Socorro students protest PARCC

Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: Students protest the PARCC test Monday along California Street in Socorro. It was reported by the school district that 36 students opted out of the test that day.

Some motorists blared their horns, either in opposition or solidarity, Monday along California Street in Socorro to acknowledge a student protest.

Leyba assaults guard, faces more charges

Timmy Leyba, 22, was already facing felony charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and more. Now he will have to face more felony battery charges after fighting a correctional officer and making a futile attempt to escape custody.

NRCS announces wildlife initiative

Private landowners, who farm or ranch in New Mexico, may be eligible to receive technical and financial assistance for implementing conservation practices that benefit wildlife habitat in the state.

VLA finds unexpected ‘storm’ at galaxy’s core

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) found surprisingly energetic activity in what they otherwise considered a "boring" galaxy, and their discovery provides important insight on how supermassive black holes can have a catastrophic effect on the galaxies in which they reside.

Man arrested in Socorro part of large cocaine ring

Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: New Mexico State Police blocked off about a quarter-mile of N.M. Highway 1 Feb. 18 during a tactical team response to a report of a man holding a woman against her will.

Officers arrested Joseph L. Padilla, a.k.a. Joseph Montano, 33, Feb. 17 in Socorro by way of a federal warrant in regard to conspiracy to abet trafficking 18.7 pounds, 8.5 kilograms, of cocaine into New Mexico, according to U.S. District Court documents inspected by El Defensor Chieftain.

Some Socorro parents refuse PARCC test

Across the United States, some parents in states where the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test has been implemented have chosen to remove their child or children from taking the standardized exam.

Renovations good news at Good Sam’s

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Craven Ford, administrator of Good Samaritan Society-Socorro, indicates the wall that will removed for dining room expansion.

The Good Samaritan Society-Socorro, locally known simply as Good Sam's, is planning more renovations to its facility on Highway 60 thanks to a successful fundraiser in December.

Truck ordinance denied amid concerns

What Socorro County administration viewed as a way to recoup damages to roads from major projects was met with backlash from local business owners who use large trucks for business.

Longtime insurance man Hardern retires

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: State Farm agent Hubert Hardern prepares to close down his  agency after almost 50 years.

After almost 50 years of writing thousands of policies from auto to homeowners insurance and taking care of hundreds of claims, State Farm agent Hubert Hardern is retiring.

Blue, Gray to mix it up in Escondida

El Defensor Chieftain file: Blue and Gray re-enactors battle it out for spectators at last year’s Battles for Socorro at the Escondida bridge.

The year was 1862. The mining boom which would bring prosperity to Socorro would not start for another handful of years, but in the early 1860s Socorro was little more than mostly adobe homes and buildings with a population of about a thousand.