It’s time to get registered for soccer and baseball this year! Registration for both sports takes place from February 1 to February 13. We have a new online registration form. It is simple to follow. Choose your sport, fill in the required information and submit payment information. Use this link for online registration:
Wind driven snow has escalated avalanche danger on the Fishlake National Forest. Current conditions are unstable on slopes where large cornices have developed at the top of steep slopes that generally face north or northeast. The avalanche shown in the pictures was triggered by an unknown snowmobiler as the rider rode up the left side of the slope to the top. The weak layer consisted of approximately 2 feet of wind deposited snow on top of the hardened surface of our deeper earlier storms. This avalanche occurred on the Richfield Ranger District NW of the Scout Cabin on Niotche Creek. The Fishlake Forest has a tremendous amount of small short slides that are above the 30 percent slope range, are north to north east facing and load with deep snow this time of year to create avalanche danger. The Utah Avalanche Center is reporting one fatality on the Wasatch on January 21. Be alert, watch for signs of avalanche conditions, wear a beacon, shovel and probe, and Be Safe Out There!
Members of the Richfield Ranger District and Fremont River Ranger District of the Fishlake National Forest and volunteers have been working diligently this winter to help make snowmobiling safer on the Gooseberry-Fishlake trail. When snow conditions are deep, roadside delineators become buried and pose a hazard for snowmobilers. After the Gooseberry to Fishlake road construction and paving was complete new delineators were added to mark the shoulder of the road as well as culvert crossings. Orange snow marker poles are being attached to the delineators that have the potential to become buried by snow. The orange marker poles also aid the DNR trail groomer snow cat to stay on course while grooming the trail. We have a great winter in progress and many winter recreation days ahead and our goal is to provide as safe of a trail as possible to our winter users. (Note: there is an inherent risk to snowmobiling or any recreation outdoor activity—please prepare for the conditions you may encounter).
Another safety feature the Richfield Ranger District has recently installed along the snowmobile trail is an electronic avalanche beacon tester. This unit is marketed by the Arva Snow Safety Equipment Company. It was developed in Sweden with the goal of placing the device on backcountry ski and snowshoe trailheads that would allow individuals the opportunity to check if their avalanche beacon is transmitting properly. We have passed the concept onto snowmobilers here to have the same opportunity. As a snowmobiler approaches the area near the Gooseberry Ranger Station and you will find a set of orange cones on the right edge of the snowmobile trail. The cones will direct you to drive close to the beacon tester (10 ft away). You may stop at the beacon tester site for a brief moment and watch for the green light to flash with an associated beeping sound. The green light indicates your beacon is on and working properly.
We highly encourage our winter recreation users to carry all necessary avalanche gear if they are headed into the back country. We experience several self-triggered and person triggered avalanches each winter season in our area. Recommended gear includes an avalanche beacon (extra batteries), shovel and probe. Avalanche airbag backpacks are also very effective in preventing being trapped in an avalanche. It is necessary for each person that carries this equipment to receive the necessary training on how to use it in the event that someone in your group gets buried in an avalanche. Practice burying a beacon with your group when they are not looking and have them work to find it. It’s a great way to learn and have fun at the same time. The Utah Avalanche Center is working hard to keep people informed of daily avalanche forecasts. They also offer some great videos that help teach about equipment use and danger signs to watch for while in the field. Their newest campaign is entitled “Know Before You Go” and their latest video is really worth watching at: https://utahavalanchecenter.org/know-before-you-go
Please be safe out there—“Know Before You Go” and have fun on your National Forest!
Tami Clark (and daughter), Dee Olsen, Mayor Deaton, Elaine Deaton, Gail Olsen, Jeff Olsen. The Olsen Family made very significant donation to Salina City’s CCC/POW Museum fund at January 13th City Council Meeting.
Work at Salina’s CCC Museum is progressing thanks to donations, volunteers and the hard work and dedication of project coordinators Dee Olsen and Tami Clark.
At this past Wednesday’s Salina City Council Meeting, Olsen and Clark presented a $10,000 donation tho the council for the museum from the family of Bert and Doris Olsen, formerly of Axtell. The funds will be used to further the work, with a completion goal at the end of the summer if all goes well and donations continue.
“Work is progressing well, ” said Clark. “It’s been difficult to do things out there because of the weather, but once it warms up, we’ll be able to get a lot more accomplished.”
Since the last update, all three buildings have electricity, the dry wall has been installed in building #1 and and it is ready to paint. Building #2 has been completely cleaned and the ceiling on the north end will be completed this week. Cleaning has begun in building #3. In addition, new concrete was poured onto a portion of the floor in building 2. New concrete was used to smooth and fill in part of the lean-to in #3.
Hales Sand and Gravel donated the concrete for the floors, with Robinson Transport employees volunteering their labor for installation. Rocky Mountain Power provided a $750 donation. The drywall was donated by USG and Blaine Nielson and crew installed.
“We’re getting a lot of great cooperation from local and neighboring businesses, ” said Clark. “This project is based 100% on donations, so we’re grateful for the continued support.”
Ten benches have been built and donated by local Eagle Scout Braxton Maxwell. Members of the North Sevier High School’s National Honor Society have been out several times to volunteer their services.
Anyone interested in donating or volunteering for the project can get more information at the Salina City Offices.