Archive for: September 2015

In Loving Memory of Donald Richard Pompeo

DONALD RICHARD POMPEO, 75, a resident of Los Alamos passed away at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO on Sunday, September 27, 2015 following a brief illness.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Fay Pompeo; brother, Harry Pompeo, Jr.; father and mother-in-law, Harold and Lena Mae Barkley.

Donald PompeoDon will be remembered as a happy man with an infectious smile and for the generosity of his time in helping others. He loved the game of golf and was an active member of the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time outdoors. He was a United States Army Veteran.

Mr. Pompeo is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vonetta; daughters, Dawnetta Pompeo of Ulysses, KS, Valeria Goad and husband Lonnie; granddaughter, Madeline (Maddie) Goad of Sealy, TX; sisters, Emma Weaver, Viola Peterson and Dorothy Quartieri and husband Ronnie; sisters-in-law, Rita Wilson and husband Gary, Vonita Blan and Davida Hawkes and husband Douglas and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association Scholarship Fund. Donations may be mailed to NNMSMGA Scholarship, 60 El Rio Drive, Alamosa, CO 81101.

The family of Donald Richard Pompeo has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley. 505-662-2400 – www.devargasfuneral.com

City Commission Approves Bids

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening in a special meeting to road construction projects.

Commissioners approved Engineering Analytics to handle the construction management for the Multi-Modal Center Project, which should see construction work beginning next week.

Commissioners heard from David Little about the bids on the senior center roof. David Parker Construction was the low bid at $96.000. They have a total of $140,000 for the job. Since they have a little money left over there are some small projects inside the center that will be completed.

WM Serazio Construction was the only bidder for the South First Pavement rehabilitation project at a bid of $245,000 total money for the project is $281,000 so the city will also include the intersection of Rio Grande and First Street.

WM Serazio Construction was also the only bidder for the Galesteo Avenue and Pecos Avenue resurfacing project. His bid was for $93,000 and will cover the first block of Galesteo and the first two blocks of Pecos. Again the bid was under the amount budgeted so the city will try to replace about 300 feet of curb and gutter that is crumbling away.

After a 16 minute meeting commissioners adjourned and will meet again on October 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. for their next regular meeting.

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening to approve street project bids.

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening to approve street project bids.

NM Economic/Rural Development Committee Meets in Raton

 By Bill Donati – KRTN News   The Economic and Rural Development Committee of the NM Legislature heard reports, proposals and funding requests from a wide variety of organizations and entities when they met at Raton’ s Shuler Theater on Monday and Tuesday, September 28 and 29.

Chaired by Senator Benny Shendo, Jr, the committee met for two days of presentations and testimony concerning current needs and rural initiatives for the State of New Mexico. The presentations included PNM and utility infrastructure and upgrade of the grid, water issues in Northern NM, broadband access to under and un-served portions of New Mexico, tourism, NM Small Business Development, Dept. of Workforce Solutions, and NM MainStreet.

Projects specific to Northern New Mexico that were presented included the Four-County Ground Water Initiative. Colfax County Commission Chairman Bill Sauble of Maxwell addressed the Committee along with Justin Bennett, Chairman of the Union County Commission and Dr. Kate Zeigler. The Colfax, Harding, Union and Mora County Commissions along with Soil and Water Conservation Districts in the counties and several other associations and municipalities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding banding together to seek funding for an aquifer mapping endeavor to better understand the groundwater resources of our area. Because the four county area is largely groundwater dependent, an accurate assessment is crucial to any future economic development. The funding sought would be for $1.7 million over a three year period. lt brought several positive comments including from Senator Pat Woods and Representatives Rick Little and Dennis Roch, who both praised the initiative and pro-active attitude saying that usually it’s a disaster or critical situation that they deal with after the fact, instead of this sort of plan. Sauble said that one of the water samples that were tested showed to be 9,500 years old, meaning that there wasn’t much recharging occurring. The question of how the water system in Maxwell was doing was asked and Mayor Richard Galli gave an update to the committee.

Also on Monday, Brenda Ferri and Diana Sanchez with Raton MainStreet gave an update on the status of current projects and progress made in Raton. Sanchez informed the members of the committee about the Great Blocks Program that seeks to improve the First Street area from Cook to Clark Avenues and with an engineering/architectural grant from NM MainStreet is now “shovel-ready”.  Rich Williams, Director of NM MainStreet was also part of the first group’s presentation and used that positive report and other successes with NM MainStreet to urge legislators to approve a $5 million request for next year’s legislative budget.

Although no actual money is committed or allocated during the Economic and Rural Development Committee meeting, it’s a step in the process to find support and common ground for many solid and needed projects.  The projects can be unique and specific to a certain area, but many times similar problems can also be noted in other areas of the state.

Representative John Zimmerman (Dona Ana, Grant, Sierra) noted that because of the low prices in the oil and gas industry, projections are very bleak for much, if any, additional Capital Outlay money coming from the NM Legislative session next January.

The broad range of economic topics also afforded the opportunity for many other economic subjects and philosophies to be discussed with several recurring themes. One of the themes that popped up more than once included the fact that NM has great resources, but forces outside of the state are dictating what we need to do for New Mexicans and what makes sense for us.

Another recurring theme was that there are entirely too many regulations and because of that, the willingness and ability of investors to invest in small rural communities is being hampered. Senator William Sharer, San Juan County, noted that in reinvesting in older buildings in a downtown district, many times all that is needed is paint and cleanup, but regulations make the new owner “build a bathroom that could fit a truck”.

Mining, and specifically coal-mining, was addressed more than once during the proceedings. PNM’s presentation concerning future utility rates and services and upgrading of the grid,  reported that the partial closure of the San Juan Generating Station is cutting their generating capability in half, which prompted Senator Ron Griggs to say that “NM is blessed with many natural resources and we need to look inward to help solve our problems.”  Senator Sharer noted that NM has tremendous reserves of rare-earth metals, but because of regulations, does not mine a single one. He also noted coal is a great resource and “ jobs are important, and we’ve lost balance.”

Liquor licenses in NM were another subject related to economic development and, though not specifically on the agenda, was discussed at length on Monday. Representative Zimmerman noted that “we’ve created a monopoly, and everyone in the state is impacted”. It was reported that some liquor licenses in small towns have been sold to bigger cities for as much as ¾ to a million dollars.

Senator Griggs, whose mother graduated from Raton High School in the 50’s, also asked the question about the horse racing in Raton. Raton City Manager Scott Berry addressed the question by saying he felt the overwhelming portion of the community would still favor a racetrack, and the ideal situation should be that Raton be awarded the license because of its location and history and then it would be up to the City and the State to jointly find a qualified investor.

Many of those attending commented on the good impression Raton gave them.  Senator Sharer commented that he was very impressed by the friendliness and said Raton would be a model for how guests should be treated.

In Loving Memory of Virgil R. Voegele

Virgil R. Voegele age 95 of Raton, NM, passed away Monday September 28, 2015 in Pueblo, CO.
He was born April 20, 1920 in Ladora, IA to Clemens C. and Mary Zimmerman-Voegele. He is a Veteran of the United States Army, and was the Rainbow Bread distributor in this area for over twenty years.

VOEGELEVirgil is preceded in death by his parents, wife Bruna Voegele, son Robert Voegele, and sisters Lee Deltonto Keep and Verla Ayers.

He is survived by his daughter Sylvia Cimino and husband Frank of Raton, one son Bill Voegele and companion Tonya of Raton, one daughter-in-law Janice Voegele of Albuquerque, NM, two brothers-in-law Albert Yob and wife Nan of Niles, MI, and Louie Yob and wife Barbara of Denver, CO. Four grandchildren, Richard Cimino, Marla Giardino, Christine Montanez and Sandy Varro, and ten and a half great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Saturday October 3, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Monty McGowen officiating, burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Virgil R. Voegele are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton

Trinidad Community Foundation gives away big raffle items

by Bill Knowles

WJ  250x55TRINIDAD — The Trinidad Community Foundation had a successful fundraiser this year, netting around $10,000 from the sale of raffle tickets.  Winning tickets were announced on Saturday, Sept. 12, during the ArtoCade CarDango event in Trinidad.
Winners were: For first place, Elizabeth Cooke, a recent transplant from Denver to Trinidad, drove home a used Porsche Cayenne S.  The vehicle was donated through Phil Long Family of Dealerships by Chuck Murphy of Murphy Construction from Colorado Springs.  Cooke will use the vehicle as a company car. 
Cooke is an entrepreneur specializing in the manufacture of infused marijuana products.  Her newest venture is the Coda2 store she and her business partner are establishing in Trinidad. They will be selling infused chocolate products. The chocolate will be made by a European trained Chocolatier.
Second place was taken by Janine Mosness from Arvada.  Mosness won $500 in Shell gas cards.  The cards were donated by Duran Oil from Trinidad.
There were two third place winners, each receiving a Hewlett Packard 7 Plus Tablet donated by Laura DeBella, from the State Farm Agency in Trinidad.  The winners were Mary Ellen Hadad and Lucky Murphy, both from Trinidad. 
The Trinidad Community Foundation (TCF) gave a hearty thank you to NV design for donating the large display banners, and to Dave and Mary Ellen Hadad for allowing the banner to be displayed in their store.  Thanks were also given to The World Journal, the Chronicle News and KCRT for helping in the promotion of the raffle.  There was an additional thanks extended to all who purchased the raffle tickets. 
Chuck Murphy also donated the Mercedes SUV that was raffled by TCF last year, and won by Chris Huffman of Trinidad.
TCF is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization established in 2006.  The founding directors were Jay Cimino, Lou Mellini, Harry Sayre, Charlie Latuda, and Gene Aiello.  The current President is Lou Simpleman and Vice President is Laura DeBella. 
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Dream of a Miner’s Museum a long time coming 

by Bill Knowles
WJ  250x55TRINIDAD — Progress has been made in putting together the Miner’s Museum, but there’s still a long way to go.  
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was the first to become involved with the project. The Southern Colorado Coal Miners Memorial branched off from the chamber and formed a nonprofit so they could continue work on the memorial and museum exclusively.  Yolanda and Mike have, over the past 20 years, helped to raise and spend around $150,000 for the project.
Support for the museum is also coming in from the United Mine Workers Association.  The UMWA relocated to Trinidad from Denver several years ago and, according to the Region Four Organizing Director Bob Butero, is very supportive of the Coal Miners Museum.
“There is a rich and long history of coal mining here.  And the incident at Ludlow was one of the events that led to workers gaining the right to organize.  The museum will show and teach about how coal mining was done in the past and how it’s done today,” Butero said.
The name of the memorial has been changed from the Downtown Mini Park to the Coal Miners Memorial Park.  It is on land originally donated by the City of Trinidad.
The memorial is on the northwest corner of Convent and Main streets in downtown Trinidad.  The statue is of three miners loading coal into a coal car, which sits atop a dias that has the names of the 90 miners who lost their lives in the mines etched in granite on the four cardinal sides.  These are the names of those who’ve lost their lives to cave-ins and gas build-ups in the mines.
The miners in Las Animas County and the Raton Basin came from over 100 countries, spoke about 400 different languages, and worked in the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.  
Next to the memorial dias is a canary in a bird cage with a fountain.  The building adjacent is the proposed location of the museum. 
The exterior wall of the museum that faces out toward the memorial will have a mural painted on it by artist Lindsey Hand for a cost of $15,000 to $20,000. 
About $100,000 more is needed to complete the museum phase of the project.  $50,000 alone is needed to repair the building.  When finished, it will contain artifacts from local area miners and their families. 
The center of the exhibit will be nine portraits of Ludlow by artist Ben Johnson along with work by Linsey Hand and numerous other local artists. 
Hand painted her impression of photos from Ludlow, adding color to the black and white of the monochrome prints.  She also wants to establish a permanent display of nine photographs at the museum for a cost of around $40,000.
On Sept 1, in a statement to the Trinidad City Council, Cy Michaels of the Trinidad Tourism board asked the council to consider entering a negotiation with Hand for a city funded down payment so the mural part of the project might get started.
The memorial site is one of the most visited sites in the city.  People from all over the country as well as many from other parts of the world have visited Trinidad and photographed the monument.  “It’s a major plus here for the county.  We need to celebrate that heritage.  There is a lot of tradition and history here,” Butero said. 

Police looking into death of Walsenburg infant

by Eric Mullens
WJ  250x55WALSENBURG —  Walsenburg police are investigating the death of a infant girl reported early Sunday morning from a residence in the 200 block of West Pennsylvania Avenue.
According to a press release issued by Walsenburg City Administrator David Johnston, police and medical personnel were called to the residence at approximately 5:30 am September 20 on a report of a one month old child who was not breathing. “When the police and paramedics arrived on scene they continued CPR all the way to the hospital but the baby girl did not survive,” Johnston said in the press release Monday afternoon.
An autopsy was conducted Monday at the El Paso County Medical Examiner’s Office in Colorado Springs attended by Huerfano County Coroner Vonnie Valdez and WPD Captain Vince Suarez.  Valdez said there are no results yet from the procedure and her findings “will all be based on toxicology results.”  Valdez said the toxicology report should be completed within six to eight weeks.
“It’s still under investigation,” Walsenburg Police Chief Tommie McLallen said Tuesday, “we have to do our due diligence, make sure we are thorough, and we do everything by the book.”
Police are not releasing many details of the investigation but confirm the home was searched and some items removed for investigative purposes.
Police crime scene tape surrounded the front of the home and a police officer was assigned to stand by the residence from the time of the initial call Sunday morning through about 3 pm Monday, September 21. 

Walsenburg police seek masked break-in duo

by Eric Mullens
WJ  250x55WALSENBURG —  Walsenburg police are investigating an early morning break in at an occupied home in the 500 block of West Pinon in which the handicapped resident was threatened and some of his property taken.
At about 4:50 am Tuesday, Sept. 22, a masked pair of intruders pounded on the door of the victim’s home.  The victim who was in bed at the time, looked at his home security video monitor and did not recognize the pair.  When the victim did not answer his door, the brazen criminals forced it open and entered the residence.  From his bedroom the man yelled he was going to call police and one of the suspects yelled that he had a gun.
Police are not releasing the victim’s name nor the property that was stolen.  The pair were recorded on video which has been turned over to investigators, electronic media outlets, and law enforcement agencies.  
The black and white video images show at least one recognizable tattoo on the arm of one of the suspects, who may also have a tattoo, or scar on the back of one of his hands.  It appears one of the suspects attempted to cover his face with a camo bandanna, while the other wore a silver colored skull mask.  While the mask appears dark in the surveillance video, WPD Captain Vince Suarez told the World Journal Tuesday the video evidence shows it is silver or a light color.
The pair fled in an unknown direction.
The robbers may be armed and are considered dangerous and police ask if you have any information regarding this crime to call the Walsenburg Police Department at 719-738-1056 or Huerfano County Emergency Dispatch at 719-738-1044.
Authorities report no one was injured in the incident.
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In Loving Memory of Larry “Lolo” Sisneros

Larry “Lolo” Sisneros age 72 passed away September 25, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born September 25, 1943 in Brilliant, NM the son of Eutimio and Rose Archuleta Sisneros. He was a resident of Raton, a member of St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the United Mine Workers of America.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Patricia Lopez, brother Louis Sisneros and nephew David Armijo.

He is survived by his wife Mable Sisneros, daughters Sarah Sisneros and companion Paul, Dolores Garrett and Rhonda Sisneros and companion Ernesto all of Raton, son Louis Sisneros and Desidera of Albuquerque, NM and Patrick Sisneros and Melissa of Raton. Sisters Isabel Marquez of Rio Rancho, Helen Castro and Manuel of Oxnard, CA, Mary Gonzales and Frank of Cortez, CO, Darlene Wetzel of Nevada, and Vicky Lambert of Nevada, 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren also survive.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will take place Friday October 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by the Legion of Mary. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Father Emmanuel Izuka as the celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Funeral arrangements for Larry “Lolo” Sisneros are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Susan (Sandoval) Ellis

Susan (Sandoval) Ellis, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away September 22, 2015.  She was the beautiful daughter of Martha (Garcia) and Ernest Sandoval, born on November 22, 1952 in Trinidad, Colorado.


Susan was a 1970 graduate of Trinidad High School.  On June 26, 1971, she married the love of her life Henry Ellis.  She worked as a Pharmacy Technician at Wal-Mart and Safeway.   Susan had personality-plus, her smile, her laugh that would brighten every ones day. She looked forward to and cherished the time her grandchildren spent with her each summer. She made friends easily and maintained long lasting friendships.  She touched so many lives and will be greatly missed by family and friends.


She is preceded in death by her parents.


She is survived by her loving husband Henry Ellis; sons, Shane (Merrie) and Ryan Ellis, both of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren Kyle, Ashlyn Drew and Connor; brothers Mike (Vanessa) Sandoval of Pueblo West and Pat (DaLonna) Sandoval of Trinidad; sister-in-law Berta (Ray) Garcia; uncles and aunts, Flavio (Eva) Sandoval of  Centennial, Frances (Manuel) Romero of Santa Fe, NM and Dolores (Eloy) Chavez of Denver; nieces, nephews and cousins who loved her very much.  She was a Godmother to her special niece, Jennifer Sanchez among others.


Honorary pallbearers are her many dear friends.


Active pallbearers are Kyle and Connor Ellis, Christopher and Cody Sandoval, Michael Sandoval, Jeremiah and Justin Sanchez, James and Jace Sandoval-Parra.


Flower girls will be Melissa Sandoval, Ashlyn Drew Ellis, Brandi Sandoval-Parra, Jennifer and Jordan Sanchez and Kimberly Begano.


Visitation will be Tuesday, from 3PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.


Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 29th, Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 30th both at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  Interment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.


Arrangements made under the direction of Comi Funeral Home.