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Outdoor Notebook: Moab Skinny Tire Festival is fat with scenic wonders

Published February 15, 2007 12:00 am

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The Moab Skinny Tire Festival is March 2-5, with rides through Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and along the Colorado River. Two-time Tour de France rider and Utah resident Marty Jemison will be a guest speaker.

The festival also serves as a fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which promotes cancer survivorship. Registration is limited. Visit http://www.skinnytirefestival.com or call 435-259-2698 to register.

Heber Valley Winterfest

Heber Valley's annual Winterfest is March 3. Events include an ice-sculpting show by Fear No Ice and fireworks at the opening ceremonies of the National Junior Olympics at Solider Hollow.

Other activities include free trail passes for cross country skiing at Soldier Hollow and at the Homestead Resort, free ice skating at the Midway Ice Skating Rink from noon to 2 p.m. and free snowshoeing (conditions allowing) at Wasatch Mountain State Park.

The opening ceremonies of the National Junior Olympics start at 7:30 p.m. at Soldier Hollow Legacy Lodge. Admission to the ceremony is free, as is the five days of competition.

Fear No Ice will use drills, chain saws and blowtorches choreographed to rock music and light effects to create a large ice structure that will represent Heber Valley's Olympic heritage. For more, call 435-654-3666 or visit http://www.hebervalleycc.org.

Nature of Things 2007

The Utah Museum of Natural History and the Nature Conservancy, in conjunction with numerous sponsors, are holding a five-month discussion of biodiversity called "The Nature of Things 2007."

The series opens Feb. 28 with a lecture by Edward O. Wilson titled "The Future of Life." The lecture starts at 7 p.m. at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus. Tickets are $10 and are available at Kingsbury Hall or at http://www.kingsburyhall.org.

Other lectures will be at the Main Library auditorium in downtown Salt Lake City, 210 E. 400 South, with a 6:30 p.m. starting time. They are free to the public.

March 13: "Ecology, Discovery and Conservation in the Panamanian Rainforest," featuring Phyllis Coley and Thomas Kursar.

April 24: "Exploring Biodiversity in the Philippines," with Eric Rickart.

May 22: "Call of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker," with Bobby Harrison.

June 12: "Frogs as an Indicator Species," with Tyrone Hayes.

Call 801-581-5567 or visit http://www.umnh.utah.edu.

State park closes ski trails

Low snowfall totals have also led to the closure of cross country ski trails at Wasatch Mountain State Park in Midway. Ski trails at Soldier Hollow and along the Mirror Lake Highway remain groomed and open.

Wild turkeys released

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials released 20 Rio Grande turkeys at the Range Creek Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Utah last week. The wild turkeys were caught the day before in the Nash Wash Wildlife Management Area of the Book Cliffs.

Officials hope the 15 females and five males will help kick-start a population reduced by drought in the Range Creek WMA.

Wasatch Front Forum

Westminster College and Save Our Canyons are bringing back the Wasatch Front Forum series Tuesday with a forum called "Wasatch Wilderness." The forum starts at 7 p.m. at the Gore Auditorium at Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East, in Salt Lake City.

Panelists include Gale Dick, Save Our Canyons; Loren Kroenke, Wasatch/Cache National Forest; Jeff Niemeyer, Salt Lake Public Utilities; and Ryan Miller, of the International Mountain Biking Association of Utah.

Visit www.westminster college.edu for more information.

Bighorns transplanted

State wildlife officials released 42 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep caught in Montana near Flaming Gorge Reservoir on Jan. 26. The sheep - 33 ewes and nine rams - came from the Bonner and Rock Creek herds near Missoula, Mont., and were released at two sites along the Little Hole Road between Dutch John and the Little Hole boat ramp on the Green River, below Flaming Gorge dam.

The original plan was to bring only 25 sheep from Montana, but wildlife officials there were willing to give up more, and the Utah chapter of the North American Wild Sheep Foundation chipped in the extra funds to bring the additional bighorn to Utah.

Free REI clinics

Winter is far from over. Learn how to give your skis and snowboard a tuneup at the Salt Lake store, 3285 E. 3300 South, East Millcreek, Tuesday at 7 p.m. The clinic will be led by REI shop master tech Jon Hulse.

David Pruetz, a USA Triathlon- certified coach and owner of In Training, will provide an introduction into triathlons Feb. 22 at the REI store in Sandy, 230 W. 10600 South. Pruetz will talk about the evolution of triathlons, equipment, nutrition, training and categories, starting at 7 p.m.

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