LEGAL BACKGROUND

Around the first part of April, the Friends of Kit Carson Park engaged the services of Alan Maestes Law Offices, P.C. Following careful collaboration, on May 17, 2019 a letter was sent to the Town of Taos addressing the concerns of the Friends of Kit Carson Park and the community. On June 17, 2019, our attorneys, Alan Maestes and Kathryn Hardy met with the Town of Taos attorney, Steven Ross, to discuss the Friends of Kit Carson Park, along with the community, issues of concern regarding the current park usage. The Town Attorney was surprised people objected to the large music venues and said no one had complained to the Town. Of course, this is not true. During the meeting, our attorneys requested information on the noise levels of the concerts, the shut-off time, the number of large music events to be held in the park and a copy of the site construction plans for the stage area. We requested a follow-up meeting with Mitch Miller, 2 Council Members and the Town Manager, Rick Bellis, to discuss all these issues further. Regarding the Deed requirements and the Joint Powers Agreement which allocated Kit Carson Park to the Town of Taos (to be used “exclusively as a park”), Stephen Ross said, “there is no pertinent language in this for our purposes”. He said there was some question as to whether it is applicable here.

Note: The general tone of the meeting was dismissive on the Town Attorney’s part.Note: This is the attitude the Town has taken throughout. But the conclusion of the meeting was that the Town would give us some information on the large concert details and a follow-up meeting would be set up between the Friends of Kit Carson Park and the Town.

On June 26, 2019, a response came in from Town Attorney, Stephen Ross, stating the Town declined to allow a meeting with Town staff due to the fact that the Friends of Kit Carson Park had threatened the Town with litigation “(albeit based on a number of groundless and frivolous claims)”. That is the last contact we had with the Town of Taos.Given the Town’s attitude, we are now in the position where there is no alternative to litigation. At this time, funds must be raised to finance that undertaking.

CURRENT ACTIVITY

#1. A FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ACTIVATED. The Friends of Kit CarsonPark has opened a “Benefit Account” at Centinel Bank.

Donations to the Friends of Kit Carson Park Fund can be made directly at Centienl Bank at 512 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, New Mexico.
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Donations can also be made by check to FRIENDS OF KIT CARSON PARK and mailed to: Friends of Kit Carson Park 8 Nickell Road, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557.
NOTE: Donations will be used to cover current legal expenses and to develop a fund for future endeavors. Any overages will be donated to help with the protection and care of Kit Carson Park.

More information can be found on our web site: kcparkfriends.com

#2. Bumper stickers are now available stating: TAKE BACK OUR PARK. The bumper stickers cost $1. or can be given away with a donation. Please see a representative to get your stickers.

#3. Members of the Friends of Kit Carson Park will be featured on the Cultural Energy Radio Station KCEI 90.1 FM. on Thursday July 25, 2019 starting at 9am. Subsequent airings will follow.

#4. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A PUBLIC FORUM FOR KIT CARSON PARK.

It will be held on August 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the Kit Carson Electric Co. Meeting Room, 118 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571. This meeting is sponsored by the Friends of Kit Carson Park. Please attend if you are someone who is interested in protecting and saving Kit Carson Park from being turned into a location for large commercial music venues. It is time to gather together to voice your concern and help with this grass roots campaign.

#5. Community members and interested parties are also requested to write letters to the Taos News (editor@taosnews.com) for the My Turn section. Be sure to send a copy to the Friends of Kit Carson Park at 8 Nickell Road Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557 and to the Town of Taos, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571.

It is time to voice your concern over loosing Kit Carson Park to the enormous stage which has been built for the soul purpose of turning Kit Carson Park into a large commercial music venue.

#6. Be sure to go to our web site: kcparkfriends.com to sign our petition, sign up as a member and make a donation to the Friends of Kit Carson Park fund raising campaign.Current published Taos News, My Turn articles can be viewed here, along with the Kit Carson Park Deed and Joint Powers Agreement. This will allow everyone to review all the background material on the campaign.