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Heinrich On CIA Efforts To Cover Up Torture Report

on January 29, 2015 - 2:55pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to efforts to cover up the facts of the committee's report on the CIA detention and interrogation program:

"It would be unprecedented and misguided for the Executive Branch to relinquish its copies of the full committee report. I've always believed the committee's full report on the CIA detention and interrogation program should be publicly released.

Senate Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

on January 29, 2015 - 2:25pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate today passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline with a 62-36 vote. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement after voting against the measure:

“Tar sands are not the right choice to meet our future energy needs. Instead of focusing on the past, which the Keystone XL Pipeline represents, we need to look to the future of clean energy technologies and the domestic jobs they support.

IRS Commissioner: Bad Bet Hiding Money Offshore

on January 28, 2015 - 12:25pm

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today said avoiding taxes by hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on its annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.

"The recent string of successful enforcement actions against offshore tax cheats and the financial organizations that help them shows that it’s a bad bet to hide money and income offshore,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said.

LAHS Students Compete In North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad Thursday

on January 28, 2015 - 12:08pm

LAHS News:

Several students from the newly formed Los Alamos High School Linguistics Club will compete Thursday in the first round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.

Each student will complete a paper-based test, which consists of several complex linguistics problem sets. Students who pass this Open Round will have the opportunity to advance to the Invitational Round with the chance of being selected to participate in the International Linguistics Olympiad.

Professionals in the field of linguistics created the NACLO to engage high school students in current

First Time In 50 Years - Restoration Begins On NIST's Million-Pound Deadweight Machine

on January 28, 2015 - 9:50am

MILLION-POUND MAKEOVER: Highlights of the disassembly of NIST's 4.45-million newton (1 million pounds-force) deadweight machine, the largest in the world, in preparation for cleaning, restoration, and recalibration. Video by Jennifer Lauren Lee. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

For the first time in half a century, NIST’s 4.45-million newton (equivalent to one million pounds-force) deadweight machine – the largest in the world – is being disassembled for cleaning, restoration, and recalibration.

Courtesy/NIST

The first stage of the process, dismantling the top half of the three-story stack of weights,

Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima

on January 27, 2015 - 3:47pm

Bill Hudson

SRCIR News:

World Affairs Discussion Event with Los Alamos resident and Marine Corps Veteran Bill Hudson

SANTA FE – Feb.19, is the 70th anniversary of the American forces’ landing on Iwo Jima.

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations will present a special program to commemorate that historic battle and all those who fought and all those who were lost.

The program, entitled “Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima” will feature a film followed by discussion with Los Alamos resident Bill Hudson, an Iwo Jima Marine Corps veteran of the battle. 

Bill Hudson

The program

IRS Warns Of Dishonest Tax Preparers

on January 27, 2015 - 3:24pm

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers, one of the most common “Dirty Dozen” tax scams seen during tax season.

The vast majority of tax professionals provide honest high-quality service. But there are some dishonest preparers who set up shop each filing season to perpetrate refund fraud, identity theft and other scams that hurt taxpayers. That's why unscrupulous preparers who prey on unsuspecting taxpayers with outlandish promises of overly large refunds make the Dirty Dozen list every year.

Heinrich Applauds Approval Of SunZia Southwest

on January 26, 2015 - 6:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, and senior Bureau of Land Management officials Saturday to announce the approval of the SunZia Southwest Transmission Line in New Mexico.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

The $2 billion infrastructure project will connect and deliver electricity generated in New Mexico and Arizona to population centers across the

Udall: Amendment To Keystone Pipeline Bill Emphasizes Homegrown Renewable Energy

on January 25, 2015 - 9:42am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

Amendment would create thousands of clean energy jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced an amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill to establish a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would create more than 250,000 jobs, reduce pollution and save consumers billions of dollars.

The legislation, which would help the United States become energy independent while establishing our leadership in clean energy production, would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar

IRS Warns Phone Scams Continue To Be Serious Threat

on January 25, 2015 - 9:19am

IRS News:

The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during filing season

PHOENIX – The InternaI Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things.

"If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don't pay

Dealing With And Enjoying Winter At Bandelier

on January 24, 2015 - 9:46am

New snow on the mesa tops and San Miguel Mountains at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

Snow falling on the canyon walls and Ponderosa Pines in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

With the steep entrance road, stairs among the cavates, and other potential hazards for visitors, sometimes on wintry days the Frijoles Canyon area of Bandelier National Monument around the Visitor Center just cannot avoid being closed to allow the staff to clear away the snow.

Just like school districts, Bandelier has to decide very early in the morning whether there must be a delay or closure,

Energy Secretary Unveils More Than $55 Million To Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies

on January 23, 2015 - 12:43pm

Energy Secretary Earnest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the State of the Union Address Tuesday, Jan. 20 - in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry - Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more than $55 million to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy.

These technologies will play a key role in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, and support the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to make plug-in electric

Heinrich Meets Defense Secretary Nominee Carter

on January 23, 2015 - 11:46am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich meets with Defense Secretary Nominee, Dr. Ash Carter Thursday in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

 

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement Thursday after meeting with Defense Secretary nominee, Dr. Ashton Carter:

"We need strong leadership to address the many evolving national security threats that the United States and our allies must confront around the world, particularly in the Middle East, Europe and the Asia Pacific.

"Having served under 11

IRS Warns About Phishing Scams

on January 23, 2015 - 11:30am

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information.

These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2015 filing season.

"The IRS won’t send you an email about a bill or refund out of the blue. Don’t click on one claiming to be from the IRS that takes you by surprise,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “I urge taxpayers to be wary of clicking on strange emails and websites. They may be scams to steal your personal information.”

Compiled

IRS Begins 12 Day List Of 'Dirty Dozen' Tax Scams

on January 22, 2015 - 10:43am

IRS News:

PHOENIX The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues its list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams annually around the beginning of the tax filing season.

This year for the first time, the IRS will issue the individual Dirty Dozen scams during the next 12 business days to further raise consumer awareness.

The news releases will be available on IRS.gov each day, beginning today through Feb. 6.

Tax scams can happen any time during the year but frequently spike during tax time when people are working to complete and file their returns, and frequently hiring someone else to help them.

“We

WIPP: Roof Separation Highlights Bolting Priority

on January 22, 2015 - 9:25am

Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

Mining and Ground Control Engineers at WIPP discovered Jan. 15 that a portion of the ceiling in the Panel 3 access drift had fallen in a restricted access area.

The roof fall was discovered during routine ground control and bulkhead inspections conducted by WIPP geotechnical staff, and the section that fell was estimated to be approximately 8’ long by 8’wide and 24” thick. Access to this area has been restricted since November 2014 due to ground control concerns, and no WIPP personnel were present at the time of the fall.

Heinrich Cosponsors Women's Health Protection Act

on January 22, 2015 - 8:38am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is cosponsoring the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill to make it illegal for states to chip away at women's reproductive rights.

The legislation would protect a woman's right and ability to determine whether and when to bear a child by limiting restrictions on the provision of abortion services – such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin. The bill's introduction comes as the country marks the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

"Women in New Mexico

IRS Launches 2015 Tax Season

on January 21, 2015 - 9:12am

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced Tuesday's on-time opening of the nation’s 2015 filing season and highlighted a growing array of online services.

Some online services include features that help taxpayers understand how the Affordable Care Act will affect them at tax time, along with the availability of the Free File program. Taxpayers have until Wednesday, April 15, to file their 2014 tax returns and pay any tax due.

The IRS expects to receive about 150 million individual income tax returns this year.

Time To Reach Across Aisle And Talk About Science

on January 21, 2015 - 8:41am

By CHRISTINE MCENTEE
AGU Executive Director/CEO
  • American Geophysical Union Applauds President Obama’s Acknowledgement of the Role Science Plays in America’s Economy; Calls for Bipartisan Funding Support from Congress

As President Obama said in his State of the Union address tonight, you don’t have to be a scientist to understand why science matters. You also don’t have to be a scientist to understand why bipartisan support for research funding should be a no-brainer.

Issues such as energy innovation and the impacts of our changing climate aren’t limited to red states or blue states.

Valles Caldera Preserve Becomes New Unit Of NPS

on January 20, 2015 - 5:00pm

NPS News:

DENVER — On Dec. 19, 2014, Congress designated the Valles Caldera National Preserve a unit of the national park system. Another six new national park units were also authorized recently by Congress. When fully implemented, these will bring the total number of National Park Service (NPS) units to 408.

Located in the Jemez Mountains of north central New Mexico, the 89,000-acre Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of three super volcanoes in the United States and is known for its rich geologic and cultural history, scenic beauty and abundant wildlife.

White House Teams With YouTube For Tonight’s State Of The Union Address

on January 20, 2015 - 3:25pm

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. Official White House photo by Amanda Lucidon

WHITE HOUSE News:

President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union 2015 at 9 p.m. today. Here’s everything you need to know:

Heinrich Applauds President's Actions To Expand Paid Sick And Family Leave For Workers

on January 19, 2015 - 8:23am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement Wednesday after President Obama announced a plan to expand paid sick and family leave for working families.

In New Mexico, there are an estimated 270,000 workers currently without paid sick leave.

"The fact that we are the only developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave is unacceptable. We shouldn't force working moms and dads to choose between a paycheck and caring for a newborn.

Luján On Life And Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

on January 19, 2015 - 7:25am

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1964. Courtesy/wikipedia

 

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

 

SANTA FE – Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District released the following statement in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

 

Today we honor a man whose message of equality and nonviolence propelled a movement that changed our nation, and whose message we must continue to heed. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of a Beloved Community - a community that is founded on love, respect, and hope; a community that rejects darkness and discrimination, hate and racism, poverty and hunger.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Had A Dream

on January 19, 2015 - 6:33am

A quarter million people gathered Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C. to support civil rights. Courtesy/history.com

STAFF REPORT

Today is the federal holiday marking  the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, Jan. 15.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

WIPP Hosts Stakeholder Workshop

on January 18, 2015 - 11:57am

Nuclear Waste Partnership Deputy Recovery Manger Tammy Reynolds answers a question during Wednesday’s workshop. Courtesy/WIPP

From left, New Mexico State Representatives Cathrynn Brown and Jim Townsend, CBFO Manager Joe Franco and State Sen. Carroll Leavell take the first trip on the waste hoist following its return to full operations. Courtesy/WIPP

WIPP News:

DOE's Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) hosted a stakeholder workshop Wednesday to discuss details of the WIPP Recovery Plan Project Management Baseline.

The baseline was conditionally approved by CBFO in late December, and the meeting

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