Friday, October 21, 2016

Dominos Pizza In Raton

Dominos Pizza is coming to Raton. In the old KFC building on the corner of South 2nd and the Clayton Highway.
Google screen grab of the old Kentucky Fried Chicken building

The only place in town serving pizza is Brunos on south 1st Street. I am sure this will affect their business, at least somewhat, who knows how much. No real traffic on the south 1st street location, mostly locals.

The Dominos will grab most of its business from the I-25 traffic if they have a "dine in" option. The ones I have seen, and they are few, where you order your pizza and there are there tables and chairs where you seat yourself sort of like the Subways.

The food business is one tough business, but it is the one that a lot of folks think they can succeed at. Just look at the ones that come and go in Raton. They open up the doors and wait for customers who never come. There are way more people who think they can make a living at the restaurant business than there are customers.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Colfax County Clerk's Election - Who Is Joyce Valdez?

Who is Joyce Valdez that is running for Colfax County Clerk? Even Google does not produce anything. A Republican write in candidate for County Clerk? This in a year when Republicans are going to get their clocks cleaned by the Democrats because of old foul mouthed reality star Donald Trump. Who was the individual who got Joyce Valdez to run as a write in, that was one dumb move.

Could it have been the current Democratic Party Colfax County Clerk, Rebecca Hoy, after she lost the primary to Rayetta Trujillo? Seems plausible and possible and maybe even probable. Sour grapes after losing the primary and a way to get a dig at Ms. Trujillo. Not very professional and buries her chances if she ever has the urge to run again. Ms. Hoy was appointed to fill the vacancy by the county commission after the death of our last County Clerk, Freda Baca. read all about it at the link below:

Ms. Valdez has the proverbial snow balls chance..... That is zero!! A true wasted effort.

And I am no real fan of Ms. Trujillo either, I recall her supporting the crooked convicted Republican Secretary of State Diana Duran twice..... Ms. Trujillo supported a crooked Republican rather than the incumbent Democrat Mary Herrera. It does not say a whole lot about Ms. Trujillo's ability to choose a candidate for the office with which she should be very familiar with. Then Republican Secretary of State, Diana Duran, was caught and convicted of laundering money from her campaign coffers to feed her gambling addiction.

It does not really matter, Ms. Trujillo will be our next County Clerk, whether I like it or not. But it does seem that that that the County Clerk's office is the critical office, the only one that has any interest in Colfax County. We have had good ones, and Rayetta Trujillo was a good one, so was Ms. Hoy, Freda Baca was horrible, with a capitol H. Freda Baca was a total incompetent, I hate to talk disrespectful of the dead, but that is the unvarnished truth.

I just hope the transition at the Clerks office goes well. More on the election as I get time from my work.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

AROS Dog Park?????

A dog park for Raton? What gives? Where did this brilliant idea originate from? It is just a few hundred feet north and west of the Raton Aquatic Center. Looks like Raton Rotary got talked into it by a member's wife or something. It encompasses a few hundred square feet by a woven wire fence. 

It should be about ten times that large with an eight foot fence with razor wire on the top. That is what it probably would take to keep the mongrels in Raton penned up. Especially if you want them to be in the same enclosure with their owners. Dare I use the term "owner" when talking about dogs? Or will someone jump all over me. Maybe the term companion is better suited.

My guess is that no one will use the area, why would they? They can walk them anywhere in town. Letting them roam all over private yards, the ball fields and any city park.

Maybe the "Aros Dog Park" is not complete? I do not really know, it does not look complete. But the investment is minimal, a roll of wire, a bench, a couple of gates, a donated barrel for trash and a few posts.

It will be interesting to see if someone does use it. If two or more use it, prepare for dog fights. And we must remember that dog fighting is illegal in New Mexico.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Climate Change? Global Warming? Or What?

The Turkey Vultures are gone for the winter they left Friday  October the 8th. It is a bit early for them to go. They usually leave later in October. They seem to be leaving earlier and earlier every year. They are the masters of the skies, no competition for for that...... A true avian artist. I for one will miss them.

A good video on their flight here:

They will be be back the last week in March. They fly south to Southern New Mexico and Northern Mexico where some winter.

All other migrants will be gone in the next couple of weeks.

Check the links below for further information on the big birds in Raton:

And here:

And Here:

The Junco bird, a native who migrates up and down elevation here in Colfax County will soon be down in town. Check the Junco video below:

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Update on the mural

Coming along, looking good!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Multi Model Area Or Urban Rewnewal

The area on 1st street by the train tracks and the depot really looks nice. Very, very nice. It makes folks want to go there just to sit a bit.  The wait all summer long was worth it. The city deserves a pat on the back for the work it has done between 1st and 2nd streets this summer. The contractor may have worked slow, but the work they did appears to be first rate.

The artwork by Carl Swanson is a real plus. I think Carl is a Raton treasure, maybe the city council could designate him as the official Raton Town Treasure. I make the motion second it and all in agreement say aye! From looking at it today, it looks like Mr. Swanson is not done. It will be interesting to see how much detail he adds.

All kidding aside, we have several treasures in Raton, some like him and others who toil away at their computers writing blogs. And there are others still, folks volunteering, authors, other artists etc., etc.

Where did the covered wagon with the yoke of oxen that the high school welding class made go? Anyone know.

The two shelters with a place to sit is great. My congratulations to the person(s) that worked on the design. This was a great idea all together.
The parking area below was slow in coming, but it looks great.
The whole train gives the impression of coming towards the person looking at the painting.
The little red caboose is a real eye catcher. The whole thing will really add to the area when Mr. Swanson gets done.


What happened to the bears in Raton? I did not see a single bear this summer. Does anyone know or have any ideas? This is the first summer ever I have not seen a bear in town. I did not see any bears anywhere to tell the truth.

Now it is the dogs that Ratonions free in the mornings that go around looking for trash. But they cannot open the trash dumpsters.

I wonder if the new bear proof trash dumpsters have anything to do with the fact you did not see the bears in town? Maybe someone ought to ask the Game and Fish Department guys.

Anyway it was good to see the alleys a bit cleaner.

There are still some low life's putting grass clippings, branches, mattresses etc., on the outside of the dumpsters.

But we have to be thankful for small advancements and the bears being gone is one of them.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Savage Ave. By Ripley Park - Before and After

Not a bad job at all. The W. M. Serazio Construction Company does a great job. We are lucky to have them in the city. Especially adept at curbing and paving jobs.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

What Is Going To Happen To The Corner Of South 2nd And The Clayton Highway.

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What will the future of this corner of Raton look like? One corner has the old Chinese restaurant and Colt Motel, the other the abandoned KFC the other a vacant lot where day peddlers of one form or another set up. And now the Raton Welcome Center will close. 

The intersection will be abandoned with nothing but vacant buildings. The stretch of Clayton Road between the freeway and the welcome center was never the most scenic in town, but the welcome center really helped the way it looked.

Who owns the building? The state? The Raton Chamber of Commerce has, at times, had an office there. 

The City ought to look into this. Letting the building to deteriorate should not be an option. Maybe the State of NM could transfer ownership to the city and somehow the city could find a suitable tenant for the spot. Maybe the city could staff it themselves with volunteers! Even the pool of volunteers is shrinking.

That corner is what passes for prime real estate in this neck of the woods.

Someone did some work on the Chinese restaurant building, it looks better than it has since they took down the plywood covering the windows.

Anyway, you folks get my drift here? What is or should be done with this corner.

Further reading on the subject at the link below;

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Raton Visitor Center to Close

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Click on the link Below for the article.

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

I wonder what will happen to the building?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

City Improvements

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Good to see the improvements going on in the downtown area this summer. The city has been busy. If I may say so, in the right places. The place will look different next summer and in the future. Different, improved and a whole lot better.

The area next to the train depot is really looking nice, it will change the face of that area. It looks like they will improve the area on the south side of Ripley Park. That area has needed some work for a long time.

The paving of the streets between 1st and 2nd was a good idea as was the paving Tiger Drive.

Have to give the city credit.... Good job, especially when we consider that the economy has not recovered as hoped.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What Is Going On Here

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Photo from KRTN Website

What is going on here, I can't make it out. Two seasons working on this and it does not look like they will finish before the snow flies again. Will they shut down like they did last winter?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Failed Attempt At Starting A Raton Charter School.

Someone suggested I write about this, so here goes.

I am a supporter of public education and public schools available to all. Not only in Raton but state and nation wide. The public educational system with free schools for all is the best solution to many of our society problems. Education is the key, not just a slogan. We may place too much responsibility on the schools and teachers, but this is our best chance. Public school teachers are the true unsung heroes and heroines of the United States, always have been and always will be.

Some, for various reasons, will not appreciate the efforts of the public educational system. It does not matter, the rest of us need to fight for the institution.

Private schools and schools that cater to one group or another are fine, but should be supported by the groups that they cater to, not the taxpayers. We are in this together, if we do not like what is going on, get involved. If you want a private or charter school go after the individuals who benefit for financing.

"School choice" is dog whistle  political language for letting taxpayer pay for private, or alternative schools.

The effort in Raton was a misguided attempt by some concerned citizens to have a means of sending their children to a semi private school financed by the taxpayer after they could no longer home school them. There many have been other motives involved. It could have been as a result of the failed effort to build new schools and the subsequent consolidations and abandonment of  Colombian and Kearney grade schools. There are many potential reasons why someone would attempt this.

Raton cannot afford it, these folks should have known that. The chaos that would have resulted would have been a disaster for everyone concerned. I do not think the proponents really looked at that.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Questions And More Questions From A Reader

Anonymous said...
Based on the number of comments, I don't think anyone cares about a private citizen flying a flag in their privacy-fenced back yard. Besides, are you sure it's not a Puerto Rican flag?

Why not some articles on actual news and things happening in Raton?

* The recent unsolved murder.
* The pathetic failed attempt at starting a Raton charter school.
* The local businessman who has accumulated yet another local website for his private collection. (
* Retirement of a local physician and likely closing of one of Raton's only health clinics. (Family Practice)
* Yet more closing businesses. (Sports Arena and Two-Way Electronics)
* Progress on the multi-modal center. (Where are the bathrooms?!?)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Who Is Flying The Confederate Flag In Raton? And Why?

A city employee flying a Confederate flag in Raton for years. Was wondering if he thinks we do not know that there was more than one flag and what the flag stood for? Not real smart if you ask me. But there it is.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Yikes! Yikes!

Yikes is this true? Raton hiring ex drug dealers? Click on the web link below.
Anonymous said...
Meanwhile the City is hiring convicted drug dealers as police officers.
Raton. Always in the Albuquerque news to make sure no one forgets we're up here.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Former Colfax County Deputy Who Fleeced Feds Pleads Guilty

Crooked Cop
Check out the article here at the Santa Fe New Mexican:

Disgusting, I hope he gets 10 years, the other guy got off easy. I hope folks do not think that this scum got caught the first time he tried this? And he had the audacity to run for Sheriff....... No brains, but he underestimated......

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Real Estate, Sales, Appraisals, Home Inspections In Raton!

The most hazardous business deal you will encounter in Raton is the real estate sale. There are more real estate agents in Raton than a dog has fleas. The only other business doing so well in Raton is religious preachers. Any business associated with these individuals is suspect, the lenders, appraisers, inspectors etc. Their involvement in the deal becomes suspect because of their association with the real estate "profession".

First you have the real estate agent handling both ends of the deal. Representing both the seller and the buyer..... The real estate "profession" is the only business that I know of that allows this. This has always been a super conflict of interest. The only one who is guaranteed a good deal is the real estate agent and the agency itself. This is one nasty business for a seller. If you have the ability to handle the transaction yourself I would recommend doing so.
As a buyer it is not too bad, the real estate person actually represents you better than the seller. This is the case not only here, but everywhere. But Raton is especially dangerous.

Here lately I have seen 2-3 new real estate business operating in Raton.

Unlike other business vultures like roof and vehicle dent repair which we will soon see after the hail storm, real estate agents proliferate when the markets are good and bad.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Unethical? On Purpose Mistake? Outright Dishonest

SuperSave Market in Raton - You have to watch the sales slip every time, I mean every time. There seems to always be something listed at one price on the shelf and another at the cash register. I know an individual who has been keeping track of this for a long time and he has shown me the proof. And be careful with foods that seem alike, one will be priced super high and the other look a like right next to it will be on sale. If you do not watch this deception you grab the wrong one and they nailed you again.

They get away with this on a very regular basis or they would not do it over and over and over again. There is an incentive for them in this marketing method. The manager knows this as do others working there. They may deny it but the proof is that the mistakes they make are always in their favor. And then they complain about the "common thieves" the "shoplifters" while at the very same time their cash registers are ripping off folks.
This could be excused if it were not so blatant,  so pervasive, it is not that way at other grocery stores in the area. There is deception, mind you, but not on the scale of SuperSave.

SuperSave thinks it is free to do this because they are the only grocery store in town. Byt Trinidad is not that far away.

Business practices like this in Raton by several businesses is what drives people to shop elsewhere. The business community is not expected to police their competition but they should be aware of who is doing this on a regular basis. They ought to be concerned because it hurts them when I go elsewhere to shop because people continually get ripped of at some business or other.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

From a Reader

Anonymous said...
From this week's police blotter:

speeding 50/35
speeding 60/35
speeding 49/35
speeding 60/35
speeding 53/35
speeding 45/35

People need to learn to freakin' drive, and have a little consideration for their neighbors and other people in town. Someone wants to drive like a knob, they should go out in the country somewhere, or sign up for track time.

60 in a 35, seriously??? Good luck affording insurance now.

And the number of people in Raton who think it's ok to drive around with no license, insurance, or registration... How many in just the last month, some of them repeatedly? It's an incredibly high number consider the small size of Raton. It's time to start hauling a few of these peoples' cars to the salvage yard just to keep them off the streets.

Monday, June 27, 2016


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Identifying Excessive Adulation Syndrome

Identifying excessive adulation syndrome or "Hero Wannabe" is not hard, not hard at all. These personalities seem to be everywhere in these times. Look for them this way:

  • Patches - on jackets or vests. They love to wear these, and the more patches the better.
  • Bumper stickers - If you love freedom, thank a veteran type. Bet there is a veteran driving the vehicle.
  • Pins on baseball hats - The pins identify what type of hero the individual sees himself as.
  • Wearing of firearms in public - This is a doozy, individual wants to be seen as the "Dirty Harry" type.
  • Multiple flags pasted everywhere - He/she wants to be a patriotic hero. One flag is NEVER enough.
Some additional information on these individuals.

Goal-setting is based on gaining approval from others; personal standards are unreasonably high in order to see oneself as exceptional, or too low based on a sense of entitlement; often unaware of own motivations.

 Impaired ability to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others; excessively attuned to reactions of others, but only if perceived as relevant to self; over- or underestimate of own effect on others.

Excessive attempts to attract and be the focus of the attention of others; admiration seeking.

Requiring excessive admiration, adulation, attention and affirmation, or failing that, wishing to be feared and be notorious. The wearing of firearms for all to see.

Feels entitled to admiration, expects it and will go to great lengths to get it.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bear Proof Dumpsters......

Photos by Marty Mayfield

Bear proof dumpsters have been popping up all around town like may flowers. Hopefully the humans in Raton can figure them out or the trash will be piled up along side of them.

Have to give the city their due credit, years in the making but Raton City wheels are like Juan Domingo Peron used to say, "the wheels of justice roll slow but grind fine".

It is a step in the right direction, cleaning up the town. They look a little complicated, we will see how long it takes the citizens to figure them out. Built tough for sure.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Protest Voting In The 2016 Colfax County Democratic Primary

Yours truly  cast several "protest votes" in the June 2016 Colfax County primary.

1) I did not vote for either Rebecca Hoy or Rayetta Trujillo. Trujillo scored a pretty decisive win over Hoy. My guess it is name recognition and the fact that she had been the Colfax County Clerk before. The fact that Ms. Hoy was new at the job and had been appointed obviously made a difference. I did not think either of them particularly worthy.

The winner Ms. Trujillo has had some serious errors in judgement in her career as the Colfax County Clerk. I hope she reevaluates her processes when making critical personnel decisions. Rayetta Trujillo has a horrible track record at it.

  • Rayetta Trujillo supported the convicted Republican Secretary of State Diana Duran, not once, but twice. She did not see the crook hiding behind the Republican religious facade that Ms. Duran and other Republicans don at election time. I would not be at all surprised if she supported Susana Martinez for Governor over her democratic opponent.

  • Rayetta Trujillo hired the incompetent Freda Baca who followed her as Colfax County Clerk. Now nothing against Ms. Baca, but her term in office was a disaster for the office. Rayetta Trujillo hired her as her deputy clerk and then guided Freda Baca as she ran for the position. Another error in judgement.

  • As the Deputy Clerk, Rayetta Trujillo somehow upset then Colfax County Clerk Freda Baca and went and got fired.
2) I supported Paul V. Sanchez over incumbent, and apparent winner, Donald A. Gallegos. Mr. Gallegos has had some serious issues with getting search warrants. He has been admonished by the New Mexico Supreme Court, all Democrats if I may mention. Mr. Gallegos seemed to want to sweep this under the rug or make light of the situation. He needs to understand that he was elected as District Attorney, not judge and jury,  I personally do not know Mr. Sanchez from Adam, I voted for him as a protest against Mr. Gallegos.

3) I supported Anthony Ayala for District Court Judge over Emilio Chavez for the very same reason that I supported Paul Sanchez. Mr. Emilio Chavez was working for District Attorney Donald Gallegos and was a culprit as wall as Mr. Gallegos in the same search warrant fiasco. He was also admonished by the New Mexico Supreme Court for the same reason.

Now for the time being I will get behind the Democratic nominee, I don't care who it is. The Republicans just fell of of the right hand cliff. Any Democrat will do better than the best Republican.

There you have it folks, the best non partisan political news in our fair county.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

2016 Primary Election Results.... Finally @ 9:30 PM

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Finally at 930 - Looks like Ms Rayetta Trujillo got the nod.

 The rest of the information can be found at the site below at the Secretary of State office:

It is 8:49 PM and not a bit of information to be found anywhere. That in itself says something. Most of the state counties have posted partial results.... Colfax County, none to be found anywhere. KRTN usually has the early unofficial results by 7:15 or so, minutes after the polls close. Today.... zip information at KRTN.

I went to vote today and skipped over the County Clerks slot, I could not bring myself to vote for either of the candidates. Both seem to be Republicans in Democrat clothing. The primary was nasty, maybe because of "social media", but it was nasty and did not really show either candidate in a good light.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Still Cannot Make Up My Mind On Democratic Colfax County Clerk.

UPDATE: Sunday, June 5th - I will leave this post up until at least Wednesday. It looks like folks are viewing the page (averaging 600 plus per day) to read the comments.....

The two running for Colfax County Clerk do not inspire me, especially as they both seem to be border line Democrats supporting Republicans here and there and by various means. At this late date, less than a week before the election I still cannot make up my mind.

But my decision is not as bad as the Republicans, Trump or the Democrat? Yikes, that has to hurt them. They Hate Obama, they hate the Clintons, they have the idiot Trump as their only option. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

Voters in Colfax County are not the swiftest horse in any race, neither the Democrats or the Republicans. There are enough of the dumb sort to actually vote for Trump in the general election in November. Couple the dumb voters with the rcists out there and you may have a win for Trump.

It will be interesting.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pandering, Pandering To The Different Groups By Politicians.

 Watch for political pandering.... Watch for it.

Pandering to veterans is number one, and veterans love it, they eat it up.

Pandering to minorities is another, here in Colfax County, it is mostly to Hispanics.

Pandering to miners or ex miners or ranchers is another local favorite group to pander to.

Pandering to law enforcement, senior citizens, gun owners, different labor groups, dog lovers, etc., etc., etc. There is really no end to what an enterprising politician can pander to.

And voters respond to "dog whistle" political pandering too. And politicians are expert at blowing the whistle.
Politicians know folks love to be pandered to. Just love it and politicians are born with a "pandering gene". If they are not born with it they acquire it soon after birth.
Politicians religious preachers and business are the very best at pandering.

I will address religious pandering in another post.