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74% of state teachers rated ‘effective’
Posted: May 05, 2015

Almost 74 percent of New Mexico’s 20,000 teachers were rated “effective” or better in the state’s latest evaluations, the Public Education Department said Monday.

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Getting Down to Business with Lettuce Grow Farms
Posted: May 05, 2015

Julie and Darren Shedko own and operate Lettuce Grow Farms and Educational Center in El Prado. Julie sat down with The Taos News to talk about the Hubb Project, a new endeavor to bring together food, neighbors and the economic power of cooperation.

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Cleanliness, staff earn Taos hospital high marks but communication found lacking
Updated: May 04, 2015 - 5:46 am

New federal ratings of hospitals across the country reveal patients at Holy Cross find the rooms clean and staff responsive but information lacking when it comes to medications or what to do once discharged.

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Taos electric co-op's solar meetings lead to compromise
Posted: May 04, 2015

The members and KCEC came to an agreement to set the solar banking/“true-up” period annually every April instead of monthly. Credits can be used at anytime, peak or not.

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Incoming archbishop faces criticism over abuse cases
Posted: May 04, 2015

When Salt Lake City Bishop John Wester takes over as the head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe this summer, he’ll inherit a flock haunted for decades by allegations of sexual abuse by priests.

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Colorado irrigation hits Rio Grande
Updated: May 03, 2015 - 9:30 am

In the rafting and kayaking community, the Taos Box section of the Río Grande Gorge has a reputation as one of the premier whitewater destinations in the region. It’s also known for incredibly inconsistent flows.

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Taos writers among New Mexico Press Women award winners
Updated: May 03, 2015 - 8:42 am

Several Taos writers were award winners in the New Mexico Press Women Communications contest.

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Mariachi El Tigre celebrates 34 years of cultural heritage
Posted: May 02, 2015

Performing with Mariachi El Tigre, the top-notch performance ensemble at Taos High School, is anything but a shoo-in. Students put in hours upon hours of practice to pass muster. But when they do, the sounds violins, trumpets, guitars, guitarróns and vihuelas show off not just musicianship, but well-earned pride.

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Judge nixes state agency’s rule for medical marijuana card
Posted: May 01, 2015

A judge has ruled that the New Mexico Department of Health cannot require medical marijuana patients to exhaust “standard treatments” before they receive cannabis for relief.

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Old County Courthouse to get $500K
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 6:19 am

By refinancing a loan on the Juan I. Gonzalez Agricultural Center, Taos County will free up about $500,000 to begin making the Old County Courthouse on the Plaza compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.

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‘Luz es Vida’ shines light on Questa
Posted: May 01, 2015

“I see this earth’s future setting before me,” said Claire Cote, one of the organizers of Luz es Vida Youth Performance Café, a collaborative evening of song, poetry and puppets  at Questa's OCHO Art and Events Space April 22.

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Taos court hears testimony as sect leader seeks release
Posted: April 30, 2015

A lawyer representing Wayne Bent, 73, argues a videotaped interview with his victim establishes his innocence and sheds new light on the case.

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Petition seeks to revisit Taos park name
Posted: April 30, 2015

An online petition posted this week is asking the Town Council to revisit the divisive renaming of Kit Carson Memorial Park.

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Alleged drug dealer jailed for one year after refusing to testify against purported supplier
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 7:58 am

A purported heroin dealer was ordered jailed for one year and escorted from a Taos courtroom shouting profanities for refusing to testify against his alleged supplier Tuesday (April 28).

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Santa Fe County officials approve water rights lease
Posted: April 29, 2015

Santa Fe County commissioners on Tuesday approved a revised lease for water rights from a farm the county owns north of Taos near the Colorado border.

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New Mexico School of the Deaf superintendent has ties to Taos
Posted: April 29, 2015

Originally from Taos, Rosemary Jeantete-Gallegos is the first female and the second Hispanic superintendent in the school’s history.

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Missing Cerro man found dead
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 10:06 am

Investigators said there were no obvious signs of foul play in the death of Elton Moy, 60.

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Town waits on transfer of Chile Line to Blue Buses
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 7:54 am

The Taos Town Council did not decide Tuesday (April 28) whether to hand over operation of the municipal bus service to the North Central Regional Transit District.

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Getting Down to Business with Rebecca Latham
Posted: April 28, 2015

For eight years, Rebecca Latham was the tourism and economic development director for Red River. Now, she heads the New Mexico Tourism Department. She spoke with The Taos News to share her thoughts on falling in love with the Southwest and using tourism opportunities as economic drivers in rural New Mexico.

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Wood cutting in Carson National Forest begins May 1
Posted: April 28, 2015

Forest roads will be open and the dead and down woodcutting permits will be available from the Carson National Forest beginning May 1.

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Taos Habitat seeks women builders
Posted: April 28, 2015

Habitat for Humanity of Taos and Lowe’s invite women to volunteer during the construction of two homes in Taos as part of the eighth annual National Women Build Week.

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Utah bishop picked to head Santa Fe archdiocese
Updated: May 03, 2015 - 8:07 pm

Before dawn Monday, John C. Wester, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, tweeted out the news of his own promotion. At precisely Roman noon (4 a.m. Mountain Time) Pope Francis, had appointed Wester as the 12th archbishop in Santa Fe and spiritual leader to some 320,000 Catholics in New Mexico.

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Embudo's little library wins big award
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 11:36 am

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced this week the Embudo Valley Library and Community Center of Dixon is one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

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State's archaeologists coming to Taos
Posted: April 27, 2015

Archaeology in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument will be the focus of the annual conference of the Archaeological Society of New Mexico in Taos.

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New Mexico Democrats elect first American Indian to lead party
Posted: April 26, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE — Debra Haaland, who was the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor last year, was elected Saturday as the new state Democratic Party chairwoman.

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County OKs $90K in event advertising
Posted: April 26, 2015

On Tuesday (April 21), the Taos County Board of Commissioners approved an annual distribution of lodgers tax funds to 30 events and organizations in Taos County.

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Historical Society to honor Virginia Couse Leavitt at annual meeting
Posted: April 26, 2015

Couse Leavitt, co-founder and board member of the Couse Foundation, is the granddaughter of E. Irving Couse, a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists.

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Taos residents rattled but unharmed by Nepal earthquake
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 4:03 pm

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake rattled Mt. Everest and a climber from Taos ascending it Saturday (April 25), prompting avalanches but leaving him unharmed.

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Two Questa residents charged with trafficking meth
Updated: April 27, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Between 14 and 15 grams of the narcotic were reportedly found inside Patrice and Mario Rael’s Cabresto Road home.

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Building trust a priority for Taos hospital’s new CEO
Updated: April 25, 2015 - 12:30 pm

When it comes to running hospitals, Bill Patten knows the importance of a community’s trust.

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Literary, visual arts merge in UNM-Taos event
Posted: April 25, 2015

This spring, UNM-Taos merges two culminating events — the Spring Arts Exhibition and the HOWL Publication Event, which will be held Sunday (April 26), 2-5 p.m. at Bataan Hall.

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UNM-Taos gets OK for downtown campus project
Posted: April 24, 2015

On Tuesday (April 21), the state Board of Finance gave the final all-clear for UNM-Taos to move forwards with renovations to two downtown buildings to create a Health Careers Training Center.

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‘Help bring Tarzan home’
Posted: April 24, 2015

On April 9, Steve Noriega, locally known as "Tarzan" because of his company Tarzan's Tree Trimming,  suffered a heart attack in Vietnam. With skyrocketing  hospital bills and medical complications from pneumonia, his partner and friends are calling on the Taos community to donate money to “bring Tarzan home.”

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Taos residents invited to have 'coffee with the cops'
Posted: April 23, 2015

The next "Coffee with the Cops" event is Friday (April 24) from 7-9 a.m. at The Coffee Spot, 900 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos.

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Town of Taos sets aside $1M to fix roads
Posted: April 23, 2015

Of the total amount, about $85,000 has been set aside just for pothole repair.

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Teen arrested in fatal Red River shooting will likely be charged as adult
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 2:19 pm

The 15-year-old male from Taos accused of fatally shooting a Red River teen Sunday night (April 19) will likely be charged as an adult, prosecutors indicated during his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon (April 21).

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Taos man bitten as alleged burglar’s ransom demand backfires
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 12:28 pm

A burglary victim’s quest to reclaim his stolen belongings reportedly ended in an altercation with two women Monday night (April 20) during which he was bit on the hands.

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Unemployment rate drops in Taos County but state faces economic headwinds
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 12:28 pm

Though the state is still seeing a surge in job growth over the past year, that is now muted by a slowdown during the most recent months in oil-patch-related sectors, according to data released Tuesday.

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Getting Down to Business with Oban Lambie
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Oban Lambie, owner of Brownrice Internet, a Taos-based technology firm, sat down with The Taos News to share advice on getting into high-tech industries and doing good business, whether in technology or not.

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County to protest Top of the World water transfer
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 6:30 am

The Taos County Commission unanimously voted to protest a controversial water rights transfer Tuesday (April 21).

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Fire runs deep: Peñasco class a track to jobs, tradition
Posted: April 21, 2015

Crews that fight raging Western wildfires spend years learning the ropes. But the passion for fire culture and shared camaraderie are innate. A recent class at Peñasco High School means young people can take up the long-standing tradition as their own.

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Ortega latest Land Office employee to hold leases
Posted: April 21, 2015

Since 1989, Questa native Bobby Ortega has had a grazing lease on about 1,200 acres of State Trust Land in northern Taos County. The fact that Ortega was named second in command of the office that oversees that lease is not going to change that.

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Taos company expands to Questa
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 11:34 am

Gov. Susana Martinez visited Questa Monday (April 20) morning to announce the expansion of Taos Mountain Energy Bar operations to Questa’s Industrial Park.

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One teen dead, another charged with murder in Red River shooting
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 4:49 pm

RED RIVER — A 15-year-old male from Taos is charged with murder in the shooting death of a Red River teen late Sunday (April 19).

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Efforts underway to upgrade accessibility, health of Red River fishery near Questa
Posted: April 20, 2015

Two stream restoration projects and the dredging of Eagle Rock Lake near Questa could be the first small steps in reinventing the small village as a destination for sportsmen.

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No policy yet for Taos deputies’ cameras
Posted: April 19, 2015

Unlike the Taos Police Department or New Mexico State Police, which provides audio recording devices to officers, the sheriff’s office does not have a formal policy mandating what deputies record.

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‘Live and die by this’: Sheep shearing a spring tradition in Taos
Posted: April 19, 2015

For such a proud tradition, shearing sheep is a quick and unceremonious affair. Nick Martinez, an adept sheep shearer from the San Luis Valley, groomed about 70 sheep as part of the agricultural fair sponsored by the Taos County Cooperative Extension Service on Friday (April 10).

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Winifred Rusk, who had close ties to Taos art scene, dies at 84
Posted: April 19, 2015

Winifred Margaret Legge Rusk, who led a storied life as a communications specialist for Gov. Garrey Carruthers, recruiter for NATO, arts editor for The Taos News, administrative assistant at St. John’s College and companion to Taos art colony greats, died April 10 at age 84 at her Santa Fe home.

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Teachers: Tech issues disrupt PARCC testing for special ed students
Posted: April 18, 2015

Some special education teachers who are helping to administer testing for the new Common Core Standards in New Mexico say the federally required accommodations for those students are inadequate or not in place.

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Invent Event brings creativity to life
Posted: April 18, 2015

Taos' first-ever Invent Event, held Saturday (April 11), was a cacophony of circuitry and discovery — imaginative, analog creations brought to life. Sponsored by Twirl and PPC Solar, the event introduced Taos youth (and adults) to New Mexico's burgeoning makers movement.

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