Monday Lowdown

Meetings this week: Science of elections, firearms transfer protection, Taos housing projects

Posted 3/3/19

Taos County Democrats host a talk; regularly scheduled meetings across the county include: Taos County Commission, Questa Independent School District, Planning and Zoning Commission; and the Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly Mix and Meet.

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Monday Lowdown

Meetings this week: Science of elections, firearms transfer protection, Taos housing projects


MONDAY (March 4):
The Taos County Democrats are hosting a talk on "The Science of Elections" by Lonna Atkeson, a University of New Mexico political science professor.  She is director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy and an internationally recognized expert on elections. 

The talk is at 5:30 p.m. at the Decmoratic Party headquarters on corner of Cruz Alta and Paseo del Pueblo Sur.  She'll be asked eight "dream questions" by organizers, plus questions from the audience. The event is free and open to all. 

TUESDAY (March 5):
Taos County Commission meets at 9 a.m. Among the items on the agenda, the commission will:
– for a second time consider a resolution  requested by Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe to oppose "softer sentencing requirements and legislation that would impose regulations" that are stricter than federal law "on all private firearms transfers."  The resolution is similar to the Second Amendment Sanctuary County resolutions passed by more than a dozen New Mexico counties at the requests of their sheriffs after several bills were introduced at the Roundhouse that would tighten firearm sales and transfers. Commissioners tabled Hogrefe's resolution two weeks ago and asked him to revise it. The resolution is no longer called  "second amendment sanctuary" and instead supports the right of individuals to sale and transfer firearms "without government interference" exceeding federal law.;
– consider a request from the town of Taos for funding to expand Taos Air service at the regional airport through the summer, though the agenda item doesn't note how much money the town is requesting;
– honor Mary Macareñas of Peñasco for 20 years service on the county's planning and zoning commission;
– Consider adopting  portions of Camino Tortuga, Camino Loma Azul and Avenida de Veronica in District 1 as county roads.

Questa Independent School District board meets at 6 p.m.  at the administrative office boardroom.  The board will discuss staff resignation, security cameras in the gym, SBA testing and student parking among other issues. 

Village of Angel Fire council is hosting a town hall  from 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. at the village hall on Mountain View Boulevard.

Lower Des Montes Neighborhood Association annual meeting is happening at the Quail Ridge facility on State Road 150 Tuesday evening, beginning at 5 p.m. Planned discussion includes improvements but lingering issues at the State Road 230-Hondo Seco Road intersection (known locally as the crossroads).

WEDNESDAY (March 6): 
The town of Taos Planning and Zoning Commisision will consider a couple of requests pertaining to housing subdivisions and one for a light manufacturing zone.  Developers Alex Abeyta and Alexander Schoenfeld, representing El Llano Company, are asking for preliminary plat approval for 39 lot subdivision on 42 acres on the corner of Paseo del Cañon East and Weimer Road  near the Taos Youth and Family Center. 

Steve Crozier, representing Ochenta Housing,  will ask the commission to approve a special use permit to build an additional 4 housing units above the  72 units allowed under multi-family residential zoning at 120 Herdner Road. The permit would cover 5.1 acres for an affordable housing project Crozier is developing on land formerly owned by the county and then the town. 

Mark Yarovitz, owner of Cañon West, will ask the commission for a zone change to light manufacturing for 1.9 acres located on Paseo del Cañon West. 

The planning and zoning commission meets at 6 p.m. at the town council chambers, 120 Civic Plaza Drive.

THURSDAY (March 8):
Taos County Chamber of Commerce, mix and meet for members and prospective members, 5:30 p.m. - 7  p.m. at SOMOS. 


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