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February 10, 1972

CAR ACCIDENT involving a policeman in Socorro. A two-car accident occurred involving a City Police vehicle at the intersection of Spring and Park St. at 8:35 a.m. The other vehicle involved was a white and blue ’68 Camaro, driven by Lester Montoya , 19, an employee of the Rasco department store. The second vehicle, a 1971 Ford City Police, was driven by Constable Gilbert Patterson. Both cars were heading east on Spring St. Neither driver was seriously injured, although Patterson was admitted to Socorro General Hospital.

BASKETBALL LOVERS WANTED. A Socorro Warriors booster group is looking for fans who might be interested in making the trip to Silver City when the Warriors meet the Fighting Colts on February 18. Charley Reynolds, who is spearheading the move, says 46 passengers would be needed to make chartering a bus possible.

PINOCCHIO IS COMING TO TOWN. Disney’s beloved original classic “Pinocchio” will be performed at the Loma Theater. The popular family adventure will have two performances on Friday and Saturday starting at 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The tagline reads, “Watch it now…So you’ll have time to watch it again.”

February 15, 1972

STUDENT OF THE MONTH was announced. The Pilot Club of Socorro has chosen Miss Bette Bieberman as its student of the month for February. She was cast in her physical education class at Socorro High School. Her teacher, Mrs. Georgia Serry, introduced Bette to the Pilot Club when she accepted the award. Miss Bieberman has been recognized as a leader in physical education, having participated in all intramural activities at Socorro High.

WASTE MEETING is set for Thursday. There will be a public meeting on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Mount Carmel school dining hall to discuss critical garbage disposal issues in Socorro. The meeting was called by the Socorro County Advisory Committee. Members of organizations such as the Garden Club, AAUW, Beta Sigma Phi, Ecology Club, Pilot Club and Socorro City Council are expected. Sales ideas and possible recycling options will be discussed.

IN COMPETITION for the teenager Socorro. Annette Gallegos participated in the National Teenager Pageant for girls ages 15-17. The national final will take place on June 17. Miss Gallegos is vice president of the Catholic Youth Conference, sings in the church choir and is active in the Bible study group here in Socorro. She is 15 years old and is active in the Socorro high school choir. His ambition is to go to university while remaining a close member of the community.

February 12, 1997

CUSTOMIZED CAR is ready to roll at Tech. It costs about as much as a Mercedes, and on a good run it can hit 45 miles per hour. This is how the new custom-built car, the Roadrunner, is described. The New Mexico Tech Electric Racing Research Association has custom-built a new, fully solar-powered, aerodynamic vehicle. A sketch of the finished product looks like a cross between a cocoon and a paper airplane, the team explains. The vehicle will compete in the Sunrayce competition on a 1,230 mile long track in Indianapolis.

SWIMMERS BREAK RECORDS. The Socorro High School swim team continued to write its old record books on Saturday at Santa Fe High School. Six individual records were tied or broken in the 10-team event. The biggest improvement was Joe Gonzales as he bettered his record 50 free runs by two seconds, finishing at 33.98.

NEW DIRECTOR at Tech Macey Center. Originally from El Paso, Gabriel Ornelas arrives at his new position from Washington, D.C., where he attended graduate school at George Washington University and worked at RFK Stadium as an events and operations assistant. As director of the Macey Center, Ornelas will be responsible for the basic operations of the facility as well as coordinating requests for use of the facility.

February 16, 1997

SATELLITE LAUNCH enlarges the view of the astronomer. A successful launch of a Japanese satellite means that the VLBA here at Socorro, already a continent-wide telescopic system, with NASA, will become part of an international consortium of space agencies to help create the largest ” astronomical instrument ever built. A radio telescope more than two and a half times the diameter of Earth, which will give astronomers their sharpest view of the universe yet.

PEE WEE basketball champions announced. Coached by Janice Castillo, the six-man Hot Stuff team won the 1997 trophy in the amateur league. The Suns team came in second place.

TUTORING PROGRAM starts at Socorro High. Four students, Andrea Mertz, Lissa Herrera, Nago Lucero and Mike Nelson spend three hours after school Tuesday through Thursday mentoring their classmates in the core curriculum. The program was set up two weeks ago. Deputy headmaster Danny Padilla said the program is intended to help “borderline” students and those who have trouble with a particular subject.

February 11, 2012

FIRST FIRE of the season was off near Bernardo. The first wildfire of the year broke out near Bernardo on Wednesday. The fire, which consumed approximately 40 acres, was brought under control within hours by the Socorro County Fire Department. The fire is believed to be human-caused and is under investigation. The large brush fire was reported at 1:54 p.m. Wednesday, when volunteer firefighters from Abeytas and Veguita were dispatched.

MYSTERY WRITER comes to Socorro. Steven F. Havill is the author of 21 novels set in the American West, in the fictional county of Posadas, NM. He will be a special guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Socorro Public Library. All members of the community are invited.

ORCHESTRA come to Socorro. The hugely popular Glenn Miller Orchestra brings its big band sound to the Macey Center on Tuesday. Along with the event, the New Mexico Tech Performing Arts Series and Tech Club will offer a separate ticketed gourmet dinner at Fidel Center and free ballroom dancing lessons before the show.

February 15, 2012

SHS GRAMMY WINNER Jeff Bhasker continues to shoot higher. He won his second Grammy after co-writing “All of the Lights” with Kanye West. Her first Grammy came while collaborating with Jay-Z on the song “Run This Town.” Son of the mayor of Socorro, Bhasker attended Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving to Los Angeles. He has worked with several other well-known artists, including The Game, Kid Cudi and Leona Lewis.

SCIENCE AT SARRACINO. Sarracino Middle School students placed first in the Science Olympiad competition in Silver City. A crime-style investigation project titled “Crimebusters” won first place in the competition. The project involved aspects of chemistry, criminology and forensic medicine.

Compiled by Greg Byrd