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Budget passes through House

In an update from Rep. Don Tripp in Santa Fe, he said the House has passed the state budget.
“We did pass the budget out with a few amendments,” Tripp said. “There is some educational reform in it.”

Socorro historian dies

On Friday, Feb. 15, historian and former Socorro resident Spencer Wilson passed away. Wilson was a professor of history at New Mexico Tech for many years. He was a life…[Read more]

School board elections over

School board elections, including several funding options, are over. Feb. 5 elections results in Socorro and Catron counties are official; canvassing has been completed.

Election Day

Today is election day for school board candidates throughout Catron and Socorro counties. Not only are school board candidates on the ballots, there are also general obligation bond and mill…[Read more]

Co-op argues over time

After some debate, the Socorro Electric Cooperative trustees voted to hold this year's annual meeting on May 18, with registration beginning at 1 p.m.

SHS drama club to perform melodrama

Elva Osterreich/El Defensor Chieftain:  Socorro High School actors rehearse a scene from “Caught in the Villain’s Web.” Above, Ricardo Flores plays Cyril Bothingwell and Asher Guengerich plays Brockton, the butler. The play will be performed Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at Socorro High School’s Seery Auditorium.

"Caught in the Villain's Web" features the usual melodrama problems — an overbearing mother trying to force her son into a loveless marriage, the son instead falling in love with the young nurse hired to care for the hypochondriac matriarch, the villain trying to ruin everything, and the hero son saving the girl of his dreams from certain death.

Co-op meeting redux

During the Dec. 28 meeting of the Socorro Electric Cooperative, trustees voted to resubmit all the previously proposed resolutions to the 2013 annual meeting, that failed to pass during the 2012 meeting.

War on …

File photo: The 2012 Battles for Socorro reenactment events took place both near Escondida, top, and in Socorro at the plaza, above.

A civil war re-enactment held near Escondida every year is a "positive, family oriented event," says organizer Charles Mandeville.

Water grab?

Two men representing the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC, met with about 75 community members in Magdalena to answer questions regarding the ranch's application to the State Engineer to operate 37 wells, pulling about 50,000 acre-feet of water a year from the vast underground basin.