Celebrations, April 14, 2019

Christy Tafoya

Faces & places

Two area bus drivers came out on top of the recent New Mexico Transit Road-eo Conference, held near Santa Fe.

Keith Dalrymple, a bus driver for the North Central Regional Transit District, based in Española, won the paratransit (smaller bus) competition in the March 31 event, and Lloyd Ami of Atomic Transit in Los Alamos won the large bus competition. The Road-eo is sponsored by the New Mexico Transit Association.

Thirty-nine bus drivers from throughout New Mexico competed in the contests.

Dalrymple will next compete in paratransit national competition in Palm Springs, Calif., and Ami will compete in a national large bus competition in Louisville, Ky.

Melissa Chavez of Carrot Express in the village of Milan in Cibola County placed second in the paratransit category, and Rachel Vargas of the North Central Regional Transit District finished third. Ramon Trujillo of Atomic Transit in Los Alamos was second in the large bus competition, while Melvin Roybal of All Aboard America, a motorcoach operator, was third.

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New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst recently announced today that Christy Tafoya will serve as the director of the State Parks Division. Tafoya is the first woman to fill the top leadership role since State Parks began in 1933.

An archaeologist by training, Tafoya began her career with the State Parks Division when she was selected as the division’s first archaeologist over 20 years ago. She held several different positions during her parks career and managed the statewide Outdoor Classroom Program, which has provided hundreds of thousands of students with meaningful experiences in state parks.

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Education standouts

The following Santa Fe residents recently earned degrees from Western Governors University, a nonprofit online school based in Salt Lake City: Rod Dobbs, a Master of Arts in English language learning; Katie Haug, a Bachelor of Science in nursing; Edward Goldgehn, a Bachelor of Science in business management; Stephen Gunther, a Bachelor of Science in information technology; Christian Mosconi, a Master of Education in learning and technology; Reece Ponicki, a Bachelor of Science in nursing; Alyssa Wilson,a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies.

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Adrian Sotelo of Santa Fe was named to the Knox College Dean’s List of distinguished students for the 2019 winter term. Knox College is a national liberal arts college in Galesburg, Ill.