The Socorro office of the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, is offering a series of cooking classes for people with diabetes and their family members or caretakers.
The Socorro Rotary Club will host their seventh annual Bill Weiss Wine Tasting party from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Bodega Burger. There will be a wide variety of excellent wines from the Bodega Burger wine list, many fabulous appetizers to sample, and lots of door prizes.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled statewide Habitat Stamp citizens advisory committee meetings for 2013. In Socorro, a meeting will be held at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Bureau of Land Management office, 901 S. Highway 85.
Two teenagers were convicted of rape in Steubenville, Ohio, on March 19. They drugged and raped one of their classmates in August 2012. Their conviction was certain, at least in the court of public opinion, after a hacker group called KnightSec released video depicting a friend and former classmate joking about what he'd seen on the night of the incident. The now-convicted rapists felt they were untouchable, going so far as to call themselves a "rape squad."
If you think the war in Iraq was justified because Sadaam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was collaborating with al-Qaida, today's column is not for you.
Six heavyweights and eight middleweights, 18 years old and older – of varied skill levels, mixed it up Saturday evening in 20 three matches at the Boot Camp Boxing Gym Tough Man Tournament. Any lack of skill on the part of some of the entries was balanced by competitive aggression. The fans' enthusiasm showed they loved it.
The Magdalena baseball team is running ahead so far in the season.
The Lady Warriors softball team ran all over Laguna at their second showing on April 6 as Laguna was mercy ruled both games 16-1 and 29-13 respectively.
Shania Berger, 16, made her first hole-in-one at Sandia Golf Course over the Easter weekend. Berger, a junior and a four-year member of the Lady Warriors golf team, was competing in the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tournament, March 30-31.
The Lady Warrior golf team won the Bosque School Invite at Four Hills Country Club on April 2. The team shot 337, beating Bosque, their rival 3A school, by 62 shots. Shania Berger was the individual champ shooting a one-over par 73.
Community needs headway with loose dogs
I think it is important for readers to get a follow-up of my late February letter, which reported my being attacked by loose dogs and bitten by one.
The owner of the dogs was cited and pleaded “no contest,” thus avoiding having to face a judge and myself, since I showed up at the appointed day. She paid a $99 fine for the loose dogs and was given a $30 fine for the dog that bit me. This was suspended for 30 days; if she keeps the dogs under control, she pays nothing. This does not seem fair to me and other citizens of Socorro.
The late, esteemed Sen. Joe Gant slowly shook his head while waving his finger back and forth, saying to the young man at his Roundhouse desk, the quiet whisper of his voice forever in memory, "There are things you don't understand."
As April begins, comet PanSTARRS is still hanging around in the western sky just after sunset. It has faded to magnitude +3. Look to the northwest about 45 minutes after sunset and at about 10 degrees above the horizon. A pair of good binoculars will be helpful in finding PanSTARRS. For more information I refer you to the chart on page 51 of the April Sky & Telescope magazine or go to www.skypub.com/panstarrs.
The opinion piece on March 16 is titled "Do you really need a gun?"
When the president of Venezuela succumbed early last month to cancer, we heard one tired litany over and over. Our State Department must have dished out this press release weeks before, eager for Hugo Chávez's demise: "The 58-year-old strongman was leaving his country in political and social turmoil." (Translated: Perhaps now, the U.S. could reassert its control over Venezuelan oil production.)
The Warrior Varsity baseball team's engine took a little time to fire up, but when it did, they rolled over the Belen JV Eagles 6-5 in nine innings.
The Lady Warriors left Socorro on a distraught note as Hope Moses informed her teammates that she will not finish out the season.
Athlete Ray Vaiza, a 2011 Socorro High School graduate, will compete in a Tough Man boxing tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Boot Camp Boxing gym in Socorro.
O’BANNON – James Edward “Jimmy” O’Bannon, 57, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 23, 2013. He was born in Clovis on Aug. 20, 1955, to John J. and Hallie E. (Wilkerson) O’Bannon. James was a Socorro resident since April 1994.
Socorro vs. Mesilla Valley JV
The Socorro Lady Warriors placed fourth in the Hot Springs High School softball tournament during spring break on March 14-16.
First up for the Lady Warriors was Mesilla Valley JV. Socorro pitcher Savannah Padilla walked the first batter, No. 22 Taylor Brown of Mesilla Valley, but then sat down No. 1 Rebekah Douglas.