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.
The view from Price looking towards Emerson St. A Google screen grab. Click on the image to make it larger.
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.....

Saturday, August 1, 2015

One Worthless Agency

What does this agency really do? KRTN at their website here has an article on a project share or something like this where the "Department" gives money to ranchers for this or that. Here are the categories:

Habitat enhancement, biological and ecological studies, wildlife rehabilitation, and wildlife education.

The Department needs to manage the wildlife that wanders all over the town.

This is one agency that can be reduced to the numbers needed to manage the several hunts.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Barber Shops and More Barber Shops

Two new barbershops in Raton? That will make a total of four. Did everyone decide to get in the good grooming line, or what? Seems like a couple too many to me. We will see.

All of a sudden we have 2 new ones, one on second north street and another one on the road out to Sugerite State Park, just east of the old Norteno Mexican Restaurant.

I think it will be a tough business all of a sudden unless the new barbers know the town and are pretty sure they can attract enough business. it will be interesting in seeing if all of these very small businesses springing up can make a go of it.

Go and get a haircut! Go and have a burger downtown! Go have a pizza at Brunos when they get more stuff.

A question from your favorite blogger..... what is going on at the old Cimino's Ford building by the courthouse? Anyone know.
By the way, which of the Republicans running for president has the best haircut? The Donald? I think not. I like Carly, the best looking person, running on either ticket.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Whats Happening? What happened?

Anonymous said...

According to a sign on the door, there's a new "pizza and wings" restaurant opening July 20 at the old Santa Fe Cafe location. Hopefully they have a trained pizza chef who actually knows how to make real pizza (unlike the previous place at that location).

The old Santa Fe Cafe pizza was so bad, this new one could hardly be worse. The previous pizza restaurant used frozen crusts and the sauce tasted canned. Even worse, how long it took, as if they could only bake one or two pizzas at a time no matter how many customers were seated at tables.

But no matter how poor my past experiences at Raton restaurants, I give EVERY new place a straight-up and objective fair chance. "Pizza and Wings" will be no exception and I'm looking forward to trying it.
I have not heard much about the "new" businesses that were rumored to be coming into town. It does not look like Raton is having much luck, especially with restaurants. One, on the extreme north side of town, never came to fruition and a couple of BBQ joints opened up and soon went the way of the Dodo bird. The same goes for the Mexican joint on the "east side". Then there is the Whistle Stop  over at the old filling station on the Sugarite Road right off of the interstate.

And what about the "retirement home" on Gardner Road? I heard the locals in the area were fighting it. The old NIMBY thing. Anywhere else but there. Personally I think it would add to, not only the neighborhood, but the whole of Raton.

And there were rumors of one, if not two, "breweries" wanting to open in town. Where did that go. There is some activity on a building on 2nd next to the Ford place.  This type of business might have a shot in Raton. Especially when you think there are none in the area.

Also I heard about a new "bakery" type business somewhere in the downtown area. Anyone else heard anything on this. This might work, I am not sure, it depends on their products and what else goes along with it.

Now comes the "Pizza and Wings" thing mentioned at the top of the article.

AND the "burger joint, pizza joint" on the North end of 1st Street looks like something is going on there? Tough to compete with Pizza Hut and the fast food burgers. Though a good green chile burger.

I don't know about good cooks as good restaurant owners? They have to be good business people, being a good cook by itself will not cut it. A lot goes into a business. If you don't believe it just look at antique shops opening and closing in Trinidad. Some woman spent a quarter million of their retirement nest egg on remodeling a building there on main street. Did not last but a few months and "poof", gone just like the rest of them.

Raton seems to have the same situation with restaurants, one or two open up every year or so and are soon gone. The locals eat just so much and then you have to rely on the I-25 traffic. And if it is not by the Clayton exit with quick service..... well bye, bye.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Public Service Announcement


 Anonymous said...
this comment has nothing to do with this subject. However, since I am so mid-20th century I don't know how to start a new post. Just a quick note that today is the last performance of "Midsummer's night dream" at the Shuler starting at 2:30 this afternoon. It is a terrific performance. You will be sorry if you miss it. Then this coming weekend "Boeing, Boeing" starts. Very funny.
On another note, we had dinner at the new Stakeout/Palace restaurant last night. The food was wonderful. My steak was cooked to perfection, the tuna was rare in the middle (like it is supposed to be), the potato puree was creamy, the salad bar was sufficient, the drinks were strong, cold and large, the atmosphere incredible, service good....... Please give it a chance and a try and help a new business in Raton's downtown make it. Also I understand that at least one more eatery and a bakery are opening soon on 1st street (eatery) and Cook (bakery). Give them a chance, a try and hope for the best.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Taos prosecutor appointed to replace retiring judge Paternoster


Thanks to one of our readers for the "heads up".

Let us give him a chance.... See how he does.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Gold Star Service - Great Customer Service In Raton

Records Ace Hardware and AutoZone. You can't beat it, they have knowledgeable, helpful and courteous  help and always seem to have the part I am looking for. And I mean to tell you I sometimes ask for some odd part. AutoZone has great help as does Records Ace Hardware.
Not much else to say today, but if you want good service and good material, try these business out. There are others, these are just standouts in Raton.

I am a regular customer at both stores and have NEVER had a bad experience. I bet you can't say that about too m any stores you frequent. AutoZone on occasion has not only sold me the part I need, they installed it for me.

As long as there are people in the area these two stores will have customers....

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Raton News, Where do we go?

The Raton Range is gone, the Raton Comet is gone, the Colorado newspapers can't do it as a part of their own editions. The Moreno Valley has its own now that the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle folded. I do not think the "Comet" will be back

KRTN is all over the place, sort of a scatter gun approach to sharing news. They have the radio itself, they have a You Tube site, they have a regular web page and then they have a Facebook page. They are not all connected except at their Facebook page. But that page is to busy, not easy to get around. But for what it is worth, it seems to be the place to go and you have to give ole Billy D credit for the effort. Bet he is being run ragged.

Nobody is covering the city and county government in any detail. So they know that if it is not discussed in open meetings no one will ever know what is going on. We will have to "trust".

It is a new day for news in North East New Mexico and the southern counties of Colorado. No one is really covering the area, not in any meaningful way anyway.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Interesting, Very Interesting

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From the Albuquerque Journal this last week. Thought it might provoke a few thoughts from readers.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Kenyon Riddle and the Book Records and Maps of the Old Santa Fe Trail

A very interesting tidbit of information on a Kenyon Riddle and a book he wrote titled Records and Maps of the Old Santa Fe Trail. 

I was browsing on Amazon the other day and bumped on the book. I looked at the information and it was priced where I would buy it so I did. It was for sale by an individual in Pennsylvania and was an old library book from the Albertson Library at the Boise (Idaho) State University. The book was advertised as in good condition etc. Anyway, I bought it and eagerly awaited my purchase. It arrived in a few days and I looked it over carefully.

The book was signed by the author, Kenyon Riddle on March 13, 1950, It is really in mint condition and the binding and cover are excellent and also in excellent condition. The only "flaw" was an ink stamp by the library. Looking inside of the front cover I find that the book was copyrighted in 1949 and that the authors address was P.O. Box 909, 825 Apache, Raton, New Mexico and was printed by the Raton Daily Range in Raton, New Mexico.

Imagine the "trail" of the book from 909 Apache in Raton to Boise, Idaho to Pennsylvania and back to Raton.

This post is not about the author and doing a "Google" search did not turn up much other than he lived 1890 - 1957. Nothing about him having lived in Raton. The Introduction has a bit about him, but not much.

Anyway, a bit of interesting trivia this fathers day.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Capitol Outlay For Colfax County

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What do you think? Will the governor sign it or will she veto some of it? Here is Colfax County's portion o the huge 1,000 project $295 million capital outlay bill passed this week at the special session of the Legislature.

Not a bad deal if you ask me.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Interesting, Very Interesting

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Not sure this is an appropriate use of tax dollars, let the ranchers shoot their own coyotes. Why does the government have to be involved/ How come the anti government ranchers aren't screaming about too much government?

More on it at the URL below:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

From A Master Sleuth

Ward Shrake said...
Here's a tidbit that'll break New Mexican's heart: during a recent investigation into the details behind the "Sponsored by International Bank" sign, at the Visitor's Center, two people working for / with the city told certain things to the State Auditor's investigator. Being a fan of openness in government, and compliant with those rules, etc., etc., the new auditor's investigator wrote to me, last week, and filled me in on what was said, and by whom. Turns out Kathy McQueary was one of the people who was interviewed, in regards to why that sign saying "Sponsored by International Bank" is on that piece of city-owned property.

Based on what I was told in that letter, it appears that Kathy must have left out the very important disclosure that she's either on the board, over at International Bank, right now; or was not too many years ago. I corrected the oversight for her. And proved that she's on the board, via an old press release from the Governor's office. So ... there ya go. You'd told me to do some sleuthing into RPS, some time ago, New Mexican. Does that count for ya?

While I have nothing in particular against the people working at/for RPS, or against Kathy McQueary for that matter, I'm a huge fan of governmental openness. And accidentally leaving off an important board seat, when discussing an entity you're closely aligned with ... well it likely had a bad effect regarding overall credibility, when I pointed that info out.

If she'd already done it, my "correction" of the possible oversight can't hurt. Right? But if I'm correct in thinking that info wasn't brought to the auditor's attention, well ... 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Raton Comet, What Is Going On?

An editorial attempting to explain the whole thing below;

Looks like someone bought the Raton Comet just as it was folding. Good luck to the new owners. A thank you to a reader for the link provided.

It is a tough time for the "fourth estate", no doubt about it. Lots of screaming on TV, sensational headlines in the big dailies. The National Enquirer has lots of competition.

But here in Raton? After the Raton Range folded it has been a chore to get "news". KRTN tries, but it is not up to the task . KRTN does us a big favor by not running Rush Limbaugh and we ought to be thankful for that.

Like some say "quien sabe" what will happen. Others say "c'est la vie", yet others "that is the way the cookie crumbles".

What do you think will happen? Where do you go for local news?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What A Waste

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A ruse by the Raton City Commission and a ruse by the management of the Raton Public Service (RPS). RPS kowes the city commission can do nothing, nothing. RPS knows it, the Raton City Commission knows it and we know it. So why the meeting? For appearances.

Remember that RPS has a ton of money stashed away in its coffers to defend itself and the city is essentially broke. RPS has shown that they will go down at the courthouse, even if they have to spend every cent they have. And the city? No money and worse yet no will to bring a rogue city utility into the fold. RPS does what it wants, when it wants and where it wants. The Raton City Commission be dammed.

In all reality RPS has elected the last two commissioners and previously elected another, the mayor. So to hell with the Raton residents. This "notice" is as good as it gets for us. I feel like the proverbial "Burro Can yon Line" that RPS is always using for excuses.

And trust me, we all know RPS has the power and RPS has the money and the city has none.

The situation does not pass the smell taste.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Good Bye Raton Comet

We have seen the end of the Raton Comet. It was good knowing you. Reference the web address below.

Seems like the end of one world and maybe the beginning of the other as far as news for Raton goes. In the last few years we have seen the end of two newspapers here. Sortta sad and telling at the same time. Who knows who or what will take up the slack. I do not think the World Journal will, maybe but I doubt it.

It will be interesting, what will happen to the "legals" that government entities are forced to publish.

More on Raton Public Service (RPS) and Electrical Blackouts and Rolling Blackouts for Raton, NM

Storm clouds on the horizon. Click on the image.

Here is a link to questions posed by your blog master previously on RPS;

Here is a link to an interview by Marty Mayfield of Raton, NM radio station KRTN with RPS Board President Kathy McQuery and General Manager Dan Dible. . An excellent interview and a special thanks to KRTN is in order.

The interview highlights problems associated with providing electrical power to Raton. It highlights some options that the individuals interviewed feel we have to cover our electrical power needs now and to one degree or another in the future.

The "rate payers" have a slightly better understanding of the situation as compared to what we had before the interview. Marty Mayfield asked some questions that allows us a better understanding.

Two (2) questions that were not asked were;

 1) Is the current management of RPS (the board) capable of handling the situation, handling the management. Are they competent, up to the task?

2) Is the relationship between the "board" and the city adequate? Or is the tail wagging the dog?

Is the overall management of RPS the problem? This is a major concern to the citizens and or "rate payers" as Ms McQuery likes to call us.

From my point of view the utility is too big for Raton, too powerful for us. The manage not only RPS but the city commission who is supposed to be watching out for us. RPS watches out for RPS. The City Commission is supposed to be the watchdog for the citizens. It is not.

RPS may have problems with the power supply and infrastructure, but it has no such problem with taking care of itself and its employees. As a group RPS is the most powerful political group north of Santa Fe.

There is no checks and  balances with RPS, they are in the drivers seat and they know it and so does the city commission. The "rate payers" have no representation, no voice. The incestuous relationship there is a shame and a disgrace.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Six (6) Hour Blackout, What Is Up RPS?

Six hours without power in the middle of Memorial Day a lot of businesses need to make a little profit. I wonder how much that cost businesses and the city too. You don't think this blackout hurt? I was looking for something cool at the Dairy Queen and earlier the lines were too long so I came back when they were a bit shorter when the juice went out. Several of us walked out, nothing else to do.

Folks driving around town just looking to see what was going on, everything soon closed.

Maybe commissioners Chavez and Giacomo and Mayor Mantz who seem to be in the back pocket of RPS will ask some questions? You think so? You think they will have the best interests of the community in mind? What about RPS management? I can almost guarantee they will circle the wagons and defend against all comers especially any who question their ethics or competence.

Lets see what information is forthcoming and via what venue.