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My boys and I had a great time getting to The Slash X, what beautiful and unique scenery.
Next time we're taking the bikes!
See FOGR Fhotos 2010 for some pics!!!
The Slash X Run
As we expected the turnout was small due to the weather. Rick stuck his Cherokee on Means Lake. All five dry lakes we encountered were very much full of water. Rex missed the boat and took the high road back to the cabins. The remainder of the expedition left means and crossed Melville Lake without incident.
The flats on the way to Soggy Lake were washed out and impassable. From on top the small dunes, some folks call them the razorbacks we picked out a route that left us south of Johnson Valley open area on what I have to assume were CSA roads.
In Case You Didn't Know...
It’s a matter of record. The Supervisors expressed reservations about the workability of OHV Ordinance #3973 at its adoption hearing over three years ago. But, they heard no opposition at that time so they agreed to give it a one year trial to see how it would fly! (Video available from Clerk of the Board)
Read what our President wrote in the local newspaper (Hi Desert Star)
Pleased with progress, Friends of Giant Rock looks to future
By Ray Pessa
President, Friends of Giant Rock
Published: Saturday, January 9, 2010 12:28 AM CST
Friends of Giant Rock find ordinance change acceptable.In August of 2006 the San Bernardino County Supervisors enacted OHV Ordinance 3973. After hearing many arguments against the staging permit, which requires a $155 permit from the county applied for four to six weeks in advance by property owners who would have more than nine persons at their property for the purpose of riding an OHV, The supervisors agree that personal property rights and invasion of privacy may be an issue and agreed to look more deeply into the validity of a staging permit requirement for individual family’s use of private property.
Brad Mitzelfelt, 1st District Supervisor
Telephone: (760) 955-5400
Telephone: (909) 387-4830
Fax: (760) 955-5410 (Victorville)
Fax: (909) 387-3029 (San Bernardino)
Janice Rutherford, 2nd District Supervisor
Telephone: (909) 387-4833
Fax: (909) 387-3265 (San Bernardino)
Fax: (909) 948-5040 (Rancho Cucamonga)
Neil Derry, 3rd District Supervisor
Telephone: (909) 387-4855
Fax: (909) 387-3018
Gary C. Orvitt, 4th District Supervisor
Telephone: (909) 387-4866
Telephone: (909) 465-1895 (Chino)
Fax: (909) 628-4527 (Chino)
Fax: (909) 387-8903 (San Bernardino)
Josie Gonzales, 5th District Supervisor
Telephone: (909) 387-4565
Fax: (909) 387-5392
Friends of Giant Rock Annual meeting came off without a hitch. A little drizzle in the morning made the hot dogs from Mustards Last Stand taste even better. Thanks DanO, we all enjoyed some chow after the meeting.
All outgoing officers Chris Miller, Mark Lanham, Kim Minyard and Jim Minyard were on hand to pass the lug wrench, and will carry on to assist the not so newbie’s.
The 29 Palms planning commission meeting was basically uneventful. Both sides of the OHV issue were heard. Bottom line was a continued study of a “conceptual” OHV plan was approved. I came to realize that it’s not just inter-city access trails that they're talking about but also the local motocross tracks and OHV recreation areas of 29 Palms. The city officials seem to realize economic and social benefits of a OHV friendly community but pressure from the same anti-OHV zealots we’ve been fighting all along are having a negative effect on any progress the city makes.
Here are some things that have transpired over the last couple days. At a HVCC (Homestead Valley Community Council) meeting Monday local communities discovered that FOGR are not bad guys. We provided valuable information regarding the proposed Mojave monument, wind and solar projects in their area, including a recent application by Padoma Wind Power to plant a wind farm on New Dixie Mine Rd. between the two Bighorn wilderness areas.
Supervisors Approve Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement Agreements
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on August 4 approved an off-highway vehicle enforcement agreement with the state Department of Parks and Recreation. Through the agreement, the County will receive grant funding totaling $242,825 to be used for OHV enforcement in the Victor Valley, Barstow and mountain areas.