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Legislature wraps up session

The 2012 legislative session is now history. While a number of bills made it through both the House and Senate, perhaps the bigger story is what didn’t make it to Gov. Susana Martinez’s desk.

Beware of Bears

T.S. Last/El Defensor Chieftain: Magdalena’s Kadie Kiehne pulls down a rebound during Monday night’s district playoff game against East Mountain. With a 57-27 win, the Steers advanced to play Estancia in a semifinal game tonight at 6 p.m.

Magdalena High School's girls basketball team took care of business Monday night in the first round of the District 3-2A tournament and will host Estancia in a semifinal game tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 22) with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m.

Power of positive thinking helps Socorro swimmers make finals

Marla Brose/The Albuquerque Journal: Socorro’s Charli Gonzales shares a laugh with teammates prior to the 200-yard freestyle relay at the NMAA Swimming Championships at Albuquerque Academy on Saturday. Gonzales, Jordan Vinson, Kaitlin Warden and Angelina Stanzione placed 16th in the event, both during Friday’s preliminaries and Saturday’s final.

“Ya gotta believe!”
It’s a catchphrase first made famous by former Major League Baseball pitcher Tug McGraw, who used it as a rallying cry during the New York Mets improbable run to win the National League pennant in 1973. And one adopted by Socorro High School swim coach Deidra Vinson 38 years later to motivate her swimmers as they made their run for the state finals.

Science Fair makes learning fun

Learning about enzymes, electrolysis and bacteria is a lot more fun — especially in the case of the latter — when you get your hands dirty.

A flurry of filings in Socorro Electric countersuit

While there’s nearly a four-month gap between scheduled hearings in a countersuit against Socorro Electric Cooperative, attorneys litigating the case have been busy in recent weeks. In a span of 16 days – which included two weekends – 12 filings were entered in 13th Judicial District Court in Los Lunas where the lawsuit originated.

Steers' rally falls short

A furious fourth-quarter comeback fell a little short, and the Magdalena High School boys basketball team missed an opportunity to hand the top-ranked Laguna Acoma Hawks their first loss of the season.

Woman arrested for kidnapping

A 3-year-old boy from California is safe and back in the hands of his father after his mother was picked up on parental kidnapping charges on Thursday, according to Magdalena Marshal Larry Cearley.

First fire of season put out near Bernardo

Brent Ruffner/Valencia County News-Bulletin: Fire crews work to put out the first grasslands fire of the season near Bernardo on Wednesday. The blaze was contained but as of Friday afternoon still has not been ruled extinguished.

The first wildfire of the season broke out near Bernardo on Wednesday. The blaze, which has consumed approximately 40 acres, was contained within hours but was still smoldering as of El Defensor Chieftain press time on Friday.

Showdown in Cow Town

T.S. Last/El Defensor Chieftain: Magdalena’s Miles Parscal works against a Carrizozo defender during Thursday night’s game.

The Laguna Acoma Hawks boys basketball team will try to finish off an undefeated regular season when they visit Magdalena today.

Steers scoring drought doesn’t prevent blowout

T.S. Last/El Defensor Chieftain: Magdalena’s Kadie Kiehne is challenged by Carrizozo’s Victoria Ventura during Thursday night’s game. Kiehne, a sophomore, is one of several young players that give the Steers a bright future. But their coach says he’s only worried about the present.

Magdalena High School’s girls basketball team was held scoreless for almost 12 minutes in the second half of Thursday night’s home game against Carrizozo. But that didn’t keep it from blowing out the Grizzlies. In fact, the 19 points it scored in the final 4 minutes, 9 seconds would have been enough to win the game.

OSE examiner hears arguments

Attorneys on both sides made arguments on two motions to dismiss an application by Augustin Plains Ranch LLC to pump 54,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year from the San Agustin Basin. The hearing was held Tuesday before a Office of the State Engineer hearing examiner at the Socorro County Courthouse.

Cooperative files more motions

On the heels of filing four motions to dismiss a countersuit against it, Socorro Electric Cooperative is now asking that discovery be stopped and a protective order be issued to prevent information from being released to one of the parties in the case.

Session reaches midpoint

Tuesday marked the midway point of this year’s 30-day legislative session, and while our local legislators say progress is being made, there’s still a lot of work to be done.