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World's largest UFO conference underway in Valley

PHOENIX -- Calling all believers in aliens and unidentified flying objects: The world's largest UFO conference got underway Wednesday in Fountain Hills, Ariz.

The International UFO Congress will feature plenty of speakers, some of whom are former employees of both the U.S. military and NASA.

"For five days, we have speakers that speak on the science of extraterrestrial life to alien abduction," said Alejandro Rojas, a Tempe, Ariz.-based UFO journalist.

Rojas said his field is often mocked.

"A lot of people think that the people interested in this topic are kind of strange," he said, adding that the speakers they have invited are primarily mainstream scientists with interest in the field.

"Not only do we have very credible people talking, we have very credible people that research this field," he said.

In addition to the speakers, the Science Channel is expected to premier several UFO-related shows.

The public is invited to attend lectures, but there is a charge. Rojas said a vendor room would be free to enter about noon on Saturday and Sunday.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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