Archive for September, 2011

09/27/11 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. Registration for the 2012 Vision Quest and Counting Coup to open this Saturday, October 1st.

2. This Saturday, October 1st – Ridge MTB Poker Ride in San Juan Capistrano

3. Web site devoted to saving/purchasing land for the Santiago Truck Trail – sign online petition

1. REGISTRATION FOR THE 2012 VISION QUEST AND COUNTING COUP TO OPEN THIS SATURDAY OCTOBER 1ST

Event Date: April 7, 2012
Santa Ana Mountains, Orange County, CA
Event Start: 5:30 AM

Registration opens October 1st, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m.

There are no mail-in apps.

The event fee is $125 for the Vision Quest and $85.00 for the Counting Coup and includes finishing award, t-shirt, and post-event food

All entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and non-deferrable. We have to plan well in advance and therefore cannot offer refunds. You may not give or sell your number to another individual. The entry fee for a 2012 event WILL NOT transfer to the 2013 event, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have unexpected business, a family emergency, etc. Sorry, there are NO exceptions.

The links to Active.com will be activated on the event web pages at the time specified above.

http://www.warriorssociety.org/events/vision_quest_general_info.html

http://www.warriorssociety.org/events/counting_coup_general_info.html

2. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST – RIDGE MTB POKER RIDE IN SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

On Saturday, October 1st let’s ride the scenic hills of old San Juan Capistrano for the Ridge MTB Poker Ride, and have some fun along the way! The event will offer five stops with poker card drawn at each, best hand at end of five stops wins bike GPS system! This is a non-competitive event and not timed. Start/finish for all events at same location. Location is at the trail head at east end of Camino Las Ramblas, off Hwy 5, SJC. Parking only on Camino Las Ramblas. Entry Fee is $35 before race day; $40 day of race (no refunds). Official event T-shirt included in fee.

Team event will consist of 5 riders taking the same course as individual riders. Team will select best hand by one team member for best hand prize entry. Best Hand for team category wins Dinner and a VIP Movie night for two for each team member. Riders will be able to also compete for the individual prize by paying an additional $10 (on site – cash only).

Ridge 10K & 5 K Trail Runs precede Mountain Bike Poker Ride two hours earlier.

For online registration, course map and directions to start:

www.sanjuantrailrun.org

Ridge MTB Poker Ride is for a worthy cause with all proceeds supporting the City’s improvements to our multi-use trails and SJC Rotary community programs.

3. WEB SITE DEVOTED TO SAVING/PURCHASING LAND FOR THE SANTIAGO TRUCK TRAIL – SIGN ONLINE PETITION

Here’s a great website where you can sign a petition to purchase land to save the Santiago Truck Trail:

Here’s a recap:

Due to concerns raised by the County office of Risk Management, the Orange County Board of Supervisors postponed voting (Agenda Item #44) on the purchase of land for a parking lot at the trail head of the Santiago Truck Trail as well as other improvements. They will be casting their votes in early October.

As stated in our last update, the county plans to build a parking area near the top of Modjeska Grade Road for Santiago Truck Trail by acquiring 100 acres from a private landowner at a below-market cost. This purchase of land is designed to:

1. Ensure public access to this trail is locked up permanently.
2. Provide a parking area at the top of Modjeska Grade Road.
3. The additional 100 acres will open the County to future recreational improvements beyond just a parking area.

The votes needed to pass this are in doubt and we still need you to re-email, or if you haven’t already, email the Supervisors. It is extremely important for those of you who live in the Supervisory Districts of Supervisors Bates, Moorlach, Nelson and Nguyen to email them and state that you live in their district and this issue is important to you.

From what we understand Bates is the key vote so if you live in her District in South County she needs to hear your voice.

When emailing Supervisor Campbell thank him for his support of this proposal and his continued support or our access. He has truly been a “trail hero” to the recreation community.

We cannot stress enough that your messages to the Supervisors could help shove Item #44 over the edge and pass it.

Messages to the supervisors could mention Santiago Truck Trail as:

1. “Item 44” on the agenda to help the Supervisors recognize it easily.

2. The most popular trail based on overall usage of any trail in Orange County and important to all user groups

3. It would protect the safety of recreationist who now has to ride up narrow Modjeska Grade Road to access the trail. The new parking lot would create a more accessible environment for trail runners and Bikers with parking at the trailhead. An equestrian loading and unloading zone is also in the plans. So this isn’t just limited to Mountain Bikers. Pass the word.

John M.W. Moorlach, Vice Chairman
email: district2@ocgov.com
Second District
714.834.3220

Janet Nguyen
janet.nguyen@ocgov.com
First District
714.834.3110
Fax: 714.834.5754

Shawn Nelson
Audra.Adams@ocgov.com
Fourth District
714.834.3440

Patricia C. Bates
PatBates@ocgov.com
Fifth District
714.834.3550

Bill Campbell, Chairman
Bill.Campbell@ocgov.com
Third District
714.834.3330

Shimano is a Founding Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Rock N Road Bike Shops is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

El Pollo Loco is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

O’Hara’s Pub at the Orange Circle is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Cannondale is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Switchback Cyclery is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

The Silverado/Modjeska Recreation and Park District is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

The Warrior’s Society is a Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

The Warrior’s Society is a Tax Exempt Organization under 501 (c) 4 of the IRS Code

“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt

www.warriorssociety.org

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09/06/11 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. Access Alert – Vote to purchase staging area for the Santiago Truck Trail (Luge) postponed until October

2. The Forest Service is seeking office/Maple Springs Visitor Center volunteers

3. Saturday, September 17th – Inter-Coastal & Watershed Clean-up

4. Giracci Vineyards host fundraiser to benefit the Inter-Canyon League

5. Saturday, September 24th – National Public Lands Day

6. Saturday, October 1st – Ridge MTB Poker Ride in San Juan Capistrano

1. ACCESS ALERT – VOTE TO PURCHASE STAGING AREA FOR THE SANTIAGO TRUCK TRAIL (LUGE) POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER

We found out late Monday night that the County Board of Supervisors vote to purchase property for a staging area for the Santiago Truck Trail has been postponed until sometime in October. As soon as we know the date we’ll let you know and re-release the contact info for the Board of Supervisors.

2. THE FOREST SERVICE IS SEEKING OFFICE/MAPLE SPRINGS VISITOR CENTER VOLUNTEERS

Dear Volunteers,

We are looking for a volunteer to assist in the Corona District office on Monday mornings from 9AM until 11AM.
It would be ideal if a local volunteer would be able to do this since it is such a short time period. No holiday Mondays.
Please let me know if you would like to give this a try.

Also, we REALLY need more volunteers assisting at the Maple Springs Visitor Center in Silverado Canyon.
You can pretty much pick your own schedule, we’re very short staffed.
Please contact Daryl at walezak@sbcglobal.net and he will show you how to sign up for shifts on the calendar.
If you would like an introductory session at the VC let me know.

Thank you for your consideration.

Debra

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Debra Clarke – Wilderness / Trails Manager
District Volunteer Coordinator
Cleveland NF, Trabuco Ranger District
1147 East Sixth Street
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 736-1811 x 3227
(951) 736-3002 fax
email: drclarke@fs.fed.us

In office: Part of Tues/Thur/Fri
On forest: Wed and Saturdays
Off: Sun/Mon

NEXT ANNUAL FOREST VOLUNTEER TRAINING January 28, 2012
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3. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH – INNER COASTAL & WATERSHED CLEAN-UP

Trails4All is again spearheading the Watershed cleanup events throughout Orange County with the Forest Service, SHARE and the Warrior’s Society organizing the cleanup in Trabuco Canyon (the road to the Holy Jim Trail)

We will need a driver & assistant for the stake side truck to haul debris (volunteers with a federal license).
We have been asked to remove the debris from a burned out cabin in Holy Jim and would also like some volunteers to walk along the creek within the forest boundary and remove debris.

If you have a truck we can use it to; the more trucks we have the quicker the work will go.

Trash can be bagged and piled along the road for pickup. Great way to spend a morning!

We will have registration check-in at the forest boundary beginning at 8:00 A.m. and working until noon. Supplies will be provided as well as a pizza lunch.

If you are not able to join us in Trabuco Canyon, please consider volunteering at another site. For other Orange County cleanup sites, please see OC Parks website at: http://www.ocparks.com/adoptapark/default.asp?Show=CaliforniaCoastalCleanUpDay

More info needed? Contact SHAREMTB@gmail.com or 949-636-0345 or the Warrior’s Society at countingcoup@warriorssociety.org

4. GIRACCI VINEYARDS HOSTS FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT THE INTER-CANYON LEAGUE

On Saturday, September 17th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Giracci welcomes the Inter-Canyon League as they host their 2nd annual wine tasting event. The Inter-Canyon League sponsor many activities that benefit the residents of the canyons and helps coordinate assistance during fires and floods.

Giracci will be pouring along with Hamilton Oaks Winery, Frisby Cellars and other fabulous local wineries. There will be wine tasting, appetizers, silent and live auctions, local artisans and entertainment. This event will be great, and the tickets are only $35.00 per person for non-ICL members and only $40.00 at the door. For ticket reservations and more, please visit www.tiny..cc/crush2.

Giracci Vineyards is located at:
16162 Jackson Ranch Road
Silverado, CA 92676

For driving directions go to:

http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=16162%20Jackson%20Ranch%20Road,%20Silverado,%20CA,%2092676,%20US
(cut and paste the whole link into your browser if it does not activate by clicking on it)

We hope you can make it and we look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Chad Kearns
Giracci Vineyards and Farms
714-681-3994

5. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH – NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

The Forest Service is in the process of planning a public event at Tin Mine Canyon behind Corona.

The early hours will be a cleanup and trail maintenance.

Later in the morning we will offer interpretive hikes and a Junior Ranger Program.

Volunteer assistance will be needed with registration, information, trail maintenance, interpretive walks, Jr. Ranger Program, painting and fence repair.

If you would like to assist with either or both of these morning events please let me know.

No experience needed for many of the tasks. We’ll train you.

Thank you,

Debra

***************************************************
Debra Clarke – Wilderness / Trails Manager
District Volunteer Coordinator
Cleveland NF, Trabuco Ranger District
1147 East Sixth Street
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 736-1811 x 3227
(951) 736-3002 fax
email: drclarke@fs.fed.us

6. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST – RIDGE MTB POKER RIDE IN SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

On Saturday, October 1st let’s ride the scenic hills of old San Juan Capistrano for the Ridge MTB Poker Ride, and have some fun along the way! The event will offer five stops with poker card drawn at each, best hand at end of five stops wins bike GPS system! This is a non-competitive event and not timed. Start/finish for all events at same location. Location is at the trail head at east end of Camino Las Ramblas, off Hwy 5, SJC. Parking only on Camino Las Ramblas. Entry Fee is $35 before race day; $40 day of race (no refunds). Official event T-shirt included in fee.

Team event will consist of 5 riders taking the same course as individual riders. Team will select best hand by one team member for best hand prize entry. Best Hand for team category wins Dinner and a VIP Movie night for two for each team member. Riders will be able to also compete for the individual prize by paying an additional $10 (on site – cash only).

Ridge 10K & 5 K Trail Runs precede Mountain Bike Poker Ride two hours earlier.

For online registration, course map and directions to start: www.sanjuantrailrun.org

Ridge MTB Poker Ride is for a worthy cause with all proceeds supporting the City’s improvements to our multi-use trails and SJC Rotary community programs.

Shimano is a Founding Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Rock N Road Bike Shops is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

El Pollo Loco is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

O’Hara’s Pub at the Orange Circle is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Cannondale is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Switchback Cyclery is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

The Silverado/Modjeska Recreation and Park District is a Major Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

The Warrior’s Society is a Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

The Warrior’s Society is a Tax Exempt Organization under 501 (c) 4 of the IRS Code

“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt

www.warriorssociety.org

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09/06/11 – Access Alert Update – Register Article on Proposed Staging Area for Santiago Truck Trail (Luge)

Santiago Truck Trail Access Alert Update:

Thanks to Dave Whiting for his coverage of this issue now posted and in print tomorrow (Tuesday, September 6th) in the Orange County Register:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/trail-315119-jennings-santiago.html

We really need a BIG response in support of this purchase and the vote is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6th.

Here’s a recap:

Due to concerns raised by the County office of Risk Management, the Orange County Board of Supervisors postponed voting (Agenda Item #44) on the purchase of land for a parking lot at the trail head of the Santiago Truck Trail as well as other improvements. They will be casting their votes on Tuesday, September 6th at the County Hall of Administration in downtown Santa Ana.

As stated in our last update, the county plans to build a parking area near the top of Modjeska Grade Road for Santiago Truck Trail by acquiring 100 acres from a private landowner at a below-market cost. This purchase of land is designed to:

1. Ensure public access to this trail is locked up permanently.
2. Provide a parking area at the top of Modjeska Grade Road.
3. The additional 100 acres will open the County to future recreational improvements beyond just a parking area.

The votes needed to pass this are in doubt and we still need you to re-email, or if you haven’t already, email the Supervisors. It is extremely important for those of you who live in the Supervisory Districts of Supervisors Bates, Moorlach, Nelson and Nguyen to email them and state that you live in their district and this issue is important to you.

From what we understand Bates is the key vote so if you live in her District in South County she needs to hear your voice.

When emailing Supervisor Campbell thank him for his support of this proposal and his continued support or our access. He has truly been a “trail hero” to the recreation community.

We cannot stress enough that your messages to the Supervisors could help shove Item #44 over the edge and pass it.

If you are free on Tuesday, September 6th please attend the Board Meeting. The item will be heard early in the meeting, which starts at 9:30 a.m.

The meeting will be held at the Hall of Administration which is shown on the map in this link:

http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Maps%20&%20Directions

Messages to the supervisors could mention Santiago Truck Trail as:

1. “Item 44” on the agenda to help the Supervisors recognize it easily.

2. The most popular trail based on overall usage of any trail in Orange County and important to all user groups

3. It would protect the safety of recreationist who now has to ride up narrow Modjeska Grade Road to access the trail. The new parking lot would create a more accessible environment for trail runners and Bikers with parking at the trailhead. An equestrian loading and unloading zone is also in the plans. So this isn’t just limited to Mountain Bikers. Pass the word.

John M.W. Moorlach, Vice Chairman
email: district2@ocgov.com
Second District
714.834.3220

Janet Nguyen
janet.nguyen@ocgov.com
First District
714.834.3110
Fax: 714.834.5754

Shawn Nelson
Audra.Adams@ocgov.com
Fourth District
714.834.3440

Patricia C. Bates
PatBates@ocgov.com
Fifth District
714.834.3550

Bill Campbell, Chairman
Bill.Campbell@ocgov.com
Third District
714.834.3330

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