Tiger Muskie: An Important Tool for Fisheries Biologists and a Fun Fish to Catch

What happens when you cross a northern pike with a muskellunge (muskie)? You get a handy-dandy management tool called the tiger muskie (named for their tiger-like stripes).

The tiger muskie is an important tool for Utah's fisheries biologists because a) it's a super predator and b) it's sterile. This makes it an ideal fish to use to help control populations of other fish.

In addition to being a super predator, managers like to use tiger muskie because they can't reproduce. This allows biologists to control the number of these predators in the waters where they're placed.

Four years ago, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources planted tiger muskie in Bullock Reservoir in northeastern Utah. This year another northeastern Utah water, Cottonwood Reservoir, also received tiger muskie. The musky were introduced to these waters to help control populations of white sucker, bullhead and some other fish.

These super predators also have some other desirable characteristics: they grow quickly, can reach sizes around 30 pounds and are relatively easy to catch once you've learned a little about them and the gear needed to catch and land them properly.

These characteristics make tiger muskie an ideal fish for anglers who are looking for something unusual.

The current state record for tiger musky is a 49-inch fish, weighing 33 pounds 10 ounces, taken from Pineview Reservoir in northern Utah in early July.

When UDWR biologists surveyed Bullock Reservoir in June, they caught one-year-old tigers that were around 15 inches long. The UDWR also received reports of a 38-inch fish (estimated to be around 15 pounds) that was caught and released at Bullock this spring. This fish had grown 35 inches from when it was stocked four years ago.

Anglers can find tiger muskie in Pineview, Bullock and Cottonwood reservoirs, and in Johnson Reservoir in southwestern Utah. A catch and release regulation-one fish over 40 inches-is in place at all of these reservoirs to protect their small tiger muskie populations. All other tigers must be released immediately.

Anglers can find catch and release tips for tiger muskie on the UDWR Web site at http://www.wildlife.utah.gov/fishing/tiger_muskie_tips.html

Young Hunters:Get Your Application In for Special Upland Game Hunts

Hunters 15 years of age and younger can experience the thrill of hunting chukar partridge and ring-necked pheasants by signing up for special youth upland game hunts. The hunts will be held in Utah this fall.

Four new chukar hunters will be held this year, providing youth hunters with a total of five chukar hunts, and five pheasant hunts, to choose from.

"We're holding these hunts to increase the interest young people have in upland game hunting and wildlife conservation," says Dean Mitchell, upland game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "The hunts are a lot of fun. The kids don't have to compete with older hunters for a bird, and the young hunters who have participated in the past have really enjoyed it."

Getting qualified to participate is easy. All recent Hunter Education course graduates 15 years of age and younger have to do is complete an application and write a one-paragraph essay on:

"I want to continue the Utah upland game hunting tradition because ... " or, "I would like to start my own upland game hunting tradition because ..."

Applications Due Soon

Completed applications and essays must be received through the DWR's Web site ( http://www.wildlife.utah.gov/uplandgame ) or the mail on or before Aug. 25 to be considered for the chukar hunt. Applications for one of the pheasant hunts are due by Sept. 8.

Hunters can apply online at the Web site. Hunters who would like to mail an application in can obtain one at the Web site; on page 25 of the 2006 - 2007 Utah Upland Game Hunting Guide; and at DWR offices and hunter education centers.

Chukar Hunts

Five youth chukar hunts will be held in Utah this year. The hunts will be held Sept. 9 on five state wildlife management areas (WMAs). The WMAs will be closed to all other hunters that day.

Chukar hunts will be held at the Henefer-Echo WMA in Morgan and Summit counties, the Carr Fork WMA in Tooele County, the Book Cliffs-Willow Creek WMA in Duchesne County, the Gordon Creek WMA in Carbon County and the Pahvant WMA in Millard County.

The Henefer-Echo hunt is limited to 30 hunters, and the Carr Fork and Book Cliffs-Willow Creek hunts are limited to 50 hunters each. The remaining two hunts are limited to 60 hunters each.

Each youth who participates will be allowed to take five chukar partridge from a number of birds released on the WMA before the hunt.

Pheasant Hunts

The youth pheasant hunts will be held Nov. 11 on five state wildlife management areas. The WMAs will be closed to all other hunters on Nov. 11.

The hunts will be held at the Willard Bay WMA south of Willard Bay Reservoir; at the Carr Fork WMA, about 2 miles northeast of Tooele; at the Mallard Springs WMA, about 1 miles southeast of Myton; at the Huntington WMA, about 2 miles north of Huntington; and at the Pahvant WMA, about 5 miles northwest of Fillmore.

The Willard Bay WMA hunt is limited to 90 youth hunters, the Mallard Springs WMA hunt is limited to 30 and the Huntington WMA hunt is limited to 75. The remaining two hunts are limited to 100 youth hunters each.

Each youth who participates will be allowed to take two pheasants from a number of birds released on the areas before the hunts.

Getting Young People Excited About Upland Game Hunting

"We've noticed that the number of young people who participate in hunting and support wildlife conservation in Utah has declined significantly over time," Mitchell said. "These hunts are an opportunity to get young people interested in upland game bird hunting and wildlife conservation by allowing them, without competition from other hunters, to go into the field and experience what it's like to take an upland game bird.

"The hunts also allow us a 'hands-on' way of teaching youth what it means to be an ethical, responsible hunter."

Utah Hunter Education instructors will give the young hunters a brief presentation about hunter ethics and safety when they arrive for the hunts. After the presentation, the young hunters will go afield and will have two to three hours to harvest their birds.

Once hunters have taken their birds, they'll receive a demonstration and presentation about proper game care and field dressing. Hunter education instructors, DWR personnel and other volunteers will assist the hunters in field dressing their birds and taking care of them.

Each youth must be accompanied by someone 21 years of age or older who is willing to sign a waiver of liability. The person 21 years of age or older is the only person who may accompany that youth into the field during the hunt.

"Participants who have a trained hunting dog, or dogs, are encouraged to bring them," Mitchell said.

More Information and Sponsors

More information about the hunts is available at the DWR Web site; on page 24 of the 2006 - 2007 Utah Upland Game Hunting Guide; or by calling the nearest DWR office, including the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.

The special youth hunts are sponsored by the Division of Wildlife Resources, the Golden Spike and Great Salt Lake chapters of Pheasants Forever, the Utah Chukar and Wildlife Foundation, the Salt Lake County Fish and Game Association and the Wasatch Mountain Chapter of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association.


The Utah Olympic Oval will once again host the annual Kearns Night Out Against Crime. This year's event will take place on Tuesday, August 1 from 6-9 p.m. and include live music, Polynesian dancers and karaoke.

Please assist the Kearns Crime Prevention Association's recognition of the National Night Out Against Crime and help "Give Neighborhood Crime & Drugs A Going Away Party".

Bring one can of food or a personal hygiene item for the Kearns Food Bank for event entry and to be entered in the prize drawing.

Sheriff's deputies and fire personnel will have their equipment on hand and provide crime prevention information. Knowledge is the key to prevention.

FREE Hot Dogs and Drinks will be provided for everyone!

Come out to YOUR Olympic venue in Kearns and learn how to make OUR community a better place to live.

The Utah Olympic Oval is located at 5662 South Cougar Lane (4800 West) in Kearns, Utah. For more information please contact Steve Kun at 801.963.7117.


Midway - On Monday, July 31 Soldier Hollow Golf Course at Wasatch Mountain State Park hosts a qualifying event for the United States Golf Association (USGA) U.S. Amateur Championship. Fifty-eight players from Utah and surrounding states will play 36 holes on the Silver Course, with qualifiers proceeding directly to Hazeltine for the U.S. Championship.

"USGA selection of Soldier Hollow Golf Course helps solidify our standing as a premiere golf venue in Utah," stated Soldier Hollow Golf Pro Chris Newson. "We are excited about this event and wish successful qualifiers the best of luck at Hazeltine."

Keith Hansen from USGA visited Soldier Hollow for the Utah versus Arizona shootout last October and was very impressed with the 36-hole complex. He felt Soldier Hollow was a great venue to test top players. Golfers must be at least a two handicap to attempt to qualify.

I just Wanna Ride!

Well it has been hard this year having our crew ride every Wednesday morning at 5:30 AM in American Fork canyon scouting the best possible routes for our next ride! Okay it hasn't been hard at all, but we have a great ride planned! Single track for the dirt bikes, and a great ATV trail
for the four-wheelers. We hope you will all turn out and beat the heat up in the cool canyon with us! Meet at the dealership at 5:30 PM This Saturday for caravans and carpools, we hope to have a great turnout, and we just wanna ride with you! For questions call Wes at 572-9800. See you

Perry Brothers Honda World
10764 S 300 W
Salt Lake City, UT 84095
(801) 572-9800

Please visit our website at the following location: http://www.hondaworldslc.com

Surface Action Heats up At Hite!

Young stripers are boiling near the inflowing waters of the Colorado and San Juan Rivers. The center of surface feeding activity is from Good Hope Bay to Hite in the Colorado Arm and from Neskahi Bay to the Great Bend in the San Juan. Boil action should remain strong for the next two weeks until nights get bright in mid August.

Fish size is a factor. Unprecedented survival of striped bass last year created an excess of yearlings all competing for the new shad crop. Young stripers range from 8-15 inches. Although small in size, yearlings feed voraciously making the experience rewarding for anglers who prefer surface fishing. Boils last over an hour and catches of 30 or more fish are common. Yearlings are the highest quality table fare and are the preferred target for those harvesting fish to eat.

Larger adults are catchable but are trapped in the cool water 30 feet down. When yearlings are surface feeding, larger stripers are cruising below waiting for injured shad to fall. If bigger fish are desired, find a boil and drop spoons below the surface feeding activity to catch stripers up to 6 pounds. It is possible to fish boils for a while and then drop spoons for a change of pace. Catching is quick for both techniques.

Boils are occurring lakewide. Frequency and duration increase with proximity to the inflowing river water, but boils could happen anywhere. Schools of adult stripers are traveling main channel walls and are easy prey for bait fishermen. Find a prominent point extending into the main channel where the dominant habitat is sheer cliff walls. The sloping point draws stripers who probe the rocky structure looking for crayfish. Anchovy bait is readily accepted by hungry adults who are separated from shad by the warm temperature barrier.

Bass are feeding around boiling stripers and can be caught on surface lures and shallow running jerk baits immediately after the boil has subsided. When no boils are present, bass are consistently found at depths of 20-30 feet. Fish plastic crayfish imitating grubs and tubes on the breaking edge of rocky structure for best results. Open water or mid channel reefs are excellent smallmouth bass habitat. Use green and brown plastic to best imitate crayfish coloration.

Bluegill are very active along the brushy shoreline. Larger sunfish are often at the magic 25 foot depth with bass. It is possible to find a school of bluegill while bass fishing and then increase the
sunfish catch by using pieces of live worm on small hooks.

Catfishing is good on sandy beaches in the evening and after dark.


Eden & Huntsville, Utah

The 12th Annual Ogden Valley Balloon Festival in Eden and Huntsville is scheduled for August 18, 19 & 20 and will feature 30 hot air balloons competing in various aeronautical challenges. The festival, which will offer fun for the whole family, will feature activities scattered throughout the Upper Ogden Valley and will include a Fine Arts Show, Arts & Crafts Booths, Continuous Live Entertainment featuring over 30 Bands and Musicians, Kids Games and an Antique Car Show. According to Balloonmeister Mike Bauwens, who attends ballooning events all over the country "I am thrilled about the format of this event, which showcases the activities throughout the Upper Ogden Valley. This is the only festival I've attended that has so many activities besides ballooning going on. We're pleased to be the featured entertainment, yet we also enjoy participating in the other activities around the Valley." All events are free with the exception of a nominal fee for the Kids Activities.

"We want this event to be an opportunity for the community to celebrate the beauty of hot air ballooning against the backdrop of our mountains with their families and friends and get a chance to experience our whole Valley." Commented Festival Chair Larry McBride.

The Festival is free to the public. The Media Launch will be held Friday morning, August 18 at 7:00 a.m. at Wolf Creek Resort's south field on Wolf Creek Resort Drive and folks are welcome to come view this launch and enjoy a pancake breakfast afterwards. The Festival activities officially open on Friday, August 18 at noon, with activities in Huntsville Town Park and at Chris's Café & Jackson Fork Inn running until 6 pm. Shades of Grey will perform from 7:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Wolf Creek Resort, followed by an evening balloon launch. Saturday's hours will be from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. and

Saturday night will feature a free concert by with several local bands starting at 6 pm followed by local favorites the Kapp Brothers from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The ever popular balloon glow and evening launch will take place as soon as the sky is dark enough, probably around 8:30 pm. Renowned radio personality Gina Barberi from X96 will emcee both evening concerts. Sunday hours will be from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with the activities in Huntsville running from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. The traditional pancake breakfast will be offered each morning, with the Ogden Rescue Mission pitching in to help, cooking as a fundraiser for their worthy cause. There will be food available for purchase both Friday and Saturday evenings. All launches are weather permitting.

In conjunction with the Fine Arts show in Huntsville square, Wilkerson Fine Art will be sponsoring a "Plein Air" art competition. This means that artists will just park themselves out in the "open air" and paint their scene of choice. This outdoor competition will start Saturday morning, July 19. Artists will begin painting at 8:00 a.m. at the location of their choice around the Upper Ogden Valley. The goal of the artwork is to capture the essence of the balloon festival on an 11" X 14" canvas. At 4:00 p.m., the artists stop painting and bring their creation to the Huntsville Town Park for judging with the awards being given out at approximately 6:30 p.m. Prizes range from $200 - $1,500 and then all pieces will be offered to the general public for purchase. For more information, please contact Kris Wilkerson at (801) 745-9557 or kris@ogdenvalleyballoonfestival.com.

The site for the Ogden Valley Balloon Launches is at 3201 North Wolf Creek Drive, approximately 1 mile north of the 4 way stop in Eden on the west side of the street. In Hunstville, activities will be held in the historic town square and at Chris's Café & Jackson Fork Inn at the junction of Trappers Loop (Rte. 167) and Highway 39, along the shores of Pineview Reservoir.

Please be aware that there will be NO DOGS allowed at any of the venues during the Festival so patrons should please plan accordingly.

For more detailed information, directions, schedule, maps, and much more, please visit our website at http://www.ogdenvalleyballoonfestival.com or call the hotline at (800) 413-8312.


DAMMERON VALLEY, UTAH - The Reilly and Red Hill fires started on July 24, 2006, from a lightning storm, and are located about 10 miles northwest of St. George, Utah. Today, the fires are being managed as a complex by a Type III fire management team, however a Type I fire management team has been ordered.

The Reilly fire has burned approximately 3500 acres, and the Red Hill fire has burned about 1500 acres. Currently threatened are the Red Mountain wilderness study area and Paiute tribal lands. The fires are approaching the Dammeron Valley area threatening 100 residences, 5 commercial properties and about 200 outbuildings.

Today, heavy air support in the form of 2 heavy air tankers, 2 single engine air tankers, and 2 helicopters are aiding in suppression.

Equipment currently on the fires include: 3 crews, 1 helicopter, 5 engines, 2 dozers and 107 people.

The Dammeron Valley Fire Department has a property protection plan in place which includes locating and flagging hydrants, conducting property inspections, establishing evacuation routes, doing structure protection in the form of limbing and pruning trees and bushes, increasing access to areas with restricted entry, and flagging the residences of people who may need help if it becomes necessary to leave the area.

Tomorrow, as suppression activities continue, fire management is planning for continued heavy air support, and will utilize the engines and crews where possible.


The Utah Olympic Oval (UOO) is pleased to announce an agreement with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). This allows for ice making operations for the 400-meter Oval to begin this weekend due to receipt of the necessary funding to support UOO summer ice training. The agreement is based on a growing partnership that will ensure that speedskating remains at the UOO indefinitely.

Actions taken in the past several weeks have fortified the USOC's commitment to both the venue and its athletes. Ice time will afford athletes and coaches the opportunity to train on the 400-meter ice this summer in preparation for the season's World Cup events beginning this fall.

"The Fastest Ice on Earth" is tentatively scheduled to open on Friday, August 11. Public skating sessions and "Learn To" programs will continue on our international-sized hockey sheet until the 400-meter Oval ice installation is completed.

Please contact (801) 968-OVAL or visit us at http://www.olyparks.com for any and all scheduling updates. The Utah Olympic Oval is located at 5662 South Cougar Lane (4800 West) in Kearns, Utah.

Essay Winners Enjoy Two Fun-Filled Days of Fishing

Dutch John -- Two teenagers who wrote award-winning essays received a big reward recently-two fun-filled days of fishing in northeastern Utah with Utah Bass Pro Wayne Crowder and Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers from across the state.

Conservation officers with the DWR put the trips together, which took place during the first and third weekends in July. Several wildlife officers participated in the trips, as did representatives from Sportsmans Warehouse, which provided many of the prizes.

"We wanted to give kids in Utah a chance to share their feelings about fishing and then provide two lucky winners with the fishing trip of a lifetime," said Stacey Jones, a sergeant with the DWR. "I don't know who had more fun on the trip, though; us or the kids!"

The two lucky winners were 15-year-old Hunter Maldonado of Green River and 18-year-old Chris Matern of West Jordan. Their two-day trips included specialized fishing instruction from Crowder, DWR conservation officers and Sportsmans Warehouse representatives.

Essays were accepted from junior and high school age students across Utah late last winter. The students were asked to focus their essays on their "Best Utah Fishing Trip," and prizes were awarded to three winners in two age categories.

"In February, the essays started to arrive," Jones said. "The entries were judged based on how accurate and descriptive they were; on the absence of illegal activity; on how their family was involved in the trip and most importantly: why did this experience make an impression on them?"

One of the two winners, Chris Matern, graduated from Kearns High School last spring. He brought his older sister Julia along as his guest, and Crowder ensured they were set up to fish non-stop.

"This was the first time Chris and Julia had been to Flaming Gorge, and they had a fantastic time top-water fishing at 4:30 a.m. and later as they experienced a beautiful 'Flaming Gorge' sunrise," Jones said.

"My favorite parts of the trip were fishing with my sister Julia, watching her do her 'fishy' dance and kiss a bass each time she caught a fish," Chris said of his experience.

"This is why the officers felt this project was so critical," Jones said of Chris's remark. "In order to hook kids of all ages on fishing, we need to build memories that keep them coming back on the mountain for a family experience, rather that sitting in front of a video game at home."

The second award winner, Hunter Maldonado, a freshman at Green River High School, has grown up in a small town filled with hunting and fishing traditions. "His dad loves to bass for fish, but Hunter is an avid goose hunter and has always been a little lukewarm about fishing," Jones said. "However, after writing a fantastic essay about a fishing trip with his dad and grandfather to Lake Powell, Hunter won his own fishing trip to Flaming Gorge."

Hunter split his time between bass fishing on the lake and trout fishing on the Green River with his parents, a group of wildlife officers, Sportsmans Warehouse reps and Crowder. "Hunter is like all 15-year-old kids," Jones said. "We gave him a little rap music in the car on the way to the fishing hole. He perked right up, caught fish and beamed all day."

When the group took a break for a shore lunch on the river, Hunter didn't miss a beat.

"He kept on fishing and landed a beautiful brown trout with his spinning reel as all of the 'high dollar' fly fishermen floated by," Jones said. "What a treat!"


2006 USA Olympians such as lugers Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin, skeleton slider Katie Uhlaender, and bobsledders Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming are expected in November and December when the Utah Olympic Park hosts two World Cup events.

The sliding venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Utah welcomes back the world for the fastest sports on ice. The Park will host a men's and women's luge World Cup on Nov. 27- Dec. 3 and a bobsled and skeleton World Cup on Dec. 4-9.

Luge events include men's singles, women's singles and doubles. All twelve of the luge medalists from Torino will be competing including two-time Olympic champions Armin Zoeggeler (Italy) and Sylke Otto (Germany). Preston Grifall, a Salt Lake City resident will also be competing with his luge doubles partner Dan Joye (Carmel, N.Y.), 2006 Olympic eighth place finishers.

The bobsled and skeleton world cup in December will include 2 man bobsleigh, 4 man bobsleigh, women's bobsleigh and men/women's skeleton.

The Utah Olympic Park is located at 3000 Bear Hollow Drive at Kimball Junction. More information on these events will be posted on http://www.olyparks.com in September.


The quarterly Board of Directors meeting for the Utah Athletic Foundation is Wednesday, July 26, at 5 p.m. The location is at the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Building, 175 E. 400 S., Suite 600, Salt Lake City.


July 25-28, Get Up & Go Adventure Camp, All Venues

July 29, Saturday Freestyle Big Air Show, Utah Olympic Park

Aug. 1-4, Get Up & Go Adventure Camp, All Venues

Aug. 5, Saturday Freestyle Big Air Show, Utah Olympic Park

Aug. 8-11, Get Up & Go Adventure Camp, All Venues

Aug. 12, Kearns Fire Water and Ice Celebration, Utah Olympic Oval

Aug. 12, Saturday Freestyle Big Air Show, Utah Olympic Park

Aug. 19, Saturday Freestyle Big Air Show, Utah Olympic Park

Aug. 26, Saturday Freestyle Big Air Show, Utah Olympic Park

Sept. 1-4, Classic Sheepdog Championships, Soldier Hollow

Sept. 2, Saturday Freestyle Big Air Show, Utah Olympic Park

Nov. 27 - Dec. 2, Luge World Cup, Utah Olympic Park

Dec. 4-9, Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup, Utah Olympic Park

Mar. 2-5, 2007, Chevrolet Jumping/Nordic Combined Junior Olympics, Utah Olympic Park

Mar. 5-10, 2007, Chevrolet Cross Country Junior Olympics, Soldier Hollow


POCATELLO, ID (July 24) - An important new trend has established itself in Wilderness bills voted off the floor this week in Congress. The BlueRibbon Coalition, a national trail based advocacy group, notes that the significance of public land recreation and access was specifically recognized in Wilderness bills from Oregon, California and Idaho. The value of public lands in meeting the America's recreational needs was a focus in all these bills.

Congressman Greg Walden, Chairman of the House subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, clearly articulated a theme that existing motorized recreation should be considered and codified in new land designations such as the Mount Hood Stewardship Act (HR5025), the Central Idaho Economic Development Act (HR3603) and the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act (HR233). Walden stated on the floor that HR3603 "...meets the needs of today's users...and locks in existing motorized uses..." Similar statements were made about the other bills.

Brian Hawthorne, Public Lands Director for the BlueRibbon Coalition, said; "I think it shows that the recreation community is finding its voice. Legislators specifically addressed and provided for recreation in each of these bills. It shows trail users are no longer relegated to the back of the bus when Wilderness bills are proposed." Hawthorne stressed the point that his group does not support the Idaho and Oregon bills and will be working hard in the Senate to defeat the Idaho bill.

However, in each case legislators recognized that Americans' ability to access the lands will be substantially reduced. Each bill provides specifically for recreational uses, in some cases codifying that use in law.

"I think this current Wilderness debate shows that the 'Recreation Movement' is maturing and has rightfully earned a seat at the table," Hawthorne said. But he also made the point that much more involvement is needed from recreationists. He noted all of the legislation reduces public access while providing little in the way of true resource protection. Hawthorne said, "There is simply no credible threat to these lands. Anti-access groups vilify uses of public lands they don't like in the media as an attempt to secure public support for broad restrictions. However, studies show the public opposes reducing public access on local National Forests. Recreationists will need to work harder to make the point that recreation and protection are not mutually exclusive."


Salt Lake City - A meeting of the Utah Combined Trails Council (UCTC) is scheduled Thursday, August 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Department of Natural Resources 1594 West North Temple in Room 1010.

UCTC is composed of motorized and non-motorized trail users who make recommendations to Utah State Parks and Recreation regarding the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The RTP is a federal aid assistance program, through the Federal Highway Administration, helping city, municipal, state, and federal agencies develop and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized use. For more information, please call State Trails Program Coordinator John Knudson at (801) 538-7344.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing auxiliary communicative aids and services for this meeting should call (801) 538-7220, giving at least three working days notice.

News from the Monolithic Dome Institute

August 16, 2006 -- Don't miss Dome of a Home on the Discovery Channel's new program
"Everything You Need To Know About Hurricanes." Check your local listings for a broadcast time. http://www.monolithic.com/domenews/2006/hgtv.html

October and Monolithic's bigger and better-than-ever 2006 National Dome Tour are fast approaching. The commercialtour is scheduled for October 20, and the residential tour for October 21. A Sign-up Sheet, along with a review of last year's tour, are available.
Sign-up now: http://www.monolithic.com/dometour/form.html

Read review of last year's tour: http://www.monolithic.com/dometour/index.html

The Monolithic Door: Its Possibilities Surprise Even Its Inventor
Here's the story of how an ultra-strong, contoured door designed to fit an aircraft hangar developed and progressed from that to a door for a factory, a shop, a storage facility, a sports arena, a theater -- a you-name-it. Best of all, this unique door has been granted a U.S. patent.

Can EcoShells Be Insulated?
That question -- almost as old as the EcoShell itself -- has now been answered.

Airformed Culverts
Using Airform technology, Monolithic can build better custom culverts less expensively.

DVD Segments Now Available for FREE Download
This is an Informational DVD in .MP4 and .MDV versions. http://www.monolithic.com/dvd/index.html

Check It Out- For the latest on Monolithic Domes and related topics, check our website. New articles, profiles and discussions, as well as updates of old ones, are posted weekly.


Salt Lake - Recent accidents in Utah and across the country have prompted Utah State Parks managers to advise boaters on the hazards of kite tubing.

A kite tube is a 10-foot wide, circular, inflatable watercraft that is towed behind a powerboat elevating riders up to 40 feet in the air. Kite tubes have been responsible for a variety of injuries including a broken neck, punctured lung, chest, back, and facial injuries, and two deaths nationwide.

While the National Park Service has banned the use of kite tubes at Glen Canyon National Recreational Area (Lake Powell), there is currently no ban in Utah's state parks. However, park managers strongly discourage their use.

All Utah State Park concession services have been asked to discontinue renting or selling kite tubes, and posters will be displayed at all water-based state parks warning of the hazards of using the device.

"The use of kite tubes is dangerous," stated Utah State Parks Boating Coordinator Dave Harris. "They are hard to control and can lift users as high as 40 feet into the air. The impact from falling from these sort of heights at such a high rate of speed into the water, would be similar to hitting concrete."

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says kite tubes are "unreasonably dangerous" and kite tube manufacturers are voluntarily recalling about 19,000 Wego Kite Tubes. The view the voluntary safety recall, visit


Consumers should immediately stop using the kite tubes and contact Sportsstuff at (866) 831-5524 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday to learn how to obtain free replacement products. Consumers can also visit http://www.sportsstuff.com for more information.


Salt Lake City -- In a boating environment, the heat of the sun, glare off the water, vibration and noise of a boat's motor, and motion caused by waves and wind have a greater impact on your body than you may be aware. These natural stressors, called marine stressors, make you tire and fatigue more rapidly, regardless of age or level of fitness. Many boaters underestimate the effect of these stressors on their bodies.

While marine stressors are not fatal themselves, they may weaken your body and mind enough to make the risk of an accident much more likely. After nearly four hours on the water, these stressors will produce a reaction time similar to having a blood alcohol level of .10 grams. Rest frequently on land to reduce the impacts of stressors on your body. Consuming alcohol while boating will magnify the effects of marine stressors.

For more information about boating safety in Utah, visit http://www.stateparks.utah.gov or call (801) 538-2628 within the Salt Lake calling area or 1-800-743-3792 from outside the Salt Lake calling area.


August 11 Antelope Island State Park - Syracuse
Bat Netting Program: Join the park staff for an evening among the bats. Learn more about the world of bats while participating in a bat-netting project. Registration is required for this program. To register and for more information, please call (801) 721-9569.

August 11 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Campfire Program: Cowboy Poet Phil Kennington performs an array of fun and witty cowboy songs and poetry. Program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. For more information, please call (435) 654-1791.

August 11 - 13 Rockport State Park - Peoa
13th Annual Rockport Dam Jam: Bluegrass and acoustic jamming at the Old Church Campground below the dam at Rockport. Dry camping is available for tents and RVs. For more information, please call Steve Hewson at (435) 336-2025 or e-mail to shewson@allwest.net .

August 12 Antelope Island State Park - Syracuse
Volunteer Day: Join park staff in an effort to improve and enhance the park through weed removal, fence repairs, building corrals, rock removal, and trash pickup. Participants are encouraged to bring water, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, gloves, and are welcome to bring rakes, shovels, hammers, and saws. Meet at park headquarters at 8 a.m. For more information and to register for this event, please call (801) 209-4678.

August 12 Rock Cliff Nature Center/ Jordanelle State Park - Heber
Junior Ranger Program: Wildlife Adventure - Children age six to 10 are invited to the Junior Ranger program from 11 a.m. to noon at the Nature Center to learn about interesting animals. Children will earn a badge and certificate. For more information, please call (435) 782 3030.

August 12 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Junior Ranger Program: Rocks and Minerals of the Mountains - If you are between the ages of six and 12 you can become a Junior Ranger by joining the naturalist in this one- hour program designed to get kids excited about nature. Program begins at 1 p.m. at Huber Grove. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

August 12 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Campfire Program: The Many Faces of Bats! How many species of bats are there? Are they helpful or harmful to humans? Learn the answers to these and many other bat myths during this program beginning at 9 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

August 12 - 19 Iron Mission State Park Museum - Cedar City
Two-day letterpress printing workshop with Sue Cotter from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Class is $75 per person and space is limited. To register or for more information, please call (435) 586-9290.

August 12 Antelope Island State Park - Syracuse
Join park staff for three great events: Great Salt Lake Slide Show - Join park staff for an inside look into the brine shrimp industry. Learn how this process takes place through a photo tour of a shrimping session. Participants should meet at the visitor center at 3 p.m. For more information, please call (801) 721-9569. Junior Ranger Program - Bison, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, coyote, mule deer and many other wild animals depend on the island's resources. Antelope Island State Park's wildlife manager must consider many things when providing adequate habitat for the island's wildlife. Participants should meet at the visitor center at noon. This activity is intended for children ages six to 12, however all ages are welcome. For more information, please call (801) 773-2941. Owling Walk - Who*who*who's that on the rocks? Join park staff for an evening owl prowl. Participants should bring plenty of water, sturdy shoes, bug spray and meet at the visitor center at dusk. Registration is required for this event. To register or for more information, please call (801) 721-9569.

August 14 Palisade State Park Golf Course - Sterling
Palisade Golf Course sponsors a Pro-Am golf tournament. Pre-registration is required for the 10 a.m. shotgun start. Course is open to the public as tee times are available. For registration or tee times, call (435) 835-4653.

August 14 Utah Lake State Park - Provo
Utah Jack Russell Fun Day August 14, 2006 Activities start at 10 a.m. and include racing, go to ground, varmint hide and hunt. Cost is $25 per member/dog or $35 per non-member/dog. Contact Cari Anderson (801) 667-2006 or (801) 592-6306 for further details.


PARK CITY, Utah (July 22) - Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) was fourth for the second straight night Saturday, leading four U.S. women into the top 10 of the VISA Women's Ski Jumping Festival at Utah Olympic Park.

German teenager Juliane Seyfahrt, the reigning junior world champ, won collected her second win in 24 hours. She jumped 96.5 and 94.5 meters, good for 245.0 points as she overtook Norway's Anette Sagen, the reigning Continental Cup champion, by one point.

With another blockbuster crowd - the parking lots were filled to capacity (1,600 cars) - on hand to catch the proceedings, Jerome jumped 92.5 and 91 meters, compiling 230.5 points on the 100-meter, normal hill at UOP. Alissa Johnson (also Park City) had one of the longest jumps of the second round, 93.5 meters, and climbed from ninth to fifth place with 230.0 points.

Ardovino continues to impress

High school Abby Hughes (also Park City) continued her impressive jumping, finishing seventh while Lindsey Van (also Park City), No. 2 in the world, was 10th. Among the other U.S. women, 14-year-old Avery Ardovino - 18th Friday night in the season opener - was 15th Saturday night.

Jerome, a student at Westminster College in Salt Lake City under scholarship plan between the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the college, said she knew Friday night she could jump better, and although she didn't move up in the placings, she felt better after the second event.

"I'm happy. The girls who beat me today definitely deserved it. That's a great podium and they're jumping well. They jumped better than I did," she said. "I'm jumping, technically, way better...I'm getting it, slowly...

"I think Juliane's going to be tough to beat this season; she's a really good jumper and this was another good victory for her," Jerome said.

Johnson, ninth in the opener and No. 5 in the second event, smiled and noted, "I knew I could do it, so it's just nice to prove to myself I can. I had a hard day [Friday night]; I didn't jump poorly but I knew I could do better. My first jump was good but my second jump was really good."

What was the difference? "I don't know. There wasn't any air coming up the hill...but, well, I know what I need to do. I've got to totally relax a little bit and feel the rhythm...yeah, take another deep breath before I go. That can make the difference sometimes," she said.

Coach: "We'll get better..."

"The first couple of competitions of the year there's always a lot of stress and tension because nobody knows how she's going to do," Johnson said. "So, it's definitely nice to get these out of the way and finally be competing.

"Two comps down and 20 to go [continuing through the winter]. I'm extremely pleased with where the girls are at this point," said Head Coach Casey Colby. "We saw some outstanding jumping from Abby, too...and how 'bout Avery Ardovino? Wow! She and Abby really made some major steps this weekend."

He said the natural distractions of being home, plus the added pressure of wanting to do well in front of family and friends, created some tensions "but they handled it well. It's good to get through the comps - four top-5s, a couple of more top-10s, and we'll be getting better from here," Colby said.

The women head to Calgary for jump meets Tuesday and Wednesday before the tour returns to Europe for three stops in Germany and one in Austria in mid-August.

Park City, Utah
Utah Olympic Park - July 22
Normal hill (HS100 - jump distances in meters)

1. Juliane Seyfahrt, Germany, (96.5-94.5 meters) 245.0 points
2. Anette Sagen, Norway, (97.5-92.5) 244.0
3. Daniela Irachko, Austria, (93-92) 234.5
4. Jessica Jerome, Park City, Utah, (92.5-91) 230.5
5. Alissa Johnson, Park City, Utah, (90-93.5) 230.0
7. Abby Hughes, Park City, Utah, (93-89.5) 223.5
10. Lindsey Van, Park City, Utah, (88.5-90.5) 219.5
15. Avery Ardovino, Park City, Utah, (90-85.5) 208.0
17. Brenna Ellis, Park City, Utah, (84.5-84.5) 194.5
22. Karla Keck, Oconomowoc, Wis., (81-76.5) 162.5
24. Karin Friberg, St. Paul, Minn., (75.5-72) 140.0
25. Elisabeth Anderson, Eau Claire, Wis., (71.5-66.5) 119.0
26. Brittany Rhoads, Park City, Utah, (65.5-65) 99.5

NWRA Applauds Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus Invasive Species Legislation

Washington, D.C. ? The NWRA today announced its support for legislation introduced by the newly-formed Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus to combat invasive species in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Introduced by Caucus chairs, Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jim Saxton (R-NJ), along with vice chairs, Reps. Michael Castle (R-DE) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), the legislation promotes innovative strategies with which to counter the rampant growth of invasives and emphasizes partnerships with non-governmental organizations including local refuge Friends and volunteers.?

H.R. 5900, the Refuge Ecology Protection, Assistance, and Immediate Response (REPAIR) Act, authorizes grants to states, Friends groups and other partners for invasive species monitoring and removal on national wildlife refuges across the country. In addition, the bill makes permanent the Cooperative Voluntary Invasive Species Monitoring and Control Program. For the past three years, this successful program has gained nationwide attention for technological innovation and for being strongly embraced by refuge volunteers and staff alike.

Invasive species are a top threat to the National Wildlife Refuge System. More than 300 individual refuges have taken actions to control invasives, and the Refuge System has identified approximately $260 million in projected needs to combat invasive species. By utilizing the strong volunteer support available to the Refuge System, we can significantly expand our ability to identify and record data on invasives in refuges and implement control measures.

The REPAIR Act is the first major legislation introduced and endorsed by the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus. The Caucus was created to raise awareness of the Refuge System, support adequate Refuge System budgets, and ensure the sustained growth of the Refuge System for future generations. ?The Caucus already has over 45 committed members and is steadily growing.

Established in 1975, the National Wildlife Refuge Association is the only organization dedicated exclusively to protecting, enhancing and expanding the National Wildlife Refuge System, lands and waters set aside by the American people to protect our country's diverse wildlife heritage. A national membership organization, the organization benefits from the support of U.S. Fish and Wildlife professionals, more than 115 refuge ?Friends? group affiliates, and thousands of individual members in all states. For more information, visit http://www.refugenet.org .