Jun. 30ObituariesComments Off on In Loving Memory of Mary Carol Bowie
Mary Carol Bowie, age 87, passed away June 26, 2015 at Mt. San Rafael Hospital.
She was born in Peonia, CO, on August 1, 1927 to Catherine (Oliver) and Jack Hailey.
On October 31, 1946. Carol was united in marriage to William K. Bowie in Boulder, CO. She was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
Carol loved to garden and caring for her indoor plants.She was a talented musician, playing the organ, piano, violin, flute, saxophone and the bagpipes.She served on the Las Animas County Planning Commission and was a member of PEO. She loved all animals especially her dog Jack.
Preceding her in death are parents, Catherine and Jack Hailey, and husband William Bowie.
Survivors are sons Bruce (Kathy) Bowie, Co. Springs, CO, Bill (Dana) Bowie, Trinidad, CO, daughter Kit Bowie, Co. Springs, CO, 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, sister in law Catherine Stokes, AZ, numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 11AM at the Comi Chapel with Rev. Janet Rawlins officiating.
Private inurnment at a later date.
Persons wishing to do so may make contributions to Noah’s Ark in Carol’s memory.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.
Jun. 29NewsComments Off on Flash Flood at the Philmont Scout Ranch Update
Colfax County– On Saturday, June 27, 2015 at approximately 4:30 a.m. a flash flood occurred in North Ponil Canyon which is located on the Philmont Scout Ranch, fifteen miles northeast of the main Philmont Scout Ranch Training Center. At the time this occurred there were twelve Scout participants in the canyon on a twelve day trek across the ranch. The twelve participants consisted of, eight Boy Scouts, (ranging in age from approximately thirteen to seventeen), one adult Philmont Scout Ranger (Guide/Instructor), and three adult Crew Leaders. As the flood water swept through the canyon, it over ran the Scouts camp site resulting in four Boy Scouts being swept away.
The Scouts Camp site was situated in the canyon, approximately eighteen to twenty feet, above a small creek that runs through the bottom of Ponil Canyon. This creek is normally two to three feet wide and ten to twelve inches deep. At the time the Flash Flood occurred, the surge of water that swept through the canyon was approximately twenty to twenty three feet deep and approximately one hundred yards wide.
Philmont Staff members immediately responded and located three of the four Boy Scouts, which were swept away by the water, down the canyon. At approximately 9:35 a.m. the New Mexico State Police was contacted and a Search and Rescue mission was initiated, at approximately 11:00 a.m. the missing Boy Scout, identified as Alden Brock, 13, from Sacramento, California, was located, deceased, approximately 3/4 of a mile to 1 mile from where the water swept him away.
News Article from the Sacramento Bee about the boy scout troop that lost a member of their crew in the flash flood.
Jun. 29ObituariesComments Off on In Loving Memory of Paul Henry Williams
Paul Henry Williams, age 89, died Thursday, June 25, 2015 at his home in Clayton, New Mexico.
Visitation will be held at the family home at 21 West Broadway in Clayton, New Mexico. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at the Clayton Church of Christ with Dean Shepherd officiating. Burial will follow in the Kenton Cemetery in Kenton, Oklahoma with John Rozell officiating by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.
Paul Henry Williams was born on August 19, 1925 in Borger, Texas to Ira Jack Williams and Nona Estella (Jones) Williams. Paul graduated from Clayton High School and joined the Merchant Marines where he served during WWII, after the war was over he was discharged from the Merchant Marines and then he was drafted into the US Army. He married Sammy Jo (Branham) Williams on May 29, 1953. He later attended Eastern Oregon College for two years. Paul was a member of the Clayton Church of Christ. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by three sisters; Maxine Tobey, Opal Kohler and Cleo Collins and by 2 brothers; Ira Jack Williams, Jr and Jack Lewis Williams.
HIS WIFE: Sammy Jo Williams of Clayton, New Mexico.
2 DAUGHTERS: Barbara Williams of Clayton, New Mexico and Ginger Martinez and her partner Pam of Lubbock, Texas.
1 SON: Jack Williams and his wife Ann of Alaska.
9 GRANDCHILDREN: Pamela Archuleta and her husband Tino and Michael Encinias all of Clayton, New Mexico, Brian Williams and Jered Williams both of Mesa, Arizona, Clinton Kennedy and Kate Williams both of Anchorage, Alaska, Jessica McKinley of Eagle River, Alaska and Benjamin Martinez and Aubrey Martinez both of Amarillo, Texas.
7 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Nicholas Archuleta, Justin Encinias, Alexis Archuleta, Jacob Archuleta, Steven Archuleta, Declan McKinley and Cody Williams.
1 SISTER: Gladys Ann Padgett of Owasa, Oklahoma.
1 SISTER-IN-LAW: Gladys Pearl Williams of Clayton, New Mexico.
And numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
MEMORIALS: The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in Paul’s memory to the Cimarron Memorial Hospital, 100 Ellis Avenue, Boise City, Oklahoma 73933.
Jun. 28NewsComments Off on Rain Delayed Relay for Life
By Marty Mayfield
The 5:00 pm start approached as the sky darkened and let loose the rain dropping about a half an inch on the Relay for Life event at Tiger Stadium Friday evening.
After about an hour delay the Young Marines posted the colors and the festivities began with cancer survivor Reverend Adrianne Coleman as she cited some stats on the number of people surviving cancer as of January 1, 2015 14.5 million people were alive. Some are recently diagnosed and others are long-term survivors. She went on to say they expect 1.6 million new cases this year.
She went on to tell the crowd that she had survived an invasive breast cancer and just recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. She added all of the complications she now suffers from after the chemotherapy and wonders how you can be called a survivor. Cancer is a word its not a sentence. Cancer can do a lot of things to us but it there is a host of things it can’t do to us. “It cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot corrode faith, it can’t eat away at our peace, it can’t destroy our confidence,” she said. Her encouragement about feeling guilty and relief she said is only human and that we should allow our family and friends and caregivers the right to feel the feelings of discouragement and unhappiness.
She went to say that its important to set goals for yourself as she did by being in the pulpit every Sunday and she also got involved in the theater. She added that Victor Franko, a holocaust survivor wrote “forces beyond your control can take away everything except one thing, your freedom to choose.” She went on to say “I choose Hope.” That is the secret to being a survivor, hope.
Noby Gomez spoke about caregivers and while he himself hasn’t really been a direct caregiver he has been very supportive of the people he knows has been stricken with the disease. In his support he started a list beginning with his mom who passed away with leukemia. He added all those he has been close to and he noted he ran out of space on the poster board. He encouraged the crowd to celebrate the life of those who are still here and for those who have passed.
Louise Bauler, as an 8th grader, had a crush on a senior boy. She did what she could to get noticed but admits what senior boy would have anything to do with an 8th grader. She went on to say she eventually worked with this young man’s mother while he was in the Marine Corp. As fate would have it she received a letter from this young man during her senior year. One day Nathan called and she hung up on him not knowing who he was. He called back and said he was in Almagordo to see her where Louise was living and working at the hospital, as she put it the rest is history all 42 years and two boys later.
Nathan was diagnosed with prostate cancer, together they fought it and won. At age 66 Nathan was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the lungs. She went on to talk about his little yah yahs. It was their little thing to help cope. Unfortunately Nathan didn’t make it but Louise wanted to pass on there is hope in everyday. There is hope in just getting up in the morning, there is hope to dance to the oldies in the kitchen like we used to do. Hope to play golf on the computer again and again.
After seven years Louise is just now realizing what has happened, that her 8th grade crush was no longer here. She added read all you can about the diagnosis of the disease, educate yourself with what ever you can get your hands on. Take care of yourself if you’re a caregiver, accept help and counseling so you can deal with situation. She added that she didn’t do that and that is why she felt she is just now realizing and feeling the loss of her 8th grade crush.
The festivities continued with dancing and the survivor lap. A lap the survivors take to honor their journey and survival from a disease that can be devastating. As Adrianne Coleman put it she chose to deal with the disease and not let it manage her.
The event continued throughout the night ending Saturday morning around 10:00 a.m.
2015 RELAY FOR LIFE COMMITTEE
Event Co-Chairs Jami Esquibel, Mercy Swanson
Banker Colette Armijo
Entertainment Amelia Vigil, Nancy Valdez
Food/Hospitality Jami Esquibel
Luminaria Diana Alderette
Mission Freda Baca
Online Jami, Mercy – Facebook, Liz
Public Relations Colette, Jami, Mercy
Sponsorship Teresa Ebell
Survivorship Judy Phelps, Teresa Ebell
Team Development Liz Tafoya
Youth Developement Vanna Tapia
ACS Staff Manuel Luna
2015 RELAY FOR LIFE TEAMS
Brenda Perry & Friends Brenda Perry
Colfax County Young Marines Briana Pais, Christina Avila Marchet
Reverend Adrianne Coleman spoke about her battles with breast and colon cancer. As she put I choose to deal with these diseases and not let them get me down I choose to Hope.
DJ Noby Gomez made a list of those he knows as family and friends that have fought the battle with cancer. He lost his mom to leukemia as a young boy and each year comes to Relay to remember and honor her and now to fight for his brother and sister.
Caregiver Louise Bauler spoke of her 8th grade crush Nathan, the one she married, loved and cared for through two bought of cancer.
Raton City Commissioner Linde Schuster gave the welcome address.
Survivors celebrate as they begin the survivor’s lap at the 2015 Relay for Life event
Supporters clap and cheer as the survivor’s lap gets underway at the 2015 Relay for Life event held Friday and Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
The luminaries line the track some plain some more elaborate. They remember, they honor, they recognize and in this case remember a so young life lost.
They all have a meaning as they glow in the dark to honor those passed.
Created with love they honor a life gone.
They are created in say we are here for you.
A simple butterfly
Puddles left behind by the rain earlier that evening reflects the many luminaria that line the track at Tiger Stadium Friday evening during the 2015 Relay for Life
Rain deluged both Cimarron and North Ponil Canyons late Friday night and early Saturday mornings flooding portions of Philmont Scout Ranch and sadly, contributing to the death of one of its campers.
Some estimates of as much as four inches sent boulders as big as pickups from the canyon walls into the Cimarron River and onto the roadway in Cimarron Canyon.
Hiway 64 thru Cimarron Canyon was closed at about 12:30 pm on Saturday, June 27 and will remain closed at least thru …1:00 pm on Sunday, June 28.
In some places in Cimarron Canyon the river was running as much as eight feet above normal. One culvert was clogged with debris and spilled onto the roadway bringing as much as three feet of silt.
NM State Police, Colfax County Sheriff’s office, NMDOT, Colfax County District 8, 9 and 11 fire depts. with volunteers from Eagle Nest, Cimarron and Philmont plus others have responded, with heavy equipment on the scene.
Travelers are urged to use NM 434 from Mora to Angel Fire until Hiway 64 can be safely reopened.
Philmont Scout Ranch issued this statement:
“This is a very difficult time for our entire Scouting family. During the early morning hours of Saturday, June 27, Philmont Scout Ranch was hit with significant rainfall that resulted in elevating stream levels and some flooding in areas across the property. The health and safety of our youth members is our top priority and our staff immediately began making contact with all crews and participants throughout the backcountry to offer assistance and assure the safety of all participants.
During that process, our staff were unable to account for one youth participant, who we have since confirmed passed away. We have notified the family and are supporting them in any way we can. We are also mindful of the Scouts and adult volunteer leaders present on the trek, and we are also working to support those affected by this tragic incident. All other participants have been accounted for and there are no additional injuries.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those the family and we are supporting them in any way that we can.”
New Mexico State Police Update
Flash Flood at the Philmont Scout Ranch
Colfax County– On Saturday, June 27, 2015 at approximately 4:30 a.m. a flash flood occurred in North Ponil Canyon which is located on the Philmont Scout Ranch, fifteen miles northeast of the main Philmont Scout Ranch Training Center. At the time this occurred there were twelve Scout participants in the canyon on a twelve day trek across the ranch. The twelve participants consisted of, eight Boy Scouts, (ranging in age from approximately 14 to 17), one adult Philmont Scout Ranger (Guide/Instructor), and three adult Crew Leaders. As the flood water swept through the canyon, it over ran the Scouts camp site resulting in four Boy Scouts being swept away.
Philmont Staff members immediately responded and located three of the four Boy Scouts, which were swept away by the water, down the canyon. At approximately 9:35 a.m. the New Mexico State Police was contacted and a Search and Rescue mission was initiated, at approximately 11:00 a.m. the missing Boy Scout was located, deceased, approximately 3/4 of a mile to 1 mile from where the water swept him away.
Names of those involved are being withheld at this time pending notification
NMDOT clean up the debris in Cimarron Canyon after major flooding closed the highway and backed up the river. Photo by David Wentling
Flood debris caused the Cimarron River to overflow its banks and close Hwy 64 between Cimarron and Eagle nest from Saturday to Sunday afternoon Photo by David Wentling
Flooding in Cimarron Canyon Photo by David Wentling
NMDOT cleans up after major flooding in Cimarron Canyon Photo by David Wentling
NMDOt is cleaning up the debris after major flooding in Cimarron Canyon Photo by David Wentling
Debris flow after major flooding in Cimarron Canyon Photo by David Wentling
The Cimarron River is flowing near normal after major flooding in Cimarron Canyon. Boulders and debris had plugged up the river causing NMDOt to close the highway until Sunday afternoon. Photo by David Wentling
Elizabeth Jane Chelon, affectionately known as Betty Jane,passed away June 25, 2015 in Longmont, CO at the age of 90.
She was born in Bon Carbo, Colorado on December 24, 1924 to Hazel (VannMatre) and Steve Grosso.
On August 8, 1947, Betty Jane was united in marriage to George Arthur Chelon.
During a portion of WWII, she was a secretary at the POW Camp in Trinidad.
She was employed as a telephone operator for Mt.Bell for many years, a job she loved doing.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents Hazel and Steve Grosso, beloved husband George Chelon, infant daughter, sons-in-law ,Frank Perko and , Mark DuRan, five siblings, Marguerite Curro, George Grosso, Frank Grosso, Lily Mae Guara & Steven Grosso.
Betty is survived by her daughters, Marlene Perko , and Mardell Chelon, brother, Jerry (Barbara) Grosso, sisters- and brothers in-law, Evelyn (Louis) Vezzani, Murielene Grosso, Dolores Grosso, Arthur Guara, four grandchildren, George Perko, Marcus DuRan, Ariana DuRan and Wyatt DuRan. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 3PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.
Scriptural Services will be held Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 1PM at the Comi Chapel.
Interment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.
Jun. 25SportsComments Off on Survey indicates fishing even better in New Mexico
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Media contact: Karl Moffatt, (505) 476-8007 Public contact: Customer service (888) 248-6866 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 25, 2015:
Survey indicates fishing even better in New Mexico
SANTA FE – The number of satisfied anglers in New Mexico grew by 10 percent in 2015 and now accounts for more than 72 percent of those surveyed.
“This is a real tribute to all the hard work done by our department to make New Mexico one of the best places to fish in the West,” said Mike Sloane, Chief of Fisheries for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
The latest annual survey, conducted by Davis Innovations of Santa Fe, indicated that the average angler in New Mexico fished about 13 days during the last year, with the majority seeking trout. The survey is available online atwww.wildlife.state.nm.us. Women accounted for about 20 percent of the 410 licensed resident and nonresident anglers interviewed by telephone this spring. That amounts to a 5 percent increase over last year’s survey, and a 10 percent increase from 2013.
The increase in angler satisfaction follows several years of remaining at just more than 60 percent satisfaction. According to Sloane, stocking larger trout and increasing fish habitat improvement projects around the state may be some of the reasons anglers are more satisfied.
The survey also indicated 77 percent of out-of-state anglers were satisfied or very satisfied with fishing in New Mexico.
About 160,000 resident and nonresident anglers spend around $268 million a year on fishing-related activities in New Mexico, according to a recent study of the industry that can be seen at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
Jun. 23NewsComments Off on Raton City Commission Hears About Financial Matters
By Marty Mayfield
The Raton city commission started their meeting Tuesday evening with the financial report, which again has good and bad news.
The bad news of course is that the gross receipts continue to run about 4% below budget while the city’s expenses are being held in check. This is keeping the city in a positive standing as far as the budget goes noted City Treasurer Michael Ann Antonucci. (Link to the May 2015 Financial Report)
As of the end of May income to the city is still above expenditures by just under $500,000. The gross receipts tax income is $115,105 under the budgeted amount of $282,699.
Commissioners approved the changes to the signature cards for the various bank accounts at FNB New Mexico.
City Treasurer Michael Ann Antonucci has been working on revising the city’s purchasing and procurement policy that was originally adopted in November 2012. She has recently finished her training and become a certified procurement officer and therefore saw the need to update the policy to meet Raton’s needs more closely. She noted much of it is simply language changes and updates to new regulations. The city will also be setting up a new procurement module in their accounting system so they can better track money in each of the department’s funds in order to prevent overdrafts when purchase orders are requested. Commissioners however did table the policy to have more time to look over the policy and allow the department heads make recommendations in their upcoming training on the policy this week. (Link to the DRAFT City of Raton Purchase Policy 2015)(For Questions on the Policy Contact Michael Ann Antonucci at 445-9551)
Commissioners approved the JJAC subcontract with the Service Organization for Youth. It was noted that Children Youth and Families Department has raised the funding awarded to the group. The projected budgeted amount is $179,785.
The objective of the organization is to secure alternatives to detention for youth in Raton and Colfax County who have been arrested or referred to the juvenile probation office or those at risk of such referral.
The Lodger’s Tax board forwarded a request to spend money from the contingency fund for a new sand volleyball court, disk golf course and Bocce ball court. The commissioners tabled the request because they felt they needed a more thorough accounting of just how much money was coming from which fund and a better accounting of the amounts on the cost of the work to be done.
Commissioners then approved all five of the street closure and activity requests, which included the VFW Post 1793 July 4th street dance. It will also cover Mainstreet’s Music on Main Street at Ripley Park, the Fun Walk and Run at Roundhouse Park and the St Patrick’s St. Joseph’s Annual Fiesta and street closure.
City Manager Scott Berry went over the Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. The priority on the plan is the transfer station and work on the dam at Lake Maloya. Street improvements follow third on the list. (Link to the ICIP Report)
Commissioners learned that the city was approved for $150,000 of capital improvement funds from the recent four-hour legislative session. Berry requested that the money be dedicated to repairing the remainder of Tiger Drive. That is the section east of the railroad tracks. Berry is hopeful that he can get the money soon and include some other funds and maybe get Tiger Drive repaved before school starts or shortly after. Of course that depends on the sale of the bonds for the money and working with the railroad since the project buts up against the tracks.
In his report Berry reported that they are hoping to have the inspection work on the outlet pipes done in November at the lake. Watershed work in the Segerstrom watershed will take a permit from the Army Corp of Engineers due to the scope of the work.
Chip seal work on the area south of 9th Avenue will begin July 6th as well as work on the Wells Fargo Building. Work on the First Street water line project is progressing and should be done in a couple of weeks.
Bids for the Multi-Modal Center are due June 30 and Berry expects to award the bid at the July 14 meeting. The work will begin with a basic project and if there is money available, additive projects will be added to the project. If money is not then the project will at least have a basic model completed.
Berry received the 50% complete plan on the Great Blocks project from the consultant. The estimate for the project is about $1.5 million and the consultant will be in town Thursday to discuss funding opportunities. The state Mainstreet organization is very interested in the project and they are dedicated to helping find funding. The state is also interested in helping and Berry thinks there may be some funding through NMDOT.
Bids for the plumbing work in the Library are in the works however the headache will be abating the asbestos that the old galvanized piping is wrapped in.
A couple of announcements include that recycling will be moved from the first Saturday in July to July 11 the second Saturday due to the holiday. It was also noted that some mosquito spraying has been done but Berry noted that if you have bees or have some area that is sensitive to the spraying you need to contact the city or the county to let them know you have issues with the spraying so they can avoid that area.
The next regular meeting is scheduled for July 14 but there probably will be a special meeting on June 30 to deal with a time sensitive issue for a business in town.
Relay for Life members, Mercy Swanson, Jami Esquibel, Freda Baca, Vanna Tapia and Liz Tafoya accepted the proclamation from Mayor ProTem Neal Segotta noting the funding raised and progress made in the fight against cancer from the Relay for Life events. Link to Proclamation RELAY FOR LIFE 2014
Jun. 23NewsComments Off on Plenty of youth elk hunting licenses for sale
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Media contact: Karl Moffatt, (505) 476-8007 Public contact: Customer service (888) 248-6866 email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 23, 2015:
Plenty of youth elk hunting licenses for sale
SANTA FE – More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the Department of Game and Fish Online License System at 10 a.m. July 8.
The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon, and 450 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow.
Licenses will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and hunters must be younger than 18 years of age on opening day of the hunt to be eligible. To purchase a license, customers must to log in to their Online License System account at www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
For the first 14 days of the sale, licenses will be available only to eligible New Mexico youth who successfully applied for deer, elk, pronghorn, ibex, oryx, or bighorn sheep and did not receive a license for any of those species or obtain a leftover license.
Beginning at 10 a.m. July 22, remaining licenses will be available to resident and nonresident youth hunters who are eligible to purchase an elk license. Youth hunters who hold any current elk license, either draw or private-land, are ineligible to purchase a Youth Encouragement Elk License. Youth hunters must have a valid Hunter Education number associated with their account before purchasing an elk-hunting license.
Hunters must have a current Junior Game Hunting or a Junior Game Hunting and Fishing license to purchase an elk license. Customers without a Game Hunting license will be directed to purchase one before continuing to the youth encouragement sale.
All purchases will be audited to verify the customer’s eligibility.
Hunters planning to purchase a youth encouragement license must have completed all mandatory 2014-15 harvest-reporting requirements, or their purchase will be rejected in the post-sale audit. The license fee, but not the application fee, will be refunded on a rejected purchase. After eligibility is verified, licenses will be awarded to hunters and will be available to print and view within a few days of purchase. Licenses can be printed from any computer by logging in to an account and selecting “My Purchases” in the main menu.
For more information about the Youth Encouragement Elk License sale, hunting in New Mexico, or for help logging in, please call customer service at (888) 248-6866. Youth Encouragement licenses will not be sold over the phone.