Members approve SEC bylaws


The much ballyhooed new set of bylaws for Socorro Electric Cooperative were adopted Saturday at a special members meeting at Finley Gym by a vote of 953-797, a 54- to 46-percent margin.

SCSD board mulls changes

Lengthy changes to the Socorro Consolidated Schools District (SCSD) policies are planned for next year, and district board members voted Monday to dedicate two days to discuss the new guidelines.

Midway celebrates Earth Day

Photos by Eric Heinz — El Defensor Chieftain: Two students listen to instructions from computer science teacher Barbara McLain last Friday during the Earth Day cleanup at Midway Elementary School.

No, it wasn't the Smurfs, but a bunch of tiny people in blue were hard at work last Friday, helping with keeping their community clean and beautiful.

Tech students test rocket at Spaceport

A team of New Mexico Tech students are entering the forefront of research into space transportation, recently conducting a successful rocket test at New Mexico's Spaceport America.

Bird virus an isolated incident

Following last week's report from New Mexico Game and Fish regarding a duck that tested positive for avian influenza, local officials said there is almost no risk to humans.

New Tech building set to open in May

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: State geologist L. Greer Price stands in front of the new building named in honor of the late Chuck Headen and wife Jesse, longtime benefactors of New Mexico Tech.

Shade trees, green lawn and a trickling waterfall. The corner of Bullock Boulevard and Leroy Place has an entirely new look thanks to the landscaping work in front of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, the newest addition to the campus of New Mexico Tech.

Senior mobile food pantry to begin

A new mobile pantry to supplement seniors in need of nutritious food is coming next month to Socorro, according to El Camino Real Housing Authority officials.

CYFD looks to overhaul operations

Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Secretary Monique Jacobson has been making rounds to local media outlets in regard to changes and goals to the department.

A few good women — Socorro DAV elects first female officer

Courtesy photo: Valentina Aguilar-Garcia, center, being sworn in on April 14 at the DAV as the first female Jr. Vice Commander of Chapter 24. Also being sworn in are Adjutant Patrick Vallejos, left, and Commander Dave Beatty, right. Not shown, Sr. Vice Commander Jim Needy and Treasurer Paul Drake.

A milestone of sorts was passed at the Socorro DAV on April 14 with the swearing-in of Valentina Aguilar-Garcia, the first woman to hold the position of Junior Vice Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 24. She is also the first woman to be nominated and elected to any position at the Socorro Chapter.

Two arrested in shooting case

Patrick Torres, 24 or 25, was arrested March 24 in connection to felony charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Torres was arrested in conjunction with Koshman Alvarado-Carson, 23 or 24, who was reported to be with Torres at the time of the incident. Alvarado-Carson was arrested for multiple charges of felony assault and battery as well as fleeing a peace officer and possession of meth or another narcotic with the intent to distribute.

Lawsuit won’t delay San Acacia levee construction

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in February by WildEarth Guardians in regard to endangered species in areas where the San Acacia Levee is being constructed will not slow the construction of the project, officials said.