The New Mexico Department of Transportation will be working with Cutler Repaving on Highway 60 between Magdalena and Socorro. Cutler Repaving will be performing an overlay method in order to preserve the longevity of the roadway. Work will be conducted Monday through Friday between mile marker 117-130 with daily operations from 6:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
A statement from State Engineer Scott Verhines regarding the Magdalena wells:
Persistent drought has raised frustration levels and tension in New Mexico and across the western US in general. Consequently, the tendency is to point fingers and try and find someone to blame when situations like what occurred in Magdalena take place. The office of the State Engineer has seen the potential for this coming for some years (20+) and has been working with the Village in an effort to resolve the situation.
On Tuesday May 4 at about 5 p.m. the Magdalena Marshal’s office was notified that the village well was dry. Immediately an emergency meeting was called by Mayor Sandy Julian with the Board of Trustees in order to correct the situation.
For two Saturdays this spring the City of Socorro has joined forces with the Ark of Socorro and Socorro Animal Haven veterinarians to host vaccination clinics. The City of Socorro will be funding no-cost city dog and cat license tags as well as free one or three year rabies vaccinations. Bring your pet’s records of past rabies vaccinations in order to receive the three year vaccination.
By Jon Spargo
New Mexico Tech Astronomy Club
This month we are offered an amazing trio of planets in the early evening sky. As the month progresses, Jupiter begins sinking toward the western horizon while Venus slowly begins to climb in the western evening sky. Beginning around mid-month, Mercury joins in on the fun as it rises above the western horizon. On the 19th, the three bright planets form a line less than 13 degrees long. Mercury is about 3 degrees above the horizon about a half hour after sunset (you may need binoculars to see it) with Venus about 4 degrees higher and to the left and Jupiter about 9 degrees higher and to the left of Venus.
The Cibola National Forest and Grasslands’ Magdalena Ranger District is planning a prescribed burn. The 80-acre Hop/Paterson Pile burn is expected to start the week of March 11 and will continue until completed, depending on weather and vegetation conditions.