Walsenburg has a bad 24 hours—police, EMTs race from scene to scene
Archive for: August 2015
by Bill Knowles
WALSENBURG — At a crossroad in its development and growth, the city of Walsenburg needs to look ahead and embrace its future
According to City Administrator Dave Johnston, “Until we can get together and decide how we are to spend the money, we arenʼt going anywhere.” With the cityʼs general fund showing a $200,000 deficit just to keep the city operational, the city is looking for ways to increase its revenue.
“There are two projects on the board right now. Loves is looking at building a truck stop at the south exit (exit 49 off of I-25). They are hoping to break ground in 2015 or 2016. The second project is the Northlands,” said Johnston.
The site plan for the Northlands project has been approved through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Currently the city has to take soil samples so it is understood what kind of ground they will be working in. When that is done, the CDPHE should give final approval to their part of the plan.
Then the Water Quality Control Division will approve their part of the plan along with USDA. When all that is finished, the City of Walsenburg is set to follow an aggressive schedule and receive bids by September or October. The cityʼs inline schedule is to have the pipe transmitting sewage by May 2016.
In the Northlands, the Acorn Travel Plaza has been purchased by Transport America. The business was closed and inventory taken last week with hardly a loss in sales. “With these businesses and others coming in, we are hoping to see the deficit shrink, but it wonʼt be quickly. I hope we can get that taken care of in about three years,” said Johnston.
One of the more controversial new businesses is the Martra marijuana business that will be located on soon to be annexed land east of the city on Highway 10. About 300 acres will be used to grow both commercial and medical grade marijuana. The city doesnʼt have a tax on the sales of marijuana, but they do have water the grow operation will purchase from the city. How much water the operation will use hasnʼt been estimated yet.
However, according to Johnston, the income from the dispensary sales and the water sales to Martra should a be positive for the budget.
The biggest resource Walsenburg has is water. Currently water treatment for both sewage and raw water is under-used. With agreements going back a couple of decades, Walsenburg has the opportunity to step up the use of its treatment facilities which could benefit the area regionally.
La Veta is under mandate to build a sewage treatment facility which would cost it several million dollars the town doesnʼt have. Walsenburg will use less then half its capacity for treatment when the Northlands comes online. La Veta could send its sewage down to Walsenburg treatment and save money. The same situation exists with water treatment. Walsenburg is producing about 500,000 gallons of water per day but it can treat up to six million gallons of production a day.
“Walsenburg has capacity on its water and sewage treatment and thereʼs land it can use to locate an industrial park on. Itʼs just finding the money to bring them to fruition,” Johnston said. “I think the one thing Iʼd like to see is the community coming together and attracting new businesses.”
by David Tesitor
HUERFANO COUNTY — Many people have asked about the flags which appeared seemingly overnight along a stretch of I-25 north of Walsenburg. They start just north of mile marker 60 and extend several miles slightly into Pueblo County.
This work is the vision of local resident Lindsey Case, owner of Crown Valley Ranch, where the poles are placed. Case told the World Journal, “I felt like I wanted to put them up to celebrate the Spirit of America.” He would like to put up 50 poles for each of the states and backlight each with solar panels to illuminate the flags.
Case also owns the Masonic Lodge building in Walsenburg and has some grand plans for the county. We haven’t heard the last from this great American Patriot.
Ray Schuppan passed away quietly at his home in Raton, NM on July 29, 2015. He was 85. Ray was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Floyd R. and Elma Schuppan on March 21, 1930. He grew up in Banner County, NE and Goshen County, WY.
Ray was a farrier, brand inspector and later a mail carrier in Goshen County. He later became an inspector and zone manager for Oppenheimer Industries where he helped with cattle operations on ranches in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska and Kansas.
In later years Ray started collecting bits, spurs and cowboy memorabilia. He later served as the President of the National Bit, Spur and Saddle Collectors Association.
Ray is survived by his wife Charlotte Hennigan, son Punch Hennigan and his wife Rose, daughter Debbie Floyd and her husband Wes, daughter Sharla Kirkman and her husband Steve. All from the Raton, NM area. Son Brad Schuppan and his wife Darla from Angel Fire, NM, daughter Beckie Havely and husband Pat from Torrington, WY, and daughter Robyn Schuppan from Cheyenne, WY. Brother Ralph Schuppan and wife Darlene of Torrington, WY. Nephew Rod Schuppan and wife Cathy of Morrill, NE, and neice, DeDe Buckhaults and husband Ross of Yoder, WY. Grandchildren Tara Jeanne Schuppan, Katie Toxclair, John “J.J.” Floyd, Brian Hennigan and Alisa Levandoski.
Great grandchildren Triston, Justin and Jack.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Elma and nephew Ed Schuppan.
Services will be held at 2:00pm, Thursday August 6th, 2015 at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton, NM.
A gathering of friends and family for the celebration of Ray’s life will be held in the Torrington, WY area at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the National Bit, Spur and Saddle Collectors Association (NBSSCA) Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 1969, Addison, TX 75001.
He will be remembered and missed by many.
Ruben N. Lopez age 82 passed away August 1, 2015 in Raton, NM.
He was born March 21, 1933 the son of Santos and Phoebe Lopez.
He was a long time resident of Raton and former owner Flowerland where he worked as a florist.
He is preceded in death by his wife Eleanor Lopez.
He is survived by his daughter Anna Valdez of Denver, CO and a host of friends.
At Ruben’s request cremation has taken place and no services will be held.
The arrangements for Ruben N. Lopez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.
Mary K. Ortega age 77 passed away August 1, 2015 in Raton, NM. She was born February 18, 1938 in Raton, NM to John and Clara Ford Ortega.
She was preceded in death by her father John Ortega, step-mother Mela Ortega, brothers Albert (Hippo) Ortega, Nicci Ortega and sister Gloria Ortega.
She is survived by her daughters Jackie Linderman of Golden, CO, Frances Ortega of Aurora, CO, Lisa Ortega of Denver, CO, sons Robert Ortega of Raton, NM, Arthur Ortega of Raton, NM, Donald Ortega of Raton, NM, Michael Ortega of Raton, NM, Jack Ortega, Jr., Carlsbad, NM. Sisters Diane Ortega of Compton, CA, Ruby Maes of Santa Fe, NM, brothers Michael Ortega of Albuquerque, NM, Leonard Ortega of Las Vegas, NV, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild also survive.
Mary was a resident of Raton and a member of St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She lovingly volunteered her time to the food pantry and the Alternatives to Violence Thrift Store.
Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will take place Thursday August 6, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:00 a.m. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of committal and interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements for Mary K. Ortega are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.
REGULAR MEETING OF THE RATON BOARD OF EDUCATION
**RHS Krivokapich Media Center**
1535 Tiger Circle, Raton, New Mexico
Monday, August 10, 2015 6:00 PM
I. Call to Order and Roll Call
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Recognition of Students, Staff and Visitors
IV. Approval of Agenda-
V. Approval of Minutes – 6/15/2015- Regular Meeting
VI. Action Items
a. * Financial Report-
b.* Budget Adjustments/ Transfers-
VII. Executive Session-Pursuant to the State “Open Meetings Act” Section 10-15-1 (H) for
Superintendent evaluation. No action will be taken.
VIII. Adjournment –
ITEMS LISTED WITH AN* PRECEDING THE ITEMS ARE TO BE ACTION ITEMS. HOWEVER, THE BOARD RESERVES THE RIGHT TO TAKE ACTION ON ANY AGENDA ITEM AS IT DEEMS NECESSARY.
“New Mexico True” Tour is headed to Raton. Free Workshop with NM Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham and the NM Tourism Department on Thursday, August 6th from 9 am until 11 am at the Isabel Castillo Performing Arts Center (next door to the Shuler Theater).
- Isabel Castillo Performing Arts Center
- Raton, NM 87740
John Gilbert Baca, 77 years old, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on July 28,2015.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Eppie Baca, twin sons Dwayne (Tami) Baca, Wayne (Gail) Baca, daughters Diana (Steve) Goodhand, and Melissa Baca. Wonderful grandchildren, Lleandra Baca, Adrianna Vasquez, Brittany Baca, Steven Baca, Liesa Baca, Marcus Arnold, Gunner Prim, Jaycie Prim, Dmitri Vigil, Danielle Vigil and Joshua Goodhand. One great grandchild. His loving sister Lorraine Duran, nieces, nephews and a host of longtime friends. He was the last one of a great generation.
Proceeded in death by his parents Samuel and Isabel Baca, brothers Sam, Benito and Manuel. Sisters Josephine, Ida, Isabel and Virginia.
He was born on March 15, 1938 in Cokedale, Colorado. He served in the Navy April 20, 1955 to March 2, 1959 aboard the USS Orca (AVP-49) and was also fortunate to serve aboard the USS Hillsborough County (LST-827) with his brother Benito.
On May 15, 1970 he was united in marriage to Eppie Martinez in Pueblo, Colorado. He loved walking with his wife daily and was an avid fisher, hunter and dog whisperer that shared his love of the mountains with family and friends. The last day of his life was spent sharing life stories and jokes with family and friends. He also made it clear to each and every one with handing out advice of what we are to do. Be happy, not sad and stay together.
To honor the comfort provided by the therapy dogs during his last days, in lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Animals for Therapy 17130 W. 53rd Ave. Golden, CO 80403 in honor of John Gilbert Baca.
Rosary, Monday August 3rd at 7pm, Service Tuesday August 4th at 10am.
Both Rosary and Service will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary 11385 Grant Dr., Northglenn, CO.
Burial is full Military Honors at Fort Logan at 12:15.
A gathering will be held immediately after Burial at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #4019, 8800 Federal Blvd. Westminster, CO.
Obituary courtesy of Comi Funeral Home.
Laura B. Castillo, 76, lifelong resident of Raton, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, July 31, 2015. She was born in Wagon Mound, NM to Martin Borquez and Isabel Garcia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emilio R. Castillo, infant daughter, Louisa Mae, granddaughter, Krista Rae, and sister Henrietta.
She is survived by son Ernest (Mary), daughter, JoAnn (Warren), granddaughters Kristin and Sara, and great grandchildren Davyon and Skyler, special nieces, Mary Louise and Helen, sister Delma, brother Toribio, several other nieces, nephews, and cousins, special friend Julie and numerous other friends.
The family would like to express gratitude to Ambercare Hospice staff, Dr. Zmily, Father John, Chaplain Connie, and all who helped care for Laura, calls, visits, prayers, food, and cards.
Rosary will be Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. with Mass following at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Rite of committal and interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Donations and contributions can be made in Laura’s name to Ambercare Hospice 186 Hospital Drive Raton, NM 87740. Funeral arrangements for Laura B. Castillo are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.