Abeyta Settlement
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On Wednesday night, Feb. 5, I listened to the Channel 22 coverage of the candidates forum of the three people that are running for mayor for the town of Taos. Candidate Fred Peralta said that on several contentious issues — I voted the way I … more
Hello, my name is Judi Cantu. I am announcing that I am running for the Town of Taos Council. My passion for Taos and its people is unshakable. Growing up in Taos, I understand what Taos needs. I recognize what Taos is capable of growing into … more
In the growing debate over the Abeyta Water Settlement, much of the argument is centered on a single dilemma: How do we prepare for inevitable growth at a time when water supplies are predicted to dwindle? The dispute is playing out publicly at … more
The Abeyta Water Settlement allocates the amount of water available to each of the parties to that settlement. The parties include over 60 major water rights stakeholders within Taos County, including Acequia Associations, Mutual Domestics, Water … more
Commissioners of a Questa acequia say they are against a proposed transfer that would move water rights to an acequia in Arroyo Seco. The ditch filed a formal protest with the State Engineer Aug. 26. That board was joined by the majority of … more
A proposed water rights transfer meant to settle a dispute between Taos Pueblo and irrigators in Arroyo Seco could come at the expense of acequia users in Questa. The Acequia Madre del Rio Lucero y del Arroyo Seco in El Salto hopes to transfer … more
The average town of Taos employees will see a $1,300 out-of-pocket increase in benefit and employment tax payments this fiscal year, but July 9 the Town Council approved nearly $27,000 in additional payments for the town manager and … more
A Taos-area ranch dedicated to modeling what it calls “sustainable agriculture” wants to drill a 450-foot well to irrigate a small parcel of land now served by an acequia. Jay Lazarus, a geohydrologist contracted by Blackstone Ranch, says the … more
Palemón Martínez stands atop the head gate where the Acequia Madre del Río Lucero y Arroyo Seco crosses El Salto Road. Since 1969, Martínez, 80, has been involved in a dispute with Taos Pueblo over how much water should flow through this ditch … more
After months of delays, the town of Taos appears to be on the verge of appointing a new manager and attorney. Assistant town manager Abigail Adame has been serving as acting manager since the Town Council voted last July to terminate former … more
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