Archive for: March 2014

In Loving Memory of Nicky L. Tarufelli

Nicky L. Tarufelli age 82 went to be with the Lord on Monday March 24, 2014. He was born on April 13th 1931 to Atilio and Adela Tarufelli. He was a US Army veteran. He served in Korea with his brother Pete. Nicky had a heart of gold. He liked to joke with everyone. He loved his fishing, playing the guitar and harmonica, playing cards and dominos. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. 

            He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother Lucia, 2 brothers Johnny and Louis, 4 sisters Lola Guitierrez, Tina Petersen, Emily Schirra, and Amelia Martinez,

            Nicky is survived by his wife Clara Tarufelli of the family home, son Nicky Tarufelli and wife Susie, daughter Debbie Darras and husband Leonard all of Raton, two grandson Johnny Tarufelli, Jordan Darras, four granddaughters Carolina and Graciela of Oklahoma, Estrella and Estefanie of Las Cruces, 16 great grandchildren, one brother Pete Tarufelli and wife Hope of Raton, one sister Della Faye and husband Leroy Wetsel of Clayton, and two sister-in-laws Ester Lucero and Jennie Lopez and husband Rufino. 

            Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Friday March 28, 2014 at 9:30am recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00am with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of committal and interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

            Arrangement for Nicky L. Tarufelli are under the care and direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton. 

State Spirit Preview Tuesday night for RHS Cheer and Tiger Cats Dance

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The Raton High Cheer and Tiger Cats dance teams will perform at the State Spirit competition Friday and Saturday in Albuquerque at the Pit on the UNM Campus. 

The girls will perform a routine on Friday and another one on Saturday. For the dance team the one on Saturday will be completely different than the one on Friday which is a pom routine. The cheer team will perform a game time routine on Friday and a more dance themed routine on Saturday. The cheer team also gets points for crowd participation so plan to come on out and help the cheer team out. 

Both coaches said in an interview that they were excited and ready to go. For the cheer team it will be a different experience in that they will compete in a coed group rather than all girls as they have in the past. As Anthony Saenz put told his teammates “its been one heck of a ride.” Toby Henson joins the team as the other male team member which allowed them to compete as a co-ed team this year. Competing in Co-ed will be to the cheer teams advantage as they will not be competing against some of the power house private schools like Hope Christian and St Mikes.

The dance team is coming off some turmoil this year with the resignation of coach Kelli Gabriele. Coach Sue Holland indicated the girls seem to have overcome this bump in the road and are ready to move on. Competition however is tough in 3A dance as they will compete against the likes of Hope Christian and St Mikes, both private schools. 


The RHS Cheer Team performs their state Spirit Competition routine at Tiger Gym Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

The RHS Cheer Team performs their state Spirit Competition routine at Tiger Gym Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd.


The RHS Cheer Team performs their state Spirit Competition routine at Tiger Gym Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

The RHS Cheer Team performs their state Spirit Competition routine at Tiger Gym Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd.


The RHS Tiger Cats Dance Team performs their state Spirit Competition routine at Tiger Gym Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

The RHS Tiger Cats Dance Team performs their state Spirit Competition routine at Tiger Gym Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd.


The RHS Tiger Cats Dance Team performs their state Spirit Competition routine at Tiger Gym Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

The RHS Tiger Cats Dance Team performs their state Spirit Competition routine at Tiger Gym Tuesday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd.


The Tiger Cats Dance Team performs their dance routine, which will be their routine for Saturday at the State Spirit Competition in the Pit in Albuquerque

The Tiger Cats Dance Team performs their dance routine, which will be their routine for Saturday at the State Spirit Competition in the Pit in Albuquerque

In Loving Memory of Richard F. “Dick” Trujillo

Richard F. Trujillo “Dick” 62, a lifetime Puebloan, he was born November 9, 1951 to the union of Jess and Rose Trujillo. His mother Rose precedes him in death along with, a sister, Patricia Montez, Grandmother, Helen Vigil and father-in-law Harold Lovato.

Dick graduated from Central High School (1970), Trinidad State Jr. College (1972), Southern Colorado State (1974) and Special ED. Certificate (2010).

Since the age of 8 years old Dick had a passion for sports. He has been associated with, Little League Bessemer Park 8 years old, Softball Central Field 12 and under, Runyon Field Organized Sports, Central High School (lettered in, Baseball, Basketball and Football, Class President Senior Year, Mr. Central, Senior Year; Elk organized sports, Semi Pro Sal Acuna Angels, Fast pitch organized League, El Ray, Giadones, Bessemer Park organized leagues, Trinidad State Jr. College Baseball Team (1971-72) Sports Scholarship, Traveling League, Perfect Image, T’s Nine Baseball Teams, Sport Garden organized Sports, Umpired organized sports leagues, Coached Central High School Baseball Teams, Coached Parks and Recreation Little League Bessemer Park for the City of Pueblo, Organized many Fast pitch Softball Tournaments, Directed Youth Program City of Pueblo, Coached girls softball leagues organized sports, Retired from School Dist.60 after 30 years of service, Taught at Dolores Huerta 2 years and was a  current Employee at El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch to Present. Throughout these years Dick has received many Certificates, Awards and Trophies to numerous to list.

Survived by his Loving Wife of 39 years Berniece (Lovato) Trujillo his Children Brandis (Dru) Trujillo, Brook Trujillo and son Rick Trujillo, Sisters Victoria Esquivel, Jackie (Dave) Martinez, Brothers Mike (Debbie) Trujillo, Chuck (Natalie) Trujillo; Brother and Sister in Laws, Steve Montez, Bea (Phil) Rico, Vicky(Julian) Gettler, Leroy(Corinna) Lovato, Teresa (Steve) Sampson, Daniel Lovato, Valorie (Tom) Maynes, David Lovato, Mother in Law Dora Lovato and numerous other Relatives and Friends.

Rosary 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 26) at Angelus Chapel.  Funeral Mass 10 a.m Thursday (March 27) at St. Francis Xavier Church. Interment  Roselawn Cemetery.

Courtesy Comi Funeral Home


In Loving Memory of Jake F. Maes


Jake F. Maes, age 55, passed away at Parkview Medical Center on March 22, 2014.
He was born in Ogden, Utah on April 18, 1958 to Beatrice (Padilla) and Steven R. Maes.
He was employed as a commercial and residential painter for several years.
On August 15, 1981, he was united in marriage to Louanne Pleimling, ,in Commerce City, CO.
Jake enjoyed fishing and playing his guitar.
He loved music and spending time with family and friends.
Preceding him in death is father Steve Maes and grandparents, Emelia and Eddie Padilla.
Survivors are his wife of 34 years Louanne Maes, Trinidad, daughters Josette (Jeremy) Pulver, Maine, Sarah Maes (Tom Mitchell) Trinidad, son Richard Maes (Amanda Ortiz) Albuquerque, N.M., mother Beatrice Bailey, Denver, grandchildren, Michael Quintana, Richard Maes, Isaiah Bowman, Marcus Maes, Leyla Maes, Brayden Romero, Joshua Maes, Victoria Pulver, Nathan Pulver, brother Michael Maes, sisters Rhonda (Richard)Maldonado, Connie (Jerry) Baker, Linda (Darrin) Seutter all of Denver, several sisters and brothers in law and many dear friends. 
Funeral Services will be held Monday March 31, 2014, with Funeral Mass at 10:00Am at Holy Trinity Church.
Private inurnment at a later date.
Arrangements made under the direction of the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Dolores Avila Spencer

Spencer, Dolores Avila

Passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014. She was born March 24, 1944 to Ambrosio G. Avila Jr. and Emily Mileta Avila.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Jack and son, Michael Matthew.

She is survived by her three sons, Jacky (Joey), Otho and David; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Services will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 11:00 a.m., at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Wyoming Chapel. Interment will take place in Fairmont Cemetery in Raton, NM at a later date.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dolores Spencer to Joy Junction, 4500 2nd St. SW, ABQ, NM 87105. Please visit our online guestbook at www.danielsfuneral.com.

“Beginnings are usually scary and 
endings are usually sad, but it’s everything in
between that makes it all worth living.”

Daniels Family Funeral Services
7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

In Living Memory Rebecca Ann Bingham

Rebecca Ann Bingham, passed away on March 13, 2014 at the age of 30.

She was born in Trinidad, Colorado, the daughter of Rebecca Lee (Young) and Robert Dale Bingham.

She attended area schools;  including Trinidad Catholic High School  and Trinidad State Junior College where she received her certification  in the Early Child Development program.

Annie loved all children and she spent time caring for them.

She also enjoyed music .

Annie loved her daughters and family, She will best be remembered for her unconditional love , strength and support,  given to her family in their personal times of need.

Her ever present smile, sparkling green eyes, and gentleness will be missed by all who  were  fortunate enough to have her in their lives.

Preceding her in death are grandparents , Albert Bingham, Patricia Nicols, Leroy Young, Luticia Morton and sister in law Angela Bingham.

Left to cherish her memory are parents, Rebecca (Bill)Hund, Robert (Virginia) Bingham, daughters Ashlyn BreAnn Velasquez Reece Danae Bingham, ,brothers Todd (April) Barlow, Shaun (Tuesday) Wicker, Jeremiah Bingham, Shawn (Ashley) Montoya, Matthew  Hund, Bryan Hund, Daniel (Kathy)Hund,  sisters, Laurie Lobozzo, Delilah Bingham, Monique Louis, Melissa (Wes) Carter, Toni (Donny) Martinez,   Jessica  Hund, Kimberly (John) Strong,  special nieces and nephews, Davon, Darian, Diamond, Charly, Michael, Brandon, Mariah, Robert (Bubba), Riley, Hawke, Rain, Koqua, Granite, Jordan, Baylee, Xalander, Talicia, Angelo, Ksana, Tayo, Shyna  Mei, Ryder, Vaughn (Jordon), Jennifer (Jacob), Annarae, Whitney, Adrian, Austyn,, Milo and Violet.

She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of many special and dear friends.

Private Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Harry Gonzales  officiating.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Special Joint RPS Raton City Comm Meeting and Raton City Commission Meeting Agenda 3-25-14







MARCH 25, 2014 AT 5:30 PM   

I.               Meeting Called To Order

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

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

IV.           Closed Executive Session Pursuant To:

  • NMSA 10-15-1H(7): Threatened Litigation – Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance Company

 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.           Adjournment





       TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014 AT 6PM


A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on March 25, 2014 at 6 p.m.  The Meeting will be called to order by Mayor Mantz. 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 Mantz

 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.

  • Next Regular Commission Meeting Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6pm.
  • Proclamation: National Service Recognition Day. Colfax County Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Program.
  • Fire Restrictions

 V.             Comments from the General Public   

 VI.           Committee Reports From Commissioners:

A.  Raton Water Works:  (Mayor pro-tem Segotta, Commissioner Chavez)

B.  Raton Public Service:  (Mayor Mantz, Commissioner Giacomo)

C.  Parks & Recreation Advisory Board:  (Commissioner Chavez)

D.  Senior Center Board:  (Commissioner Chavez)

E.  Planning & Zoning Commission:  (Commissioner Fanelli)

F.   Housing Authority:  (Commissioner Fanelli)

G.  Airport Advisory Board:  (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)

H.  ETZ Zoning Commission:  (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)

I.   Arts & Culture Board:  (Mayor Mantz)

J.   North Central NM Economic Development District:  (Mayor Mantz)

K.  Library Advisory Board:  (Commissioner Giacomo)

L.  ETZ Zoning Authority:  (Mayor Mantz)

 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 March 11, 2014 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

B.    Deliberate and Act Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Raton and Raton Little League.  (Annual MOU-only changes made are the dates)

C.   Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2014-11: Corporate Authorization to Change Bank Signature Cards.  

D.   Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2014-12: February 2014 Financials.

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

F.    Deliberate and Act on Approval of Juvenile Justice Budget Adjustment (CCJJCAB).

G.   Deliberate and Act on an Intergovernmental Services Agreement between City of Raton, NM and Colfax County for “Capital Outlay Fiscal Agency Services.”

H.   City Manager’s Report 

  • Board Appointments
  • RCI Training
  • Capital Outlay Legislation
  • Landfill Inspection
  • City Manager Applications
  • Aquatic Center
  • 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, March 21, 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.



Tricia Garcia, City Clerk 

Colfax County Candidates File For Office (Harding, Mora and Union County too)

Listed below are the candidates who filed for office for Colfax County for the upcoming election. The sheriff’s race is the only contested race in the county this year.

County Commissioner
COUNTY COMMISSION DIST 1   Roy P Fernandez   Democrat

County Commissioner
COUNTY COMMISSION DIST 2   William E Sauble   Democrat

County Assessor Linda L Gallegos Democrat

County Sheriff   Steve Marquez Democrat

County Sheriff  Leon J Herrera  Democrat

County Sheriff  Lawrence J Trujillo  Democrat

County Sheriff  Vidal Sandoval   Democrat

County Sheriff  Rick A Sinclair  Republican

County Sheriff  Peter J Casias III  Republican

Probate Judge  Roy E Ackerman  Republican

Magistrate Judge  Warren G Walton  Republican
Division 1

Magistrate Judge  Felix Pena   Democrat
Division 2

Below are the filings from the Secretary of State’s office for each of the counties. 

Colfax County Filings

Harding County Filings

Mora County Filings

Union County Filings

In Loving Memory of William M Brattain

William Meyers ( Bill, Uncle Bobo, The Marshal) Brattain of Raton was born on April 17, 1951 and passed away peacefully on March 14, 2014 at Christus St Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.


Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Leanne and his youngest son.  He is survived by his loving wife, Nita Brattain; son Will Brattain; brother Mike Brattain; sister Lori Uncapher and many nieces and nephews.

Bill loved his family, friends, church and country.  He cared about animals and wildlife.  He loved to go fishing.  He was a creative and hardworking man.


There will be a Memorial Fellowship Service and Celebration of Life for Bill Brattain on Saturday March 29, 2014 at High Praise Ranch from 11:00 to 12.00 PM with luncheon to follow.  The ranch is located at 35230 Hiway 64/87 which is about 3 miles east of Raton on the Clayton Highway.

Care for the Caregiver Retreat at Mandala Center

Care for the Caregiver Retreat at the Mandala Center March 29 , 2014
Guest speakers Fr Tim Sexton and Hilece Rose RN

Care for the Caregiver is sponsoring a day of rest and relaxation for all care givers.
You are cordially invited to join us for events that are designed to relieve stress and rejuvenate those who continuously care for other. Come for one session or for all! If you would like to stay for lunch the cost is $15 and please RSVP to 575-278-3002 The program is free of charge.

10 to noon – presenters will be Fr Time Sexton & Gabrielle Herbertson
Fr Tim is a priest in the Episcopal Church who currently serves the Holy Trinity Church in Raton, as well as being the Chaplain for Ambercare hospice in Raton. His presentation “Hope for the journey” will engage us in discovering some of the tools and resources we need for the days ahead.

Gabrielle Herbertson is a poet, essayist, storyteller and writing teacher. She taught in Taos for 30 years and is currently writing poetry and essays, working with an alliance on a book combining memoir and guiding support on the healing journey from grief and loss. Her experiences have led her to discover that the writing process, undertaken with sincerity, is a path to the inner self. Our stories are our own mythic journeys, with our trials and triumphs, lessons, helpers, shatterings, deaths and resurrections. And all along, being forged in secret upon this path of fire is our gift to bring back to the world.
She will be guiding us in a creative writing exercise related to expression and relaxation in our lives.

1 to 4 – presenters will be Hilece Rose, Pam Harkness, Ellen Wood and Martha Shepp

Hilece Rose an RN for 25 years currently works at the MCMC LTC. She has 40 years of meditation practice coupled with a deep interest in supporting the healing of others.

Pamela Harkness is a local message therapist and founder of Harmony Path inc. After lunch Pan and Hilece will guide us into a meditation resonating with the sounds of harp and crystal bowls.

“Live Happy” will be the final presentation by Ellen Wood and Martha Shepp. Ellen will give 7 secrets for de-stressing and rejuvenating one’s life and feeling joy for no reason. Her book “Think and Grow Young – powerful steps to create a life of joy” won the Gold Nautilus Book Award.

Martha is a performing artist and pianist that will feature some of the Masters during the playful presentation. These two “Joyfulness Sisters” say: Sometimes you just need a good laugh. So don’t suppress it – go ahead and laugh out loud!

During breaks you can walk the labyrinth, get a foot massage, just relax, visit or be silent.

 Hilece Rose RNFr Tim Sexton