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The Marines have landed; Let the Fun Begin

The Marines have landed; Let the Fun Begin                         

The Colfax County Young Marines Established its first beachhead at the RatonHigh School last Saturday. Forty plus recruits ages 8-17 showed up for their first day of familiarization and recruit training. Commander Bert Goodfallow (USMC Ret.) expressed satisfaction at the turnout. “My goal was 30 recruits and $10,000 of start-up money. We exceeded our participation goal and now we need our Young Marine Parent Support Group to help us raise the finances”. He went on to say that the funding will be used to finance equipment and field trips. “I am particularly pleased to have the professional cadre that we do. There is over 80 years of military experience in this group”.

Each of the cadre addressed the new recruits. Some of the highlights included: Commander Goodfallow’s love for this flag and country. Former US Army Aviator and current Raton Municipal Judge Warren Walton spoke to the recruits about the importance of maintaining a drug free life and staying out of trouble.  Danny Greigo (USMC/USA Ret.) and former Drill Sergeant led the first day’s activities in Drill and Ceremony. He was assisted by Cameron Rountree (USMC), Ben Munden (USN), Tony Goens (USN), Mr. Sandoval and Christine Marchet (USA). Special thanks go to Jessica Rountree and Debbie Sparks for the registration duties.

Who We Are
The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a
healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

To strengthen the lives of American youth.

Young Marines will go through the first training, known as recruit training. The recruit training cycle familiarizes the new Young Marine with the basic knowledge in various subjects related to the program. It also helps them to evaluate their own physical fitness and encourages them to strive to be a better person, both physically and academically. After recruit training is complete, the training will continue. Physical training is a regular part of the Young Marine program. During the course of a year Young Marines will also receive classes such as first aid, CPR, fire prevention and home safety and land navigation.

LEADERSHIP is a subject that is learned as they progress in their Young Marine career. The Marine Veterans of the unit will coach them up on leadership traits and principles. The Young Marine program has leadership schools at the junior, senior and advanced levels. The unit will also go on encampments (camping trips) and will normally include training at those locations. This provides for a lot of fun while continuing their training in physical activity.

There is Training within the unit in a variety of subjects. This builds morale, encourages teamwork, and helps to strengthen the life of the Young Marine.

Registered Staff and Volunteers

Commanding Officer…………………..Bert Goodfallow  (USMC Ret.)

Executive Officer……………………….Cameron Rountree (USMC)

Training Officer………………………..Danny Greigo (USMC/USA Ret.)

Assistant Tng Officer………………M. Neil Terhune (USMC/USA Ret.)

Logistics and Supply officer………Ben Munden (USN)

Assistant Tng NCO…………………..Tony Goens (USN)

Y. Marine Female Advisor…………Christine Marchet (USA)

Assistant Instructors and Staff……….Warren Walton (USA)

                                                                 Mr. Sandoval (USMC)

                                                                 Jessica Rountree & Debbie SparkeYM3YM1


Enrollment Figures down for Raton Others see Improvement

Enrollment Declines in Raton

Other Schools see Improvement


By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


            Each year school administrators start looking at enrollment figures at the 10th day of school to try to recalculate their budgets. This year is no different and for the Raton schools it will be a major challenge.

            Most of the schools in the area however are looking at enrollment numbers that are about the same or slightly improved over last year. Both Des Moines and Wagon Mound saw enrollment drop but not nearly as much as Raton which lost 110 students from last year’s enrollment.

            It was noted that some of the increase in enrollment numbers for Maxwell came from transfers from Raton. Job relocations and other factors contributed to the decrease in Raton’s enrollment. That large decrease will end up costing the district almost $420,000 this year.

            In order to meet this decrease in student funding, classes will have to be cut and the first ones to go will be electives. Other cuts that administrators will likely look at are not filling vacancies left by retirement or other reasons. Tightening the budget in other places like travel and meals for athletics. Much of what was done last year.

            Day 40 is the deadline day for enrollment numbers. On that day the enrollment numbers will be the last ones used for the final budget.

            Another consideration of the declining enrollment for Raton will be their athletics ranking which is now class 3A. It is expected that will change next year when the New Mexico Activities Association meets for their realignment meeting. Other issues that, that will create will be longer travel for sports due to the distance of the other schools in class 2A.















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Wagon Mound




Station to Station A Nomadic Happening stops in Raton

Station to Staion Train Stops in Raton


By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media


Traveling by train from New York to California is an artist-driven public art project that arrived in Raton just before 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening, the newest project from artist Doug Aitken, is described as a “liquid platform for artistic experimentation that connects artists, musicians, and cultural icons with diverse communities for a series of interventions and site-specific happenings.” The train is traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific, making nine stops along the way in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, each time for a one-night only live event. The trip will last about three weeks during September.

The artist-driven public art project is made possible by the Levi’s brand. Jimmy Everett, Levi’s spokesman on the trip, said the trip fit well with their current ad campaign that shows Levi dressing the pioneers of today as they dressed the original pioneers.

Marisa Wayne, public relations person for this trip, explained some of the things going on in the cars during the trip from the recording studio to the film crew who is working on a documentary for the trip. In the Levi car Jimmy Everett talked about the 1901 Underwood that had been electronicized to make tweets on Twitter from the train. Users use an armband to tie the tweet to their account. There is also a 1953 Gibson ES-125 guitar that is tied to Soundcloud and an old film camera for Instagram.

The next stop on the trip for the train is Lamy where the artist and musicians will disembark and travel to Santa Fe for what is described as a happening. The following is from the Station to Station press release explaining the happenings.


Each happening will feature five Nomadic Sculptures created by Kenneth Anger, Urs Fisher, Liz Glynn, Carsten Höller, and Ernesto Neto. The artists were asked to envision a yurt (a portable tent-like dwelling traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia). The Nomadic Sculptures range from Höller’s yurt pierced with holes that visitors can throw Frisbees through, to Glynn’s creation of the universe that will evolve at each stop.


Every happening will also include a procession organized by Meschac Gaba—twelve participants wearing different African headdresses will walk among the public as they enter the venue. At each stop a different flag created by Lawrence Weiner will be raised. Kathryn Andrew envisioned a poster for each city—the poster will have an image of one randomly chosen person, and that poster will become the “face” of the happening at each stop.


Additionally, at each stop the Levi’s® brand will create and curate yurts, designed as an intimate gallery-like setting where local artists will be designing and crafting new products in real time. A tribute to the Levi’s® brand’s “Makers” program, the Levi’s® yurts will celebrate local artisan products. Artists featured include Folk Fibers, Cobra Boots, Chimayo, and Junkyard Jeans.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 6:00-10:00 p.m.           

Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion, Santa Fe, NM

Station to Station will merge with this desert landscape to create a unique happening. Performers include Cat Power, The Handsome Family, Nite Jewel, THEESatisfaction, and others to be announced.


Katie’s Law In New Mexico

Relatives in Raton were informed that Jayann Sepich and Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that Katie’s Law has led to the 500th match of DNA data to a criminal case in New Mexico. 

The mother, Jayann Sepich, was notified of the milestone Friday, which was also the 10th anniversary of her daughter Katie Sepich being laid to rest.  Gov Martinez was the prosecuting attorney that tried the criminal case in 2006, then signed the bill into law in 2011 as Gov.

Raton City Commission Meeting

Commissioners In and Out Meeting

 By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 It took commissioners about 17 minutes to get through their very short agenda Tuesday night.

Commissioners approved the route and paperwork associated with the Annual Brest Cancer Awareness Walk which will start at Ripley Park at about 8:00 a.m. and proceed down Second Street to the Oasis Restaurant and back.

            Commissioners then heard from City Manager Butch McGowen about Amtrak indicating there is a meeting in Pueblo Saturday and there maybe a quorum of city commissioners depending on who goes. McGowen noted that it will likely require another rolling resolution to fund Amtrak for the next year.

            City officials have met with Homeland Security concerning flood damage and are hoping that there will be a presidential declaration. The declaration will bring FEMA in with funding that will only require a 12.5% match for the city and a 12.5% match from the state with the remainder coming from the federal government. If the declaration doesn’t come through it would mean a 25% match for the city.

            The Raton Senior Citizen building repair is moving forward with the scope of work being designated and bids put out.

            Commissioners will meet again on September 24, 2013 for their next regular meeting.


Proclamation: September 11, 2001 the American people endured with courage and heroism the worst terrorist attack on U.S soil in the nation’s history. Citizens of Raton have the opportunity to participate in activities to honor the 9/11 victims and heroes by joining together in service projects to meet community needs. Therefore Mayor Bobby LeDoux proclaims September 11 a day of Service and Remembrance in Raton

L to R Remy Garcia, Mayor Bobby LeDoux, Larry Larry Osborn, Colfax County Rapid Response Team; Richard Trujillo, Independent Riders; Filbert Flores, Ed Lannon, VFW Post 1793.
September 11, 2001 the American people endured with courage and heroism the worst terrorist attack on U.S soil in the nation’s history. Citizens of Raton have the opportunity to participate in activities to honor the 9/11 victims and heroes by joining together in service projects to meet community needs. Therefore Mayor Bobby LeDoux proclaims September 11 a day of Service and Remembrance in Raton.

Voters Shoot Fee Down

It was called a tax, a service fee, a cost of service fee and a franchise fee. What ever you call it, the $6.00 was being touted as too much for many people on a fixed income and by some, as simply wrong. 

The city of Raton however, was saying it was needed in order to help keep current levels of service at the fire department and police department. The money was going to be used to keep three positions filled at the fire department and two at the police department. The remainder would be used elsewhere. 

Concerned citizens collected enough signatures to force the city commission to put the question to a vote by the citizens of Raton, instead of the commission voting it in. This Tuesday (September 3) voters went to the poles and voted the fee down. These results are unofficial.

Absentee  72 Against   97 For

Convention Center  170 Against  168 For

St Patricks  199 Against  85 For


441 Against the fee

350 For the fee 

Springer Man Arrested in Shooting

New Mexico State Police and Springer Police were called to a residence on Miranda Avenue in Springer early Sunday morning (Sept 1 2013) for a report of a shooting. 

Upon arrival officers found that Augustine Grano (61) of Springer, New Mexico, had suffered a gunshot wound and was deceased at the scene. After the investigation was handed over to New Mexico State Police Investigation’s Bureau, one male subject, Eugene Gonzales (71) of Springer was taken into custody and has been charged with 1 count of First Degree Murder. The investigation continues.

Eugene Gonzales (71)

Eugene Gonzales (71)

Raton City Commission Meeting 8/26/2013

The Raton City commission met on Monday 8/26/2013 at 7 pm due to a schedule change so commissioners could attend a meeting on Tues  8/27/2013.


The first order of business was to swear in the new Raton City Treasurer: Michael Ann Antonuci and the new City Clerk: Tricia Garcia. 


Mayor Bob Ledoux and Commissioner Neil Segotta discussed the possible loss of sales tax that is normally refunded by the State of NM, thus causing the municipalities to increase taxes by as much as 10 cents on the dollar to cover the shortfall.  Both stated that efforts are being made to fight this change, citing that it would be devastating to municipalities.


The Gaming Commission meeting was attended by Raton representatives and a plea was made to return racing to Raton. Mayor Ledoux sated that Raton was the only municipality there and the Gaming Commission took notice of that.


Lee Phelan, Chairman of the Lodger’s Tax Board made a presentation for Civis Plus to construct a new website for the City of Raton.  Phelan stated that the present site is not functional or user friendly.  The company will design the website, supply customer service, unlimited online training and redesigned/updated every four years at a cost of $21,000. the first year and $4,000 a year thereafter.  The money will come out of the Lodger’s Tax.  Lodger’s tax monies will also be used to pay for radio advertising on KCRT, in the amount of $3750.  The Commissioners voted and approved the proposals. 


Big news was announced that Raton will again have a paper.  “The Raton Comet” is coming, owned by the Santa Fe New Mexico Newspaper, with Lisa Morales as General Manager.


The Raton Water Works, Dan Cambell, discussed the turbidity issues that we have experienced.  Mayor Ledoux and City manager McGowen thanked him and Anthony Bustos for their hard work during the water issue.


RPS General Manager David Mitchell and Kathy McQueary answered questions and concerns about the utility bills and comments made by Wayne McMurty and Stella Sintas. 


Other reports included a Parks and Rec report by Commissioner Chris Candelario that 60 participants competed in the recent horseshoe tournament. 


City Manager McGowen stated that an audit for the City is presently being conducted.  The Old Pass Gallery roof is a priority and that they were meeting with engineers and bids were going out for the repair. The City Manager also stated they were working on an agreement concerning the Senior Citizen’s Center.


The Mayor commended Fire Chief Jim Matthews for conducting EMT training at the Raton High School, and offered condolences and prayers for the family of Anthony Coronado who was a Lt. in the Colfax County Fire Dept…  Mayor Ledoux also commended Commissioner Mance and her husband for their years of volunteer work in the local soccer program.


The Mayor also announced that Senator Martin Heinrich will be in Raton this Friday.


The commission then moved into Closed Executive Session to discuss

Litigation. -Horse Racing at Raton Warranty Deed and Property-Mark Van Buskirk Land Proposal.


The next City Commission meeting will be on Tues. Sept 10 at 6PM and will be broadcast on KRTN AM 1490.



Raton City Commission Agenda






A regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton will be held on August 26, 2013 at 7:00p.m.  The Meeting will be called to order by Mayor LeDoux. The following subjects will be considered by the City Commission and may be considered in any order that is most convenient for the CityCommission.  

Meeting Called To Order – Mayor LeDoux. 

Roll Call of the Members of the City Commission and determination of quorum.

Pledge of Allegiance to the U. S. Flag.
Recognition of Visitors, Citizen of the Month and/or Presentation of Proclamation, Service Award, Congratulations, Condolences, Holiday Schedules and City/Municipal events -Mayor

Next Regular Commission Meeting September 10, 2013 at 6 p.m.

All City Offices will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2013 in observance ofLabor Day.

Oath of office for City Treasurer and City Clerk.

Comments from the General Public

Committee Reports From Commissioners:


A.  Raton Water Works:  (Mayor pro-tem Candelario, Commissioner Mantz)

B.  Raton Public Service:  (Mayor LeDoux, Commissioner Segotta)

C.  Parks & Recreation Advisory Board:  (Mayor pro-tem Candelario)

D.  Senior Center Board:  (Mayor pro-tem Candelario)

E.  Planning & Zoning Commission:  (Commissioner Fanelli)

F.  Housing Authority:  (Commissioner Fanelli)

G.  Airport Advisory Board:  (Commissioner Segotta)

H.  ETZ Zoning Commission:  (Commissioner Segotta)

I.   Arts & Culture Board:  (Commissioner Mantz)

J.   North Central NM Economic Development District:  (Commissioner Mantz)

K.  Library Advisory Board:  (Mayor LeDoux)

L.  ETZ Zoning Authority:  (Mayor LeDoux)


Action items/Public Hearings/Ordinances/Resolutions/City Manager’s Report-The CityCommission may discuss and/or take actions on the following agenda items:

Approval of the August 13, 2013 Regular Commission Meeting Minutes.


Deliberate and Act on Approval of the July 2013 Financials. Resolution 2013-34
Lodger’s Tax Recommendations
Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2013-35: A Resolution Authorizing the City of Raton to utilized NCEMS Pricing Contract for the Purchase of One (1) New Ambulance and Financing Thereof.
Deliberate and Act on Resolution 2013-36: Employee Medical Insurance Policy.
City Manager’s Report  
Old Pass Gallery ( Building)
Raton Senior Citizens (Building)
Special Election
Recognition/Appreciation/ Information

Closed Executive Session Pursuant to

10-15-1H (7) Litigation

Horse Racing at Raton Warranty Deed

10-15-1H (8) City Property

Mark van Buskirk Land Proposal




 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 Friday, August 23, 2013 at 5 p.m. and remained so posted continuously at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting. Said notice was also posted in six public places (Library, Aquatic Center, 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 tgarcia@cityof raton.com if you have any questions or concerns.





Tricia Garcia, Deputy Clerk


If you are an individual who requires special accommodations, please notify Tricia Garcia, City Clerk at 575 445-9551 of such needs at least one week prior to the meeting(s) you plan to attend or as soon as possible.



Commissioners Recognize Rescuers

Commission Recognizes Rescuers

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Mayor Bobby LeDoux presented certificates of recognition to five men for their efforts in saving a mother and her children from the rising water in the north underpass this last month.

Casey Redd, Dennis Decker, Seth Garcia, Eddie Lawrence and Matt Preston just happened to be close by when the car driven by Misty Hale got caught in the rising water of the north underpass. The efforts of the men rescued the children as the water rose and began to float the car before it finally sank and was submerged under some 11 feet of water.

Commissioners then approved the street closure for the Raton Mainstreet street fair and dance to be held on September 14th. The street fair will close Second street from Cook to Park for the fair and Cook from Second to the Alley for the street dance.

The White House Saloon will be the site for a motorcycle bike run memorial on September 7th and the street fair dance September 14th. The commission approved their request for a special dispensers permit to allow the use of the sidewalk area in front of the saloon.

Commissioners approved the Lodger’s Tax Board recommendations for the Parks and Recreation Department for $10,000 for hosting a professional baseball team and promotion of their games. The $10,000 from the city leverages the $146,000 from the Pecos league to host and operate the Raton Osos.

They also approved a request for $3,000 to host and promote the mud bog races this weekend (August 17th) in Raton.

Commissioners approved Resolution 2013-33 authorizing the acceptance and execution of the Municipal Arterial Project with New Mexico DOT for the South 1st street improvements.

City Manager Butch McGowen continues to ask resident to hold their edible trash until pickup day in their area of town to help control the bear problem in light of the reduction in work force to the sanitation department. He also noted that some residents would be cited for weeds.

McGowen indicated that Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in town to look over the flooding issues. McGowen is hoping the Feds will step in so that the cost to the city will be less for the disaster monies. If the money comes through the state the 75% will be funded by the state and 25% from the city. If the Feds pay the bill it will be 75% from the Feds, 12.5% from the State and 12.5% from the city. The feds will primarily be looking at the runoff issues at Lake Maloya and the Cimarron River. It was noted that recent rains in the Whites Peak burn scar area maybe causing problem runoff into the Cimarron River.

Commissioners will meet again on August 26, at 7:00 p.m. that is a change from the normal meeting time due to the New Mexico Municipal League meetings that week.


Mayor Bobby LeDoux recognizes these men for their efforts in saving a mother and her children from their car whic was caught in the rising waters of the North underpass.  L to R Dennis Decker, Seth Garcia, Eddie Lawrence, Matt Preston and Mayor Bobby LeDoux Not Pictured was Casey Redd

Mayor Bobby LeDoux recognizes these men for their efforts in saving a mother and her children from their car which was caught in the rising waters of the North underpass.
L to R Dennis Decker, Seth Garcia, Eddie Lawrence, Matt Preston and Mayor Bobby LeDoux
Not Pictured was Casey Redd