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Carlos Santistevan of Denver makes an adjustment to his first-place wood carving, Batalla De San Jorge, at the Spanish Market preview Friday evening at El Museo Cultural.
Covid-19

Spanish Market joins Indian Market on the sidelines this summer

Traditional Spanish Market decided Monday to call off this year's event amid a growing sense that many, if not most, of Santa Fe's summer art festivals won't occur this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. Santa Fe Indian Market announced Saturday it was moving its 99th market to 2021, and the board of directors at the International Folk Art Market met Monday to talk about the situation.
The PERA Building in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Covid-19

PERA Building evacuated after 2 test positive

Employees of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission received the terrifying news in an email the morning of March 23. One of their co-workers, who had last been in the office at the PERA Building downtown 12 days before, had tested positive for COVID-19. More disconcerting news came four days later.
Lowan Stewart, an emergency medicine doctor who splits his time between Santa Fe and Norway, said he, his wife and their two children all had COVID-19. Stewart said he was flat on his back for five days and coughing for another week. His family members experienced less severe symptoms, possibly due to their age and gender.
Covid-19

Doctor who had virus: Most stricken will be OK

Lowan Stewart, an emergency medicine doctor who splits his time between Santa Fe and Norway, said he, his wife and their two children all had COVID-19. Stewart said he was flat on his back for five days and coughing for another week. His family members experienced...
Crime
Police Blotter

Police Blotter March 26-29

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from March 26-29
Jeramiah Medina, 31, has been identified as the man who was killed by police following a car chase that ended in Ranchos de Taos on March 14. His last known address was listed in Hernandez, according to court records, which indicated he had an active warrant for a shooting from a motor vehicle case filed in January.

Suspect killed by police in Ranchos de Taos identified as Española man

New Mexico State Police has identified the man who was shot and killed during a car chase that ended in Ranchos de Taos on March 14 as Jeramiah Medina a  31.  
Gloria Jaime Mandala, 68, has been found, but New Mexico State Police have not yet said whether she is alive or dead.

Missing El Prado woman found safe

New Mexico State Police issued a press release Saturday morning (March 28) stating that El Prado resident and local musician Gloria Jaime Mandala has been "located," but did not indicate whether the …
Politics
The town council voted Friday (April 3) to extend and continue the current nightly curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
COVID-19

Town of Taos continues with nightly curfew

Members of the town council voted Friday (April 3) to extend the town’s emergency declaration as well as the curfew set down earlier in the week by Mayor Dan Barrone and town manager Rick Bellis.  During a special remote-cast meeting, members of the town council met  to discuss the future of the COVID-19 emergency situation in Taos. Councilors had a discussion about the curfew, various closures and the need to maintain the current status quo on urging people to stay home. 
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich is seeking out hometown heroes across the state.
COVID-19

Senator Heinrich looking for hometown heroes

U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is reaching out to communities across the state looking for heroes during this time of crisis.  Heinrich’s Hometown Hero initiative is looking for everyday community members trying to make a difference in their areas by performing acts of kindness or charity during the growing concerns over COVID-19, the illness caused by a new coronavirus. 
In an empty commission meeting, Taos County Manager Brent Jaramillo reads an emergency proclamation to the commission.

Taos County Commission cancels April 7 meeting

In order to abide by the State’s emergency guidelines, members of the Taos County Board of Commissioners have decided to cancel their April 7 meeting. 
Environment
File photoOver 60 people put on their work boots and gloves and cleared dirt and debris from the Francisco Martinez ditch in Talpa in a prior year.
Covid-19

A virus challenges annual ditch cleanings

For hundreds of years, Taoseños have embraced the annual tradition of cleaning the acequias for the spring. The runoff from melting winter snowpacks in the mountains brings the water needed to grow countless crops across the county, which people use to feed both themselves and the community. This year, concerns and mandates over the COVID-19 pandemic could hinder that process and change the tradition for the time being.
Sandhill crane is one of the migratory birds that visits the Bosque del Apache in New Mexico each year. Changes are proposed to the state's Migratory Game Bird act.
Environment

Call in public meeting tonight regarding Migratory Game Bird rule changes

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH …
The Carson National Forest office in Taos is providing services via online and will be closing developed recreation areas this week due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Forest Service closing developed campgrounds

New Mexico's five national forests including the Carson National Forest, will begin closing developed recreation sites as early as Monday (March 23), to align with state and local steps already taken to contain the outbreak of the COVID-19 illness.
Business
By its very nature, Marpac Inc. had already joined the fight against the novel coronavirus.    The Albuquerque-based medical manufacturer's main business is producing key components used in ventilators.    But when supplies of personal protective equipment began to run low amid the spread of COVID-19, Marpac jumped into that effort, too.
Covid-19

'A war without guns'

By its very nature, Marpac Inc. had already joined the fight against the novel coronavirus. The Albuquerque-based medical manufacturer's main business is producing key components used in ventilators. But when supplies of personal protective equipment began to run low amid the spread of COVID-19, Marpac jumped into that effort, too.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham points to a visual aid that shows the spread of COVID-19 when varying levels of control measures are enacted, during a news conference Monday at the Capitol. Lujan Grisham put in place new restrictions that close down all but essential services in the state. 'I need you to heed this order,' the governor said during the news conference.
Covid-19

State tightens rules on businesses

As the number of cases of the new coronavirus continued to rise in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday afternoon ordered a series of additional restrictions on business operations to further prevent the virus's spread - and she warned of increased enforcement efforts.
Mark Jeantette receives a haircut from Taos Barber Shop owner Carlos Gonzales Saturday (March 21.) Barber shops and salons were among the businesses that had to close due to state restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The businesses may qualify for federal loans and grants.
COVID-19

Free webinars available to help businesses with federal loans related to coronavirus

Still confused and cross-eyed over how to fill out the forms for federal loans and grants available to businesses hit hard by coronavirus restrictions? The New Mexico Small Business Developement Center is offering free webinars twice a day to help business owners understand the process and whether or not they qualify.

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