Local news
Fires burning in the Southwest as of Saturday morning (June 22).

Fire watch: New fire reported near El Rito

A fire from unknown causes was reported Friday afternoon (June 21) burning about 7 mies northwest of El Rito on the Carson National Forest. The Potrero fire has burned about 12 acres in a forested …
Orange barrels and broken concrete mark the site where a tree fell in front of Taos Ale House Tuesday night (June 18).

Taos Police blotter

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from June 12-17. June 12 9:38 a.m. Battery, Randall Lane – A caller said a woman attacked her daughter. 10:36 a.m. Welfare …
Heidi Wahl, a recovered addict with 13 years of experience in the behavioral health field, spoke to a packed audience at UNM Taos' Bataan Hall Thursday (June 20) for the Taos Substance Misuse Summit. Wahl was among several speakers who discussed the various ways addiction can find its way into a person's life, and how that disease can be overcome.

Taos Substance Misuse Summit discusses addiction science, social impacts

The Taos Substance Misuse Summit drew a large audience of behavioral health professionals and county residents to UNM-Taos' Bataan Hall on Thursday (June 20) for an engaging discussion about the …
Crime
Dominic Arguello, 32, was arraigned on Thursday (June 13) for second-degree murder and tampering with evidence charges connected to the May 23 death of his younger brother, Peñasco resident Shane Arguello, 30.

Chamisal man indicted in brother’s death

A 32-year-old man from Chamisal was arraigned this week on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence related to the death of his younger brother, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound …
Damian Herrera at a hearing in Taos District Court in 2018. A first-degree murder case filed against Herrera for the 2017 killing of Michael Alan Kyte of Tres Piedras continues to stall, most recently because of a competency evaluation Herrera still has to complete.

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. Trials No trials were scheduled for the …
June 6 10:22 a.m. Welfare check, Kit Carson Park – A caller said there were four men at the park who appeared to be "shotgunning" beers in the parking lot and throwing the beer cans on the ground.

Taos Police blotter

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from June 5-10. June 5 6:30 a.m. Psychiatric behavioral, Paseo del Pueblo Sur – A caller said her husband had been up all night …
Politics
New MexiCann is one of two medical marijuana dispensaries in Taos. On Thursday (June 6,) the New Mexico Department of Health expanded the list of maladies that may be treated by medical cannabis.

Taos dispensary manager talks the future of medical cannabis

The recent expansion of medical conditions that can qualify state residents for a cannabis prescription and the increase of plants dispensaries can legally grow – from 450 to 2,500 – have …
The New Mexico Department of Health this month expanded the list of maladies that may be treated with prescription cannabis to include Alzheimer's Disease, opioid use disorder, Friedreich’s Ataxia, Lewy Body Disease and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

New Mexico expands list of maladies treatable with medical cannabis

New Mexicans suffering from Alzheimer's disease, opioid use disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder and three other qualifying conditions approved this month by the state may now turn to medical cannabis …
Robert Apodaca, a Democrat who grew up in Arroyo Seco, has entered the packed race for the New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District.

Apodaca joins race for 3rd Congressional District

A Northern New Mexico native who was raised in Arroyo Seco and runs an Albuquerque consulting firm has entered the packed race for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. “A lot of …
Environment
Courtesy Carson National ForestFirefighters get a daily briefing on the Gurule fire, burning 10 miles from El Rito, on Wednesday (June 19).

Carson puts El Rito wildfire to work in forest thinning

After a strike of lightning started the modest Gurule fire earlier this month, the Carson National Forest planned to use the opportunity to go ahead and clean out a …
The Gurule Fire is burning about 10 miles northwest of the community of El Rito. Rains dampened plans to use the small fire for a larger-scale forest health project.

Firefighters called to blaze near El Rito, then rain sent them away

After a strike of lightning started the modest Gurule Fire earlier this month, the Carson National Forest planned to use the opportunity to go ahead and clean out a section of the forest around El …

Public comment sought on Taos Canyon forest project

Sandwiched between Taos Pueblo and U.S 64 in the narrow Taos Canyon is a swath of dense forest. Carson National Forest managers are proposing a couple of ways to reduce the fire risks on 9,709 acres …
Business
Courtesy photoSusan Cady, executive director of the Taos County Chamber of Commerce

State of the chamber

At the June Mix & Meet earlier this month the chairman of the board of directors, Paul Sands, reported on the state of the chamber. The Taos County Chamber of Commerce is strong and growing.This …

'Once in a lifetime' Costilla area reunion planned

Residents and former residents of the the communities of Costilla, Amalia and other surrounding New Mexico communities (Poleo, Zacate Blanco, El Llano, Ventero, New Mexico, and Garcia and Jaroso, …
Courtesy photoTaos Bakes will be the new name of the local Taos Mountain Energy Bars. The rebranding of the company is an attempt to venture out of the outdoor enthusiast market and into more of the health snack market.

New wrapper, same great bar

Taos Bakes landed on shelves recently, a repackaging of what used to be called Taos Mountain Energy Bars. The name change is an attempt from the company that makes Taos …

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