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Total Recall in Raton

By Denise Tessier

In an interesting illustration of the state of journalism today, the news that three Raton city commissioners, including the mayor and mayor pro tem, were recalled Tuesday comes not from a newspaper, but from a blog by the wife of one of the recalled commissioners.

On her blog, Embracing the North, writer/author Sharon Niederman reported Tuesday night that:

In an historic, sweeping recall election on Sept. 14, 2010, Raton citizens removed all three city commissioners on the ballot: Chuck Henry, Jesse James Johnson and Joe Apache. The two remaining city commissioners, Sandra Mantz and Charles Starkovich, who are both new to their positions, do not constitute a quorum, leaving the future undetermined. It is likely a special election will be called, once the procedures in such events are understood. Both the mayor, Johnson, and mayor pro tem Henry, are among those recalled. . . . (more…)

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CONGRATULATIONS RATON

Congratulations to all those who took the time and effort to get out and vote.  To all those who supported the drive to throw out the bad apples.  To all those who had the courage to put their names and businesses on the firing line in order to take back control of our city from those who have been running rampant over us and driving our city to ruin. And a lesson to those who said that “nothing will change” and that “it has always been this way”.  Our founding fathers said that “The price of freedom is the eternal vigilance of the government by an informed populace”.  We have been lax and the price for being lax is heavy.  It allows the scoundrels to take over. It allows the ruling elites to use the city for their own personal gain to the detriment of the rest of us.  We have just ended a long running regime that has bankrupted Raton and was still, as of this last week, trying to borrow more money thus increasing our dept, considering more taxes, wanting more projects for out of town businesses and spending money we don’t have. (more…)

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As of late last night, informed speculation was that  8th District Court Judge John Paternoster will appoint someone to fill one of the three vacated Raton city commission posts. Such a move would enable the continuity of the city commission, as three members constitute a quorum. That quorum, which would consist of current commissioners Sandra Mantz and Charles Starkovich, plus one, would then be able to make appointments to the remaining two seats, or call for a special election to fill them, as determined by state laws that concern length of time the recalled commissioners have served. (more…)

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In an historic, sweeping recall election on Sept. 14, 2010, Raton citizens removed all three city commissioners on the ballot: Chuck Henry, Jesse James Johnson and Joe Apache. The two remaining city commissioners, Sandra Mantz and Charles Starkovich, who are both new to their positions, do not constitute a quorum, leaving the future undetermined. It is likely a special election will be called, once the procedures in such events are understood. Both the mayor, Johnson, and mayor pro tem Henry, are among those recalled. (more…)

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Thayla Wright, Director of the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library in Raton, offers a selection of local authors.

Books By Local Authors at the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library

The Arthur Johnson Memorial Library will have a copy of “New Mexico’s Tasty Traditions” by author Sharon Niederman on the shelves after the publication date of December 1, 2010.  Other non-fiction works by Ms. Niederman held by the library are,  “Hellish Relish”, “Living Treasures Celebration of the Human Spirit: A Legacy of New Mexico”, “A Quilt of Words: Women’s Diaries, Letters, and”, as well as “Return To Abo”, a novel of the southwest.  These do not represent all the printed works of Ms. Niederman, who lives in Raton, New Mexico, with her husband, Charles Henry.  Other works that can be borrowed through the interlibrary loan system include, “New Mexico: An Explorer’s Guide”, “Shaking Eve’s Tree”, and “The Santa Fe and Taos Book: A Complete Guide”. (more…)

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Sammie-Samantha Adores Summer

Watch for my new website, coming soon!

I plan to blog all about my thoughts and dreams.

Meantime, be sure to play some today.

See you at Lake Maloya!

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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Jew

With all the hope in my heart, and so many excellent reasons in mind, I moved to a small town in northeastern New Mexico about a year-and-a-half ago. Traveling the state on writing assignments these past two decades, I’ve  always felt at home in the small town setting. I came to believe that lacking the experience of actually  living in a small town in New Mexico constituted a major gap in my education. (more…)

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