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