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Gun Laws And Statistics: A Sometimes Toxic Mix

on February 15, 2017 - 6:59am
By KHALIL SPPENCER
Los Alamos

Elena Giorgi  states the oft-repeated claim that "states that have closed the loopholes have seen a huge reduction in gun homicide." I wish Ms. Giorgi and others would cite their sources for these claims because as far as I know, there is no evidence of such a huge cause and effect between closing private sales "gun show loopholes" and seeing resulting "huge" reductions in gun crime. Indeed, states with so-called "weak" gun laws range from those with very high gun homicide statistics to some having the lowest gun homicide rates.

Indeed, one can look closer to

Split Atoms Win Lego League Robotics Competition

on February 14, 2017 - 9:40pm

Los Alamos Lego League Robotics team, the Split Atoms, won 1st place in Robot Performance at the recent New Mexico Region Championship. This win entitles the team to go on to a national open invitational tournament. Go Split Atoms! Team members from top left, Ben Segler, Keith Bridge, Nate Golden, David Puckett, Beck Ellis and Willow Golden. Photo by Jeff Segler

Heinrich Demands Answers On Trump Administration's Handling Of Classified Information

on February 14, 2017 - 2:34pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

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

In a letter sent to Acting Director of National Intelligence, Heinrich asks for answers regarding the process used to grant access to classified information.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, is calling into question the manner in which the Trump Administration has been accessing and handling sensitive and classified information.

“We’ve seen a pattern of carelessness and lack of accountability from this administration that puts our

IRS: Avoid The Rush; Use Website For Quick Answers

on February 14, 2017 - 1:14pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service recently reminded taxpayers that the next couple of weeks, especially around Presidents’ Day, marks the busiest time of year for IRS toll-free phone services. Taxpayers can avoid the rush by getting answers to their questions on IRS.gov.
 
The IRS will be issuing an “Avoid the Rush” series of news releases that provide tips related to the most common questions asked by taxpayers during the February peak.
 
The IRS will staff its toll-free telephone service Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., callers’ local time, and Monday, Feb.
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DEA Removes Marijuana Misinformation

on February 13, 2017 - 8:15pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After months of public pressure, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed factually inaccurate information from its website.
 
The change comes after Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a legal request with the Department of Justice last year demanding that the DEA immediately update and remove factually inaccurate information about cannabis from their website and materials.
 
Americans for Safe Access argued that the more than

Letter To The Editor: The Last Thing The World Needs Is A Stronger And Greater USA

on February 13, 2017 - 4:37pm
By Dr. DOUGLAS T. REILLY
Los Alamos
 
President Trump’s inaugural address advocated a stronger and greater USA. He used the word America; I remember an Argentine friend who long ago reminded me that everyone from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Ushuaia at the southern tip of South American IS AMERICAN.
 
The last thing the world needs is a stronger and greater USA. We are already strong and great. Most of us know Lord Acton’s quote, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Many countries consider the USA the most dangerous country in the world.

FBI: Romance Scams

on February 13, 2017 - 10:13am

Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

  • Online Imposters Break Hearts and Bank Accounts

They met online. He said he was a friend of a friend. The woman, in her 50s and struggling in her marriage, was happy to find someone to chat with. “He was saying all the right things,” she remembered. “He was interested in me. He was interested in getting to know me better. He was very positive, and I felt like there was a real connection there.”

That connection would end up costing the woman $2 million and an untold amount of heartache after the man she fell in love with—whom she never met in person—took her for every cent

Excessive Claims For Business Credits Makes The IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List Of Tax Scams

on February 12, 2017 - 7:13am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service warned that taxpayers should watch for improper claims for business credits, which is on the “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2017 filing season.
 
Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter any time but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire people to help with their taxes.
 
Fuel Tax Credit Scams
 
Fraud involving the fuel tax credit is considered a frivolous tax claim and can result in a penalty of $5,000. Furthermore,
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Los Alamos Teens Needed For Citizen Science Mission

on February 11, 2017 - 8:37am
 
SCIENCE News:
 
Café Scientifique Los Alamos is hosting a Teen Science Café at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 9 in the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
The presentation will focus on the Sun’s Corona Observed During A Solar Eclipse.
 
Café Presenter, Dr. Galen Gisler of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present on sun’s corona, which is normally visible only during a total solar eclipse and why this is important. He also will talk about the upcoming solar eclipse Aug. 21 and the path it will be take to seen as a full solar eclipse across the US.
 
Eight Los Alamos

Heinrich Blasts Dakota Access Pipeline Decision, Stands Up For Tribal Sovereignty And Treaty Rights

on February 11, 2017 - 8:19am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) blasted the Trump Administration’s approval of a final easement to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and its failure to undertake meaningful consultation with Native American tribes.
 
In a letter to President Donald Trump, Heinrich and other members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources said, “This blatant disregard for federal law and our country’s treaty and trust responsibilities to Native American tribes is unacceptable.

IRS Annual 'Dirty Dozen' List Of Tax Scams To Avoid Includes Falsely Padding Deductions

on February 11, 2017 - 8:18am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  Avoid the temptation to falsely inflate deductions or expenses on tax returns, the IRS warned today in its 2017 “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams. Doing so may result in paying less than is owed or receiving a larger refund than is due.
 
The majority of taxpayers file honest and accurate tax returns each year. However, each year some taxpayers “fudge” their information. This is why falsely claiming deductions, expenses or credits on tax returns remains on the “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams. Taxpayers should think twice before overstating deductions such as charitable
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Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bill To Protect Scientists From Political Interference

on February 10, 2017 - 12:40pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined 25 of their Senate colleagues in cosponsoring a bill that would protect government scientists and their capacity to share information with the public from political interference. The legislation comes in the wake of recent reports that President Trump’s transition team sought a list of all Department of Energy employees and national lab contractors who attended meetings on climate issues and Trump administration officials placed gag orders on employees at the Environmental Protection Agency.
 

Los Alamos Research On Cancer’s Origins Key Part Of Huge Grant

on February 10, 2017 - 8:41am

Ludmil Alexandrov, Los Alamos National Laboratory, part of a team seeking to build a much deeper understanding of DNA damage – what causes it and how it leads to cancer. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • $25 million from Cancer Research UK funds Big Data analysis identifying mutational signatures of cancer​

Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Ludmil Alexandrov has been announced as a member of one of the first four global research teams funded under Cancer Research UK’s “Grand Challenge,” which seeks to revolutionize the understanding of cancer and its prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The

FBI Searches For ‘Barrel Chested Bandit’

on February 10, 2017 - 7:17am

 

‘Barrel Chested Bandit’ Dec. 12, 2016. Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

DALLAS, Texas The Dallas FBI Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a serial bank robber dubbed the “Barrel Chested Bandit,” who is believed to be responsible for eight bank robberies or attempted bank robberies across Texas, Arizona and New Mexico between Aug. 24, 2016 and Feb. 4, 2017.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this individual.

‘Barrel Chested Bandit’ Nov. 30, 2016 . Courtesy/FBI

Robberies:

  • Aug.

NM 4th Most Affected State By Trade War With Mexico

on February 9, 2017 - 6:28am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With President Donald Trump’s plans for financing the soon-to-be-constructed border wall with Mexico sparking concerns about a possible trade battle between the two nations, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017's States Most Affected by Trade War with Mexico.
 
In order to gauge the impact of the economic fallout with Mexico on individual states, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics.

IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List Of Tax Scams For 2017: Falsely Inflating Refund Claims

on February 9, 2017 - 6:02am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers to be alert to unscrupulous tax return preparers touting inflated tax refunds. This scam remains on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for 2017.
 
"Exercise caution when a return preparer promises an extremely large refund or one based on credits or benefits you've never been able to claim before," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
 
The “Dirty Dozen,” an annual list compiled by the IRS, outlines common scams that taxpayers may encounter.
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Sandia Technical Partners Announces Participation In NTESS Team For Management And Operation Of SNL

on February 8, 2017 - 9:03am

STP News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Sandia Technical Partners, LLC (STP), a New Mexico-based joint venture, announces its participation in the new Management and Operations Contract for Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) recently awarded to National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS). Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA) is the managing member of STP formed to enhance small business participation in the SNL operation.

In addition to LATA, STP member entities include:
  • Strategic Management Solutions, LLC (SMSI);
  • Innovative Technology Partnership, LLC (ITP); and 
  • Sigma Science, Inc.

Sheehey: Trump’s Executive Order On Immigration

on February 8, 2017 - 7:52am
By PETE SHEEHEY
Los Alamos County Councilor

Editor’s note: Councilor Pete Sheehey delivered the following statement at Tuesday’s County Council work session in White Rock:

President Trump’s Jan. 27 Executive Order suspending visits or immigration to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries for three months, and stopping processing or entry of any refugees for four months, has caused tremendous controversy.

The courts will decide whether or not this order violates anyone’s rights to due process or equal protection under the US Constitution and law. I am compelled to speak on this today.

Jane Sánchez Named Law Librarian Of Congress

on February 7, 2017 - 11:07am
Jane Sánchez reading at a Juneteenth Book Festival Symposium Library of Congress. Courtesy/wkimediacommons
 
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS News:
 
The Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, has announced that Jane Sánchez, the chief of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Library of Congress, has been named the Law Librarian of Congress.
 
Sánchez, who holds a Juris Doctor degree in addition to a master’s degree in Library Science and a bachelor’s degree in English, has led the Humanities and Social Sciences division at the Library of Congress since 2014.
 
She also has served as a business
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Local YAPS Attend National Ski Patrol Jamboree

on February 7, 2017 - 8:03am

Los Alamos Young Adult Patroller (YAP) Kai Coblentz is lowered in a sled during high-angle rescue training last weekend at Wolf Creek, Colo. The compressed gas avalanche tool injects gas under the pack and the pipe is used as an anchor. Courtesy photo

A belayer's eye view of the 'knife ridge' as YAP Kai Coblentz remains visible in the orange high angle rescue device far down below at the end of the rope during a training exercise last weekend at Wolf Creek, Colo. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Four young adult patrollers (YAP) from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol

Udall Recruiting Summer Interns For D.C. Office

on February 7, 2017 - 8:02am

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C. office.

For more information and to apply for an internship, visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/internships. During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer sessions: May 30 to June 30, and July 3 to Aug.

February Is Dating Violence Awareness Month

on February 6, 2017 - 6:07am

Local adolescent counselor Steffie Koch, LMHC, paints the White Rock rock Sunday to let the community know that February is Dating Violence Awareness Month. She explained that she felt is was important to do so after reading a recent report detailing the amount of dating violence taking place in here locally. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Local adolescent counselor Steffie Koch, LMHC, Joey Farish and William Finn paint the White Rock rock Sunday announcing February is Dating Violence Awareness Month. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

February is Dating Violence Awareness

Los Alamos Women Rally Against Human Trafficking

on February 5, 2017 - 6:44pm

Women from the First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos gather this afternoon in Pojoaque to protest against human trafficking. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Many motorists passing by the Los Alamos women this afternoon on US 285 honked and waved. One driver pulling up behind the women, and unable to see their banner, rolled down his window and yelled, 'Is this about Trump?' The women said no and he smiled and drove on. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
POJOAQUE -- Women from the First United Methodist Church in Los Alamos

Letter To The Editor: That Gut-Wrenching Pain...

on February 4, 2017 - 9:32pm
By Bob Fuselier
Los Alamos

Have you felt that painful,tightening, gut-wrenching feeling when you hear someone state something that infringes upon your rights or beliefs?

Good, that means you’re human. The feeling comes from an emotional system that helps us survive.

Have you allowed that feeling to develop into anger toward the one expressing the statement?

That’s not good. It’s true that anger is part of our humanity, but it comes from the lowest and most ancient parts of our brain, one we share with lizards.

Have you taken an oppositional stance of the idea or policy that was stated?

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society Opens Registration For 2017 Student Research Showcase

on February 4, 2017 - 5:00am
SIGMAXI News:
 
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. ― Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society invites high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to compete in its 2017 Student Research Showcase.
 
This unique opportunity helps students develop science communication skills. These skills help researchers share the value of their work with the public, supervisors, and organizations that can provide funding or social support for a project.
 
The Student Research Showcase is an online competition that is open to most research disciplines and to students anywhere in the world.

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