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The notion that President Donald Trump has a cultlike control over his supporters has been bandied about by various pundits both in print and cyberspace. It's not the most original idea and I tend to agree. more
By George Fritz HahnAs the town council's representative on the [Holy Cross] hospital's Health Study Committee and chair of the Taos Health Systems Board Nominating Committee, I thought it … more
As many of your readers know, the National Nuclear Security Administration, a stovepipe agency within the Department of Energy, is planning a massive expansion at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to increase its plutonium pit production mission to 30-80 pits per year. more
In January a crew from El Valle dug a trench across West Romero Road near West Romero Place. They have yet to repair the road. I have come to learn from others in the Ranchos area that El Valle has a history of destructive practices and a lack of concern for their actions and their results. more
I am Andrew D. Chavez, a Democrat from Llano Quemado. I am announcing that I seek the commission seat for Taos County District 3, currently held by Commissioner Gabe Romero. The … more
An open letter to Mr. Rick Bellis, cc town of Taos councilors, Taos County commissioners, Holy Cross Hospital board members:I was at the Dec. 30 Taos County Commission meeting when you … more
My issue with partisan discourse today is less about divisiveness and more about what I call intellectual laziness. Many seem incapable or unwilling to do the research before making blanket statements. Shades of gray have ceased to exist. Morality has been replaced by self-righteousness. more
Your recent editorial about setting up a spay and neuter van to provide coverage for Taos County ("Time for Taos mobile spay-neuter," Jan. 16) included several excellent suggestions for funding and running this potential service. The editorial calls for involvement from various governmental agencies as well as the state with Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in the driver's seat. more
Last April, I was appointed Division 2 District judge by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham after being recommended by a bipartisan judicial nominating commission. I am running in the 2020 election to keep my seat. For those who do not know me, I would like to introduce myself. more
My name is Darlene Vigil and I am writing to announce my run for the Taos County Commission District 3 seat. more
A nuclear weapon economy is dangerous for New Mexicans and the world. The year 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the invention of the nuclear bomb. The "Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists" announced the 2020 Doomsday Clock on Jan. 23. It is closer than ever - 100 seconds to midnight: more
Business is growing in Taos, and we anticipate it will get better. Last year, Taos launched Taos Air with service from Austin and Dallas. The reception was gratifying, so we recently added service to and from San Diego County and Los Angeles. This spring, Taos is host to the World Pro Ski Tour World Championships. People come to visit Taos for many reasons, from events and music to authentic Northern New Mexico experiences and the outdoors - and inevitably, many choose to purchase a home, retire, start or expand a business or work remotely from the Land of Enchantment. more
A Dec. 27 article in The Arizona Republic  entitled “Megafarms and deeper wells are draining the water beneath rural Arizona – quietly, irreversibly” is relevant to future water availability in Taos. This study of more than 33,000 Arizona wells affects us due to the 11 deep-aquifer and other supply wells proposed in the controversial Abeyta Settlement. more
Even after six months, my daughter would hide under the chair when her speech teacher would come to escort her to class for her 30-minute session. Mila is the youngest of our three children. She is very shy and has struggled with articulation. We started her speech classes early. It took a while, but little by little, her speech teacher and I saw improvements. more
Emily, my dearest wife of 37 years, died today (Jan. 9) at 4:30 pm. Today is our 37th anniversary and she died around the time we were married by a judge at the Thurston County Courthouse 37 years ago. more
New Mexico is currently deciding the fate of recreational public access on a large percentage of rivers and streams. A recent opinion by the attorney general has landowners outraged at the possibility that the public may have access to waters flowing through their lands. more
"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. more
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. more
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. more
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. more
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. more
I truly thought things were getting better until I ran into racism out in the open here in Taos. I was talking to a new acquaintance, who is a person of color. We found we had many things in common, including our professions, when a man rounded the corner and started mumbling, then raising his voice said, "Damn n---ers," and walked on. more
Beginning in 2018, a group of concerned community members issued a series of public statements regarding the Abeyta Settlement Implementation Plan. The purpose was to foster public awareness and raise legitimate concerns about potential negative cultural and environmental impacts of the implementation plan. more
The Taos County Commission chamber was about half-full last week as citizens heard presentations from four candidates running to represent District 42 in the State House of Representatives. more
In many parts of Taos County, including where we live, everyone is on private wells without access to municipal water. We also have access to an acequia, of which I am a parciante and active user. I am very concerned about the "Mutual Benefits projects" (which in my opinion actually benefit very few people) for several reasons. more
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