Radar used to uncover city’s beginnings

Photo courtesy of Brenda Wilkinson: A bystander, left, watches as archaeologists Tiffany Osborn and Michael Bletzer look at preliminary data from the ground penetrating radar device on the south side of San Miguel Church.

In the continuing search for evidence of Socorro's origin, Jornada Research Institute (JRI) conducted additional research in November to find traces of the Piro Pueblo of Pilabó, which lies underneath modern Socorro near San Miguel Church.

Friends, family remember matriarch Earle Bursum

Earle Bursum

Earle Powell Bursum was 80 when she passed away in Socorro Nov. 9, and in those years she managed to raise four children, spearhead the establishment of El Camino Real Historic Trail Site and supported many civic groups and organizations, all the while maintaining an 8 top 9 handicap on the golf course.

Blood ties lead to nepotism discussion

Neither Sheriff-elect William Armijo or his deputy first-cousin, Lee, knew that a Socorro County ordinance stated direct relatives could not work in supervisor-subordinate roles, the two men said at the Tuesday commission meeting.

MRGCD names new chief engineer

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, Derrick J. Lente, announced Monday the board selection of Mike A. Hamman as its chief engineer and CEO following the retirement of Subhas Shah.

Commission rules on wolf reintroduction

The New Mexico Game Commission ruled at its monthly meeting last week that it will no longer automatically issue permits to allow private landowners to hold carnivores in captivity for the purpose of reintroducing them into the wild.

Coalition targets drug prevention measures

To continue receiving grant funding, the Socorro County Prevention Coalition (SCPC) is required by New Mexico's Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) to select eight "intervening variables" or objectives for the next fiscal year as part of its strategic plan.

Resolution aims to dissolve SEC


A disgruntled district III constituency put pressure on the Socorro Electric Cooperative (SEC) at its annual meeting with the approval of a resolution threatening to do away with the current establishment.