Just a few shoutouts, thank you’s

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It’s a week for congratulations and kudos to some Taos County residents.

First, we want to give a big “well done” to three groups of young people in our Northern New Mexico communities. The Questa High cheer squad brought home its first state champion trophy in the 2A division, the second title in the school’s history in any sport. Then there’s the Taos High cheer squad, which continued its run of trophies with a fourth state championship in the 4A division. Way to go, ladies. We celebrate your grace and athleticism.

Next, congrats to the dozens of young scientists from schools around the county who competed in the regional science fair and brought home several top places. One young man will even compete in an international science fair soon. These students are a testament to creative thinking, their dedication to the scientific method and to their teachers’ commitment in the classroom.

All of these young people from our northern communities show what hard work, dedication and determination can accomplish.

Next, some kudos to Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, specifically the co-op’s linemen. KCEC is often the target of public anger and derision for perceived high electricity prices and billing problems, but ultimately, this company’s hardworking staff keeps the power on in some dangerous and difficult circumstances, like the wind and snowstorm last Thursday and Friday.

The weather knocked out transformers and power across a wide swath of central Taos County over a 24-hour period, from Taos Ski Valley to Peñasco and several areas in between, including at The Taos News. Fixing power lines and other electrical equipment is dangerous anytime, but particularly when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing. We’re grateful to the KCEC crews for getting the power back on in those circumstances and keeping it on through all sorts of weather.

Finally, a big thanks to nature for the wet spell in the latter part of March and several more inches of snow in the mountains. Just when March looked like it was going to put the region back in the high-and-dry times, here came the moisture. We might not like the mud that goes with the snow and rain, but we’ll take the precipitation whenever we can get it. El agua es vida.

We extend a big shoutout to the Taos County youth and kudos to KCEC crews and nature.

In other news, we’re excited to tell readers that the cartoon “Without Reservations” begins publishing in The Taos News this week. “Without Reservations,” the brainchild of Kewa Pueblo artist Ricardo Cate, has delighted readers of our sister newspaper, the Santa Fe New Mexican, for more than a decade. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

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