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Julie Bau started off in prevention working to reduce tobacco use among kids in Taos, teaching them about its harm, and looking out for their mental health and well-being. That work would grow to include alcohol and drug prevention when she founded Taos Alive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping kids safe from substance abuse.

"Prevention is not something with immediate results. You work your entire life, and may never see change. But the hope is that our children will see the change," was something she often said.

Over the course of 10 years, Bau helped secure over $3.3 million in funding for Taos County kids, and brought about a dramatic decline in teen substance abuse in the community.

Bau died of cancer on May 4, 2021. She was 47...

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For 24 years, kids in Taos have had a friend in Alfred Córdova, the beloved principal of Taos Middle School, who is retiring from a career in education at the end of June.

"The best job in the world -- no doubt," said Córdova, 56. "I firmly believe that I've been very, very blessed to be able to serve our community in this capacity for 14 years." Córdova was a teacher for 10 years before becoming the school principal -- he also taught in Santa Fe and Pojoaque...

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To help residents across the state gain affordable access to broadband connectivity, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-NM, is encouraging eligible New Mexicans and Tribal residents to apply for consumer discounts through the Federal Communications Commission's Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for families and students," said Heinrich. "We must ensure all New Mexicans have access to broadband services, and this FCC program is a great way to help eligible applicants pay for the services they need. I will continue fighting to ensure every family and child in New Mexico, no matter where they live or go to school, has the digital capabilities and resources they need to succeed in the 21st century."

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It's seen better days, the Historic Taos County Courthouse. And as U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández, D-NM, toured the iconic building on the Taos Plaza on Wednesday (June 2), she saw first-hand the need for a planned rehabilitation of this long-standing piece of town history.

Town of Taos Mayor Daniel Barrone, Taos County Manager Brent Jaramillo and Taos County Commissioners Darlene Vigil, AnJanette Brush and Candyce O'Donnell presented their proposal to Leger Fernández with the hope she would deliver nearly $1.3 million in support of it.

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The Village of Questa is celebrating the reopening of its town library this Saturday (June 12) with music, food, gifts and a dedication to the late State Sen. Carlos Cisneros. The free event is open to the public, and will run from 1–3 p.m.

The newly renovated Questa Public Library has more than doubled in size with the addition of a new wing, and will now feature a public meeting and archive room for large group gatherings, as well as an official circulation desk.

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Electric car lovers will soon have even more reason to feel at home in Taos County as Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is adding nine more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the Enchanted Circle, bringing the total number of planned stations to 19.

The self-pay stations are just one component of a comprehensive plan to move toward a renewable energy transportation ecosystem in Northern New Mexico that will reduce carbon emissions and provide opportunities for rural communities to invest in more energy-efficient vehicles.

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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-NM, kicked off her reelection campaign in Taos on Friday (June 4), and promised to deliver on her party’s economic, environmental, education and public health agenda.

“We’ll never stop fighting for the people who elected us,” said Lujan Grisham.

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The transcendental sounds of the Middle East will transfix Taos when the Oud Strings musical instrument supplier opens here in June.

The online shop, once owned and operated by Brian Prunka in Brooklyn, New York, is slated to re-open under the stewardship of one of its most devoted customers, oud player, guitarist and Taoseño Mustafa Stefan Dill.

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Nine former mayors and councilmembers of the Town of Taos wrote a strongly worded letter of disapproval to Town of Taos Mayor Daniel Barrone and Taos Councilmembers on Wednesday (June2), in opposition to the proposed extension of terms in office.

“To self-impose a 1-year and 10 month extension is arbitrary, unacceptable and will knowingly disenfranchise the voters of the Town of Taos from having a say in this March 1, 2022 election,” the letter stated.

Signatories of the letter included...

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