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American Armed Forces - 4x News

Posted in News on September 1, 2006
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Subscriptions For Soldiers
If you're looking for a way to show your support and appreciation for the hardworking men and women serving in America's armed forces, then why not pick up the tab for a subscription to their favorite magazine? Primedia now offers its "Subscriptions for Soldiers" program designed so that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines serving at home or around the world can receive up-to-date issues of their favorite Primedia magazines. A gift subscription can be purchased for just $10 and can be assigned to a soldier who you know or even one you don't. The website has teamed with Primedia to assist in locating military personnel who would like to receive particular Primedia titles.

Another benefit of this program is that for each subscription you send, Subscriptions for Soldiers will donate $2 to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). TAPS is a one-of-a-kind, nonprofit veteran service organization designed to offer hope, healing, comfort, and care to the thousands of American armed forces families who face the death of a loved one each year.

To purchase a magazine subscription for one or more members of the armed forces, go to and follow the links to either give a gift to a soldier you know or to be matched with a soldier who desires a particular title.

Free Maps From Publiclands.Org
If you're looking for information about public lands throughout the western United States and Alaska, you might check out the Public Lands Information Center at The New Mexico-based PLIC offers a searchable recreation information database so you can better plan your excursions onto public lands. A number of articles are available about particular areas to bolster public land education. You can also purchase recreation permits for public lands, including yearly passes that are honored at all BLM, Fish & Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Park Service sites charging entrance fees.

The PLIC bookstore and map center is another neat feature of the website. There, you can find guidebooks and topographical maps for a variety of public lands, including metric topo maps for BLM land with details such as hiking trails, service roads, and color-coded management areas. Some maps are available on CD-ROM as well. The PLIC also offers a free National Geographic public lands map and a public lands book for the cost of shipping.

Public Lands Information Centers are operated by the Public LandsInterpretive Association, a nonprofit educational organization, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region.

'07 Grand Cherokee, Commander To Be Ffvs
DaimlerChrysler plans to sell more than 250,000 Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) in model year '07 and to expand that figure to nearly 500,000 in 2008. As a result, both the Jeep Commander and Jeep Grand Cherokee will be engineered to operate on clean and renewable, American-made E85 fuel, which is 85 percent ethanol alcohol. Retail and fleet buyers who select the 4.7L engine option in these '07 vehicles will have the ability to use of using E85 instead of gasoline.

A patented sensor system is used to determine the exact content of the fuel, whether E85, gasoline, or a mixture of the two. The transition of one fuel to another is accomplished by an advanced calibration system that determines the concentration of ethanol in the gasoline and adjusts for greatest operational efficiency. Dodge Dakota and Dodge Ram pickups and Dodge Durango SUVs with the 4.7L engine will also have FFV capability.

Outstanding Trails Event Dates
The dates for BFGoodrich's Outstanding Trails events have been announced. The first events took place in June and July in Moab and the Naches area. Next up is a trail ride and cleanup of the Black Bear area on August 19, the Dixie Run at Tellico on September 30, and a final trail ride and cleanup at the Pyeatt Draw location on October 14. The Outstanding Trails program is a joint effort between BFGoodrich Tires, Tread Lightly!, and the United Four Wheel Drive Association (UFWDA).

For more information, check out

4WD&SU Message Boards Active
We cleaned up our act for the summer and have freshened up the message boards at Senior Online Editor Edward Sanchez has spruced things up quite a bit with dedicated discussion threads for Jeep, Toyota, Ford Bronco, and Chevy vehicles, as well as for GeoStash, technical topics, travel and adventure, and other items of interest. There's also a thread for discussing recent magazine articles, as well as a general discussion thread where topics are limitless. Check it out and submit a question or even just sign up to say hello.

Diesel Vehicle Registration On The Rise
According to data compiled by R.L. Polk & Co., registration of diesel passenger vehicles in the U.S. has shown an 80-percent increase since 2000. At that time, 301,000 diesel vehicles were registered, whereas 543,777 diesel registrations - including cars, trucks, and SUVs - were counted in 2005.

Researchers at J.D. Power and Associates predict that diesel sales will approximately triple in the next 10 years, accounting for more than 10 percent of U.S. vehicle sales by 2015. Much of the allure for diesel vehicles is evident in the fact that they are much more fuel efficient, offering 20 to 40 percent more miles to the gallon than a comparable gasoline-powered vehicle. In fact, the federal government's 2005 Fuel Economy Guide indicated that four of the top ten most fuel-efficient vehicles are diesel-powered. Diesel drivers also have the option of filling their tanks with blends of biodiesel, which helps further reduce U.S. oil dependence.

For more information and a list of diesel vehicles currently available for sale in the U.S., check out

OHV Users Lose Access
Southern California OHV enthusiasts took a hit recently as a federal judge struck down a plan by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to allow off-highway vehicle use on large sections of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area that were closed in 2000. The Imperial Dunes are also referred to as the Glamis area and are popular with all types of off-highway vehicle enthusiasts. The court ruled that the BLM violated the Endangered Species Act and other federal laws when it proposed to reopen roughly 49,000 acres in four areas of the dunes to off-highway vehicles. The area was previously closed in 2000 after the Pierson's milk-vetch, an abundant desert plant, was placed on the endangered species list in 1998.

The court stated that the BLM relied on a "flawed" report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which indicated that the dunes could be reopened without jeopardizing the plant's existence. New briefs outlining potential uses for the closed portions of the dunes will be filed as the BLM and OHV lobbyists continue their quest to reopen the dunes to the public.

To assist in this and other land use efforts, contact the American Sand Association ( or the BlueRibbon Coalition, (208) 237-1008,

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