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U.S. Marshals Selling Russian Spy House

on April 16, 2013 - 10:49am

Russian spy for sale at 31 Marquette Rd., Montclair, N.J. Courtesy/USMS

U.S. MARSHALS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Marshals Service is selling a single family home in Montclair, N.J., whose previous owners were part of a Russian spy ring busted by the FBI in 2010.

Richard and Cynthia Murphy were the names used by the two Russian spies who lived in the Montclair house.

FBI Agents and analysts watched these and eight other deep-cover operatives for years as they established themselves in the U.S.

Los Alamos Police Expand 'Prescription Drug Take Back Day' to White Rock

on April 16, 2013 - 9:49am

Courtesy/DEA

LAPD News:

Det. Sgt. Oliver Morris and his team at the Los Alamos Police will host a "Prescription Drug Take Back Day" 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the east parking lot of Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road.

Morris explained that senior citizens in White Rock contacted his office saying they would have difficulty going up to Los Alamos to turn in their unused and out of date pills.

"We were able to get an additional drop off site registered with the DEA and have made arrangements to have officers set up at the White Rock Library parking lot from 10 a.m.

Local Couple Recounts Boston Marathon Experience

on April 16, 2013 - 8:05am
Whitney and Matt Dreier at the 'Run the Caldera' race at the Valles Caldera. Courtesy photo
 
Special to the Los Alamos Daily Post
 
A Los Alamos couple who ran Monday's Boston Marathon recount their experience and try to make sense of the horrific terrorist attack near the finish line.
 
In 2008, Matt Dreier, from Missouri, and Whitney Spivey, from Virginia, ran the Boston Marathon.
 
They didn't know each other at the time, and so when they were married in 2010, going back to Boston was on their list of things to do as a couple.
 
After qualifying in 2012, the Dreiers, now living in Los Alamos,

Two Dead, Dozens Wounded in Boston Marathon Explosions

on April 15, 2013 - 3:36pm

Breaking News:

At 2:50 p.m. east coast time today, two explosions about 20 seconds apart killed two people and injured dozens more, according to multiple news reports.

The explosions occurred near the finish line at the Boston Marathon where runners and spectators crowded the area.

Most recent reports are calling these explosions a "terrorist attack" and officials have shut down the air space over Boston.

A third explosion has been reported to have occurred at the JFK Library several miles from the Boston Marathon finish line. 

Also according to reports, another device was found in the

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Today is Tax Day ... Avoid Common Mistakes!

on April 15, 2013 - 11:42am

IRS News:

The deadline to file Federal Income Tax Returns is midnight today, April 15.

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to review their tax returns for common errors that could delay the processing of their returns. Here are some ways to avoid common mistakes.

File electronically. Filing electronically, whether through e-file or IRS Free File, vastly reduces tax return errors, as the tax software does the calculations, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. And best of all, there is a free option for everyone.

Mail a paper return to the

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Udall Applauds USPS Decision to Continue Saturday Delivery

on April 14, 2013 - 10:05am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall commended the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) announcement Wednesday that it will not go through with plans to eliminate Saturday delivery.
 
USPS' decision comes in response to congressional protest and legislative action by Udall and others to ban a reduction in services.
 
"The continuation of Saturday delivery is a win for the countless Americans who rely on mail services,” Udall said.

Udall Meets With VA Secretary Shinseki Friday

on April 13, 2013 - 9:04am
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., meeting with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., met Friday afternoon with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to discuss ways to improve veterans care in New Mexico and around the country.
 
"Secretary Shinseki and I had a productive conversation about the need to improve services for veterans in our state.

GAO Report Finds ATM Fees on the Rise

on April 13, 2013 - 8:25am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Large banks shown to have higher and more prevalent fees; Surcharges at non-bank ATMs higher and more frequent
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – American consumers have paid higher automated teller machine (ATM) fees over the past five years according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation released Friday.
 
Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the GAO investigation.
 
The lawmakers requested the report to assess increased ATM use by Americans in recent years.

Alcove House Unstable, Unsafe and Closed Until Further Notice

on April 12, 2013 - 9:31am

Courtesy/BNM

 

Courtesy/BNM

 

BANDELIER News:

 

The National Park Service has closed the Alcove House Site at Bandelier National monument due to concerns over the structural stability of the archeological site and exhibit.

 

Historic masonry repairs dating to the 1930s have developed a network of cracks. In recent days, masonry at this location has become dislodged, raising concern for visitor safety.

 

The National Park Service is actively engaged in planning repairs for the site.


Wednesday, April 10, staff from Bandelier’s Vanishing Treasures division was conducting an

DEA Administrator's Testimony on FY-2014 Budget Request

on April 12, 2013 - 9:12am

Michele M. Leonhart

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart today testified before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on the FY2014 Budget request.

The text of her testimony can be found at the following link: http://www.justice.gov/dea/pr/speeches-testimony/2013t/DEAHouseCJSWrittenTestimony41213.pdf

Udall Statement on Senate Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

on April 11, 2013 - 11:24am
U.S. SENATE NEWS:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., released this statement following the Senate's vote to begin debate and consideration of the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013:
 
"Congress has an obligation to pass sensible legislation in an effort to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in our nation and prevent tragic mass shootings.
 
"We can take logical steps to expand criminal background checks, increase school safety and strengthen laws against gun trafficking and illegal purchases, without infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law abiding

'Safe Chemical Act' to Protect Americans Reintroduced

on April 11, 2013 - 8:50am
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), the leader in Congress on reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), today reintroduced his “Safe Chemicals Act” to protect Americans from dangerous toxic chemicals that are found in everyday consumer products.
 
Lautenberg has been working since 2005 to reform TSCA and provide the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority to protect Americans from harmful chemicals.
 
Testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found more than 212

Udall Statement on President's Budget Request

on April 10, 2013 - 7:25pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal:
 
"The president's budget request is overall positive news for New Mexico. It replaces harmful sequester cuts with a more balanced approach and calls for investments in Pre-K and manufacturing to help bolster the middle class.

2013: Equal Pay Remains Unequal

on April 9, 2013 - 10:05am

Staff report

Today is Equal Pay Day - a day held annually in April to signify the point into a year that a woman must work to earn what a man made the previous year.

Census statistics released in September, 2010 show that women still earn 77 percent of what men earn, based on the median earnings of full-time, year-round workers in 2009.

An alternative to the wage gap, which is measuring the ratio between women’s and men’s median weekly earnings for full-time workers was 80.2 percent in 2009, which is flat since the historical high of 81.0 percent in 2005.

Median earnings for most women

FBI Honors New Mexico Human Rights Projects

on April 8, 2013 - 9:33am

Executive Director Regina Turner accepts the award on behalf of New Mexico Human Rights Projects from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award.

These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service.

The Albuquerque Division of the FBI honored New Mexico Human Rights Projects (NMHRP), a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on programs

Udall Welcomes FAA Decision to Delay Tower Closures

on April 7, 2013 - 6:43am
The control tower at the Double Eagle II airport in Albuquerque. Courtesy/DAAPII
 
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Udall Will Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Block Closures For Next Two Years
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Friday U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to delay air traffic control tower closures, including those in New Mexico.
 
He also announced support of a bipartisan bill to halt the closures for the next two years.
 
Last month, the FAA announced it would end funding for 149 air traffic control towers as a result of sequestration.
 
The

Senators Want Expanded Mental Health Services for Students

on April 5, 2013 - 7:47am

U.S. SENATE News:

Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C.–U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are spearheading an effort with 16 of their colleagues to expand comprehensive school-based mental health services for children.

The Mental Health in Schools Act would authorize funding for grants to schools and other mental health centers to partner with community-based organizations to expand access to services for students.

“Removing the stigma around mental illness and making treatment available at early ages is critical to raising a stable and productive society," Udall said.

State of the Preserve Report Published

on April 4, 2013 - 8:27am

Courtesy/VCNP

Courtesy/VCNP

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGSThe Valles Caldera Trust 2012 State of the Preserve Report details the journey of an overused, exhausted landscape to its improved condition and provides a peek at the road ahead.

The report, released Thursday, is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures unique to the trust, and provides baseline data, which aids the strategic management of the preserve.

However, the report also points out that some of the resources Congress believed would contribute to financial self-sufficiency were either overestimated

FLOTUS Sends Easter Tweet

on April 3, 2013 - 9:31am

FLOTUS - First Lady Of The United States Michelle Obama tweeted: "So excited to host thousands of families at the White House today for the 2013 Easter Egg Roll. What a view!" –mo
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First Female Selected to Lead U.S. Secret Service

on March 30, 2013 - 7:47am

SECRET SERVICE News:

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson

Julia Pierson was sworn in as U.S. Secret Service Director Wednesday, March 27, in a ceremony in the Oval Office.

President Obama watched as Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to the highly respected veteran of the Secret Service and praised her dedication, professionalism and commitment to her work:

"I have to say that Julia’s reputation within the Service is extraordinary," President Obama said following the ceremony. "She’s come up through the ranks.

UPS Agrees to Forfeit $40 Million

on March 30, 2013 - 6:58am

DEA News:

DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart

SAN FRANCISCO – The Drug Enforcement Administration today announced that United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California (“USAO-NDCA”) entered into a Non-Prosecution Agreement (“NPA”) today in which UPS agreed to forfeit $40 million in payments it has received from illicit online pharmacies and to implement a compliance program designed to ensure that illegal online pharmacies will not be able to use UPS’s services to distribute drugs.

UPS has cooperated fully with the

Signed! Río Grande del Norte a National Monument

on March 26, 2013 - 7:39am
New Mexico's Río Grande del Norte. Photo by Bob Wick/BLM
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON – From the Oval Office to Taos, New Mexicans and members of the Congressional Delegation celebrated Monday the Río Grande del Norte National Monument Proclamation that was signed by President Barack Obama.
 
The national monument designation is widely welcome by Taos and Rio Arriba county residents. A recent study shows the national monument will support hundreds of jobs and bring millions of tourism dollars to the area.
 
Retired U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Sen.

Nuclear Submarine Officers Visit San Ildefonso Pueblo Home

on March 25, 2013 - 10:18am

USS Santa Fe Commander Timothy Poe receives gifts from Deborah and Elmer Torres during Saturday's Pueblo visit. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

The Red Turtle Dancers perform Buffalo, Butterfly and Rain dances for Commander Timothy Poe in the San Ildefonso Pueblo living room of Doborah and Elmer Torres. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Jerome Trujillo, 5, a member of the Red Turtle Dancers has been dancing since he was 2 years old. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO – USS Santa Fe Commander Timothy Poe

Luján: Evidence Mounting Sequester Already Negatively Impacting New Mexico

on March 25, 2013 - 7:34am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement Friday on the negative impact that the arbitrary cuts of sequestration are having on New Mexico.

"While the full effect of the sequester is still coming into focus, it is apparent that New Mexico is already feeling the negative impacts of these arbitrary spending cuts. At a time when too many families are already struggling to get by or find work, these deep spending cuts are only going to make this situation worse.

"In recent days we have learned that

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