Archive for: November 2015

In Loving Memory of Jewell Eileen Wilson Wootton

Jewell Eileen Wilson Wootton was born June 1, 1920, to Stephen Gerod and Jewell Lily Wilson at the Wilson Ranch, Chico Springs, Colfax County, NM.

She attended Wilson School, Kiowa School and Maxwell High School before graduating from Springer High School in 1937. That year she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior.

After graduation Eileen became chief telephone operator in Springer and worked with her brothers at their service station in her off hours. There she met her future husband, Johnnie Wootton Jr., of Las Vegas, NM.

Eileen attended the 1940 Spring semester at a Fort Worth Bible school before Johnnie and she married in Raton on June 1, 1940. Together they lived in Cleveland, Springer, Lamy, and Las Vegas, NM.

woottonEileen dedicated her life to being a wife and mother and to helping others. She especially wanted others to personally know Christ’s salvation. For over 50 years she taught the Bible in Good News Clubs, Sunday school, VBS, Bible study groups, and Awana. Sunday mornings found her leaving for church early, in her VW bug; so she could pick up any she knew who needed a ride to church. She fed both souls and bodies and often carried meals or supplies to shut-ins.
For more than 30 years Eileen lived alone in their Las Vegas home after Johnnie’s death in 1976. In early 2007 she moved to the Four Corners area.

October 28, 2015, Eileen went to sleep in her bed in Durango, CO; sometime between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. she awoke in heaven.

Besides her husband, Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, all her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, Johnnie’s siblings, and her own (James, Nona, Bob, Henry [Mary Frances], Edgar, Oscar, and Mary [Howard] Martin).

She is survived by her children: Judy and Armando Mendez, Janelle and Jack McQuitty, John and Kathy Wootton; her grandchildren: Jonathan, Samuel, and Nathan Mendez; Jack (Tammy) McQuitty, Stephen (Melody) McQuitty, Juanette (Andrew) Lewis, Patrick McQuitty, Daniel McQuitty; Wendy (Rob) Hollis, Sean (Juanita) Wootton, Jennifer (Adrian) Loera, Brooks (Stacy) Wootton; twenty great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Evelyn, Glenda, and Glenda Wootton, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Saturday November 7, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton. Graveside services will be Saturday November 7, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Maxwell City Cemetery with a short memorial service to follow at the Maxwell Baptist Church at 3:00 P.M.

Burial will be next to Johnnie and near several relatives and many friends in Maxwell (NM) Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Jewell Eileen Wilson Wootton are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Leonard Lee (Big Daddy) Lopez

Leonard Lee (Big Daddy) Lopez age 53, of Raton, NM, passed away Monday October 26, 2015 in Santa Fe, NM. Leonard was born May 22, 1962 in Tampa, Fl, the son of Fermin E. and Maxine Salazar-Lopez.

lopez big daddyLeonard was a past firefighter and volunteer fire fighter for many years, a member of the Raton Elks Lodge for thirty three years and was the bar manager at the lodge for over fifteen years, he also owned and operated Big Daddy’s Graphics in Raton and served on the Fairmont Cemetery Board.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard is survived by his wife Penny of the home, daughters Jamie Hephner and husband Matthew of Raton and Ashley Long and husband Kenny of Raton. One sister Lori Clark of Dallas, TX and three grandchildren that were the light of his life, Colten Lopez, Tyson Lopez and Cooper King.

Memorial services will be Saturday November 7, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Raton with Rev. Mark Crotinger officiating, Inurnment will be in the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton. A reception will follow at 1:00 P.M. at the Raton Elks Lodge.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Fairmont Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Leonard Lee (Big Daddy) Lopez are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Lawandas “Dutch” Nogel

Lawandas “Dutch” Nogel,
September 28, 1919
March 23, 2015
Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, November 6, 2015 at 1PM Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trinidad, CO. with Fr. Carl Wertin as celebrant.
Reception to follow at Sayre Senior Center, 1222 San Pedro St., in Trinidad, from 2:00PM-3:30PM.
Comi Funeral Home

Are you ready for Medicare annual open enrollment?

by David Tesitor
WJ  250x55HUERFANO, LAS ANIMAS AND COLFAX — Now is the time for Medicare beneficiaries to look at the plans they chose last year and decide if a review is necessary.  
Medicare’s open enrollment begins October 15 and goes through December 7.   
Based on several changes providers made, one needs to consider looking closer at what they have.  Every year, Medicare health and drug plans can make changes including cost, coverage, co-pays and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks.
Members enrolled in either a Medicare Advantage (MA- MAPD) or Prescription Drug Card (PDP) should have already received their new plan materials including Evidence of Coverage (EOC) and Annual Notice of Change (ANOC).  If the company changes your plan, you should make sure the new plan still meets your needs for the following year.  If you’re satisfied your current plan meets your needs for next year, then you don’t have to do anything.
Making sense of Medicare, the government-run health-insurance plan for people with disabilities and those age 65 and older, isn’t easy.  The options read like alphabet soup, including Parts A and B (original Medicare), Part C (Medicare Advantage), and Part D (drug coverage).  There are multiple options for people.  The first options, and the most traditional, are Medigap policies, also known as supplemental insurance.  They are private insurance plans which work with Original Medicare to help cover out-of-pocket costs and are used by about 20% of Medicare beneficiaries.  With some exceptions, you’re only guaranteed a Medigap plan within the first six months of both being 65 or older and enrolled in Medicare Part B.  After that, unlike with Medicare Advantage plans, you can be denied coverage based on your health.  Medigap policies offer a wide range of plans which meet many people’s medical or premium needs.  These plans usually require a stand alone prescription drug card.
The second option set includes the Advantage plans.  In rural southern Colorado, choices have decreased for 2016.  According to the Centers for Medicare Services, there are 24 Part D plans offered by 9 insurance companies.  The choice of Med Advantage (MA) plans remain the same with three companies and only two companies offer a combined medical and drug benefit (MAPD).  
In Colfax County, the choices are even more restricted.  While there are 24 Part D choices, the Advantage and MAPD options are limited to two companies.  
Across the country, some may find their plans have been cancelled.  One can purchase a stand- alone drug plan and a stand-alone MA plan, with certain exceptions.  
Changes beneficiaries will see in 2016 vary among companies but one thing is certain, premiums have increased, co-payments and out of pocket limits are higher.  Concerning the Part D, one should look carefully at which drugs are covered under the plans they are considering for 2016 (check the plan’s formulary) and make sure the drugs you need are on the list.  Also know the restrictions.  Some drugs are covered but there may be a restriction like prior authorization or a quantity limit.  Remember, if you choose a plan for 2016, you are basically stuck with it for the next year.  Also consider there are a growing number of plans adopting a network pharmacy benefit.  That means some pharmacies will be in your plan’s network and others will be out-of-network.  You’ll pay more out-of-network so be sure to check the pharmacies near you participate with your plan.  Mail order is still a covered option.
Open enrollment means people can join or make changes to a Medicare Advantage plan or a Part D prescription drug plan.  If one wants to drop their MA plan and go back to original Medicare, now is the time.
To help with the myriad of choices, consider consulting with an independent broker who can show you all options and all plans before you make a final decision.  You will not be charged for any advice provided.  If you already made one, don’t worry, the final plan you choose prior to December 7, 2015 will be the plan you are assigned to.  

Springer homecoming short, but long on heart

by David Tesitor
WJ  250x55SPRINGER, NM — This past week, the Red Devils of Springer were shut out in their homecoming game against New Mexico’s defending state champions, the  Melrose Rams.  The Rams scored in the first 8 seconds and didn’t stop rolling down the field, amassing 50 points in the first half.  The Red Devils made some great offensive plays, but could not capitalize.  
With New Mexico’s 50 point mercy rule, play was  suspended, putting a damper on the homecoming halftime festivities.  This was the Red Devils’ first shutout.  Springer will meet Montclair on Friday, October 23.
After the game, juniors Zac Caldwell and Michelle Finkbone were crowned King and Queen.  Shane Ruebush and Audrey Ritchie were named prince and princess of junior high.
They KISSed the Rams goodbye for Springer homecoming last weekend. Springer homecoming royalty: Adrian Urquijo, Kara Burton (Seniors); Zac Caldwell and Michelle Finkbone (Juniors and the winners); Ryan Gallegos and Karissa Crosswhite (sophomores); and Ashley Saenz and Isaiah Vigil (freshmen).  Photos by Sherry Goodyear.

They KISSed the Rams goodbye for Springer homecoming last weekend. Springer homecoming royalty: Adrian Urquijo, Kara Burton (Seniors); Zac Caldwell and Michelle Finkbone (Juniors and the winners); Ryan Gallegos and Karissa Crosswhite (sophomores); and Ashley Saenz and Isaiah Vigil (freshmen). Photos by Sherry Goodyear.

The Springer Red Devils had hoped to KISS the Melrose Rams goodbye at their Homecoming last weekend, but lost 50-0.

The Springer Red Devils had hoped to KISS the Melrose Rams goodbye at their Homecoming last weekend, but lost 50-0.