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New Mexico fishing and stocking reports for June 20, 2017

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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 latest stocking report.

In Loving Memory of Mark D. Argo

Mark D. Argo, age 85, passed away at home on June 17, 2017.

He was born in Trinidad, Colorado on December 29,, 1931.

He attended Hoehne High School graduating in 1949.

Mark Argo PicMark proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

On March 26, 1960, he was united in marriage Rose Marie Provenza in Las Vegas, NM.

Mark was employed at the Perry Stokes Airport for many years until his retirement.

Preceding him in death is mother Margaret Argo, wife Rose Marie, son Mark Argo and his faithful pet Panda.

Survivors are grandchildren, Heather, Bridgit and TJ(Tara) Dobbs, numerous cousins, Annie Passarelli, Bob (Elberta) Ferrendelli, Elsei (Steve) Hargrove, Michael McGreevy, Julia Lynn Stokes, Lawrence Joseph McGreevy, Victor David McGreevy, Victor (Margie) Ferrendelli, Doug Ferrendelli, Sherry (Clay) Hart, Kathy (Jim) Garlutzo, Nick Provenza, Steven Passarelli, Vickie Hassler, Gene (Judy) ReQua, Leonard Mark LaFebre, Robert Donald LaFebre, Elizabeth Ann LaFebre, Daniel Joseph LaFebre, Rebecca Passarelli, Jack (Bernie) Claflin, Rich (Carol) Claflin, other relatives, friends and his dog Andy.

Visitation will be Thursday from 3PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will be Friday, June 23, 2017 with Rosary at 9AM at the Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery with graveside services conducted by the US Naval Honor Guard.

Honorary pallbearers are Michael McGreevy, Carl Sanders, Dewey Jones, Fred Powers, Robert Kinsley, Dave Torres and Frank Cantoria.

Active pallbearers are TJ  Dobbs, Tim Pena, Joe Windsor, Richard Passarelli, Nick Provenza and Victor Ferrendelli.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Michael John Festi

Michael John Festi

Sunrise: September 12, 1942

Sunset: June 18, 2017

Born in Trinidad, CO attended Trinidad Public Schools and Graduated from Trinidad High School in 1961.  Married Frances DiPaolo in Trinidad on March 9, 1962.  Out of this union they were blessed with seven children.  He is survived by wife Frances of 55 years, Children Charlie Sr. (Becky) Festi, Mary (Duane) Turner, Michelle Sciacca, Tammy (Preston) Loeber, Kim Festi, Mike (Kelly) Festi, Jamie (Eric) East.  His pride and joy were his 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, brother Charles (Pat) Festi, several brothers and sisters-in-law and friends.

He is proceeded in death by his father Charles Festi, mother Mae Festi, and sister Diana Coberly.

festiIn his early years, he served his country in the Army National Guard, he owned Charlie’s Bar B-Que and worked numerous jobs before retiring as a conductor with Burlington Northern Railroad.  He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, served on the Catholic Cemetery Board of Directors and Pastoral Committee.  He served as the secretary of the United Transportation Union and an integral member of the Operation Life Saver.

A public viewing will be held on Sunday June 25th from 3:00 – 6:00 at the Comi Funeral Home with a Rosary to follow at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held Monday June 26th at 10:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  

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

Honorary pallbearers are Angelina Sciacca,  Sarah East, Ashley Ingoldby, Mitchell Festi, Cameron Festi, Ethan East, Travis Coberly, Douglas Coberly, Troy Coberly, Joseph Ingoldby Baca, and Preston Loeber.

Active pallbearers are Charlie Festi, Robert Festi, Cody Ingoldby, Dustin Ingoldby, Marcus Festi and Aidian East.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Cancer Society in care of PO Box 178, Trinchera, CO, 81080.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

REGULAR MEETING Colfax County Board of Commissioners

JUNE 27, 2017
PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Board of Commissioners will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 9:00 A.M., in the Commission Chambers, 3rd floor at the Colfax County Building, 230 North 3rd St., Raton, NM for the following:

This agenda can be viewed at the Colfax County Website at www.co.colfax.nm.us

1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Salute to the New Mexico Flag
4. Approve Agenda
5. Approve Regular Meeting Minutes for June 13, 2017.
6. Recognize Visitors
7. Public Comment
8. Discuss/Approve – Indigent Care Claims
9. Discuss/Acton – Claim of Exemption #13, Daniel and Shelly Quartieri
10. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2017-13, Budget Adjustment-Various Funds
11. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2017-14, NMFA Loan Agreement-District 8 Fire Equipment
12. Discuss/Action – Local Driving While Intoxicated Grant Agreement Amendment No.1, Grant No.17-D-J-G-05
13. Discuss/Action – Intergovernmental Service Agreement between Colfax County and Hidalgo County for Inmate Housing
14. Discuss/Action – Health Care Partners Contract Renewal for the Vigil-Maldonado Detention Center
15. Discuss/Action – Summit Food Contract Renewal for the Vigil-Maldonado Detention Center
16. Discuss/Action – NM Finance Authority Consent Agreement
17. Discuss/Action – Brian Bone, High Desert Community Credit Union
18. Discuss/Action – Angel Fire Airport Advisory Committee
19. Discuss/Action – Update of Fixed Assets Policy
20. Discuss/Action – Update of Purchase Policy and Procedures
21. Discuss/Action – Stoven Construction Contract, Ute Park and Farley Fire Facilities
22. Discuss/Action – Colfax County Attorney Contract, Kamm and McConnell, LLC
23. Reports – VMDC, Road, Sheriff, Loss Prevention
24. Commissioners’ Docket
25. Manager’s Docket
26. Attorney’s Docket
27. Adjourn

Done this 20th day of June, 2017

In Loving Memory of Donald L. Archuleta

Donald L. Archuleta, 58, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend went to his final resting place on June 6, 2017.


He was the eldest of six children born to Crescencio and Mary Lou Archuleta in Springer, NM on July 10, 1958. He was preceded in death by his father, Crescencio Archuleta, grandparents Felix and Febronia Archuleta (Pino) and Eleuterio and Manuelita Salazar (Maez).

Donald was a veteran on the United States Army serving from September 1976 until September 1980. He completed his basic training at Fort Leonardwood, MO. After basic training, he was stationed at Fort Aberdine, MO where he received schooling for his Military Occupation Specialties (MOS) in linguistics. He was then transferred to Ft. Bragg, NC for the remainder of his enlistment and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, where he completed tours of duty in Panama, Puerto Rico and Cuba.

Donald worked for Phelan Management in Raton for seventeen years where he met and made friends with most everyone he came in contact with. He was a gentle, kind and loving person who never met a stranger and was known by family and friends to be quick witted. He was an avid sports fan and a die-hard Oakland Raiders fan! Donald loved reading western novels by his favorite author, Louis L’Amour.

Donald is survived by his mother Mary Lou Archuleta, brothers Crescencio (Chris) Archuleta, Jr. and Michael Archuleta; sisters Cecelia Montoya and husband John, Angela Sierra and Husband Gene, and Michelle Archuleta. He was also survived by nieces and nephews, Celina Apodaca and husband Jimmy, Erika Lucero and husband Gabe, Cassandra Martinez, Christian Martinez, Daniel Sierra, Estevan Tapia, Connie Martinez, Adam Tapia, Jared Sierra and Natasha Archuleta. Great nieces and nephews, Audriana Apodaca, James (JJ) Apodaca, Jr., Liliana Lucero, JayCee Apodaca, and Lucas Lucero.

Recitation of The Most Holy Rosary will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton, recited by Johnny Medina. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Father John C. Brasher as the Celebrant. Inurnment will follow at the Springer Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements for Donald L. Archuleta are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

Public Training Available

Disaster Planning

The Raton Office of Emergency Management has completed a city-wide

Emergency Operations Plan.

This plan addresses;



Emergency Response


Preparedness (72 hours self-sufficient)


Job Opening

Raton Fire Department has immediate openings for the position of Firefighter / EMT.

Job duties include;

Structural and Wildland Firefighting

Emergency Medical Response

Hazardous Materials Operations

Rescue Procedures

May be requested to respond locally or nationally

Excellent benefit package – Including Medical Insurance, Retirement, Sick and Vacation Leave


Public Training

Raton Fire & Emergency Services provides emergency response training to the public and our mutual aid partners. Most trainings are provide free to the public or at cost. Other trainings are come with scholarship opportunities. Available trainings include;

CPR & First Aid (3rd Thursday of each month)

Fire Extinguisher Operations

Home and Business Disaster Planning

Continuing Medical CE for EMT license retention

EMT-Basic Class

EMT-Advanced Class (class starts July 12the in Raton)


For any additional information call the Raton Fire Department at (575) 445-2708

Raton Fire & EMS ~ Fireworks

Raton Fire & Emergency Services
~ Fireworks

Public Display
Yes, the City will be conducting their annual firework display this year.
Contributions will be accepted any time, any day, at the Raton Fire Stations # 1 and #2
Street Collections / Contributions (Fire Engines Drive-By) will be 5-8 PM July 1, 2 & 3
Firework Show – Tuesday, July 4th, apx. 9 PM from Round House Park

Personal Use
Fireworks may be purchased anytime that they are available for sale.
Sellers – must have a sales permit, license and have been inspected
You must be 16 years of age or older to purchase fireworks
You may light fireworks June 20th through July 6th, 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
You may not light fireworks within 100 feet of combustible vegetation

Prohibited Fireworks – Possess or sell – These or by any other names:
Aerial spinners
Missile-type rockets
Roman Candles
Stick-type rockets

For any additional information call the Raton Fire Department at (575) 445-2708

June 15, 2017

fireworks green
Raton Fire & Emergency Services
127 Clark Ave.
Raton, NM 87740

The Buckets are Full for a Rainy Day Maybe Part 3

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Raton Public Service was set up in such a way by its founders to protect the profits and capital that the company accumulates over the years in order to have funds available in case the worst case scenario came along.

RPS is a New Mexico Corporation with the City of Raton as the beneficial owner of all the capital stock. The City of Raton purchased the company in 1919 and established an independent franchise structure that has protected the electric utility from government overreach and political winds. The City Commission appoints three trustees who hold shares on behalf of the city while the board of directors consists of a five-member board with the mayor having an automatic seat and the commission selecting one additional commissioner to represent the city. The trustees then vote the shares for the remaining three board members. The board of directors has established a policy that provides for advisory members who sit as citizen advisors but have no vote.

RPS is governed by the City of Raton Ordinance No. 942 and in lieu of a franchise fee RPS provides electricity to the city for municipal use at no cost. The exception being energy that is taken for proprietary purposes where the city pays the actual costs.

Over the years different city commissions sought to either force RPS to pay the city its residual fees or even to go after the monies RPS had accumulated and placed into capital funds to refill its dwindling coffers. Yet the founding fathers knew this could happen and thus wrote the franchise in such a way to help protect from those aggressions.

While this may seem unfair to some it has the purpose to not only protect RPS but to help protect the ratepayers, who are the residents of Raton in case a catastrophe took place. Over the years an aging infrastructure has required RPS to look at upgrades and changes to the system. Over the last few years RPS has upgraded the distribution system by replacing poles and overhead wire. This has allowed RPS to increase the voltage on the different circuits to help with distribution losses and create a more uniform system and it was all paid for without going out for loans by the capital improvements fund.

Should a catastrophe occur, such as a tornado, severe ice storm or winds that downs poles and wire RPS can replace that infrastructure probably without going out for loans from its current reserves. RPS still owns the Burro Canyon line which several years ago, was estimated to cost about $1,000,000 a mile, at today’s cost it’s probably much more. Should RPS have to replace some of that line due to weather they would be able to pay for it with the capital monies the company has saved up, depending on the amount of line that is lost.

The method RPS uses for its revenues is called the Rate and Income Requirements and Disposition of System Revenues, commonly referred to as the bucket system, which was established to ensure the financial stability of the company.  Revenues paid to the company are set aside into a special fund known as the City of Raton Electric Utility System Gross Income Fund, designated as the “Income Fund” from which monies shall be expended in the following priority:

Gross Income Account is the account used to pay current expenses.

Debt Service Reserve are funds required for debt service and bond reserves not to exceed one half of the annual service requirements.

Operation Reserve Fund is the cash reserves adequate to permit payment of the average cash expenses required for a 60-day period.

Reserve for Annual Overhaul is funds that are used to pay, in whole or in part, for periodic repairs and inspections.

Capital Improvements and Replacement Fund is money that is used to pay for, in whole or in part, the costs associated with additions, extensions and improvements to the electric utility system.

City of Raton Residual Funds are funds to be transferred to the city treasurer should there be any leftover funds after funding the above the accounts as designated by Ordinance 942 at the end of the fiscal year.

Recently the 7.5 megawatt Wartsila generator blew up and had to be replaced. The generator was covered by insurance but its replacement is only a 4.3 megawatt generator which was dictated in large part by the insurance company proceeds that RPS received which was $6.2 million, which was the full replacement cost of the Wartsila unit. The new GE Jenbacher generator will supply power to only part of Raton at a time. Raton has seen a max load of close to 12 megawatts in years past. Normally the load runs less than eight megawatts. Should RPS have used some of its capital monies to increase the size of that generator? At a cost of $1.4 million a megawatt the answer to that question is no. it would cost close to another $6 million to provide a generator that would be close to covering Raton’s needs and quite simply RPS doesn’t have that much money saved up and still maintain an adequate reserve.


New Mexico fishing and stocking report for June 13, 2017

New Mexico fishing and stocking report for June 13

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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 June 2. Lake levels and stream flows.

Commissioners Meet Tuesday Evening and Approve Several Items

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Raton City Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, June 13th and approved the Raton Mainstreet street closure of First Street for the 4th of July activities and parade to be held that day. The parade will be held at 5:00 p.m. before the fireworks. They also approved the activities for the 2017 International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally and the Lodger’s Tax request for the Gate City Music Festival for $11,000 to help with expenses. Diana Sanchez told the commissioner that Susie Bogguss will be the headliner this year on Sunday September 3 at the Shuler.

The agreement with the firefighters local was tabled since the group had not voted on the contract yet.

Human Resource Development Associates, Inc. received the nod for the contract to run the Direct Youth Services for this fiscal year. They beat out Valle Del Sol of New Mexico based on the scores of the evaluation committee. Valle Del Sol ran the program this last fiscal year. (Link to the JJACC RFP)

Commissioners approved the dispatch agreement with the Town of Springer, the agreement is basically the same as last year and covers part of the cost of dispatcher’s payroll.

The RPS budget adjustment #2 was approved. The adjustment transfers funds from the Gross Income Fund to the Capital Projects fund. The total transfer is $181,440.00 which moves the money into the capital fund due to an increase in revenues in the gross income fund. (Link to the RPS Budget Adjustment #2).  City Manager Scott Berry also talked about the current testing for a black start that RPS will work on this week beginning on Thursday night at midnight till about 4:00 a.m. The testing is important to get all the bugs worked out so that in the event that Raton loses power they can start the generator within a short time and begin bringing the town back up. The blackouts could also occur Friday morning and Saturday morning depending on how the testing goes.

Commissioners approved the resolution showing the changes in the health insurance program which moves the city employees back into the state insurance program. They then approved budget adjustment #14 which covers several line items to balance things out for the end of the fiscal year.  (Link to the Budget Adjustment #14)

In the city manager’s report Scott Berry noted the airport improvements were moving along and that several plants that didn’t make it through the winter will be replaced at the multi-modal center. He has several meetings planned this week including the conclusion of the strategic planning meeting and the EPA meeting conclusion. Street projects will be underway this week and into July and August.

He also noted that it is important that property owners to work at keeping weeds and grass down and noted the convenience center is open on Saturdays to take yard waste and reminded residents to keep the dumpster lids closed they can’t keep the bears out if they are not closed.

With that Mayor Pro-Tem noted that he was at a meeting where he learned that the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department can keep Gross Receipts Tax payments without telling the community they are doing it until they reach a certain level. There is a lawsuit being filed concerning just that thing where Tax and Rev has withheld money form five communities in the state.

After 26 years and over $120,600 raised the Knights of Columbus will be retiring from the St Jude’s Bikeathon.  Frank Cimino told Raton City Commissioners Tuesday evening after receiving the Proclamation recognizing the Bikeathon.

Cimino told commissioners he hoped that a group, possibly one of the families that have been so active in the annual event will pick it up and ride with it.

Commissioners also heard from the Yob family concerning the slowness or lack of progress in the Mandy Van Landingham murder case.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 27 and will be broadcast on KRTN 1490 AM.


Mike Colangelo, Mark Riddeford, Frank Cimino and Gus Mascarenas accepted the proclamation for the St Jude's Bikeathon. After 26 years the Knights of Columbus will be doing the bikeathon for the last time. Cimino hopes another group will pickup the bikeathon and ride with it.

Mike Colangelo, Mark Riddeford, Frank Cimino and Gus Mascarenas accepted the proclamation for the St Jude’s Bikeathon. After 26 years the Knights of Columbus will be doing the bikeathon for the last time. Cimino hopes another group will pickup the bikeathon and ride with it.

Proclmation St Judes Bikeathon-2059