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Raton High Homecoming Royalty Candidates

The king and queen will be presented to the public between the JV and Varsity matches on Thursday. The King and Queen will be crowned Friday morning at the pep rally in Tiger Gym at 10:00 a.m.

 

The 2013 Raton High School Homecoming Royalty Candidates Leah Cimino, Michelle Guara, Kalista Dorrance, Sierra Pillmore, Elizabeth Valdez and Mikala Vertovec Luis Ruiz, Logan Williams, Caleb Wood, Cam Baird, Jordan Mendez and Daryn Romero. The king and queen will be presented to the public between the JV and Varsity matches on Thursday. The King and Queen will be crowned Friday morning at the pep rally in Tiger Gym at 10:00 a.m.

The 2013 Raton High School Homecoming Royalty Candidates
Leah Cimino, Michelle Guara, Kalista Dorrance, Sierra Pillmore, Elizabeth Valdez and Mikala Vertovec
Luis Ruiz, Logan Williams, Caleb Wood, Cam Baird, Jordan Mendez and Daryn Romero. The king and queen will be presented to the public between the JV and Varsity matches on Thursday. The King and Queen will be crowned Friday morning at the pep rally in Tiger Gym at 10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Submitted by Marty Mayfield

Raton Public Service employees help the MCMC Auxiliary to place pink ribbons on the tree in Ripley Park. The ribbons are part of project by the auxiliary to help women who are unable to pay for a mamogram to get that help as part of breast cancer awareness month. October was proclaimed breast cancer awareness month last week by the Raton city commission.

 

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Fatal Accident in Trinidad: Two Killed, One Critical

FATAL ACCIDENT IN TRINIDAD: TWO KILLED, AND ONE IN CRITICAL CONDITION

On Sunday, September 29, 2013 at approximately 4:20 pm, Trinidad Police Officers were dispatched to an accident on I-25 at mile marker 13.

Upon arrival, officers located a small pick-up with heavy damage resting between the guardrail and the Van Buren Street Bridge, facing south.

A male party, later identified as Joshua young, 20, of Trinidad, had been ejected from the vehicle.  He was transported by ambulance to Mt San Rafael hospital and was later flown to Parkview Hospital in Pueblo.  He is currently in critical condition in ICU.

Two other male parties, Justin Callicutt, 20, of Colorado Springs, and a 17 year old male of Trinidad, did not survive the accident. Witnesses stated that the truck veered to the right from the left hand lane, left the pavement and continued north in the grass area between the interstate and the exit ramp.  The vehicle then struck a support post for a sign, sheering off the post, and became airborne.  The vehicle then struck the south side of the concrete bridge abutment, rotated 180 degrees and came to a rest facing south between the guardrail and the bridge. 

Officers with the Colorado State Patrol Reconstruction Team assisted the Trinidad Police Officers with the investigation.  Officers determined that high speeds and reckless driving caused the accident. 

The accident remains under investigation and criminal charges may apply.

In Memory of Gilbert Salazar

Gilbert Salazar 
(July 4, 1954 – September 26, 2013) 
Gilbert F. Salazar age 59 of Raton, New Mexico passed away on Thursday September 26, 2013 in Raton. He was born July 4, 1954 in Denver Colorado to John Daniel and Ermie Mary Salazar.

He is preceded in death by his father John Daniel Salazar, mother Ermie Mary Salazar, brother Thomas Gerald Salazar.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Evelyn M. Salazar, daughters Gerri D. Salazar and fiancé Larry Zappanti Jr. of Weston, CO, Jill E. Salazar and companion Jordan Knipfing of Raton, NM, Son Jacolby J. Salazar and companion Denise Romero of Raton, NM, brother John Salazar and wife Eloyce Salazar of Rio Rancho, NM, Sister Linda Tafoya and husband Bob Tafoya of Raton, NM ,Grandson Matias Samora, Granddaughter Aunaleese Franco-Knipfing.

Gilberts favorite past times were fishing, sports, and to spend time with his family his many other sisters, brothers, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends whom he loved like family. Mild and Gentle, as he was Brave-when the sweetest love of his life he gave…

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held at St Patrick- St Joseph Catholic Church in Raton, on Saturday October 12, 2013 at 9:30am with Deacon Thomas Alderette. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00am with Father John Trambley as the Celebrant. Inurnment will follow at a later date.

Arrangements for Gilbert F. Salazar are under the care of Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

Yellowjackets Swarm Tigers to Defeat

Yellowjackets Swarm Tigers to Defeat

 

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

            Rain before the game and during the first quarter didn’t dampen the Yellowjackets winning ways as they swarmed the Tigers and basically shut down the Tiger offense early on in the game. The undefeated Yellowjackets held the Tigers scoreless in the first half and went on to a 44-6 win Friday night.

            Raton won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Raton kicked off to the Jackets and on there second play Clayton fumbled turning it over to the Tigers who then went three and out. Clayton then went 67 yards on the ground in eight plays, culminating the drive with a 7-yard run by Koy Geary. Brian Montoya then pounded through the Tiger line for the 2-point conversion with 6:12 posted on the clock.

            It was another three and out for Raton. Toby Henson’s punt sailed down field but Koy Geary was hard to stop and carried the ball back to the 50, while a 15-yard penalty brought it back to the 35. From there the Yellowjackets went three and out until a roughing the kicker penalty gave Clayton a second try at the goal line. They finished the drive with a 29-yard run by Nick Wiseman. Koy Geary’s attempt at the 2-point try failed and left the score 14-0 Clayton.

            Raton simply couldn’t stop the Yellowjacket running game as they took Raton’s punt at their 29. Three plays later Nick Wiseman, behind some great blocking, broke free for a 52-yard romp and six more points. Zane Vandiver slide around the right side and in for the 2-point conversion with 11:30 on the clock in the second quarter, it was a 22-0 ball game.

            Koy Geary intercepts a Cam Baird pass and gives Clayton the ball on their 46-yard line. Again on the ground Clayton running backs carry it to the Raton one-yard line. Zane Vandiver dives in for six more and Koy Geary adds the 2-points for 30-0 score with 4:01 left on the second quarter clock.

            Raton finally puts together a drive on the legs of Toby Henson who was playing running back for this game in place of Jordan Mendez. Raton drives down inside the 14-yard line then goes to passing and ends up turning the ball over on the 14-yardline, on downs.

            Clayton’s Josh Durbin breaks it free and simply outruns the Raton defense 76 yards for another Clayton TD with 1:07 left in the half. The 2-point failed and left Clayton up 36-0.

            Second half action saw Raton finally pull it together to drive 75 yards in 10 plays. The big play was a pass to Luis Ruiz for 50 of those yards. The remainder, however, was tough going but Raton finished it off with a 10-yard pass play to Caleb Wood to put Raton on the board. The 2-point try failed and left the score 36-6 with only 4:01 on the running clock as Raton was down by 36 points starting the second half.

            Clayton’s next series saw a fumble after five plays and a recovery by Raton at the Raton 27. Plagued by penalties and a sack Raton goes backward for 25 yards. A facemask penalty would give them back 15 but a loss of 10 on another sack would force Raton to punt. This time Henson was forced out and gave Clayton the ball on the Raton 23.

            Five plays later Brian Montoya takes it the five yards to pay dirt. Justin Taylor puts the icing on the cake with another 2-point conversion with 9:34 left on the clock.

            Raton went three and out again leaving the Clayton JV to run out the clock.

            After coming off two big losses Raton Coach Brock Walton said they prepared all week just for this game but the team just couldn’t pull it together as a team. He said, ‘We have several great individual players but for some reason they just couldn’t pull it together as a team.” Raton only managed to handle the ball for 25 plays in the first half while Clayton dominated the clock with 40 plays in the half.

            Raton will go into Homecoming week and try to prepare for Santa Fe Indian School on Friday night. This will be the first time Raton has played them in football. Walton added they don’t know anything about Santa Fe and the coaches will have view lots of game tapes to determine their strategy. 

 

 

Coach Tory Giacomo shows his frustration as the Tigers just cant seem to gel Friday night in clayton

Coach Tory Giacomo shows his frustration as the Tigers just cant seem to gel Friday night in clayton

 

Brian Montoya slips past a Raton tackler in the second quarter of the game Friday night in Clayton

Brian Montoya slips past a Raton tackler in the second quarter of the game Friday night in Clayton

 

The ball sails right through the hands of Luis Ruiz as Raton stumbles inside the red zone Friday night in Clayton

The ball sails right through the hands of Luis Ruiz as Raton stumbles inside the red zone Friday night in Clayton

 

Toby Henson flying down the sidelines puts together a 25 plus yard run one of so few Friday night

Toby Henson flying down the sidelines puts together a 25 plus yard run one of so few Friday night

 

Raton gets a visit from NM Tourism Department!

 

Kickin’ ‘Round The Neighborhood!

 By Debbie

 Are YOU New Mexico True?

 Congratulations to La Cosina!!!  They had a very special visit today by the State of New Mexico Tourism Department.  La Cosina, because of their long family history in Raton, and their same location have been declared “NEW MExICO TRUE”.

 Monique Jacobson, cabinet secretary with the Tourism Department, Jolene Mauer the communications manager, Jordan Guenther the digital media director, and Brian O’Neill the director of programs and operations showed up today at La Cosina for lunch.

 After lunch the group stopped by the station to chat on air with Billy D.  What a great group, wonderful visit and the chance to take some pics with some good looking “kids”.  I started calling Jolene, “Squirt” since every time I showed her something from my childhood, she would comment “My Mom liked them, too.”

 The New Mexico True campaign has been very successful attracting people to NM and telling natives about the great things, places, and people we have in this state.  A lot of things are taken for granted when they are in your own backyard.

 So this weekend, get out and visit YOUR New Mexico and find all the TRUE beauty, history and people we have here.

 Right:  Alan, Monique, Bill and Night Gaurd Roy.

Below Left:  Monique Jacobson

Below right:  Brian O’Neill, Jolene “Squirt” Mauer and Jordan Guenther

Copy of Alan, Roy, Monique and BillCopy of Brian Oneill, Jolene Mauer, and Jordon GuentherCopy of Monique Jacobson, Tourism Department

City Commissioners meet for Regular Meeting Tuesday Evening

Raton City Commission Deals with Routine Business

 

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening for their last regular meeting of September to deal with mostly routine business. However during committee reports a couple of matters with the water department and Raton Public Service were reported.

            Dan Campbell, Raton Water Works Director reported that there will be an inspection of the water conduits at Lake Maloya. He noted that some of the piping is 100 or more years old. He also noted that the emergency spillway will have to be widened which will be difficult in the rocky hill around the spillway.

            It was also noted that a meeting with Enserco will take place next month on October 28 at the next RPS board meeting to discuss both Wazilla and transmission issues into Raton. Mayor LeDoux noted that residents are welcome to come to that meeting to learn more.

            In other commission business commissioners approved the Annual Professional Business Women’s and Kiwanis Domestic Violence Awareness walk. The walk will cover a one, three, and five-mile route. The event will occur on October 5, at 9:00 a.m.

            Commissioners approved Resolution 2013-37, which lays out the capitol improvement projects the city would like to tackle over the next five years. On the top of the list is drainage work, street reconstruction, the transfer station, continuation of the Sugarite Canyon watershed rehabilitation and a new medical response unit. Rail line repairs among other repairs are also on that list.

            Commissioners also approved two Lodgers Tax funding requests for radio advertising proposal from KRTN and KFUN. KRTN will produce and air 1,400 radio ads at a cost of $5,000 and KFUN will produce 720 radio ads for $3,600. They also approved a request for $1,587 for reimbursement of Explore Raton advertising at the New Mexico State Fair and the Professional Cowboys Association National Finals in Las Vegas in December by Miss Rodeo New Mexico Ashlee Rose Mills.

            Approved the financing of a new ambulance through the New Mexico Finance Authority. They also approved Resolution 2013-38 for the disposal of city owned property. (see list below)

            Commissioners also approved the city financial report for August and then approved Resolution 2013-40 in support of keeping open Red Hills road, access to White’s Peak.

            City Manager Butch McGowen reported that Amtrak and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad is seeking $100 million to replace rails through Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico and also $100 million for road bed maintenance over the next 10 years.

            He then explained how Lodger’s Tax funding works with 3% going to both promotional and non-promotional funding while 2% goes to tourist type city building maintenance, such as the Shuler, Old Pass Gallery and Information Center.

            The federal Environment Department had gotten involved in the Second Street repair and delayed that repair work. They hope the paperwork will be completed and work will resume soon. Memorial Lane, barring any weather or other issues is expected to be paved by Friday evening.

             There is conversation going on about a Veteran’s Cemetery in Raton. Three to five acres is the minimum needed and both the state and VA will have to give their approval if a site is picked in Raton.

            Work is continuing on the timeline and deadlines for the transfer station and trailers as well as the closure of the landfill. There will also be a survey done to see if they can find any more room in the landfill to keep it open just a bit longer.

            Commissioners then adjourned and will meet next on October 8, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

           

 

Shawn Lerch, Miner's Colfax Medical Center CEO, tells commissioners how much work the Hospital Auxiliary has put into the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Shawn Lerch, Miner’s Colfax Medical Center CEO, tells commissioners how much work the Hospital Auxiliary has put into the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

            

Accepting the proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Barbara Cranfill, Marylin Wiseman and kay Donner. The Auxiliary has put together 1000+ pink ribbons to be placed on the evergreen in Ripley Park. They have also purchased pink light bulbs to go in the Raton Star on Goat Hill for the month of October as well as lights in the gazebo at Ripley Park.

Accepting the proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is Barbara Cranfill, Marylin Wiseman and kay Donner. The Auxiliary has put together 1000+ pink ribbons to be placed on the evergreen in Ripley Park. They have also purchased pink light bulbs to go in the Raton Star on Goat Hill for the month of October as well as lights in the gazebo at Ripley Park.

 

In Memory of Lucy Arquello

Lucy Arguello 
(January 20, 1938 – September 23, 2013) 


Lucy Arguello

Lucy Arguello, age 75, died Monday, September 23, 2013, in Dumas, Texas.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 26, and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 27, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

Lucy Arguello was born on January 20, 1938 in Moses, New Mexico to Juan Isidro Valdez and Mercedes (Maestas) Valdez. She lived most of her life in Clayton where she raised her children. In 1990 she moved to Adams, Oklahoma and then she moved to Sunray, Texas to live with her daughter for a few years and she lived in Guymon, Oklahoma with her son James before moving into the nursing home in Dumas, Texas in 2012. Lucy married Domingo Arguello on June 28, 1952 in Clayton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on September 1, 1964. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton. Lucy was preceded in death by her brothers and sister; Joe Valdez, Johnny Valdez, Gilbert Valdez and Dolores Ortiz and by her aunt Sophie Martinez.

SURVIVORS:

1 DAUGHTER: Gloria Ortiz and her husband Rito of Sunray, Texas.

4 SONS: Jimmy Arguello and Joey Sandoval both of Clayton, New Mexico, Tommy Jimenez of Albuquerque, New Mexico and James Trujillo and his wife Rita of Guymon, Oklahoma.

9 Grandchildren, 13 Great-Grandchildren.

2 STEP-SISTERS: Pauline Perez of Denver, Colorado and Teresa Saunders and her husband Ed of Las Vegas, Nevada.

And numerous nieces and nephews.

In Memory of Jean Lockhart Berry Gilbert

Jean Lockhart Berry Gilbert, 83, died Friday September 20, 2013 at her home in Raton, NM.

Jean was born March 17, 1930 to Andrew and Marion Lockhart. As the second oldest and only girl, she was raised with 4 brothers in Pennington, NM and then Maxwell, NM, before moving to Raton. She spent a year at NMSU in Las Cruces, NM and married Pat Berry on April 12, 1950, at St Patrick’s Church in Raton. They ranched on Johnson Mesa and raised 7 children. After Pat’s death in 1988, Jean married Harold Gilbert and moved to Clayton, NM, the area of her up-bringing. She and Harold resided there until his death in 2003, when she moved back to Raton. Jean was a bookkeeper for many years in Raton. She was an active member of the extension clubs in Raton and in Clayton, NM, and a member of the Johnson Mesa Church Association. She also was an active member of the Raton Rodeo Association until shortly before her death. Jean was a 4-H leader and Boy Scout leader for many years and enjoyed working with the youth, and with her hands. She was seldom idle, as she always had a sewing, knitting, craft, or refinishing project in the works.

She was preceded in death by her partents, husband Pat Berry and second husband Harold Gilbert, infant son, Richard, son, Donald Berry, grandson, Christopher Berry, brother, Roy Snead Lockhart, brother-in-laws, Kenneth Berry, and George Myers, sister-in-law Catherine Berry Atwater and husband Johnny Atwater.

Survivors include sons: Mike and Cristine Berry of Maxwell, NM, Ed and Miriam Berry of Yuma, CO, Frank and Kathy Berry of Missoula, MT, Walter Berry of Bushland, TX, daughter-in-law, Diane Berry of Raton, NM, daughters: Diane and Tim Owen of Raton, NM, Mary Jean and Charley Jones of Sunray TX, and step-daughter, Bonnie and Tim Donnelly of Grenville, NM. She is also survived by brothers: Walter and Patricia Lockhart of Aztec, NM, Dick and Phyllis Lockhart of Cortez, and Jim and Georgina Lockhart of Albuquerque, NM, brother-in laws Frank and Shirley Berry of Torrington WY, Jim Berry of Surprise AZ, sister-in laws, Jeannie Myers, Eleanor Krusi and Janet Berry of Raton and JoEllen Berry of Globe AZ, 22 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and many dear friends.

Family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Johnson Mesa Church Association, 263 Francis Ave, Raton, NM 87740 or St Patrick-St Joseph’s Church, 104 Buena Vista St, Raton NM 87740, or the charity of choice.

Visitation will be Thursday September 26, 2013 from 1:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Thursday at 7:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton Mass of the Resurrection will be Friday September 27, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Jean Lockhart Berry Gilbert are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton

 

 

Raton City Commission Meeting Agenda for Sept 24, 2013

  AGENDA

CITY OF RATON REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING

RATON CITY HALL, 224 SAVAGE AVE

       TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013 AT 6PM

 A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on September 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.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 City Commission. 

 I.            Meeting Called To Order – Mayor LeDoux.

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

III.           Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag.

IV.           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 October 8, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Proclamation- Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

V.            Comments from the General Public

VI.           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)

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

A.    Approval of the September 10, 2013 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

B.    Deliberate and Act on Approval of the Annual PBW/Kiwanis Domestic Violence Awareness Walk.

C.   Deliberate and Act on Approval of Resolution 2013-37: 2015-2019 Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP).

D.   Deliberate and Act on Lodger’s Tax Recommendations.

E.    Deliberate and Act on Lease Purchase Financing for a New Ambulance.

F.    Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2013- 38: A Resolution Concerning the Disposal of Surplus Property Owned by the City of Raton 

G.   Deliberate and Act on Approval of Resolution 2013-39: August 2013 Financials.

H.   Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2013-40: Red Hills Road

  • I.      City Manager’s Report 
  • Amtrak
  • Lodger’s Tax
  • Raton Natural Gas Company
  • DOT
  • State Veteran’s Cemetery Initiative
  • Solid Waste Inspection
  • Recognition/Appreciation/Information

 VIII.       Adjournment

 

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, September 20, 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@cityofraton.com if you have any questions or concerns.

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Tricia Garcia, City Clerk