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In Loving Memory of Rafael Diaz Zacarias

Rafael Diaz Zacarias, age 56,was called to be with our Lord, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 2015 in Pueblo, CO after fighting a long battle with cancer. His family was at his side until the end.

He was born in Villa Garcia Zacatecas, Mexico on October 23, 1958.

In 1995, Rafael met Maria, the love of his life.  He then took the role of being the best father to her two baby girls, Annette and Alexandra.

In time, his family grew as they welcomed a beautiful baby boy Jesus and soon after, a loving baby girl Amy.

In his free time, Rafael enjoyed being with his family and friends, fishing, hosting Sunday BBQ’s, taking his getaway trips, being a father and making memories with his wife.

His number one goal was to teach his children the true meaning of “Family”.

He was a hardworking man and anyone who knew him could see the passion he had.

His contagious smile will always be remembered and he will always be deeply missed by every ones hearts he touched.

Preceding him in death is brother Juan Carlos Zacarias.

Left to cherish his memory is his beloved spouse, Maria Olivas, his four children, Annette Olivas, Alexandra Olivas, Jesus Diaz and Amy Diaz.  Also surviving is mother Aurora Zacarias Ordaz, sisters Ma de Lourdes Diaz Zacarias, Martha Diaz Zacarias, Luz Elena Diaz Zacarias, brothers Fransisco Javier Diaz Zacarias, Jesus Diaz Zacarias, Juan Manuel Diaz Zacarias, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 2PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are Jesus Diaz, Luis Carlos Olivas, Fernando Porras, Pete Padilla and Alonso Olivas.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

 

In Loving Memory of Mary Praxy Bowman

Mary Praxy Bowman, age 84, passed away peacefully at home on May 28, 2015.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be recited Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Funeral Mass will be Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will follow at the Carpio Cemetery.

Complete obit to follow.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

SPECIAL JOINT MEETING Raton City Commission and Raton Public Service

SPECIAL JOINT MEETING

RATON CITY COMMISSION

RATON PUBLIC SERVICE

6:00 p.m., TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015

CITY COMMISSION CHAMBERS

 

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

ROLL CALL

  

      I.      Closed Executive Session Pursuant to NMSA 10-15-1H (7): Threatened Litigation- Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance Company.

 

  1. Certification of Closed Session

 

  1. Deliberate and Act on a Release and Settlement Agreement between the City of Raton (including Raton Public Service Company) on its behalf and on behalf of all parties insured under policy of insurance FBP9321731 and the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company.

 

  1. ADJOURNMENT

Officers Kill Puppy-eating Cougar

 

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Clint Henson, (575) 445-2311
Public contact:  (888)-248-6866
clint.henson@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 29, 2015:

Officers kill puppy-eating cougar

 

RATON – Department of Game and Fish officers killed a cougar in a Raton neighborhood Thursday night after it had attacked a puppy on a woman’s front porch.

 

The woman had called 911 saying she saw a small cougar attack her puppy. She later told officers that she had lost another puppy a few days before and also was missing several cats.

 

Officers found cougar tracks and blood near the woman’s porch and called a local houndsman, who quickly treed a cougar near the home. A subsequent necropsy confirmed that the young female cougar recently had eaten a puppy.

 

Conservation Officer Clint Henson said the cougar might have been drawn to the woman’s house because a neighbor was feeding feral cats. “Leaving uneaten pet food or other attractants outside can draw predators into neighborhoods and closer to people and their pets,” Henson said.

 

Anyone who sees a cougar in a residential area or suspects one is in the area because of missing pets is encouraged to call the Department of Game and Fish area office or (888) 248-6866, or 911 in an emergency.

 

If you live in cougar country, here are some ways to protect yourself, your family and your pets from cougars or other large predators:

 

  • Do not feed wildlife. Use native plants, not non-natives, so as to not attract deer, which are the primary prey of cougars. Remember, predators follow prey.
  • Do not let your pets roam around outside. Bring them in at night. If you keep pets outside, provide a kennel with a secure top. Do not feed pets outside where the food can attract cougars or other smaller animals that cougars prey upon. Store and dispose of all garbage securely.
  • Closely supervise small children. Make sure they are home before dusk and not outside before dawn. Make lots of noise if you come or go during times when cougars are most active — dusk to dawn. Teach your children about cougars and what they should do if they encounter one.
  • Landscape or remove vegetation to eliminate hiding cover for cougars, especially around areas where children play. Make it difficult for a cougar to approach unseen.
  • Install outdoor lighting, especially in areas where you walk, so you can see a cougar if one were present.
  • Close off open spaces below porches or decks.
  • Place all livestock in enclosed sheds or barns at night. Close the doors to all outbuildings so that an inquisitive cougar is prevented from going inside to look around.

 

Cougar encounters and attacks are extremely rare, but if you do encounter a cougar in the wild or in town:

 

  • Stop or back away slowly if you can do so safely.
  • Stay calm if you come upon a cougar. Talk to it calmly and firmly. Slowly move away from it.
  • Immediately pick up all children off the ground and tell them to stay calm.
  • Do not run from a cougar as fleeing behavior may trigger the instinct of the cougar to attack.
  • Face the cougar — do not turn your back — remain in an upright position and look as large as possible (raise your arms, open up your coat, if your wearing one).
  • Carry a walking stick and use it to defend yourself by keeping it between you and the cougar. If the cougar approaches closer or behaves aggressively, arm yourself with the stick, throw rocks or sticks at the cougar, and speak louder and more firmly to the cougar. Convince the cougar you are dominant and a danger to it.
  • Fight back if a cougar attacks you. Use any possible object within reach as a weapon, such as rocks, sticks, jackets, a backpack or your bare hands. Cougars have been driven away by prey that fights back. Stay standing and if you fall down try to get back up on your feet.

 

If you have an encounter with a cougar or an attack occurs, please contact the Department at (505) 476-8000 during regular business hours, or your local sheriff’s or police department if you feel you are in danger.

 

For more information about cougars and living around large predators, please visit the Department Web site and check out the publication, Living with Large Predators in New Mexico.

 

In Loving Memory of Eddie James Martinez

Eddie James Martinez was called home to the Lord on April 29, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM at the age of 46. Eddie was born in Raton, NM on November 28, 1968 to Barbara Grubelnik.

He was preceded in death by his loving adopted parents who loved him dearly and he adored; mother Vera on January 8, 1987 and father Damacio on March 12, 1999.

He is survived by three daughters Faith, Jessica and Destiny of Moriarty, NM. Also surviving are his adopted siblings Danny Martinez of Denver, CO, Annita Martinez and husband Joe of Las Vegas, NV and Elaine Marquez and husband Steve of Raton. Biological sister Brenda Samora and husband Tim and brother Randy Garcia and wife Cordy all of Raton. Stepsister Debbie Morgan and husband Paul of Edgewood, NM and Kim Grubelnik of Clovis, NM and numerous family members and friends.

Cremation has taken place and services will be held Friday May 29, 2015. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will take place at 9:00 a.m. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette. A Memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of Committal and Inurnment will be held at Fairmont Cemetery with a reception to follow at the St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. Funeral arrangements for Eddie James Martinez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

Raton Comet/Sangre de Cristo Chronicle Announce Last Editions

Last edition for Chronicle, Comet papers

Posted at http://sangrechronicle.com on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:15 pm

Angel Fire’s Sangre de Cristo Chronicle and The Raton Comet ceased weekly print publication Wednesday (May 27).

The Taos News is the parent company of the publications, having purchased them from Guy and Marcia Wood in 2006.

Robin Martin, owner of The Taos News and The Santa Fe New Mexican, said it was not an easy decision.

NEWSPAPERS GENERIC“After months of careful deliberation, we are closing the newspapers in Angel Fire and Raton because print advertising revenue could not support a weekly newspaper in either community. Our management team in Taos is exploring ways to serve the Moreno Valley with print magazines and an online presence,” she said.

The Chronicle’s website will continue.

Martin said today’s newspaper environment has changed. “By ending print publication in the Moreno Valley, we will be able to devote our energies to The Santa Fe New Mexican and The Taos News, both in print and online, which continue to be award-winning and profitable properties,” she said.

“I am as saddened as our readers to see these small print publications go,” said Martin.

Chronicle subscribers have the option of receiving The Taos News for their subscription term, or receiving a refund by emailing circ@taosnews.com or calling (575) 758-2241.

Raton Natural Gas Files Rate Increase

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Raton Natural Gas Company in Raton has filed an application for a rate increase with New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. 

RNG is requesting total additional annual revenues of $647,416 an approximately 23.1% increase in rates over current revenue levels which also includes the cost of gas.  According to the filing a customer paying and average monthly payment of $63.92 would pay an additional $11.86 per month which is an increase of 18.6%. The average commercial customer that pays about $235.58 per month will pay an additional $47.28 per month which is an increase of 20.1%. 

View the complete Filing here RNG Rate Filing.

Raton City Commission Meets

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

While the rain was a welcome sight to the Raton city commission Tuesday evening they weren’t as happy about the interim budget they are sending to the state.

According to City Manager Berry this budget is very conservative especially in light of the Pioneer layoffs and a continued 4+% drop in gross receipts taxes. Berry noted that while we have some good million dollar projects in progress those are only good for the near term but not for long-term prospects.

The other big question in this year’s budget is insurance premiums, which the city should know more about come July. Berry noted that the county commission heard today that their premiums will only go up about 3%. Berry indicated they have heard rate increases as much as 15%.

The commission moved through the other items on the agenda approving the agreement with Children Youth and Family Department for the Juvenile Justice Agreement. Of major note here was the increase in the grant up to $128,418.

Commissioners approved the financial report for April 2015 noting a 4.3174% decrease in gross receipts taxes from the budgeted amount of $2,549.854 to an actual amount of $2,439.836. Financial Summary 4-30-15

Commissioners approved resolution 2015-19 the ninth budget adjustment of the year. Budget Adjustment 9  They also approved a Raton Public Service budget adjustment and approved the interim budget to be forwarded on to the state for approval.

Archuleta Construction was awarded the bid for roof repairs to the Wells Fargo Building in the amount of $20,500. The only other bid received was from David Parker Builders for $24,800.

Serazio Construction was the only bid received for the asphalt work on Tiger Drive, which will begin just west of the railroad tracks and go to Letton Drive. The city will use about $33,000 of gas tax money for the match on this project. The bid for the project was $200,875 excluding gross receipts tax.

The city has agreed to purchase insecticide for about $3000 to have the county spray for mosquitos in the city limits. The county felt the job being done in the past wasn’t good and decided to acquire the equipment and do the work themselves.

Commissioners then approved Lodger’s Tax board recommendations for the Raton Rodeo Association for $3000 and Music from Angel Fire for $2500. The board recommended $10,000 to Main Street for the inaugural Gate City Music Festival. Main Street however requested $12,500, which the commissioners agreed to.

Commissioners then approved the new MOU with the Raton Chamber Of Commerce. The MOU was revised at the request of both the city and the chamber due to a lack of specifics on certain areas including accounting of monies provided to the chamber by the city. The new agreement spells some of the duties of a Tourism Coordinator, which was also brought into question after a former tourism director was terminated. MOU with Raton Chamber of Commerce

City Manager Berry noted in his report that he had met with representative from Senator Tom Udall’s office and Senator Martin Hienrich’s office where they discussed some of the issues the city is dealing with such as the Pioneer layoffs, mental health and the schools. Bids for the Multi-Modal project will be opened June 30.

The next regular city commission meeting will be on June 9th at 6:00 p.m.

 

Robert Walton was awarded the very first You Rock award for his selfless volunteerism and work around the city.

Robert Walton was awarded the very first You Rock award for his selfless volunteerism and work around the city.

 

Commissioner Linde Shuster present Robert Walton with the very first You Rock award for his work around town.

Commissioner Linde Shuster present Robert Walton with the very first You Rock award for his work around town.

 

KRTN Visits with Raton Public Service

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

RPS suffered a power outage that lasted several hours Monday afternoon as a result of a lightning strike near the Burro Canyon substation that damaged a lightning arrestor. Tri-state was  not able to make repairs on the arrestor until Tuesday afternoon so Raton was switched over to power from Springer Electric Coop. Due to limitation on the power line, different circuits of Raton had to be brought up one at a time. It was also mentioned that if this outage lasted into Monday evening rolling blackouts could be required as the load for Raton would exceed the max capacity of the transmission line from Springer. 

This reporter sat down with Raton Public Service Board President Kathy McQueary and General Manager Dan Dible to talk about RPS plans to reduce this situation again. The answers are not simple and will require some time to implement. Listen as McQueary and Dible discuss the issues.

 

 

Springer Electric Coop Dedicates Solar Array

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Springer Electric Coop officially dedicated their new one megawatt solar array Tuesday morning May 26 at their substation just north of the Springer.

Funding for the $3.4 million project came from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development along with an additional $10.6 million for other infrastructure improvements to the Springer Electric Coop system. Terry Brunner USDA Rural Development State Director told KRTN that the USDA recognized early on that it not only needed to help the agricultural industry but also needed to support those rural communities that supported agriculture. One way to help do that is by funding projects like this 3888 panel solar array that will provide enough electricity for about 400 Coop customers. 

Brunner noted that it was exciting to be able to not only help fund this project but that it was a project that was so visible to so many as they drive by on I-25.

With that Springer Electric Board President Don Schutz cut the ribbon not with scissors but with the cowboy’s trusty tool a pocket knife.

 

Springer Electric Cooperative's new Solar Array

Springer Electric Cooperative’s new Solar Array

 

Springer Electric Cooperative's new Solar Array

Springer Electric Cooperative’s new Solar Array

 

Springer Electric Coop Board President Don Schutz opened the ribbon cutting ceremony with thank yous for those who helped make this $3.4 million project possible.

Springer Electric Coop Board President Don Schutz opened the ribbon cutting ceremony with thank yous for those who helped make this $3.4 million project possible.

 

Terry Brunner, USDA Rural Development Director was instrumental in helping the Coop secure a $14 million loan to make improvements to their electric system which included this one megawatt solar array.

Terry Brunner, USDA Rural Development Director was instrumental in helping the Coop secure a $14 million loan to make improvements to their electric system which included this one megawatt solar array.

 

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan was also on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning.

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan was also on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning.

 

Springer Electric Board President cut the ribbon on the solar project not with scissors but with a cowboy's handiest tool, a pocket knife. SPEC Board Member Tim Morrow, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Terry Brunner USDA Rural Development Director, Pat Lyons, Public Regulation Commission, SPEC Board President Don Schutz, SPEC Board Member Bob Gillespie, David Spradlin Springer Electric Coop General Manager, SPEC Board Member Jerry Seward

Springer Electric Board President cut the ribbon on the solar project not with scissors but with a cowboy’s handiest tool, a pocket knife.
SPEC Board Member Tim Morrow, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Terry Brunner USDA Rural Development Director, Pat Lyons, Public Regulation Commission, SPEC Board President Don Schutz, SPEC Board Member Bob Gillespie, David Spradlin Springer Electric Coop General Manager, SPEC Board Member Jerry Seward