River Road Holdings, LLC announced today the addition of a new title to its family of regional niche periodicals. Vermont Sports Today (circulation 10,400) is a monthly publication for individuals with a hunger for outdoor sports, recreation, and physical fitness. The magazine’s editorial focus includes alpine, cross-country and telemark skiing, canoeing and kayaking, road and mountain biking, hiking and backpacking, in-line skating, running, snowboarding, snowshoeing, triathlon, and duathlon in the Green Mountain State and Northern New England. Reviews of gear and products for outdoor enthusiasts, a lengthy calendar of sports events throughout the state, monthly athlete profiles, and race results are standard features of the publication.Editorial and advertising offices for Vermont Sports Today will remain in Waterbury Vermont. Former Owner, Publisher, and Editor, Kate Carter will remain at Vermont Sports Today as Managing Editor. Advertising sales for the magazine will continue to be handled by Ellie Tobin. Production and operations for the magazine will be relocated to River Road Holdings’ headquarters in Hanover, New Hampshire.“When I started Vermont Sports Today in 1990, my dream was to produce a first-rate publication for people who enjoy individual aerobic sports and believe in a healthy lifestyle. I am thrilled that the talented staff at River Road Holdings is taking over and confident they will continue the tradition of publishing a quality sports publication we can all be proud of,” says Carter.Chris Blau, President and Publisher at River Road Holdings, LLC added “Vermont Sports Today’s loyal readership and excellent content for sports enthusiasts was a major draw for us in acquiring the publication. Long-term, we see affinities between Vermont Sports Today and our current holdings which will benefit our advertisers and improve readership experiences. We are especially excited to have Kate and Ellie join our team as we continue to grow our business.”In addition to Vermont Sports Today, the River Road Holdings, LLC publishes The Upper Valley Parents’ Paper, The Quechee Times, and The Norwich Times.
Criterion announces that Rick Carey has joined the company as a senior consultant. Carey will concentrate on management coaching, advising on policy and procedure and management training seminars for the public sector.Carey holds SPHR certification and brings to Criterion three decades of experience in Human Resources administration within Vermonts Agency of Transportation. He most recently served as the agencys Human Resources Chief. In that position he was responsible for a staff that served the HR needs of 1,300 employees and provided expertise in many areas of management and career coaching.I am thrilled to add Rick to our team, says Dianne Kenney, founder of Criterion. Those who have worked with him know that Rick has exceptional skills in leading, motivating and managing individuals, as well as the ability to drive business results with innovative processes and cost-effective solutions.Criterion is Vermonts only consulting firm dedicated primarily to serving public sector entities. They specialize in business coaching, human resources strategy and management education. For more information call 802-280-3061 or visit www.criterion.biz(link is external).###
New Mexico regulators approve all-renewable replacement power option for San Juan coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Albuquerque Journal:The state Public Regulation Commission unanimously approved an all-renewable energy plan Wednesday morning to replace the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.The 5-0 decision sets in motion plans for Public Service Company of New Mexico to sign power purchase agreements with third-party providers to build 650 megawatts of solar farms in San Juan, Rio Arriba and McKinley counties, plus 300 MW of backup battery storage. Investment in those new resources could total about $1 billion, bringing 1,200 or more construction jobs to the northwestern region of the state.Commissioners said the plan, which was recommended by hearing examiners in the case, is the best option to meet environmental goals and other requirements specified in the state’s new Energy Transition Act. The ETA requires PNM to transition to 80% renewable energy by 2040 and carbon-free generation by 2045.PNM had requested PRC approval last summer to abandon the San Juan power plant in 2022 to begin meeting ETA goals, which the commission granted last March. But commissioners still needed to approve new generating resources to replace lost electricity from the coal plant.In the end, commissioners accepted the recommendation by PRC hearing examiners to adopt an all-renewable approach proposed by the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy. Examiners said the proposal would best meet the ETA’s environmental goals, as well as respond to the act’s emphasis on placing at least some replacement power generation in San Juan County to offset the impact of the coal plant’s closure on local communities.PRC General Counsel Michael Smith told commissioners Wednesday morning that evidence presented by the examiners shows the CCAE plan will restore much of the tax base that San Juan County and the Central Consolidated School District there will lose after PNM abandons San Juan.[Kevin Robinson-Avila]More: PRC approves all-renewable plan to replace power from San Juan
By Roberto López Dubois / Diálogo January 27, 2017 A sentinel is keeping watch inside the immense Darién jungle. Flanked by two mountain ranges, the jungle is a swatch of land on the border between Colombia and Panama, a narrow, 266-linear-kilometer gorge that forms a wall between north and south of the American continent. These mountains are covered by a thick coat of vegetation, with massive, hundred-year-old trees. It is an inhospitable place, far from everything, which was used initially by the 57th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as their principal rest area. Years later, it was also used for trafficking drugs to North American countries. Panama now controls its entire territory and prohibits the activities of groups operating illegally, Commissioner Cristian Hayer, director of Panama’s Border Service (SENAFRONT, per its Spanish acronym) told Diálogo. Early operations During the last decade of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century, media accounts citing government sources told of almost 20 attacks on Panamanian towns by groups of illegal migrants – from kidnappings to homicides. An undetermined number of incursions into Panamanian territory also were recorded. At the time, the Panamanian government’s initial reaction was to create a specialized group within the National Police to handle security at the borders. The units arrived in the area and immediately were put in charge of safeguarding the population. SENAFRONT was created in 2008 as a component of Panama’s Public Force. The border service is under the Ministry of Security, and has its own director and budget. In the beginning Today Panama has a presence throughout the area, and both guerrilla activity and that of other groups operating illegally in the region are under control. The commissioner attributes the success to the way the institution is set up: there is one group in charge of security in the towns, one group of special forces, and a third group made up of mobile companies operating along jungle paths. “In eight years we have managed, with everyone’s work, to take the FARC out of Darién, where they had campsites established on Panamanian territory. We managed to clean Darién up,” Hayer stated. These operations helped Colombia neutralize leaders of the FARC’s 57th Front on the Colombian side and “made it possible to lower their members’ morale. In the end, the 57th [Front] was reduced to an insignificant version of itself,” the commissioner emphasized. On the other hand, Hayer said that SENAFRONT was able to set up two advanced bilateral posts with troops from Panama and Colombia to bring security to both sides of the border. Plans are in place to install two more posts. Progress within the towns The operations resulted in SENAFRONT achieving community acceptance for the Public Force and allowing the various state entities to safely travel to those towns. Today, local residents can go about their day peacefully and with confidence. SENAFRONT relies on the Eastern Brigade’s five battalions. Troop strength is estimated at 4,224 distributed along 26 percent of the territory of the Republic of Panama. Citizen security “Implementing the citizen security programs in rural areas was a challenge, but we did it with the efforts and work of the institution’s units, in which every man and woman, uniformed personnel, or civilian contributed their small part,” said Eduardo Araúz, deputy commissioner for SENAFRONT. Every action was based on different strategies, he said. “We started out with a strategy of total mobility, then a strategy of consolidation until we came to what we have today, a strategy of comprehensive security for human development,” Araúz said. Director Hayer explained that once the area is secured and development programs for different institutions implemented, achieving self-management is necessary for local citizens to integrate into development tasks for their own community. Deputy Commissioner Araúz agreed. He confirmed that the entire set of actions was achieved with citizen participation, in direct coordination with the traditional authorities of the indigenous people who live in the area. This created an atmosphere of security and trust, he explained. Confidence of the population “Little by little, we gained the population’s trust through direct communication, with information operations, humanitarian aid, and the support of information against the threats that could present themselves,” Araúz said. He also added that prevention activities are carried out in every area of operations. “We are not going to let up on organized or common crime, and we will provide security both for our citizens and foreign nationals.” The leaders of SENAFRONT promise that the new alliance with the community, the patrols, and their units’ high morale will allow them to face new threats that have emerged since FARC was demobilized. Jungle warfare is difficult because the terrain is inhospitable, and there are huge dangers that represent enormous challenges. But the area is extremely significant for security in the narrow gorge that connects North and South America.
Submitted by Tumwater FirefightersOn November 21, the Tumwater Firefighters, IAFF Local 2409, will provide brand-new winter coats to children attending Tumwater Hill Elementary School in partnership with Operation Warm, a national non-profit dedicated to warming the hearts, minds, and bodies of children living in need across North America. This is the second year Tumwater Firefighters have participated in the “Firefighters for Operation Warm” program. Last year, Tumwater Firefighters distributed nearly 200 American-made coats to students attending Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School.This year, Local 2409 hope to raise enough money to distribute coats to 400 children attending Tumwater Hill Elementary School. They are asking the community to support their efforts through monetary donations— an event will be held Saturday, October 25 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Pint’s Barn located in Tumwater. The event will feature a silent auction, food, and music provided by Ethan Tucker. “With our poverty levels reaching 11%, our children and schools benefit from this program in more ways than one,” stated Donovan Cathey, Local 2409 President. “By nature of our service to the community, we’re able to see the harsh effects poverty has on these children first hand.” Tumwater Firefighters will arrive at Tumwater Hill Elementary, personally fitting each child with a new coat, and helping them to write their name in the interior tag which reads, “Made Just for You.”Specifically for their Firefighter program, Operation Warm has been able to manufacture 60,000 100% American-made coats, supporting over 200 jobs. These children will receive bright, new coats made with American pride. “This is so much more than a coat,” said Cathey, “beyond warmth and dignity for children, American coat production targets a root cause of poverty for so many families.”“This is a program that strengthens communities and the overall well-being of children,” stated Rich Lally, Executive Director of Operation Warm. “A new coat boosts a child’s self-esteem and allows families to stretch limited financial resources to other basic necessities, such as food and shelter.”To donate to Tumwater Firefighters click on www.operationwarm.org/tumwater or for more information visit Firefighters for Operation Warm. Facebook79Tweet0Pin0