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Former county employee files lawsuit

Luke Dienlen, a former Socorro County roads department mechanic, has filed a lawsuit against the department and the Board of County Commissioners that accuses his superiors of retaliating against him after he states working conditions were unsafe and not up to standards.

Calendar of events (07/03/14)

LIVE MUSIC kNights Song Circle at the Cap, Thursday Socorro Community Band, Stasia and Mariam, Suavecito, El Gringo, Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr. and The Remedy at Tech’s Fourth…[Read more]

Obituaries (07/03/14)

GALLEGOS-BRAWLEY — Joye Lynn Gallegos-Brawley, 56, departed this life on Monday, June 16, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Joye was born on August 28, 1957 in Socorro, New Mexico. She…[Read more]

ONLR looking into Hawkes

Court documents attached with memos from the Office of Navajo Labor Relations (ONLR) stated it has initiated its own investigations in regard to complaints filed against Alamo Navajo School Board, Inc. Executive Director Michael Hawkes.

Hot, dry weather fuels flames

Photo courtesy of Dave Thomas

With extraordinarily dry weather and the eccentricity of Fourth of July week, a few man-made fires occurred recently, according to local fire officials.

Obituaries (06/26/14)

FLORES – Elicia “Alice”  Lorine Flores, 67, passed away Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. She was born in Socorro, N.M. on April 6, 1947, to Pilar and Petra…[Read more]

Calendar of Events (06/26/14)

LIVE MUSIC kNights Song Circle at the Cap, Thursday Open mic at Sofia’s Kitchen, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday Jen Exten at the Bodega, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday Jones…[Read more]


Photos by Anthony Welch - El Defensor Chieftain:  Coach Curtis Johnson lets Trey Partridge practice the half nelson move during practice.

Success is great, but there are other ways to win in life, according Joel Partridge. This is the message the coach hopes to instill in local youth through the Socorro Warrior Junior Wrestling program.

Children bottle growth in greenhouse

Eric Heinz - El Defensor Chieftain:  Shane Sawyer works on a green house that is to be made entirely of used water bottles June 19 at the Socorro Youth Center. Students will use 1,000 bottles to complete the greenhouse.

It is clear to the children and staff members of the Socorro Youth Center that sustainable gardening through reusable items is a flourishing environmental concept.

County mulls new jail position

County officials are looking into creating a new inmate coordinator position to combat potential problems that could arise as a result of inmates who suffer from mental health issues as well as the jail's inability to hold more people.

County gets more PILT funds than expected

As state representatives and local stakeholders lobby to strengthen Payment in Lieu of Taxation (PILT) funding from the federal government, Socorro County recently received about $420,000 more in from the federal government than its officials anticipated at the beginning of the fiscal year.

Alamo exec acused of abuse

Hotona Secatero, an Alamo Navajo School Board, Inc. business office employee, filed a petition for domestic abuse and motion for temporary protection order May 8 in Alamo Family District Court of the Navajo Nation against the school board's executive director Michael Hawkes.