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Commission rules on wolf reintroduction

The New Mexico Game Commission ruled at its monthly meeting last week that it will no longer automatically issue permits to allow private landowners to hold carnivores in captivity for the purpose of reintroducing them into the wild.

Mag trustees hear complaints about clinic

The operation of the Magdalena Area Medical Center came under fire Monday night at the regularly scheduled meeting of the village Board of Trustees. Although the clinic is village property, it is operated under a professional services agreement with Presbyterian Medical Services.

Dollar Tree store set to open

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain - A new Dollar Tree store is slated to open in early 2015 on South California Street.

Construction is well underway for the Dollar Tree store on South California Street, which could spell good news for those limited to a tight budget. Adopting a concept reminiscent of the old five and dime store, Dollar Tree sells nothing over one dollar.

Socorro ghost hunters look for answers

Cody Polston of Socorro looks for the truth in the strangest of places. He and members of the Southwest Ghost Hunters Association, an organization he founded in Socorro in 1985, are trying to clear up mysteries or, as the case may be, validate claims of hauntings.

DIGGING UP Socorro’s past

Photo by John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain:  Remnants of a stone wall have been found.

Michael Bletzer has a rough job ahead of him. The Albuquerque archaeologist is determined to map the boundaries of the original pueblo over which Socorro was built.

Fire at saw mill burns scrap lumber

Photo courtesy of Magdalena Marshal Larry Cearley:  Wind fueled a scrap lumber fire at a saw mill west of Magdalena Monday afternoon.

Firefighters from three area fire departments responded Monday afternoon to a scrap lumber fire at a saw mill near the Very Large Array, off Highway 52 west of Magdalena.