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New Mexican (Newspaper) - April 16, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years SATURDAY APRIL 16 2005 FIFTY CENTS Time presses on while an era folds at Master Cleaners Photos by Wes New Mexican to By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Friday was the last day they would work together James Salazar handed pay enve lopes to his employees his eyes reddened Moments later the smiling woman behind the counter dropped her head and sniffled into her hand A coworker walked over and the two women embraced Salazars heartbroken voice came from office Its After 45 years of Salazars ownership Master Clean ers 328 Sandoval is closing for good On Friday employees pressed their last garment for customers a white blouse with brown and black stripes then made their way out exchanging hugs and goodbyes The business will remain open during the next week so customers can pick up their clothing Most dont realize the business is closing A state police officer showed up with her uniforms folded over her arm only to learn the shop wont accept any new business Another woman carried in a pile of shirts and said the exact words that have been repeated time and time again for the past week What am I going to do now Its been a week of ebbing emotions for the crew at Master Cleaners Theyve been together so long and became a family I spent more time here than I did at said Olivia Trujillo When Trujillo was hired to work the counter 26 years ago Jimmy Carter was president Salazar gets a hug from employee Nohemi Garcia after handing out final paychecks disco ruled and polyester covered the world She counts the time Carol Burnett dropped off her clothes at the shop among her favorite memories Salazar said he told his employees last year they should begin looking for other jobs But they decided to stay to the end Its been my said Trujillo She will begin looking for her first new job in more than a quartercentury after completing her final day on the job today Along with the other employees Tru jillo has teased Salazar that his decision to close the store will leave her homeless One employee pulled a customers shawl around her Please see MASTER Page A3 Prices then and now The amount James Salazar paid for Masters Cleaners in 1960 The amount he would have paid for the business in 2005 25 cents The amount Salazar charged in 1960 to clean a pair of pants The amount it would cost to clean those same pants now Governor helps plug state talent Despite reluctance from lawmakers Richardson creates Music Commission By STEVE TERRELL The New Mexican Although the Legislature wasnt in tune with Gov Bill Richardsons idea to create a state music com mission Richardson on Friday used an executive order to establish such an agency Richardson also announced Fri day that he had appointed Nancy Larlin a longtime television reporter on KOATTV to be the state Music Commissions execu tive director New Mexico has a rich and treasured musical Rich ardson said in a written statement Diverse and vibrant it is time to recognize the contributions of the thousands of New Mexico musi cians and to work with them to preserve our heritage promote continued creativity and assist the states music indifstry in reaching its full Laflin whose last day at KOAT was Thursday said her first prior ity will be to launch a state music Web site to match musicians in the state with business opportuni Please see TALENT Page A3 Gas dealers also pinched at the pump By BRAD FOSS The Associated Press WASHINGTON It sounds hard to believe but gasoline retailers profit margins are at a 20year low Even more surprising their trou bles are being exacerbated by high pumpprices That has prompted motorists to avoid premiumgrade gasoline and pay more often with credit cards both of which reduce earnings that already were just a few pennies per gallon Coupled with rising competition from WalMart Costco and other discounters these purchasing trends have reinforced the impor tance of an industrywide shift toward bigger facilities that sell more snacks sodas and services that deliver higher profits In a sign of just how critical nonfuel sales have become the independently owned Majestic Car Wash and Chevron gas station in Please see GAS Page A4 Annies Mailbox D5 Local News Bl Business C7 Lotteries B2 Cats Thicks El Opinion A7 Classifieds E2 Religion Comics D3 DS Scoreboard C2 Crossword D5 Sports Cl Horoscope DS Stocks Todays forecast Cloudy scattered showers High 67 low 40 Page B2 Todays obituaries Betty Hoffman 70 Albu querque April 13 Pablo Gonzalez 99 Santa Te April 12 Marie Crider 90 April 12 Audella Roybal 88 Santa Fe April 12 Elizabeth Paris 80 Santa Fe April 11 Hot Hot Hot Despite a snow season that lingered summer is just around the corner Our special section helps parents in Northern New Mexico start thinking about some fun summer activities for their kids Special section inside The Wests Oldest Newspaper Five sections 40 pages TV Book 56 pages Kids Summer 32 pages 156th year Issue No 106 Publication No 596440 A golden lineup for Santa Fe Operas 50th By CRAIG SMITH The New Mexican The Santa Fe debut of famed Swedish mezzosoprano Anne Sofie von Otter the pre miere of an acclaimed Brit ish opera and a gala operatic concert are highlights of the Santa Fe Operas 50th anni versary season next year gen eral director Richard Gaddes announced Thursday Speaking at a news confer ence in the operas Stieren Hall Gaddes said that the company will pay special tribute to late founder John 0 Crosby by mounting Richard Strauss Salome and also pro duce a hardcover 144page halfcentury commemorative book All five 2006 productions will be new from the ground up major undertaking for SFO but quite appropriate for such a major milestone Besides Salome they are Mozarts The Magic Flute with French soprano Natalie Dessay returning for her second SFO season Bizets Carmen starring von Otter and French baritone Laurent Naouri Dessays husband Thomas Ades The Tempest first performed to raves last year in London and Mass enets Cendrillon an operatic version of the Cinderella fairy tale We are very excited that we have yet another super star making her debut in the Gaddes said of von Otter one of todays busiest international singers When she approached us to say that shed like to spend a summer in Santa Fe of course were thrilled about that As the profile of the com pany heightens on the inter national level we find that more and more the really international artists want to Please see Page A5 Wes New Mexican Congressman Tom Udall DSanta Fe left talks to artist Gronk on Friday about his work In progress that will serve as the set for this summers presentation of ;