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Candlelight vigil planned on Taos Plaza tonight

The Interfaith/Intercultural Alliance of Taos is sponsoring a Peace and Justice Vigil at the historic Taos Plaza on tonight (Aug. 20) 7:30-8:30 p.m.. "We have been deeply grieved by the events in …

Decree on nursing home suits set to be revoked by Trump

President Donald Trump is moving to abolish a rule designed to protect the rights of some nursing home residents to bring lawsuits if they are abused, neglected or otherwise mistreated.

Gorge Bridge vendors stand their ground

Several vendors at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge are defying recent efforts by the state to enforce a ban on vending in the highway right-of-way. A 74-year-old tourist was struck by a vehicle in the …

In the Rearview: An Earthship bonanza, a missing girl and a snobby opera review

As part of our weekly series, The Taos News dug into the newspaper’s archives to uncover the top stories of the week from 10, 25 and 50 years ago. This week, we found a story about a …

A tradition of resistance

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – On a recent afternoon in this small, mostly Hispanic town, San Miguel County Commissioner Rock Ulibarri gave a narrative of a 141-foot-long mural over nine panels, depicting the community’s history, from the violent Spanish conquest of Native Americans to battles during the Mexican-American War to more contemporary issues.

Judge revives 10 vetoed bills; court appeal looms

A state district judge on Friday (Aug. 11) ruled against Gov. Susana Martinez in a lawsuit filed by Democratic legislative leaders, finding that 10 bills the governor vetoed before the end of this year’s regular session of the New Mexico Legislature should become law because she did not explain why she rejected the measures.

Chickens, salsa and kissing pigs

Taylor Miller’s mom described her daughter as a shy child, reluctant to meet new people. Not anymore. Thanks in no small part to several years in 4-H and the Taos County Fair, Taylor Miller, now 15, is involved in a ton of activities.

Doña Ana County GOP chairman resigns over tirade on protesters

The chairman of the Doña Ana County Republican Party has resigned amid outrage over a tirade he posted on the organization’s Facebook page after a deadly attack on anti-racist protesters in Virginia over the weekend.

Horse Shelter achieves global rating

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded "accredited" status to The Horse Shelter in Cerrillos near Santa Fe as of Aug. 1.

One final overture

Charles MacKay, the general director of Santa Fe Opera since 2008, will step down following the 2018 summer season, ending a decadelong tenure marked by artistic and financial successes in an era of shrinking audiences at other opera companies.

'Oldies' dinner, dance, auction a hoppin' success

The ninth annual "Oldies" dinner, dance and auction Saturday (Aug. 5) in Angel Fire was a hit, according to organizer Larry Layden. "It went well," Layden said. "I was very pleased with the attendance."

Community conversations set stage for future decision-making

What does it mean to love Taos' natural beauty? Its cultural diversity? Its small-town feel? Why do these things matter, and how can local leaders make decisions that honor these values? Strong at Heart, a collaborative effort between the town of Taos and community partners, is hosting a series of community conversations to dig deeper into those often intangible elements that define our community's sense of place.
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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 …

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 …

Enchanted Circle Trails Association: Get outside, get healthy

If there are hiking and biking trails nearby that are safe and convenient, people are more likely to use them. And the more they use them, the healthier they get. “You might make a New …

Trek Dirt Series mountain bike camp heads to Angel Fire Bike Park

After 16 years of bringing "more skills, more fun" to thousands of women across parts of Canada and the United States, the Trek Dirt Series mountain bike camp is introducing a brand-new stop in Angel Fire on Sept. 23-24.

BLM hosts free hikes in monument

Despite the afternoon monsoon storms of late, August is a great time to explore trails near Taos. The Bureau of Land Management is offering a variety of guided hikes around the Río Grande del Norte National Monument.
Wonderful World of Native Plants

Annual conference explores history, future of seeds

The chapter in Taos of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico is hosting the annual state conference Sept. 14-17. “The Seed: Past, Present and Future” is the theme of the …
Tree Talk

Summertime care for quaking aspen trees

Taos residents love quaking aspen trees (Populus tremuloides). Their care can be challenging during the heat and dryness of the summer. Let’s start with the aspen tree profile. Aspen …

Estafiate good for digestion, coughs

Spanish: estafiate English: sacred sage, South Dakota sage, man sage, silver wormwood, prairie sage Family: Asteraceae Genus and species: Artemisia ludoviciana Estafiate is common …
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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 …

'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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