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As the town of Taos struggles to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, store owners and visitors in the John Dunn shops just off the historic Taos Plaza are largely without … more
Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has received a $200,119 grant from the New Mexico Environment Department to install a network of electric vehicle charging stations along the 84-mile route known as the Enchanted Circle highway. The route encompasses Taos, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire. The grant comes from New Mexico's $2.7 billion share of the Volkswagen Settlement Fund, which was established in 2019 to make restitution for the auto manufacturer's misrepresentation of emissions data for its diesel-powered vehicles. more
The U.S. Small Business Administration opened applications Monday (May 4) to allow agricultural businesses in New Mexico to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). more
The town of Taos Council approved the 2020-21 interim budget with a nearly $2 million hole in the projected revenues for the general fund. The COVID-19 pandemic has whacked the town's annual budget and has left the council and staff scrambling for ways to shore up over $2 million in missing projected revenue from the previous year. more
New Mexico will receive $77.3 million in federal government funding for COVID-19 testing and contact-tracing efforts, the state's five congressional representatives announced Thursday. The money, which will come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is part of $25 billion in funding passed by Congress last month for testing, health care providers and small businesses. more
Taos County will be providing face coverings for all employees following Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham's recent order declaring them mandatory for all New Mexico residents. County employees will have to wear face coverings while at work and in public places. more
Located on the northeast corner of Taos Plaza, the World Cup Café's origins are legendary.It began as Black Diamond Coffee in a cart in Taos Ski Valley, before … more
Has the first wave of massive unemployment claims begun to subside? New Mexico saw a 35 percent drop in initial unemployment claims for the week ending May 9, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. more
To the Taos Community: It is with sincere regret and a saddened heart that I am announcing the closure of the Taos Taekwondo Academy. Due to the legitimate concerns and fears related to the COVID-19 virus as well as the required closing of all nonessential businesses until at least May 1, I am at the point that it is no longer financially viable for me to keep the taekwondo school open. more
The last time state economists released revenue forecasts, New Mexico had a massive oil boom with no end in sight. Oh, how times have changed. Those same economists released dire revenue projections on Wednesday (May 6), suggesting New Mexico could take in between $1.7 billion and $2.4 billion less than originally expected during the next fiscal year as the novel coronavirus pandemic and plummeting oil prices take a major toll on tax revenue and royalty payments. more
Last minute changes that limited Taos Farmers Market to drive-through only on the historic Taos Plaza didn’t deter shoppers anxious for opening day. They lined up in their vehicles at the … more
In order to minimize the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, shoppers in vehicles will be allowed to enter the drive-up line through the plaza entrance at Paseo del Pueblo Norte and Kit Carson Road … more
Taos florist Marge Perry wasted no time when state officials allowed nonessential businesses to open up for curbside and delivery service.At Enchanted Florists, on … more
In an effort to keep Taos County communities connected, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative has been installing free internet hotspots in public places.  Three of the hotspots have recently been … more
While the Santa Fe Farmers Market is humming along now in mid-spring, the Taos Farmers Market is still a work in progress. The market lost its summer spot in the historic downtown Taos Plaza after Taos officials canceled all events on town property until the end of summer to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While town officials said they'll be reviewing the closures every 30 days, it has left the market scrambling to find a new venue. more
The U.S. Senate passed a $300 billion appropriation to supplement exhausted funds for the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, according to Anwar Kaelin, director of the Small Business Development Center at UNM-Taos. more
The Taos Regional Airport will receive $30,000 as part of federal funds to help airports during the COVID-19 emergency when many have had airlines and passengers cancel flights. The money is part of a $25.2 million grant to keep airports supported through a period where travel has significantly decreased across the country. more
During a regular Taos County Commission meeting Tuesday (April 21), Taos County manager Brent Jaramillo said county officials are hoping to reopen offices to the public soon. more
"If this COVID-19 thing has taught us anything, it's patience," said Taos resident Julie Greer. She'd been waiting 15 minutes - more or less patiently - for her order outside the front gate at Petree Nursery at 25 Petree Street off Blueberry Hill Road. If you want to make a purchase at Petree's these days, you have to call in your order, pay over the phone with a credit card, drive to the front gate, then call again to let them know you're there to pick up. Usually it's the last step where things bog down. more
The COVID-19 pandemic is choking New Mexico's dairy market, forcing many farmers to throw surplus milk into irrigation ponds. It's a cruel double whammy. The statewide shutdown of schools and restaurants, which are large buyers of dairy products, have contributed to a steep drop in demand for milk. Facing a glut, dairy farmers are dumping mass quantities of their product just as a growing number of jobless people struggle to feed their families. more
Most hospitals in the United States are under enormous financial pressure as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the many thousands of dollars being poured into personal protective equipment, devices designed to help infected patients to breathe, modifying facilities and cutting elective services that drive revenues, Holy Cross Medical Center joined other hospitals this week by offering additional pay to its employees, whose own health is at risk from the coronavirus as they test and treat patients. more
Self-employed workers in New Mexico might begin to see unemployment benefits soon.The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions expects to announce by the end of the week when a new website will … more
Expect a pleasant surprise from your auto insurance company, as refunds should be coming soon to compensate for decreased driving during the shelter-at-home era. Major insurers of auto policies have all announced refunds of at least 15 percent for at least April and May. more
Never before have so many people become unemployed all at once. Never before will so may people be looking for jobs when the economic starter's pistol is fired. more
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Thursday (April 16) that it is unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance program – including EIDL advances – due to exhaustion of available funds. more
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