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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

Hardly anything is scarier than driving down the highway -- the sun long since dipped below the horizon and headlights piercing only a tiny hole into the surrounding …

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 …
Crime
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 …
A grand jury indicted Carl Gage, an Alaska man, on new burglary charges this week related to a break-in at Bailey's Chimney in December 2018.

Alleged serial burglar indicted on new charges

Carl Gage, an Alaska man accused of burglarizing several business around Taos County in 2018, was indicted in a new case Thursday (May 9) related to a December break in at Bailey's Chimney.
May 2, 12:19 p.m. Assault, Taos Inn - A caller said a driver in the parking lot robbed someone at gunpoint, hit a vehicle and left the area.

Police blotter

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from May 1-6.
Politics
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 …

Public meetings this week: Questa's top job, hospital oversight, town marketing

Tuesday (May 7): Taos County Board of Commissioners meeting begins at 9 a.m., and some of the discussion looks like it will be centered around Holy Cross Hospital and its management. The county …
Environment
Campers walk from the Bavarian at the Taos Ski Valley to the base in this 2015 Taos News photo.

It's camping time

Though the Carson National Forest is keeping the Fawn Lakes campground closed for the time being due to flooding, there's plenty of other places to pitch a tent in the forest. Developed …

Carson Forest selling wood permits in Taos on Saturday

The Carson National Forest Supervisor's Office, located on Cruz Alta Road in Taos, will be open this Saturday (May 18) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to sell fuelwood permits. It's the only Saturday in …
Franciso Gonzales, center, drums with Jerry A. Padilla, left, Manuel Vigil, and others at the Llano Quemado Hot Springs in 2010 for the annual blessing of the waters. Arroyo Seco will be holding a water blessing Friday (may 17) at 5 p.m., starting at the community center.

Blessing the water with San Isidro

Blessing the water with San IsidroTo celebrate San Isidro, Northern New Mexico's ever-popular saint of farming, water and acequias, a multicultural "blessing of the …
Business
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 …
Morgan Timms/The Taos NewsBison Star Natural owners Angelo and Jacquelene McHorse and their daughter.

Business in Brief

Protecting businesses from break-insTaos businesses have suffered a slate of break-ins over the last year. At least one serial burglar was finally arrested and is awaiting trial. But there's plenty …

Taos among 'disaster' areas for farmers

Taos County, along with 20 other counties in the state, was declared a primary disaster area by the USDA back in March, and farmers and ranchers have until November to apply for loans to help recover …

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