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Photos by Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: Duane Baker, left, executive director of the nonprofit Puerto Seguro, Inc. that helps homeless and poverty-stricken people in Socorro, picks up excess food Monday for the center with John Brooks Supermart employee Michael Chavez.

It was deep within the untamed foliage near the murky banks of the Rio Grande just within city limits where a few tattered shirts, a coffee mug and some empty cans laid abandoned in a small dirt clearing.

Village, school at odds over water hookup

After a contentious discussion, the Magdalena Village Board of Trustees voted to table a request from Magdalena Schools superintendent Mike Chambers to fulfill an agreement previously made by the board on April 14.

Chile packs more than spice

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain:  Grace Gutierrez of Socorro, right, checks out the first green chiles harvested Monday with Paula Sichler in San Antonio.

Pretty soon the sweet smell of roasting chiles will fill the air. It's chile harvest time in Socorro County, a time when outdoor roasters are fired up and residents stock up for the winter.

Longtime teacher celebrates 90th

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain:  About 60 of Georgia Seery’s friends celebrated her 90th birthday at New Mexico Tech’s M Mountain Grill last Thursday. Pictured, from left, are Susan Miller, Georgia Seery, Barbara McSmith and Evelyn Fite.

Georgia Seery celebrated her 90th birthday Aug. 7, surrounded by 60 of her friends and former students at the M Mountain Grill at the New Mexico Tech golf course.

Leyba found not competent for trial

Timmy Leyba, 22, who is accused of multiple assault felonies – including breaking into the Magdelena Marshal's home and beating him – and a series of misdemeanors allegedly committed in March, was recently found not competent to stand trial, his lawyer told El Defensor Chieftain.

Twisted Chile set to start brewing

John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain: Twisted Chile Brewing Co. is now fully staffed. Some of the crew are, front row from left, Priscilla, Maureen, Geneva, back row, Crystal, Carly, Natalie and Stephanie.

Once well-known for the best beer and ale in New Mexico when William G. Hammel founded his Illinois Brewing Co. in 1883, Socorro will once again be home to locally-made beer as The Twisted Chile Brewing Company opens for business.

The Ranches celebrates 70th

Clara Garcia - News-Bulletin:  Joe Baca, left, a resident of the Boys Ranch from 1971-78, brought his daughter, Sarah, center, to the 70th anniversary celebration of the ranch. Baca, along with Bobby Wallace, right, the president of the The Ranches Foundation, grew up at the Boys Ranch, learning how be successful.

Joe Baca learned how to be who he is today with the help of the New Mexico Boys Ranch. On July 26, Baca, as well as a number of other former and current ranch residents, supporters and community members, joined together to celebrate what is now known as The Ranches' 70th anniversary.

Family tradition lives on at Pound Ranch

Courtesy photo: Sissy and Tom Olney, who run Pound Ranch, have rich family roots in Socorro County.

On June 26, Tom and Sissy Olney, with granddaughter Jenna Rose, led Bureau of Land Management New Mexico state paleontologist Phil Gensler and Gary Morgan of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque to a 5-foot long juvenile mammoth tusk on their ranch west of Socorro. The find, along with another significant find near Elephant Butte in the same month, has helped to confirm Socorro County and the surrounding region as a paleontological hot spot.

Traditional Techie hangouts

Where can students eat the best huevos rancheros in town (even at 1 a.m.), drink unlimited cups of coffee while studying undisturbed for hours, or lounge on a comfy couch and indulge in homemade sweet treats during Sunday afternoon review sessions – and all they while surf the net for free?

Calendar of Events (07/31/14)

LIVE MUSIC kNights Song Circle at the Cap, Thursday Jeanne and Bill at the Bodega, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday The Remedy at the Cap, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m….[Read more]