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People walk into the main entrance at Holy Cross Hospital on Wednesday (June 22). The Hospital has considered downsizing its operation to stay within budget.

Taos County and Holy Cross work to improve addiction treatment

Representatives from the Taos health and business community gathered at Holy Cross Hospital this week to provide feedback regarding what has worked and what can be improved as Holy Cross Hospital …

Taos Police blotter: Feb. 13-18

Feb. 131:21 a.m. Burglary residential, Paseo del Pueblo Norte – A caller said his window had been broken and his dog was missing. An officer later discovered the dog inside the home and suspected the caller was drunk.
The following selections are pieces of writing by Avis Vermilye, who chose to end her life by fasting, rather than succumb to Alzheimer’s.

Woman who chose death over dementia wrote of her unfolding end

Avis Vermilye chose to end her life by fasting, rather than succumb to Alzheirmer's. She died in December. This is a selection of her writing.
New Mexico Magistrate Courts will offer a "Safe Surrender" opportunity on Saturday (Feb. 16) for people with outstanding warrants in any magistrate court in the state.

Moriarty magistrate court offers 'safe surrender' opportunity on Saturday

The New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts will allow anyone with an outstanding magistrate court warrant on Saturday (Feb. 16) to appear voluntarily before a judge to have their warrant …
A man who was shot in the head Feb. 13 at his home on Gusdorf Place is in recovery while police look for the person who allegedly shot him.

Taos shooting victim in recovery

A Taos man is on the road to recovery as police continue their search for the still unidentified assailant who shot him in the head at his home on Gusdorf Place last week.
Attorneys are preparing for a trial later this year that will try Damian Herrera of Ojo Caliente for the murder of Michael Alan Kyte of Tres Piedras.

The Docket – week of Feb. 14

Attorneys are preparing for a trial later this year that will try Damian Herrera of Ojo Caliente for the murder of Michael Alan Kyte of Tres Piedras, one of five people Herrera allegedly killed...
Kate O'Neill phtographed at UNM's campus on Saturday (Aug. 19).

Kate O'Neill confirmed as head of New Mexico Higher Ed

Former UNM - Taos branch leader Kate O’Neill was confirmed as the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department Wednesday (Feb. 20).
ShutterstockProponents of House Joint Resolution 1, which would take up to another 1 percent, or about $150 million a year, from the $17 billion endowment to fund pre-K, say the money would give more of the state's young children a chance to develop social, emotional and motor skills.

House passes bill to draw more state funds for pre-K

Taos has a couple of early childhood centers that could benefit from the resolution if it now makes it past the Senate.
Several Taos County residents came forward to emphasize the importance of the ability to defend their homes in rural areas, with some citing first-hand accounts of break-ins that have occurred while they were inside their homes. Others argued that gun control bills introduced this year in the New Mexico House of Representatives will reduce gun violence without violating basic rights.

Taos County Commission postpones action on 'Second Amendment Sanctuary' resolution

County residents filled the Taos County Commission Chambers Tuesday morning (Feb. 19) to respond to a proposed "Second Amendment Sanctuary" resolution.
Luna Velar/ Courtesy photoFrom left: Taos Mayor Dan Barrone helps students D. Garcia and J. Medina plant a fruit tree in the Taos High School orchard in 2018. Tree plantings are among the goals of the volunteer Taos Tree Board, which has tallied close to 6,000 trees in Taos public spaces.
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Taking care of Taos trees helps community flourish

The tree board spent the last three years counting all the community's trees. They've drafted a plan detailing how the community can take care of Taos trees. The 29-page plan must still be presented to the town of Taos council for approval.
Steve Harris, left, of Far Flung Adventures and Toner Mitchell of Trout Unlimited construct a wire fence around a newly planted tree in order to protect it from beavers in this 2014 photo. Harris was honored at the Roundhouse Tuesday (Feb. 19) for his work in conservation along the Rio Grande.
‘Rivers are my mission’

Pilar conservationist, river guide Steve Harris honored at Roundhouse

If you spend enough time on the river, eventually something will shift and “a deep understanding, a deep commitment” begins to well in your being. That’s what happened for Steve …
Luna Velar/courtesy photo  Taos Mayor Dan Barrone, left, helps Taos High chool students D. Garcia and J. Medina plant trees for an orchard.

Taos Tree Board presents draft plan for taking care of 6,000 community trees

How many trees are in Taos parks, historic district and other public places in town? 6,000 of dozens of different species. Many are decades old, growing tall and strong through several generations of Taoseños. Some …

Questa newspaper celebrates first birthday at community celebration

Malaquias Rael speaks during the first birthday party for the Questa Del Rio Colorado News, a monthly newspaper serving the communities between Costilla and San Cristóbal. “It’s …
Kathy DeLucasDancer Dearing, co-owner of Taos Estate Sales, arranges a display of Central American art at the store in the Ranchos Plaza.

New estate sales store opens in Ranchos Plaza

The idea came to the three business partners who conducted three estate sales this past summer, beginning with the Rock House, or McCarthy house, across from the Taos Inn.
File photoAfter the Taos County Commission denied its application for a permit to build a Family Dollar store in Ranchos de Taos, the company seeking to build it appealed the decision in district court in late January.

Ranchos de Taos dollar store builder files appeal

The company behind a proposed Family Dollar store in Ranchos de Taos has filed an appeal in district court, seeking to overturn a decision by the Taos County …

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