Archive for: June 2017

Summons~ Eight Judicial District Court







John Brewer, as Personal Representative

of the Estate of Bridget Lee Murray

Brewer, Deceased,






(1)       GMAC Mortgage Corporation; dba ditech.com

Mortgage Electronic Registration

Systems, Inc., (MERS) as nominee for GMAC

Mortgage Corporation; AND

(2)       Unknown Heirs of William Stewart Fletcher,

Trustee, Deceased; AND

(3)       All unknown persons who claim any right

title or interest in the Subject Matter of

This Quiet Title Action











You are hereby summoned and required to appear and defend against the claims of the Complaint [petition] filed with the Court in this action, by filing with the clerk of this Court an answer or other response. You are required to file your answer or other response on or before the 3rd  day of August, 2017, or be forever barred from contesting or objecting to the Complaint to Quiet Title.  A copy of the complaint [petition] may be obtained from the clerk of the Court.


If you fail to file your answer or other response to the complaint [petition] in writing on or before the 3rd day of August, 2017, judgment by default may be rendered against you by the court for the relief demanded in the complaint [petition] without further notice.


This is an action to quiet the title of the Plaintiff in and to the real property situate in Colfax County, New Mexico, more particularly described as :

Lots 15 and 16, Block 15, Cimarron Townsite, Colfax County, as set forth in the official recorded Plat thereof in the offices of the Clerk and Recorder of Colfax County, New Mexico.


Dated June 23, 2017.


Published in the Albuquerque Journal


Kastler Law Offices, Ltd.


By:      /s/ Paul A. Kastler                                                               

Paul A. Kastler

Kastler Law Offices, Ltd.

P.O. Box 130, 102 Park Ave., Raton, NM 87740

Telephone (575)445-1065; Fax (575)445-1055

Attorney for Plaintiff

City Picks up School Resource Officer Match for 2017-2018

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Raton City Commissioners approved the expenditure of just over $29,000 for matching funds for a Cops Grant for a School Resource officer in the Raton Schools.

The City will pickup the $29,097 in matching funds for a COPS grant to fund a school resource officer in the Raton Schools. The problem however that may plague this is staffing issues. According to Raton Police Chief John Garcia he will have three officers going to the academy in January and one officer will start a military deployment in August that will run through May 2018. Garcia noted it will be tough at times but he feels it is important enough to give it a go. Raton Schools Superintendent Andy Ortiz wants to see the officer in the schools for educational purposes and to improve relations with the police department. The grant states that the officer must spend 75% of his time in the schools or on school related activities.

This will be the fourth year this has been attempted as City Manager Scott Berry noted that they are out of extensions on this grant and if they cannot fulfil it the grant will have to be returned. The Grant is for one officer for three years at a total of over $100,000.

Commissioners approved the closing of Park Ave from the Alley in front of the VFW to first Street for a street dance July 4th.

Commissioners then approved the additional $60,000 of grant money for the great blocks project. They State had held up $60,000 from a capitol appropriations grant that had been approved last year.

Commissioners heard from City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci on budget adjustments for June. She then went over the May 2017 financial report which once again shows an increase in gross receipts taxes by 4.8%. It was also noted that the city has managed to operate under budget and for the year and with the increase in GRT the city will see a slight reserve going into the next fiscal year. (Link to the Budget Adjustment#15)  (Link to the Financial Report May2017)

Commissioners then approved a $8,000 Lodger’s Tax request from The Center for Sustainable Community to do digital marketing services to advertise Raton. Jeff Peterson and Jessica Barfield told the commissioners about the success they have had so far with the project. Barfield has attained a grant from Google to do much of the work they have done so far. Barfield noted that analytical tools have indicated that the Explore Raton web sites have seen 145,000 hits with 4,500 click through to other web sites about Raton. She noted that Google wants to see at least a 1% click through rate currently they are seeing a 3.77% click through rate. They also hope to be able to help local motels with booking rooms instead of the more well-known booking sites that charge as much as 20% for each room booked.

Peterson wants to run the ads and marketing for 90 days and then come back to the Lodger’s Tax board and commissioners with a full report and see what they can do from there with more funding.

Berry told commissioners they should start work on the chip seal project with one minor problem. The city was going to purchase aggregate on the state purchasing contract however the vendor that had the contract is not on the state contract any longer and the new vendor will sell the aggregate for a slightly higher price. So the project will be scaled back and should begin in July.

In the city manager’s report Berry noted the audit process has begun and should go into November this year. Bids will be going out for the Taxiway projects at the airport and the Troy Street fire station is complete and renovations on the Clark Street station have begun as Firefighters work out of the Troy Street station.

Berry noted that the insurance carrier for the city buildings has authorized a contractor to begin work on repairing some of the more critical roof problems to prevent or fix leaks that have occurred with recent rains.

They have also received the funding for the Hospital Drive project and after some design work is done and bids are let the project will likely begin next spring or summer. Pat Vigil will retire from the city effective this Friday and Berry wanted to thank him for all the hard work he has put in over the last 26 years with the city.

The next regular meeting will be July 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the commission chambers.

The You Rock Award was presented to Sofia Ortiz for her volunteer efforts at the Chamber and other organizations. She accepts the award from Commissioner Lindé Schuster along with Dee Burks the Chamber Director.

The You Rock Award was presented to Sofia Ortiz for her volunteer efforts at the Chamber and other organizations. She accepts the award from Commissioner Lindé Schuster along with Dee Burks the Chamber Director.

In Loving Memory of Lorenzo “Shorty” Avila

Lorenzo “Shorty” Avila, age 84, died Thursday, June 22, 2017 at his home in Texline, Texas.

Rosary was recited at 7:00 P.M. Central Time on Monday, June 26, 2017 and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Central Time on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Texline, Texas with Monsignor Michael Colwell as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Texline Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

avila lLorenzo “Shorty” Avila was born on March 20, 1933 in Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, Mexico to Pedro Avila and Simona (Pena) Avila. He married Maria (Estrada) Avila in 1979 in Clayton, New Mexico. Lorenzo loved farming and ranching, tractor work and cattle work. He loved to have his friends and family over to visit, reminisce and tell stories, Maria would always cook a big meal for his friends and family. Lorenzo was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Texline, Texas. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. In addition to his parents, Lorenzo was preceded in death by a son; Lorenzo R. Avila, a brother; Antonio Ruiz and a great-granddaughter; Isabella Grace Blea.


WIFE: Maria Avila of Texline, Texas.

4 DAUGHTERS: Lorenza Avila Acevedo of Los Nieves, Durango, Mexico, Guillermina Lozano and her husband Arturo of Roswell, New Mexico, Tomasa Ballona and her husband Rogelio Montes and Carmen Avila and her husband Martin Villa all of Texline, Texas.

2 SONS: Guillermo Ballona of Texline, Texas and Manuel Blea and his wife Candace of Pampa, Texas.

2 SISTERS: Ilaria Rivas and Victoria Macias and her husband Antonio all of Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

18 Grandchildren, 27 Great-Grandchildren

And numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Lorenzo’s memory to the Texas Oncology Foundation, 12221 Merit Dr., Suite 500, Dallas, Texas 75251.

In Loving Memory of Leroy Romero, Sr.

Leroy Romero, Sr., age 65, passed away in Pueblo, CO June 19, 2017.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Tomas and Angelina Romero, two sisters and one brother.


He is survived by his wife Maria of the family home and two sons. Thomas Romero and companion Bernice, Leroy Romero Jr. and companion Sheila, three brothers and two sisters also 6 grandchildren: Daryn, Dylyn, Alyson, Dominic, Christian, Augustine, 1 great-grandchild, Cashton, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Visitation for Leroy Romero, Sr. will be on Tuesday, June 27th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home in Raton NM.
Memorial Service for Leroy Romero, SR. will be on Wednesday June 28th, at 2:00 p.m., in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home, with Chaplin Michael Sanchez.
Funeral arrangements for Leroy Romero, SR. are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Dave Ferranti

Dave Ferranti, passed away suddenly at 9:00 A.M. on June 3, 2017 in Raton. He went to be with his Lord at the age of 89.


He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Emma Jean Towndrow.
Lovingly remember by his grandchildren: Joseph Ferranti, Jana Jacobs and Angela Federich. His six great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild, as well as nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rego Ferranti. Brothers; Jay Ferranti, Robert Ferranti, Robert Ferranti, Rego Ferranti and Bill Ferranti. Sisters; Margaret Bohannon, Rena Taylor, and his son David Wayne Ferranti.
Graveside service and internment for Dave Ferranti will be on July 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Fairmont Cemetery with Deacon Tom Alderette.
Arrangements for Dave Ferranti are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Clara Tarufelli

Clara Tarufelli has gone home. She was born on August 12, 1934 and passed away on June 12, 2017 in Raton.


Clara is preceded in death by her husband Nicky L. Tarufelli, her father Florencio Hernandez, mother Carlota Hernandez, two brothers; Daniel and Florencio, three sisters; Helen, Louise, and Lucy.

Clara is survived by two children Debbie Darras and husband Leonard, and son Nicky Tarufelli and wife Susie. One brother Joe David Hernandez and two sisters; Esther Lucero and Jennie Lopez. 4 grand-daughters and 2 grand-sons, 9 great-granddaughters and 8 great- grandsons.

Clara was a home maker: Clara liked to playing BINGO, she also liked helping the Funeral Ministry. Enjoyed going to church every Saturday and liked listening to Canciones Mexicana’s on Sunday’s on KRTN. She will be sadly missed by all.

The family would like to thank Raton Nursing and Rehab.

Recitation of The Most Holy Rosary will be on Friday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s/St Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Deacon Tom Alderette. Followed by The Solemn Mass of The Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s/St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Bill Woytavich as the Celebrant. Rite of Committal an internment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements or Clara Tarufelli are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home





Spanish (Espanol)

Este informe contiene informacion muy importante sobre la calidad de su agua potable. Por favor lea este informe o comuniquese con alguien que pueda traducir la informacion.


Is my water safe?

We are pleased to present this year’s Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This report is designed to provide details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. This report is a snapshot of last year’s water quality.  We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies. Last year, we conducted tests for over 80 contaminants.  We had only 2 HAA (Haloacetic acid) results at a level higher than the EPA allows.  As we informed you at the time, our water temporarily exceeded drinking water standards.  (For more information see the section labeled Violations.)


Do I need to take special precautions?

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Water Drinking Hotline (800-426-4791).


Where does my water come from?

MDWUA’s water source is surface water via a pipeline from Miami Lake located 6 miles west of Miami to either a pond located next to the filter plant or diverted directly into the filter plant.


Source water assessment and its availability

MDWUA’s source water assessment has been completed.  It is on file at our office if you are interested in reviewing the assessment contact Tori Vigil or Mike Vigil.


A Sanitary Survey (inspection of plant site operations, reports, training, etc.) was conducted by NMED on November 3, 2015.  Three deficiencies were identified and have been corrected:

  • Drain line for storage tank #1 not screened. (Corrected 11/24/2015)
  • Cross connection potential when drawing water from storage tank #1. (Corrected 1/05/2016)
  • Leak found in water lines located in the treatment plant. (Corrected 2/16/2016)


Why are there contaminants in my drinking water?

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).


The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells.  As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity:  microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife; inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming; pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses; organic Chemical Contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems; and radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.  In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.


Monitoring and reporting of compliance data violations

The system did not receive any Monitoring, Routine Reporting Violations in 2016.

The system continues to intermittently exceed the maximum contaminant level violations on Haloacetic Acids (HAA) and Trihalomethanes (TTHM) which are by-products of using chlorine disinfectant.  The running annual averages at the end of 2016 exceeded the maximum contaminant HAA levels (3/08/2016 & 12/08/2016).  A treated water tank circulation, spraying & aeration system has been installed and is currently being tested. The tank spraying and aeration system has provided significant results in reducing the disinfectant levels, but spikes in the reporting results show that the problem is not completely resolved.  At this time MDWUA has retained an engineering firm to determine the best solution in resolving the HAA & TTHM problem.   NMED has granted an extension on our Administrative Order of Compliance until March 2018 to correct the problems.


Violations and Exceedances
Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)
Some people who drink water containing Haloacetic acids in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.   A mixed oxidants system has been installed to reduce the amount of bio-film produced in the distribution system.  That in conjunction with a treated water tank sprayer & aeration system has significantly reduced the amount of HAA5’s in the distribution system.
TTHMs [Total Trihalomethanes]

Some people who drink water containing Trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.  The MIOX disinfectant system was installed to replace the 10% chlorine that was contributing to the disinfectant by-products problems.  A Solar Bee water tank treatment system that purges disinfectant by-products from the water has been installed in the 45,000 gallon treated water tank to help eliminate TTHMs.


Additional Information for Lead

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. Miami Domestic Water Users Association is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.


Water Quality Data Table


In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The table below lists all of the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the calendar year of this report. Although many more contaminants were tested, only those substances listed below were found in your water. All sources of drinking water contain some naturally occurring contaminants. At low levels, these substances are generally not harmful in our drinking water. Removing all contaminants would be extremely expensive, and in most cases, would not provide increased protection of public health. A few naturally occurring minerals may actually improve the taste of drinking water and have nutritional value at low levels. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done in the calendar year of the report. The EPA or the State requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not vary significantly from year to year, or the system is not considered vulnerable to this type of contamination. As such, some of our data, though representative, may be more than one year old.  In this table you will find terms and abbreviations that might not be familiar to you.  To help you better understand these terms, we have provided the definitions below the table.



Chlorine Residual Compliance Determination

  • The highest chlorine residual monthly average was 0.44 mg/L. The Monthly Average (MA) is determined by averaging all disinfectant residual results collected during the month.
  • The Running Annual Average (RAA) is determined by averaging the last twelve MAs.
  • At the end of each quarter, compliance is based on the RAA of monthly averages. If the RAA is at or below the MRDL of 4.0 mg/L, the system is in compliance.
  • Was the maximum residual disinfectant violated? X No   Yes


Filtered Water Turbidity

  • The highest single day turbidity recording of 0.185 NTU was recorded in August 2016. Percentage of Readings below 95% NTU Limit of 0.3 NTU:  100%
  • Number of Readings above MAX NTU Limit of 1.0 NTU: 0



Contaminants MCLG
TT, or
Range Sample
Violation Typical Source
Low High
Disinfectants & Disinfection By-Products
(There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants)
Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb) NA 60 56 4.9 65 2016 yes By-product of drinking water chlorination
TTHMs [Total Trihalomethanes] (ppb) NA 80 45 43.0 68 2016 no By-product of drinking water disinfection
Inorganic Contaminants  
Nitrate [measured as Nitrogen] (ppm) 10 10 0.21 NA   2016 No Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage; Erosion of natural deposits
Arsenic (ppb) 0 10 ND NA 2016 No Erosion of natural deposits; Runoff from orchards; Runoff from glass and electronics production wastes
Fluoride (ppm) 4 4 .28 NA 2016 No Erosion of natural deposits; Water additive which promotes strong teeth; Discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories
Radioactive Contaminants
Alpha emitters (pCi/L) 0 15 .6 NA NA 2016 No Erosion of natural deposits
Radium (combined 226/228) (pCi/L) 0 5 .02 NA NA 2016 No Erosion of natural deposits
Uranium (ug/L) 0 30 1 NA NA 2016 No Erosion of natural deposits


Contaminants MCLG AL Your
# Samples
Exceeding AL
Exceeds AL Typical Source
Inorganic Contaminants 
Asbestos (MFL) 7 7 0.2 2014 0 No Decay of asbestos cement water mains; Erosion of natural deposits
Copper – action level at consumer taps (ppm) 1.3 1.3 .1 2016 0 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits
Lead – action level at consumer taps (ppb) 0 15 2.0 2016 0 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits






Unit Descriptions
Term Definition
ppm ppm: parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L)
ppb ppb: parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (µg/L)
ppt ppt: parts per trillion, or nanograms per liter
pCi/L pCi/L: picocuries per liter (a measure of radioactivity)
MFL MFL: million fibers per liter, used to measure asbestos concentration
NA NA: not applicable
ND ND: Not detected
NR NR: Monitoring not required, but recommended.
Important Drinking Water Definitions
Term Definition
MCLG MCLG: Maximum Contaminant Level Goal: The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
MCL MCL: Maximum Contaminant Level: The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
TT TT: Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
AL AL: Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
Variances and Exemptions Variances and Exemptions: State or EPA permission not to meet an MCL or a treatment technique under certain conditions.
MRDLG MRDLG: Maximum residual disinfection level goal. The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
MRDL MRDL: Maximum residual disinfectant level. The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
MNR MNR: Monitored Not Regulated
MPL MPL: State Assigned Maximum Permissible Level


For more information please contact:

Contact Name: Mike Vigil
Address: PO Box 295
Springer, NM 87747
Phone: 575-483-0188


Eighth Judicial District Court Docket June 2-23, 2017

Docket report from June 2, 2017- June 23, 2017

June 5, 2017

Edward D. Jacobs appeared for Jury Trial in Union County. After deliberations, the Jury found the Defendant guilty of Count 1: Trafficking Controlled Substances (Possession with Intent to Distribute)(Narcotic or Meth)(1st Offense), a Second Degree Felony. Sentencing was continued to a later date as the Court ordered that a 60 day diagnostic occur.

June 12, 2017

Josephine Romero appeared for a pre-trial conference. The State requested that the trial date be continued and the Court granted that motion.

Louie DeHerrera appeared for a pre-trial conference. The parties indicated that they are ready for trial on June 26, 2017.

Jesse Urquijo appeared for a pre-trial conference. He accepted a plea agreement in which he plead no contest to Count 1: Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony – Narcotic Drug), a Fourth Degree Felony; Count 3: Tampering with Evidence (Highest Crime a Third, Fourth, or Indeterminate Degree Felony), a Fourth Degree Felony; and Count 5: Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an Officer (Arrest), a Misdemeanor. Counts 2 and 4 were dismissed by the State. Mr. Urquijo was sentenced to a Conditional Discharge for 3 years. All standard conditions of probation were entered with the special condition that Mr. Urquijo will have to apply and complete the Adult Drug Court Program.

Alonzo Chavez appeared for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered on all counts. Bond was set at $100,000.00 appearance. All standard conditions of release were ordered and Mr. Chavez has agreed to remain out of Cimarron, New Mexico.

A bench warrant in the amount of $5,000.00 cash or surety was issued for failure to appear on Stephen J. Draper.

Rebecca Romero appeared for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered on all counts. Bond was set to continue as set forth by the Magistrate Court in the amount of $20,000.00 appearance. Ms. Romero is ordered to report to HRDA for a drug screen/assessment and must complete the recommendations made by HRDA.

Richard Demars appeared for a probation violation hearing. He was found to have violated his probation. Sentencing was postponed to a future date.

Rosezena Perry appeared on a Motion to Dismiss. The Motion to Dismiss was denied by the Court.

David K. Martinez appeared for arraignment. Denials were entered on all counts. Bond and conditions of release were ordered to remain the same as set forth by the Magistrate Court. A special conditions of random UA’s was ordered.

Patricia Mares appeared for arraignment. Denials were entered on all counts. Bond was set at $10,000.00 cash or surety. The bond may be reduced if Ms. Mares is screened and assessed by HRDA for drug court or accepted to a 30 day or more inpatient treatment.

Jolene Onstott appeared for First Appearance on a probation violation. Denials were entered on all counts. Bond was set at $5,000.00 cash or surety.

Daniel McGrath appeared for a first appearance on a probation violation. Denials were entered on all counts. There were procedural issues within the case and the Motion to Revoke Probation was dismissed by the Court.

June 19, 2017

Patrick Mastrantoni appeared for a sentencing hearing. He was sentenced on Count 1: Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle, 2nd Offense, a Third Degree Felony; this charge was enhanced by two priors for a sentence of 7 years DOC. He was also sentenced on Count 2: Burglary of a Dwelling, a Third Degree Felony; this charge was enhanced by two priors for a sentence of 7 years DOC. The two sentences are ordered to run consecutively for a total incarceration time of 14 years. Mr. Mastrantoni is to receive credit for pre-sentence confinement and the time he has already served in DOC. He will also get credit for the 218 days because the State did not enhance any absconder time. Sentence was entered for 14 years and no time was suspended.

Bryan Garcia appeared for a Probation Violation Hearing. He admitted to Counts 1 and 3 of the motion to revoke probation. Mr. Garcia’s probation was revoked and reinstated on all previous terms/conditions with the addition of zero tolerance policy.

June 21, 2017

Steven Hernandez appeared for a first appearance hearing. The Court continued the bond. Mr. Hernandez is to comply with all standard conditions of release.

David Pineda appeared for arraignment. Bond was set at $20,000.00 appearance. Mr. Pineda is to comply with all sex offender registration requirements and shall comply with all standard conditions of release.

William Crawford appeared for arraignment. Bond was set at $2,500.00 cash or surety. If Mr. Crawford posts bond, he shall comply with all standard conditions of release.

Patrick Mastrantoni appeared for arraignment. Bond was set at $5,000.00 cash or surety. Conditions of release were not set due to Mr. Mastrantoni being in the custody of DOC.

Joseph Herrera appeared for arraignment. Bond was set at $10,000.00 appearance. Mr. Herrera is to comply with all standard conditions of release and will be allowed to continue living in Mora County.

Gabriel Mares appeared for a probation violation hearing. He took an admission agreement from the State, in which he admitted to Count 1 of the Motion to Revoke Probation. Sentencing has been set for a later date.

Melissa Medina appeared for a probation violation hearing. The Court ordered an extension of time for 15 days. The matter was re-set for July 10, 2017.

Mitchell Maye appeared for a first appearance hearing. Bond was set at $5,000.00 cash or surety. Mr. Maye is to comply with all standard conditions of release.

Twin Eagle, RPS Power Provider part 4 of 4

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Twin Eagle is Raton’s power provider but the power comes from the Xcel Energy power plant at Pueblo, Colorado and goes down a transmission line owned by Tri-State Generation to Burro Canyon then on to Raton on a transmission line owned by Raton Public Service.

That wasn’t always the case as RPS became a member of the Arkansas River Power Authority about 1984. ARPA is a political subdivision of the State of Colorado which afforded seven communities including Trinidad to merge generation and purchase power at a cost savings to its members.  When RPS divested it’s membership following a settlement agreement on December 24, 2009 RPS as part of that agreement would purchase the 27 Mile 69-kilovolt Burro Canyon Transmission line and the remaining part of the Wartsila generating unit that was co-owned by ARPA and RPS. In return RPS entered into a 3-year power purchase agreement with ARPA and RPS would not be held liable for the cost of the Lamar Repower Project that originally started out at $69 million and grew to over $130 million. That project to date has not generated any power and the cost has ballooned to over $170 million.

When RPS divorced the Arkansas River Power Authority in December of 2009 RPS was forced to find electricity from another source as Raton was no longer generating its own power. The Wartsila Generator had blown up and the power plant had been moth balled due to environmental issues that were too costly to comply with, not to mention the plant was over 50 years old which attributed to some of the environmental upgrade costs.

Seeking bids from several suppliers, not necessarily the actual electric generation company, Enserco a subsidiary of Black Hills offered RPS a bid that was 6.2 cents a kilowatt for 10 years, something that was almost unheard of at the time. Enserco was one of two bidders who would offer a 10-year contract for electricity. The current RPS contract runs through 2023. The electric generation industry at the time was seeing fuel prices fluctuate as well as increasing transmission costs and increased demand. Environmental issues with coal generation were adding costs to the those plants. Many companies would barely consider a five-year deal let alone a 10-year contract.

Enserco was later purchased by Twin Eagle Resources Management, LLC in 2014, who is a power broker or buyer/reseller of electricity. They purchase power from a generation company and then resell it on the open market or on contract like they have with RPS. Generation costs such as fuel fees are passed on to the consumer as part of the electric bill.

At the time 6.2 cents a Kilowatt was not a bad price yet today some Ratonians are now complaining about higher electric bills. The question here is do they track their usage and costs to really see where the difference in the bills comes from? Is it simply that they use more electricity than they realize? Probably not, as most consumers simply pay the bill. Also as part of that bill there are fuel adjustment costs, transmission costs and other factors that are calculated into the bill. The other factors are costs that are passed on by the generation companies to cusumers, things that RPS or Twin Eagle have no control over.

As RPS nears the end of that 10-year contract it will be time to negotiate a new deal or find a new supplier. Tri-State Generation supplies power to several electric coops in Colorado and New Mexico including San Isabel in southern Colorado, Springer Electric Coop and Southwestern Electric Coop in northeastern New Mexico.

Xcel Energy supplies power to the region from plants in Colorado and Texas. Xcel is also very big into wind energy in Texas and Colorado. Will these companies even bid for such a small load as Raton? Perhaps on a year to year contract and maybe a five year deal if that or will RPS be able to find a good deal with another power broker?

With changes in the federal administration the wind and solar energy picture may change drastically between now and the 2023 when the RPS contract expires. Environmental issues with coal and natural gas will influence their prices which could cause price swings in fuel costs. These are factors that will influence the next electric contract RPS tries to negotiate. Will RPS be able to negotiate another 10-year contract to the benefit of Raton residents? Most likely not, there are too many uncertainties in the electric industry for a company to look that far into the future.

Raton City Commission Meeting June 27, 2017



A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on June 27, 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.

  1. Meeting Called To Order – Mayor Mantz
  2. Roll Call of the Members of the City Commission and determination of quorum.
  3. Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag.
  4. Recognition of Visitors, Citizen of the Month and/or Presentation of Proclamation, Service Award, Congratulations, Condolences, Holiday Schedules and City/Municipal events – Mayor.
    •  Next Regular Commission Meeting Tuesday, July 11 , 2017 at 6pm
    •   You Rock Award
  5. Comments from the General Public
  6. Committee Reports From Commissioners:   

A.  Raton Water Works: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta, Commissioner Chavez)

B.  Raton Public Service: (Mayor Mantz, Commissioner Giacomo)

C.  Senior Center Board: (Commissioner Chavez)

D.  Planning & Zoning Commission: (Commissioner Schuster)

E.  Housing Authority: (Commissioner Schuster)

F.  ETZ Zoning Commission: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)

G.  Arts & Culture Board: (Mayor Mantz)

H.  North Central NM Economic Development District: (Mayor Mantz)

I.  Library Advisory Board: (Commissioner Giacomo)

J. ETZ Zoning Authority: (Mayor Mantz)

K.  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 June 13, 2017 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes, the June 20, 2017 Special Commission Meeting Minutes and the June 26, 2017 Special Commission Meeting Minutes.

B.  Deliberate and Act on an MOU between the City of Raton and the Raton Public Schools for a School Resource Officer.

C.  Deliberate and Act on road closures for the VFW’s 4th of July Street Dance.

D.  Deliberate and Act on Grant Agreement #16-419-150231-1608 between the City of Raton and the State of NM Economic Development Department MainStreet for a Capital Appropriation Project, Great Blocks Phase I and Phase II Construction.

E.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2017-31: Budget Adjustment #15 FY17.

F.  Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2017-32: May 2017 Financial Report.

G.  Deliberate and Act on an Agreement between the City of Raton and Raton Firefighters Local 2378.

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

I.  Deliberate and Act on Legislative Funding use for Chip sealing recommendations.

J.  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, June 22, 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