Ranger cabin in the Carson National Forest covered in snow in 2019.

Public comment deadline today on draft of Carson National Forest plan

The public has until the end of today (Nov. 7) to comment on forest management plans for the Carson, Santa Fe and Cibola national forests. Those plans will guide management and specific projects on those national forests for the next two decades.

Prison, not rehab, is place for violent felons

IIs a drug rehabilitation center really the best place for people convicted of violent felonies? Or is prison the better option for both rehabilitation programs and keeping the public safe?
Shift Manager Brian Price enters the Taos Men's Shelter after a smoke break with a client Sunday (Nov. 18). The shelter provides homeless men of Taos County food, laundry, hygiene access, case management and a warm place to stay 365 days a year. Its winter hours are 5 p.m. — 8 a.m.

Winter is here, so are the homeless

The temperatures in Taos have dropped below freezing now in October. Those of us lucky enough to have houses, warm clothes and a source of heat will be fine. But people without homes or places to stay once again must seek shelter, a way to stay fed and warm - or a way to survive outside.
Construction crews work to erect a new high-speed quad chairlift, 'gondolita,' on Tuesday (Sept. 4) at Taos Ski Valley.

Editorial: A living wage is the right move

Business owners have to carry the financial risk of building a venture, as well as taking care of customers, finding and retaining employees, keeping up with ever-changing regulations and staying current with advancing technology. Increasingly, customers want to know it isn't all just about the bottom line. They want to know businesses are taking care of the environment and employees.
Justin Guadian, left and Marcos Chavez help clean up a major dumping site in Miranda Canyon in this 2015 file photo.

Protect Miranda Canyon

As a species, human beings are profoundly talented at trashing up land, water and air.We are also capable of cleaning up the mess we make when we set our minds to it.A local case in point is Miranda …

Taos needs a dog park

Thanks to Kurt Mayne for his letter, "Leash up loose dogs" (Oct. 31). He's right, of course, that people with dogs should obey park rules and use leashes. But this brings up an important issue - …

Thanks to Holy Cross Hospital

My name is Melissa Martinez and my husband, Richard, and I reside in Taos. In October I had a health scare which required my admission to Holy Cross Hospital. It was very unfortunate that the medical episode was life-threatening and I was close to death. Thanks to the great staff of the facility, I am here today to express my gratitude to these individuals for saving my life.
Raine, a 12-year-old basset/beagle mix, rests happily in her home.

Adopt an older pet

Save a life and make your own better by giving an older dog or cat a home during national "Adopt a Senior Pet Month" this November. Many senior dogs and cats are waiting in shelters right now, hoping to be part of a family again.
Water protectors erect a teepee Friday (March 15) at a prayer camp outside of the site of a water well that was in the process of being drilled. The protest, including a four-day sit in of the drilling rig, began Thursday morning.

Support First Nations Water Protectors

Natives will never stop speaking for Mother Earth. As in Standing Rock, Taos Water Protectors are saying, "Respect this precious gift from Mother Earth and God. Do not abuse it or overuse it."

It is critical for citizens from Taos County to comment on Santa Fe and Carson Forest plans

Time is running out, comment periods on the Santa Fe and Carson National Forest plans close November 7th. It is vitally important that Taosenos comment in order that the Forest Services decision makers receive local knowledge and perspectives are considered in the plans.
My Turn

You don't have to pick only one alternative in Carson land management plan

There is some confusion surrounding the Carson National Forest's Land Management Plan comment process and we want to clarify a critical point: you do not have to pick only Alternative 3 if you support recreation, or go "all in" on Alternative 4 if you value wetlands. This is a false choice. You can have both. Be specific about what parts of each alternative you prefer.
Amigos Bravos Programs Director Rachel Conn watches the flowing Rio Fernando Tuesday (April 16) during a river tour with UNM students.

Río Fernando is worth fighting for until the river improves

The U.S. Forest Service controls millions of acres in Northern New Mexico. But only a tiny fraction of that land consists of wetlands and streams. So it makes sense for federal land managers to treat vulnerable riparian areas differently than rangeland.

Climate change will impact Abeyta Water Settlement, Taos water supplies

I arrived in Taos after a lifetime of the poisoned air of Los Angeles. I lived in Taos, rejoicing in its clear skies and clear air, for quite some time before I fully realized that water shortage is our Achilles' heel.
Rafael Orozco at a plea conference Monday (Aug. 19) for one of three cases he has picked up since he was incarcerated at the Taos County jail for a battery incident that caused a lockdown at Holy Cross Medical Center in 2016. Orozco pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors at the conference: possession of a controlled substance and interference with fire control.

DA needs to seek jail terms not compassion

I am a recovered alcoholic. I am all for someone taking responsibility for their own actions and seeking inpatient treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. I am, however, against Rafael Orozco, a violent gang member, and other bullies like him from him using addiction as an excuse to avoid prison.
Taos Council member Nathaniel Evans

Evans announces run to retain town council seat

I am privileged and excited to officially announce that I will run in the 2020 election to retain my seat on the town of Taos Council.
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