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Feb 23, 2014: If you enjoy nostalgia and would like a street-legal fun machine, the 1945 Willys MB Military Jeep raffle may be for you.  We are selling limited raffleJeep right side low res tickets for this great vehicle.  It was delivered to the military on January 16, 1945.  More recently, it served Big Creek Lodge patrons for several summers.  Bruce Parker kindly donated the Jeep to the IAF as a fund-raising item.

The Low-Down:

Tickets are $20 each, and only 400 will be sold.  The Jeep will be on display and tickets will be sold at our breakfast events in 2014, or you can request tickets via raffle@rebuildbigcreek.com.    Drawing will be held by Nov 1, 2014 and will be announced at a Big Creek fund-raising event in Boise (details to be announced this summer).  Winner need not be present to win.  Jeep is in Boise, and winner will be responsible for moving the Jeep to winner's location.  IAF Board of Directors and direct family not eligible.

It is in good working condition, and with current improvements, this ol' trooper is ready to run you around the mountains, the farm or backroads.  It does have improvements, such as a removable front towbar and rear hitch, 12 volt electrical system (vs 6v), turn signals, updated brakes, power takeoff (winch is not connected, but should run a winch), and military-styleJeep front low upholstery.

Tickets are already going fast--10% were sold in the first weekend at the NW Aviation Conference.  If you are worried the tickets will be sold out before you can see us at the breakfast events, then email us at raffle@rebuildbigcreek.com and we'll coordinate with you.

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Idaho Governor Butch Otter (right), Russell Westerberg, and County Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank share a moment at Big Creek recently. The Governor and Commissioner were briefed on the rebuild Big Creek project--and our goal to provide a place for the public to connect with the outdoors while being disconnected from the rest of the world.

For those of you who are Facebook followers/enthusiasts, IAF has launched a Big Creek Lodge Idaho page to keep you updated on activities, photos and plans. You can see photos and news from the First Big Creek Breakfast Events of 2013, and much more. Please "Like" us and follow the news at

https://www.facebook.com/#!/BigCreekLodgeIdaho

June Events Tremendously Successful at Big Creek!  Do yourself a favor and hit "MORE" now to read the full scoop...

June 19, 2013. June has been a big month at Big Creek!Sam Perez wood cutter web

On June 1-2, about 30 volunteers showed up at the Big Creek Lodge site and pitched in to start transforming the site from suffering 5 years of disuse to being ready for public events during the summer! Volunteers cut down nearly 30 trees which were killed from the 2008 fire, cleaned and disinfected the duplex cabin, fixed doors on the old general store (being used for storage), and worked on the various water systems to get them running again. It was a huge success, and the IAF will be scheduling another work party in July (tentative date is July 20, but keep an eye out for an official announcement).

On Saturday June 15, the IAF hosted the first public breakfast at Big Creek since the fire in October 2008. It was very well attended, and breakfast was served to 85 eager visitors on a gorgeous, cool morning. Some came from the SuperCub.org fly-in at Johnson Creek (which drew visitors from all over the US), but many others came regionally from Washington, Montana, Oregon and all parts of Idaho. In addition, representatives from the US Forest Service attended the event. We officially announced and signed the 30 year Special Use Permit with the USFS. The 30 year permit is huge news, since USFS IAF Sign BC SUP webnormal permits for these types of operations are 20 years. This news underscores how supportive the USFS is on this project. The permit enables the IAF to host events at the site before and after lodge construction is complete.   In honor of this large milestone, and symbolizing public activity on the site, volunteers raised the US Flag while happy visitors applauded.

On Saturday evening June 15, IAF Vice President Colleen Back accepted a $1000 group donation from SuperCub.org during a briefing she gave to the 100+ fly-in visitors at Johnson Creek Airstrip (3U2). The SuperCub community has long supported Idaho’s backcountry flying with group donations to several organizations. In addition to this kind donation, the IAF received another $4,500 in donations at the breakfast event (separate from breakfast proceeds) and online donations during the weekend. Momentum continues to increase! Get involved.