Thursday, May 6, 2010

EDITORIAL: There Are Many Stories That Hit Too Close To Home

By John Severance, Editor

We spend a lot of time talking about what is going wrong around here. It is refreshing to hear some really good news.
The 515th New Mexico National Guard Combat Batallion returned home from a ten month deployment Wednesday to a hero’s welcome as it passed through Socorro with a police escort and people lining the streets.
The people who served deserve our utmost respect and it’s great to see that everybody made it home safely.
Another story that could have had tragic consequences was the car accident involving the four Socorro High students and instructor, who were heading to Oklahoma City for a Future Farmers of America competition early Tuesday morning.
Thank goodness they escaped with only minor injuries and all are back safely in Socorro.
We all have a lot to be thankful for.

Fighting Cancer

Sunday is Mother’s Day and that’s a tough one for me personally.
I lost my mom 10 years ago to cancer.
I smiled to myself, though, when I found out how well the Socorro’s Relay For Life did in raising money for cancer research.
I made a call to Marj Austin, the publicity director for Socorro’s Relay For Life, and she said $32,000 has been raised and money still is coming in.
Austin, who said the goal was to raise $25,000 for the event, said 19 teams competed and 50 survivors took part, braving the cold and windy elements. And there were 400 luminarias.
“It was just a wonderful event,” she said.
Thanks go out to the Austins (George and Marj) and the other Relay For Life organizers.
And one of these days, I hope, a cure will be found.

Thank You Note

The Mountain Mail recently received this thank you note from Socorro High School:
Thanks to all of the sponsors who donated to the Dave Mathieu Memorial Track Meet.
Hometown Mountain Mail Newspaper, Monette Ford, Diamondback Restaurant, First State Bank, Road Runner Travel Center, Gambles, Sofia’s Restaurant, Dennis Baca, Smith’s Food & Drug, Don & Rosie Tripp, Harold’s Gifts, Rainbow Baking, Councilor Ernest Pargas, New Mexico Tech, Bhasker Medical Clinic, Holiday Inn, Mayor’s Drug Task Force, Best Western.
Coaches, Parents and Athletes

Headed To Court

And finally, there is the Socorro Electric Cooperative.
The attorney says the trustees can keep doing business as usual and the members, who voted to make bylaw changes, want those new resolutions implemented right now.
The impasse was inevitable.
It sure looks like all of this will be decided in a courtroom.

The name of the funeral home in Socorro was changed by owner David Hall to Steadman-Hall Funeral Home in 1990.

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