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Sopris Riders make difference

Dear Editor:The seasons of thanks and celebrations are upon us, and Mt. Sopris Recreational Riders, Inc. would like to thank and celebrate all who have made our club one of benefit to the winter recreating community. It takes many hours of volunteer time, energy, materials, cooperation, and coordination to make Mt. Sopris Recreational Riders Inc. efforts available to the general public.Thanks go to the board of directors, Randy Parsons, Lee Beavers, Chris Broadhurst, Mike Gosha, Sara Pettit, Charlie Cox, Sean Martin, and Clem Lundberg for their year-round dedication to club responsibilities and activities. Special thanks go to the North Thompson Cattlemen Association for allowing public parking and access to national forest lands from the Marion Gulch area; Redstone Corp. for allowing our groomer facilities to be placed on their property and for allowing public parking and access to national forest lands from the Four-Mile area; to Bill Roberts, Earthworks Construction, for providing materials for the Marion Parking facility; to Tod Welch for providing time and labor with grooming functions; to Sunlight Snowmobile Tours for marking the S-P Trail in the Four-Mile area; to Garfield County for providing equipment and labor at Marion Parking facility; to the Flattoppers Snowmobile Club for help with grooming the Marion Trail; to Electric Mountain Lodge for providing food and room to our grooming personnel and for providing fuel storage for the grooming cat; to the White River National Forest for cooperation with trail designations, maintenance, and signage as well as the Gunnison National Forest and the Mesa National Forest; to Colorado State Parks for providing winter grooming money and signs; to Sunlight to Powderhorn Trail Map sponsors; to Gran Farnum for their patient and timely cooperation for the printing of the S-P Trail Maps; and to the Delta Snokrusers and the Western Slope Snowmobile Association (Grand Junction) for trail map coordination and cooperation. Jim Bennett, our groomer, has provided invaluable services for the past few seasons by keeping our trails groomed on a timely basis. Thank you to all business, family and individual members for your dues and donation of time, work and money. For any information about membership and club activities, please call 945-4242.Randy ParsonsPresident