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Articles from the September 15, 2014 edition

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  • LakeRacer LLC Monster Bash 2014

    AZBW|Sep 15, 2014

    From Jim Nichols Welcome to the 2014 Monster Bash Poker Run on Oct.17 through 18. Once again, we're supporting the Lake Havasu Food Bank, as our designated charity, so a percentage of the poker run jackpot will be donated and participants are encouraged to make any other donations of non perishable food at the event. The Monster Bash Poker Run is little smaller and easier going event than our Desert Storm event in April, with a fun theme and costumes encouraged. Each year we've held the event... Full story

  • A 'Paradise' Awaits In San Carlos, Mexico

    Frank Jackson|Sep 15, 2014

    Paradise Sands, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico Yes, it says Mexico and despite what you hear, Mexico is as popular as ever with tourists, second-home buyers and the ever-increasing number of retirees slipping across the border in search of a better, more affordable "lifestyle." Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, and Acapulco need no introduction as Mexican destinations as they are well-known and traveled by foreigners. The slice of paradise south of the border called San Carlos in the State of Sonora is... Full story

  • Lake Powell Fishing Report

    Wayne Gustaveson|Sep 15, 2014

    Striper fishing has settled into a predictable pattern over the length of Lake Powell. Each morning striper schools come to the surface chasing shad schools. The trigger is first light which makes shad form into tight schools following a night of happy wandering as individuals. Shad feed on plankton after dark but do not maintain the school mentality in low light. When visibility improves in the morning, each shad wants to be in the middle of the school while those shad on the outer edge of the... Full story

  • World's Best Bass Anglers Heading To Arizona

    AZBW|Sep 15, 2014

    The Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced that a nationally televised Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament is coming to Lake Havasu State Park on May 7-10, 2015. It will be the largest, most prestigious fishing tournament ever held in the State of Arizona with crowds of 5,000 spectators anticipated each day and a projected local economic impact exceeding $1.5 million. "We can all be proud that our prime fishery will be put in front of fishing fanatics all over t... Full story

  • 'Hot' Times In Havasu

    AZBW|Sep 15, 2014

    6rd Annual IJSBA World Jet Ski Finals This is the most venerable and prestigious single personal watercraft event in the world. The invitation-only policy attractsover 750 personal watercraft racers from all over the world, converging in Lake Havasu for the World Finals. Dates: Oct. 4 – 12 Times: All-day event; competitions start approximately 10 am each day Location: Crazy Horse Campgrounds: 1534 Beachcomber Blvd. Admission: Free to spectators Contact: Jim Russell; 928-764-2210 x615; j... Full story

  • HAHWG Has Successful Summer Meeting

    Douglas A. Burt, HAHWG|Sep 15, 2014

    The successful summer Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup event drew 51 stakeholders, representing 28 unique organizations (both national and local), a cross section of work units from the department, three commissioners and a panel of event participants. The educational summit focused on the state of hunting and angling recruitment and improving collaboration, communication and cooperation across many different stakeholders for on-the-ground events and activities that teach the public how... Full story

  • Witness Endangered California Condors' Being Released To The Wild

    AZBW|Sep 15, 2014

    California condors will be released to the wild in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The public is invited to observe the release from a viewing area where spotting scopes will be set up and project personnel will be available to answer questions. This will be the 18th annual public release of condors in Arizona since the condor recovery program began in 1996. Condors are hatched and reared in captivity at The Peregrine Fund's World Center... Full story

  • An Opportunity To Learn About And Support Wildlife

    AZGFD|Sep 15, 2014

    The Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Open House is your opportunity to learn more about wildlife native to Arizona and other education programs the Department offers. The Arizona Game and Fish Department's Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center was founded in 1983. Although the Department manages the facility, most of the daily operations are carried out by a small group of dedicated volunteers. The primary objectives of the Wildlife Center are to - • provide immediate care for sick, injured, c... Full story

  • Recreational Boating/Fishing Leaders Send Letter to Congress

    NMMA|Sep 15, 2014

    More than 200 leaders in the recreational fishing and boating industries are asking Senate and House members by way of a letter, to support key policy changes to saltwater recreational fisheries management in the upcoming Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) reauthorization. The MSA is the primary law governing federal saltwater fisheries management. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) spearheaded this... Full story

  • NHF CHAIR FOR 2014

    AZBW|Sep 15, 2014

    This year, country music star, award-winning TV host, and former U.S. soldier Craig Morgan has stepped forward to promote National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 27 as the event's honorary chairman. Morgan is well-known as an avid outdoorsman and also takes pride in serving others. He has made eleven overseas tours to entertain our troops and received the 2006 USO Merit Award for his tireless support of U.S. soldiers and their families. The Tennessee native also hosts the award-winning Craig... Full story

  • What Does KeepAmericaFishing Do?

    Liz Ogilvie, KeepAmericaFishing|Sep 15, 2014

    Those who work on KeepAmericaFishing get asked regularly what exactly they do, besides send out emails requesting supporters to take action on a particular issue. With that in mind, they decided to write the top five things that they do at KeepAmericaFishing , things that their supporters might not know about. We Lobby Yes, it's a five letter word that people hate to hear but we lobby on behalf of the fishing industry and anglers alike, making sure that your issues are seen as important. A... Full story

  • Excerpts From AZGFD Fishing Report

    AZGFD|Sep 15, 2014

    Lake levels at the Salt River chain lakes did not rise as much as some anglers might expect, but there was enough rain to cool the water temperatures. Many anglers are reporting the bite at desert lakes had been slowing considerably after the sun comes up -- get out early. If you do brave the high sun, find the depth the fish are at, then see what color is hot. Be persistent when finding the right color - a simple change from a morning dawn Powerworm to a red crawler, for example, can make a... Full story

  • Hunting Humor

    AZBW|Sep 15, 2014

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  • Healy Surfs Into Lead

    AZBW, Helly Hansen

    NEWPORT, R.I. (September 11, 2014) – After two days of qualifying, the 2014 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen today saw the first races of the Championship Series that will decide the winner of this inaugural world championship. Based on their performance during the first two days of the regatta, the 86 teams are now racing in either the gold or silver fleet, with the championship crown going to the eventual victor in the gold fleet. After being postponed ashore this morning u... Full story

  • Bartlett Lake Has 'Zoo' Of Its Own

    Margie Anderson|Sep 15, 2014

    We all know Bartlett Lake for its fantastic boating, watersports, fishing, and camping. In fact, there is a story in this issue's "Land Cruising" section that highlights some of those activities - as well as the lake's beauty and hospitality. For some outdoor enthusiasts, though, the appeal of Bartlett Lake and area is the wildlife. Just recently, Margie Anderson visited the lake and sent photos of a sampling of some of the animals that call Bartlett Lake Home. PS / Watch for the opening of... Full story

  • Destination: Bartlett Lake

    Margie Anderson|Sep 15, 2014

    Editor's Note: We were so sorry to hear of the Sept. 11 fire above Bartlett Lake Marina but join the Church family in emphasizing that the lower facilities are all open and waiting for you. Also, on your way in, please take note of the new restaurant that will soon welcome guests to a beautiful dining experience. I've been visiting Bartlett Lake since before the road was paved all the way in. Back then, we'd go out at night many times during the summer because the night fishing at Bartlett was... Full story

  • Remembering Two Dear Friends

    Carol L. Allen|Sep 15, 2014

    REMEMBERING TWO DEAR FRIENDS – I send condolences to the families of two special women: Sharon Thompson, who was an important part of my family's life in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Susan Johnson, who was a good friend and sorority sister during my years at Washington State University. Carol L. Allen. Sharon Elizabeth Taylor Thompson - May 7, 1942-Aug. 9, 2014 Susan Coffin Johnson - Oct. 26, 1941-Aug. 24, 2014... Full story

  • A Gem To Put On Your Calendar

    Ray Vosper, AZBW|Sep 15, 2014

    The 38th annual Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Wash., kicked off with sunny weather in the mid 70s and more than 300 wooden boats on hand. This is not your typical boat show! There were no dealers or marinas or Alaskan fish lodges hawking their wares, not even the latest super kitchen gadget. There were a few boats for sale and these were clearly marked with a simple plastic for-sale sign. As always, there were how- to classes, discussions with naval architects, and a few vendors of all... Full story

  • Captain's Corner

    Captain Dave Esparza|Sep 15, 2014

    Captain Dave and his wife June urge you to consider joining this valuable organization. This month’s article is about the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and what it can do for you. My wife June and I have been members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for over 20 years. What the heck is that and why would we do such a thing for over 20 years? The “why” is several things — the satisfaction of saving a life, educating Arizona boaters, giving back to our community, helping others have a better... Full story

  • Carbon Monoxide

    AZBW|Sep 15, 2014

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is essentially undetectable by human senses. It is produced when an engine that uses a carbon-based fuel like gasoline is running. Carbon monoxide is a component of exhaust gases - if you can smell exhaust, then CO is present. Carbon monoxide is also produced when propane, charcoal, or oil burns to power onboard appliances such as a stove, grill, hot water heater or generator. The most common source is the gasoline-powered eng... Full story

  • Haunted Tails

    AZBW|Sep 15, 2014

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  • Remembering Ray DeFir

    Jim Allen|Sep 15, 2014

    DeFir had a shop in Phoenix on Cave Creek Road back in the '80s. Our thanks to Bill Wier, of Marine Wholesale, for reminding us of the passing of Ray DeFir several years ago. Wier also reminds us that DeFir had a shop in Phoenix on Cave Creek Road back in the '80s and that he was well known for his New Years Day skiing exploits. "How many people do you know who can ski 100 mph on the Columbia River in the winter time? Or want to for that matter," said Wier. Many of you may know Ray from his... Full story

  • On The Cover

    Western Outdoor Times

    Jet Skis Begin A Sensational Season At Havasu One of three exciting boating events coming in October to Lake Havasu is the 33rd annual International Jet Sports Boating Association’s (IJSBA)World Jet Ski Finals, Oct. 4-12. This largest single PWC event in the world attracts over 750 personal watercraft racers from many countries. Another “hot” event at Havasu is the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races, also at Lake Havasu on Oct. 10-12. And, LakeRacer LLC’s ever-popular “Monster Bash” follows closely at... Full story

  • Peter V. Schlech

    AZBW|Sep 15, 2014

    WOODWORKER EXTRAORDINAIRE – We had the honor of knowing the late Peter Schleck in San Diego at Driscoll's Wharf when we lived on our boat and he had a shop just up the pier. He loved wood and was an artist and expert with all things wooden, from cabinets to useful items to decorative pieces and, of course, he was a lover (and caregiver) of wooden boats. He will be missed, not only for his excellence in his craft, but also as a friend. –Jim and Carol Allen... Full story

  • Icy Cold Was The Summer – Chapter One, Part One Of AZBW Serial

    Carol L. Allen|Sep 15, 2014

    A Novel By Carol L. Allen Dedication Icy Cold Was the Summer I dedicate to my husband Jim who traveled with me during the summer of 1995, who shares my love of the United Kingdom and her people and who has patiently encouraged me with my writing. Chapters Two, Three and Four--"Travel Log Trilogy"-- I dedicate to my own personal trilogy, my three daughters: Lisa, Christi and Chelle. Introduction I had no idea, when I began my travel log of our summer in the United Kingdom, how much of the beauty... Full story

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