Firefighters battle house fire in Arroyo Hondo

Local volunteer fire departments battle a residential fire Tuesday afternoon (July 7) at 46 Old State Road 3 in Arroyo Hondo.
A house on Old State Road 3 in Arroyo Hondo became fully engulfed in flames and burned Tuesday afternoon.  
The Taos County Courthouse was placed on a lockdown Wednesday morning (July 8) after a threat was made against at least one judge. Pictured: A previous lockdown in 2019 that was also put in place due to threats made against courthouse personnel.

Taos County Courthouse placed on lockdown after threat made against judge

The Taos County Courthouse on Albright Street in Taos was placed on a lockdown Wednesday morning after an unidentified individual threatened at least one judge. According to reports overheard on …
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Legislature 2020 Special Session

N.M. governor signs tax relief bill into law

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday (June 29) signed legislation that provides tax relief to local governments, residents and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fireworks explode over Taos on Saturday (July 4.)

Photo Gallery: July 4 around Taos County

Courtesy photoJuan Ballesteros lifts a dumbbell with his right hand during a strongman competition.

Local Taoseño is truly a strongman

Juan "Juanito" Ballesteros calls Taos home -- he was raised here since he was a small child -- but he competes on the big stage of strongman competition by representing Mexico, his family's country of origin and a place that is near and dear to his heart.
Joelle van Willigen, a teacher at Anansi Charter School, in El Prado, was recently awarded a $2,500 grant to help purchase a new 3D printer.

Intel awards two Taos educators for STEM

Two local educators in Taos County are recipients of $2,500 grants from Intel to put toward science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs in the community.
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Taos Community Foundation: Leading in a time of crisis

For the past 22 years, Taos Community Foundation has been the “platform for giving” in Northern New Mexico. Founded in 1998, the Foundation has grown to over $12 million in assets under management and annually grants over a million dollars in community support.
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State launches COVID-19 site to track cases, ages

The New Mexico Department of Health has launched a dashboard to help the public see the number of cases of COVID-19 in a county-by-county map. The dashboard also shows the cases by age and gender. …

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New Mexico stay at home restrictions: Q and A
You  won't be able to get your hair styled or colored but you will be able to attend church services under new stay-at-home …
Taos Municipal Schools video: Coronavirus social distancing
The staff and students of Taos Municipal Schools have produced a community service video on the importance of social distancing to …
Video: How soap kills the coronavirus
A great video breakdown from on how soap and water kills viruses -   and why the 20-second hand-washing rule is so …
How to cope with coronavirus: a Q&A with Taos physician Lucas Schreiber
In order to tamp down disinformation and rising concerns, Taos News  asked Dr. Lucas Schreiber of Schreiber Family Practice in Taos …
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UPDATE:>> COVID-19 tally: 14,251 cases in New Mexico; 533 deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health has reported 238 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 14,251 to date. Taos County still has a total of 51 cases. The state also announced six additional deaths related to the virus on Thursday (July 9), for a total of 533 to date.

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Opinion: Use chess strategy in food-security crisis
One may think that a community response to the needs brought on by coronavirus should be bold and swift.I'd like to add that a lasting …
Opinion: Reopen our library
Several friends and I have been discussing how wrong-headed we consider the closing of the Taos town library, how hurtful to what we …
Editorial: Love letter to visitors
Dear Visitors from out of state:We love you. We really do. You help our local businesses. You support our local economy when you come …
Opinion: Stand up for the Green New Deal
I was very sorry to see Bernie Sanders terminate his presidential campaign .It is true that the opposition was already pouring …
The confusing dance called relationships
This weekly column seeks to help educate our community about emotional healing through grief. People may write questions to Golden …
Editorial: What to do with statues
Statues honor people in history. But not everyone agrees that statues depict an honorable history or an honorable person. History is …
New face of hunger in New Mexico
There's a new face of hunger in New Mexico. Individuals who have never before needed to rely on the government safety net, food …
Thanks to Taos for laptop drive
On behalf of True Kids 1 and Taos Municipal Schools, I would like to thank our community for your extraordinary support of local …
Editorial: Modeling respect through the turmoil
This editorial was meant to congratulate the winners of the 2020 primary election, but many of the Taos County races were not yet …
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Wolf-Rayet throws a few cosmic tantrums

WR 136 (Wolf-Rayet 136) was born about 4 to 5 million years ago when a cloud of gas and dust collapsed to form a very massive star. At 21 times the mass and a whopping 600,000 times the brilliance of our sun, WR 136 is easily detectable even at its vast distance from us at 6,700 light years.

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Caretaker of precious arts legacy Couse Leavitt is nominated for Governor's Award
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Deep dive into film
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A virtual Big Barn Dance
Bad news, first. For the many who look forward to Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance Music Festival each year in Taos, it has …
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Taos athletic director suspends summer practices over accusations of 'protocol infractions'

Mae LaBella, the incoming athletic director at Taos High School, sent out a text to coaches on Saturday (July 4) letting them know that practices would be halted due to accusations that coaches weren't properly following the guidelines set forth by the New Mexico Activities Association.

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