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New Year's Day is the traditional time for people around the world to make promises to themselves, and Socorroans are no exception.

Some promise to get fit or lose weight.

Socorro city councilor Peter Romero wants to "get healthy" in 2013.

First State Bank chief executive officer Holm Bursum III has vowed to lose weight.

"In 2013, I'm going to lose 10 pounds," he said.

These people need to head down to Finley Gym this winter to help Socorro's new city recreation director Josh Kerns keep his New Year's resolution.

"My resolution is to get people into Finley Gym to exercise more," he said.

Some people focus on survival.

Mabel Gonzales just wants to "stay alive" another year.

"Stay out of trouble!" Leroy Pacheco said.

Mayor Ravi Bhasker vows to keep the city in good shape, if the Legislature will let him.

"My resolution is that we don't lose our experienced staff because of legislative action on retirement," he said. Right now, six to 10 of the city's most experienced staff have "maxed out" on their retirement benefits, he said, so if the Legislature votes to increase the number of years used to calculate their pensions, they may decide to retire this winter.

Reducing stress is a popular resolution.

"Less stress," Jordan Masterson said. "I'm 22 and I have a pile of gray hair already."

"Have a stress-free senior year," Socorro High School student Sarah Laine said.

Socorro Insurance Mart agent Yesenia Mendez agrees about lessening stress, but not because she wants to buy less hair coloring products.

"Try to slow down," said Dr. Eileen Comstock, Socorro General Hospital emergency room physician, staff doctor at Good Sam, part-owner of M Mountain Coffee Shop, Socorro Community Orchestra conductor and Socorro Community Theater director.

Stressed-out Socorroans should head to Socorro Insurance Mart on the plaza, where manager Christine Shaffner's resolution is to make people happier in 2013.

"I want to bring a smile to the face of someone I don't know," she said.

Then others want to ramp up their stress in 2013.

"I want to pass all my classes in my bachelor's degree program," said Bernadette La Pearl, who earned her associate's degree in 2012.

"Work harder in school," said First State Bank teller and Socorro High School student Tayli Lamb.

"Win the school board election this year," said J.C. Trujillo, First State Bank I.T. officer.

"Improve my horsemanship," Back County Horsemen club member John Young said.

Others focus on promises to make the world a better place in 2013.

"My New Year's resolution is to be more giving, to be more charitable, and do more volunteer work," said Leticia Martinez, cashier at RAKS Building Supply.

Then some Socorroans don't bother with resolutions.

"I don't make any New Year's resolutions," RAKS customer John Decosta said.

"I don't do resolutions because I won't keep them," said First State Bank teller Jean Lopez. "I don't want to lie to myself." "I don't have any," said Jeanette Atencio, owner of Jessie's clothing store. "Why give up anything?"

And others haven't had time.

"I don't have one, I haven't thought about it yet," said Keith Stowe, manager at RAKS Building Supply.