Lightning Keeps Firefighters Moving

CEDAR CITY, UTAH - Lightning storms moving across Northern Arizona and Southern Utah have kept Color Country firefighters busy today.

Today, Color Country Interagency Dispatch received smoke reports for 30 locations in Color Country. However, many of these smokes received rain. Firefighters are currently working towards the containment of 13 fires.

New Large Fire in Color Country is:

Moon Fire located on the Arizona Strip and is approximately 200 acres.

Resources on the fire include 2 engines, 3 single engine air tankers, an air attack plane along with one water tender.

Fire danger is at high levels despite recent moisture in Color Country areas. Summer precipitation typically only reduces the fire danger for a short time due to high temperatures, low humidity and long days.



Two New Record Fish Taken in Northern Utah

A flurry of great summer fishing has produced two new fish records, with some additional close calls and short-lived records

Ogden -- Three record fish, including two new state records, were caught at Pineview and Willard Bay reservoirs during first two weeks in July.

The first fish was a 49-inch tiger muskie caught by Kelly Parry of Bluffdale on July 4 at Pineview. The new record weighed in at 33 pounds, 10 ounces.

The previous record (which can hardly be referred to as "old") was caught at Pineview just five weeks earlier by Marc Anderson of Pleasant Grove. Anderson's fish weighed in at 31 pounds, 11 ounces and was 49 inches long with a girth of 23 inches.

While Anderson's record was short-lived, Utah's new wiper record changed hands in even less time!

The 7 pounds 7 ounces, 26 5/8 inches long wiper caught by Joe Huisu at Willard Bay on July 6 beat the old record by nearly a pound, but his record was short-lived. On July 13, John Volt of South Weber hauled in a new record that weighed in at 7 pounds 11 ounces, just four ounces heavier than Huisu's fish!

Even though Huisu held the record for only one week, he will still be issued a record fish certificate since he had properly registered and verified the catch as a valid record.

Parry and Volt are in the process of submitting their record fish paperwork to the Division of Wildlife Resources. After their paperwork has been reviewed, they will receive a certificate certifying that they caught new state record fish.

Tiger Muskie Catch and Release Tips

DWR fisheries biologists have been busy in northern Utah. Their careful cultivation of Willard Bay and Pineview reservoirs for the past 10 years has resulted in great fishing that has left them even busier trying to preserve these great fisheries.

"We need anglers to properly release the fish that are critical to the management of Pineview," says Craig Schaugaard, Northern Region aquatics manager for the DWR.

The tiger muskies Schaugaard is referring to are smaller than 40 inches in length. These fish that are 40 inches and underfeed heavily on yellow perch and other panfish at the reservoir. This feeding helps keep these panfish populations from overpopulating and stunting. The end result is a multi-leveled fishery that provides a trophy-sized tiger muskie fishery and a good family perch fishing spot.

Kent "Sorno" Sorenson, DWR habitat biologist and an experienced tiger muskie angler, says not being prepared to properly release a huge fish is the biggest mistake anglers make at Pineview. Sorno says the basics of successfully releasing a tiger muskie are to:

1) Bring the fish in as quickly as possible. "This time of year, the fish do not have enough oxygen in the water to counter the build up of lactic acid in their muscles that results from a long, drawn out battle with an angler," he says. He believes many fish will not survive a long fight, especially when the fight is combined with the fish being poorly handled.

2) Have a large mesh net, 11-inch needle nose pliers and jaw openers readily accessible so you can quickly release the fish. "I have seen numerous fish with split fins that come as a result of small mesh nets," Sorenson said.

3) Take your photos quickly before releasing the fish. "Having someone with you makes that much easier, but if you are fishing alone, have your tripod and timer already set before you start fishing. I have a fish out of the water no longer that 12 seconds," he says.

More Information

The DWR Web site provides detailed information on how to land and release tiger muskies safely and efficiently. This information is available at http://www.wildlife.utah.gov/fishing/tiger_muskie_tips.html

For a complete list of Utah's record fish and requirements for the record fish program, visit http://www.wildlife.utah.gov/fishing/recfish.html

Women Archers: Take Your Skills to the Next Level at Intermediate Archery Shoot

Tooele -- When was the last time you dusted off your armguard, placed an arrow on the knocking point, drawn the arrow and had some fun with archery?

For most archers, it's been too long!

The Division of Wildlife Resource's Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program wants to help by hosting an archery shoot for women who have intermediate skills and want to have some fun.

The archery shoot will be held July 29, from 4 - 7 p.m., at the Deseret Peaks Complex in Tooele County. This event caters to women who have some experience with either a recurved or a compound bow. Bryan Warr, a volunteer instructor with the DWR's Archery Hunter Education program, will be on hand to provide instruction and tips to improve your technique.

The cost to attend the event is $10, which includes access to the Deseret Peaks archery range, instruction and snacks.

For more information, call Hollie Morrill at (801) 910-4236. To register, contact Jill West at jillwest@utah.gov or (801) 557-0605.

"I wanted to put together an event for women who have some archery experience and want to get to the next level," says Morrill, a member of the BOW steering committee. "I bow hunt, and it's hard to find a class that can prepare you for bow hunting."

Learning to use a compound bow is difficult, because the equipment needs to be adjusted for the size and strength of each individual archer. To make it easier to for first-timers, Easton Archery in Salt Lake City is loaning the BOW program 10 Genesis bows for the event. Genesis bows are more versatile than typical compound bows, and they don't need to be fitted to each individual archer. They're easy to shoot and are perfect for beginners.

Chance to Obtain a Second Elk Permit Begins Aug. 3

If you're an elk hunter who would like to take an additional animal in Utah this season, the chance to do so begins Aug. 3 when cow elk permits not taken in this year's Antlerless Draw go on sale.

"This is a great opportunity for bull elk hunters to also take a cow elk this season," says Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "This opportunity also provides cow elk hunters a chance to take an additional cow elk."

The following hunters may obtain a second elk permit:

* Hunters who obtain a cow elk permit in Utah's antlerless draw may obtain a second cow elk permit beginning Aug. 3.

* Hunters who have obtained a bull elk or hunter's choice elk permit, but haven't obtained a cow elk permit yet, may obtain a cow elk permit beginning Aug. 3.

* Hunters who haven't obtained an elk permit by Aug. 3 may obtain two cow elk permits. Hunters who do this are reminded that if they obtain two cow elk permits, they may not purchase a bull elk or hunter's choice permit this year.

Hunters who draw a cow elk permit in the antlerless draw have another option. Instead of obtaining a second cow permit, they may buy a bull elk or hunter's choice permit.

Remaining Cow Elk Permits On Sale Aug. 3

Permits not taken in this year's Antlerless Draw will be available Aug. 2 from more than 300 hunting license agents statewide and the Division of Wildlife Resources' six offices.

The DWR offices will open at 8 a.m. that morning. Hunting license agents will open their doors during their regular business hours, so the hours they open will vary. "I would encourage hunters to contact their nearest license agent, to learn when they'll open for business that day," Tutorow said.

Tutorow says hunters may have two elk permits in any of the following combinations:

* One bull elk permit and one cow elk permit;

* Two cow elk permits; or,

* One hunter's choice permit and one cow elk permit.

Hunters may NOT obtain two bull elk permits, or a bull elk and hunter's choice permit.

For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.

Swan Hunters: One-Time Orientation Course Must Be Completed Before Applying for a Permit

Applications will be available by Aug. 1 to hunt swans in Utah this fall.

Hunters who haven't completed the state's one-time swan hunting orientation course are reminded that they must complete the course before they apply for a permit. The course, which takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete, will be available at the Division of Wildlife Resources' Web site ( http://www.wildlife.utah.gov ) by the time the application period starts.

The course must be taken only one time, so hunters who have already completed the course do not need to take it again.

Applications Available by Aug. 1

Applications to hunt swans in Utah this fall will be available by Aug. 1 from hunting license agents, Division of Wildlife Resources offices and hunter education centers and the DWR's Web site (wildlife.utah.gov).

Applications must be received no later than Aug. 15 (either by 5 p.m. through the mail or by 11 p.m. over the Internet) to be included in the draw for permits.

When the Utah Wildlife Board meets Aug. 17, it's likely that the DWR will recommend a total of 2,000 permits for the hunt.

Hunters who have a major credit card can apply for a permit online at the DWR Web site. Hunters who don=t have a major credit card must mail their application in.

Results of the tundra swan draw will be posted by Sept. 6.

For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.

CAMPSITES AVAILABLE FOR PIONEER DAY WEEKEND
Salt Lake - If you are planning to go out of town for Pioneer Day Weekend, it's not too late to reserve a campsite at a Utah state park. The following parks have campsites available, and reservations may be made up to two days before your arrival: Antelope Island, Dead Horse Point, Escalante, Fremont Indian, Goblin Valley, Green River, Kodachrome, Quail Creek, Red Fleet, Sand Hollow, Snow Canyon, Steinaker, Starvation, Wasatch Mountain, Willard, and Painted Rock and beach areas at Yuba.

To make a reservation or for more information, please call 322-3770 from within the Salt
Lake calling area and (800) 322-3770 from outside the area or visit http://www.stateparks.utah.gov


UTAH STATE PARKS BOATING SAFETY TIP OF THE WEEK
Salt Lake City -- Utah law requires children under 13 to wear a properly sized life jacket when on a boat. However, it is a safe and smart practice for everyone, including adults, to always wear their life jacket.

Utah boating accident statistics for the past 10 years indicate that nearly 75 percent of drowning victims from boating accidents would have likely survived had they been wearing a life jacket.

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

UPCOMING UTAH STATE PARKS EVENTS
July 28 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Campfire Program: Dutch Oven Cooking- Join Park Ranger Drew Patterson as he demonstrates some tried and true Dutch oven recipes. Learn some tips and tricks, and sample the food. Program begins at 7 p.m. at the campground. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

July 29 Rock Cliff Nature Center/ Jordanelle State Park - Francis
Junior Ranger program: Science in Action. 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 how wonderful science is. Children will earn a badge and certificate. For more information, please call (435) 782 3030.

July 29 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Junior Ranger Program: Identifying Animals Through Tracks and Scat- If you are between the age 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 the Huber Grove. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

July 29 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Campfire Program: Stars and Their Stories of Light- Ever sit out under the stars at night and wonder what's up there? Learn about the many stories of light in our night sky beginning at 9 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

August 1 - September 30 Antelope Island State Park - Syracuse
Randy S. Chatelain, Ph.D. displays color photographs at the Visitor Center Art Gallery. The exhibit features a colorful display of Antelope Island's birds and wildlife. The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information, please call (801) 725-9263.

August 4 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Campfire Program: Whodunit? A Scatological Mystery - Join the park naturalist to uncover some of the mysteries of wildlife. Learn to identify some common animals by what they leave behind through this fun, interactive program. Meet at the campground amphitheater at 7 p.m. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

August 5 Antelope Island State Park - Syracuse
The little Engine that Could Junior Ranger Program: Bring your picnic basket, blanket and come join us for a fun filled experience learning about historic engines and tractors at 2 p.m. Meet at one of Utah's earliest ranches, the historic Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island State Park. Though this informative Junior Ranger program is geared for ages 6-12, people of all ages are welcome. For more information, please call (801) 649-5742.

August 5 Antelope Island State Park-Syracuse
Scenic Great Salt Lake Slide Show: Join park staff for an audiovisual tour of scenic Great Salt Lake. Feel the desolation, energy, solitude, and excitement of the Great Basin on this photographic tour of Great Salt Lake. Participants should meet at the visitor center at 4 p.m. For more information, please call (801) 773-2941.

August 5 Antelope Island State Park-Syracuse
Star Party: Join Ogden Astronomical Society and Weber State University for an evening under the stars. Participants can expect to enjoy beautiful celestial views (weather permitting), and stellar conversation with our local astronomers. Meet at White Rock Bay at dusk. If you bring a flashlight, make it a red-colored lens, please. For more information please call (801) 773-2941.

August 5 Rock Cliff Nature Center/ Jordanelle State Park - Francis
Junior Ranger program: Only the Nose Knows- 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 all five senses. Children will earn a badge and certificate. For more information, please call (435) 782 3030.

August 5 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Junior Ranger Program: The Amazing Water Cycle- If you are between the age 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 the Huber Grove. For more information call (435) 654-1791.

August 5 Wasatch Mountain State Park - Midway
Campfire Program: Interesting Insects- Join the naturalist for an evening learning everything you never thought you'd want to know about insects. Program begins at 7 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. For more information call (435) 654-1791.



Byrd on Byrd: Country Music Star Talks Hunting, Fishing, Conservation and Kids

Following and speaking from his heart has always worked for Tracy Byrd.

In Nashville, where music careers are often decided by committee, Byrd has held fast to his own creative vision, charting 13 top-ten singles, an arsenal of hits, five gold albums and one double platinum album. Unlike many who attain such celebrity, he also remains unwaveringly true to himself as a devoted family man.

Through it all, as if weaving together the different parts of his life, is Byrd's unabashed love for hunting and fishing.

It's all part of the reason why Byrd was selected as honorary chair of National Hunting and Fishing Day, set for Sept. 23.

And it's all part of Byrd's new straight-from-the-heart interview now available in a free audio file (MP3) at three Web sites: http://www.tracybyrd.com , http://www.nhfday.org and http://www.nssf.org .

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which founded National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1971, produced the 9-minute audio file as a way to reach out to new audiences with a strong message about traditional outdoor activities.

In the interview, Byrd talks hunting, fishing, conservation, kids and country music, including his newly released single titled Cheapest Motel, and upcoming new album, Different Things.

He also gives a nice shout-out to Wonders of Wildlife, the National Fish and Wildlife Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Mo. The museum is the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day and the only hunting- and fishing-focused facility that's both affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and accredited by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Byrd is the second two-time honorary chair of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The first was country music legend Hank Williams Jr. Other honorary chairs have included George Bush, Tom Seaver, Arnold Palmer, Terry Bradshaw, George Brett, Robert Urich, Ward Burton, Louise Mandrell, Travis Tritt, Wade Boggs and many other sports and entertainment figures.

"Tracy is a wonderful ambassador, helping the media and music fans understand that America's hunter- and angler-based model for conservation funding is a success story unmatched anywhere in the world," said Tony Schoonen, executive director of Wonders of Wildlife.

Byrd said, "It was an honor and a natural fit for me to be this year's honorary chairman for National Hunting and Fishing Day. When I was asked to chair again in 2006, I couldn't say 'yes' fast enough. And, since we have a new home at Wonders of Wildlife, we'll be able to bring even more recognition to our cause. This opens more doors and gives us another opportunity to help folks understand that without hunters and anglers, conservation couldn't exist in our country."

Born Dec. 17, 1966, in Vidor, Texas, Byrd went on to study business at Southwest Texas State. He was performing at local clubs when Nashville came calling in 1992.

Today, Byrd's hits include Holdin' Heaven, The Truth About Men, Just Let Me Be In Love, Drinkin' Bone, Watermelon Crawl, Keeper Of The Stars, Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo, Put Your Hands In Mine, and I'm From The Country.

Billboard magazine writes: "Byrd's warm, rich baritone has always been one of the best voices in country music, equally capable of delivering frisky uptempos and poignant ballads."

Byrd also is an enterprising businessman, designing fishing tackle, launching his own line of food products, authoring a cookbook, and hosting television shows.

Along with Wonders of Wildlife, other sponsors of National Hunting and Fishing Day include the National Shooting Sports Foundation, The Outdoor Channel, Bass Pro Shops, Realtree, Woolrich, "Outdoor Life" and "Field & Stream" magazines, National Wild Turkey Federation, Gunbroker.com, and Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Q&A with Tracy Byrd Partial Transcript of Audio File

Q: Tracy, what do you hope to accomplish in your role with National Hunting and Fishing Day?

Byrd: Just to shed a real positive light on hunting and fishing. There are people out there that try to shed a negative light on the outdoors, especially the hunting side of things. We all know that hunters were the original conservationists. I think a lot of people don't realize how much money hunters and anglers spend purchasing licenses and purchasing products in hunting and fishing stores, and a portion of that goes back into funding of conservation of fish and game.

Q: A lot of artists who love hunting and fishing have decided to keep it under wraps, but you haven't. Why have you chosen to celebrate it?

Byrd: Because it's part of my heritage. I started hunting with my grandmother when I was about four years old. Why hide something that is such a part of your life? It is something that I want my kids to embrace and enjoy throughout their lives and hopefully pass it onto their children.

Q: Why do you think it's important to teach youngsters at a young age about hunting and fishing?

Byrd: I think it is important to teach a lot of things to youngsters at a young age. The earlier you get them, the more they are going to absorb and the quicker they're going to learn all the techniques, what's right and what's wrong about using and handling firearms, fishing and boating and all the things that go along with it.

Q. Wonders of Wildlife museum in Springfield, Missouri, is really driving renewed interest this year in National Hunting and Fishing Day. Lots of new sponsors, lots of new energy, and lots of people remembering that hunting and fishing are vital to conservation. That must be especially gratifying for you.

Byrd: Well, it is. It's a great museum in a central outdoor spot. It's a great place for folks to go visit. I hope everybody can go see it, especially men and women who are really into the outdoors. They will certainly enjoy it.

Q. There are two moments in history that I want you to tell me about. One of those is your first fish. The next one is your children's first fish.

Byrd: My first fish, as with many people's first fish, was what we call a sun perch, or a bream in other parts of the country. From there, I graduated up to white perch, to crappie. And that's when I caught my first bass. When I felt the pull of a bass, I was pretty much done with crappie. All I was concerned with for a long, long time was bass and catching as many and as big a bass as I could.

Q: And the first moments of your children experiencing the outdoors?

Byrd: Actually, my son and daughter's first fish were bass. We had a great little pond around the house that was full of bass. Both of them caught bass as their first fish, and they caught them casting lures.

Q. What is your favorite thing to hunt and why?

Byrd: I love bow hunting for whitetail, because it is the most exciting thing that I have ever done. It's just an awesome feeling. I only started that nine years ago and I wish I had started a lot earlier.

Q. Have you elk hunted before?

Byrd: No, I haven't and I would love to. I have heard that's just incredible. I've mule deer hunted but haven't gotten an elk yet. I'll do that later.

Q. Do you have fellow entertainers and friends who also enjoy the outdoors?

Byrd: Absolutely! There are a lot of guys in country music that love it and a lot of guys that don't hide behind it either. Andy Griggs, Blake Shelton, Mark Chestnut, Craig Morgan, Hank Williams Jr., Troy Gentry, Eddy Montgomery, all those guys love it.

Q. What's next for you musically?

Byrd: We have a new single, called Cheapest Motel, coming out from a new album called, Different Things. I really, truly believe it's the best work that I have ever done. I know that I am better now than I've ever been at what I do. I feel like I sing better. I feel like I write better. I feel like I play better. I really have learned a lot through the years, and I'm real proud of it.



RECREATION GROUP SUPPORTS ACCESS PROTECTIONS IN NOR CAL WILDERNESS BILL

WASHINGTON, DC (July 19) - The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group, today expressed support for new access and recreation provisions incorporated into a Northwestern California Wilderness Bill (HR233). The new version of the legislation will recognize off-highway vehicle (OHV) and mountain-bike (MTB) use as legitimate recreational activities on federal lands by codifying said use in statute on a majority of routes affected by the proposal.

Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, said, "I believe protecting fishing access in the Park, keeping OHV and MTB trails open and deleting non-wilderness areas such as the Mad River Buttes proposal has improved this piece of legislation."

The legislation that will designate over 200,000 acres in Northern California will also protect the rights of beach fishermen to access the coastline in Redwood National Park. In addition, the bill will codify existing equestrian, OHV, and MTB recreation in the Cow Mountain are near Ukiah, California.

"This bill is not perfect and many recreation groups are disappointed that the reopening of Black Sands Beach in the King Range was not part of the legislation. Also, we are disappointed that the popular Backcountry designation did not get formally adopted. However, the fact that many of our OHV and MTB routes are being codified in statute is a clear acknowledgement that a Backcountry alternative to Wilderness is a valid and popular concept," Amador concluded.



WOMEN SKI JUMPERS READY TO OPEN SEASON AT UTAH OLYMPIC PARK
VISA International Women's Ski Jumping Festival set for July 21-22

PARK CITY, Utah (July 19) - Women ski jumpers are temporarily shelving their excitement about gaining International Ski Federation approval to be included in the 2009 World Championships in favor of the opening of the Continental Cup season Friday and Saturday night.



The VISA International Women's Ski Jumping Festival at Utah Olympic Park (UOP) has drawn nearly 30 of the best women in the world, representing eight nations and including the top 11 from the 2006 points list. Doors open each day at 4:30 p.m. with live music at 5:00 p.m. and jumping set to begin at 6:00 p.m.; admission is free. The summertime competition will take place on the normal hill (HS100), which has plastic matting that when sprayed with water helps simulate snow conditions on the landing hill and out-run.

For the first time, five women jumpers have been nominated to the U.S. Ski Team, which will be announced later this summer. The five, all coming out of the National Sports Foundation program at UOP, are among the top 15 last season and include: No. 2 - Lindsey Van, No. 3 - Jessica Jerome, No. 9 - Abby Hughes, No. 11 - Alissa Johnson and No. 15 - Brenna Ellis.

Norwegian jumpers, including top-ranked Annette Sagen and No. 4 Line Jahr, arrived Tuesday night, completing the field. Other nations competing include Canada, Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic and Italy. "The top girls are here, which is the most important thing," Van said.

The tour moves from UOP to Calgary for two jumping meets next week and then the U.S. women will head to Europe for a training camp and four more events in Germany and Austria.

Goal: "Survive the media..."
For the U.S. athletes, there are a few more distractions, including a greater media glare because of the sport's Olympic potential. Asked what his goals for the women this week were, Coach Casey Colby laughed as he said, "To survive the media blitz."

"This is the first international competition after they decided to add us to the World Championships," said Van, the sport's second-ranked jumper in recent seasons, not just '06. "I think everybody's still focused on jumping as best as they can, but in the future it's going to change a little bit because the field's going to get a lot deeper and the competition will get even harder."

Competing at home, she said, can be a two-sided sword. "It's definitely nice to be home and have home field advantage although there's a little bit more pressure at home because the home crowd, the media, everyone wants us to do well and win. But, there's also the advantage because we're home, you can go to your own house, sleep in your own bed, and you don't have to rely on anyone else to do anything for you...

"You just have to block out the pressures."

Jerome added, "Now, there's definitely a little extra push for the U.S. girls. It doesn't change the way we train or our mindset showing up to train - we always do these things 100 percent."

Still, Jerome said, there's a little strangeness to the upcoming competitions. "Summer's usually a time to train, so it's going to be a little weird going into competition and then coming home from Europe and having a month and a half, two months of training...but it's part of the game."

Johnson said the joy of learning about World Championships approval, although just seven weeks ago, "seems like decades ago now. But I think that's because every day is so full of training. We've been training six days a week since then. It's been a lot of work. It'll be good, although a little different because it's midsummer and now we're starting to compete."

Partnership pays off
The FIS biennial Congress - responding to leadership from Norway, Canada and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association - voted in late May to include women's jumping in the 2009 championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, a vital step toward gaining International Olympic Committee approval for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Deedee Corradini, president of Women's Ski Jumping USA (WSJUSA), said the four-member WSJUSA delegation to the FIS Congress in Vilamoura, Portugal, became known as "The Mighty Lobby" for its low-key but persistent discussions with FIS member nations as it built support for women's jumping. It had met with USSA officials before heading to Europe to go over strategy and, she said, "USSA was wonderful and fully supportive in Portugal. We teamed up to make this happen. It was a good partnership.

"What's really exciting for the athletes is they used to train [dryland exercises] in Park City High School's gym; now they're in a world-class facility with the Ski Team. That raises the bar. If they've gotten as far as they have, well, just imagine what they can do with U.S. Ski Team help. And now they've got a fulltime coach, which they've never had, on top of the sports science benefits," Corradini said.



Ispovision and Sportswear Segment in Focus at ispo summer 06

Approximately 19,000 visitors obtained information at the international sports trade fair in Munich

Golfwear Village, Boardsports Villlage and Kids' Zone - positive overall mood in the sportswear sector

ispovision presents Global Sportstyle Awards to Adidas, Bodytalk, Chiemsee, Craft, Deha, 2964 Garmisch, Luis Trenker, Marinepool and Medico

New platforms for Triathlon, Wearable Technology and Kiteboarding very popular

Next generation: ispo BrandNew finalists enthusiastic

More than 10,000 enthusiastic sports fans watch the inline events during ispo

1st ispo Sales Academy and trainee project evokes considerable interest

Future: expansion of the areas ispovision, Sportswear, Beachwear, Kids, Golf, Running, Triathlon, Outdoor and Nordic

ispo summer 06, which took place in Munich from July 16 to 18, 2006, had slightly lower participation with approx. 19,000 (20,722*) trade visitors. A total of 1,015 exhibitors (915) exhibitors from 47 countries presented their latest production innovations and collections of the summer season 2007 to purchasers from approx. 100 countries. The foreign share of exhibitors was 76% (78%), and it was again about 46% on the visitor side.

The German trade visitors were especially reserved following the very demanding World Cup weeks and due to the hot summer temperatures. In addition to the traditionally strong participation from EU countries and Switzerland, there was positive development in numbers of visitors especially from Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, India, North and South America, from the Balkans to China and Japan and all the way to Australia and New Zealand.



Pheasants Forever Television Takes Wing for Second Season
Show to air Fridays and Sundays on the Outdoor Life Network

Saint Paul, Minn. - July 18, 2006 - The Outdoor Life Network (OLN) recently slotted the second season of Pheasants Forever Television to air on Fridays and Sundays at 11:30AM CDT / 12:30 PM EDT. The season's first episode will air on Friday, July 28th and Sunday, July 30th.There will be 13 original shows and 52 total airings with repeats.

"We received excellent feedback from Pheasants Forever members and bird hunters everywhere about the first season of Pheasants Forever Television," reported PF President and CEO Howard Vincent. "Viewers can expect even more exciting bird hunting, eye-opening conservationstories, and thought-provoking human interest features during season
two. Our cameras have traveled across the pheasant range from California to Canada and Michigan to South Dakota to bring you the best of the king of game birds."

Pheasants Forever Television is produced by Ron Schara Enterprises. Schara serves as the show's host. "Once again OLN viewers will enjoy a television program that examines the American hunter's long fascination with ring-neck pheasants and the efforts of Pheasants Forever members who work tirelessly to ensure a future for pheasant hunting," explained Schara, who is also a five-time Emmy winner and a PF life member.

The season's first episode will kick off with a story about southern Alberta's Dave Bissett. Bissett, a member of Pheasants Forever Calgary, has opened 1,000 acres of his private land to the general public for bird hunting in an area that is nearly void of public hunting opportunities. PF TV cameras also catch up with Lincoln, Nebraska artist Cliff Hollestelle as he creates individual pheasant feathers out of wood. The show's season opener closes with a trip to
North Dakota where a group of 41 grandchildren save their great-grandma's farm house as a pheasant hunting headquarters.

To preview Pheasants Forever Television on the web, please go to: http://www.pheasantsforever.org/press/pftv . The show's sponsoring partners include; Browning, EAR Inc., Echo Power Equipment, Gander Mountain, Purina Pro Plan, and South Dakota Department of Tourism. Thanks to these sponsors for bringing Pheasants Forever Television to the air.

Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike. Pheasants Forever and its quail division, Quail Forever, have more than 115,000 members in over 660 local chapters across the continent.

Bear Bites Boy Scout in Hobble Creek Canyon Camp

Springville (July 20, 2006) - Fourteen-year-old Colton Stewart was rudely awakened early Wednesday morning by a burning sensation in his upper arm. He suddenly realized that the sharp burning was actually a black bear slowly biting down on his arm through the tent. Once he realized a bear was biting him, he pulled away and heard the black bear running through the brush and into the dark of night.

Bears often put things in their mouth to see if they are edible. In this case there just happened to be a kid's arm on the other side of the tent," said Anis Aoude, regional wildlife manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

"The bear was not aggressively going after anyone; it was simply looking for food," Aoude said.

Stewart is part of the staff at the Adventure Park Scout Camp run by the Boy Scouts of America in the Left Fork of Hobble Creek Canyon near Springville. The bite was not too severe and did not require any medical attention.

Stewart knew it was a bear that bit him because the bear was seen in the camp earlier in the evening and was run out of camp by Colton's father. "After we saw the bear on Tuesday night, I asked my brother and his friend if I could sleep in the middle of the tent because I was afraid the bear would come back and bite me in the middle of the night," Stewart said. "They told me to not worry about it and made me sleep on the edge of the tent. Now they feel stupid."

The following morning signs of the bear were found throughout the camp. Several paw prints, bite marks in tents and even claw marks on tents and on a camp bulletin board let scout officials know that the bear posed a serious threat.

Once DWR staff got word of the incident, they immediately sent a biologist to set up a live bear trap baited with donuts and other food. DWR Conservation Officer Vic Layton was also sent to spend the night with the scouts to ensure they would camp in safety, since bears often return to campgrounds when they find food.

About 15 minutes after Layton arrived at the scout camp on Wednesday evening, the bear wandered into the camp again and Layton killed the bear as per DWR policy in dealing with aggressive bears.

The bear was a two- to three-year-old female bear that weighed about 130 pounds.

"We had to put the bear down because it lost its fear of humans and has become habituated to eating human food," Aoude said. "This is not a decision we take lightly. The one positive aspect of this incident is that the youths got a lesson in wildlife management from officer Vic Layton, who explained why we had to kill the bear and how to prevent future conflicts with bears."

As a safety precaution, the bear is now being tested for rabies.

The DWR encourages campers to keep a clean camp site. It is very important to keep food locked up in the trunk of your car or in a container or canvas bag that can be hoisted off the ground by rope and kept away from bears.

Do not keep food inside tents or sleeping bags.

For more information about black bear safety, please visit

http://www.wildlife.utah.gov/bear/bear_safety.html

Closure Order Signed for Lick Fire Area

McCall, ID - The Forest Supervisor for the Payette National Forest has signed an Area Closure order for the vicinity of the Lick Fire approximately 17 miles northeast of McCall as a precautionary public safety measure. The Lick Fire is a Wildland Fire Use (WFU) fire being managed for resource benefits and to allow fire to play its natural role in the
ecosystem.

The closure area perimeter can be viewed on the Payette National Forest website at,

http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/payette/fire/main_fire_info.shtml .

The following National Forest System (NFS) roads and trails fall within the Area Closure perimeter and travel on these roads and trails, or anywhere within perimeter, is prohibited:

NFS Trail #084 -- from the junction of Lick Creek Road to the south and to the east shore of Loon Lake
NFS Trail #080 -- from the junction of NFS Trail #084 (excluding the shore of Loon Lake) to Lick Creek Road NFS Trail #081
NFS Trail #082

Lick Creek Road remains open, but may be subject to short-term closures between NFS Trail #080 (vicinity of Ponderosa Campground) to NFS Trail #084 (Duck Lake/Hum Lake trailhead), depending on fire activity.

The Payette National Forest is currently managing two WFU fires for resource benefits - the Lick and Dunce Fires. Earlier today (July 17, 2006) the Phorphyry, Mill Creek, and Ditch Creek Fires, which had been inactive for several days, were declared out. The Four Mile fire approximately 21 miles east of McCall is no longer a WFU fire and was declared contained at noon today as a suppression fire.

For more information, please contact the Payette National Forest Public Affairs Office at (208) 634-0784.



Golf Tournament benefits SAWS



David & Pam Madsen from Rocky Mountain Sledders have organized a golf tournament to benefit multiple-use. The Access Open will take place on Tuesday August 8th at the TalonsCove Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, Utah. For those that don't know, Saratoga Springs is about 30 miles south of Salt Lake near Lehi west of the Provo/Orem area. TalensCove Golf Club sits on the west edge of Utah Lake.



A map to the golf course can be found here: http://maps.google.com/maps?oi=map&q=Saratoga+Springs,+UT

A flyer for registration and sponsorship is available for download on our SAWS website here:

http://www.snowmobile-alliance.org/uploads/06_Summer_golf_tournament_Utah.pdf



SAWS would like to encourage all those that can to register for this golf tournament. Even if you stink at golf, like I do, you will have fun.



SAWS is especially proud to be associated with these good people. Over the previous year, Rocky Mountain Sledders have kept SAWS appraised of various land use issues in the state of Utah to help protect everyone's right to ride there. In addition, they worked very hard to reserve and staff booth space for SAWS at the Utah Snowmobile show last October, where we increased our Utah membership by over 100%. Finally, Rocky Mountain sledders has arranged for SAWS to receive some of the proceeds from this golf tournament. This benefit shows those of us who work within SAWS that we are doing what people need, and an unsolicited gesture such as this is very humbling. On behalf of SAWS I would like to convey a heartfelt Thank You to the Madsens.



NEW INSURANCE PROGRAM AVAILABLE FOR OHV CLUBS AND PARKS
A positive turn for one of the toughest obstacles that off-highway vehicle recreationists currently face

Motorized off-road recreation is enjoyed by a large segment of the population, with approximately 15 million off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders currently in the US. With the increasing popularity of OHV recreation, the many challenges of insuring OHV clubs and parks have appeared.

Insurance coverage, particularly liability insurance, has been tough to obtain for OHV recreation," says Jeff Magowan, of Garceau,Wenick-Kutz, Magowan Insurance Agency in Escanaba, Michigan. Magowan, an avid off-highway motorcyclist, has been involved in insuring OHV clubs and parks for many years. Because of his passion and involvement in the sport, he understands the unique requirements of this specialized coverage.

Unfortunately, insurance coverage has only been available sporadically, leaving many clubs and parks either without coverage, or paying exorbitant premiums. Increasing the availability of insurance coverage for off-highway recreation was a natural for Magowan.

Recently, working with an "A-Rated" insurance carrier, he has developed a competitive insurance option for off-highway organizations, businesses, and trail systems. "Putting all the pieces together has been a five year project," says Magowan. "We've put several risks in the program, and have found the coverage and pricing to be very competitive.

According to Jeff, his affiliation with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council helped in the development of his most recent OHV insurance program. Because the participants in NOHVCC programs represent the "best in the business" of OHV recreation, the program is being released initially through the NOHVCC, before being introduced to the general public.
As laws vary from state to state, the insurance coverage may not be available in all states. For more information, contact Jeff Magowan at (906)789-0900 or by email at jam@garceauins.com

Jeff Magowan of Escanaba, Michigan was recently appointed as the NOHVCC Associate State Representative from the Wolverine State