Richard Keister Leaves Delco Remy to Join Keystone Automotive

first_imgANDERSON, IN — Richard Keister, president of Delco Remy International’s (DRI) Aftermarket Group, has announced he will resign on May 31 to join Keystone Automotive Industries, a supplier to the collision repair industry, as CEO. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Keister will replace Charles Hogarty, who plans to retire on August 31. Hogarty will remain with the company as a consultant for a two-year period. Keister joined DRI in 1997 when World Wide Automotive was acquired. He served as president of the electrical division until October 2001, when he was promoted to president of Delco Remy’s aftermarket division. In these roles, Keister has been responsible for expanding Delco Remy International’s global-footprint including aftermarket operations in Hungary and Mexico. Additionally, he led the reorganization of the aftermarket division into separate businesses each led by an accomplished general manager. To learn more about Delco Remy, go to: www.delcoremy.com. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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SmarTire Announces New VP Sales and Marketing

first_imgDeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — SmarTire Systems Inc. announced that it has recruited David Warkentin as its new vice president of sales and marketing. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Warkentin brings more than 25 years of sales, sales management and marketing experience in emerging technology sectors to the company. Since 1985, he has held positions with companies such as Glenayre Technologies and John Fluke Manufacturing, which were active in various technology markets including wireless telecommunications and electronic security. Warkentin has also owned and managed companies in the dealer and distribution channels in the wireless telecommunications sector. Warkentin was responsible for sales at Silent Witness during its growth from $25 million to $58 million culminating in the acquisition of the company by Honeywell Video Systems. Most recently, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Intrinsyc Software International. Al Kozak, CEO of SmarTire, said, “David Warkentin brings extensive experience in wireless technology growth markets, and his entrepreneurial outlook is consistent with the vision for SmarTire. He will be a perfect fit as vice president of sales and marketing for our company.” SmarTire develops and markets proprietary advanced tire pressure monitoring and technology systems for the global automotive and transportation industries. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Tenneco Senior Exec Announces Departure

first_imgLAKE FOREST, IL — Tenneco announced yesterday that Ulrich Mehlmann, vice president and general manager, emission control, Europe, is leaving the company to pursue a new opportunity within the industry. His resignation is effective Feb. 28. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mehlmann has accepted the position of president and CEO for Neumayer Tekfor Group, a global supplier based in Germany that specializes in innovative solutions for automotive powertrain efficiency improvements. Mehlmann, who joined Tenneco in 2003, helped grow the company’s OE emission control book of business largely from expanded hot-end business, including diesel technology after-treatment growth. He also oversaw initiatives that significantly improved Tenneco’s quality, delivery and manufacturing efficiency in Europe. Josep Fornos, vice president and general manager, ride control, Europe, will replace Mehlmann. Karel Van Bael, executive director, operations, ride control, Europe, will serve as interim general manager of the European ride control business unit while Tenneco conducts a search for Fornos’ replacement. The search will include internal and external candidates. Fornos, who joined Tenneco in 2000, is credited with contributing to the success of Tenneco’s European operations by managing a turnaround in the ride control business unit despite an extremely challenging business sector. During his tenure, Fornos was charged with expanding and improving Tenneco’s manufacturing footprint in Eastern Europe, which strengthened the company’s competitiveness in the ride control segment. His focus on advanced technology has helped elevate Tenneco’s position with customers as an advanced technology and engineering partner. Advertisement Fornos will continue to report to Nair, as will Van Bael on an interim basis. For more information about Tenneco, go to: http://www.tenneco.com.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

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Tim Barton Joins Fleet Equipment Staff as Senior Editor

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  AKRON, OH — Fleet Equipment magazine announced that Tim Barton has joined its staff as senior editor. Barton has more than 20 years experience in the trucking industry working as a journalist and a driver. Recently, he went around the world as part of a journalistic undertaking gathering background and material for a book sponsored by industry suppliers. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Barton brings to the job a wealth of knowledge about truck equipment and a well-developed set of journalistic skills. In addition, to having an interest in on-road trucking and equipment, Barton has special interest in truck technology, human interface with technology and government regulations. Fleet Equipment magazine, an industry leading publication focused on managing equipment assets, is published monthly by Babcox Publications, which also publishes aftermarketNews. Tim Barton may be contacted at 330-670-1234 Ext. 203; [email protected],Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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Advance Auto Parts Names Brian Dan Vice President, Contract and Real Estate Counsel

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. ROANOKE, Va. – Advance Auto Parts has appointed Brian Dan as vice president, contract and real estate counsel. Dan will be responsible for overseeing all legal aspects of the company’s commercial contracts and real estate transactions. Dan will report to Sarah Powell, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, and will be based in Roanoke, Va.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “I am excited to have Brian join our legal team,” said Powell. “He is a seasoned, senior-level attorney and business-focused leader who is accomplished and experienced in privacy and compliance, corporate, real estate and commercial law.” Dan most recently served as the founder and principal consultant of Reputation Assurance, a privacy and compliance consulting firm. Prior to that, he served as assistant general counsel at MeadWestvaco; director and assistant general counsel – business and commercial law for Circuit City Stores Inc.; and vice president – real estate law for Office Depot Inc. Dan holds a juris doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, a master of accounting from Florida State University and a bachelor of arts in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans, La.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Wolfgang Winzer Named President of Champion Laboratories

first_imgALBION, Ill. – Champion Laboratories Inc., part of UCI International, has announced the appointment of Wolfgang Winzer to the position of president. In this role, Winzer will be responsible for worldwide growth of leading filtration products from Champion Laboratories — including well-known brand names such as Champ, PetroClear, Kleener and Luber-finer.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “I am extremely proud to be part of the Champ Labs team,” said Winzer. “Not only is Champion a company with an excellent leadership reputation for quality and performance, but it is a company on the move with an aggressive vision for the future and that’s very exciting to me.” Winzer joins Champion Laboratories after serving for the past two years as president of Webb Wheel Products Inc. in Cullman, Ala. – a leading manufacturer of wheel-end solutions for the heavy-duty truck and trailer market. As the head of Webb Wheel Products, Winzer was responsible for four business units with five manufacturing facilities for OEM, aftermarket, transit and brake parts, as well as being accountable for Webb’s R&D facility. Winzer’s career has included positions with Siemens VDO Automotive Corp. – North America, where he served as vice president and general manager for both the aftermarket and specialty OEM business units. Prior to moving to the United States, he served in various executive assignments for VDO in Germany.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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Gen. Wesley K. Clark Joins Torvec Board

first_imgROCHESTER, NY – Retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark has been elected to Torvec’s board of directors, effective Jan. 28. Torvec is a publicly owned development stage automotive technology company based in Rochester, N.Y.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement In making the announcement about Clark’s election to the board, Torvec CEO Richard Kaplan commented, “We are very proud and honored that Gen. Clark will be a member of our board. His incredible talents, experience and wisdom will be a tremendous asset to Torvec. I look forward to his advice and counsel.” Gen, Clark stated, “I am very excited about Torvec’s technologies. With their breakthrough products such as the IsoTorque differential and Rota-Torque hydraulic pump, they are in the sweet spot of large growing markets with special emphasis on green innovations. I look forward to helping the company grow, and at the same time doing some good things for the world.” During 34 years of service in the U.S. Army, Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. After his retirement in 2000, he became an investment banker, author, commentator and businessman. In September 2003, he entered politics as a Democratic candidate for president of the United States. His campaign won the state of Oklahoma before he returned to the private sector in February 2004. In his final military command, Clark commanded Operation Allied Force, NATO’s first major combat action, which saved 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. He was also responsible for the peacekeeping operation in Bosnia.Advertisement Clark’s awards and honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the State Department Distinguished Service Award, the U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and Honorary Knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments. He is the author of two books and is seen as a guest commentator on many national news programs. Clark graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1966 as valedictorian of his class and completed two degrees at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is also a graduate of the Ranger and Airborne schools. Today, Clark is an investment banker and is active in the finance, technology and energy fields. He currently serves in leadership roles with a number of for-profit and non-profit organizations, including chairman of New York investment bank Rodman and Renshaw; chairman of Wesley K. Clark and Associates, a strategic consulting firm;  trustee of the International Crisis Group and chairman of City Year Little Rock, as well as a member of other private and public boards.last_img read more

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AkzoNobel Reveals 2011 Leaders, Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry

first_imgNORCROSS, Ga. – AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A&AC) has announced the recipients of the 2011 Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry (MIW) designation. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Five distinguished honorees are being recognized. They comprise a cross-section of service areas within the collision repair industry from the United States and Canada, including: publishing, industry association, independent shops and multi-shop operations. • Barbara Davies – Autobody News – Carlsbad, Calif. • Michelle Rolls – Queensway Autobody – Prince George, B.C. • Jennifer Justice-Hayley – Valley Paint & Body Inc. – Amelia, Ohio • Susanna Gotsch – CCC Information Services – Chicago, Ill. • Sharon Mazanec – Sterling Collision Centers, Inc. – Northbrook, Ill. The MIW program was established in 1999 by AkzoNobel as an industry honorarium. The goal of the program was to promote the contributions of key leaders and grow the future involvement of a valuable resource pool for the collision repair industry. The MIW program collaborates with the I-CAR Education Foundation to provide scholarships to deserving women seeking to advance their education and pursue career opportunities within the collision repair industry. In commenting on the 2011 nominees, AB Ghosh, general manager for A&AC Americas, said, “Diversity brings strength to any successful endeavor. The 2011 MIW nominees demonstrate the cross-section of contributors that provide continuity and leadership. This recognition is a cornerstone institution for our industry. We are honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these leaders and sustain this tradition.Advertisement The 2011 MIW honorees will be recognized at a special awards gala on July 19. The invitation-only event will be hosted by AkzoNobel in Salt Lake City, Utah, in conjunction with the I-CAR Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair.last_img read more

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Amateur Naturalist: Finding History In A Forest Part 1

first_imgA shepherd, burros and sheep in the Valles Caldera.  Photo by T. Harmon ParkhurstBy Robert DryjaLos AlamosOne way to consider tree species is to place them in ecological habitats. For example, Ponderosa pine can be considered part of a lower elevation habitat at 7,000 feet elevation while alpine meadows can be considered as part of a high elevation habitat at 10,000 feet.  Aspen groves represent an intermediate habitat occurring between 7,500 to 9,000 feet.Aspen groves alternatively can be considered as a kind of history book. Sheepherders considered the smooth white bark of the trunk as a kind of natural paper.  Many sheepherders left clues about their lives in their tree carvings from the late 19th century to the 1940’s. The carvings provide a very personal viewpoint that compliments the broad picture provided by traditional history books.The Valles Caldera was a major sheepherding location. As many as 100,000 sheep were brought in annually to graze on its grassy meadows. Its aspen groves now provide some historical clues about the Hispanic sheepherders of northern New Mexico who watched over all those sheep.      The Catholic Church was a major influence in Spanish Colonial America. Churches and parishes were established initially in Mexico and then progressed northward into what eventually become New Mexico. The impact of the Catholic Church remains significant to the present. As an example, Chimayo is a small rural Hispanic community but its church is a major Easter pilgrimage destination for people from throughout the country. Thousands of people come to it each year.Given the importance of the Catholic church, its symbolic cross was carved by sheepherders on aspen trees. The traditional cross is relatively easy to carve, involving to two straight lines. However, more complex images have been created. Picture 1 shows the traditional cross with small triangles at the ends of the arms. Picture 2 shows a Maltese cross. It involves four elongated triangles that meet at a central circle. Picture 3 shows an even more complex carving. It combines the straight lines of a traditional cross with the triangles of the Maltese cross.Was the intent to carve a more artistic and geometric image that expressed intense religious belief?Images of sheep are more difficult to make since curves now are needed, not straight lines. Picture 4 shows a sheep drawn with gentle curves, not too different from straight lines.Picture 5 must have taken more artistic effort. Both the neck and the tail are made with semicircles. (The quality of the carving is affected because the tree is old. Its bark has been chewed by elk, broken, and shifted position over the decades.)Aspen trees may live for up to 150 years. Shepherds would have made their carvings on already mature, larger trees, possibly 50 years old. The oldest carvings therefore go back about 100 years. Many can be found on fallen trees and so these carvings may be older.  Picture1: A traditional cross involves two lines and triangles. Photo by Bob DryjaPicture 2A: A distinct Maltese cross is carved by a person named Julio. Photo Bob DryjaPicture 2B: A distinct Maltese cross. Photo Bob DryjaPicture 3A: A possible variation of  the Maltese cross. Photo by Bob DryjaPicture 3B: A possible variation of  the Maltese cross.  It has straight arms with triangles at their ends. Photo by Bob DryjaPicture 4: Perhaps this is a simple outline of a sheep. Photo by Bob DryjaPicture 5A: This is a possible sheep carving. Photo by Bob DryjaPicture 5A: This is a possible sheep carving. Photo by Bob Dryjalast_img read more

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Heinrich, Collins Introduce American Energy Opportunity Act To Streamline Clean Energy Technology Permitting

first_imgU.S. Sen. Martin HeinrichU.S. SENATE News:The lawmakers introduced the legislation to encourage state and local governments to adopt instantaneous permit applications for solar and battery storageWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) Monday introduced the American Energy Opportunity Act to provide state and local governments with voluntary tools to expedite and standardize the permitting process for distributed energy technologies, such as rooftop solar and battery storage, while ensuring high-quality and safe installations.“If we truly want economical clean energy at a local level, we need to streamline the permitting process for distributed energy technologies like rooftop solar,” said Heinrich, Ranking Member on the Senate Subcommittee on Energy. “The current patchwork of permitting requirements across local jurisdictions causes delays and increases costs for both local governments and the businesses and homeowners who want to build smaller-scale renewable energy systems. I am proud to introduce bipartisan legislation to help state and local governments reduce unnecessary costs and procedures in order to promote small-scale grid modernizations in communities in New Mexico and across the nation.”“Solar energy is a proven and powerful tool in the fight against climate change,” Collins said. “The American Energy Opportunity Act would help spur the adoption of this technology by providing beneficial tools to streamline the permitting process at the municipal level, which will help drive down the hidden costs of installing rooftop solar. This bill, coupled with the BEST Act we introduced earlier this year to promote next-generation energy storage, holds the potential to unleash the promise of clean, renewable energy throughout the country.”The rapid growth in use of clean energy technologies by American homeowners and businesses has led to a need for optimized local permitting. The American Energy Opportunity Act provides new voluntary tools for state and local governments to facilitate instantaneous permitting processes that improve, standardize, and automate applications for residents and businesses. By encouraging the adaptation of an optional online permitting portal, communities can reduce soft costs and administrative burdens, attract business investment, and promote economic development and job creation.The legislation could also pave the way for a voluntary national certification program for installers and a strong inspection protocol. This would help accelerate the clean energy economy already growing across the country, while ensuring the quality and safety consumers demand and expect.The American Energy Opportunity Act has the backing of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).“This bill is a win-win-win for consumers, local governments, and clean energy businesses. Local governments and building inspectors don’t always have the resources they need to go from permitting a kitchen remodel to permitting a solar system,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “This bill will provide tools to improve the solar permitting process across the nation, reducing costs for consumers while enhancing safety and quality. This means more people and businesses can deploy solar faster and better.”A copy of the American Energy Opportunity Act is available here.last_img read more

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