Compiled by Denise Ortega

DECEMBER 28, 1972

SAN MIGUEL will soon undergo a rather complete restoration with much of the modern conveniences hidden away to keep the charm and historical value intact. Bids are being asked for the restoration work, which will include taking off the old plaster and re-doing it. Also planned is exposing much of the old wood again and refinishing it. New furniture will be made to match the old. Although it is still an active parish, every care will be made to retain the historical value and at the same time make it functional for today’s worshippers. Parts of the original building, which was built in 1598, is used today.

A 50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY will be observed by Mr. and Mrs. B Allen King. The couple will be honored at their home with an open house. Refreshments will be served. Honoring their parents will be a son Richard and his family and the couple’s daughter Ruth. The couple had another son who will not be attending. The King family has lived in Socorro for 23 years. The Kings have nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

DECEMBER 24, 1997

From left, Hope Montoya, Carolina Guitierrez and Monica Marthell.

THREE MAGADALENA VOLLEYBALL players were named to the All-State team when season ending honors were announced for Magdalena and Socorro players.  Making second team All-State were senior Hope Montoya, a defensive specialist, junior setter Carolina Gutierrez, and freshman defensive specialist Monica Marthell. Five of Magdalena’s six starters made the All-District first team and the other was named honorable mention. Four Socorro Volleyball players were named to their All District team. Seniors Rachel Wolberg and Cassie Seagraves received Honorable mention, senior Consuelo Romero was elected to the second team and junior Michelle Jiron made first team.

DECEMBER 27, 1997

POWER OUTAGE. The cold weather was to blame for a nearly five-hour outage early Friday morning. The outage affected the southern portion of the City of Socorro, leaving an estimated 600 customers without power, some of those without heat, from 5 a.m. until almost 10 a.m. The cold caused a conductor to stretch and break on the feed line east of Clarke Field. A bad connection near Spring Street also added to the outage. Most of the south end of Socorro and a part of Chaparral Drive were without power until about 10 a.m. Friday morning.  Five SEC employees worked in the cold to find the problem and correct it.

DECEMBER 22, 2012

Socorro artist Diamond Molina at 16, after winning a poster contest.

ORIGINAL ARTWORK by Socorro High School junior Diamond Molina, 16, was chosen to grace the poster and ticket cover for the 2012 American Association of University Women Christmas tour of Homes earlier this month. For her efforts, home tour coordinator, Kay Krehbiel, on behalf of the Socorro branch of AAUW, presented the student with a check of $50. Molina, daughter of Malinda Apache, said she will use part of her winnings to buy a Christmas gift for her brother.

HOLIDAY GIVING. Individuals, local school children and teachers, and the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center employees have donated enough food and gifts to make 23 New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department families happy this Christmas. CYFD administrative assistant Pat Zamora said that all the people who adopted families for Christmas at Thanksgiving kept them for Christmas. Zamora even had to turn away some people who wanted to donate items. Rana Weaver at Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center organizes a food and toy drive up at the facility west of Tech campus.  These people do not adopt any particular family they just bring in extra food and gifts.

Chieftain Staff Report