Compiled by Denise Ortega

JULY 5, 1973

SUMMER CO-OP EMPLOYEES were given employment opportunities by the Socorro Electric Cooperative. Udell Virgil made this statement concerning the fine program: The Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of providing employment opportunities for young people residing in the area we serve, so the Co-Op has instituted a program where high school students between their junior senior years are employed during the summer. Boys work with the crew and girls work in the office. Besides gaining experience, these students earn money for their personal expenses during their senior year in high school. Summer students are Marty Chavez, Daniel Monte, Charles Lesperance, Lucy Chavez, Roy Storey and Roger Ulibarri.

JULY 1, 1998

NEW SENIOR CENTER now offers more services. Seats had to be grabbed quickly as the Northern Socorro County Senior Citizens Center celebrated its grand opening. Taking refuge from a sweltering sun, a large gathering of senior citizens and special guests packed into the dining room after a ribbon-cutting ceremony to enjoy an indoor lunch and friendly company. The new building is attracting more senior citizens and allows the center to offer a variety of activities, including exercise, Bingo, puzzles, quilting and movies. The new center began life as a suggestion from northern Socorro County residents who saw the need for an up-to-date meal site and a place for community gatherings.

JULY 3, 1998

A THUNDERSTORM BLEW into town late Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power and phone lines and dumping almost an inch of precipitation on the parched area within an hour. The storm which apparently caught weather forecasters by surprise, brought with it high winds, heavy rain and driving hail. It gave Socorro County a break from the recent record-breaking heat wave and somewhat eased fire dangers.

JUNE 27, 2013

A FIRE ON THE northeast side of town Monday night burnt about a quarter acre of dry brush.  Socorro Fire Department Chief Joe Gonzales said the grass fire burned about a quarter acre of dry vegetation in the area near Cassady. He said the fire most likely caused by a smoker throwing a cigarette or match on the ground. “We were there for about 40 minutes,” Gonzales said. “We used 1,000 gallons of water, one truck and three personnel.” Gonzales said a resident of the neighborhood reported a car had gone off the road in the area not long before the fire started. He said due to the extremely dry conditions prevailing in this area, the fire could have even started by the car’s exhaust touching on the dry grass. “But more than likely, I’d say a cigarette caused it,” Gonzales said.

JULY 4, 2013

Dayna Guerro

DAYNA GUERRO, 16, of Alamo won the national championship for the Native American High School Girls Division in the sixth annual Jim Thorpe National Native American 5K road race championships, along with the New Mexico-United States of America Track and Field Association 5K road championships. Guerro finished second in the USATF 15-19 age division. Steve Mills, 51 of Alamo brought home second place in the masters division. Mills and Guerro were two of the 111 runners who participated in this year’s road race. This is Guerro’s first national title to add to her collection of state, regional and district titles she has amassed over the past year in high school cross country, track and field, and road racing.

Chieftain Staff Report