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Town lights up fire restrictions

The ordinance bans campfires, open fires around vegetation and smoking within town parks to heighten the fire prevention in the town. In addition, the ordinance bans open fires with embers or ash, which includes charcoal-burning grills.

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After no unanimous verdict, trial to resume for volunteer coach accused of rape

TAOS, N.M.(KRQE) - The case against a New Mexico volunteer coach accused of raping a girl is set to resume next month after a trial ended without a decision.John Rael is facing charges including child rape, bribery of a witness and false imprisonment.The superintendent of Questa Schools says Rael wa


Commission candidates turn out for Taos News political forum

Many seats are up for grabs in the hotly contested primary, including three of the five spots on the Taos County Board of Commissioners. The three incumbents in Districts 1, 2 and 5 are running to retain their seat and they all face at least one challenger.

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2018 primary election: Taos County judges

Early voting at the Taos County Clerk's Office during normal business hours is underway, while early voting at three alternate sites around the county begins May 19 and lasts until June 2. The Peñasco Community Center, Questa Municipal Offices and Old Armory in El Prado will be open Tuesday to Satu


Carson National Forest steps up fire restrictions

Under the Stage 2 restrictions, no fires are allowed within the forest; this includes campfires, charcoal, coal or wood stoves, according to a press release from the forest. Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, propane gills or other heating devices are OK.


Primary election 2018: New Mexico State Representative

State House District 41 candidatePrimary 2018: Susan HerreraState House District 41 candidatePrimary 2018: Debbie RodellaState House District 42 candidatePrimary 2018: Roberto "Bobby" GonzalesThe State of New Mexico has approximately 70 representatives. These elected officials represent Districts 1


Sheriff, magistrate judge hopefuls field questions during Taos News political forum

In the race for Taos County sheriff, incumbent Jerry Hogrefe, of Red River, faces a slew of challengers for the primary and at least one for the November general election. Jake Cordova of San Cristobal, Ricky Medina of Arroyo Hondo, Bonney Gabriel Medina of Taos, and Eugene Holgate, III, also of Tao

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Wide Sky luthier thrives in Taos Valley

Rubin spent a decade in a traveling band, learning the ins and outs of sound and moved to Taos only to find the music itch still inside his head. His focus turned from carpentry to luthier work when he decided to start building his first acoustic guitar five years ago. The guitar, a mid-sized flat t


Taos jury finds Ranchos man guilty of first-degree murder

After atwo-day trialfollowed by more than aday of deliberating, the jury found the 25-year-old guilty of the capital offense, along with five other charges related to the fatal2017 shooting of 23-year-old Destiny Valdezoutside a gas station in Taos. The other charges Lopez was found guilty of includ


El Prado to Taos: water relief to end Monday

While the town of Taos has been repairing its municipal water pumps for the past two weeks, the independent water system in El Prado has pushed over 400,000 gallons of water a day into the town's lines, thereby preventing disruptions to service.


Know Your Neighbor: Mercedes Valdez

From the ages of seven to nine, Mercedes Valdez and her purposely unnamed friend hopped on their bikes and cruised the Ranchos area, particularly behind the Old Martinez Hall (now known as Old Martina's Hall).


Pueblo Revival – Ranchos De Taos, NM – $725,000 | Old House Dreams

IF YOU'RE A CONNOISSEUR OF QUALITY!. !And have a passion for the past yet appreciate all the conveniences of today, you'll find this historic 200+ year old renovated adobe a gem. The 2,700 +/- sq ft main house boasts 3BR/3BA and beautiful living areas indoors and out. Family and friends will love th


Hiker dies after fall near Questa

State Police arrived to find Owen O’Keefe (72), caretaker of La Junta Campgrounds, to be deceased from an apparent fall. Witnesses who saw the fall later told State Police that O’Keefe was out for a hike with another individual when he fell approximately 200 feet. It is unknown what caused the fall.


Primary 2018: Abel Montoya

Abel Montoya was already working in the Taos County Assessor's Office when he ran to lead the department that calculates the dollar values on every piece of property in the county. Now, he's looking to continue his work, staying the course and sticking to the statues.


Man Shot after Long, High-speed Pursuit

Medics wheel Brian Dorais toward an ambulance, May 10, after a Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s deputy shot him in the thigh after he allegedly tried to ram him with his car. Dorais initially fled from deputies in Dixon before crashing in Chimayó.(SUNfoto by Wheeler Cowperthwaite)


Jury hangs in Questa coach rape trial

John Rael, a former coach with Questa School District who was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in 2016, walked away a free man this week after a Taos district court jury failed to come to a unanimous decision on the case.


Summer Food Guide: Taos, New Mexico

As the mightiest mountain town in northern New Mexico, Taos is the go-to spot for those seeking a refreshing combination of summer sun and invigorating high altitude air. Long known as a place for visitors hungry for adventure, art or a tranquil getaway, Taos is now starting to make a name for itsel


Purple power: Taos Lilac Festival features arts, crafts, food, music, beer and wine

The sixth annual Taos Lilac Festival in Kit Carson Park will feature arts and crafts, lilac sales, and children’s rides on the vintage Tio Vivo Carousel, an antique carousel featuring hand-painted horses.


Taos murder case sent to jury

As of press time Wednesday afternoon (May 16), the jury was set to begin deliberations Thursday morning (May 17) to consider several charges filed against Brandon Lopez, the 25-year-old Ranchos de Taos man accused of firing the bullet that killed 23-year-old Destiny Valdez at the Shell gas station o


Day one of Taos murder trial sets stage, leaves questions

Brandon Lopez, 24, the man accused of shooting and killing Destiny Valdez at the bypass Shell gas station on Paseo del Pueblo Sur Feb. 3, 2017, entered the courtroom around 9 a.m. and took a seat beside his defense attorney, George Harrison.