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Wirkus Promoted to Program Assistant for Northern State University

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen promoted Becky Wirkus to program assistant. Wirkus has been with NSU since 1999.

North Dakota buys new batch of flex-fuel vehicles for State Fleet

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota's motor pool has added 180 Ford Taurus cars and four Chevrolet pickups that can burn E-85 fuel.

Salt Lake County Names New Fleet Manager

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – John Webster has been named fleet manager of the Salt Lake County vehicle operation.

TSA Endorses RFID for Airport Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a report based on the results of an RFID trial at Newark Liberty International Airport intended to track baggage-loaders, fueling trucks, and other maintenance vehicles as they travel around 20 to 30 percent of the airport's roadways and approach airplanes.

Government Fleet Magazine Now Accepting Nominations for 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. The annual award, now in its second year, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and Fleet Counselor Services, Inc., will be presented at the National Association of Fleet Administrators' (NAFA) Fleet Management Institute, held May 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

LDV Delivers Command Post With Four Slide-Outs for Illinois Emergency Management Agency

BURLINGTON, WI – A 53-foot mobile command center, designed and manufactured by LDV Inc., was delivered to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Dec. 10. It will be deployed from Springfield, Ill., and will also serve as the governor's mobile office during an incident command situation.

Government Fleet Magazine to Accept Nominations for 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA – Beginning Dec. 15, Government Fleet magazine will begin accepting nominations for the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. The annual award, now in its second year, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and Fleet Counselor Services, Inc., will be presented at the National Association of Fleet Administrators' (NAFA) Fleet Management Institute, held May 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

Saltzgiver Assumes Senior Associate Position for Mercury and Associates Inc. and NCSFA Executive Director

GAITHERSBURG, MD – Effective Jan. 1, Steve Saltzgiver will assume the senior associate position with Mercury and Associates Inc. He is currently director of fleet operations for the state of Utah.

All Terrain Tire Now Available for Government Fleets on Explorer XLS

DEARBORN, MI – Ford Motor Company now offers a new Fleet-Only Option for government accounts that offers the ability to order a 17” wheel with P245/65R All Terrain tire (64X) for the 2006 Explorer XLS 4x4.

Governments Wonder Whether Hybrid Cars Are Worth It

PHILADELPHIA – The city of Philadelphia recently purchased 20 hybrid Ford Escapes to add to the six Toyota Priuses already in its 6,000-vehicle fleet in an effort to improved air quality.

San Diego PD Gets $17.5 Million Will Buy New Cars & Improve Outdated Radio System

SAN DIEGO – San Diego's patrol fleet received a $17.5 million upgrade as the city bought 103 new police vehicles and ordered a $15.1-million upgrade to its 15-year-old radio system.

Boston Adds GPS Snow Removal Equipment

BOSTON – Boston Mayor Thomas Menino recently unveiled a new GPS technology that is helping city personnel track the deployment of snow equipment during the winter months. GPS-enabled cell phones are now in 200 pieces of contracted snow equipment, ranging from salt spreaders to snow plows.

DaimlerChrysler Stages Dodge Charger/Magnum Police Unit Ride and Drive Program

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Law enforcement officials throughout the country have been invited to participate in one of DaimlerChrysler's 2006 Dodge Charger and 2006 Magnum Police Unit ride and drive programs over the next month.

In Memoriam: William Daniel Anderson — 1945-2005

TUCSON, AZ — William (Dan) Daniel Anderson, retired director of fleet management for Pima County, Arizona, passed away at home in Tucson on Nov. 23, 2005, from cancer. He was 60. Anderson is survived by Iva, his wife of 36 years, and four children, Elaine, Daniel, William, and Elizabeth. Anderson was born on July 29, 1945, in Tucson.

4 Federal Agencies Admit to Violating EPACT and Will Buy More Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Four federal agencies have settled a lawsuit with the Center for Biological Diversity and Bluewater Network, and have agreed to buy thousands of vehicles that run on natural gas, electricity, ethanol, propane, and other alternative fuels, according to the Associated Press.

Snohomish County's Successful Bid for Grants Help Keep the County “Green”

EVERETT, WA — Snohomish County, Washington, has recently won several grant awards aimed at protecting and improving air quality and fish and wildlife habitat in Snohomish County.

Government and Industry Leaders to Attend National Retrofit Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Government and industry leaders are gathering at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Clean Diesel Campaign Policy Leaders Summit on Dec. 7 and 8.

City of Shreveport Sees Dramatic Drop in Accident Claims Against Municipal Fleet Vehicles

SHREVEPORT, LA — The City of Shreveport has reduced accident claims from $2 million in 2001 to $333,000 in 2004, by emphasizing safe driving through the city's risk management office, according to The Times of Shreveport newspaper.

Colorado's Eagle County to Convert Motor Pool to Run on B-20 Biodiesel

EAGLE COUNTY, CO — In April 2006, Eagle County, Colorado, will introduce B-20 biodiesel fuel (20 percent biodiesel blended with 80 percent standard No. 2 diesel) to its motor pool fleet, according to the Vail Daily newspaper.

National Alternative Fuels Conference & Expo Scheduled for May 2006

LAS VEGAS, NV — The Clean Cities Congress (CCC) and Expo 2006 will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 7-10.

EPA Certifies Bifuel System for Gasoline/Propane Conversion of Ford 4.6L Engines

MESA, AZ — AFV Solutions, Inc., a diversified energy company, has received a certificate of conformity from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its gasoline/propane bifuel conversion system for the model-year 2003 Ford Motor Co. 4.6L engine.

Cincinnati to Equip Snowplows With GPS

CINCINNATI, OH — The City of Cincinnati will begin using satellite technology this winter to keep close track of its snowplows, according to the Web site www.channelcincinnati.com/.

DaimlerChrysler Stages Dodge Charger / Magnum Police Unit Ride and Drive Program

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Law enforcement officials throughout the country have been invited to participate in one of DaimlerChrysler's 2006 Dodge Charger and 2006 Magnum Police Unit ride and drive programs over the next month.

San Antonio to Add 39 Hybrid Vehicles to City Fleet

SAN ANTONIO, TX — In order to reduce gas consumption and help improve air quality in San Antonio, City Council approved the purchase of 39 new 2006 Toyota Prius hybrids, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

County Employee Who Lost Mudflap That Killed Woman Won't Face Charges

EL PASO COUNTY, CO — A traffic charge has been dropped against Thomas Edmisten, an El Paso County, Colorado, dump truck driver whose vehicle lost a mudflap that went through the windshield of a Toyota RAV-4, killing the driver.



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