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New Mexico Court Of Appeals Upholds Need For Public Hearing For LANL Discharge Permit

New Mexico Environmental Law Center News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Court of Appeals sent a rebuke to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) regarding its decision to uphold the NMED’s denial of a public hearing requested by Communities for Clean Water (CCW) as part of a groundwater discharge permit process for the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Security (DOE/LANS).
 
Communities for Clean Water, represented by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, is a coalition of six organizations:
Concerned Citizens for

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On The Job In Los Alamos: Kyle Hill At UPEX

On the job is Kyle Hill Friday afternoon assisting a customer at UPEX on Central Avenue in downtown Los Alamos. Hill said he has worked at UPEX continuously for almost two years and on-and-off for three and a half years. UPEX at 108 Central Park Square is the go-to resource for packing, shipping, printing and local business service needs of local residents and businesses. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com


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Tourism Strategic Plan Unveiled To Council

Assistant to the County Manager Linda Matteson, left, and Becky Zimmerman of Design Workshop discuss the strategic tourism plan during the Dec. 19 County Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 

Georgia Strickfaden of Atomic City Tours offers her thoughts on the strategic tourism plan. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@dailypost.com
 

Just how does Los Alamos make itself a tourist destination? County Council got a peek at the plan to bring in visitors and bolster the local tourism economy during


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Wildlife Hospital Forms New Partnerships

Golden Eagle with wounded wing. Courtesy photo
 
NMWC News:
 
The New Mexico Wildlife Center has announced the addition of several local veterinarians to its volunteer animal care team. Dr. Julie Breer, Dr. Bridget Lyman and Dr. Nicole Walrath, all of Smith Veterinary Hospital, will be helping treat injured and orphaned wild animals admitted to the wildlife hospital.
 
Dr. Sarah Sirica of the Thaw Animal Hospital and Dr. Michelle Salob, staff veterinarian at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter,” round out the group of veterinarians who will be assisting in the hospital. Dr. Sirica

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BLM New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Sale Nets More Than $30 Million

BLM News:
 
SANTA FE — In keeping with the administration’s goals of promoting America’s energy independence, the Bureau of Land Management New Mexico quarterly oil and gas lease sale resulted in $30,361,782.50 in competitive bids for 2,104.15 acres. 
 
The combined bids will be distributed between the federal government and the State of New Mexico. 
 
The BLM offered 7 parcels in Eddy and Lea counties. The highest bid per acre was made by Federal Abstract Company, Santa Fe, N.M. at $40,001.00. This set a BLM record for the highest bid per acre.
 

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Largest Array To Date To Be Constructed At Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant

BUSINESS News:

TAOS – Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC), alongside its energy supplier Guzman Energy Partners, announced Friday a land-lease agreement and 30-year solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to build up to a four-megawatt solar array at the Taos Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant.

This agreement represents the largest solar array built in KCEC’s service area to date and further demonstrates the Taos community’s commitment to embracing resilient, renewable energy generation and distribution.

KCEC has been committed to its role in providing low energy rates for its members


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Communication 3: Possibility Of Miscommunication

By SONYIA WILLIAMS
Los Alamos World
Futures Institute
Student Intern

In the last column we explored the advantages and disadvantages of mechanical translation. One of the major disadvantages is that a mechanical translator does not account for the connotation of words, but rather the denotation.

This leaves a lot of room for error. As stated in the last article, it makes it difficult for mechanical translators to keep up with the perpetually evolving nature of languages.

Along with this, not accounting for the connotation of words can lead to misinterpretation and thus ineffective communication.


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LAPS Custodians To Retain Jobs Despite Outside Contract

Assistant Superintendent Lisa Montoya speaks about the custodial service contract between SSC and Los Alamos Public Schools at the Nov. 11 School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A contract for a Tennessee-based company to provide night-time custodial services for Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School will not result in the loss of jobs for Los Alamos Public Schools employees, according to Assistant Superintendent Lisa Montoya.

Montoya said she has met with custodial staff three


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DeBenedittis Calls For New Mexico Governor And Legislators To Lead On Net Neutrality

Peter DeBenedittis

From the Office of gubernatorial candidate Peter DeBenedittis:

Stating that “The new Federal Communications Commission appointees have shown their true colors and sold out Internet users, small businesses, and free speech by eliminating net neutrality,” Progressive Democratic candidate for governor, Dr. Peter DeBenedittis, is calling on Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico State Legislators to take the lead where regulators in DC have failed.

The new rules passed by the FCC allow internet service providers to block or charge more for any content they choose.

“Is


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