• March 30, 2015

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Gun Geek’s Corner - The Old Remington

I sometimes get involved in odd projects that cause my friends to worry about me. They needn’t bother, I’m a bit eccentric, but not dangerous. Nonetheless, my latest project kept them muttering to themselves longer than usual.

Public meetings planned on fisheries management in the West Fork of the Black River

PINETOP — The Arizona Game and Fish Department will host public meetings in Eagar and Phoenix to discuss a change in the management of sport and native fisheries in the West Fork of the Black River in Apache County. The first meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Town of Eagar Council Chamber, 22 W. 2nd Street in Eagar. The second meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Department Headquarters Quail Room, 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix.

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Forest Service chief seeks firefighting funds that will last all wildfire season

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell’s position on a Senate bill on wildfire funding. The service does not have a position on the bill, but Tidwell said he appreciates the effort by the senators and that the service wants to continue to work with Congress to find a solution to the funding problems. Clients who used this story are asked to run the correction that can be found here.

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Education seminar on turkey hunting planned

The National Wild Turkey Federation announces a special educational seminar Saturday, April 4, from 2-5 p.m. on Spring turkey hunting and calling at the Pinetop Office of the Arizona Game & Fish Department, 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd in Pinetop.

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Great forecasts mean great fishing weather

Due to drought conditions and decreasing water flows, Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery and our partners at the Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Division and Arizona Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office have decided to stock Apache trout in the White Mountain Apache Tribe rivers and streams early this year, to decrease the volume of fish on station. The Apache trout being stocked will range from 9 to 17 inches, trophy sizes for this unique native species.

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Driving on wet roads or off-road causes serious resource damage and safety concerns

SPRINGERVILLE — The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are concerned that mild winter conditions and early access to forest roads and trails will increase the number of “mudding” incidents in the White Mountains. Mud bogging or “mudding” may look like fun to some, but it leaves behind scars on the land and frequently causes long-term resource damage and erosion issues.

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March is Archaeology Month

Tours of the Casa Malpais Archaeological Park are Tuesday through Saturday, times are 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., weather permitting. This walking tour is about ¾ of a mile hike and includes the Great Kiva, Solar Calendar, Ancient Staircase, and Ancient Pueblo. The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. March is Archaeology Month in Arizona. Join for a special presentation by local writer and scholar, Andrew Marshall, who will be sharing his original work, “Land of the Ancient Ones,” along with an accompanying slide show presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and then again at 4 p.m. at the Springerville Heritage Center, 418 E. Main Street in Springerville. Suitable for children. Wheelchair accessible. Public invited, free admission. Sponsored by Casa Malpais Archaeological Site and Museum.

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Ice Breaker Sporting Clays set for March 28-29

The White Mountain Trap and Skeet Club will hold its 14th Annual “Ice Breaker” Sporting Clays Shoot March 28-29. Participants may shoot one or both days. This shoot will begin at 9:30 a.m. both days followed by a lunch for all shooters.  

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Desert tortoise’s potential placement on endangered species list could affect development

Arizona developers could face some obstacles if federal officials place the Sonoran Desert Tortoise on the endangered species list.

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NPC professor David Smith’s research changes scientists’ perception of Nothronychus dinosaur

Paleontologists have long perceived the Nothronychus (nahth-ROH-nye-KUSS) dinosaur resembling a ground sloth. But new research by Northland Pioneer College biology professor David Smith shows the one-ton biped plant-eater more closely resembled today’s ostrich.

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Whose forest is it? Bills seek to promote state sovereignty over land

Republicans legislators are once again pressing legislation aimed at asserting Arizona’s authority over federal land and dictates from Washington.

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New rule expands roaming area for endangered Mexican gray wolf

RESERVE, N.M. — “We’ve got a wolf coming in!” Susan Dicks yells.

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Fishing with White Mountain Flashback

The mechanics involved in casting a fly rod are quite different from those needed in casting a conventional fishing rod. Conventional rods depend on a relatively heavy lure or bait, to pull out relatively light line from the reel during a cast. In fly fishing, the weight of a fly at the end of the line is too inadequate to pull out the line, which means that a completely different casting strategy is required.

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More safety rules and how to avoid divorce

Apparently, the powers that be at The Independent were willing to risk losing readers one more time and allowed me to write another article.  That, or they just didn’t read the first one. Either way I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity and try to spread the good word. Not bacon yet, let’s start with safety.

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Got food?

A squirrel eyes the photographer while climbing a tree in the White Mountains.

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Prevent wildfires by properly disposing of hot ashes

SPRINGERVILLE — The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests reminds homeowners to be extra careful this winter/spring when disposing of hot ashes.

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Osen named as Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests supervisor

SPRINGERVILLE — Deputy Forest Supervisor Tom Osen has been named as the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ forest supervisor and is assuming the position of Jim Zornes, who left for Region 2 in January.

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Graham County, BLM encourage safe, responsible shooting practices

SAFFORD — The Graham County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Safford Field Office are asking target shooters to act responsibly while enjoying shooting sports on public land. A recent increase in garbage and natural resource impacts throughout the county has led to increased cooperation between local and federal officials. The goal of the effort is to maintain safe recreational shooting opportunities while reducing harmful impacts to property and the environment through effective public education and enforcement.

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Holloway named Alpine district ranger

ALPINE — Tom Osen, acting forest supervisor of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, has announced Ed Holloway Jr. as the Alpine district ranger. He will fill in for Richard Davalos, who served as the district’s ranger for many years and retired in November.

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Application deadline nears for elk, pronghorn antelope hunt draw

Hunters are reminded that the deadline to apply for 2015 elk and pronghorn antelope hunt permit-tags issued through the draw process is Feb. 10, by 7 p.m. (MST).

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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests to waive fees Feb. 16 in honor of Presidents’ Day

SPRINGERVILLE — The U.S. Forest Service, including the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites Feb. 16, honoring our nation’s presidents, with particular attention toward commemorating President Washington and President Lincoln. The fee waiver day is the second of five fee-free days offered by the agency during 2015.

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