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April 1, 1999 1:00 AM
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Those who have read George Orwell's classic book, "Animal Farm" will be familiar with the phrase "everyone is equal, but some are more equal than others." The line was used by the ruling pigs in the story to justify why they were giving themselves special privileges over the other animals. It was necessary, you see, that the leaders have the best...
April 1, 1999 1:00 AM
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(Trailbike enthusiast)
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It started when some clients hired my New York based company to install audio, video, and phone systems in their new home in Vail, Colorado. I was to fly out there to install the systems. This offered a perfect opportunity to do what I have dreamed about ever since I started riding dirt bikes ten years ago9to trail ride in the Rockies. As it...
April 1, 1999 1:00 AM
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(Former BRC Executive Director)
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"All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy." That is a useful old saying for OHV activists who get bogged down defending our sports. In March I made a couple of trips, one of which provided an opportunity for a little "play" time. I traveled to Phoenix Arizona for the People for the USA board meeting in early March. I had been asked to make a...
April 1, 1999 1:00 AM
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In response to the Bluewater Network's petition to ban snowmobiles from national parks, the International Snowmobile Manufacturer's Association (ISMA) has created the following Question and Answer Fact Sheet. Question: What is the Bluewater Network, and what is its objective? Answer: The Bluewater Network is a group that would like to see the...
April 1, 1999 1:00 AM
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(President, Southern Sierra Fat Tire Club)
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I'd like to first thank Clark Collins and the rest of the BRC staff for this opportunity to elaborate on the Mountain Biking Club I'm president of--The Southern Sierra Fat Tire Association (SSFTA). When I first contacted the BRC through the Internet, I was surprised to have my e-mail answered the next day by the Executive Director, Clark Collins....
April 1, 1999 1:00 AM
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(Editor, BlueRibbon Magazine)
"What do Dave Foreman, Daniel Botkin, Jill Belsky, George Stankey, Peter Vitousek, and Gary Snyder all have in common? They will all be speaking at the Wilderness Science In A Time Of Change Conference in Missoula, Montana, May 23-27, 1999." So begins the promotional message for a conference purporting to be a science-based discussion on...
January 1, 1999 1:00 AM
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With apologies to Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, I will now lead you through a modern day fairy tale about the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which has just completed its twenty-fifth year. It begins like this: "Babbitt announces new policy, plans to 'delist' endangered species," proclaimed a Department of Interior press release on...
January 1, 1999 1:00 AM
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(Editor, BlueRibbon Magazine)
"It doesn't matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true." Paul Watson, founder of Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd. There are times I read what the green advocates would have the public believe, and I despair for the truth. It seems as if we live in a strangely reversed world, where the truth is disclaimed as lies, and falsehood is...
January 1, 1999 1:00 AM
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There has been so much misinformation and disinformation by the National Park service in relation to the proposed closure of the Wilderness zone of Denali National Park and Preserve. I thought it would be helpful to tell the real story. During the summer of 1997, the Alaskan State Snowmobile Association (ASSA) got wind of the NPS plan to start a...
January 1, 1999 1:00 AM
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(BRC Media Consultant)
Relying on inflated figures, incomplete research, and magically extrapolated data, a coalition of environmental extremists petitioned the Department of the Interior to close all National Parks to snowmobile use forever. This is another appalling and unfounded attack on an enjoyable and historic use of our National Parks. Adena Cook, Public Lands...

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