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NMVC: The Real Value Of Our Public Lands

on July 6, 2017 - 8:19am
James Jimanez at a waterfall. Courtesy photo
 
 
By JAMES JIMANEZ
Executive Director 
New Mexico Voices for Children
 
Camping is one of this nation’s great equalizers. Whether you camp with the latest, most expensive gear, or you hang a tarp and sleep in the bed of a pickup truck, there is a camping style to fit most every budget.
 
It continues to be, for many families, one of the cheapest ways to vacation and enjoy the great outdoors. Camping is becoming an equalizer in a different way, as more and more racial and ethnic minorities are pitching tents.
 
A recent survey showed

Letter To The Editor: Response To Pearce's 'Regulation'

on July 6, 2017 - 7:44am
By EDWARD BIRNBAUM
Los Alamos
 
I think most people would agree with at least one sentence of Rep. Steve Pearce’s recent op-ed in the Los Alamos Daily Post, i.e., “The United States must do more to cut off the ability of criminal enterprises to launder money through anonymous shell companies.”
 
The complication is that he wants to accomplish this without imposing any “… burdens on the back of new businesses or the financial institutions that fund them.”
 
The question is, how can you cut off money laundering without imposing additional regulations and/or costs on either businesses or

Net Neutrality Day Of Action July 12 May Be the Largest Online Protest In Years

on July 6, 2017 - 7:30am
FFTF News:
 
Urban Dictionary, Bandcamp, Automattic (who run WordPress) and Discord are among the latest major web platforms to join the Internet-wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality scheduled for July 12 to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation.
 
Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Private Internet Access, Mozilla, OK Cupid, Imgur, PornHub, Medium, and dozens of other major sites also are participating.
 
More than 50,000 people, sites and organizations have

Library of Congress Launches Booklovers Circle

on July 6, 2017 - 7:26am
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS News:
 
The Library of Congress announced a new opportunity for booklovers to support the beloved annual celebration of reading and literacy, the National Book Festival, while enhancing their own festival experiences.
 
Each year the Library of Congress National Book Festival brings together tens of thousands of booklovers with more than 100 of their favorite authors for interesting conversation, book signings and family fun. Thanks to its many sponsors and supporters, the festival has always been free to the public.
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2017’s Best And Worst States To Start A Business

on July 5, 2017 - 8:18am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With President Donald Trump proposing to slash the corporate tax rate to 15 percent while startup activity trends upward for three years in a row and reaches pre-recession levels, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis identifying 2017’s Best & Worst States to Start a Business.
 
To determine the most fertile grounds for planting and growing new ventures, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 U.S. states across 20 key indicators of startup success.

Scenes From Bandelier Naturalization Ceremony

on July 5, 2017 - 8:14am

Fifteen newly-sworn United States citizens at Bandelier National Monument Tuesday with Superintendent Jason Lott, far right, and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz, second from right, who was the guest speaker. Courtesy photo

Nicholas Maestas, left, representing U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Los Alamos County Council Chair David Izraelevitz at Tuesday's naturalization ceremony at Banderlier. Courtesy photo

Some of the new United States citizens being sworn in at Tuesday's naturalization ceremony at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy photo

Representing VFW Post 8874

IRS Launches 2017 Summertime Tax Tip Program

on July 5, 2017 - 7:41am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  More than 719,000 taxpayers received plain-language Tax Tips directly to their email inbox during this past tax filing season and got the information they needed to help them file their taxes.
 
Because taxes are year-round for many taxpayers, and many taxable situations arise during the summer months, the Internal Revenue Service offers a Summertime Tax Tip program that began July 3.
 
The IRS is encouraging taxpayers to sign up now for this email service to help them get a jump-start on their taxes and learn about the tax implications of events that often occur
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Luján: Celebrating Freedom ... Liberty ... Democracy

on July 4, 2017 - 1:38pm
From U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
NM 3rd Congressional District

Independence Day is such an important holiday to me. Not only are we celebrating our nation’s 241st birthday, we are celebrating the ideals our nation was founded upon. We are celebrating freedom. We are celebrating liberty. We are celebrating our democracy.

Our democracy is what makes our nation so great. We the people get to decide the direction of our nation. We were the first nation founded on the ideas that power derives from the people, not its leaders. We must remember that we have the power to enact great change!

Girl Scouts Of America Show Support To US Servicemen And Women With Local Million Thanks Drive

on July 4, 2017 - 11:31am

The Girl Scouts of America show support to the servicemen and servicewomen of America, by assisting with the local A Million Thanks drive. The Albuquerque North Stake of the LDS Church held a Leadership Conference for Girl Scouts recently and used the A Million Thanks project as their service project. Our local program received over 100 cards from girls of all ages. Five bundles were sent to local and regional young men serving across the United States and in South Korea. The goal of the project is to regularly sent mailings to boost the spirits of our military.

Appeals Court Defends Oil And Gas Waste Rule

on July 4, 2017 - 8:24am
SIERRA CLUB News:
 
In a win for children’s health and climate protection, a federal appeals court in Washington D.C. has blocked the Trump Administration’s suspension of EPA standards that keep the oil and gas industry’s pollution out of the air children breathe.
 
"This ruling means that hundreds of new wells in New Mexico will have to capture methane, a natural resource that belongs to all Americans. This is a gas that is being extracted from public lands and is simply wasted by private companies.

IRS Launches Country-by-Country Reporting Pages

on July 4, 2017 - 7:53am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the launch of Country-by-Country Reporting pages on irs.gov.
 
These pages provide background information on Country-by-Country Reporting, frequently asked questions and other helpful resources, including a list of jurisdictions that have concluded Competent Authority Arrangements with the United States.
 
Country-by-Country (CbC) Reporting is part of Action 13 of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project, which is intended to enhance transparency for tax

Happy Independence Day Los Alamos!

on July 4, 2017 - 7:42am

Signing the Declaration of Independence. Courtesy/military.com

Staff Report

July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States.

Each year on July 4th, Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.

Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with

Video Highlights Importance Of National Monuments

on July 3, 2017 - 8:59am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) released a video highlighting the economic impact that national monuments have had in their states and across the country.
 
In April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at rescinding national monument designations made by President Obama under the Antiquities Act.

Senators Introduce Strongest Legislative Package Of Sportsmen’s Priorities In Years

on July 3, 2017 - 8:05am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Only hours ahead of their departure for the Fourth of July recess, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and a bipartisan group of senators introduced S. 1514, a strong package of bills that would benefit fish and wildlife habitat nationwide, while funding critical watershed restoration efforts in the Mid-Atlantic and improving access for recreational shooters on public lands.

The legislation would:

  • Reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act—a grant program through which each federal dollar invested is matched an average of

NEA Honors Dr. Veronica García For Leading Public Education Advocacy In New Mexico

on July 3, 2017 - 6:47am

EDUCATION News:

  • Annual gala also marks 50th anniversary of the NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner 

BOSTON—Because of her hard work and strong advocacy for public education and students, especially for disadvantaged children from poor families, Dr. Veronica García, the superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, has been awarded the NEA H. Councill Trenholm Award.

Since 1967, NEA has recognized and honored those who have fought — and continue to fight — for human and civil rights.

Distant Earthquakes Trigger Underwater Landslides

on July 3, 2017 - 6:29am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — New research finds large earthquakes can trigger underwater landslides thousands of miles away, weeks or months after the quake occurs.
 
Researchers analyzing data from ocean bottom seismometers off the Washington-Oregon coast tied a series of underwater landslides on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, 80 to 161 kilometers (50 to 100 miles) off the Pacific Northwest coast, to a 2012 magnitude-8.6 earthquake in the Indian Ocean – more than 13,500 kilometers (8,390 miles) away.

Heinrich Cosponsors Bipartisan Resolution Designating June Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month

on July 3, 2017 - 6:26am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C— U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cosponsored a bipartisan resolution designating June 2017 as National Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) Awareness Month and June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day.

The intent is to raise awareness about challenges facing servicemembers, veterans and others who experience post-traumatic stress, and to eliminate the stigma sometimes associated with it.

Home Country: Standing As An American Citizen

on July 3, 2017 - 6:20am
Home Country
By SLIM RANDLES
 
Windy Wilson was on the prowl, this beautiful Independence Day morning, searching the neighborhood for something to do for others.
 
He decided to let his weekly day helping others come on the Fourth this week, because he was feeling very American.
 
Let’s see … he thought … I can circumlocute over to Mrs. Hennessey’s and see if her flower garden needs weeding. She’s got very close veins and the sugar diabeets, and getting around ain’t easy.
 
He headed in that direction when he came across two friends of his arguing over politics.

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins Tells His Story: Part 1

on July 2, 2017 - 8:09am

Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos shares his experiences prior to and during the war. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

MSgt. Paul Elkins. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series about Korean War Veteran Paul Elkins of Los Alamos.

Last month marked 67 years since the beginning of the Korean War, sometimes called the Forgotten War, in which almost 40,000 Americans died and more than 100,000 were wounded.

NSA Accredits Sylint For Cyber Incident Response

on July 2, 2017 - 7:26am
SYLINT News:
 
SARASOTA, Fla. Sylint Group, Inc. has received accreditation from the National Security Agency (NSA) for Cyber Incident Response Assistance (CIRA).
 
Sylint is now one of only 15 companies in the U.S. recognized by the NSA as having met their standards to provide cyber incident response services to government agencies, companies, and other organizations.
 
“We are a concentrated, highly agile team of cyber professionals and licensed investigators able to quickly and discreetly respond to incidents,” said Charles Shugg, Brigadier General, USAF, retired, and a senior

Udall Joins In Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness

on July 2, 2017 - 7:19am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to combat homelessness and improve direct support services for Native American veterans.
 
Hoeven and Udall are the chairman and vice-chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Tester and Isakson are the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
 
The legislation, the Tribal HUD-VASH Act would formally authorize a joint Tribal housing initiative between the U.S.

House Committee Passes Resilient Federal Forest Act

on July 2, 2017 - 7:05am
NWTF News:
 
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation commends the House Committee on Natural Resources for the passage of H.R.2936 as well as Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) for his continued efforts to improve the management of our federal forests.
 
The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, introduced by Westerman earlier this month, aims to increase proactive forest management to combat catastrophic wildfires, promote healthy and sustainable forests and create early successional wildlife habitat.
 
The act would streamline a multitude of processes involved in the

Pearce Statement On The Corporate Transparency Act

on July 1, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, Thursday released the following statement after Representative Maloney (NY-12) introduced the Corporate Transparency Act:
 
“Too often, funding for national and international crime is facilitated through anonymous businesses and corporations. The United States must do more to cut off the ability of criminal enterprises to launder money through anonymous shell companies.

Heinrich Secures Major Gains For N.M. Military Bases, National Labs, High-Tech Manufacturing Economy

on July 1, 2017 - 6:39am

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, has announced provisions he secured in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that support New Mexico's men and women in uniform, military installations, national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), and job-creating initiatives throughout the state.

The committee voted unanimously to report the bill yesterday and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

“I am proud to have authored a

Pearce Backs Bills For Safer Communities, Calls For Better Immigration System

on June 30, 2017 - 2:15pm
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON D.C.  Congressman Steve Pearce yesterday released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3003, No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, and H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law, to combat sanctuary cities and enhance public safety. H.R. 3003 will work to prevent sanctuary cities by withholding certain federal grants from cities that refuse to comply with our nation’s immigration laws. 
 
“We in New Mexico know firsthand the challenges that come with a broken and outdated immigration system.

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