By Marty Mayfield
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
Star Wars Branches of the Force are between scenes Tuesday afternoon
By Marty Mayfield
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.
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.
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 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.
JANUARY 10, 2017
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
- Call to Order
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Elect Chairman and Vice Chairman
- Salute to the New Mexico Flag
- Approve Agenda
- Approve Special Meeting Minutes for November 10, 2016 and Regular Meeting Minutes for December 13, 2016
- Recognize Visitors
- Public Comment
- Update – Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Grant
- Presentation Recognition – Colfax County Fire District 8 ISO Class #6
- Discuss/Action – Approve Expenditures
- Discuss/Action – Resolution #2016-34, Budget Adjustment-Various Funds
- Discuss/Action – Resolution #2017-01, Open Meetings Act
- Discuss/Action – Resolution #2017-02, Working Hours for Colfax County Employees
- Discuss/Action – Resolution #2017-03, Adopt State Procurement Code
- Discuss/Action – Resolution #2017-04, Set Liquor License Fee for 2017
- Discuss/Action – Amend 2017 Holiday Schedule
- Discuss/Action – 2016 Financial Audit Report
- Discuss/Action – Appoint Multi-Line Pool Voting Member and Alternate
- Discuss/Action – Appoint NERTPO Voting Member and Alternate
- Discuss/Action – Appoint Workers Compensation Voting Member and Alternate
- Discuss/Action – Request Statement of Receipts and Expenses from Colfax County Treasurer
- Discuss/Action – Dedication of Gardner Road Bridge
- Discuss/Action – Gardner Road Bridge Construction Easement Agreement
- Discuss/Action – State Statute 7-2-14.3, Partial Property Tax Rebate for Low Income Tax Payers
- Discuss – Barela Mesa Road
- Update – Cimarron Canyon Fuel Spill, Thomas Vigil
- Commissioners’ Docket
- Manager’s Docket
- Assistant County Manager’s Docket
- Attorney’s Docket
Done this 3rd day of January, 2017
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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.