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Register For 29th Quest For Excellence® Conference

on January 29, 2017 - 8:10am
 
NIST News:
 
Register today for the 29th Annual Quest for Excellence® Conference April 2-5, 2017 in Baltimore, Md., and learn best practices from current and former Baldrige Award recipients! 
 
Quest is the premier learning and networking event for quality leaders in business, health care, education, and nonprofit organizations who are striving to achieve industry-leading performance. 
 
Join us in Baltimore and take advantage of engaging conference sessions and activities including:

New Democratic Report Presents Detailed Economic Data On All 50 States And D.C. For 2016

on January 29, 2017 - 8:05am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ranking Member of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC), has announced the release of the latest State Economic Snapshots, a report by the Democratic staff of the JEC that aggregates statistics on jobs, unemployment and earnings in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for 2016.
 
The report provides evidence of the economy’s continued growth during the last year of the Obama administration.
 
The study finds that in 2016, average hourly earnings adjusted for inflation increased in 29 states and D.C., and 41

Working Grandparents May Be Eligible For EITC

on January 29, 2017 - 8:03am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service wants working grandparents raising grandchildren to be aware of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and correctly claim it if they qualify.
 
The EITC is a federal income tax credit for workers who don't earn a high income ($53,505 or less for 2016) and meet certain eligibility requirements. Because it’s a refundable credit, those who qualify and claim the credit could pay less federal tax, pay no tax or even get a tax refund. The EITC could put an extra $2 or up to $6,269 into a taxpayer’s pocket.
 
Grandparents and other relatives
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DOE Releases Draft RFP For Moab UMTRA Technical Assistance Contract (TAC) Procurement

on January 29, 2017 - 8:01am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) issued a Final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Remedial Action (UMTRA) Technical Assistance Contract (TAC), in Moab, Utah.
 
An Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, utilizing Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) and Time-and-Material task orders, is anticipated.
 
The Final RFP is established as a total U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program set-aside with a five year ordering period.

Annual 8th Grade Washington, D.C. Spring Break Trip

on January 29, 2017 - 7:59am
 
LAMS News:
 
There's still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C.
 
This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school 8th grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored trip. Sign up by calling 1.800.468.5899 using trip ID Number 132736.
 
The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Maryland.

Chapman: Thoughts On Cicero’s 'On Duties' With Reflections On The Events Of The Past 12 Months

on January 29, 2017 - 7:59am
By RALPH E. CHAPMAN
Los Alamos
Original parts ©Ralph E. Chapman 2017
 
“Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it's been.”  From the song “Truckin” by The Grateful Dead, 1970; written by Jerome J. Garcia, Philip Lesh, Robert C. Hunter, Robert Hall Weir
 
That quote from The Grateful Dead is very relevant to today, probably as much, or even more so, than the time when it was written. It was also a time of great turmoil.
 
As I’ve stated a few times here on the Los Alamos Daily Post, I keep my political views close and seldom, if ever, speak publicly about them.

AGU: The Shifting Landscape Of Science

on January 29, 2017 - 7:58am
By Eric Davidson, President, American Geophysical Union
By Chris McEntee, Executive Director/CEO, American Geophysical Union

It has been said that our greatest fears lie in anticipation.

Doomsday Clock Slips Toward The Brink – An Analysis

on January 28, 2017 - 11:26pm
By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

A vital tradition with global significance transpired this week, when a new time was posted for the Doomsday Clock under the guidance of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine of science and public affairs founded by Manhattan Project scientists in 1945.

The timekeeping ritual began in

IRS Announces Centralized Media System

on January 28, 2017 - 8:09am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  IRS Media Relations announced it is moving to a centralized email and phone system nationwide, to be more effective in responding to media inquiries.
 

Also, for the latest updates from the IRS, follow @IRSnews on Twitter.

 
Sign up for IRS subscription services to receive news releases, factsheets and tax tips.
  • IRS Newswire – Receive news releases as they are issued by the IRS National Media Relations Office in Washington, DC.
  • IRS Tax Tips – Receive tax information via email from the IRS daily during the tax-filing season and periodically the rest of the year.
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National Association For Gun Rights Delivers Thousands Of Petitions To Trump

on January 28, 2017 - 8:04am
NAGR News:
 
WINDSOR, Colo.  On Friday the National Association for Gun Rights delivered over 30,000 petitions to the White House after the fax machine line was reportedly severed.
 
These petitions, collected over the previous weekend, were signed by individual National Association for Gun Rights members and supporters, urging President Trump to immediately take action by fulfilling his pro-gun promises and undoing the great harm the Obama Administration inflicted on law-abiding gun owners.
 
“Throughout Present Trump’s campaign, he promised to defend the Second Amendment, and now gun

Udall Statement On Trump Border Wall And Immigration Executive Orders

on January 27, 2017 - 3:06pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on President Trump's executive order calling for the construction of a wall on the Southern border and to block local protections for immigrants:
 
"As residents of a border state, New Mexicans know that border security is critically important to our national security. I support — and have voted for — hiring more Border Patrol agents and funding more security equipment and technology.

IRS Warns W-2 Scam Targeting Payroll, Human Resource Departments Is Back

on January 27, 2017 - 3:04pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today renewed their warning about an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments.
 
This week, the IRS already has received new notifications that the email scam is making its way across the nation for a second time. The IRS urges company payroll officials to double check any executive-level or unusual requests for lists of Forms W-2 or Social Security number.
 
The W-2 scam first appeared last year.

RE/MAX Agent Kelly Myers Earns Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

on January 27, 2017 - 1:02pm

Kelly Myers

Kelly Myers, an agent with RE/MAX of Los Alamos, has been presented with the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors highly successful agents. Less than six percent of the RE/MAX network has achieved this prestigious award.

“Kelly has been an integral member of our team and is more than deserving of this very prestigious award,” said Chris Ortega, Owner of RE/MAX of Los Alamos.“Winning this award is a tremendous accomplishment. Kellycontinues to raise the bar in real estate, making us, and this community, proud.”

In addition, Myersco-chairs the Los Alamos/Rio Arriba Big

Udall Names Jennifer Romero Senate Indian Affairs Committee Democratic Staff Director

on January 27, 2017 - 8:12am
Jennifer Romero
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that he has named Jennifer Romero as the committee's Democratic staff director and chief counsel, effective immediately.
 
Prior to joining the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Romero served under U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell as senior advisor for Native Hawaiian Affairs. She is an experienced attorney, specializing in Indian law and public policy.

Heinrich Statement On Vote Against Confirmation Of Nikki Haley As UN Ambassador

on January 27, 2017 - 8:01am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement on his vote against the confirmation of South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations:
 
“The United Nations is a critical institution for promoting and protecting peace abroad, reducing hunger and poverty in developing countries, and bringing international criminals to justice.  
 
“Governor Haley’s lack of foreign policy experience combined with a President who promotes isolationism and has been near outright hostile to the

AGU: New Study Highlights Need To Increase Female Peer Reviewers

on January 27, 2017 - 7:59am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Publishers of scholarly journals should take additional steps to get more women to serve as peer reviewers of manuscripts, according to a new analysis by the American Geophysical Union showing women across all age groups have fewer opportunities than men to participate in this career-building activity.
 
Peer review is an essential part of scholarly publishing and building a scientific career. Scientific journals rely on reviews of manuscripts by experts to ensure the standards, quality and significance of the papers published in their journals.

Ranking Member Raúl Grijalva Visits Los Alamos Jan. 27

on January 26, 2017 - 8:54am

Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva

POLITICAL News:

  • Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva Speaks Friday at Fuller Lodge

Washington, D.C. – As House Republicans vow to eliminate federal protection for multiple national monuments across the West, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will head to New Mexico Jan. 25-27 to tour several federally protected sites, meet with key lawmakers, and connect with conservation, sportsmen and business leaders to form a united front in what is expected to be a frontline state in the fight over the future of our public lands.

The trip, Grijalva said, is about

Extreme Space Weather-Induced Electricity Blackouts Could Cost U.S. More Than $40 Billion Daily

on January 26, 2017 - 7:57am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The daily U.S. economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars, with more than half the loss from indirect costs outside the blackout zone, according to a new study.
 
Previous studies have focused on direct economic costs within the blackout zone, failing to take into account indirect domestic and international supply chain loss from extreme space weather.
 
“On average the direct economic cost incurred from disruption to electricity represents only 49 percent of the total potential macroeconomic

Obama Environmental Legacy Will Benefit People And Places Of New Mexico For Years To Come

on January 26, 2017 - 7:44am
ENVIRONMENT News:
 
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children,” this proverb may well have guided President Obama over the past eight years as he protected our landscapes and led the world to limit the worst impacts of global warming.
 
From the Climate Action Plan to investing in renewable energy and fuel economy standards and forging the historic Paris Climate Agreement, President Obama’s unprecedented leadership on cutting global warming emissions will ensure a brighter future for our planet and all of us who call it home.
 
With 2016 in the

BLM Announces Selections For Leadership Positions

on January 26, 2017 - 7:36am
Kristin Bail 
 
BLM News:
 
The Bureau of Land Management has announced two key leadership positions:
 
Kristin Bail will serve as the agency’s acting director; and
Jody L. Hudson has been selected as the assistant director for Human Capital Management.
 
Previous BLM Director Neil Kornze stepped down Jan. 20 with the transition to the new administration. Hudson succeeds Carole Carter-Pfisterer who retired from the BLM last month.
 
“Kristin is a thoughtful, effective leader. The BLM family will be in good hands under her leadership,” Kornze said.  
 
In her most recent

Heinrich On Reports Of Executive Order On Reinstating Interrogation Policies

on January 25, 2017 - 3:17pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding media reports that the Trump Administration is considering an executive order to reinstate the CIA detention and interrogation program:

"Any attempt to roll back prohibitions against torture is out of step with American principles and ruins our global credibility on human rights.

“The CIA’s use of ‘black sites’ and ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ resulted in a dark chapter in our history, and was filled with gross

AG Balderas Sues Takata And 15 Automakers Over Airbags That Function As Fragmentation Grenades

on January 25, 2017 - 11:34am

Photos of airbags that function as fragmentation grenades. Courtesy/AG

STATE News:

  • To date, known Takata airbag IR incidents have injured more than 180 people and killed at least 11 in the United States alone

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit this week against Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata and 15 automakers over dangerous and defective airbags that function as fragmentation grenades.

Hundreds of thousands of which were installed in cars sold or offered for sale in the State of New Mexico.

IRS Opens 2017 Tax Filing Season Today

on January 24, 2017 - 10:06am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service said today that it successfully started accepting and processing 2016 federal individual income tax returns on schedule. More than 153 million returns are expected to be filed this year.
 
People have until Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to file their 2016 returns and pay any taxes due. The deadline is later this year due to several factors. The usual April 15 deadline falls on Saturday this year, which would normally give taxpayers until at least the following Monday.
 
However, Emancipation Day, a D.C.
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More Scenes From Women's March In Santa Fe

on January 24, 2017 - 9:53am

More scenes from Saturday's Weomn's March on Washington - Santa Fe. Photo by Derrick Key/ladailypost.com

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Anna Dillane of Los Alamos. Photo by Derrick Key/ladailypost.com

Susan Dryja of Los Alamos. Photo by Tina Deyoe

Heinrich Secures Agreement From Trump Administration To Not Vacate Management Of Nuclear Stockpile

on January 24, 2017 - 9:35am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) secured an agreement from the Trump Administration that it would not vacate the management of the nation's nuclear stockpile.

"I'm pleased the Trump Administration listened to my concerns and agreed to maintaining continuity in the leadership of the NNSA during the transition. The administration came dangerously close to allowing the management of our nation's nuclear stockpile to go on auto-pilot," Heinrich said.

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