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IRS: Fake Insurance Tax Form Scam Aims At Stealing Data From Tax Professionals And Their Clients

on October 16, 2017 - 6:24am

IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service Thursday alerted tax professionals and their clients to a fake insurance tax form scam that is being used to access annuity and life insurance accounts.
 
Cybercriminals currently are combining several tactics to create a complex scheme through which both tax professionals and taxpayers have been victimized.
 
There may be variations but here’s how one scam works: The cybercriminal, impersonating a legitimate cloud-based storage provider, entices a tax professional with a phishing email.

Supercuts Clip For The Cure Saturday, Oct. 21

on October 15, 2017 - 9:19am

Supercuts in Smith's Marketplace in Los Alamos is hosting a Clip for the Cure event Saturday, Oct. 21, as part of the company's nationwide effort to help fight breast cancer. The store will donate 10 percent of every haircut Oct. 21 to the Regis Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Gathered for a photo Saturday afternoon, from left, local Supercuts Manager Sarafina Aguino, Mariela Dominguez, Amanda Maestas, Assistant Manager Debra DeLaRosa and Leila Herrera. Supercuts is open seven days a week: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

Pearce Bill Supports Veterans Choice Program

on October 15, 2017 - 8:27am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Thursday introduced H.R. 4031, Beneficiary Travel Act of 2017, to bolster the Veterans Choice Program, which provides services to millions of veterans in rural communities across the nation.
 
“As a veteran, I strongly support cutting government red tape that prevents our nation’s former service members from receiving the quality and timely care they deserve. Our veterans sacrificed so much in defense of our freedoms and liberties, and we must honor our commitments to them.

DOE Awards Contract For Liquid Waste Services At Savannah River Site

on October 15, 2017 - 7:14am
DOE News:
 
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday announced the award of a contract to Savannah River EcoManagement, LLC for Savannah River Site Liquid Waste Services.
 
The contract is cost-plus-award-fee and includes an indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract line item. The total estimated value of the contract is approximately $4.7 billion. The period of performance includes a base period of seven years (including a transition period of 90 days) and an option period of three years. Three proposals were received in response to the solicitation.
 

IRS: Tax Filing Extension Expires Oct. 16 For Millions

on October 15, 2017 - 7:13am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service recently urged taxpayers who have a filing extension through Oct. 16 to check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits.
 
When they are ready to file, the IRS recommends they file their return electronically using IRS e-file or the Free File system. Both are still available for taxpayers who still need to file their return.
 
Although Oct. 16 is the last day for most people to file, some individuals -- such as members of the military serving in a combat zone -- are allowed more time to file.
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Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Help Address Crisis Of Missing And Murdered Native American Women

on October 14, 2017 - 4:05pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in introducing legislation led by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and cosponsored by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls. 
 
Native women are murdered at ten times the national average, and 84 percent of Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime. The bill, Savanna’s Act, is named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was tragically killed in August. 
 
“All people,

Persons Prosecuted For Commercial Exploitation Of Children Nearly Doubled Between 2004 And 2013

on October 14, 2017 - 6:18am
OJP News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The annual number of persons prosecuted for commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) cases filed in U.S. district court nearly doubled between 2004 and 2013, increasing from 1,405 to 2,776 cases, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced Thursday.
 
During the period, a CSEC crime was the most serious offense or lead charge for 37,105 suspects referred to U.S. attorneys for investigation.

IRS Warns Of New E-Services Scam

on October 14, 2017 - 6:12am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS recently warned all e-Services users to beware of a new phishing scam that tries to trick tax professionals into “signing” a new e-Services user agreement. The phishing scam seeks to steal passwords and data.
 
The scam email claims to be from “e-Services Registration” and uses “Important Update about Your e-Services Account” in the subject line.
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New Mexico Delegation Announces New Funding To Combat Opioid & Substance Abuse Crisis In NM

on October 14, 2017 - 6:08am
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $1,173,835 in grants to New Mexico for efforts to combat opioid and substance abuse in the state.
 
The grants include $580,247 for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) to expand and improve identification of and support for individuals who survive drug overdoses; $298,594 for the city of Santa Fe to implement the Santa Fe Opioid Overdose Outreach

Officials Paint Domestic Violence Awareness Rock

on October 13, 2017 - 5:06pm

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and others turn out this morning to paint a Domestic Violence Awareness Month message on the rock on N.M. 4 in White Rock. ‘You are a hero, because you are changing the world by saying no to abuse.’ –A domestic violence abuse victim. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus helps paint a Domestic Violence Awareness Month message this morning on the rock on N.M. 4 in White Rock. Courtesy photo

The White Rock rock shares the message that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Luján Bill To Help Small Startup Businesses Passes House

on October 13, 2017 - 7:56am
U.S. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) designed to assist small startup businesses secure funding for early-stage innovation and development was approved Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives. Luján introduced the bill, H.R.2789 - the Support Startup Businesses Act, earlier this summer along with U.S. Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL).
 
The bill makes a number of improvements to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs,

Luján Calls On FCC To Reject Threat To Revoke NBC’s Broadcast License

on October 12, 2017 - 8:30am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement after President Trump suggested in a tweet that the government should “challenge” the broadcast licenses for NBC and other network outlets:
 
“I am both shocked and disappointed that President Trump today suggested the revocation of a major network’s broadcast license because he doesn’t like the negative light in which he has been portrayed in their newscasts.

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller Leads Nation In Shining Light On Unspent Government Funds

on October 12, 2017 - 8:06am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  State Auditor Tim Keller announced that New Mexico is leading the nation in shining light on unspent funds throughout government.
 
The New Jersey Legislature passed legislation requiring its State Auditor to annually report on state account balances, modeled after the annual Fund Balance Report that the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor (OSA) has produced for the last three years.
  
The OSA’s Fund Balance Report compiles data from annual financial audits to shine a light on millions of dollars of state resources that are tied

John Bretzke Of Los Alamos Finishes 50th 1/2 Marathon!

on October 12, 2017 - 7:36am
John Bretzke of Los Alamos gave himself a 12-year goal to run a half marathon in every state in the U.S. and he completed that goal in 11 years, Sept. 24 in Annapolis, Md. Courtesy photo 
 
John Bretzke of Los Alamos with family and friends at the finish line of his 50th 1/2 marathon Sept. 24 in Annapolis, Md. Courtesy photo 
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

John Bretzke of Los Alamos set a 12-year goal to complete a half marathon in every state in the nation. He accomplished that goal in 11 years, Sept.

Conservation Voters New Mexico Statement On Rollback Of EPA’s Clean Power Plan

on October 12, 2017 - 7:10am
NMCV News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a proposed rule to revoke the Clean Power Plan.
 
In response, Conservation Voters New Mexico Executive Director Demis Foster released the following statement:
 
“It is critical that we take action to address climate change and the Clean Power Plan is a very positive step in the right direction. Administrator Pruitt’s efforts to revoke the Clean Power Plan will harm New Mexicans.
 
“The Clean Power Plan positively impacts clean air for communities across New Mexico.

Troop 122 Retires 150 Flags In Solemn Ceremony

on October 12, 2017 - 7:08am

On Columbus Day, members of Boy Scout Troop 122 in Los Alamos gathered at American Legion Post 90 to retire approximately 150 American flags. Under the direction of Life Scout Coen Noeninckx, who was performing this service as part of his Eagle project, the Scouts and veterans retired a flag as a group and then used three fire pits to retire the rest of the flags over the next hour and a half. The entire ceremony took place in solemn quiet, with each flag saluted by its bearers as it was retired. The retirement concluded with a final ceremony involving the entire group. Courtesy photo

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LANL: Dena Edwards Named DOE Outstanding Contractor Security Professional Of The Year

on October 11, 2017 - 1:48pm

Dena Edwards receives the DOE Outstanding Contractor Security Professional of the Year award from Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Dena Edwards, a security professional in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Associate Directorate for Mission Assurance, Security and Emergency Response, was named Outstanding Contractor Security Professional of the Year by the Department of Energy.

“Dena is a true professional who has made a visible and valuable positive difference in our laboratory and our community,” said Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan. 

Edwards was

Pearce Supports EPA Decision On Clean Power Plan

on October 11, 2017 - 12:20pm
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). 
 
“In New Mexico, and across the country, we’ve seen businesses close up shop and coal miners put out of work due to the crippling regulatory costs of this rule.

Study: 2017’s Greenest Cities In America

on October 11, 2017 - 7:30am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With October being National Energy Awareness Month and New York recently becoming the first city to unveil a plan that upholds the Paris Climate Agreement among nearly 250 cities that pledged to do so, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017's Greenest Cities in America.

To determine which cities promote a “green” lifestyle, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 22 key indicators of environmental friendliness and sustainability.
 
The data set ranges from greenhouse-gas emissions per capita to green job

Los Alamos Daily Post Hits 8,000 FB Friends!

on October 10, 2017 - 1:21pm

DAILY POST News:

The Los Alamos Daily Post has surpassed 8,000 friends today on Facebook!

The local newspaper began operations Feb. 7, 2012 and became the Official Newspaper of Record in January of this year under a contract with Los Alamos County, which runs through 2023.

The Daily Post is published online seven days a week and its print edition is mailed each Thursday to every home and business in Los Alamos and White Rock. The Post also has readers throughout New Mexico, across the United States and in 129 countries around the world.

The Los Alamos Daily Post is owned and operated by

Luján, Butterfield, Stewart Introduce Bill To Increase Funding For National Health Service Corps

on October 10, 2017 - 6:22am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Chris Stewart (R-UT) have introduced H.R. 3862, the National Health Service Corps Strengthening Act of 2017.
 
The bipartisan legislation aims reauthorize the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for five years and increase its funding levels.
 
The NHSC is a national program that provides loan repayment and scholarship awards to primary care, mental health, and dental health professionals in exchange for practicing in federally designated

Heinrich Demands Scrutiny Of IRS Contract With Equifax

on October 10, 2017 - 5:52am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Thursday, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), joined eight of his colleagues in a letter demanding further scrutiny of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) decision to award Equifax a sole-source contract to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent tax fraud despite the company’s recent disclosure of a massive cybersecurity breach exposing the personal information of as many as 145.5 million Americans, including over 860,000 New Mexicans.
 
“By awarding this no-bid contract, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is

Pearce: It's The Job Of Congress, Not The President

on October 9, 2017 - 10:24am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce today released the following statement after President Trump announced his immigration principles and priorities:
 
“We in New Mexico know firsthand the challenges that come with a broken and outdated immigration system. Previous Administrations continuously sidestepped Congress by ordering harmful, temporary patchwork solutions without thinking about the long-term affects. It is the job of Congress, not the President, to make legal reforms to our immigration policies.
 
“I look forward to

Lawmakers Announce $2.5 Million In Federal Funding For Raton Water Treatment Plant

on October 9, 2017 - 9:09am
STATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Friday, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Congressman Ben Ray Luján announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded funds, totaling $2.58 million, to help the City of Raton in northern New Mexico upgrade its Water Treatment Plant.
 
“The Raton Water Treatment Plant has served the City of Raton well since 1947 but it is long past time for the system to be upgraded and repaired,” Luján said.

Heinrich Announces $4 Million For Navy Testing And Evaluation Construction Project At WSMR

on October 9, 2017 - 6:46am
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, welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Navy that it will fund a $4.3 million project at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) to support future testing for naval operations.
 
The U.S. Navy was able to secure this funding through a provision Sen. Heinrich included in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to revitalize and recapitalize facilities at labs and test ranges.

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