SNORE Races

TimHayosh

Well-Known Member
Could someone "in-the-know" please comment of the status of the SNORE calendar for 2002 and beyond? The article (pasted below) makes it sound like this season is over already. I haven't seen any threads here about it, and go-desert's "Checkpoint" has been off-line for a few days. My team planned on doing the April race plus the night race.

-----------------------------------cut and paste from Las Vegas Review-Journal-----------------------------

Public lands managers are caught in a bind between the Endangered Species Act and a group of off-road desert racers who say their sport will become extinct if the Bureau of Land Management yanks their permits for a year because of violations during a recent race near Laughlin.

"That's a death penalty. It would put us completely out of off-road racing," said Don Dayton, past director and longtime member of Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts -- a nonprofit group that has held races in the Mojave Desert for 30 years.

BLM officials say they were left with no choice but to penalize the group for repeated violations or face a mandate from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would prohibit off-road racing for all groups permanently.

But Dayton, group President Kenny Freeman, and longtime member Roger Gaskill argued that race sponsorship would dry up after a year without holding their seven annual races, and hotel businesses in Jean and Laughlin would be hurt.

Mike Gaughan, vice president of Coast Resorts, confirmed one of their fears.

"We're now in a spot where it will affect a race in two weeks. They'd have to cancel 200 rooms," he told the Resource Advisory Council, a citizens panel that makes recommendations to the BLM but is not a decision-making body.

On Friday, the panel recommended that a previously scheduled closed-door meeting between the BLM and the group be moved up one week to Wednesday and that the parties continue talks.

"Our manager is still in consultation with staff on what sanctions will fall out," BLM spokesman Phillip Guerrero said Friday.

The discussion Thursday and Friday centered on a letter Freeman received this week advising him that permits for holding off-road races are suspended for a year for violations BLM officials observed during the Avi 250, a race held in mid-February near Laughlin. The race included dune buggies, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles.

Dayton and many from the group of 85 at Thursday's meeting said BLM officials failed to communicate the seriousness of the violations at the time.

Also, Dayton said that some incidents, like minors and adults "riding all over the desert, including cross country during and after the event," might not have been linked to the 64 entrants in the race.

In all, rangers said they observed violations of eight of 14 wildlife guidelines the BLM is required to follow to allow speed races while affording habitat protection for desert tortoises, a federally protected threatened species, and other species.

David Barajas, an outdoor recreation supervisor, noted that a prerace field check conducted with Freeman's group on Feb. 14 found that the landscape at start, finish and main pit areas had been bladed in violation of the Endangered Species Act.

In order to allow the race to go on, arrangements were made for the group to offset the impact by paying mitigation fees to the Clark County Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan and rehabilitate another part of the desert.

BLM Associate Field Manager John Jamrog, said he tried to work with the group before the race to prevent any misunderstandings like those surrounding violations at an event last year that resulted in the BLM suspending one of the races the group had planned.

"I don't feel there was a communication problem," Jamrog said.

On Thursday, Dayton said he had a different view of the situation at the Avi 250.

"John Jamrog, he is not on our side," Dayton said, standing before the panel and wearing a sweatshirt that depicts a desert racer with the words, "Endangered Specie" over him.

Dayton complained that the stipulations on desert racing "cannot be met 100 percent, even by the BLM ... without a big fence to keep everybody out."

Panel member Patrick Chicas, who represents permitted recreation interests on public lands in Southern Nevada, said, "The two sides need to sit down at the table, absolutely as soon as possible."

During a break in Thursday's meeting, Dayton said he feared the group's positive impacts on Southern Nevada wildlife will be lost if races are prohibited for a year.

"We go out and repair about 330 water guzzlers for wildlife," he said, referring to tanks near spring areas that bighorn sheep, wild horses and other animals depend on during summer droughts.

Barajas said he advised Jamrog to suspend the group for one to three years, but "Mr. Jamrog felt one year was sufficient to bring SNORE (Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts) into compliance," he said.

"I think communication has gone forward. I think SNORE is not able to manage their races," Barajas said.




Happy motoring, Tim
 

ScottWisdom

Well-Known Member
Just got off the phone with Bryan Freeman (the Freeman clan is "in-the-know" about the SNORE races).

Everything is back to normal at SNORE. All permits have been reinstated. The Buffalo Bills 400 is going to be a great race...especially with all the Pro 1600 racers!

Important note...we all have to be on our best behavoir because the BLM will be watching very closely. We all have to use fueling carpets (if you forget to bring one, go talk with Freeman Carpets) or else you may be ticketed and your race car will be DQ'd. ATV riding and speeding on the chase roads will also cause your race car to be DQ'd. 25mph speed limit. Be sure to remind all your crew before the race!
 

Mike_McCluskey

Well-Known Member
Someone needs to remove that Nimrod/Jamrod guy! And the rest of the kooks!
Its starting, we better start being more involved!
 

pjc

Chairman
As the BLM RAC member for Southern Nevada representing Permitted Recreation, i.e. "racing" I must say...........

This is a time to support SNORE to absolutely make sure that the race goes off without a hitch and not a time to point fingers at anyone.

Please, do everything you can to make sure you comply with all the rules. The rest can be worked on later as needed.

Thanks

PJCinLV
 

klaus

Administrator
Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts

NEWS FLASH "THE SHOW WILL GO ON"

3/13/02
contact: Eric Record (SNORE media); editor@go-desert.com

For Immediate release.

The OFFICIAL and FINAL word as of 3:00pm PST 3/13/2002
after meeting between the Officials of SNORE and the officials of the Las Vegas District Bureau of Land Management.

The 2002 SNORE "Kartek, Buffalo Bills 400" Off Road Race GOES ON EXACTLTY AS SCHEDULED. NO CHANGE IN DATE, TIMES, OR LAYOUT.

A detailed follow up press release will follow and will be posted tonight on the www.Go-Desert.com NEWS PAGE
 

Eric_Record

Well-Known Member
Many thanks Klaus for the FWD to the Dezert People as I am not able to post during "work hours". yes the show will go on and the entire SNORE 2002 race calendar remains intact. we wanted to get the definitive word out ASAP, hence the short but accurate NEWS FLASH release. more news and a more detailed press release later.

thanks again, see you all at the races,

Eric



Go Desert Productions ~~~~~~~~~~ http://www.go-desert.com
 

Tom_Willis

Well-Known Member
The quote from the newspaper that caught my eye was "In order for the race to go on, arrangements were made for the group to offset the impact by paying mitigation fees".................. Interesting.... I never went to lawyer school, but I've been screwed by a few. "Mitigation fees" is government speak for "additional revenue enhancement". The problem is that the bill, er ah, "Mitigation fee" can continue, or go up each season So where does the Nevada tourist commission stand on this? I bet that their budget is bigger than SNORE's, and while SNORE risks losing races, Nevada casinos & hotels risk losing revenue, and jobs.
 

pjc

Chairman
There is a federal guideline or statuate on the books that says that if internal BLM costs are more than $5000 to administrate and, or man an event of any kind, then the event holder must pay all BLM admin and manpower costs. Casey and Sal have always paid this. I think SNORE will have to pay this on the larger races but, don't quote me on that.

All in all, it's not the BLM that you should be aiming your angst at, it's the ECO-NAZIS and the politicos that they have bought. The BLM is at the receiving end of their bullsh*t much more than you think.

PJCinLV
 
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