Compiled by Denise Ortega

AUGUST 8, 1972

OUTSTANDING YOUNG MAN. Gary Dale Askins has been named in the 1972 edition of Outstanding Young Men of America. Outstanding Young Men of America is an annual biographical compilation spon­sored by leading men’s civic and service organizations. Criteria for inclusion are ser­vice to others, professional excel­lence, business advancement, charitable activities and civic and professional recognition.

AUGUST 10, 1972

RATTLESNAKE BITE. A family horse named Jack took the brunt of a rattlesnake’s bite so that its follow-up bite on a 12-year old’s leg didn’t receive as strong a venom dosage. The rattler bit the horse twice on the leg and the boy once. The boy and his uncle were at Water Canyon to saw wood and to round up Jack, a Palomino Arabian cross. Jack was located, and the boy was leading him back late in the afternoon when the horse stepped on the snake. The boy was immediately driven to the hospital, where he was treated and given shots. A worker also immediately cut into the horse’s wound and drained out the poison.


  • Beef Short Ribs $.37/lb.
  • Chuck Roast $.75/lb.
  • Pork Chops $ .79/lb.
  • Swiss Steak $.97/lb.

AUGUST 6, 1997

THEFT. Three Tennessee men were being held in the local jail Tuesday on charges of stealing credit cards, lottery tickets and $1,664 worth of cigarettes. The men are charged with attempted fraudulent use of a credit card, tampering with evi­dence, burglary, larceny, theft of credit cards, possession of stolen credit cards, two counts of possession of stolen property and conspiracy. The items were found in the suspects’ car and in their motel room. The credit cards were stolen along with a woman’s purse. It is unknown how they received the lottery tickets. While the lottery tickets were being cashed in at Circle K, one of the suspects went into the storage room and took 64 cartons of cigarettes.

AUGUST 10, 1997

COLLEGE LIFE. Two Socorro students received a preview of college life during New Mexico State University’s Regent’s 1997 Summer Program for High School Scholars, recently held on the university’s main campus. Emma van Moorsel and Andrea Mertz were part of a group of 71 New Mexico and El Paso-area students who participated in the program designed to introduce high school students to the univer­sity experience. The students, invited to NMSU based on their high school grade-point averages and college entrance exam scores, lived in dormitories, took a short course taught by NMSU faculty and participated in extracurricular activities such as a poetry reading and hiking.

AUGUST 4, 2012

140 YEARS. Snake Ranch and Sichler Farms Produce, located in San Antonio, N.M., is celebrating 140 years of farm­ing in the Rio Grande Valley. This year, for the opening of harvest season, not only will there be fresh produce available to buy, but there will also be a variety of chiles. With the celebration, there will be a chile king and tomato queen in both Socorro and Valencia Counties.

AUGUST 8, 2012

FIRE TRAINING. Academy coordinators instruct­ed school district staff members on how to deal with a smoke-filled bus at the academy. A total of 22 district staff members — mostly bus driv­ers with a few substitute bus drivers, monitors and mechan­ics — participated in drills that focused on the safety of the drivers and students in their charge. This is the first time the district has taken part in a drill like this and they hope to do it once or twice a year from now on. In order to simulate a situa­tion in which smoke hampered a driver’s ability to see, acad­emy coordinators filled the bus with water vapor. The vapor is heavier than real smoke and completely blocked people’s vision while in the bus.