Archive for: June 2015
Cimarron’s Joe Giglia was recently honored as the National High School Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year as named by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.
Giglia has been the Cimarron High School Track and Field coach for almost three decades and was recently nominated by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association to represent New Mexico in the competition for the award.
These eight nominees in each category from all over the country were then invited to attend the NHSACA National Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota which began June 15, 2015. Each were asked to present a topic concerning their sport, and Joe’s presentation was called “Turning Flames into Fire, The Cimarron Way.”
Including this year’s NM State Championship, his girls teams have won 7 State Championships, (1992, ’94, ’95, ’97, 2005, ’06, ’15) 7 runner-up second place finishes, and 4 third place finishes all at the state level. Giglia’s girls track teams have won 25 District championships in his 29 years as head coach. The Rams boys and girls teams have combined for 12 state championships (including co-winners this year) and 24 state trophies in the last 26 years
Giglia was also nominated in 2006 for the same national honor, is a 2011 inductee into the NM Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame and is a seven time NM High School Coach of the Year.
Giglia and his wife Loretta are both retiring this year from Cimarron Schools, but are planning on remaining in the area.
By Marty Mayfield
Forecasters for the National Weather Service had only forecast a 30% chance of rain in Northeastern New Mexico, something that doesn’t raise much concern, however conditions were right for the area south of Raton where storms converged and rain fell and fell in torrents.
A local rancher that lives in the area near the damage told Colfax County Sheriff Deputy Clay Moore that there were very strong winds in the area when the power went out.
According to a forecaster in the NWS Albuquerque office those storms converged and dropped well over an inch of rain along with pea and marble size hail. He suspected that the storms developed a wet microburst wind. That is a very strong downdraft wind that spread out and is probably what downed the power poles about a mile west of Maxwell on State Highway 505 and left the highway blocked for about an hour. Hail lined the road where the grass stopped it as it ran off the highway and water was everywhere. If it was a low spot it had standing or running water in it all the way down from the three mile bridge on I-25 to past Maxwell.
According to Ron Brashear with Springer Electric they lost four 3-phase distribution power poles that run along the north side of highway 505 and one 60 foot 69 KV pole on the south side of the highway that feeds Cimarron. The downed poles interrupted power to Springer Electric customers north of Maxwell including our own KRTN transmitter on Eagle Tail mountain as well as Cimarron and the Raton area. The lines also feed east of Raton to Capulin Mountain and Folsom. Brashear indicated that their first priority was to get the 69 KV line back on so they could get power back to Cimarron and Raton area customers as soon as possible. The repairs were complicated by the amount of rain that fell making the bar ditches and pastures very muddy that the crews had to work in to repair the lines.
By Eric Mullens
WALSENBURG — After a delay of nearly one hour, the Walsenburg City Council got down to business Tuesday night when the fifth member of the group arrived making an official quorum available for the session.
City council adopted three ordinances this week on first reading, including Ordinance 1067 that established a Certified Local Government to be known as The City of Walsenburg Historic Preservation Board. The ordinance says the city desires to protect and preserve the city’s historic and cultural heritage by designating historic landmarks and districts saying that will enhance property values and stabilize historic neighborhoods. Council and administration made it clear in discussions that no property owner would be forced into preservation activities. The decision to partake in building preservation or designation will be up to the individual property owner.
The board will be made up of five members appointed by majority vote of the city council. The ordinance said no Walsenburg mayor, city council member or planning and zoning member may serve on the board. “It is the intent of this provision to avoid conflicts of interest where a board member also sits on a body that serves to review any board actions or acts as an appellant body for any board action or decision.”
Council adopted Ordinance 1068 which sets up procedures and fees associated with issuance of temporary alcohol beverage permits. This ordinance will allow a temporary alcohol beverage permit to be assigned to, for example, a person buying a business with an existing license. City administrator David Johnston noted the fee associated with the temporary permit will fully retained by the city. The ordinance was passed with an emergency clause that allows it to go into effect immediately after passage upon second reading.
Johnston said the city had received an inquiry about temporary permits and this had prompted the drafting of the ordinance.
Council also passed Ordinance 1069, which provided a year correction from 2016 to 2015 in Ordinance 1059 that was passed recently authorizing the change in the boundaries of municipal city council wards.
All three of the ordinances passed in unanimous 5-0 votes. Council members present Tuesday including Nick Vigil, Rick Jennings, Mayor James Eccher, Mayor Pro Tem Craig Lessar and Clint Boehler.
Council also heard disturbing news from city treasurer Jim Moore, who reported the sewer fund, for the first quarter of 2015, was $457,160 in the red. City administrator David Johnston said approximately $300,000 of that debt was due to the pay off of the sewer lagoon refurbishment project and he hoped the fund, “will come back as the year goes on.”
In other business the council voted to have a lease contract drafted between the city and the Silva family concerning corral use on the city ranch. The lease will be effective for one year at $50 per month with a 30-day right to quit clause for either party.
The council voted 5-0 to renew liquor licenses for the Alpine Rose Cafe and La Plaza Inn.
Council heard a short presentation from business and property broker Larry Clark regarding establishment of regulations to accommodate marijuana smoking clubs within the city limits. Clark was advised to bring a full prospectus back to council for review. Clark said he was neither a marijuana smoker or a marijuana grower, but said he was interested in developing a 420 club in the city.
by Joe Tarabino
TRINIDAD — The new manager of the Colorado Welcome Center, Barbara Howard, brings a diverse background and exciting perspective to a complex position. It requires careful juggling of city and regional interests with the requirements of the state, which funds the position with grant monies and defines the priorities of the facility.
She was welcomed to her new position at a reception hosted by current and past volunteers at the center on Monday. Howard began work this past week, replacing former manager Tara Marshall who has moved to a supervisory position at the City of Trinidad.
Hailing from the ‘deep south’ of Galveston, Texas, Howard has developed an impressive work history. Her employment history includes time as a GS-4 Secretary to the U S Army Corps of Engineers and time as an executive assistant at Union Carbide. She was also employed by the University of Texas Medical Branch, Occupational Therapy department, supporting the director. She is the current president of the Trinidad/Las Animas County Economic Development Board.
She also has worked as an assistant manager of an apartment complex in Galveston where she gained insight into payroll, maintenance, contracts and budget practices. While there, she was responsibile for the complex during Hurricane Alicia and the subsequent clean-up that followed.
It was at this time that she met her husband to be. Howard is the mother of five children ranging in age from 15 to 31, and wife of Trinidad Fire Chief Tim Howard. The family moved to Trinidad by way of Raton in 1995 where Tim worked with Raton Fire Department for almost three years.
Howard’s educational background includes a Doctorate In Management with emphasis on emerging media from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, a Masters degree in Management and Project Management, and a Bachelors in Business Administration, with emphasis in informational systems.
Her experience in business as well as experience gained while living 17 years in a rural community, sparked her dissertation topic, “Managerial awareness to technology in rural communities.” This research should give Howard the knowledge to create an online presence for the center and the insight to cooperate with the local community to the benefit of both.
TRINIDAD — Pioneer Natural Resources, which laid off over 100 employees last month, announced last week they would be putting a block of 640,000 net acres of mineral rights up for sale.
On June 1, Pioneer had sold its Eagle Ford shale business to Enterprise Products Partners for $2.15 billion.
The acreage up for sale is in Elbert, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Bent, Crowley, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Prowers and Washington counties. The land has been valued at over $300 per acre. As a package deal, the mineral rights could go for $100 to $200 an acre, which could make the sale go for between $64 million to $128 million.
Bids are due on July 9, and the sale is expected to close August 14.
Potential buyers for the rights could be Anadarko Petroleum, Devon Energy, Southwestern Energy, Chesapeake Energy and Newfield Exploration.
According to Oil and Gas Investor, the next likely move on Pioneer’s part is to sell 198,000 acres of assets in northeastern New Mexico.
The selling of these assets reflects Pioneer’s shift away from the Raton Basin and over towards the Permian Basin in west Texas.