This week national headlines came home to our small, close-knit communities here in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Red River teen Caleb Williams’ death provokes many emotions, but perhaps the most poignant is collective grief.
We’re not sure we can add anything more to Michelle Duregger’s article about Joe and Loretta Giglia who are retiring at the end of this school year but we felt the duo warranted a “Thumbs Up” here. After 30 years on the job they are leaving big shoes to fill for sure, both as coaches and as teachers.
Steve Boyce, president of the Express UU Bar Ranch, Express Staffing Services and the St. James Hotel in Cimarron gave us an update on Express Aviation Service’s (EAS) plans for Raton’s Municipal Airport. According to Boyce, since taking over Fixed Base Operations (FBO) in October, EAS has spent over $500,000 on airport improvements that include a snazzy new lounge with vibrating, heated recliners, a fleet of six new rental Suburbans, LED lights on the runway, lighted wind socks, and more.
Red River Town Councilor George Woerndle make a comment during last week’s March 24 regular meeting that warmed our hearts: “the plastic bottle container is full all the time.”
Business can, occasionally, feel a little like our friend Sisyphus getting that rock to the top of the hill, only to watch it roll back down. So it has been with the Raton Comet. In last week’s Raton Comet, we printed an article about the inspiring talk, “Can Small Town’s Be Cool?” and extolled the wisdom of speaker David J. Ivan’s message. We mentioned the groups that have been working to make Raton a better place to live. We featured the Shuler Theater’s venerable Bill Fegan in the weekly “Q&A”. We felt good about the paper.
A banner hanging at an area supermarket reminding us to pray for local troops who were fighting in the Iraq War served as a stunning reminder: If all politics is local, so is war.
There are many things that make Northern New Mexico special. The snow capped peaks, the stunning sunsets and the changing of the aspens are a few things that draw residents to our corner of the world.
Instead of walking their dogs on the trails, hiking or mountain biking, Red River Community House staff and volunteers, locals and guests were busy. They got out their work gloves and shovels and went to work restoring the Red River Nature Trail. Their project will ensure that future generations of residents and visitors can enjoy one of the town’s treasures.
Officials with the Village of Angel Fire have really stepped in a bucket of sewage this time.
Fire season is here. Wildfires are breaking out all around the area — the most recent a massive blaze