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In Memory of Nimpha J Garcia

Nimpha J. Garcia age 87, passed away Sunday October 27, 2013 in Denton, TX. She was born July 29, 1926 in Mora, NM, the daughter of Jose E. and Maclobia Valdez-Lucero. Nimpha had worked for many years as a nurse, school councilor and a home maker. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Clovis, NM and a member of the Third Order of the Catholic Church. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, and husband Art Garcia and daughter Marie Baca . She is survived by two daughters, Leonie San Miguel and husband Juan and Cecilia Munk and husband Michael all of Albuquerque, NM. four sons, Joseph Garcia of Clovis, NM, Arthur Garcia and wife Mila of the United States Merchant Marines, Frank Garcia and wife Maricela of The Colony, TX, and J.D. Garcia and wife Brikena of Corinth, TX. Fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday November 4, 2013 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be at 4:00 P.M. recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette. Mass of the Resurrection will be Tuesday November 5, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of committal will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Nimpha J. Garcia are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Memory of Mike J Pappas

Mike J. Pappas age 79, of Raton, passed away Friday October 25, 2013 in Raton, NM. He was born July 5, 1934 in Chania Crete, Greece the son of Jim Pappas ( Demitri Papadomanolakis) and Katherine Tornazakis. At the age of four months the family moved to Raton, N.M. where his father was a partner in the Sweet Shop, makers of fine homemade candy and ice cream. After high school, Mike went to the University of Denver where he earned a degree in accounting. After working as an accountant for a few years he returned to Raton to help operate the Sweet Shop. On August 27, 1962 he married Joy Walker, a “southern belle” from Tennessee. The Sweet Shop began to serve food items as well as selling candy and ice cream. Gradually, the restaurant part of the business grew and the candy business became secondary. In 1973 Mike moved the restaurant to its current location. Mike was involved in more than just the Sweet Shop. He was the mayor of Raton from 1978 to 1983 and enjoyed his political career. At one time he and several Raton residents leased an airplane and he learned to fly. Mike was a big Bronco fan and in 1978 when the Denver Broncos went to the Super Bowl, he helped fly the plane to New Orleans to see the game. An interest in computers led to the writing of a newsletter for restaurants, “Computer Foodservice and You”. That led to the writing of a small book, “Eat Food, Not Profits”. He continued by writing a book about the history of Raton which he loved, “Raton History Mystery and More”. Mike loved visiting with everyone and continued to work until April 2013 when he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joy in 2011, his parents, Jim and Katherine, and a younger brother, Nick. Mike is survived by his brother, John of Denver, CO., daughter Ann Marie, and grandson Matthew and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.

One of Mike’s favorite things was potluck dinners. So in lieu of flowers the family requests you bring your favorite covered dish and join them for a celebration of Mikes life Saturday November 2, 2013 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Sweet Shop in Raton.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Mike J. Pappas are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Memory of Gwendolynne Mares

Gwendolynne Mares 
(December 6, 1958 – October 23, 2013)

 

Gwendolynne O. Mares was called home to our Lord on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at her home in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Gwen was born December 6, 1958 in Raton, New Mexico to Obed and Molly Ortiz. She worked at Taos Colfax Community Services for over 12 years. During this time, Gwen returned to college and in 2008, she received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from New Mexico Highlands University. Gwen was employed at Luna Community College where she educated the youth of Las Vegas in several courses. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Las Vegas, NM.

Gwen is survived by her sons Mario and Maverick and companion Patrick, sister Bernardine and husband David, special nephew Santiago and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins who welcomed her into Heaven.

Gwen loved life, playing baseball, music, and dancing the night away.

Our lives were forever more blessed from knowing and loving Gwen.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held Monday November 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Raton New Mexico recited by Larry Guara. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be held Tuesday November 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Raton, New Mexico with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements for Gwendolynne O. Mares are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

Honorary Pallbearers: Guy Montoya, Shawn Montoya, Ronald Archuleta, Pete Sintas, Murray Swanson and paving the way to Heaven, Pete Rodriguez

 

 

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Another Volleyball Match goes to Five

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Saturday afternoon was another run and gun volleyball match in Tiger Gym as the Tigers hosted the Robertson Cardinals for another district match that went to five games and one heck of a tiebreaker game that even went past 15.

Except for game three all of the games were tight with both teams taking the lead and tying the ball game at least once or more during the games. Even game three was tied at five early on before Raton took off with the lead and won it with a 10-point lead.

This match saw the girls on both sides of the net get the blocks for points as well as the spike for points. The girls also made it a team effort as they all contributed to the effort from both sides of the net.  Probably explaining why this match was as close as it was.

As this was the last home game of the season for Raton their parents and the other teammates honored the senior girls and it was also the pink game with all the players in pink tops to recognize breast cancer awareness month.

The girls will travel over the hill to Taos on Thursday for the last district match of the season. District play will begin the week of November 4th.  

 

Raton v Robertson 

Cteam 

Rob 25. 25

Rtn 10. 20

 

Jv

Rob. 25. 25

Rtn. 10. 20

 

Varsity

Rob. 25. 19. 15. 25. 16

Rtn. 22. 25. 25. 20. 14

 

Congratulations Ladies on a great season and good luck in the future.  The Raton High Volleyball Seniors  Leah Cimino, Shania Dorrance, Mikala Vertovec, Ila Raine Medina, Kalista Dorrance, Sarandon Walton.

Congratulations Ladies on a great season and good luck in the future. The Raton High Volleyball Seniors Leah Cimino, Shania Dorrance, Mikala Vertovec, Ila Raine Medina, Kalista Dorrance, Sarandon Walton.

 

Daisy Earle and Heather Sandoval team up to make the pass during the Cteam game Saturday afternoon agains the Robertson Lady Cardinals

Daisy Earle and Heather Sandoval team up to make the pass during the Cteam game Saturday afternoon agains the Robertson Lady Cardinals

 

Caydence Sisneros reaches out to try to keep the ball ion play during the JV game Saturday

Caydence Sisneros reaches out to try to keep the ball ion play during the JV game Saturday

 

Sophia Madalini makes the spike during the JV game in Tiger Gym Saturday afternoon.

Sophia Madalini makes the spike during the JV game in Tiger Gym Saturday afternoon.

 

Mikala Vertovec gets up for the tip over the net during the varsity game against the Robertson Cardinals

Mikala Vertovec gets up for the tip over the net during the varsity game against the Robertson Cardinals

 

Mikala Vertovec chase down the ball deep in the back court and out of bounds to keep the ball in play for the Lady Tigers

Mikala Vertovec chase down the ball deep in the back court and out of bounds to keep the ball in play for the Lady Tigers

 

Kristina Jansen gets up for the block

Kristina Jansen gets up for the block

 

Robertson's Kimmeah Martinez goes for the block as one of the Dorrance twins makes the spike

Robertson’s Kimmeah Martinez goes for the block as one of the Dorrance twins makes the spike

 

Leah Cimino goes for the kill as Robertson's Allison Martinez (20) and Abby Bradley (4) go for the block. The rest of the Lady Tigers move to the net to prepare if the block comes back over. Sarandon Walton, Kallista Dorrance, Mikala Vertovec, Ashley Nuerauter and Shania Dorrance.

Leah Cimino goes for the kill as Robertson’s Allison Martinez (20) and Abby Bradley (4) go for the block. The rest of the Lady Tigers move to the net to prepare if the block comes back over. Sarandon Walton, Kallista Dorrance, Mikala Vertovec, Ashley Nuerauter and Shania Dorrance.

 

Seniors Ila Medina and Shania Dorrance meet on the court to keep the ball in play

Seniors Ila Medina and Shania Dorrance meet on the court to keep the ball in play

 

Shania Dorrance and Kristina Jansen get up for the block as Hannah Lopez tries to get just over their outstretched hands.

Shania Dorrance and Kristina Jansen get up for the block as Hannah Lopez tries to get just over their outstretched hands.

 

Abby Bradley (4) and Leah Cimino meet at the net. A scene that has played with the other players many time during the match.

Abby Bradley (4) and Leah Cimino meet at the net. A scene that has played with the other players many time during the match.

 

Mikala Vertovec makes the kill right into the hands of Alicia Arguello

Mikala Vertovec makes the kill right into the hands of Alicia Arguello

 

Robertson Steals One From Raton for Win

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 The Raton Tigers had a fight on their hands, literally, as the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals came to the Jungle on Friday night to play for first place in 2AAA.  The game was hard-hitting and  the Tigers stood toe-to-toe with the Cardinals, but committed four turnovers to hand the game to Las Vegas with a final score of 40-13.

As Coach Brock Walton said after the game, “I thought we looked good, we played with passion.” During the first quarter as the Tigers held the Cardinals in check and allowed Raton to score first. After the first half though the game turned more in favor of Robertson.

Raton won the coin toss, deferred, and held Robertson on their first series with a sack and two plays later a fumble that set them back and would help force them to punt it away. Raton started from their 15-yard line and went the 85 yards in 13 plays ending the series with a 2-yard run play by Cam Baird for six.  Toby Henson nailed the PAT and made it a 7-0 ball game with 4:03 on the clock.

Robertson was held again and forced to punt to end the first quarter. That punt however was allowed to roll and put Raton at their 1-yardline to begin the second quarter. Digging out of the hole Raton worked the ball down to the Robertson 25 where they were forced to turn it over on downs.

With 5:47 on the clock in the second quarter the malay began when a Robertson player pushed a Raton player. Most of both benches cleared, the flags flew, coaches and referees were pulling players off each other and when the dust finally settled and the referees discussed the event Raton’s Jordan Darras and Robertson’s Fransico Arguello were ejected from the game. From that point on the momentum really turned in Robertson’s favor.

Robertson Coach Leroy Gonzales told KRTN’s Abe Elliot that he had left about half of his team at home including the starting quarterback because he felt they hadn’t put enough into the practices leading up to the game, they didn’t play with passion. He added he wanted to make a point, and only had 23 players on the sidelines instead of his usually 46. Coach Walton noted football is a game of emotion and that the brawl, while it seemed to affect Raton negatively it sparked Robertson.

From that point referees controlled the ball game more closely calling more personal foul penalties and face mask calls and late in the fourth quarter officials ejected another Robertson player,  Javier Trujillo.

As play continued after the tussle Robertson went on to score on a 35 yard run by Dominic Lucero, their leading rusher and temporary quarterback. The 2-point try failed and it was a 7-6 ballgame.

Robertson forced a fumble on the next Raton play and turned that into a touchdown when Lucero found J.R. Gonzalez in the end zone for six. A penalty negated the 2-point try and the second attempt also failed. Robertson led 12-7 with just 30 seconds left in the half.

Raton’s Luis Ruiz took the rekick (the first one went out of bounds) to the 43. From there with time running out in the half Cam Baird finds Dylan Query in the end zone on a 35 yard pass play. The play was initially ruled a touchdown, but after a conference, the officials reversed the ruling and the catch was ruled incomplete. Referees said he was bobbling the ball when he went out of the back of the end zone.

Third quarter action saw Raton fumble on their first series out and turn it over on the Robertson 45. With the help of a personal foul and an offside penalty, good for 20 yards, Robertson wasted no time getting the ball to pay dirt. Dominic Lucero ran it in from the seven. The Raton defense foiled the 2-point try again. With 6:53 on the clock Robertson was up 18-7.

Raton unable to get things moving turned the ball over on downs at the Raton 48 where Robertson promptly moved down field and on the fifth play James Gonzales took it in from the six. Lucero ran it in for the 2-point conversion and it was a 26-7 ball game.

Raton ended the third and moved into the fourth quarter with the ball. The 12 play 78-yard series concluded with a 7-yard TD pass to Toby Henson. Henson’s PAT went wide, 13-26 was the score with 9:47 left on the clock.

Robertson’s next drive ended when James Gonzales scampered 38 yards for six more and Lucero capped it with the 2-point conversion.

Cardinal James Gonzales picked off a Cam Baird pass at the Raton 38 to set up another Robertson score when Gonzales scampered 38 yards on the next play for six more Robertson points. The 2-point try failed leaving the score 40-13 with 5:38 left in the game.

Another pass interception ended the Raton drive. The Raton defense held and forced Robertson to punt and with the help of a penalty put Raton on their 12-yard line. Another penalty moved the ball out to the 30 where Cam Baird ended the game with a knee.

Raton will host Pojoaque Friday night in the jungle at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Caleb Wood breaks up this pass play to J.R. Gonzalez early in the game with Robertson

Caleb Wood breaks up this pass play to J.R. Gonzalez early in the game with Robertson

 

Dylan Query makes the play catching this over the shoulder pass in the end zone. The catch was ruled incomplete however as the referees indicated he was bobbling the ball when he went out of the back of the end zone.

Dylan Query makes the play catching this over the shoulder pass in the end zone. The catch was ruled incomplete however as the referees indicated he was bobbling the ball when he went out of the back of the end zone.

 

Dylan Query makes the play catching this over the shoulder pass in the end zone. The catch was ruled incomplete however as the referees indicated he was bobbling the ball when he went out of the back of the end zone.

Dylan Query makes the play catching this over the shoulder pass in the end zone. The catch was ruled incomplete however as the referees indicated he was bobbling the ball when he went out of the back of the end zone.

 

Dominic Lucero leans over the goal line as Raton's Caleb Wood gets dragged along

Dominic Lucero leans over the goal line as Raton’s Caleb Wood gets dragged along

 

Caleb Wood tried in vain to stop Dominic Lucero as he falls into the end zone for another Robertson TD

Caleb Wood tried in vain to stop Dominic Lucero as he falls into the end zone for another Robertson TD

 

James Gonzales III flies high as he crosses the goal line for another Robertson TD.

James Gonzales III flies high as he crosses the goal line for another Robertson TD.

 

 

In Memory of Pearl Sowers

Pearl Sowers 
(October 23, 1929 – October 25, 2013)

 

Pearl Sowers, age 84, died Friday, October 25, 2013 in Amarillo, Texas.

Family visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Mountain Time on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Hass Funeral Home in Clayton. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A. M. on Monday, October 28, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Billy Rammage and Rev. Jeff Messer officiating. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Home of Clayton, New Mexico.

Pearl Eileen Lawrence Sowers was born in Union County, New Mexico on October, 23, 1929 to Fred and Verda (Leighton) Lawrence. During her early years, the family moved many times, but they always moved back to Union County. Pearl married James A. Sowers (Jim) in Clayton, New Mexico on February 8, 1947. They moved to the Sowers farm and ranch and lived there for 56 years. Jim died in 2002 and she stayed on the ranch as long as her health would allow. Pearl moved to Amarillo, Texas in 2004 to be near her family and her mother. She is a member of the First Baptist Church in Clayton having accepted Christ in 1944. She was a member of the Cowbelles since 1976 and was elected the New Mexico Cowbell of the year in 1997. She was a rancher’s wife who worked along side her husband for 55 years. Pearl served as a 4-H leader and fair and contest judge for many years. She worked with the Child Find Program for 11 years. She volunteered at Bivins Nursing home for the last 10 years. Pearl was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Sowers, her parents Fred and Verda Lawrence, one brother, Fred Lawrence, and an infant sister, Lela Belle.

SURVIVORS:

2 DAUGHTERS: Sandra Thornton and her husband Lynn of Amarillo, Texas and Janie Phelan and her husband Troy of Shamrock, Texas.

2 SONS: Larry Sowers and his wife Daphne of Lubbock, Texas and Jimmy Sowers and his wife Addie of Hutchinson, Kansas.

8 grandchildren and 7 step grandchildren

11 great-grandchildren and 13 step great-grandchildren

2 SISTERS: Donna Hall of Blackwell, Oklahoma, Lula Traves and her husband Bill of Clarendon, Texas and Kay Stanley and her husband Jim of Amarillo, Texas.

1 BROTHER: Dan Lawrence and his wife Gail of Lumberton, Texas.

1 SISTER-IN-LAW: Joyce Lawrence of Logan, New Mexico.

1 AUNT: Wanda Gard of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 UNCLE: Marvin Leighton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

numerous nieces, nephews and cousins

and her long time friend: Owaissa Heimann of Clayton, New Mexico.

MEMORIALS: The family would like to say a special thank you to the Hospice Care of the Southwest for the wonderful care and love shown to Pearl and family. They request memorials be made to the organization at: 6600 Kilgore Dr. Suite 110 Amarillo, TX 79106

It took Five Games for the Vegas Win

C-team

WLV 25. 25

Rtn 11. 21

Jv

WLV 25. 25

Rtn 11. 19

Varsity

WLV 22. 22. 25. 25. 15

Rtn. 25. 25. 17. 20. 11

 

It Took Five for the Win

 

By Marty Mayfield
KRTN Multi-Media   

 

It took the Lady Tigers five games the last time they met West Las Vegas for the win. This time it took West five games to make the win with the tiebreaker being a real tiebreaker.

The Lady Tigers came out strong with Mikala Vertovec finding the spot with her kills, as did Kalista and Shania Dorrance. The ball at times was hit so hard that it blew through the Lady Dons blocks. But as tough as the last match was in Vegas this one saw the Lady Dons return the kills as effectively as Raton. That kept the score close for the first two games of the match tying it up at 18 in game one.

During game two West kept it close tying the game at 5, 12 and 13 before Raton found the lead and barely kept it for the win. Again both teams were making the blocks as well as the kills with several balls flying off of player’s hands and out of bounds.

When game three started the fans were left scratching their heads wondering where the Lady Tigers went. West pulled out early in the game finding the holes in the Raton defense as well as Raton hurting their own play with lost passes and balls out of bounds.

Game four continued the same as game three with West pulling out to a big lead of 12-1 and later as much as 16-3 before the Lady Tigers found a rally and pulled to within three 20-23. The Dons however found the fire to get the next two points for the win.

The tiebreaker fifth game was simply that a tiebreaker with both teams taking the lead with the final tie score at six.  When the dust cleared and the final whistle blew the yellow shirted Lady Dons had pulled out the squeaker 15-11.

The Lady Tigers will play Robertson Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and follow up with Taos in Taos next Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

 

Ivy Fernandez chases the ball out of bounds and makes the pass to keep it in play during the C-team game with West Las Vegas Thursday afternoon

Ivy Fernandez chases the ball out of bounds and makes the pass to keep it in play during the C-team game with West Las Vegas Thursday afternoon

 

Up and Slap goes Caydence Sisneros during the JV game Thursday afternoon in Tiger Gym

Up and Slap goes Caydence Sisneros during the JV game Thursday afternoon in Tiger Gym

 

Tina Jaramillo stretches out to find the ball and keep it in play during the JV game Thjursday afternoon against West Las Vegas

Tina Jaramillo stretches out to find the ball and keep it in play during the JV game Thjursday afternoon against West Las Vegas

 

Kristina Jansen makes the hit over the net early in the match with West Las Vegas

Kristina Jansen makes the hit over the net early in the match with West Las Vegas

 

Kalista Dorrance tips the ball back to allow her teammates a chance to setup the ball for the a play over the net.

Kalista Dorrance tips the ball back to allow her teammates a chance to setup the ball for the a play over the net.

 

Mikala Vertovec jumps up and over Leah Cimino to hit the ball over the net.

Mikala Vertovec jumps up and over Leah Cimino to hit the ball over the net.

 

Mikala Vertovec meets Reyna Trujillo and Jaylen Guiterrez at the net for one of the many match ups the ladies had Thursday night in Tiger Gym

Mikala Vertovec meets Reyna Trujillo and Jaylen Guiterrez at the net for one of the many match ups the ladies had Thursday night in Tiger Gym

 

Celeste Trujillo(5) and Reyna Trujillo (9) go for the block on Mikala Vertovec's spike

Celeste Trujillo(5) and Reyna Trujillo (9) go for the block on Mikala Vertovec’s spike

 

Kayanna Spaulding (12) and Reyna Trujillo (9) meet at the net as Mikala Vertovec tips the ball up and over.

Kayanna Spaulding (12) and Reyna Trujillo (9) meet at the net as Mikala Vertovec tips the ball up and over.

 

Kallista Dorrance and Reyna Trujillo go for the ball

Kallista Dorrance and Reyna Trujillo go for the ball

 

Kalista Dorrance makes the block as Reyna Trujillo slaps the ball over the net a scene that played out several times during the match.

Kalista Dorrance makes the block as Reyna Trujillo slaps the ball over the net a scene that played out several times during the match.

 

Mikala Vertovec makes the block as Reyna Trujillo slaps it over

Mikala Vertovec makes the block as Reyna Trujillo slaps it over

 

Shania Dorrance chases the ball out to keep it in play near the end of game four.

Shania Dorrance chases the ball out to keep it in play near the end of game four.

 

 

 

In Memory of James Anthony Jaramillo

James Anthony Jaramillo, age 37, of Raton passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. He was born October 23, 1975 in Tucumcari, NM. the son of Dorothy Frances Encinias . He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed working on his car;

James was preceded in death by his aunt Lucy Bisconti Vit uncle Robert Martinez and cousins Nathan E. Martinez, Christopher Montoya Mike Romero and Bobby Martinez. He is survived by his fiancée Rhonda M. Gonzales of Raton, mother Dorothy Frances Encinias of Raton; sisters Marsha Trujillo and husband Andrew of Raton, Esther Martinez of Raton and Christina Gallegos of Liberal, KS; brothers Albert Gallegos and wife Lori of Liberal, KS., Raymond Jaramillo and Jeremy Chavez of Amarillo, TX. and aunt Arsenia Martinez; He is also survived by nephew Jaime Martinez and nieces Abelina Trujillo, Nizshone Trujillo, Drewlyn Trujillo, Charity Trujillo, Jamilyn Martinez, Giana Jaramillo and Dejonique Tarufelli. and a host of other nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private visitation for family only will be held on Saturday 26, 2013 at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at St. Patrick -St. Joseph Catholic Church in Raton recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00 AM also at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Arrangements and a celebration of love for James Anthony Jaramillo are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

Comments Sought on New Mexico State Rail Plan

The public is invited to provide final comment on the New Mexico State Rail Plan that will serve as a five year plan for the state’s railroad program.  The Rail Plan, which  is a Federal requirement sets forth state policy regarding passenger and freight rail transportation.  It identifies current and future benefits, costs, and efficiency of potential new projects and services and prioritizes these after considering funding availability and other factors affecting implementation.

 

http://dot.state.nm.us      This website has the Rail Plan posted and asking for public comments thru Jan 3, 2014.

They will also hold meetings on the following dates and locations. 

Oct 24 Aztec

Oct 31   9 AM Lordsburg Civic Center 313 E 4th St Lordsburg NM 

Nov 1    9 AM El Paso Metro Planning organization  10767 Gateway Blvd West.  suite 605 El Paso TX

Nov 1    1:30 PM Mid Regional Council of Governments 809 Copper Ave NW  ABQ NM

Nov 6    10 AM Northern Pueblos RTPO 1327 N Riverside Dr Espanola NM

Nov 6    10 AM City of Elephant Butte Council Chambers 103 Water Ave Elephant Butte NM

 

The public is invited to provide final comment on the New Mexico State Rail Plan that will serve as a five year plan for the state’s railroad program.  The Rail Plan, which  is a Federal requirement sets forth state policy regarding passenger and freight rail transportation.  It identifies current and future benefits, costs, and efficiency of potential new projects and services and prioritizes these after considering funding availability and other factors affecting implementation.

Colfax County Commission meets

By Todd Wildermuth

 

A 13-member committee that was appointed this week is expected to hold its first meeting early next month to begin the work of updating the Colfax County Comprehensive Plan, with a key goal being to ensure the plan lines up with regulations and standards contained in a proposed county ordinance that would govern oil and natural gas drilling.

A separate committee in April made its recommendations regarding the types of issues an oil-and-gas ordinance should address, but before the county commission can adopt an ordinance that would turn those recommendations into regulations within the county, a Comprehensive Plan update will be done to make sure anything in a new oil-and-gas ordinance falls in line with the goals outlined in the Comprehensive Plan. State law requires, the county’s current Comprehensive Plan notes, that any land-use regulations the county institutes — such as ones related to oil and gas drilling — must be “in accordance with” the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

The county’s Comprehensive Plan — its first ever — was adopted in June 2004. A steering committee held several community meetings throughout the county and interviewed a number of community leaders in the county in developing its recommendations for the plan. The plan sets goals, objectives and implementation strategies in categories such as land use, water and natural resources, economic development, public services, housing and transportation. Although the plan adopted in 2004 is meant to guide development for a 20-year period, it adds that it is intended to be “updated and amended” as needed.

The county advertised during the first half of this month for anyone wishing to serve on the committee that will work on the Comprehensive Plan update. Thirteen people expressed interest and all were appointed Tuesday by the county commission to make up the committee.

Among those who will serve are Raton’s David and Julia Stafford, Paul Jenkins, Kathy Harris and Kathy Trujillo, who is the Colfax County treasurer. Joining them are Cimarron’s Tracy Boyce, Springer’s Boe Lopez, Miami’s Kristi Davis, and Maxwell’s Troy Sauble and Mary Lou Kern. Meanwhile, the Moreno Valley will be represented by three of Eagle Nest’s government officials: Mayor Richard Cordova, Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Carr and Village Administrator/Clerk Lynda Perry.

Kern and Julia Stafford were also members of the previous Comprehensive Plan committee. More recently, Trujillo served on the oil-and-gas ordinance committee.

The newly appointed committee is being asked to hold an initial meeting either Nov. 6 or 7 at the county building in Raton. The committee members will select the date and a time.

Commissioners noted one of the main reasons for forming the Comprehensive Plan update committee is to “lay the groundwork” for adoption of an oil-and-gas ordinance. The county developed a draft ordinance in 2006 that contained language that was objected to by a firm that has been operating natural gas wells on Vermejo Park Ranch for a number of years. The proposed ordinance, which also prompted some legal concerns among county officials, was never considered for adoption.

In a renewed effort, a committee met for close to a year to consider potential issues that could be addressed by regulations to govern oil and gas drilling in the county. Its recommendations presented in April included putting some controls in place regarding roads, setbacks, water, noise and aesthetics.

The recommendations include development of a county-wide road standard for all development, from oil and gas drilling operations to things such as housing and commercial developments. In addition, setbacks should be defined to keep oil and gas drilling operations an adequate distance from things such as habitable structures, surface water and wetlands, the committee found.

The recommendations also call for oil and gas operations to be required to test water samples from potable and stock wells within two miles of proposed drilling to obtain a “baseline” against which water quality can be maintained after drilling begins.

Also, noise that could disturb wildlife, livestock and private property owners and other neighbors to drilling operations should be controlled and noise levels reduced, according to the committee, which recommended the county adopt a “quantitative standard” regarding noise levels.

Addressing the visual effect that drilling operations can have on their surrounding areas, the committee cited a U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) standard that all long-term facilities connected with drilling sites “should be painted a color that enables the facilities to blend with the natural background color of the landscape as seen from a viewing distance and location typically used by the public.”

As to the Comprehensive Plan, the one developed almost 10 years ago features this vision statement:

“Colfax County has grand vistas of natural landscapes of mountains, mesas, open spaces and valleys. We seek to sustain our natural resources of land, water, air and wildlife to keep a unique sense of place, while balancing the diversity of the community needs for social, economic and physical well-being. We treasure our rural and ranching lifestyles rich with diverse and multi-cultural heritages. We will preserve these cultures and traditions as we improve our quality of life in the future.”

The entire plan can be viewed at www.co.colfax.nm.us/forms/Comprensive_Plan.pdf. (The misspelling of the word “comprehensive” is how it appears in the web address.)

In other action Tuesday, the county commission learned plans are in the works — awaiting the purchase of necessary equipment — to make video recordings of county commission meetings and make the videos accessible on the county’s website (www.co.colfax.nm.us). A live video feed of meetings could potentially be set up in the future, as well. In addition, the county clerk’s office is in the process of posting the county’s resolutions and ordinances to the website.

Also Tuesday, the commission was informed the county made about $18,000 by selling 16 county vehicles that were no longer being used. The vehicles were sold in an online auction Oct. 9.