TRINIDAD — After a one-year absence, the Trinidad Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce brought back Santa Fe Trails Days in a festive party at Central Park.
Saturday saw plenty of action as several events began the day including a fishing derby, a celebrity challenge sitting chair and inner tube race across the pond, a old-west water gun shoot out, chili cooking contest, pet parade, dancing, and plenty of music.
Intrepid World Journal reporter David Tesitor (above) took up the race-across-the-pond challenge by Trinidad Chronicle editor Eric Monson. While he didn’t bring home the trophy, Tesitor said, after recovering from a potential wardrobe malfunction, “Eric is young enough to be my son so I didn’t mind losing. In fact, I was the oldest participant.”
In the gunslinger water fight, the Trinidad Fire Department had a distinct advantage over the Police Department as they were allowed the use of water cannons. The pet parade brought out the finest dressed pets of all varieties outfitted for the occasion. Dogs of all sizes and even a pig and a lapaca (a cross between a llama and an alpaca) competed. Dixie and Sophie dazzled the crowd with their matching summer dresses, winning third place, and Dixie and Berta, dressed as a bar of Irish Spring soap, and as a pink nylon shower scrubbie with attached rubber duckie, won second place.
Archive for: July 2015
Betty Estella Bailey, 81, of Trinidad, CO, passed away on June 25, 2015.
Betty was born in Vandalia, IL on October, 19, 1933 and grew up in up in Greenville Il, and attended school there. She continued on her education and received her BA from Adam State University, MA from Colorado State University and her Specialist Degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
Betty was married to the late Hon. Robert G. Bailey for twenty years and they had two sons, Michael and Mark Bailey.
Betty worked as a teacher for School District #1 for 30 years. She was extremely artistic and owned and operated the “Back Door Studio” for many years. Her pottery and paintings have been displayed at galleries throughout the Midwest. Betty was a regular at art festivals throughout the region, and often setup her pottery wheel and displayed her talents. Later in life, she returned to the art of quilting that she had learned at an early age.
Betty will always be remembered for the unconditional love she had for her family. She was the light of the world for her children and grandchildren. Betty is survived by sons, Michael (Audra) Bailey and Mark Bailey. Her grandchildren, Thomas, Melissa, Leah, Sydnee, Michaela, Brennen, and great grandchildren Christopher and Kenneth were the joy of her life.
Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Leta Stoecklin.
In lieu of flowers and donations, the family requests that you honor Nana Betty by taking the time to spend quality time with your own family; going on a picnic, having dinner or gathering where all can reflect on the love of family and friends that the good Lord has provided.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Comi and Davis Morturaries.
By Marty Mayfield
Two citizens groups filed a petition for justification to proceed with a recall election of two Raton School board members back in May 2015. The hearing for that petition was held Wed., July 1st in 8th Judicial District Court in Raton.
A group of teachers called Citizens of Raton and another group called Concerned Citizens filed petitions with the county clerk to determine sufficiency of facts to proceed with a recall election of Raton School board members Ted Kamp and Kathy Honeyfield. County Clerk Freda Baca then filed the petitions in District Court through the county attorney Robin Blair.
Court documents showed three charges against both Honeyfield and Kamp. (see the complete petition) In Judge Paternoster’s remarks he indicated that there must be a clear violation of malfeasance in the office or misfeasance in the office of violation of oath of office in order to proceed with a recall election. He found that going over the evidence submitted that the accusations did not meet the definition of either malfeasance or misfeasance in office. (Link to the full Document Recall Petition for Kathy Honeyfield and Ted Kamp)
He therefore instructed Attorney Robin Blair, the attorney for the county, to instruct his client that there was no justification to move forward with a recall election and dismissed the case.
(Listen to the Judge’s reasons for his decision)
Both Kamp and Honeyfield were pleased with the decision. They were not surprised as to the filings as Kamp noted we had some tough decisions to make these last few months and we disappointed some people. Honeyfield reiterated what she has said before that change is hard but that she was excited about what the future holds for the school once the dust is settled. Kamp noted that he was hopeful that the board could move forward and that this would not effect how the board operated in the future.
(Comments from Kamp and Honeyfield after the Hearing)