POLARIS CALEB MOORE RZR RAFFLE
At this year’s High Lifter Mud Nationals, Polaris donated a RZR XP 900 to raffle in memory of Polaris-sponsored freestyle
rider Caleb Moore. The unit was dressed with High Lifter wheels and tires, Pro Armor doors, a Kicker audio system, and a
Toyskinz Caleb Moore-replica wrap. Fly provided gear for two people, and Rockstar Energy Drink donated Rockstar for a year
to the winner. With the Moore family in attendance, Colten Moore drew the winning ticket. Austin Hopkins of Kilgore, Texas,
held the winning ticket. The raffle raised $14,400 for the Moore family.
Since sponsors regularly donate ATVs or UTVs
for the major jamborees to raffle away, it pays to
attend and buy a few tickets, like Austin Hopkins
did at the High Lifter Mud Nationals.
Obama’s sequester didn’t take away the money the Marines want to spend on the
Johnson Valley OHV Area, so District 8 Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) introduced a bill to protect
it as a national OHV area.
IS JOHNSON VALLEY OHV SAVED?
In a blow to U.S. Navy efforts to expand a military base into
the popular Johnson Valley Off-Highway vehicle riding area (the
nation’s largest), a key federal lawmaker is offering a proposal to
block the effort. The Department of the Navy wants to expand a
Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, California, into Johnson
Valley. However, U.S. Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA), who represents
the area, said that he would offer a proposal to designate
Johnson Valley as a National Off-Highway Vehicle recreation area,
protecting it from a Navy takeover. The bill would also authorize
limited military use of the area. “The training of the U.S. Marine
Corps is vital to the safety of the American people, and the
exercises taking place on the Twentynine Palms base enable our
Marine forces to defend our nation and its allies throughout the
world,” Cook said. “However, I can’t support the expansion plan
offered by the Marine Corps, which would hand them ownership
of Johnson Valley. Marine Corps ownership would prevent many
public-space activities, including big public off-highway events
like King of the Hammers, from taking place. Off-roaders and
other users of Johnson Valley make huge contributions to the
economic well-being of the Morongo Valley, and losing that
revenue during slow economic times would be devastating.
Protecting the Marine Corps’ budget is also extremely important
to me, and I believe the funds set aside for purchasing this land
for the Marine Corps could be put to better use.”