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Young Cougars make great strides toward goals

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: The Alamo Navajo football team poses before their Sept. 21 game against Tse’ Yi’ Gai. It was Tse’ Yi’ Gai’s first football game, which turned into a scrimmage when the Tse’ Yi’ Gai Warriors were delayed by almost two hours in arriving. Alamo Navajo won the scrimmage, but lost all of their regular season games.

The Alamo Navajo Cougars scored 12 touchdowns for 82 points for their football season this year. While that doesn't seem like a milestone to many, for this young, budding team that scored a total of zero points last season, this is a great stride toward future success.

Lady Mountaineers meet goal

Susann Mikkelson/ El Defensor Chieftain: The Lady Mountaineers at the Magdalena Invitational Tournament in September are, back row, left to right: Rachel Cushman, No. 1; Katherin McCarty, No. 14; Kory Nicolds, No. 13; Justine Romero, No. 16; and Rachel Nicolds, No. 15. Front row, left to right, are Ayasha Munoz, No. 8; Shania Livingston, No. 12; Bryanda Delgato, No. 3; and Alexis DeLaO, No. 4. Not pictured but on the Lady Mountaineers roster are Destri Woods, Cami Gantenbein and Emily Nicolds.

The Lady Mountaineers ended their volleyball season with a dismal 5-14 record. But coach John Payne points out that it was still a successful year for the Lady Mountaineers.

Village addresses fire department probation

Z.W. Farnsworth was already "on the job" Monday night during Magdalena's village meeting of the Board of Trustees. Farnsworth was formally named acting fire chief and then later gave his first report, which entailed addressing a number of items the fire department must do to come into compliance with the State Fire Marshal.