JJ Velarde overcame obstacles, never gave up, to graduate

John T. DenneJosé 'JJ' Velarde waves to friends and family in Ojo Sarco as they give him a parade in honor of his graduation from Peñasco High School.
Like his classmates at Peñasco High School, José Velarde, known to friends and family as JJ, was upset not to walk up on a stage and accept his high school …
Courtesy photoLachlan Henderson of Taos has been playing hockey since he was 3 years old.
Class of 2020

Tiger grad Lachlan Henderson set to excel in college hockey

Taos High School class of 2020 graduate Lachlan Henderson began playing hockey when he was a mere 3 years old.He continued with the sport throughout his life from …
Members of the town of Taos Council met Tuesday (May 26) to discuss a shortfall of revenues in the general fund for the town's budget.
COVID-19

Taos faces $2 million hole in budget

The town of Taos Council approved the 2020-21 interim budget with a nearly $2 million hole in the projected revenues for the general fund. The COVID-19 pandemic has whacked the town's annual budget and has left the council and staff scrambling for ways to shore up over $2 million in missing projected revenue from the previous year.
Holy Cross Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Bill Patten on Friday (May 29) reported that the hospital recorded 13 new positive cases for COVID-19, increasing Taos County's total positive cases to 36.

Holy Cross Medical Center reports spike in Taos County COVID-19 cases

Holy Cross Medical Center reported 13 new positive cases for COVID-19 in Taos County on Friday (May 29), by far the single largest surge in cases the area has seen since the pandemic reached New …
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).
Coronavirus

UPDATE:>> Tally: 7,493 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico; 335 deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health has reported 133 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 7,493 to date. Taos County now has 25 cases. The state also announced nine additional deaths on Friday (May 29), for a total of 344 fatalities in the state.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a new public health order Thursday (May 28) which will allow most businesses in the state to reopen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19

Little by little: Partial reopening for more New Mexico businesses

New Mexico businesses can open in a limited capacity after several weeks of COVID-19 shutdown.  Since the end of March, restaurants, gyms, liquor stores and other businesses across the state were ordered to shut down to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that an amended  emergency health order would reopen more of the economy as the rate of the spread of COVID-19 decreases.  
At Nusenda Credit Union, commitment to excellent member service, care for community, being an employer of choice, and offering flexible products and services to meet members’ changing needs have always been priorities. In these uncertain times, those values remain the same.
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Nusenda is a Vital Partner in Taos and Northern New Mexico

At Nusenda Credit Union, commitment to excellent member service, care for community, being an employer of choice, and offering flexible products and services to meet members’ changing needs have always been priorities. In these uncertain times, those values remain the same.
Taos Restaurants offering Take-out or Delivery (sponsored)
Medley.
Medley. 575-776-8787 Ski Valley Road, Mile Marker 1 Tuesday-Saturday 4-8pm https://medleytaos.com/        
Guadalajara Grill
Guadalajara Grill 575-737-0816 / 575-751-0063 822 Paseo del Pueblo Norte / 1384 Paseo del Pueblo Sur Curbside pickup at both …
ACEQ
ACEQ Restaurant 575-776-0900 480 NM 150 Arroyo Seco Open 7 nights 4-8pm for delivery to all of Taos and curbside …
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
Sabroso
Sabroso 575-776-3333 Takeout and curbside dining 5-8 p.m., daily. Closed Tues. http://taos.restaurant/
5 Star Burgers
5 Star Burgers 575-758-8484 Takeout and Drive Thru 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., open daily https://5starburgers.com/        
Coronavirus - Latest news

State launches COVID-19 site to track cases, ages

The New Mexico Department of Health has launched a dashboard to help the public see the number of cases of COVID-19 in a county-by-county map. The dashboard also shows the cases by age and gender. …

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 …
Make a mask - or two or 10!
Normally, this page would be devoted to sports. But there is nothing normal about life currently in the midst of a coronavirus …
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. 
Local news

Holy Cross Medical Center reports spike in Taos County COVID-19 cases

Holy Cross Medical Center reported 13 new positive cases for COVID-19 in Taos County on Friday (May 29), by far the single largest surge in cases the area has seen since the pandemic reached New …

Taos Opinions
Opinion:  Norteños for Norteños - select Sanchez for Congress
I have been following our candidates in the recent days and would like to promote one candidate, Joseph Sanchez.  Sanchez has been …
Opinion: Qualified women running for local elections
Girls are just naturally smarter than boys, I’d concluded back in grade school many years ago. I had long watched, as girls most …
Opinion: Write-in Carrillo for PEC
The District 10 seat for the Public Education Commission is open and I strongly urge you to vote for Steve Carrillo.  (All three …
Opinion: The non-politics of the COVID-19 virus
New Mexico ventures onto a tightrope this weekend. As we edge into the first phase of reopening, we must balance our economic and …
Opinion: Commission candidate Vigil supported higher property taxes
After reading the Taos News endorsement of Darlene Vigil for Taos County Commission District 3 in last weeks issue, I find it …
Opinion: Lujan has the skills to be clerk
I am a lifelong Taoseño and have been a building contractor and Ski Shop business owner for 37 years and I have been through many …
Opinion: Celebrating small victories, finding solutions together
These days, I find myself celebrating small victories.We finished our schoolwork. We went for a walk. I talked with an old friend on …
Opinion: Proposed cell tower will hurt tourism and wildlife
What nerve! To build a cell tower in close proximity to the Río Grande Gorge Bridge and adjacent to the Río Grande del Norte …
Opinion: Rael Montoya best qualified to be clerk
I am writing this letter in reference to a candidate who is running for Taos County clerk. This candidate is Valerie Rael Montoya.I …
La Vida

On the trails: what's blooming in May

If you need some fresh air and haven't tread on a trail yet this spring, now is the time to catch our early native wildflower blooms on the Rift Valley Trail system.

Tempo Arts & Entertainment
Loving voices
Ivy Little is enthusiastic about music and kids. She brings the two together in her weekly classes at Twirl with a joyful …
Emergence from lockdown
Taos' new normal is happening apace - small retail shops opening here and there - but all with new precautionary measures. Two …
Stargazer: May 28-June 3
The book is open and the next page is about to turn. Prepare yourself as the next wave of plot twists arrives for Aries, Taurus, …
Best cover song
Robert Parsons formed the Swing Dusters as a dance band specializing in Western swing classics and standards from the American …
Jeweler Maria Samora stays close to home
Maria Samora is one of the most well-known, contemporary Native American jewelers. Since winning first place at the Santa Fe Indian …
Streaming now: ‘The Mandela Effect’
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed …
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An unprecedented graduation

On Friday (May 15) evening, I quickly got the feeling that we are living in unprecedented times. What we're going through, this whole pandemic and all, is something we've never seen before. And watching my sister in her cap and gown, in the front yard of my parents' home in Albuquerque, waving at drivers in the cars who drove by to wish her congratulations, surely gave me that feeling.

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