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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Carnegie SVRA Rally and Ride

The hills were alive with the sounds of dirt bikes!!  It was awesome.  Yesterday's rally at Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA) was a huge success.  The judge's order to close the park has already had a stay of a couple weeks and we're fighting to get the park back FULLY open in short order.

This is one of those bordering on silly situations -- but enough is enough, and silly or not, the OHV community is sick of being pushed around.  The FIGHT BACK attitude is alive and well.

Don Amador shows what a hoax this judge's order is...

Del and Don in the BlueRibbon booth with local riders who support BlueRibbon and Carnegie SVRA.

It was about the kids...and there were plenty of kids in riding gear on the stage to show the press how we want to have something for our kids and their motorized recreation future.

Side Note:  no matter what eco-situations we have or don't have on the ground where ever we recreate, it has been proven over and over that WE are ready, willing and ABLE to step up and fix it!  As volunteers, we are proven source of passionate and dedicated workers capable of drawing on our vast resources to fix any problem thrown at us.  Closure is not necessary; and not an option!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Off-Road Voters and a Great Gift

If you're looking for a great sticker that reflects our motorized sports and what we need to be doing, check this out from California Jeep Authority.  I got mine.

Land Use Activist Don Klusman Passes Away

I'm saddened to report that we lost another land use activist yesterday, unexpectedly.  Don Klusman, long time advocate and Resource Consultant for the Calif. Assoc. of 4wheel Drive Clubs left us quickly.

Don has a passionate and noteable career helping us fight for our trails and access.  Read more on the Cal4wheel website here:

Bye Don..we'll miss you.

Monday, December 21, 2009

USAA Insurance Company Teaches Uncle Del About Modern Communications

I am amazed at how our world is changing in the way of computers, electronics and communications. My first "Tweet" was more powerful than my first date as a teenager. My first "blog" gave me chills. And I thought my first time with online banking was scarier than jumping out of airplanes in army boots. But no; there's more.

United Services Automobile Association (USAA) insurance and banking company just told me how I can now do my insurance stuff AND bank on my Blackberry (or iPhone) and even do DEPOSITS using my phone camera and phone internet. OMG!!! Deposit a check I’m holding in my hand while taking a picture of it with my phone? What's next?

Now this post is more than a lame advertisement for USAA, albeit I've been with them for 40 years and I highly recommend them to ANYONE who has served in the military. Yes, they are now open to any and all honorable vets. But this blog is about how we must embrace new technology and apply it to those clients, customers and friends who are involved in the game of protecting our freedoms and fighting for our access to public lands. And we must especially apply all these new technologies to folks who love to recreate in the great outdoors, but have yet to figure out that they need to be fighting with us.

Well, ok, I may not be as amazed as I’m playing up here because in reality I’m fully embracing all the new technology I can. Yes, there will be some who feel “big brother” is watching us a bit too much here and there. But I believe that if you embrace all the security and common sense measures to go along with the “in touch” world, you’ll be just fine.

The point I’m really trying to drive home is that if you are trying to make a different in land use and access, or outdoor recreation in general, you should be using all means available to you. Hey maybe for you, like me, that also includes streaming tweets to your website along with an integrated hyper-link to your Facebook account with a side channel to your MySpace page. Whew…

I suspect companies other than USAA are doing this sort of banking thing, but you can learn more at (if you’re military or ex-military).

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Off Road Christmas Auction for BlueRibbon Underway Now



Contact: Del Albright, BRC Ambassador
Phone: (209) 304-7693
Date: December 1, 2009
BRC Christmas Auction Project: LIVE and RUNNING

POCATELLO, ID (December 1) - It's on!!! Our Christmas and holiday auction is live and running with sleigh bells. Bids are flying; businesses are sponsoring; and the auction is ready for you. We're still getting new items to add to the list, but it's time to check out what you need to bid on to fill that chimney stocking of yours.

You know the deal. This special online auction is designed to help us all save trails and keep our sports alive. Yeah, well, that's all fine and dandy, but it's also a very impressive list of goodies just waiting for your click.

Just in, we have:

Axia Alloys Billet Mount Rear View Mirror (Side x Side)
4 Registrations to Rally on the Rocks (UTV event, Moab)
Axia Alloys iPod Billet Mount (UTV)
The Tugger (Rear and Front) Combos and Straps for dirt bikes
Parts Mike Dana 44 High Steer for Jeeps
Daystar JK Suspension Lift and Body Lift
Daystar Jeep Dash/Switch Panel
Aluminum Receiver Cargo Rack (donated by Ron Westberg of Colorado)

And these add to our existing list:

Nemesis Industries Hi-Line Front Fenders
Currie Enterprises Heavy Duty Steering System
GenRight Offroad Jeep goodies (TBA)
Tom Wood's Custom Drive Shafts Apparel, goodies and discounts
5 of Del Albright's Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC), for anyone LED dome light kits
PIAA Accessory Light Kit
5 off-road Tires from BFGoodrich
5 Monster Beadlock Raceline Wheels by Allied
2 Dynatrac ProRock 44s for JK Jeeps (yeah, a new product)
Rubicon Express JK Suspension Upgrade
4 Diff covers from Dynatrac
Olympic4x4 Products Heavy Duty Deluxe Receiver Rack
Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers (Access Army Laser Cut Out Limited Edition)
Recovery Gear from WARN

We're still adding to our list as businesses continue to jump in and contribute, so please CHECK BACK often during the next 10 days. If you want to donate, just drop an email to Del Albright at

Bid here:

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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national (non-profit) trail-saving group that represents over 600,000 recreationists nationwide The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season is beginning. Federal employees, please mark BlueRibbon Coalition and Check #11402 on your CFC pledge form to support our efforts to protect your access. Join us at 1-800-258-3742