Craig snowmobile groomer receive national accolades
CRAIG — Bill Spicer, of Craig, a member of Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club, was recently named International Groomer of the Year at the Snowmobile International Hall of Fame meeting in Eagle River, Wisconsin, according to a news release. This competition is between United States, Canada and Sweden, and the award is sponsored by Arctic Cat for the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame.
While a snowmobiler since 1972, Spicer was too busy teaching vo-ag to become involved with his club’s activities, but after retiring in 1996, he soon became immersed in his new passion of trail grooming for the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club. Since then, he has made up for lost time.
Skills he acquired as a certified welder and top notch mechanic served him well in maintaining and operating the groomer and groomer program.
At 82, an age when many people are relaxing, Spicer remains active in snowmobiling and club activities, and served on the club’s board of directors since 1995, volunteering for many club activities and local civic events, training new groomer operators and grooming the Club Trails on Routt National Forest.
Perhaps his most outstanding trait is that he always makes himself available for local club events, helping out whenever needed. Spicer adjusts his personal schedule to fit the needs of the grooming program schedule.
For his 20 plus years of grooming efforts, Spicer was awarded the International nowmobile Groomer of the Year for 2017. His award includes the use of a 2018 Arctic Cat snowmobile for a year and a new Arctic Cat coat and bibs.
NOWECOS is proud to have nominated Spicer for Colorado Groomer of the Year, which, after winning this award, qualified him for the International Award.
NOWECOS shares Colorado Groomer of the Year with Joe Tonso, 2004; Dave Watson, 2012; and Spicer, 2017.
NOWECOS also shares International Groomer of the Year with Tonso, 2004; and Spicer, 2017.
A derailment in Craig Monday morning shut down a portion of tracks until crews could clear several train cars full of coal that had tipped over.