The 2008 U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships will be at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow next week.

Some of the best men and women cross country skiers and ski jumpers will compete March 14 to 16.

Returning after a six-year hiatus, the event will draw nearly 100 of North America's best athletes, including world champion Johnny Spillane and world silver medalist Bill Demong, who is currently America's most successful combined athlete.

The event will also allow U.S. women ski jumpers to showcase their abilities as they continue their quest for inclusion into the Olympic Winter Games.

The event is free. For a complete schedule and additional event information, please visit


The Action Sports Tour's Dew Tour will return to Salt Lake City this fall.

The event will be the fourth of five stops on the 2008 tour and will feature competition in skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross.

The Salt Lake event last fall broke attendance records.

Other events will be held in Baltimore, Cleveland, Portland and Orlando.

The AST Dew Tour is the most watched and attended action sports event in the world. Attendance for the 2007 AST Dew Tour totaled nearly 300,000 and an average of 41 million total viewers.


The Division of Wildlife Resources will host its annual Tundra Swan Day Saturday.

Viewing will take place at three sites — the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area west of Farmington, the Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area west of Corinne and the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge west of Brigham City.

Viewing at the Farmington Bay and Salt Creek will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

DWR biologists and volunteer naturalists will have spotting scopes set up to view the swans. Parabolic dishes will be provided for listening to the unique sounds the swans make.

There will also be a van tour available at Farmington Bay. The free tours will take visitors to parts of the refuge that are normally closed this time of the year.

Viewing at the Bear River will run from sunrise to sunset. Visitors driving along the refuge's auto-tour route will be able to see swans from their vehicles.

Maps will be available at the refuge's education canter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is west of I-15 in Brigham City.

For more information call 801-476-2740 or the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge at 435-723-5887.


The Division of Wildlife Resources is looking for volunteers to teach 6- to 13-year-olds about fish, the places fish live and how to catch them.

Adult volunteers are needed in communities stretching from Logan to Washington City. The following communities are still looking for

volunteers to help in their clubs: Logan, Ogden, Roy, Clinton, Syracuse, Clearfield, Kaysville, Bountiful, Murray, Riverton, South Jordan, Highland Glen, Orem, Spanish Fork, Saratoga Springs, Payson, Nephi and Washington City.

Volunteer training takes only a single evening to complete. Training takes place between now and mid-April.

Those interested can e-mail Chris Penne at [email protected].

The clubs meet at the fishing pond in their community for six to eight weeks. The children spend the first 30 minutes of each two-hour class learning about fish, how to catch them and about fish habitat, and then head for the pond and fish.