Compiled by Denise Ortega
MARCH 13, 1973
A PICKUP TRUCK ended in a small lake near the flood control dam in West Socorro (on Spring Street) after a man lost control of it on loose gravel and it went down an embankment to the edge of the lake, where it became stuck. In trying to get it out, the man said he attempted to “make a swing around” and it ended in the shallow water. He indicated it looked foolish and he said, “it’s embarrassing.” The pickup truck was retrieved by a wrecker Monday morning.
MAYOR’S BIRTHDAY. Big plans are in the making for a birthday celebration honoring Holm Bursum, Jr. on March 24, is recognition of his 20 years of service as Mayor of Socorro. The city-wide event, planned for the whole community, will take place at the K.C. Hall beginning at 6 p.m. on that day. The party is being organized by a committee of local citizens. A portrait of Mr. Bursum has been commissioned and will be done by artist Marie Taylor. The portrait will hang in a prominent public place.
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MARCH 15, 1973
POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING a rock-throwing incident in which a large plate glass window was broken at the Spring Street Grocery. The rock was apparently thrown by someone who also smashed a meat glass case inside the store. The store owner told police he heard glass breaking and went from the living quarters in the back of the store to the front and discovered the broken glass. He said he had no idea who might have done it.
MARCH 14, 1998
RUGBY WIN. The New Mexico Tech men’s rugby team, the Pygmies, have put a notch in the win column on their rugby tour of Wales, considered by rugby aficionados to be the birthplace of the sport. In a match played under the lights on a rugby field situated on a historic Bethesda battlefield, the Tech Pygmies bested the local 19-select-side team of Northern Wales by a score of 22-19. Earlier in the week, the Pygmies were given a rude awakening after arriving on Welsh shores as they were thrashed by the host Neath Athletic Rugby Football Club, 81 to 3. The Tech team now travels to Pwllheli for another match on their 11- day tour of Wales.
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MARCH 9, 2013
ATHLETIC AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE. On March 7 Dezirae Armijo was recognized by the New Mexico State Senate. The Socorro High School Senior was honored before the Senate for her outstanding achievements, both academic and athletic. Armijo was chosen for the New Mexico School Boards Association Excellence for Student Achievement Award. She is in the National Honor Society, on the Socorro High School Honor Roll with a GPA of 4.3; is a three-time 3-AAA District soccer player of the Year Recipient; a five-time All-State selection, Socorro High School Basketball’s most valuable player; and most decorated female track and field athlete. Armijo scored 80 goals in the 2012 soccer season, breaking the previous record and her 235 total career goals have placed her within the top three of the nation’s All-Time Career Goals list.
MARCH 13, 2013
GOLFING VICTORY. The Socorro Warriors won first place in their first tournament of the year at Desert Lakes Golf Course in Alamogordo. They beat the Deming Wildcats by 12 shots. Seven teams competed in the Tiger Invite with the Socorro Warriors leading the field with a score of 325. The score was also good for the team’s first leg toward the state tournament. The Warriors were led by senior Willie Schaffer, with a score of 77, as he earned his first individual leg toward the state tournament.