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Letters to the Editor 01/30/14

FBI has hotline for corruption Editor: We in Socorro have had a lengthy conflict with the Socorro Electric Cooperative in recent years trying to get the Board of Trustees of…[Read more]

Calendar of Events

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS: Socorro municipal election absentee ballot applications are mailed to city voters by request. Call 835-0240 to request an absentee application or stop by City Hall. Absentee applications…[Read more]

Obituaries 01/30/14

CANDELARIA — Vidal “Bill” Candelaria, 84, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Eagar, Ariz. He was born May 15, 1929, in Magdalena, the son of Roger and Delores Baca…[Read more]

Watch February skies for Zodiacal Light

Early spring brings us opportunities, once again, for viewing the Zodiacal Light. To see it, find a nice dark viewing spot and wait until it is completely dark after sunset. In the spring you look to the western horizon to see sunlight reflected by interplanetary dust particles. Look for a tall, left sloping wedge of diffuse light rising up from the horizon.

Calendar of Events (1-23-2014)

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS: Author Bill Christy will be signing his book “Tommy de Burgh” from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 25, at Raven’s Quill Books, 334 Sixth St. Detonography lecture…[Read more]

Friday accident takes life

El Defensor Chieftain Report Socorro County A San Antonio man, Emilio Pargas, 88, is dead as the result of a two vehicle accident on Interstate 25 just south of San…[Read more]

The Blotter

Socorro County Sheriff’s Department Nov. 6 A woman on Fatima Rd. reported that she believed her vehicle had been keyed. The officer confirmed her belief and photographed the approximately three…[Read more]


PARGAS — Emilio Pargas, Age 88, passed away Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Socorro. He was born in San Marcial  on Dec. 26, 1925, to Benito and Emilia (Baldonado) Pargas….[Read more]

Bureau building on schedule

John Larson/El Defensor Chieftain: An overhead view of construction on the new $18 million Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources building at New Mexico Tech. The 83,000-square-foot building will house an improved Mineral Museum as well as all of the bureau’s offices, classrooms and laboratories in one location. The building is expected to be finished in March, 2014.

By John Larson El Defernsor Chieftain Socorro Although construction work began two months ago, the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources building at…[Read more]

Obituaries 01/16/14

RIGBY — Richard “Dick” Rigby, passed away Jan 9, 2014, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Dick married Mary…[Read more]

The Blotter 01/16/14

Socorro County Sheriff’s Department Oct. 25 A man reported the theft of numerous items from a mobile home he owns on Alice Rd. Two suspects have been identified. Oct. 31…[Read more]

Letters to the Editor 01/16/14

Aguilar should not promote own agenda in electric bills Editor: Dear Mr. Aguilar (SEC board member): Today I found a letter from you stuffed inside the same envelope as my…[Read more]