N.M. House District 42: Winner Ortez focused on promoting absentee ballots

Kristina Ortez (D) poses for a photo with her daughters, 6-year-old Vida Ortez y Jones and 9-year-old Gillian Ortez y Jones, on Thursday (June 4) following her New Mexico primary win. Ortiz beat veteran local politician Mark Gallegos for a chance at the House District 42 seat.
As Taos County’s primary election Tuesday (June 2) slid into Wednesday with no final tally of all the votes, Kristina Ortez of Taos was sitting in second place behind Mark Gallegos of Questa in …
A representative at the New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed that an employee at the Taos Walgreens tested positive for the novel coronavirus late last month. The store was closed this week as all other employees were tested for the virus.

Employee at Taos Walgreens tests positive for coronavirus

An employee at the Taos Walgreens, located at the intersection of Cruz Alta Road and Paseo del Pueblo Sur, tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week, the New Mexico Department of Heath has …
Primary 2020 - Melissa Kennelly for Division II 8th Judicial District judge
Primary 2020

8th Judicial District judge: Taos County voters keep Kennelly on the bench

Melissa Kennelly said she hardly slept at all the night of the primary (June 2) as results rolled in from three counties for the 8th Judicial District judge-Division II race – in which she was one of four contenders.  By Wednesday morning (June 3), Kennelly, who was appointed t
Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarrón has canceled all summer 2020 programs to comply with state COVID-19 restrictions. Shown here: Members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 257 of Wilmington, N.C., wearing yellow T-shirts, hike past scouts from troops 445 and 464 of Sierra Vista, Arizona, earlier this month at Philmont Scout Ranch. Matt Dahlseid/The New Mexican

Philmont Scout Ranch cancels all 2020 summer season programs

Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarrón, a premier facility of the Boy Scouts of America, has canceled all remaining programs for the 2020 summer season to comply with the New Mexico Health Department's  COVID-19 restrictions, according to a June 4 news release.
Primary 2020 - Valerie Rael Montoya (D) for Taos County Clerk

Rael-Montoya wins race for Taos County Clerk

Of all the races in the Taos County primary, the one with an almost palpable tension was between the two candidates for Taos County clerk.  Valerie Rael-Montoya and Dolores Lujan have worked together for years in the clerk’s office. Rael-Montoya, who eventually won the race by 139 votes after the absent
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).

UPDATE:>> Tally: 8,672 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico; 387 deaths

The New Mexico Department of Health has reported 331 new cases of COVID-19 in the state, for a total of 8,672 to date. Taos County cases remain at 31. The state also announced four additional deaths on Friday (June 5), for a total of 387 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 Ice Cream Co. 575-776-5640 Full Menu Takeout Fri - Mon, 7-5 p.m. Downtown Arroyo …
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 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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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 …
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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
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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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Local news

Employee at Taos Walgreens tests positive for coronavirus

An employee at the Taos Walgreens, located at the intersection of Cruz Alta Road and Paseo del Pueblo Sur, tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week, the New Mexico Department of Heath has …

Taos Opinions
Editorial: Modeling respect through the turmoil
This editorial was meant to congratulate the winners of the 2020 primary election, but many of the Taos County races were not yet …
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 …
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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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Fashion's new normal
As we emerge blinking out of lockdown into the blossom-filled sunshine, it's time to slough off our comfy sweats and pull out our …
Desert Muse Johnny Blueheart releases 'On the Loose'
Johnny Blueheart's debut EP starts out with a traveling song - a fitting choice for a musician whose life has been redefined in many …
Hula-hoop happy hours
It was a strange end to a very strange school year, with kids missing out on all the usual in-person festivities like graduations, …
Photographer adapts to 'new world'
Exciting is how Taos photographer Kathryn Hayden describes her new world post-isolation. Originally located on Kit Carson Road, …
Patricia Michaels makes more than masks
Patricia Michaels is not just a Taos Treasure; she achieved worldwide fame as a fashion designer when she was the runner-up on …
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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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