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As the town of Taos' airport plans move forward, it's important to remember this is a complex issue packed with nuance. One side of the issue believes funding for the airport is an unnecessary expenditure. The other side believes an improved airport is vital to a healthy economy.

Who's right? The answer, unfortunately, is both.

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Colfax County-owned Angel Fire Airport is undergoing major renovations to its buildings and runway, with a projected cost of more than $680,000.

The project includes resurfacing the runway, building six new box hangars and a new floor and paint job for the terminal interior.

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Two people are confirmed dead after a fatal car wreck near Pilar. Multiple agencies responded Saturday afternoon (April 3) to a report of a three vehicle crash in Pilar on State Road 68 near a section of the road known as the “horseshoe”. Traffic was halted for over an hour and drivers were told to seek alternative routes.

This is a developing story, please check back for more details.

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There is much to consider with expanding the airport. It is one of those issues that has a lot of merit regarding the health of our economy which is so tied to tourism. The flip side is the continued low-key lifestyle, minimal growth and preservation of our most precious asset, water.

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Tucked away on page A4 of last week's Taos News was an article that deserves considerable attention of Taos residents. Our administration and some Taos business men apparently feel that a great way to stimulate business in Taos is to open our airport to many small jets that would transport people in and out from various major U.S. cities. Is this what we want - the buzz and pollution of more frequent jets in Taos skies? Do we want to turn Taos into an Aspen or Vail, Colorado?

I believe that when the pandemic is finally over, Taos will boom again without such compromising measures as the above. It's already happening in real estate.

What's most important is that we preserve the remaining charm, beauty and peacefulness of this valley, both for our own sake and that of tourists who wish to visit. We need to focus on creative ways to stimulate business without compromising the unique off-the-beaten-track appeal of Taos.

Decisions about expanding air traffic in our skies should come from a consensus of Taos residents, not just a few business people with their specialized interests.

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Air travel in and out of Taos could take off if pending legislation becomes law, connecting Taos Regional Airport with cities across the Southwest.

"This is the sort of thing that really could help jumpstart our economy," said Taos town manager Rick Bellis at an Inter-Governmental Council meeting Thursday (Feb.18).

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Taking in the world from above fills Chris Dahl-Bredine’s heart with hope and opens his mind to think big.

He loves to impart what it’s like to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Four Corners region from the open cockpit of his ultralight aircraft, but words alone aren’t enough to properly convey the feelings of freedom and awe.

It’s through his incredible images that the 52-year-old, Taos-based aerial photographer shares the rarefied air he inhabits in the early mornings and late afternoons, when the skies are their calmest and the landscapes adorned in the most brilliant light.

Age 44, passed away December 26, 2020 in Angel Fire, NM. Kellie was born in Stone Mountain, GA September 29, 1976. Kellie was preceded in death by her husband Morgan Prindle in 2019. While attending Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua, WI Kellie was drawn to aviation which led to her earning a private pilot’s license at the age of 18.

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Family members of a man who died in a fatal helicopter crash in Raton in 2018 have filed a lawsuit against Sapphire Aviation, the company who owned the downed aircraft. The surviving wife and children of Paul Cobb are seeking financial restitution for his death.

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The cause of the Luna Fire that burned 10,142 acres just two miles northeast of Chacon, New Mexico is still “under investigation,” according to a press release Friday (Nov. 13) from MaryAnna Clemons, Public Affairs Officer for the Carson National Forest. The fire started nearly a month ago.