Archive for: December 2016

In Loving Memory of Evelyn J. Maestas

Evelyn J. Maestas, age 65, died Saturday, December 24, 2016, in Pratt, Kansas.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Cesar Regalado and Jorge Tinoco officiating. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

maestas-eEvelyn J. Maestas was born on April 18, 1951 in Clayton, New Mexico to Jose Nicanor Maestas and Felipita (Montoya) Maestas. Evelyn went into the Jobs Corps during her teenage years and spent a few years learning nursing. When she returned to Clayton she worked as a CNA in nursing homes. She later moved to Hutchinson, Kansas where she earned her GED. She later worked in Pratt, Kansas as an OB Assistant and as a Surgical Assistant for Dr. Suiter. She returned to Clayton and continued working as a CNA in nursing homes and also did home health care work in her own home as well in other homes. Evelyn was a very loving mother, grandmother and sister. Evelyn was preceded in death by her dad; Jose N. Maestas, step-dad; Frank Archuleta, Sister; Juanita Maestas, Brothers; Alfonso Maestas and Frankie Archuleta, Sons; Stevie Maestas and Junior Gutierrez, Grandchildren; Brian Gutierrez and Alex Martinez-Duran, great-grandchild; Baby Martinez and other loved family members; David Leal and David Zambrano.


MOTHER: Felipita Maestas of Clayton, New Mexico.

CHILDREN: Julia Rios, Andy Maestas and Lydia Pico and Miguel & Will Sprouse and Tami Ruiz all of Pratt, Kansas, Jose Gutierrez and Luis Gutierrez both of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Maria Mendoza of Clayton, New Mexico.

14 GRANDCHILDREN: Jessie Duran, Martin Duran, Angie Rios, Andrea Gonzales, Marissa Gonzales, Quiana Pico, Lori Cisneros, Jenna Mazzanti, Brandon Gutierrez, Bryce Gutierrez, Mario Gutierrez, Victoria Mendoza, Damian Mendoza and Santiago Mendoza.

19 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Sierra Hatfield, Bryce Duran, Anthony Duran, Amaya Duran, Jacobie Duran, Landen Duran, Cadalei Barnes, Gabe Duran, Kaden Duran, Demitri Garrett, Deonta Garrett, D’Adrian Garrett, Alexis Gonzales, Abigale Maravilla, Trinity Maravilla, Dontez Ruiz, Jordan Ruiz-Cisneros, Alizay Mazzanti and Graceylynn Morris.

BROTHERS & SISTERS: Sadie Castillo of Muleshoe, Texas, Nellie Bodine, Felix Maestas, Gloria and Joe Lucero, Gene and Mary Archuleta and Marilyn Leal all of Clayton, New Mexico, Emilia Maestas of Hugoton, Kansas, Johnny Maestas of Los Lunas, New Mexico, Betty and Jimmy Archuleta of Derby, Kansas, Vicky and Chris Herrera of Texline, Texas and Louise Aguilar of Dallas, Texas.

Funeral ServiceWednesday, December 28, 2016
2:00 PM

First Baptist Church, Clayton
223 Oak Street
Clayton, New Mexico 88415

Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District: January Meeting

The Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District will meet in regular session on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of the Raton Post Office, 245 Park Avenue, Raton, New Mexico. The meeting is open to the public and the following business will be conducted:



January 3, 2017

10:00 am


  1. Call to Order & Roll Call
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of November 1, 2016
  4. Special Reports
  5. General Correspondence
  6. Old Business
    1. Action – Priorities of projects for Government Funds
  7. New Business
    1. Review – Mid Year Budget Review FY 2017


  1. Adjournment


A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District office, Room 206 of the Raton Post Office, Raton, NM 87740.



Gerald K. Seward, Chair

Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District


In Loving Memory of Michael A. Ortega

Michael A. Ortega, age 47 of Raton, New Mexico, passed away on December 22, 2016 in Raton, New Mexico.

Michael is survived by his partner, Gina Archuleta of Raton, Sons, Jeremiah and Zack Archuleta of Raton, Father, Michael Trujillo of Raton Sisters, Jackie Linderman and husband Steve of Golden Co. Lisa Ortega of Aurora, Co and Frances Ortega of Aurora Co. Brothers, Arthur Ortega of Raton, Robert Ortega of Raton, Donald Ortega of Raton and Jack Ortega of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Michael is preceded in death by his Mother, Mary Katherine Ortega.

ortega-mA memorial fund for Michael Ortega has been set up at the International State Bank to help pay for Michaels final expenses, The family requests that any donations be made there.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Michael A. Ortega are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home and are pending and will be announced at a later date.

In Loving Memory of Daniel (Dan) Tony Vigil

Daniel (Dan) Tony Vigil peacefully passed away Monday, December 19, 2016 in his hometown of Springer, New Mexico at 77 years of age. He was born September 12, 1939 in Ocate, New Mexico, the son of Margarito and Omelia Vigil.

Dan was raised by his Maternal grandparents “Pape” and “Grandma Lucy” Berg and went to school in Springer, NM. He worked for 33 years at the New Mexico Boys School, served as a SSG for 33 years in the NM National Guard and volunteered 27 years with the Springer Volunteer Fire Department. He was very active with the church and a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church serving as treasurer for several years. He loved camping, fishing, hunting, gardening and football. He was a star athlete on the Springer Red Devil football, basketball and track teams and continued to support the Springer Red Devil athletics after graduating. He never missed a home football game and helped run the chain for every home game until he was no longer able. He also loved watching his beloved Denver Broncos football team play.

Dan loved spending time with his family and was a friend to all who met him. Dan ” El Santo” as he was appropriately nicknamed spent his retirement years helping all and any who needed him, whether sweeping sidewalks of snow for the elderly, running errands for those who couldn’t, dog or cat sitting for those on vacation or simply extending a happy smile, a kind word or a warm hug at the post office or grocery store. 

Dan is survived by his wife of 55 years Marian T. Vigil of Springer, NM, three daughters, Terri Backstrom of Monrovia, CA, Christina Vigil of Springer, NM , Marianna Vigil and Geno Trujillo of Albuquerque, NM. Two granddaughters and one grandson whom he adored, Sydney Danielle Backstrom and her father Hans of Monrovia, CA, Isabella Marie Trujillo of Albuquerque NM and Cassius Trujillo of Las Vegas, NM. Brothers, Luciano and wife Mabel Vigil of Rainsville, NM, Gene and wife Roberta Vigil of Ocate, NM, Margarito J. Vigil and wife Bening of San Diego, CA, Tom Mascarenas of Springer,NM , and Eloy and wife Virginia Mondragon of Albuquerque, NM, Sisters Laura Vigil of Albuquerque, NM, Julia Sanchez of Springer, NM, numerous nieces, nephews and God children.

He is preceded in death by his parents Margarito and Omelia Vigil, Brother, William Vigil of Ocate, NM, Maternal grandparents Martin and Lucia Berg , and his In-laws who regarded him as their son, S.F. “Nano” and Elydia Trujillo.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer, NM at 7:00 PM. Mass of the Holy Resurrection will be held Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM with Father Daniel Balizan and Father John Brasher as the celebrants. Rite of Christian Burial will follow in the Springer Cemetery.

Pallbearers:  Eugene Garcia, Vincent Vigil, Eloy Mondragon, Olmedo Mascarenas, Charlie Montoya, Boe Lopez and George Balizan.
Honorary Pall Bearers:  Max Ramirez, Robert Portillos, Leroy Garcia, Travis Vigil, Juan Mascarenas, Cassius Trujillo and Brandon Kear.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the excellent care and kindness shown to Dan and the entire family throughout his stay at Colfax General Long Term Care in Springer, NM.

Arrangements for Daniel T. Vigil are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Felix August “Gus” Morelli

Felix August “Gus” Morelli, age 66, of Trinidad, Colorado, left in peace to be with the Lord December 20, 2016. 


Born February 7, 1950, in Trinidad, CO, Gus was the son of the late Louise and DomenicMorelli.


Gus graduated from T.H.S. in 1968, after several years of playing in the Mighty Miner Marching Band. He played the drums and also took according lessons with his buddy Ronnie (Umpa) Monteleone.  Gus started working with his Uncle Joe Provenzano at the age of 13, until 1986, when he took over ownership of Chief Service Station. He owned and operated the business and took care of his amazing customers. After selling the station in 1998, he started working at C & M Automative a year later, with special friends Gerald Franch and Gloria Vigil.


morelli gHe enjoyed working on cars and being a mechanic was his passion.  Gus also loved to spend time with his family and friends and loved to cook up something special for everyone especially his pot of sauce and homemade meatballs.  He loved to make everyone laugh and his personality would light up any room. He could always been found listening to his Italian and Doo-Wop music. Gus truly treasured life and never stopped fighting. 


Gus was united in marriage to Sandy Mincic in July of 1975.  This union was blessed with three amazing children who adored and loved their daddy dearly.   


Gus was active in his girls’ athletic and academic accomplishments at T.H.S. He served on numerous accountability and school committees. He always helped make some amazing Homecoming floats for his girls’ classes. Gus was a member of Trinidad School District #1 School Board as an elected board member. He also took great pride in coaching his daughters’ outstanding and “winning” kickball teams for several years. He was also an active member of the Lega Abruzzese Italo-Americano Lodge and was a current member of the Columbian Federation Lodge in Pueblo, CO.   


Gus had many close friends who he loved but what he treasured the most was his wife, three girls, his sisters Felicia and Mary, and all his fur babies.   


He was preceded in death by his parents Louise and Domenic Morelli, mother-in-law and father-in-law Louise and Lee Mincic, and several other loved ones.  


His beautiful life will be greatly missed and forever cherished in the lives of his wife Sandy and daughters Chrisi (Dan) Belger, DeAnna Morelli, and Regina (Ryan) Morelli-Low. Grandchildren Katelynn and Jamie Low.  Sisters Felicia (John) Pearce and Mary (Tyler) Haun. Sister-in-law Mary Kim Mincic and numerous special in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.   


Visitation will be from 3:00 – 6:00pm on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at the Comi Chapel with the rosary at 7:00pm at Sebastiani Gym.  Services will be held at 10:00a.m. onWednesday, December 28, 2016 at Sebastiani Gym.  His eulogy will be given by special friend David “Doc” Van Sant and youngest daughter Regina Morelli-Low. 


Active Pallbearers will be Adam Haun, Jim Volk, Bill Nuschy, Dick Makloski, Robert Schultz and Sonny Vensor. 


Honorary Pallbearers will be Pete Mincic, Dr. Larry Low, Ronnie Monteleone, Ken Lutz, Sonny Leone, Dr. Paz, Glenn Moltrer, Dean Moltrer, Ray Moltrer, Frankie Falsetto, and Duffy Blocker Jr. 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home. 

In Loving Memory of Fredrick W. Romero

Fredrick W. Romero passed away on December 19, 2016 at his home in Raton, NM. Fred was born in Raton, NM on April 10, 1945, the son of Benjamin A. Romero and Margaret Garcia Romero.

Fred donated the gift of life to his twin brother Frank on June 29, 1963. The successful kidney transplant operation was performed by Noble Prize winner Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, the pioneer of organ transplant.

romero fredFred graduated in 1964 from Raton High School. Fred loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed history and had a great appreciation for antiques. Some of his passions were dancing, music, football, and bowling. Fred was an entrepreneur and operated multiple businesses including Raton Vending and Spur Lanes.

Throughout his life, Fred had a number of medical procedures. In 1989, his kidney failed and he went on dialysis, then in 1993 he received a new kidney. In 2006, he had a five-by-pass heart surgery and a year later he received another new kidney. Several years later, he had both hips replaced. Despite all of this, he kept a good sense of humor and remained very socially active with friends and family.

Fred was preceded in death by his father Benjamin A. Romero and his mother Margaret G. Romero. Three brothers, Amadeo Tomas Romero, Dr. Benjamin A. Romero ll, his twin brother Franklin L. Romero, and one sister Marion G. (Romero) Budd, sister-in-law Alice Groves Romero and brothers-in-law Richard Weaver and Harold Kious.

Fred is survived by his children Karrie (Chuck) Shuttles, Chris Romero, Robin Romero, Ryan Romero and faithful partner Linda Romero. His grandchildren Tyler and Lauren Shuttles, Lillian Romero and Skylir Tull, Alexis, Jordan, and Adrian Romero. Brothers, Paul (Penny) Romero, Dick (Carole) Romero, Donald (Ethel) Romero. Sisters Margaret Kious, Dorothy Weaver and Louise (Dick) Gonzales and brother-in-law Nelson Budd. He had numerous nieces, nephews and friends with whom he maintained a close relationship.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Monday, December 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 10:30 AM with Father John C. Brasher as the Celebrant. Rite of Committal will follow at Fairmont Cemetery.

Arrangements for Fedrick W. Romero are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation in memory of Fredrick W. Romero.

In Loving Memory of Della Jean McDowell

Della Jean McDowell passed away in Denver, CO on Friday, December 16, 2016 after a long illness.

She was born December 6, 1963 in Raton, NM to Max and Gloria Gonzales.

Della was preceded in death by her mother Gloria Gonzales, granddaughter Sofia Peck and grandmother Della Bueno.

Survived by:  

Her father Max Gonzales of Raton, NM
Daughter Patricia Peck and Husband Michael of Denver, CO
Daughter Tammy McDowell of Denver, CO
Grandchildren Eithan, Elyssa, Elijah, Caleb, Elliot and Eliana of Denver
Sister Carmen Sisneros and husband Brad of Raton
Sister Kathy Gee and husband Jeff of Las Cruces
Stepson Ronny McDowell and family

mcdowell-dDella attended school in Raton and graduated from Raton High School in 1981. She was a very loving mother, grandmother and sister. She loved spending time with her family, and her grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Monday, December 26th, 10:00 am, Recited by Deacon Tom Alderette, followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 am with Father Bill Woytavich Officiating. Rite of Committal and Inurnment will follow immediately at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements for Della Jean McDowell are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

Joshua Vargas Honored for Doing the Right Thing

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Joshua Vargas was honored at City Hall in Raton today (Dec 21, 2016) for his actions on October 8, 2016 when as he put it, “I was in the right place at the right time.”

Stella Sintas was outside turning her water on in the backyard when she fell head first into the 4x4x4 hole that had the water valves in it. After being trapped in the hole for almost five hours she said she heard the dogs barking and knew someone was close by so she started yelling and soon Joshau Vargas showed up.

He then went to get help and later showed Raton EMS to the location where Sintas had been trapped. Sintas was transported to the hospital where she recovered from her injuries.

In a short statement Vargas simply said, “I am just a 10-year old boy who was in the right place at the right time.” He went on to say that the real heroes are the fire fighters, police and our military, “those are the guys who deserve the real thanks,” he added.

Commissioner Ron Chavez presents Joshua Vargas with a proclamation and a certificate of recognition for his life saving efforts.

Commissioner Ron Chavez presents Joshua Vargas with a proclamation and a certificate of recognition for his life saving efforts.


Stella Sintas told the story of how Joshua Vargas came to her rescue after she fell in a hole.

Stella Sintas told the story of how Joshua Vargas came to her rescue after she fell in a hole.


The proclamation proclaiming Joshua Vargas Day in Raton

The proclamation proclaiming Joshua Vargas Day in Raton


 Joshua Vargas said, "he was just a 10-year old boy in the right place at the right time."

Joshua Vargas said, “he was just a 10-year old boy in the right place at the right time.”



Colfax County School Board Elections 2017

Below are the candidates that have filed for local School boards elections

Colfax County School board elections

Colfax County School board elections

New Mexico fishing and stocking reports for Dec. 20

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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. 16. Lake levels and stream flows.