Why tiny Belize is a world leader in protecting the ocean

first_img But not all encounters are as friendly for the rangers from the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (Tide), whose job includes enforcing the managed access (MA) programme that since 2016 has given traditional fishers the rights to secured grounds if they obtain licences and report their catch. Illegal fishing has declined, says Halliday, but at night there are illicit incursions from Guatemala and high-speed chases around the reserve’s 500-square miles of pristine sea – a vast space to monitor for just four rangers alternating shifts at their station on Abalone Caye. Read more at: The Guardian Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… (The Guardian) Across the turquoise water by the mangrove, ranger Allan Halliday spots a fishing skiff. “We’re going over to say hello,” he says, before abruptly changing the boat’s direction. But his real task is to check the couple on board have the licence to fish in this part of the Port Honduras Marine Reserve, one of nine designated zones in Belize. “We aren’t complaining but others do,” says Alonzo Reymundo, of the rules that now restrict Belize’s 3,000 commercial fishers to two geographic areas each. He and his wife Anselma have been fishing off southern Toledo for 30 years and their boat is laden with 50 or so pounds of shrimp – more than enough, he says, flashing his licence. Today’s catch will be sold as bait and fetch around 330BZ$ (£135), he says. Aug 6, 2019 OPINION: Going with the Wind: Transition to Clean Energy in… Jul 23, 2019 Revitalising sponging – a key industry in The Bahamas Nov 7, 2019 CARICOM must ensure high seas remain healthy, protected… Jul 25, 2019 Jamaica to host Regional Sargassum Forum Fish stocks are stable and reef health improving, in part thanks to Belize’s substantial ‘no-take’ zones. Now greater legislation is needed to secure progress You may be interested in… Anna Ramirez wins Belize’s Punta Fuego Outstanding Fisher Award 2015Since she was seven years old, Anna Ramirez, now 63, has been fishing with her family off the coast of Belize’s southernmost district – Toledo, but her gender has not stopped her from working just as hard as the men do while at sea. Her most challenging moments have involved…July 1, 2015In “Belize”Fisheries Ministers of CARICOM, Central America join forces to promote ocean-based economic growthBELIZE CITY, FRIDAY, 4 OCTOBER 2019 (CRFM)—After several hours of deliberation at their Second Joint Meeting held in Belize on Wednesday, 2 October 2019, Fisheries Ministers from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Organisation for Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA) inked…October 7, 2019In “Agriculture”UNGA_ – Statement by Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred ElringtonMadame President Heads of State and Delegations Distinguished Ministers Excellencies At the outset I wish to express the sympathies of the Government and people of Belize with the Government and people of Indonesia in view of the devastating earthquake and tsunami which killed over 400 persons. At the same, I…September 30, 2018In “Belize”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Curt Hutchins Named VP and President of Eaton’s Heavy Duty Transmission Division

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 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.  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.  KALAMAZOO, MI — Eaton Corp. has appointed Curt Hutchins to vice president and president of its Heavy Duty Transmission Division, effective April 1. Hutchins had been vice president and general manager of Eaton’s Clutch Division. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “In the three years that Curt has led the Clutch division, the business has grown substantially,” said James Sweetnam, Eaton senior vice president and president – Truck Group. “He led a very significant restructuring of the Clutch business model during the past two years and has brought focus to key global opportunities.” Prior to his Clutch position, he served as general manager of Eaton’s Automated and Fleet Transmission Products business unit, part of the Truck Group’s Heavy Duty Transmission Division. Hutchins joined Eaton in 2003 from Waterpik Technologies, where he served as vice president of operations. Previously, he held a number of progressively responsible positions at Parker Hannifin, culminating as executive team leader and plant manager at Parker’s Abex NWL Aerospace Division. Hutchins began his career at Textron Inc. Hutchins holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technology University in Michigan, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. For more information about Eaton Corp., visit: http://www.eaton.com.,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.last_img read more

Goodyear Names Chief Procurement Officer

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 AKRON, OH — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has appointed Mark Purtilar as chief procurement officer, effective Sept. 17. He replaces Gary Miller, who is retiring after 40 years as a Goodyear associate. Purtilar, formerly a procurement executive for ArvinMeritor Automotive Inc., will oversee Goodyear’s global procurement strategy and be responsible for the company’s approximately $10 billion in annual purchases. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “An innovative and aggressive procurement plan is a key element of Goodyear’s growth strategy,” said Christopher Clark, senior vice president of global sourcing. “In Mark, we found an individual with a successful history of developing global procurement strategies to reduce costs, maximize efficiency and maintain quality. Moreover, he has done it in a very competitive marketplace.” Prior to his Goodyear appointment, Purtilar was vice president of global procurement for commercial vehicle systems for ArvinMeritor, a global supplier of automotive parts based in Troy, MI. Responsible for $3 billion annually in company purchases, he developed the company’s global supplier strategy, initiated a low-cost country strategy and routinely exceeded purchasing performance targets. Purtilar first joined ArvinMeritor in 1994 as manager of purchasing and inventory planning and held several other positions until being named vice president and general manager of the Americas Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket Distributions division in 2000. He left ArvinMeritor from 2002-2004 to serve as the chief executive officer of Auto Body Panels Inc. in Cincinnati, OH. He returned to ArvinMeritor in 2004 as the vice president of global procurement. Purtilar also worked for the Sara Lee Corp. from 1983-1994 as a manager in purchasing, production and capacity planning. “This is an exciting time to join Goodyear’s leadership team,” said Purtilar. “Through procurement strategies, we have the opportunity to significantly impact the company and benefit its customers and its shareholders.” Advertisement Purtilar received his bachelor’s degree and a master of business administration degree in international business from Northern Kentucky University.,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 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.  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.last_img read more

Kenneth Davis Named President of Eaton’s Vehicle Group; Joseph Palchak to Retire in June 2011

first_imgCLEVELAND — Eaton Corp. has announced that Kenneth Davis has been named president of its Vehicle Group, effective Jan. 1, 2011, succeeding Joseph Palchak who has announced his decision to retire at the end of June, 2011. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Palchak will continue to report to Craig Arnold, vice chairman and chief operating officer – Industrial Sector, and will be assisting with the transition in addition to some specific projects until his retirement. In his new role, Davis will report to Craig Arnold and will be responsible for the company’s automotive and truck businesses. Davis’ current role as president – Americas for Eaton’s Vehicle Group will not be filled. “Ken’s deep knowledge of the vehicle segment combined with his global business experience and strong leadership skills will be instrumental as we continue to grow in critical markets around the world,” said Craig Arnold, vice chairman and chief operating officer – Industrial Sector. “We are pleased he will be assuming this leadership role.” Since joining Eaton in 1986, Davis has held management positions of increasing responsibility including president – Americas for Eaton’s Vehicle Group, president of the company’s Light- and Medium-Duty Transmission business and vice president and general manager for Eaton’s Clutch business. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue University in Indiana and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. He will continue to be located in Galesburg, Mich. Advertisement Joe Palchak will continue to report to Arnold and assist with the transition process until June, 2011. “During the past three years, Eaton’s automotive and truck businesses have come together under Joe’s leadership,” said Arnold. “He has created a streamlined regional organization that adapts quickly to the evolving business environment and responds efficiently to customer needs. I want to thank him for continuously embodying Eaton’s values and for his steadfast leadership of our Vehicle Group during the recent volatility of the past several years.” Palchak joined Eaton in 1973 as a trainee with the Forge Division. Since then he’s served in a variety of leadership positions including president – Vehicle Group, president – Automotive Group, president – Engine Air Management Business and president – Powertrain and Specialty Controls Operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisville in Kentucky.last_img read more

Fallbrook Technologies Establishes Advisory Board for Automotive Product Development

first_imgDesigned for safety, high energy density, and high continuous power capacity, the Bollinger Motors battery pack will be suitable for heavier applications such as medium-duty trucks, agricultural and construction equipment. SAN DIEGO — Fallbrook Technologies Inc., a company dedicated to improving the performance and flexibility of transmissions for engine and human-powered devices, has established an Automotive Business & Technology Advisory Board to assist the company in evaluating product requirements and market opportunities for its NuVinci DeltaSeries products. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement David Cole, chairman emeritus at the Center for Automotive Research, is the initial automotive/transportation industry member of the advisory board, which will include former executives with significant automotive business and technical experience serving as impartial advisors. Fallbrook recently announced its entry into the automotive market with its NuVinci DeltaSeries, a line of continuously variable accessory drives and primary transmissions that increase fuel efficiency and vehicle performance. Fallbrook launched the NuVinci N360, the second-generation of its award-winning continuously variable bicycle drivetrain this summer. The company is also developing transmission technologies for electric vehicles, small wind power and lawn care equipment. “I’m delighted to be part of Fallbrook’s advisory board,” said Cole. “Their NuVinci technology is very impressive, particularly the breadth of potential applications and the potential to be manufactured at a reasonable cost. I’m looking forward to helping Fallbrook achieve its objective of making its technology a game-changer in a number of arenas.” “It’s a real honor to have Dave Cole on our team,” said William Klehm, Fallbrook’s chairman and CEO. “He’s been recognized for his strategic vision, technical knowledge and marketing expertise, all of which will help us define and build quality products that provide value and meet market needs.”,Bollinger Motors has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its battery pack design. The scope of the patent includes mechanical, electrical and systems-engineering innovations. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The modules are connected to both sides of a symmetrical and structural I-beam. The I-beam includes channels, through which cooling fluid is pumped, to extract heat away from the battery modules. The I-beams also provide cross-vehicle structural support and help protect the pack from side intrusions.  The Battery Management System (BMS) has also been developed in-house. The BMS has been created to handle any number of strings, therefore one BMS can be manufactured for all future battery-pack sizes and voltages.  The BMS monitors voltage, current, and temperature at multiple points within the pack and manages the system accordingly. It works with other vehicle-control units to maintain optimum operating conditions that increase efficiency and extend battery life. The BMS also provides several features which ensure system safety, including detecting and isolating faults to enable continued vehicle operation.Advertisement Bollinger Motors will manufacture battery packs for its own vehicles – as well as make them commercially available for standalone applications – starting in 2021.center_img The Bollinger Motors battery pack is composed of modules in 35 kWh strings that can be connected in series or parallel to form a variety of pack sizes and configurations. Pack sizes will include 35, 70, 105, 140, 175 kWh, and higher, with many sizes capable of both 350V and 700V configurations.  “The heart of every EV is the battery, so it was crucial for us to develop our own battery pack in-house,” said CEO Robert Bollinger. “Our engineering team has created a pack with high-strength structural properties, exemplary cooling features and state-of-the-art software.”  Bollinger Motors filed the provisional patent application on Oct. 12. The patent application number is 17/068,260.last_img read more

Scenes From The Boomroots Collective Summer Concert Performance At Ashley Pond Pavilion Friday Evening

first_imgA magical evening. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Artists in the dust as music plays in the background. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Small but enthusiastic dancer. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com In a world of their own. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Watch and listen. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com The Boomroots Collective warms up the Secret City Summer Concert crowd Friday evening with some reggae at the Ashley Pond Pavilion. The Boomroots Collective plays high-level progressive reggae and hip-hop music, which has been described as ‘Jamaican funk with New Mexico Soul.’ Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com Zalma AezRock, right, on keyboards and vocals with John Simmons on bass. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

RSF: Journalist Permanently Blinded In One Eye Amid Increased Police Violence In Hong Kong

first_imgA reporter working for Indonesian-language media outlet Suara Hong Kong News, Veby Mega Indah, has permanently lost eyesight in her right eye Sunday, Sept. 29 after she was hit by a rubber bullet shot by the Hong Kong police during a protest. “Violence against the press in Hong Kong reaches a new high with a reporter being left with a permanent disability,” commented Cédric Alviani, head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau, who urges the authorities to “take immediate measures to guarantee the safety of reporters and to launch an independent investigation on violent acts against them with no further delay.”  June 12, 2019: More than 12 incidents of assault against journalists were recorded in the Admiralty area, including 10 cases of police officers firing tear gas at close range. RSF News: Since the beginning of the demonstrations in June, the Hong Kong police have been regularly pointed out for numerous cases of abuse against journalists, leading RSF to publicly address Chief Executive Carrie Lam in an open letter that only received a canned answer. Tuesday, Oct. 1, during the pro-democracy demonstrations taking place in parallel with the events marking the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, several journalists were also injured by the police (see below for a chronology of violence against the media since the beginning of the crisis). Four months of violence against the pressOctober 1, 2019: Journalists from Stand News and RTHK were hit by rubber or sponge bullets. A reporter from Local Press was arrested and held at the police station for more than 24 hours. Journalists from Apple Daily were threatened by police carrying guns.September 29, 2019: In the area of Wanchai, a reporter working for Indonesian-language media outlet Suara Hong Kong News, Veby Mega Indah, has permanently lost eyesight in the right eye after she was hit by a rubber bullet shot by the police during a protest. In the area of Causeway Bay, police attacked a journalist with pepper spray.September 24, 2019: An Apple Daily journalist, who was previously the victim of doxing and stalking, was assaulted by four masked men when dining in the area of Sau Mau Ping.September 15, 2019: A third-year student journalist from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) was arrested by the police while reporting.September 7, 2019:  Two officers from the Special Tactical Squad used pepper spray against journalists from AFP, Ming Pao, HK01 and Cable TV. In the area of Yau Ma Tei, a reporter from Stand News was punched by a man while reporting.September 2, 2019: The police extensively used pepper spray against reporters in front of the Mongkok Police station. The Special Tactical Contingent pushed a journalist from Now TV to the ground.August 31, 2019: Many journalists and photographers were prohibited from reporting by Hong Kong police near Prince Edward MTR station.August 24, 2019: Some pro-Beijing mobs kicked and yelled at a journalist from Now TV, as well as surrounding RTHK and Oriental Daily reporters, obstructing the reporting.August 11, 2019: Five journalists from online media outlets including HK01, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) and daily newspaper Ming Pao were physically attacked by a group of pro-Beijing mobs in the North Point area, while a reporter from online media outlet Stand News was verbally assaulted and threatened.August 5, 2019: In the Sham Shui Po area, a student journalist fainted after being hit by a tear gas canister shot by the police. In the Wong Tai Sin area, a journalist from Sing Tao Daily was tear gassed in his face. A group of mobsters attacked a photographer from HK01 in the Tsuen Wan area.July 30, 2019: The police hit a photojournalist from Apple Daily outside Kwai Chung Police Station, while continuously threatening a RTHK reporter. Many journalists were also pepper sprayed, and one of whom was hospitalized as a result.July 28, 2019: The police repeatedly fired tear gas at the direction of journalists in the Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan area.July 21, 2019: Four journalists working for Apple Daily, Stand News and news channel Now News were among the 45 people seriously injured in a large-scale attack perpetrated at the Yuen Long metro station by a mafia group dressed in white. The Stand News journalist was later hospitalized.July 14, 2019: A journalist from Commercial Radio Hong Kong was pepper sprayed in the face, and later obstructed and pushed away by the police in the Shatin area.July 7, 2019: In the Mongkok area, the police verbally and physically assaulted three journalists from Apple Daily, HK01, and Metro Radio.July 1, 2019: An independent broadcaster, Citizens’ Radio, was attacked and their equipment damaged in front of the staff by unidentified people carrying weapons.June 30, 2019: Multiple journalists from South China Morning Post (SCMP), Stand News and Next Magazine were insulted and kicked during a rally in support of the police in the Admiralty area. Courtesy/RSF In the RSF World Press Freedom Index, Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, plummeted from 18th in 2002 to 73rd this year.last_img read more

Tourism Department Unveils 2018 Economic Impact

first_imgVisitor spending supported 8.5 percent of all New Mexico jobs in 2018. According to research released by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Oct. 18, the leisure and hospitality sector outpaced all other New Mexico job sectors in year-over-year employment increase with an addition of 7,200 jobs. “Growing tourism and diversifying our state’s economy is a collaborative effort with the tourism and lodging industry,” Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said. “Only together can we further expand the destination experience, so the tourism industry can reach its true economic potential.” Visitor spending generated $694 million in state and local taxes for New Mexico in 2018. The state of New Mexico saw $475 in tax revenue from visitor spending in 2018, and local governments saw $218 in tax revenue from visitor spending in 2018. Overall, visitor spending offset the tax burden on New Mexico residents by $900 per household. New Mexico saw a record-setting $7.1 billion in visitor spending in 2018, representing a 7 percent increase from 2017. The 7 percent increase in visitor spending in 2018 was a dramatic increase from the previous report, which showed an increase of 3.2 percent from 2016 to 2017. NMTD News:center_img The study, produced by Tourism Economics, also reported visitor spending increases in lodging, food & beverage, retail, and recreation for 2018. Visitors to New Mexico spent $2.3 billion on lodging in 2018, which represents an increase of 10.1 percent from 2017. The study also reported visitor spending of $1.6 billion on food and beverage and $1.2 billion on shopping, representing an increase of 5.6 percent and 4.9 percent respectively. The study also reported visitor spending of $899 million on recreation, which is a 6.3 percent increase from 2017. Overall visitor spending has increased by 23 percent since 2013. SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Tourism Department (NMTD) announced the results of its economic impact report for 2018, highlighted by record-setting growth in visitor spending. From the start of her administration, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham identified tourism as one of the state’s critical sectors for growth and diversification of New Mexico’s economy.last_img read more

2019 Unofficial Election Results For Los Alamos School Board, School Bond And UNM-LA Advisory Board

first_imgLos Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus this evening at the Municipal Building thanks Los Alamos for supporting better schools and brighter futures by passing the School Bond in today’s election and by a large margin. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comStaff ReportThe Los Alamos County Clerk has issued the 2019 Los Alamos County Unofficial Election results for School Board in Districts 3, 4, and 5, UNM-LA Advisory Board Positions 3 and 4 and the School Bond.Los Alamos School Board Election ResultsDist. 3 Christine Bernstein (Aspen) 576 WinnerDist. 3 Morrie Pongratz (Aspen) 392 Dist. 5 Dawn Jalbert (Mountain Unopposed) 616 WinnerUNM-LA Advisory Board Election ResultsPosition 3 Laura Burrows (At Large) 1,395 WinnerPosition 3 David Hampton (At Large) 863Position 3 Pat Soran (At Large) 1,240 Position 4 Stephen Boerigter (At Large) 2,431 WinnerPosition 4 Chris Luchini (At Large) 1,112School District General Obligation BondFor 3,609 PassesAgainst 780center_img Dist. 4 Julia Baker (Barranca) 495 WinnerDist. 4 Melanie Colgan (Barranca) 462last_img read more

Council Considers Water & Sewer Rate Hikes Nov. 26

first_imgCOUNTY News:Los Alamos County Council will consider the adoption of multi-year increases to the Department of Public Utilities’ (DPU) water and sewer rates at two public hearings.  Beginning 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, the public hearings will be conducted during the council meeting in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave.The Board of Public Utilities voted Oct. 16 to approve the rate increases, giving the green light to forward ordinances 02-299 for water rates and 02-298 for sewer rates to the Council for possible adoption. Both ordinances are structured to increase rates yearly over the next three years. Specifically, water rates would increase each year 5, 4.25 and 4 percent respectively. Sewer rates would increase each year 6, 3 and 2 percent respectively.“These complex water and sewer infrastructure systems are essential to the economic prosperity and public health of our community,” Utilities Manager Philo Shelton said. “These increases will allow us to replace our aging infrastructure, especially the White Rock wastewater treatment plant.”To educate the community on the need for these rate increases, the DPU aired a documentary on Los Alamos PAC 8 regarding the troubled condition of the water and sewer infrastructure nationwide. Additionally, two public meetings on Los Alamos’ infrastructure challenges were held in White Rock and the Los Alamos townsite in October. More information, including the draft ordinances and frequently asked questions are available on the DPU website at https://ladpu.com/2019Infrastructure-Rates.Direct questions to the Customer Care Center, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 505.662.8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.last_img read more