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Articles from the December 1, 2021 edition

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  • On The Cover December 2021

    Carol L Allen

    Dixie Belle, the official "hostess" for Lake Havasu City, would be happy to have you aboard during the holidays. In fact, a ticket to get a tour on the lady would make an excellent Christmas gift, or a party on her decks would be a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Dixie Belle, originally built in 1983, is a replica of an 1800's paddle wheeler. She has recently undergone a 10-year restoration project and is opening for business late November/ early December 2021. She's a beauty, just... Full story

  • Carol L Allen

    Now through January 15, 2022 (Select Nights) The wonder of wandering through the Phoenix Zoo Lights is a magical part of the Christmas season. From 5:30-10:30 p.m. experience the thrill of incredible lighting throughout the part. Tickets are $20/person, $16/member, and children two and under are free. December 3 The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) will ......  Website

  • "Came Christmas"

    Carol L Allen

    Carol Elizabeth Lemon Allen "CAME CHRISTMAS" During the night - velvet, dark and quiet, Beyond the river - silver, soft and deep, Above the trees - standing still and silent, In the sky - hushed and asleep, APPEARED A STAR. With a promise - bright and shining, For a world wrapped in fear, Into a moment shot with silver, To a place so far, yet near, CAME CHRISTMAS. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to all!... Full story

  • Boater Gift

    Boat US|Dec 1, 2021

    BoatUS has you covered with 24/7 assistance for breakdowns on the water and on the road. Looking for a holiday gift for the boater in the family? Look no further than an annual BoatUS Unlimited Towing Membership. Like an auto club for recreational boat owners, a BoatUS Unlimited Towing Membership provides professional 24/7 on-water towing service by the TowBoatUS fleet ─ the nation's largest. A Towing Membership takes care of the problems that your boater did not plan for, such as an a... Full story

  • Cut Your Own Christmas Tree


    Cut Your Own Christmas Tree With some restrictions, you are allowed to go out in the following forests, find your perfect Christmas tree and cut down with your own hands. The outing is often a great family and friends event. It's a great time to enjoy the cooler weather, get outdoors, and celebrate the season. Christmas tree permits are available over the counter at many Forest Service offices. Supplies are limited. Since not all offices offer Christmas tree permits, and some offices may be... Full story

  • Tlaquepaque


    Annual Holiday Tree Lighting With A Visit From Santa Friday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m.: Enjoy a traditional tree-lighting, refreshments, local holiday entertainment, and Santa's visit. Featuring music by the Sedona Charter School. This free event will take place at Tlaquepaque North and is sponsored by Tlaquepaque and Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Festival Of Lights Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3 to 8 p.m.: Few events in Sedona can boast 45 consecutive years of overwhelming success and... Full story

  • Arizona Renaissance Festival

    Arizona Renaissance Festival

    Carol L Allen

    The Arizona Renaissance Festival will return on Saturday, Feb. 5 for its 34th season of merrymaking. The festival held in Gold Canyon is a 16th century European style park with its "Village of Fairhaven" where attendees are immersed in a whimsical and historical setting featuring artisans, 16 stages featuring live entertainment, rides, games, jousting knights, music, comedy and ample food and drink. The festival offers an opportunity to enjoy and explore the outdoor 50-acre village for nine... Full story

  • Arizona Hunting Tags

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2021

    Arizona hunters who were unsuccessful in the recent 2022 spring draw still have an opportunity to receive a hunt permit-tag for javelina or turkey. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has posted a list of leftover hunt permit-tags on its website at www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Draw/. At press time, a total of 1,538 leftover hunt permit-tags were available for the following hunts: • 921 handgun, archery or muzzleloader (HAM) javelina • 322 archery-only javelina • 205 general javelina • 62 yout... Full story

  • Gifts for Shooters

    John Anderson|Dec 1, 2021

    It's that time of year again – time for a list of fantastic gifts for shooters. There are so many – for some, you will need some information about the gun: make, model, caliber, whether it has a red dot sight. Just ask your shooter – they love to talk about their guns! GIFTS UNDER $25 WINCHESTER SILVERTIP .22 AMMO is a great stocking stuffer, making a .22 rimfire pistol a valid choice for self-defense. It's optimized for short barrels and tailored for common personal defense firearms so it deliv... Full story

  • Arizona Game and Fish Commission Awards Banquet


    Award recipients will be honored at annual banquet on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission selected 17 recipients of the 2021 Commission Awards at its Sept. 24 meeting in Greer, Ariz. The award winners will be honored at the annual Commission Awards Banquet on Jan. 22, 2022, at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix. The Commission Awards recognize Arizonans who have contributed significantly to the conservation of the state’s wildlife, its outdoor heritage, and t... Full story

  • Arizona Hunting Calendar December 2021

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2021

    Compiled By Margie Anderson ARIZONA BIG GAME SUPER RAFFLE: If you win, you can hunt AZ big game species for 365 days. Get raffle tickets for elk, antelope, Coues, mule deer, black bear, desert bighorn sheep, buffalo, mountain lion, javelina, turkey. Go to www.arizonabiggamesuperraffle.com.Drawing to be held December 7, 2021. Go to the website to see details about the raffle and additional prizes and raffles. 2021-22 Fees: General Hunting, resident: $37 Non-resident: not available see... Full story

  • Gifts for Outdoor Folks

    Margie Anderson|Dec 1, 2021

    Christmas Gifts For Outdoorsy Types Need some stocking stuffer and gift ideas for your outdoorsy family and friends? Look no further – here are a bunch of great ones at all different price ranges. UNDER $25 STANSPORT knows it's never too early to start kids on a love for the outdoors, and they make it easy for you by providing fun stuff for your little explorers at great prices. For instance, you can get a Kids' Insect Catching Kit for $25.99 and a Kids' Magnifying Jar for 10.99. That will k... Full story

  • Nautically Themed Holiday Cards

    BoatUS|Dec 1, 2021

    Customizable greeting cards from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation give back to boating. Hey, boaters! Got your holiday cards yet? The BoatUS Foundation's nautically themed cards from Salt Harbor Studios offer customizable card designs crafted on high-quality FSC Certified paper from responsibly managed forests. The best part about this season of giving may be that a portion of each card purchase supports the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation's mission of promoting safe and clean boating, including... Full story

  • AZGFD 2022 Spring Hunt Draw Results

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2021

    Hunters can check their AZGFD portal account. The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has released the draw results for 2022 spring hunts for turkey, javelina, bison and bear, and raptor capture. AZGFD portal accounts now are the sole source for finding out draw results and viewing bonus points. Customers can create a free portal account (family account features are now available) at accounts.azgfd.com/Account/Register. Draw results no longer will be provided through the automated phone... Full story

  • Christmas Bird Count

    AZGFD|Dec 1, 2021

    By Anna Johnson - Associate Editor, Arizona Wildlife Views Citizen Science Opportunity: Counting For A Cause Circles of friends. Circles of care. Circles of volunteers counting birds. Yes, it's true! Each winter since 1985, the annual Christmas Bird Count takes place in Arizona (and across the country) - in circles - to monitor bird population numbers and species in their expected locations. Circles are "drawn" over regions of the state to divide land in segments small enough to manage... Full story

  • Grand Canyon Bison

    GCNP|Dec 1, 2021

    GRAND CANYON - Bison reduction operations are now complete for 2021 on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. In total, 36 bison were removed through live capture and transfer, and five were removed lethally, reducing the impacts of the herd on the park's water, vegetation, soils, and culturally significant sites and locations. For more information on bison management at Grand Canyon National Park, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/nature/bison.htm....

  • Heber Wild Horse Territory

    John Koleszar|Dec 1, 2021

    The Heber Wild Horse Territory was established in 1974. It was in conjunction with the Wild Horse & Burro Act that President Nixon signed into law in 1971. Since that time, horses in the Heber area have been studied extensively. In 1993, the Apache Sitgreaves National forests found that there were only two solitary mares in the area at that time. This changed in 2002 with the Rodeo Chedeski fire. Horses that were on the White Mountain Apache Tribal lands poured into the Apache Sitgreaves... Full story

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