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December 17, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Bike Rallies Planned Through Four Corners
(2007-08-13)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: A trial stemming from last years failed Rally in the Rockies is set to be heard in state court in Cortez this week.
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is seeking damages, including 110-thousand dollars in rent due, from rally organizer Dan Bradshaw and the owners of Echo Basin Ranch where Bradshaw tried to move the rally, but failed.
In the meantime, you can expect a very different Labor Day weekend this year in the Four Corners.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: You can still count on hearing the roar of Harley's this coming Labor Day weekend throughout the Four Corners.
After last year's rally fell through, several groups got together and scheduled smaller events, predominantly in Ignacio and Mancos.
The non-profit Four Corners Biker Rally Association was also formed last fall.
President Jeff Murray says it's a non-profit corporation, acting as a clearing house for numerous events that are planned.
MURRAY: WE HAVE SEVERAL VENUES SO THERE WILL BE A LOT OF ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS THROUGHOUT THE FOUR CORNERS AREA FOR PEOPLE COMING TO THE AREA OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND. WE'VE BEEN FOCUSING OUR EFFORTS AT THE ASSOCIATION LEVEL, STRICTLY ON ADVERTISING AND PROMOTING TOURISM TO THE FOUR CORNERS AREA OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND, AND THEN THE INDIVIDUAL EVENT ORGANIZERS ARE MANAGING THEIR EVENTS SEPARATELY.
Those events under the banner of the Four Corners Biker Rally, include Ignacio Bike week, with events throughout Ignacio, at the casino, Sky Ute event center and elsewhere.
Ignacio Bike Week was thrown together when last year's rally failed.
It is the 14th year a rally will be held in Ignacio.
Ann Mooney, with Ignacio Bike Week says the activities are returning to their roots of being an event designed to benefit the community.
MOONEY: THE WHOLE EVENT IS PUT ON BY VOLUNTEERS, THERE'S NOT A PAID PERSON. THIS YEAR, IT HAS ENGENDERED THE PARTICIPATION OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN WAYS IT HAS NOT IN THE PAST. WE'VE GOT FOLKS WHO ARE LITERALLY DONATING SPACE FOR THE PURPOSES OF HOLDING EVENTS. LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS WERE THE FIRST TO STEP UP WITH SPONSORSHIPS. THE TOWN IS COOPERATING IN JUST IN UNIMAGINABLY POSITIVE WAYS. THE COUNTY HAS ASSISTED, IT IS GENUINELY A COMMUNITY EFFORT.
Events have also been organized at Sugar Pine Ranch outside Mancos, and in Cortez as well as at Durango Harley Davidson.
National music acts have been booked at the Ignacio and Mancos events.
In the past, it's been estimated 20-to-40 thousand motorcyclists visited the area over the weekend.
The Durango Business Improvement District and Durango Area Tourism Office have spent ten thousand dollars on outside promotion for this years event.
Murray says they don't have a good estimate on turnout.
MURRAY: WE REALLY DON'T HAVE ANY KIND OF A CENTRAL DATA BASE THAT WOULD LET US PREDICT THAT. DOWNTOWN HOTEL RESERVATIONS IN DURANGO ARE PRETTY GOOD, WHEN YOU GO TO THE NORTH END OF TOWN, THERE'S STILL ROOMS AVAILABLE. MANCOS IS BOOKED, SOME OF THE NICER HOTELS IN CORTEZ ARE BOOKED, SO WE'RE EXPECTING A NICE CROWD BUT WE REALLY DON'T HAVE A WAY TO PREDICT THAT.
This is also the third year for a competing bike event in Loveland, but Murray says they aren't concerned.
MURRAY: WE JUST FOCUS ON OFFERING WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER IN TERMS OF EVENTS AND THE BEAUTIFUL RIDING IN THE FOUR CORNERS AREA AND WE MARKET WHAT WE HAVE AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE.
For Durango, one big event will be missing again this year.
There will be NO rally parade down Main Avenue, Sunday morning, September 2nd.
MURRAY: THERE ARE GOING TO BE TWO PARADES THIS YEAR, ONE WILL BE IN IGNACIO AND ANOTHER ONE WILL BE IN CORTEZ. AND THEN NEXT YEAR, IF WE GET A LITTLE MORE INTEREST AND PERHAPS MORE HELP IN WANTING TO ORGANIZE THE PARADE THEN WE CAN CERTAINLY BRING IT BACK TO DURANGO.
Murray says rally participants should start arriving in the area Wednesday, August 29th.
The biggest crowds are expected Friday, August 31st through Sunday September 2nd.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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