Co-op board censures Wagner

On a two to one margin, the Board of Trustees voted to censure District II trustee Charlie Wagner for breach of confidentiality, disloyalty, willful misconduct and working against the best interests of the membership.

Mag continues trustee search

The Magdalena Village Board has been short one trustee since Mayor Diego Montoya announced the resignation of Barbara Baca five weeks ago.

Mayor wants to see co-op quorum

Socorro City Council echoed its position from a month ago in the ongoing effort to sever its franchise agreement with Socorro Electric Cooperative by unanimously approving an additional resolution Monday, citing alleged breaches of "principles" of the co-op's functionality.

THE COWBOY WAY

Photo by John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain:  Brandishing their shootin’ irons and using only their aliases are, from left,  “Saddle Tramp,” “Half-A-Hand Henri,” “Tall Ted,” “The Tascosa Kid,” “Rock Stacker” and “Brushy Bill.” Kneeling is “More-Or-Les.”

Three miles west of Magdalena the old west comes alive for two Saturdays every month when members of the Trail Drivers Cowboy Action Shooting Club get together to practice their skills at a mock-up of a typical western town of the late 1800s.

City may lease excess water

In a time of "severe" and "extreme" drought, according to the National Drought Mitigatino Center, the city of Socorro actually is swimming in its own surplus water rights.

$1 million awarded to parent of child in fatal 2006 accident

It's been almost eight years since Annine Gabaldon lost her son in a car-to-pedestrian accident, but in October she was granted $1 million in combined restitution when a judge ordered the defendants he found responsible for wrongful death and failure to provide aid to do so.

Former county employee files lawsuit

Luke Dienlen, a former Socorro County roads department mechanic, has filed a lawsuit against the department and the Board of County Commissioners that accuses his superiors of retaliating against him after he states working conditions were unsafe and not up to standards.

Quake shakes Socorro, Magdalena

It was felt not only on the third floor of a building at New Mexico Tech but also in Magdalena and Hop Canyon. An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale occurred at 9:52 p.m. Saturday near Duncan, Arizona, 160 miles away.

Hot, dry weather fuels flames

Photo courtesy of Dave Thomas

With extraordinarily dry weather and the eccentricity of Fourth of July week, a few man-made fires occurred recently, according to local fire officials.

ONLR looking into Hawkes

Court documents attached with memos from the Office of Navajo Labor Relations (ONLR) stated it has initiated its own investigations in regard to complaints filed against Alamo Navajo School Board, Inc. Executive Director Michael Hawkes.

Alamo exec acused of abuse

Hotona Secatero, an Alamo Navajo School Board, Inc. business office employee, filed a petition for domestic abuse and motion for temporary protection order May 8 in Alamo Family District Court of the Navajo Nation against the school board's executive director Michael Hawkes.

Bee stings kill pair of horses

Photo courtesy of Marcia Elkins: The mare and her young colt were victims of bee stings last Thursday, June 19, in Lemitar. Socorro County Deputy Ed Sweeney said by the time help arrived nothing could have been done to save the two horses.

Deputies from the Socorro Sheriff's Department were dispatched June 19 to Lemitar on a report of a swarm of bees attacking a horse and its foal. The bee attack resulted in the death of a 10-year-old mare named Show Me The Bunny and her 32-day-old foal.

County gets more PILT funds than expected

As state representatives and local stakeholders lobby to strengthen Payment in Lieu of Taxation (PILT) funding from the federal government, Socorro County recently received about $420,000 more in from the federal government than its officials anticipated at the beginning of the fiscal year.

Gunman robs fast food joint

A man armed with a gun threatened two employees of a Burger King, 1020 California St., before robbing the establishment of $320 on June 11. The suspect has not been apprehended at this time, Socorro Police Department officials said.

Something in the WATER

John Larson - El Defensor Chieftain: Dr. Yongming Tian holds the osmotic pressure module designed and fabricated in the Civil and Environmental Department at New Mexico Tech.

A group of Tech students may be on the verge of developing a technology that could provide an alternative source of electric energy.