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HSNW: Deadliest Mass Shooting In U.S. History

on October 2, 2017 - 5:38pm

HSNW News:

A 64-year-old gunman barricaded himself in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., then fired thousands of rounds from several automatic weapons on an outdoor country music festival taking place Sunday outside the hotel.

About 22,000 people were attending the concert when Paddock opened fire. At least 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured. The Las Vegas police also report that two police officers have been killed. This is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The shooter is identified as Nevada resident Stephen

Mentoring Café Gives Students Taste Of Science

on October 2, 2017 - 2:42pm

Scott Crooker from LANL’s High Magnetic Field Laboratory demonstrates magnetic principles to students from Santa Fe Indian School at the recent STEM Mentoring Café at the Bradbury Science Museum. In this DOE initiative, middle schoolers try hands-on demonstrations, learn about how the scientists got their start, and find out what they are  working on. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • In show-and-tell chats with Los Alamos researchers, Santa Fe Indian School students try out hands-on science in the DOE education initiative

More than 100 eighth-grade students from Santa Fe Indian School received

Lujan Grisham, Faso Introduce Bill To Crack Down On Fake Organics

on October 2, 2017 - 12:43pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) and John Faso (R-NY) announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation, the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act.
 
“Organic farming and ranching is the fastest growing segment of agriculture in New Mexico,” Grisham said. “However, fraudulent organic imports threaten the integrity of the USDA Organic label that so many New Mexicans rely on.

Heinrich Statement On Mass Shooting In Las Vegas

on October 2, 2017 - 8:05am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement on the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., where some 50 people are dead and 200 injured.

“I'm sickened by the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We are all keeping everyone impacted by this act of domestic terrorism and those working on the front lines in our thoughts.” Heinrich said. “These incomprehensible acts of violence have become far too common, yet each one is no less tragic or heartbreaking. Every life lost to gun violence is a tragedy.

BLM: Annual Adjustment To Drilling Permit Fee

on October 2, 2017 - 7:40am
BLM News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  As directed by Congress, the Bureau of Land Management will adjust the fee it charges to process oil and gas drilling permits on public and Indian lands for inflation, effective Oct. 1. That adjustment will increase the fee by $180, to $9,790.
 
The non-refundable processing fee is collected when an oil and gas operator submits a drilling permit, called an Application for Permit to Drill, and is required whether or not a particular permit is subsequently approved.

Sen. Udall And Rep. Price Introduce Bicameral We The People Democracy Reform Act Of 2017

on October 2, 2017 - 6:35am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) have introduced the We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017.
 
This bicameral legislation addresses a series of comprehensive democratic and electoral reforms to restore integrity, accountability, and transparency to the broken political system. 
 
This legislation is more expansive than past versions and includes proposals to comprehensively reform campaign finance laws, increase transparency and accountability in the political system, end extreme partisan gerrymandering, increase

STDs At Record High

on October 2, 2017 - 6:30am

CDC News:

More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease.

IRS Reminds Parents, Students To Explore Education Resources On IRS.gov

on October 2, 2017 - 6:24am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service reminds parents and students that there are many tax benefits available to them, and the easiest way to learn more about them is through the education resources available on IRS.gov.
 
Besides tax credits such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit, there are other education-related tax benefits that can help reduce a taxpayer’s tax liability. Savings plans, such as 529 plans, also offer tax-free ways to save for a student’s qualified education expenses.
 
Deductions:
 
Student Loan Interest Deduction

Need A Reason To Support Public Lands? Here’s 8,000

on October 1, 2017 - 2:22pm

NPLD News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of National Public Lands Day, Trout Unlimited is celebrating by releasing 8,000 reasons public lands are important.

The responses come from individuals from across the country who signed a petition in support of keeping public lands in public hands and gave their own personal reasons why these lands matter to them.

The petition will be sent to the White House and members of Congress and caps off a month-long celebration of public lands which features thirty public land locations throughout the country. “30 Great American Places” highlighted some of

IRS Offers Help For Payers Needing To File For 2016

on October 1, 2017 - 7:55am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service wants taxpayers, especially those who received tax-filing extensions, to know they can still get the tax help they need to meet the Oct. 16 extension deadline.
 
Taxpayers can still file their returns electronically. The IRS strongly urges all taxpayers to choose the speed and convenience of e-filing. This is an ideal option as it is fast, accurate and secure. The IRS verifies the receipt of an e-filed return and, statistically, those who choose to file electronically make fewer mistakes.
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Richard Nixon's Western White House Up For Sale

on October 1, 2017 - 6:46am
Richard Nixon’s Western White House is for sale and priced at $63.5 million. Courtesy photo
 
NATIONAL News:
 
Richard Nixon and his family were Californians who moved back and forth from Washington, D. C., depending on whether or not he was holding a political office such as senator, Vice President to Dwight D. Eisenhower or as the 37th President of the United States.
 
Nixon grew up dirt poor, but as he said, wasn’t aware of their poverty at the time, assuming everyone lived that way.

Jewish Council For Public Affairs Deeply Troubled By Record-Low Refugee Cap

on October 1, 2017 - 6:18am
JCPA News:
 
NEW YORK, NY  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) is deeply troubled by the Administration’s proposal to cap Fiscal Year 2018 refugee admissions at just 45,000—less than half of the current number—particularly given the scope of the international refugee crisis and other strife around the world.
 
This figure is the lowest refugee cap set by any president since the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program was established in 1980.
 
JCPA urges Congress to pass legislation that protects America’s global leadership in welcoming immigrants and offering refuge to those fleeing

FedConnect Releases Interested Parties List For LANL M&O Contract

on September 30, 2017 - 6:10am

FedConnect News:

 

A list of “interested parties” has been posted by National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) for the four-month transition and a five-year base management and operation contract for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 

The list, which was released on the FedConnect website Sept. 26, is as follows:

  • General Dynamics
  • Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Hampton Thomas Associates
  • SGT, Inc.
  • Internal Computer Services
  • efkairia, LLC
  • TerranearPMW, LLC
  • Cabrera Services
  • IBM Global Business Services
  • Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.
  • Logan Research
  • KBRwyle
  • MAG Aerospace
  • TechSource, Inc.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Demands Answers From EPA’s Scott Pruitt On ‘Privacy Booth,’ Chartered Flights

on September 30, 2017 - 5:42am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, demanded answers from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about his potentially excessive spending of taxpayer money.
 
Media reports indicate that the EPA is devoting $25,000 in taxpayer money to build a “privacy booth for the administrator,” despite EPA already having a fully functioning Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) for use by the administrator.

Hunt Over For A ‘Top 50 Most-Wanted Fungi’

on September 29, 2017 - 10:49am

Researchers from LANL and several other institutions have characterized a sample of ‘mystery’ fungus and found its home in the fungal tree of life. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Tree of life still holds mysteries in the fungal world – millions of them

In a step toward bridging the gap between fungal taxonomy and molecular ecology, scientists from several institutions including Los Alamos National Laboratory have characterized a sample of “mystery” fungus collected in North Carolina and found its home in the fungal tree of life.

“Working estimates tell us that there should be more than 5 million

VIDEO: Udall on Senate Floor ... ACA Repeal Would Devastate Health Care For Indian Country

on September 29, 2017 - 7:52am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, denounced the devastating impact Senate Republicans' efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on Indian Country.
 
In remarks Sept. 26 on the Senate floor, Udall said repeal of the ACA and Medicaid expansion would be disastrous for Indian Country and violate the government's trust and treaty obligation to ensure Native Americans receive quality health care.

CDC: Why Global Health Security Is Essential To U.S. National Security

on September 29, 2017 - 6:44am

CDC News:

How does CDC fulfill its mission to keep America safe from health threats? The first-ever special supplement to CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) journal details progress made in preventing, detecting, and responding to disease threats around the world.

The threats keep coming: SARS in 2003; pandemic influenza in 2009; the largest Ebola outbreak in history in 2014; Zika in 2015. Since then we’ve had regional outbreaks of chikungunya, yellow fever, and H7N9 influenza, among hundreds of others.

Los Alamos Scientists Named 2017 Laboratory Fellows

on September 28, 2017 - 10:44am

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 2017 Fellows, clockwise from top left, Donald Burton, Turab Lookman, Stephen Doorn and Manvendra Dubey. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News: 

  • Researchers recognized for outstanding science research and leadership

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have been named 2017 Fellows: Donald Burton, Stephen Doorn, Manvendra Dubey, and Turab Lookman.

“Becoming a Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow is one of the highest accomplishments in the Lab,” Laboratory Director Charles McMillan said.

IRS: Parents, Students Check Out College Tax Benefits

on September 28, 2017 - 10:37am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  With back-to-school season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service reminds parents and students about tax benefits that can help with the expense of higher education.
 
Two college tax credits apply to students enrolled in an eligible college, university or vocational school. Eligible students include the taxpayer, their spouse and dependents.
 
American Opportunity Tax Credit
 
The American Opportunity Tax Credit, (AOTC) can be worth a maximum annual benefit of $2,500 per eligible student.

Udall On Human Trafficking In Indian Country

on September 28, 2017 - 7:32am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, highlighted the urgent need for additional resources and support, including law enforcement and training – but also mental health care and substance abuse treatment – to help address human trafficking in Indian Country.
 
Udall made his comments Wednesday during an oversight hearing titled, “The GAO Reports on Human Trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States," which was held to discuss implementation of recommendations by

Commentary: Science Education Is Essential To New Mexico’s Future

on September 28, 2017 - 7:15am
By U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich

As senators who proudly represent the world-class scientists at New Mexico’s national laboratories, research universities, military installations and high-tech businesses, we call on policymakers to use science as a guiding light. 
 
Our capacity to seize opportunities and face the many challenges ahead rests heavily on our ability to make decisions driven by scientific data.

State Auditor Tim Keller’s Report On New Mexico’s 'Swiss Cheese' Tax Code Featured In Bloomberg BNA

on September 28, 2017 - 6:47am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
OSA News:
 
SANTA FE  The national news outlet Bloomberg BNA featured an article about State Auditor Tim Keller’s report shining a light on New Mexico’s “Swiss Cheese” tax code.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) tallied more than $1 billion in tax breaks that the state gave with little reporting to determine return on investment.
 

Udall, Heinrich Call For Extension Of DACA Renewal Deadline In Wake Of Storms

on September 28, 2017 - 6:14am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the wake of three massive storms that have disrupted the day-to-day lives of millions of people, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of 36 senators calling on the Trump administration to extend the crucial Oct. 5 deadline for Dreamers to renew their DACA status.
 
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), tens of thousands of DACA recipients live in areas impacted by the storms.
 
“In the last month, several major hurricanes made landfall in the Unites States.

Net Neutrality Supporters Descend On DC To Meet With Lawmakers, Oppose FCC Plan To Gut Title II

on September 27, 2017 - 2:52pm
FFTF News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  More than 60 Internet users traveling from as far away as Alaska, California, Kansas, and Utah are participating in a unique advocacy effort this Wednesday, Sept. 27, descending on the U.S. capitol not for a rally but to meet directly with their Senators and Representatives in support of Title II net neutrality protections.
 
The participants, recruited through an online campaign spread through email and social media include small business owners, students, IT professionals, startup founders, single parents, and people from a wide range of political

Yom Kippur Begins At Sundown Friday

on September 27, 2017 - 1:26pm

Courtesy image

Yom Kippur In Brief

What: Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year, when we are closest to G‑d and to the essence of our souls. Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement,” as the verse states, “For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d.”

When: The 10th day of Tishrei, coming on the heels of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year, which is on the first and second days of Tishrei).

How: For nearly 26 hours (in 2017, from several minutes before sunset Sept. 29 until after nightfall Sept.

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