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In Loving Memory of Joe A. Santistevan

Joe A. Santistevan, 78, passed away, Sunday, November 22, 2015, at MCMC Hospital in Raton. He was born on January 2, 1937 in Maxwell, NM.

santistevenJoe was a 1956 graduate of Springer High School and later was employed by Gambles for 2 years. He then became employed by Springer Electric Cooperative from November 1958 until his retirement in December 2001.

Joe taught himself how to weld and created many things, from trailers and fences to furniture.

Joe leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Martha of Springer; daughter, Serena Santistevan-Roy and husband Anthony Roy and son Bryce of Lakewood, WA; one brother, Pablo Santistevan and wife Anna; one sister, Molly Fernandez; one sister-in-law, Maria-Consuelo Chavez all of Springer; one Aunt, Marie Rodriguez and husband Juan of Santa Fe and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his beloved sons, Joey, Greg and Gabriel; parents, George and Jennie Santistevan; sisters, Marcella White and Mary Helen Santistevan; his in-laws, Bences and Bertha Chavez; brother-in-law, David Chavez and numerous uncles and aunts.

Recitation of the most Holy Rosary will be held on Tuesday, December 1st at 9:30am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection With Father Izuka as the celebrant.

The arrangements for Joe A. Santistevan are under the direction of Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

Raton Middle School FCCLA Conducts Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Raton Middle School FCCLA Chapter just completed the 2015 Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Chapter members were excited to collect 1,581 non-perishable food items which were donated to the Food Pantry at First Presbyterian Church in Raton.

 

FCCLA members from left to right: Abigail Phillips, Jennifer Acosta, Isabella Robertson, Riley Hopper, Chairperson Ginger Baird, Zebadiah Medina, KayLee Maes, Rhianna Hopper, Adrianne Lopez, and Stacie Patterson. Not shown: Chairperson Taylor Aragon and Linda Ortiz, Raton Middle School FCCLA Advisor

FCCLA members from left to right:  Abigail Phillips, Jennifer Acosta, Isabella Robertson, Riley Hopper, Chairperson Ginger Baird, Zebadiah Medina, KayLee Maes, Rhianna Hopper, Adrianne Lopez, and Stacie Patterson. Not shown: Chairperson Taylor Aragon and Linda Ortiz, Raton Middle School FCCLA Advisor

 

The Christmas Season Begins in Raton

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The official start of the holiday season began Saturday in Raton as the traditional festivities took place and the city Christmas Tree was lit.

Saturday began the day at the Shuler Theater with pet photos with Santa. Santa then walks down the street to Ripley Park and greets the kids. This year an estimated 400 plus kids stopped by to see the bearded saint. 

Around 5:00 p.m. Raton City Manager Scott Berry flipped the switch to light the city Christmas Tree located at Ripley Park the tree will stay  lit till after Christmas along with all the lights along First and Second Street. 

Following the lighting there was a static electric parade on First Street sponsored by Raton Main Street. the floats were judged and the winners of the event are

1st place – Rayetta Trujillo and Family “Christmas Wonderland”
2nd place – Frank Ferri “Elvis’ Blue Christmas”
3rd place – CCFA Rodeo Queens “A Cowgirl Christmas”

Participants:  The above plus, Santa Fe Trail School For The Performing Arts, The Pack Rat, International Bank, The Lions Club, and Raton MainStreet.  Food vendor was Gina D’s BBQ.

To finish off the evening the Lion’s club officially flipped the switch to light the City of Bethlehem. 

Raton City Manager flipped the switch to officially start the Christmas season in Raton by Lighting the City Christmas Tree Saturday evening.

Raton City Manager flipped the switch to officially start the Christmas season in Raton by Lighting the City Christmas Tree Saturday evening.

1st place - Rayetta Trujillo and Family "Christmas Wonderland"

1st place – Rayetta Trujillo and Family “Christmas Wonderland”

2nd place - Frank Ferri "Elvis' Blue Christmas"  accompanied by Blue Christmas

2nd place – Frank Ferri “Elvis’ Blue Christmas” accompanied by Blue Christmas

3rd place - CCFA Rodeo Queens "A Cowgirl Christmas"

3rd place – CCFA Rodeo Queens “A Cowgirl Christmas”

The Shuler Theater Electric Light Float presented by Santa Fe Trail School For The Performing Arts

The Shuler Theater Electric Light Float presented by Santa Fe Trail School For The Performing Arts

International Bank Electric Float.

International Bank Electric Float.

This float featured a live Santa

This float featured a live Santa

The Lion's Club had this Nativity Scene

The Lion’s Club had this Nativity Scene

Another nativity scene

Another nativity scene

In Loving Memory of Vella J. Courtney

Vella J. Courtney, age 95, passed away on November 20, 2015 at Mt. San Rafael Hospital .

She was born in Trinidad, CO on September 4. 1920, the daughter of Vella (White) and Henry E. Dowling.

On March 26, 1943, Vella was united in marriage to Howard P. Courtney.

She loved to sew, crochet, read and cook.

Vella was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Trinidad OES #1.

Preceding her in death are parents, Vella and Henry Dowling, husband Howard P. Courtney ,siblings, Robert, Marybelle, Fred and other relatives.

Survivors are her loving daughter Gail Jean Courtney (Ruben Corral) home address, several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday from 4PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday December 1, 2015 at 10AM at the United Methodist Church with Glenn Davis officiating.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery with services conducted by Order of Eastern Star.

The family respectfully requests that their privacy be respected and no visitors at the home address.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of James R. Bleiker

 

James R. Bleiker, age 62, died Thursday, November 26, 2015 in Dalhart, Texas.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Central Time on Monday, November 30, 2015, at the First Baptist Church in Texline, Texas with Rev. Billy Rammage, officiating. Burial will follow in the Texline Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

bleikerJames Ross “Jim” Bleiker was born on May 7, 1953 in Dalhart, Texas to James L. Bleiker and Wanda (Rossiter) Bleiker. He attended school in Texline and graduated from Texline High School in 1971. Jim then attended Clarendon Junior College for two years. He retired from the North Texas State Hospital in Vernon, Texas after 23 years. Jim liked watching sports and spending time with his nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles; C.A. Bleiker, Bill Bleiker, Jerry Molone, Temple Lynch, O.C. Buckmaster, Jo Buckmaster, Freddy Kehoe, Lola Mae Kehoe, Lola Hilton and Imogene Bleiker.

SURVIVORS:

1 SISTER: Michelle Reeser and her husband Mitch of Texline, Texas.

2 BROTHERS: Buddy Bleiker and his wife Karen of Dalhart, Texas and John Bleiker and his wife Julie of Jayton, Texas.

3 AUNTS: Georgiea Lynch of Belen, New Mexico, Faye Molone of Midland, Texas and Mary Bleiker of Texline, Texas.

1 UNCLE: Bobby Bleiker and his wife Peggy of Holly, Texas.

And several nieces, nephews and cousins.

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Jim’s Memory to Coon Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 1422 Denver Ave. Dalhart, Texas 79022.

SERVICES
Funeral Service

Monday, November 30, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Texline First Baptist Church
402 Market Street
Texline, Texas  79087

In Loving Memory of Lindit’ Elizabeth (Lambert) Hopson

Lindit’ Elizabeth (Lambert) Hopson, age 86, died Monday, November 23, 2015, at her home on the Triangle Ranch East of Mosquero, New Mexico.

All family and friends are invited to join our family in a Celebration of Lindit’ (Mama Hop) Hopson’s Life on Dec. 15 at 10:00 AM at the Mosquero Community Church for lunch and Fellowship to follow the Service.

hopsonLinda Elizabeth Hopson was born on June 12, 1929 in Sherman, Texas to Marion Sanford and Linda Elizabeth (Mitchell) Sanford and was later adopted by Jack Lambert. The granddaughter of T. E Mitchell of Tequesquite Ranch in Albert, NM, she was one of five Linda Elizabeth’s in the Mitchell Family at that time, so was given the affectionate name of Lindita because she was “little Linda” and this was later shortened to Lindit’, as she is known to most. Lindit’ will be remembered as a true Pioneer and gracious spirit of Northeastern New Mexico. At the age of 12 she started working cattle and building fence on her new home at the Triangle Ranch in Harding County while home-schooling with Calvert Correspondence. Lindit’ was soon elected the first Secretary of the NM Junior Cattle growers association at 15 and helped to build a registered Hereford herd with her Mother, Linda Mitchell Lambert on the Triangle Ranch. Lindit’ attended her Senior year of High School in Denver, CO. She then attended Arizona State University and later transferred to New Mexico Agricultural & Mechanics College (now NMSU), after she met and later married Harry Hopson of Clayton, NM on August 30, 1950 on the Triangle Ranch. She returned to college in Las Cruces with her two oldest children in tow. In 1955 she made history by graduating as NM A&M’s first female with a degree in Animal Husbandry. Her career following graduation was varied and noteworthy. Lindit’ ran the Triangle Ranch and broke Ranch horses for many years with her husband, Harry. During these years she was the Secretary of the NM Registered Quarter Horse Association. She was also active in Eastern Star, the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches, and an instrumental Youth Horse Show and 4-H Leader. Later she helped to implement the founding of the Sandoval County Fair in Cuba, NM. She was also a High School Teacher of English and Biology in Schools in Springer, Cuba and Mosquero, NM and Barnsdall and Nelagoney, OK. In Albuquerque, she served for nearly a decade as a Church Secretary, and also for Drs. Herbert Beatty and Lyman Atchley. She is a published writer, remembered fondly for her “Lindit’s Recipes” Column in the Union County Leader, and perhaps most notably for her leadership and inspiration, contributing greatly to the Harding County History Book. She was preceded in death by her mother Linda Mitchell Lambert, Her father Marion Alexander Sanford, Stepfather Jack Lambert and a half-sister Mercedes Sanford.

SURVIVORS:

HUSBAND: Harry Hopson of Mosquero, NM.

2 SONS: Rev. Harry Jeffrey Hopson of Stockton, CA and Thomas Jay Hopson of Mosquero, NM.

2 DAUGHTERS: Linda Jill Chatfield and her husband Jack of Mosquero, NM and Joy Elaine Harris and her husband Doak of Clayton, NM.

11 GRANDCHILDREN: Randy Cook and his wife Suzanne, Kelly (Swagerty) Chaudry, Shawn Marie Swagerty, Jesse James Swagerty IV, Jimmy Jack Chatfield and his wife Natalie, Robin Shelayne Chatfield, John David Chatfield, Tassi Ranae Jones and her husband Justin, Macy Danielle Millican and her husband Matthew, Lane Elizabeth Harris and Shay LeeAnn Harris.

10 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Joseph Cook, Robert Cook, Thomas Cook, Teagan Chatfield, Truitt Chatfield, Kezlyn Jones, Blayton Jones, Axtin Jones, Ryder Millican and Zaiden Chaudry.

2 HALF-BROTHERS: Marion Sanford and his wife Sandy of Austin, TX and Douglas Sanford of Lubbock, TX and their families.

In Loving Memory of Bessie Vialpando

Bessie Vialpando, age 99 of Raton, passed away on Wednesday November 25, 2015 in Raton, NM. Bessie was born May 16, 1916 in Wagon Mound, NM, the daughter of Leandro Valdez and Josefita Maestas-Valdez. Bessie loved to sew, bake bread and cook.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Raymond Vialpando Sr. sons Raymond Vialpando Jr. and Victor Vialpando and infant daughter, Rebecca Vialpando.

vialpandoBessie is survived by daughters Connie Alarid and Husband Joe of Denver, CO. Beverly Bunker and companion, Rod of Pueblo, CO. Jackie Lopez and husband Rick of Raton. Sons, Ernest Vialpando of Raton, Filbert Vialpando and wife Virginia of Raton, Tony Vialpando and wife Renee of Butte MT, Arnold Vialpando and wife Sherrie of Wood River, NE. Sister, Amanda Valdez of San Antonio, TX, 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grand children.

Memorial services will be Saturday November 28, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel in Raton. Burial will be at the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton .

Arrangements and celebration of love for Bessie Vialpando are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Shirley Turner

Shirley Turner age 80 passed away peacefully in her sleep November 21, 2015 at Miners Colfax Medical Center.

Shirley was born in Springer, New Mexico on August 1, 1935 to John and Chattie Little of Farley, NM. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Perry Turner, brothers Jack, Jay and Presley and one sister Mary Jo.

She is survived by her brother Billy Little of Denver, CO, sister Ardell Jeffryes of Raton, NM, daughter Tana Garcia and husband Orlando of Springer, NM, son Larry Turner of Kiowa, CO, grandson Jerrid Turner, Randy Turner, and Jesse Garcia, granddaughters Tiana Garcia, Mardee Turner, Danielle Ziegler, and Ashleigh Garcia. Shirley also has 9 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Shirley moved to Raton, went to school and was a cheerleader. She waitressed at the Melody Lane, and that is where she met and married Perry Turner. She was a great wife and homemaker. Shirley and Perry were married for 45 years. They had 1 daughter, Tana and 1 son Larry.

Shirley was a dedicated Denver Broncos fan. She never missed a game. She loved to play bingo at the Senior citizens Center and later at the Colfax General Long Term Care Nursing Home in Springer. Shirley loved her family and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had lots of friends who loved her very much. Her family loves her so much and will miss her greatly.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held for Shirley on December 12, 2015 at 1:00pm at the Outreach Tabernacle in Springer, New Mexico. Join us to celebrate her life and following the services a dinner will be served.

Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support. Aunt Shirley, we love you with all our hearts.

Arrangements for Shirley Turner are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

Pair of Close Games for Raton Basketball Tuesday

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Raton hosted Penasco Tuesday evening and what an evening it was as both games were nip and tuck and down to the wire as both teams come out with a loss.

The girls game was close and once again it came down to making shots and free throws when in counted and Raton fell short. Coach Victor Esparza noted that the girls had a too many turnovers that hurt them and they missed a few key free throws when they needed the points. The final score on the girls game was Penasco 50 Raton 46.

The boys on the other hand started out slow falling behind 9-2 early in the first quarter but fought back keeping it to within four points at half time. The halftime talk by coach Jose Archuleta must have faced the flame as the Tigers came out and took the lead early on in the third.

From there it was back and forth as Penasco never gave in. The game was tied going into the fourth and the Tigers found a groove that allowed them to pull away to a 8-point lead. Penance being a fast aggressive team battled back and tied the game late at 61. Raton managed to take the lead back but the Panthers found the basket and once again had the game tied. 

A foul with only three seconds left in the game sent Matt Lopez to the line with a tie score at 64. Two buckets later Penasco takes the win 66-64. Even with the loss Raton fans noted it was a big improvement over last year. 

Penance 16  12  13  25  66

Raton      11  13  17  23  64

Peans High Point

Wonance Rakestraw 21  6 of 9 free throws

Free Throws  14 of 34 attempts

Raton High Point

Jesse Espinoza 21  4 of 10 free throws

Austin Jones 18  6 of 10 free throws

Jonathan Cabrieles 9  3 of 6 free throws

Free Throws  13  of  35 attempts

Jesse Espinoza(1) flies by Ernie Lopez (30) on his way toward the basket Tuesday evening at Tiger Gym.

Jesse Espinoza(1) flies by Ernie Lopez (30) on his way toward the basket Tuesday evening at Tiger Gym.

A loose ball creates a jumping competition between Raton's  Jesse Espinoza and Penasco's Matt Lopez (32) before a noisy crowd at Tiger Gym Tuesday evening.

A loose ball creates a jumping competition between Raton’s Jesse Espinoza and Penasco’s Matt Lopez (32) before a noisy crowd at Tiger Gym Tuesday evening.

Auston Jones goes for the short jumper as Aaron Archuleta gets fingers on the ball and makes the block.

Auston Jones goes for the short jumper as Aaron Archuleta gets fingers on the ball and makes the block.

Wanonce Rakestraw reaches for the ball as Jonathan Cabrieles moves to the lane in a close ball game with Penasco Tuesday evening

Wanonce Rakestraw reaches for the ball as Jonathan Cabrieles moves to the lane in a close ball game with Penasco Tuesday evening

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Jonathan Cabreiles take the ball to the basket as Aaron Archuleta goes for the block in this very close game.

Jonathan Cabreiles take the ball to the basket as Aaron Archuleta goes for the block in this very close game.

Aaron Archuleta (22) and David Gonzales (11) team up on Austin Jones as he attempts the shot in this very close tough fought ball game.

Aaron Archuleta (22) and David Gonzales (11) team up on Austin Jones as he attempts the shot in this very close tough fought ball game.

Austin Jones sweeps by Dakota Valdez (24) on his way to the basket for the easy shot

Austin Jones sweeps by Dakota Valdez (24) on his way to the basket for the easy shot

Matt Lopez puts the final free throw through the hoop to make this a 66-64 ball game with only three seconds on the clock as Penasco comes back from an 8-point deficit for the last second win.

Matt Lopez puts the final free throw through the hoop to make this a 66-64 ball game with only three seconds on the clock as Penasco comes back from an 8-point deficit for the last second win.