January 8, 1974
OVER 600 YOUNGSTERS were at the Plaza to greet Santa, although the air was on the frigid side. Fire Chief Ernest Trujillo believes that on a sunnier day, there might easily have been 1000 children on hand. Sponsoring Santa’s visit and passing out treats was a new venture for the Socorro Hose Company, “but now that we got the hang of it, we’ll make it an annal event and make it bigger and better. We’ll even give them rides on the first truck.” The Fire Chief was very appreciative of the supporters which enabled the company to purchase the treats, and as fast as 1973 went by, the firemen will in no time at all be back at planning for Santa’s big visit to the Plaza again. It is nice to see the historic Socorro Plaza becoming a focal point in the community again.

January 10, 1974
FASHION AND FABRICS BY NORMA is having its Grand Opening on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Norma Sparks, the proprietor, hopes that Socorro seamstresses will come in and see her full stock of knits. Norma herself specializes in the new knit fabrics, both as a counselor in their selection suited to the specialized KWIK SEW knit patterns. Norma conducts sewing classes in Sew-Knit-N-Stretch fabrics. The shop also has a full line of sewing notions and a corner where you can pick up gifts for that new baby in the family. Norma has done dressmaking and made dance costumes at home for many years. She is an accomplished dress designer.


January 6, 1999
ERIC M. VALENCIA, a college freshman at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, was named Distinguished New Cadet in his troop for November. Valencia is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Valencia Jr. of Socorro. Under the school’s traditional new cadet/old cadet system, one cadet from each of the 15 troops in the corps of 980 high school and junior college cadets is chosen each month for the honor of Distinguished New Cadet. The choice is based on demonstrated leadership potential, deportment, athletic ability and performance of military activities, including grooming, bearing and courtesy. The commandant of cadets makes the choice, based upon the recommendation of the cadet chain of command. NMMI is a state-supported, co-education college preparatory high school and university parallel junior college.

IT WAS A DECENT WAY to end the year. Socorro High Lady Warriors junior varsity basketball team finished third in the Moriarity tournament. In the first round the Warriors took St. Pius down with a 10-point win, 46-36.
“We were in foul trouble,” said coach Kim Gremillion. “It was a pretty interesting game.” Renee Marshall had 14 points while Monica Gonzales had nine and Tiffany Grigg had eight.
The Warriors suffered a slim loss in the second round. Thye were defeated by Santa Fe 44-43. The Warriors were down by eight at the half. In the third they outscored Santa Fe 13-2 which put them back into the game but still suffered a one-point loss. Celeste Cano had eight, Jennifer Cardwell and Marshall both had seven. In the final round for third place the Warriors defeated Capitan, 33-26. The coach said the team came out strong in the second half to win the game. Marshall and Grigg each had six points.

January 9, 2014
NEW MEXICO TECH staff members discovered that more than a dozen residence hall rooms were burglarized over the past weekend.
One apartment in Altamirano Hall and 28 rooms in South Hall were broken into, according to police chief Scott Scarborough.
He said the break-ins probably happened between 10:30 p.m. Jan. 4, and 6:30 a.m. Jan. 6. A student resident of Altamirano reported his room had been robbed of a guitar, an amp, a television, two gaming consoles, a jewelry box and books.
Campus police are investigating. Most rooms appear to have been entered by breaking in through the windows, all of which were locked.
The burglar (or burglars) broke into some rooms through shared bathrooms. Many of the rooms that were entered seem to have valuables left behind, Scarborough said.