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Articles from the February 1, 2016 edition

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  • The 25th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show Preps For Silver-Anniversary Celebration

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    The count-down to the 25th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, presented by Frontier Communications and Mohave State Bank, has begun. This year, the Lake Havasu Boat Show opens on Friday, April 8 and runs through Sunday, April 10 at Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4 on London Bridge Road. 'A Very Special Boat Show' "This will be a very special boat show since it's our 25th annual," said boat show organizer Bob Brown. "We'll have more boats and exhibitors than ever before plus plenty of great added... Full story

  • ISE Moves 2016 Expo To WestWorld Of Scottsdale


    The 16th annual International Sportsmen Exposition & Arizona Boat Show has moved across town to WestWorld of Scottsdale. And more than doubled its size! Now there are two full buildings - one for the Arizona Boat Show, and one for the Sportsman Expo, plus vast outside space. All this space will be showcasing more than 100 new exhibitors - 300+ in all. The Valley's only boat show will spotlight more than 15 dealers, plus a houseboat, marinas and marine accessories companies. For The Family For... Full story

  • On The Cover - We Celebrate This Century Mark


    It's been 100 years! Well, almost. But, this summer it will be.. On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that created the National Park Service. And, Arizona has benefitted greatly from this; our state boasts four national parks and 22 national monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and memorials. In addition to the premier attraction, Grand Canyon National Park, three other natural gems in Arizona are Petrified Forest National Park, Saguaro National Park, and Tumacacori N... Full story

  • Tonto National Forest Announces 2016 Fee-Free Days

    Feb 1, 2016

    Tonto National Forest joins other federal agencies in offering fee-free days on public lands in 2016, beginning January 18 in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The remaining 2016 fee-free days honored by national forests are - • Feb. 15 President's Day • June 11 National Get Outdoors Day • Sept. 24 National Public Lands Day • Nov. 11 Veterans Day Traditionally, fees are not charged on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of develop... Full story

  • Boaters Urged To Be Safe In 2016

    Ed Huntsman, USCG District Eight Recreational Boating Safety Program Manager|Feb 1, 2016

    Recent rain and snow storms' bringing both snowpack up north and flooding across the West and Midwest have many thinking that water levels in surrounding lakes and rivers will be increasing as the year progresses. Add lower gas prices to the mix and boaters will be coming back to the water this spring in droves. Power boaters, sailors, paddlers - many will be ill prepared to deal with the problems of a sudden spring or summer storm that this record-breaking El Nino season will be offering. Time... Full story

  • Arizona State Parks Offers Funding Opportunities

    ASP|Feb 1, 2016

    Arizona State Parks is offering funding from both the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and State Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (OHV). Eligible Projects Funding can be used for projects such as trail development and trail maintenance for pedestrian uses (hiking, running, wheelchair use), bicycling, equestrian, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. Available Funds For FY 2016 there will be $1.2 million avai... Full story

  • Interior Department Proposes Adaptive Management Framework For Glen Canyon Dam

    WOT|Feb 1, 2016

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has released a proposed framework for adaptively managing Glen Canyon Dam over the next 20 years with the goal of creating certainty and predictability for power and water users while protecting environmental and cultural resources in Grand Canyon National Park and the Colorado River ecosystem. The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) is available to the public for review and comment for 90 days. Brings Together Diverse Stakeholders "This document is... Full story

  • What Price Is Enough?

    John Koleszar|Feb 1, 2016

    John ("JK") Koleszar can be reached at elkhabitat@gmail.comelkhabitat@gmail.com. Before anyone sets out the lynch mobs, let me be perfectly clear - I really like horses. I rode them for years, found them to be beautiful and, in many cases, like family members. I also love elk, deer, javelina, antelope, desert bighorn sheep and a host of other creatures. The problem that I have is in the prevailing attitude of those who proclaim the absolute love of only horses. I did a little digging, courtesy... Full story

  • Wildlife News From AZGFD

    AZGFD|Feb 1, 2016

    Updated Wildlife Rules Now In Effect. The Arizona Game and Fish Department, as part of its regular five-year review rulemaking process, has updated its Article 4 (Live Wildlife) rules. The new provisions became effective in December 2015 and were approved by the Governor's Regulatory Review Council. The new provisions include some notable changes including the following: • Removal of hedgehogs from the restricted live wildlife list to allow them as pets. • Prohibitions on possession of any non... Full story

  • Grand Canyon West Tops One Million Visitor Mark; Tourism Soared In 2015

    WOT|Feb 1, 2016

    A soaring number of visitors to the Grand Canyon Skywalk and other Grand Canyon West tourism attractions made 2015 a record year for the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation. On Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, the Grand Canyon West venues recorded their record-breaking 1 millionth visitor for 2015. The milestone was celebrated by treating Jenny and Mike Kim, the record-breaking visitors, to the full range of experiences available to Grand Canyon West guests. A Very Special Moment "This is a very special... Full story

  • Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    IT'S A GO! – For mountain-bike enthusiasts, Sedona offers the Mountain Bike Festival, March 4-6. This is a three-day mountain-bike celebration that includes a main expo area, bike demonstrations, and a plethora of great single-track trails.... Full story

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum

    Margie Anderson|Feb 1, 2016

    One of our favorite places for a relaxing and beautiful hike is the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park on Highway 60 just south of Superior, Ariz. This lovely place is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has over two miles of trails to explore. It is $10 per person to enter, and that includes guided nature walks if you want to go on one. They also have classes that you can sign up for, including photography and various craft classes. There are fees for the classes. 'Walk About' Australia... Full story

  • Support Wildlife Conservations

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation (AZSFWC) is pleased to present this beautiful specialty license plate. By purchasing this plate you will be making a contribution to Arizona's wildlife and wildlife habitat. Seventeen dollars ($17) of each twenty-five ($25) special license fee will go to AZSFWC's Wildlife Conservation Habitat Fund. The AZSFWC will review and approve all grants from the special license plate program revenues. These grants will fund important outdoor recreational and... Full story

  • Here's The Big One!


    Bill Luke Bass Days is the Southwest's largest family fishing tournament and festival - to be held March 18, 19, 20 at Lake Pleasant. This year's version is sure to be one of our biggest events! For the fishermen, we are featuring over $50,000 in cash prizes. For everyone, we will have a day and night time festival featuring a Cornhole Tournament, a classic-car show, carnival rides, vendors, food, wildlife exhibits and live music. Also featured will be a Coast Guard water-rescue demonstration.... Full story

  • Registrations Open For Arizona's Senior Olympics


    Online registrations are now open for the 2016 Arizona Senior Olympic Games, which will be held from Saturday, February 6th through Sunday, March 13th.. Shooters are urged to sign up early, using the website: www.seniorgames.org. The Games are open to anyone over 50, regardless of residency and are held at venues throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, depending on the sport. Shooting venues consist of the following sports. Times and registration fees vary and may be found online.... Full story

  • Coast Guard Again (And Always) Urges Boaters To Wear Lifejackets

    USCG, U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District External Affairs|Feb 1, 2016

    Over the course of the past weeks, the Coast Guard has responded to multiple cases along the Gulf of Mexico where people in distress were not wearing lifejackets. Life Jackets should be used with any activity on the water, whether it's done with a paddle, motor or a sail. Using a properly fitted life jacket increases survivability in an accident, which gives rescuers more time to locate a victim. Accidents can result in a number of injuries that prevent a person in the water from swimming.... Full story

  • International Nautical Congress of Colombia, 27-29 April 2016

    AZBW, National Marine Manufacturers Association

    Developed and organized by the newly formed trade association, Asociación Náutica de Colombia (ANC), together with partners National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Centro de Convenciones de Cartagena de Indias (CCCI) and International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), the Congress Programme focuses on issues such as ‘Understanding the needs of the Colombian Marine Market, ‘Safety & Security’ and ‘Developing an Action Plan for Colombia’s Nautical Future’. Whilst breakout... Full story

  • BoatUS Gives Three Safety Tips For Upgrading Boat Lighting

    AZBW, Boat US|Feb 1, 2016

    With the latest technical advances in recreational boat lights - both for navigation and aesthetic purposes - recreational boaters have more choices than ever when upgrading their boat's lighting. However, the US Coast Guard wants boaters to know that some of the new lights aren't up to snuff and could increase the chances of a collision. It has found that some sold for navigation purposes don't meet regulations, and other aesthetic lighting products such as LED ropes and underwater lights may... Full story

  • San Diego's Maritime Museum Has Special Events In 2016

    Visitors never tire of visiting the vintage ships at the Maritime Museum that are sailed and maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers. Among the Maritime treasures are ships from four different centuries, which include 19th-century Californian, a tops'l schooner; the 18th-century H.M.S. Surprise, a full-rigged British Frigate; the 19th-century three-masted bark Star of India, the 16th-century Spanish Galleon San Salvador, and the 20th-century steam yacht Medea. In addition to the... Full story

  • TowBoatUS Catalina Takes Tower Of The Year Honors

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    A local company that that helps boaters get safely home was singled out for its professionalism at the BoatUS Towing Services Annual Conference recently held in Jupiter, Fla. "Tower of the Year" honors went to TowBoatUS Catalina, which is owned and operated by Captains Nathan Lins, Jordan Lake and Greg Dreischmeyer. The company, a familiar site in Avalon Harbor and Catalina Island waters with three red response vessels, was recognized for its near perfect 24-hour towing dispatch operation, super... Full story

  • US Sailing To Re-Launch International Women's Keelboat Championship

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    The International Women's Keelboat Championship (IWKC) returns! The revitalized US Sailing Championship, with a new and exciting approach, is aimed at maximizing opportunities for women sailors to participate in high-caliber regattas against top international sailors. The American Yacht Club in Rye, N.Y., will host the new IWKC in J/70 class sailboats on Sunday, Aug. 14 through Saturday, Aug. 20. With the goal of attracting more international teams, the championship will rotate each year to... Full story

  • Here's A Chance To Foster A Furfriend

    AZBW, Lost Our Home Animal Shelter|Feb 1, 2016

    Are you interested in fostering an LOH dog or cat? If so, the first step is to attend a foster orientation so that you will have a complete understanding of how our foster program works and what is required of our foster pet parents. Fostering one of our shelter pets helps them experience a home environment until they are adopted. It also gives us valuable information about the behavior and personality of the pet that we may not be able to observe in our shelter environment. We have adorable... Full story

  • SeaWorld San Diego To Deliver Year-Round Fun In 2016

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    SeaWorld® San Diego has a boatload of reasons to visit the marine park again and again in 2016, starting off by ringing in the Lunar New Year with a special celebration in February. Next, animal lovers will delight in Wild Days in March; Magic Weekends will leave guests spellbound in April; foodie and craft beer aficionados will find tasty delights throughout the park during SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival; Summer Vibes will reverberate in the park's Mission Bay Theater in July and Augus... Full story

  • Kahtoola Uphill Race

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    SKI UP! – The 9th annual Kahtoola Uphill Race, presented by Kahtoola at the Arizona Snowbowl, is set for Saturday, Feb. 20, from 5:15-8:15 p.m. (approximately). Admission costs are $75 for the Agassiz Climb, $55 for the Midway Climb, and $40 for the Fun Climb. More information is available at http://kahtoolaagassizuphill.com/basic-information/ or by calling (928) 779-7249.... Full story

  • NMMA, ICOMIA, ASONÁUTICA Launch Colombia International Nautical Congress

    AZBW|Feb 1, 2016

    The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and Asociación Náutica de Colombia (ANC) announced today they will produce the International Nautical Congress of Colombia, April 27-29, in Cartagena de Indias, to promote the country's growing recreational boating industry. Attendees of the Congress will participate in two days of networking and education to learn about opportunities in Colombia. The Congress will also feature k... Full story

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