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Study: 2017’s Strictest & Most Lenient States On DUI

on August 11, 2017 - 6:40am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With drunk driving resulting in roughly 1 million arrests, 10,000 deaths and $44 billion in economic damage each year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released an in-depth report on 2017’s Strictest & Most Lenient States on DUI.

In the interest of underscoring the financial downsides of driving drunk, WalletHub compared the penalties in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics, ranging from fines and minimum jail time to “ignition interlock device” requirements.
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Los Alamos History Representatives Present Special Proclamation Extending Friendship To Nagasaki

on August 10, 2017 - 10:49am

Accepting the Special Proclamation Extending Friendship to Nagasaki is Akitoshi Nakamura, museum director of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. The proclamation was presented to the museum by Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber and Los Alamos Historical Society Board Member Michael Redondo Aug. 11, 2017 on the occasion of the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony. Courtesy photo

Local Weightlifter Kim Granzow Qualifies For Nationals

on August 10, 2017 - 10:11am
Local weightlifter Kim Granzow has worked out at CrossFit Los Alamos on DP Road since 2012 and qualified for National Masters Championships. Courtesy photo

Weightlifter Kim Granzow, right, of Los Alamos, with her daughter and coach Rachel Graznow, competes at the USAW National Masters Championships in March in Savannah, Ga. Courtesy photo
 
By BERNADETTE  LAURITZEN
Los Alamos
 
What does geology have in common with USA Weightlifting and local athlete Kim Granzow?

Security Summit Alert: Tax Pros Warned Of New Scam To Steal Their Passwords

on August 10, 2017 - 9:47am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry warned tax professionals to be alert to a new phishing email scam impersonating tax software providers and attempting to steal usernames and passwords.
 
This sophisticated scam yet again displays cybercriminals’ tax savvy and underscores the need for tax professionals to take strong security measures to protect their clients and protect their business. This is the time of year when many software providers issue software upgrades and when tax professionals are working to meet the Oct.

New Mexico Delegation Urges Swift Appointment Of New Mexico Rural Development State Director

on August 10, 2017 - 9:44am

NM CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

  • Lawmakers say position is critical for managing USDA’s programs that provide hundreds of loans and grants each year in New Mexico

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham urged U.S.

DEA Investigations Lead To Largest Treasury Kingpin Designation Against Mexican Cartel In History

on August 10, 2017 - 6:49am
Raul Flores Hernandez
 
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As a result of several long-term DEA investigations, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has identified Mexican national Raul Flores Hernandez and the Flores Drug Trafficking Organization (Flores DTO) as Significant Foreign Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). 
 
In addition to Flores and the Flores DTO, OFAC also designated 21 Mexican nationals and 42 entities in Mexico for providing support to the narcotics trafficking activities

AG Balderas Announces $113,000 Nationwide Insurance Data Breach Settlement

on August 9, 2017 - 4:05pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office, along with the attorneys general of 32 States, have reached a settlement with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company (collectively “Nationwide”), concerning an October 2012 data breach.
 
Over 10,000 New Mexicans were affected and New Mexico will be receiving $113,705.06 from the settlement.

LAPD Bomb Squad Members Participate In Last Week's Raven's Challenge At Camp Pendleton

on August 9, 2017 - 10:11am

A joint-agency team of Los Alamos Police Department Bomb Squad members Cmdr. Preston Ballew and Cpl. Sheldon Simpson and U.S. Army personnel begin an explosive ordnance disposal challenge during the 2017 Raven's Challenge competition Aug. 3 at Camp Pendleton in California. Courtesy/DoD by EJ Hersom

Los Alamos Police Deparment Bomb Squad Cmdr. Preston Ballew carries a munitions box during last week's Raven's Challenge at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Courtesy DoD by EJ Hersom

Los Alamos Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, left, and U.S. Army Sgt.

DOI Repeals Defective Federal Mineral Valuation Rule

on August 9, 2017 - 10:09am
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  To create more workable oil, gas and mineral valuation regulations and avoid costly litigation, the Department of the Interior announced the repeal of the Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule (Valuation Rule) which had created confusion and uncertainty regarding how companies report and pay royalties on energy and other mineral resources from federal onshore and offshore areas and American Indian lands.
 
The repeal of the Valuation Rule, published today in the Federal Register and effective on September 6, 2017,

Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber Meets With Masahiro Sasaki In Hiroshima

on August 9, 2017 - 10:09am

In the past weeks, many visitors to the Los Alamos History Museum folded origami cranes to be sent to Japan in tribute to a young girl named Sadako, who folded more than 1,000 cranes, hoping to get her wish of recovering from radiation exposure from the bombing of Hiroshima. Sadly, it was a wish that was not granted. Sadako’s brother, Masahiro Sasaki, met with Los Alamos History Museum Director Judith Stauber during her current visit to Hiroshima.

IRS Begins Issuing Notices To Taxpayers Whose ITINs Expire By End Of 2017

on August 8, 2017 - 4:51pm

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PHOENIX - - The Internal Revenue Service began mailing letters this month to more than 1 million taxpayers with expiring Individual Taxpayer ‎Identification Numbers and urges recipients to renew them as quickly as possible to avoid tax refund and processing delays.

ITINs with middle digits 70, 71, 72 or 80 are set to expire at the end of 2017. The notice being mailed -- CP-48 NoticesYou must renew your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file your U.S. tax return -- explains

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Study: 2017’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities

on August 8, 2017 - 6:51am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With National Homeless Animals Day approaching and the cost of owning a pet ranging from $227 to more than $2,000, depending on the type of animal, WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2017’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities.

In order to determine where Americans’ furry and slimy companions can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking the bank, WalletHub’s analysts compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability.

 
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Hubbell Trading Post Comes To Bandelier

on August 7, 2017 - 2:07pm

Hhandcrafted Navajo rugs straight from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Courtesy photo

BANDELIER News:

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is bringing its Navajo Rug Trunk Show to Bandelier National Monument 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 18-20.

Visitors will experience the culture and heritage of the Navajo people with hundreds of handcrafted Navajo rugs straight from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, a Western National Parks Association (WNPA) partner park and the oldest continuously-operating trading post in the Southwest.

Authentic Navajo

Secretary Of Interior On Sage-Grouse Report

on August 7, 2017 - 12:17pm

Greater Sage-Grouse. Courtesy/fws.gov/greatersagegrouse

Office of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke received a report from the Department of the Interior Sage-Grouse Review Team (DOI Team) regarding possible plan and policy modifications to complement state efforts to improve Greater Sage-Grouse conservation and economic development on public lands.

The report is the final product required by Secretarial Order 3353 “Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Cooperation with Western States” issued June 7, 2017. The

Secretary Zinke Recommends No Modifications To Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument

on August 7, 2017 - 8:51am
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Aug. 4, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Arizona’s Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is no longer under review​ and that he will recommend that no modifications be made to the monument.
 
The monument was under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order
 
“Today I’m announcing that​ Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument’s review process has concluded and I am recommending no changes be made to the monument​,” ​​Zinke said.

DOE, Industry, Community Representatives To Join 2017 National Cleanup Workshop

on August 7, 2017 - 8:03am
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Senior DOE officials, industry executives and community representatives from across the U.S. are set to participate in the 2017 National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
Planned participants include:
  • Jim Owendoff, Acting Assistant Energy Secretary for EM
  • Roger Jarrell, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy for EM
  • Stacy Charboneau, EM Associate Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Field Operations
  • Ralph Holland, EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management

IRS Office Of Appeals Pilots Virtual Service

on August 7, 2017 - 7:10am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service Office of Appeals will soon pilot a new web-based virtual conference option for taxpayers and their representatives.
 
This virtual face-to-face option will provide an additional option for taxpayer conferences. The IRS expects it to be especially useful for taxpayers located far from an IRS Appeals office.
 
Each year, the Office of Appeals hears appeals of more than 100,000 taxpayers attempting to resolve their tax disputes without going to court.
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Study: 2017’s Best & Worst States For Health Care

on August 7, 2017 - 5:25am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With several politicians raising concerns about the possible collapse of individual insurance markets while Republicans are back to the drawing board on health care reform, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Health Care.

In order to determine where Americans receive the highest-quality services at the best prices, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 35 key measures of health care cost, accessibility and outcome.

DEA Proposes Reduction To Amount Of Controlled Substances Manufactured In 2018

on August 6, 2017 - 8:13am

Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg

 

DEA News:

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year by 20 percent as compared to 2017, per the proposed notice being published in the Federal Register Aug. 7, 2017 and available for public inspection today.

The DEA has proposed to reduce more commonly prescribed schedule II opioid painkillers, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, codeine, meperidine and fentanyl.

Udall Marks Second Anniversary Of Gold King Mine Spill With Calls For Action From EPA, Congress

on August 6, 2017 - 7:54am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
From the Desk of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement marking two years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) caused the Gold King Mine spill in Southern Colorado and severely contaminated the Animas and San Juan rivers.
 
An EPA-supervised crew released 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater, Aug. 5, 2015, into Cement Creek — which flows into the Animas and San Juan rivers — while working at the Gold King Mine in Colorado.
 
Udall released the following statement:
 
“Two years have passed

Proclamation Of Friendship From Los Alamos County Presented To Officials In Hiroshima, Japan

on August 6, 2017 - 6:50am

Kenji Shiga, director of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, holds a Proclamation of Friendship from Los Alamos County. With him are Yasuyoshi Komizo, chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation; Judith Stauber, museum director of the Los Alamos History Museum; and Michael Redondo, member of the board of directors for the Los Alamos Historical Society. Courtesy photo

Representing Los Alamos, Michael Redondo and Judith Stauber respond to members of the Japanese media in Hiroshima. Courtesy photo

 

By SHARON SNYDER
Publications Director
Bathtub Row Press

A Los Alamos team arrived

Heinrich Statement On July Jobs Report

on August 6, 2017 - 6:27am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor announced 209,000 jobs were added in July:
 
"After nearly eight months on the job, President Trump has failed to come up with a cogent plan to create good-paying jobs and increase wages. As a result, wages are barely exceeding inflation, and more than 100,000 workers have been laid off as companies continue to close American operations and ship jobs overseas.
 
“The economic

Lujan Grisham Responds To DOJ Threat To Withhold Funding To APD

on August 6, 2017 - 6:18am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement following a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice that threatens to withhold federal funding to the Albuquerque Police Department.
 
The DOJ in a letter to Police Chief Gorden Eden concluded that APD is eligible to receive federal funding under a new Public Safety Partnership program to help communities address violent crime. However, the DOJ also raised several questions about APD’s approach to crime related to illegal immigration.
 
“This

Udall, Rounds, Heinrich: Bipartisan Bill Allows Military Women To Count Maternity Leave ​Toward Years Of Service​

on August 5, 2017 - 4:45pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced a bipartisan bill to make certain ​that women serving in the National Guard and Reserves can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service.
 
The amendment is also backed by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.).
 
The Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act, ensures female service members of the reserve component receive creditable military service pay and points during time

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait, Defend Against Ransomware

on August 5, 2017 - 7:25am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry recently warned tax professionals that ransomware attacks are on the rise worldwide as bad actors here and abroad infiltrate computer systems and hold sensitive data hostage.
 
The IRS is aware of a handful of tax practitioners who have been victimized by ransomware attacks. The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently cautioned that ransomware attacks are a growing and evolving crime threatening the private and public sectors as well as individuals.
 
The “Don’t Take the Bait” campaign, a

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