The first baby of 2020 at Socorro General Hospital was born on January 5, 2020. Alian Kane Apachito, was born to Alejandra Paez and Von Apachito Jr. from Magdalena, at 3:42 a.m. The New Year’s baby tipped the scales at 7 pounds and 14 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Joseph Lee Herrera passed away peacefully in his home on December 23, 2019. Joseph was born to Alvin and Irene Herrera on September 16, 1977 in Albuquerque, NM. He is survived by his daughters Gina Herrera and Annalise Rose Herrera, granddaughter Rayanna Garcia, parents Alvin and Irene Herre…

Lairie James Scrivner, 77, a resident of Socorro, NM, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2019 after a brief illness. For more information, please see Obituaries at https://www.riversidefunerals.com

Madelyn Caldwell, age 51, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico after a five-year struggle with breast cancer. Even cancer could not dim Madelyn’s inner light – she continued to find beauty and joy in people, nature, animals, and just about everything in life. S…

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.

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…