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SNORE wraps up a blockbuster 2014 season with McKenzie's Rage at the River along the Colorado

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Jon Lee heads the pack of off-road superstars headed for SNORE's last event of 2014 in the Mckenzie's Rage at the River Dec. 12-14.
LAUGHLIN, Nev. – In what has become a very popular traveling off-road racing show, SNORE has been presenting its popular programs for 45 years; and as development curtailed usage of land in the Las Vegas area, the hearty group of off-road enthusiasts has found itself journeying further away from its home base of Las Vegas.

In this small city along the Colorado River about 100 miles south of Las Vegas, SNORE will again present the McKenzie’s Rage at the River Dec. 12-14. With a field of more than 200 entries in several classes, the red carpet is rolled out to end the off-road schedule each year.

Highly-respected business people in small communities love seeing the invasion of vehicles that each SNORE race brings – and it’s no different in this community, once a bankrupt fishing village that legendary hotel executive Don Laughlin spotted from an airplane before deciding to resurrect the area back in the 1960s.

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The desert is undergoing some big changes and one former off-roader thinks he knows why
Date: November 25, 2014

 

Las Vegan Mike Weaver says he know why the desert is so valuable.

Many people are trying to understand the Las Vegas office of the Federal Bureau of Land Management.

The BLM seems to be intent on shutting down usage of the desert; that is, unless you’re willing to pay a giant fee for the right to wander on the land.

For 45 years, the Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts have been competing in the desert. In each case, SNORE has been required to pay a fee to use the desert although the land supposedly belongs to the desert.

Now, the same off-road event that cost $20,000 in fees to the BLM in 2013 required a fee of $29,000 for the same event with fewer entries in 2014.

The increased fees are passed on to the competitors and pit crew members of each off-road racing event even though the course used was the same as the one in 2013 and the fee was actually less than one year prior.

So off-road enthusiasts are all asking why fees have jumped by about one-third when for the most part, the 2013 race was the same as the race one year prior.

For those of you who don’t know, the BLM represents an element of bureaucracy.  In other words, common sense gets confused with red tape and common sense gets thrown out the window in the end.

At least in Southern Nevada, off-road racing and usage of the desert is a part of life. However, the usage of public lands has become such a cluster that even off-road racing promoter/god Sal Fish gave up a few years ago, sold the SCORE (Southern California Off Road Enthusiasts) to Roger Norman and retreated to the beaches of Southern California.

Sal Fish was – and still is – one of the most respected faces in off-road racing.  When he said “to hell with the BLM and its new requirements in Southern Nevada” the world of motorsports took notice.

Still, everyone is scratching their heads wondering why the usage of the desert has suddenly required an expensive fee for its usage.

An interview with Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts (SNORE) President Kenny Freeman and yours truly on KDWN (720) personality Alan Stock drew very strong response.

One person familiar with off-road racing – former off-road racing champion Mike Weaver – says there’s a reason why the usage of the desert is being restricted by the BLM.

Weaver has simple explanation. He says there is money to be made in the desert and those-in-the-know also realize that there is money to be made in the barren wasteland.

Weaver thinks the desert represents profit. He thinks the desert in Southern Nevada has gold, oil, silver and/or copper that will make others very rich in the near future and that it’s important to limit the knowledge to others who utilize the desert.

“They don’t want anyone else to know about the profit in the desert,” Weaver analyzed. “They’re attempting to shut off the desert from anyone wanting to use it so that nobody else discovers the profit.”

Mike Weaver might be right. There just might be gold, silver, copper, and gas in the desert of Southern Nevada and that might be the reason why the government wants everyone else to stay away.

Solar energy was a big deal not long ago, but there might just be bigger findings in the desert.

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