Archive for: August 2017

In Loving Memory of Lorena Margaret Tripp

Lorena Margaret Tripp (“Margaret”), 96, died  Saturday, August 19, 2017. at the Colfax General Long Term Care in Springer, NM of age related complications.

Margaret was born February 14, 1921 in Dartmouth, MA, to Truman C. Emery and Lorena Rounds Emery.

The eldest of three, she was predeceased by brothers Clayton and Truman (Dex).

Married Linwood M Tripp (deceased) on February 22, 1939.

Survived by sons Emery M. Tripp (Paula) and Taylor T. Tripp (Debra) both of Trinidad, many children and grandchildren.

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

Graveside Services  with entombment will be held Friday, August 25, 2017 at 10AM at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery with Pastor Travis Hustad officiating.



Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Animal Ordinance Approved by Raton City Commission

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Raton City Commissioners heard from several citizens, pro and with suggestions for changes to the new animal ordinance they were considering during Tuesday evening’s regular Raton City Commission meeting.

Sue Duran spoke about the breeder’s permit fee believing that the $300 is too high, Commissioner Chavez agreed but it was noted that the fee is only $150. Kelly Jones brought her children and they again asked that the number of chickens not be restricted to only five. It was noted they don’t get enough eggs from their chickens to feed their family unless they hold them for a day or two and she added,”We would like to have more”. (Link to Animal Ordinance)

It was once again noted that the ordinance is a living document that it can and most likely will be changed to meet the needs of Raton. City Manager Scott Berry noted that livestock are also governed under the zoning ordinances as well as this animal ordinance. Commissioners then approved the new ordinance as presented.

Commissioners approved the agreement with Engineering Analytics for engineering services on the Hospital Drive project in the amount of $16,500.  Berry noted that figure was below what was estimated for the project and construction will likely begin June 1, 2018.

Commissioners then approved a new lease agreement with C&C Communications of New Mexico which includes a reduction in price from $750 a year to $600 a year. Commissioners agreed they needed to reduce the price to keep C&C in business in Raton rather than loose another business. C&C had requested the reduction due to the loss of business in the area as two-way radio is being abandoned in favor of cell phones and other communication modes.

Commissioners heard from Geoff Peterson about a Jack Rabbit Booking app that will allow hotel bookings right from the ExploreRaton.com web page. Peterson noted that web sites like Expedia charge the hotel a commission, some as high as 20% to book a room. With the Jack Rabbit service, there is no commission fee which is a big plus for hotels. Commissioners approved the $5,705 that was requested and also approved the $11,000 asked for by Raton MainStreet for the Gate City Music Festival. Brenda Ferri noted this is less than last year due to some new sponsors coming on board and she hopes that next year the request will be even less.

Commissioners heard that the Fiscal Year 2018 budget was approved by the Department of Finance Administration and learned that the July 2017 financial report included more good news that the Gross Receipts Tax was once again up, this month by 2.8%. With that City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci brought the commissioners the first budget adjustment of the new budget. It includes fund transfers for repairs at the Aquatic Center and the accounting for Raton Water Works GRT. (Link to July2017 Financial Rpt) (Link to Budget Adj #1 FY18)

Commissioners approved a one-year lease renewal with Doss Aviation. Berry noted that the National Guard was still cleaning up the lead in the shooting range room at the Armory. They are hopeful that the last cleaning will pass inspection.

In the City Manager’s report, Scott Berry noted that commissioners  Linde’ Schuster, Ron Chavez and Neil Segotta attended the New Mexico Municipal League meeting and Commissioner Segotta was elected Treasurer for this year. The city began the chip seal project Tuesday and will likely continue that through the week. Berry then asked Fire Chief Matthews to come in the room so he could inform commissioners that this would be Matthews last meeting as he is retiring effective September 1 after more than 20 years of service.  Berry noted that the chief has done a great job, is very thorough and organized and has brought in a huge amount of grant money and  would be very much missed.

Commissioners will meet again September 12 at 6:00 p.m. for their next regular meeting which will be broadcast on KRTN AM 1490

Raton Fire and Emergency Services Chief Jim Matthews will retire Sept 1, 2017 after 21 years of service.

Raton Fire and Emergency Services Chief Jim Matthews will retire Sept 1, 2017 after 21 years of service.

In Loving Memory of Carrel Elmer Depue

Carrel Elmer Depue was born on November 1, 1930 in Sofia, New Mexico to Elmer Clarence Depue and Nellie Pearl (Robertson) Depue.


depueA longtime resident of Clayton, Carrel first lived in Sofia, New Mexico where he and his family farmed from 1930 until 1944 at which time the family sold the farm and moved to California. After the death of his father in 1946 he returned to Clayton with his mother, two sisters and one brother. Carrel attended Clayton High School and graduated in 1949. In 1952 he was drafted into the US Marine Corps and served two years as an artillery specialist and mechanic in Korea. When he returned home he bought and operated Clayton Taxi Service from 1955 to 1958. After selling the taxi service, Carrel worked several other jobs before eventually going to work as South West Metal Works in 1958, where he continued to work until he retired in 1999. After Carrel’s retirement from South West Metal Works as a welder building horse trailers and cattle feeders, he carried on his creative abilities establishing C & L Horseshoe crafts where he and his wife Laura displayed their work at craft shows throughout New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Carrel and Laura married in November of 1966 in Childress, Texas and have resided at their South First Street home since.


Carrel, as the last surviving child, was preceded in death by his father, mother, eleven sisters and two brothers.


WIFE: Laura Depue of Clayton, New Mexico.

7 CHILRDEN: Donna Beth Depue Smith and her husband George of Pomerne, Arizona, Ricky Edward Depue and his wife Brenda of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Michael Bell and his wife Laura of Greely, Colorado, David Bell of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Teresa Bell Robinson and her husband Troy of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Linda Bell Siegert and Brenda Bell Vetten and her husband Scott all of Fort Worth, Texas.

15 Grandchildren

22 great-grandchildren

And many nieces, nephews and cousins.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Billy Rammage officiating.


Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

In Loving Memory of Sarah Ann Johnson

Sarah Ann Johnson passed away on August 15, 2017 in the home of her daughter Teresa, in Albuquerque, NM.
She was born November 16, 1922 in Port Huron, Michigan. She moved to Raton with her husband “TJ” Johnson in 1972. 
She was the mother of 6 children, Colleen Nelis and her late husband Jimmy Nelis, Shawn Johnson, Mary Kyle Schumpp and her late husband, Jerry Schumpp, Tim Johnson and his wife Linda, Teresa D’Anza Martinez and her husband Nathan, and Melissa Bowers. She has 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Her children believe she would tell you her 94 years were full and complete. They often refer to her as a “woman before her time”.
johnson sShe graduated from the University of Michigan in 1944 with a language degree. She passed up an opportunity as an interpreter with the United Nations to join the Navy, where she taught flight instrumentation to Navy pilots during WW II. After WWII she met and married Thomas R. Johnson (TJ). While living in the Midwest she taught high school foreign language where she was well loved and respected by her students. In Raton she taught at St. Patrick’s Catholic School and worked in Personnel at MCMC Long Term. She and TJ were also entrepreneurs, owning and operating a small hobby shop and then purchasing and renovating Raton’s El Portal Hotel which they owned until 1997. 
Her spirit of volunteerism was demonstrated while she volunteered with the MCMC Auxiliary. She taught each of her children to be independent and encouraged them to be kind and compassionate. She lived by the Golden Rule “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. She had a quick wit and could easily make her children laugh. She enjoyed traveling with TJ and they made many short and long trips around the country in their retirement years. She was loved dearly in life and will be missed by those surviving her. 
Preceding her in death, were her husband TJ, her brother Tom, her sons-in-law Jimmy and Jerry. Each of whom was standing ready to welcome her to her new home in heaven with our Lord and Father Jesus Christ. 

Visitation at Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Sunday, August 20, 2017, 6pm to 8pm. Funeral Services will be on Monday, August 21, 2017 at St. Patrick’s St. Joseph’s- Catholic Church in Raton, NM. Rosary, recited by Mike Vigil of the Knights of Columbus, at 10:00am, with Funeral Mass celebrated by Father John Trambley to follow. Following internment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery there will be a reception at the Church hall. 

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the St. Vincent De Paul Charities at http://stpatrickstjoseph.weconnect.com/St–Vincent-de-Paul-Charities; and/or the Knights of Columbus c/o Grand Knight Richard Maddaleni, 1209 Nelson Rd., Raton, NM 8. If any further information is needed please contact Shawn Johnson at (575) 447-9140.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Sarah Ann Johnson are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.





A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on August 22, 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, September 12 , 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 August 8, 2017 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.

B. RatonChamberFY16YearEndReport.

C. Deliberate and Act on an Event: Raton Homecoming Parade, road closures

D. Deliberate and Act on an Event: First Street Market 5k Fun Run/Walk.

E. Public Hearing: Ordinance No. 995- Changes to the City of Raton Animal Ordinance, Section IX, Chapter 90.

F. Deliberate and Act on Ordinance No. 995- Changes to the City of Raton Animal Ordinance, Section IX, Chapter 90.

G. Deliberate and Act on a Proposal from Engineering Analytics for Engineering Services for Road Improvements to Hospital Drive, Raton.

H. Deliberate and Act on Tower Lease Agreement between the City of Raton and C&C Communications of New Mexico.

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

J. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2017-41: July 2017 Financial Report.

K. Deliberate and Act on Acceptance of DFA FY18 Budget Approval.

L. Deliberate and Act Resolution 2017-42: Budget Adjustment #1 FY18.

M. Deliberate and Act on Renewal of Lease Agreement for National Guard Facility at Raton Municipal Airport between the City of Raton and Doss Aviation.

N. CityManager’sReport

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, August 17, 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

If you are an individual who requires special accommodations, please notify Tricia Mascarenas, City Clerk at 575 445-9451 of such needs at least one week prior to the meeting(s) you plan to attend or as soon as possible.


RHS Football 2017 Preseason Interview with Coach Tori Giacomo

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

It started four years ago with a new class of freshman players who had to step up and fill the shoes of those leaving the team, it was a building year for the Tigers.

Now, four years later, those freshmen are now seniors and team leaders who are looking at a big year despite a tough schedule with teams like Pampa, Texas, Socorro and new district rival Texico. Head Coach Tori Giacomo indicated that the playbook will be the same as last year but with the 30 games of experience under the senior’s belts he is hoping to be able to make some changes based on the defenses they will face.

The offense will be led by quarterback Dustin Segura with a three man backfield that will vary with the plays called. The backfield will allow the Tigers many options on the running game as well as a passing game. While in years past Raton was known as a passing team Giacomo is working on a well rounded offense mixed with passes and runs.

The defense which is also made up of those experienced seniors is showing great promise noted Giacomo. He felt like that is the team’s strong point at this early point in the season.

Shep the Sheep’s Colorado Trail Hike-a-Thon for Raton Scout Troop 91

 Shep the Sheep’s Colorado Trail Hike-a-Thon for Raton Scout Troop 91


In his desire to support the youth of Boy Scout Troop 91 in Raton, New Mexico, our intrepid explorer, Shep the Sheep (accompanied by Scoutmaster Jared Chatterley), will be venturing out into the wilds of Colorado armed only with what he can carry on his back, as he explores the Rocky Mountains by transversing the Colorado Trail.

Raton, New Mexico —Starting August 29, 2017 in Denver Colorado, Shep the Sheep, Troop 91’s mascot, and his companion, Scoutmaster Jared Chatterley will hike the entire Colorado Trail with a goal of finishing by September 28. Skirting along a trail system that has an average elevation of 10,000 feet and comprising 486 miles this one month long expedition will eventually end in Durango, CO.  Logging approximately 17 miles a day, it is their quest to raise awareness and funds for the Boy Scouts of Raton, NM Troop 91.  Funds raised will be used for a trip to Alaska for the boys who achieve their Eagle Scout Award, for scout camp, and for other outdoor adventures. This trek is not for the faint of heart. Fortunately Shep is one Baaaaaaaaad Sheep!

“Shep is not a sheep of many words, but I feel I can speak for both of us when I say we are looking forward to this adventure,” Scoutmaster Jared Chatterley remarked. “Although only Shep and I are thru-hiking the Colorado Trail, the Scouts have been with us all along the way, completing several 10 mile training hikes.  It is their job to help spread the word and raise money for our troop; Shep and I are just logging the miles.”

Donations are being accepted online at www.gofundme/ratontroop91 or via check to a Raton, NM Troop 91 Boy Scout.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ratontroop91.


She the Sheep will make the trek along the Colorado Trail with Scout Master Jared Chatterly beginning August 27, 2017

She the Sheep will make the trek along the Colorado Trail with Scout Master Jared Chatterly beginning August 27, 2017


Scout Master Jared Chatterly will begin a month long trek over the Colorado Trail hiking from Denver to Durango.

Scout Master Jared Chatterly will begin a month long trek over the Colorado Trail hiking from Denver to Durango.


About Raton NM Boy Scout Troop 91. Raton BSA Troop 91 has 10 boys ranging in ranks from Scout to First Class.  The boys are all from Raton, NM and range in age from 11-14 years old.  While everyone is working on individual ranks, all hope to achieve Eagle Scout Rank by the spring of 2019.  The troop has 2 patrols:  the Minions and the Tomahawks.   There are 3 leaders including Scoutmaster Jared Chatterley.  Some of their outings have included:  hiking Trinchera Peak in Colorado, hiking the Tooth of Time at Philmont Scout Ranch, and rafting the Rio Grande.  The Scouts have also done many local service projects such as picking up trash around Lake Maloya in Sugarite Canyon State Park, cleaning and organizing the Cat Care of New Mexico storage, helping set up 2 local Disc Golf courses, and setting targets at the NRA Whittington Center.

Boy Scout Troop 91

Boy Scout Troop 91


RHS Lady Tigers Volleyball PreSeason Interview with Coach Tina Dorrance

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The RHS Lady Tigers will begin their season in August this year as they travel to Santa Fe for a scrimmage at Desert Academy.

The JV will then play Des Moines and the varsity will take on Trinidad in Raton on September 2nd. This year the varsity team will be senior heavy with five seniors, Autumn Archuleta, Camryn Mileta, Camryn Stoecker, Halle Medina, and Natausha Ortega. According to Coach Tina Dorrance she will run a 5-1 offense with Camryn Mileta as the primary setter.

Dorrance noted that Mileta and Archuleta have been working over the summer to improve their performance at the net but as of yet Dorrance hasn’t set her rotation and decided on who to team up at the net. Kerrigan Weese does have some height and will be filling in up front. With the years of experience on the floor this year Dorrance is excited about the possibilities for a good season. All the seniors have played since Jr. High and the underclassmen have that same experience.

In Loving Memory of Albert Manfredi

Albert Manfredi, age 92, of Raton was called home on August 15, 2017.

He was born in Primero, Colorado on November 24, 1924 to Fiore Manfredi and Elizabeth Fortune.

manfredi aAlbert grew up in the Morley coal camp. He entered the military service at the youthful age of seventeen, soon after completing his sophomore year at Trinidad High School. The aftermath of the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor was the driving force behind his early enlistment. Al chose the Air Force because he felt “it would be exciting to go up in the air”. Once he received his wings, he was sent to MacDill air force base in Tampa, Florida with his ten crew members, who were assigned to the 490th Bombardment group, where he served as a ball turret gunner on the silver meteor in WW II.

After his honorable discharge from the army in 1945, Al was a truck driver for 50 years and part owner of keeps wholesale. After retirement Al enjoyed fishing, hunting, making wine, and spending quality time with his family. Al was a lifetime member of the VFW. He was responsible for the implementation of the isle of flags in Raton. He loved to reminisce on his life experiences and always had good jokes to share. 

Al is preceded in death by his parents Fiore and Elizabeth, Brothers Paul Manfredi, Roy Manfredi SR, Mel Deaile, Nick Deaile, and Ted Deaile and Sister Helen Manfredi-Gruda.

Al is survived by his wife of 38 years Cecelia Tiny Manfredi of the family home. Brother Fiore JR of California, Sons Al JR and Carmen of California, Mark and Edika, Dennis and Alicia, Leroy and Kristee, and Rockey all of Raton. Daughters Benita and Ramon of Raton and Kathleen and Johnny of Washington. Grandchildren: Aaron, Michelle, Mark Christopher, Joshua, Santina, Bobby, Laurie, Reynaldo, Abenicio, Isaac, Olivia, Chelcie, Rayleen, Shaylee, Toni Ann, Whitney, Zach, Shadrack, Tony, Matt, Gabe, Victoria, and Rockey JR. Al is also survived by 23 great- grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will be Monday August 21, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel of Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be on Tuesday August 22, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Frank Cimino Jr. Mass of the Resurrection will follow with Father William Woytavich as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Albert Manfredi are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Nickie Yaksich

Nickie Yaksich, age 88, lifelong Raton resident passed away at his home in Raton on August 14, 2017.

He was born on May 18, 1929 in Van Houten, N.M., the son of the late George and Pauline Kovacevich Yaksich. 

Nickie retired from Kaiser Steel Corporation after 39 years of service. His last title with Kaiser Steel Corporation was assistant manager of operations of York Canyon Mine was a life member of Raton Elks Lodge #865, and a veteran of the Korean War having served in the United States Army.

Nickie is preceded in death by his parents, George and Pauline Yaksich; brothers Roddy, Paul and wife Enis, and Danny Yaksich; brothers and sisters-in-law George and Emily Krulyac, Eugene and Martha Menapace, Fred and Elizabeth Parker, John and Josephine Rodman, brothers-in law Buddy Vukonich and Chuck Stevens. 

Nickie is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Zita of the family home, daughter Nicole Ann Shackelford and husband Phillip of Roswell, N.M., Grandson Colton and granddaughters Nadia Miller and Rylee Shackelford of Roswell, N.M., Step-grandchildren Ryan and Britnee Gerhardt and family, Bridgette Shackelford and Jon Fernandez and Family, Bailey Shackelford; brother Judo Yaksich and wife Bonnie of Raton, sister in-law Mary Yaksich of Raton, Kathy Yaksich of Maxwell. N.M., Helen Vukonich of Raton, Brother in-law Pete Mileta and wife Mary Nell of Raton, Anna Stevens of Colorado Springs, CO. Sophie Madrid and husband Shorty of El Paso, TX. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins of the Perovich families.


YAKSICH NNickie was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was known for his ability to pitch horseshoes and bochos. He loved to play Mora at the White House and Elks Club, and could beat almost any competitor. He could hardly wait to play poker every Thursday with his poker buddies, and enjoyed a game of poker whenever possible.

Nickie had a deep love and respect for his fellow coal miners. His smile was contagious, his hand shake was strong and his heart was bigger than them all.

Funeral services for Nickie Yaksich will be held on August 19, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. in the Chapel of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton, conducted by Rev. Father Zacharich Lynch of St. Michaels Eastern Orthodox Church of Pueblo, CO. Internment will follow in Fairmont Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers , donations to Fairmont Cemetery. P.O. Box 1851, Raton N.M. 87740 would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements and Celebration of Love for Nickie Yaksich are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.