jhwentworth

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  1. Addiction can be problem. Probably too late for counseling, right? Maybe an intervention? Maybe just enjoy the addiction?
  2. Supposed to be a cold weekend coming up. Looks like a traditional Fall is happening. This is from 2017
  3. Class 6 roads

    Over the years there's been no lack of disputes over NH Class 6 roads,. Many times the dispute is triggered by a landowner who wants to build a house that abuts the road and wants to limit public access by motorized OHRV/sleds. Sleds and OHRVs need town permission to use a Class 6 road as a trail, so that opens up a political side. Today the Union Leader carried a story (front page!) about a pending trial of a lawsuit filed by the town of Lemster, NH against a landowner who owns 100 acres of land that is split by a Class 6 road. He wants to build a house but doesn't want the OHRV traffic, but the Town granted permission for an OHRV trail. There was an agreement between the town and landowner, but they now differ on what the agreement means and the landowner gated both ends of the road, then the town sued him to get the gates removed. This summer the OHRV club came back to get permission for some other Class 6 roads so the selectboard had a public meeting to get town opinion..The public advisory vote was 50-24 against allowing OHRV access to the new Class 6 roads. The selectboard declined to speak about the dispute because in was in litigation, and that they would announce their decision on OHRV access on the new requests at a later date. During the meeting the landowner who is being sued by the town said that if he has to pay to stop the ATV club using Bean Mountain Road he will refuse letting the snowmobile club use his property.The snowmobile club involved here is Hidden Valley Snowmobile Club. Here are the minutes of that selectboard public meeting in Lemster. Sure sounds like a real mess. https://lempsternh.org/BoxoMinAgen/BOS.07-28-2020.PH.minutes.pdf
  4. Old days

    Ah yes, golden memories of almost getting your head ripped off. The sort of thing that either builds character or kills you. Glad it worked out for you. There's a lot of controversy over off-trail riding now, but it's nothing new. Back in the day, many times you got the thrills of off-trail while riding on-trail.. Reading the part of the story about them getting stuck on a hilly trail sure brought back memories, as it was a fairly common thing. Plus, they were riding Ski-Daddler sleds, and if they were like the Ski-Daddler I've ridden it was a challenge. Those sleds were hard to get stuck with a wide track, but once they were stuck it was no fun. SnowOct.PDF
  5. Old days

    Here's part 2. SnowSep.PDF
  6. Old days

    I think I may have posted this story a long time ago. It's about a crew that traveled on sleds from Vermont to Maine and back, fifty years ago. The sledding conditions, and the sleds, were very different then. This is the first part of three. SnowAug.PDF
  7. What do you think?

    John, I'm referring to this statement from Chris Gamache: "snowmobilers buy a decal from state Fish and Game annually for a license and a majority of that funding is returned to the clubs in the form of grants for trails and grooming. About $1.5 million is spent annually and clubs provide a 30 percent match of funds. If that 2020-2021 registration money is reduced or missing, who makes it up? Please focus on that question. Who makes up for the missing registration money? I'm not talking about NRTP gas tax money. Does current registration money pay for current "grants and grooming"?
  8. What do you think?

    Thanks for the reply John. Are you saying that the BoT has access to funds from previous years that would allow them to reimburse the clubs for trail maintenance and grooming in 2020-2021? My understanding is that the OHRV (ATV) and sled registration fees were earmarked for their respective interest groups, and funds from other state sources were not available. Is this wrong? From InDepthNH.org August 26, 2020 The Legislative Advisory Board also heard from leaders of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association and from Chris Gamache, director of the state Bureau of Trails. Gamache, who is the chief supervisor of the Bureau of Trails, said snowmobilers buy a decal from state Fish and Game annually for a license and a majority of that funding is returned to the clubs in the form of grants for trails and grooming. About $1.5 million is spent annually and clubs provide a 30 percent match of funds. That will not be able to be achieved because of a lack of fundraising opportunity due to COVID-19, he explained. He said it could have an impact on rooms and meals, the gas tax, and other state revenues if the interconnected trail system is not in working order. All clubs are required to pay for their groomer insurance and then about $150,000 is spent statewide on groomer vehicle and maintenance and $150,000 in prepaid diesel contracts. Dan Gould, executive director of the NHSA, asked for $574,622 from the CARES Act, noting that the traditional fundraising loss currently is $220,000 but that will likely go up before the snow flies. NHSA has put in for $105,000 from other federal programs strictly for the association and not for the clubs. He said more than 100 clubs that manage the trails are truly “in a bind.”
  9. What do you think?

    That's a great question, that I don't believe can be answered now. Canada has locked down their border to non-essential travel from the US, and don't seem in any hurry to re-open with the US still having large numbers of new cases of the virus. Will 3-4 months make a significant difference? Two unanswerable questions: Will there be plenty of snow this winter? Will the coronavirus be under control? My brother-in-law, who lives in Arizona, rode his motorcycle to New Hampshire to visit relatives in NH and Maine. While he was in northern Maine last week he thought he would visit Canada, but was turned away at the border. In NH, the increased registration fees may have an impact, but snow and the virus will be more significant. It would be interesting to listen to the planning meetings at BoT and F&G when they consider what to do if there's minimal sled registration money. The growth in ATV will help, but is it enough to fund through the winter? A rescue from the general fund is unlikely.
  10. What do you think?

    Do you think that people will join clubs and register sleds before January? There's always been a group of "wait until there's a lot of snow on the ground" people, and I expect they're still here, but are they now a majority?
  11. Storm Last Night

    NOAA has released a La Niña watch giving a 50-55% chance of a La Niña pattern developing in the fall and lasting through winter. La Nina tends to bring in colder and wetter winter weather to the northern United States, including New England. I know, I know, it's been a hot, dry, summer. https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/05/22/how-la-nina-could-impact-new-england-weather-this-year/ So, all we have to do is get on the right side of that 50%+ prediction of a cold, wet, winter, somehow deal with COVID-19, and find the revenue/resources to support our trail system. Sounds doable, maybe..... As individuals, the only one of the three factors that we can influence is the revenue/resource side. Update 9/10/2020 The Climate Prediction Center stated that "La Niña conditions are present and are likely to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter (~75% chance)." A bit of further reading showed that not all New Hampshire La Nina winters are created equal. Turns out that a strong La Nina winter typically produces less snow than a weak La Nina winter. https://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/what-about-snow-during-la-niña-winters
  12. Grass Drags Cancelled

    Thanks for the reply, John. Do you have any specifics on how the restaurants and hotels are dealing with the restrictions? I agree that campgrounds would provide a cost effective solution for lodging during the warmer months, but winter camping in Coos County doesn't have the same appeal. The traditional hotel/motel lodging in the north country survives the winters with large crowds over a few days per week. Can they cope with reduced customers during those few days per week? Without the food and lodging support the north country will have to get along with day-trippers and folks who own property up there. Add to this the increase in registration fees this year and it could be quieter in the north country this winter if this virus is with us this winter. A lot of the public support for motorized sports up there is driven by economic benefits to the economy; if the economic benefit drops off does the public support follow?
  13. Grass Drags Cancelled

    While it's impossible to predict conditions 6 months from now, I think we should look at how the OHRV people are dealing with this. The clubs, hotels, motels, restaurants, and stores in the north country must be dealing with this right now. The OHRV clubs have to deal with trail maintenance crews and public meetings. Anybody have any information on how successful the OHRV groups and hospitality industry have been? From news stories I've seen there seems to be good crowds using the OHRV trails., so something must be going right.
  14. When do 2019-2020 registration number come out?

    I saw some sales and registration numbers for last winter from ISMA. NH registrations: 41,275 US registrations: 1.1 million Wisconsin registrations: 220,000 (that means that better than 1 in every 5 US sleds is registered in Wisconsin!. ISMA lists numbers for 25 states, including Nebraska which registered 805 sleds) Maine registrations: 82,600 Quebec registrations: 208,000 Total new sleds sold in US: 51,036 Looking at some old US sales numbers the biggest recent years were between 1995 (148K) and 2002 ((134K), with 1996 and 1997 selling 170K each. Still, nothing like the early 1970's when about 600,000 sled were sold each year.
  15. CO Matt Holmes hit by ATV

    Another story on this incident that gives more details: https://patch.com/new-hampshire/concord-nh/officer-seriously-injured-when-struck-ohrv