Archive for: August 2013

Tight 3-Game Match for Lady Tigers


La Junta  25  25

Raton     19  14

JV Team

La Junta 25  25

Raton    15  18


La Junta 23  23  22

Raton     25  25  25


Wow what a nail bitter at Tiger Gym Saturday afternoon as the Lady Tigers host the Lady Tigers from La Junta for a rematch from summer camp. 

Coach Zack Romero knew it would be a tough match as the two teams met this summer and split the match during a camp that both teams attended. It started out in game one with Raton falling behind but staying close. Once the girls got their groove strong play at the net and Makayla Vertovec and Shania Dorrance teamed up slams over the net for points. As the game neared completion Raton tied it at 23 and took the lead for the win. 

Game two was another nail bitter from the get go as each team took turns tying the game and taking the lead. Again tied at 23 Raton managed to take the lead on tough plays and a long volley. 

Game three started out tight and Raton finally pulled out to a small lead and kept up the strong play at the net and made a few slams hit for points. Raton pulled out to a 17-10 lead but errors and a lack of communication allowed La Junta to pull back within three. Raton managed to keep the lead as both teams seemed to falter in the hot gym. As the game closed in to a win the volleys continued for several trips over the net. All it took though was a missed pass or an off balance hit to end the volley and score a point for each team. Raton however managed to play the ball their way and after a long volley finally had one fall into the net and took the win. 

Both teams played good volleyball but still had their moments where mistakes would cost them the lead or create a tie. As the year goes along and the team gets back in the groove they will be a team to contend with. 

Both the JV and C-teams have a lot of work ahead of them. A lack of communication during the game and simply learning how each other plays will be the key to their success. This will be a growing season for them. 


Montana Trujillo chases the ball and makes the pass during the C-team Game

Montana Trujillo chases the ball and makes the pass during the C-team Game

Alyssa Pais makes it look easy during the JV game

Alyssa Pais makes it look easy during the JV game

Tina Jaramillo gets pass during the JV game

Tina Jaramillo gets pass during the JV game

Makayla Vertovec and Shania Dorrance go for the block at the net during the first game of the match with La Junta

Makayla Vertovec and Shania Dorrance go for the block at the net during the first game of the match with La Junta

Raton's Sarandon Walton was the star server for the match as she had more good Serves than any of the other players

Raton’s Sarandon Walton was the star server for the match as she had more good Serves than any of the other players

Kristina Jansen goes for the pass during game two

Kristina Jansen goes for the pass during game two

Ashley Nuerauter and Leah Cimino go for the ball during  game three

Ashley Nuerauter and Leah Cimino go for the ball during game three

Tiger Defang Rattlers Friday Night

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


The Jungle came alive Friday night with sounds of high school football at its best. Raton head coach Brock Walton said earlier in the week we have to come to play and both teams didn’t disappoint the fans.

            By the time the final buzzer sounded Raton had come from behind and scored a whopping 21 points to win the game 35-21. For the Rattlers first possession it was five yards at a time chewing up the clock taking just under eight minutes of the first quarter to travel the 64 yards in 14 plays to pay dirt. Marcus Chavez nailed the extra point and made it a 7-0 ballgame.

            Raton didn’t waste any time pounding out the 71 yards in only six plays including a 20-yard pass play from Cam Baird to Caleb Wood. Baird would then pull the Rattler defense off sides for five more yards. Anthony Saenz finished it off with a 10-yard run and Toby Henson barely missed the crossbar with the point after tying the game at seven.

            Tucumcari turned it around and with the help of a holding penalty drove down to the 1-yard line in six plays from the Raton 47. Saul Moriel a big 215-pound junior pounded through the Raton defense for six. Chavez capped the series off with another point after for 14-7 game with 9:09 in the second quarter.

            A pass interception ended the Raton drive but Tucumcari was unable to capitalize and was forced to punt it away. Raton faired no better and after four plays punted it away.

            Tucumcari took over on the their 37 and pounded it down to the three yard line. Daniel Lopez squirted through and crossed the line as the buzzer sounded ending the first half. The extra point was good and it was a 21-7 ball game at half.

            Second half action however was a whole new ball game as Raton came out of the locker room ready to play. The first series when started off with Caleb Wood returning the kickoff to the Tucumcari 45 yard line. Baird pulled the Rattlers offsides two more times and the Tigers finished it off the 7-play series with a 18 yard pass play to Louis Ruiz for six. Henson’s extra point attempt was low and blocked.

            Tucumcari’s ground game began to falter and they turned it over on downs at the Raton four. Lightning struck and 15 yard pass to Caleb Wood turned into a 72 yard romp to pay dirt. Coach Walton, know for a sneak play now and then, pulled one off and got a pass to Louis Ruiz for the 2-point conversion. It was now a 21-21 game.

            Tucumcari again turned it over on downs and Raton promptly headed for the goal line. It was a picture perfect reverse using Toby Henson to pass (Toby played quarterback last year) the ball again to Caleb Wood who scrambled the 49 yards for a score. Henson’s extra point was good and Raton lead 28-21.

            The Raton defense put the ropes on the Rattlers and shut down the running game and took the ball on downs at the Tucumcari 46. This time Raton’s Jordan Mendez took it 15 yards, two plays later it was another Baird Wood combination this time for 29 yards with 3:15 left on the game clock. The extra point made it a 35-21 ball game and again the Raton defense did its job and held off the Rattlers to put a mark in the win Column.

            Walton really commended Jacob Concha for stepping in after Andres Vargas got hurt. Concha a receiver never played the line and Walton really felt he did a great job of filling in. He added that the mistakes in the early part of the game hurt them but the boys came back and made the plays.

            Raton will host Trinidad this week with the coveted Coal Bucket up for grabs after Trinidad captured it last year from Raton who had held it for the previous two years. Game time will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Jungle.



Anthony Saenz crosses the goal line for Raton's first TD of the evening

Anthony Saenz crosses the goal line for Raton’s first TD of the evening


Rattler Brandon Aragon thwarts a possible Raton TD when he picks off this Cam Baird pass in the second quarter.

Rattler Brandon Aragon thwarts a possible Raton TD when he picks off this Cam Baird pass in the second quarter.
A Tiger player gets a hand on Rattler Mark Preciado to trip him up for the cavalry to take down and put a top to the Rattler running game

A Tiger player gets a hand on Rattler Mark Preciado to trip him up for the cavalry to take down and put a top to the Rattler running game


Caleb Wood all alone takes the Toby Henson pass in for six to put Raton ahead

Caleb Wood all alone takes the Toby Henson pass in for six to put Raton ahead




In Memory of Bertha A Chavez

Bertha A Chavez 
(September 28, 1921 – August 27, 2013)

 ChavezBertha A. Chavez passed peacefully from this life on the morning of Tuesday, August 27, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM after a sudden illness. Bertha was surrounded by her loving family during the last days of her life. Bertha was born Bersabe Angelica Herrera on September 28, 1921 in Springer, New Mexico to the late David Herrera and Paublita Medina Herrera. She was a 1939 graduate of Springer High School. She was married to Bences Chavez of Heck Canyon, NM on May 10, 1941 and they made their home in Springer. They had three children, Martha Louise, David Bences and Maria Consuelo.

Bertha was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer, NM and a member of St. Joseph’s Altar Society, an original member of Legion of Mary from its inception in 1989 and was an active choir member for many years. She sang at funerals, weddings, funcions and many other occasions. Bertha was a homemaker and after the death of her husband worked as a teacher’s aide for the Springer Municipal Schools in the Headstart Program. She also worked for the Santa Fe Trail Museum as curator for several years after retirement.

In her later years, wheelchair bound, Bertha still remained active attending all church functions and enjoying going out to local restaurants with her daughter and caregiver Consuelo. Bertha is survived by daughter Martha Santistevan and husband Joe; daughter Maria Consuelo Chavez of Springer, NM. Daughter-in-law Michaeleen Chavez of Raton, NM; granddaughter Serena Santistevan-Roy and husband Anthony of Lakewood, WA; granddaugther Marcella Sullivan and husband Tony of Goldsboro, NC; grandson Eric Chavez of Raton, NM; Great-granddaughters Jessica and Megan Sullivan of Goldsboro, NC and numerous nieces and nephews and friends; Bertha is also survived by brother Florencio D. Valdez and wife Phyllis of Castle Rock, CO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Carlos H. Valdez; husband, Bences in 1974; son David Chavez; grandsons Joey, Gregory and Gabriel Santistevan; sister Clara Mackey, and nephew Arthur Valdez.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Friday August 30th at 9:00am at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer, New Mexico recited by the Legion of Mary. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00am with Father Izuka as the celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment will be at the Springer Cemetery.

Arrangements for Bertha A. Chavez are under the care of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Memory of Louis R Bergamo

Louis R Bergamo, age 87, of Cimarron NM, passed away Tuesday, August 27 2013 in Raton.  He was born January 21 1926 in  Dawson NM, the son of Serafino and Anna Bergamo.  Louis was a retired Lab Technician for Las Alamos Labs, a Veteran of WW !! serving in the United States Navy and was a member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton.


He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Emily, four brothers and four sisters.  And is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.


Services will be Friday August 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton. with Father Tim Sexton, burial will be Tuesday at 9:45 at the Santa Fe national Cemetery in Santa Ge NM


Arrangements are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral home of Raton.


In Lieu of flowers please make donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave Seventh Floor, New York, New York.  10001

Raton City Commission Meeting 8/26/2013

The Raton City commission met on Monday 8/26/2013 at 7 pm due to a schedule change so commissioners could attend a meeting on Tues  8/27/2013.


The first order of business was to swear in the new Raton City Treasurer: Michael Ann Antonuci and the new City Clerk: Tricia Garcia. 


Mayor Bob Ledoux and Commissioner Neil Segotta discussed the possible loss of sales tax that is normally refunded by the State of NM, thus causing the municipalities to increase taxes by as much as 10 cents on the dollar to cover the shortfall.  Both stated that efforts are being made to fight this change, citing that it would be devastating to municipalities.


The Gaming Commission meeting was attended by Raton representatives and a plea was made to return racing to Raton. Mayor Ledoux sated that Raton was the only municipality there and the Gaming Commission took notice of that.


Lee Phelan, Chairman of the Lodger’s Tax Board made a presentation for Civis Plus to construct a new website for the City of Raton.  Phelan stated that the present site is not functional or user friendly.  The company will design the website, supply customer service, unlimited online training and redesigned/updated every four years at a cost of $21,000. the first year and $4,000 a year thereafter.  The money will come out of the Lodger’s Tax.  Lodger’s tax monies will also be used to pay for radio advertising on KCRT, in the amount of $3750.  The Commissioners voted and approved the proposals. 


Big news was announced that Raton will again have a paper.  “The Raton Comet” is coming, owned by the Santa Fe New Mexico Newspaper, with Lisa Morales as General Manager.


The Raton Water Works, Dan Cambell, discussed the turbidity issues that we have experienced.  Mayor Ledoux and City manager McGowen thanked him and Anthony Bustos for their hard work during the water issue.


RPS General Manager David Mitchell and Kathy McQueary answered questions and concerns about the utility bills and comments made by Wayne McMurty and Stella Sintas. 


Other reports included a Parks and Rec report by Commissioner Chris Candelario that 60 participants competed in the recent horseshoe tournament. 


City Manager McGowen stated that an audit for the City is presently being conducted.  The Old Pass Gallery roof is a priority and that they were meeting with engineers and bids were going out for the repair. The City Manager also stated they were working on an agreement concerning the Senior Citizen’s Center.


The Mayor commended Fire Chief Jim Matthews for conducting EMT training at the Raton High School, and offered condolences and prayers for the family of Anthony Coronado who was a Lt. in the Colfax County Fire Dept…  Mayor Ledoux also commended Commissioner Mance and her husband for their years of volunteer work in the local soccer program.


The Mayor also announced that Senator Martin Heinrich will be in Raton this Friday.


The commission then moved into Closed Executive Session to discuss

Litigation. -Horse Racing at Raton Warranty Deed and Property-Mark Van Buskirk Land Proposal.


The next City Commission meeting will be on Tues. Sept 10 at 6PM and will be broadcast on KRTN AM 1490.



Tigers prepare for Season Opener

Raton Tigers Prepare for Season Opener


Marty Mayfield

The Chronicle News


            A nip in the morning air signals a change in seasons and the long awaited start to another high school football season as the Raton Tigers prepare for their season opener at home Friday night against the Tucumcari Rattlers.

            Raton took to the field last week against both Santa Rosa and Trinidad in a three-team scrimmage that allowed coaches to get some idea of what they will have to work on for the upcoming game. According to Raton head coach Brock Walton “We have some things to work on and we have some good things.” Walton looks to his offense and indicates that is the tough one, as the boys have to learn a slightly new system.

            They are also under new leadership at the quarterback spot with senior Cam Baird. Senior Toby Henson, who played QB last year, moves back to his original position at wide receiver. Walton is pleased with this setup saying “this is a more natural position for Toby.”

            Walton is looking at the defense in this first game to be the group that keeps them in the game, indicating that Tucumcari is a tough team made up with a bunch of tough farm boys. They have good running backs and they know how to run. He added, “We are going to have to come to play.”

            Raton has always been a throwing team and that will likely not change much as Cam Baird, at 6’ 2”, can see over his offensive line to spot the open receivers. Baird however only returned to football last year after taking a couple of years off to focus on other things. Walton indicated that Baird had been working hard to learn the offense and fill the QB spot.  

            Raton is returning 14 seniors to the team giving them the needed experience to help the underclassmen learn the Tiger system and make the smart plays. The seniors are also filling the key positions with Jordan Mendez at running back and several filling the holes on the defensive line as well as the offensive line. Six juniors, seven sophomores and seven freshmen fill out the roster for the Tigers.

            One thing the coaches did realize is that the team has to be in shape, as many players will be pulling double duty working both sides of the ball. They started during the summer having the boys work out on their own doing strength and endurance exercises.

            The Tigers start the season out with the three home games before going on the road. Raton will host the Coal Bucket game on September 6 against Trinidad and this is a highly anticipated game as Raton looks to bring the bucket home.


The Tigers offense works out the kinks and learns some of the new system that head coach Brock Walton has put into the offense.

The Tigers offense works out the kinks and learns some of the new system that head coach Brock Walton has put into the offense.

Quarterback Cam Baird looks for the play from coaches during practice Wednesday afternoon

Senior quarterback Cam Baird looks for the play from coaches during practice Wednesday afternoon

In Memory of Richard G Gurule

Richard G Gurule 
(December 14, 1958 – August 24, 2013) 
Richard G. Gurule age 54 passed away on August 24, 2013 in Lakewood, Colorado. He was born on December 14, 1958 in Miami, New Mexico to Clofio and Madeline Mondragon Gurule.

Richard was a volunteer for the Cimarron fire department for over 30 years and the ambulance service for over 20 years.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Mike Gurule and Jerry Mondragon. He is survived by his wife Ramona of the family home, children Ferdinando Gurule and wife Jackey of Trinidad, CO, Steven Gurule and companion Tommy Ponds of Colorado Springs, CO, and Regina Laramie and companion Chris Spikes of Cimarron, NM, brothers Frank Gurule and wife Sandy of Fort Collins, CO, Robert Gurule and wife Ronna of Angel Fire, NM, Daniel Gurule and wife Carol of Cimarron, NM, Sisters Dolores Villa and Ernesto of Cimarron, NM, Florence Villa of Cimarron, NM, and Josephine Macias of Cactus, TX, special cousin and friend Libby Duran, 3 grandsons, 3 granddaughters and 6 great grandchildren, and numerous nephews, nieces, and family members also survive.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be on Friday August 30, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cimarron, NM. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be on Saturday August 31, 2013 at 10:00am at the Sister Hildergard Parish Hall with Father Izuka as the Celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment to follow at Mt. View Cemetery.

Arrangements for Richard G. Gurule are under the care of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Memory of Fred Parker, Sr.

(December 31, 1915 – August 18, 2013) 
Fred Parker, Sr. 97 of Raton, New Mexico passed away on Sunday August 18, 2013 in Raton. He was born December 31, 1915 in Springer, New Mexico to Robert and Anne Parker. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the UMWA.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years Elizabeth in May 2013, grandson Jed Young, son-in-law Fred Young, two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by daughter Ruth Anne Young, three sons Fred Jr. (Susie), Leo (Donna), and David (Kathy) all of Raton, Seven grandchildren, Debra Montoya, Tammy Case, Sam Young, Dennis Parker, Becky Walker, Matthew Parker, and Seth Parker. Six great-grandchildren, Eric Montoya, Tyler Case, Ryan Montoya, Tanner Case, Reese Parker and Rylie also survive. He is also survived by numerous relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday August 21st, 2013 at 10:00am at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Ed Buerkle officiating. Burial to follow at the Fairmont Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

Raton City Commission Agenda






A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on August 26, 2013 at 7:00p.m.  The Meeting will be called to order by Mayor LeDoux. The following subjects will be considered by the City Commission and may be considered in any order that is most convenient for the CityCommission.  

Meeting Called To Order – Mayor LeDoux. 

Roll Call of the Members of the City Commission and determination of quorum.

Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag.
Recognition of Visitors, Citizen of the Month and/or Presentation of Proclamation, Service Award, Congratulations, Condolences, Holiday Schedules and City/Municipal events -Mayor

Next Regular Commission Meeting September 10, 2013 at 6 p.m.

All City Offices will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2013 in observance ofLabor Day.

Oath of office for City Treasurer and City Clerk.

Comments from the General Public

Committee Reports From Commissioners:


A.  Raton Water Works:  (Mayor pro-tem Candelario, Commissioner Mantz)

B.  Raton Public Service:  (Mayor LeDoux, Commissioner Segotta)

C.  Parks & Recreation Advisory Board:  (Mayor pro-tem Candelario)

D.  Senior Center Board:  (Mayor pro-tem Candelario)

E.  Planning & Zoning Commission:  (Commissioner Fanelli)

F.  Housing Authority:  (Commissioner Fanelli)

G.  Airport Advisory Board:  (Commissioner Segotta)

H.  ETZ Zoning Commission:  (Commissioner Segotta)

I.   Arts & Culture Board:  (Commissioner Mantz)

J.   North Central NM Economic Development District:  (Commissioner Mantz)

K.  Library Advisory Board:  (Mayor LeDoux)

L.  ETZ Zoning Authority:  (Mayor LeDoux)


Action items/Public Hearings/Ordinances/Resolutions/City Manager’s Report-The CityCommission may discuss and/or take actions on the following agenda items:

Approval of the August 13, 2013 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.


Deliberate and Act on Approval of the July 2013 Financials. Resolution 2013-34
Lodger’s Tax Recommendations
Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2013-35: A Resolution Authorizing the City of Raton to utilized NCEMS Pricing Contract for the Purchase of One (1) New Ambulance and Financing Thereof.
Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2013-36: Employee Medical Insurance Policy.
City Manager’s Report  
Old Pass Gallery ( Building)
Raton Senior Citizens (Building)
Special Election
Recognition/Appreciation/ Information

Closed Executive Session Pursuant to

10-15-1H (7) Litigation

Horse Racing at Raton Warranty Deed

10-15-1H (8) City Property

Mark van Buskirk Land Proposal




 I, the undersigned authority do hereby certify that the above notice of meeting of the governing body of the City of Raton, New Mexico is a true and correct copy of the said notice and that a said copy of this notice was then posted on the front window of the City Hall of said City in Raton, New Mexico in a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times, and said notice was posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 5 p.m. and remained so posted continuously at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting. Said notice was also posted in six public places (Library, Aquatic Center, Senior Center, County Courthouse, International Bank, Post Office) conveniently placed for the public. Also, KRTN Radio Station and the City of Raton Website will have the agenda posted prior to respective time limits designated for regular and special meetings. Please contact the City Clerk at 445-9551 or tgarcia@cityof raton.com if you have any questions or concerns.





Tricia Garcia, Deputy Clerk


If you are an individual who requires special accommodations, please notify Tricia Garcia, City Clerk at 575 445-9551 of such needs at least one week prior to the meeting(s) you plan to attend or as soon as possible.



In Memory of Anna Mae Pobor Fonner

Anna Mae Pobor Fonner

Birth date: December 14, 1916
Death date: August 21, 2013


Anna Mae Pobor Fonner was born in the Koehler coal camps, New Mexico. She passed away peacefully at the Village at Lowry August 21, 2013, in Denver CO.  She was spouse of Lt. Col. Edwin Fonner (deceased 28, November 2012).

She grew up in Northern New Mexico, graduating from Raton High School, earning a cosmetology license in Colorado in 1947, and owned Ann’s Beauty Salon in Denver, CO.  Anna Mae married Lt. Col. Fonner on April 2, 1948.  As a result, she had an opportunity to travel to and live in Japan, Germany, and many locales across the United States during Lt. Col. Fonner’s career as a U.S. Air Force pilot.  She also had numerous opportunities in the 1950’s to travel to many towns and villages in Yugoslavia, visiting friends and relatives.


She is survived by one natural son, Dr. Edwin Fonner, Jr., his spouse, Maribeth and grandson, Clifford Edwin Fonner.  She had an adopted daughter, Cornelia Shiver, Lochbuie, Colorado.


She took a lifelong interest in fashion design and the image of the modern woman.  She custom-made many of her own clothing lines after advanced schooling in tailoring and home economics at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.  She was also a practiced culinary expert who took great pride in image, beauty, and culture.


Anna Mae was a devout practicing Roman Catholic supporting church and school life in all of her cities of residence.  She was a loving, mother of the ‘old school’ – discipline, manners, hard work, and honesty.


Services will place at St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Raton NM on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:30 am.  She will be interred in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Raton, NM.