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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Friday, December 19, 2008


12/18/2008, 7:07 p.m. EST
The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Snowmobilers would have to pay higher fees next year under bills sent to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for her signature.

The state Senate approved the higher fees Thursday as a way to raise more money to maintain and improve grooming on snowmobile trails. The state snowmobile program faces a $1 million deficit next year.

Trail permits would rise from $25 to $35 for 2009 and 2010, then increase to $45 for 2011 through 2015. Future increases would be tied to the inflation rate.

The three-year snowmobile registration fee would rise from $22 to $30 and the fine for operating a snowmobile without registration would quadruple to $200 on July 1. Some of that money would go toward expanding and protecting snowmobile trails.

Snowmobiling brings the state economy $1 billion annually.
© 2008 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


  1. Anonymous8:05 AM

    Jeez, I hope they don't do this to boats too, although they probably will. Merry Christmas !

  2. Gary, I understand your concern, but if they hadn't done this all the clubs in Michigan might only be grooming 2-3 times per week and there would be no money for new equipment. It's a Catch 22.

  3. Boy, If people are going to complain about this wait till they see the new tax bill on their homes.

  4. Anonymous8:28 PM

    Can't anyone but me see that the overall revenue to the state may actually go down if people like myself, that own 5 snowmobiles, may decide that I can no longer or just may decide not to pay these increased costs. I further more dont't believe that I am the only one that feels this way. I have been snowmobiling for 20 years and have always supported the sport and have helped to support the businesses that need our money to survive. I know that Michigan is in a very depressed economic state, but I feel a very bad decision to put all of these extra costs on snowmobiling could very well backfire! Thank You for your time.

  5. Anonymous10:34 PM

    Not complaining, just bums me out....wish my income went up as fast as the outgo....lol.


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