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  • Man accused of trying to steal full Smith's cart

    Arturo Houston, 32, recently made his first appearance in Los Alamos Magistrate Court for allegedly trying to shoplift $690.33 worth of items from the Smith’s Marketplace.
    He was caught when a Smith’s employee noticed Houston leaving the store with a shopping cart full of items.
    When the employee asked for a receipt, Houston, who was also with another person his mother said was his girlfriend, left the cart with the items and fled in Houston’s mother’s car.
    According to court records, Houston’s mother was tracked by police through the vehicle’s license plate number.
    She confirmed to police that it was her son driving the car.
    His mother, also from Española, works as a cashier at the Smith’s in White Rock. Houston’s girlfriend, who was only identified in court documents as “Mariah,” is also a suspect.
    As of press time, it was not known if she’s been charged with a crime.
    In court Monday, Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados reminded Houston that the charges carry a maximum penalty and fine of $5,000 and/or 18 months in jail.
    Houston has been charged shoplifting (more than $500, less than $2500).

  • Today in history May 12
  • Today in history May 12
  • Mars rover lecture set for Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Historical Society will host Los Alamos National Laboratory's Nina Lanza, who will deliver a lectue on the Mars rover project Tuesday.

    The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. following the Historical Society's annual meeting. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.

    This year's winners of the state National History Day competition will also be recogniezed.

    The meeting and lecture will be at Fuller Lodge.

  • Today in history May 11
  • Senior Appreciation Night set for May 30

    Senior Appreciation Night is way for graduating seniors to have an alcohol- and drug-free night of celebration. The event will be May 30 and are free to seniors, plus one guest that is age 16-20.
    Parents, businesses and community leaders created SAN in 1984 as an alternative to dangerous graduation celebrations that lead to drinking and driving in the mountains.
    Today, SAN continues to provide safe and fun activities for local graduates.
    The event is produced by Los Alamos County, The Family YMCA, The Youth Activity Center, Kiwanis Club and several other local service groups and businesses. The event is a community-wide, all-night party for graduating seniors.
    This year, activities include a barbecue, Wild West photographs, music, roller skating, a climbing wall, inflatable toys and late night movies, concluding with a 3 a.m. Sunday breakfast.
    Anyone interested can donate, sponsor, contribute or collect for this year’s event.
    Those wishing to donate may make out a check to SAN, in care of the Family YMCA, 1450 Iris St., Los Alamos, N.M. 87544.
    For more information about the night’s activities or to make a donation, call Diana Martinez, 662-3100.

    Here is a list of scheduled events:

  • O’Keeffe home to get work

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio is just the way she left it, from the record player in the living room to the spices in the kitchen and the pebbles the painter collected while on her walks through New Mexico’s high desert.
    Preservation of the historic adobe property has been the charge of Agapita Judy Lopez and her family for three generations. Her grandfather was O’Keeffe’s gardener, her mother cooked and kept house and she and her brother also worked for the artist.
    Lopez, who is now the director of historic properties for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, and her brother, Belarmino Lopez, were honored Friday in Santa Fe with lifetime achievement awards from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
    The awards are a reflection of the state’s efforts to draw more attention to the cultural landscapes that attracted O’Keeffe and countless other artists to New Mexico over the last century.
    From her bedroom window in the village of Abiquiu, O’Keeffe could look down on the cottonwood trees that border the Rio Chama and across to the cliffs that frame the river valley.
    Just down the road are the White Place and Ghost Ranch, which supplied inspiration for many of O’Keeffe’s paintings and sketches.

  • WHO: Liberia is now free of Ebola

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — On the day Mercy Kennedy lost her mother to Ebola, it was hard to imagine a time when Liberia would be free from one of the world’s deadliest viruses. It had swept through the 9-year-old’s neighborhood, killing people house by house.
    Neighbors were so fearful that Mercy, too, might be sick that no one would touch her to comfort her as tears streamed down her face. She had only a tree to lean on as she wept.
    Now seven months later, Liberia on Saturday officially marked the end of the epidemic that claimed more than 4,700 lives here, and Mercy is thriving in the care of a family friend not far from where she used to live.
    Saturday marks 42 days since Liberia’s last Ebola case — the benchmark used to declare the outbreak over because it represents two incubation periods of 21 days for new cases to emerge. The World Health Organization on Saturday called the milestone a “monumental achievement for a country that reported the highest number of deaths in the largest, longest and most complex outbreak since Ebola first emerged in 1976.”
    Some 3,290 children lost parents to the disease, though many have been placed with relatives or in foster care.

  • Today in history May 10
  • Work begins on Trinity Drive Tuesday

    Los Alamos County will begin work on Trinity Drive starting Tuesday.
    Work will be done between 7th Street and Knecht Street to repair an isolated portion of the roadway, officials said.
    Westbound traffic will be able to access DP Road and businesses up to the Meri-Mac Shopping Center entrance. Trinity Drive will be closed immediately east of the shopping center.
    Westbound traffic will be detoured to Central Avenue, then to 15th Street and back onto Trinity.
    Work is scheduled to be completed by May 15.
    For more information, call the Public Works Department at 662-8150.