The Rio Grande CowBelles hosted a “Beef for Father’s Day” event in front of John Brooks on June 15. In congruence with the New Mexico Beef Council, the main goal was to further citizens’ awareness of the quality, cooking methods and consumption of beef in Socorro County.

The fourth annual Trudy Freeman Memorial Race was underway on June 14-16 at the Socorro Rodeo and Sports Complex. A resident of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Kelly Waide has put on the event for female riders from around the Southwest region to earn both cash and points in multiple barr…

Socorro Public Library hosted a Universe of Stories Blast Off just south of the town plaza last Thursday.

Animal Haven Veterinary Clinic is located across the road on the west side of I 25 just north of the California exist on the way out of town. Their motto is “Caring hands of all creatures great and small”. The facility is run by Dean and Pepita Wilkinson. El Defensor Chieftain visited Dean i…

The search for a new Lady Warriors softball coach came to an end late in May. Pepe Alvarado was announced as the future leader heading into the 2020 season.

Bonner Oates, DDS, was named the Veteran (age 65 and older) Handicap Champion at the New Mexico State Trap Championship conducted the last Sunday in May. A member of the Belen Trap Shooting Club, Oates has been shooting trap for the past 19 years. 

Summer is in full swing with the Socorro Stingray’s hitting the pool. The Belen Hurricanes hosted amateur swim teams from Belen, Socorro, Truth or Consequences and the Canyon Club as kids hit the two pools at the high school Aquatic Center.

Join Aladdin as he ventures into a swirling sandstorm of famous Arabian Tales from Ali Baba to Scheherazade and even Sinbad the Sailor when the Missoula Children's Theatre and more than 60 local students perform an original musical adaptation of Aladdin.

An audition will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) production of Aladdin on Monday, June 10 at Finley Gym, from 10 a.m. to noon. Those auditioning should arrive at 9:45 a.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsa…

An initiative to incorporate additional Native American studies into social studies courses was introduced at a public hearing and community input session at Magdalena Schools last week.

Spanning more than 360 square miles the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge has been a beautiful location for outdoor lovers in New Mexico both local and visiting since the land was established as a refuge in 1973 by the Campbell Family Foundation. Melanie Dabovich is the administrative offic…

The Viejitos state car crew came out to show off several classic wips during the Summer Splash event.

Despite battling an early afternoon rainstorm that cut festivities short, the 2019 Summer Bash at Sedillo Park kicked off the post-school spring semesters on June 1 with the official opening of the community pool. Recreation Director Cindy Rivera was on hand overseeing the variety of activities.

Last Friday the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics rolled through Socorro with a dozen runners. Officers from the Socorro Police Department, Socorro County Sheriff’s Department, Magdalena Marshal’s Office and New Mexico State Police, as well as firefighters  from the Socor…

Beach volleyball was in full swing during the Saturday afternoon festivities.

John R. Gerbracht has run his private practice in Socorro for several years. Located at 202 Garfield just south of the town plaza, John has been practicing law for more than 40 years. El Defensor Chieftain visited his facility to find out more.

A full-blown festival celebrating the Southwest’s heritage and the history of Magdalena is happening this Saturday, June 1, with the Second Annual Frontier Festival, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 50 Socorroans paid tribute to America’s fallen service men and women at the Memorial Day observances at Isidro Baca Veterans Park on Monday. Highlighting the ceremony were remarks by City Councilor Gordy Hicks, Lt. Co. Dennis Hunter of the Civil Air Patrol and a 21-gun salute by me…

For more than two years Joyce Atkinson has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse helping developmentally disabled patients in Socorro. Tresco Inc. is a non-profit group with five locations in New Mexico alone and spans the continental U.S. to help all ages regardless of each patients particul…

The power of the theater bringing people together was center stage during the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series final performance of its spring season. The Santa Fe Opera Apprentices tour put on a one act performance of “Unshakeable”, a post pandemic saga set in New Mexico.

Sawyer Magdalen DeMint, 67, passed away on May 13, in Socorro, N.M., due to her dementia (Alzheimer's).

One would be hard pressed in finding a more interesting path towards New Mexico Tech than that of Kelly Luster. Currently the Publication Sales Manager at the Charles & Jessie Headen Bureau of Geology and Minerals Center and Museum on campus, Luster graduated from Tech in 2009, a school …

Commencement exercises at New Mexico Tech last Saturday saw nearly 280 students taking the walk to receive their diplomas from President Stephen Wells. The total number graduates this spring was 448, including 288 Bachelor’s degrees, 140 Master’s degrees, 15 PhDs, four Associate’s degrees, a…

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Valedictorian Ary Jaquez and Salutatorian Darrian Greenwood have a desire to become doctors.

“Every year is amazing when you are working with students.” That’s what Magdalena Schools Principal Leslie Clark said recently in summing up the 2018-2019 school year.

Creativity at New Mexico Tech was showcased last week at its first short film festival, “Of Blood and Bullets.” Conducted at the Loma Theature.

Socorro’s own HOT Squad First Lego League team traveled to Houston, Texas for the international FIRST championships, sponsored by The Boeing Company and Qualcomm Inc.

Barbara Zamora's husband, Jimmy, carved a beautiful tribute to the Our Lady of Grace out of an old Cottonwood tree in their front yard. The shrine is located not far from the San Jose Catholic Church in Luis Lopez.

Three high school students impressed upon members of the Socorro Consolidated School Board how vital the Upward Bound program is to the local district.

Socorro Rotary Club President Len Truesdell presents Riley Morris , center, and Christin Armijo, left, a certificate of appreciation for their presentation to Rotarians on April 24. Their presentation was about their experience in FLL first Lego League robotics. They were the champions in th…

For anyone who has ever thought that they’re just too far gone to change their life, Joshua Lopez’s inspiring transformation is proof that anyone is capable of incredible change.

The Magdalena arts community continues to grow by attracting artists and artist run venues from around the country.