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A recent New Mexico Corrections Department report detailing solitary confinement has revealed that a 47-year-old Raton man, Max Ortega III, has been held in solitary confinement since last December, not due to punishment, but due to his trial date continually being pushed back.

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On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Raton Public Works Director Jason Phillips attended the New Mexico Community Development Council meeting in Albuquerque to accept a $750,000 grant awarded to the city from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to fund partial reconstruction of downtown streets.

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After renovations to bring back some of the historic characteristics of the space, KRTN opened it’s doors to a second location for Raton’s local radio station which also covers news and events in Trinidad, just a short way across the Raton Pass. The space will be the location for several pro…

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Theatre Santa Fe’s Theatre Walk has become the largest locally-produced theatrical experience in the City Different. It’s the only time all of our producing companies come together to give audiences a taste of what they have to offer.

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Western Las Animas County felt an earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale Sunday morning. Two hours later, a 2.8 earthquake registered across the border in New Mexico, followed by another 2.8 quake in the same area three hours after that.

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Raton High School students and those from the surrounding area will soon begin working with the city’s Housing Authority to build park benches for the Raton Dog Park and the Regional Aquatic Center’s walking path. The new benches are designed to use the concepts of regional food, farming, ra…

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A major increase in seismic activity has risen alongside the growth of oil and gas production in areas like Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.

Scientist have found that wastewater injection increases pressure deep in the earth to cause an increase in tremors. A new study on earthquakes in Oklahoma shows that not only have earthquakes become more frequent in the region, but they have also been going deeper. Researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute suggest that in that specific area, stretching from Oklahoma City to Tulsa and north to Wichita, Kansas, the increased pressure that can trigger earthquakes will continue for another 10 years after oil and gas companies stop wastewater injection.

Oddly, in comparison, the same will not be true for the Raton Basin. Here, though tremors have increased along with oil and gas production in the same manner, the quakes are not getting deeper due to the fact that the wastewater is not denser than the fluids in the deep rock formations. So, the wastewater doesn’t sink and earthquakes in the Raton Basin are not getting deeper, the team reports.

But in Oklahoma, quakes become systematically deeper soon after fossil fuel companies inject this high-density wastewater. The finding implies a surprising long-term consequence of wastewater disposal in the area.

“Our study implies that simply turning off the injection wells will not immediately stop the earthquakes,” said Virginia Polytechnic Institute hydrogeologist Ryan Pollyea, who led the new research. “Our models show that fluid pressure caused by high-density wastewater disposal can persist in the environment over time scales exceeding 10 to 15 years,” he said.

Pollyea’s idea for the study came while being in the cold at a workshop in Oklahoma. “It occurred to me that any wastewater stored above ground was probably getting cold,” he said. When it’s cold, a fluid’s density increases and as density rises, fluid pressure builds up. This led Pollyea to the idea that water density might play a role in the seismic activity associated with wastewater injections. If the wastewater is denser than the fluid already sitting in deep geologic formations, then injecting high-density wastewater into underground wells could create enough pressure to set off quakes. And, as it turns out, the oilfield wastewater in Oklahoma and Kansas is denser than the fluid in the subterranean geologic formations.

Pollyea was curious to know how this difference in density would affect the underground pressure. To find out, he and his team built a model that reproduces the physics of the system.

The model revealed that high-density wastewater sinks and displaces the lower density fluids in the deep rock formations there in Oklahoma, while in the Raton Basin the fluids in the deep rock formations were more dense than the injected wastewater.

Pollyea and his team were published in the journal of Nature Communications.

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SANTA FE, N.M. - In an ongoing effort to provide top-notch constituent service, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich's (D-N.M.) staff will hold Mobile Office Hours on Tuesday, July 30 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Taos County Administration Complex, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at the Angel Fire Communit…

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KCBD in Lubbock Texas first reported that AimBank has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire FNB New Mexico, which would mean its total assets would grow from $1.4 billion to $1.7 billion.

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There was a sound like thunder rolling through the streets of nearby Raton, N.M. last weekend as the Third Annual Run to Raton Motorcycle Rally brought as many as 1,000 bikers to town and big crowds to check out all the excitement in town from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21 at var…

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Healthcare providers are at a premium in smaller cities like Trinidad and neighboring Raton, N.M., so when Dr. Rodney Gross, Chief Executive officer (CEO) of Noesis Integrated Health of Raton, Inc. announced that his firm would begin holding office hours on Monday, June 15 at the Sunrise Med…

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On Thursday, March 28, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Las Animas County and 12 other Colorado counties as primary natural disaster areas due to the recent  drought. On the same day, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also named Las Animas County in Colorado and…

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Following Amtrak’s announcement that it will provide $3 million in matching funds to complete a $16 million Transportation Investment Generating Recovery (TIGER) grant for the rehabilitation of the Southwest Chief line, Amtrak is now preparing for the work.

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The cities of Trinidad and Raton, N.M. have partnered to deliver an exciting opportunity for local business entrepreneurs, with each city allocating $21,000 towards a boot camp for creative businesses. The idea is to stimulate the regional economy and anchor both communities’ goal of establi…

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WASHINGTON — The Federal grazing fee for 2019 will drop to $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service. This represents a decrease from the 2018 Federal grazing fee…

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Barbara Riley has owned and operated Hearts Desire Bed & Breakfast at 301 S. Third Street in Raton for the past 22 years, and said good people skills we’re the key to being successful in the hospitality business in a Monday, February 18 interview. A native of Raton, she grew up in southe…

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The travel and tourism industries are major economic drivers for both northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, and the folks who attended the Raton, N.M. business roundtable on Thursday, January 31 at K-Bob’s Steakhouse spent much of their meeting talking about how to attract more visitors…

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Many people incarcerated in prisons are not prepared for their eventual release, and will go right back to the same bad old habits that got them into legal trouble in the first place and wind up back in prison, a process called recidivism. Rita Torres, chief executive officer and founder of …

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Just down the road from Trinidad lies the community of Raton, New Mexico, which faces many of the same challenges other rural communities do across the United States. Raton’s City Manager Scott Berry said he found plenty of reasons for optimism about the city’s future in a Monday, January 28…

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With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Capulin Volcano National Monument will begin adjusted operations on January 28, 2019. Due to a shortage in staffing, operating hours will be 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursdays-Mondays. The monument will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays un…

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent report says influenza is now widespread in Colorado and New Mexico and the rate of flu activity is among the highest in the country.

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A tragic car accident west of Trinidad leads the list of 2018’s top stories as reported in The Chronicle-News.  County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Matthew Moreno, age 37, died while on duty in a tragic traffic accident at about 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12 just east of Valdez, approximatel…

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Festival coming to Trinidad May 2-5 will bring Chicago, Los Angeles together by train for weekend of comedy, bicycling

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Fisher’s Peak just south of Trinidad is a legendary landmark in Southern Colorado, and is located on the privately owned Crazy French Ranch. With the 30 square mile property up for sale, The Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have announced that they have jointly reached …

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As part of its ongoing efforts to address aging park infrastructure and improve the visitor experience, Capulin Volcano announces an entrance fee increase beginning January 1, 2019. The changes, which come in response to public comments on a fee proposal released in October 2017 resulted in …

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A permanent Artocade museum will be made reality this weekend with the opening of the Art Cartopia Museum this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2702 Freedom Road, near businesses THCU and Big R, in Trinidad from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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The Chronicle-News — a five-day-a-week publication that has served Trinidad, Colo., and its surrounding communities since 1877 — has been purchased by Julie and Kirk Loudon and Kim and Rich Hoffman of The Chronicle-News Media Group, LLC.

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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators from five states, including New Mexico Democrats Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall and Colorado senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner, is urging Amtrak to keep train passenger service over all of the route of the Southwest Chief, which runs daily between Ch…

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A Killeen, Texas man pleaded guilty in federal court on July 19 to armed robbery, carjacking and firearms charges arising out of a 2-day crime spree in New Mexico that included Raton last year, according to a U.S. District Court of New Mexico news release.

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Mexico is accepting applications for Conservation Innovations Grants (CIG) to fund innovative ideas for conservation strategies and technologies. New Mexico NRCS will provide up to $49,000 in C…

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