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Members of the Fiestas de Taos 2018 Royal Court make their last public appearance at the Taos Retirement Village Wednesday (July 17).

Fiestas fun at the Taos Retirement Village

The 2018 Taos Fiesta La Reina Alicia Marie Romero and her Princesas Jazmine Medrano and Angelica Gonzales enjoyed their last public appearance before the new queen and her court were introduced …
A Taoseño, who wished to remain anonymous, has been in recovery from alcohol use disorder for four and a half years. He has been attending Our Lady of Guadalupe Church since first moving to Taos about five years ago. "I was brought up Catholic and got away from it during my drinking days," he said. "So coming to church feels like I’m back home." Taos County residents suffering from addiction have faced dwindling resources since the 2015 closure of Taos County's last social detox facility. The nine-bed detox center was run by Tri-County Community Services, a large behavioral health provider that folded entirely in August.

Politics threaten to delay Taos detox unit

A 66-year-old Taos man entered an empty, all but silent Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Taos on Tuesday (July 16). Agreeing to be interviewed on the condition of anonymity under the pseudonym, …
Courtesy photoVolunteers work on a road to the 50 acres near Carson, New Mexico, where a nonprofit organization is building greenhouses and off-grid homes for veterans.

Building off-grid homes to help veterans

Today (July 18) will mark the grand realization of a dream to help veterans into housing and give hope to those who need an extra hand.U.S. Army veteran Ryan …
Crime
Late-afternoon shadows are cast over the adobe walls of the Immaculate Heart of Mary church, the center of the former seminary where dozens of high school and college-aged students trained to become priests in the 1960s and 70s. Naranjo's is one of at least two lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging sexual abuse at the hands of a priest, widespread knowledge of the situation among church officials and negligence for facilitating it.

Sex abuse claims against archdiocese, clergy now under review

When the June 17 deadline to file sexual abuse claims against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe passed, 340 people had submitted paperwork to be part of the bankruptcy …
July 3 12:56 a.m. Stray animal, Orca Car wash – A horse was in the road by the car wash.

Police Blotter

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from July 3-8.July 312:56 a.m. Stray animal, Orca Car wash - A horse was in the road by the car wash.1:29 a.m. Disturbing the peace, Super …
A Taos man has been charged with two counts of battery in connection to a June 25 altercation on Bent Street, but a tribal member at Taos Pueblo, said to be the main aggressor in the attack, has still not been charged by tribal authorities.

Taos man charged for Bent Street fight

Taos Police have charged a Taos man with two counts of battery in connection to a June 25 altercation outside Lambert’s, but a Taos Pueblo tribal member – described as the “main …
Politics
New MexiCann is one of two medical marijuana dispensaries in Taos. On Thursday (June 6,) the New Mexico Department of Health expanded the list of maladies that may be treated by medical cannabis.

Taos dispensary manager talks the future of medical cannabis

The recent expansion of medical conditions that can qualify state residents for a cannabis prescription and the increase of plants dispensaries can legally grow – from 450 to 2,500 – have …
The New Mexico Department of Health this month expanded the list of maladies that may be treated with prescription cannabis to include Alzheimer's Disease, opioid use disorder, Friedreich’s Ataxia, Lewy Body Disease and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

New Mexico expands list of maladies treatable with medical cannabis

New Mexicans suffering from Alzheimer's disease, opioid use disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and three other qualifying conditions approved this month by the state may now turn to medical cannabis …
Robert Apodaca, a Democrat who grew up in Arroyo Seco, has entered the packed race for the New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

Apodaca joins race for 3rd Congressional District

A Northern New Mexico native who was raised in Arroyo Seco and runs an Albuquerque consulting firm has entered the packed race for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. “A lot of …
Environment
Karin Eberhardt/Taos NewsA moderately sized but deadly avalanche occurred at approximately 11:34 a.m. on January 17 in the K3 chute of Kachina Peak in Taos Ski Valley. Earlier this week, the Forest Service released a five-page report about the incident.

Unknown skier triggered deadly January avalanche

It was a skier who unintentionally triggered the avalanche in Taos Ski Valley in January that resulted in the deaths of two young men, according to a Forest Service …
Courtesy Carson National Forest The Francisquito Fire was detected Saturday (July 13) and is “creeping with low to moderate fire behavior,” according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Environmental news, in brief

Calling Native leaders’ thoughts on climate change — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) is part of a group of senators seeking input from American Indian community leaders about the impacts of …
Photo courtesy Carson National ForestThe Carson National Forest was selected to hunt down the tree that will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol in December. Bernie Ross, forester from the Tres Piedras Ranger District, shows Jim Kaufmann, director of the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum, the area around the Questa Ranger District where the "People's Tree" was chosen.

In search for Capitol Christmas tree, Questa blue spruce pick of the litter

When the Carson National Forest got word that the U.S. Christmas tree for 2019 would come from the forest around Questa, the news kicked off a search for the perfect …
Business

Chamber of Commerce News: Thinking of heading out on your own?

Starting a business is a multifaceted series of tasks, challenges and opportunities. Many organizations are available to assist businesses during development and startup. From mentors to checklists …
Taos News file photoAngelo McHorse empties wild rose petals into a paper bag with help from his wife, Jacquelene McHorse, and 1-year-old daughter, Judy McHorse, in 2018 during a day of wild harvesting at Taos Pueblo. The family owns and operates Bison Star Naturals. Angelo McHorse has been named to Native Business magazine's list of top 50 entrepreneurs.

Business in Brief

Angelo McHorse, co-founder of Bison Star Naturals at Taos Pueblo, has been named one of Native Business magazine's Top 50 entrepreneurs. The list "serves to elevate awareness of the innovation, …
Nick Jebsen/The Taos NewsRight, Akai Longo prepares a bonbon display at Chokala in Taos. In background, left, co-owner Javier Abad works with fellow chocolatier Michael Oskarsson on Tuesday (July 9).

Chokola wins big at international chocolate awards

The first thing one is likely to notice passing through the vicinity of the Chokola storefront in the morning on Juan Largo Lane in downtown Taos is the smell of roasting …

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