Archive for: August 2016

19th Annual Teacher’s Luncheon Hosted by FNB New Mexico

FNB New Mexico sponsored their 19th Annual Teacher’s Luncheon on August 17, 2016 to help celebrate the start of the new school year. FNB New Mexico employees served over 180 teachers, administrators and staff during this event. Everyone enjoyed Subway sandwiches, chips, drinks, cookies and ice cream. The Raton Tiger Cats Dance Team helped serve the meal, and the Raton Football Team assisted with the setup and take-down of the tables and chairs. 


2016 Teacher's Luncheon

2016 Teacher’s Luncheon

Several door prizes were awarded by FNB New Mexico, including gift cards and a computer case. A gas grill was donated by Raton Natural Gas Company/Penny Peryatel. There were also donations of gift baskets from Flowerland/Debbie Trujillo and from Enchanted Grounds Espresso Bar & Grill/Katie Feldman. KRTN broadcast a live remote of the event on FM 93.9.

Bill Donati, KRTN General Manager, interviews Donna Klassen, Vice President at FNB New Mexico (Raton)

KRTN’s Billy D interviews Donna Klassen, Vice President of FNB New Mexico Raton.



In Loving Memory of Tony F. Cordova

Tony F. Cordova, age 61, passed away August 19, 2016 in Raton, New Mexico.


Tony is survived by Camilo Cordova, brother Carlos and wife Yolanda Cordova, Bobby Cordova, and one sister Vera Cordova, nieces Monica, Kristy, and Pamela Cordova, nephews Casey, Robert and Tiana Cordova, Camilla Cordova and Cristoval and Zekiel Montoya and many more nieces and nephews and special friends that were dear to his heart.

Tony is preceded in death by his Mother Julia V. Cordova, Brother Richard Cordova, Infant brother Rudy O. Cordova. Paternal and Maternal Grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles in cousins.

In life, he worked at La Mesa Park, Bennet’s, Transco, Pendleton Oil and Gas and for the past 16 years was a maintenance man at a trailer park for Eleanor Evans.


His hobbies included fishing, hunting, working on cars and he enjoyed his pet dogs and get-togethers with friends and family.

Viewing for Tony F. Cordova, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday August 25, 2016. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will take place August 26th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s’/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Deacon Tom Alderette followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. with Father Bill Woytavich Officiating.


Dinner to follow at St.Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, immediately following the funeral service.


Funeral Arrangements for Tony F. Cordova are under direction of the Alderette-Pomeory Funeral Home. 

Raton City Commission Gets Good GRT News


The Raton City Commission met in regular session on Tuesday, August 23 minus Mayor Sandy Mantz and Mayor Pro-Tem Neil Segotta, but the three remaining commissioners were present and so with a quorum, the meeting was called to order by Commissioner Linde Schuster.

The financial report from City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci had some good news for the City’s Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) collection with the August distribution (which is a reflection of June sales) showing the city with a 6.6% increase year-to-date per budget. It was a good resolution of a possible very bad situation as the NM Tax/Rev. was able to rebound from a system computer crash and get the check out only about 4 days later than expected.  The increase was attributed to the construction projects and the summer influx of visitors.  Antonucci noted however, that the GRT distributions will need to remain strong thru November in order to meet budget projections.

The City’s Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan (ICIP) for 2018 thru 2022 was adopted and the top five priorities listed were: 1. Street Improvement/Reconstruction; 2. Raton Water Works/Lake Maloya Dam Safety Improvements, which Solid Waste Manager, Jason Phillips noted was a $50 million dollar project; 3. Raton Police Dept. Patrol Car Replacement; 4. City Public Works, equipment purchases; 5. Raton MainStreet’s Great Blocks First Street improvement plan.

The City’s Dispatch Center contract with Colfax County is up for renewal, and because the contract’s $37,000 annual fee has not been increased since 2004 and expenses had increased by over 36%, City Manager Scott Berry recommended an increase to just over $49,000 per year, which was approved by the Commission.

A scrap tire recycling grant from the NM Environment Dept. (NMED) was also approved as NMED will grant the city $18,000 with the City’s match at $3,750.  Berry noted the tire bailer the City has is outdated and poses a safety risk for employees.  Berry also stated the current charge of $1 per tire at the Transfer Station will probably have to be increased  to $3 or $4 to be in-line with the real cost of disposal.

The Crews Field Airport is fully enclosed with a game fence, except for all but the main entrance. There are obvious safety concerns, so three bids were received and the Commission awarded the low bid of $11,680 to Valley Fence Company to install a Main Gate.

The Commission postponed action on the renewal of the advertising billboards with Lamar, citing more information is needed.

City Manager Berry’s report included a report on the Multi-Modal Center on First Street is progressing and should the weather hold, the paving should be completed in the next couple of weeks. The Federal Highway Administration and the NM DOT recently inspected the project and found it in good order.

Berry said RPS has ordered the 4.3 Megawatt generator from Ginbacher in Austria with delivery expected in the near future and plans to have it online after the first of the year.

Fire Chief Jim Matthews has been sent to help victims of the flooding in Louisiana and RFD’s Ivan Rudyk has completed his studies and is now a licensed Para Medic.

The next scheduled meeting of the Raton City Commission will be on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:00 pm and will be broadcast on KRTN AM1490.


MCMC Report Honors Primary Care Anniversary

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Shawn Lerch, Miners’ Colfax Medical Center (MCMC) CEO, informed the crowd assembled on Tuesday evening, August 23rd, about the various and many aspects of MCMC that continues to grow not only in size, but revenue.  Lerch reported an increase of almost $10 million in patient revenue over last year which translated to a total overall increase of $2 million in operating revenues.

Lerch began the presentation by setting forth the mission and values of the organization.  Construction began on the current Long Term Building site in 1904 and the Miners Hospital facility opened in 1905. He noted the current acute care facility on Hospital Drive is a primary health care facility. He went on to explain in detail how the MCMC team is proceeding to service the patients of the area by offering services that are needed by the area.

Lerch noted the hospital’s outreach clinic for black lung is ranked at the top nationally, as the result of the hard work provided by Candice Evans and her crew. He noted the acute care facility is rated in the top 100 facilities for acute care critical access hospitals with the MCMC Long Term care facility rated in the top five nationally. More improvements for the long term facility are underway and will be completed soon with one being an upgrade to the courtyard and an expansion in the memory care unit.

Lerch is looking at improving the facility with behavioral health services and partnering with other doctors to bring more oncology and urology to the area and Cardiac services are slated to begin in early September.

Retention of staff and recruitment of new staff is also a top priority for MCMC. Payroll for the hospital climbed to over $15 million in 2016 as did revenues. The efforts of all departments saw a decrease in expenses over the year. Overall,  MCMC saw a net increase, which is even more impressive when noting a decrease in state funding.

Lerch also noted that the ICU is temporarily closed because of staffing issues. The hospital is searching for critical care nurses to staff the ICU and will have the ICU reopened in September.

Lerch thanked the crowd and offered up the treats provided by the dietary staff and tours of the new facility.


Sean Lerch speaks to a small crowd Tuesday evening about some of the services that MCMC is looking at improving or bringing to Raton and the area.

Sean Lerch speaks to a small crowd Tuesday evening about some of the services that MCMC is looking at improving or bringing to Raton and the area.


Sean Lerch talks about some of the new equipment at MCMC to provide better services for MCMC patients.

Sean Lerch talks about some of the new equipment at MCMC to provide better services for MCMC patients.


In Loving Memory of Joseph Reyes

Joseph Reyes, 71, of Trinidad passed away August 19, 2016.


The second son of Helen and Raymond (Baca) Reyes, Joe attended Trinidad Catholic High School and then moved to Pueblo to attend the University of Southern Colorado where he received his BA.  He was married at Holy Trinity Church to his high school sweetheart, Charlene Villani, and together they had two daughters.


Joe Reyes PicJoe spent many years working for BNSF Railroad as a dispatcher. After moving back to his hometown of Trinidad, he managed Trinity Credit Union and went on to be the proprietor of his grandmother’s business, the Northside Tavern.


For many years, Joe was an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He was also an avid bowler and traveled to various cities to compete in tournaments. He enjoyed shooting pool, fishing, and both playing and watching sports. He especially loved watching the Denver Broncos.


Joe was preceded in death by his parents Helen (Baca) and Raymond Reyes sister Dolly Martinez, sister-in-law Judy Micheliza and nephew John Reyes.


He is survived by his brothers John and Richard (Jerri) Reyes, Charlene Villani, daughters Lynette (Raymond Burley) and Melanie Reyes, grandchildren Caitlyn (Alec) Howard and Desiree (John) Davidson, great-grandchildren Kylee, Daron, John, and Bennett, brother-in-law Thomas Martinez and numerous nieces and nephews.


Joe passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones after fighting a series of illnesses.


Rosary will be held Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 7 pm at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be Friday, August 26, 2016 at 10 AM at Sebastiani Gym.

Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.


The family welcomes you to wear Bronco attire to the service, in honor of Joe’s favorite team.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Betty June Lehman

Betty June Lehman, 81, passed away on August 20, 2016 at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home. 


lehmanShe was born in Hoehne, Colorado on February 16, 1935 to William and Erma Sharp.  She was married to Alfred Lehman on December 14, 1968. 


Betty was preceded in death by her parents, William and Erma Sharp, husband Alfred Lehman, brother William (Buddy) Sharp Jr., brother-in-law John Paravecchio, sister Gloriette (Charles) Watton Sr., brother Harold Sharp, and sister Gladys Sharon Sharp. 


She is survived by her sister Hazel Paravecchio, brother Edward (Georgia) Sharp, sisters-in-law Molly Sharp and Donna Sharp, along with numerous nieces and nephews. 


Visitation will be held on August 29, 2016 at 9:00 am with the Rosary at 12:00 pm at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral  Mass will follow at 1:00 pm at Sebastiani Gym. 


Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. 


Arrangements made under the direction of Comi Funeral Home. 

In Loving Memory of Viola M. (Smith) Bownds

Viola M. (Smith) Bownds, age 92, died Monday, August 22, 2016 in Clayton, New Mexico.


Funeral services are pending at this time.


Viola M. Bownds was born on September 3, 1923 in Lamy, New Mexico to James C. Smith and Fannie Mae (Wilt) Smith.


Viola married Frank Austin Bownds on July 11, 1942, and he preceded her in death on September 26, 2007.


Shortly after they were married, Frank was drafted into the Navy and they moved to Los Angeles, California. They lived in California for about fifty years, where Frank and Viola “Vi” both worked for UniRoyal Tire Company.


BOWNDSLater, Vi worked for House of Travel for twenty-three years which enabled her and Frank to travel all over the world. Frank and Vi lived in Amarillo for fourteen years until his death, and then Vi returned to Clayton, NM.


In addition to her parents and husband, Viola was preceded in death by her only child, Bob Bownds, by three brothers, Hubert Smith, J. C. Smith and Raplh Smith and by two sisters, Dorothy Fisher and Genevieve Dean.


3 grandchildren

4 great-grandchildren

and a host of nephews, nieces, and in-laws.

In Loving Memory of Zelma C. Pacheco

Zelma C. Pacheco, age 87, passed away on August 16, 2016 in Raton.


Zelma was born in Johnstown, Colorado on June 1, 1929 to parents Alfonso and Clara Gonzales-Ortiz.


Zelma was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother Epifania Ortiz, brother Epifanio Ortiz, sisters Mary E. Montoya, and Mary L. Rohr and son Andrew Maez.


Zelma is survived by her husband Joe of the family home in Raton, sons Leroy Espinoza of Colorado Springs and Albert Pacheco of Raton, sister Emilia Montoya and husband Roger of Denver and brother Louis Ortiz and wife Becky of Denver, grandchildren Leroy Espinoza lll of Colorado Springs, Sonny Espinoza of Colorado Springs, Robin Maez of Las Vegas, NM and Andrew Maez of California. Zelma is also survived by eight great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.


Zelma was a member of the St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton. She was a waitress and cook for many years.
Recitation of The Most Holy Rosary was held on Monday August 22, 2016 at 10:00 am at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Deacon Tom Alderette followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. with Father Bill Wytovith as the Celebrant. Rite of Committal and interment followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.


Arrangements for Zelma C. Pacheco are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

Raton City Commission Meeting August 23, 2016






A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on August 23, 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 –

  • All City Office will be closed Monday, September 5th, in observance of Labor Day.
  • Next Regular Commission Meeting Tuesday, September 13, 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:

A.  Approval of the August 9, 2016 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes and August 18th Special Commission Meeting Minutes.

B. Deliberate and Act on the Dispatch Agreement between the City of Raton and Colfax County.

C. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-41: July 2016 Financial Report.

D.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-42: ICIP 2018-2022.

E.  Deliberate and Act on a Scrap Tire Recycling Grant with the New Mexico Environment Department.

F.  Deliberate and Act on Award of Contract for a Wildlife Gate at the Raton Municipal Airport.

G.  Deliberate and Act on Lodger’s Tax Recommendation to renew Contract with Lamar Billboards.

H.  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, August 19, 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.



Tricia Garcia, City Clerk


Tips Lead to Arrest of Both Murder Suspects

  August 19, 2016 – Adrian Duran, the second fugitive wanted in connection with the murder of a Raton man last Sunday evening, was arrested on Friday afternoon, August 19th in Cimarron by officers of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Department, the NM State Police and the Cimarron Police Department.   According to Colfax County Under Sheriff Leonard Baca, Jr.,  a tip was received concerning the whereabouts of Duran and a warrant was obtained for the residence and while officers were outside, Duran walked out and surrendered without incident.

Adrian Duran aka “Pelon” (Photo from Raton Police Dept. Facebook post)

Adrian Duran
(Photo from Raton Police Dept. Facebook post)

He was transported to the Vigil Maldonado Detention Center and awaits arraignment on charges of First Degree Murder and Tampering With Evidence.

Special to KRTN – Colfax County Sheriff’s Office, Raton Police Department, and New Mexico State Police responded to a tip received from the community  and Raton Crime Stoppers about the whereabouts of a suspect wanted in the in the August 14th murder of Charles Romero, 20.  The tip on Wednesday, August 17, at 7:12 pm was for a residence at 1409 State St in Raton, NM.

Louis Duran (Photo from Raton Police Dept. Facebook post.)

Louis Duran
(Photo from Raton Police Dept. Facebook post.)

Colfax County Sheriff’s Office Deputies obtained a search warrant to enter the residence and after a search, the suspect Louis Duran, was located inside and was arrested without incident.  Duran had an active warrant for Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the First Degree (OPEN CHARGE), Tampering with Evidence, and Possession of Firearm or Destructive Device by a Felon.  Also in the residence was Sidney Pena, who also was taken into custody for on a charge of Harboring or Aiding a Felon. Both were transported to the Vigil Maldonado Detention Center and booked accordingly without incident.



Original story at: http://krtnradio.com/2016/08/15/suspects-wanted/

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