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Senior resource fair brings info to seniors

The Socorro Senior Resource Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, at the Bodega Burger Lounge. At the fair, seniors and families will learn more about resources available for them, said Good Samaritan administrator Ryan Mertz.

Bullies in schools face reality

"Children learn bullying behavior because it is all around them in their environment and they think it is acceptable," said Cottonwood Valley Charter School principal Karin Williams. "Bullying can start at home because children can learn bullying from their parents."

City to consider animal shelter’s foster care policy

At the Socorro city council meeting Monday night, in the public forum, Socorro Animal Shelter advisory board president Kathe McLaren presented several goals to help the city increase adoptions at the animal shelter. She said the shelter's goals included more animal adoptions, and she reported the shelter's accomplishments during the past year. She also provided the council a draft of the new foster care policy.

Alamo holds general election, several tribal slots open Nov. 6

The Alamo Chapter's general election process takes place after the primary election, and some candidates move on from the primary to the general election, said community service coordinator Denise Ganadonegro. There are ballots available for the Nov. 6 election at the Alamo Chapter, she said. Residents can vote at the Alamo Chapter House from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The election process is to elect a chapter president and five school board members. Some of the candidates have more experience than others, she said.

GRADS program advances teen parents to graduate

Socorro is the headquarters of the state wide office of the New Mexico Graduation Reality and Dual-Role Skills — NM GRADS — program, which has 26 active sites in New Mexico that help teen parents, both male and female, graduate from high school, said associate director of finance for NM GRADS Jeanne Johnston. The headquarters oversees all the other sites and their NM GRADS programs at the high schools.

Solution coming for Arsenic found in Socorro water

The arsenic levels in Socorro's water exceed the maximum contaminant level of The United States Environmental Protection Agency standard testing of 10 parts per billion (ppb), said New Mexico Tech professor of environmental engineering Frank Huang.

Professional development plan is new in code of ethics

At the Socorro school board meeting Monday night, the board approved a change to the code of ethics for certified employees. All certified staff will need a professional development plan instead of obtaining a master's degree within six years of employment.

Remembering victims of domestic violence

The fourth annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be 5 p.m., Oct. 27, at the Old Town Plaza, said assistant district attorney Keith Valles. The keynote speaker will be domestic violence trainer for the New Mexico State Police Francesca Fernandez-Aragon. The theme of her talk is, "Why Do They Stay?"

NMT’s tailgate first event for some

Lindsey Padilla/El Defensor Chieftain: Kathleen Hynh, left, and Kelsey Cornin volunteer at New Mexico Tech’s tailgate to hand out hamburgers and hot dogs to students before the Black and Blue Rugby game Friday afternoon.

Socorro students gathered on New Mexico Tech's athletic field on Friday afternoon for the tailgate party prior to the Black and Blue Rugby game of the Ancestors versus the Pygmies. Volunteers in red shirts handed out food to students as they lined up for hamburgers and hot dogs. All the students who attended received black shirts, said student activities officer Merline Montoya. The red shirts are for volunteers from students of various clubs.

Cowboys at the opera get in the swing of things

"Cowboys at the Opera" is an intimate western concert where audience members dance behind concert seating, said coordinator for Epiphany Episcopal Church Dave Hydman. Local artists Doug Figgs and Mariam Funke will be the opening act, and Syd Masters and the Swing Ryders will be the main act, he said.

Zumbathon event has everyone dancing

October is breast cancer awareness month, and on Saturday there will be a Party in Pink Zumbathon charity event to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, said Melissa Begay, certified Zumba fitness instructor at New Mexico Tech.

Thrift shop opens at new location

The thrift shop Tienda Segunda, that was once located on California Street, will celebrate its grand re-opening at its new location on Spring Street, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. The thrift shop, which first opened in 1982, was located behind Denny's near Smith's Food and Drug Center. The building was being remodeled for physical therapy, said Volunteer Mary Soto. The thrift shop has been in its new building on Spring Street for almost a month, she said.

49ers at 123 years

New Mexico Tech's 49ers Homecoming celebration represents the college's history as a mining and technology school. During New Mexico Tech's homecoming week, students, alumni and the Socorro community come together to recognize history, tradition, and participate in various events that will be held throughout the weekend starting on Thursday, Oct. 18.

NMT tuition increases

New Mexico Tech will see an increase of 4 percent in tuition for the fall semester. According to Vice President for Administration and Finance Lonnie Marquez, the tuition increased for the fall semester because the cost of business utilities are up. The raise in tuituion will also benefit employee salaries. Within the last four years, employees have received a minimal 2 percent raise

Two of NM’s finest musicians play close to home

Bernie Romero and Tommy Delgadillo can make a listener proud to be a part of a vibrant and diverse New Mexican culture. They perform and play a variety of mixed music, such as country western, Spanish, polkas, boleros and mostly rancheros, for audiences of all ages.