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Cottonwood relaxes dress code a little

Elva K. Österreich/El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro band students show off their progress during the end of year concert held at Cottonwood Valley Charter School. The band is open to all Socorro schools and home schooled students. Comstock can be reached at 418-7752 to sign up or for more information.

At Cottonwood Valley Charter School parents and students are cheering because the dress code has relaxed a little bit for the upcoming school year. The students still must don collared shirts, but they can wear jeans to school.

Farmers market real deal

Three years ago Frances Deters took a full kitchen to the farmers market and started cooking. She cooked and served the fresh vegetables from the market right there for everyone to taste.

School grades released

Gov. Susana Martinez announced this year's letter grades last week for New Mexico's 839 elementary, middle and high schools. Over 70 percent of New Mexico schools maintained or improved their school grade, with high schools across the state showing the greatest improvement.