Archive for: June 2017


**RHS Krivokapich Media Center**
1535 Tiger Circle, Raton, New Mexico
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I. Call to Order and Roll Call

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Recognition of Students, Staff and Visitors
a. Requests to be recognized (Persons requesting to be recognized must complete form before
meeting begins- 5 minute limit)

IV. Approval of Agenda

V. Approval of Minutes – 5/15/17- Regular Meeting
5/15/17 – Special Meeting

VI. Informational Items
a. Principal Reports
b. Superintendent Report
c. Board Member Report

VII. Action Items
a. Financial Report
b. Budget Adjustments/ Transfers
c. Approval of Fine Arts Application- Ms. Goetsch-Medina
d. Approval of 2017-2018 SY Budget pending any NMPED changes
e. Approval of Idea B, Entitlement and Preschool Application
f. Approval of Title I Application- Ms. Lita Sanchez
g. Approval of Title II- Ms. Lita Sanchez

VIII. Adjournment

Regular Meeting: Colfax County Board of Commissioners


JUNE 13, 2017



PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Board of Commissioners will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 9:00 A.M., in the Commission Chambers, 3rd Floor at the Colfax County Building, Raton, NM for the following:


This agenda can be viewed at the Colfax County Website at




  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Salute to the New Mexico Flag
  4. Approve Agenda
  5. Approve Regular Meeting Minutes and Budget Workshop for May 23, 2017
  6. Recognize Visitors
  7. Public Comment
  8. Discuss/Action – Approve Expenditures
  9. Discuss/Action – Taos Pines Payments
  10. Discuss/Action – Claim of Exemption #7, Dacia Krause Conder, Personal Representative of the Estate of Warren Krause
  11. Discuss/Action – Award RFP #100-2017, Legal Services
  12. Discuss/Action – Award RFP #101-2017, On-Call Engineering
  13. Discuss/Action – Award RFB #2017-01, Farley FD and Ute Park FD Fire Facilities
  14. Discuss/Action – Resolution #2017-12, Budget Adjustment-Various Funds
  15. Discuss/Action – Special Dispenser Permit Application, Angel Fire Resort/Colfax Tavern
  16. Discuss/Action – New Mexico CYFD Agreement #18-690-20875
  17. Discuss/Action – Professional Services Agreement between Colfax County and Colfax County Senior Citizens, Inc.
  18. Discuss/Action – Use Agreement between Colfax County and Colfax County Senior Citizens
  19. Discuss/Action – Health Care Partners Contract Renewal for Vigil-Maldonado Detention Center
  20. Discuss/Action – Summit Food Renewal for Vigil-Maldonado Detention Center
  21. Discuss/Action – Gardner Bridge Options
  22. Presentation – Cimarron Bio-Mass Plant, Mike Berry
  23. Commissioners’ Docket
  24. Manager’s Docket
  25. Attorney’s Docket
  26. Closed Session Pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 10-15-1(H)2: Limited Personnel Matters, Vigil-Maldonado Administration
  27. Discuss/Action – Open Session Limited Personnel Matters, Vigil- Maldonado Detention Center Administration
  28. Adjourn


Done this 6th day of June, 2017

New Mexico fishing and stocking report for June 6, 2017

New Mexico fishing and stocking report for June 6

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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.

Eighth Judicial Court Docket Report May-June

Docket Report for May 17, 2017 – June 1, 2017

Adam Rivera appeared for arraignment on May 17, 2017. Bond was set at $2,500.00 cash or surety. Upon his release, Mr. Rivera is placed on all standard conditions of release along with the special condition of the entering of a waiver of extradition and reporting to HRDA for random UA’s.

Shelbe Mastrantoni appeared for first appearance on May 17, 2017. Denials were entered on all charges and bond was ordered to remain at $2,500.00 cash or surety. Mr. Mastrantoni is to continue to report to APPO.

Starla Richards appeared for first appearance on May 17, 2017. Denials were entered on all charged and bond was set at $5,000.00 cash or surety. Ms. Richards was placed on all standard conditions of release and is to report to APPO if she posts bond.

Dominic Apodaca appeared for a first appearance hearing on June 1, 2017. Denials were entered on all allegations and he was continued on all previous terms and conditions of release

Louis Duran plead guilty to Count 2, Tampering with Evidence, a 4th Degree Felony, on June 1, 2017. He was sentenced to 18 months DOC. Mr. Duran is to receive pre-sentence credit for 288 days. The State dismissed the following counts in D-809-CR-2016-133: Count 1, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder (Willful and Deliberate), a Second Degree Felony and Count 3, Possession of a Firearm or Destructive Device by a Felon, a Fourth Degree Felony. Also Dismissed was Count 1, First Degree Murder (Willful and Deliberate), a Capital Felony in D-809-CR-2016-140.

Joseph Herrera appeared for arraignment on June 1, 2017. Bond was set to remain at $20,000.00 cash or surety. Mr. Herrera is placed on standard conditions of release, is to not have contact with victims/parties to this case, and is to report to HRDA for random UAs.

Philip Staley appeared for arraignment on June 1, 2017. He is to be released and transported to treatment.

A bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Julian Hernandez for Failure to Appear in the amount of $5,000.00 cash or surety.

Briana Vasquez appeared for arraignment on June 1, 2017. Pleas of not guilty were entered on all counts. She was continued on all previous terms and conditions of release.

Kelcey Raught appeared for arraignment on June 1, 2017. A plea of not guilty was entered. Ms. Raught is to remain on all standard conditions of release.

Nicholas Casados appeared for a Non-Jury Trial on an appeal from the Magistrate Court. There was no representation of the State and therefore the case was dismissed and remanded back to the Magistrate Court.


In Loving Memory of Victor Segura

Victor Segura, age 89, entered heaven on May 23, 2017. He was reunited with his loving wife of 60 years, Lucille Segura. He was born on February 20, 1928 to Manuel and Mela Segura in Cuervo, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by wife Lucille Segura, son Tom Lujan, son-in-law Gilbert Salazar, his brother Chris, Felix, Jody, Bonefacio, Domingo Segura and Sisters Chavela Valverde and Rita Chavez.
Victor was the last survivor of the Segura’s siblings. He is survived by his children Vickie Valverde and husband Bennie, Evelyn Salazar, David Segura and Wife Betty. Georgia Solano, Donna and companion Pete, Donnie Segura, Sylvia and companion Irwin. 15 Grandchildren, 20 Great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
He was a loving and caring father whom was cherished by all his family. He was a strong man with a big heart, who never met a stranger. In his families hearts there will never be another great man like him.
He joined the US Army in 1945 and served 4 years in World War II. One of his great accomplishments was the Lot that he built from the bottom up, and filled with all his love for his family gatherings. He only completed 8 years of school but was determined to further his education and completed his Highway Engineer Degree. He worked with the State Highway department for 25 years, he never forgot his co-workers, which he mentioned throughout his life, because he had such a great memory. He enjoyed going to the Casino and singing along with the Spanish songs and spending all his summers at the Lot, but most of all his pride and joy were all his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild.
We would like to express our special thanks to Robyn Pilley for all her care and support of our father.

Dad’s famous last words. “I am ready to go dancing and romancing.” We truly believe he is doing that now. Goodbye, Vic/Dad, you will forever be missed, but not forgotten.

Services for Victor Segura are pending and will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements for Victor Segura are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

Bernard Sandoval Named to C. Springs Sports Hall of Fame

The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 will be formally inducted and honored on Tuesday, October 24 at The Broadmoor World Arena.

Special Recognition Award

Bernard Sandoval

Bernard Sandoval will receive a Special Recognition Award and will be inducted alongside The 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, Chuck Wielgus, The Donner Family, Henry “ ank” Egan, Pat Garrity and Janine Szpara. In addition, Mitch Johnson will receive the Col. F. Don Miller Sports Service Award, the El Pomar Foundation will receive the Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award.
The Sports Hall of Fame has honored greats like Peggy Fleming, Goose Gossage, William Thayer Tutt, Bobby Unser, Bob Mathias, Dave Ogrean, Bonnie Blair, 1980 USA Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Bill Hybl, Marty Louthan, Ben Martin, Amy Van Dyken, Ken Hatfield, Fisher DeBerry, Earl “Dutch” Clark, David and Hayes Jenkins, Chris Fowler, Rulon Gardner, and many great high school and collegiate championship teams from Colorado Springs.

Bernard Sandoval is founder and president of SANDIA Advertising in Colorado Springs – a strategy, advertising, design and digital shop that provides creative answers to business challenges.

In 2008 Sandoval spearheaded the “Olympic City USA” concept as a branding vehicle for Colorado Springs, tying our metro region to the Olympic brand and its themes of excellence, patriotism and aspiration. “Olympic City USA”  has now been adopted as the official moniker of the city and embraced by leading organizations. Sandoval was honored by Mayor John Suthers with the Spirit of the Springs Award for championing this effort over many years.
Over his 30-year career, Sandoval has worked with U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, USA Basketball, USA Cycling, USA Wrestling, and numerous regional and international events. He has donated thousands of hours to local organizations such as the Colorado Springs Sports Corp, Broadmoor Skating Club, Rocky Mountain USO, Colorado Literacy, Colorado AIGA, El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization and the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. He played a major role in crafting visual identities for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp, The Broadmoor World Arena, Central Bancorp, The Club at Flying Horse and the Olympic City USA task force. He was instrumental in leading the task force through a marketing plan involving flags, pole banners, billboards, airport signage and TV ads. He was also instrumental in guiding the group through a messaging platform.

His knowledge of design, digital media, social media and the city in general was invaluable. The task force asked Sandoval to design a logo that would connect Colorado Springs to the Olympic movement, knowing that it would not be able to use the Olympic rings in the logo. His team studied other cities that had Olympic affiliations and proposed a design that met with unanimous approval by the task force, City leadership and USOC leadership. The logo has been enthusiastically received by the public and the Colorado Springs Olympic Family. In his distinguished career Sandoval has won more than 100 awards for marketing and design excellence.

He is a graduate of Raton High School and is the son of Gene and Eva Sandoval of Raton. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Renee, and two daughters, Brandi and Michelle.


In Loving Memory of Perfecto (Pete) Bernardo Abeyta

Perfecto (Pete) Bernardo Abeyta, 91, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. passed away Tuesday May 30, 2017 at home in Segundo, Colorado surrounded by loved ones.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ercilia (Aragon) Abeyta, his sons Robert, Morris, Stephen (Yvonne), his daughter Rhoda, along with 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great grandchildren, his brothers Carlos, Herman, Anthony, Floyd (Michelle), Art (Monica) and numerous nieces and nepews.  He is preceded in death by his sons Michael, David, Alvin, his sisters Celia Strock, Ann Padilla and his brother Martin.  

He was born in Cokedale, Colorado on June 30, 1925 to Jose Dionisio Abeyta and Leonarda (Vallejos)Abeyta.  As a young boy he helped on the family ranch milking cows and tending sheep.  As a young man he worked very hard with his brothers for the family business.  His responsibilities included cutting props, as well as loading the props, coal and sand and then delivering and unloading. 

abeytaHe was drafted into the Army during WWII and fought in the Philippine Liberation in the Pacific, including the battle for Leyte Island.  He volunteered to occupy Japan before his honorable discharge on April 17, 1946.  What he endured was unimaginable.  He returned as a war hero and was awarded several medals and ribbons including two bronze stars for heroic acts.  In 2012 he was privileged to attend the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight program where he and other WWII veterans were taken to Washington, DC to experience the WWII memorial and honored for their sacrifices and service to our country.  Even though he was recognized as a hero by all, he maintained his humility and commented“that he only did what he had to with his brothers in combat”. 

Upon his return he courted and married Ercilia Aragon on January 26, 1948.  He worked as a coalminer in Valdez, Colorado for approximately 10 years.  He moved his family to Colorado Springs, Colorado for 5 years working at the Air Force Academy.  He transferred to The Denver Mint in 1963where he worked as a foreman.  He excelled and received many awards for his performance including the Mayoral award from Mayor McNichols because of his hard work ethic and the way he paid attention to detail.  His integrity in life carried over to his work and he believed in no short cuts and a job done right.  He retired on February 2, 1985. 

He fulfilled his dream to return home to Segundo, Colorado where he enjoyed his retirement for 32 years 

Visitation will be Friday June 2, 2017 from 3pm-6:30pm at Comi Chapel, Trinidad, Colorado 

Rosary will be recited Friday June 6, 2017 at  7pm at Holy Trinity Church, Trinidad, Colorado 

Funeral Mass will be Monday June 5, 2017 1PM, at Holy Trinity Church.

Active pallbearers  Alvin Abeyta Jr., Jesse Abeyta, Damian Abeyta, Osacar Chagoya, Joaquin Trujillo, Adrian Abeyta-Lopez.

Interment with Rite of Committal with Military Honors will be  Tuesday June 6, 2017 ,2PM at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

I-25 Roadway Reconstruction Project in Colfax County

I-25 Roadway Reconstruction Project in Colfax County



Raton, NM:  A roadway reconstruction project is ongoing on I-25 from mile maker 442 to mile maker 449.


A one lane closure on the north and southbound driving lanes is in place Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Drivers are asked to obey all speed limit reductions and construction road signs during this time. Please look out for workers and equipment in area.




raod orange barrelFor more information, please call NMDOT’s Public Information Officer Yvonne Aragón at (505) 454-3622 or yvonne.aragon@state.nm.us




Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District Meeting

The Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District will meet in regular session on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of the Raton Post Office, 245 Park Avenue, Raton, New Mexico. The meeting is open to the public and the following business will be conducted:

June 6, 2017
10:00 am

a) Call to Order & Roll Call
b) Approval of Agenda
c) Approval of May 2, 2017 Minutes
d) Special Reports: Kate Zeigler – Discussing an opportunity to represent Northeastern NM
e) General Correspondence
f) Old Business
a) Discuss – Priorities of future projects of Government Funds
g) New Business
a) Discuss/Action – Renewal of District Capacity Building Agreement with NMACD (Farm Bill)
b) Discuss/Action – Village of Eagle Nest 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
h) Adjournment

A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District office, Room 206 of the Raton Post Office, Raton, NM 87740.

Gerald K. Seward, Chair
Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District

From Point A to Point Raton, How RPS Gets its Power

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


The recent power outages in Raton have caused concern especially since Raton Public Service used to produce its own electricity and now purchases power off the grid from Twin Eagle.

The first in this series will deal with how Raton gets the power from point A to point Raton. The journey begins in Colorado near Pueblo where Excel Energy has a power plant and several large transmission lines tie together. Does the power Raton get, actually come from that plant? Yes, however the way the electric grid is tied together at the power plant some of it may come from other generating plants. But this is where the 69KV transmission power line feeding Raton electricity begins.

The 69KV transmission line that feeds Raton ties to the grid at the power plant substation and comes south, travelling east of I-25. It crosses I-25 just north of Walsenburg and ties in with the Walsenburg Sub Station located on the west side of town. This substation is maintained by Tri-State Generation. From there the transmission line once again crosses I-25 and works its way south before crossing the interstate south of Aguilar where it goes west up and over the hills to Burro Canyon where it ties in with the Burro Canyon Sub Station, this substation is also maintained by Tri-State.

The Burro Canyon substation feeds power up and down the Purgatoire River feeding San Isabel Electric customers as well as sending power on to Raton. The big transmission line leaves Burro Canyon and heads south up and over the hills some of which is very rugged terrain and finally comes down Dillon Canyon to the Raton Sub Station located on Gardner Road just west of Raton. Springer Electric Coop also ties into this substation where they can feed RPS. Switch gear at the substation allows RPS to be switched to either the Burro Canyon line or Springer Electric Coop. From the Gardner Road Substation power is fed into the RPS substation at the power plant where eight different circuits feed power throughout Raton.

The outage on March 24, 2017 that caused Raton to go dark for about eight hours was caused by a broken power pole on the 69KV transmission line from the Raton Substation to the RPS power plant substation in downtown Raton. Due to weather and ground conditions it required a bull dozer to pull equipment in and out of the location where the pole was located which took several hours. Just to get the power back on RPS temporarily fixed the pole. They will have to go back out when conditions are more favorable to do a permanent repair on that pole.

It was that pole however, that kept Raton from getting power from Springer Electric Coop. Springer Electric also had poles down as well as other issues that prevented Raton from switching over to them that day too.

Before RPS can switch from the Burro Canyon line to Springer Electric several things must happen. First Tri-State Generation must be contacted where they then look at several factors including the electric load before the switch can be made. Springer Electric and RPS personnel must travel to the Raton Substation where electric meters are read and lines are isolated before throwing the switch in to tie Raton to Springer Electric. Once the long checklist has been completed and Tri-State gives the ok then the switch can be thrown to once again send power to RPS. At this point RPS who has opened all of their switches at the Plant substation to feed Raton begin the process of closing those switches to energize each circuit separately as not to overload the system and cause another power outage.  Once the switches are closed Raton is once again in the light.


looking north along the Burro Canyon Line. This is the main power line that brings electricity into Raton and several years ago was estimated to cost about $1million a mile.

looking north along the Burro Canyon Line. This is the main power line that brings electricity into Raton and several years ago was estimated to cost about $1million a mile.


The Gardner Road Substation is where the switching from Burro Canyon and Springer Electric takes place.

The Gardner Road Substation is where the switching from Burro Canyon and Springer Electric takes place.


It doesn't look very big but this small substation on Gardner Road is where power from the Burro Canyon line and the Springer Electric Line come together and are switched into Raton.

It doesn’t look very big but this small substation on Gardner Road is where power from the Burro Canyon line and the Springer Electric Line come together and are switched into Raton.