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Facilities closed until further notice

Karen Bailey-Bowman/El Defensor Chieftain: The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge tour loops, the visitor center and all refuge trail head parking lots are closed to the public Oct. 1 because of the federal government shutdown.

Temporary barriers bar visitors from entering the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge tour loops, visitor center and trail heads. A closed sign is taped to the door of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management field office in Socorro.

Pearce visits flood victims, promises action soon

Karen Bailey-Bowman/El Defensor Chieftain: San Francisco resident Chris Lopez (left) discusses flood damage with U. S. Rep. Steve Pearce (right, blue shirt) and staffer Kenny Rogers (center). Neighbor Daniel Frazier also listens to Lopez’s report of last week’s Rio Puerco flood south of Bernardo.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce and his staffers visited with Socorro County emergency personnel at their temporary offices in the county annex and San Francisco flood victims Monday afternoon as part of a whirlwind inspection tour of flood-ravaged New Mexico counties.

Big flood unlikely but possible

There aren't many old-timers around who can remember the huge 1929 flood when the Rio Grande raged through the valley, wiping out the little town of San Marcial south of San Antonio, or the last major Socorro County flood in 1944.

Bake it, cook it, show how delicious it is

Mary Ann Chavez-Lopez, a veteran of four years as superintendent of the county fair's baked goods and candy division, enjoys her role supervising entries ranging from penuche (brown-sugar fudge) to sourdough biscuits. She doesn't have to worry about judging the entries; professional judges are hired to do that. Her job is to welcome exhibitors, and ooh and aah over their marvelous creations.

Mud bog fair event pits monster trucks against massive ooze

Socorroan Louis Valdez's Mug Bogs Unlimited promises plenty of thrills on Sunday morning as four-wheel drive trucks and dragsters race across 150 feet of 4-foot-deep mud in the arroyo north of the livestock barns — whichever vehicles go the farthest in the least amount of time win cash prizes.