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Marquez to be sentenced in February

After months of delay, sentencing for Johnny Marquez of Socorro is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Seventh District Court. Judge Edmund Kase III took over the case from Judge Kevin Sweazea, who recused himself because of a possible conflict of interest, specifically that the child was a relative of a District Court employee.

Obituaries 01/09/14

MCKINLEY — William McKinley, age 56, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Quemado. He was born in Belen on June 27, 1957, to Ray and Margie (Magee) McKinley. William…[Read more]

Letters to the editor 01/09/2014

Recent case sends powerful message: Take care of your dog Editor: I just returned from three and a half hours in Municipal Court listening to witnesses testify and the prosecutor…[Read more]

The Blotter 01/09/14

Socorro Police Department Dec. 21 A woman in the 1200 block of El Camino Real, reported at 9:20 a.m. that she noticed her electric bill was higher than normal, and…[Read more]

County commission reorganizes

The Socorro County Commission met in regular session Monday at 10 a.m. in the County Annex Building with its required reorganization the main order of business, which included choosing the commission chairperson and vice chairperson as well as authorizing all county government business for calendar year 2014.

Mag forms water team

It's been over six months since the only active well in Magdalena stopped producing, but even though the problems have been solved and there are now three wells pumping water to residents, the village government continues to deal with the financial consequences and working to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Filing day: Two run for mayor

Tuesday was filing day for candidates seeking municipal offices in Socorro and Magdalena. After serving six terms, Mayor Ravi Bhasker has decided to seek four more years. Bhasker is being challenged by sitting City Council member Michael Olguin Jr.

Obituaries 01/02/14

LOZANO — Guadalupe “Lupe” M. Lozano, 84, of Socorro, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. He was born in Rodey, N.M. on May 20, 1929, to Miguel and Aleja (Montes)…[Read more]

Rare bird

American Birding Association, Jeffrey Gordon

In July a surprise South American visitor, a rufous-necked wood rail, showed up at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near the marsh boardwalk, the first time this bird…[Read more]

2013 Sports Highlights

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Reporter:  Alamo Navajo’s Dayna Guerro at the New Mexico state cross-country meet held in Rio Rancho in October.

• In March, the Magdalena Lady Steers were leaders in basketball for the 2012-2013 season in 1A District 2 and placed fifth in state for 1A, with a 21 – 6 record. The Magdalena Steers held second place in District 2 and placed in state in basketball for 1A, with a 25 – 1 record.

2013 Outstanding Youth Athletes

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Reporter: Cross-country district champion Emerald Goranson checks the pressure in her ears following her finish at the New Mexico state cross-country finals meet in Rio Rancho in October.

High School cross-country runner Emerald Goranson and third grader Emma Montoya competed in the National USA Track and Field Junior Olympics cross-country championship meet in San Antonio, Texas, in December. Both runners qualified for the national meet after competing in the USATF New Mexico state championships in Albuquerque on Nov. 16, and then racing in the regional championships in El Paso on Nov. 23. The regional championships included runners from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. Runners were required to run in the top 30 individual finishers for their age group to qualify for the national championship. Goranson finished 13th in the 13-14 age group, and Montoya finished 24th in the 8 and under age group.

Magdalena runs out of water, event canceled

On June 5 the Village of Magdalena's single water supply failed when the Trujillo Well went dry. Over the next several days and weeks village officials worked to address the issue, while the county, businesses and service groups and individuals and other towns within Socorro County as well as around the state pitched in to make sure the people of Magdalena had drinking water and water for livestock to get them through.