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NM opens the doors on hemp growers

Hemp is in. After years of lobbying efforts, growing hemp has been approved in the Land of Enchantment. Applications are open for interested farmers and producers. The Continuous Hemp Production …

Coyote killing contests cut on state land

State Land Commissioner Stephanie García Richard has ended "killing contests" of coyotes on state trust land throughout New Mexico. The decision was inked in her first executive order. Such …
A visitor to the Roundhouse during last year’s regular session takes a photograph of the Zia on the floor of the Capitol Rotunda.

Environmental organizations train New Mexicans to lobby legislators

A bevy of environmentalists will be taking to the Roundhouse to lobby legislators with a two-day convergence. The Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club, and other organizations are hosting "Clean …
Crime
Crime

Police Blotter – Jan. 9-14

Jan. 13, Callejon Road – A green Chevy truck hauling a camper went off the road and landed face down in a ditch.
Eduardo Alonza Rivera, 29, was arrested after a standoff with police at a residence in Ranchos de Taos on Thursday (Jan. 10).

State police arrest three after standoff in Ranchos

New Mexico State Police arrested three men at a Ranchos de Taos residence on Thursday (Jan. 10), bringing a peaceful resolution to a tense standoff that lasted more than five hours. According to a press …
July 13 – 8:47 p.m. Animal wild, Liebert Street – A caller said a bear was in their neighbor’s yard. They were making an effort to scare it away but weren’t being very effective. The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish arrived with a bear trap, but the bear took off over a fence before they could use it.

Best of the Police Blotter 2018

Every week The Taos News publishes Taos police reports. The blotter chronicles emergency calls made to the police, which range from serious situations to downright hilarious situations. Our …
Politics
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham enters the House chamber Tuesday for the State of the State address during the first day of the 54th New Mexico legislative session. ‘This moment is greater than the state of our budget, or any of the numbers that suggest we can now begin to make the transformative investments our schools, our economy and our communities have always deserved,’ she said.
Legislature 2019

Legislative committee proposes $7B budget

Top lawmakers on Monday (Jan. 14) rolled out a proposed $7 billion state budget that would include $600 million for public works projects around New Mexico as the government’s coffers …
House staffer Ramon Vigil congratulates Lujan Grisham after she delivered the State of the State address.
Legislature 2019

Governor charges into session

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham launched the New Mexico Legislature’s 2019 session Tuesday by calling on lawmakers to pour half a billion dollars more into education, raise the minimum wage, pass …
Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New MexicanAt right, Rep. Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales in the House of Representatives for the first day of the 54th New Mexico legislative session on Tuesday (Jan.15).

Taos legislators talk plans for 60-day session

"Taos, we're in a good position," said state Representative Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales amid the fanfare of a recent swearing-in ceremony.
Environment
Governor Michell Lujan Grisham delivers the State of the State address during the first day of the 54th New Mexico legislative session on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Gov. Lujan Grisham talks climate, energy in State of the State

In her first State of the State address, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a number of environmental goals.First, the governor said she would sign …
Courtesy PhotoSarah Cottrell Propst

Q and A with New Mexico's incoming energy secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst

Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced her choice to lead the state's Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department: Sarah Cottrell Propst.Cottrell Propst served as the deputy cabinet secretary of …
File photoChris Pieper throws a handful of freshly harvested Yukon Gold potatoes onto a pile Thursday (Sept. 6) at his farm in Arroyo Seco. Pieper experimented with growing potatoes in wood chips for the first time this summer and said this method has been the least energy-intensive and most water-efficient method he has ever used.Master Gardening classes starting at the Juan I. Gonzales Memorial Agriculture Center will cover plant selection, xeriscaping, turf, pest management, home vegetable and fruit production, pruning and more.

Agricultural briefs – January 17

Become a master gardenerWant to become a master at gardening? Whether you are a beginner or have been gardening for years, learn more about gardening in the Taos County High Desert. The classes will …
Business
Tina Larkin/Taos NewsFile photo of Los Rios River Runners rafting in the Taos Box.
Community sports

With all this snow, rafters ready their paddles

Whitewater enthusiasts are already making waves -- because a deep snowpack on the Sangre de Cristo Mountains signals a good runoff in the Río Grande.
A Leadership in New Mexico session held in Las Vegas, N.M. in November 2018.
Business

Are you a New Mexico leader?

Northern New Mexicans who are interested in helping their communities and the state progress and improve can apply for two of the nonpartisan Leadership New Mexico's programs - Core Program and …
The back yard at the KTAOS Solar Center near Taos has hosted many a wedding, nonprofit fundraiser and live music event.

KTAOS Solar Center for sale

The KTAOS Solar Center and its liquor license are for sale. The long-time iconic entertainment and event venue just off State Road 150 in Upper Colonias, with stunning views of the Taos mountains, …

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