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Taos Police blotter

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from May 15-19. May 15 2:36 a.m. Assault, Allsup’s, 507 Paseo del Pueblo Norte – A caller said two men were fighting …
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 …
Crime
Carl Gage, 46, has been arrested and charged with a half dozen burglaries at businesses around Taos County in 2018. He was charged again this month for allegedly burglarizing Enchanted Circle Brewing in Angel Fire in Colfax County last September.

Alleged serial burglar charged in brewery burglary

Carl Gage, the Alaska man whom law enforcement believes carried out more than a half-dozen burglaries around Taos County in 2018, picked up his third case in just four months May 17 – for …
The Taos County Sheriff's Office arrested Cynthia Cordero Thursday afternoon (May 16) after she allegedly admitted to robbing a woman with a BB gun in Ranchos de Taos. Later, Cordero allegedly admitted to a May 11 armed robbery at Allsup's.

Woman arrested for robbing Ranchos business with BB gun

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe and deputies from his office arrested a woman Thursday afternoon (May 16) who allegedly admitted to using a BB gun to rob a woman at a local business in Ranchos de …
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 …
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
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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 …

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