A journey for mental health

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Jake Sansing takes a break at the Magdalena Fire Dept. Saturday afternoon. By Tuesday he had already crossed the Arizona state line on his way to Anchorage, Alaska.

Socorro was a one-night stopover last Friday for another cross-country bicycler, but the destination for Jake Sansing, 27, is not California, but much farther.

Road repairs step closer to funding

Residents of the Texas Streets area in Socorro were vocal at the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) hearing last Thursday, miffed in their point of view that the city has not significantly progressed on specific road and drainage improvements.

Two die in San Acacia fire

A New Mexico State Police officer crosses the grounds of a structure fire while communicating to officials Wednesday in San Acacia.

Emergency and firefighting units from three fire departments – Midway, Abeytas and Socorro – responded last Wednesday to a structure fire in San Acacia. The remains of two unidentified individuals…[Read more]

Tripp elected N.M. Speaker of the House

Eddie Moore — Albuquerque Journal: Don Tripp, left, R-Socorro, is sworn in as Speaker of the House by Secretary of State Dianna Duran in Santa Fe on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Although State Rep. Don Tripp, R-Socorro, was expected to be elected as the next New Mexico Speaker of the House, he narrowly edged Rep. Luciano "Lucky Varlea" 37-32 by the House constituents on Tuesday.

Monette Ford closes doors

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro’s only new car dealership called it a day last week.

In business since 1963, Monette Ford closed its showroom and doors last week. The action was necessitated due to the economic climate, according to Danny Monette.