A remarkable life, a chosen death

Anna Mae Patterson kisses Avis Vermilye goodnight before leaving for the evening on Saturday (Dec. 8). "This is taking place in the light, and hope and love and with everyone she knows around her," Patterson said.
Avis' doctor gave her an unwelcome, but not unexpected, diagnosis: Alzheimer's. Avis had seen her parents die slow deaths from dementia, ghosts by the time they passed. She chose her end while she still could. Read this special report from The Taos News.
Kate O'Neill phtographed at UNM's campus on Saturday (Aug. 19).

Kate O'Neill confirmed as head of New Mexico Higher Ed

Former UNM - Taos branch leader Kate O’Neill was confirmed as the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department Wednesday (Feb. 20).
Westley, played by Kelden Larson, shares a moment with Buttercup, played by Ryan Kipnis.

Taos High School presents 'The Princess Bride'

The play will have two casts performing on alternate nights. "They are very different, with different takes, and they're both phenomenal," said THS Drama Director Saundra Bouchie.
Six states and Washington, D.C. have passed medical aid-in-dying laws. New Mexico and a number of other states are considering similar legislation in 2019.

Medical aid-in-dying debate raises questions of doctrine and choice

The aim of the right-to-die movement is to make it possible for terminally ill people to hasten legally their own death with life-ending medication. But that political conversation, like death itself, touches at the heart of religious, ethical and legal questions.
Blues artist Roosevelt Collier has just been nominated for Blues Act of the Year by UK digital radio station Jazz FM.

Bluesman Roosevelt Collier aims to raise your spirits

Steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier was still buzzing from the news when I spoke with him about his upcoming show in Taos. He found out the day before that the United Kingdom's Jazz FM, a digital radio …
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Taos County and Holy Cross work to improve addiction treatment

Representatives from the Taos health and business community gathered at Holy Cross Hospital this week to provide feedback regarding what has worked and what can be improved as Holy Cross Hospital …

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Irish poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin plans reading
It is a story of babies being removed from their mothers and their homeland, or left behind with no identity papers. Ní Churreáin is …
Goddess Fest plans Black History Month tribute
The program, spotlighting the talents of tenor Salman Lee and composer-pianist Claire Detels, is steeped in inspiration from the …
Quaff a pint to benefit clay artists
For a fee, a guest chooses a unique pint created in the studio at Taos Clay by one of the resident artists and receives a …
Photography magazine: 'Twenty-Four Hours: A Day in the Life of Taos'
Plan to get your free copy of "Twenty-Four Hours" when it hits newsstands inside the Thursday (Feb. 28) edition of The Taos News …
Opinion: 'Every Brilliant Thing' is a 'singularly brilliant play'
While I was not familiar with the work, and attended expecting a "typical" thespian experience, what occurred was a surprisingly …
Photo Gallery: One Billion Rising in Taos joins a global day of action
The global day of action calls to break this chain of gender-based violence.
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Sports brief: Taos Tigers girls basketball

The 2-13 Lady Tigers lost their first district game 51-22 at Pojoaque Jan. 25. They play at Portales Jan. 29 after this section goes to press and three games next week, all at home. On Jan. 31 they …

Photo Gallery of Angel Fire shovel races: Competitors grabbed their handles and held on tight

John Strader, of Albuquerque, attempts to slow his shovel after crossing the finish line Saturday (Feb. 9) during the 40th annual World Championship Shovel Races at Angel Fire Resort. Known as 'The Shovelmeister,' Strader has been shovel racing since 1981.
Hundreds of competitors and spectators converged at Angel Fire Resort for the 40th World Championship Shovel Races on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 8-9).Racers of all ages and abilities …
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