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  1. ET

    Claer Creek Rangers With Attitude

    Skeeter, Times have changed at Clear Creek. William is gone and the new regime will write tickets and ask questions later. They are not our friends like William. Bottom line is - they are cops and are going to enforce the rules and write tickets so they can prove to the environmentalists who want to have Clear Creek closed that the BLM is "managing the area". Unfortunately written tickets is one measure of how well they are managing. I have no sympathy for your friend who did not keep his registration current. Green sticker funds help to keep our riding areas open and are a cost of enjoying our sport. My understanding is that you can not transport an unregistered vehicle on any public road so it would not matter if you had entered Clear creek or not. The BLM rangers are also deputized by San Benito County to enforce the law outside of Clear Creek so they can write you up for DUI and other offences on Coalinga Road. So beware as you could be stopped for a tail light being out.
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    Clear creek Weekly Pass

    The BLM started charging a fee to use Clear Creek. It is $80 for a season pass or you can buy a weekly pass that is good from Wed. thru Tues. Weekly passes are $5 for the transport vehicle parking and $10 for each OHV. Children 16 and under ride free. Makes for an expensive one day trip. To expedite the process of getting a weekly pass when you arrive at Clear Creek I would like to make the following suggstions. First, bring exact change because the BLM people can't make change (easily). You will need $5 for the yellow envelope for the parking pass for the transport vehicle and $10 to put into each white OHV pass envelope. You can pay by check or by credit card. If using a card you will have to fill out a form with your personal information and credit card number. If it were me I would bring cash or a check. The BLM requires that you fill out information on the envelope including the green/red sticker number so write down your sticker number on a piece of paper and stick it in you wallet so you don't have to get out of the truck. If your bike is new and you haven't received a green/red sticker yet from DMV, then write down your VIN number. Bring a pen with you to fill out the envelopes. Bring additional pens if there are more than one person. Most of the BLM pens disappeared during the day so BYOP. When you have finished filling out the envelopes, tear off your receipt and make sure you get the weekly sticker for the bike out of the white envelope. The yellow receipt for the transport vehicle should be displayed on the dashboard of the truck once you park. The busiest times were between 8:30 and 10:00 so if you can get there earlier there should be less of a wait. Better yet, get a season pass and just drive in. Of course everyone in the truck will need to have a season pass or you will have to stop.
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    Clear creek Weekly Pass

    Yes, if you ride out of Rambler's camp you would still need to go to the Clear Creek entrance to get a pass.
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    Clear Creek?

    Globalwarmer is correct and it will cost you $5 for your transport vehicle and $10 for each OHV. With the new fee program I would expect that there will be a ranger checking green stickers and spark arrestors at the entrance station.
  5. Starting Jan 2 you will have to pay to ride at Clear Creek. There are several shops selling season passes but the daily/weekly can only be purchased at the main entrance to Clear Creek. Information about the fee program can be found at: http://www.salinasramblersmc.org/Clear%20Creek/clearcreek.htm (Dec 16) and in discussions at: http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48617 Bottom line, buy a season pass if you go the the creek a lot. If not be prepared to sit in line to buy a weekly pass at the entrance station. A season pass is $80 and covers a transport vehicle and 2 OHVs for the entire year of 2008 (when CC is open). A weekly pass (Wed thru Tues) is $5 for the transport vehicle (Pick-up, motorhome, etc.) and $10 per OHV. Children 16 and under do not need a pass.
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    Last free week at Clear Creek

    The Ramblers have to follow the same rules as everyone else. I will be buying a season pass and have encouraged all other SRMC members to do the same. If a Rambler brings a guest who does not have a season pass, then they will have to stop at the entrance station just like everyone else and buy a weekly pass. AgoosSS, I believe that park rangers will be working during the week and can sell you a pass. Another option is you could call the Hollister office and ask them to mail you the registration forms that you could mail back with a check. For those entering from New Idria without a season pass, I suggest that you call the Hollister office, ask for Lesly Smith, and iquire about parking and riding over to the entrance to get your pass. The BLM is trying to discourage parking on the New Idria side and will not be installing an Iron Ranger for fee collection on that side.
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    Anyone been to Clear Creek

    Information about the fee program can be found at http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48617 $5 for transport vehicle and $10 for each OHV. Pass good for a week from Wed. to Tues. Or you can buy a annual pass for $80 that covers the transport vehicle and 2 OHVs.
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    Anyone been to Clear Creek

    Fee won't start until Jan 1, 2008. Tickets are being written for riding off of the main roads on the KCAC property near the paved road and the white gates, AKA the Lumps. The airplane loop is closed until the BLM opens new routes to replace the routes on the KCAC property. More information about the EIS process can be found at http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=107
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    Save Clear Creek Fun Ride!

    We will have guided rides by skill level. For instance, lets say you a B enduro but don't know Clear Creek, we will attempt to match you up with a club B rider and ride trails that are technical but not killer. If you want to be a real hero, then you can ride with Jordan Brandt. Good luck. He is too fast for me.
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    Clear Creek Closures & Public Meetings

    The san Jose meeting is this coming Thursday evening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library starting at 6PM
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    Clear Creek Closures & Public Meetings

    Coalinga meeting is tomorrow night and San Jose next Thursday!
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    Clear Creek Closures & Public Meetings

    More information about the planning process may be found on the Salinas Rambler web site at: http://www.salinasramblersmc.org/Clear%20Creek/2007EIS.htm We do need a good turnout at these meetings!
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    The End Of BigBoober is near

    Since we're counting, 31 years, 1 month. Bob, Congratulations! How about bring the bride down to the Creek for our Halloween fundraiser for Jordan Brandt's ISDE. http://salinasramblersmc.org/Jordan%20Fundraiser/2007Fundraiser.htm I might be able to take you on some rabbit trails!
  14. The BLM has announced three scoping meetings to help them prepare an EIS for Clear Creek. The planning process that concluded in Jan. 2006 concerned the routes and barrens. I am not clear what the BLM is trying to accomplish with this new EIS aside from creating a new health risk assessment in conjunction with a report due to be released by the EPA. I see it as an opportunity to address some of the mistakes made in the last process and to perhaps come up with better wet season closure rules. Here is a link to the BLM announcement last Thursday: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2007/september/CCMNews0770_CCMA_NOI.html Here are the dates for the public meetings: All public meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. The date and location of each meeting are listed below: September 27 - Veterans Memorial Hall 649 San Benito St. Hollister October 4 - Harris Ranch Garden Ballroom 24505 W. Dorris Ave. Coalinga October 11 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library Room 225 150 E. San Fernando St. San Jose As I learn more I will post on my blog. I haven't kept it up much lately but now there will be something to write about. http://www.salinasramblersmc.org/Tobin/Blog/blog.htm
  15. We need people to show up for these meetings.
  16. Don't know if this has been posted before. Just got this from Don Amador of the BRC. Best news is the elimination of the ohv commission from the grants process: SB 742 Highlights Projected SB742 OHMVR Program Budget: $75million/yr. Budget increase from current $62million/yr. to $75million/yr. comes from increase of green sticker fees and use fees at SVRAs Projected Grant Funding: $25.5 million/yr. Funds that would be available for grants such as funds for county OHV parks Forest Service and BLM OHV recreation areas, etc. There is a $25 increase in the green sticker for a two year license. It will be $50 for two year license. The Commission will have two more Governor Appointments for a total of 5 appointments meaning any Governor will have control the Commission like Governors do on 95% of all other Commissions and Boards by virtue of his appointees. The Commission will become advisory in nature (like other similar commissions in the state or Forest Service or BLM Resource Advisory Councils). The Division will approve grants (FS and BLM also have this executive branch fiscal authority) using new regulations and a scoring method will be developed by user stakeholder groups. The Deputy Director will not be involved in the scoring. There will be an appeals process to the Director of Parks if the applicant does not receive the grant. This will not hold up the majority of the other grants. There is a 10-year sunset on the program. With the fee increase the Grants Program should increase to $25.5 million next year. 50% of all grant funds will go to operations and maintenance and trails 25% for Restoration projects. 20% to law enforcement. Of this 20%, 40% will go to local law enforcement, 30% to BLM and 30% to USFS in non competitive grants. 5% will go to safety and education in separate programs. Both O&M and restoration grant funds will roll over to their respective pot for the next year if they are not all spent during the year. They will be available for spending the following year. The bill does not touch or mention county in lieu funds that counties currently receive. Concerning the $14 million remaining in the conservation and enforcement source account (CESA) for restoration projects, 40% of the funds will be used to complete necessary route designation and implementation on USFS and BLM lands. The remaining restoration funds will be spent at the rate of $1.1 million per year for restoration projects through the grants process. When these CESA funds are gone, the CESA account will disappear # # #
  17. It appears that this EIS will deal mainly with risk assessment. EPA is due out with their final report soon and I expect that they will recommend closure or additional limitations over and above the seasonal closure (6/1 thro 10/15)
  18. There will be a showing of the classic motorcycle movie On Any Sunday at the State Theatre in Modesto on SUNDAY, August 26th. This benefit for the BlueRibbon Coalition is sponsored by Honda Kawasaki of Modesto and is being hosted to honor the life of Billy Ray of Modesto, an avid motorcyclist and competitor. Come on out for an enjoyable SUNDAY evening and a good cause. Event flyer: http://www.salinasramblersmc.org/Tobin/Blog/Billy%20Ray%20July%2027ss.JPG
  19. The BLM will host a meeting on Saturday, August 11 starting at 11AM to discuss their 2007/2008 green sticker grant request and also to explain the fee program that they will initiate in January of 2008. Location is the BLM office at 20 Hamilton Court in Hollister, 95023 http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/hollister_field_office.html For those planning to attend, perhaps you could hit Hollister Hills for an early morning ride.
  20. If Can-Am comes out with a new bike, I would consider replacing my DRZ as I always had good luck with them. Still have two in the shed, a '74 TNT 175 and a '77 250TNT. I believe that Johnny Martin was testing an ATK framed Can-Am back in late 1987 when Bombardier pulled the plug on the motorcycle operation.
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    Clear creek fees are coming

    The OHV community will be working with the BLM to come up a realistic fee schedule for the next riding season. I am not convinced yet that the BLM can justify the fee yet. As I understand it, there will be a fee for the transport vehicle of $5 and then you will also need a sticker or tag for each OHV that you bring. The BLM is also proposing a season pass for $80. Check the Rambler's Clear Creek page for information as it develops. http://www.salinasramblersmc.org/clearcreek.htm The new threat on the horizon is the EPA. I understand that they will soon propose that the BLM close Clear Creek totally to motorized recreation. Thanks to all for the donations. All monies go to our legal defense fund hosted by the Blue Ribbon Coalition.
  22. We finally got out a press release on the results of the Repsol promotion that we ran the first quarter of the year to raise money for the Clear Creek and El Dorado National Forest legal defense funds. Final tally was a little over $10K going to the BRC. Thanks to everyone who helped with this promotion and/or bought Repsol products. I hope you will continue as Repsol will likely continue to help the OHV community in Northern CA. Press release has just been posted on the BRC's web site: http://www.sharetrails.org/releases/media/index.cfm?story=499
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    OHV Grant money for non-OHV projects

    I have to agree with Sephw. The greens have been trying for several years to close Clear Creek. One of the ways was to deny green sticker funds to the BLM in the hopes that they would fold their hand. The other is the lawsuit by the greens claiming the area is being mismanaged or unmanaged because the BLM laks the resources to do the job properly. While we all wish the BLM and Greens would disappear from the face of the earth, it isn't going to happen. The only solution that I see is to work with the BLM to help them manage the area. The BRC and the legal defense fund are looking at options but high powered lawsuits lawsuits, and butt kicking are not under consideration at this time.
  24. Just in from the BLM: The BLM invites the public for a workshop at the Hollister Field Office at 1pm June 17, 2006. The following are primary items for discussion: 1) OHMVR (Green Sticker) Grants - public review of draft, comments and discussion 2) Fee program - share proposed structure and mechanisms 3) Special Events - Cost recovery - discuss and answer questions The Field Office is located at 20 Hamilton Court in Hollister. Please call if you need directions or want additional information. Brian White Clear Creek Project Coordinator BLM - Hollister Field Office (831) 630-5044 They are doing this on a Saturday so as to allow the public a better chance to attend rather than scheduling on a weekday evening.