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Chamber of Commerce

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Candace Lewis, Executive Director

Our mission is to promote economic and social prosperity, assist business development and tourism, and foster community spirit and pride.

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is my pleasure to personally Itwelcome you to Roswell. Over

at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. I’d also encourage you to visit 20 years ago, my wife Carol and I the Anderson Museum of Modern brought our family here. Immediate- Art, voted one of the best museums ly we were struck by the friendliness in New Mexico. Roswell is beyond a of the residents. People look you in doubt an eclectic community. the eye, smile and wave, or shake your hand. No one is a stranger for You will truly experience Roswell’s small-town feeling by attending one long in Roswell. of the many yearly events such as Roswell is a charming community MainStreet Roswell Farmer’s Marwith great weather, which allows our ket, Roswell’s Cinco de Mayo Fesresidents the ability to enjoy a variety tival, the Jazz Festival, the Electric of outdoor activities for much of the Light Parade and free movies and year. Whether you choose scuba div- music in the park each summer. In ing at Bottomless Lakes State Park, the fall the Eastern New Mexico hitting the links at one of our three State Fair, which begins with an imexciting golf courses, hiking at Bitter pressive parade down Main Street, is Lake National Wildlife Refuge — a truly a traditional event which brings renowned bird sanctuary — or run- together the entire community. ning a 5K or marathon during one of the multiple races Roswell hosts, Roswell is decidedly a pro-business you will never find yourself looking community with a diverse commerfor ways to be physically active. Our cial industry. The agriculture and award-winning Parks and Recreation dairy industries are dynamic. LepriDepartment maintains Cielo Grande no Foods is one of the largest cheese Soccer Complex, a first-rate softball manufacturing plants in the world. complex, the Spring River Park and Roswell is home to many indepenZoo and miles of walking and bike dent oil and gas companies, and aviation-related companies can be found trails throughout the City. at the Roswell International Air CenRoswell also has a thriving perform- ter (RIAC). ing and visual art scene. The Roswell Little Theatre, Way Way Off-Broadway and the Roswell Symphony Orchestra bring great performances to our community. You can see works by renowned American artists Georgia O’Keefe, Peter Hurd and others

We are also home to the New Mexico Military Institute. NMMI is one of the premier college prep institutions. Young people come from all over the world to attend. It serves students from the ninth grade through junior college. We are also home to the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), which trains law enforcement officers from around the world. With two hospitals and a cadre of skilled doctors, Roswell can meet your medical needs with first-class care. There is, of course, the continuing debate about what really did happen in 1947. Was it a UFO or a weather balloon? We invite you to help solve the mystery as a new resident of Roswell.

Speaking of the RIAC, we are excited to announce that our residents have the ability to fly directly from our community to anywhere in the world via American Airlines flights to Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix.

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Acknowledgments

The Roswell Relocation and Visitors’ Guide was produced by the Roswell Daily Record in conjunction with the Roswell Chamber of Commerce.

Publisher Barbara Beck

Advertising Director Manny Gonzalez

Cover Design Christina Stock

Creative Design Sandra Martinez Steve Stone

Layout Design Aric Loomis

Advertising Sales Meaghan Cantrell Edie Stevens

Photos courtesy of Christina Stock New Mexico Military Institute Roswell Daily Record Roswell Symphony Orchestra

Contributing Writers Cla Avery Misty Choy AJ Dickman Bethany Freudenthal Vanessa Kahin Tom McDonald Curtis Michaels Christina Stock Jeff Tucker Doug Walp

While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this publication, the material has been provided to the Roswell Daily Record and the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, which assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. No warranties are made regarding the information contained herein, all of which is subject to change without notice.

Welcome to our latest Relocation and Visitor’s Guide! Not only will you find it to be a vital resource for

learning about Roswell and southeast New Mexico, but we think you’ll see our unabashed affinity for this wonderful place we call home. This magazine is the result of a partnership between the Roswell Chamber of Commerce and the Roswell Daily Record, two of the many contributors to the vitality of our town. Flip through its pages and you’ll find information about businesses and nonprofits, industries and health facilities, schools and churches, and more community activities than you can fathom — all making this city a warm and welcoming place to live and visit. Consider this magazine an in-depth introduction and a portal into The Alien City, which is actually much more than that one famous Roswell Incident in 1947. We planned and designed this guide to give you the full breadth of our community and to invite you to be a part of it all. Whether you’re thinking of settling here or are just passing through, this guide will help you decide where to go and what to do for fun, relaxation and meaning. We think you’ll come away with a greater appreciation for Roswell’s history, culture and values, all of which make this a great place to live, work and visit. Barbara Beck Publisher THE ROSWELL DAILY RECORD Open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2301 N. Main Street • www.rdrnews.com 575.622.7710

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Table of Content

Welcome to Roswell ......................................................5

City Map .....................................................................32

Welcome to the Guide...................................................6

Community Profile .....................................................34

All Roads Lead to Roswell ...........................................8

Lodging .......................................................................36

Roswell, NM / USA.......................................................9

Shopping .....................................................................37

Living Here.................................................................10

Restaurants .................................................................38

Kids & Boomers .........................................................12

Arts and Entertainment .............................................40

Roswell, Chaves County Overview ............................14

UFO Story and Museum ............................................44

History of Roswell ......................................................16

Museums and Galleries .............................................46

New Mexico Military Institute ...................................19

Sports and Recreation ................................................48

Education ...................................................................20

Annual Events ............................................................50

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell ..................21

Worship Directory ......................................................56

Health Care ................................................................22

Travel Tips in the Area ...............................................58

Business and Industry................................................27

Useful Numbers..........................................................60

Hike It and Spike It ....................................................30

Advertiser’s Index ......................................................61

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Locals say, “Roswell is three hours from everywhere.”

etting here is now easier than ever, Gthanks to the Roswell International Air

Center, which offers American Airlines flights to and from Dallas-Fort Worth and, beginning in March 2016, to and from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as well. All roads lead to Rome and several roads lead to Roswell, including Highways 285, 380 and 70, which all intersect here. Following Highways 70/380 west leads to the lush Hondo Valley, the favored residence of 20th century painter Peter Hurd. Highway 70 splits with 380 shortly before the moun-

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tain town of Ruidoso. If one continues along Highway 70, it will eventually lead to Tularosa, near Alamogordo, with Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands National Monument, a white sand wonder well worth the trip.

If one chooses to take the historic route, Highway 380 continues west through Lincoln, known for the adventures of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County Wars, and toward Socorro, where it intersects with Interstate 25.

Highway 70 east takes the traveler to Clovis and Cannon Air Force Base. Highway 285 provides the most direct route to Santa Fe,

New Mexico’s capital, and to Interstate 40, which leads to the city of Albuquerque.

If you do not want to drive, there are multiple cab services and a bus system in Roswell that provide a shuttle service to the Roswell airport. Greyhound bus service provides airport shuttle service for the traveler who wants to fly out of Hobbs, El Paso, Albuquerque or Santa Fe. For those who would like to use a less traditional means of transport, one can always wait for the next UFO out of town.

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Vter a unique background that comes from our diverse

Roswell, NM/USA

known guest artists, ranging from Violinists to Classical Guitarists. In addition, the season will feature many other population and history. International artists come to live special events. here for a year at a special retreat with individual condominiums and adjacent studios as part of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. For a town of our size (officially under 50,000) our artist programs, university, galleries and museums offer a plethora of choices. This love for the arts has its roots in a fundamental change when oil and gas were discovered in the Permian basin, turning ranchers and farmers in the 1930s into millionaires. These millionaires were now able to afford a different lifestyle for their children and grandchildren, who were sent to the most elite universities in the nation. Some studied art, although not every one became an artist. When they returned, they brought with them a love for the arts. Another great example is the public and private school’s Not only for the collection of art through galleries and art programs. While the rest of the nation started in the exhibits, but for the visual arts, such as live theater and late ‘90s to cut art out of schools, private mentors and artmusic. A shining example is the Roswell Symphony Orists stepped forward with the support of the community chestra, which started in 1952. and the boards of the museums to not only keep the arts, For over 50 years, the Roswell Symphony Orchestra but add to them. The Roswell Museum and Art Center has earned a reputation for musical excellence by sharing introduced a scholarship program for low-income famiwith Roswell and southeastern New Mexico the talents of lies to fund art classes for our youth. Programs like RosNew Mexico’s professional musicians. More important- well KAPS, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, expands cultural literaly, many have been born and raised in New Mexico and cy among Roswell-area youth. It encourages youth to be with just a few exceptions, they all reside in New Mex- nurtured by and initiated into the arts. It supports the deico. Under the direction of John Farrer, recipient of the velopment of integrity, perseverance and selfworth in our Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement and children. Many possibilities through KAPS are coming. nominated by Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman They are currently creating more classes with a variety of as a Trustee of the National Symphony Orchestra, the fine art, music and dance. subscription concert series is made up of five concerts These art programs expand into the adult and retired performed October through May. Subscription concerts communities. Moving to or living in Roswell means havare held at New Mexico Military Institute’s Pearson Auing the opportunity to be a part of a colorful community. ditorium. These concerts bring classical orchestral music, Beautification projects provide positive local impact. If performed by professional musicians, to the area. Music written by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Mozart, Strauss, Wag- it is saving a historic landmark — such as the Roswell ner and the like are performed, often with internationally Motor Supply Building, which Roswell citizens and businesses helped to save — or creating a new venue, such as Reischman Park on Main Street, artists and locals work hand-in-hand to make this community better in every way possible. This love for the arts has not changed the foundation of this center of agriculture. Roswell’s Future Farmers of America program is just as popular as the art classes for the children and adults. Add to that the scientific and military retirees and the young families wanting to offer their children a safer upbringing and, all-in-all Roswell is a place to visit and stay. isitors and those who move to Roswell soon encoun-

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Living Here

population considers themselves either “RosRoswell’s wellites” (born and raised in Roswell), “Roswellians” (who moved to Roswell) and “Boomerangs” (who grew up here, left and returned to raise their family or retire here). The fact that they choose to come back speaks well for the community.

The locals appreciate the many opportunities offered by the city, chamber of commerce, museums and the many civic organizations, churches and clubs. During the year, seasonal events invite locals and visitors to participate. From the weekly farmers’ markets at the courthouse to the many diverse festivals throughout the year, such as the Dragonfly, Chile/Cheese, UFO and Jazz Festival. high desert of southeast New Mexico produces a dry heat. Then there are the many charity dances, hikes, marathons To cool off, families flock on the weekend to nearby Botand sportings events for beginners and pros. tomless Lakes, whose biggest lake is open for swimming, and to the Cahoon Park Pool in the heart of Roswell. Roswell is located in the Pecos Valley, nestled below the most southern outskirts of the Rocky Mountains with There are four casinos in the area: one in Hobbs, two in the town of Ruidoso as a winter ski resort. The pictur- Mescalero and one in Ruidoso. There are shuttle services esque Pecos River rolls through the valley, and together provided by some hotels and motels. with the artesian wells and the fertile soil, provides the best environment for the farms around the towns. Even The favorite season of most locals is fall (This is not hobby gardeners benefit with annual competitions for only due to the green chile harvest, when the delicious best iris blooms, flowers, vegetables and fruit trees, find- scent of the green chile floats through the streets and groing it’s peak at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. The cery stores). Fall is the ideal time to enjoy the outdoors, growing season is almost year around. with the many camping areas in the Lincoln National Forest, hiking the wilderness, enjoying the nearby “dude A wonderful benefit of living in Roswell is that you still ranches” or enjoying our golf courses. enjoy all four seasons. Winter is usually mild with only one or two inches of snow, which melts away the very A wide range of housing is available in Roswell, from next day. You are looking to ski? Only 2 ½ hours from budget friendly apartments and townhouses to family Roswell are the ski resorts of Ruidoso and Mescalero, homes in all styles, to million dollar homes for the more with guaranteed snow in winter. Spring usually arrives affluent. While the housing market in other states is volearly and mild temperatures invite everyone to enjoy the atile, in Roswell it has been stable and remains extremely bicycle paths, parks and recreational centers of Roswell. affordable. Summer brings the heat, but even on the hottest day, temperatures feel moderate compared to other states as the

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Kids & Boomers

oswell offers many unique experiences for youth, Radults and baby boomers, from outdoor activities to

live music to gaming tournaments. In Roswell, there’s something for everyone.

The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art boasts more than 400 diverse works of art produced by Roswell’s Artist-in-Residence program. The 22,000-squarefoot museum opened in 1994 when founder Donald B. Anderson decided to share his private collection with the public. Throughout the year, the museum hosts events such as concerts, dinners and conversations with artists.

The Roswell Museum and Art Center has an extensive collection of art, including pieces from the Santa Fe and Taos art colonies, and the largest public collection of reEnjoy espresso, tea, sandwiches and sweet treats seven gional art by artists Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd. The museum also offers a selection of art classes for children, days a week at Stellar Coffee Co. on Main Street. The teens and adults. Previous classes have included clay, coffee shop features works by local artists and features drawing, fused glass and guitar. Registration fees for the free, live and local music. classes vary, and there may be a separate fee for materiThe Unity Center hosts concerts and gaming tournaals. Admission to view the collection is free. ments for youth so students can have a safe place to hang The Gallery on Main Street offers various opportuni- out after school. The center also gives students access to ties for art entertainment. Learn to paint, draw or make computers, pool tables, televisions and gaming systems. jewelry while sipping wine with friends for a nominal The Roswell Public Library hosts many educational fee. There is also the opportunity to be paired with a local artist for individual lessons depending on what your programs for children, youth and adults. There’s a summer reading program for children, teens and adults that interests are. offers prizes for participants who keep track of their reading times. Additionally, there are author visits, talks, and classes on how to use the technology at the library. The program Children’s StoryTime for preschool through third-grade children is on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There’s also a visitors’ checkout program, audio books on wheels for the blind and braille books for children. Meeting and study rooms are available at the library. The Robert H. Goddard Planetarium presents star shows, multimedia presentations, and hands-on activities for children and families. The planetarium was opened in 1969 and is a collaboration between the Roswell Independent School District and the Roswell Museum and Art Center. There are two movie theaters in Roswell. Icon Cinema is located in the south part of town, while Allen Galaxy 8 is located on the north end of town. Icon offers all-youcan-eat popcorn and drinks, while Galaxy 8 offers comfortable reclining chairs. Pair-A-Dice Game Shack offers residents and visitors the opportunity to play shelves of free board games for anyone to play and hosts different game nights every week. Bitter Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is located in two separate sections in central Chaves County and is a few miles northeast of the city. The refuge was established in 1937 to provide a habitat for migratory birds such as

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Kids & Boomers sandhill cranes and snow geese. There are over 90 species livered lunches and lunches to seniors and their eligible of dragonflies and damselflies within the refuge, and ev- dependents on location. Weekend and evening meals for those facing nutritional risks are also available. Other serery year there is a dragonfly festival. vices offered to Roswell’s senior citizens by the J.O.Y. Bottomless Lakes State Park is located along the Pecos Center include adult day services, housekeeping, assisRiver about 15 miles southeast of Roswell. The park is tance, and caregiver support. home to nine deep lakes. The state park is a good location The Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion profor swimming, running, hiking and biking near Roswell. grams are paid volunteer programs through the J.O.Y. There are many opportunities to join clubs in Roswell. Center that give seniors the opportunity to talk and listen Residents and visitors can bird-watch with the United to children. Through these programs, seniors have a posField Ornithologist club, hunt for rocks with the Chap- itive influence on Roswell’s youth by relating experiencarral Rockhounds and gaze at the stars with Roswell’s es, telling stories and interacting with children within the community. Astronomy club. The Senior Circle, sponsored by Eastern New Mexico Cielo Grande Skate Park is a large facility that offers residents and visitors a soccer complex, special event Medical Center, is open to people 50 and older. The orarea, large group public areas, multi-sports practice areas, ganization offers many activities to its members, including aerobics, yoga, tai chi, movies, a monthly book club, walking trails, concessions and restroom facilities. health talks, free flu shots and classes. The center also ofCahoon Park is located in North Roswell. The park has fers trips for members both within the United States and a public swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball, basket- overseas. Membership also includes special discounts at ball and volleyball areas, places for picnics and play- about 150 local businesses. grounds for children. The Roswell adult center has been an established part Chaparral Skeet Club has three fields with a place in- of our community for over 18 years. The center offers an doors that has restroom facilities. Inexperienced shoot- array of classes from crafts to dance to yoga. Class sesers will be paired with a person who will teach them the sions last for 10 weeks, with most costing just $25. The center also has a gym that can be used for a nominal fee. sport. Be sure to bring your own gun and ammo. There are many opportunities for Roswell residents and The biggest advantages to retiring in Roswell (besides visitors to stay fit. There are about a dozen gyms in the the weather) is the symbiosis of old and young, history area, as well as sports leagues. Come to Roswell and join and present, activities and leisure. Roswell is a perfect a soccer, baseball or football team. Swim in one of two community for enjoying the best years of your life. public swimming pools and ride your bike or run on one of the many trails or dirt paths in or around our city. Roswell offers its senior citizens several options for housing. There are retirement communities, assisted independent living facilities, assisted living homes and retirement homes. Depending on what your needs are, you will be certain to find a place to call home in Roswell. There are many agencies and charitable clubs in Roswell that need volunteers. The RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) has been serving our community for more than 28 years, and specializes in matching seniors with opportunities to volunteer, depending on interests, talents and skills. The Chaves County J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth) Center provides our homebound senior citizens with home deDiscover Roswell at www.RoswellNM.org 13


Overview stay of the area’s economy; a more than $1.2 billion dolRoswell is a great place to do business with tax incen- lar industry which produces a variety of agricultural and tives from our state and with local support. Here are a garden products including New Mexico’s famous green few decision-makers for you to start a business or relo- chile and vineyards. cate an existing one to Roswell:

Roswell – Chaves County Overview

• Three industrial parks:

Building sites with competitive lease or purchase rates are available. Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell is among the top 25 percent of community colleges in the U.S. and the second-highest ranking community college in New • Low cost of living: Mexico, according to the “2015’s Best and Worst Com- From apartments and townhouses to houses to rent – or munity Colleges,” by U.S. WalletHub. ENMU-R offers buy, you and/or your employees will be surprised at the progressive programs with 70 certifications and 41 aca- low cost of living in Roswell. The Cost of Living Index demic and career or technical programs. This includes the in 2014 was 84 – U.S. average is 100. newest partnership with Vertical Limit Aviation. Students receive an Associate of Science degree in Professional • Low property tax rates: Pilot Training-Rotocraft/Helicopter. The New Mexico The current residential mill rate is 30.582 and for non-resMilitary Institute has a more than 100 year-old tradition idential the mill rate is 35.57, making the annual taxes on of educating tomorrow’s leaders through a program of a $100,000 home only $1,019.39 and on a non-residential strong, challenging academics, leadership preparation $1,185.66. Chaves County offers unique residential benand character development. Dedicated school systems in efits for veterans who are 100% disabled = zero property Chaves County are Roswell ISD, Dexter ISD, Hagerman tax for their first residential home. ISD, Lake Arthur ISD, All Saints Catholic School, Gateway Christian School, Valley Christian Academy and Im- • Housing: manuel Lutheran Church and School. More than 462 new and pre-owned private residences have been built or put on the market in the last year. • Diversified industry: Dairy, agriculture, manufacturing, machine and tooling shops, aviation maintenance and overhaul, aircraft paint- • Trained workforce: ing, homeland defense training, tourism and film produc- Records from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions indicate Chaves County has a stable workforce. tions. Between 2014 and the fourth quarter of 2015, an average 25,324 civilian employees were documented. In the • Water: Chaves County has a vast resource of water due to the fourth quarter of 2015, Chaves County has an unemployreadily available artesian wells. Agriculture is the main- ment rate of 6.6, which is below New Mexico’s state average of 6.8.

• Education:

• Terrific weather:

Roswell has sunshine most of the year with our rainy monsoon season in July. Nice arid summers that are hot, but it is a dry heat which does not limit activities as long as you have plenty ofwater and sunscreen. Winters are not cold enough to keep you off the two 18-hole public accessible golf courses or the 9-hole private Country Club Golf Course. It does snow in the winter, but it is frequently gone by mid-morning.

• Culture:

A plethora of cultural activities throughout the year celebrates Roswell’s diverse population and history. Local events, concerts, museum festivities and local talent in

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Overview theatre and music reflect the multi-cultural aspects that is openly embraced and cherished.

• Medical Facilities:

Seven medical facilities include walk-in, specialty clinics and two large hospitals, each with state-of-the-art facilities and physicians in most specialties. The nearby Artesia VA Outpatient clinic, with a free veterans shuttle service provided by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and supported by Roswell’s local charitable organizations provides transportation to the main Veterans Hospitals in Albuquerque and El Paso.

• Transportation: Four-lane divided highways head in all directions and Roswell’s commercial jet services Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and regional charter services. A local city bus route (Pecos Trails), cab service, shuttle to the casinos in Ruidoso and car rentals are available. There are small municipal airports in the surrounding towns and private shuttles from the larger hotels and motels. Additional- • Things to do: ly, the Lea County Regional Airport in Hobbs has daily flights to Houston, as well as regional charter services Where to begin? nature, art, museums, photography and and Albuquerque International Airport. art classes, birding, the Roswell Symphony Orchestra, the Roswell Community Little Theatre, an amazing film • Dining: festival and Dragonfly Festival, the world renowned UFO Festival and Cosmicon, the new Roswell Film Studio, Roswell offers a large variety of restaurants to meet ev- parks, walking and bike trails, history, rodeos, farmer’s erybody’s hearts’ desire from unique gourmet food trucks, markets, dude ranches nearby, many clubs and charitable Asian, diverse American and Mexican locally-owned organizations you can choose to join, depending on inrestaurants to the usual fast food chains. terest. A free zoo, tennis courts, many recreation centers, swimming pools, health clubs, hiking and biking, campA special treat is the fun fair food and diverse food booths ing and hunting, movie theaters and clubs. Wide open during the annual street festivals, sporting events such as skies where a vapor trail of an airplane is a rare sight. “Hike it and Spike it,” Chile/Cheese Festival, the UFO Breathtaking inspiring sunrises and sunsets, crystalclear Festival and “Roswell Fly In” celebrating Walker Air night skies where you seem to be able to see every star Force Base and our flight industry just to mention a few. of the universe and satellites floating in orbit. People are polite, you will rarely hear a car honk and you can enjoy • Shopping: being part of a tight-knit community who care about each other and have never met a stranger. You will be a new Many local retailers and unique boutiques can be found friend or neighbor, whether you are a visitor or you dethroughout the community and on Main Street. cide to relocate. The pioneer spirit is alive and well in our area, neighbors helping neighbors and being proud of our National chains include Bealls, Big Lots, Sears, J.C. Pen- community, working to keep Roswell the best little town ny, Target, Office Max, Kmart, Walmart, Sam’s Club, in the universe! Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Marshalls, Roswell Livestock & Farm Supply, Tractor Supply Co., Westlake Ace Residents enjoy the convenience of living, working and Hardware, Petco, Builders Do-it Center, Sally Beauty playing in Roswell. Supply and Smith Paint Co., to name a few. Discover Roswell at www.RoswellNM.org 15


Roswell History

Rand European pioneer days, when the young nation oswell’s history is inextricably bound to the Spanish

of the United States of America was just a glimpse of hope and ideas to come. Archeologists are still trying to put the puzzle together of our area’s past, which was inhabited long before the native tribes of Apaches, Navajo and Comanche farmed and hunted the mountains and Pecos River Valley. Our harsh and unusual landscapes were formed millions of years ago, when today’s New Mexico was still part of the supercontinent Pangaea, and an ocean covered this region. Mountains that formed during that time are now eroded, but some of the features of the landscape remain. Our local archeologist clubs (hobby or professional) still find amazing treasures which include fossils, flint rock, stone age tools and shells in the neighboring mesa landscape. The first Europeans to traverse the area were part of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado’s expedition in 1540-1542. Coronado was looking for the fabled Seven Cities of Gold. While he did not find those towns, Coronado and the following missionary monks brought treasures to the area: sheep, horses, pepper trees and grape plants, which would change the Comanches’ and Apaches’ lives forever in turning the pedestrian tribes into the first mounted tribes in the plains and changed the Navajos into artists and weavers. After constructing two adobe buildings, Nebraska immigrant Van Smith named this Chaves County seat (around

1869) to honor his father, Roswell Smith. The previous name Río Hondo recognized a local creek. In 1869, a professional gambler-turned-merchant established a solitary general store on a nearby cattle trail of the cattle baron John Simpson Chisum, who was one of the first Texas ranchers to send his herds to New Mexico, planting the economic seed that grew into Roswell. Chisum obtained land along the Pecos River by right of occupancy and eventually became the owner of a large ranch in the Bosque Grande. Together with the cattlemen Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving they assembled and drove herds of cattle for sale to the Army and to provide cattle to miners in Colorado (1866/67). The first business Van Smith opened was a general store that functioned as a postal service, second a saloon/gambling facility, third a horse race track and fourth a guesthouse for the gambling crowd that came from far and wide for the horse racing. The racetrack ran from east to west, on what is today Second Street in Roswell.

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Roswell History Chisum was a business associate of Alexander McSween, a principal figure in the Lincoln County War. Chisum played a behind-the-scenes role in the dispute between the opposing factions of cattle farmers and business owners. Lewis Wallace proclaimed an amnesty for all those involved in the feud, when he took office as governor of New Mexico Territories on October 1, 1878. Depending with whom’s descendants of the warring parties you talk to today, Billy the Kid, whose story and that of the Lincoln County War belongs to the lore of southeast New Mexico, is either the villain or a tragic hero who was denied the promised amnesty, persecuted and killed by his The first order of business was to vote upon a board of former friend, Roswell’s Sheriff Pat Garret. trustees and the second, to develop new ordinances. Before 1890, Roswell’s population was 340. Among the first ordinances voted were a property tax, It was not until the discovery that Roswell was sitting on a dog ordinance and a speed limit of 8 miles per hour top of one of the largest artesian wells in the country that for carriage and horse traffic. Not particularly slow since pony express riders of old averaged 8 miles an hour. the city began to boom. The discovery was an accident, when noted shopkeeper Research of the ordinances published in 1891 also inNathan Jaffa grew tired of having to go to the river to dicates that Roswell implemented a fine for concealed obtain his water. In 1890, he drilled in his backyard and weapons which ranged from $50 to $300. water came bubbling to the surface. This is the same year that Marshal Henry Wright was On February 25, 1889, the New Mexico Legislature de- elected and sworn into office. His job paid $50 per month. cided to carve Chaves and Eddy Counties from Lincoln With the industrial age, Roswell started to attract industrial entrepreneurs and scientists due to the stable yearCounty. around good weather. In 1889 Roswell became the seat of Chaves County, but the city and many of its leading citizens continued to skate close to the edge of the law.

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Roswell History reinvent itself. Walker Air Force Base became an airplane storage facility and, thanks to an amazing gas and oil boom which continues in the 21st century, the future of Roswell looks good. Roswell is diversifying as center for the arts with an International Artist-in-Residence program, focus on tourism, a flexible university which supports the industrial interested students, health care, as well as the new multi-media and upcoming film industry which has found New Mexico and southeast New Mexico to be friendly and welcoming hosts. In 2012, Roswell made history and again became the center of science and adventure, when “Fearless Felix Baumgartner” departed from Roswell Airport in a balloon up into the stratosphere, jumping from a world record 39,045 meters (128,100 ft) and returned safely back to Earth. Baumgartner also set the record for the highest manned balloon flight and fastest speed of a free fall at 1,342 kilometer per hour (834 mph) making him the first human to break the sound barrier outside of a vehicle.

The famed record-breaking aviator Charles Lindbergh and financier Harry Guggenheim were looking to find a location for the scientist Dr. Goddard’s rocket experiments which led them to Roswell, NM. Goddard remained for 12 years working on the secret experiment and record-breaking rocket launches. Without those experiments, the United States would have later not won their race to the moon and begun the human race’s early space exploration. After Goddard’s passing in 1945, his widow started a series of gifts to the Roswell Museum and Art Center of her husband’s rocket technology, and in 1969 the Robert H. Goddard wing was dedicated. The Roswell Rotary Club (Goddard was a member) has since figured prominently in the preservation of his legacy, making Roswell the “Cradle of Space Exploration.”

In 2015, the Roswell Movie Studios opened their doors north of town with a first release and several movies in the works. In 2016, a Western town set will be built on 25 acres with views of Capitán mountain and beautiful sunsets. With Roswell’s history in the “Wild West” lore, the film studio has found an authentic home in the heart of the southwest. Movie crews and actors are going to be a common sight and attraction on the streets of Roswell and the surrounding area.

You can enjoy this exhibit year round at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. The 20th century kept Roswell on the map, first with the Air Force continuing experimental flight training — and, if you believe in it or not — the UFO crash in 1947. After the Air Force moved out in 1967, the city had to

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NMMI

New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), one of the Thenation’s top military boarding schools, is located in

dents apart in their future endeavors. Students who attend NMMI can receive a high school diploma and/or an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts or Sciences.

Since 1891, when visionary Roswell residents decided to bring a boarding school to southeastern New Mexico, NMMI has worked to provide the finest education available anywhere to our corps of cadets.

Some of the best known NMMI alumni are: Conrad Hilton (founder of the Hilton chain), Steven McKnight (genetic researcher), Peter Hurd (renowned Southwest painter) and Roger Staubach (Heisman Trophy recipient and Football Hall of Fame Quarterback).

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Outstanding academics are coupled with discipline and physical fitness to produce students with the ability to be competitive in all aspects of life. Today NMMI hosts students, roughly 900 – 965, from 40 states and 33 countries in grades 9-12 and junior college. NMMI operates on a beautiful historic campus providing a state-of-the-art education. Smart classrooms, nationally recognized faculty and the highest level of accreditation possible is only the beginning. This top-tier education with high adventure programs, leadership available in the corps of cadets and physical fitness set their stu-

Throughout history, the institute sent many young men to the defense of their nation. Of these young men who served, many received distinguished service recognition and medals of high order. Institute alumnus John “Red” Morgan was awarded the Medal of Honor in World War II. NMMI welcomes you to visit them and see for yourself what this opportunity might hold. Interested visitors can schedule a tour online at nmmi.edu or call 1-800-4215376.

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Education

offers a variety of excellent educational instituRoswell tions, including military boarding school and college campus, in addition to all of the elementary, middle and high schools in the district.

The Roswell Independent School District has four high schools: Roswell High School, Goddard High School, Early College High School and University High School. There are also four middle schools and 12 elementary schools. The high school students have the option to enroll in advanced placement, college bound or traditional classes. More than 60 percent of graduating seniors choose to continue their education after high school. The current student population within the RISD is approximately 10,000, boasting a districtwide attendance rate of 95.4 percent. Sports play a major role in the students’ physical fitness and the RISD schools have won many state championships in football, basketball, competitive cheer and more through the years. The schools offer a vast number of fine arts programs — more than any other state. For more information call 575-627-2500 or visit risd.k12.nm.us. New Mexico Military Institute, located at 101 W. College Blvd., is a co-ed college preparatory, four-year military boarding school, as well as a two-year university-parallel junior college (more details on page 19). For more information, call 1-800-421-5376 or visit nmmi.edu. The Roswell Job Corps Center, located at 57 G St., is a residential education and vocational training facility. Dedicated to working with young adults, ages 16-24, to earn their high school diploma, GED or achieve academic proficiency, and train for certification in one of seven career technical trades. The trades include: automotive technology, culinary arts, electrical wiring, health occupations, business construction technology, painting and remodeling and protective services. Every student who qualifies to enroll in Job Corps earns an all-inclusive scholarship from the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information call 575-347-7400 or visit roswell.jobcorps.gov.

call 575-622-9710 or visit gatewaychristianschool.us. Valley Christian Academy, located at 2803 W. 4th St., provides parents an additional choice for a Christ-centered education. There is a dress code and the school offers athletics for girls and boys. For more information, call 575-627-1500 or visit valleychristianacademy.org. All Saints Catholic School, located at 2700 N. Kentucky, serves students from preschool 3 years old through eighth grade. Committed to academic excellence and rooted in the traditions and ideals of the Catholic faith, All Saints provides an environment in which all students will be enabled to reach their full academic and spiritual potential in an atmosphere that strongly encourages following the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. The school has adopted the Seton curriculum in the areas of religion, English, reading, phonics, social studies, and science, along with Saxon mathematics. The school’s preschool program utilizes Montessori techniques as well as thematic units. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying families. For more information, call 575-627-5744 or visit allsaintsroswell.com Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, located at 1405 N. Sycamore Ave., Immanuel Lutheran Church and School offers a Christian education. For more information, call 575-622-2853 or visit ilcroswell.org/immanuel-lutheran-school-roswell.

In addition to the public school system, Roswell offers options for a Christian education. Gateway Christian School, located at 1900 N. Sycamore Ave., offers many opportunities with strong academics, a fine-arts department, championship athletics, after-school programs, and a daycare facility on campus. Gateway supports a dress code and has been educating students in a family atmosphere since 1981. For more information,

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ENMU - Roswell

in 1958, ENMU-R offers associate of arts E stablished degrees, seven associate of science degrees, 21 asso-

ENMU-R media arts students have worked on numerous popular films such as “Terminator Salvation,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Men Who Stare at Goats,” “Transformers,” “Cowboys and Aliens,” “The Rambler” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” just to name a few.

A branch of Eastern New Mexico University, a four-year institution based in Portales, ENMU-R is a community college nestled at the southernmost edge of Roswell, at the Roswell International Air Center. The school has about 3,800 students each fall and spring semester in credit-bearing courses.

Through course work and classroom time, ENMU-R media arts students may obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in animation, film technology and graphic design. Students may also opt to get a certification of employability in these areas.

ciate of applied science degrees, two certificate of completion programs, 15 certificate of occupational training programs, and 35 certificate of employability programs.

For some, ENMU-R offers the jumpstart they need to move on to a bigger school and complete a four-year degree. For others, ENMU-R allows them to gain credentials toward a new career. But for many, ENMU-R is a hotspot of creativity, a place to hone skills in filmmaking, media arts, stagecraft and performance. Aspiring actors, directors, designers and storytellers — whether their craft leads them to the stage or to the silver screen, they can start their creative path at Eastern New Mexico University- Roswell.

The students are now getting more experience with the new Roswell Movie Studios working close together with the media arts program. ENMU-R Performing Arts bring to stage two shows in a calendar year, a straight show (a non-musical play) in the fall and a musical in the spring. For more information about Eastern New Mexico University- Roswell, call 575-624-7404. One may also check out the school’s webpage at roswell.enmu.edu.

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Health Care

health care industry is the second largest inRoswell’s dustry in the area, accounting for more than 1,100

employees. The city boasts two state-of-the-art healthcare facilities: Eastern New Mexico Medical Center (ENMMC) and Lovelace Regional Hospital (LRH).

Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, a 162-bed facility, includes a cancer treatment center, cardiology, emergency, family care, imaging, rehabilitation and surgical. It also includes behavioral health and outpatient clinics. Eastern is the second hospital in New Mexico to receive chest pain accreditation, which designates ENMMC as the hospital of choice for chest pain emergencies. The hospital offers 24/7 availability and coverage of interventional and diagnostic cardiologists, two brand-new Cardiac Cath Labs with 24/7 staffed and on-call availability. It is the only hospital in the area with Level III Trauma designation. It also offers radial catheter lab procedures, digital mammography services, and interventional radiology services in the hospital’s Imaging Center and

Cancer Center with the latest technology. ENMMC offers its patients access to the health information via an online patient portal. It also offers tele-neurology services, which provide a higher level of emergency stroke and critical neurology care 24 hours a day. This includes sophisticated video-conferencing technology, if necessary, to connect doctors at ENMMC with a neurologist. ENMMC also has a 30-minute pledge for emergencies. Eastern New Mexico Medical Center is located at 405 W. Country Club Road in Roswell. To find a provider or schedule an appointment, call 575-622-8170 or visit enmmc.com Lovelace Regional Hospital is committed to offering Roswell and Chaves County residents the highest quality patient care. It is an acute care general hospital with 26 beds, emergency room service, labor and delivery service and operating rooms for outpatient and inpatient surgery.

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Health Care The imaging department features same-day and next-day appointments for many services, including MRI, X-ray, ultrasound and more. Lovelace is fully accredited by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The hospital offers a full spectrum of medical, surgical and radiological services. These services include cardiology, cardiopulmonary, intensive care, rehabilitation – inpatient and outpatient (physical and speech), telemetry beds, pulmonology, cardiac catheterization lab, vascular imaging, fluoroscopy, interventional radiology and cardiac echo. Lovelace Regional Hospital is located at 117 E. 19th St. in Roswell.

To find a provider or schedule an appointment with Lovelace Health System call 575-625-3222 or visit lovelace. com. Roswell is also home to over a dozen local clinics, including Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s Community Dental Clinic and Pharmacy at the ENMU-R Health Center and the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center. The city also has eight mental health facilities, 14 health and assisted living homes, 11 local pharmacies and a Planned Parenthood center. Local hospitals and facilities support Medicare and Medicaid patients and offer income based services for those who qualify.

In addition, the Lovelace Health Care Center is a primary care facility offering preventive care services and the In addition, Roswell offers specialty services for sports convenience of same-day appointments. Our specialties medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, dermatology, ophinclude family medicine, internal medicine and gastroen- thalmology, dental, sleep disorders and much more. terology. Lovelace Health Care Center, a department of Lovelace Regional Hospital, is located at 1112 N. Main St. in Roswell.

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Health Care A special service is provided by Pro Active Hearing LLC, which offers free hearing evaluations, expert consultation and maintenance of hearing devices. As a part of giving back to the community, it offers these consultations and information on preventative measures against hearing loss not only at its office, but at the retirement and assisted living locations. Pro Active also offers preventive custom hearing protection and more.

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At Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, you have access to some of the most advanced care, right here at home. You also have access to something else very important – our pledge to treating you better. A progressive, 162–bed, full service hospital, ENMMC is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. We have built a 106-year legacy of blending technology and skill with compassion and healing, and we continue to grow to meet the area’s needs. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our community and our technology and facility echo that. With technology such as MRI, 64-slice CT, breast MRI and Image Guided Radiation Therapy for cancer patients most patients can receive the care they need without ever leaving home. Eastern New Mexico Medical Center is also proud to offer our 30-minute ER Pledge to our community. We are committed to getting our you in and seen by a provider as efficiently as possible. And if you or your loved ones ever experience chest pain or signs of a heart attack, rest assured, we have Interventional Cardiology Physicians on call 24/7. Whether you’re here for surgery, outpatient tests, or emergency care, we go out of our way to make you feel calm, comfortable and well cared for. Our staff take pride in taking care of our patients and our community.

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top six industries in Roswell for employment are Thehealthcare and social assistance; retail trade; accom-

modation and food services; education services; agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; and construction. These industries employ more than 13,000 of Roswell’s approximately 21,000-population work force. With such a broad-based, strong foundation, Roswell has been building a diverse economy with the infrastructure to support almost any industry. Agriculture has been a mainstay of Roswell’s economy since the very first settlers arrived in the late 1800s. Today agriculture accounts for over $1.5 billion of Chaves County’s GDP. From the beginning, cattle growers and wool producers have co-existed along with vast orchards and food growers, all fed by the artesian aquifer, which has maintained Roswell with more available water than any other community in the state of New Mexico. The city of Roswell has the water rights and the water to maintain a city of 300,000 people. With one of the largest dairy industries in the United States, our water supply is still plentiful and is largely due to the careful management of the Pecos Valley Conservancy District, established in the early 20th century. Many of the standards developed for water use in Roswell are now being used all across the western United States. Leprino Foods (the largest mozzarella producer in the world), El Charro Mexican Foods, Fatman’s Beef Jerky and Mountain States Pecan are all thriving and contributing to the economy of Roswell due to the well-established agricultural community. Roswell’s agriculture industry produces cotton and wool for the textile industry, feed to support the livestock, and a well-rounded supply of foods for human consumption. The dairy industry produces over 2 billion pounds of milk annually.

Business and Industry One industry that has been taking off in Roswell for a long time and still has a great deal of untapped potential is the aviation industry. The Roswell International Air Center, formerly Walker Air Force Base, maintains the main 13,000-foot runway, which was built to support the large birds in World War II. It can handle anything that flies. Companies like Aersale, a company that does everything to airplanes except manufacture them; and Dean Baldwin, a company that paints airplanes, have been instrumental in maintaining Roswell’s economy and will be around for a good long time to come as Roswell continues to grow and serve the aviation industry. American Eagle currently has flights to Dallas-Fort began in early 2016.

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Business and Industry The clear skies and over 300 average days of sunshine are among the appealing characteristics that draw the aviation industry to Roswell. This is also why Felix Baumgartner chose Roswell to break the world record for a free-fall jump in October 2012. There were more than 53,000 aircraft operations from the Roswell International Air Center in 2013. Another strong industry in Roswell is healthcare. Roswell has two acute-care hospitals that maintain the latest healthcare technologies available; a full-care rehabilitation hospital that offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and addiction treatment; a wide variety of clinics and one of the finest nursing education programs in the state of New Mexico. The healthcare industry employs well over 3,000 people locally. For those who wish to advance their careers, Roswell offers a variety of educational opportunities. Alongside the

aforementioned nursing program, there are certification programs in child development, criminal justice, human services, aviation maintenance, air traffic control, HVAC and a host of other career enhancing opportunities.

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This, of course, speaks to opportunities for those who work in the field of education. With over 1,700 people working in education, between the public school system, the New Mexico Military Institute and Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, an educator has many opportunities to build a career here, as does an education administrator. Roswell’s top 10 employers, by number of employees, are: Roswell Independent School District, Leprino Foods, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, the City of Roswell, Sam’s Club/Walmart, Krumland Auto Group, New Mexico Military Institute, Community Homecare and Chaves County.

Business and Industry

Armstrong Energy, David Petroleum, Hinkle Oil and Gas, McClellan Oil, New Mexico Oil, Providence Technologies, Sun Valley Energy and Wakefield Oil, and Yates Energy Group. Coming up right alongside the fossil fuel industry, is the renewable energy industry. Nextra Energy Resources is building a $290 million solar array in Roswell that will be able to power 40,000 homes once complete.

Tourism also accounts for a significant part of Roswell’s economy. Lodgers tax receipts were over $1 million in 2014. With over 28 motels/hotels and B&Bs in Roswell, the chance to stay and enjoy the UFO festival, or any of a wide variety of conventions, festivals, sporting events, An industry that doesn’t get much public notice, but that nearby state and national parks, is nearly always availhas a major impact on Roswell’s economy is the gas, oil able. and mining industry. Chaves County ranks fifth in overall With the large variety of businesses and opportunities state production. Roswell has to offer, there is great room for success for Local companies in the industry include Anderson Oil, the entrepreneur, the employee and the self-employed.

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Hike It and Spike It

Roswell Hosts World’s Largest Annual Flag Football Tournament

to where it now directly impacts the Roswell economy by more than $3 million each year, while benefiting a very worthy cause. The folks in Roswell are to be commended for coming together to create such a unique and memorable experience.” Each year, Hike It and Spike It donates $5,000 to United Way of Chaves County.

The annual Roswell Hike It and Spike It 4-on-4 Charity Flag Football Tournament is held during Memorial Day Weekend every year at the Cielo Grande Recreation Area. It’s the largest annual flag football tournament in the world. More than 600 teams (4,000-plus players) of all ages and experience levels come from across the United States to battle it out on over 40 fields, with more than 32,000 spectators cheering them on. Games in all divisions get underway Saturday morning and continue until all champions on all fields are crowned Sunday afternoon. First, second, third, Character Counts! Pursuing Victory With Honor and Down-and-Out awards are presented in every division. Best Dressed awards are handed out for first, second and third for adult and youth teams.

“We really enjoy partnering with Hike It and Spike It as their charity of choice,” said Sherry Mumford, executive director of United Way of Chaves County. “It’s a great relationship and a fun event to work on. It helps the community bring all that business into Roswell, but also helps our local agencies by giving to United Way.” Hosted by Character Counts! in Chaves County, the presenting sponsors for the tournament are Desert Sun Auto Group, Bank of the Southwest, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, Xcel Energy, Builder’s Do It Center and Hot 91.1.

Southwest Dairy Farmers, New Mexico Military Institute, CenturyLink and the Roswell Daily Record are this year’s sponsors for the Show Me the Money division, with a payout of $15,000, including $10,000 to the winning team. The very best flag football teams from across the land will vie for the opportunity to return home with “The Hike It & Spike It” tournament is an excellent cash in their pockets. example of the good things that can happen when public-private partnerships are formed to impact a communi- For a complete list of winners, visit www.roswellgridty in a positive way,” said John Mulcahy, president of the iron.com. For more information, contact Cla Avery at the Roswell Chaves County Economic Development Corpo- Bank of the Southwest, 575-627-2398. ration. “This event has grown and grown over the years

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District Profile The Roswell Independent School District is the eighth largest district in the state,, serving a student population of approximately 10,000 with an ethnic mix of 65% Hispanic,, 31% Anglo, 2.5% Black, .4% American Indian and .7% Oriental. Through the Long Range Planning process, the community continues to endorse the neighborhood schools concept. Hence wee have twelve elementary schools serving students in kindergarten through grade 5; one Early Literacy Center serving preschool students; four middle schools serving grades 6, 7 & 8; four high schools. leased that you are Our schools are a source of great community pride and we are pleased seeking an association with or inquiring about our district. We have relocation financial incentives for perspective employees moving to Roswell from 75 miles or more in distance.

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At a Glance

At a Glance – Community Profile

Agriculture

Property Taxes Roswell Non-Residential

$ 28.250 $ 33.401

Chaves County Residential Non-Residential

$ 21.955 $ 26.219

Source: Chaves County Assessors, taxing year 2015

Source: Chaves County Statistical Report 2015 based on the 2007 Census of Agriculture

Gross Receipts

Total Gross Receipts Rate

Source: New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department, effective Jan. 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016

Workforce

Chaves County Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate

Source: Workforce Connection - Labor Market Service

7.5%

January 2016 27,107 25,324 1,783 6.6%

Population 2014 Estimate Roswell Chaves County

48,608 65,878

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Roswell Housing Market Year 2015

Residential Volume $78,739,958

Houses Sold 532

Source: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Enchanted Lands Realtors

Water Supply – City of Roswell Replenishing Roswell Basin Reservoir capable of supporting a population of 4 million Source: City of Roswell

Electric – Xcel Energy

Reliability more than 99 % Roswell and Chaves County enjoy some of the lowest electric rates in the Southwest United States. Source: Xcel Energy, Jan. 2016

Natural Gas – NM Gas Company Content Per Cubic Foot

1,000 BTU Average

Rate, $0.2814 per therm, Jan. 2016

• 6,095 Square Miles • 3,900,800 Acres • Private or deeded land: 1,895,800 acres 47% • State Land: 723,800 acres 20% • Federal Land: 1,281,200 acres 33% • There are approximately 112,734 acres under cultivation Farm/Ranch Units 595

• Livestock (Statistical Report from 2015): Cattle & Calves: 165,000 - Milk Cows: 85,000 - Sheep and Lambs: 11,200

Total cash receipts, all livestock in 2013:

$558,484,000

• Crops (Statistics from 2014): 17,000 acres of Hay Corn & Sorghum Silage: 17,000 acres Cotton: 1,900 acres Chile: 3,800 acres Pecan (w/a production of 5,100,000): 4,200 acres

Total agricultural receipts for the county exceeded $610,320 million in 2013. Dairy is the largest agricultural production in the county raising more than $358 million income per year and ranking 4th in New Mexico in milk production. Chaves County ranks 3rd in Corn/Silage production with 391,000 tons. 143,000 tons of top quality alfalfa were produced in Chaves County and 5.1 million pounds of pecans were sold internationally. Source: Chaves County Extension Office / Agricultural Statistics 2014

Recreation

Public Swimming 2 Zoo 1 Bowling 1 Civic Clubs 260 Museums & Galleries 7 Parks 28 Libraries 3 Golf Courses 3 Movie Theaters (18 screens) 2 Country Clubs 1 Community Theater Group 1 Symphony Orchestra 1 Shopping Centers 5 Retirement Activity Center 3 Youth Centers 1* *A second youth center is in the planning to replace the Yucca Center.

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At a Glance

Roswell Weather

Elevation 3,671 • Annual percent of sunshine averages 98% • Number of clear days annually 310 • Number of partly cloudy days annually 48 • Number of cloudy days annually 7 • Annual number of foggy days 71 • Annual number of stormy days 14 • Average wind speed 8.1 mph • Average prevailing wind direction SSE • Average annual pan evaporation (inches) 1.84 This data is based on daylight hours only. A clear day denotes zero to 3/10 average sky cover. Partly cloudy is 4/10 to 7/10. Cloudy is 8/10 to 10/10. Annual totals may differ from the 12-month totals due to rounding. Month

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Lodging

oswell flourishes as a forward-thinking, family and Rbusiness-oriented town. It is a great place to visit if you are looking for leisure or planning a meeting.

There are a variety of lodging options to choose from, starting with six RV parks that are open to the public. Most have spacious grounds and amenities that include everything a true RV fan requires. Many include clubhouses, pools and free wi-fi Internet access. Friendly and personal service is a certainty in Roswell. One of the RV parks is located at the amazing Bottomless Lakes State Park, just outside of Roswell, with natural deep lakes (where the park got its name) and Lea Lake, which is open during the season for swimming and includes lifeguards, pedal boats, a nice sandy beach, shaded picnic areas and fishing. Available only for Elk’s Lodge members is a private RV park close to Cielo Grande – the main event park with 151 acres. Cielo Grande offers a soccer complex, a special-event area, large group picnic areas, multi-sport practice areas and a skate park, which are all connected fasts, heated indoor pools, sports bars, saunas, fitness centers, beauty salons, guest laundry facilities, dry cleanby walking trails. ing services, business centers, golf shops and activities Cielo Grande is the place to be for sporting events such for your children. Most hotels and motels also welcome as Hike it and Spike It. The Michael Satterfield Memo- small pets. rial Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4 boasts sports, live bands, food and game booths. The biggest and best coor- Your hosts are knowledgeable about our city and most are dinated fireworks show in New Mexico takes place right trained City Ambassadors by the Chaves County Tourism Council. here in Roswell. Roswell offers more than 22 choices to find the perfect hotel or motel. If you prefer something more cozy and quiet, there are bed and breakfast inns, and in the surrounding areas, elegant and rustic guest ranches.

The civic center, restaurants and sightseeing points of interest are all within 10-15 minutes, and the main hotels usually have a restaurant and/or bar within walking distance.

Most of the national chain motels are on the north and west sides of town. Many hotels and motels offer HBO, commercial or extended-stay rates, complimentary highspeed Internet, microwaves, small refrigerators and swimming pools. Most hotels also offer discounts for seniors and AAA members, as well as government and military discounts.

If you plan to stay longer, we also have a variety of furnished homes or apartments available. Roswell accommodates with amenities to suit most tastes and budgets. There are a few hotels that offer extended-stay, but most long-term rentals are available at the real estate offices serving Roswell.

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Roswell is a Shopper’s Paradise!

Shopping

takes place in August at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. The League sponsors a members’ co-op gallery, Roswell offers a wonderful and eclectic range of shop- where you can purchase art throughout the year. ping to our visitors and residents, some are off the beaten path and some are right downtown in the heart of the Summer brings out our hobby gardeners – the fertile city. Whether you are looking for that perfect souvenir or mineral-rich soil makes even a backyard gardener into a gift, a unique vintage heirloom, or whimsical mementos pro. MainStreet Roswell sponsors a Farmers and Growers of Aliens and Cowboys, you can find it at our Main Street market that sets up on the west lawn of the Chaves County Souvenir shops. And don’t forget to visit the UFO muse- Courthouse on Saturday mornings. Here, you will find locally grown veggies, fresh eggs, local honey, home-baked um gift shop. Roswell has it all! goods, salsa, flowers and a surprise or two. The market Unique boutiques and antique shops can be found opens at 7 a.m. Come early! throughout the city, with local and corporate chains in our malls. Our most prominent mall is north of town, just Later in the season, near Labor Day, a gigantic sidewalk sale on Main Street downtown invites locals and visitors before the hotels start. to shop and stroll. Then there are the special events where you can purchase arts and crafts, jewelry, pottery, painting, patchworks and Other wonderful events where you can shop, enjoy music welding. Our local and Native American artists often have and sample our unique cuisine are the Chile and Cheese booths at our festivals, some traveling from their remote Festival, where you can also take a tour of Leprino, the studios just for these events. One of the city’ss biggest biggest mozzarella cheese factory in the world. shows is organized by the Roswell Fine Arts League and

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Restaurant Guide

has more than 80 restaurants with a wide variRoswell ety of specialties. We can’t list all of them, but some

restaurants stand out with their creative menus using New Mexico-grown produce. These are the locally owned food establishments unique to Roswell and surrounding areas and that have been well established. These restaurants represent Roswell’s culture and rich heritage.

Diners Big D’s Downtown Dive — Classic hamburger joint with an eclectic angle and creativity. 505 N. Main St., Phone 575-627-0776 Cowboy Cafe — Across from the Roswell Livestock — where the cowboys go. 1120 E. Second St., Phone 575-622-6363

Mexican/New Mexican Los Cerritos — Old Mexico meets New Mexico with live music and specials. 2103 N. Main St., Phone 575-622-4919

Tia Juana’s Mexican Grille & Cantina — A fun place with traditional menu and drink specials. Margaritas — Mexico meets China on its buffet! Come 3601 N. Main St., Phone 575-627-6113 early to get a parking spot. 409 E. Second St., Phone 575-623-9603. Popo’s Mexican Restaurant — Has there ever been a time without Popo’s? A local favorite. 222 E. McGaffey St., Phone 575-627-6436. Burritos and More — Fast and good Mexican restaurant. 127 S. Richardson Ave., Phone 575-622-4447

American/New Mexican

Cattle Baron Steak & Seafood Restaurant — The name says it all; including best salad and soup bar in town. 113 N. Main St., Phone 575-622-2465 Cattleman’s Kountry Kitchen — Down-home cooking. 2010 S. Main St., Phone 575-208-0543

Burrito Express — A wide variety and low cost menu. Two locations: 211 E. College Blvd, Phone 575-6273863; and 6112 S. Main St., Phone 575-347-2919

Farley’s Food, Fun and Pub — Monthly specials, games and pool, live music in the summer. 1315 N. Main St., Phone 575-627-1100

El Toro Bravo — Authentic central Mexican and New Mexico menu. Live music on Thursday evenings. 102 S. Main St., Phone 575-622-9280

High Chaparral Cafe — A favorite for real cowboys and truckers 5500 N. Main St., Phone 575-623-1000

Martin’s Capitol Cafe — A local tradition, especially Peppers Grill & Bar — A local favorite for decades. Live music in the summer during “Party on the Patio.” for breakfast. Best Huevos Rancheros. 500 N. Main St., Phone 575-623-1700 110 W. Fourth St., Phone 575-624-2111.

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Restaurant Guide Asian Galactic Sushi — Sake, authentic Sushi, Sashimi and Tempura prepared by Japanese Sushi chefs. 4311 N. Main St., Phone 575-910-1959 Hanh & Ooyy Noodle House — Traditional Thai food, conveniently located in the Roswell North Mall. 4501 N. Main St., Phone 575-622-1808 Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine — Authentic southern Thailand and Chinese specialties. 610 S. Main St., Phone 575-208-0411 Taste of Thai Cuisine — Authentic northern Thailand specialties 1303 W. Second St., Phone 575-622-2412 Hunan Chinese Restaurant — Authentic Chinese 1000 W. Hobbs St., Phone 575-623-8630

Out Of This World Coffee shops, mobile cuisines, pubs, restaurants and wineries Badlands BBQ — Texas style barbecue. Follow its location on Facebook or visit badlandsbbqnm. Stellar Coffee Co. — Meeting point for poets, artists, steampunks and coffee connoisseurs. com. Phone 575-914-9055. 315 N. Main St., Phone 575-623-3711 Black Betty BBQ — Delicious barbecue at its finest. The food truck is usually located at 620 N. Main Street. Pasta Cafe Italian Bistro — The most romantic restauFor details, call its sister restaurant Cowboy Cafe. Phone rant in town. 1208 N. Main St., Phone 575-624-1111 575-622-6363. Chef Toddzilla’s Mobile Cuisine — Gourmet burgers and more. The food truck was featured on national TV and in magazines and voted No. 1 on Tripadvisor. Follow its location on Facebook. Phone 575-840-7260

Pecos Flavors Winery and private club The Liberty — Offers art, gifts, wine and live music. 113 E. Third St., Phone 575-627-6265; The Liberty is located on 312 N. Virginia Ave., Phone 575-627-2121

Mama Tuckers Bakery & Bistro — Voted Top 5 Donut Shop in New Mexico by the magazine Newscastic in 2014. Also offers soup and sandwiches for lunch with homemade bread. 3109 N Main St., Phone 575-625-1475

Roswell also has everyone’s favorite fast-food restaurants, most of them with a New Mexican twist. Green chile and jalapeños are always on the menu. For complete and up-to-date restaurant listings, including menus, visit roswellnm.org/dining.

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Arts and Entertainment

Roswell Symphony Orchestra is viewed as one Theof the best in the state. Now in its 55th season, the

Roswell Symphony Orchestra’s musicians come from Roswell and all major cities within a 200-mile radius of Roswell: Lubbock, Amarillo, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, El Paso, Portales and Alamogordo. Maestro John Farrer became the director of the RSO for the 1972 season. Under his leadership, the orchestra has earned a reputation for musical excellence by sharing with the underserved target audience of southeast New Mexico the talents of professional musicians, many of whom have performed renowned symphonies across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. Each year, the orchestra plays five classical concerts, a three-concert Chamber Music Series at the Roswell Museum and Arts Center, five children’s educational concerts for nearly 3,000 elementary school students in Roswell and Artesia and a free Labor Day Concert at Spring River Park and Zoo. The “Send a Senior” program, in which merchants sponsor season tickets, and the RSO Board of Directors match donation, are given away to seniors on a first-come, firstserve basis. If the senior citizen is immobile, transportation is provided from the J.O.Y. Center. These seniors might not otherwise be able to attend the concert. Within these concerts for the season, the Roswell Symphony Orchestra will continue to emphasize educational service to the community, which it has successfully provided and expanded in recent years. The RSO strives to provide the students of southeast New Mexico with an op-

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Arts and Entertainment portunity to hear and enjoy the orchestra and some of the great classical works by composers throughout the world. The fourth grade “Young Person’s Concert” is, for many, the beginning of a lifelong love of music, instruments and the arts. The “Shadow Experience” program allows the best musicians from high schools around the area to perform with a professional orchestra and be mentored by some of New Mexico and Texas’ finest musicians. The educational materials library, open to all area teachers, provides ongoing support to the educational community. An effort to make symphonic music available at a reduced price to each and every interested student is at the heart of the “Student Rush” program, implemented for the first time in the 2004-2005 concert year. Through the program, any student may purchase a ticket to attend bethe symphony concerts for just $5, up to 15 minutes be fore the concert begins. upRegardless of culture, heritage, economic situation or up bringing, one thing is certain in this part of New Mexico: Music plays an integral role in society. Roswell is also home to a variety of fantastic entertainers and a community band. Every October, the city hosts a Jazz Festival that is one of the highlights of the music scene. This event lasts several days and is held at numerous venues in the city, including the Roswell Museum and Art Center. Some events are free, including the kickoff concert on the Chaves County Courthouse steps.

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Arts & Entertainment For live theater, look no further than the Roswell Community Little Theatre, which has been putting on shows since 1939. RCLT offers a great mix of productions each season. The directors are also actors and everybody works together with the local young and old talent to put together a diverse mix of productions each season — mysteries, musicals, dramas, comedies and dinner theater. RCLT also conducts youth workshops. There are five regular-season productions, as well as involvement with the annual International Film Festival, UFO Festival and Cosmicon, summer youth plays and the Library Halloween Extravaganza. RCLT welcomes volunteers with open arms – behind and on the stage. The ENMU-R Performing Arts Department is working together with the Roswell Film Studio, established in 2015. Students experience hands-on technology that makes a modern movie. The town’s newest theater company is Way Way Off-Broadway, which was founded in 2014. WWOB’s mission and purpose is to entertain, educate, and enrich the community by providing professional-level theatrical experiences for performers and audiences alike. With performances such as “Les Miserables” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the theater company entertained the audience with professional high-standard Broadway productions. In 2016 “Seussical the Musical,” Disney’s “Mary Poppins” and Mel Brook’s “Young Frankenstein” will be part of its repertoire. WWOB performs at the ENMU-R Performing Arts Center. The Roswell Film Studio was launched in 2015 with the release of the first movie, “Rodeo and Juliet,” which had its premiere at the Galaxy 8 movie theater in Roswell. The owner, Thadd Turner, announced the groundbreaking for a Western town movie set in April 2016, followed by an Afghan village. Producers worldwide have visited for location check and first productions have begun. Seeing artists and film directors on the streets of Roswell is going to entertain locals and visitors alike. The film sets and studio will also be available for special events.

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Arts & Entertainment For the first time in early May, the city will hold a weekend event filled with fun and frivolity. Saturday is Fiesta time, Cinco de Mayo-style at the soccer stadium, which will include the annual Old Timers Balloon Rally, a car and bike show, sport and game activities.

These artists, including the Roswell Artist-in-Residence artists, join local schools bringing hands-on art to the classrooms, a project supported by the Creative Learning Center of the Roswell Independent School District.

This concept makes Roswell’s schools unique and reflects The Hawaiian dance group, Sweet Leilani’s. and the on the children, who compete and win state and national Mexican group ,Folklorica, perform at special events, as competitions against other schools. well as S.O.Y. Mariachi, which plays to the delight of all. In October, Roswell joins the worldwide movement, Thrill the World/Zombie Walk, in which proceeds are donated to the Chaves County Cancer Fund to honor breast cancer awareness. Before the main event, kids and adults can learn the “Thriller” dance and how to turn themselves into zombies with full makeup classes. Next to the theaters, galleries and museums offer a wide spectrum of exhibits and art classes for children and adults. Pecos Flavors Winery offers its venue for its “Wine and Art” event with local artists.

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UFO Story

July 1947, something happened northwest of I nRoswell during a severe thunderstorm. Was it a flying saucer? Was it a weather balloon? What happened?

The answer is, nothing for many years, until leading UFO researcher Stanton Friedman came across the story in the early 1980s and began the search for information and witnesses. That research brought him to Roswell looking for the public information officer who had been at Roswell Army Air Field in 1947.

Front page of the Roswell Daily Record “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer”

That officer was Lt. Walter Haut. He still lived in Army Air Field under the direction of base intelliRoswell and remembered the press release and the gence officer Major Jesse Marcel. On July 8, 1947, orders from his commanding officer. public information officer Lt. Walter Haut issued a press release under orders from base commander Friedman’s investigation also led to many others, Col. William Blanchard, which said basically that both military and private, who had information to we have in our possession a flying saucer. The next add to the Roswell Incident story. Stepping into the day another press release was issued, this time from picture very strongly in the late 1980s were Don Gen. Roger Ramey, stating it was a weather balSchmitt, Kevin Randle and Tom Carey. Since then, loon. That was the start of the best known and wellSchmitt and Carey have dedicated their research to documented UFO coverup. Roswell. The debris recovered by rancher WW Mack Brazel was gathered by the military from the Roswell

Once it became public, the event known as The Roswell Incident — the crash of an alleged flying saucer, the recovery of debris and bodies and the ensuing cover up by the military — was of such magnitude and so shrouded in mystery that, 69 years later, there are still more questions than answers. Books have been written and TV documentaries have been filmed. Witnesses have come forward. Skeptics have issued rebuttals to the Inci Incident, and the debate continues.

The International UFO Museum & Research Cen Center, located at 114 N. Main Street in Roswell, is a nonprofit corporation founded in the fall of 1991 by Walter Haut, Glenn Dennis, and Max Littell. The museum opened to visitors in the fall of 1992. The UFO museum was organized to inform the public about what has come to be known as “The Roswell Incident” as well as all other aspects of the UFO phenomena. The corporation’s mission statement includes the goal to educate, not convince, the gen general public about the Roswell Incident and all as aspects of the UFO phenomena. People from all around the world travel to Roswell to see what the UFO Museum has to offer. Some of the exhibits include information on the Roswell

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UFO Story Incident, crop circles, UFO sightings, ancient astronauts, and extraterrestrial abductions. The exhibits are designed to encourage visitors to ask questions and to think outside of the box. The UFO Museum’s Research Center Library houses more than 7,000 books and over 30,000 magazines, periodicals, pamphlets and more than 1,500 DVDs related to the UFO Phenomena. The library’s friendly staff is available to help students of all ages with school projects and reports, as well as authors, researchers, and visitors seeking information regarding the Roswell Incident or the UFO phenomena. Email library@roswellufomuseum.com for a free information packet.

Roswell

Once visitors began making their way to Roswell seeking more information on the 1947 Incident and other UFO phenomena, a number of local residents, in conjunction with the UFO Museum and the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, came up with the idea of celebrating the anniversary of the 1947 Roswell Incident every year during the first week of July. Since 1996, the Roswell UFO Festival has drawn thousands of visitors to the UFO Museum and to Roswell. The three- or four-day event is a fun-filled, entertaining and educational weekend for all who attend. The UFO Museum hosts lectures from leading UFO researchers, including Stanton Friedman, Don Schmitt, Tom Carey, Kathleen Marden, Peter Robbins, Derrel Sims, Yvonne Smith, and Travis Walton. MainStreet Roswell brings together numerous vendors along Main Street with food, memorabilia, music and live entertainment. Other activities include alien costume contests for humans and pets, an evening light parade, carnival rides and Fourth of July fireworks. Mark your calendars and make your plans to attend this popular tradition at one of the most celebrated tourist attractions in the nation — the International UFO Museum and Research Center in the city of Roswell, New Mexico.

575.625.9495 • 114 NORTH MAIN • ROSWELL, NM 88203

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Museums & Galleries

offers some of the finest museums and Roswell galleries in southeast New Mexico.

ing its Art Block Party, Chalk Art Festival and the venue is used by the artists during the Jazz festival in November. Admission is free to the museum; The Roswell Museum and Arts Center, located at however, various fees apply to lectures, workshops, 11th and Main Street (624-6744) is a 50,000 square- planetarium programs, studio classes and special foot facility that holds 12 galleries graced with events. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through regional, New Mexico modernist and American Thursday. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. contemporary art and includes pieces by Georgia O’Keefe and Marsden Hartley. It recently received The Historical Society of Southeast New Mexico, a bequest of 39 prints and paintings by Roderick located at 200 N. Lea Avenue (622-8333), rests inMead (1900-1971). Collections also encompass his- side a 19 room three-story Prairie-style house, built torical and contemporary art of the Southwest, and in 1912 by cattle rancher J.P. White. To step inside the Rogers and Mary Aston, Robert H. Goddard, the house is to step back in time. This home is filled with an incredible array of antiques and artifacts, Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth collections. many contributed by generous Chaves County resThe museum hosts an array of lectures, films and idents. Displayed inside are likenesses of early performance series, art classes and family days. prominent citizens who made Roswell what it is RMAC also features the 120-seat Robert H. God- today. For Chaves County residents, tourists, and dard Planetarium, which presents star shows, mul- scholars, the Chaves County Historical Museum oftimedia presentations and offers hands-on activities fers a unique look at the area’s past. for children and families. Next door to the museum are the Historical MuRMAC hosts a number of annual events, includ- seum Archives (622-1176), which contain more than 11,000 photos of Chaves County, the Pecos Valley and Southeast New Mexico. In addition, the archive boasts audiotapes, several business, family and club records, rare books and manuscripts. Museum hours are 1 - 4 p.m. Seven days a week. Archives are available to researchers and scholars on Fridays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. or by appointment. Lt. General Douglas McBride Museum (1-800421-5376) on the New Mexico Military Institute campus has exhibits that emphasize the service of New Mexicans and the Institute’s graduates. The hours for this museum are Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. Donations are appreciated.

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Museums & Galleries The Walker Aviation Museum, located at 1 Terry Smith Circle (347-2464), seeks to preserve a significant chapter in the history of American military and civil aviation for future generations. The Walker Aviation Museum retells the story of aircrafts of years past, through the lives of the men and women who flew, manned and maintained them. Walker is a learning center that uses the heritage of its past to inspire America’s youth to seek careers in aviation, science and space. Admission is free. Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The new Tokay Beaded Art Gallery (626-9809) opened January 2016 and is located at 1407 W. Second St. The gallery is dedicated solely to the world of advanced beadwork. They are also holding art classes. Hours are Thursday - Monday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Phillips’ Second Street Studio (420-5808) is the newest gallery in town and is located on 1004 E. Second St. The gallery, formerly “The Collection,” operated for decades by Nancy Phillips’ uncle, Tom thornton and her mother, Ruby McShan. Phillips displays her original works in clay and features The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, lo- fine craft, art, depression glass and collectibles. cated at 409 East College Boulevard, houses an The studio also features the calligraphic and mixed ever-growing permanent display of more than 500 media work of her husband, Bob Phillips, and other unique works of art created by former participants area artists featuring fine photography and paintin the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. The ings. For more information, visit phillipsonsecondRAiR, Program established in 1967 by Donald B. street.com. Anderson, has sponsored more than 200 artists from Many artists have contributed to Roswell’s art around the globe to live and work in Roswell for scene over the decades and you will find their work one year. The RAiR artists’ work in the AMoCA throughout our town in restaurants, schools, library, collection is displayed salon style in the 12 spaparks and many other locations. cious galleries contained within the 22,000-square foot-building. Visitors to the collection will discover diverse figurative and nonobjective paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures and drawings. The museum also offers unique programming with RAiR artists’ dinners, lectures and most notably the free Xcellent Music at AMoCA series. AMoCA facilities, which include a catering kitchen, are available for rent or offered at a nominal charge to nonprofit, civic and cultural groups. AMoCA is open free of charge seven days a week, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Further information can be found at www.roswellamoca.org and www. rair.org. Roswell is also home to The Gallery (625-5263), located at 233 N. Main St. It is a non-profit co-operative art gallery that showcases the work of more than 25 local artists. It is supported by the Roswell Fine Arts League and the New Mexico Miniature Arts Society. Many business establishments and offices in Roswell showcase authentic artist exhibits as part of the league’s Art in Business Project. The Gallery offers art classes throughout the year, provided by the artists, as well as painting parties at its venue or at local businesses. Discover Roswell at www.RoswellNM.org 47


Sports & Recreation

beautiful, sunny weather all year long, Roswell Whasithoutstanding sports facilities and plenty of outdoor recreational activities.

There are more than 35 parks in the area, including a skate park at Cielo Grande Recreation Area and the Hondo River Recreation Bike Trail (one mile) on the Hondo River. A much appreciated park for our dog owners is the dog park at the Wool Bowl (Sport and Event Stadium) as well as a walking track.

There are three local golf courses. They are located at the New Mexico Military Institute, the Roswell Country Club and the Spring River Golf Course. The NMMI golf course has 18 holes and is equipped with a large driving range and putting green. Local tournaments at NMMI include the Roswell Elks supporting NM Wounded Warrior Charity Golf Tournament, the First Tee of the Pecos Valley Learning Center and more. Designed by Floyd Farley, New Mexico Military Institute golf course measures 6,639 yards from the longest tee. The course features three sets of tees for different skill levels. The greens are bermuda grass. More at nmmi.edu. First Tee Pecos Valley is an organization that promotes good character, values, education and life skills in children with the game of golf. It is a nonprofit organization established in November 2005. More information at thefirstteepecosvalley.org

The Sports Complex, 1500 N. Grand Ave, features not only the Wool Bowl Stadium, but also track, soccer fields, multiple ball fields, public restrooms and plenty of parking. Other neighborhood parks have public pools, basketball courts, lighted baseball fields, soccer fields, picnic shelters, shuffleboard courts, volleyball courts, a splash pad and fishing grounds. Roswell has many 5k and 10k marathons, and triathlons taking place throughout the year to benefit charitable organizations. Local parks are also a paradise for birdwatchers. From the colorful Cedar Waxwings, King Birds, the cute Burrowing Owl (the only owl who lives and nests underground), our State Bird, the Roadrunner, or a rare sighting of the Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron, you will find a great diversity in nature in our area. The complete list of parks can be found online at roswell-nm.gov.

The private Roswell Country Club has PGA instructors, a 9-hole course (with plans of expansion), as well as couples and family golf. Reciprocity agreements with many other golf courses exist for your convenience. More at roswellcountryclub.com.

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Sports & Recreation Pro Sports

The Gateway Christian Warriors won three straight 8-man football championships from 2011-13 and came up just short of another in 2015.

The Roswell Invaders professional baseball team have won three league championships during its five years in Roswell High School is the home of two of the state’s the Pecos League. premier basketball programs, with the Coyotes and Lady New manager Bryan Kloppe will lead the Invaders for the Coyotes enjoying perennial success under their long time 2016 season after pitching for the club in 2014 and 2015. head coaches. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to manage the Roswell Invaders,” Kloppe said. “This is the most successful franchise in the history of the league, having won three championships. During my time as an Invader player, I loved learning about the history and pride within the Roswell community. We are going to have a group of hardworking, respectful men this season who will be well prepared to compete for another championship.”

Boys’ head coach Britt Cooper has won over 400 games, guiding his team to state titles in 2009, 2010 and 2014. Cooper won the National Federation of State High School Assocation’s National Coach of the Year Award for boys basketball in 2015. The girls team won state chapionship in 2016. Goddard boys’ golf has won three of the last five state titles and the girls’ golf team dominated the 1990s and early 2000s, winning 15 championships from 1990 to 2006. In volleyball, Goddard has taken home five state titles since 1999, the most recent in 2013. Roswell boys’ soccer won it all in 2013.

Roswell is expected to continue to be the Pecos Leagues’ No. 1 market in both fan support and onfield success. For At Roswell High, the Charlie’s Angels dance team has more information about the Invaders, visit roswellinvad- won nine of the last 11 state competitions and won a national title in 2016. The cheerleading squad has taken ers.com. state five of the last six years. The New Mexico Military Institute is a college preparatory, four-year high school and a two-year junior college. The college team, the Broncos, competes in the Western States Football League and the Western Junior College Athletic Conference for other sports. The high school team, the Colts, competes alongside other New Mexico high schools in the 4A classification.

“The athletic teams in Roswell have excelled in many areas over the years,” said Roswell Independent School District Superintendent Tom Burris. “What this demonstrates is the high commitment of our students to athletics and academics. Those students work hard to be eligible to participate and in many cases are top students in the classroom. Not only do we have great teams, but we Roswell is the home of two Class 5A high schools and demonstrate exceptional sportsmanship on the field and a small private school, Gateway Christian, that have en- that translates to good citizenship in the classroom.” joyed a fair amount of athletic success in recent years. Burris said the community support for athletics in RosThe Goddard High School Rockets varsity football well is outstanding. team won state titles in 2008, 2009 and 2012 under head coach Sam Jernigan. The Rockets have continued their winning ways under current head coach Mike Whalen and currently boast a 14-year streak of making the state playoffs.

“At any contest that I have attended, I have been impressed with the sportsmanship demonstrated by the fans and the sheer number of fans that come out to watch our teams compete on the fields and courts.” Discover Roswell at www.RoswellNM.org 49


Calendar of Events Every Month

Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

Come join us for light refreshments and fun! You don’t want to miss these great networking opportunities with other local businesses. Bring your business card and a dollar to be included in our drawing. Locations vary – for more information, call the Chamber office at 623-5695.

Spring in Roswell Annual “Denim and Diamonds”

Color Dash

As a spring fundraiser, the Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico and Color Dash team up to bring a splash of color to Roswell. The event usually falls on the World Down Syndrome Day in March and is a 5k run. All money raised from the dash will go to the foundation to help run programs. For more information, call 622-1099 or visit dsfsenm.org.

More information is available at the

RISD Creative Learning Center, 200 W Chisum St. or call 637-3301.

Annual Esperanza House Kickin’ Gala at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center

Annual “March of Dimes” fundraiser at Cielo Grande

The Gala offers dinner, an auction, and a dance with live music. All proceeds from this event go to support programs and services of Esperanza House, Inc. of Roswell, Artesia & Carlsbad, NM.

Annual S.O.Y. Mariachi Fest at Cielo Grande

For information check esperanzahouse.com.

For information, call 523-2627 or check its webpage marchforbabies.org

For more information, call 625-2886 or check soymariachi.com.

This event usually takes place in March and is coordinated by the Historical Foundation for Southeast New Mexico. It honors families and their businesses who contributed to the community for an extended period of time and who are recognized for agriculture, livestock, ranching and the rich heritage of southeast New Mexico. The foundation uses this event as a fundraiser. For more information, call 622-1176 or visit hfsenm.com.

Celebrate the Arts Day at the Roswell Civic Center

UFO Of Roswell Annual Birding Festival

Roswell’s Out of this World Job Fair at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center For more information, call 624-6040.

Annual Random Partners Alien Country Domino Championship Tournamenr

For more information check UfoofRoswell.com.

No age limit, men and women: Recreational, social or seasoned players are invited to participate at the Adult Center. For more information, call 218-2321.

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Calendar of Events Spring in Roswell

Annual Old Timers Balloon Rally

Gardners Market Plant Sale & Show of the Local Home Garden Club

The event usually takes place at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, NM. For more information visit motorcyclerally.com/MotorcycleRally/ Welcome.html or call 973-4977

More information at newmexicogardenclubs.org.

Pecos Valley Iris Society Iris Show

Annual Aspen Cash Motorcycle Rally

Walk for Hope

In 2016 the Old Timers Balloon Rally will take place for the first time, together with the City of Roswell’s new Cinco de Mayo Celebration, at the Wool Bowl. For more information contact mholstun@kagnm.com 624-5484 or check their Facebook page.

Cancer Fundraiser at the Cielo Grande Recreation Center. All donations raised in Chaves County stay in Chaves County. For more information, call 6379550 or visit its Facebook page WalkforHope14

Annual Race for the Zoo

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

The event usually takes place late April at the Roswell Mall. More information at

The race takes place at the Spring River Park and Zoo, 1306 E College. 10K run/walk, 5K and 2 mile walk.

newmexicogardenclubs.org.

Make Time For Kids This event takes place at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. For more information, check casakids. org and online auction at maketimeforkids.com.

In 2016, the first Cinco de Mayo celebration will take place at the Wool Bowl.

Annual Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation Banquet

For more information contact the City of Roswell Parks & Recreation Department at 624-6720.

The banquet is usually held at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. For more information contact Craig Collins, Foundation Coordinator at 624-7304 or at craig.collins@roswell.enmu.edu

It is going to be a festival of arts, culture, education and sports and include the Oldtimers Balloon Rally.

Annual Valley Vintage Motor Car Club Show This event takes place at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center. For more information visit valleyvintagecarclub.com

For further information or to register, contact the Parks Department at 6246720 or register at active.com

Roswell Hike It and Spike It

4 on 4 Charity Flag Football Tournament Memorial Day Weekend at the Cielo Grande Recreation Area. For more information visit roswellgridiron.com or call the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, 623-5695 or 1-877-849-7679.

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Calendar of Events Early Summer in Roswell

Roswell Film Festival

Old Chisum Days Rodeo

The PRCA rodeo takes place at the Bob Crosby Arena, Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. For more information visit wpra.com

Enchanted Living Home & Garden Show The show takes place at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, 912 N Main. For more information call 808-0655 or the Roswell Convention & Civic Center at 624-6860 or visit its Facebook page.

Annual Milkman Triathlon

4th of July Weekend in Roswell Annual UFO Festival and Cosmicon

The Roswell Film Festival honors International Feature and Short Films of all genres. Special sections include: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Independent, Documentary and New Mexicobased productions. The annual festival will host films, special events and panel discussions in the Alien Capitol of the World. The festival celebrates the International Spirit of the Roswell Incident by welcoming some of the best films around the world. Come enjoy several days of great films and like-minded people to celebrate the art of film. The grand finale is open for everybody during an award ceremony after showing the winning movies. For more information, email info@roswellfilmfestival.com or visit roswellfilmfestival.com.

The City of Roswell invites UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join in the celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history. The three-day event will feature guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest, a pet costume contest, parade, family-friendly activities and more. Additionally to the UFO Festival the Roswell Cosmicon takes place with Steampunk features and programs for the entire family and entertainment at local restaurants. For more information, call 888-767-3378, online at UFOfestivalRoswell.com or on its Facebook page RoswellUFOFestival The entire program with all events will be featured in a free Vision Magazine provided by the Roswell Daily Record.

Annual Alien Chase

Summer in Roswell Free Summer Movies

Swim 0.5K, Bike 20K and Run 5K at Lake Van in Dexter. For more information, visit milkmantriathlon.com

MainStreet Roswell hosts the annual free summer movies at Cielo Grande Recreation Area. All movies begin at dusk. Partnering are the city of Roswell Parks & Recreation Department and many other sponsors. Follow MainStreet Roswell on Facebook or Twitter, visit mainstreetroswell.org or call 914-8018 for details.

10K run/walk and 5K run/walk. For more information email roswellrunnersclub@yahoo.com and register at active.com .

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4th of July Weekend in Roswell

Calendar of Events Roswell Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert

The Roswell Sertoma Mike Satterfield Memorial Fireworks Extravaganza

Turtle Marathon

At the Pearson Auditorium For dates, tickets and information visit roswellsymphony.org At the Cielo Grande Recreation Area.

Free Veterans Barbecue

End of Summer in Roswell

American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Roswell at Cielo Grande Complex During a Relay event, people lost to the disease are remembered, and people who have fought or are fighting cancer are honored.

½ Marathon and 5K run/walk at Cahoon Park, Parks and Recreation Office For further information email roswellrunnersclub@yahoo.com and register atactive.com

Dragonfly Festival

For more information, contact 317-5776 or 420-8796 or sign up at relayforlife.org. At the Roswell Elks Lodge 969 on N. Montana Ave. For more information, call 622-1560 or visit its Facebook page Elkslodge969roswell.

New Mexico Annual Championship Ranch Rodeo

Summer in Roswell New Mexico Senior Olympics Summer Games At the Eastern New Mexico State Fair Grounds, Bob Crosby Arena. For more information, call: 575-622-5580

Bitterlake National Wildlife Refuge The Festival is a FREE event! Remember, you must reserve space to take part in the Dragonfly Tours. They will begin taking reservations at 625-4011 early August. For information call 575-625-4011 or check its webpage friendsofbitterlake.com Annual Roswell Symphony Orchestra Labor Days Pops Concert At the Spring River Park & Zoo, 1306 E. College. Free to the public. Petting Zoo for the children.

To sign up and for more information, visit nmseniorolympics.org.

For more information, call 623-5882.

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Calendar of Events Fall in Roswell

Bottomless Bubble Fest

Annual Pinatafest Family fun

Elks Lodge Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament The event benefits the needs of injured veterans and takes place on the New Mexico Military Institute golf grounds. For more information, visit the Elks Lodge 969 Facebook page.

Snorklers and divers try over two days to hold the highest poker hand at Lea Lake and it all happens underwater. Spectators can rent a boat, swim, hike, picnic or try to capture pictures of the unique wildlife.

Food vendors and a Mariachi Mass on the Courthouse steps on Sunday morning. Courthouse lawn, Main and 5th Street. For more information, call 624-6720 or 624-0889

Eastern New Mexico State Fair

For more information about Bottomless Lakes State Park, the Bubblefest and other events, call David Sharp at 6246058 or visit stateparks.com. Locations vary – for more information, call the Chamber office at 623-5695.

United Way Golf Tournament

Annual Chile Cheese Festival

Kick-off is on Mondays with a grand parade down Main Street. The fun continues at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, SE Main Street, Roswell, NM. 22 counties participate in the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. Carnival, livestock 4-H, FFA, Livestock entries, many vendors, live entertainment, rodeos = fun time guaranteed! Monday through Saturday. The event benefits the needs of Chaves County.

Events ranging from ristra workshops and bus tours to Leprino Foods, “The World’s Largest Mozzarella Cheese Plant,” along with family fun and entertainment, arts and crafts, delicious food and a Farmers and Gardeners Market.

For more information, call 622-4150 or visit unitedwayccnm.org.

For more information, call the fairgrounds at 623-9411. See the online fair book atenmsf.com

For more information, call 420-5718 or visit mainstreetroswell.com

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Fall & Winter in Roswell Annual Roswell Jazz Festival

Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit roswelljazzfestival.org or call 622-0875 or 840-7723.

Annual Pecos Valley Potters

Calendar of Events Winter in Roswell Annual Bruce Ritter

Memorial Run

(Formerly Pecos Valley Roundup). 20K run, 10K run & walk, 2-Mile run & walk at Cahoon Park, Parks and Recreation Office, 1101 W. Fourth Street. For more information or to register, visit active.com

Annual Christmas Fantasy Arts & Crafts Show The event takes place at the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, 912 N. Main Street.

Guild Art Fair

This event is held at the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, 912 N. Main Street. For more information, call 624-0257 or visit roswellpottersartsale.org

For more information, call: 575-622-0985

Rio Pecos Medical Association Annual Reindeer Run

Winter in Roswell

Annual Electric Light Christmas Parade

This event will be held on Main Street. For more information, call 420.5718 or email: info@mainstreetroswell.org

Winter Concert The New Mexico Military Institute’s annual winter concert has been the biggest musical event for the NMMI musical department for more than 20 years. This event will be held at the Pearson Auditorium on the NMMI campus. Admission is always free, but seating is limited. For more information about NMMI’s concerts, contact LTC Steve Thorp at 624-8443.

Roswell Chamber of Commerce New Year’s Gala

Annual Kiwanis All Civic Club Luncheon

The event honors all civic clubs that make Roswell a better place. It takes place at the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, 912 N Main Street. For more information, call 624-2059 or visit seeroswell.org

(A benefit for Project Lend-A-Hand) 10K run/walk and a 2-mile run/walk. For more information, visit active.com.

For more information call the Chamber office at 623-5695 Due to unforseen circumstances, location or date changes may occur. Please confirm any event before attending.

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Worship Directory Anglican St. Stephen’s 101 S. Lea Ave. ..............................910.9706

Assembly of God First Assembly of God 1224 W. Country Club Rd..............622.2171 Midway Assembly of God Church 63 Yakima Rd. ................................347.5309 Templo Bethel Assembly of God 221. E. Jefferson St. .......................623.6852 First Spanish Assembly of God Templo La Hermosa 1305 S. Garden Ave. ......................625.0885

Baptist

Midway Baptist Church – Dexter 134 Yakima Rd. ............................................. 746.7953........................................................ Mountain View Baptist Church 206 E. Charleston Rd. ....................622.1019 Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church 700 E. Summit St. ..........................623.0292 Roswell Baptist Temple 700 E. Berrendo Rd........................622.6114 Roswell Primitive Baptist Church 120 N Main St. Tabernacle Baptist Church 115 W. Eleventh St. ........................622.7912 The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church 1220 Johnson St. ............................623.6484

Church of Christ 2807 W. Alameda St.......................622.5562 Church of Christ 200 S. Union St., Suite C ...............347.2628 Iglesia de Cristo 801 N. Washington Ave..................627.7097 Spanish Church of Christ Mulberry Avenue & Buena Vista Street

Church of God Hope Family Church of God 2803 W Fourth St. New Covenant Fellowship Church of God 2200 N. Garden Ave. ......................624.1958

Church of God in Christ

Trinidad Community Baptist Church 1707 W. Juniper St. ........................622.2762

Immanuel Church of God in Christ 1000 N. Union Ave.........................622.6352

Berrendo Baptist Church 401 W. Berrendo Rd.......................622.1372

Ware Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church 900 E. Deming St. ..........................622.0546

St. Paul Church of God in Christ 321 E. McGaffey St. ......................623.1568

Bethel Baptist Church N. Garden & E. Country Club Rd. .622.8182

Washington Avenue Baptist Church 1400 N. Washington Ave................840.1144

Bykota Baptist Church 2106 W. Pine Lodge Rd. ................622.3399

Catholic

Calvary Baptist Church 1009 W. Alameda Ave. ...................622.2553

Assumption Catholic Church 2808 N. Kentucky Ave. ..................622.9895

Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church Fairfield Inn Conference Room 1201 N. Main St. ............................420.3266

Immaculate Conception Parish 400 W. Sixth St., Dexter.................734.5478

Adventure Bible Church 1905 S. Main St.

First Baptist Church 500 N. Pennsylvania Ave. ..............623.2640 First Baptist Church – Hagerman 211 N. Cambridge Ave. ..................752.3228 First Baptist Church – Dexter 101 W. Third St. .............................734.5673 First Baptist Church of Tinnie Hwy 70-380 ......... jackfergie55@gmail.com Galilee Baptist Church 513 E. Matthews St. .......................662.8534 Highland Baptist Church 2001 S. Lea Ave. ............................622.9980 Iglesia Bautista El Calvario 600 E. Tilden St..............................623.8135

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission 210 Broadway St., Lake Arthur .....523.7577 St. Catherine’s Mission 206 W. Texas Ave., Hagerman .......523.7577 St. John’s Catholic Church 506 S. Lincoln Ave. ........................622.3531 St. Peter’s Catholic Church 805 S. Main St................................622.5092 Independent Catholic 24/7 Christian Church Fellowship 424 E. Fifth St.

Eastern Orthodox Holy Protection Orthodox Church 337 E. Sixth St. ..............................840.1282

Episcopal St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 505 N. Pennsylvania Ave. .......... 622.1353

Evangelical First Presbyterian Church 201 W. Fifth St., Dexter ............. 734.5797 First Presbyterian Church 310 N. Cambridge Rd., Hagerman7345797

Interdenominational Non-Denominational/ Other Albuquerque / Roswell Family Church 501 Cagua S. E. Dr.........................266.4468

Church of Christ

Bloodbought Ministry 337 E. Sixth St. ..............................578.1432

Church of Christ 1500 S. Elm St. ..............................622.4675

Beod Moed Hebraic Bible Center 928 W. McGaffey St.......................840.6120

Church of Christ 700 W. Country Club Rd................622.1350

Calvary Chapel of Roswell

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Worship Directory 2901 W. Fourth St. .........................623.8072 Christ’s Church 2200 N. Sycamore Ave...................623.4110 Church of God – 7th Day 1722 N. Kansas Ave. ......................623.7295 Church on the Move 901 W. Brasher Rd. ........................622.7011 Compass Church 1512 S. Main St..............................622.4426 Gateway Christian Church 1900 Sycamore Ave. ......................623.8670 God’s Messenger Christian Faith Center 108 S. Kansas Ave..........................625.0190 Grace Community Church 935 W. Mescalero Rd. ....................623.5438 H.I.S. House – Dexter 300 W. Third St. .............................734.6873 New Birth Ministries 114 E. Hobbs St. ............................637.2044 New Life Church of Roswell 1800 W. Bland St. ..........................622.2989 One Tree Cowboy Fellowship at Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds 2500 SE Main St. Redeemer Christian Fellowship 900 W. Berrendo Rd. RedeemerRoswell.org Roswell Christian Outreach Ministries 101 S. Sunset Ave. The Door 129 E. Third St. ..............................495.9813 Salvation Army 612 W. College Blvd. .....................622.8700 Unchained Hearts Church 914 W. McGaffey St.......................317.3354 Washington Chapel Christian Church 110 S. Michigan St. ........................623.3511 Waymaker 202 S. Sunset Blvd. ........................627.9190

Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Halls 205 W. Gayle St. 1718 N. Atkinson Ave. 411 S. Lincoln Ave., Dexter watchtower.org

Jewish

Apostolic Family Worship Center 1103 N. Union Ave.........................627.2258

Orthodox Baha’I Faith 3111 Futura Dr. ..............................622.5729

First United Pentecostal Church 602 S. Mississippi Ave. ..................347.2514

Congregational B’Nai Israel 712 N. Washington Ave..................622.7295

House of Prayer 412 E. Matthews St. .......................746.6699

Lutheran

Iglesia De Dios 317 E. Wildy St. .............................627.6596

Immanuel Lutheran Church 1405 N. Sycamore Ave...................622.2853 Redeemer Lutheran Church 2525 N. Spruce Ave. ......................627.7157 St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church 2911 N. Main St. ............................623.0519

Methodist Aldersgate United Methodist Church 915 W. 19th St. ...............................625.2855 First United Methodist Church 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave. ..............622.1881 Trinity United Methodist 1413 S. Union Ave. ........................622.0119

Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2201 W. Country Club Rd..............624.1761 Roswell First Ward 2201 W. Country Club Rd..............623.2777 Roswell Second Ward 2201 W. Country Club Rd..............623.4492

Nazarene Central Church of the Nazarene 901 E. Country Club Rd.................420.2907

Life Ministries Foursquare Church 409 W. 16th St. ...............................622.3383 New Apostolic Church 813 N. Richardson Ave., Suite A................... Trinity Apostolic Faith N. Washington Ave. & 17th St. Trinity House of Praise Pentecostal Church of God 510 S. Montana Ave. ......................623.2710

Presbyterian First Presbyterian Church 400 W. Third St. .............................622.4910 Iglesia Presbiteriana Hispaña 300 N. Missouri Ave. .....................622.0756 Westminster Presbyterian Church 2801 W. Fourth St. .........................622.2801

Seventh-Day Adventist Beulah Seventh-Day Adventist Church 106 S. Michigan Ave. ................. 243.6203 Iglesia Adventisla Del Septimo Dia 500 S. Cedar Ave........................ 910.6527 Roswell English Seventh-Day Adventist Jaffa St. and S. Union Ave. ........ 623.4636

First Church of the Nazarene 501 N. Sycamore Ave.....................624.2614 The Neighborhood Church of the Nazarene 1019 S. Lea Ave. ............................623.0201

Pentecostal Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Jesus Christ 1721 N. Maryland Ave. ..................624.2728 Apostolic Bible Church 2529 W. Alameda St.......................625.8779

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Travel Tips in the Area

Rern end of the Rocky Mountains, in the midst of the oswell is ideally located in the foothills of the south-

wilderness and beauty of southeast New Mexico. In only a couple of hours, you can enjoy hikes in our national parks, have fun at our lakes and visit amazing galleries, parks, museums and historic towns you have heard about since you were a little kid. Here is a sample.

For more information and details, visit the Chamber on 131 W. Second St. or at the Roswell Visitors Center, located inside the Convention and Civic Center on 912 N. Main, or like its Facebook page.

South of Roswell: - Dexter/Hagerman Not far from Roswell is the small community of Dexter, a down-to-earth farming and ranch community. You can reach it on the Old Dexter Highway (NM2), which began as a stagecoach route. In World War II, Roswell and Ar-

tesia housed the famous German Rommel African Corps, who were sent as prisoners of war directly to southeast New Mexico from Africa. According to their guards, the POWs loved it here after almost starving to death in the desert of Africa. They worked the land, helped with construction and had more freedom than other POWs. You can still see reminders of their presence. In Artesia, the POWs crafted the windows in the Presbyterian Church. Dexter is home to the Dexter Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, which is dedicated to advancing fish culture techniques for imperiled fishes of the American Southwest. Lake Van, just east of Dexter, and the site for the Milkman Triathlon, has a nice camping site, RV area, a restaurant and a swimming pool.

- Artesia The small town of Artesia, previously known as Stegman, was born in the 1880s with the expansion of the railroad. Among its more wellknown residents is Postmaster Sally Chisum Stegman, the niece of cattle baron John Chisum. Legend has it that Billy the Kid loved Stegman dearly and would often visit her. Eventually, the town’s name was changed to Artesia because of the vast artesian wells that run just below the surface. The discovery of oil and gas changed the sleepy little settlement into a vibrant community. The Navajo Refinery, located on the east side of Main Street, is listed among one of the largest refineries in the United States. Since its initiation in 1939, the refinery has brought wealth and economic growth to southeast New Mexico. During football season, the entire town turns orange — the color of its high school team, the Artesia Bulldogs. The most charming aspect in the town is the intact Main Street community, with wonderfully unique boutiques and shops. Besides oil and small businesses, the town is home to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC); the guarded compound is a city in itself.

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Travel Tips in the Area Artesia is also very proud of its art community. From theater to live music, the community hosts a variety of artistic and cultural events. The museum and arts center boasts regional photographs, Native American artifacts and a farm and ranch display. The library in Artesia is home to one of Peter Hurd’s murals, which is called, “The future belongs to those who prepare for it.”

- Carlsbad Carlsbad offers many fun activities. First and foremost is the beautiful Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The caverns might not be the largest in the United States, but they are known to be the most beautiful. If you are good on foot, we highly recommend walking down the steep 1¼mile (2 km) descent, equivalent to about 79 stories from the cave entrance to the Big Room. You can walk alone with an audio guide, which you can rent at the entrance, or request a ranger-guided tour.

In Lincoln County, every season has its own beauty. From peaceful winter snow, to the renewal of spring, warm summers and crisp colorful falls, Lincoln is a place to explore the beauty of southeast New Mexico.

- Ruidoso The beautiful town of Ruidoso lies high above Roswell on the gorgeous southern end of the Rockies. In every season, it is a great place to visit. In the heat of summer, its cool weather offers a break from the heat of Roswell, and in winter, Ruidoso is home to a variety of skiing adventures. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa at Ski Apache from Thanksgiving to Easter after coming in from a day of shredding powder on the slopes. When you’re not skiing, try your luck in a hand of poker at one of the town’s two casinos, Inn of the Mountain Gods and Billy the Kid Casino.

Brantley Lake State Park is located between Artesia and Carlsbad. This southern desert park is a refreshing place to boat, fish, picnic and camp. For more information go to emnrd.state.nm.us/spd/brantleylakestatepark.html. Lake Carlsbad’s Beach Park is great for water sports and other events. For more information, visit cityofcarlsbadnm.com

West of Roswell: - Lincoln A short roadtrip to one of New Mexico’s most gorgeous historical treasures takes you to Lincoln. Driving through the valley, which is very astutely called “Bonito Valley,” with the little Bonito Creek running along your drive, takes you back in time. Lincoln features a fabulous museum located in the former Lincoln County Courthouse and jail. These buildings are where Billy the Kid made his famous escape.

Racing in the Ruidoso Downs has had a long tradition. It is the only horse track in the United States and Europe that has a separate quarterhorse straightaway and oval thoroughbred tracks, giving spectators a unique venue. Nestled in the cool pines of Lincoln County, the track offers world-class racing in a down-home environment. Today, nobody can tell a war took place in Lincoln Coun- During the live racing season, spectators are treated to 9 ty. The names Tunstall, William Bonney (alias Billy the to 13 races most Fridays thru Mondays. Kid) and Dolan are synonymous with the history of Lincoln. Discover Roswell at www.RoswellNM.org 59


Useful Numbers General Information

City of Roswell Information Line .....................................624.6700 Roswell Chamber of Commerce .......................................623.5695 Roswell Hispano Chamber of Commerce.........................624.0889 Chaves County Development Foundation ........................622.1975 Roswell Convention & Civic Center ................................624.6860 Roswell Visitor’s Center ...................................................624.7704 Roswell Fairgrounds .........................................................623.9411 Roswell Job Corps ............................................................347.7440 Roswell Symphony Orchestra...........................................623.5882 Roswell Community Little Theatre ..................................622.1982

Emergency/Assistance

Emergency Ambulance, Fire, Police .........................................911 Non-Emergency: Ambulance...........................................624.0113 Non-Emergency: Fire.......................................................624.6800 Non-Emergency: Police ...................................................624.6770 Sheriff’s Department.........................................................624.6500 State Police........................................................................622.7200 FBI ....................................................................................622.6001 Red Cross ..........................................................................622.4370 Crisis Line (24-hour).........................................................623.1480 Roswell Refuge for Battered Adults .................................627.8361 Alcoholics Anonymous.....................................................623.0166 Protective Services Division .............................................624.6071 National Poison Control Center .................................800.222.1222

Public Transportation

Pecos Trails Transit...........................................................624.6766 TNM & O Coaches ...........................................................622.2510 Sunshine Cab ....................................................................910.3400

Air Services

American Airlines ......................................................800.433.7300

Human Resources

Family Services.................................................................625.3000 Social Security ..................................................................623.0091 Habitat for Humanity ........................................................624.2138 Legal Aid ..........................................................................623.9669 NM Health Department.....................................................624.6050 HUD ..................................................................................622.0881

Job Services

New Mexico Workforce Connection Chaves County, Roswell ...................................................624.6040

Licenses

Driver’s Licenses & Vehicle Registration Department of Motor Vehicles .........................................624.6062 Building Permits ...............................................................637.6286 Business Licensing............................................................637.6208 Hunting & Fishing Licenses .............................................624.6135

Youth Organizations and Centers

Roswell Boys & Girls Club ..............................................623.3196 Big Brothers & Big Sisters ...............................................627.2227 Boy Scouts of America .....................................................622.3461 Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest ..........................800.895.7390 The First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico .....................623.4444

Services

Roswell Animal Control ...................................................624.6722 Roswell Humane Society ..................................................622.8950

City Services and Utilites

PNM (Gas Service) ....................................................888.342.5766 Xcel Energy (Electricity) ...........................................800.895.1999 Xcel Energy (Gas)......................................................800.895.2999 Water & Sewer Department ..............................................624.6711 Planning & Zoning............................................................637.6223 PVT (Internet, Television, Telephone) ......................800.505.4844

Education

Eastern New Mexico University .......................................624.7000 New Mexico Military Institute..........................................622.6250 Roswell Independent School District................................627.2500 Valley Christian Academy ................................................627.1500 Gateway Christian School.................................................622.9710 All Saints Catholic School ................................................627.5744 New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe ........................................347.3582 Roswell Job Corps Center.................................................347.5420

Library

Roswell Public Library .....................................................622.7101

Newspaper

Roswell Daily Record .......................................................622.7710

Post Office

Downtown Station ............................................................623.9868 USPS Services ...........................................................800.275.8777

Tax Information

Taxation & Revenue Department .....................................624.6065

Senior Citizens

Joy Center .........................................................................623.4866 R.S.V.P..............................................................................623.3960 Senior Circle .....................................................................623.2311 NM Senior Olympics ........................................................624.6718 Roswell Adult Center........................................................624.6718 Social Security ..................................................................622.2667

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Advertiser’s Index

Allen Theatres ..............................................43

Nancy Phillips Gallery .................................46

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ....47

New Mexico Military Institute.....................19

Ballard Funeral Home ..................................17

Personal Care By Design .............................12

Bullock’s Jewelry .........................................41

Pioneer Bank ................................................10

Byco Moving & Storage ................................7

Pro Active Hearing, LLC .............................24

Central Valley Electric Co-Op .....................27

PVT - Peñasco Valley Telephone Co-Op .....26

Century 21 Home Planning...........Back Cover

Re/Max of Roswell ........................................3

Chaves County Door ....................................62

Roswell Chamber of Commerce ....................4

City of Roswell ............................................11

Roswell Daily Record ....................................6

Comfort Inn........................Inside Back Cover

Roswell Independent School District...........31

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell ...21

Roswell Museum and Art Center .................47

Eastern New Mexico Medical Center ..........25

Spitzer Auto Service ....................................29

Frontier Medical...........................................23

Swickard Agency .........................................29

Graves Farm .................................................37

The Gallery / Mainstreet Art ........................46

Glenn’s Furniture .........................................40

White Mattress .............................................17

Hampton Inn & Suites .......Inside Back Cover Inn of the Mountain Gods . Inside Front Cover International UFO Museum and Research Center ..45

LaGrone Funeral Chapel ..............................29 Lovelace Hospital ........................................22 Discover Roswell at www.RoswellNM.org 61


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