Compiled by Denise Ortega

MAY 16, 1972

CITY POLICE Officer Ted Tafoya, was struck on the back of the head while attempting to apprehend Anastacio Garza for a traffic violation. Tafoya observed a 1966 Mustang with loud mufflers and proceeded to pursue the vehicle to issue a citation to the driver. After applying the emergency red light on Spring Street at the Arco station, Garza failed to yield until he was directly in front of a residence. Tafoya requested a driver’s license but Garza advised that Lazaro, resident of the address where traffic stop was taking place, would soon be out. Lazaro was holding a .22 cal. Pistol and struck Tafoya behind his head with the revolver.

DARRYLL SAULSBERRY led the Socorro Hurdlers to a fine place in the Highs and Lows. Saulsberry took three firsts in the 120 high hurdles, the 180 low hurdles and the 220-yard dash. Saulsberry took the meet trophy for the best performance at the State meet. All his times were career bests. Overall, the team finished sixth in the state ahead of more than 15 other schools in the state.

MAY 18, 1972


  • Vienna Sausage $.20 a can
  • Oranges   4 lb. bag  $.39
  • Apples  4 lb. bag  $.59
  • Frozen Chile  7 oz. box  $.29 each
  • Rib Steaks  $.98 a pound

MAY 14, 1997

JASON GREENWOOD has been named a United States National Award winner for being on the honor roll. He is a middle school student at Magdalena Schools. The Achievement Academy recognizes less than 10 percent of all American students. Greenwood was nominated for the award by school counselor Barbara Gordon. His name will appear in the United States Achievement Academy yearbook.

MAY 18, 1997

A MAGDALENA WOMAN was taken to the hospital after her vehicle rolled over near Water Canyon Lodge early Friday morning. According to a state police report, Kathleen E. Wells, 72, was driving east on U.S. Highway 60 when she reached over to the passenger’s side to get some water and lost control of the vehicle. Wells was taken to Socorro General Hospital. She was also cited for careless driving.

BABS, A FEMALE ENGLISH BULLDOG who belongs to Bethany Carrillo, competed last weekend in a dog show sponsored by the New Mexico Combined Specialty Association. The event was held at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque. Babs placed fourth in the bulldogs’ sweepstakes and fourth in the bulldog puppy category (9 months to 1 year). Her placing in the latter division earned the dog points toward the championship. Bethany received Babs as a Christmas present last year. Babs marked her first birthday on May 11.

MAY 12, 2012

CHARGES DROPPED in a felony firearms case. A Lemitar man who was accused of six crimes stemming from one incident in January 2010 has been formally cleared of all charges. He had originally been charged in April 2010 with receiving stolen property over $500 but not more than $2,500, receiving stolen firearms less $2,500 in value, conspiracy to commit a third- or fourth-degree felony, one petty misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and bribery or intimidation of a witness. On January 20, the Socorro County District Attorney’s office dismissed the case, stating that the court had found no probable cause or had insufficient evidence to proceed with the charges.

SOCORRO FIRE DEPARTMENT went full bore as part of the staged emergency drill showing accident containment techniques and a Jaws of Life demonstration in order to rescue one of the “victims” in the simulation.  Students heading to school on Monday found themselves confronted with what looked to be a nasty car crash in front of the campus. The scene was filled with police and paramedics and a student who had “died” in the accident. Jessica Perez, a flight paramedic, said the reenactment is part of the Every 15 Minutes program, which works to educate high school students nationwide about the dangers of drinking and driving.