Coyote carcasses discovered

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Coyote carcasses were found dumped in the Brown Arroyo diversion channel last week. The blocks of wood numbered 61 through 64 are evidence of an organized “coyote calling” contest.

The discovery of four coyote carcasses under the Brown Arroyo diversion channel bridge on Highway 60 at the Socorro city limits is a sight not common in the city or the county.

Village to withdraw school well protest

The Magdalena Village Board voted Monday to direct Mayor Diego Montoya to withdraw the village's protest with the Office of the State Engineer concerning Magdalena Municipal Schools' application to upgrade its existing well to potable water.

Sheriffs seek budget increase for overtime

Socorro County Undersheriff Edmond Sweeney and Sheriff William Armijo gave a 30-minute explanation Tuesday County Commission meeting regarding a lull in the department's budget, specifically to overtime pay distinctions.

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.