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In Loving Memory of Davida Lee Pierce

Davida Lee Pierce of Raton, NM passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Raton. She was born July 10. 1955 in Big Bear, CA., the daughter of John and Mary Lee Berry. Davida lived a life of compassion for her loved ones and ranch animals, with a special place in her heart for her horses. She was preceded in death by her sister, Bertha Ann Berry, grandparents Dick and Sarah Murray and Patrick and Bertha Berry, and great-aunt Mary Moore.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Pierce of the family home, two daughters, Mary Lynn Mataska of Albuquerque and Cindy Pelton and husband James of Santa Anna, TX; Two Sons, Troy Pierce and wife Mindy of Hewitt, TX, and Casey Pierce and wife Shannon of Raton, NM; sisters Jo Ellen Ladenburger and husband Jeff of Denver, CO; Sarah Shubert and husband Gary of Roswell, NM; two brothers, John Richard Berry and wife Jackie of Trinidad, Co; and Patrick Berry and wife Carmella of Raton, NM. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Davida will be greatly missed by her loved ones.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society in Davida’s memory.

A memorial service will be Saturday, August 2nd at 2:00 PM at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Davida Lee Pierce are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Lewis Dick Quintana

Lewis Dick Quintana went to meet his heavenly father July 21, 2014. He was born in Springer, New Mexico April 10, 1956. Lewis was preceded in death by his mother Helen Quintana and his brother Freddie Quintana.

He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Bylinda Diann Quintana, his treasured sons Scott (Angie) Quintana of Hardy, Arkansas, Eric Quintana of Lafayette, Louisiana and Nicolas Quintana of Paragould, Arkansas, cherished Grandchildren – Rebecca Quintana, Beth Thomas, Natalie Gray, Leryn and Aubrey Quintana, Jillian and Nate Quintana, Great Grandchildren – Constance and Cheyenne Thomas, Haley, Brayden and Emma Gray, his brothers Richard (Margie) Quintana of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Lorenzo (Anita) Quintana of Lacy, Washington. Henry (Lorraine) Quintana of Paragould, Arkansas. Carlos (Stacy) Quintana of Paragould, Arkansas, and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

Lewis was an amazing man of honor and dignity. His love for his family was endless. Words cannot express the love and kindness of this man. Lewis was the strength of his entire family. His greatest dream in life was to become a Marine and he succeeded. Once a Marine Always a Marine. After retiring in 1989 his life was devoted to his family.
 
Pallbearers: Joe Jones, Freddie Hatch, Sam Blea, Lorenzo Hatch, Richard Ortiz, Dennis Jones, Randy Johnson & Art King 
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday at Heath Funeral Home. His life will be celebrated at 2:00 PM Friday at Heath Colonial Chapel. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.

In Loving Memory of Linda L. Murray

Linda L. Murray, age 50, died Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Clayton, New Mexico. 

Memorial Services will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Hass Funeral Home in Clayton, New Mexico with Deacon P. Louis Montoya, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico. 

Linda L. Murray was born on January 17, 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Raymond Murray and Gloria Garcia. They lived in Albuquerque and then Las Cruces before moving to Clayton. Linda attended school in Clayton and graduated from Clayton High School in 1982. She attended college at ENMU in Portales for three years, then returned to Clayton where she worked as a secretary for AnnaMarie Durbin at the First National Bank in Clayton and then as a manager at the Eklund before moving to Salida, Colorado. While in Salida, Linda worked for High Country Bank as a bank teller and as a loan officer. Linda and John returned to Clayton in 2012 and Linda did volunteer work with many different organizations, wherever she was needed, especially anything associated with St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and the ladies altar society. Linda was preceded in death by a brother; Roger Lee Gutierrez, maternal grandfather; Steve Garcia, paternal grandmother; Rosie Hightower and by John’s father; Jack Raines. 

SURVIVORS: 

1 DAUGHTER: Rojalei Hodge of Clayton, New Mexico. 

1 SON: Kaleb Barnes and Holly of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

HER MOTHER: Gloria Garcia of Clayton, New Mexico. 

HER FATHER: Raymond Murray of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

1 BROTHER: Terry Murray and his wife Deree of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. 

1 SISTER: Hilaire Farias of Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

HER PARTNER: John Raines of Clayton, New Mexico. 

MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER: Josephine Garcia of Clayton, New Mexico. 

And numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Osos Will Not Be Back in Raton

Special to KRTN Sports

Osos Will Not Be Back Next Year7/25/2014- The Road for the Raton Osos likely will end after the 2014 season The Raton Osos were formed after the Trinidad Triggers had a disagreement over field usage in 2012 with Trinidad State Junior College. The Triggers were originally slated to move into Raton. That never happened but the Osos would up getting an expansion team. “The Osos were great for Raton, we enjoyed them and wished they could stay.” says Randy Rubin owner of Sports Arena in Raton.

The Osos provided opportunity for their players, coaches and fans to have baseball. Although the Osos never had a player promoted to a higher league in the two year history of the team The two years the Osos were in the Pecos League were enjoyable for visiting teams, umpires and players. The ballpark at Raton was perfect for a Pecos League Team. In 2008 the City Manager of Raton built the Park with custom Musco lighting, sunken dugouts and a great playing surface in hopes of attracting baseball. The Million Dollar Field met its match when the Osos landed. It was plug and play with no upgrades needed except for seating. In 2014 when the Pecos League moved to Microtel, Raton had the best host hotel in the league.The City of Raton provided all the resources they could for the Osos.

Ray Hancock was the only manager of the Raton Osos says the following: “If the town had money they would keep us here, there just is no money. We are behind the 8 ball in every aspect to be able to compete in this league. This league is getting better ever year and the Santa Fe’s, White Sands and Roswells have some much more to offer than we do. We have the best fans in the league and there is no question about that. Jared doesn’t want to run this team anymore and he has been clear about that. There is no one else here that is capable he was the only option. Players that are recruited to play in Pecos League want to play in Santa Fe or Trinidad because of better travel money, meals after the games and mainly because they pass the hat. The biggest issue is not having the ability to pass the hat. Some of Santa Fe and Trinidad players make an extra hundred dollars a week on hat money. We can’t pass the hat here, the fans don’t have the money. Raton has some of the greatest people in the world and they give their all. When it comes to money they don’t have it. I am happy that we made it as long as we did. I also think we are leaving just in time. The City is honest they don’t have the money to support a team, they have many other issues to take care of other than a baseball team. The City did a great job while we were here.”

Andrew Dunn of the Pecos League says the following: “We are glad we were able to play the last two years in Raton. The City of Raton did a great job in the two years the Pecos League played in Raton. I believe it is best to quit while we are ahead. Raton has told us they don’t have money for a baseball team. There are no sponsors and the team was funded with Lodgers Tax and that was cut in half for the 2014 season. There would be no lodgers tax for 2015 season and Jared would not be involved, with Jared I don’t see it working. People forget Raton has a population of 6600 people. It is going to be difficult to have a professional baseball team when the newspaper went out of business. People don’t have $6 to watch a baseball game in Raton. That has been biggest problem when they can get in free crowds always have been big. Jared Chatterley did a great job in coordination of the Osos. He needed help from others to keep things going that help never came and relying on lodgers tax to keep a team is no longer an option. They were honest with us and said after this year it is not a good idea to keep this going. I think people started to look around at the other teams and realize there were major financial discrepancies between Trinidad, Santa Fe and Raton. The one negative about Raton is that they never were able to sell beer, obviously that hurt attendence. But they did a good job and I think they are happy with the two years they had just as we are. Eight teams will be best of the Pecos League for a lot of reasons. “

 

JD Droddy of the Trinidad Triggers says the following: “I enjoyed playing in Raton the ballpark is great and it was great to have a team so close we could play. The team was much better this year than last. I will be sad to see them not in the league but I understand how it works. Players need travel money and support and the level of support is not there.”

In Loving Memory of Janet B. Yarbrough

Janet B. Yarbrough, 72,   lifetime New Mexico resident, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Valley View Villa in Fort Morgan.  

 

She was born July 8, 1942 in Alamogordo, NM to Floyd & Mary (Chamberlin) Bailey. Janet was collection agent and owner of Raton Credit Bureau. She was married to James W. Yarbrough and had 2 children.

 

 

Janet was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Raton, NM where she volunteered frequently. She enjoyed gardening and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. 

         

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Yarbrough (Russell Vicchrilli) and two grandchildren Myra & Kellie of Wiggins, CO; two sisters Marjorie Hepple of Moriarty, NM; and Susan Raby of Las Cruces, NM. 

 

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; husband James W. Yarbrough; son James L. Yarbrough; and one brother David Bailey.

 

Memorial Service will be Wednesday July 30, 2014 at The 1st Presbyterian Church in Raton, NM at 10:00 AM. Memorial gifts may be made to charity of choice.

 

The Heer Mortuary in Ft. Morgan, CO is in charge of the cremation arrangements.

In Loving Memory of Joseph Bertola

Joseph Bertola passed into eternal life on July 21, 2014. Joseph was born in Sugarite, New Mexico on January 8, 1925 to Guiseppe Bertola and Madelena Zanardi.

Joseph was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of St. Patricks-St.
Joseph’s Catholic Church, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, an honorary member of the
Knights of Columbus, and a member of the United Transportation Union. His career as brakeman and 
conductor for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
spanned over 35 years.

Joseph was predeceased by his father and mother, four brothers, Enrico, Fred and Alfred Angelo and Charles Bertolino, and three sisters, Margaret Ross, Natalena Madelena, and Dina Rodigheiro.

Joseph was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife,
Antoinette, of Raton, three sons, Michael (Cheri) of Henderson, Nevada, Joseph Stephen (Petra) of Raton,
And Fred of Raton, and one daughter, Marisa (Steve) Aguirre of Raton. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and numerous great grand-children, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be Wednesday July 23, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be at St. Patricks-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Thursday, 
July 24, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Mass will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. The rite of Christian burial and the interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Joseph Bertola are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Loyd J. Wilkins Jr.

Loyd J. Wilkins Jr. who was born May 2, 1925 to Loyd J, Sr. and Grace Wilkins in Grenville, NM., passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014.

When Loyd was a young man, the Wilkins family moved to Raton and opened Wilkins Lumber. Loyd Jr. and his brothers continued to run the business for many years. Loyd was a successful and respected businessman in Raton and the surrounding area. He was a General Contractor who built many homes in the Raton and Angel Fire area. He also managed the Sands Motel and Restaurant, and owned the Harmony Manor Motel.

Loyd proudly served his country during World War II in the United States Air Force. He was a very active member of the Kiwanis Club and the Masonic Lodge of Raton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Peggy Baird, his first wife Doris Wilkins, his sons Loyd, III “Butch”, and Charles “Buddy” Wilkins.

Loyd was extremely proud of his family. He is survived by his wife Jan Wilkins of the home, his brother Worth Wilkins and wife Molly, his brother F.D. Wilkins and wife Beth, his daughter and son-in-law Connie and Quinton Wood, and his daughter-in-law Sherry Wilkins. H is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Loyd loved Raton and its residents, and he will be missed. He always had a big smile and handshake for everyone he met.

A committal service and inurnment will be Friday July 25, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Masonic Cemetery in Trinidad, Colorado with Pastor Adrianne Coleman officiating.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Loyd J. Wilkins Jr. are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

Commission Approves .25% GRT Increase

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

The Raton City Commission unanimously approved Ordinance 990 increasing the city’s portion of the gross receipts tax by .25% for debt service, capital improvements, repair and maintenance of the Raton Aquatic/Recreation Center.

Not one-person spoke against the increase noted City Manager Butch McGowen as he recommended the passage to the commission. He commended the commission and those who spoke for realizing that this is not something anyone really wanted to do but it is the solution to the problem and according to Bob Beaudette, who handed the commission three different plans they could use to pay off the debt. Beaudette indicted if the commission used either of these plans it could pay off this debt as much as eight to 12 years early.

Wayne McMurtry and Beaudette did not agree in whole with the commission about using some of the money from the GRT for maintenance instead of using all of it to service the debt. Mayor Pro-Tem Neal Segotta agreed in part with the speakers but indicated we need to create a cash reserve for repairs noting the $10,000 pump that was replaced this year at the aquatic center.

Commissioners also approved the final budget adjustment for 2014. After little discussion they approved the 2014-2015 fiscal year municipal budget. The final budget for the city is expecting revenues of $4,635,800 and expenses of $4,563,407.

Commissioners also approved the Main Street application for the annual street fair to take place on First Street between Cook and Clark Avenues on September 6, 2014.

City Manager Butch McGowen brought the commission up to date on a few items such as the Raton Downtown Historic meeting July 29, at 6:00 p.m. at the International room of the International Bank. That employees would be attending the three day state procurement training.

Commissioners appointed Ron Chavez as the voting delegate to the New Mexico Municipal League conference in Albuquerque. The city will heir to a Veteran’s Memorial at Pesavento Park paid for by funds the veterans raised.

The next regular meeting will be on August 12 at 6:00 p.m. with the following meeting in August to be moved to August 25th at 12:00 noon to allow commissioners to go to the NMML conference.

 (For a complete run down on the GRT see the story  Gross Receipts Tax City’s Prime Income  on our web page.)

City Manager Butch McGowen spoke to commissioner and informed them of some upcoming meetings.

City Manager Butch McGowen spoke to commissioner and informed them of some upcoming meetings.

 

Raton city commissioners work through the agenda Tuesday evening after hearing from Raton residents on the the GRT increase for the Aquatic Center debt service.

Raton city commissioners work through the agenda Tuesday evening after hearing from Raton residents on the the GRT increase for the Aquatic Center debt service.

Raton City Commission Special Meeting July 24, 2014

A special meeting of The Raton City Commission will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the City Commission Chambers, 224 Savage Ave.., and Raton, NM 87740.   The agenda will be:

 

Call to Order

 Roll Call

 Discussion/Approval:  Maintenance Agreement- Roadway Lighting, South Interchange- NMDOT

 Discussion/Approval:  MOA- South Interchange, Right of Way- NMDOT

 Adjournment

 

Relay for Life 2014 Once Again Brings Rain

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The 2014 Colfax County Relay for Life got underway a bit late Friday evening after a whirlwind made its way through the football field and lifted the survivor tent up and over the stadium bleachers into a pickup by the concession stand, a minor setback as Relay continued on.

Again, as has happened so many times at Relay, this year after all the opening ceremonies were completed the clouds let loose a short rain shower, enough to send many scurrying for shelter. Last year’s Relay was rained out as a downpour flooded much of the field and lasted for a couple of hours.

But these little life moments are only a part of what Relay for Life is about, the reminders of what life can bring to so many and not just those that are older but young alike. Nina Padilla who had been full of life and healthy into middle age, found out not long ago how cruel that cancer can be. But as so many have done she too is a survivor and credits the help, determination and support of her family and most of all her mother for being able to beat the cancer.

Little Loralai Guttierez wore a shirt that says, “though she be little she is fierce.” Her mom Chantel spoke as a caregiver and about the struggles they have gone through since Loralai was diagnosed at a very young age with a brain tumor. This young lady has not only battle a brain tumor and won but is now fighting for her life for a fourth time. You will have to watch the video to truly understand what this little girl has been through and the heart break for her family. 

Tyler Luksich, almost a staple at Relay updated those about his battle and the fact that he is now in the 8th grade at Cimarron. He also encouraged those to keep up the fight that one day we won’t have to deal with cancer. 

Relay started in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Platt walked for 24 hours and raised $27,000. Since then 3.5 million people have made the walk for Relay for Life raising over $5 billion for cancer research. Cancer touches the lives of so many and yet it seems to miss so many. But when it does as one speaker once said at Relay “it was like a death sentence.” Today research has changed that as many more people are survivors. As Ron Chavez spoke, he said his wife has been cancer free now for 11 years. 

But as you walk around the track and look at the luminarias that are dedicated to the memory of a loved one you realize the fight is no where near being over. The lives that have been lost are memorialized on a sack with a drawing, a phrase, a poem or simply in memory of. Others dedicate to a loved one the hope for a full recovery. the money raised from the sale of the luminarias goes to help cancer victims in Colfax County. The goal this year is to raise $40,000. 

 

 

 

Nina Padilla spoke at the 2014 Relay for Life as a survivor, one of many who made it to Tiger Stadium Friday evening.

Nina Padilla spoke at the 2014 Relay for Life as a survivor, one of many who made it to Tiger Stadium Friday evening.

 

Chantle Guiterrez spoke as a caregiver who takes care of her daughter Loralai who has been through so much in her short life. Little Loralai has had cancer from birth and is battling it for the fourth time.

Chantle Guiterrez spoke as a caregiver who takes care of her daughter Loralai who has been through so much in her short life. Little Loralai has had cancer from birth and is battling it for the fourth time.

 

Tyler Luksich returns once again to Relay as a survivor of Luekemia. This young man has made it now to the 8th grade and continues to be an inspiration for so many.

Tyler Luksich returns once again to Relay as a survivor of Luekemia. This young man has made it now to the 8th grade and continues to be an inspiration for so many.

 

She is one tough little girl. She was diagnosed with cancer from the get go and is battling her fourth round today.

She is one tough little girl. She was diagnosed with cancer from the get go and is battling her fourth round today.

 

Judy Phelps, Freda Baca, Jeralyn Pais, Tess Neary, Diana Alderette, Ila Medina and Mercy Swanson make out the committee members present at Relay. Also pictured is American Cancer Society staff Katie Harlin, Lacy Daniel and Manuel Lujan.

Judy Phelps, Freda Baca, Jeralyn Pais, Tess Neary, Diana Alderette, Ila Medina and Mercy Swanson make out the committee members present at Relay. Also pictured is American Cancer Society staff Katie Harlin, Lacy Daniel and Manuel Lujan.

 

Ron Chavez spoke not only on behalf of the City of Raton but in support of his wife Debbie who has been cancer free now for 11 years.

Ron Chavez spoke not only on behalf of the City of Raton but in support of his wife Debbie who has been cancer free now for 11 years.

 

Adrianne Coleman gave a heart felt invocation, she too is a survivor.

Adrianne Coleman gave a heart felt invocation, she too is a survivor.

 

let them speak for themselves, the luminarias in memory of or dedication to a loved one who is a survivor.

let them speak for themselves, the luminarias in memory of or dedication to a loved one who is a survivor.

 

let them speak for themselves, the luminarias in memory of or dedication to a loved one who is a survivor.

let them speak for themselves, the luminarias in memory of or dedication to a loved one who is a survivor.

 

let them speak for themselves, the luminarias in memory of or dedication to a loved one who is a survivor.

let them speak for themselves, the luminarias in memory of or dedication to a loved one who is a survivor.

 

Luminarias line the track and make a ribbon in the stands.

Luminarias line the track and make a ribbon in the stands.