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Independence Day celebrations start early aqui en Taos, with the 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at the Historic Taos Plaza, hosted by Town of Taos Mayor Dan Barrone.

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Last week, Taos News published a story about an upcoming June 8th Town of Taos Council meeting to discuss changes in the local election system. The issue is whether to opt-in to the Local Election Act (LEA), a state-level act designed to sync state and local elections in an effort to increase voter turnout.

The problem is, if the Town Council votes to opt-in, (which looks likely) they will then decide to either shorten their own terms by nine weeks, or extend them by 22 months.

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At a town of Taos Council meeting Tuesday, June 8, councilors will hold a public hearing to discuss and possibly approve an ordinance that would change the way local elections are run, moving town elections from March of even-numbered years to November of odd-numbered years. In addition to the change, they will have to vote on whether to shorten term limits by nine weeks, or extend them by 22 months.

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Taos Charter School got a little bit more COVID-safe this month with a donation of 78 tree stumps by Olguin's Sawmill & Firewood. The stumps will be used to help the students keep socially distanced during outdoor and picnic activities.

Taos Charter School Director Jeremy Jones said they had been facing problems trying to adhere to social distancing standards with their current outdoor table setup.

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It is that time again when the evil comes out of the woodwork. People will do just about anything to get what they want and at any cost. The time I am talking about is the work up to the mayoral election. It is time to start smearing your opponents with fabricated accusations. The ship has been sailing smoothly and actively engaged with the community, assisting the hospital and other venues with COVID necessities. Town administration is doing all they can to keep things running smoothly with limited revenue.

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Taos County moved Wednesday (March 10) back to the 'yellow phase' under the state's 'red-to-green' reopening plan, scoring a case average of 13.8 per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 2.75 percent over a two week average.