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In Loving Memory of Christina E. Duran

Christina E. Duran, age 78 passed away at home on October 29, 2014.
 
Funeral Services will be held Friday November 7, 2014 with Rosary at Noon at the  Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 1PM at Holy Trinity Church..
Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Complete obituary to follow.  Arrangements under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home. 

In Loving Memory of Deloris Hart

Deloris Hart, age 50, of Trinidad, Colorado, formerly of Heber Springs, AR. lost her battle with cancer on October 30, 2014, when she went to be with the Lord.

Deloris was employed by the Family Seed Restaurant and also the Elks Lodge.

She was a member of the Elks Lodge #181 where she was the Lecturing Knight.

Deloris loved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, husband Kenny, and her dog,  K.D.  She also loved both of her jobs. She lived life to the fullest.  She lit up the room when she walked in.  She had such a kind heart and was a beautiful person. You could not find a better Grammy, Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister and Friend.

Preceding her in death is father Raymond Stejskal, grandparents, Opal (Ople) Carr, Agnes (Quito) Stejskal, mother in law Mildred Hart, brothers in law, Eric and Jeff Hart and niece Jessica Hart.

Deloris is survived by husband Kenneth Hart, mother Gereta Gibbs, one daughter, Heather Stejskal , and one son, Joshua Nix.  She has three sisters Debbie (Larry) Williams, Doris (Larry) Christopherson, Diana (Bobby) Hooten, and one brother Wil Stejskal.  Her granddaughter Jocelyn Veltri and grandson Nate Veltri were the light of her life. Also surviving are sisters and brothers in law, Cindy (Nate) Bayna, Dan (Patty) Hart, Scott (Mary ) Hart, Melvalene Hart, Robert (Cheryl) Hart,  Robin (Chuck) Manchester, Peter (John), Wendy Hart, many nieces, nephews, cousins, family and many, many friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11AM at the Elks Lodge, 120 S. Maple, Trinidad, immediately followed by a luncheon.

Deloris will have a final memorial in Heber Springs at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kenneth Hart in care of Comi Funeral Home, PO Box 122, Trinidad, CO. 81082.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Mental Health to be a Collaborative in Colfax County

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Behavioral Health will be a collaborative between several groups, in not only Colfax County, but, Northeastern New Mexico, Shawn Lerch told a large crowd in Miners Colfax Medical Center Lobby Wednesday evening.

The collaborative will deal with adults, adolescents and involve the family in the treatment of those with a behavioral health issue. Research has found that quite often those with a mental health issue have been diagnosed with some other malady and that involving the family is a very important aspect to the recovery of the patient and often times in helping the family deal with the mental issues as well.

Kim Hamstra CEO of Tri-County Community Services deals with mental health issues. She noted that a collaborative will better deal with mental health issues.

Kim Hamstra CEO of Tri-County Community Services deals with mental health issues. She noted that a collaborative will better deal with mental health issues.

According to Kim Hamstra with Tri-County Community Services a new approach to dealing with these issues will come to fruition with the building of this collaborative. She noted that treatment of people with mental health issues often have a medical condition that took them to the hospital in the first place.

She noted that in Taos County, where Tri-County also operates, Taos had 15,000 ER visits in 2013 of those 3,000 had a primary diagnoses of a mental health issue or substance abuse. 8,000 of those had a secondary diagnosis of substance abuse and or mental health issues. Those patients got their medical issue treated but not the mental health issue. What happens is those patients end up back in the ER again and again. This is not the place to treat the mental health issue. However both have to be treated. The mental health issues often go hand in hand with certain medical issues.

Hamstra also noted that Raton, Taos and Clayton have an in-patient facility, it’s called the detention center. That’s not the place to deal with mental health issues either. We need to deal with the mental health issues so that people don’t end up in jail.

Nancy Possikoff has learned that the treatment facility needs to be tailored to our way of life in northeastern New Mexico. She mentioned that we are a rural type of people with different needs and life styles.

Erika Meadows and Ferman Ulibarri spoke about the challenges of treating juveniles. Noting that the biggest issue there is a lack of beds and that often times the closest treatment center is in Las Cruses. Another issue for teens is the trauma they suffer not only in going to a treatment center but the trauma of returning home. He added, “Many feel they just don’t fit in with their family.” Thus the need to not only treat the individual but also the family and having a treatment center here in Raton will go far in helping that situation.

Shawn Lerch spoke to a large crowd at the MCMC Acute Care Facility lobby Wednesday evening on the topic of behavioral health and how MCMC plans to deal with it.

Shawn Lerch spoke to a large crowd at the MCMC Acute Care Facility lobby Wednesday evening on the topic of behavioral health and how MCMC plans to deal with it.

Lerch noted that MCMC will seek multiple funding sources for this facility. He added we have looked at a new facility as well as using the old hospital facility. The cost of updating the old building is about $10 million where a new facility would run $7 to $8 million. He later told the crowd that he would look to some of the millionaires that surround Raton for philanthropic opportunities to help fund the facility. He added there are other trust funds that can be tapped.

MCMC recently refinanced the bonds on the acute care facility saving over a million dollars there. The money saved from that will also be used to help fund the behavioral health facility.

Once the facility is up and running there could be as many as 150 employees. That results in a very large payroll and those people will have interests in the arts and other community endeavors.

Lerch sees this as a positive way to help improve not only the community but also what MCMC can do for the community. He assured the crowd that they had studied the costs and the feasibility of the different treatments that would be needed and he felt it is a sustainable venture. He added I wouldn’t do it if I felt it wasn’t sustainable.

Lerch has also noted the concerns of the miners with respect to the miners trust fund and he added that the mandate of MCMC is to take care of the miners and that too includes their mental health.

Lerch has also noted the concerns of the miners with respect to the miners trust fund and he added that the mandate of MCMC is to take care of the miners and that too includes their mental health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plan for the old hospital facility which could cost as much as $10 million to renovate for a behavioral health facility

The plan for the old hospital facility which could cost as much as $10 million to renovate for a behavioral health facility

 

Behavioral Health is going to be a collaborative between groups in Colfax County. He also noted how often times medical issues are combined with mental health issues and both have to be dealt with in order to heal the complete person.

Behavioral Health is going to be a collaborative between groups in Colfax County. He also noted how often times medical issues are combined with mental health issues and both have to be dealt with in order to heal the complete person.

 Shawn Lerch, Erika Meadows, Ferman Ulibarri, Nancy Passikoff and Kim Hamster answered questions from the audience Thursday evening at MCMC

Shawn Lerch, Erika Meadows, Ferman Ulibarri, Nancy Passikoff and Kim Hamster answered questions from the audience Thursday evening at MCMC

 

 

 

In Loving Memory of Richard T. Lopez

Richard T. Lopez. age 78,  former resident of Trinidad, passed away on October 28, 2014 in Lubbock, TX.

He was born in Trinidad, CO. on August 24, 1936 to Rose C. and Elias M. Lopez.

Richard was a 1954 graduate of Trinidad High School.

Preceding him in death are parents Elias and Rose Lopez, son Michael T. Lopez and sister Bertha Archuleta.

Survivors are daughter Stacey Lopez McArthur, sons Richard E. Lopez, Christopher T. Lopez, 4 granddaughters, 4 grandsons, 2 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter brother Philip J. Lopez, Trinidad, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held in Lubbock, TX and Englewood, CO.

Courtesy of Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Genevieve M. Van Matre

Genevieve  M. Van Matre, age 72, passed away peacefully at home on October 28, 2014.

Memorial Services will be held Monday, November 3, 2014 at 4PM at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Glidden officiating.

Complete obituary to follow.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Raton City Commission Hears Solid Waste Report

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Raton City commissioners met Tuesday night where they listened to Joe Lendowsky for over an hour about solid waste operations in Raton.

Lendowsky was hired to do a solid waste audit report for the city, which covered how the city was currently doing business to recommendations for the future. Going over the residential and commercial trash pickup he noted that Raton should continue their present course of action to replace the old dumpsters with new heavier ones. He also noted that the frequency of pickup for many areas of town was spot on and one of the more efficient in the state. 

One recommendation to the city to help make operations more efficient would include some new equipment.

One recommendation to the city to help make operations more efficient would include some new equipment.

He also noted that educating the public on when to throw their trash to possible route changes such as late day pickup or hitting routes more often in high bear areas could help to reduce the bear problem. 

His discussion included the recycle center where he will make suggestions to improve efficiency and ways to make it more profitable. He called the transfer station very basic at this time but for the equipment Raton has it is a very good setup. 

He included in his report ways for the city to be more financially efficient including ramping up recycling. He added that it is more economical to sell a truck load of cardboard noting that is would sell for about $3000 making the city money where as hauling that same truck load of cardboard to the land fill would cost the city about $800 for tipping fees plus transportation costs to the landfill. Noting that it is more financially sound to recycle when you don’t have a landfill.

The report is still a work in progress but should be fully completed soon. Comments from the audience were heard, mostly on the issues of recycling. David Wentling also touched on code enforcement. Lendowsky indicated that enforcement will take care of itself with education of the public and more convenient waste disposal solutions.

The commission then went on with other business approving the first quarter financial report and approving the road closure for the Main Street Annual Lights Festival November 29, 2014.

Commissioners also approved a grant application for $12,000 to install a cattle guard on the road leading into the airport to keep wildlife from entering the property. The city will pay $600 for their matching funds with the State Aviation Division covering the rest. The problem at this point is getting the wildlife that are inside the wildlife fence out of the property. Game and Fish officers made an attempt last weekend to remove antelope but that failed when the officers were involved in a minor accident.

City Manager Scott Berry noted that Tricia Garcia had completed the three year program to be a certified city clerk. He also noted that the construction on Park Avenue had hit a snag with some utilities in the area but the project should be completed in the next week.

Berry asked the commissioners about a November 8, workshop to set goals for the city and prioritize projects. Notice will be given when that meeting is finalized and with Veterans Day being the next regular meeting commissioners moved the first November meeting to November 10, 2014.

 

 

 

Former City Manager Butch McGowen was presented a plaque for his work as manager. Mayor Mantz spoke to how much she appreciated his work especially in the area of the city finances.

Former City Manager Butch McGowen was presented a plaque for his work as manager. Mayor Mantz spoke to how much she appreciated his work especially in the area of the city finances.

 

Joe Lendowsky presented a solid waste report to commissioners Tuesday evening.

Joe Lendowsky presented a solid waste report to commissioners Tuesday evening.

 

David Wentling asked Lendowsky about aspects of the solid waste report and how the city would deal with certain aspects of the solid waste issue.

David Wentling asked Lendowsky about aspects of the solid waste report and how the city would deal with certain aspects of the solid waste issue.

In Loving Memory of Juanita Louise (Romero) Rivera

Juanita Louise (Romero) Rivera, formerly of Raton, New Mexico, went home to be with our Lord on October 23, 2014.

Juanita was born December 13, 1953 in Raton, New Mexico to Eloy and Frances Romero. She worked partly in Raton and in Greeley, Colorado as a home health caregiver and C.N.A. for over 35 years. She loved her occupation, as she had a great love for people. 

Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, Eloy and Frances Romero of Raton and by her very much loved nephew, Eli Martinez.

She is survived by her grandmother Mable Martinez of Trinidad, Colorado, husband Modesto Chavez of Greeley, Colorado, two sons Anthony Rivera and Jeronimo Romero – both of Greeley, one daughter Francine Pacheco of Greeley,10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, two brothers Albert Romero and Santiago (Jim) Romero – both of Raton and one sister Marie Martinez of Pueblo, Colorado. 

The family will give glory and honor to God for blessing them with such a beautiful person. Their memories of Juanita will always be cherished. 

The service for Juanita Louise (Romero) Rivera will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at Living Water Church (411 Martinez Street in Raton). There will be a family gathering immediately following the service at G & L Café, located at 134 North 2nd Street in Raton.

Halftime Shutout For Tigers District Opener

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The air was a buzz as the State Champion Clayton Yellowjackets swarmed into the Jungle for the first District 5AAA game of the season for Raton. It only took one play for Clayton to show why they are still a championship class team as Brian Montoya scampered 60 yards for the first of three quick scores for the Yellowjackets.

Jose Zamora tacked on the 2-point try and with only 18 seconds gone off the clock Clayton was up 8-0.  A fumble and no place to go with only negative yardage on Raton’s first series, the Tigers were forced to punt from deep inside their territory. A quick punt from quarterback Dante Mileta left the ball on Raton’s own 22.

Jose Zamora scooted the 22 yards for another six and Mark Craine a 6’4” 260 pound senior pounded the ball in for the 2-points conversion. At 9:21 on the clock it was a 16-0 game.

Clayton took over the ball again when Jose Zamora picked off a Dante Mileta pass at Clayton’s 39 yard line. Koy Geary then raced 61 yards for the next Clayton TD. This time the 2-point try failed and with 7:26 still on the first quarter clock it was a 22-0 game.

Raton finally got into the swing of things and put together a decent drive including a 40-yard pass play from Mileta to Martin Ortiz. But the Clayton defense struck and finally forced the ball over on downs.

The Raton defense held strong for three plays on this Clayton series before Clayton’s Justin Taylor scampered 43 yards to pay dirt. Irving Tarin tacked on the 2-point try to make it a 30-0 score with 1:35 left in the first.

Raton was forced to punt to begin the second quarter and Koy Geary took that punt 72 yards for another six. Tucker Poling tacked on the 2-points for a 38-0 score at 11:34 on the clock.

The only positive yardage in Raton’s next series came from a defensive holding penalty. On the punt Jose Zamora sped down to the Raton 2-yard line where Lance Glover finished it off driving over the right side for six. The 2-point try failed leaving the score at 44-0 with 8:31 on the clock.

Raton fumbled on the first play of the next series and one play later Clayton fumbled with the ball going out of bounds in the end zone, it was ruled a touch back and gave Raton the ball on the 20.

Raton started to make some headway in the passing game including a 15-yard pass interference call only to be stopped by Justin Taylor who collected a Mileta pass and scampered 40 yards to pay dirt. The PAT was riddled by a motion penalty that cost Clayton five yards so they decided to try an extra point kick but a roughing the holder penalty moved the ball half the distance to the goal, back to the four. This time the Justin Taylor PAT was good.

Clayton tacked on one more score when Seth Martinez pounded in a one-yard TD. Justin Taylor just missed the PAT and left the score at 57-0 with 4:22 left in the game.

Raton simply couldn’t move the ball and gave it up on downs with just over a minute left in the game where Clayton took a knee to tie the ribbon on the win.

Raton Coach Tory Giacomo knew it would be a tough game for Raton but as he told KRTN afterwards he didn’t expect it to end so quickly. The game ended at halftime on the 50-point rule. He noted that Clayton has some track stars on the team and they can run, often outrunning the younger Raton players.

Raton will host Tucumcari in the jungle Friday night for their last home game of the season before traveling to Santa Rosa for the final game in their new district.

 

 

Out sizing Raton's freshman defense 6'4" 260 pound Mark Craine pounds the ball into the end zone for the 2-point conversion on Clayton's first score of the evening.

Out sizing Raton’s freshman defense 6’4″ 260 pound Mark Craine pounds the ball into the end zone for the 2-point conversion on Clayton’s first score of the evening.

 

Speedster Koy Geary, well ahead of Martin Ortiz, crosses the goal line after racing 61 yards.

Speedster Koy Geary, well ahead of Martin Ortiz, crosses the goal line after racing 61 yards.

 

It was the longest gain of the night for Raton as the ball sails just past Jose Zamora's hands right to Martin Ortiz

It was the longest gain of the night for Raton as the ball sails just past Jose Zamora’s hands right to Martin Ortiz

 

Martin Ortiz hangs on for a 40-yard pass play as Jose Zamora gets a hand in.

Martin Ortiz hangs on for a 40-yard pass play as Jose Zamora gets a hand in.

 

Colby Bagel gets in front of Martin Ortiz as the ball comes flying in

Colby Bagel gets in front of Martin Ortiz as the ball comes flying in

 

Martin Ortiz gets a hand on that ball but can't hang on.

Martin Ortiz gets a hand on that ball but can’t hang on.

 

All alone Justin Taylor takes a Colby Bagel pass, only one of four Clayton threw in the game, for a touchdown

All alone Justin Taylor takes a Colby Bagel pass, only one of four Clayton threw in the game, for a touchdown

 

Irving Tarin takes the ball in for another 2-point conversion for Clayton

Irving Tarin takes the ball in for another 2-point conversion for Clayton

In Loving Memory of Bobby Joe Woods, Sr.

Bobby Joe Woods, Sr., age 74, passed away October 20, 2014 at St. Mary Corwin Hospital after a short illness.

Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 9AM at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel.

Complete obituary will be published at a later date.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home. 

Special and Regular Raton City Commission Meeting October 24, 2014

  AGENDA

CITY OF RATON

SPECIAL JOINT COMMISSION & RPS BOARD MEETING

RATON CITY HALL, 224 SAVAGE AVE

       TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014 AT 5PM

 

A special meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on October 28, 2014 at 5pm. 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.           Closed Executive Session Pursuant to NMSA 10-15-1H(7):  Threatened Litigation

  • RPS Threatened Litigation with Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB)
  •  Mark van Buskirk Landfill Lawsuit

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

 VI.           Deliberate and Act on Non-Waiver Agreement between The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) and the City of Raton

 VII.         Adjournment

 

AGENDA

CITY OF RATON REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING

RATON CITY HALL, 224 SAVAGE AVE

       TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014 AT 6PM

 

A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 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.

  • All City Offices will be closed on November 11th for Veterans Day.
  • Discuss Dates for November and December Commission Meetings.
  • Recognition of Interim City Manager Butch McGowen.

 V.             Comments from the General Public

  • Presentation of Solid Waste Audit Report.
  • Followed by Questions and Answers

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 Schuster)

F.   Housing Authority: (Commissioner Schuster)

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 October 14, 2014 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

B.    Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2014-38: 1st Quarter Financial Reports FY 2015.

C.   Deliberate and Act on State Aviation Division Grant Agreement for Installation of

Cattle Guard on Airport Access Road.

D.   Deliberate and Act on Approval of Raton MainStreet’s Second Annual Lights Festival, Road Closures.

E.    City Manager’s Report 

  • Board Appointments
  • City Goals & Prioritization Meeting Date
  • Park Street Drainage Update

 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, October 24, 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.

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Tricia Garcia, City Clerk