Compiled by Denise Ortega

JUNE 6, 1972

BONNIE NEWSON is a Rodeo queen candidate. She is 16 years old and a senior at Socorro High. Pat Haley has been working with Bonnie in preparation for the Rodeo Queen Contest. Bonnie will be riding Princess Bright, a 5-year-old A.Q.H.A. registered mare out of Mr. Bright and Windy Miss. Bonnie has been training for the horsemanship portion of the contest. Bonnie loves animals and would like to work as a veterinarian’s assistant after she graduates.

GRADUATION EXERCISES for the Head Start program were held at the Edward E. Torres Cafeteria and approximately 300 people attended. The program was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Peter A. Gonzales introduced all the staff. Guest speaker, Roberta M. Drissler, spoke on child development. The three classes performed songs, dances and skits. Mr. Gonzales presented the certificates to the children completing one year of Head Start. The graduates then received their diplomas. The program ended with the staff presenting Mr. Gonzales a plaque of appreciation for an outstanding job.


  • Ladies Denim Pantsuits were $12.00 NOW $6.00
  • Knit Pantsuits were $15.00 NOW $10.00
  • All Knit Capris Reduced $2.00
  • All Ladies Blouses Reduced $1.00

JUNE 8, 1972


Walt Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” tonight thru Saturday Night. 7:40 & 9:40 p.m.

JUNE 4, 1997

A MAN WAS KILLED by a southbound freight train early Tuesday morning in Socorro. The incident happened 1,500 feet north of Otero Street. The train engineer told police that he saw a man lying on the tracks; the man tried to get out of the way but couldn’t in time. The train was traveling approximately 19 miles per hour.

KANIKA CHAWLA of Socorro has been awarded the University of New Mexico Regents’ Scholars Program Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship awarded at UNM. Chawla was one of three valedictorians for the Socorro High School Class of 1997. The Regents’ Scholarship is valued at $7,523.80 and covers tuition, books and room and board.  Regents’ scholars at UNM will be admitted to the General Honors Program and receive special advising. They also represent UNM at various community and university functions.

JUNE 8, 1997

A FORMER MAGDALENA mayor has been charged with embezzlement. The mayor is accused of taking money from the Kid’s Rodeo Association of Magdalena, according to the complaint filed by the District Attorney’s office.  Filed June 2 in Magistrate Court, the complaint charged the mayor with eight counts of embezzlement and one count of embezzlement, or in the alternative, fraud. Some of the charges are felonies; others are misdemeanors, depending on the amount of money allegedly taken. According to the complaint, around $2,353.14 was taken on nine different dates, starting in June 1992 and ending in December 1993.

JUNE 2, 2012

A FIRE DAMAGED most of the upper portion of a building on the 200 block of Fisher Avenue near Socorro’s Historic Plaza on the evening of Tuesday, May 29, in Socorro. The building at 207 Fisher Ave. housed the Bookkeeping and Tax Service office owned and operated by Wendi Otero. The fire knocked out windows, charred the entire second story and caved in the roof. No one was injured. Chief Joe Gonzales of the Socorro Fire Department said the blaze was likely started due to electrical issues. Gonzales said some personal items belonging to the building’s owners were reportedly lost and the fire probably caused as much as $120,000 worth of damage to the building.

JUNE 6, 2012

A PROPANE EXPLOSION destroyed a home in Veguita leaving a family of four without a home. The explosion occurred on June 1, and the cause is still under investigation. The owner of the home filled his propane tank at the Old Mill in Los Chavez. The tank was apparently filled two pounds over the level it was supposed to be and overflowed onto the water heater, which ignited and sparked the explosion.

RENEE GALLEGOS earned the title of Ms. Fitness New Mexico 2012, prevailing over seven other competitors. Gallegos had to dance, tumble, move, be flexible and prove herself through various combinations of several other areas. Gallegos trains, teaches and demonstrates determination and discipline to all age groups through various activities and rigorous workouts. She also teaches endurance and encourages everyone they have what it takes to be in their best shape.