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Taos New Sneak Peek – December 13

Clockwise: Victor Oleynik, Jason Rezaian, Arbana Xharra, Nikahang Kowsar

Imprisoned, threatened, harmed

Arbana Xharra, an investigative reporter and editor from Kosovo, has much experience covering both government corruption and religious extremism. Both topics have provoked anger and controversy.But, …
Laura Johns, health care service director with Molina Medical Clinic receives a flu shot.
Public Service Announcement

Taos Shared Table offers free flu shot clinics

Taos Shared Table will be hosting a free seasonal flu shot clinic at two different locations in Taos Wednesday (Dec. 12). From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the El Pueblito United Methodist Church, …
Crime
Prosecutors indicated they may soon file terrorism and kidnapping charges in a federal case filed against five adults arrested at the compound just north of Amalia in Taos County this summer.

The Docket – December 6

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.

Police Blotter: Nov. 28 – Dec. 4

Nov. 28, Criminal damage, Burch Street - Someone had egged the caller's car twice before, and they wanted to report that it happened again.
John Rael (center) was granted a conditional discharge Tuesday (Dec. 4) via a plea agreement reached with the state for a 2016 case that charged him with raping a 14-year-old Questa girl.

Former Questa coach granted conditional discharge in alleged rape of teen

A former coach with the Questa School District was granted a conditional discharge on Tuesday (Dec. 4) after pleading no contest to two counts in an eight-count indictment that charged him with the …
Politics
Politics

Expensive campaign season

The New Mexico governor's office does not come cheap. Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham's campaign spent more than $9.5 million on her successful bid for the state's highest office, …
Members of the Questa Independent Schools Board of Education in a 2017 file photo.

Your Monday low-down

El Prado hardware store up for a vote (Tuesday morning) – The commission is going to pick up where it left off last week with a public hearing about a proposed El Prado hardware store, which …
Luis Sánchez Saturno/New Mexican file photoGov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham addresses the crowd at her election night victory celebration at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town in early November.

Lujan Grisham inherits budget surplus and liabilities

Michelle Lujan Grisham calls herself lucky. But talking to the governor-elect in the days after an overwhelming victory, you get the sense luck might not be the …
Environment
Aubrey Dunn, Heather Riley and Robert Balch discuss during Tuesday's Oil Conservation Commission meeting the order approving Hilcorp Energy Co.'s request to double well density in the San Juan Basin. The order allows oil and gas outfits to double the number of wells in operation, either by boring new holes or accessing the Blanco-Mesaverde gas pool through existing ones.

Dunn fails to flip vote on wells

At a tense meeting Tuesday afternoon, the three-member state Oil Conservation Commission gave formal approval to an order allowing Texas-based Hilcorp Energy Co. to increase the density of natural …
Courtesy photoRita Daniels, a Climate Change Corp student at New Mexico Highlands University, surveys for bighorn sheep. She's one of several locals who are training to be leaders in the face of climate change. Daniels formerly worked as a journalist in Taos.

Facing down climate change, UNM-Taos students tackle 'the biggest thing on planet Earth'

When Adrianna Marquez thinks about climate change, she thinks about her two little boys."It's happening and it's unfair for anyone to ignore the facts," said Marquez, …
Courtesy Los Alamos National LaboratoryOfficials logged 69 instances of noncompliance with the federal permit that allows the facility to store, manage and treat hazardous waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the most recent fiscal year, which ended June 30. The lab had 25 violations the prior year.
Environment

LANL self-reported violations up nearly three-fold

During Los Alamos National Laboratory's most recent fiscal year, officials logged 69 instances of noncompliance with the federal permit that allows the facility to store, manage and treat hazardous waste...
Business
A Pojoaque Family Dollar store.

County commissioners turn down Ranchos dollar store

In a marathon meeting of the Taos County Commission Monday (Dec. 10), the five elected officials unanimously voted to deny a permit application to build a Family Dollar store in Ranchos de …
Illustration by Living Designs Group, courtesy Taos County Planning DepartmentDuring its Tuesday (Dec. 4) meeting, the Taos County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a major use development application for an Ace Hardware store, nursery and cafe on State Road 150.

County OKs Ace Hardware store, cafe on State Road 150

The Taos County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday (Dec. 4) unanimously approved an application for a hardware store and other retail space on about 7 …
Taos downtown district

MainStreet announces first project

Taos MainStreet is ready to start its work in revitalizing Taos’ downtown district. For the first project, the group will light the pathways of downtown with luminarias...

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