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Exit 460 to See Total Reconstruction In Proposed Project

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

New Mexico DOT and design contractors held a second meeting in Raton Tuesday evening at International Bank and presented to the public the preliminary recommendation for the construction project on I-25 from exit 454 to the top of the pass.

During that presentation Derek Meier of Wilson and Company Inc. informed the public that option four was chosen for the final design for exit 460 at the top of the pass. That design moves the overpass from the north side of the Port of Entry 1870 feet to the south. (Link to the proposed construction Exit 460 Construction)

Meier noted that this design was chosen based in part on where the state line is in relationship to the old bridge. By moving the new overpass south, it will make room for longer deceleration and acceleration lanes when exiting and merging onto the travel lanes. This plan will also allow truck traffic and regular traffic more room to merge as they are getting on the interstate moving south.

Other parts of the project will include the reconstruction of the exit 454 exit and entrance ramps making them longer for easier merging onto the interstate. Rockfall mitigation alternative two was chosen which will provide 95% catchment of falling rocks. They will also reduce some rock slopes and tie the rock together using rock anchors.

Another part of the project will include an 8-foot high fence to prevent wildlife from crossing the interstate in certain areas as well as build tunnels under the highway to facilitate crossing from one side to the other. New Mexico Game and Fish are working with the design engineers to locate the box crossings and where best to place the fencing.

The final design is expected to completed by the end of the year with the bids to be let in the spring and construction could begin as early as the summer of 2017. This is a tentative timeline as bids results could move the construction timeline to a later date.

 

I-25 Construction Project to exit 460 6-21-16_9607

Exit 460 design drawing that moves the overpass some 1870 feet south of the old overpass

 

Resident Contractor Status Wins Contractor Low Bid

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

CBKN Dirtworks of Bernalillo, New Mexico was the low bid for the landfill cover project with a $213,410.00 bid.

Six contractors put in bids for the project and according to Jason Phillips, Solid Waste Manager, all six bids were within about $30,000. The other contractors included A.J.A.C. Enterprises, Ace Mosimann, ERRG, Randy Sena Construction and W.M. Serazio Construction.

While Ace J Mosimann of Raton came in at $209,280.00 a New Mexico state statute that gives a 5% preference to a registered Resident Contractor was the difference that gave CBKN Dirtworks the lower bid. There was a $4,130 difference in the bids but the 5% preference brought the CBKN Dirtworks bid down by $10,670.50 for bidding purposes.

Based on the preference Raton City Commissioners awarded CBKN the contract to construct the cover over the landfill. The cover will consist of 18 inches of dirt over the landfill area.

 

Bear responsible for attack on Valles Caldera marathon runner caught; euthanized

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Media contact: Lance Cherry, (505) 476-8003

Public contact:  (888)-248-6866

lance.cherry@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JUNE 20, 2016:

Bear responsible for attack on Valles Caldera marathon runner caught; euthanized

JEMEZ – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers tracked and killed an adult female black bear that attacked a woman Saturday afternoon while she was participating in a marathon event on the Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos.

The bear is to be transported to the state Veterinary Diagnostic Services center for necropsy. State law requires any wild animal that attacks or bites a human be euthanized and tested for rabies which is spread when an infected animal scratches or bites another animal or human. Although it is rare, rabies is nearly 100 percent fatal if not properly treated.

“It is regrettable when a wildlife encounter results in human injuries and requires we euthanize the animal,” said Department Director Alexandra Sandoval. “We are thankful that the injuries sustained by the victim were not worse and are hopeful that she is able to recover quickly.”

The bear was located not far from where the attack occurred and matches the information given by the victim. The bear was part of a study involving wild bears and was collared with a GPS tracking device which helped Officers confirm the bear’s location at the time of the incident. Officers are confident they caught the right bear.

The attack occurred when the victim surprised it causing at least one cub to run up a nearby tree. The woman was bit and scratched multiple times and sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries to her upper body, head and neck. Nearby joggers provided immediate assistance until additional help could arrive. She was airlifted to an Albuquerque area hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

Officers later determined the bear had three young cubs, which averted capture Sunday. Officers will continue efforts, including the use of live traps to capture and place the cubs in the care of the New Mexico Wildlife Center in Espanola.

Here are some ways to protect yourself If you encounter a bear:

  • Stop, and back away slowly while facing the bear. Avoid direct eye contact, as the bear may consider that a threat. Do not run. Make yourself appear large by holding out your jacket. If you have small children, pick them up so they don’t run.
  • Give the bear plenty of room to escape, so it doesn’t feel threatened or trapped. If a black bear attacks you, fight back using anything at your disposal, such as rocks, sticks, binoculars or even your bare hands. Aim for the bear’s nose and eyes.
  • If the bear has not seen you, stay calm and slowly move away, making noise so the bear knows you are there. Never get between a mother bear and her cubs.

If you live or camp in bear country:

  • Keep garbage in airtight containers inside your garage or storage area. Place garbage outside in the morning just before pickup, not the night before. Occasionally clean cans with ammonia or bleach.
  • Remove bird feeders. Bears see them as sweet treats, and often they will look for other food sources nearby.
  • Never put meat or sweet-smelling food scraps such as melon in your compost pile.
  • Don’t leave pet food or food dishes outdoors at night.
  • Clean and store outdoor grills after use. Bears can smell sweet barbecue sauce and grease for miles.
  • Never intentionally feed bears to attract them for viewing.
  • Keep your camp clean, and store food and garbage properly at all times. Use bear-proof containers when available. If not, suspend food, toiletries, coolers and garbage from a tree at least 10 feet off the ground and 4 feet out from the tree trunk.
  • Keep your tent and sleeping bag free of all food smells. Store the clothes you wore while cooking or eating with your food.
  • Sleep a good distance from your cooking area or food storage site.

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Three deer hunts removed from June 22 leftover license sale

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 20, 2016:

Three deer hunts removed from June 22 leftover license sale

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish has revised the list of available leftover hunting licenses that are scheduled to be sold June 22.

Deer hunt codes DER-3-194, DER-3-200 and DER-3-307 will not be available when the leftover sale begins June 22. A post-draw audit revealed a discrepancy requiring their removal from the sale.

Over 1,400 deer hunting licenses, over 1,000 javelina licenses and 7 elk licenses that were not allocated during the annual drawing for 2016-17 big-game hunting licenses will go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT June 22, only on the Department of Game and Fish website.

New Mexico residents will get first shot at the licenses during the first-come, first-served sale. License sales will be open to residents only for the first 24 hours. The sale will be opened to everyone, regardless of residency, at 10 a.m. June 23.

To be eligible to buy a leftover license, hunters are reminded that they must previously have purchased either a Game Hunting or Game Hunting and Fishing license. Those licenses, along with Habitat Improvement Stamps and Habitat Management Access Validations, also can be obtained through online accounts.

Hunters are strongly encouraged to obtain or review online customer accounts, including their Customer Identification Number, user name and password, and to be signed on to their account before the sale begins. Popular licenses often sell out in minutes, sometimes seconds, after sales begin.

Leftover licenses will be sold online only. Licenses and stamps can be printed from any computer by signing on to an account and selecting “My purchases.”

Hunters planning to purchase a leftover license also must have completed all mandatory 2015-2016 harvest reporting requirements or their purchase will be rejected in the post-sale audit. The license fee, but not the application fee will be refunded on rejected purchases.

For more information about the leftover license sale or other Department of Game and Fish matters, please call the department’s toll-free information line, (888) 248-6866. Leftover licenses will not be sold over the phone, however.

Here is the list of initially available licenses:

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Raton City Commission Special Meeting June 21, 2016

AGENDA

PUBLIC NOTICE

SPECIAL CITY COMMISSION MEETING

RATON CITY HALL 224 SAVAGE AVE

5:30 PM., TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

 

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

  1. Deliberate and Act on Bid Award for City of Raton Municipal Landfill Final Cover Construction.

ADJOURNMENT

If you are an individual who requires special accommodations, please notify Tricia Garcia, City Clerk at 575 445-9451 of such needs at least one week  prior to the meeting(s) you plan to attend or as soon as possible.

/s/

Tricia Garcia, City Clerk

NMDOT public meeting on the I-25 Raton Pass project

NMDOT public meeting on the I-25 Raton Pass project.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 21, 6:00 pm, at the International Bank.

Link to meeting PDF16 06-21 I-25 PIM Notice v2

 

Public Information Meeting

The Federal Highway Administration and
New Mexico Department of Transportation announce a public information meeting

I-25 Exit 454 to Exit 460

Roadway Improvement Project

Control Number 4100820

Date: Tuesday Location: International Bank, Conference Room June 21, 2016 200 South Second Street

Raton, New Mexico Time: 6:00 pm – Open House and 6:15 pm – Presentation

Meeting Purpose: The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration is sponsoring this meeting to discuss the Phase A/B report findings, present the recommended preferred alternative, and receive comments from the public. The project improvements being considered include pavement reconstruction, drainage improvements, rockfall mitigation, wildlife fencing, ramp improvements and bridge rehabilitation at Exit 454, and construction of a new Exit 460 interchange at a location south of the existing interchange. The public is encouraged to attend this public meeting and provide comments and questions on the proposed project.

MeetingOverviewandAgenda: Anopenhousewillbeginat6:00pmfollowedbyapresentation at 6:15 pm. NMDOT project team members will discuss the Phase A/B report findings and present the recommended preferred alternative. After the presentation, project team members will accept comments and questions from the public.

ADA: To request ADA-related accommodations for the meeting, contact Eric Johnson at (505) 898-8848 at least two days before the meeting.

Comments: Written comments will be accepted at the meeting, or they may be sent by July 6, 2016 to:

Eric Johnson
Marron and Associates 7511 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87107

phone: (505) 898-8848 email: eric@marroninc.com fax: (505) 897-7847

Flag Retirement Ceremony Held in Raton Tuesday

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The Raton Red Hatters, The Tierra De Mesetas Chapter of NSDAR and Dennis and Sue Downing sponsored a U.S. Flag retirement ceremony Tuesday evening across from the Colfax County Senior Center in downtown Raton.

According to the U.S. Flag Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8(k) when a flag is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Flag day is a fitting day to conduct such a ceremony. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Young Marines all from Raton were on hand to help with the ceremony as was the Raton Fire Department.

Dennis Downing continued the ceremony after the Pledge of Alliegence and The Star Spangled Banner with an introduction and an invitation to participate. 80 plus flags along with about 15 New Mexico flags were retired during the ceremony. The ceremony was concluded with Taps played by VFW Commander Robert Vigil.

RFES Firemen David Valdez and Jacob Butt prepare to retire this flag during the flag retirement ceremony Tuesday evening.

RFES Firemen David Valdez and Jacob Butt prepare to retire this flag during the flag retirement ceremony Tuesday evening.

 

Proper retirement of a US Flag is by burning according to the US Flag Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8(k) Photo by Bob Wick

Proper retirement of a US Flag is by burning according to the US Flag Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8(k) Photo by Bob Wick

 

US Flag Retirement Ceremony Photo by Bob Wick

US Flag Retirement Ceremony Photo by Bob Wick

 

Young Marines help with the US Flag Retirement Ceremony Photo by Bob Wick

Young Marines help with the US Flag Retirement Ceremony Photo by Bob Wick

 

Raton Cub Scouts also help with the Flag Retirement Ceremony Photo by Bob Wick

Raton Cub Scouts also help with the Flag Retirement Ceremony Photo by Bob Wick

 

Flag Retirement Ceremony Tuesday June 14, 2016 Flag Day Photo by Bob Wick

Flag Retirement Ceremony Tuesday June 14, 2016 Flag Day Photo by Bob Wick

 

US Flag Retirement Ceremony Photo by Bob Wick

US Flag Retirement Ceremony Photo by Bob Wick

 

Taps were played by Photo By Bob Wick

Taps were played by Robert Vigil      Photo By Bob Wick

 

 

In Loving Memory of Richard Orlando Rivera

Richard Orlando Rivera, 80, peacefully went to be with the lord on June 13, 2016.

 

Richard (Dickie) was born on December 17, 1935 to parents Benjamin and Emily (Herrera) Rivera in Trinidad, CO.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gambling, working in his yard, spending time with his kids, grandchildren, friends, and going for evening rides through town with his wife.

 

He is preceded in his death by his parents.

 

He is survived by his wife Frances (Urioste) Rivera, sons; Richard B. Rivera Jr. (Carla) and Frank Rivera, daughter; Cynthia Rivera. His siblings are brothers: Raymond, Jimmie, Anthony Lee and the late Benny Jr. Rivera, sisters; Jane Martinez, Gerry Woolman, and the late Corrine Romero. Richard had one grandchild; Brittany Casias (Mike), 2 great grandchildren; Landen & Zaleah; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

 

He touched many people’s lives, and will be greatly missed by all.

 

Rosary will be Wednesday June 15, 2016 at 7PM at the Comi Chapel.

 

Funeral Services will be Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Faith Christian Fellowship.

 

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. Family to receive family & friends at Faith Christian Fellowship, following  services.

 

Honorary Pallbearers:

Jimmy Rivera Jr.

Nick Woolman

Juanita Pemwell(Urioste)

Landen Sanchez

Zaleah Smith

Mike Dasko

Mikenna Dasko

Marcus Dasko

Glenn Howard

 

Pallbearers:

Mike Gerardo

Kenny Lovato

Louie Apodaca

Emilio Urioste Jr.

Emilio Urioste III

Anthony Apodaca

Max Woolman

Lawrence Lopez

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

NM State Transportation Commission Meets in Raton

NM State Transportation Commission Chairman, Ron Schmeits, will convene the monthly meeting of the NM State Transportation Commission in Raton on Thur., June 16.

 

NEW MEXICO STATE TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION

Best Western Plus Raton Hotel

473 Clayton Rd.

Raton, New Mexico 87740

Thursday, June 16, 2016

8:30 am

 

Meeting Agenda

1) Call to Order: Ronald Schmeits, Chairman

  1. a) Pledge of Allegiance

2) Approval of Agenda: Ronald Schmeits, Chairman

3) Approval of Minutes: Las Cruces Meeting April 21, 2016

4) Introductions: Ronald Schmeits, Chairman

  1. a) Elected Officials
  2. b) Commission Members
  3. c) NMDOT Executive Staff

5) Welcoming Remarks: The Honorable Neil Segotta, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Raton

6) Elected Officials Delegations Presentations:

Scott Berry, City Manager, City of Raton, “Local Transportation Assets and How those Assets are Utilized in the Local Economic Development Plan”

Mary Lou Kern, County Manager, Colfax County, “Thank you for the Funding and Contributions the NMDOT has Provided to Colfax County”

William Sauble, Chairman, Colfax County Commission, “Comments”

David Smith, Marshal, Town of Red River, “Off Highway Vehicles”

7) Public Comment:

8) District Four Presentation & Employee Recognition: David E. Trujillo, P.E., District Four Engineer, NMDOT

9) 2015 Equipment Road’eo Commissioner’s Cup and Traveling Plaque: Anthony Lujan, Deputy Secretary, NMDOT

10) STC Workshops:

  1. a) Finance Committee- Ron Schmeits, Chairman
  2. Monthly Financial Report: Michael S. Friel, Accounting Services Director, CFO, NMDOT
  3. NMFA Monthly Report: Mark Lovato, Investment Manager, NMFA
  4. FY17 OIG Annual Audit Plan: Jeff Canney, Inspector General, NMDOT
  5. FY16 Budget Adjustment Request (BAR) #11 P562 for Programs & Infrastructure Interlock Device: Michael S. Friel, Accounting Services Director, CFO, NMDOT
  6. FY16 Budget Adjustment Request (BAR) #12 P562 for Programs & Infrastructure Aviation: Michael S. Friel, Accounting Services Director, CFO, NMDOT
  7. FY16 Budget Adjustment Request (BAR) #13 P562 for Programs & Infrastructure WIPP Settlement: Michael S. Friel, Accounting Services Director, CFO, NMDOT
  8. FY17 Budget Adjustment Request (BAR) #01 P565 MODAL: Michael S. Friel, Accounting Services Director, CFO, NMDOT
  9. 2017 Local Government Road Fund Program: Clarissa Martinez, Project Oversight Division, NMDOT and Marcos Trujillo, Policy Director, NMDOT

10) Policy Committee- Kenneth White, Chairman

  1. Discussion Regarding the Development a New Commission Policy Relating to Senate Bill 270, Off-Highway Vehicles on Paved Roads (SB 270): Loren Hatch, Deputy Secretary, NMDOT
  2. Rulemaking for NMAC 18.20.5 Encroachments: Anthony Lujan, Deputy Secretary, NMDOT

11) Staff Briefings:

  1. a) Secretary Report: Loren Hatch, Deputy Secretary, NMDOT
  2. b) FHWA Report: Don Martinez, Division Administrator, NMDOT

12) Action Items:

  1. a) Approval of the Off Highway Vehicle Policy: Loren Hatch, Deputy Secretary, NMDOT
  2. b) Approval of FY17 OIG Annual Audit Plan: Jeff Canney, Inspector General, NMDOT
  3. c) Approval of FY16 BAR #11 for Programs & Infrastructure/Interlock Device: Michael S. Friel, Accounting Services Director, CFO, NMDOT
  4. d) Approval of FY16 BAR #12 for Programs & Infrastructure/Aviation: Michael S. Friel, Accounting Services Director, CFO, NMDOT
  5. e) Approval of FY16 BAR #13 for Programs & Infrastructure/WIPP Settlement: Michael S. Friel, Accounting Services Director, CFO, NMDOT
  6. f) Approval of FY17 BAR #01 P565 MODAL: Michael S. Friel, Accounting Services Director, CFO, NMDOT
  7. g) Approval of 2017 Local Government Road Fund Program: Clarissa Martinez, Project Oversight Division, NMDOT
  8. h) Approval of Rulemaking for NMAC 18.20.5 Encroachments: Anthony Lujan, Deputy Secretary, NMDOT

13) Commissioner’s Comments

14) Adjournment

 

Raton City Commission Takes Action on Several Upcoming Projects

 

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media –

 

The Raton City Commission met in regular session on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 and approved several projects that are coming up.

City Manager Scott Berry recommended and the Commission approved, the use of $50,000 in funds from the City’s share of the gas tax, to use as matching funds to leverage $400,000 to be used for the first phase of the Great Blocks Project on First Street.  Phase One will take care of some street improvements on Cook Avenue as well as First and Rio Grande.  The total project cost is estimated at over $1 million, with Raton MainStreet seeking other funding opportunities to complete the project.

City Manager Scott Berry noted that the city only receives two cents of the $.17 gas tax for street improvements. Berry asked for approval to do chip seal work on Mora, Pecos, Dwyer and Buena Vista. To do paving work on Savage, Cook and Apache between First and Second Streets. Some of the work will depend on when the capital funding money becomes available that the city was approved for this last legislative session.  (Link to Street Improvement Report)

Commissioners approved a professional services contract for $10,000 with Alpha Design of Raton to include some consulting work including bid and site preparation and work with NM Historic Preservation at the Shuler Theater for the theater digital film upgrade project. City Manager Berry feared that the total costs would exceed the $100,000 allocated by the state for the project and so, some of the additional costs will come from the Shuler Restoration Commission which approved a $10,000 grant for the project.

Raton Fire and Emergency Services Chief Jim Matthews addressed the Commission and listed the top 10 dangerous buildings in Raton that the code enforcement group has identified as needing to be demolished. There are two buildings of particular urgency that a request for demo will be brought to commissioners at the next meeting to start the demo process. As Berry noted the process to demo a building, especially since these are private property require a very specific process be followed.

Matthews also requested commissioners rescind the burn ban in the city as recent rains have reduced the fire danger. He also commented on fireworks sales and noted that they can only be set off between June 20 and July 6.

In other business, Commissioners approved Jose Mauricio Lemus to the lodger’s tax board as well as approving the 13th budget adjustment of the 2016 fiscal year and approved all three street closures for the July 4th weekend events covering the parade on First Street and the VFW closure for a street dance on Park Ave.

Commissioners also approved the vector control agreement with Colfax County vector control services. The agreement is the same as last year.  (Link to Budget Adjustment #13)

Commissioners also approved the MOU with the Raton Chamber of Commerce which included an amendment. The agreement will remain the same and is extended for one year. Once again commissioners agreed that they would require the Chamber to produce financial reports for their operations to allow the city to monitor how the money they provide to the chamber gets spent.  (Link to Chamber MOU)

Berry told commissioners that the Segerstrom Creek project is 75% complete and that all parties involved were pleased with the work so far. Berry also touched on the water mapping project meeting he attended noting they needs lots of money to complete this project. The city will be opening bids for the cover work at the landfill as well as other projects in the coming week.

A new project that Raton and the State of Colorado will be looking at is some dam work at Lake Dorothy. The dam inspection indicated that some concrete on the dam needs to be replaced. So they will be going out to bid for that project soon.

Work at the Wartzilla plant is progressing. The old generator has been removed and the bid for the new construction to prepare for the new generator will be opened June 17.

Commissioners will meet again on June 21 at 5:30 p.m. for a special meeting to approve that landfill cover bid and then will meet again on June 28 at 6:00 p.m. for their next regular meeting.

RFES Chief Jim Matthews told commissioners about the top 10 dangerous buildings in Raton Tuesday evening

RFES Chief Jim Matthews told commissioners about the top 10 dangerous buildings in Raton Tuesday evening

 

City Manager Scott Berry tells commissioners about upcoming bids and asks to setup a special meeting to handle one of those bids.

City Manager Scott Berry tells commissioners about upcoming bids and asks to setup a special meeting to handle one of those bids.