19 November, 2014
The Preservation of the “Forgotten People”
When history is made and/or acknowledged, it’s a rare thing. Most of the participants in the event are not conscious of the story, a story that begins long ago in geologic and Paleolithic time. Through bumps and burps, a people emerges, the indigenous ones who hunt, gather, and grow crops alongside the mountains or on the streams that flow down from the mountains and feed the modest fishery of the Rio Grande. Others arrive as acequia builders or farmers as well as the ones who record history and interpret it whether as painted images on canvas, or in photographs, and, occasionally carved in stone.
Then in a climactic moment the real history, the history of the human race or the people of the valley in this case, recognized and represented becomes part of reality. The history ...
13 November, 2014
Recently one of Manby’s sons, a member of the United Realtors of Taos, “implied” in the excellent local weekly that I allowed my readers to write and say outrageous things about the proposed airport expansion project. I do. Due to his run-on periods and unclear syntax, he also conveniently implied that I condoned the remarks.
Similarly, a week or two ago, the Taos Bark and Bite person accused me of saying “hateful” things because I summarized in a brief paragraph and posted the complete findings of the NM Veterinary Board in the Stray Hearts Animal Abuse case. Though I didn’t say hateful things, I suggested the responsible parties shouldn’t cover up cruelty to animals.
When residents get shut down by the censors at the corporate media or don’t have the wherewithal to profit from Manby’s legacy, I make space available for the ...
12 November, 2014
Mexican Politicos, police, and narcos conspired, reportedly, to murder 43 students who were incidentally in the way of a party planned by the Mayor’s wife of Iguala in the state of Guerrero. When a Mexican Official dismissed concerns, citing fatigue: “Ya Me Canse (Enough, I’m tired), protestors turned the remarks around and redefined government inaction from a populist POV: Yo Me Canse (Enough. I’m tired.)
Thanks to Cesar Chavez and the first Obama campaign, Americans revived the notion of “Si Se Puede” (Yes we can). Now we might simplify and identify with the great Panamanian fighter, Roberto Duran, who, when out-boxed by Sugar Ray Leonard, finally said “No Mas.”
Let us say “no mas” to injustice, the official liars of the state and the wealthy lawn mowers searching for public tax dollars between the blades of grass. After you say no to ...
5 November, 2014
Sign Man Sighted
On November 4, 2014, the Sign Man was back on the streets, exercising his First Amendment Rights, claiming he was no longer smitten with Smith's, who has smited drivers and is selling gas for high prices. Lines at the pumps were light during election day.
There's an Elephant in the House
Apparently, the Republican party capitalized on the sour mood of voters. Nationally, the Elephants swept Governor's, Senator's, and Representative offices. While democrats made in roads into Pennsylvannia, or held on to some seats in demo Donkey land, voters bucked the trends in Taos County and sent republicans packing, including longtime politico Virgil Martinez, who lost to Demo Mark Gallegos, Mayor of Questa, by a couple hundred votes. Gallegos will be the new commissioner in District 2. Congratulations to Mark "the giant killer."
The holiday season is upon us and it's ...
4 November, 2014
The rightwing tilt of American politics today, pro-cop, anti-Black, anti-immigrant, and the voter suppression of disagreeable Democrats, should tell you something about what to expect from Republican extremists, funded by billionaire descendants of the John Birch era back in the fifties and sixties, who are coming to power. The Taos News and the Santa Fe New Mexican elites have joined the party at GOP headquarters on the fourth floor of the Santa Fe Roundhouse, where Gov. Martinez circles the legislature like a predatory coyote. Hometown newspaper? Not likely.
Still, some of my best friends are Republicans and I urge you to vote today for Virgil Martinez as Commissioner and Ron Montez as Taos County Sheriff. Taos Republicans from the grass roots era of New Mexico shoulder a tradition that is more populist and leftward leaning than Democrats in my home state ...
29 October, 2014
￼(See: http://livetaos.com/2014/10/protester-general-jeff-northrup/ for stunning documentary footage.)
(International) “US relations with Israel have plunged to new depths of bitterness and hostility as senior officials in the Obama administration decried Binyamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit prime minister”, “coward” and a man more interested in his own political survival than peace.”—From The Guardian
(National) Thanks to Ebola and “lone-wolf” attacks on Canadians and threats from crazies, the National Security State is cracking down and pandering to America’s sense of insecurity. Here come the foot soldiers of the “inverted totalitarian” state, more laws, more guards, and fewer civil rights.
(State) Reversing a national trend, wherein cops shoot people of color nationwide and the homeless in Albuquerque, the cops from Santa Fe are shooting each other. We get our tragedies all upside down in El Norte.
(El Norte) According to Forbes Magazine, Louis of Taos Ski Valley is bringing ...
25 October, 2014
The Town of Taos will discuss animal issues at the Tuesday, Oct., 28 meeting, 1 PM, on Civic Plaza Drive. Manager Rick Bellis will be asking the Council for permission to do an RFQ (request for qualifications) and a national search for an expert to help Taosenos resolve animal issues, ordinances, and the struggle to present a unified front by local governments on the matter.
Animal lovers and activists need to pack the house.
The Town and County spend way too much money on Animal issues to ignore the current crisis while searching for an outside savior. Activists are way too powerful and the situation far too fraught with emotion and canny partisans for an outsider to figure out who's on first.
Commissioner Tom Blankenhorn’s work with the committee on the Holy Cross Hospital health policies suggests he has the demeanor and ...
23 October, 2014
What Say You?
For years we’ve heard how there’s a right way, a wrong way, and the Taos Way. But today the Taos Way, a kind of lawlessness combined with cruelty and laughter, is under siege by outsiders. We citizens here in the community have seen our elected and appointed officials summarily taken to the woodshed at the Taos Municipal Schools (TMS), the 8th Judicial District’s District Attorney’s Office, and at the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter by outsiders.
New Mexico Public Education Department
In a January 14, 2014 Taos news article, reporter Elizabeth Cleary writes, “Documents obtained from the state’s Public Education Department reveal years-long tensions between the Taos school district, the state and a disability rights group with regard to Taos’ special education program.” And, “The Taos school board placed superintendent Rod Weston on a three-day administrative leave last month due to ...
20 October, 2014
"Petey's Foot Fell Off" and other Charming Tales
The summary of the Board of Veterinary Medicine's "Findings of Fact"and eight complaints, posted below, reads like the cruelest animal story you've ever heard or read. It's Rated "R" for violence and neglect. Read it and weep. See the order on page 24, suspending Dr. Aversa's license to practice. The Board also fined him $5,000 and gave him orders to follow a remedial training program if he wants to resume practice. The Animal Shelter Board in Taos seems to lack someone besides lower level staff who exerts oversight at the Shelter. How many other animals in addition to the eight mentioned were abused?
9 October, 2014
On Oct. 9, 2014, Judge John Paternoster convened district court to hear an emergency motion for sanctions filed by Defense Attorney Todd Coberly, representing the defendant in State v. Issac Martinez, aka the Kit Carson Robbery Case. The motion was filed against Deputy District Attorney Emilio Chavez for the “abuse of subpoena powers”
Allegedly three subpoenas were issued by Deputy District Attorney Emilio Chavez after grand jury indictments of the alleged Kit Carson Bank Robbers to aid Taos Police Officer Wentz in his investigation. The motions we're filed some two months after a motion to quash evidence garnered by the earlier “hometown or bad subpoenas,” subpoenas issued over the DA’s signature to cell phone companies but without court or grand jury approval. The subpoenas in question on Oct. 9, 2014 above followed in the wake of grand jury indictments, subsequently quashed by ...
6 October, 2014
Though I won’t go into depth here about what it means to be a Taoseno, I will say that you need a dose of suffering leavened by a sense of humor to understand the tragi-comic feeling that forms one’s psyche here in “The Soul of the Southwest.” Contrary to stilted remarks by politicians or letter writers in The Taos News, do-gooders and newcomers should know that one must “suffer to be wise.” It’s not about paying your taxes or contributing to the community coffers.
For an outsider to become a “Taoseno,” he or she must experience the joys of victory and the pains of defeat. Then turn and look over his or her shoulder and laugh, however briefly, at the irony of redefining one’s life in Taos terms. As I often remind political activists, including experienced politicians, you’ll begin to understand ...
2 October, 2014
Disciplinary Board Charges DA Gallegos and DDA Chavez with 5 Counts Each
ADA Simms Part of the Gang
(We hear Donald’s gone hunting and Emilio has lawyered up!)
In a twenty-page five-count complaint filed on Oct. 1, 2014 by the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of New Mexico (the Board) against Attorney Donald Gallegos, the Taos District Attorney is charged with violating rules “by engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice” as well as violating numerous “provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct.”
Similarly, in 19-page five-count complaint filed against Attorney Emilio Chavez by the Board, the Taos Deputy DA Chavez is charged with “engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice as well as violating numerous “provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct.”
While the matter came to light during a hearing on motions concerning the alleged KCEC Robbers (Ma ...
25 September, 2014
The Mayor and Town Council have declared Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, 2014 to be Hispanic Heritage month: See below.
“NOW BE IT RESOLVED, by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Taos that September 15th through October 15th shall heretofore be declared annually in the Town of Taos as Hispanic Heritage month in honor of the many contributions of our current and past residents, community leaders, artists and artisans, farmers and caretakers of our lands and water, teachers, healers, mothers and fathers, and families that have contributed so much of themselves every day to make this community and our State, rich in spirit, rich in culture, rich in history and rich in family, community and promise.”
Signed this 23rd day of September, 2014 by Mayor Barrone, Councilors Peralta, Cantu, Gonzales, and Hahn.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage, Taos Fall Arts, Taos ...
21 September, 2014
So the Harwood Museum of Art jumped on the Taos Fall Arts season a week early, capitalizing on the autumn equinox and presenting what must be considered “a mind-blowing mix” of multicultural pop and performance art on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 20th. A lowrider art car roared, its straight eight engine and dual carbs sat under a guided missile blower while the sound blasted hundreds of happy ears. Not only were the ears sitting on multicultural brown and white shoulders but the crowd looked young, younger than springtime despite the Autumn Equinox.
Then came the “Glam-Trash” fashion show, fashions recycled from credit cards and milk cartons, Smith's throwaways and treasures gathered from the street, presided over by a giant white-faced top-hatted stilt-walker, slipping and sliding to music that matched the sensual presentation by the sexy models. Neither the Harwood nor Ledoux St. ...
18 September, 2014
On September 26 the Fall Arts Festival will open and feature a display of historic WPA photos at the Old County Courthouse in the “Mural Room” where ten social-realist frescoes depict themes of law and justice. Perhaps the most popular fresco, among tourists, especially visiting lawyers and legislators, is “Demasiadas Leyes Oprimen or Superfluous Laws Oppress” followed by “Ley Suficiente Protégé or “Sufficient Law Protects.”
In a country where the “rule of law” itself seems under siege whether by Congress or the Supreme Court, the frescoes almost seem sentimental. Yet the WPA era represents a version of social justice, created at a time when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt recognized the threat of inequality and social unrest to the country as a whole, due to reaction against elite bankers and industrialists.
Recent events in Taos, the brouhaha over the Kit Carson Park, the ...