Goins worked as editor, later as general manager, of the Chronicle newspaper from 2014 to 2015. When that Moreno Valley newspaper ceased print publication, Goins became news director of the Chronicle’s website.
She said of her purchase: “This is a dream come true. I really enjoy keeping the Chronicle going for loyal – and new – readers.”
The website specializes in community news for the towns of Angel Fire, Red River, Cimarron and Eagle Nest in Northern New Mexico. It provides a mix of school and government news, previews of special events and features on local residents, as well as content targeted to visitors of our resort communities.
Readers log on from every state and Puerto Rico, and from as far away as Australia.
Goins is a graduate of the Questa High School and the University of New Mexico. She has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from UNM, where she was a Presidential Scholar.
Her journalism training was “on the job” with Guy and Marsha Wood, owners of the Chronicle from 1984 to 2006.
She has won multiple awards in writing, photography and design from the New Mexico Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women.
Goins has lived in Red River since she was two. Her father, John Miller, served as two-term mayor of that resort town. He and her mother Judy owned the nearby Powder Puff Mountain ski area. Later they founded and developed the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area. The duo are members of the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame.
Ellen is married to Geoff Goins, astronomy instructor at UNM-Taos, and a park ranger at Bandelier National Monument. They have one son William. The three of them run Enchanted Forest, which they purchased from the Millers in 2010.
Robin Martin, who owns The Taos News, said: “I am delighted to sell the Chronicle to someone who has deep roots in Northern New Mexico and who is a newspaper veteran.”
Look for the website at SangreChronicle.com.