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Special Raton City Commission Meeting

AGENDA

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

CITY OF RATON SPECIAL COMMISSION MEETING

RATON CITY HALL, 224 SAVAGE AVE

MARCH 5, 2014 AT 12:00 PM

 

A Special meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on March 5, 2014 at 12:00 P.M.  The Meeting will be called to order. 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.

II.             Roll Call of the Members of the City Commission and determination of quorum.

III.           Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag.

IV.           Closed Executive Session Pursuant To:

  • NMSA 10-15-1H(2): City Manager Interviews

V.             Certification of Closed Session 10-15-1J: The minutes will state that matters discussed in Closed Executive Session were limited to only the item specified in the motion to go into Closed Session and also as advertised. No action was taken.

VI.           Deliberate and Determine what Action to Take Concerning City Manager Appointment.

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 Friday, February 28, 2014 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.

/s/

_________________________________

Tricia Garcia, City Clerk

 

Colfax County Rapid Response

The Colfax County Rapid Response team is out and about collecting signatures on a petition to be presented to the County Board of Commissioners.  If you are not contacted by one of the team members, or see them at various locations, stop by the office. For your information ISO means Insurance Services Office, who  establishes the ratings for fire insurance.  We are fortunate to have this group of dedicated members ready, willing and able to protect us and our properties from the fires that will occur in the area.

They would like to gather 300 signatures before going to the Commissioners.  Let’s help them out.  We have a copy of the petition in the KRTN office. – Debbie

The petition reads as follows:colfax county rapid response training

To Colfax County Board of Commissioners:

We the undersigned would like to petition Colfax County for the creation of a fire district which would encompass the extra-territorial zone of the City of Raton, along with some of the surrounding area as shown on the attached map.  This would provide funding for the newly formed rapid response team, and would not affect the ISO of any of the structures in the proposed area.

 

The Colfax County Rapid Response Team has been working closely with the Raton Fire and Emergency Services, and will continue to do so with the automatic aid agreement.  We have also been assured by the State Fire Marshal’s office that the ISO will not go down in the area, and will most likely improve for some of the residents.

 

We thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.

Cleaning up

In Memory of David A Coca

David A Coca age 67 passed away on February 24, 2014 in Raton, New Mexico. He was born on August 18, 1946 in Raton, New Mexico to Anastacio and Maria Florentina Pacheco Coca. David was a Raton High School graduate. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968 and did two tours in the Vietnam War where he was a helicopter mechanic and a crew chief in the Fourth 189th Ghostrider Company. After his service he retired to the states and became a truck driver and a Teamsters Union Member. He loved to work on 2-cycle engines and also participated in lawnmower tractor pulls. David also loved to fish and hunt and was known as being a joker.

David is survived by 2 sons Rocky Coca of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Derrick Apodaca of Albuquerque, NM, 8 grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren, Brother Carlos and wife Helen Coca of Raton, sister Elaine Johnson of Raton, half-sister Dorothy Chavez of Dumas, TX. Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends also survive.

David will be missed by all who knew him.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Monday March 3, 2014 at 9:00am at the St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 9:30am with Father John Trambley as the Celebrant. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Arrangements for David Coca are under the care and direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Memory of Rudy Santistevan

Rudy Santistevan, former resident of Trinidad, passed away in Northglenn, Colorado on February 24, 2014.  He was 91.
Visitation will be Monday,  from 3PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.
Rosary will be Monday March 3, 2014 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.
Funeral Mass will be March 4, 2014 at 10AM at Holy Trinity church.
Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Complete obit to follow.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Raton City Commission Met Tuesday February 25

Another Short meeting for Raton City commission

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

It was another quick meeting for the Raton city commission Tuesday evening as they breezed through the agenda.

The January 2014 financials were reviewed with no discussion. Budget adjustment #5 was passed which included changes in the building maintenance funds, police and public works. Other changes included moving funds to the museum to reflect prior commission approval. Others included changes in the solid waste enterprise fund.

David Parker Builders, a local contractor, was the only bid submitted for the Old Pass Gallery roof repair. Total cost of the bid including gross receipts tax was $38,857.50.  According to Jason Phillips with K S Berry Engineering, the bid requires the work to be done in 30 days dependent on weather once the bid is awarded.

Five requests for Lodger’s Tax funds were submitted with all five being approved. Raton Mainstreet received $2,700 for promotion of “Mexico Vive”. Awarded $13,000 for promotion of Raton in association with the Raton Osos. $5,000 was approved for promotion of the 2014 balloon rally and to help with the event liability insurance for the three-day event.

Rocking Wings and Wheels was awarded $5,000 to promote the event, which will include an air show, car show and music. Commissioners also awarded $5,000 to Phillips Broadcasting to promote the Southwest Regional Country showdown for a third year.

Commissioners approved special dispensers permits for Black Mesa Winery and Comanche Creek Brewing Company for the Spring Hops and Vines event at the Raton Museum sponsored by Raton Mainstreet for April 5th.

Commissioners tabled the discussion on the agreement with Andy Holman, Vera Holman, William Douglas and Vivian Douglas due to paperwork not being signed because the Douglas were out of town.

Commissioners approved the agreement with the Raton Police Officers. Officers will see a 2% pay increase this year and next year. The clothing allowance was increased for new officers to $2,000. There will also be incentives for education and longevity. The education incentive will be dependent on the degree the officer is studying for.

City Manager Butch McGowen informed commissioners about the capital outlay that is awaiting the governor’s signature. The city didn’t make out as well as hoped especially funding for the transfer station. (KRTNradio.com has a complete list of Capitol Outlay requests and approved requests.)

The city is in talks with the Colfax County to be a fiscal agent. Due to audit findings RPS and the city cannot be fiscal agent for organizations. McGowen also noted insurance increases are immanent so more financial planning will be in the works for the commission.

A special meeting will be held with commissioners and newly elected candidates to interview for the city manager’s position. The city has advertised internally and two have applied for the position.

Newly elected commissioners will be sworn in on Monday March 10 at 5:30 p.m. and commissioners will meet again on March 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the commission chambers for the first regular meeting of the month.

 

Michael Ann Antenucci accepted the proclamation from Commissioner Sandy Mantz for Women's History Month. The proclamation recognizes the historic contributions the American woman has made has made in the history of this country.

Michael Ann Antenucci accepted the proclamation from Commissioner Sandy Mantz for Women’s History Month. The proclamation recognizes the historic contributions the American woman has made has made in the history of this country.

 

In March the Red Cross volunteers are recognized for their many efforts during the year where they respond to many natural and man made disasters.  L to R David Butt, Jo Ozbun, Lawerence Trujillo, Sue Downing, Dennis Downing, Mona Sandoval, Randy Madison, tina Bird, Lita Sandoval, Mark Baxter, Lita Bernal and Frank Ozbun

In March the Red Cross volunteers are recognized for their many efforts during the year where they respond to many natural and man made disasters.
L to R David Butt, Jo Ozbun, Lawerence Trujillo, Sue Downing, Dennis Downing, Mona Sandoval, Randy Madison, tina Bird, Lita Sandoval, Mark Baxter, Lita Bernal and Frank Ozbun

In Memory of Tim W. Harkness

Tim W. Harkness of Raton, NM, passed away on Saturday February 22, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

He was born June 6, 1952 in Raton, NM, the son of Donald L. and Virginia Smith-Harkness. Tim was a life long rancher, a graduate of Trinidad State Jr. College and Texas Christian University ranch management program. He was a member of the Allan Savory Ranch Management Program, David Pratt Ranching for Profit, a founding member of the Northern New Mexico Holistic Ranching Pioneers, and served on the board of the Colfax County Soil and Water Conservation District.

He is preceded in death by his parents, paternal grandparents Paul and Faye Harkness and maternal grandparents Addie and Earl Smith.

He is survived by his wife Roberta of the home, one step-son James Castillo of Buena Vista, Co, one step daughter Victoria Sintas and husband Jessie of Pueblo, Co., two sisters Pam Harkness of Raton, NM and Patricia Maez of Dalhart, Tx. One brother, Daniel Harkness of Abilene, Tx. Nieces Jessica Laprade and husband Jed and their children Lyla and Willy all of Seattle, WA and Lisa Maez of Houston, Tx and nephew Adrian Maez and wife Dana and their children Degan and Aysa of Clayton, NM. Two aunts Margaret Heringa of Raton and Ruth Ann Harkness of Bandera, Tx., numerous cousins and a wide circle of friends.

Visitation will be Friday February 28, 2014 from from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton. Funeral services are Saturday March 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. At the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Daniel Harkness officiating. Burial will be at the McAuliffe Ranch with pot-luck to follow, In lieu of flowers please make donations to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Tim W. Harkness are under the direction of the the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton, NM. 

Raton moves on in District Tourney with win in Double Overtime

Taos    6    9   11  12  6   10   54

Raton 10  13  10   5   6   11  55

Taos High Point

Feliz Espinoza 20 3 of 8 free throws

Midnight Lujan 10 8 of 10 free throws

Free Throws 19 of 40 attempts

Raton High Point

Shania Dorrance  13 9 of 12 free throws

Free Throws 23 of 41 attempts

Highlights

At the end of regulation play the score was tied at 38.

Needless to say it was a tight game with the Taos Lady Tigers never falling behind more than 12 points in the game.

Taos took off and scored first keeping the lead well into the first quarter before Raton finally found a handle on the ball and started scoring.

Free throws played a big part of this game in both the number of attempts and shot made as both teams hit less than 50% at the line. 

Feliz Espinoza put up a three point shot from the right wing and well outside the three point line with only 2 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game at 44. 

Shania Dorrance put in two free throws to give Raton the lead in the second overtime. It would be the winning two points of the game.

By the end of the game Raton had lost four of their key players to fouls Mariah Romero, Sarandon Walton, Mikala Vertovec who fouled out first and Michelle Guara who got into foul trouble early 

Taos coach Robert Trujillo had studied his opponent knowing who were shooters and who to get into foul trouble early. He was still studying video before the game. 

 

Taryn Trujillo was noted as a shooter, here she is double teamed by Feliz Espinoza (34) and Elena Espinoza (5) and just gets the pass off as

Taryn Trujillo was noted as a shooter, here she is double teamed by Feliz Espinoza (34) and Elena Espinoza (5) and just gets the pass off as

 

No Pressure, no pressure at all as Michelle Guara stands at the free throw with .6 seconds on the clock and two shots. Michelle makes one to tie and misses the other to send it into overtime.

No Pressure, no pressure at all as Michelle Guara stands at the free throw with .6 seconds on the clock and two shots. Michelle makes one to tie and misses the other to send it into overtime.

 

A quick rest and into the first overtime for the first round of district tourney play

A quick rest and into the first overtime for the first round of district tourney play

 

Shania Dorrance does the honors agains Midnight Lujan as they girls square off for the second overtime of the night.  Mikala Vertovec who usually does the center jump had fouled out of the game.

Shania Dorrance does the honors agains Midnight Lujan as they girls square off for the second overtime of the night. Mikala Vertovec who usually does the center jump had fouled out of the game.

 

Shania Dorrance at the line as she readies the shot, Shania put two through the hoop to put Raton in the lead and the win. Her two shot came with only seconds left on the clock.

Shania Dorrance at the line as she readies the shot, Shania put two through the hoop to put Raton in the lead and the win. Her two shot came with only seconds left on the clock.

 

Shania Dorrance goes up for the shot as Feliz Espinoza gets and hand on the ball and draws the foul sending Shania to the free throw line

Shania Dorrance goes up for the shot as Feliz Espinoza gets and hand on the ball and draws the foul sending Shania to the free throw line

 

With only seconds on the clock coaches Leon Romero and Sara Davis explain the plan. Raton went on to win the game with the score shown on the board.

With only seconds on the clock coaches Leon Romero and Sara Davis explain the plan. Raton went on to win the game with the score shown on the board.

 

Capitol Outlay for Northeastern New Mexico

Capital Outlay requests that went to the Legislature

Below are the Capitol Outlay projects requests that each county or municipality in the county submitted to the Legislature. 

County: Colfax

ANGEL FIRE STREETS & DRAINAGE IMPROVE 100,000 Angel Fire

to design and construct street and drainage improvements in Angel Fire in Colfax county

ANGEL FIRE STREETS & DRAINAGE IMPROVE 100,000 Angel Fire

to construct, equip and renovate improvements to the wastewater treatment plant in Angel Fire in Colfax county

ANGEL FIRE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVE 610,000 Angel Fire

for repairs and improvements to the water storage tanks in Angel Fire in Colfax county

ANGEL FIRE WATER STORAGE TANKS REPAIR/IMPROVE 850,000 Angel Fire

for artwork for a theme park of Indians in Angel Fire in Colfax county

CAD THEME PARK OF INDIANS ARTWORK 165,000 Angel Fire

to design, construct and equip a water treatment plant in Cimarron in Colfax county

CIMARRON WATER TREATMENT PLANT 350,000 Cimarron

for property acquisition, and to construct and equip a zero discharge wastewater treatment facility, in Cimarron in Colfax county

CIMARRON WWATER TREATMENT FACILITY 3,900,000 Cimarron

to renovate the Colfax county courthouse and the information technology communications and server room and to upgrade information technology infrastructure throughout the county offices in Raton in Colfax county

COLFAX CO COURTHOUSE RENOVATE 230,000 Raton

to purchase and equip vehicles for senior centers countywide in Colfax county

COLFAX CO SENIOR CENTERS-VEHICLES 80,000

to plan, design and construct water and wastewater upgrades at the state correctional facility in Springer in Colfax county

CORRECTIONS DEPT SPRINGER FACILITY WATER/WWATER 3,000,000 Springer

to make improvements for building code compliance, including purchase and installation of equipment, to the Eagle Nest senior center in Colfax county

EAGLE NEST SENIOR CENTER-IMPROVE CODE 26,250 Eagle Nest

to purchase and install meals equipment in the Eagle Nest senior center in Colfax county

EAGLE NEST SENIOR CENTER-MEALS EQUIP 11,180 Eagle Nest

to purchase water rights for Eagle Nest in Colfax county

EAGLE NEST WATER RIGHTS PURCHASE 250,000 Eagle Nest

to plan, design, construct, refurbish, relocate and equip water system improvements in Eagle Nest in Colfax county

EAGLE NEST WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS 1,100,000 Eagle Nest

to plan, design and construct phase 2 water system improvements in Eagle Nest in Colfax county

EAGLE NEST WATER SYSTEM IMPROVE-PH 2 150,000 Eagle Nest

for decommissioning and restoration of wastewater lagoons in Eagle Nest in Colfax county

HIGH PLAINS REGIONAL EDUC COOP 3 ROOF REPLACE 130,000 Raton

to plan, design and construct a water well for Maxwell in Colfax county

MAXWELL WATER WELL 1,000,000 Maxwell

from the miners’ trust fund to purchase and install operating room equipment at miners’ Colfax medical center in Colfax county

MCMC OPERATING ROOM EQUIP-MTF 200,000 Raton

from the miners’ trust fund to purchase and install radiology equipment and to renovate existing space to accommodate it at the miners’

Colfax medical center in Colfax County

MCMC RADIOLOGY EQUIPMENT & RENOVATE-MTF 1,200,000 Raton

to plan, design, repair and construct drainage structures and storm drain systems and appurtenant street repairs in Raton in Colfax county

RATON DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND STREET REPAIRS 250,000 Raton

to plan, design and construct improvements to the outlet piping and manifold assembly at Lake Maloya dam in Raton in Colfax county

RATON LAKE MALOYA DAM OUTLET IMPROVEMENTS 500,000 Raton

to purchase and install meals equipment in the Raton senior center in Colfax county

RATON SENIOR CENTER-MEALS EQUIP 6,500 Raton

to plan, design, renovate and equip the Raton senior center in Colfax county

RATON SENIOR CENTER-RENOVATE 79,200 Raton

to plan, design, construct and equip a solid waste transfer station and recycling facility in Raton in Colfax county

RATON SOLID WASTE TRANSFER STATION & RECYCLE CTR 500,000 Raton

to plan, design, construct and equip a solid waste transfer station and recycling facility in Raton in Colfax county

SCCCSHD ANGEL FIRE MORENO VALLEY HEALTHCARE CLINIC 225,000 Angel Fire

to construct and install a parking lot, including demolition and removal of the existing parking lot, at the Moreno Valley healthcare clinic for the south central Colfax county special hospital district in Angel Fire in Colfax county

SCCCSHD ANGEL FIRE MORENO VALLEY HEALTHCARE CLINIC 225,000 Angel Fire

to construct and furnish a healthcare facility for the south central Colfax county special hospital district in Cimarron in Colfax county

SCCCSHD CIMARRON HEALTHCARE CLINIC 1,350,000 Cimarron

to plan, design, renovate and equip the Springer senior center in Colfax county

SPRINGER SENIOR CENTER-RENOVATE 10,000 Springer

to plan, design and construct improvements to sewer lagoons and the wastewater system in Springer in Colfax county

SPRINGER WASTEWATER SEWER LAGOONS 100,000 Springer

to plan, design, construct and install an ionization and disinfectant system for the water treatment plant in Springer in Colfax county

SPRINGER WATER TREATMENT PLANT IONIZATION 150,000 Springer

to plan, design and construct a water treatment siphon system in Springer in Colfax county

County: Harding

to plan, design and construct improvements, including roofing, to the county community building in Roy in Harding county

HARDING CO ROY COMMUNITY BLDG IMPROVEMENTS 250,000 Roy

to design and construct street and drainage improvements in Mosquero in Harding county

MOSQUERO STREETS & DRAINAGE IMPROVE 100,000 Mosquero

to design, construct and equip wastewater system improvements and monitoring wells in Mosquero in Harding county

MOSQUERO WASTEWATER SYSTEM IMPROVE 80,000 Mosquero

to plan and design water and sewer infrastructure and foundations for modular units for an assisted living site for seniors in Roy in Harding county

ROY HARDING CO ASSISTED LIVING SITE INFRASTRUCTURE 200,000 Roy

to plan, design and construct water system improvements in Roy in Harding county

ROY WATER SYSTEM IMPROVE 500,000 Roy

County: Union

to plan, design and construct renovations and roof replacement in the civic center in Clayton in Union county

CLAYTON CIVIC CTR RENOVATE & ROOF 57,000 Clayton

to plan, design, construct and equip a multipurpose event center in Clayton in Union county

CLAYTON MULTIPURPOSE EVENT CENTER 55,000 Clayton

to plan, design, renovate and equip the Clayton senior center in Union county

CLAYTON SENIOR CENTER-RENOVATE 68,100 Clayton

to purchase and equip vehicles for the Clayton senior center in Union county

CLAYTON SENIOR CENTER-VEHICLES 27,000 Clayton

to plan, design and construct renovations and roof replacement at the town hall in Clayton in Union county

CLAYTON TOWN HALL RENOVATE & ROOF 115,000 Clayton

 

 

 

These are the approved Capital Outlay projects 

Below are the Capital Outlay requests that were funded and the amours they were funded to.

County: Colfax

3163 ANGEL FIRE STREETS & DRAINAGE IMPROVE $70,000 Angel Fire STB 25/ 21

3007 CIMARRON WWATER TREATMENT FACILITY $40,000 Cimarron STB 16/ 14

3691 CIMARRONCITO DAM IMPROVE $300,000 STB 15/ 8

633 EAGLE NEST WATER SYSTEM IMPROVE-PH 2 $80,000 Eagle Nest STB 16/ 15

581 MAXWELL WATER WELL $1,000,000 Maxwell STB 16/ 16

41 MCMC OPERATING ROOM EQUIP-MTF $200,000 Raton MTF 43/ 1

40 MCMC RADIOLOGY EQUIPMENT & RENOVATE-MTF $1,200,000 Raton MTF 43/ 2

415 RATON DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND STREET REPAIRS $200,000 Raton STB 25/ 22

417 RATON LAKE MALOYA DAM OUTLET IMPROVEMENTS $300,000 Raton STB 15/ 10

408 SCCCSHD CIMARRON HEALTHCARE CLINIC $68,000 Cimarron STB 22/ 87

3319 SPRINGER WASTEWATER SEWER LAGOONS $75,000 Springer STB 16/ 17

2949 SPRINGER WATER TREATMENT PLANT IONIZATION $150,000 Springer STB 16/ 18

Summary for Colfax $3,683,000

County: Harding

2951 MOSQUERO WASTEWATER SYSTEM IMPROVE $30,000 Mosquero STB 16/ 43

769 ROY WATER SYSTEM IMPROVE $40,000 Roy STB 16/ 44

Summary for Harding $70,000

County: Union

2922 CLAYTON CIVIC CTR RENOVATE & ROOF $57,000 Clayton STB 22/216

2923 CLAYTON MULTIPURPOSE EVENT CENTER $55,000 Clayton STB 22/217

2920 CLAYTON TOWN HALL RENOVATE & ROOF $115,000 Clayton STB 22/218

Summary for Union $227,000

 

 

In Memory of Jeffrey E. Bright

Jeffrey E. Bright 

Raton, New Mexico – Jeffrey E. Bright, 71, peacefully passed away at his home, surrounded by friends, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

Jeffrey was born Feb. 26, 1942 in the United Kingdom. Due to the wartime blitz, Jeff’s mother was evacuated to Walthamstow where Jeff was born, causing him to be born at a distance from the family home that would have clearly defined his cultural origin as a Cockney, which required that he be born within so many feet of a particular church in a district of London.

He was the son of Len and Susie Bright. Raised in the Cockney district of  London, he followed the Beatles to America in the mid-1960’s and settled in Deering, N.H. Never losing his Cockney accent, this tall, thin, ginger Englishman with the turquoise tattoo on his ear always stood out and enlivened the world of many people wherever he went.

          Jeff was proud to have bolted from his humble beginnings. He went to sea as a young man, working as a steward on the Royal Mail Line. A born traveler and adventurer, he would eventually visit every continent except Antarctica. Besides Deering, Jeff also lived in Concord and Allenstown, NH, as well as New York, NY, Nantucket, MA. and Las Cruces and Raton, NM. He became an American citizen in the early 1990’s.

          In Raton, he worked with children as a social worker and is remembered fondly by his co-workers and the many young people whose lives were deeply influenced by his presence and love for people.

          He also loved music, movies, books, travel, women, dance, conversation, friends, knowledge, nature…, in short, life itself. A man of many talents, Jeff was also a silversmith, ship steward, carpenter, counselor, therapist, aerobics instructor, painter and video store clerk. He held degrees from New Hampshire Technical Institute, Springfield College of Massachusetts, and New Mexico State University.

          Married and long divorced from Betsy Neville of Deering, NH, Jeff leaves behind no children. He is survived by brother Richard of Thailand, sister Jenny of London, and his favorite niece Samantha of London, with many, many friends, scattered all about the world.

Friends will remember the twinkle in his eye, his wide and ready smile, and his readiness to help, talk, or try something new. A generous and unique soul, Jeff brightened the lives of many, both professionally and personally.

A small gathering of friends occurred in Raton on February 23, and another will follow shortly in New Hampshire. 

In Memory of Vernon K. Borrego

 Vernon K. Borrego of Gulnare, Colorado entered into rest  Feb 19, 2014 at St.Mary Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, Colorado surrounded by his loving children and granddaughter. He was born in Larmie, Wyoming on Feb 21, 1958.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and  going for nature rides. Vernon  loved listening to the record player with his wife, making BBQ’s, playing and dancing with his grandchildren, gardening, and being with his friends.  He also enjoyed watching television. His favorite programs included, Bonanza
 Bonanza, Little House On The Prairie and Sanford and Son.
Preceding him in death are wife Jean Doris Borrego, and parents Amador and Ferminia Ulibarri.
He is survived by children,   Vanessa Borrego  ( Husband Rosario Lopez G.), Jessica Borrego  (Husband Silvino Labatos),Vernon J. Borrego
grandchildren, Nadia Borrego, Latisha Labatos, Junior Labatos, siblings,   Tomasita (John) Brown , Amador (Kami) Ulibarri   Leo (Debbie) Ulibarri ,numerous aunts, uncles, sister & brother in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many many friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 2PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, February 27, 2014 10AM at First Christian Church with Pastor Cary Nelson officiating.
Cremation to follow services with private family  inurnment at a later date.
Honorary Pallbearers  Epifanio Vigil, Carl Young, Jessie Aragon (R.I.P.) Herby Hanley ,Daniel Vigil, and Gerome Ulibarri.
 Active pallbearers are , Rosario Lopez G.,Vernon Joe Borrego, Ale Brewster, John Brown, Leo Ulibarri, and Levi Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in care of Vanessa Borrego, PO Box 111, Aguilar, Co. 81020.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.