Co-op members to cast vote on proposed bylaws

In approximately five weeks the owner/members of the Socorro Electric Cooperative – that is, everyone who receives an electric bill – will have a chance to make sweeping changes to the governance of the co-op.

Legendary Tech professor dies

Photo courtesy of New Mexico Tech: Robert Cormack was the longest-serving, full-time Tech faculty member.

Robert Cormack – the longest-serving, full-time member of the faculty at New Mexico Tech –Passed away last Saturday, March 14. A professor of psychology at Tech since 1968, Cormack retired recently and was granted emeritus status by the Board of Regents on Friday, the day before he died.

Everyone’s Irish at Sedillo Park this Saturday

Every year, the Irish and Irish-at-heart honor the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, on the day he was said to have died, March 17, 460. The Tourism Department of the City of Socorro maintains that even if one wasn't from Ireland they can still be Irish for one day.

Teacher named Educator of the Year at conference

Courtesy photo: Magdalena teacher Deb Ingersoll was named Educator of the Year at the New Mexico Organic Farming Conference in Albuquerque.

Magdalena Schools teacher Deb Ingersoll was named Educator of the Year at the New Mexico Organic Farming Conference in Albuquerque. She won the award for the greenhouse class she teaches and her efforts in getting fresh vegetables and greens to the school cafeteria.

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.