Archive for: January 2017

Colfax County Sheriff’s Office Blotter JANUARY 2017

Colfax County Sheriff’s Office


 Jan 10 to Jan 25, 2017



Henry Evans age 65 was arrested in Eagle Nest for Driving While the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor and or Drugs

Reanna Flynn age 25 was arrested in Maxwell for harboring/aiding a felon, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia

Gilbert C. Romero age 26 was arrested in Maxwell for a Magistrate Court Warrant for aggravated assault on a peace officer, driving while suspended, stop sign violation (2 county), turning movement and required signal, seat belt violation, reckless driving and improper equipment-driving a vehicle at night without lighted lamps

Francisco Javier Menchaca age 38 was arrested in Raton for resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and concealing identity

Mary Jo Armijo age 59 was arrested in Raton for a Magistrate Court Bench Warrant for failure to appear at the time and place ordered by the court: failure to comply for hearing on 10-19-16.




Benjamin Valerio and Shane Arouty were involved in an accident on I-25 mm 451 which caused heavy damage

Terry Treadwell was involved in an accident on I-25 mm 416 which caused moderate damage

Edwin Olomon was involved in an accident on I-25 mm 414 which caused moderate damage

David Allen was involved in an accident on US Hwy 56 mm 7 which caused moderate damage




Stephen Draper Jr. age 39 was cited for criminal damage to property



Alejandro Diaz: cited for speeding

Roxanne May: cited for speeding

Emily Soto Bernadine: cited for speeding and seat belt violation

Hector De la Garza: cited for speeding and driver with a suspended revoked license

Jorge Chaparro: cited for speeding

Francisco Amarillas: cited for speeding

Dominick Pacheco-Brooks: cited for speeding and no proof of insurance

Frank Padilla: cited for speeding

Jaidyn Swatz: cited for speeding

Daniel Silva: cited for open container and littering on the highway

Desiree Silva: cited for driving with expired registration

Dylan Nicholson: cited for speeding

Joseph Deane: cited for speeding

Pamela Krizan: cited for restriction on driver’s license

David Allen: cited for careless driving

George Medley: cited for speeding

James Kone: cited for speeding

Kyle Hohlier: cited for speeding

Danford Carroll: cited for speeding

Gary Weber: cited for speeding

Bruce Winegar: cited for speeding

Antonia Sevilla: cited for speeding

Jack Rodgers: cited for speeding

Todd Teune: cited for speeding

Malcolm Gable: cited for speeding

Anthony Valdez: cited for no proof of insurance and for speeding

Darrell Scott: cited for speeding

Douglas Wells: cited for speeding

Joe Standerer: cited for speeding

Leah Wilde: cited for speeding

Andrew Hafitz: cited for speeding

Brandon English: cited for no proof of insurance

Manuel Ruiz-Rodriquez: cited for speeding

Rachel Langlois: cited for speeding

Betty Jo Armijo: cited for vehicle to be registered

Andrea Linder: cited for speeding

Angelic Martinez: cited for speeding

Steven Walker: cited for speeding

Phillip Valdez: cited for careless driving and driving while suspended/revoked

Winzer Brown-Posateri: cited for speeding

New Mexico fishing and stocking report for Jan. 24

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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 Jan. 20. Lake levels and stream flows.

Tyler Parisi

Catches of the week:

 The following came in late but are catches definitely worth mentioning:

  •  Rio Grande: Daniel Romero of Taos caught a 22.5-inch brown trout Jan. 13. He was using a streamer.
  •  Ute Lake: Bill Lampman of Logan caught an 8-pound, 30-inch walleye Jan. 12. He was fishing in 60 feet of water and using a Slingblade.

 If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, age, hometown, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

Raton City Commission Meeting

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Raton City Commissioners dealt with budget issues before adjourning to closed executive session  on Tuesday, January 24th to discuss the lawsuit over the landfill and collective bargaining negotiations with the Raton Firefighters union.

This month’s budget adjustments were simple transfers of money to complete closing out a couple of projects for the airport and the debt service on the aquatic center. The financial report also had good news from City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci,  in that the gross receipts tax was up again by as much as 5.26% over budget which amounts to $146.300.74.  (Link to Budget Adjustment#7FY17002) (Link to 2ndQtr Financial Report)

Commissioners then approved the Title VI plan which is needed to secure federal funding. The plan, which has bee unchanged since first put in effect in 1964, deals with Civil Rights discrimination and states that the city will be in compliance on these issues in order to secure federal funding.

Commissioners also approved an additional principal payment for the aquatic center to help bring that debt down.

Commissioners reappointed Janis Schumpert to the Library board before moving on to the city manager’s report.

Berry noted that the state legislature was dealing with the budget shortfall and he will be traveling to Santa Fe for other city matters soon. He indicated that they would talk about capital outlay monies but didn’t expect to receive any this year.

Signage for the new gate at the entrance for the Crews Field Airport has been ordered. The signage will advise entrants on how to use the switch for the automatic gate. There is still some wildlife on the property and the NM Game and Fish department is working to get those animals removed.

Commissioners will meet again on February 14 at 6:00 p.m. for their next regular meeting which will be broadcast on AM 1490 KRTN.

Commissioners then moved into executive session.

Carl Swanson receives a certificate of appreciation for the painting he has done that hangs in the city commission chambers.

Carl Swanson receives a certificate of appreciation for the painting he has done that hangs in the city commission chambers.


The proclamation for School Choice week.

The proclamation for School Choice week.

In Loving Memory of James E. Cook

James E. Cook, affectionately known as Jim Bob, passed away unexpectedly at home on January 21, 2017.  He was 73.

He was born in Fredericksburg, Maryland on May 10, 1943 to Mona J. (Bonnell) and Raymond E. Cook.

Cook MilitaryHe proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam Conflict.

On May 20, 2000, he was united in marriage to Juanita M. Trujillo, in Trinidad, CO.

He owned and operated Jim’s Plumbing for several years until his retirement. He loved the outdoors and was an avid bow hunter and fisherman.

Survivors are his wife Juanita of home address, son Pat (Jessica) Cook, Florida, daughters Alesha Cook, Trinidad,  Louise (Kenny) Zilkanich, of West Virginia, Loretta (Robbie) Hilling, West Virginia, grandchildren, Emily, Joey, Jasmine, Allanah, Marcus, Jasper, sisters and brothers-in-law, Maria Sotelo, Denver, Cicilia Huckabay, Pueblo, Linda Lucero (Ralph Vigil) Pueblo, Rita (Hector) Sotelo, Denver, Charles (Rose) Trujillo, Pueblo, Gilbert (Trish) Trujillo, Pueblo, Thomas (Lucille) Trujillo, Trinidad, David (Cheryl) Rivera, Colorado Springs, Johnny Rivera Trinidad, numerous nieces, nephews, friends and his beloved dog Pookey.

Cook PicVisitation will be Thursday, January 26, 2017 from Noon-5PM at the Comi Chapel.

Cremation will follow and private family services to be held at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Former Raton Resident to Compete At U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships


Special to KRTN

Azariah Dorrance, a former Raton resident,  has earned a chance to compete in the 2017 US Open Taekwondo Championships being held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 27th to February 5th, the USAT National Championships in Detroit, Michigan (06/29-07/06) and a chance to compete in a G1-rated tournament in Ghana in August 2017.


 Azariah’s journey began in Raton.  He was born in 2002 to mother Jessica Dorrance. The family moved to Seattle, and he began his dream in 2010 with Velocity Taekwondo’s Competition team. Since the start of his training, he began to dream of competing in the Olympics. Competing in tournaments since 2011, he has since brought home numerous gold, silver and bronze medals – some of which include multiple national, state and local championships.


collageprintspah-1484705701693-33ba94e7-f70d-4fa5-b2ac-6b62a2531a9d_LAzariah trains hard every single day, sometimes for five or more hours. The costs of competitive taekwondo can be immense. Since he began this, his mother has worked hard to afford him the ability to continue with his journey. She has recently helped to create a non-profit organization called “Team Velocity” which focuses on supporting young athletes with the same dreams. Over the last two years, the organization has been able to assist multiple athletes with tournament costs. The hope is to continue this year to do the same.


While the family has moved away, they still have many roots in Raton including Azariah’s maternal grandparents Robert & Tina Dorrance, great grandfather Joe Arguello,  Linda and Frank Mascarenas (aunt and uncle) and numerous maternal cousins.


azariahFor more information on ways to support Azariah on his journey, please contact:

Linda Mascarenas:  (575) 445-8603 or (575) 445-2321           
Email Jessica Dorrance:  DorranceJL@gmail.com


For more information regarding Team Velocity go to www.TeamVelocityTKD.org

POTENTIAL QUORUM Colfax County Commissioners




PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Commissioners will be attending a meeting at Philmont FD to discuss the Forest Restoration Grant on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.


Done this 20th day of January, 2017.

In Loving Memory of Ryan Martin Ryba

Ryan Martin Ryba, age 32 passed away on January 16, 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Ryan was born on June 6th, 1984 to Vilem Ryba and Phyllis Muniz in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ryan is preceded in death by his Mother Phyllis Muniz, Brother Mark Muniz, Grandmother Alice Tafoya and Grandfather Ben Tafoya.

Ryan is survived by his Father Vilem Ryba and Wife Marcella Ryba, Son Benjamin Ryba, Godson Gabriel Romero, Brother’s Ricky Ryba and wife Barbara, and Vilem Ryba Jr. Sisters’, Kamila Gruetman and husband Michael, Michaela Ryba, Zuzana Ryba and Sister-in-law Angela Muniz. Nieces, Ashly Ortega and husband Cory, Erika Lucero, Izabella Lucero and Kaitlyn Gruetman. Nephews Michael Muniz and girlfriend Sapphire Encinias, Dominick Gruetman, Joey Romero and fiancé Vanessa Saldana, Bryan Romero. Aunt Netty Gonzales, Uncle’s, Charles Gonzales and wife Izabella, Tommy Gonzales and wife Joy. Many numerous cousins and friends.

A Memorial service for Ryan Martin Ryba will be on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home, with Mary Archuleta Officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Mount Calvary Cemetery immediately following.

Funeral Services for Ryan Martin Ryba are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

Vermejo Conservancy District Accepting Sealed Bids

The Vermejo Conservancy District will accept sealed Bids on the following:
1)        Large pile firewood, stove length pieces
1)        1997 GMC 1500 Ext. Cab 4×4 pick-up
1)        1997 Ford F150  pick-upBids must be in a Sealed Envelope clearly marked on its face and received by 7pm February 14, 2017. Bids must include contact phone number, be signed and represent a legally binding offer. All items sold “AS IS” and can be inspected during business hours prior to submitting a bid. For more information or to inspect items, call 575-375-2381. Bids can be submitted at 250 N. 3rd Street or mailed to:

Vermejo Conservancy District
PO Box 292
Maxwell, NM 87728

The Vermejo Conservancy District reserves the right of refusal of any or all bids they may deem insufficient in the Districts best interest.

Successful bidders shall make payment within 2 business days in cash or certifiable funds.

In Loving Memory of Rudolph “Rudy” Bowman,

Rudolph “Rudy” Bowman, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on January 20, 2017.

He was born in Burro Canyon, CO on July 26, 1936 to Virginia (Roybal) and Clark Bowman, Sr.

bowmanHe was employed as a welder in the Raton, Arizona and Washington areas for a period of 20 years until his retirement. Together with his brother John, he owned and operated a family cattle ranch, in Burro Canyon.

Rudy had a passion for raising and caring for his animals. He loved working outdoors and especially fixing fences.

Preceding him in death are parents, Virginia and Clark Bowman Sr., sisters Mary Lou Kelly, Pauline Lash, Stella Madrid and brother Clark Bowman Jr.

Survivors are siblings, John Bowman, home address, Richard Bowman, Walsenburg, Erma Lawson, Pueblo, Liz Montoya, Trinidad, nephews and nieces, Ken Lawson, Chester Lawson, Pueblo, Valerie Lash, Denver, Princess Kelly, Pueblo, numerous cousins including Gilbert (Carol) Bowman, who lovingly cared for Rudy, and many dear friends including Butch Harbor, Cindy Harbor of Pueblo, and all of Rudy’s special caregivers and friends of Sangre DeCristo Hospice.

Visitation will be Tuesday, from 3PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7PM at Holy Trinity  Church.

Funeral Mass will be Wednesday January 25, 2017 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are Ken Lawson, Chester Lawson, Bobby Bowman, Tom Bowman, Gary Bowman and Butch Harbor.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Edward Otto Martin

Edward Otto Martin, age 74, went to meet his Lord on January 10, 2017, while in his home in Springer, with is wife of 35 years at his side.


Ed was born on November 5, 1942, in Millersburg, Ohio, to Ruth Lillian Spahr Martin and Glenn William Martin. 


He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Thrasher and husband Richard, father, Glenn Martin, sons Vint Martin and Stephen Sandlin.  He is survived by his wife, Eileen, son, Chris Sandlin and wife Janette, granddaughters Chloe and Emma of Springer; daughter, Melissa Chavez and husband Joe Ray, granddaughters, Jenna Rae Johnson and husband Joseph, and Makenna Chavez of Las Cruces; and grandson, Robbie Sandlin and wife Jillian of Denver.


EdwardOttoMartin-200x200Everyone who knew Ed will agree that he was special and one of a kind.  His quick wit, stories and sense of humor were so captivating.  He had an honest respect for almost everyone he knew.  He was so talented and excelled in everything he did.  He lived a very full and colorful life. So much more can be said of Ed, but he wouldn’t want it.  He asked only that he be remembered in the hearts and minds of the people he loved and the many lives he touched.


His first love was being a cowboy, riding a good horse and catching wild cattle.  He was one of the best.


He once said, “I regret many of the stupid things I did in my life, but when I came to the Lord, all was forgiven and I am a new man.”  He loved Eileen, his family and his brothers and sisters in Christ.


He will be forever remembered and missed by all who knew and loved him. 


At his request, there will be no service.  His remains will be scattered over the country he called his “happy home”.  


The family of Mr. Martin entrusted his care to the Rivera Family Funeral Home in Espanola, NM.  www.riverafamilyfuneralhome.com