Help Light up Questa for the Holidays

Share your holiday cheer with the whole community and help to brighten the Questa Spirit.

Adopt and decorate one of the 30 trees that are along the walking trail in the center of Questa across from the Saint Anthony Parish Center.
Come up with your own creative way to decorate your tree.
You provide the decorations.
Lights will need to be solar powered.

Photos of all the trees along with a short personal dedication or quote can also be sent to media@vidadelnorte to be featured in the January Edition of the Questa Newspaper.

Contact Lori Archuleta @ (575) 779-0906 or Maria Gonzalez @ (575) 779-2260 to adopt your tree.

Deadline to decorate trees is December 1.

If you want to purchase lights order them soon since the deadline to decorate your trees is December 1!

Find deals on solar Christmas Lights on Amazon




Vida Del Norte Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest 2021 – Carve Substance Misuse Out of Your Life

Carve out substance misuse from your life. Enter the Vida Del Norte Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Instructions to enter:

Carve a pumpkin and take a picture of you with your pumpkin.

You can carve your pumpkin alone or in a group.

Upload your image and your name to one of the following locations:

  • Via Email: to media@vidadelnorte (use #CarveOutDrugs as the subject line
  • To Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (to be entered you need to post your image with the hashtags #CarveOutDrugs AND #VidaDelNorte so we can find your submissions.)
  • You can also share your pumpkins on the Vida Del Norte Facebook Page
  • Or upload your photos using the form below. Don't forget to type in your name and email and then hit the "upload file" button
  • Upload Photo Form ↓



    Don't forget to vote for your favorite pumpkin! Visit this page again on November 3rd to November 8th to vote. All of the pumpkin photos will be posted by November 3rd so that you can vote on your favorite pumpkins. The Pumpkin Winners will be posted on Tuesday, November 9th.

    Kids Matter Music Fest

    Come out on August 21 from 2 pm to 7 pm for the Kids Matter Music Fest to enjoy the festive music of Mariachi Cielo and the rockin jams of the UZ band. 64 Gallegos Rd, Questa NM. (In the field across from the old La Cienega School and Gym Buildings.) Tickets are $7. KIDS GET IN FREE! This is an all ages, alcohol, drug free event. The Kids Matter Music Fest is a fundraiser to raise money to build a skate park in Questa. This event is also an opportunity to kick off Phase II of the Refuse to Provide Campaign. The Refuse to Provide campaign was launched by Vida Del Norte in partnership with several other entities around Taos county to remind adults to not provide alcohol to minors as it is unsafe. Phase II of this campaign is called “Redefining the Word Party.” The idea of this is to help to promote the idea that we don't need drugs or alcohol to have a good time.

    Because this music fest is a fundraiser for the skate park, food and beverages will be sold during the event to help raise more money. Outside food and beverages are not permitted.

    Please bring blankets or chairs to sit on and umbrellas for shade. There will also be some outdoor games like volleyball and cornhole for some extra fun.


    Mariachi Cielo is a 4 piece group of musicians who have all been playing Mariachi for their entire life. The group consists of Martin Martinez on the Guitarron, Lisa Anglada on the Vihuela, Nikki Branchal on the trumpet, Katie Worman-Castillo on the Violin.

    The Uz Band is a 4 piece, eclectic, award winning variety band from Taos NM. They offer music for all occasions: weddings, dances, concerts, festivals, nightclubs, quinceañeras, ect.

    National Gaurd inflatable obstacle course

    The National Guard is going to bring an inflatable obstacle course and some other activities to the Kids Matter Music Fest. It is not exactly like the one in the photo to the left but it is sure to be a lot of fun. There will also be other outdoors activities to use and feel free to bring any frisbees or outside games of your own!

    This is sure to be a fun event. Please come out to enjoy the music and help our community raise funds for the skate park as we start to change our cultural norms while “Redefining the Word Party!”
    This event is being brought to you by Vida del Norte and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

    Tickets will also be sold around town in Questa and at the event. You can also call Maria Gonzalez at: (575) 779-2260 to pick up tickets at Vida Del Norte.

    Take the Pledge

    Teens who delay using alcohol beyond age 15 experience fewer problems with alcohol as they age. 1

    Take the pledge to refuse to provide alcohol to minors and find out more about the refuse to provide campaign by clicking this link:


    Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest 2020! Carve Out Substance Misuse From Your Life!


    Congratulations to The #CarveOutDrugs Pumpkin Winners!

    Winners can contact Maria Gonzalez, Coalition Coordinator at (575) 779-2260 to claim your prizes!

    In the category of Most Scary #CarveOutDrugs Pumpkin we had two winners:
    Pumpkin #1,  created by the Michael family and Pumpkin #10, created by Elias Quintana! Congratulations!

    In the category of Cutest #CarveOutDrugs Pumpkin, Pumpkin #9 created by Esperanza Quintana is the winner! Congratulations!

    In the category of Funniest #CarveOutDrugs Pumpkin, Pumpkin #5, created by Jude Martinez is the winner! Congratulations!

    In the category of most creative #CarveOutDrugs Pumpkin, Pumpkin #5, created by Jude Martinez won again!!!! Congratulations!!!

    In the category of Pumpkin with the best #CarveOutDrugs Message we had a big tie!
    Pumpkins #11 created by Araceli Gonzalez & Maceon Martinez
    Pumpkins #2 created by the Family of Kristi Gonzales
    Pumpkins #3 and #4, created by Lita and Jesse Mead
    Pumpkins #8, created by Faith & Lukas Cisneros
    Pumpkins #6 & #7, created by Marlayna and Esperanza Vallejos

    Thank you to everyone who participated helping to carve substance misuse out of our lives this Halloween!!!

    #CarveOutDrugs Pumpkin Contestants!














    Thank you for participating and helping carve out substance misuse this Halloween! Have a happy and safe Halloween!

    Vida Auction

    The Vida Auction has ended. Thank you to everyone who placed bids. If you need to pick up an item that you won please call Maria Gonzalez, Coalition Coordinator at, (575) 779-2260. If yours was not a winning bid, you can still make a donations to our Sober Sight Fundraising Campaign to help us raise the money we need to turn our location in Questa into a safe, fun place for the youth and the community in the Questa area. Click the purple donation button below. Thank you! Have safe and happy Holidays!


    Questa Senior Graduation Parade Live Stream

    Congratulations Questa Senior Class of 2020!

    This video is from the livestream that happened On May 30th, 2020 of the honorary Parade for our 2020 Graduating class. When the idea for this parade transpired, Maria Gonzalez and Mary Flores began to lead the way to make this day possible. This was a community event in collaboration with Questa Class of 2020 senior parents, Vida Del Norte Drug Free Coalition, The Village of Questa, Questa and Cerro EMS, Taos County Sheriffs office, Harvest Questa,Living Word Ministries and other community members.

    The Vida Del Norte Coalition wants to thank all that helped to make this event possible.

    PSA Video Contest


    To celebrate the creativity of the youth in our community, The Vida Del Norte Coalition is launching a youth Anti-Vaping / Anti-Underage Drinking PSA Contest! This Public Service Announcement contest will help to spread the message to that youth using alcohol and vaping is dangerous to their health and development.

    The influential youth in our community can help spread awareness about the dangers of underage drinking and vaping, show their commitment to an alcohol / vape free lifestyle and win prizes by entering a 30-90 second video to the Vida Del Norte Coalition PSA Contest.

    PSA (Public Service Announcement) is a short informational clip that is meant to raise the audience's awareness about an important issue such as underage drinking or vaping. PSAs may include many types of video or audio content such as interviews, dramatizations, animations, text or images.
    A good example of a PSA video is SAMHSA’s Talk. They Hear You. “Father-Son” PSA about underage drinking which can be viewed on this link:

    All video submissions will be showcased on our webpage, social media pages and events. The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $100! The second prize winner will receive a cash prize of $75 and the third prize winner will receive a cash prize of $50!
    Clubs, school groups, and school teams are encouraged to submit!

    All entries are due by November 16, 2020. Entries will be judged at the Vida Del Norte Coalition November Monthly Meeting. To submit an entry please use the official entry form.


    Entry requirements:

    • Submission must include at least three facts about the dangers of underage drinking / vaping.
    • All entries should be original.
    • Actors cannot portray any alcohol, drug or tobacco use in a positive light.
    • No use of real tobacco or alcohol products.
    • Video submissions must be produced, directed, and acted by youth.
    • NO real drugs, cigarettes, or vaping devices are allowed.
    • Video should be between 30-90 seconds.
    • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Google Drive and the video link must be  submitted with the official entry form:

    Infographic Source: 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey Data Infographic CDC 2019(a) and 2Cullen et al. (2019).

    For facts and information about youth vaping and underage drinking please visit the following resources:

    Vida Del Norte Coalition