El Prado water projects to advance in 2020

Morgan Timms/Taos NewsOne of two new water drill sites that drew controversy in 2019 over suspicions that deep aquifers being drilled in the El Prado Water District might release contaminants into the local water system. Despite protests, the projects, both part of the Abeyta Water Rights Settlement, are moving forward in 2020.
The decade began with the signing into federal law of the Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Act in 2010. And at the end of the 2010s, two of 11 wells allowed under its provisions have been drilled and are viable.
Popular local string musician Rachael Penn said her style comes from a blending of the fiddle music from Europe together with the banjo that originated in Africa and musical influences from the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Artist serenades with old-time Americana music

Rachael Penn has a wide appreciation for musical styles. She has played everything from classical to flamenco to Middle Eastern music to her own original songs. These days it is the old-time tunes of Appalachia that have captured her heart. Penn will be performing a solo dinner show featuring fiddle, banjo and vocals this Friday (Jan. 24) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Old Martina's Hall.
Taos youth will be able to get some hands on experience with a number of science demonstrations during Friday’s Explora at the Taos Youth and Family Center

Explora holds Taos science event

The town of Taos is teaming up with Explora the Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque to bring some science and fun to the Taos Youth and Family Center.  With Taos County …
Taos Charter School students (left to right) Karissa Winters, Emma Atkinson and Violet Hay accept fourth-place honors for their entry, ‘Vera City,’ at the Future City statewide competition held at University of New Mexico’s School of Engineering Jan. 11. Also shown (left to right): representatives from sponsoring organizations Sandia National Laboratories, Public Service Company of New Mexico, University of New Mexico School of Engineering and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Two Taos teams place in top five at 'Future City' competition

Teams from Taos Charter School and Taos Integrated School of the Arts took fourth- and fifth-place honors, respectively, at the state-level "Future City" competition held in Albuquerque Jan. 11.
File photoElk have increased in number near the Taos Country Club, causing employees to take a number of measures to keep them off the roads and away from the golf course.

Country club working on details of elk hunt

Taos Country Club is still working on the details for a proposed elk population management hunt, but hasn't yet set a date for when it might happen.
Of the 1,165 boxes of food assembled by volunteers, 160 went north to families in Questa, Amalia, Cerro, Costilla, and Red River; 175 went south to families in Peñasco and Picuris. Surplus food went to area churches, food distribution programs, and other nonprofits.
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Taos Feeds Taos calls, entire community answers

How do you thank absolutely everyone? If you’re part of this community, you have the gratitude of Taos Feeds Taos. “I’m thankful to this community. It’s everybody coming together that makes this possible,” said the organization’s board president, Francis A. Córdova.
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Angel Fire hosts final World Championship Shovel Races

Out with the old and in with the new. Angel Fire Resort is saying farewell to the coveted shovel races and is looking forward to its new tradition of a winter carnival.

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Birds are the flowers of our winter garden

There is pure joy in watching birds hop about in the snow and seeing them hang on bird feeders in search of a good meal. They may not be polite, some can be downright ornery and often they may be more than a little messy - but what a great delight it is to watch the ruckus in our own backyards, and with so little effort.

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Both Panthers squads pick up victories in homecoming games against Cimarrón

With fans having filled the stands and screaming loudly for their teams, both the Peñasco girls and boys basketball teams picked up key wins in a homecoming showdown with Cimarrón on Saturday evening (Jan. 18) at Peñasco High School.

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