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Jesse Moya/The Taos NewsGlass recycling is no longer available at the Taos Recycling Center. The Taos Regional Landfill Board is working on solutions to keep the center open.

Taos Regional Landfill Board to consider rate increase, recycling fee for county

The Taos Regional Landfill Board will meet July 16 to discuss the future of recycling.Members of the board were given the results of an analytical survey done by Souder …
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.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said the state was dangerously close to rolling back openings as COVID-19 cases rise.

Coronavirus cases surge in New Mexico

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham told the state Wednesday (July 1) New Mexico was dangerously close to rolling back openings amidst the COVID-19 crisis.  As New Mexico’s cases increased …
Crime
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham recently granted clemency to 19 individuals.

Lujan Grisham pardons 19 in first clemency act

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday pardoned 19 people convicted of crimes in the state, the first time she has granted clemency during her administration.Most of the people on the list had been …
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe.
Legislature 2020 Special Session

Policing measure passes; special session closes

Amid calls for increased scrutiny of law enforcement, the House of Representatives voted 44-26 on Monday (June 22) to approve a measure that would require all …
Senator Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, introduced a bill requiring law enforcement officers to wear body cameras during the recent special session. The bill passed and has gone to the governor for consideration.

N.M. lawmakers approve bill requiring law enforcement to wear body cameras

Law enforcement officers across New Mexico will be required to wear body cameras while on duty if Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs a bill that passed the state House of Representatives 44-26 Monday afternoon.
Politics
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham vetoed some items in a revised state budget passed by lawmakers in a recent special session.
Legislature 2020 Special Session

N.M. governor signs revised budget, vetoes items

Governors don’t usually sign a budget twice in one year. But this is no normal year. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gave her blessing to New Mexico’s revised budget legislation Tuesday (June 30), but she also used her veto power to cancel some of the cuts lawmakers approved during the special session.
State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, wears a face shield while chatting with Rep. Linda Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, on the House floor during the recent special session. Trujillo co-sponsored a bill signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that changes election rules pertaining to absentee ballots.

N.M. governor signs voting, civil rights bills

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed three pieces of legislation from the special session into law Friday, including bills aimed at streamlining voting during the novel coronavirus pandemic, creating a …
Democratic Senator Bill O’Neill packs up his belongings Saturday (June 20) at the end of the New Mexico Legislature’s special session. Lawmakers struggled to redo the budget following the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legislature 2020 Special Session

Tough January ahead for N.M. lawmakers, state

It’s been a constant bipartisan refrain over the past week — the budget fixes made during the special session won’t be enough. It’s true that legislators just came to …
Environment
Lloyd Archuleta helps his four brothers gather hay bales with his grandkids, 10-year-old Kelly Jackson and 16-year-old Hunter Jackson, on Tuesday (June 23.) Though the Jacksons live in Albuquerque, they have spent every summer since they can remember helping out on the family's Des Montes ranch. "Whenever they need our help, we got this," said Kelly, who one day hopes to run a ranch of her own in Taos.
Environment

Severe drought adds to county woes

As if a pandemic and recession aren't enough to deal with, the rest of 2020 looks parched for Northern New Mexico.According to the June 18 update of the United …
Wendy Meyer of Taos detangles fishing line and hooks from the Glen Woody Bridge as Chrissy Glander of Taos helps stabilize the boat Sunday (June 14) during a trash-collecting trip along the Río Grande.

Boaters clear glut of trash from Río Grande

"There's a shoe," said Chrissy Glander, pulling a soggy sneaker from the river weeds a few miles south of Pilar on Sunday (June 14). She held it up for the other …
Jesse Moya/Taos NewsArchitect Doug Eichelberger came up with a design for a wall stuffed with plastic materials. The walls take nearly 24 bags of compressed plastic and use the waste as filler.
Finding Solutions

Taos nonprofit puts plastic to good use in Questa

A group in Taos is looking for a solution to the world's plastic dilemma.Members of Taos Initiative for Life Together (TiLT) have banded together to help repurpose old …
Business
Courtesy Ski Taos Taos Ski Valley will begin a phased reopening of the outdoor area July 1.

TSV opens slowly but surely

After months of hiatus due to COVID-19 closures, Taos Ski Valley Inc. will begin a phased reopening of the outdoor area.Starting this week, the main Taos Sports retail …
Photo courtesy Kit Carson Electric CooperativeMonet Winters, left, pictured here with her mother April Winters, was struggling to do her schoolwork until Kit Carson Electric Co-op provided a free internet connection to her home.
KCEC

Rural utility provides vital Wi-Fi connections to students

For Monet Winters, the COVID-19 pandemic created a lot of hurdles for her to complete eighth grade at Santa Fe Indian School. With school buildings closed in March and no reliable internet service at her home on the Taos Pueblo, Monet waited for large paper packets of schoolwork from her teachers to arrive by mail.
Lawmakers began meeting at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe June 18 for a special session.
Legislature 2020 Special Session

Bill to help small businesses moves forward in special session

A bill designed to provide financial help for small business owners struggling to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic cleared its first hurdle when the Senate Finance Committee voted 8-4 to move it …

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