Compiled by Denise Ortega
OCTOBER 2, 1973
FULLBACK MARTY CHAVEZ was virtually unstoppable Friday night as he rushed for a record-breaking 212 yards in pacing the Warriors to a 21-20 come-from-behind-win over the T or C Tigers. The 188-pound senior averaged 14 yards per carry as he toted the ball 15 times, accounting for two of Socorro’s TDs and the game-winning two-point conversion. The win was the fourth straight for the Warriors against no defeats.
TONY VALENCIA JR. is another hometown boy who found pastures just as green at home as elsewhere-and Socorro is proud to find him part of the Socorro School system. Tony is a graduate of Highlands University and is teaching physical education and social studies in the 9th and 7th grade. He graduated from SHS in 1962 and is a former employee of Dynalectron Corp. Mr. and Mrs. Valencia have two children.
OCTOBER 4, 1973
ROY HICKS was given a standing ovation as he accepted a six-foot trophy at the Awards Banquet Friday in Albuquerque from the State of New Mexico Motor Racing Association. The annual Driving Award is presented to the driver who accumulates the most points during the summer season. Hicks, as a Sprint Car racer, has attracted national recognition. He was a N.M. Rookie of the Year two years ago and has led this season’s competition from the first race, finishing with a 40-point lead. Two weeks ago, he broke the track record for New Mexico at Speedway Park, with 15.91 seconds. Roy’s Sprint Car weighs 1500 pounds and puts out 650 horsepower.
OCTOBER 3, 1998
HEADSTART IS GETTING a late start. The Socorro Headstart hasn’t been able to open its doors literally and figuratively. Inspections by a fire marshal indicated the panic-hardware bars on the door aren’t functioning properly and needed to be replaced along with 11 doors, according to Headstart director Paul Silva. The door problem and other building repairs meant the school was not able to open on time which led to a temporary layoff of 29 employees and left no educational program for nearly 140 children ages 3-5 for nearly a month. Headstart, which was moved to the Old Torres Elementary building, was tentatively scheduled to open Sept. 8 but due to leaks in the roof and cafeteria the opening date was pushed back. The program will receive an inspection on Oct. 12 and Silva said the program will start right back up as soon as the building and program pass the inspection by the state department of Children, Youth and Families.
AARON OCAMPO recently qualified for the American Open lifting competition by entering in the Early Autumn Lift Meet held in Santa Fe. Ocampo won the 105-kilogram division competing against four other contestants. Both men and women competed in the weightlifting meet. The events consisted of two lifts: the snatch and the clean-and-jerk. The total weight from both was combined for the final score. Ocampo lifted a total of 465 pounds which qualified him for the American opens. The snatch is lifting a bar with added weight from the floor and over the head in one complete motion. The clean-and-jerk is lifting the bar from the floor to the shoulders and then over the head.
OCTOBER 3, 2013
FACILITIES CLOSED UNTIL further notice. Temporary barriers bar visitors from entering the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge tour loops, visitor center and trail heads. A closed sign is taped to the door of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management field office in Socorro. According to a local source, federal employees were told to report to their offices Tuesday morning and drop off government cellphones and laptops. They were cautioned not to take any temporary jobs during the furlough because of possible conflict of interest problems. Furloughs mean hardship and inconvenience for everyone. Most, but not all, local federal employees will be furloughed. A BLM ranger will be kept on the payroll to watch over the Socorro field office and public lands in Socorro and Catron counties. Local law enforcement will help monitor BLM land for illegal activities during the government shutdown.