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Smoking ban, Southwest Research Center, SBDC updates

By Bill Knief

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In compliance with new, stricter UNM rules on smoking, UNM-Taos for the first time will be completely smoke free this fall. No outdoor smoking stations on campus. Students aren’t even allowed to smoke in their cars in campus owned parking areas. The tough new guidelines went into effect on the first day of class, August 24. From now on, don’t smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em!


Nita Murphy has been shepherding the Harwood, Millicent Rogers and Taos Historical Museums collections all over town for the past 21 years, but she has found a permanent home with UNM-Taos. Packaged as the Southwest Research Center, the historical material is now on display and open to the public in rooms behind the UNM-Taos administration building on Civic Plaza Drive.

“The Southwest Research Center is housed at UNM-Taos through a memo of understanding between the Harwood, the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Taos Historical Museums,” Dr. Kate O’Neill, executive Director of UNM-Taos, explained, “where we house, host and care for the collections, but the collections themselves are on loan to us.”

“I’m delighted to be with UNM-Taos,” Murphy said, “because I feel this incredible collection has been in peril for so long, and now it is safe and available to the public. First it was stored at the Harwood, then for a while it was stored in the morada in Mabel Dodge Luhan’s back yard, which was not a suitable place to have people trooping in. In 1995 Karen Young wrote a grant that enabled us to pull the three collections together.”

Murphy keeps office hours Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m., and she emphasized that the Research Center was open to anyone, for either scholarly research or simply to satisfy one’s curiosity about the region.

“We’re doing history with everyone who walks through the door,” she maintained. “We have lots of important water documents, mountain man trade fair items, maps and private collections. Lately, what I’m doing most is genealogy work. I’ve got Taos County baptisms and marriages from 1700. Descendants can trace their ancestors back through the 1847 Revolt, the Civil War, the Tax Revolt of 1816 when everyone in Taos was under house arrest. It’s great fun, especially with young people, who may not know their family history, which is Taos history. We have classes come from all over, and I love it when they whip out their cell phones and call grandma to tell her what they’ve learned.”


For two decades the Small Business Development Center in Taos was a satellite office of the SBDC in Espanola. But this year the state legislature shifted responsibility for the Center from Northern New Mexico College to UNM-Taos, making it a stand alone SBDC with support staff, library and a business resource center. The Small Business Administration provides federal funds for the Center augmented by state monies, and these funds are then passed through the college to run the Center.

“I think it’s a much better setup for Taos,” Gary Bouty, Director of the Center for the past 11 years, maintained. “We cover Taos County but we can include parts of Colfax County and down into Espanola—anywhere my expertise is needed. We are open to all current and prospective small businesses. We’re a business consulting service that is essentially a one stop shop: we do everything except make loans.”

You can call for an appointment with Gary Bouty at 575 737-5651. The Small Business Development Center is located at 1332 Gusdorf Rd. Suite B. All services are free.

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