Archive for: September 2016

Letter from Colfax County Clerk~ Voting

Greetings, Colfax County Voters!


The 2016 General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Absentee and Early Voting will begin on October 11, 2016. Early voting takes place in the Clerk’s office; however, this year for your convenience, we are offering Mobile/Early Voting in other parts of the County as well. Everyone who is registered to vote in Colfax County can vote early at one of the Mobile sites or in the Clerk’s office on the dates and times listed below:


  • Clerk’s Office, Colfax County Courthouse—Beginning October 11, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Angel Fire Village Hall—October 22 & 24, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Eagle Nest Community Center—October 25 & 26, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Cimarron Village Hall—October 27, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Springer Luna Community College—October 28, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Voting is both a right and a privilege in America. All registered voters may vote in the General Election to be held on November 8, 2016. We will advertise the Early and Mobile voting dates for the General Election as we get closer to that date.


We want to make voting as easy and convenient as possible for everyone. Please note the dates and times and exercise your right to VOTE!


Rebecca Hoy

County Clerk

In Loving Memory of Albinita “Bea” (“BeBe”) Downey

Albinita “Bea” or “BeBe” Downey left to fly with the angels on September 26, 2016, surrounded by her family.


Bea was born in the mining camp of Koehler, NM in 1938 to Emilio and Georgia Martinez who have both preceded her in death. She had ten siblings, Abran Martinez, Celestino Martinez, Catherine Gallegos, Victoria Gonzales (all passed), Mary Gomez, Alice Martinez, Gloria Halma, William Martinez and Irene Farmer, all of whom she loved dearly. She remained close to her siblings and their spouses, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren throughout their lives.


She came to Albuquerque in the early fifties to attend the University of New Mexico. She married Don Downey in 1961 and the couple had two children, Janet Downey Rankin and Thomas Downey. She dearly loved her son-in-law, Alan Rankin, her daughter-in-law, Vanessa Hoffman, and her grandchildren, Natalie Rankin, Allie Rankin, and Darius Downey, all of whom survive her.


downey-bBea’s nature was sweet and kind. She was a gentle soul who brought peace and comfort to the lives of all she touched. She was fiercely loyal to her family and friends, and brought warmth and laughter to anyone near her. Although we will miss her dearly, we are glad she is at peace.

Rosary will be recited Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m., at FRENCH FUNERALS– Wyoming. Mass of Christian

Burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 29, 2016, 8:30 a.m., at Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish, 2621 Vermont St. NE.

In lieu of flowers, she requested a donation be made to a charity of your choice.
FRENCH Funerals
7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE

(505) 823-9400

In Loving Memory of Margaret W. Swaningson

Margaret W. Swaningson died peacefully on Tuesday morning September 27, 2016 after a lengthy illness.
She is survived by her daughter Linde’ Schuster and her son Ric Swaningson, her son-in-law Ron Schuster and daughter-in-law Dawn Swaningson; her granddaughters: Elizabeth Carter, Arlys Fortier, Koreen Amen Joseph, Nichole Swaningson, Mindy Williams, Lacy Swaningson, Julia Schuster; great granddaughter: Megan Fortier, Abby Fortier, Alexandria Joseph, Andrea Joseph and Emma Williams and step-grandchildren:  Destiny Fortier, Grace Schuster Knowles and Joseph Schuster.
Margaret answered to Margo most of the time. She was born on May 1, 1930 in Minot, North Dakota to Lois Franklin Wuttke and Albert Wuttke. She was their 3rd of 4 children.
During the Depression, the family moved often to find better work. She lived in ND, SD MN and WI before she was 19 when she met and married Arthur Swaningson. Art and Margo settled in Maple Plain, MN on a small farm where they raised their three children, several horses, chickens, ducks, geese and turkey and, of course, corn, soybeans and hay to feed them all. Art drove truck for National Foods while Margo and the kids took care of much of the farming. Upon becoming empty nesters, they chose a life of evangelism and traveled the world for the Seventh Day Adventist church.
After her husband’s death in 2003, Margo shared her time between the homes of her three children. She loved her years in Raton and had been hoping to return when she got better. She made and loved many friends here.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her three siblings, her infant sons Mark and Michael and, regrettably, her daughter Trudy Mike and her loving husband of 53 years Arthur Swaningson.
There will be a memorial service in Minnesota where her ashes will be placed near her husband’s. Date is pending. 

NOTICE – Precinct Boards for General Election



Pursuant to NM State Statute 1-2-9(A) the Colfax County Clerk will be appointing Precinct Boards for 22 Precincts for the November 8, 2016 General Election.

Notice is hereby given that on or before October 10, 2016, precinct boards for the 2016 Primary Election will be appointed as follows for each of the voting precincts:

Precinct 1-A                        Community Center (Eagle Nest)

Precinct 1-B                      Community Center (Angel Fire)

Precinct 2                            City Hall (Cimarron)

Precinct 3                          City Hall (Cimarron)

Precinct 4                            Luna Community College (Springer)

Precinct 5                          High School (Springer)

Precinct 7                          School Auditorium (Maxwell)

Precinct 10-22                 Voting Convenience Center- Raton Convention Center (Raton) and St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Parish Hall (Raton)


Early/Absentee Precinct (Clerk’s Office- Colfax County Courthouse). All Eligible county wide voters may vote early at the county clerk’s office.

Each precinct board shall consist of one (1) presiding judge, two (2) election judges, and one (1) election clerk.

Applications for the stand-by list will be accepted at the County Clerk’s Office. For more information, please contact the county clerk’s office at 575-445-5551.


Rebecca Hoy

Colfax County Clerk




Pursuant to Section 1-2-17, 2015 Election Handbook, a public school of instructions for Precinct Board workers for the November 8, 2016 General Election will be held as follows:



Precincts 1A- 1B                                                                 Eagle Nest- Community Center

10:00 AM                                                                             Wednesday, October 19, 2016



Precincts 2-7                                                                       Maxwell- School Library 

10:00 AM                                                                             Thursday, October 20, 2016



Precincts 10-22                                                                  Colfax County Courthouse

Absentee Precinct                                                              Old Commission Chambers  

10:00 AM                                                                             Friday, October 21, 2016           




Rebecca Hoy
Colfax County Clerk



Conforme a la sección 1-2-17, manual de elecciones 2015, una escuela pública de instrucción para los trabajadores de la Junta de distrito para el 08 de octubre de 2016 elecciones primarias se realizaran de la siguiente manera:

Precintos 1A- 1B Eagle Nest- Community Center
10:00 AM miércoles, 19 de octubre de 2016
Precintos 2-7 Maxwell- School Library
10:00 AM Jueves, 20 de octubre de 2016
Precintos 10-22 Colfax County Courthouse
Distrito Ausente Old Commission Chambers
10:00 AM viernes, 21 de octubre de 2016

Rebecca Hoy
Colfax County Clerk


Anyone wishing to Absentee Vote for the General Election may do so beginning October 11, 2016. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Anyone desiring to vote by mail must request an application from the County Clerk’s Office. The last day for the County Clerk to send an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, November 4, 2016. The last day to vote in person is Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Rebecca Hoy
Colfax County Clerk




Quienes deseen votar ausente para la elección general pueden hacer tan empezando 11 de octubre de 2016. Horario de oficina es del lunes al viernes de 8:00 a.m. hasta las 5:00 p.m.


Cualquier persona que deseen votar por correo debe pedir una solicitud de la Secretaria del condado. El último día para el Secretaria del Condado enviar una boleto de elector ausente por correo es viernes, 04 de noviembre de 2016. El último día para votar en persona es sábado, 05 de noviembre de 2016 de 10:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m.


Rebecca Hoy

Colfax County Clerk 

In Loving Memory of Charles John Madrid Jr.

Charles John Madrid Jr., age 52, passed away unexpectedly at home on September 26, 2016.


madrid cHe was born in Trinidad, Colorado on May 5, 1964 to Angelina (Mestas) and John Madrid.


On May 16, 2003, John was united in marriage to Erica Colangelo in Trinidad, Colorado.


He was preceded in death by mother Angelina Madrid.


He is survived by wife Erica, home address, children Jonathan (Kailynn) Colangelo and Mariah Colangelo, grandchild Jace Colangelo, father John Madrid, all of Trinidad, siblings Barbara (Ernie) Martinez, Raton, Loretta (Randy) Griego, Theresa Madrid, Jason Madrid, all of Trinidad, Lynette (Jeramiah) Tilly of CA, mother and father-in-law Shirley and Frank Colangelo, Trinidad, sister and brother-in-law Dolores (Patrick) Arguello, Trinidad, numerous nieces and nephews, including special nephew Xavier Madrid, and other relatives and friends.


Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Sebastiani Gym.


Inurnment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Lily Wright Budd

Lily Wright Budd was born in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. on May 14, 1936, the daughter of Gaston E. Wright (1911-1965) and Nina Lester Wright (1908-1995) who were both Texas natives.


Her mother was a teacher and Lily grew up in Childress, Canyon, Vega and Post, Texas. She attended Childress High School and graduated from Plainview High in 1953. She was in band and chorus as well as the Future Homemakers and Future Business Leaders of America.


Lily was a commercial teacher in Springer High School from 1956-1959 where she was also the yearbook and student council advisor. She spent a month traveling in Europe during the summer of 1959. She taught in Raton High School in 1959-1960 where she was the junior class advisor.


Lily met Clarence Edward Budd, Jr. in February of 1958 in the Maxwell gym at a dance after a basketball game. They married September 11, 1959, in the First Baptist Church in Raton, N.M.


She became a 100% full time mother when her oldest son was born and for the next 20+ years she was a room mother, little league and 4-H mom, PTA leader, supported the band/music programs and taught sunday school. Lily was from the age of 14, a seamstress and after retirement, to stay busy, began quilting. She later designed the New Mexico Centennial Quilt for the DAR.


The Budds were avid travelers taking the family to Hawaii, Disneyland and Disney World. They loved camping in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. The Budds took a 2-month caravan to Alaska with the Holiday Rambler RV Association. They visited every state in the US and all but 2 of the Canadian provinces.


She was a member of the Red Hats and collected antiques, enjoying meeting with the Colfax County Antique Study Group.

She passed away in Denver on September 17, 2016. She requested that no services be held. The Budds have decided to be buried together in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Lily is survived by her husband Clarence and her sons, Jeffrey (Connie Graham) of Castle Rock, Co., Jay Scott of Franktown, Co., Jon Cooper (Allison Frakes) of Dove Canyon, Ca. and Joey Edward of Raton, N.M. Her grandsons are Jay’s son Devin Cooper of Salt Lake City, UT and Jon’s sons, Jon Cooper II and Eric of Dove Canyon, Ca.

Arrangements for Lily Wright Budd are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton N.M.