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August 2021: In this Issue

In Memory of Charlie Hurst

Charlie Hurst, Charlie Hurst, Charlie Hurst, blessings, sacred journey. I come from the San Francisco Bay area: Oakland, to be more exact. I’m just beginning to live half of the

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“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because

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August Movie Review: Minari

“Beautiful, tender, nuanced, lovely, gentle, modest.” These are words critics use to describe Minari. It had an impressive showing at the Oscars, with six nominations, including Best Picture. Audience reaction

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Letters to the Editor

A Big Shout-Out to the Latir and Questa Fire Departments I have lived here in El Rito for over 25 years, but I really didn’t know where I was living

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Homemade Food Act Passed!

In March of this year, the New Mexico legislature passed the Homemade Food Act, which allows the sale of some foods prepared in home kitchens to be sold directly to

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Salad Days

By Elizabeth Brunazzi I think of salad making as an art, and perhaps a form of magic, something like being able to produce “stone soup.” The aces of salad making

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Hope Found in America

By Jennifer Mooney Hope, Interrupted; America Lost and Found in Letters (Orange Frazer Press, May 2021) is a cautionary tale of hope, fear, optimism, existential dread, and living. Byron—a southern

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August 2021: Cynthia Najim

By Donna Mitchell-Moniak “You gain a family,” Cynthia Najim said as we talked. With that, I realized that this is one aspect of volunteering that has not been adequately highlighted

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Application Deadline: FRIDAY, Aug 20, 2021 The Questa Public Library will be hosting a “Locals Only” artwork show in September and October.If you are interested in showing you work, please

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Bird is the Word: AUGUST 2021

The Great New Mexico Bird die-Off: One Year Later Last year thousands of migratory birds died across the state in August and September for reasons that were at first unexplained.

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Houses of Hemp

In the US alone, the construction of buildings accounts for 38% of carbon emissions, fueling a demand for carbon-neutral and zero-footprint alternatives. Now, innovative builders have found a modern solution

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Save the Cutthroat

By TONER MITCHELL The Rio Chiquito near Ranchos de Taos is your typical New Mexican trout stream—narrow, brushy, and packed with trout. It is where I caught my very first

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Vida Day Camp, Summer 2021

By Rachel Kuc’ This summer 52 kids from the Questa area participated in the Vida Summer Camp, a day camp organized by Localogy in partnership with Vida Del Norte, Taos

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Welcome Back, Wildcats!

By Sara Martinez The first day of school for students at Questa Independent Schools (QISD) is Wednesday, August 4. We are excited to welcome all students back in person for

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QISD School Board Election Monthly Update

Filing deadlines:Regular Candidacy:August 24, 9 am – 5 pmWrite-In Candidacy:August 31, 9 am – 5 pm Filing Location:Taos County Bureau of Elections105 Albright St.Taos, NM 87571(575) 737-6400 By ERNESTO CISNEROS

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Hello Questa,

I am excited and humbled to be offered the opportunity to be the Questa Junior-Senior High School principal. I am looking forward to meeting and working with the faculty and

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QISD 2021/22 School Calendar

2021 August 2First day (staff) Aug 4First Day (students) Sep 6Labor Day Oct 11Indigenous Day Nov 22-26Thanksgiving Break Dec 20, 2021-Jan. 3rd 2022Winter Break 2022 Jan 1, 2022New Year’s Day

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Dumpster Diary

By WINTER ROSS A mini-mural by the Vida Day Camp kids is the latest addition to our new library space, brought to you by Localogy. It’s on the dumpster out

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By SHARON NICHOLSON The Questa Public Library closed the book on the 2021 Summer Reading Program, “Tales and Tails,” with a party on July 14. Fifty children attended at least

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August Community Connection Day

By Claire Coté In August we shift our focus from beautification of shared public spaces to collectively supporting the well-being of senior individuals in our community. Questa honors and values

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Tree Planting Day Success!

By Claire Coté The day dawned bright and sunny on Friday, July 16. Seven beautiful trees lined the east wall of the Cisneros Youth Center in Questa, standing tall in

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