Compiled by Denise Ortega

NOVEMBER 7, 1972

Ray Savage

NEW EDITOR. A veteran newspaperman, Ray Savage, joined the Defensor-Chieftain this week as news editor. Savage, a native of Kansas, had spent the past 14 years as news editor and managing editor of newspapers in Wyoming. He made the move to Socorro as part of a recent trip through this part of the country. “I took a short vacation trip through here a few weeks ago and fell in love with the progressive attitude of the residents as well as the surrounding countryside,” said Savage.

ILLEGAL DEER MEAT. Four men were fined $1,200 plus $40 court costs for illegal possession of deer meat by Magistrate Enid McCargis of Reserve, N.M. The men were apprehended by Game and Fish District officer Dick Barnhart and Catron County Sheriff Vernon McCarty who investigated the case involving the killing of a buck deer out of season near Reserve. The four pleaded guilty and were each assessed a $300 fine and costs by the magistrate. The deer had been divided among them and all were found with portions of the carcass. All were working in the Gila National Forest on a slash-burning project.


RASCO EXPANSION. The expansion of Socorro’s Rasco Store is building to its climatic finish-15,000 square feet- the largest store in central New Mexico. Under the watchful eyes of franchise owner Hal Quinn and his wife, Carmen, work began Sept. 1 to enlarge Rasco by 5,000 square feet. Seamstresses of Socorro will love the expanded yardage space which now features bolt yardage as well as all those other sewing necessities.

NOVEMBER 5, 1997

SOCORRO ARTIST Jo W. Bison will exhibit her work along with other artists statewide in the juried exhibition, the “New Mexico Contemporary” to be held in the juried exhibition, the “New Mexico Contemporary” to be held in the State Fair Fine Arts Gallery from Nov. 7 through Nov. 29. The opening reception is slated for 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. Artists will be able to discuss their work on Sat. Nov. 15.


NOVEMBER 9, 1997

CIRCLE K ROBBERY. Two Albuquerque men being held in a Truth or Consequences jail, could be charged in connection with an armed robbery of the Circle K store in Socorro early Wednesday. The two men were arrested in T or C about two hours after the incident. Socorro Police Chief Johnnie Trujillo said the investigation into the Circle K incident is continuing. The chief said that at about 3 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, a man walked into the Circle K store and “threatened the use of force” but never produced a weapon. Trujillo said the incident was captured on video tape.

NOVEMBER 3, 2012

Veguita resident Leo Mendoza stands with Governor Susana Martinez, with his two daughters, left, Naomi Cordova and Cassandra Gliss; and his New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award.
File photo.

LEO MENDOZA, from Veguita, has earned the love and respect of the youth of Socorro. Mendoza has received the governor’s New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award. This award is for individuals who are recognized civic leaders and private citizens who have contributed to the improvement of public services. He has held two jobs, one as a hairdresser for 16 years before becoming a farmer. Mendoza has also been a board member at the Boys and Girls Ranch for 42 years, and said he has learned a lot from his colleagues.

THE STEERS FINISHED up District 2-1A play with a perfect record on Nov. 1 when they beat To’hajiilee in five sets, 25-16, 23-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-6. The victory runs Magdalena’s league record to 12-0 and its overall record to 16-4. In their last six matches, the Steers have now outscored their opponents a combined 18 sets to 3.