One dead in rollover car crash

New Mexico State Police reported about 4 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, just north of Socorro one person was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident, and one person was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital.

Kirtland special ops training in county continues

John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain: CV-22 Osprey crew chief readies for landing at Kirtland AFB. The rear ramp door is always open during flight.

Its primary mission is to rescue soldiers and downed pilots in hostile combat areas, and the 58th Special Operations Wing operating out of Kirtland AFB continues to use the rough terrain of Cibola National Forest in Socorro County to train its combat personnel.

Coyote carcasses discovered

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Coyote carcasses were found dumped in the Brown Arroyo diversion channel last week. The blocks of wood numbered 61 through 64 are evidence of an organized “coyote calling” contest.

The discovery of four coyote carcasses under the Brown Arroyo diversion channel bridge on Highway 60 at the Socorro city limits is a sight not common in the city or the county.

Village to withdraw school well protest

The Magdalena Village Board voted Monday to direct Mayor Diego Montoya to withdraw the village's protest with the Office of the State Engineer concerning Magdalena Municipal Schools' application to upgrade its existing well to potable water.

Sheriffs seek budget increase for overtime

Socorro County Undersheriff Edmond Sweeney and Sheriff William Armijo gave a 30-minute explanation Tuesday County Commission meeting regarding a lull in the department's budget, specifically to overtime pay distinctions.

Co-op hears recommended bylaw changes

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: The Co-op Board of Trustees looked at bylaw changes during meetings last week at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center.

After nine years of contention, polarization and distrust, members of Socorro Electric Cooperative will have an opportunity to, in effect, wipe the slate clean and start all over again.

State Land Commissioner slows SunZia

Following the federal approval of the SunZia Transmission Line, which is planned to be constructed through Socorro County, State Lands Commissioner Aubrey Dunn initiated a 60-day right-of-entry delay on the construction.