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Hope for child welfare in New Mexico? 'We are not trapped at 49th'

A new report on the well-being of children in New Mexico has found that some key policy changes — such as expanding access to child care assistance, increasing investments in early childhood …

Circuit court closures could create hassles for rural New Mexico residents

Like a town dance or charity dinner, Judge Jeff Shannon’s visits to Peñasco were announced in black movable letters on a marquee in front of the community center. Every other Friday, …

Trim your trash – implementing the ‘three Rs’ and a couple of others

As we become more aware of our environmental impact and understand the need to reduce the amount of trash we are leaving on this planet, learning to become “mindful consumers” is …

Shift in Mexican and legacy Hispano population ‘biggest change’

The past several weeks have been a period when the size and role of the United States’ immigrant population is under national attention because of presidential policy and a countervailing …

Taos education briefs: Pueblo, budget, bullying and more

The Taos school board held its regularly scheduled meeting Feb. 14. All board members were present. Here’s a rundown of some of the issues, policies and initiatives that were discussed. Taos …

Update: Lockdown lifted at Taos Pueblo agencies

A report of "shots fired" sent several Taos Pueblo agencies into lockdown Feb. 17, but upon arrival on the scene, police discovered no threat, rendering the incident as little more than a drill.
Police reports

Here's your police blotter from Feb. 8 to Feb. 13

The following is a condensed version of the Taos Police Department blotter from Feb. 8-13. Feb. 8 12:08 a.m. Disturbing the peace, San Antonio Street – At a friends house, a caller heard …

Taos offender back behind bars – but for how long?

When Noah Hardaway, a convicted felon, was paroled from an Arkansas adult detention center in late 2015, he was allowed to relocate to New Mexico as part of an interstate compact approved by the …

Here's your police blotter from Feb. 1 to Feb. 6

The following is a condensed version of the Taos Police Department blotter from Feb. 1-6. Feb. 1 12:01 a.m. Shots fired, Adobe Road – The caller heard about four shots fired in the area, …

Supreme Court revisits disciplinary matter involving Gallegos, Chavez

An opinion released this week by the New Mexico Supreme Court revisited conclusions drawn in a disciplinary matter dating back to 2014 of alleged abuse of subpoena power on the part of Emilio J. …

Another member of Taos County heroin drug ring pleads guilty

A seventh defendant charged in connection to a heroin trafficking and money laundering operation in Taos County has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Albuquerque. According to a news …

Taos shooting victim dies; suspect arraigned

Brandon Lopez, a Ranchos de Taos man suspected in a Feb. 3 shooting that fatally wounded a 23-year-old Taos mother, was arraigned in Taos County Magistrate Court Feb. 7. Judge Jeff Shannon …
Lifestyles

Tips for a lifestyle of wellness: Do better, be better and feel better

The human body is of immaculate design. The miracles of its functions are amazing. We should recognize that in its beautiful system, the human body was not intended to break down in the middle of …
Tips to Grow Younger

Beware; I almost got scammed – twice

‘Oh, yeah … the grandparent scheme,” the FBI agent said to me when I called to report that I almost fell for a scam for more than $3,000 – in cash! I’m smarter than …

Health care briefs: Positive metrics for youth; dental health in the spotlight

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) said it has seen improved health outcomes in key areas for New Mexico’s youth, including reduced rates of obesity, pregnancy, smoking and others. Two …

El Prado has a ‘new’ CrossFit gym

Married couple Emily Murphy-Darling and Ben Nichols have quietly opened a new CrossFit gym in El Prado. Well, it’s new in a few ways. Darling’s sister is Rachel Singer, who operated …

Summit stress one mountain at a time by inviting nature in

It’s toasty warm inside my car when I pull over on the side of the icy road and kill the engine. My dog is whimpering with excitement as she looks out at the fields of snow. She wants to run …

Tree Talk: We want your feedback on presence of Siberian elm in Taos

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) was originally introduced to New Mexico under the name “Chinese elm” beginning in the early 1900s. Much to our confusion, the original name has more commonly …
Success stories

Success Story: Taos Community Foundation - A junction for people, resources, and ideas

Taos County is home to more than 200 nonprofit organizations that strive to fill innumerable unmet needs in this community. Deciding which nonprofit or cause to support can be a daunting task for an individual, business or family wanting to …

Río Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program: Return to a good and healthy life

For nearly four decades, Río Grande Alcoholism Treatment Program has been the first stop on the way to recovery for Norteños struggling with addictions to alcohol and/or drugs. However, ask most Taoseños about Río Grande ATP, and you will get a …

Success Story: Wanda Lucero, Insurance Agent: Helping others through business

For Wanda Lucero, there’s no separation among her life, her business andher community. For 34 years, the Taos native has been in the insurance industry and, for the last 15 years, it’s been her name on the door. While building a successful …

Graystone Furniture: Unique and One-of-a-Kind

“In 2008 I hired John Vidaurre as the first full-time employee at Graystone Furniture & the sofa gallery. Although we opened in 2002, it was when John joined me that Graystone Furniture became a full-service furniture store. We bought a delivery …

Success Story: Wayne Rutherford General Contractor, Inc. Over 40 years of craftsmanship and project management

Award-winning builder Wayne Rutherford has been creating timeless home and business environments for over 40 years. His responsive design, traditional and contemporary craftsmanship, attention to detail, and project management are well regarded …

Success Story - Community Against Violence: Together We Create A Safer Community

During the daylong Community Against Violence (CAV) Radiothon in October, 400 people from Taos took the mic and called in on air to tell their community about what had happened to them — and how CAV made a difference in their lives. Highlighting …
Solutions

Rural economies get high on legal cannabis

In Trinidad, Colorado, revenue from eight recreational cannabis shops is paving streets and helping refurbish downtown apartments. Across the state in De Beque, nearly a quarter of the town’s general fund comes from marijuana sales tax. In Log …

The Taos News to host community forum Nov. 16 on education, jobs

The Taos News will host  “Small Towns, Big Change,” Nov. 16 — a community conversation about education and economics in Taos.  Since April, The Taos News has partnered with the Solutions Journalism Network — an independent …

How one tiny high school hacked Advanced Placement classes

If you ask Colby Simpson, one of 35 seniors at Paonia High School, how many advanced placement (AP) classes he’s taken, he has to shuffle through a long mental list. He definitely took AP biology, and is taking AP calculus and physics, but did he …

Native families get a head start with home visits

In the new trailer on Rotten Tree Road at Taos Pueblo, the floor underneath the long kitchen table is still unscuffed. New couches frame the living room. What would be the dining room is filled — like a lot of actual dining rooms — with kids’ …

One small New Mexico college tackles the growing digital divide

Completing homework assignments is tougher for Aaliyah Juanico, 14, than it is for other kids at Farmington High School. Unlike 90 percent of her peers, Juanico doesn’t have an internet connection at home. Juanico can access the internet on her …

Feeding the masses in small-town America

New business models bring food to towns too small for big box stores Ten years ago, plagued by equipment failures and increasingly sluggish sales, the only grocery store in tiny Walsh, Colorado, closed its doors. But the town’s 600 residents, …
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