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Spirit team spreads cheer

The Socorro Charisma Blues dance team held a two-day "training camp" for Socorro's young Warriors fans on Jan. 22 and 23, after which the participants were able to perform with the dance team during halftime of the Warriors game against Ruidoso.

Magdalena business reopens

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: The Bear Mountain Coffee House and Gallery in Magdalena re-opened on Jan. 17, with hours of 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of January, after which its hours will expand. The coffee house serves breakfast and light fare for lunch. Gallery hours are the same.

The Bear Mountain Coffee House and Gallery opened its doors again last Friday, with newly hired manager Tita Dixon at the helm. Dixon, a long-time resident of the region, brings over 31 years of experience in the hospitality industry with her – including everything from bartending to management at a five-star hotel.

Two house fires leave victims homeless

A house fire in Pine Hill left a family of eight homeless after a chimney fire torched the roof completely in early December. The Pino/Jake family lost their home on Dec. 10, after what started as a chimney fire quickly spread through the house between the ceiling and the roof, destroying the wiring and damaging the home beyond repair, and leaving the family without a home.

Warriors take victory in overtime

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: No. 32 Gabo Padilla makes the pass during the Socorro Warriors game against the Ruidoso Warriors on Jan. 23. Socorro pulled out a win in overtime, 55 - 51.

Socorro Warriors had spectators on the edge of their seats, or on their feet during a tight game on Jan. 23 when they scored a victory over the Ruidoso Warriors, winning 55 – 51 in overtime.

Lady Steers win scrapper against Hot Springs

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Abigail Bullock, No. 10, fights for the ball during the Lady Steers contentious game against the Hot Springs Tigers on Tuesday evening. The Steers pulled ahead early, kept their pace and won the game handily, 51 - 28.

The Lady Steers played in a rough and tumble game against the Hot Springs Tigers on Tuesday evening in Truth or Consequences. The Lady Steers won the game, 51 – 28, with almost half of those points scored at the free throw line.

Headed north

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.