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Morgan Timms/Taos News file photoBuck Johnston stands on top of a drilling rig in March during a four-day protest of the terms of the Abeyta Settlement. The rig was drilling a well for El Prado Water and Sanitation District.

Fencing, topped by razor wire

Emblazoned with the letters DRAFT set crosswise on the cover, a stapled copy of the Water Quality Report from Midway Well number 5 lay on the board room table in front of John …
Alyssa Salazar, 4, of Taos, leans on her goat before competing in the Junior Livestock Show on Saturday (August 25) at the Taos County Fair.

County fair brings together generations, teaching livestock skills

“We’re hoping fruits and vegetables will be bigger than last year,” said Monica Gonzales-Wilder, 4-H program assistant. “The drought hit us hard last year.”

UNM-Taos program to provide training, credentials for internet-based jobs

Little Taos, New Mexico beat out national competition from several big cities to bring home a $100,000 grant that will jump-start a program aimed at giving Taoseños high-tech …
Crime
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.

State hospital reports 'progress' with Northern New Mexico man accused in 2017 killing spree

Doctors at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas who have been treating an Ojo Caliente man charged with killing three of his family members and two strangers on June 15, 2017 say …
This past weekend's second annual Taos Vortex generated several noise complaints from residents who live in the area surrounding the event venue in Kit Carson Park.

Taos Police blotter

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Aug. 14-19. Aug. 14 10:17 a.m. Harassment, University of New Mexico-Taos – A caller said a man wearing a hat with feathers …
Trials in two first-degree-murder cases filed against Damian Herrera of Ojo Caliente in 2017 have been postponed as the defendant has been found incompetent to stand trial. Attorneys in the Taos County case will convene in Taos District Court on Thursday (Aug. 22) to discuss future court dates while doctors work to help Herrera reach an acceptable level of competency.

State hospital treats Ojo Caliente man charged in 2017 killing spree

Questions about Herrera's mental health have resulted in multiple delays to each case over the last two years …
Politics
Town of Taos Attourney Steve Ross, left and town manager Rick Bellis comb the application for a detox center within the town limits. Ross and Bellis found the applicant did not provide requested documents however the meeting continued as planned.

Permit approved for detox center

Río Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program cleared a major hurdle in its efforts to open a new detox center in Taos on Aug. 7, when the Taos Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special use …
Kyle Tisdel, an attorney in Taos, has joined the race for New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District.

Taos attorney running for Rep. Luján’s seat

Kyle Tisdel, a Taos attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center, announced Wednesday he is joining the crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the 3rd …

Apodaca drops out of 3rd Congressional District race

Rob Apodaca, who’d entered the jam-packed 3rd Congressional District race earlier this summer, announced Thursday he would be dropping out. Apodaca, 48, did not give a reason for his …
Environment
Courtesy photo    Josiah Salgado, 7, of Albuquerque, caught his first rainbow trout at Seven Springs Brood Pond on Aug. 11.
REEL TALK

Ute Lake yields some mighty largemouth bass

Goin' fishin' this weekend? Take a peek at this week's fishing and stocking report.

Farmers to learn about hemp, acequia mapping at conference

“My family has been a big inspiration to me in my decision to be a farmer,” said Donne Gonzales, a farm trainer with Los Sembradores Farmer Training Project in Chamisal. “It takes a community to make farming successful.”
Courtesy photoPaula Garcia, executive director of the New Mexico Acequia Association, speaks at the 17th Annual Congreso de las Acequias in Taos in 2016.

Farmers to learn about hemp, acequia mapping at conference

New Mexico Acequia AssociationYoung farmers from Northern New Mexico will gather at Los Luceros Historic Ranch on Friday (Aug. 23) to share their stories about how they started in …
Business

Economic Development Secretary spotlights project to build NE New Mexico economy

“It’s always a great time to visit northeast New Mexico,” said Keyes, “and we hope improvements in the Scenic Byway and the historic Luna Theater will help us build the economies of these communities and create more jobs.”

New Chef at Hotel Don Fernando reinterprets New Mexican favorites

“We’ll be adding our own unique twist,” said Chef Damon Simonton, who recently joined the staff at Hotel Don Fernando at 1005 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, “rather than just …

AC Towing and Transport Services recognized for outstanding customer service

AC Towing and Transport Services of Taos has received the prestigious Service Provider of Excellence award for 2018 from AAA New Mexico and Texas. This marks the second year in a row that AC has been …

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