Editorial: Kudos to Red River for making recycling happen

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.”

According to an article by Mike Ritterhouse in this week’s Sangre de Cristo Chronicle, Woerndle was discussing the need for an additional recycling container to sit along another new container. During the same meeting, Public Works Director Charles Martinez mentioned that the town hopes to secure a Recycling Assistance Illegal Dumping (RAID) grant to fund or partially fund a cardboard bailer.

That these comments come only a year after Red River first formed a recycling committee with Councilor Steve Cherry as liaison and only four months after the town’s recycling containers officially “opened for business” is especially meaningful: The program is working.

Kudos to Cherry, his committee and town officials for making it happen.

In other news, we learned this week that Amtrak’s Southwest Chief route will continue to go through New Mexico. An article “Amtrak: Chief will keep rolling through New Mexico” by Milan Simonich of The Santa Fe New Mexican states, “Colorado and Kansas moved aggressively last year to secure a federal grant and to allocate money for repairs on their sections of the Southwest Chief tracks.…”

It is gratifying to learn that New Mexico’s Department of Transportation will be “devising ways to pay for repairs in New Mexico” and that New Mexico lawmakers like Rep. Bobby Gonzales, D-Taos, have also been working on ways to find needed funding.

Over 4,000 Boy Scouts arrive in Raton by train each summer on their way to Philmont Scout Ranch. Simonich’s article states, “This accounts for half the business at the Raton station.”

Another economic study suggests that train service in Northern New Mexico brings in about $29 million a year, a significant portion of which ends up in Raton.

Raton has been hard hit in years past with the loss of mining and horse racing. It also has numerous dedicated public servants, residents and business owners who are committed to helping the community grow.

We are glad to see them get a little help.

Editor’s Note — This editorial is the opinion of the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle.