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Standardized testing no ‘Day at the PARCC’

The standardized test known as PARCC makes its debut in schools in the coming weeks and no one involved — students, parents, teachers and administrators — will leave the year unscathed by the high-stakes exam and the culture of testing it’s fostered.

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Realtors plan work day at Habitat building
Posted: February 27, 2015

Members of the Taos County Association of Realtors will don work clothes Saturday (Feb. 28) to help Habitat for Humanity of Taos toward completion of its new office building.

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Religious leaders to speak on climate crisis
Posted: February 27, 2015

Taos religious leaders will discuss the moral, spiritual, and community issues raised by our impact on the environment at an event called  “Rising to the Call — Faith Responses to the Climate Crisis” on Sunday (March 1), 5 p.m. at the St. James Episcopal Church at Gusdorf and Camino Santiago roads.

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Taos Ski Valley tax district nears approval
Posted: February 27, 2015

More than $350 million in new construction at Taos Ski Valley could be on the fast track thanks to a plan to reimburse the ski resort for improvements to public infrastructure.

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Questa election results unchanged after recount
Posted: February 26, 2015

After a recount of the contested Feb. 3 Questa school board election was conducted Monday (Feb. 23), the results remain unchanged.

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Captured suspect in Taos area murder pleads not guilty
Posted: February 26, 2015

Ivan Dennings Cales, 50, entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday morning (Feb. 25) during his first appearance in court on the charge of murdering a woman whose remains were found in a shallow grave near Carson on Christmas Day.

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More snow headed for Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Posted: February 26, 2015

Two more storms are rolling into New Mexico, potentially bringing snow and more bitter cold temperatures.

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Credit recovery lets students catch up before graduation
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 2:48 pm

Night Flyers gives students who want to graduate on track the opportunity to take online courses in subjects critical for graduation they've previously failed.

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Lockdown lifted after gun scare at Taos High School
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 10:46 am

Taos High School was locked down for approximately one hour Wednesday morning (Feb. 25) after a student told law enforcement a classmate might have been in possession of a firearm.

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Town of Taos economy on par with 2014
Updated: February 25, 2015 - 6:48 am

Business activity was down 3 percent in December, according to gross receipts tax numbers from the town of Taos.

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Suspect in Taos County murder arrested at Santa Fe shelter
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 7:07 pm

When he was arrested Monday night (Feb. 23), Ivan Dennings Cales did not bear much resemblance to the murder suspect pictured on wanted posters.

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Taos Milagro Rotary gives dictionaries to area third-graders
Posted: February 24, 2015

The Taos Milagro Rotary distributed about 400 dictionaries to third-graders in the Taos County region.

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Red River Valley Charter School considering adding high school
Posted: February 24, 2015

A local high school is appealing to parents concerned about their children driving or riding over Bobcat Pass to get to Cimarron or Moreno Valley High Schools or their children attending Questa High School according to Pierce.

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Jacqueline Jagers: Working hard at cheer and gymnastics
Posted: February 23, 2015

One of the first things people are likely to notice about Jaqueline Jagers is her bubbly personality.

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Special prosecutor tapped to probe fraud allegations at Taos nonprofit
Posted: February 23, 2015

A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate allegations of fraud at Tri-County Community Services after staff there continued to pay for a group health insurance plan months after it was unwittingly canceled and their payments were used to make payroll.

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Art and recovery intersect at Taos pottery class
Posted: February 22, 2015

Antonia Lujan’s weekly classes are about more than art. The program is also a support group for women recovering from substance abuse.

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D.H. Lawrence boosters host historic visit
Updated: February 21, 2015 - 1:55 pm

Many supporters of the D.H. Lawrence Ranch gathered for a reception for Joanna Terry, a descendant of Frieda Lawrence, at a celebration of the Lawrences’ legacy on Monday (Feb. 16).

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Burglary suspect found sleeping, Taos police say
Updated: February 22, 2015 - 7:06 am

Law enforcement say criminals often return to the scene of the crime but Taos police allege one burglar never left after prying his way inside an office on Paseo del Pueblo Norte Saturday morning (Feb. 21) and falling asleep.

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Marijuana pharmacy opens doors in Taos
Updated: February 20, 2015 - 6:58 am

“Raspberry Kush,” “Train Wreck” and “Super Silver Haze” are just some of varieties of cannabis available at NewMexiCann Natural Medicine, a licensed producer and distributor of medical marijuana, which opened a Taos pharmacy Friday (Feb. 13).

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New Mexico lawmakers want 500-mile Río Grande trail
Posted: February 20, 2015

Every year, more than 2 million people visit the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail that weaves through 14 states along its namesake mountain range, from Georgia to Maine. The Continental Divide Trail is even tougher, crossing 3,100 remote miles from Mexico to Canada, including part of New Mexico.

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Recount coming for Questa school board election
Updated: February 19, 2015 - 9:32 am

A recount of a contested Questa school board election in scheduled Monday (Feb. 23).

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Construction begins at Taos Regional Airport
Updated: February 19, 2015 - 9:43 am

Less than 10 days after a judge declined to halt the project, construction began Wednesday (Feb. 18) at Taos Regional Airport on the first stage of a long-awaited expansion.

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Rape suspect on the run, Taos area law enforcement say
Posted: February 19, 2015

Local law enforcement say an El Prado man charged with raping and molesting children cut off the GPS monitor that had been tracking his movements and went on the lam earlier this month.

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Seeking input, Taos law enforcement hold community forums
Posted: February 19, 2015

“What are we doing well and where would you like to see us go?” Taos Police Dept. Chief David Weaver asked participants in a public forum Tuesday (Feb. 17), the first in a series that concludes tonight.

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Taos Health Systems names new CEO
Updated: February 26, 2015 - 9:50 am

The next CEO of Taos Health Systems has a big job ahead and after a nine-month search, the nonprofit’s board announced earlier this month it had selected a candidate.

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Taos County withdraws water transfer protest
Updated: February 18, 2015 - 7:37 am

The Taos County Commission voted Tuesday (Feb. 17) to rescind its protest of water rights transfers tied to the Abeyta Water Settlement.

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Crowdfunding boosts educational opportunities
Posted: February 17, 2015

As the Taos Pueblo Day School's afterschool program and six students at Taos Cyber Magnet School are learning, tapping into a growing trend of crowdfunding can be a way to democratize support for educational opportunities.

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Look up: Chemtrail activists take to the streets of Taos
Posted: February 17, 2015

Their signs say “look up” and they are Take Back Our Skies!, group of self-described concerned citizens raising awareness about geoengineering, what many in Taos know as “chemtrails” — those jet-made streaks of cloud that linger in the atmosphere for hours.

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Vista Grande plans informational meeting on PARCC test
Posted: February 17, 2015

What is the PARCC test? Why does my child have to take this test? Is it hard? Am I smarter than a 5th-grader? What can a parent do to help their child pass the PARCC? Come to Vista Grande High School and find out.

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Taos rental market a mixed bag of burden and ease
Updated: February 16, 2015 - 6:50 am

It’s no surprise that when it comes to finding a place to live in Taos, many people turn toward rentals — both high-end properties catering to folks with a sizable income as well as RV parks, mobile home lots and other informal situations for people for whom paying rent is a significant burden.

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Former town of Taos employee claims whistleblower protection
Posted: February 16, 2015

Yet another former municipal employee has filed a lawsuit against the town of Taos.

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Taos Pueblo woman Corpsmember of the Year
Posted: February 16, 2015

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps member Jasmine Romero has been selected to represent over 27,000 AmeriCorps volunteers as The Corps Network’s Corpsmember of the Year.

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Blue Bus operator plans public meeting in Taos
Posted: February 16, 2015

The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD), operator of the “Blue Bus,” is conducting a series of workshops to solicit public input for the development of a long-range strategic vision.

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Tri-County stays open, financial concerns linger
Updated: February 22, 2015 - 3:51 pm

New management was tapped to lead Tri-County Community Services earlier this month.

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Carson National Forest has new supervisor
Posted: February 15, 2015

U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Cal Joyner has announced the selection of James Duran as the forest supervisor for the Carson National Forest.

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Lax maintenance underlies a gaping pothole problem on Taos roads
Updated: February 14, 2015 - 7:21 am

Starting in 2008, the town's budget for road maintenance waned.

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Taos sheriff names suspect in woman's murder
Updated: February 19, 2015 - 3:38 pm

Investigators have said little about how or why the remains of a 33-year-old woman ended up in a shallow grave near Carson but Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe says a drifter from West Virginia has the answers.

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Taos Ski Valley debuts Kachina Peak Lift
Updated: February 19, 2015 - 3:50 pm

If the Kachina Peak Lift was built to impress visitors to Taos Ski Valley, it’s already working.

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Man who escaped in chase arrested, Taos police say
Posted: February 13, 2015

Police caught up Thursday (Feb. 12) with a man they say escaped on foot after a brief car chase through the Taos Historic District Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 11) and is alleged to have been involved in a series of capers during recent weeks.

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Taoseña cracks jokes, talks assault prevention
Posted: February 13, 2015

Taoseña Shana Natelson knows when it comes to preventing sexual assault, just talking about sex is the first step. Natelson is the executive director of Speak About It, a theatrical show about consent, boundaries and healthy relationships.

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‘Billion Rising’ event seeks to break the chain of violence
Updated: February 14, 2015 - 7:15 am

A revolution, a catalyst, an invitation to rise, a demand for justice — these are a few of the descriptions offered by the global One Billion Rising campaign for the worldwide event Saturday (Feb. 14).

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Police say Chamisal woman stuck sister with citations, warrants
Posted: February 13, 2015

Pamela Martínez, 35, is accused of presenting herself as her sibling during traffic stops.

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Columbine/Hondo party set Feb. 14
Posted: February 13, 2015

The Columbine/Hondo Wilderness Coalition is planning a celebration to honor the recent designation of 45,000 acres of permanent wilderness in the Taos area.

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Judge rules Taos airport expansion may go ahead
Updated: February 13, 2015 - 9:02 am

A Taos judge has issued a ruling saying he will not halt the expansion of the Taos Regional Airport.

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Kachina Peak chairlift opens Feb. 13
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 8:45 pm

Long accessible only by hiking, skiers and snowboards can ride to the top of Kachina Peak on a new chairlift expected to begin spinning 10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 13).

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Teen charged in attempted armed robbery at Taos park
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 5:04 pm

An eyewitness led Taos police to arrest a 19-year-old man Wednesday (Feb. 11) in connection with a fruitless stick-up at Kit Carson Park.

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Questions remain over Questa election
Updated: February 18, 2015 - 5:50 pm

Taos County Clerk Anna Martínez told The Taos News Tuesday (Feb. 10) it was brought to her attention that an unspecified number of ballots cast in the election were suspect.

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One arrested, one escapes after chase in Taos historic district
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 11:34 am

A brief car chase through the center of Taos Wednesday afternoon turned into a foot pursuit that ended with one law enforcement officer injured, one woman in custody and one suspect on the loose.

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DA, prosecutor face disciplinary hearing
Updated: February 11, 2015 - 4:21 pm

The Eighth Judicial District Attorney and his top prosecutor took the witness stand in an Albuquerque courtroom Tuesday (Feb. 10) defending themselves against allegations of misconduct.

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Town seeks $500k for rec center repairs
Updated: February 11, 2015 - 6:20 am

The town of Taos is seeking a half-million-dollar grant to help pay for repairs at the Taos Youth and Family Center.

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New Mexico judges call for boost in courts budget
Updated: February 12, 2015 - 3:20 pm

The Department of Finance and Administration, in a budget released last month, proposed keeping funding for New Mexico courts flat at about $157 million.

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