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Nordic Ski Club may lose $150,000 in donations

The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage may lose $150,000 in membership fees because the online company hired to take the payments hasn't turned over the money and has clammed up, according to e-mails sent to members Friday.

The company, Count Me In, based in Bellevue, Wash., has not returned repeated phone calls and letters from the ski association, according to the e-mail.

"We are announcing today that $150,000 collected by our on-line payment company, Count Me In, has not been received and could be lost due to financial difficulties noted by Count Me In," the e-mail said.

The ski association said it is pursuing litigation to get its money back.

According to federal court records, a New Jersey soccer club filed a suit in mid-November against Count Me In. It appears the soccer club may be having the same problems as the ski association.

The ski association said it had enough cash in reserves to carry its activities for the season.

In its e-mail to members, it said it used Count Me In for several years without problems.

Anchorage Daily News