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Courtesy photoStephen Lieurance at his home and farm in Talpa.

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR: Stephen Lieurance

Self-made man Stephen Lieurance learned much in his lifetime due to his own efforts and many interests. His work history began at age 13 and continued in an active, diverse path until his retirement in recent years.
Morgan Timms/Taos NewsTeens and adults who have supported Common Grounds were invited to sign the poster Wednesday (Nov. 6) at St. James Episcopal Church.

Teen group receives hefty donation toward building renovation

The nonprofit Common Grounds recently received a generous $50,000 donation toward renovating the former Children's Clinic on Cruz Alta Road that will become a café, store and gathering spot. Now the group hopes the community will match those funds with money or labor to help do the extensive work the building will need before it can officially open for use by Taos area youth ages 14-21.
Not Forgotten Outreach Executive Director and U.S. Army Veteran Don Peters II poses for a portrait Monday (Oct. 29, 2018) at the future site of Taos' new Veterans Memorial Park off Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos.

Alleged drug, alcohol violations investigated at NFO

Not Forgotten Outreach, a nonprofit in Taos that provides recreational and therapeutic services for local military veterans, is under investigation after a former employee accused its administrators of allowing drug and alcohol use at its properties.
Crime

The Docket

The following is a selected overview of recent case activity in or related to the Taos County court system. All dates and times are subject to change. For past coverage of these cases, refer to the …

Police blotter, Nov. 6 -11

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Nov. 6-11.
Public defender James Mamalis speaks to (from left) Christopher Shemayme, 24, Terance Quintana, 22, and Andrew Romero, 28. The three men were charged in an armed robbery at Pacheco's High Road Market in Peñasco on Tuesday (Nov. 12).

Peñasco robbery trio arraigned in Taos

Three men accused in an armed robbery of a Peñasco food market this week appeared for arraignments in Taos Magistrate Court on Thursday (Nov. 14). Terance Quintana, 22, who New Mexico State …
Politics
El Rito Campus of Northern New Mexico College. A question regarding a property tax to benefit the campus was inadvertently left off of the Nov. 5  ballots of two Taos County precincts.
Election 2019

Some Taos County ballots missing NNM College tax question

The fate of a ballot question the Taos County clerk failed to put on the ballot in two of the county's precincts is still up in the air.
katharine egli/Taos NewsTaos Land Trust Executive Director Kristina Ortez gives opening remarks during Taos Land Trust's 30th anniversary matanza in 2017.

Who will governor choose?

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham asked four counties for their pick to finish out the District 6 term of the late Sen. Carlos Cisneros, a longtime powerful lawmaker from northern Taos County. The governor has two names now and could end up with a third.
Taos Land Trust director Kristina Ortez, left, and Representative Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales have been selected by the counties in District 6 as candidates for the vacant senate seat.

Río Arriba County Commission chooses 'Bobby' Gonzales for Dist. 6 Senate seat

After a Thursday special meeting, the Río Arriba County Commission chose representative Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales as their choice for the New Mexico District 6 Senate seat. 
Environment
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative's 1-megawatt array at Eagle Nest Lake.

Kit Carson to build two new solar arrays with battery storage facilities

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has signed an agreement to have Torch Clean Energy of Boulder, Colorado, develop and build two new solar arrays, each with its own storage facility, which together will add 21 megawatts of solar capacity and 15 megawatts of storage capacity.
File photoNeedles strewn across forest floor at an illegal dumping site in Miranda Canyon.

Miranda Canyon open house overview

When: Thursday (Nov. 7), Noon to 8 p.m.WHere: Llano Quemado Community CenterWhat: The Miranda Canyon Commission invites community members to attend a community open house to learn more about the …
Amanda WheelockSammy Malavarca previewed the route ahead of a trek along an 80-mile portion of the Continental Divide Trail in New Mexico in October.

7 days, 80 miles: A walk along the Continental Divide Trail

Even though Amanda Wheelock spends her days working to complete and promote the Continental Divide Trail, there were still a few surprises for her when she set out earlier this month to hike more than 80 miles of the trail through the Carson National Forest.
Business

Because men deserve to scratch

Taos resident Kenton Pass recently launched the first product ever designed to allow men to scratch their itch - in his terms, "the perfect scrotum scratcher, the great gonad groomer."
Courtesy photoAddition of the new installations at Angel Fire and Taos mesa brings the total to almost 20 solar projects within Kit Carson's territory, including this 1 megawatt array at Eagle Nest Lake.

Business in Brief

The New Mexico Department of Economic Development awarded almost $1.69 million for November 2019 to fund training of 150 new employees at 11 New Mexico companies through its Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP). Trainees will earn an average of $25 per hour, with salaries ranging from $11.67 to $55 per hour.
Doug Cantwell/Taos NewsRomero completes the fill-up when the tank is 80% full. 'We always allow room for expansion,' he said.

Propane dealers: they're not all the same

Who would've thought propane prices in Taos would vary by more than 25 cents a gallon? Or that some vendors would make a concerted effort to win and keep your business, while others - not so much.

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