Sunday, January 8, 2017

Thanking City Workers for Snow Removal

Great Job. Thank you, always there when we need them. They did a great job and we appreciate their efforts.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

More Unusual Happenings At The Colfax County Clerk's Office.

The goings on at the Colfax County Clerks office remind me of the genealogical chart of the British Royal family, part of which is pictured above, sortta hard to make heads or tails out of it.

Remember when the Clofax County Commission appointed Rebecca Hoy as Clerk after the unfortunate death of the elected clerk Freda Baca. The same Freda Baca who had canned the previous County Clerk and Freda Baca's benefactor/mentor and then Chief Deputy, Rayetta Ledoux Trujillo.

Well that left Ms. Hoy as the appointed clerk.  Then she decided to run for the office at about the same time that former clerk/chief deputy and Freda Baca's benefactress Ms. Rayetta Ledoux Trujillo decided she would run again for her old position.

The Democratic primary for the County Clerks office by the incumbent Ms. Hoy and the previous clerk/chief deputy Ms. Ledoux Trujillo got a little heated but Ms. Rayetta Ledoux Trujillo came out on top with the vote count of 1,005 to 718. This left Ms. Hoy out of a job come January.

Soooo in a hissy fit Ms. Rebecca Hoy got her friend Republican Joyce Valdez to run as a write in candidate against Ms. Rayetta Ledoux Trujillo. How Ms Hoy bamboozled Ms. Valdez to do this is a mystery to this writer. But she did, even if it was the biggest futile effort in Colfax County political history. And to top it off I heard Ms. Hoy switched parties and she is now a Republican. Sort of a "Facebook" or "Topix" response on her part if you ask me. Goes to show she would never have made a good clerk with a petty vindictive attitude like that.

Any way, Ms. Valdez predictably lost and lost big time 3,652 votes to 420 in the general election.

Any way, I heard via the grapevine at the coffeehouse, or was it the supermarket? Well it does not really matter where I heard it but I understand that the County Commission up and canned Ms. Rebecca Hoy early and swore in Ms. Rayetta Ledoux Trujillo before her official date. Maybe wanting to forestall any mischief in the waning days by the vindictive Ms. Hoy. Probably a good move on their part when you consider the juvenile response by Ms. Hoy after she lost the primary.

Maybe the Colfax County Clerks office will settle down and run effectively. It has been a mess since Ms. Freda Baca got elected a few years ago. She just could not handle the duties of the office, they seemed to overwhelm her. But we must remember that Ms. Baca got elected with the help and encouragement of Ms. Rayetta Ledoux Trujillo.

The Colfax County Clerk's office is one hotbed of intrigue by current and former clerks. Do a search on this weblog for the history of the office.

Next up will be an article on the Colfax County Sheriff's office, another convoluted mess if there ever was one. And once more, a Baca's is in the mix.

What Happened To The Cowbell?

What happened to the cowbell? Read all about it at the web link below:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Why Is The City Commission Even Considering Closing, Or Worse Giving Away,The Old Raton Pass Road?

Protecting in 2016 AND 2017 - The struggle continues

Why is the Raton City Commission even considering closing, or worse, giving away The Old Raton Pass Road? 

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself the question? I have been mulling over the situation after reading some comments on the weblog.

Is it really from a public safety consideration? I do not think so. The folks representing the land owners are exaggerating the situation up there, no doubt about it. There is no doubt that Commissioner Ron Chavez believes it, he has said so. I think he has been influenced by his friend and running mate for the city commission. That being Commissioner Don Giacomo.

I can not think of another reason for considering this again. And I do mean again. This issue has been around for a long time. Folks seeing an opportunity to end up with a free road and some additional free land. 

Have you ever stopped to consider what it would cost to construct a road today like the one these folks want for free? It would cost lots  and lots of money my friend.  

The fact the city commission is even considering this is sickening. That folks who we elected to protect our interests would do this to us is astonishing.

City Manager Scott Berry needs to be watched, he needs to be watched as to how the issue is framed and put before the commission when it comes up again. Mayor Mantz is easily manipulated so she bears watching. We understand where Commissioner Linde Schuster is coming from.

The only one who has not shown his hand is Commissioner Segotta.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Raton Pass Motor Inn

A few business opening up and closing as we move along here in Raton. The Raton Pass Motor Inn is one of the old motels but a new business here in town. Had some friends stay there a while back and they were favorably impressed. The first motel as you come in from the north at the first northern exit of I-25.

It seems they have done a lot of work on the old place.

There are several old 1940's and 1950's type motels that unless someone like the folks who bought this one come along and does something with them they will continue to deteriorate until they become an eyesore.  Hope these folks do well.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Not At The Meeting Tomorrow, December 13, 2016, But Coming Soon, This Issue Will Not Go Away Anytime Soon

Below is the agenda for tomorrow's meeting:

The Old Raton Pass Road issue will not go away until the city commission resolves it. You think it would not be hard being that it has been before the commission before. Sortta like the GIF above, back and fourth, from one city commission to another and from one city manager to another. Shopping for fertile ground.

The city commission and City Manager ought to understand that the citizens of Raton are tired of having to address this issue every time some individual wants the free land associated with the road.

They, the landowners, think it is worth a try every time we end up with someone buying a lot ot lots up there or every time we get a new commission or City Manager.

The fact they want to even consider this give away is disgusting and an "in the face" slap at the citizens of Raton.

Friday, December 9, 2016

The New Family Dollar In Cimarron

There is a new Family Dollar Store in Cimarron as well as a new gas station/convenience store. lots of activity in the town. A similar store opened in Springer about a year ago.

I was wondering what will happen to the grocery stores. The new store will undercut prices for sure. Hope the local grocery stores can compete because the closest grocery, if the ones there closes, is here in Raton.
These dollar stores, while having a nice variety for small towns, have a way of out competing and getting rid of the older more established grocery and variety type stores. Then the towns are left with no place to shop for fresh vegetables and other foods which are not stocked in these newer ones. That has happened in several places, Mountainair and Pecos NM for sure. The folks in Mountainair have to go all of the way to Belen or Albuquerque to get fresh vegetables, the folks in Pecos to Santa Fe.

The future comes with a price.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Keep Our Eye On Ball, Err. I Mean the Old Raton Pass Road Issue Being Pondered By The Raton City Commission.

We cannot let the issue of the Old Raton Pass Road fade until the commission addresses it. They have several options.

1) Deed  the road to the landowners the way Mayor Mantz suggested at the October 25th city commission meeting.

2) Leave it open and remove the gate that has been built and erected by the landowners.

3) Leave the gate there and close the road off to the citizens of the city who happen to own it.

4) Leave the gate and allow the owners to close it at night.

The problem with option 4 is the city would be turning over the responsibility to another and then not a soul lives beyond the gate. So what would be the purpose of closing it at night? Also someone would have to go there first thing in the morning to open the gate and the last thing at night to close it.

The best option it to remove the gate and leave the road open. The folks who bought property up there understood the situation when they bought it. The property (road) belongs to the citizens of Raton and should not be prohibited from using it.

Which option do you think the commission will choose? Keep your eye on the ball...... Someone is hoping the issue will fade so the commission can handle it without too much fuss by the citizens.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Raton City Commission, Where Do They Stand On The Old Raton Pass Road?

The issue of the Old Raton Pass Road will be on the agenda again soon after the new year (if not before) if Mr. Steve Hayden has anything to say about it. And he does have something to say, just go look for yourself at the gate(s) he and the "landowners" have been erecting. Gates which will allow them to close it. I still say there is something fishy going on there. I do not think that Mr. Steve Hayden is a fool, and he would be a fool to construct and erect a gate without any guarantee that it will be allowed by the commission. He and the commission know something that we do not.
We  know where Mayor Mantz stands. It is somewhere between, 1) close the road to the citizens and 2) give it away. At least this is where I see her being from her actions and comments on the issue?
And Commissioner Segotta? Sort of keeping his cards close to the vest. Hard to figure out where he stands. I would not expect him to vote against the other commissioners in a close vote. No 3 - 1 votes (remember Commissioner Don Giacomo will not vote on this issue), Commissioner Segotta would go along.

You cannot tell me that they do not know the votes on any issue prior to the vote being taken.
If there is a wishy washy one on the Old Raton Pass Road issue it is Commissioner Chavez. At the October 25th meeting he was ready to shut the road down. By the November 11th meeting he was making a motion to table it for the moment. It will be interesting to see how he votes when it does come up.
We know where she stands, don't we? She wants to close the road for sure. Her questions at both of the meetings where the issue was discussed lead one to believe that she will vote to close it all together or even go for a partial closure. By partial closure we mean putting a gate up and allowing the property owners to close it at night.
A conflict of interest? You have to be kidding, they all may have a conflict of interest. But Commissioner Don Giacomo has an easy out on this vote, he will abstain because he stands to benefit from a closure vote. On an issue where he could make a difference, he will abstain.
And what about City Manager Scott Berry, he is the real leader of this pack, trust me. Subtle? You bet, but leading the commissioners like a circus trainer. He decided the wording of the agenda item, he decides when to put it on the agenda, he will notify interested parties of it being on the agenda. He will question the commissioners and the mayor, he will prod so skillfully so the commissioners do not even know they are being prodded.
Hopefully we do not have more trained seals than commissioners. On this issue we need commissioners wanting and needing to protect the interests of the citizens and voters of Raton. We need commissioners who will insist that any gate that is there be removed and that the road remain open to the citizens and voters of Raton.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

They Will Not Finish This Winter, Maybe Next Year

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I do not think that they will finish up this year either. They will probably shut down this winter like they did last year. This job will end up taking three (3) construction seasons of work to accomplish the job. 

It looks like the design was drawn up when the race track/casino was in the works a few years back and they did not redo the plans when that fell through. The access/egress from the east frontage road is quite complex for the use it will get. There is a ranch at the end of the road, but that is it.

There were some concerns about the old exit from the southbound lanes that were there but that in itself could have been fixed for a lot less and the complete reconstruction of the exit was not needed.

But at least folks can figure out what the exit will look like.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Supposing, Lets Do A Little Supposing

Lets suppose you or I built and installed an illegal gate on some road in the city, just like the one installed by Mr. Steve Hayden to limit access to the Old Raton Pass Road. What do you suppose would happen to you or I?

Why do you suppose the gate has been built and installed on the Old Raton Pass Road now with no go ahead and/or authority from the city? What do you suppose is the reason  it is there now?

Do you suppose Mr, Steve Hayden has some inside information as to the gate being allowed sometime in the near future?

Do you suppose the City Manager Scott Berry and Mr. Steve Hayden have not discussed this new gate?

Do you suppose that Mr. Steve Hayden and City Manager Scott Berry had not discussed the gate that was there previously?

Do you suppose that Mr. Steve Hayden and any of the city councilors had not discussed these gates?

Do you suppose Mr. Steve Hayden has been given the go ahead? Wink, wink.

What do you suppose?
I would venture a guess that if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck it probably is a duck.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Here Are Pictures Of The Gates Installed/Erected On The Old Raton Pass Road, The One Installed Earlier And The New One That Is There Now.

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This is the gate that was there a few weeks ago before the Raton city commission meeting(s) of October 25th and November 8th. A good gate, you see them around everywhere.
The gate above and below (green) was similar to others that folks pulled off of the hinges last time someone tried to close the road.
Now someone, am guessing it is Mr. Steve Hayden who installed the green one above, went and removed it and installed the one below. 
This is not your run of the mill gate, it is custom made and heavy duty.
The latching/locking mechanism slides this iron rod into an Iron pipe to secure it.
The gate is not just mounted on hinge pins, it is welded to the metal pipe post. No one is going to pilfer this gate without a cutting torch.
Works good, who ever installed it did a good job.
The hinge welded to the metal pipe/post.

And They Want To Give Or Close The Old Raton Pass Road Away

Check the article below at the Santa fe New Mexican, click on the link below:

Ant the commission really wants to give the road away? Go look at the new stronger gate thy are allowing the property owners to place up there... Go look at it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Heavy Duty Gate Installed On The Old Raton Pass Road

Read the last paragraph of the last post on this weblog then continue with this post. 
The gate above has been removed, it is gone, from the Old Raton Pass Road and replaced with a brand new heavy duty one. The new one will require a cutting torch to remove. It has been removed and a new one welded on to the iron fence posts that were there previously.

The individual(s) responsible for installing these gates, the one that was there before and the one installed here recently, are preparing to shut the road. This new gate also has a heavy duty mechanism allowing it to be locked shut. They are either:

  1.  Confident that the city will allow the closure or
  2.  They already know what the city will do or
  3.  They do not care what the city will do.

I would encourage the city commissioners, the mayor and city residents to go look for themselves. Take some time and go look.

The folks responsible for this are displaying outright hostility at city residents by barricading city property.

It is time for someone to ride herd on the city council and their actions, or lack thereof, on this particular issue.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

What do You Know? Guess What Happened At The Raton City Council Meeting Lat Night?

Look at the whole thing at the link below. Wish I could have been there, from the video it seems like it was interesting, very interesting. The citizens of Raton owe those who stood up a debt of gratitude. The citizens will have to be on their toes as the issue moves forward or risk it being passed without their knowledge, input or consent.

It is not over folks, not by a long shot and maybe not for a long time. The issue has been fought over several times before and the folks wanting free land are not about to give up now.

Monday, November 7, 2016

No Matter What Happens, Tuesday Night Will Be A Command Performance For City Manager Scott Berry and The Whole Commission

Their hair will be combed, stiff starched shirts will be the order of the day. The Saturday bath is out of the way, this is the moment. They know KRTN will be there taking video and that the video will be posted the following day. They know that video does not go away, it lives forever on the internet. So, no matter what, they will be on what they perceive as their best behavior. This will be their best performance so far.
Mayor Sandra Mantz will he, haw, clear her throat, chew on her pencil as she tries to explain why she wanted to give the Old Raton Pass Road away.... Mayor Mantz is very comfortable in her abilities, she weathered the political storms before.

City Councilor Donald Giacomo will look like the cat that swallowed the canary, trying not to seem too interested. Trying to make us believe that because he abstained at the meeting that he has had nothing to do with this.... He has not discussed it with other councilors, no sireee.

City Manager Scott Berry will act dumb, like he has not led them to this point. Like they got here on their own. Some of the dumber councilors may even believe that. Like he  does not know what they think, that he has not discussed this too, too much with Steve Hayden.

City Councilor Ron Chavez, who ran for the council seat as a team with Giacomo, will give us his public safety spiel. It is for our own good, he is doing this for us.

City Councilor Linde Schuster will ask a couple of questions, either way, she will require additional information.

City Councilor Neil Segotta will look at the other councilors, the audience and wait for the vote call.

 Damn, I can't wait till the 9th so I can see the video. This is the most important vote this city council has taken so far, at least as far as their careers as local politicians go.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

What Can Be Done About The 2016 Situation With The Old Pass Road?

It is extremely frustrating for citizens of Raton to go through this again when the battle was fought and won about ten years ago. Now we have a different City Manager, Scott Barry, and different city commission who either forgot or never knew about that battle to keep this open.

The ease with which the City Manager and commission not only rolled over but rolled over on command and went ahead and did some more rolling over on their own is disturbing and makes citizens question their motives. I am particularly talking about Mayor Mantz asking what it would take to give it away. This was an unbelievable utterance from a mayor of Raton, wanting to give a city treasure away.

It was bad enough to see the other commissioners fawning over the possibility of "limiting unrestricted access" for citizens to their own road.

The commission meets Tuesday to determine if they will close the road or give it away. 

Let them know to leave it the way it was, get rid of the illegal gate and road closed signs. Call the city and let them know 445-9551

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Some Thing Is Fishy With The Old Raton Pass Road! Some Thing Doesn't Smell Right!

Stinks to high heaven might be a better way to describe it. Listen to it at the link below:

Reminds me of the "Old Raton Pass Road Gate", trying to set it to music.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Now Is The Time For The Citizens Of Raton To Act

November 8th or sooner is the time. November 9th it will be to late. November 9th is when you try and get the toothpaste back in the tube if you allow the commission to close or even give the road away.

The city commission knows it, City Manager Scott Berry knows it, Mr. Steve Hayden knows it.

Do the citizens of Raton know it?

We will have to wait and see. Wait and see what they do.
Make the call now, take action now or at the meeting on the night of the 8th. The results of the national election will still be there after the commission meeting. Help by getting the city commission to stop this foolishness.

We will soon know...................................

Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Current Old Raton Pass Road Situation.... Why is it happening and why is it happening now? And the situation with the window of opportunity.

Why has this situation come up again?

This is something I have been mulling over quite a bit here lately. No clear cut answer that I can figure.

Why now in late October and early November?

Well for one, the champion of keeping the road open no longer resides in Raton, Ms. Nancy Robertson has moved to Oklahoma. For another if you bring it up in late October for "discussion" you can put it on the agenda the 8th of November for the actual vote. Is the fact that city residents and citizens will have only one shot to "discuss" this and this being the 25 October, 2016 meeting have anything to do with it? Is the fact that November 8th, which is just two weeks away the perfect time to vote on it? Is the fact that November 8th is the national election a perfect time to vote on it?

I can see the City Manager, Scott Berry and Mr. Steve Hayden rubbing their hands together and slapping each other on the back at their brilliance. And Commissioner Donald Giacomo just pretending it is just another day!

Folks, I am here to tell you that they had to duck as the window of opportunity flew open for them. It was now or never and they knew it.
What we mean by the window of opportunity.

You think opportunities like this come along every day for the Raton City Manager Scott Berry, Mr. Steve Hayden and  the Raton City Councilor Donald Giacomo ? You really think it happens? If you do you have another think coming!! They don't just happen, they are created by people who have vested interests in the outcome. We know of two with vested interest for sure.... 1) Mr. Steve Hayden himself and 2) Commissioner Donald Giacomo. Now the question come as to how the common interests of these two individuals came to converge at the Raton City Council meeting of October the 25, 2016?

Did it just happen? What are the odds?

Also why did City Manager Scott Berry decide that the meeting of 25 October, 2016 was the time to put it on the agenda for discussion? Did it just happen?

Why does it appear that the most willing support comes from Commissioner Ron Chavez? Did that just happen?

Why did Mr. Steve Hayden have the confidence to install a gate and sign the road before the subject had even been discussed at the City Commission meeting? Did that just happen?
Why does Mayor Sandra Mantz have an inspired utterance at the end of the discussion about "deeding or giving away" the property to the landowners? Dis that just happen?

It takes planning folks, lots of planning.  It takes someone willing or having to take the lead, a point man if you will. That would have to be City Manager Scott Berry. Everything hinges on him. No matter what the others do they have to go through City Manager Scott Berry. No two way about it folks. He has to decide when to put it on the agenda. He has to see how he schmoozes the individual commissioners to agree to it. He had to "ask" the question as to when do we put it to the actual vote.

The two major protagonists have to be City Manager Scott Berry and Mr. Steve Hayden with Commissioner Donald Giacomo a close third.

The gate has been installed for a while now..... Think about it, draw your own conclusions.
What do you think City Manager Scott Berry thinks about the citizens of Raton? How About City Commissioner Donald Giacomo? Ron Chavez? Neil Segotta? Linde Schuster? Mayor Mantz??? What does Mr. Steve Hayden think?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Why Hasn't The City Commission And/Or City Manager Scott Berry Advised Mr. Hayden To Remove His Gate And No Trespassing Signs That Mr. Hayden Illegally Installed On City Property?

Is this it?
That is the question of the moment. The city commission nor City Manager Scott Berry have obviously not told him to do it and he has not volunteered to remove them himself.  Begs the question why? City Manager Berry is being paid to insure that  ordinances or laws do not go unenforced.

What would the city commission and City Manager Scott Berry have us, the citizens of Raton, believe?

  • That they forgot to ask Mr. Hayden to remove the gate and signs?
  • That they do not care about the illegal gate and signs?
  • That they want to insure Mr. Hayden and the private property owners do not have to go through the effort twice?
  • That the city, city commission and City Manager Scott Berry are incompetent to act on behalf of the citizens?
  • Or that hat the city, city commission and City Manager Scott Berry are unwilling to act on behalf of the citizens?
It has to be one of the above. So which one is it?
The accountability bowl has a hole in it big enough to get a road gate through.

Thorny question that the city commissioners and City Manager Scott Berry must ask themselves and be prepared to answer to the citizens. 

Just what is City Manager being paid to do? Is this part of his job description?

Monday, October 31, 2016

What Are The Options Available To The City

Closing the road should not be an option.

Deeding the road (giving it away) as Mayor Mantz suggested should not be an option.

The situation as it stood before Mr. Steve Hayden gated and posted the road at the "towers" beyond Goat Hill or the iridium layer area on the old Raton Pass Road. It was open, no gates. No one I have talked to can remember that road ever being closed to the citizens of Raton or the general public.

A few years back landowners gated, posted it and locked the gate. A local woman, Ms. Nancy Robertson, fought the landowners to get the gate and no trespassing signs down. She had to insist that the city live up to its obligations and insist that the land owners cease and desist 1) installing a gate, 2) closing  the gate and 3) signing city property as private property.

At that time period that Ms. Nancy Robertson was trying to get the gate down the landowners behind the gate would install one then someone upset with the gate would push it over. This happened several times before the gate and signs were  removed permanently.

At the October 25, 2016  Mr. Steve Hayden petitioned the Raton City Council to authorize him to shut the road to the citizens.

The gate is already installed and the signs are in place, since at least the day after the city council meeting. It is a done deal unless the city insists Mr. Hayden remove his gate and signs.

The City Commission has set November 8, 2016, the night of the national election and just two weeks after it was first brought up at the October 25th meeting to discuss closing the road per Steve Hayden's request. They will consider:

  • Closing the gate
  • deeding the property to the landowners
In looking at the tape on the KRTN website I see no other options being discussed.

Here are some I have:

  • Leave the road open
  • Get rid of the gate and signs placed there by Mr. Hayden
  • Advise Mr. Hayden that should this happen again he will be prosecuted for doing so
  • Sign the road as open to the public
  • Remove the posts, metal and wooden, on either side of the road that allows folks to just put a gate there in the first place.
  • Advise the County Sheriff that the area needs patrolling

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Vermejo Park Ranch and The Old Raton Pass Road

Gus Holm, General Manager, Vermejo Park Ranch
Raton City Manager Scott Berry

City Manager Scott Berry said he and Gus Holm, General Manager of the Vermejo Park Ranch had discussed the Old Raton Pass Road and that Mr. Holm has indicated he is in favor of limiting access and would be "willining to participitate in building a structure to do that." The Vermejo Park Ranch is willing to participate in building a structure to keep Raton citizens off of a road that belongs to them? You Have to be kidding!!!!!

You actually think that this "issue" has just come up now? Personally I would venture a guess and say that it has been discussed and who knows what else. Remember, the gate is already up and the no trespassing signs are up. The only thing missing is to swing the gate closed and lock it. If you don't believe me, take a ride and look for yourself.

On the KRTN video, at the link listed below this gem by City Manager Berry is at minute 19:30. Go there and listen to it.

I wonder who else is in on this scheme to close or give away the Old Pass Road? Right now we have, 1) the landowners and 2) a "proposed land owners association", 3) the Raton City Commission, 4) the Raton City Manager Scott Barry, 5) Mr. Steve Hayden and 6) Mr. Gus Holm who manages the Vermejo Park Ranch.

I wonder if Ted Turner is in on it. It might be worth the effort to try and contact him. If I recall he had been a friend of the city before.