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Default Region 4 minutes July 13, 2010

REGION 4 MINUTES
JULY 13, 2010
MOSES LAKE, WA



Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a moment of silence for the sick and departed was observed. No guests were present.

MINUTES: Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) made a motion seconded by Ed Massey (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) that we accept the June minutes as printed. Motion passed.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Was given by Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats) Secretary/Treasurer. Kathy (Frogg) McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) presented $10 to the region for a “vintage hat” that belonged to the region that she sold at Trail Jamboree. Future 4-Wheelers from Region 4 presented $52.26 that they received at Trail Jamboree for smoothies. No outstanding bills at this time.

COMP: We received a note from Kevin and Terri Mohan, Region 4 Comp Co-Chair’s (Nitty Gritty) thanking the region for purchasing the Competition t-shirts. They also wanted to remind everyone that try outs for the Region 4 Relay Team would be held at the Outdoor 4X4’s race July 17-18 in Ethel, WA. The team will be picked from your Obstacle Time – no extra runs. Summer Convention is August 13-15 in Ethel, WA and Region 4 has been assigned Tech on Thursday night and the Barrel Course on Friday and Saturday; so if any Region 4 members are attending summer convention and could help with the Barrel Course please let Kevin & Terri know. They would really appreciate the help. Contact information 509-925-4904 or addjack@fairpoint.net.

SKOOKUMCHUCK MUD DAUBER’S 31ST ANNUAL PLAY DAY July 23, 24 & 25 at the Fair Grounds in Chehalis, WA. For further information contact: Butch Danielson 360-790-0122 or e-mail him at butchnguns@comcast.net.

MEMBERSHIP: No word from the new club that requested a packet. At Trail Jamboree we made contact with several people who seemed interested in either checking out the clubs in the Tri-Cities or forming their own club. People who lived in the Naches area off White Pass also expressed an interest finding out more about the PNW.

CLUB POWER/WE DID IT: Gary Harting (Desert Rats) our Region 4 Club Power/We Did It chairman asked if you participated in any pre-runs prior to Jamboree please fill out the paper work and get it to him ASAP.

FUTURE 4-WHEELERS: Our chairman Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) stated that she had the kids working on several activities; she presented them with a special certificate of appreciation and a pen on Saturday night. Thanks Gloria for all the activities that took place at Trail Jamboree for the kids. The kids served Ice Cream at the Ice Cream Social, they participated in the Scavenger hunt, tug of war and balloon fight, movies Thursday and Friday night, picked up garbage and helped wherever they seemed to be needed.

WEB SITE – Region 4’s Web site is still a work in progress.

PR – Our Chairman Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) stated if you have an event that needs promotion, e-mail or call her at sk_hag@fairpoint.net or 509-698-3703 and she will send it out. Discussion on the possibility of having a PR booth at the Fair in Yakima and Kennewick followed. No decision was reached.





LAND MATTERS
Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) stated nothing new was going on at the Moses Lake Sand Dunes. However, it was reported that the mosquitoes down at the lake are very bad this year in fact they seemed the worst ever.

Mark Mauren (DNR) sent information on the Recreation Program Budget for 2011-2013. Kelda has sent this out to our alert list. Mark is requesting your thoughts on what you feel to be the most important needs for DNR‘s Recreation Program. Please get together with your fellow user group members and get back to him by e-mail with your ideas by August 4. MARK.MAUAREN@dnr.wa.gov.

Further Budget news Washington’s Office of Financial Management (OFM) will be hosting four hearings related to the upcoming 2011-2013 budget this summer. This will be an opportunity for the public to learn more about the challenges the state faces in developing the next biennial budget. Also the public can provide input during these hearings. All meetings will be 7 - 9 PM, July 19 in Tacoma, WA, July 21 in Everett, WA, July 27 in Vancouver, WA and July 29 in Spokane, WA.

The Naches District is considering seasonal closures due to all the resource damage on the trails.

DNR still needs campground hosts at many of the recreation sites; if you are interested in being a volunteer campground host please contact MARK.MAUREN@dnr.wa.gov.

Forest Watch - DNR was not issuing wood cutting permits in the Ahtanum but a lot of wood was being taken out, if you called the DNR office in Ellensburg a permit was mailed to you. DNR asked the Forest Watch people to keep an eye out for people taking wood out without permits. No logging is taking place in the Ahtanum at this time. Mudding was also a problem over Memorial weekend. Tickets were issued to the people mudding in the L T Murray area. Fish & Wild Life also got involved and they are looking into what the cost is, so they would know what to charge the people responsible for the damage to repair the mud holes. Lots of discussion followed on where tickets were being issued and what for.

Travel Management Plan – no news.
Rock Crawl – nothing new, seems to be on track to open next year.
Forest Plan Revision – no news.
Blue Mountain Revision - no news.
BLM Revisions - A teleconference is scheduled for sometime in August.

Wenas – Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) attended the spring meeting for the Wenas hosted by DNR. Mr. Coffin announced that he was closing his land to open public access. He intends to install a large iron gate soon, but he will allow organized archery clubs to hold weekend events as long as they have a responsible person posted at the gate all weekend of their events. As for the rest of the organized groups and responsible people NO access will be allowed by him.

Juniper Dunes – Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) reported maybe the speed of government is picking up. Franklin County transportation plan calls for public access to Juniper Dunes. Providing access to the Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area is one of eight road projects on Franklin County’s wish list for the next two years. Tim Fife, county engineer and public works director, said completing the projects will depend on getting the money to do them.

Little Rattlesnake – was run at Trail Jamboree, this is a very technical tight trail. Vehicles are not to exceed 75 inches in width as measured from outside of tire to outside of tire; and Vehicle wheelbase is not to exceed 95 inches in length from center of axle to center of axle. Vehicles will be allowed to travel in one direction only bottom to top. Violations of these prohibitions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than 6 months, or both. This order was sent by Rebecca Heath, Forest Supervisor – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and has been posted on the PNW’s Web site by Arlene Brooks.

There is a temporary motorized travel closure order for the South Fork Tieton Watershed Restoration Project beginning July 9, 2010. This temporary restriction is necessary to protect public health and safety and protect water quality and aquatic resources during system road decommissioning, four wheel driveway construction, and four wheel driveway relocation/decommissioning activities. This restriction is effective July 9, 2010 and will remain in effect until rescinded. This order was sent by Rebecca Heath, Forest Supervisor – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and has been posted on the PNW’s Web site by Arlene Brooks.

Governor Gregoire has appointed three dozen blue ribbon leaders from across the state to serve on her Committee on Transforming Washington’s Budget. The Office of Financial Management has released a report showing a projected $3 billion shortfall for the next budget period in 2011-2013. Recreation can not afford to take the “back seat” and have its dedicated funds diverted again in the 2011-2013 state budget – it is time to speak up for recreation in our state. For the complete news release from the Governor’s office; and or further information on the new proposed budget process please go to http://governor.wa.gov/priorities/budget/default.asp. Arlene Brooks our Washington State Executive Director attended the meeting in Seattle on July 1.

Take action – vote to keep our public lands open. Kelda forwarded the e-mail from Save the Trails to our alert list. Click on the link and VOTE for ideas about keeping public lands open for us and our children. We can make a difference and if we remain silent we will lose. http://www.savethetrails.us/AGOVote.html.

BLM Spokane office needs comments on Lake View Ranch Trail Systems.

DNR has a burn ban in effect now on all state lands. Fires allowed only in fire rings at campgrounds.

OLD BUSINESS
Trail Jamboree – We have the 5-year special use permit from the Forest Service to hold the Trail Jamboree. Sid & Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) Co-Chairmen for Trail Jamboree reported that they had spent nine days at Jim Sprick Park preparing for the event. It was a roller coaster but they made it. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Special thanks to all who helped make the Trail Jamboree another year greater, and thank you Sid and Kelda for all your hard work putting this together.

Slick Magazine for the 50th Anniversary wasn’t a slick magazine; it was published in newspaper form and included in the July issue of Tri-Power. It will still be a good PR tool for us.

Team Trophy Challenge was canceled; they didn’t receive enough teams by the appointed time. Refunds will be made to those who paid.

NEW BUSINESS
Pick Up A Mountain will be Sept. 17–19, 2010 camp at Jim Sprick Park, 13680 SR-410, Naches, WA.
Dry camping $5 per night. Pot luck dinner on Saturday night; activities are planned the entire weekend.
For more information contact Pam Remley 509-658-2496 mtnrubi76@yahoo.com or Kelda Hagemeier 509-698-3703 or sk_hag@fairpoint.net. More information will be coming soon.


FUTURE MEETINGS/EVENTS
1. Skookumchuck Mud Daubers 31st annual play day July 23 – 25, 2010 in Chehalis, WA
2. Ahtanum ORV Trails clean-up meet at the Ahtanum Sno-Park at 10 AM July 24th hosted by All Wheelers & Yakima/Kittitas ORV Trail Watch Association – contact person Clay Graham
3. Summer Convention August 13-15, 2010 at Ethel, WA Contact person Rob Stafford
4. Fall Delegates September 11, 2010 in Longview Region 3 hosting
5. September 12, 2010 16th Annual Jeepin’ Nomads Swap meet in Yakima at Mobile Fleet
6. 11th Annual White Knuckle Swap Meet September 26th Enumclaw Exposition Center

CLUB REPORTS
Desert Rats: The club participated in Cool Desert Nights. Several members attended Trail Jamboree.
Sand Commandos: The club is getting ready for their Haunted House. They have some new 4-legged members. Their new club member’s father was killed in a motor cycle wreck, condolences to the family.
Hurtin’ Units: Went to Liberty for Father’s Day week end and the trails were muddy, but they had a good time. Dave and Frogg went to Trail Jamboree and took the Ways & Means trailer with them. Dave went on the AEV 101 course and rode with Merrick Graves and enjoyed the class. They are planning a “run what ya brung” activity in the Liberty area in August, camping Friday at Lion Rock and Saturday at Red Top. In August the weather should be nice and warm.
Ridgerunners: went to Trail Jamboree and had a good time being trail hosts. They ran the trails prior to Jamboree and camped at McDaniel’s Lake. They have an initiation run the 31st of July for a new candidate.
Peak Putters: some went to Juniper Dunes on June 20th, some went to Naches June 26th and some helped with Cool Desert Nights, some helped with the extreme 4X4 event at the Fair Grounds June 24-26, July 4th some went to Liberty; July 5th some went to Juniper Dunes. They are planning to go to Naches the end of July and Rim Rock in September.
All Wheelers Off Road Club: Father’s Day they went to the Nile and ran Glass Creek and a few of those trails and ran into some snow. Merrick Graves showed up in camp and they were at Bald Mountain so they missed him, they did see a cougar up there. June 26th they logged out trail 613 Louie Way Gap but didn’t make it all the way to the top because of lots of snow so they went up the Strobach trail to the Upper Meadow. On June 10th they went back up the 613 and finished logging it out and fixed a mud hole on Foundation Ridge at the same time some of them worked the Gray Rock Trail aid station for the 50K runners. Still lots of snow on the 613. This coming Saturday they have a Rim Rock run planned. The 21st – 25th they are camping at the Sno-park for the clean-up; everyone is welcome to join them at this pre camp out for the Ahtanum clean-up on July 24th. August 7th the Eastern Washington Off Road Forum has a meet and greet at Clay’s house in Selah, WA. August 14th they have planned an Elbe run not sure just how this is going to work yet. The 28th of August another work party will be held on the 613 trail. They will have a booth at the Nomad’s swap meet in September. All Wheelers plan to attend the Pick up a Mountain September 17th –19th and camp at Jim Sprick Park.
Roamin’ Chariots: Went camping and wheeling with the Jeepin’ Nomads in the Rim Rock area and have several more trips planned with them this summer. They replaced the rock blocking access to a meadow at the South Fork of the Tieton near the campground called Upper Bake Oven. No actual damage was done someone had moved the rock so they could get fire wood.

No one had any GOOD OF THE ORDER. The winner of last month’s door prize was not present so Dave McMains (Hurtin’ Units & Sand Commandos) provided one. The winner was Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos).

The next two meeting dates for Region 4 are:
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 in Selah, WA at Magic’s Pizza at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, September 14th in Pasco, WA at Doug Conner’s shop at 7:30 PM

Meeting adjourned at 9:20 PM.

Respectfully Submitted



Sande Nettnin, Secretary/Treasurer
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