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Lengthy Meeting for Raton City Commission

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

The Raton City Commission settled in for what would be a long meeting with a lot of information and important agenda items for the Tuesday, May 24th meeting.

Michael Reeves with Ports to Plains gave a report on how the project is going and is especially excited about how it has now expanded well past the initial project scope.

Michael Reeves with Ports to Plains gave a report on how the project is going and is especially excited about how it has now expanded well past the initial project scope.

Commissioners heard from Michael Reeves on the accomplishments of the Ports-to-Plains projects which has expanded its coverage from Canada to Mexico. The initial route was from Laredo, Texas to Denver, Colorado but has now expanded and helps move product from several agricultural and energy states. One thing Reeves noted the state will need to work on is a Freight Mobility plan which will help with future funding.

Commissioners approved the JJAC budget adjustment for balancing out things for end of the year. They followed that up approving the CYFD Agreement which relates to the Juvenile Justice Grant Program.

Commissioners then approved the introduction of an ordinance to establish new water and sewer rates. Part of this increase is to help cover costs associated with regulatory issues. The city has seen an increase of 37% in chemical costs due to using more chemical to meet new and higher water quality standards. Testing to meet those standards will increase by about 50% according to Dan Campbell, Manager of the Raton Water Works. (Link to Water Rate Increase PDF)

The increases will amount to about $3.20 for a typical household which amounts to a bill going from about $40.00 to $43.86 for both water and sewer. Campbell also noted that the staff at the Water Department has dropped from 26 to 19 employees and those employees have 230 years of combined experience.

Commissioners approved the union contract with the Raton Police Department which will give officers and dispatchers a 2% pay increase in each of the next four years the contract covers.  According to City Manager Scott Berry, the contract is basically the same as in the past years.

The city has once again approved a contract with WM Serazio Construction for street and drainage work. This will allow the city to do street or curb and gutter work in conjunction with the water department and have a set cost structure.

Commissioners approved Hal Brewer’s appointment to the Library Board and appointed Richard Gertler to the planning and zoning board. They reappointed Kerry Medina to the personnel board along with new appointments of Terry Baca and Lance Romero.

Commissioners tabled the MOU with the Chamber of Commerce based on a lack of financial reporting. According to Paul Jenkins they believed they were supposed to report their financials to the lodger’s tax board and were reminded the agreement is with the city not the lodger’s tax board and that commissioners wanted to know where and what the money is being used for.

Vivienne Van Sweden filled in commissioners on the activities the Chamber is involved in such as distributing welcome bags and handling about 15-20 requests a week for information on Raton. Commissioner Ron Chavez requested that the Chamber develop a training for or help for businesses, like motel and restaurants, to train employees on things to do in Raton. It has come to the attention of commissioners that some employees often respond to the question of what is there to do in Raton by saying there is nothing to do – despite the effort of the Chamber to email a calendar of events weekly to over 500 businesses and people in Raton.

Commissioners approved the Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board recommendation to give Raton Rodeo $5000 and KOB TV $8,185.50 to do about three days of video work covering local places in Raton. The video will be used on their Good Day New Mexico program and allow the city use of that video for promotional uses.

Commissioners heard from Raton Arts and Humanities, Raton MainStreet and Raton Museum for funding. Each group gave an overview of their activities and will also provide financials of their work. Commissioners approved giving each organization 50% of their requests for now and will revisit the requests later in the year if they find that lodgers tax continues to increase. Michael Ann Antonucci informed commissioners that lodgers tax had increased by 14% so far this year.

As she moved into the spotlight with the financial report, Antonucci also brought more good news in that the gross receipts tax was up in March by about $20,000 over last year. While it was a good increase it still hasn’t caught up with the deficit the city has seen up to this point.

Commissioners approved the financial report and a short budget adjustment which takes into account the changed LEDA funding account and moving some lodgers tax money.

Antonucci told commissioners she would make the changes to the budget that had been made earlier in the meeting and would get them the final sheets before sending the now approved interim budget to DFA for their approval. The final budget will then be finalized and sent in for final approval in July. (Links to Financial Report April 2016    Budget Adjustment #12)

Commissioners approved the bid from D&H United for $107,878 for phase two of the fuel farm and other work at the airport.

Commissioners approved a $25,000 loan from the New Mexico Environment Department in order to get the $225,000 grant for the transfer station. Mayor Mantz suggested paying off the loan early with monies from the enterprise fund.

Commissioners then approved BTU’s bid for hauling solid waste to Fountain, Colorado. There is also a diesel fuel adjustment clause in the contract. The bid totaled $102,850 which is $374 per load which was lower than Arthur Roll Off or the Ciganovich Construction bid.

City Manager Scott Berry kept his comments short due to the late hour but told commissioners that he will meet with BNSF on May 31 about the depot. On June 1, the Army Corp of Engineers will be here to look over the Segerstrom Creek water shed project.

Commissioners will meet again on June 14, 2016 which will be broadcast on KRTN AM 1490. It was also noted that city offices will be closed on May 30, 2016 for the Memorial Day Holiday.

Commissioner Ron Chavez presented the Independent Riders with a proclamation for their work with the Run for the Wall L to R Lorri Adam Zamora, Mark Baxter, Paula and Joe Cacciatore, Commissioner Ron Chavez, Fred Cochran, Tim Trujillo, Larry Osborn, Patricia and Everett Butch.

Commissioner Ron Chavez presented the Independent Riders with a proclamation for their work with the Run for the Wall
L to R Lorri Adam Zamora, Mark Baxter, Paula and Joe Cacciatore, Commissioner Ron Chavez, Fred Cochran, Tim Trujillo, Larry Osborn, Patricia and Everett Butch.

NM game and Fish Fishing report May 24, 2016

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This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Check out the stocking report through May 20 . Lake levels and stream flows.

In Loving Memory of Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown, age 83, died Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Amarillo, Texas.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Clayton Memorial Cemetery in Clayton, New Mexico. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

brown cCharlie Brown was born on May 23, 1932 in Clayton, New Mexico to Roy Melvin Brown and Eden Grace (Polson) Brown. Charlie served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan. After returning from the Air Force, Charlie worked as a Police Officer in Clayton for a few years. He also farmed in the Felt, Oklahoma area until he sold the farm and moved to Dalhart. He started driving a truck transporting mobile homes and lived and worked in Childress, Fort Worth and Farmington before he retired and returned to Clayton where he went to work for Dutch Doitchinoff and later for Jacque Neuharth and Charlie West.

SURVIVORS:

1 DAUGHTER: Glenda Kay Farnden and her husband Bryan of Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada.

2 SONS: Cameron Brown of Dalhart, Texas and Colby Brown and his wife Jennie Grand Island, Nebraska.

1 SISTER: Jeanine Chelf of Salida, Colorado.

5 Grandchildren and 6 Great-Grandchildren.

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made to BSA Hospice of the South West in Amarillo or to your favorite charity in Charlie’s Memory.

SERVICES
Graveside ServiceWednesday, May 25, 2016
2:00 PM

Clayton Memorial Cemetery
1000 Princeton Street
Clayton, NM 88415

Inmate Back In Custody After Short-lived Escape

PRESS RELEASE from Colfax County Sheriff’s Office:

 

On 05/23/2016 at 1632 hours Sgt. Bill LaPorte of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office heard a radio call from Sgt. Orlando Avila of the Raton Police Department that an inmate who was being transported from Magistrate Court in Raton back to the Vigil Maldonado Detention Center by detention center staff had escaped. The inmate was identified as Nathaniel Casias of Raton.

 
Deputies from the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Raton Police Department quickly responded to the area of Rio Grande and South 4th St in Raton where they set up a perimeter. Deputies and officers started systematically searching the area based on a 911 call from a citizen who was working outside and saw the inmate run into a yard located on Rio Grande.

 
The Inmate was located in a small shed behind a residence by Sgt. Bill LaPorte, Officer John Valdez of the Raton Police Department, and Deputy Robert Gonzales. Casias was taken back into custody and transported to the Vigil Maldonado Detention Center, and has been charged with Escape from Jail, and Criminal Damage to Property less than 1000.00.

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In Loving memory of James (Jim) Everet Elam

James (Jim) Everet Elam passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the age of 73, due to complications after surgery. He was born in Taos, New Mexico, on September 25, 1942, to Guy and Opal Elam. As a young man, one of his first jobs was at the El Rey Truck Stop in Starkville, Colorado, where he met Janice Van Matre, his wife of nearly 54 years.

elamJim spent most of his career operating heavy machinery for Butt Brothers and as a construction foreman with W. M. Serazio. He had a great memory and always had a story to share from his many life experiences, often making the family laugh with his witty sense of humor. Jim had a love for wildlife and he & Janice often drove up the mine road to look for bear, elk, deer, and turkey. He also enjoyed fishing, hanging out with the guys at Car Quest, an occasional gambling trip, watching the Denver Broncos, and riding his motorcycle. Jim’s greatest joy in life was his grandkids and you could always find at least one of them (usually more) sitting on the arm of his recliner “hanging out with grandpa”.

Jim is survived by his wife Janice; his daughters Terri Green and husband Sean of Raton, Donna Mullaney and husband Chris of Albuquerque, and son Rick Elam of Stanton, Texas; grandchildren Sara Segotta and boyfriend Teddy Rosario, Andrew Segotta and wife Carla, Jack Mullaney, Kaily Elam, Tarik Elam, and Kloiy Elam; great grandson Brayden Decker; sister Minnie Ashbaugh; sisters-in-law Patricia Macaluso and husband Ron, Georgia K. Sharp and husband Ed, and Karon Malouff; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

Services will be Tuesday, May 31, at 10:00 a.m., at Yaksich-Long Funeral Home, followed by a reception at the St. Patrick-St. Joseph Parish Hall. Cremation has taken place and a private family inurnment will be held at a later time.

Arrangements and celebration of love for James “Jim E. Elam are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton

In Loving Memory of Rosella Mae Nash

Rosella Mae Nash age 99, long time resident of Raton, passed away Tuesday May 17, 2016 in Raton. She was born April 13, 1917 in Montana the daughter of Ernest and Goldie Ekstein. Rosella and her husband moved to Raton in 1956 and started the KOA campground until their retirement then she worked for Errington Memorial Chapel and later Yaksich-Long Funeral Home for many years.

nashShe is preceded in death by her husband Ivan. Rosella is survived by many friends, and her close friends Danny and Yolanda Martinez of Raton.

Visitation will be Friday May 20, 2016 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

By request of Rosella there will be no service, Burial will be in the Resthaven Cemetery in Wichita, KS. Wednesday May 25, 2016 Arrangements for Rosella Mae Nash are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Rato

In Loving Memory of Finis Destry “”Boog”” Trainham

Boog Trainham age 86 of Raton, passed away Monday May 16, 2016 in Raton. He was born April 17, 1930 in Dalhart, TX, the son of William J. Trainham and Lottie B. Coffman-Trainham. He was a rancher and member of the PRCA and New Mexico State University Rodeo Hall of Fame.

TrainhamBoog is preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. He is survived by his wife Maxine of the home, three daughters, Pam Woody and husband Leonard of Arvada, CO, Heidi Karr and husband Gerard of Folsom, NM and Tracie Proffitt of Roswell, NM., one son Bruce Trainham and wife Penny of Folsom, NM., nine grandchildren and fourteen and a half great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday May 21, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Eric Armstrong officiating, burial will be in the Maxwell cemetery in Maxwell.

In lieu of flowers donate to the Raton Rodeo Scholarship fund or charity of your choice.

In Loving Memory of Deborah Gayle Rothaus Greig

Deborah Gayle Rothaus Greig was born in Raton, New Mexico on December 25, 1949, to the former Johnnie Mae Bandy and Dino Mutton. Debbie died peacefully on April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, surrounded by loved ones.

 After a brief childhood in Raton, Debbie lived briefly in Colorado and Virginia before moving to Santa Monica, California in 1957. She attended Grant Elementary, John Adams Junior High and Santa Monica High School, excelling in all aspects of student life, always the most popular, kindest and most caring classmate. After a quarter at the University of California, Irvine, Debbie found her true home as a Bruin at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she was a leader in her sorority (PI Beta Phi) and a cheerleader during the John Wooden era at UCLA.

After graduating from UCLA, Debbie began a 15-year career at the University of Southern California, where she was a magnificent fundraiser and leader, managing events attended by hundreds and working with volunteers. One of those volunteers turned out to be her future life partner, Tom Hebert. In 1976, Debbie and Tom began a 40-year friendship, courtship (starting in 1986) and domestic partnership (starting in 1997).

In 1999, Debbie and Tom started Gayle/Thomas & Associates, a search consulting firm specializing in finding fundraisers for non-profits, now in its 17th year. Debbie was the consumate employment consultant because people wanted to tell Debbie their story, and she was so good at translating their story to potential employers. Over 100 fundraising professionals throughout the country have Debbie to thank for finding the right fit for their next adventure.

Debbie was a very active walker, skier, hiker and roller skater. She enjoyed the beauty of her native New Mexico, and of Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Big Sur and Hawaii. She was a very passionate animal lover, and the pride of her life were her four Bichon Frizzes, Ada Mae, Louise Maree, Daisy Mae and Dominick. Even in her last years, with increasingly more severe health issues, Debbie insisted on long walks with Daisy and Dominick at UCLA, where she was able to relive memories of her time there.

Debbie is survived by her life partner Tom, Daisy Mae and Dominick, her uncle Darrell Bandy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, her aunt Helen Estes in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 17 cousins.

A memorial service was held for Debbie on May 15, 2016 at UCLA for her California loved ones, and another service is planned for May 29, 2016, at the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton, New Mexico. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that you consider making a donation to your favorite charity on Debbie’s behalf.

Fly with Doss Aviation Survey

Doss Aviation is proposing a flight school intended to provide training for a career path as a pilot or in aviation. One of the newest businesses in Raton, Doss Aviation will gauge the potential interest in bringing this type of educational facility to the area. Also, the company is working with Santa Fe Community College to sanction the training towards a degree. 

Click the link below to take the survey expressing your interest in learning to fly with Doss Aviation

Aviation Survey

 

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Run for the Wall Rumbles Through Raton Saturday

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

They rumbled into town and once again Raton turned out to help fuel and greet participants of the central route of the Run for the Wall.

Team Lead Smitty read a letter honoring Lcpl Matius Newman Hanson who paid the ultimate price while serving in Afghanistan. Run for the Wall participants will carry a flag to the wall in his memory. During the short ceremony Captain Edna Candelario spoke making note of the many nurses and women soldiers who have served and given their lives in the defense of our country. She noted not only the sacrifices that many of the women have faced but the fact that women have now risen through the ranks to command a fleet and battalions of soldiers.

Riders mounted up and moved down the street. They headed north on Second Street and on to the interstate heading for Pueblo Saturday morning. From there they rode east and will arrive in Washington DC to join thousands of other riders to create Rolling Thunder as they ride for those who can’t.

 

Retired Lt. Col Gilbert San Roman salutes riders for the Run for the Wall as they ride down Clayton Road in Raton Saturday morning

Retired Lt. Col Gilbert San Roman salutes riders for the Run for the Wall as they ride down Clayton Road in Raton Saturday morning

 

The American Flag hangs over Clayton road as Run for the Wall riders begin to assemble Saturday morning

The American Flag hangs over Clayton road as Run for the Wall riders begin to assemble Saturday morning

 

Captain Edna Candelario spoke about the role of women in the armed forces at the Run for the Wall gathering Saturday morning.

Captain Edna Candelario spoke about the role of women in the armed forces at the Run for the Wall gathering Saturday morning.

 

Bikes line Clayton Road near the visitor's center as an American Flag hangs over the street. The flag is provided by Raton Fire and Emergency Services

Bikes line Clayton Road near the visitor’s center as an American Flag hangs over the street. The flag is provided by Raton Fire and Emergency Services

 

this was found on the side of a support vehicle

this was found on the side of a support vehicle

 

Napalm decorates the saddle bags on this bike. Just one of the unique paint jobs found on many of the Run for the Wall participants bikes

Napalm decorates the saddle bags on this bike. Just one of the unique paint jobs found on many of the Run for the Wall participants bikes

 

Freshly painted in Rio Rancho this helmet depicts scenes often seen in combat

Freshly painted in Rio Rancho this helmet depicts scenes often seen in combat

 

Patches adorn the leather vests and jackets of Run for the Wall participants

Patches adorn the leather vests and jackets of Run for the Wall participants

 

They ride for those who can't

They ride for those who can’t

 

More patches

More patches

 

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