Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes announced in this week's Taos News


It is with much pride that we honor our local heroes who freely, tirelessly and unselfishly give of their time and energy for the betterment of our community.

This year we salute the 2017 Unsung Heroes: volunteer firefighter Juan Abeyta; NeoRio creator Claire Coté; Taos Youth & Family Center Director Brian Greer; former Questa fire chief Max Ortega; Vietnam Veteran John Romero; music man Jimmy Stadler; local historian and University of New Mexico-Taos foreign language coordinator Larry Torres; former CEO of the University of New Mexico-Taos Kate O'Neill; and Pueblo Opera Program Chair Connie Tsosie Gaussoin.

Also presented in Thursday's edition of The Taos News is the 2017 Citizen of the Year — but that's a secret for now.

There are many caring, unselfish souls in our midst who quietly and consistently go out on a limb to make a difference in others' lives — regardless of whether or not they step into the spotlight. Please join us in their recognition as we applaud their efforts.