Protecting the future


It’s the middle of June when fruit of the chile is just beginning to take shape on the plants in Glen Duggins’ fields in Lemitar, and his crew of nine…[Read more]

Deputy earns degree

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain : Four year veteran of the Socorro County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Manuel Monte received his Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and business administration earlier this month.

Among those graduating from college this spring was Socorro County Deputy Sheriff Manual Monte. Monte was awarded a bachelor of science in criminal justice and business administration on June 6…[Read more]

$5.91 million for projects

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: The New Mexico Firefighters Training Academy will replace its burn building with the funding.

At New Mexico Tech, a new data center will mean a more secure computer system for the college. In Socorro, additional work on a project could lure rodeo events and…[Read more]

Chambers stepping down in Magdalena

Mike Chambers, superintendent of Magdalena Schools for the last 10 years, submitted his resignation effective June 30. School Board President Janice Jaramillo said she received the letter of resignation last…[Read more]

Village faces rate hike

The Magdalena village government has no alternative but to raise residential, business and governmental water rates, according to an announcement at a special meeting of the Village Board of Trustees on June 4.

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.