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Morgan Timms/Taos NewsPedestrians stroll through John Dunn Shops Wednesday (July 1.) In an amendment to the existing COVID-19 emergency order, Taos councilors required all those within town limits to wear a mask on public property.

Taos officials: Wear a mask or face a fine

In a special town council meeting Tuesday (June 29), councilors unanimously passed an amendment to the existing emergency order surrounding the coronavirus pandemic requiring all those in the town limits on public property to wear a mask in public or face a petty misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $500. The order took effect immediately.
Rudolfo Anaya

Rudolfo Anaya, Chicano literary pioneer, dies

Author revered as Chicano literary pioneerPublication date: 7/1/2020 Page: 1 Section: BEdition: Byline: Phill Casaus and Jennifer Levin …
Jesse Moya/The Taos NewsGlass recycling is no longer available at the Taos Recycling Center. The Taos Regional Landfill Board is working on solutions to keep the center open.

Taos Regional Landfill Board to consider rate increase, recycling fee for county

The Taos Regional Landfill Board will meet July 16 to discuss the future of recycling.Members of the board were given the results of an analytical survey done by Souder …
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham recently granted clemency to 19 individuals.

Lujan Grisham pardons 19 in first clemency act

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday pardoned 19 people convicted of crimes in the state, the first time she has granted clemency during her administration.Most of the people on the list had been …
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe.
Legislature 2020 Special Session

Policing measure passes; special session closes

Amid calls for increased scrutiny of law enforcement, the House of Representatives voted 44-26 on Monday (June 22) to approve a measure that would require all …
Senator Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, introduced a bill requiring law enforcement officers to wear body cameras during the recent special session. The bill passed and has gone to the governor for consideration.

N.M. lawmakers approve bill requiring law enforcement to wear body cameras

Law enforcement officers across New Mexico will be required to wear body cameras while on duty if Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs a bill that passed the state House of Representatives 44-26 Monday afternoon.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham vetoed some items in a revised state budget passed by lawmakers in a recent special session.
Legislature 2020 Special Session

N.M. governor signs revised budget, vetoes items

Governors don’t usually sign a budget twice in one year. But this is no normal year. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gave her blessing to New Mexico’s revised budget legislation Tuesday (June 30), but she also used her veto power to cancel some of the cuts lawmakers approved during the special session.
Members of the town of Taos Council passed an amendment to the town's emergency order making masks mandatory in the town of Taos.

Taos council makes masks mandatory

Face coverings are now mandatory in the town of Taos.  In a special town council meeting, councilors unanimously passed an amendment to the existing emergency order surrounding the …
State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, wears a face shield while chatting with Rep. Linda Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, on the House floor during the recent special session. Trujillo co-sponsored a bill signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that changes election rules pertaining to absentee ballots.

N.M. governor signs voting, civil rights bills

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed three pieces of legislation from the special session into law Friday, including bills aimed at streamlining voting during the novel coronavirus pandemic, creating a …
Lloyd Archuleta helps his four brothers gather hay bales with his grandkids, 10-year-old Kelly Jackson and 16-year-old Hunter Jackson, on Tuesday (June 23.) Though the Jacksons live in Albuquerque, they have spent every summer since they can remember helping out on the family's Des Montes ranch. "Whenever they need our help, we got this," said Kelly, who one day hopes to run a ranch of her own in Taos.

Severe drought adds to county woes

As if a pandemic and recession aren't enough to deal with, the rest of 2020 looks parched for Northern New Mexico.According to the June 18 update of the United …
Wendy Meyer of Taos detangles fishing line and hooks from the Glen Woody Bridge as Chrissy Glander of Taos helps stabilize the boat Sunday (June 14) during a trash-collecting trip along the Río Grande.

Boaters clear glut of trash from Río Grande

"There's a shoe," said Chrissy Glander, pulling a soggy sneaker from the river weeds a few miles south of Pilar on Sunday (June 14). She held it up for the other …
Jesse Moya/Taos NewsArchitect Doug Eichelberger came up with a design for a wall stuffed with plastic materials. The walls take nearly 24 bags of compressed plastic and use the waste as filler.
Finding Solutions

Taos nonprofit puts plastic to good use in Questa

A group in Taos is looking for a solution to the world's plastic dilemma.Members of Taos Initiative for Life Together (TiLT) have banded together to help repurpose old …
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
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.

Economic development course goes online

Rather than cancel the annual New Mexico Economic Development Course in the face of COVID-19, organizers are taking the "Basic Course," as it's known, online in 2020.
Courtesy photoZoom became a way to hold business meetings, classes and even a virtual political campaign forum like this one in Taos for the recent District 3 County Commission primary race. But Zoom has become a target, too, for hackers.

How to avoid being a Zoom bomb victim

With the coronavirus outbreak forcing many people to work from home, taking computer security measures to protect both themselves and their company has grown even more important.

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