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New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center was the site of Beta Sigma Phi’s statewide convention last weekend, bringing approximately 140 members to Socorro. Beta Sigma Phi is an international women’s civic sorority formed to create friendships and be community involved.

To label the re-envisioning of the classic “Aladdin” as typical would be an understatement. In only five days theater enthusiasts from Socorro Consolidated Schools worked with the Missoula Children’s Theatre, with the support of NMT Preforming Arts Series, to create a unique two show experie…

The Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge worked with the Amigos de la Sevilleta organization to set up a hummingbird banding event on June 15. A netted trap mechanism was put into place on the north side of the visitors center. The wildlife rangers had little to no luck catching hummingbirds o…

Well over 300 crosses will be on exhibit in Magdalena starting this weekend as a fundraiser for the Samaritan Thrift Store. Open to the public, “The Light of the Cross - An exhibit of the planet’s most enduring symbol,” is admission free and all crosses will be for sale.

Local residents of Luis Lopez and San Antonio did a much needed cleanup June 11 along Highway 1. Ten bags of trash and recycling, mostly beer cans were removed from the area between Windy's Farm Road and  from the fire station to the west. Watch the newspaper for future dates in the area.

The New Mexico Motor Vehicles Division reminds residents that the federal deadline for switching your driver’s license over to the Real ID is just a little over a year away. Starting October 1, every air traveler will need a Real ID-compliant license or ID to fly within the United States. Wh…

A community “March to End Bullying” down California Street drew an estimated 50-plus concerned Socorro citizens, both young and old, Monday afternoon. The marchers carried placards denouncing school bullying with phrases such as Stop Bullying-Speak Up and Make a Change, Being a Bully Does No…

Traffic heading north on I-25 was halted for several hours on June 17 due to a Navajo Express Trucking Company semi-trailer catching fire just south of the Sevilleta Wildlife Refuge near mile marker 170. Abeytas Fire and Safety were first on the scene with Socorro County Police arriving shor…

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 man accused in the May 13 shooting death of Stuart Gordon in the parking lot of the High Country Lodge in Magdalena was bound over to Seventh District Court last Thursday on a first degree murder charge.

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…

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State News Wire

His message is “Energy to empower New Mexico.” Candidate for U.S. Representative in New Mexico’s second Congressional District, Gavin Clarkson stopped by the Chieftain last Friday. Clarkson, a Republican, is looking to claim the seat to be vacated by Steve Pearce, who is unopposed in his run…

Education, work force training and health care are issues State Sen. Howie Morales is focusing on as the June 5 primary election day approaches.