Socorro City Council took a timeout of its city council meeting last week to honor student achievers from Socorro.

The Socorro High School wrestling team was introduced by City Councilor Joel Partridge Jr, who also serves as the Warrior wrestling teams head coach. The wrestling team features both boy and girl wrestlers with participants numbering 115 student athletes.
The wrestling team was re-introduced into the community 7 years ago. Since that time, the boys’ team has had 20 state place winners and 11 state champions.

The girls’ team had its first state champion this year and has had 11 state place winners.

Last year, in April, the wrestling room located in downtown Socorro was destroyed by fire. Partridge hopes the wrestling teams will be able to be back in the rebuilt facility in April.

Photo submitted | El Defensor Chieftain
Lego League winners Rockin’ Red Hot Chili Peppers team, guided by Coach Savannah Morris, was honored by the city council last week.

Also honored during Tuesday night’s meeting was the Lego League winners Rockin’ Red Hot Chili Peppers guided by Coach Savannah Morris.

As the only team from New Mexico, the group was invited to the International Lego League competition this summer in Daytona Beach, Florida, from June 19 to 22. The group is looking to raise $18,000 to attend the event. In the past, the city of Socorro has helped pay for the group’s registration at the event.

In other business, the city council:
• Authorized the submission of an application to the New Mexico Department of Transportation for the local government road fund program, which would help with street and drainage improvements.
• Approved two job descriptions for the Wastewater Treatment Plan in Socorro. They include the chief operators position and a laboratory Technician III position.
• Discussed the possibility of creating a more beautiful entrance to the city’s cemeteries.
• Heard a report from Daun Medaris from the Forget Me Not Center on how it planned to help local veterans since the closure of the DAV. He told the city they plan to work directly with the Veterans Administration in Albuquerque.
• Approved the following business registrations for the following businesses: Bustamante Farms of Polvadera for a retail produce market; RJ’s Chick-Inn, 400 California Street, for a restaurant; and Hair It Iz and Nails too at 106 East Baca Street for a hair and nail salon.