Abeyta Settlement
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A district court judge in Taos issued a preliminary injunction today (April 2) that prevents a loose association of water protestors from staging further action at a water well in El Prado. Buck … 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
Conservationist, seasoned outdoorsman and community planner Ron Gardiner died Sept. 25 at his home in Questa. He was 62. Gardiner was a self-taught and respected expert on natural resources who gained much of his knowledge exploring the mountains … more
The New Mexico branch of the International Indigenous Youth Council is hosting a prayer run Sunday (April 14) to bring attention to water issues in the Taos Valley. 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
Last September, public works director Francisco “French” Espinoza seemed a little baffled when asked by a town councilor to explain why a leak in water system at the center of Taos impacted residents more than a mile away. “[The water system] … more
Dearest Taos Valley Community: I've been scared to publicly address this until now. Where did all the water go this year? Will this drought end, or is this the beginning of the end for a healthy … more
Many of the lawyers, hydrologists and representatives for the Abeyta Settlement gathered in Taos Tuesday (May 1) for a meeting that was more cordial than … more
The mayor and Taos Town Council held four closed, executive sessions within the past week about the Abeyta Water Settlement, but details about the discussions remain confidential. The issue of the town’s contractual commitments in the … more
Guardians of Taos Water, the loose coalition of water protectors and activists that has been drawing attention to a complex water rights settlement in the Taos Valley, will be hosting a public forum … 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
Greetings fellow Taoseños! I would like to introduce our organization, Guardians of Taos Water, to the broader Taos community and clarify our intentions. We are a group comprised of local water … more
The Acequia Madre del Rio Lucero y Arroyo Seco voted Saturday (March 16) not to pay its membership dues to the Taos Valley Acequia Association as a protest over what … more
The settlement is essentially a water-sharing agreement for the Taos Valley. Here's some answers to common questions about the Abeyta Settlement. more
More than anything else, the action was meant to draw a collective focus to what they say are worrying aspects of the Abeyta Settlement -- the unknown impacts of drilling more than a dozen wells, potentially fueling growth in the valley that is unsustainable. Judging by the crowd the action drew and the response it has prompted from some officials involved in the settlement, it worked. more
The Abeyta Settlement is a  complex water-sharing agreement among the major water users in the Taos Valley, like the town of Taos, Taos Pueblo, acequias and El Prado Water and Santitation … more
In 2012, Taos Pueblo’s administration will focus on community and land-use planning while working on a variety of projects, according to a release from the newly installed officials. A small crowd gathered outside San Geronimo Church during the … more
A few days after he announced he would not seek another term in 2012, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) paid a visit to Taos. Among his stops Monday (Feb. 21) was a trip to the Taos Pueblo Senior Center, where the topic of discussion was the Abeyta Water … more
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
State water managers are refusing to give money to El Prado Water and Sanitation District for water rights because state officials say the district hasn’t justified the $20,000 per acre-foot purchase price. Members of the district counter there … more
Although most acequias haven't yet held their spring cleaning, the reality of the drought was already palpable for ditch parciantes at the annual meeting of the Taos Valley Acequia Association Saturday (March 3). more
Tuesday (Oct. 9) During its 4 p.m. Tuesday meeting, the Taos town council will ratify a grant for the Abeyta water project and consider approving a $57,600 payment to El Prado Water and Sanitation … more
On the shoulder of U. S. Highway 64 with Taos Mountain, Taos mesa and El Prado Water and Sanitation District's newest well site as a backdrop, Cliff Bain and Ted … more
Galloping horses depicted in large oil paintings on the walls of the meeting room at the Sagebrush Inn added an energizing backdrop to a steady stream of impassioned speakers at two meetings Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 21-22) about the Abeyta Water Rights Settlement. more
The vote passed 3 to 2, with councilors Darien Fernandez and Pascualito Maestas voting against accepting roughly $2.8 million. more
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