Compiled by Denise Ortega

OCTOBER 25, 1982

LEMITAR FIRE. The trailer home of a Lemitar man and his family burned down mid-morning Friday. The family’s home and belongings are a complete loss. The wife and daughter were home at the time but escaped without injury. The wife said she first heard an explosion and saw flames starting in the bedroom where the gas water heater was located. Officials are not yet sure what caused the fire but said a gas leak is suspected.

A MAGDALENA MAN was struck by a car at the corner of California and Winkler streets. Friday evening as he was walking across the intersection. The man was listed in good condition at Socorro General Hospital but was developing a neurological condition and was then transferred to BCMC in Albuquerque. The man was reportedly staggering across the roadway and the driver was unable to stop before he came into view. The driver was not cited.

OCTOBER 21, 1985

RAYMOND SARRACINO, Socorro Consolidated Schools’ superintendent for the past 22 months, will retire effective Dec. 31. Sarracino asked the school board to approve his retirement during a special meeting on Oct. 17. Board members reluctantly agreed to his request. Danny Trujillo made the motion to accept the retirement, saying, “You have served us well.” Trujillo said that he felt one of the superintendent’s big accomplishments was the acquisition of new property and state money to build a new middle school. Sarracino would give no reason for his decision, but did say, “It’s the right time. Everything is stable.”

OCTOBER 24, 1985

MONICA JEAN JARAMILLO of Las Cruces has some proud grandparents and great-grandparents in Socorro. The 14-month-old toddler won first place in the J.C. Penney Baby Beauty contest in Las Cruces. She competed against 20 other children from birth to five years of age for a $25 gift certificate and a J.C. Penney portrait. Her parents are Frank and Kim Jaramillo of Las Cruces. Paternal grandparents are Filimon and Agnes Jaramillo of Socorro. Paternal great-grandparents are Frank C. and Clara Jaramillo, also of Socorro. Monica’s maternal grandparents are Jim and Jean Murphy of Las Cruces.

OCTOBER 20, 1988


WARNING TO CANDIDATES: Placing political signs along state highways can be hazardous to your political advertising. State highway regulations say that political and temporary signs placed in the right-of-way may be removed without the consent of the owner. And that is exactly what is being done in the Socorro area. A pile of political signs of all sizes is growing larger as the campaign progresses. The signs, once removed from the edges of highways, are placed in a pile in the State Highway yard south of town.

SIX SARRACINO Middle School students, members of the Future Homemakers of America and advanced home economics classes, attended the regional meeting and leadership conference in Glorieta on Oct. 4. The six — Delilah Padilla, president; Brenda Gonzales, vice-president; Sandra Chaparro, secretary; June Silva, treasurer; Kim Rex, projects chairman; and Josefina Rosales, reporter — attended workshops on AIDS, teen pregnancy, entrepreneurship and child abuse. They were accompanied by their teacher Sharon Waggoner.