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Archive for: May 2015

Trinidad Chamber Welcomes New Trinidad City Manager

by Mary Jo Tesitor

WJ  250x55TRINIDAD — The regular meeting of the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce, sponsored this month by the City of Trinidad, gave the new City Manager, Gabriel Engeland, another friendly forum to answer questions about his action plan for the upcoming months.   His primary goals are to improve fiscal management through organizational changes while keeping people employed, improve an infrastructure for which maintenance has generally been deferred, and provide “sustainable and responsible government that provides necessary and desired services.”  He reiterated that his highest priorities are parks and recreation and safety issues.  He hopes his choices will be seen as “smart and well thought out.”
At the end of his presentation, Engeland welcomed questions from the audience of business owners and representatives.  Of primary interest was the effect of marijuana sales on the city, both positive and negative.  Engeland stated that sales tax was up substantially for January and February, even with only three new cannabis businesses operating.  All local sales tax from these enterprises is unbudgeted.  On the down side, there is word that police crime calls are up, particularly theft, and there are more young transients in town who are generating more requests for assistance.  
The other item of interest was the city’s newly-installed roundabout and the confusion it sometimes creates for drivers who have never encountered one before.  This type of intersection is considered by CDOT a safer and quicker alternative, and another is in the plans for the “five points” intersection at Colorado and Arizona Avenues.
Upcoming events for the community include Comcast Care Day, an Earth Day clean-up activity on Saturday, April 25, sponsored by the Trinidad Community Foundation and Comcast.  The community is invited to come have breakfast to kick off the day, then help clean up along I-25, Hwy 350, Hwy 12, Central Park, Santa Fe Trail, and the river. (See details in ‘Briefs’)
TSJC’s graduation will be on Friday, May 8 at 10am.  The 2015 Trinidad and Community Water Festival is scheduled for May 14.  The Armed Forces Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, with a free luncheon for area veterans and fundraising for the September 2015 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.  The Sangre de Cristo Hospice Kid’s Camp will be held in June, and the return of the Santa Fe Trail Days Festival will be on June 19 and 20, in Central Park.

Raton Fire Department

by Brian Manning
WJ Logo 175x33RATON — The firefighters and officers of the Raton Fire Department work hard to keep their community safe.  Under the direction of Fire Chief Jim Mathews, 16 firefighters respond to approximately 300 fire calls and 1300 EMS calls a year. 
They undergo a comprehensive training program to become firefighters.  All new firefighters are trained at the New Mexico Fire Academy and must become certified in firefighter 1 and 2, and basic EMT.  This is not the end of their training, just the beginning.  
They are also trained as wildland firefighters and hazardous material technicians.  They attend regular in-service training and recertification training which is critical since technology in emergency services is always changing and they must keep their skills up to date. 
In addition to firefighting, they participate in fire prevention activities, emergency medical service calls, training, and code enforcement.  They also service fire hydrants and work on the construction of a new fire station.  In addition to responding to structure fires, they respond to vehicle fires, wildland fires, rescues, hazardous material events and ambulance service calls.  
Raton covers I-25 for accidents that require extrication ambulance service and fires.  Raton Fire Department is part of a mutual aid agreement that gives and receives help when there are major incidents.  They once sent a crew to California during a wildfire because of their certification in these fires.   
In additiona to doing emergency duties, they do code enforcement in local businesses and also preview businesses to learn the layout of the building in the event of a fire and to learn what hazards are there.  That information is important if there are hazardous materials on the site. 
They always have at least one paramedic on duty, so they can respond immediately to provide advanced life support.  They also provide transports for people needing treatment or going to appointments at area hospitals.  
In addition to these duties, the firefighters are building a new fire station that will serve as their main firehouse.  The existing station is 100 years old and was used during the time when the department had horses. 
The Raton Fire Department has an excellent insurance rating due to comprehensive audits by the ISO (insurance services office).  They have a rating of 2, which is unprecedented for anything except a few large cities.  This rating can lower insurance rates for property owners. 
The people of Raton should be very proud of their fire department and all the services they provide.  These firefighters are ready to respond to emergencies every day of the year.

In Loving Memory of Martha Alwilda Leatherman

Martha Alwilda Leatherman, age 93, of Raton NM passed quietly from this life and in the next on Tuesday April 28, 2015 surrounded by family. 

She was born July 31, 1921 in Raton NM, the daughter of William Riley Bacon and Nettie Lierer-Bacon. She loved being a wife and mother although she occasionally worked outside the home as a retail clerk when money got tight. She was a member of the first Christian Church in Raton and was very active with the Extension Club, where over the years her crafts won her many Blue Ribbons and People’s Choice Awards. She was very talented with many different forms of creative crafts and sewing. 

Wilda is preceded in death by her parents, husband Arnol E. (Gene) Leatherman, brothers Henry and William Bacon, sons Harvey and Dale Leatherman, and daughters Anna Trantham and Mary Leatherman. She is survived by her grandchildren: Harold Leatherman and wife Joanne of Tuttle OK, Ray Leatherman and wife Jodi of Guthrie AZ, Ivy Leatherman of Mobile Ala, Joy Leatherman of Silver City NM, Wendy Griffin and husband Dennis Martinez, Shelly Barber and Douglas Trantham all of Raton NM and Darrel and Tim Leatherman of Albuquerque NM. Great grandchildren, Kevin, Cassie, Michael, Matthew, Brooke, Bruce, Diedra, Belle, Brandy, Loretta, April, Justin, Russell, Rebecca, Devin, Jacob, Lawrence, Maddy, Jarrett, Maegan, Harlan and Jordan, and thirteen and 1/2 great -great grandchildren. Also left behind are special friends Alberta Blouin and Pearl Cunico, her cousin Juanita Wiseman, nephews Dwayne and Hurley Bacon and her nieces Charliene Barnes and Audry Milkovich. 

She was a beautiful soul and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

A memorial celebration of her life will be held Wednesday May 6, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel.

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