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For hundreds of years, Taoseños have embraced the annual tradition of cleaning the acequias for the spring. The runoff from melting winter snowpacks in the mountains brings the water needed to grow countless crops across the county, which people use to feed both themselves and the community. This year, concerns and mandates over the COVID-19 pandemic could hinder that process and change the tradition for the time being. more
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact, Tristanna Bickford: (505) 476-8027 tristanna.bickford@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH … more
New Mexico's five national forests including the Carson National Forest, will begin closing developed recreation sites as early as Monday (March 23), to align with state and local steps already taken to contain the outbreak of the COVID-19 illness. more
The Carson National Forest announced Friday (March 20) that the agency has postponed all prescribed burns  until further notice in light of the additional respiratory challenges the public faces during the outbreak of COVID-19. more
In December 2019, Taos architect Mike Reynolds made a rare appearance in a local emergency room and learned his days on the planet are numbered. more
Be sure to get your reusable shopping bags out in the next few months.  During a Tuesday (March 10) meeting the town of Taos Council voted to rid the town of commerical single-use plastic bags and styrofoam boxes.  more
Could a proposed overhaul of the federal environmental review process affect public input on land and water projects here in Taos County? With more than 55 percent of land ownership in the county in the hands of federal agencies, local answers range from “profound” effects to “they’re just proposals.” more
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich fired tough questions and caustic comments at Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette on Tuesday (March 3) over the proposed $100 million cut in Los Alamos National Laboratory's cleanup program for radioactive waste it produced during the Manhattan Project and Cold War. more
A bill reinstating a tax credit for homeowners who install solar panels is headed to the governor's desk for her signature. more
Miranda Canyon will be temporarily closed to motorized vehicles from March 1 to May 1 this year under a short-term plan to help protect the popular recreation area south of Taos. more
Members of the Taos Tree Board are gearing up for spring as they ready the community for their annual Arbor Day festival. more
New Mexico Sen. Mimi Stewart's bill to reinstate the solar tax credit in New Mexico passed the Senate Corporations and Transportation committee on Monday (Jan. 27) by a vote of 7-2. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has listed this legislation as one of her priorities in this session. more
Months after the U.S. House passed a bill that would create a long-sought, 10-mile drilling ban on federal land around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the Navajo Nation is demanding Congress cut the proposed protection zone in half. more
After months of debate, the Taos Regional Landfill Board elected to take over operations at the town of Taos Recycle Center at 201 Bertha Street. The town had been requesting financial assistance for the center’s operations due to the rising costs of recycling and declining revenues. Now, the future of recycling at the center has some folks questioning the next move. more
The decade began with the signing into federal law of the Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Act in 2010. And at the end of the 2010s, two of 11 wells allowed under its provisions have been drilled and are viable. more
The National Nuclear Security Administration's plans to forge ahead with producing plutonium cores for weapons without first conducting a comprehensive environmental review is drawing fire from watchdogs who say the agency is violating a 1998 court ruling. more
As snow fell Thursday evening (Jan. 16), Taos Municipal Schools  announced Friday's classes will be delayed two hours. Taos Charter School will be closed Friday. Taos County, town of Taos, Taos Magistrate and Eighth Judicial District Court all announced a two hour delay for Friday. more
LOS ALAMOS - While some people coolly suggested a list of procedural changes, others vented Thursday (Jan. 9) about a waste cleanup agreement they say cuts out the public and gives the U.S. Energy Department too much power to call the shots. more
Chevron Mining Inc. will be transferring water rights from a 1,433 acre plot of land near Questa, which formerly acted as the tailings facility of the molybdenum mine. These water rights will be transferred to various mutual domestic associations across Taos County for their continued use. more
On the last day of their administration, Taos Pueblo Gov. Richard Aspenwind and War Chief Bernard Lujan presided over ceremonies marking the retirement of two men whose decades-long work helped to protect water rights for their tribe and the greater Taos Valley. more
For the final edition of the year (Dec. 26), The Taos News will be running your hunting photos and stories from the season. If you went hunting in or around Northern New Mexico, email … more
A winter storm landed in Northern New Mexico Sunday (Dec. 15) and the snowy morning will be followed by a dive in temperatures as the wind chill picks up. Half a foot of snow or more is predicted by meteorologists for the upper mountain elevations. more
A New Mexico climate activist with Navajo roots plans to challenge state House Speaker Brian Egolf for his seat in 2020, her campaign said Tuesday. more
Steve Harris' backyard is drying up. The cigar-smoking river guru considers the Río Grande his home. Protecting the river - "the queen of them all," as he calls it - is personal. more
The 2019-2020 ski season in Northern New Mexico opened with a bang as storms dumped more than ten inches of snow at area ski resorts. In the 48 hours beginning Thanksgiving Day, Taos Ski Valley … more
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