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State Of New Mexico Reaches $11M Settlement With Companies Responsible For 2015 Gold King Mine Disaster

The Gold King Mine toxic spill as it looked in 2015. File photo

The Animas River as it stands today. Courtesy/NMED

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and the New Mexico Office of Natural Resources Trustee have announced an $11 million settlement associated with the 2015 Gold King Mine blowout that released tons of toxic metals and acidic waste into the Animas and San Juan Rivers.

The settlement is between the State of New Mexico and defendants Sunnyside Gold Corporation, which oversaw the construction of bulkheads that caused the Gold


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Self Help Grateful For ‘Coins 4 Christmas’ Success

Festive buckets of donated coins accumulated in December at the offices of RE/MAX First. Courtesy/SFI

SELF HELP News:

Self Help Inc. would like to thank our community for the many generous donations given via the Coins 4 Christmas coin drive.

The funds raised, which will support Self Help’s efforts to keep northern New Mexicans’ lights on as the pandemic wears on, came to almost $3,000!

In late November, Self Help made the difficult decision to forgo its annual Salvation Army bell-ringing fundraiser, which would have raised funds to provide emergency aid to up to 200 Los Alamos County residents


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Despite COVID-19 Global Pandemic, 2020 Proved To Be A Record Year For New Mexico Real Estate Market

NMAR President Danny Wm Vigil

NMAR News:

2020’s New Mexico Housing Market ended with sales numbers higher than every year since 2008 (when the New Mexico Association of REALTORS (NMAR) began keeping state-wide statistics) except 2018, which was an off-the-charts year for the state’s real estate market.

With a lagging New Mexico economy due to COVID-19 health restrictions, real estate sales contributed more than 7.8 billion dollars to the economic picture, more than any other year (except 2018) since 2008.

“New Mexico ended 2020 with 26,075 sales,” NMAR President Danny Wm Vigil said. “While


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$25M Special Appropriation To Restore; Revitalize Tourism Economy Added In FY22 Executive Budget Recommendation

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Jen Paul Schroer

NMTD News:

SANTA FE — The restoration and revitalization of the tourism industry was identified as a key issue in the Executive Budget Recommendation for FY22, which included $25 million special appropriation for the New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) to help ignite commerce and bring New Mexico’s leisure and hospitality employees back to work.

The $25 million special appropriation will allow NMTD to expand time in market in high-value markets throughout the year. 

“The tourism industry has faced unprecedented hardship over the past 10 months


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Los Alamos Community Broadband Internet Access Survey

COMMUNITY News:

There has been a lot of debate over the years about the quality of internet access in Los Alamos, and how to improve it.

A group of local citizens including David Izraelevitz (as citizen and not county councilor) put together a simple survey to collect information about access and quality of internet for further discussion.

“We are collecting information about the type and quality of Internet access served to residents of Los Alamos County,” Izraelevitz said. “Please complete this survey by Jan. 31, 2021 and direct questions about this survey to LosAlamosInfoTech@gmail.com


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Environment Department COVID-19 Watchlist: Jan. 14

NMED News:

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated its daily Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist, which includes New Mexico places of employment that have had two or more rapid responses in the last 14 days.

There are currently 84 establishments on the Watchlist.

The current Rapid Response COVID-19 Watchlist and closure list, which includes all establishments that have been required to close, are posted here.

The state initiates a rapid response when it learns of a positive COVID-19 case in a workplace. The state agency initiating the rapid response will offer direction to


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Century Bank Joins Fun Of Backcountry Film Festival

Century Bank’s Tim Branch hands a Backcountry Film Festival sponsorship to PEEC Executive Director Katie Bruell. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Century Bank is again sponsoring the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC) showing of the Backcountry Film Festival from the Winter Wildlands Alliance.

The screening is 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, with the streaming link live for 72 hours for ticket-holders.

And exciting news just in! Thanks to Century Bank, ticket holders will receive one free drink from the Pajarito Brewpub and Grill plus a discount code for 15 percent off their food and drink


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National Nuclear Security Administration Job Fair Jan. 27

DOE/NNSA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) is hosting a virtual hiring event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, although candidates will have the opportunity to register and submit resumes the day of the event.

The registration link is available here.

During the virtual job fair, candidates will have the opportunity to browse videos about the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE) sites. From the virtual lobby, attendees can visit hiring booths, view information for each NSE


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Albertsons Market Makes Generous Donation To UWNNM

Gathered for a check presentation Tuesday at the MarketStreet Albertsons, from left, Store Director Isaiah Garcia for Zia and St. Francis stores in Santa Fe, Zafarano Store Director Jeremy Montoya, UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla, Guadalupe Street Store Director Jeremy Miller and Regional Vice President Travis Chaney. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Officials for Albertsons Market gathered together Tuesday in Santa Fe to present a check for $3,365 to the United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM).

“We appreciate the generosity of Albertsons Market, they are one of our important


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Search And You’re Sure To Find At Seeking Chameleon

Owner Catherine Richmond, left, and employee Leora McMullan with some of the many items available for purchase at Seeking Chameleon. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Treasures on the porch at Seeking Chameleon in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Catherine Richmond, owner of Seeking Chameleon, has always been a treasure seeker.

“If there’s something about it that I love, I want it!” she said. “I love making things and I’m attracted to stuff that can be used to make something wonderful. It’s


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