Two die in San Acacia fire

A New Mexico State Police officer crosses the grounds of a structure fire while communicating to officials Wednesday in San Acacia.

Emergency and firefighting units from three fire departments – Midway, Abeytas and Socorro – responded last Wednesday to a structure fire in San Acacia. The remains of two unidentified individuals…[Read more]

Tripp elected N.M. Speaker of the House

Eddie Moore — Albuquerque Journal: Don Tripp, left, R-Socorro, is sworn in as Speaker of the House by Secretary of State Dianna Duran in Santa Fe on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Although State Rep. Don Tripp, R-Socorro, was expected to be elected as the next New Mexico Speaker of the House, he narrowly edged Rep. Luciano "Lucky Varlea" 37-32 by the House constituents on Tuesday.

Monette Ford closes doors

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Socorro’s only new car dealership called it a day last week.

In business since 1963, Monette Ford closed its showroom and doors last week. The action was necessitated due to the economic climate, according to Danny Monette.

Familiar face in checkout line calls it a day

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Thomas Herron checks out a customer during his last week at Smith’s. He’s retiring after 38 years in the business.

Thomas Herron has proven that one doesn't have to be a politician or business leader to be known and well-liked in the community. He is someone shoppers have seen behind grocery checkout counters in Socorro since 1976 – for the last 13 years at Smith's Food & Drug Center.