On Stands Now
January 2023

Questa  •  Red River  •  Cerro  •  Costilla  •  Amalia  •  Lama  •  San Cristobal

northern new mexico news boy
Access Back Issues of
Print Editions Here

December 2022: In this Issue

Red River Restoration Complete

Mayor John A. Ortega, Councilor Louise Gallegos, Village of Questa Project Manager Jake LaFore, and representatives from the state of New Mexico, Chevron, River Bend Engineering, and NV5 gathered on

Read More »

Editor’s Letter December

‘Tis the Season for Giving It’s that time again, the season of giving. My hope for the world and for our community is that we remember the true meaning of

Read More »

Questa Fire Claims Two

A fire in the evening of Oct. 27 in a mobile home in Questa took the lives of two Questeñas. Anytime there are deaths related to a fire, the incident

Read More »

What Is The State of Local News 2022

A Path Forward: How to Fill the Gaps in Local News Reprinted with permission from localnewsinitiative.northwestern.edu News deserts are not a new phenomenon. Throughout the country’s history, there have been

Read More »

December 2022

Senior Menu (Printable) This Senior Lunch menu applies to all Senior Centers in Taos County. Meals are cooked fresh at each location. Lunch costs $1.50 to anyone over age 60.

Read More »

BODY MIND SPIRIT: December 2022

Tucked Inside When my sister and I were growing up on our grandmother’s farm in Missouri, the winters could be daunting. Not only cold, but icy cold, because of the

Read More »

LIVE LAUGH LOVE: December 2022

Byzantine Christmas When I was growing up, our family celebrated two Christmases each year: one on December 25 and the other on January 7, which is Greek/Byzantine Christmas. See my

Read More »

QCC UPDATE: December 2022

Upcoming Annual Holiday Giveaway The Questa Creative Council is once again preparing gifts of art supplies to give to kids Monday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec.23, at the Questa Public

Read More »

Piñon Jays in Peril

A new visitor is curiously inspecting the bird feeder I’ve just filled. A grayish-blue cloak of feathers beneath a bright indigo cap, not without reason they’re called blue crows. It’s

Read More »

It’s that time of year again.

Read that sentence out loud and close your eyes. What images come to mind? The fat guy in the red suit? Candy canes and biscochitos, a steaming bowl of posole

Read More »

LOR Foundation Sets Up Shop in Questa!

Questeña Maria Gonzalez has been hired for the position of Questa Community Officer with the LOR Foundation. “Community officers listen for opportunities to improve livability in their communities, define and

Read More »

December 2022: Staff Favorite Recipes

Favorite Recipes for the Holidays Christmas Tradition at My House My family’s favorite Slovak ritual is the garlic/honey blessing, performed by Byzantine Catholics. Everyone takes a seat, and a quiet

Read More »

OBITUARY: John & Judy Miller

Questa Del Rio News’ assistant editor, Ellen Miller-Goins, and her siblings lost both of their parents in late November. John and Judy Miller were two of Red River’s most outstanding

Read More »

OBITUARY: Eloy Jeantete

Eloy Antonio Jeantete, lovingly known as Dad, Grandpa, Tio and Primo by his family and Eloy, Mr. Jeantete and Mayor by so many residents in the Taos area, passed peacefully

Read More »

OBITUARY: Cynthia Ortega

Cynthia Ortega age 58, of Questa, NM was called home unexpectedly on October 28, 2022, along with her loving mother Albina (Sweetie) Gallegos. She was well known in her community

Read More »

OBITUARY: Tomas Rafael Archuleta

Tomas Rafael Archuleta, of Cerro, NM, formerly of Placitas de Taos, NM was born on March 7, 1929, to Jacobo and Aurelia Archuleta who have preceded him in death. He

Read More »

OBITUARY: Albina C. Gallegos

Albina C. Gallegos (Sweetie), 86, of Questa, New Mexico, has continued on her journey to heaven to be with the Lord on October 28th, 2022 alongside her loving daughter, Cynthia

Read More »

OBITUARY: Antonio Ben Rael

Antonio Benito Rael (Ben), 96 years old, of Taos, NM passed away peacefully on October 26, 2022. He is preceded in death by parents the late, Jose Antonio and Estrella

Read More »

OBITUARY: René Robles Cosio

Our much beloved, René Robles Cosio, aka Rene Cosio Robles, passed away unexpectedly on November 22, 2022 at his home on Turtle Ranch in Taos, New Mexico. He was 51

Read More »

OBITUARY: John Rush Pierce Sr.

John Rush Pierce Sr., of Georgetown, Texas, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. Rush, affectionately known to friends and family as “Boss”, was 93 and, until the last few weeks of

Read More »

OBITUARY: Bill Jump

Bill Donovan Jump, 75, of Questa passed away on November 23, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Darlynn K. Jump, son, Donovan Jump, daughters, Stephney Perkins (Greg), Katrina Tanner

Read More »

ASTROLOGY: December 2022

WINTER SOLSTICE “Fear is contraction, love is expansion.” Matthew Pallamary In the natural horoscope – when all signs and planets are in their own houses – the transition between the

Read More »

Guest Editor’s Letter January

New Beginnings: Lou McCall’s Shoes will be big ones to fill. Not many people have the privilege of receiving a free quality newspaper in their mailbox every month with stories

Read More »

Letters to the Editor: January 2023

Dear Everybody there, I love yous and your wonderful little (growing fast) newspaper. I remember when it was 2 or 3 pages. Thank you SO much,Annie Degen Author Contributing Writer

Read More »

QDRN Welcomes Rachel Kuc’

Questa Del Rio News welcomes Rachel Kuc’ to our team as Community Calendar Coordinator and Subscriptions Manager. She has also lent her services to us for technical support and has

Read More »

Red River Ski Area

Red River Ski Area’s Linton Judycki continues his father’s legacy In 2007, 19-year-old Red River native Linton Judycki was hard at work training to make the US Ski Team —

Read More »

Notable Locals: Alberta Bouyer

In 2013, the week before Memorial Day, Alberta was recruited by the Village of Questa and given three days to turn an abandoned bank into a visitor center. She did

Read More »

QEDF Update: Looking Ahead to 2023

As the new year commences, the Questa Economic Development Fund is working on a variety of projects that will impact the long-term economic viability of the Questa area. Our goal

Read More »

Infrastructure Expansions and Upkeep

Questa’s Village Council focused on infrastructure improvements and a proposed water rate increase during its Dec. 13 Regular Council Meeting. The Village received funding from the United States Department of

Read More »

January 2022

Senior Menu (Printable) This Senior Lunch menu applies to all Senior Centers in Taos County. Meals are cooked fresh at each location. Lunch costs $1.50 to anyone over age 60.

Read More »

LIVE LAUGH LOVE: January 2023

Are You a Happy Person? If yes, you are a happy person, thank your friends and family members. Research scientists have revealed that there are some qualities happy people have

Read More »

Questa Library Has a 3-D Printer

The Questa Library has come a long way from the tiny two-room facility that opened over a decade ago. Your new-and-improved library is more than an expanded building complete with

Read More »

QCC UPDATE: January 2023

New Year’s Resolution; add fun and friendship to our community! By QCC Interim Executive Director Do you have a creative skill to share? Join the Questa Creative Council’s growing roster

Read More »

New Years Resolutions

My New Year’s Resolutions By Aubrey Cisneros Hello! For me, New Years is scary, going into a new year, you never know what’s going to happen! But in all honesty—

Read More »

2023 Wellness Classes at Yoga Sala

Yoga Sala is a moving arts studio in Questa and home to the nonprofit program, Sala Reach. All classes, events and workshops are created with this intention: to support a

Read More »

Good News For Birds

To ring in the new year, I thought I’d catalog some of last year’s victories for bird conservation. While birds have been losing their numbers, we should remember that conservation

Read More »

Our Digital Conservation Future

Having finished the online New York Times crossword puzzle over morning coffee, retweeting some delicious burns on climate-change deniers, checking Facebook and Instagram, liking a picture of a cutthroat trout,

Read More »

Protecting Your Water and Forests

The Rio Grande Water Fund (RGWF) is celebrating eight years of forest restoration, and more. Forest management by the U.S. Forest Service has substantially increased the resilience of the Rio

Read More »

Substance Abuse Finding to QISD Board

At the Dec. 7 Board Meeting of Questa Independent School District Maria Gonzalez, Interim Coordinator for the Vida del Norte Coalition presented findings from a “risk and resilience survey” conducted

Read More »

Fog Farming

The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is one of the driest places on Earth. Its dwindling reservoirs and falling water tables are forcing local communities to ration water. But the

Read More »

OBITUARY: Neil DeHerrera

Neil James DeHerrera, 48, a resident of Española NM, joined our Lord and Savior, on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. He is preceded in death by his maternal Grandfather Fredrick DeHerrera,

Read More »

OBITUARY: Bill Donovan Jump

Bill Donovan Jump, 75, of Questa passed away on Nov. 23, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Darlynn K. Jump, son, Donovan Jump, daughters, Stephney Perkins (Greg), Katrina Tanner

Read More »

OBITUARY: John and Judy Miller

Longtime Red River residents John and Judy Miller died Thanksgiving week, but not before leaving an indelible mark on their community — and on the sport of skiing in New

Read More »

OBITUARY: Valerie Bailon

Valerie Bailon, age 59, a resident of Taos, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmy and Loretta Bailon, grandparents Amarante and

Read More »

OBITUARY: Rita J. Rael

We are sad to announce the sudden passing of our mother, Rita J. Rael on Dec. 10, 2022. She was a lifelong resident of Questa and in her later years

Read More »

OBITUARY: Matthew Sanchez

Matthew Clinton Sanchez, 39 of Questa was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. He was born Nov. 6, 1983 in Questa to Ronnie D.

Read More »

Poem of the Month

The Train At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people will board

Read More »

OBITUARY: Victoria Segura

Victoria R. Segura, 65, of Cerro passed away on Dec. 13, 2022. She is preceded in death by her parents, Procopio and Maria Segura[ siblings, Emily Chavez, Julian Segura (Grace),

Read More »

ASTROLOGY: January 2023

VENUS & SATURN “Dispense knowledge, not relief.” Dr. Douglas Baker The closest, naked-eye planetary conjunction of the entire year occurs on January 22 between Venus and Saturn. Venus is our

Read More »