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IRS: National Tax Security Awareness Week No. 3

on December 1, 2017 - 10:17am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The number of data breaches was already on a record pace for 2017 before the reported theft of nearly 145 million Americans’ names, addresses and Social Security numbers brought the issue to the forefront.
 
Every day, data thefts large and small put people’s personal and financial information at risk. There are steps that data theft victims may take to protect their financial accounts and their identities once cybercriminals have their names and other sensitive information.
 
The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax community -- partners in the
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LAVNS Earns HealthInsight New Mexico Award

on December 1, 2017 - 9:49am

LAVNS staff celebrates receiving the HealthInsight New Mexico recognition award. Courtesy photo

LAVNS News:

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. staff celebrates receiving the HealthInsight New Mexico recognition award for ranking in the top 25 percent nationally on Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems. LAVNS is the only agency to receive this award in Northern New Mexico.

The not-for-profit Home Health and Hospice Agency provides intermittent skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, medical social

Lead Hazards In Some Holiday Toys And Jewelry

on December 1, 2017 - 8:17am

CDC News:

Protect children from exposure to lead in metal and plastic toys, especially imported toys, antique toys, and toy jewelry.

Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season but some toys may contain lead hazards. Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell.

Children may be exposed to lead by simply handling toys normally. It is normal for toddlers and infants to put toys, fingers and other objects in their mouths. They may also be exposed to lead this way.

Lead in Toys

Toys imported into the United States and antique toys and collectibles often

Los Alamos County Named Bicycle Friendly!

on November 30, 2017 - 12:38pm

COUNTY News:

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Los Alamos County with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM (BFC) award, joining more than 400 visionary communities from across the country.

With the announcement of 65 new and renewing BFCs today, Los Alamos County joins a leading group of communities, in all 50 states, that are transforming our neighborhoods.

“We applaud these communities for making bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation,” said Bill Nesper, executive director at the League of American Bicyclists.

Heinrich Statement On Air Force Domestic Violence Reporting Deficiencies

on November 30, 2017 - 12:37pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Following the release of the Air Force's preliminary findings of its domestic violence reporting deficiencies that allowed the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooter to purchase firearms, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) is calling for the immediate consideration of the Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act; bipartisan legislation he introduced with U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to close the background check loophole.
 
“The preliminary findings by the Air Force Inspector General solidify

UC Representatives Discuss LANL Bid With RCLC

on November 30, 2017 - 5:57am

University of California representatives listen to members of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities during a meeting Wednesday morning in Espanola. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Former U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher, University of California Regent for National Laboratories and Gary Valle of the UC Federal Government Relations Office at a Wednesday breakfast meeting with the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Regional Coalition of LANL Communities members met Wednesday

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Introduces ‘Protecting Wounded Warriors Right To Serve Act’

on November 30, 2017 - 4:40am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce introduced H.R. 4453, the “Protecting Wounded Warriors Right To Serve Act”, which enables Wounded Warriors to continue serving in the emerging field of Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (RPA), regardless of their military branch.
 
“Today’s service men and women face dangers in an ever-evolving battlefield, including IEDs, suicide bombers, and a host of brutal tactics that have left countless soldiers permanently injured.

Accreditation Team Holds Public Forum On LAPD

on November 29, 2017 - 9:03am

Michael O'Brien, left, and John Farrell of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) listen to members of the community Tuesday evening at the Municipal Building. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPD Accreditation Manager Sgt. Daniel Roberts, left, and John Farrell chat following Tuesday's community forum. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Three Los Alamos residents turned out to speak to a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) about

Lujan Grisham Urges FCC To Protect Net Neutrality

on November 29, 2017 - 8:58am
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to protect Net Neutrality and reject efforts to roll back rules that ensure the internet remains a free and open marketplace.
 
“A free and open internet is particularly important for a rural state like New Mexico where we must be committed to leveling the playing field for all users, regardless of their ability to pay for Internet service,” Grisham said.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Opposes Elimination Of Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

on November 29, 2017 - 6:17am
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A proposal by its Chairman Sean Sullivan to eliminate the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) is being opposed by the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities, according to Executive Director Andrea Romero.

In a June 29 letter to the Office of Management and Budget, Sullivan proposed the elimination of the DNFSB calling it “a relic of the Cold War era defense establishment.

USDA Issues Report On Independent Grocery Stores

on November 29, 2017 - 5:53am
USDA News:
 
Independent grocery stores are food retail establishments whose owners operate fewer than four outlets simultaneously. These stores captured 11 percent of all U.S. grocery sales in 2015, according to Independent Grocery Stores in the Changing Landscape of the U.S. Food Retail Industry, a new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS).
 
Independent grocery stores generated $70 billion in sales in 2015. These stores help ensure food access in areas that may not be served by chain grocery stores, including rural counties and counties with a high percentage of low-income

Senators Call For Investigation Into Reported Violations Of Sensitive Locations Policy

on November 29, 2017 - 5:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and a group of 16 senators have called for an investigation into apparent ongoing violations of federal policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals and religious institutions.  
 
The senators’ letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan details the reported detention of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who was stopped by immigration authorities on her way to the hospital for

LANS Names Terry Wallace LANL Director

on November 28, 2017 - 3:28pm

Dr. Terry C. Wallace

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Dr. Terry Wallace has been appointed director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and president of Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS), the company that manages and operates the Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Wallace is replacing Dr. Charles F. McMillan, who is retiring Dec. 31. 

“As a native of Los Alamos there is no greater honor,” Wallace told the Los Alamos Daily Post this afternoon during an interview.

Wallace said he is looking forward to the

National Tax Security Awareness No. 1: Online Safety

on November 28, 2017 - 1:13pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  During the online holiday shopping season, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry remind people to be vigilant with their personal information.
 
While shopping for gifts, criminals are shopping for credit card numbers, financial account information, Social Security numbers and other sensitive data that could help them file a fraudulent tax return.
 
Anyone who has an online presence should take a few simple steps that could go a long way to protecting their identity and personal information.
 
The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the

Heinrich Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation To Prevent And Respond To Sexual Harassment In Congress

on November 28, 2017 - 1:10pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in Congress.
 
The Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act introduced by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will require more transparency, overhaul the flawed complaint process, and provide better support for victims and whistleblowers.
 
Additionally, both the House and Senate bills will require mandatory annual

Udall, Luján Introduce Legislation On Health Disparities For Native Americans Living In Urban Areas

on November 28, 2017 - 8:22am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján have introduced bicameral legislation to improve Medicaid for Native patients who receive services at Urban Indian Health Programs. The Urban Indian Health Parity Act also is cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.
 
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the primary federal agency responsible for providing health care to American Indian and Alaska Natives through federally operated facilities that provide services directly on reservation lands, Tribally run facilities, and urban Indian nonprofit run

Gov. Susana Martinez Announces National Recognition Of New Mexico's Improved Business Climate

on November 27, 2017 - 5:38am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that New Mexico has been ranked in Site Selection Magazine's Top State Business Climate Rankings.
 
New Mexico came in at 22nd in the national business climate ranking and 17th in the Executive Survey Rank. A primary component of the ranking is based on a survey of corporate site selection professionals.
 
"Since 2011, we've made it a priority to improve New Mexico's business climate by cutting taxes, closing loopholes, removing burdensome regulations and strengthening our critical business incentives," Martinez said.

Uranium Processing Facility Project Achieves Key Milestone With Completion Of Support Building

on November 27, 2017 - 5:35am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) Project continues to make substantial progress with the recent completion of the UPF Construction Support Building (CSB) at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
 
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, DOE Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette, NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz, and Y-12 and UPF senior officials took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the CSB today.
 
The completion of the $27.5 million CSB on time and $5 million under budget
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U.S. Sen. Tom Udall: Report Shows Urgent Need To Act On Climate Change

on November 27, 2017 - 5:12am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall issued the following statement on the release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment:
 
“The federal government’s comprehensive climate report confirms yet again the warnings we’ve heard from scientists for years. Here are a few of the findings:
  • The last 115 years have been the warmest in the history of modern civilization.
  • The last three years have been the warmest years on record – and that trend is expected to continue.
  • Human-generated greenhouse gases are almost certainly the cause – and there is no

AG Balderas Sends Letter To Uber Regarding Massive Data Breach

on November 26, 2017 - 1:25pm

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

Uber didn't disclose publicly until Tuesday that hackers accessed the personal information of 57 million riders and drivers last year.

At the time of the breach, Uber reportedly paid hackers $100,000 to destroy the data and did not tell regulators or users that their information was stolen.

Attorney General Hector Balderas has sent the following letter to Uber's CEO asking questions about the impact of that data breach on New Mexicans:

Copy of Letter:

Birth Rate Declines In United States In 2016

on November 25, 2017 - 6:15am

CDC News:

Key findings from Natonal Vital Statistics System: 

  • The U.S. general fertility rate declined to 62.0 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2016, down 1% from 2015.
  • Birth rates declined among women under age 30 in 2016, and rose for women aged 30–44.
  • The cesarean delivery rate continued to decline in 2016, down to 31.9% of all births.
  • The preterm birth rate rose for the second straight year to 9.85% in 2016.
  • The 2016 rate of triplet and higher-order multiple births was 48% lower than the 1998 peak.

This report presents several key demographic and maternal and infant health indicators

Happy Thanksgiving Los Alamos!

on November 23, 2017 - 9:19am

The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914, by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe. Courtesy/Pilgrim Hall Museum

COMMUNITY News:

Today is Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan.

Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places.

Udall & Moran’s Landmark MGT Act To Reduce Wasteful IT Spending, Strengthen Cybersecurity Included In FY18 NDAA, Heads To President’s Desk

on November 22, 2017 - 7:43am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) applauded the inclusion and passage of their Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2018.
 
This bipartisan legislation will encourage federal agencies to cut wasteful spending and modernize and strengthen government information technology (IT) and security to save taxpayers up to $20 billion a year. The MGT Act now heads to the president’s desk for signature.
 
“Passage of the bipartisan MGT Act will save taxpayers many

Lee Powell Wins Two National Murrow Awards

on November 21, 2017 - 10:54am
LAHS graduate Lee Powell at the Murrow Awards ceremony Oct. 9 in New York. Courtey photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Lee Powell, a 1994 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards given by the Radio Television Digital News Directors Association. They are among the highest awards in broadcasting.
 
Powell is a reporter at The Washington Post, specializing in video storytelling. He won a writing Murrow for a selection of stories, including the search for a beloved panda in China.
 
The other Murrow was for coverage of opioid addiction among Americans.

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