Archive for: September 2015

Water Conservation Alert for Maxwell

September 2, 2015 statement from the Village of Maxwell:  Water Emergency in Maxwell.
The Village of Maxwell continues to operate under extreme water stress. Consumption far exceeds Supply. Labor Day is a weekend of especially high demand: NO OUTDOOR WATER USAGE. WATER CONSERVATION IS NOW ESSENTIAL TO OUR WELFARE.
Thank You! ~ The Village of Maxwell 575-375-2751 villageomaxwell@bacavalley.com

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

Raton Police Blotter~ September 2015

September 30, 2015



Joe D. Lopez Jr.: (26) Battery against a household member



Criminal damage to property (vehicle)

Found property


Battery against a household member



Robert J. Stockton: battery

Dillyn Howard: battery

Sophia Sanchez: battery


September 29, 2015



Sean G. Ridolfi: (22) resisting/evading/obstructing an officer



Michelle Barela: speeding and no proof of insurance


September 28, 2015



Alan Martinez: (44) Magistrate Bench Warrant/trafficking methamphetamine/tampering with evidence/possession of controlled substance

Bryan L. Jacobs: (21) Union County Magistrate Warrant for Arrest, resisting /evading / obstructing an officer

Thomas J. Williams: (33) Santa Fe County Warrant for paroled prisoner/Violated standard conditions of reporting, personal status, violated special conditions of program Texas location/violated special condition parole officer /Magistrate Bench Warrant/failure to appear

Breanna R. Fernandez: (20) Municipal Bench Warrant/failure to appear

David Aragon: (54) Eighth Judicial District Court /resisting/evading/obstructing an officer /Aggravated DWI (4th offense)/illegible registration plate/driving while suspended/ no insurance

DaWayne Gonzales: (24) Two Cimarron Municipal Bench Warrants both for failure to appear

Elma Jean Sanchez: (42) possession of controlled substance/possession of drug paraphernalia



Criminal damage to property x 2

Breaking and entering (residential)



Benjamin Valdez: driver to be licensed /no proof of insurance

Salomon Romero: speeding

Michael Wilkerson: speeding

Yvonne Padilla: driver to be licensed

Dora Rae Gomez: no proof of insurance

Josephine Young: no proof of insurance


September 25, 2015



Kara L. Findlater: (22) Battery upon a peace officer, Resisting evading obstructing a peace officer, Arrest Order/failure to report

Richard Demars: (45) Arrest Order/state laws, shoplifting

Angel Rosas: (19) Magistrate/failure to pay fine

George Martinez: (32) Two Magistrate Bench Warrant/ failure to pay fines and failure to comply with probation conditions

Joshua J. Romero: (37) Magistrate Bench Warrant/ failure to comply with probation conditions



Criminal damage to property


Larceny (felony)



John Augenbaugh: seatbelt violation

Emilio Urioste: expired insurance

Ted Trujillo: expired registration

Kenneth Williams: expired insurance

Joshua Romero:  failure to signal and suspended/revoked license

Marie Trujillo: no proof of insurance

Dolores Garrett: expired registration

Blaze Garcia: no proof of insurance

Richard Demars: shoplifting and possession of marijuana



September 24, 2015



Laura Apodaca: (33) Magistrate Arrest Warrant/forgery (2 counts)



Impound of abandoned vehicle



Jami Lopez: possession of alcoholic beverage by a minor

Laura Apodaca: expired insurance


September 23, 2015



Matthew Mark McDonald: (55)          Arrest Warrant/larceny/tampering with evidence/conspiracy

Jeffrey C. Cornay: (44)                      Arrest Order/drugs



Two incidents of Lost found property

Burglary (residential)




Bernardo Marquez: dog at large

Pauletta Marshal: dog at large/no city dog tags

Kelly Gonzales: seatbelt violation/no proof of insurance

Melissa Gabol: no proof of insurance

John Smith: no proof of insurance

Matthew Jolley: seatbelt violation/evidence of registration/no proof of insurance

Michael Vigil: speeding/evidence of registration/no proof of insurance

Nick Trujillo: failure to signal

Elinore Palladini: no proof of insurance

Robert McAnally: expired registration/driver to be licensed/no proof of insurance

Dominique Romero: driver to be licensed/child restraint

Arturo Ruiz: failure to stop


September 22, 2015



Joseph DiLisio: (58)   Magistrate Arrest Warrant/retaining stolen property

Bryan L. Jacobs: (21) Eighth Judicial Bench Warrant / possession of controlled substance

Alex O. Ortiz: (25) Driving while suspended revoked           



Breaking and entering (commercial)

Prohibited nuisance

Unlawful storage accumulation disposal

general parking regulations

Removing obstructing destroying city water facility



Preston R. Rodriguez:                 criminal damage to property

Alex Ortiz:                                  expired registration/driving while suspended revoked



September 21, 2015




Cayla Phillips (27)   Magistrate bench warrant for failure to appear, possession of meth & possession of drug  paraphernalia


Kari Schenk (27)      Magistrate arrest warrant for burglary, larceny, disposing of stolen property & tampering w/evidence


Johnny Vigil (31)     Magistrate bench warrant for failure to comply                 




1 incident of burglary

1 incident of abandonment of a child

1 incident of shoplifting, resisting, & tampering w/evidence

1 incident of battery & disorderly conduct

1 incident of possession of meth & drug paraphernalia




Ariel Gallegos                 speeding 45/35

Zachariah Holderby        no insurance

Valerie Martinez              no insurance

Michael Rankin               driving while license suspended & no insurance

Starla Richards               battery & disorderly conduct


September 18, 2015


2 incidents of burglary & larceny



Bernardo Marquez                     dog at large

Elma Sanchez                            dog at large


September 17, 2015




Matthew McDonald (55)       possession of meth, marijuana, & drug paraphernalia

Dustin Self (35)                    Colorado bench warrant for failure to comply with probation conditions




Falsely obtaining services



Possession of meth, marijuana, & drug paraphernalia




Delia Earle                                    expired registration & no insurance

Francisco Hernandez-Perez        driver to be licensed

Dionicio Jojola                              no insurance

Timothy Peterson                         falsely obtaining services

Kari Schenk                                   no seatbelts & no insurance


September 16, 2015



Tiffany Dial (38)    – Magistrate bench warrant for failure to appear

Andrew Martinez (38)  – 3 Municipal bench warrants for failure to appear



Stephen Draper  – prohibited nuisance, general parking regulations, unlawful storage & accumulation, and removing, obstructing & destroying a city water facility


Kelton Gutierrez   – driving while license suspended


Stephen Lanier     – cracked windshield


Celine Trujillo        – speeding 35/30


September 15, 2015



Jarrod Sandoval: (38) Bench Warrant/failure to appear

Jason Salazar: (34) Arrest Order/Association

Gilbert John Trujillo: (30) tampering with evidence (3rd or 4th degree), Arrest Order/state laws and drugs



Rachelle Hill: kennel license

Sara Duran: stop sign violation

Matthew Fleming: driving while license suspended/no proof of insurance

Monique Cordova: open container


September 14, 2015



Alan T. Martinez: (44) Eighth Judicial Bench Warrant/aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer

Municipal Bench Warrant/failure to appear

Colorado Magistrate Fugitive Complaint/failure to appear

Arrest Order/reporting


Merissa S. Mares: (22) harboring or aiding a felon/possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia


Jeremy Lee Licon: (24) possession of a firearm or destructing device by a felon


Bryan L. Jacobs: (21) Warrant for Arrest Union County/breaking and entering and battery   Clayton Magistrate Court/failure to comply with conditions of probation








Fidel Chavez: driving while license invalid suspended

Jacqueline Fortier: expired insurance

Bernardo Marquez: dog at large

Marlene Valdez: no city dog tags/dog at large (2counts)

Nicholas Molera: expired registration

Donald Appleton: speeding

Sherry Martinez: failure to signal



September 11, 2015



Nicole Salazar: (29) Arrest Order / drugs



Natasha Gonzales: battery

Joseph Di Lisio: expired registration

Michael Martinez: driver to be licensed


September 10, 2015



Timothy Perry: (49) Bench Warrant/Contempt of court failure to pay child support

Benito Chavez III: (23) Bench Warrant/failure to appear, Bench Warrant: aggravated assault deadly weapon (3 counts), conspiracy and criminal damage to property, Bench Warrant: failure to appear (Mora County)



Criminal damage to property



Michael Rankin: driving while license invalid/suspended

Joslin Romero: speeding

Rachelle Hill: prohibited nuisances

Johnny Armijo: prohibited nuisance


September 9, 2015



Danielle Cordova: (35) Arrest Order/tampered (UA) urinary analysis is a positive drug test

Levi Martinez: (34) Bench Warrant/failure to pay fines

Preston Martinez: (19) Bench Warrant/failure to pay fines

Gilbert Romero: (26) Two Bench Warrants/ both for failure to appear

Nicole Marquez: (43) Two Bench Warrants/both for failure to appear



Criminal damage to property



Johnny Vigil: speeding

Beatrice Cordova: equipment violation (windshield) /no proof of insurance

Edgar Najera: speeding/driver to be licensed

Marlene Avila: dog at large /vicious animal

Gilbert Romero: expired registration/ unlawful use of license is suspended/ no proof of insurance

Vanessa Barnes: no proof of insurance

Eugene Barela:  expired registration/driver to be licensed/no proof of insurance


September 8, 2015



Joshua D. McDonald: (27) Bench Warrant/failure to pay fines

Brittany E. Herrera: (23) battery against household member/interference with communication

Larry E. Archuleta Jr.: (29) Bench Warrant/failure to pay fines



Elizabeth Berg: driver to be licensed/no proof of insurance /expired registration

Tonya Jeter: driver to be licensed/no proof of insurance/child restraint (2 counts)

Elisha Martinez: no proof of insurance

Francisco Martinez-Esparza: driving while license suspended/revoked

Melissa Vialpando: driver to be licensed

Eliz Valdez: no proof of insurance

Vickie Cordova: child restraint

Eliza Martinez: driver to be licensed

Kevin Montoya: invalid suspended license /no proof of insurance


September 4, 2015



Elias Romero: (61) resisting evading obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct

Richard E. Valdez: (33) driving while license suspended revoked

David Sanchez: (30) Arrest Warrant/forgery (2 counts)

Kenneth Segura: (25) Bench Warrant/failure to pay fines




Richard Valdez: driving while license suspended revoked

Dominic Apodaca: expired registration and equipment violation

Teri Marquez: invalid suspended drivers license/no proof of insurance

Priscilla Gallegos: seatbelt violation

Randall Cramer: driver to be licensed

Stephanie Tapia: careless driving



September 3, 2015



Anthony M. Muniz: (47) Arrest Order/drugs would not provide a urinary analysis (UA)



Criminal damage to property



Joseph T. Romero: unlawful storage accumulation/prohibited nuisances/zoning permit required

Cherie Trujillo: expired registration /no proof of insurance /driving while license suspended revoked out of Colorado


September 2, 2015 
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September 1, 2015



Jordan Alarid-Mendez: no proof of insurance

Lucas Morgan: invalid suspended license/no proof of insurance

Jeremy Licon: seatbelt violation/no proof of insurance

Simon Apodaca: driver to be licensed/no proof of insurance

Jason Martinez: no proof of insurance

Michael Vargas: speeding

Michael Vigil: stop sign violation

Carlos Arguello: speeding

Emilio Urioste: speeding

Donna Herrera: no proof of insurance

John Romero: failure to stop/ failure to signal/ driving while license suspended