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The Blotter (7/18/2013)

Socorro County Sheriff’s Department
Jan. 19
• The Children, Youth and Families Department contacted a deputy with a report of possible criminal sexual penetration of a minor between September 2010 and Jan. 5, 2013.

Letters to the Editor (7/18/2013)

SEC member miffed with reform group
In 2009, at the urging of the SEC reform group I began to actively partake in the involvement of our Socorro Electric Cooperative. Before this, I’ll admit to being guilty as heck for not paying much attention to what goes on at the SEC.

Water fight on the Tularosa

Water has always been New Mexico's most precious commodity. Through history Indians, Spaniards and Anglos have struggled for possession of the land's limited water resources. Some were even willing to kill for it.

Let voters decide on same sex marriage

Can we get married?
That’s a question two Santa Fe men want answered — and sooner rather than later. The couple, who were denied a marriage license by the Santa Fe County clerk in June, are asking the New Mexico Supreme Court to decide whether same-sex marriages will be legal here.

Tolerance is a two-way street

The homosexual community is going to have as much trouble being tolerant with views of the Christians as the Christians have in being tolerant with sexual immorality.

Letters to the Editor (7/11/2013)

Co-op trustee opponents out this weekend with petition
It is against the law, both legally and morally, to deny anyone the right to vote. Yet this is happening today in the service district of the Socorro Electric Cooperative. Although the Board of Trustees, the SEC management and lawyers are dragging in all sorts of side issues, the basic issue remains: District 5 members passed 31 resolutions at their district meeting in October 2012 which according to the SEC bylaws should have been voted upon at the 2013 Annual Meeting.

The Blotter (7/11/2013)

Magdalena Marshal’s Office
June 3
• About 8 p.m. an officer was called to a residence on Kelly Road in reference to a verbal domestic dispute. The parties were separated and no charges were filed.

MRO participating in global Perseid meteor shower event

OneDarkSky, a professional group dedicated to educating people about light pollution, is organizing an International Starry Night event set to coincide with the Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 10. Magdalena Ridge Observatory is proud to be one of several locations in various countries participating in this public global event.

Some notes on scalping

Where did the practice of scalping begin? As every school child knows, Indians took scalps from their enemies and held dances and ceremonies over them.

A good map worth every dime you spend on it

Map geeks live in Albuquerque's North Valley. Their home is a modest suite in an even more modest one-story brown stucco office building on North Fourth Street. Even the sign for the Public Lands Interpretive Association is modest. Fourth Street is commonly thought to be the route of El Camino Real, or Chihuahua Trail, that connected Mexico with Ohkay Owingeh pueblo, north of Española. An Albuquerque planning document corrects that "misperception," reporting that El Camino Real had two routes through the North Valley, neither of them Fourth Street.

Rationing health care

Now that so many more people are going to be eligible and able to afford health insurance, there's a big worry. There won't be enough doctors, enough nurses, enough clinics and hospitals. There will be long waits for an appointment with a doctor, long waits at clinics, waiting lists for surgeries, shortages of drugs and medical equipment. It's going to be a disaster. There's going to have to be rationing of health care.

Wedding Bells

Brandi Van Landingham-Jones and Jeff Jones, of Socorro, and Johnny Ray and Shannon Mounyo, of Socorro, announce the engagement of their son Cole Mounyo, of Socorro, to Bonnie McCauley, of Silver City.

Letters to the Editor (7/4/2013)

Highway 60 a tourist attraction
Several issues ago you published an article concerning a newcomer who proposes that U.S. Highway 60 west become a tourist attraction.
That is an idea whose time has come. U.S. Highway 60 was originally known as “The Ocean to Ocean Highway” and went from Virginia Beach, Va. to Santa Monica, Calif., passing through New Mexico, from Clovis to Arizona, through Socorro.