Archive for: November 2017



December 7, 2017
10:00 am
Colfax County Airport at Angel Fire
Angel Fire, New Mexico
1 Call to Order

2 Approve Agenda

3 Organization of Committee

4 Approve Regular Meeting Minutes for October 5, 2017

5 Recognize Visitors and Guests

6 Public Comment

7 Old Business

a. Balloons Over Angel Fire Update
b. Charter Service Update
c. Security Lights
d. Budget Review

8 New Business
a. Discussion of Airport Options
b. Discussion of KAXX Publicity and Public Relations

9 Airport Managers Update

10 Update

11 Next Meeting – January 18, 2018

12 Adjourn

RHSs: FCCLA, NHS, and FFA Fundraise for Positively Pink Week

FCCLA, NHS, and FFA present the check to Jaime Esquibel for the money they raised during the 2017 RHS Positively Pink Week! The three organizations did fundraiser activities that enabled them to donate $1032.50 toward finding a cure for cancer. Jamie Esquibel will walk for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in San Diego, California, in November 2018.

Thank you to everyone who participated and made it such a success!


Front row LtoR: FCCLA President Halle Medina, Jaime Esquibel, and NHS Treasurer Sydni Silva.


NOTES from NOV 20, 2017 MEETING
 The application for the grant has to come from a 5-member steering committee and must have a local
government partner and partner with a 501-C3 (the Chamber is working to establish a 501-C3 in time for the
application deadline).
 Foundations that are seriously considering financial support for a project:
o Phillips Foundation
o NM Resiliency Alliance
o Ausherman Family foundation (Jim is a Trustee)
 Need to revisit Cimarron Strategic Plan
 Deadline for the application is January 31, 2018
a. Put the last photo up
b. Picnic tables, restrooms
c. Dog walking area
d. Trash cans
e. Directional signs (welding project)
f. Landscaping
g. Skate park
2. IMPROVE VILLAGE PARK; perhaps a large chair for people to take group/family pictures in.
7. IMPROVE BALLFIELDS IN WEST END OF TOWN; including grading, lighting, landscaping, backstops/dugouts,
bleachers, & facilities (bathroom, concession stand, dressing rooms, storage)
8. SKATE PARK – location to be determined
10. NEW VISITOR CENTER with parking and restrooms
 Monday, December 4, 2017 (narrow down possibilities)
 Monday, January 15, 2018 (make final decisions)
 Meet at Baptist Church at 5:15pm

Colfax County Board of Commissioners: Special Session



NOVEMBER 29, 2017



PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Colfax County Board of Commissioners will meet in Special Session on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., in the Commission Chambers, 3rd Floor, at the Colfax County Building, Raton, NM for the following:



  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve Agenda
  3. Recognize Visitors
  4. Closed Session Pursuant to NMSA 1978 Section 12-6-5(2009), Report of Audits-Accounting and Consulting Group
  5. Discuss/Action – Open Session, Report of Audits- Accounting and Consulting Group
  6. Adjourn


Done this 21st day of November, 2017

In Loving Memory of Angelina (Angie) Lizardy

Angelina (Angie) Lizardy, 72, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 20, 2017 in Aurora, CO after a brief battle with cancer.
She was born on March 6, 1945 in New Rochelle, NY to Joseph and Rose Cicione.
Angie graduated from Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, NY in 1963.
Mom (1)She worked in Manhattan for several years and traveled around the world with friends.
In 1976, she married Edward Lizardy; and they relocated to Trinidad, CO in 1979.
Angie received an Associate Degree in Business Accounting from Trinidad State Junior College in 1996 and worked there until her retirement.
She was an avid gardener and enjoyed spending time with friends and family in her Bear Canyon home near Ludlow.
Angie is survived by her loving partner of 23 years, Terry Forbes of Trinidad, children Robert (BJ) Lizardy and Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, son-in-law Ali Hajbi, brother and sister-in-law Vincent and Ann Cicione, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 2:00pm to 6:00pm Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Comi Funeral Home
Funeral service will be 10:00am Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Comi Funeral Home Chapel.. Burial service will be held privately.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Chad Keeth

Chad Keeth, age 37, died on Friday, November 25, 2017, in Amarillo, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Rev. Kenneth W. Tidmore, pastor and Terrell Jones, pastor of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Clayton officiating. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery in Clayton, New Mexico by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.
KeethChadChad Keeth was born on December 4, 1979 in Clayton, New Mexico to Randy Keeth and Brownell (Birdwell) Keeth. He graduated from Clayton High School in 1999. Chad attended Cross Creek K9 Training Academy in South Carolina in 2003 where he became a Master K9 Trainer. He married Amaris (Sanchez) Keeth on December 27, 2003. His daughter Brandy who he refereed to as his angel, his wife and all his family were very important to him. He loved his family and he loved to make people laugh. Chad was very talented and was very good at everything that he did and he was very artistic and creative. He enjoyed helping people and had a very good heart and loved the Lord. Chad owned and operated Keeth Trusty K9 Training Academy where he trained search and rescue dogs, drug dogs, Cadaver Searching dogs, protection dogs and many others, he always enjoyed the challenge of training dogs that others believed were unable to train. Chad was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather; Vaughn Howard Keeth on February 4, 2015, maternal grandfather; Brownie Birdwell on April 29, 1999, maternal grandmother; Mary Birdwell on February 20, 2015, his aunt; Shirley Birdwell Smith on September 5, 1984 and by a cousin Brandon Keeth in 2005.


WIFE: Amaris Keeth of Clayton, New Mexico.

DAUGHTER: Brandy Keeth of Clayton, New Mexico.

PARENTS: Randy and Brownell Keeth of Clayton, New Mexico.

SISTER: Jerra Riley and her husband Solon of Clayton, New Mexico.

BROTHER: Justin Keeth and his wife Lynette of Clayton, New Mexico.

PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS: Joy and I.C. Thomas of Whitney, Texas and Mary Lou Keeth of Clayton, New Mexico.

4 NIECES & NEPHEWS: Shailee Keeth, Cole Keeth, Braelynn Riley and Creed Riley.

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Chad’s Memory to a college fund for his daughter Brandy in care of the Farmers and Stockmans Bank in Clayton.

Funeral Service
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
10:00 AM

First United Methodist Church
200 N. Fifth Ave
Clayton, NM 88415

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In Loving Memory of LaVerna Lee (Happy) Towndrow

After a brief stay at MCMC in Raton, NM, the Lord wrapped His arms around LaVerna Lee (Happy) Towndrow and took her home on Friday, November 17, 2017 after 99 years, 10 months and 23 days on this earth.

TowndrowLLaVerna was born December 26, 1917 to Montgomery Conrad and Beulah Mae (Rankin) Happy in Kansas City, Kansas. She graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1936. LaVerna met the love of her life, Robert Towndrow, on the Johnson Mesa while visiting family. They were married on November 20, 1938 and celebrated 73 years together before Robert passed away on June 3, 2012. After several years of living on Johnson Mesa, LaVerna and Robert moved to Kansas City where LaVerna worked for Woolf Brothers Department Store until 1974. Robert and LaVerna then moved to Raton to be closer to Robert’s family. In Raton, she worked for 1st National Bank and Sunwest Bank until 1988.

LaVerna was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Naomi Ruth Happy and Beatrice Weiser; husband, Robert Towndrow; son, Robert Arthur Towndrow and grandson, Lee Montgomery Towndrow. She is survived by her son, Ron (Mikalene) Towndrow, Raton, NM; grandchildren, Kevin (Lisa) Towndrow, Raton, NM; Kim (Brad) Atwater, Folsom, NM; Chad Towndrow, Kansas City, KS; Doug Towndrow, Kansas City, KS; great-grandchildren, Robert “Bobby” (fiancé Frances) Towndrow, Honolulu, HI; Kelsey (Colton) Milson, Ft. Bragg, NC; Amber (Warren) Smith, Roswell, NM; Brandy (Chris) Schear, Rio Rancho, NM; Jamie (Chris) Moehring, Folsom, NM; James “Tremor” (Jessica) Atwater, Canyon, TX; Jace Towndrow, Kansas City, KS; great-great-grandchildren, Jadyn, Kianna, Jadeveon and Kai Smith; Braeden, Adley and Lainey Schear; Tucker and Hunter Moehring. LaVerna is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the amazing staff at Hope’s Senior Care where LaVerna spent the last year of her life.

Per her request, Viewing will be Tuesday, November 21st from 4 – 6 at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton. Graveside services will be Wednesday, November 22nd at 2:00 pm at Fairmont Cemetery in Raton.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association at www.mda.org in memory of LaVerna and Lee Montgomery Towndrow.

In Loving Memory of Walter Lee Just

Walter Lee Just, age 84, passed away at St. Mary Corwin Hospital on November 17, 2017.
He was born in Denver, Colorado to Hazel Marie (Hirt) and Walter Carl Just.
On June 27, 1959, Lee was united in marriage to Alberta Ann Blasi t Mt. Carmel Church in Trinidad, Colorado.
JustLee served his country in the United States Army.
He was a land surveyor for most of his career.
Lee was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He was a wonderful Grandfather and idolized his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are parents Hazel and Walter Just, and wife Alberta Just.
Survivors are son Bob (Tara) Just, Trinidad, grandchildren, Jamilee Just, Joey Just, sisters Donna (Bob) Stadler, Montrose, CO, Phyllis (Albert) Blasi, Hoehne, CO,
sisters and brothers in law, Kathleen (Bruce) Bowie, Colorado Springs, CO, Pat (Bob) Abel, Westminster, CO, Joan (Jim) Sciacca, Westminster, CO, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Services will be Monday, November 27, 2017 with Rosary at 9AM at the Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.
Inurnment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with graveside services conducted by Ft. Carson Honor Guard.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Ruben T. Trujillo

Ruben T. Trujillo, age 73, passed away from unknown causes on November 12, 2017, in Raton, New Mexico. He was born January 27, 1944 in Farley, NM, to the late Endelesia Salas and Jose Pablo Trujillo. He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant brothers (Willie and Ernie), and sisters truijilloEurelia Trujillo, Margaret (Maggie) Marquez, Felonise (Faye) and her husband Donaciano Leyba, and Beatrice (Betty) and her husband Celso Baca. He is survived by two sisters, Alice Trujillo of Des Moines and Mary (late husband, Miguel Baca) of Raton, and two brothers, Steve Trujillo (and wife, Rosella) of Raton, and Joe Trujillo (late wife, Nora Marquez) of Dalhart, Texas. He also leaves his niece, Diane Walker, of Albuquerque, great-niece Christina Dragon, of Washington, DC, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Ruben was a lifetime resident of Des Moines, and dedicated his life to working for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. He loved working on the railroad, “fixing” his cars, and helping people. The family appreciates the care and services of Tom and Jan Pryor of Des Moines, and the staff at Raton Nursing and Rehab Center. There will be no services at his request. Condolences for the family can be addressed to the Trujillo Family, PO Box 72, Des Moines, NM 88418. Funeral Arrangements for Ruben T. Trujillo are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.