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What is the Abeyta Settlement? Why should I care?

The settlement is essentially a water-sharing agreement for the Taos Valley. Here's some answers to common questions about the Abeyta Settlement.
The Taos County Commission dropped its protest of a a controversial water rights transfer this week (March 19). The Office of the State Engineer approved in 2017 a transfer of 1,752 acre-feet of water rights from Ute Mountain’s Top of the World Farm, to a domestic water authority 85 miles down the Rio Grande. The transfer was a key part in ensuring the viability of the Aamodt Settlement, a decades-long water rights dispute between four pueblos and non-Native water users in Santa Fe County.

Taos County drops protest to water-rights transfer for Aamodt Settlement

Don Quixote had a better chance of toppling a giant than Taos County did in winning a water fight with the state.The grim message came from the county attorney Randy Autio at the Tuesday (March 19) …
Acequias funnel waters from a variety of springs and run-off tributaries throughout the valley.

Arroyo Seco acequia ditches Taos valley association

The Acequia Madre del Rio Lucero y Arroyo Seco voted Saturday (March 16) not to pay its membership dues to the Taos Valley Acequia Association as a protest over what …

Taos Police blotter

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from March 13-18. March 13 1:46 p.m. Parking violation, Taos County Chamber of Commerce – Two vehicles and a county truck were …
The five adults arrested at a makeshift compound in Northern Taos County in the summer of 2018 pleaded not guilty to new federal charges, including terrorism charges, at an arraignment Thursday (March 21) in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.

New Mexico compound suspects plead not guilty to terror charges

The five adults arrested at a squalid compound where 11 children were rescued during a law enforcement raid in August 2018 pleaded not guilty to federal terrorism, firearms and kidnapping charges at …
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of famed Brooklyn Imam Siraj Wahhaj, was one of five adults arrested last year at a remote compound in Taos County who is now facing federal terrorism, firearms and kidnapping charges. "He was a regular child and grew up as a regular child," said Ali Abdul-Karim, who knew the young Wahhaj at the At-Taqwa Mosque in New York City.

Advisor to Brooklyn imam says evidence will reveal truth about Taos County compound suspects

If Siraj Wahhaj, the imam of the At-Taqwa Mosque in Brooklyn, knew that his son, two daughters and two others who lived at the compound raided last summer in Taos County had been indicted on federal …
The New Mexican Forms are required annually of patients and their doctors for the state medical cannabis program. The paperwork would be reduced under bills approved by the state Legislature.

Lawmakers vote to expand N.M. medical cannabis program

More New Mexicans would qualify for medical marijuana, and the 70,000-plus patients already in the state's medical cannabis program would have to deal …
Photos by Jane Phillips/for The New MexicanFrom left, Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, Lt. Gov. Howie Morales and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham talk during a press conference at the Capitol on Saturday (March 16) shortly after the end of the 2019 legislative session.

2019 Legislative session ends with last-minute compromise on tax bill

The 60-day legislative session ended Saturday (March 16) with a down-to-the-wire agreement on a sweeping tax bill that will raise rates on e-cigarettes and new …
Cody Hooks/The Taos NewsThe Río San Antonio Wilderness northwest of Taos is one of several new wilderness areas protected under a bill signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 12.

New wilderness areas added to Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

The Cerro del Yuta Wilderness will comprise most of Ute Mountain, the volcanic dome lying west of State Road 522 near the New Mexico-Colorado border. Along with the Río San Antonio Wilderness, the two areas create about 21,500 acres of new wilderness within the quarter-million acre Río Grande del Norte National Monument.
Water activists sing prayers Friday (March 15) during a four-day protest outside a water well drilling rig along U.S. 64.

Ceremony planned for activist’s descent from Taos water drilling rig Sunday

The water activist who on Thursday (March 14) climbed a water well drilling rig plans to come down Sunday morning. “Buck [Johnston] plans to descend the tower by 10 a.m. on Sunday (March 17). …
Buck Johnston stands on top of a drilling rig Friday (March 15) during a four-day protest of the terms of the Abeyta Settlement.

One arrested during second day of water well protest  near Taos

The protest at the site of a well drilling rig is in its second day Friday (March 15), which started around dawn with the arrest of one person. Zachary Trujillo was arrested by New Mexico State …
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Valle Vista briefs – March 14

Rio Lucero y Arroyo Seco meeting. Nonprofit funds solar projects for tribes, northern New Mexico villages.
Courtesy photoFrom left: High Country realtors Robbie Puskarich, Sharon Glister and Robb Puchett were honored by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February.

Business in Brief – March 21

Local favorite Mante's Chow Cart at 402 Paseo del Pueblo Sur has recently been spotted on the far southern end of town at a second location.The food truck turned local hot …
Jesse Moya/The Taos NewsLawrence Gurule, right, checks inventory and can often be seen at the front desk at Zeke's Auto Supply. Zeke's will be celebrating its 50-year anniversary this summer.

Zeke's Auto Supply in Taos turns 50

"My dad still comes in every now and then to remind us whose name is on the door," Tracy said laughing.
Courtesy photoZiggy, the namesake pug of the new frozen yogurt business, photo-bombs a picture of the mural inside the store. The pug will also be part of a virtual reality experiment utilizing the mural in the background.
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Taos youth nonprofit scoops up Ziggy's for-profit venture

Taos' favorite fro-yo spot will see some new owners as Ziggy's Frozen Yogurt changes hands to the DreamTree Project.DreamTree, a local Taos nonprofit focused on serving …

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