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School begins composite classroom program

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Eight Parkview Elementary School teachers went through a week of advanced training sessions for the new SPARK2 program which is being implemented last week for 160 students. Front row, from left, Audrey Pino. Karen Earwood, Autumn Haworth and Jody Lee-Chaddle, back row from left, Lupita Vallejos, consultant Brian Stone, consultant Sandra Stone, Jill Bratton and Stephanie O’Toole. Not pictured is Beth Reeves.

Eight teachers at Parkview Elementary School are taking on a new concept in education, in which select students aged five, six and seven, those who would attend kindergarten through second grade, remain in the same classroom with the same teacher for the first three years of their education.

Authorities arrest three for stabbings

Courtesy photo: Melissa Leyba was stabbed multiple times Aug. 7 in Datil in Catron County.

Two Catron County men and a 17-year-old male juvenile were arrested Aug. 7 in Datil for the alleged stabbings of Eda Farr-Lee and Melissa Leyba, a Catron County Sheriff's press release stated.

Church renovations complete

File photo: Adobe bricks in the church’s wall had turned to mud.

His goal was to have the church ready for its 400th anniversary next month, and with the support and work of parishioners and the donation to $1.1 million from The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, that goal has been met.

King stops in Socorro on tour

Through a nine-city forum on education, democratic candidate for governor Gary King looks to bring in more supporters by addressing New Mexico's school systems.

Calendar of Events (08/14/14)

LIVE MUSIC kNights Song Circle at the Cap, Thursday Stasia and Mariam at the Bodega, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday Live music at Sofia’s Kitchen 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday…[Read more]


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.