Local news

Structure fire reported at Taos Pueblo

A house on the south side of Taos Pueblo has caught fire, according to reports from Taos Central Dispatch.
Politics

A Roundhouse ending without sense of crisis, without landmark initiatives

There were no threats of a government shutdown this time. Instead, a sort of political peace reigned as the 30-day legislative session ended Thursday with a $6.3 billion budget headed to the …

BLM hosts road, access discussion for Dixon, Embudo areas

BLM hosts road roundtable for Dixon, Embudo areasThe Bureau of Land Management announced Monday (Feb.12) the agency will host two public meetings regarding public access needs on an area of public …

New Mexico rivers second most impacted by development

NM rivers second most impacted by developmentOf all the rivers in the West, New Mexico's are the second most altered by dams, abandoned mines and development in floodplains.A new report released last …

Rearview: Union fights back, local takes a Grammy and kids with guns a 'danger'

-- 10 years ago --'Taos' Robert Mirabal garners Grammy Award.'Staff reportFeb. 14-20, 2008Local farmer, flute maker and world-renowned musician Robert Mirabal took home a Grammy at the 50th …
Municipal elections

2018 elections guide to Town of Taos

Among this year’s slate of candidates forelected Taos municipal seats are a blogger,a businessman, a bartender, a teacher and a social worker.

Enos Garcia Elementary parents call for alert system after threat

Some parents of Enos Garcia Elementary students are calling on the school to improve their notification system after word spread of an incident earlier in the week when a student threatened a …

New Mexico braces for early start to wildfire season

New Mexico is getting much-needed moisture this week, but the long-range forecast for the state remains the same: below-normal precipitation, continued drought and …

Pipeline update Feb. 15-21

Although New Mexico Gas Company is still expecting to finish construction on a natural gas pipeline in the Río Grande Gorge, construction crews seem caught between a rock and a soft place."In …

Legislative wins and losses

The annual New Mexico legislative session of 2018 ends today (Feb. 15) at noon.Taos County and surrounding communities are likely to see some money come …

Gorge Bridge gets play but few points at Roundhouse

Even though the Río Grande Gorge Bridge on US 64 was a topic of conversation at this year's session at the Roundhouse, the immediate impacts of some …
Health

Health officials: 34 dead from flu in N.M. as season peaks

The number of flu-related deaths in the state has doubled in the past month, health officials reported Friday, and already has surpassed the total number of deaths from the virus last year. While …
Police reports

Inmates captured after escaping from Sandoval County Detention Center

Two inmates that escaped from the Sandoval County Adult Detention Center Friday night (May 5) have been captured.

Accused Costilla shooter released, turns over weapons

Andrew Bernard Mott, the man accused of assaulting an off-duty New Mexico State Police officer and his family in Costilla on March 11, has been released from the Taos County Adult Detention Center.Mott,

New Mexico gears up for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Residents throughout New Mexico are invited to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an initiative designed to reduce prescription drug-related deaths by collecting unused …

Lt. David Maggio appointed acting police chief

Lt. David Maggio, a 20-year veteran of the Taos Police Department, was named “acting police chief” immediately following Randall Parmer’s final day on the job yesterday, Friday …
Crime

Former Mr. New Mexico found guilty of 2014 murder

By Cody Hooks chooks@taosnews.com The Taos News Micola “Mick” Sopyn, a former bodybuilder once named Mr. New Mexico, was found guilty of second-degree murder and use of a firearm by a …

Police blotter March 22-27

The following is a condensed version of the Taos Police Department blotter from March 22-27. March 22 7:38 a.m. Battery, Martinez Lane – A mother said her son grabbed her and hurt her. She …
Lifestyles

Living with food sensitivities

Food gives us pleasure and is essential to our survival. However, depletion of our soils and other effects of our lifestyles seem to be producing an increased incident of food sensitivities.If you …

Exploring the ancient art of naming plants

Now that we are well into winter and can't see many wildflowers, although thanks to the warm temps they are blooming at lower elevations already, let's consider the wildflowers of summer and how they …

Recognizing the pain of shingles, treating the virus

Is it a spider bite? A burn? Did your dog cuddle up after running through poison ivy?Shingles causes a special kind of pain, and it's always interesting to see what it gets …
Tree Talk

Driest winter in three decades challenges Taos tree community

Walking outside Wednesday (Feb. 7), the weather felt like spring instead of winter. Yes, this winter has had some freezing nights, but overall it's been more spring-like and dry. This soil dryness …
Tips to Grow Younger

Ancient secret for growing younger

Fourteen years ago when I happened onto the Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation in a book by Peter Kelder, I knew instinctively these exercises would help me grow younger, and they have.Known as The Five …

Taoseños talk tips for raising backyard chickens

I first became aware that many people in Taos raise chickens when my new neighbors broughttheir birds over from their previous house. They built the chicken pen up against our shared fence, which …
Success stories
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Success Story: Enchanted Florist

This year marks Enchanted Florist’s 25th year in business in Taos. The local, independent and family-owned business is run by Marjorie and Robert Perry and their daughter Carly Reyes.
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Success Story: Hawk Mechanical

Hawk Mechanical balances an old-style business tradition with a keen awareness of what’s new in the world of plumbing, heating and cooling — and the expectations of its customers.
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Success Story: Francesca's

During the last 16 years, Francesca’s Clothing Boutique has established itself as the leading woman’s clothing boutique in Taos County, winning Best of Taos Annually.
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Success Story: DreamTree Project

For 17 years, DreamTree Project has provided a safe haven for homeless teens and young adults in northern New Mexico.
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Success Story: Bailey’s Chimney Cleaning & Repair

After nearly two decades as a home-based business, Bailey’s Chimney, LLC is moving into new digs — and expanding the services it offers.
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Success Story: EnSueños y Los Angelitos Development Center

On any given day, EnSueños y Los Angelitos Development Center (located at 1030 Salazar Road) serves about 30 adults in becoming as independent as they possibly can across all life environments.
Solutions

Stuck at the bottom: Why New Mexico fails to thrive

For almost 30 years, New Mexico has maintained an iron grip on the bottom rung of key rankings.  

Early childhood education may be key to solving economic woes

Over the last two decades, New Mexico has turned its pockets inside out to keep old businesses from leaving and attract new ones to open their doors.
Special report

A shot in the dark

It had been months since he had pulled the trigger, but Abe Gordon still couldn't find the words. He would play back the shooting in his head. The argument on the roadway in El Llano. The …

Incarcerated by addiction

Addiction, in one form or another, has been a problem here in Northern New Mexico for generations. But as opioids have entered the lives of thousands of norteño families over the past two …
Special report

Taos detainees talk addiction

Stephen Bunker, 36 “I grew up on the streets pretty much,” said Stephen Bunker inside the jail's B pod. Bunker spent his first years along the southern coast of Florida. His parents …
Special report

Treating an epidemic

At the end of June, Abe Gordon walked out of the summer heat and into the Taos County Adult Detention Center, where his clients were starting to emerge from their cells. The women's pod was his …
Stock report