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St. Anthony Catholic Church in Questa, where several priests who were found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor served.

Former Questa priest named in new rape and abuse lawsuit

Two men who were parishioners of Questa's St. Anthony Church in the late 1960s have named a former priest as a sexual abuser in a lawsuit filed last week, marking …
Jose Saiz, 23, was reported missing in Taos County on May 23. He was last seen on May 22 wearing a camouflage hoodie, black jeans, blue Jordan brand shoes and a black shirt with a Duke logo. Information regarding his whereabouts can be submitted to the Taos County Sheriff's Office at (505) 758-3361.

Brittany Alert issued for missing Taos man

Twenty-three-year-old Jose Saiz has gone missing in Taos County and may be in danger if not located, according to a Brittany Alert issued by New Mexico State Police on Thursday (May 23). The alert …

Burning canceled Thursday due to winds

Taos County fire officials have canceled burning for today, Thursday (May 23), due to high winds and a low relative humidity in the afternoon. 

 County residents with valid burn permits are …
Crime
A photo of Holly White, not long before she was reported missing on May 6, 2016 in Taos, just a few months before her 50th birthday.

After three years, Taos woman still missing

Monday (May 6) marked three years to the day since Holly White, a former manager of the Taos Center for the Arts, was reported missing in Taos, but the private investigator hired to find her said …
New Mexico State Police have confirmed that the remains of a woman identified as Diane Herrera were recovered from a home that burned May 5 in Angel Fire. Her husband, George Herrera, has been identified as the man who was shot by an Angel Fire Police Officer who said Herrera was wielding a knife outside the burning home.

Woman's remains recovered from Angel Fire house fire, husband identified as man killed by police

New Mexico State Police confirmed on Thursday that the man shot outside a home that burned in Angel Fire on May 5 was the home's owner, George Herrera, and  said the remains of his wife, Diane …
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe, who organized the raid of the alleged terrorist compound, receiving the Medal of Valor on Wednesday (May 15).

Taos County Sheriff's Office receives Medal of Valor for compound raid

This morning (May 15), Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham honored the members of the Taos County Sheriff's Office who raided the alleged terrorist compound near Amalia with the Public Safety Officer …
Politics

Public meetings this week: town talks nukes, everyone looks at budgets, tips to prevent burglaries

From a resolution calling for an end of nuclear weapons production in Los Alamos to routine budget discussions, this is what's happening in Taos and Taos County this week.
Nicholas Maestas waits Tuesday night (May 14) for the Questa Village Council to vote on his employment with the village. The council voted to terminate Maestas at the recommendation of Mayor Mark Gallegos.

Questa Village Council ousts administrator in split vote

The Questa Village Council voted Tuesday night (May 14) to terminate the village administrator at the request of the mayor. Nicholas Maestas had been the top manager in the village government …
Former CIA agent Valerie Plame, pictured in June 2015, has announced that she is running as a Democrat for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján.
Politics

CD3 race: Outed CIA agent Plame launches Democratic bid in race for Luján's seat

Outed CIA agent Plame launches Democratic bid, says she sees opportunity to 'serve my country again' Publication …
Environment
Courtesy New Mexico Department of Transportation A black bear uses a drainage to cross underneath the interstate near Ratón. The state transportation department installed big game fencing along the freeway both to prevent wildlife-vehicle collisions and to make it safer for animals like bear and deer to migrate underneath the busy road. The state will be creating a comprehensive wildlife corridor plan, a collaboration between the New Mexico Department of Transportation and Department of Game and Fish.

Make way for wildlife

The number of people in the West continues to grow and as our roadways get busier, collisions between vehicles and wildlife at the junctures with popular animal routes are growing as well.

Tres Piedras area prescribed burn coming up

About 1,700 acres are likely to be treated with prescribed fire in the Tres Piedras area sometime between May 20 and June 15, as long as the weather conditions are favorable to burning. The Tio …

Working toward a Taos free of plastic

This coming Monday (May 20), Plastic-Free Taos, led by the owners of Coffee Apothecary, will join several elected officials for a discussion about how to reduce plastic in the community. The talk …
Business
Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Collision via SportsfileTaos native Griffin Hale, right, founder and CEO, Full Body Sound, and Lori Cooper, Centre for Deaf & Coalition for Persons with Disabilities, on the machine demo stage during day three of Collision 2018 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Hale helped Cooper feel birdsong for the first time through a device he is developing with his wife, Allison Hale.

What would birdsong feel like?

Have you ever wanted to feel sound? Not just the lowest bass frequencies that can permeate your body at a rock concert but all the frequencies: human voice, guitar …
Courtesy photoLuis A. Reyes Jr., CEO of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, spoke at the co-op's Solar Initiative Launch at KTAO Solar Center in 2018.

Business in Brief

KCEC a finalist for power awardThe Smart Electric Power Alliance recently announced that Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is one of 21 finalists for the 2019 SEPA Power Players Awards. The SEPA (smart …
Morgan Timms/The Taos NewsFireworks explode over snowy trails during New Year's Eve celebrations at Taos Ski Valley on Dec. 31.

Taos Ski Valley has best winter season in decades

Visitors to New Mexico's eight ski resorts during the 2018-19 snow-laden winter season topped more than a million, a dramatic increase over the prior year. It was …

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