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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,

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.

SFCC Celebrates Black History Month Feb. 21

on February 19, 2017 - 7:09am
Courtesy image
 
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College celebrates Black History Month 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Jemez Rooms at 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
 
Special guest speakers include writer and researcher George Geder and activist and organizer Sonya Maria Martinez. The event also will feature drummers and African dancers.
 
For more information, contact SFCC’s Office of Student Development at 505.428.1686.

IRS Warns Of Abusive Tax Shelters On 2017 'Dirty Dozen' List Of Tax Scams

on February 19, 2017 - 6:06am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX ― For the third consecutive year, the IRS places abusive micro-captive insurance tax shelters on its list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams.
 
The list, compiled annually, describes a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter. Many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire others to help them.
 
“Taxpayers should avoid unscrupulous promoters who encourage the use of phony tax shelters designed to avoid paying what is owed,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said.
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IRS 'Dirty Dozen' Scams Continues With Warning Against Frivolous Tax Arguments

on February 18, 2017 - 7:09am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service continued rolling out its 2017 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list by warning taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying taxes.
 
Promoters of frivolous schemes encourage taxpayers to make unreasonable and outlandish legal claims to avoid paying their taxes. Time and again these arguments have been thrown out of court.
 
"Taxpayers should steer clear of tax-avoidance arguments and the unscrupulous promoters of such schemes," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
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Heinrich Leads Group Of Senators Questioning Reorganization Of National Security Council

on February 18, 2017 - 7:02am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting information on the recent reorganization of the National Security Council (NSC) to include President Trump’s chief political strategist Steve Bannon as a regular attendee of NSC Principals Committee.
 
Heinrich was joined by U.S.

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Discusses Cuba March 7

on February 18, 2017 - 6:40am

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston

COMMUNITY News:

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston presents a talk, “Our Woman in Havana”, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Mesa Public Library.

Huddleston’s talk is based on her years as one of America’s top Cuba hands. She has been an eyewitness to key moments of history as well as to backroom policy debate, in her roles as a principal policy maker on Cuba at the State Department and as the chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.

Huddleston will provide a behind-the-curtain view of such controversial episodes as the Elián González custody saga and the post-9/11

Letter To The Editor: Time To Shed That Whiney Thin-Skined Arrogance...

on February 17, 2017 - 4:33pm
By GERALD M. ANTOS
Los Alamos

I’m sorry Ms. Schick but, I don’t need or want your history lesson (link).

As a veteran, and having been born and raised in Los Alamos, I find that maybe you and Mr. Reilly (link) need to shed your whiney thin-skinned arrogance and get down to some real serious reality.

More celebrities and supposed stars have claimed that they would leave if Trump was elected and we are still waiting.

Heinrich Vies For New Mexico To Be Future Host Of Outdoor Retailer Trade Show

on February 17, 2017 - 11:03am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has released a letter vying for New Mexico to host the Outdoor Retailer trade show, which generates more than $45 million in annual economic impact. 

Over the last 20 years, the trade show, hosted by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) representing more than 1,200 outdoor businesses nationally, has been held in Salt Lake City. 
 
However, OIA just announced that it will no longer hold its twice-yearly trade show in Utah citing concerns that elected officials in the state, "from

Los Alamos’s Rusty Gray Elected To National Academy Of Engineering

on February 17, 2017 - 9:30am

Rusty Gray was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

George “Rusty” Gray III, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamic Extremes group, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was cited for his contributions to the understanding of the dynamic and shock-loading deformation and damage response of materials. 

“Rusty’s investigations of the structure and property behavior of materials subjected to dynamic and shock-loading conditions have provided significant understanding of material strength

Los Alamos Historical Society's Annual Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site March 31-April 1

on February 17, 2017 - 6:58am
 
LAHS News:
 
Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site March 31 and April 1 for the spring opening.
 
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range. Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
 
Bonuses include a visit to the

Tibbar Plasma Technologies Of Los Alamos Selected To Attend ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

on February 17, 2017 - 6:40am
Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc. of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 

An experimental plasma-based HVDC electrical transformer in development at Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc., in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

 

 

BUSINESS News:
 
Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc. of Los Alamos is one of a select group of energy innovators selected to attend the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit (http://www.arpae-summit.com/).
 
The summit is Feb.

WIPP Releases Preliminary Shipping Estimates

on February 16, 2017 - 3:33pm
WIPP News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed estimates for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) over the next 12 months. 
 
Shipments are expected to be made during that time from Idaho, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, the Savannah River Site, and Waste Control Specialists.
 
Shipments of TRU waste from generator sites across the U.S. are expected to commence in April.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Heads To Washington, D.C. Next Week

on February 16, 2017 - 10:16am

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is traveling next week to Washington, D.C. The RCLA will attend the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) meeting and other meetings with Congressional offices and Department of Energy (DOE) government officials Feb. 20-24 to discuss matters relating to LANL’s upcoming management and operations contract, workforce priorities, mission diversification and legacy waste cleanup.

Members of the RCLC Board of Directors attending  the D.C.

IRS: Falsifying Income Scam On List Of 'Dirty Dozen'

on February 16, 2017 - 7:18am

IRS News:
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service Feb. 14 continued issuing its annual list of common tax scams by warning taxpayers to avoid schemes to erroneously claim tax credits. This year’s “Dirty Dozen” includes falsifying income to claim tax credits.
 
“Taxpayers should ensure all the information they provide on their tax return is accurate,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. "Falsifying income to claim tax credits is against the law. Taxpayers are legally responsible for all the information reported on their tax returns.”
 
The “Dirty Dozen,” a list compiled annually by the
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Udall Calls For Investigation Of NSA's Flynn And Russia's Involvement With Trump Administration

on February 16, 2017 - 7:16am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on the resignation of National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn.
 
Udall called for a full independent investigation into the influence of the Russian government on the Trump administration and the 2016 election. 
 
“General Flynn’s resignation underscores the urgent need for a full investigation into this administration’s troubling associations with the Russian government.

Gun Laws And Statistics: A Sometimes Toxic Mix

on February 15, 2017 - 6:59am
By KHALIL SPPENCER
Los Alamos

Elena Giorgi  states the oft-repeated claim that "states that have closed the loopholes have seen a huge reduction in gun homicide." I wish Ms. Giorgi and others would cite their sources for these claims because as far as I know, there is no evidence of such a huge cause and effect between closing private sales "gun show loopholes" and seeing resulting "huge" reductions in gun crime. Indeed, states with so-called "weak" gun laws range from those with very high gun homicide statistics to some having the lowest gun homicide rates.

Indeed, one can look closer to

Split Atoms Win Lego League Robotics Competition

on February 14, 2017 - 9:40pm

Los Alamos Lego League Robotics team, the Split Atoms, won 1st place in Robot Performance at the recent New Mexico Region Championship. This win entitles the team to go on to a national open invitational tournament. Go Split Atoms! Team members from top left, Ben Segler, Keith Bridge, Nate Golden, David Puckett, Beck Ellis and Willow Golden. Photo by Jeff Segler

Heinrich Demands Answers On Trump Administration's Handling Of Classified Information

on February 14, 2017 - 2:34pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:

In a letter sent to Acting Director of National Intelligence, Heinrich asks for answers regarding the process used to grant access to classified information.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, is calling into question the manner in which the Trump Administration has been accessing and handling sensitive and classified information.

“We’ve seen a pattern of carelessness and lack of accountability from this administration that puts our

IRS: Avoid The Rush; Use Website For Quick Answers

on February 14, 2017 - 1:14pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service recently reminded taxpayers that the next couple of weeks, especially around Presidents’ Day, marks the busiest time of year for IRS toll-free phone services. Taxpayers can avoid the rush by getting answers to their questions on IRS.gov.
 
The IRS will be issuing an “Avoid the Rush” series of news releases that provide tips related to the most common questions asked by taxpayers during the February peak.
 
The IRS will staff its toll-free telephone service Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., callers’ local time, and Monday, Feb.
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DEA Removes Marijuana Misinformation

on February 13, 2017 - 8:15pm
DEA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After months of public pressure, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed factually inaccurate information from its website.
 
The change comes after Americans for Safe Access, a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring safe and legal access to medical cannabis for therapeutic use and research, filed a legal request with the Department of Justice last year demanding that the DEA immediately update and remove factually inaccurate information about cannabis from their website and materials.
 
Americans for Safe Access argued that the more than

Letter To The Editor: The Last Thing The World Needs Is A Stronger And Greater USA

on February 13, 2017 - 4:37pm
By Dr. DOUGLAS T. REILLY
Los Alamos
 
President Trump’s inaugural address advocated a stronger and greater USA. He used the word America; I remember an Argentine friend who long ago reminded me that everyone from Point Barrow, Alaska, to Ushuaia at the southern tip of South American IS AMERICAN.
 
The last thing the world needs is a stronger and greater USA. We are already strong and great. Most of us know Lord Acton’s quote, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Many countries consider the USA the most dangerous country in the world.

FBI: Romance Scams

on February 13, 2017 - 10:13am

Courtesy/FBI

FBI News:

  • Online Imposters Break Hearts and Bank Accounts

They met online. He said he was a friend of a friend. The woman, in her 50s and struggling in her marriage, was happy to find someone to chat with. “He was saying all the right things,” she remembered. “He was interested in me. He was interested in getting to know me better. He was very positive, and I felt like there was a real connection there.”

That connection would end up costing the woman $2 million and an untold amount of heartache after the man she fell in love with—whom she never met in person—took her for every cent

Excessive Claims For Business Credits Makes The IRS 'Dirty Dozen' List Of Tax Scams

on February 12, 2017 - 7:13am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service warned that taxpayers should watch for improper claims for business credits, which is on the “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2017 filing season.
 
Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter any time but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire people to help with their taxes.
 
Fuel Tax Credit Scams
 
Fraud involving the fuel tax credit is considered a frivolous tax claim and can result in a penalty of $5,000. Furthermore,
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