Category: Super Stars of Business

Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy

By Susan Ward, KRTN-  

Pioneer Natural Resources presents KRTN’s Super Star of Business for October, Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy.

In observance of National Physical Therapy Month, Ted Kamp was our guest at KRTN on October 29, 2015. 

Ted Kamp, DPT and his wife Traci Kamp, DPT are the owners of Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy. RMPT is a rehabilitation center located in Raton, NM. Their physical therapy team provides outpatient therapy services to patients of all ages and abilities. 

ted kamp 1Ted Kamp spoke of the impressive “collection of talent” that the staff possesses at Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy. RMPT employs three fully-credentialed specialty staff members and seven other talented personnel.

Ted shared that it is “very rewarding to help patients” and see their results. He expressed his gratitude for the relationships that they have formed in the community. Ted stated, “It’s a real blessing to work with patients who are going to have the opportunity to work through issues and better themselves. We cry and rejoice with our patients.”

KRTN Sales Manager, Alan Kenny, told listeners that recently he “had the opportunity to use some of the finest equipment” at Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy and that already he has seen positive changes with mobility. Alan emphasized the professionalism and courtesy of the staff. Ted agreed that Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy has some of the “finest staff you can find – with skills to work with all different groups of people.”

Bill Donati, Owner and General Manager of KRTN, asked Ted Kamp about how patients get referred to Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy. Ted explained that services are covered by most insurance policies and are driven by a referral from a physician. 

rocky mountain physical therapy logoThe Raton facility includes a small, salt water swimming pool which maintains a warm, comfortable temperature. Ted mentioned that the salt water helps to lower the possibility of skin irritation. The pool offers an alternative for patients who have arthritis or other restrictions on higher-impact exercise.

Wellness programs are offered to the public for exercise and improved mobility for a nominal fee.

Ted Kamp invites anyone to call or come by Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy for a screening.

Physical Therapy Services Offered by Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy:

Drug Screening
Dry Needling Specialist
Home Health Care
Neuromuscular Rehab
Orthopaedic Rehab
Nursing Home
Wound Care


Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fitness Center Hours: 6:00 am-7:00 pm

Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy
160 Hospital Drive

Raton, NM  87740


Bruno’s Pizza and Wings

By Susan Ward, KRTN

Pioneer Natural Resources presents KRTN’s Super Star of Business for September:  Bruno’s Pizza and Wings.

Co-owner of Bruno’s Pizza and Wings, Mandy Hess, was our guest at KRTN on September 3, 2015.

Located at 244 South First Street in downtown Raton, Bruno’s Pizza and Wings serves up some of the best homemade pizza, chicken wings and salads in the area. Customers are already claiming their favorites:  The New Mexican Pizza, Green Chile Chicken Pizza, Cranberry Chipotle Wings and Spinach Salad.

Mandy Hess, co-owner of Bruno's Pizza and Wings,  visits KRTN.

Mandy Hess, co-owner of Bruno’s Pizza and Wings, visits KRTN.

Owners Aaron Ley and Mandy Hess took some time to decide and start their own business in Raton. Mandy has been a part-time social worker, a counselor and a busy mom to her young children. Her partner, Aaron Ley, always made pizzas at home and “is really good at it.” Aaron had been working in the oilfield business in North Dakota, but is now with their family on a daily basis.  

Aaron and Mandy opened Bruno’s Pizza and Wings in July 2015 with about 20 employees. KRTN’s Billy D noted, “You have an even bigger family now!” Billy D added, “It’s not easy to own your own business. But eating is great therapy. We all need to eat and break bread… And this is America! I’m loving this!”

Co-owner of Bruno's Pizza and Wings, Mandy Hess, visits with Billy D at KRTN.

Co-owner of Bruno’s Pizza and Wings, Mandy Hess, visits with Billy D at KRTN.

The symbol of a bear (bruin, “Bruno”) makes a lot of sense for the town and tourists of Raton! Bruno’s displays a sports motif that is a welcomed addition to Historic First Street. Large-screen TVs showing sporting events can entertain guests while they anticipate their main course. 

Convenient options for customers include Call-In/Take-Out Service (anytime) and Pizza-By-The-Slice (during lunch). Guests will appreciate that Bruno’s Pizza and Wings is open six days per week; they are only closed on Tuesdays.

brunos pizzaAaron Ley prepares homemade pizza dough everyday and assures the quality and taste of each pizza that leaves Bruno’s busy kitchen. Mandy Hess told Billy D that Bruno’s “adds a depth of flavor to each pizza with a dusting of the House Cheese Blend of Asiago, Provolone and Romano cheeses.” As KRTN Sales Manager, Alan Kenny, commented, “One cannot function without cheese!” Bruno’s offers twelve different pizzas in 12″ and 16″ sizes and encourages customers to “Create Your Own.” Bruno’s can even prepare gluten-free pizzas as needed. 

Bruno’s brings Buffalo Chicken Wings and eight more flavors of tasty wings to Northeastern New Mexico. Customers can order baskets of ten (10) wings at a very reasonable price. Four different salads (in two sizes) are prepared to order and are a delicious beginning to your meal.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Bruno’s Pizza and Wings was on Labor Day, September 7, 2015. KRTN welcomes Aaron, Mandy, their children and their “new family” of employees as September’s Super Stars of Business!

brunos pizza logoBruno’s Pizza and Wings
244 South First Street

Raton, NM  87740
Take-Out call:  575-445-9512
Open 6 Days/Week:
Mon.-Thurs. 11 am – 8 pm (Closed Tuesdays)
Fri. & Sat. 11 am – 9 pm
Sundays Noon – 7 pm

EJ Johnson, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones


Pioneer Natural Resources presents KRTN’s Super Star of Business for July:  
EJ Johnson, Edward Jones Financial Advisor.


EJ Johnson, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, and Billy D

EJ Johnson, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, and Billy D

EJ Johnson, Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Raton, was our guest at KRTN on July 23, 2015.

EJ grew up on a ranch in Alamogordo, New Mexico, moved his family to Raton and set up his Edward Jones office at 700 South 2nd Street. 

Financial Advisors
Edward Jones Investments believes that the best advice comes from someone who knows you – someone who will build a one-on-one relationship with you. You might see financial advisor EJ Johnson at Super Save, Tiger Stadium, your kid’s school or at other community events. And since most Edward Jones financial advisors live and work in the same communities as their clients, the company believes they can better understand your needs and help you achieve your financial goals.

Community Involvement
Not only are Edward Jones financial advisors part of their communities, they’re committed to making them better places. EJ Johnson told Billy D, “My family and I chose Raton. We live here, work here, shop here.” Additionally, EJ is an assistant coach with the Raton Tigers football program.

Professionally Dedicated
While these community-based values are important to Edward Jones, there’s a professional side that’s just as essential. Their financial advisors continuously build their financial knowledge. “We want to help make the world a better place,” says EJ. “We do that with investments.” Billy D and EJ discussed some of the almost-professional scams being attempted around our area – via emails and phone calls. “Investment opportunities are out there,” EJ told Billy D, “but we need to be wary” (of those scams, high risks, etc.). “If it sounds too good to be true,” . . .it is probably a scam.

If you have not had the opportunity to meet EJ Johnson, just call his Raton office at 575-445-2345. Becky (a friendly and most capable professional) will help you schedule a one-on-one appointment at your convenience. Let EJ guide you to the best opportunities out there. . . for you.

EJ Johnson III

Edward Jones Financial Advisor

(575) 445-2345 
700 S 2nd Street 
Raton,  NM   87740

Royse’s Black Jack’s Saloon and Steakhouse

Pioneer Natural Resources presents KRTN’s Super Star of Business for June:  Royse’s Black Jack’s Saloon and Steakhouse.

photo 2 (43)Owners Jim and Marsha Royse, Chef Jessie Baca and Floor Manager/ Bartender Jeremy Oaks were our guests at KRTN on June 18, 2015. The KRTN Staff especially appreciated the savory samples from Black Jack’s new menu that the Royse crew brought to the station!

Located at 225 West Main in downtown Historic Trinidad, Royse’s Black Jack’s Saloon and Steakhouse offers some of the best seasoned and well-prepared 100% Black Angus steaks and brisket in the West.

Jim Royse, a longtime rancher from the Texas Panhandle, and his wife Marsha purchased the former Black Jack’s property in October 2014. They made some renovations and opened Royse’s Black Jack’s Saloon and Steakhouse in March 2015. The Western motif is a given expectation that will delight guests. For added local flair, Jim and Marsha invited area ranchers to put their brands into the walls of the restaurant.

The flavors that jump from the main dishes onto your taste buds are impressive, welcomed surprises! It is no surprise, however, that these savory dishes are prepared skillfully by Chef Jessie Baca. Chef Jessie studied and trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. So, now you know:  It’s ALL going to be good! Chef Jessie recommends the 24-ounce, hand-cut, mesquite-grilled Black Angus Porterhouse Steak. 

If a taste of smooth suds is what you seek, visit bartender Jeremy Oaks in the downstairs saloon. In addition to a new bar menu, he will be running specials for Happy Hour from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. As a very willing transplant from Chicago, via Texas, Jeremy proclaims, “It’s so beautiful out here, you can’t help but smile.”


(l to r): Jeremy Oaks (Flloor Manager/Bartender, Billy D, Chef Jessie Baca, Marsha Royse (Owner), Alan Kenny, Jim Royse (Owner)

(l to r): Jeremy Oaks (Flloor Manager/Bartender, Billy D, Chef Jessie Baca, Marsha Royse (Owner), Alan Kenny, Jim Royse (Owner)

Members of KRTN staff are still smiling after sampling our new-found favorite Black Jack’s dishes and sides: Jim’s Choice Ribeye Steak, Beef Brisket, Grilled (thick) Pork Chop, Paula’s Hominy and Cowboy Cut Potatoes. We are very motivated to try Marsha’s specialty desserts:  Jack Bread Pudding, cobbler with ice cream, Towering Chocolate Cake and Luscious Lemon Cake.

The philosophy of Royse’s Black Jack’s Saloon and Steakhouse is “Eat! Drink! Have a good time!” And, Marsha guarantees that they “will make sure you’re happy before you leave.” 


Marsha Royse (owner), Jeremy Oaks (manager/Bartender), Chef Jessie Baca and Billy D discuss specialty dishes at Royse's Black Jack's Saloon and Steakhouse

Marsha Royse (owner), Jeremy Oaks (manager/Bartender), Chef Jessie Baca and Billy D discuss specialty dishes at Royse’s Black Jack’s Saloon and Steakhouse

Royse’s Black Jack’s Saloon and Steakhouse
225 W. Main
Trinidad, CO  81082
Reservations are welcome at (719) 846-3437.
Summer Hours: 11:30 am – 9 pm Monday-Sunday. Closed Wednesdays.

Huerfano World Journal

Pioneer Natural Resources presents KRTN’s Super Star of Business for February: 
Huerfano World Journal.

Gretchen Sporleder Orr, Publisher and Editor of Huerfan World Journal

Gretchen Sporleder Orr, Publisher and Editor of Huerfano World Journal

Gretchen Sporleder Orr, publisher and editor of Huerfano World Journal, was our guest at the KRTN studios on February 5, 2015 for our “Super Stars of Business”.

Huerfano World can trace its origins to the first issue of the Huerfano Cactus which was published in 1883. The newspaper went through several changes over the next 130 years and eventually became the Huerfano World Journal.

After perusing the February 5, 2015 edition of Gretchen’s stellar newspaper, the KRTN staff became even more enthusiastic about the new media partnership of KRTN Radio and Huerfano World. The Walsenburg-based newspaper is preparing to launch its partnership with KRTN Radio to “extend the news and marketing reach to all three counties of Huerfano, Las Animas and Colfax.”

Billy Donati, KRTN Owner/General Manager with Gretchen Sporleder Orr, Publisher/Editor of Huerfano World Journal

Bill Donati, KRTN Owner/General Manager with Gretchen Sporleder Orr, Publisher/Editor of Huerfano World Journal

Bill Donati, Owner and General Manager of KRTN, expressed his optimism in launching the media collaboration of radio and print, “There is always strength in numbers. And sharing media information is a good sign of bringing our areas together culturally and businesswise.” Bill and Gretchen agreed that local newspapers and radio stations build communities and senses of region identity. KRTN and Huerfano World  are ready to launch a shared promotion of the “World Class” regions of Northeastern New Mexico and Southeastern Colorado.

Gretchen added, “Huerfano World is very excited about expanding our readership and marketing base through our media association with KRTN Radio. Both our readership and local area businesses will now have a stronger platform to market their services.” 

Alan Kenny, Assistant Manager/Sales Manager of KRTN, has agreed to assist Huerfano World in the launch of operations in both Las Animas and Colfax Counties. Alan is well-known in Colorado for his newspaper expertise in growing businesses to their most profitable potential. 

Gretchen Sporleder Orr, Publisher/Editor of Huerfano World with Alan Kenny, Assistant Manager/Sales Manager of Huerfano World  Las Animas/Colfax Counties and KRTN Sales Manager

Gretchen Sporleder Orr, Publisher/Editor of Huerfano World with Alan Kenny, Assistant Manager/Sales Manager of Huerfano World Las Animas/Colfax Counties and KRTN Sales Manager

A launch date will be announced in the near future, and it is hoped that all will realize the importance of this media association,  as far as an expansion of services.

After the program aired and before the day was over, we had heard from several Raton businesses that Gretchen had already visited them. The local business owners echoed the sentiments of the KRTN staff: Gretchen is an impressive, energetic and knowledgeable businesswoman.

KRTN and Huerfano World:
A complete marketing and news venue
. . .Coming soon!




Hope’s Colfax Senior Care, LLC Retirement & Assisted Living Facility

Pioneer Natural Resources presents KRTN’s Super Star of Business for January: Hope’s Colfax Senior Care, LLC Retirement & Assisted Living Facility.

Hope Mosimann and Amanda Moore were our guests at KRTN on January 15, 2015. The KRTN Staff and listeners especially appreciated the poem that Hope asked Billy D to read on air, “An Old Lady’s Poem”.

Billy D reads "An Old Lady's Poem" as Alan Kenny, Hope Mosimann and Amanda Moore listen.

Billy D reads “An Old Lady’s Poem” as Alan Kenny, Hope Mosimann and Amanda Moore listen.

Hope Mosimann is a registered nurse and owner of the beautiful, assisted living facility at 241 Francis Avenue in Raton. She is from Gladstone, NM and graduated from Roy High School. Her husband, Ace, also has a business in Raton. Amanda Moore is the facility’s capable administrator.

Hope Mosimann, owner of Hope's Colfax Senior Care, and Amanda Moore, administrator

Hope Mosimann, owner of Hope’s Colfax Senior Care, and Amanda Moore, administrator

Hope’s Colfax Senior Care is a long-term alternative to the nursing home. The facility provides personal care support services such as meals, medication management, bathing, dressing and transportation. 

Some of their specific services offered are:
  • 24-hour Supervision and Security
  • 3 Meals per day
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Health and Exercise programs
  • Social programs
  • Transportation
  • Access to Medical Services
Hope’s Colfax Senior Care offers assisted living suites with private bedrooms and private baths in a peaceful home setting in Raton, NM. They also provide specialized care for Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as hospice and palliative care. 
Hope’s Colfax Senior Care is licensed and certified by the New Mexico Department of Health and has many different payment options, including insurance and Medicaid. It is the ideal alternative to the nursing home when your loved one can no longer live at home. Hope Mosimann and her staff aim to help our community members remain independent and active as long as possible.

Hope, care for the whole person . . .

Hope’s Colfax Senior Care, LLC Retirement & Assisted Living Facility
251 Francis Avenue
Raton, NM  87740
(575) 445-3820



Flat Mountain Trading Company

Pioneer Natural Resources presents KRTN’s Super Star of Business for December:  Flat Mountain Trading Company. Owner Doug Genova and employee Colette Armijo were our guests on December 4, 2014. Located in the historic Foot Hotel building at 136 North 2nd Street in Raton, Flat Mountain Trading Company offers Antiques & Collectibles, a safe, clean Pawn Shop and a well-stocked Gun Shop.


  • Vintage Collectibles – Toys
  • Native American Pottery – Jewelry
  • Original Art and Prints
  • Arts and Crafts Period Pottery
  • Vintage Advertising
  • Glassware and Crockery
  • Just Plain Fun Stuff


  • Flat Mountain Trading Company operates the finest pawn shop in northeastern New Mexico.  We offer low interest collateral loans fast on the spot.  Anything of value.

  • Flat Mountain Trading is a buyer of gold, silver, coins, estate jewelry, firearms, diamonds and gems. Anything of value. Top dollar paid everyday, always buying,  one item or an estate.

  • Licensed, insured and bonded.  Firearms license, 01/03/SOT. Buying, selling and trading finer firearms, weapons and suppressors. Look though our Class 3 Pro Shop website to see our selection of hundreds of firearms 

  • Sig Sauer dealer direct, range available.  Try before you buy.

Doug, his wife Cindy and their staff welcome your entire family to Flat Mountain Trading Company on Tuesdays through Saturdays (10 AM to 5 PM) to browse, shop or just share stories of years gone by. Also visit their extensive website at www.flatmountaintrading.com

Flat Mountain

Flat Mountain


High Desert Outdoors, Inc.

Pioneer Natural Resources’ Super Star of Business for November is High Desert Outdoors, Incorporated. Larry Gigante was our guest on November 6, 2014.

High Desert Outdoors was established in 2012 and has been responsible for providing outstanding customer service, firearms, ammo and outdoor equipment to our community ever since. With a complete selection of Sporting Goods, their specialties include firearms and ammo, archery supplies and bow maintenance, hunting and fishing supplies. They also carry camping items and clothing.

While there are always at least two employees to assist their customers, High Desert Outdoors literally has a family of employees – specializing in many areas:

Larry Gigante – Fishing  Dept. larry.g@highdesertoutdoors.com
Margaret Gigante – Apparel  Dept.                    margaret.g@highdesertoutdoors.com
Jacob Martinez – Firearms and Ammo Dept.      jakel@highdesertoutdoors.com
Elisabeth Martinez – Apparel Dept. and Sales   elisabethm@highdesertoutdoors.com
Anthony Martinez – Archery  Dept.                     anthony.m@highdesertoutdoors.com
Lana Martinez – Apparel Dept.                           lana.m@highdesertoutdoors.com
Robert  Martinez – Tactical  Dept.   robert.martinez@highdesertoutdoors.com
Jesse Martinez – Camping Dept. jessem@highdesertoutdoors.com

“Our regular customers particularly value that they can come into our business and are able to share their outdoor stories and casually start a conversation with our employees. Be sure to stop by and check us out!” 

KRTN is glad that Larry Gigante took time to stop by and tell us about High Desert Outdoors, Inc. – our newest Super Star of Business!

High Desert Outdoors is located at 600 Kiowa Avenue, Suite. C in the Candelario Building in Raton. Their business hours are: Tuesdays-Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sundays 12:00pm to 4:00pm. 

You may contact High Desert Outdoors at 575-445-7623 and learn more at their informative website, www.highdesertoutdoors.com

 High Dessert~Larry

Hot Yoga on Main is Pioneer Natural Resources Super Star of Business

Hot Yoga on Main
Pioneer Natural Resources Super Stars of Business

Gina Ojeda is the manager of Hot Yoga on Main, located at 502 W Main St in Trinidad. She is our Super Star of Business for March 27, 2014

Hot Yoga on Main offers 24 classes a week at the studio and is expanding to Raton. They will be offering 3 classes a week at the Raton Regional Aquatic Center. They will be on Tue and Thu at 5:30 PM and Sat at 11 AM. The classes are starting April 1st and will be for every ability and age. A separate class will be held for kids 6-12 in the shallow pool.

The nurturing environment of the water provides a peaceful, calming effect on the body and little to no impact on joints, especially knees, hips, and ankles. Weightlessness in the water allows for joint access, muscle lengthening and organ toning.

The Raton class will be a combination of Yoga and Tai-Chi. This is great for all body types and abilities including Sclerosis, fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy, anxiety/depression, pre and post natal, post surgery anyone with muscular or joint limitations. Aqua Yoga/Tai-Chi is therapeutic; helping heart & circulatory conditions, respiratory problems, aids in relieving pain from arthritis and muscle aches and subsides stress and pacifies insomnia.

The classes offered at the studio range from chair yoga to the intense Pilates & Yoga combination called Pro-Strength. They have a class for every level and it is easy to progress from one to the next.
The Warm and Gentle class is peaceful and restorative, the room is heated to 80-90 degrees while the Hot Yoga Healing Flow combines pranayama (breath work), relaxation and energetic vinyasa in a studio heated to 95-105 degrees with 40-50% humidity.

Another excellent class for beginners is “Journey through posture and alignment”. This class will take you on a journey through correct alignment. You align your intentions with your nervous system as well as aligning your body, mind and spirit.

Kids have a class all their own called Yoginos. An OHMazing interdisciplinary yoga curriculum in English, Spanish and Sanskrit. The instructors weave together songs, dance and music to promote flexibility, strength, balance, and wellness on and off the Yoga mat.

Gina started college with a plan to be an elementary school teacher. After being introduced to yoga, healing herself, and wanting to share this with others, changed her direction. She practiced Yoga for two years before becoming an instructor. Originally from Albuquerque, she now lives in Raton and is thrilled to share her passion in Trinidad and now Raton. Gina is certified to teach Yoga, Tai-Chi and is also a massage therapist. She invites you to join a class to learn more about Yoga and yourself. Her goal is to teach others how to breathe and love themselves.

 “Ohm” is the sound of the universe and is a healing vibration…. a great place to start your healing process

Checkout the webpage for classes and more information.  www.hotyogaonmain.com

Ohm symbol


Super Star Gina

Elvis and Gina

Camel pose 

Care for the Caregiver Retreat at Mandala Center

Care for the Caregiver Retreat at the Mandala Center March 29 , 2014
Guest speakers Fr Tim Sexton and Hilece Rose RN

Care for the Caregiver is sponsoring a day of rest and relaxation for all care givers.
You are cordially invited to join us for events that are designed to relieve stress and rejuvenate those who continuously care for other. Come for one session or for all! If you would like to stay for lunch the cost is $15 and please RSVP to 575-278-3002 The program is free of charge.

10 to noon – presenters will be Fr Time Sexton & Gabrielle Herbertson
Fr Tim is a priest in the Episcopal Church who currently serves the Holy Trinity Church in Raton, as well as being the Chaplain for Ambercare hospice in Raton. His presentation “Hope for the journey” will engage us in discovering some of the tools and resources we need for the days ahead.

Gabrielle Herbertson is a poet, essayist, storyteller and writing teacher. She taught in Taos for 30 years and is currently writing poetry and essays, working with an alliance on a book combining memoir and guiding support on the healing journey from grief and loss. Her experiences have led her to discover that the writing process, undertaken with sincerity, is a path to the inner self. Our stories are our own mythic journeys, with our trials and triumphs, lessons, helpers, shatterings, deaths and resurrections. And all along, being forged in secret upon this path of fire is our gift to bring back to the world.
She will be guiding us in a creative writing exercise related to expression and relaxation in our lives.

1 to 4 – presenters will be Hilece Rose, Pam Harkness, Ellen Wood and Martha Shepp

Hilece Rose an RN for 25 years currently works at the MCMC LTC. She has 40 years of meditation practice coupled with a deep interest in supporting the healing of others.

Pamela Harkness is a local message therapist and founder of Harmony Path inc. After lunch Pan and Hilece will guide us into a meditation resonating with the sounds of harp and crystal bowls.

“Live Happy” will be the final presentation by Ellen Wood and Martha Shepp. Ellen will give 7 secrets for de-stressing and rejuvenating one’s life and feeling joy for no reason. Her book “Think and Grow Young – powerful steps to create a life of joy” won the Gold Nautilus Book Award.

Martha is a performing artist and pianist that will feature some of the Masters during the playful presentation. These two “Joyfulness Sisters” say: Sometimes you just need a good laugh. So don’t suppress it – go ahead and laugh out loud!

During breaks you can walk the labyrinth, get a foot massage, just relax, visit or be silent.

 Hilece Rose RNFr Tim Sexton