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New Mexico Game and Fish Fishing Report June 28, 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 June 24. Lake levels and stream flows.

Commissioners Approve New Water Rate

 

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening, June 28th and approved a new water rate and heard that the gross receipts are down by just over 4% in May.

Commissioners approved Ordinance 992 establishing new rates for water and sewer. The rate increase is to help offset the costs of doing business for the water department. Dan Campbell informed commissioners that some of the new regulations that are coming down the pike will add costs to purifying Raton’s drinking water as well as improving the water discharged from the waste water treatment plant.  (Link to Ordinance 992 New Water Sewer Rates)

Commissioners also heard from City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci that gross receipts tax revenues were down again by just over 4% which leaves Raton under budget by $111,736. Antonucci is hoping that the figures for May will show an increase as McDonalds is fully reopened and the construction projects are back in full swing. She noted that the departments have been very good at keeping costs down and holding off purchasing till the last minute.  (Link to May 2016 Financial Report)

Commissioners approved the water department’s request to move forward with a USDA grant application to work on the 1946 vintage water filter plant. Commissioners also approved the Tiger Drive repaving project with good news in that the bid was actually about $2200 less than the engineer’s estimate. W.M. Serazio was the only bid at $183,881 versus the estimate of $186,131. The reduction is due to lower oil prices affecting asphalt prices.

Commissioners also approved a contract with Valle Del Sol for Youth services. They also heard from Fire Chief Jim Matthews requesting to proceed with the demolition of 421 and 421 ½ North 4th Street. Matthews showed pictures of the building which is in bad shape with falling ceilings and roof as well as two to four feet high weeds and other trash in the house and on the grounds. The process will begin with advertising the demo and then proceeding with an asbestos inspection before proceeding with the demolition.

Jason Phillips filling in for City Manager Scott Berry kept the report short noting that there are 200 bear dumpsters out with another 400 awaiting to be deployed during the next month. City crews have been out abating illegal dump sites and Phillips noted that the landfill will take all of the items that have been illegally dumped if people would just take them out there.

Commissioners will meet again on July 12 at 6:00 p.m. for their next regular meeting.

 

Photos of the interior of 421 N 4th St

Photos of the interior of 421 N 4th St

 

Photos of the interior of 421 N 4th St

Photos of the interior of 421 N 4th St

In Loving Memory of Irvin W. (Bill) Hornkohl

Irvin W. (Bill) Hornkohl passed away in Trinidad on June 26, 2016 at the age of 92.

A resident of Trinidad since 1995, Irvin was well-known in the community. If you had the good fortune to meet Irvin, you made a friend who will never be forgotten. During his long, adventure-filled life, Irvin worked on the railroad; he was a merchant seaman on the Great Lakes; he was a uranium prospector; he was an airplane mechanic, a builder, and a rancher. He ran numerous marathons, and he was a pilot.

He was most proud, though, of his thirty years of service in the U.S. Navy. Irvin was born in Denver on December 8, 1923 to Albert Hornkohl and Eva May Hughes. Even as a young boy, Irvin wanted to see the world. When he was 17 years old, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After boot camp in the summer of 1941, he was assigned to a great battleship, the USS Oklahoma. On December 7, 1941, Irvin was at Pearl Harbor. After firing at the attacking Japanese for hours, he was fortunate to have survived. Irvin volunteered to serve on American submarines. He completed eleven wartime patrols on submarines in the Pacific Theater during WWII, working his way up to be a torpedoman. He served aboard the USS Gudgeon, USS Gar, and USS Sealion II, He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroic service while rescuing Australian commandos on the island of Timor.

A few years after the war, Irvin left the Navy, but he returned in the early 1960s as a member of the Navy Seabees. He served two tours in Vietnam. He was severely wounded when he was blown off of a bridge near Phan Rang. After completing his tours in Vietnam, Irvin served at two American embassies, in Prague, Czechoslovakia, behind the Iron Curtain, and in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He was in Cambodia during that country’s civil war, and was again gravely wounded while under attack by the Khmer Rouge. Irvin served out his Navy career with a variety of assignments around the world, including four years in Japan. He retired as a Senior Chief Petty Officer.

Irvin W. HornkohlIrvin was a natural story-teller. He told thrilling and captivating stories about his life’s adventures. In his 80s, Irvin decided to add “author” to his long list of accomplishments. His life stories are forever preserved in the award-winning book, Just Do It, Crazy or Not. The book’s title stands as a motto for Irvin’s life. He was an honorable, daring, and fun-loving man who will be forever missed.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Eunice, a daughter Lee Ann Rohde, grandchildren Monty and Angie Rohde, three great-grandchildren, two special nieces, Kay Long and Carol Rosa, and countless friends around the world.

After cremation, his ashes will be scattered at sea. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In Loving Memory of Nancy L. Franch

Nancy L. Franch, passed peacefully away at home on June 18, 2016. She was 75.

She was born in Raton, NM, the daughter of Juanita P. (Denton) and Richard Lindsay.

Nancy attended Raton schools, graduating from Raton High School in 1958.

She worked at the flour mill in Raton for 2 years.

On July 25, 1964, Nancy was united in marriage to Gerald J. Franch at the Raton NM Baptist Church.

Nancy was employed by the First National Bank in Trinidad retiring as Vice President and Head Cashier after 43 years.

Nancy-Franch-picShe enjoyed traveling to Cripple Creek to play the slots.

She loved talking and visiting with her many friends and family members.

Nancy’s ever present smile will be missed by many.

She was preceded in death by parents, Juanita and Richard Lindsay and brother Bill Lindsay.

Left to cherish her memory is husband Gerald of home address, sisters and brothers in law,, Junetta (Pete) DeBono, Trinidad, Gayleen Schlageter, Ft. Collins, Ken (Florence) Franch, Broomfield, Gary (Nora) Franch, Georgetown, TX., numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 2PM at the Comi Chapel with Mr. Jack Walton officiating.

Entombment will follow at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are Larry Corradino, Rick Corradino, Jeff Franch, Jake Franch, Dean Cimino and Ken Franch Jr.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Leroy J. Valdez, Sr.

Leroy J. Valdez Sr., passed away peacefully on June 15, 2016 in Trinidad, CO at the age of 79.

 

He was born on January 27, 1937, in Trinidad to Manuel and Delicia Valdez.

 

He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Carmen Valdez of Trinidad.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents Manuel and Delicia Valdez, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

 

Leroy is survived by his wife Carmen, his children, Dickie and his wife JoAnn, Leroy Jr. and his wife Ashley, Timothy and his wife Kelly, Steven and his wife Lisa, Rubyann Alfonso, and her husband Michael.
He also leaves behind his siblings, Penny Vasquez, Denver, CO, Mary Velasquez, Trinidad, CO, and Charles Valdez , White Settlement, TX, grandchildren, Jacob Valdez and his wife Shira, Joette Lawrence ad her husband Joe, Nori Valdez,, Gabriel Valdez, Kalie Martin and her husband Tyler, Kristen Alfonso, Faith Valdez , Sara and Josh, 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Leroy-Valdez-pic-600x600Leroy was a veteran of the Sixth Infantry Division of the United States Army.

 

On June 29, 1957, Leroy was united in marriage to Carmen Tamez at St. Joseph’s Church in Trinidad.

 

He worked as the caretaker for the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery for 50 years, retiring in 2014.

 

Leroy loved life. He enjoyed traveling to Cripple Creek, and watching Westerns.

 

He was an avid Denver Broncos fan.

 

Leroy loved his family and will be missed.

 

Liturgy of the Word will be held Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10AM at the Comi Chapel.

 

Inurnment will follow the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Celeste M. Vigil

Celeste M. Vigil age 68 passed away on June, 16, 2016, in Raton, NM. She was born in Cimarron, NM.

Her hobbies were bingo, fishing, swimming and taking care of her grandchildren. 

Celeste is survived by her great grandchildren, Leilani, Allella, Dominic, Isaiah, Adrianna, Keilanna, Adelicia and Kelese, her sisters Nettie Trujillo and Joann Padilla both of Raton, NM, Gloria Martinez and husband Robert of Denver CO, JoAnn Cruz and husband Eppie of Albuquerque, NM, her brother Raymond (Stick) Vigil and wife Theresa of Midland, TX, special cousins Susanna Garcia and husband Luis and Johnny Garcia of Taos, NM, Seven Godchildren: Mariah Vigil, Raydean Vigil, Roberto Rios, Cecilia Garcia, Brenda Wagnor Anthony Martinez and Jacob Duran and many, many, nieces and nephews.
She also has a special friend Patricia “Patty” Karrer, her angel in her heart, dearest friends Rodger and Balbina Casias, Georgia Garcia, Isabelle Ortega, Bill D, Joseph Vargas, Judy Arguello and many more friends.

 
Viewing for Celeste was Wednesday, June 22nd at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home Chapel. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will took place at St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, on June 23rd, recited by Larry Guara. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection was held June 24th, 2016 at 10:30 am, recited by Father Emmanuel Izuka. Inurnment will follow at a later date.
Celeste will be sadly missed by many. She had touched many lives.
Arrangements for Celeste Vigil are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home

In Loving Memory of Javier A. Menchaca

Javier A. Menchaca age 64 of Raton passed away on June 10, 2016. He was born on January 6, 1952 in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico to Francisco Avila and Enedina Menchaca.

He is survived by his wife Veronica Menchaca of Raton, daughter Vanessa N. Menchaca of Raton, sons: Nelson N. Menchaca (Tara K PFalmer) of Ft. Collins, CO, and Frank J. Menchaca of Raton, one sister Elena Benitez of El Paso, 8 grandchildren: Nelson B. Gonzales, Anthony M. Menchaca, Destiny G. Menchaca, Emma Menchaca, Genuine A. Menchaca, Alyssa A. Menchaca, Isaiah Menchaca, and Domonique C. Menchaca.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Friday at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Patrick/ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at a later date.

Arrangements for Javier A. Menchaca are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Joe D Lopez

Joe D Lopez went to be with our Lord on June 6, 2016. Joe was born January 2nd, 1065 in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

 

Joe was preceded in death by grandma Efran Lopez, Aunt Flora Lopez and sister Denise Lopez, Patricia Lopez. Also Grandpa Florencio Hernandez, Aunt Helen Hernandez, Louise Hernandez, Dan Hernandez, Jay Hernandez.

 

Joe is survived by his parents Rufino and Jennie Lopez on the home. Two sons Joe Lopez Jr., and Ross Lopez of Raton, New Mexico. One Daughter Tina Lopez of Raton. Two granddaughters Navah, Isabella. He is also survived by 3 aunts Clara Tarufelli, Esther Lucero and Sally Lopez. One Uncle David Joe Hernandez. Niece Robyn Lopez her 4 children and H=Nephew Teddy Bernal and hid daughter. Special Cousins Debbie Darras, Florence Hernandez, Manuel Lucero, Sandy Lucero. Numerous other cousins and friends.

 

Arrangements for Joe D.Lopez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

Rodeo Action Rides into the Jim Young Arena

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Friday Evening

It was a pleasant evening at the Jim Young Arena as the rodeo action got underway Friday evening for the 38th annual event sponsored by the Raton Rodeo Association.

This year the Rocky Mountain Pro Rodeo Company provided the stock for the event and the rough stock was just that as many cowboys found the plowed arena dirt well before the 8-second buzzer. Logan Patterson scored an 81 in the bareback bronc riding as four of the seven cowboys managed to score points. Cody Patterson took advantage of a reride in the saddle bronc competition to score a 74 while Peter White the only other cowboy to complete an 8-second ride scored a 62.

Terry Zenkawich took the Friday evening Steer Wrestling with a 5.8 seconds while Brit Ellerman and T.J. Watts roped their steer in a 6.2 second run. Trell Etbauer marked the scorebook with a 8.1 in the tie-down calf roping which was much better than his 18.7 second run in the steer wrestling event.

The ladies made it exciting Friday evening as Jenna Duhon took the barrels in 17.37 seconds with Cindy Smith close behind at 17.40 and Lana Sproule close with a 17.58 run and Clayton New Mexico’s Johnna Garcia making a fourth place run at 17.73 seconds.

The bulls made it a 9-0 evening even putting the 2015 Raton Rodeo bull riding champ Cody Strite in the dirt. Most of the cowboys only made a couple of jumps out of the chute as the bulls twisted and spun the cowboys like rag dolls.

Saturday Evening

The Saturday evening performance of the Raton Rodeo saw lead changes and some real stiff competition in the steer wrestling event. Three cowboys lead by Jake Trujillo (4.6 seconds) posted times of less than five seconds. Justin Simon posted a 4.7 followed by Koty Kamm with a 4.9 second run. Seven of the cowboys had times faster than the fastest on Friday evening with runs of less than 5.6 seconds.

Logan Patterson held on to his lead from Friday night as Bob Reynolds was the cowboy to make the ride in the bareback with a65 score. Jace lane scored an 81 to take the Saddle Bronc competition.

The roping events saw the team of J.D. Yates and Trey Yates take the team roping with a 5.4 second time while Trey Yates made a 10.3 second Tie-Down Roping run. While Yates’ time put him in first place Saturday evening it still wasn’t good enough to beat Trell Etbauer 8.1 second run Friday evening. It was the slack roper Robert Mathis who won the event with 7.7 second run.

The ladies also made it a close competition as Shelby Spielman won the Saturday evening event with a 16.88 second run however it wasn’t quite fast enough to beat Kelly Yates who took first place in the rodeo from the slack run Saturday morning. She was followed by five cowgirls with times just under 18 seconds. Then the bulls did their job throwing the cowboys to the ground many in only a few jumps. The bulls take the rodeo with a 15-0 record.

2016 Raton Rodeo Results

 

The Raton Rodeo Association honored Leonard "Big Daddy" Lopez for all the support he gave to the rodeo in years past. Monty Colangelo presented the family with a plaque of their appreciation. L to R back Jamie Hephner, Ashley Long, Penny Lopez, Monty Colangelo, front row Colten Lopez, Tyson Lopez and Cooper King.

The Raton Rodeo Association honored Leonard “Big Daddy” Lopez for all the support he gave to the rodeo in years past. Monty Colangelo presented the family with a plaque of their appreciation. L to R back Jamie Hephner, Ashley Long, Penny Lopez, Monty Colangelo, front row Colten Lopez, Tyson Lopez and Cooper King.

 

Chauncey Kirby sets up on the horse and in his regular job is a nurse.

Chauncey Kirby sets up on the horse and in his regular job is a nurse.

 

Tyler Berghuis, a college freshman, manages to hold on as rides to the buzzer at Friday night edition of the Raton Rodeo

Tyler Berghuis, a college freshman, manages to hold on as rides to the buzzer at Friday night edition of the Raton Rodeo

 

Terry Zenkawich makes it look easy as he puts the steer down in 5.8 seconds for a first place in the steer wrestling event.

Terry Zenkawich makes it look easy as he puts the steer down in 5.8 seconds for a first place in the steer wrestling event.

 

The team of Britt Ellerman and T.J. Watts takes a total of 6.2 seconds to win the Friday evening team roping event.

The team of Britt Ellerman and T.J. Watts takes a total of 6.2 seconds to win the Friday evening team roping event.

 

The big loop makes a figure 8 as Trell Etbauer catches his calf and makes the tie in 8.1 seconds for a first place in the tie-down roping Friday night

The big loop makes a figure 8 as Trell Etbauer catches his calf and makes the tie in 8.1 seconds for a first place in the tie-down roping Friday night

 

They call it red-neck barrel racing

They call it red-neck barrel racing

 

It took Jenna Duhon 17.37 seconds to make the run around the barrels just three hundredths of a second faster than Cindy Smith who cornered the barrels in 17.40 seconds

It took Jenna Duhon 17.37 seconds to make the run around the barrels just three hundredths of a second faster than Cindy Smith who cornered the barrels in 17.40 seconds

 

Taking advantage of a reride Cody Peterson scored a 74 and was only one of two cowboys to make the 8-second ride. Peter White scored a 62 on his ride.

Taking advantage of a reride Cody Peterson scored a 74 and was only one of two cowboys to make the 8-second ride. Peter White scored a 62 on his ride.

 

It was a long night for the bull riders or should we say it was a real quick ride as it turned out for Ace Rainwater. The bulls won the contest 9-0 as most riders could only hold on for a couple seconds as the bulls spun and twisted to topple the cowboys Friday evening at the Raton Rodeo.

It was a long night for the bull riders or should we say it was a real quick ride as it turned out for Ace Rainwater. The bulls won the contest 9-0 as most riders could only hold on for a couple seconds as the bulls spun and twisted to topple the cowboys Friday evening at the Raton Rodeo.

 

Cody Strite won last year's Raton Rodeo but the bull had other ideas as Strite soon found the dirt well before the 8-second buzzer sounded at the 2016 Raton Rodeo.

Cody Strite won last year’s Raton Rodeo but the bull had other ideas as Strite soon found the dirt well before the 8-second buzzer sounded at the 2016 Raton Rodeo.

 

Pueblo Colorado Cowboy Bob Reynolds was the only cowboy to make the 8-second ride Saturday evening at the Raton Rodeo where he scored a 65.

Pueblo Colorado Cowboy Bob Reynolds was the only cowboy to make the 8-second ride Saturday evening at the Raton Rodeo where he scored a 65.

 

Jake Trujillo makes a 4.6 second run to take the money in the steer wrestling at the Raton Rodeo.

Jake Trujillo makes a 4.6 second run to take the money in the steer wrestling at the Raton Rodeo.

 

The team of J.D. Yates and Trey Yates showed em how its done with a 5.4 second catch in the Team Roping event Saturday evening at the Raton Rodeo

The team of J.D. Yates and Trey Yates showed em how its done with a 5.4 second catch in the Team Roping event Saturday evening at the Raton Rodeo

 

Over the weekend the horses took the win in the Saddle Bronc competition with 6 out of 10 rides. Jace Lane however rode to an 81 score Saturday evening.

Over the weekend the horses took the win in the Saddle Bronc competition with 6 out of 10 rides. Jace Lane however rode to an 81 score Saturday evening.

 

Trey Yates from Pueblo made a 10.3 second run on the calf to take first place Saturday evening, However it was Robert M from the slack performance that took the big money at the Raton Rodeo.

Trey Yates from Pueblo made a 10.3 second run on the calf to take first place Saturday evening, However it was Robert M from the slack performance that took the big money at the Raton Rodeo.

 

Shelby Spielman rounded the barrels in a blazing 16.88 seconds Saturday evening to put her in the big money in the Barrel Racing at Raton Rodeo.

Shelby Spielman rounded the barrels in a blazing 16.88 seconds Saturday evening to put her in the big money in the Barrel Racing at Raton Rodeo.

 

Channing Moore like all of the other cowboys didn't make the 8-second ride on his bull Saturday evening. The bulls take the Raton Rodeo 15-0.

Channing Moore like all of the other cowboys didn’t make the 8-second ride on his bull Saturday evening. The bulls take the Raton Rodeo 15-0.

Raton City Commission Meeting June 28, 2016

AGENDA

CITY OF RATON REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING

RATON CITY HALL, 224 SAVAGE AVE

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016 AT 6PM

A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on June 28, 2016 at 6 p.m.  The Meeting will be called to order by Mayor Mantz. The following subjects will be considered by the City Commission and may be considered in any order that is most convenient for the City Commission.

 

I.  Meeting Called To Order – Mayor Mantz

II.  Roll Call of the Members of the City Commission and determination of quorum.

III.  Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag.

IV.  Recognition of Visitors, Citizen of the Month and/or Presentation of Proclamation, Service Award, Congratulations, Condolences, Holiday Schedules and City/Municipal events –

  • Next Regular Commission Meeting Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6pm.

V.  Comments from the General Public

VI.  Committee Reports From Commissioners: 

  1. Raton Water Works: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta, Commissioner Chavez)
  2. Raton Public Service: (Mayor Mantz, Commissioner Giacomo)
  3. Parks & Recreation Advisory Board: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)
  4. Senior Center Board: (Commissioner Chavez)
  5. Planning & Zoning Commission: (Commissioner Schuster)
  6. Housing Authority: (Commissioner Schuster)
  7. Airport Advisory Board: (Commissioner Chavez)
  8. ETZ Zoning Commission: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)
  9. Arts & Culture Board: (Mayor Mantz)
  10. North Central NM Economic Development District: (Mayor Mantz)
  11. Library Advisory Board: (Commissioner Giacomo)
  12. ETZ Zoning Authority: (Mayor Mantz)
  13. Financial Advisory Board: (Commissioner Chavez)

VII.  Action items/Public Hearings/Ordinances/Resolutions/City Manager’s Report-The City Commission may discuss and/or take actions on the following agenda items:

  1. Approval of the June 14, 2016 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes and June 21, 2016 Special Commission Meeting Minutes.
  2. Deliberate and Act on Consideration on Ordinance 992: an Ordinance Establishing Rates for Water and Sewer use from the Municipal System of the City of Raton; Amending Ordinance No. 972, Ordinance No. 948, Ordinance No. 894, and Ordinance No. 684 and Repealing all Ordinances and Regulations in Conflict Therewith.
  3. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-32: USDA Grant Application.
  4. Deliberate and Act on Bid Award for the Tiger Drive Tiger Drive Repaving Project.
  5. Deliberate and Act on RFP Award of Contract for Direct Youth Services.
  6. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-33: A Resolution Concerning Dangerous Buildings and Requiring Removal: 421 & 421 ½ North 4th  – Faith Blackmore, owner
  7. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-34: May 2016 Financial Report. .  
  8. City Manager’s Report

 VIII.  Adjournment

 

I, the undersigned authority do hereby certify that the above notice of meeting of the governing body of the City of Raton, New Mexico is a true and correct copy of the said notice and that a said copy of this notice was then posted on the front window of the City Hall of said City in Raton, New Mexico in a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times, and said notice was posted on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 5 p.m. and remained so posted continuously at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.  Said notice was also posted in six public places (Library, Aquatic Center, Senior Center, County Courthouse, International Bank, Post Office) conveniently placed for the public. Also, KRTN Radio Station and the City of Raton Website will have the agenda posted prior to respective time limits designated for regular and special meetings. Please contact the City Clerk at 445-9551 or tgarcia@cityofraton.com if you have any questions or concerns.

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Tricia Garcia, City Clerk