Community members with the Ranchos de Taos Neighborhood Association are advocating for a Traditional Historic Community designation for Ranchos de Taos and its surrounding neighborhoods, Llano Quemado, Talpa. Los Córdovas and La Cordillera. Supporters believe the designation would help protect and preserve the acequia system, historic structures and ranches in the area.

The Ranchos de Taos Neighborhood Association is kicking off its Traditional Historic Community designation petition signing Friday (June 18) at Del Norte Liquors at 3 p.m. The neighborhood has been pushing for support since April, after El Prado successfully campaigned for the designation last year.

Other times for petition-signing will be on Saturday (June 19) from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at San Francisco de Asís school yard sale and also at Del Norte from 4-7 p.m.

Signing will also take place on Sunday (June 20) at San Francisco de Asís parking lot from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The purpose of designating the unincorporated neighborhoods of La Cordillera, Los Córdovas, Llano Quemado, Ranchos de Taos, and Talpa collectively as "Las Comunidades del Valle de los Ranchos Traditional Historic Community" is to:

● Protect the character and heritage of Las Comunidades del Valle de los Ranchos by ensuring the right to determine our future under the jurisdiction of Taos County, free from extraterritorial jurisdiction and annexation by the Town of Taos;

● Honor and preserve the interwoven values of the rural heart, history, cultural traditions, and architecture of Las Comunidades del Valle de los Ranchos;

● Acknowledge and support the acequia system engineered and constructed within the watershed of the Río Chiquito and Río Grande del Rancho - dating from the 18th century - and to recognize the acequias as a unique historical, cultural and natural resource within Taos County, the State of New Mexico, and the United States of America.

For more information you may contact the Ranchos de Taos Neighborhood Association via email at RanchosdeTaosNA@gmail.com.

--Staff report

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