Archive for: December 2015

In Loving Memory of Freda Lenore Baca

Freda Lenore Baca age 57, of Raton, NM, passed away Friday December 25, 2015 in Rio Rancho, NM. She was born October 24, 1958 in Santa Fe, NM, the daughter of Alfred Sr. and Martha Lopez- Garcia.

FREDA BACAFreda was the Colfax County Clerk for the past three years, a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, board member of the Alternatives to Violence, NM Association of Counties, and very active with the Relay for Life. She was the Secretary of the United Mine Workers of America Auxiliary.

She is preceded in death by her brother Anthony Garcia.

Freda is survived by daughter, Angela Volpato and husband Enrico of Albuquerque, NM, son Leonard Baca Jr. of Raton, mother and father Martha and Fred Sr. Garcia of Raton, sister Anna Waller of Pueblo, CO, two brothers Fred Garcia Jr. of Dalhart, TX, and Franklin Garcia of Raton, NM. Four grandchildren Tristan T Baca, Gabrielle L. Baca, Nicholas E. Volpato and Isabella Volpato.

Visitation will be Wednesday December 30, 2015 from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Thursday December 31, 2015 at 9:30 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton recited by Frank Cimino Jr..

Mass of the resurrection will follow at 10:00 A.M. with Father John Trambley as the Celebrant.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Freda Lenore Baca are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Mary Pilar Garcia

Mary Pilar Garcia, age 78, passed away at home in Model, CO,on December 29, 2015.

She was born in El Queso New Mexico, on May 4, 1937 to Jean (Sanchez) and Tony Padilla. She was a resident of Model for the past 13 years.

garcia2She loved to cook and bake for her family. Mary also like to spend her time working crossword puzzles, playing Solitaire and listening to the radio and news.

She was preceded in death by parents, Jean and Tony Padilla and daughter in law Gina Jennifer Leblanc-Garcia.

Mary  is survived by 11 children and their spouses,Rio (Renee) Garcia, Borger, TX, Richard Garcia, Trinidad, CO, Doris (Anthony) Aparicio, Mesa, AZ, David (Florinda) Garcia, Mesa, AZ ,Dolly Garcia, Mesa, AZ, Sandra McClain, Pueblo, AZ, Jack Garcia, Mesa, AZ, Grace (Ume) Gohel Gilbert, AZ, Ruby Mirabella, Phoenix, AZ, Beatrice Garcia, Chandler, AZ,  and Linda (David) Garza, Maricopa, AZ. She also leaves behind many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous loving relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 3PM-7PM a the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday,, January 6, 2016 with Rosary at 9AM at the Comi Chapel, followed by the Funeral

Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will follow at the St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Aguilar, CO.

garcia 1Active Pallbearers are Grandsons,  Joey Garza , Rico Garcia, Kishan Gohel, Dylan Garcia, Jonathan  Aparicio, family friend, Johnny Rivera, and honorary pallbearer  Great Grandson Logan Hunter.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Andres Ebell

Andres Ebell was born in Roy New Mexico on May 19, 1927, to parents Bonifacio and Margarita Naranjo Ebell. He attended Roy High School and join the military on September 7, 1945 and in served in Japan during World War II. He was awarded the WWII Victory medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. He was married to the love of his life Martha Maestas on December 24, 1951. He passed away, surrounded by his family, on Christmas morning December 25, 2015.

Andres was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Daniel the 1st, Eloy, Lina, Enrique, Horicio and wife Helen and Bonifacio and wife Rosina.  Grandsons Caleb Fluhman and Robert Ebell, Jr., son-in-law Richard Fluhman, Mother-in law, Isabel Maestas, brothers-in-law Frank Maestas, Joe Maestas and wife Rosanne and Charlie Baca, his sisters-in law Priscilla and husbands Andrew Tafoya and Louis LeRoux and Gertrude Medina Cruz.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Martha of the family home and seven children, Lina Weisdorfer and husband Donald, Sinforosa Lovato and husband Manuel all of Roy, Andres and wife Teresa of Springer NM, Cicilia Martinez of Albuquerque, Stella Devers of Roy and friend Mike Perea, Roberto (Chapo) Ebell and friend Mary and Dolores Brooke and husband Guy of Canyon TX.  His sister Sister Anthony Ebell of San Antonio TX and brothers Hilario and wife Leola and Daniel Ebell of Roy.  Sister-in-laws Margaret Baca, Tillie Cruz and husband Patricio and Mary Tapia and husband Zeke. He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Pall bearers are grandchildren Patrick Weisdorfer, Leo Lovato, Juan Andres Ebell II, Jessica Martinez, Christopher Fluhman, Michael Ebell and Leticia Vick. Honorary pall bearers are remaining grandchildren Jennifer Baca, Jeremy Weisdorfer, Ann Lovato, Sara Lovato, Antonio Ebell, Adam Ebell, Estavan Ebell, Lina Romero, Nicole Brooke, Britney Rodriguez, Kimberley Brooke.

Rosary Vigil Services were held Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Roy, NM.  Funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:00 am also at the Holy Family Catholic Church by Father John Brasher. Interment will be at the Roy Cemetery followed by a reception of life at the Harding County Community Building.  Everyone is invited to join the family. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary, 600 Reynolds Avenue, Las Vegas, NM.  1-800-479-3511 or 505-425-3511. Visit Rogers Mortuary website: www.rogersmortuarynm.com to sign the online register book.  

City of Raton Municipal Election Resolution




Be it resolved by the governing body of the City of Raton, New Mexico that:

A.  A regular municipal election for the election of municipal officers shall be held on March 1, 2016.  Polls will open at 7:00 A.M. and close at 7:00 P.M.

B.  At the regular municipal election, persons shall be elected to fill the following elective offices:

  1. District Two – One Commissioner for a four-year term.
  1. District Four – One Commissioner for a four-year term.
  1. District Five – One Commissioner for a four-year term.

C. Precincts 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 are consolidated for the regular municipal election.

  Precincts 10, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 are consolidated for the regular municipal election.

D. The following locations are designated as polling places for the conduct of the regular municipal election:

  1.  Voters in consolidated precincts 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 shall vote at the Raton Convention Center, 901 S. 3rd Street, Raton, NM.
  1. Voters in consolidated precincts 10, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 shall vote at St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s New Parish Hall, 104 Buena Vista, Raton, NM.

E.  Absentee Voting.  An application for an absentee ballot may be obtained by the voter from the municipal clerk. All applications for an absentee ballot must be completed and accepted by the Municipal Clerk prior to 5:00 P.M., February 26, 2016.  After 5:00 P.M. on February 26, 2016, all unused absentee ballots will be publicly destroyed by the Municipal Clerk.  The Municipal Clerk will accept completed absentee ballots delivered by mail or in person by the voter casting the absentee ballot, by a member of the voter’s immediate family, or by the caregiver of the voter until 7:00 P.M. of March 1, 2016.


Absentee ballots may be marked in person in the office of the Municipal Clerk during the regular hours and days of business, beginning on Tuesday, January 26, and closing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016.


Early Voting. Early voting on paper ballots counted by Image Cast Precinct (ICP) will be conducted in the office of the Municipal Clerk during the regular hours and days of business, beginning on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 and closing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016.

F.  Persons desiring to register to vote at the regular municipal election must register with the County Clerk of Colfax County not later than Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 5:00 P.M., the date on which the County Clerk will close registration books.

G.  Candidate Filing Day – All Declarations of Candidacy shall be filed with the Municipal Clerk on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.

H.  The casting of votes by qualified municipal electors shall be recorded on paper ballots to be counted by Image Cast Precinct (ICP)


Adopted and approved this 8th day of December 2015.






                                                                                    Sandra Mantz, Mayor







 Tricia Garcia, Municipal Clerk



cc:        Colfax County Clerk

            Secretary of State

Colfax County Clerk Passes

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Colfax County Clerk Freda Baca (Photo Courtesy Colfax County)

Colfax County Clerk Freda Baca (Photo Courtesy Colfax County)

KRTN and staff offer our condolences and prayers to the family of Freda Baca as we were notified that she passed away December 26th in Rio Rancho, NM.

Baca’s passing now challenges Colfax County commissioners to find her replacement. Colfax County Commissioners have scheduled a special meeting for January 5th at 9:00 a.m. to pick a replacement for Baca. Commissioners can choose whom ever they feel will best fill the position and that person will then pick a deputy clerk. With two elections coming up in February and March, this will challenge any new clerk to learn the election process quickly unless they choose Deputy Clerk Rebecca Hoy who has already been through the election schooling. 

Springer has a school bond election on February 2nd while Raton and the other municipalities in Colfax County will have a municipal election March 1, 2016 with a filing deadline of January 5, 2016, Raton will have three city commission openings on the ballot, The county clerk provides city commission candidates with certified voter registration which they take to the city clerk for verification. The clerk’s office also provides voter rosters as well as providing and certifying voting machines for the municipal elections. An early voting location for the Raton municipal election will be maintained at City Hall beginning February 10, 2016.

Colfax County Deputy Clerk Rebecca Hoy (Photo Courtesy Colfax County)

Colfax County Deputy Clerk Rebecca Hoy (Photo Courtesy Colfax County)

Meanwhile, Deputy Clerk Rebecca Hoy will step into the position effective immediately to carry on the day-to-day activities of the office. Should she be chosen for the clerk’s position she will fill that roll until the end of Baca’s term on December 31, 2016. 






Link to the Election Resolution-Springer School



In Loving Memory of Lucy V. Villani

Lucy Antonelli Villani passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at home following a brief illness.

Lucy was born in Tercio, CO on May 27, 1909 to Pietro and Cristina Antonelli. She attended school in several mining camps, graduating from Berwind High School in 1928.

Upon graduation she traveled to Denver to begin a retail sales career that would span 83 years. Yes, she worked 83 years and loved it! She started at S & H Kress in Denver, then Lucy came home to work at Moses Department Store on Commercial St. From there, she began a 40 year sales career at Montgomery Wards as a clerk and manager of the lingerie department. When Wards closed, she tried staying at home for a brief time, but quickly found that she disliked retirement. She went to work at Teri’s Hallmark for the next 17 years. Now 90 years old, but not ready to quit, being full of vitality and still enjoying people, she applied to be a greeter at Wal-Mart. She retired after 11 years and was the 2nd oldest Wal-Mart employee. Not quite finished, she joined her daughter at Francesca’s Unique Gifts and Furniture for a few more years. As she said, “Hard work never hurt anyone.”

villaniHer life was rich with family and friends. Her home was the gathering place and open to all including her children’s friends. She lived independently in her family home, maintaining it and cooking her own breakfast of bacon, egg, toast and grapefruit every day until 3 weeks before her death. Often on Saturday afternoons she could be found at Francesca’s visiting with friends both old and new and enjoying a bowl of strawberry ice cream.

Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, John Antonelli, Clotilda Vecchio, and Beatrice Niccoli; her son Franklin Villani.

She is survived by her children, Albert (Barb), Francesca Mae and Bob (Sharon), grandchildren, Tony and Dominic Villani, Nicolina Villani-Martinez, Melissa Villani Gill, Vince Villani, and Stephanie Villani. She also has 5 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her very special “pal”, Glenn Davis who brightened her day, every day.

A Rosary will be recited Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at the Comi Funeral at 12:15 PM. Memorial Services for Lucy will follow at 1:00 PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, she would be grateful for donations in her name to Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare. Her cats gave her daily companionship and purpose.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Charles L. Hoeffner

Charles L. Hoeffner, Age 78, Went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 21, 2015.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 AM Mountain Time on Saturday, January 2, 2016, at the Kenton Cemetery in Kenton, Oklahoma with Rev. Jerry Rice, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Kenton officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

hoeffnerCharles L. Hoeffner was born on December 3, 1937 in Campo, Colorado to Edmund Hoeffner and Ethel (Rodamel) Hoeffner. Charles loved the ranch life and he loved his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, by three brothers; Leroy Hoeffner, Dan Hoeffner and Clinton Hoeffner and by one horse that he loved named Jenkins.


WIFE: Freda Ilene Hoeffner of Folsom, New Mexico.

3 SONS: Steven Laverne Hoeffner and his wife Rehj, Douglas Wayne Hoeffner and his wife Dana and William Karl Hoeffner and his wife Reagan all of Lubbock, Texas.

5 GRANDCHILDREN: Eric Hoeffner, Derrick Hoeffner, Ian Hoeffner and his wife Lauren, Stefanie Hoeffner, Camden Hoeffner.

2 GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTERS: Rachel Hoeffner and Carley Hoeffner.

1 BROTHER: Karl Hoeffner and his wife Patricia of Lubbock, Texas.

And numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles & cousins

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Charles’ memory to Jim’s Memory to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

In Loving Memory of Domenic Pompeo

Domenic Pompeo passed away on December 23, 2015. He passed peacefully after an extended illness.

He was preceded in death by his mother Angelina Pompeo and father Attilio Pompeo his three brothers Louis Pompeo, Albert Pompeo and Fred Pompeo and his only daughter Elaine Pompeo Smith.

Domenic was born in Dawson NM on June 6, 1927 to Attilio Pompeo and Angelina Santucci. He was the third son of 4. His father died when he was 2 years old and he and his brothers were raised by his mother and his maternal grandparents in Maxwell NM. He joined the army at an early age and was stationed in Japan during the US Occupation. After returning from the war he returned to finish his schooling and to graduate from Maxwell High School.

pompeoDomenic returned to Maxwell and his close friends and family during this time he met and married Mary Ann Demcheck in 1951. They settled in the Maxwell area. He worked various jobs before going to work for the New Mexico State Highway Dept. During this time they adopted 2 children a son Steve Pompeo and a daughter Elaine Marie Pompeo.

He retired after 30 + years with the state of NM. He spent the rest of his life at the home in Maxwell until his recent passing.

Domenic is survived by his wife Mary Ann Pompeo of the home in Maxwell. Steve Pompeo and Wife Char of Maxwell 5 Grandchildren Jessica La Rossa and husband Mario of Henderson NV. Stephanie Austin of Raton and husband Alex, Damion Pompeo of Wichita Falls Texas, Tiffani Romero and husband Leroy of Raton NM, John Smith of Raton NM, 9 great grandchildren Kyra La Rossa , Nikos La Rossa, Caiden Austin, Mariana Austin, Peyton Austin, Nova La Rossa , Estrella Austin, Domenic Romero and Christian Romero. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday December 28, 2015 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Monday December 28, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at the St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Maxwell recited by Deacon Ed Olona, Mass of the resurrection will be Tuesday December 29, 2015 at 10: A.M. at the Maxwell High School Gym with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will follow at the Maxwell Cemetery.

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

In Loving Memory of Joseph “Buddy” Vukonich

Joseph “Buddy” Vukonich age 79 of Raton, NM, passed away Saturday December 19, 2015 in Raton.

He was born June 28, 1936 in Raton, the son of Steve and Antonia Milkovich-Vukonich.

vukonichBuddy was a retired electrician, owned and operated Raton Music, and was a veteran serving in the United States Navy. He was a volunteer fire fighter, a member of the UMWA, and a steal guitar player with the Night Riders. Buddy enjoyed spending time at his mountain property in Yankee.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Delvin Huffman.
Buddy is survived by his wife of fifty nine years, Helen of the home, daughter Tara Stosek and husband Tom of Beulah, CO, three sons, Steve Vukonich of Las Cruces, NM, Danny Vukonich and wife Beverly of Raton, and John Anthony Vukonich and wife Marguerita of Farmington, NM. One sister, Gayle Huffman of Woodland Hills, CA and one brother Michael Vukonich and wife Kathy of Raton. Six grandchildren Kylie McGill and husband Sean, Kaycie Vukonich, Kori Vukonich, Joe Stosek, Sam Stosek, Jerrica Vukonich, one great grandson, Jameson McGill, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

By request of the family cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Ernie R. Flores

Ernie R. Flores of Raton, New Mexico passed away on December 19, 2015 in Pueblo, CO at the age of 67. He was born May 29, 1948 in Raton to the Late Enoch and Annie Flores.

Ernie served his country as a US Marine in the Vietnam War. He was an avid musician who played in many bands in the Raton and surrounding areas. He was a grater operator for the Colfax Country Road Department and retired after 30 years. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. He never knew a stranger. He touched the lives of many people young and old. While raising his own children he brought in all their friends and took them in as his own. He enjoyed his den, music, his yard. He also enjoyed the company of family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and one son Londo Flores.

He is survived by the love of his life of 42 years Donna Flores, one brother David Flores and wife Rita, two daughters Tashawnda Schuttle and Lanelle Flores, one son Daniel Flores and wife Melissa, grandchildren Tiana and Fiancé Sheena ( Aliyah, Isaiah) Alex, Talawnna, Dylan, Katie, Stephen, and Samantha, and his 3 hito puppies, Spanky Lee, Charlie, and Toots. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He will be missed by everyone who knew him. To know him was to love him.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday December 29, 2015 at 10am in the chapel of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Crotinger officiating followed by a dinner at 231 Tramparas in Raton.

Arrangements for Ernie R. Flores are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.