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:

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:

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:

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.

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:

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:

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:


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

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:

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:

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

Blind Eye To Crime Next Door?

Excellent article from today's Albuquerque Journal, click on the link below:

Do not look the other way when we see something illegal going on!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Recoil Article Slams Raton

Lots n lots of comments on the article that is located at the web link below:

Personally, I am of the opinion that the types of folks this magazine caters to will not be missed should they bypass Raton.

And regardless of what is said of written about at the Whittington Center, Raton will continue to be here. There are too, too many pluses for living in the community. One of the pluses is the "activity" by our eccentrics.

People who live here, for the most part, understand the dynamics of the eclectics residing in our midst.

The world is not coming to an end.......

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

UPDATE: Giving Away The City One Lot At A Time? UPDATE

The City will deliberate and act on the item highlighted below at the regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Raton which will be held on August 25, 2015 at 6 p.m.

G.  Deliberate and Act on Request by Sands Manor Motel for Alley Vacation between Emerson Street and Price Street.

A "vacation" of the alley means the Sands Manor Motel wants the ally converted from a public alley to a private piece of property. They want it for free! Why don't they offer to buy it if they want it so bad.
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This is a bad idea. At the very least the Sands Manor Motel ought to offer to buy the piece if they want it or need it. This is not a good idea, hopefully the city commission will dismiss this. Giving away city property in a situation like this is ridiculous.

Call the commissioners up or attend the meeting to stop this.

NOTE: This goes to prove we do not have a real news outlet in Raton, KRTN just puts up the agenda, no editorializing on their part at all. Maybe we ought to be thankful for the posting as it is.
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The view from Emerson looking towards Price St. A Google screen grab. Click on the image to make it larger.

From KRTN;

"Commissioners heard from Attorney Steven McConnell who is representing the seller of the Sands Motel. As the sale progressed it was found that after the motel was built in the late 1950s that an alley way was platted but never built and in the 1960s a luxury wing was built across the platted alley way".

"In order to clear this matter up the city has agreed to vacate the platted alley in exchange for an easement for the current power lines that provide electricity to the motel. McConnell also noted that the motel was built 6.15 feet into the Emerson Street platted area, which has been there for many years. He is also asking the city to vacate that strip of Emerson Street to clean up this situation. Commissioners approved the vacations, which will allow the sale of the property to move forward."

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Some People Value Trees

Check the sight highlighted below for an interesting "tree" article;

Folks in Raton who value trees are few and far between. There is so much destruction of trees, devaluing the individual property and the beauty and the town. Some see no value to individual trees and proceed to destroy them. In the last few years the drought caused damage but no where close as the damage caused by individual landowners.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Horse Carriage

A few years ago someone built a beautiful horse carriage that I thought was given to or belonged to the city. What ever happened to it? Did it belong to the city or was someone lending it to us? It was a real work of art.

I recall it on a parade one time and can't recall seeing it again...

Friday, August 14, 2015

Russell Marcy Academy

The Hindenburg
Who is Russell Marcy and why is the old Raton Middle School now an "Academy"? Why is it the Russell Marcy Academy?

The new name sneaked up on me, I can't say when I first heard it but it has been here recently. So who is Russell Marcy and why are we renaming the old school after Russell? Did he donate a bucket full of money? Was he a famous war hero? Did he do a lot for the community?

I see they are moving the playground stuff from the old elementary school on the North Side of Raton to the new Russell Marcy Academy between 3rd and 4th . Looks like they will have it up and running by the 24th when school starts.
Working on the playground
And what is going on over on 1st Street, they have kept the street tore up all summer? Might affect the new eateries in the vicinity in a bad way.

PS - Just a note here to advise that I have been getting some comments that are not fit to share with my readers, they seem to be coming from an individual who has a grudge with "yours truly'. Just thought I would let you folks know that there is some individual just getting unruly and have been deleting his or her comments to the spam bin.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pizza Hut Is History In Raton.

An update and in depth article on the Pizza Hut closing here:

Anonymous said...

So now Pizza Hut is out of business.
Imagine Bruno's luck, opening a pizza parlor and two weeks later the only competition within 30 miles goes under. That's luck, like once-in-a-lifetime luck!

Now only if Bruno's can step up and fill the gap left by Pizza Hut: Delivery, online ordering, low-price specials, and fast service.
The above is from a comment posted here a bit earlier.

They are gone, they didn't even say goodbye!
Sad to see them go, they were having trouble with their employees, seems like the turnover was too great. That caused problems with the quality of the product and the quality of service.

Something seems wrong with Pizza Hut's business model. They have closed up shop up Trinidad (reopened as a carryout) and Walsenburg where the old Pizza Hut building now sells marijuana products. If we want Pizza Hut pizza we will have to take carry out from Trinidad or stop in Las Vegas, Clayton or Pueblo. Those are the closest ones now.

I wonder if the city of Raton was involved with the Pizza Hut closing, you think it would be easier to keep it in town than to do a search for a new business. One more empty building on 2nd Street. I do not have much faith in the leadership of the city. The council seems ok, we just lack a leader. they better come up with a way to manage the decline in this town. Read previous posts on the subject at the url below:

I will miss them for sure.....