Friday, January 23, 2015

Feel Good Charity(s)

There is an over abundance of feel good charities and charity causes out there. Thousands upon thousands of sites, churches, organizations etc., looking for your money and other "things" ranging from coats to toys for the needy. They are especially prevalent at Christmas, Thanksgiving and after some type of disaster. You see them everywhere, on television, most local churches and in front of Walmart ringing bells and asking for your money. The bottom line is they want your money and in return you can pretend you "helped".

They are great at soothing the need on the part of some people to help out those most in need. The people/organizations know of this need on your part and the knowledge also exists on their part that they can use it to part you from your money.
These charities take advantage of both the needy and the folks who like to give a buck or two or a coat or toy. Do you know what they get? They get you and whoever contributes to their causes. They get you to watch their channel and they get you to attend their church. Anyway, that is the reason for their charity. They don't give a damn about the status of society at large. Their end goal is money in the collection box, viewers or readers which increase their revenues.

But they do very little when you look at the scope of the problem. They do very little for the root causes of the many problems. Those can only be addressed by governments who have no ulterior motives, whose motives are to help all of their citizens.

The problem can best be addressed by the city, county, state and federal governments. But do you think this will actually ever happen? No, no it won't, the very same people searching for money and those giving refuse to pay a few extra bucks in taxes to help their neighbors.

Giving a coat or toy or a five dollar bill will have to suffice.

The commercials dealing with some of these charities are despicable. Here are some from the weblog "Only in New Mexico".

Some redneck crooner is telling us to give money to the Wounded Warriors charity.  Another commercial is from a large law firm that want to represent the veterans who want disability payments.  A TV News story features a charity run by a priest that makes veterans into bakery cooks.

What is missing here?  Any explanation on how the United States was able to spend one trillion on a war with out spending adequately on returning human wreckage from the 'war for profit.'  Why is the government relying on charity to take care of veterans?  Because spending money on that doesn't give wartime profits to the defense industry and the likes of Blackstone mercenaries.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Amtrak News On The Santa fe New Mexican

Read about it here;

At the Santa Fe New Mexican

Republicans can be counted to vote against this.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

I Think Facebook Is It

I think "Facebook" is the way most folks get news that is closer to home. And Raton is "closer to home" for everyone. News of Raton will not really show up on TV or the big newspapers, the Raton Comet is ok, but it is my guess most folks around here log in to Facebook 2-3 times a day. Their Facebook page  probably has a lot of folks looking, as does KRTN's page. I may create a Facebook page and see if I can link it to this weblog.

The readership here on the weblog is sometimes steady, sometimes low and sometimes it spikes. It was steady most of the year and then low over the holidays, then it has been spiking upwards since the new year. Who knows why the fluctuations, but they are there.

I use 3 of Googles gadgets to track visitors etc here. They seem pretty reliable and give me an idea not only how many, but what content the readers are accessing.

Just a thought is that folks making comments need to keep it clean, if not sane, otherwise I will not post the responses. I have pitched three in the wastebasket that were just a bit over "my line". Keep it civil and I will not do any censoring.

Keep the comments coming, I am sure a lot log on here just to see what it is you have to say.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

How About A Good Green Chile Burger (With or Without Cheese) In Raton

We need a good and big green chile hamburger and a green chile cheese burger in Raton. Everyone else in the state has them, many places in Colorado have them and I have seen or heard of other places in other states. Yet Raton does not have one..... Or if there is a place that serves them I am unaware of it. I do not mean a hamburger/cheeseburger with a side of green chile, I mean a hamburger/cheeseburger with green chile.

And advertise it, have the hamburger/cheeseburger with an option of mild and hot green chile.

Not complaining about the eateries in Raton, we have some excellent ones. But a good green chile hamburger/cheeseburger? I personally don't know of one.

And I mean green chile, not jalapenos.....

And put a sign outside of the restaurant advertising the best green chile cheeseburger in the state, bar none. I will personally vouch that it is the best in the state.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The New Day For News, Especially Small Town News, Fragmented Media

Like Ann Curry said today's "media is fragmented" to say the very least and so is the way the public gets it's news. Especially in a town with no daily.

The internet with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, chat rooms and other social media.  And then there are weblogs and "home pages". The telephone of old is on it's way out or will survive in some altered mode. It is a different situation in the 21st century, totally different. And it seems that every one of these outlets for news has it's own adherents.

There is still television, newspapers and radio, all of the old standbys. But there is no doubt it is a new day. News, real and not so real news is all over the place. Hardly anything happens that is not on the internet within seconds.

So what role do these old standbys play in the new day? Is the newspaper relegated to the classifieds and the advertising of the city? Do the TV station hire good looking "barkers" giving you yesterdays Youtube video and sensationalizing everything. The radio is a bit different but very much changed in this arena. Just look at KRTN.

And the internet in it's present form will be here but for just a bit.....

I don't know the answer, I am just asking...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Of Interest To The Local Reader

Here are some ideas for the Raton Comet. Just a few, for additional stuff just look at some of the comments on other posts on this weblog. I do not mean to sound disrespectful, I bet we all appreciate the Comet, we know it is new, we know it is free and we have a vague idea of the problems associated with publishing a newspaper. We were here when the Raton Range went under and we felt the lack of information associated with not having a town newspaper.

Check out and write about the City Commission, the County Commission, the Colfax County Sheriff's Office, The Raton Police Department, The Raton Fire Department, the Raton Public Service, the Raton Water Works, Sugarite State Park anyone of the numerous advisory committees working in the area, the Chamber of Commerce etc., etc.

The majority of citizens and/or voters have no means to attend any of the meetings by these public or semi public entities. They (Raton Public Service for one) operate in the shadows only coming into the light when their existence is questioned or they feel threatened. The citizen/taxpayer is interested because in one for or another we pay for these groups and we seem to lose track of their activities until something happens.

Stop the frequent human interest stories and do an in depth look on one or more of the above. Not only would the article be interesting but they are our servants. KRTN does not have the know how nor resources to do this, this weblog cannot do it, like Superman, I have to keep my identity secret. Only a true news organization has the responsibility, know how and means of doing these types of articles interviews.

As it is we find ourselves scurrying all over looking for information. Standing in front of the Post Office.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Dearth Of News For Raton

A tough deal trying to get news about Raton. The Comet is not doing it, the paper is getting smaller and smaller and lots of "human interest" articles but no real timely news. KRTN is not much help as far as news go and this blogger has no place to go for information.

The New Mexico TV stations barely cover the area and the Albuquerque Journal and Santa Fe New Mexican are not even sold here.

Maybe no news is good news. The city council can operate with a minimum of oversight from the citizens and no one is writing letters to the editor as human interest articles are not that interesting by themselves. Readers will fall asleep reading them after a while.

But we are not alone, many other small towns in the inland west are in the same boat. If you don't believe it try and get news for Trinidad or some other small towns.

A good book that has a lot of insights into the dilemma small towns in the inland west face is titled "High Country, The Rocky Mountain West" written by Virginia Weisel Johnson. This lady nailed our woes and she did it a long time ago. The book clearly points out the problems being experienced by small towns all over the inland west. If you can find a copy, it is an enlightening read. And it was written in 1972.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Raton Police Chief Applicants, 2015

Ward Shrake said...

Here's the list of candidates for the job of Raton's Police Chief. I got this information directly from the city clerk, Tricia Gardia, via an IPRA request.

Police Chief Applicants
December 5, 2014

1. John D. Garcia
Raton, NM 87740

2. Steve A. Marquez, Jr.
Raton, NM 87740

3. Victor J. Rodriguez
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

4. Aaron D’Mize
Fowler, CO 81039

5. Roderick A. (Rod) Saint
Albuquerque, NM 87114

6. James W. Perdue
Albuquerque, NM 87111

7. Matthew F. Vigil
Taos, NM 87571

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

District Attorney Article From the Abq Journal

Speaks for itself
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Political Changes In Colfax County

Click on the image to make it larger, this is the County Clerk in red and her deputy in blue plus the remainder of the Colfax County Clerks office staff.

Big changes could be in store for us in the 2016 statewide elections as a result of what has been happening here lately as related to the Colfax County Clerk and Colfax County Clerk's office.

By lately I mean since the 2008 election when our very own Democrat and at the time County Clerk Rayetta Trujillo endorsed, and probably voted for, Republican Diana Duran over the incumbent Democrat Mary Herrera for the New Mexico Secretary of State office. This switch, while passing by unnoticed at the time, may have been the beginning of the end for the Democratic hold on the County Clerks office in Colfax County. It may signal the beginning of the end for Colfax County as a Democrat County period.

The Democrats may be lucky if the clerks office is the only office affected by the comings and goings there.

Back then, in 2008 then County Clerk Rayetta Trujillo not only backed the Republican for Secretary of State but we have to remember that in 2006 Rayetta Trujillo hired Freda Baca and then in 2007 appointed her as her Deputy County Clerk.

To complicate matters a bit for readers we fast forward to 2012 when Freda Baca won the election for Colfax County Clerk and then appointed outgoing Clerk Rayetta Trujillo as HER deputy. Get ready for more confusion when we again fast forward to the November 2014 general election.

This last election we had a convoluted situation as related to the race for Sheriff here in Colfax County. The son of current County Clerk Freda Baca, Leonard Baca, ran with Republican Rick Sinclair for the office of County Sheriff and under sheriff. Rick Sinclair and Leonard Baca were very active at functions all over the county promoting their run for the office.

Rick Sinclair/Leonard Baca were running against Democrat Leonard Trujillo. Now Leonard Trujillo is not only a retired former deputy sheriff and perpetual candidate for Colfax County Sheriff but he is also the husband of former County Clerk and current deputy County Clerk Rayetta Trujillo.

Consider this, even the past Colfax County Democratic Chair had a Republican Sinclair/Baca for sheriff sign in his front yard, a big one too

Are you dizzy yet.......

Now in December we find out that the November general election was not only mishandled by the Colfax County Clerk's office but it was grossly mishandled. This mishandling may require a total recount of several if not all of the ballots cast countywide. That will cost money.

How could this happen? The folks providing the computer services to the clerks office is probably one culprit, but the main responsibility rests with the Colfax County Clerk Freda Baca herself.

NOTE: More on this matter on another post..... To be continued

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Not Good, Not Good At All

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Article above is from the 12/20/2014 Albuquerque Journal.

This is not good, Colfax County has had an excellent record as related to elections in the past. The County Clerk (Freda Baca) needs to take responsibility and explain the errors. Recounting will show where the errors occurred. it may be necessary to reconvene the election judges, clerks etc., to do this. But she better do this.

Mistakes will happen but incompetence on the part of the County Clerk, her office or polling place officials should not be tolerated. Recount and explain.

The Clerk, Freda Baca, her Deputy Clerk Rayetta Trujillo and the County Clerks staff need to fix the problem, explain what happened to the public. If they don't their credibility will go down the tubes. Click on the link below for the Colfax County Clerks office page.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Raton School Consolidation, Or Not?

Read about it here at the Raton Comet, or here at the Raton Public School site.

You want to know what I think? I think the school superintendent and the Raton School Board went about this all wrong. We have voted on this two times now, each time the bond measure failed. Both times have been since the "great recession" started in late 2007 early 2008. The money is not to be had, the folks in Raton are just tired of voting again and again on raising their taxes.

They are just tired of it.

The school superintendent and the Raton School Board should have had all of their ducks lined up before the bond election. They should already have thought out the consolidation prior to going to the public with the proposed bond election and explained that to the public then.

As it turns out they did it in reverse and lost, it was really a foregone conclusion. Who really knows what the schools will look like in 10 years.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

District Attorney Donald Gallegos

Our District Attorney, Donald Gallegos, is in hot water, no two ways about it. He and at least one of his cohorts are accused of some pretty serious stuff.

Reference the article here at the Taos News. The whole sordid mess is documented here. There is also a pretty good write up in this weeks hard copy edition of the Raton Comet, none on its electronic version.

"The hearings will concern charges filed with the disciplinary board in October against district attorney Donald Gallegos and prosecutor Emilio Chávez alleging they used legally dubious subpoenas to gather evidence during numerous investigations in 2012 and 2013".

It will be interesting to see what the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board comes up with when they meet on the matter.

My guess is that this will go on and on and if anything ever comes of it it will be a long time from now.

He was on KRTN the other day and was indicating that it was not a big deal. It is a big deal, even if he is found to have done nothing wrong, it is still a big deal.

Either way, his actions continue a long list of misconduct by law enforcement folks and agencies all across this land. They erode the public's confidence in law enforcement, and that is never good.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Red High Heels in Raton!

The well-heeled Marilyn Monroe once said if you give a girl the right shoes, she can conquer the world.

She was probably right, saw a woman wearing heels almost like these at Bells the other day. There were several mesmerized folks around. Someone said they were shoes for the night job the woman has, jealousy on their part I think.

A couple of men seem hypnotized......

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lynette at the horseraces

Funny, have a nice thanksgiving

Raton Needs a Leader

There are and have been plenty of doers on the Raton City Council, People who do what councilors are supposed to do. Some are and have been good, some not so good and yet others have been worthless. The current crop seems to be cut from the same cloth.

What Raton needs is a LEADER, a leader with thick skin. I am afraid that there may be none to be had. It is not unusual for smaller communities to be unable to produce such a person. These folks with leadership qualities are not everywhere, some communities just lack people with there traits. Communities can survive with run of the mill "leaders" in good times, it is another thing all together when times are tough. And times in Raton and other small towns are tough today. In Raton they have been tough for a long spell.

We, who live here, have gone through one rough stretch after another. The closing of the race track, the closing of the mines, the great recession, etc. It has been hard for the community to recover from one blow when the next one arrives.

But, and this is a big but, we do have many, many qualities that could attract folks. We need the leadership who can see these qualities and work to enhance our position.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

More On Amtrak

The Raton Comet article on the Amtrak impacts.

I think that the whole thing is a bunch of hooey. Sure there will be impacts but nowhere as much as are being indicated.

Philmont will see zero, none, nada changes. They are overbooked to the max and those scouts will just drive. It is not like the Scout Ranch will go away if the train stops coming. Folks want the state to cough up 10 million dollars ($10,000,000.00) a year for maintenance of the New Mexico portion of the tracks that need work. This to bring boy scouts to Philmont. That is a few dollars per scout. A few dollars per scout that I am unwilling to pay. Send Raton their share of the 10 million bucks, we have better things to do with it.

Much to do about nothing, I do not think the governor will go along, I do not think there is $10,000,000.00 worth of slack in the state budget.

I think it it time we realize that soon, very soon, the whistle of the train will be nothing but a memory

Slowly, Very Slowly

Raton is still headed to hell in a hand basket. Everything is quiet at city hall, nothing new, nothing different, but it is quiet. So we are still headed for hell in a hand basket, just quietly. No one is making much noise.

Chavez and Giacomo are not doing anything that was not being done by the people they replaced. They are taking pictures while presenting this or that to someone or the other, but nothing, NOTHING, different. In fact I think that one of the most dynamic folks we have had was Mayor LeDoux. He is the one who quieted things down.

And Mayor Mantz quit grandstanding for the audience, seems to be acting like an adult now. The mayors gavel suits her, it seems to be what she was after. Just the right amount of attention that she does not have to act like an overgrown adolescent.

Councilor Segotta is playing it cool and the new person has yet to get a handle on the situation.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Not Necessairly About Raton, But????????

 How come when reading obituaries no one ever goes to hell? Huh? Explain that to me.

Everyone went peacefully to heaven or at least transitioned seamlessly into the spiritual world. Even atheists just go, no real mention that they just rot? Not even any mention by Catholics of anyone going to purgatory, Just folks holding hands with angles going to heaven.

I bet St. Peter guarding the gate of heaven is overwhelmed by the sheer number of souls flooding the entrance.

No one ends up in hell but a few historical villains we can all agree on. It seems like to me that if this were really the case heaven would be full and bursting at the seams and hell and almost empty. There would be more than enough water in hell for everyone there and everyone would be dancing around the flames.  Maybe there is an ex wife or husband there if you ask any of their ex's, but that would me the extent of the "residents" there.
A few years back there was an article in the newspapers about a family up in Rio Arriba County suing a priest because he even hinted at a funeral at the possibility that the "dearly deceased" might end up somewhere else other than heaven.

Personally I would guess that if, according to the obituaries, everyone ends up in heaven then the preachers, men and women of the cloth, would be out of business. Their scare tactics would be in vain.

An enigma in my book, this heaven and hell business. Maybe an enigma wrapped up in a tortilla. I will have to post the question to a "person" of the cloth.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Mexico Attorney Generals Site Related to Raton

New Mexico Attorney Generals Site Related to Raton:

Lots of interesting information here.

Thanks to one of the readers for the information.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Commerating Veterans

This monument rests in Ripley Park. It serves as a memorial to the Spanish - American War. 
How much is enough? I am just asking. How many monuments to our veterans do we build? Just here in Raton we have several and small towns everywhere seem to be in a race to create another one. It seems like veteran memorials allow almost anyone to jump on the "hero" bandwagon. It allows us all, if you are a veteran, to have people genuflect at our feet every now and then.

If you fit into one or the other hero categories that is fine, but being a veteran of one of the armed services allows all of the general population to be a hero. Not everyone can be a firefighter, police or heroic first responder, but most have the chance to be a veteran.

We have a new Veterans Park dedicated to our heroic veterans in Raton. Not a bad idea, the area where it was placed was not used before, at least used very, very little. And I am not really talking about the park per se, I am talking about the whole idea of heroes in general and veteran heroes in particular.

A good article on the new park can be had here at the KRTN website.

Here in Raton we also have the statue by Ripley Park of the woman saying good by to her son as he goes off to war dedicated to World War II veterans, we also have a "wall" at the county courthouse honoring the men who gave their all, we have the tank by the RPS building on south 2nd street, we have, or participate in Run For The Wall, we have the area around the Raton Welcome decorated with flags for veterans every time it seems appropriate. But we were still leaving out some heroes.

Not everyone was a veteran of WWII, some veterans never saw combat and/or survived the enlistment. What about them/us? There was no place where the general public could go genuflect and pay homage to them. They were also heroes.

We have veterans of every stripe addressing us and our children at every opportunity. If you ever served in any branch of the armed service and did not save a uniform you can don every now and then you are missing out on the adulation we give our veterans at every turn.

I sometimes wonder if all societies do this?

Heroes, Heroes, Heroes And Yet More Heroes. The John Wayne Syndrome

John Wayne syndrome is widespread in our society. People have made a draft dodging actor into a hero. Everyone wants to be a hero.

Us non heroes will soon be in the minority, we are close to the threshold of having more heroes in the population than regular folks. At one time we needed heroes for children to look up to, now we are over run with heroes. Police, city firefighters, volunteer firefighters, emergency responders all seem to be classified as heroes and there are lines of would be heroes lined up looking for work. Middle aged overweight bikers with a doo rag on their head and black leather chaps are also heroes, they do not just ride motorcycles, they ride to commemorate other heroes and this makes themselve be seen as heroes. Guys (and women) wearing guns in public looking for criminals so they can shoot them and claim to be heroes.

Servicemen, veterans of every stripe seem to fit no matter what they did in the service. People in the medical field are classified as heroes. School teachers, when not being vilified, qualify as heroes also. These heroes cannot wait to be pictured in the newspaper or better yet in front of the TV. Very few vocations are not heroes anymore, and those that aren't are working hard to be classified as such.

Some of these "heroes" can be easily identified by the number of pins on their baseball or cowboy hats, patches on their vests, licence plates or bumper stickers on their cars. To put the icing on the cake, a U.S. flag has to be at the top of the list. Put one on the aerial of your 1991 pickup or motorcycle and you are not only a hero, but a patriotic hero. Also shirts decorated with the U.S. flag qualifies. Sometimes all you need is a cowboy hat and boots. Tuck your pants into the boots for that little bit extra.
Don't you agree pilgrim?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

What Has Changed

What has changed since the new Raton City Commission took office? What has this commission done?

Nothing! Zip! Nada! Zero!

Where are the changes promised by Giacomo and Chavez? What about our puffed up mayor? Mantz has the gavel, what is she doing? Now we have another "new" councilor, what will happen now?

The city seems to be sliding down hill with the commission unable to do ANYTHING.

Maybe they can go into executive session and try and determine how to manage the decline of the city. They seem to not be able to do anything in open session.

And the new City Manager? The Raton Comet says he knows how to work, "like most ranchers". Yea right, ranchers know how to work! Are you kidding? Tell me about it. Drink coffee and drive around with the dogs in the back of the rusty pickup waiting for the next handout from the federal government for this or that problem "ranchers" experience.

But back to the city council, please advise as to what they have accomplished...  Poof! Poof! They seem invisible.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Where Will The Turkey Vultures Go?

The trees where the Turkey Vultures have roosted in Raton on the corner of South 5th and Pecos were being toppled, removed, cut down today. They will soon be gone.
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The roosting trees were the two large evergreens in the middle of the photo above. There was a crew cutting the trees down today. The person(s) living there must have had enough of having the vultures there six months out of the year. The vultures have roosted on these two trees for a long, long time. They do have a way of creating a mess and I really can't blame the owner for cutting them down. This is the only way to get them to move. And move they will.

I am venturing a guess that they will move to the next available tree. That available tree may be the Cottonwood right next to the ones being cut down. The owners may have to continue cutting all of the trees available to the vultures. We will have to see where they go when they return next spring.

The CCC drainage ditch, with accompanying trees, meanders through the neighborhood. Maybe they will find an appropriate tree to roost on in the area there. There are a couple of other houses with conifers that would do within a city block, maybe the vultures will go there.

This Raton mystery will remain until the vultures return next spring. Waiting with bated breath here. I love a Raton mystery......

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Business For Raton

Photo is from Google Earth Street View. Click on either image to make it larger.
Heard on the radio this morning an interview with real estate broker Jerri Miller that she is planning on selling a parcel of land that she owns to some developer who wants to build a high end assisted living place on Gardner Road and Turnesia Street by the old long vacant warehouse there.
She is looking for support as there is bound to be opposition to the rezoning of the property. It will be interesting to watch this play out. The NIMBY folks will be out in front of this is my guess, we will have to wait and see.

Personally, I think this is a great idea and a great business. Not only for Raton, but also for he area and location that this place is proposed to be built. I see no real drawbacks.

I will look for the petition being circulated in support to sign. Might be a good idea to visit with the folks on the Raton Planning and Zoning advisory committee as well as the Raton City Commissioners. This ought to be a 5 to zip vote in favor of the rezoning. It ought to be a unanimous vote for on the P and Z advisory board also.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Scene From A Mad Max Movie

The "new" dump (convenience center) in operation looks like a scene from a Mad Max movie. There is no pit to cover up, everything is above ground. We need to keep in mind that it is, after all, a dump. The employees at the city landfill/convenience center are some of the very best and do the best with what they have. We ought to be glad that it is really out of the way and not visible unless you are using the facility.
The folks in Raton are another story all together, we are not  noted for neat Midwestern type yards as it is. And the old dump was never fully utilized and my guess is that the new convenience center will not be fully utilized either. There are containers to collect recyclables, lets hope that folks use them a bit more.
Recycling in Raton is a joke, some folks try hard but the citizens seem to prefer to dump everything into the dumpsters or on either side of the dumpsters. Some folks seem to prefer patrolling the allys with truckloads of limbs looking for a dumpster rather than driving the mile or two to the convenience center.
The Raton city council put a lot of effort into the new center, there is an article plus associated video at the KRTN website, very interesting with lots of information.

Do your part and lets see if we can change the scene in the area.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Trick Or Treat, Halloween Quilt

Nice quilt and fits the occasion tonight. Be careful with the kids tonight, they will be all over town.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Might Shift Weblog To Quilting.

The politics has gotten a bit milder and boring around here and it might be time to shift the focus of this weblog to my other passion, quilting. Not exactly sure if I will and if so when. Will give it some thought.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Colfax County Politics "UPDATED"

Check this site out:

and this other site:

The Sheriff's race is getting interesting. An article in today's Raton Comet has a great in depth article on the Colfax County Sheriff's race between long time Colfax County resident and long time law enforcement officer Lawrence Trujillo on the right in the photo above and recent newcomer from Neveda and long time law enforcement officer on the left in the photo Rick Sinclair. On the face of it it seems like a toss up at this point. Mr. Sinclair is out and about putting up signs and meeting people. He will have a meet and greet on Saturday.

Mr. Sinclair is one savvy politician, something we have not seen here as of late. He went and found an "undersheriff candidate" Leonard Baca who is the son of our County Clerk, Freda Baca. This is in an effort to woo two distinct voter blocks with whom Mr. Sinclair would have had a lot of problems. The Hispanics and the Democrats. Mr. Sinclair knows he would have to get more votes than the  Republicans in the county if he even wants a shot at the position. He needs a few Hispanics and a few Democrats. Mr. Sinclair somehow convinced Mr. Leonard Baca to join him.

I am not sure Mr. Trujillo saw this coming. Now Mr. Sinclair has a person in the form of Leonard Baca who can speak to the Democrats and Hispanics one to one. Mr. Sinclair, a Republican, must have read up on some New Mexico political history. This will definitely complicate Mr. Trujillos efforts.

Some folks want new blood, some want local experience. Mr. Trujillo wants to change the whole department, sortta like a new blood candidate. Mr. Sinclair wants to just continue with the department as it is as he likes the way it has been working, sortta like an old hand.

Both have disturbing history, Mr. Trujillo was acquitted of tipping of a drug dealer on a pending drug bust. Very disturbing, even with the acquittal.

Mr. Sinclair has been a dead beat dad in the past needing to get sued by an ex wife to support his children. That is horrible for any man, much less one running for Sheriff.

Only in America ladies and gentelmen.

The Raton Comet. One Great Edition

The Raton Comet did one hell of a job on their Thursday, October 16-22, 2014 edition.  You do not see this type of reporting in a weekly, much less a free weekly. Good and interesting pictures, great in depth coverage of the Sheriffs race as well as one on the horrific gas prices in Raton, an excellent if a bit off editorial, good local cartoon, Some local interest articles about the Shuler and the local head coach. And to top it all of, a nice article about the Frank Cimino's

This is what a small town newspaper should be about. Better coverage of the issues than the old Raton Range.

I hope they keep this up, was getting worried with no other local news outlet. KRTN is an ok radio station, but not good at news reporting.


Monday, October 13, 2014

The battle of the political signs in the Colfax County Sheriff's race.... Who is ahead?

Both Lawrence Trujillo and Rick Sinclair and their supporters have been out posting signs. Who is ahead in the signs? My guess is Rick Sinclair. Signs do not equate to votes but they do give a person an indication of the effort on the part of the candidates. Here Lawrence Trujillo seems to be falling behind. Even on the East Side of Raton whee you would expect more Trujillo signs.

What is going on?

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Colfax County Sheriff's Race Heats Up.

It's a heated race, or at least it seems like it. Signs for this political race are the only ones to be seen around town or the county. Not the governor's race, not the land commissioner's race.... Just the county sheriff's race between Mr. Trujillo and Mr. Sinclair.

Trujillo is a local guy living in Raton. Sinclair is from Springer, Both have been, or are, associated with the sheriffs department. Trujillo retired from there a while back and Sinclair is still employed there. I don't know much about either of them... Anyone care to elaborate? Be civil if you do.

I would ask them about the evidence room and the disappearing money. How many deputies do they have? How many patrol and where do  they patrol? What is the breakdown of the sheriff's office budget?

All in all this is an over rated law enforcement entity in this and many other counties in New Mexico. Quasi cops if you ask me. Not really needed when we have so many other law enforcement agencies, both large and small, out there. Maybe supervising the jail is their job.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

First Light Frost Today

First frost of the season.... Hoping we get a wet winter not just a cold one. We need snow, lots of it. Close the pass snow, close the roads to Clayton snow, no school snow.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Allure Of New Raton And/Or New Mexico

Here is who might find Raton and/Or New Mexico a place to visit and/or live:

1 - New Mexicans/Ratonions who were born and raised here - They want to come back, if just to visit. New Mexico/Raton is home. Home is like no other place on earth to most. Something for them to do while they visit encourages folks to return for a visit or to stay.
2 - Cowboy/cowgirl wanna be's - The western states, of which New Mexico is one attracts cowboy/cowgirl wannabes and this is something else the state/region/city might cater to. These wannabes will travel a long way if you make them welcome. Dude ranches or something similar. Use "certification" as a New Mexican cowboy/cowgirl as a draw. Nothing out east like a certified cowboy/cowgirl. Pictures of folks with cowboy hats, boots and pants tucked in to the boots, priceless. If you want proof just look at posters of John Wayne, they can't keep them on the shelves.
3 - Artists of most stripes - These types seem to be drawn to the state and most any part of it. Taos and Santa Fe are not unique in this manner. The area in general is attractive to them and Raton in particular can be made to make them feel welcome.  A "scholarship" for a young person, an artist in residence for 3 to 6 months, for Raton would be a big draw and generate tons of press. Wouldn't cost much either if funds could somehow be generated. The lodgers tax funds? Just saying.
3 - Easterners who have the "out west" bug. These folks are sortta like the cowboy/cowgirl wannabes without the blue jeans, boots and cowboy hats. I have been all over the east, north east, south, upper mid west and they all stand in awe of anyone from "out west". Wherever out west is, we are there.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Raton Multimodal Area

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Here  is an old article from the old "Raton Range"on the design. Is it still the same? If not what has changed?

Here is a new article from the Raton Comet. 

Pretty hot item of discussion. Especially when you consider the following:

In other action it comes out that he city will rebid the multimodal bid as the one bid they got was $500,000 over estimates.
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The area in question from Google Earth.

And The Dogs Won

I fought the law and the dogs won. In Raton, NM the dogs won and are the largest component of the town. 75% or so are owned by citizens and 25% are strays and about 85% of them roam around the town doing their business in other peoples yard.

We live in a town where you have to watch your step or you will step in it.... You know what I mean. Dog owners are the worst neighbors you can have. Leave their dogs out when they think no one is watching. You need to look very hard to find a responsible dog owner.

And not a few cats either. Between the cats and dogs they pose an extreme health hazard. They ought to disallow medical insurance to dog owners, they live in dog houses with who knows how many animals.