Archive for: November 2016

Raton City Commission Meeting November 22, 2016






A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on November 22, 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, December 13, 2016 at 6pm.
  • All City Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th in observance of Thanksgiving.
  • Proclamation: Recognizing Raton Accounts Payable Clerk Christine Valentini-Years of Service.

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 November 8, 2016 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

B.  Public Hearing: Raton, New Mexico Code of Ordinances:

     Chapter 33 – City Personnel Policies

     Section 28 – Collective Bargaining

     Providing for Labor Management Relations Board and other revisions.

C.  Deliberate and Act on Raton, New Mexico Code of Ordinances:

      Chapter 33 – City Personnel Policies

      Section 28 – Collective Bargaining

      Providing for Labor Management Relations Board and other revisions.

D.  Deliberate and Act on Juvenile Justice Program Budget Adjustment.

E.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-50: Budget Adjustment #5 FY17.

F.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-51: October 2016 Financial Report.

G.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-52: Adopt Mileage Rate Amendment.

H.  Deliberate and Act on Lease Agreement between the City of Raton and Lamar Billboards.

I.  Deliberate and Act on appointment to City Boards:

  • Lodger’s Tax Board
  • ETZ Zoning Board

J.  City Manager’s Report

VII.  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, November 18, 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 Mascarenas, City Clerk


Capitan Advances As Raton Heads Home With Head Held High

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Despite the injuries the Raton Tigers played their final game of the 2016 football season with heart and determination against the second seed Capitan Tigers in Capitan Saturday afternoon November 19th. The Raton edition of the Tigers clawed at Capitan all afternoon, before the offensive talent of Price Bowen and company prevailed for a 36-0 victory.

Coach Tory Giacomo said he was very proud of his team making it into the quarterfinals in class 3A football after two losing seasons, noting that the team which is made up of several juniors, was coming into their own style of play and making noise in class 3A football.

Raton began the game kicking off to Capitan who was stunned by the sharp hitting of the Raton defense and couldn’t get things to gel the first series and was forced to punt it away. The Capitan defense was pushed around in the interior line for much of the afternoon, but did not break however and held Raton to six plays before Raton had to punt.

Only two series into the game penalties began to play a role in the game and how the offenses moved the ball. Capitan began the next series with three penalties in a row and were forced to punt again. Raton was also bitten by the penalty bug and had two in their next series that finally ended with a punt. Capitan took over the ball and finally were able to make things click and ended a 65 yard 11 play drive with a one-yard run by Stephen Ellison the PAT failed and left the score 6-0 with 11:35 left in the second quarter.

Raton again fell prey to its own excitement, committing a couple of procedure penalties in this series before having to punt the ball away. Capitan took the punt to the 41-yardline where they again pounded the ball down the field against a stout Raton defense finally arriving at the one where Price Bowen bounced it in for six. Capitan scored the 2-point try making it 14-0 with 5:50 left in the second quarter.

The game continued to be played between the 20 yard lines with both defenses holding their ground until half time. Raton moved to the south end zone to lick their wounds having lost Anthony Saenz and Ismael Tafoya to injury. Jonathan Cabriales played for a while on defense but finally was forced out due to his elbow injury suffered in last week’s game with Newcomb.

Second half action continued with Raton filling positions and doing the best they could despite the injuries sustained in the first half. Their first series of plays took them to the 25-yardline where they turned the ball over to Capitan on downs.

Capitan then took control of the ball game and began to more easily move the ball against the younger less experienced Raton defense. The drive was capped off with a 17-yard pass play to Bronson Leach and followed by a Price Bowen extra point for a 21-0 game.

Raton then went three and out with a very short punt giving Capitan great field position that ended with a 19-yard pass play to Jacob Smith for six. Bowen added the PAT and left the score 28-0. Another three and out for Raton and a short punt once again allowed Capitan to move the ball in quickly and add six more to the board.

Raton managed to hold on to the ball a little longer this series as they moved into the fourth quarter where a pass interference call moved them closer to the goal line. However, penalties once again forced Raton to give up the ball on downs. Capitan put one up and Richie Acevedo found the handle on it and gave it back to Raton. Raton was unable to move the ball and was forced to punt.

Four plays later Capitan was once again threatening when Garrison Weams fumbled and Raton recovered on the 10-yardline.  Capitan however still came out with the score when a high snap went out of the end of the end zone for a safety leaving the score 36-0 with 3:47 left in the game.

Raton once again struck and forced a fumble that was picked up by Dante Romero. Raton ended the short series with a pass interception by Jacob Smith who took the ball down field and after a facemask penalty the ball ended up at the Raton 35. One run and three knees later the final buzzer blew and ended the Raton Tiger 2016 football season.

Coach Tory Giacomo is already looking forward to next year with a good group of seasoned next year seniors to lead the team.

Interview with Coach Tory Giacomo

Richie Acevedo and Jacob Smith meet for the ball early in the state playoff game in Capitan Saturday afternoon where Acevedo almost intercepts the ball.

Richie Acevedo and Jacob Smith meet for the ball early in the state playoff game in Capitan Saturday afternoon where Acevedo almost intercepts the ball.


With the absence of Jonathan Cabriales, younger players like Richie Acevedo had to step it up and fill on the gap, here Richie tries to turn the corner and head up as Bronson Leach gets a hand on him.

With the absence of Jonathan Cabriales, younger players like Richie Acevedo had to step it up and fill on the gap, here Richie tries to turn the corner and head up as Bronson Leach gets a hand on him.


Tristen Gallegos another of those players to step it up and make the plays during the state playoff game in Capitan Saturday.

Tristen Gallegos another of those players to step it up and make the plays during the state playoff game in Capitan Saturday.


Jacob Smith and Gabe Martinez both go for the ball Saturday afternoon

Jacob Smith and Gabe Martinez both go for the ball Saturday afternoon


The results of the are seen hear as the ball flies up and out of reach for both players.

The results of the are seen hear as the ball flies up and out of reach for both players.


Alejandro Trujillo makes a diving catch Saturday afternoon as Raton and Capitan vie for another state playoff game.

Alejandro Trujillo makes a diving catch Saturday afternoon as Raton and Capitan vie for another state playoff game.


One of many penalties during this state playoff game in Capitan

One of many penalties during this state playoff game in Capitan


By this time in the game there isn't much to celebrate for the Raton Tigers as they are down 34-0.

By this time in the game there isn’t much to celebrate for the Raton Tigers as they are down 34-0.


Trying to figure out what play to send in next Coach Tory Giacomo and quarterback Dustin Segura talk it over.

Trying to figure out what play to send in next Coach Tory Giacomo and quarterback Dustin Segura talk it over.


Senior Jonathan Cabriales looks on from the sidelines late in the game as the Raton Tigers without him on offense try to at least put some points on the board.

Senior Jonathan Cabriales looks on from the sidelines late in the game as the Raton Tigers without him on offense try to at least put some points on the board.

In Loving Memory of Kendyl K. Monroe

Kendyl K. Monroe passed away on November 14, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, at the age of 80.

The family will hold a small gathering on November 26th in Bethesda, Maryland, for area friends and family. Funeral services will be held at the Kenton United Methodist Church in Kenton, Oklahoma and burial will follow in the Kenton Cemetery on December 10, 2016. A celebration of life is being planned for January 6, 2017, in New York City.

The Extraordinary Life of Kendyl Kurth Monroe

A man of insatiable curiosity, leadership and willingness to get involved to make a difference, Kendyl’s extraordinary life included a highly successful law practice, an avid passion for genealogy, being an airplane owner and recreational pilot, a strong commitment to education as well as generous support for organizations advancing public health, historic preservation, music and theatre. He was a global traveler, including trips to both the North and South Poles, the Galapagos Islands, and particularly enjoyed fishing trips with his sons north of the Arctic Circle. He published two books: Small Worlds and Highlands Forests: Historical Sketches of Our Lands.

Kendyl was born on September 6, 1936, to D.D. and Helen Monroe in the remote prairie town of Clayton in Northeastern New Mexico. He lived there until completing public high school in 1954. He attended Stanford University (A.B 1958 cum laude) and Stanford Law School (L.L.B 1960). While at Stanford, he married his first love Barbara Ann Sayre in 1956, who he met in high school, and was married to for 56 years until her passing in 2012. With gratitude for his education at Stanford, Kendyl remained active in alumni affairs, serving as Chairman of the Board of Visitors, and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Stanford Law School. In 1989, he was a recipient of the Stanford University Gold Spike Award for distinguished volunteer leadership.

Kendyl joined the prominent Wall Street law firm Sullivan & Cromwell in 1960 and became a partner on January 1, 1968 where he focused on national and international tax law. As a practitioner, he was active in the adaption of old and the creation of new methods of financing in response to the significant changes in tax laws over the years he practiced. He was Managing Tax Partner from 1981 to 1985.

After graduating law school, Kendyl initially lived in a YMCA in Staten Island when he moved to work in New York, and subsequently was able to afford the rent for a small apartment in Manhattan. Soon thereafter, Kendyl and Barbara bought and restored a brownstone house in Greenwich Village, originally built in 1866, where they raised three sons and entertained many guests from diverse backgrounds. Kendyl was very active in his children’s educational institutions serving as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Grace Church School, on the Collegiate School Board of Trustees as well as Senior Warden at Grace Church.

Kendyl was passionate about service, a quality he learned from his father. Among his favorite activities were serving in the leadership of the Clan Munro Association and on the boards of the off-Broadway Lamb’s Theatre; The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation; the Public Health Research Institute; and the New York Chamber Soloists.

Kendyl helped organize the Highlands Forest Partnership in 1968, which purchased and preserved the natural conditions of a large tract of timberlands, streams, lakes and mountains in the Adirondack Park near Keeseville, NY. He and Barbara built a camp style house on the property where he enjoyed splitting firewood, rebuilding rock walls, horseback riding and cross country skiing. His children and grandchildren continue to cherish the Adirondack experience today.

monroeKendyl retired from Sullivan & Cromwell in 1994. He and Barbara built and moved to an adobe home on Barbara’s family’s historic Sayre Ranch located 40 miles northwest of Clayton, NM, in the valley of the Dry Cimarron River near the Colorado and Oklahoma borders. In 1995, he purchased the nearby and larger El Valle Escondido Ranch and spent his days fully restoring natural stone houses and undertaking land improvements as well as managing cattle and horses. He and Barbara loved to receive visitors from all over the world especially during the annual Round Up when the family cattle were branded. While he acclimated to ranch life, he quickly became active in many local ranching, agricultural and historic preservation efforts including serving as Chairman of the Eklund Association and overseeing the restoration of the Eklund Hotel and Saloon. He also served terms as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Union County Medical Foundation, Chairman of the Union County Water Board and President of the Clayton Rotary Club. He was also a proud member of the New Mexico Amigos, a non-profit organization to promote the state of New Mexico.

In 2010, Kendyl and Barbara relocated to Bethesda, Maryland, to be closer to their children when Barbara’s health began to decline. After helping to care for Barbara in her final years, Kendyl was gradually overcome by his own health challenges.


He is survived by his three sons, Sidney, Dean and Loren and their children Veronica, Henry, Keenan, Devon, Miles and Linden.

MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Kendyl Monroe to the Clayton Rotary Club (checks written to Christmas Basket Fund; P.O. Box 548, Clayton NM 88415) or the Albert W. Thompson Memorial Library (checks written to Town of Clayton with “Library” written in the memo section; 1 Chestnut Street, Clayton NM 88415).

Funeral ServiceSaturday, December 10, 2016

Kenton United Methodist Church
Cedar Street
Kenton, Oklahoma 73946

In Loving Memory of Manuelita (Mela) Lucero Peebles

Manuelita (Mela) Lucero Peebles passed away November 8, 2016 at the age of 88 after a long illness.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose De La Luz and Ofelia Sisneros, husband Sostenes Lucero, sons, Paul Lucero, George Raymond Lucero, Daniel Lucero and daughter, Vera Martinez.
Survivors include, husband Woody Peebles of the home in Raton, New Mexico. sons: Tony Sisneros, Raton, New Mexico, Mike Lucero and Veronica of Raton, John Lucero and Pat of Raton, Manuel Lucero and Juanita of Raton, and Phillip Lucero of Albuquerque, NM. daughters: Susan Lucero of Clovis, NM. Linda Benavidez and Max of Bernalillo, NM. Step-son Woodford Peebles, Jr. and Belinda of San Diego, CA, step-daughter Karen Peebles and Tod Day, 28 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Services for Manuelita (Mela) Peebles are pending and are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Daniel Felix James Martinez

Daniel Felix James Martinez, age 39 of Raton, passed away Friday, November 11, 2016 in Raton.


martinez-danielHe was born July 20, 1977 in Raton, the son of Danny R. and Edna Martinez.


Daniel was a construction worker, a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and snow.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Felix and Margaret Martinez, maternal grandmother Margie Martinez.


Daniel is survived by his parents Danny Martinez and wife Yolanda of Raton, mother Edna Sandoval and husband Roger of Raton, daughter Serenity Martinez of Clayton, NM, son Daniel F. Martinez, Jr. of Clayton, NM, sisters Monica Vigil and husband James of Maxwell, NM, and Erica Zamora of Raton. Kayla Sandoval and Kendra Sandoval of Raton, step-brother Patrick Sanchez of Raton, fiancé Balinda Hernandez of Raton and grandfather James (Eddy) Martinez of Raton.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Monday, November 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, recited by Frank Cimino, Jr.  Mass of the Resurrection will follow with Father John Brasher as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will be in the Fairmont Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Daniel Felix James Martinez are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Joseph A. DiGregorio

Joseph Anthony DiGregorio, 61, of Denver, Colorado, died unexpectedly at home on November 10, 2016.

dave-d-2Joe was born in Trinidad, Colorado on June 16, 1955 to Julius and Frances (nee Amato) DiGregorio.

He attended Holy Trinity Catholic School.

After graduation, he attended Trinidad State Junior College and the University of Colorado-Boulder, earning a BS in economics before heading back home to head the Huerfano/Las Animas Council of Government for several years.

In 1986, Joe earned his Doctorate of Juris Prudence at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He worked in private practice as a defense attorney in Spokane before moving back to Colorado in order to be closer to his family. After a stint in Glenwood Springs with the Garfield County Attorney’s Office. Joe moved to Denver to work for the Denver City Attorney’s Office. During his tenure with Denver City Attorney’s Office, Joe became expert in child support and paternity issues and was instrumental in writing laws to improve the lives of children throughout the state.

Even while practicing law, Joe was always interested in learning new things. He became a certified welder, learned to repair and restore his many antique clocks and found new ways to repair and restore his car collection. But his love was wood working. His time in his woodshop produced much of the furniture in his home.

OBITEven though health problems dogged him for several years, Joe remained optimistic, tenacious, curious, generous and involved in the lives of family and friends.

Joe is survived by his wife Gwen McCargar, stepsons, Matthew Gains of Las Vegas, NM , and Rob McCargar (Randi) of Saratoga, WY,, grandchildren Kaycee and Samantha of Saratoga, WY, sister Francine DiGregorio of Trinidad, CO, brother David DiGregorio of Indianapolis, IN, niece Julie Paola (John) of Aurora, CO, nephew, Mark William Schultz of Colorado Springs, CO. Numerous other relatives, colleagues and friends also survive.

Services will be December 1, 2016. at 1PM at St. Pauls’ Community Church, 8001 W. 23rd Avenue, Lakewood, CO, 80214 with reception to follow.

Funeral Services will be held in Trinidad, CO, on Friday December 2 2016 with Funeral Mass celebrated at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym.

Inurnment to follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Reception to follow at Noon at the Trinidad Holiday Inn

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Irene Tower

Irene Tower, age 92, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016, in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM till 8:00 PM on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Hass Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, November 22, at the Clayton Memorial Cemetery with L. R. Haisten officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

tower-ireneIrene Tower was born on January 16, 1924 in Merit, Texas to Christopher Minick and Mary Magdoline (Townsend) Minick. Irene married Lloyd Andrew Tower on May 17, 1941 in Clayton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on January 23, 2001. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Clayton, New Mexico and worked in the church for over sixty years as the Sunday School secretary and she served as a board member for several years. Irene loved to work in her yard, crochet for her family, bake and cook. She was very well known for her sour dough bread. Irene and Lloyd enjoyed rock hunting together. Irene also worked for the local cable company in Clayton for eleven years. In addition to her parents and husband, Irene was preceded in death by 1 daughter; Lorene Anell Tower in 1943, a brother; John Minick and a son-in-law; Toby Encinias, Jr.


3 DAUGHTERS: Patricia Sewell and her husband Jack of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Dianna Brown and her husband Jeff of Kingman, Arizona and Reva Encinias of Las Vegas, New Mexico.

4 GRANDCHILDREN: Robert Foster and his wife Beverly of New Strawn, Kansas, Anna Aragon and her husband John of LeDoux, New Mexico, Lorene Swan and her husband Brian of Lemoore, California and Alex Encinias and his wife Angela of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

5 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Mikayle Foster, Donna Miller, Adam Swan, Dorothy Encinias and Genevive Encinias.

1 SISTER-IN-LAW: Jane Minick of Grand Prairie, Texas.

1 NEPHEW: Mark Minick and his wife Kim and their children Jake and Lauren all of Austin, Texas.

1 NIECE: Ashley Minick of Grand Prairie, Texas.

VisitationMonday, November 21, 2016
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Hass Funeral Directors, Inc.
324 Main St.
Clayton, New Mexico 88415
Graveside ServiceTuesday, November 22, 2016
10:00 AM

Clayton Memorial Cemetery
1000 Princeton Street
Clayton, NM 88415

In Loving Memory of Cristobal (Chris) Gonzales

Cristobal (Chris) Gonzales passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the age of 102 in Raton.
gonzales-crChris was born September 2, 1914 in San Isidro Norte, New Mexico to Santos Gonzales and Aniseta Blea
Chris enjoyed playing pool, doing word search puzzles, and playing cards. He was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, his first wife Lucaria Aragon Gonzales and daughters Castela Gonzales, Amalia Gonzales, Alicia Sandoval, Libby Sandoval, Tina Trujillo, Camila Gonzales and sons Hipolito Gonzales and Juan Sandoval, second wife Cora Barela Gonzales and daughters Marie Gonzales, Rachel Martinez, Berdina Burgess, Frances Aguirre and son Luke Salazar.
Chris is survived by daughters Deluvina Roybal, Kathy Trujillo, Hipolito’s wife Rebecca Gonzales, Teresa Cheney, and sons Seferino Gonzales and wife Mary, Pat Gonzales, Jimmy Gonzales and wife Bobbie, George Sandoval, David (Spider) Salazar, George Salazar and wife Loretta, Johnny Salazar and Amos Salazar. He also leaves behind 60 grandchildren, 86 great grandchildren, 30 great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews & friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday November 15, 2016 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Yaksich-Long Funeral Home. Recitation of The Most Holy Rosary will be held on Wednesday November 16, 2016 at 10:00 am at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton followed by Solemn Mass of the Resurrection. Burial to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.
Pallbearers: Ben Roybal Jr, Anthony Gonzales, James Gonzales, CJ Gonzales, Charles Monarco, Amos Salazar, John Fred Salazar, and Jarrod Salazar

In Loving Memory of Carmel Middleton

Carmel Middleton passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at MCMC Hospital in Raton, NM Joining her dance partner of 51 years and the love of her life, Thad.

Carmel was born on February 4, 1923 to Bonaficia and Jose Martinez in Laguna, N M.

She is survived by her children, Marcus (Carol) Middleton of Port Huron, MI, Kathee ( Walt) Oldham of Raton, NM, Mary Lou ( Tim) Carter of Port Huron, MI and Bert (Sharon) Middleton of Durango, CO. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Joy, Jon, Thad, John, Mark, Travis, Jude, Aubree, Caitlin, Emily, and MacKenzee and 12+ great-grandchildren, Emily, Dylan, Madison,, Travis, Grant, Oliver, TJ, Wesley, Dakota, Eli, Aria and Juliet who she loved with all her heart. Step-grandchildren, David, Nathan, Joshua, and Linda Mae. She also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews and so many friends in all the places she had lived.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thad in 2007, her daughter and son-n-law Jacqueline and John Bicknell. Parents Bonaficia and Jose, her six brothers Paul, Tom, Lito, Matt, Abran, and Manuel Martinez and five sisters, Anna Ortiz, Delia Trujillo, Lena Sanchez, Margaret Lopez and an infant sister, Paulina.

middletonShe was an avid bowler, past-president of the B.P.O. Does 99 of Raton, joined many clubs, quilting, welcome-wagon of Michigan and the hospital auxiliaries in Steamboat Springs, CO. and the MCMC Hospital Auxiliary. Carmel also was a sorority sister of Beta Sigma Phi in Steamboat Springs and Raton.

Carmel started her work career as a waitress, “Rosie the Riveter”, U.S. Military as a secretary in Colorado Springs, CO., the State Capital of NM in Santa Fe, NM, Springer Production in Springer, NM, Raton Credit Bureau, Finance Company of Raton, Gate City Building and Loan, Raton, NM and finished out her career at TIC (The Industrial Co.) in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Recitation of the most holy Rosary will be Friday November 18, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton, Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 with Father John Brasher as the celebrant. Inurnment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MCMC Auxiliary of Raton, NM


RHS Students Participate in YES! Summit

Four students from Raton High School traveled to the Buffalo Thunder Convention Center on November 14, 2016 to participate in the YES! Youth Entrepreneurship Summit. Tori-Anne Platero, Stacie Patterson, Kailie Village Center and Gage Schaap were among the 300+ Native American students from around New Mexico that attended this year’s YES! event.


The summit is an initiative of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development organization which is designed for Native high school and college-aged students interested in business and entrepreneurship. The event encourages students to hone their skills and learn more about what it takes to become successful in business. YES! Participants learn from accomplished entrepreneurs about the strategies, skills and best practices that have helped them reach their business dreams.


While at the summit, students were asked to participate in an Invention Challenge. RHS students designed a “StudyBuddy” app that would reward students and schools for logging in, answering test questions and studying for tests such as the ACT, SAT and PARCC. The students had to present their design to a panel of judges from the Indian business committee and NCAIED National Committee. The RHS students received third place for their app design.

Students who attended the conference (from l to r):  Tori-Anne Platero, Stacie Patterson, Kailie Village Center and Gage Schaap.

Students who attended the YES! conference (from l to r):  Tori-Anne Platero, Stacie Patterson, Kailie Village Center and Gage Schaap.