Articles for the ‘2013 A Year In Review’ Category

Rare bird

American Birding Association, Jeffrey Gordon

In July a surprise South American visitor, a rufous-necked wood rail, showed up at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near the marsh boardwalk, the first time this bird…[Read more]

San Miguel gets grant for $1.1 million

With a $1.1 million grant to the 400-year-old San Miguel Church, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation of Los Angeles has pledged to help complete the restoration process, remodel part of the former Mount Carmel/Hilton Catholic School and create a high tech "smart classroom" as part of an outreach program for at-risk youth in Socorro County.

Government shutdown affects Bosque NWR and more

For 17 days in October, temporary barriers barred visitors from entering the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge tour loops, visitor center and trail heads; make-shift closed signs were taped on the doors of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management field office in Socorro.

The military asks to expand operations in area forests

On Nov. 28, Marine, Air Force and U.S. Forest Service representatives met with about 80 residents of the Cibola National Forest's Magdalena Ranger District area to discuss a proposal to continue and expand military training in the area. The military wants the Forest Service to grant them a permit to increase military exercises in not only the Magdalena Ranger District, but also in the Mount Taylor and Mountainair areas.

Sun Zia power line project gets shelved

In August, John Conger, acting deputy under secretary of defense, sent a letter to the U. S. Bureau of Land Management stating the opposition of the Department of Defense to BLM's "preferred alternative route" of the proposed SunZia transmission line, stopping action on the controversial multi-state high-tension power line project.

Big construction projects become reality

For 17 days in October, temporary barriers barred visitors from entering the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge tour loops, visitor center and trail heads; make-shift closed signs were taped on the doors of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management field office in Socorro.

Magdalena runs out of water, event canceled

On June 5 the Village of Magdalena's single water supply failed when the Trujillo Well went dry. Over the next several days and weeks village officials worked to address the issue, while the county, businesses and service groups and individuals and other towns within Socorro County as well as around the state pitched in to make sure the people of Magdalena had drinking water and water for livestock to get them through.

2013 Outstanding Youth Athletes

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain Reporter: Cross-country district champion Emerald Goranson checks the pressure in her ears following her finish at the New Mexico state cross-country finals meet in Rio Rancho in October.

High School cross-country runner Emerald Goranson and third grader Emma Montoya competed in the National USA Track and Field Junior Olympics cross-country championship meet in San Antonio, Texas, in December. Both runners qualified for the national meet after competing in the USATF New Mexico state championships in Albuquerque on Nov. 16, and then racing in the regional championships in El Paso on Nov. 23. The regional championships included runners from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. Runners were required to run in the top 30 individual finishers for their age group to qualify for the national championship. Goranson finished 13th in the 13-14 age group, and Montoya finished 24th in the 8 and under age group.