The Taos County Commission plans to draw straws to determine which of the three building’s at the county’s new complex will be named after which of the current commissioners.

“Whoever gets the bigger stick, that one building is named after that guy. And the other two [buildings] will have two names,” said commission chairman Joe Mike Durán at a Sept. 18 meeting.

To hear an audio excerpt from that meeting, visit www.taosnews.com.

On Tuesday (Oct. 2), the commissioners voted unanimously (Dan Barrone voted “OK”) to name the buildings after themselves. They did not say when or where the straw drawing would happen.

The county has $200,000 budgeted to buy artwork for the center of the plaza at the complex, which was completed in May 2011 and includes the administrative, judicial and detention buildings. Durán told county staff he’d like to see some of that money put toward naming the buildings after the sitting commission.

“I think it’s appropriate,” Durán said at the Sept. 18 meeting. “This commission has gone through a lot and I think we should be recognized for the next 40 years that these buildings are going to be here.”

The county has not done a cost estimate for manufacturing and installing the lettering of the commissioner’s names. The county says it cost about $2,000 to have the current sign “Taos County Administration” made and hung on one of the three new buildings.

It addition to the current commissioners, Gabriel Romero and Charlie Gonzales also sat on the board while the complex project was developed. The $46 million complex was paid for with a gross receipt tax approved by Taos County voters.

In 2011 a state senator from Bernalillo County introduced a bill that would have made it illegal for public buildings to be named after sitting politicians. The bill died before going to a vote.

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joetaos
joetaos

Do you need any more evidence of the self-serving nature of our county politicos? It seems that arrogance has no bounds.

notknew
notknew

Those arogant [expletives] how dare they use 1 penny of tax payer money to pad their EGOS. If they were to honor someone who deservied it, that would ok but to name it after themselves is pure EGO and we should all be outraged!!!!!!

ya basta
ya basta

so people driving through town are going to see OUR government buildings named, "Larry", "Moe", and "Curly"?

Krumholtz
Krumholtz

Shameless effort to perpetuate the nightmare beyond their terms of office.

ElethaT
ElethaT

You can't expect much from a group of people who combined have the IQ of a wet rag. Maybe they should get a reflecting pond so they can drown themselves and hopefully they'll see their egos before they drop dead. Or they could each whip out their "straw" and whomever has the biggest gets their own building. Maybe you could put a State Police emblem on Nick's building so he knows which one is his. And Larry's can have a dollar sign. You could always use different colors of crayon in big block letters so they each know which is their name. We don't want to confuse them. After all, they are our fearless "leaders" who demand to be respected and honored and paid for their incompetence, I mean service. Smooches!

Taos88
Taos88

How many more years are we going to vote these Egomaniacs into office! Without Thing 1 and Thing 2 come January maybe the County can really start to make progress. The only Commissioner with a functioning brain is Dan! Unfortunately, these men will be around for three more months. Instead of worrying about putting your names on a building, you should worry about the problems that dim wit Barbara Martinez is trying hide! She is by far the worst attorney EVER, what made any of these men think she would make a good Manager? Oh that's right, the three stooges have a collective IQ of a house plant! God Help Taos County!

Prince Mamuwalde II
Prince Mamuwalde II

I think it's only fair that, since I'll be paying for this complex over the next 30 years, my name should be added, too.

josetaos
josetaos

Name it for those who paid for it - the citizens of Taos County!

John_R_Trujillo
John_R_Trujillo

Instead of naming these buildings after the Commissioners, they should be named after someone like Mr. Joseph McGinnis, Mr. R. Quintana, Mr. Lopez (both Frutoso and Ernie), Mr. Benavidez, Ms. Ruby Ortiz, Mr. Hidalgo "Chick" Trujillo who brought the lie detector services to Taos, historian Corina Santistevan, Margarita Mascarenas, etc......honorable citizens. I'd rather have them named after "Huevo Dave" or "Brother Hawk" instead of the Board of Crooks.

jammer
jammer

So stupid and very sad.

aint misbehavin
aint misbehavin

Public servants? Ha! Ha! How could they deface our community's beautiful complex with their own names? I want public officials who GIVE to their community and display some humility. We need to think about why we elected men who behave so deplorably and seemingly delight in embarrassing their constituents with their arrogance. Remember, it was a unanimous vote.

grace
grace

Whenever these things get me down I think of people like former judge Betty Martinez – her humility, grace, dignity, beauty, honesty, culture, and integrity. She is the type of person who really represents our community. She is also a wonderful example of Hispanic American cultrual values. There are many others.

taos loco
taos loco

What a joke! Maybe Instead of worrying about what this commission has gone through serving Taos County, maybe they should take a minute to think about what the residents of Taos county have gone through having them as our representatives. I hope every one remembers during the next election this was a unanimous decision. Every one of these guys needs to go!

Reggie
Reggie

Truly disgusting. These criminals are one of Toas County's biggest problems. How dare they!!! These incompetent fools have managed to further disgrace the county more than almost any other commisioners in the past. If we as the residents are paying for these buildings then we should have the final say so. Please put a stop to this.

PB
PB

They should name the buildings after the people whose land they took to build them on!

Pb

Praise Your Dog
Praise Your Dog

Typical - no public input and self serving.
Certainly there are better suggestions that serve a higher purpose than self promotion!
Are these guys really who you want as commissioners?
Why not promote a spirit of community and cooperation and reflect the proud heritage of our land? How about the North, South, East, West building?
Red Willow, Blue Mountain....
We can do better.

razor
razor

It is a real shame when you have self serving elected officials in office who are supposed to have the best interests of the taxpayers at heart. I would have expected the three stooges to vote like they did because that has been their MO through their terms. I am especially disappointed in Dan Barrone who went along and voted "OK" which means the same as "YES" to have his name emblazoned on the walls of the new complex that the taxpayers have to pay for. One would think that Dan would have had at least had some cajones and voted against this nonsense because he claims he has the best interests of his constituents at heart but it is obvious that he is also self-serving. As for Larry Sanchez he should be ashamed of himself also because he always saying that he is for the people. I would hope that the voters in this County would never vote for these individuals if they should decide to run for any type of office again. "Es mejor no votar en absoluto que votar por pendejos"

wings
wings

Usually naming buildings is after those who have made charitable contributions of some kind, historical figures that have made a positive difference in the community, etc. How is it possible that these commissioners believe that they have made any kind of positive difference in ours? Really?

Apparently honesty, a conscience and a bit of humility do not prevail here. I guess you could say we get what we vote for.

Shame on you comissioners for thinking of numero uno.You won't be leaving a legacy by having your names on the building but a travesty of what you think you may have accomplished during your tenure.

kruzer98
kruzer98

This is just disgusting!! Really what have any of them done for our community? Divide neighbor against neighbor! Bully around a small business owner trying to bring more job opportunities to our County. Making a mockery of our County!!! If they want something named after them their are plenty of port-a-potties in town that could use some more defacing!

Hijo de Zapata
Hijo de Zapata

"Beware of the man who builds monuments to himself" -Jojo Hermann

NMVatoLoco
NMVatoLoco

Lord forbid they would name the building after some wonderful community leaders and patriots whose efforts and reputations have stood the test of time. As someone mentioned, the superior teacher, Mr. Frutoso Lopez, or a genuine war hero like Private Joe Martinez who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in WWII. Even beloved legendary WWII Bataan Death March hero, and Taos Pueblo native, Mr. Tony Reyna would make an excellent choice. I'm sure there are other Taoseños of equal caliber that far exceed that of these egotists.

Sorry, not even close, Chairman Duran, you confuse immortality with a naming convention. Sure, your names may be on the building---as a monument to your buffoonery, which is why the buildings will readily revert to their functional terms of "courthouse," "admin" and "jail." Take comfort that your overwrought egos and lack of professionalism in your commission's perennial comedy acts are what has earned you all infamy around the state.

82
82

I guess all I can say is, WOW!!!! UNBELIEVABLE !!!!!

Recess1
Recess1

Maybe some people in this State have not learned the lessons history has proven by naming building after political figures or elected officials. One example in Manny Aragon, who's name appeared on New Mexico Buildissg, which most people know how that ended. If any political figures names should go on a building, you better make sure that person is honest, moral, ethical, tells the truth and has done something great for the town or community.

If I remember some or most of the commisionesr have been accused of some sort of ethical, immoral, or corrupt accusation in the past. Even though not proven, doesn't mean in did not happen, one of which I remember Duran using county equiptment and gravel to put of private driveways in Penasco. Another commisioner asking for gas money to get to his elected job, and the excuse that they need to be reconized for their elected duty. If you run for office to be reconized you should be in the circus or a broadway show. I could go on but I think I got my point across. Commisioner Dan should have made a better choice when voting. I don't mean to come down to the commisioners level, but it is kind of comical and I can't help my self.. Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest County Admin Building, I thought the days of Pablito Red was over but I guess not. Can't blame anybody but yourself you voted them in,

Justme
Justme

If the new County Buildings MUST be named for Commissioners, then it would only make sense to name them after Commissioners who actually were TRUE PUBLIC SERVANTS like Gustavo Fernandez, Juan I Valerio and Carmen Medina. These gentlemen had integrety, honesty and truely worked for the betterment of the community!! This current group of idiots couldn't hold a candle to these men!!

taoseno74
taoseno74

I Love the Larry, Moe and Curly suggestion!!

Part Timer
Part Timer

I basically agree with every negative statement made. IF these clowns "get the boot" at least we can remove their names from the buildings and rename them - either "no name" or named after someone that deserves it.

betz
betz

Good Lord......could they really get any worse?

STOP VOTING FOR THESE CREEPS.

ElethaT
ElethaT

It just gets better! Chavez claims he took the vote as a joke. Looks like his constituents in his district took him as a joke when he tried to win a second term. You can't fix stupid.

marchuleta
marchuleta

I believe thatTaos County has a number of individuals who have contributed to making Taos a better place to live. Taos has a Medal of Honor recipient named Joe P. Martinez, the first Hispanic Medal of Honor recipient in WWII who has earned the right to have his name on a facility built with tax payer money. Let's start honoring our our real Heros.

John_R_Trujillo
John_R_Trujillo

Mr Dan Barrone we the people of taos ask you bring this matter back to a vote and change this nonsense these thieves have done ,you are much better than them, like the statements below grab your cajones and fight for the people not these other monkeys oh i forget monkeys are smarter than your fellow non important fools,you are 4 the people do what i know you want,i feel your name is the only one i would want on a building,for the reason of your compassion i have seen,when a poor person needed wood you had them put more wood into their truck ,you helped without a thought of your loss,you are kind we need your help donot deface our buildings with their names, we have lots of people,places of honor .

fueradetaos
fueradetaos

Naming the facility after the existing county commission is not necessary or appropriate. There is a solution and precedents in Taos to acknowledge those in charge at the time that a new public building is erected.

The Coronado Pool building in town displays a bronze plaque, which was still in place on my last visit home to Taos a few months ago. This plaque, which will exist for all posterity, names the public officials, architect, and construction company that were involved in the organization and construction of this still very fine building. I have often viewed this plaque on my visits to Taos. Such a plaque confers an honorable recognition, and conjures up equally honorable memories, of those who worked for the community to erect a landmark public building.

The existing commissioners should settle for a bronze plaque similar to that at the Coronado pool--a plaque giving credit to all involved and not just themselves.

If more is demanded by today's leaders, then at some future date, the new country building can and should be renamed to something else or after someone else.

Other named buildings and structures in Taos, such as Loren Anaya football field, Fred Baca park, Enos Garcia Middle School were named in recognition of citizens of Taos of unique and high standing--citizens who distinguished themselves through humble, generous, prolonged, and non-politically based, service to Taos. These citizens of high standing had no direct involvement in the development--though perhaps in the maintenance and preservation--of the facilities bearing their names.

Selfless public service, without an expectation of having one's name appear on a public building or structure, was and should continue to be the standard that Taos should follow in conferring titles of buildings.

Reggie
Reggie

Again, I have to share my opinions on this issue since I find it so appalling. I could think of so many deserving recipients for an honor like this, as we all could, and none of them sit on the commision. These fools want recognition for going to work and making decisions. Decisions that fall in their job description. And they don't even do that well. If these men worked for any of us, they would have been fired long ago due to gross incompetency. Why should they get recognition for "doing their jobs" when the rest of us go to work every day and make decisions, deal with problems, and interface with the community. It's called work!!!! If these men want their names displayed at the county complex, lets do them right! Give them somes crayons and construction paper, let them write their names down and tape them to the fridge in the breakroom. This is more fitting for their level of intelect.

SCP
SCP

Unbelievably self-aggrandizing. Many people worked very hard on this project. And what about the taxpayers who paid for it?

IF THE 3 BUILDINGS ARE TO BE NAMED, THE NAMES SHOULD REPRESENT HISTORICAL FIGURES FROM THE 3 CULTURES OF TAOS COUNTY: THE TAOS PUEBLO, THE SPANISH, AND THE ANGLO COMMUNITIES.

John_R_Trujillo
John_R_Trujillo

i read the paper dan barone i thank you 4 requesting,that another vote come on to the table ,let them no what is your reason,you are a good man, i was reading a posted comment by fueradetaos wrote,this man is looking at this correctly,the architect,man,lady whom started the buildings,construction companies or anyone involved in the job would be a good way to go,or getting a person that should be honored in the community .a person that helped the community in any way honorable.again thank you MR. Dan Barone for listening to your community

tako
tako

There should be a open public meeting to select names for the county buildings and seated commissioners names should not be considered. This is the worst county commission in Taos history and that's a pretty low bar to start with. The hubris and arrogance of this commission is immoral and should be forgotten as soon as the new commissioners are seated.

While we are on the subject, perhaps we should start an investigation of the dealings and back room money of these commissioners...........just a hunch things are not on the up and up.

King of the World
King of the World

The newspaper cartoon had it right. Name the bathroom stalls after them! [smile]

Aries5025
Aries5025

Can't these morons exit quietly. Why would the people of Taos county want to be forever reminded of the reign of terror that will soon be over come January.

Sarah_V
Sarah_V

I second the suggestions made earlier to name buildings after Tony Reyna and Private Joe Martinez.

fueradetaos
fueradetaos

I'm not a New Mexico legal expert, but I must ask: is there any cost-effective, feasible, way to go to court to block the commissioners from naming these buildings after themselves? Does anyone have any thoughts as to what this would entail?