The Phoenix Coyotes are touring the state, giving fans the opportunity to experience NHL hockey.
The APS Power Play Tour will be at the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. Admission is free.
During the tour events, fans will have the opportunity to meet players, get autographs and participate in interactive hockey games with some of their favorite Coyotes. There will be giveaways and the chance to win game tickets and team merchandise.
Tour representatives say the event is an opportunity to meet Coyotes players face-to-face.
Last year, the tour was held on rodeo weekend on the Rumsey I field.
Call 480-473-5627 for more information.
The Arizona Outdoors Women's Weekend will be held Aug. 20-22 at Sunrise Resort in the White Mountains.
Topics to be covered include basic backpacking, gifts of nature, introduction to firearms, fly-fishing, camping, camp cooking, gifts from nature, and an archeological dig.
Also included will be a hayride, cowboy cookout and a performance by the White Mountain Apache Tribe dancers.
Call (602) 375-1054 for more information.
Fish biting at Willow Springs
Fishing reports recommend "small spinners such as Mepps or Panther Martins" for success at Willow Springs Lake, but those weren't the lures that helped Roundup staffer Melinda McQuerrey and her family hook their weekend's limit of brown and rainbow trout.
The family kicked off their fishing trip to Willow Springs late Friday afternoon, Aug. 6, relying on the two recommended lures.
When neither lure produced much success, the family pulled a strategy switch early Saturday morning and began using Orange Twist Power Bait while still-fishing from their boat.
Almost immediately the group was well on its way to what resulted in their limits of pan-sized trout.
But almost as quickly as the trout had been attracted to the Orange Twist, they mysteriously shied away. So, the family switched again; this time to Rainbow Power Bait. The ploy began to pay dividends when the bite resumed, and the family was once again enjoying an almost perfect weekend of fishing.
"The fish are biting," Melinda happily proclaimed upon her return to Payson.
With monsoon storms once again drenching the Rim country, angling success is predicted to continue to improve on all the lakes. The most recent fishing reports rate Willow Springs and Woods Canyon as fair to good. Chevelon, Bear Canyon and Black Canyon are all rated fair.
Although trout can be caught throughout the day, McQuerrey's group had most of its success in the morning and late afternoon.
The Cardinals might be the hot topic in Flagstaff, but the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks are also expected to be the toast of the town. Practices began last week without about 40 newcomers.
The first full-squad workout begins tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the Skydome. At 4:30 p.m. a session will be held outdoors.
Although the Jacks finished 6-5 last year, they are expected to contend for the Big Sky Conference championship because of the addition of transfer running back Ronnie Jenkins of BYU.
The Zane Grey Shrine Club's annual golf tournament will be Aug. 20 at Payson Golf Course.
Tee time is noon, and the format is four-man scramble. Players are encouraged to join in.
Entry forms are available at PGC.
Early dove season is from Sept. 1-15. Hunters must have a 1999-2000 Harvest Information Program registration number in their possession while hunting.
A registration number may be obtained without any charge at a licensed dealer.