jhwentworth

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from PolarisCobra in Putting Covid in the rear view mirror   
    Here's a pretty good story about how the vaccines happened.
    https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2021/01/26/moderna-covid-vaccine-science-fast/6555783002/
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from PolarisCobra in New Random photo thread...post them if you got them!   
    About 4" of new snow this morning, and a late February early sun.
     

     

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from Saluda in A story from Vermont   
    Over the weekend a covered bridge in Vermont was destroyed in a fire that was started by a burning snowmobile.
    https://apnews.com/article/fires-vermont-c52a72613a043b55c5afe3c4912d38ac
     
    If you've ever watched a sled burn you won't be surprised at all.
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    jhwentworth reacted to CATRESERVE in Could be tough to get out this season   
    Looks like the BLYE House/Camp Trail Side Chef Included.   I do think if we could have an Old Grass Roots Winter when everyone can ride out of/or in their own back yard it will distribute the riders throughout the state and the pressures of concentrated riding areas.   Trail Side Cookin  will be the norm this winter as well as returns to the cabin or home for lunch.  So step it up a notch and get ready.  During the week should not be a problem at restaurants but think of the new way to handle yourself to limit exposure.  Don't be hanging your helmet on the same post the last person did {hung on the mouth side)...take the helmet to your seat!   Go dig into those community plate of nacho's...don't think so! 
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from PolarisCobra in Notes on an old map   
    While looking at an old state map of the NH snowmobile trail system I saw some notes put together by the state regarding the trails. I thought some of those notes might be interesting to the current generations of riders in the Colebrook-Errol area. I then copied an old Umbagog Sports Association trail map that you could relate to the trails in the notes





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    jhwentworth got a reaction from pekabu in CanAm Snowmobile club (or prior club at Pawtuckway)   
    These old state maps were a set that included counties and a full sate map. I have county maps for only Merrimack, Hillsborough, and Coos counties, plus the state map. The state map has only corridor trails and state trails. The county maps include club trails. In short, I don't have a map that includes clubs trails for Rockingham County. Do you want a copy of the state map that shows C17 entering and exiting the park?
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from pekabu in CanAm Snowmobile club (or prior club at Pawtuckway)   
    This is from a state map back in the 1980's. The Snow Slickers now groom the trails there.

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from Nhpatriot in Unfavorable riding conditions   
    How many of us have taken our sled out around the lawn or field on a Fall day? Awful early for sled accidents.
    LOUDON
    Union Leader 10/14/2020
    Snowmobiler crashes into tree
    An 18-year-old Loudon man who took a snowmobile out for a spin on Tuesday afternoon was injured when he crashed into a tree, Fish and Game officials said.“The primary cause of the accident appears to be operator inexperience, speed, and unfavorable riding conditions,” Fish and Game officers said in a news release of Reid M. Campbell. Campbell suffered serious injuries in the 3:30 p.m. crash on private land in Loudon and was taken by ambulance to Concord Hospital. He was not wearing a helmet, Fish and Game officials said. “Fish and Game conservation officers would like to remind all riders that operating snowmobiles without adequate snow cover is dangerous and not recommended,” the news release states. The Loudon Police Department and Loudon Fire Department assisted conservation officers at the scene.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from Saluda in New Random photo thread...post them if you got them!   
    Supposed to be a cold weekend coming up. Looks like a traditional Fall is happening.
    This is from 2017
     

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from rossi46 in New Random photo thread...post them if you got them!   
    March 24, 2020  6"-8" of heavy, wet, snow. Plow was taken off the truck a week ago. Only one thing to do.
     

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from PolarisCobra in The Keith Haynes trail   
    I've heard that the Colebrook Ski-Bees have a new trail trail named after Keith Haynes. I remember the old Keith Haynes trail that we'd pass on the way to Colebrook. That trail was not our first option. Here's a magazine story about riding sleds in the area around the Balsams back in the 1990's.
    American Snowmobiler  1994
    https://amsnow.com/reviews/snowmobile-trails-travel/1994/11/the-historic-balsams
    We got in a lot of riding in not a lot of miles. Especially when we hit the R. Keith Haynes Memorial Trail. The sign on the Haynes trail marker simply stated, "North Country's First Groomed Trail." The joke of the day was "…and it hasn't been groomed since." It was a narrow trail. Ice formed from a previous rain and melt had frozen hard and bumpy in the -30 degree temperatures we faced during our travels. No amount of grooming would make a difference until much more snow would come. In the meantime, the grooming club would suffer abuse for this next to impossible to groom section of trail.
    BTW: I have an extra 1992 Umbagog Sports Association trail map that I can spare, any taker? This is the one with a picture of the new 197 ft bridge over the Androscoggin River built by the club. 
     
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    jhwentworth reacted to Old Thumper in Who has two thumbs and doesn’t have to register his sleds anymore?   
    Pigs will fly and Hell will freeze...
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from snorander in New antique registration rules?   
    Note that under current law there are two ways to qualify for antique plates: model year before 1969 or 25 or more years old.
    After 5/1/2020 there is only one way to qualify: model year before 1995. The twenty-five year old rule isn't there anymore. F&G still has the prior-to-May 1'st rules on their web site.I couldn't figure out how a 1995 qualified today but after 5/1/2020  it required a 1994 or earlier. 
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from metaluc in What incentives do NH land owners have?   
    NH does offer a 20% tax reduction to landowners who allow public access to land held under current use, but public OHRV/sled use isn't a required activity to get the discount.
    20% Recreational Adjustment.
    If a landowner decides not to post, and opens the property to public use without an entrance fee for 12 months a year, the land is entitled to a 20% reduction in the current use assessment of the acres opened to public recreational use. To receive the 20% recreation adjustment, the landowner must allow all of the following activities: Hunting Skiing Fishing Snowshoeing Hiking Nature Observation
    If any of these activities are detrimental to a specific agricultural or forest crop, that activity may be prohibited. If the 20% recreational adjustment has been granted, posting to prohibit any activity listed above requires approval of the local assessing officials. See Cub 305.03 for further explanation.
    The landowner may prohibit trespass upon his property for all other activities, including use of mechanized and off-highway vehicles (such as snowmobiles and three-wheelers), camping, cutting down trees, etc. Posting land to prohibit these activities will not affect the 20% recreation adjustment.
    Here's the current use rules: https://www.revenue.nh.gov/current-use/documents/2019-booklet.pdf
    Valuation of current use land is set by classification: farmland, forest land, unproductive land, and wetland.
    From the NH Business Review: 
    Farmland is currently assessed between $25 and $425 per acre. White pine forest with documented stewardship is assessed between $66 and $99 per acre and without stewardship between $110 and $165 per acre. Hardwood forest with stewardship is assessed between $28 and $43 per acre and without between $47 and $71 per acre. Unproductive and wetlands are assessed at $20 per acre. If land in current use is not posted but open to recreation — hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and nature observation — it qualifies for an additional 20 percent reduction in assessed value. 
    There is no buyout provision in the program. When land in current use is sold or transferred, it remains enrolled. But if the land is either developed or put to a disqualifying use, a land use change tax equal to 10 percent of its “full and fair value” is charged.
    Today, 3,008,456 acres — more than half the land area of the state — is enrolled in current use, and virtually half of it qualifies for the recreational discount. Forest land, with and without stewardship, covers 2,623,405 acres, or 87 percent, of the land in current use. The 204,353 acres of farmland account for 7 percent of the total, while 180,698 acres of unproductive land and wetland make up the balance.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from snorander in Looking for information on the 1970 Laconia International Snowmobile Championship   
    I'm closing the nominations for the 2020 Lazarus Awards now. This thread has been dead for 5 years and has now come back to life.
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    jhwentworth reacted to metaluc in Snowmobiling driving NH Economy in Northern NH   
    Getting state economic impact from a Ridge Runner groomer is not likely to be unbiased nor a valid measurement of state economic impact statistics.
    UNH is considered a more authoritative source.
    Like someone mentioned, it's an opinion piece.
    Talk to real people in North country, it's important. But leaf peeping and skiing are probably equally important.
    I've read more informative articles with real statics rather than opinions. I was unimpressed with this article. Facts would be more helpful. But researching them them is not as much fun as a ride with a groomer!
     
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    jhwentworth reacted to John Mercier in Snowmobiling driving NH Economy in Northern NH   
    It is an interesting opinion piece... but shows off a major problem.
    Tourism is about $6 billion of an $80 billion State economy... so not really the driving force. 
    The estimate is that Coos County accounts for roughly 3% of that $6 billion in tourism (based on M&R revenue).
    So it means that northern NH's economy is really quite bad.
     
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from pekabu in Any sleds not ridden in Pittsburg   
    Until you find out that his wife's name is Ella Snall.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from pekabu in Any sleds not ridden in Pittsburg   
    Until you find out that his wife's name is Ella Snall.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from PolarisCobra in random photo thread   
    Pretty good display today.
     

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from snorander in random photo thread   
    Not much like summer.

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from PolarisCobra in random photo thread   
    Pretty good display today.
     

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    jhwentworth got a reaction from Skip in Any sleds not ridden in Pittsburg   
    No, Renegades are ridden exclusively  in Pittsburg and Northern Maine.. That's why they have 5,000 miles on a 2-year old sled. Another sled driven in the Lake's region with 1500 miles would be worth much less.
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    jhwentworth got a reaction from metaluc in What incentives do NH land owners have?   
    NH does offer a 20% tax reduction to landowners who allow public access to land held under current use, but public OHRV/sled use isn't a required activity to get the discount.
    20% Recreational Adjustment.
    If a landowner decides not to post, and opens the property to public use without an entrance fee for 12 months a year, the land is entitled to a 20% reduction in the current use assessment of the acres opened to public recreational use. To receive the 20% recreation adjustment, the landowner must allow all of the following activities: Hunting Skiing Fishing Snowshoeing Hiking Nature Observation
    If any of these activities are detrimental to a specific agricultural or forest crop, that activity may be prohibited. If the 20% recreational adjustment has been granted, posting to prohibit any activity listed above requires approval of the local assessing officials. See Cub 305.03 for further explanation.
    The landowner may prohibit trespass upon his property for all other activities, including use of mechanized and off-highway vehicles (such as snowmobiles and three-wheelers), camping, cutting down trees, etc. Posting land to prohibit these activities will not affect the 20% recreation adjustment.
    Here's the current use rules: https://www.revenue.nh.gov/current-use/documents/2019-booklet.pdf
    Valuation of current use land is set by classification: farmland, forest land, unproductive land, and wetland.
    From the NH Business Review: 
    Farmland is currently assessed between $25 and $425 per acre. White pine forest with documented stewardship is assessed between $66 and $99 per acre and without stewardship between $110 and $165 per acre. Hardwood forest with stewardship is assessed between $28 and $43 per acre and without between $47 and $71 per acre. Unproductive and wetlands are assessed at $20 per acre. If land in current use is not posted but open to recreation — hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and nature observation — it qualifies for an additional 20 percent reduction in assessed value. 
    There is no buyout provision in the program. When land in current use is sold or transferred, it remains enrolled. But if the land is either developed or put to a disqualifying use, a land use change tax equal to 10 percent of its “full and fair value” is charged.
    Today, 3,008,456 acres — more than half the land area of the state — is enrolled in current use, and virtually half of it qualifies for the recreational discount. Forest land, with and without stewardship, covers 2,623,405 acres, or 87 percent, of the land in current use. The 204,353 acres of farmland account for 7 percent of the total, while 180,698 acres of unproductive land and wetland make up the balance.