Raton, New Mexico: Funds raised from ‘The Battle of the Bands Benefit’ Friday and Saturday to help with Track fire restoration


From The Trinidad Times (Todd Wildermuth):

The Battle of the Bands Benefit is designed by Raton MainStreet to raise money to go toward the restoration efforts in the city’s damaged watershed area in Sugarite Canyon and the surrounding area northeast of Raton. The watershed was severely damaged by the Track Fire that burned for a week or more in mid-June.

Nine bands are to take part in the event, with attendees each getting one vote for their favorite band. Admission is a minimum donation of $10, which buys the right to vote once, although additional votes can be purchased for $1 each. The money raised will go to Fire Relief Fund for Sugarite Canyon rehabilitation and the watershed project.

The band battle will go on Friday outside the VFW on Park Avenue from 6 p.m. to midnight. Playing that night will be Grupo Vive (6-8 p.m.), Nicole Unser and The Open Range Band (8:30- 9:30 p.m.) and JD Castillo Y Los Compas (10 p.m.-midnight).

The battle will continue much of the day and night Saturday outside the White House Saloon on Cook Avenue. The music is scheduled for 11 a.m. to midnight that day. The bands will be Fritti Fonteneau and Fat Tuesday Band (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), Highway 38 Hound Dogs (1:30-3:30 p.m.), Nicole Unser (4-5 p.m.), Colfax Reunion (5:15-7:15 p.m.), Turning Point (7:30-9:30 p.m.) and Level 5 (10 p.m.-midnight)…

Work is ongoing in the watershed — the north part of Sugarite Canyon and extending north into Colorado — to protect it from too much ash and debris running off hillsides into Lake Maloya, Raton’s main water supply. Rehabilitation efforts such as seeding of new vegetation has also taken place.

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