Montoya defends water stance

In the form of an open letter to the Board of Education and superintendent Mike Chambers, Magdalena Mayor Diego Montoya explained his position to the Board of Trustees Monday night for not agreeing to support the school's plan to generate its own water supply.

Tech named one of 10 best

Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: Tech students enjoy a bike ride on campus.

New Mexico Tech has been named one of the top ten best engineering colleges in the nation, according to a USA Today study.

City to take over armory building

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: The City of Socorro hopes to incorporate the old armory building on Highway 60 into the new rodeo facility.

The old armory building which has stood vacant for the last five years has been given a new lease on life, thanks to the efforts of Peter Romero, Rep. Don Tripp and the New Mexico National Guard's Brig. Gen. Andrew Salas.

Authorities arrest three for stabbings

Courtesy photo: Melissa Leyba was stabbed multiple times Aug. 7 in Datil in Catron County.

Two Catron County men and a 17-year-old male juvenile were arrested Aug. 7 in Datil for the alleged stabbings of Eda Farr-Lee and Melissa Leyba, a Catron County Sheriff's press release stated.

Church renovations complete

File photo: Adobe bricks in the church’s wall had turned to mud.

His goal was to have the church ready for its 400th anniversary next month, and with the support and work of parishioners and the donation to $1.1 million from The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, that goal has been met.

HEART OF HOMELESSNESS

Photos by Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: Duane Baker, left, executive director of the nonprofit Puerto Seguro, Inc. that helps homeless and poverty-stricken people in Socorro, picks up excess food Monday for the center with John Brooks Supermart employee Michael Chavez.

It was deep within the untamed foliage near the murky banks of the Rio Grande just within city limits where a few tattered shirts, a coffee mug and some empty cans laid abandoned in a small dirt clearing.

Village, school at odds over water hookup

After a contentious discussion, the Magdalena Village Board of Trustees voted to table a request from Magdalena Schools superintendent Mike Chambers to fulfill an agreement previously made by the board on April 14.

Leyba found not competent for trial

Timmy Leyba, 22, who is accused of multiple assault felonies – including breaking into the Magdelena Marshal's home and beating him – and a series of misdemeanors allegedly committed in March, was recently found not competent to stand trial, his lawyer told El Defensor Chieftain.

Co-op board censures Wagner

On a two to one margin, the Board of Trustees voted to censure District II trustee Charlie Wagner for breach of confidentiality, disloyalty, willful misconduct and working against the best interests of the membership.

Mag continues trustee search

The Magdalena Village Board has been short one trustee since Mayor Diego Montoya announced the resignation of Barbara Baca five weeks ago.

Mayor wants to see co-op quorum

Socorro City Council echoed its position from a month ago in the ongoing effort to sever its franchise agreement with Socorro Electric Cooperative by unanimously approving an additional resolution Monday, citing alleged breaches of "principles" of the co-op's functionality.

THE COWBOY WAY

Photo by John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain:  Brandishing their shootin’ irons and using only their aliases are, from left,  “Saddle Tramp,” “Half-A-Hand Henri,” “Tall Ted,” “The Tascosa Kid,” “Rock Stacker” and “Brushy Bill.” Kneeling is “More-Or-Les.”

Three miles west of Magdalena the old west comes alive for two Saturdays every month when members of the Trail Drivers Cowboy Action Shooting Club get together to practice their skills at a mock-up of a typical western town of the late 1800s.

City may lease excess water

In a time of "severe" and "extreme" drought, according to the National Drought Mitigatino Center, the city of Socorro actually is swimming in its own surplus water rights.

$1 million awarded to parent of child in fatal 2006 accident

It's been almost eight years since Annine Gabaldon lost her son in a car-to-pedestrian accident, but in October she was granted $1 million in combined restitution when a judge ordered the defendants he found responsible for wrongful death and failure to provide aid to do so.