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Fake Charities On IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List

on February 20, 2017 - 8:14am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors, one of the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for the 2017 filing season.
 
"Fake charities set up by scam artists to steal your money or personal information are a recurring problem," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. "Taxpayers should take the time to research organizations before giving their hard-earned money.”
 
Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime,

NMAA Foundation Announces Student Scholarships

on February 20, 2017 - 7:36am
NMAA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Activities Association is excited to announce the 17 recipients of the 2016-2017 NMAA Foundation Scholarships.
 
The NMAA Foundation will recognize the students receiving these scholarships March 7-11 during the U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships.
 
More than 200 students applied for the scholarships, with nine receiving $1,000, six receiving $1,500 and two receiving $2,500. There were eight different scholarship categories for which students could submit applications.
 
The following list details those students selected:
 

Former Supervisor At Laguna Pueblo Superette Pleads Guilty To Federal Embezzlement Charge

on February 20, 2017 - 7:27am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The former supervisor at the Laguna Pueblo Superette, pled guilty Feb. 7 in federal court in Albuquerque to embezzling funds from the Pueblo of Laguna.
 
Marshall J. Cheromiah, 32, of Mesita was charged in an indictment filed Nov. 5, 2015, with embezzling approximately $48,953.47 from the Pueblo of Laguna. According to the indictment, Cheromiah was working as an employee or agent of an Indian Tribal Organization when he committed the crime between July 2013 and Oct. 2014, in Cibola County.
 
During court proceedings, Cheromiah pled guilty to the indictment and

Heinrich, Collins Introduce Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act To Address Poverty In America

on February 20, 2017 - 7:24am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) reintroduced the bipartisan Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act to give states, local governments, and tribes more flexibility to create partnerships that invest in families living in poverty.
 
The bill aligns and links existing systems and funding streams to target both parents and children with support aimed at increasing economic security, educational success, social capital, and the health and wellbeing of whole families.
 
“This is the first major bipartisan bill in

Today Is Presidents’ Day

on February 20, 2017 - 7:10am

HOLIDAY News:

Today is Presidents’ Day, an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

Traditionally celebrated Feb. 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

Local Officials Lunch With State Tourism Commission

on February 19, 2017 - 12:27pm

Members of the New Mexico Tourism Commission and the Tourism Department lunching Thursday at the Blue Window Bistro with Secretary Rebecca Latham, County Council Vice Chair Susan O'Leary, County Economic Development Administrator Joan Ahlers, Los Alamos MaintStreet Executive Director Suzette Fox and LACDC Marketing Director Ryn Herrmann, before the quarterly New Mexico Tourism Commission meeting at Historic Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Scenes From Annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser

on February 19, 2017 - 11:58am

During the annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser Feb. 12 at Fuller Lodge, Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard briefs the crowd on the happenings underway at the 60-Day Legislative Session in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd listens to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard during the annual ‘Sweet On Dems’ Fundraiser at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Elia Vasquez, Eric Vasquez, Dave Schiferl and Michael Redondo listen as Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard discusses bills under consideration at the New Mexico Legislature. Photo by Carol A.

Senate Committee Approves Bipartisan Compromise To Fund New Mexico Courts

on February 19, 2017 - 9:41am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The Senate Finance Committee has approved a bipartisan proposal to provide emergency funding to New Mexico’s judiciary branch.
 
The committee agreed to send Feb. 16 an amended version of House Bill 261 to the full Senate. The bill, sponsored Reps. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) and Zachary Cook (R-Lincoln and Otero), makes supplemental appropriations for the New Mexico Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
 
It will provide $80,000 to the Supreme Court to help meet a projected $82,600 shortfall in its current year budget, and it gives

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