I watched an old Shirley Temple movie the other day. It was called Miss Annie Rooney, about a teenage girl who falls for a rich boy, whose parents don't approve of her. But things worked out and there was dancing and a happy ending. Not an overall memorable film, but the one thing that struc…

My goodness, it seems like we went straight from winter to “wind-er.” Pardon the pun.

A couple of weeks ago I was watching the Marx Brothers movie A Night At The Opera and, surprisingly, one little joke struck a chord with me. In the scene, Groucho tries to read a contract to his brother Chico and holds the paper farther and farther away from his face. “I could read this if I…

It happened to me again. Nervous tension sets in. Beads of sweat form on my forehead. My leg gets jimmy and bouncy.

Are we turning the corner on winter? Are we on the verge of another glorious New Mexico spring? Will it be snowing cottonwood blossoms already? These questions and more were put to the groundhog in Pennsylvania last Saturday, and guess what? It’s a groundhog.

Here I go again, revealing my naiveté. Every few days I can’t help but stop and ponder on how the internet and technology have changed the way we experience the world.

I’ve been staving off a bad cold so far this winter, but I fear the odds are against me. We’re right in the middle of the so-called cold and flu season...but if you watch commercials on TV, the cold and flu season seems to be every season, except for the allergy season.

Call me a fuddy-dud type of person, but I'm one of those people who prefers to read the printed version of any newspaper.

I came into the room where the boys were playing to find the three-year-old sitting on the floor balling. Beside him his three older brothers were playing peacefully with their cars completely undisturbed by their brother’s problem. It was not because their mother and I were not trying to te…

There’s an old New Year’s tradition where you write down all your negative thoughts from last year and throw it in the fire. Adios, 2018! I’m thinking this is going to be a great year. How can it not be so? Hey, this is Socorro, and Socorro is comfort and sustenance.

Forty years ago as a college freshman, if you would have asked me what I thought the state of newspapers might be — my answer would have been far different than what it is today.

Things have quieted quite a bit down in town this week. School is out until after the new year, and Tech students have all but vanished until the middle of next month. I’m driving around town and find myself thinking this is a pretty darn decent little community. The holidays do that to me, …

The New Year is coming, and we need to reduce, and hopefully, eliminate the use of toxic pesticides in society. The best way to manage pests is to exclude them from your home. When they do show up, in most circumstances you can control them without using toxic pesticides.

One of the hardest parts of the holidays is making sure "the surprise" remains "the surprise" on Christmas.

Did you realize that tomorrow, Dec. 14, is the anniversary of the last moonwalk? No, I’m not talking about Michael Jackson’s optical illusion, but rather that of Eugene Cernan in 1972, along with New Mexico’s Harrison Schmitt on the lunar surface.

It’s December and life is good. Christmas is a-comin’, the proverbial geese are getting fat, the winter solstice is just around the corner and before you know it spring will be here. Well, sure, there’s that winter thing to shiver through first, I suppose, but at least we’ve got a good stack…

When I called my mother last week to check in on her, she asked me what was new in my life. I told her, my taste buds have been awakened.

I recently attended a Socorro Co-op rate increase meeting in Tierra Grande. After Joseph Herrera gave his presentation, I asked why Socorro Co-op hadn't followed Kit Carson co-ops lead and buyout our contract with Tri-State generation and transmission. Also I asked why Socorro Electric Co-op…

Last year, I was struggling. I was searching for gifts for my mother who lives in an assisted living facility as well my niece and nephews. I was trying to get ready for Christmas at an abnormally fast pace.

Now is the season for mastication. That’s what the next, let’s see, six weeks or more means to me. Not that I relish making a pig out of myself and overeating, but there are many more opportunities to munch on iced cookies and fudge and chile relleno balls and empanadas than any other time o…

Once the frenzy of Black Friday fades, Small Business Saturday aims to attract shoppers to local merchants whose stores serve hometown retail needs — not just to keep those businesses healthy in today’s hypercompetitive retail environment but also to generate tax revenue that provides vital …

Welcome to my “once I’m home I’m not going out” season. That cold snap this week felt more like a cold slap, and although we’re not in the clutches of old person winter yet, my bones tell me it’s time to start working on that pick-up load of firewood I bought from Felipe Avalos a couple months ago.

I just learned Tony Joe White passed away last week. Tony Joe wasn’t the most popular singer ever, but he did have that one huge hit in the late sixties; the kind of song you’d never hear on the Top 10 these days. He sings of a girl who lived back in the Louisiana swamps who “made the alliga…

Here it is November already, the indecisive month. It’s when we use the car’s heater in the morning and turn on the AC in the afternoon. All of which portends the coming of old man winter, which raises the question: Why is winter an old man? Why not something like an impertinent child? Oh, r…

I had every intention of leaving the newspaper business when I informed my editors at my hometown paper in April 2015 that I was leaving and moving to New Mexico.

Our state's system of taxpayer-funded higher education is in crisis. A few key facts about postsecondary institutions in the Land of Enchantment, and the University of New Mexico in particular, reveal the depth of the problem:

During the fourth century after Christ many Christians who refused to renounce their faith in Jesus were killed. Some suffered miserable deaths. The Church honored these heroes of faith by observing a special day of prayer.

New Mexico’s 30 MainStreet communities support small businesses across a large and diverse state, but organizers admit it can be tough to explain exactly what the MainStreet program does and how it impacts local economies.

Have you noticed? Halloween candy is all over the place. In the aisles. On the shelves. Candy is even being flung at you, and I mean during parades, like the one for Indian Days at Alamo last Saturday. Its theme was “Honoring Our Elderly” and it was one of the best parades I’ve seen this yea…

Ravi Bhasker seems so very desperate to take over the SEC at ANY COST. But what's puzzling is that there is not even a peep from the councilors. Is this ridiculously costly attempt ever going to be put on a referendum for the opinions of the people who pay the taxes and keep the cities noses…

So, I’m sitting there at the kitchen table paying some monthly bills and I’m thinking, “Wait, didn’t I do this just last week?” Then the next thing you know my wife wants to bring the Halloween stuff down from the attic room and I’m thinking, “Wait, didn’t we do Halloween just a three or fou…

Venus began this month very low on the western horizon just after sunset. By the 7th it was lost to our view as it heads towards inferior conjunction with the Sun on the 26th, emerging not long after that just above the eastern horizon. On the 31st it can be seen about 4 degrees above and to…

There’s nothing like driving on new pavement. The DOT crews are really doing a number on Highway 60 this side of Magdalena, and although it might get you to work a little late, what with the waiting in line and the vehicular do-si-do around heavy machinery, once they finish it’s smooth saili…

This letter is a warning to wives in Socorro County. Please check your Socorro Electric Cooperative (SEC) billing statement. Make sure your name appears on the bill as well as your husband’s name or what is happening to me could happen to you.

My wife and I want to thank the Socorro Fire Department and all the kind people who came to the aide of me and my wife on Saturday the 22nd at the Socorro airport. After a long walk earlier that morning, my wife and I were walking back to my vehicle when my legs just folded under me. Me and …

I was going to write about chile this week, what with the roasting still going on around town and the big chile cook-off coming up at SocorroFest, but then I thought, hmm…maybe I ought to tackle something weightier and more grown-up. You know, like the guys solving the world’s problems over …

During the EPA meeting to inform the community about the plan of action to remediate the Eagle Picher Superfund site, someone was puzzled as to why no City Council members were on hand.  The City already did their part as they had owned the property and paid a large amount to the EPA in 2011…

Every day, we see images and read stories about people in deeply distressing situations. As a result, psychological trauma is no longer a hidden or silent epidemic, but trauma – and its long-term impact – remains misunderstood and under-diagnosed.

Burros are braying, roosters are crowing, and rufous hummingbirds are fighting over sugar water in the feeder. This pre-fall weather the last few days has been perfect for sitting with my wife on the back porch till dark and enjoying the sights and sounds of life in Magdalena. But wait, for …

Burros are braying, roosters are crowing, and rufous hummingbirds are fighting over sugar water in the feeder. This pre-fall weather the last few days has been perfect for sitting with my wife on the back porch till dark and enjoying the sights and sounds of life in Magdalena. But wait, for …

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