Record crowd visits Trinity Site for event

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Above, visitors to Trinity Site on White Sands Missile Range congregate around the obelisk marking the spot where history’s first nuclear weapon was tested July 16, 1945.

A windy and overcast day didn't keep thousands from converging on Socorro County last Saturday, when a record 5,534 people attended the Trinity Site Open House, breaking the previous record 5,300 on its 50th anniversary back in 1995.

Chewbacca, Anakin Skywalker set for Tech

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Tech’s Physical Recreation Specialist Annine Gabaldon sits with the familiar image of Chewbacca in her gymnasium office. A visit from Peter Mayhew, the actor under the makeup, is the highlight of Comic Con 2015 on the campus.

New Mexico Tech's annual four-day Spring Fling begins next week, and as part of the stress-relieving activities the Physical Recreation Department is bringing "Star Wars" icons to its Comic Con 2015 on Sunday, April 12 at Fidel Center.

SEC bylaw meeting plans finalized despite objections

The Socorro Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees has finalized plans for the membership-wide meeting with the approval of the agenda for the April 25 in Finley Gym. The purpose of that meeting is to approve the new set of bylaws which were introduced on Jan. 27 at Macey Center.

Letters not for eminent domain

Letters to property owners in the Socorro area in regard to right-of-way negotiations from SunZia on Sept. 10, 2014 and Feb. 19 stated SunZia is currently looking to obtain rights to federal and state lands in order to build a transmission line.

Tech to host science fair Saturday

For the 63rd year, New Mexico Tech will again host the New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair this Saturday. Director Rose Baca said over 800 students from the six state regionals will be converging on the campus Saturday morning.