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Libertarian Party: Income Tax Anniversary Oct. 3 Is Another Day That Will Live In Infamy

on October 3, 2018 - 2:41pm

National Libertarian Party News:

Oct. 3 is the anniversary of the costliest law ever enacted upon American taxpayers. On that day in 1913, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Revenue Act of 1913, the first post–Civil War income tax. Once constitutional objections to an income tax were eliminated by the 16th Amendment, Congress wasted little time in passing one. The tax started out at 1–2 percent for most middle-income people and topped out at 7 percent for inflation-adjusted incomes of $11,010,700.

“What’s interesting is that the income tax was passed in conjunction with a lowering of

Cold War Patriots Celebrates 10th Annual Official National Day Of RemembranceTM

on October 3, 2018 - 8:41am

CWP News:

DENVER, Colo. – Cold War Patriots (CWP), a community resource organization that is the nation’s strongest and most sustained voice advocating for nuclear weapons and uranium worker benefits, will commemorate the 10th Annual Official Cold War Patriots National Day of Remembrance™ in October with events across the country

Each year, the U.S. Senate passes a bipartisan resolution that designates Oct.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Endorses Christine Chandler Of Los Alamos For New Mexico House Dist 43

on October 3, 2018 - 8:25am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich with Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler. Sen. Heinrich has endorsed Chandler for New Mexico House Seat 43.

POLITICAL News:

ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich has announced his support of Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair Christine Chandler for New Mexico House Seat 43.

“Her strong stance of protecting the environment, her platform of economic development through expanding educational opportunities, and her experience in public safety and criminal justice make her the clear choice for House District 43,” Heinrich said.

Councilor

Udall, Heinrich, Harris Introduce Legislation To Establish Body-Worn Camera Programs At CBP, ICE

on October 2, 2018 - 5:10pm

Courtesy photo

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) introduced the DHS Body-Worn Camera Act, which would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish pilot programs for body-worn cameras (BWC) at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The legislation would also require DHS to report to Congress on these pilot programs, develop policies governing the use of BWC with public consultation, and develop an

Elder Abuse Report Released By New Mexico State Advisory Committee Of U.S. Commission On Civil Rights

on October 2, 2018 - 3:44pm

NNMC News:

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is proud to announce the release of a report on elder abuse by our New Mexico state Advisory Committee.

The Committee identified five dynamics in the state that increase the risk of abuse for elders: 

• Widespread poverty and lack of affordable services available to elders and caregivers;

• Underreporting suspicion of abuse by caretakers, providers, and elders themselves;

•  Structural weaknesses in the healthcare system that allow abuse to go undetected;

• Lack of enforcement of existing laws and regulations designed to protect elders;

Ambassador Linton Brooks Speaks On The World Following The Demise Of US–Russia Arms Control At UNM In Albuquerque Oct. 2

on October 1, 2018 - 4:31pm
Ambassador Linton Brooks
 
LACACIS News:
 
The Center for International Studies Albuquerque International Association (AIA) presents Ambassador Linton Brooks who will speak on The World Following the Demise of US–Russia Arms Control  3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the UNM Continuing Education Conference Center, 1634 University Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

For fifty years the nuclear balance between the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia has been regulated by a series of bi-lateral treaties and agreements culminating in the current New START Treaty.

Del Norte Credit Union Celebrates International Credit Union Day By Giving Back In A Big Way

on October 1, 2018 - 12:42pm

DNCU News:

  • Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial cooperative is donating $5 for new memberships opened in October to the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico

SANTA FE — Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) is excited to announce an October fundraiser benefiting the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico. The decision to raise funds and awareness began with a reflection on what credit unions are known for—giving back and being helpful community partners. DNCU and other credit unions around the world celebrate International Credit Union (ICU) Day’s 70th anniversary Oct. 18.

DNCU will showcase a platinum

DOE Awards Renewal Of Grant Agreement To New Mexico Environment Department (NMED)

on September 30, 2018 - 2:21pm
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) Thursday issued a grant renewal to the New Mexico Environment Department.
 
The Agreement, entitled “Environmental oversight and monitoring at the DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico (SNL/NM)” was renewed for a five-year project period, with annual budget periods beginning Oct. 1, 2018.
 
This grant agreement is intended to:
  • provide a mechanism through which the NMED can provide independent, third-party,

Luján, Tonko Addiction Treatment Bill Included In Opioid Package Agreement

on September 29, 2018 - 10:50am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. It was announced Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján’s (D-NM) bipartisan addiction treatment bill, H.R. 3692: Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act, was included in the final opioid package agreement that was negotiated between the House and Senate.
 
In the Senate, companion legislation was led by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Rand Paul (R-KY), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Susan Collins (R-ME).
 
U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko
 
“When an individual in the throes of addiction reaches out for

Udall Statement On Senate Hearing With Dr. Christine Blasey Ford And Judge Brett Kavanaugh

on September 28, 2018 - 4:06pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court:
 
“Dr. Ford showed tremendous courage and credibility as she told her story, under oath, to the United States Senate and to so many Americans watching around the country. I have said throughout this process that we must treat Dr.

Los Alamos County Garners Three GFOA Awards

on September 28, 2018 - 11:57am

Los Alamos County Finance Department recipients of three awards by the Government Finance Officers Association during the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday in Council Chambers. Recipients from left,  Zhen Liu, Beatrice Odezulu, Margot Liberty, Patsy Olivas, Budget Manager Karen Kendall, Councilor Susan O’Leary, Councilor Rick Reiss, Chief Financial Officer Helen Perraglio, Mauricia Chavarria-Quam, Deputy CFO Melissa Meyer and Councilor Morris Pongratz. Courtesy photo

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos County Council recognized the County's Finance Department at Tuesday's Council meeting.

Energy Department Approves 30 Month Extension Of Portsmouth Site Cleanup Contract

on September 28, 2018 - 9:34am
DOE News:
 
LEXINGTON, KY The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that it has exercised its option to extend the contract with Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth LLC (FBP) for decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) for a period of 30 months beyond the current expiration date of Sept. 30, 2018.
 
The estimated value of the option period is approximately $850 million.

NIST: New Instrument Will Give Scientists Window On Change At Nanoscale

on September 28, 2018 - 9:29am
The Very Small Angle Neutron Scattering (VSANS) instrument. Courtesy/NIST
 
NIST News:
 
It looks more like a long water main pipe than a microscope, but a new custom-built instrument at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will give scientists new ability to glimpse moment-by-moment changes in materials on the crucial nanometer scale.
 
(Link to video here).
 
The tool’s name is almost as lengthy as its 45-meter footprint—it’s called the Very Small Angle Neutron Scattering (VSANS) instrument.

DOE Solar Competition At Los Alamos Makers

on September 28, 2018 - 8:28am
 
The Department of Energy has broken down the American-Solar competition into a series of 3 distinct contests with increasing prize value. Courtesy/LA Makers
 
LOS ALAMOS MAKERS News:
 
Los Alamos Makers is excited to announce that it was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in the American-Made Solar Prize.
 
The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million prize competition designed to revitalize U.S.

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Urges Judiciary Committee To Hold Hearing On Crime Bill

on September 28, 2018 - 8:19am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee requesting a hearing on the Start Allocating Funds Efficiently to States (SAFE States) Act (H.R. 6656), which would prioritize Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funding to states that have higher violent crime rates like New Mexico.
 
"This bill would ensure that states with high violent crime rates receive their fair share of federal funding to not only train law enforcement and

Spider Mountain Bike Park Opening This Winter In Burnet, Texas For Year Round Adventures

on September 28, 2018 - 7:56am
Mountain Biking at Spider Mountain. Courtesy/Spider Mountain

Aerial view of Spider Mountain. Courtesy/Spider Mountain
 
MCP News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.  Located just outside Burnet, Texas on Lake Buchanan, Spider Mountain is a new bike park slated to open this winter.
 
Spider Mountain will become the only mountain bike park in Texas offering lift-served trails. Spider Mountain will become the only year-round lift served bike park in North America.
 
With an anticipated opening before Christmas, Spider Mountain Bike Park will offer year-round mountain biking, featuring beginner,

Northern’s High School Equivalency Program Ranked Best In Nation Second Year In A Row

on September 28, 2018 - 7:52am
NNMC News:
 
ESPANOLA — Northern New Mexico College’s (NNMC) High School Equivalency Program (HEP) has been ranked the best in the nation in 2017 —the second consecutive year for Northern — according to a newly released report by the Department of Education.
 
“This is proof without question of sustained excellence,” NNMC President Dr. Rick Bailey said. “To reach the pinnacle of national success for the second year in a row validates the caliber of our HEP program, the commitment of our educators, and the quality of Northern New Mexico’s students.”
 
Northern’s HEP students achieved a

LANL: New Space Instrument Goes For A Spin

on September 27, 2018 - 1:08pm

The High Explosives Centrifuge Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are using a unique centrifuge facility to evaluate a flight-ready telemetry system for evaluating a nuclear weapons test missile launch.

The telemetry unit was designed and manufactured by Los Alamos' Intelligence and Space Research Division, Telemetry Program Manager Myles Fitzgerald said. Telemetry is a data stream of information on temperature, acceleration, vibration, strain, all the conditions a system encounters during a

Dr. Maggie Charsley Of Los Alamos Becomes An American Citizen At Naturalization Ceremony Monday

on September 27, 2018 - 8:28am

Dr. Maggie Charsley of Los Alamos became a citizen of the United States of America during a Naturalization ceremony Monday in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Dr. Maggie Charsley of Los Alamos participated in a moving Naturalization ceremony, becoming a citizen of the United States of America Monday at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

United States District Court Judge Judith C. Herrera presided over the event, welcoming 201 new citizens from 47 countries.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Announces Funding For NM In Health Care And Defense Appropriations Minibus

on September 27, 2018 - 7:59am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced strong support for New Mexico priorities in the FY 2019 Defense and Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Minibus, including funding to address the ongoing opioids crisis, improve public education, and strengthen our national security.

“This package includes funding for programs that are critical to public health and education efforts in New Mexico, while providing continued support for our servicemen and women,” Luján said.

2016: The ‘Regime Change’ Election And What Comes Next Part 1

on September 27, 2018 - 6:58am

By JIM HALL
Los Alamos

This series of articles answers the questions of “What happened in the 2016 Election, and Why?” I believe the current situation is like a storm on the sea. Lots of froth on top, masking deep currents underneath.  

Several friends, knowing I follow social and political trends, asked me, “Jim, what the H--- is going on?”. Intrigued, I researched and developed a presentation with which independents, liberals, and conservatives seem to agree.

Udall Fights To Protect Children’s Privacy Rights

on September 27, 2018 - 5:59am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) questioned top executives from various technology and telecommunications firms, including Google, Twitter, Apple, Amazon, AT&T and Charter, about whether they are taking the appropriate steps to protect data privacy rights for consumers in New Mexico and across America.
 
In a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy,” he focused on potential violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by kids apps hosted on major technology

Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office Takes Part In Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day

on September 26, 2018 - 11:21am

Los Alamos County Clerk's Office staff members operate a voter registration booth Tuesday night in the lobby of the Municipal Building. The clerk's office took part in National Voter Registration Day. Throughout the day, booths were located around town including Los Alamos High School, Starbucks and the White Rock Senior Center with information on how to vote as well as sample ballots for the upcoming election in November. County Clerk Naomi Maestas said Los Alamos has a high registration rate.

AG Balderas Reaches $148 Million Settlement With Uber Over Data Breach

on September 26, 2018 - 10:58am

Attorney General Hector Balderas  

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he, along with the other 49 states and the District of Columbia, has reached an agreement with California-based ride-sharing company Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) to address the company’s one-year delay in reporting a data breach to its affected drivers.

“Companies have an obligation to report data breaches to their customers, and Uber failed to do so in a timely manner,” Balderas said.

AGU: Ocean Research And Education Are Foundations For Economic Growth

on September 26, 2018 - 10:14am
AGU News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Scientific research in Earth and space sciences advances our understanding of our world and contributes to strong global economies, security, and public health and safety.
 
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced a revision to its position statement, "Ocean Research and Education Are Foundations for Economic Growth.” The revision calls upon public and private entities to “forge cooperation and make bold investments that enable scientific discovery and solutions in ocean science to support the global economy.”
 
The statement recognizes that the

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