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Teen Center Joins ‘Welcoming America’

on September 16, 2017 - 8:46am

YMCA TEEN CENTER NEWS:

  • Hundreds of Communities Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming Week

Española—The Española YMCA Teen Center is hosting a cultural appreciation event 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at 808 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park Road. 

“International Food and Activity Fair-Where Cultures Unite” is open to the public and includes ethnic foods, dances and activities. The event is part of a national initiative known as Welcoming Week, taking place Sept. 15–24 across the country.

The Española YMCA and its parent organization, The Family YMCA in Los Alamos, will join hundreds of

IRS Urges Foreign Financial Institutions Participating In FATCA To Check Registrations

on September 16, 2017 - 8:41am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  IRS officials reminds foreign financial institutions to renew their Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) agreement if required.
 
These FFIs have until Oct. 24, 2017 to complete their renewal. Those that don’t renew their agreements could be removed from the November FFI list and be subject to a 30 percent tax on certain U.S. source payments.
 
“We’ve worked with foreign financial institutions to implement FATCA registration and information reporting,” said Large Business & International Commissioner Doug O’Donnell.

Fire Suppression Now Hot Topic For National Leaders

on September 16, 2017 - 8:15am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s continual efforts to advance sportsmen’s priorities, particularly his latest secretarial order, which begins the push to end catastrophic wildfires.
 
Zinke directed all Department of the Interior bureaus, superintendents and land managers at all levels to adopt more aggressive practices to prevent and combat the spread of those catastrophic wildfires.
 
Zinke’s order also spells out how he expects those orders to be carried out, as he wants to see fuel reductions and

Los Alamos High School Students Are Semifinalists In 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

on September 15, 2017 - 10:19am

Seventeen LAHS students are named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Gathered to celebrate, back row from left, Principal Carter Payne, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Phillip Martin, Cameron Art, Prescott Moore, Donald Poston, Rachel Frankle, Sophia Li, Kyler Parkinson, Matilde Jacobson, Athletic Director Ann Stewart, Shayna Mallett and Dean of Students Jennifer Kieltyka. Front row from left, David Gao, Olivia Taylor, Sarah Russell, Neelima Prasad, Ben Rees, Miriam Wallstrom, Sara Shiina, Sarah Shipley, Radhika Iyer and Assistant Principal Renee Dunwoody.

Hanford Site Manager Selected For MPNHP

on September 15, 2017 - 10:18am
Becky Burghart
 
NPS News:
 
DENVER — The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that Becky Burghart has been selected as the Site Manager for the Hanford location of Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
 
Burghart is the Chief of Interpretation at White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, which is adjacent to White Sands Missile Range, home of the Trinity site where the world’s first atomic bomb explosion occurred in July 1945 as part of the Manhattan Project.
 
She started her career with the National Park Service (NPS) as a seasonal park ranger at Mesa Verde National

Letter To The Editor: Truth Matters

on September 15, 2017 - 9:29am
By MIRANDA VISCOLI, Co-president
New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence

Mr. Visel’s latest offensive and dangerous diatribe (link) attacking the important work of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) is a troubling reminder that we live in a time when a complete disregard for the facts and intentional distortion of the truth is the new law of the land.

He states, rather emphatically, that NMPGV is financially backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. There is not an ounce of truth to this statement.

Study: 2017’s Cities & States With Highest & Lowest Uninsured Rates

on September 15, 2017 - 6:58am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With the national uninsured rate back on the rise, after dipping to a record low of 8.6 percent in the first quarter of 2016, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017's Uninsured Rates by Cityand by State.
 
WalletHub’s analysts compared the rates for 547 U.S. cities and the 50 states, in addition to a breakdown by age, race/ethnicity and income level. The following are some highlights from the reports:

 
 
States with Lowest Uninsured Rates
 
States with Highest Uninsured Rates
 
1
Massachusetts (2.54%)
 
41
Louisiana (10.26%)
 
2
Hawaii (3.53%)
 
42
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Farewell To Cassini Mission That Explored Saturn

on September 15, 2017 - 6:32am

This illustration shows NASA’s Cassini spacecraft about to make one of its dives between Saturn and its innermost rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. Cassini will make 22 orbits that swoop between the rings and the planet before ending its mission today, Sept. 15, 2017, with a final plunge into Saturn. Courtesy/NASA/JPL-Caltech

 LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory played part in two major discoveries and powered the spacecraft during its 20-year flight

Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists led the development of two scientific sensors on NASA’s spacecraft Cassini that

Los Alamos High School Alum Peter Ahrens Receives Department Of Energy Graduate Fellowship

on September 14, 2017 - 3:15pm

LAHS graduate Peter Ahrens

EDUCATION News:

A former Los Alamos High School student is attending graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall on a U.S. Department of Energy fellowship.

Peter Ahrens was one of less than 5 percent of applicants to receive the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). Ahrens, a 2012 Los Alamos graduate, is studying toward a doctoral degree in Computer Science.

The fellowship, administered by the Krell Institute of Ames, Iowa, is funded by the DOE’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Office Of Justice Programs Awards More Than $28.3 Million To National Center For Missing And Exploited Children

on September 14, 2017 - 8:36am
OJP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Office of Justice Programs’ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) announced the award of more than $28.3 million in funding to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to support efforts to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation.
 
OJJDP has partnered with NCMEC for more than 30 years to respond to incidents of child abductions and to bring children home safely.

Udall Proposes Amendments To Benefit New Mexico & Nation In Major Defense Bill

on September 13, 2017 - 2:53pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

  • Measures would strengthen mission & safety of NM’s labs, help military families, and modernize government IT systems & save taxpayers money

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he is proposing several amendments to a major defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to benefit New Mexico’s national labs and military families, modernize outdated and wasteful government IT systems and save taxpayers money.

The bill, which sets defense policy for the nation, is being debated on the

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait, Step 10

on September 13, 2017 - 12:37pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry reminds tax professionals that if they experience a breach or theft of taxpayer data they should immediately contact the IRS to help protect clients.
 
The IRS can take some steps to lessen the impact of tax-related identity theft on clients, but a quick response by tax practitioners discovering a problem can help avert problems. Generally, criminals work quickly to convert the stolen data into fraudulent tax returns to claim refunds.
 
Encouraging tax practitioners to report data thefts is the final news release in

Pete Domenici Has Died

on September 13, 2017 - 12:01pm

Staff Report

Former New Mexico U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici died this morning at the age of 85 at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. He had recently undergone abdominal surgery and had been in intensive care.

Domenici represented New Mexico in the United States Senate from 1972 until 2008, making him the longest serving U.S. Senator from New Mexico. During his career, Domenici who was a Republican, rose in the ranks of the Senate to eventually serve as chairman or ranking minority member of the budget committee, depending on which party controlled the Senate.

He also rose to be

Heinrich Backs Medicare For All

on September 13, 2017 - 8:48am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on cosponsoring U.S Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Medicare for All bill:
 
“America is the wealthiest country on Earth, yet despite our health care progress in recent years, we still spend far too much of our GDP on health care and some New Mexicans still find themselves without any coverage at all.
 
“It is time to recognize that health care is a human right and I believe that the best way to make that a reality in our nation is to build on what we all

Secretary Zinke Directs Interior Bureaus To Take Aggressive Action To Prevent Wildfires

on September 13, 2017 - 8:14am
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
 
U.S. SECRETARY News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Sept. 12, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke directed all Department of the Interior bureaus, superintendents, and land managers at all levels to adopt more aggressive practices, using the full authority of the Department, to prevent and combat the spread of catastrophic wildfires through robust fuels reduction and pre-suppression techniques. 
 
This year-to-date, 47,700 wildfires have burned 8 million acres across the country, with the majority of the devastation in the states of California and

Heinrich, Lujan Grisham, Luján Introduce Legislation To Establish Tech-Transfer Maturation Program

on September 13, 2017 - 7:50am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sept. 12, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Michelle Lujan Grisham and Ben Ray Luján introduced bicameral legislation to authorize an Energy Technology Maturation Program at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to facilitate successful commercialization of laboratory-developed technologies and boost regional, technology-driven economic impact.
 
Heinrich, a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, announced the legislation during a Subcommittee on Energy hearing yesteray on the contributions of the DOE’s

IRS Reminds Partnerships That Received Extensions: Returns Due Sept. 15

on September 13, 2017 - 7:12am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service continues to monitor Hurricane Irma, but reminds calendar-year partnerships that the due date for filing a return after receiving an extension remains Sept. 15 following a recent change in the tax law.
 
The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 changed the date by which a partnership must file its annual return, Form 1065 or Form 1065-B.
 
For calendar year partnerships, the due date for filing the annual return or request for an extension changed from April 15 (April 18 in 2017) to March 15.
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Study: 2017’s Best Places For Oktoberfest Celebrations & Fun Facts

on September 13, 2017 - 7:07am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With Oktoberfest soon to kick off and the cost of attending the celebration in Munich, Germany, totaling an estimated $5,000 for Americans, the personal-finance website WalletHub took a close look at 2017's Best Places for Oktoberfest Celebrations, along with fun and interesting facts about the event in its Oktoberfest Facts – History, Beer, Food & More infographic.

To determine the best cities for partaking in the epic German festival, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the 100 largest cities across 23 key metrics, ranging from share of German population to number of

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall To Cosponsor Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All Legislation

on September 13, 2017 - 4:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that he will sign on as an original cosponsor to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation, which would ensure every American would have access to comprehensive health insurance regardless of income or employment status.
 
Udall supported similar proposals sponsored by Rep. John Conyers when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2003, 2005, and 2007. Udall made the following statement:
 
“I believe that health care is a human right, and that all New Mexicans – and

Northern New Mexico College’s High School Equivalency Program Ranked Best In Nation

on September 12, 2017 - 5:30pm

NNMC High School Equivalency Program staff Geri Irving, Robin Duran, Patrick Bendegue, Shari Jobe and Miquella Espinoza. Courtesy/NNMC 

NNMC News:

Española – Northern New Mexico College’s High School Equivalency Program (HEP) has been ranked the best in the nation for 2016, according to a newly released report by the Department of Education.

Northern’s HEP achieved a 96 percent graduation rate, the highest among the 43 High School Equivalency Programs operating nation-wide. The national average for graduation from HEP is 68 percent.

The program also has excelled with 96 percent of

IRS Reminder: Quarterly Estimated Tax Payment Due Sept. 15; Disaster Victims Have More Time

on September 12, 2017 - 3:29pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who need to make quarterly estimated tax payments that their next payment is due Friday, Sept. 15.
 
Most often, self-employed people, including those involved in the sharing economy, need to pay their taxes quarterly. Similarly, investors and retirees, as well as others with a substantial amount of income that is not subject to withholding, often need to make these payments.
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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Delivers Opening Statement At Joint Economic Committee Hearing On E-Commerce

on September 12, 2017 - 1:48pm
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, delivered the following statement at Sept. 12 hearing entitled “The Dynamic Gains from Free Digital Trade for the U.S. Economy.” Ranking Member Heinrich highlighted in his opening remarks how e-commerce is crucial to growing and democratizing the economy.
 
Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
 
Thank you, Vice Chairman Lee, and thank you to our panel for being here today.
 
E-commerce touches industries across all sectors

National Debt Crosses Historic Milestone

on September 12, 2017 - 12:55pm
FTD News:
 
Our nation has experienced a historic fiscal milestone as gross national debt eclipsed the $20 trillion mark for the first time in history. The following is a statement from the Campaign to Fix the Debt's Co-Chairs Judd Gregg and Edward Rendell:
 
President Trump spent much of the campaign warning about our $20 trillion debt; we have now officially hit that frightening milestone. The United States now holds more gross debt than at any time in history, and our debt held by the public is a larger share of the economy than at any time since just after World War II.
 
With

Udall, Heinrich Join Senators Urging Congress To Pass Wildfire Funding Fix In Any Future Disaster Aid

on September 12, 2017 - 9:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  With large fires blazing across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a bipartisan group of senators led by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), in a letter urging Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Charles E. Schumer to include a wildfire funding fix in any future disaster aid legislation that passes through Congress.    
 
The Senate passed a bipartisan funding bill to help with the cost of fighting the wildfires in western states as part

AG Warns Of Massive Equifax Data Breach; Urges New Mexicans To Protect Themselves From Identity Theft

on September 12, 2017 - 7:20am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas has released the following fraud alert regarding the massive Equifax data breach impacting up to 143 million Americans:
 
Equifax, a credit reporting agency has announced that it had a massive data breach affecting more than 143 million Americans. The announcement informed the public that the breach occurred sometime between May and July-- Equifax discovered the breach July 29.
 
Equifax has set up a secure website with information here: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/. There also is a

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