A number of Utahns have been honored recently for work in areas of wildlife management, conservation and hunter education.
They include:Charles Thompson, a 23-year veteran with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, was named the agency's outstanding employee for 1990. Thompson, fisheries biologist in the Central Region, spearheaded the Strawberry treatment project.
George Wilson, Northern Region habitat specialist for the DWR, was given the conservation award by the Ogden Nature Center. Wilson was instrumental in developing ponds for wildlife.
Paul Niemeyer, Richfield, was named the 1990 Utah Hunter Education "Instructor of the Year." Niemeyer has been an instructor for several years and was recognized for "going the extra mile" in presenting hunter safety information to students. Browning Arms presented Niemeyer with a 30-06 rifle.
Ed Cornia, head of the DWR's hunter education program, was presented an award from the National Rifle Association in recognition for Utah having the No. 1 program in North America. States were measured on course content, caliber of instructors' experience, hands-on training for students, record keeping and willingness to assist similar programs. Cornia was also elected president of the Hunter Education Association.
Marvin Combs was presented the Conservation Award posthumously by the Utah Wildlife Federation during its annual meeting. Combs worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management during his career and was recognized for developing a number of important water projects. Other awards include: Kathy Welch, Hooper, was honored as "Teacher of the Year," Bert Lowry was Outstanding Forest Service Employee; Brenda Smith was Outstanding BLM Employee; Donald J. Goins was Outstanding Soil Conservationist; and Dana Mahoney was given the President's Award for donating 312 acres of prime grouse property near Strawberry.
HUNTER ED CHAMPIONSHIPS - The annual Utah Hunter Education Championships were recently completed. 55 students of the program competed in six events: 1. written exam, 2. field trails, 3. .22 rifle, 4. shot gun, 5. archery, and 6. muzzleloader.
Junior winners were: Ben Oldham, Spanish Fork, in the written exam and trials; Chris Gardner, Vernal, in rifle competition; Eric Walhstrom, Providence, in shotgun and archery; and Brent White, Paradise, in muzzleloader.
Senior winners were: Travis Green, Morgan, in written exam and .22 rifle; Raquel Hanchett, Vernal, in field trails; Dusty Butler, Salt Lake City, in shotgun, Chancy McKindrick, Trenton, in archery; and J.R. Oaks, Lapoint, in muzzleloader.
The junior team that will represent Utah in the nationals will include Wahlstrom, White, Gardner, Levi Reed of Vernal, Jeremiah Cornia of Layton, and Chris Spencer of Morgan. The senior team will include Green, Butler, Ryan Cook of Vernal, Stan Padigimus of Vernal, Delroy Gardner of Vernal and Joshua Cornia of Layton.
UTAH OUTDOOR SHOW - Utahns will be getting a new view the state's outdoors this summer. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, in cooperation with Channel 14, will be presenting a series of wildlife shows.
A special one-hour feature on Utah fishing will be aired Thursday at 9 p.m. According to Steve Phillips, information officer for the DWR, the special is a how-to show on Utah fishing.
Segments were shot at several of Utah's more popular waters and show fishing techniques for a variety of species. One segment shows fishing for bass at Quail Creek in southern Utah with champion angler Jerry Hansen. Another shows a tagging operation on the Colorado River for the endangered razorback sucker.
On April 30, the second in a monthly 1/2-hour show called "Discover Utah Outdoors" will be shown at 11:30 a.m.
MOTORCYCLE SHOW, RALLY - The Provo City Fire Department is sponsoring a free Motorcycle Show and Road Rally on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The show will feature a variety of motorcycles, including vintage bikes, classic models, racing bikes, custom bikes and hill climbing cycles.
The rally will take riders on a scenic route around Utah Lake. It will begin at noon. Riders are being encouraged to wear helmets.
Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded. For information call 379-6321 or 785-1561.