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The Taos Regional Airport is one of Taos' best-kept secrets. On any given Saturday morning when the weather warms up, the hangar doors are flung open and pilots gather. Airplanes, gliders and flying trikes roll out. Aviation conversation flows.

With rags in hand, some people are spiffing up their aircraft for a few touch-and-go landings against the backdrop of the Taos Mountain and a sea of sagebrush. In the evening, a pack of coyotes trots around on the runway, and a night owl perched on the fence line keeps watch.

On another Saturday in May, another kind of flight is happening at the airport. Kathleen Martin and her troupe from The Academy of Performing Arts will create their stage and produce their magic in "My Pointe of View" at the Taos Regional Airport - which will be filmed.

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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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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.

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Update: Tuesday (Oct. 20), 4:34 p.m. The Public Affairs Office at Kirtland Air Force Base said in an email that the base rarely flies planes on the weekends and had no report of an "aircraft mishap." 

An airman at the Cannon Air Force Base public affairs office said he had not heard of an accident involving any Cannon aircraft. Cannon officials had not yet officially confirmed Tuesday afternoon. 

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Update: Monday (Oct. 19) The size of the Luna fire was reduced to 6,385 after additional mapping, according to the Fire, Weather and Avalanche Center.

A forest fire that started Saturday night (Oct. 17) within rugged canyons in the Carson National Forest a few miles north-northeast of Chacon, New Mexico had burned more than 7,400 acres by Sunday midday.

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Outfitter James Duran saw a big red plume of smoke up Luna Canyon about 7:15 p.m. Saturday night (Oct. 17) and knew that meant trouble. He called his dad Martín Duran and they met out at the family's Luna Canyon Cattle Company ranch. The flames were visible above the canyon wall in an area that sits close to the border of Taos and Mora counties.

By Sunday morning the Luna fire had spread across more than 7,445 acres.

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Update: Sunday (Oct. 18), Noon 

The Luna fire has been mapped at 7,445 acres, according to information on the Fire, Weather and Avalanche Center website with data from the Carson National Forest. 

The fire was reported Saturday night by community members, she said.

Smoke will likely be visible from Angel Fire, Black Lake, Mora, Guadalupita and Taos.