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Reconstructing Records After A Natural Disaster Or Casualty Loss; IRS Provides Tips To Help Taxpayers

on September 9, 2017 - 12:08pm
IRS News:
 
Reconstructing records after a disaster may be essential for tax purposes, getting federal assistance or insurance reimbursement.
 
After a disaster, taxpayers might need certain records to prove their loss. The more accurately the loss is estimated, the more loan and grant money there may be available.
 
For taxpayers who have lost some or all of their records during a disaster, there are some simple steps to take that can help.
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Former National Park Service Director Joins Endangered Species Coalition Board

on September 9, 2017 - 6:26am
NPS News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Robert “Bob” Stanton, former Director of the National Park Service (NPS) and former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has joined the board of directors of the Endangered Species Coalition, a well-regarded advocacy nonprofit working tirelessly to protect our nation’s natural heritage.
 
“I am indeed honored and privileged to have been given this opportunity to serve on the Endangered Species Coalition Board.

Governor Orders Flags Flown At Half-Staff To Honor Victims Of Sept. 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

on September 8, 2017 - 5:20pm

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STATE News:

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez issued an executive order for flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in honor and remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The text of the executive order is below:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2017-017

FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE OF THE VICTIMS OF THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 TERRORIST ATTACKS

     WHEREAS, 16 years ago, deadly terrorist attacks took place in the United States in New York City, Washington, D.C., and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania;

 

Udall, Heinrich, Luján Urge Zinke To Defer Leases On Land Near Chaco Culture National Historical Park

on September 8, 2017 - 7:11am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to uphold the agreement to defer all leases on land near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
 
The area is currently undergoing review by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to plan the best way to appropriately manage and protect this unique archaeological site and the surrounding land.
 
The BLM previously agreed to defer all leases within a 10-mile radius of Chaco Canyon until all Tribal

As Hurricane Irma Threatens, IRS Urges Taxpayers To Prepare For Hurricanes, Floods And Other Disasters

on September 8, 2017 - 7:09am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  For September’s National Preparedness Month, the Internal Revenue Service is offering advice to taxpayers who may be affected by storms, fires, floods or other disasters.
 
After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and with Hurricane Irma threatening parts of the U.S. and Caribbean, the IRS reminds taxpayers that the agency is here to help, including offering a special toll-free number to taxpayers in federally-declared disaster areas that’s staffed with IRS specialists trained to handle disaster-related issues.
 
Managed and sponsored by the Federal Emergency

Military Leaders From All Branches, Including SEALs, Special Forces, Ask Zinke To Protect Public Lands

on September 7, 2017 - 12:06pm
DOI News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. Thirty Seven active and retired Navy SEALs, Special Operations Forces members and other military leaders have sent a letter* to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke expressing grave concern with his decision to advise the president to remove protections from national monuments including Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears in Utah, and Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon.
 
The recommendations from Zinke come at the conclusion of an unprecedented 4-month review of over two-dozen monuments designated since 1996, which was initiated by an April Executive Order from

Letter To The Editor: Stop Wild Horse, Burro Slaughter

on September 7, 2017 - 8:43am
By NANCY TEAGUE
White Rock

I believe our New Mexico lawmakers are opposed to the round up and slaughter of wild horses and burros, but some in congress are not. I’m not sure with everything that is happening in our nation at this time that people are aware of the urgency of this situation and of the necessity of contacting their representatives on this issue.

In 1971 there was a law enacted to protect wild horses and burros. These animals are symbols of our Western Heritage.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Leads Hearing On Lone-Wolf And Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks

on September 7, 2017 - 7:55am

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce led a Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance hearing Thursday entitled “Low Cost, High Impact: Combatting the Financing of Lone-Wolf and Small-Scale Terrorist Attacks” to examine funding mechanisms used to coordinate low-scale attacks.

“Efforts to combat terrorist financing have traditionally focused on large scale funding sources; however, small-scale and lone-wolf style attacks have become more common and require significantly less funding,” Pearce said.

IRS: Don’t Take The Bait, Step 9

on September 7, 2017 - 7:41am

IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry yesterday urged tax professionals to make data security an everyday priority, noting a few simple steps can go far in protecting taxpayer information from cybercriminals.
 
Cybersecurity experts often refer to the 90/10 rule. This rule states that 10% of cybersecurity is reliant upon technology; 90 percent is up to users. The IRS currently is receiving reports of tax professional data breaches at the rate of three to five a week, a level that requires immediate attention.
 
Making daily security a priority is part
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LAFD Honor Guard Gears Up For 9/11 Memorial Climb

on September 6, 2017 - 7:39pm

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard members during last year's September 11th Memorial Climb at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy photo

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 

Los Alamos Fire Department Honor Guard is gearing up for the Fourth Annual Sepember 11th Memorial Climb scheduled  9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito Ski Hill.

“Because we are a mountain town and not a big city, we don’t have a high-rise building.

LANL: Carlsten, Nguyen And Sheffield Win Free-Electron Laser Prize

on September 6, 2017 - 1:24pm

Los Alamos scientists Bruce Carlsten, Richard Sheffield and Dinh Nguyen receive the 2017 Free Electron Laser Prize at an international conference hosted in Santa Fe.

LANL News:

  • International panel notes pioneering contributions in the field

At an international science conference hosted recently in Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Bruce Carlsten, Dinh Nguyen and Richard Sheffield were awarded the 2017 Free-Electron Laser (FEL) Prize.

“The very brightest sources of x-rays are the latest generation of x-ray ‘light sources’ called free electron lasers,” Laboratory physicist

Study: 2017’s Best Cities For Soccer Fans

on September 6, 2017 - 7:31am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With Atlanta United recently breaking the highest average per-game home attendance record for every major sport except the NFL and the average MLS team today worth $223 million, up from $185 million in 2016, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017's Best Cities for Soccer Fans.

To find the best places for loving on the world’s most favorite sport, WalletHub’s analysts compared nearly 300 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional soccer team across six divisions comprising 63 key metrics.

Deputy Energy Secretary To Provide Keynote At 2017 National Cleanup Workshop

on September 5, 2017 - 5:35pm
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette is set to provide a keynote address at the 2017 National Cleanup Workshop, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.
 
The workshop is being hosted by the Energy Communities Alliance, and cooperating organizations include DOE and the Energy Facility Contractors Group.
 
Brouillette joins a long list of confirmed participants for the workshop that will bring together senior DOE executives and site officials, industry executives, and other stakeholders to discuss EM’s progress

Study: 2017’s Best & Worst Places To Raise A Family

on September 5, 2017 - 6:56am
WALLETHUB News:
 
With wedding season over and many young families seeking to put down roots in places of opportunity, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017's Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family.
 
To determine the most family-friendly places in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated cities across 41 key metrics. The data set ranges from housing affordability to school-system quality to share of families with young kids.

 
Best Cities for Families
 
Worst Cities for Families
1
Overland Park, KS
 
141
Memphis, TN
 
2
Madison, WI
 
142
Newark, NJ
 
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New Mexico’s Immigrant Youth Participate In ‘Statewide Student Walkout For Immigrant Justice’ Tuesday

on September 4, 2017 - 5:04pm

POLITICAL News:

Tuesday, Sept. 5, hundreds of students, immigrant leaders and allies across the state of New Mexico will participate in a Statewide Student Walkout for Immigrant Justice’ calling for the protection of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and immigrant families nationwide.

 

The statewide demonstration comes on the same date, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 9 other Republican Attorneys General, set as a deadline for the administrative relief program to be phased-out by the Trump administration –or face a lawsuit to try and rule the program as

Zinke Appoints Members To Royalty Policy Committee

on September 4, 2017 - 10:04am

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

INTERIOR DEARTMENT News:

  • Significant Step Toward Restoring Public Trust, Collaborative Development of Federal Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced the appointment of 20 primary and 18 alternate members to the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee (Committee) that will serve a critical role in advising the Secretary on policy and strategies to improve management of the multi-billion dollar, federal and American Indian mineral revenue program.

The Committee’s first meeting is Wednesday, Oct.

Attorney General Balderas On President Trump’s Decision To End DACA

on September 4, 2017 - 7:09am

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attroney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to end DACA:

“With the decision to end DACA, President Trump is compromising the safety of our communities and our nation, and he is putting the security of thousands of New Mexicans who contribute to our classrooms, public safety and economy at risk.

“Losing hundreds of thousands of future police officers, members of the military, doctors and teachers will create an unacceptable

LANL’s Hazardous Waste Facility Permit 2017 Community Relations Plan Available For Comment

on September 4, 2017 - 6:53am

LANL News:

The updated Hazardous Waste Facility Permit 2017 Community Relations Plan is now available online. This plan is updated annually to include necessary changes and public comments received during the year. The updated plan is posted annually Sept. 1 in compliance with the Los Alamos National Laboratory Hazardous Waste Facility Permit (EPA ID No. NM0890010515).

We welcome comments year round. Comments can be submitted by email using the attached Comments Form or by mail by completing, printing, and mailing the attached form to:

Environmental Communication & Public Involvement
Los

Armbruster: The Meaning Of Labor Day

on September 4, 2017 - 6:47am
By KARYL ANN ARMBRUSTER
Union member since 1970, negotiating team member 1995-2009
LAFSE president of 2002-2008, LAMS teacher17 years 

Labor Day is not just a day off. It represents the lives hundreds of workers put on the line to make America great.

Our Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (LAFSE), a part of AFL-CIO has helped make working conditions in Los Alamos Public Schools where more than 60 percent of teachers belong even better.

LAFSE is responsible for leave days, the sick leave bank, for speech and language therapists, nurses and counselors earning the same pay as teachers

Letter To The Editor: Failure Of Corporate Trade Policy

on September 3, 2017 - 6:38am
By ED SCOTT
Taos

Corporate America only succeeds if Capitalism works. Capitalism cannot work if the middle class is in debt, shrinking and can no longer be consumers.

America is still the wealthiest nation in the world and in world history … and America also has the greatest wealth disparity in the world and in world history. These are unsustainable conditions … and yet Donald Trump and much of the Republican Party want increase wealth disparity by decreasing federal income taxes for the wealthy class and corporations, resulting in even greater CEO salaries.

This will make American

FBI: Working Group Forms To Fight Hurricane Harvey-Related Illegal Activity

on September 2, 2017 - 1:33pm

FBI News:

HOUSTON -- Representatives from numerous federal and state law enforcement agencies have formed a working group to investigate and prosecute illegal activity related to Hurricane Harvey.

 

Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez made the announcement along with Acting U.S. Attorney Corey R. Amundson of the Middle District of Louisiana who serves as the Acting Executive Director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF), Harris County District Attorney (DA) Kim Ogg, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Director Shamoil T.

AccuWeather Predicts Harvey’s Losses Reach $190 Billion Or 1 Percent Of Nation's GDP

on September 2, 2017 - 1:10pm

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HSNW News:

Dr. Joel N. Myers, founder, president, and chairman of AccuWeather, and sometimes called the “father of commercial meteorology,” predicted Wednesday, 30 Aug., that “The total losses from this storm would reach $190 billion or 1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), countering the expected growth in the economy for the rest of this year.”

This is the costliest and worst natural disaster in American history,” Myers said. “Business leaders and the Federal Reserve, major banks, insurance companies, etc.

Net Neutrality Advocates Unveil More Crowdfunded Billboards Exposing Lawmakers Supporting Repeal

on September 2, 2017 - 6:08am
FFTF News:
 
Digital rights organization Fight for the Future has unveiled three more crowdfunded billboards targeting Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Bob Latta and Greg Walden, members of Congress who have publicly supported the FCC’s efforts to gut net neutrality protections that keep the web free from censorship, throttling and extra fees.
 
The three new billboards are the latest in an ongoing campaign focused on lawmakers who oppose Internet freedom. Earlier this month the group launched an initial round of net neutrality billboards targeting six different lawmakers in

Council Unanimously Passes Immigration Proclamation Celebrating Contributions And Just Treatment Of Immigrants And Refugees In Los Alamos County

on September 1, 2017 - 9:13am

 

Members of the Los Alamos County Council listen as some 20 residents take turns expressing passionate views on the proposed immigration proclamation 'Celebrating the Contributions and Just Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees in the County of Los Alamos', which Council ultimately passed 7-0 during Tuesday's meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Residents line up to express their view on the County's immigration proclamation Tuesday in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Councilor Pete Sheehey explains why he brought the

LANL Director Briefs Los Alamos County Council

on September 1, 2017 - 9:11am

LANL Director Charlie McMillan briefs Council on the lab during Tuesday's regular meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

LANL Director Charlie McMillan discusses the lab during Tuesday's regular council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Community members and County staff listen to LANL Director Charlie McMillan present an update on the lab during Tuesday's regular council meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Video of LANL Director Charlie McMillan's briefing to Council: https://youtu.be/7nr8AW7zHtQ

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los

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