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Southern CO, Northern NM closed as overnight snowstorm caused power outages High winds swept interstate clean of vehicles as snow drifts piled up

by Bill Knowles
WJ  250x55WALSENBURG,TRINIDAD, RATON — A powerful winter blizzard steamrolled in Monday evening, dumping anywhere from six inches to two feet of heavy, wet snow, causing authorities to close down highways, governments, and schools.   Drifts as high as eight feet on the New Mexico side of Raton Pass left truckers, busses, and even state patrol and snow plows scrambling to dig out. The season’s first big snowfall also caused power outages and power surges across Huerfano and Las Animas Counties, including the cities of Walsenburg and Trinidad. 
The Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation, Las Animas County Sheriff’s office, and Emergency Management, the Combined Courts, the City of Trinidad Police, and the school districts were not answering their phones as offices are either closed or emergency response personnel were busy with the effects of the late fall snow storm. 
The same was also happening in Huerfano County as the area recoiled from the ferocity of the winds that drove the storms down the Front Range and out onto the plains, causing cars to veer off of highways while near whiteout conditions built to blinding intensity from blowing snow.  
Highways and roads closed in Las Animas County included Colorado Highway 12, east Highway 160, Highway 350, and county roads.  Raton Pass south of Trinidad was confirmed to remain closed all of Tuesday.  Closures in Huerfano County included all county roads, Colorado Highway 12, Colorado Highway 69, Colorado Highway 160, and Colorado Highway 10.  
The storm slammed into southern Colorado early Monday evening, with winter weather conditons posted throughout most of Tuesday.  The regional manager at the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Communication Center in Pueblo, Ray Eccher, said it wasn’t the snowfall but the high winds that caused the serious problems.  When contacted on Tuesday, he said “Right now we are having a hard time getting snow plows to the top of Raton Pass at mile marker 2.  We estimate that there are three foot to four foot drifts (on Interstate 25), we can’t break through because the wind keeps piling it (the snow) up again.”  Later reports claim the snow was drifting up to eight feet deep on the New Mexico side of the pass.
CDOT estimates the number of vehicles stranded along I-25 from Colorado City south to the New Mexico border as “a bunch,” with a count of stranded and wrecked vehicles still coming in as of Tuesday afternoon.  “The wind caused a lot of drive offs on the interstate and other highways,” Eccher said.  “At mile marker 23 near the Hoehne exit, there were two buses stranded along with quite a few cars that were able to exit the interstate but couldn’t get back on.”  High wind warnings were still in effect for Tuesday, Eccher said.
Blizzard warnings were extended for Huerfano County and Las Animas County until Tuesday afternoon, along with high wind warnings as the storms moved to the east into Bent County and Kiowa County.  Blowing snow warnings were also in effect for all areas of Southern Colorado during the early part of the week.

 

Looking South Tuesday afternoon after the storm cleared Raton

Looking South Tuesday afternoon after the storm cleared Raton

Looking North at north Raton

Looking North at north Raton

Goat Hill after the snow had stopped in Raton

Goat Hill after the snow had stopped in Raton

Looking East from Rio Grande after the snow storm cleared out of Raton

Looking East from Rio Grande after the snow storm cleared out of Raton

New Mexico Activities Association Student-Athlete Spotlight

Special to KRTN Multi-Media by NMAA  http://www.nmact.org

Positivity Helps Daniel through Tough Time

NMAA Logo 1By Tyler Dunkel, NMAA Sports Information Director

Kyler Daniel, a senior at Raton High School seemed to be on track to have a successful high school football career for the Tigers until the third game of his sophomore season changed his path.

It was in the third quarter of the game against Aztec. Daniel was at the bottom of the pile after making a tackle when his ankle was rolled over, rupturing the tendon in his ankle, forcing it to dislocate. The doctors felt that his injury would heal by itself and he was placed in a cast for six week.

“My first thought after being injured was I was devastated. I think the hardest part about all of this for me was that every time I would have a surgery and go through physical therapy and I was ready to rejoin my team, it would happen again. It was hard to just go to a practice or a game and still feel as if I was part of the team. It really had effect on me.”

After intense physical therapy, Daniel thought he was on the fast track back to the football field until a setback. His ankle start- ed to dislocate again. This time it would happen randomly, especially when his calf muscle would be in a flexed position.

Over the next two and half years, Daniel endured several surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy in hopes to one day rejoin his team.

“To get through these last two and half years, I really had the support of my mom, my family, coaches and teammates. They tried to help me keep a positive attitude to where eventually I would get through it. That is what helped me the most.”

Although he was unable to play, Daniel felt it was important for him to still be with his team on the sidelines at practice and games to show his support, even though it was hard on him emotionally.

“I wanted to continue to be around the team to show sup- port. I felt that maybe in some way I could help my fellow teammates and coaches plus I just love the game of football. Even though it hurt so much it was nice to be a part of the brotherhood on the team and try to help them with their season, even though I couldn’t help them myself.”

Finally, during the summer of 2015, before his senior sea- son, Daniel was given a clean bill of health and was allowed to rejoin his teammates for summer conditioning and fall practice. He explained that he felt a lot of emotions but was just happy to be back on the field.

“To step back onto the field this year, my senior year has been a lot of fun. I had a ton of energy and I was just so grate- ful for the opportunity to play football again. To fully be a part of the team and participate in practice, workouts and games was great. One of the hardest parts about all of this was watching my friends get to participate and I couldn’t. They still made me feel as part of the team but in the end it wasn’t the same. So, to finally be able to stand side by side

with them on the field was a great feeling.”

He also commented that re-injury of the ankle was something that went through his head before stepping back on the gridiron.

“When I first stepped back onto the field, re-injury was definitely something that crossed my mind and I didn’t want to go through all of that again but once I got going in practice and workouts, I felt more and more comfortable and confident that I was healed. I knew the importance of going hard every play and as I took more reps I began to build confidence.”

Daniel feels that he has learned some very important life lessons over the last few years about having a positive attitude and had this to share with other going through the same situation: “I would like to tell others that are going through the same thing to stay positive, even though it might not look like it will ever get better. If you keep a positive attitude, you will eventually get through it. Also, keep in mind that you have other things going for you in your life besides sports, like family, friends and your education.”

The silver lining in all of this was that even though Daniel was unable to play football, he was able to focus on his academics during that time and is currently ranked No. 1 in his class.

“I feel my grades are very important. Football isn’t going to affect me in the future like my education will. I knew that in my degree path, my academics need to be strong. I just felt that I needed to keep my grades up throughout these last few years because it was what I still had going for me.”

He plans to attend the University of New Mexico and earn a degree in mechanical engineering and enter the aerospace field and possibly build and design aircrafts.

Raton High Senior Kyler Daniel featured by NMAA Student-Athlete spotlight.

Raton High Senior Kyler Daniel featured by NMAA Student-Athlete spotlight.

 

Kyler Daniel (3) served as one of the Captains of the Tiger Football team and was always a supporter of the team during his 2 year recovery from an ankle injury.

Kyler Daniel (3) served as one of the Captains of the Tiger Football team and was always a supporter of the team during his 2 year recovery from an ankle injury.

 

In Loving Memory of Margie Madlynn Molinaro

Margie Madlynn Molinaro age 74, passed away November 20, 2015 at Pikes Peak Hospice after an extended illness.

She was born on October 23, 1941 in Walsenburg, CO, to Rose (Willburn) and Wallace Benson.

She grew up on a ranch along Turkey Creek in Huerfano County.

She was married to Sam Molinaro, and they celebrated their 54th anniversary.

Margie worked at Mt. San Raphael Hospital as an LPN until she left to start her family.

After her children were in school, she continued her nursing career at the Trinidad State Nursing Home for 23 years until her retirement.

She was a devoted wife and loving mother to her children and was the best Nana to her grandchildren.

Her specialty was cooking, making favorite dishes for her family, and baking cookies and breads during the holidays.

Preceding her in death are parents, Rose and Wallace Benson, daughter Kristine, grandson R.J. Molinaro and brother Tom Benson.

Survivors are husband Sam of home address, children Sammie Molinaro, Aurora, CO, Sheryl (Hal) Cardaci, Naples, FL, Ricky (Sue) Molinaro, Colorado Springs, CO, Ronnie Molinaro, Calahan, CO, Joanna Ponce, Pueblo West, CO, grandchildren, Samantha Molinaro, Rose Ponce, Jon Ponce, Joey (Shari) Buttenwieser, Sara (Don) Niebling, numerous  great grandchildren, brother Jerry (Caren) Benson, uncle Aaron Willburn, several sisters and brothers in law, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Visitation  will be Friday, November 27, 2015 from 10AM-Noon at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will be Friday, November 27, 2015 with Rosary at Noon at the Comi Chapel, followed by the Funeral Mass at 1PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Penrose Foundation for John Zay  Guest House , 2131 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

 

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. 

TSJC 80th Annual Invitational Tourney Bracket

TSJC 80th Annual Invitational Basketball Tourney Bracket

Raton Hosts Des Moines in Basketball Season Opener

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Raton basketball hosted Des Moines Saturday evening for the home and season opener at Tiger Gym. 

It was a defensive slow start for the girls game as neither team could find the basket. Both teams took the ball up and down the court several times before the ball found its way through the hoop. By half time the scoreboard only showed Raton up by one at 11-10. 

The second half of the game continued the slow scoring pace until the fourth quarter when Des Moines down by four found the basket for 16 points and the win. Des Moines new coach Amanda Boggs has her work cut out for her as she noted the team is young with only two seniors on the team in Kree Gates and Rayelle Rivale. 

Raton hits the court without a senior on the team and sports mostly juniors and sophomores all of which played basketball last year. The problem coach Victor Esparza will have to deal with is getting the ball in the basket while Raton lead for most of the low scoring game they struggled at getting the shots to fall especially in the fourth quarter where Des Moines out scored them 16-7.

Des Moines  9  1  6  16  32

Raton           6  5  9  7  27

DM High Point 

Rayelle Rivalle  10  6 of 10 free throws 

MaKenna Hittson  7  1 of 7 free throws

Free Throws  8 of 21 attempts 

Raton High Point

Estrella Vargas  8  2 of 2 free throws

Natasha Ortega  8 

Free Throws  2 of 4 attempts

 

The boys took to the court for the second game of the night and in no way was it anything like the girl’s game as Raton started the scoring and didn’t look back. Des Moines coach Jared Archuleta is also looking at a very young squad with a couple of eighth graders on the seven man team. 

Raton coach Jose Archuleta, also new to the head coach job has brought with him control and discipline to a team that returns many players from last year. Earlier Jose was pleased that the boys that turned out are there to play ball and Raton showed that as they easily outscored Des Moines in the first half. 

The second half started with a running clock as Raton was well ahead of the 35 point spread required to keep the clock running. Jose played his bench extensively in the second half to get them playing time. Raton also brings some height to the court as half the team is close to or over the six foot mark.

Up and coming for both the girls and boys is the TSJC tourney and the Cowbell tourney where both teams will get tested as both tourneys are known for tough play.

Des Moines   8   6  1   1  16

Raton          28  27  6  11  72 

DM High Point

Hayden Briesh  6 

Free Throws 2 of 6 attempts

Raton High Point

Jesse Espinoza 10 

Jonathan Cabrieles 14  2 of 3 free throws

Dustin Segura 11  3 3-pointers

Tyler Hightower  9

Free Throws  4 of 7 attempts

MaKenna Hittson and Sophia Maddaleni watch the ball go out of bounds as they tangle on the line.

MaKenna Hittson and Sophia Maddaleni watch the ball go out of bounds as they tangle on the line.

Once again MaKenna Hittson is on the play as she gets a hand on the ball as Estrella Vargas headed for the goal

Once again MaKenna Hittson is on the play as she gets a hand on the ball as Estrella Vargas headed for the goal

MaKenna Hittson was all over the court here she goes for the block as Jadyn Walton goes up for the shot in a close low scoring game Saturday night

MaKenna Hittson was all over the court here she goes for the block as Jadyn Walton goes up for the shot in a close low scoring game Saturday night

Sydni Silva on the bottom and Alexis Wingo tangle for the ball in this low scoring game.

Sydni Silva on the bottom and Alexis Wingo tangle for the ball in this low scoring game.

Autumn Archuleta calls for help as MaKenna Hittson drives to the lane in the second half of a a low scoring close game.

Autumn Archuleta calls for help as MaKenna Hittson drives to the lane in the second half of a a low scoring close game.

Jadyn Walton and Rayelle Rivale struggle for the ball

Jadyn Walton and Rayelle Rivale struggle for the ball

With only 15 seconds on the clock Rayelle Rivale lines up for the technical free throw. She was intentionally fouled to get the ball back.

With only 15 seconds on the clock Rayelle Rivale lines up for the technical free throw. She was intentionally fouled to get the ball back.

Isaheh Trujillo slams the ball out of bounds as a much shorter Blaze Garcia headed for the basket.

Isaheh Trujillo slams the ball out of bounds as a much shorter Blaze Garcia headed for the basket.

Dillon Lemons gets a fingertip on the ball as the Des Moines passes it down court.

Dillon Lemons gets a fingertip on the ball as the Des Moines passes it down court.

Cole Medina tries to save the ball as it heads out of bounds Saturday night during the game with Des Moines

Cole Medina tries to save the ball as it heads out of bounds Saturday night during the game with Des Moines

Jesse Espinoza flies between Hayden Briesh (23) and AJ Wright (24) on his way to the basket in the second quarter.

Jesse Espinoza flies between Hayden Briesh (23) and AJ Wright (24) on his way to the basket in the second quarter.

 

Raton City Commission Meeting Agenda Nov 24, 2015

AGENDA

CITY OF RATON REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING

RATON CITY HALL, 224 SAVAGE AVE

 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015 AT 6PM

 

 

A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on November 24, 2015 at 6 p.m. The Meeting will be called to order by Mayor pro-tem Segotta. The following subjects will be considered by the City Commission and may be considered in any order that is most convenient for the City Commission.

 I.  Meeting Called To Order – Mayor pro-tem Segotta

 II.  Roll Call of the Members of the City Commission and determination of quorum.

 III. Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag.

 IV. Recognition of Visitors, Citizen of the Month and/or Presentation of Proclamation, Service Award, Congratulations, Condolences, Holiday Schedules and City/Municipal events – Mayor

  • Next Regular Commission Meeting Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6pm.
  • Proclamation: Miner’s Day, December 6, 2015

 V. Comments from the General Public  

 VI. Committee Reports From Commissioners:

A.  Raton Water Works: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta, Commissioner Chavez)

B.  Raton Public Service: (Mayor Mantz, Commissioner Giacomo)

C.  Parks & Recreation Advisory Board: (Commissioner Chavez)

D.  Senior Center Board: (Commissioner Chavez)

E.  Planning & Zoning Commission: (Commissioner Schuster)

F.  Housing Authority: (Commissioner Schuster)

G.  Airport Advisory Board: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)

H.  ETZ Zoning Commission: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)

I.  Arts & Culture Board: (Mayor Mantz)  

J.  North Central NM Economic Development District: (Mayor Mantz)

K.  Library Advisory Board: (Commissioner Giacomo)

L.  ETZ Zoning Authority: (Mayor Mantz)

M.  Financial Advisory Board: (Commissioner Chavez)

  

VII. Action items/Public Hearings/Ordinances/Resolutions/City Manager’s Report-The City Commission may discuss and/or take actions on the following agenda items:

A.  Approval of the November 10, 2015 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

B.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2015-44: October 2015 Financial Report.

C.  Public Hearing: Regarding the Raton Downtown Master Plan/Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan and establishing a Tax Increment Financing District.

D.  Resolution No 2015-45: Making Certain Findings and Determinations Pursuant to the NM Metropolitan Redevelopment Code, and Approving the Raton Downtown Master Plan Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Plan and Establishing a Tax Increment Financing District.

E.  City Manager’s Report

 VIII.  Adjournment

 

I, the undersigned authority do hereby certify that the above notice of meeting of the governing body of the City of Raton, New Mexico is a true and correct copy of the said notice and that a said copy of this notice was then posted on the front window of the City Hall of said City in Raton, New Mexico in a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times, and said notice was posted on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 5 p.m. and remained so posted continuously at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting. Said notice was also posted in six public places (Library, Aquatic Center, Senior Center, County Courthouse, International Bank, Post Office) conveniently placed for the public. Also, KRTN Radio Station and the City of Raton Website will have the agenda posted prior to respective time limits designated for regular and special meetings. Please contact the City Clerk at 445-9551 or tgarcia@cityofraton.com if you have any questions or concerns.

/s/

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Tricia Garcia, City Clerk


In Loving Memory of Tony W. Massarotti

Tony Massarotti was born on October 8, 1925 to parents Bill and Anna (Gagliardi) Massarotti of Berwind, Colorado.

After growing up in Cokedale, he graduated from Trinidad High School in 1943 and was drafted into the US Army where he served as a staff sergeant in the 277th combat engineers. Upon return from WWII in 1946, he worked briefly at the coke ovens and then began a 40-year employment with Safeway.

Early in his career as a butcher, he met Marie Adele Mazza and the two married on April 11, 1953. Tony and Marie had three children: Joanna, Marty, and Chris. Tony’s hobbies were baseball, fishing, golf, and winemaking. Tony was very civic-oriented and a devout Catholic.

Tony died peacefully at the Spanish Peaks Veterans Center on November 19, 2015.

Wife Marie, son Marty, brothers Frank Massarotti, Joe Pompia, and sister Lucy Saccomanno precede him in death. Survivors include son Chris, daughter Joanna Goodman, grandchildren Shawn Goodman, Lindsay (Geoff) Joslin, Stephanie (Jeremy) Potter, great grandchildren Jayden and Xylon Potter, brothers Florie (Marie) Massarotti, Michael (Sharon) Massarotti, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
 
Funeral will be held a Monday November 30, 2015 with Rosary at Noon at Comi Chapel followed by Funeral  Mass at 1PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trinidad.

Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery, with Military Honors conducted by Ft. Carson Honor Guard. Reception will follow, and will be announced.

In lieu of food and flowers, please send donations to Holy Trinity Academy, 600 Prospect, Campus Box 208, Trinidad, Colorado 81082.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Raton NHS Presents Check To FCCLA For Pink Week

The Raton High School National Honor Society Chapter President, Juan Prieto-Archuleta, and fellow NHS members were honored to present a check in the amount of $475.00 to the Raton High School FCCLA President, Ivy Fernandez, as part of the NHS contribution to the Susan G. Komen Foundation during the RHS Celebration of Pink Week. NHS put together a Dodgeball Tournament at RHS for 7-12 graders in which twelve teams participated. NHS also sponosored a concession stand. 

Raton High School National Honor Society Chapter President Juan Prieto-Archuleta and fellow NHS members were honored to present a check in the amount of $475.00 to the Raton High School FCCLA President Ivy Fernandez.

Raton High School National Honor Society Chapter President, Juan Prieto-Archuleta, and fellow NHS members present a check in the amount of $475 to the RHS FCCLA President, Ivy Fernandez.

Every year, Raton High School’s chapter of FCCLA sponsors Pink Week activities in October. 

If you would like more information on Pink Week activities and how you can get involved, please call Myra Baird at 575-445-3541. 

In Loving Memory of Rosemary Iuppa

Rosemary Iuppa, age 85, completed the last leg of her life journey on November 19, 2015 at home surrounded by her family.

She began her journey in Delagua, Colorado on October 27, 1930 as the baby daughter of Lucy (Deluca) and Pete Montera.

She spent her early years in Delagua growing up in a coal camp as a coalminer’s daughter.  As she was to begin high school, her family moved to Trinidad.  She graduated from Trinidad High School in 1948.  Her early adult years were spent working as a secretary and later as a bank teller at Trinidad National Bank.

On June 10, 1951 she was united in marriage to James Iuppa.  From this point forward she dedicated her life to creating a home which provided a strong foundation for raising a family.  She was an excellent seamstress creating many of her own clothes and those of her daughters.  Rosemary enjoyed cooking and baking, entertaining many family and friends at her table.  The array of cookies she would bake for Christmas, daughters’ and granddaughters’ weddings were a work of art. In her later years always open to learning something new, she was introduced to quilting by her niece Carol Sola and went on to create beautiful heirlooms for her grandchildren.

iuppa rRosemary was a strong woman of faith.  As a member of New Life Fellowship, she studied God’s word every day and applied His teachings to every aspect of her life.  She was a prayer warrior with many family members calling on her in their time of need.  Rosemary was courageous and bold in her witness of what her Lord Jesus had done in her life.  Through her faith, she was victorious during her last trial of life as she grew even closer to Him.

She modeled the spirit of volunteerism for her daughters and others.  While they were younger, she volunteered with PTA and Girl Scouts supporting their activities.   Later, Rosemary served as a volunteer for the Colorado Welcome Center for 22 years contributing 9000+ hours helping visitors to Colorado become acquainted with the sites and events of her beloved state.

As Grandmother and Grami, she relished spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Rosemary never missed a major life event from births and birthdays, to graduations and weddings.  And there were many small moments in between dispensing wisdom about life’s journey.

Preceding her in death is husband, Jim, parents, Lucy and Pete Montera, and brother Charles.

She is survived by daughters LouAnn Dekleva (Joe) and Regina Ingram (Denny), grandchildren Cara McLean (Ed), Gregor Dekleva (Julia), Jaime Hinrichs (Matt) and Jenna Roe (Heath) and great grandchildren Delaney and Kallan McLean, Eli and Teegan Roe, and Addison Hinrichs, brother Frank Montera (Kendel) and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Christian Fellowship.  Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Gregor Dekleva, Ed McLean, Heath Roe, Matt Hinrichs, Fred Sola and Dennis Montera.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests, donations be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 328 Bonaventure Avenue, Suite C, Trinidad, CO  81082.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.