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IRS: Don’t Take The Bait, Step 2: Be Alert To Account Takeover Tactics

on July 19, 2017 - 7:32am

Here’s one example of a fake webpage. Courtesy/IRS

IRS News:

PHOENIX The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry are warning tax professionals that account takeovers by cybercriminals are on the rise and practitioners increasingly are the targets.

Account takeovers occur when a thief manages to steal or guess the username and password of a tax professional, enabling access of their computers or their other online accounts. With these credentials, thieves can, for example, access a tax professional’s IRS e-Services account to steal their Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN

Metzger's Installing Brand New Paint Mixer Friday

on July 19, 2017 - 7:03am

BUSINESS News:

Metzger's Los Alamos is excited to announce the arrival of its brand new paint mixer this Friday, July 21.

Unfortunately that means they will be unable to mix paint Friday as they set it up.

Metzger's apologizes for the inconvenience but said this machine will greatly improve their service.

2017-2018 Season Of The Met Live In HD

on July 19, 2017 - 6:53am
Markus Werba as Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera
 
MUSIC News:
 
SANTA FE — The Lensic and Santa Fe Opera are proud to present the 2017-2018 season of The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts.
 
The HD season includes ten operas, with five new productions and starry revivals starring the world’s leading opera artists.

The 2017-18 Live in HD season will feature the series’ first broadcast of Bellini’s Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role; the Met premiere of

Higher Education Center Open House Aug. 2

on July 19, 2017 - 6:49am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Santa Fe Higher Education Center (SFHEC) will host an Open House 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the campus, 1950 Siringo Road. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
 
Join in welcoming the newest SFHEC partner Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) and meet with faculty and academic advisers from NNMC and other partners, including New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU), University of New Mexico (UNM) and Santa Fe Community College.

Los Alamos County Horse Show July 22

on July 19, 2017 - 6:41am
 
COUNTY News:
 
It’s time for all riders to showcase their equestrian talents in Western and English categories at the annual Los Alamos County Horse Show at Brewer Arena at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 22.
 
The Los Alamos County Horse Show offers four age categories (9 & Under), 10-13, 14-18 and Adult and many different horsemanship class categories. The fees range from $5 per youth class entry, $8 per adult class entry, and $30 per family (four or more participants from immediate family living in the same household).
 
Prizes include place ribbons, horse show t-shirts and buckles.
 

FBI: Vehicle Pursuit In Las Cruces Results In Federal Charges Against Zachary Stephen Reeder

on July 19, 2017 - 6:35am
FBI News:
 
Zachary Stephen Reeder, 39, of Marana, Ariz., was arrested on a federal complaint charging him with assault on a federal task force officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
 
Reeder is expected to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces.
 
Reeder was arrested after a vehicular pursuit in Las Cruces by law enforcement investigating a report of a possibly armed and dangerous suspect in a stolen car Thursday night. During the pursuit, the car allegedly rammed a vehicle driven by an FBI task force officer, who was not seriously injured.
 
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2017’s Most And Least Stressed Cities In America

on July 19, 2017 - 6:28am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With U.S. stress levels increasing for the first time in 10 years due mainly to the current political climate and workplace-related stress alone costing society more than $300 billion per year, the personal finance website WalletHub conducted an indepth analysis to determine 2017's Most & Least Stressed Cities in America.

In order to determine where Americans cope best with their stress, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest cities across 30 key metrics.
 
The data set ranges from average weekly work hours to debt load to divorce and suicide rates.

 
 
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Birth Announcement: Audrey Melinda Poling

on July 19, 2017 - 6:19am

Gregorio and Amanda Poling are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Audrey Melinda Poling at 9:05 a.m. July 17 at Los Alamos Medical Center. She weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 inches long and joins siblings Quinn and David. Courtesy photo
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Officials Condemn Governor’s Position On Monuments

on July 19, 2017 - 6:16am
STATE News:
 
Mayors and County Commissioners near New Mexico’s two National Monuments under review by President Trump are expressing outrage at Governor Martinez’ recent letter supporting the potential reduction of New Mexico’s newest National Monuments.
 
In 2013 and 2014, President Obama established the Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monuments in Taos and Doña Ana Counties, following years of community efforts to achieve protection.
 
Both new National Monuments have achieved significant increases in visitation and tourism.

Scenes From Topper Football Camp July 10-11

on July 19, 2017 - 6:12am
Coach Cotter and Toppers lead footballers through agility drills at the July 10-11 Topper Football Camp. Courtesy photo
 
Coach Scott and Toppers lead Los Alamos Middle School football players through agility drills. Courtesy photo
Coach Williams and Toppers lead Los Alamos Middle School football players through agililty drills. Courtesy photo
 
Some 40 athletes participated in the July 10-11 Topper Football Camp. Courtesy photo
 
Topper Football Camp participants gather July 11 for one last huddle. Courtesy photo
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Driver In Single-Vehicle Rollover Pleads Not Guilty

on July 19, 2017 - 6:10am

Staff Report

A 21-year-old Hernandez man involved in a July 9 single-vehicle rollover on Diamond Drive pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, speeding and open container Monday before Municipal Judge Alan Kirk.

Bobbyray Sisneros was arrested after Los Alamos Police and Fire Department personnel responded at 8 p.m. to the scene of the crash. Sisneros and his two passengers were transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries.

Judge Kirk allowed Sisneros to remain free on conditions of release, which included reporting to the

Daily Postcard: Friday Night Moon Rising In The Sky

on July 19, 2017 - 6:00am

Daily Postcard: Moon rising Friday night in the sky as viewed from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Daily Postcard: Moon rising Friday as viewed from Quemazon. Photo by Trisha Ancell

Book Discussion Group: Healing The Heart Of Democracy Begins July 30

on July 18, 2017 - 11:36pm

COMMUNITY News:

A book discussion group on Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer is forming now.

  • When: Sunday, July 30 at 9:30 a.m.; 
  • Where: The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos;
  • **Please order the book beforehand; and
  • RSVP by this Friday, July 21 if interested in joining.

This book group will meet every-other week for nine sessions beginning Sunday, July 30 through Sunday, Nov. 5.

Tina DeYoe and Kyle Wheeler are organizing this book discussion group at The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos.

Obituary: Meredith Madsen Matlack Oct. 9, 1921 – July 9, 2017

on July 18, 2017 - 9:35pm

MEREDITH MADSEN MATLACK Oct. 9, 1921 – July 9, 2017

Meredith Madsen Matlack died at her home in Los Alamos, New Mexico early on the morning of July 9, 2017. She was 95.

Meredith was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on Oct. 9, 1921, the firstborn child of Martin C. Madsen and Ethel Huffer. She met George Miller Matlack when they were chemistry majors at Grinnell College in Iowa, and they married in 1943. She worked as a blood technician to help him through his Ph.D at the University of Iowa.

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Lujan Grisham Secures Tech Transfer, Diversity Provisions In Military Legislation

on July 18, 2017 - 4:14pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham/Courtesy photo
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham successfully included two provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, one that encourages more tech transfer to create jobs and one that promotes more diversity within the Air Force civilian workforce.
 
Both provisions are important to the large national laboratory and military presence in New Mexico.
 
The defense policy bill passed today. The Senate is considering its version of the legislation.
 
“The national laboratories and military bases

Obituary: Kenneth L. Gonzales May 24, 1960 – July 9, 2017

on July 18, 2017 - 4:07pm

KENNETH L. GONZALES May 24, 1960 – July 9, 2017

Kenneth L. Gonzales, age 57, passed away on July 9, 2017 in El Paso, Texas.

Kenneth was born in Espanola, NM on May 24, 1960, and raised in Los Alamos, NM. He was a graduate of Los Alamos High School 1979 and entered into the Airforce after graduation.

Kenneth was a Supervisory Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer in El Paso at the time of his passing.  Supervisor Gonzales worked at the Port of El Paso at the Ysleta Bridge and was promoted to Supervisor in April of 2015.

He served honorably with U.S.

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Albuquerque Woman Sentenced To Prison For Federal Bank Robbery Conviction

on July 18, 2017 - 3:57pm
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Joleen Sedillo, 42, of Albuquerque was sentenced July 14 in federal court to 27 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for her conviction on bank robbery charges.
 
Sedillo and co-defendants Abel Lopez, 31, and William Colbert, 38, both of Albuquerque, were arrested in July 2016, on a criminal complaint charging them with bank robbery charges. The criminal complaint alleges that Sedillo, Lopez and Colbert robbed Bank of the West branches located at 5401 Central Ave. NE and 7900 Wyoming Blvd.

Net Neutrality Activists Set Sights On Congress: Plan To Unleash New Wave Of Billboards And Scorecard For Lawmakers Following Historic Day Of Action

on July 18, 2017 - 3:54pm
Generation Justice members in New Mexico speak out for net neutrality. Courtesy photo
 
FFTF News:
 
Digital rights group Fight for the Future unveiled today the next steps in the battle for the future of the Internet: turning the focus on Congress -- who have oversight over the FCC and whose actions will determine whether Ajit Pai’s unpopular plan moves forward -- with a wave of crowdfunded billboards and a “Congressional Scorecard” on BattleForTheNet.com showing where lawmakers stand.
 
The group has already raised more than $50,000 toward the billboards, which will go up in the

Author Stephen Ledoux At Mesa Public Library Thursday

on July 18, 2017 - 1:22pm

Stephen F. Ledoux

LIBRARY News:

The Authors Speak series of lectures continues Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library with author Stephen F. Ledoux, who will talk about his book “Beautiful Sights and Sensations.”

With this book, Ledoux shares his passion for beautiful objects. Ledoux, who is also an expert in the emerging natural science of behaviorology, has travelled and taught extensively. He has held positions in Australia and in China, as well as at the State University of New York at Canton.

He and his wife Nelly Case, also an author, now make their home

Professionals Offer Heroes Home Advantage Program

on July 18, 2017 - 1:15pm
Berkshire Hathaway HomeSales Associate Broker Mark Rochester
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
​Los Alamos Daily Post 

There are a lot of unsung heroes in Los Alamos. However, by participating in Heroes Home Advantage, ADV Insurance Agency Owner Vincent Marciano and Berkshire Hathaway HomeSales Associate Broker Mark Rochester are hoping to shine the spotlight on individuals who make significant contributions to the community.

ADV Insurance Agency Owner Vincent Marciano

Rochester’s and Marciano’s involvement in Heroes Home Advantage just started.

Ethics In Business Awards Calling For Nominations

on July 18, 2017 - 1:14pm
BUSINESS News:
 
The Nominating and Screening Committee of the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards is accepting nominations for 2018's honorees.
 
The Ethics in Business Awards program honors New Mexico for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals demonstrating the highest level of ethical business practices, particularly amid crises and challenges. Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 14, 2017.
 
To nominate, visit www.ethicsinbusinessnm.com and click “Nominate” at the top of the homepage. Nominees will then be invited to apply.

Rotary: Scenes From End Of Year Party - 60's Theme

on July 18, 2017 - 1:09pm

New Rotary Club President Laura Loy and Immediate Past President Rob Metcalf show their new officer pins during the Club’s recent end of the year awards banquet at Cottonwood on the Greens. The party marked the end of the Club’s 50th Anniversary Year, 1966-67, with members and guests encouraged to wear 1960s fashion. (It is reported that Metcalf spent the entire year growing out his tresses.) Photo by Kaya Loy

Rotarians Laura Gonzales and Doug Wilson receive Paul Harris Fellowship awards at the Club’s recent end of the year party at Cottonwood on the Greens.
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County: Tips To Be Bear Aware

on July 18, 2017 - 1:04pm
COUNTY News:
 
Bears have been making their way into residential areas because of lack of food in the wild and ease of getting it out of trash roll carts.
 
  • Since garbage stored outside is the biggest attractant, storing garbage in a secure garage or shed until the morning of collection will virtually eliminate the chances of a bear visit*. If a bear does not find a food source, it will move on. Here are some safe practices for managing waste to minimize encounters with bears:
  • Avoid luring bears on to your property by maintaining any fallen fruit; stock up for the winter and preserve fruit

PEEC: Annual Dorothy Hoard Butterfly Count July 22

on July 18, 2017 - 1:00pm
Local butterfly citizen science project led by Steve Cary is Saturday, July 22. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The community is invited to participate in the annual Annual Dorothy Hoard Butterfly Count July 22 to honor the memory of Dorothy Hoard by fluttering to three places around the Pajarito Plateau: atop a mesa, at a high altitude and along a stream. This event is for beginners, experts and everyone in between.
 
New Mexico butterfly expert Steve Cary will be present to help identify butterflies and discuss their life histories.
 
The first count is 9-10:45 a.m.

House Passes National Defense Authorization Act

on July 18, 2017 - 12:55pm
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018:
 
“Each year, I examine every aspect of the NDAA to ensure it supports the critical missions taking place at our bases in New Mexico and provides the vital protections our service members need when fighting for our freedom. Equal in importance, the NDAA has the responsibility to support and assist military families.

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