By Jessica Carranza Pino
El Defensor Chieftain Editor

Socorro County Commissioners will honor former a County Commissioner and Treasurer on Saturday, March 23 declaring it Rowena “Rena” Joyce Baca Day in Socorro County.
Baca was known for her entrepreneurship, hospitality and community service with her years running the Owl Bar and Café.

She and her husband Adolfo successfully ran the Owl Bar and Café, in San Antonio, turning it into more than just a destination for traveling patrons but into a cozy corner of the family dinner table where guests were embraced as family throughout the years.

In 2018, Rowena and Adolfo were honored by the New Mexico Restaurant Association as Restaurateurs of the Year, commending their exceptional embodiment of entrepreneurship, community service, and exceptional hospitality.

In addition to her prominent role in the restaurant industry, Rowena demonstrated a strong commitment to serving her community by holding positions such as Socorro County Commissioner and County Treasurer. Her dedication extended to serving on several state boards, including the Public Safety Board, where she passionately supported our state police officers.

Rowena also represented her party as a voting delegate at numerous state and national conventions. In her work as a public servant, she generously supported our military, veterans, and first responders.