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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
During the month of November when we salute our veterans who have served us and active service men and women who still service us. It’s during this time I pause to remember my father, a citizen soldier from World War II.
For over twenty years, Pat Castagnetto has helped run Jim’s Paint & Body Shop with her titular husband. Located off of Highway 60, the family-owned body shop can assist both local customers as well as those passing through.
As you’ll notice in today’s newspaper, El Defensor Chieftain won a few awards at this year’s New Mexico Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest in Albuquerque this past weekend.
Happy All Hallow's Eve! Today's the first day of Dia de Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Dia de Los Muertos has nothing whatsoever to do with movies or TV shows, but an honoring of family members who have passed on.
For 20 years Betty McDaniel has been a deputy clerk for Socorro County. One the first faces welcoming citizens walking into the clerk’s office, El Defensor Chieftain visited the office to find out more about her.
This month we are in for a special rare treat given us by the tiny planet Mercury. It is often difficult to see Mercury as it is usually only visible for short periods of time near the eastern or western horizons in the early mornings or evenings. On Monday November 11, Mercury will appear a…
I decided to swing by the Hamfest Saturday morning out at the Fire Training Academy, where all the ham radio operators get together once a year to check out the latest in the shortwave radio world and swap stories. And to be clear, Hamfest has nothing to do with ham … you know, the kind that…
Events Coordinator Sandi Lucero helps in putting together a variety of programs that showcase and raise money for New Mexico Tech University throughout the year. El Defensor Chieftain visited her crowded advancement office as the school was preparing for the 100th anniversary of the 49ers parade.
For the past couple of months, we've been advertising for folks to bring in photographs and active service members to be honored in our Nov. 7 publication prior to Veterans Day.
It happens every year. Just when I’m really enjoying sleeping with the bedroom window open, things outside change. No, I’m not talking about the imminent zombie apocalypse seen so often this time of year on movies and TV. Rather, the temperature unexpectedly dipping down to freezing.
Since 2005 Robert Eveleth has made his home in Socorro. A well respected miner throughout the Southwestern region and father of three, Eveleth is retired and will be the Grand Marshal of the New Mexico Tech 49ers parade.
Bathsheba Demuth has written "an Environmental History ot the Bering Strait " in Floating Coast. She starts with the story of the whales, much abused till the environmentalists came along, since we used them for their oil and blubber and baleen. Sometimes whales were so smart that they notic…
The three-day celebration of being indigenous and from Alamo kicks off Friday. It’s Indian Days, when the whole reservation turns out. There’s a parade, Indian market, traditional Navajo singing and drumming and dancing, lots of food, arts and crafts, and the Miss Alamo Indian Pageant.
For several weeks now, I’ve been venturing out in the rural areas to watch chile being harvested by local farm laborers. As an old farm girl, I never tire of watching crops being harvested.
Snake Ranch Farm Stores is a popular summer destination for locally grown chile and other produce. Erica Trevino is a sixth generation member and part owner of both the seasonal store as well as the ranch located just off of Interstate 25. Trevino sat down with El Defensor Chieftain to talk …
Summer Ash is a relative newcomer to Socorro. Currently working at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory as the senior STEAM education specialist, Ash welcomed El Defensor Chieftain at their top level patio area to find out more about her.