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Former Los Alamos Scientist Sentenced To 60 Months For Atomic Energy Act Violations

on January 28, 2015 - 3:26pm

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez for the District of New Mexico, Assistant Director Randall C. Coleman of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O.

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.

The Bachelor Comes To Santa Fe

on January 28, 2015 - 9:53am

Chris Soules. Courtesy/NMTD

NMTD News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) has announced that Santa Fe will be featured on an upcoming episode of The Bachelor.

The episode will feature a group date through white water rapids while the bachelorettes try their hand at rafting, a one-on-one date miles above the city, and a one-on-one date that truly tests a connection, all with the newest Bachelor, Chris Soules. The episode is scheduled to air at 8/7c Monday, Feb. 2 on ABC.

Soules, has become known as “Prince Farming”. He introduced himself to last season’s Bachelorette Andi

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter Legislative Priorities

on January 28, 2015 - 9:33am


  • Renewing solar credits, stopping killing contests, trapping ...

SANTA FE — Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter volunteers and staff are advocating for and against dozens of bills at the Roundhouse during the 2015 New Mexico legislative session.

“With new leadership in the House of Representatives, we expect corporate lobbyists to have a much greater influence, and therefore we expect many more bills that threaten New Mexicans’ health, air, water and climate, as well as the state’s wildlife and public lands,” Chapter Conservation Coordinator Dan Lorimier said.

Chapter’s top

Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima

on January 27, 2015 - 3:47pm

Bill Hudson


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.

LAHS NJROTC Competes In Border Shootout

on January 26, 2015 - 12:01pm

LAHS NJROTC Precision Team. Courtesy photo


The LAHS NJROTC precision and sporter marksmanship teams, coached by LCDR Shumaker, travelled to Farmington to compete in the Border Shootout match.

The precision team, consisting of cadets Samantha Miller, Joanna O'Neill, Samuel Wolfe and David Murphy placed first out of 17 teams with Wolfe placing 4th individually. The precision team's placing in this match qualified them for the Civilian Marksmanship Program's 3 Position Air Rifle Regional Championship in April.

To see full results, go to the Orion scoring website.

Heinrich Applauds Approval Of SunZia Southwest

on January 26, 2015 - 6:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


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

Governor Announces 'New Mexico School Choice Week'

on January 26, 2015 - 6:30am

  • Governor issues proclamation for School Choice Week

SANTA FE – School Choice Week starts today in New Mexico and across America. Throughout the Week, which runs until Jan. 31, there will be 84 school choice events across the Land of Enchantment.

The events are part of National School Choice Week, which will feature 11,082 events across America – the largest celebration of educational opportunity in U.S. history. 

“Parents in New Mexico have choices when it comes to where to send their children to school, and National School Choice Week provides an opportunity for families to

Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers Compete In Xcel Meet

on January 25, 2015 - 11:36am


Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers traveled to Belen last weekend to compete in an Xcel meet. Anna Clark won the Platinum competition with a 36.00 all-around. Clark also took gold on bars with 9.10 and beam with 8.80.

Ramya Stevens took the bronze in the all-around with 35.60. Stevens tied Clark for the gold on bars also scoring a 9.10. Stevens also took the bronze on floor (9.30), vault (9.00) and beam (8.20). Suyana Ferreira took gold on vault with 9.20. Ferreira also took bronze on bars (8.90). Carley Stilwell took silver on floor (9.40) and on vault (9.20).

In the gold

NNMCAB Meets At Cities Of Gold Jan. 28

on January 25, 2015 - 9:57am


SANTA FE - The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) will meet 1-5:15 p.m. Jan. 28, at the Cities of Gold Conference Center, 10-B Cities of Gold Road.

Schedule of events:

2 p.m.

  • Thomas Johnson, DOE, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Acquisition and Project Management will be present: ‘DOE Contracting 101.’

  • Jack Craig, DOE, Director of the Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center will follow and present: ‘Transition and Bridge Contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory Transition from National Nuclear Security Administration Oversight to

Udall: Amendment To Keystone Pipeline Bill Emphasizes Homegrown Renewable Energy

on January 25, 2015 - 9:42am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


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

February Fun At New Mexico History Museum

on January 25, 2015 - 9:34am

'Starfish in Tidal Surge' by Donald Lawrence. Courtesy/NMHM

NMHM News:

  • Craft a Valentine, Learn to Make a Camera Obscura and Discover a Woman Warrior

SANTA FE – The New Mexico History Museum will host three days of craft-making, learning and discovery during the month of February.

The scheduled events are:

  • “Be Mine,” a Free First Friday event - 5:30 - 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6.

Bring your crafting skills to make old-timey Valentines, inspired by historic cards from the collection with a variety of Victorian-inspired papers. Kids and families welcome.

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

Speaker Tripp: Committees Must Meet On Time

on January 25, 2015 - 8:41am

Speaker Don Tripp


SANTA FE –  New House Speaker Don Tripp sent a letter to the newly appointed committee chairs, asking that they meet on time in order to encourage New Mexicans to get involved in their government.

In the past, committees often ran hours off schedule, making it difficult for constituents to be part of the governing process.

Speaker Tripp sent the following letter to the chairs:

To The Honorable Committee Chairs,

I am writing to discuss my expectations of you as a newly appointed committee chair.

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


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,

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



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

House Speaker Announces Committee Membership

on January 23, 2015 - 7:47am


SANTA FE – Newly elected Speaker Don Tripp has announced committee assignments for the New Mexico House of Representatives:

Agriculture, Water, and Wildlife

  • Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, Chair
  • Rep. Andy Nunez, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Paul C. Bandy
  • Rep. Randal S. Crowder
  • Rep. George Dodge, Jr.
  • Rep. Bealquin Bill Gomez
  • Rep. Roberto “Bobby” J. Gonzales
  • Rep. Dona G. Irwin
  • Rep. Bill McCamley
  • Rep. Bob Wooley

Appropriations and Finance

  • Rep. Larry A. Larrañaga, Chair
  • Rep. Jimmie C. Hall, Deputy Chair
  • Rep. Paul C. Bandy, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage
  • Rep. Doreen Y. Gallegos
  • Rep.

Luján Pushes Two Measures

on January 23, 2015 - 6:43am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced today that he is supporting a pair of measures aimed at limiting money in politics by overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and increasing transparency in elections.

Luján is a cosponsor of the DISCLOSE Act and the Democracy for All Amendment, which would amend the Constitution.

"Five years ago, Citizens United opened up the floodgates of special-interest money into our political system.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Announces Legislative Priorities And Outreach Program

on January 22, 2015 - 3:04pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard



SANTA FE – At the beginning of her second term as representative for House Dist. 43, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Sandoval counties, announces new legislative priorities and an outreach program with the start of New Mexico's 52nd Legislative Session.
The 60-day session convened Tuesday in what will be a historic year as Republicans take the majority in the House for the first time in 60 years.

Groups Rally Against Big Money In Elections

on January 22, 2015 - 12:16pm


SANTA FE — New Mexico Public Interest Research Group (NMPIRG) joined by Common Cause and Environment New Mexico, gathered at the Roundhouse to mark the fifth anniversary of Citizens United - the infamous decision that birthed Super PACs and opened the floodgates for special interest money in our elections.

The groups called out the flood of big money in elections and put forward solutions to amplify the voice of average Americans. 

“Five years ago (today), the Supreme Court went way off track, and gave mega-donors and corporate interests free rein to drown out the voices of the

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 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.


'Hiring Our Heroes' Job Fair In Albuquerque Jan. 28

on January 22, 2015 - 10:34am


WIPP: Roof Separation Highlights Bolting Priority

on January 22, 2015 - 9:25am


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.

NMDOT Issues Winter Storm Update

on January 21, 2015 - 4:40pm

Snow continues to fall today on the Main Hill Road. By Carol A. Clark/

A snowy scene today near the entrance to Los Alamos. By Carol A. Clark/

Snow falls today along the area near the Los Alamos County Airport. By Carol A. Clark/


SANTA FE – A new winter storm is moving slowly across New Mexico and impacts are expected to be felt in almost every region. 

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is monitoring the forecast and road conditions throughout the state and its crews are out working in areas already experiencing