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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.

Quake shakes Socorro, Magdalena

It was felt not only on the third floor of a building at New Mexico Tech but also in Magdalena and Hop Canyon. An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale occurred at 9:52 p.m. Saturday near Duncan, Arizona, 160 miles away.

Outage leads to prisoner transfer

John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro Electric Co-op linemen repaired power lines to the Socorro County Detention Center early Wednesday morning.

A power failure at the Socorro County Detention Center Tuesday evening resulted in the transfer of 53 prisoners to alternate facilities. Detention Center Director Evangel Maldonado said the jail went dark at about 7 p.m. and immediately contacted Socorro Electric Co-op and Socorro Fire Department.

Internship bridges gap between community, Tech

John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain:  Chamber of Commerce Director Deb Caldwell works alongside New Mexico Tech student Paula Tapia, who’s an intern.

While some students take the summer off to relax and recharge, one New Mexico Tech undergraduate took advantage of the time to intern as a technical writer for both the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Socorro.

Bee stings kill pair of horses

Photo courtesy of Marcia Elkins: The mare and her young colt were victims of bee stings last Thursday, June 19, in Lemitar. Socorro County Deputy Ed Sweeney said by the time help arrived nothing could have been done to save the two horses.

Deputies from the Socorro Sheriff's Department were dispatched June 19 to Lemitar on a report of a swarm of bees attacking a horse and its foal. The bee attack resulted in the death of a 10-year-old mare named Show Me The Bunny and her 32-day-old foal.

Something in the WATER

John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain: Dr. Yongming Tian holds the osmotic pressure module designed and fabricated in the Civil and Environmental Department at New Mexico Tech.

A group of Tech students may be on the verge of developing a technology that could provide an alternative source of electric energy.

Sportsmen support ban on drones

The practice of stalking and bagging big game with the aid of radio-controlled, camera-equipped drones may soon be a thing of the past in the state if New Mexico Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, New Mexico Council of Outfitters & Guides and other hunting organizations get their way.

Local bans ground aerial fireworks

Due to extremely dry conditions, both the Village of Magdalena and the Socorro County Commission this week banned the use of most fireworks for the next 30 days.