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Dear Editor,

Sunday night's Oscar for best documentary went to Netflix's trailblazing documentary "My Octopus Teacher." The documentary chronicles a complex relationship between a man and world's most bizarre animal - an octopus. It testifies to our conflicted relationship with animals.

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Thank you, Governor, for signing into law SB 32, TrapFree legislation. A morally correct decision to protect other creatures with whom we share the earth. Next month's full moon will be serenaded by one of the beneficiaries. And we will smile.

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A renewed effort to ban trapping on public land in New Mexico moved through the House of Representatives by a close vote of 35-34 and is now on its way to the governor's desk for a signature.

In addition to outlawing the use of traps, Senate Bill 32 prohibits the use of snares and wildlife poison on public land.

Age 62, a resident of Ranchos de Taos, passed away on March 18, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents Octaviano and Andreita Romero; siblings Enrique Romero, Vivian Romero and Christine Romero; brother-in-law William Aguirre and sister-in-law Betty Romero; and son-in-law Valentin Espinoza, Jr. David served his country proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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One of our favorite animals linked to Christmas is the humble little donkey. It has been said that the donkey is the animal most closely connected than any other to the Christian faith and that donkeys, longtime beasts of burden, are referenced more in the Bible than any other animals. There is no actual proof that Mary rode a donkey to the little town of Bethlehem, or that a donkey was stabled nearby where the baby Jesus lay in a manger, but these legends are a part of the mysticism and attraction that we have with these gentle, adorable animals. 

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It's that time once again when the Taos News honors hunting and fishing traditions. Each year the newspaper invites hunters and anglers to send in a photo of their favorite hunt or fishing trip. Send high resolution photos, stories and recipe to editor@taosnews.com or text (505) 470-9843. Deadline is Dec. 13.

Be sure and include your name, the general area where the photo was taken and a paragraph or two about why it was special. If you have a favorite recipe for cooking up the meat or fish, include that too.