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.

For the second year in a row a 4th of July 5K color run took place at the Socorro Rodeo Complex to raise money for the Rising Stars Dance Studio. More than 130 runners and walkers took to the course around 7:30 to start off their Independence Day.

The village of Magdalena is getting all gussied up for the influx of out-of-towners, visitors, friends, and family this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the 48th annual Old Timers Reunion weekend. Along with the dozens of horse trailers and RV campers, the village expects upwards of a thousan…

Music, entertainment, a parade, candy and fireworks marked a festive Fourth of July in Socorro celebrated at the Macey Center on the campus of New Mexico Tech. All-day activities included dancing to various bands and various entertaining acts, prior to the beautiful array of fireworks.

The Tresco Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center is once again bringing out patients to the Sedillo Park pool facility during weekday afternoons. Patients both mentally and physically disabled come out for an afternoon dip with the help of Tresco employees as well as pool lifeguards dur…

On June 29 and 30 the Socorro Rodeo Complex hosted a special Dominic Chavez Benefit team roping event to raise money for the Chavez family. Chavez works for the MRGCD and is a well respected member of the rodeo community. In March of this year he was clearing brush in ditches near the river …

As part of the fifth year the Socorro Teen Center has been doing summer programs 19 kids ages 12-17 traveled to Albuquerque for a three hour afternoon of fun and water slides at Cliff’s Amusement Park. Socorro Consolidated Schools provided transportation for the group.

For the second summer in a row the Five Star Chile Farm, ran by Commissioner Glen Duggins and his son Kyle, kicked off its summer youth camp on June 19. Working with the Socorro Youth Center and Director Cindy Rivera, kids have the opportunity to visit the Lemitar farm on Wednesday mornings …

To help combat vehicle theft in Socorro County Damien Ocampo’s State Farm Agency teamed up with Socorro Police, Sheriff’s Office and the Los Lunas Police Department for a free VIN Etching event on June 23. Many stolen vehicles that are recovered have their vehicle identification numbers scra…