Local news

Taos International charter revoked

Following a four month battle, the Taos International School will close after the New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Chris Ruszkowski late Friday (April 13) upheld a December decision to not renew the …

Traffic limited to one lane on parts of Paseo del Pueblo Sur

Be prepared for a slower commute on Paseo del Pueblo Sur this week. Crews are continuing to repair and improve sidewalks on both sides of the road. Orange cones take Paseo down to one lane both …

Deputies, police pick up fugitives near Sun God Lodge

Taos County Deputies arrested Gary Medina Jr. and Sonya Venegas in the area of the Sun God Lodge motel late Friday morning (April 13), adding two more names to growing list of fugitives the Taos …

Missing hunter’s body found in Pecos River

A body found Saturday in the Pecos River is that of an Albuquerque man who went missing while hunting in November, his family confirmed Monday (April 9).

Early voting begins in May

They are shaping up to be heated battles for positions on the Taos County commission and for Taos County Sheriff, plus lots is at stake in the upcoming June primary races for governor and other …

Vets help vets move careers forward

Vets are helping vets pursue college degrees and technical training through a program at the University of New Mexico-Taos. They are looking for more participants.

VA, tribe host Taos Pueblo claims event

On Saturday (April 14), the Veterans Administration and the Taos Pueblo Tribal Secretary will host an event focused on identifying and assisting veterans who may have presumptive disabilities …
Vecinos

Rebecca turns 100

More than 200 people passed through the doors of the Eagles Club in Taos Saturday (April 7) not to catch a game of bingo but to celebrate the centennial of …

Regional transit board elects new board members

At its monthly board meeting today, the board of directors of the North Central Regional Transit District elected three members to serve as officers for the district and welcomed two new board …

Sheriff’s office arrests Taos fugitive on multiple warrants

Taos County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 29-year-old Eduardo Rivera Wednesday morning (April 11) on several outstanding Taos County warrants. Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said his office had been …

Police blotter

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from April 4-9. April 4 11:19 a.m. Criminal damage, Kit Carson Road – The caller said that someone had wrecked into her …

To the ditch

Parciantes, hired workers and ditch officials meet early in the morning before heading out to clean the San Francisco de Padua Acequia Saturday (April 7) along Lower Ranchitos Road. Even though most …
Police reports

Inmates captured after escaping from Sandoval County Detention Center

Two inmates that escaped from the Sandoval County Adult Detention Center Friday night (May 5) have been captured.

Accused Costilla shooter released, turns over weapons

Andrew Bernard Mott, the man accused of assaulting an off-duty New Mexico State Police officer and his family in Costilla on March 11, has been released from the Taos County Adult Detention Center.Mott,

New Mexico gears up for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Residents throughout New Mexico are invited to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an initiative designed to reduce prescription drug-related deaths by collecting unused …

Lt. David Maggio appointed acting police chief

Lt. David Maggio, a 20-year veteran of the Taos Police Department, was named “acting police chief” immediately following Randall Parmer’s final day on the job yesterday, Friday …
Crime

Former Mr. New Mexico found guilty of 2014 murder

By Cody Hooks chooks@taosnews.com The Taos News Micola “Mick” Sopyn, a former bodybuilder once named Mr. New Mexico, was found guilty of second-degree murder and use of a firearm by a …

Police blotter March 22-27

The following is a condensed version of the Taos Police Department blotter from March 22-27. March 22 7:38 a.m. Battery, Martinez Lane – A mother said her son grabbed her and hurt her. She …
Lifestyles
Wonderful World of Native Plants

Spring parsley springs forth

Many of you have already noticed a small, ground-hugging plant with pale purplish striped flowers that is a harbinger of early spring throughout the state.

Herb of the Month: Storksbill, Filaree

Growing throughout New Mexico, and the world for that matter, storksbill is a member of the geranium family that was likely introduced by Spanish explorers to the Southwest.
The Bug Man

Spraying pesticides for cockroaches bad for ecosystem

Someone asked me if it was okay to have the perimeter of her house sprayed with pesticides for cockroach control.
Home and Garden

Spring cleaning: Refreshing your home and garden

With the lengthening of days, we begin to feel more energy.The pineal gland located at the base of the brain receives more light through the retina of our eyes, which signals the human …

Cook once, dine twice

While the winter in Taos has been a lot like spring this year, now spring is actually here.

Australia's Barossa Zone produces quality, unique wines from truly old vines

Australia. A land of stunning landscapes, futuristic architecture, boomerangs and didgeridoos, poisonous critters, English criminals and…Germans?
Success stories
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Success Story: Phoenix Mechanical

The day begins early at Phoenix Mechanical. Even before the sun is up, Bob Draper and his large crew of employees are busy preparing to help residential and commercial customers. “On an …
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Success Story: Wolfgang's Spa Works

Hot tubs were once marketed as ‘party things.’ While a hot tub can be used for entertainment, its health benefits of hydrotherapy are now more widely known. Which is why for many …
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Success Story: Enchanted Florist

This year marks Enchanted Florist’s 25th year in business in Taos. The local, independent and family-owned business is run by Marjorie and Robert Perry and their daughter Carly Reyes.
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Success Story: Hawk Mechanical

Hawk Mechanical balances an old-style business tradition with a keen awareness of what’s new in the world of plumbing, heating and cooling — and the expectations of its customers.
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Success Story: Francesca's

During the last 16 years, Francesca’s Clothing Boutique has established itself as the leading woman’s clothing boutique in Taos County, winning Best of Taos Annually.
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Success Story: DreamTree Project

For 17 years, DreamTree Project has provided a safe haven for homeless teens and young adults in northern New Mexico.
Solutions

Stuck at the bottom: Why New Mexico fails to thrive

For almost 30 years, New Mexico has maintained an iron grip on the bottom rung of key rankings.  

Early childhood education may be key to solving economic woes

Over the last two decades, New Mexico has turned its pockets inside out to keep old businesses from leaving and attract new ones to open their doors.
Special report

A shot in the dark

It had been months since he had pulled the trigger, but Abe Gordon still couldn't find the words. He would play back the shooting in his head. The argument on the roadway in El Llano. The …

Incarcerated by addiction

Addiction, in one form or another, has been a problem here in Northern New Mexico for generations. But as opioids have entered the lives of thousands of norteño families over the past two …
Special report

Taos detainees talk addiction

Stephen Bunker, 36 “I grew up on the streets pretty much,” said Stephen Bunker inside the jail's B pod. Bunker spent his first years along the southern coast of Florida. His parents …
Special report

Treating an epidemic

At the end of June, Abe Gordon walked out of the summer heat and into the Taos County Adult Detention Center, where his clients were starting to emerge from their cells. The women's pod was his …
Stock report