Enviro brief: Tarantula 'migration' underway

Courtesy photoTarantulas are an annual fixture in Taos, Northern New Mexico and around the state. The "migration" is really the males on the move, searching for a mate. Like a lot of insects, not much was known about New Mexico tarantulas until a foundational study in 2015 named all the species in the Land of Enchantment. If you see one crossing the road and it's safe to do so, consider helping them across -- just make sure to have gloves or a piece of sturdy cardboard, so their bristles don't "sting" your skin.
Every fall, the roads around Northern New Mexico are dotted with tarantulas. Though many people call it a "migration," it really isn't; male spiders go on the move to …
Sunshine Valley Substation with Ute Mountain in the background, as seen in 2017.
Public service announcement

Electric co-op plans fall power outages for yearly maintenance

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has scheduled planned power outages over the next few weeks, so crews can conduct maintenance...
A child under 10 years old suffered serious injuries when they were struck by a vehicle Monday evening (Sept. 24) in Taos County.

Child injured in ATV crash in El Prado

A child riding an all-terrain-vehicle sustained serious injuries when they were struck by a vehicle traveling on Straight Arrow Road Monday evening (Sept. 24), according to Taos County Emergency …
Morgan TimmsDr. Maria Dolores Gonzales, center, earned her doctorate in sociolinguistics at the University of New Mexico and now fosters a writing group Nuestras Voces Chicanas in Taos. Behind her from left are fellow writers: Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, Rosa Padilla and Joanna Vidaurre-Trujillo on Tuesday (Sept. 18) at Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural De Arte in El Prado.
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Know Your Neighbor: Dr. Maria Dolores Gonzales

The popularity of websites, such as ancestry.com or 23andme.com, illustrates people's desire to learn about their past family history. They ask: From where does my …
Ralph Meyers standing with his horse outside his first shop, the Curio Store, ready to leave on a trip to trade with Plains Indians in 1911.
Tradiciones – Leyendas

‘One of the most eccentric of them all’

The Taos Pueblo Council met to decide what to do with the strange white man who spent so many hours sitting on the bank of the river in their village. What was he doing there? What was he putting on …
Local news

Meetings this week: Family center grant, Rio Grand Trail, LANL, and Questa water

The town of Taos Council meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday for a regular meetingin which the town will be approving an eight-item consent agenda.

Sights and sounds at the 2018 PASEO Art Festival

Visitors to the 2018 PASEO had their senses activated and minds transported with the range of interactive art installations that graced the space-themed festival. Over 30 local, national, and …

Tempo
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews performs Saturday (Sept. 22) with Orleans Avenue during his Voodoo Threauxdown at Kit Carson Park.
Photo Gallery: Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown at Kit Carson Park
Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown brought all the funky, soul-lifting sounds of New Orleans' best musicians to Kit Carson Park on … Read More
Mediterranean coral and spiny oyster necklace by Jacqueline Gala
Precious stones
Despite Fall Arts grabbing center stage, Taos Pueblo/Hopi jeweler and silversmith Jacqueline Gala has her nose to the grindstone, … Read More
Musician Mark Bingham
Dream a dream of me
Now is that gorgeous blue and gold time of year when summer and autumn start talking to one another -- perfect for a dip in the water. … Read More
Hank Saxe, "Phosphorescent Leech," ceramic, 7.75-by-19-15 inches, 2018
Ideas made real
203 Fine Art Gallery owner Eric Andrews said he is on a mission to educate the community and art collectors who visit the area about … Read More
Violinist Vijay Gupta
Music for social change
Taos Chamber Music Group opens its 26th season with two performances of "Common Ground." The program features Indian American composer … Read More
"Dreaming Of The Source," oil on linen, 24-by-30 inches by Tracy Turner Sheppard
Enhanced reality
If you're an Amigos Bravos supporter, you already know Tracy Turner Sheppard's work. She was selected as the poster artist for the … Read More
Taos News poll

Legalizing recreational marijuana in New Mexico – are you for or against?

The U.S. Senate race in New Mexico offers a sign of the times, with two of the three candidates calling for legalizing recreational marijuana.

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Sports

Wildcats make the most of their visit to the City Different

Under a sizzling midday sun, the Questa Wildcats soccer squad found themselves in the marquee game of the First Annual Desert Academy Invitational soccer tournament at Santa Fe's Alto Park Sept. 15.

Lifestyles
Courtesy photoStudents learn to stretch and breathe during yoga classes at Aurafitness, which also offers classes in Tai Chi and Qigong.
Aurafitness focuses on mind, body well-being
Aurafitness in Taos is a sanctuary for mind and body. The yoga studio feels calming with its soothing green colors, plants, textiles … Read More
"We are the new 'late bloomers.' We are in our prime, all juiced up, asking, 'What do I want to do with the rest of my life? What makes me happy?'"
The new 'Late Bloomers'
If you are 50 or older, you're probably already part of a very exciting cultural movement. I, and others, have been giving voice to … Read More
Courtesy photoLesser goldfinch
Catch a glimpse of a lesser goldfinch
Lesser goldfinches are in Northern New Mexico all during nesting season, but their population really exploded in late August. Young … Read More
Chris Pieper throws a handful of freshly harvested Yukon Gold potatoes onto a pile Thursday (Sept. 6) at his farm in Arroyo Seco. Pieper experimented with growing potatoes in wood chips for the first time this summer and said this method has been the least energy intensive and most water-efficient method he has ever used.
You say potato, they say potatoes
Regenerative agriculture is an approach to farming that enriches the soil rather than depleting it. Read More
Curtis ClarkAñil del muerto can be poisonous to livestock but has many medicinal uses for people.
Herb of the month: Golden crownbeard, goldweed
Añil del muerto, a plant with bright yellow flowers and blue-green leaves, begins blooming near the end of July and throughout most … Read More
Photos by Jan MartensonCowpen daisy. Inset: Field of cowpen daisies on Salazar Road in 2013.
Designing a conservation strategy for rare plant species
Did you know 235 rare and endangered plant species live in New Mexico? Of these, 109 species occur only in New Mexico and nowhere else … Read More
Business

Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties sees a bright future ahead in Taos, Angel Fire

Her smile began at the Texas border and grew bigger the closer she got to Northern New Mexico. Having grown up in Houston, Lisa Sutton knew in her late teens that the rugged beauty of …

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