Archive for: February 2017

REGULAR MEETING Colfax County Board of Commissioners


FEBRUARY 14, 2017



PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Board of Commissioners will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 9:00 A.M., in the Commission Chambers, 3rd floor at the Colfax County Building, 230 North 3rd St., 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. Salute to the New Mexico Flag
  4. Approve Agenda
  5. Approve Minutes from Public Hearing on January 10, 2017
  6. Approve Regular Meeting Minutes for January 24, 2017
  7. Recognize Visitors
  8. Public Comment
  9. Discussion/Action – Approved Expenditures
  10. Discussion/Action – Appointment of Voter Registration Purge Board
  11. Discussion/Action – Resolution #2017-06, Authorizing Colfax County to submit an Application to the Department of Finance and Administration, Local Government Division to Participate in the Local DWI Grant and Distribution Program
  12. Discuss/Action – Statement of Assurances, Local DWI Grant and Distribution Program
  13. Discuss/Action – Memorandum of Understanding between the Colfax County DWI Program and the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration/Local Government Division/Driving While Intoxicating Program
  14. Discussion/Action – DOH Assurances and Cooperative Agreement between the Colfax County DWI Program and the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH), Epidemiology and Response Division
  15. Discussion/Action Colfax County DWI Program Project Agreement #17-CD-05-024
  16. Discussion/Action -2017-2018 Local Government Road – DOT Road Projects Match Obligation
  17. Discussion/Action – Resolution #2017-07 Certifying County Road Mileage
  18. Discussion/Action – Arthur J Gallagher & Co. Insurance Proposal and Invoices for Colfax County Airport Coverage
  19. Discuss/Action – Colfax County FY 16-17 2nd Quarter Financial Report
  20. Discuss/Action – Statement of Receipts and Expenses for year ending December 31, 2016
  21. Discussion/Action – Approval of Vigil Maldonado Detention Center Standard Operating Procedures
  22. Discuss/Action – Approve Ordinance #2017-01, Personnel Policy Manual Repealing and Replacing Ordinance #2015-02
  23. Reports – VMDC, Road, Sheriff, Loss Prevention and Safety
  24. Commissioners’ Docket
  25. Manager’s Docket
  26. Attorney’s Docket
  27. Closed Session pursuant to NMSA 1978 Section 10-15-1 H (2) Limited Personnel Matters – Colfax County Manager Contract
  28. Discussion/Action- Open Session Pursuant to NMDA 1978 Section 10-15-1 H (2) Limited Personnel Matters, Colfax County Manager Contract
  • Discussion Action – Colfax County Manager Contract
  • Adjourn


Done this 7th day of February, 2017

In Loving Memory of Manuel I. Zuniga

Manuel I. Zuniga, of Walsenburg, CO, passed away at home on February 4, 2017 at the age of 73.


He was born on September 10, 1943. in Delagua, CO, the son of Cristina (Espinosa) and Eligio Zuniga.


zuniga-337s4s655bulkifutok4jkHe attended area schools graduating from Trinidad High School in 1961.
He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1962-1965.
Upon his return, he attended TSJC receiving an AA in Building Trades.
Manuel was a coal miner for 18 years, having worked in the Allen Mine.
He was the Produce Manager for Super Save, Wal Mart and First Choice.
Manuel was the Head Start bus driver for 7 years but his favorite job was his last job as grounds keeper of the Walsenburg Golf Course, a job he thoroughly enjoyed.
Manuel will best be remembered for his photography of the outdoors and nature.

On November 29, 2002, Manuel was united in marriage to Jackie, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preceding him in death are parents Eligio and Cristina Zuniga, sisters, Margaret Murillo, Rose Mary Gallegos, brothers Salvador Zuniga and Joaquin Zuniga.

Survivors are wife Jackie of home address, children, Natalie (George) Betscakos, Adam (Heather) Zuniga, Jeremy Zuniga, Matthew (Christina) Zuniga, Gina (Jason) Garlutzo, Francesa Monarco (Ken Ortiz), and their families, Lacie, Angelina, Sofia, , sisters and brothers Esperanza Santistevan, Mary Ellen (Tony) Aragon, Pete (Anna) Zuniga, Eligio (Hermina) Zuniga Jr., Joseph (Mary Susan) Zuniga, David (Tammy) Zuniga, Artero (Toni) Zuniga, Erma Abeyta, the extended Pagnotta family from Aguilar, 20 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.


Funeral Services will be FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017 with rosary AT 9am at the Comi Chapel with US Military Honors conducted by US Naval Honor Guard.
Funeral Mass will follow at 10AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Private inurnment at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Aguilar School, 420 N. Balsam, Aguilar, CO, 81020, or the Walsenburg Golf Course, 1399 Co. Rd. 502, Walsenburg, CO. 81089.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Michael Aldolpho Trujillo

Michael Aldolpho Trujillo, passed away unexpectedly on February 1, 2017 at the age of 63. Michel was born November 24, 1952 in Raton, New Mexico.
He attended Raton High School and graduated in 1970. He was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan and loved to watch his football. He was also a veteran.
Preceding him in death is his father Victor Trujillo Sr., his mother Stella Steele, brother Edward (Eppo) Trujillo, son Michael Ortega, grandson Timmy Jr. and longtime companion Sara Wilson; also, brothers-in-law Manuel Garcia, Thomas Trujillo Sr., nephews Anthony Garcia, Daniel Martinez,and niece Angel Garcia.
Survivors include his children, Amanda Trujillo of California, Donna Trujillo of Raton, New Mexico, and Mikey Trujillo of California. brothers, Tony Trujillo of Albuquerque, Victor Trujillo Jr. and wife Daryl of Colorado Springs. CO, Lawrence Trujillo and wife Rayetta of Raton, NM, sisters, Regina Ruelas of Albuquerque, NM and Lucille Trujillo of Trinidad, CO. stepsons Nick and Bryant Wilson from California. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of family and friends.


Recitation Of The Most Holy Rosary will Thursday February 16, 2017 at St. Patricks/St. Josephs Catholic Church with Deacon Thomas Alderette followed by the Christian Liturgy Outside The Mass February 16, 2017 at St. Particks/St. Josephs Catholic Church with Deacon Thomas Alderette officiating. Rite Of Committal and Inurnment will take place following the services.


Funeral Arrangements for Michael Aldolpho Trujillo are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Millie Marchiondo

The family of Millie Marchiondo would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who sent cards, flowers, charitable contributions, food and their love and prayers for our mom.  We thank you so much.

marchiondo mMom had such a sweet spirit about her and made each of us feel special.  She loved her family and friends dearly and will be missed by all who knew her.


In Loving Memory of Debra J. Anderson Cervo

Debra J. Anderson Cervo age 65, of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away January 27, 2017 at Lovelace Heart Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Debra was born October 14th, 1051 in Springer, New Mexico to Joe E. Cervo and Louise V. Rea Cervo. She married Woodrow B. Anderson, August 5th, 1973 in Raton, New Mexico. She became widowed on March 4th, 2007.

Debra attended Raton High School and graduated in 1970. She enjoyed doing hair, being with family, going to horse races, and along with providing child care for the community.

Debra is survived by her daughter Lesligh Anderson Gray, sons, Warren, Eddy, and Woodrow Anderson and wife Angel Anderso, sisters, Paula Demchek, Linda Welch and Cindy Armijo and brother Merle Cervo, grandchildren, Valerie Silva, Kevin Arbuckle, Jovana Gray, MJ, Isaiah and Issac Valdez, great-grandchildren, Hillary Arbuckle and many more nieces and nephews.

Debra is preceded in death by her parents, Joe Cervo and Louise Rea Cervo, and husband, Woodrow Anderson.

The viewing for Debra Anderson Cervo will be held Friday, February 3rd form 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s/St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, by the Legion of Mary, Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Father Bill Woytavich as the Celebrant. Rite of committal and internment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements for Debra Anderson Cervo are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Vincent Elias Martinez

Vincent Elias Martinez, age 91, went to be with the Lord on February 2, 2017.

He was born in Tercio, CO on September 7, 1925 .

Vince Martinez 1He proudly served his country in the United State Navy from 1944-1946 on the USS Nashville.

Vincent was best known for his contagious laugh and whistle.

Preceding him in death is daughter Elsie JoAnn Munoz, wife Frances T. Martinez, and special companion Ruby Sanchez.

Vincent is survived by children, Ralph Martinez, Louie  (Sharon) Martinez, Judi (Tom) Blan, Sandy (Joe) Perea, Anthony Martinez, Laura Trujillo, Phillip (Pam) Martinez, 30 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren, brothers, Ernesto (Alma) Martinez, Edwardo Martinez, sister Emilia Martinez, step children, nieces, nephews , other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Monday from 3PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.

Vince Martinez 2Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 10AM at Baptist Bible Church.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by US Naval Honor Guard.

Active pallbearers are, Louie Martinez, Nick Martinez, Anthony Martinez, Justin Reynolds, Michael Garcia and Adrian Perea.

Arrangements made under the direction f the Comi Funeral Home.


In Loving Memory of Marco Anthony Mattorano

Marco Anthony Mattorano passed away at home on January 29, 2017 at the age of 40.

He was born in Trinidad, Colorado on July 26, 1976 to Cathy (Latuda) and Tony Mattorano.

Marco attended area schools, graduating from Trinidad High School.

He moved to Florida where he met and married the love of his life Rachel on September 26, 2013.

Mattorano Military Pic.He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp.

Left to cherish his memory is beloved wife Rachel Mattorano, loving daughter Katie Rose Mattorano, the family dog “Hankus” parents, Cathy and Tony Mattorano, brothers Dino Mattorano, Mario Mattorano, baby sister Carrie Mattorano, nephews Devin, Connor, Nicco, Jake and William Mattorano, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 10AM at Faith Christian Church with Pastor Bill Frashuer officiating.

Military Honors to be conducted by the United States Marine Corp Honor Guard.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Robert Crumpton

Robert Crumpton, age 80, died Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at his home in Clayton, New Mexico.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Terrell Jones, pastor of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Clayton, officiating. Burial will follow in the Texline Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

crumpton rRobert Crumpton was born on August 21, 1936 in Texline, Texas to Archie Victor Crumpton, Sr. and Gladys Eugene (Mathis) Crumpton. He married Vera (Fones) Crumpton on November 10, 1954 in Clayton, New Mexico. Robert did electrical and worked for South Western Electric Coop in Clayton for 9 years before starting his own business Crumpton Pump and Well Service in 1973. Robert loved his work, he loved working on windmills and visiting with all of his customers. He enjoyed his rose garden and he always enjoyed taking care of his yard. Robert had a great love for animals, when he was not working he was always carrying one of their dogs or feeding the birds in the backyard. In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by 4 sisters; Archie May Wyatt, Dorothy Wade, Lela Evans and Betty Damon, 3 brothers; Glen Dale Crumpton, Eldon Crumpton & Archie Victor Crumpton, Jr.


WIFE: Vera Crumpton of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 DAUGHTER: Deborah Owen of Amarillo, Texas.

3 SONS: George Crumpton and his wife Eunice of Dumas, Texas, Glen Crumpton and his wife Cheryl of Cheyenne, Wyoming and David Crumpton and his wife Anna of Trophy Club, Texas.

7 GRANDCHILDREN: Melissa, Michael, Mark, Nichole, Amber, Jason and Janna.

6 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Caleigh, Jacob, Autumn, Memphis, Talynn and Jack.

And numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral ServiceFriday, February 03, 2017
2:00 PM

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

Young Archer Aims High for National Championships

UPDATE – Carson Alexander competed in the NFAA Nationals Feb. 10 thru 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada and he placed 11th out of 35 in his age division!!  

Carson was able to meet and greet Levi Morgan as well as Dan McCarthy and his wife Emily, Jesse Broadwater and Brady Ellison!  Levi, Dan, Emily and Jesse are all Pro shooters for Mathews Archery and they all signed Carson’s bow, which will be retired and replaced with a new target bow.  Carson also had an evening of shooting with the pros and had them all sign a t-shirt. In addition, there were money shoots, a trade show for 4 days,  and there were fellow shooters from Yankton, SD he reunited with.  Carson made new friends in Vegas,  and there were experiences and memories of a lifetime.  His mom, Shelley said, “What an awesome, awesome experience and we are already looking forward to next year!”

 As a tune-up for the NFAA National Championships,  Carson Alexander competed in  the NM State Archery Championships in Albuquerque the weekend of February 4th  and finished first in the Bowman Class in his division, age 8 through 11 year-old.

Special to KRTN

Carson Alexander has only been shooting archery for about a year, but the 10-year-old son of Matt and Shelley Alexander of Raton is now preparing for the 2017 National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Held at the South Point Hotel & Casino on February 10 thru 12, the national shoot will attract over 3000 competitors, with the range of skill from novice to world champions with over $450,000 in cash payouts and witnessed by over 10,000 spectators.


carson archery shotThe rise to be one of the top young archers began last June when he entered the 4H Colfax County Shoot at the NRA Whittington Center and finished in First Place individually and helped his team win the First Place trophy.  Practicing every day, he entered the District Shoot at the end of June and took First Place Individual and Second Place Team and from then on there was no turning back, he was hooked.  After a fourth place finish in Albuquerque, Carson competed in the Rocky Mountain State Games in Colorado Springs, where he brought home the gold medal in his age division. In August,  he won the 3D buckle shoot(youth division) out at the NRA and took a 2nd place in Beulah, Co at the Pioneer Bowman 3D shoot in his age division.


carson nationalIn September, Carson and his parents decided to test the waters and registered him for the National Outdoor Target championships in Yankton, SD. They went there not expecting to place very well due to the fact that Carson had only been shooting 7 months, but they went with the mindset of to just have fun and enjoy the experience. There were over 300 competitors ranging in age from 9 to 70, and with winds gusting over 45mph, rain blowing sideways and competing against kids who had been shooting 2-4 years, but at the end of 2 days of stiff competition, Carson placed 3rd and brought home a bronze medal!


Carson Alexander, was born in Omaha NE and moved to Raton in June of 2012.  He attends Raton Intermediate School and is in the 4th grade. 


He had played baseball and soccer at the age of 4 until he was 8 and he decided he wanted to try something different. He joined the Johnson Mesa 4H club in the fall of 2015 and registered for the shooting sports. For his project he decided would shoot .22 rifle. At the last minute of the March deadline (and a little twist of his arm from mom and dad) he decided to add archery to his list of projects for 4H.  In February of 2016, they purchased his first bow and discovered Humphries Archery in Pueblo, Co.  Humphries is the largest indoor archery range in the state of Colorado. He was signed up for beginner classes there since he had no experience with archery much before then, but  by April, the owner of Humphries, Gene Ragulsky, had become familiar with Carson and had noticed his underlying talent and desire for archery.


carson awardIn October, Ragulsky developed a JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) club for kids ages 8-20. They meet twice a week for archery practice and those that want to, can compete at the monthly JOAD competitions in the Denver/Springs area.  Carson competes at these and any other competitions his parents can find to sign him up for. 


Carson and his parents are looking forward to being a part of the Las Vegas event and to enjoy the experience and he is hoping he can meet one of his archery idols, Levi Morgan.  


His parents couldn’t be more proud of Carson and his dedication and accomplishments. Without the 4H experience and introduction into archery, and the guidance and coaching of Gene Ragulsky at Humphries Archery, Carson would not be where he is at today. The family is grateful for all the help and are looking forward to Carson’s archery future.


REGULAR MEETING Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District

The Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District will meet in regular session on Tuesday, February 7, 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:




February 7, 2017

10:00 am


  1. Call to Order & Roll Call
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of January 3, 2017 Minutes
  4. Special Reports
  5. General Correspondence
  6. Old Business
    1. Review – Priorities of projects for Government Funds
  7. New Business
    1. Discuss – Hosting Soil Health Consortium in Colfax County
    2. Discuss/Action – Sponsorship Fund for WALF Leadership Conference
  8. 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