City clerks name Salome as best in N.M.


Socorro City Clerk George Patrick Salome Jr. received the Clerk of the Year award from the New Mexico Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association at its recent meeting in Clovis.

Fire kills one man

One man died after suffering injuries from his camper trailer catching fire sometime before 9:30 p.m. Sunday on the corner of McCutcheon and Center streets, family members and Socorro Police Department confirmed Monday.

County firefighters to get stipends

During a special meeting May 5, Socorro County Commission voted to approve the county's volunteer fire department stipends for calls to which firefighters respond and training they attend.

Mayor, council declare ultimatum for co-op

Socorro Mayor Ravi Bhasker and Socorro City Council have vocalized an end game to the relentless feud among the municipality, Socorro Electric Cooperative, Inc. board of trustees and divisive stakeholders who live within city limits.

Tech senior commits suicide

A New Mexico Tech student committed suicide Friday night and subsequently died of his self-inflicted injuries early Saturday morning, according to law enforcement.

Civil Air Patrol selects new commander

Eric Heinz - El Defensor Chieftain: Col. Mark Smith, right,  presents a certificate of appointment to Maj. Dennis Hunter, who takes over as Civil Air Patrol  squadron  commander.

As the chapter of Lt. Col. David Finley's command of the Socorro division of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) came to an end last Thursday, Maj. Dennis Hunter took the reins of the squadron that could.