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Off-roaders petition White House as Hammer time nears

January 23, 2013

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The website that promotes the annual King of the Hammers race is spearheading the latest effort to halt the U.S. Marine Corps’ expansion into the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area.

Ultra4 Racing is promoting an online petition to the White House concerning the planned expansion of the Twentynine Palms Marine Base into Johnson Valley.

The petition needs 25,000 signatures by Feb. 14. If they meet their goal, they will draw 10 names to win King of the Hammers merchandise for life, and other prizes are being donated. To find out more, go to:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/save-johnson-valley-ohv-area-b...

The Record of Decision on the Marines’ expansion plans was expected by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, the annual King of the Hammers race is set to kick off Friday, Feb. 1.

The “Hammertown” staging area is located at Means Dry Lake east of Hwy 247. Boone Road is the main access point. A $20 spectator fee covers the whole week of racing and events. Visit ultra4racing.com for racing schedules and more information.