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  • Report: Martinez spends big on travel

    SANTA FE (AP) — State records show New Mexico taxpayers have spent more than $27,000 on out-of-state travel expenses for Gov. Susana Martinez, her staff and security during the first three months of the year.
    Some of the trips were for meetings of the Republican Governors Association in February and March. Martinez was elected vice chairman of that group late last year.
    There was also a trip to Fort Hood, Texas, to see New Mexico National Guard soldiers as they departed for the Middle East, and two trips to Chihuahua, Mexico — one for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new highway and the other for a border commission meeting.
    Martinez on Tuesday will be wrapping up a trip of several days with New Mexico Amigos, a private group of business leaders that promotes the state.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Monday that for the first three months of the year, most of the travel costs involved lodging, food and transportation for the state police officers assigned to protect the governor.
    Typically, groups that invite Martinez to out-of-state functions pay for most of her personal traveling costs, but the state pays for staff members and officers who travel with her.

  • Kite Festival kicks off Friday evening

    Visitors of all ages will get a chance to let their imaginations soar at the 18th annual Kite Festival at Overlook Park in White Rock, presented by the Los Alamos Arts Council.
    The festival begins on Friday with a kite flying demonstration and live music.
    Then on Saturday and Sunday, adults can learn how to build their own kites through a workshop while children build and decorate simple kites to fly.
    Music, food, demonstrations and kite flying will take place throughout the event. Kites will also be available for purchase.
    The festival has grown over the past 18 years and includes several pre-festival kite building workshops for children at local schools.
    The event has become a favorite of both kite enthusiasts from across the region — many whom travel to fly their large, intricate, special shaped kites — and for spectators who enjoy taking in the colorful, incredible sight of hundreds of kites soaring through the clear New Mexico skies.
    The Kite Festival also marks the kickoff of Los Alamos County’s annual Summer Concert Series. The San Francisco-based rockers, Eric McFadden Band, will take the stage at Overlook Park Friday.
    The three-day festival is free and open to the public, and has something for visitors of all ages. The event will take place at Spirio Soccer Fields.

  • Road work is pushed back a day

    Los Alamos County announced its work on Trinity Drive has been postponed to Wednesday.
    The work was originally scheduled to start today, but due to equipment availability, the work had to be pushed back a day.
    Starting Wednesday at 9 a.m., the county will close off a portion of Trinity Drive from 7th Street to Knecht Street. All westbound traffic will be diverted to Central Avenue up to 15th Street, then back onto Central.
    Meri-Mac Shopping Center and DP Road will still be accessible through Trinity Drive, but the closure will occur immediately east of the shopping center.
    For more information on the closure, call the county’s Public Works Department at 662-8150.

  • 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.