Local news

Taos High cheer squad wins state

The Taos High cheer squad won 4A for the fourth year and the Questa Wildcats won their first A/2A state championship over the weekend in Albuquerque.

UNM-Taos selects new chief executive

Dr. Patrick L. Valdez, an experienced academic researcher and administrator, will take the helm July 1 as the chief executive officer of the University of New Mexico-Taos Branch Campus. University of …

Las Comadres supports a good cause

By Teresa Dovalpage What do you need to step out into spring? Be it beauty products, new outfits, candles, makeup, essential oils, nutritional supplements or even a family vacation, you are …
Secular or sacred?

Taos Plaza war memorial cross resurrects church-state debate

The Freedom From Religion Foundation objects to the cross, saying that no matter the intent as a war memorial, its presence on public land means it is a blatant endorsement of Christianity. But local elected officials are standing behind veterans, vowing to fight tooth and nail to keep the cross on the Plaza.

Taos Pueblo student earns top community college honors

Samuel J. Smith III, of Taos Pueblo, has been named a 2017 New Century scholar, placing him among the top 200 community college students in the country.

Debate over political sign debacle heats up among residents

The saga over the signs of local gadfly Jeff Northrup seems to have struck a chord in Taos. Here's what some Taos News readers are thinking.
Police reports

Woman reported missing

Josee L. Germond, a 65-year-old Taos resident, was reported missing March 7. A missing person notice was released by Taos County Crime Stoppers this week. It describes Germond as a 150-pound, …

Search warrant leads to slew of arrests at El Prado residence

New Mexico State Police arrested five people at a house in the 700 block of Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos March 15 around 5 p.m. – four on drug charges and one on an outstanding stalking …

Here's your police blotter from March 8 to March 15

The following is a condensed version of the Taos Police Department blotter from March 8-12. March 8 8:58 a.m. Traffic accident, private property – Caller was wanting to report a …

‘Nuestra Familia’ conspiracy suit plaintiff dies after jumping off Gorge Bridge

Susan "Suzy" Gerard, one of two plaintiffs who filed a federal lawsuit in October 2016 alleging a "criminal conspiracy" involving Santa Fe County judges, other court personnel, law enforcement and …

‘Nuestra Familia’ conspiracy suit plaintiff dies after jumping off Gorge Bridge

Susan “Suzy” Gerard, one of two plaintiffs who filed a federal lawsuit in October 2016 alleging a “criminal conspiracy” that cited involvement by Santa Fe County judges, other …

State audit slams Corrections Department for ‘mismanagement’

When former television reporter Alex Sanchez worked as the spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Corrections from 2013-15, her job brought her in close contact with Lucky 8, a production …
Lifestyles

Fishing for the ‘former glory’

Parts of the Red River were, for a long time, essentially dead. In this century, however, citizens, bureaucrats and business owners have teamed up with nonprofits and government agencies to coax the river back to a more natural state.
Melting Pot

‘Leftovers surprise’

Recently, as I often do, I made breakfast using the leftovers of the evening before in an egg scramble.  The only thing was that the leftovers were a bit unusual to include in an egg dish. …
In The Kitchen

Andre Kempton knows the art and science of making bread

The aroma of freshly made bread wafted across the room. While waiting for Andre Kempton, my nose led me to the kitchen, where handmade loaves were baked. There was a sheet of chocolate chip …

Late winter hiking: Wild Rivers in the Río Grande del Norte National Monument

With warmers days and spring approaching, the hunt is on to find nearby trails that are not too muddy or too snowy to traverse.  You might consider the Wild Rivers Recreation Area near Questa …

What’s your fire IQ?

If fire was a big deal when Firewise was created over 30 years ago, today that concern is magnified by multitudes. And regardless of the debate about building homes in fire-prone forests, the vast majority of development in states like New Mexico in the coming decades is expected to happen in the wildland-urban interface.

Tips for a lifestyle of wellness: Do better, be better and feel better

The human body is of immaculate design. The miracles of its functions are amazing. We should recognize that in its beautiful system, the human body was not intended to break down in the middle of …
Success stories

Success Story: Taos Community Foundation - A junction for people, resources, and ideas

Taos County is home to more than 200 nonprofit organizations that strive to fill innumerable unmet needs in this community. Deciding which nonprofit or cause to support can be a daunting task for an individual, business or family wanting to …

Río Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program: Return to a good and healthy life

For nearly four decades, Río Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program has been the first stop on the way to recovery for Norteños struggling with addictions to alcohol and/or drugs. However, ask most Taoseños about Río Grande ATP, and you will get a …

Success Story: Wanda Lucero, Insurance Agent: Helping others through business

For Wanda Lucero, there’s no separation among her life, her business andher community. For 34 years, the Taos native has been in the insurance industry and, for the last 15 years, it’s been her name on the door. While building a successful …

Graystone Furniture: Unique and One-of-a-Kind

“In 2008 I hired John Vidaurre as the first full-time employee at Graystone Furniture & the sofa gallery. Although we opened in 2002, it was when John joined me that Graystone Furniture became a full-service furniture store. We bought a delivery …

Success Story: Wayne Rutherford General Contractor, Inc. Over 40 years of craftsmanship and project management

Award-winning builder Wayne Rutherford has been creating timeless home and business environments for over 40 years. His responsive design, traditional and contemporary craftsmanship, attention to detail, and project management are well regarded …

Success Story - Community Against Violence: Together We Create A Safer Community

During the daylong Community Against Violence (CAV) Radiothon in October, 400 people from Taos took the mic and called in on air to tell their community about what had happened to them — and how CAV made a difference in their lives. Highlighting …
Solutions

Rural economies get high on legal cannabis

In Trinidad, Colorado, revenue from eight recreational cannabis shops is paving streets and helping refurbish downtown apartments. Across the state in De Beque, nearly a quarter of the town’s general fund comes from marijuana sales tax. In Log …

The Taos News to host community forum Nov. 16 on education, jobs

The Taos News will host  “Small Towns, Big Change,” Nov. 16 — a community conversation about education and economics in Taos.  Since April, The Taos News has partnered with the Solutions Journalism Network — an independent …

How one tiny high school hacked Advanced Placement classes

If you ask Colby Simpson, one of 35 seniors at Paonia High School, how many advanced placement (AP) classes he’s taken, he has to shuffle through a long mental list. He definitely took AP biology, and is taking AP calculus and physics, but did he …

Native families get a head start with home visits

In the new trailer on Rotten Tree Road at Taos Pueblo, the floor underneath the long kitchen table is still unscuffed. New couches frame the living room. What would be the dining room is filled — like a lot of actual dining rooms — with kids’ …

One small New Mexico college tackles the growing digital divide

Completing homework assignments is tougher for Aaliyah Juanico, 14, than it is for other kids at Farmington High School. Unlike 90 percent of her peers, Juanico doesn’t have an internet connection at home. Juanico can access the internet on her …
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