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.

Free income tax preparation to begin

By next week everyone should receive their W-2s and other income documentation, which means it's time to start planning for that great American tradition of filing out income tax forms. That task can be made a little easier this year, thanks to a program at the Socorro Public Library.

MRO part of asteroid deflection project

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Magdalena Ridge Observatory on South Baldy Mountain went operational in October 2006.

Objects from space enter the Earth's atmosphere every day, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a small car. Most enter the atmosphere unnoticed, and some are seen as meteors or shooting stars.

Local entities flood SunZia comment section

The latest step in the SunZia Transmission Line was published last Saturday — and with it, a conglomerate of comments and concerns from local ranchers, White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), Socorro County Board of Commissioners and environmental entities.

Magdalena Municipal School Board Candidates

Editor's note: Positions for Magdalena Municipal School District Board of Education are chosen by candidates and have no political affiliations or district gerrymandering. The candidates' names are as they will appear on the ballot. Election Day is Feb. 3. Polling places are the Magdalena Senior Center and Alamo ANSB Wellness Center and open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day.

SCSD board candidates field audience questions at forum

Eric Heinz - El Defensor Chieftain: Guadalupe Tarango, director of the Dispatch Department, films the proceedings of the Socorro Consolidated School Board forum last Thursday at Socorro City Hall. Early voting is taking place until Friday, and Election Day is Feb. 3.

Through a series of audience-submitted questions last Thursday during a public forum hosted by American Association of University Women Socorro Branch, Socorro Consolidated Schools Board candidates answered questions about what they would do if elected school board and their intimate knowledge of the districts strengths and weaknesses. Candidates were also questioned about their knowledge of state and education law and how they intend to utilize these laws.

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.