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Posted on | October 3, 2013 | No Comments
A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle’s battery pack, officials said Wednesday, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames.
Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said the fire Tuesday was caused by a large metallic object that directly hit one of the battery pack’s modules in the pricey Model S. The fire was contained to a small section at the front of the vehicle, she said, and no one was injured.
Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. fell more than 6 percent Wednesday after an Internet video showed flames spewing from the vehicle, which Tesla has touted as the safest car in America.
The liquid-cooled 85 kilowatt-hour battery in the Tesla Model S is mounted below the passenger compartment floor and uses lithium-ion chemistry similar to the batteries in laptop computers and mobile phones. Investors and companies have been particularly sensitive to the batteries’ fire risks, especially given issues in recent years involving the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car and Boeing’s new 787 plane.
In an incident report released under Washington state’s public records law, firefighters wrote that they appeared to have Tuesday’s fire under control, but the flames reignited. Crews found that water seemed to intensify the fire, so they began using a dry chemical extinguisher.
After dismantling the front end of the vehicle and puncturing holes in the battery pack, responders used a circular saw to cut an access hole in the front section to apply water to the battery, according to documents. Only then was the fire extinguished.
Posted on | October 2, 2013 | No Comments
Earlier this year, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) introduced the Yosemite National Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2013, a bill to expand the park’s boundary. Senator Barbara Boxer (D) joined the bill as an original cosponsor.
The legislation expands Yosemite National Park by approximately 1,600 acres of land.
Supporting Boxer and Feinstein in their quest to have the Federal Government take over local land, is Republican California Assembly Members Frank Bigelow, Kristin Olsen and State Senator Tom Berryhill (who authored the state Resolution).
Opposing this measure is Republican US Congressman Tom McClintock.
Supporting Bigelow, Olsen, Feinstein, Boxer and Berryhill (on this issue) is the Sierra Club and Environment California.
Currently Yosemite National Park is closed due to the Government shutdown.
If this land was already a part of the Park, the Feds would have closed this area due to the Government shutdown. Also, if this 1600 acres becomes a part of the Park, the public will be charged fees for entering into the area.
Watch this video to see why local Republicans are excited about allowing the Federal Government to have control of this land.
Posted on | September 30, 2013 | No Comments
A gang of two dozen motorcyclists bashed in the window of an SUV and pummeled its driver in front of his wife and 2-year-old daughter after a harrowing chase in upper Manhattan Sunday afternoon, cops said.
The driver of a black Range Rover was going northbound on the Henry Hudson Parkway near 125th Street about 2 p.m. when he was swarmed by dozens of motorcyclists, according to cops and a dramatic 6-minute video taken by one of the motorcyclists with a helmet camera.
The 33-year-old SUV driver, whose identity was not released, rear-ended one of the motorcycle riders, sparking a round of anger from fellow riders who surrounded the SUV and slashed its tires, an NYPD spokeswoman said.
The driver hit the gas, plowing into three other motorcyclists in the process, police added. The video shows the SUV bucking as it plowed over the machines and kept driving.
The motorcyclists gave chase — tracking the driver on a winding route up the Henry Hudson and onto the exit to the George Washington Bridge, where one biker yanked open the driver’s door to the SUV before the driver took off again, according to the video.
Sources said the SUV driver called 911 from inside his vehicle and told cops he was surrounded by motorcyclists who were driving erratically.
The bikers finally cornered the SUV after it got caught in traffic on 178th Street near St. Nicholas Avenue, according to cops and the FDNY.
A motorcyclist can be seen on the video pulling off his own helmet and repeatedly slamming it against the driver’s side window while other bikers surround him and begin to do the same before the video cuts off abruptly.
Cops said the bikers smashed open the SUV window and pulled the driver out before slashing him in the face in front of his terrified family.
The SUV driver, who lives in Manhattan, was treated at Columbia Presbyterian for two black eyes and given several stitches, sources said.
There have been no arrests so far in connection with the attack on the SUV driver. The driver of the SUV has also not been charged in connection to the incident, sources said.
Longtime Harlem resident Barri Anne Brown said she saw a large group of motorcyclists riding throughout the neighborhood Sunday afternoon.
“You could tell they were trying to antagonize people who were driving. They were getting inches away from other drivers,” Brown said. “Some were raising up their fists.”
Bronx and upper Manhattan residents have long complained about groups of motorcycle riders who they say are loud and reckless.
Posted on | September 23, 2013 | No Comments
An unidentified young lady delivers information on the Tuolumne Canal near Twain Harte, in less than sixty seconds.
Posted on | September 23, 2013 | No Comments
Concours d’Elegance is this Saturday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys from 10AM – 4PM. It is a great chance to see the finest antique and classic cars in a beautiful setting. The proceeds will benefit local FFA, 4-H Youth Activites, Scholarships and more. For a preview, we found this KCRA clip from just a couple of years ago. And yes, the information presented is still relevant! For more on this event, go to Ironstonefoundation.org
Posted on | September 23, 2013 | No Comments
Sara Oliveira, Sonora High School Graduate (class of 2006), is not only chasing her musical dreams but is quickly gaining notice.
Raised in the Mother Lode, Oliveira thinks that her music echoes the beauty and freedom of where she spent her childhood. Oliveira now lives in Redding, CA and works for the Bethel School of Ministry in the Media Department. Oliveira performs frequently around the region’s various restaurants, wine bars and coffee shops.
On a recent trip back to the Mother Lode this past summer, Oliveira was invited to open for the popular local group “Chains Required”.
“Right Here Right Now” is Oliveira’s lead track off her debut EP “Things Untold”. The song was recorded at PopGun Studios in Nashville, TN. For more information, log onto http://www.saraoliveiramusic.com
Posted on | September 20, 2013 | No Comments
The staff of Modesto Junior College (part of the Yosemite Community College District) told a student that he could not pass out copies of the United States Constitution outside the student center on September 17, 2013 — Constitution Day.
Captured on video, campus security and administrators told Robert Van Tuinen to stop passing out Constitution papers and let him know that he would only be allowed to pass them out in the college’s free speech zone after scheduling it several days or weeks ahead of time.
This video contains the edited portions of Van Tuinen’s experience. The full version is available on his YouTube page.
YCCD Public Affairs Director Nick Stavrianoudakis issued a statement to KVML by email:
“The Yosemite Community College District’s (YCCD) colleges have free speech areas on campus for activities such as distributing materials on campus. In addition, people can distribute material in the areas generally available to students and the community as long as they don’t “disrupt the orderly operation of the college.” In the case of the YouTube video, it did not appear that the student was disrupting the orderly operation of the college. Therefore, we are looking into the matter. The administration of the YCCD supports the peaceful distribution of the Constitution and other materials on campus, which is why our colleges support Constitution Day with activities each year.”
Posted on | September 10, 2013 | 1 Comment
Here are the thoughts and opinions last Saturday from a variety of war protesters. President Obama will address the nation this evening beginning at 6pm on why he feels that Syria should be attacked. The address will be broadcast live on AM 1450 KVML.
Posted on | September 9, 2013 | No Comments
It has been a long time since war protesters have been featured in the “main stream media”. CBS filed this report over the weekend. President Obama will address the nation this Tuesday night on why he feels the USA should attack Syria. KVML radio will carry the address beginning at 6pm (Pacific local time).
Posted on | September 8, 2013 | No Comments
At an Arizona Town Hall Meeting last week, a man in the audience told US Senator John McCain that he should be arrested and tried for treason. McCain appears to begin talking and joking around with someone else in the audience as this man reads his statement.
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