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‘No Border Wall’ Bill Passes House Committee

on February 22, 2017 - 1:23pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  House Bill 292, which would bar the federal government from using state lands to build a wall on New Mexico’s border with Mexico, has passed the House Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee (HGIVC) in a partisan 5-4 vote.
 
In an impassioned debate, the bill’s sponsors, Representatives Bill McCamley (D-Mesilla Park), Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Linda Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), stated that a wall divides communities, destabilizes trade with Mexico, runs contrary to New Mexico’s core values, and hampers economic

IRS Warns Deaf And Hard Of Hearing About Scam That Uses Video Relay Services

on February 22, 2017 - 1:19pm
IRS News:
 
Every day scammers come up with new ways to steal taxpayers’ identities and personal information. Some scammers pretend to be from the IRS with one goal in mind: to steal money.
 
Be aware that con artists will use video relay services (VRS) to try to scam deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Don’t become a victim. Deaf and hard of hearing taxpayers should avoid giving out personal and financial information to anyone they do not know. Always confirm that the person requesting personal information is who they say they are.
 
Do not automatically trust calls just because they

LANL: Science Versus ‘Horatio Alger Myth’

on February 22, 2017 - 9:43am

LANL News:
  • Physicists use condensed matter theory to explore whether personal initiative can overcome frustration and create more equality

In a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have taken a condensed matter physics concept usually applied to the way substances such as ice freeze, called “frustration,” and applied it to a simple social network model of frustrated components. They show that inequality of wealth can emerge spontaneously and more equality can be gained by pure initiative.

It’s a computer-modeling exploration of the

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords Meets With Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Of Los Alamos On Gun Bill

on February 22, 2017 - 9:32am

Gathered together at the Roundhouse Tuesday to discuss House Bill 50 (gun bill), from left, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos and  New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf. Courtesy photo

STATE News:

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos met Tuesday afternoon with former U.S. Rep. Gabby Gifford of Arizona and New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf at the state capitol in Santa Fe.

Garcia Richard and Gifford met to discuss House Bill 50, which seeks to require that all commercial firearm sales in gun shows and via the Internet

Udall Celebrates Contributions Of African Americans

on February 22, 2017 - 7:50am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement last week in honor of Black History Month:
 
“This Black History Month, we celebrate the immense contributions that African Americans have made to our nation, and we honor the struggle for equality and civil rights that black people have made through the generations. New Mexico and America are indebted to the black soldiers, workers, scientists, artists, business people, and many others who have strengthened and enriched our communities, our culture, and our values.
 

Heinrich Rallies For Wind Power

on February 21, 2017 - 5:48pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, joined energy leaders to advocate for wind power and showcase New Mexico’s potential to be at the epicenter of America's clean energy economy.
 
The event, organized by the American Wind Energy Association, emphasized the economic power of wind. Last year, wind energy passed hydro as the nation’s leading source of renewable energy. Wind energy is also the nation's fourth-largest electricity generation source.
 
In his

NNSA Elite Unit Marks 20 Year Anniversary

on February 21, 2017 - 12:25pm

NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz. Courtesy/NNSA

NNSA News:

Counter, respond, and if necessary mitigate a nuclear or radiological incident quickly. This critical mission is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) JTOT (Joint Technical Operation Team) Program, which marks its 20th anniversary this month. 

JTOT is an agile, task-organized unit, ready to react at a moment’s notice to support nuclear and radiological weapons of mass destruction incidents.

LAHS Heading To National Science Bowl ... Again!

on February 20, 2017 - 4:39pm

Fake Charities On IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List

on February 20, 2017 - 8:14am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for the 2017 filing season.
 
"Fake charities set up by scam artists to steal your money or personal information are a recurring problem," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. "Taxpayers should take the time to research organizations before giving their hard-earned money.”
 
Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime,

Heinrich, Collins Introduce Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act To Address Poverty In America

on February 20, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) reintroduced the bipartisan Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act to give states, local governments, and tribes more flexibility to create partnerships that invest in families living in poverty.
 
The bill aligns and links existing systems and funding streams to target both parents and children with support aimed at increasing economic security, educational success, social capital, and the health and wellbeing of whole families.
 
“This is the first major bipartisan bill in

Today Is Presidents’ Day

on February 20, 2017 - 7:10am

HOLIDAY News:

Today is Presidents’ Day, an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

Traditionally celebrated Feb. 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

SFCC Celebrates Black History Month Feb. 21

on February 19, 2017 - 7:09am
Courtesy image
 
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College celebrates Black History Month 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Jemez Rooms at 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
 
Special guest speakers include writer and researcher George Geder and activist and organizer Sonya Maria Martinez. The event also will feature drummers and African dancers.
 
For more information, contact SFCC’s Office of Student Development at 505.428.1686.

IRS Warns Of Abusive Tax Shelters On 2017 'Dirty Dozen' List Of Tax Scams

on February 19, 2017 - 6:06am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX ― For the third consecutive year, the IRS places abusive micro-captive insurance tax shelters on its list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams.
 
The list, compiled annually, describes a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter. Many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire others to help them.
 
“Taxpayers should avoid unscrupulous promoters who encourage the use of phony tax shelters designed to avoid paying what is owed,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said.
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IRS 'Dirty Dozen' Scams Continues With Warning Against Frivolous Tax Arguments

on February 18, 2017 - 7:09am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service continued rolling out its 2017 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list by warning taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying taxes.
 
Promoters of frivolous schemes encourage taxpayers to make unreasonable and outlandish legal claims to avoid paying their taxes. Time and again these arguments have been thrown out of court.
 
"Taxpayers should steer clear of tax-avoidance arguments and the unscrupulous promoters of such schemes," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
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Heinrich Leads Group Of Senators Questioning Reorganization Of National Security Council

on February 18, 2017 - 7:02am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting information on the recent reorganization of the National Security Council (NSC) to include President Trump’s chief political strategist Steve Bannon as a regular attendee of NSC Principals Committee.
 
Heinrich was joined by U.S.

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Discusses Cuba March 7

on February 18, 2017 - 6:40am

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston

COMMUNITY News:

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston presents a talk, “Our Woman in Havana”, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Mesa Public Library.

Huddleston’s talk is based on her years as one of America’s top Cuba hands. She has been an eyewitness to key moments of history as well as to backroom policy debate, in her roles as a principal policy maker on Cuba at the State Department and as the chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.

Huddleston will provide a behind-the-curtain view of such controversial episodes as the Elián González custody saga and the post-9/11

Letter To The Editor: Time To Shed That Whiney Thin-Skined Arrogance...

on February 17, 2017 - 4:33pm
By GERALD M. ANTOS
Los Alamos

I’m sorry Ms. Schick but, I don’t need or want your history lesson (link).

As a veteran, and having been born and raised in Los Alamos, I find that maybe you and Mr. Reilly (link) need to shed your whiney thin-skinned arrogance and get down to some real serious reality.

More celebrities and supposed stars have claimed that they would leave if Trump was elected and we are still waiting.

Heinrich Vies For New Mexico To Be Future Host Of Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

on February 17, 2017 - 11:03am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has released a letter vying for New Mexico to host the Outdoor Retailer trade show, which generates more than $45 million in annual economic impact. 

Over the last 20 years, the trade show, hosted by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) representing more than 1,200 outdoor businesses nationally, has been held in Salt Lake City. 
 
However, OIA just announced that it will no longer hold its twice-yearly trade show in Utah citing concerns that elected officials in the state, "from

Los Alamos’s Rusty Gray Elected To National Academy Of Engineering

on February 17, 2017 - 9:30am

Rusty Gray was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

George “Rusty” Gray III, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamic Extremes group, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was cited for his contributions to the understanding of the dynamic and shock-loading deformation and damage response of materials. 

“Rusty’s investigations of the structure and property behavior of materials subjected to dynamic and shock-loading conditions have provided significant understanding of material strength

Los Alamos Historical Society's Annual Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site March 31-April 1

on February 17, 2017 - 6:58am
 
LAHS News:
 
Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site March 31 and April 1 for the spring opening.
 
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range. Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
 
Bonuses include a visit to the

Tibbar Plasma Technologies Of Los Alamos Selected To Attend ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

on February 17, 2017 - 6:40am
Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc. of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 

An experimental plasma-based HVDC electrical transformer in development at Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc., in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

 

 

BUSINESS News:
 
Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc. of Los Alamos is one of a select group of energy innovators selected to attend the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit (http://www.arpae-summit.com/).
 
The summit is Feb.

WIPP Releases Preliminary Shipping Estimates

on February 16, 2017 - 3:33pm
WIPP News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed estimates for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) over the next 12 months. 
 
Shipments are expected to be made during that time from Idaho, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, the Savannah River Site, and Waste Control Specialists.
 
Shipments of TRU waste from generator sites across the U.S. are expected to commence in April.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Heads To Washington, D.C. Next Week

on February 16, 2017 - 10:16am

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is traveling next week to Washington, D.C. The RCLA will attend the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) meeting and other meetings with Congressional offices and Department of Energy (DOE) government officials Feb. 20-24 to discuss matters relating to LANL’s upcoming management and operations contract, workforce priorities, mission diversification and legacy waste cleanup.

Members of the RCLC Board of Directors attending  the D.C.

IRS: Falsifying Income Scam On List Of 'Dirty Dozen'

on February 16, 2017 - 7:18am

IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service Feb. 14 continued issuing its annual list of common tax scams by warning taxpayers to avoid schemes to erroneously claim tax credits. This year’s “Dirty Dozen” includes falsifying income to claim tax credits.
 
“Taxpayers should ensure all the information they provide on their tax return is accurate,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. "Falsifying income to claim tax credits is against the law. Taxpayers are legally responsible for all the information reported on their tax returns.”
 
The “Dirty Dozen,” a list compiled annually by the
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Udall Calls For Investigation Of NSA's Flynn And Russia's Involvement With Trump Administration

on February 16, 2017 - 7:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on the resignation of National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn.
 
Udall called for a full independent investigation into the influence of the Russian government on the Trump administration and the 2016 election. 
 
“General Flynn’s resignation underscores the urgent need for a full investigation into this administration’s troubling associations with the Russian government.

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