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Here's your police blotter from Feb. 15 to Feb. 20

The following is a condensed version of the Taos Police Department blotter from Feb. 15-20. Feb. 15 10:11 a.m. Civil Standby, Los Pandos Road – A caller stated that his sister locked him …

Valle Vidal water heart of proposal

When the Carson National Forest accepted the Valle Vidal from Pennzoil in the 1980s, the agency did its best to coax back to health the high-mountain landscape that was grazed and logged to …

Update: App created by Taos students named 'best in nation'

In the midst of all the well-intentioned discussions prompted by the nearly record-setting suicide rate in Taos County last year, five Taos-area high school students have taken an action that …

Know Your Neighbor: Germaine Mitchell offers financial empowerment to Taos residents

In this age of economic complications and the need for financial literacy, the average wage earner might be uncertain where to turn for help. The main idea to retain is that one is not alone. Since …

New Mexico House passes budget, tax package

The New Mexico House of Representatives passed a spending plan late Wednesday that boosts funding for classrooms and the courts, while cutting money for colleges and universities and leaving most …

Alleged shooter charged with murder

When it was announced Feb. 7 in Taos County Magistrate Court that Destiny Valdez, 23, had died of a gunshot wound sustained the night of Feb. 3, it became clear that suspect Brandon Lopez would pick …
Police reports

Update: Lockdown lifted at Taos Pueblo agencies

A report of "shots fired" sent several Taos Pueblo agencies into lockdown Feb. 17, but upon arrival on the scene, police discovered no threat, rendering the incident as little more than a drill.

Here's your police blotter from Feb. 8 to Feb. 13

The following is a condensed version of the Taos Police Department blotter from Feb. 8-13. Feb. 8 12:08 a.m. Disturbing the peace, San Antonio Street – At a friends house, a caller heard …

Taos offender back behind bars – but for how long?

When Noah Hardaway, a convicted felon, was paroled from an Arkansas adult detention center in late 2015, he was allowed to relocate to New Mexico as part of an interstate compact approved by the …

Here's your police blotter from Feb. 1 to Feb. 6

The following is a condensed version of the Taos Police Department blotter from Feb. 1-6. Feb. 1 12:01 a.m. Shots fired, Adobe Road – The caller heard about four shots fired in the area, …

Supreme Court revisits disciplinary matter involving Gallegos, Chavez

An opinion released this week by the New Mexico Supreme Court revisited conclusions drawn in a disciplinary matter dating back to 2014 of alleged abuse of subpoena power on the part of Emilio J. …

Another member of Taos County heroin drug ring pleads guilty

A seventh defendant charged in connection to a heroin trafficking and money laundering operation in Taos County has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Albuquerque. According to a news …
Lifestyles

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 …
Tips to Grow Younger

Beware; I almost got scammed – twice

‘Oh, yeah … the grandparent scheme,” the FBI agent said to me when I called to report that I almost fell for a scam for more than $3,000 – in cash! I’m smarter than …

Health care briefs: Positive metrics for youth; dental health in the spotlight

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) said it has seen improved health outcomes in key areas for New Mexico’s youth, including reduced rates of obesity, pregnancy, smoking and others. Two …

El Prado has a ‘new’ CrossFit gym

Married couple Emily Murphy-Darling and Ben Nichols have quietly opened a new CrossFit gym in El Prado. Well, it’s new in a few ways. Darling’s sister is Rachel Singer, who operated …

Summit stress one mountain at a time by inviting nature in

It’s toasty warm inside my car when I pull over on the side of the icy road and kill the engine. My dog is whimpering with excitement as she looks out at the fields of snow. She wants to run …

Tree Talk: We want your feedback on presence of Siberian elm in Taos

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) was originally introduced to New Mexico under the name “Chinese elm” beginning in the early 1900s. Much to our confusion, the original name has more commonly …
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 …

Feeding the masses in small-town America

New business models bring food to towns too small for big box stores Ten years ago, plagued by equipment failures and increasingly sluggish sales, the only grocery store in tiny Walsh, Colorado, closed its doors. But the town’s 600 residents, …
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