In response to a request from the BLM, we have had to make the difficult decision to re-schedule the North Nevada Rally, so it will not be taking place on June 20 as had been scheduled.
While a final decision has not yet been reached, we are working with the BLM to re-schedule it for the soonest date we can, and we hope to have the official date available for publication on or before June 3.
We hope that this change in schedule does not dissuade anyone from supporting this event, either as competitors or as volunteers, and we ask that you bear with us these next few days until we arrive at a new date before deciding to withdraw.
We are sorry to have to go through this, but we do thank everyone for their support as we sort through these challenges.
To the competitors who have entered and already submitted entry fees: we will naturally be offering full refunds (including PayPal fees) should you choose to withdraw. I will be contacting each of you within the next week to discuss options.
I'm not entirely sure of all the sordid details, suffice it to say that what the BLM office manager told me was "the rules are changing" and in our case this specific field office had other things take priority over dealing with crossing the t's and dotting the i's and collecting all the requisite signatures needed in approving our permit application.
We did all the basics of what we were supposed to do, but we neglected to call up and remind them of our existence every week or two during the 6 month permitting process, which- if done the right way, might have at least helped prevent this.
Anyway- three weeks before the event we got a call out of the blue saying- "um... you are going to need to push it out at least 30 days" along with "no, there is nothing you can do to expedite things and nobody you can talk to directly, this is a bureaucratic thing that needs to be handled at the top level".
So rather than going bootleg and running without a permit, we are abiding with their request and eagerly awaiting word on a new date.