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Village, school at odds over water hookup

After a contentious discussion, the Magdalena Village Board of Trustees voted to table a request from Magdalena Schools superintendent Mike Chambers to fulfill an agreement previously made by the board on April 14.

Chile packs more than spice

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain:  Grace Gutierrez of Socorro, right, checks out the first green chiles harvested Monday with Paula Sichler in San Antonio.

Pretty soon the sweet smell of roasting chiles will fill the air. It's chile harvest time in Socorro County, a time when outdoor roasters are fired up and residents stock up for the winter.

Longtime teacher celebrates 90th

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain:  About 60 of Georgia Seery’s friends celebrated her 90th birthday at New Mexico Tech’s M Mountain Grill last Thursday. Pictured, from left, are Susan Miller, Georgia Seery, Barbara McSmith and Evelyn Fite.

Georgia Seery celebrated her 90th birthday Aug. 7, surrounded by 60 of her friends and former students at the M Mountain Grill at the New Mexico Tech golf course.

Twisted Chile set to start brewing

John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain: Twisted Chile Brewing Co. is now fully staffed. Some of the crew are, front row from left, Priscilla, Maureen, Geneva, back row, Crystal, Carly, Natalie and Stephanie.

Once well-known for the best beer and ale in New Mexico when William G. Hammel founded his Illinois Brewing Co. in 1883, Socorro will once again be home to locally-made beer as The Twisted Chile Brewing Company opens for business.

Co-op board censures Wagner

On a two to one margin, the Board of Trustees voted to censure District II trustee Charlie Wagner for breach of confidentiality, disloyalty, willful misconduct and working against the best interests of the membership.

Mag continues trustee search

The Magdalena Village Board has been short one trustee since Mayor Diego Montoya announced the resignation of Barbara Baca five weeks ago.


Photo by John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain:  Brandishing their shootin’ irons and using only their aliases are, from left,  “Saddle Tramp,” “Half-A-Hand Henri,” “Tall Ted,” “The Tascosa Kid,” “Rock Stacker” and “Brushy Bill.” Kneeling is “More-Or-Les.”

Three miles west of Magdalena the old west comes alive for two Saturdays every month when members of the Trail Drivers Cowboy Action Shooting Club get together to practice their skills at a mock-up of a typical western town of the late 1800s.

Kase on case for 43 years

John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain: Retired District Court judge Edmund “Ted” Kase III relaxes at home, making plans to go fishing in Canada for a couple of weeks, but more importantly spending more time with his grandchildren.

Vacations aside, it's been a long time since Edmund "Ted" Kase III did not have to go down to the courthouse on Monday morning — 43 years to be exact.

Bosslift offers employers look at National Guard

Photo by John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain: County Commissioner Martha Salas briefs attendees and introduces the pilot and crew of the Blackhawk helicopter as part of the ESGR Bosslift in Belen last Friday

More than 60 business and governmental representatives gathered last Friday for an event called BossLift, hosted by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at the National Guard Armory in Belen, home of the 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.