Times Spent Outdoors: Priceless!

Articles from the February 15, 2014 edition

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  • Lake Havasu Boat Show To Deliver More Exhibitors, Attractions Than Ever

    AZBW, Bob Brown, Media Direction

    The count-down to the 23rd Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, presented by the Lake Havasu Marine Association, has begun. This year, the Lake Havasu Boat Show is one week earlier than usual, starting on Friday, April 11 and running through Sunday, April 13 at LakeHavasu State Park, Windsor 4 on London Bridge Road. Enthusiasm For Exhibitors "We needed to adjust the dates for the 2014 event since Easter weekend comes late this year," commented show organizer, Bob Brown. "But the minor date change... Full story

  • Boats Are In!

    AZBW, Bob Brown, Lake Havasu Boat Show|Feb 15, 2014

    Do blondes have more fun? Or, brunettes? Or,redheads? Actually, the answer is all of the above plus anyone else who knows that "boats are in"! Arizona's boating season is off to a fantastic start with the plethora of craft at the International Sportsmen's Expo and Arizona Boat Show, Feb. 20-23; at the Arizona Game & Fish Expo, March 29 and 30, and at the Lake Havasu Boat Show, April 11-13. Fishing boats too will ply the waters of Lake Pleasant at the upcoming Bill Luke Bass Days, March 14-16,... Full story

  • Arizona's Annual Celebration Of The Outdoors


    The 14th annual Arizona International Sportsmen's Exposition (ISE) will fill the University of Phoenix Stadium Feb. 20-23 with an expanded list of outdoor products. Open to the public, the expo will draw more than 15,000 attendees from the Valley and throughout Arizona. The expo will spotlight 300 companies: manufacturers and retailers; local, regional and international destinations; guides and outfitters; travel bureaus; enthusiast clubs and groups; and nonprofit organizations representing a wi... Full story

  • It's Big!

    AZBW|Feb 15, 2014

    Bill Luke Bass Days is the Southwest's largest family fishing tournament and festival - held March 14, 15, 16 at Lake Pleasant. This year's 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, carnival rides, vendors, food, wildlife exhibits and live music. Tournament Prize List The prizes for this year's Bass Days Tournament are spectacular. This year's... Full story

  • National Park Service Requests Public Input On Two Plans

    WOT|Feb 15, 2014

    Quagga/Zebra Mussel Comprehensive Management As of January 2014, approximately 1,300 adult quagga mussels have been found and removed from Lake Powell. We are finding additional adult mussels as the season progresses. The Quagga-Zebra Mussel Management Plan (QZMP) is needed to help the NPS decide what tools are appropriate to support the ongoing management of invasive mussels in Glen Canyon now that quagga mussels are present in Lake Powell. The QZMP will consider changes to the existing... Full story

  • Sportsmen's Open Forum To Be Held Feb. 19

    AZGFD|Feb 15, 2014

    In a continuing effort to advance open two-way communication with stakeholders, the Arizona Game and Fish Department will host a Sportsmen’s Open Forum on Wednesdaly, Feb. 19 from 6-8 p.m. at the department’s headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix. There will be an interactive session to discuss issues that the department sees as important to its constituencies. There will also be time for open dialogue with those who would like to discuss issues that are of concern and/or imp... Full story

  • Help Is Needed To Catch Deer Poacher

    AZGFD|Feb 15, 2014

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating the poaching of a mule deer doe that occurred the evening of Jan. 24 or possibly the following day on the Kaibab National Forest near Williams in Game Management Unit 8. The deer was found southwest of Bill Williams Mountain along U.S. Forest Service Road 122. Officials investigating this case received information about the dead deer through the department’s Operation Game Thief hotline. The deer was discovered about 20 yards from the road w... Full story

  • Bartlett Lake Has Ample Storage

    AZBW|Feb 15, 2014

    Wet and dry boat storage at Bartlett Lake Marina has a variety of mooring options to fit your lifestyle. We have the right fit for sailors and power boaters of all sizes. With nearly 400 mooring choices we have the right place for you and your family. Stay in the water and take to the lake with ease and convenience or choose one of our dry boat storage options for the boater on the go. Amenities and options abound at Bartlett Lake Marina to enhance your boating experience. In The Water Bartlett... Full story

  • Eight Ponds Have Received First Community Fishing Program stockings

    AZBW|Feb 15, 2014

    From Phoenix to Maricopa, eight ponds received their first Community Fishing Program fish stockings during one day between Feb. 10 and 15. Already since Jan. 1, the expansion of the program formerly known as the Urban Fishing Program has included the first catchable stockings at Pioneer Lake in Peoria and Riverview Lake in Mesa. The expansion continues with the first of scheduled stockings that will take place every two months. A total of 815 pounds of trout will be delivered to the eight ponds... Full story

  • An Annual Favorite


    Port of San Diego each year launches the summer season with an incredible Day at the Docks event that in 2011 showcases a $3.5 million redevelopment of San Diego's Sportfishing Landings. Day at the Docks celebrates the beginning of the sportfishing season in what is recognized as the world's largest, most modern sportfishing fleet at America's Cup Harbor on San Diego Bay. This year, the San Diego Day at the Docks Festival will be on Sunday, April 13 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and it's free. Join fellow... Full story

  • Game And Fish Offers Additional Heritage Grants Award Opportunity

    AZGFD|Feb 15, 2014

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department has announced the availability of additional Heritage Grant awards in two categories for the 2014 grant cycle. Grant proposals will be accepted until Friday, March 14 at 5 p.m. MST in the environmental education and outdoor education categories. Applicants should review the revised Heritage Grant eligibility funding windows (eligibility criteria) and application forms at www.azgfd.gov/w_c/heritage_apply.shtml to obtain specific guidance for goals and... Full story

  • There's Never A Better Time Than Now To Fish Arizona

    AZGFD|Feb 15, 2014

    Hello, anglers, It's a good time to round up some swim baits and Roboworms and head to the Phoenix area (if you aren't already there) to do some bassin'. High temperatures are beginning to rise back into the 70s. We're stocking rainbow trout into Canyon Lake, land of the lunkers. Avoid Canyon Lake if you want great catch rates, but for something to hang on the wall, come here and throw some big swim baits (that represent the stocked trout). Plus, the scenery is exceptional. Apache Lake is a grea... Full story

  • FREE!


    Mark Your Calendar For Game & Fish's 2014 Outdoor Expo One of Arizona's favorite outdoor events is free and free! The Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo will be held on Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix. The free event offers loads of activities, presentations and exhibits for everyone ranging from novices to seasoned outdoor recreationists. Activities and attractions include the following: • Live wildlife exhibits (hawks, r... Full story

  • A 'Desert Storm' Is On The Horizon

    Jim Nichols, Lakeracer

    Once again, Lakeracer LLC and Teague Custom Marine have joined together to bring the best event in the country to you! Another collection of the most significant performance boats across the nation are once again planning to converge on Lake Havasu in April 23-27. Wednesday's Kick Off Wednesday kicks off the Desert Storm event with the Second Annual "Krusin' for Kids". Underprivileged and special needs children and adults will be coming from all over Arizona to have their DREAMS come true, one... Full story

  • Sailing Instructors Needed

    AZBW, Rob Gibbs, Arizona Sailing Foundation|Feb 15, 2014

    The Arizona Sailing Foundation is excited to be offering the Adult Beginning Sailing program again this spring. As always, this program promises to be very rewarding for everyone who participates — for both teachers and students. If you love sailing, we would like to invite you to come share your knowledge and go sailing for an afternoon or two with newbie sailors in the Capri 14.2s at Tempe Town Lake. The dates are Feb. 15, March 1, March 15, and March 29. On-the-water classes start at 1 p... Full story

  • Closure Remains For Welfare Of Bighorn Sheep

    AZGFD|Feb 15, 2014

    The Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District, has released an updated map and Special Closure Order for the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Bighorn Sheep Management Area. The new map more clearly defines the east and north boundary of the management area through the use of National Forest System trails. "Previous closure orders and maps relied heavily on descriptions using township, range, and sections or portions of sections for boundaries. Wilderness visitors often found these... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Lottery For 2015 Noncommercial River Trip Permits Open

    Margie Anderson|Feb 15, 2014

    In early February, the National Park Service began accepting applications for noncommercial river trip permits to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. The permits are for specific launch dates within calendar year 2015. A total of 461 permits will be available for 12- to 25-day river trips. Eligible individuals may apply online at the weighted lottery web site. To access the web site, start from the park's main web page at www.nps.gov/grca and select "River Trips/Permits"... Full story

  • BoatUS Comments On Future Of Federal Aids To Navigation

    AZBW, BoatUS|Feb 15, 2014

    Photo Caption: BoatUS recently spoke to a government panel on navigation programs, urging agencies to keep recreational boaters in mind when debating any future cost savings. BoatUS Comments On Future Of Federal Aids To Navigation In a hearing before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held early February to review the future of the federal government's navigation programs and aids to navigation, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) submitted comments... Full story

  • Top 10 Pieces Of Gear For Runabouts

    WOT, BoatUS|Feb 15, 2014

    There's a lot to be said for owning small runabouts, center consoles or bow riders. While they are affordable, easy to store, and can keep everyone in the family happy, they have their limits, though, if you want to venture into coastal waters and big lakes. But these journeys can still be done, with the right ten pieces of equipment. Here's what Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) recommends should be aboard every boat 20 feet or smaller: Paddles If your engine quits, paddles... Full story

  • In Memory Of Lady Isis

    Carol L Allen|Feb 15, 2014

    Little Lady Isis brought so much love into the life of her person, Chelle Brookes, and to all who had the honor of meeting this very special being. It was in her later years that Isis found a home with Chelle, one full of warmth, cozy blankets, good food and oh-so-much love for her.... Full story

  • Tonto National Forest Announces Fee-Free Weekend

    WOT|Feb 15, 2014

    Tonto National Forest joins other federal agencies in offering a fee-free weekend, Sat., Feb. 15 through Mon., Feb. 17 in honor of President’s Day. The remaining 2014 fee-free days honored by national forests are — • June 14, National Get Outdoors Day • Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day • Nov. 8-11, Veterans Day Weekend "Our public lands are open to everyone, and we hope these free days offer an incentive to all people to visit any of the 193 million acres of land held in trust for their enj... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Association Receives $1 Million From Arizona Public Service

    WOT|Feb 15, 2014

    Grand Canyon Association (GCA), the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, today announced a $1 million donation from Arizona Public Service (APS) that will establish the Grand Canyon Trails Forever Endowment to help preserve and protect Grand Canyon's trails. This is one of the most significant private, philanthropic gifts in Grand Canyon's history. Trail Maintenance The Trails Forever endowment will provide on-going funding vital to help maintain the approximately 350 miles...

  • Chiricahua National Monument

    Margie Anderson|Feb 15, 2014

    The Chiricahua Mountains are a sky island in the southeast corner of Arizona – not a place you'd probably pass by on your way to somewhere else. But if you have never been there, you seriously need to add a visit to the Chiricahuas to your bucket list. The rock formations are spectacular – you will see towering hoodoos, rocks that look precariously balanced, shady grottos, and miles of standing columns that might remind you of a gargantuan army marching in formation. First Things First When you... Full story

  • 'Civil War In The Southwest' Depicts Re-Enactments Of Southwest Civil War

    ASP|Feb 15, 2014

    Join Arizona State Parks for the annual historic re-enactment of an Arizona Civil War skirmish, Battle of Picacho Pass, and the New Mexico battles of Glorieta and Val Verde at "Civil War in the Southwest" at Picacho Peak State Park. The three re-enactments will take place on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16, 2014. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days but gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and no further entry is allowed after 3 p.m. Experience History Visitors travel...

  • Arizona State Parks Announces Funding For Trail Projects Deadline

    ASP|Feb 15, 2014

    Arizona State Parks is offering funding from the state Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (OHV) and the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) fund for motorized and non-motorized trail projects. Project sponsors must complete an application package and submit it to Arizona State Parks by the deadline on Friday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Eligibility Eligible project sponsors include governmental entities (cities, towns, counties, tribal governments, state and federal agencies) that have a legal... Full story

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