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Archive for: July 2015

Trinidad welcomes Santa Fe Trail Days

staff report
WJ  250x55TRINIDAD — 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.  

Sonic Bloom almost doubles Huerfano County’s population Three day music event goes off smoothly

by Brian Orr
WJ  250x55HUERFANO —  For a brief time, Sonic Bloom was the largest city in the county, complete with law enforcement, fire and medical services, and a kick-ass sound system. Over 4,500 festival-goers set up camp, and several hundred festival workers and vendors were on hand as well.
After months of yes, no, maybe, and possibly, the four-day event was a resounding success. As per the agreement with the county commissioners, there will be an after-action report between festival organizers and county officials to see where things might be improved, if the festival is to be held here next year.  The date for this meeting has not been set, but it will be open to the public.
At the Tuesday commissioners meeting, there were two citizens there to give their take on the event.
Marcy Freeburg, who lives off of Lascar Road and has been a vocal opponent of the festival from the get-go, reported the music was really loud on Thursday evening, but conceded it was better on Friday and Saturday nights.  She was unhappy  with the amount of traffic on the road, and felt the festival security cars were very aggressive. She noted the festival had placed a flyer in her mailbox, which is against postal regulations.
Ken Gennetta from the Rye area also complained about sound levels, but more to the point, strongly suspected people there were doing drugs, and not just marijuana.  He felt the festival was bringing in ‘unscrupulous money” from drugs, and attracts “undesirable people.”
Jess Gries, one of the festival organizers, sat and listened to these statements without comment, but did thank the county sheriff’s office and ambulance service for all their hard work.  In his eyes, the festival “ran pretty smoothly.”
In the minds of the commissioners at least, the festival went off very smoothly.  “The kids there were very respectful and clean,” noted Commissioner Ray Garcia. As for drugs, “I see a lot more ‘smoke’ at Hippie Days than I did at Sonic Bloom,” he said.
The other large item on the commissioners agenda was discussion of commissioner Max Vezzani’s proposal for an 18-month moratorium on new marijuana grows.  They asked David Bobian from the county planning office if there were currently any new applications for conditional use permits pending.  The answer was no.
Garcia played devil’s advocate, and noted people have always grown marijuana illegally in the county, and they’re still doing it. “If we find them, we shut them down, he said. “If these grows are unregulated, the county is not making any money off of them.”
Dale Lyons, a planning and zoning board member, speaking as a private citizen, asked that the new strict regulations be given a chance to work, and that no moratorium be set. “If we have this in place, we might miss a great applicant,” she said.
Sonic Bloom revelers enjoyed the weekend’s concerts in northern Huerfano County.     Photo by Bob Kennemer.

Sonic Bloom revelers enjoyed the weekend’s concerts in northern Huerfano County. Photo by Bob Kennemer.

In Loving Memory of Betty Estella Bailey

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.

 

Judge Paternoster Finds Insufficient Evidence to Proceed

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

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)

This is the statute that Judge Paternoster referenced to justify the justification hearing.

This is the statute that Judge Paternoster referenced to justify the justification hearing.

 

Judge Paternoster was reading a ruling from a recent court case very similar to this one on the justification to proceed with a school board recall election.

Judge Paternoster was reading a ruling from a recent court case very similar to this one on the justification to proceed with a school board recall election.

 

Marcia Rubio representing the Citizens of Raton group that filed the recall justification petition listens to Judge Paternoster's remarks regarding the petitions.

Marcia Rubio representing the Citizens of Raton group that filed the recall justification petition listens to Judge Paternoster’s remarks regarding the petitions.