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Officer assaulted in his own home

Timmy Leyba

A Magdalena man is in custody after being charged with four felonies and six misdemeanors in connection with a vehicle accident, a domestic dispute and a home invasion on Sunday, March 9.

State-wide exercise prepares Socorro for snowballing crisis

As a snowstorm held Socorro County paralyzed last week, all highways in and out of the area were closed, numerous wrecks on Interstate 25 stranded dozens of travelers, a vehicle carrying potentially dangerous insects overturned and snowbound cattle trucks stranded hundreds of cows — emergency services were taxed to the limit.

Voters to decide on blue law

The question of allowing liquor by the drink on Sundays in Magdalena — specifically, at the Golden Spur Saloon — will be decided in a special election March 18 at the village fire department.

Calendar of events (3/6/14)

UPCOMING Bike to School on Thursday, March 6. For more information, call Cynthia Connolly, of Healthy Kids Socorro County, at 575-518-8043. Saracino Middle School’s “Math and Science Fun Night” will…[Read more]

Marquez sentencing delayed again

Sentencing for Johnny Marquez, who pleaded no contest to two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct of a Minor in a Second Degree in 2012, has been continued by 7th District Court Judge Edmund "Ted" Kase until Apr. 11.

Shakedown produces surprising contraband

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Evangelo Maldonado, Socorro County Detention Center director, reveals three mangled Bibles — the papers of which were ripped out and used to make hand-rolled cigarettes — that were found during the shakedown.

Bibles with ripped out pages and tattoo making machines were only some of the contraband uncovered during Monday's surprise shakedown of cells at the Socorro County Detention Center.

Traversing the country

Every year, people walking, running or bicycling across America often pass through Socorro on their journey along Highway 60, the "Coast to Coast Highway."

City eyes SEC alternative

Due to "poor customer relations and lack of representation," as well as the seemingly-endless stalemate the city has fallen into with Socorro Electric Cooperative, Mayor Ravi Bhasker began a discussion about "alternative options" at the March 3 City Council meeting.

District Family School serves students, parents

Karen Bailey-Bowman — El Defensor Chieftain:  From left, Family School students Victoria Ramirez, Sarah Owen and Sara Ramirez finish school work while parent Jodie Owen looks on. Parents are an integral part of the district’s home school support site.

On a Monday afternoon, students attending Socorro Consolidated Schools Family School northwest of the old Torres School on Garfield St. have been dismissed. The school serves 22 Socorro-area home-school students, providing them access to free books and materials as well as other children — and their parents with support from certified teachers. Two half-time teachers provide instruction four days a week.

Irrigation to start this Saturday

Once again, as it has since 1923, water is flowing in Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District ditches. This year's season is shaping up to be déjà vu all over again, to paraphrase Yogi Berra. Like last year at this time, how much irrigation water will be available this season is anyone's guess.