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Things appear fairly normal these days; businesses are open with no capacity restrictions and NFL stadiums are packed with barely a mask to be seen—though New Mexico still has mask requirements.But …

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The official legalization of recreational cannabis is looming ever closer while local governments have been rushing to put ordinances in place. As the town of Taos Council wrapped up their special …

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It is not an exaggeration to say that New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park is under siege. A surge of oil and gas development threatens this ancestral site, recognized as one of the architectural marvels of the world and revered by Native Americans who consider it a living presence.

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Protesters gathered in front of the Taos County Courthouse on Saturday (Sept. 18) for a second demonstration against local, state and federal mask and vaccine mandates. From 3 to 4 p.m. the protesters held signs advocating for their freedom to choose and condemning what they deem as an inappropriate use of power by the government.

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Masks and social distancing are back, for now. As COVID cases continue to rise, the Town of Taos opted to take proactive measures against the virus and implemented new safety protocols for businesses, outdoors gatherings, and (most importantly) public events.

 Holy Cross Medical Center Emergency Manager David Elliot told Taos News reporter Will Hooper that it is imperative Taos remain proactive in order to prevent the Delta and Lambda variants of the virus from infecting the unvaccinated, particularly children.

In 1839, during the first Afghan War, the British Army occupied Kabul after deposing Afghanistan's leader. Over the next few years, the Brits suffered increasing casualties from Afghan insurgents within the capital until they agreed to evacuate the city and march toward the safety of India. In January 1842, 10,000 British soldiers and colonials accompanied by their wives and children marched out of the city gates.

Three survived. Three.

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Taos has an especially short growing season, perhaps one of the shortest in the state. This fact alone makes farming in the area hard work. Add the task of predicting how much material to grow to satisfy the changing demand of the area markets and local restaurants, and farmers can often end up with what is known as a "bumper crop" - or an excess amount of one kind of vegetable or fruit for the season.

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Municipal governments around the Enchanted Circle all hold meetings this week. The town of Taos and others will discuss their Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plans. The county will finish gathering public comments about cannabis and land use regulations. Red River, Questa and Taos Ski Valley will all also discuss new cannabis regulations.

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The days of social distancing and masks are back in Taos after the town and county governments voted to approve new public health orders, with the town holding an emergency meeting Friday (Aug. 13) and the county discussing the order Tuesday (Aug. 17). The news comes as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham re-enacted statewide mask mandates.