New Questa school board off to a vigorous start

Doug Cantwell/Taos NewsAt its first meeting Jan. 11, the new Questa school board worked in near-total harmony - 'a difference of night and day' from last year's board, according to one attendee. From left: board president Jose Lovato, board member Juan Cisneros, board secretary Becky Griego, board member Mathew Ortega and interim superintendent Cathy Gallegos. Not shown: board vice president Tammy Jaramillo.
"It's a difference of night and day," said one attendee of the Jan. 11 Questa school board meeting, comparing the chemistry of the new board to that of last year's board.
Cid’s Natural Food Market is holding its first-ever ‘Design Our New T-shirt’ contest. Submit your entry by Feb. 16.

Business Briefs: Cid's invites public to design its T-shirt

Because Taos is a town of artists, Cid's Market has decided this is the year to stage its first-ever "Design Our New T-Shirt" contest. If your design is selected, you'll win a $500 Cid's gift certificate, and T-shirts will be printed for you and the entire Cid's staff.
Courtesy photoJames Twyman said he chose to travel as a pauper because 'I couldn't perform as St. Francis unless I lived as he lived.'

Singer-songwriter emulates St. Francis in new musical

Singer-songwriter and best-selling author James Twyman is channeling the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi in a one-man musical, "Brother Sun, Sister Moon," and he's making an appearance in Taos for one morning only, Sunday (Jan. 26), 10 a.m., at Unity of Taos, 69 Blueberry Hill Road.
Courtesy Angel Fire Ski ResortThis year marks the final World Championship Shovel Races at Angel Fire Ski Resort, which launches its new Winter Carnival starting next Thursday (Jan. 30). The festival runs through Sunday (Feb. 1).

Angel Fire hosts final World Championship Shovel Races

Out with the old and in with the new. Angel Fire Resort is saying farewell to the coveted shovel races and is looking forward to its new tradition of a winter carnival.
Of the 1,165 boxes of food assembled by volunteers, 160 went north to families in Questa, Amalia, Cerro, Costilla, and Red River; 175 went south to families in Peñasco and Picuris. Surplus food went to area churches, food distribution programs, and other nonprofits.
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Taos Feeds Taos calls, entire community answers

How do you thank absolutely everyone? If you’re part of this community, you have the gratitude of Taos Feeds Taos. “I’m thankful to this community. It’s everybody coming together that makes this possible,” said the organization’s board president, Francis A. Córdova.
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Angel Fire hosts final World Championship Shovel Races

Out with the old and in with the new. Angel Fire Resort is saying farewell to the coveted shovel races and is looking forward to its new tradition of a winter carnival.

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Both Panthers squads pick up victories in homecoming games against Cimarrón

With fans having filled the stands and screaming loudly for their teams, both the Peñasco girls and boys basketball teams picked up key wins in a homecoming showdown with Cimarrón on Saturday evening (Jan. 18) at Peñasco High School.

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