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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 Commissioner Giacomo rescinded his motion and voted for the $30,000.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

29th Run for the Wall Rides Through Raton

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

For 29 years they have ridden for those who can’t, making a trip that is both emotional and important for the healing process for the scars from the horrors of battle.

Many have made the trip several times while others are making it for the first time. One such rider is making his second Run for the Wall ride all the way from New Zealand. Edwin Musto who is a RFTW Ambassador told KRTN that as a veteran he is very passionate about veteran’s affairs.

Colonel Gilbert San Roman gave the keynote address talking about those he knew that could not be on this ride or bounce their grandchildren on their knee. It is for those who can’t that we do this he added.

Bikers headed on north from Raton and headed for Pueblo and then points on east to rendezvous with riders on other routes to a Memorial Day event called Rolling Thunder to honors those fallen veterans on Memorial Day.

A Memorial for Run for the Wall sits on the walk by the station

A Memorial for Run for the Wall sits on the walk by the station

 

A Run for the Wall rider watches the US Flag wave in the breeze over Clayton Road

A Run for the Wall rider watches the US Flag wave in the breeze over Clayton Road

 

Veteran Edwin Musto displays his vest of patches and pins from the Run for the Wall. He hales from New Zealand and this is his second Run for the Wall ride.

Veteran Edwin Musto displays his vest of patches and pins from the Run for the Wall. He hales from New Zealand and this is his second Run for the Wall ride.

Edwin Musto displays his vest with pins and patches for this year's Run for the Wall. this is his second year to participate in the Run, quite an achievement since he is from New Zealand

Edwin Musto displays his vest with pins and patches for this year’s Run for the Wall. this is his second year to participate in the Run, quite an achievement since he is from New Zealand

 

Run for the Wall participants ride down Clayton Road in Raton headed for the Alta Conoco Station for Fuel.

Run for the Wall participants ride down Clayton Road in Raton headed for the Alta Conoco Station for Fuel.

 

A tribute to Terry Percival a USAF veteran. This little temporary memorial is placed along the way by the rider who is riding in memory of the veteran

A tribute to Terry Percival a USAF veteran. This little temporary memorial is placed along the way by the rider who is riding in memory of the veteran

 

A memorial for Terry Percival that will be carried on to Washington DC.

A memorial for Terry Percival that will be carried on to Washington DC.

 

Winky as he is known to the riders presented plaques of appreciation to Tim Trujillo, Colfax County Sheriff and the Young Marines for their efforts in welcoming Run for the Wall riders to Raton

Winky as he is known to the riders presented plaques of appreciation to Tim Trujillo, Colfax County Sheriff and the Young Marines for their efforts in welcoming Run for the Wall riders to Raton

 

Colonel Gilbert San Roman gave the keynote address at this morning's Run for the Wall ceremony.

Colonel Gilbert San Roman gave the keynote address at this morning’s Run for the Wall ceremony.

 

Glowing in the New Mexico sun the US Flag hangs over Clayton Road as bikers make a quick stop in Raton.

Glowing in the New Mexico sun the US Flag hangs over Clayton Road as bikers make a quick stop in Raton.

 

Army Veteran Ron Chavez salutes the Run for the Wall participants as they ride north on Second Street on their 10 day trip from California to Washington DC

Army Veteran Ron Chavez salutes the Run for the Wall participants as they ride north on Second Street on their 10 day trip from California to Washington DC

2017 Graduates Receive Diplomas at RHS Graduation

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The 2017 Commencement Ceremonies for the Raton High Scholl Class of 2017 was held on Friday, May 19 as this year Raton High graduated 46 seniors.

Dillon Lemons lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem was played by the RHS band followed by Jacob Hathaway who gave the Welcome address. Hathaway ended his speech with a quote from Author Ashe, “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

Valedictorian Alina Pillmore noted in her speech when they started school the class was a lot bigger, but Pillmore noted that this was a class that had faced difficult changes as the class started out huge.  She noted how the class was a little competitive and was filled with lots of good drivers who even ran over themselves. She talked about friendships and what kind of legacy the class will leave at RHS. This class is the last of the 90’s babies she noted. She went on to note that the school system has produced some very successful people as in Nobel Prize winner Dr. Paul Modrich and Dr. Julie Marr who are just a couple of the examples of successful people the school has produced. She went on to give a shout out too google noting that you can google almost anything but you can’t google who you really are.

RHS Counselor Lynette Simpson announced the scholarships and noted that 41 of the graduates had been offered 153 scholarships totaling to $1,508,653. Jenny Landon a Dean from Santa Fe Community College and Yuri Findlay Director of Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy presented Alina Pillmore, Sophia Maddaleni, Bailey Ramirez and Adriana Sanchez with certificates in phlebotomy for completing that course work while at RHS.

Honor Society President Heather Sandoval recognized those students who were members of the National Honor Society. Jason Parker explained what the colored Cords and Pins represented that the graduates were wearing while Montana Trujillo recognized the faculty and administration. Shyanne Martinez honored the parents of the Seniors followed by Senior Class President Camille Gonzales who presented the symbolic school key to Junior Class President Sydni Silva.

Diplomas were then handed out by School Board members President Kathy Honeyfield, Vice President Ted Camp and Board member Jason Phillips followed by Lauren Romero with the Tassel Turn. Graduates celebrated with the traditional cap toss and confetti and balloons then a short dance to the class song “I lived” by One Republic.

Salutatorians Ivy Fernandez and Makayla Ley gave the farewell address with Makayla Ley noting that “high school is like a lolly pop, it looks sweet from the outside, takes forever to get through and it sucks till the end.” Ivy Fernandez told the class that “today is not the day to be sad about the days that have gone by but instead it is the day to look forward.”

The class then rose and marched into the crowd awaiting to congratulate them on their success.

Dillon Lemons lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance of America. During practice Friday morning he was surprised by his sister Sandy Lemons who was able to make the trip to see his graduation before being deployed.

Dillon Lemons lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance of America. During practice Friday morning he was surprised by his sister Sandy Lemons who was able to make the trip to see his graduation before being deployed.

 

Jacob Hathaway gave the welcome address at the RHS Graduation Friday evening.

Jacob Hathaway gave the welcome address at the RHS Graduation Friday evening.

 

Valedictorian Alina Pillmore spoke to the Class of 2017 remembering times past and what the future may hold.

Valedictorian Alina Pillmore spoke to the Class of 2017 remembering times past and what the future may hold.

 

Senior Class President Camille Gonzales presented the key to the school to Junior Class President Sydni Silva during the 2017 RHS graduation ceremony held at Tiger Gym

Senior Class President Camille Gonzales presented the key to the school to Junior Class President Sydni Silva during the 2017 RHS graduation ceremony held at Tiger Gym

 

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Graduates celebrate with a dance they worked on earlier Friday morning.

 

Ivy Fernandez and Makayla Ley shared the salutatorian honor and gave the farewell address for this year's RHS graduation.

Ivy Fernandez and Makayla Ley shared the salutatorian honor and gave the farewell address for this year’s RHS graduation.

In Loving Memory of Marilyn L. Palovich

Marilyn L. Palovich, age 74, passed away on May 5, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

She was born on April 24, 1943, to Mary (Swigle) and Leon Swift.

She attended area schools, graduating from Trinidad High School in 1961.

Marilyn attended TSJC and Adams State College receiving her Masters Degree in Education.

PalovichShe taught in various area schools including Rice and Park Streeta career that lasted for 35 years until her retirement.

On June 6, 1964, she was united in marriage to Joe “Sonny” Palovich at Holy Trinity Church in Trinidad, Colorado,.

She was a people person and loved caring for everyone’s needs.

Marilyn loved tending to her yard and caring for her flowers and beautiful roses.

Preceding her in death are parents, Mary and Leon Swift, husband Joe “Sonny” Palovich,  brother  Jack Swift and sister in law Dorothy Swift.

Survivors are son Chad (Christy) Palovich, Colorado Springs, daughter Milena Jo Palovich, Trinidad siblings  Pastor Virgil (Lorraine) Swift, Oklahoma Carolyn Swift, Canon City, Pastor Robert Swift, Pueblo, grandchildren, Brytanni Hawkins, Joseph Palovich, Garrett Hawkins, Jon Palovich, numerous nieces, nephews , other relatives and many dear friends and colleagues, and extended family at the LACRC.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10AM at the First Christian Church with Marilyn’s brothers, Pastor Virgil Swift and Pastor Robert Swift officiating.

Private inurnment at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Funeral  Home.

In Loving Memory of Porfirio Sanchez

Porfirio Sanchez age 91 passed away suddenly at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo Colorado on May 15, 2017. 

 

He was born in Trinchera Colorado on March 16, 1926 to Felicta (Tapia) and Jose P. Sanchez who preceded him in death as well as brothers Urbano, Amadeo and sister Elvira Lechuga and sons Lawrence (Aaron) and Anthony (Tony), infant son, and grandson John.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Rose Marie (Barela), son Henry and daughter Mary Ellen (Gerald) Armijo.  Brother and sister-in-law Eloy (Virginia) Sanchez. Daughter-in-law Lorraine. Grandchildren Steve, Gerald Jr., Angelique (Brandon), Monique (Eric), Anthony (Ashley), Lisa (Raul),Tyila (Steven), William, Jami, Ryan, TJ (Melissa).  Numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  

Porfirio was most happy when playing his guitar especially playing Spanish music.  He played in a band back in the day with his two brothers.  You could walk into the house and hear the music playing.   

Porfirio he was very proud to have served in the Army for our country.  He served for 14 months in the front lines in Korea.  

Porfirio cherished and loved all of his family and would do anything for them.  He was a very kind gentle man.  He was always joking up until the very last day.  He took care of his family always. He enjoyed being around people and anyone who knew him would say he was a special man.  

Porfirio worked until his retirement for the Las Animas County as and big machine operator/truck driver. He was very strong willed. 

Porfirio was a cowboy at heart riding horses as a young man even breaking horses for the arearanchers. 

Porfirio attended TJSC receiving a certificate in the building trades. 

Porfirio loved being outside and working around the house and riding his three wheeler. 

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

Rosary will be Monday May 22, 2017 at 7PM at the Comi Chapel.  

Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.  

Interment will follow at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with Full  Military Honors conducted by Ft. CarsonHonor Guard/Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. 

Honorary Pallbearers are Gerald Armijo, Vicente Campos, Austin Campos 

Active Pallbearers are Anthony Sanchez, Steve Sanchez, Gerald Armijo jr., Eloy Sanchez, Oscar Lugo, Raul Campos. 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Raton City Commission Meeting, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6PM

AGENDA

CITY OF RATON REGULAR COMMISSION MEETING

RATON CITY HALL, 224 SAVAGE AVE

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 AT 6PM

 

A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on May 23, 2017 at 6 p.m.  The Meeting will be called to order by Mayor Mantz. The following subjects will be considered by the City Commission and may be considered in any order that is most convenient for the City Commission.

I.  Meeting Called To Order – Mayor Mantz

II. Roll Call of the Members of the City Commission and determination of quorum.

III.  Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag.

IV.  Recognition of Visitors, Citizen of the Month and/or Presentation of Proclamation, Service Award, Congratulations, Condolences, Holiday Schedules and City/Municipal events –

  • Next Regular Commission Meeting Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 6pm
  • Proclamation: EMS Week, May 21-27
  • Proclamation: Public Works Week, May 21-27

V.  Comments from the General Public

VI.  Committee Reports From Commissioners:

  1. Raton Water Works: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta, Commissioner Chavez)
  2. Raton Public Service: (Mayor Mantz, Commissioner Giacomo)
  3. Parks & Recreation Advisory Board: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)
  4. Senior Center Board: (Commissioner Chavez)
  5. Planning & Zoning Commission: (Commissioner Schuster)
  6. Housing Authority: (Commissioner Schuster)
  7. Airport Advisory Board: (Commissioner Chavez)
  8. ETZ Zoning Commission: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)
  9. Arts & Culture Board: (Mayor Mantz)
  10. North Central NM Economic Development District: (Mayor Mantz)
  11. Library Advisory Board: (Commissioner Giacomo)
  12. ETZ Zoning Authority: (Mayor Mantz)
  13. Financial Advisory Board: (Commissioner Chavez)

VII.  Action items/Public Hearings/Ordinances/Resolutions/City Manager’s Report-The City Commission may discuss and/or take actions on the following agenda items:

A.  Approval of the May 10, 2017 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

B.  Deliberate and Act on a Loan/Grant Agreement between the USDA and the City of Raton for Filter Plant Upgrades.

C.  Deliberate and Act on Proposal Award for the Shuler Theatre Digital Film Project.

D.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2017-25: Approval of the April 2017 Financial Report.

E.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2017-26: Budget Adjustment #13 FY17.

F.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2017-27: Disposal of Surplus Property (Dispatch Equipment).

G.  Deliberate and Act on Recommendations from the Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board.

  •         MOU between the City of Raton and the Raton Chamber.

H.  Deliberate and Act on FY18 Funding Request from Raton MainStreet.

I.  Deliberate and Act on FY18 Funding Request from Raton Arts and Humanities.

J.  Deliberate and Act on FY18 Funding Request from the Raton Museum.

K.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2016-28: Adoption of FY17-18 Interim Budget-City of Raton, RWW and RPS.

L.  City Manager’s Report

VIII.  Adjournment

 

I, the undersigned authority do hereby certify that the above notice of meeting of the governing body of the City of Raton, New Mexico is a true and correct copy of the said notice and that a said copy of this notice was then posted on the front window of the City Hall of said City in Raton, New Mexico in a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times, and said notice was posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 5 p.m. and remained so posted continuously at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.  Said notice was posted in six public places (City Hall, Library, Senior Center, County Courthouse, International Bank, Post Office) conveniently placed for the public. Also, KRTN Radio Station and the City of Raton Website will have the agenda posted prior to respective time limits designated for regular and special meetings. Please contact the City Clerk at 445-9551 or tmascarenas@cityofraton.com if you have any questions or concerns.

/s/

_________________________________

Tricia Mascarenas, City Clerk

 

In Loving Memory of Debra Eve Arnt

Debra Eve Arnt, affectionately known to friends and relatives  as Cricket, received her eternal peace and rest on May 12, 2017 at her home after a lengthy illness.

 

She was surrounded with love at the time of her passing , by James, her husband of 16 years.

 

Debra Arnt pic On June 21, 2001, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, James M. Arnt.

In April of 2015, the couple moved to the Trinidad area , to enjoy their remaining time together.

Debra had a thirst for knowledge and was an avid reader.  She loved sharing her knowledge with all her family and friends.

Her first priority was her husband Jim and family.

Those who were blessed to have known her will truly miss her.

 

Left to cherish her memory is loving husband James, home address, sister in law, Nancy Arnt, Sugarland, TX., brother in law Richard Arnt, WEst Columbia, TX, step daughter, Karen Arnt, Ft. Worth, TX and many friends.

 

Celebration of Life to be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements made under th3e direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of MaryAnn J. Torres

MaryAnn J. Torres, 91, lifelong resident of Weston, Colorado, passed away May 12, 2017.

 

MaryAnn or Annie, as she was known, was born in Weston, Colorado on April 28, 1926 to Tranguilina (Vallejos) and Ray Garcia, who preceded her in death as well as one brother, Fermin, her husband Louie, her brothers-in-law, Ben (Dora), Frank, Marty and sisters-in-law, Kate (Ray), Ann (Augie), Ida (Abe), Anita and Viola.

 

torres mAnnie graduated from Primero High School. She married Louie in 1946, and together they raised four daughters.

 

Annie was a Head Start teacher in Weston and retired from there to care for her aging parents.  She was also a 4-H leader and was very active in all Primero activities. She was well known for the beautiful cakes that she made.

 

MaryAnn is survived by her daughters, Anita (late Jerry) Leasure, Sandy (Ken) Neely, Valerie (Larry) Borrego, and Yvonne Arguello, grandchildren, Kimberly (Gene) Tosti, Luanna Trujillo, JW (Jolene) Borrego and Richie Arguello,  great grandchildren, Oakley Wade, Aspen Jayde, Victoria and Phoenix Yvonne, Also  surviving is one special cousin/sister-in-law, Rachel Torres and numerous nieces, nephews and friends including the loving and caring employees of Columbine Chateau and most recently the staff of Tammy & Marty’s Cozy Adult Care and Frontier Hospice, Joye, and her two home caregivers Kim and Doris. 

 

Visitation will be Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Comi Chapel from 10AM-Noon at the Comi Chapel. Rosary will follow at Noon at the Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 1PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

 

Interment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are Marti Torres, Rachel Torres, Viola Bradeen, Theresa Herrera, Wendy Torres and MaryLou Garcia.

Active pallbearers are Larry Borrego, Ken Neely (Terry Torres), JW Borrego, Richie Arguello, Oakley Holderman, Jacob Trujillo and Bob Nielson.

 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

BUDGET WORKSHOP Colfax County Board of Commissioners

NOTICE
BUDGET WORKSHOP
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Board of Commissioners will hold a Budget Workshop on May 23, 2017 at 8:30 A.M. located in the Commission Chambers at the Colfax County Building, 230 North Third Street, 3rd Floor, Raton, NM to discuss the Budget for 2017 – 2018.

Done this 16th day of May, 2017.