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Articles from the April 1, 2016 edition

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  • Lake Havasu Boat Show

    It's Time For The Lake Havasu Boat Show

    Bob Brown, Media Direction|Apr 1, 2016

    The 25th Annual Lake Havasu Boat Show, presented by Frontier Communications and Mohave State Bank, is Arizona and Nevada's largest boat show. 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. More Boats Than Ever "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 a... Full story

  • Captain's Corner

    Captain Dave Esparza|Apr 1, 2016

    Why take a navigation class when just boating on our local lakes? The very good reason is because prudent mariners should know and understand basic navigation principles no matter how small or large the size of the waterway they are boating on. Knowing north, south, east and west, how to use a basic chart or map, and how to read your compass are musts for safe-boating principles. Take this class and become a safer boater with knowledge. The Coast Guard Auxiliary has authored and developed a... Full story

  • BoatUS Fire Facts

    Boat US|Apr 1, 2016

    Fire ranks number five among all boat losses according to the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program claims files. Dig a little a deeper, and those claims files also tell you the six specific areas that lead to most-reported boat fires. If every boater paid attention to these six things, over a third of all fires aboard boats would be prevented. So what are the top six ways boat fires happen, and some lessons to take home? 26 percent of fires are due to "off-the-boat" sources: Over a quarter of the... Full story

  • BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grants

    Boat US|Apr 1, 2016

    Groups can apply all year for funds for boating safety and clean-boating projects. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water just made it easier for nonprofit organizations including community-based groups, boat clubs, angling and environmental organizations, USCG Auxiliary, or US Power Squadrons to apply for a Grassroots Grant. Started over 25 years ago, the BoatUS member-funded grant program provides groups up to $10,000 to help educate boaters on safe and clean boating topics.... Full story

  • What's Wrong In This Photo

    Boat US|Apr 1, 2016

    There are at least 11 technical faults that, if not addressed, could cause serious problems. How many can you find? Here's a hint -- they fall into two main areas: electrical and fuel/ventilation. To find the answers, go to BoatUS.com/findthefaults.... Full story

  • California Yacht Sales

    Business Spotlight - California Yacht Sales

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2016

    California Yacht Sales is San Diego's marketplace for buying or selling sailboats, yachts and power boats. Whether you are searching boats for sale or preparing to sell your boat, the advantages of working with California Yacht Sales are numerous and significant. Trust your transaction to yacht brokers who have been located on Harbor Island at San Diego's largest marina for over 26 years. We are proud that we have earned the reputation for honesty and integrity in yacht sales. We work on your... Full story

  • On The Cover - Hike The High Country


    Most Arizonans plus many others from out-of-state know and love the Flagstaff area. In fact, for Valley of the Sun residents, it offers a popular cool escape from the searing summer temperatures of the southern part of the state. Some Flag visitors camp, others fish and many just enjoy the ambiance of this lovely town in the "high country". As the cover photo indicates, there is another very popular activity in the Flagstaff area: hiking. Our Outdoors Editor Margie Anderson explains one of her... Full story

  • Arizona State Parks' Family Campout Program Spring Registration Now Open

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2016

    Have you ever wanted to bring your family camping but weren't sure where to start? The Arizona Family Campout Program is a one-weekend adventure designed for families who have little or no experience camping. The award-winning program will provide some equipment and introduce families to the new adventure of camping at an Arizona State Park. Throughout the weekend families will work with a camp coordinator and other families to learn how to set-up their tent and make meals on a camp stove. In... Full story

  • Destination: 'Day At The Docks'


    From San Diego Sportfishing Council At A Glance This is the 37th year the San Diego Sportfishing Council has sponsored its special showcase of San Diego sportfishing. We hope you'll take this opportunity to join us and discover a bit more of what the Port of San Diego holds for you. Come join in the fun and help us celebrate the season's official start! There's plenty more to see and do at The Port Of San Diego's Day At The Docks 2016. We hope to see you there on April 17th and often through... Full story

  • Public Comment Period Extended


    In response to several requests for an extension, the Department of the Interior, through the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the National Park Service (NPS), is extending the public comment period for the Glen Canyon Dam Long-term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to May 9. Reclamation and the NPS will accept comments that are received or postmarked by that date. The LTEMP is a proposed framework for adaptively managing Glen Canyon Dam... Full story

  • Lake Powell Spring Forecast 2016

    Wayne Gustaveson|Apr 1, 2016

    Lake Powell sportfish were warm and happy when tucked in for the winter in 2015. Shad production has been at peak levels for the past two summer seasons. Gizzard shad dependably produce a consistent number of offspring, but in 2014-2015, threadfin shad were produced in record numbers. Stripers, bass and walleye absolutely "love" threadfin shad. The shad boom came at just the right time for an aging striper population comprised of old stripers that were worn out from searching for the scarce... Full story

  • Lake Powell Fish Report

    Wayne Gustaveson|Apr 1, 2016

    'Quality of life is measured by amount of time spent fishing.' Warm weather is settling in, resulting in big changes in fishing conditions. Shallow colored water warms more quickly than deep clear water. Cold-blooded fish gravitate to and hang out in warmer water. The expected springtime fish movement to shallow, warmer water is now occurring. Stripers that were holding at 40-100 feet can now be found at 15-30 feet. Bass that were in deeper water are making their move to the backs of canyons... Full story

  • Excerpts From AZGFD Fishing Report

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2016

    Tip Of The Week At Lake Havasu, a.k.a. Arizona's West Coast, anglers can have banner days on the bedding smallmouth bass. Crappie and largemouth bass will follow with their egg protecting endeavors. (Did I say, "crappie"? Yep, and it looks like Alamo Lake is ripe to be targeted for this great-tasting fish. Just get some good advice from an area tackle shop – if you need it -- and mean business.) The Reel Deal Most bass are in pre-spawn mode in most of the desert lakes. Before recent storms, some... Full story

  • Miss Yellowtail Derby 2016

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2016

    The Yellowtail Derby Committee has selected Ciara Church to be the 2016 Miss Yellowtail Derby. She is the daughter of Derby anglers, Ray and Jill Broadfoot and is a senior at Mission Hills High School. She has been fishing with her parents on their boat and loves the ocean. The 2016 Derby will run for 37 days from April 30, fishing until June 5. June 6 at 6 p.m. will be the Derby awards at the Bali Hai Restaurant, San Diego, Calif.,... Full story

  • Healing Waters

    WOT|Apr 1, 2016

    He's the long-time Chairman of the Board of the renowned Cleveland Clinic, is one of the world's most successful businessmen, owns three baseball teams, and is an avid world-class fisherman who, for decades, has hosted dozens of fishing tournaments raising millions for cystic fibrosis cure research. And, Bob Rich, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Islamorada, Fla., also finds time to write books. The author of four non-fiction books -- three on fishing and sports -- Rich continues to receive five-star... Full story

  • Why Take A Gun Class?

    John Anderson|Apr 1, 2016

    If you're like a lot of shooters, you probably think that taking a gun class is a waste of time and money. After all, there's not much to it - you just aim and pull the trigger, right? That might be okay if all you want to do is go put a few holes in a piece of paper, but what if you decide you want to step up your game? Target shooting is fun, but at some point you may want to get better, and that usually means taking a class. Even For The Seasoned Shooters I've been shooting for decades, and I... Full story

  • Wake Zone

    John Koleszar|Apr 1, 2016

    To: John ("JK") Koleszar & Western Outdoor Times, Arizona Boating and Watersports Re: "Western Wildlife" article in the February 2016 edition, "Wake Zone, What Price is Enough?" Challenge Accepted I would like to submit a response to the heavily opinionated piece that was published in the February 2016 "Western Wildlife" section of the Western Outdoor Times by John Koleszar. My response is that Mr. Koleszar seems to have written a biased piece without including many facts about wild horses and b... Full story

  • Op-Ed - Ducey, Legislature Need To Help!

    John Koleszar|Apr 1, 2016

    In 2006, I wrote a lengthy article about the inequities involved in the pay structure for the law enforcement personnel in the Arizona Game & Fish Department. The department was losing their personnel to competing agencies across the board. Some were leaving for DPS (Department of Public Safety) some were opting for local police departments and some were going to the local county sheriffs offices. At that time, the then director for the Arizona Game & Fish Department was Duane Schroufe. The... Full story

  • Celebrate Earth Day And Bats At Kartchner Caverns State Park

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2016

    Kartchner Caverns State Park will celebrate Earth Day and the return of the Myotis velifer bat colony to Kartchner Caverns State Park at "Bat Day" on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will be filled with family activities, presentations and hands-on activities. The cave will be open for tours but those should be reserved in advance. The event will include presentations in the theater by State Park Rangers and guest speakers including Keith Graves and Joel M. Diamond, PhD and live... Full story

  • Flagstaff In Spring

    Margie Anderson|Apr 1, 2016

    Until this past year, our visits to Flagstaff have always been during the summer. Since they were old enough to walk, we've been taking our granddaughters there to hike every summer, and we spend about a week exploring trails, caves, and everything the gorgeous area around Flagstaff has to offer. But now one of our granddaughters is a student at Northern Arizona University, so we go up to visit her and have gotten to experience Flagstaff during the fall and the spring. What a difference!... Full story

  • Fort Verde State Historic Park Honors Veterans

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2016

    Fort Verde State Historic Park in Camp Verde will honor veterans at its annual "History of the Soldier" event on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event offers visitors a living history timeline of military and civilian encampments up to the present day and will include a presentation by Marshall Trimble, official state historian, at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Through living-history interpretation, the Park will honor the dedication, commitment... Full story

  • New! State Parks Adds Cabins For Comfort Camping

    AZBW, Arizona State Parks|Apr 1, 2016

    Imagine your next camping trip - waking up from a good night sleep on a comfortable bed, you walk out the front door onto the porch and breathe the fresh cool morning air while the sun warms your face. As you look out across the placid lake, birds sing gleefully around you. Welcome to the camping cabin, Arizona State Parks' version of glamping! Arizona's state parks provide perfect destinations for family camping adventures without the need for a RV or tent. Nice cozy camping cabins are currentl... Full story

  • County Parks Greet Spring With A Fresh New Look

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2016

    After months of planning and development, Maricopa County's Parks and Recreation Department has unveiled a fresh, new Web site. "We're very excited about our new look," said R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation director. While the Department's former site was functional, the tools being used were outdated, which left the Department unable to accommodate visitors coming to the site on mobile devices. The new visually stimulating Web site, designed by Americaneagle.com, features a... Full story

  • Help Glen Canyon Look Its Birthday Best In 2016 And Beyond

    WOT, National Park Service|Apr 1, 2016

    The National Park Service invites you to help Keep Glen Canyon Clean and looking its birthday best for the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. A community and partner collaboration to improve resource conditions at Lake Powell will be underway throughout 2016. Breathtaking scenery and spectacular recreation are what Lake Powell is all about. However, park neighbors, including local photographer and author Gary Ladd, have noted that the Lake Powell experience is all too often marred by litt... Full story

  • Expect Long Lines, Full Parking Lots, Plenty of Fun At Grand Canyon This Spring

    WOT|Apr 1, 2016

    Visitors to Grand Canyon National Park this spring break can expect long lines and full parking lots. Last year, Grand Canyon's visitation hit an all-time high. Based on visitors coming to the park this spring, 2016 will probably set another record. As a result of increased spring break visitation, traffic regularly backs up at all entrance stations, with the longest wait time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Parking lots, especially near Grand Canyon Visitor Center, start reaching capacity by 11... Full story

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