BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Inyo National Forest and the Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will hold an open house February 11, 2016, to gather ideas from the public for requesting off-highway vehicle grant funds.

The informal open house will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop.

Interested citizens are invited to drop in at any time during the open house. Representatives from the two agencies will be available to answer questions about potential grants and to receive ideas about the types of projects and other opportunities to be funded through the grants.

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Photo: Mark Kariya

King of the Motos officially kicks off events for King of the Hammers week out in Johnson Valley, California.  The extreme enduro started early Sunday morning with a 27 mile qualifying loop for the Pro Moto class. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker, sprinted to his TE 300 during the Le-Mans Style start and took off cresting the first rocky slope in 5th place. The weather conditions were clear and sunny and Colton navigated the qualifying course with no issues, finishing in 3rd.

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Editor’s Note: Off-road trainer Tom Severin, who contributes Trail Tips stories to Off-Road.com regularly, just announced a Wilderness First Aid Course for April. Check out the details below.

If you are interested in taking a Wilderness First Aid Course (WFA), Badlands Off-Road Adventures is sponsoring  a 2 day class in April.  We engage a professional medical instructor from Wilderness Medical Associates, the certifying agency.

SCORE-San-Felipe-2016-Logo-1-26-16RENO, NEV., USA – Celebrating another decade of excellence, seeing if a celebrated Mexican racer can win four straight years as well as starting and finishing for the first time on the Malecon in the heart of town are just three of the story lines awaiting racers from around the world who will start official pre-running next week for the 30th Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 in Baja California, Mexico.

The season-opening event of the five-race internationally-televised 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship will be held Feb. 24-28 in San Felipe, the quaint fishing village on the Sea of Cortez, 125 miles south of the U.S. Border at Calexico, Calif.

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Arroyo Grande, California
– Rugged Radios is excited to announce a new handheld radio that is ready for any adventure, the waterproof RH5X. This 5 watt, dual band radio is built to IP 57 standard and can handle being submersed in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Go the distance with 5 watts of power backed with a long lasting 1800 mHa Li-ion battery.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended the comment period for an additional 14 days on potential changes to the Proposed Plan as set forth in the Greater Sage Grouse Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (BSSG) Forest Plan Amendment/Final Environmental Impact Statement. The United States Forest Service (USFS) was the lead agency for preparing the environmental impact statement (EIS) and land use plan amendment (LUPA). The BLM, a cooperating agency, is proposing to amend the Carson City District Office Consolidated Resource Management Plan (RMP) and the Tonopah Field Office RMP based on the analysis in this EIS. Public comments will now be accepted through January 29, 2016.

Following release of the Final EIS and Proposed Plan, the BLM determined based on protests received and additional internal reviews that additional changes to and a clarification of the Proposed Plan was required. The clarification and changes include: (1) setting disturbance caps within BSSG habitat; (2) adjusting buffers for tall structures near active or pending leks; (3) adding a restriction for new high-voltage transmission lines; and (4) additional management direction for habitat connectivity. The environmental consequences of the proposed changes and clarification have been analyzed as part of the EIS/LUPA process.

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Editor’s Note: The Trail Political Action Committee (TPAC) is helping to inform off-road enthusiasts about political decisions and their impact on access. See their below news letter regarding TPAC support.

Dear OHV Voter,

Our motto at the Trail Political Action Committee is All Trail Decisions are Political Decisions.  The continued efforts by anti-motorized political forces to ban or restrict trail use are the best argument for why OHVers (that means YOU) must get involved in the election process.

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11RENO, Nev., USA — CBS Sports Network will televise six shows from the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, it was confirmed today by SCORE International. As SCORE continues to expand its media platforms to a global audience, this will mark the third consecutive year that SCORE desert races will be showcased on the popular CBS Sports Spectacular programming. There will once again be multiple airings of each show in the United States and Canada.

SCORE also announced that the six shows will once again be produced by Southern California’s awarding-winning BCII TV.

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All races in the five-race 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship, along with the special SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience and qualifying for the SCORE Baja 1000 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway are once again airing in the USA and Canada on the CBS Sports Network.  The spectacular shows feature not only SCORE Trophy Truck coverage, but also top action and highlights from many other classes of trucks, cars, UTVs, motorcycles and quads – making sure that the most exciting footage and most compelling stories continue are part of each race event broadcast.

Photo: Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto.com

Photo: Art Eugenio/GETSOMEphoto.com

Arroyo Grande, California – Rugged Radios is excited to announce an all new Rugged Radios Relay service for the entire 2016 Best In The Desert race season. Outfitted with a state-of-the-art, purpose-built Rugged Relay vehicle, the Rugged Team is equipped to provide the best race team communication support. When asked by Casey Folks, founder of BITD, how Rugged could help race teams stay connected, the Rugged Team jumped at the chance to exceed his expectations.

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RENO, Nev., USA
— Amyris, Inc. recently announced that Amyris’s high-performance cleaning brand, Muck Daddy, has been named the official hand cleaner of SCORE International and the SCORE World Desert Championship.