Archive for: October 2016

In Loving Memory of Joe Padilla, Jr.

Joe Padilla, Jr., age 79, died Saturday, October 29, 2016, in Clayton, New Mexico.

Cremation has taken place and no services are scheduled at this time.

Joe Padilla, Jr. was born on December 28, 1936 in Roy, New Mexico to Margarito Joe Padilla, Sr. And Pauline G. (Ortega) Padilla.


Joe married Mary Nora (Valdez) Padilla on November 18, 1955 in Clayton, New Mexico.


padilla-jrJoe retired from the New Mexico Highway Department in 1982 after 25 years. He owned and operated a salvage yard in Guymon, Oklahoma from 1982-1989 and then returned to Clayton where he worked for the First National Bank from 1993 until he retired in 2000. He also owned rental property in Clayton.


Joe was a member of the Eagles Club in Tucumcari, New Mexico, The Elks Lodge in Guymon, Oklahoma and the Lions Club and the Knights of Columbus in Clayton, New Mexico.


He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sons; Michael Anthony Padilla on April 26, 1995 and Frankie Joe Padilla on July 29, 2004, 1 sister; Mary Cruz, 2 Brothers; Ernie Padilla and Morris Padilla, 1 Brother-in-law; Julian Vigil and 1 daughter-in-law; Linda Padilla.


WIFE: Mary Padilla of Clayton, New Mexico.

3 SONS: Danny Padilla, Morris Padilla and Michael Padilla, II all of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 DAUGHTER: Annabelle Padilla of Clayton, New Mexico.

2 SISTERS: Cecilia Vigil of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Dorothy Gutierrez and her husband Eloy of Corpus Christi, Texas.

3 BROTHERS: Albert Padilla and his wife Mary of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ralph Padilla and his wife Patsy of Pueblo, Colorado and Jerry Padilla and his wife Lillie of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 SISTER-IN-LAW: Beatrice Padilla of Guymon, Oklahoma.

4 GRANDCHILDREN: Brandon Padilla of Tucumcari, New Mexico, Ty Padilla of Amarillo, Texas, Andrew Padilla of Clayton, New Mexico and Charla Jimenez of Denver, Colorado.

1 GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER: Stella Padilla of Amarillo, Texas.

Joe is also survived by many “Little Monkeys”, friends, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was known as Uncle Joe and Uncle Monkey to many people.

In Loving Memory of Manuel E. Garcia

Manuel E. Garcia, age 58, passed away on Oct.6, 2016 in Florence, Kentucky.


garcia-manuelManuel was born on February 10, 1958 in Raton, the son of Esecpula and Josephine Garcia.


Manuel is survived by his daughter Monica Smith of Tennessee, sisters Juanita Chua and family of Stockton, CA, Paula Aragon of Raton, brother Paul Garcia of Raton. Many nieces and nephews also survive.


Recitation of The Most Holy Rosary will be Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 10:00 am at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Deacon Tom Alderette, followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 am with Father Bill Woytavich as the Celebrant.


Rite of Committal and inurnment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.


Funeral Arrangements for Manuel E. Garcia are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.




November 8, 2016





Presiding Judge: Richard Johnson

Judge: Delma Grine

Clerk: Martha Siau

Clerk: Sally Kovac




Presiding Judge: Cynthia Germscheid

Judge: Colie Donaldson

Clerk: Brad Schuppan

Clerk: Darla Schuppan

Clerk: Thomas Germscheid




Presiding Judge: Ramona Gurule

Judge: Anne Cardenas

Clerk: Dora Thompkins

Clerk: Linda Gallegos




Presiding Judge: Esther Arguello

Judge: Margie Martinez

Clerk:  Helen Rivera

Clerk: Shannon Ott




Presiding Judge: Eliseo Espinosa

Judge: Maria Crosswhite

Clerk: Yolanda Jensen

Clerk: Louise Portillos




Presiding Judge: Anthony Romero

Judge: Alfonso Chavez

Clerk:  Wanda Burton

Clerk: Rebecca Herrera




Presiding Judge: Jean Mobley

Judge: Karla Pinkston

Clerk: Margaret Query

Clerk: Janet Hoy







Presiding Judge: Malisssa Colangelo-Garcia

Judge: Valerie Romero

Clerk: Nancy Paulich

Clerk: Vivian Lark

Clerk: Trevor Colangelo

Clerk: Remy: Garcia




Presiding Judge: Robert Paul Romero

Judge: Dorothy Salazar

Clerk: Coy Kelley

Clerk: Cecilia Medina

Clerk: Louise Morgan

Clerk: Carlos Quintana




Presiding Judge: Julie Kelley

Judge: Linda Calderelli

Clerk:  Linda King

Clerk:  Cecelia Vallejos

Clerk: Pauline Monarrez



Presiding Judge: Malissa Colangelo-Garcia

Judge: Rebecca Hoy

Judge: Virginia Mack

Clerk: Robert P. Romero




Linda Gallegos

Bernadette Romero

Bill Johnson

Charles Hoy





County of Colfax              )


I, the County Clerk in and for said County and State, do hereby certify that the above listed individuals constitute the Precinct Board membership for the Precincts cited above.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto subscribe my name and affix my official seal on this the__31st   Day of October, 2016



Rebecca Hoy

Colfax County Clerk

In Loving Memory of Mary Lou Darras

Mary Lou Darras age 74, of Raton, NM, passed away Sunday October 23, 2016 in Raton.


darrasShe was born April 15, 1942 in Raton the daughter of Bernado and Anne Salazar-Padilla. Mary was a retired accountant and a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton.

She is preceded in death by her parents, son Ronald, daughter Angels Faye one sister and one brother. Mary is survived by her husband Buddy Darras of the home, one daughter Mary Ann Smith and companion Pete of Westminster , CO, two sons Daniel Mondragon and companion Toni of Commerce City, CO, and Buddy Joseph Darras of Lakewood, CO. two brothers Alfonso Padilla and wife Vickie of Raton, NM, and James Padilla of Denver, CO. Seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Monday October 31, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Deacon Tom Alderette Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 with Father Bill Woytavich as the celebrant.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Mary Lou Darras are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of

In Loving Memory of Eloisa Rivera

Eloisa Rivera, age 59. A beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister and Friend. She was born in Raton, New Mexico on October 30, 1956 and graduated from Raton High in 1974. She received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in Social Work and retired as a Chief of Social Services for the State of Nevada.


Eloisa went to be with the Lord on October 20, 2016. She was the daughter of John and Margaret Grine of Raton, NM, both deceased.


eloisa-memorial-1Everyone who knew Eloisa all share so much gratitude for her generosity, kindness, wisdom and strength. Even in her darkest days suffering the debilitating effects of Scleroderma, she still inspired all around her to trust in the Lord and never take a single day for granted. She encouraged all to believe in the power of their own inner-strength as they face life’s challenges. She gave so much to everyone and never asked for anything in return, other than to use our gifts to make a difference in this world in any way we can.    


Eloisa is survived by her husband – Fred Rivera; children – Greg;  Stepchildren:  Richelle, Ray, Jim and Sara; grandchildren – Jace, Salley, Pyeatt, Joseph, Myah, Bethany, and Nicole; Siblings – Robert, Johnny, Alex, Augustine, Lupita, Theresa, Rosalie, Berniece, and Patricia.  And numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 
Eloisa died of Scleroderma and wished for, in lieu of flowers or gifts, that a donation is made to the Scleroderma foundation at: http://www.scleroderma.org/site/TR?px=1381925&pg=personal&fr_id=1050&et=7gwfJLBwPDuAWf1z-PUpPA#.WAr8ePkrLrc


There will be a Mass Intention reading in Eloisa’s honor St. Patrick/Joseph’s Catholic Church on Saturday, November 5, 2016 during the 5:30 pm Mass, followed by a reception at the Best Western Raton Hotel in the Board Room.  


For more information, please send email to sjrivera1@sbcglobal.com with subject line:  Eloisa Rivera or call Sara Rivera at (916) 284-6431.

SPECIAL MEETING: Colfax County Board of Commissioners


NOVEMBER 10, 2016



PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Board of Commissioners will meet in Special Session on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., in the Commission Chambers, 3rd floor at the Colfax County Courthouse, Raton, NM for the following:


  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Salute to the New Mexico Flag
  4. Approve Agenda
  5. Recognize Visitors
  6. Discuss/Action – Canvass November 8, 2016 General Election Results
  7. Adjourn


Done this 10th day of November, 2016

Raton Pass Road

Subject: Raton Pass Road

I have just listened to and watched the video of last nights (October 25, 2016) city commission meeting posted on the KRTN website. I am in particular writing to address the portion of the meeting dealing with the “access” or limiting and or denying access  to the citizens of Raton and or “deeding” the right of way of the Old Pass Road to landowners adjacent to the road.

This is not only a bad idea, it is a horrible idea. Consider this my protest.

This morning (10/26/2016) I personally stopped and visited a bit with City Manager Barry. Afterwords I came home and watched the video of the meeting and the comments made by the mayor and all of the commissioners as well as Mr. Steve Hyden who is a property owner there.

My wife and I drove the road this very afternoon and looked for the evidence of the vandalism going on which was mentioned at the meeting. All we could find that seemed new were a few individual pieces of roofing material, all of them this side of the towers located this side of a gate that has been newly installed there since the last time we were up there. I could pick up the pieces visible from the roadway in 15 to 20 minutes at the most. There was no evidence we noticed of any vandalism that has not been there for years.

There is a new gate and some signs placed there warning folks that the road is private, it is located at the same location where gates have been installed in the past and which the city then removed or had them removed..

Some questions that the citizens of Raton need answers to are:

1) What is the rush that it needs to be voted on at the next meeting which is the same night as the national election. People will be focused on that and not a city commission meeting.

2) The road from the towers to where it is blocked off is at least two and 1/2 miles. Do the math 2.5 miles X 5,280 Ft/Mile = 132,200 feet. Multiply that X 100 feet wide for the right of way and you get 1,320,000 square Ft., one million three hundred and twenty thousand square Ft. divide that by 43,560 Sq. Ft/Acre and we have 30.30 acres. This is what the city proposed to close off or “vacate” to the property owners as Mayor Mantz asked.

3) What is the monetary value of the property in question? Does the city know?

4) What is the recreational/cultural value of the Old Pass Road to the citizens of Raton?

5)  Is the monetary/recreational/cultural value sufficient to allow proper public discussion at the city commission meeting(s).?

6) Who are the individuals who stand to gain by this proposed action? We know commissioner Donald Giacomo is a land owner in the proposed area, he said so at the meeting.

7) Who authorized the placement of a gate there which was there today, October 26th, a few hours after the meeting drew to a close?

8) Who actually put the gate there? Was it the city? One of the Property owners?

9) Is the placement of the gate legal?

10) There are signs stating “PRIVATE PROPERTY, NO TRESPASSING, NOT A PUBLIC ROADWAY”. Who placed the signs there? This is a public road, it belongs to the citizens of Raton.

11) Did the city authorize someone to place these signs there?

Further the appearance of a rush job is not consistent with good governance. Commissioner Chavez seemed agreeable to the idea of closing the road, Mayor Mantz actually asked about the possibility of DEEDING the property to the land owners, Commissioner Donald Giacomo indicated he is a property owner and as such would benefit from the action, Commissioner Schuester seemed ready to put it on the agenda for the next meeting which occurs on election night, Commissioner Segotta made the motion to place this on the November 8th meeting as an action item.

I think if you were a citizen sitting listening to this you too might ask if this is a good idea? If this is a rush to do it without proper citizen input? Why the rush.

Preciliano Martín
P.O. Box 513
536 SO. 5th Street
Raton, NM 87740

Redd Rides Red Hot in Moto/Supercross

Zach Redd of Raton, participated for the first time this year in the Sports Riders Association of Colorado (SRAC), series of motocross and supercross races, but, at the age of eight, competed like a seasoned veteran and finished the season in second place in multiple classes and categories. 
In his first year of racing, Redd competed in races that began in May 2016 and ended in October and had an amazing season of accomplishments as he finished the season with 2nd place Grand Champion (motocross and supercross combined points) in the 50cc Class 2 division (7-8 years old).  He was also: 2nd place Grand Champion in the 50cc Class 5 division (4-8 years); 2nd place 50cc motocross Class 2;  2nd place 50cc motocross Class 5;  5th  place 50cc supercross Class 2; and 3rd place 50cc supercross Class 5.  These were amazing finishes for a first year racer, but the most rewarding accomplishment was being nominated for 2016 Rider of the Year among 3 divisions (50cc, 65cc & 85cc). 
There were hundreds of participants throughout the season, but with hard work and dedication, he placed among the top riders of Colorado and surrounding areas, and had fun and made a lot of new friends along the way.
Zach is the son of Jessica Gonzales and Casey Redd, and the grandson of Jimmy and Bobbie Gonzales and Glen & Diane Redd and is the great-grandson of Bob and Bernie George.

In Loving Memory of Joe Amado Valdez

Joe Amado Valdez age 84 of Raton, NM passed away Sunday October 16, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM.


valdez-jHe was born July 26, 1932 in Antencio, NM, the son of Dessie and Rose Fernandez-Valdez.


Mr. Valdez worked for the New Mexico Highway Department until his retirement.

A private service was held at the St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Inurnment was in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements for Joe Amado Valdez were under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Paul James Hollowell

Paul James Hollowell began his journey with our Lord on October 16, 2016. Paul was born to James Hollowell and Gloria Encinias, on October 18, 1965.

hollowellPaul worked for the United States Postal Serves and Federal Express in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Paul enjoyed tinkering with automobiles, riding his Harley motorcycle, weightlifting, and spending time with his family and friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Henry Encinias and Melecia Cordova, his Aunt Lillian Encinias Rubidoux, Aunt Vanessa Encinias and Cousin Holly Ringo.

Paul leaves behind his parents Alfredo and Gloria Fernandez, brothers John, Henry (Theresa), Robert and Michael Lee, uncles, Rocky Encinias, Eloy and (Debra) Encinias, Mike Encinias, Armando Encinias, Eugene Encinias, and Wayne Encinias, Aunts: Erlinda Encinias, Clorinda Ringo and Margaret and (Christopher) Barksdale, numerous nephews, cousins and his special friend Patricia Leal.

Visitation will be Thursday October 27, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for the public and 4:00 p.m.to 6:00 PM for the family at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home Chapel. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Friday October 28, 2016 at 7:00 P.M at the Alderette-Pomery Funeral Home chapel by Deacon Tom Alderette. Mass of the Resurrection will be Saturday at 10:30 A.M. October 29, 2016 with Father Bill Woytavich as the celebrant. Rite of Christian Burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Pall Bearers will be, Rocky Encinias, Armando Encinias, Eugene Encinias, Wayne Encinias, Garry Ringo and Nicolas Ringo.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Alderette-Pomery Funeral Home