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CPSC Warns Consumers about Dangers of Tube Kiting Two Deaths over the Past 3 Months Attributed to New Water Sport

Father of the Year Named The Outdoor Father of the Year is Ned Rokey of Mesa, who was nominated by his son Rick.

National Park Service Prohibits �Kite Tubing� At Glen Canyon The National Park Service has prohibited "kite tubing" at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, after careful evaluation of recent accidents involving this new activity. The restriction is effective immediately and applies to the entire park, including Lake Powell.

Arizona-Built Fire-Training Platform Purchased By San Diego Harbor Police On June 13, the San Diego Harbor Police became the first maritime agency on the West Coast to put into operation an ecologically friendly, floating, fire-training platform.

Arizona Watersports

Arpaio Reminds Us Pool Safety is Everyone�s Responsibility Picture this in your mind: a nice, beautiful Sunday afternoon in the backyard pool � all of your family has gathered together to enjoy a cookout � your wife, children, and relatives are all together to enjoy the company of those who mean so much to them.

Everyone is enjoying the cool, blue water.

This is the reason you work so hard � to share and to provide for the ones you love.

Then your attention is turned from your young daughter � just for a moment � a moment too long � a moment long enough for your child to slip silently under the surface of the water. No one notices until it is too late.

Arizona Breaking News, June


Arizona Department of Game and FishArizona Game & Fish

Game And Fish's Abarca Receives Award For Conservation Work In Three Nations If we want to protect our environment, then we have to protect our wetlands. That's a key message that Francisco Abarca, international and borderlands projects manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, is trying to send.

Arizona Game And Fish Heritage Fund Helps Education Whether you won or lost when you bought a lottery ticket last year, some of your money is likely going to benefit something you would approve of � helping Arizona's schools and universities.

State Warns Of Danger Of Buying Hurricane-Damaged Watercraft The Arizona Game and Fish Department is warning consumers about hurricane-damaged boats and personal watercraft in the nation�s used-watercraft market.

Prolonged Drought Could Increase Bear Encounters The long-awaited prime camping season is here and the Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to remind people heading into the cool, high country to be bear aware and keep a clean campsite.

AZGFD Hosts First Photo Contest For 2007 Calendar


Arizona Lakes

Past and Present Features: Lake Havasu | Lake Mead | Lake MohaveLake Powell | Other Arizona Lakes

Upper Lake Mary: Great For Anglers, Birders, RVers Lake Mary is an ideal spot for boaters who want to get away from the heat of the desert in summer. It is located just southeast of Flagstaff in the Ponderosa pines of Coconino Forest.

Lake Pleasant Paddlers Explore Area With Ranger Arizona paddlers have a real friend in Terry Gerber, the ranger for Lake Pleasant Park. He is a tri-athlete and a paddle racer.

Horning, Moore Are Watching Out For You At Lake Powell If you have been to Lake Powell, chances are you have seen the National Park Service 46-foot buoy tender at work. The vessel and its crew are on the water 10 hours a day, maintaining the buoy system and marking hazards.


Boating

K9s Need PFDs Too! Is your K9 boating buddy's buoyancy challenged? Certain slim, muscular dogs may have a hard time keeping their heads above water, while older dogs who have been your water companions for years may no longer have the stamina for the swims of yesteryear.

NMMA Now Accepting Nominations For 2006 Alan J. Freedman Award The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is currently accepting nominations for the 23rd Annual Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award.

Musings of a Writer I�ve been ask to write about my sailing experience, which required me to think about what seafaring stories could I regale the reader with?

Oklahoma Joins States Requiring Boater Ed For Young Boaters

Feature Film Will Tell Tale of Youngest Transpac Crew Morning Light, a real-life adventure feature film recorded as it happens, whatever happens, will be part of next year's 44th Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii in a project led by race veteran Roy E. Disney.

Three Books Make Boat Maintenance Almost Fun

AZ On The Water A calendar of some of the hot events that take Arizona boaters right through the summer and to the end of the year. Helpful sites for information about upcoming events include www.jokerswildpromotions.com, www.golakehavasu.com, and www.nauticalinn.com.


Arizona Fishing

They�re Slipping Into Summertime As of press time, Powell�s lake level is stabilizing, and surface water temperature is steady. The constancy allows fish to slip into summertime patterns... more

As Part Of Bighorn Sheep Workshop, Hatchery Tour Available To Those Interested The majestic bighorn sheep of Arizona will be the feature presentation on consecutive weekends at the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Kingman regional office.

Three Ways To Fish A Plastic Worm Stroll down the fishing aisle of any store or walk into any tackle shop, and you�ll be confronted by an amazing variety of plastic worms.

Bass Tournament Winners: Mid-May To Mid-June

New Endangered Fish Exhibit At Carl Hayden Visitor Center

Endangered Fish Species Display Opens In Yuma

Baked Carp: Really?!


Outdoors Arizona

Fourth Of July Campers: Plan Ahead; Be Careful With Fire Extreme drought throughout Arizona has created fire danger for those weekend outdoors enthusiasts who explore the beauties of the state.

Glen Canyon Considering Increased Camping Fees Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is considering increasing camping fees at Lone Rock, Lees Ferry, and other primitive camping areas within the park. The proposed fee increases would go into effect beginning in summer 2007.

Rainbow Bridge Featured On Stamp Southern Utah�s Rainbow Bridge, the world�s largest natural bridge at 290 feet high and spanning 275 feet, is one of 40 new postage stamps titled "Wonders of America."

That�s Right, Swimming Lessons For Dogs So you don�t have a dog who needs swimming lessons? Enjoy this article anyway. You never know when you, your family, or a friend may need advice on a water-shy dog!

Downstream Events Calendar, Beginning July 2006


Boating Products and Services

Octopus Suction Coolie� Keeps Drinks Cold, Steady

Ah, The Comfort Of A Cool Seat! A new product that was invented and patented by Arizona residents. That�s right, after years of taking the abuse from the Arizona summer sun, someone did something the rest of us wish we had done � invented the Cool and Heat Seat Cushion.

Southwest Connection Takes Arizona Boaters To The Sea Living in the desert is no longer a reason for Arizona boaters to deny themselves the pleasure of coastal boating. Arizona boaters looking to purchase a cruiser, yacht, or sport yacht need look no further than the MarineMax Southwest Connection.


Coast Guard News

Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday www.GoodSeach.Com, the altruistic search engine providing charities and non-profit groups with income based upon Web searches has again chosen to honor the men and women who are members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, as well as the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association, Inc.

Ethanol Becomes Suspect In Fiberglass Fuel Tanks BoatU.S. Technical Services, through surveyors and boat owners has received a handful of complaints ranging from destroyed engines to leaking fuel tanks. Oddly, none of the owners reported clogging fuel filters.

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Celebrates 67 Years The Auxiliary, an all volunteer workforce of over 31,000 members, appears to be as valuable and relevant today as it was during its inception.


Brett Morari AWA Rider of the Month

Arizona Extreme Watersports

AWA/AZBW Rider For July

This month�s AWA/AZBW rider of the month is Brett Morari. Morari has been a member of the AWA for six years and rides in the Outlaw division. He won the most improved rider award in 2001.

More Extreme Watersports

AWA June Events On June 24, MB Boats of Arizona and The Board Shack sponsored the fourth stop of the Arizona Wakeboard Association�s Rider�s Series at Two Cow Cove, Lake Pleasant.

White-Water Rafting: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience Awaits If you have ever considered rafting the great Colorado River, the opportunities are endless. From the Grand Canyon National Park, the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the following list of contacts is a good starting point for what may be the thrill of a lifetime.


Destinations for Arizonans

Staying in an Irish Hotel
Aren't hotels everywhere the same? Oh, lads, do we have to teach you everything? Yes, Irish hotels are the same, only better. Here are some things for you to consider.

Cool Catalina�s Calling As summer stamps its fiery feet into Arizona, the state is a rumble with the sounds of suitcases sliding off the shelves and thoughts of distant climes.


Arizona, California and Nevada Meetings/Events/Public Information

Fire Information Desk Set Up

Due to the increasing wildland fire danger, a Fire Information Desk has been set up at the Tonto National Forest supervisor's office. Questions concerning local wildland fire activity should be directed here.  

The desk will be in operation seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the fire season. Hours may be extended as needed. 

 The Fire Information duty officer can be reached at (602) 225-5214 (office), (602) 525-1042 (cell), or (602) 401-2867 (pager)

Entry From Mexico/Canada

Recreational boaters going out of the country to Canada and/or Mexico are now encountering changing re-entry requirements as they return in their private vessels to the United States.

To facilitate the ease of return into the country, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (http://www.cbp.gov/) service now provides a web page ((http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/pleasure_boats/ ) with guidance for recreational boaters returning to the United States from Mexico and/or Canada.


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