2015 comes storming in

Eric Heinz - El Defensor Chieftain: Anthony Silva, 14, front, and Joshua Silva, 14, hit a snow ramp together on a sled Saturday on the New Mexico Tech campus.

People stranded by snowfall, slick road conditions and freezing temperatures were all pieces of a whiteout that lasted from last Wednesday through Saturday morning in Socorro County.

Sevilleta refuge to host annual meeting Jan. 18

Photo courtesy of Fish and Wildlife Service: A group of pronghorn gather around “drinkers” of water around the McKenzie Flats of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge north of Socorro. Amigos de la Sevilleta along with the  refuge will host their third annual meeting 1-3 p.m. Jan. 18 at the visitors center.

In a celebration of wildlife and biological education, the members of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge will host their third Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Amigos de la Sevilleta friends organization.

Socorro man accused of armed robbery

Charles Baca, 26, is being evaluated to determine if he is competent to stand trial, after he was accused of and subsequently arrested for holding a man at knifepoint and robbing him of a cell phone Dec. 6 on Bullock Boulevard near Sedillo Park.

Refuge seeks bids from farmers


To be a five-year tenant of the agricultural land at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, producers must ensure an annual supply of 1.5 million pounds of non-genetically-modified-organism (GMO) corn.

Bar counts dollar decorations

John Larson — El Defensor Chieftain: Janice Argabright and Patrick Zamora begin the happy task of removing a year’s worth of bills from the walls of the Owl Bar and Café last week.

For the past 14 years, Rowena Baca and her crew at the Owl Bar and Café have kept up the time-honored practice of bringing down the dollar bills.

Nepotism ordinance amendments passed

Cousins of county officials elected to office, who have worked for Socorro County for at least a year, are now exempt from the supervisory nepotism clause of the personnel policy, after officials voted to amend it Tuesday.

Co-op insurance policy in question

The Socorro Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees has been notified that its insurance company, Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, is reviewing its association with the cooperative – specifically its Directors Officers & Managers Liability and Indemnification policy (DOM) – unless actions are taken to rectify accusations of discrimination by a trustee.

Accident sends one to hospital

Northbound lanes of California Street between Abyeta and Manzanares avenues were closed after two vehicles collided into each other around 10 a.m. last Friday.

Dialysis center planned for Socorro

Representatives with Fresenius Medical Care, an international health care company out of Germany, recently made intentions clear to establish a dialysis treatment center in Socorro.