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Damage caused to land in Miranda Canyon by off-road vehicles.
Environment

Miranda Canyon plagued by trash, grafitti, erosion

The MacArthurs are members of the Miranda Canyon Commission, a group convened two years ago to look at both opportunities and the current human impacts on the land. The group will make suggestions on the future of the area to the Carson National Forest, which now owns the land. The recommendations will be analyzed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, widely known by its acronym NEPA.
Morgan Timms/Taos News.Bennie Romero was instantly attracted to his future wife, Edna, and her entire family. He observed how different they were from any family he had ever known. ‘They said grace at every meal.’
Unsung Heroes 2019

Unsung Hero: Bennie and Edna Romero

There’s no state or government agency a person can call when they need someone to hold their hand through fear, suffering, pain or loss. For such intimate and personal support, the mechanisms …
Morgan Timms/Taos News.For artist and gallery owner Rob Nightingale, local philanthropy isn’t self-serving by any strectch of the imagination. It’s about doing the right thing.
Unsung Heroes 2019

Unsung Hero: Rob Nightingale

Selflessness isn’t usually something people advertise. It’s not like people who are generous and compassionate wear their virtue on their sleeves. But these are people we need. They help …
Crime
At least four people in Taos County have reported fraudulent charges on bank cards after using gas pumps or payment machines inside Speedway gas stations. A spokesperson said this week, however, that the company denied any financial breaches that have happened in Taos. Recently, the Ohio-based corporation spent over $100 million upgrading 15,000 dispensers at more than 3,000 of its locations nationwide.

Spokesperson denies hacking breach at Taos County Speedway stations

At least four Taos County residents said they have incurred fraudulent charges on bank accounts used to make purchases at local Speedway gas stations, but a spokesperson for the retail chain this …
A jury trial that had been set to retry Ricky Romero on perjury, fraud and falsification of documents charges has been cancelled. An explanation for the cancellation or whether a new date will be set had not been filed in court records as of press time.

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. Editor's note: A jury trial that had been …
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas joined other government officials in warning state residents about the risk of lung injury associated with vape products, particularly vape cartridges containing THC. Pictured: Festivalgoers vape at Meow Wolf's 2019 Taos Vortex at Kit Carson Park.

N.M. attorney general warns about vaping as illnesses rise

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a statement Tuesday (Oct. 1) warning New Mexicans against using vaping products as cases of related illnesses in the state have risen to …
Politics
Kristina Ortez is seeking the nomination for the vacant District 6 position. Former Senator Carlos Cisneros' death left the seat open and remains to be filled by the governor.

Counties to fill vacant state Senate seat

As the state says farewell to Senator Carlos Cisneros, one question remains in the minds of lawmakers, who will replace the veteran senator?  Constituents in Taos, Santa Fe, Río Arriba and …
Darien Fernandez this week bowed out of the race to replace the New Mexico Senate District 6 seat held by the late Carlos Cisneros. Fernandez instead has chosen to endorse Taos Land Trust Executive Director Kristina Ortez.
My Turn

Taos councilor bows out of District 6 Senate race

I  want to express my condolences to the family of the late Senator Carlos Cisneros. I am grateful to his family and to him for serving our state for more than 30 years. Senator Cisneros and …
Hundreds gathered at the state Capitol Friday (Sept. 27) to honor the late Sen. Carlos Cisneros, a Democratic lawmaker from Questa.

Late Sen. Carlos Cisneros honored at Roundhouse

Lawmakers and others honored the late Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa as his body lay in state at the Capitol rotunda Friday (Sept. 27). A memorial also is planned for the late lawmaker Sunday (Sept. …
Environment
Courtesy photoPolar bears and ivory gulls, like those shown here, coexist nicely together. The gulls clean up after a polar bear kills a seal or fish. But as the ice thins, polar bears have to travel farther to find food, leaving the gulls without.
Climate change

As birds and bears disappear

The ivory gull is the only pure white gull. Small and stocky, it still sends a high whistle across the Arctic.The polar bear is its best friend.Likely, the gull will be …
General manager of EPWCD Christine Dimas explains how the water gets from the district's system to the town's water system

Town of Taos works to keep water flowing

Town of Taos and El Prado Water and Sanitation District staff work hard each day so you don’t have to worry where the next glass of water comes from. But it has become more of a challenge each year.
Low intensity wildfires like the Hondito Fire southwest of Tres Piedras shown here help the forest's ecology. Agencies have spent three years planning a burn 7 miles from Tres Piedras that is scheduled to start Tuesday (Oct. 8) if conditions are right.
Environment

Prescribed burn to start today near Tres Piedras

If you are driving across the Taos Valley today (Oct. 8) or having in lunch in Taos and spot smoke to the west, it is likely a prescribed burn that's been years in the planning. The Forest …
Business
Peter Gilroy's local company in Taos, Splitter Designs, was one of six businesses to be awarded state funds for job training assistance this month from the New Mexico Economic Development fund. Gilroy will be able to use the funds to train two new employees at his growing hat and accessory company.
Business

New state program funds training for two jobs at Taos company

Splitter Designs, a Taos company founded by outdoorsman Peter Gilroy that crafts jewelry and accessories inspired by the mountains, has received funding from a new state program to train two …
The Taos Air plane flies at sunset en route to Taos Municipal Airport in February after flying from Dallas. Flights will begin again to and from Taos on Dec. 19 for the winter season.

Taos Air back for winter service

Taos Ski Valley and the town of Taos have announced new flights for Taos Air starting Dec. 19. The chartered air service will be making flights from Taos to Austin–Bergstrom …
Doug Cantwell/Taos NewsU.S. Census Bureau Senior Partnership Specialist Veronica Arzate explained why the accuracy of the 2020 census will be critical to Taos County and Northern New Mexico.

2020 census critical to Taos County's future

By Doug Cantwelldcantwell@taosnews.com"Taos County ranks among the most challenging places in the country to get an accurate census count," said Veronica Arzate, senior partnership specialist at the …

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