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My wife is an avid trail runner who runs either the South Boundary, Ojitos, Carmelita, Talpa and Talpa Traverse trails every other day, and she covers 8-12 miles at a time. Lately, the trails are becoming congested due to the fact that COVID-19 shutdowns are reducing recreational options, and people are not working. These trails are all multi-use, and mountain bikers are swarming them. Many are not being respectful of the runners, and hikers also using them. more
This essay recognizes a group of women who have served Taos County in one of the most difficult community-service environments, and suggests they too should be honored as "impactful women." The essay concludes suggesting that one of these amazing women be given the opportunity to continue serving our community through a seat on the county commission. Yes, an endorsement. more
I hope that this letter finds you and your family well and safe as we struggle to adjust to the threats of the coronavirus. We are a resilient community and we will overcome this challenge. more
Right now, America faces greater economic pain than at any time since the Great Depression. Tens of millions of people have applied for unemployment – including tens of thousands here in New Mexico – and millions more face profound uncertainty about how they will support themselves and their families in the months ahead.  more
There is no official psychiatric diagnosis of "psychopath." However, there is one for "antisocial personality disorder" that parallels the unofficial one for "psychopath." So I will use the unofficial term "psychopath" for the same set of characteristics. more
When I was 4 years old we lived in a large apartment complex in Falls Church, Virginia. One day I wandered to the upper apartments. Three older boys got a hold of me. One sat on me and the other boys gathered some grass and put it in a pile by my head. One boy took out some matches and said they were going to burn me. I was very frightened. more
In Greek mythology, Nemesis was the goddess of retribution giving punishment to those who were arrogant, had come into undeserved fortune or committed crimes with impunity. She restored balance in the world though justice. more
There has been a huge surge in the sales of herbs and supplements associated with our community's concerns about the coronavirus and the resulting infection named COVID-19. more
Dear Community, Today’s (March 27) announcement that New Mexico schools will not reopen this (academic) year means that our state’s 2 million students will be out of traditional … more
The initial shock and awe somewhat subsiding, Taos finds itself in a historically familiar place - standing pretty much on its own to face a marauding invader. This time, it's not an imprisoning, genocidal cavalry. more
It has been another busy week here in New Mexico tracking COVID-19 cases and we are promoting social distancing everywhere. The Lujan Grisham administration is doing everything we can to protect New Mexicans in every possible way. more
For those with a metaphysical bent, the onset of the coronavirus with its unprecedented global disruptions is hardly a surprise. It was only a matter of time before the unconscious, destructive and self-destructive behavior of the human race caught up with it. more
We want to give a big shoutout and heartfelt thank you to the Taos Ski Valley Ski Patrol and Mogul Medical Urgent Care Clinic. more
In 1918, Gunnison, Colorado, was one of only a handful of communities worldwide that survived the Spanish flu epidemic without a single case, while the world lost between 20 and 50 million human lives. more
When citizens have asked me why I’m a candidate for Taos County commissioner District 4, I share the theme of my campaign in one word: unity. As far as government is concerned, I’d like to use the concept to benefit the citizens. What would life be like if Taos County government would collaborate with the different agencies within its boundaries? Cooperation with nonprofit organizations, water and sanitation districts, pueblos, neighborhood associations, towns, villages, acequias and educational institutions help bridge gaps and share resources in order to expand possibilities for community improvement and assistance. more
Jesus said, "The poor you will always have with you." But conservative billionaires are hoping for a different, better world where the pesky poor have disappeared. more
Mark Twain once commented that travel gives us opportunities to shed bigotry, prejudice and other xenophobic viruses that may creep into our outlook on life. I would agree. I recently returned from a two-week trip to the Middle East, specifically to Israel and Palestine. more
As a physician and Taos County resident, I know the health, economy and sustainability of our community all depend on having a viable community hospital. more
I live a life of service, and that is what I intend to do by serving as Councilor for the Town of Taos. It was suggested that it was bad form that I not attend the local candidates forum, it was a tough decision, but I chose to continue in service over self promotion. I believe our community needs more of this. more
I got my start in Taos town politics at age 15. I set up a meeting with the mayor, had a reporter from this newspaper in tow, and made my case for a skate park for our youth. Three years and numerous council meetings later, our community had the brand-new Youth and Family Center, complete with an ice rink and skate park. That experience taught me that hard work, collaboration, determination, and a strong vision are what it takes to make change in a community. Those values now form my governing philosophy as your Taos Town Councilor. more
What does it look like as snow, ice, hurricanes, wildfire and drought move across Earth? more
Recently, I accepted an invitation by Congressman Ben Ray Luján to attend the State of the Union address to Congress in Washington, D.C. more
What are young people concerned about in Taos? With the help of Isobel O'Hare, coordinator of the SOMOS Youth Mentorship program, I've made three visits to a local charter school, Taos Integrated School of the Arts, and spoken with five seventh-graders whose teacher, Sally Greywolf, thought they would be interested in working with me. more
In view of the very onerous climate threat and the myriad examples of it’s devastating effects all over the world, it seems it would surely be in Taos’ best interest to seriously consider amending land-use requirements in Taos County and the town of Taos. more
I consider myself blessed to live here in Taos with my wife, in a home that we are paying off because we are fortunate to have good jobs. Being born and raised in Taos, I wanted to come home after college, and looked for a job where I could use my BS in biology. more
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