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For the week of November 22 through 28, 2000

Coalition of skiers and snowmobilers honored

Sen. Crapo confers Spirit of Idaho award

Express Staff Writer

Local skiers and snowmobilers who are members of the Wood River Winter Recreation Coalition Mapping Committee were honored Saturday with Spirit of Idaho awards by Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, commends the Wood River Winter Recreation Coalition Mapping Committee for its work. Three members of the committee are to his right: Bill DeMun, Andy Munter and Chris Klick. Express photo by Willy Cook

The award, started this month, is a recognition program sponsored by Sen. Crapo. It is designed to highlight individuals and groups within local communities who have provided outstanding service and or commitment to the community.

The committee of five snowmobilers and five skiers worked together for 10 months to hammer out the area designations for motorized and non-motorized use in the Wood River Valley.

The group includes Andy Munter, Jim McClatchy, John "J.C." Craig, Jack Haase, Kathie Rivers, Own Downard, Kim Nilsen, Nancy Monk, Bill DeMun and Chris Klick.

Crapo commended them for their collaborative effort, saying that the implications of what the committee had achieved would extend further than just the Wood River Valley.

Bob Werth, who served as mediator for the committee, told them he was proud of them for being so willing to learn about each others’ issues and work together toward the agreement.

At the end of October, the coalition presented Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor Bill LeVere with measures designed to alleviate long-standing conflicts between skiers and snowmobilers in the Wood River Valley.

At that time LeVere said, "I wouldn’t have bet a plugged nickel a year ago" that the group would come up with a solution.

``One of the problems has been that there hasn't been many examples of collaborative work. Now we have people who have created a mold, who can give testimony that it works,'' Crapo said.

He presented each of the Winter Coalition members with an autographed copy of Daniel Kemmis' book, ``Community and the Politics of Place,'' as well as a certificate of appreciation and a picture plaque of Hyndman Peak, a mountain included in the new Winter Coalition boundaries.

Crapo also recognized several others for their work with the committee: Mary Austin Crofts and Shelly Preston of the Blaine County Recreation District; Deb Cooper, Area Ranger for the SNRA; and Carol Brown and Ed Cannady of the U.S. Forest Service.

This is the second occasion that Crapo has awarded the Spirit of Idaho Award.

Three newspaper delivery boys in the Twin Falls area were the first recipients of the award on Nov. 3: Alex and Jay Phelps and Kamrud Jacobson.


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