Warm water killing half of Columbia River sockeye salmon

More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.

Federal and state fisheries biologists say the warm water is lethal for the cold-water species and is wiping out at least half of this year’s return of 500,000 fish.

“We had a really big migration of sockeye,” said Ritchie Graves of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The thing that really hu…

June sucker continues in Utah Lake

Utah Lake is home to a diverse fish population and is the only place in the world where the endangered June sucker can be found. Last week the Division of Wildlife Resources set fishing nets in Utah Lake as part of an effort to keep the June sucker from becoming extinct.

Over two days biologists measured and released fish caught in several nets placed around the lake. This trap-net survey is an annual activity designed to see how the fish are doing. When they find a June sucker, biologist…

Go fish Utah County

Fishing is a great way to beat the heat and enjoy breathtaking scenery in Utah County, but some would-be fisherman may not know where to go or what gear to use.

Urban fisheries can be found at ponds throughout Utah County and are great places to start. “These fisheries are a great opportunity for young or beginning fishermen,” said Mike Fisher, fishing manager at Sportsmen’s Warehouse. “The Division of Wildlife Resources stocks them with a lot of fish so the beginning angler has an opport…

Grounds workers prep BYU football stadium year round

The LaVell Edwards Stadium is the classic friend who takes a year to get ready. Literally.

Grounds Stadium Manager Jon Quist and his crew of seven student employees work nearly year round to prepare the stadium and field for the next season.

“We’re always working on the field to get it ready for the football season,” Quist said. “The whole year is a process.”

The stadium is seen by the public for a few occasions: football games, Stadium of Fire and special events such as the Payson …

Iron Cowboy sets second world record

Utah native James Lawrence set another world record by completing 50 Ironman courses in 50 states in 50 days.

He began his 50-50-50 challenge in Hawaii on June 6 and finished at Thanksgiving Point’s Electric Park on Saturday, July 25. After finishing the race, he thanked everybody for their support. Then he sat down and hugged his kids.

Lawrence now holds the record for the most full Ironman races in a full year. He also holds the record for the most half and full triathlons completed …