LAPS News:Los Alamos Public Schools is on a two-hour delay Thursday due to the incoming snowstorm.Buses will arrive at regular stops two hours later than normal.All before school programs are canceled.
State Land Office News:SANTA FE – The State Land Office today launched two new pilot programs for licensed New Mexico hunters that will create new dispersed camping opportunities in the White Peak region of Mora and Colfax Counties, as well as options for backpack camping in the Luera Mountains in Catron County. This is the first time in decades that dispersed camping and backpacking have been permitted on state trust land.The policy, application, and maps for each pilot program are posted on the State Land Office’s website.The pilot programs are components of the Easement signed in March 2020 between the State Land Office and the New Mexico Game Commission. The Easement gives licensed hunters and anglers access to nearly 9 million acres of state trust land. The State Land Office included in the Easement a provision for the Commissioner of Public Lands to designate, on a pilot basis, dispersed camping and backpack camping in specific areas.Commissioner Garcia Richard convened working groups comprised of State Land Office staff and representatives from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, grazing lessees, and sportspeople from across the state to help facilitate the creation of the pilot programs. Sportspeople identified the White Peak region and the Luera Mountains as areas where hunters would benefit from new dispersed camping and backpack camping. Today’s launch will allow licensed hunters to apply for and receive permits in advance of the upcoming deer and elk seasons in these areas.“The launch of these pilot programs is the culmination of a long, thoughtful process from our staff and the working groups, aimed to increase access to state trust land, as well as to enhance the overall hunting experience for New Mexico sportspeople,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard. “After a season with the pilots in place, we will see where we were successful as well as the areas where there is room for improvement. Our overall goal is to take what we learn and move forward next year with longer term options for camping and backpacking for sportspeople on state trust land.” Permit holders are allowed to camp for a 14 day period, including advance time for scouting, with up to three guests. They must follow the terms and conditions of the permit which includes guidelines for campfires, properly disposing of waste, respecting private property, rules for motorized vehicles and staying on designated roads, as well as avoiding prohibited activities.“The Department applauds the Commissioner’s development of her Open for Adventure Recreational Program on the lands she manages,” said Michael Sloane, Director of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. “Camping is an important component of that program that will further New Mexico’s hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationists ability to responsibly enjoy the State’s abundant natural resources.” At the conclusion of the hunting season, the State Land Office plans to survey all permit holders to assess the success of the pilot program, and make changes and improvements to the policy for future programs or longer term dispersed camping and backpacking options.About the Land OfficeIn fiscal year 2019, the State Land Office earned over $1 billion from leasing state trust lands for a wide variety of uses, including ranching and farming, renewable energy, business development, and mineral development. These earnings support 22 land trust beneficiaries, which include public schools throughout the state, seven universities and colleges, the School for the Deaf, the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, three hospitals, correctional facilities, water conservation projects, and public building construction and repair.
Designed 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. Odd Joergenrud, regional president North America, Robert Bosch LLC, Automotive Aftermarket, has announced a change in the division’s organizational structure to address the needs of a rapidly changing market. According to Joergenrud, the move also will provide enhanced support to all channel partners in the U.S. and Canada.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementEffective July 1, Robert “Bobby” Bloom, senior vice president automotive aftermarket, assumed oversight of the Bosch Aftermarket Canadian operations in addition to his existing U.S. responsibilities. Reporting to Bloom, Niall Davidson will continue in his current role as vice president of sales/general manager of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket in Canada.For Canadian customers, this realignment will be seamless, Bosch says. The company says it will continue to work with the current Bosch Aftermarket Canada team on a day-to-day basis; but that team will now have enhanced resources at their disposal, Bosch says.“Uniting both operations under a single structure creates synergies within all functional areas that will enable increased agility and speed, resulting in even greater customer satisfaction,” said Joergenrud.,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 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 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. “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.
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Electro Rent has entered into an agreement to acquire Microlease from Lloyds Development Capital. The transaction is expected to close during Q1 2017. Financial terms were not disclosed. The combination of the two companies will have many synergies as both companies are leaders in testing and measurement equipment rental, sales, and asset management services. Once combined, they will be able to serve customers better through a significantly expanded equipment fleet and stronger geographical coverage, with better availability levels and a higher level of technical service.Electro Rent is a portfolio company of Platinum Equity, which acquired the business in August 2016. They plan to invest in Electro Rent’s long-term strategic plan and will continue looking for new opportunities to expand organically or through additional acquisitions.Microlease CEO, Mr. Nigel Brown will be appointed CEO of the combined company once the transaction is completed. The company’s North American operation will be headquartered in Van Nuys, California and its EMEA operations will be headquartered in London, United Kingdom.
Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique, has claimed he did not see if Lionel Messi celebrated or not, after the Argentine forward scored the winner in their 2-1 win over Leganes on Sunday.Messi opened scoring early in the game and after the visitors equalized, he netted the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 90th minute.However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was almost motionless after his goal sealed the three points, in a week that saw them crushed 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.“I didn’t see whether he celebrated or not,” Luis Enrique said after the game.“And I’m not the person who has to answer that.”Enrique, however, insisted his team put a better performance, than they did in Paris on Tuesday.“Compared to the PSG game, I think we were better in everything,” he said.“We were much better. It’s obvious that we are not as fluid in terms of goalscoring chances, but we were better than we were in Paris – even if some people don’t see it.”
While a date has yet to be confirmed, the 30-year-old Date, a 1996 Wimbledon semifinalist who retired from the women’s professional circuit the same year, said they hope to hold the ceremony sometime this year.Krumm has been racing in Japan since 1993 and finished second in last year’s Formula Nippon Championship. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Former Japanese women’s tennis ace Kimiko Date is to marry German racing driver Michael Krumm, the four-time Japan Open women’s singles titlist announced Friday.Date, the former world No. 4, made the announcement on her Internet home page saying that she and Krumm had “become close at the end of last year” and had “started making plans for their wedding.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
YOKOHAMA — Sachiko Yamada had the home crowd screaming their lungs out. Same with Ian Thorpe, who proved he was fastest regardless of length.And, quietly, the Americans continued to dominate the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “I think we’re doing awesome,” said Amanda Beard, who won the gold in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke in 2 minutes, 26.31 seconds. Of the five finals on Wednesday at the Yokohama pool, the U.S. took four first places to increase its gold medal count to 16.What got the crowd excited was Yamada’s late-spurt in the women’s 800 freestyle final, the most heated of Wednesday’s races.Although she couldn’t reach American Diana Munz, who finished ahead of the pack at 8:30.45, Yamada gradually caught up on U.S. youngster Hayley Peirsol and passed her in the final few meters for second place in 8:31.89, shaving .07 seconds off of her own Japan record.“I was surprised when I heard the time later,” said Yamada, who took her fourth medal of the meet later in the evening in the 4×200 freestyle relay. “I’m very satisfied with the race. I could hear everybody cheering me on, and I was able to push myself one last time.”The Australians settled for one gold from Thorpe in the men’s 100 freestyle final to make it nine after the fifth day of the event. He will anchor the 4×100 medley relay on Thursday, the final day, and aim for his sixth gold of the PanPacs.In the final, Thorpe got off to a rather poor start and turned after the first 50 meters in fourth place before making a charge in the final 20 meters to clock 48.84 for first place. Countryman Ashley Callus also made a late-spurt to come in second at 49.26, followed by American Nate Dusing, who led the first half of the race, at 49.47.“It was very close to my best time,” said Thorpe, who swam a personal best 48.73 seconds in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. “I’m really happy with the way I raced this evening.”En route to another dominating day, the Americans also set four course records. The U.S. women’s 4×200 freestyle relay team wrapped up the day downing Australia in 7:56.96.Aaron Peirsol watched her sister, Hayley, lose to Yamada immediately before he took the pool for the 200 backstroke final.It was enough motivation for him to shoot for the gold.“Yeah, I thought about that, but I wanted a medal,” said Peirsol, who was chosen as the day’s MVP after winning the final in 1:56.88. “But she’s still young and has a big future in front of her.” Hagiwara passes out Tomoko Hagiwara lost consciousness after topping her semifinal heat of the 200-meter backstroke and was carried away on a stretcher at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Wednesday.Hagiwara, who won the gold in the 200 individual medley on Monday withdrew from the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay held later on Wednesday.The 22-year-old was carried to the medical room on a stretcher at Yokohama International Pool, but Japanese swimming officials said her condition is not serious. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES