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Courtesy Stray HeartsI am Sam. Don't be fooled by my size. I'm a big cat in a still-growing body just waiting to make a human wait on me hand and foot. I'm worth it. Check me out at Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter report

The ebb and flow of animals at Stray Hearts Animal Shelter is reported to the Taos News each week. Curious how many dogs or cats are being held in the facility?
Skiers participating in the 2019 Shred the Love breast cancer awareness event at Taos Ski Valley. The annual fundraiser returns this year on Saturday (Feb. 15).

Skiing to raise cancer awareness

On Saturday (Feb. 15), Taos Ski Valley will host Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) and its event “Shred the Love” to help raise awareness for those affected by the disease. Money raised from the event will go to B4BC and Anita Salas Memorial Fund, a nonprofit that helps women with financial assistance.
File photoConsulting arborist Paul Bryan Jones of Taos poses for a portrait in 2018 at Taos Land Trust.

Taos Tree Board preps for Arbor Day

Members of the Taos Tree Board are gearing up for spring as they ready the community for their annual Arbor Day festival.
Crime
Taos Police Chief David Trujillo said he will miss visiting the Plaza in his police uniform. Trujillo announced his retirement from the department after 20 years.

Taos police chief Trujillo to retire

At the end of this month, Taos loses its police chief of the last two and a half years, and one of the longest-serving members of its local police force.
Jeff Fortenberry of Red River may be going to trial this year on four felonies alleging he raped a 39-year-old woman at her home on July 3, 2019.
The docket

Trial date set for Red River man charged with rape

The 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Law Offices of the Public Defender in Taos are preparing for a trial next month in a rape case filed in July in Red River ...
Requildo E. Cardenas is wanted on a bench warrant in a 2017 case charging him with assaulting three law enforcement officers using a vehicle in Fred Baca Park.
The docket

Man charged in Fred Baca Park incident still wanted on warrant

A man charged in a 2017 aggravated assault upon a peace officer case remains wanted on a bench warrant, creating another delay in bringing his case to a trial. Requildo Cardenas was originally …
Politics
New Mexico State Capitol on Thursday February 13, 2020. ...Photo by Luke E. Montavon/The New Mexican
Legislature 2020

Roundhouse Roundup, Feb. 18

“That’s the last you’re going to hear of me.” — retiring Sen. Bill Payne, R-Albuquerque,  after he was honored by the Senate. Here's some of the Legislature's latest:
Legislature 2020

Bill creating path for drug imports from Canada sent to governor

A bill that would create a potential pathway for New Mexico to import prescription drugs from Canada is now on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

Roundhouse Roundup, Feb. 17

"I can't explain it to myself, let alone someone else." — Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, after a lengthy and sometimes contentious debate on the Senate floor over Senate Bill 52, which would require additional reporting requirements for the Local Economic Development Act. Here's some of the Legislature's latest:
Environment
Senate Bill 29, if passed by the Legislature, will reinstate New Mexico's tax credit for homeowners and small business owners who install a photovoltaic array after Jan. 1, 2020.

Bill revives New Mexico's solar tax credit

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.
Courtesy Greg Willis/Wikimedia CommonsChaco Canyon National Historical Park has particular significance for Native communities.

Navajo Nation wants smaller Chaco buffer

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.
Johnny Hughes, of the Greater World Earthship Community, sorts his tin cans from aluminum cans Tuesday (Jan. 28) at the Taos Recycling Center.

Will Taos resume glass and plastic recycling?

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.
Business
Lawmakers are debating a bill to shore up revenue in the state employees' retirement fund.

Lawmakers move to boost state retirement fund

The New Mexico Senate on Wednesday (Feb. 12) approved a $76 million investment in the state Public Employees Retirement Association in a move to get the pension system on …
Over 160 members of the public spoke at the Taos Planning Commission's public hearing on the proposed Dollar Store in  El Prado, Wednesday (Feb. 12).
Taos County

Commission delays Family Dollar vote

After four hours of public comment, and with more people waiting to speak, the Taos County Planning and Zoning Commission voted Wednesday night (Feb. 12) to continue a hearing on a proposed Family Dollar in El Prado. 
Google mapsThe area shaded in orange shows the approximate boundaries of location of a proposed Family Dollar store in El Prado. The store would be located near the intersection of Milicent Rogers Road and Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Taos County to hold Family Dollar meeting

The Taos County Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed Family Dollar store in El Prado. The proposed store is again generating controversy between supporters and those who think a Family Dollar Store doesn't belong in the location.

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