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There’s no stopping Ernie

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Ninety-one-year-old Ernie Andrus takes a break for breakfast at the  restaurant at Eagle Guest Ranch in Datil.

He's a World War II veteran who fought and tended the wounded in the bloody battles on Saipan and Tinian. He's 91 years old and whom CBS News has referred to as the oldest person to run across America from coast to coast.

Pie Town serves up festival Saturday

Courtesy photo: Megan Bartasevich serves up a slice of chocolate pie in a clip from the film “The Pie Lady of Pie Town.”

The Pie Festival. It's the event that has brought fame and visitors — from both across the state and nationwide — to tiny Pie Town, New Mexico, for the last 35 years.

Middleton sworn in as trustee

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain:  Magdalena Village Clerk Stephanie Finch, left, swears in new trustee Lynda Middleton at Monday’s village board meeting.

The Magdalena Village Board of Trustees is back to full strength as of Monday after the board approved Mayor Diego Montoya's choice of Lynda Middleton to fill the fourth seat, which had been vacant since June 23 with the resignation of Barbara Baca.

Murphy named new judge


Mercedes Murphy was selected Sept. 6 by Gov. Susana Martinez as the replacement for Judge Edmund Kase in the New Mexico Seventh Judicial District's Division I.

Lobos Pipeline draws ire from landowners

Current plans for the Lobos Pipeline for funneling carbon dioxide across Socorro, Catron and Torrance counties were met with backlash from property owners at the first of three town hall meetings Tuesday at La Pomesa Elementary School in Veguita.

Center gets makeover

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain:  A worker cleans up debris in the cavity of the Macey Center.

Anyone driving the loop around New Mexico Tech, specifically Olive Lane, can't help but notice the gaping cavity on the south side of Macey Center.

A new leash on life

Unwanted dogs running loose in Socorro and Magdalena, as well as county wide, are becoming less of a problem than they were just a few years ago, thanks to a burgeoning dog rescue network.

Wills for Heroes Workshop in Socorro

Emergency first responders and their spouses or domestic partners will receive free wills and other basic estate planning documents on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Mexico Fire Expo located at the New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy, 600 Aspen Rd.

Junior rodeos lasso future

Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain:  WBRA 2014 queen Teresa Schaub participates in the timed flag race Sunday at Socorro County Fairgrounds.

The bellowing cheers from the night before had all but silenced, and the pulse of the Socorro County Fair Rodeo had calmed.