December 10, 2004

Friends and Fellow Shooters,

This is just a short note to let you know that I turned in my retirement papers today. After 30.5 years of service with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, it�s time to submit my resignation and move on.  My last day of employment will be January 14, 2005 .

I am healing well from my surgery and anxious to take on some new challenges. I also want to thank all of you for your kind words, thoughts, prayers, visits, and cards you sent my way.

I have been hired by the Clark County Department of Parks and Community Services in Las Vegas Nevada as the Project Manager for the new Clark County Sport Shooting Park .  Through legislation, Clark County has acquired 2,880 acres of land (3 miles wide, 1.5 miles deep) at the base of Sheep Mountain (north of Las Vegas) for the purposes of building a quality recreational shooting complex (it will also be the largest public shooting complex in the country), and will be a comprehensive world class facility. We are currently in the pre-engineering phase.  This is an exciting and ambitious project, and I am looking forward to lending my services to the Department and to the citizens of Clark County in building, staffing and operating this quality sport shooting park. The �lessons learned� at BASF, and many ideas from shooters have been incorporated into its master site plan.

If you have the fortune to attend the 2005 Shot Show in Las Vegas , we will be in booth # 7068, so please stop by and visit.

My major regret is leaving behind so many friends. The Ben Avery Shooting Facility was a fantastic place to work, and its patrons and personnel are some of best people that I have ever had the fortune to work and associate with. You will be missed but not forgotten. Perhaps, in the near future, you can bring your guns to Las Vegas and shoot with me again.  If you�re in town, give me a call, the coffee pot will always be on.

In addition to the above news, I need your help. The nominating committee of the National Rifle Association has nominated me to the Board of Directors. My �bio� that will be appearing in the January or February issues of the NRA magazines. If you are an NRA member, I would appreciate your vote. It would be my pleasure and privilege to represent you and your interests at NRA.   Todd Rathner of Tucson is also on the Ballot.  I sincerely recommend him for your vote.

I�d also appreciate it if you �email forward� this message to other shooters who are on your mailing list.

Thank all of you for your support and friendship, and keep your powder dry!!

Don Turner

October 18, 2004: Chief Rangemaster Don Turner is at home recuperating from bypass surgery. The problem was discovered during a stress treadmill test and the surgery prevented a heart attack. He will be off for a minimum of eight weeks. Rangemaster Bill Kelsey has been appointed as Acting Chief Rangemaster until Don’s return.
May 13, 2004: The Ben Avery Shooting Facility has been selected as a PHOENIX POINT OF PRIDE. This distinguished award recognizes the important role the shooting facility plays in the recreational value of the Valley of the Sun.  Thank you for the support and your votes which elected the Ben Avery Shooting Facility as a Phoenix Point of Pride!