Archive for: March 2017

In Loving Memory of Lena Mae Valdez

Lena Mae Valdez, 101 years of age, of Trinidad, Colorado, peacefully passed away early morning on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  


She was born on March 7, 1916, in Hoehne, Colorado to the parents of the late Anastasia Baca and Emilio Trujillo.
She was also preceded in death by husband Alexander Valdez.
valdez lLena was a loyal member of Sociedad de Nuestra de Guadalupe from Trinidad, Colorado. She was a prayer warrior and a woman of great faith.
Lena is survived by her daughter, Betty Doran, son, Larry Valdez and his wife Denise, her younger sister, Annie Jaramillo who resides in San Diego, California, her Grandchildren ,Yvette Doran, Dayon Valdez, and Christina Valdez, as well as a great-grandson, Dylan Valdez. Lena was loved by many other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 2PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.
A celebration of her life will be enjoyed as follows:  Rosary will be recited , Friday, April 7, 2017 at 9AM at the Comi Funeral Home, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church,
 Interment with Rite of Committal will follow at St. John’s  Cemetery in Hoehne, Colorado.
A beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother, you are already missed.  The family is so grateful that she lived a long, healthy and vibrant life.
Please feel free to share condolences to the family at flashimages@comcast.net
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Joel C. Sanderson

Joel C. Sanderson of Raton, NM passed away March 28, 2017.


He was born in Port Matilda, PA on February 13, 1932 to Lois L. (Crain) Sanderson and Waldo M. Sanderson.


His family moved to Lea County, NM in 1936 and Joel graduated from Hobbs High School in 1951. He continued to graduate from NMSU in 1957 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. He served two years in the National Guard and two years in ROTC at the university. While in college he met and married Glada Morgan. After graduation, they moved to Raton where Joel went to work for ARF Products. They left Raton and moved to Denver, CO for a year while he worked for Martin Marietta in instrumentation on the Titan Missile project. In 1960 he returned to Raton to work for ARF products until he purchased Plaza Super Market in 1973 and pursued a career in the grocery business until he retired in 1996.


He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, his parents and two brothers Waldo Palmar and John (Mickey).


He is survived by children Marcia Cunico and husband Steve of Raton, NM and Phoenix, AZ, Sandra S. Sanderson of the home, Joel C. Sanderson Jr. and wife Catherine of Raton, NM, Steve S. and wife Frances of Los Alamosa, NM, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Joel was a lifelong member of the BPOE Elks Lodge #865, the Masonic Order Gate City Lodge #11. AF & AM, Member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Santa Fe, NM. The Ballut Abyad Shrine Club in Albuquerque, NM, Bab-L- Shrine Club, Raton, NM and life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He served on the Raton Country Club board and was a member of Raton Airport Board for 20 years. Joel loved hunting, fishing and golf. His most enjoyed accomplishment was getting his pilot’s license. His flying was what he most missed in his later years.

Funeral Service for Joel C. Sanderson will be on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home. With Connie Shields officiating. Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Trinidad, CO.

Flowers are appreciated but in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library. The family can be reached at 203 Hill Drive, Raton, NM.
Arrangements for Joel C. Sanderson are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

Power Outage/Old Pass Road Access Issues at Raton City Comm. Meeting

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Raton City Commissioners spent about 50 minutes of the two-hour meeting Tuesday evening listening to and discussing the recent power outage that put Raton in the dark for about eight hours last Friday.

Local business owners Mauricio Lemus and Mike Mulligan were present at the request of Raton Chamber president Paul Jenkins to explain to commissioners the problems they had with the power outage. A letter from Lee Phelan indicated that McDonalds lost about $16,000 in revenue due to the outage while Mulligan told commissioners he lost about $8200. The biggest complaint however was the lack of communication about what was going on and when the power would be back on. The situation was also complicated by road closures of I-25 going over the pass and highway 64/87 to Clayton.

Laura Brewer suggested Facebook as the preferred method of communication as most people are on Facebook and with the power being out the local radio stations were unable to broadcast. The problem with Facebook is you have to have a method of looking at Facebook that doesn’t rely on electricity or has an electrical backup.

Walton Showed this photo noting that it was the cause of the power outage that put Raton in the dark for 8 hours.

Walton Showed this photo noting that it was the cause of the power outage that put Raton in the dark for 8 hours plus.

Robert Walton Jr., RPS General Manager, was present to explain the problems they had with the weather and the very bad luck as the one pole that broke was on the transmission line that brought power into town from the Raton substation that connects Raton with either Burro Canyon or Springer Electric. It was noted the pole was in a very difficult location to get to, and required the use of a bulldozer which was donated to the city by Bill Serazio, to pull equipment in and out of the location. The weather was the biggest problem getting to the pole and getting it temporarily repaired in order to get the juice turned back on. Once that power did come on RPS had to deal with other issues in the service area.  Many of the linemen with RPS were up for over 30 hours straight so it became a safety issue as well.

Walton noted that they would start the commissioning process on the new generator in mid-April and the actual commissioning in May hopefully have it online in June. He noted the generator is only a 4.3 KW generator that would support part of Raton but not all of the town at once. If the power goes out from the primary source, Burro Canyon, the city would then see rolling black outs with the business areas and the hospital being the priority.

Commissioners instructed City Manager Scott Berry to move forward with the ordinance process for placing an electric gate on the Old Pass road and to define the process for vehicular access through that gate to the old pass road. Commissioner Ron Chavez brought forth a proposal to place a gate at the “Y” where the road splits and goes up to Goat Hill and the Old Pass Road.

He calls the gate an accountability gate that will create some kind of accountability for vehicular traffic on the old pass road. The gate is felt to be necessary because of the vandalism that has occurred to both public and private property on the old pass road. It is also hoped that it will curb some of the indiscriminate shooting that goes on up there. The fear is that someone will fire off in the direction of I-25 and the bullet could hit a passing car. Chavez noted that the city is not giving away the property but is trying to have some accountability so that if damage is done they have a place to start looking. It’s the old adage a very few ruin it for everyone else. Pedestrians, mountain bikes and horses will have access to the road via a smaller opening by the vehicle gate.

Berry noted that Skyline road which is now unpassable for most vehicular traffic will have to be closed so that off road vehicles won’t be able to gain access that way. (other reading might include the pack it in pack it out editorial on the KRTN Web page)

Commissioner in action items moved the approval of Raton Mainstreet’s Cinco De Mayo celebration. During the meeting the Commission also approved an Economic Development grant of $260,000 to go along with other monies that MainStreet is in the process of acquiring for the Great Blocks project on First Street.

Commissioners approved a revised budget adjustment for JJAC at the request of CYFD. Commissioners then heard the financial report for February 2017, noting an increase in GRT again this month. It was up 6.32% over what was budgeted while the city continues to operate under budget by about 5%. The city had budgeted $200,000 in small cities assistance but the recent check came in at $177,488 a short fall of $22,551.  (Link to Feb2017 Financial Rpt001)  (Link to Budget Adjustment#9 FY17001)

Commissioners approved budget adjustment #9 for FY17 which dealt mostly with the Police and Fire Department budgets. City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci noted that there had been some savings in salaries at the police department and those savings were transferred to the overtime line item.

Commissioners approved paying off the loan for the visitor’s center early and the purchase of a steel building for the transfer station at a cost of $136,631.98. The building will be a 120 by 120-foot steel structure with six doors to allow vehicular access for loading and unloading of refuse.


City Manager Scott Berry gave a very short report on upcoming meetings before the commission moved into executive session for limited personnel matters. Listed is the city manager’s evaluation.

Commissioners will meet again on April 11, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for their next regular meeting.


Robert Walton Jr., RPS General Manager, was on hand at Tuesday evening's city commission meeting and explained some of the problems RPS had in getting the power back on Friday evening.

Robert Walton Jr., RPS General Manager, was on hand at Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting and explained some of the problems RPS had in getting the power back on Friday evening.


A picnic table that was placed on the Old Pass Road as part of a picnic area along the Santa Fe Trail by Nancy Robertson has been destroyed by vandals.

A picnic table that was placed on the Old Pass Road as part of a picnic area along the Santa Fe Trail by Nancy Robertson has been destroyed by vandals.


City Manager Scott Berry holds up a sign that the Vermejo Ranch brought in to him as a result of indiscriminate shooting on the Old Pass Road

City Manager Scott Berry holds up a sign that the Vermejo Ranch brought in to him as a result of indiscriminate shooting on the Old Pass Road


Meeting of Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District

Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District will be having their monthly meeting Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am in the 1st Floor Conference Room in the Post  Office (Federal Building)

Raton Parks & Recreation Competes for $20K Grant

NRPA has an exciting grant opportunity for Raton. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN on the Meet Me at the Park initiative to provide 16 communities with a $20,000 grant to improve local parks.


As part of the initiative, one of those 16 communities (hopefully Raton) will be selected through a nomination process. Starting April 1, the public can nominateRaton every day through the online voting website. The city with the most nominations will be the winner.


Here are some key dates moving forward:

  • April 1 — Nominating begins, post messages on social media
  • April 30 — Nominating period closes
  • May 2 — NRPA contacts the park and recreation agency that governs the winning city
  • May 18 — Winning city and park announced publicly

The winning city (hopefully Raton) will choose a local park in their district to receive the $20,000 grant for a park improvement project or program that connects youth to nature, increases youth’s access to sports, and/or inspires healthy living within the grant period of May to September.


For more information and to access the voting site, please visitwww.nrpa.org/beinspired .

meet me at the park grant

Jared Chatterley
City of Raton  Department of Parks and Recreation
575-445-2413 (WK)
website www.ratonrecreation.com  
Explore Raton www.visitraton.org

In Loving Memory of Dolores Maldonado

Dolores Maldonado, 99, was born on March 30, 1917 in San Miguel, Colorado and received her heavenly wings on March 24, 2017.

Dolores was born to the union of Francisco and Juanita (Fernandez) Maldonado who proceed her in death. Dolores was also proceeded in death by her son, John Marvin Maldonado, grandchildren, Kimberly N. Trujillo, John David Maldonado, infant great-granddaughter Dolores Maldonado, 10 siblings along with many relatives and loved ones.

Dolores is survived by a son, Robert Sánchez, grand children Vanessa Maldonado, Valerie Maldonado (Silver Miera), Victoria Maldonado, Angel S. Trujillo (Nicole Valdez), 15 great grandchildren, daughter in law Kathryn Maldonado. Dolores is also survived by three very special nieces, Christine Tavella, Lillian Flores, and Gertrude Gonzales, sister Ramona Dominguez, along with many other nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to friend and loving caregiver Sherry Cordova, and Jamie Sánchez, for taking such good care of Nana, and Sangre de Cristo Hospice for the quality care and support they provided.

maldonado dDolores had a strong faith and spent her life caring for others, whether it was family, friends or neighbors. She was famous for her soulful cooking and made sure nobody ever left hungry. She loved spending time with family and always made everyone feel special. Nana touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed by all.

We will celebrate Dolores’s life , which would have been her 100th birthday, with Rosary on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 9AM at Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10 AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Rubel Garcia

Rubel Garcia, age 87, passed away at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home ion March 21, 2017.

He was born in Mora, NM on January 29,1930 to Beatrice (Sanchez) and Apolonio Garcia.

Rubel Garcia PicRubel was a hard worker most of his life having worked in coal and manganese mines, as a logger and as a migrant farmer in Rocky Ford and San Luis Valley.

He  was a good mechanic and liked working on equipment.

He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Preceding him in death are parents, Beatrice and Apolonio Garcia, daughter in law, Gina Jennifer LeBlanc, and former wife Mary Pilar Garcia.

Survivors are his children, Rio (Renee) Garcia, Richard Garcia and fiancée Olga Olguin, Doris (Anthony) Aparicio, David (Flo) Garcia, Dolly Garcia, Sandra McClain, Grace (Ume) Gohl, Ruby Marabella, Beatrice Garcia, Linda Garza (David Tews), numerous grandchildren, , nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2PM-7PM at  the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will be Friday, March 31, 2017 , with Rosary at 9Am at Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will be  held later that  afternoon at the San Luis Cemetery.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Glen E. Koehn

Glen E. Koehn, age 90, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Clayton, New Mexico.

Visitation was held from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM CST on Friday, March 24, 2017 at the Texline Memmonite Church.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM CST on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Texline Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in the Texline Mennonite Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

Glen Koehn was born on March 11, 1927 in Halstead, Kansas to Enoch D. And Anna (Smith) Koehn. Glen married Orlene Lois (Smith) Koehn on December 9, 1951, in Halstead, Kansas and she preceded him in death on January 13, 2004. They resided on a dairy farm at Burns, Kansas, until moving to the Dalhart, Texas area in 1975 and then to Sedan, NM, in 1977. Glen married Norma (Wadel) Koehn on December 30, 2005 in Greensburg, Kansas. He gave his heart to the Lord and was faithful to his vows until death. He was a member of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. In addition to his parents and first wife, Glen was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, Mickey Peaster and Raquel Nikkel, 1 great-grandson; Dan Mitchel and by 2 brothers and 7 sisters.


WIFE: Norma Koehn of Texline, Texas.

6 SONS: Lonnie Koehn and his wife Pamela of Texline, Texas, Leslie Koehn and his wife Rita of Sedan, New Mexico, Donald Koehn and his wife Shana of Greensburg, Kansas, Doyle Koehn and his wife Amy of Paxton, Nebraska, Harold Koehn of Inman, Kansas and Arden Koehn of Garden City, Kansas.

4 DAUGHTERS: Grace Ratzlaff and her husband Randy of Castleford, Idaho, Evonne Peaster and her husband Charley of Sweet Springs, Missouri, Karolyn Nikkel and her husband Lew of Ontario, Oregon and Glennis Smith and her husband Randy of Texline, Texas.

2 SISTES: Dorothy Jantz of Moundridge, Kansas and Edna Koehn of Newton, Kansas.

37 Grandchildren and 43 Great-Grandchildren

: The family asks that memorials be made in Glen’s memory to the Gospel Tract. 100 S. Ave. C, Moundridge, Kansas 67107 or to the Clayton Nursing And Rehabilitation Center, 419 Harding Street, Clayton, New Mexico 88415.

VisitationFriday, March 24, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Texline Mennonite Church
210 Hershey Lane
Texline, Texas 79087
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Funeral ServiceSaturday, March 25, 2017
10:30 AM

Texline Mennonite Church
210 Hershey Lane
Texline, Texas 79087

In Loving Memory of Mary Archuleta

Mary Archuleta, age 61, died Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Rosary was recited at 9:00 AM on Friday, March 24, 2017 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:00 AM following the Rosary at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Fr. Joel Bugas as Celebrant. Burial followed in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

archuleta mMary (Trujillo) Archuleta was born on October 24, 1955 in Clayton, New Mexico to Moises Trujillo and Rosa Maria (Tafoya) Trujillo. A lifelong resident of Clayton, she married Gene Archuleta on October 23, 1976 in Clayton, New Mexico. Mary loved children, her passion was taking care of children and helping others in any way that she could. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by 2 sisters; Evelyn Sintas and Barbara Vigil and 3 brothers; Felix Trujillo, Joe Trujillo and Leroy “Crunch” Trujillo.


HUSBAND: Gene Archuleta of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 SON: Frankie Archuleta and Penny Montoya of Amarillo, Texas.

1 DAUGHTER: Michelle Trujillo of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 GRANDSON: Aaron Archuleta of Amarillo, Texas.

3 SISTERS: Geneva Medina and Lilly Padilla both of Clayton, New Mexico and Arlene Encinias of Dumas, Texas.

3 BROTHERS: Robert Trujillo, Frank “Keko” Trujillo and Moses Trujillo all of Clayton, New Mexico.

And numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Prayer ServiceFriday, March 24, 2017
9:00 AM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415
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Funeral ServiceFriday, March 24, 2017
10:00 AM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415

In Loving Memory of Mary Loudin van Compernolle

Mary Loudin van Compernolle, 89 years of age, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 20, 2017 in Conroe, Texas surrounded by her children.


Mary was born April 2, 1927 in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts to the late John J. Loudin and Elizabeth Hartley Loudin. Mary’s father was a Methodist Preacher who served several churches from West Virginia to New Mexico. Upon graduation from high school at the age of 16, Mary moved with her family from Ripley, West Virginia to Carrizozo, New Mexico in 1943.

That same year Mary began her college education at New Mexico Highlands College in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Mary graduated cum laude in 1947. That same year, Mary was married at the First United Methodist Church of Springer to the late Remi Jr. van Compernolle. Mary’s father officiated at the wedding. Mary and Remi remained in Las Vegas until Remi completed college. During that time, Mary taught high school in Espanola, New Mexico.

After Remi’s graduation in 1948, they moved to Raton, New Mexico to begin a family. In Raton, Mary gave birth to five children, Susan, Remi III, John, Paul, and Valerie. She was preceded in death by children Susan and Paul. In 1956, the family moved to Window Rock, Arizona, where children Wendy, Michelle, and Julie were born.

With a full cadre of children, Remi and Mary began moving about the country subsequently living In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Houston, Texas (twice), Chicago, Illinois, and Burleson, Texas. Upon retirement in 1990, Mary and Remi returned to New Mexico to live in Miami and finally in Springer, where Mary spent the last 22 years of her life.

Upon return to New Mexico, Mary became active in her father’s former church in Springer where she served on nearly all committees, and whenever she saw the need. She was also active in the regional Senior Citizen’s Centers Council, eventually chairing the Council for several years.  Her most recent activity was organizing and updating the history of her church, which she so loved. Mary could always be counted on to “get things done”. Other activities included the church rummage sale, Antique Club, the Women’s Tea, Gin Rummy Club, and Cowbelles. Mary also worked part time during tax season with a local accounting business in Springer.

componerlleMary professed her life to Christ at an early age.  Mary loved to read her Bible and was dedicated to teaching bible study, praying for others, spending time with friends and enjoying a Green Chili Philly Sandwich at the old ÒCold BeerÓ in Colfax. She loved to work in her yard and to take long road trips, always stopping at Historical (she often called them Hysterical) Markers. With her friend, Jimmie, she spent many hours hunting through cemeteries across the country looking for distant family member’s gravesites and those of others. Mary was always wearing a smile on her face.

Mary was a loving person, devoted wife, mother, and friend. She saw the good in everyone and brightened the lives of so many others. She encouraged her children to attend college and was proud that all six received college degrees.

Mary leaves her six children to cherish her loving memory. Mary is survived by Remi, III, and wife Becki; John and wife Sharon; Valerie and husband Jeff; Wendy and her husband Chuck; Michelle and her husband Bruce; Julie and her husband Chris. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren; her friend and brother Frank and his wife Jan; sister Ruth; sister-in-law Palmyre and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She will be missed desperately but we know that she is now in God’s loving arms and is at peace.

A celebration of her life is scheduled for 3:00PM on Saturday March 25 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Springer, NM, with a graveside service followed by a 90th birthday party at First United Methodist Church of Springer in the fellowship hall. Chuck Wiggins will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mary’s life.  
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First United Method Church of Springer, or to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Mary van Compernolle are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.