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In Memory of Delia Ortega

Delia M. Ortega age 73 passed away on January 2, 2014 at her home in Raton surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 23, 1940 in Raton to Moises and Eufracia Sandoval.

Delia is preceded in death by her father Moises, sister Virginia Martinez, son-in-law Robert “Jar” Jaramillo and daughter Diane Seaton.

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years Steve Ortega Sr., her mother Eufracia “Tina” Sandoval, sons Mike and wife Agnes and their sons Michael, Wayne, and Eric, Steve and wife Tricia and their children Natasha, Kristol, Christian, Kayla, Karla, Jarrod, and Savannah, Albert and wife Rhonda and sons Cory (Ashley), Ed (Patience), and Daniel (Melanie), Daughters Jeanette and Husband Keith and their son Stephen of Colorado, Lisha and children Bobby and Rhonda (Trevon) of Phoenix, AZ, and Robin and Husband Mark and children Mark (Juanita), and Ryan (Bernice), sisters Lorraine Sisneros (Paul) and Agnes Ortega both of Raton, granddaughter Danielle Cordova of Lakewood, CO and 26 great grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends also survive.

Delia was a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She was dearly loved and she will be greatly missed by her husband Steve and family. We love you mom and we will always miss you.

Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Wednesday January 8, 2014 at 10:00am at the St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father John Trambley officiating followed by the Rite of Committal and Interment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements for Delia M. Ortega are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

 

 

LA MESA RACING CLAIMS FOUL ON NM RACING COMM.

The NM Racing Commission worked to sabotage La Mesa Racing’s plans for a racetrackand casino in Raton according to a lawsuit filed Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.   The suit filed on behalf of owner Michael Moldenhauer, claims commissioners let the license expire after the project faced a number of delays.

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The suit also accused former commissioner Marty Cope of intentionally blocking the project because of her friendship with a rival.  Cope “intentionally, willfully and purposefully took action to hinder La Mesa’s progress and to sabotage La Mesa’s racino project.”  The suit seeks an unspecified amount of damages for losses. 

In a statement issued exclusively  to KRTN, Moldenhauer said, “Too much time, money and effort was made in bringing a racetrack back to Raton for us not to address the injustices that took place.  Many, many people, including the majority of residents from Northeastern New Mexico that assisted in this cause, deserve to know the truth about the actions of both the gaming control board and the racing commission.  This action is the first step in exposing the actions of those involved and holding them accountable.  I’m looking forward to a jury holding the Racing Commission responsible for their improper conduct.”

 

In Memory of Juanita Sanchez

Juanita Sanchez age 76 of Raton went home to her father in heaven on December 27, 2013. She was born on May 6, 1937 in Santa Barbara, New Mexico to Jose and Ofelia Sanchez. Juanita was the wife of Antonio Sanchez and Grandmother of Johnny Ray Garcia.

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Juan, Cirilio, Joacoba, Severana, Eloyda, Milton, Joe, Orlanda, and grandson Johnny Ray Garcia. She is survived by her loving children Marion and wife Cindy, Juanita “Kiki” and husband Johnny, Bertha and husband Bill, Antonio, Patsy and Husband Matthew, Louise and Fiancé Rudy, Alice and husband Jerry, David “Gordy”, Zeke and wife Becky, one sister Claudia Sanchez, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be on Thursday January 2, 2013 at 10:30am recited by the Legion of Mary at the St. Patrick’s/ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 11:00am with Father John Trambley as the Celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

The family can be greeted at 1910 La Mesa Dr.

Arrangements for Juanita O. Sanchez are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Memory of Lawerence Dallas

After a long illness with COPD “Larry” Dallas was called home to our Lord. Born January 15, 1934 in Amistad NM. He was an avid basketball player. In 1952 Maxwell won the State basketball championship. He served in the US Naval Air from 1955 thru 1957 doing his basic training in San Diego, CA. Then he transferred to Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, WA. After returning to Raton Larry worked at Coca-Cola bottling company, co-managed the Heap-A-Burger drive in, co-owned Raton Dairy King and owned and managed Larry’s Drive. By 1964 he was employed by Sinton’s Dairy. In 1970 he was working for BNSF railroad until his retirement then choosing to make Raton his home.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Ben Dallas of Maxwell, NM, brother Lonnie Dallas of Taos, NM, sister Norine Slade of Raton and his 2nd born daughter Patti J. Dallas of Albuquerque, NM leaving us on March 14, 2013 also two nephews and two brother-in-laws.

Larry is survived by his son Buddy Dallas of Albuquerque, NM, daughter Penny Dallas of Albuquerque, NM and daughter Paula Dallas Palmer of Rio Rancho, NM, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren with one great grandson in May of 2013. Also the mother of his children and his care giver for 3 ½ years, Lilia Padilla Encinias of Raton, NM his sister Lucile Harris of Raton and family, sister Anita Miller of Subtle, KS and family, brother Harvey Dallas and wife Donna of Amarillo, TX and family, sister-in-law Emma Dallas of Espanola, NM. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.

At his request immediate cremations has taken place and inurnment will take place at a later date.

Thank you to Amber care for his nursing needs. All were wonderful. He especially looked forward to Hannah and Darlene’s nursing visits and little “goody snacks”. Thank you to special neighbors Ed and Jennie Salazar who were always ready to give a needed hand with a smile. A special thank you to granddaughter Jaymi Chavez who also helped to care for her granddad.

Last but not least a big thank you to those who stopped by to chat awhile or send him a card. He enjoyed that so much. Also thank you to the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home for their care for our loved one and their care and help with funeral arrangements.

Arrangements for Larry Dallas are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

 

 

 

 

In Memory of Theresa Vukonich

Dearest Theresa Lucille (Tessie) Vukonich, age 94, entered into eternal peace on Monday December 30, 2013 at MCMC Long-term Care in Raton, New Mexico surrounded by her loving family.

Born May 7, 1919, in Sugarite, to Mary and Hurley Gayet, she attended school and graduated from Raton. She went onto marry Vincent Vukonich on September 18, 1938. They raised two daughters together, Lavern and Beverly. 

She worked at the ASCS office, United Chevrolet, Elco, and the court house as a secretary until retirement. 

Theresa was a member of the St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, she quilted at the senior center, and she walked daily until she was no longer able. 

Theresa will be especially remembered for her love of her grandchildren. She taught them to crochet enormously long chains, baked with them, and told them all the good stories about growing up in Sugarite Canyon. They treasured their time with her and she will be dearly missed by all of them. She was an inspiration to them as she taught them many life lessons, especially to be strong in times of adversity. 

Survivors include her daughter Skip and husband John O’Byrne, her daughter Beverly and husband Ernest Johnson, and sister Catharine Ferrari. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jody and Johnny Hatch, John Pat and Kim O’Byrne, Joel and Melodie O’Byrne, James O’Byrne, and Josh O’Byrne, Scott and Laura Johnson, Shad and Deanna Johnson, Shana and Jeff Burton. She also has numerous great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, brother’s Charles, Sylvester, and Laverne, and her husband Vincent.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday January 2, 2014 at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 105 Buena Vista, Raton, New Mexico recited by Deacon Tom Alderette.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday January 3, 2014 at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 105 Buena Vista, Raton, New Mexico with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of Christian Burial will be held at the Mount Calvary Cemetery directly following mass. 

Memorial contributions may be made to MCMC Auxiliary in Raton, New Mexico.

Thanks to the staff at MCMC Long-term Care and Colfax General Long-term Care for their loving support and help during this time.
Arrangements and celebration of love for Theresa Lucille (Tessie) Vukonich are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

Fiery Accident east of Des Moines

A fiery two vehicle accident occurred about 10 miles east of Des Moines on New Year’s day sending four individuals to the hospital. 

A Pickup pulling a camper trailer was traveling west on US 64/87 when it crossed the median and went into eastbound lanes and struck a Cadillac SUV pretty much head on. The pickup and camper turned over onto its driver’s side and caught fire. The pickup and trailer burned completely while the Cadillac SUV was a total loss.

All occupants were transported by ambulance from the scene and were taken to Union County General Hospital and later transported to Amarillo. The extent of injuries were unknown. 

According to State Police occupants of the vehicles were;

Cadillac SUV:
Driver: Marvin Novak, 74, Woodhaven TX
Passenger: Shirley Novak, 62, Woodhaven TX

Pickup pulling camper:
Driver: Adelido Maestas, 66, Commerce City, CO
Passenger: Donna Maestas, 70, Commerce City, CO

 

 

 

 

Photo by Mike Schoonover A bobtail truck is fully engulfed in flames just a few miles east of Des Moines on New Year's Day

Photo by Mike Schoonover
A bobtail truck is fully engulfed in flames just a few miles east of Des Moines on New Year’s Day

 

Photo by Mike Schoonover This two vehicle accident was on US 64/87 just a few miles east of Des Moines on New Year's Day

Photo by Mike Schoonover
This two vehicle accident was on US 64/87 just a few miles east of Des Moines on New Year’s Day

 

Photo by Mike Schoonover This fiery accident took place just a few miles east of Des Moines on New Year's Day

Photo by Mike Schoonover
This fiery accident took place just a few miles east of Des Moines on New Year’s Day

 

Photo by Mike Schoonover All that is left is the frame of the bobtail truck after this accident just a few miles east of Des Moines on New Year's Day.

Photo by Mike Schoonover
All that is left is the frame of the bobtail truck after this accident just a few miles east of Des Moines on New Year’s Day.

Raton in the Orange and Black Classic

Raton Basketball teams travelled to Clayton for the Orange and Black Classic Thursday thru Saturday. Below is the Brackets for the tourney.

 Thursday Jan 2, 2014

Girls

Robertson 58  Springer 53

Logan 77 Raton JV 11

Raton 59  Guymon JV 38

Clayton 62  Logan JV 10

Boys 

Springer 77  Clayton JV 36

Logan 78  Raton JV 20

Clayton 85  Logan JV 12

Raton 78  Guymon JV 56

 

Friday January 3, 2014

Girls

Springer 60   Raton JV 12

Guymon JV 57  Logan JV 18

Logan 47  Springer 43

Raton 55  Clayton 53  3 OTs

Boys

Clayton JV 70  Raton JV 37

Guymon JV 54  Logan JV 25

Logan 62  Springer 41

Clayton 79. Raton 54 

 

Saturday January 4, 2014

Girls

Logan JV 33  Raton JV 26

Springer 47  Guymon JV 37

Clayton  49  Robertson 40. 3/4 Place Game

Logan 54  Raton 50. Championship Game

Boys

Logan JV 39  Raton JV 33

Guymon JV 44  Clayton JV 34

Raton 66  Springer 54. 3/4 Place Game

Clayton 57  Logan 49. Championship game

 

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1st Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Maloya

The first annual Polar Bear Plunge took place at Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park Wednesday New Year’s Day.

All the proceeds from the plunge this year will be used to help build a veteran’s memorial near Legion Park near downtown Raton. The event was sponsored by the Raton Recreation Department. 

A similar event had been held at Eagle Nest Lake in the past but has been cancelled due to low water levels at the lake. Lake Maloya however is sitting just below the spillway on the dam making for water depths of about 5 1/2 to 6 feet in the plunge area. According to Bob McIver, Sugarite Canyon State Park Superintendent, the water temp was near 34 degrees.

 

Raton Fire and Emergency Services personal as well as State Park's rangers for the first annual Polar Bear Plunge New Year's day at Lake Maloya

Raton Fire and Emergency Services personal as well as State Park’s rangers for the first annual Polar Bear Plunge New Year’s day at Lake Maloya


Participants prepare to make the jump New Year's day at Lake Maloya

Participants prepare to make the jump New Year’s day at Lake Maloya


A good crowd was on hand to witness the first Polar Bear Plunge held at Lake Maloya Wednesday New Year's day

A good crowd was on hand to witness the first Polar Bear Plunge held at Lake Maloya Wednesday New Year’s day


The first Polar Bears to make the plunge Wednesday afternoon at 34 degree Lake Maloya during the Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for a veteran's memorial near Legion Park.

The first Polar Bears to make the plunge Wednesday afternoon at 34 degree Lake Maloya during the Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for a veteran’s memorial near Legion Park.