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IRS Offers Top 10 Tax Tips

on April 25, 2015 - 7:05am

IRS News:

The IRS mails millions of notices and letters to taxpayers each year.

There are a variety of reasons why the IRS might send someone a notice.

Here are the top 10 tips to know in case a notice arrives:


  • Don’t panic. You often can take care of a notice simply by responding to it.
  • An IRS notice typically will be about your federal tax return or tax account. It will be about a specific issue, such as changes to your account. It may ask you for more information. It could also explain that you owe tax and that you need to pay the amount that is due.
  • Each notice has specific instructions, so

Jemez Valley School Board Won't Renew Contract For Superintendent Jerald E. Snider

on April 24, 2015 - 10:21am

JVPS News:

The Jemez Valley Board of Education has voted unanimously to not renew the contract for Superintendent Jerald E. Snider.

In an email sent to parents, Superintendent Snider writes:

To the Jemez Valley School Board and Community,

No doubt by now you have heard that the three attending members of the Jemez Valley Public School Board unanimously elected to not renew my contract for the upcoming school year; the reason for this action was not given.

While the method of its actions concern me, it is clear that the School Board requires a change in leadership for the Jemez Valley

Letter To The Editor: The Poison On The Tip Of The Veto Pen

on April 24, 2015 - 7:04am
By Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino

I am once again astonished at how little attention is given by the mainstream press in this city to the damage that is done by the veto pen. 

Instead of simply working out the arithmetic of how many vetoes are exercised by the Governor or how that percentage of nullifying actions compares to previous Governors’ vetoes, it would be refreshing, and a genuine contribution to the enlightenment of the voting public if the Journal, for example, would actually write about what damage those vetoes have done.

Of course one person’s “damage” is another one’s

Heinrich Introduces Bill To Streamline Approval Of New Energy Transmission Projects To Help Modernize Grid

on April 24, 2015 - 6:27am


WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced a bill today, S. 1017, to amend the 80-year-old Federal Power Act to provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) narrow authority to approve and site new priority electric transmission lines in cases where local or state approval processes have been unsuccessful.

Ensuring that transmission projects get timely regulatory approvals, especially when there are multiple jurisdictions involved, is critical to building a robust 21st century

Los Alamos County Environmental Services Nominated For 2015 Secretary Of Defense Freedom Award

on April 23, 2015 - 8:07pm

Los Alamos County Environmental Services was nominated for the prestigious 2015 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award. Councilor Rick Reiss, third from left, Public Works Director Philo Shelton, second from right, and Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule with Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, attended the Awards and Recognition Luncheon today hosted by the New Mexico Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at the National Guard Readiness Center.

'Open Forum' Question Posted: Proposed Plastic Bag Ban

on April 23, 2015 - 7:44pm


The Los Alamos County Council has received a citizen petition to ban plastic bag use in stores.

The Council referred the petition to their Environmental Sustainability Board and asked that Board to hold public meetings and seek additional public feedback.

What do you think? For or against?

Take their survey on line and leave your comments for the Board when you visit Open Forum, the County’s public comment tool, on this link:

Loretta Lynch Confirmed As U.S. Attorney General

on April 23, 2015 - 1:07pm

Loretta Lynch


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate today confirmed Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General by a vote of 56 to 43. She is the first woman of color to hold the position.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., released the following statement after voting to confirm Lynch to be the next United States Attorney General:

"Loretta Lynch's impressive legal career and commitment to justice will make her an outstanding Attorney General. She is intelligent, fair, and an admired public servant.

Gibson Urges Council: Don't Rubber Stamp Budget

on April 23, 2015 - 11:00am

Former Los Alamos County Councilor Robert Gibson to Council Monday evening, 'Please do not rubber stamp the proposed budget.' Photo by Carol A.Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

During Monday's opening night of the FY-2016 Budget Hearings in Council Chambers, former County Councilor Robert Gibson addressed the County Council during public comment and urged them to carefully considered all of the elements in the proposed budget and not just rubber stamp it.

Gibson began his comments by acknowledging the budget staff’s "usual sound presentation", but added that

No Child Left Behind Reform Bill Includes NM Priorities

on April 23, 2015 - 8:33am

  • ‘We must make sure these resources reach all students, especially those who need them most to succeed' –Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Wednesday that several of the priorities he has championed for New Mexico students have been included in the Every Child Achieves Act.

The bill, which the full Senate will debate in the coming months, reforms and updates No Child Left Behind to improve access to a high-quality K-12 education.

The Every Child Achieves Act, which was approved unanimously by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Council Rejects Truck Request From Los Alamos Sheriff

on April 23, 2015 - 8:04am

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero briefs Council on his deparment at Monday's Budget Hearing. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Speaking as a citizen during public comment Monday evening, Los Alamos County Sheriff's Deputy John Horne addresses Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 5-2 Tuesday evening to deny a request from Sheriff Marco Lucero for an official vehicle. Lucero explained that he has driven his personal vehicle during his first four year term and in the four months of his second term.

Udall: Celebrate Earth Day By Committing To Pass Meaningful Chemical Safety Reform

on April 22, 2015 - 3:24pm



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall urged Congress to make it a priority to pass meaningful chemical safety reform into law this year.

Momentum is continuing to build for Udall's bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation's broken chemical safety law, the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. Udall's legislation has 21 cosponsors from across the political spectrum, and a parallel bipartisan effort is underway in the U.S. House of Representatives.  

The bill, which Udall wrote with

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Statement On Earth Day

on April 22, 2015 - 11:12am

Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement in celebration of Earth Day.

“For 45 years, Earth Day has brought together communities and individuals from around the world to advocate for a cleaner, healthier and sustainable future. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, we have seen important progress – making our air and water cleaner, combating acid raid, and growing our use of renewable energy.

Udall Presses VA Secretary McDonald On Wait Times For NM Veterans, Efforts To Improve Care

on April 22, 2015 - 8:33am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall meets with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to discuss the VA’s ongoing efforts to improve care for veterans. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. ― April 15, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee, met with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to discuss the VA’s ongoing efforts to improve care for veterans in the wake of the appointment scheduling scandal that has affected the Albuquerque VA and other clinics in New Mexico.

Udall has called

Heinrich Meets With Young Native Leaders, Commends Their Work In Tribal Communities

on April 22, 2015 - 8:15am
From left, Leroy Silva from Laguna Pueblo, Americans for Indian Opportunity Projects Assistant Danielle Romero, Dalene Coriz of Santo Domingo Pueblo, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Americans for Indian Opportunity President and Founder LaDonna Harris and Americans for Indian Opportunity Director of Leadership Initiative Brittany Simmons. Coutesy Photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. met with young Native leaders from Americans for Indian Opportunity's (AIO) Ambassadors Program April 15.

The program is a premier leadership initiative that encourages young Native and

Los Alamos GOP To Hold Convention Thursday

on April 21, 2015 - 4:25pm

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its biennial organizing convention starting promptly at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in UNM-LA's Lecture Hall (Room 230).

Please note that this is a different room within UNM-LA than previously announced. Doors will be open by 6:30 p.m. for registration.

Attendees will choose ward chairs, members of the local central committee (the party's governing body), party officers and local delegates to the State Party Central Committee.

All registered Republicans are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Udall Staff Host Military Service Academy Information Session In Santa Fe 6-8 P.M. Today

on April 21, 2015 - 7:53am


SANTA FE – Staff for U.S. Sen. Tom Udall will host an information session 6-8 p.m., today at the St. Michael's High School Library, 100 Siringo Road for high school students and recent graduates interested in applying to the U.S. military service academies.

Representatives from Udall's office, the New Mexico congressional delegation and the military service academies will be available to field questions from prospective applicants and parents. Udall is accepting applications for nominations to the academies.

Four of the five service academies – the U.S.

Heinrich Tours Movie Set At Kirtland, Highlights N.M. Film Industry / Military Installations Partnerships

on April 20, 2015 - 11:08am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


  • Military Equitable Reimbursement Act--signed into law--ensures New Mexico remains top destination for movie and TV productions

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, highlighted the partnership between New Mexico's film industry and military installations earlier this month while touring the production set for a new film from Paramount Pictures starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, and Martin Freeman, currently being filmed at Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) in Albuquerque.

Heinrich met with some of the

County Budget Hearings Begin At 6 P.M. Monday

on April 19, 2015 - 8:53pm

Council will hear details of the FY-2016 budget beginning at 6 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers. Councilors from left at last Tuesday’s meeting, Susan O'Leary and Steven Girrens, Vice Chair David Izraelevitz, Chair Kristin Henderson and Rick Reiss, Pete Sheehey and James Chrobocinski. Photo by Carol A.

Staff Report

Los Alamos County's annual Budget Hearings are set to begin at 6 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers and continue Tuesday, April 21; Monday, April 27 and may run through Tuesday, April 28.

Monday's Hearing begins with an introduction, overview and budget summary

New Mexico's Norman C. Bay to Assume Leadership Post At Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

on April 19, 2015 - 7:38am

Norman C. Bay


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich welcomed Norman C. Bay, a former University of New Mexico law professor and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, as the new chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

In July 2014, the Senate confirmed Bay with bipartisan support as a commissioner of FERC, and slated him to be named chairman nine months following the confirmation. Prior to serving as a FERC commissioner, Bay had served as Director of the Office of Enforcement at FERC since 2009. 

"Throughout his tenure

Attorney General Announces Free Trainings To Students

on April 17, 2015 - 10:16am

Attorney General Hector Balderas


  • Trainings offered with the intention of teaching New Mexico students how to be financially responsible

SANTA FE – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the launch of a new financial literacy program, Your Financial Well-Being.

The program, created with New Mexico high school and college students in mind, will help students build a strong foundation and understanding of how to be fiscally savvy.

New Mexico Congressional Delegation Responds To WIPP Accident Investigation Board Report

on April 17, 2015 - 8:29am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce and Ben Ray Luján issued the following joint statement on the report by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Accident Investigation Board, analyzing the direct cause of the of the Feb. 14, 2014, radiological incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP): 

"According to today's report, a series of critical failures of leadership at every level led to the very serious accident and release that put numerous New Mexicans at risk, shuttered WIPP for over a year, and have

Luján Addresses Holocaust Remembrance Day

on April 16, 2015 - 11:46am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“More than 70 years ago, millions of Jews were persecuted, imprisoned, and millions more were murdered because of their faith, heritage, and identity. To this very day, the terrible atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis shock the conscience of humanity.

VIDEO: Heinrich Advocates Tech Transfer Legislation, ‎Labs’ Role In Monitoring Iran’s Nuclear Program

on April 16, 2015 - 10:04am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. advocated for legislation he sponsored to encourage technology transfer and highlighted the national laboratories' role in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran's Nuclear Program.

At the hearing with leadership from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Senator Heinrich highlighted the Microlab Technology Commercialization Act, a bill he introduced with

Los Alamos County Lobbyist Scott Scanland Briefs Council On 2015 Legislative Session

on April 14, 2015 - 8:07pm
Los Alamos County Lobbyist Scott Scanland briefs Council on the 2015 Legislative Session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover joins County Lobbyist Scott Scanland to answer procedural questions related to the clerk's office, during this evening's meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Staff Report
Los Alamos County Lobbyist Scott Scanland provided an overview of the 2015 Legislative Session during this evening's Council meeting in Council Chambers.
Scanland spoke about various bills that did not pass or were vetoed by the

Luján: Equal Pay Day Reminds Us Of Importance Of Paycheck Fairness Act

on April 14, 2015 - 11:11am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District marked Equal Pay Day today, which symbolizes when, more than three months into 2015, women’s wages will finally catch up to what men earned last year. 

On average, women earn 78 cents for every dollar that a man earns. Luján has co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide effective solutions and protections for women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work.

“The pay gap between men and women doesn’t just impact hard-working women – it