The Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

Let the sausage making begin

The New Mexico State Legislature begins a short 30-day session at noon Tuesday (Jan. 21). Taos County will have two familiar faces in new positions during the session: Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales was appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to fill the District 6 Senate seat. She also appointed Taos Mayor Dan Barrone to fill Gonzales' District 42 seat in the House of Representatives.
A mobile spay and neuter van, New York City.

Time for Taos mobile spay-neuter

The horrific incident of dogs mauling a woman recently near Taos has driven home a sad fact: Taos County has far too many canines running wild and loose.

A lady of the community

Esther Garcia went full force after what she believed in. She fought for her Questa community, her church, acequias and public lands. For decades, she worked side by side with another champion of Northern New Mexico, the late Sen. Carlos Cisneros.
Rev. Cheri Lyon gives blessings to the new Stray Hearts Animal Shelter Ambassador, a mini pitball named Dolce, on Sunday (Oct. 7) with Stray Hearts President Barbara Ann Downs VanCalsem during the Blessing of the Pets ceremony outside El Pueblito Church in El Prado.

Kudos to Stray Hearts

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter is an example of a Taos nonprofit that has turned itself around through the supreme efforts of a small group of people. The shelter had a long history of struggling both financially and with internal policies that lead to public criticism. That turnaround is not just critical for saving animals, but also for public safety.
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

New year, new faces at Roundhouse

This new year promises plenty of action in the political realm with a lot at stake. Elections will be held at the local, state and national level. The death of a longtime state senator from Questa set off a series of events that has changed the faces of those who will represent Taos County in the near future.

Gratitude for letter writers

Many thanks to our readers who took the time to send us their opinions in 2019.Keep on writing to us!Lewis AndersonMark AllisonAnthony J. AyalaDan BarroneShadow BeartrackBob BresnahanDaniel A. …

Special Olympics skiing in Taos

Adding to your Special Olympics recognition article on June 13 ("Everyone is a champion in Special Olympics"), I would like the community to know we have alpine skiing also at Taos Ski Valley.
Holy Cross Hospital is located in Taos.

Put mill levy to voters in November

I know Holy Cross Hospital is requesting more mill levy funds from the county. Of course, hospitals always need money and I would not have a problem with my tax money going to them if they follow a fair process when asking for it.

Comfort in a psalm

In these turbulent and divisive political times I've found comfort and truth in Psalm 15 from Stephen Mitchell's "A Book of Psalms, Selected and Adapted from the Hebrew" (ISBN 0-06-092470-50):

Six-year terms?

Six-year terms? One of the numerous problems of our era is the insane cost of political campaigns, and the fact that, from the first moment of inauguration, a president has to start planning for and raising money for the second campaign.
My Turn
FILE PHOTO: L to R: Bob Romero, Kristina Ortez, Dan Barrone and Mark Gallegos each presented to the Taos County Board of Commissioners for the recommendation to fill the District 42 seat in the NM House of Representatives, Dec. 30, 2019.

Taos County commissioners blew it - big time

"Special" indeed was the Dec. 30, 2019 Taos County Board of Commissioners special meeting. The commissioners had the sole power to appoint Taos County's (District 42) member of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Time to vote Trump out of office

The reckless President Donald J. Trump may have blown any chance he had for reelection. His headstrong and heedless assassination of a top Iranian general and his staff was surely done against the advice of American generals, who knew the Iranians would be honor-bound to retaliate.
town of Taos council member Nathaniel Evans.

New 'Dips' would provide outdoor activity for local families

Growing up in Taos, we were always outside playing, riding our bikes from one park to the other. Inevitably, we would find ourselves at the "Dips" - the arroyos where a lot of us congregated and competed for the best trick, longest jump or best ride. It was a place we ruled, where we had to negotiate and problem-solve our own issues, a place where we grew up in many different ways.

Here's to the end of a fraught decade

Not only is 2019 over but so is the decade of the 2010s. It was not a very good one for either the United States or the world as a whole. Its dominant themes were the vast destruction (and denial of) global climate change, American mass shootings, the worldwide refugee-immigrant crisis and the retreat of democracy before the rule of corrupt strongmen. I'm sure readers can add to this list and I wouldn't deny them the opportunity.

Tourism boom means untapped job potential

Across the state of New Mexico, towns and communities are celebrating economic growth, development of new businesses, new jobs created and new opportunity on the horizon. The reason is simple -- we are experiencing increases in tourism due to destination promotion.
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