Author Archive

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.

First quarter Warriors turn civil to Pojoaque

Susann Mikkelson/ El Defensor Chieftain: Zeb Esquivel shoots from under the basket for two points of the Warriors 11-point lead in the beginning of the first quarter against the Pojoaque Elks on Dec. 7. Esquivel was one of the game’s top shooters. The Warriors fell short after the first quarter, ending the game with a 48 - 81 loss against the Elks at home.

The Warriors came out strong in the first quarter of the game against Pojoaque last Saturday on their home court. Not quite four minutes in, they were up 11 to 9, and sinking virtually all of their shots, including a few 3-pointers. It looked like the Warriors were on a roll, until two minutes before the end of the quarter, when the Elks picked up steam and caught up, tying the game 24 -24, and then making the last shot of the quarter to pull ahead by two.

‘Black Friday’ started Thursday evening

The Socorro Flea Market may have been one of the busiest spots in town Friday morning, Black Friday in Socorro. Parking lots at the larger retail chains in town were bustling more than usual, and sales were up slightly. There was a slight rush early at Walmart, according to manager Nico Vassol, but by 8:30 a.m. the bulk of activity seemed to be at the customer service counter, where customers were making exchanges and returns from purchases made the night before, when Thanksgiving Day sales were on. Walmart offered advertised specials beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, and continuing at various times throughout the weekend.