Oh yeah, they did nix it for a couple weeks early in the year. I thought you were talking about events more recent. People were not very happy for that time.
I really wish they'd open the high power range every once in a while for distance shooters to use that have not been "certified" to use it. I don't have the time to compete in 10 competitions then have to convince the match director that I should be blessed with the privelage to shoot there. Membership has increased by nearly 20% in the past three years... its time to open that HP range up a little more.
I say this as a multi-year member of Rio Salado Sportsman's Club.
As far as I know, you only have to compete in 3 events to have your card punched. At least, that's what I did. I had to let my membership lapse because I just couldn't justify the cost since I don't have much time to shoot anymore that I'm going back to school. I just wished that I could pay the normal fee for non-members, but use the HP range since I've been punched for it for a few years now...