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Posted September 1, 2006

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.

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