Archive for: September 2017

Raton Beats Albq. Academy To Go 5-1

The Raton Tiger football team took another long road trip on Saturday, September 30 to Albuquerque Academy and came back with a 35 – 20 victory to push their season record to 5-1.

After the Raton defense stopped the Chargers on their first possession, Raton got on the board quickly with a completion to Gabe Martinez that covered 47 yards and after the Aden Vanderwater extra point, Raton led 7 – 0.

The Chargers countered with a scoring drive of their own, using a combination of the single-wing and other sets.   After the TD, Raton blocked the extra point attempt and it was a one point game in the first quarter.

The rest of the first half belonged to Raton as QB Dustin Segura engineered two more scoring drives.  The first capped off by a one yard TD run by Richie Acevedo and the other after a fumble recovery by Gabe Martinez, led to a 22 yard scoring pass to Nathaniel Tarbox had Raton leading 21-6 at the half.

The second half momentum shifted to Academy as they began the third with a 7 play drive and a five yard run for a TD. After a two-point conversion it was a 21 -14 game and then two plays later Raton fumbled and the Academy run game took them to a first and goal, but Raton’s defense stiffened and Academy missed a field goal.  Raton took over deep in its own territory and QB Segura  was perfect, going five-for-five with the last completion a five yard TD to Tristan Gallegos. Raton led 28 -14.

Raton’s defense stopped Academy again and Segura completed a 38 yard pass to Aden Vanderwater, followed by a Tristan Gallegos five yard scamper and Raton looked like a runaway winner leading 35-14.

Academy found late life and with four minutes left went on a 12 play drive, but fumbled inside the one. With less than a minute left, Raton fumbled on its first play and Academy went in for the score to make it 35-20. The Chargers recovered the onside kick, but ran out of time.

Raton will play its third straight road game as it starts district play at Tucumcari on Friday, October 6. The game will be broadcsst on KRTN FM 93.9 and streamed on Network1Sports.com.


October 5, 2017
10:00 am
Colfax County Airport at Angel Fire
Angel Fire, New Mexico
1 Call to Order
2 Approve Agenda
3 Approve Regular Meeting Minutes for July 20, 2017
4 Recognize Visitors and Guests
5 Old Business
a. Status of the On-Call Engineering Services Contract
b. Airport Committee Resolution Update
c. Charter Service Update
d. Fuel Farm Update
e. Security Lights
f. Balloons Over Angel Fire
g. Budget Discussion
6 New Business
a. Discussion of Airport Options
7 Adjourn

In Loving Memory of Gwen R. Martinez-Breedlove

Gwen R. Martinez-Breedlove, beloved Daughter, Sister, Auntie and Little Nina, passed away unexpectedly on September 8, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. She was 54.
She was born in Pueblo, Colorado on July 11, 1963, ,the daughter of Elsie M. (Santistevan) and Rudy V. Martinez.
ballewShe attended Pueblo schools graduating from Pueblo Central High School in 1982.
Gwen then attended Trinidad State Junior College for 2 years.
She was employed for Fry’s and Wal Mart for several years in Phoenix, AZ, where she resided until her passing.
She enjoyed, fishing friends and family. Gwen was an avid Denver Bronco fan.
Gwen was small but mighty. She was full of life and love. Gwen was very special to all that knew her, especially her family. She touched many with her infectious personality. Gwen was that special spark in our family and she will be deeply missed

.Preceding in death is her grandfather Marcus Bigornia, and grandmother Josephine Romero.
She is survived by parents, Elsie and Rudy Martinez of Pueblo, CO, siblings, Robert Gomez, Omaha Nebraska, Loretta (Joe) Garcia, Pueblo, CO, Valerie Butler, Pueblo, CO,
Gerri Martinez (Dennis Montano) Pueblo, CO, and Brenda (John) Rodriguez, Pueblo West, CO, nieces, nephews , Jason, Brandon, Brandi, Briana, Jacob, Jenna, , fiancé Craig Van Kessel, Phoneix, AZ, other relatives and many friends.
Cremation with family services.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District Meeting

The Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District will meet in regular session on Tuesday, October 3, 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:

October 3, 2017
10:00 am

a) Call to Order & Roll Call
b) Approval of Agenda
c) Approval of Minutes for September 5, 2017
d) Special Reports:
e) General Correspondence
f) Old Business
a) Special Election??
g) New Business
a) Accept – FY2018 Final Budget Letter from DFA-LGD
b) Discuss/Action – Monthly Meeting Date Change to 2nd Tuesday of month
c) Discuss/Approval – Company Shirts for board members and Admin
d) Discuss/Action – Set aside funds for 6×6’s equipment expense

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.

Boe Lopez, Chair
Colfax Soil & Water Conservation District

In Loving Memory of Roger Allen Woodard

Roger Allen Woodard age 47 of Albuquerque, NM, formerly of Springer, NM, passed away Thursday September 21, 2017 in Albuquerque. He was born September 30, 1969 in Raton the son of James and Carol Markosky-Woodard.

woodardHe is preceded in death by his brother, Michael Eugene Woodard, Grandfather Marlin David Woodard, Paternal grandparents, Arch Glenn and Mildred Adella Wadlington, Maternal grandparents Charles E. and Josephine C. Scheier Markosky, Step grandfather, Samuel Madrid and numerous aunts and uncles. He is survived by his parents James Woodard and wife Ruth of Springer Mother Carol Woodward of Springer one sister, Kimberly Apodaca of Springer, nephews, Bryan and Adrian Sanchez of Albuquerque, NM niece Danielle Mujezinovic of Jacksonville, FL, Step grandmother, Julia A. Madrid of Albuquerque, NM and numerous Aunts and uncles.

Memorial services will be Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Crotinger officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date.

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

In Loving Memory of Selma Gutierrez

Selma Gutierrez age 81 of Raton, passed away Wednesday September 20, 2017 in Springer, NM. She was born April 21, 1936 in Brilliant, NM, the daughter of Giel and Laura Ortiz-Salazar. She was a retired county treasurer and a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

gitoerrezsSelma is preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Gutierrez, parents, Giel and Laura Salazae, Brothers, Giel Salazar Jr. and Eloy Salazar, and sister Beatrice Cordova. She is survived by two daughters, Debra K. Ridenour and husband Isaac of Raton, and Sharon Sanchez of Albuquerque, NM. One brother, Charles Salazar and wife Anita of Merrita, CA. Three sisters, Nora Lucero of San Pedro, CA, Priscilla Lincoln and husband Chad of Tenino,Washington and Frieda Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah, One grandson Jesse Ridenour and wife Amy, two granddaughters, Maria Ferri and husband Jon, and Melissa Sanchez- and wife Barbara. Great Grandchildren, Reyna Sanchez, Shawn Ridenour, and wife Naomi, Emily Ridenour, Kimberly Sanchez, CJ Ferri, Katie Ridenour, Jacob Ferri and numerous beloved nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be Thursday September 28, 2017 from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Friday September 29, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patricks-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Frank Cimino Jr. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 A.M. with Father William Woytavich as the celebrant. Rite of Christian Burial will be at a later date.

There will be a reception following the service at the United Methodist Church in Raton.

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

In Loving Memory of Olga G. Reorda


Olga Reorda passed away September 26, 2017.
She was born in Segundo, Colorado to Minnie and George Genis. The family later moved to Aguilar, Colorado where she attended K-12 grades and continued her education at Trinidad State Junior College, Greeley and Adams State College , where she received her B.A. degree.
She taught school in Primero, Jansen, Washington State and the Trinidad School District, encompassing 40 years of education. While in college she was active in theater and an avid reader.

She had a passion for softball, bowling and enjoyed watching HER Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos!

Olga is survived by her husband of 57 years Joseph Reorda, sons Joseph and Danny Reorda. Nieces Vicki (Allen) Bachoroski, Canon City, Colorado, Elaine (Stan) Colangelo of Trinidad, Colorado. Sisters in law Ann Monteleone, Theresa Paravecchio , Anna Mae Reorda, and Helen Genis, brother in law John (Yvonne) Reorda and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by very special family friend Kaye Haycock.

Olga was preceded in death by her parents Minnie and George Genis, sister Mary Cholakos Adams, brothers John Genis , Robert Genis and niece Georgia Rino.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, October 4, 2017 with Rosary at 9am at the Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Father Carl Wertin officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.




Tiger Grant Approved by City Commission

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening, September 26th for their regular meeting and once again received good news on city finances and approved participating in the Tiger IX Grant for railroad work along the Amtrak route through New Mexico.

The second public hearing for Solid Waste Ordinance 996 was held with no public comment coming from either phone calls, email or letters noted City Manager Scott Berry. The ordinance will replace the existing ordinance and bring it up to date with the current situation of a transfer station and no land fill. It will also put some teeth in the ordinance to take care of illegal dumping.

Diana Sanchez was present to give a report on the Gate City Music Festival indicating that the event was a success and they will begin next year with about $7500, with the goal of requesting less funding from Lodgers Tax. Sanchez report indicated that there were several visitors from out of town here for the event that stayed in hotels. Of those who filled out the survey two were from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Link to full Gate City Report2017)

The August Financial was approved with a 5% increase in GRT per budget. City Treasurer Michael Ann Antonucci however cautioned commissioners that this is the time of the year that the GRT normally takes a dip. Antonucci noted that the lodger’s tax is doing well showing an increase over the last five years.  (Link to Financial Rpt Aug 2017)

Commissioners tabled the Capital Asset inventory agenda item waiting on additional information to finish the report. They then approved participation in the Tiger IX grant application that Colfax County will be this year’s applicant. The city’s match is $12,500.

Dan Campbell informed commissioners about the projects that the one cent gross receipts tax has accomplished over the years. The tax will sunset next year and Campbell is hoping to get the tax reimplemented to be used for upcoming projects. He also noted that if possible they would like to reduce the tax to 3/4 cent. The bonds that the 1-cent GRT helped pay off will be paid off in December 2018. (Link to Resolution 2017-48 Res 2017-48)

Scott Berry noted in his report that the Armory Board is hoping to have the results of the lead abatement at the armory by their next meeting in three months and will be able to turn over the building to the city. Berry was in attendance for the preconstruction meeting for the airport projects. The taxiway projects will begin in about 10 days and weather permitting will be done by the end of the year. He also noted that the health certificate is in for the community kitchen and they will now begin work on the grants to pay for equipment.

The city commission will meet again October 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the commission chambers and will be broadcast live on KRTN AM 1490.

In Loving Memory of Henry Willis Johnson

Henry Willis Johnson, 69, of passed away unexpectedly in Cummins Canyon on September 21, 2017 ,doing what he enjoyed

. Henry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Hubert Johnson. Henry is survived by his wife, Sue Johnson, his sisters Edna Mae Johnson, Alberta (John) Bender, and Nettie (Mike) Smith, son, Daniel (Nicole) Johnson, his daughter, Heather Johnson, grandson, Jeremiah Medina, and nieces, Jackie and Janelle Bender, Lydia Ratliff, his good pal Bill Keneda, and numerous other friends and relatives.

Henry was born in Trinidad and lived most of his life in  Forbes Canyon, what he termed ” God’s Country”.

JohnsonHenry Over his life, Henry worked in coal mines, on road construction, and as a diesel mechanic.

As a husband, dad, and friend he left a mark on many lives.

Henry was a longtime supporter of local 4-H activities.

He was fond of Shooting Sports and in lieu of any flowers, the family would request donations be sent to Las Animas County 4-H Shooting Sports  in care  Las Animas County Extension Office, 200  E. First St. First Floor, Trinidad, CO 81082.  in honor of his memory.

Private family interment will take place at the Johnson Family Cemetery.

Celebration of Life  and dinner will be held Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 1PM.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Samuel “Sam” A. Montoya

Samuel “Sam” A. Montoya, 82 of Trinidad Colorado passed away, Wednesday September 20, 2017. Sam was born March 31, 1935 in Trinidad Colorado. He married Anita Wallace in 1955 and served his country in the Air Force. Sam worked in the mining industry most of his career and retired in 1995. His passion was hunting and he was always either getting prepared for the hunting season or participating in a hunt. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them whenever he could. He also enjoyed fishing and anything related to the outdoors. Sam was a resident of Trinidad for his entire life and his ancestors have lived in the area for over 125 years.

MontoyaSSam is survived by his wife Anita of 62 years, by two sons, Joseph Montoya and his wife Angela of Springfield Virginia, and Samuel Montoya of Trinidad, Colorado: Two daughters, Eleanor Rael and her husband Carmel of Trinidad Colorado and Denise Montoya-Pimolwatana and her husband Chai of Middletown, Rhode Island, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Lawrence Montoya.

A viewing for friends of the family will be held at the Comi Chapel, 1804 E Main St, Trinidad, Co 81082 on Monday from 2:00PM to 6:00PM

Celebration of Life service will be held at Faith Christian Fellowship, 2608 Santa Fe Trail, Trinidad, CO 81082 at 4:00PM, Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Active pallbearers are John Martinez, Jose Garcia, David Aragon, Michael Montoya, Dennis Hollingsworth and Isaac Abeyta.

Cremation to follow with private inurnment at the Masonic Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.