Kate O'Neill, the former head of the University of New Mexico-Taos branch, was named the 2017 Citizen of the Year by The Taos News at the 17th annual Tradiciones ceremony Wednesday (Oct. 11).
O'Neill was among nine Unsung Heroes recognized during the ceremony at El Monte Sagrado in Taos. The other Heroes were Vietnam veteran John Romero of Taos Pueblo, artist Connie Tsosie Gaussion of Picuris Pueblo, long-time firefighters and former fire chiefs Juan Abeyta of Chamisal and Max Ortega of Questa, artist Claire Coté of Questa, UNM-Taos linguistics professor and historian Larry Torres, Taos musician Jimmy Stadler and ice hockey coach Brian Greer.
A committee of local leaders chose the Unsung Heroes and Citizen of the Year based on their extensive service to Taos County, both as professionals and volunteers. The Taos News has hosted the event and honored heroes each year since 2000.
Read all about the 2017 Unsung Heroes and Citizens of the Year this week in The Taos News.