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Local entities flood SunZia comment section

The latest step in the SunZia Transmission Line was published last Saturday — and with it, a conglomerate of comments and concerns from local ranchers, White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), Socorro County Board of Commissioners and environmental entities.

Magdalena Municipal School Board Candidates

Editor's note: Positions for Magdalena Municipal School District Board of Education are chosen by candidates and have no political affiliations or district gerrymandering. The candidates' names are as they will appear on the ballot. Election Day is Feb. 3. Polling places are the Magdalena Senior Center and Alamo ANSB Wellness Center and open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day.

SCSD board candidates field audience questions at forum

Eric Heinz - El Defensor Chieftain: Guadalupe Tarango, director of the Dispatch Department, films the proceedings of the Socorro Consolidated School Board forum last Thursday at Socorro City Hall. Early voting is taking place until Friday, and Election Day is Feb. 3.

Through a series of audience-submitted questions last Thursday during a public forum hosted by American Association of University Women Socorro Branch, Socorro Consolidated Schools Board candidates answered questions about what they would do if elected school board and their intimate knowledge of the districts strengths and weaknesses. Candidates were also questioned about their knowledge of state and education law and how they intend to utilize these laws.

Road repairs step closer to funding

Residents of the Texas Streets area in Socorro were vocal at the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) hearing last Thursday, miffed in their point of view that the city has not significantly progressed on specific road and drainage improvements.

Kinder Morgan withdraws pipeline right-of-way app

Although the project has not been canceled, Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KM) announced Friday it will withdraw its application for right-of-way assessments from the Bureau of Land Management for the Lobos CO2 Pipeline that was planned to be constructed through Socorro, Torrance and Catron counties for the time being.

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome

I took a drive down Highway 60 out to Catron County Saturday afternoon – Datil to be specific – and was reminded of how nice that drive is – the western part of Socorro County with its rolling hills and then down into the Plains of San Agustin.