New Mexican file photoPaul Passino

Acting Questa school board upholds firing of former teacher and coach

The acting Questa school board voted Monday (Dec. 2) to uphold the discharge of Paul Passino, 49, a former Questa High School teacher and athletic coach who was terminated in September by former Superintendent Michael Lovato.
File photoA plate of fresh biscochitos, the quintessential New Mexican holiday cookie, is served to local judges at Taos Herb Company's annual biscochito contest.

Bakers vie for Taos biscochito title

It's that delicious time of year, when a group of hard-core Taos bakers gather for one of the most competitive events in the region - the annual biscochito contest at Taos Herb Company.
A snowboarder descends the slopes Thursday (Nov. 28) on Taos Ski Valley's opening day.

Snowstorms provide strong start to season

A few more inches of powder were expected Wednesday night (Dec. 4) as another storm rolls into north central New Mexico, according to a forecast by the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. A weather advisory is in effect for the region until 6 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 5). West winds are expected to drive down temperature, impact visibility on roads and make for slick conditions for drivers.
File photoMayor Dan Barrone helped distribute food in the 2015 Taos Feeds Taos at the National Guard Armory.

Here's how to help Taos Feeds Taos

The big push to collect nonperishable food items for Taos Feeds Taos is underway. Volunteers with Taos Feeds Taos collect, box and deliver food to 1,200 families during mid-December.

Give: Holiday giving, local shopping

Looking for that unique, artsy gift? Something on a budget? Something sparkly? Here are some shopping ideas, all available right here in Taos.

Winter 2020 Dining Out Guide publishes this week

Taos is a culinary destination and the dining scene seems to change with every season.
Local news

Casetta holds Indian Hills renaming party

Would you change the name of the Indian Hills Inn in Taos? New owners Casetta Group have announced a party for Taos community members to share in the opportunity to rename the property of the Indian Hills Inn, a dilapidated downtown hotel.

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Gratitude
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Welcome to America, land of the racketeer
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Stray Hearts Animal Shelter to open thrift store, ReTails
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Establish safe abortion clinics
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Remembering Sen. Cisneros
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La Vida

Speedy Abert's squirrels build treetop nests

Abert's squirrel (Sciurus aberti), also called the tassel-eared squirrel, inhabits dry ponderosa pine forests of New Mexico and extends up into Colorado, Utah and northern Arizona. There are four separate populations of Abert's squirrels across their range, all occurring in areas where ponderosa pine forests are present.

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A fiber painter's artful abandon
Creativity craves change, movement, unknowns, surprise, wonder - all elements fiber artist Faith Welsh can't get enough of."I'm …
New album rises from the dust of an abandoned church
In the wide open spaces of Jaroso, Colorado, there stands an old adobe building. Originally built as a Catholic church, it was …
Taos Mesa Arts hosts first Holiday Show
Taos artists Abby Salsbury and Dean Pulver celebrate recent renovations to their passive solar studios and Taos Mesa Arts - an arts …
Costilla artist builds furniture to last a century
The cedar chests, the cabinets and the benches of Costilla furniture maker David Satrun present a quality and a durability that …
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
It's hard to believe we're smack in the middle of the 2019 holiday season, but here we are. The last 12 months have flown by fast and …
Lighting Ledoux, a homegrown holiday tradition
In considering the many December festivities throughout town, Lighting Ledoux is one of the most anticipated and, well, enchanting ...
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Sports

Defense, defense, defense

Nothing easy on the defensive end. This is the mantra of this Taos Tigers basketball team, according to head coach Hernando Chavez, who is in his third season leading the program.

  • Taos hockey JV team looks to improve ice skills

    Taos hockey doesn't have a varsity team this season. But they do have an 18U midget team, which is for …

  • Young team, big hopes

    Taos swimming's season is in full swing. With the first swimming meet of the season starting on …

  • Sports Roundup

    The Taos middle school classic dance team headed down south to participate in the Cleveland Challenge …

  • Finally here

    Thanksgiving day? Try Opening Day. Taos Ski Valley will open up its trails to skiers and snowboarders …

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