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Archive for: November 2014
By Marty Mayfield
Ripley Park hosted the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony Saturday evening as the holiday season officially begins in Raton.
The day was a warm one for the end of November as Santa made his way to Ripley Park Saturday afternoon where he greeted hundreds of children taking pictures and handing out goodies before brightening the evening. Around dusk Santa walked over to the tree at and asked for the crowds help with his magic to light Raton’s Christmas Tree.
The countdown started and soon the tree light up with the colors of the season and the cheers of the crowd in attendance.
The crowd then retreated to 1st Street where the Electric Light display was underway with floats decorated in lights of the season and local shops were open displaying their wares and and some with hot coffee and cocoa. One local shop even offered scrumptious ice cream to shoppers.
Lee Mincic, age 84, passed away on November 26, 2014. He was born in Sopris, Colorado on April 6, 1930, the son of Savita “Elisabeta” (Potre) and Vasili (Charles) Mincic.
He attended and graduated from Sopris High School in 1949 and was Vice President of his class. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he became an aircraft propeller mechanic and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. While in service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.
On December 23, 1951, Lee was united in marriage to Mary Louise Ferraro at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trinidad, Colorado. Together, they celebrated over 62 years of marriage.
After his military career, he returned home and began working for the C&W Railroad for many years. He later became employed with C&S / Burlington Northern Railroad where he became foreman of the Bridge Crew until retirement.
Lee was a member and officer of the Redman Lodge for many years and a member of the To Aide the Handicap (Tath) organization.
Lee was very skilled at carpentry and wood work. He loved to build and remodel homes and worked on many projects with his brothers. He loved to fish and be outdoors but his greatest joy was his family.
Preceding him in death are his wife Mary Louise Mincic, son Joseph Anthony Mincic, parents Vasili (Charles) and Savita (Elisabeta) Mincic, brothers Charles (Chuck) Mincic and John Mincic, sisters and brothers in law John (Liz) Ferraro, Frank Ferraro, Rose Marie Mincic, Ruth Ferraro and mother and father in law, Carmella (Joe) Chifalo, and Frank Ferraro.
Survivors are his children Sandy (August) Morelli, Trinidad, CO, Charles (Carol) Mincic, Trinidad, CO, Mary Kim Mincic, Trinidad, CO, grandchildren, Christina (Dan) Belger, Larkspur, CO, Melissa Mincic, Denver, CO, DeAnna Morelli, Trinidad, CO, Dustin (Michelle) Mincic, Pueblo West, CO, Regina Morelli (Ryan Low), Trinidad, CO, Matthew Mincic (Tonya Arnold), Trinidad, CO, Cara (Daniel) Vigil, Trinidad, CO, great grandchildren, Aimee, Liam and Logan Mincic, great step grandchildren, Katelynn and Jamie Low, brothers Nick (Lenore) Mincic, Pete Mincic all of Trinidad, Tony (Theresa) Mincic,Westminister, CO, sister in law Mary Ann Mincic, Model, CO, Evelyn Ferraro, Trinidad, CO, brother in law Buddy Michael Ferraro (Rosalie Falduto) numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Monday, December 1, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Comi Chapel. Funeral will be Tuesday, December 2, 2014, with Rosary at 12:00 p.m. at the Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Interment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with graveside services conducted by Ft. Carson Honor Guard.
Honorary Pallbearers are Joe Terry, Joe Micheli, Sam Incitti, Dr. Lawrence Low, Tyler Haun, Frank Falsetto, Ryan Low, and Dan Belger.
Active Pallbearers are Dustin Mincic, Matthew Mincic, Mike Mincic, Craig Mincic, Dean Ferraro, and Tyrel Mincic-Barry.
Arrangement made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home
Mrs. Ruby D. Bueno (Trujillo), life long resident of Trinidad, CO and Denver Bronco fan has left this earth to be with our Lord Jesus in Heaven. She passed away on November 22, in the year of our Lord 2014. Ruby was born in Grey Creek, CO to Jacobo and Beatriz Trujillo on August 31, 1919, one of eleven children.
She was a long time employee of the Trinidad State Nursing Home and retired in 1997. Ruby was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her family and known for her nurturing warmth, compassion, and friendship to all. She spent her final years residing at the Serenity Assisted Living facility in Littleton, CO. She enjoyed participating in the house activities, visiting with her family, and chatting with her good friend Helen.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband Cosme T. Bueno Jr., and survived by sons Conrad (Josephine-daughters Christa & Bethany (James), Parker, CO, and Randy (Kaarina- daughters Tiffany & Samantha), Richmond Hill, GA, her sister Bea Trujillo (Trinidad), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, from 3:00PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.
Funeral Service will be Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 1PM at Holy Trinity church. Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
The family may be contacted thru Comi Funeral home
By Marty Mayfield
Raton city commissioners welcomed Shawn Lerch CEO at MCMC and Danielle Esparza the JJAC coordinator for reports on their respective organizations.
Lerch told the commissioners about the projects that are ongoing at MCMC including the new rural clinic that is in the process of being built and the behavioral health facility that is in the early stages of the building stages. Lerch also informed the commission about the programs and expansions that are being planned to aid miners in not only New Mexico but to expand out of state.
Danielle Esparza informed the commissioners about the JJAC program that aids teens and is designed to help prevent at risk students from dropping out of school. The city administers the grant that supports this program currently at no cost to the program. With a tightening budget some costs in administering the grant may have to be recovered in some way. Esparza noted that the program did help approximately 80 students this past year.
Michael Ann Antonucci informed commissioners that the Gross Receipts were down about $8800 last month and with the completion of the I-25 project she is expecting to see that increase a bit. Commissioners approved the October financial report with Commissioner Chavez giving kudos to Michael Ann for the work she is accomplishing and being able to explain it to him.
William H Serazio Construction was the low bidder ($18,619) to fill in the trenches at the multimodal site. The trenches were dug as part of the historical site research. The other two bidders were Farmers and Ranchers Welding and Randy Sena Construction.
City Manager Scott Berry discussed the Capitol Outlay projects list with the commission with the solid waste facility as the number one request followed by the dam restoration project at Lake Maloya coming in second. Street projects and a new ambulance followed in that order. Commissioners approved the list and instructed Berry to submit it to the legislature.
In the city manager report Berry noted that he will meet with Lt governor John Sanchez December 10 to discuss airport improvements. He also noted that there would be a public meeting on December 17 at 6:00 p.m. with District Attorney Donald Gallegos in the Colfax County meeting room at the county building. This meeting is in response to crime issues in the county and Raton.
Berry also noted that the bid for the south interchange came in above the engineers estimate and the DOT realized that rebidding would be no better so they will acquire more money for the project which will begin in the spring.
With that the commission heard from Berry about the executive session and agreed to enter executive session to discuss the Highlands building. The main reason for the executive session was that the Highlands board met behind close doors with Berry and John Davidson, Jeanine Peak and Paul Jenkins to discuss the building and Berry felt that since that meeting was behind closed doors that the commission meeting should respect that and go into executive session. This explanation was the result of an email from a Raton resident that indicated the explanation of the executive session was to vague to allow the executive session thus the further explanation before the closed session.
Commissioners then adjourned the meeting after the executive session and will meet again on December 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. and that meeting will be heard on KRTN 1490 AM.
Leo F. Martinez went home to the Lord on Friday, November 21, 2014.
He was born in Roy, NM on July 27, 1930. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Mary Montoya-Martinez, two sisters Evelyn De Herrera and husband Alfred, and Viola Griego and seven children; Leo and wife Yong of Colorado Springs, CO, Celina and husband Arturo of Bernalillo, Cecilia of Englewood, CO Jose of Ft. Collins, CO Marcy of Albuquerque, Edward and wife Amy of Bernalillo and Virginia and husband Dominic of Algodones. He was blessed with 16 grandchildren, Rebecca and husband Henry, Lena and husband Mark, Salomon and wife Selena, Layla and husband Joey, Daniel, Anitra and fiancé Ray, Mark and wife RaeLee, Steven and wife Tracy, Angelina and husband Dustin, Erika and husband Josh, Michael, Elicia and fiancé Marian, Kristina and husband Dwayne, David, Leona and Analisa. He also had 25 great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Adrian, Matthew, Quentin, Mia, Samantha, Stephen, Dominique, Savannah, Derrick, Alex, Anthony, Aiyana, Danika, Evangeline, Liliana, Isaiah, Isaac, Maya, David, Alexus, Antonio, Damian, Noah and Suchel. He had many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Celina Martinez, brothers Louie, Joe and Sammy and sisters Della Velasquez, Rachel Lujan and Mary Rivera.
Leo was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will truly be missed by all. He retired from Shollenbarger Woodtreating Co. after 42 years and enjoyed working on various projects after retiring in 1994. He was a devout Catholic and until recently attended mass almost daily.
Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will take place Friday November 28, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer, NM. Rite of committal and interment will follow at the Springer Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements for Leo F. Martinez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.
Donna Jean Stockton Hume, born April 14, 1940 in Raton, New Mexico, passed away peacefully on August 18, 2014 in Bountiful, Utah. Following her wishes, Donna’s family will lay her to rest in Raton.
A graveside memorial tribute will be held Friday, November 28, 2014 at Fairmont Cemetery at 11:30AM.
The family would like to invite anyone that was a friend of Donna to join them at The Sweet Shop after the tribute anytime between 1PM and 3PM.
By Marty Mayfield
The Raton School Board met in a special session Monday night to discuss taking ownership of the Highlands University building in downtown Raton.
John Davidson told the board this has to be a collaborative effort or it won’t work. At issue is the Raton Schools taking ownership of the Highlands building which is deemed to be the more economical and practical since the school system can go after grants that the county or city cannot.
While the county has declined the ownership they have indicated they would support its use as a higher education facility. Shawn Learch CEO at Miners’ Hospital also offered their support as has the city of Raton according to City Manager Scott Berry. Beaver Segotta however told the 60 plus crowd at Raton High School that the only way he could vote for this is if the other entities that are offering their support also provide some of the funding to operate and maintain the building. Davidson told the board that it was his vision that this facility would be self sufficient and was working with Trinidad State Junior College to bring classes to Raton. He added there are grants for higher education out there that could make this a viable opportunity.
The board voted to move forward with the process provided that the other entities who have indicated their support will put it in writing and make the effort to help with the facility.
After the special board meeting a public forum on the school consolidation was held where some 70 plus faculty, staff and residents heard more about the school consolidation issue. Only two of the board members were allowed to stick around for the forum as not to violate the open meetings act. Dr. Terhune spoke to the crowd and took questions and heard concerns about the process the school is undertaking.
The general consensus is that many people are against the consolidation in any form and if it must be many concerns were brought up about which school to close and how to do it. One comment was “we are rushing into this, we need more time to study it and make the right choice for the school system and our kids.” Dr. Terhune spoke to the time line and indicated that he needed as much time as possible so that the work needed to consolidate could be done, teachers could be assigned and staff could be put in place before school starts in August 2015.
Most of those present agreed that Columbian School had more issues than Kearny despite Kearny’s structural issues. Of the options Principal Olga Neurauter presented some included some construction as well as using the basement at Columbian for a computer lab. Traffic issues were also a big concern that included congestion and problems with buses accessing the area around the school due to the tight streets and traffic congestion.
Principal Andy Ortiz presented the plan for Longfellow School which could see as many as 350 students. That figure however could not be firmed up until the first day of school when all the kindergarten students showed up. Ortiz however told the crowd how he would handle the student load with class sizes from 17 to 25 with at least five classes per grade.
KRTN spoke to Dr. Terhune after the meeting and he realizes this is an emotional issue that will only get more so as the time draws near for a board decision. He went over the timeline and other issues in our interview. There will be another school board meeting December 1 at 6:00 p.m. in the media center at Raton High to hear more comments from the public. Dr. Terhune is hoping the board can make a decision at the December 8 meeting so that he can put a plan in place and start preparing for the consolidation.
Christine M. Yates-Butero, age 97, passed away peacefully at home on November 22, 2014.
She was born in Larkhall Lanark, Scotland, on September 6, 1917 to Christina (McIntosh) and Duncan Stewart. On December 24, 1935, Christine was united in marriage to James Yates, in Green River, Wyoming.
Christine owned and operated Christine’s Beauty Shop for 50 years until her retirement. She remarried on August 29, 1984, to Paul Butero. Together they loved to travel.
Christine was a member of Sayre Senior Citizens Center, where she attended daily for the past 15 years.
Preceding her in death are husband James Yates, son James Yates and second husband Paul Butero.
She is survived by son John (Sharon) Yates, Trinidad, daughter Kathy (Dennis) Letasy, Canada, grandchildren, Tara (Dan) Davis, Grady Yates, Cami(Dennis) Reghenas, Ryan Letasy, great grandchildren, K.J. , Jacob and Trey Christofferson, Harlee Reghenas, sister Janet McKeown, Trinidad, sister in law, Charlette Stewart, WY., numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday, from 2PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel. Funeral will be Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 11AM at First Christian Church with Bill Glidden officiating. Interment will follow at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery.
Active pallbearers are Ryan Letasy, Dennis Reghenas, Tom McKeown, Fred Sanchez Sr., Fred Sanchez Jr., and John Medina.
Arrangements made under the direction of Comi Funeral Home.
By Marty Mayfield
On Saturday, November 22, 2014 at approximately 11:40 AM, Raton Police Department officers responded to a call of shots fired. The investigation led to the arrest of Anthony M. Garcia, age 21 of Raton. Garcia allegedly fired a 9mm handgun in a residential area striking and killing Kevin Garcia, age 23 of Raton.
Anthony Garcia is currently being held without bond at the Vigil Maldonado Detention Center on a charge of Murder, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Abuse of a Child, Shooting at a Dwelling and Tampering with Evidence.
The Office of the Medical Investigator conducted an autopsy on November 23, and the official report is pending. The case is still actively being investigated by the Raton Police Department where search warrants have been granted for collection of further evidence.