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New Tech building set to open in May

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: State geologist L. Greer Price stands in front of the new building named in honor of the late Chuck Headen and wife Jesse, longtime benefactors of New Mexico Tech.

Shade trees, green lawn and a trickling waterfall. The corner of Bullock Boulevard and Leroy Place has an entirely new look thanks to the landscaping work in front of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, the newest addition to the campus of New Mexico Tech.

A few good women — Socorro DAV elects first female officer

Courtesy photo: Valentina Aguilar-Garcia, center, being sworn in on April 14 at the DAV as the first female Jr. Vice Commander of Chapter 24. Also being sworn in are Adjutant Patrick Vallejos, left, and Commander Dave Beatty, right. Not shown, Sr. Vice Commander Jim Needy and Treasurer Paul Drake.

A milestone of sorts was passed at the Socorro DAV on April 14 with the swearing-in of Valentina Aguilar-Garcia, the first woman to hold the position of Junior Vice Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 24. She is also the first woman to be nominated and elected to any position at the Socorro Chapter.

Enrollment, tuition on rise at Tech

Along with a projected rise in enrollment for the fall semester, New Mexico Tech also will ask the average student to cough up an extra 5 percent more in tuition and fees.

Record crowd visits Trinity Site for event

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Above, visitors to Trinity Site on White Sands Missile Range congregate around the obelisk marking the spot where history’s first nuclear weapon was tested July 16, 1945.

A windy and overcast day didn't keep thousands from converging on Socorro County last Saturday, when a record 5,534 people attended the Trinity Site Open House, breaking the previous record 5,300 on its 50th anniversary back in 1995.

Sevilleta to host training for volunteer naturalists

The largest wildlife refuge in New Mexico, Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is offering a select few a unique opportunity to take part in its volunteer naturalist program, a chance to learn in the field – and classroom – about the natural and cultural history of a refuge very few New Mexicans have ever visited.

Chewbacca, Anakin Skywalker set for Tech

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Tech’s Physical Recreation Specialist Annine Gabaldon sits with the familiar image of Chewbacca in her gymnasium office. A visit from Peter Mayhew, the actor under the makeup, is the highlight of Comic Con 2015 on the campus.

New Mexico Tech's annual four-day Spring Fling begins next week, and as part of the stress-relieving activities the Physical Recreation Department is bringing "Star Wars" icons to its Comic Con 2015 on Sunday, April 12 at Fidel Center.

SEC bylaw meeting plans finalized despite objections

The Socorro Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees has finalized plans for the membership-wide meeting with the approval of the agenda for the April 25 in Finley Gym. The purpose of that meeting is to approve the new set of bylaws which were introduced on Jan. 27 at Macey Center.