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Spotlight: Denim and Diamonds, Part I


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From the Vault: ‘The Visitation’



‘Titanic — A Deep Emotion’







Baby Boomer Expo


‘A Long Voyage’ Part II


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Thursday, February 16, 2017 Volume 22, Issue 2 Publisher: Barbara Beck Editor: Tom McDonald Vision Editor: Christina Stock Copy Editor: Vanessa Kahin Ad Design: Sandra Martinez Columnists: Donald Burleson, John LeMay, Sara Woodbury Get in touch with us online Facebook: PecosVisionMagazine Twitter: Pinterest: Email: www: For advertising information, call 622-7710 Correspondence: Vision Magazine welcomes correspondence, constructive criticism and suggestions for future topics. Mail correspondence to Vision Magazine, P.O. Drawer 1897, Roswell, N.M. 88202-1897 or Submissions: Call 622-7710, ext. 309, for writers’ guidelines. Vision Magazine is not responsible for loss or damage to unsolicited materials. Vision Magazine is published once a month at 2301 N. Main St., Roswell, N.M. The contents of the publication are Copyright 2017 by the Roswell Daily Record and may not be reprinted in whole or part without written permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. One copy of each edition is provided to 13,000 weekday subscribers to the Roswell Daily Record in the third Thursday newspaper of each month. An additional 3,000 to 5,000 copies are made available free of charge to county residents and visitors and select site newsstands, and direct mailed to non-subscribers in the retail trade zone. Subscriptions are available by mail for $2 a month or free through subscription to the Roswell Daily Record. The Roswell Daily Record and Vision Magazine are represented nationally by Paper Companies Inc.

On The Cover


Roswell Livestock Auction


A Taste Of Jazz



Secret Circus Sport


Pecos Valley Stampede UFOlogy


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Looking Up


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Chuck Redd on his vibraphone.

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A Taste Of Jazz

Jazz Festival fundraiser to feature top jazz men.

ship that led to many other projects and great times always whenever I come there. I immediately fell in love with Roswell. I made lots of other friends. It’s really a joy to be in your community.” Asked about the planned program, Redd said, “This is an interesting program because the pianist Larry Fuller and myself have been playing together intermittently over the last couple of years. We performed in New York City quite a bit. We’ve also played on the West Coast at the New Port Beach Jazz party and other events. We also have a great report and great musical relationship. “We’ll probably be playing a couple of tunes associated with Oscar Peterson and Monty Alexander. Also, we’ll probably include a few tunes from a concert that we’ll just have performed in Oregon in March, right before we come to Roswell. I am presenting a concert in Oregon featuring the music of Harold Owen, the great American song composer. We’ll play some tunes such as ‘I got the World On A String’ and ‘Over The Rainbow.’ From Frank Lesser we’ll play some tunes from the show ‘Guys and Dolls,’ which is my favorite show,” Redd said. Redd will not have a lot of time to enjoy the area after his concert. “I have a busy year lined up,” Redd said. “I’m going to be touring all over the place. I got engagements going back to the coast of Oregon, I’ll be in New York City several times playing and headlining Jazz at Lincoln Center in April at Dizzy’s Club. And also playing engagements at a small jazz club in Greenwich Village in New York. I’ll be playing the W.C. Handy Music festival in Alabama — I go there every year. I will be at the Oregon Music Festival in August. And then teaching in my spare time,” Redd said with a laugh. “I teach at the University of Maryland. It’s a busy time, but I am happy to be busy and happy to work with great people like Larry Fuller.” In a phone interview Fuller said, “I’ve known Chuck for quite a few years. We initially met at some jazz parties when we played together and we played around here in New York City at different venues. We kind of have a similar interest in a certain type of music. We have a good compatibility.”  Fuller has never been in Roswell. “I am aware of the jazz event that takes see Jazz on page 15

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he Roswell Jazz Festival has scheduled a special spring fundraiser to take place March 12 at 2 p.m. at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd. Tickets are $25 and available at AMoCA. The event will showcase vibraphonist Chuck Redd and pianist Larry Fuller, two of America’s finest mainstream jazz musicians, in a duo performance. Based in New York City, Fuller is a world-class jazz pianist rooted in the hard-swinging traditions of mainstream jazz. Fuller was the last pianist with legendary bassist Ray Brown’s Trio, a member of the Jeff Hamilton Trio, and most recently a member of the John Pizzarelli Quartet. Fuller’s playing has been described by critics as “summarizing the history of jazz.” Vibraphonist Redd, who has earned a strong local following by way of multiple appearances in the Roswell Jazz Festival, is a highly accomplished performer on both drums and vibraphone. Redd began performing and recording internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio in 1980 at the age of 21. That year, he also joined the Great Guitars with Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd and Herb Ellis. To his credit are 13 extensive European tours and five tours of Japan with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008. For two consecutive years, Redd was awarded “Best Vibist” in New York City’s Hot House Jazz Magazine 2015 and 2016. Redd has been part of the Roswell Jazz festival almost from the beginning. “I remember, I met Mike Francis at the Western Texas Jazz Party, which is a small festival that has been going on in West Texas for many, many years,” Redd said during a phone interview. “Mike invited me to perform in Roswell. I immediately had a wonderful time. He had assembled an incredible program with musicians, many of them my friends, people I work with often. Mike and I had an immediate report musically and personally. It has been a lasting friend-

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Submitted Photo Paul Nevarez standing and Maureen McGuinness sitting as conductor. McGuinness’ train will be at the Artfaire.


Spring Is In The Air

Third annual Artfaire Arts & Crafts Show to take place.

performances coming up,” Nevarez said. “A mosaic fused glass artist is new, too.” This year the silent auction will benefit the Friends of Roswell Animals. Organizer Sammie Lafleur said in a phone interview, “We are in the process of applying our 501(c)(3) (as a nonprofit organization),” she said. “We’ll have it within three or four months. We are a sister organization to Roswell Urgent Animals At Animal Control Facebook page. We have one for them and then we also have a Facebook page for Friends Of Roswell Animals. RUAAAC was founded all the way back in 2013 and I am the founder of that page. And a year and a half ago, I founded the FORA page to give rescuers support who pull animals out of the pound. We support them in foster and help owners get their dogs back. We approve that there is a good home and in addition to that we help people get low-cost spay and neuter. We work a lot with Dr. Becky Washburn-Brown in Capitan. She has very affordable spay and neuter. Once a week we take a whole row of animals from Roswell to her.  The event will take place at the Roswell Civic and Convention Center, 912 N. Main St., on March 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on March 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $1 per person, children 12 years and under get in for free. The organizers are also accepting artist applications for their Nov. 24-25 show. For more information or to get a booth at the Artfaire, email or call 575208-2864.

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ith spring the longing for change and beautifying one’s home is in the air. The annual Artfaire Art & Crafts Show has everything to offer to make that happen. Artists throughout the region are coming to show off their creations for home and garden. There will be metal sculptures and wood works, fine arts, jewelry, rope creations, horseshoe crosses with new designs and colors, paper and cloth mache, beaded and crochet necklaces, fleece vests and jackets, ceramics and essential oils. Many of the artists have been at the Artfaire before, but there are also new ones. They are going to have Sue Maness who worked with Las Aranas Guild in Albuquerque on “Sheep to Shawl,” demonstrating their historic art with spinning wheels. Maness raised a commercial flock of Rambouillet sheep and learned to spin more than 30 years ago. She is a member of New Mexico Wool Growers, Inc. and started spinning in public at the Otero County Fair, Southern New Mexico State Fair, Luna County Fair, New Mexico State Fair, Eastern New Mexico State Fair, Kids Kows and the Ag Expo in Portales, at museum festivals and the Renaissance Faire in Carrizozo to name a few.  Maness lives in a remote location in the Capitan Mountains. The Artfaire will be the first time in a long time to show her art to the public again.  “For the past couple of years all we have done is Billy the Kid/Old Lincoln Days and Fort Stanton Live!,” Maness said in an email. “Sheep to Shawl is the original organization started by Lincoln County

sheep people. Part of the art is shearing the sheep, carding, dying, spinning and weaving the hand spun wool.” Another of the artists having a booth at the Artfaire is Andrea Kyte. “I would be happy to share information about the artwork I do,” she said. “It’s metal casting. I work in the lost wax process as well as direct casting. For instance, by carving into a cuttlefish bone, melting the ancient bronze casting grains and pouring directly into the cuttle fish. The other method is to make a wax model of a piece, encase it in investment then burn the wax out in a kiln. When the kiln reaches 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit the flask holding the mold is placed into a centrifugal arm with a crucible attached. The grains are melted and the arm is released forcing the molten metal into the mold. This is the most exciting part for me. Though I do enjoy each step. Cleaning the pieces after casting is like uncovering hidden treasures.” There will be also seamsters with unique clothing for sale, as well as dried mixes, spices, food and candy. “We’ll have also two food trucks outside,” said organizer Jane Nevarez. “It’s Toddzilla and Cattleman’s Kountry Kitchen. Eli’s Bistro will be inside with desserts. “We got a friend, Maureen McGuinness, she has a train with wagons made out of barrels that will entertain the children outside on Saturday,” Nevarez said. “She will charge $3 per person.” Nevarez’ grandkids have been testing the train already. “Spencer Theatre will have a booth about their

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Submitted Photo Andrea Kyte working on a direct casting project.


Baby Boomer Expo

The annual Baby Boomer Expo to support Homes for Heroes of Chaves County.. By Christina Stock Vision Editor ore than business is booming at the eighth annual Baby Boomer Business Expo & More show that takes place Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, 912 N. Main St. There will be many businesses and organizations dressing up to fit to the era while providing information. There will also be speakers, entertainment and a raffle. This year the raffle will benefit Homes For Heroes of Chaves County, Inc., an organization that serves veterans and first responders. “I started it as “A Heroes Banquet” eight years ago,” said chief executive officer Bob Power. “I had a long-term goal of starting Homes For Heroes in 10 years and the banquets were getting popular.” There were setbacks five years after the banquets started to plan Homes For Heroes. “We became a nonprofit organization in March in 2016,” Power said. “We started with a committee of six people, including veterans, first responders, community leaders and Barbara Gomez.” Homes For Heroes of Chaves County, Inc. is not affiliated with any other program. “HFHCC is for disabled veterans, first responders or families of veterans or first responders who were killed in the line of duty, Power said. “Our original intention was only to provide homes, mortgage free homes for family members of those veterans or first responders who were killed in the line of duty, but then we realized that doesn’t happen very often in Chaves County. We decided to open the doors and help in more than one way. Basically we help with home improvement. We do not help with mortgages, we provide homes mortgage free. The most recent case was a man that needed a hot water heater, he is a disabled veteran and we bought it for him. Everything is so expensive. “Most people who have applied in the last year were not qualified. They had too much income. We are there to help the ones who are needy. It depends on the family if they quali-



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Pecos Valley Stampede

The Pecos Valley Stempede has a new location. By Christina Stock Vision Editor


he Pecos Valley Stampede is set for Feb. 25 at Cielo Grande Recreation Area. There’s a 1/2 marathon, 10K and a 5K walk and run. The 1/2 marathon starts at 8 a.m. The 10K and 5K starts at 9 a.m. “The 5K itself has no road exposure at all. It is all on Cielo Grande grounds. Advantages, the traffic is not there and it is more spectator friendly, so bring your binoculars” said organizer Sara Hall at the Roswell Adult & Recreation Center. “You can see and cheer on the runners in the distance. It keeps it safer and that is one of our main reasons. The 1/2 marathon will have to go out on College Boulevard possibly out on the bypass.”  The logo has changed for this year’s event. It will incorporate the city logo. Race packages will be at Cielo Grande the day before the race at 6 p.m. There will be a map in each package for the racers who would like to check out the race courses the evening before. “We do want motorists to be aware, that the 10K and 1/2 marathon will probably cross College Boulevard and run on the north side also. There may be delays that morning for traffic. We will have signage out.  “We will have the awards after the race, which is the top three in each age group and the top overall winner, male/female in each race also.

Then we’ll have some door prizes afterwards, which includes Peppers Grill & Bar. Peppers is always a very generous and good supporter of our activities and we really appreciate what they do. “For refreshments there will be bananas and water, typical race fair,” Hall said with a laugh. “We also will have water stops on the courses. We have volunteers, like Rita Kane-Doerhoeffer is a big volunteer for us and then we have the Amateur Radio Club who come out, they are all out on the course. We have Chaves County Search and Rescue, Mounted Patrol out there. Everybody who wants to volunteer, we gladly accept volunteers and sponsors, Kymera being the biggest one. But anybody who wants to sponsor us for door prizes, anything that can help, the city is on a tight budget right now, please contact us. “The New Mexico Military Institute has picked up a bunch of applications. Usually around 40 cadets participate in the run,” Hall said. “We tend to have a higher number for this race, because the racers are using it for training for the Bataan Death March Memorial in March. That’s why the cadets are there. They also offered to help us marking the course. I have done it (the Bataan Death March Memorial) many years, it’s inspiring to watch the Wounded Warriors participating.  see Sport on page 6

fy. Like first responders, if they get injured in the line of duty they get workers’ compensation and other help that the veterans don’t get. Their income will be too high for us. They can afford to do the things themselves. We want to help the people who are more or less indigent. “Finding people that qualify is difficult,” Power said. “We have people that applied to us who aren’t disabled, that have a good income. They try to get something for nothing. We have a good committee that screens carefully.  “We want to help as many people as we can, but that takes money,” Power said. “Right now our funds are too low to buy a home for anyone. If that need came up we would do anything to raise that money but it’s hard. The economy isn’t that good and people aren’t willing to donate.” For more information, email or call 575-4206394. For more information about the Baby Boomer Business Expo & More, visit its Facebook page.

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Continued from Page 5 Ethan Thomas Truetken has been running for more than three years and is looking forward to participating in the upcoming Pecos Valley Stampede. “My dad, Floyd Truetken, got me into running. He ran when he was still in high school. He later ran also in the Boston Marathon,” Truetken said. He is not thinking to run that far yet, but starting out with a couple of 1/2 marathons. “I am 13 years old. I did the Bataan Death March Memorial last year.” Truetken said he is planning to do it this year again. “Just the half though. I have met a bunch of veterans there,” he said. Truetken’s biggest goal in every race is to beat his old records from previous runs and to stay in shape. Truetken goes to All Saints Catholic School. His goals are to become a welder and work for the Navy. After the Pecos Valley Stampede Truetken is going to train for the Bataan Death March Memorial. “This will help get ready for it,” Truetken said. Truetken is also member of the local Boy Scouts, Troop 149. Participants can register for $30 before Feb. 24 and $35 on race day. Registration is now available at or stop by the Roswell Adult & Recreation Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave. to sign up. For more information, call 575-624-6718.

Calendar Ongoing Events Roswell Every first Wednesday of the month Pecos Valley Quilting Guild business meeting The meeting is at 10 a.m. at the Roswell Adult Center in room #22. For more information, call Sue Carter 575-624-1854. Roswell Every first Thursday of the month Meeting of the Sand Diver Scuba Club Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. The location changes. For details, call the Scuba Shop at 575-973-8773 or visit scubashoproswell. com. Roswell Every first Friday of the month Pecos Valley Steam Society social Everybody is invited. No dress code. The meeting is usually at Stellar Coffee Co., 315 N Main St. at 6 p.m. For more information, follow them on Facebook. Roswell Every first Friday of the month Downtown market at Reischman Park Call for food trucks and musicians to join the volunteer-driven, notfor-profit event which is sponsored by MainStreet Roswell among others. The goal is to introduce Roswell residents to all downtown Roswell has to offer. The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit



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Roswell Every third Tuesday of the month Sgt. Moses D. Rocha Marine Corps League Detachment 1287 meeting Marine Corps League Meeting at 1506 E. 19th St. at 7 p.m. For more information, call 575-578-4689.

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Roswell Every Wednesday — all season Men’s senior golf tournament The tournament takes place in the morning for Spring River men’s senior golf at the Spring River Golf Course. Call the golf course at 575-622-9506 for additional information. Roswell Every second Wednesday of the month Roswell Woman’s Club meeting The Roswell Woman’s Club meets at Los Cerritos Restaurant, 2103 N. Main St. at noon. For more information about the club, “like” their new Facebook page or call Rhonda Borque Johnson at 505-917-1292. Roswell Every Week, Mon 8 ball pool league Roswell Ball Busters is Roswell’s own local BCA sanctioned 8 ball pool league. They play every Monday night at 7 p.m. Venues are Farley’s Food, Fun and Pub, The Variety, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Center City Bowling Alley. For more information, call 575-650-2591 or email Roswell Every Week, Mon - Sat ‘Lest We Forget: Roswell Army Airfield - The Early Years’ This Walker Aviation Museum exhibit features a short history of the base and many items from the WWII era, as well as information about the planes that flew at Roswell Army Airfield from 1941-1945. The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 347-2464 or visit

Roswell Every Week, Mon - Sat ‘Peace Through Strength’ This Walker Aviation Museum exhibit is a tribute to the 579th Strategic Missile Squadron assigned to Walker Air Force Base during the early 1960s. The museum is open from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 347-2464 or visit Roswell Every Week, Wed Weekly knockout The Roswell Fighting Game Community presents their weekly knockout at The Unity Center located at 108 E. Bland St. every Wednesday from 7 p.m. - midnight. All games are welcome. For more information, visit facebook. com/RoswellFGC. Roswell Every Week, Thu T-Tones at El Toro Bravo The T-Tones play at El Toro Bravo, 102 S. Main St., from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information, call El Toro Bravo at 622-9280. Roswell Every Week, Thu Bingo at the Elks Lodge Doors open at 5 p.m. for dinner service. Games start at 6:30 p.m. Open for the public. 1720 N. Montana Ave. 575-622-1560. Roswell Every Week - Thu Dart tournament at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Open for the public. 3201 S. Sunset Boulevard. For more information, call Mike and Donna Ramey at 575-910-5895 or Leigh Humble at 575-627-7350 or visit or email roswelldarts@ Roswell Every Week, Thu, Sat Live music at Cattleman’s Kountry Kitchen Tom Blake performs at Cattleman’s Kountry

Kitchen, 2010 S. Main St., 575-208-0543. Roswell Every Week, Fri Tina at El Toro Bravo Tina Williams performs at El Toro Bravo at 102 S. Main St. from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information, call El Toro Bravo at 622-9280. Roswell Ongoing until June 18, 2017 ‘Duty, Honor, Art: The New Mexico Military Institute Collection’ While the New Mexico Military Institute has a long history of engaging the Roswell Museum and its holdings, NMMI also has its own significant collection of art and historical objects, including paintings, prints, and sculpture. Encompassing works created by both faculty and alumni, as well as prominent southwestern artists such as Laura Gilpin and Kenneth Miller Adams, this collection is an important facet of Roswell’s vast cultural heritage, and emphasizes the Institute’s ongoing interest and commitment to art as well as education. In recognition of NMMI’s 125th anniversary, this exhibit will showcase the school’s art collection, and highlight the Institute’s interaction with the Roswell Museum. The exhibit opens at 5 p.m. at the Hunter Gallery of the Roswell Museum and Art Center, 100 W. 11th St. Roswell Ongoing throughout the year Art classes at The Gallery at Main Street Arts The Gallery at Main Street Arts, 223 N. Main St., is offering various classes and activities throughout the month. Every Friday is Barbara Posuniak watercolor class for $25. For more information, call 575-625-5263 or 575-6233213.

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Calendar Santa Fe Ongoing until March 15 New Mexico Girls Make Movies grant and Tale Writers Scholastic Script contest The New Mexico Film Foundation announced two new grant programs for New Mexico. The New Mexico Girls Make Movies grant offers New Mexico girls and young women (ages 12 to 25) the opportunity to submit their original screenplays, shorts stories, comic books, poems, etc. for the chance to win a $1,000 production budget and the support of a professional film crew to turn their story into a short film. All finalists will be invited to join the crew on the winning short film. For regulations and further details visit or Tale Writers Scholastic Script contest encourages New Mexico high school and college students to further their screenwriting abilities. Students submit a complete short film screenplay of ten pages or less with a theme of “New Mexico History.” Local professional screenwriters will judge the competition. Cash prizes will be provided by the Governor’s Mansion Foundation. Submissions may be made at talewriters. org/script-contests. The top three finalists of both grant competitions will receive an invitation to the New Mexico Film Foundation gala at the Governor’s Mansion in April 2017 where their screenplays will be performed as staged readings. The staged readings are made possible through the support of the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion Foundation.

Hobbs Ongoing until March 18 New Mexico Junior College Art Faculty exhibition and student art show The show takes place at the Center for the Arts, 122 W. Broadway St., at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 575391-2900. Roswell Ongoing until March 18 Chaves County Senior Olympics local games registration The registration starts for Chaves County Senior Olympics at the Roswell Adult & Recreation Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave. $10 per person. The games take place from March 21 until May 14. For more information, call Sara Hall at 575-624-6719. Roswell Feb. 16 Cowgirls for a Cause Cowgirls for a Cause is organized by Lovelace Regional Hospital and takes place at the Roswell convention & Civic Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free. Registration is not required. There will be health and wellness, spa and jewelry vendors, as well as a fashion show and raffles. Wear your cowboy gear and receive a free red bandana (for the first 300 people). Everyone will be entered into a free drawing for door prizes. For more information, call 1-877-419-3030 or visit Hobbs Feb. 17 Professional boxing Professional boxing by the School of Hard Knocks takes place at the Lea County Event Center & Fairgrounds, 5101 N. Lovington Hwy. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit

or call 575-391-2900. Artesia Feb. 16-19 ‘Drinking Habits’ The Artesia Community Theatre presents the comedy play “Drinking Habits” at the Cottonwood Wine and Brewing. Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancées, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves. The play will be shown Feb. 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and available from the cast or by calling 575-7483444. A cash bar will be available. For more information, visit Roswell Feb. 17 Live music Cody Canada will perform at The Liberty Club, 312 N. Virginia Ave., at 6 p.m. This is for members of The Liberty Club and their invited guests only. Tickets start at $23.58 and are now on sale at Ruidoso/Mescalero Feb. 17 Granger Smith in concert Granger Smith performs at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizozo Canyon Rd. at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15. For more

information, visit or call 575-464-7059. Hobbs Feb. 18 FeBREWary fest The second annual Hobbs FeBREWary fest takes place at the Lea County Event Center, 5101 N. Lovington Hwy. from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be tastes and sales of New Mexico’s finest brews and wines, live music and the “Fast and Foodious” food truck challenge. Admission is $25. Designated driver get in for $5. $35 VIP tickets for early entry includes free pour. Brewers and Wine Growers will put their best to the test. For more information, visit or call 575-391-2900. Alamogordo Feb. 18 Chocolate tasting Join the Alamogordo Public Library, 920 Oregon Ave., for an afternoon of chocolate tasting. You will learn also about different types of chocolate and the history of this delicious treat. Cost is $5 and tickets can be purchased at the library circulation desk. There will be also door prizes and recipes. For more information, call 575-439-4148. Alamogordo

cluded with the concert is the Flickinger’s chocolate buffet beginning at 5:30 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $16 for adults. High school children and younger get in for $8. For more information, visit flickingercenter. com or call 575-437-2202. Carlsbad Feb. 18 A photographic journey in Cuba Mary Louise Shoemaker presents a photographic journey in Cuba. The presentation will be at 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, 418 W. Fox St. For more information, call 575-887-0276. Hobbs Feb. 18 Fourth annual Black History Month celebration The 2017 Black History Month celebration takes place from 2-4 p.m. at the Lea County Center for the Arts, 122 West Broadway. The event features various live performances of music, dance and comedy by artists from all across the U.S. The event is open to all ages. Admission is $5 at the door. The celebration is open to all ages and free for all LCCA members, program sponsors and children under 18 years. Free door prizes will be given away.

For more information, visit or call 575-397-ARTS. Roswell Feb. 18 Mutual UFO Network to meet The Chaves County section of MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network, will meet at the Roswell Adult Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave. from 1-3 p.m. The meeting is open for the public. For more information, call state director Don Burleson at 575-622-0855. Roswell Feb. 18 Saturday night dance The Roswell Adult & Recreation Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave., is having their Saturday night dance at 6 p.m. $5 per person at the door. For more information, call 575-624-6718. Portales Feb. 18-19, 23-26 Musical ‘Pirates of Penzance’ Pyrotechnics including gunpowder flashes, smoke and booms from cannons will be featured when Eastern New Mexico University presents the family musical “The Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan the

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Feb. 18 ‘Play Me’ — The music of Neil Diamond The highly acclaimed “Play Me” — a Neil Diamond tribute, comes to the Flickinger Center, 1110 N. New York Ave. The show features the incomparable talent of recording artist Chris Waggoner singing in the style of Neil Diamond. Backed by a seven piece band and the “Diamonette” singers, the show is a high powered tribute to the music and musical styling of the iconic Neil Diamond. In-

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Not A Secret Anymore The third album release and tour of “The Beginning is Near” by the band Secret Circus off to a good start. By Christina Stock Vision Editor


he band Secret Circus kicked off its new album “The Beginning is Near” tour on Feb. 8 with a release party at Roswell’s Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. The event included an art exhibition by Albuquerque artist Jodie Herrera, who designed the album’s cover. An album release concert followed in Ruidoso at Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House. The Secret Circus tour continues on Feb. 24 in Los Alamos for a concert with the band Gleewood who are crossing paths at Bathtub Row Brewing, 163 Central Park Square. For other tour dates, visit the band’s Facebook page or follow them on “With this venue (AMoCA) we made it available for all ages, not only for adults in

bars,” said Klas Åhman. Together with his twin Joel Åhman and bassman Martin Sternelius, Klas Åhman founded the band as an experiment in his native town Stockholm, Sweden. Klas Åhman chose to become a permanent resident of New Mexico in 2005, when he moved to Roswell, going back and forth to Sweden every year. While the band toured in the U.S. and Europe, Klas Åhman felt the demand for a professional studio in Roswell, which was his next project. Secret Circus Studio took off in the local music scene. “We did everything ourselves, making the first two albums,” Klas Åhman said. “We took pride in making all the artwork, everything. Then sometime in the last few years I changed style completely, I start-

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ed trying to work with everybody. This album has been much more collaborative than all my other projects. “We can use our different skills together to promote each other,” Klas Åhman said. “You look way cooler doing stuff together than by yourself.” Secret Circus works with many artists, some who are just passing through. “I do stuff for a lot of artists, but there is a tight group, a family that are my main collaborators: Gleewood of course, up in Ruidoso, Jones & Miles, Robin Scott and Jodie Herrera now.” Klas Åhman met Jodie Herrera at different concerts in Albuquerque. “She showed me her art and I was really blown away,” he said. It took a while until the band decided which painting to use for the cover. “Until I saw ‘Saskia,’ the one we ended up using,” Klas Åhman said. Herrera uses as inspiration women who went through trauma, capturing their story with an image and symbols. This spoke to the members of Secret Circus. “There is definitely a strong image about somebody who has overcome life and that is what we write songs about,” Klas Åhman said. “This album ‘The Beginning is Near’ has epic songs about tough

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Tim Howsare Photo From left: Klas Åhman and his brother Joel Åhman perform at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art during the release party of their new album. things. A lot of our songs are sad songs. But I am really soon done writing sad songs.” The new album depicts Secret Circus’ journey. “There has been hardship along the way,” Klas Åhman said. Local singer and songwriter Robin Scott is also featured. “It’s been a long project. It’s taken us almost three years to make this album. It has been just ridiculous amounts of work. And it has been culminating now. Everything is coming together at once,” Klas Åhman said. Secret Circus invested approximately $60,000 in the making of the new album. “Even though it is our third album, I see it as kind of a debut album. We’re really starting now,” Klas Åhman said and laughed. “I could have built a castle out of bricks in the desert with all the hours we put into the making of the album.”

The band used all the income of six tours to get funds to buy themselves time to create the songs for the album. “I like this new approach more,” Klas Åhman said. “It is more an artistic way to open it up for others. For the first time we funded it through Kickstarter as pre-sale instead being out playing bar shows. We sold 80 albums already,” Klas Åhman said. “That is pretty good for a first time.” Klas Åhman has a new venture planned for his artistic future. “I am planning on having a solo album out in late spring or summer with six to seven songs,” he said.

Courtesy Photo Stella Modiano, bottom left, with her family.


Becoming American

Part II of “A Long Voyage; The story of Stella Modiano.” By Curtis Michaels Roswell Daily Record he first part of Stella Modiano’s story was published in the last edition of the Vision Magazine, Jan. 19, featuring the survival of her family in World War II at a monastery in the mountains of Greece. Stella Modiano’s aunt lived in the United States and had been told that her brother’s name was on a list of the deceased. When that was determined to have been a mistake, she had trouble believing it. “After the war (World War II) my aunt thought that she had no relatives left,” Modiano said. Once Modiano’s aunt understood she still had family she got busy figuring out how to get them to America. “When you came to America you had to have a sponsor or a job,” Modiano said. “My aunt had a friend in Indianapolis. Her friend said, ‘We’re losing our Rabbi.’ “My aunt started laughing and crying at the same time. Her friend didn’t know what to think but when my aunt caught her breath she said, ‘Tell your congregation to hire my brother and I will pay all


expenses.’ And they did.” The journey was arduous and took the family from Greece through Europe to the U.S. “It was February and the train (to Indianapolis) was slow because of the weather,” Modiano said. Upon arrival the adults got down to business. “There were about 20 men waiting for us at the station,” Modiano said. “They took my father away. We didn’t know where he went. The men told my father that they wanted a rabbi with no beard. They took him to the barber to cut his beard.”  Cutting Modiano’s father’s beard wasn’t the only adjustment the family had to make. They had to learn a new language as fast as possible. “In three months we were able to speak English,” Modiano said. “We went to night school three nights a week. We practiced at home and we practiced with people who spoke English.” By the time the Casuto family was in Indianapolis, Modiano’s aunt was ready for them. “She lived in Cincinnati and we lived in Indianapolis,” Mediano said. “My father was her only family who had survived. She stayed next to my father at the dining room table talking and making sure that he’s not going to leave her alone for three months.” The family had much to learn about their new homeland. “In Greece, we thought all Americans were rich,” Modiano said. “We thought Americans didn’t have to work, you’d find money to pay for things on the floor.” By the time Modiano was ready to start life on her own, New York City had caught her attention and she would move there. She was in her early 20s. It wasn’t long before she had a chance to help someone who was where she had been. “I remember this one time in New York on the subway, this older woman was standing up and I was sitting,” she said. “She was crying. I stood up and asked her why she was crying, if she’d like my seat. I talked to her in English, of course, and she answered me in Greek. I was so surprised. “She was lost. She wanted to go to Brooklyn and she didn’t know where she was. I said to her, ‘I don’t know where you want to go but let’s get out of the subway. Let’s ask somebody who knows, and then you can go home.’ She must have thanked me a hundred times.” It was in New York that Modiano met the love of her life through her friend Leon who had a grocery store. “There were three men who were friends from the day they were born. They were sent to Germany. They survived,” Modiano said. One of those men was Isaac Modiano. After being introduced, Isaac Modiano asked her to accompany her to a wedding. “I had heard about New York weddings and I was dying to go to one, so I said yes.” “The next day, Leon called me and he said, ‘Isaac wants to go out with you,’” Modiano said. “I asked him, ‘Why doesn’t he ask me?’ He said, ‘he’s afraid you’ll say no.’ I said, ‘Sure, why not?’ And we were never apart again until he died.” A few years into their marriage, Isaac Modiano bought the store he and Stella Modiano had met in. They managed the store for many years. In 1970, they moved from The Bronx to Bayside Queens.

Stella and Isaac Modiano had three children and 49 ½ years as husband and wife. She lost him in 2002. Stella Modiano has lived in Roswell since 2016. She moved here to be closer to family members, who live in Ruidoso. She spends her day visiting with friends and loved ones, holding court in any room she enters with her wit, charm and stories of real life adventure.

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last two weekends of February on the main stage of the University Theatre Center. Show dates are Feb. 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7. Admittance for public school students is $3. For more information, visit or call 575-562-2720. Feb. 19 Hobbs Free movie “Young Frankenstein” starring Gene Wilder is showing for free at the Western Heritage Museum, 1 Thunderbird Circle. Popcorn and beverages will be available. For more information, visit nmjc. edu/museum/ or call 575492-2678. Roswell Feb. 19 Live music Keith Rea performs at stellar Coffee Co., 315 N. Main St., at 5:30 p.m. For

more information, 575-623-3711.


Artesia Feb. 22 City Rockfest The Artesia Arts Council presents City Rockfest with five Christian rock bands, including Seventh Day Slumber, Disciple, Project 86, Random Hero and Scarlet White. The concert takes place at the Estelle Yates Auditorium at the Artesia High School, 1002 W. Richardson Ave., with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets in pre-sale are $15 per person, at the door $20 and VIP tickets are $30. Students get in for free. For more information, visit or call 575-746-4212. Artesia Feb. 22 Live music The folk/rock duo Wait for What will perform at the Adobe Rose Restaurant, 1614 N. 13th St. at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 575-746-6157. Roswell Feb. 22 Robert H. Goddard Planetarium program At 2 p.m. the program “Nebulas” and at 3:30 p.m. “Supernovas” are showing at the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium, 100 W. 11th St. the showings are for all audiences. For more information, visit

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Feb. 23 Acting Coach John Pallotta Workshop John Pallotta is scheduled to be in town for a one day acting intensive workshop at the Roswell Community Little Theatre. This event is sponsored by UFO City Studios, Cosmic Interplanetary Studios and Interplanetary Studios. Students who attend need to have a memorized, performance/film ready scene or monologue. For more information and to attend, visit RCLT website

Feb. 24-26 Murder Mystery weekend 2017 The Lodge Resort and Spa at Cloudcroft, 601 Corona Pl., are hosting their annual Murder Mystery weekend. There are different packages available for couples, singles or for those who do not need lodging. For more information and reservation, call 575-682-2566.

Roswell February 23 Live music Wade Bowen will perform at The Liberty Club, 312 N. Virginia Ave., at 6 p.m. This is for members of The Liberty Club and their invited guests only. Tickets start at $23.83 and are now on sale at Roswell February 24 Live music Luke Wade performs at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, 412 W. Second St., at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 575-6276265. Cloudcroft Feb. 24-26 Mardi Gras in the clouds ‘Music of America’ The “Music of America” themed event includes a king and queen’s court, live entertainment throughout Cloudcroft, costume contest, parade, silent auction, umbrella parade, cajun cooking contest, children’s games, food, beverages and many vendors. For more information, contact the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce at or call 575-6822733.

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Alto/Ruidoso Feb. 25 The Five Irish Tenors present ‘Voices of Ireland’ The Five Irish Tenors present “Voices of Ireland” at the Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Rd, Airport Highway 220. The show starts at 7p.m. and tickets start at $39. Singing in combinations of tenor solos, duets, trios, quartets and quintets these lads fuse Irish wit and boisterous charm with lyricism and operatic style: “Toora-Loora-Loora,” “Danny Boy,” My Wild Rose,” and folk rock favorites like “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” For more information, visit or call 575-336-4800. Artesia Feb. 25 Bowl For Kids Sake Big Brothers Big Sisters is having their “Cowboy Up” bowling at Artesia Lanes, 1701 Tumbleweed Road. Deadline to form the teams was Feb. 7. For more information, call 575-910-1882 or email Artesia Feb. 25 Johnny Counterfit 25 superstars, singers, actors and politicians come alive courtesy of the voice impressionist talents of Johnny Counterfit. The performance takes place at the Ocotillo Performing

Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit or call 575-746-4212. Roswell Feb. 25 ‘Jubi-Latte!’ The Grace Choir presents “Jubi-Latte.” A musical celebration with coffee, community and compassion at Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero Road, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Roswell Community Kitchen. Suggested entry donation is either two canned goods or $5 per person. For more information, visit or call John Cantu at 575-6235438. Roswell Feb. 25 Pecos Valley Stampede The Pecos Valley Stampede half marathon/10K/5K starts at 8 p.m. The start line will be at the Roswell Runners Club, 1212 W Seventh St., and the finish line will be at Cielo Grande Recreation Area, 1612 W College Blvd. For more information, call Sara Hall at 575-624-6719.

its Facebook page. Roswell Feb. 25 Robert H. Goddard Planetarium program Showing of the 2013 British-American science fiction adventure film “Gravity” is at 1:30 p.m. at the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium, 100 W. 11th St. The Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is rated PG13. For more information, visit roswellmuseum. org. Roswell Feb. 25 Live music Jani Kosturski and Ted Schooley perform with special guest Marie Manning at 7 p.m. at Stellar Coffee Co., 315 N. Main St. For more information, call 575-623-3711. Artesia By Feb. 28 Deadline for Sara Grijalva juried photography show ‘Reflections’ Sara Grijalva juried photography show “Reflections” is looking for artists. For entry forms and rules, call the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 575-746-4212. For more information, visit



Feb. 25 Free family movie night St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 505 N. Pennsylvania Ave., hosts its free family movie night at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome. Free admission — snacks and drinks, too. The movie is “Pete’s Dragon” (rated PG). In this reboot of the 1977 Disney tale, young orphan Pete flees from his cruel adoptive parents and sets off for a new town with the aid of his best friend: an animated dragon named Elliott. For more information, visit or

March 1 Live music Whiskey Myers will perform at The Liberty Club, 312 N. Virginia Ave., at 6 p.m. This is for members of The Liberty Club and their invited guests only. Tickets start at $13.08 and are now on sale at

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Carlsbad Until March 3 City of Faith — Harold Ferrer “City of Faith — Harold Ferrer” exhibit is at the Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, 418 W. Fox St. The exhibit offers a unique glimpse into the life and culture of Cuba captured by Ferrer. For more information, visit or call 575-887-0276. Artesia March 3-4 Live music The folk/rock duo Wait for What will perform at the Adobe Rose Restaurant, 1614 N. 13th St. at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 575-746-6157. Roswell March 4-5 Artfaire Arts & Crafts Show The third annual Artfaire Arts & Crafts Show takes place at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St. on March 4 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on March 5 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be a silent auction benefitting the Friends of Roswell Animals group. For more information or to reserve a booth, email or call 575-208-2864. Roswell February 24 Live music Whitney Rose performs at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, 412 W. Second St., at 7 p.m. For more information, call 575-627-6265.



March 10 ‘In The Mood,’ a 1940s musical revue “In The Mood,” a 1940s musical revue, shows at the Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Rd, Airport Highway 220. The show starts at 7p.m. and tickets start at $39. A jazzy, sentimental, rhythmic and deeply nostalgic musical revue with lush arrangements, era-perfect costumes, a 13-piece orchestra and the fabulous In The Mood singers and dancers. For more information, visit or call 575-336-4800.

March 17-19, 24-26 ‘The Music Man’ Tickets are now available for Way Way Off Broadway’s production of “The Music Man.” The performance of the iconic musical will be at the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Performing Arts Center on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Roswell March 11 Kiwanis pancake breakfast The 48th annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast will be held from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. Tickets are $5 per person. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit Kiwanis youth and children programs. For more information, call Gabriel Casaus at 505-2638199. Roswell March 12 Roswell Jazz Festival fundraiser The Roswell Jazz Festival has scheduled a special spring fundraiser to take place at 2 p.m. at the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd. Tickets are $25 and available at AMoCA.The event will showcase vibraphonist Chuck Redd and pianist Larry Fuller, two of America’s finest mainstream jazz musicians, in a duo performance. For additional information or to help sponsor the event, please contact Michael Francis, executive director of the Roswell Jazz Festival at 505 359-4876, or visit


morial Death March that takes place annually at the White Sands Missile Range. While still primarily a military event, many civilians choose to participate in the challenging march. Participants get to choose between two courses: a 14.2-mile route and a 26.2-mile route. For more information or to volunteer, visit

Las Cruces April 8 Garth Brooks in concert Tickets go on sale for the Garth Brooks World Tour on Feb. 17, 10 a.m. sharp. There is an eight ticket limit. The concert features also Trisha Yearwood and takes place at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. This will be the only New Mexico appearance on The Garth Brooks World Tour. There will be no sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster

outlets on Feb. 17, only online at ticketmaster. com/garthbrooks or call 1-866-448-7849 or 1-800745-3000. If you would like your event listed on the entertainment calendar, please email vision@rdrnews. com or call 622-7710 ext. 309.

March 18 Saturday night dance The Roswell Adult & Recreation Center, 807 N. Missouri Ave., is having their Saturday night dance at 6 p.m. $5 per person at the door. For more information, call 575-624-6718. Ruidoso/Mescalero March 18 Glam metal Glam metal stars Dokken and Lita Ford perform at 8 p.m. at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizozo Canyon Rd. Dokken officially formed in 1983 at the onset of what would become known as the glam metal movement. Joining Dokken is one of the best female guitarists of all time, Lita Ford. Ford’s career began at a time when women in rock and roll music were often a mere novelty, which may explain the meteoric international success of her first band The Runaways. After disagreements over musical direction with fellow legend Joan Jett, Ford left The Runaways in favor of a solo career in 1980. For tickets and more information, visit Alamogordo March 19 Bataan Memorial Death March Tickets are now available for the Bataan Me-

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Roswell Livestock Sales ca. 1960.

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A Roswell Legacy Of Honor and Trust

Denim and Diamonds event to honor Roswell Livestock Auction Sales, Inc. By Christina Stock Vision Editor


he Historical Foundation for Southeast New Mexico invites the public to honor the Roswell Livestock Auction on March 24 during its annual Denim and Diamonds event at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, 912 N. Main St., from 6 to 10:30 p.m. The award-winning Yarbrough Band will provide the musical entertainment. Catering is provided by Peppers Grill & Bar. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information and for reservations, call Bonnie Montgomery at 575-9101303. The cattle industry is the heart and soul

of the United States — no other industry represents the core strength of honor and the American way of life. This legacy continues at the Roswell Livestock Auction Sales, Inc. for 64 years, with men and women sealing deals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars with a strong handshake. These deals help feed America. Entering the functional metal building on Garden Avenue that leads to the offices on one side, the auctioneer seats and presentation space, and a restaurant on the other side, people get greeted by the words of the code of the West displayed on the wall. These words are framed by proud young

4-H and Future Farmers of America photos that the Wooton family sponsored in past FFA fairs, going back when the Wooton’s bought RLA from Dale and Kay Rogers in 1984. The brothers Benny and Kyle “Smiley” Wooton are only the third owners of RLA. TM Dye was the first owner in the early ‘50s. Benny Wooton’s wife Cindy is the office manager. “We have between us three sons who work with us,” Benny Wooton said. “It is not only our family who work here. Like the Fox family, we have a lot of employees that have worked more than 30 years here. Different generations of that family. There are four or five families that have been

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with us for a long time. “The employees become extended family, including customers going back several generations,” Cindy Wooton said. Most of the ranches in the 400 square miles that bring their livestock to RLA have been passed down within the families. “There is still a high percentage of ranch owners who are descendants of the original first generation,” Benny Wooton said. “In the 1800s, nobody owned the land. If you controlled the water, you controlled the land, you didn’t own the land. That’s back in John Chisum’s time. “Over time, it was deeded and then different families took over, some of them left, some of them came back, some of them combined together. There were large entities out of England and New York and Boston that actually owned the land.” “The auction in its present situation started in the early ‘50s,” Benny Wooton said. He learned about livestock auction from his father,

Larry Wooton, who was inducted into the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2007. “Our family has been a part of it since 1984,” Benny Wooton said. “It is not all about us. We got to step back and look at the history.” For a year in 1968, Larry Wooton had leased RLA before taking over a livestock auction in Lovington. “This area was a railroad stockyard where people brought in their livestock and put them on trains and shipped them out. Over time another stockyard was built here and it was basically for sheep sales in the early ‘50s. The business started in ‘52, ‘54,” Benny Wooton said. In the late 1800s, there were some trysts between sheep and cattle, but not in the 1950s. Many ranchers were combination ranchers having sheep and cattle. “For years and years, they always said that the sheep paid a lot of the debts of the cattle,” Benny Wooton said with a laugh. “There were parts (of the landscape) that fit better to sheep

and there are certain forages and grass that fit the cattle.” Today, RLA concentrates primarily on cattle; they also added a trucking business which helps out smaller ranchers who cannot leave or have enough people to send to the weekly Monday auction in Roswell. There are five trucking receiving stations, three in New Mexico including Moriarty, San Antonio and Lordsburg and in Texas, Van Horn and Pecos. RLA and the phones are manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the convenience of their clients. “It’s the nature of the game out there with the people that have small ranches,” said Benny Wooton. “They have 50 cows they take care of on the weekend and the family works somewhere else during the week. As a result a lot of their cattle work has to be done during the weekend.” To be continued in the March 16 edition of the Vision Magazine.

Roswell Livestock Sales early 1950s. From left: TM Dye, Tim Dye, Larry Joe Barbour, Joe Dye.

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Christina Stock Photo Claudia Bitran shows paintings of scenes from the James Cameron movie “Titanic” that inspired her multi-media art project “Titanic — a deep emotion.’


‘Titanic — A Deep Emotion’

Roswell Artist-in-Residence Claudia Bitran’s exhibit shines a new light on the movie “Titanic.” By Christina Stock Vision Editor he Roswell Museum and Art Center is showing the interactive artistic “Titanic — a deep emotion,” capturing and recreating shot-by-shot James Cameron’s epic 1997 movie “Titanic” by Roswell Artist-in-Residence Claudia Bitran. Visitors have the chance being part of the project until the artist returns to New York to finish the movie. The exhibit will be in Roswell until March 26 at RMAC. “I want to remake ‘Titanic’ in an epic way that is not the Hollywood epic way,” Bitran said. “With no budget but full effort and labor, with collaboration as a


community based project. It is about the intensity of the wanting to absorb popular culture or to mirror it. Subjectivity, in that kind of structure I can do anything. Performance, video, installation, sculpture, animation and painting. “I speak about moments of art history and human ambition today. What are humans doing today to reflect that ambition at that time? It is a very free project that allows me to do anything I like,” Bitran said. The exhibit is an unusual one. “I am bringing drawing boards, story books, backstage photos,

activities done with th e R o s w e l l c o m m u nity, art made by kids from Roswell that I have included in the movie,” Bitran said. “I put interactive iceberg with the set. People will be able to take selfies and watch my movie, People can engage as they engaged with the movie.” It took Bitran two and a half years to bring her reinterpretation of the iconic disaster movie to life. “If Roswell community members would like to contribute to it, I am welcoming that,” she said. “They can be written as donors into the film and will receive a gift.” Bitran enjoyed being

in Roswell. “The weirdest popular culture things have been collapsing on me in this city,” she said. “This whole residency has been amazing. A year of dedicating to what I love. It has been really good.” Bitran won the first prize at the Roswell UFO McDonald’s painting competition. While she was in Roswell she got contacted that she won the first prize for Britney Spears Dance Challenge in 2016. “Britney flew me out from Roswell to Vegas and I got to talk to her,” Bitran said. “This all happened in Roswell.” Bitran is considered a multidisciplinary artist that works through video, painting, performance, installation, animation and sound. She was born in Boston, spent most of her life in Chile before moving to New York City. Bitran has a BFA from the Universidad Catolica de Chile and an MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. In 2014 she was a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting Sculpture and at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Bitran has exhibited her work internationally at the Museum of Visual Arts in Chile, ThisFriday or NextFriday in Brooklyn, Museum of Contemporary Arts Quinta Normal, at Matucana 100 Art space, Project 722 and now at RMAC. Her awards include a first honorable mention at the XXII Media Arts Biennale in Chile. Bitran received the Jerome Foundation for Emerging Filmmakers Grant, Emergency Grant for Artists and the Hammersley Grant. Bitran’s next exhibit is

in October at Plymouth Gallery at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. “It is different from ‘Titanic,’” Bitran said. “I am going to make a replica of the New York skyline but with trash from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. “It’s like a commission, different from Titanic but it still has a lot to do with it. New YorkCity is sort of like a T ita n ic. T h is h uge human spectacle made to carry all this energy.

Hopefully I will get a grant to be able to edit and finish the production of the ‘Titanic.’” To get an impression of the artist Bitran’s projects and video clips, visit her Instagram page @claubitran or her website

Christina Stock Photo Claudia Bitran at her studio on the Roswell Artistin-Residence Compound.

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‘The Visitation’ by Mary Corita Kent From the Vault Roswell Museum and Art Center

By Sara Woodbury RMAC Curator of Collections and Exhibitions


his month we’ll be opening an exhibit of screen printing in Horgan and Graphics Galleries, “Consistent Variety: The Art of Silkscreen.” Featuring the Museum’s exceptional works on paper collection, this show will introduce visitors to the history and process of screen printing through a diverse selection of images. Spanning from the 1930s through the 1980s, the selections featured in this exhibit encompass five decades of artistic activity and innovation, from the Work Projects Administration poster designs to Pop Art prints. In anticipation of this new exhibit, today we’ll be taking a look at one of the featured works, “The Visitation” by Mary Corita Kent (1918-1986). Born in Iowa, Kent entered the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in California in 1936, taking on the name Mary Corita Kent. As chair of the art department at Immaculate Heart College, Kent became an influential teacher, with her classes attracting the likes of Buckminster Fuller, Charles and Ray Eames and Alfred Hitchcock. Kent had already begun exploring screen printing during the 1950s, but her work was largely figurative at this time, drawing inspiration from religious subjects. The seminal moment for her printmaking career occurred in 1962, when she saw an exhibit of paint-

ings by Andy Warhol. Inspired by his use of popular culture to convey messages, Kent began appropriating text for her own work. As a Catholic nun, she created work that was both religious and political in nature, using everything from biblical verses to advertisements and even Beatles lyrics to comment on the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement and the progressive policies of Vatican II. The combination of bold text and bright colors made her a star within the Pop Art world, and she exhibited her work internationally. In 1968, Kent’s career shifted when she relocated from Los Angeles to Boston. Frustrated with the delayed fulfillment of Vatican II and the increasingly tense political and religious climate of the era, Kent officially left the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart to assume a secular life. Her art became more introspective, taking on personal topics such as illness, but she continued to produce significant works. Kent was largely forgotten after the 1960s, but thankfully there has been a renewed interest in her work. The three Harvard Art Museums recently did a largescale exhibit, which included an extensive catalogue, and the Portland Art Museum in Oregon also mounted a show about her. As with much of Kent’s work, “The Visitation” depicts a religious subject, specifically the visit that occurred between Elizabeth and Mary while pregnant with John the Baptist

and Jesus, respectively. Described in the Gospel of Luke, 1:39-56, the passage discusses how the unborn John recognized Christ’s divinity and was consequently cleansed of original sin. A popular topic in religious art for centuries, “The Visitation” has been represented by such Italian Renaissance artists as Piero de Cosimo (1462-1522) and Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494). Kent’s interpretation is figurative in nature, but demonstrates an abstract character that becomes more prominent in her later work. Subtle layers of muted greens, browns, and grays add an ethereal quality to the scene, suggesting the spiritual character that would become a hallmark of Kent’s screen printing. The print was donated to the Museum in 1978 by Elmer Schooley and Gussie DuJardin, former Roswell Artists-in-Residence and important New Mexico painters and printmakers. Though “The Visitation” differs significantly from Kent’s later, text-based prints, it remains an important work within the collection, representing one of Pop Art’s most unusual contributors. “Consistent Variety: The Art of Silkscreen” will be on view through May 14. For any information about upcoming events contact us at 575-634-6744 or visit our website at

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Submitted photo of “The Visitation” by Mary Corita Kent.


Murders on White Sands

By John LeMay


he “pure as the driven snow” color that permeates the sands of White Sands National Monument can be deceiving. Though they look innocent due to their sandy white hue, they are in fact drenched in the blood of several brutal murders. One of the first murders — or rather one of the first that history has recorded — to take place on these white sands was that of George Nesmith with his wife and daughter. The couple ran the Old Mill in Ruidoso, and like everyone in the area were reputed to be friends of Billy the Kid. Ironically, Billy inadvertently had a hand in the family’s death. As it turned out, Billy was stealing cattle from John Chisum and then selling them to Pat Coughlin, Cattle King of Tularosa and George Nesmith’s employer. When the couple later tattled on Coughlin to cowboy detective Charles Siringo, they were called to

Mesilla to testify against Coughlin regarding this matter. Before setting out on their journey, Mrs. Nesbit said, “I’m afraid to cross the White Sands. So many terrible things have happened there.” On Aug. 17, 1882, the family was murdered while crossing the White Sands by two men, Maximo Apodaca and Rupert Lara, paid by Coughlin. Three weeks later authorities found the highly decomposed bodies. The two killers were found four years later in Mexico, the coat and shawl of Mrs. Nesmith still in their possession. Apodaca testified that Coughlin had paid him and his accomplice to kill the family. Lara shot the mother and father, and when Apodaca refused to kill the girl, Lara said he’d kill him if he didn’t do it. Apodaca was sentenced to life in prison while his accomplice was hanged. However, Apodaca, haunted by the screams of the young girl’s ghost, com-

mitted suicide in his jail cell shortly after being sentenced. The next noteworthy recorded death on the sands was that of Walter Good, perhaps not coincidentally an enemy of Oliver Lee. Lee was a part-time deputy U.S. marshal, rancher and gunfighter. The Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in Alamogordo is named for him. Good had been dead on the White Sands for only two weeks, but all that was found of him was the remains of his clothes and his skeleton. The coyotes had picked him clean. Before the discovery of his corpse people speculated his body was hidden somewhere on the property of Emma Altman’s ranch, possibly under her floorboards. When her house was torched, Lee and Altman claimed the other side perpetrated the act, while Good’s supporter’s claimed Lee did it to conceal “the evidence.” The death was mysterious, as Good

Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico Archives. was found with his own revolver at his side. In his temple were two bullets, while his revolver was not missing two bullets. It was over this murder and its trial, in which Lee was accused, that he and the opposing lawyer Colonel Albert J. Fountain first met. As there was no

substantial evidence, the court proceedings never got far, but it was the start of a legendary feud between Lee and Fountain. Following this purge of corruption, Fountain and his 8-year-old son Henry disappeared near White Sands, where his wagon, stains of blood, and evidence

of an ambush were left. Suspicion centered on Lee and Albert B. Fall. The bodies were never discovered. They too might have been buried in the white sands never to be seen again.


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place there and all my friends have come and played there in Roswell, but I have never played there,” he said. “If I have time I would like to see the area for sure.” Asked about him performing at the Jazz Festival, Fuller said, “I am not scheduled, but I would like to. I had talks to come, I would like to, if it’s possible. I appreciate their support of jazz music and excited to come visit and play.” Plans for the fundraiser include a pre-concert appearance by a school jazz band, a silent auction, raffle, light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists. The Pecos Valley Jazz and Arts Festival, Inc.,

dba Roswell Jazz Festival, is a non-profit 501 C (3) organization. Donations are tax deductible. For additional information or to help sponsor the event, please contact Michael Francis, executive director of the Roswell Jazz Festival at 505 359-4876, or visit

Submitted Photo of Larry Fuller.

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What Makes A MUFON Field Investigator?


Looking Up


he popular attitude toward unidentified flying objects has changed over the past half century or so. There was a time when, if you had shown any interest in UFOs — especially if you intimated that you actually believed they existed — you would have worried that your friends might consider you a little daffy, and indeed they might have. Today, though, so many people have actually seen UFOs that the subject no longer belongs to any flying saucer lunatic fringe. Some people still ridicule the idea of UFOs, but their mocking rings a little

By Donald Burleson

hollow to people with open minds. In fact, more people seem to be getting interested in taking a more active part in the subject by becoming UFO investigators themselves. MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network, maintains a field investigator program in which people can study, take and pass the field investigator exam, and get assigned MUFON sighting report cases to investigate. So, what sorts of things does a field investigator trainee need to learn? Many different kinds of things. Given that witnesses sometimes mistake air-

planes or helicopters for UFOs, an investigator needs to be familiar with conventional aircraft, in particular their standard lighting systems. Someone reports a ring of blue lights? They’re illegal on conventional aircraft. One needs to know some meteorology, especially cloud types, to be able to answer questions, such as: Is that a nimbostratus layer or stratocumulus? People mistake lenticular clouds for UFOs and because the typical altitudes of clouds can help one estimate the altitude of a UFO. Many times there’s some mathematics

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involved. Being a mathematician myself, I often try to get information from witnesses — the angular size of an object or its arc of movement — that could help me estimate the absolute size and even the air speed of the object observed. Some basic astronomy is important, too. This knowledge can solve the mystery, if an object is Jupiter or a UFO? There are some general qualities that one can cultivate to be a more effective UFO investigator. For example, a certain balance between open-minded credulity and hard-headed skepti-

cism is a healthy mindset. One cannot afford to automatically believe everything one hears, as this enterprise is fraught with honestly mistaken witness impressions or even outright hoaxing. On the other hand, when one is presented with strong and reliable evidence, one must be prepared to take it seriously and follow it wherever it leads. Another useful personal trait is having a strong scientific curiosity, a keenness to learn about new areas of interest when they turn up in connection with investigations. I can personally attest to this,

since my being called in on the Starchild skull case as a mathematical consultant led to my needing to learn a great deal about DNA, and for me the result has been a deep and permanent interest in genetics. Or, imagine yourself investigating a crop circle case. This would likely involve studying the effects of the phenomenon on plant life at the site. Inevitably, you’ll learn some botany. Investigate UFOs long enough and you’ll end up being interested in practically everything.

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