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Late-season archery elk licenses available online Oct. 25, 2017

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan williams: (505) 476-8004
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 19, 2017:

Late-season archery elk licenses available Oct. 25

SANTA FE – There will be 275 first-come, first-served late-season bull elk archery hunting licenses on sale beginning Oct. 25 on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.

The sale will begin at 10 a.m. and will be open only to New Mexico residents for the first 24 hours, after which any remaining licenses will be available to everyone. Only hunters who did not hold a 2017-2018 elk license are eligible. The bag limit for the late-season hunts is one bull elk with antlers having at least six points on one side.

Hunters are advised to obtain an online customer account or review their existing account, including user name and password, before the sale begins. The sale is online-only and hunts normally sell out seconds after becoming available.

Available licenses include: Game Management Unit 12, Nov. 18-22, 25 licenses; Unit 34, Dec. 16-20, 200 licenses; and Unit 37, Dec. 2-6, 50 licenses.

Special restrictions for elk harvested in Unit 34 can be found on page 83 of the current New Mexico Hunting Rules and Information booklet. To review the regulations or purchase a hunt, visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

To be eligible to buy a license, hunters must previously have purchased either a Game Hunting or Game Hunting and Fishing license. Those licenses, along with Habitat Improvement Stamps and Habitat Management Access Validations, also can be obtained through online accounts.

Hunters planning to purchase a license must have completed all mandatory 2016-2017 harvest reporting requirements or their purchase will be rejected in the post-sale audit. The license fee, but not the application fee will be refunded on rejected purchases.

The department makes late-season elk licenses available as biologists assess annual population and harvest information, regional herd management objectives and additional harvest needs.

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RHS’s Halle Medina chosen as a Wendy’s NM State Finalists

medinaM Recognizing student-athletes of exemplary character who have displayed excellence and integrity both on and off the field, Wendys  announced that Halle Medina, a senior at Raton High School, is a New Mexico State Finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. Each state chooses the top 10 boys and 10 girls from the individual school winner applications. For these students, taking the easy way out or cutting corners isn’t an option and RHS and Wendy’s are proud to honor their dedication. The NM state finalists will now go on to compete for the title of State Winner, where one male and one female student from each state will be chosen.

The daughter of Stevie and Melissa Medina, we join in the congratulations to Halle Medina for being chosen as a NM State Finalist. Raton High School and our entire area is very proud of you!!

RHS 2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Winners

Ms. Halle Medina and Mr. Dustin Segura of Raton High School were recently named School Winners for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman Award which highlights exceptional high school seniors and their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

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Halle Medina is the daughter of Steve and Melissa Medina. She participates in Volleyball, Basketball and Softball. She is also the President of the RHS Student Senate and the RHS FCCLA Chapter, National Honor Society Vice President, and a member of the Youth Alive Chapter. She is also a representative on the NMAA Student Leadership Advisory Council. Halle gives back to her community by volunteering with Vacation Bible Schools, RHS Student Senate Tutoring, and Raton Little League.
Dustin Segura is the son of Darrell Segura and Amanda Segura. He participates in football, basketball, and baseball. He is also a member of the Future Christian Athletes and Yearbook. Dustin gives back to his community by volunteering at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Church and it’s many activities.
“We are honored to have two of our students recognized as some of New Mexico’s top student-athletes.” said Lynette Simpson, Counselor at Raton High School.
For 24 years, Wendy’s, in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy, has recognized outstanding students and rewarded their commitment and achievements to academics, athletics, and community on a national level.

Eighth Judicial District Court Docket Report: October 4 – 13, 2017

Roxanne Valdez appeared for Arraignment on October 4, 2017. A not guilty plea was entered on all counts. Ms. Valdez was placed on an ROR (Release on Own Recognizance) bond with all standard conditions of release set.
Jacquelyn Sullivan-Aguilar appeared for Arraignment on October 4, 2017. A not guilty plea was entered on all counts. Ms. Sullivan-Aguilar was placed on an ROR (Release on Own Recognizance) bond with all standard conditions of release set. She was also ordered to take random UAs.
Vincent Warrick appeared for Arraignment on October 4, 2017. A not guilty plea was entered on all counts. Mr. Warrick was placed on an ROR (Release on Own Recognizance) bond with all standard conditions of release set. He was also ordered to report to HRDA for a drug/alcohol screen and will have to follow the recommendations of the screener.
A Bench Warrant in the amount of $5,000.00 cash only was issued for Patricia Mastrantoni for failure to appear on October 4, 2017.
Andrew Romero appeared for a Plea Conference on October 4, 2017. He pled guilty to Count 1: Issuing a Worthless Check ($25 or More), a felony, and Count 2: Issuing a Worthless Check ($25 or More), a felony. Mr. Romero was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation and must pay restitution and a $100.00 donation to the Raton Crime Stoppers. His probation may be changed to unsupervised probation once all restitution and the donation are paid.
Mikel Purdue appeared for a Probation Violation Hearing on October 4, 2017. The Court dismissed the motion to revoke probation.
Santiago Romero appeared for Arraignment on October 4, 2017. He entered into an agreement with the State in which he pled guilty to Count 1: Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony-Narcotic Drug), a fourth degree felony and Count 3: Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Mr. Romero was placed on 12 months supervised probation with APPO on all standard terms and conditions. He was also ordered to make a $100.00 donation to the Raton Crime Stoppers and must report to HRDA for a drug/alcohol screen and must follow the recommendations of the screener.
Michael Sandoval appeared for a Motion to Revoke Conditions of Release Hearing on October 11, 2017. The Court granted the State’s motion and bond was sent in each case at $5,000.00 cash only. If Mr. Sandoval was able to get into treatment, the conditions could potentially be changed to allow treatment.
A bench warrant in the amount of $5,000.00 cash only was issued for Leroy Martinez for failure to appear.
David Baca appeared for a First Appearance Hearing on October 11, 2017. The Court dismissed the State’s Motion to Revoke Probation under the Rule 5-805. Mr. Baca was ordered to immediately report to the APPO office.
Daniel Vigil appeared for Plea Conference on October 11, 2017. He pled guilty to two counts in two separate cases. In D-809-CR-2017-120, Mr. Vigil pled guilty to Count 1: Assault by a Prisoner (Apprehension of Battery), a third degree felony. In D-809-CR-2017-19, Mr. Vigil pled guilty to Count 1: Criminal Damage to Property (Over $1000), a fourth degree felony. He also admitted to being the same Daniel Vigil who was convicted in D-809-CR-2015-28. Mr. Vigil was sentenced to 1 year incarceration at NMDOC. Upon his release, he will serve 4.5 years on supervised probation with APPO under all standard conditions of probation. The parole period and probation will run concurrent. The Court ordered that Mr. Vigil make a $100.00 donation to the Raton Crime Stoppers, pay all restitution, and pay all fines and fees as required by statute
Marshall E. Warrick appeared for Arraignment on October 11, 2017. A not guilty plea was entered on all counts. Mr. Warrick was placed on an ROR (Release on Own Recognizance) bond with all standard conditions of release set. He was also ordered to report to HRDA for a drug/alcohol screen and will have to follow the recommendations of the screener.
Patrick Padilla appeared for Plea Conference on October 11, 2017. He pled guilty to Count 1: False Evidence of Title or Registration (Alter), a fourth degree felony. He also admitted his identity in two prior convictions, D-809-CR-2015-46 and D-809-CR-2016-16. The State held one of the priors in abeyance. Mr. Padilla was sentenced to a 1 year period of incarceration which he will serve on a GPS monitor while serving a current parole period in another matter. After the parole period has ended, Mr. Padilla will serve 18 months on supervised probation with APPO. He was also ordered to pay a $150.00 donation to the Raton Crime Stoppers.
A bench warrant was issued for Raul Antonio Olivera in the amount of $5,000.00 cash only for failure to appear.
Juan Ruquejo appeared for Arraignment on October 11, 2017. He entered into a plea agreement with the State in which he pled guilty to Count 1: Aggravated Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer, a fourth degree felony, Count 2: Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an Officer (Arrest), a misdemeanor, and Count 3, Resisting, Evading, or Obstructing an Officer (Arrest), a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 3.5 years supervised probation with APPO. Mr. Ruquejo was also ordered to make a $100.00 donation to the Raton Crime Stoppers and must pay all fines and fees as required by statute.
Andrew Romero appeared for Arraignment on October 11, 2017. A not guilty plea was entered on all counts. Mr. Romero was placed on an ROR (Release on Own Recognizance) bond with all standard conditions of release set. He was also ordered to report to HRDA for a drug/alcohol screen and will have to follow the recommendations of the screener as well as participate in the ADC program.
Michael Sandoval appeared for a Plea Conference in two matters on October 11, 2017. In D-809-CR-2017-4, he pled guilty to Count 4: Residential Burglary, a third degree felony. In D-809-CR-2017-17, he pled guilty to Count 1: Escape from a Community Custody Release Program (Felony), a fourth degree felony. Mr. Sandoval also admitted his identity in 3 prior felony convictions, D-202-CR-2009-4740, D-809-CR-2012-70, and D-809-CR-2013-34. The State imposed two of the priors and held one in abeyance. He was sentenced to a 4 year period of incarceration at the NMDOC, followed by a 2 year parole period and 3 years supervised probation with APPO. The parole and probationary periods are to run concurrent. Mr. Sandoval was allowed an 8 hour furlough on October 13, 2017, ordered to pay restitution, a $100.00 donation to the Raton Crime Stoppers, all fines and fees required by statute, and shall have no contact with the victim.
Adrian Duran appeared for Sentencing on October 13, 2017. He was found guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter, a third degree felony with a firearm enhancement (as amended by the State in the Criminal Information). He was sentenced to 7 year period of incarceration at NMDOC, followed by a 2 year parole period.

RHS October Students of the Month

Raton High School and Raton Elks Lodge #865 are pleased to announce the Students of the Month for October. Skylar Mastrantoni—Academic Award, Asia Gentry—Service Award, Justine Mascarenas—Most Improved Award, Devon Ramirez, and Lloyd Tria—7th Grade. Congratulations Students!!

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. From L to R: Skylar Mastrantoni—Academic Award, Asia Gentry—Service Award, Justine Mascarenas—Most Improved Award, Devon Ramirez—8th Grade (not pictured), and Lloyd Tria—7th Grade.

Commission Approves Capital Asset Inventory in Short Meeting

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening, October 10th to take care of a short agenda that included discussion of the Fixed Capital Assets Inventory and approval of a couple of events coming up for the month of October.

Commissioners approved the last meeting’s minutes and heard from City Treasurer Michael Ann Antonucci concerning the Fixed Capital Assets Inventory. The city has used RCI for the last few years to do the inventory who then presents a new inventory based on the new purchases and disposal of damaged or unrepairable equipment. The city has 1665 inventory items and 562 land and infrastructure items on the inventory. Antonucci noted the total inventory totals out at $8,241,814. Commissioners approved this year’s inventory.

Commissioners then approved the Calvary Baptist Church hay ride set for October 25, 2017 and Raton Mainstreet’s halloween trick or treat event that takes kids down First and Second Street to trick or treat on October 31, 2017.

Commissioners then heard from City Manager Scott Berry, who informed them that he had not received any comments concerning the new Solid Waste Ordinance. Berry noted that the ordinance will be brought before the commission at the next October meeting for approval. The new ordinance removes the landfill from the ordinance and clarifies the rate schedule as well as clarifying how and what maybe placed near the dumpsters for pickup. He also noted that in order for the bear proof dumpsters to work the lids have to be closed indicating that bears have climbed in the open dumpsters and became trapped.

In the city manager’s report Berry noted that the taxiway construction work at the airport is underway and weather permitting will be completed this year. Public Works is cleaning up the excess gravel from the chip seal project as well as doing pothole patching. He met with the group concerning the Coal Camp Community Kitchen about acquiring appliances and scheduling for its use.

Mayor Mantz asked about the transfer station and Berry told commissioners that it should arrive in December and that construction should be completed in mid 2018.

Commissioners will meet again October 24, 2017 at 6 pm for their next regular meeting and it will be broadcast on AM 1490 KRTN.

 

Michael Ann Antonucci and Paula Cacciatore accepted the Professional Business Women's Month Proclamation from Commissioner Don Giacomo.

Michael Ann Antonucci and Paula Cacciatore accepted the Professional Business Women’s Month Proclamation from Commissioner Don Giacomo. (Link to the Proclamation for PBW)

 

Commissioner Lindé Schuster presented the Proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Janis Stuart, Victoria Gonzales and Lee Phillips.

Commissioner Lindé Schuster presented the Proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Janis Stuart, Victoria Gonzales and Lee Phillips. (Link for Proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month)

 

Public meetings will address proposed changes in pronghorn rule

Public meetings will address proposed changes in pronghorn rule

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004
dan.williams@state.nm.us 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT. 5, 2017:

Public meetings will address proposed changes
in pronghorn rule

SANTA FE –The Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the pronghorn rule.

The Department is proposing changes to how pronghorn are hunted in New Mexico, structuring pronghorn hunts similarly to how deer are hunted in the state. This will provide increased opportunity for public and private-land hunters.

Improved pronghorn survey methods have resulted in better biological data from which to base harvest recommendations. Additionally, the department has heard various concerns regarding the current Antelope Private Land Use System (A-PLUS).  The department is developing recommendations to be implemented for the start of the 2019-2020 hunting season.

To gather public comments, four public meetings will be conducted:

  • Albuquerque: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 3841 Midway Place, NE.
  • Las Vegas: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the New Mexico State Police Office, 520 South Commerce.
  • Roswell: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 1912 W. Second St.
  • Las Cruces: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Department of Game and Fish office, 2715 Northrise Drive.

The proposal can be viewed on the Department’s website, www.wildlife.nm.us. Comments on the proposed changes can be provided by mail: New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Attn: Nicole Quintana, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504; by email, nicole.quintana@state.nm.us; or in person at one of the meetings listed above.

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Tiger Grant Approved by City Commission

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

Raton City Commissioners met Tuesday evening, September 26th for their regular meeting and once again received good news on city finances and approved participating in the Tiger IX Grant for railroad work along the Amtrak route through New Mexico.

The second public hearing for Solid Waste Ordinance 996 was held with no public comment coming from either phone calls, email or letters noted City Manager Scott Berry. The ordinance will replace the existing ordinance and bring it up to date with the current situation of a transfer station and no land fill. It will also put some teeth in the ordinance to take care of illegal dumping.

Diana Sanchez was present to give a report on the Gate City Music Festival indicating that the event was a success and they will begin next year with about $7500, with the goal of requesting less funding from Lodgers Tax. Sanchez report indicated that there were several visitors from out of town here for the event that stayed in hotels. Of those who filled out the survey two were from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Link to full Gate City Report2017)

The August Financial was approved with a 5% increase in GRT per budget. City Treasurer Michael Ann Antonucci however cautioned commissioners that this is the time of the year that the GRT normally takes a dip. Antonucci noted that the lodger’s tax is doing well showing an increase over the last five years.  (Link to Financial Rpt Aug 2017)

Commissioners tabled the Capital Asset inventory agenda item waiting on additional information to finish the report. They then approved participation in the Tiger IX grant application that Colfax County will be this year’s applicant. The city’s match is $12,500.

Dan Campbell informed commissioners about the projects that the one cent gross receipts tax has accomplished over the years. The tax will sunset next year and Campbell is hoping to get the tax reimplemented to be used for upcoming projects. He also noted that if possible they would like to reduce the tax to 3/4 cent. The bonds that the 1-cent GRT helped pay off will be paid off in December 2018. (Link to Resolution 2017-48 Res 2017-48)

Scott Berry noted in his report that the Armory Board is hoping to have the results of the lead abatement at the armory by their next meeting in three months and will be able to turn over the building to the city. Berry was in attendance for the preconstruction meeting for the airport projects. The taxiway projects will begin in about 10 days and weather permitting will be done by the end of the year. He also noted that the health certificate is in for the community kitchen and they will now begin work on the grants to pay for equipment.

The city commission will meet again October 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the commission chambers and will be broadcast live on KRTN AM 1490.

Game Commission to meet Sept. 28 in Red River

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004
dan.williams@state.nm.us 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 20, 2017:

Game Commission to meet Sept. 28 in Red River

RED RIVER – The New Mexico Game Commission will meet Thursday, Sept. 28, in Red River to consider numerous matters, including a proposed rule to allow magnification devices on archery equipment used to hunt protected game species.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Red River Community House, 116 E. Main St., in Red River.

Other agenda items include:

  • Discussion of potential rule changes to prohibit the use of aircraft for locating wildlife for hunting purposes.
  • A proposed rule amendment that would allow qualifying New Mexico resident veterans and first responders to receive donated licenses.
  • Discussion of proposed changes to the state’s fishing rules.

The full agenda, detailed agenda-item briefings and other information are available on the Department of Game and Fish website. Details of proposed rules and opportunities to comment about them also are available on the website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate. Current members are Chairman Paul Kienzle, Vice-chairman Bill Montoya, Thomas “Dickie” Salopek, Robert Espinoza Sr., Ralph Ramos, Bob Ricklefs and Elizabeth Ryan.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or any other form of auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the meeting, please contact Angelica Ruiz, (505) 476-8027. Public documents, including the agenda and minutes, can be provided in various accessible forms. Game Commission meetings are video recorded and can be seen at www.governor.state.nm.us.

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Governor declares Saturday, Sept. 23, National Hunting and Fishing Day in New Mexico

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New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004
dan.williams@state.nm.us 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 20, 2017:

Governor declares Saturday, Sept. 23,
National Hunting and Fishing Day in New Mexico

SANTA FE – Each year hunters and anglers contribute more than $579 million dollars to the state’s economy, providing the funding necessary to manage New Mexico’s wildlife for the benefit of our citizens and future generations.

In honor of the sportsmen and women’s contributions to wildlife conservation, Governor Susana Martinez issued a proclamation, declaring Saturday, Sept. 23 National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) in New Mexico.

Saturday, the department will celebrate NHFD with a day of free fishing in New Mexico. All anglers, residents and nonresidents, may fish free on public waters statewide. No one needs a license or stamp, although bag limits and all other fishing rules apply.

Whether you feel like testing the waters for the first time or you are an old hand at fishing, it’s the perfect time to get out and make a cast or two at lakes and streams across New Mexico.

If you’re looking for a fun family event, the Village of Pecos is having its first annual Fishing Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Monastery Lake, just up the canyon from the village. The free event will feature food, prizes for kids and several exhibitors, including the Department of Game and Fish.

For more information about places to fish on Saturday, check out this week’s Fishing and Stocking Report, available on the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

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Governor's proclamation