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Damian Herrera at a hearing in Taos District Court in 2018. A first-degree murder case filed against Herrera for the 2017 killing of Michael Alan Kyte of Tres Piedras continues to stall, most recently because of a competency evaluation Herrera still has to complete.

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. Trials No trials were scheduled for the …

Town council thanks manager Bellis

The town of Taos Council praised manager Rick Bellis in their Tuesday (June 11) meeting after voting to decrease his benefits and increase his gross salary to …
Overall Rector Deacon Donald Martínez venerates the Guias Saturday (June 8) during the Pilgrimage of Vocations closing mass at El Santuario de Chimayó.

'Pilgrimage is always about change'

The usual calm around the santuario in Chimayó started to give way to a buzz of energy Saturday morning (June 8). Families and old friends began lining the …
Crime
June 6 10:22 a.m. Welfare check, Kit Carson Park – A caller said there were four men at the park who appeared to be "shotgunning" beers in the parking lot and throwing the beer cans on the ground.

Taos Police blotter

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from June 5-10. June 5 6:30 a.m. Psychiatric behavioral, Paseo del Pueblo Sur – A caller said her husband had been up all night …
Archbishop of Santa Fe John C. Wester announced in November that the archdiocese would filing for bankruptcy. The archdiocese has been at the center of sexual abuse lawsuits for the past three decades. The deadline for people to file claims against the archdiocese is June 17.

Deadline nears for abuse claims against Archdiocese of Santa Fe

The seven-page sexual abuse questionnaire is stark. Three lines are provided to name Roman Catholic clergy accused of raping or molesting a child at a parish within the Archdiocese of Santa …
May 29 – 6:26 a.m. Disturbing the peace, Taos Men’s Shelter – A caller said there was a man at the shelter who was asked to leave but was refusing.

Taos Police blotter

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from May 29-June 2. May 29 12:14 a.m. Public indecency, Taos Post Office, 318 Paseo del Pueblo Norte – A caller said there …
Politics
New MexiCann is one of two medical marijuana dispensaries in Taos. On Thursday (June 6,) the New Mexico Department of Health expanded the list of maladies that may be treated by medical cannabis.

Taos dispensary manager talks the future of medical cannabis

The recent expansion of medical conditions that can qualify state residents for a cannabis prescription and the increase of plants dispensaries can legally grow – from 450 to 2,500 – have …
The New Mexico Department of Health this month expanded the list of maladies that may be treated with prescription cannabis to include Alzheimer's Disease, opioid use disorder, Friedreich’s Ataxia, Lewy Body Disease and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

New Mexico expands list of maladies treatable with medical cannabis

New Mexicans suffering from Alzheimer's disease, opioid use disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and three other qualifying conditions approved this month by the state may now turn to medical cannabis …
Robert Apodaca, a Democrat who grew up in Arroyo Seco, has entered the packed race for the New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

Apodaca joins race for 3rd Congressional District

A Northern New Mexico native who was raised in Arroyo Seco and runs an Albuquerque consulting firm has entered the packed race for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. “A lot of …
Environment

Public comment sought on Taos Canyon forest project

Sandwiched between Taos Pueblo and U.S 64 in the narrow Taos Canyon is a swath of dense forest. Carson National Forest managers are proposing a couple of ways to reduce the fire risks on 9,709 acres …
The Gurule fire was caused by lightening and was reported Friday (June 7). A small team of firefighters with the Carson National Forest are monitoring the 1-acre fire, located about 10 miles northwest of El Rito.

Carson firefighters monitoring small blaze by El Rito

A small team of firefighters with the Carson National Forest are monitoring a 1-acre fire about 10 miles northwest of El Rito. The fire was caused by lightening and was reported Friday (June …
File photoKit Carson Electric Cooperative broke away from Tri-State Generation and Transmission a few years ago and began buying wholesale power from Guzman Energy. Now Guzman wants to cut a deal to supply Tri-State's other 43 member co-ops with renewable energy. Tri-State says there aren't enough details to consider a deal.

Kit Carson power supplier makes bid for Tri-State

Guzman Energy, the company helping Kit Carson Electric Cooperative build out a solar network across the region, has made an audacious proposal to the local co-op's …
Business
Courtesy photoTaos Bakes will be the new name of the local Taos Mountain Energy Bars. The rebranding of the company is an attempt to venture out of the outdoor enthusiast market and into more of the health snack market.

New wrapper, same great bar

Taos Bakes landed on shelves recently, a repackaging of what used to be called Taos Mountain Energy Bars. The name change is an attempt from the company that makes Taos …
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Business in Brief

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Courtesy Ojo Spa Resorts Children age 12 and under will no longer be allowed at the springs at Ojo Caliente beginning June 10, but will still be welcome to dine and lodge at the resort.

Ojo Caliente to restrict children under 13 from springs

Children younger than 13 no longer will be admitted to the therapeutic pools that draw some 100,000 visitors to the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, …

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