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Articles from the April 1, 2017 edition

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  • Desert Storm 2017

    On The Cover - A Big Storm Hits Havasu In May

    Carol L. Allen

    One of the most popular boating events in Arizona is the annual Desert Storm Poker Run & Shootout http://www.golakehavasu.com/events/details/1786/, held each spring at Lake Havasu. This year, performance boats will be searing the waters May 2-6 for the 18th running. The credit on the cover photo of the poker run goes to Todd Taylor of Jokers Wild Productions. He really helps with Desert Storm as a photographer and doing all kinds of major functions from dock installation to setup of the race... Full story

  • Phoenix, AZ - "Shot Heard 'Round the World Day" Is April 19

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2017

    PHOENIX - The world-class Ben Avery Shooting Facility will be the place to be Wednesday, April 19, a day when recreational shooters can join together to symbolize the first shot fired in 1775 to mark the beginning of the American Revolution, while enjoying a fun shooting event. It will be 242 years to the day when the Shot Heard 'Round the World was fired in the pre-dawn light in Lexington, Mass., between the colonial militia and British army, regarded as the start of the American Revolutionary... Full story

  • John Miller Fitch - Died 12 March 2017, Phoenix Arizona.

    Carol L. Allen

    John (known as Jack) was born on June 18, 1928 in Wayne, Nebraska, the son of Ethel and Lloyd Fitch. Jack was a gifted student and completed high school in three years before going on to earn his degree in mathematics from Wayne State Teacher's College. He served in the National Guard. Jack eventually became a court reporter. In the 1950s, he moved to Omaha and worked for Douglas County District Court judges Newkirk and John C. Burke, before going on in the 1970s to work for Judge Albert Schatz... Full story

  • San Diego, CA - Day At The Docks 2017


    San Diego, April 9, 2017 - The Port of San Diego's 39th Annual Day at The Docks – FREE West Coast public celebration of sportfishing will take place on Sunday April 9, 2017 from 9 AM to 5 PM. The festival marks the official start of San Diego's Spring Saltwater Fishing Season and there is no other event quite like San Diego's Day At The Docks! Arizona Boating & Watersports https://www.azbw.com/ and Western Outdoor Times https://www.azbw.com/ will be at Day At The Docks https:... Full story

  • Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association

    Boat US|Apr 1, 2017

    Hazardous shoaling reduces depth to less than 5 feet in several sections. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the famed 1100-plus mile coastal waterway stretching from Norfolk, Virginia to Miami, Florida, is getting "thin." Shoaling has created hazardous conditions in some areas with depths reported less than 5 feet – which reflects a remarkable 7 feet of water depth lost in the waterway's authorized minimum depth of 12 feet. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA), a waterways i... Full story

  • Ten Tips To Get The Right Boat Loan

    BoatUS|Apr 1, 2017

    How do you get the right boat loan for your new or previously owned dream boat? Here are ten tips from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). 1. Check your credit: Before applying for a loan, ensure your credit report is accurate, and get your current credit score. The closer to 700 and higher, the better the rate you'll get. A free copy of your credit report is available annually from each of the three national credit bureaus at www.annualcreditreport.com. To get your credit sco... Full story

  • Grand Canyon National Park To Temporarily Close Colorado River Trail For Maintenance

    WOT|Apr 1, 2017

    Grand Canyon AZ - Due to an unanticipated rockslide the National Park Service (NPS) will close the Colorado River Trail between Pipe Creek and the Silver Bridge for trail repair starting Monday, April 3 at 7 am. The trail will be closed to foot traffic and stock use. The NPS anticipates the closure will be in effect for a week or more while crews stabilize a retaining wall. Hikers can access Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground via the South Kaibab Trail during the closure. The NPS reminds... Full story

  • Gear Up For Camping Season

    Margie Anderson|Apr 1, 2017

    The only bad thing about camping is putting all that stuff away when you get home, right? Well, when I was a kid, we camped and hunted all the time, and my dad had a big old Army field desk that we called the Camping Box. The front panel of it was removed, then it became a table by hooking the front panel to the side of the box and folding the legs out. The inside was all drawers, and we put all the usual camping stuff in there - paper towels, dish soap, seasonings, silverware, dishes, matches... Full story

  • Arizona Lakes, Arizona Pros: Gary Senft

    Margie Anderson|Apr 1, 2017

    Gary Senft is an Arizona icon when it comes to bass fishing. I've been doing stories with him for decades, and he has a wealth of knowledge about techniques and tactics for catching bass in our desert reservoirs. The amazing thing is, he doesn't try to keep this information to himself – he loves to teach other people about fishing. Started Early Gary's mom and dad started taking him fishing when he was just a tyke - they'd hit the local lakes and ponds twice a month or so. The bass fishing b... Full story

  • Keep Your Shooting Skills Sharp - With Or Without Going To The Range

    John Anderson|Apr 1, 2017

    There is no denying that the best way to keep your skills sharp is practicing. Shooting is no different. If you want to be good at it, you have to practice. Going to the range is good practice for trigger control, etc., but there are limitations at the range. You can't move around, you can't draw, you can't rapid fire, you can't shoot from cover - etcetera, etcetera. To practice defending yourself, you need to develop some special skills. A lot of those can be practiced at home. First Things... Full story

  • Flagstaff Man Sets 30-Year-Old Catfish State Record

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2017

    A giant fish tail, dark and maybe two feet in length, curled beneath the surface of the water. Carson Pete, shore-fishing about 50 yards away, hiked to where he spotted the tail Sunday at Upper Lake Mary near Flagstaff. He happened to have brought a heavy spinning rod with 50-pound braided line, a 60-pound fluorocarbon leader, and a 7/0 Gamakatsu circle hook. Just before the sun crawled beneath a horizon of pine trees, Pete grabbed a few frozen anchovies he'd dipped in a homemade fish... Full story

  • Lake Powell Fish Report

    Wayne Gustaveson|Apr 1, 2017

    The quality of life is measured by amount of time spent fishing. Lake Powell is rising. Spring runoff has begun a bit early due to warm days in March. That may change as another storm front is now on the way. Early runoff is a double-edged sword for fishing success from Trachyte to Good Hope Bay. This week, reports indicated good steady fishing success for smallmouth bass, walleye, stripers and largemouth. Catching was steady for those using bass jigs along the shoreline and trolling with wally... Full story

  • Lake Havasu Boat Show

    Lake Havasu Boat Show Adds New Special Attractions


    "So big, you might not be able to see it all in just one-day," commented Lake Havasu Boat Show producer, Bob Brown. "The growth of this boat show has been astounding. We'll be 130 exhibitors and vendors strong when the Boat Show opens on Friday, April 7 at Lake Havasu State Park. "This will be the first time we'll be using both special event areas at the Park, Windsor lots 3 & 4 plus the new launch ramp and courtesy docks for in-water demos during the show. I'd suggest visitors arrive early and... Full story

  • Department Receives $46,000 For DUI/OUI Checkpoints

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2017

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD) will enhance its efforts to target removal of impaired watercraft and off-highway vehicle (OHV) operators from Arizona's recreation areas through a partnership with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. AGFD was awarded nearly $46,000 in grant funding for officers to target DUI/OUI offenders on the state's waterways and those riding OHVs. In addition to funding overtime for increased DUI/OUI patrols, officers will also target helmet, seat belt and... Full story

  • Boat Trailer Insurance Mysteries Revealed By BoatUS

    BoatUS|Apr 1, 2017

    If you get in an accident while trailering your boat, do you know which insurance policy will pay for repairs to the trailer? If it's a simple accident with damage to the trailer only, it's likely to be the trailer insurance coverage that pays. But what happens when you back the trailer into a neighbor's stone wall or a tree comes crashing down on your trailer in your backyard? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) understands how the combination of homeowners, auto, boat and... Full story

  • Social Tolerance, Genetic Diversity Equally Important To Mexican Wolf Recovery

    AZGFD|Apr 1, 2017

    The success of Mexican wolf recovery across Arizona and New Mexico hinges more immediately on maintaining social tolerance than on genetic diversity, according to a recently published peer-reviewed study. The study was published in Biological Conservation, a leading international conservation science journal. In it, the authors, which include Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists, conclude that maximizing genetic diversity in Mexican wolf recovery must be strategically balanced against imp... Full story

  • Davis Instruments - Convenient LED Light Consumes Only 1/50th Of An Amp

    WOT|Apr 1, 2017

    LED lighting has changed how people enjoy the outdoors at night. Davis Instruments takes this innovation to a higher level with its Mega-Light. Two models provide bright, clear light, while only drawing 1/50th of an amp. With their advanced, easy-to-replace LED bulbs and high-output circuit boards, Mega-Lights are so efficient, they'll run for 2,000 hours-over 80 days-on a fully charged 12 volt car battery. They even feature a light sensor that turns them on automatically when it gets dark. Rugg... Full story

  • Accon Marine - Lifting Eyes Create Boat-Moving Options

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2017

    Boats can be hoisted out of the water or off a trailer using properly-sized lifting eyes. They provide an owner flexibility in how the boat is stored and moved, and create an additional tie-down point when towing. Accon Marine offers a line of Lifting Eyes rated up to 12,000 lbs. that conveniently fold flush to the deck when not in use. Accon Marine's durable Lifting Eyes are manufactured from stainless steel: series 316 for the eye and base, and 304 for the lifting eye. The slings are solid... Full story

  • Fur And Feather Animal Rescue

    Fur And Feather Offers Sanctuary To Homeless Animals

    Apr 1, 2017

    The original founders of Fur and Feather Animal Assistance have been helping animals in rural Catron County, N.M., for more than a decade. Despite being the largest county in New Mexico, there is no animal control, so our work is critical. In addition to spaying and neutering more than 1,500 animals since 2003 and matching hundreds of animals with loving families, Fur and Feather is dedicated to rescuing lost and abandoned animals, stepping in when pet owners pass away or become incapable of... Full story

  • Arizona Road Trip - Get Out To Roosevelt Lake, A Spectacular Desert Oasis

    Patty Johnson, Connections Marketing And Communications|Apr 1, 2017

    Arizona has some remarkably beautiful destinations for outdoor enthusiasts. And, whether you're looking for a week or a weekend adventure, a trip to Roosevelt Lake is a must-see oasis in the desert. The Roosevelt Lake Marina, home to great group of boat lovers, is an ideal location on the lake for boat and water toy rentals, docking your boat in a guest slip or simply escaping from the heat. The self-contained community has a floating bar with grill-your-own food, where you can enjoy... Full story

  • Grand Canyon National Park Annual Passes Available

    GCNP|Apr 1, 2017

    Visitors interested in purchasing the Grand Canyon National Park annual pass can do so at any of Grand Canyon’s entrance stations and park headquarters building. This annual pass costs $60, is non-refundable or transferable, and is valid for twelve months from the date of purchase. This annual pass provides unlimited visits to Grand Canyon for the purchaser and any accompanying persons in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle or the purchaser and accompanying immediate family (spouse, c... Full story

  • Lost Our Home Pet Rescue

    Lost Our Home Animal Rescue - Kitten Season

    Carol L. Allen|Apr 1, 2017

    It's that time of year again: kitten season! You may be wondering, "Kitten season? What is that? It sounds cute!". As cute as kittens may be, there's nothing cute about the season that lands tons of homeless litters of kittens into shelters. As the weather warms up, stray cats and outdoor cats will begin to mate frequently and leave so many litters of kittens in need of our help. Did you know that a single pair of unaltered cats can produce 420,000 kittens in just 7 years?! This is where we... Full story

  • Boulders Cleanup Helps Ensure Future Opportunities


    The Boulders OHV Area is very popular with recreational target shooters, off-highway vehicle riders, equestrians, mountain bikers, hikers, and others because of its close proximity to the Phoenix area. Unfortunately, this area is also prone to illegal dumping, littering, and debris that needs to be cleaned up. This important work will help ensure future recreation opportunities to this popular area. Join in the cleanup on Saturday, April 29 at Boulders OHV Recreation Area from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.... Full story

  • Prescott's Outdoor Opportunities Gain More Recognition

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2017

    From Kelly Tolbert - Recreation Services Coordinator (With Contributor Nancy Nesbit) With the cleanest air in Arizona, a mild four-seasons climate, diverse ecosystem, and vibrant outdoor lifestyle, Prescott has been receiving positive press over the last few years. Several publications have listed Prescott as one of the best small towns in which to retire. Others have focused on the outdoor lifestyle, making Prescott a perfect place to live and visit, especially for hikers and mountain bikers.... Full story

  • Lake Pleasant, AZ - High Water Levels - Paddlefest Was Great This Year

    AZBW|Apr 1, 2017

    April 10, 2017 - Want to see all the great happenings at Paddlefest this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTgWKOv6GTU As temperatures begin to warm up, locals and tourists alike have begun flocking to valley lakes in hopes of securing a space along the shoreline to camp, fish, swim, or simply dip their toes in the water. This year, those visiting Lake Pleasant Regional Park are encouraged to arrive early to secure a spot. "The water levels at Lake Pleasant Regional Park are unusually high... Full story

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