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In Loving Memory of Eric R. Cole

Eric R. Cole, age 48 of Trinidad Colorado passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015.

Eric was born December 11, 1966 in San Pablo, CA., to Dolores and Thomas Cole who both preceded him in death.

He graduated from high school in Richmond, CA.  Eric was a dedicated employee with ESG Companies in Virginia Beach, VA, until his relocation  to Colorado, to be closer to his sister and her family.  He enjoyed his work and missed it greatly.  His greatest joy in life was his eight year old son Joseph, who was the highlight of his life.

Eric is survived and  his memory is forever cherished by his son Joseph Miller Cole, Virginia Beach, VA., sister and her husband Charlene and John Buenrostro, Trinidad, CO., his nephew and wife Carlos and Carmela Buenrostro,  CA., his great nephew Joseph Jameson Buenrostro, Martinez, CA, in addition to many dear friends whose  life he impacted greatly.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, February 6, 2015 at 11AM at the Comi Chapel.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Estella Pena

Estella Pena age 90, of Springer, NM, passed away Sunday January 25, 2015 in Raton. She was born November 25, 1924 in Taos, NM, the daughter of Jose F. and Juanita Martinez-Montoya. Estella was a cook for the Public School System and was a member of the Lutheran Church in Springer. She loved baking, bingo, sewing and was very active at the senior citizens center. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Jack Pena Sr., family members, Ralph Montoya, Gilbert and Lily Montoya, Fred Montoya, Rubin and Crucita Vigil, Joe and Ursula Montoya, Eipil Montoya Valentino and Mary Pena, John and Connie Ibanez, Carlos and Carol Pena, Eugene Zane, Gertie Pena, Mary and George Jansen and numerous relatives and friends. She is survived by two sons, Jack Pena Jr. and Felix Pena and wife Annabel all of Springer, family members, Julia Zane, Prisalla Montoya of Oakland, CA., Cidelia Montoya of Albuquerque, NM, and Dolores Montoya of Taos, NM. grandchildren Christopher Pena and Ryan Pena great grandchildren Christina Pena and Natale Pena and numerous friends and family.

The love and care given to our mother, by the doctors, nurses, nurses aids, and the cafeteria workers at the Miners’ Colfax Medical Center are much appreciated by Estella and her sons. God Bless everyone.

Visitation will be Friday January 30, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Springer, funeral service will follow at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Phil Quarles officiating. Burial will be in the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton.

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

In Loving Memory of Patrick E. ‘BoBo” Duran

Patrick E. ‘BoBo” Duran, former resident of Aguilar, CO. passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015. He was 41.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2PM  at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment fill be held at the Trujillo  Creek Cemetery at a later date when weather permits.

Complete obit to follow.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Robert Honeyfield

Robert Elliott Honeyfield, lovingly known by his family as “Uncle Bus”, passed away on January 24, 2015, after a brief illness at the Raton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Raton, New Mexico.

Robert was born May 26, 1929, in Raton, New Mexico, the son of Ed and Elizabeth (Black) Honeyfield. He was raised on the Honeyfield homestead on Johnson Mesa working on the family farm. Robert attended Center School on Johnson Mesa from first through eighth grade. The school year was in session during the months of April through December due to the severe winter conditions on the mesa. Robert then rode the bus to Raton to attend Raton High School. He graduated from Raton High School in 1948. 

After graduation, Robert worked for several Raton employers. He worked for Henry Butt, moving coal camp houses into Raton; Raton Builders Supply as a salesman, and then he went on to be a welder at Romero’s Welding and then Southwestern Hollow Metal. He was a very likable person, and he was well known for his work ethic and craftsmanship. He retired in 1994. At this time Robert was able to pursue his life-long passion of cattle ranching full time. During this period he put together a small herd of limousine cattle. Due to heath issues, he reluctantly sold his herd in 2012.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Elizabeth, and a half-brother, William (Julia) Lamborn. He is survived by two brothers, Harold and his wife Valma of Davis, California, and Lloyd and his wife Wanda of Raton; eight nephews: Mark and his wife Kathy of Raton; Scott of Amarillo, Texas; Eric and his wife Janice of Las Cruces; Holin and his wife Rose of Spokane, Washington; Keith and his wife Joan, and nephew Jason all of Davis, California; Wayne Lamborn and his wife Mary; and Gary Lamborn and wife Elizabeth all of Henderson, Tennessee, as well as many grand nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life for Robert E. Honeyfield will be held at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 10:00 A.M. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Wayne Hogg officiating. Internment will follow at Fairmont Cemetery. 

The arrangements for Robert E. Honeyfield are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Raton Humane Society at P.O. Box 1321 for the care of cats in the Raton area in Robert’s name. 

In Loving Memory of Dorothy M. Terpening

Dorothy M. Terpening age 87, of Cimarron, NM, passed away Wednesday January 21, 2015 in Springer, NM.

She was born February 24, 1927 in Vaughn, NM, the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Mallory-Stradley. She was a home maker and a member of the Cimarron Baptist Church.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Charles Terpening of the home, one daughter Mary Eddy and husband Jack of Cimarron, NM, one son Ed Terpening and wife Regina of Mack, CO, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Friday January 30, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Cimarron Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Rinde officiating. Inurnment will be in Tucumcari , NM, at a later date.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Dorothy M. Terpening are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

Chamber MOU Tabled Groups Told to Amend

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The Raton City Commission told the Chamber board and Lodger’s Tax board to get together and amend the current Memorandum of Understanding to be more specific about how the lodger’s tax monies were to be used by the Chamber.

There was a general consensus that a tourism coordinator is needed and that it should be at the Chamber, which is located in the Welcome Center. The MOU also states that is where the Chamber of Commerce should be located to meet visitors that visit our city.

HM Burleson Chamber President explained the Chamber’s position on the matter stating the importance of a city’s Chamber of Commerce.

Thomas Angeli a member of the Lodger’s Tax board told commissioner that they wanted the Chamber to continue and that the agreement was weak and needed work to be more specific and provide the Chamber with needed guidelines. They did not want the Chamber to go away either.

Commissioner Ron Chavez felt that the two boards needed to get together and amend the MOU to meet the needs of both parties. Mayor Mantz included that the city should also be involved with the amending of the MOU. The decision on the MOU was tabled until the existing one could be amended and brought back to the commission for their approval,

Commissioners then approved the financial statement for December 2014. Michael Ann Antonucci told the commission that the city is below what was budgeted for December but in actual money was up 1.6% over last year. She noted that the city had not received the property tax money, which as of this report left them a bit short. Antonucci hoped the property tax money would be in this week.

Danniele Esparza spoke about some budget changes that were being requested noting that they had cut some expenses in order to move some monies to cover other expenses. She also noted that referrals were up by about 50%. Commissioners approved the changes to the grant.

Commissioners also approved the service agreement with Engineering Analytics, Inc.  City Manager Scott Berry told the commission that the funding for the work done by the firm would be handled on a task order basis per job. The first two jobs would be paving jobs.

The commissioners then heard and approved the mill overlay projects for First Street which will be done once a water line project is complete and a mill overlay project on Tiger Drive. Work on this project will begin after school is out and the Raton Public Schools who received a grant will help with the funding on the Tiger Drive project.

City Manger Scott Berry informed commissioners about Amtrak and that a Tiger Grant was being sought for the New Mexico portion of the line. There are meetings going on concerning the Educational building.

The city will place a cattle guard on the road going into the airport to help keep wildlife out of the airport property. There is an old fuel tank that will be replaced and the city will begin the process to acquire funding to rehab Taxiway “A”.

Berry will meet with Ryan Flynn, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department to help obtain $500,000 for funding of the transfer station.  Berry went on to say “We really need to build the transfer station in 2015.” The current facility is only a temporary situation. Berry will also meet with Lt Governor John Sanchez and discuss the matter with him as well.

The commission will meet again February 10 for the next regular meeting and have moved the February 24 meeting to Thursday February 26 at 6:00 p.m. to due to the Municipal League day on February 24.

 

 

HM Burleson, Chamber of Commerce Board President informed the commission on their position about the MOU and what they felt needed to be done.

HM Burleson, Chamber of Commerce Board President informed the commission on their position about the MOU and what they felt needed to be done.

 

Thomas Angeli a member of the Lodger's Tax board informed the commission that the Lodger's Tax board felt the MOU didn't have the specifics it needed to guide the Chamber.

Thomas Angeli a member of the Lodger’s Tax board informed the commission that the Lodger’s Tax board felt the MOU didn’t have the specifics it needed to guide the Chamber.

In Loving Memory of Rodney David Leal

Rodney David Leal, age 59, died Monday, January 26, 2015 in Amarillo, Texas. 

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Clayton Memorial Cemetery in Clayton, New Mexico. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico. 

Rodney David Leal was born May 30, 1955 in Clayton, New Mexico to Gilbert Leal and Mary Helen (Blan) Leal. He married Marilyn (Madrid) Leal on July 3, 1976 in Clayton, New Mexico. David worked as a truck driver for many years, He taught CDL classes for Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, New Mexico and worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Union County Road Department for many years. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by 1 sister, Elaine Casanova, 1 brother, Lawrence Leal as an infant and a nephew; Jamie Padilla. 

SURVIVORS: 

WIFE: Marilyn Leal of Clayton, New Mexico. 

3 SONS: Phillip Madrid and his wife Brenda of Amarillo, Texas, Jody Leal and his wife Christine of Pecos, New Mexico and Joseph Leal of Santa Teresa, New Mexico. 

7 Grandchildren: Lucretia Pate, Jody “J.L.” Leal, Jr., Shania Leal, Tristan Leal, Breana Blan, Veronica Leal and Diego Leal. 

3 Great-Grandchildren: Brayden, Layney and Ethan Pate. 

3 SISTERS: Arlene Espino, Cathy Sisneros and her husband Edward and Marlene Rios and her husband Antonio all of Clayton, New Mexico. 

1 Brother-In-Law: Jesse Casanova of Garden City, Kansas. 

And many Nieces and Nephews.

Special Board Meeting Reaffirms Consolidation Decision

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The Raton Board of Education met in a special meeting Monday evening to approve or disapprove their previous decision and to act on the technology bond to provide the student with updated computer technology.

Superintendent Dr. Neal Terhune gave a brief discussion concerning teacher evaluations and how those would be more difficult under option #3. Each principal is responsible for teacher evaluations at their school and under option #3 Raton High would have a much higher number of evaluations (81) than the other schools where as Option #1 would be a more equitable situation. (See Slides)

Dr. Terhune told the board that he would support option #3 if that is what the board wanted. He would however explain to the New Mexico Public Education Department why he disagreed with Option #3. Ultimately the PED will have the final decision on how the consolidation will be handled.

Option #3 closes Kearney school and moves the 8th grade to the high school and puts 7th through 4th grades at Raton Middle School with 2nd and 3rd at Columbian and kindergarten and 1st at Longfellow.

As board member Ted Kamp noted we have already voted on this issue and I feel the same thus the vote was a 2-2 vote as Melissa Mack was not present due to illness. With a 2-2 tie the decision will remain the same and Option #3 will be presented to the PED with option #2 being the second option.  Option #2 is to close two schools, Colmbian and Kearney, and have k thru 2nd in Longfellow, 3rd thru 6th grades at the current Raton Mid School, and 7th thru 12 grades at the Raton High School.

The board also took up the issue of a technology bond to improve that capability in the school system. After some discussion the board voted for Option #3 which will provide students with tablets to use in the classroom to do class work. It will also provide other IT pluses as well as some teacher training. The cost of the bond will be just over $800,000 and cost taxpayers about $38.00 a year for every $100,000 of valuation with a payout of five years. (see slide below)

The teachers that were present during the discussion explained to the board that this is a must if the school system is to provide students the skills they will need to move on in life noting that in college many classes are online and textbooks are now ebooks or online and are moving from the paper text to an electronic text.

 

Teacher evaluations are one of the biggest reasons Raton Schools Superintendent Dr. Neal Terhune is against consolidation option #3. He indicates as you can see by the this slide that option #1 is a more equitable solution.

Teacher evaluations are one of the biggest reasons Raton Schools Superintendent Dr. Neal Terhune is against consolidation option #3. He indicates as you can see by the this slide that option #1 is a more equitable solution.

 

Teacher evaluations are one of the biggest reasons Raton Schools Superintendent Dr. Neal Terhune is against consolidation option #3. He indicates as you can see by the this slide that option #1 is a more equitable solution.

Teacher evaluations are one of the biggest reasons Raton Schools Superintendent Dr. Neal Terhune is against consolidation option #3. He indicates as you can see by the this slide that option #1 is a more equitable solution.

 

Option #3 was chosen by the Raton School Board to provide new technology for Raton school students. The option will result in a property tax increase of $37 to $38 a year over a five year period. Total cost of the bond is $826,631.

Option #3 was chosen by the Raton School Board to provide new technology for Raton school students. The option will result in a property tax increase of $37 to $38 a year over a five year period. Total cost of the bond is $826,631.

 

 

In Loving Memory of Felix Natividad Fernandez

Felix Natividad Fernandez, 84, or Raton, passed away early Friday morning, January 23, 2015 at Miner’s Colfax Medical Center, after a brief illness.

Felix was born March 31, 1930 in Wagon Mound, New Mexico the son of Jose Natividad and Margarita (Medina) Fernandez. He attended schools in Wagon Mound and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948. Felix served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. He married Susana Martinez on November 24, 1952.

Felix and Susie raised their children in Maxwell and moved the family to Raton in 1964. Felix worked for and retired from the AT&SF railroad after working many years as a trackman.

Felix enjoyed watching horse and dog racing and loved nothing more than sitting on his porch chair watching the neighborhood activity. Felix is survived by his children, Roy Fernandez (Leslie), Shirley Tapia (Andrew), Henry “Hedge” Fernandez (companion Donna Munden), and Manuel “Doc” Martinez, all of Raton. He is lovingly remembered by his ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, with another grandson due soon. He is also survived by two brothers, Ernest Fernandez (Fidelia) of Jerome, Idaho and Tony Bernal of Maxwell, one sister Elsie Kurtze of San Bernardino, California, and sister-in-law Josie Fernandez of Jerome, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant son LeRoy in 1955, his beloved wife Susie in 1989, and his oldest son Frank in 2013. Three Brothers, Joe, Ben, and George also preceded him in death. Numerous nieces, nephews, and godchildren also survive. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family wishes to thank Raton Nursing and Rehab staff and therapist, Dr. Loretta Conder, and the doctors and staff of the MCMC for their care and attention to Felix in his last months. No services will be held at Felix’s request. Cremation has occurred and a private family burial will be held at a later date at the Maxwell Cemetery. Arrangements for Felix are under the care and direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In lieu of Flowers, the family requests any donations in Felix’s name be made to the Colfax County Young Marines, c/o Karen Walton, 1535 Tiger Drive, Raton, New Mexico 87740

In Loving Memory of Kent (Knuck) D. Eberhart

Kent (Knuck) D. Eberhart, 67, passed away on Jan. 21, 2015, after a short illness.  

He was born a natural athlete in Southfield, Michigan.  He played hockey, ran track, and played baseball, basketball and football.  His Mom remembers how he followed his high school friend, Ted Simmons’ professional baseball career, and the trip they made to Phoenix to watch Ted in Spring Training.  Ken was a gifted athlete; as a highlight he once scored 4 touchdowns in a single game in high school. He went on to play as a tight end, #82, for Michigan State in 1967. During the 1968 season he was injured, and that injury ended his ball career. 

The Air Force said he was too tall to be a fighter pilot, so he moved to Steamboat Springs to ski and work on the ski patrol.  He moved to Denver and worked on many big construction projects.  He was also riding and customizing Harleys.  He moved to the Trinidad area in the early 70s and ran a construction company. He tried a little rodeo and was a great water skier. Kent then moved to Phoenix in the early 80s where he became a realtor selling undeveloped land and started building and racing a dragster.  He worked for KAR products and got to travel with his company boss to many Pro-Am golf tournaments. He loved attending the big live rock concerts.

Kent always had a Harley and played a lot of golf on some of the most beautiful courses in the USA and Mexico, but he loved the local course after he retired.  He was smart, organized, witty and generous in all ways.  He wanted to make the day or hour enjoyable.   It was important to him that people were happy.

Kent was preceded in death by his father Dale and his brother Kurt.  Kent is survived by his wife Deborah Bernhardt, his mother Virginia Eberhart, daughter Chelsea Osterquist, stepdaughter Ginny Bayes, and stepson Wylie Bayes. His family and many friends will remember and miss him always.

Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Jujo’s Pub, 125 N. Chestnut, Thursday January 29th, starting at 4:00 p.m.

Arrangements under direction of Comi Funeral Home.