This is America. Land of the free. Home of the brave. But apparently for a few that also seems to mean free to and brave enough to disregard "NO Snowmobiles" signs posted on the Pioneer Trail.
It was three years ago that I wrote a column on the illegal use of snowmobiles on the Pioneer Trail. It appears as though it is time to do so again.
So, even as I began to write this column I thought to myself, "Will the right people read this?" Now some of you are going to say, "What's the big deal?" I can say with certainty that I know the riders of the snowmobiles being ridden on the trail would say that. I don't know if they read newspapers. The universal symbol for no snowmobiles seems to escape their comprehension.
Really? What part of this symbol don’t they understand?
Photo by Kevin Williams
To those kind and considerate snowmobile riders reading this, I am going to ask that you help "police the ranks" to curtail the use of the trail by these few. That's right. I do not think that this use is probably by more than a few individuals. Many snowmobilers are enjoying the highway right of way where the snowmobile organization has a snowmobile trail plainly marked for that use.
That's correct. There is a snowmobile trail groomed and marked by this group on the opposite side of Highway 175 along the Pioneer Trail between Morrison and Reinbeck.
So it becomes a one bad apple kind of problem and I am asking your help. When you observe snowmobiles using the Pioneer Trail instead of the road right of way please call our Grundy County Law Enforcement Center at (319)824-6933. To all of the law abiding snowmobile enthusiasts, I ask for your help in spreading the word. There are just too many things at stake to allow these few bad apples to spoil it for everyone.
On a totally unrelated note, I'd like to ask your help, as well. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a disease of deer, elk, and moose that continues to be in the news as it is discovered in more and more states. Here in Iowa, it has been documented in captive bred animals only to this point. It is likely only a matter of time before it is found in the wild population. The DNR is collecting samples from wild deer taken in every county. You can help in this effort. Adult deer taken in Grundy County can be sampled. Simply remove the head and give our office a call. Someone from our department will make arrangements to collect the heads and deliver them for sampling. Call (319)345-2688 and leave a message.