To the Editor:

For the past 3 years, I have been in charge of maintaining the trails at Salt Creek Summit for the snowmobilers. Each winter, we log roughly 240 hours of volunteer time grooming the trails with 850 miles groomed. The winter of 2011-2012 was a tough year for trail maintenance for many reasons, one of them being the bad snow conditions, lack of volunteer time, and mechanical breakdowns. Due to the poor snow conditions, it often made maintaining of the trails difficult to say the least, but we did our best. We logged 189 hours of volunteer time grooming the trails with only 518 miles groomed this winter.

I recognize that they weren’t up to the same standards that they had been maintained for the past 23 years and we have made a plan on ways to improve for the next year. We need to maintain memberships in order to justify having a groomer at Salt Creek Summit. Please don’t let this last winter stop you from continuing to support the club and for those of you that use the trails in the area, please support the club by purchasing a membership for the 2012-2013 riding year. Thank you for your patience during the last winter and I will continue to work hard for your winter enjoyment!

Chad Cooney

Groomer Chairman

David McConathy

President

Wallowa County Gamblers Snowmobile Club

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