Gouging at the gas pump not acceptable, says Enchanted Circle group

Unleaded gas prices in Taos are some of the highest in New Mexico, currently ranging between $1.99 and $2.25 per gallon Monday (March 30.)
Life is hard enough right now under coronavirus lockdowns – without local gas stations sticking it to strapped consumers. So said the Enchanted Circle Community Organizations Active in Disasters in a March 25 open letter addressed to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Attorney General Hector Balderas.      Life is hard enough right now – without local gasoline vendors sticking it to strapped consumers. So said the Enchanted Circle Community Organizations Active in …
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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Tally: 281 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed 29 new cases of New Mexico residents with COVID-19, for a total of 281 to date. Taos County now has ten confirmed cases.
If your small business or nonprofit has taken a direct hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Need to apply for a COVID-19 small business disaster loan?

If your small business or nonprofit has taken a direct hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  When you apply for an EIDL, you can also request an emergency advance of $10,000, which will be disbursed within three business days of approval and does not need to be repaid under any circumstances. 
Nurses monitor the screening tents Monday (March 23) at Holy Cross Hospital.

22 in hospital in New Mexico

It seems there's nowhere for the number to go but up. According to the state Department of Health, New Mexico now has 237 positive cases of COVID-19, a jump of nearly 30 from Saturday's report of 208.
file photo: The Cibola County Correctional Facility

Detainees: ICE violating rules on hygiene, distancing

Detainees in a federal facility near Grants say more than 20 people are being held in one room with no social distancing, little access to hygiene products and scant information about the new coronavirus, even as the global health crisis continues to spread.
Taos Municipal Schools, the nonprofit True Kids 1 and other organizations are working together to raise funds and purchase laptops for 200 students who need them in order to take their classes online since New Mexico closed all schools until the end of the semester.

Opinion: Help provide laptops to every Taos student

Dear Community, Today’s (March 27) announcement that New Mexico schools will not reopen this (academic) year means that our state’s 2 million students will be out of traditional …
Last to Know jams during a 2019 Taos Plaza Live performance. All Taos Plaza Live events and all other summer events planned on town property have been canceled as part of the effort to stop the spread of a deadly coronavirus.
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Town of Taos cancels all summer events, considers curfew

No Taos Plaza Live. No summer concerts. No July 4th fireworks or Taos Farmers Market. The town of Taos has cancelled all music events and gatherings on town property for the summer, another casualty of a deadly coronavirus that has swept across New Mexico and around the world.
Michael's Kitchen is one of many Taos restaurants offering takeout meals. Here, a Michael's Kitchen employee takes his lunch break surrounded by dozens of empty tables Tuesday (March 17.)

Taos area restaurants, eateries, coffee shops: who's closed; who's doing takeout/delivery

A few Taos restaurants have closed until further notice, but most are still open for takeout. Support local restaurants as much as you can in this difficult time. This list changes almost daily so call ahead to ensure a restaurant or eatery is still open. This list updated March 28..
Taos Restaurants offering Take-out or Delivery (sponsored)
Taos To Go food delivery service
We are a restaurant food delivery service. We are dedicated to using food service employees who are out of work during this difficult …
Sol Food Market
Now doing to-go orders for groceries and cafe pickup. New Hours: 8:30 am – 6 pm.  Cafe To Go Only – 9 am – 6 …
A La Cart World Street Food
A La Cart World Street Food 575-758-7503 Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Takeout and Drive Thru www.alacarttaos.com
Pizza Outback 
 Pizza Outback 575-758-3112 Open daily,  lunch and dinner http://www.taospizzaoutback.com/       Pizza …
Hunan Chinese Restaurant
Hunan Chinese Restaurant 575-751-0474 , Takeout Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. http://www.hunantaos.com/menu.html
Lambert's
Lambert’s 575-758-1009 Takeout and delivery Mon. - Fri. , 4-7 p.m. https://www.lambertsoftaos.com/
KoKo's Coffee and Deli 
KoKo's Coffee and Deli 575-758-9448 9 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri. http://www.kokotaos.com/
Sabroso
Sabroso 575-776-3333 Takeout and curbside dining 5-8 p.m., daily. Closed Tues. http://taos.restaurant/
Song's  Restaurant   
Song's  Restaurant 575-758-3256 Mon. -Fri. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sat-Sun: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
5 Star Burgers
5 Star Burgers 575-758-8484 Takeout and Drive Thru 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., open daily https://5starburgers.com/        
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Taos County adds five new coronavirus cases

New Mexico had 55 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including five in Taos County, according to the New Mexico Department of Health on  Friday (March 27).  That brings the total number of …

Closures and postponements

Taos area restaurants, eateries, coffee shops: who's closed; who's doing takeout/delivery

A few Taos restaurants have closed until further notice, but most are still open for takeout. Support local restaurants as much as you can in this difficult time. This list changes almost daily so call ahead to ensure a restaurant or eatery is still open. This list updated March 28..

Coronavirus info
What are essential N.M. services still open under the coronavirus closure order?
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an order this week closing all nonessential businesses and nonprofits until April 10 in …
New Mexico stay at home restrictions: Q and A
You  won't be able to get your hair styled or colored but you will be able to attend church services under new stay-at-home …
Taos Municipal Schools video: Coronavirus social distancing
The staff and students of Taos Municipal Schools have produced a community service video on the importance of social distancing to …
Video: How soap kills the coronavirus
A great video breakdown from vox.com on how soap and water kills viruses -   and why the 20-second hand-washing rule is so …
How to cope with coronavirus: a Q&A with Taos physician Lucas Schreiber
In order to tamp down disinformation and rising concerns, Taos News  asked Dr. Lucas Schreiber of Schreiber Family Practice in Taos …
Prevent the spread of COVID-19
Here are the recommended steps to protect yourself against COVID-19:
Could I have COVID-19?
If any of the following are true, call your health provider or the New Mexico Department of Health at (855) 600-3453:
Where to find coronavirus information
Don't panic, but take precautions to prevent infection with and the spread of coronavirus. 
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Gouging at the gas pump not acceptable, says Enchanted Circle group

Life is hard enough right now under coronavirus lockdowns – without local gas stations sticking it to strapped consumers. So said the Enchanted Circle Community Organizations Active in Disasters in a March 25 open letter addressed to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Attorney General Hector Balderas.      Life is hard enough right now – without local gasoline vendors sticking it to strapped consumers. So said the Enchanted Circle Community Organizations Active in …

Taos Opinions
Opinion: Lessons from childhood: Stand up for yourself, take responsibility
When I was 4 years old we lived in a large apartment complex in Falls Church, Virginia. One day I wandered to the upper apartments. …
Opinion: Can the trials and tribulations of coronavirus lead to a more just society?
In Greek mythology, Nemesis was the goddess of retribution giving punishment to those who were arrogant, had come into undeserved …
Opinion: The twin epidemics of coronavirus and fear brings the need for kindness
There has been a huge surge in the sales of herbs and supplements associated with our community's concerns about the coronavirus and …
Editorial: Honoring Taoseñas
While so much of the news, including in this newspaper, has needed to focus on coronavirus, there is still plenty to celebrate.
Editorial: Light a candle, send a hug
It has been a strange and difficult couple of weeks as normal life was upended over a virus.
Opinion: Finding creative ways for vital community connection
The initial shock and awe somewhat subsiding, Taos finds itself in a historically familiar place - standing pretty much on its own to …
Opinion: Should I get tested for coronavirus, and, if yes, where do I go?
It has been another busy week here in New Mexico tracking COVID-19 cases and we are promoting social distancing everywhere. The Lujan …
Opinion: Earth pushes the reset button
For those with a metaphysical bent, the onset of the coronavirus with its unprecedented global disruptions is hardly a surprise. It …
Editorial: A virus tests human relations, systems
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak is testing people even as people get tested for the virus. The outbreak is testing society. …
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Choose your vinegar

From its origins as a rare and valuable condiment in ancient Mesopotamia to its use as a remedy for the bubonic plague and evolution into an everyday drink for the poor in the Middle Ages, vinegar has made an appearance in almost every culture, and every cuisine, around the world.

Tempo Arts & Entertainment
Streaming now: ‘Monos’
The idea of young people, teens and younger in some cases, conscripted by a military into service is abhorrent to most people in …
Cosmic Hop
A funky, trippy cool instrumental submitted by Laguna Menta:
Sheltering In
Tenney Whedon Walsh shares some music she wrote for these times:
Pastels
Margaret Nes  sent this in, combining some of her artwork and piano music: 
Photo Gallery: Hope Springs Eternal
Before the pandemic hit the fan last week, the Taos Seed Exchange provided a free community service to gardeners, farmers and seed …
A time to make art: 'We can start a renaissance'
There's long been talk of an art renaissance in Taos. It seems counterintuitive when isolation is the mantra, and everything is …
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Reel Report

Fishing, like most other activities in New Mexico, has been affected by efforts to prevent the spread of a deadly coronavirus that causes COVID-19. All New Mexico State Parks are currently closed until at least April 9. Here's how you can make positive use of your time until the danger clears.

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