In the rear view: This week in the Taos News archive


As part of our weekly series, The Taos News dug into the newspaper's archives to uncover the top stories of the week from 10, 25 and 50 years ago.

- 10 years ago - 'Warmth prompts TSV to postpone opening', November 8, 2007, By Gabe Toth

A warm spell of weather prompted Taos Ski Valley to postpone their opening day to the middle of December. Adriana Blake, then marketing director, cited the 55 degree weather for the reason to push back the opening from Thanksgiving Day.

Blake, who said the early snow in the season was not the snow TSV was famous for, was looking forward to a bigger opening day to start the year. The company was looking to open with a few ski runs available, however elected to remain closed and build the snow on the rest of the mountain.

The results of the late opening were felt among local businesses, particularly those in the tourism industry who said they had already begun to feel the effects. Hotel bookings were down and several retail stores prepared to take a hit from the Thanksgiving closures. Before this late opening, TSV had opened late once before in 2001, but businesses in the area said they were able to make it through the minor set back and continue through the year.

Snowmaking has helped TSV weather some drier starts to the ski season in the last few years. But in 2016, despite snow making, TSV had to push opening day back to Dec. 15.

- 25 years ago - 'Veteran returns to Vietnam for healing', November 12, 1992, By Alisa Duncan

Taos Vietnam veteran Daniel Cunningham traveled back to the country that took so much of his time, youth and self, helping a humanitarian efforts to build a new medical facility. Cunningham was wounded in combat from enemy fire during the Vietnam War. He was able to go back to Vietnam through the Veterans Vietnam Restoration Project and took with him two other Taoseños to continue the efforts.

The group set up solar-powered lighting and heating and cooling systems in Mylai which were donated by the restoration project and local Earthship architect Mike Reynolds.

Above all, the trip's intention was to build better relationships with the people of Vietnam after the conflict. Before the group left Taos, a fundraiser was held in San Cristobal for the efforts and raised nearly $400, which the group said would not be enough but they would have to make do with.

The small nonprofit organization that helped Vietnam vets return to and help the country where they had fought, was still active through at least 2014.

- 50 years ago - 'Alcohol treatment center eyed for Taos', November 9, 1967, Staff Report

Then New Mexico Governor David F. Cargo announced his plan to add an alcohol treatment center in Taos to serve the counties of northern New Mexico. There previously was no treatment available for patients in the north and it was widely known that the alcohol issue in northern New Mexico was thriving. Operating costs for the facility, which was estimated to be over $70,000, would have been funded by patients and state money to keep the facility running. While running with a six staff operation, the treatment center would have held up to 15 patients from the north and would also be open for overflow patients from the southern parts of the state.

The community was widely behind the project, including members of local clubs who greatly supported the idea of building a treatment center. Local officials said finding the money to run the facility in the community would be easy to come by due to political influence from Taos. Targeted near the location of the previous hospital, the treatment center was just a goal at this time in history.

In 1982, Tri-County Community Services opened to provide substance abuse and mental health counciling to Taos County residents. Three decades later, the need for its services, and expanded services to help those suffering from opioid addiction, have only grown in the county.