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Notice of Rate Increase
The Matanuska Valley Sportsmen, Inc. is an all-volunteer, 501(c )(3), non-profit club, so we hold shooting fees to the absolute minimum that will allow us to continue to serve members of the shooting community. Due to a 22% increase in the cost of gas last year, coupled with a dramatic increase in the amount of gas and electricity we use, the Matanuska Valley Sportsmen, Inc. have incurred losses that have forced us to increase the range fees charged. We regret having to make this change, but we cannot continue to operate with our expenses outpacing our income at the current rate. The change in range fees will take effect November 1, 2009. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

The new fee schedule is as follows:

Non-members $20
Members $10
Youth (under 18) $ 5

Punch cards (8 visits) $68

Note: punch cards are available to members only.

Monday Nights are for .22 only
Beginning October 1st, 2009; only .22 caliber pistols and rifles are allowed on Monday nights from 6:00PM to 9:00PM

WINTER HOURS-begin October 1st
Mondays & Wednesdays 6-9 PM
Saturdays & Sundays 4-9 PM
Fridays Noon to 9PM

Board Actions – September Meeting

Not available at press time.

Board Actions – August Meeting

Outdoor Range
Kelly reported that project is moving forward with new range cover in use and 2nd cover to be started in next 4 weeks.

McKinley Mountain Men sheds to be allowed on MVS property and will be painted to match MVS Building.

Prioritizing projects should be suggested at Board Meetings and moneys saved to make it possible.

Minutes are to be posted on bulletin board.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board of Directors meeting will be held October 8, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the MVS Range complex.

All members are always invited to attend Board Meetings and share their concerns, questions, and address issues pertinent to the operation and function of the club.

Current Membership

MVS has 1417 members as of 9/1/09.

Upcoming Classes
A Concealed Handgun Permit Class will be held on Sat. October 24th. This class is from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. The class is located at the MVS range complex. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.

There will be a Defensive Handgun Skills Improvement Class on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 7:00 AM. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.

There will be an NRA Basic Pistol class on Saturday, November 28, 2009 from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.

A Concealed Handgun Permit Class will be held on Jan 21, 22, and 23, 2010.
Classes on Jan. 21st and 22nd are from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at Palmer Fire Training Center on 645 E. Cope Industrial Way. On Jan 23rd, the class is from 9:00 until 3:00 and is located at the MVS range complex. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.

There will be an NRA Basic Pistol class on Saturday, January 30, 2009 from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Call 746-4862 for details or to sign up.

Note: on all classes only those students who pay in advance are guaranteed admittance. You may sign up without paying, but you will be on stand-by status and can attend only if room is left over after pre-paid class members are admitted.

Scheduling Meeting
The scheduling meeting on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 7:00 PM was attended by Scheduling Officer, Allen Chapman, two user group representatives, MVS President, Steve Montgomery, MVS Range Manager, Brian Pinney, and club members Jon Cheney and Ed Stalker.

Events must be scheduled through Allen Chapman 357-2840 or by e-mail at

It is important for anyone wishing to schedule range time to attend these meetings.

The next Scheduling Meeting is set for March 15, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

MVS thanks Allen Chapman for his invaluable work in conducting and coordinating the scheduling of events for the range.

Ladies Night
Ladies Only Nights will resume on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. Call Brenda Montgomery 746-3090 for details.

User Group News

Matches are held the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month. Contact Allen Chapman for details/schedule. 357-2840 or by e-mail at

The Alaska 49ers Cowboy Action Shooting Club returns to MVS on October 25 for its annual Halloween shoot. Contact Brenda Montgomery (Outpost Rider) at 746-3090 for details/schedule.

For more information contact: Andrea Tesch 333-0265.

Outdoor Range Committee Members:
Dick Barlow 745-2784.
Mike Kelly 357-6562
Jim Kaufman
Earl Lackey 376-1003
The outdoor range remains unavailable for general use until we announce it as open to the public. Questions regarding the progress of the outdoor range should be directed to the Outdoor Range Committee. Please call a member of the Outdoor Range Committee to donate much needed time and/or money. All donations are tax-deductible.

Parting Shot…
In recent years, 9/11 has become known as Patriot Day. Patriot Day is held in memory of nearly 3000 people who died during terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the United States.

It has been suggested that Patriot Day be observed as a day of service to others. On 9/12/09 of this year a crowd reported to be as many as few as several hundred thousand to as much as1.7 million people attended a peaceful protest in Washington, D.C. They were there to protest the growth of government, the loss of freedom in the markets, businesses, and potentially their choice in Health Care.

Whether you agree with this movement or not, the very presence of so many people concerned for their liberty has highlighted the fact that we all need to advocate for the causes that are near and dear to us. We must become “community organizers”, in effect, to protect those things we cherish.

With that thought in mind, what have you done to protect your right to keep and bear arms, lately? Have you called your congressmen and local legislators to voice your support for the shooting sports and firearms ownership? Have you asked the face you see in the mirror, “What can I do to preserve the shooting sports, and our right to keep and bear arms?”

Words of Wisdom
"To sin by silence when they should protest, makes cowards of men.”
- Abraham Lincoln

Current MVS Board Members
Steve Montgomery, Pres., 746-3090
Earl Lackey, Vice-President 376-1003
Leonard Toop, Treasurer, 745-0386
Mike Kelly, Secretary, 357-6562
Jon Leary, 745-8531
Bob Lochman, 248-9676
Pat Reed, 376-6826

Brian Pinney, Range Manager 232-6480