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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.


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

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.

LAPD's Operation Genesis Nets Additional Arrests

on January 26, 2015 - 12:05pm

LAPD News:

Los Alamos police detectives have arrested two additional suspects on warrants associated with Operation Genesis.

Elizabeth Yates and Trevon Yates were arrested Saturday evening. Officers and investigators also recovered marijuana and a substance suspected of being heroin while affecting the two arrests. Los Alamos Police Commander Preston Ballew said this morning that the substance believed to be heroin has been sent to the state lab for testing.

Ballew added that "more arrests are imminent."

Police arrested Elizabeth Yates, 52, of Santa Fe on a Los Alamos Magistrate Court

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

Pile Burning Continues Through Sunday

on January 24, 2015 - 12:01pm

Scene from Friday's pile burn at which about 75 piles were destroyed in the Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and Sycamore Street. Photo by Chris Clark/

Scene from Friday's pile burn in the Pueblo Bowl. Street. Photo by Chris Clark/

Scene from Friday's pile burn in the Pueblo Bowl. Street. Photo by Chris Clark/


Pile burn operations on Los Alamos County land will continue today and Sunday, Jan. 25.

About 75 piles were burned Friday in the Pueblo Bowl between the Diamond Drive fill bridge, North Road and