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IRS Announces 2014 Mileage Rates

on December 8, 2013 - 9:49am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.


Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:


  • 56 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 23.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The business, medical, and moving expense rates decrease one-half cent from the

Udall Issues Statement on Renewable Energy

on December 7, 2013 - 8:56am

Sen. Tom Udall


ALBUQUERQUE - Thursday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., welcomed the president's "Presidential Memorandum," challenging federal agencies to nearly triple their renewable energy consumption to 20 percent by 2020.

Udall, who has led the effort to set a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), requiring utilities to generate 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025, issued the following statement:

"The United States should lead the world in clean energy jobs, innovation and in efforts to fight global warming.

More Than 122 Million Returns e-Filed in 2013

on December 6, 2013 - 7:22am

IRS News:

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced a milestone for IRS e-file: more than 122 million returns were e-filed during 2013.

This year, the IRS received more than 45.2 million returns from those who prepared and e-filed their own returns on home computers, up from 43.2 million a year earlier, an increase of 4.6 percent. E-filed returns from tax professionals increased slightly, totaling more than 77 million returns.


On Horizon: First Organic Solid Waste Powered Community

on November 30, 2013 - 9:42am

Artist Taylor Baldry created this Save the Waste watercolor for the PLACE efforts. Courtesy/PLACE


PLACE, which gave presentations in Los Alamos over the last couple of years is now closer than ever to building the world's first community powered by organic solid waste. 

Imagine homes, makers' spaces, and businesses being powered in a closed-loop system: waste makes power, community makes waste, which makes more power, and so on. No other municipality is using its organic waste in this way.

This first E-Generation project has the potential to truly change the world.

Senators: End the N.S.A. Dragnet, Now

on November 30, 2013 - 8:45am


The following op-ed by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Mark Udall, and Martin Heinrich about their fight for privacy rights, was published in The New York Times Nov. 26:


End the N.S.A. Dragnet, Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. — THE framers of the Constitution declared that government officials had no power to seize the records of individual Americans without evidence of wrongdoing, and they embedded this principle in the Fourth Amendment.

USDA Urges Shoppers to Support Local Businesses

on November 29, 2013 - 10:05am

USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner. Courtesy

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE – USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner is urging everyone to support local small businesses this Small Business Saturday celebration this week end.

“Please take time to thank the small business owners in your community for their contributions to the local economy by purchasing their products and services,” Brunner said.

His comments coincide with the U.S.

Help Your Community ... Shop Local This Holiday Season

on November 28, 2013 - 9:02am


  • Udall Cosponsors "Small Business Saturday" resolution in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement announcing his cosponsorship of a resolution to designate Nov. 30, 2013, as “Small Business Saturday” and to increase awareness of the importance of locally owned small businesses. On Saturday, Udall will visit Albuquerque small businesses to talk to owners and shoppers about the important role small business plays in our economy.

“Small businesses have been the economic foundation of communities across America since our nation’s

NNSA Removes High-Activity Radioactive Materials From Boston

on November 25, 2013 - 6:35am

NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently successfully recovered a disused, high-activity cesium-137 source from Massachusetts General Hospital in downtown Boston, Mass. and transported it for permanent disposition. Formerly used as a research irradiator for medical studies, the device contained cesium-137, which could be used in a dirty bomb. The removal was part of NNSA’s global campaign to prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear and radiological material.

“This operation is a key part of the NNSA’s broad

Heinrich Addresses Agreement on Iran's Nuclear Program

on November 25, 2013 - 6:31am


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on the agreement reached on Iran's nuclear program:

"The agreement reached today is a positive first step to limit Iran's nuclear program. The United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, China, and the European Union have all worked to negotiate strict oversight, enforcement mechanisms, and daily inspections that are critical to overseeing this agreement.

"While I welcome this important first step, I realize that

Nov. 22 Marked 50-Year Anniversary of JFK Death

on November 23, 2013 - 10:46am

'Fast for Families' Calls for Immigration Reform

on November 23, 2013 - 8:43am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


ALBUQUERQUE – In conjunction with the National "Fast for Families" in Washington, D.C., and echo fasts being held across the nation, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico's First Congressional District, faith leaders, local and state elected officials, workers and families impacted by the broken immigration system will fast in Albuquerque after Mass Sunday, Nov. 24.

The fast is being taken to draw attention to the moral crisis and suffering being caused by the broken immigration system.

Participants will fast, as able, in phases during a

Efforts to Designate Columbine-Hondo as Wilderness Continue

on November 23, 2013 - 6:29am

Courtesy/Jan Studebaker


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday, during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who serves on the committee, continued their effort to designate the 45,000-acre Columbine-Hondo area in Taos County as wilderness.

Udall and Heinrich introduced the proposal, S. 776, the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Act, earlier this year. A companion bill, H.R. 1683, was introduced in the House by Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.-03).

The legislation would expand the Wheeler Peak Wilderness by

Heinrich Votes to End Stalemate on Nominations

on November 23, 2013 - 6:13am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., issued the following statement after the Senate voted 52-48 to change its rules and end filibusters on presidential executive and judicial nominations, except to the U.S. Supreme Court:

"Opposition and obstructionism rather than accountability and deliberation have become far too common in Washington. 

"Today, we put an end to Senate Republicans repeatedly blocking qualified judicial and public service nominees from receiving an up or down vote.

Bill Reducing Veterans Disability Claims Backlog Clears Committee

on November 22, 2013 - 6:17am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced key progress in his continued effort to reduce the veterans disability claims backlog after the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs earlier this week passed by a voice vote, S. 1581, the Veterans Programs Improvements Act of 2013.

The omnibus veterans bill includes language from S. 1148, the Veterans Benefits Claims Faster Filing Act, a proposal Senator Heinrich and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced in June.

"I'm pleased the committee took quick action to pass this

Luján Honors Native American Code Talkers

on November 22, 2013 - 6:14am
Members of the Pueblo of Acoma at the National Museum of the American Indian during the presentation of medals to representatives of the Code Talkers. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District joined members of the Pueblo of Acoma - including tribal leaders, veterans, and family members of Code Talkers - at the National Museum of the American Indian Thursday.

Luján released the following statement after Native American Code Talkers were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their service in World War I and II:

Udall's Amendments Address Lab Research, Tech Transfer, B61 LEP, Veterans’ Homelessness

on November 21, 2013 - 11:58am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced several amendments to a major national defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets Department of Defense spending levels and policies for the upcoming fiscal year.

Udall's five amendments include measures to fight unemployment and homelessness among veterans by improving access to education and life skills training for service members; help increase collaboration between the labs, nonprofits and foundations by streamlining the process the

Heinrich Challenges Effectiveness of Dragnet Surveillance Program in NSA Court Case

on November 20, 2013 - 9:52am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today challenged the effectiveness of the National Security Agency's bulk phone records collection program.

The senators' amicus curiae brief, filed in the First Unitarian Church vs. National Security Agency U.S. District Court case, questioned a central premise of the government's argument.

Hurford: Where I Was When Kennedy Was Killed

on November 18, 2013 - 1:58pm
Nov. 22, 1963: Presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas moments before Kennedy's assassination. Photo by Cecil Stoughton/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Where I Was When Kennedy Was Killed
Los Alamos
I was Jeanne Tremblay then, and I had just a month ago begun to work at LASL (Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory) in SP-11 ) Supply and Property 11), at the P-Prime Building on Ashley Pond.

I was finishing lunch at my desk in our Buyers' Office (Ken Davis and Ed Wortman), when I heard the voice of Dimas Chavez (SP-DO) come down our second floor hall saying "The

NPS Names Intermountain Regional Director

on November 18, 2013 - 11:55am

Sue Masica will lead one of seven National Park Service regions. Courtesy/NPS

NPS News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis has named Sue Masica as the Service’s Intermountain regional director, responsible for leading 6,000 employees and 91 national parks visited by more than 42 million people annually. Masica, who serves as the Alaska regional director, assumes her new position in Denver in January.

 “Sue has an incredible track record of tackling tough issues and finding innovative solutions,” Jarvis said.

Bill Expanding White Sands Missile Range Clears Key Committee

on November 16, 2013 - 6:30am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, a bill sponsored by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Tom Udall, D-N.M., and John Cornyn, R-TX, to strengthen the missions at White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss cleared the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Earlier this year Heinrich, a member of the committee, along with Senators Udall and Cornyn, introduced the bipartisan proposal that represents a three-party agreement between the two military installations and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

"This expansion to White Sands Missile Range is critical to

Udall Introduces Bill to Prevent Stormwater Pollution

on November 16, 2013 - 6:24am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

 U.S. SENATE News:          

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has introduced a bill to reduce the leading cause of water pollution nationwide, while creating jobs and supporting infrastructure and neighborhood redevelopment. 

Polluted stormwater runoff is caused when rain or snow flows over roads, roofs, parking lots and other surfaces, picking up toxic chemicals and sediment and carrying them to rivers and streams. The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 would encourage the use of innovative and economic approaches to

LANL Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

on November 15, 2013 - 8:05am

Former LANL Security Chief Jack Killeen Launches Retirement With 2,700 Mile Adventure

on November 14, 2013 - 3:10pm

Jack Killeen arrives at the Mexican Border south of Palomas, N.M., following a nine week, 2,700 mile mountain bike journey from the Canadian Border. Photo by Sonja Killeen

Attracted to the salt, this deer ate Jack Killeen's glove, the inside of his bike helmet and one of the white arm guards he wore to protect against the sun. Photo by Jack Killeen


Los Alamos Daily Post

It was 3 a.m. and the sound of a large animal outside his tent brought former Los Alamos National Laboratory Security Division Leader Jack Killeen to his feet.

Thanking All Veterans For Their Service

on November 11, 2013 - 8:20am

'Thanking all veterans for their service.' Photo by Katy Korkos

Today Honors Military Veterans

on November 11, 2013 - 7:29am

Bravery doesn't mean you aren't scared ... it means you go anyway. Thank you veterans. Courtesy/pvk

Staff Report

In the USA, Veterans Day annually falls on Nov. 11. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.

Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast.