The U.S. Forest Service will rebuild the Needles Fire Lookout Tower near Springville in the Western Divide Ranger District. The original lookout tower was built in 1937-38 but was destroyed in a fire in July 2011.
The lookout tower housed a Forest Service employee who would detect fires and relay radio messages to a dispatcher. The new tower will have the same look and feel as the old tower and continue to support firefighters and backcountry travelers.
$17K donated for Kings River patrols
The Kings River Conservancy raised $17,000 for its Frank Jones Memorial Enforcement fund that provides money for warden patrols on the river. The check was presented to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife on Wednesday.
Sportsmen's Swap Meet on March 8
The Fresno County Sportsmen's Club is hosting its 17th annual swap meet March 8 at its clubhouse grounds at 10645 N. Lanes Road in Fresno.
Buy, sell and trade outdoors equipment for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and more.
For more information or for space reservations, contact Doug Bowman at (559) 999-2346.
Sycamore Island set for fishing derby
Registration is open for the San Joaquin River Fishing Derby at Sycamore Island, 39664 Avenue 7 1/2 in Madera.
The derby runs from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. March 15 and features a raffle with a grand prize of a lifetime California fishing license. Fishing derby categories are largest trout and largest bass caught by youth and adults.
Thin Mint 5K on March 8
The Girl Scouts of Central California South will be hosting their own 5K and Shortbread Shuffle (a one-mile run or walk) on March 8 at River Park.
The 5K run starts at 8 a.m. and presale costs are $25 for adults, $10 for children. The Shortbread Shuffle starts at 7:30 a.m.
Awards will be presented to 5K run winners in 10 age brackets along with an overall top male and female award. All participants will receive a shirt, goody bag and chocolate milk courtesy of Producer's Dairy.
The first 1,000 people to sign up will also receive a free box of Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies.
California Classic half marathon two weeks out
The half-marathon and relay through downtown Fresno and the Chaffee Zoo is right around the corner.
Register for the 13.1-mile run or the Rock & Roll 5K set for March 16 at Chukchansi Park.
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