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The View From Here: Firestorm on the roof of the world


A deeply disturbing form of protest has been ongoing in Tibet the past seven years. I'm tackling this story during Lent, observed by many for its sacrifices. The season seems the only time I can bear to bring this report to the light of day, for it's a dark and sorrowful tale. But it belongs here, near Holy Week, when some will celebrate how intense pain might be transformed — or at least illumine others — through selfless hope.

Lovin’ Life: Our hazy crazy days of newpapering


There's a blowup of an interesting old photograph in the reception area of our newspaper office. I don't know if you've seen it yet. It was taken by Joseph E. Smith in 1885, and it's apropos hanging here because it's of the Socorro Chieftain. In the photo you can see the printing press and the layout stuff and the two typeface cases, upper and lower.

Tech grad returns to Socorro for new career

Eric Heinz — El Defensor: Chieftain Melody Rattanapote, a doctor of physical therapy, has started her first month at Socorro General Hospital’s rehabilitation services.

Melody Rattanapote, a graduate of New Mexico Tech's chemical engineering department, has just joined Socorro General Hospital's rehabilitation services division, but it wasn't until she tested her degree that she found her true passion.

Tech to host science fair Saturday

For the 63rd year, New Mexico Tech will again host the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair this Saturday. Director Rose Baca said over 800 students from the six state regionals will be converging on the campus Saturday morning.

Letters not for eminent domain

Letters to property owners in the Socorro area in regard to right-of-way negotiations from SunZia on Sept. 10, 2014 and Feb. 19 stated SunZia is currently looking to obtain rights to federal and state lands in order to build a transmission line.