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Head coach Art Abreu Jr. speaks to his players over a microphone during a water break on the first day of summer workouts on Monday (June 15).
COVID-19

Taos athletic director suspends summer practices over accusations of 'protocol infractions'

Mae LaBella, the incoming athletic director at Taos High School, sent out a text to coaches on Saturday (July 4) letting them know that practices would be halted due to accusations that coaches weren't properly following the guidelines set forth by the New Mexico Activities Association.
Courtesy photoMichael Johnstone and George Medina standing in the lift line at Taos Ski Valley. The pair were close friends, business partners and founders of the Free Taos movement. Both died unexpectedly last week.

Friends remember Free Taos founders

George Medina and Michael Johnstone, two Taos County snowboarders who encouraged the Blake family to end an outmoded ban on the sport at Taos Ski Valley 13 years ago, passed away within a few days of each other last week.
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.
COVID-19

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.
Crime
Desiderio Garcia, 48, of El Prado is facing a charge of homicide by vehicle after he crashed into a tree while allegedly driving drunk on State Road 240 south of Taos on Sunday (June 28), killing 39-year-old Lisa Marie Day of Taos.

El Prado man charged with homicide in crash that killed Taos woman

An El Prado man was charged with homicide by vehicle after he crashed into a tree on Sunday (June 28) while driving on State Road 240 in Ranchos de Taos, killing a Taos woman who was riding with him.
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 …
Politics
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said the state was dangerously close to rolling back openings as COVID-19 cases rise.

Coronavirus cases surge in New Mexico

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham told the state Wednesday (July 1) New Mexico was dangerously close to rolling back openings amidst the COVID-19 crisis.  As New Mexico’s cases increased …
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 …
Environment
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.
Environment

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 …
Business
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.
Business

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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