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  • Local Briefs 4-2-15

    Living Treasures to be honored

    The induction ceremony for the Living Treasures of Los Alamos is scheduled for April 12.
    The event, which will honor Loring Cox, Joyce A. Eyster and C. Robert Emigh, will be at 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    The Living Treasures program acknowledges the contributions of longtime residents for their service to the community.
    For information about the ceremony, call 662-8920.

    Warranty work is set for
    Monday, Tuesday

    Work in Western Area is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, according to Los Alamos County’s Public Works department.
    Work on those days will affect 41st, 42nd, 43rd and 45th Streets. It is scheduled from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. It is being done as part of a warranty.
    Residents in the area are asked to use caution during the day. Motorists are asked to obey all signage and other traffic control devices.
    For more information, contact Public Works at 662-8150 or send email to lacpw@lacnm.us.

    Dive-In Movie is April 17

  • Update 4-2-15

    Family Strengths

    The Family Strengths Network will host a presentation, “Becoming a Loving and Logical Parent,” at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The meeting will be at the FSN office at the Pueblo Complex. Registration can be done at lafsn.org.

    Chess and cards

    Los Alamos Middle School would welcome the donations of chess sets and playing cards. Donations can be left at the main office and questions are welcome at 663-3252.

    Rotary meeting

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos will meet at noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project. The guest speaker will be Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, who will speak about the 2015 legislative session.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committe will have its next meeting Tuesday. The meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. at the municipal building.

    School board

    The Los Alamos School Board will have its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 14. The meeting will be at the LAPS administration board room.


    Bradbury Science Museum will take part in the nationwide NanoDays event that starts Friday. The event focuses on nanotechnology, which is technology built the size of atomic or subatomic particles. Both presentations and hands-on demonstrations are planned at the Bradbury. NanoDays events run through April 12.

  • Service has been hallmark of new Living Treasure Emigh

    Robert Emigh is a rare person in today’s Los Alamos — he was here during World War II.
    Born April 7, 1920, in Seattle, Washington, Emigh was a young Navy Ensign involved in a special Harvard/MIT electronic and radar program — and engaged to his future wife, Betty (Bish) — when Deak Parsons, head of U.S. Navy Ordinance and an associate director at the Los Alamos Laboratory, commandeered him to the laboratory’s Manhattan Project.
    Bob and Betty tied the knot in 1946, beginning 64 years of marriage until her death in 2010. They parented three sons, Robert Allen, Ted Howard, and David Andrew, and over the years welcomed grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During the war years, Betty was Bob’s secretary and data analyst.
    Betty subsequently spent a long career teaching fourth and fifth grades in Los Alamos.
    Also in 1946, the Emighs left Los Alamos for graduate study at the University of Illinois-Urbana, returning to the lab permanently in 1951.
    Emigh’s work was now in nondestructive testing — nondestructive testing using radiographs, or X-rays, to investigate materials without destroying them, for example to find cracks in metals.

  • Famous TV pastor dies today

    ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88.
    Schuller died early Thursday at a care facility in Artesia, daughter Carol Schuller Milner said. He was diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer in 2013.
    Once a well-known televangelist, Schuller faded from view in recent years after watching his church collapse amid a disastrous leadership transition and sharp declines in viewership and donations that ultimately forced the ministry to file for bankruptcy.
    The soaring, glass-paned Crystal Cathedral — the touchstone of Schuller’s career — was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in 2011, and Schuller lost a legal battle the following year to collect more than $5 million from his former ministry for claims of copyright infringement and breach of contract.

  • Council forms Park committee

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council approved the creation of an ad hoc committee to identify and review issues the county must address in order to prepare for the opening of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The committee — which will be charged with advising council on “challenges and opportunities” associated with the development of the park — was approved by a 7-0 vote.
    Focus areas will include:

    • Siting of a visitor center
    • Transportation considerations
    • Parking development
    • Facility improvements
    • Identification of necessary support services
    • Park interpretation of town site resources
    • Hospitality improvements
    • County participation in the development of the park
    • Developing community awareness
    • Identifying economic development opportunities

  • Valdez, Fraser win NNSA awards

    A pair of security professionals working at the Los Alamos Field Office were named the recipients of this year’s Bradley A. Peterson Federal and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Awards earlier this week.
    Pamela Valdez from LAFO, was named the recipient of the federal award, while Randy Fraser from Los Alamos National Laboratory will receive the contractor award.

  • Budget projected at nearly $192M

    Los Alamos County is projected to spend about $191.8 million in Fiscal Year 2016, that according to the proposed budget released Tuesday.
    The county must release a proposed budget by March 31 and budget hearings this year are scheduled for April 20, 21, 27 and 28.
    The lion’s share of the expenditures, 41.2 percent, will be for the utilities department. That amounts to approximately $79.1 million in the proposed budget.
    Other major expenditures, by department, are for the fire department ($28.1 million), Public Works ($23.1 million) and the county manager’s office ($13.2 million).
    That number represents an increase of about $448,000 over the adopted budget of FY15.
    The department that would see the biggest jump in funding if the changes are adopted by Los Alamos County Council, would be Community and Economic Development, which was have its budget go up by nearly $2.9 million (a 28 percent increase). Even with that increase, that would still be down by more than $10 million from its outlay in FY2013.
    On the other end of the spectrum, Administrative Services, which is responsible for overseeing and coordinating functions for the county’s internal services, things such as human resources and information technology, would be the biggest budget loser between this year and next.

  • Today in history April 2
  • Be There calendar 4-1-15

    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Free Brown Bag performance presents pianist Peter Pesic. Noon at the Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Los Alamos Photographer’s Show. Through May 2 in the upstairs gallery of the Mesa Public Library.

    Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies: Heather Ward. Through May 16 at the Portal Gallery.
    The Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools will have a community meeting on resiliency. The event will be 6-7:30 p.m. at Aspen Elementary. An open house format style will allow a come and go presence to allow attendees to listen to presentations, as well as visit resource booths. For more information, call 663-3252.

    Free Film Series. “Laura.” 6:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library.  
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.
    Jemez House Thrift Store Bag Days. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 13 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock. 672-1620.  

  • Protesters to be at Trinity Site opening

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Seven decades after an atomic bomb helped end World War II, families near a New Mexico test site want tourists to know nearby residents later suffered from health problems.
    Protesters are planning a demonstration Saturday as hundreds of visitors are expected to visit the Trinity Test site. The site opens for tourists once or twice a year.
    Tina Cordova, co-founder of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders, says a bomb test later caused rare forms of cancer for many residents in the area.
    Cordova wants the federal government to compensate New Mexico families hurt by the test.
    In July 1945, Los Alamos scientists successfully exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity site, which is located near Alamogordo.
    The U.S. later dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending the war with Japan.