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In Loving Memory of Cynthia Yvonne Avalos Hurtado

Cynthia Yvonne Avalos Hurtado, age 58, passed away unexpectedly  on February 20, 2016 at  St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, CO.

She was born in Trinidad, CO, on February 2, 1958 to Pauline M. (Paiz) and Joe Buddie Avalos.

She attended and graduated from Trinidad High School and also attended TSJC.

For several years, Cindy worked for School District 1 as a cook.

She was united in marriage to Ambrose Sanchez in 1995 in Trinidad Colorado.

Cindy loved watching her reality TV shows, listening to classic country music, going fishing and shopping.

Her children grandchildren and family was her first priority.

Preceding her n death are parents Joe and Pauline Avalos, daughters Pamela Avalos, Jody Gonzales, and brother Michael Avalos.

Survivors are husband Ambrose Sanchez of home address, children, Lyle (Vanessa) Gonzales, Denver, Adam Gonzales Trinidad, Joaquin Hurtado, Lakewood, grandchildren, Hannah Gonzales, Arianna Gonzales, siblings, Debbie Avalos(Mark Haynes) Sacramento, CA, Mary (Aaron) Mauro, Denver,Joseph D. (Betty) Avalos, Trinidad, Elaine Avalos, Denver, Ernest (Terry) Avalos, Thornton,  Phillip Avalos, Denver, Paul Avalos, Denver, Valerie Avalos, Lakewood, numerous niece, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, from 3PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be Thursday March 3, 2016 at 7PM at Sebastiani Gym.

Funeral Mass will be Friday, March 4, 2016 at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

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Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Hunter Education Camp March 18-20

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact: Information Center (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Jennifer Morgan (505) 222-4722
Jennifer.morgan@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Feb. 24, 2016:

Special Hunter Education Camp offered at Camp Washington Ranch near Carlsbad

CARLSBAD – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is offering a special hunter education camp where youths can receive hands-on training and earn their hunter education certification.

The camp is open to youths ages 11 to 18 who are accompanied by a responsible adult. It will be conducted the weekend of March 18 – 20 at historic Camp Washington Ranch near Carlsbad. Lodging and meals are free and all equipment is provided. Participants must complete and return the registration form available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/ by 5 p.m., Feb 26, to be eligible.

Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The department is hosting the camp in partnership with the New Mexico Youth Conservation Foundation, the Safari Club International Southern New Mexico Chapter and Safari Club International Foundation.

Participants will learn safe and responsible firearms handling, ethical hunting behaviors, conservation, wildlife identification and basic survival skills. Participants also can test their marksmanship skills with .22 rifles and archery on a range under the supervision of certified hunter education instructors and department staff.

To qualify for the camp, youths must have a Customer Identification Number account with the department and complete the required homework before attending. To hunt legally in New Mexico, youth under 18 years of age must first successfully complete a hunter education course or be registered in the department’s Mentored-Youth Hunting Program.

For more information please contact the Hunter Education Program at 505-222-4731 or go online to www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/.

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Former Residents of Las Vegas, N.M., Indicted on Federal Spice Trafficking and Money Laundering Charges

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Couple Allegedly Owned and Operated Businesses in Las Vegas and Raton, N.M., and Kingman, Ariz., Used to Distribute Spice and Launder Drug Proceeds

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the DEA’s El Paso Division, announced today that two former residents of Las Vegas, N.M., who recently relocated to Kingman, Ariz., have been indicted on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

Ray L. Smith, 50, and Tamara Phillips, 47, are charged in a four-count indictment filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on Feb. 9, 2016.  The couple was arrested in Kingman on Feb. 18, 2016, and made their initial appearances in federal court in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Feb. 19, 2016.  During the judicial proceedings in Arizona, the court ordered the U.S. Marshals Service to transfer Smith and Phillips to New Mexico to face the charges against them.  Smith and Phillips remain in federal custody pending detention hearings that will be scheduled after they return to New Mexico.

The indictment charges Smith and Phillips with participating in a conspiracy to distribute synthetic cannabinoids, more commonly known as “spice,” maintaining premises for the purpose of distributing spice, and participating in a conspiracy to launder drug proceeds.  The indictment alleges that between Feb. 2010 and Feb. 2016, Smith and Phillips participated in a conspiracy to distribute spice from three businesses in New Mexico and Arizona that are owned by Smith and jointly managed by Smith and Phillips

According to the indictment, Smith and Phillips used the three businesses, “Smokin Body Jewelry” stores located in Las Vegas, Raton and Kingman, to sell spice.  The indictment alleges that employees at the three stores sold spice to customers while acting at the direction of Smith and Phillips.  The indictment includes information about two alleged drug transactions that occurred on Sept. 29, 2015:  the first involved the sale of $1,687.46 of spice by an employee at the Raton store, and the second involved the sale of $1,556.91 of spice by an employee at the Las Vegas store.

The indictment includes forfeiture allegations which seek to forfeit property and other assets that constitute the proceeds of the drug trafficking offenses charged in the indictment or were used to facilitate those crimes including eight parcels of real property located in New Mexico and Arizona, funds in 18 bank accounts, a safety deposit box, and three vehicles.

The indictment is the result of a year-long investigation led by the DEA’s offices in Albuquerque, N.M., and Flagstaff, Lake Havasu and Yuma, Ariz., with assistance from the Raton Police Department and the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team.  During the course of the investigation, approximately one pound of spice was allegedly purchased from businesses operated by Smith and Phillips and approximately 22 kilograms (48 pounds) of spice was seized from a storage facility allegedly rented by Smith and Phillips.

During law enforcement operations executed on Feb. 18, 2016, law enforcement agents and officers seized 18 bank accounts, a safety deposit box and the eight parcels of real property identified in the indictment.  They also executed six search warrants, including search warrants for each of the three stores, a second commercial property in Kingman, and two residences in Kingman.  The estimated aggregate value of the real property, currency and other assets seized on Feb. 18, 2016, exceeds $2.3 million, including approximately $220,000 in cash.  The agents and officers also seized approximately 11 kilograms (24.2 pounds) of precursor chemicals allegedly shipped from China in the primary residence of Smith and Phillips.  In addition, approximately 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of suspected spice with a street value of $250,000 was seized from the stores and the residence of Smith and Phillips.

If convicted on the charges in the indictment, Smith and Phillips each face a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.  Charges in indictments are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.

This case was investigated by the DEA’s offices in Albuquerque, N.M., and Flagstaff, Lake Havasu and Yuma, Ariz., with assistance from the Raton Police Department and the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Shaheen P. Torgoley is prosecuting the case.

The synthetic cannabinoids charged in the indictment are commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana or “spice.”  According to the DEA, over the past several years, there has been a growing use of synthetic cannabinoids.  Smoke-able herbal blends marketed as being “legal” and providing a marijuana-like high have become increasingly popular because they are easily available and, in many cases, more potent and dangerous than marijuana.  These products consist of plant material that has been coated with dangerous psychoactive compounds that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.  These substances, however, have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for human consumption, and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process.  Synthetic cannabinoids often are labeled as incense to mask their intended purpose.

In Loving Memory of John Eugene Torres

John Eugene Torres, age 72, passed away suddenly on February 21, 2016 in Arizona, while he was traveling to visit his sister.

 
He was born in Weston, CO on October 28, 1943 to Crisanta (Aragon) and John Torres.

 
He was employed by the Sheet Metal Union Local 170 for 40 years, retiring as President/Sec./Treasurer.

 
On July 3, 1965, John was united n marriage to Elveria E. Chavez at St. Ignatius Church in Segundo,, CO.

 
toress j militaryHe served his country in the US Army in the motor pool division.

 
John was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Parish. He was a member of the Sociedad de Nuestra de Guadalupe, Knights of Columbus #1072 and the National Society of Hispanic Genealogy.

 
He loved to travel, cook,, listen to Mexican music, and do the genealogy on the Torres-Aragon families. His family was his first priority and he loved being with them.

 

 

Preceding him in death are parents, Crisanta and John Torres, brothers Alex Torres, Tony Torres, infant sister Vera, sisters Minnie Hurtado, Thelma Beasley, Alice Duran, Sadie Gate and son-in-law Sean McCarver.

 
Survivors are his wife Elveria E. Torres, children, John J. Torres (Jo Jo Cordero), Trinidad, Crisann (Marty) Coca, Trinidad, Manuel E. (Monica) Torres, Trinidad, Vanessa M. Torres, Seattle, grandchildren, Anthony C. Pedregon, John E. Torres, Ashley K. Pedregon, Manuel E. Torres, Alicia Torres, Angel Torres, Axel M. Pedregon, Nina S.C. Pedregon, Nadia N. Pedregon, Aidan T.E. Torres-Coca, Aimee M. Coca, great grandchildren, Jonathan Torres, Maleigha A. Pedregon , Julian Torres, sisters Mary (Marcelino) Trujillo, AZ, Joann Trujillo, Trinidad, brother-in-law Ernest Duran Pueblo, numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

 
Visitation will be Wednesday from 2PM-6PM  at the Comi Chapel.
Rosary will be Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7PM at Sebastiani Gym.
Funeral Mass will be Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym.
Interment will follow at the Tercio Cemetery with graveside services conducted by the Ft. Carson Honor Guard.

 
Honorary pallbearers are Dante Jacobs, Steven Sandoval, George Titsworth, Tom Trujillo, Justice Dominguez, Sammy Torres and Salvador Ortiz.
Active pallbearers are Anthony Pedregon Sr. Anthony Pedregon, Axel Pedregon, Aidan Torres-Coca, Manuel Torres, John Torres and Angel Torres.

 
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Theresa C. Duran

Theresa C. Duran of Weston, CO, passed away unexpectedly on February 21, 2016 in Westminster, CO. She was 89.

 

She was born in Tercio, CO on September 13, 1926 , the daughter of Matilda and Cruz Gutierrez.

 

She attended Primero School graduating in 1934.

 

On April 4, 1947, Theresa was united in marriage to Henry Gilbert Duran at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton, NM.

duran tTogether with her husband, she liked to follow the Primero sport teams.
She was Title Clerk for the Las Animas County Clerk and Recorder Office for 22 years until her retirement.

Theresa loved outdoor activities and caring for her flowers and lawn.

Preceding her in death are parents, Matilda and Cruz, husband Gilbert Duran, and son-in-law John Vigil.

Survivors are children, Cynthia Vigil, Westminster, CO, Harvey (Patty) Duran, Vallejo CA, Melvin Duran, Denver CO, grandchildren, Evette Vigil, Brandon Vigil, Derek Duran, Bradley (Andrea) Duran, Jenna Duran, great grandchildren, Brittany Beal, Michaek Beal, Raenah Duran, Ava Duran,, Lucca Duran, Xavier Duran, Andrew Santistevan, Bella Bellecia Holguin and Carlos Holguin Jr. Several sisters and brothers in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives also survive.

 

 

Visitation will be Sunday, February 28th from 2PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will be Monday, February 29, 2016 with Rosary at 9AM at Comi Funeral Home Chapel.

 

Funeral Mass will follow at 10Am at Sebastiani Gym.

Following services, cremation with private inurnment at a later date.

Active pallbearers are Derek R. Duran, Brad Duran, Brandon Vigil, Eddie Roybal, Chuck Gutierrez and Xavier Duran.

 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Robert William Grimm

Robert William Grimm age 91 of Maxwell, NM passed away Wednesday February 17, 2016 in Walsenburg, CO.

 

He was born November 16, 1924 in Nacogdoches, TX, the son of Warren and Nancy Kelly-Grimm. Robert was a carpenter, and a Veteran serving in the United States Army and the United States Navy.

 

He is survived by his wife Mary Helen Grimm, two daughters, Tawana Cothran and Sandy Bailey and husband Rick. Eight grandchildren, Branda Bailey and husband Russell Covert, Wes Bailey, Tiffany Willford and husband Michael, Richard Cothran and Sheldon Cothran and Brenda. Fourteen great grandchildren, Elycia Gallegos, Brandon Malone, Jacie Donald, Wyatt Bishop, Axton Covert, Ryan Newton, Jamie Williford, Harley Williford, Kodey Covert, Kellsey Covert, Bryce Cothran, Chloe’ Cothran, Summer Cothran and Kerri Cothran. Three great great grandchildren, Patrick Gallegos, Laniee and Oakley. One sister Martha Ruth Miller.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Richard Cothran.

 

 

Graveside services will be Thursday February 25, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Maxwell City Cemetery in Maxwell, NM with Pastor John Spruill officiating.

Arrangements by Yaksich-Long Funeral Home, 1310 S. 2nd Street, Raton, NM 87740 • Phone: 575-445-2622

REGULAR MEETING Colfax County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING
FEBRUARY 29, 2016
AMENDED AGENDA

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Regular Meeting scheduled for Feburary 23, 2016 was rescheduled, and the Colfax County Board of Commissioners will meet in Regular Session on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 8:00 A.M. in the Commission Chambers, 3rd Floor at the Colfax County Courthouse, Raton, NM for the following:

This agenda can be viewed at the Colfax County Website at www.co.colfax.nm.us
1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Salute to the New Mexico Flag
4. Approve Agenda
5. Approve Regular Meeting Minutes for February 09, 2016
6. Recognize Visitors
7. Public Comment
8. Discuss/Approve – Indigent Care Claims
9. Discuss/Action – Statement of Receipts and Expenses for Year
Ending December 31, 2015
10. Discuss/Action – Taos Pines Payments
11. Discuss/Action – Award RFP#101-2016 VMDC Addition and
Renovations
12. Discuss/Action – Accept County Manager Patricia Gonzales’s
Resignation
13. Discuss/Action – DWI Program Quarterly Report, Mary Gansz
14. Discuss/Action – Grant Application Coversheet for Colfax County
DWI Program
15. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2016-12, A Resolution Authorizing the
County to Submit an Application to the Department of Finance and
Administration, Local Government Division to Participate in the
Local DWI Grant and Distribution Program
16. Discuss/Action – Colfax County DWI Program Statement of
Assurances
17. Discuss/Action – Memorandum of Understanding between Colfax
County DWI Program and New Mexico Department of Finance and
Administration
18. Discuss/Action – Department of Health Assurances and Cooperative
Agreement between Colfax County and Department of Health
19. Discuss/Action – Approve Angel Fire Airport Task Order #6 for
Terminal Renovations Projects
20. Discuss/Action – Approve Angel Fire Airport Task Order #7 for
Preparation of a New Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan
(SWPPP) Per EPA Requirements
21. Discuss/Action – Approve Angel Fire Airport Action Plan
22. Discuss/Action – Approve Amendment Number Two for Children,
Youth & Families Agreement No. 14-690-15937-2
23. Discuss/Action – Approve Hi-Tech Engineering Professional Service
Contract for Colfax County Seniors HVAC Renovation
24. Discuss/Action – Lease Agreement between Colfax County and
Citizens for the Developmentally Disabled
25. Discuss/Action – Sheriff Mutual Law Enforcement Agreement
between Colfax County and City of Raton Police Department
26. Discuss/Action – Engineering Contract for 2016 LGRF Projects
27. Discuss Mobile Voting for Colfax County Primary Election 2016
28. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2016-11, 2016 Solid Waste Fees
29. Discuss/Action – Review and Adoption of Angel Fire Airport
Emergency Response Plan
30. Discuss/Action – Vector Control Planning
31. Discuss/Action – Memorandum of Understanding between Colfax
County and Senior Citizen’s Inc.
32. Closed Session Pursuant to NMSA 1978 Section 10-15-1(H), NMSA
1978, Recommendation Presentation from Ray Vigil of Vigil &
Associates – RFP #101-2016 – Vigil Maldonado Detention Center
Renovations and Additions (as posted on February 18, 2016 –
SPECIAL MEETING, February 29, 2016)
33. Discuss/Action – Open Session, Recommendation Presentation from
Ray Vigil of Vigil and Associates – RFP #101-2016 – Vigil
Maldonado Detention Center Renovations and Additions (as posted
on February 18, 2016 – SPECIAL MEETING, February 29, 2016)
34. Reports – VMDC, Road, Sheriff, Loss Prevention
35. Commissioners’ Docket
36. Interim Manager’s Docket
37. Attorney’s Docket
38. Adjourn

Done this 23rd day of February, 2016

Truck Accident closes I-25 Wednesday

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media –

At approximately 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb 24 State Police were dispatched to a truck accident, that closed I-25 southbound for several hours at mile marker 452.

The truck was northbound and crossed the median for unknown reasons just before the guard rail near exit 452. The truck then proceeded up the southbound on ramp embankment and rolled over coming to rest against the bridge support for Highway 72. The driver of the truck, Rafael Gentry of Casa Grande Arizona was taken to MCMC hospital with minor injuries. It took several minutes for Raton Fire and Emergency Services to get the driver cut out of the tractor cab before he could be transported.

Traffic was routed onto exit 452 and back on to the interstate at the exit.

The accident is still under investigation by New Mexico Motor Transportation Department.

 

This truck crossed the median and rode up the embankment of the on ramp at mile marker 452 then rolled over against the bridge support.

This truck crossed the median and rode up the embankment of the on ramp at mile marker 452 then rolled over against the bridge support.

Upside down this flat bed trailer is being moved so wreckers can upright the trailer and begin cleanup

Upside down this flat bed trailer is being moved so wreckers can upright the trailer and begin cleanup

The truck crossed over the median and rode up the embankment of the 452 on ramp and rolled over underneath the bridge

The truck crossed over the median and rode up the embankment of the 452 on ramp and rolled over underneath the bridge

Wreckers begin the process of cleanup after a single truck rollover at mile marker 452 exit.

Wreckers begin the process of cleanup after a single truck rollover at mile marker 452 exit.

What remains of the truck after being pulled out from under the bridge. RFES had to cut the driver out of the vehicle before being transported to MCMC

What remains of the truck after being pulled out from under the bridge. RFES had to cut the driver out of the vehicle before being transported to MCMC

Pair Arrested in Alabama for Raton Shooting

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media –

 

Antonio J. Wilson (26) and Bryanna N. Vargas (20) were arrested in Alabama in connection with a shooting on November 3rd in the 800 block of North First Street here in Raton. The Pair had been fighting extradition back to Raton but that battle ended when Colfax County Sheriff’s Office had them brought back to Raton on February 14, by Inmate Transport Services.

According to the criminal complaint Wilson allegedly took a shotgun and a .40 caliber handgun and shot into the house striking Michael Garcia and Miguel Rodriguez. Those individuals were transported to MCMC by private vehicle Garcia with non-life threatening injuries. Rodriguez was later transported to an Albuquerque hospital with more serious injuries.

The pair have been arrested on Colfax County Magistrate Court warrants and charged with the following charges according to the criminal complaints.  (Link to Criminal Complaint Antonio Wilson – Bryanna Vargas)  Vargas was released on February 19 while Wilson remains in custody at Vigil Maldonado Detention Center.

Antonio Wilson, 26, two counts of shooting at an inhabited dwelling or occupied building (resulting in great bodily harm).

Assault with intent to commit a violent felony (with intent to commit murder.

Two counts of aggravated battery (use of a deadly weapon).

Assault with intent to commit a violent felony (with intent to commit mayhem).

Tampering with evidence (highest crime committed is a Capital 1st or 2nd degree felony),

Five counts of aggravated assault (use of a deadly weapon), a 4th degree felony.

 

Bryanna Vargas, age 20, two counts of conspiracy to shooting at an inhabited dwelling or occupied building (resulting in great bodily harm).

Conspiracy to assault with intent to commit a violence felony.

Two counts of conspiracy to aggravated battery (use of a deadly weapon).

Conspiracy to assault with intent commit a violent felony (with intent to commit mayhem).

Conspiracy to tampering with evidence (highest crime committed is a Capital 1st or 2nd degree felony)

Five counts of conspiracy to aggravated assault (use of a deadly weapon).

WILSON, ANTONIO

Antonio Wilson Booking Photo

VARGAS, BRYANNA

Bryanna Vargas booking Photo

 

Commissioners Approve Doss Aviation Lease Agreement

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton City Commissioners listened to a short presentation by Mark Lester, Vice President of Business Marketing with Doss Aviation about their plans for their expansion to Raton.

During the presentation Lester noted that the training they are doing right now in Pueblo is mostly military and that will expand to Raton. Doss will begin looking for housing for students and instructors in the next couple of weeks. Doss will start their move March 1st.

Commissioners approved a lease agreement for 12 months with Doss that will be non-monetary at this time. That is inline with the agreement with the National Guard until the Guard gets the one room in the building cleaned up. It was used for an indoor range so the lead will need to be removed.  (Link to Doss Aviation Lease Agreement)

Commissioners then heard from Morgan Brown of RPC CPAs & Consultants LLP for the final audit acceptance. Brown noted the audit had been completed on time and that the only issues found were with Raton Public Service. They had an issue with double checking inventory counts at the warehouse and had one purchase order missing for legal services. The first time in 12 years the city itself has come out with a clean audit. Brown noted the exceptions from last year have been corrected.

There was supposed to be a presentation about the Tiger Grants however the presenters were unable to make the trip due to weather. City Manager Scott Berry noted that La Junta had sponsored the Tiger 7 grant and that there would likely be a Tiger 8 grant and they will likely be looking for a New Mexico sponsor for this grant. Work with funds from the Tiger 7 Grant is being done in Kansas and Colorado. If there is a third grant and it is approved for the line, then BNSF and Amtrak would be fully committed to the line. It was also hoped that some freight traffic might return to the line but that will depend on the updates made to the tracks.

Commissioners approved the hangar lease renewal with Cherokee Six, LLC with some minor changes related to the actual ground the hangars occupy and changes that have happened to the hangar areas at the field.

Commissioners also approved the lease renewal with the Raton Trap Club which sits on the airport grounds.

City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonnucci reported to commissioners that they had seen a correction in the GRT from Tax and Revenue Department. The correction was for the mistake that Antonnucci found earlier this year. Along with that the city has seen a slight increase in GRT which is unusual for this time of year when the city usually sees a decline. The increase is .6734 % which equates to $12,487.  (Link to the Jan 2016 Financial Report)

Commissioners approved budget adjustment #6 for fiscal year 2016. Some of the adjustments were for construction payments on the multi-model center and Senior Center and will be reimbursed with grant money payments.  (Link to the Budget Adjustment #6 FY16)

The city is the process of setting up direct deposit for employees instead of writing paper checks. This will result in better security and efficiency for employees and the city. Antonnucci noted that it will require a change in turning in time sheets but the city will transmit information on Wednesday and have payment to employees by Thursday.

Jason Phillips informed commissioners that the bear proof dumpster project is progressing and noted that one of the dumpsters was sitting outside City Hall for residents to take a look at. The Sanitation Department is seeking a minor change in the grant to include two-yard dumpsters that will result in getting more dumpsters for the money if the change in the grant is approved. Game and Fish has also come up with some extra money to help make this happen and if the city can increase its match it will make it possible to purchase extra dumpsters. With the extra dumpsters there will almost be a complete change out in dumpsters in Raton. Phillips noted they looked far and wide for a dumpster that would work with the side loading garbage trucks the city has. The design was thought up by city workers in the sanitation department as a result of working with different designs over the years.

While the new dumpsters will help City Manager Scott Berry noted there will still be bears and animals in Raton and it is up to the residents to learn to better deal with them. Berry noted in his report that the legislature approved $150,000 for street improvements and $50,000 for water improvements. The water department will be talking to the USDA about a possible loan for the water project.

Berry also noted that they would be talking to the NM Environment Department to seek some funding for the transfer station. They are also applying for an economic development grant for the community kitchen through the economic development department.

Berry noted that the New Mexico Municipal League will hold a meeting in Raton in March to go over the legislative session. Berry noted that the city is needing volunteers for many of the advisory boards including the lodger’s tax board which is an important board for the city.

Mayor Mantz asked about the street sweeper and whether it was still being considered for replacement. Berry told commissioners that it wasn’t due to financial constraints.

Commissioners then adjourned the meeting and will meet again on March 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the commission chambers at City Hall.

 

Danny Griego was presented the You Rock award at Tuesday evening's City Commission meeting for his efforts with the Young Marines and other volunteer projects.

Danny Griego was presented the You Rock award at Tuesday evening’s City Commission meeting for his efforts with the Young Marines and other volunteer projects.

Mark Lester, Vice President of Business Development for Doss Aviation, showed commissioners a short presentation on the plans for Raton.

Mark Lester, Vice President of Business Development for Doss Aviation, showed commissioners a short presentation on the plans for Raton.

The new bear proof dumpster sports a spring loaded latch that will be triggered by the tongs on the garbage truck. The department is testing both a bolted on version and welded version. The bolted on style can be repaired in the field while the welded version would be hauled back to the shop for repairs.

The new bear proof dumpster sports a spring loaded latch that will be triggered by the tongs on the garbage truck. The department is testing both a bolted on version and welded version. The bolted on style can be repaired in the field while the welded version would be hauled back to the shop for repairs.

This new bear proof dumpster sports a spring loaded latch that will be tripped by the tongs on the garbage truck

This new bear proof dumpster sports a spring loaded latch that will be tripped by the tongs on the garbage truck