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  • GOP speech puts NM governor in national spotlight

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez used her debut on the national political stage Wednesday night to offer a message of hope and opportunity, describing how she rose from modest roots in a border community to become the nation's first female Hispanic governor.

    Martinez made a prime-time appearance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., speaking minutes before Paul Ryan accepted the vice presidential nomination.

    She offered her life story as an example of the "promise of America" and emphasized the importance of the presidential election in preserving those opportunities for future generations.

    Martinez made political history with her election in 2010, becoming the first woman elected as governor of New Mexico as well as the nation's first Latina governor.

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  • Curiosity Mars mission could inspire like Apollo

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neil Armstrong inspired millions with his moonwalk. Can a feisty robotic rover exploring Mars do the same for another generation?

    With manned missions beyond the International Space Station on hold, the spotlight has turned on machines.

    The newest, the rover called Curiosity, last week beamed home photographs of its first wheel tracks on the Martian soil since its daredevil landing this month. While it did not rise to Armstrong’s “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” interest was so high in the rover’s “seven minutes of terror” approach to the red planet that NASA’s website crashed.

    “There’s something exciting about reaching another place in the solar system. If you think about the kind of interest the landing of Curiosity had, you get a sense of that,” said Smithsonian Institution space curator Roger Launius. It wasn’t on the same level as Armstrong’s feat, “but it was pretty darn exciting,” he said.

    When Armstrong, then fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, stepped on the moon on July 29, 1969, an estimated 600 million people watched and listened. “Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us,” recalled Buzz Aldrin after Armstrong’s death on Saturday.

  • Update 08-29-12

    No trash pick-up

    Los Alamos County will not pick up trash or recycling Monday in observance of Labor Day. Those who have a normal Monday pick-up should put their materials out Sept. 5.

    W.O.L.F. Talk

    Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation will talk about the Mexican Gray Wolf. This will be a hands-on, interactive presentation, for all ages. Duerr will also share footage from her wolf documentaries. Free. 6:30 p.m.  Thursday.

    FAN Club

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurses will be hosting the August FAN club in the historic Scout lodge, the site of their new hospice and offices at 5:30 p.m. today. 

    Square dancing

     Square Dance Club will host a kick-off party with some basic square dance instruction, dancing and sloppy joes, salad, desserts and refreshments from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Grand opening

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party Headquarters grand opening is slated for noon-4 p.m. Sept. 3 at 140 Central Park Square.

  • Shooter in 1967 N.M. courthouse raid dies

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Juan Valdez, a land grant activist who fired the first shot during a 1967 New Mexico courthouse raid that grabbed international attention and helped spark the Chicano Movement, has died. He was 74.

    Valdez died peacefully Saturday at his Canjilon ranch after recently suffering two heart attacks, his daughter Juanita Montoya said.

    Heir to a northern New Mexico land grant, Valdez was 29 years old when he and a group of land grant advocates, led by Reies Lopez Tijerina, raided a Rio Arriba County courthouse in Tierra Amarilla. Their goal was to attempt a citizens’ arrest of then-District Attorney Alfonso Sanchez over Hispanic land rights issues.

    Valdez had gotten involved with Tijerina’s group, known as Alianza Federal de Mercedes — an organization founded to help Mexican-American heirs to old Spanish land grants reclaim land that was illegally taken by white settlers and the U.S. government.

    “Tijerina impressed me when he and most of the people who had walked from Albuquerque set up a camp and refused to leave,” Valdez told retired layer Mike Scarborough in the book “Trespassers On Our Own Land,” an oral history of the Valdez family.

  • Next Flight Out

    A White Rock patient having a “cardiac incident” was flown to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe on a CareFlight helicopter Tuesday, but not without some difficulty.

    His original helicopter for the flight, seen here in a field in White Rock, could not take off from the landing site due to a safety issue.

    Medics then drove the patient to Los Alamos Medical Center where he was able to receive preliminary treatment. However, the second helicopter that came to get the man had to repeatedly circle LAMC to burn off fuel so the helicopter could accommodate the patient.

    It is not known yet how the patient, described as a man in his 40s, is doing.

  • Dems pick Redondo for county council race

    The Los Alamos County Democratic Party Central Committee unanimously elected Michael Redondo to replace Kenneth Johnson on the Democratic ticket for the Los Alamos County Council race.

    Johnson withdrew from the race Aug. 17, saying that family matters would probably require him to move away from the county before the end of the term if he won election.

    Johnson was the second candidate to withdraw from the race. Steve Girrens was chosen to fill out the Republican ticket when Roger Waterman withdrew July 23, citing business and personal reasons.

    Redondo was the lone candidate to put himself forward to fill the vacancy. He contemplated entering the race before the primaries, but chose not to run so he could pursue a job with the county. Redondo is no longer seeking a staff position, so he decided to throw his hat in the race.

    Los Alamos has been Redondo’s home since he was three years old, something that factors strongly into his decision to run.

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