Village protests school well

The Magdalena Village Board of Trustees approved a letter from Mayor Diego Montoya to the Office of the State Engineer protesting the Magdalena School District's application for an upgraded water well, in a special meeting last Friday.

Vallejos sentencing postponed yet again

Because the sale of Joseph Vallejos' business JM Abstract and Title Co., through which he used to defraud and embezzle funds from clients, is still finalizing, the sentencing in a district court case cannot proceed.

Council talks co-op appraisal

Socorro Mayor Ravi Bhasker said during the Monday city council meeting the city is looking at what it would cost to acquire the Socorro Electric Cooperative (SEC) within the municipal limits.

Pie Town serves up festival Saturday

Courtesy photo: Megan Bartasevich serves up a slice of chocolate pie in a clip from the film “The Pie Lady of Pie Town.”

The Pie Festival. It's the event that has brought fame and visitors — from both across the state and nationwide — to tiny Pie Town, New Mexico, for the last 35 years.

Middleton sworn in as trustee

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain:  Magdalena Village Clerk Stephanie Finch, left, swears in new trustee Lynda Middleton at Monday’s village board meeting.

The Magdalena Village Board of Trustees is back to full strength as of Monday after the board approved Mayor Diego Montoya's choice of Lynda Middleton to fill the fourth seat, which had been vacant since June 23 with the resignation of Barbara Baca.

Murphy named new judge

Murphy

Mercedes Murphy was selected Sept. 6 by Gov. Susana Martinez as the replacement for Judge Edmund Kase in the New Mexico Seventh Judicial District's Division I.

Montoya defends water stance

In the form of an open letter to the Board of Education and superintendent Mike Chambers, Magdalena Mayor Diego Montoya explained his position to the Board of Trustees Monday night for not agreeing to support the school's plan to generate its own water supply.

Tech named one of 10 best

Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: Tech students enjoy a bike ride on campus.

New Mexico Tech has been named one of the top ten best engineering colleges in the nation, according to a USA Today study.

City to take over armory building

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: The City of Socorro hopes to incorporate the old armory building on Highway 60 into the new rodeo facility.

The old armory building which has stood vacant for the last five years has been given a new lease on life, thanks to the efforts of Peter Romero, Rep. Don Tripp and the New Mexico National Guard's Brig. Gen. Andrew Salas.

Authorities arrest three for stabbings

Courtesy photo: Melissa Leyba was stabbed multiple times Aug. 7 in Datil in Catron County.

Two Catron County men and a 17-year-old male juvenile were arrested Aug. 7 in Datil for the alleged stabbings of Eda Farr-Lee and Melissa Leyba, a Catron County Sheriff's press release stated.

Church renovations complete

File photo: Adobe bricks in the church’s wall had turned to mud.

His goal was to have the church ready for its 400th anniversary next month, and with the support and work of parishioners and the donation to $1.1 million from The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, that goal has been met.

HEART OF HOMELESSNESS

Photos by Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: Duane Baker, left, executive director of the nonprofit Puerto Seguro, Inc. that helps homeless and poverty-stricken people in Socorro, picks up excess food Monday for the center with John Brooks Supermart employee Michael Chavez.

It was deep within the untamed foliage near the murky banks of the Rio Grande just within city limits where a few tattered shirts, a coffee mug and some empty cans laid abandoned in a small dirt clearing.

Village, school at odds over water hookup

After a contentious discussion, the Magdalena Village Board of Trustees voted to table a request from Magdalena Schools superintendent Mike Chambers to fulfill an agreement previously made by the board on April 14.

Leyba found not competent for trial

Timmy Leyba, 22, who is accused of multiple assault felonies – including breaking into the Magdelena Marshal's home and beating him – and a series of misdemeanors allegedly committed in March, was recently found not competent to stand trial, his lawyer told El Defensor Chieftain.