Local news

For Fiestas de Taos, a mix of excitement, caution

This morning (July 21), Taoseños and visitors from throughout the state and region dove into another Las Fiestas de Taos – a time of celebration, feasting and dance for many who flock to …
Environment

Ruling: Feds share burden of Questa mine waste

Taxpayers will have to shoulder some of the costs for cleaning up decades-old hazardous waste at a shuttered mine in the mountains north of Taos, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. In a 3-0 …
Healthcare

Drugmakers allegedly conspired to raise prices, AG sues

Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday (July 17) that he's joining four other states in filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against six pharmaceutical companies that make generic …
Development

Ranchos de Taos reactions mixed to proposed Family Dollar store on Paseo del Pueblo Sur

A Texas developer is proposing to build a Family Dollar in Ranchos de Taos less than half a mile away from its competitor, Dollar General. Approval, aversion and apathy are the most common reactions.
EDUCATION

UNM-Taos hosts digital media arts mixer

The University of New Mexico-Taos Digital Media Arts program is hosting a mixer and camera giveaway for prospective students to learn about the growing industry and opportunities at the local community college.

Push dollar stores to engage communities, contribute

It would be easy to argue that dollar stores represent the worst of the United States - cheap, throw-away goods and trinkets that all too soon end up in landfills or tossed in an arroyo.Except, in some Northern New Mexico towns, those stores are now …

Hunters can donate unused licenses to youth

New Mexico hunters are reminded that in the event they can't use their hunting license this season, it can be donated for a youth to use.The State Game Commission has authorized two nonprofit …

Faith and the outdoors at Philmont Scout Ranch

On June 4, a new staff member entered Philmont Scout Ranch with his 7-year-old son, a vague idea of his job description and big shoes to fill. Arriving from his home in Mount Dora, Florida, Rabbi Geoffrey Solomon …

'Red River Wags & Wine'

The first "Red River Wags & Wine" is slated for July 29 at Red River's Brandenburg Park. The inaugural event is a fundraiser for the Mountain Bark Park, a fenced-in park where locals and guests can bring their dogs to exercise and play safely, …

Río Costilla Cooperative Livestock Association celebrates 75th year

In June 1942, with the United States six months into World War II, a long battle on the home front was finally nearing a historic end.Northern New Mexico farmers and ranchers who had spent more than …

Inmate scuffles with Taos County jailer

Shortly after 3 p.m. Monday afternoon (July 17) Taos Central Dispatch called law enforcement to respond to an altercation between an inmate and a detention officer at the Taos County Adult Detention …

Pearce becomes first Republican to enter race for governor

Saying that New Mexico is "stuck in a ditch," U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce announced July 10 that he is running for governor in next year's Republican primary.Pearce, 69, an Air Force pilot during the Vietnam War who is …
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

Mountain biking a great way to enjoy Taos Valley, get fit

The Taos Valley has a plethora of trails suitable for mountain bikes. The trails available to mountain bikers run through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, across sagebrush flats and into the steep, rocky Río Grande Gorge. Shari Heier, who works …

Wild Earth Remedies: Pure skin care from the Sangre de Cristos

The plants we need to bring us health grow nearby in our ecosystem, says herbalist Cindy Stone. Through her business, Wild Earth Remedies, Stone uses the herbs she gathers in the …

Propolis resin from trees antibacterial, antifungal

Propolis is a dark brown to red sticky resin that honeybees collect from a variety of trees - including cottonwood, aspen and birch - for use in the beehive. It used to be thought that this resin was used just to seal the cracks and …

Reel Talk

NEW MEXICO FISHING REPORT This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may …
Natural Resources Notebook

Management constraints impact healthy forests for wildlife

Imposing constraints on specific operations of forest treatment to make it compatible with wildlife and other uses can be costly.So, to what extent can constraints be imposed on forest treatment without ending up with an economically unviable …
Wonderful World of Plants

Taos chapter hosts state conference focused on seeds

Members of the Taos chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico are excited to be hosting their third state conference since the chapter was created in 1999. The conference, scheduled Sept. 14-17, will be based at the Fort Burgwin campus of …
Success stories
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Success Story: Taos Lifestyle

For Mattress Mary Domito, every year seems to bring something new. In recent years, we’ve seen a relocation and expansion of the Taos store, the opening of Alamosa Home and the debut of the …
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Success Story: Somos Familia

With the recent retirement of Johnny DeVargas, of DeVargas Funeral Home in Española, and selling his business to a large Texas corporate funeral home chain, the Rivera family is …
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Success Story: Creative Framing

Hang around the Creative Framing shop for any length of time, and you’ll be surprised at the variety of jobs that owner Jim Cox and his crew take on. Creative Framing is one of only a …
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Success Story: Weathergard Windows & Doors

The old saying, “Patience is a virtue,” not only applies in life but also in business. Sometimes it’s tempting to rashly react to market conditions and veer off the course that got …
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Success story: Questa Fiestas return

Ever since the Chevron molybdenum mine permanently closed in 2014, the community of Questa has turned its attention to developing a post-mining economy. One such effort is the revitalization of …

Success Story: Community Against Violence

Community Against Violence (CAV) has been providing services for children and families affected by domestic and sexual violence in Taos County since 1978. A critical program that increases safety for …
Solutions

'I see people in despair all the time'

He could recognize the signs of distress in military veterans attending Santa Fe Community College, Gregory Scargall said, and he would reach out, offer support. But it wasn't until after he took an …
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