Friday, February 5, 2016

Law Enforcement or Ex Law Enforcement Officers as Thieves

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A screen grab from the Feb 5 2016 edition of the Albuquerque Journal  - Disgusting is all I can say!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Well, Here we have it. It is a local origination channel.


I want to thank Mr. Riali. I had not seen this commet until today, I don't know why, but it is here now and here it is in its entirety. 

Nick Riali said...
I guess I will take this opportunity to make my first post on this blog since I was the one who started channel 17 when I was Program Director of the Raton Recreation and Education Council in May of 2004. I tried to post this a few days ago, but I might have had too many characters.

First of all, it is not a Public Access channel, it is a Local Origination channel. A Public Access channel would be included in a franchise agreement with the Cable Company and City in which it operates. This agreement usually depends on the number of subscribers in a given market, as it requires the cable company to provide certain production equipment and staff to operate, produce and broadcast the various programs that will be aired on the channel. Prior to me moving back to Raton, I produced a replay show for The Downs at Albuquerque that was broadcast on Albuquerque's public access channel, every race day, for a number of years. There are also certain rules which apply to public access, as we couldn't show the payouts of the race (because it promoted gambling) but we could show the horses’ names that finished first, second third, etc. Google public access if you would like to learn more about it.

As for channel 17, it is a local origination channel, which means that it originates locally in Raton. The RREC and I facilitated an agreement with the City of Raton and Comcast Cable to establish and run a local origination television channel that would raise funds for the RREC and the Raton Kid’s Fund through advertising sales. At the time, the City did not have the staff to operate the channel and wanted a local nonprofit organization to handle the duties necessary to run the channel. This agreement allowed the RREC to broadcast youth events such as high school theater performances; local football, basketball, and volleyball games; high school and middle school band and choir performances and other RREC and local youth activities. I was responsible for the daily operation of the channel that included the design of computer graphic ads, organizing and broadcasting community information, handling advertising sales, billing and accounts receivable. The RREC purchased video equipment that allowed me to broadcast youth events and commercials.

I also made an agreement with KRTN to provide the audio for the channel. No one would watch a channel that only showed graphic ads without some form of audio. This agreement was a win-win situation for both entities. It allowed someone that might want to listen to KRTN's programming to do so through their television and not have to turn on their radio. Hopefully they would also see the graphic ads that we were running on the channel. Maybe someone tuned in to see the information that I had running, like the community calendar, lunch menus or the job listings. Then they would also hear KRTN programming and their advertisements. This also allowed KRTN to compete somewhat with television programming. If someone was channel surfing, they might come across a game that was being aired and would stop and listen to the broadcast instead of watching another channel, thus seeing the ads that I had running.

I do not know what has become of the channel or if the RREC still operates it. I agree that it is a very useful tool, especially in a small town, but limits on what is shown on the channel must be made. The RREC decided to only broadcast events that had to do with the youth of Raton. My goal before I left was to have kids produce, shoot, edit and broadcast some of their own programming, but it never got that far during my tenure at the RREC. I could not find enough kids that wanted to put in the time and effort that was required to make that happen. Like I said previously, there are rules and regulations that govern a true public access channel and it would fall under the cable company to adhere to those rules. I hope this help clarifies what channel 17 is and what it is not.

Respectfully,
Nick Riali
Former Program Director of the Raton Recreation and Education Council

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bruno's Pizza and Wings, Raton, NM

Not bad, not bad at all, very good actually. Had some pizza from Bruno's and it was GREAT. Some family were in town and they wanted to try it and they really liked it. The liked the pizza, they liked the wings and they liked the ambiance.

Bruno'x Pizza and Wings was lucky when they started out,  the Pizza Hut in town closed down, I don't think that they collaborated on the opening of the Bruno's Pizza and Wings and the closing of  Pizza Hut. But coincidence like this is unusual.

But the object of this post is to say that the food is great, the prices are ok and even outsiders thought so. Keep that in mind when looking for Pizza. So if you have not been there, try it out. I may get me a pizza or two for Super Bowl Sunday.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Is Channel 17 in Raton A Public Acess Channel?


What gives with channel 17 here in Raton? Nothing there but KRTN on TV, seems like a waste. The City of Raton ought to do something with this channel. It is a government access channel, or at least close to it. You would think there would be a volunteer or two that could do something with this. Transmit the city and county commission meetings or something.


Well I am not sure what I would call Channel 17 other than a real wasted opportunity for the city. Post something there, there is enough going on that someone could put something on.

As it is, it gives me a headache the last couple of days. Some goofy repeat dizzy video.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

"private and reasonably-moderated local-interest website"?

"private and reasonably-moderated local-interest website"? A quote from one of our readers commenting on another post. Ohhhhhhhh reasonably moderated! Is that different than reasonably-moderated? Well, whatever, I will take it as a compliment.

Initially I thought the comment was reasonable and moderate website. Oh well, will have to take what we can get in the way of compliments. When compliments are as rare as hens teeth we are forced to accept whatever comes up.

Seriously, appreciate most comments and it is very rare that I delete one, I changed one to omit some words the other day. But I think that the spammers know I will not post their comments if they get too personal. By the way, sometimes I will use one or part of one on a following post.

http://www.definitions.net/definition/moderate

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mesa Pharmacy Is A Republican Pharmacy

They do not want Democratic Party members as customers if their bulletin board is any indication. Go look at it, it is on the wall next to the coffee pot by the television set. Nasty cartoons about Democrats on the wall, you can't miss it.

The board with the offensive cartoons, etc., was moved from the old pharmacy in the Mira Monte Shopping Center.

Their customer service is great. I don't know who in the organization is responsible for the offensive political material on the bulletin board. It has to be the owner or one of the owners. I don't think any of the owners would allow one of the help to have this on the premises.

The person or persons responsible for the bulletin board does not have a very high regard for his/her customers who are Democratic arty members. A lot of Republicans don't, but most will not spit in your face with a display such as they have in their place of business. It does not seem to me to be a very good business practice.

Any one know any more about this than I do?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Raton's Wonderful Traditions?

Is the City of Bethlehem display in Climax Canyon for the Christmas season one of these? It seems like to me that no one ever goes up there. Sort of goofy if you ask me. Is this a wonderful tradition like one of our readers claims. What other traditions do we have here in Raton?
It does not bother me at all. It is just there. If there was a passion play or something it might be something else.

YouTube video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv7Ocw9I26w

As a very long time Raton resident I have been up the hill during the display only once. Once in a whole slew of years. And the time I went up there I was the only one there.

Who came up with the tradition anyway? Maybe someone can enlighten us.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Looking For Money

The first thing they want is money, so the hope will come to fruition. It is all about money folks.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

More About Heroes

A letter from the Albuquerque Journal that speaks to a favorite subject of mine. Other posts on the subject of "heroes" are at the url's listed below.

http://norteno1.blogspot.com/2014/07/heroes-heroes-heroes-and-yet-more.html

http://norteno1.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-hero-wannabe-bug.html

http://norteno1.blogspot.com/2014/11/commerating-veterans.html

The military veteran as a hero syndrome is especially insidious as the real military hero is undermined by any person that has a patch on his hat, anyone who still fits their old uniforrm. It does not matter that they were a cook in Washington, D.C. or a bus driver at Camp Pendelton. As long as the uniform still fits and you can show up at an event on the 4th of July. And for some reason or other the Navy does not seem to appeal to the hero wannabe. We seem to like the other branches of the armed services.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Well, One Question Answered

Colfax County Clerk Rebecca Hoy
The question of our next Colfax County Clerk has been answered, and probably for a long time.

Freda Baca passed away during the Christmas holiday, our condolences to the family. Freda was a very nice and involved person. She was not good at the county clerks job, but that is different all together. Yo can see her obituary at the website indicated below:

http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/1221137/Baca-Freda.php

Now the Colfax County Commission has met and appointed as clerk the former deputy clerk, Rebecca Hoy to fill in for Freda Baca until the next election. In this neck of the woods that is as good as it gets. She will probably run and win the next two elections before she times out.

You can read about her here:

http://www.co.colfax.nm.us/departments/clerk/

I wish her well, hope she does a good job and will support her unless she blows it.

That puts an end to speculation about former C\olfax County Clerk and deputy clerk Rayetta Trujillo and any Republican waiting in the wings. In Colfax county we do not unseat incumbents. It just does not happen. Not county wide anyway. The city is a different matter all together. But should Rayetta Trujillo attempt to unseat Rebecca Hoy.... that would be interesting, interesting but futile.

Fore further information from this weblog on the matter of the county clerk, go to the three posts indicated below:

http://norteno1.blogspot.com/2014/12/political-changes-in-colfax-county.html

http://norteno1.blogspot.com/2015/08/colfax-county-clerk-democrats-better.html

Monday, January 4, 2016

Comment From a Reader - Unedited


Anonymous said...
In 2015 Raton Mainstreet really showed how it's done! Balloon Festival, 4th of July, Gate City Music Festival, Music in the Park, New Mexico wine and beer tasting event, dances, and more. These events were properly promoted and marketed, and as a result they were well-attended not only by Raton residents but by thousands of visitors.
And, at least to my knowledge, they did it without anyone in the organization stealing or pilfering the funds. That's practically a Raton-first!

Also, don't overlook the Parks and Rec contributions that are increasing in popularity each year and bringing visitors and attention to Raton. The Polar Plunge, events at the Aquatic Center, the Master of the Mountain relay competition, and further development and promotion of the local city parks. After decades of abandonment and apathy by the City, we finally see what a difference it makes to hire an experienced and education Recreation professional.

The Raton Chamber sponsored and organized the Chiguagua Race at the Raton Mainstreet's Cinco De Mayo event and the Halloween Zombie Walk.

And GrowRaton? Aside from hosting a half-baked and redundant website?

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Trees In Raton




The situation is probably not as good here as in Taos, as the following article illustrates.




http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/taos-tree-survey-reveals-extent-of-invasive-species/article_f83edc0f-49cf-570d-a558-5f4d9dab6062.html


The picture is of the very harmful, and in Raton very common practice of topping trees, very common in Raton.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Are All Farmers, Miners And Ranchers Anti Environment?


It seems like they oppose any environmental laws. Check the article at the site below:

http://www.abqjournal.com/682518/news/lawsuit-wants-bat-bird-cacti-off-endangered-species-list.html

I would like to see a pro environment farmer or rancher group.

Some others that seem to hate environmental laws are mining and timber interests.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanks To City Workers

Thanks to City of Raton workers for the snow removal.... great job. I know everyone pitches in

Is It Any Wonder

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

South I-25 Exit at Raton

The state has been working on this "exit" for a while now.

Does anyone know what the finished product will look like? I have looked at the New Mexico Department of Transportation web site and have not found anything anywhere. I thought the city might have Something, nothing there.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Democrat Congressman Ben Ray Lujan And The Amtrak, Delivering The Pork For Raton.

Read all about it at the link below:

http://www.lujan.house.gov/press-releases/nm-delegation-announces-15-million-to-upgrade-amtraks-southwest-chief-route/

Pork in bacon, hot dogs or ham may kill you according to the government release today, but pork like this will not. It will keep the Amtrak going for a while more.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Rip Off If I Ever Saw One

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"Cracking the psychic shell" indeed. Cracking the shell of someone's wallet is more like it.

Modern snake oil salesmen are all over the place, thousands and thousands  lining up to fleece the unsuspecting "believers".

Hard to believe that there are so damn many suckers out there, but there are. P.T. Barnum was right when he said there was one born every minute. This is why you see these folks on the news crying for someone to protect them from one scam or another. It is a known fact, you cannot scam an honest person. Somewhere along the line we want to believe something and the snake oil salesmen are waiting to pounce.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Someone Is Interested

This is the number of times someone clicked on the article listed below:

http://norteno1.blogspot.com/2011/06/track-fire-lakes-dorothy-alice-and.html

It sure looks like someone was interested. That is a lot of hits for something that was written a while back on June 21, 2011. That is a lot of interest. This number was yesterday......

Maybe someone is getting nervous or maybe the authorities are looking at it again.

There is interest in person caused fires with the lawsuit over the Cerro grande Fire in the news here lately.

Maybe they are on the trail of the person responsible to the Track Fire here in Raton. And it was not caused by the Amtrak, there is no conspiracy to hide anything from the authorities.

Anyway, sortta interesting to see so much interest in one day over four years later.
 Interesting photo of a retardant aircraft coming out of a canyon after dropping the load of retardant. The picture is not of an airplane on the Track Fire here.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Comments On The Weblog

Lots and lots of comments, some seem to fit, others do not. For the most part I post most all of them and do not care if they are on topic or not. There are some threats and defamation of character comments I do not post. They are saved.

Someone identifying themselves as Mr. Holman wants me or someone else to go to facebook. I will not and do not know if anyone else would. Maybe, but I don't know.

Another is making veiled threats against me. Veiled , but threats anyway. Not publishing those comments, just leaving them be in case someone does something stupid. Google advised to keep and store the threats in the spam folder provided, so there they will remain. Someone is taking what I write about here personally, I don't understand why, but he or she does and threats have been included in the comments.

Another comment seems to imply I ought to be posting so as to scoop other "news media" as they say. I am not trying to scoop anyone, not KRTN, Not the Huerfano Journal, nor the Taos News. Not trying to scoop anyone.

Jimmy Olsen can do that for the Daily Planet. Yours truly is doing what I do for the sake of humainity as a whole. My international readers can attest to that........ Just kidding there.

If someone wants me to post their comment on the weblog as a POST, I will just ask and do not include personal attacks against the general public. Politicians and crooks you can post what you want.


That being said.... Have a nice day.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Raton Public Schools


Anonymous said...

This is Not a comment for an existing topic, just a 'breaking' news tip.

The PARCC test results for Raton High School and all of New Mexico were released on Friday and are posted at the NM PED website.

https://public.tableau.com/views/NewMexicoPARCCResultsDashboard/Dashboard1?:embed=y&:display_count=yes&:showTabs=y&:toolbar=no&:showVizHome=no#3

No local media has covered this yet, and not even the Raton School District website has posted the results yet. In fact the Raton Schools website is a total disaster and has been for many weeks.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

To Rezone Or Not To Rezone? That Is The Question.

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This is the area in question for tonight's Raton City Commission Meeting. Mr. Holman wants to rezone. The two commission items which deal with the matter are listed below.

D. Public Hearing: Consideration of a recommendation by the Raton Planning and Zoning Committee to deny a zoning change requested by Mr. Andrew Holman on the property bordered by Fairview Avenue, I-25, N. 3rd Street and N. 5the Street to change the 14th and 15th Blocks of Fairview from a R-5 Residential to a R-1 Residential Zone.

    E.  Deliberate and Act on recommendation by the Raton Planning and Zoning Committee to deny a zoning change requested by Mr. Andrew Holman on the property bordered by Fairview Avenue, I-25, N. 3rd Street and N. 5the Street to change the 14th and 15th Blocks of Fairview from a R-5 Residential to a R-1 Residential Zone.

Looks like the Planning and Zoning Committee has recommended against the rezone, whatever it is. It will be interesting to get the "rest of the story". KRTN broadcasts commission meetings and posts video of the meetings to its website. Listen to or attend if you can. See you there.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Indigenous Peoples Day Instead Of Columbus Day?

Personally I think it ought to remain Columbus Day, not a real big deal from this angle. Anyway, have a nice, as my Hispanic friends would say,  dia de Cristobal Colon or yet again as the Italians say Cristoforo Colombo.

Read about him at Wikipedia below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus

If the "Indigenous People" need a day, come up with another one. That will not do I am sure, this is a momentous struggle, just like the Washington Redskins struggle. Not having a dog in this fight it seems somewhat trivial. People of  European  descent have a need to claim every historical event as their own and "Indigenous People" having no written history of their own, prior to the coming of the Europeans, feel slighted at every turn by the written historical account.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Economic Growth In Raton And Two (2) Comments On The Weblog Plus A Response Or Addition By The Weblog Editor.

UNEDITED COMMENT NO. 1) A town the size of Raton cannot ever hope to generate enough jobs for all of the children who graduate from high school. It is not a realistic expectation.

UNEDITED COMMENT NO. 2) At first glance that seems to make sense. But it's disturbing the more we think about it. Specifically, when a person thinks about the numbers involved. This is supposed to be a city with roughly 6,000 persons in it. Graduating class size is what, maybe 50 high school seniors per year, give or take? If that? Anyone have any actual class size figures handy for the last few years? Rounding that example down to a population size of 5,000 persons and comparing it to 50 graduating seniors means you consider it unrealistic to think that annual economic growth can even be one percent?! If even a one percent growth figure is not a realistic expectation, that's troubling and a sign of major dysfunction somewhere. Especially when you factor in people who leave the job market due to death, retirement, and the usual job market exit factors. The more I think about your statement the more it bugs me because you're essentially admitting, without doing so openly, that this area of the state is dying. Any area with 5,000 or 6,000 persons ought to be able to do a lot better than just staying afloat and balancing losses versus gains. Especially when you factor in that some seriously impressive people came from here. No, I do not believe this level of obvious dysfunction can be explained by numbers alone. It isn't the size of the city that's the problem, it's the decisions that are made.

WEB LOG EDITOR'S THOUGHTS  - Using the numbers of commenter No. 2 I think that one percent economic growth in a town of 6,000 does not equal 50 jobs, it is unrealistic. And economic growth is not a done deal every year, nor is it a reason to jump off of the cliff because of despair. There are ups and downs, it is a cycle and sometimes a cycle within a cycle. Look at the towns that used to surround Raton. The reason(s) for a town being there will change and a town will shrink, grow maybe even disappear, it all depends on many factors. I do not think shrinking or disappearing is the fate of Raton, not at all.

But it will change and either grow or not, who knows. Some of the old businesses are no longer needed. The numbers of motels, cheap trailer courts and restaurants during the race track heyday are a case in point. Things changed again during the coal mining and gas and oil days. All of those days are gone, what comes next is a anyone's guess.

The town can best prepare for the future by preparing. Preparing the town for whatever comes next. For this we need good, or better, representatives on the city council. They have to look out for the citizens/residents. We have to be comfortable with that. I know that I have been critical, some say overly critical, but the concern we all have is real.

You can't count on business leaders, they have a vested interest, a self interest. The concerns of the citizenry are secondary to business interests. That is not bad, it is business, trust me I know.

You really can't count on the citizens themselves, they may not have the wherewithal to assist with proper decisions as related to economic health/development. It does not mean they are stupid or unworthy, it means we do not all share the same educational, business, abilities. Especially as related to the business of a city the size of Raton. We all have opinions and ideas, but who knows if they are valid for city business.

You cant count on the Chamber of Commerce for the same reason that you can't count on business leaders. Add to that the fact that the Chamber is a very partisan political entity at the state and national levels. They do not have the best interest of the city residents/citizens in mind.

Things that can be done to prepare, to prepare for the future, whatever it will be are:

1) Clean up the town.
2) Maintain the streets.
3) Maintain public facilities such as parks and ball fields, stadiums etc.
4) Enforce the codes so as to improve the aesthetics of the city.

So what do you think?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

RIP, Joe Apache, Former Long Time Mayor Passes Away


Lifetime Raton resident Joe E. Apache of Raton, born January 7th , 1940 to the parents of Joseph Wyandotte Apache and Mary Cercone Apache passed away unexpectedly October 4th, 2015 with his family by his side.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary Apache, his father-in-law Lloyd (Gabby) Le Fleur, his sister Marilyn and her husband Bobby Valdez of Albuquerque, brother-in-law Billy Holland, brother-in-law Bruce Berry and grandson David Joseph Apache.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bonnie of the family home, daughter Tracy Treat of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and her son Trey, son Kevin Apache of Raton and his children Shelby and Joseph, daughter Kristee and husband Leroy Fernandez of Raton and their children Toni Ann, Whitney and Zach, daughter Kara and husband Rick Roberts of Raton and their children Jillian and Hillary. Sisters Michael Ann Holland, Bonnee and husband Gary Boggs, Geralyn and husband Joe Pais, Stephanie and husband Mike Phillips, sister-in-law Marcia Stevens. Eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Joe also had many great friends from many places.

The Apache family gives many thanks for all the love and support we have received. A special thanks to Linda Gallegos for going beyond. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to a charity of your choice.

Pall bearers are Joe Apache, Zach Fernandez, Henry Fernandez, Christopher Manfredi, Gary Smith and Kevin Apache. Honorary pall bearers are Henry Fanelli, Jahmiel Sawaya, Roy Manfredi, Leroy Fernandez, Rick Roberts, Isaac Garcia, Isaiah Garcia, B.J. Holland, Dereck Holland, P.J. Mileta, Vince Mares and Terry Sisneros.

Visitation will be on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015, recited by Frank Cimino at 9:30 A.M. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Church in Raton. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Church with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements and a celebration of love for Joe. E. Apache are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

Ratonian Wins Nobel Prize in Chemestry!!!!!!

Check it out at the weblink below:

http://www.abqjournal.com/655948/news/three-including-one-from-raton-n-m-win-nobel-in-chemistry.html

Congratulations to Paul Modrich, I can think of no greater honor.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

We Have Our Fair Share Here In Raton

Not wanting to name names..... But we all know a few who would be on the first trainload of deportees from Raton. They are all over town, we see them at Supersave, at Kmart, at the Dollar store at McDonalds.

Not all of them are tattooed and pierced until we don't recognize them either. Some are wearing civilian clothe in church.

Here are the top 10 names:

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All written in invisible ink.... But you get the picture!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Republican Secretary of State


“This culture of corruption that has given all New Mexicans a black eye is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it as secretary of state.” — Dianna Duran, March 15, 2011

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/local_columns/ringside-seat-tables-have-turned-for-duran-once-a-harsh/article_3aa70c75-b9f8-522b-bc27-2c30b3b243b1.html

Republicans are great at disguising themselves as corruption fighters, true Christians and patriots. Wrapping themselves in the flag, holding the cross or bible and any law enforcement cloak they can find. Read all about it on the web link above.
Look and observe Republicans, really observe, they are not like your run of the mill Democrat crook in a business suit. They are experts at the art of camouflage, pretending to be the protectors, the eyes of the citizen.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Republican Governor Doing Nothing! Zip! Nada! Nothing!

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The Economic and Rural Development Committee of the New Mexico Legislature held its official meeting(s) in Raton on Monday and Tuesday, September 28th & 29th.

Why don't we ask what the governor and her policies are doing for economic development in New Mexico as a whole? The chart above says it all!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Alternative To Violence Vacancy Announcement

$10.00 an hour for a full time "victims advocate" who needs a high school diploma and a drivers license, college degree  helpful not absolutely required at the Raton Alternatives to Violence.

$10.00 per hour? Are they kidding? What type of degree? A bachelor of university studies?

This is a ridiculous job advertisement. Just plain ridiculous. Do they really expect an applicant?

This is just plain disgusting.......................................

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Religion Is Religion And Government Is Government And Both Should Stay Out Of Each Others Business

You can believe what you want and the government should stay out of it unless it infringes on the rights of the general population. The Baptists and Catholics and Episcopalians can recognize whoevers marriage or not. It does not matter what  Catholics think of Baptist marriages and vice versa. They can recognize it or not...... no big deal, nobody can force one religion to accept anything of the next religion.... Except for polygamy, as most Mormons and the rest of the world knows, then the government steps in.

Nobody if forcing religious leaders to marry anyone they do not want, so stop whining. They ought to enjoy their enormous tax breaks and keep quiet. Here is an interesting article from the Santa Fe New Mexican:

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/support-for-kentucky-clerk-small-but-loud-in-santa-fe/article_e38bf565-85b5-5c6f-b53f-537810e376af.html

The government, all government, has to be for the rights of all of its citizens. If the government "allows" homosexual couples, male or female, to marry it should be of no real concern to religious folks. They do not have to accept the marriage. The Catholic Church accepts no marriage unless preformed by a priest under Catholic rules, no big problem there. The government has to accept Catholic marriage, Baptist marriages and church of this god or that god marriages. BUT, and this is a big but, the churches do not have to accept any marriages but what they want.

Personally, I do not agree that many people I come in contact should have been allowed to marry. They do not have the slightest idea of what marriage is or they do not raise their children right. One "couple" who is married has too many dogs and they let them loose on society every morning, they should not have been allowed to marry. But our government gave them the right, so there is nothing I can do about it but avoid the individuals.

Two good articles at the links below:

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/all-scientists-should-be-militant-atheists

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/knowing-when-not-to-marry.html

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Raton City Commission Meeting Tonight, Don't Sell The Farm

Don't sell it and don't give it away. Keep an eye out for RPS pulling some idiotic stunt as they try to go even further away from the city. Here is what is on the agenda as related to RPS.

D.  Deliberate and Act on RPS Resolution 2015-3: Resolution Amending Net Metering Tariff.

E.  Deliberate and Act on RPS Resolution 2015-8: Approval to Hire Attorneys and to Adopt Proration Agreement. 

Be carefull when dealing with RPS. You might be signing away the town without knowing. It seems they have smarter folks running RPS than we do running the city. And then we know that Mayor Mantz is in the bag for RPS as is Commissioner Chavez and Commissioner Giacomo. Commissioners Segotta and Schuster? We do not know about them.

Be particularly weary of the wording of item "E".

As it stands now RPS not only runs itself, but in all reality can push the city around with impunity.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Colfax County Clerk, Democrats Better Come Up With Someone

Colfax County Democrats better come up with someone to run against Freda Baca in the next election and it better be a good one. As Colfax County Clerk Freda Baca created a mess at the last election and had it not been for Secretary of State Diana Duran being off gambling away political contributions Ms. Baca would be toast by now.

The one that the Democrats come up with better not be ex Colfax County Clerk Rayetta Trujillo either, she hired Ms. Freda Baca and we now know that was a bad choice. Then County Clerk Rayetta Trujillo also campaigned for disgraced Secretary of State Diana Duran when Duran first ran, another bad choice on Ms. Trujillo's part.

Lots and lots of bad choices on Ms. Trujillos part. Time for a new face at the Colfax County Clerks office.

Who will it be? The Democrats better look around for a suitable candidate, a very serious look or the Republicans will take another slot.

The Republicans have at least one waiting at the blocks, they may even have a couple for the primaries. They smell blood and will go all out.

Democrats need to be careful or else the Republicans could do what Sheriff Rick Sinclair did with the sheriffs office. Pick a Democrat to run with them as chief deputy. Ohhhhh and by the way, the Democrat who ran with the Republican Sheriff, none other than Democrat Freda Baca's son Leonard Baca Jr. 

I had heard that politics makes strange bedfellows, but the Colfax County Sheriffs race was ridiculous, Democrats got snookered by both Rick Sinclair and Leonard Baca Jr. Don't let that happen again.

Colfax County needs a new Democratic face at the County Clerks Office, Democrats better get out there and turn over some rocks, there has to be several who will run who if not already qualified, can learn the job.

Trees Dying All Over Town, Especially The East Side West Of I-25

Many, many trees are dying on the east side of Raton West of the Interstate. It is way too early for them to start losing leaves. They are dying! Some type of a fungus is my bet. If that is the cause, hopefully it will not spread all over town. There are isolated trees dying on the west side, but the east sis has been hit hard.

The dead trees will devalue a property and you will have to pay a bundle to get rid of the dead tree. A double whammy for sure. I am not sure that there is anything that can be done..... Probably not