Local news

County, town join up to clean up Taos

Taos Mayor Dan Barrone joined some town and county employees who braved snow and sleet Friday morning to pick up garbage along Paseo del Pueblo in Taos. The main thoroughfare through town has been …

Stray Hearts Update April 9-15

This weekly update is provided by the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter. Dogs in shelter: 117 Cats in shelter: 19

Facebook messages appear to discuss Nambé teen’s slaying

Facebook messages between the father and son accused in the death of 13-year-old Jeremiah Valencia in Nambé provides new evidence concerning the son’s involvement in the …

Blood drive at Taos High

The next blood drive in Taos is 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday, (April 24) in the Taos High School gym. United Blood Services New Mexico has to collect 300 units a day to meet the needs of hospitals …

Taos climbers pitch in to rescue trapped dog in Río Grande Gorge

Buck was just being his usual curious canine self.
Environment

Doing their part

Acequias are a physical feature in the landscape as much as a basis of community and local power. That they've endured is a testament to their continued influence.

Taos County, town of Taos under burn ban

Both the town of Taos and Taos County are under a burn ban until at least May 1, when the county commission will consider further burning restrictions.

Taos pump fails, town issues emergency water restrictions

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. 4/20/2018: Taos officials say the towns water tanks are full due to the help of area mutual domestic water systems and residents will still have water over the weekend. Crews and parts to replace a failed water pump are currently en route and the town hopes to have the situation resolved by Monday (April 23) afternoon. Water restrictions, though, are still in effect.

TCA's Deborah McLean to retire

Deborah McLean has announced her retirement as executive director of the Taos Center for the Arts, according to the TCA's Board President Alford "Andy" …

Law enforcement search for trespassers at shuttered Sun God Lodge

The Sun God Lodge at the south end of Taos shut its doors for good this year, but that hasn't kept a new kind of customer from taking up in its shuttered rooms. On contract with the owner of the …

Suiting up: the cost of a wildland firefighter's gear

While pants, shirts and other gear are distributed by the agency, firefighters' boots are their own, spokespeople said, and are subsidized with a government stipend.

Candidates to host public weekend events in Taos

Taoseños have opportunities this weekend to chat up politicos running for gubernatorial and Congressional seats.
Police reports

Inmates captured after escaping from Sandoval County Detention Center

Two inmates that escaped from the Sandoval County Adult Detention Center Friday night (May 5) have been captured.

Accused Costilla shooter released, turns over weapons

Andrew Bernard Mott, the man accused of assaulting an off-duty New Mexico State Police officer and his family in Costilla on March 11, has been released from the Taos County Adult Detention Center.Mott,

New Mexico gears up for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Residents throughout New Mexico are invited to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an initiative designed to reduce prescription drug-related deaths by collecting unused …

Lt. David Maggio appointed acting police chief

Lt. David Maggio, a 20-year veteran of the Taos Police Department, was named “acting police chief” immediately following Randall Parmer’s final day on the job yesterday, Friday …
Crime

Former Mr. New Mexico found guilty of 2014 murder

By Cody Hooks chooks@taosnews.com The Taos News Micola “Mick” Sopyn, a former bodybuilder once named Mr. New Mexico, was found guilty of second-degree murder and use of a firearm by a …

Police blotter March 22-27

The following is a condensed version of the Taos Police Department blotter from March 22-27. March 22 7:38 a.m. Battery, Martinez Lane – A mother said her son grabbed her and hurt her. She …
Lifestyles

April's Move More Month: How to hit your stride

As winter gives way to spring, New Mexico residents may be emerging from a state of "seasonal sedentary syndrome."
For your health

Guide to your medicine cabinet

I have to admit, if I need to convince myself that I made a good career choice or I need to feel like the training was worth it, all I need to do is visit the pharmacy aisles. It's hard enough to …
Tips to Grow Younger

Sugar can nix meditation

No doubt you already know that too much sugar is bad for you. It can harm your heart, your pancreas, your kidneys, your joints and cause depression.
Wonderful World of Native Plants

Spring parsley springs forth

Many of you have already noticed a small, ground-hugging plant with pale purplish striped flowers that is a harbinger of early spring throughout the state.

Herb of the Month: Storksbill, Filaree

Growing throughout New Mexico, and the world for that matter, storksbill is a member of the geranium family that was likely introduced by Spanish explorers to the Southwest.
The Bug Man

Spraying pesticides for cockroaches bad for ecosystem

Someone asked me if it was okay to have the perimeter of her house sprayed with pesticides for cockroach control.
Success stories
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Success Story: El Pueblito United Methodist Church

El Pueblito United Methodist Church, founded in 1960, is a humble house of worship staffed with humble workers. Yet its Taos community outreach is powerful. Its building is not a huge, campus-style …
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Success Story: Phoenix Mechanical

The day begins early at Phoenix Mechanical. Even before the sun is up, Bob Draper and his large crew of employees are busy preparing to help residential and commercial customers. “On an …
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Success Story: Wolfgang's Spa Works

Hot tubs were once marketed as ‘party things.’ While a hot tub can be used for entertainment, its health benefits of hydrotherapy are now more widely known. Which is why for many …
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Success Story: Enchanted Florist

This year marks Enchanted Florist’s 25th year in business in Taos. The local, independent and family-owned business is run by Marjorie and Robert Perry and their daughter Carly Reyes.
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Success Story: Hawk Mechanical

Hawk Mechanical balances an old-style business tradition with a keen awareness of what’s new in the world of plumbing, heating and cooling — and the expectations of its customers.
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Success Story: Francesca's

During the last 16 years, Francesca’s Clothing Boutique has established itself as the leading woman’s clothing boutique in Taos County, winning Best of Taos Annually.
Solutions

Stuck at the bottom: Why New Mexico fails to thrive

For almost 30 years, New Mexico has maintained an iron grip on the bottom rung of key rankings.  

Early childhood education may be key to solving economic woes

Over the last two decades, New Mexico has turned its pockets inside out to keep old businesses from leaving and attract new ones to open their doors.
Special report

A shot in the dark

It had been months since he had pulled the trigger, but Abe Gordon still couldn't find the words. He would play back the shooting in his head. The argument on the roadway in El Llano. The …

Incarcerated by addiction

Addiction, in one form or another, has been a problem here in Northern New Mexico for generations. But as opioids have entered the lives of thousands of norteño families over the past two …
Special report

Taos detainees talk addiction

Stephen Bunker, 36 “I grew up on the streets pretty much,” said Stephen Bunker inside the jail's B pod. Bunker spent his first years along the southern coast of Florida. His parents …
Special report

Treating an epidemic

At the end of June, Abe Gordon walked out of the summer heat and into the Taos County Adult Detention Center, where his clients were starting to emerge from their cells. The women's pod was his …
Stock report