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Articles from the June 1, 2024 edition

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  • On The Cover June 2024

    Carol L Allen

    Salute 'Old Glory' George M. Cohen said it well in the song he composed: " You're a grand old flag; you're a high-flying flag, and forever in peace may you wave; you're the emblem of the land I love, the home of the free and the brave... " June 14 we are reminded of this on Flag Day and again on Independence Day, July 4. Even in disturbing times like these, there is hope that all that Old Glory has symbolized will prevail. In celebration of our nation's independence, the folks at Lake Pleasant H... Full story

  • Eight Bells: Ed Huntsman

    US Sailing|Jun 1, 2024

    Reprinted from US Sailing Ed Huntsman, 72, who devoted his personal and professional life to boating safety, died after battling stage 4 cancer for nearly seven years on May 1, 2024. He was a committed volunteer to US Sailing as a member of the Safety at Sea Committee and Chair of the Committee Structure Task Force along with being a licensed captain, certified instructor, and combat veteran (Vietnam War). His First Family Son of Arral B Huntsman and Ann McFarland Viles Huntsman, brother of... Full story

  • Before You Boat

    Boat US|Jun 1, 2024

    The recreational boat owner's advocacy, services and safety group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), has help for all types of boat owners with its highly popular Spring Commissioning Checklist. A printer-friendly PDF copy of the checklist is available to download and take to the boat. Be sure to follow all manufacturer recommendations for your specific boat, engine and accessories. Before You Launch 1. Check the condition of antifouling paint and repaint if necessary. 2.... Full story

  • Carol L Allen

    June 1: Free Fishing Day When can you fish for free in Arizona? Arizona fishing licenses are not required when - fishing any public water on free fish ing day, which usually takes place on the first Saturday of National Fishing and Boating week. June 1-8: Star Party The 34th annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held from Saturday, June 1 through Saturday, June 8, 2024, on the South and North Rims of Grand Canyon National Park. National Parks such as Grand Canyon are protective havens for some...  Website

  • Lake Pleasant Fireworks

    Lake Pleasant Fireworks – July 3, 2024 Watch The Best Fireworks Show In Town! Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant will host its annual Celebrate America fireworks show on Wednesday, July 3, 2024. Pleasant Harbor is home to this annual firework show, as well asfood trucks, free kids' activities, and live concert featuring the band, Rock Lobster. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with fireworks at 9:00 p.m. and activities running through 10:30 p.m.Presale parking admission is $27.50(per vehicle)and $35 day o... Full story

  • Jig Tactics For Big, Deep-Water Bass

    Margie Anderson|Jun 1, 2024

    When bass go deep, like they do in winter and summer, it takes a combination of the right lure and the right technique to catch the big ones. Football head jigs dressed up in skirts and grubs are ideal lures for these deep-water hawgs. A jig has all the features that tempt fish and make them eat – the profile is relatively small, but bulky enough to look like a decent meal, and the legs and skirt wave around even when the lure is not moving, so the lure constantly sends out signals that a b... Full story

  • AZGFD Begins Rulemaking Process To Amend Its Article 2 Rules

    AZGFD|Jun 1, 2024

    PHOENIX - The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is beginning the rulemaking process to amend its Article 2 rules (licenses; permits; stamps; tags) to implement the recommendations made in the recent five-year review report. The amendments proposed in the five-year review report are designed to increase the effectiveness of the rules to meet the department's mission, ensure consistency with state and federal statutes, and to increase the clarity of the existing rules. Except for the... Full story

  • Off-Road Sites Near Apache Maid

    Margie Anderson|Jun 1, 2024

    During the Covid lockdowns John and I weren't really too bothered because everything we like to do is outdoors. Our son David and his wife Elizabeth were getting cabin fever, so we decided to take them on a little off-highway adventure one day in June 2020. They have a Four Runner and David and I both had our ham radio licenses by then, so we decided to head for the hills. Choosing A Destination My favorite way to choose a destination for John and me is to go immediately to Trailsoffroad.com... Full story

  • Give Desert Tortoises Right Of Way

    AZGFD|Jun 1, 2024

    This is the time of year when Arizona's trails and backroads can seem more like busy city streets. While the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) supports all forms of safe, responsible outdoor recreation, those who operate a variety of motorized vehicles are being urged to pump the brakes and give a much slower "traveler" the right of way. A protected species, desert tortoises are traversing the same trails and backroads - but, in typical desert tortoise fashion, they do it in low gear.... Full story

  • Leave Baby Wildlife Alone

    AZGFD|Jun 1, 2024

    AZGFD: Leave Baby Wildlife Alone With the arrival of warmer spring weather, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) once again is advising the public to leave baby wildlife alone. While it might be difficult to resist the urge to help seemingly abandoned animals, including newly hatched birds and baby rabbits, a parent is likely nearby and will return once humans have left the area. Sadly, once young animals have been removed from the wild, some species -like elk calves and deer fawns -...

  • Its That Time of Year - Ed Huntsman

    Capt. Ed Huntsman, Boating Co-Editor|Jun 1, 2024

    Publishers Note: We realize that we ran this story in our April issue. We feel that it is a timely and important message. Thank you Ed. Have you completed your National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved state boater education course yet? If you're a California resident, effective January 1st, 2024 a NASBLA approved California course is required for any California resident age 60 and under. The course is available online, in a classroom or through home study. More... Full story

  • Painted Desert Inn

    AZBW|Jun 1, 2024

    PETRIFIED FOREST, Ariz. – Join the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Painted Desert Inn! In 1924, Herbert Lore registered his newly constructed business with the Land Office, fulfilling his duties under the Homesteading Act of 1862. Today this charming building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. On June 21, 22, and 23, there will be treats and activities offered at the inn: • Meet the Harvey Girls on June 22! • Join a ranger guided tour... Full story

  • Our Flag

    Jun 1, 2024

    The original "Old Glory" was owned by sea captain William Driver. Old Glory is a nickname for the flag of the United States. The original "Old Glory" was a flag owned by the 19th-century American sea captain William Driver (March 17, 1803 – March 3, 1886), who flew the flag during his career at sea and later brought it to Nashville, Tenn., where he settled. Driver greatly prized the flag and ensured its safety from the Confederates, who attempted to seize the flag during the American Civil W... Full story

  • VFW 2024 National Youth Scholarship Winners Named


    WASHINGTON – In early March the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) proudly presented more than $173,000 in scholarships and awards as it named the national winners of its 2023-2024 Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen youth scholarship competitions. This year's national winners were announced at the 2024 VFW Washington Conference in Washington, D.C., during the 77th annual Parade of Winners ceremony, sponsored by Twisted X. VFW National Commander Duane Sarmiento was joined by VFW Auxiliary P... Full story

  • Arizona Outdoor Hall Of Fame Inductees


    Induction banquet is Aug. 24 at the Wigwam Resort. The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation (WFT) has selected eight individuals for induction this year into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame. This year's inductees are a diverse group of experts and advocates who have made significant contributions to Arizona's natural heritage and have demonstrated passion and leadership in shaping the future of wildlife conservation in Arizona. They are - • Thomas Slaughter • Randy Stalcup • Jim Walker • Tom Britt... Full story

  • National Fishing And Boating Week


    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Fishing and Boating Week (June 3 - June 10, 2023) is a great time to learn to fish, reconnect with your kayak, and enjoy the water with friends and family. Whether you've been fishing your whole life, or just picking up a pole for the first time, here are some great ways you can celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service! Take A Friend Fishing At A National Wildlife Refuge Or National Fish Hatchery Fishing is availabl... Full story

  • Voting

    Jim Allen, Publisher|Jun 1, 2024

    I keep receiving unsolicited information telling me about letting illegals vote. Has this country and "We The People" really become this jaded by our politicians that we will even consider letting this happen? There are so many things wrong with this concept that it is hard to find a starting point. This is one of the first things that comes to my mind. Being a veteran, and knowing many veterans, it is hard to wrap my head around the thought that when so many fought and died to preserve our... Full story

  • Driven To The Road

    Steve Moore, Co-Founder of Camp N Car|Jun 1, 2024

    Road trips have long been the crown jewel of American vacations, and it's no surprise, given the country's obsession with car culture. The 1956 Interstate Highway System made road trips more convenient and accessible than ever before, and the following year, Jack Kerouac's On the Road compelled free-spirited youth to travel by almost any wheeled means necessary. But after the global pandemic, the chrome has worn off of many road trip luxuries the travelers of yesteryear took for granted.... Full story

  • Hope It Brings A Smile - Bob Hope

    WOOT, Courtesy Of Bill Clapham|Jun 1, 2024

    Publisher's Note - Bob Hope tried to join the military but was told he could do more to help in another way. Between 1941 and 1991, he made 57 tours for the United Service Organizations (USO), entertaining military personnel around the world. In 1997, Congress passed a bill that made him an honorary veteran of the Armed Forces. On The Side - In the 70's one of my friends was married to a lady whose father (who lived in Cleveland) had been a friend of Bob Hope. They met playing pool. Hope who... Full story

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