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Rafting Season launches March 4th

Last year’s Super El Nino was a Super dud that only made for 40 days of rafting due to a lack of snow in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona. Ironically, the normally drier La Nina predicted for this year has produced enough moisture to make the rafting season last into May. The river has been running at a wonderful medium level since the New Year which is fantastic for beginner to intermediate rafters and families with children 8 and older. The team has been in the canyon making their practice runs and reacquainting themselves with one of the most beautiful places in Arizona for the last two weeks and we are open for business Saturday, March 4th. Read More »

Why we love rafting the Salt.

Rafting season is scheduled to begin on March 4th this year and river rafting companies are beginning to book reservations.  We’ve had a decent amount of rain this winter so the river should be running and fun begins in just over one month from now!  We are re-sharing this post from the Salt River Rafting folks to whet your appetite! For more on this, see our article by Anne McAuley on Rafting the Salt River . Plus, check out this video we found by Salt River Rafting folks who show that not ALL the fun is had on the water! And, here are the links to the rafting companies working the Salt River each year:  SaltRiverRafting (SRR):   This is one of the oldest rafting companies operating along the Salt, since 1992.   Noteworthy: Check out their “Super Wilderness One Day,” which meets up at Bernie’s Steakhouse, and includes 20 river miles, three Class IV rapids, a dozen Class IIIs, and three hours of rugged jeep trails to and from the river.    info@raftthesalt.com    800-472-5194 Mild to Wild:   This company operates in Arizona, Colorado and Utah. Noteworthy: They have rafts, premium boats and inflatable kayaks. Check out their “Dash of ... Read More »

Watchable wildlife and magnificent views found in the Pinal Mountains

Sometimes we don’t fully appreciate what we have in our own backyard — until we see strangers coming from all over to enjoy it. In the fall and winter more and more visitors from Tucson and Phoenix are coming for day trips, or staying overnight in Globe to make ventures into different parts of the Pinals and the Tonto National Forest over several days. The attractions include seeing bright red and yellow leaves in October, a little snow after December, magnificent views in all directions, and roads and trails with almost no one else around.  Read More »

Whitetail and Sawmill Fires – Email Update – June 20, 2015 16:28 PST

Whitetail and Sawmill Fires June 20, 2015 Incident Commander: Nate Barrett, and Brad Johnson, IC-Trainee Information Contact:  Valerie Azure and Gabrielle Kenton—928-475-2326 8:00 am. to 5:30 pm.     Start Date:  June 20, 2015  Growth Potential:  Fire activity is high in steep, rocky terrain.  Size:  Whitetail = 11,500+ acres           Sawmill = 450 + acres Percent Contained:  0%  Cause:  Both lightning caused.  Resources Assigned: The Geronimo Hotshot crew, four 20-person Type II Initial Attack crews, 4 engines, two helicopters, and various other resources.   Summary:  Now on its fifth day, the Whitetail Fire has grown to approximately 11,500  acres and continues to burn in rugged grassland and woodland terrain in the central San Carlos Apache Reservation.  The Sawmill Fire, also on the reservation, is approximately 15 miles east of the Whitetail Fire and in similar terrain. Winds are pushing both fires in various directions through steep terrain as they progress in an easterly direction. Both fires are being managed to meet multiple objectives including habitat, watershed, and forage improvement.   The public is asked to avoid roads and areas near the fire due to heavy fire traffic and fire hazards.  Road 1200 to Blue River, and roads 1220, 1400,  and1500 near ... Read More »

Gold Fever: Why Two Local Gold Prospectors Keep Up Hunt

Shortly after I moved to Globe-Miami two years ago, I was invited to go on a gold prospecting trip with Miami locals Don Reiman (also Miami’s new vice mayor) and Dik Mickle. I met them on Sullivan Street in downtown Miami on a summer morning just before dawn. We loaded up in what has been locally known as the Prickly Pear – Reiman’s white Chevy with prickly pear plants painted along the sides – for an adventure that only Globe-Miami folk can appreciate. Read More »

Ladies – Tap Into Your Outdoor Spirit!

Sign up for the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop Ladies! Are you intrigued by the outdoors, but just don’t have the confidence or know-how to fly-fish, camp, kayak, or hunt? Then consider signing up for the Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop, held from April 25 through 27 at Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott. There are still a few spaces left! Read More »

International Sportsmen’s Exposition on Feb. 20-23

The 14th annual Arizona International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) will fill the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 20-23 with an expanded presence of outdoor product and service exhibitors, attractions, seminars, and the incorporation of the Arizona Boat Show. Read More »

Reeling in Bass

It is a Tuesday afternoon, and no one else has the confidence to blast across Roosevelt Lake at more than 65 miles an hour on a $58,000 nitro boat. Maybe that is because there is no one else on the water, actually, except for some idiot with a radio, one of my two companions points out. “All we want is some peace and quiet,” he gripes. That’s Leroy Price. I don’t blame him for griping. The water below us is a chilly 58 degrees, according to the boat’s graph. Now that we’ve come to a halt, however, we are warm, just short of sweating, as afternoon sunlight pours over us. Luck is on our side. There is zero wind, and the water is calm enough that it mirrors our reflections perfectly. We just want to soak it in peacefully. My other companion, Anthony Avalos, chuckles in agreement. He and Price brought me out to the lake to show me the ropes of bass fishing, so I could write this story. This is their splashing grounds. When they aren’t working their day jobs, they are fishing out here on the water. Fortunately for them, bass fishing is a year-round affair. Between ... Read More »

Hiking the Pinals

By Bob Zache Take 50 steps, stop and catch your breath; take 60 steps, stop and breathe again; really push it and take 75 steps before stopping to pant. Huffing and puffing up a steep trail near the top of the Pinal Mountains, we repeat the mantra, “It’s the journey, not the destination.” The message helps; it really is about how we get there, not the top of the mountain, that’s important; that’s why we’re here: to enjoy the scenery along the trail, the serenity, the sweeping vistas back down toward Globe and Miami, the scream of an eagle overhead a minute ago, now circling a little below us in the canyon. But we’re still huffing and puffing; pushing uphill as far as we can until we have to stop 30 seconds and catch our breath. Yes, I’ve timed it: hike about a minute, 60 or 70 steps, and stop to breathe. At 7,000 feet, the air is thinner and breathing is harder. But it’s worth it. Read More »

Next Hunter Safety Class in February

The next chance to take the Arizona Game and Fish Department Hunter Safety Course in Globe-Miami will be Friday, February 14 through Saturday, February 15 from  8:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Las Lomas School Building, 5791 Maple Leaf St. in Claypool, followed by Range Day on Sunday, February 16 at 8:00 a.m. until finished at the Globe-Miami Gun Club on Bixby Rd. Students are asked to bring a sack lunch each day. Pre-registration will take place at the Claypool Safeway on Saturday, February 8 at 8:00 a.m. The class is limited to 30 students. There is no fee for this course. Students will need a hunter ID number. Call Arizona Game and Fish Department at 1-800-824-2456 to get an ID number before the start of class. All classroom hunter safety education courses are taught by Arizona Game and Fish Department certified volunteer instructors. A student that is 9 years old may complete the Arizona Hunter Education Safety Course. If a student turns 9 by the time they graduate, they may receive a Hunter Education card and a graduation certificate.  The card will not become valid until their 10th birthday.  The age that they may hunt big game has not ... Read More »