Recording: Interactive Session of Forum on Youth Crime, Violence

first_img Mar 1, 2016 Regional youth forum stresses need for restorative justice The Interactive Sessions of the Regional Forum on Youth Crime and Violence will be livestreamed here beginning at 2 pm today. The Forum, which opened yesterday, is underway in Georgetown, Guyana. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Forum on youth crime, violence to be livestreamedThe official opening of the CARICOM Forum on Youth Crime and Violence will be held on 29 February in Georgetown Guyana at 9 a.m. Speakers include Guyana’s Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan and CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, PhD. Both the opening and the…February 27, 2016In “CARICOM”Regional youth forum stresses need for restorative justiceThe connection of crime and violence to drugs, legal and illegal; the need for “restorative justice” and understanding the dynamics at the community level to ensure targeted interventions, formed part of the discussions at the Regional Forum on Youth Crime and Violence now underway in Georgetown, Guyana. The discussions were…March 1, 2016In “CARICOM”CARICOM explores new platforms in fight against youth crime, violenceEach year, approximately 200,000 youths aged 10 to 29 die, and many more sustain serious injuries because of violence across the world. Youth violence is a global challenge which the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) knows only too well: its young people are both the main perpetrators and victims. But CARICOM is…February 26, 2016In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsAppcenter_img You may be interested in… Craft a culture that makes youth assets – Minister Ramjattan… Mar 1, 2016last_img read more

Cayman Islands sets ambitious target for renewables

first_imgCayman Islands legislator Winston Connolly (Photo via Caribbean News Service) NASSAU, The Bahamas, Jan 25 2017 – The Cayman Islands has just completed a National Energy Policy, it was announced here Wednesday.Cayman Islands legislator Winston Connolly said the draft document was completed last Friday and will now be sent to Cabinet for its consideration.It proposes moving from less than one percent (0.9 percent) solar and renewables to an ambitious 70 percent by 2037.Speaking at the fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V), held here Jan. 23-25, Connolly admitted that it was “an uphill battle” even with his own parliamentary colleagues as he sought to get buy-in for the transition to renewable energy. Read more at: Caribbean News Service CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… You may be interested in… Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… Oct 5, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… center_img Oct 1, 2020 Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… Oct 2, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Caribbean islands plug into electric car revolution25 July, 2018 – BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With her foot down to show off the acceleration of the zippy electric car, Joanna Edghill spins around the car park before plugging the vehicle into a charging point beneath rows of solar panels converting Caribbean rays into power for…July 26, 2018In “Barbados”Caribbean billed as next hotbed for renewable developmentFORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, CMC – A senior official of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said Wednesday that the agency is convinced of the potential that renewables present for sustainable development for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those in the Caribbean.   Director of the IRENA Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, Henning…June 25, 2015In “Antigua & Barbuda”Agriculture, climate change, renewable energy to benefit as IDB carves out $13B for lending[su_pullquote align=”right”]“I think we are putting our money where our mouth is when it comes to us as a partner with CARICOM and us as a partner with the other entities that work with us.” – Mr. Jerry Butler, Executive Director, IDB[/su_pullquote]NASSAU, The Bahamas, Jan 23 2017 – The Inter-American…January 24, 2017In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Partnerships key to reducing Caribbean’s food import bill, increasing exports- say…

first_img He noted that 10 commodities – food preparations, wheat, rice, chicken, non-alcoholic beverages, maize, soya bean, sugar and palm oil- account for more than 40 percent of CARICOM’s food import bill. US$204 million worth of stock-feed account for more than five percent of the region’s food import bill. The open-door policy was made clear at the opening of ceremony of Guyana Trade and Investment Exhibition (GuyTie) 2018, the country’s first business-to-business event which has attracted 56 exhibitors that are hoping to establish long-term business deals with more than 100 potential buyers and investors from North America, Europe and South America. The President advised the private sector not to be insular- an apparent reference to a section of Guyana’s private sector fearing an influx of Trinidad and Tobago businesses- but to take advantage of “unprecedented business opportunities”. “Guyana will soon become the Caribbean’s foremost investment destination. The private sector should aim at building capacity and establishing strategic partnerships to be able to exploit opportunities which will flow from the petroleum sector,” he said. The President banked on Guyana’s expected oil revenues and unprecedented business opportunities, some of which would be used prudently on the Green State Development Strategy instead of merely depending on one sector. “We see Guyana’s future in the Caribbean and we see the Caribbean’s future in Guyana. Our economic interests are intertwined with those of the region. We shall continue to pursue regional economic cooperation in order to build prosperity and global competitiveness,” he added. Wooden products at Guytie (Photo via MOTP) Chairman of the Guyana Private Sector Commission (PSC), Desmond Sears said foreign investors would not be turned away but his business organisation prefers joint ventures with local companies. “Through this mechanism, we feel assured that companies have our country in their interest and it creates avenues for local companies to develop their capacities and adopt new techniques to become more efficient and competitive,” he said. Sears touted Guyana’s “vast amount of arable land”, mineral resources and abundant primary commodities that could become value-added especially with the production of oil and natural gas. “With that comes numerous possibilities to fast-track our industrialisation process where we can use our riches to great value, of course in a sustainable way,” he said. Despite high electricity costs, deficiencies in transport and port infrastructure, the PSC boss boasted of relatively low labour and other business operational costs. He called on Guyanese businesses to ensure they meet  health, safety, security and environmental standards and meet sanitary and phytosanitary measures “that are problematic for some of our businesses”. Hair and body products at Guytie (Photo via MOTP) Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), Owen Verwey said GuyTie remarked that Guyanese businesses have been advised about partnerships, alliances “to help them to upscale their operations both in terms of quantity and in terms capabilities especially in emerging markets where standards and volume make a very big difference between survival and being out of business”. Hoping that GuyTie will become a “signature Caribbean trade fair” to link international exhibitors with international buyers in the longer term, Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin said the business-to-business event aimed at increasing value-added production and exports and sustainable private sector investment. Presentations on accessing the American, Canadian and Latin American markets are among those to be made to participants of GuyTie 2018 by representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank, United States and Canadian embassies. More than 50 business-to-business meetings have been scheduled in addition to unscheduled onsite and offsite meetings as well as business awareness and information sessions about international market access. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 7, 2020 Apr 21, 2020 Tributes Pour in for Former Barbados Prime Minister NCTF approves decisions for CARICOM officials to do WHO… (Demerara Waves) As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to grapple with a US$4.5 million annual food import bill, Guyana on Thursday cited the need for Guyana to seize opportunities for joint ventures and partnerships with businesses from other countries. “The Caribbean, taken as a whole, has the land, has the labour, has the capital to overcome its most severe setbacks of achieving food security. There is need, however, for intensified collaboration between local, regional and international firms to grasp opportunities which can provide a platform for global market penetration,” President David Granger said. You may be interested in…center_img Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Jul 27, 2020 May 29, 2020 More Support Needed for Small States in COVID Fight –… CSME the best response to changes in Europe – Outgoing Chair  The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is the Community’s best response to the inevitable changes in its traditional markets in Europe, the prevalence of economic liberalisation and the emergence of economic blocs, Outgoing CARICOM Chairman, President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger said Tuesday evening. Speaking at the opening…July 6, 2017In “CARICOM”Elizabeth Morgan | Guyana’s Faith In CARICOMGuyana’s President David Granger recently stated that his government sees Guyana’s future in the Caribbean and the Caribbean’s future in Guyana. On the verge of becoming an oil-producing country and seeing a turn in its economic fortunes, Guyana continues to embrace CARICOM and is reaching out to the member states…September 28, 2018In “Barbados”CARICOM Chairman emphasising Community solidarityCurrent Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, President of Guyana, said he is placing much emphasis on Community solidarity. ‘The Caribbean Community remains the important focus of our foreign policy. The strengthening of the Caribbean Community is vital to our national economy and security. I…May 30, 2017In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Progress, but impact of HIV prevention response inadequate, particularly among key…

first_imgThe Caribbean has made progress in responding to the HIV epidemic, but an evaluation done last year has found that the impact of the prevention response has been inadequate, particularly among key populations. Of concern, according to the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), is that the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean declined by only 18% from 2010 to 2017, from 19,000 [14,000–31,000] to 15,000 [11,000–26,000]. Key populations, Men who have sex with men (MSM), Sex Workers (SWs) and their clients, and partners of key populations, transgender persons, and persons who use drugs, accounted for the majority of the new HIV infections (68%) during this period. Conversely, new infections among children fell from an estimated 2,300 in 2010, to 1100. However, although significant progress has been made in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, available data for the period 2015 – 2017 showed that HIV infected pregnant women receiving ART to reduce HIV transmission declined from 92% in 2014 to 79% in 2015 and 75% in 2016 and 2017 respectively, illustrating a significant decrease that requires investigation. Apr 24, 2020 Jun 23, 2020 Jun 25, 2020 NAP Managers and CSOs urged to use COVID-19 as an… You may be interested in… Jun 3, 2020 Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC) Convenes… The Caribbean’s Remarkable Response to COVID-19 The PANCAP Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC), the technical group of the PANCAP Executive Board commissioned an evaluation of the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS (CRSF) 2014 – 2018. The PACC is responsible for the coordination and overseeing the implementation of operational plans for the CRSF. The overall goal of the CRSF 2014-2018 was to halt the spread and reduce the impact of HIV in the Caribbean, while promoting a sustainable response within Member States. The indicators developed to determine the overall achievement of the stated goal included the percentage of persons aged 15 – 49 years diagnosed with HIV in the last 12 months; percentage of children born to HIV-infected mothers who are infected; percentage of persons living with HIV (PLHIV) on treatment (ART) and virally suppressed; and Domestic and International AIDS spending by category and funding sources. The evaluation was conducted between April and November 2018 with three objectives: 1. Obtain feedback from the regional partners as to the progress, achievements and gaps of the regional HIV response; 2. determine the level of implementation of the CRSF, the progress, achievements, gaps and challenges; and 3. provide clear recommendations on the strategic priority areas for the new CRSF and to inform its development. The evaluation was conducted in two phases; Phase 1: Collection and analysis of survey data from a Partner Self-assessment and a Partnership Assessment; and Phase 2: Collection and analysis of data for key indicators of the CRSF 2014-2018 to help the Partnership determine the progress made, particularly in relation to impact and outcomes. During Phase 2, a virtual consultation was conducted among government and civil society partners from countries with the highest number of respondents to the partnership assessment to corroborate the perceptions obtained from the surveys and to determine whether the trends that emerged from the surveys remained or varied significantly. The draft evaluation report was reviewed by PACC members and amended to improve its analytic depth and clarity. The evaluation found that there  has been progress in placing more people living with HIV on treatment, however much more needs to be done to increase the numbers and to retain people on treatment. In fact, significant effort is required for the Caribbean to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets (90% of people living with HIV are aware of their infection, 90% of people diagnosed with HIV are linked to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and 90% of those on ART adhere and have undetectable levels of HIV in their blood). The gap to achieving the first 90 of the 90–90–90 Targets in 2017 was 54,800 people living with HIV [1]. The gap to achieving the first and second 90s of the 90–90–90 Targets in 2017 was 74,700 people living with HIV. The percentage of people living with HIV who achieved viral suppression increased from 37% in 2016 to 40% in 2017. However, the gap to achieving all three 90s at the end of 2017 was the need for an additional 103,000 people living with HIV to be on ART and be virally suppressed. Given this situation, the Caribbean is at risk of not achieving the 2020 Targets. Global financial resources to support the HIV epidemic have been progressively decreasing since 2011. However, domestic financing has improved during the implementation of the CRSF 2014-2018[2]. UNAIDS 2018, noted that “domestic resources increased between 2006 – 2017 by 124%, while international resources declined by 16%”[3]. As at the end of 2017, domestic resources were contributing significantly to the cost of ART and the overall treatment programme. Despite this trend, national resources to support services to achieve prevention continue to be low[4], with the implication that the gains could be reversed if this gap is not quickly filled. The evaluation team proposed a number of overall recommendations for the goal as well as specific recommendations to address the gaps and challenges identified under each Strategic Priority Area. Additionally, the team proposed that the following Strategic Priority Areas should be retained in the new CRSF: An Enabling Environment, Prevention of HIV Transmission, Treatment, Care and Support, Integrate HIV into Health and Socioeconomic Development and Sustainability. The evaluation team further proposed that a new Strategic Priority Area – Strategic Information, Monitoring and Evaluation and Research, should replace Strategic Priority Area – Shared Responsibility to bring into sharper focus the importance of countries’ capacity to report on HIV data nationally, regionally and internationally, including on the CRSF indicators. Such emphasis would enable better reporting on, and profiling of the epidemic in the Caribbean. The main activities that fell under “Shared Responsibility” will be subsumed into the existing Strategic Priority Areas so as to ensure continuity of these initiatives in the new CRSF. The Priority Areas Coordinating Committee, which was convened virtually on 10 January, 2019, accepted the evaluation report. The PANCAP Executive Board which was convened virtually on 17 January, 2019, also accepted the evaluation report and thanked those responsible for preparing the report; recognised that while the Caribbean has made progress much more needs to be done to achieve the targets; called on all countries and the Partnership to renew efforts to build capacity and work together to achieve the targets. The Executive Board noted the legal judgments in Caribbean courts affirming human rights arising from litigation and called on countries not to wait on litigation but to make amendments to laws to recognize the rights of key populations and the rights of all to access sexual and reproductive health services. The board also noted that while tens of thousands of cases of HIV infections have been prevented there is a need to significantly reduce new infections, and this requires that countries promote age-appropriate sexual education and skills and extend sexual reproductive health services to all youth and key populations. The board also called on all countries to introduce innovative prevention approaches and improve the quality of prevention services to ensure greater impact in reducing new HIV infections, and further called on the Priority Areas Coordinating Committee to develop a new Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS for the period 2019 to 2023. (Adapted from PANCAP Press Release) Helpful links: Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS – Haiti Call to Action – What is PANCAP? PANCAP is a Caribbean regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organisations, regional institutions and organisations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and contributing donor partners which was established on 14 February 2001. PANCAP provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, coordinates the response through the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS to maximise efficient use of resources and increase impact, mobilises resources and build capacity of partners. What are the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 Targets?• By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.• By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.• By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. [1] UNAIDS 2018. Miles to Go: Closing Gaps, Breaking Barriers, Righting Injustices.[2][3] ibid.[4] UNAIDS 2018. Miles to Go: Closing Gaps, Breaking Barriers, Righting Injustices. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… PANCAP Advocates for Treatment Continuity for People Living… Youths commit to challenging barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health services(PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat) The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) convened the Third Regional Meeting of Youth Leaders on Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV and AIDS on 30 July 2019 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The forum was aimed at facilitating the drafting of a roadmap with…July 31, 2019In “CARICOM”Collaborate on innovations to reach key populations – NAPS Managers, civil society advised (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat) The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) commenced the Seventh Meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers and Key Partners in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, 11 March 2019. The meeting was hosted 22 months ahead of the end of 2020…March 13, 2019In “Associate Member States”PANCAP hosts training to strengthen advocacy skills of Youth leaders(PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, will host the PANCAP Training to Strengthen Advocacy Skills of  Youth Leaders, 19-20 January 2018 in the Republic of Trinidad…January 19, 2018In “Trinidad & Tobago”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

OBITUARY: Joseph G. Buehler, Former APA President

first_imgLSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Automotive Parts Associates (APA) has announced that one of its founding owners and former president Joseph G. Buehler passed away on April 21.  AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Buehler retired as APA’s president in August 1999. According to APA, his sense of humor and outgoing personality will forever be remembered. “Joe never knew a stranger and had great relationships throughout the industry,” the group noted. According to his obituary in the Kansas City Star, Buehler, 73, began his career in the automotive industry in Great Bend, Kan., with Sears. He was transferred to Joplin, Mo., in 1968 and then to Kansas City in 1971. He was also employed with Bumper to Bumper Stores before becoming a part owner of APA. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Darlene; four sons: Doug Buehler, Darrin Buehler and wife, Lori; and Derek Buehler and wife, Lori all of Kansas City; David Buehler and wife, Lisa Buehler, Lansing Kan.; daughter, Debra Bryson and husband, Brad, of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by 13 grandsons. To read his full obituary, click here.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. last_img read more

Local Actress Nora Cullinan On Broadway Monday!

first_imgThe aspiring actors are staying on the New York University campus. “I want performance to be a big part of my life,” she said. Los Alamos actress Nora Cullinan will perform on the Broadway stage Monday, June 24 in the Jimmy Awards. Courtesy photo “New York is loud!” Cullinan said. “I haven’t gotten used to it yet.” “There are 86 of us, divided into three medley groups,” Cullinan said. “I’m in the tribute medley. They try to make sure everyone gets to stand out at some point.” Cullinan spoke about her experience during a telephone interview Friday with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Cullinan comes from a family of performers. Her mom, Jess, and dad, John, are often seen on the stage in various Los Alamos productions. The young thespians are competing for scholarships, but the real prize is the opportunity to perform in front of casting directors and other theatre professionals in the audience Monday night, Cullinan said. Cullinan has been on stage with the Los Alamos Little Theatre and Light Opera. She’s taken part in productions with the Olions at Los Alamos High School during the past four years, including a number of starring roles. Cullinan also was an apprentice with New Mexico choral group Coro de Cámara. At first being on stage was just something her family did, but it became her passion, she said. Los Alamos actress Nora Cullinan bested 10 other New Mexico female high school students for the title of Best Actress in the Enchantment Awards May 4 at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, winning the opportunity to work with Broadway professionals and perform on a Broadway stage in the Jimmy Awards® in New York City.The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®) program impacts more than 100,000 students who participate in high school musical theatre competitions sponsored by presenters of Touring Broadway productions throughout the United States. “My first show was ‘The Sound of Music’ with the [Los Alamos] Light Opera when I was eight,” Cullinan said. “The whole family was in it.” Eight finalists will be chosen to perform their solo numbers live Monday at the Minskoff, ahe said. If Cullinan is chosen, she will perform “My New Philosophy” from “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, the number that won her the Best Actress title at the Enchantment Awards. Culllinan is participating in a week-long theatre intensive of coaching and rehearsals with industry professionals in preparation for a one-night-only talent showcase Monday at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. In the fall, Cullinan is headed to Loyola University in New Orleans where she will study classical voice performance. By BONNIE J. GORDONLos Alamos Daily [email protected] The Jimmy Awards will be streamed live at 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time Monday at Watch and cheer for our hometown actress!last_img read more

Book Signing And Science Fun For Kids Going On Now!

first_imgA free, family event is underway right now at the Bradbury Sicence Museum. Children’s Science Author Misty Carty, who wrote Where Did The Sun Go, Where Is The Moon, and Why Are There Seasons, is giving a short talk with hands-on activities, followed by a book signing until 1pm today. She will have all three books on hand. Carty is a photographer with a Ph.D. in astronomy and has taught at Marymount and McKendree universities. Profits from the book sales will benefit the Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and regional science-education support. Courtesy photoCourtesy photolast_img read more

Natural Gas Purging On N.M. 502/East Road Aug. 5-6

first_imgCOUNTY News: Questions or concerns may be directed to the DPU through the Customer Care Center, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at 505.662.8333 or [email protected] Gas will be purged from the line several times between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 and Tuesday, Aug. 6. Under contract with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, Paul Parker Construction will work on a section of natural gas pipeline as part of the N.M. 502 roundabout project. Work will occur early in the week on the south side of N.M. 502, east of the intersection at Canyon Road. Purging is necessary to safely release gas out of the line into the atmosphere so work may be conducted safely. The procedure is performed under strict federal regulatory standards and is safe. According to department officials, individuals near the area may small natural gas and hear loud noises during the purging procedure. Vehicle traffic may be stopped for short periods of time to minimize any potential sources of ignition. last_img read more

Valles Caldera Acquires Sulphur Springs Inholding

first_imgSulphur Springs. Courtesy/NPSNPS map depicting the location of Sulphur Springs Inholding. Courtesy/NPSVCNP News:The National Park Service has completed the purchase of a 40-acre inholding known as Sulphur Springs within Valles Caldera National Preserve.The property contains volcanic features like sulfuric-acid hot springs, volcanic fumaroles and steaming mud-pots.Acquiring Sulphur Springs was critical to protecting the breadth of geothermal features within the preserve, in the center of the Jemez Mountains volcanic field in north-central New Mexico.Many of the geothermal features on the property are found nowhere else in New Mexico, and similar sites are very rare in the western United States. The only other places in the United States that have such systems are Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., Long Valley Caldera, Calif., Lassen Volcano, Calif., The Geysers, Calif., and a very small system at Dixie Valley, Nev.“As the only place in the State of New Mexico with geothermal features like mud-pots and fumaroles, this site has the potential to become a primary location to educate the public about Valles Caldera’s geologic origins and status as a dormant, but not extinct, volcano,” VCNP Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos said. “Without the Land and Water Conservation Fund and support from the New Mexico congressional delegation and our non-profit partners, this acquisition would not have become a reality.”Sulphur Springs was originally patented in 1898 as a mining claim by New Mexico businessman and politician, Maríano Otero, who mined sulfur at the site from 1902 to 1904. The Otero family then developed the site as a health resort spa, which operated through much of the twentieth century until it burned down in the 1970s. The property then passed to several private owners.  In the late 1980s, Los Alamos National Laboratory established an experimental geothermal well on the site, and a small number of residents occupied the property into the early 2000s. In 2016, the property was purchased by the Heritage Partnership Trust in a deal facilitated by the National Parks Conservation Association. Heritage Partnership held the property pending sale to the National Park Service.Public access and visitation to the site will remain limited while the Park Service conducts formal surveys of the property’s natural and cultural resources, restores the site from previous mining activity, eliminates safety hazards, and develops visitor-related infrastructure.Dry fumarole mud pot in early summer before the rains begin. Courtesy/NPSLos Amigos 2019 Geology Tour with Kirt Kempter included a special access visit to the Sulphur Springs area. Courtesy/Los Amigoslast_img read more