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Old 09-16-2010, 02:09 PM
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REGION 4 MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
PASCO, 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: Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) said he had a correction to the August minutes; it should have said in the report on Juniper Dunes that the dunes are open but we still have no legal access to them. Doug Conner made a motion seconded by Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) to accept the August minutes with the correction – motion passed.

Treasurer’s report was given by Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats). She said that she had paid two bills tonight, one to Terri Mohan (Nitty Gritty) for eight race t-shirts for $104.93 and to Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers) for Pick Up A Mountain supplies.

Competition report was given by Terri & Kevin Mohan (Nitty Gritty). Terri thanked the Region for purchasing the t-shirts for the race team. Terri brought the trophy that was won by the Region 4 Women’s Race Team at Summer Convention. The women won by one one-hundredth of a second. Members of the team were: Mikki Simonson, Terri Mohan and Joyce Julsrud, congratulations. The PNW4WDA’s Competition team is planning to re-write the COMP Rule Book over the next few months. Anyone having a COMP number in Region 4 is asked to please contact Terri & Kevin Mohan with your number. Numbers are issued to the person until you ask to be released from that number; they cannot issue that number to someone else. E-mail Mohan’s with your number at tmohan1@live.com as soon as possible. Dave Taylor (Outdoor 4X4’s) was elected at Fall Delegates as the 2011 PNW4WDA’s Competition Chairman. There is one more play day planned September 25th & 26th at Ethel and a work party in October.

Membership report: the new club Yakima Kittitas OHV Trail Watch has submitted their paper work to the treasurer; this club is pending acceptance in Region 4.

Club Power/We Did It report was given by Gary Harting (Desert Rats). Gary said he had not received anything from the PNW4WDA’s chairman Beth Ayer (Wolf Pack 4X4). Paper work has been submitted.

Future 4-Wheelers (Junior Jeepers) report was given by Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers). They are working on a design for a patch. They haven’t had any activities for awhile, but will be participating in Pick Up A Mountain. If you have a child who is interested in joining the Future 4-Wheelers contact Gloria at 509 -697-9595.

Web site for Region 4 seems to be defunct. The consensus of the delegates present was we should just not renew when the time comes.

PR report was given by Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers). She said she had a booth at the Nomads Swap Meet in Yakima on September 12th and handed out lots of material. Kelda said she had contacted
The Yakima Herald about Pick Up A Mountain to have them put it in the paper. Kelda made a motion that the Region purchase a folding table for PR to use at events, seconded by Terri Mohan (Nitty Gritty) - motion passed. Kelda said she thought she could get one for about $40.

LAND MATTERS:
Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) reported there were no changes at Juniper that he was aware of only that it’s still being used - NO legal access or fires are allowed. A fire ban is on all BLM land at this time.
Ahtanum – no knew news.
Nothing new from the Forest Watch people.
Rock Crawl – we received an e-mail from Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) that he had viewed the White Pass Rock Crawl and took pictures. He said it’s looking almost completed but he didn’t know too much about rock crawling - he would send pictures soon. Earl talked to Doug Jenkins of the Naches Ranger District who said it looks rough and didn’t have any additional information.
Rim Rock area is still closed; if you want additional information go to the Naches Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. They had hoped to have the closure lifted by the end of their season, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.
Glass Creek logging – nothing new to date - we have not heard anything about when the comment period is scheduled. As far as we know there is no provision to preserve the trail. So we will need to write letters when the comment period comes along.
Deep Creek 1800 – 1808 roads for the horse people to get back to their horse camp – money is here for the contractor’s work on the bridges, but they have to work in the area of the Bull Trout stuff – should be open by the fall of 2011.
If you want answers on the logging contact Leo Silva of the Forest Service at 509-653-1412.

People have been complaining on the web site about vehicle width etc. – we have a document signed by Rebecca Lockett Heath Forest Supervisor for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that mandates the width, height, length or other limitations specified in the order for the Little Rattlesnake trail. They are as follows: – not to exceed 75 inches wide; not to exceed 95 inches long; travel is one way only from the bottom to the top. Violations 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.

Motorized Travel Management update – using the issues, public proposals, and screening process the Planning Team defined alternatives; that is the different ways the motorized system might look across the forest. The team is currently analyzing the environmental effects of the alternatives. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement will document the Planning Team’s analysis. Using comments and input received about the DEIS, the planning team will complete any necessary further analysis and produce a Final EIS. Government speed.

Forest Plan Revision – nothing new except they plan to release the initial proposed plan for scoping under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) possibly this winter. This has been in the works for a long time.

At Fall Delegates discussion on America’s Great Outdoor Initiative regarding motorized recreation was a topic. President Obama has declared the month of September 2010 as National Wilderness Month. You can read all about it at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-22430.pdf . What this amounts to is that access for us will go away. Don and Carol Jensen our IAD #1 and IAD #2 for the PNW4WDA handed out a paper with information on writing letters to congress asking them questions about these initiatives and questions we might ask them in our letters. A copy of this information was handed out tonight. We need to let our congressmen know just how important motorized recreation is to us. Congress is going to try and pass a massive omnibus public lands bill to get a lot more Wildernesses in without having individual hearings on anything. The Wilderness Bill that has been introduced is HR 1925 if this bill passes 40% of the public land in Utah will be under wilderness - this will include Moab and the San Rafael area. So get your pencils sharpened up and write letters or go to the web site listed on the paper and express your thoughts.

WOHVA/NMA lawsuit is under appeal. As most of you know we lost our initial claim asking the legislature to return our NOVA money since these funds were from our OHV tabs and fuel tax and were supposed to be used for OHV recreation. They will have an update at the annual WOHVA membership meeting October 10th, 2010 at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA from 10 AM – 3 PM.

OLD BUSINESS
Pick Up A Mountain – Pam Remley (Shindig Wheelers) reported that things were coming together. She still needs some help, but thought she would get it when people registered. Pam said the weather forecast was for rain so bring your easy ups. She asked if you have big pots and burners; she needs them to cook the corn. Pam said the Nomads had asked if they could bring their teeter-totter, this could be fun. There will be a scavenger hunt for the kids and other activities too. Don’t forget the potluck Saturday night at 6 PM under the covered picnic area. A pancake breakfast will be served Sunday morning. Discussion on the Corn Feed Trophy and purchase of the corn followed. We still are unable to locate the trophy but the search continues. The Region will purchase the corn and Pam said she needs someone to run the Corn Shucking contest and help cook the corn. We understand that we need to be aware that we might come in contact with hunters on quads as Bear season is open and the Forest Service has issued several wood cutting permits also.
Pam said a memorial service was going to be held at the park from 1–4 PM for a member of the Nile community who had lost his life in a fire. This will be in the midway area where the stage is and will not affect us. Music for the memorial service will be provided by Dave King.

Nominations were opened again for the Most Inspirational person in Region 4. So far Sid Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) is the only one nominated. Hearing no more nominations; nominations closed and Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) made a motion seconded by Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) to cast a unanimous ballot for Sid – motion passed. The trophy will be presented to Sid at Pick Up A Mountain. Congratulations Sid.

NEW BUSINESS
Washington State Trails Coalition meeting application and information is available. Kelda Hagemeier (Shindig Wheelers) said they had attended one and she said seeing our Washington State Director Arlene Brooks (Green River Valley Jeepers) in action was a terrific experience. Also the break out sessions where you were given information on how to address our legislators was very helpful.

Earl reported on Fall Delegates – He passed out copies of his report that he gave at Fall Delegates. One thing he didn’t have on his report was a work party will be held at Liberty on Saturday, September 25th. Dale Neuman (High Country Cruisers) is in charge and he asks that you bring shovels and winches. We need to repair damage on several trails; camping will be at Williams Creek. Earl also said that the Naches Ranger District and the Cle Elum Ranger District are considering seasonal closures. There will be two state meetings again this year, the West side will be January 15th and the East side will be January 22nd. Time and place will be announced at a later date. These meetings are not just for the delegates, but anyone who wants to get information on land matters. Our WA State Director Arlene Brooks (Green River Valley Jeepers) made an announcement that she was not seeking or would accept the nomination for WA State director for 2011. She has held this position for the last 10 years. A new program called AVECTRA that would allow the Treasurer, Membership Chairman, Trail Jamboree and clubs as well as individual members to sign up, pay dues, change address and phone numbers handle our web site and store tons of information was voted in. A discussion was held about the possibility of asking the delegates to consider a $5 increase in dues. The delegates were asked to take it back to their clubs and see how they felt about raising the dues. We haven’t had a dues increase for several years.

Nominations for Region 4 officers will be coming up in November so be thinking about someone to run for Region 4 officers for 2011.

CLUB REPORTS
Shindig Wheelers will be attending Pick Up A Mountain, some went to Summer Convention, some went to Fall Delegates, they went camping at Liberty, and Gloria Joralemon said their grandson almost rolled their Jeep with Terry as co-pilot. Terry said he wasn’t sure that drivers training and off road travel should be in the same sentence.
Nitty Gritty have gone to Liberty several times, they attended most all of the race runs. They have an annual run planned to Tri Pod September 25th with Dale Radcliff and his club.
Roamin’ Chariots – half of the club attended the Jeepin’ Nomads swap meet and had a great time. Some plan on attending Pick Up A Mountain, and they have one more camping trip planned in October.
Desert Rats – are hosting a club from California; they will be touring Liberty, Rim Rock an ending up at Pick Up A Mountain. They have a run planned to Idaho and Rubicon sometime next year. The Lithia Dodge-Jeep dealer asked our club to have a Show N Shine at their place of business September 23rd , 24th & 25th. Bill Lucke is contact person. We will be helping the Dust Dodgers with the Rim Rock Grand Prix Motorcycle race October 2nd & 3rd. A run was also called to the Veteran’s Day Parade November 6th.
Gary Harting added that the group, Wine Country 4-Wheelers from California were having a great time so far, they said they had never done so much hill climbing and they were having a ball. Some of our members also attended Fall Delegates.

GOOD OF THE ORDER
Leon Preddie asked about Trail Jamboree cancellations. He wanted to know how those would be filled. All you have to do is call Sid or Kelda Hagemeier the co-chairmen of the event to see if any spots are available. Watch for new registration procedures.

Angie Niebuhr of the Forest Service had a true Labor Day week-end – she had a baby girl, weighing seven pounds plus. We understand mother and baby are doing well, Dad too. Congratulations.

The Door Prize was won by Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers).

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 PM

Respectfully Submitted,



Sande Nettnin, Secretary/Treasurer


NEXT TWO MEETING DATES FOR REGION 4 WILL BE:
Tuesday, October 12th in Moses Lake, WA at Standard Battery at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, November 9th in Selah, WA at Magic’s Pizza at 7:30 PM (The last meeting for 2010)

WORK PARTIES/EVENTS
• Pick UP A Mountain September 17th-19th at Jim Sprick Park
• Ocean Beach Clean-up September 17th-19th check Tri-Power for locations
• Liberty work party September 25th camp at Williams Creek
• White Knuckle Swap Meet September 26th at Enumclaw Exposition Center
• Fun run at Ethel, WA October 2nd & 3rd
• A final work party at Ethel sometime in October
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Always a good read. Thanks Sande
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Rock Crawl Ė we received an e-mail from Ron Rutherford (Jeepiní Nomads) that he had viewed the White Pass Rock Crawl and took pictures. He said itís looking almost completed but he didnít know too much about rock crawling - he would send pictures soon. Earl talked to Doug Jenkins of the Naches Ranger District who said it looks rough and didnít have any additional information.
Can you post the pictures here? I would like to see what they came up with.
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Jim, You make me a happy guy!
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OK...so now that the group hug is over...where can I see some pics of the Rimrock Rock Crawl area?
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We just saw some pictures at Pick Up A Mountain, sorry I don't have them in my computer. They were taken by Ron Rutherford (Jeepin' Nomads). I will ask him to send them to me by e-mail so we can post them.
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Thank you Sande
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