Dairy regulation agreement reached

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Argen Duncan After six months of negotiations, the state Environment Department, dairy industry and environmental groups have reached an agreement on dairy environmental regulations. The state Water Quality Control Commission adopted environmental rules aimed at preventing groundwater contamination in December 2010, but the Dairy Industry Group for a Clean Environment appealed them. Now the amended […]

Local dairymen waiting for ruling on environmental regulations

Argen Duncan The fate of new state dairy environmental regulations remains to be seen as involved parties wait for decisions from the Court of Appeals and the Water Quality Control Commission. At the end of December, the commission issued regulations, which contained points of contention over linings for dairy wastewater lagoons and the use of […]

Wind energy costly in long run

Freedom Newspapers Is wind power a viable alternative to low-cost fossil fuels? Consider this: relying on windmills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions not only is expensive and ironically harmful to the environment, it won’t accomplish its main goal. “A slew of recent studies show that wind-generated energy likely won’t result in any reduction in carbon […]

It’s their job: Dusty Looney

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Cosmetologist Dusty Looney of Creative Images salon gives a manicure Monday. She does hair and nails, and has worked at Creative Images almost 10 years. Looney said she likes the work environment where everyone gets along, and the people she meets.

ENMU seeking to establish solar array

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With a possible new solar array, Eastern New Mexico University is looking to benefit the environment and save money on electricity. Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart said he has put out a request for proposals to construct a solar array on vacant land on Cherry Street near […]

Protecting environment everyone’s job

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There on my Facebook page, larger than life, it appeared. “Become a Fan of: Stop the Wolf Killing Bill in Utah.” Though I don’t live in Utah, I find that, at least according to Facebook, I can weigh in on this conservation minded issue. So I did, and as a […]

Dairy submits plan to clean up contamination

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer New Mexico Environment Department representatives have said they’ve found groundwater pollution at a local dairy, but the owner said he has decreased existing contamination since taking over the property. NMED environmental scientist Bart Faris, reading from the abatement plan the dairy has turned in to address the situation, said […]

Point of contention

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By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department and dairy producers disagree on how dangerous dairies are to groundwater and what should be done to prevent pollution. In this year’s legislative session, a bill passed requiring the state to enact statutes specifying what dairies must do to protect the environment. Now, the […]

It’s their job: Line cooking part of job

Art Cane Jr. works as a cook at Something Different Grill. He moved to Portales from San Diego, Calif., 12 years ago and has worked in the cooking industry since he graduated from high school in 2005. How long have you been on the job? Six months. Why did you choose this job? I have […]

On the lookout

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico As Branden Marshall entered La Hacienda Restaurant in Portales, he was greeted by the owners and manager. Carrying a clipboard, Marshall headed directly to the kitchen. His first order of business; washing his hands. Marshall is one of three health inspectors with the New Mexico Environment Department based in […]