Business in Brief

Santa Fe New Mexican Report
Posted 5/9/19

Chamber meetup at Vagrant HeartThe Taos County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Mix & Meet on Thursday (May 9) at Vagrant Heart Gallery, 216 Paseo del Cañon East.Networking for business members …

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Business in Brief


Chamber meetup at Vagrant Heart

The Taos County Chamber of Commerce hosts a Mix & Meet on Thursday (May 9) at Vagrant Heart Gallery, 216 Paseo del Cañon East.

Networking for business members begins at 5:30 p.m. For information, go to or

Need to look up a N.M. law?

Free online access is now available to New Mexico's official database of state laws and other legal materials at

The site provides online access to more legal materials, including forms used for filings in court cases.

"The public deserves easy access to the law and judges need the most current information when making decisions. With these changes, all lawyers and self-represented litigants will have the same unfettered access to the most up-to-date versions of New Mexico's statutes and rules and will be able to download court-approved forms without charge," Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura said in a statement. "The Supreme Court strongly supports the Compilation Commission's move to free and accessible online delivery of New Mexico's statutes, rules and appellate court opinions and the Commission's recognition of the need for printed materials."

The expansive master database of annotated statutes, appellate court decisions, court procedural rules and forms, session laws and attorney general's opinions is available at No other state offers free access to a similar legal database, said Brenda Castello, executive director of the Compilation Commission.

"Equal access to the law is an unassailable right of every New Mexico citizen," Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said. "As a practical matter, this change also represents a genuine cost-savings to our state agencies while providing them with the tools to better assist the public they serve."

Statutes without annotations and court rules have been available since 2012 on the Compilation Commission's free public access site. Fees were charged for annotated statutes and other legal materials published in print, on DVD and through an online subscription to

The public can also view brief instructional videos on the "Search Laws" page of the New Mexico Compilation Commission's YouTube channel available through its website at Topics such as how to look up a statute, court opinion or court rule and how to download a court form are available.

- Submitted report

Taos leather shop moves to Canyon Road

After 46 years in the same location in Taos, the Letherwerks leather shop has picked up all its merchandise and work tools and decamped to Santa Fe. The shop opened at its new location May 1 at 225 Canyon Road.

Letherwerks had seen a decline in business with all the hotel and retail development in Taos Ski Valley in the past few years, store manager Sarah Livingston said.

Since the beginning of the year, Letherwerks owner Jon Kristian Moore had been looking around Santa Fe for a new location.

"Kristian said, 'If the universe hands me the perfect location, I'll take it,' " Livingston recalled. "The universe handed him Canyon Road. We're really not paying much more than in Taos."

Letherwerks since 1973 had been in the John Dunn House Shops, a retail pedestrian walkway linking Bent Street, Camino de las Placitas and the Taos Plaza. Joel Wood established Letherwerks in San Diego in 1969, moved to Taos in 1973 and sold the business 13 years ago to Moore, who had been a leather worker there.

Letherwerks has a retail area in front and a workshop in back, where Moore, Livingston and others craft the Outlaws Hide custom-fit belts plus bags, purses, cases and some custom work. The shop also sells U.S.-made sterling silver belt buckles, jewelry and artisan knives.

Letherwerks closed April 22 in Taos, reopened May 1 on Canyon Road in the former location of Karen Melfi Designs and will have a grand opening May 24.

- Santa Fe New Mexican


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