OK, alright, you got me. Don’t say it. Exactly one day after I spouted off last week about no more snow, Magdalena got blanketed with an inch or two, and although it had mostly melted off by the afternoon, it still counts. In my defense, I was using the prognosticators at the Old Farmer’s Al…
Saturday, I ventured to the Fiber Arts Guild's fabric sale. My main reason was to see the beautiful creations done by local artists. Oh….if only I had the time to create my own quilt.
To our good fortune, Socorro is home to three women dedicated to music, the arts and this community - Eileen Comstock, Elise Brower and Ronna Kalish. At no time is this more evident than the holiday season when music and theater provide the backdrop for so many festivities.
Known as the “Princessable” as a fun joke with the students and faculty, Kim Schaffer has been the head of Cottonwood Valley Charter School for six years. Entering her final year before retiring, Ms. Schaffer welcomed El Defensor Chieftain into her office.
It was back to work last week. You guessed it — I didn't win the lottery nor did the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes vehicle make a stop at the Moeller household. Drats!
After the reasonably nice weather we’ve had the past week, I’m not predicting anything ever again, at least about the weather. I’ll leave that up to the Old Farmers of the Almanac fame. They use the tried and true method of tracking sunspots.
Federal, state, tribal and private managers of forests and grasslands face a range of urgent challenges - degraded watersheds, invasive species, and epidemics of insects and disease. Longer fire seasons and the rising size and severity of wildfires are of concern, along with increased risk t…
She's one of the friendliest faces at one of Socorro’s most popular watering holes, El Capitol Bar. Linda Hedgeman has been working behind the bar for more than 16 years. She took time out of her busy evening to speak with El Defensor Chieftain.
El Defensor Chieftain has instituted a new policy regarding letters to the editor about individual candidates. We now consider them political advertising and charge to publish them.
I don’t know how many times I’ve had people tell me that 2019 went by in the blink of an eye. Looking back on the year as a whole and trying to grasp what events were important; the ones that might have changed our lives is not an easy thing to do. One would need 2020 hindsight to put 2019 i…
When it gets cold, I’m not a popular person in the office. Why? I’m the person in the office reminding everyone it's not that cold outside. All I receive back are some grumbling words and mean looks.
Venus is prominent in the early evening sky! At the beginning of the month it will be found about 25 degrees above the southwestern horizon. By the end of the month it will have shot up to 34 degrees above the horizon setting a full 3.5 hours after the Sun. With over 75% of its disk illumina…
For more than a year, Kendra Lopez has been an office manager at the Michael Olguin Insurance Agency. She is the first friendly face one sees when they walk into the office and she greeted El Defensor Chieftain the same way in which she would any customer or client.
As El Defensor Chieftain gets ready to flip 2019 into the history books, it seems likes a good time to acknowledge the people who make our newspaper possible.
Let me tell you about my grandkids, cat, car, vacation, MRI. Yes, that's it, the miracle device that can peek into your corporeal form without the pesky roentgens of an X-ray. It's a test that ranks up there with death and taxes, for sooner or later, each one of us ends up going through that…
By this time last year, a sizable bunch of compassionate Socorroans from various walks of life — faith-based, human rights advocates, educators, healthcare providers and simply concerned humans — were busy collecting and transporting clothing, toiletries and travel snacks down to Las Cruces …
Representing the town of Datil, Stan Towner is the Soil Conservationist for the Team 8 branch of the Natural Resources Conservation Services of New Mexico. The NRCS is part of the United States Department of Agriculture. Towner took time out of an annual meeting at the Socorro Consolidated F…
Here it is the third week of December when the days are getting shorter and the holiday to beat all holidays is next week. But before that happens, there’s a turning point – astronomically speaking.
As 2019 comes to a close, we’d like to thank Kim Gonzales, Carlos Vega and JC Trujillo for devoting their time to support public education and serve on the Socorro Consolidated School Board.
Just a few lines to give a little Christmas Gift to all of my fellow soldiers in the 50 and older battle who are fighting hard in the trenches of "Restless Leg Syndrome" that somehow attacks when we are at our most exhausted and would give anything just to go to sleep.
This community is fortunate to have a lovely natural place to hike, bicycle and ride horses. But shameful people disrespectfully feel it is acceptable to dump their trash there. That is rude and childish to desecrate the area and expect volunteers to clean up the mess.
More than 190 million Americans suffer from chronic diseases. For them, healthcare reform isn't a political football -- it's a matter of life and death.
Recently promoted to the Socorro County Detention Center Administrator, Eddie Garcia has spent years working in law enforcement. He sat down with El Defensor Chieftain to tell his story.
The electric power industry is making a transition from large area grids to distributed networks of smaller generators. Distributed generation in rural areas is more resilient to natural disasters, single generator mechanical failures, and enjoy lower transmission costs.
Before our winter holiday season ends, we should support Rep. Torres-Small and our Senators as they fulfill their sacred duty to impeach our President for his high crimes and misdemeanors.
For more than three years Rhiannon Crespin has been the Executive Director of Finance for the Socorro Consolidated School District. El Defensor Chieftain visited the SCS office for an interview with everyone recommending Mrs. Crespin.
Although we're not in the clutches of old person winter yet, our Thanksgiving Day weather was purely and unadulterated New Mexican. Consider: Four inches of snow on Thursday, which was melted off by sunshine on Friday. Just in time to jaunt down to your favorite store for those Black Friday …
A couple of years ago, one of my good friends, Sister Donna from St. Mary’s of the Visitation, called my office and told me she had a newspaper clipping she wanted to drop by and give to me.
At the young age of 21, Zachery Anaya runs the weight room at Finley gym. He recently became a licensed certified trainer for the gym. El Defensor Chieftain caught up with him as he was helping to put up Christmas decorations on the plaza.
Last week I received an interesting email. It stated, “If you could bring back one toy from your childhood, what would it be? Does it still exist today? And if so, how much would it cost you?”
I ran into a couple from Datil the other day while admiring the extensive Christmas village display set up in the window of C-Bar-D, the auto repair shop on California Street.
As we approach the holiday season, it is a time when many of us honor traditions and celebrate with friends and families. It is also a time to remember the people we have lost this year and support the people in our community who are feeling the tremendous weight of those losses.
Veteran Edmund Olguin is a lifetime member and former Commander of the Disabled American Veterans in Socorro. El Defensor Chieftain met with Olguin at the DAV to ask him more about his experiences before and after service.
OK, I've been a good boy and tried to go paperless in my dealings with business and guv-mint, and I don't know for sure if it has been completely fulfilling. I ask myself, am I a better person? Am I a smarter person? Has it helped me reach my full potential as a human being? As a Magdalenian?
Boy, a lot has happened this past week regarding the Tri-State Generation and Transmission relationship to the four state, 43 co-ops that currently receive electrical, mostly coal fired power from Tri-State.
For three years, 27 year-old Timothy Cordova has been working with Jaramillo’s Plumbing and Heating to help the needs of businesses and private property owners. El Defensor Chieftain visited their office located off of Otero Street to find out more.
Glory be! I spent last weekend just hanging out at home, taking advantage of the November hiatus between all the usual fall events and activities in these here parts. Sort of like taking a breath before things start gearing up again next week with the Festival of the Cranes, followed by Than…
For more than 18 years Annie Anaya has been the head office manager at San Miguel Catholic Church, helping with coordinating a multitude of events and service. Like anyone else in the community, Anaya welcomed El Defensor Chieftain into her office to find out more.