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Quake shakes Socorro, Magdalena

It was felt not only on the third floor of a building at New Mexico Tech but also in Magdalena and Hop Canyon. An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale occurred at 9:52 p.m. Saturday near Duncan, Arizona, 160 miles away.

Hot, dry weather fuels flames

Photo courtesy of Dave Thomas

With extraordinarily dry weather and the eccentricity of Fourth of July week, a few man-made fires occurred recently, according to local fire officials.

ONLR looking into Hawkes

Court documents attached with memos from the Office of Navajo Labor Relations (ONLR) stated it has initiated its own investigations in regard to complaints filed against Alamo Navajo School Board, Inc. Executive Director Michael Hawkes.

Outage leads to prisoner transfer

John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro Electric Co-op linemen repaired power lines to the Socorro County Detention Center early Wednesday morning.

A power failure at the Socorro County Detention Center Tuesday evening resulted in the transfer of 53 prisoners to alternate facilities. Detention Center Director Evangel Maldonado said the jail went dark at about 7 p.m. and immediately contacted Socorro Electric Co-op and Socorro Fire Department.

Internship bridges gap between community, Tech

John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain:  Chamber of Commerce Director Deb Caldwell works alongside New Mexico Tech student Paula Tapia, who’s an intern.

While some students take the summer off to relax and recharge, one New Mexico Tech undergraduate took advantage of the time to intern as a technical writer for both the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Socorro.

Calendar of Events (06/26/14)

LIVE MUSIC kNights Song Circle at the Cap, Thursday Open mic at Sofia’s Kitchen, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday Jen Exten at the Bodega, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday Jones…[Read more]

Alamo exec acused of abuse

Hotona Secatero, an Alamo Navajo School Board, Inc. business office employee, filed a petition for domestic abuse and motion for temporary protection order May 8 in Alamo Family District Court of the Navajo Nation against the school board's executive director Michael Hawkes.

Bee stings kill pair of horses

Photo courtesy of Marcia Elkins: The mare and her young colt were victims of bee stings last Thursday, June 19, in Lemitar. Socorro County Deputy Ed Sweeney said by the time help arrived nothing could have been done to save the two horses.

Deputies from the Socorro Sheriff's Department were dispatched June 19 to Lemitar on a report of a swarm of bees attacking a horse and its foal. The bee attack resulted in the death of a 10-year-old mare named Show Me The Bunny and her 32-day-old foal.

County gets more PILT funds than expected

As state representatives and local stakeholders lobby to strengthen Payment in Lieu of Taxation (PILT) funding from the federal government, Socorro County recently received about $420,000 more in from the federal government than its officials anticipated at the beginning of the fiscal year.

County mulls new jail position

County officials are looking into creating a new inmate coordinator position to combat potential problems that could arise as a result of inmates who suffer from mental health issues as well as the jail's inability to hold more people.

Children bottle growth in greenhouse

Eric Heinz - El Defensor Chieftain:  Shane Sawyer works on a green house that is to be made entirely of used water bottles June 19 at the Socorro Youth Center. Students will use 1,000 bottles to complete the greenhouse.

It is clear to the children and staff members of the Socorro Youth Center that sustainable gardening through reusable items is a flourishing environmental concept.