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Jesse MoyaPat McCabe, of Taos, speaks to demonstrators and water protectors before leading a prayer to acknowledge the injury to Mother Earth caused by drilling deep-aquifer wells.

Taking action on Abeyta: Water protectors seek to slow settlement implementation

While demonstrators inspected the well site, several indigenous women offered prayers. Among them was Taos resident Pat McCabe, who said water protectors, many of whom participated in the pipeline resistance at Standing Rock, sought out the leadership of elder women.
James Brown, 44, of Peñasco pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual penetration Thursday (Dec. 13) as part of a plea agreement related to the rape of a 14-year-old girl in 2016 and 2017.

Peñasco man pleads guilty to raping teen

A Peñasco man admitted he raped a 14-year-old girl multiple times from March 2016 to September 2017 Thursday (Dec. 13) in Taos District Court. James Brown, 44, a former employee with the …

Valle del Sol in Taos set to close at month's end

Employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity have confirmed that Valle del Sol, one of the only behavioral health providers remaining in Taos, is set to close at month's end. Employees said …
Crime
Juan Rodelas, 24, is wanted on felony charges related to a 2017 hit-and-run that nearly killed an elderly man who was walking near the Río Grande Gorge Bridge.

Man charged in 2017 hit-and-run wanted by authorities

Law enforcement are searching for an El Prado man charged in a hit-and-run that amputated the leg of an elderly man who was walking near the Río Grande Gorge Bridge in 2017.

Alleged assault prompts hospital lockdown

Sgt. Jason Rael of the Taos County Sheriff’s Office said the incident began when a woman called Taos Central Dispatch to request an officer and then hung up the phone.
Crime

Police blotter: Dec. 5-10

Dec. 5, 3:54 a.m., Suspicious circumstance, Mariposa Apartments – A woman was outside screaming for help.
Politics
Politics

Expensive campaign season

The New Mexico governor's office does not come cheap. Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham's campaign spent more than $9.5 million on her successful bid for the state's highest office, …
Members of the Questa Independent Schools Board of Education in a 2017 file photo.

Your Monday low-down

El Prado hardware store up for a vote (Tuesday morning) – The commission is going to pick up where it left off last week with a public hearing about a proposed El Prado hardware store, which …
Luis Sánchez Saturno/New Mexican file photoGov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham addresses the crowd at her election night victory celebration at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in early November.

Lujan Grisham inherits budget surplus and liabilities

Michelle Lujan Grisham calls herself lucky. But talking to the governor-elect in the days after an overwhelming victory, you get the sense luck might not be the …
Environment
Aubrey Dunn, Heather Riley and Robert Balch discuss during Tuesday's Oil Conservation Commission meeting the order approving Hilcorp Energy Co.'s request to double well density in the San Juan Basin. The order allows oil and gas outfits to double the number of wells in operation, either by boring new holes or accessing the Blanco-Mesaverde gas pool through existing ones.

Dunn fails to flip vote on wells

At a tense meeting Tuesday afternoon, the three-member state Oil Conservation Commission gave formal approval to an order allowing Texas-based Hilcorp Energy Co. to increase the density of natural …
Courtesy photoRita Daniels, a Climate Change Corp student at New Mexico Highlands University, surveys for bighorn sheep. She's one of several locals who are training to be leaders in the face of climate change. Daniels formerly worked as a journalist in Taos.

Facing down climate change, UNM-Taos students tackle 'the biggest thing on planet Earth'

When Adrianna Marquez thinks about climate change, she thinks about her two little boys."It's happening and it's unfair for anyone to ignore the facts," said Marquez, …
Courtesy Los Alamos National LaboratoryOfficials logged 69 instances of noncompliance with the federal permit that allows the facility to store, manage and treat hazardous waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the most recent fiscal year, which ended June 30. The lab had 25 violations the prior year.
Environment

LANL self-reported violations up nearly three-fold

During Los Alamos National Laboratory's most recent fiscal year, officials logged 69 instances of noncompliance with the federal permit that allows the facility to store, manage and treat hazardous waste...
Business
Derrick Merchant, president of 7B Building and Development, speaks at a hearing before the Taos County Commission Monday (Dec. 10). The commission overruled the county planning commission’s approval of a Family Dollar store permit application in Ranchos de Taos.

County turns down Ranchos dollar store

In a marathon meeting of the Taos County Commission Monday (Dec. 10), the five elected officials unanimously voted to deny an application to build a Family Dollar store in Ranchos de Taos.   
A burner on a gas well burns the hidrogen sulfide gases on a well north of Carlsbad, New Mexico. It may take decades for Otero Mesa to look like this if the oil and gas industry strat to develop it.
Business

N.M. officials expect smaller windfall as oil’s volatility lies beneath budget

The budget forecast is certain to stir debate over how much money New Mexico policymakers should set aside in case shock waves rattle the global energy market.
The flat plains of San Juan County stretch for miles, interrupted only by pumpjacks and oil rigs
Business

New Mexico counting on oil prices holding steady

The future of the state's fortunes will depend on everything from a trade deal with China to Russia's relations with Saudi Arabia and...

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