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Elva K. Österreich/El Defensor Chieftain:  New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn and Lt. Governor John Sanchez visit New Mexcico Tech’s Macey center Wednesday to support local water infrastructure projects. They are encouraging local legislators to support a capital outlay project of $1.8 million for the San Acacia Levee Project for flood protection, a grant to rehabilitate Magdalena wells and various infrastructure projects in Socorro. Sanchez said Gov. Susana Martinez’ administration is asking legislators around the state to invest 60 percent of the state’s capital outlay funds in water infrastructure around New Mexico.

The 51st Legislature second session will begin on Jan. 21 in Santa Fe. This is a 30-day session that mostly covers budget and finance.

Conquering fitness, health resolutions for 2014

Every year, millions of men and women make New Year's resolutions to become more fit or healthy — to lose weight, exercise more, eat better. It can be more challenging to meet these goals in small towns and rural communities, where there appear to be fewer resources at the fingertips of those making such resolutions.

Chamber names new director

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain:  Deb Caldwell has been named the new director of the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce. Caldwell poses in front of the Chamber’s guest art wall, featuring work from the 3 Cranes Gallery this month.

The Socorro County Chamber of Commerce has named Deb Caldwell to the position of Executive Director, replacing Terry Tadano, who has resigned after serving as the executive director for approximately six years.

Local rivalry ends in win for Steers

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Reporter: Socorro’s Ethan Smith goes up for the layup with Magdalena defender No. 32 Austin Plentychief attempting the block. Socorro’s No. 35 Matthew Jojola looks on. Smith and Jojola were the Warriors’ top shooters for the game, which ended in a 68 - 77 win for Magdalena Steers.

The 3A Socorro Warriors met the 1A Magdalena Steers to the sound of a roaring crowd on Tuesday night in Socorro. Magdalena took the game in the fourth quarter, with 68 – 77 the final score.

Lady Steers Fall to Tularosa

Magdalena's Lady Steers junior varsity team held the highlight of last Friday's games against the Tularosa Wildcats, with a one-point win of 28 – 27, sfter a shot at 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Lady Warriors ground Lady Hawks

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Reporter: Socorro Lady Warriors No. 32 Makayla Jacobs takes the shot in Monday night’s game against the Laguna Acoma Lady Hawks.

Socorro's Lady Warriors hit a two-game winning streak to kick off the new year, with a win on Jan. 4 against Laguna Acoma Lady Hawks 52 – 48 in a nail-biter roundball game.

Armed robber sought in Alamo

Navajo Police and the FBI New Mexico Bureau were searching for an armed robber on Tuesday in Alamo, after he hit the Alamo convenience store on Monday night.

Mag schools hand out awards before meeting

Magdalena elementary, middle school and high school students were honored in a Scholars Awards ceremony on Dec. 16, just prior to the school board meeting, for testing and other academic achievements. The scholar awards are based on test scores required by the state, and on academic achievements based on goals set by the teachers and students.

Quemado Eagles soar over Broncos

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Quemado Eagle Darryn Lackey goes up for the lay-up, one of many in the Dec. 21 game against the Grady Broncos at home. The Eagles chalked up another victory, with a final score of 84 - 49.

Spectators and the opposing Grady Broncos traveled through snow and ice on Dec. 21 to reach the Quemado High School hosted basketball games. The boys varsity team soared over the Broncos — literally and figuratively — with a final score of 84 – 49. The Junior varsity boys also won their game, 38 – 28. There was some overlap in players between JV and varsity for both teams.

Warriors’ play tightens

The Socorro Warriors lost by one point with a buzzer beater by the Raton Tigers on Dec. 19 in the Pojoaque Invitational, with a final score of 53 – 54. They followed up with another tight loss, this time by three, in overtime, 64 – 67. The Warriors went on to beat Mesa Vista 68 – 48 in the final tournament round on Saturday.

Lady Eagles show marked improvement, long road ahead

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Lady Eagles Mariesa Cohoe fights for the rebound against Grady on Dec. 21. Home court advantage did not help the the Lady Eagles much, as they chalked up a 36 - 53 loss against the Lady Broncs.

The Quemado Lady Eagles showed marked improvement on Dec. 21 against the Grady Broncos, over their first game of the season against the Evangel Christian Academy in late November. The Ladies still demonstrate need for fundamental development, however, exhibited by their loss of 36 – 53.

County to charge for cattle guard installation

County Road Superintendent Marty Greenwood recommended Socorro County begin charging for new cattle guard installation, during his report to the county commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 10. The county installs new cattle guards on county maintained roads when new private boundary fences are errected, and replaces existing cattle guards as needed, as part of maintaining county roads. Greenwood reported that the increase in new fences being errected in some areas is becoming costly to the county.

Warriors score first win of the season

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Reporter: Warriors’ Ethan Smith goes up for the shot against the Belen Eagles on Dec. 14, in Belen. Smith was a lead shooter in both last Saturday’s game and in Tuesday’s game at Hatch Valley.

The Socorro Warriors played their usual strong first quarter on Tuesday evening at Hatch Valley, running their plays, nailing their shots and exhibiting good defense. The difference on Tuesday was that they didn't stop playing after the first quarter. They continued on to win their first game of the season, with a score of 86 – 61.