Archive for: January 2018

LCC Continues on Accreditation Path

Special to KRTN –

Luna Community College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a Show-Cause visit March 19-21, 2018, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Luna Community College has been accredited by HLC since 1982. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

Public Comment on Luna Community College

Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street

Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www.hlcommission.org/comment.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by Feb. 19, 2018.


Following a report by the Higher Learning Commission which underscored a number of concerns with how the institution is being governed, the LCC Board of Trustees has approved a significant number of policy revisions and adoptions over the past month. The majority of changes are aimed at enhancing the processes by which the faculty, staff and students contribute to the well-being and strength of the institution.

At their Dec. 19 meeting, Trustees unanimously approved the by-laws and constitution for the newly recognized staff advisory senate. The Senate was established as part of the College’s new Shared Governance Policy that was approved on Dec. 12. The shared governance policy sets the principles for engaging Luna Community College constituents in the process of informed decision-making.

The Staff Advisory Senate will serve as a source of input on issues and decisions at the college relating to all regular full-time/part-time, non-faculty staff at the main campus and its satellites and site. The Senate will report to the College president and the staff senate president shall serve on the Governance Council along with leadership from student and faculty senates. In addition, the Senate shall promote the general well-being of Luna Community College by assisting the college in achieving its goals.

Also on Dec. 19, the Board participated in a workshop led by consultants Dr. Hugh Prather and John F. Kennedy of Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP. This, and other upcoming trainings, are geared to enhance the Board’s understanding of its roles and responsibilities, collective effectiveness, and ability to achieve the institution’s goals.

“We are working diligently to make things better at Luna Community College,” said LCC BOT Chairman Dan Romero. “We respect the Higher Learning Commission’s recommendations and are very serious about solving these issues.”

Policy changes included revisions to the College’s nepotism policy which states that the President shall not hire or approve the hiring of a person who is the spouse, partner and/or significant other, father, father-in-law, mother, mother-in-law, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, sister or sister-in-law of the President or of a member of a Board of Trustees of Luna Community College.

On Jan. 9, the Board also approved policy revisions that disconnect the employee performance appraisal process from the contract renewal process.

The Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees issued the Show-Cause Order based on its findings of non-compliance following a Higher Learning Commission Advisory Visit to the College in June 2017. A Show-Cause Order is a procedural order that shifts the burden to the institution to demonstrate that it is in compliance with all the requirements associated with its Higher Learning Commission accreditation.

Luna Community College is required to present its case for accreditation in response to the Show-Cause Order in a Show-Cause report by Thursday, Feb. 1.

Luna Community College will then host an on-campus Show-Cause Evaluation Visit conducted by Higher Learning Commission peer reviewers from March 19 to March 21.



SPECIAL Raton City Commission Mtng. Jan. 30, 2018







A special meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on January 30, 2018 at 5 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


V.    Comments from the General Public

VI.   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. Public Hearing – Restaurant Beer and Wine Liquor License Application for Ice House, LLC located at 945 S. 2nd Street   
  2. Deliberate and Act on Restaurant Beer and Wine Liquor License Application for Ice House, LLC located at 945 S. 2nd 
  3. Deliberate and Act on RFP Award of Engineering Services at the Raton Crews Field Airport. 
  4. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2018-07: Authorizing and Approving Financial Assistance and Project Approval to The New Mexico Finance Authority for Police Vehicle Purchase/Financing.   
  5. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2018-08: Disposal of Surplus Property – Dispatch Consoles 
  6. Deliberate and Act on Municipal Election Precinct Board Appointments/Proposed Compensation
  7. Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2018-09 FY18 Budget Adjustment #7 
  8. City Manager’s Report


VII.   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 25, 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 Tony (Tank) Garcia

Tony (Tank) Garcia, went to be with the Lord on January 07, 2018 after a short illness. He was 41.

He was born on January 12, 1976 to Tony Garcia & Jennie (Almarez) Garcia.

He attended and graduated from Hoehne High School.

He is preceded in death by his parents Tony and Jennie Garcia, Grandparents Alcario & Mary Garcia, Mike and Gloria Almarez. Aunt Augustina (Tina) Almarez.

He is survived by his daughters Kylie & Ava Garcia. Sister Marie & John Vigil. Niece Keesha Garcia, Nephews Tyler & & Tony Ray Vigil, Aunts and Uncles Tony and Sharon Almarez, Anita (Chewy) & Jim Duran, Robert Almarez, Tommy & Marilyn Almarez, Angela Almarez & Ralph Ponce, Andy and Judy Garcia, Lorraine Garcia, Juan Jaramillo, Irene & Eddy Lopez, numerous cousins and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Friday, February 03, 2018 , at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Church.

Private family inurnment at a later date.

Courtesy Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Juan Andrew Martinez

Juan Andrew Martinez, age 90, passed away at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home on January 21, 2018.

He was born in Trinidad Colorado on was born on January 18, 1928 to Eufemia (Chavez) and Miguel Martinez. .

Preceding him in death are parents, sisters Menna Martinez and Ercilia (Ernest) Martinez, brother Dan (Angie) Martinez.

martinezAAndrew loved to fish, play cards and loved to gamble.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Rosella Martinez, children Wayne (Juanita) Martinez, Patricia Martinez, Greg (Paula) Martinez and Tammy Guzman. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Services will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2018 with Rosary at 9AM at the Comi Chapel, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Family inurnment in Vigil, CO will be held at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home,.

In Loving Memory of Lorenzo ‘Lencho’ Sanchez

Lorenzo ‘Lencho’ Sanchez age 92 was called to his eternal rest place on January 16, 2018. He was born on December 16, 1925 in Rayado, New Mexico. He was born to Felimon Sanchez and Josefita Aguilar. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Julia Nolan Sanchez and five children. Daughters: Isabel Herrera (Eugene Gonzales), Pauline Garcia (Jesse Martinez), Susan Mondragon (Tom), Emily Serna (Anthony) and son Andrew Sanchez (Lita). 10 Grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild. Also survived by his sister Elsie Nolan and brother Felimon Sanchez Jr (Helen). Sisters-in-laws: Eva Sanchez, Elvira Montoya, Helen Garritson and Lafe Lopez.
Proceeded in death by his Parents Felimon and Josefita Aguliar Sanchez. Brothers: Jim Sanchez (Delia), Max Sanchez , sister Ida Espinosa (Demetrio), numerous other in-laws and son-in-law Filbert Herrera.

SanchezLHe was a man of faith, strong morals, and work ethic. His wife and his family was his pride and joy. He retired from the highway department after 25 years of service.
Lencho loved working with his hands. He did carpentry and mechanic work. He was a skilled hunter and loved driving his tractor. When he wasn’t busy working with heavy equipment, he was always reading and working on puzzles and thinking of his next project. Education was a priority and so was being physically active. His love for sports was inherited by most of his offspring.
He exemplified his life by his humble actions.
If your life crossed with his, you were truly blessed. He was one of a kind.

The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support during the loss of our great man.

Recitation of The Most Holy Rosary will be on February 3rd, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sister Hildegard Parish Hall in Cimarron, NM, recited by Mike Vigil. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection to follow February 3rd, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Father C. John Brasher as the Celebrant. Inurnment will follow at Mount View Cemetery.
Services for Lorenzo Lencho Sanchez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

SciFi Alliance of Raton Free Movie Night


Raton Youth Activities Basketball

Registration deadline has been extended to Wednesday, February 7, 2018.  You can take the forms to the schools, Valle Del Sol, and Pinnacle Propane.



Raton Youth Activities Basketball

Elks Youth Basketball applications are out to the schools!! Deadline to return forms with concussion training (instructions are on the back of the application) are due no later than Friday, February 2. Price is $20.00 for first child and $10.00 for every child after that. If you would like to coach a team please pick up a coach’s application from the office at RIS, Longfellow or from Danette Silva. Coaches meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 31st at 6pm at the Elks lodge. Practices will start the week of February 12th, and first games will begin March 3rd. All games will be on Saturdays. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you

You can contact Danette Silva, Desiree Silva, and Ernie Brown. You can also contact us on our Facebook page Raton Elks Youth Activities

“Through His Eyes”



Raton Arts & Humanities Council, Inc., 145 South First St., Raton, NM 87740


Taught by Loretta Butler, RN
Reiki Master / Karuna Reiki Master
Friday, Feb 9th — Sunday, Feb 11th
Friday 6 p.m. (dinner) to 9 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
About the Workshop…
Reiki is a technique that increases a person’s supply of life energy.
It is simple and easy to learn, and can be provided to yourself or to others.
The student receives placement from the Reiki Master teacher bringing the person
into a harmonious relationship with the Reiki energy.
Reiki is administered through the hands of a Reiki practitioner by lightly touching
or slightly away from the body.
Reiki treats the whole person: body, emotions, mind, and spirit.
Reiki creates beneficial effects: relaxation, feelings of peace and well being.
It works with medical or other therapeutic techniques.
Call the Mandala Center at 575.278.3002 to register.
Visit www.mandalacenter.org for details.
Private Room: $400 Shared Room: $320
Prices include workshop fees, materials, lodging, and meals.
Commuter Rate $240
Includes workshop fees, materials, and meals.
The Mandala Center is located in northeast New Mexico, 35 miles east of Raton on Hwy 64/87

Raton Police Officer Charged

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

New Mexico State Police charged Andrew Sanchez age 25 of Raton with one count of 3rd degree sexual penetration and one count of battery after an incident on January 8, 2018 on Highway 526 near Lake Alice according to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court on January 23, 2018.

According to court records Sanchez and the victim were in a relationship. Sanchez and the victim had driven out on Highway 526 where in an intoxicated state he forced himself on her. He had then slapped and choked her, after she had asked him to stop.

According to Chief Garcia, once he was informed of the incident, he put Sanchez on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Once charges were filed Sanchez’s employment with the Raton Police Department was terminated. Sanchez had been employed with the Colfax County Sheriff’s office before returning to the Raton Police Department late last year. Sanchez was on an eight month probationary period when he was terminated.

Below is the press release that KRTN Received from the New Mexico State Police.


Officer Ray Wilson 
New Mexico State Police
Public Information Officer
Susana MartinezGovernor
Scott Weaver
Cabinet Secretary
Pete N. KassetasNMSP Chief of Police
January 24, 2018
State Police Investigate Rape Allegations against Raton Police Officer


On January 8, 2018, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was asked to investigate an alleged rape that took place in Colfax County, New Mexico.  A female victim reported that she was raped by Raton Police Officer Andrew Sanchez while he was off duty.
During the investigation, NMSP agents obtained evidence that on the morning of January 8, 2018, RPD Officer Sanchez sexually assaulted the victim as the two were alone together. When the victim was later able to contact police she reported the incident.
The New Mexico State Police filed a criminal summons today for Mr. Sanchez to appear in the Raton Magistrate Court. Mr. Sanchez was charged with Criminal Sexual Penetration (3rd Degree Felony) and Battery (Misdemeanor).