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SEC rate increases may begin in January

Socorro Electric Cooperative’s rate increases would go into effect Jan. 1, 2019, if approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation, according to information obtained by El Defensor Chieftain.

EL DEFENSOR CHIEFTAIN - 2018-10-18 12:00:00

Community meeting for the Eagle Picher Carefree Battery Superfund Site

The meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. at Socorro City Hall at 111 School of Mines Road in the Council Chambers.

EL DEFENSOR CHIEFTAIN - 2018-10-19 00:05:00

Road closure under Interstate 25 at Lemitar exit tonight

Motorists may exit, but will not be able to travel on NM Road 408 directly under the bridge that runs east to west because of the construction, a Mountain States Construction spokesperson said.

EL DEFENSOR CHIEFTAIN - 2018-10-18 21:29:00

New Mexico Tech 49ers Schedule

The 49ers Parade is one of the highlights of the weekend. It will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Sedillo Park and make its way to the Socorro Plaza. Parade winners will be announced at the Plaza.Scott Turner | El Defensor Chieftain

EL DEFENSOR CHIEFTAIN - 2018-10-18 14:00:00

Warriors strong on the road to get to 6-1

“I just want to thank the fans who came out to cheer us on,” head coach Damien Ocampo said. “This was a great crowd we had here supporting us. I wasn’t expecting so many people, and I know it helps get the boys fired up.”

EL DEFENSOR CHIEFTAIN - 2018-10-18 23:00:00

Keeping watch ON THE RIDGE

Keeping track of those objects are all a part of a night’s work for astronomers Eileen and Bill Ryan, who operate the 2.4 meter telescope at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory at an altitude of 10,600 feet on top of South Baldy in the Magdalena Mountains.

EL DEFENSOR CHIEFTAIN - 2018-10-18 13:00:00

Mexican wolves found dead in Arizona, New Mexico

This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a Mexican gray wolf leaves cover at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County, N.M. (Jim Clark/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)PHOENIX, N.M. — Arizona wildlife officials say authorities are investigating

KTAR.COM - 2018-10-18 14:15:26

Jarales overpass is still on the table

For decades, trains stopped at the Jarales crossing, blocking north-south traffic, which has been a safety concern.News-Bulletin file photo

NEWS-BULLETIN - 2018-10-18 02:00:00

BPD Chief Scott Conner resigns

BELEN—Belen Police Chief Scott Conner tendered his resignation last Friday, saying he has accepted a job offer in another state.Belen Police Chief Scott ConnerClara Garcia-News-Bulletin photoConner, who was appointed police chief in June 2016, was offered the police chief position in Mountain Home,

NEWS-BULLETIN - 2018-10-18 01:00:00

Belen Police Chief's past of misconduct comes to light on the heels of resignation

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) - Belen's top cop, Scott Conner, has spoken with reporters over the past two years about some of Belen's criminal cases. However, KRQE News 13 has learned he doesn't exactly have a squeaky clean record himself.

KRQE NEWS 13 - 2018-10-17 23:19:47

Fine Art in Fabrics – a rare opportunity

When is a quilt not a quilt? When it is a dazzling creation by Betty Busby, coming to Socorro for a trunk show on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m.


October 18 Morning Rush: Judge to decide if Nathaniel Jouett will be sentenced as juvenile or adult

The fate of the teen who shot up a Clovis library, killing two, is in the hands of a judge. That judge will likely determine if Nathaniel Jouett should be sentenced as a juvenile or as an adult after a plea from the teen's attorney. Seventeen-year-old Jouett pled guilty as an adult to all 30 charges

KRQE NEWS 13 - 2018-10-18 12:53:33

‘I Stand Up’ event this Saturday in Los Lunas

LOS LUNAS—The Global Youth Initiative, “I Stand Up,” to promote young people’s positive self-image and empowerment, is holding an event for Valencia County youth at the Daniel Fernandez Memorial Park on Saturday.The event is sponsored by Valle del Sol of New Mexico, in partnership with the John Maxw

NEWS-BULLETIN - 2018-10-18 02:00:00

Belen unveils its new fire station

The neighborhood in question is Fifth Street and Castillo Avenue in the heart of downtown Belen, and that is how Rhona Baca Espinoza, executive director of the Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce and president of Belen MainStreet Partnership, began the dedication ceremony for the city’s new, state-of-

NEWS-BULLETIN - 2018-10-18 02:00:00

Mosquito capable of carrying Zika virus found in Albuquerque

"In the spring when we come back and mosquitos really pick up again, then we'll start looking again to see if there's been any expansion in where that habitat is and do effective of a control as possible," said Dr. Mark DiMenna.


Belen Police Chief resigns amidst audit findings

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) - In the small town of Belen, people are talking about their police chief, and what was uncovered in the department's annual audit.


49ers open for whole community

The 49ers Parade is one of the highlights of the weekend. It will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Sedillo Park and make its way to the Socorro Plaza. Parade winners will be announced at the Plaza.Scott Turner | El Defensor Chieftain


Herrell has a passion to serve in bid to keep post for GOP

She will face Democratic nominee Xochitl Torres Small, an attorney from Las Cruces, in the general election on Nov 6. Early voting is already underway.


Bugg lights display may become permanent fixture in Belen

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) - For decades, the famous Bugg light display has dazzled visitors around Christmas time.


Students, Public Invited to Tour Valencia Flour Mill

Valencia Flour Mill, 74 Mill Road in Jarales, invites the public to visit its facility on Tuesday, Oct. 16 for tours at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.The tours are part of Manufacturing Day — a national effort to generate interest in 21st-century manufacturing. Tours are free, but preregistrati