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Courtesy Angel Fire Ski ResortThis year marks the final World Championship Shovel Races at Angel Fire Ski Resort, which launches its new Winter Carnival starting next Thursday (Jan. 30). The festival runs through Sunday (Feb. 1).

Angel Fire hosts final World Championship Shovel Races

Out with the old and in with the new. Angel Fire Resort is saying farewell to the coveted shovel races and is looking forward to its new tradition of a winter carnival.
Taos youth will be able to get some hands on experience with a number of science demonstrations during Friday’s Explora at the Taos Youth and Family Center

Explora holds Taos science event

The town of Taos is teaming up with Explora the Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque to bring some science and fun to the Taos Youth and Family Center.  With Taos County …
Morgan Timms/Taos NewsOne of two new water drill sites that drew controversy in 2019 over suspicions that deep aquifers being drilled in the El Prado Water District might release contaminants into the local water system. Despite protests, the projects, both part of the Abeyta Water Rights Settlement, are moving forward in 2020.

El Prado water projects to advance in 2020

The decade began with the signing into federal law of the Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Act in 2010. And at the end of the 2010s, two of 11 wells allowed under its provisions have been drilled and are viable.
Crime
Courtesy photoA trial scheduled for this month to try brothers Roger Gage (left) and John Powell for the 2018 slayings of three people at a home near Dixon has been delayed.

Brothers' triple-murder trials postponed again

Trials for two brothers accused in the execution-style shootings of a woman and two men in a home near Dixon in 2018 -- scheduled to take place next week -- were postponed Tuesday (Jan. 7) for the third time after a judge agreed to allow prosecutors to amend the charges.
Jesse Moya/Taos NewsGregg Steele and his attorneys are discussing a potential deal with the 8th Judicial District Attorney's Office in a case filed for the murder of Patrick Larkin. The state may drop two charges in a separate case if Steele agrees to reveal evidence he concealed following the fatal shooting.

Larkin murder weapon still missing

A local tree trimmer accused of shooting and killing World Cup Café owner Patrick Larkin in Llano Quemado last summer may see some of his charges dropped in exchange for revealing evidence he may have concealed following the alleged crime.

Police blotter, Jan. 8 -13

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Jan. 8-13.
Politics
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham delivers the State of the State address during the 54th legislative session on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

GOP: Governor's address was 'love fest' with no love for oil and gas

Republicans in the state House and Senate had a common criticism of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's address to the Legislature on Tuesday: She didn't give credit where credit is due.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivers her State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.

Governor touts efforts to boost education, economy in 2020 State of the State

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham stressed the need for New Mexico to continue investing in education and economic development in her annual State of the State address Tuesday, and urged lawmakers to approve marquee legislation such as the legalization of recreational cannabis.
File photo, Tuesday, January 15, 2019: Governor Michell Lujan Grisham delivers the State of the State address during the first day of the 54th New Mexico legislative session.

Governor, staff gear up for State of the State address

On the roughly eight-hour flight from Chicago to Dublin, Ireland, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's speechwriter and top communications staffer started a draft of what will be her second annual address to the Legislature.
Environment
New Mexican file photoA plutonium chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1995 shows a 'puck' of plutonium refined from a nuclear weapon pit. The National Nuclear Security Administration announced plans to move ahead recently with production of 30 plutonium pits a year, used in weapons, without a complete environmental analysis. Critics say that violates a 1998 court order.

Feds plan to forgo full environmental study on plutonium pits

The National Nuclear Security Administration's plans to forge ahead with producing plutonium cores for weapons without first conducting a comprehensive environmental review is drawing fire from watchdogs who say the agency is violating a 1998 court ruling.
Taos woke up to several inches of snow Friday (Jan. 17) causing a number of closures and delays around town.

Taos weather closures

As snow fell Thursday evening (Jan. 16), Taos Municipal Schools  announced Friday's classes will be delayed two hours. Taos Charter School will be closed Friday. Taos County, town of Taos, Taos Magistrate and Eighth Judicial District Court all announced a two hour delay for Friday.
Courtesy photoAn aerial photograph of Area G taken in 2004 by the Los Alamos Study Group shows the expanse of a waste pit dug at the site. Drums of nuclear waste are stored inside the white tents at the edge of the frame. The state is looking to modify a waste cleanup agreement inked with the federal government in 2016 under Gov. Susana Martinez's administration. The lab's waste sites sit above aquifers and in canyons that feed into the Río Grande.

LANL waste cleanup agreement criticized

LOS ALAMOS - While some people coolly suggested a list of procedural changes, others vented Thursday (Jan. 9) about a waste cleanup agreement they say cuts out the public and gives the U.S. Energy Department too much power to call the shots.
Business
Courtesy pPC solarRoughly 550 rooftop solar owners within the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative service area currently deliver about 3 megawatts of surplus power into the grid during peak sunshine hours, which makes up about 9 percent of the utility's capacity.

Kit Carson Electric CEO: Rooftop solar not paying its fair share

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative CEO Luis Reyes explained at a two-hour public briefing Friday (Dec. 10) why the utility's net-metering policy for rooftop solar array owners - "rooftoppers" - no longer works.

Learn search engine optimization tips to help Google find your business online

The Taos Chamber of Commerce and Taos Entrepreneurial Network will present a free lunch 'n' learn lecture, “SEO tips to help Google find your business online," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Chamber of Commerce conference room, 1139 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur. Lunch will be provided.
Courtesy photoChris Barone (top) and Mark Carroll have recently joined Berkshire Hathaway's Taos team of professional real estate brokers.

Business in Brief

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