Compiled by Denice Ortega

JULY 12, 1973

AND MRS. ANDRES GALLEGOS celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 7. A renewing of the vows was held at 9 a.m. at San Miguel with Father Laurier A. Labreche officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Gallegos were ushered into the church by four of their grandchildren, Dolores Gallegos, Marie Gallegos, Tony Gallegos and John Cardiel Santiago Gallegos, oldest son of the couple and Pauline Garcia, oldest daughter, served as best man and matron of honor at the renewing of the vows. A reception followed the Mass at Mt. Carmel Banquet Room. After the reception, the family had a barbeque at Escondida Lake. Andres and Libradita Gallegos had 17 sons and daughters. They have 47 grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Gallegos have been lifelong residents of Socorro County.

A CARLOAD OF YOUNG GIRLS had a narrow escape after a picnic up on Mt. Baldy. The girls were coming down the side of the mountain when the car brakes overheated and would not hold. The car overturned as the driver was able to guide it to the side of the mountain. The accident occurred Thursday, July 5 at 8:45 p.m. nine- and one-half miles south of U.S. 60 on Water Canyon Road. The driver was cited for failure to have the vehicle under control by State Policeman Andy Benavidez.

JULY 1, 1998

MONDAY’S HIG TEMPERATURE of 108 degrees broke the record of 106 set in 1951, according to data compiled by the San Miguel School weather station. The high in Socorro last Sunday of 107 degrees tied the record set on June 28, 1924. Three-digit temperatures of 105 degrees last Friday and 104 degrees on Saturday night didn’t tie or break any records. According to the Western Regional Climate Center, the highest temperature ever recorded in Socorro was 109 degrees on June 26, 1994. On June 30 of that same year, the high was 105.

JULY 8, 1998

THE SOCORRO POLICE DEPARTMENT is once again up to full force after the city council approved the hiring of three new officers at its regular meeting Monday night. The council’s actions brings the number of patrolmen to 15, which is the total number the department is authorized to have. That number does not include Chief Johnny Trujillo Jr. The council hired Bobby Aragon, Pete Hanley and Danny Hawkes as new patrolmen. Paul Armijo was hired as a dispatcher. The three, plus the dispatcher were hired at the recommendation of Trujillo.

JULY 11, 2013

THE SOCORRO CITY COUNCIL heard the city has plenty of water and is not likely to experience a water crisis like the one in Magdalena. “Socorro right now has a lot of water” said water superintendent Lloyd Martinez. Martinez said the city has three wells: Eagle Picher, Industrial and Evergreen. Evergreen is the newest well, having been drilled five years ago, and the most prolific, pumping 2,400 gallons per minute into the system. Martinez said the city has two springs, Sedillo and Socorro springs, which average about 570 gallons per minute, 24 hours a day every day. He said the springs provide about half the amount of water the city uses in a day; the city uses about 1.4 million gallons of water per day during its heaviest usage periods, which are during the summer.

Chieftain Staff Report