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Early Spring Storm Zaps Power & Closes Roads

An early spring storm packing high winds and plenty of moisture, affected hundreds of travelers with closed roads and knocked out power to thousands of customers for both Raton Public Service Company and Springer Electric Cooperative on Friday, March 24th.

Making an appearance in the early morning hours, the powerful storm closed northbound I-25 over the Raton Pass shortly after 5 am and then Southbound at about 11 am. With winds whipping the snow to zero visibility, Hiway 87 between Raton and Clayton was soon closed at around 11:45 am.

Raton Public Service company experienced a short outage a little before 8am because of problems to the North with Tri-State Generation, and then lost power completely until after 7 pm. The cause of the outage, according to RPS General Manager Robert Walton, was the combination of wind and heavy snow snapping a pole carrying the 69 kv line just west of Raton.  Walton said crews had a tough time getting equipment close to the pole because of the soggy, wet conditions and got bogged down and stuck several times and would not have been able to navigate and make the repair if they had not been aided by a bulldozer provided by contractor Bill Serazio.

Springer Electric also had a tough time with the weather, losing several poles and not getting power restored to all areas till late in the evening.

In Loving Memory of Loyd Wayne Jeffrey

Loyd Wayne Jeffrey, age 89, died Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Amarillo, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Mark Frizzell, pastor officiating. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

loydLoyd Jeffrey was born on January 21, 1928 at home on the family homestead in Bueyeros, New Mexico to William Claude Jeffrey and Sallie (McMillan) Jeffrey. He lived most of his life on the ranch in Harding County near Bueyeros. Loyd married Ethel Marie (Sisk) Jeffrey on May 9, 1945 in Brighton, Colorado and she preceded him in death on October 1, 1977. He later married Janice (Curry) Jeffrey on September 3, 1982 in Clayton, New Mexico. In addition to his first wife and parents; Loyd was preceded in death by a son; Kevin Lamont Jeffrey on June 26, 1982 and a daughter; Maris Ada Jeffrey on January 15, 2007, 5 brothers; Donald Jeffrey, Cecil Jeffrey, Harold Jeffrey and Dale Jeffrey and Roy Jeffrey, 2 sisters; Dorothy Jeffrey and Vivian Kelley, a nephew; Justin Atkins and 2 grandsons; Isaac Stolp and Michael Jeffrey.

SURVIVORS:

WIFE: Janice Jeffrey of Bueyeros, New Mexico.

3 DAUGHTERS: Lisa Moran and her husband Scott of Largo, Florida, Jody Stolp and her husband Ken of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Leann Earle and her husband Norman of Clayton, New Mexico.

3 SONS: David Jeffrey and his wife Ollie of Las Vegas, New Mexico, Curtis Jeffrey and his wife Gale of Des Moines, New Mexico and Steve Curry and his wife Karen of Clayton, New Mexico.

24 Grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren

2 Sisters: Marjorie Atkins of Las Vegas, Nevada and Lily Jones of McAdams, Mississippi.

And several nieces, nephews and cousins.

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Loyd’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.

SERVICES
Funeral ServiceSaturday, March 25, 2017
2:00 PM

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

In Loving Memory of Donald E. Anderson

Donald E. Anderson, 85, passed away unexpectedly on March 21, 2017.

Don was born in Trinidad on November 27, 1931 to Lyle and Helen (Mitchell) Anderson.  He was united in marriage to Virginia L Fox on April 1, 1951.

Don is survived by his wife of 65 years, sons John (Debbie) and Swede, grandchildren Sarah (Cody) Plagge, Luke Anderson, Andy Anderson, and Misty (John) Ryman.  He is also survived by one brother, Howard (Swede) Anderson, six great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Anderson, Don PicDon was a businessman for many years, owning and operating the House of Glass and Paint.  He also served with numerous organizations and boards, including the TSJC Advisory Board, Chamber of Commerce and Century Savings & Loan Association Board of Directors.  

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 29th at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 216 Broom St, in Trinidad with Pastor Lou Ward officiating..  Graveside service will follow at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers and food, please donate to the Organ Fund in care of the United Methodist Church or  the charity of your choice.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Accepting Letters Of Interest: Subdivision Committee

Colfax County is accepting letters of interest for the Colfax County Subdivision Committee, please submit your letter to County Manager, Mary Lou Kern at PO Box 1498, Raton, NM  or email mlkern@co.colfax.nm.us or stop by Colfax County Building 230 N. 3rd St. – 3rd Floor- Manager’s office by April 10th, 2017 by noon.

Pack it in Pack it out – Keep the Old Pass Road Clean

Pack it in Pack it out   –   Keep the Old Pass Road Clean

I have read comments, I have listened to comments concerning the illegal gate on the Old Raton Pass road and the proposed gate by the City of Raton. While restricting vehicular access and traffic on a public road is not a good solution, it is the problem that has caused the gate to be placed there in the first place, that has not been addressed or talked about that concerns me more than the proposed restricted access to our public property. The Old Pass Road is property that is owned by the citizens of Raton and that as custodians of that property the City of Raton is required to protect it from vandalism and destruction of the items put in place for the public good.

The problem I speak of is the blatant disrespect and disregard for both public and private property that should be of more concern than a gate. The gate across the Old Pass Road wouldn’t even be an issue let alone a topic of discussion if it weren’t for the very few people who feel that it is their right to disrespect not only someone else’s property but the public property that they themselves as tax payers are part owners of. How would you feel if I sat in front of your property in my car and drank beer and threw the empty bottles and trash on your front yard or decided I wanted to use your house or out building for target practice? You would be royally pissed and rightly so. So how do you think the property owners along the Old Pass Road feel when someone goes up there and trashes their property along the public access? Or illegally dumps a pickup load of shingles or more dangerously shoots up a building or home or decides to build a camp fire that gets away and causes another Track Fire? WHY!!

Why have these few felt it necessary to damage and vandalize the signage at the Iridium Layer or the picnic tables along the side of the Old Pass Road. Oh yes there are picnic areas up there, I bet many people didn’t even know they existed because they didn’t take the time to go look and enjoy the scenery that is there for the public to utilize. But then again, why would anyone want to go up there to utilize the public property, that they are part owners of, when someone else has gone up there and left their beer cans or bottles or other trash or worse yet taken a sledge hammer or high powered rifle and damaged the tables so badly to render them useless. WHY!!

I drive many a remote road in my line of work and often run across a road sign or historical marker that has been used for target practice or the pull off by the historical sign is trashed with garbage and graffiti. WHY!!!  Drive to the top of Johnson Mesa and pull off the side of the road on Highway 72 and the pull off there is trashed. WHY!!  WHY is there no respect for the public lands, public property that is owned by each and everyone of us who pay the taxes to use it and protect it.

Fix this problem and that gate that so many people feel offended by, that crosses the Old Pass Road or is being proposed by the Raton City Commission, will go away. The city is only trying to protect not only the public property along the road but the private property on either side of it so that we don’t have another Track Fire from a runaway camp fire or cigarette or a shooting death because someone felt like using a house for target practice. Yes enforcement and protection of the area falls to the city since it is city property, but enforcement of the laws wouldn’t be needed if those very few people wouldn’t go up there and trash the place that they themselves are part owners of and respect the property of others.

Signed
Marty Mayfield

New Mexico fishing and stocking report for March 21

New Mexico fishing and stocking report for March 21

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This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

Check out the stocking report through March. 10. Lake levels and stream flows.

Javon Daniel

Catches of the week:

  • Bluewater Lake: Andrew Venable, 13, of Grants, caught and released a tiger muskie March 20. He was using a trout rig.
  • Caballo Lake: Nick Mondragon of Nambe caught a 23-inch walleye March 18. He was jigging a curly tail grub.
  • Conchas Lake:  Robert Stamm caught and released a 5-pound largemouth bass March 17. He was using a perch colored Shad Rap.
  • Elephant Butte Lake: Robert Bryant of Albuquerque caught and released a 6-pound largemouth bass March 15. He was using a 9-inch purple Yamamoto Senko. Gene Thomas of Truth or Consequences caught and released a 10-pound, 2-ounce largemouth bass March 16. He was fishing the Rattlesnake Island area and using a white tube.
  • Fenton Lake: Javon Daniel, 6, of Rio Rancho, caught a 21-inch rainbow trout March 16. It was his first fish of the day and he was using salmon peach glitter PowerBait.
  • Maxwell Lake 13: Jody Gray of Ute Park caught a 21-inch rainbow trout March 16. Jody was using salmon peach PowerBait.
  • Navajo Lake: Jared Fishburn, 14, of Farmington, caught a 25-inch brown trout March 17. He was using a fire tiger Rapala.
  • Red River Hatchery Pond: Townes Webb, 4, of Austin, Texas caught and released his catch of the day, a nice rainbow trout. He was using chartreuse PowerBait.

 The following catches came in late but deserve a mention:

  •  Brantley Lake: Peyton Kennard, 11, of Roswell caught and released his first largemouth bass March 12. He was using a minnow under a bobber. Jen Kennard of Roswell caught and released a 3.5-pound largemouth bass March 12. She was using a minnow under a bobber.

If you have a catch of the week story or just want to tell us about your latest New Mexico fishing experience, send it to us at fishforfun2@hotmail.com. We may include your story in our next report. For catches of the week, include name, age, hometown, date, and location, type of fish, length and weight if possible and bait, lure or fly used.

In Loving Memory of Richard Dax Bradley

Richard Dax Bradley, affectionately known as “Ricardo”, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2017.

He was born to Patricia Tapia and Kenneth Bradley on February 9, 1968 in Trinidad.

He loved his music, especially Metallica. He also loved his dogs, Sammy and Roxie. He would stand up for the National Anthem during any football game. He absolutely loved the Broncos.  He was an excellent cook and would always make something for the Bronco games because that’s what he looked forward to. He loved to BBQ when we had family reunions and his chili was out of this world. During the holidays his family looked forward to his chili. He liked fishing and going for rides with his friends in the mountains. When he could, he was always willing to help out his friends and family. He loved his family especially his niece Holly and his nephew Zane.

He is preceded in death by his great grandmother, Soledad Maldonado, his grandparents Petra Tapia, Mike Tapia and Edith Ash. His father Kenneth Bradley. Uncle, Isidro Tapia, cousins Isidro Tapia, Rebecca Aguilar and Rena Aguilar and nephew Matthew Rivas.

He is survived by his mother Patricia Tapia and Reuben Gonzales, sister, Shawn (Mark) Cescolini, brother, Damon (Louise) Bradley, nieces, Holly Bazanele and Tyanne (Noah)Hainbach, nephews, Zane Bazanele (Alicia Campos) and Harley Bradley. Aunts, Rose (Stanley) Aguilar, Judy (Mike) Hernandez, Jennie Tapia and Betty Tapia. Uncle, Leslie (Jo-Di) Tapia, numerous cousins and special friends Shirley Casias and Ambrose Esquibel.  He also had many friends and was loved by them all.

Visitation will be Monday, from 2PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

Rosary will be Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7PM at the Comi Chapel

Funeral will be Tuesday , March 28, 2017 at 10Am at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Tapia, Ambrose Esquibel, Michael Hernandez, Mark Hernandez, Les Aguilar, Danny Aguilar, Brian Tapia, Robert Aguilar, Daniel Aguilar Jr., Dameion Tapia, Drew Kohn, Austin Hallmark, Grayson Hallmark, Matthew Tapia, and Frank Dahmer.

Active pallbearers are Shane Fatur, Jude Anaya, John Tapia, John Dean Bacich, Damon Bradley and Timothy Tapia.

PLEASE WEAR BRONCO COLORS OR APPAREL TO SERVICES IN MEMORY OF RICHARD.  THANK YOU.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

 

RHS Cheer and Dance teams Preview their State Routines

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The RHS cheer and dance teams presented their state spirit competition routines to the public Tuesday evening at Tiger Gym.

The teams will travel Thursday to Albuquerque this weekend for a two day event at the PIT on the University of New Mexico campus. RHS Cheer will perform around 9:00 a.m. both Friday and Saturday while the dance team will perform mid afternoon after 2:00 p.m.

This year the cheer teams have a different competition with a game day routine that will include a cheer based on an announcement by an announcer for a defense or offensive routine. The cheer routines have also been extended to a three minute routine from a minute and half. Crowd participation will be a part of the scoring for Raton so they are hoping for a good loud turnout this year.

TigerCats Dance will perform a Pom routine and a Jazz dance routine. As Raton is the only class 3A team left in the state they will compete against class 4A teams. Some of the other dance teams will perform a precision drill routine as opposed to a jazz routine making it tough to compare the two routines for points.

 

RHS Cheer Game Day routine

RHS Cheer Game Day routine

 

RHS Cheer part of the Game Day Routine

RHS Cheer part of the Game Day Routine

 

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Part of the second day routine for the RHS Cheer

 

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Go Tigers as they perform their state routine in Tiger Gym

 

Second day routine for State Spirit Competition

Second day routine for State Spirit Competition

 

After the girls do their routines they are introduced and honored for the year by the parents and coaches a tradition that has been done for years

After the girls do their routines they are introduced and honored for the year by the parents and coaches a tradition that has been done for years

 

RHS TigerCats Dance team Pom routine

RHS TigerCats Dance team Pom routine

 

RHS TigerCats Dance team Pom routine

RHS TigerCats Dance team Pom routine

 

RHS TigerCats Dance team Pom routine

RHS TigerCats Dance team Pom routine

 

RHS Tiger Cats Dance team Jazz routine for the state spirit competition.

RHS Tiger Cats Dance team Jazz routine for the state spirit competition.

 

RHS Tiger Cats Dance team members were honored after their state routines

RHS Tiger Cats Dance team members were honored after their state routines

Raton Takes District Game with Pecos in Five

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Raton hosted Pecos for an early season district game Tuesday afternoon and marked the win column in a five inning game.

Raton started the game out with a six run rally with a big hit by the first batter Jonathan Cabriales. Raton soon loaded the bases and added a run on a walk. By the end of the inning Raton had run the batting order plus three.

Pecos only score in the game came in the second inning when a throw to second to catch a steal allowed the runner at third to head home and beat the throw home. Raton added one in the second too while both teams went cold in the third. Raton then had a four run rally with a bases loaded walk for one run and a couple of hits for the other three runs.

Game Stats – 3/21/17 Pecos Varsity at Raton Varsity

Box Score


PECOS VARSITY (1) AT RATON VARSITY (11)

PECOS VARSITY        AB  R  H BI  RATON VARSITY        AB  R  H BI
Mario Archuleta       2  0  1  0  Johnathan Cabriales   4  1  3  1  
Carlos Cordova        2  0  0  0  Richie Gonzales       3  1  2  1  
Ismael Villegas       2  0  0  0  Austin Jones          2  1  0  1  
Cameron Quintana      1  1  1  0  Jason Parker          3  0  0  0  
Damian Lopez          2  0  1  0   Dante Romero         0  1  0  0  
Ricardo Teran         2  0  1  0  Robert Horner         0  2  0  0  
Ruben Maynes          2  0  0  0  Cole Medina           2  0  1  1  
Serbando Rodriguez    2  0  0  0  Mateous Samora        3  1  1  1  
Juan Varela           2  0  0  0   Gabe Martinez        1  1  0  0  
                                  Jaydon Romero         1  0  1  1  
                                  Damien Martinez       2  1  1  2  
                                  *Dustin Segura        0  1  0  0  
TOTALS               17  1  4  0  TOTALS               21 10  9  8

PECOS VARSITY                 010 00 -- 1  
RATON VARSITY                 520 4x -- 11 

LOB--PECOS VARSITY 2, RATON VARSITY 8. ERR--Damian Lopez.
2B--Damien Martinez, Richie Gonzales, Johnathan Cabriales.
HBP--Robert Horner. SB--Cameron Quintana, Mario Archuleta,
Dante Romero, Richie Gonzales, Robert Horner, Johnathan
Cabriales.

 PECOS VARSITY                   IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Carlos Cordova (L)             2.00    4    6    5    4    1    0
Mario Archuleta                2.00    5    4    4    4    1    0
 RATON VARSITY              
Cole Medina (W)                5.00    4    1    1    1    2    0

PB--Ricardo Teran (4), William Holland. BALK--Mario
Archuleta (2). SO--Serbando Rodriguez, Mario Archuleta, Cole
Medina, Richie Gonzales. BB--Cameron Quintana, Jason Parker,
Cole Medina, Damien Martinez, Richie Gonzales, Austin Jones
(2), Robert Horner (2).


Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E L
Pecos Varsity 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1 2
Raton Varsity 5 2 0 4 11 9 0 8

WP: Cole Medina, LP: Carlos Cordova, SP: –

 

William Holland makes the tag as Mario Archuleta attempts to steal home during the first district game in Raton.

William Holland makes the tag as Mario Archuleta attempts to steal home during the first district game in Raton.

 

Safe at Second calls the umpire as Jason Parker goes for the tag on Cameron Quintana Tuesday afternoon during the first district game of the season

Safe at Second calls the umpire as Jason Parker goes for the tag on Cameron Quintana Tuesday afternoon during the first district game of the season

 

Richie Gonzales steals second during the district game with Pecos Tuesday afternoon.

Richie Gonzales steals second during the district game with Pecos Tuesday afternoon.

 

Jason Parker reaches for the ball as Cameron Quintana slides on the steal to second during the district game with Pecos Tuesday afternoon

Jason Parker reaches for the ball as Cameron Quintana slides on the steal to second during the district game with Pecos Tuesday afternoon

 

Jason Parker makes the tag as Cameron Quintana slides in a cloud of dust into second base during the first district game of the season

Jason Parker makes the tag as Cameron Quintana slides in a cloud of dust into second base during the first district game of the season

 

Robert Horner makes the slide into second for the stolen base as the ball gets away from Cameron Quintana during the district game with Pecos Tuesday afternoon

Robert Horner makes the slide into second for the stolen base as the ball gets away from Cameron Quintana during the district game with Pecos Tuesday afternoon

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater: Poster Winners

The Humane Society of Raton says,” The Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre is coming to RATON! They use ALL shelter animals and they are amaaaaaaazing. They’ve been seen on TV, including being a finalist on America’s Got Talent. And they’ll be HERE!! Tickets are $20 for Adults/$15 Children (12 & under), and we’d t love the Shuler to be PACKED to show support for SHELTER ANIMALS! Come see a great show. We’ll be there with some of our shelter animals – either ones that have already been adopted or that are currently available.”

The winners of the Humane Society of Raton Poster Contest are:  1st place, Anntanella Gutierrez Mosier; 2nd place, Jerry Wheeler; 3rd place, Beall Toma

1st place:  Anntanella Gutierrez Mosier

2nd place:   Jerry Wheeler

2nd place: Jerry Wheeler

3rd place:  Beall Tomah

3rd place: Beall Tomah