Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the February 1, 2020 edition

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  • On The Cover February 2020

    Carol L Allen

    Off-road vehicles, RVs, kayaks, motorcycles, lanterns, trucks: What do these all have in common? They are all coming to the Southwest in awesome expos and events ahead this spring. It's the time of year when the Southwest really comes alive -- on water and on land. Thank you, Bob Brown of Media Direction for the cover photo that represents the power and energy of the outdoor activities that begin at this time of the year. We recommend that you attend as many of these awesome events as you can... Full story

  • Touch-A-Truck


    Children can interact with oversized vehicles. Kids, big and small, have the opportunity to interact with large vehicles such as fire trucks, earth movers, dump trucks, backhoes, and excavators at the Touch-A-Truck event being held at Pleasant Harbor, located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant on Saturday, Feb.15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event is free and affords kids the unique opportunity to climb on their favorite big vehicles, without parent reprimand. There is a $10 entrance fee... Full story

  • Reflections on the Four Practices of Engagement

    Carol L Allen|Feb 1, 2020

    Reflections on the Four Practices of Engagement By Carol L. Allen - Adjunct Faculty, English I attended the Saturday presentation and was very impressed with the material shared with us. As my own Master's thesis was titled "Engagement As a Factor in Writing", I was immediately "engaged" myself and interested in current thinking about the subject. Stressed were four practices that can lead to engagement on the part of our students and their instructors: empathy, resiliency, happiness, and... Full story

  • Frasher's Tavern

    George Frasher Does It Again

    Carol L Allen

    For nearly years, Frasher's customers had enjoyed George Frasher's original Scottsdale restaurant on Scottsdale Road. However, After a landlord dispute and the end of his lease at the steakhouse's original location, it closed in 2015, and Frasher moved to Phoenix to launch Frasher's Smokehouse on East Indian School Road. Note - Since we published this Redfin has included it in a blog titled Secrets Revealed: 17 Hidden Gems in Phoenix You Need to Check Out. Check it out. There are points of... Full story

  • Laughlin Water Sport Expo

    Laughlin Water Sport Expo


    Laughlin Water Sport Expo Shows Best In River/Desert Fun The inaugural 2020 Laughlin Water Sports Expo in Laughlin, Nev., headquartered at the world-famous Edgewater Hotel & Casino is preparing a feast of products and equipment for outdoor motorsports enthusiasts this coming Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29, and Sunday, March 1. Latest And Greatest The Laughlin Water Sports Expo is brand new, capturing the spirit and passion of recreational boating, off-roading and RVing, providing motivated... Full story

  • AZ Lakes, AZ Pros: Dylan Maxon At Bartlett Lake

    Margie Anderson|Feb 1, 2020

    This is a huge year for Dylan with tournaments and marriage ahead. We wish him well. February can be a tough month at Bartlett. The water isn't warm yet, but it's coming, and a degree or two a day can put the bass in pre-spawn mode. This time of year, Dylan Maxon reaches for a big spinnerbait to get a limit at Bartlett. Dylan is a long-time tournament bass fisherman with some great sponsors – Signature Gates and Welding (the owner is another great fisherman – Kevin Finley), Irod Fishing Rod... Full story

  • Tips, Tricks, Gadgets For Pistols

    John Anderson|Feb 1, 2020

    In the movies, the heroes only have problems with their firearms if it suits the plot. In real life, I've taken a lot of classes and gone to a lot of ranges, and believe me, if you have problems, you're not alone. As you get older, the sights may be harder to see and racking the slide can get harder to do as well. You don't even have to be older – many smaller people or those with handicaps or just weak hands also have trouble doing things like racking the slide, reloading, locking the slide b... Full story

  • Anderson Mill Off-Road Adventure

    Margie Anderson|Feb 1, 2020

    The ruins at Anderson Mill are sizable and a lot of fun to explore. There are stairs to climb and a great view from the top. We've been there twice, and took a different route each time, so I'm going to tell you about both. I recommend going there via San Domingo Wash, and returning via Little San Domingo Wash because both routes have interesting things to see. Processes Ores The mill itself used to process ores like pegmatite, and there are lots of mines around the mill. Pegmatite is igneous ro... Full story

  • Washington Salmon Forcasts Released

    WDFW|Feb 1, 2020

    OLYMPIA – Fishery managers say the coming year may be another tough one for anglers in Washington, with low salmon returns expected again in 2020. The 2020 forecasts for Chinook, coho, sockeye, and chum salmon – developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian tribes – were released today during a public meeting in Olympia. The forecast meeting marks the starting point for developing this year’s salmon-fishing seasons in Puget Sound, the Columbia River,... Full story

  • Arizona Renaissance Festival


    Get ready to be transported back to the 16th century as one of the largest and most picturesque Renaissance Festivals in the nation prepares for raucous revelry below the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. The Festival is celebrating its 32nd season of pomp and pageantry; join in the revelry! The Arizona Renaissance Festival runs every Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 through March 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cheer for brave knights! Roam our 30-acre festival village filled with whimsical castles... Full story