Hi Desert StormTroopers get new SnoCat

Hi Desert Stormtroopers showed off their new SnoCat which they obtained through a grant from the Oregon State Snowmobile Association.

Snowmobilers in the Lakeview area will be able to enjoy freshly groomed trails on the new Piston Bully SnoCat that the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department along with the Oregon State Snowmobile Association (OSSA) bought for the Hi Desert Stormtroopers — a local snowmobile club.

Rob Sharpe, a member of the Hi Desert Stormtroopers and chairman of the SnoCat Program for OSSA Region 6, said the SnoCat is nearly new — it has spent six months in Alaska — and is a very good deal for the club. He considers it as good as a brand new SnoCat.

OSSA paid for the new SnoCat, after the group decided not to go through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department due to the matching funds requirement. According to Sharpe, OSSA generally replaces one to two SnoCats per year throughout Oregon. The previous SnoCat is going to go to a club in the Bend area and to be used as a backup.

Sharpe said that the local club has been looking for a new SnoCat for the last couple years. Generally SnoCats have a lifespan of 10 – 15 years due to the conditions that it operates in. Over the past the group has been looking at replacing their former SnoCat.

For the rest of the story pick up the Dec. 16 edition of the Lake County Examiner.

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