|Domenici: Forest Service should suspend fee|
TAOS, N.M. (AP) - U.S. Senator Pete Domenici is asking the Forest Service to stop charging firewood fees to some land grant heirs until it clarifies whether the fee is allowed under the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo.
The New Mexico Republican asked Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today to stop collecting the fee.
El Rito residents signed petitions asking the Carson National Forest to stop charging $20 for five cords of wood.
The residents are heirs of the Juan Jose Lobato Land Grant in Rio Arriba County.
They say the treaty guarantees their personal use of downed firewood, sand and rocks.
Their petition is based on a 1946 agreement in which the secretary of agriculture turned over part of the grant to the Forest Service.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Book Review: U.S.-Mexico border has always been artificial barrier
David Martin Davies
Special to the Express-News
The Imaginary Line, A History of the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey 1848-1857
By Joseph Richard Werne
The establishment of the joint U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey was ordered in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the American occupation of Mexico and deeded over the vast lands to the victor.
But the creation of the border did not create a barrier. It had an opposite effect. In the 150 years since its demarcation this international perimeter has become a magnet for people.
From the beginning there was little respect for the border. The stone monuments constructed to mark the borderline were looted for building materials. And families crossed back and forth at will without being interrupted by either federal authority.
It wasn't destiny that manifested these changes in borders, but the will and whimsy of men.
Land grant heirs seek waiver of Carson firewood fees
TAOS, N.M. (AP) - Land grant heirs are asking the Carson
National Forest to waive fees for collecting firewood from downed
and dead trees.
The residents said in the petition delivered to the Carson
National Forest's Taos office in June that the Treaty of
Guadalupe-Hidalgo "guaranteed our use on a pro bono basis of these
forest community land grant resources."
More than 180 El Rito residents have signed petitions asking the
Carson to stop charging the fees. The Carson charges $20 for five
cords of wood.
"Used to be we had a right to collect the wood for free," said
Jose E. Ocana, a board member of the Juan Jose Lobato Land Grant in
northern Rio Arriba County.
Ocana said the petition is based on a 1946 agreement in which
the U.S. secretary of agriculture turned over management of 65,336
acres of the land grant to the Forest Service. The original 1894
land grant was for 205,615 acres.
Britt Towery, guest column: President Polk's little war
BROWNWOOD â” Some wars fall between the cracks. That appears to be what happened with Polkâ™s War. James K. Polk was our eleventh president. He is often listed as one of the worst presidents weâ™ve ever had.
The war was launched on questionable pretexts. Why invade a smaller, poorer neighbor just for land?
Polkâ™s War was actually the Mexican War of 1846-48. Before and during that war, most Americans were not in favor of a war with Mexico.
New Mexico, Arizona and California along with other territory belonged to Mexico, having won them from Spain some 25 years earlier.
There were debates in Congress that the invasion of Mexico was unconstitutional.
Polk saw America as having a manifest destiny to control the entire continent.
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Feb. 2, 1848, ended the war, and Polk paid $15 million to Mexico for California and other territories. The Rio Grande became the border with Mexico.
Joe Wheelanâ™s book, Invading Mexico,
Exhibit profiles NC history of Eugenics
News 14 Carolina Staff; WSSU news release
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A disappointing and sad part of North Carolina's history is on display at Winston-Salem State University.
Eugenics, the study of guiding human evolution by means of selective breeding and forced sterilization, ran from 1929 all the way to 1974 as a health program.
The exhibit, which includes 14 three-foot wide panels and features several actual instruments used to perform procedures, will be on display in WSSUâ™s F.L. Atkins Building through January 31, 2008.
More than 7,600 people were sterilized under the program. Some people requested sterilization, but many were forced against their will. In some cases, victims were children as young as 14, who had no knowledge or understanding of the procedure.
For more information about the exhibit, click here.
English electric Lightning
Mark Hales looks at the development of a new electric sports car that uses world-leading battery technology
The car is the electric Lightning and the world-leading technology is a combination of wheel-mounted electric motors and, more importantly, the Nano-Titanate batteries that power them.
We have written about wheel motors in these pages before. Although they appear to offer several vehicle-control advantages for little more than the cost of a line of computer code, the main reason they haven't succeeded is their weight, particularly for a car's steered wheels; even the highly advanced units proposed for Mitsubishi's i concept were dropped in favour of a single engine, transmission and driveshafts when it came to production. Nevertheless, PML claims its motor, for which there are a number of patents pending, offers a power-to-weight ratio 10 times better than anything before. PML's Martin Boughtwood
more about 'four wheel motors' and auto designs.
The Lightning Car Company GT is powered by four, hub mounted electric motors claimed to produce at least 700bhp in total. Each motor has a maximum torque rating at the wheel of 553lb ft, available virtually from zero rpm.
Their life expectancy is up to 12 years, versus the three-five year life of other batteries, and they can retain up to 85% charge capacity after 15,000 charges. Â With instantaneous power even at extreme temperatures, NanoSafe batteries claim to deliver power per unit weight and unit volume several times that of conventional Lithium-Ion batteries.
GT is powered by 4 electric motors
Hi-Pa Drive integrates the motor and drive electronics in one single unit. It claims to produce an ultra high power density - up to 20 times more than conventional systems.
Over 700bhp is claimed
Carbon fibre body
Interiors finished to order
Not much word on prices yet, but expect a top of the range GTSE to cost circa Â£150,000.
more about wheel motors