Archive for: March 2016

In Loving Memory of Kenneth Howard Johnson

Kenneth Howard Johnson, born in Waldron, Arkansas on July 25, 1932, went home to be with the Lord forever on February 28, 2016.

JOHNSON KHe came to Wagon Mound, New Mexico in 1946 with his father and paternal grandparents, then moved to Raton with his young family in 1952. His passion and career was driving trucks which he began doing before old enough to own a driver’s license. He drove for the Phillips Corporation Saw Mill, Walt Lemons Trucking, Ward Transport, Segotta Trucking, Crespin Trucking, Payne Obyrne Trucking, but for the greatest number of years drove for Santa Fe Trail Transportation Co. from 1957 to 1975 accumulating over a million accident-free miles.    

Those who left this world before him were his parents Walter Raymon and Pearl Lee Barron Johnson; brother Walter Barron Johnson; sisters Jane Anne Vigil and Betty Jo Hathoot.

He leaves behind Mary Ena, his loving wife of 65 years; one son Kenneth Wright (Lynn) Johnson, two daughters Louella (Bill) Cook and Darlene (Daniel) Harbour; grandchildren Benjamin “Chip” Romero and Ryan Freeman, Cassy ( Keith MAJ USAF ) Quick,  Kurt Johnson LCDR USN (Chris Kieszek LCDR USN), Kaley Johnson-Gonzales and Victoria Gonzales, and step grandson Troy Cook.  Also surviving are two sisters Mary Edna Jacobs and Sarah (Harry) Galassini, two sisters-in-law Laura (Simon) Medina and Elena (Jack) Glascock, many nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Last, but not least, his constant companion Taffy.  

Kenneth was a deeply devoted family man and touched the lives of all those around him. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Raton.  A special enjoyment for him was dinner with family and friends and he wasn’t shy about being first in line. He was witty, had a tremendous work ethic, commitment to family, and could tell the funniest stories of his younger days. He loved working and spending time in the quiet peace of Ocate. His later years were spent outside “piddling around” as he called it, reminiscing old times, rooting for the Broncos and listening to Willie’s Roadhouse. He enjoyed lunching with friends at the Senior Citizens’ Center which he called the Old Folks Café.

He is now watching out for his family and friends from above.  His spirit and heart will live through those he left behind. Vaya con Dios, Kenneth.

Funeral service will be held Friday, March 4, 2016, 10 am at the First Baptist Church in Raton.

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

Regular Meeting: Colfax County Board of Commissioners

March 08, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Board of Commissioners will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, at 9:00 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

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 23, 2016
6. Recognize Visitors
7. Public Comments
8. Discuss/Approve – Approve Expenditures
9. Discuss/Action – Employee of the Month – February
10. Discuss/Action – Presentation by Rick Klein, City Manager, City of La Junta, Colorado for the Tiger Grant/Amtrak
11. Discuss/Action – Lease Agreement between Colfax County and Tri-County
12. Discuss/Action – Participation 2016/2017 Fiscal Year Cooperative Agreement Program LGRF
13. Discuss/Action – HCP Systems, LLC Contract for VMDC
14. Discuss/Action – Award RFP#101-2016 VMDC Addition and Renovations
15. Discuss/Action – Submitted Bids for RFB#2016-01, One or More Rescue Unit(s)
16. Discuss/Action – Sierra Communications Surveillance & Fire Protection for 3 County Facilities
17. Discuss Mobile Voting for Colfax County Primary Election 2016
18. Discuss/Action – New Mexico Department of Transportation Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Project No. 16-ST-05d-024 Grant Agreement
19. Discuss/Action – Memorandum of Understanding between County of Colfax and the USDA, Forest Service Carson National Forest
20. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2016-11, 2016 Solid Waste Fees
21. Discuss/Action – Appraisal of Citizens for the Developmentally Disabled Building
22. Discuss/Action – Approve Colfax County Vector Control Employment Agreement
23. Discuss/Action – Resolution # 2016-13, Resolution of Intent to Issue County Revenue Bonds for the Vigil Maldonado Detention Center Addition and Renovations Project and Refinance Certain Outstanding County Revenue Bonds.
24. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2016-14, Resolution Requesting Financial Assistance from New Mexico Finance Authority
25. Discuss/Action – Approval of Joint Powers Agreement Between the Village of Eagle Nest and Colfax County Sheriff’s Department
26. Discuss/Action – Approval of Law Enforcement Protection Funds – Fiscal Year 2016/2017
27. Commissioners’ Docket
28. Manager’s Docket
29. Attorney’s Docket
30. Adjourn

Done this 1st day of March 2016