Contestants at this year's sixth annual SocorroFest harmonica contest have only five minutes to "wow the judges." The prizes range from the $300 first prize to a $50 fourth prize, but the prestige of winning the event is much more important than the cash.
Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a two part story to be continued in the Oct. 10 edition of El Defensor Chieftain.
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.
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…[Read more]
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.
Socorro County received "better than 50 to 60 percent of an average year's precipitation in five days," according to National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones.
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.
Horticulture and field crops superintendent Tom Hyden wants anyone with a garden or some fruit trees to harvest their best specimens this morning for the Socorro County Fair.
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.
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.