Last fall, 13-year-old Whitney Heizer was one of 36 lucky youngsters who was selected to participate in the Bank One Ballpark Kids Run the Show night. Whitney said the experience was one she won't soon forget.
The thrill of the night was vividly relived recently when the youngster was thumbing through the December 1999 issue of Diamondbacks -- the official magazine of Arizona's professional baseball team.
On page 12 in the publication is a colored picture of Heizer running onto the field with a base in hand.
Heizer said the picture was taken between innings when it was her responsibility to help groom the field and replace second base.
As part of the Oct. 1 promotion with the ballpark, Heizer and the other youngsters had the opportunity to go behind the professional baseball scenes and work with employees of the organizations in a variety of events including ticketing, operations, broadcasting, community affairs and front office staff. Heizer was chosen as a member of the grounds crew.
The youngster is an eighth-grade student at Rim Country Middle School.
According to Arizona Game and Fish officer Rory Aikens, an Arizona angler celebrated the end of the millennium at Roosevelt Lake by hauling in an 11-pound bass.
After snagging the fish, the anonymous angler took the fish into Killmer's Kountry Store in Wheatfield to weigh the monster.
An employee on duty said the lucky fisherman wouldn't divulge any details of the catch -- just weighed the fish and left without saying more than a few words.
Even with the big catch, the bass bite at Roosevelt remains slow. Aikens' advice is to try crankbaits along shoreline or Carolina-rigged worms along the major points.
On windy days or afternoons, try for smallmouth along windy, rocky shorelines using crayfish-looking crankbaits and jigs.
Aikens said the crappie bite is good usually in about 30 feet of water. Live minnows and small jigs have been the bait of choice for most successful anglers.
More game and fish
Also from Aikens, the Game and Fish commission is to make a decision Jan. 21 on the increase of license and tag fees.
If approved, it would be the first such increase in more than a decade.
Last year, the game department conducted statewide public hearings regarding the proposed fee increases. Officials say turnout for the meetings was light, but the public generally supported the hikes.
Fees would be increased for the trout stamp, state waterfowl stamp and a fee established for the new state Migratory bird stamp. Hunt-permit tag fees would be increased for javelina, turkey, bear, mountain lion, deer antelope, elk and bighorn sheep. The hunt permit application fee would also be increased.
If the increases are passed by the commission, they would be effective Jan, 1, 2001 except the hunt permit-tags.
Game and Fish Director Duane Shroufe said the increases are needed because the cost of doing Game and Fish business has increased substantially.
Little League officials are still searching for a player agent for the 2000 season. Candidates should be computer literate and able to help with upcoming registrations and spring tryouts. The registrations will be held Jan. 10, 12, 13, 15 and 22.
Call Stephanie Dvorak at 472-6500 for more information.
Youth Football elections
Next Tuesday, Jan. 11, members of the Central Arizona Youth Football League will hold its annual election of officers.
"We're looking for people who are dedicated to making our youth football program the best it can be," said perennial president Eric Santana.
Anyone interested in serving on the CAYFA board can call Santana at 474-1775, or attend the meeting and elections at 6 p.m., at Payson Town Hall.