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COVID’s impact continues to be felt, but some things are getting back on track, like the Town of Taos plans to refurbish and improve the three public parks within its limits, all of which have fallen into disrepair over the last year-and-a-half: Kit Carson Park, Eco-Park and Fred Baca Park.

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The facility has been officially closed to the general public since the pandemic began, but has offered limited services to groups like the Taos Swim Club by appointment only.

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ALBUQUERQUE — Makayla Etzel is like any competitive athlete - she wants to win.

But the senior captain for the Taos cheer team said Friday was a victory for every cheerleader, regardless of the school or the results, competing at the State Spirit Competition in The Pit. It had been two years since the event crowned state champions due to the pandemic, which forced the cancellation of the 2020 event. Etzel said she felt like an eighth grader all over again.

She embraced her inner middle schooler as if it was her first time at state.

"After everything we've been through - after not even knowing if we were going to get this [chance to compete again] - it's a feeling like no other," Etzel said. "It makes you cherish [the sport] more."

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Lorraine Salazar might not understand the rule book as well as her husband, but she certainly knows how to play the game.

When the couple was looking to start a family in the 1990s, she took the big leap and brought home an adopted baby without telling her other half what was happening.

"She walked in through the front door with a baby and a car seat and said, 'Congrats, it's a boy!' " Mark Salazar said with a laugh. "I love telling that story."

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As the 2021 basketball season comes to a close, so does the last year for our seniors. In their final home game of this unusual and unpredictable season, the town honored all the teams' hard work and achievements throughout their high school careers. A night of cheers and chants greeted the team as they took to the court. The final result was a crushing victory over the Los Alamos Hilltoppers. In a game filled with buzzer beaters, long-distance shooting, staggering defense and detailed plays, the Tigers showed themselves to be the resilient winners they are.