October 12, 1971

New gas lines will be constructed in Socorro. A special city council meeting on October 1 gave the go ahead to the Economic Development Association. Mayor Bursum, Gilbert Baca and Councilman Vince Cardinalli were in attendance. Mr. Cardinalli stated that this was an EDA project to aid unemployment in the district. The EDA will appropriate $160,000 to the district with Socorro receiving an estimated $40,000.

Dump truck in violation in Socorro. On August 24 the city landfill was surveyed by Roy McKeag, Environmental Manager, and Charles Hendrickson, County Environmentalists. Pictures were taken and items needing correction were reported. Councilman Tony Jaramillo and Landfill Contractor Lawrence Hefner accompanied Hendrickson to the site and all agreed on a means to cut down littering. Construction is currently underway.

October 14, 1971

125 mph car chase took place. At 2:15 a.m officers Murawski, Acevedo and Sedillo were in a patrol car when they attempted to stop a ’69 red Chevrolet Malibu with an Arizona license plate at the corner of Spring Street and Highway 60. More than 15 shots were fired by officer Acevedo in an attempt to end the incident. The vehicle was stopped around two miles North of San Acacia. The assailants, Russel Fromme and Robert Norman Marsh were both taken into custody.

San Miguel parishioners joined a group of 120 fellow parishioners in Albuquerque. The occasion was the “Rosary Rally For Peace.” An estimated 12,000 community members were in attendance. Father Labreche was the leader of the Socorro group attending. The public demonstration was a collective call for peace and hope.

October 9, 1996

Hospital grant for Socorro. The Socorro General Hospital has received $49,977 from the Health Care Financing Administration under the Rural Health Care Transition Grants Program. The funds can be used to upgrade facilities as well as train proper staff.

Circus time for Socorro. Culpepper and Merriweather will be bringing one of America’s finest big top circuses to the Socorro County Fairgrounds. The public is invited to attend the raising of the huge top, a tradition more than 200 years old. The circus has been featured in multiple publications including the Los Angeles Times.

October 13, 1996

Car wreck spurs new group in town. The Socorro Mental Health Foundation will sponsor an event for the community to deal with the many effects that a recent accident involving five deaths, which caused sadness around the community. The group will meet from 6-8 on October 22. It will be lead by Ruby Mendez-Harris.

Golf benefit hopes to raise health awareness for students. The Central New Mexico Culinary Institute, Part of the “Tech Prep” Classes, will be hosting an event at the New Mexico Tech golf course. Restauranteurs and chefs from around the state have been invited. Players are encouraged to pitch in $200 on a selected hole during the fundraiser.

October 8, 2011

Post office expected to close its doors. The Polvadera post office is on a list of 53 post offices expected to be shut down in New Mexico, which is deemed a money-saving measure by state legislation. An informal meeting took place at Midway Elementary in which Post Office Operations Manager Suzy Yarbro broke the news.

Dinner and dance at the Garcia Opera House is what people should expect. The Epiphany Episcopal Church is gearing up to present the community with a night of music, dinner and fun. Syd Masters, along with his co-stars Uncle Bob and Slim J as the Swing Riders arrive in Socorro. The group boasts six CDs and a reputation for “keeping folks dancing, laughing and singing along.”