The Socorro Rewind – El Defensor Chieftain

Compiled by Denise Ortega

JULY 4, 1972

FIRST STATE BANK opened 25 years ago on July 1st. More than 100 accounts were opened in the bank’s first two days, indicating that the institution will be even more successful than expected by the most ardent community sponsors. The first Board of Directors is thus constituted. The Socorro Chieftain headlined the event in its July 3, 1947, issue, “Opening of First State Bank Bodes Very Auspiciously”. The newspaper also reports that “…the rush of business which kept the entire bank staff busy throughout the day proved most conclusively that Socorro welcomed this new addition to its business life… “

ALFREDO JOJOLA, a maintenance man at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, recently received a congratulatory letter and monetary award for his suggestion for a sealed feeder used in the rare New Mexico duck program at the refuge. The Sport Fish and Wildlife Bureau Incentive Awards Committee selected Mr. Jojola as the recipient of the awards and thanked him for his invaluable contribution to the mission of the refuge.

JULY 6, 1972

MUNICIPAL POLICE OF SOCORRO installed vehicle radar with a three-month loan from the New Mexico Highway Safety Commission. City police officer Ted Murawski Jr. reports that radar can pick up speeders from half a mile away. The need for such a device was due to motorists breaking speed regulations. The speed limit in town is 25 miles per hour unless posted at 30. Drag races in particular are a target the police hope to eliminate.

JULY 2, 1997

NEW MEXICO STATE POLICE Friday afternoon, 36 pounds of marijuana were transported through Socorro County on I-25. The controlled substance was found in a side panel of a vehicle. The unidentified driver was originally pulled over near the San Antonio exit for speeding. During the stop, a State Police officer noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. No further information has been provided as the investigation is ongoing.

ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP. Three local students were among those who participated in the Business Awareness Week Entre-Camp held at New Mexico State University. They were Lorene Jojola from Socorro High School, Magdalena student Hope Montoya and La Verna Secatero from Alamo School. The camp is designed to introduce high school students to American private enterprise. Students participated in group entrepreneurship, marketing, fundraising, and economics projects under the guidance of faculty from NMSU’s College of Business Administration and Economics.

JUNE 30, 2012

FEEDING FAMILIES. The Midwest New Mexico Community Action Program donates goods to local families in Socorro. CAP is a warehouse that buys goods from the Roadrunner Food Bank in Albuquerque. They also receive donations from Smith’s, Walmart and the Eagle Scouts. The CAP distributes food every Wednesday. Families eligible for assistance receive goods once a month, as well as four boxes of emergency food. Families of five members can receive up to two boxes. In order to qualify to receive goods from the warehouse, families must provide their annual gross income, ID cards for adults, and social security cards for the entire family.

JULY 4, 2012

LEAVE LAW. Dogs living in Socorro will no longer be able to roam freely, and if caught, their owner will have to pay the price. Councilors in Socorro amended the Animal Control Ordinance to enact a leash law and a “pooper-scooper” provision for dog owners. Simply put, anytime an animal is not indoors, it should be behind a fence or wall, in a crate, or on a leash. The other part of the amendment makes failure to properly dispose of animal feces a finable offence. All violations of the ordinance are punishable by a fine of up to $300 and up to 90 days in jail.

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