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Chief Officer and Lab Technician at the Socorro Wastewater Treatment Plant Cody Polston has been working with the community for more than 15 years. An Air Force veteran of seven years, author, and well known Southwest Ghost Hunter, Polston welcomed El Defensor Chieftain into his office.

Today marks the 110th anniversary of the invention of rubber, synthetic rubber that is, giving the erstwhile rubber tree a much-deserved hiatus. Since then just about anything and everything has been synthesized into synthetics by the syntheticians, from synthetic oil to synthetic vegetables…

Here we are into September already and they’re telling us in the big city media summer is unofficially over the day after Labor Day and the smells of summer are wafting their last. And I’m thinking here of charcoal briquettes.

With the Socorro County Fair finishing up last week, I can’t help but reminisce about my time spent in 4-H, attending the local county fair and the lessons I learned back in Iowa. Growing up around chickens, ducks, geese, hogs, cattle and more, it was a natural progression when you turned th…

Michael Voegerl has been the Director of Student Affairs and International Programs Coordinator at New Mexico Tech University. With students coming in for the fall semester, Voegerl and his staff are in the early stages of providing services that will aide in the success of incoming and retu…

My vote for the bumper sticker of the week: “I’d Rather Be Showin’ Pigs.” Yes, the Socorro County Fair is in full swing this week. A county fair is one of those great American levelers where you’re not judged on who you are, but rather what your pig looks like. Or goat or chicken or lamb or …

I decided to take a few days off last week, and since we’re out of the dog days of summer and into the cat nights of August it seemed like good timing. I have no idea what that’s supposed to mean, but it was a chance for me to get back to the practice of sitting on the back porch, piddling a…

Local 21 year old Bo Gallegos currently works at the Socorro Presbyterian emergency room. A long time poet, Gallegos recently produced a collection of his work titled “Trails of Poems and Blood”. Writing under the artistic title Bear by Blood, Gallegos put together more than 108 poems in sev…

I ran into Juan Gutierrez, my neighbor in Magdalena, at Sophia’s the other day and I was grumbling something about not having enough time in the day. Juan agreed, and we both walked away wondering, “Where has the time gone?” Here we are slipping into August and I haven’t had my fill of July yet.

You can make a good fly trap with some plastic water bottles, apple cider vinegar and some sugar. Cut the tops off the bottles and invert the top into the lower section forming a funnel and tape them together. Put about 2 inches of apple cider vinegar in the bottle with quarter teaspoon of s…

Let’s talk about the weather. I’ll forego the usual “is it hot enough for you?” which I could never figure out the right answer to. I mean, if I was something like a basted turkey leg roasting on a grill or some chicken wings baking in the oven, I could give a suitable answer. Otherwise, I’m…

I was driving my mouse around on the information superhighway last weekend and saw that Saturday, June 29 was the 80th anniversary of the real life superhighway, the interstate highway system. At least that’s when President Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act into law in 1956.

I noticed that the cover story for Newsweek magazine last week was about the ding-a-lings who believe the earth is flat, in that it’s not a globe. They apparently concede that it’s round, however, but why not say it’s flat and square? Or a flat parallelogram? For that matter, why not a cube?…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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, …

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