Archive for: January 2018

Commissioners Hear Shuler Report and Strategic Plan Tuesday Evening

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Raton City Commissioners spent the better part of their regular meeting Tuesday evening hearing from Retha Shiplet and the city’s department heads about the strategic plan for the city that was developed over the last few months.


Billy Donati with the Shuler Restoration Committee reported to the commission that after a couple of minor bugs that things at the Shuler are going quite well with the new digital film equipment. According to Kerry Medina with the El Raton Theater they have seen an increase of 40% in movie going attendance. The purpose for the digital equipment was to help the El Raton compete for first run movies by providing them with a second screen.


City Manager Scott Berry then introduced the commission to the 2018 City of Raton Strategic Action Plan that began in March of 2017. The plan outlines seven focus areas for the city which include 1. Strong and Effective Strategic Partnerships. The other focus points are 2. Youth Development, Entrepreneurship, New Generation, 3. Family Friendly Community 4. Enhance Economic Vitality with Innovative Approaches, 5. Ensure Vital Resources, Safe and Attractive Neighborhoods, 6. Position the City for the Future and 7. Operational Excellence.


The plan outlines processes and goals to accomplish these seven focus points. The report then goes on to outline what the different departments goals are and how they intend to accomplish those goals. Commissioners then adopted the plan and will be looking forward to hearing how the different departments achieve their goals.


Commissioners approved the agreement between Engineering Analytics and the city for engineering services. Karen Sterns told commissioners that most all the work they have done for the city was done out of the Raton office on the various projects around town. Some geophysical work was done out of the Ft Collins office where they have that expertise.


Commissioners approved a resolution supporting the Raton Chamber’s efforts to collect signatures on petitions for keeping the local K-Mart open. The chamber plans to present Sears Holding with the petition and many letters of support in an effort to change their minds about closing the local store.


Commissioners approved the extension of the contract with the Raton Country Club to manage the city’s liquor license for special events.


The Lodger’s Tax Board recommended that the commission approve $878.39 for the Chamber to send the tourism coordinator to the 2018 Trends NMHA Conference in Santa Fe January 29th and 30th.  $215 for the Chamber to purchase literature bags for tourist who come into the visitor’s center.  They also recommended that a full-page ad be purchased in the New Mexico Vacation Directory for $2920. Commissioners approved all three recommendations with Mayor Pro-Tem Neal Segotta recommending that since the requestors were on hand that the lodger’s tax board should have a representative present to answer any questions the commissioners might have regarding their recommendations.


Commissioners approved a budget adjustment for the Juvenile Justice grant from the girl’s fund to the boy’s fund after seeing a 30% increase in referrals to the boy’s program.


Commissioners approved the second quarter financial report hearing that once again the gross receipts are about 5.2% above budget. Michael Anne Antonucci will be getting with K-Mart in the near future to try and come up with a figure on how badly the store closing will affect gross receipts income. The city’s budget could take a big hit late in the fiscal year and will have a big impact on next year’s budget. The store is scheduled to close near the end of the fiscal year about the time the city begins working on the next year’s budget.  (Link to FY18 2nd Qtr Financial Report)


Scott Berry had a short report noting that he and several others made it to Santa Fe January 18 where they met with legislators concerning the capital improvements plan as well as the Lake Maloya Dam projects.


Commissioners then went into executive session to discuss collective bargaining between the city and the AFSCME Local 1601.


The Raton City Commission will meet in a special meeting on January 30 at 5:00 p.m. Then on February 13 for their next regular meeting.


Retha Shiplet was present Tuesday evening to talk about the Strategic Action Plan that she helped department heads develop for the city.

Retha Shiplet was present Tuesday evening to talk about the Strategic Action Plan that she helped department heads develop for the city.

Colfax County Receives Risk Awareness Program (RAP) Award


New Mexico Association of Counties • 444 Galisteo St. • Santa Fe, New Mexico • 87501
(505) 983-2101 Office • (505) 983-4396 Fax

January 22, 2018 for Immediate Release

Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) presented Colfax County with a Risk Awareness Program (RAP) Award during the 2018 NMAC Legislative Conference January 16-18, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM. The county completed their second year of RAP decreasing workers’ compensation claims by 27%, multi-line claims by 62%, auto claims by 91%, and law enforcement claims by -50%. This award is offered through NMAC’s Risk Awareness Program (RAP), a workplace risk control educational program that aims to reduce the frequency and severity of county claims through better risk awareness and safety practices.

The New Mexico Association of Counties is a non-profit, nonpartisan association representing and serving New Mexico’s 33 counties. As a professional association of county elected officials and employees. NMAC supports and promotes the idea that all county elected officials and professional county employees should have the opportunity to act together to solve problems and to work for the progress of county governments in New Mexico. NMAC provides numerous programs and services to counties including legislative representation, self-insurance, legal assistance and professional development. For more information and updates on our events, programs and other initiatives, visit www.nmcounties.org




February 1, 2018
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 December 7, 2017

5 Recognize Visitors and Guests

6 Public Comment

7 Old Business

a. Balloons over Angel Fire/Music Festival Update
b. Charter Service Update
c. Security Lights
d. Airport Operations options review-Jane Lucero
e. KAXX Publicity and Public Relations

8 New Business

a. Emergency Services
b. Code of Ethics Review

9 Airport Managers Update

10 Other

11 Next Meeting April ??, 2018 ?
12 Adjourn

In Loving Memory of Sharon Ann King

Sharon Ann King, age 72, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 19th, 2018. She was born September 13, 1945 in Trinidad, Colorado to William J. Doherty and Fern (Rose) Doherty, a cattle rancher on the Colorado New Mexico border. She loved the ranch life and riding her horse on the Dry Creek Ranch. She was the 1962 Trinidad State Junior College Tournament Princess and Sweetheart Queen of Branson High School in 1963. She was an active and accomplished member in 4H. She graduated from Branson High School in 1963 and was a member of the National Honor Society.
She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Adams State 1967 and was on the wool judging team and the Rodeo Club. She taught four years of elementary school in Colorado before attending West Texas State University where she received her Master of Education degree in August of 1971. She married John B. King, a rancher from Capulin, on June 10, 1972. She always said she toured the world and married the man across the hill. She dedicated her life to working on the family’s Hereford cattle ranch, raising her kids and always helping others. Her proudest accomplishments were her three children Garrett, Charlta and Garland. She was glad to see her oldest, Garrett, marry Mindy and be at the birth of her first grandchild, Macy Ann. She was happy to see Garland, the youngest, wed Lana and gain another grandson, Eli.
KingSharonAn active member of Lariat and New Mexico CowBelles for over 40 years, she was the 1980 New Mexico CowBelle of the Year. She was a founding member of the Five States meeting that gathered and educated cattlewomen from the surrounding states. She served as New Mexico CowBelle President in 2013.
She was actively involved in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the surrounding communities, schools, various agriculture organizations and legislation. She was known for her cooking which if you received goodies or had a meal fixed by Sharon you were blessed. She also enjoyed sewing for her grandkids. She loved her Hereford cattle and proudly branded each of them with the J bar J brand. She was always helping someone and putting everyone before herself.
She is preceded in death by her father, William J. Doherty; mother, Fern (Rose) Doherty; and nephew, Joe Jackson.
She is survived by her husband, John B. King; oldest son, Garrett and wife Mindy and granddaughter Macy Ann; daughter, Charlta; youngest son, Garland and wife Lana and grandson Eli Ritchie; sister, Eileen Jackson and family of Kansas; cousins Beverly Preis of Arizona and Darlene Wilson of Maryland as well as numerous other cousins and relatives.
A rosary will be held Thursday, January 25th at 7 pm. At Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 26th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church 235 N Convent Street in Trinidad, Colorado at 10:00 A.M. A meal for family and friends will follow at St. Joseph’s Hall in Trinidad.
She was a strong cattlewoman, wife, mom, granny and friend who touched everyone’s life. She will be greatly missed. To honor her life and memory, please bring stories/memories of Sharon to the rosary, funeral or dinner, or email storiesofsharon@gmail.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Northeastern New Mexico Livestock Association scholarship (send to Mimi Sidwell, 6273 HWY 209, Tucumcari, New Mexico 88401), or to the St. Vincent de Paul charity in Raton.

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

In Loving Memory of Viola Encinias

Viola Encinias, age 84, died on Monday, January 22, 2018, in Clayton, New Mexico.

Rosary will be recited at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 27, 2018 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 P.M. following the Rosary at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton, New Mexico with Fr. Joel Bugas as Celebrant Burial will follow on the Clayton Memorial Cemetery in Clayton, New Mexico by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

EnciniasViolaViola (Fernandez) Encinias was born on January 15, 1934 in Atencio, New Mexico to Pedro E. “Pete” Fernandez and Clorinda (Gutierrez) Fernandez. She married Paul Encinias on March 7, 1953 in Clayton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on June 29, 2002. Viola worked as the house keeping supervisor at the nursing home in Clayton and she owned and operated Viola’s Steam Cleaning business in Clayton for several years. In addition to her husband, Viola was preceded in death her father; Pete Fernandez, mother; Clorinda Marez and step-father; Abel Marez, a son; Michael Encinias on Oct. 24, 2001, A grandson that she raised; Justin B. Richardson on June 27, 2016, a daughter-in-law; Earlene Encinias and a sister; Tina Martinez.


3 DAUGHTERS: Dolores Garcia and Allen Withers of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Melissa and Adon Dominguez and Bernadette and Tommy F. Cruz all of Clayton, New Mexico.

3 SONS: Dario Encinias and Pablo Encinias and his wife Janice all of Dumas, Texas and Ralph Encinias of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 DAUGHTER-IN-LAW: Stella Archuleta of Clayton, New Mexico.

2 SISTERS: Bessie Sanchez and her husband Sidney of Raton, New Mexico and Mary Montoya and her husband Leo of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 HALF-BROTHER: Raymond Fernandez of Guymon, Oklahoma.

18 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.






A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on January 23, 2018 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 –
  • Notice of Potential Quorum: A quorum of City Commissioners may attend the 29th Annual Reception and Municipal Day to be held in Santa Fe at the La Fonda Hotel located at 100 E. San Francisco Street, February 1-2, 2018.
  • Next Regular Commission Meeting Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 6pm
  • There will be a Special City Commission Meeting held on January 30, 2018 at 5pm

 V. Comments from the General Public

VI.  Committee Reports From Commissioners:


  1. Raton Water Works: (Mayor pro-tem Segotta, Commissioner Chavez)
  2. Raton Public Service: (Mayor Mantz, Commissioner Giacomo)
  3. Senior Center Board: (Commissioner Chavez)
  4. Planning & Zoning Commission: (Commissioner Schuster)
  5. Housing Authority: (Commissioner Schuster)
  6. ETZ Zoning Commission:  (Mayor pro-tem Segotta)
  7. North Central NM Economic Development District: (Mayor Mantz)
  8. Library Advisory Board:  (Commissioner Giacomo)
  9. ETZ Zoning Authority:  (Mayor Mantz)
  10. 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:


  1. Approval of the January 9, 2018 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes. 
  2. Report from Shuler Restoration on Digital Film Project, Billy Donati 
  3. Presentation of City of Raton Strategic Plan by Retha Shiplet and City Department Heads. 
  4. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2018-04: Adoption of City of Raton Strategic Plan. 
  5. Deliberate and Act on Third Annual Renewal of Consulting Services Agreement between the City of Raton and Engineering Analytics, Inc.
  6. Deliberate and Act on Resolution on 2018-05: Supporting Raton Chamber petition efforts to keep K-mart in Raton.
  7. Deliberate and Act on Extension of Liquor License Lease with Raton Country Club.  
  8. Deliberate and Act on Lodger’s Tax Recommendations.  
  9. Deliberate and Act on Juvenile Justice Grant FY18 Budget Adjustment Request #1. 
  10. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2018-06:  FY18 2nd Quarter Financial Report
  11. City Manager’s Report

    L.  Closed Executive Session Pursuant to Section 10-15-1 H(5) Collective Bargaining Between the City of Raton and AFSCME Local 1601

    M.  Certification of Closed Session

  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, January 18, 2018 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 mantonucci@cityofraton.com if you have any questions or concerns.



Michael Anne Antonucci, Interim City Clerk


In Loving Memory of David J. Martinez

David J. Martinez, affectionately known as “Lil G”, passed away unexpectedly on January 20, 2018 at the age of 37.

Arrangements are pending and will be announced later by the Comi Funeral Home.


Carjacking Suspect Captured

The suspect in a Raton carjacking was apprehended in Union County. Norman Michael Simpson was captured without incident by Union County Sheriff Deputies and NM State Police and was transported to Union County Detention Center awaiting multiple charges.

Police were looking for a suspect in a Sunday (1/21/18) afternoon carjacking in Raton. Norman Michael Simpson allegedly pulled a crowbar on a family in the Raton Country Club area at about 4 pm and took their vehicle.  There were no injuries in the incident.

Simpson is known to be suicidal and possibly homicidal as he has made threats to police. Simpson is described as a white male, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds with light colored hair.

Simpson’s began his day by eluding police in Pueblo, CO in a black KIA sedan and police chased him south on I-25 all the way to exit 451 where they either lost him or disengaged in the chase. Simpson was reportedly stuck in his vehicle off of Hiway 555 and eluded officers again where he accessed the  Gardner Road and car-jacked the vehicle by brandishing a crowbar and threatening the family.  No one was injured in the car-jacking.

Pecos Dominates District Games

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

The Raton varsity girls took to the court on Saturday, January 20th as one of four district games at Tiger gym including the JVs. The Lady Tigers did a good job handling the Lady Panthers taking the lead for most of the first quarter before a very aggressive team woke up and began putting the pressure on to disrupt the Raton rhythm. Down by three the Lady Tigers continued to battle but and stay close going into half time down by six.

The third quarter was the Lady Tiger’s undoing as Pecos put on the pressure and a very aggressive style of play forced the turnovers and missed shots. Pecos outscored Raton 22 to seven in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. The Lady Panthers continued to force the turnovers which often times resulted in points. At the final buzzer it was Pecos 70 to 45.

Pecos  18  14  22  16 70

Raton  15  11   7   12  45

Pecos High Point

Trinity Herrera 16  4 of 9 free throws

Destiny Romero 10  2 of 2 free throws

Cassie Muller  21  3 of 6 free throws

Free Throws 20 of 36 attempts

Raton High Point 

Camryn Mileta 9  3 of 5 free throws

Andie Ortega 12

Kerrigan Weese 8  0 for 1 free throws

Free throws 6 of 9 attempts

The varsity boys game went much like the JV boys game did with Pecos playing an aggressive style of ball putting the pressure on early. Pecos forced several turnovers and held Raton at bay allowing only six points to their 26 in the first quarter.  Pecos continued their style of play into the second quarter again forcing turnovers and keeping Raton from shooting the good shots.

Raton scored double digits in the third quarter but found it tough to even get to the bucket in the fourth with Darien Lewis scoring the only two points of the quarter on a short turn around jumper in front of the goal. At the buzzer it was a 76 to 28 win for Pecos who continues their dominance in 3A basketball.

Pecos  26  15  16  19  76

Raton    6    8   11   2   28

Pecos High Point

Mario Archuleta  19    3 of 4 free throws

Xavier Padilla 12        3 of 5 free throws

Ismael Villegas  10

Free Throws 10 of 16 attempts

Raton High Point

Richie Acevedo  8

Nathaniel Tarbox  8

Free throws 0 of 4 attempts

The JV girls took to the court first Saturday afternoon and had the best game of the day for Raton as they came from behind and ended the game down by one.

The Lady Tigers trailed all the of the game at times by as much as 12 points but they continued to work at and in the fourth quarter began to close the gap on the Lady Panthers. With a little pressure and some good shooting it came down to the end as the last shot up brought Raton to within one. The final buzzer sounded to end the game as ball was airborne but fell short had the shot made it in Raton would have won the game.

Pecos 41

Raton 40

The JV Boys game was a totally different game as Pecos put the press on to begin the game and didn’t let Raton past half court for the first two minutes of the first quarter. By the end of the first quarter it was a 25-4 ball game, a shell shocked Raton JV team never could recover and ended the game 69-31.

Pecos 69

Raton 31

Neveah Ortiz gets tied up in the crowd as she tried to go up for the shot, Savanah Ortiz (44) got both hands on the ball.

Neveah Ortiz gets tied up in the crowd as she tried to go up for the shot, Savanah Ortiz (44) got both hands on the ball.


Dominique Salinas (34) goes up with Ginger Baird (0) as she drives the lane for the shot during the district game with Pecos Saturday afternoon.

Dominique Salinas (34) goes up with Ginger Baird (0) as she drives the lane for the shot during the district game with Pecos Saturday afternoon.


Raton's John Ware meets up with Devin Gonzales and Juan Varela as he tries to go for the basket during the district game in Raton Saturday evening.

Raton’s John Ware meets up with Devin Gonzales and Juan Varela as he tries to go for the basket during the district game in Raton Saturday evening.


Halle Medina goes for the rebound as Trinity Herrera gets a finger on the ball to disrupt the rebound during the varsity district game in Tiger Gym Saturday evening.

Halle Medina goes for the rebound as Trinity Herrera gets a finger on the ball to disrupt the rebound during the varsity district game in Tiger Gym Saturday evening.


Jadyn Walton and Faith Flores struggle for the ball during the district game in Tiger Gym Saturday evening.

Jadyn Walton and Faith Flores struggle for the ball during the district game in Tiger Gym Saturday evening.


Sydni Silva and Faith Flores go to the floor in the struggle for the ball during the district game in Tiger Gym Saturday evening.

Sydni Silva and Faith Flores go to the floor in the struggle for the ball during the district game in Tiger Gym Saturday evening.


Andie Ortega drives the baseline trying to get around Reyna Perez as the girls struggle late in the game to get inside for the shot.

Andie Ortega drives the baseline trying to get around Reyna Perez as the girls struggle late in the game to get inside for the shot.

Raton Cash Mob