The Snowbird Sports Education Foundation Mountain Sports Expo, the first of the annual ski swaps, will run Sept. 26-28. Used and new ski and snowboard equipment can be purchased at the expo at discounted prices. Swaps are an especially good place to purchase or sell children's equipment.

The expo hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 27, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Admission fee is $2 per person or $5 per family on Sept. 26. Admission is free on Sept. 27 and 28.

There will be a tag fee of $3 for hard goods and $2 for soft goods put into the expo. Participants can pick up their goods that didn't sell from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 28. All unclaimed goods will be considered a donation.

The Snowbird Mountain Sports Expo staffs will assist shoppers in sizing and selecting the correct equipment for ability level and intended use.

Other activities over the three-day sale at Snowbird include Tram and Peruvian Chairlift rides, the new four-station climbing wall, ZipRider, Alpine Slide, bungy trampoline, kids' inflatables, mechanical bull, horseback and ATV tours, biking and hiking, as well as Snowbird's annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 27 and 28.


Those interested in learning more about the June sucker recovery program in Utah Lake being conducted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources can attend a presentation tonight in Springville.

The public meeting will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Springville Junior High, 165 S. 700 East. The meeting will also introduce the Utah Lake Fish Form, which will be involved in the recovery program of an endangered fish. The recovery will start with the feasibility of removing 5 million pounds of carp from the lake. The meeting will involve dispensing information and discussions.

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Officers from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources are looking for information involving the recent poaching of a mountain goat on the Tushar Mountains. The goat's body was discovered on Sept. 3. Officers believe it may have been shot on Labor Day weekend.

The goat was shot with a high-powered rifle. A reward is being offered to anyone who gives information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for killing the goat. Anyone with information can call Utah's Turn-in-a-Poacher hotline at 1-800-662-3337.


Thousands of birds of prey fly through Utah every fall.

Anyone interested can see and learn more about these migrating birds of prey during Utah's annual Raptor Watch Day.

This year's event will be Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orem overlook along Squaw Peak Road, east of Orem.

Access to Squaw Peak Road is from the Provo Canyon Road, which can be reached by taking exit 275 off I-15 and traveling east on 800 North in Orem.

The free event falls under the direction of Bob Walters, watchable wildlife coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Walters said experts will be on hand to help people identify passing birds of prey and to answer questions about raptor migration.

"Raptor Watch Day is usually one of the best times of the year to spend a few hours relaxing and watching raptors," said Walters.

For more information, call 801-538-4771.