• Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes – Tradiciones 2018

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One of 9 Unsung Heroes

Volunteer Janet Webb named a 2018 'Unsung Hero'

Janet Webb is still actively involved with the boards and can often be seen at various community meetings that have agenda items pertaining to the arts. 
One of 9 Unsung Heroes

Centinel Bank’s Angel Reyes named a 2018 'Unsung Hero'

Before becoming the chairman of the board and CEO, Reyes, a spry 46, was named the president of Centinel Bank in 2003. Prior, he held the title of CFO in 1998. And it all started from behind a teller’s window. 
One of 9 'Unsung Heroes'

Community visionary Polly Raye named a 2018 'Unsung Hero'

Casa de Corazon opened in 1990. Over the eight years Polly Raye worked there, it expanded to include a school and outpatient services to families.
One of 9 2018 'Unsung Heroes'

At-risk teen advocate Andrew Montoya named a 2018 'Unsung Hero'

Andrew Montoya grasped a set of dice in a loose fist and gave them a shake before his roll, uncertain as ever as to how they might land, but sure the two teens dressed in jail blues on either side of …
One of 9 Unsung Heroes

St. James Food Pantry’s Jesse Martínez named a 2018 'Unsung Hero'

Jesse Martínez's dark eyes lock on yours when he greets you at the church door. He seems to study your words carefully. Then someone yells for him from across the room. He gestures to you …
One of 9 Unsung Heroes

Lucille Gallegos-Jaramillo and George Jaramillo named a 2018 'Unsung Hero'

Lucille Gallegos-Jaramillo and George Jaramillo have dedicated their careers to education and have helped shape the minds of several kids and young adults through their heartfelt extensions of the self
One of this year's nine unsung heroes

Cisco Guevara, Río Grande advocate, named a 2018 'Unsung Hero'

He’s run the Río Grande well over 3,500 times in the last 51 years, first as teenager testing his mortality and then as a commercial guide with the company he founded, Los Rios River …
One of 9 'Unsung Heroes'

Deacon Don of Guadalupe parish named a 2018 'Unsung Hero'

Deacon Donald Martínez, or Deacon Don as he’s known around town, used to just get up and take a walk for “oh…10, 20 miles” whenever he needed some distance from his stressful job managing a large grocery store.
Tradiciones 2018

Servant of the community

A lot of folks recognize there are Taos kids in need, but do little or nothing to really help. Not so with Jill Cline, and it’s for her efforts on behalf of Taos youth that a focus group hosted …
2018 Tradiciones

Citizen of the Year: Francis Córdova

It doesn’t take long for Francis A. Córdova to make people around him laugh. He has a gift for levity, poking gentle fun at himself and those around him. 
Citizen of the Year Francis Córdova is congratulated by Taos News publisher Chris Baker on Wednesday (Oct. 10) during the 18th annual Tradiciones banquet at El Monte Sagrado in Taos.

Photo Gallery: The 18th annual Tradiciones

On Wednesday (October 10), Francis Córdova was named the 2018 Citizen of the Year by The Taos News. Three hundred guests attended the 18th annual Tradiciones event, held in the main ballroom …
Taos' very own music man, Jimmy Stadler.
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.
Larry Torres outside his El Salto home.
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 …
Questa fire department volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician, and 16-year chief, Max Ortega.
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.
Connie Tsosie Gaussoin photographed at her booth at this year's Indian Market on Santa Fe Plaza.
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.
Juan Abeyta at the Chamisal Fire Station that bears his name.
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.
Claire Coté photographed at Wild Rivers National Monument.
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...
Brian Greer
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 …
Kate O'Neill at UNM-Taos campus in August.

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 Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes

John Romero
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 …

Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes

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