One man’s cigar box is a student’s guitar

Courtesy photo: Cottonwood Valley Charter School cigar-box guitar musicians show off their instruments last winter. They are: front row, from left, James Woods, Jeremiah Avery and Deondrah Silva; middle from left, Lici Petrie, Jared Padilla, Beth Crowder, Faith Meza, Selin Childs, Colten Lewis, Skyler Bunning and Radeen Moradi; and top, from left, Javi Acosta, Hannah Samuels, Dan Klinglesmith, Wyatt Kurtnaker, Ricky Cuevas, Mary Ruff and Jim Ruff. Not pictured is Ayden Lewis.

Take 16 cigar boxes, 48 guitar strings, some sassafras, plus poplar and pine wood. Add in tools, tape measures, a unique cadre of volunteers, 16 sixth-graders, one enthusiastic teacher and what do you get? You get an amazing collection of student-built guitars in Beth Crowder's music class at Cottonwood Valley Charter School.

Lottery scholarships pay for more than expected next fall

The amount of assistance for New Mexico's lottery scholarships will be larger than expected, thanks to lower student enrollment, but it won't cover 100 percent of tuition costs next year, according to an announcement from the New Mexico Higher Education Department.

History on the hoof: Fair shows Churro sheep

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Jennifer and Brian Myers show off their Navajo-Churro sheep at El Camino Real Historic Trail Site’s Fiber Fair on Saturday. The historic breed was twice almost eliminated, and the Myers are among those working to preserve it.

Along with the weavers and fiber artisans demonstrating their skills last weekend at El Camino Real Historic Trail Site's Fiber Fair was a small flock of the wool-bearers themselves, Navajo-Churro sheep.

Raising shrimp here? Actually, yes

Robyn Harrison — For El Defensor Chieftain  The Shrimp Farm owner Judy Armendariz shows Midway Elementary School Renaissance students and their chaperons one of the white Pacific shrimp she’s raising in Lemitar.

Can you raise saltwater shrimp in the desert? Yes, you can, and the students of Midway Elementary's Renaissance program were the first to tour the local facility doing just that.

Quorum fails to meet for SEC

In a repeat of last year, Socorro Electric Cooperative members failed to show up in numbers that met quorum requirements last Saturday at Macey Center for the annual membership meeting.

Memorial Day events set

Ceremonies will be held at both the San Miguel and Socorro City cemeteries Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.