Archive for: November 2013

In Memory of Glada Marvis Sanderson

Glada Marvis Sanderson passed away quietly at home in Raton NM on Nov 25, 2013 after a long illness.  Glada was born February 22, 1931 to Wilburn Franklin Morgan and Cora Estelle Ross Morgan in Lubbock County Texas.

She came to Raton in the summer of 1957 with her husband Joel C Sanderson Sr and daughter Marcia Anne.

Funeral services for Glada Marvis Sanderson will be held on Monday December 2, 2013 at 1PM at the Yaksich Long Funeral Home with Bill Glidden officiating.  Burial will follow at 3 PM at the Masonic Cemetary in Trinidad Colorado

In Lieu of flowers the family requests that you donate to the Sangre De Cristo Hospice in Raton NM


In Memory of John D Padilla

John D. Padilla, age 82, of Aguilar, CO, passed away at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home on November 21, 2013.
Survivors include wife Rose of home address.
Services will be held Tuesday,. December 3, 2013 at 1:00M at the Comi Chapel with Bishop Allen Padilla officiating.
Military Honors will be  conducted by US Air Force Honor Guard.
Private inurnment at a later date.
Complete obit to follow.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi funeral Home.

Raton City Commission Meeting


By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening and breezed through another agenda full of items, as prepared by City Manager Butch McGowen and City Clerk Tricia Garcia.

The one item on the agenda that garnered some discussion was the Lodger’s Tax board recommendation to help fund the Raton Museum. The request was for $25,000 from the contingency fund. The Lodger’s Tax board felt they could only authorize $17,300. A big portion of the funds would go to pay the salary of Roger Sanchez, the curator for the museum.

Commissioners Sandy Mantz and Neal Segotta who have been on the board the longest and had grappled with the decision in the past agreed with Mayor Bobby LeDoux, that funding salaries with contingency funds didn’t quite fit well with him. It was, however, noted that Sanchez’s job falls under the very wide scope of the contingency funds guidelines. Sanchez promotes Raton and the museum in many ways through the museum as part of his job. Commissioners approved the funding.

In other action commissioners approved the permit for the route of the 2nd annual Reindeer Dash to raise funds for a kids shopping trip with the cops. They also approved a resolution to aid in the application process by Raton Main Street for Adopt Smart Growth Principles.

Commissioners approved the October financials and the tower lease for Baca Valley Telephone that had expired in September 2010.

A $15,000 grant agreement was approved to repair the roof on the senior center and upgrade the kitchen to help bring it into compliance with regulations for such a facility.

Commissioners approved a bid for solid waste transportation for $26 a ton.

They approved the introduction of Ordinance 987, which is the ordinance for Raton Natural Gas franchise. The franchise will be for 25 years at a fee of 4% of revenues. City Manager McGowen noted that this was inline with the other franchises the city has and that the changes made are to try to keep all franchise agreements inline with the others. It will be open for public discussion at the December 10 meeting and up for approval at a meeting on December 23.

Commissioners authorized the city attorney to proceed, if necessary, with litigation to recover landfill fees from Andy Holman for disposal of the debris from the El Portal fire.

McGowen then gave his report mentioning that City Clerk Tricia Garcia and City Treasurer Michael Ann Antonucci had been to election school and they would also attend RCI training to be better prepared for the next audit.

Commissioners will meet again on December 10, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall.



Raton City Commission Meeting Agenda Nov 26, 2013






A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on November 26, 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.


  • All City Offices will close at noon on November 27, 2013 for the Thanksgiving Holiday
  • All City Offices will be closed November 28th and 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Next Regular Commission Meeting December 10, 2013 at 6 pm

            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 November 12, 2013 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

B.    Deliberate and Act on Approval of the 2nd Annual Reindeer Dash on December 7, 2013.

C.   Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2013-48: A Resolution to Adopt Smart Growth Principles.

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

E.    Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2013-47: October 2013 Financials.

F.    Deliberate and Act on Downtown Tower lease for Baca Valley Telephone Company.

G.   Deliberate and Act on Grant Agreement #2013-1119: An agreement for $15,000.00 to make improvements for building code compliance, including purchasing and installation of equipment, to the Raton Senior Center in Colfax County.

H.   Deliberate and Act on introduction to Ordinance No. 987: Raton Natural Gas Franchise

I.      Deliberate and Act on Award of Solid Waste transportation bid.

J.     Deliberate and Act on City of Raton vs. Andy Holman, et.al/El Portal- authorization to allow City attorney to commence proceedings, including litigation, against the above, to collect landfill fees and any other costs or expenses related to the fire(s) occurring on the property commonly referred to as the El Portal.

K.   City Manager’s Report 

  • Board Appointments
  • DOT
  • Election School Training
  • Procurement Training
  • RCI Training
  • 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, November 22, 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.



Tricia Garcia, City Clerk 

In Memory of Louie V Trujillo

Louie V. Trujillo 
(August 30, 1942 – November 20, 2013)


U.S. VeteranLouie V. Trujillo, age 71, died Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Clayton, New Mexico.

Cremation has taken place and services are pending at this time.

Louie Victor Trujillo was born on August 30, 1942 in Clayton, New Mexico to Joe Demetro Trujillo and Elfeda Amalia (Martinez) Trujillo. He attended the Clayton school system and served in the US Army for two years during Vietnam. Louie worked for Roy Kimble for 32 years before he retired and moved to Clayton. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the VFW post 3271 in Clayton. Louie was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; Jody, Lawrence, Joe Jr. and Florence, four sisters; Faye, Pauline, Mary and Patsy.


5 SISTERS: Molly Hackmaster, Jeanie Garcia, Beatrice Padilla, Helen Blan and Connie Solis.

1 BROTHER: Daniel Trujillo.

1 UNCLE: Amador Trujillo.

And numerous nieces and nephews.

MEMORIALS: The family asks for memorials to be given to Hass Funeral Directors, PO Box 187, Clayton, NM 88415 to help pay for Louie’s funeral expenses.

Anna Phillips of AP Designs in Springer

Pioneer Natural Resources Super Star of Business

Nov 21, 2013


Anna Phillips of AP Designs in Springer NM was the guest this morning.

Her business is located at 506 5th St in Springer, since the street signs are faded or missing, just look for her shop behind the International Bank building.


In that shop you will find her “doing hair” as she has done for the last 25 years.  She also carries all kinds of hair products to keep your hair in tip top shape and looking gorgeous.  Besides offering all the hair services you need, she has expanded into some retail items.


She has hand -beaded necklaces, some are in the Western style with conchos.  There are blinged out boot cut jeans, western belts embellished in different colors and different sizes.  Then you need to look at a shirt to go with those jeans and belts….she has ladies shirts,  lace shirts, cami tops, vests and leggings.  She also has blinged out flip flops for warmer weather wear.


Her normal business hours are Tue – Fri 9-5 but she will make appointments after hours to fit your schedule.  Except for Fri Nov 29.  She is not making any hair appointments for that day.

Do you  know what day that is???  Whoot whoot whoot…. It is BLACK FRIDAY!


For Black Friday Anna is have an open house with some cider and cookies, plus a big sale.  Every retail item will be 20% off with the exception of clearance items.  So get into AP Designs and meet Anna, see her great merchandise and enjoy the refreshments. 


If you want a preview of her shiny and sparkly  items…. She will be at the Vermejo 4-H Craft Fair in Maxwell on Saturday Nov 23.  The hours are 9 Am – 3 PM… don’t miss it.  It is o ne of the best in the area.

In Memory of Dorothy Helen Malcomb

Dorothy Helen Malcolm, AGE 95, DIED Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Clayton, New Mexico.


SERVICES: Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, November 25, at the Paradise Valley Community Church Livingston, Montana with Rev. Harlan Durgan officiating. Burial will follow in the Shorthill Cemetery. Please visit www.hassfuneralhome.com to view the online obituary and sign the guest book.


BACKGROUND: Dorothy Helen Malcolm was born on January 5, 1918 in Glasgow, Montana to Dave Anderson and Helen (Zick) Anderson. She grew up on the family ranch in McCone County, Montana. Dorothy attended school in Frazer, Montana and graduated in 1936 as the valedictorian of her class. Together with her best friend Francis (Shannon) Allen, they went to Dillon, Montana where she attended Montana State Normal College where she graduated in 1940 with a teaching degree. Dorothy taught at five, one-room schools throughout Montana. Her friend Francis encouraged her to come teach in Paradise Valley, Montana. While teaching at her fourth school in Paradise Valley she met her future husband Orlin “Bricks” Malcolm. They were married on June 16, 1943 in Paradise Valley. Dorothy became a very busy ranch wife in helping with all the livestock, gardening and cooking. She was a charter member of the Paradise Valley Community Church and taught many Sunday School classes as well as Vacation Bible School.  When her oldest son David was injured in an accident she, with her enormous faith in Jesus, became a loving caregiver to him. Her husband Bricks died in 1991 and Dorothy remained on the ranch for several months before she and her son David moved to Livingston, Montana. They moved to Clayton, New Mexico in June of 2011 to live with her daughter Kathryn. She was a member of the Lariat CowBelles. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband and parents.



2 SONS: David Malcolm of Clayton, New Mexico and Donald Malcolm and his wife Laura of San Remo, Itay.


1 DAUGHTER: Kathryn Malcolm-Callis of Clayton, New Mexico.


1 GRANDDAUGHTER: Kaitlyn Martinez and her husband Simon of Borger, Texas.


1 GREAT-GRANDSON: Lorenzo Martinez of Borger, Texas.


1 SISTER: Gloria Busse of Circle, Montana.


Numerous nieces and nephews


And her Earthly Angel: Jane Arellano of Clayton, New Mexico

In Memory of Lewis Reyes Vigil Jr

Lewis Reyes Vigil, Jr. “Punkin”, AGE 71, DIED Sunday, November 17, 2013 at his home in Clayton, New Mexico.


SERVICES: Visitation will be held Friday night at Hass Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  The celebration of his life will begin at 1:00 pm MST with The Rosary led by Deacon Louis Montoya. At 2:00 pm, Mass of Christian Burial will by conducted by Father Joel Bugas. Burial will follow at the Clayton Cemetery and the family will gather together at Hotel Eklund following services. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico. Please visit www.hassfuneralhome.com to view the online obituary and sign the guest book.


BACKGROUND: Fondly nicknamed and known to family and Clayton friends, “Punkin” was the first of six children born to Ione (Reed) and Lewis R. “Red” Vigil.  He was born in Santa Maria, California, but the family was native to the Clayton area.  His mother’s family came to the area with the Santa Fe Trail, while his father’s family were ranchers near Bueyeros and who were direct descendants of the original successful 1695 Spanish settlers of the New Mexico territory, Juan de Jesus Montes Vigil. Punk spent his childhood playing baseball and concentrating his historical interest on WWII, its military personnel, campaigns, tanks, ships, and especially its airplanes. Until the time of his death, Punkin’s memory was sharp as a tack; he hardly ever forgot a name, date, or even the tiniest details of the people throughout his studies, experiences, politics, or of his family and friends. He played many roles in his life, spending several years as a New  Mexico National Guardsman.  As the last active true sign painter in Clayton beyond Dudley Perrett – his mentor, Lewis designed and painted  many business  signs in the area.  Among those was Union County Leader’s sign and header.  And I bet you didn’t know that Lewis was the creator and artist of the famous red, white, and blue XIT logo which is instantly recognized across Texas and neighboring states.  He transitioned into new areas of art that sent him back to school and kept him on his knees—he began to paint gym floors all over New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.  He was widely regarded as “the best of the best.”  He definitely was a man whose life was defined by his work! Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, Red and Ione, and by his partner of many years, Dottie Scoggins. Punkin will be remembered by all for his quick wit, helpfulness, and affable smile.  He’s gonna be missed, folks.  He’s gonna be missed!




1 AUNT: Nellie Reed Will of Albuquerque, New Mexico.


5 SIBLINGS: Jerry R. Vigil and his wife Pam of Albuquerque,  Cheyrl Archuleta and her husband Joe of Rolla, Kansas, Jo Beth Vigil-Price and her husband Carl of Clayton, Annette Vigil and James Dominic of Pojoaque and Jeannette Barras and her husband Keith of Los Alamos.


2 SONS: Matthew Vigil of Amarillo and Mark Vigil of San Antonio.


2 DAUGHTERS: Marissa Broyles and her husband Richard of Amarillo and Mary Tess Vigil of Amarillo.


Nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and too numerous to mention by name, there are many, many cousins, nephews, and nieces whom he knew and loved.

In Memory of Betty Kennedy

Betty Kennedy, AGE 91, DIED Monday, November 18, 2013 in Roswell, New Mexico.


SERVICES: Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, November 23, at Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines, New Mexico. Burial will follow in the Kennedy Family plot in the Des Moines Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico. Please visit www.hassfuneralhome.com to view the online obituary and sign the guest book.


BACKGROUND: Betty (Mayreis) Kennedy was born January 19, 1922 in Pleasant Plains, Illinois to Charles J. Mayreis and Cade B. (Swan) Mayreis. She married William G. Kennedy on July 16, 1962 in Des Moines, New Mexico. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her son; Wayne Purvines, 3 brothers; Charles Mayreis Jr., Thomas Rawls and Norman Mayreis and by her sisters Rose Dear and Thelma Sprose.



HUSBAND: William G. Kennedy of the family home in Roswell.


3 SONS: Gary Purvines of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Craig Purvines of Amarillo, Texas, and Jeff Purvines of Gruver, Texas.


2 STEP-SONS: William Kennedy and Clarence Kennedy both of Granbury, Texas.

Serving as pallbearers are Albert Flaming, Johnny Moffett, Jared Purvines, Clint Runyan, William David Kennedy and Clarence D. Kennedy.

In Memory of Robert A Garcia Jr

Robert A. Garcia Jr. (Little Man), age 49, passed away at home in Pueblo, Colorado on November 17. 2013.
He was born in Trinidad, Colorado on August 27, 1964, the son of Joan ( Boccaccio) and Robert A Garcia Sr.
He attended area schools graduating from Trinidad High School in 1982.
On February 6, 2006, Robert was united in marriage to Tammie Nolan in Pueblo, Colorado.
He was employed as Assistant Manager for Wal Mart for the past 15 years.
He wanted to be rrememberedfor his great work ethic, having worked hard all his life.
He loved his animals, especially his birds and caring for his dogs Sparky, Lassie and Snow Ball.
Robert also liked to listen to music and loved to cook.
Robert was also an avid New Orleans Saints fan.
Preceding him in death is father Robert A. Garcia Sr., brother Kenny and Godson Carlos Romero.
Survivors are his wife Tammie and son Ethan Garcia of home address mother Joan Garcia, Trinidad, sisters Roberta Garcia (Max Casias), Trinidad, JoAnn Garcia, Trinidad, Jackie Garcia (Gene Gallegos) Pueblo, Deann (Carl) Romero, Pueblo, numerous  nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 2:00PM-7:00Pm at the Comi Chapel.
Funeral Services will be Friday, November 22, 2013 with Rosary at 9:00Am at Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:00AM at Holy Trinity Church.
Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers are his sisters.
Active pallbearers are Scott Garcia, Chris Garcia, Jeff Baca, Justin Martinez Steven Drew, Justin Arnbt, Leonard Lopez and Jay Wodith.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.