Announcements

Disaster assistance resources

RECENT HIGH WINDS have impacted many families, homes and businesses in the Enchanted Circle. If you or someone you know needs a place to stay (think local hotel) or has an unmet need requiring assistance, you may contact the Enchanted Circle Community Organizations Active in Disaster (ECCOAD) by emailing them at info@eccoad.org or calling 505-692-3296. Please leave a detailed message if no one answers — the number is not currently staffed 24/7. For more info, visit eccoad.org

Damage repair estimates

HAVE ROOF DAMAGE or need any other type of repair at your home? Call High Mountain Construction at 575-741-6690 for a free estimate and quick service. Members of their team can be on site the same day. They are also willing to repair any type of damage to your house. For more info, email josephmartinez213@icloud.com

Events

THE TAOS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will hold its 2022 Pre-Primary Convention on Jan. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at Taos First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 220 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. For more info, call Sadie at 575-770-0993. 

Meetings

TALPA COMMUNITY CENTER ASSOC., Inc. will be holding board elections on Jan. 13, 2022 at 6 p.m. with monthly board meeting to follow. For more information, call Guadalupe Morgas at 575-751-1014 or email talpacommunitycenter@yahoo.com.

ACEQUIA MEETING. Acequia de Abajo La Loma of Llano Quemado will have its annual meeting Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Llano Quemado Community Center, 15 Upper Llano Road, Llano Quemado. For more info, call Toby Romero at 575-770-1365 after 2 p.m. 

LA MERCED DE CRISTOBAL DE LA SERNA will hold its first annual meeting on Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Kit Carson Electric Co-op in the Board Room, 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos. For a copy of agenda or more info, call Beverly Armijo at 575-425-1100 or Florencio Mondragon at 575-776-5577. 

TAOS AMATEUR RADIO. Taos Amateur Radio Club Ham radio meetings have started up monthly for the Taos Amateur Radio Club at Taos County Emergency Ops Center, #6 Miranda Canyon Rd, Ranchos de Taos. Free. Call 575-770-1961. 

TAOS ARTIST ORGANIZATION. Taos Artist Organization meets again. Please join us for our monthly meeting Zoom Meetings- for link please email taosartistorganization@gmail.com. Free. Call 720-366-6684. 

AMERICAN LEGION POST 16 IN TAOS meets the third Saturday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at Kit Carson Electric Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Rd. For more info, call 575-224-7290.

FREE FAMILY LAW CLINICS — virtual and in-person, first Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fill out eighthdistrictcourt.nmcourts.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/12/Intake-form-Family-Law-Clinic1.pdf, and email to taodgus@nmcourts.gov, or send to: Virtual, 105 Albright St. Suite N, Taos. Free. Call 575-751-8634.

Economic recovery

SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY LOAN FUND Loans up to $150,000 at 1.625 percent for up to 10 years. No payments due the 1st year, interest-only due the 2nd and 3rd year, no pre-payment penalty. For information, see nmfinance.com/small-business-recovery-loan-fund-2021.

Education

ROOTS AND WINGS COMMUNITY SCHOOL, awarded 2020 Elementary Charter School of the Year, is currently accepting students in the K-2 and 6-8 cohorts. Call 575-586-2076 or go to rootsandwingscommunityschool.org for more information.

TAOS PUEBLO HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START is now enrolling for 2021-2022. Children enrolled in other Federally Recognized Tribes, and children with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to apply. To schedule availability and intake meeting call 575-758-5819.

TAOS EDUCATION AND CAREER CENTER AT UNM-TAOS offers free online classes for High School Equivalency (HiSet/GED) preparation, support for college, career development and English-language instruction. Also available for basic computer skills, the center offers free online classes for internet and computer basics. Email tecc@unm.edu or call 575-737-3730.

Help wanted

WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS WANTED. Writers on the Range seeks writers of color, women and fresh voices; topics on intermountain territory; authentic, unique perspectives on Western public lands, water, natural resources, agriculture or economic institutions; word-count 750. See writersontherange.org, or email betsym@writersontherange.org.

Transportation

Due to a staffing shortage, the RTD Blue Bus TSV Green route between the Town of Taos and Taos Ski Valley will not operate this season. NCRTD continues to offer other fare-free transit services between Taos and Santa Fe and throughout Taos County. Info can be found at ridethebluebus.com  or call Jim Nagle, public information officer at 505-629-4707.

General

THE UNITY OF TAOS BOOK CLUB meets virtually on Thursday, Jan. 6 from 4 p.m. to, at the latest, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom and the book to be discussed is “The Brothers Karamazov,” by Fyodor Dostoevsky. To participate, send an email to Mike Tilley at mtilley@taosnet.com or Jakob Rosing at jakobrosing@gmail.com and they will send you the Zoom link for the meeting. Book club selections are "novels that provide a deep insight into our being," and the club meets on the first Thursday of each month.

TALPA COMMUNITY CENTER LIBRARY is open Mondays through Thursdays, 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m. Services include 10 computers, affordable copies and faxing. Masks are required. Call 575-751-1014. Register for a free library card.

TALPA MUTUAL DOMESTIC WATER ASSOCIATION members can now view the annual Consumer Confidence Report. For copies call Raul E. Vigil at 575-751-4373 or see the copies at Talpa Community Center off State Road 518.

TAOS PUBLIC LIBRARY will close for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays from Thursday (Dec. 23) until Sunday, Jan. 9. The book drop will also be closed and no late fees will be assessed. The library will reopen with normal hours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10. For more information, call 575-737-2590 or email librarian@taosgov.com.

TAOS MOUNTAIN SANGHA offers a weekly meditation sit and Dharma talk every Wednesday evening, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Visit taosmountainsangha.org for details and email tmsanga@gmail.com with questions. 

MINDFUL FREE MEDITATION COURSE: “Exploring Mindful Meditation: Basics.” Online course offered free to the public by Mindful Frontiers, a local meditation community. Must register, at mindfulfrontiers.thinkific.com.

FREE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION ZOOM CIRCLES. Mondays and Fridays 7-7:15 a.m. Start and end the workweek with meditation. All ages and levels are welcome. The instructor is Anne-Marie Emanuelli, founder of Mindful Frontiers. Registration is required at app.ubindi.com/Mindful.Frontiers.

Food assistance

TAOS FEEDS TAOS is accepting financial donations and applications from struggling families for food assistance. For more info, visit taosfeedstaos.org.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF TAOS. Bring canned goods or nonperishable gift Sundays, 10-11 a.m., 215 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, for parking lot drive-thru and drop-off of packaged foods and/or monetary donations to Shared Table, as well as foods or monetary donations for the Taos Men’s Shelter. Foods must be unopened and within their expiration date. Checks should be made payable to either Shared Table or Taos Coalition to End Homelessness.

NORTH CENTRAL FOOD PANTRY OF QUESTA food distribution days are second and fourth Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. EXCEPT  in November and December when they are the first and third Fridays. For updates, call Questa village office at 575-586-0694 or see Facebook. For an emergency food box, call Jeannie Masters, 575-779-9194 or Nancy Parker, 505-699-7563. To donate, visit ncfpquesta.com  or mail checks to North Central Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1076 Questa NM 87556.

SHARED TABLE distributes food commodities and basic health care items on second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 11 a.m.-noon in El Prado at El Pueblito Methodist Church, 1309 Paseo del Pueblo Norte; and from 2-3 p.m. at Talpa Community Center, State Road 518, Ranchos de Taos. Call Pastor Cheri Lyon at 505-440-6849.

ST. JAMES FOOD PANTRY offers supplemental groceries to all, Thursdays, 12:30-3:45 p.m. drive-thru at St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago (off Gusdorf Road behind the Quality Inn), Taos.

Pets

PAYS TO HELP STRAYS. Thinking about adopting a stray cat? It’s hard to be homeless, hungry and cold with predators always nearby. Taking in a stray is the ultimate act of kindness and Taos Feral Feline Friends, the all-volunteer animal charity, wants to help. Pays To Help Strays is a free adoption service helping stray cats of Taos County and the Enchanted Circle. If you qualify, you receive the most complete set of veterinary benefits available in New Mexico: Spay/neuter surgery; all vet-recommended testing; vaccinations for rabies, and deadly viral diseases FVRCP and FELV. To be eligible, the adopter must contact TFFF within 60 days, or in advance, of the adoption. Cats from shelters, pet stores or breeders are ineligible for this program. Call TFFF at 575-758-3519 for more information.

CAT AND DOG SPAY/NEUTER, VACCINE PROGRAM for the town of Taos, Taos County and Taos Pueblo pet owners. Lower-income pet owners and all feral/outdoor/barn cat owners also eligible for free vaccine services, at Española Valley Humane Society, 505-753-0228. Dogs and cats must be between 8 weeks and 8 years of age.

CAT SPAYING/NEUTERING. Free pet cat spaying/neutering in Taos available with a Zimmer Feline Foundation voucher. Town of Taos, Taos County and Taos Pueblo cats eligible. Call 505-466-1676.

Free COVID-19 testing

FREE DRIVE-THRU ORAL SWAB COVID TESTING. Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Taos Youth and Family Center, 407 Paseo del Cañon East. Register at cvtestreg.nmhealth.org; also see curative.com or cur.tv/taos. Painless, self-administered oral swab test. Results delivered electronically within 48 hours of receipt at the lab.

NO-COST AT-HOME COVID TESTING for all New Mexicans. New Mexico and Vault Medical Services offer at-home COVID-19 saliva testing for any person who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms, at no cost. Order a test online at cvvaccine.nmhealth.org.

COVID-19 VACCINE DASHBOARD Stay up-to-date about the state’s vaccination effort, including the number of vaccines administered: cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/public-dashboard.html.

BEWARE VACCINE SCAMS: MEDICARE COVERS COVID-19 VACCINE at no cost to seniors. If asked to share your Medicare number or pay for vaccine access, it’s a scam. Don’t share any personal or financial information if someone calls, texts or emails promising vaccine access for a fee.

– Compiled by Megan Jones, forum@taosnews.com

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