ljgomes

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    White Mt. Ridge Runners, Berlin NH

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  1. Just curious

    I find this interesting given the fact that Lt. Saunders teamed up with the Stark Town Constable Bill Joyce in February to try and close down the Corridor D ATV trail that runs along town roads in Stark. Read more about that here: https://www.milantrailhuggers.com/page-18092/5981197 Fish and Game has a grant program that allows local police departments (and Sheriff's departments) to apply for grant funding to do OHRV patrols. (OHRV means Off Highway Recreational Vehicles which includes ATV's, Side-by-Sides and dirt bikes but does not include snowmobiles). Since some of the local towns do not have their own Police Departments, the Coos County Sheriff applies for grants to patrol in these towns.
  2. Modern sled with traditional ride

    I have a 2005 Venture and a 2006 Rage. Neither of them steer well. But that 3-cylinder motor is bullet proof.
  3. Modern sled with traditional ride

    2014 Arctic Cat XF 7000 Cross Tour with Yamaha 3-cylinder 4-stroke motor with fuel injection. Has a 141-inch track but steers like its on rails. Get a medium height windshield and you will have the combo you are looking for. I own two and love them. You can also add a rear seat to make it a two-up machine. We have ours configured with quick release pins so when we need the extra seat, it's easy to put on and then we can take it right off again when are guests are gone.
  4. Special Meeting

    Our ATV club has a range of member ID numbers that we are responsible for. We split the range into two groups. The first group are numbers that are assigned automatically when a member registers using our online system. The other group of numbers is pre-printed onto membership forms that are held at our retail locations. When a member comes into the retail location, they fill out the membership form and the agent uses the member ID number at the top of that form for their ATV registration. The form then gets scanned and sent to our membership person where the data is entered into our database and also into NHOHVA's database. Fish and Game can contact NHOHVA at any time to ask if a number is valid. Very simple system that can be easily audited. NHSA is not telling the truth about what is possible so they can extract $10/member from the clubs. Shameful.
  5. NHOHVA has no problem at all. We changed the bylaws last year. When a rider joins a club, they can also join NHOHVA for free by checking a box on the registration form and NHOHVA gives the voucher numbers to the clubs for free. The club controls what their membership fee is and contributes $10 to NHOHVA for each member that joins their club. As the total number of members goes up, the amount per member goes down. Each year, the clubs vote on the NHOHVA budget. Once the budget is approved, the budget amount is divided by the total number of members to determine the amount per member. The more members, the lower the amount per member. Its a very simple system and prevents the runaway spending that is happening at NHSA. Also because each club has one vote, they have much more of a say in what goes on.
  6. NHSA bylaws changes

    I agree completely. Having been on the board of NHSA and NHOHVA, I have to say the NHOHVA is much more caring about the needs of the clubs. After what happened with the Attorney General investigation, I would have thought they would change their ways. Instead they are trying to get around the AG rulings. Its amazing to me but proves the old adage: "It's all about the money".
  7. NHSA bylaws changes

    I doubt you will get any straight answers from NHSA. Their entire goal is to preserve their $10/member income stream from the clubs. The reason they are redoing their bylaws is because they are trying to get around the fact that the AG said that NHSA could not force club members to join their organization. Now they are trying to charge a $10 "transaction fee" for the clubs to get a voucher number from them. NHOHVA provides these voucher numbers to the ATV clubs for free. I don't think this idea will pass the smell test regardless of how they structure their bylaws and rules of business. Its time for a new organization to rise up and be committed to working FOR the clubs instead of against them or there are not going to be any clubs left to run the trail system.
  8. Trail Report

    Took our last ride for the season on Saturday There were tons of sleds out probably doing the same thing. We heard that Jefferson had not groomed their section of Cor. 11 so we decided to ride all of the trails in the Berlin trail system. Turned out to be a good decision since everything was freshly groomed and flat. Did several trails in Jericho park, then started to branch out to the side trails. The Mt. Forist trail was groomed for the first time this year so we spent some time up the admiring the views. Then took a ride on the trails over at Cates Hill. There has been some serious logging done over there so there are now some nice south-facing views of the Killkenny Range. Then took a trip to Nay Pond. All together we did 65 miles and never left the Berlin trail system. It was a great way to end the season. Thanks to all the volunteer groomer operators who did a great job this year.
  9. Trail Report

    We received about 10" of new snow from Tuesday's storm in Stark. Light fluffy stuff that will probably pack down to a couple of inches. Should keep the March sun at bay for a few days, but this time of year, the snow goes fast. Not riding this coming weekend so will not be able to report conditions. Hopefully some others report.
  10. Trail Report

    It snowed all day adding another inch to our totals. We rode the Berlin trails and they were all groomed nice at the start of the day, but heavy traffic and temps around 30 were taking their toll. By the end of the day, some brown spots were showing up in open areas. More snow is forecast for this week and that is going to be needed to keep up with the strong March sun. Get it while you can.
  11. Trail Report

    We arrived in Stark on Friday night to 4-5" of new snow. The snow had some consistency to it so it should pack well. East of us in Berlin and Jefferson, they got 10" plus so that is where we are heading today. Driving up route 3 it did not appear that the west side of the state got much from the last storm. Only a few inches at the most. Will report back later on conditions.
  12. Trail Report

    After doing an inspection from the road, we decided there was no good riding to be had south of Rt. 110 so we decided to trailer over to Millsfield. Great decision. The trail elevation in Millsfield averages about 2,000 feet vs. average trail elevation in the Stark/Milan area of around 1,200 feet. Most of the Millsfield trails had an ice base with a few inches of corn snow on top. Temps topped out at 40 degrees with a warm sun so even on these trails, dirt was starting to show up in open areas and on south facing hills. We did 55 miles in the area and I would rate the riding at an 8 out of 10. There is snowstorm forecast for mid-next week. If that shows up, then I think the clubs between Rt. 2 and Rt. 110 can get back in the game . Otherwise its over for the season for these clubs. and the clubs north of Rt. 110 will not be far behind.
  13. Sno-Traveler story

    NHSA is living in the past. Snowmobile ownership has peaked and is slowly declining. Clubs have had to tighten their belts and its time for NHSA to do the same. They need to think about downsizing in a big way so more money stays with the clubs and is not spent by them. NHOHVA is a good model to follow. They are operating with a virtual office and quarterly meetings are held at schools or public buildings in various locations around the state. All communications are done via the Internet. The current system of county directors should be scrapped and replaced with direct input from the clubs. They can outsource the grass drags, get rid of the SnoTraveler, dump the office, have staff members work out of their homes and the entire operation can be run on less than $100k per year using the profit from the Grass Drags. No money at all from the clubs.
  14. Trail Report

    Unfortunately the Sunday snowstorm was a dud delivering just a couple of inches of snow. Not enough to make up for the meltdown that happened last Wednesday. Time for a snow dance. In the meantime, strap on some ice skates as lakes and ponds have some nice smooth ice.
  15. Trail Report

    After a picture perfect ride on Monday, temps went into the high 30's on Tuesday, but heavy fog and clouds kept these temps from doing much damage to the snow pack on Tuesday. Wednesday was another story. Temps started in the 50's and reached 64 in mid-afternoon with lots of sun before dropping back into the 40's in the late afternoon. Wednesday night temps went down below freezing but the damage was done. In open areas, we are down to bare ground, but in the woods there is still pretty good coverage. Most trails in the Stark and Milan area still have a base but it is very icy. We really need a storm to get back in the game, hopefully wet snow that will adhere to the ice.