Compiled by Denise Ortega

APRIL 3, 1973

Winners of new reels for the limit or the most fish caught in 1973 were Johnny Armijo, Raymond Torres and Roberta Trujillo.

THE ANNUAL FISHING DERBY, sponsored by the Socorro County Outdoor Association, was another big success with the savings bond prizes going to Jimmy Baca, 7, and Kathy Rigby, 3. The savings bonds were donated by the Bank of Socorro and The First State Bank. New reels went to Johnny Armijo (1 to 8 age); Raymond Torres (9 to 13); and Roberta Trujillo (girls 9 to 13), for the most fish caught. Carl Popp acted as master of ceremonies for the day and Jack Durham, president of SCOA, expressed appreciation to all who participated and all individuals and firms who provided labor and prizes for this year’s derby.

APRIL 5, 1973

TWO SOCORRO YOUTHS Larry Olguin and James Green, beat out 450 other students in New Mexico to win first and second place in the state carpentry contest at the annual state convention. Olguin is eligible to go to the national competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The grueling competition included tool identification, framing contests, rafter cutting contest, making a saw-horse competition, blueprint reading and other projects. The testing took more than three hours. Five men (all contractors) provided strict judging for the event.

APRIL 4, 1998

Eric Valencia

SOCORRO HIGH SCHOOL basketball standout, Eric Valencia, has been selected as the Gatorade Circle of Champions New Mexico High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Valencia was selected by a National Advisory Board, made up of sportswriters from across the country. As a state winner, he qualifies for consideration as one of eight regional and one National Boys Basketball Player of the Year awards. The Gatorade Circle of Champions award program, now in its 13th year, honors top high school athletes in 10 sports for athletic and academic excellence.


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APRIL 4, 2013

RABIES HAS MADE an appearance in the county this spring, carried by a fox that bit a dog near Magdalena, the Socorro County Sheriff’s Department reported. Undersheriff Les Torres said the dog was euthanized because it hadn’t received a rabies vaccination. Tissue samples from the fox submitted to the department’s Scientific Laboratory Division tested positive for rabies. The young dog was attacked by the fox at home, according to the DOH release. No people, other pets or livestock are known to have been bitten by the rabid fox. “It’s tragic this pet had not been vaccinated against rabies and had to be euthanized so that children and other family members would not be put at unnecessary risk and exposure to a very dangerous and fatal disease” said Dr. Paul Ettestad, DOH public health veterinarian.

Chieftain Staff Report