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Lucy HerrmanA few staples in the pantry can be stretched a long way even for a family - with the addition of a little protein and creating soups or stews.

In the Kitchen: Eat and repeat

Most of us are cooking at home these days thanks to self-quarantine. And like everyone else who has been to the grocery store lately, I am having a hard time finding some of the foods I usually like to cook. Although grocery stores are scrambling to safely restock and replenish their shelves, these shortages are a reminder to get creative and not to waste a thing.
Morgan Timms/Taos NewsTaos financial adviser Billy Knight has weathered five major market crises during his 27 years in business. 'History shows that markets always recover,' he said. 'We will get through this.'
Covid-19

'Panic-selling right now is a really bad idea'

During his 27 years in business, financial adviser Billy Knight has weathered Black Monday [Oct. 19] in 1987, the invasion of Kuwait in 1990, the Asian financial crisis of 1997, the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2000 and the recession of 2008-09.
Police Blotter

Police Blotter March 26-29

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from March 26-29
Crime
Gloria Jaime Mandala, 68, has been found, but New Mexico State Police have not yet said whether she is alive or dead.

Missing El Prado woman found safe

New Mexico State Police issued a press release Saturday morning (March 28) stating that El Prado resident and local musician Gloria Jaime Mandala has been "located," but did not indicate whether the …
Gloria Jaime Mandala, 68, was reported missing out of El Prado in Taos County. She was last seen leaving her residence on Camino Don Benito around 5 p.m. on March 9.

El Prado woman reported missing

El Prado resident Gloria Jaime Mandala is missing and may be in danger, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police.
Sara Blankenhorn, an attorney for Community Against Violence and a research and writing associate for Natelson Law Firm in Taos, has been appointed as the new judge in Taos Magistrate Court.

Local attorney appointed as new Taos Magistrate Court judge

Taos attorney Sara Blankenhorn has been appointed as the new judge in Taos Magistrate Court, the Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham confirmed on Monday (March 16).
Politics
Representative Rod Montoya (R), Farmington

Republican lawmaker calls for a special session, soon

An open letter to Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham and House Speaker Brian Egolf.
New Mexico State Capital Building

GOP files lawsuit to block mail-in primary election

The state Republican Party filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the New Mexico Supreme Court that aims to block an effort by more than two dozen county clerks to conduct the June primary election by mail.The lawsuit contends a mail-in primary election offers no ballot security and could lead to voter fraud.
Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, testifies in a lawsuit involving New Mexico. Smith predicted recently that the state's revenues could fall up to $2 billion shy of projections.

Revenue hit to N.M. coffers could be up to $2B

A key New Mexico lawmaker on budgetary matters said state revenue could fall short of projections by $1.5 billion to $2 billion amid the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices - a bigger hole than legislators anticipated just two weeks ago.
Environment
File photoOver 60 people put on their work boots and gloves and cleared dirt and debris from the Francisco Martinez ditch in Talpa in a prior year.
Covid-19

A virus challenges annual ditch cleanings

For hundreds of years, Taoseños have embraced the annual tradition of cleaning the acequias for the spring. The runoff from melting winter snowpacks in the mountains brings the water needed to grow countless crops across the county, which people use to feed both themselves and the community. This year, concerns and mandates over the COVID-19 pandemic could hinder that process and change the tradition for the time being.
Sandhill crane is one of the migratory birds that visits the Bosque del Apache in New Mexico each year. Changes are proposed to the state's Migratory Game Bird act.
Environment

Call in public meeting tonight regarding Migratory Game Bird rule changes

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH …
The Carson National Forest office in Taos is providing services via online and will be closing developed recreation areas this week due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Forest Service closing developed campgrounds

New Mexico's five national forests including the Carson National Forest, will begin closing developed recreation sites as early as Monday (March 23), to align with state and local steps already taken to contain the outbreak of the COVID-19 illness.
Business
Nurses prepare for an influx of patients and gusts inside a screening tent at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico
Covid-19

Rural hospitals feel pinch with fewer patients

As the state braces for a potential COVID-19 medical crisis, New Mexico's rural hospitals have taken a severe financial blow and are worried about their futures under federal guidelines and a state order to forgo elective medical treatments, a primary source of their revenue.Most of New Mexico's hospitals already were suspending elective treatments with the aim of creating more bed space in intensive care units and shifting personnel to emergency teams to battle the pandemic.
Taos Ski Valley
Covid-19

Taos Ski Valley discourages tourists

Taos Ski Valley Mayor Christof Brownell is discouraging visitors from coming to the village of Taos Ski Valley to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In an executive order signed Friday (March 27), the village is asking visitors not to enter the valley until the end of the emergency. In addition, Brownell has ordered all nonmedical businesses to close for the time being.
MVD courtesy photo Penalties and fees for late renewal of vehicle registrations and driver's licenses have been waived during closure of MVD field offices. You can still take care of most renewals online at mvdonline.com.

Biz Briefs

MVD to waive late fees Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an order Monday (March 30) waiving most late fees and other penalties assessed by the Motor Vehicle Division since March 11, when she first …

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