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Default June 14, Region 4 minutes

JUNE 14, 2011

Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and a moment of silence for the sick and departed was observed. Earl asked that we especially remember Doug Conner (Roamin’ Chariots) hospitalized at Kadlec Hospital with pancreatitis.

Guests: Greg Mackey Department of Natural Resources and Merrick Graves Forest Service and High Country Cruisers.

Minutes: A motion was made by Randy Hayes (Sand Commandos) seconded by Gary Harting (Desert Rats) to accept the May minutes as printed. Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report: Secretary/Treasurer Sande Nettnin (Desert Rats) gave the Treasurer’s report. No outstanding bills at this time.

COMP Report: Region 4 Team Relay for Summer Convention will be held at the Outdoor 4X4’s Playday the 16th of July at Ethel. The OB time will determine placement on the team. Also the COMP committee has decided that they will be using the 2009 Summer Convention COMP numbers to start a new book in 2010. If anyone in Region 4 has a previous assigned COMP number that they would like to keep – you need to let Kevin or Terri Mohan know and they will hold that number for you. Otherwise, the unused numbers will be assigned to new racers in Region 4 as of Summer Convention 2011. Contact them by e-mail at tmohan1@live.com or phone 509-925-4904.

Membership – no change

PNW Web Site: Every club in Region 4 needs to have a person of contact who will be given access to make changes to their membership roster by logging into the Web site. We have been told that August 1st is the target date to have this up and running. Clubs need to get the club contact name to the PNW WEB Master as soon as possible, so that he can get them on board.

Club Power/We Did It – Gary Harting (Desert Rats). Gary asked if anyone had any ideas on how we might improve this program, please let him know or the Region 4 Director. We have a new PNW4WDA Club Power/We Did It person, her name is Kathy Greenwood (Offroad Animals).

Junior Jeepers: Gloria Joralemon (Shindig Wheelers) said the patches are here. She doesn’t have the year number patches yet, but she is working on getting them. Gloria will be handing them out at Trail Jamboree to the Junior Jeepers who have signed up, if you are not going to be at Trail Jamboree let her know and she will make arrangements to get them to you. Contact her at dsldr626@fairpoint.net or 509-697-9595. Gloria asked if the Region would pay her Trail Jamboree fee of $30 since she has to be there for the kids. Discussion followed and since Gloria is classified as a Camp Host her fee would be waived.
Gloria said she is hoping to get donations for prizes for the kids; Gloria will follow up with Sid and Kelda Hagemeier the Trail Jamboree Co-Chairmen.

Trail Jamboree: Help is needed getting door prize donations. Shirt orders are being taken on line. Several trails have been washed out; Merrick Graves said the 1601 is gone, 1605 is gone, 1702 Rock Creek is gone, 1703 Gold Creek is gone, 1708 which is Milk Creek is gone; this has really complicated things this year. Merrick also spoke about the trails in Cle Elum, the 3100 is gone also. This will affect running the Divide trail, and Kaner Quartz. If you have questions contact Sid or Kelda Hagemeier at keldahagemeier@live.com or 509-698-3703.

Land Matters
Ron Rutherford (Jeepin’ Nomads) said the Ahtanum still has lots of snow. Memorial weekend went pretty well.
Clay Graham (Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch) said that the Beverly Dunes camp grounds were under water and the outhouses were floating. This happens about every ten years. Check pictures on the PNW Web site.

Greg Mackey DNR addressed the Discover Pass. This has been signed into law. Greg said the DNR Web site is updated weekly so be sure and check the site for the latest information www.discoverpass.wa.gov. Lots of discussion followed. There is quite a list of frequently asked questions on the DNR Web site. Greg said that temporary volunteer permits would be issued for work parties. July 1st you can begin to
work on volunteer hours toward your complimentary Discover Pass. You will need 24 hours of volunteer time on agency approved projects. Each agency must provide and sign the vouchers recording the number of hours worked on each project. The Discover Pass will allow the state to keep its facilities open. A question was asked, DO WE NEED TO HAVE A DISCOVER PASS FOR TRAIL JAMBOREE?
ANSWER: NO. Greg encouraged everyone who has questions to contact him on his cell phone at 509-899-4825 or e-mail him at greg.mackey@dnr.wa.gov. He will be glad to pass your concerns on if he cannot answer your questions.

Bald Mountain update: money to purchase the land is in the state budget when the Governor signs the bill. Rance Block (RMEF) said he is cautiously optimistic and hopes it will be done by the end of the year.

Juniper Dunes: is progressing at Government speed. The legal process has started to make it a county road.

TWIG REPORT: Region Director Earl Nettnin (Desert Rats) passed out copies of the trail closures that had been handed out at the TWIG meeting last Tuesday, June 7th. One correction was noted; it should have said1600/1605 not 1607/1605. Merrick Graves (FS) addressed the closures. Merrick asked if anyone knew what the number 1 citation written in the Forest service is; answer use of a DFW pass where a North West Forest Pass is required. Merrick said he expected a Discover Pass will be posted where a North West Forest Pass is required. He said when you post a wrong pass where a forest pass is required it’s a $75 ticket. Merrick said there was over $700,000 damage on the district from the May 15th storm. The Forest Service has to apply for funds from the Federal Government, and its doubtful money will come anytime soon to have an affect this season. In many cases the road is just gone. So any traffic behind the closures can and will be cited. Numerous tickets have already been written. The closure order over Memorial weekend was well respected, only a couple of tickets were written. The 1501 road is closed; however, you can go through the 1503 road to access the Little Rattle Snake Trail. The 1601 is closed so at Jamboree they will have to run the 1611, the 1605 also has an access problem so they will have to come out on 1706. The 1702 is closed, a logging operation is now being routed out on the 1701, so at Jamboree so we will have to yield to log trucks on that road. The Gold Creek road is missing a 300 foot section and Milk Creek has numerous sections missing as well. Over in the Manastash the 3100 or the 31 road is closed, a combination of a county closure down on the South Fork of the Manastash when it hits the Forest Service land becomes the 3100 and they have installed a gate there. Numerous issues with that road and Trail Jamboree probably won’t be able to access the Divide trail in the Cle Elum unless they get special permission. The Jamboree won’t be able to run the Kaner/Quartz without going to Quartz and turning around and coming back, they typically came out on the Forest Service roads and they are closed.

Glass Angel – comment period is over.

Travel Management Plan is already in place in some of the Forest districts, not in ours yet.

Rock Crawl – will not be finished this year.

FYI from the TWIG meeting the Rainbow gathering will take place in Washington State July 1 -7. This is a group of about 20,000 people and they say they are not organized and don’t require any kind of permit.
They have not made a decision where they will hold this affair, but it will be either Gifford Pinchot, Colville or Naches area. If you want further information Google - Rainbow Gathering.

BLM is having public workshops to solicit suggestions regarding alternatives for the Eastern Washington and San Juan Resource Management plan (RMP).
July 25th 6-9 PM in Yakima at the Oxford Suites, 1701 East Yakima Avenue.
July 28th 6-9 PM in Wenatchee at the Chelan PUD, 327 N. Wenatchee Avenue.
August 1st 6-9 PM in Goldendale at the Klickitat PUD, 1313 S. Columbus Avenue.
August 2nd 6-9 PM in Pasco at the TRAC Center, 6600 Burden Blvd. Room 4.
A newsletter and other information about the workshops and project is available on their project website at http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/spok...jrmp/index.php.
Permits are not required on BLM land.

The Liberty work party May 20th -30th went well and we got all trails open except three of them. The 319 and 334 trails were temporarily closed.

Flyers were handed out for Pick Up A Mountain and Fall Delegates.

Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch – Did the Beverly Dunes clean-up. They have a run planned for Father’s Day and a clean-up of the 613 trail on June 25th. They also will have a clean-up in the Ahtanum July 30th.

Yakima Valley Mountaineers – Morris Aston said he thought he had the only Jeep running.

Jeepin’ Nomads – May 1st went to the Wenas; May 14th – 17th went to the Cowiche area. June 24th – 26th will be the annual camp out with Roman Chariots and friends.

Shindig Wheelers – had a run Memorial weekend to Bedrock Lane, and went to the Timber Wolf Hilton and played in the snow for about three hours. Sunday they went to the Clover Springs area and up to Little Bald and Monday they played on the Forest Service roads in the Nile. They will have the Little Rattlesnake clean-up June 24th & 25th. July 4th they are going to Liberty and then to Trail Jamboree.

Ridgerunners – Randy Berghoff age 57 passed away from complications from diabetes. They held a memorial for him at the new Jeep Bowl. He will be missed. They had quite the parade of Jeeps all the way from the new Jeep Bowl to Yakima. They have a run June 18th to Little Naches, next weekend June 25th Little Rattlesnake then they plan to do pre-runs of their trails for Trail Jamboree.

Hurtin’ Units – had a bunch go to the Liberty clean-up.

Sand Commandos – not much happening, just working lots of hours.

High Country Cruisers – attended the Liberty work party.

Desert Rats – some went to the Liberty work party, getting ready help with security for the Cool Desert Nights Cruise on the 24th of June then hosting at Trail Jamboree.

Door Prize was won by Gary Harting. We also had an additional $30 Door Prize donated by Greg Mackey (DNR) for someone to get a Discover Pass and the winner was Pam Remley. Thanks Greg.

Good of the Order
Lynn Hanson is having some medical problems. Ed Massey thanked the Region for the card when Char’s brother passed away.

Next two meeting dates for Region 4 will be:
July 12, 2011 at Doug Conner’s shop in Pasco, WA 7:30 PM
August 9, 2011 at Liberty Off Road in Moses Lake, WA 7:30 PM

Future meetings/events
Ahtanum Clean-up July 30th Clay Graham is the person of contact.
Summer Convention August 12th – 14th at Straddleline hosted by Region 2
Fall Delegates September 10th Rainier, WA hosted by Rainier Ruffians
Pick Up A Mountain September 16th – 18th Pam Remley is the person of contact

Meeting adjourned at 9:12 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Sande Nettnin,
Sande Nettnin
PNW4WDA Secretary
Region 4 Secretary/Treasurer
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