Interact Club Will Help Improve Trails


Mary McMullen, Trails and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for the Town of Payson calls it a "really neat community project."

The mission she is referring to takes place tomorrow, Saturday, when members of Interact, a Payson High School service club sponsored by Rotary, will volunteer to work with the town parks and recreation staff on improving a stretch of the Payson Area Trails System (PATS).

The trail, which is now only user-made, stretches north on McLane Road to Saddle Lane. The section is a part of PATS but will not be built to urban standards until the money is available. It will, however be signed widened, cleared and improved by the students.

McMullen said the improvements will enhance hikers' experience until the urban trail is budgeted for construction.

The students, led by Interact adult leader Dan Hill, are expected to begin work at 9 a.m. and continue until noon.

Classic draws Roosevelt Angler

Gary Senft will be among the presenters on hand at the 2008 Spring Fishing Classic in Mesa.

Senft, a part-time resident of Tonto Basin, is no stranger in northern Gila County. He often offers his fishing tips in Dennis Pirch's Outdoors Under the Rim weekly column and also is a regular participant in tournaments at Roosevelt Lake.

Senft has teamed with Brian Daniels to win several anglers of the year awards especially on the AllStar Bass circuit.

Senft also fishes the tournament trail with his wife, Kathy.

About 150,000 people are expected to attend the fishing show to be held Feb. 29 to March 16 at Bass Pro Shops in Mesa.

The event will be similar, but on a larger scale, the to the annual Outdoor Rendezvous held at the Tackle Box in Tonto Basin.

Senft will be presenting a program on Saturday including demonstrations of fishing technique and one-on-one "Pro Pointers," according to information supplied by Bass Pro Shops in Mesa. He will be there from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 29, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 1,and then from 10 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

On Wednesday, March 12, he joins Matt Shura and Mark DiBrito for a session on beautiful bass fishing in Arizona, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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