Compiled by Denise Ortega

AUGUST 16, 1973

Sue Lopez

SUE LOPEZ has been recently commissioned a Socorro Police Officer- the first woman in the history of the City Police to have such an assignment. Officer Sue Meyers Lopez is formerly of Grants where she served as a police operator in the area. She took her secondary education in Grants and in Socorro. Sue will be attending Police Rookie School at the next training session in the spring, as required by law of all recruits. She will continue manning the office at State Police headquarters and work the Base Station which only a commissioned officer is allowed to operate. Her becoming a full-fledged police officer was the idea of Mayor Coulson who felt the force should include women-and as the ninth officer, she is determined to live up to the opportunity.


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AUGUST 12, 1998

ON MONDAY THE CITY OF SOCORRO began the first phase in what could be an eight-month process of putting up new street signs and replacing old ones. Jay Santillanes, utilities director for Socorro, said the city is approaching the process in phases to avoid confusion. Workers began hanging 150 street signs on what Santillanes called major artery-streets with the heaviest traffic. Santillanes said the City Council approved $20,000 for the fiscal year to budget for the signs but he said that no more than 200 signs would be ordered at one time. Santillanes said the job requires more than 1,000 signs and it would be too time consuming to order all of them at once. The job is expected to last anywhere between six to eight months.

AUGUST 15, 1998

SOCORRO SHOOTER National Champion Christine McLemore of Socorro and Nathan Tracey of Animas won first place in the Whistler Boy Team Trophy Championship at the National Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio. They were coached by Virginia McLemore. The Whistler Boy Team Trophy Championship consisted of two junior firing members who each shot 40 shots prone, 20 shots standing, 20 shots kneeling at 50 meters and 20 shots prone at 100 meters. There were 44 teams competing from all over the country. This is the first time a New Mexico team has won the championship. Christine McLemore is a senior at Socorro High School and president of the Socorro Junior 4-H Gun Club, also placed sixth in her class in the .22 Rifle Three-Position Championship and was first in her class in the .22 Rifle Prone Championship.

AUGUST 15, 2013

THE SOCORRO FIRE DEPARTMENT and City of Socorro hosted an all-night volleyball tournament Aug. 9 at Sedillo Park to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Stormy weather all around Socorro didn’t hamper spirits or participation on Friday night as mixed teams-men, women, and youth of all ages- came out to play and support MDA. Storms brewed all around through the night and rain fell, some heavy in areas around Sedillo Park. But that didn’t stop tournament goers from sticking it out and playing volleyball all through the night. The tournament lasted until almost 3 a.m. Saturday. Approximately 15 teams signed up. Teams paid $50 each to participate and the event raised about $850.

Chieftain Staff Report