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Alberta House offers help with baby

"We know it's not easy being a parent. That's why we're here, to help parents through that time from birth to three years. It's the most important time in a child's life … physically, emotionally, cognitively. The first years of life last forever."

Magdalena Schools face spending cuts

Magdalena's School Board will have to make significant cuts to adjust to a loss of approximately $300,000 for school year 2013.
Magdalena School Superintendent Mike Chambers said during the board’s May 14 meeting that every effort was made to spread the roll-backs across the board and minimize negative effects to students.

Sowards says he’s ‘the real alternative’ in race

At first glance, Greg Sowards and Heather Wilson have some things in common. They both describe themselves as loving God, country and family, and both have a history of military service. Soward, however, wants his potential constituency to know he is the "real conservative" in the Republican U.S. senatorial primary race. In an interview with El Defensor Chieftain on May 4, Sowards said, "I'm an everyday man, a business man, a man of faith. I've been married 37 years, have six married children and 19 grandchildren. The people of New Mexico can trust those things."

Perry reflects on SCSD

It's been a road filled with hard work, positive accomplishments in difficult financial times, along with detours that have been, to say the least, challenging. But Socorro Consolidated School District's interim superintendent, Vanetta Perry, was able to speak with pride about the gains the district has made during her tenure. She hopes the "transparency and directness" she has tried to bring to day-to-day activity has rippled through the district at all levels. On June 30, she will leave her current position and move to a new position as assistant superintendent/human resources, under the new incoming Superintendent Randall Earwood. Earwood will take the helm at SCSD on July 1.

Alamo art inspires at Chamber of Commerce

An Alamo student painstakingly constructs a mosaic. Alamo students plan on completing a mosaic chess board by the end of May, featuring the school colors of blue and white and chess pieces revisioned as indigenous icons.

The Socorro Chamber of Commerce is graced this month with the vision and creativity of students from Alamo Navajo Community School. The exhibit features the hard work of the students in teacher Hannah Treder's Community Art, Art II, Art I, and Advanced Art Studio classes.

Parkview looking to future

Lisa Alvarado/El Defensor Chieftain: Students from Mrs. Licha’s reading lab class performed a skit entitled “Spinderella” for the Socorro Consolidated School borad at the May 7 meeting.

The May 7 meeting of the Socorro School Board allowed Parkview Elementary to highlight its plans to fully adopt the national Common Core Standards by the end of school year 2013. Principal Marvin Martin and his staff took turns explaining all the requisite elements of the soon-to-be-enacted changes. High on the staff wish list to the board were the following items: adding more staff in general — a music teacher in specific — and additional funds for supplies. It was also an opportunity for Martin to praise his staff for their "exemplary work, and their support," and in turn, be praised by them for the same.

Wild Bunch rides into Magdalena

Welcome back to the wild, wild West! Magdalena is turning back the clock to the glory days of cowboy life. The Wild Bunch Association Rodeo will gallop into the Magdalena Stockyards, Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13. Rodeo admission for either day costs five dollars per four person carload. Tickets to the Saturday night dance run five dollars and children under six will be admitted free.

Macey Children’s Center opens

Lisa Alvarado/El Defensor Chieftain: Cheryl Macey, far left, and husband, Bill Macey, former New Mexico Tech graduate and philanthropist, and Tech President Dr. Daniel Lopez, look on as the ribbon cutting brigade officially opens the Macey Children’s Center, last Friday. Bill Macey expressed his gratitude to Tech and his wish that coming generations attend his lama mater.

The sun beamed bright, the walk was thronging with about 50 admirers, and pre-schoolers were decked in their finest, including one little girl resplendent in a pink ballerina tutu. In short, all was set for a hallmark event and the return of some hometown heros. New Mexico Tech officially cut the ribbon at the new Macey Family Children's Center on Friday, May 4, with its largest benefactors, Bill and Cheryl Macey, in attendance.

SHS senior transcript glitch

The Socorro School District sent a letter to all parents of senior students dated May 3 informing them that due to a "miscalculation" by the JMAC software that it used to report grades, students who have requested transcripts prior to May 3, 2012, for any reason, such as college applications or scholarships, may need to re-submit a new transcript.