Jenn Tonso: Thanks for making events successful

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Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club concluded its very busy season of special events all being held in Craig and the Black Mountain, Freeman Lake snowmobiling areas.

The Craig club hosted the Colorado Snowmobile Association State Convention recently. Fifty-five people from across the state and local club members enjoyed three days of snowmobile rides as well as a chili mixer dinner Feb. 24 and a carved roast beef dinner after the State Snowmobile meeting Feb. 25. The raffle drawing for the 2006 M7 Arctic Cat Snowmobile concluded the state meeting. The winner was LeeVern Berry from Chadron, Neb.

After the dinner, donated gifts from local merchants and businesses were given to attendees. Special awards concluded the night's activities. The state convention was well-received, and many participants are ready to return to Craig for future events or to enjoy the great snowmobiling in and around the Craig area.

Another event hosted by the Craig Snowmobile Club was the Annual Poker Run, held Jan. 28. The Poker Run was held in the Freeman Lake/Black Mountain area. One hundred riders played 280 poker hands. The Poker Run concluded with a buffet dinner. Poker hands were played after dinner. After paying out 25 percent for best hand, 15 percent for second best hand and 10 percent for third best hand, the total Poker Run proceeds were $1,300.

NOWECOS is awarding all remaining proceeds in two $700 scholarships for Craig graduating seniors or Craig students attending college or attaining special training. Students applying for these scholarships should be involved in snowmobiling.

The third special event was the Avalanche Safety Training Day held in the Freeman Lake area Jan. 14. This event was presented by Ralph Stewart from Craig Snowmobile Club, who is also the safety director of the Colorado Snowmobile Association and Ron DellaCroce from State Parks. Twenty-five people attended the session that included the use of avalanche beacons, avalanche poles and shovels during a rescue. On site digging snow blocks to test for avalanche potential and reading snow conditions as well as practice with avalanche rescue equipment made the training a success.

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club would like to thank the following people and businesses for their support and contributions adding to the success of our busy 2005-06 snowmobile special events:

The 53 Craig area merchants and businesses, most of whom donated gifts for both the Colorado State Snowmobile Convention and the Annual Craig Poker Run.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars for serving the buffet dinner for the Annual Poker Run.

The Holiday Inn, for serving the Colorado State Snowmobile Convention chili dinner, carved roast dinner and providing the meeting facilities.

The Craig City Council, for recognizing snowmobiling as an active, viable sport and contributor to the Craig area by putting the snowmobile "Welcome to Craig" sign at the north entrance to Craig.

The Daily Press and Morning News, for their continued reporting of local snowmobile events and supporting snowmobiling in the Craig area.

The Craig Chamber of Commerce, for their continued support of the Craig Snowmobile Club and snowmobiling in the Craig area.

The Craig Tourism Board, for support in helping with the printing of the local snowmobile trails systems maps.

Bill Sixkiller, for advertising all three events on the Fairgrounds Board.

The members of the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club, who provide a fun and safe snowmobiling experience for all.

The members working throughout each snowmobile season to provide special events for all snowmobilers.

The all-volunteer snowmobile trail groomers, trail maintenance and trail-marking club members.

Jenn Tonso
Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club
representative

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