Resource Management New Commissioner's Priority

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The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will host its monthly meetings at 8 a.m. June 24 and 25 at the Payson Inn. The meetings are open to the public.

The agenda will include briefings on the implementation of land and resource management projects on federal lands in Arizona and the impact local government annexations are having on fish and wildlife.

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Newly appointed Arizona Game and Fish Commission member Bob Hernbrode is a 1962 graduate of Payson High School.

The commission may also vote to draft a letter to President Bush and members of the Arizona congressional delegation expressing concerns over the impact undocumented alien traffic is having on the state's fish and wildlife resources.

Other agenda items include setting hunting seasons.

Baseball, softball camps

The Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center will host a softball as well as a baseball camp July 11 to 15 at Rumsey Park. The camps are open to players 6 to 12 years of age. Call (800) 821-7152 for more information.

Mavericks tune-up

A youth football camp, open to students in sixth through eighth grades, will be held June 27 to June 30 on the Rim Country Middle School multipurpose field. Sessions begin every day at 7 a.m. and wrap up at 12:30 p.m.

According to RCMS coach Jimmy Oestmann, the camp will focus on learning the offense and defense schemes the athletes will use at RCMS and at Payson High School.

"We'll also do agility, conditioning and some classroom work," Oestmann said. "On the last day of the camp will have passing league and a mini-tournament."

Jon Gunzel, Pat Stone, Mike Loutzenheiser and Mark Henning join Oestmann on the coaching staff.

The camp fee is $55; families with more than one child participating receive $5 off.

All campers should wear T-shirt, shorts and football shoes, and bring a pair of running shoes and a lunch or snack to each practice. Call (928) 474-4511 for more information.

Elk foundation to host banquet

The Payson chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) has issued an invitation to Rim country residents to join in on the festivities at the annual Reef Big Game Banquet held July 16 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a no-host happy hour. The dinner, filet mignon, chicken or vegetarian, will be served at 6 p.m. Auctions and raffles will be held later in the evening.

According to RMEF spokesmen Phil Daugherty, one firearm will be given away during the evening for every six to seven persons in attendance.

This year, Payson has been chosen as the chapter to auction the coveted Arizona Game and Fish Commission buffalo tag. The hunt, which can be done on any day of the year, is on the House Rock Ranch.

An elk or mule deer hunt on the Navajo reservation is up for grabs too.

Daugherty said other hunts, camping equipment, archery, limited edition prints and ladies items will be auctioned off during the evening.

Tickets are $70 each or $110 per couple, and can be purchased from any RMEF member. The price also includes RMEF membership.

The local chapter is also in need of volunteers to serve on various committees and to participate in work projects.

For tickets or to help with RMEF, call Daugherty at (928) 478-4458 or Bill Masters at (928) 472-6186.

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