The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for your ideas on upcoming big game hunt structures and has scheduled several meetings throughout the state to hear public comments.
Hearings will be held in Sierra Vista, Tucson, Douglas, Page, Phoenix, Pinetop, Kingman, Prescott, Flagstaff, Yuma and Payson.
The local meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 2 in Payson Town Hall, at 303 N. Beeline Highway.
Hunt recommendations can be viewed on the Game and Fish Internet Home Page at www.azgfd.com.
Always popular among Rim country athletes, the Fourth Annual Grand Canyon State Winter Games has expanded to include 17 sports.
The event is scheduled for Feb. 19 and 20, Feb. 25 to 27 and March 3 to 5 at the Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff and at various sites in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
Executive commissioners this year are Phoenix Suns star Tom Gugliotta and Arizona Diamondback standout Luis Gonzalez.
The events to be offered included, 5-on-5 basketball, skiing, billiards, shooting, wrestling, tennis, softball, lacrosse, BMX bike racing, bowling, cycling, in-line ice hockey, 4-on-4 flag football and indoor/outdoor volleyball.
The event is being billed as "America's premier Olympic-style Winter Sports Festival."
Call (480) 517-9700 for more information or visit the Web site at www.gcsg.org.
The Northern American Youth Sports alliance will hold its annual spring youth basketball tournament March 24 to 26 at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix.
The tournament will feature 10 different brackets, including fifth- and sixth-grade boys; fifth and sixth-grade girls; seventh-grade boys; seventh-grade girls; eighth-grade boys; eighth-grade girls, ninth- and 10th-grade boys, ninth-10th-grade girls, 11th- and 12th-grade boys; 11th- and 12th-grade girls. All grades are based on the grade in which the student is currently enrolled.
The entry fee for the tournament is $90 and guarantees each team a minimum of two games. There will be awards presented in each bracket. Entry deadline is March 3. For more information, call 1-888-629-2275.
Payson Little League officials continue to search for a player agent for the upcoming season. Candidates should be computer literate and have a knowledge of the sport. Duties include helping with upcoming registrations, attending spring tryouts and assigning players to teams.
For more information, call Little League president Stephanie Dvorak at 472-6500.