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Woman who stole US Postal Service truck arrested on multiple charges

by Marty Mayfield RATON — On January 9, 2019 at about 8:00 a.m., New Mexico State Police were informed of a US Postal Service Vehicle that had been stolen from the Maxwell area. The stolen vehicle was located by officers traveling south on Interstate 25 near mile post 429, when it turned around and


Animal shelter director talks about new facility at city council meeting

Laurel Young said she was excited about the future of protecting animals in Trinidad. The executive director of the Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association (NAAWA), Young told City Council members at their Tuesday, January 15 meeting that a new sign would soon be going up next to the city power plant


Mail truck theft leads to police chase in northern New Mexico

RATON, N.M. (KRQE) - People in a northern New Mexico town got quite the show Wednesday morning after someone led police on a chase in a stolen mail truck. "I was heading to town from work, and when I got up to Main Street, you have a perfect view of I-25. I looked up and I saw was just a trail of po


DA’s office: No charges filed in deadly Highway 12 crash

After a deadly crash on Highway 12 west of Trinidad left three people dead and two others injured on Dec. 12, 2018, the Third Judicial District Attorney’s released a statement on Tuesday, January 15 saying that no charges are or would be filed as the result of the accident.


Las Animas County crash that killed three blamed on speeding, drug and alcohol impairment

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY – Speeding, along with drug and alcohol impairment, are being blamed for a triple-car crash in Las Animas County that resulted in the deaths of a sheriff’s deputy and two civilians, one of them a 1-year-old child. That’s according to a report released by the 3rd Judicial District A


Mansfield High School graduate killed in New Mexico avalanche

A Mansfield High School graduate has been killed in an avalanche. Matt Zonghetti, 26, died Thursday after he became trapped in an avalanche when he was skiing at Taos Ski Valley resort in New Mexico.


John Mochel sworn in as new Las Animas County Court Judge

A devoted husband and father and an avid outdoorsman is Las Animas County’s newest County Court Judge. John D. Mochel was sworn into office by Third Judicial District Chief Judge Leslie J. Gerbracht at a ceremony held in the County Courtroom on Monday, January 7, and will take over from former Judge


High School students teach leadership skills

A new initiative is underway at Trinidad High School, starting in the second semester of the school year that began in late October. According to information shared by Superintendent Bonnie Aaron in a Wednesday, January 16 e-mail message, “Trinidad High School (THS) students are participating in the


New support group: Caregivers for people with dementia up, running

A new support group for caregivers has come together in Trinidad. Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Fellowship Hall near Zion’s Lutheran Church qt 613 Prospect St., the new support group Caregivers of Loved Ones With Dementia is a local effort to help caregivers deal wit


New 100-megawatt solar project planned for Las Animas County

Tri-State Generation and juwi, a Boulder-based solar power developer, announced plans recently that would more than triple the size of a solar array in Las Animas County at a location about 20 miles north of Trinidad and more than double the supply of solar power generated in the county.


Supermoon total eclipse set to hit the skies of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Another Supermoon Total Eclipse is coming to the skies over New Mexico January 20th, 2019. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s will open its doors from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. for visitors to fully appreciate the astronomical coincidence happening in the sky t


Colorado Gives Campaign raises over $21,000 for local entities

A collaborated effort was spearheaded by Harriet Vaugeois, Executive Director with Southern Colorado Repertory Theater, to increase fundraising efforts and to bolster the impact on the community through the Colorado Gives Day initiative.


Winners of Shades of the Southwest, Regional Area Youth Art Show

by Carol Bridge RATON — The Raton Arts and Humanities Council and Raton Parks and Recreation recently sponsored an art exhibition featuring young people from the region. Young artists from Colorado Connections Academy, Des Moines, Hoehne, Maxwell, Raton, and Raton Homeschool put on an impressive dis


Elected leaders hear about opioid addiction at legislative round table

by Bill Knowles TRINIDAD — Elected leaders and community organizers heard grim news when the director of the Huerfano County/Las Animas County Department of Public Health, Kim Gonzales, made her presentation during the third legislative round table on Jan. 2, 2019. Elected official from both the Fed


Local teams back at it

The local high school winter sports teams will have another busy time this weekend. For the second week in a row, the La Junta High School basketball teams will travel to Colorado Springs. The Tigers and Lady Tigers will face The Vanguard School on Friday.


Border Patrol apprehends second large group of migrants in New Mexico

ANTELOPE WELLS, N.M. (KFOX14) — Officials with the U.S. Border Patrol said they have apprehended a second large group, containing 115 migrants, crossing the New Mexico border on Thursday night.


After standoff, man wanted on suspicion of felony charges arrested

After a five-hour standoff Thursday at a home in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico State Police arrested a man wanted on suspicion of felony charges in Colfax County and two other men who had outstanding arrest warrants, the agency said in a news release.


Onward, upward: So long, old friend

For more than 100 years, The Chronicle-News has been publishing a daily edition at its 200 W. Church Street location. On Friday, Jan. 11, the newspaper will publish the final edition from our historic Chronicle-News building before moving our offices and operations to the former Delmonico Cafe at 31


Human remains found in Las Animas County ID’d as Aurora woman missing for more than 2 weeks

Human remains found about 20 miles north of Trinidad over the weekend have been identified as belonging to 23-year-old LeBrea Jackson, an Aurora woman who had been missing for more than two weeks.


Local man arrested in International Bank robbery Tuesday

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Trinidad Police Department officers were dispatched to International Bank on a report of a robbery that just occurred. The male party then left the bank on foot and headed towards McDonald’s, according to a Trinidad Police Department press rel