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In Loving Memory of Kelly Anne Powledge

Kelly Anne Powledge, 56, passed away on the morning of July 25, 2017 at home in Raton, NM. 

 

She was the wife of Bill Powledge and they shared almost 20 years of life together. She was born in Paris, Texas at St. Joseph Hospital on September 4, 1960. Kelly was the daughter of Jerry and Betty Moore. She graduated high school from North Lamar High in Paris, TX. 

In 1988, she moved to Raton, NM where she lived the remainder of her life. Kelly held a diverse working history throughout her life, but was most at home working with Bill at CarQuest where she worked for many years, until her health wouldn’t allow her any longer. The job that she was best at however, was being a mother to her daughter Marly Segura, and grandmother to her grandkids Myla and Maybree.

powledge k“Playing in the mud” was a favorite past time and memory for them. Kelly always reminded them to never take life too seriously. She was an avid animal lover and supported many different foundations and shelters, as well as always making a home for anything in need from cats and dogs, to snakes and injured possums, a trait she passed on to her daughter and granddaughters. 

As a Christian and a selfless person, Kelly loved everyone around her; always making everyone her friend. She will forever be remembered as someone you could always call when you needed someone to talk to and lean on. Her favorite thing to do was visit the cabin at her parents house in Direct, TX. The cabin and the Red River was her “happy Place”, and will forever be her spot of rest. She was taken too soon and will forever be in the hearts and minds of her loved ones.

Kelly Anne is preceded in death by her parents Jerry and Betty Moore, niece Jeana Hohenberger and nephew Greg Onstott.

 

She is survived by her husband Bill Powledge, daughter Marly Segura and husband Martin, granddaughters Myla and Maybree. Mother Kathy Moore, sisters: Lynette Saufferer, Jeanie Thompson and husband Phil, brothers: Michael Moore, Erik Moore and wife Kelli. And Jeremy Moore. Brother and sister in law Robert and Janice Powledge, Cheryl and Jason Thrun. Mother and father in law, Sylvia and Charlie Powledge. 15 nieces and nephews, 10 great nieces and nephews and many many cousins.

Funeral services for Kelly Anne will be on Sunday August 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Raton, NM. With a gathering immediately following. Kelly’s’ Inurnment will take place in Direct, TX this fall. 

Arrangements and celebration of love for Kelly Anne Powledge are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton, New Mexico.

MEETING Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District

Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District will be having their monthly meeting Tuesday, August 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am 1st Floor Conference Room in the Post  Office (Federal Building)

In Loving Memory of Margaret Cruz Serna

Margaret Cruz Serna age 50 of Raton, NM passed away on July 24, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

Margaret was born on May 10th, 1967 to Julian and Mary Cruz of Maxwell NM. Margaret married Samuel Serna on October 10, 1985, and were married for 31 wonderful years upon passing. Margaret and Sam went on to have 2 sons, Lucas and Adrian Serna, and were blessed with 3 grandsons, Alex, Lucas Jr. and Victor.

 
Margaret served proudly as a teacher for 10 years, and worked within the school system for many years prior to that. Margaret was devoted to her Catholic faith and instilled the same in her family. Margaret was an avid fisherwoman, and loved to be outdoors. Most importantly she was a dedicated mother and the best wife anyone could ask for.

 

 

Margaret is survived by her husband, sons, grandsons, parents and numerous brothers, sisters, and extended family members. 

 
Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary for Margaret Cruz Serna will be on Friday August 4th, 2017 at 5:30 P:M: at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton, NM, recited by Deacon Tom Alderette, followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at 6:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Bill Woytavich officiating. A private inurnment for the family of Margaret Cru Serna will follow at a later date.

 
The family wishes to thank all their family and friends for their overwhelming support which have been shown towards them. We are truly blessed.

 
A family gathering and dinner will follow immediately after the services at the Parish Hall.

 

Arrangements for Margaret Cruz Serna are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Martha L. Phelps

Martha L. Phelps, age 74, of Raton, New Mexico passed away on July 26, 2017.

Services for Martha L. Phelps will be on Saturday July 29, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Presbyterian Church in Raton, New Mexico.

The Family of Martha L. Phelps requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

 

 

Yaksich-Long Funeral Home

In Loving Memory of Linda Marie Gutierrez

Linda Marie Gutierrez, age 71, passed aw on June 28, 2017 in Wheat Ridge, CO.

Gutierrez LindaShe was born in Trinidad, CO on August 18, 1945 to Nora Sanchez and Mike Maldonado.

Preceding her in death are parents, sons Ernie and Joseph Salazar, daughter Rose Salazar, brothers Julian, Joe, Zeke and Ernie Maldonado, sisters Celia Sanchez and Bernice Roland.

Survivors are husband Tom Gutierrez, son Nathaniel Gutierrez, brothers Frank (Emily) Maldonado, Richard (Ronda) Maldonado , Michael Maldonado, and special nieces Frances and Erma Maldonado.

Services were held in Arvada, Colorado.

 

 

 

Comi Funeral Home

Armed Robbery Suspect Lane M. Reed Facing Additional Charges

PRESS RELEASE
Lieutenant Elizabeth Armijo 
New Mexico State Police
Public Information Officer

Susana MartinezGovernor
Scott Weaver
Cabinet Secretary
Pete N. KassetasNMSP Chief of Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2017
Armed Robbery Suspect Lane M. Reed Facing Additional Charges
Sandoval County, NM – On July 25, 2017, New Mexico State Police arrested Lane M. Reed (23) of Killeen, Texas for multiple charges after he led officers on an approximate 25 mile pursuit, during which Lane fired gunshots at officers at least three separate times.
The incident began around 8:30 a.m. when New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located on Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County.
Officers received information that a male subject had entered the Pecos River Station and purchased a drink.  The suspect, later identified as Lane Reed, left the store and walked to the frontage road and back to the store.  Reed re-entered the store and pointed a silver, small-framed revolver at a female child with the clerk.  Reed demanded the money from the cash drawer and the keys to the clerk’s vehicle.  The clerk gave him the cash, approximately $250, but did not have any keys.  The owner of the store, who resided above the store, came downstairs into the store when he overheard the clerk talking loudly to Reed.  The store owner was armed with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in the small of his back.
When the owner entered the store, Reed pointed his revolver at the owner.  The owner stated Reed threatened to kill him. Reed demanded, and received, the keys to the owner’s grey 2014 Dodge four-door pickup.  Reed asked the owner where the pickup was located.  The owner showed him, and Reed discovered the owner was armed. Reed subsequently took the handgun from the store owner.  Reed left the store and drove away in the owner’s pickup.
New Mexico State Police sent an advisory to all nearby law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the stolen Dodge pickup taken from the Pecos River Station.  Around 10:00 a.m., deputies with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department observed the stolen pickup on the west frontage road of Interstate 25 near La Cienega, around mile marker 272.
When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Reed, the vehicle turned onto a dead-end street in the Waldo area, attempting to elude deputies.  Reed turned the vehicle around and fired multiple gunshots at deputies.  Reed then drove onto Interstate 25 southbound attempting to evade law enforcement.  He traveled southbound and attempted to exit at the Santo Domingo exit (mile marker 259) where deputies attempted to conduct a felony stop.  Reed began firing rounds a second time at deputies at that location.  One Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department deputy returned fire at Reed through his windshield.
Reed continued southbound on Interstate 25.  Officers and eyewitnesses observed him throwing items out his window, including what appeared to be money and a firearm.  Eyewitnesses later recounted to officers during interviews they observed Reed pointing a gun at officers and shooting. Officers attempted to use tire deflation devices in an attempt to stop the fleeing vehicle, but all attempts were unsuccessful.
State Police officers observed the stolen pickup just north of Algodones, NM at mile marker 250 southbound and began assisting the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department in the pursuit.  A third time near that location, Reed again began firing out his window at officers.  A State Police officer returned fire through his windshield and Reed then stopped and surrendered.  There were no injuries to Reed or officers during the incident.
The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau assumed command of the entire officer-involved shooting incident and the State Police Crime Scene Team processed numerous crime scenes from this incident. State Police agents recovered two firearms, a large amount of US currency, and several spent bullet casings during subsequent searches of the crime scenes.
In a later interview with Reed, he told State Police agents he was involved in an armed robbery spree which began in Texas in the early weeks of July 2017.  He traveled through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico where he was taken into custody. Reed admitted to committing crimes in Texas and Colorado and to the armed robbery at the Pecos River Station that day, along with the theft of the owner’s vehicle, pursuit with law enforcement, shooting at officers from the fleeing vehicle, and throwing incriminating items out of the vehicle during the pursuit.  Reed also told agents he had removed the serial numbers from a stolen firearm he purchased.  He also told agents he intended to “kill” the officers who were trying to stop him.
Subsequent investigation conducted by the New Mexico State Police revealed that the Raton Police Department had been dispatched to a robbery at the Cross Roads gas station on July 24, 2017, the day prior.  The description of the suspect matched Reed’s description.  It was also reported the suspect in the Raton robbery used a silver, small-framed revolver to demand money from the cash drawer before leaving in a Toyota four-door sedan bearing Florida plates.
When State Police responded to the call at the Pecos River Station, officers located in the nearby area a black 2018 Toyota four-door sedan bearing Florida registration.  Officers discovered this vehicle had been reported stolen out of Denver, Colorado on July 23, 2017 around 9 p.m.  The suspect from the auto-theft matched the description of Reed.  Witnesses stated the suspect took the vehicle from the occupants after brandishing a firearm at a Diamond Shamrock gas station in Denver.  The Denver Police Department was able to establish through their investigation that Lane Reed was the suspect in the theft of the black Toyota.
At the time Reed was taken into custody, he had numerous felony nationwide warrants, including:
Warrant #1 out of Denver, Colorado: Aggravated robbery; aggravated theft of a motor vehicle.
Warrant #2 out of Fort Worth, Texas: Aggravated robbery.
Warrant #3 out of Grandview, Texas: Aggravated robbery.
Reed was booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center.  He has been charged by the New Mexico State Police with the following charges:
Assault with intent to commit a violent felony (five counts); Shooting at or from a motor vehicle; Aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer; Possession of firearm by a felon (three counts); Receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle (two counts); Receiving stolen property (firearm); Tampering with evidence; Armed robbery; Abuse of a child; and Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
Because Reed’s crime spree covered multiple jurisdictions in New Mexico, Reed will face charges in Santa Fe and San Miguel Counties.  State Police is cooperating with law enforcement agencies to determine if Reed will face additional charges for other crimes committed during his multi-state crime spree.
This case remains under investigation.
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New Mexico fishing and stocking report for July 24, 2017

New Mexico fishing and stocking report for July 24

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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 July 21. Lake levels and stream flows.

In Loving Memory of Gerald “Jimmy T” Trujillo

Gerald “Jimmy T” Trujillo passed away July 21, 2017 at home.

 

trujillo jimmyHe was born February 5, 1962 to Albert and Beatrice Trujillo in Raton, New Mexico. 

 

He was a truck driver and he loved to fish and spend time with family.

 
Gerald was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother Danny Trujillo.

 
Survivors include his daughter, Desiree Trujillo Vincent and fiance’ Victor Vargas and grandchildren Brianna Vincent and Vanden Vincent, his sister Bonnie Richardson and husband Alan and their daughter Kaitlin, his sister Cindy Sanchez and her husband Marion and their children Beatrice, Buck, Marion,Jr. and Daniel, his sister Melissa Garcia and her husband Joe and their children Victoria, Maria, and Lawrence, his brother Ronnie Trujillo and his wife and children and several grand nieces and grand nephews.

 
Services to be announced at a later time.

 

BURGIN FUNERAL HOME
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Borger, Texas 79007
(806) 273-3690

 

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested After Pursuit / Officer-Involved Shooting (Connection to Raton)

PRESS RELEASE
Lieutenant Elizabeth Armijo 
New Mexico State Police
Public Information Officer

Susana MartinezGovernor
Scott Weaver
Cabinet Secretary
Pete N. KassetasNMSP Chief of Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2017
Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested after Pursuit / Officer-Involved Shooting
Sandoval County, NM – Around 8:30 this morning, New Mexico State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located on Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County.
Officers received information that a male subject had entered the Pecos River Station and purchased a drink.  The suspect, later identified as Lane M. Reed (23), left the store and walked to the frontage road and back to the store.  Reed re-entered the store and pointed a silver, small-framed revolver at a female child with the clerk.  Reed demanded the money from the cash drawer and the keys to the clerk’s vehicle.  The clerk gave him the cash, approximately $250, but did not have any keys.  The owner of the store, who resided above the store, came downstairs into the store when he overheard the clerk talking loudly to Reed.  The store owner was armed with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in the small of his back.
When the owner entered the store, Reed pointed his revolver at the owner.  Reed demanded, and received, the keys to the owner’s grey 2014 Dodge four-door pickup.  Reed asked the owner where the pickup was located.  The owner showed him, and Reed discovered the owner was armed. Reed subsequently took the handgun from the store owner.  Reed left the store and drove away in the owner’s pickup.
New Mexico State Police sent an advisory to all nearby law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the stolen Dodge pickup taken from the Pecos River Station.  Around 10:00 a.m., deputies with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department observed the stolen pickup on the west frontage road of Interstate 25 near La Cienega, around mile marker 272.
When deputies attempted to stop the vehicle driven by Reed, the vehicle turned onto a dead-end street in the Waldo area, attempting to elude deputies.  Reed turned the vehicle around and fired multiple gunshots at deputies.  Reed then drove onto Interstate 25 southbound attempting to evade law enforcement.  He traveled southbound and attempted to exit at the Santo Domingo exit (mile marker 259) where deputies attempted to conduct a felony stop.  Reed began firing rounds a second time at deputies at that location.  One Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department deputy returned fire at Reed through his windshield.
Reed continued southbound on Interstate 25.  Officers and eyewitnesses observed him throwing items out his window, including what appeared to be money and a firearm.  Eyewitnesses later recounted to officers during interviews they observed Reed pointing a gun at officers and shooting.
State Police officers observed the stolen pickup just north of Algodones at mile marker 250 southbound and began assisting the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department in the pursuit.  A third time near that location, Reed again began firing out his window at officers.  A State Police officer returned fire through his windshield and Reed then stopped and surrendered.  There were no injuries obtained by Reed or officers during the incident.
When officers took Reed into custody, he told officers he knew he was wanted by law enforcement and he wanted to “go out with a bang.”  Reed had numerous felony warrants from across the nation for crimes including robbery, aggravated robbery, and aggravated motor vehicle theft.  He was wanted for several armed robberies in Texas and had threatened “suicide by cop.”
The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is investigating the entire officer-involved shooting incident.  State Police is also investigating the armed robbery at the Pecos River Station.  The NMSP Crime Scene Team is processing multiple crime scenes covering this entire incident.  Officers recovered a revolver and money along Interstate 25 in separate locations where Reed was observed to have been throwing items out his window.
Subsequent investigation conducted by the New Mexico State Police revealed that the Raton Police Department had been dispatched to a robbery at the Cross Roads gas station on July 24, 2017, the day prior.  The description of the suspect matched Reed’s description.  It was also reported the suspect in the Raton robbery used a silver, small-framed revolver to demand money from the cash drawer before leaving in a Toyota four-door sedan bearing Florida plates.
When State Police responded to the call at the Pecos River Station, officers located in the nearby area a black 2018 Toyota four-door sedan bearing Florida registration.  Officers discovered this vehicle had been reported stolen out of Denver, Colorado on July 23, 2017 around 9 p.m.  The suspect from the auto-theft matched the description of Reed.  Witnesses stated the suspect took the vehicle from the occupants after brandishing a firearm at a Diamond Shamrock gas station in Denver.  The Denver Police Department was able to establish through their investigation that Lane Reed was the suspect in the theft of the black Toyota.
Reed was booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center for charges from this incident as well as numerous nationwide warrants.
The names of the officers involved in the shooting incident will not be released until after all interviews are conducted.  This investigation remains ongoing.  When more information is available it will be disseminated.
Lane Reed
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City Comm. Approves Budget and Train Depot Lease

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening, July 25th in the commission chambers to deal with a lengthy agenda as Commissioners approved a lease agreement with Amtrak and a deed of easement with Amtrak for use of the RatonTrain Depot. City Manager Scott Berry noted that with over 15,000 passengers through Raton each year that it is important to have that in place to help service those passengers.

Commissioners started the business part of the meeting began with a report by Laura Brewer on the progress the Northside Neighborhood Watch Program has made in cleaning up the area north of I-25. Brewer noted in her program that they had worked hard to make the neighborhood look good by getting with neighbors and addressing problems and had put one probation violator in jail due to his neglected property. Brewer is also hoping to be able to better use the abandoned vehicle ordinance to help clean up some abandoned cars that have cluttered up the area.

Commissioners then approved the street closures for the Gate City Music Festival and the St Patrick’s St. Joseph’s Annual Fiesta. The Gate City Music Festival will occur over the Labor Day weekend while the Fiesta has changed their dates to the end of September.

Commissioners approved a permit for Bright Rectangle Films, Inc. to film in downtown Raton Saturday morning, July 29. They will be filming scenes for “The Hill and the Hole”. Its a video about a land surveyor that discovers a strange mound near a small town in New Mexico, only to find that the mound and its secrets have in fact found him. The film crews will be filming in Raton early Saturday morning beginning about 5:00 a.m.

Commissioners then opened the floor for public input on the animal ordinance with no response and the Capital Improvement Plan also hearing no response as City Manager Scott Berry went over the top five items on the plan. (Link to Animal Ordinance)  (Link to ICIP Report 2017)

Commissioners approved the Raton Water Works final budget adjustment of the year as well as the city’s final budget adjustment. Both adjustments balance out the books for the end of the fiscal year. The June financial report from City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci shows an increase of 2.5% in the Gross Receipts Tax collection or just over $67,400. The city will end the fiscal year with a cash balance of $1,762,505.12 and begin the 2018 fiscal year with $1,363,302.62 while holding back a 1/12th reserve of $399,202.50. (Link to Budget Adjustment#16) (Link to June 2017 Financial Rpt)

Final budgets for the City of Raton, Raton Water Works and Raton Public Service were approved and as City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci noted the city’s budget is a living document and will change with budget adjustments throughout the year. City Manager Scott Berry highly commended Antonucci’s efforts in getting the budget submitted on time by July 31st to the DFA.

The bid for Taxiway A at the Raton Crews Field Airport was put on hold until the bid for Taxiway D is opened on Thursday. Both bids will be brought back to the commission at the August 8 meeting.

Commissioners approved the Coop agreement pledging matching funds with NMDOT. The $44,815 grant is split at 75/25 with the state portion being $33,611 and the city’s portion at $11,204. These funds will go to chip seal projects on portions of several streets in Raton. They also approved the MAP agreement which totals $200,000 with the state portion at $150,000 and the city matching that at $50,000. These funds will be used for Hospital Drive with primary concern on the big dip. Gas Tax monies will be used as the matching funds and construction is expected to begin in the spring or summer of 2018.

Work continues on the shooting range in the Armory building at the airport, Berry noted that this is the third time that contractors have worked on lead abatement in the room and hopefully the third time is a charm. There will be a group in town doing a tree survey to collect tree data. Friday the contractor will be in town to replace the trees and vegetation that didn’t make it through the winter at the Multi-Modal center, this is warranty work.

Berry noted the school board approved the resource officer and they are looking forward to having that officer in place as the school year begins mid August.

Commissioners will meet again August 8 at 6:00 p.m. for their next regular meeting which will be broadcast on AM 1490 KRTN.

The Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance will be used to help the north side neighborhood watch group get abandoned vehicles cleaned up with the cooperation of the Raton Police Dept.

The Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance will be used to help the north side neighborhood watch group get abandoned vehicles cleaned up with the cooperation of the Raton Police Dept.