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Swimmers to take on Slam the Dam this weekend

The second annual Slam the Dam event, an open water swim zone championship, is planned for this weekend at Lake Mead’s Boulder Beach.

Be prepare to get your feet wet while hiking the Zion Narrows

If you have ever aspired to hike the world-famous Zion Narrows, over the next month or so is an ideal time to do so. Water and air temperatures remain as pleasant as they’ll ever be, and the threat of flash flooding is lower than the last couple of months.

What I did on my summer vacation

There are a couple of pleasures that I enjoy in my life. Family and friends are, of course, No. 1. But there’s a certain mystique for me of old towns and history, fast cars and golf. Fast cars beckon to my youth. Golf is thankfully covered with these columns. Old towns and their stories intrigue me.

BOB MORRIS: All-in-one almonds a quick pick

Question: We have an all-in-one almond tree with the shells just now starting to break through the skins. I was told that September is when the nuts are harvested. I’m wondering if you have a rule of thumb on harvesting these trees.

DEBORAH WALL: Bryce Canyon’s humanoid hoodoos make for visually stunning hikes

Along the eastern rim of Utah’s Paunsaugunt Plateau lies Bryce Canyon National Park, a visual feast for the eyes. Standing along the park’s rim, visitors are treated to a multicolored landscape of natural spires, pinnacles and pillars called hoodoos. They got their name because their upright shape, with a little imagination, suggests humanoid or even supernatural beings.