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Udall Joins Defense Appropriations Subcommittee

on January 31, 2015 - 9:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

 U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has announced that he will join the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The subcommittee holds jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, and is responsible for producing one of 12 annual appropriations bills to fund the federal government's programs and responsibilities.

Udall will continue to serve on other subcommittees that allocate key funding for programs important to New Mexico:

  • the Subcommittee on Agriculture;
  • Rural Development;
  • Food and Drug

White House: 15 Solar Market Pathways Projects

on January 31, 2015 - 9:33am

WHITE HOUSE News:
  • Empowering Communities To Deploy Solar

WASHINGTON D.C.— The White House has announced 15 Solar Market Pathways projects to pursue various approaches to developing actionable solar deployment plans and strategies to promote deployment at residential, community, and commercial scales—from expanding shared or community solar programs and local financing mechanisms to integrating solar energy generation into communities’ emergency response plans.

Aimed at cutting the non-hardware “soft costs” of solar – such as permitting, financing, and connecting to the electric grid – the

DOE Announces Technology To Market Funding

on January 31, 2015 - 9:25am

DOE News:

Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative aims to boost American competitiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The $45 million Technology to Market funding opportunity is part of the Department’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, aimed at boosting American competitiveness and supporting a strong domestic, clean energy manufacturing sector.

This funding opportunity combines three historically separate SunShot Initiative funding programs—IncubatorSolar Manufacturing Technology, and Scaling Up Nascent PV at Home— into one that will support projects with the potential to significantly reduce

DOE Announces New Partners In Energy Efficiency

on January 31, 2015 - 9:13am

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

DOE News:

  • New partners commit to improving efficiency by 20 percent over 10 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced that more than 20 new partners have committed to improving energy efficiency across their respective building portfolios by 20 percent over the next 10 years.

These new partners, including the six multifamily partners announced by the White House, bring with them fresh perspective and leadership in newly represented sectors, spanning more than 70 million square feet of fast-food,

IRS Promotes Earned Income Tax Credit

on January 31, 2015 - 8:31am

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is partnering with community-based organizations across the country to promote Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, an effort to alert millions of low and moderate-income workers who may be missing out on a significant tax credit that can be as much as $6,000.

Millions of workers who earned $52,427 or less last year may qualify for EITC for the first time in 2015, making awareness of the credit critical.

Los Alamos Native Is Military Spouse Of The Year

on January 30, 2015 - 1:23pm

COMMUNITY News:

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Los Alamos native Jill Simcox has been selected as the Coast Guard District Five Spouse of the year and has advanced to the semi-final round to be considered for the National Military Spouse of the Year award. 

Simcox, whose husband is a Company Commander at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, is an active member of the Jersey Cape Military Spouses Club and committee head for its membership. She served as president of the Club in 2013, and has been a member for nearly four years. 

Simcox is a member of the Cape May City Board of Education and

Bandelier Has Closed For Today

on January 30, 2015 - 8:46am

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument has announced that it is now closed for today due to the snow storm falling on the area.

 

IRS Warns New Mexicans: Beware Of 'Biggest Refund In Town' Promise

on January 30, 2015 - 7:17am

IRS News:

PHOENIX — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning New Mexico taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous tax return preparers pushing inflated tax refund claims.

This scam remains on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.

"Every filing season, scam artists lure victims in by promising outlandish refunds,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “Taxpayers should be wary of anyone who asks them to sign a blank return, promise a big refund before looking at their records, or charge fees based on a percentage of the refund."

Heinrich On CIA Efforts To Cover Up Torture Report

on January 29, 2015 - 2:55pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in response to efforts to cover up the facts of the committee's report on the CIA detention and interrogation program:

"It would be unprecedented and misguided for the Executive Branch to relinquish its copies of the full committee report. I've always believed the committee's full report on the CIA detention and interrogation program should be publicly released.

Senate Approves Keystone XL Pipeline

on January 29, 2015 - 2:25pm

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate today passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline with a 62-36 vote. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, released the following statement after voting against the measure:

“Tar sands are not the right choice to meet our future energy needs. Instead of focusing on the past, which the Keystone XL Pipeline represents, we need to look to the future of clean energy technologies and the domestic jobs they support.

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.

LAHS Students Compete In North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad Thursday

on January 28, 2015 - 12:08pm

LAHS News:

Several students from the newly formed Los Alamos High School Linguistics Club will compete Thursday in the first round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad.

Each student will complete a paper-based test, which consists of several complex linguistics problem sets. Students who pass this Open Round will have the opportunity to advance to the Invitational Round with the chance of being selected to participate in the International Linguistics Olympiad.

Professionals in the field of linguistics created the NACLO to engage high school students in current

First Time In 50 Years - Restoration Begins On NIST's Million-Pound Deadweight Machine

on January 28, 2015 - 9:50am

MILLION-POUND MAKEOVER: Highlights of the disassembly of NIST's 4.45-million newton (1 million pounds-force) deadweight machine, the largest in the world, in preparation for cleaning, restoration, and recalibration. Video by Jennifer Lauren Lee. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

For the first time in half a century, NIST’s 4.45-million newton (equivalent to one million pounds-force) deadweight machine – the largest in the world – is being disassembled for cleaning, restoration, and recalibration.

Courtesy/NIST

The first stage of the process, dismantling the top half of the three-story stack of weights,

Uncommon Valor: The Battle of Iwo Jima

on January 27, 2015 - 3:47pm

Bill Hudson

SRCIR News:

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.

Heinrich Applauds Approval Of SunZia Southwest

on January 26, 2015 - 6:41am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

STATE News:

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

Udall: Amendment To Keystone Pipeline Bill Emphasizes Homegrown Renewable Energy

on January 25, 2015 - 9:42am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

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

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

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

BANDELIER News:

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,

Energy Secretary Unveils More Than $55 Million To Advance Fuel Efficient Vehicle Technologies

on January 23, 2015 - 12:43pm

Energy Secretary Earnest Moniz

DOE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the State of the Union Address Tuesday, Jan. 20 - in which President Obama highlighted the surge in U.S. manufacturing and the strong growth in the auto industry - Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more than $55 million to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean energy economy.

These technologies will play a key role in increasing fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, and support the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge to make plug-in electric

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

 

U.S. SENATE News:

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

IRS Warns About Phishing Scams

on January 23, 2015 - 11:30am

IRS News:

PHOENIX – The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to watch out for fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information.

These “phishing” schemes continue to be on the annual IRS list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2015 filing season.

"The IRS won’t send you an email about a bill or refund out of the blue. Don’t click on one claiming to be from the IRS that takes you by surprise,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. “I urge taxpayers to be wary of clicking on strange emails and websites. They may be scams to steal your personal information.”

Compiled

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 IRS.gov 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.

“We

WIPP: Roof Separation Highlights Bolting Priority

on January 22, 2015 - 9:25am

Courtesy/WIPP

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.

Heinrich Cosponsors Women's Health Protection Act

on January 22, 2015 - 8:38am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., is cosponsoring the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill to make it illegal for states to chip away at women's reproductive rights.

The legislation would protect a woman's right and ability to determine whether and when to bear a child by limiting restrictions on the provision of abortion services – such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin. The bill's introduction comes as the country marks the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

"Women in New Mexico

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