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Dear Community, Today’s (March 27) announcement that New Mexico schools will not reopen this (academic) year means that our state’s 2 million students will be out of traditional … more
The initial shock and awe somewhat subsiding, Taos finds itself in a historically familiar place - standing pretty much on its own to face a marauding invader. This time, it's not an imprisoning, genocidal cavalry. more
It has been another busy week here in New Mexico tracking COVID-19 cases and we are promoting social distancing everywhere. The Lujan Grisham administration is doing everything we can to protect New Mexicans in every possible way. more
For those with a metaphysical bent, the onset of the coronavirus with its unprecedented global disruptions is hardly a surprise. It was only a matter of time before the unconscious, destructive and self-destructive behavior of the human race caught up with it. more
We want to give a big shoutout and heartfelt thank you to the Taos Ski Valley Ski Patrol and Mogul Medical Urgent Care Clinic. more
In 1918, Gunnison, Colorado, was one of only a handful of communities worldwide that survived the Spanish flu epidemic without a single case, while the world lost between 20 and 50 million human lives. more
When citizens have asked me why I’m a candidate for Taos County commissioner District 4, I share the theme of my campaign in one word: unity. As far as government is concerned, I’d like to use the concept to benefit the citizens. What would life be like if Taos County government would collaborate with the different agencies within its boundaries? Cooperation with nonprofit organizations, water and sanitation districts, pueblos, neighborhood associations, towns, villages, acequias and educational institutions help bridge gaps and share resources in order to expand possibilities for community improvement and assistance. more
Jesus said, "The poor you will always have with you." But conservative billionaires are hoping for a different, better world where the pesky poor have disappeared. more
Mark Twain once commented that travel gives us opportunities to shed bigotry, prejudice and other xenophobic viruses that may creep into our outlook on life. I would agree. I recently returned from a two-week trip to the Middle East, specifically to Israel and Palestine. more
As a physician and Taos County resident, I know the health, economy and sustainability of our community all depend on having a viable community hospital. more
I live a life of service, and that is what I intend to do by serving as Councilor for the Town of Taos. It was suggested that it was bad form that I not attend the local candidates forum, it was a tough decision, but I chose to continue in service over self promotion. I believe our community needs more of this. more
I got my start in Taos town politics at age 15. I set up a meeting with the mayor, had a reporter from this newspaper in tow, and made my case for a skate park for our youth. Three years and numerous council meetings later, our community had the brand-new Youth and Family Center, complete with an ice rink and skate park. That experience taught me that hard work, collaboration, determination, and a strong vision are what it takes to make change in a community. Those values now form my governing philosophy as your Taos Town Councilor. more
What does it look like as snow, ice, hurricanes, wildfire and drought move across Earth? more
Recently, I accepted an invitation by Congressman Ben Ray Luján to attend the State of the Union address to Congress in Washington, D.C. more
What are young people concerned about in Taos? With the help of Isobel O'Hare, coordinator of the SOMOS Youth Mentorship program, I've made three visits to a local charter school, Taos Integrated School of the Arts, and spoken with five seventh-graders whose teacher, Sally Greywolf, thought they would be interested in working with me. more
In view of the very onerous climate threat and the myriad examples of it’s devastating effects all over the world, it seems it would surely be in Taos’ best interest to seriously consider amending land-use requirements in Taos County and the town of Taos. more
I consider myself blessed to live here in Taos with my wife, in a home that we are paying off because we are fortunate to have good jobs. Being born and raised in Taos, I wanted to come home after college, and looked for a job where I could use my BS in biology. more
The notion that President Donald Trump has a cultlike control over his supporters has been bandied about by various pundits both in print and cyberspace. It's not the most original idea and I tend to agree. more
By George Fritz HahnAs the town council's representative on the [Holy Cross] hospital's Health Study Committee and chair of the Taos Health Systems Board Nominating Committee, I thought it … more
As many of your readers know, the National Nuclear Security Administration, a stovepipe agency within the Department of Energy, is planning a massive expansion at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina to increase its plutonium pit production mission to 30-80 pits per year. more
In January a crew from El Valle dug a trench across West Romero Road near West Romero Place. They have yet to repair the road. I have come to learn from others in the Ranchos area that El Valle has a history of destructive practices and a lack of concern for their actions and their results. more
I am Andrew D. Chavez, a Democrat from Llano Quemado. I am announcing that I seek the commission seat for Taos County District 3, currently held by Commissioner Gabe Romero. The … more
An open letter to Mr. Rick Bellis, cc town of Taos councilors, Taos County commissioners, Holy Cross Hospital board members:I was at the Dec. 30 Taos County Commission meeting when you … more
My issue with partisan discourse today is less about divisiveness and more about what I call intellectual laziness. Many seem incapable or unwilling to do the research before making blanket statements. Shades of gray have ceased to exist. Morality has been replaced by self-righteousness. more
Your recent editorial about setting up a spay and neuter van to provide coverage for Taos County ("Time for Taos mobile spay-neuter," Jan. 16) included several excellent suggestions for funding and running this potential service. The editorial calls for involvement from various governmental agencies as well as the state with Stray Hearts Animal Shelter in the driver's seat. more
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