Archive for: September 2014

In Loving Memory of Debbie Lucille Archuletta (Lovato)

Debbie Lucille Archuletta (Lovato) , passed away unexpectedly on September 18, 2014 at her home in Trinidad, CO.

She was born in Trinidad, CO. on March 15, 1957 to Albert and Rebecca Lovato. She grew up in Sopris and Jansen and attended area schools.

Debbie was married to Daniel Ruben Archuletta until his passing in 1998.  Together they had two beautiful children, Percy and Rebecca Archuletta. Debbie also raised Shawn Lovato as her own son and she loved him very much.

Preceding her in death are parents Albert and Rebecca Lovato, sisters Cora Yzaguirre  and Judith Anne Lovato, brothers James Lovato, Larry Lovato, Toby Lovato, Jerry Lovato , nephews Clifford and Slade Maes.

Survivors are special companion Fred Duran, son Percy Archuletta and his children Daniel and Kaleigh, loving daughter Rebecca Archuletta (Robert Madrid), sons Michael (Cheri) Archuletta, Raymond (Marcella) Archuletta, Daniel (Cesily) Archuletta, and daughter Annette (John) Becerra and their children.  Also surviving are her brothers, Gerald Lovato, Donald Lovato, Wayne Lovato, Ray (Cynthia) Lovato and Ken (Amanda) Lovato, sisters Arlene Lovato, Jackie (Lonnie) Lopez, and Laverne (Alberto) Romero, special brother in law Thomas Archuletta and dear friends Raynette Garcia, Marissa Ortiz, Will, Desiree and Damian Morgan, and numerous nieces nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and many friends.

Debbie was a home health care provider for the past 13 years.  She loved listening to music, especially oldies, loved her dog Hita, spent a lot of time caring for her many flowers, loved to cook, and loved spending time with all of her family whom  she loved very much. She was always making jokes, laughing, and spreading her contagious smile to everyone around her.  To the ones close to her, she was also known as Debalicious.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel form 4PM-7PM. Funeral Services will be Friday, September 26, 2014, at 10AM at the Bible Baptist Church with Pastor Andy Ohman officiating. Dinner will immediately follow the services at the same location. Anyone wishing to bring food for the dinner may bring it to the Bible Baptist Church. Private inurnment will be at  a later date. Pallbearers are all of her brothers and sisters. The family may be contacted at 220 S. Chestnut St.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Raton City Commissioners Appoint New Commissioner

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Raton city commissioners appointed a new commissioner after extending the deadline for applications two weeks ago. Lindè Schuster, one of five applicants was chosen to fill the vacancy left by Jimmy Fanelli who resigned due to job scheduling conflicts.

The other candidates were Chris Candelario, Ray Mondragon, Lee Phillips and Ira Simpson. There was very little discussion as Mayor Mantz made the initial nomination followed by Commissioner Ron Chavez indicating Schuster’s application was the most enthusiastic and Commissioner Don Giacomo quickly agreed. Schuster will be sworn in before the October 14 meeting.

Commissioners approved a new stale check policy that will allow the city treasuer to be more aggressive in getting the checks cashed so that the money won’t be escheated to the state unclaimed property office.

Commissioners then approved the street closures for the Homecoming Parade and the Halloween Zombie Parade as well as approving the transfer of the airport FBO agreement from Pegasus Aviation to Express Aviation owned by Robert Funk. Ty Clinesmith, owner of Pegasus Aviation, said now I can enjoy my job not having to worry about two jobs at once. This was a simple sale of the business from one owner to another operator.

City Manager Butch McGowen told commissioners there were still several board vacancies that need to be filled. He hoped that some of the community’s younger generation would step up and apply.

The city will rebid the multimodal bid as the one bid they got was $500,000 over estimates.

The commission also approved the extension of the golf course easement and lien to allow the country club to make improvements in the watering system for the course. The extension will be for 10 years.

The New Mexico Main Street will be intown for their annual review next week.

The audit will also begin in September by White & Samaniego & Campbell, LLP.

Commissioners then adjourned and will meet again on October 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the commission chambers.



Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening and appointed a new city commissioner, Lindè Schuster.

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening and appointed a new city commissioner, Lindè Schuster.



In Loving Memory of Patricia Jane Smith,

Patricia Jane Smith, age 83, was born on December 1, 1930 in Roy, NM and passed away on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM.  

She was a member of the Springer United Methodist Church for sixty five years also a member of Eastern Star and member of United Methodist Women.   Patricia, a business woman, owned and operated a farm, restaurant, antique store and a bed and breakfast. She will be remembered as an outstanding mother and grandmother.  

Patricia was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Chelsea Sullivan; sons, Jerry Smith Jr. and Dale Smith; daughter, Dana Wagoner; three sisters and one brother.  

Patricia is survived by her beloved husband of sixty-eight years, Jerry F. Smith Sr.; brother, Meyler Anderson ; sons, Nathan Smith and wife Liz, Eric Smith and wife Roselyn; daughter, Katrinka Sullivan; sixteen grandchildren;  nineteen great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, as well as many other family members and friends who loved her and will miss her.  

Services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 320 Maxwell Ave in Springer, NM on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 11:00am.  In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 67 Springer, NM.  87747.  Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW. ABQ. 505-343-8008.


KRTN Multi-Media 

Rainfall estimated at anywhere from 5 to 10 inches fell on Cimarron, NM in about a five hour period on Sunday night, September 21 into early Monday morning prompting the Village Council to declare a State of Emergency because of extensive flooding.

Nick Cardenas with the Philmont Fire Dept. assessed the situation at a news conference on Monday at Village Hall. 

He said that the dollar amount was still being gathered as the phone calls were still coming in and some residents who were out of town still have yet to check on their property.  Cardenas said the call went out at 9:12 pm Sunday night and after life and safety issues were handled, over 100 responders fanned out to help residents sand bag, clean up and secure their properties.  Cardenas said fortunately, there were no injuries or casualties and no evacuations.  He said though things were bad they could’ve been a lot worse.

The NM DOT also inspected and ok’d the bridges and supports on the roadways into and out of Cimarron. The only road that was washed out was the short cut road between Lambert Hills and Maxwell St.  There was a natural gas pipeline that was exposed, but it was also deemed safe and was being reburied Monday afternoon.

The Village Council’s Emergency Declaration is now headed on to the State of NM, FEMA and Homeland Security to see if funds can be made available in the form of grants or loans, to help people clean up or rebuild after the hard hit.

Cardenas said the over 100 people who helped were from several agencies and organizations including the Cimarron PD and EMS along with Philmont, who committed 26 staff and heavy equipment.  Aid arrived from Miami, Roy, Raton, Vermejo Park, Fire District 8, Harding County, NM State Police, NM State Hiway Dept, with the CS Ranch providing a front end loader.

All eyes were skyward as a 70% chance of showers was predicted for Monday afternoon on ground that was already saturated.  Cardenas said that it’s great living in a small town, because people come together in something like this.  It all worked



Raton City Commission Meeting Agenda September 23, 2014



       TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 AT 6PM

Broadcast on KRTN AM 1490


A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 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, October 14, 2014 at 6pm.

 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:  Vacant

F.   Housing Authority:  Vacant

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)

M. Financial Advisory Board: (Commissioner Chavez)

 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 September 8, 2014 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

 B.    Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2014-35: August 2014 Financial Report

 C.   Deliberate and Act on City of Raton Stale Dated Checks Policy and Procedure.

 D.   Deliberate and Act on Approval of 2014 Homecoming Parade Road Closures.  (Raton High school)

 E.    Deliberate and Act on Approval of 2014 Halloween Zombie Parade and trick-or-treat.   ( Raton MainStreet)

 F.    Deliberate and Act on Transfer of Airport FBO Agreement to Express Aviation Services, LLC.

 G.   City Manager’s Report 


  • Board Appointments
  • Multimodal Bids
  • Tolling and Extension Agreement
  • Golf Course Easement and Lien Extension
  • NMMS Annual Site Visit
  • Audit –White + Samaniego + Campbell, LLP
  • Commission Vacancy Appointment
  • 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, September 19, 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 

In Loving Memory of Joe Allen Guerra

Joe Allen Guerra age 58 went to be with our lord on September 17, 2014. Joe was born on April 3, 1956 in Raton. Joe was always around for those who needed him. No matter where he went he always had a joke to tell and loved to make people smile. Joe loved to hunt, fish and loved to be out in the mountains camping. He also loved being with his dog JJ, they would go everywhere together. Joe was preceded in by his father Joe Sr. and his mother Iris and a brother John.

Joe is survived by his children Rita Guerra, Sam Guerra, Mary Kaplan, Cynthia Kaplan, and Joe Guerra, III; one brother Jerry Guerra, one sister Cathy Guerra and many other family and friends survive.

Cremation has taken place and a gathering to remember Joe will be held at a later date. For more information family and friends can contact the Guerra family at 575-303-3898.

Funeral arrangements for Joe Guerra are under the care and direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

Janna Mills Crowned NM State Fair Queen 2015

     ALBUQUERQUE, NM –  19 year-old Janna Mills of Eagle Nest, NM was crowned the 2015 State Fair Queen.  She has served as a Colfax County Princess, Junior Queen, and Queen, and now has earned the title of overall New Mexico State Fair Queen as announced on Friday night, September 19th.

 Janna attends the University of New Mexico where she is working toward a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She was born and raised in Eagle Nest and is a fourth generation resident of Colfax County.  She is the daughter of Lee and Jackie Mills.

 Riding horses is Janna’s passion and she would like to channel her love for horses into a mechanism to help kids learn and in particular those with special needs.  She first became interested in the concept of horse therapy when her father, who is the Eagle Nest Elementary School principal, introduced the idea to his own students.  Janna recently coordinated the first ever exceptional rodeo for kids with special needs in Colfax County.  Janna’s sister, Ashley Rose, was crowned Miss Rodeo NM 2013.  In the Colfax County Fair booklet, Janna thanked Joy Weisdorfer, Jeannie Barnes, the Colfax County Fair Board for the opportunity, her family for the love and unconditional support and her Lord Jesus for guiding her down this path.

Janna was selected based on receiving the highest combined scores considering a number of criteria such as horsemanship, personal interview, written test, on-stage presence, and speech.

Lobos Outrun Tigers for Win

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

While there are 11 men on the field for a football team the Escalante Lobos had a quarterback that could almost be called a one-man team as Dominic Montano ran, scrambled and dashed for over 300 yards Friday night as the Lobos outran the Tigers for a 34-13 win.

Raton planned and executed the plan well. Going into the game the Tigers knew they had to shut down Montano and that they did with shirttail tackles and behind the line stops. But somehow Montano managed to squirm loose or simply find a hole and on two instances squirted for over 60 yards to pay dirt.

The Lobos scored first late in the first quarter with only 28 seconds left on the clock it was a 1-yard plow through the line by Montano. The 2-point conversion failed and it was a 6-0 game.

The onside kick was left uncovered by Raton to possibly go out of bounds but the Lobos recovered it just before it bounced out giving them the ball on the Raton 30. Seven plays later Montano dived for a 2-yard TD. The 2-point try failed and left it a 12-0 game.

Raton turned the ball over on downs on their next series at the Escalante 40 and Montano simply found a hole and scampered 60 yards to pay dirt. This time the 2-point try was good when Will Hurd punched it in with 4:19 on the clock, it was a 20-0 game.

Third quarter action began with Raton starting at the 50 on an onside kick. With the help of a face mask penalty the Tigers went the 50 yards in three plays in 49 seconds and ended it with a 9-yard scamper by Dakota Martinez. Oscar Areola put the ball between the uprights for a 20-7 ball game.

Raton recovered the onside kick at the Escalante 40 but was unable to capitalize and turned the ball over on downs at the Escalante 36. This time it was an 18-yard pass play to Tristan Martinez for six. Montano punched the 2-point conversion in and it was a 28-7 ball game with 4:10 left in the third.

A determined Raton team then went 14 plays from our own 37 to pay dirt. Dante Mileta put one up and Martin Ortiz was there to haul it in and find pay dirt with 41 seconds left in the third. An end around to Ortiz added the necessary 2-points to make it a 28-13 game.

A pass interception in the fourth by Lucas Cordova gave the Lobos another shot after a personal foul put the ball on the Escalante 31. From there Montano squirted free and went the 69 yards for six more.  The 2-point was no good and left the score 34-13.

A fumble recovered by Lucas Cordova gave Escalante the ball back on their own 20 where they marched down the field and ran out the clock at the Raton five yard line.

Raton will play Thoreau at Lobo Stadium in Albuquerque this Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

As was the case quite often Friday night Tigers were chasing Dominic Montano around the field

As was the case quite often Friday night Tigers were chasing Dominic Montano around the field


In a blur of motion Martin Ortiz just misses making an interception while Tristan Martinez manages to field the ball for a big gain.

In a blur of motion Martin Ortiz just misses making an interception while Tristan Martinez manages to field the ball for a big gain.


This one was just outside the reach of Dillon Lemons

This one was just outside the reach of Dillon Lemons


Martin Ortiz pulls this one and finds pay dirt just a few yards away Friday night

Martin Ortiz pulls this one and finds pay dirt just a few yards away Friday night


Martin Ortiz manages to hang on to the ball as he is put airborne on this play.

Martin Ortiz manages to hang on to the ball as he is put airborne on this play.


Lucas Cordova steal this one from Dustin Segura late in the game Friday night

Lucas Cordova steal this one from Dustin Segura late in the game Friday night


From an offset formation the center hicks the ball to Tristan Martinez for the two point try.

From an offset formation the center hicks the ball to Tristan Martinez for the two point try.


But Dillon Lemons has other ideas as he catches Martinez behind the strange formation and stops the 2-point try in its tracks.

But Dillon Lemons has other ideas as he catches Martinez behind the strange formation and stops the 2-point try in its tracks.


Mark Lucero grabs a shirt tail and hangs on till help arrives, but Dominic Montano still manages to gain a few yards.

Mark Lucero grabs a shirt tail and hangs on till help arrives, but Dominic Montano still manages to gain a few yards.

All Aboard with NM State Transportation

It was a packed room to see the NM State Transportation Commission conduct its monthly meeting in Raton at the invitation of District 4 Commissioner and Raton resident, Ron Schmeits.

Commission chairman Pete Rahn convened the meeting to order in the Raton Best Western Hotel with the majority of the crowd there for the update on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief.

All that spoke were all-aboard in favor of the SW Chief as Ray Lang of Amtrak gave their update saying the recent Tiger Grant awarded to CO-KS is a major step in the right direction.  Lang said BNSF alerted Amtrak in 2011 of Burlington’s intention to reduce the maintenance on the route of some 224 miles because of reduced freight.  That would drop the section to a class 2 which is safe up to 30 miles per hour.  The section currently is class 4 with speeds safe up to 80 miles an hour.

The NM portion from the Raton Pass to Lamy, is in better shape than portions of the CO-KS tracks, so maintenance not replacement/repair would be the big issue in New Mexico.  Lang said the original estimate for NM was 100 million for ten years or ten million per year.  He also said Amtrak is committed to $4 million per year and while BNSF has not given a solid number, it has said it would be willing to help maintain in the hope of future increased business.

Chairman Rahn told Lang ”we need a number” in order to know what the state can expect.  Rahn also stated “money is tight” in NM with GRIP funds already committed and allocated.   A meeting with Amtrak, BNSF and state officials will be forthcoming as Rahn directed NM Transportation cabinet secretary’s Tom Church’s liason to ask Church about setting up a meeting. 

Incoming Raton City Manager Scott Berry said it was the single most important transportation issue in Raton/Colfax County. Berry told the commission that the Track Fire and the closing of the interstate pointed out how important the Raton portal is to the state.  Berry also complimented the Raton airport, calling it one of the best small airports in NM.  Berry also said Express Aviation is set to replace Pegasus Aviation in the near future and has further plans to improve the amenities even more.

Colfax County commissioners Jim Maldonado and Bill Sauble were there, as were Raton City Commissioners, Ron Chavez, Neil Segotta, Don Giacomo and Mayor Sandy Mantz.

Amtrak economics were the biggest part of the public input to the commission.  Ford Robbins, President of the NM SW Chief coalition attended and Jim Sooby of the CO state rail coalition wanted the commission to realize what a really extraordinary asset it is that is virtually untapped.  The line passes by some 23 million people from Chicago to LA and one of the possibilities is hosting international rail travelers, especially from Europe, for tour and special packages.  Rick Klein, Mayor of La Junta, said jobs is number one.  According to Klein, one-half of all Americans don’t have drivers licenses. Ray Lang stated earlier that it was his belief that there would be freight on the line in the future.

In summary of the NM Transportation Commission’s position, Rahn said the commission was in support of the SW Chief, but the challenge is dollars.


In Loving Memory of Richard Lambert Pruett

Richard Lambert Pruett, age 71, died Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at his home in Aztec, New Mexico. 

Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Clayton Memorial Cemetery in Clayton, New Mexico. Services are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico. 
Richard Lambert Pruett was born on December 27, 1942 in Clayton, New Mexico to Richard Edward Lambert and Minnie Lois (Crist) Lambert. Richard worked for Halliburton for a long time and had his own welding business. He also worked in the oil fields in Wyoming and New Mexico and retired in Farmington where he was enjoying his horses and chickens and all of his hunting and fishing. Richard was preceded in death by his father on June 30, 1983. 


2 SONS: Richard Lambert and his wife Debbie of Farmington, New Mexico and Kenneth Lambert of Bloomfield, New Mexico. 

2 GRANDCHILDREN: Zack Lambert and Ricci Lambert both of Farmington, New Mexico. 

MOTHER: Minnie Lois Lambert of Clayton, New Mexico. 

1 BROTHER: Thomas Lambert and his wife Sherry of Clayton, New Mexico.