Fireworks, but no pancakes

Morgan Timms/Taos NewsFireworks explode over Parr Field on July 4, 2019 during Independence Day festivities in Taos.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, towns are canceling or changing events for the Fourth of July holiday to protect public health.
Morgan Timms/Taos NewsMarcos Aragon, owner of Tim's Stray Dog Cantina, stands outside his business for one of the last times Sunday night (June 28) in Taos Ski Valley. One of the last remaining local businesses at the ski valley, Tim's is closing its doors after 31 years of serving the community.
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After 31 years, Tim's Stray Dog Cantina calls it quits

"It's a sad day," said Taos Ski Valley resident Randy German. "I've probably drank more beers here than anyone." German sat propped on a stool outside Tim's Stray Dog Cantina Friday (June 26) with a beer in hand as staff worked to move the furniture out of the longstanding Taos Ski Valley landmark. Tim's closed its doors after 31 years of serving skiers and locals alike. Owner Marcos Aragon said it was the hardest choice he's had to make in a while.
Morgan Timms/Taos NewsPedestrians stroll through John Dunn Shops Wednesday (July 1.) In an amendment to the existing COVID-19 emergency order, Taos councilors required all those within town limits to wear a mask on public property.

Taos officials: Wear a mask or face a fine

In a special town council meeting Tuesday (June 29), councilors unanimously passed an amendment to the existing emergency order surrounding the coronavirus pandemic requiring all those in the town limits on public property to wear a mask in public or face a petty misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $500. The order took effect immediately.
A fire burned a portion of Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership west of Taos Wednesday night (July 1), temporarily shutting down the popular venue.

Fire at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership under investigation

The Taos County Fire Marshall's Office is investigating a fire that started at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership Wednesday night (July 1). Volunteers from Hondo-Seco, Taos Ski Valley and Taos fire departments responded to the blaze, which was put out after it caused damage to the roof of the music venue northwest of Taos.
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Desiderio Garcia, 48, of El Prado is facing a charge of homicide by vehicle after he crashed into a tree while allegedly driving drunk on State Road 240 south of Taos on Sunday (June 28), killing 39-year-old Lisa Marie Day of Taos.

El Prado man charged with homicide in crash that killed Taos woman

An El Prado man was charged with homicide by vehicle after he crashed into a tree on Sunday (June 28) while driving on State Road 240 in Ranchos de Taos, killing a Taos woman who was riding with him.
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UPDATE:>> COVID-19 tally: 12,520 cases in New Mexico; 503 deaths; one new case in Taos County

The New Mexico Department of Health has reported 248 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 12,520 to date. Taos County cases remain at 43. The state also announced three additional deaths related to the virus on Thursday (July 2), for a total of 503.
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Taos officials: Wear a mask or face a fine

In a special town council meeting Tuesday (June 29), councilors unanimously passed an amendment to the existing emergency order surrounding the coronavirus pandemic requiring all those in the town limits on public property to wear a mask in public or face a petty misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $500. The order took effect immediately.

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