Archive for: September 2013

The Marines have landed; Let the Fun Begin

The Marines have landed; Let the Fun Begin                         

The Colfax County Young Marines Established its first beachhead at the RatonHigh School last Saturday. Forty plus recruits ages 8-17 showed up for their first day of familiarization and recruit training. Commander Bert Goodfallow (USMC Ret.) expressed satisfaction at the turnout. “My goal was 30 recruits and $10,000 of start-up money. We exceeded our participation goal and now we need our Young Marine Parent Support Group to help us raise the finances”. He went on to say that the funding will be used to finance equipment and field trips. “I am particularly pleased to have the professional cadre that we do. There is over 80 years of military experience in this group”.

Each of the cadre addressed the new recruits. Some of the highlights included: Commander Goodfallow’s love for this flag and country. Former US Army Aviator and current Raton Municipal Judge Warren Walton spoke to the recruits about the importance of maintaining a drug free life and staying out of trouble.  Danny Greigo (USMC/USA Ret.) and former Drill Sergeant led the first day’s activities in Drill and Ceremony. He was assisted by Cameron Rountree (USMC), Ben Munden (USN), Tony Goens (USN), Mr. Sandoval and Christine Marchet (USA). Special thanks go to Jessica Rountree and Debbie Sparks for the registration duties.

Who We Are
The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a
healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

To strengthen the lives of American youth.

Young Marines will go through the first training, known as recruit training. The recruit training cycle familiarizes the new Young Marine with the basic knowledge in various subjects related to the program. It also helps them to evaluate their own physical fitness and encourages them to strive to be a better person, both physically and academically. After recruit training is complete, the training will continue. Physical training is a regular part of the Young Marine program. During the course of a year Young Marines will also receive classes such as first aid, CPR, fire prevention and home safety and land navigation.

LEADERSHIP is a subject that is learned as they progress in their Young Marine career. The Marine Veterans of the unit will coach them up on leadership traits and principles. The Young Marine program has leadership schools at the junior, senior and advanced levels. The unit will also go on encampments (camping trips) and will normally include training at those locations. This provides for a lot of fun while continuing their training in physical activity.

There is Training within the unit in a variety of subjects. This builds morale, encourages teamwork, and helps to strengthen the life of the Young Marine.

Registered Staff and Volunteers

Commanding Officer…………………..Bert Goodfallow  (USMC Ret.)

Executive Officer……………………….Cameron Rountree (USMC)

Training Officer………………………..Danny Greigo (USMC/USA Ret.)

Assistant Tng Officer………………M. Neil Terhune (USMC/USA Ret.)

Logistics and Supply officer………Ben Munden (USN)

Assistant Tng NCO…………………..Tony Goens (USN)

Y. Marine Female Advisor…………Christine Marchet (USA)

Assistant Instructors and Staff……….Warren Walton (USA)

                                                                 Mr. Sandoval (USMC)

                                                                 Jessica Rountree & Debbie SparkeYM3YM1


Enrollment Figures down for Raton Others see Improvement

Enrollment Declines in Raton

Other Schools see Improvement


By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


            Each year school administrators start looking at enrollment figures at the 10th day of school to try to recalculate their budgets. This year is no different and for the Raton schools it will be a major challenge.

            Most of the schools in the area however are looking at enrollment numbers that are about the same or slightly improved over last year. Both Des Moines and Wagon Mound saw enrollment drop but not nearly as much as Raton which lost 110 students from last year’s enrollment.

            It was noted that some of the increase in enrollment numbers for Maxwell came from transfers from Raton. Job relocations and other factors contributed to the decrease in Raton’s enrollment. That large decrease will end up costing the district almost $420,000 this year.

            In order to meet this decrease in student funding, classes will have to be cut and the first ones to go will be electives. Other cuts that administrators will likely look at are not filling vacancies left by retirement or other reasons. Tightening the budget in other places like travel and meals for athletics. Much of what was done last year.

            Day 40 is the deadline day for enrollment numbers. On that day the enrollment numbers will be the last ones used for the final budget.

            Another consideration of the declining enrollment for Raton will be their athletics ranking which is now class 3A. It is expected that will change next year when the New Mexico Activities Association meets for their realignment meeting. Other issues that, that will create will be longer travel for sports due to the distance of the other schools in class 2A.















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Raton Topples Trinidad in Four

Raton v Trinidad

Trinidad 25  22 15
Raton    10  26  7
Trinidad  25 25
Raton     14 23
Trinidad  19  20  25  13
Raton     25  25  23  25
The Lady Tigers took to the floor again in Tiger Gym Thursday evening against the Trinidad Lady Miners.
The Lady Tigers dominated the first game of the match with strong play from the net as Mikala Vertovec got a handle on slamming the ball across the net. The girls teamed up at the net for blocks and those that made it past or went high were caught by the second row and setup for the pass and set. 
Game two went much the same way yet the Lady Miners played it tough and by the third game of the match took control early on before Raton managed to come back and tie the game at 20. Between serves and long vollies Trinidad finally managed to pull it.
As game four started Raton took off and stayed out in front often by as many as seven points before they finally took it with serves from Leah Cimino and Mikala Vertovec. 
The Lady Tigers will travel to Albuquerque to Sandia High for a two day tourney on Friday and Saturday.
Heather Sandoval gets to the floor to keep the ball in play during the C-team game.

Heather Sandoval gets to the floor to keep the ball in play during the C-team game.

Christina Jaramillo and Alyssa Pais go for the ball during the JV game in Tiger Gym

Christina Jaramillo and Alyssa Pais go for the ball during the JV game in Tiger Gym

Caydence Sisneros goes wide for the ball during the JV game.

Caydence Sisneros goes wide for the ball during the JV game.

Julia Duran (7) gets the block from Kallista Dorrance's slam over the net

Julia Duran (7) gets the block from Kallista Dorrance’s slam over the net


Kristina Jansen meets Julia Duran at the net as Duran goes for the block

Kristina Jansen meets Julia Duran at the net as Duran goes for the block

Kallista Dorrance (9) and Leah Cimino can't decide who should get the ball and collide on the court

Kallista Dorrance (9) and Leah Cimino can’t decide who should get the ball and collide on the court

Kallista Dorrance (9) and Casey Lafon (11) meet at the net

Kallista Dorrance (9) and Casey Lafon (11) meet at the net

There are times when the ball just finds that one spot on the floor where no can get to it.

There are times when the ball just finds that one spot on the floor where no can get to it.

Mikala Vertovec taps it back over the net lat in game four

Mikala Vertovec taps it back over the net lat in game four


In Memory of Dorothy Mae Griego

Dorothy Mae Griego

Dorothy Mae Griego departed life on September 17, 2013.  She was born January 17, 1930 in Echo, UT the daughter of Valentine Martinez & Ophelia Vigil-Martinez.

 Dorothy attended Holy Trinity School graduating in 1949.   Her working career included several positions related to housekeeping, custodial work and motel management. Although her life was dedicated to work and family, she also created opportunities to enjoy her hobbies of sewing, dancing and caring for her special canine companion, Holly. Dorothy will be missed by family and the many friends and acquaintances she developed in her lifetime.

She was preceded in death by husband Joseph O. Griego, parents, and brothers John Martinez, Joe Martinez & Rose Madrigal.

Survivors are children Edward (Karen) Griego of Trinidad, Mildred Griego of Longmont, CO, Randy (Loretta Griego) of Trinidad and George (Marquita) Griego of Aurora, CO. Grandchildren Jean (Patrick) Incitti, Kathleen Griego Jacqui Lopez, Timothy (Sarah) Thomason, Salina Griego, Allison (Matt Ritz) and Crissy Griego.   Great GrandChildren Kayla Incitti,  Aiden Ritz and Sydney Thomason. Brother Robert (Margaret) Martinez,  Carmen (Ruben) Gutierrez and Anita (John) Boyer, Sister-in-law Maxine Griego.  She is also survived by numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends

Visitation will be Sunday from 1:00PM-4:00PM at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will be Monday September 23, 2013  with Rosary at 9:00AM at the Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:00AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Entombment will follow at the Resurrection Mausoleum, Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary Pallbearers are granddaughters Jean, Kathleen, Jacqui, Salina, Allison and Crissy.

 Active pallbearers are Jason Madrid, Bill Larson, Tim Thomason, Matt Ritz, Donald Gonzales and Harold L. Thomason

The family respectfully requests the omission of food and flowers and donations be made to the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home, Sangre de Cristo Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Foundation in Dorothy’s memory.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Memory of Edward Robert Hamilton

Bob passed away peacefully on Sept 14, 2013 in Raton.  Known affectionately as “Sheriff Bob”, he was a long time resident of Raton and the Whittington Center.  

Born in New Jersey, in 1929, he led a very colorful life working for RCA for 40 years.  After his retirement in 1987 Bob worked his way west and arrived at the Whittington Center in 1989, and never left. Bob spent his remaining years as a volunteer at the Center.  He was instrumental in making the Whittington Center the best shooting, hunting, and destination recreation facility in the country.  Whatever was needed, bob was there to help.  Whether it was running errands, help with electrical installations or providing after hours security and gate checks – Bob always took care of it..  Bob’s biggest love was the Whittington Center, he was a Founder, Trailblazer, and Patriot member.


He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.  he is survived by several nieces and nephews, and his “extended family” at the Center.  Bob will be sorely missed.  According to his wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial will be announced in the near future.

Station to Station A Nomadic Happening stops in Raton

Station to Staion Train Stops in Raton


By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Traveling by train from New York to California is an artist-driven public art project that arrived in Raton just before 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, the newest project from artist Doug Aitken, is described as a “liquid platform for artistic experimentation that connects artists, musicians, and cultural icons with diverse communities for a series of interventions and site-specific happenings.” The train is traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific, making nine stops along the way in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, each time for a one-night only live event. The trip will last about three weeks during September.

The artist-driven public art project is made possible by the Levi’s brand. Jimmy Everett, Levi’s spokesman on the trip, said the trip fit well with their current ad campaign that shows Levi dressing the pioneers of today as they dressed the original pioneers.

Marisa Wayne, public relations person for this trip, explained some of the things going on in the cars during the trip from the recording studio to the film crew who is working on a documentary for the trip. In the Levi car Jimmy Everett talked about the 1901 Underwood that had been electronicized to make tweets on Twitter from the train. Users use an armband to tie the tweet to their account. There is also a 1953 Gibson ES-125 guitar that is tied to Soundcloud and an old film camera for Instagram.

The next stop on the trip for the train is Lamy where the artist and musicians will disembark and travel to Santa Fe for what is described as a happening. The following is from the Station to Station press release explaining the happenings.


Each happening will feature five Nomadic Sculptures created by Kenneth Anger, Urs Fisher, Liz Glynn, Carsten Höller, and Ernesto Neto. The artists were asked to envision a yurt (a portable tent-like dwelling traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia). The Nomadic Sculptures range from Höller’s yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw Frisbees through, to Glynn’s creation of the universe that will evolve at each stop.


Every happening will also include a procession organized by Meschac Gaba—twelve participants wearing different African headdresses will walk among the public as they enter the venue. At each stop a different flag created by Lawrence Weiner will be raised. Kathryn Andrew envisioned a poster for each city—the poster will have an image of one randomly chosen person, and that poster will become the “face” of the happening at each stop.


Additionally, at each stop the Levi’s® brand will create and curate yurts, designed as an intimate gallery-like setting where local artists will be designing and crafting new products in real time. A tribute to the Levi’s® brand’s “Makers” program, the Levi’s® yurts will celebrate local artisan products. Artists featured include Folk Fibers, Cobra Boots, Chimayo, and Junkyard Jeans.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 6:00-10:00 p.m.           

Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion, Santa Fe, NM

Station to Station will merge with this desert landscape to create a unique happening. Performers include Cat Power, The Handsome Family, Nite Jewel, THEESatisfaction, and others to be announced.


In Memory of Mary Perea Flynn

Flynn_2Mary Perea Flynn
Mary went to be with her Savior on Friday, September 13,  2013 at the age of 105 years.

She was born in Pagosa Springs, Colorado on July 26, 1908 to Matilde (Medina) and Matias Perea.
Mary was united in marriage to Hugh Flynn with whom she  celebrated 74 years of marriage before his death.    She was a devoted wife and mother who helped raise her grandchildren.  Mary was a hard working  lady.

At the beginning of their marriage, she  enjoyed working in various outdoor activities such as driving a tractor, cutting hay, feeding cattle and other ranch activities.

Mary was a long standing member of the La Sociedad de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe and sponsored
Our Lady of Guadalupanas recipe book.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Matilde and Matias Perea, husband Hugh Flynn, three sons in law, John Alvarez, John Casias, Bob Moore, two grandsons, Alan Bueno and Rob Moore.

She leaves behind three daughters, Minnie (Benny) Shannon, Lou Anna Casias and Lucille Moore, who will miss her loving, tender and caring hands. She is also survived by brother John Frank Garduno, , 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Visitation will be Monday, September 23, 3013 from 3:00PM-6:00PM at the Comi Chapel.
Rosary will be Monday, at 7:00PM at Holy Trinity Church. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:00AM
at Holy Trinity Church. Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Ariela Andrea Aleman

Ariela Andrea Aleman, 17, was your typical teenage girl who kept her music loud and had an aspiration for fashion. She loved dressing up in many way from classy and chic to a classic cowgirl. As a young child she loved to dance and play dress up with her sisters and cousins. She will always be remembered for her beautiful double-dimpled megawatt smile and contagious giggle. Her family and friends will rely on those memories to help them through this tragic loss.

Ariela was welcomed into the gates of Heaven by our Lord, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 in Falfurrias, Texas. She was born, the second of three girls, on May 27, 1996 to Faustino Aleman, III and Edna Idalia Lopez Aleman in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ariela was currently living with her family in Raton, New Mexico and is a former resident of Falfurrias, Texas.

She was embraced in Heaven by the loving arms of her maternal grandfather, Wilfredo Lopez, Sr. Ariela leaves behind to cherish her memories her loving parents, Faustino “Tino” and Edna Aleman, III; two sisters, Gabriela Idalia (Dakota Redd) Aleman and Dariela Dalia Aleman all of Raton, NM; paternal grandparents, Alfredo and Amanda Garza, Jr.; maternal grandmother, Leonor Lopez all of Falfurrias, Texas; four uncles, Javier (Misty) Aleman, Eliazar (Cassie Garcia) Aleman both of Falfurrias, Wilfredo (Mary) Lopez, Jr. of Zapata, Texas and Adam (Norma) Lopez of Falfurrias; seven aunts, Olga (AB) Montalvo, Crissy (Corry) Escalante, Mollie (Octavio) Gaytan, Selina (Adam Moreno) Garza all of Falfurrias, Sandrina (Abel Longoria) Garza of Raton, NM, Inez (Tony) Gonzalez and Nora Lee Gonzalez both of Falfurrias; Godparents, Noel and Florinda Cantu of Rio Grande, Texas and numerous cousins, extended family members and friends.

Pallbearers will be: Jerry Hernandez, Jr., Tony Gonzalez, III, Robert Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez, Noah Aleman, Caiden Escalante, Ricardo Longoria and Dakota Redd.

A Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the Funeraria Del Angel Howard Williams in Falfurrias.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 16, 2013 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Falfurrias.

Interment will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery.




In Memory of Terry Stohr

Terrence Joseph Stohr age 63 of Raton, NM, passed away Thursday September 12, 2013 in Raton. He was born April 29, 1950 in Raton the son of Kenneth and Mary Koch-Stohr. Terrence owned and operated a Lawn service and was a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton.

He is preceded in death by his mother. Terry is survived by his father Kenneth Stohr of Raton. Three sisters Jean Marie Bissett of Colorado Springs, CO., Kay Stohr Banks and husband Jerry of Colorado Springs, CO., and Rosemary Stohr of Tucson, AZ. Two brothers Ken Stohr and wife Kathy of Centreville, VA., and John Stohr and wife Cindy of San Diego, CA. Loving Aunt Margaret Stohr of Raton And numerous nieces and nephews.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Thursday September 19, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. at St.-Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton recited by Frank Cimino Jr. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00 A.M. with Father Emanuel Isuka as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Terrence “Terry” Joseph Stohr are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

“Terry loved and supported western art, so donations in his memory can be made to the Raton Arts and Humanities Council, Inc., 145 South First Street Raton, NM.