Biofera Sun, 16 Jan 2022 07:28:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Biofera 32 32 Field Notes: Walking in a World | Lifestyles Sun, 16 Jan 2022 03:30:00 +0000

LIZA FIELD special for the Roanoke Times

“Overcoming anger with peace.”

“In other countries, I can go as a tourist, but in India, I come as a pilgrim.”

— Martin Luther King Jr., February 1959

As the daylight lengthens and the winter sunset lingers in fierce ruby ​​fire, the ancient season of pilgrimage arrives.

Cold, uncomfortable, non-touristy and dreary, the old human journey between earth and sky still beckons in the spirit.

In Georgia, some intrepid hikers have already made their way to the Cold Blue Mountains, Bare Trees, Dark Nights, and North Star on the Appalachian Trail.

They think they walk for months in the unexpected – beauty, trouble and all weather – searching through hardship and uncertainty for something deeper than safety.

Such pilgrims want greater connectivity, with all beings, than their usual comfortable compartments allow. A peace and goodwill to the entire cosmos, one hiker told me (on Catawba Mountain last spring as we ate my bag of raisins), is the lightest food you can carry.

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won, but aLongtime Franciscan monk Richard Rohr sees human life as a pilgrimage, a journey of peacemaking, for anyone willing to renounce dualism and unknowing. This non-dualism is in fact the key, according to Rohr, to non-violence, and non-violence is now vital for human survival and a biosphere that sustains life.

“The dualistic spirit is always violent,” Rohr said during a talk at Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative, in November 2021. “Look at our country. Look at our politics.

Rohr finds dualism especially boring in religious people who can’t stand ambiguity or doubt. “I hate to say it, but sometimes the people I least want to be with are religious people. They seem to have doctorates in certainty. Doctorates in “I know”. Not very friendly people, really, ”he regretted.

Jesus himself (like the Buddha and a Hebrew prophet by the name of “Isaiah” and Socrates of Athens), seemed to advocate courageous, merciful, and generous kindness. Thus, Rohr perceives that our current warlike and politico-religious dualism “tells me that the church has not done its job”. He said, “We haven’t taught the kind of spirit that can even understand nonviolence, let alone the Sermon on the Mount.”

Greater awareness as an open-air pilgrim — comfortable in a universe full of paradoxes and mysteries — is imperative in this uncertain time on Earth, according to Rohr. He recommends “an attitude of wonder, reverence and faith” and suggests to those who pray: “Ask God to take away your sophistication and cynicism.” He recommends getting rid of “the restless and anxious heart of the tourist, who always needs to find the new, the most, the curious. Identify yourself as a pilgrim.

On my wayAt this wintery time of year in 1959, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, traveled six days in inclement weather to reach India, to express their reverence and deep gratitude for King’s mentor and beloved ruler of India. , Mahatma Gandhi.

Gandhi’s peaceful, determined and successful marches to liberate India from British rule had inspired the young king when he was just a young seminary student. He saw the power of non-retaliation, mercy for oppressed and oppressor alike, and resolute goodwill as a path to freedom for mankind.

Gandhi had died 11 years earlier (January 30, 1948), murdered by a fellow Hindu who, eager for reprisals against Muslims, resented Gandhi’s non-dualistic goodwill. Gandhi urged to welcome Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, people of any religion or no religion, and so was shot – as King put it – like Lincoln, “for committing the crime of wanting heal the wounds of a divided nation”.

Thus, King had never met his heroic mentor, but had met those who had worked with him and felt his effects. He also left a recorded speech in India, discovered in 2009 by officials who were planning a celebration of the 50th anniversary of King’s pilgrimage there.

In it, King said something we desperately need to understand, finally, in a nation saturated with AR-15s, paid Internet troll brigades, Dark Web cults and backyard militias – not to mention a world full of nuclear weapons, deforestation, extinctions and climate change. cash.

“If this age is to survive,” King said, “it must follow the path of love and non-violence which (Gandhi) so nobly exemplified in his life…for in an age when sputniks and explorers rush into space and where guided ballistic missiles are launched blazing highways of death through the stratosphere no nation can win a war today we have no choice between violence and non-violence; it is either non-violence or non-existence.

How does the ordinary Earth pilgrim, irritated and discouraged by violence, somehow respond with nonviolence?

Sign in, next column, for insights from people along the way.

Tsunami warning issued for west coast after underwater volcano eruption Sat, 15 Jan 2022 18:05:30 +0000

An image taken by a Japanese weather satellite shows an underwater volcanic eruption in the peaceful nation of Tonga on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (Japan Meteorological Agency via AP)

(NEXSTAR) – A tsunami advisory has been issued for parts of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington after an undersea volcano erupted in the Tonga Islands.

The National Tsunami Warning Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), added that “some impacts are expected” along the west coast of the United States.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, also operated by NOAA, had issued its own advisory for the state of Hawaii, warning that the waves could pose a hazard to swimmers, boaters or anyone near shore.

Specifically, the National Tsunami Warning Center issued the advisory for the following areas:

  • The coast from the California/Mexico border to the Oregon/California border, including San Francisco Bay
  • The Oregon coast from the California/Oregon border to the Washington/Oregon border, including the Columbia River estuary coast
  • The outer Washington coast from the Oregon/Washington border to Slip Point, the Columbia River estuary coast and the Juan de Fuca Strait coast
  • In British Columbia, from North Coast and Haida Gwaii, Central Coast and Northeast Vancouver Island, Outer West Coast of Vancouver Island, Juan de Fuca Strait Coast
  • In Southeast Alaska, including the inner and outer coast from the BC-Alaska border to Cape Fairweather
  • In southern Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula, including the Pacific coasts from Cape Fairweather to Unimak Pass
  • The Aleutian Islands, Unimak Pass to Attu, including the Pribilof Islands

More detailed maps are available on the NOAA Tsunami Warning System website.

Tsunami activity was expected to begin as early as 6 a.m. in parts of Alaska, 7:35 a.m. in parts of California, 7:55 a.m. in parts of Oregon, 8:30 a.m. in parts of Colombia -British and 8:35 a.m. in parts of Washington.

The tsunami, caused by an underwater volcano located about 40 miles from Tonga’s capital and seen from space, sent waves crashing to the shores of Tonga, the Associated Press reported on Saturday morning. No injuries were reported immediately.

Volatile-consuming reactions fracture rocks and self-accelerate fluid flow in the lithosphere Fri, 14 Jan 2022 19:55:27 +0000


Hydration and carbonation are the primary reactions that drive Earth’s volatile cycles. These reactions are characterized by a large increase in solid volume, up to several tens of percent, and can induce fracturing, fluid flow and other reactions. However, no experimental study has succeeded in a net increase in fluid flow during reactions, and the mechanisms that control acceleration or deceleration remain largely unknown. Here we present clear experimental evidence that hydration reactions can fracture rocks and accelerate fluid flow, under confining pressure (i.e. at a simulated depth). We conclude that a high reaction rate, relative to fluid flow, is essential for fracturing and accelerating fluid flow during these reactions in the Earth.


The hydration and carbonation reactions within the Earth cause an increase in the solid volume of up to several tens of % by volume, which can induce stresses and fracture of the rock. Observations of naturally hydrated and carbonated peridotite suggest that permeability and fluid flow are enhanced by reaction-induced fracturing. However, permeability enhancement during solid-volume-increasing reactions has not been achieved in the laboratory, and the mechanisms of reaction-accelerated fluid flow remain largely unknown. Here, we present experimental evidence for significant enhancement of permeability by volume-increasing reactions under confining pressure. The hydromechanical behavior of sintered periclase hydration [MgO + H2O → Mg(OH)2] depends mainly on the initial pore-fluid connectivity. Permeability increased by three orders of magnitude for samples with low connectivity, while it decreased by two orders of magnitude for samples with high connectivity. Permeability enhancement was caused by hierarchical fracturing of reactive materials, while decrease was associated with homogeneous pore clogging by reaction products. These behaviors suggest that fluid flow, relative to reaction rate, is the primary control of hydromechanical evolution during bulking reactions. We suggest that extremely high reaction rate and low pore-fluid connectivity lead to local stress perturbations and are essential for reaction-induced fracturing and accelerated fluid flow during hydration/carbonation.


    • Accepted November 16, 2021.
  • Author contributions: research designed by MU; MU, KK and HK conducted research; MU and AO provided new analytical reagents/tools; MU analyzed the data; MU, AO and NT discussed the experimental results and their implications; and MU, AO and NT wrote the article.

  • The authors declare no competing interests.

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]]> Burning Man opposes geothermal project – and more art news – Fri, 14 Jan 2022 13:14:00 +0000

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NOTICE OF NEWS NFT. There always seems to be some drama in the NFT space. Quentin Tarantino and Miramax argue over the director’s plan to sell NFTs from pulp Fiction– related material auctioned on the Wall Street newspaper reports. Miramax, who produced the 1994 classic, maintains that Tarantino is prohibited from hitting the chips. Meanwhile, the old First Lady Melania Trump is criticized for her plan to sell one of her hats, as well as a TVN of a watercolor of herself, CNN reports. “This is inappropriate,” said an unnamed senior Trump White House official. Recently, Wikipedia publishers voted that, for now, NFTs should not appear on the site’s list of the most expensive art auctions, with one voter noting the ongoing debate over their status as art, per Artnet news.

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A FRIDAY ARTISTS UPDATE. Sculptor Hugh hayden is about to unveil an ambitious new work in Madison Square Park in New York, with 100 school desks growing from branches. “My antler is like a bone-in chicken, with the very foot – you always see it’s a tree,” he told the New York Times. A little west of the park, artist-composer Haroun Mirza just opened a show at Lisson Gallery which involves “a mini-sun made up of halogen lamps surrounded by an array of solar panels,” he told the Art journal. “These solar panels will produce electricity which in turn powers an ecosystem of works” in space. Mirza said he wonders if we are a “parasitic species” or “a species in symbiosis with the rest of nature and the biosphere”.

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BECOME PUBLIC. South Korea’s second largest auction house, Auction K, will be listed on the KOSDAQ exchange later this month, the Herald of Korea reported, and Sotheby’s, which went private in 2019, is said to be exploring an initial public offering, with Goldman Sachs and Morgan stanley to advise, ARTnews Noted.

Aras Amiri, curator of the British council who was arrested for espionage in 2018 while visiting her grandmother in Iran and sentenced to 10 years in prison, has returned to the UK after the country’s Supreme Court ruled her conviction was contrary to Islamic law. [The New York Times]

The late bookseller’s Americana collection William reese will be sold in a series of auctions at Christie’s, with a low estimate of $ 12 million. The house is touting it as one of the most valuable sole proprietorship book treasures to ever be auctioned. [The New York Times]

the National Art Gallery in Washington, DC, will close its East Building from late February through June for accessibility-related renovations and its atrium skylight. [The Washington Post]

the Burning man The organization has spoken out against a proposed geothermal project in Gerlach, Nevada, where it owns land, saying it “will forever change the environment, the scenery and the quality of life in the region.” [Reno Gazette Journal]

An original page from a 1984 Spider Man comic which shows the superhero in a black suit for the first time sold for $ 3.36 million at Heritage auctions. [Sky News]

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THICK ICE SKATING. For a three-day play that takes place this weekend, performers take turns dancing atop a 2.5-ton block of ice that has been suspended over Sydney Harbor in Australia, the Guardian reports. Naturally, it will melt as they dance (for a total of nine hours per day). The work, entitled Thaw, is the creation of Joshua Thomson, the artistic director of the theater company Legs on the wall , who said he wanted to “advance the conversation and awareness around climate change”. Not really subtle! Also not exactly something you see every day. Thomson admitted that “yes there is an element of spectacle”. [The Guardian]

Mikel Arteta comments on Anfield atmosphere at Liverpool vs Arsenal Fri, 14 Jan 2022 06:20:00 +0000

Mikel Arteta will be hoping Arsenal can top the Anfield atmosphere next week against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup. The two teams drew 0-0 in the first leg.

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will need a good atmosphere in the Emirates next week if they are to defeat Liverpool. They will draw a goalless draw in the first leg after a very, very frustrating night at Anfield.

“I now expect our fans to create an even better atmosphere than what we saw today, which was really good. ” he told Sky Sports. “We’re going to need them to beat a top team.”

Arteta therefore recognizes Arsenal’s small advantage against Liverpool next week. The second leg will be in the Emirates, after all, with last week’s postponement trading the home advantage for both teams.

It’s a real shame after last night’s result and shows how much of a missed opportunity the Anfield game was. The Reds will be kicking each other.

Liverpool v Arsenal

Liverpool should have won this game and they should have won it comfortably. They played the vast majority against 10 men, after all, but only managed one shot on target the entire game.

Photo by David Price / Arsenal FC via Getty Images


And it happened in the dying minutes, with substitute Curtis Jones eventually managing to squeeze one between defenders. Liverpool lack invention and killer instinct, allowing Arsenal to clinch.

So instead of sending the Gunners back in a deflated Emirates next week, they’ll face a vibrant squad. This is the biggest missed opportunity here. Yes, Liverpool can still win the draw, but they left the door wide open.

The vibe in the Emirates really shouldn’t have a role to play here. Liverpool must face it now, however – and it is an unfortunate failure of Anfield.

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Earth may have helped create alien life on several other planets, experts say Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:28:36 +0000

Earth may have helped produce alien life on several other planets, experts say.

Long before astronauts flew into the stars, it is believed that tiny bacteria were carried 150 km into orbit by high-speed vertical winds.

The microorganisms would have been trapped in space dust at hyperspeed and sent vast distances to alien worlds where they delivered life.

Life on Earth could have started by the same method with the arrival of organic matter from elsewhere, think the boffins.

A study by Professor Arjun Berera (corr), of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, notes that the biosphere – the parts of the Earth where life is known – previously extended to a altitude of 77 km.

This was the highest point at which fungal spores were found.

Dust samples from outside the International Space Station were found to contain DNA from several types of bacteria

But dust samples from outside the International Space Station – which orbits 400 km – were found to contain DNA from several types of bacteria similar to those found around the Barents Sea, where the Gulf Stream meets the frigid arctic. Studies suggest that this biological material was deposited on the ISS while it was in orbit rather than being transported into space by it or by visiting astronauts.

Professor Berera’s article says vertical winds can blow at speeds of up to 150 meters per second, especially during geomagnetic storms near the Earth’s poles.

His team calculated that small particles the size of bacteria could be thrown up to at least 120 km into the air by these winds and reach higher altitudes.

The study indicates that this raises the possibility of a transfer of life to and from neighboring planets.
Study says this raises the possibility of a transfer of life to and from neighboring planets

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About 150 km from space, the dust that hisses through Earth’s atmosphere has enough momentum to facilitate the planetary escape of biological particles.

The study indicates that this raises the possibility of a transfer of life to and from neighboring planets. Such events would be rare but over the millennia can have astrobiological significance.

The professor said: “All it takes is maybe a few biological particles to escape and maybe sow life. If a biological particle escapes from Earth and lands on something that was conducive to life, biology tends to develop quite easily.

“Even though the probability of an escape event to occur is quite low, such as once every 50 years, if you think about long geological timescales, many potential life transfer events could occur from of this mechanism. “

His study indicates that the process would be even easier on Mars where the gravity is lower and the atmosphere thinner.

]]> Thaidene Nëné makes New York Times list of travelers Mon, 10 Jan 2022 20:23:01 +0000

Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories is among the destinations listed in 52 Places, the New York Times 2022 compilation of world attractions to see.

Each year, the newspaper selects 52 places considered to be the most attractive to potential travelers. This task has been complicated since 2021 by the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic.

For 2022, the newspaper said it chose destinations “where travelers can be part of the solution.”


Outlining this year’s picks, The Times wrote, “Our annual list of destinations to visit this year examines places where visitors can be part of the solution to issues like overtourism and climate change.

Entrances range from the Dana Biosphere Reserve in Jordan to the city of Cleveland, Ohio, and the Red Sea Mountain Trail in Egypt to all of places like Sierra Leone, Slovenia and Greenland.

Three Canadian destinations are selected. Vancouver Island and Fogo Island of Newfoundland and Labrador join Thaidene Nëné.

About Thaidene Nëné, the newspaper states that the park reserve (and the indigenous protected area at large) “sets a new precedent by including indigenous peoples in the management and oversight of the park.”

The protected area has created tourism jobs despite the pandemic that suspended almost all visits to the NWT by non-residents, and indirectly triggered initiatives like the creation of locally made log furniture.


“Economic opportunities derived from the park, like guided tours and cultural heritage tours, flow to these communities,” the Times says of places like Łútsël K’é.

“Visitors can walk along the trails of the Dene ancestors, paddle the many creeks and waterfalls of the eastern arm of Great Slave Lake, fish for lake trout and arctic grayling for nearly 24 hours of light in the summer,” and camping at the transition point between the subarctic and arctic environments.

The entry is written by Peter Kujawinski, a freelance journalist and regular contributor to the New York Times who previously served as a US diplomat, including tenure as US consul general in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.

Kujawinski, along with Yellowknife photographer Pat Kane, documented for the same newspaper last year the Northwest Territories’ attempts to protect Indigenous elders from the onset of the pandemic.

At present, tourism in Thaidene Nëné is virtually at a standstill other than exploration by residents of the NWT.

Restrictions on tourism in the territory have remained in place for almost two years. Every time the government of the Northwest Territories has come close to easing these restrictions, a new variant of the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 – first Delta, then Omicron – has struck.

Last month, the territorial government began examining whether proof of vaccination could fully reopen the territory to tourism without waiting for the number of Covid-19 cases to decline across Canada, but an outbreak caused by Omicron in the Territories. Northwest has since suspended this work.


Karnataka hopes to roar again after tiger census – the New Indian Express Sun, 09 Jan 2022 00:30:00 +0000

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National wildlife agencies have hinted that Karnataka may regain its top spot among the tiger states, overtaking Madhya Pradesh. Currently, with 524 tigers, Karnataka is only two behind the MP, and since the last census in 2018, some tiger areas in the state are seeing phenomenal growth in tiger populations.

As MP has a larger area, the tiger population density in Karnataka is higher. While a tiger needs at least 10 km² for its territory, in Karnataka a tiger is 5 to 6 km² and in some areas as small as 3 km², which explains the higher rates of conflict.

The 2018 census recorded 524 tigers in Karnataka, and an increase of 5-10% is estimated. But the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) says the MP has shown better relocation work as Karnataka has moved conflicting tigers to rehabilitation centers instead of areas with fewer tiger populations.

Karnataka conservation activists and forestry officials say tiger numbers may increase as the Kali landscape in Uttara Kannada district and the MM Hills / Cauvery landscape in Ramanagara and Chamarajanagar districts will add to the population. In addition, the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, with the highest concentration of tigers, could register more than 200 tigers in the next census.

NTCA experts, who recognize Nilgiri’s 12,000 km² biosphere spread across three states – connecting Mudumalai, Wayanad, Bandipur and Nagarhole, and home to the largest populations of tigers and elephants – as the richest landscape in the world. world, say development work around occupied forest areas in potential tiger reserve areas will affect the tiger population.

The Senior Chief Conservator of Forests of Karnataka, (Wildlife) Vijay Kumar Gogi says that the total forest area of ​​Karnataka is 36 lakh hectares, of which the area under five tiger reserves is four lakh hectares. “While we hope to see an increase in the tiger population, we are working to improve the habitat and the prey base. The census figures also take into account the death rate, injured and captured animals and habitat. We have high focal points like Bandipur and Nagarhole, but there is a lot of potential in the Kali, Bhadra, MM Hills, Kollegal and Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, ”he says.

He points out that as Karnataka is home to a healthy breeding population and new stripe patterns are factored into camera traps, habitat shrinkage, pressure and change on land use, l Increased cultivation by drip irrigation, agricultural activities within forest areas are a matter of concern.


It is estimated that 30% of Karnataka tigers roam outside tiger reserves and national parks. Forest plots in Haliyal, Yellapur, Sirsi, Sakleshpur, Khanapur, Bannerghatta and Bisle have recorded the presence of tigers in recent camera traps by Forest Department officials. They say now is the time to focus on the territorial divisions of Ramanagara, Bhadra, Kali and Sakleshpur where tiger signs and potential sightings have been reported.

YV Jhala, scientist and tiger census coordinator at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), said the census will be carried out using the M-Stripe app. “All data will be counted and included digitally. This is done to ensure that the data is correct. The last time, when the manually collected data was tabulated, there were errors in the coordinates of the global positioning system (GPS), ”he says.

“Even though valuation of camera traps is the most accurate, ideal and reliable form of valuation, it cannot be done on its own due to the cost factor involved,” he says. The assessment is different because this time not only the tiger prey base is assessed and counted, but even the leopard and elephant populations.

“Now the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) must make the final decision to publish a collated report or publish three separate reports,” he adds.


Forestry Department officials said the exercise was delayed due to bugs and technical issues in the M-Stripe app. They say there were many discrepancies in the compilation of the data, and the application did not include many local species and was not computer friendly.

NTCA officials say based on the comments, appropriate corrections have been made and the census should be done once every four years. “The exercise should have started in 2021, but work on the camera traps themselves began in October 2021. The central government is also keen to present the report to the St. Petersburg summit, scheduled for November 2022. It is also possible that the report will be published. in July on International Tiger Day, ”says a Forest official.

Praveen Bhargav, curator of wildlife and administrator of Wildlife First, says estimating tiger numbers has become the monopoly of the WII. This stifling of independent scientific research is reprehensible. Eminent scientists who developed sampling-based techniques for estimating tigers have found that extrapolating the number of tigers using WII’s index calibration methodology is not scientifically reliable, he believes.

“To block rigorous scrutiny, the WII did not release raw data despite spending huge sums of public money. These cast a shadow over WII’s estimates. The tiger’s range has shrunk due to development projects, encroachments and the rampant granting of rights under the Forest Rights Act. Not one hectare of critical wildlife habitat that can cope with these threats has yet been reported. Tiger reserve budgets have exploded for destructive but “lucrative” earthworks based on unscientific management plans. For any improvement, these need to be addressed urgently, ”he said.

K Ullas Karanth, Director Emeritus, Center for Wildlife Studies, Bengaluru, says: “The 2010, 2014, 2018 Tiger Surveys continued to increase these save numbers, using different statistical methods each time, claiming a successful ascent. from the beginning. to 3000 or more! This numbers game does not reflect true accomplishments, because if you consider that there were around 2,000 tigers in the 1970s when tiger conservation took off, it still reflects a tiny annual growth rate of less than 1 %. Suffice it to say, we can only aspire to a maximum of 3,500 tigers.

CoCol prepares a cozy atmosphere, hot coffee in Socorro Sat, 08 Jan 2022 13:00:45 +0000

Drawing inspiration from her grandfather, Lizbeth Carlos created a warm and cozy cafe at CoCol Beer, Wine, Coffee in Socorro.

Carlos, four years former director of Joe, Vinny & Bronson, said she always dreamed of opening a cafe. So when a friend contacted her about space in a booming arts district on Socorro Road, she had to take the plunge.

Drawing inspiration from her grandfather, Lizbeth Carlos created a warm and cozy cafe at CoCol Beer, Wine, Coffee in Socorro.

For the past few weeks, Carlos has been offering a breakfast and lunch menu in a building that also houses a restaurant, El Charlatan, and is opposite the bustling art square, Casa Ortiz, and the Three Missions brasserie.

“The brewery started it all here, then Casa Ortiz, then El Charlatan and Moonlight Hall will be there – so it’s four entities at Hacienda Apodaca,” she said of the separate white, mission-style buildings.

“We try to use social media to promote each other, which is great,” she said.

Carlos said the cafe paid tribute to his family and in particular to his grandfather, who used to call for his coffee saying, “dame mi cocol! His grandmother would then prepare her coffee for him to enjoy in the morning.

CoCol Beer, Wine, Coffee in Socorro offers options for breakfast and lunch.

The menu has a range of coffees, including delicious options with an edging feel – a latte made from Abuelita chocolate and a coffee made from Mexican nut candy, Mazapan. It also offers chai, espressos and iced coffees.

Carlos is also the cook and said she hopes to make the quiche a signature dish for customers. She also invites customers to try the bacon croissant for breakfast.

The cafe offers a variety of sandwiches and wraps for less than $ 10 for lunch. Top choices include the delicious Waldorf Chicken Salad Croissant and Chicken Wrap. Soups are seasonal and now is a great time to try a tasty and creamy cup of tomato soup with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.

CoCol Beer, Wine, Coffee in Socorro offers options for breakfast and lunch.

The owner said she would like to bring a farmers market and live music or art. She also plans to bring beer and wine.

“I want to make it as private as possible, a place to relax and feel like home away from home,” she said.

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The future of Ocean County, South Jersey, at stake Fri, 07 Jan 2022 10:01:23 +0000

Candidates for an agency that could change the face of Ocean County and other parts of southern New Jersey for decades were considered before the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Governor Phil Murphy’s three nominees for the Pinelands Commission, which manages preservation and development efforts in most of the million-acre Pinelands, are expected to be approved by the state Senate on Monday.

Murphy’s three nominees for the commission are: Theresa Lettman, an Ocean County environmental activist; Laura Matos, managing director of a public relations firm who held various political positions under Murphy and Hillary Clinton in 2016 when Clinton ran for the presidential primary; and Davon McCurry, head of marketing and government affairs for offshore wind energy company Ørsted.

Candidates will make crucial decisions on policies that preserve hundreds of miles of virgin forest and shape construction and development in forest edge communities.

Wharton State Forest.

This federally protected area, the 1.1 million acre Pinelands National Preserve, is a unique biosphere of forests, wetlands, and cranberry and blueberry farms that covers more than 20% of New Jersey. The reserve spans seven New Jersey counties, including Ocean.

“Without the Pinelands Commission and the Pinelands Plan, South Jersey would be nothing like what it is today,” said Carleton Montgomery, executive director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, an organization dedicated to protecting the forest.