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Settlement water rights a liquid asset
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Why Taos Pueblo passed on offer to avoid controversial water transfer.

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Alex Medina, 85, noted for his community service in Taos, dies
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 7:30 am

After working for NASA, Medina moved back to Taos, where he dabbled in a few business ventures. He also served on the Taos Municipal School Board, and spent much of his time finding ways he could help others.

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Panel recommends dropping misconduct charges against Taos DA, prosecutor
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 7:00 pm

The Eighth Judicial District Attorney and his top prosecutor appear likely to be cleared of wrongdoing in a disciplinary case concerning the alleged abuse of subpoena power.

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Gov signs drought bill, approves Taos Ski Valley bond sale
Posted: April 16, 2015

A bill to give farmers and ranchers a tax break in times of drought, and another to spur development in Taos Ski Valley were both signed by Gov. Susana Martínez April 8.

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UNM-Taos sees 4 percent tuition hike
Posted: April 16, 2015

The UNM Board of Regents approved tuition increases, from 4 to 8 percent, at the main campus in Albuquerque and branch campuses in El Rito, Los Alamos, Valencia and Taos.

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New law will put voters services online
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 7:35 am

New Mexico voters will be able to go online to update their addresses and other information on state voter rolls — and eventually even register to vote online — under a bill that was signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez.

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Veto may spur Magistrate Court furloughs, official says
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 7:34 am

Arthur Pepin, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, says Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto of supplemental court funding for the current fiscal year could result in furloughs for Magistrate Court employees.

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Taos watching fight over Santa Fe 'minis' ban
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Call them “minis,” “shooters” or “nips” — call them a nuisance, if you like — but they won’t be called “banned” anytime soon.

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Missing man turns up unharmed after night on Taos Plateau
Posted: April 14, 2015

A man reported missing on the Taos Plateau late Sunday (April 12) emerged from the chamisa unharmed Monday morning (April 13) after an overnight search involving two dozen volunteers from across Northern New Mexico.

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School counselors speak out about standardized testing
Posted: April 13, 2015

Administering standardized tests is a part of a school counselor’s job description. But several Taos counselors say the volume of testing has forced them to give up their primary jobs — addressing the ever-changing emotional, social and behavioral needs of students.

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Court confirms PRC’s limited authority over Tri-State
Posted: April 12, 2015

The New Mexico Supreme Court has, for the first time, confirmed that state regulators do have a role in rate disputes between a major power supplier and the rural electric cooperatives it serves in the state.

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Taos County farm transfer a paper-water loss, but a wet-water gain
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 9:24 am

The transfer could actually mean more wet water in Taos County’s aquifer and Río Grande Gorge.

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Garbage run: Annual price for Taos County dumps to jump $20
Posted: April 11, 2015

After a 4-1 vote of the Taos County Board of Commissioners on April 7, county residents will pay an extra $20 a year (starting July 1) for their solid waste punch card — that piece of paper that lets a resident dump their garbage at any of the eight transfer stations in the county.

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Man pulled 8-inch knife during coffee shop affray, Taos police say
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 3:12 pm

A 34-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning (April 9) after allegedly brandishing a knife with an eight-inch blade during an affray at a Taos coffee shop.

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‘No stopping them’: Taos High School students at White House Science Fair
Updated: April 10, 2015 - 6:30 am

Four students started a science fair project about antibiotics in drinking water almost two years ago at Taos Middle School. Now, they're working to patent the fruits of their research after attending the White House Science Fair March 23.

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Property tax votes in the works for recreation, Taos hospital
Updated: April 09, 2015 - 7:39 am

The Taos Youth and Family Center as well as Holy Cross Hospital require millions of dollars worth of repairs but will local voters agree to pay higher property taxes to cover the cost?

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Warm winter temps dampen outlook for water supply
Posted: April 08, 2015

March precipitation roared in like a lion and left like a thirsty little lamb.

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Taos deputies recognized for saving lives at Río Grande Gorge Bridge
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 3:06 pm

An 18-year-old Albuquerque man was just one of two people saved at the bridge by Taos County Sheriff’s deputies during a single week last month in incidents that, to hear the officers tell it, were all in a day’s work.

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Cooks at Taos High serve up more awards
Posted: April 07, 2015

Two teams from Taos High's culinary arts program took home top awards at the New Mexico ProStart Competition on April 1. One is advancing to nationals.

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Town versus surgical gown on Taos hospital board
Posted: April 07, 2015

As a longtime member of the Taos Health Systems board of directors steps down, there is renewed debate over the importance of geographic diversity among the nonprofit’s decision makers.

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THS students sharpen their culinary skills
Posted: April 07, 2015

Taos ​H​igh ​S​chool culinary artists are sharpening their skills for some major competition this spring and summer.​ ​

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Oriana Farrell trial postponed
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 2:09 pm

The trial of Oriana Farrell and the media spectacle surrounding it was postponed for several months after a hearing Monday (April 6).

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Software plant falls short on bringing jobs to Questa
Updated: April 06, 2015 - 9:17 pm

The company's founder says Portal Locks may have promised too much, too soon.

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Celebrate creativity, technology at April 11 Invent Event
Posted: April 06, 2015

Twirl, PPC Solar, Explora and a host of community partners will celebrate creativity and technology at a Saturday, April 11 Invent Event.

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Crash lands man in hospital, knocks out power on Este Es Road
Updated: April 05, 2015 - 1:54 pm

A sport utility vehicle reportedly rolled off Este Es Road near the intersection of Tros Road around 9:30 a.m.

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UNM-Taos downtown renovations remains stalled
Updated: April 05, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Rio Grande and Bataan Halls are currently owned by the town of Taos. UNM-Taos is set to acquire the buildings for $1 — a symbolic transfer of property that hinges on final approval from the State Board of Finance and Administration.

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Room for Jerome
Posted: April 04, 2015

Family hopes for a home to accommodate son with cancer, cerebral palsy.

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Taos Unitarian congregation announces new location
Posted: April 04, 2015

Taos Unitarians have reached an agreement with the Bent Masonic Lodge to host Unitarian services on an ongoing basis.

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Taos man charged with drug trafficking
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 9:41 am

Federal, state and local law enforcement agents burst into the Nighthawk Trail home of Ivan J. Romero shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday (April 2), arresting him on suspicion of drug trafficking and seizing nearly 12 ounces of heroin along with $64,777 in cash.

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Court: Ex-oil exec’s plea deal fair game in Taos real estate lawsuit
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 10:00 am

A former oil company executive's plea deal in a 1984 case concerning the alleged theft of trade secrets is fair game in the legal battle over a failed Taos Ski Valley real estate project, the New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled Thursday (April 2).

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Rio Grande Trail closer to reality as governor signs bill
Updated: April 03, 2015 - 9:13 am

The law’s supporters say the river trail commission will have broad representation from tribes, land and river advocates, local, state and federal governments, and other groups.

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Questa agrees to pay up to $318K for water rights
Updated: April 03, 2015 - 9:13 am

The village of Questa has agreed to buy up to 58 acre-feet of water rights from Eliu Romero to pay off a massive debt to the state for water the village has pumped but did not have rights to.

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Ranchos de Taos woman accused of stealing $14K from blind father
Posted: April 03, 2015

A Ranchos de Taos woman is accused of stealing $14,000 from her blind father by forging his signature on two checks.

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Rose Valdez, ‘Angel Lady’ of Taos, dies at age 81
Posted: April 03, 2015

Valdez was known for the angels she fashioned from tin.

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Tri-State drops monument transmission line proposal
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 7:24 pm

Tri-State Generation and Transmission is nixing a proposal to bring a high-capacity transmission line across the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

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New hire at Taos town hall takes reins of a million-dollar marketing effort in disarray
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 7:33 am

Can one woman pull Taos out of the economic doldrums?

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Red River habitat improvement project begins
Posted: April 02, 2015

A long planned habitat improvement project for the Red River began March 24.

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Vandals strike nonprofit serving Taos residents with disabilities
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 12:41 pm

A paratransit van sat idle Wednesday (April 1) after vandals slashed its tires for the second time in less than a week.

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Red Flag Warning in Carson National Forest
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Carson National Forest officials are urging caution after the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for much of Northern New Mexico Thursday (April 1).

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Forecast calls for wind this week, improved fire season outlook
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Forecasters expect April winds to hit New Mexico in full force on Thursday, creating a high fire hazard.

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E-cigarettes cast haze over prevention work
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 2:18 pm

One emerging health risk among young people — vaping — could be undermining gains made in substance abuse prevention. Anecdotal evidence drives this conversation, as reports that specifically delve into youth health trends haven’t caught up with this emerging phenomenon.

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Sonic Drive-In in Taos temporarily closed due to fire
Updated: March 31, 2015 - 2:17 pm

The Sonic Drive-In on Paseo del Pueblo Sur could be closed for several days after a fire Monday evening (March 30).

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Taos broadband network nearly done, but what’s the cost?
Posted: March 30, 2015

As Kit Carson Electric Cooperative nears completion of its fiber network, its current pricing is above industry standards, even for Podunk, U.S.A.

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‘Stewards of the planet’: Questa High takes first in enviro competition
Posted: March 29, 2015

The Questa Ecocats won first place March 17 at Taos' Envirothon Regionals. Though four teams competed against each other, ensuring everyone learns is among the most important Envirothon ethics.

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From Taos County farm to Santa Fe faucets
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 9:24 am

Santa Fe County and four Indian Pueblos have spent millions to acquire the water rights that made possible harvests at a Costilla farm, and they’d like to use those rights to supply drinking water to thousands of people 80 miles downstream.

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Spring, summer prescribed burns planned for Taos area
Posted: March 28, 2015

The Camino Real Ranger District of the Carson National Forest has planned two prescribed burn projects for spring and summer as conditions permit.

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Valdez man Tasered, charged with fourth DWI after crash
Posted: March 27, 2015

A Valdez man whose license had been revoked for drunk driving crashed his truck off Rim Road March 18 and, after a standoff with Taos County Sheriff’s deputies, was Tasered and charged with his fourth offense of driving under the influence.

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Taos County streams roaring, mountain snowpack in fair shape
Posted: March 27, 2015

Runoff has officially started, but at this point, there’s plenty of snow left in many parts of the high country.

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Getaway driver pleads guilty in Taos co-op robbery
Posted: March 26, 2015

Christoper Sillas, 29, entered a plea of guilty Thursday (March 19) to one count of armed robbery for his part in the April 11, 2013 heist.

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Bacon left burning in Roundhouse frying pan
Posted: March 26, 2015

Lawmakers failed to agree on what is known as capital outlay when the legislature adjourned at noon Saturday (March 21), leaving in limbo millions of dollars of funding for brick-and-mortar projects around New Mexico.

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