Alley Cantina
Pueblo de los Suenos
The Alley Cantina, near Historic Taos Plaza, contains the oldest existing structure in Taos.
Pueblo de los Suenos, on Kit Carson Road, is a more recent addition to Taos' architectural scene.

We have established this web site to keep the community informed about planning activities here in the Taos Valley,
and to provide a way for residents, and other interested folks, to comment on those plans. 

Additional information may be found at both the Town and County planning departments.

Holy Cross Hospital Today

Five years ago Holy Cross Hospital was in turmoil.  The financial condition was bleak.  A number of staff had been laid off, and morale had sunk to rock bottom.  The CEO was under fire, and was soon to leave the hospital.  A series of public meetings, lunch provided, failed to attract much attention. 

After a series of temporary replacements, a new CEO, Bill Patten, came on board in the spring of 2015.  Bill was introduced to the public through a series of open meetings, in venues ranging from the Taos Country Club to the Alley Cantina.  The community steppped in to help, passing a mil levy intended to provide an estimated $1 million a year for facility maintenance and replacement. followed that progression here.

Unfortunately, we now seem to be at the same place we were when all this started.  Finances are once more in poor condition.  The mil levy is being considered to cover payroll, not the maintenance of facilities as intended, and as promised to the voters.  Morale is at an all-time low; several valued medical staff members have left for greener pastures in, of all places, Espanola.  Collections from Medicare for overcharges, increases in malpractice insurance premiums, and an ineffectual attempt to install two new information systems at once, have added to the grief.

We have begun a new series, which we call “HCH Phase II”, to follow progress as the hospital attempts to work its way out of this morass.  Our first postings are:

Holy Cross CEO covers payroll, seeks more cuts
By John Miller
The Taos News, 2/15/2018

Running out of cash, Holy Cross officials to seek approval to tap mill levy funds
By Staci Matlock
The Taos News, 2/1/2018

Holy Cross not tapping mill levy for payroll
By Cody Hooks,
The Taos News, 2/8/2018

My Turn
We’ve got a good hospital, let’s support it

Charles Roberts
The Taos News, 2/8/2018

Impotrtant meetings at Holy Cross Hospital:

Holy Cross Board -- February 28, 6:00 P.M.

Town/County officials -- March 7 -- Time TBA

Please stay tuned.

Officials with the Carson National Forest are accepting public comments on the recount of river segments
eligible for federal protections under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  
Comments on the preliminary draft proposed plan — which includes “management prescriptions for
eligible rivers to preserve their free-flowing condition, outstandingly remarkable values and classification” —
can be sent to

Posted 2/1/2018

These are the major planning efforts planned and/or underway in the Taos area (click on plan to see details):

Recent articles from the Taos News:

New Mexico braces for early start to wildfire season
By Andy Stiny, The New Mexican
The Taos News, 2/15/2018

New Mexico’s lost decade
Unemployment, lagging wages, poverty, slow growth continue to plague state still heavily dependent on oil, gas industry

By Thom Cole, The New Mexican
The Taos News, 2/15/2018

While they still can, locals speak out on drilling issues
Future of citizen council in question amid a mix of uncertainties

By Cody Hooks,
The Taos News, 2/1/2018

House bill aims to deter suicides on Rio Grande Gorge Bridge by funding state police presence
by Milan Simonich, The New Mexican
The Taos News, 2/1/2018

Stuck at the bottom: Why New Mexico fails to thrive
Despite efforts to increase quality of life in the state, it still often ranks 49th or 50th in the nation on various issues

By Leslie Linthicum and Lauren Villagran, Searchlight New Mexico
The Taos News, 2/1/2018

My Turn
It is time to get your letters to the Carson National Forest—again
Jim O’Donnell
The Taos News, 1/25/2018

Cell tower vote delayed for location redesign
By Cody Hooks
The Taos News, 1/18/2018

Group takes first steps toward Questa-Red River Canyon trail
By Ellen Miller-Goins, Sangre de Cristo Chronicle
The Taos News, 1/18/2018

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