Apr. 06ObituariesComments Off on In Loving Memory of Beatrice E. Salazar
Beatrice E. Salazar age 88 passed away April 2, 2015 in Springer, New Mexico. She was born March 13, 1927 in Ocaté, New Mexico the daughter of Canuto and Estefanita Romero Fernandez.
She was a resident of Springer and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Beatrice was a foster grandparent and a senior companion at the Senior Citizens Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband Amarante Salazar, sisters Elvira Martinez, Margarita Fernandez, Carlota Trujillo, Antonina Chavez, brothers Joe Fernandez, Agustine Fernandez, Leonires Fernandez, Elias Fernandez, granddaughter Shonda Marrera, sons-in-law Gilbert Martinez and Leroy Aguilar.
She is survived by her daughters Esther Aguilar of Odessa, TX, Estefanita “Tita” Martinez of Alamosa, CO, Sara Montoya and companion Ruben Gonzales of Trinidad, CO, Elizabeth “Liz” Lucero of Springer, NM, Margaret Brashear and husband Steve of Farmington, NM, Sandra Salazar and companion Jose Martinez of Springer, NM. Sons David R. Salazar and wife Barbara of Santa Fe, NM, sisters-in-law Lena Garcia, Mary Fernandez, Tillie Martinez, Francisquita Salazar, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will take place Monday April 6th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer. Mass of the Resurrection will be held Tuesday April 7th at 10:00 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Izuka as the celebrant. Rite of committal and interment will follow at the Springer Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements for Beatrice E. Salazar are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.
Apr. 06ObituariesComments Off on In Loving Memory of Mark A. Fleming
Mark A. Fleming, age 48, of Raton, N.M. died on Monday, March 30, 2015 in Raton.
He was born December 9th, 1966 in Raton, N.M., the son of Marvin and Sue Fleming.
He was an electrician for Pyramid Instrumentation and Electric Company of Raton. He was married to Lethetta Roe.
He is survived by his mother Sue Fleming and father Marvin Fleming and wife Angela, his wife Lethetta of Raton, daughter Tessa and son Jacop of Raton, his sisters Beven Fleming and Amy Fleming of Raton, his brothers Matthew Fleming and Kathy Pohl, of Raton, Scott Fleming of Colorado Springs, CO. and grandson Gage Fleming, also survived by nieces Mariah, Brittany and Brooke Fleming, nephews Cody Poncho and Nicholas Fleming.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Natasha, mother and father-in-law Cleon and Lavern Roe. His sister-in-law Cora Roe, his maternal grandmother Loretta Frazier, maternal grandfather Thurman Hilbus, paternal grandparents Roland and Wynona Fleming, uncles Roland Fleming, Delbert Fleming, Cindo Baca, and Charles Bada.
Mark’s family always came first and he loved life and made friends wherever he went. He had a generous heart and would always defend and help those who needed it. His laugh and the playful twinkle in his eye will be sorely missed.
Mark was dedicated to his country serving in the 6th BN Air Defense Artillery with the New Mexico National Guard. He also served with Co C 809th Eng. BN 4th BDE in Fort Dixon, Virginia. Mark graduated with honors and his final scores set a record which has yet to be broken. Mark was called back into service to serve in Operation Desert Storm and was later honorably discharged.
Services will be on Saturday, April 4th at 2:00 P.M. in the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Crotinger officiating. Inurnment will be in the Fairmont Cemetery with military honors provided by the Raton V.F.W.
Arrangements and celebration of love for Mark A. Fleming are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.
An account has been set up at International Bank for donations for Mark’s wife and children.
Apr. 04SportsComments Off on Raton Rally’s a Win over Estancia Saturday
By Marty Mayfield
It was a breezy cool day in Raton as the girls took to the field against the Estancia Lady Bears for their first district ball game of the season and only their second home game as they have been on the road for most of the season.
it was a slow start for the Lady Tigers as Estancia came out and scored in the first two innings to make it a 3-0 game. Not to be held back Raton tapped the bats and posted three runs in the second to tie the game.
Loading the bases Raton began their scoring rally in the fourth that would put them up 7-3. They would post another three runs to make it a 10-3 ball game finishing the fifth inning. Again the Lady Tigers held strong and prevented the Lady Bears from scoring in the top of the sixth. Raton again put another two runners across home plate to extend their lead to 12-3 to end the sixth. Again Raton held strong as Natasha Archuleta came on strong and struck out two and ended the game with a another mark in the win column at 12-3.
Camryn Mileta looks at the umpire after sliding into third base, the ruling was safe as she hit the bag just before the tag Saturday against Estancia
Mariah Encinias slides into home plate as Leanne Calhoon tags her out
Tina Jaramillo returns to 1st base ahead of the throw from the catcher.
Not seen as often in softball is Natasha Ortega making a bunt to advance base runners and she made it to 1st base in the confusion.
Camryn Stoeker slides safe into home plate as the Lady Tigers keep a scoring rally going in the fourth inning
Natausha Ortega makes third base ahead of the throw Saturday afternoon at Jim Wade Field
Its a strike thrown by Natasha Archuleta to end the game with a 12-3 win for Raton
The Raton Public Schools received word Thursday afternoon, April 2 that the New Mexico Public Education Department has approved the closing of two schools in the district and to consolidate students into the three remaining school buildings.
According to the request waiver Longfellow will house pre-kindergarten through second grade with an estimated student count of 292 students. The capacity of Longfellow is rated at 319 students.
Raton Middle School will now be called Raton Intermediate School and house third through sixth grade. Based on current enrollment RIS will see a total of 298 students with a max capacity of 319 students.
Raton High School will see the seventh and eighth grades added for a total of 382 students. The maximum capacity at Raton High is rated at 643. According to the plan that was revealed early this year the seventh students will be located in what is now known as the freshman academy located on the upper level of the school. This will keep those students segregated from the upper grades.
The requested reorganization will have an impact on the State Equalization Guarantee (SEG) funding formula of a decrease of approximately $386,082.59 since the district will lose 96.33 size units. Raton is proposing this reorganization to address the current decrease in enrollment which is expected to continue its decline.
Stay tuned to KRTNradio.com and KRTN 93.9 FM for updates as this story unfolds and schedules for the consolidation are developed.
Click the link below to see the complete Waiver Request for the Raton Schools Consolidation.
Raton Public Schools Superintendent Dr Neil Terhune spoke to Billy D and Marty Mayfield on This, That and the Other program Friday morning. Here is the video of that conversation/interview concerning the Raton Schools consolidation.
This is an explanation of the SEG funding
New Mexico’s Public School Funding Formula
New Mexico Statutes 22-8-25
A.The state equalization guarantee distribution is that amount of money distributed to each school district to ensure that the school district’s operating revenue, including its local and federal revenues as defined in this section, is at least equal to the school district’s program cost.
B. “Local revenue”, as used in this section, means seventy-five percent of receipts to the school district derived from that amount produced by a school district property tax applied at the rate of fifty cents ($.50) to each one thousand dollars($1,000) of net taxable value of property allocated to the school district and to the assessed value of products severed and sold in the school district as determined under the Oil and Gas Ad Valorem Production Tax Act [Chapter 7, Article 32 NMSA 1978] and upon the assessed value of equipment in the school district as determined under the Oil and Gas Production Equipment Ad Valorem Tax Act [Chapter 7, Article 34 NMSA 1978]. The school district shall budget and expend twenty percent of the total revenue receipts for capital outlay as defined in the manual of accounting and budgeting provided in Section 22-8-5 NMSA 1978.
C. “Federal revenue”, as used in this section, means receipts to the school district, excluding amounts which, if taken into account in the computation of the state equalization guarantee distribution, result, under federal law or regulations, in a reduction in or elimination of federal school funding otherwise receivable by the school district, derived from the following:
(1) seventy-five percent of the school district’s share of forest reserve funds distributed in accordance with Section 22-8-33 NMSA 1978. The school district shall budget and expend twenty percent of the total forest reserve receipts for capital outlay as defined in the manual of accounting and budgeting provided in Section 22-8-5 NMSA 1978; and
(2) seventy-five percent of grants from the federal government as assistance to those areas affected by federal activity authorized in accordance with Title 20 of the United States Code, commonly known as “PL 874 funds” or “impact aid”. The school district shall budget and expend twenty percent of the grant receipts for capital outlay as defined in the manual of accounting and budgeting provided in Section 22-8-5 NMSA 1978.
D. To determine the amount of the state equalization guarantee distribution, the state superintendent shall:
(1) effective July 1, 1999 calculate the number of program units to which each school district is entitled using the basic program membership of the fortieth day of the prior year for all programs; provided that special education program units shall be calculated using the membership in special education programs on December 1 of the prior year; effective July 1, 2000, calculate the number of program units to which each school district is entitled using an average of the membership on the fortieth, eightieth and one hundred twentieth days of the prior year; or
(2) calculate the number of program units to which a school district operating under an approved year-round school calendar is entitled using the basic program membership on an appropriate date established by the state board; or
(3) calculate the number of program units to which a school district with a basic program MEM of two hundred or less is entitled by using the basic program membership on the fortieth day of either the prior or the current year, whichever is greater; provided that special education program units shall be calculated using the membership in special education programs on December 1 of either the prior or the current year; and
(4) using the results of the calculations in Paragraph (1), (2) or (3) of this subsection and the instructional staff training and experience index from the October report of the prior school year, establish a total program cost of the school district;
(5) calculate the local and federal revenues as defined in this section;
(6) deduct the sum of the calculations made in Paragraph (5) of this subsection from the program cost established in Paragraph (4) of this subsection; and
(7)deduct the total amount of guaranteed energy savings contract payments that the state superintendent determines will be made to the school district from the public school utility conservation fund during the fiscal year for which the state equalization guarantee distribution is being computed.
E. The amount of the state equalization guarantee distribution to which a school district is entitled is the balance remaining after the deductions made in Paragraphs (6) and (7) of Subsection D of this section.
F.The state equalization guarantee distribution shall be distributed prior to June 30 of each fiscal year. The calculation shall be based on the local and federal revenues specified in this section received from June 1 of the previous fiscal year through May 31 of the fiscal year for which the state equalization guarantee distribution is being computed. In the event that a district has received more state equalization guarantee funds than its entitlement, a refund shall be made by the district to the state general fund.
Raton School’s Superintendent Dr Neil Terhune spoke about the New Mexico Public Education Department decision concerning the Raton Schools Consolidation Friday morning on KRTN’s This, That and the Other program with Billy D.
Kearny School will be one of the schools slated to be closed due in part to its structural damage
Columbian School is also slated to be closed under the consolidation plan.
Apr. 02NewsComments Off on Trinidad City Council awards Construction Contracts Tuesday night
By Kimberly Adams
TRINIDAD — “Typically, we like to keep Trinidad money in Trinidad,” Trinidad Mayor Pro-Tem Carol Bolton at the City Council weekly work session March 10. Commercial Street in Trinidad is gearing up for street improvements this Spring while the Kit Carson Park Bandstand will get a makeover. Both projects will be done by a local contractor based in Trinidad. Purgatoire Valley Construction, Inc. of Trinidad was awarded the street project against two out-of-town contractors by the Trinidad City Council March 17 during their regular meeting. Their bid was the lowest at over $1.99 million. Lacy Construction of Crested Butte, Colo. came in with the highest bid at nearly $2.66 million while Avalanche Construction of Canon City quoted city officials with a bid of approximately $2.17 million. The Commercial Street construction project is part of a three-phase public works improvement project in the downtown area which is partially financed by a $1.72 million grant awarded to the city by the Department of Local Affairs Energy Impact Assistance Fund. The city’s Capital Improvement Funds will match the grant with $540,512. The design aspect of the Commercial Street project was awarded in April 2014 to Colorado based engineering firm SGM. According to a summary given to city council members
during the March 10 work session, Phase I of the Commercial Street project includes the area of Commercial from the bridge to Plum Street. Phase II will be the section of Commercial from Plum Street to Main Street. Phase III is for round-a-bout design at the five points intersection. The April 1 start date in this phase of the project includes construction and rehabilitation of Commercial Street from Main Street to the Commercial Street Bridge at the Purgatoire River. It will include new sewer and water mains, light bases, storm sewer, curb ramps, curb, gutter, sidewalk and both brick and concrete paving. Trinidad council person and Commercial Street business owner Liz Torres, expressed concern regarding the timing of concrete pours and other construction disruptions on Commercial Street during peak tourist season. “It was determined during the design that combining Phase I and II into one project would be best in order to minimize disruption of traffic and businesses through the construction area,” Trinidad Public Works/Utility Director Mike Valentine said in a briefing to the city council during the March 10 work session. Valentine also said weekly meetings will be conducted with construction personnel throughout the project. The remediation work of the Kit Carson Park Bandstand will also be done by Purgatorie Valley Construction under approval from the city council. The $80,957 dollar project slated to start April 1 is funded by 2015 Lottery budget and capital improvement funds from the Park Maintenance budget. According to Valentine, the scope of the bandstand work includes the demolition of the substandard concrete floor and substructure and installation of a new flooring system with proper slope for drainage along with new LED accent lighting in the interior of the dome, new paint, an electrical upgrade, and tuck and pointing or replacement of deteriorating sandstone. A summary of the bandstand project indicates in 2011, an inspection of city owned property by CIRSA, the city’s insurance carrier, pointed out the concrete floor and substructure of the bandstand was deemed unsafe and in need of repair. The project initially went to bid in 2013, but no one was awarded it due to lack of funds at the time, Valentine explained to the council.
Apr. 02NewsComments Off on Contempt of Court Charges Against DA Frank Ruybalid Dismissed
by Eric Mullens
WALSENBURG — Contempt of court charges filed against Third Judicial District Attorney Frank Ruybalid were dismissed here Thursday, March 19, after a brief hearing in District Court. Ruybalid faced the charges when no attorney from the DA’s office appeared in court for three criminal hearings on Thursday, December 11, 2014. The three separate criminal cases against defendants Noah A. Graf, Jodie Howard and Michael Montez were dismissed by the court when they were called due to the lack of a prosecutor in the courtroom. District Judge Claude Appel had no option but to dismiss the cases, but cited Ruybalid for contempt of court. Appel sat in the unfamiliar position as a spectator during the proceeding on March 19. Graf had faced 10 local charges including: two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or distribute, one count was a class 2 felony, the other a class 3 felony; first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, class four felony; second degree criminal trespass, a class four felony; criminal mischief, a class four felony; vehicular eluding, a class five felony, obstructing a peace officer, class two misdemeanor, driving under restraint, eluding a peace officer and speeding. Howard, in a companion case with Graf, had been charged with theft over $20,000, a class three felony, possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to manufacture or distribute, a class three felony and vehicular eluding, a class five felony. Montez had been charged in association with an assault at the Huerfano County Jail in late November 2014. The charges dismissed against him were retaliation against a witness or victim, a class three felony and assault in the third degree, a class three misdemeanor. The case was heard by Judge C. Vincent Phelps and was prosecuted by former Denver County Judge Raymond N. Satter, who had been appointed special prosecutor in this matter. The plea agreement called for Ruybalid to make a public apology to the citizens of the judicial district, the court and to local law enforcement. Satter said in the court filing as Special Counsel/Prosecutor of Contempt, he moves this, “…Honorable Court to dismiss with prejudice the three citations for contempt of court in People v. Noah A. Graf 14-CR-50, People v. Jodie Howard, 14-CR-51 and People v. Michael Montez, 14-CR-130 brought against Francisco E. Ruybalid IV, the contemnor in all three actions. As grounds therefore, the prosecution submits Mr. Ruybalid has made a public apology for the events of December 11, 2014, and has thereby purged himself of contempt of this court.” In addition to his apology, Ruybalid explained to the court his office had been without a deputy DA from mid-October 2014, until attorney Steven Jones had been hired part time while a search for a full time attorney continued. Ruybalid said there was a mix-up between he and Jones regarding who was covering which court in the two-county judicial district. Ruybalid said, while not blaming Jones for the missed appearance, that he was in court in Huerfano for a trial that ended up being dismissed and it appeared Jones thought Ruybalid would be covering all the hearings in Huerfano District Court that day. Jones had written a letter to Judge Phelps, he received Thursday, March 19, that contradicted to some degree, Ruybalid’s explanation. Jones’ letter said in effect, that Jones had made it clear to the district attorney that he would be in court in Pueblo, CO December 11, the day the three cases appeared on the Huerfano District Court docket. Judge Phelps made Jones’ letter available to both Satter and Ruybalid to read and review before he ruled on the proposed plea agreement. Satter had provided Jones with Ruybalid’s apology statement prior to the March 19 hearing. Jones said in his letter there was no misunderstanding or assumption he would cover those cases and he was committed to a case in Pueblo. “If there was a misunderstanding, 99 to 100 percent it was on your part,” Phelphs said to Ruybalid. While the hearing Thursday lasted only about 20 minutes, Phelps said he had always known Satter to be a fair and equable judge and attorney, but had another special prosecutor been assigned to the case, “it may have been a long day for all of us.”
Apr. 02NewsComments Off on New Mexico AG eyes Colfax County Clerk for Possible Election Code Violations
by Bill Knowles
COLFAX COUNTY NM — In an emailed statement dated March 24, 2015, from the New Mexico Attorney General’s office it was confirmed “…that we received a complaint regarding possible Colfax County Election Code Violations from The Secretary of State’s Office. The matter is under review.” A complaint alleging balloting issues had been filed with the Secretary of State’s office by Robert Gonzales on January 16, 2015. Gonzales was a write-in candidate for the school board in Colfax County. His wife Eileen Gonzales also filed a complaint on January 30, 2015. The Secretary of State forwarded it to the Attorney General’s Office for review after several attempts to bring the balloting issues at the Colfax County Clerk’s office into conformity with the state’s election code. Freda Baca, Colfax County Clerk, has allegedly violated at least three statutes in the New Mexico election code by failing to make ballots available to voters by the start of absentee voting during the January school board elections according to the New Mexico Secretary of State. Absentee voting began last January 12, 2015. In an email from the New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran to Ms. Baca, the Colfax County Clerk has to “immediately come into compliance” with the law or the situation could escalate the matter to a point where the State’s Attorney General would become involved. The three statutes Baca is alleged to have violated are: §1-22-10(A) NMSA 1978 which states “that if a candidate doesn’t withdraw and is qualified for office then the filing officer will place the name on the ballot for the position specified.” §1-22-10(B)NMSA 1978 states, “Balloting for the school district election shall be prepared by the proper filing officer and printed by the thirtieth day preceding the election.” And §1-22-19(B) NMSA 1978 stating “The provision of the Absent Voter Act [1-6-1 to 1-6-18 NMSA 1978] of the Election Code… apply to absentee voting in school district elections, provided that absentee ballots may be marked in person during regular hours and days of business at the county clerk’s office from 8:00 a.m. on the 25th day preceding the election until five p.m. on the Friday immediately prior to the date of the election. Absentee ballots shall be printed 30 days prior to the date of the election. Provisions may be made by the board in the proclamation for absentee voting by electronic voting machine from 8:00 a.m. on the 20th day preceding an election until five p.m. on the Friday immediately prior to the date of the election.” The email dated January 16, 2015, indicated that compliance involves immediately producing ballots, appointing precinct board members, certifying tabulators, preparing polling places, canvassing and certifying results, and issuing certificates of election to the elected candidates. A failure to take the above actions could result in further violations and “could be construed as willful failure to perform the duties required by the election code.” A flurry of emails between various officials in the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office indicated that authorities became aware of a ballot issue when they were notified by a Colfax County School Board candidate stating that authorized ballots were not available at the clerk’s office. Baca had also failed set up a voting machine in the office for voters to use. A separate letter, dated January 30, 2015, from the school board candidate’s wife, Eileen Gonzales, stated that sample ballots were unavailable. Copies of the sample ballot were then xeroxed by January 16, but no voting machine had been set up yet in the clerk’s office. Voters were still casting xeroxed sample ballots as late as January 21. On January 22, official ballots arrived at the clerk’s office. They were put into a ballot box as voters used them. No voting machine had been set up as of yet. Ballots are printed by the state and sent to the various county clerks around the state prior to the start of absentee voting. Gonzales also stated that Baca failed to place notification in the local paper alerting voters of the school board election. The New Mexico Attorney General’s office stated it would release a statement informing the public of the disposition of the referral once a determination has been made. Freda Baca did not respond to phone calls made to her office prior to press time. James Hallinan, Communications Director New Mexico Attorney General’s office 505.660.2216 email@example.com
Sandra K. Kuhlman age 76, of Springer, NM, passed away suddenly Saturday March 28, 2015 in Pueblo, CO.
She was born May 29, 1938 in Anacortes, Wa, the daughter of George and Anita Suryan. She was a retired dairy office manager, a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Springer and a charter member of the Glenn Beck fan club. Sandi loved cooking, traveling and most of all, she loved her family. She was driven by her faith and was a friend to all.
Sandi is survived by her husband Jack of the Springer, NM. And their eight children; four daughters, Stacy Renfrow and husband James of Chipley, FL. Wendi Gragg and husband Nelson of Emmett, ID, Stefani Noland of Williston, ND, and LaDonna Kuhlman of Coloado Springs, CO. Sons Brett Medalia and wife Rhonda of Seattle, WA, Donald Kuhlman and wife Rose of Tucson, AZ, Ron Kuhlman and Richard Kuhlman both of Colorado Springs, CO., sisters Jorja Renfrow of Covington, LA and Bonnie Suryan of Los Angeles, CA. fifteen grandchildren and twenty three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and loving dogs Sassy, Millie, Milo and Butch.
Visitation will be Wednesday April 1, 2015 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home.
Services will be Thursday April 2, 2015 at 2:00 P;M; at the first United Methodist Church in Springer, NM.
Arrangements and celebration of love for Sandi Kuhlman are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.
Apr. 01ObituariesComments Off on In Loving Memory of David Palomino
David Palomino, lifelong resident of Colfax County, passed away March 30, 2015 in Raton. He was born May 2, 1944 in Dawson, NM.
David was preceded in death by his father, Jesus, mother Josefa, and brothers, Jess, Carlos, Mike, Tony, and sister Louise (John) Segotta.
He is survived by brothers, Ben, Joe (Ruby), Chris (June) and sister Cecilia (Manuel) Vallejos. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
David loved all sports and was an avid Raider fan.
Viewing will be Friday, April 3rd at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home Chapel from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be recited by Deacon Alderette on Monday April 6, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. with the Mass of the Resurrection to follow at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Father John Trambley will be officiating. Rite of committal and interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery following the funeral mass.
Funeral arrangements for David Palomino are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.