It is with saddened hearts that the family of Robert Jaramillo Sr. of Socorro announce the passing of their utmost beloved Husband, Father, Tata (Grandfather), and friend to so many at the age of 60 years on November 6, 2019.

The Eclipse Gymnastics team traveled down to Roswell for its first competition of the fall on October 26 and came home with multiple medals for Socorro in the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum classes. The team will next compete in Las Cruces on November 16. Pictured; Head Coach Aleta Galleg…

Several members of the Magdalena basketball team traveled to Albuquerque before the final Steers football game of regular season to raise money for the upcoming 2019-20 season by selling raffle tickets outside of Sportmans Warehouse from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than $1,000 was raised that wil…

All season long the Warriors cheerleading squad have been on the sidelines support the Socorro football team, while also performing during halftime. Pictured; Marcella Acevedo, Joaiah Gonzales, Madelyn Romero, Justine Chavez, Mackenna Ackley, Cadence Ortega, Breann Wheeler.

Paul Barrientos - a musician, a teacher, and a friend and colleague - passed away late on Saturday evening, October 5, 2019, three weeks shy of this 72nd birthday. Paul helped many find their voices, both in music and in life.

Mary Helen Lopez, 73, beloved and devoted mother and grandmother, loving sister passed away peacefully, Saturday, October 12, 2019, while surrounded by her loving family.

Joe Hurd Caldwell, 61, passed away on September 23, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He was born in Mountainair, New Mexico to the late William Jack Caldwell and Yvonne Marilyn (Whitehead) Caldwell.

Tony Valencia Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend, teacher, and coach passed away peacefully on September 21, 2019, in Socorro, N.M. at the age of 74.

She is preceded in death by her parents Candelario Jr. and Theresita P. Chavez, significant other Michael Chavez , brothers Eristeo (Ed), Edward, and Lorenzo Chavez, nephew Keith Ray Calpito and brother in law Gary Calpito.

Socorro county girls and parents took time out of their weekend to raise money for the upcoming fair that will take place over Labor Day weekend. First State Bank donated its parking lot off of California Street. 2018 Fair Queen Kaija Justice and Rodeo Queen Maggie Rich were among the group …

Magdalena astronomer John Briggs reminisces about astrophysicist Dan Klinglesmith to the overflow crowd at the Kids’ Science Café last Saturday. Briggs was joined by Jim Sauer and other speakers in paying tribute to Klinglesmith, an ardent supporter of both the Astronomical Lyceum and the Sc…

El Defensor Chieftain presented a check to the Socorro Animal Shelter and Adoption Center for $580 from the proceeds of its Pet Parade edition featured in the June 27, 2019 edition. Pictured from left to right are Socorro Animal Shelter Director Lupe Tarango, Animal Control Officer Jake Fann…

Elaine Ladd Ingram was born July 27, 1921 in Hot Springs, New Mexico and died July 29, 2019 at the age of 98 in Caldwell, ID. As the youngest of five children born to Leonard Leon and Louie Myrtle Ladd, her formative years were spent in Claunch, New Mexico where her parents had a farm. She a…

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The wrought-iron gates stand closed and chained. The courtyard empty, the building seemingly silent without any excitement about the coming commemoration. The once grand, first "modern" hotel in the state will be 100 years old this week. Can the building at 5th and Manzanares be restored to …

Martin “Sonny” Garcia, 76, passed away on July 17, 2019, from a sudden heart attack. Martin was born on January 13, 1943 in Lincoln, New Mexico, where he lived most of his life before entering the Army and serving his country. He was a Vietnam War veteran where he was awarded several awards …

Charles R.(Bob) Wolf, 69, passed away July 17,2019. He was born in Socorro on November 3, 1949. Bob was a lifelong resident of Socorro and a retired night waterman at NM Tech golf course.

Martha Rose Hanushek Carangelo, 95, a resident of La Joya, New Mexico passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 7, 2019. Born September 1, 1923, in Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, she attended Bay Village High School near Cleveland, Ohio and went on to graduate from Simmons College in…

New Mexico State University hosted its annual summer Cooperative Extension Youth Development 4-H Conference from July 8-11. Socorro’s own Ixchel Valentino, 14, attend the four day event. The theme was “Be the Leader, Be the Light”.

Whether on the stage, behind the scenes, or both, Socorro youth are gearing up for a three day performance of “Musicville”. Eileen Comstock has taken on weekly directing and coordinating duties for the Youth on Stage program.

The Rev. Thaine Kister has been installed as dual pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Socorro, and Christ The King Lutheran Church in Los Lunas.  Kister grew up on a farm/ranch north of Scottsbuff, Neb., graduating from Mitchell High school in 1991. He attended in graduated from the University…

Jose Eligio Gutierrez III, age 81, was called home on Monday, July 8, 2019 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Joe, as he was fondly known as, was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He was born on January 27, 1938 in Valverde, New Mexico to Jose Eligio Gutierrez, Jr and Aurelia Carriaga Gutierrez.