Bird virus an isolated incident

Following last week's report from New Mexico Game and Fish regarding a duck that tested positive for avian influenza, local officials said there is almost no risk to humans.

New Tech building set to open in May

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: State geologist L. Greer Price stands in front of the new building named in honor of the late Chuck Headen and wife Jesse, longtime benefactors of New Mexico Tech.

Shade trees, green lawn and a trickling waterfall. The corner of Bullock Boulevard and Leroy Place has an entirely new look thanks to the landscaping work in front of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, the newest addition to the campus of New Mexico Tech.

Senior mobile food pantry to begin

A new mobile pantry to supplement seniors in need of nutritious food is coming next month to Socorro, according to El Camino Real Housing Authority officials.

CYFD looks to overhaul operations

Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Secretary Monique Jacobson has been making rounds to local media outlets in regard to changes and goals to the department.

A few good women — Socorro DAV elects first female officer

Courtesy photo: Valentina Aguilar-Garcia, center, being sworn in on April 14 at the DAV as the first female Jr. Vice Commander of Chapter 24. Also being sworn in are Adjutant Patrick Vallejos, left, and Commander Dave Beatty, right. Not shown, Sr. Vice Commander Jim Needy and Treasurer Paul Drake.

A milestone of sorts was passed at the Socorro DAV on April 14 with the swearing-in of Valentina Aguilar-Garcia, the first woman to hold the position of Junior Vice Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 24. She is also the first woman to be nominated and elected to any position at the Socorro Chapter.

Two arrested in shooting case

Patrick Torres, 24 or 25, was arrested March 24 in connection to felony charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Torres was arrested in conjunction with Koshman Alvarado-Carson, 23 or 24, who was reported to be with Torres at the time of the incident. Alvarado-Carson was arrested for multiple charges of felony assault and battery as well as fleeing a peace officer and possession of meth or another narcotic with the intent to distribute.

Lawsuit won’t delay San Acacia levee construction

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in February by WildEarth Guardians in regard to endangered species in areas where the San Acacia Levee is being constructed will not slow the construction of the project, officials said.

NMSBA names award winners

New Mexico's Boards of Education announced the selection of 78 deserving individuals to receive the New Mexico School Boards Association 2015 Excellence for Student Achievement Award.

Enrollment, tuition on rise at Tech

Along with a projected rise in enrollment for the fall semester, New Mexico Tech also will ask the average student to cough up an extra 5 percent more in tuition and fees.

Bosque duck tests positive for avian flu

A lone bird at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge has tested positive for a highly pathogenic avian influenza strain that affects wild and domestic fowl, but is not known to be harmful to humans, officials announced.

Job fair attracts 106 people

Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: Austin DeHart, who expects to graduate soon from New Mexico Tech with a bachelor’s degree in physics, examines some of the material provided during the Socorro Job Fair Tuesday at Finley Gym.

People seeking work in Socorro County have had help from constituents. Now local officials are looking to partner their efforts with local employers.