Archive for: March 2017

In Loving Memory of Graciela (Andrew) Moncada

Graciela (Andrew) Moncada age 70, died Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in Clayton, New Mexico.

Rosary was recited at 7:00 PM on Thursday, March 2, 2017 and Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 3, 2017 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.

moncadaGraciela (Andrew) Moncada was born on January 7, 1947 in Juan Mata Ortiz Chihuahua, Mexico to Pedro Andrew and Mercedes (Alvarado) Andrew. She married Socorro Moncada on August 30, 1962 in NVO, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. She always loved all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Graciela was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 4 brothers.


HUSBAND: Socorro Moncada of Texline, Texas.

3 DAUGHTERS: Olga Moncada of Texline, Texas, Maria Cruz of Chihuahua, Mexico and Mercedes Moncada of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

6 SONS: Javier Moncada and his wife Carman Diaz of Valley Center, California, Marco Antonio Moncada and his wife Lourdes Zubia and Sergio Moncada all of Chihuahua, Mexico, Noe Moncada of Clayton, New Mexico, Gerardo Moncada of Texline, Texas and Rene Moncada and his wife Dora Guerrero of Dalhart, Texas.

22 Grandchildren

9 Great-Grandchildren

2 SISTERS: Maria DeLaLuz and Maria Cruz both of Chihuahua, Mexico.

3 BROTHERS: Jose Andrew and David Andrew both of Chihuahua, Mexico and Hector Mario Andrew of Anthony, Texas.

Prayer ServiceThursday, March 02, 2017
7:00 PM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415
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Funeral ServiceFriday, March 03, 2017
10:00 AM

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

REGULAR MEETING Colfax County Board of Commissioners


MARCH 14, 2017



PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Board of Commissioners will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, March 14, 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




  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Salute to the New Mexico Flag
  4. Approve Agenda
  5. Approve Regular Meeting Minutes for February 28, 2017
  6. Recognize Visitors
  7. Public Comment
  8. Discuss/Action – Approve Expenditures
  9. Discuss/Action – District 8-NMFA Application
  10. Discuss/Action – Joint Powers Agreement, Law Enforcement Protection Funds 2017/2018
  11. Discuss/Action – RFB #2016-05, Automatic Gate and Installation – Change Order #1
  12. Commissioners’ Docket
  13. Manager’s Docket
  14. Attorney’s Docket
  15. Adjourn


Done this 7th day of March, 2017

Regular Meeting Voter Registration Purge Board

Regular Meeting

Voter Registration Purge Board

March 7, 2017

10:00 A.M.


PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Voter Registration Board will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in the County Clerk’s Office, at the Colfax County Building, 230 North 3rd Street, Raton, NM for the following:


  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve Agenda
  3. Discussion/Action – Approve Removal of Inactive Voters on the Purge Report
  4. Adjourn


The Public Notice was posted in the Office of the Colfax County Clerk, the Raton Post Office, County Website and KRTN.




Colfax County Clerk


Signed, dated and sealed this 2nd day of March, 2017.


Old Pass Road Access Is Questioned

Subject: The unauthorized erecting of a gate and signing as private property the Old Raton Pass Road to stop or restrict access to city property.

I wish to make it clear that I have no interest in this matter other than concern that city property that I have used for over a decade now has been gated and signed as private property by unauthorized individuals. I do not own property close to the area, personally I know of no one who does other than the ones who placed the gate and signs there.

As a result on March 1, 2017, I was cited by the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office for being in violation of 30-15-01-1009 and as stated on the violation notice for damage to (sic) “no trespassing” signs he said were illegally posted.

The signs allegedly damaged are signs placed on City of Raton Property, specifically on the Old Raton Pass Road. Property owner(s), who own property beyond the gate and the signs, have constructed, erected and shut a gate and signed the area behind the gate as PRIVATE PROPERTY. The signs further state that trespassing is prohibited. The road in question is the property of the City of Raton and has been open to the public for many years. The gate was constructed and placed on the road in the fall of 2016.

I attended a Raton City Commission meeting on November 8, 2016 and spoke to them on the issue when the subject was addressed at that meeting. Several other people were present at that same meeting to address the commission on the same issue. Later I visited privately, two separate times, with Raton City Manager Scott Berry on this same matter. I have also communicated on this matter with City Commissioner Ron Chavez. This dealt with a gate and signs that had been placed across the road limiting access to the Old Raton Pass Road beyond the gate.

I specifically asked both the city commission at the meeting and City Manager Scott Berry, on two separate private meetings with him, if the city had erected the gate or signed the property? The answer in all cases was no. I then specifically asked if the city had authorized anyone to place a gate and sign the property as private? Again was answer no. From both the city commission and City Manager Scott Berry, the city had neither erected the gate, nor signed it, nor had the city authorized anyone to do so.

I then requested that the city instruct who ever had or has had the gate erected and signed the property beyond as private property to remove both the gate and signs. I further asked that if for some reason, the people who had placed the gate and signs refused that the city do this themselves. Neither the city commission nor City Manager Barry did anything about it.  City Manager Scott Berry informed me that an opinion had not been received from some legal entity they were dealing with. The gate and signs remain and I now have been cited by the Colfax County Sheriffs Office to magistrate court for allegedly damaging the private property/no trespassing signs placed there.

It is my hope that the City of Raton and the community in general act to stop this effort by whom ever has erected the gate and signed city property as private. This is an effort to stop the citizens from lawfully accessing property, the Old Raton Pass Road, that in all reality belongs to them. If something is not done the citizens of Raton and general public will lose access to a historical road that belongs to them. The gate and signs are clearly meant to keep citizens away from city property that otherwise has been open to them.

This same issue, the gating of the road and signing, has previously been an issue in Raton and before the city commission. The City Commission has addressed this very issue in the past. Now we have a new owner, or owners, beyond the city limits and on either side of the road that has been gated and signed. The issue has started all over again.

The city has an obligation to its citizens to remove the gate and instruct who ever gated and signed to cease and desist in this effort to prohibit their lawful use of the area.

Preciliano J. Martin
936 South. 5th Street
Raton, NM 87740

In Loving Memory of Julia A. Romero

Julia A. Romero age 98 passed away on February 26, 2017 in Raton.


Julia was born July 31, 1918 in Las Vegas N.M. the daughter of Antonio and Margarita Sanchez.


Julia was a very devout member of St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton, NM as well as VFW Auxiliary in Raton.


Julia is preceded in death by her parents Antonio Sanchez and Margarita Trujillo. Sisters; Bersabe Sanchez, Carlota Sanchez, Maria Sanchez and Guadalupe Sanchez. Brothers; Jose Sanchez and Gabriel Sanchez.

Surviving Julia is her son John Romero of the family home. Grandchildren; Debra Sandoval and husband Gabriel, Mark Romero and wife Robin, Sheri Romero, Tina Loncar and husband Patrick, Kimberly Sandoval and husband Ross, Kathy Romero and husband Jaime, Gaby Romero, Arthur Romero and wife Luann. 8 Grandchildren and 10 Greatgrandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.

Visitation for Julia will be at the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Chapel on Wednesday March 1, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with Deacon Thomas Alderette officiating. Followed by the Solomon Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Bill Woytavich as the Celebrant. Rite of Committal and Internment will take place at Mount Calvary Cemetery immediately following the services.

Arrangements for Julia A. Romero are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

New Mexico fishing and stocking reports for Feb. 28, 2017

New Mexico fishing and stocking reports for Feb. 28

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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 for Feb. 24

Alumni Pond

Catches of the week

  • Alumni Pond: David Castellano, 11, of Las Cruces caught a 12-inch rainbow trout Feb. 25. He was using green PowerBait.
  • Elephant Butte Lake: Jeff Martinez of Albuquerque caught a 40-pound blue catfish Feb. 26. He was using cut bait.
  • Tingley Beach: Charisma Charles of Albuquerque caught two nice rainbow trout at the Youth Pond Feb. 26. It was her first time fishing and she was using green PowerBait.
  • Ute Lake: Art Cordova of Logan caught a 7.12-pound walleye Feb. 22. He was using a Sling Blade. Mike Dorgelo of Logan caught an 8.70-pound walleye Feb. 27. He was using a jig and grub combination.

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.