Photo Gallery: Taos protests for justice

Hundreds of Taoseños lay face down with hands behind their backs Wednesday (June 3) for almost nine minutes, the time a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd, an unarmed black man. The protestors joined a global movement to seek justice for Floyd's death and put an end to police brutality and racism. 'Each one of us, unlike George Floyd, is going to get up and live another day,' artist and activist Nikesha Breeze said during the demonstration. 'So what do we do? We show up and we fight and we say, "No more!"'
On Wednesday (June 3,) hundreds of Taoseños joined a global movement to seek justice for Floyd's death and end to police brutality and racism. 'Each one of us, unlike George Floyd, is going to …
Doug Cantwell/Taos News Peñasco Middle and High School principal Marina Lopez (right) in a Feb. 17 meeting with superintendent Lisa Hamilton (left) and elementary school principal Aaron Mitchell. Lopez was removed from her position as principal on Friday (May 29) by Hamilton with little explanation and offered a lesser position as fourth-grade teacher.

Peñasco superintendent reassigns high school principal

Peñasco Independent Schools superintendent Lisa Hamilton dismissed Marina Lopez from her position as Peñasco High School and Middle School principal on Monday …
Poll workers bring in voter tallies one by one Tuesday (June 2) as the 2020 primary election came to a close.
Primary 2020

Primary wins: Ortez, Kennelly, Blankenhorn, Rael-Montoya, Vigil, Brush

After an arduous wait for anxious candidates, the primary results are in for  Taos County.  Elections staff finished tallying up more than 6,000 absentee ballots at about 10 p.m. …
Jesse Moya/Taos NewsPadlocks on public restrooms near the Taos Plaza. The town has yet to reopen public bathrooms.

Downtown Taos offers nowhere to 'go'

As the town of Taos struggles to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, store owners and visitors in the John Dunn shops just off the historic Taos Plaza are largely without …
Taos County and Santa Fe County have been approved for vote-count extensions through 3 p.m. on June 6. Taos County Manager Brent Jaramillo said the Taos County Clerk's Office would likely finish counting an extraordinary amount of absentee ballots by Wednesday night.
Primary 2020

Taos County granted extension for processing absentee ballots

A judge in Taos District Court has approved a petition from the Taos County Clerk's Office to extend the deadline to count votes in the 2020 primary due to the extraordinary number of absentee …
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: 8,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico; 375 deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health has reported 122 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 8,140 to date. Taos County still has 30 cases. The state also announced eight additional deaths on Wednesday (June 3), for a total of 367 fatalities in the state.
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.)

UPDATE >> Taos area restaurants, eateries, coffee shops: patios open; who's doing takeout/delivery

Many Taos and Enchanted Circle restaurants, breweries and coffee shops are now open for sit down service in their patios and 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. Angel Fire and Questa restaurants open for take out also added now. This list updated May 22.
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Taos Cow
Taos Cow Ice Cream Co. 575-776-5640 Full Menu Takeout Fri - Mon, 7-5 p.m. Downtown Arroyo …
Lambert's
Lambert’s 575-758-1009 Takeout and delivery Mon. - Fri. , 4-7 p.m. https://www.lambertsoftaos.com/
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/        
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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
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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 …
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Downtown Taos offers nowhere to 'go'

As the town of Taos struggles to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, store owners and visitors in the John Dunn shops just off the historic Taos Plaza are largely without …

Taos Opinions
Time to vote
The 2020 primary election is Tuesday (June 2).A pandemic has made campaigning and election preparations a lot different than in the …
Opinion: Vote for Betsy. She knows the law.
I am told that an opinion piece should be a personal opinion, rather than a free political marketing ploy. With that in mind, and …
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 …
La Vida

Local beekeeper's research takes new form

Taos News spoke with Vadito, New Mexico, beekeeper Melanie Kirby as she prepared to go to Spain to study honeybees on a Fulbright scholarship in 2019. One topic she was …

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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 …
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Jeweler Maria Samora stays close to home
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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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