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Amtrak Says Southwest Chief’s New Mexico Routes To Remain


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Marc Magliari told the Santa Fe New Mexican last week that the Southwest Chief will continue to make stops in New Mexico towns of Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy and Albuquerque. The announcement ends more than two years of fear and uncertainty in Northern New ...

Amtrak to continue operating Southwest Chief route


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Marc Magliari told the Santa Fe New Mexican last week that the Southwest Chief will continue to make stops in New Mexico towns of Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy and Albuquerque. The announcement ends more than two years of fear and uncertainty in Northern New ...

Amtrak says Southwest Chief's New Mexico passenger train routes to remain ending uncertainty


last week that the Southwest Chief will continue to make stops in New Mexico towns of Raton, Las Vegas, Lamy and Albuquerque. The announcement ends more than two years of fear and uncertainty in Northern New Mexico's smaller communities about whether ...

Prominent NM attorney dies at 87


Billy Marchiondo died early Friday morning. Marchiondo, born in Raton, was the youngest of 10 kids. He served as a lawyer in New Mexico for many decades. He was involved in a number of high-profile cases and in October 2014, he received a distinguished ...

Train advocates rally for NM funds to keep Amtrak route alive


The Southwest Chief operates daily passenger service between Los Angeles and Chicago, with New Mexico stops in Albuquerque, Gallup, Las Vegas, Lamy and Raton. Train advocates are urging New Mexico officials to support a $4-million-a-year cost-sharing ...

PHS routs Raton


The Portales Rams tennis teams enjoyed easy wins on a sunny day Thursday, beating Raton 9-0 in both duals at the Bill Wahlman Tennis Center and at Eastern New Mexico University. The Rams (1-2) won seven matches and two more by forfeit against the Tigers.

FAU Women's Tennis Beats New Mexico State 4-3 Extends Win Streak to Six With


BOCA RATON, Fla.- Florida Atlantic women's tennis defeated New Mexico State on Wednesday extended its win streak to six consecutive wins. The Owls have been hot in the month of March going 10-1 in their last eleven matches the best stretch ever for women's ...

NM State’s Women’s Tennis Drops Thriller to FAU, 4-3


BOCA RATON, Fla.- The New Mexico State women’s tennis team fell to Florida Atlantic, 4-3, despite claiming three of the six dual-matches on Wednesday in Boca Raton, Fla. The Aggies dropped to 10-7 on the season, while the Owls improved to 12-4.

New Mexico’s Legislature Reforms Asset Forfeiture to Require Actual Guilt


The mapping system in their rented car directed them to Las Vegas, N.M., instead. Coming through Raton, they were stopped by New Mexico State Police for speeding. The man gave officers permission to search his car, in which they found $17,000 in cash that ...

Partisan spat kills millions in New Mexico capital funding


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- Partisan fighting kept New Mexico lawmakers from striking a deal on $270 million ...
"I'm really not surprised since they always wait until the last minute," said Raton Mayor Sandy Mantz, whose community lost funding for Miners ...

Hyatt Place Hotel – 120 East Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton – Construction Commenced – BUILDING PLANS and SPECS in this UPDATE ⚠️⚠️


⚠️ Hyatt Place Hotel Boca Raton Raton. Boca Raton’s new Hotel will contain 200 rooms, stand 160 feet tall, including 20 feet of structures on its roof of the 140 foot building. Hyatt Place will be …

Hyatt Place Hotel Boca Raton, to be located at 120 East Palmetto Park Road – Site Preparation and Construction Commenced ⚠️⚠️


⚠️ Hyatt Place Hotel Boca Raton Raton. Boca Raton’s new Hotel will contain 200 rooms, stand 160 feet tall, including 20 feet of structures on its roof of the 140 foot building. Hyatt Place will be …

Friday I’m In Love…With Food #5


Hey guys and gals, welcome to my new series where I highlight my weekly dinners with my mom. We frequent the same places often and try new places when we can, but we always try new things wherever we …

OPENING: Barrel of Monks Belgian-style brewery opens Saturday in Boca Raton


Longtime friends and Boca Raton residents Matthew Saady, Keith DeLoach and Bill McFee opened Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton after seven years of home brewing. (Photo: Courtesy Barrel of Monks) …

Can’t get to the store? In Palm Beach, Saks will brings its store to you


Let Saks come to you with the retailer’s new Personal Shopping Experience van. (Post photo/Brianna Soukup) Got a fashion emergency? Saks Fifth Avenue in Palm Beach will send its new rescue vehicle t…

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UPCOMING HOLIDAY Passover Apr. 3 – Apr. 11 !  Section  Jewish Holidays  PESSACH language hebrew, french, english, spanish, german, russian, +++  SHIURIM & COMMENTARIES   …

Baseball: Boca Raton joins Park Vista in All-Classifications state poll


Boca Raton continues its rise. Boca Raton is 14-1 this season. (Photo by Allen Eyestone) In the fifth edition of Theprepzone.com state baseball poll released Tuesday, the Bobcats jumped up one spot …

Baseball: Boca Raton C Michael Amditis named one of country’s top juniors


Michael Amditis stellar junior season isn’t just capturing Palm Beach County’s attention. Apparenty, MaxPreps has its eyes on him, too. The Boca Raton catcher is listed as the 43rd best player on Max…

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UPCOMING HOLIDAY Passover Apr. 3 – Apr. 11 !  Section  Jewish Holidays  PESSACH language hebrew, french, english, spanish, german, russian, +++  SHIURIM & COMMENTARIES   …

Olympia takes over top spot in Super 25 baseball rankings, plus six new teams


Olympia (Orlando) improved to 14-0 with a 4-0 win Tuesday over Niceville. Olympia (Orlando) is the new No. 1 team in the Super 25 baseball rankings, the first rankings of the regular season. The Tita…




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Domestic violence in RATON NEW MEXICO

Does your partner ever….

> Embarrass you with put-downs?

> Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?

> Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

> Push you, slap you, choke you or hit you?

> Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?

> Control the money in the relationship? Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?

> Make all of the decisions?

> Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?

> Prevent you from working or attending school?

> Act like the abuse is no big deal, deny the abuse or tell you it’s your own fault?

> Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?

> Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?

> Attempt to force you to drop criminal charges?

> Threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Don’t hesitate to chat or call to 1-800-799-SAFE if anything you read raises a red flag about your own relationship or that of someone you know.

For over 17 years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has been the vital link to safety for women, men, children and families affected by domestic violence. With the help of our dedicated advocates and staff, we respond to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.

We provide confidential, one-on-one support to each caller and chatter, offering crisis intervention, options for next steps and direct connection to sources for immediate safety. Our database holds over 5,000 agencies and resources in communities all across the country. Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170+ different languages.

The Hotline is an excellent source of help for concerned friends, family, co-workers and others seeking information and guidance on how to help someone they know. We work to educate communities all over through events, campaigns, and dynamic partnerships with companies ranging from The Avon Foundation to Verizon. Today, The Hotline is continuing to grow and explore new avenues of service.

http://www.thehotline.org/

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The Guardian and a warning to RATON NEW MEXICO: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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The importance of local education funding in RATON NEW MEXICO

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to the Council of the Great City Schools about the exceptional progress being made within local and state education levels. The work of our administrators and educators has been more impactful than ever, resulting in higher standardized test scores in some of the previously lowest-performing schools and increased resources for students.

In fact, more graduation caps are going airborne as high school students are graduating at the highest rate ever recorded, with the largest improvement among minority and low-income students.

See what President Obama had to say about what we must do to improve access to quality education in America: 

This funding is an investment in our nation's future that has been able to give the kind of education our children need and deserve to compete in the 21st century. 

President Obama hopes that the upcoming budget plan by the Republican House and Senate will reflect the priorities of educating every child. If their new budget maintains sequester-level funding of the past, we would actually be giving less federal support to America’s schools than we were back in 2000.

Most alarmingly, if their current proposal is not changed, over the next six years, billions of dollars would be cut in education funding. That means we'd be cutting the support given to America's most impoverished schools, the funding that has helped create the progress we're seeing today. 


"The notion that we would be going backwards instead of forwards in how we’re devoting resources to educating our kids makes absolutely no sense." 

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