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Former co-op manager wants change of venue

A district court judge set May 3 as the date for a hearing to decide whether a former Socorro Electric Cooperative manager's lawsuit against the co-op and two members of its board of trustees should be moved to another county. The hearing will be held in a 12th Judicial District courtroom in Carrizozo.

Warriors win home tourney

Kenny Gonzales got his proverbial baptism Saturday night, drenched with the contents of a water cooler at the conclusion of the Warriors Invitational high school baseball tournament, courtesy of his players.

Socorro boys first, girls second at home meet

After a false start, the Zimmerly Relays made it to the finish line, despite ominous skies, windy weather and cool temperatures on Saturday, with host Socorro winning the boys meet and its girls coming in second among four schools.

Alamo breaks ground on wastewater project

A long-awaited wastewater project on the Alamo Navajo Indian Reservation is officially under way. Officials from the Navajo Nation, the Alamo Navajo School Board, Inc. and community members participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the $2.6 million project last week at the site, located about a quarter mile northeast of Walters Park.

There’s light on the horizon

Exactly two years ago, I was preparing to write a column heralding Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote open government, freedom of information and the public’s right to know. Before I had a chance to formulate my message, Socorro Electric Cooperative’s board of trustees gave me something to write about. That very week they announced their own set of resolutions to present at the annual meeting that year. Much to my consternation, and that of a whole lot of other people, their resolutions ran in direct opposition to those proposed by the member-owners, including the ones that called for the co-op to operate with greater transparency by following the Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act.

Co-op trustees settle on proposal

A new plan for realigning districts within Socorro Electric Cooperative’s service area will be brought before members for their approval at next month’s annual meeting. After considerable debate, the co-op’s board of trustees selected one of two proposed plans during its meeting on Feb. 29.

Co-op board to offer new resolutions

Socorro Electric Cooperative’s board of trustees voted to present a series of new resolutions at this year’s annual meeting – three of which will undo bylaws members put in place in 2010 during a wave of reform. The resolutions were passed over adamant objections from one trustee who has been a leader in a movement to reform the co-op’s business practices.

The Rematch

Socorro High School’s boys basketball team did a lot of soul searching after losing a home game to Las Vegas Robertson on Jan. 7. Tonight, when the Warriors face the Cardinals in a Class 3A state playoff game, we'll find out if they found it.

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It’s not exactly “Hoosiers” – the story of farm boys from Hickory, Ind., knocking off the more accomplished kids from the big city of South Bend to win the state basketball championship in what is considered one of the greatest sports movies of all time.

Most issues put off during co-op hearing

Little was accomplished on Monday during what was scheduled as a motions hearing in the countersuit against Socorro Electric Cooperative. The only matter addressed by the judge was on the co-op’s motion for a protective order against a member of its board of trustees, who was initially named as representative of the class of member-owners in the countersuit, which calls for class action certification.

Lady Steers host first round 2A playoff game

After suffering a heartbreaking loss in the District 3-2A championship game last Friday night, the Magdalena High School girls basketball team looks ahead to a fresh start in the state playoffs.

Alamo girls make history

The Alamo Navajo girls basketball team is headed to the state high school tournament for the first time in school history.

Magdalena boys 11th seed in tourney

The Magdalena High School boys basketball team is back in the NMAA state tournament, earning the 11th seed in this year’s Class 2A tourney. The Steers (18-10) will travel to Santa Fe on Saturday to play a first-round game against sixth-seeded Santa Fe Prep (22-6). Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Attorneys for co-op members answer back

Attorneys representing member-owners of Socorro Electric Cooperative on Thursday filed a motion for leave to amended a countersuit against the co-op. Also filed on Thursday were five responses to the flurry of motions Socorro Electric submitted in recent weeks.

Village council cuts rodeo promoter some slack

The village of Magdalena is known as an Old West town, and its board of trustees took a step to reinforce that identity by giving a break to a promoter who wants to bring a rodeo to town in May.

Magdalena girls advance to 3-2A championship

Magdalena High School girls basketball coach Wally Sanchez has appealed to his Lady Steers to play better defense — like he said they were back in December. On Wednesday, they responded, holding the Estancia Bears to just six second-half points en rout to a 41-29 victory in a semifinal game of the District 2-2A tournament.

Bobcats corral Steers in semis

Magdalena’s bid to win the District 3-2A boys basketball championship came to an end Thursday night when the Steers dropped a 53-41 decision at Bosque School in the semifinals of the district tournament.