Archive for: December 2016

In Loving Memory of Jerry F. Smith

Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.) Jerry F. Smith passed away Monday December 19, 2016.


Jerry was born on December 1, 1928 in Mosquero, NM to Moschelle and William Smith.


He attended High School in Roy, NM where he met his wife of 68 years, Patricia Jane Anderson, who preceded him in death September 2014. Jerry excelled in sports and held the high school state record in the 440 for 17 years. Jerry and Patricia moved to Springer, NM after they were married where they would live until 2010 when they moved to Albuquerque.


Jerry served in the New Mexico National Guard for a total of 39 years and 7 months; first as an Administrative Assistant and then as a Recruiter for the US Army National Guard. He was awarded The Legion of Merit medal along with numerous other medals and awards.


Jerry and Patricia were successful business owners specializing in rescuing and renovating historical buildings in Springer, NM including The Gambles building, The Mills Mansion, The Brown Hotel and The Livery Stable.


Above all else, Jerry and Patricia loved the Lord and honored Him by helping the less fortunate.


He was preceded in death by wife Patricia; sons, Jerry Jr. and Dale; daughter, Dana Wagoner; granddaughter, Chelsea Sullivan; brother, Jean Smith; sister, Kathryn Smith.


He is survived by his brother William Smith (Lorraine); daughter, Katrinka; two sons, Eric (Rose) and Nathan (Liz); 14 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be given to First United Methodist Church, Springer, NM 87747 where the Smiths were members for 65 years.


Memorial Service will be held Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 12:00 noon at the church in Springer. He and his wife Patricia will be buried at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm followed by a memorial reception at the Lodge at Santa Fe.


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2919 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 343-8008

In Loving Memory of Kenneth Patrick Espinoza

Kenneth Patrick Espinoza, or “Kenny” as he was fondly known by his family, died unexpectedly on December 16, 2016 in Springer, New Mexico at the age of 53.


He was born on November 12, 1963 in Cimarron, New Mexico to Casey and Carmen Espinoza. He spent most of his childhood years in Cimarron. As an adult he lived in Rock Springs, Wyoming where he was a jack of all trades. He worked for a plumbing company, moved trailer homes, worked at the oil fields, as well as other odd jobs. He later returned to Springer, New Mexico where he helped family and friends.


Ken was great with his hands. His favorite pastime was to build crosses and elaborate churches out of sticks and cardboard, and would give them to people as his way of passing along the Word of God. He had an amazing love for children and animals, especially his beloved pets Pepe and Blue. Ken was always willing to help those in need, whether it be something to eat or a good laugh after a bad day.


He is preceded in death by his father, Casey Espinoza, all of his brothers: Casey Lee Espinoza, Trini Espinoza, Norman Espinoza, Clifford Espinoza, Aaron Espinoza; maternal grandparents Martha and Al Collier; paternal grandparents Casey and Magdalena Espinoza; and his uncle Larry Espinoza.


He is survived by his mother Carmen Espinoza of French Tract; Sisters Martha Caro of Springer, NM, Robin Olivas of Brighton, CO; his special nephew Mario Caro; nieces Eva Takashima, Amber Caro; nephew Jesse Espinoza; and close friends Madeline and Richard Bell of Springer; as well as a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.


Services will be held at a later date.

In Loving Memory of Pia Marie (Jackie) DiPaolo

Pia (Jackie) DiPaolo, 63, passed away December 27, 2016 after a short illness. 

She was born September 22, 1953 in Grand Island, Nebraska to Lee and Marcia Rollf.


jackie-dipaolo-picShe is lovingly remembered by her father, Lee (Angie) Rollf; daughter, Angela DiPaolo; close friend and former husband, Lou DiPaolo; sisters Debbie (Michael) McGinnis and Terri (Ron) Valdez; niece Jacqui (Derek) Medina; nephew Kelly Romlow; and special friends Mike DiPaolo and Irene and Ducky Montera.


She was preceded in death by her mother, Marcia Rollf; sister, Nicki King; grandmother, Ruth Greenwood; and nephew, Theron Valdez.


She was a teacher and worked at Aguilar and Primero Public Schools and Mt. Carmel School. She also worked for her father for many years at the Frontier Motel.  She enjoyed shopping and reading and was very spiritual, devoting much of her time to prayer. 


Please note that the Funeral Services will be held MONDAY JANUARY 9, 2017 with Rosary at 9AM at the Comi Chapel, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym.Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.


In Loving Memory of Frances Nave

Frances Nave, passed away in Andrews, TX on December 7, 2016 at the age of 92.

She was born on January 29, 1924 to Luisa (Acosta) and Alfredo Pando who both preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by husband Francisco T. Nave, two sons Juan and Frank Nave, two  brothers, Albelardo and Albert Pando and sister Yolanda Carrasco.

She was affectionately known as Panchita or Grandma Chita and was admired as the matriarch of her family and siblings.

Frances was dedicated to her family and  grandchildren and loved them unconditionally.

Survivors are sons Alfredo (Natalie) Pando, Trinidad, Felix (Cordie) Nave, TX, Jorge Nave, TX, daughter Mary (Armando) Gutierrez, TX, three brothers, one sister, fifteen grandchildren, forty great grandchildren, and thirty one great great grandchildren.

Services and interment were held in Kermit, TX.

Comi Funeral Home

New Mexico fishing and stocking reports for Dec. 27

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This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Check out the stocking report through Dec. 23. Lake levels and stream flows.

Tips sought in bighorn poaching case off N.M. 518 near Sipapu ski area

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is requesting the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in the poaching of a bighorn sheep off N.M. 518 near Comales Campground on Dec. 22.

A bighorn sheep was killed that morning sometime between 9:20 a.m. and noon on the hillside off the east side of the highway just above the pull off where a blue Adopt-a-Highway memorial sign dedicated to Sonny James Marquez stands. The pull-off is between mile markers 55 and 56 and just after the bridge crossing the Rio Del Pueblo while traveling north toward Penasco from the Sipapu ski area between Taos and Mora in northern New Mexico. Investigating officers are seeking information about any vehicles parked at the pull off or people on foot in the area at the time.

A reward is being offered in this case. Anyone with information about this case or any other wildlife crimes is urged to call the department’s toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline, (800) 432-4263. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for rewards if charges are filed. Reports also can be submitted anonymously online at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/enforcement/.



Farmington conservation officers recognized for service at Navajo Lake State Park

SANTA FE – New Mexico Department of Game and Fish conservation officers from the Farmington district received recognition for their assistance at Navajo Lake State Park last year.

Conservation officers conducted joint patrols with state park rangers in search of alcohol impaired boaters, checked angler licenses and commercial guide equipment and assisted with crowd control throughout the year.

“Their support went above and beyond what was expected and contributed to the overall success of Navajo Lake State Park last year,” said Christopher Smith, superintendent of Navajo Lake State Park.

Sgt. Matt Anthony said the department’s five Farmington district officers spend a lot of time conducting law enforcement and public outreach efforts at the park, home of the San Juan River and a very popular boating and fishing destination.

“We’re honored to have been recognized,” Anthony said.

Other agencies recognized for their assistance to the park last year included the local State Police, San Juan County Fire Department and the federal Bureau of Land Management. For more information about a career as a conservation officer please visit the department’s website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.


New Mexico State Police Investigate Fuel Spill near Eagle Nest

Eagle Nest, NM – Around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), operated by the Fronk Oil Company (Booker, TX), was traveling westbound on US 64. At mile marker 290, approximately five miles east of Eagle Nest, the vehicle slid off the north side of the roadway and into the Cimarron River which was located alongside the roadway.

The CMV was hauling a tanker trailer containing unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel. After impacting the river, the tanker trailer disengaged causing some diesel fuel to leak. State Police, Eagle Nest Fire Department, and Raton Fire Department (which had a hazardous materials response team) responded immediately, assessing and managing the scene. The fuel was subsequently offloaded from the tanker trailer.

The New Mexico State Police investigated the crash and issued an inspection of the vehicle at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was cited for careless driving. State Police maintained incident command of the scene. The CMV was removed from the river hours after the crash. The fuel spill in the Cimarron River is estimated to be between 500 – 1100 gallons of diesel fuel. A federally approved hazmat team has arrived on scene to initiate assessment and clean-up.

State Police is working with other state and local agencies to inform those in the area who potentially may be affected by this incident. In addition, the NM Environment Department is working with State Police to fully assess the environmental impacts of the accident and to ensure all is handled appropriately. Further information will be disseminated as it develops.

KRTN talked to Raton Water Works General Manager Dan Campbell and he informed us that the Raton’s water supply line from the Cimarron River was not affected at all by Tuesday’s fuel spill.  The City was not drawing water from the Cimarron Diversion at the time and the intake valves have been shut down until the time when the supply can be guaranteed to be safe.  Campbell further stated that the chain of communication worked smoothly after the spill as the city was informed within about a half an hour of the occurrence.  Campbell said the city is currently using Lake Maloya as it’s water source.

In Loving Memory of Rose Marie (Mattorano) Gutierrez

Rose Marie (Mattorano) Gutierrez, age 82, passed away peacefully at her home in Trinidad, surrounded by her loving family , on December 27, 2016.
She was born in Raton, New Mexico on December 1. 1934, to Annie (Paradiso) and James Mattorano.
Rose was employed as a CNA at Mt.San Rafael Hospital and Trinidad State Nursing Home for many years until her retirement.
On February 14, 1959, Rose was united in marriage to Fidel Gutierrez.
rose-gutierrez-picShe liked to read scriptures, work crossword puzzles and take walks. Her family was her first priority and she loved playing with her grandchildren. Rose spent a lot of her time reminiscing with family and friends about her childhood memories. She loved life. Her kindness and love will be missed by all who knew her.
Preceding her in death are parents, Annie and James Mattorano , husband Felix Gutierrez, sister Loretta Hinchley, brother Alfonso Mattorano and niece Tara Ray.
Left to cherish her memory are children, Russell Gutierrez, Trinidad, Arlene (Rudolph) Fuentes, Trinidad, Mitchell Gutierrez, Louisville, CO, siblings Theresa (Tony) Mincic, Vince Mattorano, Tony (Cathy) Mattorano, Emilio (Dorothy) Mattorano, Peggy (John) Blatnick, Frank (Bernadette) Mattorano, grandchildren, great grandchildren, several brothers and sisters in law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday ,from 3PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.
Rosary will be Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 7PM at the Comi Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym.
Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers are Andres Hernandez, Jesus Hernandez Jr., Justin Hernandez, Troy Gutierrez, Vernon Sanchez Jr. and Marco Mattorano.
Active pallbearers are Dustin Hernandez, Matthew Mattorano, Nicholas Mattorano, Chad Hinchley, Billy Mattorano and Brandon Encinias.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rose’s memory in care of Arlene Fuentes, 13587 Co. Rd. 26.4, Trinidad, CO. 81082.
Funds will be distributed to Rose’s favorite charities.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Rebecca DeHerrera

Rebecca DeHerrera, age 98, went home to her savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at her home in Clayton, New Mexico.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 31, at the Clayton Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Emanuel DeHerrera and Pastor Louis DeHerrera, Jr. officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

deherrera-rRebecca (Armijo) DeHerrera was born on December 17, 1918 in Gladstone, New Mexico to Ezequiel Armijo and Odilia (Vigil) Armijo. She married Frank H. DeHerrera on November 18, 1941 in Clayton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on April 7, 2011. In addition to her parents and husband, Rebecca was preceded in death by 4 sons; Erminio DeHerrera, Gilbert Lawrence DeHerrera, Rudy Ezekial DeHerrera and Frank DeHerrera, Jr., 3 sisters; Mary Herrera, Beatrice Perez and Angie Flores, a grandson; Joseph DeHerrera, 1 sister-in-law; Helen Martinez and 3 brothers-in-law; Emanuel DeHerrera, Ben DeHerrera and Abenicio DeHerrera.


2 DAUGHTERS: Odilia Sintas and her husband Eppie of Raton, New Mexico and Louise Cox of Hooker, Oklahoma.

4 SONS: Joe DeHerrera and his wife Stephanie of Clayton, New Mexico, Gene DeHerrera of Raton, New Mexico, Louis DeHerrera and his wife Ann and Gary DeHerrera and his wife Susan all of Guymon, Oklahoma.

2 SISTERS: Georgia Martinez of Denver, Colorado and Helen Medina of Amarillo, Texas.

2 BROTHERS: Alberto Armijo of Amarillo, Texas and Henry Armijo of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

23 Grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, great-great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside ServiceSaturday, December 31, 2016
1:00 PM

Clayton Memorial Cemetery
1000 Princeton Street
Clayton, NM 88415