Archive for: November 2017

In Loving Memory of Eleanor Beatrice Trujillo Sandoval

Eleanor Beatrice Trujillo Sandoval died peacefully on November 15, 2017 in Albuquerque NM. Beatrice was born on March 20, 1933 in Raton, NM, the daughter of Albert and Rebecca Trujillo. All of her siblings preceded her in death -brother Juvencio (Hobby) Trujillo, sisters – Mary Trujillo, Esther Ford, Damacia (Lala) Trujillo, Cora Gallegos, and Angie Romero. Also preceding her was her son Robert (Bob) Sandoval and special nephew David (Blue) Trujillo.
Eleanor worked at the hospital in Raton before her retirement and loved cooking for her friends and loved ones! Surviving are her sons Richard and Roger Don Sandoval and her daughter Carol (David) Grano, grandchildren – Robert (Amy) Lucero, Nathan Grano, Rikki Grano and David and Joe Martinez. Great grand-children – Isiah, Kayla, Dominic, Nathan Jr and Christopher Grano and Chloe and Joshua Lucero as well as numerous, nieces, nephews, and very special friends who will all greatly miss her!
Per her request there will be no services. Cremation will take place with final resting place to be determined. Thank you to Kindred Hospice for her care!

Luna Community College Issued “Show-Cause Order”

By Holly Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Luna Community College, of Las Vegas, New Mexico has been issued a “Show-Cause Order” by the Higher Learning commission Board of Trustees (HLC), on November 11,2017.

A “Show-Cause Order” is a procedural order that requires an institution to present its case to HLC as to why accreditation should not be withdrawn.  The HLC Board of Trustees issued the Show-Cause Order based on its finding of non-compliance following a HLC visit to Luna Community College back in June.

According to HLC public disclosure notice, HLC took the action because it determined that Luna

Community College does not meet HLC’s criteria for accreditation. The Show-Cause Order was taken because of concerns about the college’s institutional integrity and ethics, board autonomy, and effective leadership and collaboration.  HLC also has concerns about the institute’s resources.

According to the public disclosure notice the next step for the college is to file a report by February 1, 2018, providing evidence that it has addressed the issues that HLC is concerned about.  That will be followed by an on campus visit by HLC no later than March 2018, for further verification that the college has indeed addressed the issues in question.  Then in June 2018, the HLLC Board to Trustees will determine whether Luna Community College has demonstrated that it is in compliance with the Board’s Criteria for Accreditation and whether the Show-Cause Order can be removed.

The Higher Learning Commission Board was established in 1898 as one of six regional accreditors in the United States for degree granting post-secondary educational institutes. Luna Community College was granted accreditation on April 29, 1982.

In a press release provided by Luna Community College, Interim President, Ricky Serna stated that:   “We respect the Higher Learning Commission’s Show-Cause Order and we are working on a plan of action that will include: administration, faculty, staff, students and community members,” said Serna. “The immediate response from employees is that we will stand together to successfully overcome this challenge on behalf of the students we serve.”

For more information visit Luna Community College’s web page at www.luna.edu and by clicking on the HLC’s Mark of Affiliation at the bottom left of the home page or by searching for Luna Community College’s profile on Higher Learning Commission’s website www.hlcommission.org.

In Loving Memory of Claire Josephine Antoniato

Claire Josephine Antoniato, age 86, passed away at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home, on November 10, 2017.
She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 5, 1931, the daughter of Mary (LaCava) and Joseph DeFina.
AntoniatoJAs a devoted Catholic, she was a woman of conviction and faith and is now sharing eternity with the Angels.
Survivors include husband of 67 years, Pat Antoniato, Trinidad, CO, son John (Tammie) Antoniato, Aguilar, CO, daughter Marie (Vinny) Calluzzo, New York, several grandchildren and other relatives.
At her request. cremation and no services.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

Colfax County Sheriff’s Blotter Nov. 1st – Nov. 15th, 2017


  • Anisha Segura was arrested for Abandonment or Abuse of a Child, Aggravated Assault, Reckless Driving and two (2) counts of Criminal Trespass.
  • Jeffrey Garcia was arrested for a Bench Warrant and Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an Officer in Raton.
  • Christine Rivera was arrested for a Bench Warrant in Springer.
  • Katherine Ramirez was arrested for a Bench Warrant in Springer.
  • Ruby H. Dykes was arrested for a Bench Warrant in Springer.



  • Priscilla Gallegos was a victim of Larceny in Raton.


  • Gail Cooper was involved in an accident in Raton.
  • Kelly R. Vargas was involved in an accident in Colfax County.
  • Cecilia Esparza was involved in an accident in Raton.
  • Louis B. Vargas was involved in an accident in Colfax County.




Colfax County Sheriff’s Blotter Oct. 16th – Oct. 31st, 2017

• Jeffry Rivera was arrested for Harassment, Trespassing (After Requested to Leave by Lawful Custodian), and Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing in Raton.
• Patricia Mastrantoni was arrested on 2 Bench Warrants in Raton.
• Monica Estrada was arrested on a Bench Warrant in Springer.
• Adrian Duran was arrested for Battery in Raton.
• Jamison Call was arrested for a Bench Warrant in Springer.

• Sally A. Schwartz was a victim of Larceny and Criminal Damage to Property.
• Sacha Papulias was involved in an accident near Raton.
• Edwin Loeffel was involved in an accident near Raton.
• Chris R. Chavez was involved in an accident in Colfax County.
• Angelica Trujillo was involved in an accident near Raton.

Failure to Stop 2
No Insurance 1
No License 2
No Registration 1
Careless Driving 2

Speeding 10
Seat Belt 1
Tires 1
No Brake Lights 1
One way Roadway 1
Limitations on Braking 1

2017 3A State Football Brackets

2017 NMAA State Football Championships 3A

Drug Abuse Summit Starts Coordinated Efforts

The epidemic problem of illegal drugs and opioid and chemical abuse has impacted all areas and all levels of income in our country. The many facets of the problem were discussed as a full house packed into a meeting room of the Colfax County Building on Tuesday, November 14th.  Representatives of US Senators Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, Raton City and Colfax County law enforcement and elected officials, service providers, business owners and members of the media gathered to address and try to find common ground for the ever-growing problems associated with drug abuse and addiction.  All agreed their devastating effects on families and the community is approaching emergency levels and a solution must be sought.

Carol Bridge of the World Journal was the first to address the group. Bridge was the impetus for the gathering because after many interviews with separate agencies, she realized that most all of the resources and information for drugs were either going to Santa Fe or other providers outside of the community and that the only way we could find a solution was to do it ourselves.

Paul Jenkins of GrowRaton served as the facilitator and the community impacts listed were most all negative including multi-generational addiction, increased crime and violence, increased cost for medical service and the healthcare system in general, incarceration, insurance liability and a diminished work force. However, all was not negative, as those attending also reached some of their expectations as the lines of communication were opened and the resources now available.were identified, of which many in attendance were unaware.

It’s a complicated problem we face, from acceptance of abuse as “normal”, to lack of public awareness, lack of professional staff and facilities, even our isolated geographical location works against us.

The next step in the process was unclear, but it was clear from the number in attendance that the problem is recognized as a top priority and admitting you have a problem is the first step in solving it.

Any organization or agency that would like to be a part of the solution, please call 575-707-3782, or 970 568 6969.



In the Matter of the Change of Name of Adelecio Solano





No. D-809-CV-2014-00174


In the Matter of the Change of Name of

Adelecio Solano.







NOTICE:   That Adelecio Solano, Petitioner, has filed a Motion under NMRA Rule 1-060 B (6) to Correct Error in the Petition to Change Name and Order entered in this matter.  The Motion requests that the names “Indalesio Solano; Indalecio Solano, Andelecio Solano and Andalecio Solano” are one and the same person as Adelecio Solano.  The petition under NMSA, §40-8-1, requests that the Petitioner’s name be changed to Adelecio Solano; and that Indalesio Solano; Indalecio Solano, Andelecio Solano and Andalecio Solano” are one and the same person as Adelecio Solano.


The District Court will hear this matter at the Leon Karelitz, Colfax County District Courthouse in Raton, New Mexico.


Any person who has any objections must file such objection in the Colfax County District Court within fifteen (15) days of the last publication of said Notice.





/s/ Paul A. Kastler                                                                                                                 Paul A. Kastler, Attorney for the Petitioner

PO Box 130, 102 Park Ave., Raton, NM 87740

Telephone 575-445-1065

Facsimile 575-445-1055


Raton MainStreet Continues its Holiday Celebration

By Holly Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Raton MainStreet continues it Holiday Celebration tradition on Saturday, November 25th, with a Window Decorating contest, extended hours, Receipt Saver Program, Tree Lighting and Festival of Lights. This year the theme is “Christmas Around The World”.
The first event is the Window Decorating contest of the downtown businesses storefronts. Families, groups and organizations can adopt a downtown business to show their community pride and holiday spirit. If you are interested please call Raton MainStreet at 575-445-2052. The windows need to be decorated by Friday, November 24th.
The Receipt Saver Program kicks off on Saturday, November 25th. Shop at local businesses and save your receipts for all purchases during the promotion dates of November 24th through December 31st. For every $50.00 that is spent you will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win a great prize. There will be two opportunities to earn double and triple receipt values. For example: if the receipt is for $50.00 you will receive a double voucher making the receipt worth $100.00. To receive double points shop on Friday nights, November 24th through December 23rd, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Another way to receive double points is to listen to KRTN Radio for the Receipt Saver Business of the Day, then shop at that business, that day, and let them know that you heard their business announced on KRTN Radio. On Saturday, November 25th anyone shopping from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm will receive triple value. Receipts will be totaled by Raton MainStreet on January 4th.
Make sure to attend the Tree Lighting in Ripley Park at 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 25th. Then move over to Historic 1st Street for the Festival of Lights at 5:15 pm. Festival of Lights is a non-moving parade of floats decorated for the Christmas Holiday on Historic 1st Street between Rio Grande Ave. and Clark Ave. Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd best float. Street lights will be off from 5:15pm to 7:00pm. If you would like to participate complete the parade entry form from Raton MainStreet.

Raton City Commission Quickly Takes Care of Business

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

– Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening, Nov., 14th to work through a fairly short agenda with Mayor Mantz attending via phone.

Commissioners first item was the approval of the minutes and the approval of the Festival of Lights to be held on First Street November 25, shortly after the lighting of the City Christmas Tree at Ripley Park.

Commissioners then approved a traffic safety grant agreement with New Mexico Department of Transportation. The grant agreement covers the police department’s enforcement for 100 days and nights, DWI and seat belt enforcement. The grant is for $8,159.00 which Chief John Garcia noted is down from previous years.

Commissioners approved the MOA with the Shuler Restoration Committee to manage the Shuler through June 2018.

Commissioners held a public hearing for the gross receipts tax that goes to benefit the Raton Water Board. Dan Campbell, General Manager of Raton Water Works noted that the tax will be on the March 2018 ballot and is set to drop from the current rate on one cent to 3/4 of a cent. Campbell noted that the tax has been beneficial to Raton Water Department helping them with funds to upgrade the City’s water infrastructure including a $2.5 million dollar project to upgrade the waste water treatment plant.

Commissioners approved the reduction of the mileage reimbursement rate from 54 cents to 53.5 cents to match that of the IRS.

Commissioners approved budget adjustment #4 for Fiscal Year 2018. City Treasurer Michael Anne Antonucci noted that most of the adjustment are line item changes. One big note was a $35,000 private donation to the recreation center. (Link to the Budget Adjustment #4 FY18)

Commissioners approved to add the title of Interim City Clerk to Michael Anne Antonucci’s job duties.  Current City Clerk Tricia Mascarenas will be leaving her position for another job and she was commended by City Manager Scott Berry for her job performance during her tenure.  Desiree Trujillo and Robyn Osborn have been approved as Deputy Clerks for the March 2018 election.

City Manager Scott Berry noted that he attended an opioid forum today that was held at the County Building.

Construction at the Crews Field Municipal Airport is ongoing and should be mostly finished up by Saturday. Weather has been very favorable and kept the construction on time.

Berry and Campbell attended the waste water plant kickoff meeting and will begin the design phase soon. The $2.5 million project is being funded by a USDA grant with matching money from the one cent gross receipts tax designated to the water department.

Commissioners will meet again on November 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for their next regular meeting which will be broadcast on KRTN AM-1490.