Monday lowdown

Meetings this week: Second Amendment sanctuary, hospital's future, health security act

Posted 2/17/19

Monday (Feb. 18): Presidents Day – most government offices are closed.

Tuesday (Feb. 19): 

Taos County Commission 

Taos Tree Board meets

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Monday lowdown

Meetings this week: Second Amendment sanctuary, hospital's future, health security act

Posted

Monday (Feb. 18): Presidents Day – most government offices are closed.

• Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe will hold an "open discussion" about gun rights versus gun legislation at 4 p.m. the Taos  County Democratic Party Headquarters, on the corner of Cruz Alta and Paseo del Pueblo Sur. 

Tuesday (Feb. 19):  It's a busy, busy Tuesday!

• Holy Cross Hospital is hosting two community focus groups to help the regional hospital with strategic planning. The Tuesday meeting is 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross board room. 

• Taos County Commission  regular meeting at 9 a.m. 

As state lawmakers consider gun control legislation, Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe is asking commissioners to approve a resolution supporting Taos County as a Second Amendment "sanctuary county".  The proposed resolution lays out recent court cases upholding the right to bear firearms and, as written, would uphold the sheriff's ability "to not enforce any unconstitutional  firearms law against any citizen."

Commissioners will discuss and possibly vote on a resolution supporting the New Mexico Health Security Act (Senate Bill 279 and House Bill 295). The bills establish a state public health care plan  that anyone could buy into, bypassing private health insurance.  

The commission also will consider a request from the Senior  Program  to increase funding for meals and kitchen equipment. 

• Town of Taos audit committee meets 4 p.m. in the administrative offices,  executive conference room, 400 Camino de la Placita.  The committee, made up of Doug Swinehart, Michelle Griego, Nathaniel Evans and Marietta Fambro, will hear an update of the annual audit of town finances.

• Taos Tree Board will discuss a community plan for taking care of hundreds of public trees in town, plus a Tree City USA application that is under review and plans for celebrating New Mexico Arbor Day on April 26. The board meets 5:30 p.m. at the town of Taos Council Chambers, 120 Civic Plaza Drive. The public is invited to bring their ideas for tree care.  Click here for the agenda. 

• Taos Entrepreneurial Network hosts a free meeting of innovative business thinkers and former Taos Mayor Bobby Duran at 5:30 p.m.  at Taos Valley Lodge, 615 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. 

Wednesday (Feb. 20)

• Holy Cross Hospital is hosting a community focus group to help the regional hospital with strategic planning. The public meeting is 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross board room. 

• Town of Taos Lodger's Tax advisory committee meets at 9:30 a.m., at 400 Camino de la Platcita Training Room, to hear reports from the finance and marketing departments. 

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