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Taos Academy Charter School recently collaborated with the nonprofit The Learning Accelerator (TLA) to share learning strategies and ways to innovate K-12 in the country, detailing what methods worked for them during the pandemic and what they will continue to practice going forward into the new school year.

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COVID-19 is not the first global pandemic and it certainly won't be the last. As the light at the end of the tunnel of this pandemic is in sight, now is the time to take stock in what we've learned over the last 12 months - and prepare for the future. Specifically, the last year has taught us that an effective response against a disease outbreak depends on timely integration of expertise and data across academia, industry and government. As we move forward, we must continue to foster this integration and our capabilities so we can effectively respond to future threats.

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Nothing brings people together like a crisis.

The history of conflict over land and water rights in Northern New Mexico goes back centuries. From the inter-village squabbling over acequia rights, to multiple invasions by foreign powers and sometimes violent rebellions against federal authorities, Taoseños have a well-earned reputation as fierce defenders of their land-based culture and identities.

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Some local residents may want to start getting out their candles and flashlights because Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is planning a scheduled power outage on Tuesday (Jan. 5). Residents of Arroyo Hondo, Valdez, Des Montes, Taos Ski Valley and those living on Hondo-Seco Road will temporarily lose power as the rural utility installs new and updated equipment at its area substation.  According to a news release, KCEC says residents in the affected areas can expect to be without power from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

By Mike MusialowskiOne may think that a community response to the needs brought on by coronavirus should be bold and swift.I'd like to add that a lasting response could also be like a series of chess …

Legislative hopeful Lyla June Johnston will hold an evening of poetry, music and discussion as part of her campaign journey to Santa Fe. From 6-8 p.m. on Monday (Feb. 3), the Taos native will host an event to discuss the current climate crisis at the Bareiss Gallery, located at 15 State Road 150 in Taos. The event will be alcohol-free. Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring their favorite potluck dish to share with friends and community members.

There's a brief hint of winter set to land in Taos, but by this weekend's Taos Mountain Balloon Rally, things should clear and spirits will certainly be high. In the meantime, there are a lot of other things happening here to keep your creative juices flowing. Of course, for more check out this week's Tempo magazine inside the Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

If you want to make a difference and be part of the movement to change the direction of our government regarding climate change, we need you now.