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Sin Fronteras collecting donations for holiday border run

The local immigrant advocacy group Sin Fronteras is collecting donations for a holiday run to the children along the Mexican side of the border in Juarez, Mexico.

State tourism office offers free Google My Business workshop in Taos

The New Mexico Tourism Department will host a free digital education workshop in Taos Thursday morning (Dec. 12)  for businesses to expand exposure within Google’s products and improve conversion of digital audiences to actual customers. 
Lyla June Johnston

Climate activist challenges New Mexico House speaker

A New Mexico climate activist with Navajo roots plans to challenge state House Speaker Brian Egolf for his seat in 2020, her campaign said Tuesday.
Crime
Dominick Baca

School insurer pays $1.2M to settle sex abuse lawsuit

New Mexico Public Schools Insurance Authority has paid $1.2 million to settle a claim filed by the guardians of a student who was sexually abused by a former assistant basketball coach at Pecos High School, a spokesman for the insurer confirmed Friday.
John Miller/Taos NewsA power pole at Overland Sheepskin Company blew over in a snowstorm that hit Taos County Friday afternoon (Nov. 29), causing power outages in the El Prado area.

Police blotter, Nov. 27 - Dec. 2

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Nov. 27 through Dec. 2.
State prosecutors in Tierra Amarilla have moved to admit new evidence to a murder case filed against brothers John Powell and Roger Gage, who were accused of slaying three people at a Cañoncito home in 2018. The state says surveillance camera footage captured at the residence and text messages may prove that Powell was motivated to commit the murders by a feud with the home's owner and a desperation to support a heroin habit.Jesse Moya/Taos News

The Docket

The following is a selected overview of recent case activity in or related to the Taos County court system. All dates and times are subject to change.
Politics
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif. stand with Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y as he announces articles of impeachment against President Trump.

House Democratic leadership announce articles of impeachment

In a news conference Tuesday (Dec. 10), House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced two articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Monday lowdown

Public meetings this week: Taos as film destination, regulating short term rentals

Tuesday (Dec. 10) The town of Taos council will meet for their regular meeting at 4 p.m.  and will hear an overview on the 2019 PASEO event. The event caused a controversy in September when community members began discussing what is and isn't art to be allowed in the event after an edgy performance piece by La Pocha Nostra. 

LIVE: House Judiciary Committee impeachment inquiry hearing

Watch C-SPAN 's live stream coverage of the Judiciary Committee impeachment inquiry hearing:
Environment
Olivia Harlow/Santa Fe New MexicanRiver activist Steve Harris stands alongside the Río Grande, which flows just a few feet from his house in Pilar. Harris has led many conservation efforts for Northern New Mexico waterways.

Protecting Río Grande is personal for River Daddy

Steve Harris' backyard is drying up. The cigar-smoking river guru considers the Río Grande his home. Protecting the river - "the queen of them all," as he calls it - is personal.
A snowboarder descends the slopes Thursday (Nov. 28) on Taos Ski Valley's opening day.

Storms dump several inches of snow in Northern NM mountains

The 2019-2020 ski season in Northern New Mexico opened with a bang as storms dumped more than ten inches of snow at area ski resorts. In the 48 hours beginning Thanksgiving Day, Taos Ski Valley …
Courtesy photoFrom left, Michaelene Kyrala, director of policy from New Mexico Environmental Department, Melene Montano, business manager at El Valle, and Donnie Quintana, director, local government division, Department of Finance and Administration, hold El Valle's Best Practice Award.
El Valle

Water district awarded Best Practice recognition

El Valle de los Ranchos Water and Sanitation District was recognized at the New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference for outstanding achievement in finances.
Business
Doug Cantwell / Taos NewsChipper Thompson (left), employee at the Brodsky Bookshop, gives local author Tom Te' Zins an update on sales of his self-published book, 'Under the Red Willow.'

'Taos is very much a book town'

"The problem with digital books is that you can always find what you are looking for," says a quote posted in Op. Cit. Books near Taos Plaza. "You need to go to a bookstore to find what you weren't looking for."

State to hold 4-day job fair

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's office announced Tuesday (Dec. 3) a four-day job fair in Albuquerque that will attempt to fill hundreds of open government jobs across the state.
Megan Concha, of Taos Pueblo, stamps intricate designs into conchos. Concha learned the craft from her dad, Rodney Concha, when he fell ill with kidney disease nine months ago. "He's like my best friend," Megan said of her dad. "I want to be just like him." Megan has come a long way since her first practices on a handful of rolled pennies; she now creates her own designs which she stamps into conchos, manta pins, belt buckles and jewellery. "I feel like I've found my purpose," Megan said.

'From zero to 60 in no time at all'

Megan Concha proudly shows off her dad's hammer, which clearly has a lot of miles on it. Misshapen with use, it has served Rodney Concha for over 30 years as he stamped designs into conchos, manta pins, belt buckles, bracelets and earrings - until he was taken ill last spring at age 52 with kidney disease.

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