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Early Spring Storm Zaps Power & Closes Roads

An early spring storm packing high winds and plenty of moisture, affected hundreds of travelers with closed roads and knocked out power to thousands of customers for both Raton Public Service Company and Springer Electric Cooperative on Friday, March 24th.

Making an appearance in the early morning hours, the powerful storm closed northbound I-25 over the Raton Pass shortly after 5 am and then Southbound at about 11 am. With winds whipping the snow to zero visibility, Hiway 87 between Raton and Clayton was soon closed at around 11:45 am.

Raton Public Service company experienced a short outage a little before 8am because of problems to the North with Tri-State Generation, and then lost power completely until after 7 pm. The cause of the outage, according to RPS General Manager Robert Walton, was the combination of wind and heavy snow snapping a pole carrying the 69 kv line just west of Raton.  Walton said crews had a tough time getting equipment close to the pole because of the soggy, wet conditions and got bogged down and stuck several times and would not have been able to navigate and make the repair if they had not been aided by a bulldozer provided by contractor Bill Serazio.

Springer Electric also had a tough time with the weather, losing several poles and not getting power restored to all areas till late in the evening.

Commissioners Get Opinion on Old Pass Road Access

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening, March 14th and received the opinion from Attorney John Utton concerning the Old Pass Road and access to the road and area beyond the city limits.

Commissioners heard from Preciliano Martin and Laura Brewer on the subject during the Public Comment Section.  Martin noted that the current signs and gate up near Comcast is, in his opinion, an intimidation factor and is as much the problem as people going up there and doing the vandalism and trash dumping. He questioned its legality if the City did not give permission for it to be there. Brewer was concerned about the Iridium layer and picnic areas along the old road. City Manager Scott Berry noted that there has been vandalism to the picnic tables in the area as well.

Commissioner Ron Chavez told those in attendance that he will have a proposal for the next meeting when the matter is brought up for action. His idea is that the city create an accountability access to the area but not close it off. He also noted that in no way will the City give away or completely close off the road.

Berry told commissioners that several details will have to be worked out such as where the access will be restricted and how it is to be implemented. Attorney Utton recommended that an ordinance be drafted to deal with the issue and spell out how access is to be setup and who will have what kind of access. It is recommended that land owners, emergency personnel, hikers, and mountain bikers have unfettered access while all four wheel and off road four wheel vehicles have permitted access.

The matter will likely be brought up at the next regular meeting on March 28 where some direction will be given to Berry on how the commission wants to proceed on the matter.

Commissioners then approved a budget adjustment for the Juvenile Justice program simply moving monies around to meet the needs of the different programs and to expend the grant money by the end of the period in June.

Commissioners also approved a Lodger’s Tax recommendation for $5000 to the Raton Chamber to create a community guide. The request was for more but the board only recommended $5,000. Laura Brewer who is on the chamber board noted the full cost of the guide would likely cost around $15,000.

Commissioners approved the requests for Raton MainStreet’s Hops and Vines event allowing Sierra Blanca Brewery and Black Smuggles Winery to bring their wines and brews for the annual event at the Raton Museum on April 22.

Commissioners approved the appointments of Joe Gagliardi to the Raton Water Board, Ferman Ulibarri to the Raton Housing Board, William H. Daly to the Labor Management Board and Jessica Barfield to the Lodger’s Tax Board.

City Manager Scott Berry noted that a special session of the legislature may be in the works as budget issues continue to stifle law makers. Once the session is over the Municipal League will hold a meeting to explain many of the issues that affect small communities.

Berry is planning to meet with the Armory Board in Santa Fe and discuss the issues with the armory including the on-going lead cleanup. He noted the lease on the building expired in January and that the month-to-month clause was in effect. He is hoping the lead issues are resolved and the Armory Board will be able to deed the property over at their June meeting.

Berry also noted that there are several projects that are in progress or completed such as the concrete repairs on the Lake Maloya spillway and foundation work on the water intake building near Cimarron.

Commissioners will meet again on March 28 in the commission chambers for their next regular meeting.

 

 

Michael Anne Antonucci and Tarin Giacomo accepted the proclamation for Women's History Month from Commissioner Lindé Schuster Tuesday evening at the city commission meeting.

Michael Anne Antonucci and Tarin Giacomo accepted the proclamation for Women’s History Month from Commissioner Lindé Schuster Tuesday evening at the city commission meeting.

Link to the full Proclamation Women history Month

 

Pricilino Marten spoke to commissioners Tuesday evening about the Old Pass Road indicating that the sign and gate that was illegally placed across the road was intimidating.

Preciliano Martin spoke to commissioners Tuesday evening about the Old Pass Road indicating that the sign and gate that was placed across the road was intimidating.

Maxwell Bears Win First-Ever State Title Over Springer

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media –

It was a long time coming.  57 years in the making, noted Coach Eloy Brazil in the post- game interview, as the Maxwell Bears came from behind to take the lead and hold off an early fourth quarter rally by Springer to capture the Boys NM State Class A Championship trophy, with a 63 to 53 win.  The first-ever state trophy for the Maxwell Bears, came in an early Saturday morning showdown, March 11th at the Pit in Albuquerque.

These two teams had met five times already this season with Maxwell coming out on top in the most important one that also included a district tie breaker and a 5A district championship game. During the selection process for the state tourney Isaiah Garcia noted only one coach gave Springer the credit they deserve and quipped about it saying it could be a blue devil holding the trophy at the end of the year.

Both teams knew it would be a tough game and they didn’t disappoint as both Coach Brazil and Coach Johnny Chavez mentioned later that they came into the game knowing how the other team played and what to expect. Chavez told KRTN that in the third quarter they had several shots that simply rolled around and out which cost Springer dearly.  Maxwell’s  Aaron Salazar hit six of six from the free throw line that Brazil said kept them in the game.

Hundreds of Northern New Mexico fans poured into the Pit and saw Springer start the scoring off early with a 3-pointer by Estevan Romero and then turned up the heat for the rest of the first quarter. As Andrew Archuleta of Maxwell later noted, the nerves were there for the Bears as this was the first time for them to play in the PIT.  But, as Springer extended their lead, the nerves began to settle for Maxwell and shots started falling. By late in the second quarter Maxwell had come back from a 10 point deficit to tie the game at 23 and again at 27. As the halftime buzzer blew in Wise Pies Arena, Springer held a two point lead 33-31.

As the third period got underway, those errant roll-around-the-rim balls by Springer left Maxwell with a growing lead and Springer being outscored 18-6 in the pivotal quarter.  Maxwell took a 12 point lead at one point, but Springer is never out of a game as they proved in the quarter-finals against Hondo Valley. In the Hondo Valley game, Springer came back from an 11 point deficit with under three minutes left to tie at the end of regulation and win in OT.  They then beat #1 seed Quemado in the semis to make it to their second consecutive NM State  Championship.  So it was no surprise when Springer mounted a comeback in Saturday’s Championship and brought the score to within one.

Soon the momentum once again fell to Maxwell as they managed to add 10 points at the free throw line in the fourth and pull away.  The crowd cheers grew as they knew Maxwell had wrapped this one up and secured a Class A title 63-53.

This was Coach Brazil’s fifth year at Maxwell and he is one of the few who have coached three different schools to championships. Ironically, the previous title before today’s was at Springer where he won the 2004 and 2002 Championships.  He also hoisted the Championship banner while coaching Cimarron in 1979.

Springer  18  15   6  14    53

Maxwell  16  15  18  14    63

Link to Class A State Championship Game Stats

 

Zack Sanchez goes up for the shot as Kolton Riggs attempts the block during the state Championship game in the PIT in Albuquerque Saturday morning.

Zack Sanchez goes up for the shot as Kolton Riggs attempts the block during the state Championship game in the PIT in Albuquerque Saturday morning.

 

Isaiah Garcia takes the shot as Kolton Riggs attempts the block, Garcia put in 12 points for the Red Devils.

Isaiah Garcia takes the shot as Kolton Riggs attempts the block, Garcia put in 12 points for the Red Devils.

 

Gabriel Garcia steals the shot by Carl Gonzales in the third quarter of the state championship game in the PIT in Albuquerque Saturday morning.

Gabriel Garcia steals the shot by Carl Gonzales in the third quarter of the state championship game in the PIT in Albuquerque Saturday morning.

 

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The two bigs guys battle it out with Kolton Riggs getting the short end and the foul as Zac Caldwell drives down the lane for the shot during the state title game Saturday morning in Albuquerque

 

Estevan Romero flies by Andrew Archuleta who holds up his shot just long enough for romero to clear and puts it in for another two during the state title game in Albuquerque Saturday morning.

Estevan Romero flies by Andrew Archuleta who holds up his shot just long enough for romero to clear and puts it in for another two during the state title game in Albuquerque Saturday morning.

 

Kolton Riggs, Isaiah Garcia and Zac Caldwell struggle for the ball before the refs finally call a tie ball as both boys head for the floor Saturday morning in Wise Pies Arena

Kolton Riggs, Isaiah Garcia and Zac Caldwell struggle for the ball before the refs finally call a tie ball as both boys head for the floor Saturday morning in Wise Pies Arena

 

Zac Caldwell (32) goes up for the block as Carl Gonzales (5) takes the hook shot late in the third quarter of the state title game Saturday in Wise Pies Arena

Zac Caldwell (32) goes up for the block as Carl Gonzales (5) takes the hook shot late in the third quarter of the state title game Saturday in Wise Pies Arena

 

This time Zac Caldwell gets the block as Carl Gonzales makes contact with Caldwell Saturday morning in Albuquerque

This time Zac Caldwell gets the block as Carl Gonzales makes contact with Caldwell Saturday morning in Albuquerque

 

It was 57 years in the making as Maxwell not only puts a team in the state tourney but takes the state title.

It was 57 years in the making as Maxwell not only puts a team in the state tourney but takes the state title.

 

The State Runner Up Springer Red Devils Zack Sanchez, Chris Casias, Colton Shaw, Damien Blaubach, Isaiah Garcia, Jacob Qunitana, Estevan Romero, Gabriel Garcia, Bryan Romero, Sac Caldwell, Jose Urquijo, Chase Casias, Owen Burton, Ryan Gallegos, Coach Johnny Chavez and Manager Isaiah Vigil

The State Runner Up Springer Red Devils
Zack Sanchez, Chris Casias, Colton Shaw, Damien Blaubach, Isaiah Garcia, Jacob Qunitana, Estevan Romero, Gabriel Garcia, Bryan Romero, Sac Caldwell, Jose Urquijo, Chase Casias, Owen Burton, Ryan Gallegos, Coach Johnny Chavez and Manager Isaiah Vigil

 

The State Champion Maxwell Bears Coach Mike Glassman, Caden Floyd, Ricci Molina, Kaden Riggs, Devon Cruz, Kolton Riggs, Jeremy Archuleta, Andrew Archuleta, Aaron Salazar, Carl Gonzales, Amadeo Soto, Wesley Jeffery, Alyssa Archuleta, Coach Eloy Brazil, Coach Joe Mitchell

The State Champion Maxwell Bears
Coach Mike Glassman, Caden Floyd, Ricci Molina, Kaden Riggs, Devon Cruz, Kolton Riggs, Jeremy Archuleta, Andrew Archuleta, Aaron Salazar, Carl Gonzales, Amadeo Soto, Wesley Jeffery, Alyssa Archuleta, Coach Eloy Brazil, Coach Joe Mitchell

Raton Commissioners Receive Clean Audit Report

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

The first item on the agenda Tuesday evening was the audit report by Alan Bowers from RPC which was fairly short due to the fact that the audit was considered a clean audit.

Bowers, who joined the meeting via a conference call, went over some of the figures for the city books as compared to those in past years and he concluded with the fact that the audit was a clean one and as Mayor Mantz stated it was done on time as well.

Commissioners then moved on to committee reports and the regular business portion of the meeting with the approval of the minutes and the financial report. Michael Anne Antonucci noted that the city was working about 3% below budget and that gross receipts taxes were again up by 7.18% over what had been budgeted.  (Link to the Jan 2017Financial Report001)

Commissioners approved the purchase of a wildland fire truck. The low bid went to Phil Long Ford for $49,553 which Fire Chief Jim Mathews noted left the department with enough money to equip the truck for wildland use. The funds for the purchase come from reimbursement or payments for the wildland fires the department helps with.

Commissioners approved the resolution to apply for Municipal Arterial Program or MAP funds for fiscal year 2017-2018. The MAP monies will be used to rework Hospital Drive. They also applied for Coop Funds for other street improvements such as chip sealing Pecos, Galesteo and Apache Avenues. Due to the timeline of the funding process these funds probably won’t be available until fall so the work probably won’t be done until the spring or summer of 2018.

The City is requesting $150,000 for the MAP project and $100,000 for the coop funding. However, Berry noted that the city will be lucky to see $50-$60,000 of the coop funds. The city will match the state funds with gas tax money with the state funding 75% and the city portion being 25%.

Commissioners also approved a resolution opposing HB-174. This bill proposes to move all elections to the November election thus creating more efficiency in the process. The New Mexico Municipal League however feels that municipal elections bonds and such could easily get lost in the added issues on the ballot therefore they feel city elections should be left out of the process and kept as is in March. Also by moving the election process to November the city would be required to pay the county clerk as the election would be taken away from the city clerk. It is also thought by combining all the elections that take place it could cause people to miss important issues on the ballot simply from the confusion of everything that could appear on the ballot. (Link to Res 2017-15 OpposeHB174001)

City Manager Scott Berry then gave a rundown of some of the legislative activities noting that the legislature is looking at ways to cut cost and enhance state revenues. They are also looking at taxing medical services doing away with the hold harmless taxes which could affect eight cities and 19 different counties. There are several other tax questions being looked at as well as diverting some of the gasoline tax to help shore up reserves until the reserves are returned to present levels. The comment on that is isn’t that illegal?  Other things they are looking at is sweeping back grant funds for things like solid waste which could greatly affect Raton’s money for drilling a land fill monitoring well that is required by the Environment Department.

The next regular city commission meeting will March 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the commission chambers.

N.M. Game Warden named Officer of the Year

N.M. game warden named Officer of the Year

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, FEB. 24, 2017:

N.M. game warden recognized as Officer of the Year

Tim Cimbal

SANTA FE – Shikar Safari Club International has named New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Captain Tim Cimbal the 2017 New Mexico Wildlife Conservation Officer of the Year.

Cimbal received the award at the department’s third annual Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Awards Banquet on Feb. 18 in Albuquerque. Cimbal, 36, currently is stationed in Albuquerque. He is a 12-year veteran of the department and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science Policy and Management from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Shikar Safari Club International annually presents awards to wildlife law enforcement officers in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces and territories. The club is dedicated to the protection, enhancement and preservation of wildlife, with particular emphasis on endangered and threatened species through the promotion of enforcement of conservation laws and regulations.

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Commissioners Table Old Pass Road Discussion

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

The Raton City Commission met Tuesday evening, February 14th  in regular session and wound up tabling the discussion on the access to the Old Pass road.

Laura Brewer spoke about the Old Pass road reminding the commissioners about its importance for both the Iridium layer and the Santa Fe Trail, noting the terrible condition of the road up to the layer as well as Goat Hill and the disrepair of the signage at the Iridium layer. Commissioner Chavez noted that the commission didn’t have the legal opinion yet and that he was planning to bring a possible solution to the commission as soon as they get an opinion that will hopefully meet the requests of the land owners and historic preservation of the area as well as the need to keep access open to the area.

Leslie Fernandez spoke on behalf of the Raton Humane Society, wanting to know if the city was going to act on the new animal ordinance that was presented to the commission. A committee meeting  was promised in December to talk about the new animal ordinance that the Humane Society, as she put it, ” handed them on a silver platter”, 23 months ago. City Manager Scott Berry indicated that both December and January were very busy months and that he would try to get something set for next week.

Commissioners then passed Budget Adjustment #8 for Fiscal year 2017 noting that Carol Baca had obtained some dispatch consoles from Albuquerque PD for free and that the only cost would be about $1600 for installation which was handled in a line item transfer.

Commissioners approved the resolution for disposing of surplus equipment which was a 20-year-old ambulance and a 20KW generator.

Commissioners then held a quick public hearing concerning the meeting of disadvantaged business enterprise for the federal fiscal years 2016-2018 for the airport taxiway project. With no public discussion, they then approved resolution 2017-11 supporting the DBE for the airport project. This is a requirement to meet FAA funding for the project which will be for work on the taxiways.

Commissioners approved the contract renewal for Engineering Analytics. Karen Stern was present and noted the changes in the contract now included three levels of engineering support as well a laboratory testing services.

City Manager Scott Berry told commissioners that he had discussion with BNSF and the Federal Highway Administration concerning some leftover money from the multi-modal project and they all agreed it would be good to move that money to the train depot project.

He also spoke before a legislative committee that is working on a bill to make it more difficult to do a recall on the commission/city manager form of government in the state.

Berry told commissioners that there is still some capital outlay money that is being held by NM MainStreet that they are trying to secure for the Great Blocks project as well as funding from other sources to do at least two blocks of the First Street project.

With some quick footwork, the city was able to retain $12,000 for tire recycling that the state was threatening to take away. The city currently has a big pile of tires at the transfer station. Jason Phillips was able to obtain a good bid for the tires from Interwest LLC in Colorado to recycle the tires.

The city has been working with Raton Water Works on funding for the water treatment plant and can get all the funding in a guaranteed loan.  The total commitment would be difficult for the water department to handle so they are talking with RUS to get at least 55% in grant monies.

Senate Bill 101 is moving through the legislature which includes severance tax bonds to in the amount of $2 million for the state engineer to do planning, design work on Cabresto, Morphy and Lake Maloya dams.

With that commissioners moved into executive session for the purpose of discussion on the firefighter’s contract.

Commissioners will meet again on February 28, at 6:00 p.m. for the next regular meeting.

Jeannie Poulter was recognized by commissioners for her painting that now hangs in the commission chambers

Jeannie Poulter was recognized by commissioners for her painting that now hangs in the commission chambers

 

2017 Colfax County School Board Elections

Unofficial Results

Raton School Board

Total voters eligible  4956

St Patrick’s St Joseph’s

Position 2 Art Armijo 102    Patrick Dyer 122

Position 3 Jason Phillips 153    Robert Gonzales  75

SB9 Mill levy  164 Yes  48 No

Convention Center

Position 2 Art Armijo 72    Patrick Dyer 183

Position 3 Jason Phillips 211    Robert Gonzales 44

SB9 Mill Levy  190 Yes  34 No

Raton Absentee and Early Votes

Position 2  Art Armijo 39  Patrick Dyer 55

Position 3 Jason Phillips 66  Robert Gonzales 26

SB9 Mill Levy 58 Yes  28 No

Raton Vote Totals 

Position 2  Art Armijo 213    Patrick Dyer 360

Position 3  Jason Phillips 430    Robert Gonzales 145

SB9 Mill Levy   412 Yes  110 No

Springer School Board

Total Eligible Voters  1027 

Position 2  Robert Tafoya 120  Johnny Ray Garcia 73

Position 3  Apaches L. Trujillo  66  Ronnie Gurule 129

Absentee and Early Voting

Position 2 Robert Tafoya 7  Johnny Ray Garcia 5

Position 3  Apaches L. Trujillo 4   Ronnie Gurule 7

Springer Total Votes

Position 2  Robert Tafoya 127  Johnny Ray Garcia 78

Position 3  Apaches L. Trujillo  70  Ronnie Gurule 136

Maxwell School Board

Total Eligible Voters 304

Randy Casper 3

Monica Hoy 3

Clinton Kuchan 3

Clifford Franklin Taylor 3

Cimarron School Board

Total Eligible Voters 2541

Brett Ellis Wier 6

 

New Mexico State Police Death Investigation in Cimarron

 

Cimarron, NM – On February 5, 2017, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted by the Cimarron Police Department to investigate an incident regarding a male victim with a gunshot wound who was later determined to be deceased.  This incident was reported around 7:20 p.m. on East Eighth Street in Cimarron, NM.  The decedent was identified as twenty-year-old Joshua Ortega.

 

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau is actively investigating this case.  Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau in Las Vegas at 505-425-6771.

 

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Young Archer Aims High for National Championships

UPDATE – Carson Alexander competed in the NFAA Nationals Feb. 10 thru 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada and he placed 11th out of 35 in his age division!!  

Carson was able to meet and greet Levi Morgan as well as Dan McCarthy and his wife Emily, Jesse Broadwater and Brady Ellison!  Levi, Dan, Emily and Jesse are all Pro shooters for Mathews Archery and they all signed Carson’s bow, which will be retired and replaced with a new target bow.  Carson also had an evening of shooting with the pros and had them all sign a t-shirt. In addition, there were money shoots, a trade show for 4 days,  and there were fellow shooters from Yankton, SD he reunited with.  Carson made new friends in Vegas,  and there were experiences and memories of a lifetime.  His mom, Shelley said, “What an awesome, awesome experience and we are already looking forward to next year!”

 As a tune-up for the NFAA National Championships,  Carson Alexander competed in  the NM State Archery Championships in Albuquerque the weekend of February 4th  and finished first in the Bowman Class in his division, age 8 through 11 year-old.

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Carson Alexander has only been shooting archery for about a year, but the 10-year-old son of Matt and Shelley Alexander of Raton is now preparing for the 2017 National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Held at the South Point Hotel & Casino on February 10 thru 12, the national shoot will attract over 3000 competitors, with the range of skill from novice to world champions with over $450,000 in cash payouts and witnessed by over 10,000 spectators.

 

carson archery shotThe rise to be one of the top young archers began last June when he entered the 4H Colfax County Shoot at the NRA Whittington Center and finished in First Place individually and helped his team win the First Place trophy.  Practicing every day, he entered the District Shoot at the end of June and took First Place Individual and Second Place Team and from then on there was no turning back, he was hooked.  After a fourth place finish in Albuquerque, Carson competed in the Rocky Mountain State Games in Colorado Springs, where he brought home the gold medal in his age division. In August,  he won the 3D buckle shoot(youth division) out at the NRA and took a 2nd place in Beulah, Co at the Pioneer Bowman 3D shoot in his age division.

 

carson nationalIn September, Carson and his parents decided to test the waters and registered him for the National Outdoor Target championships in Yankton, SD. They went there not expecting to place very well due to the fact that Carson had only been shooting 7 months, but they went with the mindset of to just have fun and enjoy the experience. There were over 300 competitors ranging in age from 9 to 70, and with winds gusting over 45mph, rain blowing sideways and competing against kids who had been shooting 2-4 years, but at the end of 2 days of stiff competition, Carson placed 3rd and brought home a bronze medal!

 

Carson Alexander, was born in Omaha NE and moved to Raton in June of 2012.  He attends Raton Intermediate School and is in the 4th grade. 

 

He had played baseball and soccer at the age of 4 until he was 8 and he decided he wanted to try something different. He joined the Johnson Mesa 4H club in the fall of 2015 and registered for the shooting sports. For his project he decided would shoot .22 rifle. At the last minute of the March deadline (and a little twist of his arm from mom and dad) he decided to add archery to his list of projects for 4H.  In February of 2016, they purchased his first bow and discovered Humphries Archery in Pueblo, Co.  Humphries is the largest indoor archery range in the state of Colorado. He was signed up for beginner classes there since he had no experience with archery much before then, but  by April, the owner of Humphries, Gene Ragulsky, had become familiar with Carson and had noticed his underlying talent and desire for archery.

 

carson awardIn October, Ragulsky developed a JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) club for kids ages 8-20. They meet twice a week for archery practice and those that want to, can compete at the monthly JOAD competitions in the Denver/Springs area.  Carson competes at these and any other competitions his parents can find to sign him up for. 

 

Carson and his parents are looking forward to being a part of the Las Vegas event and to enjoy the experience and he is hoping he can meet one of his archery idols, Levi Morgan.  

 

His parents couldn’t be more proud of Carson and his dedication and accomplishments. Without the 4H experience and introduction into archery, and the guidance and coaching of Gene Ragulsky at Humphries Archery, Carson would not be where he is at today. The family is grateful for all the help and are looking forward to Carson’s archery future.

 

Budget Creates Three Phase I-25 Construction Project

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

A final public meeting for the I-25 project from exit 454 to exit 460 was held at the International Room of the International Bank Tuesday evening with a small crowd attending.

Derek Meier of Wilson and company began the presentation with a timeline of the project so far indicating that phase one of the project should go to bid soon with construction beginning in the summer. Due to budget concerns the project has now been broken up into three phases with the exit 460 reconstruction being the first phase.

I-25 Exit 460 Reconstruction Project will move the overpass over the interstate about 1800 feet south of its current location and this phase of the project will likely run into two construction seasons.

I-25 Exit 460 Reconstruction Project will move the overpass over the interstate about 1800 feet south of its current location and this phase of the project will likely run into two construction seasons.

The project will move the overpass about 1800 feet south of the original bridge and create new exit and entrance ramps making the flow of traffic more smooth around the port of entry. With this part of the project the POE will get a new parking lot along with new lighting and wildlife fencing.

Phase two of the project will focus on exit 454 with bridge rehabilitation and lighting. Drainage issues at both exits will also be addressed during this phase of the project along with rockfall mitigation and wildlife fencing and a wildlife crossing. The wildlife crossing will be placed under the interstate at mile marker 458 to allow wildlife access to land on both sides of the freeway.

Phase three of the project will deal mainly with the rehabilitation of I-25 paving from mile marker 455.1 to mile marker 459.3. Guardrail improvements will also be addressed during this phase.

At this time the only phase of the project that has been funded is phase one and it should begin this summer and will likely take two construction seasons to complete. As for when the other two phases of the project will begin, that will depend on funding and when it becomes available. This project could extend out several years should funding be slow to come.

Cost figures for phase one of the project have not been released due to a couple of details that are still being worked out.

The complete scope of the project with with each phase color coded.

The complete scope of the project with with each phase color coded.