Family loses home to fire, plans to rebuild

Morgan Timms/Taos NewsRoy Arellano of Taos stands inside his childhood home for one of the last times Monday (Feb. 17). A structure fire engulfed the Arroyo Hondo home Sunday night (Feb. 16), prompting responses from the Hondo-Seco Volunteer Fire Department, Questa Fire Department, La Lama Volunteer Fire Department and the Taos Volunteer Fire Department. Arellano's late parents, Eli Arturo and Gloria Arellano, raised Roy and his 11 siblings in the home. 'I grew up in this house,' Arellano said. 'It's just devastating.' The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
At the turn of the 20th century, an old fort stood on a low hill near the river that curves through the west side of Arroyo Hondo and empties into the Río Grande. It had adobe walls 30-inches thick.
Villa Philmonte at Philmont Scout Ranch, built in 1927.

Philmont Scout Ranch to open despite Boy Scouts bankruptcy

The national Chapter of Boy Scouts of America has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the wake of hundreds of court cases alleging sexual abuse, but local troops will continue as usual, according to the organization. The fate of the organization’s assets, including the popular Philmont Scout Ranch in northeastern New Mexico, remains a question.
Jesse Moya/Taos News Visitors were able to flip through books to see what Casetta is hoping to develop at the new Hotel Willa.

Taos welcomes Hotel Willa

Taos community members gathered Tuesday (Feb. 18) to welcome the new Hotel Willa, on Paseo del Pueblo Sur.
People walk into the main entrance at Holy Cross Hospital on Wednesday (June 22). The Hospital has considered downsizing its operation to stay within budget.

$2.8M in tax revenue proposed for Holy Cross

After six months of sometimes contentious debate with representatives from Holy Cross Medical Center and county taxpayers, the Taos County Board of Commissioners has come up with a specific plan to determine the future of public funding for the county's only hospital.
Silhouettes and reflections in a near-empty New Mexico Capitol on Wednesday February 19, 2020. ..Photo by Luke E. Montavon/The New Mexican

Roundhouse Roundup, Feb. 20

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Family loses home to fire, plans to rebuild

At the turn of the 20th century, an old fort stood on a low hill near the river that curves through the west side of Arroyo Hondo and empties into the Río Grande. It had adobe walls 30-inches thick.

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Nine Taos wrestlers qualified for state

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