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In Loving Memory of Irene A. (Blasi) Cerame

Irene A. (Blasi) Cerame, 85, passed away unexpectedly on March 24, 2016.  A lifetime resident of Trinidad area, she was born in Jansen, Colorado on August 20, 1930 to Bertha (James) and Angelo Blasi.  After graduating from Holy Trinity Catholic High School in 1948 she worked as a sales woman at Kress and Company.  On June 03, 1950 Irene married Frank Cerame at Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Trinidad. Frank and Irene resided in Sopris until 1968 when Sopris residents relocated in lieu of Trinidad Lake construction.       

“Nonie” Cerame was the heart and backbone of Cerame Trucking and Coal. She was known by friends as “the coal lady”.  She could shovel faster and drive a loader better than most men.  For years she changed semi-truck tires, stacked bricks, made adobes and helped build their new home in Jansen. You would often find her on her skid-steer loading and delivering coal to her customers.  If the coal chutes were full Irene would be chasing after four girls, baking Easter bread, or making Christmas cookies and home-made salsa.  

cerameIrene enjoyed spending time with family. She loved to camp, travel, listen to live country music, collect tea cups, porcelain roosters and play cards. Her travels took her to New York City, Italy, San Francisco, Alaska, Mt. Rushmore, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. In recent years her favorite activities in the Trinidad area included dancing to Sam Bachicha, playing bingo at the senior center, and completing jig-saw puzzles or playing cards with friends. She loved attending daily mass, followed by a coffee break with her sister.  

Preceding her in death are her parents Bertha and Angelo Blasi, husband Frank Cerame, siblings Carrie (William) Paravecchio, John Blasi, Lucy Blasi, Mary Ann Hadad, Fred Blasi, Carol Ann Swanson, Tony(Annabelle) Blasi, Louis Blasi, Theresa Hadad, Esther DeCresentis, Mary Margaret Blasi, Dominic Blasi Sr., Minnie (Pete) DeCristino,  and son in law Ray Van Gorden   

Irene is survived by her daughters Bernadine Van Gorden, Anna Marie (Robert Gordon) Cerame, Margie (Jeff Hagen) Cerame, and Francine (Garvis) Muesing.   Grandchildren Junior (Lori) Apple, Buck (Karrie) Apple, Jessica (Aaron) Bilby, Camille Calladine, Franko (Connie) Cerame, Dustin Hagen, Jami (Brac) Heiss, and Bryce Breeden.  Brother Michael Blasi and sister Betty Jo (Charles) Gyurman.  Also survived by sisters in law Billie Blasi and Betty Blasi, brothers in law Joe Hadad, Richard Hadad, Lou DeCrescentis and William Swanson.  She is survived by 8 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.  

Visitation will be Tuesday March 29th from 4-7 p.m. at Comi Funeral Home. The Rosary will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday March 30th at Comi Funeral home with Mass to follow at Sebastiani Gym at 10 a.m..Interment will follow at Trinidad Masonic Cemetery. 

 

 Honorary pallbearers are Tom ‘Cheetah’ Santistevan, Albert “Butch” Vecellio, Charles Gyurman,  Anthony Blasi, Robert DeCristino, Richard DeCristino, Steve Blasi, John Blasi, Paul Blasi, Tommy Blasi,  RandeeDeCristino, Joe DeCresentis, Ronnie Hadad and Robert Gordon.  

 

Active pallbearers are Junior Apple, Buck Apple, Dustin Hagen, Brac Heiss, Bryce Breeden and Jordan Apple.  

 

 In lieu of flowers please donate to Holy Trinity Catholic Church Restoration Fund at 235 N. Convent St. or Noah’s Ark at 224 N. Chestnut St. Trinidad, Colorado 81082. 

 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home. 

State Police Officer’s Successful Use of Narcan Rescues Unresponsive Victim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2016
State Police Officer’s Successful Use of Narcan Rescues Unresponsive Victim
Taos, NM – On March 23, 2016 around 11:00 p.m., a New Mexico State Police officer in Taos responded to a call of an unresponsive female at a residence on Archuleta Road in Taos County. When the officer arrived, the officer began to assess the unresponsive female. The attentive officer noticed what appeared to be recent signs of drug usage.

The officer was trained in the administration of Narcan, an opioid antagonist that completely or partially reverses an opioid overdose, and administered a dosage on the female. Moments following, the female regained consciousness. She was subsequently transported for medical treatment.
Last June, the New Mexico State Police initiated training developed with the Department of Health for officers on the administration of Narcan for the purpose of treating subjects suspected of suffering from heroin or other opiate overdoses. After the training, officers received a Narcan kit. This incident is the first in which a State Police officer utilized this training to potentially save the life of a victim in a critical moment.
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Raton Faces Tough Tourney Action in Portales

Game Stats – 3/25/16 Raton Varsity at Eunice Varsity

Box Score


RATON VARSITY (1) AT EUNICE VARSITY (11)

RATON VARSITY        AB  R  H BI  EUNICE VARSITY       AB  R  H BI
Johnathan Cabriales   3  0  2  0  Blane Ferbranche      2  2  1  1  
Dillon Lemons         1  0  0  0  Donovan Nichols       3  1  0  1  
Austin Jones          3  0  1  0  Bryce Jenkins         3  0  2  4  
Brandon Luksich       3  0  0  0  Logan Evans           3  1  2  0  
Damien Martinez       2  0  0  0  Frankie Solis         2  1  1  0  
Cole Medina           3  0  1  0  Cristian Larrea       3  1  0  0  
Richie Gonzales       2  0  0  0  Mason Caperton        2  1  0  1  
Brandon Decker        2  0  0  0  Kari York             3  1  0  1  
Trevor Portillos      2  1  0  0  Cameron Santa Cruz    2  3  1  1  
TOTALS               21  1  4  0  TOTALS               23 11  7  9

RATON VARSITY                 010 00 -- 1  
EUNICE VARSITY                102 08 -- 11 

LOB--RATON VARSITY 8, EUNICE VARSITY 5. ERR--Damien Martinez
(4), Donovan Nichols, Frankie Solis, Cameron Santa Cruz,
Kari York. 2B--Bryce Jenkins. HBP--Damien Martinez, Cameron
Santa Cruz. SACB--Blane Ferbranche. SB--Logan Evans, Donovan
Nichols, Blane Ferbranche (2), Cameron Santa Cruz (2).

 RATON VARSITY                   IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Johnathan Cabriales (L)        4.67    7   11    2    4    3    0
William Holland                0.00    0    0    0    1    0    0
 EUNICE VARSITY             
Bryce Jenkins (W)              5.00    4    1    0    2    5    0

PB--Brandon Luksich (3), Logan Evans. WP--Johnathan
Cabriales. SO--Dillon Lemons, Austin Jones, Trevor
Portillos, Brandon Decker (2), Donovan Nichols, Frankie
Solis, Kari York. BB--Dillon Lemons (2), Donovan Nichols,
Bryce Jenkins, Blane Ferbranche, Mason Caperton, Frankie
Solis.


Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E L
Raton Varsity 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 4 8
Eunice Varsity 1 0 2 0 8 11 7 4 5

WP: Bryce Jenkins, LP: Johnathan Cabriales, SP: –

 

Game Stats – 3/25/16 Robertson Varsity at Raton Varsity

Box Score


ROBERTSON VARSITY (9) AT RATON VARSITY (2)

ROBERTSON VARSITY    AB  R  H BI  RATON VARSITY        AB  R  H BI
James Robert Gonzale  4  2  1  2  Johnathan Cabriales   2  0  0  0  
Brandon Lucero        5  1  1  1  Damien Martinez       4  2  3  0  
Richard Armijo        3  1  2  2  Austin Jones          2  0  1  0  
 Emiliano Berged      0  0  0  0  Brandon Luksich       3  0  1  1  
Austin King           3  1  0  1  Cole Medina           2  0  0  0  
Isaiah Baca           4  1  1  0  Richie Gonzales       3  0  0  0  
Brandon Trujillo      3  0  1  0  Gabe Martinez         2  0  1  0  
                      0  1  0  0   Etthan Martinez      1  0  0  0  
Francisco Arguello    2  1  1  1  Robert Horner         3  0  0  0  
Juan Marcos Domingue  3  1  1  1  Trevor Portillos      2  0  0  0  
Zach Jordan           2  0  0  0   William Holland      1  0  0  0  
 Derrek Applegate     2  0  1  0                                    
TOTALS               31  9  9  8  TOTALS               25  2  6  1

ROBERTSON VARSITY             300 500 1 -- 9  
RATON VARSITY                 101 000 0 -- 2  

LOB--ROBERTSON VARSITY 8, RATON VARSITY 6. ERR--Gabe
Martinez (2), Richie Gonzales, Trevor Portillos, Brandon
Decker. 2B--Francisco Arguello, Richard Armijo (2), James
Robert Gonzalez, Damien Martinez. HBP--James Robert
Gonzalez. SB--Juan Marcos Dominguez, Brandon Lucero, Brandon
Trujillo (2), James Robert Gonzalez, Austin Jones, Damien
Martinez.

 ROBERTSON VARSITY               IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Isaiah Baca (W)                5.00    5    2    2    1    4    0
Marcus Garcia                  2.00    1    0    0    3    5    0
 RATON VARSITY              
Richie Gonzales (L)            4.67    8    8    7    2    3    0
Robert Horner                  2.33    1    1    1    4    1    0

PB--Damien Martinez (3). BALK--Robert Horner. SO--Juan
Marcos Domingue, Brandon Lucero, Francisco Arguello, Austin
King, Etthan Martinez, Robert Horner, Brandon Luksich,
William Holland, Richie Gonzales (2), Trevor Portillos (2),
Damien Martinez. BB-- , Juan Marcos Dominguez, Francisco
Arguello (2), Richard Armijo, Austin King, Johnathan
Cabriales (2), Austin Jones, Cole Medina.


Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E L
Robertson Varsity 3 0 0 5 0 0 1 9 9 0 8
Raton Varsity 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 5 6

WP: Isaiah Baca, LP: Richie Gonzales, SP: –

Game Stats – 3/26/16 Raton Varsity at Portales Varsity

Box Score


RATON VARSITY (0) AT PORTALES VARSITY (16)

RATON VARSITY        AB  R  H BI  PORTALES VARSITY     AB  R  H BI
Johnathan Cabriales   2  0  1  0  Jacob Salgado         3  2  0  0  
Damien Martinez       1  0  0  0  Joe Ortega            3  3  2  1  
Trevor Portillos      1  0  0  0  Emilio Lovato         3  3  1  2  
Brandon Luksich       0  0  0  0   Andrew Garcia        0  2  0  0  
Austin Jones          2  0  0  0  Grant Wagner          4  3  3  3  
Dillon Lemons         1  0  0  0  Alex Galvan           4  0  3  2  
Richie Gonzales       2  0  0  0  Chris Aranda          4  0  3  2  
Cole Medina           2  0  0  0  Draven Saiz           4  1  0  1  
Gabe Martinez         1  0  0  0  Josiah Lucero         3  1  1  0  
Etthan Martinez       1  0  0  0  Joel Legarda          4  1  3  1  
TOTALS               13  0  1  0  TOTALS               32 16 16 12

RATON VARSITY                 000 00 -- 0  
PORTALES VARSITY              265 3x -- 16 

LOB--RATON VARSITY 2, PORTALES VARSITY 9. ERR--Etthan
Martinez (2), Johnathan Cabriales, Cole Medina, Richie
Gonzales (2). 2B--Alex Galvan, Joel Legarda. 3B--Grant
Wagner. HBP--Jacob Salgado. SB--Gabe Martinez, Chris Aranda.

 RATON VARSITY                   IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Dillon Lemons (L)              2.33   13   13    7    2    1    0
Cole Medina                    1.67    3    3    2    2    1    0
 PORTALES VARSITY           
Draven Saiz (W)                3.00    1    0    0    3    2    0
Joel Legarda                   2.00    0    0    0    1    4    0

SO--Gabe Martinez, Etthan Martinez, Dillon Lemons, Austin
Jones (2), Trevor Portillos, Draven Saiz, Jacob Salgado.
BB--Gabe Martinez, Dillon Lemons, Brandon Luksich (2), Joe
Ortega, Jacob Salgado, Andrew Garcia, Josiah Lucero.


Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E L
Raton Varsity 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Portales Varsity 2 6 5 3 16 16 0 9

WP: Draven Saiz, LP: Dillon Lemons, SP: –

2016 All-State Basketball Teams for Class 1A

2016 New Mexico 1A Boys Basketball All-State Teams

First Team

Holt Shelley, Cliff
Isiah Garcia, Springer
Estevan Romero, Springer
Jordan Brady, Hondo
Heath Henderson, Cliff

Second Team

Simone Gonzales, Hondo
Tucker Northcutt, Grady
Adrian Lackey, Quemado
Tristan Fletcher, Reserve
Trenton Lee, Grady

2016 New Mexico 1A Girls Basketball All-State Teams

First Team

Jordyn Stowe, Grady
Michelle Sungi, Evangel Christian
Sage Starbuck, Grady
Kara Burton, Springer
Lacy Ferguson, Elida

Second Team

Kynzi Creighton, Elida
Haley Madison, Elida
Reina Arguello, Cimarron
Kasyn Creighton, Elida
Lauren Stone, Elida
Isaiah Garcia

Isaiah Garcia

 

Estevan Romero

Estevan Romero

 

Kara Burton

Kara Burton

 

Reina Argüello

Reina Argüello

 

In Loving Memory of Violet Johanna (YADROSICH) Rodighiero

Violet Johanna (Yadrosich) Rodighiero, widow of the late Henry Crist Rodighiero, passed away on March 22, 2016 at the Veterans Community Living Center in Walsenburg, where she has resided since May of 2009.

Violet celebrated her 87th birthday in May of 2015. Violet was born and raised in Trinidad where she lived her entire life. On October 26, 1946, she married her “one and only love” and they had three children together, Richard Eugene (September 1947); Henry Victor (August 1951); and Annette Sue (July 1958). Violet and Henry were married nearly 30 years when he passes away unexpectedly in 1976 at the age of 49. Violet worked at Mode O’Day dress shop, the First National Bank of Trinidad, Dairy Queen, and Marketime Drugstore. She loved baking and cooking for her family and friends, as well as crocheting, knitting, and doing numerous different craft projects throughout her life.

Violet was preceded by death by her beloved husband Henry Crist Rodighiero (aka: “The Jewel Tea man”), in January of 1976; by her oldest son, Richard Eugene Rodighiero, in January of 2003; her father, Sam Yadrosich; her mother and step-dad, Jessie & Percy D. Smith; two sisters, Lillian Di Fatta (Burbank, CA) and Teresa Nimitz (Orange, TX); a niece, Kathy Angle (Denver, CO); her aunt, Ester Turri (Pueblo); as well as by several other in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear life-long friends.

Violet is survived by her son, Henry Victor Rodighiero (Denver, CO); her daughter, Annette Kancilia (Littleton, CO); a sister, Rosemary Angle (Parker, CO); a daughter-in-law, Debbie Page Rodighiero (Trinidad, CO); four grandchildren, Matthew Rodighiero (Trinidad, CO); Erika Rodighiero (Pagosa Springs, CO); Aimee (Jed) Kancilia-Danbury (Littleton, CO); and Michael Kancilia (Englewood, CO); grand-daughter-in-law Becky Rodighiero (La Junta, CO); three greatgranddaughters Clarissa (Nate) Rodighiero-Trumble (Pueblo, CO); Kaytlyn Rodighiero (La Junta, CO) and Elizabeth (Lizzy) Rodighiero (La Junta, CO); great-grandson, James Danbury (Littleton, CO); and great-great grandson Steven Trumble (Pueblo, CO). Violet also leaves behind some special nieces and nephews and dear friends, as well as the loving caretakers at the Veterans Community Living Center in Walsenburg, whom she “loved and adored” until her death.

At her request, a private service will follow at a later date.

~Comi Funeral Home

In Loving Memory of John Louis Aguilar

John Louis Aguilar, age 58, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Clayton, New Mexico.

Cremation has taken place and memorial services will be scheduled at a later date in Johnstown, Colorado.

John Louis Aguilar was born on September 11, 1957 in Johnstown, Colorado to John Aguilar, Sr. and Rita (Meza) Aguilar. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colorado in 1976. He worked many jobs as an industrial painter. John was an avid sports fan and he loved the Oakland Raiders, the Colorado Rockies and many college basketball and football teams. He enjoyed watching all kinds of sports on television. John was a loving father and he enjoyed spending time with and taking care of his father until his death in 2014. John was preceded in death by his parents, by a son John P. Aguilar and 2 sisters; Vera Aguilar and Bonnie Aguilar.

SURVIVORS:

1 DAUGHTER: Annissa Dominguez and her husband Rodolfo of Greeley, Colorado.

2 GRANDCHILDREN: John Aguilar Dominguez and Anies Lopez both of Greeley, Colorado.

2 BROTHERS: Joe Aguilar of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Phillip Aguilar of Castle Rock, Colorado.

3 SISTERS: Irene Coronado of San Antonio, Texas, Patricia Sanchez of Johnstown, Colorado and Victoria Lujan and her husband Michael of Milliken, Colorado.

In Loving Memory of Robert “Bob” “Tuggie” Trujillo

Robert “Bob” “Tuggie” Trujillo, age 57, died Monday, March 21, 2016 in Vail, Colorado.

SERVICES: Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 28, 2016 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Joel Bugas as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

trujillo r tBACKGROUND: Robert “Bob” “Tuggie” Trujillo was born on September 22, 1958 in Clayton, New Mexico to Steven and Tommie Trujillo. Robert married Angela (Montoya) Trujillo. He worked for the sale barn in Clayton for a while and then moved to Albuquerque where he worked in landscaping for a few years. He later moved to Eagle, Colorado where he worked for the Town of Eagle for the last seventeen years. While in Eagle, Bob and Angela adopted Emily. Emily was his pride and joy. Bob was preceded in death by his father; Steven Trujillo, a nephew; Ron Trujillo, a niece; Adrienne Trujillo, his grandparents and uncles.

SURVIVORS:

WIFE: Angela Trujillo of Eagle, Colorado.

1 DAUGHTER: Emily Trujillo of Eagle, Colorado.

1 STEP-DAUGHTER: Lou Ann Conrad and her husband Jason of Eagle, Colorado.

3 STEP-SONS: Shaun Montoya, Dennis Kreykenbohm and John Boy Trujillo.

HIS MOTHER: Tommie Trujillo of Clayton, New Mexico.

4 Step-Grandchildren

5 BROTHERS: Ronald Trujillo and his wife Teresa of Eagle, Colorado, Greg Trujillo and his wife Victoria of Boise City, Oklahoma, Steve Trujillo Jr., Albert Trujillo and his wife Alicia and Joseph Trujillo and his wife Cindy all of Clayton, New Mexico.

4 SISTERS: Kathy Trujillo and Stella Trujillo both of Clayton, New Mexico, Patricia Trujillo of Satanta, Kansas and Vickie Trujillo of Wichita, Kansas.

And many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

SERVICES
Prayer ServiceMonday, March 28, 2016
7:00 PM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415

In Loving Memory of Lawrence J.Herrera

Lawrence Joseph Herrera, lifetime resident of Trinidad, Colorado, passed away Wednesday, March 23 at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colorado at the age of 72. 

Among family and friends, Lawrence was affectionately known as Loby.   Loby was born on September 25, 1943 in Trinidad, Colorado. He attended Trinidad public schools and graduated from Trinidad High School.  He went on to earn a degree in Building Trades from Trinidad State Junior College.  He held various occupations throughout his life until his retirement from Trinidad School District #1, where he worked in food service and as a custodian.  

herrera lLoby loved all sports and was a devoted fan of the Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos, Denver Nuggets, and the Colorado Avalanche, but his favorite team was the Trinidad Miners.  He could often be found in the stands at Central Park watching a Miner baseball game; and each summer he looked forward to the Trinidad Miner Baseball Alumni Weekend where he would cheer for his six nephews.  Loby loved music and spent every spare moment playing his guitar, writing his own lyrics, and singing praise songs to God.  He was a member of several local country bands and loved to entertain friends and family. 

Loby was a true gentleman who was honest, kind, caring, and soft spoken.  He loved spending time with his family and would do anything for his friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents Nefe and Julia Herrera, brother Joseph Herrera, brother and sister-in-law Ernest and Rachel Herrera, sister and brother-in-law Virginia and Nick Sanchez, and nephew Nick Sanchez Jr.  He is survived by sisters and brothers-in-law Lucille and Charles Salas and Ruby and John Santistevan all of Trinidad.  He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.   

Loby was a wonderful brother, uncle, and friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew him, but as we cherish his memory, we are also celebrating his life. We look forward to being with him again in heaven. Heaven is a bit happier now that Loby is home. 

Funeral Service will be held Friday, April 1, 2016 at 9AM at First Christian Church with Pastor Cary Nelson officiating. 

Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery. 

Arrangemeents made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home. 

A Letter From Raton Public Schools Regarding PARCC Testing.

March 23, 2016

Memorandum For Raton Community

RE: Testing

Regarding the tests and why all students should take them:

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests are not new to Raton this year. Classes participated in PARCC last spring. It is understandable that as with anything new and challenging, there are concerns and questions.  There are many good reasons all students should participate in testing and do their best for themselves and their school:

 

  1. The test is part of the NM state graduation testing requirements.  If students do not participate in the PARCC testing, there is the potential it could jeopardize their ability to obtain a high school diploma. In the Elementary/Middle Schools the results also contribute to the decision whether a student is truly prepared for the next grade. State rules require that students pass a high school competency exam in order to earn a diploma.  The PARCC and SBA serve this purpose in New Mexico.  While there are “Alternative Demonstrations of Competency” (ADC’s) that can permit students to qualify for graduation, students must firstexhaust their opportunities to pass the SBA and/or PARCC before ADC’s can be considered.  Students who do not take the PARCC are passing up one of their very limited opportunities to take and earn a passing score on the test.
  2. Taking the test now gives students the opportunity to become familiar with taking an online test and helps them to do better the next time they take it.  This situation is similar to taking the ACT test.  Many students do better the second time they test, which enhances their scores as they prepare for college and career. Many college classes require online instruction and testing. This helps them prepare for college.
  3. Our students generally do well on standardized tests such as the PARCC and are a reflection of our students’, parents’ and teacher’s hard work.  We are proud of our schools, our teachers, and our reputation for providing the best we can for students. The federal law requires that 95% of our students at each school participate in the assessment.  Failure for any school to reach the 95% threshold causes the school’s rating to be dropped one letter grade.  Our reputation for high expectations and high student achievement impacts our community in many positive ways, and parent/student refusals to take the test could jeopardize that reputation which helps attract families and businesses to Raton.
  4. We know in good conscience our students would not want to distract others who are trying to focus on the test from doing their best during the test sessions. Taking staff away from test proctoring to offer diverse and meaningful educational experiences to students who refuse to test would do this. For this reason if students refuse to test they will be provided alternative assessments such as Discovery-Ed and/or formative and end of chapter tests during the same time and room that PARCC is being administered. This will provide limited but useful assessment for teachers and also contribute to an equal educational environment for all students. The alternative assessment results will be used in the same way the PARCC is being used; to inform instructional practices and to determine the promotion.

 

We would note that federal and state laws require the participation of all students.  Parents, students, and schools are not given provisions to “opt out” of the assessment.  We have received guidance from the New Mexico Public Education Department with a reminder that “the law does not offer an exemption or refusal to take the test.”

 

Regarding rumors of protests:

While we appreciate that students have the right to express their opinions, there is an appropriate time and place to do so.  That time is not during class time.  Also, please be aware that Raton Public Schools cannot be responsible for the safety and security of students who choose to leave their school campus.

A decision to participate in a walk-out will result in an unexcused absence.  We expect that our students will respect the rights of their fellow students to participate in testing without being disrupted.  Under no circumstances will disruption or disorderly conduct be tolerated and such behavior will be addressed through disciplinary consequences as indicated in the student Code of Conduct.

Our schools have and continue to work on having a positive and respectful climate for everyone.  We are proud of our students and expect that they will conduct themselves in a manner that respects the choices made by others.

 

How can we share our opinions responsibly?

RPS understands and respects there are differing opinions about the value of achievement tests such as PARCC.  As a school and district we must follow state and federal law, and the state’s testing requirements stem from federal law.

If you have an opinion about mandatory testing or changing the testing requirements, you may wish to contact your federal representative and senators (Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Representative Ben Ray Lujan) as well as the New Mexico Secretary of Education, Hanna Skandera.

 

Request for Proposal To Provide Locum Tenens~MCMC

Miners’ Colfax Medical Center (MCMC), 203 Hospital Drive, Raton, NM  87740 is soliciting Request for Proposals from qualified persons, firms and/or corporations to provide Locum Tenens Services at the Acute Care Facility of Miners’ Colfax Medical Center.

Proposal packages may be received from the Purchasing Department of Miners’ Colfax Medical Center. Telephone number (575) 445-3661, or by writing to the above address requesting the information. Also information is available at our website at www.minershosp.com

Sealed bids must be submitted by the deadline date of April 8, 2016, no later than 4:00 PM, M.S.T.  Proposals submitted after that date and time shall not be accepted.  Please reference Request for Proposal number 16-662-0004, dead line date and time on the bottom left hand corner of the sealed envelope.     

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