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(Sponsored Content) UNM-Taos Campus services continue online

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 health crisis, UNM-Taos is committed to helping students successfully complete their semester, while maintaining a safe environment for the entire campus community.
Hailey Espinoza and her mother, Linda, were one of an estimated 1,500 people served on Thursday (March 26) at St. James Food Pantry.

St. James Food Pantry sees surge of families in need

Hundreds of cars crawled through the parking lot at St. James Episcopal Church on an overcast day in Taos on Thursday (March 26) to receive provisions from the organization's food pantry.
Smith's has temporarily suspended the uses of reusable bags at the Taos location to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Smith's stops reusable bag use

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Smith’s has temporarily suspended the use of reusable bags at their Taos location. 
Crime
Gloria Jaime Mandala, 68, was reported missing out of El Prado in Taos County. She was last seen leaving her residence on Camino Don Benito around 5 p.m. on March 9.

El Prado woman reported missing

El Prado resident Gloria Jaime Mandala is missing and may be in danger, according to a press release from New Mexico State Police.
Sara Blankenhorn, an attorney for Community Against Violence and a research and writing associate for Natelson Law Firm in Taos, has been appointed as the new judge in Taos Magistrate Court.

Local attorney appointed as new Taos Magistrate Court judge

Taos attorney Sara Blankenhorn has been appointed as the new judge in Taos Magistrate Court, the Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham confirmed on Monday (March 16).
Police vehicles surround an overturned vehicle that was involved in a chase and shootout in Ranchos de Taos Saturday (March 14). An unidentified man was shot multiple times by New Mexico State Police during the chase, which started in Española. He was flown out of Holy Cross Medical Center in critical condition.

Man dies after car chase, officer-involved shooting in Ranchos de Taos

A man died at Holy Cross Medical Center Saturday evening (March 14) after he was shot multiple times during a car chase with New Mexico State Police officers, who pursued him north from Española into Ranchos de Taos.
Politics
Voting is scheduled as usual for the New Mexico 2020 primary election, pending a notice from the state.
COVID-19

No delays yet for New Mexico primary election

Voting for the June 2 primary election is still on, pending a notice from the New Mexico Secretary of State.  Taos County Clerk Anna Martinez said her office is waiting for a direction for the state as far as any special notifications for the upcoming election due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 
In an empty commission meeting Tuesday (March 17), Taos County Manager Brent Jaramillo reads an emergency proclamation to the commission.
COVID-19

Taos County passes emergency declaration due to coronavirus

The Taos County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency due to growing concerns of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. 
File photo: Taos County residents complete early voting for the Nov. 6 general election Wednesday (Oct. 31) at the Taos County Administrative Complex. The complex will be open until Saturday, Nov. 3, the final day of early voting.

Taos County campaign begins

The campaign officially begins as the Taos County clerk announced the official list of candidates for the June 2 primary election.
Environment
The Carson National Forest office in Taos is providing services via online and will be closing developed recreation areas this week due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Forest Service closing developed campgrounds

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.
A prescribed burn near Tres Piedras in a prior year. All planned burns on the Carson National Forest have been postponed until further notice.

Carson National Forest postpones prescribed burns

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.
Courtesy Michael Reynolds'Every day is precious, not one to waste,' says earthship master designer Mike Reynolds.

Garbage warrior Michael Reynolds: 'I call it logical living'

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.
Business
Mike Holley, owner of Gunslingers, has seen a major uptick in sales of both firearms and ammunition. 'I think this is something a lot of people have never been through before, so they're not sure how to deal with it,' he said.
COVID-19

Guns - like toilet paper - fly off the shelves

"Once the coronavirus hit the news media, and people started to get weird, as the toilet paper flew off the shelves, so did our guns." So said Michael Holley, owner of Gunslingers at 308 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, in a Monday (March 23) interview.

Has COVID-19 derailed your small business or nonprofit? 

If your small business or nonprofit has taken a direct hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.      
Relax: You now have until July 15 to file both federal and state tax returns.

Deadlines for federal, state tax returns extended to July 15 

If you haven't yet filed your tax return for taxable year 2019, you can now breathe a little easier. Both the United States and New Mexico governments have now extended the deadline for filing and paying to July 15.

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