Snowmobile Account Robbed by our Legislature
Posted on 05/03/16 at 10:49 PM
The recent legislative session didn't go well for snowmobilers and your WSSA Legislative Team has prepared the following information:
The legislature adjourned late Tuesday night, March 29th, by passing the supplemental operating budget that transfers $25,000 of the snowmobile account and $25,000 of the winter recreation program account to fund the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) for an additional forecaster to help fill gaps in coverage, increase weather station maintenance, and expand the forecast period into the shoulder seasons.
The proposed House budget came out February 25th funding the NWAC with $4,000 from the snowmobile account, $3,000 from the winter recreation program, and $43,000 from the state’s general fund. The proposed Senate budget came out March 11th with $25,000 coming from the snowmobile and winter recreation program accounts each. The WSSA and the NWAC both strongly opposed this funding from the dedicated snowmobile account and requested the funding be provided from the general account. WSSA and the NWAC worked together strongly opposing the Senate budget. Our members worked diligently along with our leadership and lobbyists by contacting their legislators to oppose this budget. We are not opposed to the NWAC receiving additional funding from the general account, but we are concerned that the legislature’s action has the potential to undermine a longstanding working relationship with the NWAC.
The House and Senate chairs of the Recreation committees, Rep Blake and Sen. Pearson, strongly opposed the Senate budget and lobbied the key fiscal legislators negotiating the budget against it. State Parks also opposed the Senate budget.
Update on Don's Sleds
Posted on 04/05/16 at 09:54 AM
Back in January our friend Don Brink had his race trailer and sleds stolen at the Priest Lake Races. His ZL440 has been recovered, but his race Exciter (below) is still at large.
Let's hope they catch the bastards! If you hear or see anything, reply to the VS thread linked above.
New Past Event - Last Resort 2016
Posted on 03/01/16 at 09:59 PM
Another show and ride is in the books, and we had a great weekend. Around 30 sleds were displayed at The Last Resort for the public on Saturday, complete with parade track for demonstration laps and rides! Vintage sleds from 1957 to 1984 were present, made by 9 different manufacturers. Dick Fiel took Second place with his 63' Polaris, while Ray Bergstresser got 1st Place with his 57' Polaris. On Sunday, we rode to Cooper Lake.
The crowd really liked big blue
Riding around the parade loop
Couple of Swingers
See the rest of the pics here: http://s1118.photobucket.com/user/pnwvsc/slideshow/Ronald%202016
New Past Event - Clear Lake BBQ
Posted on 02/16/16 at 10:07 AM
The club had a great time at Clear Lake Sno Park despite some mechanical issues. Some really old iron made a showing with rear engine 4 cycle machines chugging down the trail! Once the BBQ was fired up everyone ate their share and had full bellies for the trip back. We are having some technical difficulties with the pics so the best way to enjoy them is via the slideshow link below.
See you on the snow at The Last Resort! (Feb 27-28th)
New Past Event - We had a great ride to Whistlin' Jacks!
Posted on 02/02/16 at 11:43 PM
Ed, Kevin, Stephen, and Dustin unloaded some vintage sleds last weekend in Greenwater WA and rode to Whistlin' Jacks!
At Gov't Meadows
Great lineup at the Wapato Lodge
They had a great ride but encountered a couple carb/fuel issues along the way. All was fixed though and they completed the over 80 mile trip on Sunday and Monday.
The full album can be found here: http://s1118.photobucket.com/user/pnwvsc/slideshow/Whistlin%20Jacks%20Feb%202016
Posted on 01/19/16 at 08:51 PM
A quick announcement on behalf of our friend Don Brink. Don had his race sleds and trailer stolen while at the Priest Lake races this past weekend. Details can be found in the link below. If you have any information regarding this crime please help!
Handford Site Arctic Cats
Posted on 12/28/15 at 10:33 AM
Our friend Don sent in these pictures of 2 Arctic Cat Panthers that were used at the Handford Site. Anyone know what happened to these pieces of history?
(Photos are courtesy of the Department of Energy, click them for a higher res version)View article