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Udall, Heinrich Fight To Protect Immigrant Survivors Of Domestic Violence, Demand Victims Not Be Targeted

on July 19, 2017 - 7:43am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly expressing their serious and growing concern that DHS personnel have taken steps to erode longstanding protections for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes, undermining the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Trafficking Victim Protection Act (TVPA), and other state and federal laws enacted to protect survivors.

“Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait, Step 2: Be Alert To Account Takeover Tactics

on July 19, 2017 - 7:32am

Here’s one example of a fake webpage. Courtesy/IRS

IRS News:

PHOENIX The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry are warning tax professionals that account takeovers by cybercriminals are on the rise and practitioners increasingly are the targets.

Account takeovers occur when a thief manages to steal or guess the username and password of a tax professional, enabling access of their computers or their other online accounts. With these credentials, thieves can, for example, access a tax professional’s IRS e-Services account to steal their Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN

2017’s Most And Least Stressed Cities In America

on July 19, 2017 - 6:28am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With U.S. stress levels increasing for the first time in 10 years due mainly to the current political climate and workplace-related stress alone costing society more than $300 billion per year, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an indepth analysis to determine 2017's Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.

In order to determine where Americans cope best with their stress, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest cities across 30 key metrics.
 
The data set ranges from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.

 
 
Most

Lujan Grisham Secures Tech Transfer, Diversity Provisions In Military Legislation

on July 18, 2017 - 4:14pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham/Courtesy photo
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham successfully included two provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, one that encourages more tech transfer to create jobs and one that promotes more diversity within the Air Force civilian workforce.
 
Both provisions are important to the large national laboratory and military presence in New Mexico.
 
The defense policy bill passed today. The Senate is considering its version of the legislation.
 
“The national laboratories and military bases

Net Neutrality Activists Set Sights On Congress: Plan To Unleash New Wave Of Billboards And Scorecard For Lawmakers Following Historic Day Of Action

on July 18, 2017 - 3:54pm
Generation Justice members in New Mexico speak out for net neutrality. Courtesy photo
 
FFTF News:
 
Digital rights group Fight for the Future unveiled today the next steps in the battle for the future of the Internet: turning the focus on Congress -- who have oversight over the FCC and whose actions will determine whether Ajit Pai’s unpopular plan moves forward -- with a wave of crowdfunded billboards and a “Congressional Scorecard” on BattleForTheNet.com showing where lawmakers stand.
 
The group has already raised more than $50,000 toward the billboards, which will go up in the

House Passes National Defense Authorization Act

on July 18, 2017 - 12:55pm
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:
 
“Each year, I examine every aspect of the NDAA to ensure it supports the critical missions taking place at our bases in New Mexico and provides the vital protections our service members need when fighting for our freedom. Equal in importance, the NDAA has the responsibility to support and assist military families.

Cyberattack Could Cost $120 Billion: Lloyd’s Of London

on July 18, 2017 - 9:34am

HSNW News:

Insurance giant Lloyd’s of London has warned that the cost of a serious cyberattack to the global economy could reach $120 billion or more – which was the cost of damage inflicted by Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy.

The 56-page report from the world’s oldest insurance firm says the threat posed by global cyberattacks has spiraled, and that it poses a huge risk over the next decade to business and governments everywhere.

The report says that the most likely cyberattack scenario is a hack which manages to shut down a cloud service provider.

Pearce On Individual Unemployment For Veterans

on July 18, 2017 - 8:12am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to reverse the Individual Unemployment (IU) termination for Social Security (SS) recipients in the budget proposal:
 
“When soldiers return from serving our nation, they deserve quality care and the benefits they were promised. We must honor our pledge to support our soldiers, especially those who return wounded.

National Awards Recognize Los Alamos National Laboratory Leadership In Nuclear Safeguards

on July 17, 2017 - 5:37pm

Nancy Jo Nicholas, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Two Los Alamos National Laboratory employees were recognized today by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management for their contributions to the nuclear safeguards profession.

Nancy Jo Nicholas, the Laboratory’s associate director for threat identification and response, was recognized with the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service award.

EPA Recertifies WIPP’s Continued Compliance With Radioactive Waste Disposal Standards

on July 17, 2017 - 9:56am
WIPP News:
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced July 13 the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has been recertified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and remains in full compliance with applicable EPA regulations for transuranic radioactive waste disposal.
 
“This decision reconfirms WIPP’s long-term ability to safely isolate transuranic waste from the environment,” Todd Shrader, DOE Carlsbad Field Office Manager said. “I want to thank everyone who worked on the EPA Compliance Recertification Application.

Letter To The Editor: Selling Rope On Credit To Hang Capitalism

on July 16, 2017 - 8:57am
By PETR JANDACEK
Los Alamos

Lenin said: “When the time is right we will make great concessions and overtures of peace to the capitalists and they will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

Capitalists are bidding to sell Putin the rope on credit.

Go Hillary! Go Donald!

CIR Panel On Human Migration And The Border July 26

on July 16, 2017 - 8:56am
CIR News:
 
Join the Santa Fe Council on International Relations at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 26 at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta, for a panel of three experts who will discusses human migration and the border.
 
Featured Panelists:
 
Allegra Love
 
Allegra Love is the attorney and director of SF Dreamers. She began her career at Santa Fe Public Schools in 2005 as a bilingual elementary school teacher and followed her passion for working with immigrants to law school.
 
After graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law, she came to work for the Adelante

Letter To The Editor: To U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

on July 16, 2017 - 7:34am
By that concerned citizen
Los Alamos

Mr. Pearce, we know in which direction you will be taking New Mexico. As a member of the Freedom Caucus you stood for a Republican Party that wants to push all governmental responsibility to the states while reducing their funding. With politicians like you, New Mexico will have the choice between higher state taxes or less services for New Mexicans.

On Health Care: You voted for the first version of the new healthcare bill – and as part of the Freedom Caucus were among a group of congressmen that wanted it to be even worse.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Visits Los Alamos

on July 15, 2017 - 8:27pm

From left, Publisher Carol A. Clark, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is running for governor of New Mexico on the Democratic ticket, and Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard this afternoon at the Los Alamos Daily Post on Central Avenue. The Congresswoman stopped by to visit the paper with Garcia Richard during her tour of ScienceFest activities. She mentioned that she was born in 1959 at Los Alamos Medical Center and attended Canyon School. Her father Buddy Lujan was a dentist in Los Alamos for some 40 years.

Udall, Heinrich Work To Improve Access To Comprehensive Care For Patients With Diabetes

on July 15, 2017 - 5:57am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich introduced bipartisan legislation to improve patient access to podiatrists in Medicaid and improve care for patients with diabetes who need therapeutic shoes via Medicare.
 
The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act would recognize podiatrists as physicians under Medicaid as they are defined under Medicare. The bill would bring Medicaid in line with Medicare and a majority of U.S.

Fugitive Wanted By FBI For Defrauding U.S. Government Over $500 Million Spotted In New Mexico

on July 14, 2017 - 5:40pm
Fugitive Eric C. Conn spotted in June at a Pilot gas station in Santa Rosa. Courtesy/FBI
 
FBI News:
 
A fugitive wanted for defrauding the U.S. government of more than half-a-billion dollars was spotted in New Mexico in June.
 
Fugitive Eric C. Conn spotted in June at a Walmart is in Deming. Courtesy/FBI
 
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky on Friday sentenced Eric C. Conn in absentia to 12 years in prison and ordered him to pay almost $170,000,000 in restitution, a $50,000 fine, and a forfeiture judgment of $5,750,404.
 
More details about the

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall Advances Key Funding For New Mexico Military Bases And Veterans

on July 14, 2017 - 1:30pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has announced that the committee has advanced legislation providing strong funding for military construction projects in New Mexico and for veterans’ care across the state.
 
In total, Udall secured more than $63 million in funding for projects at New Mexico’s military bases and facilities.

Refund Alert: AG Balderas Announces Hundreds Of NM Students To Receive Refund Checks From DeVry Univ.

on July 14, 2017 - 1:17pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that hundreds of New Mexico students will receive refund checks from DeVry University as part of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement over deceptive statements made by DeVry about their job prospects and earning potential after graduation.
 
July 5, the FTC began mailing 173,000 refund checks worth more than $49 million to some students who attended the school between 2008 and 2015. The checks will expire 60 days after they are mailed so it is important for former students in

Luján Amendment To Protect Those Exposed To Radiation Passes House

on July 14, 2017 - 1:05pm
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  An amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) to care for those exposed to radiation was unanimously approved by the U.S. House of Representatives late last night.
 
The amendment expresses the sense of Congress that it is appropriate for the U.S. government to compensate all miners, workers, downwinders, and others suffering from the effects of uranium mining and nuclear testing carried out during the Cold War.
 
“Many Americans sacrificed a great deal to ensure our national security.

DREAM BIG: Free Screening Reel Deal 10am Saturday

on July 14, 2017 - 10:44am

BECHTEL News:

What does it mean to be an engineer? Bechtel Corporation, one of the lead teammates of Los Alamos National Security LLC, is joining with Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos ScienceFest to present a free, one-day-only showing of an inspirational movie about engineering called “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.”

The movie is showing at IMAX theaters and science museums across the country but we’ve arranged for a screening in Los Alamos as part of the ScienceFest celebration.

Dream Big takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a

Udall: We Must Make Cultural, Political And Economic Sovereignty A Reality For All American Indian And Alaska Native Tribes

on July 14, 2017 - 5:42am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gave the keynote address at "Indian Nations Rising: Celebrating Native Youth," an event hosted Wednesday by The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
 
In his remarks, Udall said cultural, political, and economic sovereignty can be achieved through economic empowerment, strengthening ties to cultural identity, improved health care, and respect for the government-to-government relationship with Tribes.
 
Udall pledged to fight alongside Tribal communities

Representative Asked To Leave Closed Door Meeting On Aamodt Water Settlement And Rights-of-way Issues

on July 14, 2017 - 5:22am

Courtesy photo

 

Staff Report
Valley Daily Post

NAMBE – New Mexico State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe County) and residents of northern Santa Fe County, were asked to leave a Thursday meeting organized by the federal Department of the Interior to discuss the controversial Aamodt water settlement and the rights-of-way issues that affect the residents of the area.

Rep. Carl Trujillo

When asked by Rep. Trujillo why they must leave the meeting, the expelled residents were told, “they had not been invited”.

“Their exclusion is odd, given the discussion centered around the Aamodt

Heinrich Representative Speaks To Rotary Club

on July 14, 2017 - 4:32am

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Dr. Ken Lucero, a field representative for U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich's Office, speaks to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about Heinrich's Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony 2017 during the club's meeting Tuesday at the Los Alamos Golf Course Clubhouse. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 
 
​In 1970s, a shield deeply sacred to the Acoma Pueblo was stolen. That shield recently re-appeared in a French auction house.

Civil And Human Rights Coalition Welcomes New Protection For Consumers

on July 13, 2017 - 4:30pm
TLC News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to today’s release by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) of a final rule that helps protect consumers from forced arbitration:
 
“Most consumers are not aware of the forced arbitration clauses that financial service corporations include in the lengthy, complex contracts consumers are pressured to sign.

Heinrich Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Provide Fourth Graders Free Access To National Parks

on July 13, 2017 - 12:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus, and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has introduced the Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) Act, bipartisan legislation to provide America’s fourth graders and their families free entrance to all federally managed land, waters, and historic sites, including national parks – more than 2,000 sites in all. 
 
The Every Kid Outdoors Act is aimed at encouraging kids to get outdoors and experience America’s public spaces, while engaging in healthy activity and

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