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Warriors on track for successful state meet

The Socorro Warriors keep adding to their list of qualifiers for the Class 3A state high school track and field meet. They were hoping to add even more on Friday when the team traveled to Ruidoso to compete in the Therman Jordan Relays.

Socorro High baseball team hits low point

T.S. Last/El Defensor Chieftain photo: SHS first baseman Julio Peguero tracks down a foul ball during Tuesday’s game. He was unable to come up with the catch.

Socorro High School baseball coach Kenny Gonzales was hopping mad.
His team had suffered the embarrassment of being no-hit in front of its home crowd in a District 3-3A loss to Cobre on Tuesday.

Co-op Reform Group plans tailgate party

Tailgating is an activity typically held before football or baseball games. But this Saturday, a group of reform-minded folks are planning to hold a tailgate party in the parking lot of Macey Center prior to Socorro Electric Cooperative's annual meeting.

Vallejos trial again postponed

The date for a trial in the case against a former Socorro title company owner and Socorro County manager has been pushed back again. And, according to the prosecuting attorney, a trial may not happen at all.

Co-op members: You are on notice

Socorro Electric Cooperative will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, April 14, at Macey Center on the campus of New Mexico Tech in Socorro. Registration is from 1 to 3 p.m. The business meeting gets under way at 3 p.m.

State rejects Ranch’s water application

An application for a permit to pump massive amounts of groundwater from beneath the San Agustin Plains in west-central New Mexico was denied by the New Mexico State Engineer last Friday.

SHS softball team turns up heat

T.S. Last/El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro third baseman Miriah Zamora prepares to take a throw in an effort to pick a Hot Springs runner off base during last Friday’s District 3-3A opener. The host Warriors won the game by mercy rule, 21-9.

The Socorro High School girls softball team busted out in a big way, beating Hot Springs High by mercy rule in the District 3-3A opener for both teams at Socorro's Sedillo Park last Friday afternoon.

It’s official: iconic telescope now Jansky VLA

T.S. Last/El Defensor Chieftain: Now the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, the radio telescope is made up of 27 antenna, each 25 meters in diameter.

With the wave of a magic wand, it was done. The Very Large Array officially became the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, and the world's most famous radio telescope took a giant leap deep into the 21st Century.

SEC trustee outed for recordings

Socorro Electric Cooperative board of trustee meetings are often colored with fireworks, and Wednesday's meeting was no exception. Co-op attorney Lorna Wiggins dropped a bombshell by reporting that Trustee Charlie Wagner had privately been tape recording board meetings, including discussions that took place during executive sessions.

Warriors open district play with victory

The high school baseball season can be broken up into three segments — the pre-district season, district play and the state playoffs. After going 6-6 to start the year, the Socorro Warriors opened up the District 3-3A season, 1-0, by beating the visiting Hatch Valley Bears on Tuesday.

Steers lose doubleheader to Laguna Acoma

Though the Magdalena Steers lost both ends of its season-opening baseball doubleheader to Laguna Acoma last Saturday, promise filled the air. A young and inexperienced Steers team was competitive, losing by scores of 6-1 and 9-3 that weren’t indicative of how close the games really were.

Up and coming

Magdalena High School baseball coach Manuel Martinez has an uphill battle, now in the second year of rebuilding a program that practically was started from scratch. But he and the Steers are climbing that hill, and the crest may not be as far off as it seems.

Attorneys amend complaint vs. co-op

Attorneys representing member-owners of Socorro Electric Cooperative filed an amended countersuit against the co-op in 13th Judicial District Court in Los Lunas on Monday. The amended version retains many of the same charges of breach of fiduciary duty by members of the co-op’s board of trustees and the former general manager, but differs from the original complaint by naming different parties to the lawsuit.