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Village protests school well

The Magdalena Village Board of Trustees approved a letter from Mayor Diego Montoya to the Office of the State Engineer protesting the Magdalena School District's application for an upgraded water well, in a special meeting last Friday.

Firefighters converge on Academy

Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: A crew gets detailed instructions on stabilizing a crashed vehicle and safely extracting injured passengers at the New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy last week.

The New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy hosted over 350 firefighters from across the state and even a crew from Juarez, Mexico last week. The eight-day training extravaganza – a partnership of the 59th annual Fire School and the New Mexico Emergency Medical Technicians Association – saw firefighters, EMTs and paramedics training in a wide variety of fire- and EMS-related disciplines.

There’s no stopping Ernie

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Ninety-one-year-old Ernie Andrus takes a break for breakfast at the  restaurant at Eagle Guest Ranch in Datil.

He's a World War II veteran who fought and tended the wounded in the bloody battles on Saipan and Tinian. He's 91 years old and whom CBS News has referred to as the oldest person to run across America from coast to coast.

Pie Town serves up festival Saturday

Courtesy photo: Megan Bartasevich serves up a slice of chocolate pie in a clip from the film “The Pie Lady of Pie Town.”

The Pie Festival. It's the event that has brought fame and visitors — from both across the state and nationwide — to tiny Pie Town, New Mexico, for the last 35 years.

Middleton sworn in as trustee

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain:  Magdalena Village Clerk Stephanie Finch, left, swears in new trustee Lynda Middleton at Monday’s village board meeting.

The Magdalena Village Board of Trustees is back to full strength as of Monday after the board approved Mayor Diego Montoya's choice of Lynda Middleton to fill the fourth seat, which had been vacant since June 23 with the resignation of Barbara Baca.

Center gets makeover

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain:  A worker cleans up debris in the cavity of the Macey Center.

Anyone driving the loop around New Mexico Tech, specifically Olive Lane, can't help but notice the gaping cavity on the south side of Macey Center.

A new leash on life

Unwanted dogs running loose in Socorro and Magdalena, as well as county wide, are becoming less of a problem than they were just a few years ago, thanks to a burgeoning dog rescue network.

Montoya defends water stance

In the form of an open letter to the Board of Education and superintendent Mike Chambers, Magdalena Mayor Diego Montoya explained his position to the Board of Trustees Monday night for not agreeing to support the school's plan to generate its own water supply.

Tech named one of 10 best

Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: Tech students enjoy a bike ride on campus.

New Mexico Tech has been named one of the top ten best engineering colleges in the nation, according to a USA Today study.

City to take over armory building

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: The City of Socorro hopes to incorporate the old armory building on Highway 60 into the new rodeo facility.

The old armory building which has stood vacant for the last five years has been given a new lease on life, thanks to the efforts of Peter Romero, Rep. Don Tripp and the New Mexico National Guard's Brig. Gen. Andrew Salas.

School begins composite classroom program

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Eight Parkview Elementary School teachers went through a week of advanced training sessions for the new SPARK2 program which is being implemented last week for 160 students. Front row, from left, Audrey Pino. Karen Earwood, Autumn Haworth and Jody Lee-Chaddle, back row from left, Lupita Vallejos, consultant Brian Stone, consultant Sandra Stone, Jill Bratton and Stephanie O’Toole. Not pictured is Beth Reeves.

Eight teachers at Parkview Elementary School are taking on a new concept in education, in which select students aged five, six and seven, those who would attend kindergarten through second grade, remain in the same classroom with the same teacher for the first three years of their education.

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.