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Fly fishing clinics for women

Carbon County women can learn how to fly fish at clinics offered in Midway in May and June.

The basics of flyfishing, including knot-tying, choosing flies, casting, equipment, river dynamics and how to land fish, will be taught.

The clinics will take place on June 12 and June 27, both Saturdays.

Each clinic runs from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Johnson Mill Bed & Breakfast in Midway.

"Spots are filling fast, and women who want to participate are encouraged to register as soon as possible," said Nancy Hoff, BOW coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Participants must pay applicable fees and also purchase a 2004 Utah fishing license.

"Class size is limited to only 10 participants per clinic, so each participant will receive a lot of individual attention and plenty of hands-on learning," Hoff commented. "Women will learn how to fish and will then have a chance to try out their new skills on the Provo River."

For more information, contact Hoff at 801-560-9605.

American Legion baseball to begin, open tryouts at Gardner field

The 2004 American Legion baseball season is fast approaching.

In total, 31 teams will participate in the state's American Legion program this year, including 10 teams from the north league and five teams from the south league.

Helper will be part of the Salt Lake Valley league this season, which is comprised of 16 teams.

According to coach Jeff Cisneros, Helper is one of the favorites to win the state title.

"In the last four years, we have finished no worse than fourth in the state," he noted.

League nights will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with half played at home and half away.

The first game will be played June 8 to be followed by the Helper tournament beginning June 10-13.

The eight-team tournament will include Cyprus, Kearns, St. George, Taylorsville, Belgrade, Mont., Upper Valley, Idaho, Minico, Idaho and Helper.

Cisneros projects approximately 40 games will be played this season.

The state tournament will begin July 31 at Oquirrh Park in Kearns.

Tryouts will begin Monday, May 24 at 6 p.m. on the Helper Legion field.

Anyone born in the year 1985 or after is eligible for legion ball and about 20 players will make the team.

Last year, the team included players from Altamont, Green River, East Carbon, Carbon and Emery. All are welcome to try out.

"I would like to invite everyone to at least stop at the ballpark, if not to see a game, to at least see the improvements that have been made over the last couple of years," Cisneros commented. "This has become one of the nicest parks in the state."

For more information or to help sponsor the team, contact Cisneros at 637-3549.

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