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A state District Court judge dismissed the “misuse of public property” charges against the vendors a year ago last month, ruling among other things that the statute under which they had been charged was unconstitutional and overly vague. Baca said he had heard that the Department of Transportation planned to permanently seal off the area just east of the bridge, where the vendors have been located.
This comes at the instigation of Taos Pueblo War chief Edwin Concha who has been on a mission to remove the vendors this whole past summer and fall. He has been claiming that the presence of vendors was detrimental to the wild bighorn sheep that have been reintroduced into the area. He has had no real evidence to support this and it has been contradicted by one of our local game wardens.
December 10th 2011
It was a cold and windy day and a handful of vendors assembled at the far end of the parking area that was bermed and sealed off yesterday and set up in the frozen mud. The sheriffs showed up and at first told us we had to leave but our county commissioner was contacted and the sheriffs deputies finally told us we could stay. We were visited by other vendors and some interested parties including Bill Whaley who has been writing about our situation in the Taos Friction. As much as I am angered by the actions of the Taos Pueblo Government and its war chief in particular, I don't support a boycott of Taos Pueblo at this time--a lot of my fellow vendors are from the pueblo and are just as affected by this as I am. I think, however, that Taos Mountain Casino is fair game and I think it is time to start a boycott of the Taos Mountain Casino. Tribal sovereignty doesn't give the tribe's leaders the right to wage economic warfare on neighboring communities. So from now on the official stance of Taosgorgebridge.com is:
Boycott Taos Mountain Casino!!!
Originally posted by worldwatcher
people should have the right to be vendors but in approved locations.
No offense to vendors, but those people selling flowers and fruits by highways are a danger to all motorists.
There are laws to protect the general public from vendors setting up shop anywhere they choose because it is not always the safest place for the general public to become distracted by pretty wares. In NY there are hundreds of licensed and unlicensed sidewalk vendors and while they are fine and pretty much just doing their thing to make a living, sometimes when a crowd forms it can be very disruptive to the general passerby just trying to get from point A to point B.
I agree with laws being necessary to facilitate the process for both the vendors and the general public.
Originally posted by AlreadyGone
Let's all be more like George Washington, I say.edit on 14-12-2011 by AlreadyGone because: spelling
Originally posted by haarvik
reply to post by rubbertramp
Bootlegging has become an issue because of the raping of the American population. Take music for example. It costs less to produce a CD than it was to press vinyl. Yet CD's cost more. They are taking us to the cleaners. Movies are another thing. Why should it cost me nearly $50 to take my family to see a movie? It shouldn't. People buy the knock-off products because somewhere someone decided that if you had an italian or french sounding last name your product was worth 100 times more than that of a regular name. It's ludicrous.
Originally posted by haarvik
reply to post by thisguyrighthere
What you need to do is a co-op system. People buy into the co-op for a set fee. in return, you provide X amount of produce, etc. If you are raising meat, then they can "buy" a portion of the stock, and you raise it. Farmers around here do this sort of thing all the time.