Hello hello to our fabulous readers in Taos and around the region. You know me, Cody Hooks, senior reporter and assistant editor at the Taos News.
This week, we bring you a special report about something so common we often forget just how profound it is. I’m talking about death. Specifically, we have a story about Avis Vermilye, a woman who was diagnosed with Alzheimers and, rather than slip into the abyss of that disease, decided to end her life. She fasted for 13 days, dying in early December. Since then, we’ve been reporting about her life, her death, and the impact the process had on the friends and family who took care of her. But we’ve also been reporting about the movement for medical aid in dying and the culture around death that’s shifting in both politics and people’s choices about their own fate. I hope you’ll take some time to sit with that story when it comes out this Thursday.
On the SPORTS front, Sheila Miller has this story: Of the 14 wrestlers the Taos Tigers took to the district tournament, all 14 qualified for state. They also brought home six individual championships, including one from Estevan Valerio, who is undefeated this season. Big congrats to you guys.
Here’s some fun for your week: If you have fond memories of a favorite Dr. Seuss book, come celebrate all next week as Taos honors the famed author's birthday with a week of crazy clothes, whacky hats and reading galore. Also in LIFESTYLES, find out how you can ease from winter into spring activities without injuring yourself. That story is in this week's Health and Fitness section.
This week TEMPO’S cover story is something INCONCEIVABLE! I’m of course talking about the theatrical adaptation of one of our favorite movies of all time, “The Princess Bride,” performed by drama students at Taos High School. It opens this week. The Tempo team is also covering the appearance of blues artist Roosevelt Collier at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership come Friday, a poignant reading by an Irish poet at SOMOS, and the latest Goddess Fest focusing on Black History Month. Be sure to also check out this week’s “On the scene” column which has a photo spread on last week’s One Billion Rising.
As for the WEATHER, it has been quite the week! There was a tornado in eastern NM, winds strong enough to topple a wind mill, and rain, which, you know, if a little odd for winter. Taos actually beat out most other places in the state for recent precipitation. But now we’re back to snow and super cold weather so please keep an eye on that and drive safely.
And in the ASTROLOGY, the sun just lit up Pisces, so happy birthday to all y’all Pisces out there. Also this week is a full moon in Virgo, which could lend some energy to all those little tasks we have to get done. You know what else is a boost of energy for dealing with to-dos? Coffee. So between coffee and astrology you should be all set for the week.
That’ll do it for this edition of The Taos News. Thank you everyone for supporting a free and independent press right here in Northern New Mexico. Bueno bye.