A job well done
I would like to thank the staff at the South Central Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging kitchen at the Huerfano County Community Center. They went above and beyond their usual fabulous service! For two weeks they doubled the average number of lunches served daily to include the Red Cross staff and evacuees. Yvette, Nancy, and Carol did not bat an eye when approached to take on these additional meals. For many weekday evenings both Yvette and Carol stayed beyond their normal schedule to serve dinners provided by local restaurants and prepared meals when they were not provided. Yvette also prepared breakfast burritos for some mornings. Carol was an administrative wizard keeping track for the Red Cross of meals served. I cannot say how grateful I am to have them as part of our team and welcoming all to the facility. In addition, I also would like to thank my mother, Ramona Duran who helped me on the Fourth of July to prepare and serve lunch for the Red Cross. I am truly blessed by wonderful, hard-working people who truly care for others. I speak for all of us when I say it was an honor to serve during this time of need. It is efforts like this that have been seen all over Huerfano County that let us know we are in a great community. Our prayers for quick recovery for all those affected by the Spring Fire.
~Veronica Maes SCCOG Huerfano & Las Animas Counties AAA Director
Thank you to people of Raton from Spring Fire evacuees
To the editor;
“It is what it is” is a favorite quote of a friend of mine who has dedicated his entire life to the service of others. Our experience from Spring Fire is as different as we are. Sally and I relocated to an austere Travel Lodge in Raton, New Mexico in order to bring our small, vulnerable animals with us. Every turn, from the ladies Virginia and Mary, at the laundromat to David at the restaurant, everywhere we ventured in this small community the residents demonstrated empathy, a willingness to chat, a calm and beautiful demeanor and always offering some insight into service to the betterment of us.
Raton is a beautiful small community where a once rich tradition of the excitement of horse racing and the hard, backbreaking work of coal mining combined to create a beautiful community with architecture that varies from a New Pueblo Art Deco to Santa Fe and California bungalows with brick Victorian, Saltbox and Mission all combined to create wonderful, tree-lined streets that climbed the side of the mountain community.
Many businesses are boarded up but not forgotten by the locals who remember the owners, their stories and their families. It is a town of families, with many ethnic backgrounds who share this community. Our nightmares turned to joy with the remarkable 4th of July celebration over the tracks of America’s AmTrak rail station and their modern Aquatics Center. If I was a betting man, I would say there is a bright future soon to be realized by these wonderful citizens of Raton. To all of you we encountered, we are so very grateful.
~Tom and Sally Lewis Cuchara, Colorado
To the Commissioners of Huerfano County
Please come down out of dream land and look at the damage from fires still racing about. When the fires are gone there will be a great deal of cleaning up and rebuilding for your voters. They will be in need of help.
If you don’t have enough room in the county court house, bring in some new modular commercial trailers and use them for some of the departments. Then there should be room for safety and separation when trials are in court. Far more economical. More taxes for our county at this time is very sad news. Pay attention to reality.
~ Bianca Abeyta Benjamin Abeyta Gardner, CO
Raton needs to watch how it spends money
I’m writing this letter in hopes of getting the attention of the citizens of Raton. I have already spoken at a city commission meeting and send this letter to enforce what I said there.
My primary concern is how the city plans to use the $540,000 loan it received from the NM Finance Authority to build a solid waste transfer station in town. The transfer of solid waste is satisfactory and could be improved at much less expense. The reason given by the City Manager was that a closer station would make it easier for the people who are currently dumping large and bulky items near in-town dumpsters to be able to take this trash to a more convenient location.
I do not think that the citizens of Raton understand what is at stake here and further, I believe that if they did understand the Raton Commissioners’ plans that they would disagree. Projects that should concern themselves with are:
1. A major fix of the sidewalk in front of the Raton Post Office before someone is injured
2. Doing what is necessary to make the 3 lots (2 buildings) South of the International State Bank, attractive and usable for downtown businesses.
3. Clean up, restore and advertise the Armex Building to bring industry to Raton. Citizens of Raton, help to stop this unwise use of our town’s money.
Please call Raton City Hall at 575-445-9551 , or write the City Commissioners at City of Raton Commissioners, 224 Savage Ave.Raton, NM 87740
~Robert Walton Raton, NM