Hometown news

KTAOS prides itself on being a
cornerstone of the Taos community.
Here’s a look at the latest news from our backyard:
September 13, 2023

Moose Captured in Downtown Santa Fe

According to a press release from The New Mexico Game & Fish Department:

"Department wildlife biologists suspect that the moose captured in Santa Fe this morning started its journey south from Colorado, perhaps a few years ago. It is also suspected that this is the same moose spotted in the southern Sangre de Cristo mountains in autumn 2022 and observed on multiple occasions near Ski Santa Fe throughout the winter. After some time without making an appearance, the moose was spotted in the Tesuque area last week before showing up in downtown Santa Fe this morning. This was one of the southernmost sightings of a moose in New Mexico."

Read the full press release here.

August 28, 2023

PASEO 2023 STEAM Day Coming to Local High Schools!

Participating Schools:

Taos High School

Taos Academy

Penasco High School

Questa High School

Vista Grande

Taos Cyber Magnet

Find more information here.

August 22, 2023

Community Internship Collaborations are Happening in Los Alamos!

Program Overview


Over the course of one semester, students provide 60 hours of work on a project-based internship experience provided by a local business. Working alongside a mentor, students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to complete the project.


In conjunction with the internship, students are required to take BSTC299, an eight-week professional development course. Throughout the program, students will learn not only from the business mentor, but also the faculty advisor and fellow classmates.


Students will earn a $900 stipend and 1 academic credit for successful completion of the program. Businesses may choose to hire interns after the completion of the program, should a suitable position be available.

Interested in participating?

Find more information here

August 10, 2023

Questa Green Hydrogen Project Community Meetings, August 17th & 19th


AUGUST 17 • 6:00 P.M.

Please join in person:

Questa VFW Hall

Sagebrush Road &

NM-Hwy 522, Questa

Join online via Microsoft Teams Meetings:

Find the link at QuestaNews.com

Meeting ID: 224 461 427 123

Passcode: jV9UTD

Or call in (audio only):

(208) 996-1719

Phone ID: 305 936 488#

Refreshments will be provided.


AUGUST 19 • 10:00 A.M.

Please join in person:

Taos Community

Auditorium (TCA)

145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos

Join online via Microsoft Teams Meetings:

Find the link at QuestaNews.com

Meeting ID: 276 058 831 486

Passcode: 7smWZt

Or call in (audio only):

(208) 996‐1719

Phone ID: 371 296 41#

For more



Lynn Skall, QEDF,


or leave a message

at (575) 586-2149

Find out more about the feasibility study here.

August 3, 2023

Free story time at Taos Public Library!

Enjoy crafts, dancing, stories, and more!

Admission is free!

Head down and enjoy a story reading 📚

Learn more here!

August 3, 2023

Los Alamos Bear Fest!

Los Alamos Bear Fest will be on Saturday August 26th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the PEEC Nature Center in Los Alamos. Come learn about our black bears, and how to protect them 🐻

July 17, 2023

Congrats to Joy Junction for 37 Years of Service!

For More than 37 years Joy Junction has been providing both emergency and short term food, housing, and counseling for homeless men, women and families across New Mexico! We would like to thank them for all they have done for our community, and for being the largest homeless shelter in the state.

Learn more about services and volunteer opportunities here.

July 6, 2023

Los Lonely Boys TRIUMPHANT Return to Taos, Sunday July 9th!

Get tickets here!




Family has always been at the center of things for Los Lonely Boys. Henry, Jojo, and Ringo Garza have been playing and touring together since they were teenagers. Three years ago, they decided to take a break to focus on their own growing families. But Summer 2022 saw them back at it again, returning to life on the road alongside The Who. The Boys have been making music together for seventeen years now, and they

show no signs of slowing down or losing inspiration. Today, you’ll find them in the studio, working on their newest album. The story of how the Garza brothers rode their bluesy “Texican rock & roll” sound from San Angelo, Texas, to worldwide fame is one of rock’s great Cinderella tales. The three young brothers formed a band, got signed to a major label, and had a hit single that propelled them to stardom. They sold 2.5 million records, won a Grammy, and received five more Grammy nominations in the span of their career.


Award winning Native American Blues singer-songwriter from the Navajo Nation...


SMOOTH is a Band of musical brothers that love to play and give our tribute to LATIN ROCK. Playin all your favorite Tunes from the 60's on up to today from SANTANA,MALO,WAR,EL CHICANO, LOS LOBOS and many more!

June 21, 2023

You're Invited to participate in the 13th annual "For The Health of it" Fundraiser!

DON'T FORGET to register to pledge. :) Pledge registrants can register for FREE with a set goal of raising donations to support the walk. Top raising pledge registrants have the opportunity to win an array of great prizes.  All ages are welcome, and you are encouraged to bring your furry friends along as well!There are three ways to take part in this year's event:

  1. Register to Walk. $35 for adults, $20 for youth under 17 and seniors 60 and older, and $10 for your furry friends. All registrants will receive a T-Shirt.
  2. Sign-Up to Collect Pledges. Registration is free and you are encouraged to collect donations. Our new registration system makes collecting donations a breeze. All pledge registrants that raise a minimum of $100 will be eligible for prizes.
  3. Create or Join a Team! Teams are a fun way to get your business, family, or a group of friends together to support the cause. Setting up a team is easy and your teammates can either pay the registration fee or sign up to collect pledges. There will be prizes for the team that raises the most money!

We are using a new registration system this year that will make it easy to register, collect pledges, and set-up a team. If you have any issues using this system, contact Jeannie at jross@taoshospital.org.

Register here!

May 15, 2023

Welcome to Taos Epiphany Dermatology!

Welcome to Taos Epiphany Dermatology! - Put Your Skin in Good Hands!

Get your cancer screenings, eczema treatment or acne relief now

One in Five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70 but when detected early 99% of skin cancer cases are curable!  Epiphany Dermatology of Taos place special emphasis on prevention, screening and treatment - schedule your annual skin exam with board-certified dermatologists by calling (575) 613-8090 or visit https://www.epiphanydermatology.com

May 11, 2023


Happy Mother’s Day To all the Moms out there 

Thank YOU for all that you do for your kids and community.  We see and appreciate the work and love you put into making our lives better

                    Your friends at KTAOS

May 9, 2023

Crews Postpone Prescribed Fire

Crews Postpone Prescribed Fire South of Tres Piedras 

“The weather was looking very favorable and then it wasn’t, so I'm hitting the pause button,” said District Ranger Angie Krall, who is also the agency administrator for the prescribed fire.

 “This is exactly why we work with meteorologists to continually reevaluate whether to move forward or not with prescribed fire operations. Safety is paramount.” 

The prescribed fire was slated to begin as early as Sunday May 7th with ignitions expected to continue for three to five days. Crews would normally push back the first day of ignitions to Monday,  but latest forecast information extends the potential for critical winds through Sunday with a new critical wind period possible on Wednesday, making the timeframe unrealistic.


 For more information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/carson/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD1105641

May 4, 2023

Los Alamos Little Theater Presents Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville

Los Alamos Little Theater Presents Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville, 

May 5 - 20th

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and 2 pm on Sunday, May 14th, at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar Street.

Brought to you by the creative team that has produced the now beloved Atomic Follies Cabaret series, Chicago, set during the height of the roaring ‘20s, centers on chorus girl Roxie Hart, as she dreams of becoming a star in vaudeville. Along the way, she commits adultery, murder, perjury and more.  Will she make it?  Will her world become reality?  This massive production with non-stop live music, singing, and dancing is sure to delight. Don’t miss it!

Tickets are available at lalt.org

For shows not sold out, tickets will be available at the door.  

Due the to mature subject matter, parental discretion is advised

May 2, 2023

"ACEQUIAS - the legacy lives on" Free Film Screening!

To honor New Mexico’s centuries old acequia tradition, the Penasco community will host multiple free screenings of a new documentary, “Acequias: The Legacy Lives On”, from the University of New Mexico’s Center for Regional Studies,  May 11-13.

This stunningly beautiful homage to acequias, much of it filmed in our area, has been released to a small number of sold out showings in New Mexico’s major cities. This is the first time it will be shown for several nights in a rural area that is rich in acequia culture. We have invited all the parcientes and other neighbors from Placita to Embudo to Ojo Sarco to join us for these showings in Penasco. 

Come and watch Friday and Saturday, May 12th and 13th at the Penasco Community Center, Free and open to the public. The Friday show starts at 5:30 pm and the Saturday times are at 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm.

Take a scenic drive to Penasco and join us for these showings.

View the trailer here: https://youtu.be/aQkD0oyIrNA

April 27, 2023

Run For the Roses - in Angel Fire

Save The Date: Run For the Roses!  Live Streaming the 149 Kentucky Derby.

$10 at the door

Saturday, May 6th, 2023,

2pm to 6pm -  at Angel Fire Community Center 15 CS Ranch RD, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Put on your best hats and bow ties - there are prizes for BEST DRESSED.  Enjoy cocktails and appetizers while listening to live entertainment all afternoon.  Spend your money on Casino Style fundraising with live drawings and best of all HELP VETERANS!

 All Proceeds go to the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center.


April 10, 2023

You Are Invited to the Los Alamos Spring Job Fair!

You are Invited to the Los Alamos Spring Job Fair!

Thursday April 13, 2023, 11am to 3pm.

On the University of New Mexico Los Alamos Branch Campus - 4000 University Drive, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Hosted by UNM Los Alamos County and organized by Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Featuring 50 participating businesses that are currently hiring for positions of any level!  If you’re looking for a job, this is where to be.  Don’t forget to bring your resume!

For more information click LosAlamosChamber.com or contact Ryn Herrmann at 505-661-4807

March 29, 2023

LIVE Broadcast Event: Join KTAOS at The World Pro Ski Tour in Taos Ski Valley!

LIVE on LOCATION, The World Pro Ski Tour World Championships is happening at Taos Ski Valley and KTAOS is going to be there!   

Join us on the deck at The Phoenix - 11am to 1pm, Thursday March 30th. 

Come watch exhilarating races, listen to live music, enjoy giveaways, and of course say Hi to your friends at your community Solar Powered Radio Station – KTAOS! 

 The event is completely FREE so the whole family can enjoy! Come on up and cheer on the World Cup athletes and Olympians from around the world, as they compete and showcase Taos’ world-renowned terrain! 

For more information: https://taosskivalley.com/event/world-pro-ski-tour/

March 6, 2023

Looking For a Little Luck O’ The Irish?

Each day, the DJ invites callers to guess green or gold, and then draws a coin from the pouch (without looking.) 

If the caller guesses the color of coin he draws, they win a Golden Shamrock prize pack that includes a Lottery Duffel Bag and 20 Lottery bucks. 

Participants must be at least 18 years of age to participate and to win Lottery prizes.

About the Shamrock Gold Scratchers:

Game Name: Shamrock Gold

Price: $2

Win Up To: $500

Special Features:

A second-chance drawing for a chance to win $5,000

Ten entrants will be selected!

Enter at the Promo Zone at nmlottery.com here:


March 2, 2023

Join Our Community for an Important Fundraising Event!

Taoseños for Afghans: Fundraising Evening Sunday, March 5th, 2023

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


In the Treehouse at Lambert’s of Taos Restaurant (123 Bent Street, Taos, NM 87571).


“This event will raise funds for four families who are known to us. The overall situation in Afghanistan is critical, with two-thirds of the population in need of assistance. These families are still inside Afghanistan or in a neighboring country and living “under the radar” of authorities. All have a family member who served with the US military, in the former government, or in the UN system. They are at great risk of harassment or worse.”

February 14, 2023

We're Excited to Celebrate Valentine's Day with You!

It's Valentine’s Day and we want to make sure you and your sweetheart have all the things to bring more love to your lives!

Make sure to stay tuned in on the big day. We’ll be giving away some very cool prizes from amazing local


-A “pamper me” package from Body & Skin Taos worth close to 300 dollars!

-A $50 dollar gift certificate from In Tune Yoga

-A romantic overnight stay for two at Casa Benavides

-A Dozen fresh roses from Bud's Cut Flowers and More!

Thanks to our local business sponsors!

Nobody does love like KTAOS Solar 101-9!

January 30, 2023

Snow Ranger Programs Begin at Local Ski Areas!

Rangers, who will either ski or snowboard with visitors, will cover local cultural and natural history, along with information about the special use permits the ski resort operates under. Wildlife biologists, archeologists and firefighters will join some of the sessions and may cover geology, heritage sites, wilderness areas, water, sustainability, fire adapted ecosystems, recreation opportunities, safety and Leave No Trace ethics. Attend each week to learn new information from different specialists.

Tours will be held following days and locations through the end of March, depending on snow availability:

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Taos Ski Valley. Meet at the bottom of Lift 1.
  • Fridays at Red River Ski Resort. Meet at the Ski Tip Restaurant.
  • Saturdays at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort. Meet at the top of Lift 1.

The Snow Ranger Program is free and open to people of all ages and abilities. Participants must have a valid lift ticket and gear. Participants must be able to ski/snowboard beginner slopes.

January 24, 2023

The best and biggest ice fishing tournament in the State is happening this weekend at Eagle Nest Lake State Park!

Ice Fishing Tournament - friendsofeaglenestlake.org

January 28, 2023

Ice Fishing is now open on Eagle Nest Lake for foot traffic only. If weather conditions hold, the Ice Fishing Tournament will be held on January 28.


REGISTRATION: 6 a.m. - 11 a.m.

WHERE: Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center

END OF TOURNAMENT: You must be in line with your fish to be measured by 2 p.m.

Four Categories: 1. Trout/Salmon 2. Perch 3. Pike 4. Creel (Points for total fish in this category based on entry into one more of the species categories.) $10 fee for each category entered. (To enter the Creel category, at least one of the species categories must also be entered.) No Refunds!

Contestants may begin fishing for Tournament eligible fish any time after registering. New Mexico Game and Fish and State Park Regulations will be enforced!

Prizes will be awarded for "Biggest Fish" in categories 1, 2, & 3. Each contestant will be limited to entering one fish in each of the categories. The total length of the fish will be measured. In case of a tie in length, the girth will be measured to determine the winner. If a tie still exists, the prize will be shared by the winners.  Creel winner is based on points for total fish caught in registered species categories.

Cash Prizes will consist of 75% of the registration fees collected for each category.

1st Place -   40% of the cash prize

2nd Place - 30% of the cash prize

3rd Place -  20% of the cash prize

4th Place -  10% of the cash prize

Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center, 42 Marina Way, Eagle Nest, NM

The Ice Fishing Tournament at Eagle Nest Lake State Park is hosted by FRIENDS.

January 19, 2023

The Town of Taos and the Taos Arts Council are seeking Taos County art work for a lamppost banner campaign!

Contest Description:

In order to highlight Taos as an arts destination; celebrate and support the rich diversity of our community and the abundant creativity of our artists; give visibility to those who may not normally receive representation; and delineate and beautify the historic district – the Town of Taos and the Taos Arts Council are seeking Taos County artists’ art work for a lamppost banner campaign that will be on view within the Town of Taos from approximately late spring through early fall, exact dates to be determined in conjunction with the Town of Taos. It is our goal to feature a diverse and inclusive set of artists currently living and working within Taos County, while welcoming visitors to Taos and the historic district.


This year, we welcome and encourage diverse and inclusive images that represent any artistic discipline or media which can be photographed and displayed visually on a banner. Examples include, but are not limited to: painting, pottery, sculpture, printmaking, photography, projection and installation, glass, jewelry, metal work, fiber art, performing arts such as dance, theatre, music, etc. and non-traditional media.


Entrants must be artists at least 18 years of age, currently living and working within Taos County. Work must have been produced within the last 5 years and cannot be a duplicate of a winning entry from a prior Banner competition. Current work is strongly encouraged! Each individual or artist representative may enter a total of one (1) piece, with one (1) image. A group may enter one (1) piece that they’ve worked on collectively, under one (1) collective name.

Entry Info

The Call For Entry will open January 16, 2023 and close February 3, 2023.

Selection of winning images will take place via a blind jury selection process within approximately 3-5 days after closing and winners will be notified as soon as practical afterwards (approximately 1-3 days).

All entries must be submitted though the CaFE website (https://www.callforentry.org).

Log on to https://www.callforentry.org to enter the Banner Competition. Applicants will first need to create an account / artist profile which is free. Once a profile is completed artists can enter the Banner Competition. There is a $22 application fee for the submission. The fee includes a $20 fee to offset expenses for the banner project, and a $2 addition to fund any replacement banners due to loss, damage or similar.

As part of the entry process, the artist or artist’s representative will be asked to submit the following information: Full Name, a Short Bio, Contact Information,  Artwork Information and one (1) image of Art.  Additional information may be required.

January 9, 2023

What A Year It Can Be!

2022 was a great year for the station! With a regional coverage of a 300 mile radius, we are honored to have been Northern New Mexico’s heritage community radio station for over 45 years.


We are glad to continue providing solar powered radio to listeners all over the world through the live stream here on the website, as well as on the TuneIn App which you can download here.

2023 will be full of exciting developments & innovation. Stay tuned and stay connected with us to learn more as we announce fun giveaways, merch drops, and show information.

December 12, 2022

Road Construction in Taos Paused for the Winter

During winter suspension, all lanes will be open on Paseo Del Pueblo Sur and Siler Road will also be open.

For more information, to ask questions or to sign up for free email updates, visit the project website, www.taosnm6864.com, or call Patti Watson at 1-800-687-3417 or 505-269-9691.

Info is also available at www.nmroads.com.

December 12, 2022

Celebrate the Holidays in Northern New Mexico By Shopping Local!

 An average two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at small businesses in the U.S. stays in the local community, consumers’ local impact during the important holiday shopping season could be significant. 

And every dollar spent at small businesses creates an additional 50 cents in local business activity as a result of employee spending and businesses purchasing local goods and services, according to the Small Business Economic Impact Study from American Express (NYSE: AXP).

Choose local over big box stores or ecommerce giants this year and use these resources to map out your local shopping!

Taos Online Local Marketplace

Los Alamos Local Shopping Guide

December 12, 2022

Join Our Community at the Taos Chamber of Commerce Yuletide Party!

Join us in celebrating Yuletide!

Wear your favorite seasonal wear or an Ugly sweater

Jimmy Stadler will perform live!

Silent Auction- Holiday treats- and more!

The event will be held Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pmat Sagebrush Inn & Suites

Tickets: Taos County Chamber of Commerce Members: $20 per person. Non-Members: $30 per person.

November 28, 2022

Los Alamos is Excited to Welcome SALA Event Center to the Community!

Anyone can become a Friend of SALA by signing up on the SALA website (sala.losalamos.com) and being a “Friend” can be as uncomplicated as responding to occasional online surveys. A range of benefits are offered to “Friends” at all tiers.

December calendar events include a free screening of “Top Gun: Maverick” for Friends of SALA Dec. 2; “You Resemble Me” Dec. 6 (drama – Exec Producers Spike Lee and Spike Jonze); Warren Miller’s 2022 ski-tacular “Daymaker” Dec. 8; “Harry Chapin: When In Doubt, Do Something” Dec. 13 (music documentary); and “The 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows” Dec. 20. Online ticket sales will begin soon.

A first-run movie schedule is anticipated to begin in January. The best way to stay up to date on the movie and event schedule at SALA is to become a Friend of SALA and monitor the weekly “This Week at SALA Event Center” e-bulletin.

November 14, 2022

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative To Host CyberSecurity Incident Management Workshop

Monday, November 14th, 2022. 9AM-11:30AM at Kit Carson Electric Cooperative on Cruz Alta Road.

For more information, please contact Daniel Trujillo, IT Director of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative.

575-758-2258. dtrujillo@kitcarson.com

November 2, 2022

Early Voting is available now until Saturday November 5th!


Many counties have multiple Early Voting locations but fewer or only one location for voting the day of November 8th.

Find out where you can vote the rest of this week!

Voting Locations in Taos County

Voting Locations in Los Alamos County

Voting Locations in Rio Arriba County

October 3, 2022

Celebrate Autumn at Red River Oktoberfest!

The event, which takes place on Indigenous People’s Day weekend

- Friday the 7th from 11-7, Sunday the 8th from 11-7, and Sunday the 9th

from 11-4, will be held at Brandenburg Park in Red River, NM.

We look forward to seeing you and your family with us this

year. Early bird pricing available online at

www.redriverchamber.org/okt22 - tickets also available at

the gate. Children 12 and under get in free, leashed pets

welcome! So, whether you’re a local or out-of-towner you’ll

have the opportunity to celebrate the fall season in Red

River with the whole family.

September 15, 2022

Green Hydrogen Study Underway in Questa as Part of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative's Green Energy Initiatives

In partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Labs, Chevron and Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, the village and the Questa Economic Development Fund are looking at the former Questa Mine tailings site next to the village as a possible site for a future hydrogen facility.

Questa Mayor John Ortega said that, while the hydrogen feasibility study is "very preliminary," he is optimistic that a green hydrogen production facility will prove to be an important potential economic driver for the community, which lost hundreds of jobs when Chevron closed the nearly 100-year-old molybdenum mine in 2014.

August 15, 2022

One of the Most Legendary Live Bands of the Past Decade Comes to Taos!

My Morning Jacket w/ Joy Oladokun



TAOS NM 87571

AUGUST 19, 2022, 6:30 PM

Time: 6:30pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 5:00pm     Ages: All Ages

My Morning Jacket has partnered with PLUS 1 so that $1 from each ticket will go to supporting nonprofits working

to secure social justice,

ensure mental health care for all,

and confront the climate crisis.

Find more information and get tickets at ampconcerts.org

July 28, 2022

Flash Flood Potential Persists Across Northern New Mexico.

For questions & concerns related to flooding, please contact New Mexico State Emergency Operation Center at 1-800-432-2080.

For Federal Disaster Assistance, please call the FEMA Hotline at 1-800-621-3362.

Picture courtesy of: Nathan Burton/Taos News

July 14, 2022

Albuquerque Journal Names Nusenda Credit Union the No. 1 Top Large Workplace for the Second Year in a Row!

Employees noted that Nusenda’s focus on making a positive difference for its members and the community is a key differentiator. Additionally, the credit union focuses on the well-being of employees and their families by offering outstanding health and wellness benefits, generous retirement options, tuition reimbursement, family-friendly policies, and much more. Employee professional development, competitive salaries, and a caring and flexible approach to hybrid work and hardship stand out as other positives for employees.

To see job opportunities along with Nusenda’s award-winning family-friendly policies and benefits, visit nusenda.org/careers.

July 14, 2022

2022 Los Alamos Fair and Rodeo Parade Registration Now Open!

You may register here if you'd like to provide an entry in the parade.

Judges will look at your entry for Theme Portrayal, Creativity and Effort; there will be some prizes! You can find other 2022 Fair and Rodeo information on the MainStreet website, but the schedule is still being finalized. Keep in mind that MainStreet/LACDC only handles the parade, but we can connect you to others who are managing other components of this festive weekend. https://www.losalamosmainstreet.com/fair-and-rodeo

Photo Credit: (Los Alamos MainStreet, Copyright of Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation)

July 14, 2022

Meow Wolf Founder Passes Away Unexpectedly

King was instrumental in developing Meow Wolf’s immersive concept way back in 2008 and had a hand in creating dozens of the displays at the original site in Santa Fe, as well as the subsequent locations in Denver and Las Vegas.

In a statement, Meow Wolf called King a “pioneer of immersive art” who “had a joy for creation that was electric and expansive.” CEO Jose Tolosa said “thousands have been deeply touched by the artistic genius of his work.”‍Photo Credit: [Matt King works on an installation in Santa Fe in 2009. King, one of the co-founders of Meow Wolf, died on Saturday.

Photo Credit:(Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

July 13, 2022

Rio Arriba County 'Midnight' Fire Fully Contained!

The Midnight Fire was first reported around on the evening of June 9th, when smoke was seen approximately eight miles north of El Rito, New Mexico. Firefighters immediately responded, eventually finding the fire in a remote area around midnight, the timing which the fire was named after. A lightning strike was determined to be the cause.

The fire’s behavior became less intense, and its rate of spread slowed, when flames reached areas recently treated with prescribed fire in 2018, as well as the burn area of the 2019 Francisquito Fire, a 2,009-acre lightning-caused fire that was managed for forest health, among other objectives. These areas gave firefighters safer spaces to work within and build containment lines.

A Forest Order closing the fire area and potential debris outflow locations has been put in place for public safety. Forest Road 44 is closed between County Road 248 and Forest Road 123. A full list of roads closed by the order is online at Carson National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov). Open roads in the area, including Forest Road 123, may still experience some flooding.

The fire is currently being managed Carson National Forest employees.

(Photo From CarsonNF Facebook: A crew responds to the fire during in mid-June)

June 13, 2022

12th Annual "For The Health of It" Walk Returns To Kit Carson Park June 25th!

After two years of virtual events, we are pleased to gather with our community in-person at Kit Carson Park. Your entire family can participate and even your dogs can walk too!

All registrants receive a t-shirt and a raffle ticket. Raffle prizes to include rafting trip for 2 from NM River Adventures, 2 concert tickets for Lyle

Lovett and Chris Issacs from Amp concerts, massages from Essential Massages and more!

The event is June 25, 2022, from 9am-12pm at Kit Carson Park. You can register at www.taoscancersupport.org

June 13, 2022

Listen To Paddy Mac In The Mornings All Week For Your Chance To Win ZZ Top Tickets!

ZZ Top

w/ Ken Valdez



TAOS NM 87571

JUNE 18, 2022 7:00 PM

Tickets cost $66 and $88 (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251. The higher priced tickets get you access to the front section of the park.


June 1, 2022

Introducing the Stray Hearts June Town Hall Series

Join us at Taos Center for the Arts

Catered Events  •  Raffles

Learn More About Stray Hearts  

Meet Stray Hearts’ New ED

Ask Questions!

The Town Hall  Schedule

Wed, Jun 1 @ 12-1:30 PM
Topic - The Stray Hearts Board, Volunteers, & Foster Program
Empanadas Compliments of the Farmhouse Cafe and Baker

Sat, Jun 4 @ 4-5:30 PM
Topic - Stray Hearts’ Aging Facility
Skewers of Cheese & Fruit Compliments of the SHAS Board

Tue, Jun 7 @ 4-5:30 PM
Topic - Meet Stray Hearts’ New ED
Tacos from La Terraza de Taos Cocina

Thur, Jun 9 @ 12-1:30 PM
Topic -Spay-Neuter/ Behavioral Work
Petite Sandwiches from Kokos Coffee and Deli

Sun, Jun 12 @ 11:30-1 PM
Topic - Meet Stray Hearts New ED
Churros & Tres Leches from La Terraza de Taos Cocina

Thur, Jun 16 @ 7-8:30 PM
Topic - Stray Hearts’ The Next Steps
Skewers of Fruit, Melon & Prosciutto from Martyrs

May 31, 2022

The Most Important Day in Solar History for Taos and the State of New Mexico!! Join us for the live remote broadcast on location at the new Taos Mesa Solar & Battery Site to celebrate 100% Daytime Solar, Friday June 3rd, 9:30AM!

KCEC members will be 100% Daytime Solar when the solar array goes online. The project spans roughly 170 acres and has 43,680 solar panels. The 12.5 MW of battery storage will provide KCEC members with reliable and resilient electricity.

Please join us for this special event!

Friday, June 03, 2022

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Taos Mesa Solar & Battery Site

Address: 24670 US-64, Taos, NM 87571

(Adjacent to the Taos Landfill)

June 1, 2022

Trash & Treasures Market Returns!

The Trash & Treasures Market makes its triumphant return to the KTAOS Solar Center. Join us from 9AM-3PM on Saturdays throughout the summer. Shop the wide variety of goods produced by both local and national artisans. There will be vintage & antique items, plants, paintings, recycled material artworks, and much more! This market is a community favorite event that celebrates the unique culture of the town we are proud to call home!

For vendor and general information, please contact Ariel at 602-743-0049.

May 23, 2022

100% Daytime Solar Power is Here with Kit Carson Electric Cooperative

Join Kit Carson this Friday, April 22nd, from Noon to 3PM at Taos Center for the Arts with Renewable Taos. There will be an electric vehicle car show, renewable energy resources and vendors, and the Taos Environmental Film Festival.

Kit Carson Electric will also be celebrating the 52nd Earth Day this Saturday, April 23rd, 10AM to 3PM at Taos Land Trust. There will be food trucks, live music, activities for kids and adults, tabling by partnering organizations, and more. 

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is bringing 100% Daytime Solar energy to Taos – The Solar Capital of the World, on June 1st, 2022! Join us on Friday, June 3rd, 9:30 AM to 11 AM, and celebrate the commission of KCEC's Taos Mesa Solar Array and Battery Storage Facility. Spanning roughly 170 acres with over 43,000 solar panels, the project will bring power to approximately 7,500 homes. The 12.5 megawatts of battery storage will provide members with reliable, more affordable electricity. 

Mark your calendars and join us for this special ribbon cutting event! For more information, contact Michael Santistevan at msantistevan@kitcarson.com.

March 28, 2022

Leger Fernández Held Press Conference at the Española City Hall to Discuss Broadband Funding

Last week, Congresswoman Leger Fernández voted to fund over $74 million in Community Project Funding for the third congressional district of New Mexico.  She secured $879,506 in funding for broadband directly for Española.

The City of Española is proposing to install 30, five-gigahertz signal distribution points (antennas that will send and receive wireless signal) at nine sites in order to provide high speed, fixed wireless service to the entirety of our residents and businesses. These networks of antennas will make highspeed, wireless Internet available to at least 5,000 homes and 380 businesses. The project's estimated completion time is 9 months.

In addition, last November, Congresswoman Leger Fernandez voted for the Infrastructure Law that includes historic investments in broadband. Under the infrastructure law, New Mexico will receive $100 million in formula funding and 38% of New Mexicans will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which helps low-income families afford internet access.

March 14, 2022

Call for Art: High School Students Invited to Submit 2-D designs

Calling on all high school students in Taos County. Submit your two-dimensional design (any medium) by March 31, 2022. The theme is “New Mexico True”. Winners will be selected to have their design professionally reproduced and installed on a traffic signal box in the Town of Taos. All submissions will be approved by the NM Department of Transportation. Email submissions to taosmainstreet@gmail.com, or fill out the online form here or call 505-305-3905 to drop art by the Taos MainStreet office. Good luck!

Apply Here!
March 10, 2022

Time to Turn and Test! Daylight Saving Time is this Sunday, March 13th

Time to Turn and test!  Daylight Saving Time is THIS Sunday, March 13th.  “Did you know working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half? That’s why it’s critical to “Turn and Test” and take these lifesaving steps to stay safe from home fires — the nation’s most frequent disaster.” (NM Red Cross).

Four tips from the Red Cross, 1.Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years or older. Practice your two-minute escape plan.Teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like. Talk about fire safety and what to do in an emergency.

February 25, 2022

KTAOS is Hiring.  Start your career in radio Today!

Life is strange and we're all acclimating to a new normal. Many of us are changing careers in what's being called The Great Resignation. Have you ever wanted to work for a company who has your back? Is more than willing to guide you on a path to success? If you're looking to change courses and begin something new in a fun creative environment filled with music join our team at KTAOS Solar Radio!

We're hiring for On-Air talent and Programming, Promotions, Marketing, Management and more. Full and Part time positions, health insurance benefits available and paid time off. KTAOS loves longevity and will guide you into the fabulous world of radio.

To apply, send resumes to info@ktaos.com


Click the Career link at the bottom of the page!


KTAO is and Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.”

February 17, 2022

Diné Activist Says Interior, Congress Can Safeguard the Greater Chaco Landscape with Long-Lasting Protections

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is in the middle of a 90-day public comment period on its proposal to close around 351,000 acres of public lands surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park to future oil and gas leasing for the next 20 years. Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project says that this measure would go a long way toward providing lasting protection to this sacred landscape and honor the wishes of Diné community leaders, the All Pueblo Council of Governors, local communities, elected officials, advocates, and many others. As a part of the comment period, BLM has scheduled three public meetings (two on Feb. 23 and one on Feb. 24) to solicit public input on their proposed withdrawal.

Tune in to KTAOS 101.9 FM on Friday, February 18 where we’ll be speaking with Reyaun Francisco, Environmental Justice Director, Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project, during Paddy Mac’s morning show in the 9 o’clock hour(MT).  

February 3, 2022

Early Voting Starts February 1st!

Early voting start tomorrow, Feb 1st!  Tune in to KTAOS 101.9 FM where we’ll be speaking with Mayoral candidates all week long during Paddy Mac’s morning show in the 9 o’clock hour all week long(MT).  

Cast your vote for Mayor and many other Municipal Officers at Town Hall, Conference Room No. 109, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, New Mexico.  You can even register to vote and cast an early ballot the same day!  Vote early from 8AM - 5PM most days in February.  

Visit taosgov.com for information on Absentee Voting, checking your registration status, requesting an absentee ballot and more.

January 17, 2022

USDA Invests $5.2 Billion in Rural Infastructure and NM Rural Development Director Patricia Dominguez on KTAOS

The United States Department of Agriculture is investing $5.2 Billion to build and improve critical infrastructure in 46 states and Puerto Rico and that includes New Mexico!

Tune in tomorrow morning at 9:30 MT when Paddy Mac speaks with Patricia Dominguez, New Mexico’s Rural Development State Director, and a Northern New Mexico Native, to learn more about the projects planed across the state.

January 17, 2022

To celebrate New Mexico Lottery’s Cash for Christmas Scratchers, it’s time to play Red or Green!

How will Paddy Mac celebrate his chile today?  Red, Green or Christmas style?  Take a lucky guess and you could win a Cash for Christmas prize pack from the New Mexico Lottery.  

Tune in to the KTAOS Morning Show, weekday mornings from 6AM, today through December 23rd to find out which caller will have the chance to guess our jolly morning host’s favorite chile of the day!

For more details on Cash for Christmas scratchers visit www.nmlottery.com

New Mexico Lottery's Cash for Christmas Scratchers
January 17, 2022

Community Against Violence Radiothon October 7th!

The Annual Community Against Violence Radiothon is one of the many ways YOU can help to foster a community free from all forms of domestic and sexual violence.

Thursday, October 7th from 7am - 7pm call in to KTAOS to pledge your support, 575-758-8882.

You can also donate anytime at https://taoscav.org/donate or by shopping at the CAV Thrift Store @ 1509 Paseo del Pueblo Sur in Taos!

CAV is the only non-profit agency in Taos County exclusively addressing the needs of victims of domestic/sexual violence. Donate today and tune in Thursday Oct 7th!!!

Donate to CAV Today!
January 17, 2022

Support the Hondo Seco Volunteer Fire Department!

Help support the brave and dedicated volunteers of the Hondo Seco Volunteer Fire Department during their annual fund raising drive.

To make a donation or get involved call Patrick @ 575-613-0624

Photo: Hondo Seco Vol Fire Dept.

January 17, 2022

Community Against Violence Radiothon in Taos News

We look forward to the Community Against Violence Radiothon every year. Thanks to Taos News and Virginia Clark for writing about this year's event to raise funds for for CAV, coming up October 7th from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m..

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January 17, 2022

Be the 1st Millionaire Of The Year with Monday Millions

Powerball now features Monday night drawings! To celebrate new Monday Powerball draws, players will receive DOUBLE entry coupons for purchases made during the promotion on MONDAYS.

Tune in weekday mornings with Paddy Mac for your chance to win New Mexico Lottery prize packs all week long!! Prize packs include (1)stainless steel tumbler, (1)Powerball t-shirt, (20) Lottery Bucks

  • (9) Lucky winners will each win $1,000 and have a chance to become the Powerball First Millionaire of the Year!
  • To enter, purchase $6 in Powerball on ONE ticket and receive a coupon with an entry code. 
  • Enter the 8-digit serial number from your coupon and your contact information on nmlottery.com through September 30th
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January 17, 2022

Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance Ticket Giveaway

Have you heard?  Michael Hearne’s 19th Annual Big Barn Dance Weekend in Kit Carson Park, is sold out!

Don’t worry friends, here at KTAOS we’ve gotcha covered!

You want em’?  Go to our KTAOS Facebook page and tell us why YOU should win FREE tickets!

Tune in THIS SATURDAY MORNING and NEXT SATURDAY MORNING September 4th, from 9AM to Noon to win tickets for a two person pod for Michael Hearne’s 19th Annual Big Barn Dance Weekend thanks to Bob Draper of Phoenix Mechanical.

Sponsored by Randall Lumber and Hardware and Petree Nursery.  Visit bigbarndance.com or all the details.

Leave your FB comment HERE!
January 17, 2022

New Mexico Lottery Prize Pack Giveaways

New WILLY WONKA GOLDEN TICKET™ Scratchers from the New Mexico Lottery are now on sale. They feature a second chance drawing for chance to win a trip to Las Vegas for the chance to win up to a lifetime prize of $1 Million a year. We’re celebrating this new game with Lottery prize pack giveaways. Tune in August 2nd-13th weekday mornings with Paddy Mac to repeat this timed tongue twister: Enter the EVERLASTING MILLION Second-Chance Promotion! It’s your chance to play and win with KTAOS!

January 17, 2022

Creede Rock & Mineral Show

The annual Creede Rock and Mineral show- August 6th, 7th, and8th at the Underground Community Center in Creede Colorado. 10am to 5pm with freeExhibits and Programs for all! Exhibits of minerals, fossils, nuggets, geodes,and jewelry. Evening talks Friday and Saturday. Since 2000, the annual CreedeRock and Mineral Show, now sponsored by the Creede/Mineral County Chamber ofCommerce and Inge Studios. Visit creede.com for more information.

January 17, 2022

‍KTAOS Trash & Treasures

Tune in to play “Rediculously Easy Anniversary Trivia” (on KTAO) It’s your chance to win a Lottery prize pack including a duffel bag, t-shirt, hat and Lottery Bucks!) to celebrate NML 25th anniversary!

From May 17-May 28 2021