Afternoon showers bring summer flowers

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Those pesky afternoon rain showers that interrupt your golf game or hike are what brings our wild flowers out to bloom. And, because of our micro ecosystems created by the hills and dales of the mountains, they all do not bloom at the same time or in the same place. Most of these in this photo blog bloom somewhere on my two acres or the hills I walk with my dog and camera

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Speak Up: ‘I want you to know where I stand’

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From The Taos News As I watched the ambush that led to the death of five Dallas police officers, and injury to seven other officers and two civilians unfold last week, I could not help but begin to think about our own community. I could not help but think how relatively even and respectful past events have been and how we as law enforcement have prepared and respond

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Birds of Monte Verde Lake

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I spied these ducks and the heron in Monte Verde Lake following the end of the annual Garden Tour in Angel Fire Saturday (July 16). Continue Reading →

A visit to the Art + Farmers Market

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Sunday afternoons at Frontier Park, the Angel Fire Art + Farmers Market showcases local and regional artists, live music, food, fresh produce from growers and non-profits. Visit the market from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Sept. 4. Continue Reading →

In the Valle Vidal…

(Photo by Jacqui-Binford Bell)

The Valle Vidal is a 100,000-acre unit of the Carson National Forest near the New Mexico/Colorado border northwest of Cimarron. This large section of land encompasses several valleys and towering peaks rich in pristine native and wild trout waters. The Valle Vidal is open for fishing July 1 through December 31. There is an area designated as Special Trout Waters for the

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Fishing Report for July 19

Fly fishing guide Missy Albin fishes in the Red River below the trout hatchery Monday (July 19). (Photo by Ellen Miller-Goins)


This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Need a license? Click here to buy online. Catch

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Angel Fire Police Blotter: July 11-18, 2016


07/11/2016 12:15:00    16-000294           Private Property Accident

A caller called the Angel Fire Police Department to report a hit and run car crash involving his vehicle. A private property hit and run car crash report was taken. Location: 11 SQUAW VALLEY RD NE            RPT – Report Taken

07/11/2016 17:45:00    16-000293          

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Kites at home in the Moreno Valley

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Editor’s note: This is a reprint of a 2007 story by Ellen Miller-Goins that appeared in the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle’s Summer Enchantment magazine. Tiny Kite died Friday (July 15) after being struck by a car in Red River. Live in these resort communities long enough and you get a little overwhelmed, even saddened, from the staggering number of people who

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Fishing Report for July 12


This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Need a license? Click here to buy online. Catches of the

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Getting down to business with Wolfgang’s Spa Works

Neil Collins, part owner of Wolfgang's Spa Works and son of the business’ namesake. (Photo by Cody Hooks, The Taos News)

It’s hard to think of hot tubs without also thinking of Wolfgang’s Spa Works. Neil Collins, part owner and son of the business’ namesake, sat down with The Taos News to talk about the business of hot water, why people hot tub and protecting brand integrity in the face of planned obsolesce. Let’s start with the “who” behind Wolfgang’s Spa Works. I was

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Colfax County Sheriff’s Blotter: July 12, 2016

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Timothy Peterson, age 27 was arrested in Raton for a Fugitive Complaint out of Colorado for charges of arson and contempt of court

Robert Sundance Martinez, age 36 was arrested in Raton for a Magistrate Court warrant for failure to comply with conditions of probation as set forth in an order by the court for failure to provide proof of treatment for the original

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David Norden named next CEO of Taos Ski Valley

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Taos Ski Valley (TSV) announced today that resort industry veteran David Norden has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and will begin work on July 25.  “Taos Ski Valley is evolving into a multi-season resort destination, and as such the executive responsibilities are expanding,” said TSV board member Peter Talty. “David brings superb industry expertise

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Independence Wildfire is 90% contained

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The Independence Wildfire is now 90 percent contained, according to Forest Service spokesman Dorotea Martinez. The fire, located between the Lama Foundation and the Columbine/Hondo Wilderness Area, has held at 22 acres.  Fire activity Wednesday (July 13) was minimal and was transferred to a Type 5 incident commander. One engine will remain on the fire. All

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Former Colfax County Sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty

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Vidal Sandoval pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking and theft of government property charges ALBUQUERQUE – Vidal Sandoval, 46, of Cimarron pleaded guilty Wednesday (July 13) to a superseding indictment charging him with drug trafficking and theft of government property charges. Sandoval was a Deputy of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Department at the time

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Angel Fire Police Blotter: July 4-11, 2016


07/04/2016 12:17:00    16-000286           Lost / Found Property

Angel Fire Police took a report of a lost handgun. Subject stated while in the parking lot of the Country Club he was moving items around in his truck and set his handgun in a holster on top of the bed of his pickup. Subject stated he forgot it was there and then drove off. Handgun fell off somewhere

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Art Up Northern New Mexico says, “I Know Jo, do you?”

Last week-end almost 500 people attended Art-Up Northern New Mexico’s 35th Annual ArtsFest. It was held once again at the Angel Fire Community Center, so that more artists could be added to the venue. Thirty-two talented high-quality artist displayed and sold their works of art. ArtsFest is just one of the many programs sponsored by Art Up Northern New Mexico (formerly

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Weather: Record highs and wind mean Red Flags Warnings


Brian Guyer, of the NOAA National Weather Service in Albuquerque reported today (Monday, July 11), “Record to near record heat will continue its grip over New Mexico this week. Unseasonably dry westerly winds have become deeply entrenched over the desert Southwest with no significant changes expected for the foreseeable future. The exception will be over northeastern

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