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CANCELED: AMBER Alert for 2-year-old New Mexico Girl

on August 30, 2013 - 9:05am

Update: AMBER Alert for Elyssia Cavazone-Salas is canceled as the child has been found safe. 

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas, 2, was last seen today, Aug. 29, in Alamogordo. She was taken by her aunt.

The child and the suspect are traveling in a 2008 Ford Escape, Blue/Green with New Mexico license plate #714-RKZ.

She and the suspect may be traveling to Ruidoso or Mescalero Indian Reservation in New Mexico.

The child is in danger due to the suspect's propensity to drink and use drugs.

Elyssia Cavazone-Salas:

  • Age: 2
  • Sex: Female
  • Skin: Native American
  • Hair: Black
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 3'0

Treasury and IRS to Recognize Legal Same-Sex Marriages

on August 30, 2013 - 8:29am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Thursday ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.

The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

The ruling implements federal tax aspects of the June 26 Supreme Court decision invalidating a key provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

Under the ruling, same-sex

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B61-12 Life Extension Program Radar Drop Tests Completed Successfully

on August 29, 2013 - 12:40pm

Pantex production technicians prepare a B61 for a surveillance test. The B61 is a tactical thermonuclear gravity bomb. Courtesy/NNSA
NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the ongoing effort to refurbish the aging B61 nuclear bomb without resorting to underground nuclear testing, two successful B61-12 radar drop tests were successfully completed at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on Aug. 14 and 15, 2013, by engineers from Sandia National Laboratories.

Current B61s use decades-old vacuum tubes as part of their radar system.

50th Anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' Speech

on August 28, 2013 - 9:31am

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivers his 'I Have a Dream' speech Aug. 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Image/National Archives and Records Administration

Staff Report

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The speech is considered a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.

In the wake of the speech and march, King was named

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NIST Ytterbium Atomic Clocks Set Record for Stability

on August 27, 2013 - 8:53am

NIST's ultra-stable ytterbium lattice atomic clock. Ytterbium atoms are generated in an oven (large metal cylinder on the left) and sent to a vacuum chamber in the center of the photo to be manipulated and probed by lasers. Laser light is transported to the clock by five fibers (such as the yellow fiber in the lower center of the photo). Photo by Burrus/NIST

NIST News:

A pair of experimental atomic clocks based on ytterbium atoms at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has set a new record for stability.

The clocks act like 21st-century pendulums or metronomes that

Ten Tax Tips for Individuals Selling Their Home

on August 27, 2013 - 7:10am

IRS News:

PHOENIX ─ If you’re selling your main home this summer or sometime this year, the IRS has some helpful tips for you.

Even if you make a profit from the sale of your home, you may not have to report it as income.

Here are 10 tips from the IRS to keep in mind when selling your home.

  • If you sell your home at a gain, you may be able to exclude part or all of the profit from your income. This rule generally applies if you’ve owned and used the property as your main home for at least two out of the five years before the date of sale
  • You normally can exclude up to $250,000 of the gain

Column: Foods’ Future

on August 22, 2013 - 10:23am

Courtesy/NISTMEB

 

Foods' Future
By Tab Wilkins
NIST/MEB

What do a McDonalds French fry supplier (J.R. Simplot Company), Starbucks Coffee, and Béquet Caramels have in common?

Two things it turns out. First, they’re part of the food processing industry: the country’s second largest manufacturing sector by employment, fourth largest manufacturing sector by establishments, and an industry group that accounts for more than 10 percent of all manufacturing shipments. Everyone has to eat!

Let’s take a closer look at this strong manufacturing sector.

Udall Urges NM Businesses to Join Development Mission to Mexico

on August 22, 2013 - 8:00am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is encouraging New Mexico businesses to join U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on a business development mission to Mexico from Nov.18-22.

In a letter to area business leaders, Udall highlighted the potential commercial opportunities it could open up for local businesses with Mexico.

“Companies from past trade missions reported that the meetings they participated in helped develop relationships and create business leads that would have taken years to establish on their own,” Udall said.

IRS Website Explains Health Care Law Tax Provisions

on August 22, 2013 - 7:56am

IRS News:

PHOENIX─The IRS has launched a new Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions website at IRS.gov/aca to educate individuals and businesses on how the health care law may affect them.

The new home page has three sections, which explain the tax benefits and responsibilities for individuals and families, employers, and other organizations, with links and information for each group. The site provides information about tax provisions that are in effect now and those that will go into effect in 2014 and beyond.

Topics include premium tax credits for individuals, new benefits and

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Google eCity Awards Recognizes Albuquerque as State's Strongest Online Business Community

on August 19, 2013 - 9:09am

Staff Report

Google has announced the 2013 eCities of America. The Google eCity Awards recognize the digital capitals of each state. These cities’ businesses are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers and fuel their local economies. Across the country, businesses that are online expect to grow 40 percent faster.

Albuquerque topped the list for New Mexico. Albuquerque’s businesses have one of the strongest online communities in New Mexico. The state’s largest city entertains hot air balloon enthusiasts, warm-weather lovers and dessert seekers.

Check out all of

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Attends Gathering at Los Alamos Home

on August 17, 2013 - 3:49pm

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján from New Mexico's 3rd District, seated center, attended a gathering Friday evening at the home of Marvel Harrison Csanadi and Dr. Tom Csanadi on North Mesa. The private event gave Luján an opportunity to speak one on one with local residents. Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, standing to Luján's left, new Probate Judge Chris Chandler to Luján's right, and District Court Judge Sylvia LaMar in white dress were among those gathered around Luján showing support for UNM-LA's mil levy election set for Sept. 17. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

U.S. Rep.

Back to School Tax Tips

on August 17, 2013 - 10:21am

IRS News:

Going to college can be a stressful time for students and parents. The IRS offers these tips about education tax benefits that can help offset some college costs and maybe relieve some of that stress.

  • American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). This credit can be up to $2,500 per eligible student. The AOTC is available for the first four years of post-secondary education. Forty percent of the credit is refundable. That means that you may be able to receive up to $1,000 of the credit as a refund, even if you don’t owe any taxes.

Fee Free Day at Bandelier Aug. 25 for Founders Day

on August 17, 2013 - 7:53am
Courtesy/BNM
 
BANDELIER News:

The National Park Service (NPS) was established Aug. 25, 1916, to protect and preserve the then-young system of park areas being designated for the benefit and enjoyment of people throughout the country and visitors from around the world.

Now, in 2013, there are more than 400 areas that are administered by the NPS, ranging from battlefields to coral reefs, Yosemite to the Washington Monument, Everglades to Bandelier National Monument.

Micah Jay Andersen Awarded Purple Heart

on August 15, 2013 - 8:55am

LAHS graduate First Lt. Micah Jay Andersen receives the Purple Heart. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

First Lieutenant Micah Jay Andersen received the Purple Heart Aug. 13 from 4-star General Daniel B. Allyn, Commanding General U.S. Army Forces Command.

The Los Alamos High School graduate was serving as an Armor Officer in Afghanistan June 1 and suffered severe combat injuries when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was conducting a combined dismounted patrol.

The Purple Heart award ceremony was attended by members of his family including his father Skip Andersen who works at

DoD Shuts Down Burn Pits at Camp Leatherneck

on August 14, 2013 - 11:38am

Burn pit in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Senators applaud measure, say more work still needs to be done

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced today that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has ceased burn pit operations at one of two camp sites supporting Operating Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Its closure follows Udall and Corker’s recent call for immediate action to halt the use of open-air burn pits after findings by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that found the burn pits were utilized without

Udall Unveils Bill to Help Turn Innovative Ideas into Successful Businesses

on August 13, 2013 - 7:15am
SENATE News:
  • Launched at Udall-hosted conference with labs, educators, entrepreneurs and investors called, "Tech Transfer: Key to New Mexico’s Future"

SANTA FE – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. announced legislation to help create high-tech jobs and industries in New Mexico by streamlining the process for getting cutting-edge research and development from our state’s universities and national labs to the marketplace.

Udall unveiled the bill during a half-day conference and workshop he organized at Santa Fe Community College called, “Technology Transfer: Key to New Mexico’s Future.” The event

Valles Caldera Trust Releases Landscape and Restoration Stewardship Plan Draft EIS

on August 12, 2013 - 1:37pm

Valles Caldera Trust Releases Landscape and Restoration Stewardship Plan Draft EIS
  • Public Input Requested

JEMEZ SPRINGS --- The Valles Caldera Trust (Trust) has released a 10-year plan for the proposed stewardship of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (preserve.)

The Landscape Restoration and Stewardship Plan (Stewardship Plan) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) details a number of actions aimed at reducing the potential for severe burning and moving the forest to a more sustainable and resilient condition.

Udall, Heinrich Call For Emergency Help To Support Food Bank

on August 9, 2013 - 7:30am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udalland MartinHeinrich called on Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to make emergency purchases for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) to ensure food banks in New Mexico and across the country are able to help families in need.

TEFAP buys food and makes it available to agencies, such as New Mexico’s Human Services Department, which work with the state’s major food banks to distribute to food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

In a letter, Udall, Heinrich and a bipartisan group of 20 other senators urged Vilsack to

Food Aid Cuts to Affect 442,000 New Mexicans

on August 8, 2013 - 6:57am

STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Around 442,000 people in New Mexico will see a cut in their food assistance benefits this fall, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is set to expire.

This is according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) discussed in a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Nearly half of all New Mexico children—42 percent or more than 215,000 children—benefit from SNAP. All of them will be impacted by this cut.

'Make It In America' Added to Agenda

on August 5, 2013 - 8:59am

CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján announced that legislation he has introduced to increase partnerships between businesses and national laboratories has been included as part of House Democrats’ Make It In America Agenda (MIIA.)

Luján’s legislation authorizes a dedicated fund to provide for the government’s share of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) that support maturing lab technology and transferring it to the private sector.

Udall Unveils Major Legislation to Reform FISA Courts

on August 5, 2013 - 8:13am

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined by Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., unveiled two bills that would ensure FISA courts properly balance the need to protect national security with constitutional and statutory requirements to safeguard individual rights to privacy and liberty.

The first bill, the FISA Court Reform Act of 2013, would create a Special Advocate with the power to argue in the FISA courts on behalf of the right to privacy and other individual rights of the American people.

Heinrich Includes Amendment Expanding Tech Development

on August 4, 2013 - 6:59am

Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday, July 30,  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, successfully included an amendment to S. 1317, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Reauthorization Act of 2013, to expand the development and testing of new space technologies within NASA's Flight Opportunities Program. 

The NASA Reauthorization Act of 2013, including Sen. Heinrich's amendment, passed the committee and can now go to the full Senate for consideration. 

"This critical program

Udall: Time to Reform ‘Broken’ Chemical Safety Law

on August 1, 2013 - 7:33am

U.S. SENATE News:
  • Senate should build on bipartisan agreement and pass law to protect Americans from dangerous chemicals

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a hearing of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udal, D-N.M., urged his colleagues to work together to pass major bipartisan legislation to protect Americans from toxic chemicals.

 

Udall, who chairs the EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, has been leading a bipartisan effort with Senator David Vitter (R-La.) to update and replace the federal government's much-criticized

Is Bandelier the 8th Wonder of the World?

on August 1, 2013 - 7:25am

VirtualTourist News:

Voting is now open at VirtualTourist for the favorite 8th wonder of the World and Bandelier National Monument is on the list of possiblities.

Voting is open June 3 through Sept. 30. Vote here.

Udall: We Need a Functioning FEC to Reform our Campaign Finance System

on July 28, 2013 - 11:09am
U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. called for a functioning Federal Election Commission (FEC) to enforce federal campaign finance laws.

His remarks came during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Rules & Administration to consider President Obama's nominees to serve on the FEC.

"As you know, I am a strong supporter of reforming our campaign finance system. I believe one important step is to have a functioning FEC, where all six seats are filled with commissioners in terms that haven’t expired.

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