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  • Sister City relationship adjusts to new tensions

    Since Boris Nemtsov’s murder and increasing tensions over Russia’s policies toward Ukraine, Lawry and Alice Mann’s relationship with their Russian friends has altered.
     “We have so many good friends in Russia, and now we are sort of reluctant to talk with them, because I don’t want to get them in any trouble,” Lawry said. “Since we used to call Russia quite a bit, they might be listening.”
    The political tensions have also altered the activities of the Los Alamos Sarov Sister Cities Initiative (LASSCI).
    A 2014 visit to Sarov–planned for Los Alamos High School students — was cancelled due to parents’ concerns, and no visits of any sort between the two cities are scheduled at this time.
    LASSCI board member Paul White, who serves as the Los Alamos point person to Sarov, said that does not mean ties are severed between the Sister Cities.
    Communication between young people who met on earlier trips is still going strong on Facebook.
    White and several others remain in touch with their Russian colleagues. The principal contact in Sarov is as eager as White is to find ways to maintain the exchange, short of physically traveling to the other city.
    “We have no problem talking about possible ways forward,” White said.

  • Los Alamos residents remember Boris Nemtsov

    Lawry and Alice Mann were in California when they heard the news that Russian dissident Boris Nemtsov had been gunned down on a bridge next to the Kremlin on Feb. 27.
    The news impacted the couple deeply. The Manns had met Nemtsov in 1995, as part of the second delegation of civilians allowed to enter what is now Los Alamos’ Sister City, Sarov.
    At that time, the city was called Arzamas-16. As chair of the Los Alamos County Council, Lawry was invited to visit. He responded that he would only come if Alice could accompany him. Alice still laughs about how her occupation as a recreation therapist at a daycare center for handicapped adults was translated as an “elderly pediatrician.”
    The delegation included Donna Olen from the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Olivia Newfield of the Bradbury Science Museum and Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos Middle School teacher Jeanne Allen, business owner Iva Collins and Steve Shankland, former reporter for the Los Alamos Monitor.
    The sixth day of their visit was spent in Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorky), which was the capitol of the region Azramas-16 was located in. The delegation had lunch with Nemtsov.
    The Manns respect for Nemtsov began when he politely informed the interpreter that he would not need her help.

  • Smith's recalls carrot cake

    Smith’s Food and Drug stores announced that there is a recall in effect for its Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake.
    The recall, which affects stores in New Mexico, as well as Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, as is due to possible walnut contamination in carrot cakes that would affect those allergic to walnuts.
    As of Thursday, Smith’s said no customer illnesses due to the contamination had been report.
    The recall affects the following items:

    Smith’s Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake, 1/4 sheet filled. Packaged on or before April 1. UPC Code: 41573-07058

    Smith’s Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake Slice, 5 oz. Packaged on or before April 1. UPC Code: 750903-91714

    Smith’s Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake, 1/8 Sheet. Packaged on or before April 1. UPC Code: 770118-22460

    Those who have purchased those products should return them to Smith’s for a full refund.
    For more information, call 1-800-576-4377 or visit smithsfoodanddrug.com/recall_alerts.

  • Today in history April 3
  • Busy Production Schedule

    Drivers coming up N.M. 502 have seen a multitude of yellow signs indicating film and TV production in recent weeks. Along with “Hellbent,” part of which was shot at Camp May, Adam Sandler’s production “The Ridiculous Six” is also shooting in the area, as evidenced by the “R6” signs, as well as the fourth season of “Longmire,” which has visited the Valles Caldera area many times during its run.

  • Kenyan school is attacked

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Al-Shabab gunmen stormed a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing more than 70 people in the group’s bloodiest attack in the East African country, officials said. Four of the gunmen were killed by security forces.
    In the attack, which turned into a hostage siege that continued into the evening at Garissa University College, masked militants separated Christian students from Muslims, and then gunned them down without mercy, survivors said. Others ran for their lives with bullets whistling through the air, and hundreds of students remained unaccounted for more than 11 hours after the bloodshed began.
    At least 79 people were wounded at the school 145 kilometers (90 miles) from the Somali border by the al-Qaida linked group, said Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery, who gave the death toll of more than 70. A dusk-to-dawn curfew was ordered in nearby counties.
    Kenyan security forces cornered the gunmen in a dormitory, and President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a speech to the nation that the attackers were holding hostages.

  • 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.