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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.

FFA donates computer-designed sign to the city

Karen Bailey-Bowman — El Defensor Chieftain:  Socorro High School senior and Future Farmers of America member Greg Stover demonstrates how he uses the school’s Plasma Cam machine to fabricate decorative metal objects. A sign he created was donated to the city’s softball field at Sedillo Park last week.

As a part of the high school FFA's community partnership with the city of Socorro, FFA member and Socorro High School senior Greg Stover designed and fabricated a decorative sheet-metal sign for Sedillo City Park's softball field. The sign was installed last week.