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Occupy these truths

I have a few numbers for you to think about. They tell a classic American story of riches and rags. The tale spans the quarter century leading up to the Crash of 2008.

Expansion of military operations in Magdalena Ranger District: What’s the rush?

The military has been training in the Magdalena Ranger District of the Cibola National Forest for a long time. Most of us who live, work, hunt or hike in the area north of Highway 60 experience frequent low-flying helicopters and other aircraft. The noise of these aircraft rattles our houses, wakes us up at night, and scares wildlife and cattle. Many have also encountered ground-based training – with pyrotechnics, combat simulations, and dozens of soldiers traveling over the forest at night.

Locals take top awards at triathlon

Champions are Terry Moore Casey in the middle taking first place honors for the women at the Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon on Saturday morning. In the sunglasses Kim Carlsen, who finished second and, in the white T-shirt, Anna Luna, who placed third in the event

Contestants gathered early Saturday morning at Sedillo Park by the municipal pool for the annual Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon. Participants 14 and under up to those in their 70s, some more fit than others, and one in a wheel chair showed up to what many of them called the best organized and well-run triathlon in the state. The swim is 400 meters, the bike course is 20 kilometers and the run is 5 kilometers.

The Blotter (8/1/2013)

Socorro County Sheriff’s Department
June 6
• A Mountainair man reported about 1:30 p.m. he wrecked his pickup when a left front tire failed on U.S. Highway 60. The pickup pulled to the left and he was unable to correct it. The pickup hit a small juniper tree and came to rest against a barbed wire fence north of the road. The man said he was not injured and had his vehicle towed home.

Prairie chicken needs protection

There was a bit of sorrow this April in the village of Milnesand, N.M. — akin to the sadness Magdalena experienced just last month. Milnesand's annual Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival had been cancelled — due, apparently, to drought significantly diminishing the numbers of wild "chickens," a wondrous cousin of the sage grouse.

Meteor shower strikes August skies

The August showstopper will be the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. This year the shower has two things going for it that should make meteor watching a fun event. The first is that the waxing crescent Moon will set about mid-evening, leaving the skies dark for meteor watching. The second is that the actual peak of the shower will occur during daylight hours on the 12th for North America. What this means is the shower should be visible on the night of Aug. 11-12 and again during the night of Aug. 12-13.

Letters to the Editor (7/25/2013)

How are things supposed to be?

Doug May writes from a preacher’s perspective about how things are “supposed to be.” His view is founded on centuries of religious beliefs that many consider unassailable. To oppose them is generally called heresy or blasphemy — perhaps some other loaded term. The inference is that “thinking” is insulting to religious or superstitious tradition.

N.M. 152 closed for rehabilitation

New Mexico Highway 152 is closed from July 23 at 6 a.m. until Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. as maintenance crews work to re-seed and mulch various areas along Highway 152, in an effort to rehabilitate the area after the Silver Fire damaged the terrain in early June.