Archive for: September 2015

In Loving Memory of Thomas Mitchell Melvin

Thomas Mitchell Melvin, was taken upon the request of the Lord on August 27, 2015.

Thomas’   life would seem too  short to many, but those who were touched by him, understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.

Thomas was born in Denver, CO, the second oldest of five, on June 28, 1985 to Lydia Esquibel and Thomas Melvin.

Those who knew him would say that he was the life of the party.  He was a kind, loving and very humorous man.  He enjoyed watching and playing sports, and spending time with his family. His sense of humor and smiles that found ways to brighten up rooms, will truly be missed.

Thomas was preceded in death by grandparents Geraldine and Eloy Martinez, uncles Filbert and Andrew Martinez, and cousin Alyssa Martinez.

Survivors include wife Nicole, son Roman, mother and step father Lydia and Francisco Esquibel, father Thomas Melvin, brothers and sisters, Candace Ortega, Filbert and Darlene Martinez, Crystal and Rueben Zamora Melvin, Daisy and Carlos Carrillo Esquibel and Valentin Esquibel.  Also surviving are uncles and aunts, Gerald Martinez, Maryann(Daniel) Lopez, Margie (Jose) Mendoza, Mark (Melissa) Martinez, Eloy (Valerie) Martinez, Mark (Liz) Lyles, Gina Martinez, Shirley Paiz, nieces and nephews , Sierra, Hayley, Sarafina and Filbert Jr.

Visitation will be Friday, September 4, 2015 from 1PM-2PM , followed by the services at 2PM-3PM  at the Romero Family  Funeral Home located at 4750 Tejon St. Denver, CO, 80211.  Immediately following the service, friends are invited to gather with the family in the hall, located at the same address.

Please note that a Rosary will be recited in Trinidad, CO. on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Private inurnment at a later date.

Comi Funeral Home.

Fatal Crash on I-25 Near Walsenburg

AP bug_smPUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado State Patrol says a teen driver killed after crashing into a parked U-Haul truck along Interstate 25 near 
Pueblo had been speeding and driving aggressively before the crash.

The accident happened Sunday afternoon. A Toyota Camry driven by 18-year-old Isaiah Tafoya of Walsenburg crashed into the truck, which was having mechanical problems.

Tafoya died after being taken to the hospital. The U-Haul driver, 57-year-old Andrew Stevens of Tacoma, Washington, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Trooper Art Gumke (GUM’-key) says witnesses reported that Tafoya had been speeding before the crash before driving onto the shoulder and ultimately colliding with the truck.

Raton Schools Receives Performance Pay Award for Second Year

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


For the second year in a row the Raton Public Schools have received a grant award to go toward a pay for performance pilot program for teachers.

Last year Raton Schools received $153,000 that was dispersed to teachers based on their yearly evaluation. They offered merit pay only to individuals who received overall “effective,” “highly effective” or “exemplary” ratings on their annual evaluations. Yet it handed out bonuses to almost as many of its classroom leaders – 61 of 83 teachers, or 73.5 percent. The average payout was $2,330.

This year the school district received $263,000 to be given to teachers. There are 77 teachers in the school system this year and the money will be dispersed in the same manor as it was last year with $3,000 going to teachers who achieve an effective rating on their annual evaluation, $5,000 for those receiving highly effective and $7,000 going to those with an evaluation rating of exemplary.

Principal Kristie Medina who wrote the grant was pleased that the pilot program is working for the school system. Last year there were several teachers who received a higher evaluation than the district estimated which affected the distribution of the grant money. Medina went on to say this is not a pay increase its a way for the district to honor the hard work that teachers put in, its a way to say thank you for the work they do.

According to Medina they designed the program to be as simple as they could so that teachers knew what they needed to do to earn a bonus. She noted that this program just like the teacher evaluation program is still a political issue but it was a nice incentive that arrived in teacher’s paychecks in June to start the summer off. Evaluations come out in May and teachers can expect to get word on their incentive pay before the June recess.



Game and Fish Fishing report August 21, 2015

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This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Check out the stocking report through Aug. 21. Lake levels and stream flows.


In Loving Memory of Samuel L. Garcia, Jr.

Samuel L. Garcia Jr. (August 17, 1941 – August 27, 2015)

Samuel Lee Garcia Jr. was born August 17, 1941 to Samuel Lee Garcia and Mary Garcia of Raton, NM. He grew up in Raton with his 4 siblings, Shirley Garcia, Isabel Gonzales, Loretta Flannigan and Joseph Garcia.

He joined the Navy, and moved from Raton, NM to San Francisco, CA where he met his wife, Frances. They had 3 children together, Samuel Lee Garcia III, Kim Garcia and Charles Garcia. After 38 years together in the bay area, the two moved to Albuquerque, NM to be closer to Sam’s parents, and lived there ever since.

Sam and Fran also have 5 grandchildren together, Dana, Joey, Jakob, Alex and Morgan.

Memorial Mass will be held at St Jude Thaddeus Church, 5712 Paradise Blvd NW 87114; September 3rd, 2015 at 3pm.

The family of Sam invites friends, family and anyone who knew him to celebrate his life with us.

To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com

Daniels Family Funeral Services
4310 Sara Road SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124