Archive for: December 2013

In Memory of Cindy L. Piancino

 age 69, of Raton, NM, passed away Friday December 27, 2013 in Pueblo, CO. She was born February 21, 1944 in Alamosa, CO. the daughter of Charlie and Mary Wilson-McKelvie. Cindy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin. She loved her family and friends with all of her heart.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Bob McKelvie, maternal grandparents George and Genevive Wilson and Paternal grandfather Charles “Grandpa Mac” McKelvie. Cindy is survived by her husband Andrew “Tad” Piancino of the home, two sons, David Piancino and girlfriend Chrissy Barry of Raton, NM, and Richard Piancino and wife Stephanie of Flagstaff, AZ, one sister Sandy Ferri and husband Frank of Raton and step-grandmother Stella McKelvie of Buena Vista, CO, eight grandchildren that she adored (Amanda Piancino, Melissa Gonzalez and husband Sean, Katielee Thwaits, Hailey Piancino, Christopher Piancino, Rebecca Piancino, Zachary Piancino, and Christeana Piancino), two nieces (Bobbie Lynn McKelvie-Smith and husband Mike, and Brenda Ferri), one nephew (Mike Ferri and wife Michelle), two Sister-n-laws (Ruth McMurtry and husband Wayne, and Karen McKelvie), one aunt (Marilyn Ross and husband Ken), Cousins (Lory Phillips and wife Anita, Jackie Phillips, Jodie Bomar and husband Wayne, Scott Harrington, and Gwen Harrington-Militello and husband Jeff), her beloved Pomeranian Gismo, numerous great nieces and nephews and very special friends. 
Visitation will be Wednesday January 1, 2014 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.
Funeral services will be Thursday January 2, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Raton with Rev. Rick Trice officiating, burial will be in the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton.
Arrangements and celebration of love for Cindy L. Piancino are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Memory of Dianne Elizabeth (Pugh) Janacek

Dianne Elizabeth (Pugh) Janacek 
(November 5, 1959 – December 26, 2013)

Dianne Elizabeth (Pugh) Janacek, age 54, died Thursday, December 26, 2013.

Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time.

Dianne Elizabeth (Pugh) Janacek was born on November 5, 1959 in Dallas, Texas to James C. Pugh and Jenny Lee (Jones) Pugh. She went to school in DeSoto, Texas and worked as an executive assistant at a nursing facility in Dallas, Texas for many years. Dianne spent a lot of time on the family ranch in Moran, Texas and she had been living in Capulin, New Mexico for the last six months helping her parents run the Capulin Country Store. Dianne was preceded in death by her Maternal Grandparents and Paternal Grandparents.


3 SONS: Justin Janacek and his wife Sandi of Fort Worth, Texas, Ryan Preston and his wife Windy and Curtis Preston all of Mabank, Texas.

5 GRANDCHILDREN: Presley Janacek, Makenzi Janacek, Libby Kate Janacek, Katie Mae Preston and Rylie Preston.

PARENTS: James and Jenny Lee Pugh of Capulin, New Mexico.

2 SISTERS: Allison Pugh of Capulin, New Mexico, Susan Pugh of Providence Village, Texas.

1 BROTHER: James M. “Chris” Pugh of DeSoto, Texas.

2 NIECES: Delila Pugh and Sloan Pugh.

2013 A Year of Change

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

As we look back on 2013 the changes to the Raton business climate were dramatic and far-reaching with closures, sales and buyouts. Key personal changes also affected Raton in dramatic ways.

Change started early in the year with the closure of City Market on January 1st. Others closing their doors included Petals and Comcast, which closed its office in Raton. Comcast still continues to maintain a presence with its cable technicians. The Spur Lounge and the White House Saloon both sold their liquor licenses and closed their doors. The Crystal and Pappas Sweet Shop also sold their liquor licenses but remained open with a beer and wine license.

Another of the more dramatic closures came when the Raton Range closed its doors. The paper had been in publication in various forms for over 100 years. The twice a week paper was replaced by a weekly named the Raton Comet which is partnered with the Sangre De Christo Chronicle that covers other parts of Colfax County, mainly Cimarron and the Mareno Valley.

The Corner Shop joined the businesses on historic First Street helping Raton MainStreet’s efforts to revitalize the downtown area.

Coal bed methane operations continued on the Vermejo Park Ranch under the name of Atlas Resources Partners. The operations were sold by El Paso Energy last year and reformed as EP Energy and soon after that EP Energy sold the operations to Atlas, which became the official owners on August 1st of this year.

The Del Norte Pharmacy was purchased by The Medicine Shop and operations consolidated at the Medicine Shop home in the Dona Anna shopping center, while leaving the Home Medical business in operation in its original home in the Mira Monte shopping center. Adams Conoco was sold to Alta Fuels, bringing a new business face to Raton.

Changes in the Raton school system included a new superintendent with Dr. Neil Turhune and high school principal Eric Fredell. Other changes at the high school included Brock Walton retiring as head football coach and Zack Romero leaving as volleyball coach. New school board members were seated as controversy there forced changes.

Raton city government in turmoil finally saw a calming influence when city manager Pete Kampfer left and was replaced by retired school superintendent Butch McGowen. McGowen has been charged with getting the city’s financial house in order. McGowen’s arrival has brought stability to city government while Raton Public Service has seen the resignation of general manager David Mitchell.

There is no doubt 2013 was a year of change for Raton and changes will continue as 2014 rolls around. The business climate in Raton will have to adapt and change as business owners who are reaching retirement age contemplate closing their doors as there are no heirs to continue the business operations and selling the business is financially impractical and unfeasible due to expensive regulatory compliance. Business leaders will have to rethink business in general and come to the realization that Raton is becoming a tourist destination and moving away from an industrial business climate.

They will have to build on the positive aspects of business like the Whittington Center and its many visitors each year. Build the on the positives like fishing at Lake Maloya and other are fishing holes in the area. Day trips out of Raton to Capulin or Ute Park and the Mareno Valley or the Enchanted Circle.

City government will continue looking at creative ways to finance unfunded mandates such as closing the city landfill and trucking solid waste to another landfill. Raton city government will be challenged with the seating a mostly new city commission after municipal elections in March. After the last couple of years of turmoil it could be hard to find candidates to run for the city commission especially under the threat of a recall election by a watchdog group should they not be pleased with the commission’s performance.

City government receives about 75% of its income from gross receipts. A declining population also means a declining gross receipts tax base, thus reduced revenues for the city to work with. The new commission will be challenged to be creative with the city budget. Will they have to cut more city services or will they be able to at least keep things on a even keel.

Change and challenges abound for Raton in 2014. While there have been several negatives Raton can recover and build a positive business climate. That climate may look totally different than it does now but with positive and cooperative work it can happen.



Teens Arrested In Raton with Stolen Colorado Vehicle

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Four teens were arrested Saturday in Raton after they had been reported to be here by authorities in Wisconsin.

At about 10:15 am Raton Police received a call from authorities in Wisconsin about four teens, one female and three males. The call indicated that the suspects had stolen a vehicle and were in Raton. Raton Police, Colfax County Sheriff’s Department and New Mexico State Police located the suspects on the roof of the Best Western Motel and Restaurant and were taken into custody with the help of the Raton Fire and Emergency Services, who helped retrieve them from the roof of the building..

Blake Bergeron (18), was arrested and transported to Vigil Maldonado Detention Center while the other three juveniles were taken to the Taos Juvenile Detention Center after the female teen had been treated at Miner’s Colfax Medical Center according to Raton Police Chief Terry Sisneros. Sisneros indicated that the investigation here in Raton was on going.

The minivan that was located in Raton had been reported stolen from Roggen, Colorado. The teens had been on the run since Monday evening when they left Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Thursday night they were involved in a police chase by Washington and Morgan county Colorado authorities according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The stolen vehicle they were in was found abandoned in Roggen.  

According to a report on www.thedenverchannel .com an alert had been put out for Breanna Gomez after police found her diabetic medication in the stolen vehicle that was left in Colorado. It was felt without the medication Gomez could suffer seizures. The report went on to say Gomez had recently been released from a juvenile detention facility in Wisconsin. The teen was wearing an ankle-monitoring device but Wisconsin authorities said it stopped transmitting on December 18 or 19 when Gomez failed to charge the device.

Gomez was believed to be traveling with her boyfriend, Spencer Linville, and two other friends on their way to California. 

Update:  Below are the individuals that are associated with this incident. 

 Timothy Engstrumcruz: (15) missing person    (no photo available)

Blake Bergeron

Blake Bergeron: (18) criminal trespass



Breanna Gomez

Breanna Gomez: (15) missing person



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Spencer Linville: (16) missing person




In Memory of Viola Marie Winter

Viola Marie Winter, age 92, passed away at Mt San Rafael Hospital on December 24. 2013.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, January 2, 2014 with Rosary at 9:00AM at Comi Chapel followed by Funeral Mass at 10:00AM at Holy Trinity Church.
Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Hom

In memory of Lena J. Sisneros

Lena J. Sisneros age 79, of Maxwell, NM., passed away Thursday December 26, 2013 in Maxwell. She was born December 24, 1934 in Walsenburg, Colorado the daughter of Raymond and Rose Sandoval-Casias. She had been the head cook for the Boy Scout Ranch at Philmont and the Senior Citizen Center in Maxwell. Lena was a very religious person, her life was dedicated to her Lord. She served as the president and every position on the Altar Society at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Maxwell. Lena was totally dedicated to her family, especially during Christmas, which was her favorite holiday. She loved to travel. She visited eighteen states, always talking of her favorite place, which was New York City.

She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and sister. Lena is survived by her husband Paul Sisneros of the home, four children, Michael Sisneros and wife Christina of Raton, NM, Tina Hoy and husband Russell of Maxwell, NM, Rosalie Sisneros of Maxwell, NM, and Paul Sisneros Jr. and wife Christine of Maxwell, NM. Twelve grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Monday December 30, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. at the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Maxwell recited by Deacon Tom Alderette. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00 A.M. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of Christian Burial will be at the Maxwell Cemetery.

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

Support Veterans Cemetery at Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire

Support Veterans Cemetery at Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire

Many veterans in New Mexico and the Southwest are underserved in terms of access to a veterans’ cemetery. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez created a state veterans cemetery initiative to address this need. The plan is to construct three to four new veterans’ cemeteries in the initial phase. These cemeteries will be built to National Cemetery Administration standards and the majority of the funding will come from federal grants. Village of Angel Fire officials have requested that Angel Fire be chosen as one of the initial sites for a veterans’ cemetery. The proposed site is adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park near Angel Fire.


The site selection process is highly competitive. We need immediate support to locate a cemetery adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire. Anyone can assist; veterans, non-veterans; New Mexico residents or people from other states.


Please email or send a letter  to Governor Martinez expressing your support and requesting that one of the first sites be in Angel Fire. You may use or modify our letter according to your own wishes. Each provides powerful justification why Angel Fire should be chosen for a cemetery site.


Letters and emails should arrive at the Governor’s Office (with copy to NM Department of Veterans Services Secretary Tim Hale) by December 30 if possible. Correspondence after that date is still appreciated, but should arrive by January 10, 2014 if possible.


Finally, please copy us (ricksprott62@gmail.com) so we might include all letters/emails in our application on December 30 as well as being received separately by state officials.


Thank you for your support!

David Westphall Veterans Foundation

New  Mexico Representative                                       New Mexico Senator

Dennis Roche                                                               Pete Campos

Dist 67                                                                           Dist 8

PO Box 355 Texico NM 88135                                          418 Raynolds Ave  Las Vegas NM 87701

denroch@hotmail.com                                                    pete.campos@nmlegis.gov


Govenor S Martinez

Office of the Govenor

490 Santqa Fe trail   Room 400

Santa Fe NM 87501



Early Morning House Fire in Raton

Raton fire fighters were called to 830 N 3rd St about 8:00 am for a house fire Friday morning. 

Upon arrival flames could be seen coming out of the roof area around the front porch. The porch later fell to the ground as the flames weakened it. Two residents of the home made it out of the house without injury.  

The home did receive major smoke and fire damage but is not considered to be a total loss. According to Fire Chief Jim Matthews the cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is still under investigation as of Monday morning Dec 30, 2013.  



Flames can be seen from the front porch of the house at 830 N 3rd St in Raton.

Flames can be seen from the front porch of the house at 830 N 3rd St in Raton.


A Raton Fire Fighter sprays water on the fallen front porch of the house at 830 N 3rd in Raton, NM.

A Raton Fire Fighter sprays water on the fallen front porch of the house at 830 N 3rd in Raton, NM.


Fire Fighters expose the attic of the house at 830 N 3rd Friday morning as they battle a house fire.

Fire Fighters expose the attic of the house at 830 N 3rd Friday morning as they battle a house fire.


Fire Fighters exposed the attic to the home at 830 N 3rd and are probing inside Friday morning.

Fire Fighters exposed the attic to the home at 830 N 3rd and are probing inside Friday morning.


Fire Fighters are in the mop up stages of a house fire at 830 N 3rd in Raton, NM Friday morning.

Fire Fighters are in the mop up stages of a house fire at 830 N 3rd in Raton, NM Friday morning.

Shop at Home Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the SHOP AT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2013!!!!

After a big day at International Bank’s Open House, lots of customers, lots of treats, and lots of visiting… 

The following is a list of businesses that supported the program and a list of the winners.

 A&A Loans of Raton LLC                        Manny & Desi Vigil

All Season’s                                           Betty Bowers

Burco Chemical                                      Charles Valeris

Candelario’s Portables                            Doug North

Discount Office                                      Alexandra Pacheco

Flowerland                                             Eileen Garger

NRAWhittingtonCenter                             Shawn Johnson

R&D Honda                                              Mary Neil Mileta

Radio Shack                                             Michelle Verdin

RBS True Value                                         Joseph Lever

Woody’s                                                    Bobby Jo Hurtado

Pioneer Natural Resources                           Molly Martinez

International Bank                                        Susie Gallegoes, Alejandra Sanchez, Brenda Gallegos, Pat French and James Ragland

Other participating businesses include

Carquest Raton

Medicine Shoppe

Solano’s Boots & Western Wear

Super Save

The Sands Restaurant


And of course YOUR FAVORITE radio station!!! – KRTN.

Conrats to our winners and keep listening, we still have  $300 in gas to be given away.


Raton City Commission Meeting Dec 23, 2013

Raton City Commissioners Approve Gas Franchise


By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 Raton City Commissioners met Monday afternoon in a quick meeting to handle some last minute city business before the end of the year.

 Commissioners approved the November financials noting an increase in the gross receipts by 2.25% over this time last year.

 They also approved budget adjustment #4. City Manager Butch McGowen noted that City Clerk Tricia Garcia would be out some this next year on maternity leave and that he was making provisions to handle that absence with temporary help.

 After no public input or input from the commissioners they approved Ordinance 987, the Raton Natural Gas franchise ordinance. There are no changes to the ordinance and it will be valid for a period of 25 years.

 Mark Kossler was then appointed to the airport board. Commissioner Mantz noted that she as well as many others had met with the Governor’s counsel and Department of Transportation secretary to discuss Amtrak. She noted that they had a concern with some of the numbers that Burlington Northern had supplied.

Filing day for next year’s municipal election is January 7, 2014 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Commissioners will meet again on January 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm.








       TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013 AT 12PM


A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on December 10, 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 be closed on December 25th for the Christmas Holiday.
  • All City Offices will be closed on January 1st for the New Year Holiday.
  • All City Offices will close at noon on December 24th and December 31st.
  • Next Regular Commission Meeting Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6pm.

 V.             Comments from the General Public   

 VI.           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 December 10, 2013 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

 B.    Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2013-50: November 2013 Financials.

 C.   Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2013-51: Budget Adjustment #4 FY14.

 D.   Deliberate and Act on Ordinance No. 987: Raton Natural Gas Franchise Ordinance.

 E.    City Manager’s Report 


  • Board Appointments
  • Amtrak
  • Capital Outlay Request
  • Candidate Filing Day
  • Old Pass Gallery
  • Recognition/Appreciation/Information


 VII.         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 Thursday, December 19, 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