• 2017 Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes

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2017 Unsung Hero

Musical heritage

Everybody knows Jimmy Stadler. Whether it’s through his near-perpetual presence onstage playing solo or with his band, playing music for a benefit, getting residents of the Taos Living Center to do a singalong or as a student taking one of his Taos Academy classes, he’s not only in Taos, but all over the region.
2017 Unsung Hero

Ever the seeker, always the teacher

Larry Torres is usually standing outside in the early morning, waiting for sunrays still pale with twilight to teeter over the craggy cliffs of El Salto Mountain in Arroyo Seco. It …
2017 Unsung Hero

Fire & water

On a cold and bright winter day in early 2016, Max Ortega walked into the Questa Fire Department and announced his retirement to his crew, including his two sons, Mark and John, who had grown up under the roof of the firehouse.
2017 Unsung hero

Never feel intimidated

In the current act of her artistic family’s story, Connie Tsosie Gaussoin is the strong female lead. She inherited her love of creation from the many lines of her family, but broke out into new forms, teaching herself along the way.
2017 Unsung Hero

Risking life and limb

Sometimes the calls come in the early morning, and sometimes they come late at night. No matter the time, Peñasco resident and volunteer firefighter Juan “John” Abeyta is ready for action, guiding first responders on back roads to reach the remote sites where people need help.
2017 Unsung Hero

Bridging art and education

Wild Rivers has always been a special place for Claire Coté. Born and raised in Questa, Coté’s childhood birthday celebration often involved camping with her parents at Big Arsenic Springs...
2017 Unsung Hero

His other car is a Zamboni

Working with kids is like producing afine pottery vase — requiring a village ofpotters. It’s a delicate process that takes lots of time and care along every transformative step toward a …

UNM-Taos' shining star

Catherine “Kate” M. O’Neill’s introduction to social justice was in Catholic school in the early 1970s during one of the first Earth Day celebrations.
2017 Unsung Hero

A legacy of service

While a tour of duty may come to an end, a veteran’s service to their countryis never fully completed, and one Taos Pueblo vet is ensuring that no one from his home is forgotten. For several …
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Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes