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Cashing in: Retailers, ranges take aim at female gun owners

They pack heat, and they know how to use it. Nationwide, more women are said to be purchasing firearms. According to a study released this year by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 74 percent of U.S. gun retailers saw an increase in female patrons from 2011 to 2012, with women making up 20 percent of total gun sales.

Hidden Hackberry a hike back in time

Hackberry Canyon in the southwestern section of the 1.9 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument remains so enchantingly unspoiled it’s easy to forget you’re in the 21st century. And that’s the point of going there. While the hike is quite remote, the reward is a stunning narrow canyon, carved by a perennial stream, flanked by lush vegetation. If you go right now, there are also wildflowers.

Golf clinic attendees give advice in event of a stroke

I want you to meet a pair of very dedicated golfers. They love golf and participate monthly in organized golf events. They work on their games and can tell you how long they drive the ball. One shares how proud she is of her new driver; the other can tell stories of when he was third man on his college golf team. Both wear big smiles when on the course.

Take a trip to see petroglyphs in the perfect weather this season

Lincoln County, our nearest neighboring county to the north, is rich in sites where you can see unspoiled petroglyphs, the mysterious rock carvings that have graced cliffs and boulders since prehistoric times. Two of my favorite sites in that area are the White River Narrows Archaeological District and the Mt. Irish Rock Art and Archaeological District, both located off of state Route 318, north of Alamo and Hiko.

Parkdale recreation center reopens with twice as much space

The Parkdale Recreation & Senior Center, 3200 Ferndale St., had its grand reopening March 31. The 11,667-square-foot recreation center stands on the same property that has been used for community recreation for more than 60 years.

Inaugural event at Sunset Park to turn sports on its head

Sure, you could go to the park and play soccer, kickball or one of those ordinary sports, but from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 at Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road, you can enter the Wacky World of Sports to watch and/or participate in six unusual sports, including Human Derby Races, Knockerball or Mud Volleyball.

Angels Landing is a do-if-you-dare hike

Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah, is a viewpoint atop a giant red sandstone monolith, offering one of the best panoramic views in the park, which is to say one of the best in the American West. The 5-mile round-trip hike to Angels Landing is famous among hikers throughout the world, mostly because it is one scary trail, especially in the last bone-chilling half-mile. If this hike is on your bucket list, it’s good to do it in spring, after the sun has melted any ice that might have made the path slick and before summer brings the year’s largest crowds to the park and hot temperatures.

Southern Highlands course a dreamy reality

You would have done the same thing, I know you would have. Maybe I’ll end up in hot water; if I do, it would have been worth it.

Inaugural Marrowthon to raise awareness for marrow registry

The effort is called Be the Match, but it may as well be called Be the Hero. It asks regular residents to see if their DNA might save the life of another by signing up for the marrow registry. People can sign up at the inaugural Las Vegas Marrowthon, planned April 11 at Bruce Trent Park.

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