May 2, 1974

U.S. AIR FORCE Lieutenant Colonel Antonio H. Lucero, son of Mr. and Mrs. Horacio Lucero of San Antonio, has received the Legion of Merit, one of the nation’s highest decorations. Colonel Lucero was awarded the medal at Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, for outstanding service to the United States as chief of the editing, briefing and continuity branch of the 7600th Air Intelligence Group, Air Force Intelligence Service, Pentagon. The colonel is now at Udorn where he serves as commander of the 432nd Reconnaissance Technical Squadron, a unit of the Pacific Air Forces. A 1950 graduate of Socorro High School, he earned a B.S. degree in 1954 from New Mexico State University where he was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

May 7, 1974
TWO SOCORRO STUDENTS will be spending six months to one year abroad under the sponsorship of the International Cultural Exchange. They have been selected for home stay and study programs based on their school and extracurricular records as well as their character and spirit of adventure. They are Cathy Aguilar, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luis Aguilar, who will spend one year in Brazil, and Diane Garcia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Teofilo M. Garcia, who will spend the first semester in Brazil. International Cultural Exchange is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of world peace and brotherhood through the exchange of students.

May 8, 1999
REPRESENTING NEW MEXICO as well as the United States, four triathletes from Socorro competed in the April 17 Puerto Penasco Triathlon, which is the second largest triathlon in Mexico. The Olympic distance race consisted of a 1500-meter swim, 40k bike ride and 10k run. Michael Montoya finished first in his age group and fifth overall at 2 hours, 17 minutes and .08 seconds in the men’s division. Terry Moore finished first in her age group and fifth overall in the women’s division at 2:39.54. Steven Montoya completed the race in 2:31.54 finishing fifth in his age group and 13th overall. E.P. Higgs finished second in the Clydesdale division at 3:31.27. The athletes had to compete during a hot and windy day with the open ocean race bringing up choppy waters. The race started out with 500 triathletes with only 17 quitting due to heat and wind.

May 8, 2014
VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS from both Magdalena and Hop Canyon responded with two trucks apiece to a fire at 702 10th St. in Magdalena. Magdalena Fire Chief Richard Rumpf said that the sizable pile of burning trash and junk kept volunteers busy until about 10 p.m. He said Monday no structures were threatened. The cause of the blaze is unknown, but the junk and garbage may have combusted spontaneously because of the afternoon heat.