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Thursday, March 22, 2012



The 2012 Reno Expo (Off Road, ATV, Home and Garden, Pets, Boats and more) is underway in Reno, NV right now from our friend, Al Lockett (Lockett Shows).

Here is Dave Rainey in his awesome and faithful jeep, guiding us around the back roads east of Reno for a ride to benefit BlueRibbon Coalition.  We had 13 rigs with a bunch of great folks having fun.

One of my favorite rigs was this 1980 CJ-5 rigged to the hilt, with everything a wheeler might need, to include the paddles if you get caught up the proverbial creek.  LOL

Marty Galantuomini is the owner and his Detroit set up jeep let no obstacle slow him down.

The trail ride is Tuesday of the Expo week in Reno.,  Then the big show runs from Friday though Sunday.

Get a ticket and learn more at

Next stop: Moab, UT for the Easter Safari.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Here is a video preview of our new book, Shortcuts to Landuse and Volunteerism (about to be released).

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


 Reno Expo Thrives with Activity and Family Entertainment
March 23-25, 2012 at Reno Sparks Convention Center
Reno Off-Road & Motorsports Expo ~ Reno Outdoor Recreation Expo 
Spring Home & Garden Show ~ Reno Pet Show and Pug Parade

RENO, NV    MARCH 9, 2012:  The Reno Expo presented by Miller Lite consists of the Reno Off-Road & Motorsports Expo, Reno Outdoor Recreation Expo, Spring Home & Garden Show and Reno Pet Show and Pug Parade.  The Reno Sparks Convention Center will be thriving with hundreds of booths to explore and family friendly entertainment including the Team eXtreme Trials motorcycle riders, Bass Tubs of Oklahoma fishing demonstrations, Don Engebretson “The Renegade Gardener”, Live Stingray Encounters, HotShot the Robot, country singers JS & The Tributes live on stage, a Pug Parade and a Silent Auction benefitting the BlueRibbon Coalition.  The show will run for three days March 23, 24 and 25th with tickets as low as $8 with a coupon downloadable at “We are very excited to have all of the shows at one time again this year,” said event producer Al Lockett.  “There will be something for everyone in the family to look at and enjoy as well as a full weekend of giveaways and entertainment.”
            The Reno Motorsports Off-Road show will have race trucks, motorcycles, ATV’s and trail ready jeeps with everything that is needed to have a casual trail ride on the weekend or win a desert race.  Throughout the weekend, World Trials riders will take on a giant obstacle course including a 10 foot pyramid where they will demonstrate unbelievable precision and control on a motorcycle while never putting their feet on the ground, one of the most difficult types of motorsports. There will also be a rock section set up for remote control cars and trucks, so be sure to bring yours, or drive one of the displays.
The Reno Outdoor Recreation Expo will have products for both Summer and Winter adventures including everything needed for an extreme adventure, to a day hiking, or a day on the ski slopes. RV’s and Boats will be on display to shop and find the perfect fit.  Bass Tubs of Oklahoma, a 5,000 gallon mobile aquarium, will be set up with live bass fishing demonstrations from award winning professionals.
            The Spring Home and Garden Show is for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes.  Award winning gardening and landscape design expert from HGTV, Don Engebretson “The Renegade Gardener” will be on stage to host multiple sessions of great and entertaining information at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm each day.
The Reno Pet Show will have everything you could think of to pamper your pet, plus education on how to be a responsible pet owner.  There will be horse back rides available and many exotic animals there to experience.  On Sunday, be sure to watch the very popular Pug Parade that included over 75 pugs last year. 
The Reno Expo is the largest multi-discipline consumer show event in Northern Nevada.  Visit for show information and featured entertainment.  2011 Show Video:

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Pet Show and Pug Parade:

Additional Information:
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About Lockett Shows: Reno's original show producers since 1967, Lockett Shows has produced successful convention center shows in Reno, Nevada for over 40 years. Al & Shirley Lockett currently present the Spring Home & Garden Show, Fall Home & Lifestyle Show, Reno Off-Road & Motorsports Expo, Reno Outdoor Recreation, Travel & Vacation Expo, Pet Show and Pug Parade, Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival and the Specialty Food and Craft Pavilion, as well as, the Reno Bridal Shows—Premier Bride Showcase, Grand Bridal Showplace and the Bridal & Beauty Expo.

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Please contact Lockett Shows at 775-849-8000 or email at

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Our good friend and landuse supporter, Nathan Riddle from KrawlZone created this video introduction for us to use in our landuse work and future videos.  SWEET.

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Monday, March 12, 2012


Nevada is a current hot bed of landuse it time for statewide communications and coordination? Wilderness; endangered species; road closures; and more continue to pop up in this great state. Yet from my research and checking around, there is no one group orchestrating the overall strategy to fight back and make a solid future for motorized recreation.

If I am wrong, please point me in the right direction.

If I am right, let's talk about what we can do about it.

BlueRibbon Coalition has helped with several efforts over the years, all the way back to the start of the Travel Management Rule when BRC and ORBA were helping several clubs and groups get organized. I've talked to several NV folks and the thinking is that there should be a statewide multiple-use group (all sports). Other folks have mentioned bringing back another NV United for the 4x4 folks and letting the ATV folks build their own group.

Of course, rock hounding and hunting/fishing are two huge sports that need representation too.

And then there is the size of NV where travel to meetings and such is pretty expensive and time consuming. So my thought would be to offer to help start a statewide virtual group if nothing else. Some folks have joined Cal4wheel (CA4WDC) which is a great option too, especially for the CA border areas. But what if we launched some statewide communications, virtually, like in a coalition of some sort?

Some folks may remember we had just that many years ago. It was callled the Nevada Coalition for Equal Recreation (NCER).

However NV folks choose to go, BlueRibbon Coalition is wanting to help. Both Don Amador (my BRC partner) and I travel and recreate a lot in NV, and we don't want to lose any more access. Just chime in and let us know what your thoughts are.
thanks, Del
Ambassador, BlueRibbon Coalition

Saturday, March 10, 2012



Here is a short video about landuse from Larry McRae of Poison Spyder, Pat Brower of United Four Wheel Drive Associations, Jeff Blewett of Calif. Assoc. of 4Wheel Drive Clubs, and Del Albright, BlueRibbon Coalition.  It's all about joining.  Check this out:

Tuesday, March 6, 2012



TDS Desert Safari was a huge success again....over 1700 registered vehicles and over $160,000 in raffle prizes, with each prize package worth over $1000.  Thousands of folks were in the raffle audience.  It was amazing.  The weather held out pretty good for the most part.  But it is the desert, so there was a little wind here and there.  On the other hand, we also got sun burnt.  :)

We set up a "landuse compound" not far from the vendor show with United Four Wheel Drive Association, BlueRibbon Coalition, Calif. Assoc. of 4Wheel Drive Clubs and the Access Army all together.  It was a lot of fun with many hours of landuse talks and strategizing.

Stacie found a new "toy" that we brought home -- a 1972 Jeep Commando in marvelous shape, with an AMC V-8 304. Power steering and power brakes too.  Sweet.  It was quite the draw at the booth.

Next up for us is Cabela's Spring show and the Reno Off Road Motorports Expo.