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MRO part of asteroid deflection project

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Magdalena Ridge Observatory on South Baldy Mountain went operational in October 2006.

Objects from space enter the Earth's atmosphere every day, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a small car. Most enter the atmosphere unnoticed, and some are seen as meteors or shooting stars.

A journey for mental health

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Jake Sansing takes a break at the Magdalena Fire Dept. Saturday afternoon. By Tuesday he had already crossed the Arizona state line on his way to Anchorage, Alaska.

Socorro was a one-night stopover last Friday for another cross-country bicycler, but the destination for Jake Sansing, 27, is not California, but much farther.

Monette Ford closes doors

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro’s only new car dealership called it a day last week.

In business since 1963, Monette Ford closed its showroom and doors last week. The action was necessitated due to the economic climate, according to Danny Monette.

Familiar face in checkout line calls it a day

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Thomas Herron checks out a customer during his last week at Smith’s. He’s retiring after 38 years in the business.

Thomas Herron has proven that one doesn't have to be a politician or business leader to be known and well-liked in the community. He is someone shoppers have seen behind grocery checkout counters in Socorro since 1976 – for the last 13 years at Smith's Food & Drug Center.