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IRS: Protect Personal, Financial, Tax Information

on March 11, 2017 - 7:11am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to be cautious and protect personal, financial and tax information, particularly at tax time.
 
This is the sixth in a series of 10 IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide, designed to help taxpayers navigate common tax issues. This year’s tax-filing deadline is April 18.
 
The IRS urges taxpayers to be safe online and reminds them to take steps to help protect personal information and guard against identity theft.

Udall Votes Against Friedman For Ambassador To Israel

on March 11, 2017 - 7:08am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  March 9, in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against confirming David Friedman for ambassador to Israel.
 
Udall cited Friedman's litany of well-documented, extreme, and inflammatory positions and statements maligning members of the Senate, the Obama administration, other public officials, and prominent Jewish organizations. 
 
The Committee advanced Mr.

Scenes From Los Alamos ‘Day Without A Woman’

on March 10, 2017 - 11:14am
Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler speaks to a crowd of some 200 people gathered Wednesday at Ashley Pond Park for the Day Without A Woman! event as part of International Women's Day. The goal of the rally was to highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the US and global economies, while calling attention to the economic injustices women continue to face. ‘No doubt many of you are worried about the things that are happening in our country,’ Chandler said.

Heinrich Congratulates Two New Mexico Students On Acceptance To Prestigious US Senate Youth Program

on March 10, 2017 - 10:02am

From left, James Michael Valerio of Taos, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and  Irene Tenaya Fernald of Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in honoring New Mexico students Irene Tenaya Fernald of Las Cruces and James Michael Valerio of Taos at a reception wednesday celebrating their acceptance into the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). 

“I congratulate Irene Tenaya Fernald and James Michael Valerio on their acceptance into the highly competitive and merit-based United States Senate Youth

LANL: Perovskite Edges Can Be Tuned For Optoelectronic Performance

on March 10, 2017 - 9:53am

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their research partners are creating innovative 2D layered hybrid perovskites that allow greater freedom in designing and fabricating efficient optoelectronic devices. Courtesy/LANL

 

How it works, from sunshine (yellow beam) to LED light and photovoltaics -- Edge-states at the edges of the 2D perovskite layers lead to dissociation of electron-hole pairs (excitons) to free carriers for efficient photovoltaics of more than 12 percent (left). Dissociated carriers captured and located at the edge-states live longer while being protected from

LANL: Scientists Discover Unexpected Oxidation State For Molecular Plutonium

on March 10, 2017 - 8:52am

Scientists from LANL and University of California-Irvine explore a new oxidation state of plutonium. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

  • New chemical form paves the way for additional transuranic revelations

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in collaboration with the University of California – Irvine (UCI) have uncovered a significant new chemical attribute of plutonium, the identification and structural verification of the +2-oxidation state in a molecular system.

“This finding marks out plutonium, already known for its extremely complex chemistry, as the actinide element with the

Luján Statement Following 27-hour Marathon Committee Debate On Healthcare Repeal Bill

on March 9, 2017 - 10:13pm

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the House Energy & Commerce Committee began consideration and debate on Republican legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. After more than 27 hours of on-going debate, the Committee approved the bill on a straight party line basis.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), a member of the committee who was present for all 27 hours of the committee hearing, issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed that this bill does not offer a solution to any of the healthcare problems real Americans face.

LANL’s Jaqueline L. Kiplinger Receives IUPAC 2017 Distinguished Women In Chemistry Award

on March 9, 2017 - 4:08pm

Jaqueline Kiplinger was recognized this week with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos chemist is only US scientist thus honored

Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow Jaqueline Kiplinger was recognized this week with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2017 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering award.

National Puppy Day March 23

on March 8, 2017 - 3:06pm
WELLNESS News:
 
Some studies show that people begin to feel less anxious after spending less than an hour with an animal. There are endless benefits from lowering your stress level and while the things that we find stressful in our lives are often hard to eliminate, adding an animal to your life can help.
  • General Benefits: There's a reason that they say dog is man's best friend. Having a pet, not limited to dogs, is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Pets can be calming, mood lifting, empathetic, and so much more.

Calling All Women To Ashley Pond 11:30 a.m. Today!

on March 8, 2017 - 8:02am

Udall To Question FCC Chairman And DOI Secretary On Policy Priorities

on March 8, 2017 - 7:51am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today at 8 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. ET, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, will attend the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing to ask Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai about FCC policy priorities during the Trump administration.
 
Then at 12:15 p.m.

Letter To The Editor: About That ‘Freedom Of Press’

on March 8, 2017 - 7:32am
By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos

In reference to a recent letter to the editor in the Los Alamos Daily Post about “Freedom Of The Press” ... there are a few problems with this concept lately.

I’m all for the First Amendment and all it stands for unfortunately today's media outlets have proven time and time again that they are extremely biased in their reporting. This applies to all the major news networks, especially CNN, as well as the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and the rest.

Community Packs Ambassador Huddleston's Talk

on March 8, 2017 - 6:15am

This is a pic from  the AAUW talk tonight. The library was packed. More chairs had to be brought in!! Will send you via email some info that you can out with the pic if you want to. Ambassador Vicki Huddleston presents, 'Our Woman in Havana', Tuesday evening to an overflow crowd  at Mesa Library. Several of the women and men in the audience are Cuban Americans. In her talk sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston discusses the political  realities of the relationship between various U.S. presidents and the United State's relationship with Cuba.

Los Alamos Shows Support For Threatened Jewish Communities Across U.S. At Tonight’s Candlelight Vigil

on March 6, 2017 - 9:06pm
Since Jan. 1, 77 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) — nearly half of all JCCs in the United States — have received bomb threats, as have eight Jewish schools. Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Rochester, New York have been vandalized. And a bullet was fired into the window of a (thankfully, empty) synagogue classroom in Evansville, Ind. This surge of anti-semitic acts has left many American Jews, including members of the Los Alamos Jewish community, feeling new anxieties about their own safety and the safety of their communal institutions.

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Speaks In Los Alamos Tuesday Evening

on March 6, 2017 - 4:37pm

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston

COMMUNITY News:

“Our Woman in Havana” is the title of a talk by former Ambassador Vicki Huddleston slated for 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Mesa Public Library.

Sponsored by the AAUW of Los Alamos, the talk is based on her years “as one of America’s top Cuba hands”. She will address events such as the Elian Gonzalez custody saga and the post-9/11 decision to use Guantanamo as a prison for terror suspects.

Huddleston’s talk promises to be interesting with everything from stories of spies to an argument she had with Fidel Castro at a cocktail party.

Huddleston

Letter To The Editor: About ‘Civility’ In Public Discourse

on March 6, 2017 - 7:53am
By RICHARD NEBEL
Los Alamos

This is in response to two columns by Father Glenn (link, link), two letters to the editor by Khalil Spencer (link, link), a column by Pastor Granillo (link), along with contributions from the prophet Isaiah, St. Luke, St. Paul, and everybody else who has recently written in to the Los Alamos Daily Post discussing “civility” in public discourse. 

Now, who could possibly be opposed to “civility” in public discourse? Well, it depends on how it is defined, who defines it, and most importantly, how it is implemented.

The simple fact of the matter is this: “civility”

IRS Releases FY16 Criminal Investigation Report

on March 6, 2017 - 7:50am

IRS News:

PHOENIX -- The Internal Revenue Service has announced the release of its IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) annual report, reflecting the significant accomplishments and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2016.

IRS CI initiated 3,395 cases in FY 2016 that focused on tax-related identity theft, money laundering, public corruption, cybercrime and terrorist financing.

“The IRS continues to work to ensure that everyone is playing by the same rules and paying their fair share,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said.

2017’s Property Taxes By State―WalletHub Study

on March 5, 2017 - 10:11am
WALLETHUB News:
 
Each year, the average American household spends $2,149 on real-estate property taxes plus another $402 for residents of the 27 states with vehicle property taxes.
 
With such high costs, it’s no surprise that about $11.8 billion in property taxes go unpaid each year, according to the National Tax Lien Association. 

In order to determine who pays the most relative to their state, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2017 Property Taxes by State report, which compares home and vehicle taxes across the nation and features insights from a panel of

Letter To The Editor: About International Women’s Day At Ashley Pond Wednesday

on March 5, 2017 - 9:51am
By DOUG REILLY
Los Alamos
 
International Women’s Day is celebrated much more around the world than here in the USA. When I as working at the IAEA in Vienna, my closest colleague was Russian. I learned that at the Russian Embassy this was the biggest celebration of the year. The men dressed in their best suits and the women in their best dresses. There was a feast for everyone and, of course, many toasts.
 
Another thing I learned in Russia, Kazakhstan, and other countries in the FSU is that at any gathering THE THIRD TOAST IS TO THE WOMEN, even if no women are present.

It would be

Los Alamos Stands With Jewish Communities Across America With Candlelight Vigil Monday Evening

on March 5, 2017 - 9:34am

COMMUNITY News:

Just since the beginning of this year, 77 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) — nearly half of all JCCs in the United States — have received bomb threats, as have eight Jewish schools. Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Rochester, New York have been vandalized. And a bullet was fired into the window of a (thankfully, empty) synagogue classroom in Evansville, Ind.

This surge of anti-semitic acts has left many American Jews, including members of the Los Alamos Jewish community, feeling new anxieties about their own safety and the safety of their communal institutions.

To

Udall Statement Opposing Effort To Roll Back Fair Pay And Workplace Protections

on March 5, 2017 - 8:56am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement against repealing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order through a little-used procedure made possible by the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
 
The Senate began debating the measure after a procedural motion was agreed to by a slim majority, 51-46. A final vote on the Republican-backed effort to overturn the worker protections implemented by the Obama administration is expected early next week.

AG Balderas Issues Statement About Jeff Sessions

on March 4, 2017 - 7:15am
Attorney General Hector Balderas. Courtesy photo
 
AG News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement Thursday regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
 
“As a chief law enforcement officer, I take testimony extremely seriously, whether it be in the courtroom or before the United States Senate. There were questions asked about conversations with Russia and that information was omitted by Attorney General Sessions during his testimony.
 
“Attorney General Sessions needs to promptly address the omission, and he needs to immediately

Udall Statement On His Vote To Confirm Rick Perry As Secretary Of Energy

on March 3, 2017 - 2:40pm
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall released the following statement on his vote to confirm former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as U.S. Secretary of Energy.
 
Udall is a senior member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee and a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, which writes the budget for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
 
"New Mexico's economy and the jobs of thousands of New Mexicans are deeply connected to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Heinrich Opposes Confirmation Of Rick Perry For Secretary Of Energy

on March 3, 2017 - 8:33am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement opposing the confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Department of Energy Secretary.

“I want – and we all need – Rick Perry to be successful as our next Secretary of Energy.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Picks Up Some Good News In Washington, D.C.

on March 2, 2017 - 8:58pm

At the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night, Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives discusses the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities' recent trip to Washington, D.C. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

‘Folks were talking up to $1 billion coming to Los Alamos…’. –Santa Fe City Councilor Peter Ives

 

The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities got a bit of good news during the organization’s trip Feb. 20-24 to Washington, D.C.

 

Throughout various meetings, prospects for more funding seemed strong although the nominee for

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