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New Mexico Magistrate Courts will offer a "Safe Surrender" opportunity on Saturday (Feb. 16) for people with outstanding warrants in any magistrate court in the state.

Moriarty magistrate court offers 'safe surrender' opportunity on Saturday

The New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts will allow anyone with an outstanding magistrate court warrant on Saturday (Feb. 16) to appear voluntarily before a judge to have their warrant …
A man who was shot in the head Feb. 13 at his home on Gusdorf Place is in recovery while police look for the person who allegedly shot him.

Taos shooting victim in recovery

A Taos man is on the road to recovery as police continue their search for the still unidentified assailant who shot him in the head at his home on Gusdorf Place last week.

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Crime
Attorneys are preparing for a trial later this year that will try Damian Herrera of Ojo Caliente for the murder of Michael Alan Kyte of Tres Piedras.
Crime

The Docket – week of Feb. 14

Attorneys are preparing for a trial later this year that will try Damian Herrera of Ojo Caliente for the murder of Michael Alan Kyte of Tres Piedras, one of five people Herrera allegedly killed...

Taos Police blotter: Jan. 30 – Feb. 4

February 1 – A caller said some Jehovah Witnesses from a nearby church keep showing up at his house. He wanted to see if there was a way he could make them stop.
Raymond Hernandez, 29.

Accused child molester hires new attorney

A Questa man indicted last week for allegedly molesting one girl and battering another remained in jail on Wednesday (Feb. 6) as newly hired defense attorney Alan Maestas prepares to argue why he …
Politics
Staci Matlock/The Taos NewsLuis Reyes Jr., CEO of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, discusses renewable energy projects during a packed event with state officials at the Taos County Democratic Party headquarters on Paseo del Pueblo Sur on Sunday (Feb. 10). To Reyes Jr.'s right are Mark Gaiser of the state's renewable energy program, James Kenney, secretary-designate of the New Mexico Environment Department, and State Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richards. At far right is Erin Sanborn, business manager with KCEC.
Environment

Taos leads way toward new energy future

New Mexico is at a turning point. Under the direction of a new governor, the state is about to try shifting both its energy sources and its economy away from dependence on fossil fuels and toward renewable energy.
Stephanie Garcia Richard
Politics

Taos Dems host environment talk Sunday with new state leaders

New Mexico Land Commissioner Stephanie García Richard will be part of the panel discussion.
Curly O'Connor gives a thumbs up to one of the new speed limit signs at the Río Grande Gorge Bridge. The speed reduction has given new energy to community members who have been pushing for other safety improvements, like raised railings at the bridge to prevent suicides.

Speed reduction at Río Grande Gorge Bridge revitalizes safety efforts

Drivers passing over the Río Grande Gorge Bridge on Thursday (Jan. 31) might have thought it strange when Curly O’Connor, founder of the Gorge Bridge Safety Network, extended a thumbs-up …
Environment
Nan Fischer/courtesy photoSome of the seeds offered in a past year at the Taos Seed Exchange at the Taos Habitat ReStore.
Home and Garden

Seed love – passing on seeds to the next generation

With current concern about genetically modified seeds, local seed preservation is more important than ever.
Joan Grabel/courtesy photoMountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus) will multiply and fill large areas.
Wonderful world of plants

Firescaping your landscaping

The goal of firescaping is to surround our houses with things that are less likely to be ignited by sparks and to slow or limit burning when they do ignite.
Cody Hooks/The Taos NewsA sign warns a driver of falling rocks along State Road 68 in the Río Grande Gorge.
Local news

Beware falling rocks in warming weather along the Río Grande

"Rocks have been coming down" because of the combination of high daytime temperatures and freezing nights,
Business
Morgan Timms/The Taos NewsEnchanted Florist employee Carly Reyes, of Taos, selects flowers for a bouquet she is arranging on Monday (Feb. 11) at The Enchanted Florist in Taos.
Business

Local florists see green on Valentine's Day

Locally, Taos flower shops are ready for their busiest day of the year.
Tech Column

Light up your wilderness tech geek's heart on Valentine's Day

Wondering what to pick up your outdoorsy tech savvy sweetheart for Valentine's Day? Tech Talk researched around Taos for a few gifts ideas sure to make February 14 a memorable day for you and your outdoorswoman (or -man).
A sample, generic job application that includes the question: "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?"
2019 Legislature

Bill aims to lessen impact of criminal history on job search in N.M.

The toughest question on a job application can be pretty short. Have you ever been convicted of a felony? For job-seekers with criminal records, checking that box can make all the difference in landing an interview with a prospective employer.

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