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Archive for: May 2017

In Loving Memory of Esperanza (Espy ) Aurora Santistevan

Esperanza (Espy ) Aurora Santistevan of Trinidad, Colorado, passed away on May 15, 201 at the age of 88.

 

At the time of her death, she was living at  the  University Park Care Center in Pueblo, Colorado. 

 

Esperanza was born on February 23, 1929 in Pictou, Colorado , the daughter of Eligio and Cristina Zuniga.

 

Espy Santistevan PicEsperanza (Espy) can always be remembered by her love to dance.  No matter where, when and what time, if there was music, you would find Espy dancing.

 

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

 

Survivors include her daughter Diane (Ricky) Gallegos and three granddaughters (Andrea, Nicole and Ashley).  She is also survived by sisters and brothers ,Mary Ellen (Tony) Aragon, Peter (Anna) Zuniga, Eligio (Herminia) Zuniga Jr., Joseph (Mary Susan) Zuniga, Dave (Tammy) Zuniga, Antero (Toni) Zuniga and Erma Abeyta.  Extended family include numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 with Rosary at 9AM at the Comi Chapel.

 

Funeral Mass  will follow at 10AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

 

Burial will be at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Alonzo Serna

Alonzo Serna, age 87 passed away May 23 2017.

 

He was born in Torres, Colorado on April 4, 1930 to Vicenta (Gonzales) and Ricardo Serna who both preceded him in death.

 

He also joins his sister Ersie, brother Ben, and brother Joe “Spike”.

 

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Vera (Velasquez), 3 sons David, Joe Alan, Rick(Sharon), and  daughter Valerie and by sisters Amy (Albert), Vangie (Richard), Margie(Johnny), Amy Lou, Virginia (Lloyd), Kristine (Frank) and May(Richard), his 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

FullSizeRender (18)Al was an avid outdoorsman and was most happy when hunting or fishing. He was proud to have served in the Army for his country during the Korean conflict.

 

Al was a hard-working man who loved all his family and was the kind of man that would do anything for anyone.

 

Al worked in the mine and was also a carpenter and could build or fix anything. The grandkids always joke that even if the sky was broken he could  fix that as long as he had a tall enough ladder.

 

Friends and family will always remember him as a hard working, kind man that always spoke the truth. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him. 

 

Visitation will be Tuesday from 3PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.

 

Rosary will be recited Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.

 

Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

 

Interment will follow at the Tercio Cemetery with graveside services conducted by Ft. Carson Honor Guard.

 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Toni Mae (Antonia Montoya) Blomquist

Toni Mae (Antonia Montoya) Blomquist of Country Club Hills, Illinois, passed away on May 23, 2017 at the age of 86.

 

She was born on December 19, 1930 to Antonia (Lontine) and Donaciano Montoya.

 

She was preceded in death by parents Antonia and Donaciano  Montoya,  husbands Carson O. Blomquist and Arthur (Shadow) Ortega.

 

She is survived by children, Steve and Carol Ortega, Trinidad, CO, Vince Blomquist, CC Hills, IL, Twyla and Danial Sokolowicz, Plainfield, IL, Dawn Spect, CC Hills, IL. grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and numerous Montoya-Lontine nieces, nephews.

 

Burial will be June 1, 2017 at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood,  IL.

 

Condolences can be sent in care of the McKenzie Funeral Home, 15618 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, IL 60452,  and St. Emeric Catholic Church, Country Club Hills, IL.

 

Courtesy Comi Funeral Home.

NOTICE POTENTIAL QUORUM Colfax County Commissioners

NOTICE

POTENTIAL QUORUM

 

 

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Commissioners will be attending a meeting located at the Springer Correctional Facility, 201 HWY 468, Springer, NM to discuss the facility update on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 9am-11am.

 

Done this 25th day of May 2017.

In Loving Memory of Mary Woodyard

Mary Woodyard, age 67, passed away May 23, 2017 with her family by her side in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 
She was born September 29, 1949 in Denver, Colorado to Robert and Loretta Wilkinson. She grew up in Littleton, Colorado and graduated from Littleton High School in 1967.

 

 

woodyardMary met John Woodyard in 1983 and they were married on December 28, 1983. Mary loved God, her husband , her kids, grandkids, great-grand kids, friends, dogs, cats and computers! She worked in various industries and ended her working career as a business systems coordinator / IT at Ferno Washington. After retiring she continued to consult in IT part-time. Her husband John served in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in March 1969. He worked in the aircraft industry and retired from the Boeing Aircraft in 2000. Mary was a member of the Raton Ambassadors and an active member of the Family Worship Center of Raton, New Mexico.

 

 

Mary is survived by her husband of 33 years, John, Daughter April Walker, Step-daughter Shelley Taylor, 5 grand children and 3 great-grandchildren.

 

 

Services for Mary Lou Woodyard will be held Saturday May 27, 2017 at the Family Worship Center in Raton, New Mexico at 1:00 P.M. Internment will follow at the Mt Calvary cemetery in Raton, New Mexico.

 

 

Arrangements and celebration of love for Mary Lou Woodyard are under the direction of the Yaksich – Long Funeral Home of Raton.

Memorial Day Activities (Raton)

Activities for Memorial Day in Raton:

6:00 AM – Parade of Flags – Starting at the Welcome Center and then moving to the County Building. (Volunteers needed.)
8:00 AM Memorial Day Ceremony at Mount Calvary to be followed at Fairmont Cemeteries. 
4:00 PM – Parade of Flags – Take flags down. (Volunteers appreciated.)
The Isle of Flags at the Colfax County Building.

Photo Credit:  Marty Mayfield Photography 2015

New Mexico fishing and stocking report for May 23, 2017

New Mexico fishing and stocking report for May 23

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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 May 19. Lake levels and stream flows.

Medina & Portillos

Catches of the week:

  • Alto Lake:  Matthew Portillo, 9, Isaiah Medina, 5, Andrea Medina 7, Mia Portillo, 6, Alejandro Medina, 3 and Anabelle Portillo 10, of Clint, Texas, caught 15 rainbow trout May 20. They were using garlic PowerBait and pinched night crawlers.
  • Clayton Lake: Tommy Montoya of Clayton caught a 20-inch rainbow trout May 15. He was using PowerBait.
  • Elephant Butte Lake:  Jolene Munoz, 3, of Las Cruces, caught her first white bass May 19. She was using a live shiner.
  • Grindstone Reservoir: Humberto Maldonado of Ruidoso caught a 33-inch catfish May 15. He was using worms.
  • Rio San Antonio: Noelle Brooke, 10, of Albuquerque, caught and released a 20-inch brown trout May 20. She was using a gold Panther Martin.
  • Santa Cruz Lake: Maya Scargall, 10, and Prescott Scargall, 8, of Santa Fe, caught limits of trout May 20. Maya’s big fish was 17 inches and Prescott’s was 16 inches. They were trolling gold spoons.
  • Seven Springs Brood Pond:  Ben Mirabal, 4, of Albuquerque, caught his first fish, a 17-inch rainbow trout May 19. He was using salmon eggs. Gavin Whaler, 11, of Santo Domingo Pueblo caught a 28-inch, 8.2-pound brown trout May 21. He was using a gold Panther Martin.
  • Tiger Pond: Dominik Lopez, 10, of Aztec, caught a 15-inch rainbow trout May 20. He was using blue neon PowerBait.
  • Tingley Beach: Kai Lynn Johnson, 6, of Albuquerque, caught her first trout, a 13-inch rainbow May 20. She was using night crawlers.
  • Ute Lake: Rande Kelley of Dalhart caught and released a 5.07 largemouth bass May 20.

The following reports came in late but deserve a mention:

  • Lake Roberts: Mike Dunn caught and released a 6.79-pound largemouth bass May 12. He was using a watermelon seed brush hog.
  • Rio Las Vacas: Maddie Flint, 6 and Ethan Flint, 4, both of Rio Rancho caught their first rainbow trout May 14. They were using worms.

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.

Noelle Brooke

May 23  

Northeast

Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait and worms for trout. Fishing was fair using worms for perch. We had no other reports.

Clayton Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait and Kastmasters for rainbow trout. Fishing was slow to fair using crank baits and Kastmasters for walleye. We had no other reports. Due to low water conditions, the boat ramp remains closed.

Cimarron River: Stream flow near Cimarron on Monday was 40 cfs. Trout fishing was good using San Juan worms, gold spinners, worms and salmon eggs. A section of the river has been closed due to a fuel spill. The closed area starts at mile marker 291 and goes to the Perryville Day use area. Anglers are asked to steer clear of the area. Trout fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was very good using Pistol Petes, PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms.

Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, jigs, jerk baits, crank baits, creature baits and curly tail grubs for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using crank baits for white bass. Fishing was fair using jig and minnow combinations, spinner minnow combinations and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using night crawlers, stink bait and cut bait for catfish. Fishing was fair using minnows and small grubs for crappie.

Cowles Ponds: Fishing was very good using worms and PowerBait for trout.

Coyote Creek: Trout fishing was good using small bead-head nymphs, worms, PowerBait and salmon eggs.

Eagle Rock Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait and worms for trout.

Eagle Nest Lake: Bank fishing and fishing from anchored boats was good using PowerBait. Anglers trolling for trout did well trolling using Arnie’s, Panther Martins and Platte River specials. A few trout were also caught by anglers using wooly buggers and Pistol Petes. Fishing was fair using worms for perch. We had no other reports. The annual Pike and Carp Tournament will be held May 27 and 28. For more information, contact the Eagle Nest Fly Shack at (505) 485-8328.

Gallinas River: Fishing was good using worms for trout.

Hopewell Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Alice: Trout fishing was very good using Gulp eggs, PowerBait, worms, Pistol Petes and Kastmasters.

Lake Maloya: Trout fishing was very good using garlic and corn PowerBait, Fire Balls, Panther Martins, Kastmasters, wooly buggers, damsel flies and bead-head pheasant tail nymphs. The annual Sugarite Canyon State Park Fishing Derby sponsored by the Friends of Sugarite Canyon State Park and the Raton Kiwanis Club will be held from May 27 through June 4. For additional information, call (575) 445-5607.

Los Pinos River: Fishing was good using worms, Fire Balls and San Juan worms for trout.

Maxwell Lake 13: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Monastery Lake: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, worms, prince nymphs, wooly buggers and Pistol Petes for trout.

Morphy Lake: Fishing was good using Pistol Petes, spinners, PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout. Frank Chavez of Albuquerque reported catching two 16.5-inch rainbow trout May 21. He was using salmon peach PowerBait.

Pecos River: Streamflow near Pecos on Monday was 240 cfs. Fishing was good using worms, Fire Balls, bead-head hare’s ear nymphs, San Juan worms and spinners for trout.

Red River: Stream flow below the hatchery on Monday was 225 cfs. Fishing was fair using night crawlers, wooly buggers and poundmeisters for trout.

Red River City Ponds: Fishing was good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout.

Rio Grande: Stream flow on Monday at the Taos Junction Bridge was 2,080 cfs. Trout fishing in the Taos area was slow to fair with just a few trout caught by anglers using spoons, worms and weighted wooly buggers.  We had no other reports.

Rio Hondo: Stream flow near Valdez on Monday was 112 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Rio Mora: As of Monday, stream flow near Terrero was 104 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using worms for trout.

Rio Pueblo: Stream flow near Penasco on Monday was 178 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Barbara River: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Santa Cruz Reservoir: Fishing was good using Kastmasters, PowerBait and Fire Balls and trolling gold spinners and spoons for trout. We had no other reports.

Shuree Ponds: Open for the season July 1.

Springer Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Storrie Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, corn and Fire Balls for trout up to 21 inches. We had no other reports.

Ute Lake: Fishing for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was good using senkos, finesse worms, tubes and grubs. Fishing for white bass and walleye was slow. Fishing was good using live minnows and small jigs for crappie. We had no other reports. The surface water temp was in the mid 60s.

Winsor Creek: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Northwest

Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was fair to good using curly tail grubs, tubes, creature baits, senkos and crank baits for smallmouth bass. Fishing for walleye was fair to good using minnows, bottom bouncer night crawler combinations, crank baits and grubs. We had no other reports.

Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 1,250 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Albuquerque Area Drains:  Mark Donahue reported good bass and bluegill fishing on the Corrales Drain this past week. His big bass measured 17 inches and he was using Texas rigged and whacky rigged senkos for the bass and watermelon rocket craws for the bluegill. We had no other reports.

Bluewater Lake:  Fishing was good using spoons, in line spinners, large crank baits and large flies for tiger muskies. Fishing for trout was fair using PowerBait, corn and worms. Ernie Baca of Belen and his brother, Donysio Martinez of El Paso, caught and released several tiger muskies over a two day period this past week. We had no other reports.

Brazos River: Fishing was fair to good using worms for trout.

Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees. They are not expected to open in 2017.

Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 1,480 cfs and 1,800 cfs respectively. Fishing below El Vado was fair using weighted wooly buggers and worms for trout. We had no reports from below Abiquiu. NEW SPECIAL TROUT WATER: The river from the USGS gauging station to the confluence of the Rio Nutrias is now catch and release only using single barbless hook artificial flies and lures.

Cochiti Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using worms and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no other reports.

El Vado Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits and plastics for smallmouth bass. We had no other reports.

Fenton Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, Kastmasters, wooly buggers, caddis imitations, Panther Martins and Pistol Petes for trout.

Heron Lake: Fishing from the bank was good using PowerBait for rainbow trout. We had no other reports.

Jackson Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, worms, salmon eggs and spoons for trout. We had no other reports.

Jemez Waters: Stream flow on the Jemez River near Jemez Springs on Monday morning was 96 cfs. Fishing was very good using worms, stone flies, San Juan worms, copper John Barrs bead-head hare’s ears and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing on the East Fork was good using San Juan worms, flash back pheasant tail nymphs, and worms for brown trout. Trout fishing on the San Antonio was very good using small prince nymphs, San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, worms and spinners.  Anglers also did well trout fishing on the Rio Cebolla. They were using worms, Fire Balls, San Juan worms and night crawlers. We had no other reports.

Laguna del Campo: Fishing was very good using PowerBait, Gulp eggs, wooly buggers and Kastmasters for trout.

Lake Farmington: Nonmotorized watercraft are now allowed on Lake Farmington. Fees are $50 for the season or $5 daily. Fishing was fair using PowerBait, spinners and Pistol Petes for trout. We had no other reports.

Manzano Lake: Fishing was good using corn, salmon eggs and PowerBait for trout.

Navajo Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, brush hogs, senkos, swim baits, creature baits and crank baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing for crappie was good for anglers using small tubes and grubs. Fishing was fair using swim baits and crank baits for northern pike. Anglers trolling near the mouth of Frances Canyon caught a few kokanee salmon. They were using Arnie’s and Panther Martins. We had no other reports.

San Gregorio Lake: We had no reports from anglers.

San Juan River: Stream flow from Navajo Reservoir on Monday was scheduled to increase to 4,500 cfs and then to 5,000 cfs on Tuesday May 23. Fishing from drift boats was fair to good using a variety of attractor patterns.

Seven Springs Brood Pond: Fishing was very good using spinners, PowerBait, Fire Balls and worms for trout.

Tingley Beach: Trout fishing at the Central and Youth ponds was fair to good using PowerBait, Fire Balls, night crawlers and Pistol Petes. Fishing was good using jigs and worms for bluegill. Fishing was fair using curly tail grubs and night crawlers for largemouth bass. Fishing was slow to fair using worms, homemade dough bait and hot dogs for catfish. We had no other reports.

Trout Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Southwest

Alumni Pond: Fishing was slow to fair using worms for catfish. We had no other reports.

Bear Canyon Lake: Fishing was slow for all species.

Bill Evans Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, brush hogs and swim baits for largemouth bass. We had no other reports.

Caballo Lake: Fishing was fair using crank baits, spoons, grubs and minnows for white bass. We had no other reports.

Elephant Butte Lake: Fishing was very good using crank baits, jerk baits, minnows, spoons, small plastic worms and grubs for white bass. Fishing was fair using crank baits, tubes, minnows and grubs for walleye. Fishing was good using Roboworms, grubs, baby brush hogs, crank baits, jerk baits, senkos, jigs and sweet beavers for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was good using cut bait, homemade dough bait, minnows and chicken liver for catfish. Fishing was fair using grubs and minnows for crappie. We had no other reports.

Escondida Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Gila River: Stream flow on Monday morning was 64 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Glenwood Pond: Fishing was good using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.

Lake Roberts: Fishing was good using Roboworms, tubes, grubs and crank baits for largemouth bass. Fishing was good using Kastmasters, worms and PowerBait for trout. Fishing was fair to good using homemade dough bait, liver and night crawlers for catfish. We had no other reports.

Percha Dam: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Quemado Lake: Fishing was fair to good using spoons and swim baits for tiger muskie. Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait, spinners and Fire Balls for trout. We had no other reports.

Rancho Grande Ponds: These are private ponds now open to the public and stocked by the Game and Fish Dept. The ponds have been stocked with rainbow trout and have a native population of bass and bluegill. There is a sign at the entrance with information regarding limits. Anglers should park at the Adobe Inn and walk in.

Rio Grande: Stream flow below Elephant Butte Monday morning was 1,620 cfs. Fishing was fair to good using night crawlers, liver, homemade dough bait and cut bait for catfish. We had no other reports.

Snow Lake: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait and Fire Balls for trout.

Young Pond: Fishing was slow for catfish with just a few caught by anglers using worms. A few trout were caught by anglers using Pistol Petes under a bobber.

Southeast

Alto Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using liver and night crawlers for catfish. Fishing was very good using night crawlers, garlic PowerBait and spinners for trout. We had no other reports.

Bataan Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Black River: Stream flow at Malaga on Monday was 5.5 cfs. We had no reports from anglers this week.

Blue Hole Park Pond: Fishing was good using PowerBait and spoons for trout. Fishing was fair to good using night crawlers, blood bait and PowerBait for catfish.

Bonito Lake: Closed until further notice by the city of Alamogordo due to fire damage.

Bosque Redondo Lake: Fishing was slow with just a few catfish caught by anglers using liver.

Bottomless Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Brantley Lake: Anglers are required to catch and release all fish here as high levels of pesticides have been found in some fish. Fishing was good using crank baits, senkos, spoons, tubes, creature baits and jerk baits for a mixed bag of white bass and largemouth bass.

Carlsbad Municipal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Chaparral Park Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no other reports.

El Rito Creek: Fishing was good using PowerBait, worms and Pistol Petes for trout. Itzel Perez reported catching a a 17-inch rainbow trout while fishing for catfish. She was using a crawfish blood bait. We had no other reports.

Eunice Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Green Meadow Lake: Fishing was fair to good using night crawlers and homemade dough baits for catfish. We had no other reports.

Greene Acres Lake: Fishing was good using night crawlers and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no other reports.

Grindstone Reservoir: Fishing was fair to good using PowerBait for trout. Fishing was fair using worms for bluegill. We had no other reports.

Jal Lake: We had no reports from anglers this week.

Lake Van: Fishing was slow to fair using chicken liver and homemade dough bait for catfish. We had no other reports.

Oasis Park Lake: Fishing was fair to good using hot dogs and homemade dough bait for channel catfish. We had no other reports.

Pecos River: Stream flow below Sumner Lake on Monday was 116 cfs. Fishing below Sumner Lake was slow with just a few trout caught by anglers using PowerBait.

Perch Lake: Fishing was good using PowerBait and salmon eggs for trout. Fishing was fair using worms and hot dogs for catfish. We had no other reports.

Ruidoso River: Stream flow at Hollywood on Monday was 12 cfs. Fishing was slow to fair using salmon eggs for trout.

Santa Rosa Lake: Fishing was very good using senkos, creature baits, tubes, jigs, jerk baits and crank baits for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using minnows, curly tail grubs and crank baits for walleye. Fishing was fair using small grubs, small tubes and minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water for crappie. Fishing was slow to fair using cut bait and chicken liver for catfish. We had no other reports.

Sumner Lake: Fishing was good using curly tail grubs, crank baits, bottom bouncer minnow rigs and minnows for walleye up to 21 inches. Fishing was good using crank baits, sweet beavers, tubes, worms, minnows and senkos for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing was fair to good using minnows and small grubs for crappie. We had no other reports.

Raton City Commission Approves Budget and Funding Requests

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

The Raton City Commission had a busy meeting for its regular session on Tuesday, May 23rd as it approved the interim budget of $12.8 million for the city,  $3.8 million Raton Water Works interim budget and the $5.8 million interim budget for Raton Public Service for the fiscal 2017-18 year.  These budgets will be finalized and sent into the state by the June 1st deadline.

Commissioner Don Giacomo after a short discussion about funding Raton Mainstreet suggested that commissioners fund the organization at 80% of the $40,000 Mainstreet requested. The Biennial Agreement states the organization should receive $35,000 a year. Commissioner Schuster suggested $36,000 noting the need for at least a small raise, but Raton Mainstreet was funded for $35,000 while Raton Arts and Humanities asked for $18,000 and was funded at $14,400. It was noted that Brenda Ferri works as director for both Raton Mainstreet and Raton Arts and Humanities Council. These positions in many communities have two people holding these positions.

Raton Museum requested $35,000 this year and again Commissioner Giacomo moved to fund them at 80% or about $28,000 with commissioner Schuster asking for $30,000. Commissioner Giacomo rescinded his motion and voted for the $30,000.

Commissioners heard from Raton Water Works General Manager Dan Campbell about the yearlong process they were going through to get this USDA Grant / Loan for work on the filter plant and water treatment plant. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2,583,000. The loan will cover $1,754,000 with grant monies covering $829,000 of the project. In his report, City Manager Scott Berry said there will be an annual dam inspection on the Lake Maloya Dam this week.

Robert Walton, GM for Raton Public Service, told the commission that the new electrical generation unit is expected to be commissioned on Tuesday, May 30.  Walton said the unit will be put through numerous tests and scenarios to make sure that it functions properly and when needed.

Commissioners also approved the Shuler Theater Digital Film project at $114,000. The city has received a grant for $100,000 and Raton Mainstreet secured another $10,000 grant. City Manager Scott Berry noted the additional funds will come out of reserves and be split with the Shuler Restoration Committee.

Commissioners then approved the April 2017 financial report that included more good news as the city continues to work below budget and the GRT was up 5.06%. (Link toFinancial Report Apr 2017) They also approved budget adjustment #13 for FY17.

Commissioners heard from Dee Burks about the MOU with the Raton Chamber.

Melissa Grubelnik has been hired as the new tourism coordinator and Burks notes that the Chamber is going to be more of a partner instead of a competitor with local organizations and business to help promote local events and get people into the local businesses. Burks also learned of an Enchanted 8 Road Trips program that the state tourism department is launching in the near future.  It features a tour around Northeastern New Mexico called True Adventure Seekers which will travel from Clayton through Raton to Angel Fire. She noted that the Chamber will be working with a group out of Albuquerque that has restored an old steam engine and is planning to use it to make the trip from Albuquerque to La Junta. The Chamber is planning to do what they can to help this out since it will be primarily used for tourism. Burks told the commission that the direction of the chamber has shifted and they no longer will plan events, but will shift to finding organizations that would want to come to Raton, with the NM Lions  Club and the recent doTerra meeting as examples of partnerships the chamber wants to help with. The MOU with the chamber was approved.

Scott Berry noted he had been to the NM Armory Board meeting and they are still dealing with the lead abatement issue for the Doss Aviation building and so there was no action taken on the running lease for the building. Berry also went to a State Mainstreet meeting where they talked about business recruitment.

This year the annual fireworks display will cost $11,500 which is a bump up from last year.

Commissioners will meet again on June 13 at 6:00 p.m. for their next regular meeting.

EMS personnel David Valdez, Christian Gonzales, Ken Gonzales and Jacob Butt received the proclamation from Commissioner Lindé Schuster for EMS week.

EMS personnel David Valdez, Christian Gonzales, Ken Gonzales and Jacob Butt received the proclamation from Commissioner Lindé Schuster for EMS week. (Link to Proclamation EMS week)

 

Larry Marquez and David Gallegos received the proclamation for Public Works week from Commissioner Don Giacomo

Larry Marquez and David Gallegos received the proclamation for Public Works week from Commissioner Don Giacomo (Link to Proclamation Public works week)

 

Public Hearings Scheduled By Colfax County Senior Citizens, Inc.

As part of the budget process for the upcoming fiscal year 2018, Colfax County Senior Citizens, Inc. will host a series of public hearings. All ages are welcome to attend and participate in the process. Senior citizens and all community members may voice the services they need and the activities they would like to see in the future.

 

The public meetings will include information about how the senior centers are funded, the effects of the State’s current fiscal position and how the center will be affected.

 

public hearing clipartPublic Meetings are scheduled for 1:30 pm:

Weds., May 24th – Springer Senior Center
Friday, May 26th – Cimarron Senior Center
Tues., May 30th – Raton Senior Center

Memorial Day Events: Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park

Memorial Day Events are scheduled for Monday, May 29th at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Eagle Nest, New Mexico and will be hosted by New Mexico State Parks

Monday, May 29th

 

Memorial Day Flag March
8:45 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Join us for a visually stunning display as the American Legion of New Mexico leads a giant American flag up the hill to the Memorial. Volunteers to carry the flag are always needed. Kids are especially appreciated. If you’d like to help, assemble at the blinking light intersection of US 64/NM 434 no later than 8:45. For observers, make sure you get up the hill to the Memorial before 9 a.m. as the highway will be closed during the march.

 

vietnam veterans memorialFlag Raising
9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

On Memorial Day, the flag is flown at half-staff until noon — to both honor the sacrifices of those who gave their lives and to inspire those who continue in their stead.

 

Memorial Day Ceremony 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Please join us as we honor our veterans. The keynote speaker for this year is Kenneth Cordier. He is a former United States Air Force Colonel and Aviator who was an American prisoner of war in North Vietnam for over six years during the Vietnam War. There will be a 21-Gun Salute by the American Legion Post 112 from Leupp, Arizona.

 

** Bring lawn chairs, blankets and beach towels since seating is in our outdoor amphitheater. Free Admission**