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Bill could threaten San Acacia Dam

U. S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich's final version of their New Mexico Drought Relief Act of 2014 surprised many regional water stakeholders when it was introduced in Congress last Thursday.

Hound reunited with owner after epic journey

Ox the hound traveled at least 20 rugged, dangerous miles in 10 days — successfully crossing a desert wilderness and Interstate 25 — before showing up at Trish and Woody Peabody's farm on Olive Lane in Lemitar on April Friday.

Levee project expanded, start date delayed

Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:  Engineered levees in Socorro can be found on either side of the Socorro Diversion Channel. Pictured here is the right upstream levee, seen looking west.

A windfall of $10 million from the federal government means the first two phases of the long-awaited U.S. Corps of Engineers Rio Grande Floodway levee project are now funded, nearly doubling the length of the river levee to be re-engineered in the next two years, according to project manager Jerry Nieto.

Now's the time to vaccinate your horses against rabies, West Nile, flu

Confirmed incidents of fox and dog rabies in the Magdalena area and Valencia County last year, as well as an outbreak of equine flu this year and the ever-present West Nile disease, has veterinarian Dean Wilkinson of Animal Haven Veterinary Clinic advising Socorro County residents to vaccinate their horses against these serious diseases this spring.

District Family School serves students, parents

Karen Bailey-Bowman — El Defensor Chieftain:  From left, Family School students Victoria Ramirez, Sarah Owen and Sara Ramirez finish school work while parent Jodie Owen looks on. Parents are an integral part of the district’s home school support site.

On a Monday afternoon, students attending Socorro Consolidated Schools Family School northwest of the old Torres School on Garfield St. have been dismissed. The school serves 22 Socorro-area home-school students, providing them access to free books and materials as well as other children — and their parents with support from certified teachers. Two half-time teachers provide instruction four days a week.

Irrigation to start this Saturday

Once again, as it has since 1923, water is flowing in Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District ditches. This year's season is shaping up to be déjà vu all over again, to paraphrase Yogi Berra. Like last year at this time, how much irrigation water will be available this season is anyone's guess.