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Thursday, May 17, 2018 Volume 23, Issue 5 Publisher: Barbara Beck Editor: John Dilmore Vision Editor: Christina Stock Copy Editor: Misty Choy, Alison Penn Ad Design: Sandra Martinez Columnists: Donald Burleson, S.E. Smith Photographer: Charity Czechorski Get in touch with us online Facebook: PecosVisionMagazine Twitter: Pinterest: Email: www: For advertising information, call 622-7710


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Charity golf tournament

MECA Therapies Roswell and The Wee Warriors Project is hosting Roswell’s second annual charity golf tournament at the Roswell Country Club By Christina Stock Vision Editor


he annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Roswell Country Club includes a day of golf, barbecue lunch, a silent auction to benefit the Wee Warriors Project, Roswell community projects and March of Dimes. There will be free swimming and family activities for family members of anyone with a golf team. The Wee Warriors Project is a nonprofit that supports New Mexico families with babies in the hospital that were born too early and need extra help to develop further until they are ready to go home with their families. Wee Warrior provides these babies with blankets for the babies’ incubators — to keep the noise and light away — meals for the parents and other emergent needs. The Wee Warriors Project was founded by Camille Plante, whose baby boy had been born too early. In fact, the doctors didn’t believe that the baby would survive. With her and her family’s experience, she became an advocate for others and helped families in her situation. “MECA Therapies in Las Cruces heard about me and I talked with the CEO. They let me come in and create the program for early intervention, because I had the knowledge and I’ve been working with the Wee Warriors Project, working with March of Dimes,” Plante said. “We offer support to the families. I go into the NICUs; I do floor duty in Las Cruces and El Paso; I am working with 10 different hospitals in our regions from Albuquerque, Lubbock and Odessa. Everywhere our New Mexico babies are going, we provide peer support, resources, information, education and help them.” Other Roswell children’s community projects are going to be funded as well with the profits of the charity golf tournament. March of Dimes will also be a beneficiary to help fund research to save lives. There are several sponsorship levels available. The tournament starts June 30 with two shotguns at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Roswell Country Club, 2601 Urton Road. For more information, call Camille Plante at 575-644-9109 or Bethany Williams at 575-496-9388.

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Ocotillo Performing Arts Center is bringing the story of Noah’s ark to stage during its summer kids camp By Christina Stock Vision Editor


cotillo Performing Arts Center is taking registrations for the summer kids’ camp for “SPLASH!” Craig Hawes, the author of “ZOOM!,” invites children to take the trip of a lifetime with “SPLASH!” — a great new musical comedy version of Noah’s Ark — told from the animals’ point of view. Preston Parrot is on a mission to save his animal friends from the greatest flood in history. The song, “Life is a

Magical Journey,” opens the play as Preston Parrot sets the scene on a busy ship as he prepares to set sail with his passengers. A flashback follows as the audience then learns how Preston came to end up as captain of a ship full of animals — It all started when Preston received a telegram from his captain who warned him that the world was going to end with 40 days and 40 nights of rain and it was up to Preston to save everyone. Unfortu-


‘Fairy Tales, A Retelling’ Studio+ and Neverland Theatre bring the tales of the Grimm brothers to stage’ Submitted “Fairy Tales, A Retelling” includes adaptations from the book “The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales” including “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Snow White,” “Hänsel and Gretel” and “The 12 Dancing Princesses.” The cast includes dancers from The Studio+, actors from Neverland Theatre Company and a cellists from the Roswell Symphony. It’s a huge theatrical performance to include dance, song and strings — and it promises to fully entertain its audience. Casting for the show was done by The Stu-

dio+ and Neverland Theatre Company. Little Red Riding Hood is played by Mackenzie Stover, Grandma by Bailey Arnold and the wolf by India Whitlock. Molly Austin is Snow White, Denise Koerber is the evil queen and Kendrick Davis is the prince and ringmaster. Hänsel and Gretel are portrayed by Simeon Neeld and Laura Ann Laidley. The 12 dancing princesses are Bailey Arnold, Molly Austin, Samantha DeRosier, Brooke Ellen Flowers, Kirsten Griffin, Halee Harris, Denise Koerber, Laura Ann Laidley, Cameron

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nately, the hardest part for Preston would not be building the ship, but persuading everyone to take him seriously. When no one believes h i s n e w s , h e r e s o r ts to a little deception and arranges a luxury cruise on board The Ark. Aboard, a crew of colorful comical characters are found, including ballroom dancing giraffes, loopy lemmings, a band of evil pirate rats and a lovesick French cat. The journey is overflowing with surprises: A rock ‘n’ roll party, a kidnapping, a storm and a rescue are just some of the twists and turns that make this show an adventure nobody will forget. “SPLASH!” combines a fun story, hilarious script and a superb score full of incredible songs to guarantee a production that the audience will

love. The two-week musical theater camp is for kids from ages 5 to 16 and takes place from June 4  to 15 with performances on June 16 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Camp cost is $65 and includes two lunches and two free workshops that are optional.

Lucero, Ada Palacios, Mackenzie Stover, Jadin Ware, and India Whitlock. They are supported by the entire cast of The Studio+ dancers. The Grimm brothers are played by Dominic Batista and Colin Butts of Neverland Theatre Company. Neverland Theatre Company’s president, Maryl McNally, and her musical theater cast ends the performance. Directors for the show include Nicole Dean, Tennise Lucas, Maryl McNally, Leaslee Neff, Amy Owens and Jennifer Wolfe. The ensemble is joined by Roswell Symphony cellist Jennifer Cosman, Kate Davenport, Sissy Mayne and Katrina Rohrbacher. Butts and Batista wrote the “Fairy Tales, A Retelling” narration. The story is based on the original fairy tales written by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, who

Submitted Photo The cast of Studio+ and Neverland Theatre Company during a rehearsal break for “Fairy Tales, A Retelling” at the studio of Studio+. became known as The ture, including German Brothers Grimm. Follow- folktales. The Brothers ing their father’s death Grimm established a in 1796, the brothers methodology for collectgrew up impoverished ing and recording folk and deeply affected for stories that became the many years. Later, they basis for folklore studattended the University ies. Their first edition of Marburg where they was in 1812 and the sevbegan a lifelong dedica- enth and final edition in tion to researching the 1857. Their collection early history of German see Studio+ on page 5 language and litera-

Submitted Art OPAC’s Lauren Austin is the director of “SPLASH!” and from N e w Y o r k C i ty ; Ol i n Davidson is music director and choreographer. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil. com or call 575-7464212. 

Christina Stock Photo Christine Powell as Dolly Levi and Hugh Taylor as Dolly’s marriage candidate, Horace Vandegelder.


‘Hello, Dolly!’

Roswell Community Little Theatre is bringing the musical comedy “Hello, Dolly!” to stage By Christina Stock Vision Editor


he award-winning musical, “Hello, Dolly!” takes place in 1890s New York City as the bold and enchanting widow Dolly Levi, a vivacious socialite-turned matchmaker, works to help her latest clients seeking assistance in finding a mate. Her clients are the cantankerous half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder and a young artist named Ambrose, who is in love with Horace’s niece, Ermengarde. Dolly’s scheming soon involves Horace’s employees as well as a New York hat maker, as she tries to cover up her own secret romantic designs, in Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s musical adaptation of

Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker.” The production of Roswell Community Little Theatre’s version of the iconic musical is directed by Jim Bignell. The musical hit Broadway originally in 1964 with Carol Channing in the lead. The musical won 10 Tony Awards, in c ludin g Be st M u sical and its show album under the same name was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. Revivals of the musical followed with Bette Midler and in 2017, twotime Tony award-winning Bernadette Peters stepped into the role of the feisty matchmaker. Movie star Gene Kelly fell in love with the story and directed Barbra Streisand and Walter

Matthau in the movie in 1969. Asked why Bignell picked this musical, he said, “I chose it because the music is very uplifting. It’s funny — there is a lot of interaction between all of the characters; there is a lot of romance, budding romance — some of it is more like ‘The Importance of Being Earnest.’ It is that kind of genre. Let’s poke a little fun on society, but let’s also have fun with how people interact.” Of course, the main character, Dolly, is trying to get herself a husband and she coerces him through supposed arrangements to find somebody else when it is her intent to marry him in the end. The audience is going

to be included in the Vaudeville-style performance. “Which is something I like to do as a director,” Bignell said. “Let the audience feel a little bit that they are not only here to watch, but they are part of it.” Christine Powell was cast as the witty and strong-willed Dolly Levi. “Christine has been on stage many times,” Bignell said. “She is a character actress; she is a serious actress. She does a good job.” Powell has seen the movie before. She said that the attraction of the role is Dolly’s transformation. “Dolly is secluded and realizes, ‘You know what? I can still live, I can grow and I can still enjoy life.’ That honestly is my favorite part of it. I love the songs, they are very catchy, very sweet. They take you to a different time. I really enjoy that,” Powell said. “This one (role) is a little more difficult for me, simply because I am the center of attention,” Powell said and laughed. “I mean, my name is in the title, so for me, it is a lot more pressure. This is huge and I feel like I have to do my absolute best. Particularly for other women who have done this role before me. Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters who, at 70 years old, is still doing it on Broadway. I thought to do those ladies proud,” Powell said. Hugh Taylor is an experienced actor who recently performed as mayor in Way Way-Off Broadway’s “The Music Man.” Taylor has been cast as Dolly’s secret love — and marriage

interest, Horace Vandegelder. “It is exciting,” Taylor said. “Many times he has been casted as a straight role. I love character roles and Horace Vandegelder is as much of a character as can be. He is very gruff and as a matter of fact, I am changing my voice and talk a little gruffer. He is obnoxious, arrogant, all those things. He’s a character because he has done dumb things. “The one song I enjoy and I am talking about contrast for what a woman’s duties were. Back in the 1800s, they were frail, they were fragile, but they would shoe horses, clean the stables and shove the ice and lovingly set out the traps for the mice. Lovingly! In that song he contrasts that women are fragile and dainty, but yet they do all those things,” Taylor said. Alice Balderama has a bachelor of fine arts in dance and experience in theater choreography. “This is the first time that I’ve choreographed in Roswell,” she said. Asked what her biggest challenge is, she said, “The challenge for me is time, because I am teaching at the college. Just getting here (RCLT) and help them rehearse, help them with the dances.” Balderama will be teaching Steampunk belly dance at GalactiCon this year again. “That is the nice thing about ‘Hello, Dolly!’ It is set in a similar era; the 19th century, the Victorian era. Just without all the gadgets,” she said and laughed. Kathy Cook is the musical director. “There see Dolly on page 6

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Continued from Page 4 of stories grew to more than 200 and are commonly known as Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales. Many of the Grimms’ folk tales have enjoyed enduring popularity. The tales are available in more than 100 languages and have been adapted by filmmakers including Lotte Reiniger and Walt Disney. Far from grim, this original, artistic and interpretive portrayal of four of the Brothers Grimm’s most famous tales is a funny, powerful and entertaining retelling. The performance will be at the Pearson Auditorium on May 18 and 19 at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, call The Studio+ at 575-6235155 or 575-347-8368. Visit roswelldance. com or

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is a lot to do; more than I expected,� she said. “But it has been fun and we have a great cast. They are all doing fabulously well. I am so excited. “I think one of my favorite numbers is ‘It takes a woman.’ There is a lot of truth there and there are still a lot of men with old-fashioned ideas. Dolly is a very new-fashioned woman. She breaks all those stereotypes,� Cook said. “Our production is going to be a combination of the Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler version with the orchestration that I hopefully will be writing myself. You can say there is some flavor of myself because the orchestration that I am choosing to do are instruments I am familiar with and because my son — Berkeley Dittman, who is also assistant director — happens to play saxophone. I have years of experience writing saxophone notes for him because many musicals don’t come with just a straight saxophone part. Over the years, I learned orchestrating for instruments that we have at hand. I hope that I get to have him in the orchestra as he is also the assistant director and he is just as busy wearing many hats as I am,� Cook said and laughed. The audience has three weekends to see the performance at RCLT, 1717 S. Union Ave. June 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information, visit or call 575-622-1982.

Calendar Belen Ongoing until May 27 Belen Art League Spring Show Belen Art League’s Spring Show takes place at the Harvey House Museum, 104 N. First St. The show features art work with oils, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media; also included: jewelry, pottery and fiber arts. The opening reception is on May 12 at 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 505-861-0217. Roswell Ongoing until May 25 Disney’s ‘The Lion King jr.’ Experience Registration for Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company’s summer youth production of “The Lion King jr.” is now open. This program is for anyone ages 10 to 15. WWOB have an audition placement day for speaking roles on May 29th and they begin rehearsals June 4, Monday through Thursday 1 to 5 p.m. Registration fee is due May 29 at the audition placement day. Performances for this show are July 13 and 14. For more information, message WWOB on its Facebook page or check at waywayoffbroadway. com/the-lion-king-2018.


Carlsbad May 18 Class Act 2018 — A Night at the Movies Class Act of Carlsbad is hosting an all night party at the Carlsbad Pecos River Village, 302 S. Canal St., from 10 p.m. until the next morning at 6 a.m., for graduating seniors and their guest. The party offers a safe drug and alcohol-free venue with food, music, casino, movies, dancing and prizes for every senior that stays all night. It includes also a free T-shirt. For more information, visit or its Facebook page. Ruidoso - Mescalero May 18 and 19 Wait for What!? concert The Americana band Wait for What!? is performing at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, Wendell’s Lounge, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road in the evening. For more information, visit

and lab work are wrong on television shows. During this workshop participants learn what’s right. Sisters in Crime is a nationwide organization of authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by their affection for the mystery genre and their support of women who write mysteries. For more information and to register, visit Albuquerque May 19 Military & First Responders Day Military service branches, along with federal, state and local first-responder agencies, will have equipment on display for 2018 Military & First Responders Day from 10 a.m. to 2

Albuquerque May 19 ‘Evidently’ writers’ workshop Croak and Dagger, the New Mexico chapter of Sisters in Crime, is hosting a writers’ workshop at the First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special focus on evidence. So many details of investigation, collection



p.m. at the Cottonwood Mall, located at 10000 Coors Blvd., Bypass NW on the city’s west side. Dozens of military and first-responder vehicles, helicopters and boats will be available to climb aboard for a hands on look. Uniformed service members, law enforcement and first-responder personnel will also be there to meet and greet attendees. This free family-friendly event is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services and the Cottonwood Mall to provide an opportunity for the public to meet military and first-responder personnel and learn how they serve and protect the citizens of New Mexico. Additionally, bounce houses, food trucks and vendors will

also be on-site to add to the fun and enjoyment for the whole family. For more information, contact DVS Outreach Coordinator Joseph Dorn at josephm. or 505383-2414. Roswell May 20 Free Cipriano Vigil concert The Roswell Public Library and the New Mexico Humanities Council presents Cipriano Vigil at the Roswell Public Library, Bondurant Room, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. at 2:30 p.m. Vigil will be playing ritual and traditional folk music and song of Northern New Mexico. Vigil was born and raised in the

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The thespian community and friends of Bob Bergmark mourn the loss of a true gentleman By Christina Stock Vision Editor here are few who did not know Bob Bergmark in the Roswell Community, at least those who went to the Roswell Community Little Theatre’s performances; were members of the Noonday Toastmasters; were members of the Elk’s Lodge No. 969; played at the Elks Lodge weekly bingo, which he oversaw; went annually to remember POW/MIA Military members, Flag Day and Prayer Breakfast; were school children learning about Flag Day or members of the American Legion. Bergmark was in charge of honoring the 100th birthday of WWII fighter pilot Bill Slade and got the Royal Air Force to attend the celebration in 2015. When the health of Bergmark’s wife, Helen, demanded more assistance, Bergmark cut down on the hours of his volunteer work. Bergmark followed his wife on April 29 into the afterlife, merely 8 months after losing her. His and his wife’s legacy will live on. A private obituary was posted on May 1 in the Roswell Daily Record. His fellow RCLT actors, directors and friends remember Bergmark with great admiration. “I had the pleasure of working with Bob Bergmark a number of times with RCLT,” Edie Stevens said. “As a director, I remember being frustrated that he had not learned his lines quickly enough, but he would laugh that beautiful chuckle of his, with his great big endearing grin, and say, ‘I’ll know them opening night.’ He played many characters over the years, but I think ‘Big Suit Stu’ in June 2013 was the last one he did with RCLT as his wife was beginning to require more constant care. He loved her dearly. 


Submitted Photo From left: Bob Bergmark, Shelby Halvorson and Tony Simoes. Publicity shot for “Last Call At Chez Mort,” a dinner theater fundraiser for the Roswell Community Little Theatre, June 2013, at The Liberty Club.

Probably one of his biggest and recently popular roles was when Vonnie Goss directed him in ‘God’s Favorite.’ He was a very clever character, and very endeared to the audience in that one” Carol Bignell met Bergmark at RCLT as well. “Both Helen and Bob were delightful and fun to be with,” she said. “I love that they were devoted to each other for a lifetime. Bob was very romantic and woo’d Helen throughout their married life.” According to Bignell, Bergmark was an important asset in many RCLT plays, such as in “Harvey” and “Last Call at Chez Mort,” “Night of January 16th” and “Never Get Smart with an Angel.” Helen Bergmark played in “The Whales of August” during the RCLT season 1989-90,” Bignell said. “Helen was Bob’s love of his life, never very far from each other.” In the comments on the Roswell Elks Lodge Facebook page at press time 2,273 people acknowledged Bergmark’s passing. Some things are common among the comments. It states: “Truly a wonderful person.” “A gentleman.” “He left a wonderful legacy to all who knew him.” “A gift of time.” “You were kind and loving.” “An inspiration.” “One of the good guys.” “An honor, a pleasure to meet.” “A patriot.” From the Vision Editor: “I will never forget his stories and humor. A true American gentleman with a great presence on and off stage. He will be missed.” “Until we meet again, all of a sudden.” — Bob Bergmark

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‘Wrong Turn to Roswell’ Episode 7: The Secret is in the Saucer By S.E. Smith Continued from the April edition of the Vision Magazine. Previous episodes are available to read for free at rdrnews. com/vision-magazine. What happened: A robot family landed in Roswell to repair their spaceship. While robot father and mother are busy with the repairs, their robot children, Carbon and Iron, chase their robot-dog Rover One outside. The robot children meet two human boys, Alan and Matt, who help catch the metallic dog in the welding workshop of Alan’s mother. The robot parents catch up with the children when ufologist Stanton Friedman walks in the workshop. *** Alan stood frozen for a moment before he blinked. His mind was racing to find a way out of this mess and short-circuiting in the process. He reached down and picked up Rover One, wishing he knew where the on/off switch was when the dog wagged his tail. Beside him, Carbon had frozen as well. His gaze swept over the other members of her family. Her dad was standing as still as a statue while his mom had ahold of Iron’s ear. Iron had a grimace on his face while his mom’s eyes looked worriedly back at him. “I’m sure she’d love to see you, Mr. Friedman. Uh, Matt and I promised to put her newest works away. Would you like to go upstairs? She is on the second floor. She can show you what she

is currently working on,” Alan said with a bright, strained grin. “But, Alan, why don’t you … ,” Matt started to say. “We promised we’d help put the new robots away,” Alan interrupted through clenched teeth. “Unless you just want to go home?” Matt vigorously shook his head. “Are you kidding? I wouldn’t miss this for the world!” he exclaimed. Stan chuckled. “You are very excited about helping out. That is unusual to see nowadays,” he remarked. “He likes spaghetti,” Alan hurriedly replied for Matt. “The stairs are over there.” “If you are sure she wouldn’t mind,” Stan replied. “She won’t,” Alan promised with a wave of his hand. Stan started to walk by them before he unexpectedly paused to touch Rover One’s snout. Alan stiffened, half expecting the robot dog to lick the man, but fo r o n c e , R o ve r One remained perfectly still. Breathing a sigh of relief, Alan watched the older man walk up the stairs. He knew who Stanton Friedman was — trouble! He and his mom had gone to several of the Roswell Festivals and GalactiCon events and listened to the UFOlogist and nuclear physicist. He didn’t know if this day could get any worse! First Matt, then the aliens and then Stanton Friedman paying an unexpected visit. He was almost afraid to think of what could happen next!

Alan’s shoulders slumped when he turned to look at the group that was gazing at him. He grimaced when he felt Rover One lick his cheek in sympathy. He needed to hide the aliens back in their spaceship until he could figure out what to do next. “Well, that went better than I expected,” Copper commented with a pleased expression. “Ouch,” Iron complained, pulling his ear out of his mom’s grip. “I think you loosened it.” Alan tried to hide his grin when Iron’s mom shook her head before she turned and raised an eyebrow at her husband. It was obvious that even an alien mom could feel exasperation. He turned and held out Rover One to Carbon. “I think you guys should go back to your spaceship until everything calms down,” Alan suggested. “I agree,” Diamond replied with a pointed look at her daughter. “Thank you.” “Oh, this is Alan and that is Matt,” Carbon hastily introduced. “They helped us catch Rover One.” “Hi,” Matt said with a grin. Diamond’s eyes widened, and Alan could see the lights in them twinkle with amusement. He wondered if they could take Matt with them before he realized that he was being mean — to the aliens. Reaching over, he grabbed Matt by the arm. “OK, here is the plan. The aliens go back to their ship, we eat dinner and then you go home.

You can’t say a word about this to anyone, Matt. Especially to Stanton Friedman! If anyone might believe you, he would,” Alan warned before he turned to Carbon and Iron’s parents. “Are you guys leaving?” Diamond shook her head. “Our ship was damaged,” she stated. “Yeah, by someone who didn’t do his homework,” Carbon replied, looking at her brother. Iron looked around the group with a defensive expression. “I did, sort of. It isn’t like I crashed us on purpose. The button should have had a cover on it,” he said. “Whatever,” Carbon muttered. “Let’s get back to the spaceship before any more aliens appear,” Copper said, motioning for his small family to move ahead of him. Matt snorted and looked at Alan. “Aliens ... Do you get it, Alan? The aliens are calling us aliens,” he snorted in amusement. Alan rolled his eyes at Matt. “That’s because we are aliens to them,” he retorted, pulling Matt behind him toward the door. “Really? Wow! I never thought of that,” Matt responded. Alan pushed open the door and exited the building. The small group was halfway to the invisible spaceship when a startled gasp caused them all to turn. Standing less than 10 feet from them was another woman that Alan knew very well – Roswell Daily Record journalist and editor of the Vision Magazine

— Christina Stock. “Uh ... Hi, Miss Christina,” Alan awkwardly said with a guarded grin. “Grab her!” Copper ordered. “No!” Alan started to say, but it was too late.  Carbon released Rover One who charged toward the startled woman. He watched in horror as Rover One’s body suddenly shifted and started expanding. The pup’s four legs wrapped around Christina’s torso while his tail looped several times around her legs. His ears covered her mouth, muffling her startled cry when she started to fall. Alan watched in fascinated horror as Carbon’s dad rushed forward and caught his mom’s friend, tossing her over his shoulder. Alan reached out a hand to stop Copper, but it was too late. He

watched, unsure of what to do as Carbon’s dad disappeared into the invisible spaceship with the Vision Magazine editor of the Roswell Daily Record in a fireman’s carry. “Carbon…,” Alan started to say in a voice filled with uncertainty. “Don’t worry, dear. We’re just going to have a little chat with her. We won’t hurt her,” Diamond reassured him before she motioned for Carbon and Iron to move ahead of her into their craft.  “Sorry, Alan,” Carbon muttered as she passed by him. Alan felt more than saw Matt step up to stand beside him. “Wow! I didn’t see that coming, did you?” Matt whispered, staring with wide eyes at the empty looking side lot. “What are we going to do now?” see


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ily Fun Center presents Skate Back to the ‘80s at 6 p.m.,1400 W. 1400 W. Second St., Ste. D. There will be roller derby merchandise, photo propsconcession and a chance to win two tickets. For more information, call 575-6264744. Roswell May 25 to 27 Hike It Spike It The 23rd annual Hike It & Spike It 4-on-4 Charity Flag football tournament three day festival of football takes place at Cielo Grande, 1612 W. College Blvd. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Chaves County. Entry deadline is May 5. For more information, see the Roswell Daily Record edition of May 25 with the inserted Hike It

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Continued from Page 9 “I don’t know,” Alan muttered, turning back toward the warehouse that was also his home. “Maybe you should go home.” Matt turned and looked at Alan like he was crazy. “Are you kidding? And miss this? No way! I’m spending the night,” he exclaimed. “What did I do to deserve this?” Alan groaned. “What am I going to tell my mom?” “Tell her we are working on a science fair project,” Matt suggested with a surprisingly plausible reply. “Pinky-promise that you’ll keep all of this a secret until I figure out what to do,” Alan ordered, turning to face Matt. Matt held up his pinky. “I pinky-promise that the secret is in the saucer. Do you get it? Secret in the saucer? It is just like that spaghetti sauce commercial only with saucer,” he joked, blowing Alan’s brief hope that Matt was smarter than he thought. “I’ve got to go make the salads,” Alan muttered. He did not bother to raise his hand to pinky-promise or respond to Matt’s joke. As they re-entered the warehouse, neither of them noticed the man in the parked car on the other side of the fence watching them. “Wrong Turn to Roswell” continues with episode 8: Unexpected encounters. This episode will be featured in our official UFO Vision Magazine edition on July 1, covering all events throughout the UFO Festival and GalactiCon. There will be no other Vision Magazine in June. S.E. Smith is a New York Times, USA TODAY international and award-winning bestselling author of science-fiction, fantasy, paranormal and contemporary works for adults, young adults and children. She enjoys writing a wide variety of genres that pull her readers into worlds that take them away. Readers can check out her website at and chat with her on Facebook at se.smith.5. A note from the editor (who just got kidnapped by some robots): Smith is going to be at this year’s GalactiCon & Sci-Fi Film Fest, July 5 to 7, at the Roswell Mall and is looking forward to meeting her fans and the people of Roswell. She said that she might get inspired adding more of Roswell’s characters, locations and shops in her series.

Submitted Photo From left: Kim Wiggins and Rick Hale Kim Wiggins and Rick Hale are talking at Wiggins’ studio about the painting commemorating the 20th anniversary of Grace Community Church.


An anniversary celebrated with art

Grace Community Church celebrated its 20th anniversary and received a Kim Wiggins painting commemorating the event By Christina Stock Vision Editor


race Community Church celebrated its 20th anniversary, April 27 to 29, with a charter member banquet, a showcase, a celebration and a donation of a painting commemorating the event. The celebration and reunion included a barbecue, games and live music by the band RetroFit. Rick Hale is the senior pastor of Grace Community Church since the beginning. Before heading into the park to join his congregation for the party, Hale took time to talk about Grace Community Church’s origin. “Our first meeting was with 90 people crammed into a home,” Hale said. “That was the first

meeting to even think, talk and pray about if we should start a new church.” The concept of the church was to offer a home for anybody who believed in Christ and God in a family friendly atmosphere and to be a purpose driven church. Asked what the future of Grace Community Church looks like, Hale said, “Right now the buildings and facilities that we have on our site are meeting our needs. Our vision is to have 10 percent of Roswell finding a home with Grace. That means about 5,000 people.” Hale said. Next to the celebrations on that day, Grace Community displays a painting of the artist Kim Wiggins in its lobby commemorating the anniversary. “For our 10th anniver-

sary we commissioned Kim Wiggins — a member and wonderful artist — to paint a painting in honor of our church and all what God has done in our church,” Hale said. ”For our 20th anniversary we commissioned him again. I said, ‘Kim, at our 10th anniversary you focused on the ministries of Grace. Can you paint a painting that would symbolize our mission for our community?’ He knocked it out of the park. We have 200 signed and numbered prints for sale. We can raise money to do service projects in our community and around the world. Wiggins is a renown painter and known for his bold, brilliant and heavily textured paintings. Wiggins has been born and raised in Roswell. His art is inspired

by expressionism, American regionalism and Hispanic Folk Art. His paintings are found in private collections, corporations and museums, including the Roswell Museum and Art Center. In a phone interview with Wiggins he explained the creative process and background of the painting he titled “The Sacred Light.” “The inspiration for this painting actually came when I sat down with Pastor Rick and Pastor Lendell,” Wiggins said. “We discussed what their vision is for the church in the future. They said that their biggest desire is for people to reach out in their community and love one another and share the gospel of Christ, beginning in our community and then spreading throughout the world. “I took that concept and decided to create something that represented our community. The young girl in the painting is dressed in pure white, representing the righteousness of Christ,” Wiggins said. “She is illuminated against the darkness by a single candle, speaking to the indwelling witness of the Holy Spirit within the believer. In the backdrop we see a full moon rising in a starlit sky. The moon — much like the believer — has no light of its own. The light of the moon is only reflected light coming from the sun. In the same respect the believer must reflect the light of God by his love for others and this light only comes from the Son of God,” Wiggins said. “The multitude of stars in the sky speak to a passage in Daniel 12:3, which states, ‘They that be wise shall shine as

the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever,’” Wiggins said. “A single light can ignite the world.” “It’s been a wonderful church. My wife Maria is in charge of the 4 and under children at church and we just love being there.” In-Home Care Services

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Charity Czechorski Photos Hair and Makeup byTarra Morgan and Olympian Academy; Costume Design by Jan Smith The cast of “Grease” from top to bottom going from left to right: Elissa Featherstone, Jordan Chester, Jordan Moody, Emily Valencia, Kylee Clements, Jacob Moody, Nick Featherstone, Julie Martinez, Katlyn Roe, Spenser Willden, Jonah Graff and Mia Huddleston.


‘Grease Is The Word’ Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company is bringing one of the most popular musicals to stage By Christina Stock Vision Editor


ay Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company shows perfect timing again. This year, the beloved movie musical, “Grease,” celebrates its 40th anniversary and WWOB turns back time bringing the Broadway version to stage at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Performing Arts Center under guidance of director Summer Souza. The musical, set in 1959, is centered around goody-two-shoes Sandy Dumbrowski who starts at Rydell High School. Unbeknownst to her, her summer flirt, Danny Zuko, is a student here, too, and member of the T-Birds group. Danny is hiding the cute side of himself and Sandy is in shock seeing how tough he behaves with his friends around. Only if she becomes part of the T-Bird’s female counterpart, the “Pink Ladies,” will she have any chance of being accepted. Otherwise peer pressure will keep

the two love birds apart. “Grease” was first performed in 1971 in the original Kingston Mines nightclub in Chicago (which is since demolished). From there, it has been successful on both stage and screen. Due to the popularity of the 1978 film adaptation, which made several changes to the musical’s songs and themes — many to accommodate its casting choice for Sandy, singer Olivia Newton-John — the subsequent revivals adopted several of the changes made in the film, particularly the replacement of several songs, and the renaming of the Burger Palace Boys to their film name, the T-Birds. However, in the revival, the role of Sandy Dumbrowski is not changed from the original Broadway production. “We have a cast of 40 in this cast — we had about 70 teenagers audition. It is a cast of all teenagers and only three adults in the show; those are the teachers. These teenagers are incredible and they are working so hard, especially right now when we have finals going on and they have school and they are here working their butts off every night during rehearsals,” Souza said. Most of the parents grew up with the music and the movie, “Grease.” Their expectations is the most difficult to fulfill. “Just trying to live up to — everybody knows the movie so well — so to try to live up to that, even though the musical is a little bit different than the movie, is the most difficult,” Souza said. “Some of the scenes take place in a different spot, like “Sandra Dee,” which Katy (Katlyn Roe) sings as Rizzo, takes place in a park, not during the pajama party like in the movie. Different things like that, but we are still trying to get people to remember when they saw it in the movie theater,” Souza said. WWOB purchased extra licenses to be permitted to include some of the iconic songs from the movie into the Broadway production. WWOB is known for its elaborate flying acts, such as in “Mary Poppins” and recently in “Peter Pan.” Asked if their are plans to let the car “Greased Lightning” fly as it was in the movie, Souza laughed and said, “No, we spent the flying budget on ‘Peter Pan.’” Jonah Graff is cast as Danny Zuko. “I have been performing since I was about 8 years old,” he said. “I didn’t start with WWOB since the last production of ‘Peter Pan.’ My mom was always a huge fan of ‘Grease.’ So I knew about it a long time before — I really didn’t see it until I heard about the auditions for Grease, so I really wanted to watch it to see what it really was,” Graff said. One of the strongest alpha-female roles in the musical is the character of Rizzo — a tough Italian girl who developed a hard shell around a soft heart. She can’t stop making fun of Sandy, which comes out especially in the song “Sandra Dee.” Rizzo has been cast with Katlyn Roe. “This is my first production ever. My sister, Abby, was in a lot of musicals. It always looked fun. I thought, I can do that, and then I saw that they were doing ‘Grease’ and I wanted to try. If I never try, I don’t know if I can do it. So I went to the audition and I got a part. I was pretty excited,” Roe said. Both 18-year-old actors have a message to the kids in Roswell, “‘Grease’ is going to be a really, really

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great show,” Graff said. “I encourage everybody to see it because it’s a lot of fun.” With a grin and a wink, Rizzo, aka Roe, said, “I second that.” The public has two weekends to see the iconic musical at ENMU-R-PAC, 52 University Blvd., June 15 to 17 and June 22 to 24, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 575-317-0157.

Submitted Photo Hagerman Oldtimers’ Day Outhouse Race 2016. The race is a favorite for all ages.


Hagerman Old Timer’s Day The Hagerman community is inviting the public to its bi-annual festival Submitted


agerman’s community festival Oldtimers’ Day, June 16, is celebrated bi-annually in the even-numbered years. The day is celebrated with a parade, food, contests, arts and crafts, music, reunions, dancing and the world-famous outhouse races. The Hagerman’s outhouse race has been recognized by national news networks. Hagerman Old Timers’ Day invites citizens

back to their hometown to fellowship and opens its doors for neighboring communities to join in the festivities as well. Next to the activities, vendors set up at the Merchant Market in the Lindell Andrews Community Center, 501 E Argyle St. A silent auction benefits the non-profit Hagerman Old Timers’ Association working on the OTD festival 2020. Deadline to sign up for see


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Christina Stock Photo The information tent was the center of festivities last year at the UFO Festival. Volunteers are needed for the upcoming UFO Festival, GalactiCon and Sci-Fi Film Fest.


Putting up a festival takes a team

A preview of the upcoming UFO Festival By Christina Stock Vision Editor ave you ever wondered how R o s w e l l ’ s f e stivals — including the world-famous UFO Festival, GalactiCon and SciFi Film Fest — are put in place? It takes a lot of work, organizing talent and enthusiasm, which is provided by a team of unpaid volunteers. This year is especially hard for the organizers, since there have been changes made in the use of lodging taxes. This, however, is just a hurdle to overcome with creativity and help from the community. One of those volunteers is Juliana Halvorson who organizes the organizers for the upcoming festival that takes place from July 5 to July 8. Halvorson and executive director of MainStreet Roswell, Kathy Lay, as well as Elaine Mayfield (GalactiCon and Sci-Fi Film Fest) took time to discuss what


is still needed, what will be new and what the community can do to help. All events needed are volunteers. Volunteer forms are found on each website. “We need volunteers to do pretty much everything,” Halvorson said. “From picking up trash to greeting customers and being ambassadors for the city; to know the scheduling and let people know what’s coming up at the events and help with the kids’ area.” Lay said, “We not only need volunteers at the Festival but before.” This year, the popular station for making alien aluminum hats will return. Asked what event will be new downtown, Halvorson said, “The Runyan Petting Zoo, they are new. We never had them before. We have — I am still waiting to hear from NASA — a real space suit that has steps

so people can take selfies inside of it — looking like they are floating. We’ll have a backdrop so they will look as if they are in space. NASA has so many neat things that you can get and that is one of them.” During the last MainStreet Roswell First Friday events downtown, participants started painting small rocks. There is only one more First Friday event left to paint stones. They are going to be used during the UFO Festival. “We’ll hide them around town and people can keep them,” Lay said. Musical headliners performing will be Curtis Grimes on Friday and Drake Hayes on Saturday. “Stanton Friedman will be the grand marshal of the parade and we are using the Pearson (the New Mexico Military Institute’s auditorium) the whole day,” Lay said.

“We also will have experimental kinds of attractions, like an alien landscape you have to work your way through. It is not an escape room, it is more like an adventure experience,” Lay said. In charge of the musical acts is local musician Marie Manning. “Marie Manning did a great job bringing in musicians,” Lay said. “Her company is Dancing Light Promotion. She was phenomenal. She does it for free as a volunteer. She gave up her spot to sing so she could bring in another entertainer.” With the funding down due to the changes for the lodging taxes, creativity spurred a new idea for the UFO Festival, Galacticon and SciFi Film Fest. “We are doing something different this year,” Lay said. “We are offering naming rights for different events and locations during the festival. Sponsors can actually claim some of the unclaimed events.” Open at time of publication are several events at the GalactiCon, the water misters downtown, the main stage and the parade to name a few. A list of the open spots is available on the websites of the events. The spaces downtown for food trucks are full, however, there is still space available for regular booths downtown and at the Galacticon in the Roswell Mall. Guy Malone is one of the organizers with speakers at the mall. This year he is doing something different. “I’m working with GalactiCon for a movie showing, which I’m in. Joe Jordan from last year is also in it and also returning to talk,” Malone said in an email.

Award-winning cosplayer Jessie Arntz and Steampunk Master of Ceremonies guest celebrity will be Jim Trent. The Sci-Fi Film Fest will be showing at the Galaxy 8 movies at the mall. “There will be a new event at GalactiCon. There is a trivia group and they do trivia questions on sci-fi and old TV

shows and movies and they give out prizes. It is a lot of fun.” For more information, visit ufofestivalroswell. com or roswellfilmcon. com.


Continued from Page 12 the parade is 9 a.m. on the festival day. Entries have to be mailed or brought in or presented at the parade. Each entry must display an assigned number in a highly visible location. Participants arriving later than 9:30 a.m. are still welcomed to join the parade, but will not be eligible for prizes. Costume guidelines: Participants are asked to dress up like an old timer from the decade of their choice. Clothing style and age of the fabricated old timer is up to the participants. Contest ages are 0 to 12. This is a family show, the organizers ask to keep costumes appropriate. Costume contest participants will walk from Cambridge St. to the stage that will be located in the community center parking lot. This is where winners will be announced. A special highlight this year will be the first Hagerman Oldtimers’ Car and Bike Show. The Hagerman Old Timers’ Outhouse Race takes place at the football stadium. It is one of the most popular events that day. This year the theme is “Our Roots-Our Heritage.” Contestants are asked to check in by 12:30 p.m. and the race starts at 1 p.m. For further information, visit oldtimersday. org or contact Jessica Kirk at 575-703-4018, or via Facebook.

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‘Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective’ The Roswell Museum and Art Center presents a rare view into Henriette wyeth’s and Peter Hurd’s work that has never been shown in Roswell. By Christina Stock Vision Editor


enriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd are wellknown for their works and life in Roswell and the Southwest; their paintings can be seen at the Roswell Museum and Art Center and in the Hurd-La Rinconada Gallery in San Patricio where both artists moved from Wyeth’s home in Pennsylvania. Hurd (1904-1984) and Wyeth (1907-1997) were important contributors to the arts of both the Philadelphia region and the Southwest. Hurd, a native of Roswell, studied with N.C. Wyeth in Chadds Ford during the 1920s. While there, he met Wyeth’s eldest daughter, Henriette, a talented painter whose lyrical large-scale canvases had quickly earned her critical recognition following her graduation from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Both worked together with Henriette Wyeth’s younger brother Andrew under N.C. Wyeth. Hurd and Henriette Wyeth married in 1929. After going back and forth between New Mexico and Pennsylvania, the couple permanently moved to their ranch in Hondo Valley in 1940. While Wyeth and Hurd achieved great recognition in the Southwest, they were forgotten in the north,

mostly because Wyeth’s father N.C. Wyeth and her younger brother Andrew overshadowed Henriette Wyeth’s work with time. Early works of Wyeth and Hurd during their time in Pennsylvania are mostly unknown in New Mexico just as their later work never appeared to the public in Pennsylvania. “Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective” brings both artists works together — a first since 1967. This unique new retrospective is the project of two curators, Kristen M. Jensen, former Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest, chief curator at the James A. Michener Museum of Art in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Sara Woodbury, curator of collections and exhibitions at RMAC. “Kirsten called me about doing a show on Hurd and Wyeth in the summer of 2014,” Woodbury said. “She had gotten the idea from Anna B. McCoy, an artist and the niece of Henriette Wyeth. I thought it was an important project and agreed to collaborate.” Asked about the focus of the exhibition, Woodbury said, “‘Magical and Real’ explores how both Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd established independent artistic voices within the Wyeth family. N.C. Wyeth, Henriette’s father and Peter’s teacher, was one of the most celebrated American illustrators of the early 20th century, creating dynamic illustrations for “Treasure Island,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “The Odyssey,” and more. He was both a strong artist and personality. Peter and Henriette were both profoundly influenced by him, but they also wanted to set themselves apart from him artistically, and did so in different ways. Henriette found her voice through Modernism, using abstraction to create beautiful, provocative compositions that explore her personal experiences as a woman artist in the 20th century. Her works became more naturalistic after she settled in New Mexico, but she continued to use unusual compositions and arrangements to create works that explore the magical qualities of the everyday world. Peter expressed himself artistically through the New Mexico landscape. He applied what he had learned from the Wyeths to the land he knew intimately, creating works that both underscore the unique beauty of the Southwest and demonstrate his deep knowledge of its ecology and cultures. Viewers in Roswell will be surprised by the variety of work on view. “Roswell and its neighboring communities in southeast New Mexico have long recognized the importance of Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth, and are quite familiar with their southwestern work,” Woodbury said. “What this exhibition aims to do is introduce our visitors to the national scope of their careers, and I think viewers will really appreciate the variety of both their oeuvres. From Wyeth, you’ll get to see several beautiful examples of portraits and still lifes. You’ll also get to see her deeply evocative fantasy scenes, works that are very different from the more naturalistic paintings she did in New Mexico. From Hurd, you’ll get to see examples of the early work he did in Pennsylvania, including illustrations that really reflect the influence of N.C. Wyeth. There are also several egg tempera paintings in the exhibition, so viewers will

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get to see some new works alongside old favorites from our collection.” This exhibit is four years in the making and both curators can be proud about this Herculean achievement. Asked about what Woodbury is most proud of, she said, “As an art historian, I’m proud of the work I’ve done on this show. As my co-curator and I learned through our research, Peter Hurd and Henriette Wyeth are nationally significant artists, but they aren’t that well-known outside of New Mexico. My hope is that this exhibition isn’t an end-all project, but a means for other scholars and writers to get into their work. I hope Magical and Real is just the first of many scholarly exhibitions and publications to explore the work of these two important artists. “As a curator, it’s been really gratifying to not only share the work of these two important artists, but also to introduce the Roswell Museum’s collection to a broader public. Our collection comprises about a quarter of the show, so we’ve got a very good representation. When this exhibition was on view in Pennsylvania this winter, there were likely a lot of visitors going through who weren’t especially familiar with the Roswell Museum. Now they know we’ve got a remarkable collection and that we’re definitely worth a visit.” The opening reception will be on June 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at RMAC, 100 W. 11th St. The next day, on June 16 at 2 p.m., a panel discussion with the co-curators, Jensen and Woodbury, takes place at the RMAC, followed at 3 p.m. by the lecture, “The Life and Work of Henriette Wyeth,” given by Jensen. For more information, visit Exhibitions or call 575-624-6744.

Submitted Art Above left: Henriette Wyeth, “Yellow Pony.” Below right: Peter Hurd, “Tom Encounters A Newcomer.”

Photo courtesy of the Historical Society for Southeast New Mexico. Roswell Post Office between Third and Fourth streets on North Richardson street, built in 1912. This is where the first classes of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell were held.


ENMU-R celebrates diamond jubilee

Part II of Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell’s 60th anniversary. By Christina Stock Vision Editor


n the last edition of the Vision Magazine Elvis Fleming and Judy Armstrong recall their early memories as teachers at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. According to Armstrong the faculty and students were a tight group. “We got to know each other. We all did a good job,” Armstrong said. “There were very few programs. We had nursing, we had electronics and the aviations. We had art, but it wasn’t as big. Nursing was probably our biggest program.“The Roswell Woman’s Club gave scholarships even then. They are wonderful ladies,” Armstrong said. “As you get old, you tend to remember things rosier than they were. You let go of the negative stuff and see it a

different way and I am happy to see it that way. I am an optimistic person. I am very proud of it.” Though Armstrong is enjoying her retirement since 2008, she still identifies with ENMU-R. “I can tell you the nursing program is outstanding. We still have not enough nurses. It’s good that we are here.” If you ask anybody who has worked or is working at ENMU-R who the most important person is in the history of the college was, everybody agrees that it was Loyd R. Hughes. He served as provost of ENMU-R longer than any other chief executive officer of the campus 1980-1996). Hughes is a native of Portales. He graduated New Mexico State University and continued his education at the University of Illinois.

“I got my doctor in education in ‘68 at the ripe old age of 28,” Hughes said. Asked how he came to Roswell, he said, “After 12 years working around the States at other community colleges, they were looking for a CEO here, and I was too young and naive and didn’t know any better so I took the position. “In retrospect, that is how we accomplished so many things here, we didn’t know it couldn’t be done. We just did it anyway,” Hughes said and laughed. “I knew what I was getting into because it’s an Air Force Base; all the facilities were pretty run down, but of course, I didn’t know the extent. There was lack of organization. ... The institution was in trouble with North Central Accrediting Association. They were under a mandate

to get things better organized,” Hughes said. “We ended the first year after I started (April 15, 1980) in June 30 with $750,000 in the red,” Hughes said. “I promised the board of regents, the president, that we never get into the red again and we weren’t, all the years in my tenure there. “We went through periods of severe increases in enrollment as well as decreases. We had to go through what we call reduction enforce programs, policies and things like that. We were especially affected by the fact that we had developed, due to all the industry interest in the program and motivation, the oilfield training center. It was a significant part of our enrollment and our programming in the early ‘80s and when the bottom fell out of the oil industry, ‘83, ‘84 ... in a couple of years we were down to 100 students,” Hughes said. “Luckily ... the faculty as a whole were very professional and they were very well qualified,” Hughes said. Asked what he enjoyed the most, Hughes said, “I think just the fact — and I don’t mean this to be critical — that the institution was in such a bad shape that there was no way to go but up. The development of the masterplan and the passage of the first $5 million bond issue was a significant step forward because that gave us the matching funds for state appropriation when they started building the program. Luckily the state had a lot of money, quite a bit money during that time, again from oil and gas.” Hughes feels still strongly about his time

at ENMU-R. “I guess it was always a sense of pride to go to work at a campus when you had the hand on developing that campus. It is a nice modern facility, people were confident and you enjoy a much better image around the state,” he said. Hughes still follows news involving ENMU-R, and is concerned about recent developments. “One of the things that led to the demise of one of the presidents I served under was his interest to try to take over the programming and the budgeting of the Roswell and Clovis campus under the rubric of ENMU Portales,” he said. “That didn’t go over well. Clovis became independent while the issue of independence failed down here. Clearly indicated to the board of regents that there is a lack of interest in that kind of approach to running the Roswell campus as well as the Clovis campus “They made some administrative changes up there and the new presidents, the two I served under, both understood the need of giving the Roswell campus the flexibility to do its own budgeting, own programming, all under the rubric of ENMU, but not under control. What concerns me somewhat now is the latest move about a new president of Eastern to put administrators in Portales in charge of overseeing or controlling the curriculum, the budgeting and facilities — all those same things that came up several years ago. I think that’s the only issue that might clamp the future of ENMU-R. According to ENMUR’s College Development Director, Donna Oracion, ENMU-R will

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Submitted Photo Loyd R. Hughes, provost of ENMU-R (1980 to 1996). be searching for a new permanent president, as John Madden has announced his retirement and Steven Gamble (ENMU President Emeritus who served for 16 years as ENMU system President in Portales) is now serving as the interim president until a new president begins. The target date for that is Aug. 15. After about 10 years under Dr. Madden’s leadership, the campus will begin a new era of leadership. “If the General Obligation Bond for NM Higher Education projects is approved by voters in November, the campus will receive $3 million to renovate our automotive technology and welding facilities on campus,” Oracion said in an email. “We will continue to review instructional programs for their continued relevance and job potential and discontinue, add or revise programs as needed. “We will continue to explore new grant opportunities — ENMU-R actively seeks outside funding sources to supplement the funds it receives from the state — and grow our ENMU-R Foundation, which provides scholarship and other program support for the campus.

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Retiring ufologist Stanton Friedman’s outstanding legacy Looking Up


any people have contributed to the field of UFO studies over the years, gradually adding bits and pieces of knowledge to an eternal puzzle. Only a handful of researchers and investigators, however, can come anywhere near matching the contributions of famed ufologist Stanton Friedman, either in quantity or quality of work done. His recent announcement, at the age of 83, of plans to retire must be of interest, I’m sure, to everyone familiar with the literature surrounding unidentified flying objects.

By Donald Burleson

When one considers Friedman’s work, perhaps the first thing one thinks of is the fact that he’s a nuclear physicist, a professional scientist. This perspective is exceedingly important, because ufology needs to be held to rigorous scientific standards in its methodology and in the logic of the conclusions it draws, if it is to have any validity. Stanton Friedman, over a career spanning decades, has held fast to those standards, as any reader of his books and articles can see. Without this adherence to the scientific method, ufology would be no more in many peo-

ple’s minds than a form of witchcraft, superstition, conspiracy theory, or overly fanciful science-fiction. Friedman has labored unceasingly to give the subject a well-grounded credibility. Another outstanding point about Friedman’s career is that he made a profound and world-changing discovery when he first interviewed witness Jesse Marcel in 1978. Until then — apart from a few other insiders who were threatened to keep what they knew to themselves — nobody knew that anything extraordinary had ever happened at Roswell.

Friedman had been lecturing in Louisiana when a television station manager casually mentioned to him that the person he really needed to talk to was retired Air Force Maj. Jesse Marcel. When Friedman located Marcel and interviewed him, he discovered that as intelligence officer for the base at Roswell, Marcel had found himself squarely in the middle of an astonishing series of events in early July 1947. As everybody knows now, this ended up meaning that a UFO had crashed in the desert northwest of Roswell, and everyone had been sworn to secrecy

as an official cover-up descended over the affair. If Friedman hadn’t interviewed Marcel and gotten him to break his silence, or if some other such revealing breakthrough hadn’t occurred, we wouldn’t know, to this day, about any Roswell UFO crash and retrieval. There would be no Roswell UFO books, no Roswell UFO Festival, nothing of the sort. Friedman’s retirement will not mean the end of his keen interest in the whole matter. I can tell you, one does not retire altogether from the passion of one’s life. Recently, I retired

after 50 years of teaching college mathematics, yet I’ve found that I’m still a mathematician, as deeply involved in the subject as ever. Likewise, Stanton Friedman will always be the ufologist we’ve known and learned from. Retirement should provide at least a little relaxation, but I predict his work will go on, in one way or another, just at a less frenetic pace.

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The Vision Magazine covers events in Roswell, New Mexico and surrounding area. SPOTLIGHT: Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company presents: 'Gr...

Vision Magazine, May 17, 2018  

The Vision Magazine covers events in Roswell, New Mexico and surrounding area. SPOTLIGHT: Way Way Off-Broadway Theatre Company presents: 'Gr...