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Raton Commissioners Receive Clean Audit Report

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

The first item on the agenda Tuesday evening was the audit report by Alan Bowers from RPC which was fairly short due to the fact that the audit was considered a clean audit.

Bowers, who joined the meeting via a conference call, went over some of the figures for the city books as compared to those in past years and he concluded with the fact that the audit was a clean one and as Mayor Mantz stated it was done on time as well.

Commissioners then moved on to committee reports and the regular business portion of the meeting with the approval of the minutes and the financial report. Michael Anne Antonucci noted that the city was working about 3% below budget and that gross receipts taxes were again up by 7.18% over what had been budgeted.  (Link to the Jan 2017Financial Report001)

Commissioners approved the purchase of a wildland fire truck. The low bid went to Phil Long Ford for $49,553 which Fire Chief Jim Mathews noted left the department with enough money to equip the truck for wildland use. The funds for the purchase come from reimbursement or payments for the wildland fires the department helps with.

Commissioners approved the resolution to apply for Municipal Arterial Program or MAP funds for fiscal year 2017-2018. The MAP monies will be used to rework Hospital Drive. They also applied for Coop Funds for other street improvements such as chip sealing Pecos, Galesteo and Apache Avenues. Due to the timeline of the funding process these funds probably won’t be available until fall so the work probably won’t be done until the spring or summer of 2018.

The City is requesting $150,000 for the MAP project and $100,000 for the coop funding. However, Berry noted that the city will be lucky to see $50-$60,000 of the coop funds. The city will match the state funds with gas tax money with the state funding 75% and the city portion being 25%.

Commissioners also approved a resolution opposing HB-174. This bill proposes to move all elections to the November election thus creating more efficiency in the process. The New Mexico Municipal League however feels that municipal elections bonds and such could easily get lost in the added issues on the ballot therefore they feel city elections should be left out of the process and kept as is in March. Also by moving the election process to November the city would be required to pay the county clerk as the election would be taken away from the city clerk. It is also thought by combining all the elections that take place it could cause people to miss important issues on the ballot simply from the confusion of everything that could appear on the ballot. (Link to Res 2017-15 OpposeHB174001)

City Manager Scott Berry then gave a rundown of some of the legislative activities noting that the legislature is looking at ways to cut cost and enhance state revenues. They are also looking at taxing medical services doing away with the hold harmless taxes which could affect eight cities and 19 different counties. There are several other tax questions being looked at as well as diverting some of the gasoline tax to help shore up reserves until the reserves are returned to present levels. The comment on that is isn’t that illegal?  Other things they are looking at is sweeping back grant funds for things like solid waste which could greatly affect Raton’s money for drilling a land fill monitoring well that is required by the Environment Department.

The next regular city commission meeting will March 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the commission chambers.

In Loving Memroy of Bonnie D. Casey

Bonnie D. Casey, age 84, died Friday, February 24, 2017 in Amarillo, Texas.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 27, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Billy Rammage officiating. Burial followed in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

caseyBonnie D. Casey was born on October 12, 1932 in Clayton, New Mexico to Elmer Daves and Roxie (Faircloth) Daves. She attended school in Clayton and graduated from Clayton High School in 1951. Bonnie married James U. Casey in September of 1952 in Clayton, New Mexico. James served in the US Air force and they lived in the tri-state area and overseas for most of their lives living in Amarillo, Albuquerque, Oklahoma City and in Buffalo, Missouri. Bonnie was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Red Hat Society. She loved the senior center and especially loved playing 42 and Bonnie loved her Dallas Cowboys and she loved to quilt. In addition to her parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by 2 brothers; Wayne Daves and Tracey Daves.

SURVIVORS:

HUSBAND: James U. Casey of Amarillo, Texas.

3 DAUGHTERS: Sherry Casey and Judy Casey both of Amarillo, Texas and Cindy Stephenson of Azle, Texas.

2 SONS: Rodney Casey of Springfield, Missouri and Terry Casey and his wife Julie of Parker, Texas.

6 Grandchildren and 11 Great-Grandchildren

1 SISTER: Betty Watters of Clayton, New Mexico.

2 BROTHERS: Dale Daves and his wife Linda of Dumas, Texas and Donald Daves and his wife Glenna of Buffalo, Missouri.

2 SISTERS-IN-LAW: Clara Mae Daves of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Kaye Daves of Elkhart, Kansas.

And numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

SERVICES
Funeral ServiceMonday, February 27, 2017
2:00 PM

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

In Loving Memory of Tommy Crawford

Tommy Crawford passed from this life Saturday, February 25 at his home in Springer, NM just a couple of weeks after celebrating his 80th birthday with his family. He was born February 7, 1937 in Las Vegas, NM as the youngest of four children of Lawrence Leslie and Nettie Faye (McKinley) Crawford. The family moved to Springer in the early 1940’s where the only time he left for any significant time was to serve his country in the Army as a combat engineer from 1960-1962. He graduated from Springer High School in 1955 and was faithfully married to Velma Lynn Nordman, his loving wife of 56 years, on October 18, 1960.

Tommy and Velma were blessed with two children, Curtis and his wife Denise of Monte Vista, CO, and Tommy Lee and his wife Tracy of Springer, NM. Grandchildren are Karen Crawford of Albuquerque, NM, James Crawford and fiancée Samantha Cordero of Alamosa, CO, and Katy Francis and husband Heath of Alamosa, CO. He farmed and ranched his entire life with his late brother William McKinley (Billy Mac) Crawford and wife Geneva of Springer and later also with his son, Tommy Lee. A jack-of-all-trades, he was a proficient shade tree mechanic, could run heavy equipment, run a board meeting, pull a well, or pull a calf from a ringy heifer snubbed to the bumper of his pickup.

He served as President of the Springer Tract Water Users Association for many years. As charter member, he helped develop the funding and build the system that brought a consistent source of clean water to the homes on Springer Tract and then worked countless volunteer hours to repair and keep the system in good working order. He and Velma were honored as 2013 Colfax County Fair and Rodeo Grand Marshals for their combined years of community service.

crawfordTommy was never one to take a vacation. He found his life’s purpose and fulfillment in taking care of God’s crops and soil, livestock, and his neighbors. He would enjoy a weekend of cat-fishing down on the Canadian and Mora Rivers between the second and third cutting of alfalfa in late summer with Billy Mac, his sons, and Elmer Wiggins or just a slow afternoon drowning worms at the farm pond. Before illness made hiking too difficult, he hunted deer and elk, not only for sport but to keep meat in the freezer because it was too expensive to slaughter his own beef for his own use. Many a fall evening was spent processing wild game or a hog on the kitchen table with a handsaw, knife, and hand meat grinder. Working with Billy Mac, they rebuilt several antique tractors for fun. His evenings were usually spent reading every Louis Lamour novel written or watching RFD TV or televised bull-riding.

Family was Tommy’s pride and joy. He dearly loved visiting with his sisters Alice and Nelladean before their deaths. He was a faithful husband and proud father and grandfather. His in-laws adored him and he would bend over backwards to make their day. Sister-in-laws Geneva Crawford, Annie Nordman, and Sandy Nordman, and brother-in-law Karl Nordman could count on him for help with almost any problem and a hearty dose of good nature when they visited. Numerous nieces and nephews often considered him their favorite uncle.

Tommy found much companionship in his constant canine friend, Peanut, for the past 14 years as well as Nick and Kitty-Kitty, his feline bed and lap warmers for the past decade as he became more and more confined to his home. The friendship of Jeff Hoogshagen and Neal Trujillo with their telephone calls and visits were treasured especially as of late.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Billy Mac, and sisters Alice Thompson and Nelladean Schumann.
Services for Tommy T. Crawford will be held on Saturday March 4, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church in Springer, New Mexico, with Pastor Chuck Wiggins as the Officiant. Burial will be at the Springer Cemetery immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Springer Senior Citizens Center in gratitude for their meal deliveries and housekeeping during Tommy’s final months or the Colfax General Long-term Care Center in Springer.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Tommy T. Crawford are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Johanna D. Moran

Johanna D. Moran, affectionately known as “Jo Jo” went to be with her Lord on February 26, 2017 at the age of 10.

Johanna Moran picMemorial  Services will be held FRIDAY MARCH 10, 2017 AT 10AM at the New Hope Church, 16991 CR 87, with Pastor Vondell Koontz officiating.

Private inurnment at a later date.

Complete obituary to be published at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home (Trinidad, CO).

In Loving Memory of Valorie Ann Woods

Valorie Ann Woods, affectionately known  by many as Ms. Val, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 23, 2017. She was 58.

She was born in Trinidad, CO on August 31, 1958 , the first child of eight children to Martha and Jim Felthager.

woods valShe was currently employed for Alta Vista Alternative Care.

Valorie was a kind, caring and loving person and her door was always opened to everyone.

Survivors are her three children, Jolene (Aaron) Brown, Bob Woods, Payton Gilstrap, three grandchildren, Aaron and Jenna Brown, Akiaca Gilstrap. brothers Jim (Bonnie) Felthager, Kenny (Shanna) Felthager, Joe Felthager, sisters, Cindy Martinez, Diana (Abel) Castellano, Carol Felthager, Brenda (Joseph) Felthager, 18 nieces and nephews, 17 great nieces and great nephews, other relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1PM at the La Casa. All are welcome to attend to remember Ms. Val.

 

At her request, cremation with private family services.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Class 3AAA and Class 5A State Basketball Tourney Brackets

The 2017 State Basketball Brackets for teams in the KRTN Coverage Area.

2017 U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships Class 3A – Boys

2017 U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships Class A – Boys

2017 U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships Class 3A – Girls

2017 U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships Class A – Girls

N.M. Game Warden named Officer of the Year

N.M. game warden named Officer of the Year

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
karl.moffatt@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB. 24, 2017:

N.M. game warden recognized as Officer of the Year

Tim Cimbal

SANTA FE – Shikar Safari Club International has named New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Captain Tim Cimbal the 2017 New Mexico Wildlife Conservation Officer of the Year.

Cimbal received the award at the department’s third annual Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Awards Banquet on Feb. 18 in Albuquerque. Cimbal, 36, currently is stationed in Albuquerque. He is a 12-year veteran of the department and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science Policy and Management from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Shikar Safari Club International annually presents awards to wildlife law enforcement officers in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces and territories. The club is dedicated to the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife, with particular emphasis on endangered and threatened species through the promotion of enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.

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3AAA & District 5A Basketball Tourney Results

District 3AAA

Both the Raton Girls and Boys Basketball teams earned a berth in  the Championship game for District 3AAA Basketball Tournament against Pecos on Saturday, February 25, but it was the Pecos teams that showed up and proved why they were both undefeated in regular season district play taking a 71 – 39 win in the girls game and then following with a 78 – 28 win in the boy’s title game.

The Lady Tigers stayed with the Lady Panthers for the first quarter as sophomore Andie Ortega poured in three three-pointers and were only down by four at the end of the period.

The second period, though had the Lady Panthers ramping up the defense and the Lady Tigers making several mistakes to be outscored 13 – 4 and were down by 13 at halftime.

The Lady Tigers stayed with Pecos in the third, but then the Lady Panthers made 11 of 15 free throw attempts in the fourth period to pull away for the Championship Trophy.  Overall the Panthers were 26 of 41 at the line while the Lady Tigers were 9 of 15.

Cassy Muller, named MVP for the season in District 3AAA, poured in 16 points for the Panthers.

Raton’s Estrella Vargas had 13, Andie Ortega had 11, Jadyn Walton had 4, Sofia Maddalini scored 3, with Camryn Mileta, Natausha Ortega, Kerrigan Weese and Sydni Silva scoring two apiece.

Silva was named All-District 2nd Team as Vargas, Andie Ortega and Maddalini were named First Team All-District 3AAA as named in ceremonies following the game.

In the boys championship, Raton tried to stay with the number one ranked team in the state, but the Panthers earned their 24th straight win on the strength of Mario Archuleta’s 26 point performance. Archuleta was named MVP for the district season, and had 16 in the first period including 3, three pointers to give the Panthers an insurmountable 23-9 lead at the end of the firs period.

Raton’s Austin Jones and Jonathan Cabriales were both named All-District First team, while Jesse Espinoza was honored with All-District 2nd Team.

Boys 3AAA Tournament

Game 1 ATATC  54  Tierra Encantada 66

Boys Game 2 Tierra Encantada 46  Raton 73

Boys Game 3  Desert Academy 52  Raton 55

Boys Championship Game  Raton 28   Pecos 78

Girls 3AAA Tournament

Game 3 Tierra Encantada 46  Raton 54

Girls Championship Game  Raton 39   Pecos 71  

 

District 5A

Boys Game 1  Des Moines 41   Roy/Mosquero  65

Girls Game 1 Des Moines 45    Springer 41

Boys Game 2 Roy/Mosquero      Cimarron

Girls Game 2 Des Moines  58  Cimarron 42

Boys Game 3 Cimarron  42   Springer  85

Girls Championship Game  Des Moines 37  Roy/Mosquero 49

Boys Championship Game  Springer 56  Maxwell 70

 

 

 

District 5A Championship Games: Roy/Mosquero Maxwell take District Championships

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The Lady Demons traveled a tough road to get to the district championship game in Roy Friday night, February 24th,  but the first place Roy/Mosquero Ladies prevailed and kept the district title trophy.

It was defense that held the game scoreless for the first couple of minutes before Riley Clavel sunk a 3-pointer to start the scoring off.  The defenses kept the game tight but the Lady Longhorns defense held the Lady Demons at bay allowing them to only score six in the first quarter.

The second quarter saw Des Moines find the bucket from the field but struggle at the line making one of four shots at the line while Roy/Mosquero went better than 50% making five of eight free throws to help keep the lead going into half time.

The second half play saw both defenses tighten things up and put the pressure on with both teams keeping the point spread pretty even throughout the third quarter with neither team making more than 10 points.

Fourth quarter action saw Roy/Mosquero at the free throw line for 17 shots of which they sunk nine. Des Moines on the other hand went two of five at the line and fell short at the final buzzer,  taking the runner-up trophy back home.

Des Moines       6  12  10  9  37

Roy/Mosquero 13  16  9  11  49

Des Moines High Point

MaKenna Hittson  15  4 of 6 free throws

Free Throws 9 of 19 attempts

Roy/Mosquero High Point

Riley Clavel  21  5 of 8 free throws

Sherrie Ray 9  2 of 2 free throws

Free Throws 18 of 29 attempts

District 5A Champions Roy/Mosquero Lady Longhorns Back row Riley Clavel, Haley King, Kendall Smith, Bailey Smith, Mackenzie Lightfoot, Front Row Kassandra Velarde, Mya Vigil, Sherrie Ray

District 5A Champions Roy/Mosquero Lady Longhorns
Back row Riley Clavel, Haley King, Kendall Smith, Bailey Smith, Mackenzie Lightfoot,
Front Row Kassandra Velarde, Mya Vigil, Sherrie Ray

 

District 5A Girls Runner up Des Moines Lady Demons Nataya Archuleta, Allison Guerrero, Grace Hall, Felysse Montano, Paiton Owensby, Alexis Wingo, Amber Gonzales, Angie Lopez, Annalisa Miller, Makenna Hittson

District 5A Girls Runner up Des Moines Lady Demons
Nataya Archuleta, Allison Guerrero, Grace Hall, Felysse Montano, Paiton Owensby, Alexis Wingo, Amber Gonzales, Angie Lopez, Annalisa Miller, Makenna Hittson

 

Wow, break out the towel and wipe off the brow as this game between Springer and Maxwell started off fast and went by even faster as both teams burned up the floor racing back and forth, yet strong defenses kept both teams from running up the score in this championship game.

As the buzzer sounded ending the first quarter Springer lead the game that had several lead changes in the first half. When the buzzer sounded ending the first half Maxwell had taken the lead by six in part because of the six of six free throws the boys made at the line.

Second half action started out the same way but the lack of fouls in the first half changed the pace of the game in the second half as referees began calling the game more closely sending both teams to the free throw line several times. Maxwell took advantage of that making 15 of 21 free throws while Springer only put in 9 of 14 shots. Those shots helped Maxwell extend the lead in the fourth and come away with a 70-56 championship win.

Springer  17  9  15  14   56

Maxwell  14  18  18  20  70

Springer High Point

Bryon Romero 12  2 of 2 free throws

Estevan Romero 11  3 of 6 free throws

Isaiah Garcia 12  2 of 2 free throws

Free Throws 11 of 17

Maxwell High Point

Aaron Salazar 12  4 of 4 free throws

Kolton Riggs 18  5 of 5 free throws

Jeremy Archuleta 14  6 of 6 free throws

Andrew Archuleta 12  4 of 8 free throws

Free Throws 21  of 27 attempts

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Jeremy Archuleta and Zach Sanchez battle for the ball during the District 5A championship game in Maxwell Saturday evening.

 

Jacob Quintana drives the lane as Kolton Riggs gets the block Saturday evening in Maxwell during the District 5A championship game.

Jacob Quintana drives the lane as Kolton Riggs gets the block Saturday evening in Maxwell during the District 5A championship game.

 

Isaiah Garcia goes up for two of his 12 points during the District 5A championship game

Isaiah Garcia goes up for two of his 12 points during the District 5A championship game

 

The intensity of they championship game shows on the face of Andrew Archuleta as he drives the lane into Zach Sanchez Saturday evening in Maxwell.

The intensity of they championship game shows on the face of Andrew Archuleta as he drives the lane into Zach Sanchez Saturday evening in Maxwell.

 

District 5A runner-up Springer Red Devils Damien Blahback, Bryan Romero, Gabriel Garcia, Owen Burton, Zac Caldwell, Ryan Gallegos, Chris Casias, Cotton Shaw, Jose Urquijo, Chase Casias, Zach Sanchez, Isaiah Garcia, Estevan Romero, Jacob Quintana, Coach Johnny Chavez,

District 5A runner-up Springer Red Devils
Damien Blahback, Bryan Romero, Gabriel Garcia, Owen Burton, Zac Caldwell, Ryan Gallegos, Chris Casias, Cotton Shaw, Jose Urquijo, Chase Casias, Zach Sanchez, Isaiah Garcia, Estevan Romero, Jacob Quintana, Coach Johnny Chavez,

 

District 5A Champions Maxwell Bears Christian Smart, Daniel Garcia, Wesley Jeffery, Devon Cruz, Caden Floyd, Aaron Salazar, Andrew Archuleta, Carl Gonzales, Kolton Riggs, Kaden Riggs, Jeremy Archuleta, Ricci Molina

District 5A Champions Maxwell Bears
Christian Smart, Daniel Garcia, Wesley Jeffery, Devon Cruz, Caden Floyd, Aaron Salazar, Andrew Archuleta, Carl Gonzales, Kolton Riggs, Kaden Riggs, Jeremy Archuleta, Ricci Molina

Raton City Commission Regular Meeting 2-28-17

AGENDA
CITY OF RATON REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING
RATON CITY HALL, 224 SAVAGE AVE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017 AT 6PM

A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on February 28, 2017 at 6 p.m. The Meeting will be called to order by Mayor Mantz. The following subjects will be considered by the City Commission and may be considered in any order that is most convenient for the City Commission.

I. Meeting Called To Order – Mayor Mantz

II. Roll Call of the Members of the City Commission and determination of quorum.

III. Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag.

IIII. Recognition of Visitors, Citizen of the Month and/or Presentation of Proclamation, Service Award, Congratulations, Condolences, Holiday Schedules and City/Municipal events – Mayor.

• Next Regular Commission Meeting Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6pm

V. Presentation of FY16 Audits for the City of Raton, RWW and RPS.

VI. Comments from the General Public

VII. Committee Reports From Commissioners:

A. Raton Water Works: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta, Commissioner Chavez)
B. Raton Public Service: (Mayor Mantz, Commissioner Giacomo)
C. Parks & Recreation Advisory Board: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)
D. Senior Center Board: (Commissioner Chavez)
E. Planning & Zoning Commission: (Commissioner Schuster)
F. Housing Authority: (Commissioner Schuster)
G. Airport Advisory Board: (Commissioner Chavez)
H. ETZ Zoning Commission: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)
I. Arts & Culture Board: (Mayor Mantz)
J. North Central NM Economic Development District: (Mayor Mantz)
K. Library Advisory Board: (Commissioner Giacomo)
L. ETZ Zoning Authority: (Mayor Mantz)
M. Financial Advisory Board: (Commissioner Chavez)

VIII. Action items/Public Hearings/Ordinances/Resolutions/City Manager’s Report-The City Commission may discuss and/or take actions on the following agenda items:
A. Approval of the February 14, 2017 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

B. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2017-12: Approval of the January 2017 Financial Report.

C. Deliberate and Act on Purchase of new Wild Land Truck, Raton Fire Department.

D. Deliberate and Act Resolution 2017-13: Application for Municipal Arterial Program (MAP) Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

E. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2017-14: Intention of Matching Funds for the Cooperative Agreement Program Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

F. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2017-15: Opposing CS\HB-174 Local Election Act.

G. City Manager’s Report

IX. Adjournment
I, the undersigned authority do hereby certify that the above notice of meeting of the governing body of the City of Raton, New Mexico is a true and correct copy of the said notice and that a said copy of this notice was then posted on the front window of the City Hall of said City in Raton, New Mexico in a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times, and said notice was posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 5 p.m. and remained so posted continuously at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting. Said notice was posted in six public places (City Hall, Library, Senior Center, County Courthouse, International Bank, Post Office) conveniently placed for the public. Also, KRTN Radio Station and the City of Raton Website will have the agenda posted prior to respective time limits designated for regular and special meetings. Please contact the City Clerk at 445-9551 or tgarcia@cityofraton.com if you have any questions or concerns.
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Tricia Mascarenas, City Clerk

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