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Vasari LLC files Bankruptcy (Owner of Local Dairy Queen)

At this time the Raton Dairy Queen remains open for business.

By Holly Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The Raton economy may take another hit as the parent company of the local Dairy Queen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, in Fort Worth, TX, on Monday, October 30, 2017.

Vasari LLC, of Irving, TX, a Dairy Queen franchisee, owns/operates approximately 70 locations in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma according to court records from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. As of Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 22 store locations have already been closed. The franchisee also owns the store in Clayton but it has not been closed or shows up on a list of those to be closed.
Vasari LLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Chapter 11 allows for a business to reorganize its debts and includes a plan to pay its creditors over time, while keeping its business alive.


At this time the Raton Dairy Queen remains open for business.

The following statement was provided by Vasari LLC.


IRVING, Texas, Oct. 30, 2017 – Vasari LLC, a Dairy Queen franchisee based in Texas, filed today for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Under the Chapter 11 protection, the franchisee will restructure the company to close a significant number of underperforming restaurants by the end of the year, resulting in a smaller but financially stronger company with approximately 45 remaining restaurants in growing markets.
For continuously updated information on closures and the restructuring, visit donlinrecano.com/vasari.
“This decision was based solely on what’s best to have a healthy company and ensure the long-term success of our core restaurants for our customers, employees and other stakeholders,” said William (Bill) Spae, president and CEO of Vasari. “Given the support we have from our primary stakeholders toward a consensual plan of reorganization, we believe this process should have minimal impact on our customers and employees at the remaining restaurants.”
The restructuring allows the company to protect approximately 700 jobs at its remaining restaurants. Employees at affected locations are being paid in full for time worked, and both human resources and area operations managers are available during crew members’ transition. Vendors, customers or others with questions may direct them to Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc at (212) 771-1128 or vasariinfo@donlinrecano.com.
In the coming years, Vasari plans to modernize and improve facilities in its remaining restaurants.

The following is a preliminary list of stores to be liquidated according to a motion to retain an auctioneer

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1 Hobbs 220 West Bender Boulevard Hobbs New Mexico 88240
2 Raton 1630 Cedar Street Raton New Mexico 87740
3 Clinton 720 West Gary Boulevard Clinton Oklahoma 73601
4 Admiral 7819 East Admiral Place Admiral Oklahoma 74115
5 Owasso 9495 North Owasso Expressway Owasso Oklahoma 74055
6 Crosbyton 303 West Main Street Crosbyton Texas 79322
7 Denver City 500 West Broadway Denver City Texas 79323
8 Idalou 108 West 1st Street Idalou Texas 79329
9 Lockney 217 South Main Street, Lockney, TX 79241 Lockney Texas
10 Merkel 1107 North 7th Street Merkel Texas 79536
11 Post 601 North Broadway Post Texas 79356
12 Seagraves 1005 Railroad Seagraves Texas 79359
13 Clarendon 603 West 2nd Street Clarendon Texas 79226
14 Claude 298 West 1st Street Claude Texas 79017
15 Coleman 2000 South Commercial Avenue Coleman Texas 76834
16 Perryton 1014 South Main Street Perryton Texas 79070
17 Shamrock 1243 North Main Street Shamrock Texas 79079
18 Wellington 1010 Houston Street Wellington Texas 79095
19 Dalhart 215 Oak Avenue Dalhart Texas 79022
20 Dumas 224 S. Dumas Avenue Dumas Texas 79029
21 Gruver 200 Main Street Gruver Texas 79039
22 Haskell 211 North 1st Street, Haskell, TX 79521-5904 Haskell Texas 79521
23 Stratford 502 East Texas Avenue Stratford Texas 79084
24 Cedar Hill 303 West Copper Street Cedar Hill Texas 75104
25 Carrollton 3488 East Rosemead Parkway Carrollton Texas 75007
26 Waco 125 LaSalle Waco Texas 76706
27 San Augustine 1010 Nacogdoches Highway San Augustine Texas 75972
28 Conroe 1612 North Frazier Street Conroe Texas 77301
29 Giddings 977 East Austin Street Giddings Texas 78942

In Loving Memory of Lily M. Martinez

Lily M. Martinez, age 95, passed away at home on October 28, 2017.
She was born in Engleville, Colorado on February 28, 1922, the daughter of Frances (Dominguez) and Caytano Garcia.
Lily was employed at the Trinidad State Nursing Home for 32 years until her retirement.
Lilly MartinezShe was a member of the Sociedad de Nuestra de Guadalupe and the Senior Citizen Center.
She enjoyed watching movies. She also liked to cook.
Lily was an avid Denver Broncos Fan She loved John Elway . She was faithful, watching every game and even attending them, cheering her beloved team on.
Lily will be missed by those lives she touched.
Preceding her in death are parents, Frances and Caytano Garcia, husbands Irving Henry Ling, John A. Martinez, infant daughter Carol Ann Martinez, daughter Eileen Linker, son Aaron Martinez, granddaughters Juanita Helen Linker and Rachel Linker, brothers Toby Dominguez, Eddie, Alex, Willie, Samuel, Wilfred and Sam Garcia.
Survivors are her children, Anita R. Kahn, home address, Larry (Sharon) Ling, Parker, CO, Iris Martinez, , Denver, Gloria Olson, Az, Elizabeth (Todd) Gibson, Denver, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be Thursday, November 2, 2017 a 10AM at Holy Trinity Church,
Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Barbara Jo (Bobby Jo) Tieetjen Randles

Barbara Jo (Bobby Jo) Tieetjen Randles, 71, went to heaven on October 26th, 2017 at her home in Springer, New Mexico after a tough battle with cancer.

randlesbBobby Jo was born on November 6, 1945 to Wesley and Melva Tietjen in Bluewater, New Mexico. She owned her own business, Randles Bookkeeping and Tax Service, through which she gained many friendships. Her love was her grandkids, helping people and quilting. She loved music and encouraged her kids and grandkids to take up music and loved to hear her son and grandsons play. Bobby Jo was known for her witty personality, giving heart and never ending strength.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Melva Tietjen, and three sisters, Lavern Carver, Louis Alexander and Jennie Lou Tietjen.

She is survived by her husband, Monte Randles; son, Wesley Randles and his wife Leslie of Moscow, KS; daughter, Lawana Whitten and her husband Butch of Cimarron, NM; daughter, Daelena Potter and her husband Robert of Cimarron, NM; eight precious grandkids, Clay and Frauka Randles, Brandi Whitten, Bubba Whitten, Cayden Potter, Rylen Potter and Tyen Potter; brother, Ted Tietjen of Jarales, NM and brother, Ned Tietjen and his wife Janet of Capitan, NM; numerous nephews and nieces of whom she dearly loved.

Services will be Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Dan Harkness officiating. Burial will be in the Springer Cemetery in Springer, NM.

If desired, please make contributions to Children’s Christian Home in Portales.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Barbara Jo (Bobby Jo) Tietjen Randles are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

Tigers Squeak By Wolverines in Defensive Game

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

The Raton Tigers took to the road once again for their final regular season game on Friday, October 27, making the long trek to the east central New Mexico community of Texico to play their district opponent, the Wolverines. The road back home after the game was not quite as long as the Tigers capped great season with a 20-12 victory to push their record to an impressive 8-2.

The Tigers took the opening kickoff but went three and out, then held the Wolverines to six plays and forced them to turn the ball over on downs. Raton then put together an 11-play drive from deep in Raton territory to go the distance for six and end it on a 15-yard pass to Nathaniel Tarbox with 1:27 left in the 1st quarter.  Aden Vanderwater’s PAT is good to make it a 7-0 ball game.

Texico then returns the favor with a 68-yard drive ending in a 33-yard pass play to Cayd Bilbrey from Brayden Wines for six. The PAT is no good and leaves it 7-6.  Raton gets yardage on a 42-yard pass play to Tarbox but two plays later the Wolverines Brayden Wines intercepts a Dustin Segura pass and takes over on the 24-yard line.

Unable to move the ball, Texico is forced to punt where Ismael Tafoya finds the blocking wall and takes it 49 yards to the Wolverine 5-yardline.  A holding call puts it back to the 15, and although Raton manages to get back to the eight, they are unable to get it over the goal line and turn it over on downs at the 8-yardline.

The Wolverines trying for a big play, fail and are forced to punt the ball away. Tafoya takes the ball to the Wolverine 33 with only 2:20 on the 2nd quarter clock. Raton puts gets a break with a pass interference penalty and gets the ball at the 9-yardline. Two plays later its Richie Acevedo on the pitch out for a five-yard TD run for another six. Vanderwater makes it 14-6 with 1:04 left in the half.

The Wolverines take the second half kickoff to the 30 and go three and out and a short punt gives Raton the ball at the Texico 49. Unable to move the ball the Tigers turn it over on downs at the 38 yardline.  The remainder of the third period went back and forth with neither team able to move the ball. Raton suffered from penalties while Texico suffered from sacks that cost both teams yardage in the quarter.

Fourth quarter action sees Raton take over and drive the ball 97 yards to pay dirt with the help of a 34 yard Tarbox run and a 29-yard pass play to Gabe Martinez. Raton finished it with a 14-yard run by quarterback Aden Vanderwater for the six. The 2-point conversion fails with a bad snap and leaves it 20-6 with about 9:00 left on the clock.

Texico again puts together a 51-yard 13-play drive for six. Texico ends it with a 14-yard pass play to Craig Ray. The 2-point conversion fails leaving it 20-12 with 6:05 left in the game.

Nathaniel Tarbox gets a great punt and pins the Wolverines at their five yardline where the Tigers put the brakes on the Wolverines offense and force the turnover on downs at the Texico 18 yardline with 1:48 on the clock.

Raton runs three plays with three fumbles with the last fumble being recovered by Texico at the 10-yardline to end the Tigers chance at another TD. Texico now has 90 yards to go with less than 20 seconds on the clock. The Raton defense does the job and ends the game 20-12.

Raton now sits second in the district at 3-1 behind Santa Rosa who is 3-0 and will play Clayton next week. Raton has a by week this week to end the regular season of play. The playoff schedule and brackets will be determined following next week’s games.

 

Tough Match for Lady Tigers Thursday

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The district title was on the line for the Lady Tigers Thursday evening as they hosted the Desert Academy Lady Wildcats but after five games the district title was still in limbo and will be determined Monday evening probably in Las Vegas at a neutral site.

The JV faired a bit better than the varsity Thursday evening but it took them three games to pull out the win. Raton took the first game very handily but lost the second game after Desert Academy took the lead after several ties. Raton finished off the tie breaker by taking the lead after the game was tied up to six. After that Raton took the lead and pulled it out for the win.

JV

Desert Academy   7  25    9

Raton                  25  19  15

Ginger Baird tips one back over the net during the JV match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

Ginger Baird tips one back over the net during the JV match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

The varsity girls looking for a win to clinch the district title fell short in the first game as they simply couldn’t get things to gel and fell behind early on in game one. The ladies had trouble at the net as well with several blocks falling to the Lady Tiger side of the floor and missed spikes. Game two was a bit better as the Lady Tigers kept it close with the ballgame being tied several times before Raton pulled out the squeaker.

Game three found the Lady Wildcats wonder what happened as Raton took the early lead and simply powered through the game. This time it was Raton’s turn to get the spikes through the blocks to find the holes and send the blocked balls back over. Game four was a repeat of game three with the Lady Tigers taking an early lead and holding off the Lady Wildcats with strong play at the net. The back ladies made the passes to get it up front for the setters to set it up.

With the match tied at 2-2 it came down to the tie breaker. Raton started out the scoring but quickly fell behind by five. Wait what’s this? The Lady Tigers found a rhythm and began scoring against the Lady Wildcats and came to within one at 13-12. The crowd came alive with many of the Raton football boys leading the cheers but to no avail as the Lady Wildcats held on to win the tie breaker 15-13.

The district meeting will be held in Pecos on Sunday October 29, to determine the district playoff schedule. Raton will meet Desert Academy again on Monday October 30, to determine the district title. The winner of that match will host the district championship match probably on Friday.

Varsity

Desert Academy  25  25  13  18  15

Raton                   16  22  25  25  13

Jadyn Walton heads to the floor to get the ball but just cant get under it during the match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

Jadyn Walton heads to the floor to get the ball but just cant get under it during the match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

 

Camryn Mileta slams one over the net as Natalie Nathanson goes up for the block, a scene that played out several times during the 5 game match with Desert Academy Thursday evening.

Camryn Mileta slams one over the net as Natalie Nathanson goes up for the block, a scene that played out several times during the 5 game match with Desert Academy Thursday evening.

 

Natalie Nathanson gets the block on the spike from Kerrigan Weese Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

Natalie Nathanson gets the block on the spike from Kerrigan Weese Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

 

Michaela Glinsky stuffs the Autumn Archuleta spike back over the net, a problem the Lady Tigers ran into several times during the match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

Michaela Glinsky stuffs the Autumn Archuleta spike back over the net, a problem the Lady Tigers ran into several times during the match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

 

Kerrigan Weese and Natalie Nathanson meet at the net as Weese's ball gets tipped back at her during the Match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

Kerrigan Weese and Natalie Nathanson meet at the net as Weese’s ball gets tipped back at her during the Match with Desert Academy Thursday evening in Tiger Gym.

 

Autumn Archuleta spikes the ball over the net with no opposition, a rarity during the district match Thursday evening.

Autumn Archuleta spikes the ball over the net with no opposition, a rarity during the district match Thursday evening.

 

Michaela Glinsky gets a hand on the ball from Autumn Archuleta, this one flies off to the right.

Michaela Glinsky gets a hand on the ball from Autumn Archuleta, this one flies off to the right.

Cutthroat trout featured on new license plate

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact: Information Center (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 25, 2017:

Cutthroat trout featured on new license plate

Cutthroat license plate

SANTA FE – A new Share with Wildlife program license plate available to the public features a Rio Grande cutthroat trout, New Mexico’s state fish.

“Anglers and everyone who enjoys our state’s fish and aquatic habitats will love this new license plate,” said Ginny Seamster, program coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “And it’s all for a good cause, conserving wildlife.”

Since 1981 the Share with Wildlife program has funded wildlife research, habitat enhancement, education and rehabilitation projects around the state. Many of these projects benefit nongame species in need of conservation.

The program relies upon donations, including the purchase of special license plates from the state Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). Initial cost for the plate is $27, with $15 going to the Share with Wildlife Program. The program also receives $10 of the annual $12 plate renewal fee. To order the new plate, please visit the department’s website at www.wildlife.state.nm.us/share to download the order form used to purchase the plate from MVD. The plate only can be purchased through regular mail.

Additional donations can be made to the program by earmarking a portion of your state income tax refund. Just check off the box on your income tax form. Donors also can contribute through the department’s online licensing system at https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/. All donations fund projects, not program administration.

For more information about the program, contact Ginny Seamster at (505) 476-8111 or  virginia.seamster@state.nm.us.

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In Loving Memory of Ralph G. Trujillo

Ralph G. Trujillo age 73 of Raton, passed away Saturday October 21, 2017 in Raton. He was born May 16, 1944 in Raton. Ralph had worked in maintenance for the Count Court for over 20 years. And was a member of St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton.

trujillo,gilbertHe is preceded in death by a daughter, Beatrice Trujillo Ralph is survived by his wife Marryann Trujillo of the home, daughters, Sherley Huge, Rosanna Ford, sons Jeremy Trujillo, Chris Trujillo, Terry Mae and three stepdaughters and three step-sons also survive, one sister, Maria Angelina Albo. And numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday October 26, 2017 from 4:oo P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Friday October 27, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette, Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:30 with Father William Woytavich as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Ralph G. Trujillo are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Charlotte L. Hennigan

Charlotte Hennigan, 82
Charlotte Louise Hennigan, passed away peacefully on October 12th, 2017, at her home in Raton, NM, surrounded by family. Charlotte was a wonderful mother and grandmother, excellent horsewoman, and outstanding cook. She was kind to all she met and had a huge heart.
Charlotte was born January 10th, 1935 in Las Vegas, NM to Rudolph and Sophie Johnson. She spent her formative years in the ranching area of Vaughn and Santa Rosa, NM. There, she found her love of horses and the ranch life. She was a high school rodeo queen and enjoyed life to its fullest. She had a giving heart from a young age, demonstrated by helping raise her oldest brother’s triplets and their sibling, while still in high school and thereafter.
henniganIn 1953, Charlotte married Jim Hennigan of Raton, NM. The two settled on the Hennigan family ranch near Kiowa, NM, where she gave birth to her three children. The family lived and worked on ranches across New Mexico and Nevada. She was a natural with horses, becoming well known for her horsemanship throughout the area. The couple spent a lot of time following their children on the rodeo circuit and Charlotte also participated in horse shows and rodeos herself.
After Jim’s passing, Charlotte met Ray Schuppan and the two were married on April 3rd, 2003. The two enjoyed collecting bits, saddles, spurs and other western memorabilia and were regulars on those circuits. In 2009, they were inducted into the National Bit, Spur, and Saddle Collectors Association (NBSSCA). The couple enjoyed their quiet evenings with a good steak and a toddy, watching wildlife, and visiting with family and friends. She looked forward to weekly visits to her hairdresser, Karen, and from her caring hospice providers, especially Robin, Sandy, and Connie. Charlotte was always a thoughtful person, never missing anyone’s birthday and always sending her love in a birthday card.
Charlotte is survived by her sister-in law Mary Gayle (Bill) Baker, children, Norman (Rose) Hennigan, Sharla (Steve) Kirkman, Debbie (Wes) Floyd, Brad (Darla) Schuppan, Becky (Pat) Havely, and Robyn Schuppan, her grandchildren, Alisa, Brian, J.J., Tara, and Katy, as well as numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first loving husband Jim Hennigan, her second loving husband Ray Schuppan, her parents Rudolph and Sophie Johnson, two brothers Jack and Jimmie, sister Peggy, brother-in-law Norman Hennigan, and sister-in-law Alta Kehoe.
There will be a visitation from 4:00 – 6:00 P.M on Thursday, October 19th at Yaksich-Long funeral home. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on October 20th at Yaksich-Long funeral home, followed by burial at the Hennigan family cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Evergreen Cemetery of Santa Rosa, NM or to a charity of your choice.
We would like to thank Robin, our hospice providers and all those who made it possible for her remaining days to be spent at home, in peace, and surrounded by loved ones.

In Loving Memory of Virginia Jo Jones

Virginia Jo Jones was a bright and beautiful spirit, a loyal friend, and a loving mother who relished in the happiness and successes of her children, family, and friends.

Jo was smart, and ahead of her time in many ways. She graduated from high school 2 years early after having skipped both the 2nd and the 4th grade. At the age of 16 she began college at North Texas State College, majoring in music and was nominated for Yucca Queen that first year. The love of music and singing was a constant throughout her entire life, and we would find her softly singing from time to time right up until her passing.

Jones, Virgina (2)She had been singing a long time. In middle school and throughout high school she would take public transportation by herself into downtown Dallas for voice lessons with money for the bus and enough left over for lunch at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. If she had to change buses, she just ask the bus drivers where to go. It was a kinder, gentler time.

With the loving guidance of Arthur Ewalt, her Father, and a single parent in the 1930’s, Jo took easily to running her own show at an early age. The courage and independence she gained during her early years served her well, as she experienced many physical challenges later in her life including blindness.

Her favorite poem was Invictus by William Ernest Henley. She quoted the last two lines many times echoing her belief…”I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”

Jo was well spoken, and could write beautifully. Throughout her working career she was a great asset to her employers and later to the family business, Zeke’s Inc. in Raton, New Mexico. She instilled a love of music, art, literature, foreign languages, and a continuance of lifelong learning in her children for which they are ever grateful.

Born in Dallas, Texas to Stella Sanderson and Arthur Ewalt on October 30, 1929. Jo transitioned to be with our Creator on Oct. 4, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66yrs, Roy Cecil Jones.

She is survived by a daughter, Janis Jones Loverin (Richard) of Ruidoso, N.M., and a son, Jerry Lyle Jones (Debbi) of Rio Rancho, N.M. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Brie Sherwin (Rob) of Lubbock, TX, Heather Simpson (Sean) of Ruidoso, N.M., Jessica Jones of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Matthew Jones Fernandez of El Paso, TX. Her great grandchildren are Mia Simpson, daughter of Heather and Sean Simpson, and Aubrey Jones, daughter of Jessica Jones.

Jo was fun-loving and a loyal friend. She was a good listener in a time when they are scarce. She was and is loved greatly, and by many.

Raton City Commission Adopts Solid Waste Ordinance

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening, October 24th, in regular session to deal with a lengthy agenda that included adoption of the new solid waste ordinance and the introduction of the ordinance for the continuation of the one cent Gross Receipts Tax for Raton Water Works.

Commissioners first big item on the agenda was a public hearing for the new Solid Waste Ordinance. Once again no one came forward to comment on the ordinance and so it was adopted. Berry did note that dumping of appliances and furniture will now be illegal and noted that it is free for city residents to take those items to the transfer station and that it will take everyone in the city to help keep it clean.

Commissioners approved a solid waste rate hike for construction and demolition waste and tires. Rates for tire disposal will now cost $5.00 a tire with truck tires at $12.00. C&D waste will go up to $70.00 per ton for city residents and $75.00 a ton non-residents. Jason Phillips noted that as of 2015 the city has disposed of 38,733 car tires and 610 semi-truck tires at a cost of $60,997 to the city.  (Link to the Solid Waste Rates)

Commissioners approved a renewal of the MOU between Raton Fire and Emergency Services and Maxwell Fire Department.

City Treasurer Michael Ann Antonucci gave the first quarter financial report which included the good news that the GRT continues to show an increase at 3.3% year to date per budget. That’s an increase of $89,374.10. Antonucci also presented budget adjustment #3 for fiscal year 2018. The budget adjustments included several transfers for the Fire Department and capitol funds transfers for the airport construction projects. Commissioners also approved the application to purchase three police vehicles using Law Enforcement funds through the New Mexico Finance Authority. (Link to the 1st Qtr Financial Report)  (Link to the Budget Adjustment#3)

Commissioners approved the Juvenile Justice grant application for FY19. Danielle Archuleta noted that they are asking for an increase in funding from Children Youth and Families Department because of an increase in the number of clients they handle in Colfax and Union Counties. These requests are required to go through the city commission as Raton acts as the fiscal agent for the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. The MOU with the advisory committee was also approved.

Commissioners approved an amendment to the contract with Express Aviation as Fixed Base Operator at Crews Field Airport. The amendment asked that Express Aviation will be the only vendor for fuel. The agreement will be good through 2028.

The city of Raton will continue to be a member in the North Central Economic Development District and City Manager Scott Berry and Public Works Director Jason Phillips were named voting members to the Northeast Regional Transportation Planning and Organizing committee.

Commissioners approved an amendment to the grant for the reconstruction of Taxiway A at the municipal airport. The amendment is asking the state aviation to increase their funding from $33,334 to $38,978. They then approved an amendment for Taxiway D construction due to problems with subgrade soils being water logged after many inches of rainfall. The change order is for $40,000.

Commissioners approved the introduction of an ordinance that will allow the voters to determine the fate of the one cent gross receipts tax that the water board has used for capital improvement projects. Water Department Manager Dan Campbell told commissioners that the tax will soon expire but if residents don’t renew it, it could mean water rate increases to cover the loss of the tax. This is a first step in a long process that will ask voters to put the question on the March ballot. (Link to the 1-cent Water Board GRT Ordinance)

City Manager Berry noted in his report that the construction at the airport should be done by the end of November. He also noted they had a trial run of the new digital projection equipment at the Shuler this last weekend and that they are expecting a grand opening November 3, 2017 with the movie “Thor”.

With that commissioners moved to enter an executive session to discuss litigation over the landfill. The lawsuit has been brought by Mark and Lori Van Buskirk. Commissioners will then come back into open session and deliberate and act on allowing the city manager to attend mediation on behalf of the city.

Commissioners will meet again on November 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for their next regular meeting.  the meeting will be broadcast on KRTN AM-1490.

 

Jami Esquivel accepted the proclamation for breast cancer awareness month from Mayor Sandra Mantz

Jami Esquivel accepted the proclamation for breast cancer awareness month from Mayor Sandra Mantz. (Link to the Proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

 

Baylor Walton and Montan Martinez were on hand to accept the proclamation from Commissioner Ron Chavez for their efforts at the state track meet last spring where they not only won their races, they set new school speed records.

Baylor Walton and Montan Martinez were on hand to accept the proclamation from Commissioner Ron Chavez for their efforts at the state track meet last spring where they not only won their races, they set new school speed records.  (Link to the state track champs 2017 proclamation)

 

Coach Justin Milano, Alina Pillmore, Regan Snow, Baylor Walton, Montana Martinez, Estrella Vargas, Coach Brock Walton and proud mom Ashley Walton were on hand Friday night to accept the proclamation for the girls state wins.

Coach Justin Milano, Alina Pillmore, Regan Snow, Baylor Walton, Montana Martinez, Estrella Vargas, Coach Brock Walton and proud mom Ashley Walton were on hand Friday night to accept the proclamation for the girls state wins.