it happens. And that’s a shame. Because the truth should be far removed from this rather casual throwaway line — “thankless jobs.” That’s why we pause today to note the importance of teachers to our past, present and most especially our future. The first week in May is National Teacher Appreciation Week, which includes National Teacher Day. National Teacher Day was marked for the first time in 1953 and was held in March. In 1985, the day to honor teachers was moved to the Tuesday of the first full week in May. In one way or another, we should say thanks to the teachers who mold the young minds of our nation — sparking the urge for knowledge and, well, discovery, each and every day. According to the PTA, there are more than 3.2 million people teaching in public schools across the nation in grades kindergarten to 12. Many of them make sacrifices to be part of a profession that for the truly gifted instructor is an avocation. They know going in, for example, that teachers make low-to-moderate pay. Teachers’ salaries still lag behind other occupations requiring a college degree. And teachers take a lot of work home each night or are required to return to school for myriad extracurricular activities. Teachers must be communicators, leaders, nurturers, accountants, readers, writers, mathematicians, historians, scientists and disciplinarians. They deal with everything from bathroom disasters to skinned knees, fragile egos and the inability to comprehend fractions. So, what can be done by means of public support? Well, a good place to start might be saying “thanks” to a teacher when meeting one. Or folks could reach out to a former teacher who made a difference in their lives. But those are in-the-moment gestures. Here are some more long-term suggestions. — Let education and political officials know how important teachers are. Give them ideas for rewarding great classroom performance. — Get involved in the PTA. — Visit a local school to find out what you can do to show your appreciation. — Volunteer to help the schools your children attend. — Write letters and cards of appreciation to your students’ teachers and ask how you can support them throughout the year. Really, that’s probably what our teachers want most — a little support and two simple words. Thank you.
Benghazi, IRS: Son of Watergate? In his defense of President Obama, Press Secretary Jay Carney is beginning to sound a lot like Ronald Zeigler, Richard Nixon’s spokesman. Carney only has to use the word “inoperative,” as Ziegler did when incriminating evidence surfaced that proved his previous statements untrue. Following what appears to be a cover-up in the Benghazi attack, the Washington Post has obtained documents from an audit conducted by the IRS’s inspector general that indicate the agency targeted for special scrutiny conserva-
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tive groups with “tea party” and “patriot” in their names, as well as “nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution.” IRS of ficial Lois Ler ner described the targeting efforts
as “absolutely inappropriate,” but said IRS actions were not driven by partisanship. How, then, would she explain why no groups with “progressive” in their titles were similarly targeted? Car ney labeled Lerner an “appointee from the previous administration.” In other words: Bush’s mistake, not Obama’s. The Post’s editorial board writes, “A bedrock principle of U.S. democracy is that the coercive powers of government are never used for partisan purpose.” The board called for a full accounting. I doubt we’ll get it. Take Benghazi.
ABC News first reported that the now famous Benghazi “talking points” used by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on five Sunday mor ning news shows were revised 12 times, deleting references to “the alQaida-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia (and) CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.” Carney said Ambassador Rice’s initial claim — that the attack grew out of protests over a video that insulted Islam — was based on what
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DEAR DOCTOR K: Today at the playground my toddler bit another child. How can I make sure she doesn’t do this again? DEAR READER: Lots of toddlers between 1 and 3 years go through biting and/or hitting stages. Children at these ages cannot yet express in words their feelings, so they may bite or hit parents, children or caregivers to get attention or to express frustration. These young children also may bite just to see what kind of reaction it provokes. Toddlers will try any behavior to achieve a goal — until they learn that the behavior is unacceptable. If we didn’t know it was unacceptable, we adults would probably revert to behaving like toddlers. (In
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fact, no surprise, we sometimes do.) And kids who know a behavior is unacceptable still will do it when the conditions are right. A friend’s 5-year-old daughter was alone in the living room bouncing a ball. The ball knocked over a vase. When her mother heard the crash, she came into the room, saw what had happened and said to her
daughter: “You know you’re not supposed to bounce a ball inside the house! Why did you do that?” Her daughter replied, “’Cause you weren’t looking, Mom.” Back to the biting: The reasons for this aggressive behavior may be understandable, but the behavior itself is never acceptable. Biting and hitting hurt, and children need to learn more appropriate ways to express themselves. My pediatrician colleagues here at Harvard Medical School tell me that when your child bites or hits, it is very important to make a swift, direct response. Tell your daughter what she should not do, why she should not do it, and what the consequences
will be if she does it again. State firmly and immediately: “No! Do not bite! Biting hurts! If you do it again, no TV for you tonight!” Keep your words simple and short. Children this age don’t have the attention span or developmental ability to understand long explanations. After responding to your child’s misbehavior, try to figure out why she acted this way. If she is biting or hitting to get attention, discourage this behavior by making extra efforts to praise her when she behaves appropriately. If your child has kicked or bitten another child, pay special attention to the victim. Your See DR. K, Page A5
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May 15, 1988 A Goddard High School senior is the winner of the 1988 New Mexico High School Journalism Contest, according to James M. Macfarland, an official with the contest’s sponsoring organization. Russell David Reese, 17, automatically wins a trip to Washington, D.C., which is underwritten by the AFL-CIO, and is also eligible for national honors and cash prizes valued at $10,000. Reese is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell R. Reese of Roswell. Macfarland, of Roswell, is an area member of the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, which has conducted the contest nationally since the 1940s. The cash prizes are donated by the Disabled American Veterans.
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This week, we have another report illustrating the problem local veterans are having with obtaining medical care at a distance of 6 hours or more, round trip, to the Albuquerque VA Medical Center. Some people have said, “why keep repeating the same stories?” First of all, each story is a brand-new, different story than all previous. Second, if some people are irritated at hearing this over and over, please consider what the veterans who have to live it on a daily basis, over and over, are going through. A few weeks ago, Larry L. was driving vets from Roswell/Artesia to the Albuquerque VA Medical Center (AVAMC) on his weekly Southeast New Mexico Veterans Transportation Service trip (you know, our totally volunteer, we pay for it service, because the VA refuses us local medical care). Before reaching the AVAMC, he was having extreme abdominal pains himself. Fortunately, he had an appointment in the internal medicine clinic that morning, so he let his fellow vets off, parked the van and went straight to the clinic. Unfortunately, Larry committed the cardinal sin of being 10 minutes late. That should teach him to care about his fellow veterans who are required to drive 6 plus hours round trip for medical care. The clinic administrative staff informed Larry that since he was grossly late (my words) (10 minutes), he would have to reschedule his appointment. He explained his pain and that he had a van full of veterans to take back to Roswell late in the afternoon, but the “clinic” explained he would have to make another appointment anyway. He then called the Artesia clinic for
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help, as his primary care physician was there (even though he has to drive 6 plus hours to Albuquerque for emergency care or urgent care). The Artesia clinic said he should go immediately to the VA emergency room (fortunately, he had already made the 6 plus hour drive to the AVAMC). The VA emergency room performed several tests (including EKG), but found nothing wrong (even though Larry’s pain was getting worse). So, the VA found nothing wrong, he couldn’t get an appointment at the Albuquerque clinic for 2 weeks, he had a van load of veterans to return to Roswell, so he decided returning home was his only option. When reaching Roswell, he returned the van and vets, and immediately went to the Loveless emergency room, where they found his blood pressure abnormally high, his blood sugar was over 200 and several other vital signs were indicating “something was very wrong here.” He was immediately admitted to the hospital, and 5 days later released, after finding a dangerously acute blockage in his intestines, which was effectively eliminated and all systems brought back into stasis (I love those medical words, y’all). I would love to say this was a
was known to U.S. intelligence at the time. But as last week’s testimony by three whistleblowers before the House Oversight Committee revealed, much more was known at the time. Contributing to cover-up suspicions is the administration’s continued stonewalling when asked to provide information on Benghazi. CNN sources acknowledge that “An email discussion about talking points the Obama administration used to describe the deadly attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, show the White House and State Department were more involved than they first said...” The American people deserve the full story. The latest, but probably not the last shocker, is a report in The Daily Caller about CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, who has “steadily covered the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack in Libya,” reportedly frustrating CBS News executives who claim her unrelenting coverage is “bordering on advocacy” on the issue. Now, according to Politico, Attkisson can’t get some of her stories about Benghazi on the air. Oh, did I fail to mention that CBS News President David Rhodes is the brother of Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes? Coincidental? Attkisson is reportedly in talks to leave the network. Is it because she chooses to behave like a real journalist instead of a cheerleader for Obama? On Friday, Carney held a “secret briefing” on Benghazi for a select number of White House reporters, rais-
The Lincoln County Historical Society is planning a group tour on Saturday to the historic Bar W Ranch near Carrizozo. Sterling Spencer, descendant of the first statehood New Mexico governor, will guide the group to noteworthy areas of the ranch. The group will meet at 9 a.m. at the Carrizozo Heritage Museum, 103 12th St., Carrizozo, and will carpool together to the ranch. Ranch tours are conducted by the Society from May-September annually by the Lincoln County Historical Society with reservations to each event strongly recommended. Participants are limited to 40 individuals. A $10 donation per participant is requested. Wear sturdy shoes as some walking over rough terrain may be necessary. Bring personal needs items, especially water, snacks, sunscreen, and hat. 4x4 wheel drive vehicles to share are desired. Signed release requested. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the Bar W Ranch, visit newmexicohistory.org/filedetails_ docs.php?fileID=460. See also: Carrizozo Street Fair Events, Labor Day weekend, 2012, “Round Up Time” at the ranch. http://carrizozostreetfair.org/cowboy-days/. The group will return to Carrizozo Heritage Museum by 1 p.m. Members and nonmembers of the LCHS are invited to attend. Contact member Ray Dean at 575648-5586 for further information.
unique event, but unfortunately it is not. Our brother vets H. M., R. M., B. A., W. C., L.B. and A.? have all had similar encounters just recently. Requiring medical care 6 plus hours away remains insanely stupid, and is continuing, since the decision makers (the VA, the politicians and Mr. President) don’t have to face that inhumane situation. We treat our pets and our (illegal) aliens with more compassion and better access to medical care!
Previously, I have made earnest challenges to our VA upper management “people,” our Congressional representatives (both Republicans and Democrats) and Roswell’s mayor. Very simply, make a binding mandate that each one of them (for a period of only 2 years) must drive to Albuquerque (if a local resident in Southeast New Mexico), or to Roswell (if an Albuquerque resident) for emergency room, urgent care, dental care, eye care and cardiac care. That’s what we veterans have had to do for the past 50 years (or more). The universal response from our leaders? Ha, Ha! Get serious! The consistent approach by those same people (supposedly acting in our best interest to resolve our medical care problem) is to be congenial, certainly not negative and “play nice.” That approach has had a 50year reoccurring outcome of absolute failure! If we keep turning our cheeks, as our “decision-makers/advocates” keep telling us to do (which never works), the only result will be our faces falling off. Obviously, their “saving face” is infinitely more important. God bless.
ing the ire of reporters not in the room. Is this what the Obama administration calls transparency? Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) has asked Speaker John Boehner to name a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack with full subpoena powers that could place witnesses under oath. Boehner should. Meanwhile, House Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) has demanded the IRS turn over by Wednesday all communications containing the words “conservative,” “patriot” or “tea party.” And the IRS should. Democrats now accuse Republicans of partisanship, claiming their motive is to damage Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential prospects. If she has nothing to hide, transparency should enhance, not harm, her chances. We’ve learned more about Benghazi since her appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January and she should be asked to account for it. In 1972, Republican partisans initially accused Democrats of wanting to destroy President Nixon, but most were forced to acknowledge his culpability in Watergate once the facts became known. One of the Articles of Impeachment of Nixon concerned his misuse of the IRS to undermine political enemies. Journalists should stop protecting President Obama and Hillary Clinton and do their jobs, like Sharyl Attkisson. Congressional Republicans should press for all the facts. That’s their job. (Write to Cal Thomas at: Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, N.Y. 14207. Readers may also e-mail Cal Thomas at email@example.com.) © 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
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The League of United Latin American Citizens will meet Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Los Cerrito’s Restaurant. LULAC will announce its new officers for Roswell’s Council 8051. Join us as we move into the new year’s priorities: education, discrimination, abuse and exploitation of the elderly and children. Our membership drive to continue to award scholarships is active. To participate call Richard Garcia at 622-6633 or Manuel Martinez at 317-3478.
There will be a town hall meeting about bullying at S.O.Y. Cultural and Educational Center, 1120 S. Grand Ave., Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce and S.O.Y Cultural and Educational Center.
The Chaparral Rockhounds will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Roswell Adult Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave. Members and visitors are encouraged to bring a dark green colored rock, mineral, fossil or gemstone. Instructional classes will be starting. All visitors are welcome. For details, call 622-5679.
The Yucca Porcelain Art Club will meet at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 9 a.m. Saturday. Business meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. Installation of new officers and a show-and-tell will conclude the program. Visitors are welcome. For more information call 420-0759.
If you go down in the woods today ... the poets’ picnic The High Prairie Poetry Society invites all interested or would-be poets to a potluck picnic Saturday at 6 p.m. at Cahoon Park, at the tables under shade trees on Park Avenue inside the Fifth Street entrance. Bring a poem of your choice and a dish suitable to serve outdoors. Questions? Call Chuck or Candace at 622-4062.
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child will learn that by misbehaving, her attempts to get your attention have backfired. If she is biting to relieve teething pain, offer her something soft to chew on. If she is frustrated or angry, remove her from the situation. If she has started to talk, suggest words that she can use to express her feelings. If she is overstimulated, over -tired or hungry, address the specific need and try to anticipate it in the future.
If aggressive behaviors are properly addressed as soon as they occur, most children lear n quickly that this kind of behavior is unacceptable and stop. If your child is older than 3 years and is still hitting and/or biting, your pediatrician may recommend that she see a child psychiatrist. (Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. To send questions, go to AskDoctorK.com, or write: Ask Doctor K, 10 Shattuck St., Second Floor, Boston, MA 02115.)
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tions for tax exempt status. The report does not indicate that Washington initiated the targeting of conservative groups. But it does say a top supervisor in Washington did not adequately supervise agents in the field even after she learned the agents were acting improperly. “The report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. “The federal government must conduct itself in a way that’s worthy of the public’s trust, and that’s especially true for the IRS. The IRS must apply the law in a fair and impartial way, and its employees must act with utmost integrity. This report shows that some of its employees failed that test.” Holder said he ordered the FBI to investigate Friday — the day the IRS publicly acknowledged that it had singled out conservative groups. “Those (actions) were, I think, as everyone can agree, if not criminal, they were certainly outrageous and unacceptable,” Holder said. “But we are examining the facts to see if there were criminal violations.” Three congressional committees already are investigating the IRS for
singling out tea party and other conservative groups during the 2010 congressional elections and the 2012 presidential election. But Holder’s announcement takes the matter to another level, if investigators are able to prove that laws were broken. Holder said he wasn’t sure which laws may have been broken. The agency started targeting groups with “Tea Party,” ‘’Patriots” or “9/12 Project” in their applications for tax exempt status in March 2010, the inspector general’s report said. By August 2010, it was part of the written criteria used to flag groups for additional scrutiny. Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax exempt organizations, had been briefed on the matter in June 2011. She ordered the initial tea party criteria to be scrapped but it later evolved to include groups that promoted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. IRS agents were trying to determine whether the political activities of such groups disqualified them for tax-exempt status. These groups were claiming tax-exempt status as organizations promoting social welfare. Unlike other charitable groups, they can engage in political activity. But politics cannot be their primary mission. It is up to the IRS to make the
determination. But by using improper criteria, the IRS targeted some groups, even though there were no indications that they engaged in significant political activities, the report said. Other non-tea party groups that had significant political activities were not screened, the report said. “The criteria developed by the Determinations Unit gives the appearance that the IRS is not impartial in conducting its mission,” the report said. In all, IRS agents identified 296 applications for additional, sometimes burdensome scrutiny. Ninetyone of them should not have been targeted because they did not indicate they were engaged in significant political activities, investigators concluded. Of the groups that were not engaged in significant political activities, 17 were tea party, patriot or 9/12 groups, the report said. The additional screening resulted in long delays as IRS agents asked intrusive, sometimes inappropriate questions, or merely let applications languish, the report said. Inappropriate questions included requests for lists of donors and the political affiliation of officers. As of December, the delays averaged 574 days, which probably made donors reluctant to con-
Convicted Pa. abortion doctor gets sentence of life in prison
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his rogue clinic dodged a possible death sentence on Tuesday in a hasty post-verdict deal with prosecutors. Dr. Kermit Gosnell waived his right to appeal in exchange for a sentence of life without parole. Gosnell, 72, was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation’s abortion debate. Former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal abortions past Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit, that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants dispatched the newborns by “snipping”
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WASHINGTON (AP) — After weeks of debate and number -crunching, the Defense Department announced plans Tuesday to furlough about 680,000 of its civilian employees for 11 days through the end of this fiscal year, allowing only limited exceptions for the military to avoid or reduce the unpaid days off. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in a memo to the department, called the decision “an unpleasant set of choices” between furloughing workers or cutting training and flight operations. And during a town hall meeting with about 6,400 department personnel in Northern Virginia, Hagel was direct: “I tried everything. We did everything we could not to get to this day this way. But that’s it. That’s where we are.” Hagel said that the department will be evaluating the budget situation over time and will try to end the furloughs early if at all possible. But he and other officials also warned that while they will do all they can to avoid furloughs in the next fiscal year, they can’t promise it won’t happen. The furlough notices are expected to begin going out May 28, and workers will have several days to respond or seek appeals. The unpaid days off would begin no sooner than July 8, according to the memo. Officials said the furloughs will save the department about $1.8 billion.
their spines, as he referred to it. Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person and his victims were especially vulnerable given their age. But Gosnell’s own advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out. Gosnell’s lawyer, Jack McMahon, said his client accepts the verdict and isn’t sorry he went to trial. “He wanted this case aired out in a courtroom and it got aired out in a courtroom in a fair way. And now he’s accepting what will happen. He’s an intelligent guy,” said McMahon, who said Gosnell would now plead to federal drug charges that are still pending. Gosnell has six children,
the youngest of them a teenager born to his third wife, who has also pleaded guilty in the case. Gosnell was instead sentenced Tuesday to two life sentences for two of the infant deaths. He faces a mandatory third life term Wednesday in the third death, when he will also be formally sentenced in the overdose death of a patient and hundreds of lesser charges. A 2011 grand jury investigation into Gosnell’s alleged prescription drug trafficking led to the gruesome findings about his abortion clinic. An FBI raid had turned up 47 aborted fetuses stored in clinic freezers, jars of tiny severed feet, bloodstained furniture and dirty medical instruments, along with cats roaming the premises.
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tribute, the report said. No group has had their application denied, though about half are still waiting, the IRS said. “Unfortunately, the report raises more questions than it answers,” said House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. “What we do know for sure is that the IRS personnel responsible for granting tax exemptions systematically targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny, and that officials in Washington, D.C., were aware of
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Burris for being a supporter of reading intervention and his commitment to ensuring students are able to read on grade level. With PED’s approval, Burris said the district will be able to purchase reading intervention materials and hire more reading coaches. He was thrilled to
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Patterson. “People who did not know each other joined hands together and prayed for his speedy recovery,” Perry said. “As a parent of children who play at Lions Hondo, I can honestly say we are not just a Little League organization, we are a family.” Then, members of The Angels team
this practice, even while publicly claiming that it never happened.” Obama said he is ordering Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew to implement all of the inspector general’s recommendations to improve oversight at the IRS. “But regardless of how this conduct was allowed to take place, the bottom line is, it was wrong,” Obama said. The practice of targeting conservative groups ended in May 2012, the report said.
know that RISD topped the list and said he appreciates the efforts of Skandera and the PED’s focus on reading in early childhood. “From K to 3, the kids learn to read and after third grade, they read to learn,” Burris said. “We’ve got to have them reading on the level of their grade.” To learn more about the “New Mexico Reads to Lead” initiative, visit literacynewmexico.org.
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A8 Wednesday, May 15, 2013 OBITUARIES
Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church for Robert L ynn “Bob” Chewning, age 96, of Roswell, who passed away May 11, 2013. Dr. Douglas Mills and Rev. Jim Bignell will officiate. Bob was born Nov. 16, 1916, to a pioneering family that helped originally settle the Pecos Valley. He was born and raised on a small family far m three miles east of Roswell on the Berrendo River. His parents, Henry and Sally Dunnahoo Chewning, instilled in him his love of family and friends, sense of community, love of music and nature and a strong work ethic. Bob attended school in Roswell and while growing up worked on the family farm and for his brother at Clardy Milk. He went to work for JC Penney’s in the late ’30s. He married his wife Louise Jones on Sept. 6, 1940, and soon thereafter joined the 8th Air Force and was stationed in England during World War II. Upon his return from the war, he retur ned to work at JC Penney’s and later worked for Everybody’s Department Store. In the late ’40s he partnered with Raymond Richmond and they for med “Richmond and Chewning” and together they operated the shoe department in Knadle’s Department Store at the corner of Third and Main streets. In the early ’60s, they moved their shoe business to the Broadmoor Shopping Center. During this time, Bob became very involved in the community,
OBITUARIES being an active member in Sertoma Club, Elks Club, Southeast New Mexico Fair Board and the Roswell school board. Richmond and Chewning opened their second store in the Monterrey Shopping Center on the same day it was announced that Walker Air Force Base was closing in the mid-’60s. After Mr. Richmond died, Chewning Footwear moved to one location at the corner of McGaffey and Main streets and later built a new store at 301 W. McGaffey St. Bob and the Chewning Footwear “family” met the footwear needs for residents of the Pecos Valley and beyond for more than 60 years. Bob’s love of people and genuine interest in improving the quality of life of those around him could be seen in every aspect of his life. Through the years, he supported countless youth organizations and events, as well as a multitude of other worthwhile causes. His first wife, Louise, preceded him in death and he married Lorraine Cavanaugh in 1993, who passed away in 2010. Bob is survived by his proud and loving family, MaryLou Davis and husband Jack of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Susan Siepel and husband Norm of Carlsbad; three grandchildren, Brian Davis of Portland, Ore.; Dr. Joshua Siepel and his wife Shelaine of Brighton, England and Jennifer Cassidy and husband Kevin of Houston. He has one greatgranddaughter, Astarte Davis of Portland, Ore. His extended family includes nieces and nephews, Lynda, Tim, Mike and Steve Whalen, Charlie Chewning, Patricia Chewning Galbraith and all their families. In addition, he is survived by his Chewning Footwear family, stepchildren, T im and Belinda Cavanaugh, Cathy and Luther Jones, Colleen Blackwell, Dina Cavanaugh and their children, as well as the multitude who considered him their “second Dad.” The family wishes to thank the “Chewning Angels” who so lovingly cared for Bob over the past three years — Julie and Mike Adams, Mona Dunn,
JoAnn Juarez, Lupe Portillo, Karen Knecht and Julia Dillard. A very special thanks goes to Silvia Mein, his “adopted daughter,” who literally dedicated the past three years of her life to seeing that he was well cared for, comfortable and content. Memorial donations can be made to The Historical Society and Foundation of Southeast New Mexico “Chewning Footwear Exhibit” at 200 N. Lea Ave. in Roswell, Roswell Sertoma Club’s, Bob Chewning Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 202, Roswell, NM 88202. Condolences maybe made online at laqronefuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the personal directions of the professionals at LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
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Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Olen “Joe” F. Featherstone, 70, who passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Houston. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Miquela Sanchez, who passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Las Cruces. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Paulita G. Lopez, 82, of Fort Sumner, died Monday, May 13, 2013, at her home. She was bor n April 12, 1931, in Yeso to the home of Jose Maria and Dolores
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(Maes) Garcia. Paulita was reared and attended schools in Yeso. She married Jose Alberto Lopez on Nov. 3, 1947, in Santa Rosa. They made their home in Yeso, Albuquerque and settled in Fort Sumner in 1953. Paulita worked as a cashier for Dave’s Grocery in Fort Sumner for 25 years, she also worked 11 years as a cook in the Fort Sumner School cafeteria and as a cook for the Pecos Valley Care Center for two years. She retired in 1991. Paulita enjoyed tending to her garden, cooking, sewing, quilting and caring for her grandbabies. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fort Sumner and for many years prepared and ar ranged the funeral meals for church members. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary. Paulita is preceded in death by her husband Jose Alberto Lopez Sr. on March 29, 2012; her father Jose Maria Garcia; mother Dolores Molina; an infant son Alberto Lopez Jr. and an infant brother Ernesto Garcia. Survivors include two daughters, Stella Garcia and husband Larry of Abilene, Texas, and JoAnn (Ramon Lopez) Detrich of Fort Sumner; two sons, Alberto “Beto” and wife Diane Lopez of Fort Sumner and Gilbert and wife Beverly Lopez of Portales; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two brothers, Frank Garcia and wife Betty of Fort Sumner and Juan Garcia and wife Mary Agnes of Roswell; a sister Irene Gallegos of Roswell along with a host of other relatives and many friends. Rosary services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fort Sumner. Mass will be celebrated from the church at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, with Rev. Sotero A. Sena and Father Paul Nkumbi celebrants. Burial will follow at Fort Sumner Cemetery.
Pallbearers will include Jayson Lopez, Randy Detrich, Jeremy Detrich, Nicholas Garcia, Johnathan Garcia, Michael Lopez, Charlie Lopez, Regino Zamora and Pablo Zamora. Honorary pallbearers will be all her friends and family. Visitation hours will be Tuesday from 1-6 p.m. and Wednesday from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral home. The casket will be open one hour prior to the rosary and Mass at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home, 830 N. Fifth Street; Fort Sumner, New Mexico, (575) 355-2311. To place an online tribute of sign the guestbook, please visit chavezfuneralhome. com.
A gathering of friends will be on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel, at 3 p.m. for Jorge Alfonso Valenzuela, 71, of Roswell, who passed away on Friday, May 10, 2013, due to a long fight with Lewy’s Body Disease. Jorge was cremated per his request. Jorge was born on Nov. 26, 1941, to Fred and Minnie Valenzuela (both deceased) of Carlsbad. Mr. Valenzuela dedicated his life to his family, his love of education and sharing his knowledge of piano, music and entertainment, soccer coaching, playing and refereeing, mathematics, linguistics and teaching. After moving from Denver, Mr. Valenzuela took on the family-owned business, the Carlsbad Tortilla Factory of Carlsbad. Jorge was active in his hometown’s community and fervently supported many youth and
adult clubs and organizations by sharing his talents and teaching abilities. He was also a co-founder of the Carlsbad Youth Soccer Association along with his wife Carol.
Jorge’s achievements included degrees, travels, licensures, certifications and being a business owner, all with a loving and supportive wife and children. After Carlsbad, Jorge moved on to continue with his education and teaching in Las Cruces and El Paso, Texas. Eventually, Jorge taught in Roswell at Goddard High School. While there, other than playing piano for community events, he was the trumpet player for the Goddard High Jazz Band, taught trumpet for S.O.Y. Mariachi and played French hor n with the Roswell Community Band. After retirement, Mr. Valenzuela found another opportunity to bring happiness and joy — as a therapy dog handler.
Jorge encouraged a sense of accomplishment with his family, friends, mentors and students; always with a sense of humor. Blessed with so many gifts and talents, Jorge will probably be most remembered for the way we all felt when we spent time with him — always inspiring happiness, love, joy and laughter. He is survived by Carol, his wife of 49 years; his children, Frederick and his wife Brenda of Carlsbad, Ricardo of Roswell, Chochi and his wife Kelly of Seattle and Cassandra and her husband Frank of Huntsville, Ala.; his brothers and sisters, Ricardo, Sylvia, Frieda, Javier and Marcella (deceased) and also eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to make donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
Holder says he had no role in AP subpoena Airlines collected record WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday defended the Justice Department’s secret examination of Associated Press phone records though he declared he had played no role in it, saying it was justified as part of an investigation into a grave national security leak. The government’s wideranging information gathering from the news cooperative has created a bipartisan political headache for President Barack Obama, with prominent Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill expressing outrage, along with press freedom groups. The government obtained the records from April and May of 2012 for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists, including main offices. AP’s top executive called the action a massive and unprecedented intrusion into how news organizations do their work. Federal officials have said investigators are trying to hunt down the sources of information for a May 7, 2012, AP story that disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen to stop an airliner bomb plot around the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. The probe is being run out of the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of Columbia. Asked about it at a news conference on a separate topic, Holder said he removed himself from the leaked-information probe because he himself had been interviewed by FBI agents as part of the investigation. He said he wanted to ensure that the probe
was independently run and to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. It was the Justice Department’s No. 2 official, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who made the decision to seek news media phone records, the department said. In February, CIA Director John Brennan provided a less-than-ominous description of the plot in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. He told the panel that “there was never a threat to the American public as we had said so publicly, because we had inside control of the plot and the device was never a threat to the American public.” The bomb plot came to light after the White House had told the public it had “no credible information that terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida, are plotting attacks in the U.S. to coincide with the anniversary of bin Laden’s death.” In a letter to AP on Tuesday, Cole said the Justice Department had adhered to its rules for subpoenas for the news media and hadn’t sought information about the content of calls. “The records have not been and will not be provided for use in any other investigations,” Cole wrote. In response, AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said the department’s response failed to justify the breadth of its subpoena, which included phone numbers in locations used by more than 100 journalists. Condemnation of the government’s seizure of the AP phone records came from both political parties.
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Attorney General Eric Holder is questioned about the Justice Department secretly obtaining two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Tuesday.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called on Holder to resign, saying he had “trampled on the First Amendment.” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said “the burden is always on the government when they go after private information, especially information regarding the press or its confidential sources.” Two Senate Democrats from one of the states where the AP records were seized — Connecticut — also said it was important to address the reasons for an action that they said could have a chilling effect on freedom of the press. “I am concerned that this investigative action may fail to meet the government’s high burden when invasion
of privacy and chilling effects on First Amendment rights are at risk,” said Richard Blumenthal, also a member of the Judiciary Committee. “The Department of Justice must be forthcoming with the facts as soon as possible.” Sen. Chris Murphy, DConn., added: “It’s incumbent on the Justice Department to explain why they’ve seized telephone records from reporters and editors at The Associated Press so that their actions don’t have a chilling effect on the freedom of the press.” At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney said the president had learned about the phone records only Monday, through news reports. Carney said it would be improper for Obama or the White House to weigh in.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year — the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago. Passengers shouldn’t expect a break anytime soon. Those fees — along with extra charges for boarding early or picking prime seats — have helped return the industry to profitability. Airlines started charging for a first checked suitcase in 2008 and the fees have climbed since. Airlines typically charge $25 each way for the first checked bag, $35 for the second bag and then various extra amounts for overweight or oversized bags. The nation’s 15 largest carriers collected a combined $3.5 billion in bag fees in 2012, up 3.8 percent from 2011, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Fees for changing a reservation totaled $2.6 billion, up 7.3 percent. The airlines took in $159.5 billion in revenue last year and had expenses of $153.6 billion, according to the government. That 3.7 percent profit margin comes entirely from the baggage and change fees. Delta Air Lines once again took in the most fees — $865.9 million from baggage alone — but it also carried more passengers than any other airline. Delta collected $7.44 per passenger — about average for the industry. Low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines collected the most, an average $19.99 per passenger in baggage fees last year.
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