116 Articles in Central News
Socorro Police Report

SHOPLIFTING – Leroy Gallegos, 34, of Socorro, was arrested for two counts each of an outstanding warrant, shoplifting and criminal trespass after an incident at W… Read moreSocorro Police Report

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Jessica Carranza Pino | Editor

Several homes in Socorro County have not been on the tax rolls for 20, 30 years

The total combined taxable values for 2024 reached over three hundred million, Julie Griego, county assessor, announced at the Socorro County meeting last week. Read moreSeveral homes in Socorro County have not been on the tax rolls for 20, 30 years

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Jessica Carranza Pino | Editor

Socorro man sentenced to 273 years in prison

Kenneth Dunklee, 38, of Socorro was sentenced last week to 273 years in prison for sexual crimes against a child and incest. Read moreSocorro man sentenced to 273 years in prison

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Staff Report

Heinrich, Luján, Vasquez Announce Over $71 Million from Infrastructure Law to Replace Nogal Canyon Bridge on I-25 in Socorro County

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representative Gabe Vasquez (D-N.M.) are announcing over $71 million from… Read moreHeinrich, Luján, Vasquez Announce Over $71 Million from Infrastructure Law to Replace Nogal Canyon Bridge on I-25 in Socorro County

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Russell Huffman | Assistant Editor

Eight Socorro cadets take part in Civil Air Patrol Encampment

Eight Socorro County cadets took part in the Civil Air Patrol's annual summer encampment on the campus of New Mexico Tech. The program is designed to give cadets … Read moreEight Socorro cadets take part in Civil Air Patrol Encampment

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE – Chad P Padilla, 32, of Socorro, was arrested on a warrant as well as being charged with a controlled substance after an inc… Read moreSocorro Police Department

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Jessica Carranza Pino | Editor

Eagle Picher superfund site community meeting scheduled

An update on the Eagle Picher Carefree Battery superfund site is scheduled for 6 p.m. on July 18 at Socorro City Hall. The EPA, in cooperation with the New Mexico Environment Department, will update the community on the site’s soil and ground…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Russell Huffman | Assistant Editor

Dinner and a Drive: A couple slices of Pie Town, New Mexico

Silver and gold miner Clyde Norman struck it rich in the mid-1920s, but it wasn't precious metals that put money in his pocket – it was pies made from dried apples.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Jessica Carranza Pino | Editor

Feral, wild and free: horse report released

Herds of feral horses in New Mexico may be in danger and neighbors to the iconic beasts of the southwest are concerned.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Wanda Moeller | Publisher

Commissioners issue $100,000 challenge

The residents of Lincoln County were on the minds of Socorro County Board of Commissioners when it met last week.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Jessica Carranza Pino | Editor

Historic building secured as home of Magdalena Co-op

The historic building that once housed the Salome General store, which supplied ranchers and miners with a variety of goods at the turn of the century in Magdalena, is being brought back to life.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Jessica Carranza Pino | Editor

Drill prepares agencies for possible disaster scenarios

Tabletop drill participants were asked to imagine an emergency scenario in which a train collided with a minivan on Otero and Chaparral Road.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Jessica Carranza Pino | Editor

School board votes to offer interim position to Tucker

Socorro Consolidated School Board voted on June 27 to offer Aubrey Tucker the position of interim superintendent, two days after voting to rescind Ron Hendrix's contract.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Wanda Moeller | Publisher

Bhasker: Court should dismiss PRC fines against SEC

While the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled against Socorro Electric Cooperative (SEC) in its case against the Public Regulations Commission (PRC), Socorro Mayor Ravi Bhasker said he hopes the Supreme Court will drop the fines leveled against th…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Russell Huffman | Assistant Editor

DINNER AND A DRIVE: The Eagle Guest Ranch is the heart of Datil, NM

The historic Eagle Guest Ranch is the heart of Datil, New Mexico, and its owners, Blaine and Jacquie Atwood, are famous for their steaks and home-style hospitality.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Russell Huffman | Assistant Editor

Tony Perille: Silver Creek Saddle Company's self-taught master saddle maker

Master saddle maker and leather craftsman Tony Perille is keeping the West alive one stitch at a time. The Pie Town saddle maker has become a true artist whose creations have a year-long waiting list.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Jessica Carranza Pino | Editor

Hendrix contract rescinded

Socorro School’s superintendent, Ron Hendrix, expressed shock at the notice of his termination on Monday.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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Catron County Sheriff's Blotter

May Sheriff’s Blotter

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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Jail Log

May 22

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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Socorro Police Blotter

Socorro Police Blotter

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Wanda Moeller | Publisher

Power Struggle: Wolberg predicted backlash against SEC in 2018

Ten days ago, the New Mexico Supreme Court rejected Socorro Electric Cooperative’s (SEC) proposed rate increase of $1.2 million proposed in 2018 for five years.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Jessica Carranza Pino | Editor

Catron County’s Mexican wolves come under fire during meeting

Catron County Commissioners invited U.S. Fish and Wildlife, for a discussion last Wednesday on wolf predidation to clarify when it’s legal to kill Mexican wolves, drawing in over 100 locals to the hours long meeting.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Jessica Carranza Pino | Editor

Lotrich takes over county reins July 10

Andrew Lotrich will start his new position as county manager on July 10.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

Puppy dumping is growing concern in Socorro County

Marika Renee Driver was fishing with her kids in San Acacia on June 1 when she thought she heard small barks. “Then my kids started yelling puppies,” Driver said. Her kids found a litter of six puppies that appeared to be part Chihuahua. Next…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

Wolf Predation Removal Discussion

Catron County Commision will have it’s regular meeting at 9 a.m. on June 12 held at the Catron County Fair building at 75 The Lane, Reserve, NM. According to the Catron County release, following the business meeting at 12:30 p.m. there will …

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

KEEPING ACTIVE: Socorro Senior Citizens Center gives cornhole lessons

Visitors to the Socorro Senior Citizen’s Center last week got a chance to learn and play the sport of cornhole as the center works toward establishing new and fun activities for its clients. “We’re trying some new activities to see what you k…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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Socorro seniors learn about playing cornhole

Visitors to the Socorro Senior Citizen's Center last week got a chance to learn and play the sport of cornhole as the center works toward establishing new and fun activities for its clients.

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

Supreme Court rules state regulator can change rates proposed by rural electric cooperatives

SANTA FE – The state Supreme Court ruled today that the state Public Regulation Commission (PRC) has the power to set rates different from those proposed by a rural electric cooperative. In a unanimous opinion, the Court upheld the Commission…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Jessica Carranza Pino | Editor

Mural receives finishing touches

One local business owner believes Socorro has the potential to become a popular tourist destination. The drawing factor? Aliens. With the completion of the mural dedicated to Lonnie Zamora on his California Street storefront, Joe Torres hopes…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

Despite inflation electric utility formation still viable option

Is the formation of an electric utility still viable for the City of Socorro? A recent feasibility study presented to the council last week says it is. However, it will depend heavily on the right financing options, wholesale power supply cos…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

City OKs $11 million in proposed 2025 ICIP projects

Socorro city leaders approved a working document meant to improve the long-range capital planning and budgeting of the city’s infrastructure. Last week, the city approved $11 million in capital improvements to the city in 2025 as part of its …

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

Low voter turnout at primary election

Only 22% of Socorro County’s eligible voters went to the ballot box on Tuesday with 2,006 ballots cast. The local voting rate matched the statewide with 230,436 voters out of the 1,011,360 eligible or 22% voting in New Mexico. In local electi…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

County taps Lotrich as new county manager

With four Socorro County commissioners present, the board voted unanimously to offer the Socorro County manager position to Andrew Lotrich at their meeting last week. Commissioner Glenn Duggins was not in attendance for the vote. “We had some…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

Socorro City Council writes off uncollectable debt

The City of Socorro is owed almost $200,000 in debt it hasn’t managed to collect. Last week, Socorro City Council agreed to charge-off uncollectable utility and ambulance accounts it hasn’t been able to collect for the past four years. A tota…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

RAKS merges with US LBM

RAKS Building Supply, a top provider of building products and manufactured components to professional builders and contractors throughout central New Mexico, including Socorro, announced on Tuesday, it had merged with US LBM, a leading distri…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

Fatality on 1-25, State Police requesting information

The New Mexico State Police is requesting assistance from the public to help identify a white sedan that fled the scene after fatally striking a woman on Interstate 25 at 5:30 a.m. today near Socorro at mile marker 161. According to the State…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

Staff stipends given to school employees

The Socorro School board tackled a packed agenda last week with a presentation of awards, the swearing in of a new board member and approvals on the budget, calendar and staff stipends. Stipends The board unanimously approved a stipend of at …

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

Magdalena community celebrates Memorial Day sprucing up cemetery

Through the efforts of several organizations, the Magdalena Community Cemetery was spruced up, just in time for Memorial Day flag replacements. On Memorial Day, while some were sleeping in on their day off, a small crew of friends and family …

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

Memorial Day reminds us memories come at a cost

Monday at Isidro Baca Park, Socorro residents thanked families who don’t have the memories of their grandparents, family, and friends. They gave thanks to their neighbors who are still in anguish for their lost loved ones. And they gave thank…

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

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by: Valencia County News-Bulletin

PHOTO GALLERY: Memorial Day in Magdalena

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:04PM

Proposed aquatic center presented

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:05PM

Belen to increase water, sewer rates

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:05PM

Primary Election unofficial results

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:05PM

Got Shots? back-to-school clinics

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:05PM

Community DataBank: On the agenda

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:05PM

Community Databank: On the Agenda

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:05PM

Internet service on east side

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:05PM

Preserving historic buildings

Published: Monday, July 22, 2024 12:05PM

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