DA: Violent Taos felon gets final chance to avoid prison

Rafael Orozco accepted a plea agreement this week that will allow him the opportunity to attend Delancey Street Foundation, a drug treatment program in Río Arriba County. If he fails to complete the two-year program and a subsequent five years of supervised probation, he faces up to 14 years with the New Mexico Department of Corrections.
A convicted felon from Taos who made national news in 2016 when he was accused of battering his wife, newborn baby and a security guard at Holy Cross Medical Center pleaded guilty to three violent felonies this week in exchange for what the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office described as his final chance to avoid a lengthy prison sentence.
A Taos Police report indicates that a student from Las Cruces whose parents were considering transferring him to Taos Middle School had threatened to carry out a school shooting at his transfer school. After word of the threat spread to the middle school and Taos High School, Taos Police Chief David Trujillo and Taos Municipal Schools Superintendent Dr. Lillian Torrez said there was no longer a plan to enroll the student in the Taos school district.
Education

Transfer student threatened school shooting

Reassurances from Taos Police Chief David Trujillo and Taos Municipal Schools Superintendent Dr. Lillian Torrez that a threat a transfer student made against Taos Middle School last week was “not credible” did not specify the seriousness of the threat — that of a plan to carry out a school shooting.
El Prado Water and Sanitation District Clerk and Water Operator Marissa Romero checks the levels in water storage tanks Tuesday May 15 during her night shift turning on the valve that redirects water from an El Prado’s well to Taos’ water supply.

Town of Taos off of El Prado water

El Prado Water and Sanitation District is no longer providing water to the town of Taos. Several issues with the town's water system caused Taos to ask for water from El Prado earlier this year. Those issues have been resolved.
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Taos County seeking nominations for District 6 Senate seat

Taos County is currently taking letters of intent for the New Mexico Senate District 6 seat, left vacant when Sen. Carlos Cisneros died Sept. 17.

Taos Ride Photo Contest

Grab your camera and show off your favorite car, van, truck or cycle!
Local news

Taos Police blotter

The following is a condensed version of Taos Police reports from Oct. 9-14. Oct. 9 3:31 a.m. Missing adult, Calle de Romero – A caller said an employee at Stella’s Italian …

Taos Opinions
Opinion: Help protect wildlife for generations to come
Our Upper Río Grande watershed - which stretches from southern Colorado down through Northern New Mexico - is considered one of the …
Opinion: We are a nation under duress
We, as a country, have gone off the rails since 9/11. The long list of strategic missteps is well known but culminates with the …
Opinion: Approve two-mill levy
I am writing to urge the voters of Taos County, Río Arriba County and Santa Fe County to approve a two-mill levy added to property …
Opinion: Learn more about protecting rivers, wetlands at these events
Through several collaborative efforts across the state, Amigos Bravos has been partnering with acequias groups to protect water …
Editorial: A living wage is the right move
Business owners have to carry the financial risk of building a venture, as well as taking care of customers, finding and retaining …
Throwing support behind Senate candidate Ortez
I want to express my condolences to the family of the late Senator Carlos Cisneros. I am grateful to his family and to him for serving …
La Vida

Boost your fall immunity with these tips

Summer is over and you may find yourself sad and maybe even depressed about it, suggested Caroline Colonna, a doctor of oriental medicine and director of Willow Clinic in Taos. But fear not, she said, this quasi seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is actually normal, according to traditional Chinese medicine.

Tempo Arts & Entertainment
'You can do anything you put your mind to'
No excuses. That's what Anaïs Rumfelt said when she turned age 40 three years ago and challenged herself to create a piece of art …
A warmhearted Chekhov
Taos Onstage kicks off its seventh fall theater season this week with Aaron Posner's "Life Sucks." The playwright has subtitled the …
What inspires a renowned santera?
New Mexico artist Arlene Cisneros Sena creates contemporary retablos in traditional form to express pride in her heritage. Sena's …
Musician Lara Manzanares brings local focus to Amazon Aid benefit
Northern New Mexico musician Lara Manzanares is headlining a benefit dinner and dance for the Amazon Aid Foundation Friday (Oct. 18) …
Republic of Georgia playwright weaves an affecting immigrant's story
Although Metta Theatre in El Prado might be considered a rather compact venue for a play that made a splash in Santa Fe last spring, …
Mural 'The Dance' unveiled at UNM-Taos
How do you visually express a collective identity crafted by a collision of cultures over centuries - on a two-dimensional surface? …
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Area ski resorts announce opening days and passes

The Duke City Marathon gears up this weekend and area ski resorts are getting ready.

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