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As New Mexico families emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us find life incredibly different than it was 15 months ago. Our households, our communities, and our jobs have all been impacted and likely look very different now.

The pandemic was an indiscriminate hammer, fracturing the lives of people across the spectrum and far too many New Mexicans now find themselves struggling to make ends meet, or are employed, but behind on housing costs like mortgages, rent or utilities.

Fortunately, thousands of renters in New Mexico are likely eligible to receive funds to cover up to 15 months of rent and utility payments. These payments will help keep people in their homes.

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Taos High School Class of 2021, along with their families and school administrators, celebrated their hard-fought graduation on Saturday (May 29) on Anaya Field. Despite a global pandemic, Taos Tigers showed their indomitable spirit, and excelled in and out of the classroom. Congratulations to all!

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Sexual assault and the culture of silence around it are plagues in Taos County. You don't have to dig very deep to unearth horrific experiences of sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape throughout our county. I know several women who have experienced sexual assault from a friend, neighbor, relative, teacher or other figures of authority. These young girls and women placed their trust in someone only to find these men were the "monsters under the bed."

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It has been a year since a miniscule virus turned life in Taos and all of New Mexico upside down.

It's been longer than that for other places in the world.

But the darkness seems to be lifting, however halting and slowly.

It was a long, bitter, painful year. Taos County lost beloved people to the insidious virus. Worse, they had to die alone, without their families beside them in their last moments.

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Warm and breezy conditions were expected to continue challenging firefighters working Tuesday to contain the Luna fire burning southeast of Taos in canyons near Mora, New Mexico.  

A cold front moving into the area could help tamp down temperatures into Friday, potentially a help to firefighters, according to fire information from the Carson National Forest.

This isn't the first time the administrator's chair in Questa has been empty.After a little more than two years, Questa's mayor has again made moves to replace the …