Big Game Application Period Moved Back

Getting a hunting application just after the start of the year isn't something Utah's big game hunters will be doing in 2006.

The Utah Wildlife Board has moved the state's big game application period back two weeks.  The application period begins Jan. 17, 2006 and ends Feb. 16.

Board members voted to move the application period back at their Nov. 22 meeting in Salt Lake City.  All of the big game hunting rules approved by the board for 2006 will be available in the 2006 Utah Big Game Proclamation.  The proclamation should be available during the first week in January.

Application Period Moved Back

Getting more input from hunters about big game hunting decisions in Utah resulted in a chain of events that moved the application period back.

"The public meetings to discuss big game hunting rules for the following year used to be held in mid-October," said Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.  "Many hunters had a difficult time attending the meetings because a lot of big game hunts were going on at the same time.  We want this input from our hunters, so we moved the meetings back to November this year."

Moving the meetings to November moved the process of getting the rules approved by the board, and the big game proclamation designed, printed and into the hands of hunters, back two to three weeks.

"That's why we had to move the application period back two weeks," Tutorow said.  "We're getting so many applications via the Internet now that we'll still be able to conduct the draw and have the results of the draw available by the end of April, just like we have in the past."

The 2006 Utah big game application period runs Jan. 17 to Feb. 16, 2006.  Draw results will be available by April 28.
No Other Major Changes

The board did not approve any other major big game hunting changes for 2006.

"We have a plan that will guide the management of deer through 2008 and a plan that will guide the management of elk through 2010," said Craig McLaughlin, big game coordinator for the DWR.  "We want to stick with those plans and see where they get us."

The plans were put together with broad input from the public and are available for review at the DWR's Web site at

The following are two major items the board did NOT approve:

- A recommendation to lengthen the general rifle buck deer hunt in the Southern and Southeastern regions from five to nine days.  Board members voted against this DWR proposal after citizen representatives from the Southern and Southeastern regional advisory councils voted against it.

- A recommendation to eliminate Utah's statewide general archery buck deer hunt and have archery hunters hunt in specific regions.  Citizen representatives from the Southern and Southeastern RACs brought this proposal to the board.  The Northern, Central and Northeastern RACs voted against the proposal, and the board also voted against it.

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

Wild Turkey Hunting Applications Available by Nov. 29

Applications to hunt wild turkeys in Utah next spring will be available by Nov. 29.  Hunters can obtain an application from hunting license agents statewide, Division of Wildlife Resources offices and the DWR's Web site ( ).

Hunters who have a major credit card can apply on the Web site.  "I'd encourage hunters to apply this way," said Judi Tutorow, wildlife licensing coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.  "Applying on the Internet is the easiest, fastest and most convenient way to get your application in."

Hunters who don't have a major credit card must mail their application in.  "Hunters are reminded that it will take a few days for the application to arrive in the mail," Tutorow said.  "I'd encourage them to obtain an application as soon as they're available, and to mail it back as soon as possible."

To be entered in the draw for permits, applications must be received through the mail no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 27, or through the DWR's Web site no later than 11 p.m. on Dec. 27.  Draw results will be posted by Feb. 1, 2006.

A total of 1,560 Rio Grande wild turkey permits, and 487 Merriam's wild turkey permits, are available to public hunters for the upcoming season.  Hunters can learn how many permits will be available for each of Utah's wild turkey management units by obtaining a copy of the 2006 Utah Wild Turkey Hunting Guide.  The guide should be available at DWR offices, the DWR's Web site and from hunting license agents by late November.

Utah's 2006 wild turkey hunts will be held in April and May.

2005 Hunter Success and the Future of Wild Turkeys in Utah

Hunters took 751 Rio Grande wild turkeys in Utah in 2005, for a success rate of 62 percent.  "That's a very high success rate, and we're really excited about it," says Dean Mitchell, upland game coordinator for the DWR.

Merriam's wild turkey hunters found good success in 2005, taking 209 Merriam's turkeys for a success rate of 47 percent.

Mitchell says most of Utah's wild turkey populations are flourishing because of aggressive efforts by the DWR to bring turkeys to Utah from out-of-state, to trap and transplant turkeys within Utah, and to improve turkey habitat.

Conservation groups have pitched in, too, with groups such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Utah-based Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife providing much of the funding for the DWR's wild turkey work.

In the past 12 months, 957 turkeys have been moved within Utah to help existing turkey populations and start new ones.  No turkeys have been brought into the state over the past 12 months.  "Utah's wild turkey populations have increased to the point that there are plenty of birds to trap and relocate within the state, so we no longer need to go outside the state to find birds," Mitchell said.

Mitchell says Utahns shouldn't expect to see the state's Merriam's turkey population grow much more.  Most of the suitable habitat in Utah that Merriam's turkeys prefer -- ponderosa pine, mixed with aspen and oak trees -- already has Merriam's turkeys in it.

The sky's the limit, though, when it comes to the number of Rio Grande turkeys Utah can support.  Rio Grandes prefer streamside habitats consisting of cottonwood river bottoms that are usually adjacent to agricultural areas, and Utah
has plenty of these.

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

KUUSAMO, Finland (Nov. 26) - Two-time Olympian Carl Swenson (Park City, UT), whose best results have come in skating races, raged through the final kilometers Saturday and finished 11th in a World Cup 15K classic technique race won by Germany’s Tobias Angerer.

Angerer was timed in 36:32.8 to edge Norway’s Jens Arne Svartedal by 1.7 seconds. Swenson, the former Dartmouth ski captain who was hobbled last season by two bouts with flu-like symptoms, was 45th at the 2.4K mark and 33rd at the 6K point. At 12.4 Ks, he was 18th as he stormed through the end of the race.

It is Swenson’s best result since Dec. 21, 2003 when he finished 11th in a 10K free technique race in Ramsau, Austria; he had three top-15s that season before battling sickness from last mid-December - coincidentally, at Ramsau - to the end of the season.

Defending women’s World Cup champion Marit Bjoergen of Norway stayed unbeaten by winning the women’s 10K CL; no U.S. women raced.

The so-called Nordic Opening weekend, which includes cross country, ski jumping and nordic combined in Kuusamo - above Finland’s Arctic Circle, concludes Sunday with skating races, a men’s 15K and women’s 10K.



Salt Lake
-- The Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation is currently seeking a representative to serve on the Utah Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Advisory Council.  Currently, a volunteer representative is needed to represent the interests of Utah's all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users.  Candidates for the position should be active ATV riders, and should have a history of working with both public land managing agencies and organized ATV clubs and organizations.  Applications for this position will be accepted through Friday, December 16.

"The Utah OHV Advisory Council provides recommendations to Utah State Parks and Recreation and its board on matters related to Utah's OHV programs, including reviewing requests for matching fiscal assistance for trails, trailheads and other projects," said Utah State Parks OHV Program Coordinator Fred Hayes.

The 11-member council consists of individuals representing the interests of OHV safety, four-wheel drive vehicles, off-highway motorcycle, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, OHV dealers, state and federal agencies including the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the School and Institutional Trust Land Administration, and OHV users at-large.  All non-agency members volunteer their services for the betterment of OHV use in the state.

The Advisory Council was formed in 1971 to provide information to the Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation on critical OHV issues.  Since that time, the council has been instrumental in passing legislation requiring young riders to be certified through the Division's Know Before You GO! OHV Education Program, which has trained thousands of young OHV operators in the safe and responsible operation of off-highway vehicles.  The council remains an active force dedicated to OHV enthusiasts and their needs.

Council members meet in Salt Lake City on a monthly or bimonthly basis to discuss current issues and to make recommendations.  The number and timing of meetings is dependant on the demands of current OHV issues.  Meetings generally last approximately two hours.

For more information or to apply for an OHV Advisory Council position, please contact OHV Program Coordinator Fred Hayes at (801) 538-7435.


Blanding - Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum offers two exhibits throughout the holiday season telling an interesting story of Blanding.

Patchwork Prehistory features oral histories from Blanding residents about the archeology of Blanding.  A number of local people contributed to this exhibit, allowing the museum to borrow artifacts found on private lands within the town of Blanding.

The History of Discovery exhibit tells the story of the beginning of the museum and the role local citizens played in making the dream of a community museum, a reality.  It also tells about the pueblo site on museum grounds and the history of research and discovery. Artifacts found during excavations are on display.

The Visible Storage Exhibit continues to be a visitor favorite, and has been expanded to contain more than 900 pieces of pottery.  Additionally, a new interactive computer program is an easy way to learn about the pottery on display.   For more information, please call (435) 678-2238.


December 1 - January 31 Antelope Island State Park - Syracuse
Michael Bateman displays color photographs at the Antelope Island State Park Visitor Center Art Gallery.  The exhibit features nature photographs of northern Utah.  The North Ogden artist strives to capture the beauty of nature on film, where it can be enjoyed year-round.  Photographs available for sale.  The visitor center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.  For more information, please call (801) 725-9263.

December 7 Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum - Vernal
Dr. Jim Kirkland, state paleontologist for Utah, presents new dinosaur discoveries of Utah at 7 p.m.  Dr. Kirkland has been involved with excavation and study of a new Therizinosaur, a bizarre dinosaur thought to be the transition from carnivore (meat-eater) to herbivore (plant-eater).  Please join us and learn more about Utah's diverse dinosaur heritage.  This lecture is free to the public and light refreshments are served.  The museum is located at 496 E. Main Street in Vernal.  For more information, please call (435) 789-3799. 


U.S. Highway 50 – “The Loneliest Road in America


In July 1986, Life magazine described a stretch of Nevada's U.S. Highway 50 from Ely to Fernley as the "loneliest road" in America.  Life said there were no attractions or points of interest along the 287-mile segment of highway across Nevada’s midsection and recommended that drivers have "survival skills" to travel the route.


            Little did they know.  Travelers embarking on a trip along Highway 50 are in for delight and discovery in wild, adventurous Nevada.  Here, one can break away from the ordinary and enjoy surprising and intriguing experiences right alongside the highway, or just off it.


As Nevada approaches the 20th anniversary of the “Loneliest Road” designation in 2006, the Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) is rolling out a new campaign to renew, strengthen and expand awareness of and interest in Highway 50 and its diverse attractions.


Highway 50 parallels the route that Pony Express riders used a century ago.  Later it became the original Lincoln Highway, the nation’s first transcontinental road. 


Quaint historic mining towns such as Austin, Eureka and Ely still bear the artifacts and ambience of Nevada’s colorful boom and bust mining era.  Ely’s Ghost Train and other century-old engines still carry people across the high desert, but now just for fun.


            Snow-capped mountains remind travelers that Nevada is the nation’s most mountainous state with at least 314 ranges and peaks.  Natural and cultural wonders such as ancient rock art called petroglyphs and 600-foot tall Sand Mountain rising from the desert floor (and great for sandboarding) are easy to spot and convenient to stop and visit.  Quirky attractions like the “Shoe Tree,” where passersby have flung hundreds of pairs, and weird outdoor folk art in the hamlet of Baker near Great Basin National Park add more offbeat elements to the trip.  The national park, near the Utah border, offers spectacular camping, hiking to 13,060-foot Wheeler Peak, exploring deep, dramatic Lehman Caves and viewing the West's largest groves of bristlecone pines, the world’s oldest living thing.


            These are just a few of the amazing sights along the “Loneliest Road.”  They are the reasons why Nevadans chose to turn the national magazine’s slight into a golden opportunity for a humorous campaign to set the record straight.  Communities along the route developed a tongue-in-cheek "Highway 50 Survival Kit" with brochures and maps that they could validate in the five largest communities (Ely, Eureka, Austin, Fallon and Fernley) and redeem for a "Silver State Survivor" certificate signed by the governor and a Highway 50 pin.  The first 500 kits were gone in less than a month, and by 1988 Nevada had distributed more than 12,000of them.  The Nevada Legislature authorized "Loneliest Road in America" road signs to be erected along Highway 50.


Nevada’s efforts to turn lemons into lemonade paid off: wire services, magazines and newspapers across the country ran stories about the campaign, exposing “The Loneliest Road in America” to a wide national audience, which resulted in a 15 percent increase in traffic on Highway 50.  Nineteen years later, adventurous travelers are still magnetized to the route.  They are drawn by a desire to experience the great wide open, a curiosity to find out exactly how lonely the road really is, or simply the novelty of driving along “the Loneliest Road” in the country.  Try it soon and see for yourself.


Mistakes land Miller, Rahlves 22nd and 32nd

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Nov. 26) - Olympic DH champion Fritz Strobl of Austria won the opening downhill of the World Cup - and Olympic - season Saturday at Lake Louise, edging Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway by .09 while Steve Nyman (Orem, UT) - in his first World Cup DH - led the eight U.S. skiers, posting the best result of his young career in 14th place.

Strobl was timed in 1:40.96 over the 2.8K course with Aamodt runnerup in 1:41.05. Nyman, the current U.S. downhill champion who was racing in his first World Cup DH, finished in 1:42.01 with defending World Cup overall champion and reigning downhill world champion Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) 22nd, Scott Macartney (Redmond, WA) equaling his previous best DH result in 24th place while Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) was 32nd.

“It was a wild ride,” Nyman said. “I’m very pleased. It was gnarly, so you just had to stay with it. It was nice having my first World Cup downhill on a hill I know” from skiing in NorAm races in recent seasons.

“And then everybody focused on Bode...”
“I knew I put down a good run. I was excited,” said Nyman, who started 25th. “I looked up and saw ‘10’ [10th place at the time] and I gave some fist pumps...and then everybody focused on Bode, who was next,” he laughed.

“It wasn’t supposed to go this way. I thought we’d have more guys up front,” said U.S. Head Coach Phil McNichol. “I’m sure we’ll see these guys have some snarl and vengeance in their eyes [Sunday in super G].” DH Head Coach “Johno” McBride added, “No, sir, not exactly the way we expected things to start; there was plenty of a lack of execution going on, but let’s not overlook what Stevie Nyman did today and Scotty Mac [Macartney]. This certainly should go a long way to pump up their confidence.”

McBride also had high words for Erik Fisher (Middleton, ID), who was 44th in his first World Cup race, and Chris Beckmann (Altamont, NY), who was 53rd; at the 2005 Junior World Championships, Beckmann was downhill silver medalist and Fisher took the bronze medal.

“I like what I saw from the young bucks. It was encouraging,” McBride said. “’Fish’ did a great job - he qualified [Friday] for the last spot, and ‘Becko’ got one under his belt and has a better idea about what it takes to succeed up here” on the World Cup. “They did well.”

Great track, not-so-great light
McNichol said the overcast sky meant the light “was a little flat and challenging, but it was consistent for everyone, and the wind and precip weren’t an issue at all. Lake Louise did a fantastic job with the track; we had a couple of inches of snow during the night and they were right on it about 3 or 4 a.m., moving stuff and prepping the course...a great job.”

Miller, who won the first downhill of his career a year go at Lake Louise, caught an edge near the start, McNichol said, while Rahlves went down on a hip midway through the race. “That mistake at the start cost Bode because you can’t make up for a big mistake on this hill, there’s just no place to do it, and ‘D’ had a huge mistake - he was really pushing it, maybe a little too aggressive in his tactics...”

The first speed weekend of the World Cup schedule continues Sunday with a super G - Nyman’s performance earned him the fifth and final U.S. spot in the race - before the tour heads to the VISA Birds of Prey World Cup Dec. 1-4 at Beaver Creek, Colo. The VISA races kick off the 10 Weeks to Torino series of major snowsport events in the United States as a lead-up to the 2006 Olympics Feb. 10-26 in Torino, Italy.

Louise, ALB - Nov. 26, 2005
1. Fritz Strobl, Austria, 1:40.96
2. Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Norway, 1:41.05
3. Marco Buechel, Liechtenstein, 1:41.11
4. Hermann Maier, Austria, 1:41.39
5. Bruno Kernen, Switzerland, 1:41.51
14. Steve Nyman, Orem, Utah, 1:42.01
22. Bode Miller, Bretton Woods, N.H., 1:42.43
24. Scott Macartney, Redmond, Wash., 1:42.63
32. Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, Calif., 1:42.99
39. Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, Calif., 1:43.40
44. Erik Fisher, Middleton, Idaho, 1:43.95
46. JJ Johnson, Park City, Utah, 1:44.09
53. Chris Beckmann, Altamont, N.Y., 1:44.55

For complete results: 

Nevada: A Wide-Open Land of Dramatic Contrasts

Adventure in the Rugged High Desert and Dazzling 24-Hour Cities


            Nevada is a land of dramatic contrasts that beckons adventurers to rugged mountains, forests, rivers and lakes in the scenic high desert and dazzles visitors with exciting resorts, elegant dining, exotic shopping and big-name entertainment in 24-hour cities.


There is no other U.S. state like Nevada, a place that offers stimulating adventure in the great outdoors and round-the-clock entertainment in cities that never sleep.  No matter where you go in Nevada, you’re surrounded by mountains and there’s always a good meal and entertainment available, day or night.


Vistas seem to stretch into infinity across magnificent unspoiled western desert landscape ringed by mountains and punctuated by silvery sagebrush.  The geography varies with location and elevation, from the warmer, palm-treed Mojave Desert of Las Vegas in Southern Nevada to the cooler alpine slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges of Reno and Lake Tahoe in Northern Nevada and the jagged snow-capped peaks that rise from the Great Basin to the east.


Nevada is the seventh largest U.S. state and the most mountainous with at least 314 mountain ranges and peaks, many of which are snow-capped half the year.  About 87 percent of Nevada’s 70.2 million acres are managed by the federal government and much of it is available for public recreation.


Nevada’s adventure ranges from vigorous activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, parasailing and rock climbing to snowmobiling, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and hiking to less strenuous fun such as camping, fishing, birding and watching wild horses gallop across the sagebrush-studded hills.


Smooth, uncrowded highways, wide-open spaces that let you see for miles and a dry, relatively mild climate make travel easy in Nevada.  Some of the highways have been designated Nevada Scenic Byways and the routes around Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake in Northern Nevada are National Scenic Byways.  The Las Vegas Strip is an All-American Road, chosen for its spectacular after-dark scenery.


“Scenic byways make it possible to enjoy spectacular views while traveling in a car or recreational vehicle and experience visual pleasures that make the trip to the destination part of the adventure,” NCOT Executive Director Bruce Bommarito said.


Pressed for time?  Take a half-day jaunt in an adventure paradise and be back at your hotel in time for a sumptuous dinner and entertaining show.


“Visitors can stay at a luxurious resort hotel on the Las Vegas Strip or in downtown Reno or at Lake Tahoe and be just a few minutes from all kinds of adventurous activities,” Bommarito said.


Las Vegas, for instance, offers spectacular rock-climbing in a national park-quality setting at Red Rock Canyon within sight of resort hotel-casinos on the famous Strip skyline.


In Reno, Nevada’s second largest metropolitan area, kayakers can play or slalom race on a half-mile course of sculpted whitewater rapids of the Truckee River as it flows through the brightly lighted downtown hotel-casino district.  The whitewater park is the center of competitive events, river festivals, and other activities along Reno’s riverfront arts and adventure district.;


            Less than an hour’s drive from Reno is Lake Tahoe, a year-round mountain playground and world-class ski and snowboarding area with more than two dozen alpine and cross-country ski resorts, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and other winter sports.,


            Golf is a favorite outdoor activity throughout Nevada, which offers more than 100 courses styled to fit all tastes, budgets and playing abilities from champion to municipal and exclusive to rustic.


In northeastern Nevada, 430 miles or 692 kilometers from Las Vegas, intrepid skiers can ascend by helicopter to virgin snow and ski in unforgettable mountain splendor.  Heli-skiing is available just outside Elko, home to the famed National Cowboy Poetry Gathering of music and storytelling and the National Basque Festival.


Mountain biking and off-road racing is highly popular statewide and Nevada’s wide-open high desert offers the perfect place.  To make it easy for adventure-seekers, NCOT’s pocket-size Adventure Guide describes all the activities, where to find them, how to get there, where to stay and distances to comfortable lodging, good food, and 24-hour entertainment.


The guide is available online at by clicking on “Online Adventure Guide” or going directly to


This year's "People's Tree" will mark the Forest Service's centennial year

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the State of New Mexico will proudly present the 34th annual Capitol Holiday Tree to the nation, which will grace the lawn of the U.S. Capitol throughout the holiday season. This year's tree is from the Cuba Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest, N.M.

A ceremony presenting the Capitol Holiday Tree, a 65-foot Engelmann Spruce, to Capitol Architect Alan Hantman. After the presentation, the tree will be lifted from a decorated semi-trailer and set in a special tree stand on the west lawn of the Capitol.

Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor Gilbert Zepeda will officially present the tree to Hantman.

Monday, Nov. 28, 2005, 10 a.m. EST (Tree lighting ceremony will occur at 5 p.m. on Dec. 8, EST)

The tree will arrive on First Street, in front of the west lawn of the Capitol and across the street from the Ulysses S. Grant memorial.

The tree will arrive after embarking on a 25-day journey through 16 New Mexico cities and across the country to our nation's capital. Once secured on the west lawn of the Capitol, the tree will be decorated with 10,000 lights and showcase more than 5,000 handcrafted ornaments from New Mexico students, individuals and organizations. The Capitol Holiday Tree is separate from the nation's Christmas Tree, which is planted near the White House and is lit by the President. For more information, visit and The tree's delivery can also be viewed through a live webcam at


Mother Nature helped some… but Snowbasin Snowmakers are making it happen!

Snowbasin Resort opens for the 2005-2006 winter season Thursday, November 24th.

Lifts in Operation:
Needles Express Gondola
Middle Bowl Triple Chair

Runs Available:
Sweet Revenge
Bear Hollow
Powder Puff

Early Season Rates

*Full Day
Adult                   $35.00
Adult Discount  $23.00
Child                   $19.00
Child Discount  $10.00
Senior Citizens $25.00

*Half Day
Adult                   $28.00
Adult Discount  $16.00
Child                   $18.00
Child Discount  $10.00
Senior Citizens $21.00

·       Please note price will change as the amount of terrain increases
·       Early season conditions with man made snow exist


Lodges in Operation
Needles Lodge - Beverages and Snacks - 9-3
Earl’s Lodge Full Service  - Servery
Petite Cafe choices 8-11
Lunch 11-3
Petite Café choices 3-5

Huntington Room
Breakfast 9-11
Saturdays Only

Sunday Brunch


Earl’s Lounge
Open Sundays through Thursday from noon until 5, and Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 6.

Grizzly Center
Rentals Open 8-5
Ski Shop Open 8-5

Snowsports School
Lessons available

For more information please call 801-620-1000 or check the website at <>