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Age 86, passed away July 22, 2021. He was born July 6, 1935 to Cipriano and Annie (Arguello) Romero in Questa, NM. He married Carolina Mossman of Questa, NM at age 18 and they had 8 children. Later in life, he married Lorraine Sanchez of Taos, NM. He lived in Questa, NM for many years, later in Taos, NM, and eventually in Albuquerque, NM.

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Dear Dr. Ted:

This year a family member of mine died and I have been having such a difficult time trying to move forward with my life. Everything seems daunting and overwhelming, and I feel as if I am looking at Mt. Everest and someone is telling me to climb. The problem is that I have no climbing experience, I am sad and I am exhausted. How does someone move forward as that daunting mountain is in front of me? Thanks, Patty

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DEADLINE AUG 1: Teachers that owe student loans could receive up to $6,000 a year to help pay them off, thanks to the Teacher Loan Repayment Program at the New Mexico Higher Education Department.

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SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest), the literary organization in Taos since 1983, presents the 5th Annual Taos Writers Conference over three days, from July 23 - July 25 on the Zoom online platform. The Taos Writers Conference was named one of the best in the Southwest by The Writer Magazine. With over 20 workshops in diverse genres including fiction, memoir, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting/screenwriting and speculative fiction, the conference will feature keynote speaker Luci Tapahonos, on Friday evening, July 23, at 7 p.m.

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The University of New Mexico-Taos has named Mary Gutierrez as Chancellor of the UNM-Taos branch campus effective August 1, 2021.

“During the interview process, I was very impressed by the quality of Dr. Gutierrez’ ideas and her dedication to helping all students towards successful outcomes,” said James Holloway, UNM Provost. “She engaged deeply in questions of community connection, and has demonstrated success at multiple levels of academic teaching and administration. Dr. Gutierrez will be an excellent chancellor and a wonderful addition to the Lobo family.”

Carried on despite Multiple Myeloma as he had lived his life, fighting the whole way, but on June 16, 2021, he finally gave up the fight and p…

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When 24-year-old Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) became the supervisor of the Carson National Forest he designed a log cabin as the first home he would share with his bride, Estella. That cabin, which the couple called Mi Casita, still stands on its original site in Tres Piedras.

Owned by the U.S. Forest Service it serves as the base for the Aldo & Estella Leopold Residency, one of three programs run by the Leopold Writing Program, a nonprofit organization with a mission to "inspire an ethic of caring for our planet by cultivating diverse voices through the spoken and written word.​"