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The Branches of the Force Video in Sugarite

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

In a Galaxy Far Far Far away, Whoa this doesn’t look like an alien land, and its not, its a remote location in Sugarite Canyon where Raton High graduate and New Mexico State college student Lucas Jansen is working on a video project.

The project is to enter a contest sponsored by Lucas Films. Each year Lucas Films holds a contest for people who want to produce a fan film about Star Wars. Jansen brought his project back to the Raton area because of his love for the area. He noted that the cast has also enjoyed the area.

Jansen will be videoing scenes for video for the next three days and then its back to post processing where the editors will take the raw video and perform their special effects magic and produce a 5-minute video for the contest. Jansen noted its a lot of work to produce a 5-minute video.

In a Galaxy Far Far Away   whoa this isn't a galaxy far far away its a remote location in Suguarite Canyon where a small crew of college students and actors are videoing for a 5 minute project

In a Galaxy Far Far Away whoa this isn’t a galaxy far far away its a remote location in Suguarite Canyon where a small crew of college students and actors are videoing for a 5 minute project

 

Star Wars Branches of the Force are between scenes Tuesday afternoon

Star Wars Branches of the Force are between scenes Tuesday afternoon

Fire Scorches 28 Acres of Johnson Mesa Grassland

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Fire fighters from Raton, Colfax County and Folsom were dispatched to a fire on Johnson Mesa at noon on Tuesday afternoon, January 3, 2017.

According to Raton Fire, a downed power line caused the fire that consumed about 28 acres of grass on the west end of Johnson Mesa near the microwave tower. Since the area is so isolated, firefighters spent most of the afternoon mopping up and making sure every hot spot was extinguished.

NOTICE of Public Hearing: Partial Property Tax Rebate

Public Hearing

 

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Board of Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing regarding state statute 7-2-14.3, Partial Property Tax Rebate for Low Income Tax Payers on January 10, 2017 at 8:30am.   

 

Location:

Colfax County Building

3rd Floor, Commission Chambers

230 N. 3rd Street

Raton, NM  87740

 

Done this 3rd day of January, 2017.

 

Notice of Consideration of Colfax County Ordinance No. 2017-01

Notice of Consideration of Colfax County Ordinance No. 2017-01

 

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of Colfax County, New Mexico will, on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., at the Commission Chambers in the Colfax County Building, in Raton, New Mexico, consider final passage of An Ordinance relating to the employment policies of Colfax County, New Mexico, including employment status, conditions of employment, employee discipline, employee compensation and benefits, leave and holidays, e-mail and internet use, drug and alcohol policy, sexual harassment, use of county vehicles and other employment matters and repealing Colfax County Ordinance No. 2015-2. Revision of the contents of this manual was done in accordance with Ordinance No. 2015-2, Section V.

REGULAR MEETING Colfax County Board of Commissioners

REGULAR MEETING

JANUARY 10, 2017

AGENDA

 

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Board of Commissioners will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:00 A.M., in the Commission Chambers, 3rd Floor at the Colfax County Building, Raton, NM for the following:

 

This agenda can be viewed at the Colfax County Website at

www.co.colfax.nm.us

 

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Elect Chairman and Vice Chairman
  4. Salute to the New Mexico Flag
  5. Approve Agenda
  6. Approve Special Meeting Minutes for November 10, 2016 and Regular Meeting Minutes for December 13, 2016
  7. Recognize Visitors
  8. Public Comment
  9. Update – Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Grant
  10. Presentation Recognition – Colfax County Fire District 8 ISO Class #6
  11. Discuss/Action – Approve Expenditures
  12. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2016-34, Budget Adjustment-Various Funds
  13. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2017-01, Open Meetings Act
  14. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2017-02, Working Hours for Colfax County Employees
  15. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2017-03, Adopt State Procurement Code
  16. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2017-04, Set Liquor License Fee for 2017
  17. Discuss/Action – Amend 2017 Holiday Schedule
  18. Discuss/Action – 2016 Financial Audit Report
  19. Discuss/Action – Appoint Multi-Line Pool Voting Member and Alternate
  20. Discuss/Action – Appoint NERTPO Voting Member and Alternate
  21. Discuss/Action – Appoint Workers Compensation Voting Member and Alternate
  22. Discuss/Action – Request Statement of Receipts and Expenses from Colfax County Treasurer
  23. Discuss/Action –  Dedication of Gardner Road Bridge
  24. Discuss/Action – Gardner Road Bridge Construction Easement Agreement
  25. Discuss/Action – State Statute 7-2-14.3, Partial Property Tax Rebate for Low Income Tax Payers
  26. Discuss – Barela Mesa Road
  27. Update – Cimarron Canyon Fuel Spill, Thomas Vigil
  28. Commissioners’ Docket
  29. Manager’s Docket
  30. Assistant County Manager’s Docket
  31. Attorney’s Docket
  32. Adjourn

 

Done this 3rd day of January, 2017

New Mexico State Police Arrest Las Vegas Woman for Murdering Father-in-Law

Special to KRTN Multi-Media

Las Vegas, NM – On December 28, 2016, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau opened an investigation into a suspicious death which occurred at a residence on 580 State Road 3 in Ribera, San Miguel County.  State Police officers were dispatched around 12:30 p.m. to the residence for a medical call of an elderly man who had fallen.

When officers and EMS personnel arrived on scene, they found the residence full of smoke from a fire which started and spread from a gas stove in the kitchen.  Officers then discovered in a bedroom the body of Arthur Rivera (81).  The body appeared to have sustained multiple wounds consistent with those made by a sharp object and around the body was a large amount of blood.
State Police agents later interviewed Ruth Rivera (52) who was on scene during the initial response.  Ms. Rivera stated she was the daughter-in-law and caretaker of Mr. Rivera.  Ms. Rivera gave inconsistent statements to State Police agents and told agents Mr. Rivera and had fallen and injured himself at the residence.  She stated she was attempting to help Mr. Rivera when the house caught on fire from the stove so she called 911.  Ms. Rivera admitted the only occupants at the residence at the time were Mr. Rivera and herself.
After obtaining search warrants, State Police agents collected the clothing which Ms. Rivera was wearing at the scene.  Her clothing was wet and appeared to have been recently cleansed in attempt to hide evidence.  Also collected at the scene was a knife blade placed on the burnt stove.
On the morning of December 30, 2016, an autopsy was conducted on Mr. Rivera.  The Office of the Medical Investigator ruled Mr. Rivera’s death a homicide and noted multiple stab wounds to Mr. Rivera’s torso and face.
On the evening of December 30, 2016, State Police agents arrested Ruth Rivera for the death of Mr. Rivera.  She was booked on charges of first degree murder and tampering with evidence.
Ruth Rivera

Ruth Rivera

39 Participants take the Polar Bear Plunge

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Some 39 brave souls took the challenge this year at Lake Maloya and jumped into the ice cold waters that Park Superintendent Bob MacGyver jokingly called a warm 68 degrees.

It was questionable if it was going to be a jump or a run into the water as ice conditions a week before the plunge were iffy at about 5 inches with some open spots on the lake. By Jump time the water had formed a good six inch plus layer of ice making it a jump into the water for the fourth annual polar bear plunge at Lake Maloya.

There were some participants who traveled from as far away as Amarillo and Austin Texas while others made their second or third jump.

State Parks Rangers check out the water. Its a warm 68 degrees joked Bob McGyver as jumpers registered before the jump Sunday.

State Parks Rangers check out the water. Its a warm 68 degrees joked Bob McGyver as jumpers registered before the jump Sunday.

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